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August 29 2014

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Los Angeles’ Renaissance Woman Appreciates Both Boarding And Burlesque

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If you prick Liz Goldwyn, does she not bleed L.A.? It’s not simply that her genes are as haute as Hollywood gets (her iPhoto of her grandmother Frances Howard is by Edward Steichen, for Pete’s sake), or that’s she’s as glamorous as all get-out with her red lips and her Lanvin. She’s also a serious student of the city’s history—or at least that part of it that pertains to street life. In early November, Goldwyn transformed the Hearst Suite of Los Altos Apartments (where the tycoon William Randolph Hearst installed his mistress Marion Davies in the twenties) into a nineteenth-century brothel for a one-night-only art/film installation called The Painted Lady. She’s fascinated by all aspects of prostitution, high and low, male and female. “In the early days of Los Angeles, the madams had real power,” Goldwyn explains.

Her fascination has spilled over into other aspects of the commercialization of sex. Burlesque, for instance. PrettyThings, the 2005 film and book that Goldwyn made about burlesque queens, has now provided the unlikely inspiration for her latest project, which is all about an entirely different kind of street sensibility. She’s designed a range of skatewear for Altamont using images from vintage burlesque designer Rex Huntington. As much as Goldwyn’s current look channels hyper-sophisticated cocktail culture (MAC Cosmetics commissioned acapsule collection of Deco-inspired makeup bags from her), she insists she was once all about Big Brother magazine, Fuct, and the Menace Skateboard crew, as she explains in the video above. If vintage currently means classic couture to her, it used to be Vision Quest and Bones Brigade T-shirts that jived her buns. In the grand L.A. reinvention-required scheme of things, that makes her a genuine West Coast Renaissance woman.

Out And About For FNO

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There was a lot of ground to cover in Manhattan last night with what seemed like every retailer and designer in the city hosting an event for Fashion’s Night Out. Style.com’s editors hit the streets and braved the crowds, and among them we found the likes of Marc Jacobs on Mercer Street, Nicki Minaj at Yves Saint Laurent, and a cast of Victoria’s Secret Angels on Houston Street. Here, a few of our favorite parties from the night.

Downtown at Opening Ceremony, lines formed around the block outside the Ace Hotel, and the streetside carnival booths were mostly empty. Why? The real action was inside, where Delfina Delettrez offered a special bracelet at a booth that also provided aura readings, Rodarte created a special T-shirt, and Band of Outsiders customized tote bags with partygoers’ portraits. Le porc de résistance: Miss Piggy—star of the latest Opening Ceremony collaboration, OC x The Muppets—who took the stage for an interview with OC’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. Spike Jonze took the opportunity to profess his lifelong love to the pig, who promptly rebuffed him. Maybe he’d have better luck with the next act: RuPaul’s Drag Race star Manila Luzon, kitted out as Eva Perón, who lip-synched “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.” Perón wasn’t the only one busting out ballads last night. At the MAC store on Spring Street, Beth Ditto performed a four-song set, including covers of Madonna’s “Vogue” and Dolly’s “Jolene.” Before she started her set, she gave Style.com a message for the week: “If you shoplifted, I hope you got a lot. Happy fashion week!”

In the Meatpacking District at Stella McCartney, the lack of A/C—one of McCartney’s famous green initiatives, perhaps?—made for a tropical atmosphere, but DJ Alexa Chung did her best to keep things cool with some sixties pop. Nearby at the Standard Hotel’s Biergarten, photographer Bruce Weber and Nan Bush assembled a coterie of industry pals, who came to check out Weber’s pop-up Weberbilt shop, offering underwear and T-shirts from the photographer’s own label. Hunky models in Weberbilt aprons were on hand as customer service but, in a surprising turn of events, didn’t model the goods.

Uptown at Bergdorf Goodman, however, we spotted lots of models—four-legged ones—on the runway with their owners, including designers Reem Acra, Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs, and the Badgley Mischka boys. Thakoon, Linda Fargo, and Michael Kors were also stars of the Bergdorf bash. Up the street, a crowd waited anxiously for the star and DJ of the night, Drake, to arrive. As for his first piece of Versace, he told Style.com, “I have had this Versace blanket for a very long time that I love—it’s like an original one from back when they did comforters. But my favorite is a Versace velour suit—I love it so much I won’t even wear it anymore because I don’t want to ruin it.”

