la’s cages aux folles-------
Los Angeles is in the grip of a particularly chic strain of avian fever. Symptoms first appeared at Wren’s Fall 2008 collection preview, where models stood before grand yet delicate birdcage sketches. These same birdcages soon spread to the walls of Larchmont boutique Lux and Ladyboy Shoes’ Echo Park launch party. Their source? Amy Jo Diaz, art director, illustrator, photographer, and stylist extraordinaire. “I think people can relate to them in a lot of ways. They’re bizarrely romantic, a beautiful, ornate mask for the bird’s lack of freedom,” she says. “I love the hand-drawn yet powerful feel of Amy Jo’s work. There’s something about it that reminds me of Edward Gorey,” says Wren’s Melissa Coker. With a multitude of high-profile collaborations in the works, including artwork for upcoming film “The Soloist” and costume design for L.A. band Hecuba, we suspect Diaz’s graceful creations are about to become even more widespread.