18 posts tagged "MAC"
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.
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]