CLICK HERE FOR A SLIDESHOW of some of our favorite moments of the evening.

Photo: Angela Pham / BFAnyc.com

How To Turn 160 In Style, Rodarte Reconsiders, Ten Apps To Cop, And More…

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Lane Crawford, Hong Kong’s must-visit department store, celebrates its 160th anniversary this year. So how better to celebrate than with unmatchable exclusive products from the editors, stylists, and designers it’s wooed over the years? The Burberry trench and the Ming dynasty chair are two of the “heritage” items that will be getting the touch-up treatment—like Anna Dello Russo’s take on the trench, left. [WWD]

What happens when Michael Bastian—one of menswear’s top talents—takes on women’s? As this preview of his women’s collection for Gant (which his publicist and pal Eugenia Gonzalez Ruiz-Olloqui wore to the CFDAs this year) shows, it marries prepster sensibility with a little Monroe glamour. We’ll be curious to see more. [WWD]

The Internet is in an uproar over the name of one of the items from Rodarte’s new cosmetics collection for MAC—”Juarez,” a factory town in Mexico with notoriously high rape and murder rates. The people spoke, the sisters (and their corporate backers) listened: “We recognize that the violence against women taking place in Juarez needs to be met with proactive action. We never intended to make light of this serious issue and we are truly sorry,” the designers said in a statement; the names will be changed before the September release. [Vogue U.K.]

And fire up your iPhone 4 (with its splendid new bumper): New York magazine rounded up the ten best fashion apps, including, ahem, our own. We’re blushing. [NYMag]

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Welcome To Fashion Week’s Best Idea (And The Woman Behind It)

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Above the grateful hum of editors noshing on free tacos at MAC and Milk Studios’ eighth-floor Surf Lodge, you can almost hear the question on everyone’s mind: What genius dreamed this all up? Credit goes to MAC exec Jenne Lombardo, who figured it would be wise to give fashion weekers a place to hang out between shows, and Surf Lodge co-owner Robert McKinley, whom Lombardo convinced to creative-direct the space. “There’s always that lag time,” McKinley noted, as a motley assortment of fashion types gobbled the Sam Talbot-prepared repast. “And we just thought, well, what do people need during fashion week? Something to eat, something to drink, a place to sit down, a few computers to work off of….” The Lodge provides all of the above (all miraculously free of charge, from cocktails to coffee to meals) and hosts the occasional Valentine’s Day photo booth or dance party. McKinley also came to the seemingly obvious conclusion that the fashion flock would rather be attended to by people with a bit of style—and got Loomstate to provide the servers’ special vegetable-dyed dresses and Jill Platner to make necklaces for them, too. A nice touch, but honestly, you had us at free tacos.

Photo: Ben Rowland

From Russia With Airbrushing And Masks

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“With this and then Allison Sarofim’s annual [pre-Halloween] costume party, I might as well call it a night on Halloween,” joked Fabiola Beracasa, who hosted last night’s Russian Masquerade-themed affair in a jewel-encrusted, floor-length gown, fur muffler, and hat.

The two-part masquerade started with a girl-bonding makeup session at Milk Studios, where a team from MAC was ready with airbrushing tricks and colored gems. Genevieve Jones showed up in all black, explaining, “I thought a blank palette was best for the makeup artists to do their tricks.” Sophia Lamar’s frilly Giambattista Valli dress and Minnie Mouse mask didn’t exactly say Moscow, but she carried the look with considerable panache. Wren designer Melissa Coker, in town from L.A. showing her line to buyers and editors, opted to go sans mask. “I’m wearing leather and lace, though,” Coker said, pointing out her outfit and the night’s drink of choice, Stoli’s Leather and Lace martini.

While it usually doesn’t take much convincing to motivate the fashion set to play dress-up, the full-on costumes at SL for part deux of the masked affair were impressively equal parts Doctor Zhivago and Eyes Wide Shut. Guests, including amazing gender-bendy model Martin Cohn (pictured above with Beracasa) and beauty blogger Sarah Howard, packed the two-month-old former Lotus space. Naturally, with the free-flowing vodka, the fancy-dress fête soon turned to a dance party atop the banquettes. Until next year, das vadanya.

Photo: Chance Yeh/PatrickMcMullan.com