Welcome Companions introduces a new collection inspired by good times snacking in the park, making out on a polka dot blanket and falling asleep under the sun. Summer are you here yet?
In the first installment of For The Record, a new profile series presented by SOL REPUBLIC, the vivacious Tamara Sky talks about how she fell in love with music, her move to Los Angeles and current projects.
Tamara is a legend born in the Bermuda Triangle. In addition to being an amazing DJ, the co-founder of Los Angeles’ infamous underground Lil Death party is a stunning model, talented illustrator, witty writer and brilliant business woman… Who says you can’t do it all?
Alexis Gross is the living proof that stoners can be overachievers. A few months after moving from her native Big Apple to Los Angeles, the 24 year-old photographer, artist and curator has taken over the Gallery Next To The Burgundy Room and made it into a pop up exhibition space that will feature, for the next six months, the work of emerging & established photographers, artists, and zine makers who inspire her and her work.
Alexis greeted us on a sunny Saturday morning at her Echo Park crib wearing no pants and no makeup. Who needs it when you look like this? She gulped down a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a black coffee before giving us a tour of her home studio.
In spite of all of the misfortunes that happened to her since moving to the West Coast – we’re talking two lost computers and other stolen goods – she’s inspired and in high spirits as soon as she starts talking about the gallery.
“The entire theme of the space is people who inspire me to do what I do. The shop inside of the gallery is a small curated selection of respected artists photographers and affiliates. The inventory is constantly changing and a small selection of zines are always on view or for purchase. I am excited to be helping my friends out and collaborating. I think that’s always important,” she explains.
Working day and night on projects feels like play when it’s really a family affair. The artists she showcases are friends and people she’s been looking up to forever, “people that have helped me and people that I’d like to help. I am mostly excited to be working with Ben Rayner, Othelo Gervacio, and Nick Sethi.” We took our photo shoot to Hollywood on the same night and captured some images of a happy fish in her newfound pond.
In her signature curatorial style, the images are loaded with grime and passion – quite fitting for the neighborhood.
“I love this block. I guess the type of people going to the Gagosian aren’t walking around the area but characters are crawling left and right. For sure a good source of entertainment,” she laughs.
The exhibition opening tonight offers a touching glimpse into the dark and imperfect worlds of New York City-based Jordan Sullivan and Brian Merriam. Get there early because her last vernissage attracted over 500 bodies and you might as well forget about parking on Cahuenga unless you’re on a motorcycle.
Photos by Laura Austin
Photographer Clarke Tolton captured the effortless beauty and cool of the ravishing Abby Brothers in this brand new SS13 campaign for RAEN Optics. The new colors and shapes are innovative and inspired – favorites includes an “instant classic” collaboration with Deus Ex Machina and the chunky Volant in Crystal Rose… quite the statement piece. Check out the entire collection here!
Leandra Medine’s eccentric sartorial habits, crazy quotes and funny faces are so deeply rooted in today’s pop culture (& your Insta feed) that it’s hard to believe that it hasn’t even been five years since an enthusiastic feature in the New York Times catapulted the lucky UES babe and her hilariously efficient Man Repeller blog to digital superstardom.
Earlier this month, our fave flamingo-obsessed fashionista teamed up with quintessential Cali apparel brand PJK Patterson J. Kincaid to create a SS13 collection that is quirky, colorful and totally wearable even if you’re trying to get laid. I mean – I surely know a couple hipsters in Silverlake who just couldn’t resist the sight of a peplum moto jacket…
“Something Wicked This Way Comes” is a morbid 1962 novel by Ray Bradbury, a movie, a TLC song and most recently an art exhibition showcasing new works by ten of today’s most innovative and powerful contemporary artists: Annie Owens, Christian Rex van Minnen, Christine Wu, Chrystal Chan, David Ball, Fulvio Di Piazza, Jana Brike, Jessica Ward, Judith Supine and Michael Page.
“The show was born merely out of my love and admiration for artists who fearlessly delve into the dark corners of their mind and a desire to see what such a phrase meant to them,” art writer and curator Stephanie Chefas explained to me when I interviewed her for Cool Hunting.
