The passing of the torch officially occurred this weekend over on the Echo Pk block. The Show Pony is proudly replaced by a new shop. Tavin, a new concept designer shop debuted this past Saturday. The store has a luxurious layered feel, with bell jars and branches, bohemian dresses and embroidered appliqued pillows and jewels. Erin Tavin used to be a stylist and costume designer and we joked about how we somehow traded places recently. She is often at the Rose Bowl with her dyed and re-worked vintage pieces, and now finally has a sweet home base.
Needless to say (by my sad lack of posting) I have been working since June 12th non stop. I am not even exaggerating...13-18 hours a day= SEVEN days a week. Clothes clothes and more clothes. Sort of a fun and exhausting
Photographed by Terry Richardson
Styled by Emmanuelle Alt
Models: Anja Rubik & Natasha Poly
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
* I must preface this blog post by saying that I wrote it Friday night, before the big sidewalk sale... but saved it as a draft, because I wanted to post a photograph of me wearing a long missoni-like scarf my mother made me. I should let you know that in this picture you cannot see that her scarf is wrapped around my neck at least one time- adding an additional foot and half to the length. The following images from style.com reminded me of her super duper long scarf, and how she has somehow come into Vogue.
Weirdly enough after sleeping on this draft, Saturday at the sidewalk sale one of the girls on the block suggested I would look good in her Missoni scarf she was selling and I could have it for a $1. Sort of the "secret" in full effect. If you think about something long and hard, it may just fall into your lap.
this scarf came into my life right after I has already wrote the following blog (cue twilight zone music-):
The First Annual Winter Ball was last night! My friend Nina put on the entire affair, and it was impressive. The ballroom was in the beautiful Alexandria Hotel in downtown L.A. A bit on the shabby chic side. All of my pals were working the shindig. Britt and Taylor were the cute coat checkers, Cynthia was the sassy doorgirl, Justin worked the bar and I helped set up some luxurious chocolates.
The latest couture clothing collections seem to be out shined by the flair on the models heads. My favorites for sure are from the new Spring Chanel designs. The models all wore paper headdresses (my favorite material!)
Remember those pretty pictures from Annakim's house for our friend's look book? Well here's the final product! Designer and stylist Nathalie Saphier creates incredible frocks that look like precious things you may find in a treasure trunk or at a Paris flea market from the 30's. Her line is carried in various specialty high end boutiques. You need to get one of these dresses, she is like the love child of Zandra Rhodes. ( you may have to click on each image to see entire spread)
Fashion week in L.A. has once more snuck up without much fanfare. Of course the people over at GEN ART are always an exception. They support new up and coming artists, designers and filmmakers. This past week we attended to support Laura Kranitz and her FAB head pieces. Our girl is all grows'dup. She has been a big seller at my shop Show Pony for ever! Finally her ideas are about to get the boost they need in the mainstream markets.
Ah, Matthew Williamson and his finest. This embroidered little flapper frock would make any torso happy A detail from Diane Von furstenberg tunic(DVF) this is a detail of the Alexander McQueen Butterfly dress here is the whole elaborate spread... I adore this Matthew Williamson ruffle mismatched dress Emilio Pucci super fancy sequin mini Missoni? How about an Emilio PUCCI paint splatter dress? or this sexy yellow silk Tibi dress? 3.1 Phillip Lim? DVF reinvents the OP-art Herve Leger bandage dress, ouch may be too sexy? Don't you love this grey quilty Marc Jacobs bag? Stella McCartney and her rambling lovely florals
Even though the Italian Vogue has been on the shelves for a little bit, the Meisel photo spread (literally spread) has been stirring up some controversial comments. The cover features actress Eva Mendes, and the inside has Steven Meisel's fashion shoot with her in bondage Sophia Loren get ups straight outta Madonna's SEX book. I have to admit I thought some of them were pretty shocking considering Mendes is the model. (I didn't include the one of her swallowing her own foot)
I personally thought they were pretty interesting and sexy to boot. I mean, what's a girl to do straight out of rehab? Of course, EMBRACE your bad girl persona and go for broke. Maybe it's my voyeuristic quality (I in fact am quite shy, therefore like witnessing the car crash of other people's overt sexual come-hither stance)
Anyway, I find it most funny that Kutmah went to high school with her. He said she was a popular cheerleader who everyone called "cindy crawford" because she was not only gorgeous but had the mole.
She recently was quoted in a tabloid story with other actresses saying that she was a geeky teen and very awkward. Not according to the yearbook Kutmah has. She looks saucy.
This couture fashion spread was featured in April 2008 UK VOGUE, with model Karen Elson and my favorite photographer TIM WALKER! As you all know I have much love for Puppets, so this is up my alley. Although I saw this last month, it still lingered in my mind- so I decided to share it. I love all of his surreal settings and soft dreamy lighting.
