My friend Nathalie Saphier is a genius designer. I've posted some of her incredible line sheets in the past, and figured you might enjoy seeing her latest luxurious frocks. I honestly think she creates the clothes that you dream finding at London or Paris markets or borrowing from Kate Moss's closet. She has that magical way of projecting fantasy into your wardrobe and making it seem effortless and sexy.
Somehow taking the elements of gypsy and flapper and forest nymph and combining them.
I am dying for her trunk shows in the future.
The JMM Fall 09 Collection by Nathalie Saphier Location: Casa Portia, Echo Park
Photos: Lauren Dukoff
Styling: Nathalie Saphier
Makeup: Kate Lee
Hair: Lauren & Alia Penner
Layout & design: Alia Penner
The JMM Fall 09 Collection by Nathalie Saphier
Location: Casa Portia, Echo Park
These pieces are all for S A L E, so if you have ever wanted one of my big paintings framed in a lovely archival frame- NOW is the time to score one.
Last night me and mr H. went to see the new film "Adventureland". I hadn't really seen any trailers or reviews...so I went in without any preconceived ideas or expectations. The movie is set in 1987 and is about a guy who just graduated from Oberlin College in OHIO!. Which I may add is the place Liz Phair went to school and where I saw her perform Exile from Guyville in an old church. (don't be alarmed--I had a riot girl phase)
I had thought that this was gonna be a Superbad-Judd Apatow type comedy, but wasn't prepared for the trip down memory lane. I'm not even really sure what type of movie this should be categorized as. I mean the Superbad,Kristen Wiig and Hader fans may be disappointed cause it's really more of a suburbia 80's chick flick. It was pretty heavy on the young love juice. All I know is it took me to a place in my own awkward shy growing up phase.
The amusement park looked so much like the one I attended weekly as a kid-preteen, even the rides were the same. Music Express had the same psychedelic light displays and crazy 80's music pumping. I was almost convinced it was the theme park from my home town in Ohio called Geauga Lake, but found out later it was all shot in Pennsylvania. Midwest all the same.
So let me just say that the awkward coming of age lead actor Jessie Eisenberg is perfect for this role. He is the new neurotic replacement for films like this. His old childhood pal is a hyperactive antagonizer who reminds me of Vincent Spano's role in Over the Edge. He even rides a similar bike and wears a headband. There was something about this film that I knew was autobiographical to the writer. I knew that he lived this, or it was stolen from the pages of my journals. Considering I kept active journals from 6th grade til mid college this could be possible. There were moments in this movie that were so strangely nostalgic and uncomfortable that I found myself shielding my face. It dragged me back to strange summer jobs, early crushes, absurd 80's fashion, dance routines,messy parent problems, and of course "then their was the music". The music that you can claim as your own somehow. When you actually cared about the radio and playing mixed tapes in your car that some boy you adored had painstakingly made on a dual cassette recorder. I can still picture some of those tape covers hand drawn and neatly folded.
There is a scene where they are shown rolling a car down the driveway to sneak out, and instantly I remembered a night like that in high school. My two friends and I slowly rolling her mom's car in neutral past two houses before starting it and heading to downtown cleveland. Radio blasting dressed in some crazy contempo style outfits. I've seen a million Unsolved Mysteries start off that way now.
here's who I rolled the car down the drive with (it was her mom's)
I suppose this movie made me think about that time in your life where your a hopeless romantic and dream of leaving the midwest & living in a big city. Maybe that is a place no one dare wants to visit again. It left me at times with a lump in my throat. But I lived that suburbia scene and perhaps those moments when you said the dumbest thing ever to your crush can still haunt you and leave a lump in your throat. Or maybe you got into a fight and drove to their house and threw rocks at their window? Well...maybe not that much detail huh? The soundtrack throughout the film flutters from the Replacements, Lou Reed, The Cure, Husker Du, Falco, Wang Chung and ends on a high note playing "Don't Change" by INXS.
They say that things tend to repeat in fashion every 20 years or so and it's true that the late 80's are pushing for a comeback. I even heard that the book "Mysteries of Pittsburgh" by Michael Chabon is being made into a movie.
here's the trailer
Saturday night was the debut opening for the Cosmic LOVE show at Show Cave. That image above is from artist OWL EYES-known for his insane psychedelic collages.
Below are collage paintings by artist Alia Penner
Below is Miss K.K.s rainbow-riffic fairy tale dress
This past Sunday I had the closing party for my art show Disappear Here. If you live in L.A. that means that I have an abundance of large and pretty large pieces in my studio that have to sell in order to make room for more making. Hit me up if you want to come by for a messy studio look-sy over
I posted most of the smaller & medium sized art piece here
I sold 3 paintings at the show at Gallery Space 1520 and a whole lotta flair. I am excited to take these dangle pods and separate them into single pillows.
Stylist Scott Free and designer Niki were on hand to celebrate the final day
Niki collaborated on creating some clothing with my silkscreened prints on them, she also makes fancy tiny hats
makeup artist nancie Rooney and pal
DON't FORGET tonight Tues-to look for this image on the shirt of Silver on 90210! She is wearing it these past few episodes while she is having a spectacular nervous breakdown on the show! Too crazy for a wardrobe change so you'll see it a couple of times!
I think this may have been the band Puppy dog playing in the courtyard. At this moment the lead singer was screaming to the audience..."you're gonna die you're gonna die you're gonna die."
Remember how I boasted "kid friendly" sure thing
tote with flair bags listed on etsy!
super excited about the grand debut next week of Kim Gordon's new pop up store installation there called MIRROR DASH! sparkle sparkle.
I'll keep you posted
Woke up April Fools morning to a rent increase shoved under my apt door. The street is spelled wrong, the numbers are added wrong, and I kept thinking...wow what a good prank a landlord can do.