When it comes to art, torment and rebellion are often catalysts to masterpieces, and Chefas knows it: “The wicked are much more interesting, don’t you think? Not that I don’t appreciate the hero’s journey, but generally speaking good is so boring.” With robots, knives, dark forests, wide-eyed girls, cigarettes and bondate, there is nothing boring about her forthcoming show, as you’ll be able to preview below.
The opening reception for “Something Wicked This Way Comes” takes place Saturday, 23 February 2013 from 7-10pm, at Cella Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through 16 March 2013. Don’t miss it!
THE/END is really just the beginning for Los Angeles-based creative entrepreneurs Cody and Mike Comrie, Mat Mickel and Jerrod Cornish, whose new All American menswear line showcases beautiful materials and craftsmanship while retaining a certain edge through dark tones, progressive cuts and stark detailing. We’re loving the dark vibes of this look book shot by Magda Wosinska in some obscure back streets south of Downtown LA, and we suspect the boys will be crushing in Vegas as they unveil their debut AW13 collection, “Street Where Nobody Lives,” at Capsule trade show this week.
Season after season, London-based Estonian designer Kriss Soonik creates fierce, luxe lingerie and loungewear that’s sexy and powerful; a perfect choice for the ladies who like their underwear to be a true fashion statement. SS13 will make you want to unleash your inner angel – quite literally! We’re loving the leather & lace!
“Last week, a bunch of my friends and I went to spray paint this wall across the street from the house where we were at and take some pictures. We all woke up with skinned knees, not remembering what really had happened… and everything was painted over by the time we woke up so I couldn’t remember what I had written until this photo came out the next week,” says the fiery Teen Witch.
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One thing I have in common with Dita Von Teese? Every month, I shop for frilly little things at Faire Frou Frou, the Studio City lingerie boutique Alison Rubke founded with her mom, Gail Rubke, seven years ago. Nobody does it better than this gal when it comes to curating glamorous boudoir attire and undergarments you can’t find anywhere else – I’m talking Bordelle, Fifi Chachnil, Vannina Vesperini, Myla, Strumpet & Pink, ARI DEIN, Fleur of England, Damaris, Maison Close, Lascivious and Brulee. All my favorites! I had a chat with Alison right in time for Valentine’s Day, and here she shares some sexy insights and shopping tips! Photos by Kimberly Genevieve.
Los Angeles-based Cody Comrie has developed a style of abstraction that is as emotionally charged as it is graphically pleasing. His work is clean and organic; it is inspired by nature, animals, decay, the Universe, and the way things naturally evolve and change. “It’s the circle of life, and it moves us all through despair and hope, through faith and love,” right? Read more as we sit down with one of our favorite artists and discuss his creative process, current projects and bad habits.
L.A.-based jewelry brand KONTRAHO introduces a new collection inspired by a world where there are no rules, where you can “walk where you aren’t supposed to walk, breathe underwater, prove that boundaries are fictitious, exist in places you’ve never existed,” Kristina Karner & Gus Cawley, the brand’s founders, explain. Their lookbook was shot by Jason Lee Parry and starting his lovely creature of a wife, Jenny Parry, on location in Cabo San Lucas. Don’t you just love mermaids?
“We believe in accepting the imperfections of human nature and venerate those imperfections shown through handmade metalwork. We believe in the incandescence of nearby galaxies and the pursuance of like energies. We believe in an ineffable existence and embodying and preserving everything from the world that once was,” is the brand’s modus operandi.
Love will always be stronger than hate, even when your world falls apart. Syrian artist Tammam Azzam pays homage to his beloved country by juxtaposing one of the most powerfully romantic piece in art history – Klimt’s The Kiss – on his hometown’s bullet ridden walls. Photo credit: Ehab.
Azzam’s recent work all “coincides with particular events of the Uprising, depicting a variety of fractured and wounded maps of Syria, fallen chess pawns and other symbols reconfigured in powerful reflections of the turmoil facing his countrymen.”
This brand new piece – painted this past Wednesday – is in the same line of thought as his recent “Syrian Art Museum” fine art series at Ayyam Gallery in Dubai, which incorporated iconic subjects from the greatest European masters such as da Vinci, Matisse, Goya and Picasso, paralleling the greatest achievements of humanity with the destruction it is also capable of inflicting..