Raquel Allegra is an LA designer who is hitting the big time. Her aesthetic is this understated futuristic, loose fitting, layered, rough washed look that feels both slubby pretty girl and beautiful tough girl. Perusing her Fall 2013 collection, there is a playfulness and sarcasm present in all of the looks. They’re nice looking–but they do not take themselves to seriously. To help embody Allegra’s Fall 2013 vibe, the brand released a video directed by Steven Johnson (Allegra’s boyfriend, funny enough.) and Margo Ducharme that sees model Olga Nazarova and YACHT‘s Claire Evans totally slapping the shit out of each other for two minutes.
Last Friday morning we had the unique opportunity to speak at an Art Center photography class about branding and marketing for artists. It was a small class and we got to share the speaking privileges with Vince of Sinclair Denim. A class from FIDM even stopped by to listen in, toos! It was so fun. There were so many fantastic photographers we got to meet and we had a blast hanging out with all of them. We also got to check out and critique a branding exercise they did that involved their transforming small boxes into little portfolios. Everyone did an excellent job and we even got to keep one: photographer Albert Roman gave us his little box as he thought it would be valuable to us since his work deals with Los Angeles. Of course we had to share it!
It doesn’t get any more New York than Vans collaboration, the brand has started a Locals Only section of their blog, speaking with talented locals about what to do in their city. What was the first city they did this with? Los Angeles.
Cotillon is all grown up. It feels like just yesterday that their Votive Flower came out. Now? They have a more refined, radio ready EP of six LA rocked out jam songs about love and desire and young antics. The EP is White Roses and is certainly poised to storm your ears, more LA peoples ears, and then onward to beyond LA’s ears. The EP is a definite step toward the band’s full maturity.
Kim Baise makes mobiles. She creates little hanging sculptures from wood and found materials and they end up being delicate and incredibly youthful decorations. They have the feeling of those mobile you hang above a child’s bed–but Baise has basically translated that idea for cool adults.