August 28 2014

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3 posts tagged "Rose Apodaca"

The Hills Were Alive, Thanks to L.A.’s Fred Hayman


Lauded by some as the man responsible for transforming Rodeo Drive into the international shopping destination that it is today, Fred Hayman is the subject of Rose Apodaca’s equally sunny new tome, The Extraordinary Difference: The Story of Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Glamour, and the Showman Who Sold It All. “It’s not just a biography but a history book of L.A.’s evolution. Fred’s role, not just in retail but in so many other areas, really is the evolution and intersection of Los Angeles style, entertainment, and fashion,” Apodaca told She and Hayman (above, with Corey Lynn Calter) were being fêted by friends and fans at the new Caulfield’s, just a few short blocks from where his legendary Giorgio Beverly Hills boutique once stood, among them, co-hosts Arianne Phillips (the costume designer of Tom Ford’s A Simple Man and longtime Madonna stylist) and Jeremy Scott.

Phillips was among many who came to meet the retail revolutionary and Hollywood legend (he was the Academy Awards’ fashion coordinator). “The way that Fred understood Hollywood and costume designers and also had a retail business was admirable and quite innovative at the time,” she said. For his part, Hayman played coy. When asked how he felt about all of the newfound attention the book has brought, Hayman seemed content. “I don’t give it much thought. It’s just been wonderful times.”

Photo: Rebecca Sapp / WireImage

Gr.Dano And Co. Celebrate California Style


“At first sight of the gr.dano collection, I could instantly spot the technical skill in the draping and construction,” says fashion curator Rose Apodaca, who assembled nearly 100 items from 11 designers for the Pasadena Museum of California Art’s biennial showcase. “Deciding what the show needed to be was easy; the real challenge was limiting the choices to 11.”

Gr.dano, suffice it to say, made the cut, joining the ranks of designers like Rodarte and Phillip Lim, who have shown in the biennial in years past. The line is the work of San Francisco designers and partners Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer (pictured, with Apodaca). Its architectural-inspired shapes play off the other work in the show, which ranges from fashion to architecture to graphic design. “We’re excited to meet all the other designers, especially since we’re inspired by the other fields,” said Giordano. L.A. locals with an interest in their own field can head to TenOverSix, where they’ve just launched the collection, to pick up their sculpted jersey dresses, belted knee-length skirts, and exaggerated-collar button-downs.

California Design Biennial: Action/Reaction is on view through October 31, 2010, at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 East Union St., Pasadena, Calif., (626) 568-3665,

Photo: Donato Sardella

The Lady Is A Teese


Dita Von Teese
Decades owner Cameron Silver led a delegation of L.A. fashion types to see his friend Dita Von Teese debut her Live at the Crazy Horse act in Vegas last night. He was kind enough to send back his report on the evening. Some bugle beads, alas, were harmed in the making of this production.

A Dita Von Teese performance may appear to be all about the art of stripping, but it’s just as much about the art of dressing. Dita wears—at the beginning of her act, at least—couture costumes by Elie Saab and John Galliano, and her fan base is equally fashion-conscious. I flew in from L.A. for her Vegas opening last night with a crew of style mavens—Susan Casden (in Alexander McQueen), Rose Apodaca (in a Thomas Wylde kimono), British burlesque star Immodesty Blaize (in Jil Sander), and Michael Schmidt. We were all wowed by the spectacle—not to mention the Crazy Horse dancers, who, with their precise moves and perfect bodies, look like a living embodiment of Guy Bourdin’s seminal Charles Jourdan ads from the seventies. (“Those dancers are hot stuff, and really can inspire a girl to try some new tricks!” filmmaker Liz Goldwyn told me.) I must say, though, as someone who deals day in and day out with immaculate couture, I winced a little each time one of Dita’s shucked-off pieces hit the floor. “Well, that’s an element of the decadence of burlesque,” she told me. “Dropping, flinging, tossing aside these beautiful things. It always hurts me a little to hear the bugle beads and Swarovski crystal crashing to the floor, but that is part of the fantasy, the excessiveness of the show. And anyway,” she added, “we just send it off to repair, and trusted cleaners.”

Live at the Crazy Horse runs through April 7. For more information and tickets, visit




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