!!MADAME FORTUNA IN NYC!!! TRUNK SHOW
Madame Fortuna and Golden Potion will be co-hosting a FABULOUS trunk show on Thursday, April 24th from 6-8 pm at:
LEONTINE 226 Front St NYC (212)766-1066 at the Seaport
If you are in or around NYC, you must attend , your necks will thank you. All this week I have worn various necklaces of mine from the Madame fortuna Collections, and all week the compliments pour in- "where did you get that?" Her brand new line SOILED DOVE will include pieces that are inspired by the sexy western brothels and women of ill-refute! Slamming down shot glasses while singing on a worn down piano.
SOUTH PARADISO Leather is having a super sample sale this week! Known for magical leather art custom made jackets and things that seem created in a dream factory from another dimension. They are worn by the most fashionable bunch and once purchased will forever remain and evolve in your wardrobe. It's sort of like purchasing a piece of art that you can wear and stir envy on your block.
The studio itself is awe-inspiring and loaded with crazy taxidermy and original art pieces. For that reason alone you should check it out. If you are looking to add some pizzazz to your life, look no further.
LOCATED AT 4450 AVOCADO ST. IN LOS FELIZ, CALIFORNIA. THEY ARE OPEN 7 DAYS BY APPOINTMENT Phone:323-665-5656. EXCEPTING ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS. They LOVE TO TICKLE PEOPLE, ALONG WITH MAKING THEM NICE ONE OF A KIND CLOTHING (LEATHER / DENIM / VELVET / SATIN ), HANDBAGS, AND ACCESSORIES.
Here's the low down on the man behind the craft
HISTORY: Established in San Francisco during the summer of 2001 by Romulus Von Stezelberger, South Paradiso Leather is currently one of the only existing leather crafters entirely dedicated to the sadly forgotten principals of true old-world craftsmanship, making clothing of only the highest possible quality, such as only can be done on a small scale with great attention payed to each individual piece made. Each one-of-a-kind item is carefully hand-made by South Paradiso's small team of specialists, with a big tip of the hat to Von Stezelberger's primary inspiration, the legendary San Francisco leather designers, East West Musical Instrument Company. Thirty to thirty-five years ago, East West, under the direction of its founder, Norman Stubbs, was arguably the most innovative leather clothing maker of all time. Known for for painstakingly detail and impeccable craftsmanship, East-West's now-rare and highly collectible hand-made pieces are today regarded as the Holy Grail of rock and roll fashion, not only for vintage clothing collectors, but for all those who appreciate the truly artistic in clothing design. Today this sort of quality has all but vanished from the fashion world, in which designer logos and price tags are more important than design or beauty. It is South Paradiso Leather's mission to bring art back to fashion, by picking up where East-West left off, using only the finest (and most expensive) materials, and the most skilled (and most expensive) artisans to create each one-of-a-kind jacket, belt, pant, bag, hat, wallet, necklace, bracelet, and shoe. Von Stezelberger's love of East-West has driven him to assemble the world's largest collection of the rarest East-West originals, and has also brought him into contact with many of the original team who made these works of art in the 1970's, includung East-West founder and mastermind, Norman Stubbs, who has given South Paradiso his enthusiastic blessings. Several of these talented personalities have offered Von Stezelberger their services, both in their unmatched leather-crafting know-how, and in offering some of their original East-West patterns and designs, some of which South Paradiso now reverently recreates, or in some cases makes for the first time since only a single prototype was made in the '70's. But in no way is South Paradiso simply an imitator. Though he, like any artist, pays due homage to his heroes, Von Stezelberger's artistic vision has taken creative leather design and quality craftsmanship to a level that even East-West could not have reached, with new designs being created almost daily, many with intricate applique, custom paintings, and stunning colors and textures. Now based in Los Angeles, South Paradsio Leather is rapidly becoming legendary in its own right, with pieces being sold in the most prestigious shops and boutiques around the world. Milan's highly exclusive and influential international showroom, L.A. Distribuzione, proudly represents Von Stezelberger's collection, alongside the likes of Chloe and Diane Von Furstenberg. And all the major stores in Japan (where Von Stezelberger's first collection was sybolically debuted in a highly-publicized show at Tokyo's famous Rocket Art Gallery, rather than via any of the usual fashion venues) are so impressed that some of them have set aside special sections of their stores just for South Paradsio Leather. And here in style-crazed California, East-West lovers, rock musicians, actors, and the general fashion elite have been finding their way to Von Stezelberger's far-out studio, a curious and colorful universe of rare vintage albums, toys, comic books,antique furniture, taxidermy, and leather, where the enigmatic Von Stezelberger, cigar in mouth, and drink in his hand, works out the exacting details of each individual leather outfit, each always guaranteed to blow minds everywhere.
For those of you who are too lazy to read comments, I'm going to repost these images in case you were unable to see them hidden in my comments. They are compliments to Doily reader Jen B. who is simply listed on her blog as:
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You should find her here: http://gnarlitude.blogspot.com
Magical Mystery Tour
Styled by Anne Sophie Thomas
Photographed by Skye Parrott
Model Elise van't Zand