13 posts tagged "Juan Carlos Obando"
Long regarded as the go-to shopping destination for a certain discerning set of Angelenos, Des Kohan ‘s namesake store holds a reliable, oft exclusive stock of merchandise from designers local (Juan Carlos Obando) and abroad (Alaïa). But it’s that energy of exclusives that has kept Kohan’s shop on the map despite its off-the-beaten-path location on South Cloverdale Avenue. The shop owner’s latest endeavor, debuting today, is DEER, a 20-piece accessory collection conceived alongside L.A.-based jewelry designer Annie Costello Brown. “We couldn’t find pieces that we wanted in our wardrobe, so we wanted to create something that wasn’t about following trends but about setting standards for style,” Kohan tells Style.com of the collection ($125 to $798). Composed of uniquely paired mixed metals and media to convey a “raw, earthy look,” DEER relies on a multitude of styling options that have, in turn, elevated each piece’s functionality. “We used the materials in a new way and brought the multifaceted styling element to it,” Costello explained of the colored leather, shells, vintage brass beads, and chains she sources from around the world, then designs and assembles in Los Angeles.
In a true partnership, Kohan offers personal styling to complete the looks that Costello Brown accessorizes. “Because we’re just one store, we’re able to create editorial pieces (ranging from a mixed-metal draped trio necklace to a snake belt) instead of trying to please the masses.” It’s an ongoing—and unbridled—partnership that is set to produce new designs on a monthly basis.
DEER is now available at Des Kohan, 671 South Cloverdale Ave., L.A., (323) 857-0200.
Using hand-sewn Mexican fabrics supplied by Museo Textil De Oaxaca, the designers behind 12 different lines, including Eddie Borgo, Wes Gordon, Thakoon, and Michael Bastian, have each created limited-edition pieces for tonight’s Project Paz gala and silent auction in New York, which will raise money to promote peace in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. “It was important to me to get involved because the level of violence that occurs in Cuidad Juárez is truly inhuman,” Peter Som tells Style.com. Of the design assignment, Som says, “There weren’t any guidelines —the fabric was a beautiful canvas for me to create with.” What he made was a dress using fabric from the town of Pinotepa de Don Luis, with touches of his spring rose print.
Of his design, Phillip Lim says, “I think all too often society is very dismissive of technique and artisanal history —they take what they want and discard things very quickly —so I wanted this piece to respect tradition. I tried to do this by having the biker jacket embrace the Rebozo —it almost has it in its arms.” Here, Style.com has the exclusive first look at the designs, photographed by Ruven Afanador. The pieces are available during and after the event on L-Atitude.
“Fashion and art don’t always converge, but when they do, it’s fantastic,” says China Chow, the host and judge of Bravo’s series Work of Art (think Project Runway for visual artists). For Chow, the two worlds have always been intrinsically linked. She grew up in the eighties hanging around the likes of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who were friends with her parents: restaurateur and art collector Michael Chow and the late style icon Tina Chow. These days, Chow continues to blend her two passions on Work of Art, which premieres its second season tonight.
As an avid fashion enthusiast, Chow is very particular when it comes to what she wears on the show and styles herself throughout the series. She chose 18 of the 22 looks filmed this season by reportedly mining the Style.com archives and her own closet (she brought in a vintage Alaïa skirt and Comme des Garçons trousers, among other pieces). Chow gave Style.com an exclusive sneak peak of a few of her season two outfits, including the one she will wear tonight: a hand-dyed and ruched minidress from Juan Carlos Obando’s Spring 2010 collection (above).
Episode 4, Stella McCartney Resort 2011
“What attracted me to this dress was the architectural detail in the back. I call it my ‘jet pack dress’ because while I was wearing it, I kept jumping in the air like a rocket about to launch.” Continue Reading “China Chow’s Wearable Art” »
Back in 2009, the globetrotting freelance journalist Julia Chaplin coined the term “gypset”—that being, in her words, “the chic speed of the jet-set mixed with the alternative, anti-commercialism and nomadic wile of a gypsy.” She literally wrote the book on the trend—Gypset Style—and that might’ve been it. But as her journeys found her crisscrossing the globe with a wardrobe that couldn’t keep up, the itinerant traveler decided to translate her “jet-lagged view of the world” into a tightly edited collection of summer-ready dresses, too. “I would go to these far-flung destinations and it came down to the fact that I really had nothing to wear,” Chaplin said of the inspiration for her new endeavor. “You can’t quite wear designer and you don’t want to look awful either, so these designs really suit those needs in between.”
Chaplin debuted the five dress designs, in vibrant prints and fabrics sourced from Africa and Holland, last night at Des Kohan, the off-the-beaten path destination shop that has long been home to some of L.A.’s most sought-after clientele and envious merchandise. With a business built around exclusives (Hussein Chalayan and Viktor & Rolf, among them), the store’s namesake figured it was the perfect opportunity to style Chaplin’s new wares. “I work with all these designers already and figured I wanted to showcase Gypset with the appropriate accessories, so I’ve done these exclusive bags from Bare and have Annie Costello Brown of YSL designing limited-edition jewelry,” Kohan said, as Balenciaga’s Katherine Ross, Mad Men‘s Abigail Spencer, and another frequent Des Kohan collaborator, Juan Carlos Obando, browsed. “It’s all just a part of what Julia’s imagined.”
A group of Angelenos will be celebrating Earth Day in style at tonight’s inaugural “Out of the Ordinary” event at L.A.’s vintage mecca The Way We Wore. Hosted by Dita Von Teese and Debi Mazar, the party and fashion presentation will showcase 32 revamped looks from the likes of Juan Carlos Obando, Kevan Hall, and Swan Song. “By its very nature, vintage clothing is as green as you can get,” says The Way We Wore owner and “Out of the Ordinary” founder Doris Raymond, who has fans in John Galliano, Angelina Jolie, Thakoon Panichgul, Scarlett Johansson, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O. “We all have things in our closets that we no longer relate to or perhaps have become damaged.” Raymond has rounded up some of her favorite designers and given them access to vintage pieces that needed a facelift. Current/Elliott turned a 1960′s nylon chiffon dress into a Grecian one-shoulder number that Emma Roberts wore on The Tonight Show recently. Jeremy Scott took apart a long-sleeve sequined fuchsia dress and remade it into a mini with encased boning and cutout circular shapes lined in black satin (rumor has it that Lady Gaga has first dibs). All of the looks are on the auction block to benefit Future Fashion, a nonprofit initiative promoting sustainable practices in the apparel industry. Visit www.ebay.com/thewaywewore through May 2 to see before-and-after shots or to score yourself a sustainable purchase.