Dripped: LA Fashion Week Runway Soiree And Trunk Show, March 15th!

KidViskous will be selling jewelry at Pop Tart Gallery's Dripped Trunk Show and L.A. Fashion Week event, come by next Thursday March 15th for shopping, djs, runway shows, performances and general fashion debauchery. 

We're pricing pieces to go, most items will be $3-$10, nothing over $25!

Yes, credit cards accepted ;).
Note: There is a $10 cover with RSVP y'all.

The space is particularly amazing, and home to LA's polysexual hard-partying Rhondavous event, and was previously owned by Prince! This is gonna be nuts!

TUCO Valentine's Day Online Sample Sale

One of my fave new t-shirt lines is having a 40% sample sale on their whole stock for Valentine's Day, so I had to share. We featured TUCO as one of our 12 Days of Xmas selections, so jump on this shit quick! Use the coupon code "KISSFROMAROSE" at checkout (omg, I love you Jenny), sale ends midnight on 2/14/12. Check out www.shoptuco.com for more!

Death At A Pool Party: Musings On Defining Fashion

I was so stoked to see that my photo from the Phillip Lim party was up on street style photographer Mr. Newton's site. Giving The Sartorialist a run for his brogues, Mr. Newton was out during Coachella weekend shooting looks for Harper's Bazaar when I ran into him. Of course I didn't make the cut for Harper's, too weird I'm sure. Clearly I haven't changed much since high school.

Also hats on to fellow fashion writer Natalie Alcala for including a twitpic of my outfit in her post for Blackbook!

Read some ramblings after the jump:

I had plenty of people ask me for a photo at the Lim party, or just took a candid, including Bronques of Last Night's Party, Garance Dore and Alexa Chung who was djing the event, but caught me on my way out. I was asked by a photographer, "Who are you wearing?" as she petted my veil like it was the mane of a Triple Crown-winning horse. I thought was a strange question to ask, because I was just wearing a hat I bought at the mall, a basic bikini from American Apparel and a lovely piece of lace I bought at Jo-Ann Fabric. She was obviously expecting something like, "Oh, vintage Givenchy" or "a piece inspired by Philip Treacy." But with voice lost to being sick, I bumblingly grogged, "Umm, just, something I made." Disappointed, she walked off.

It's an interesting aspect of fashion: everyone's looking for a good story. "Just something I made," or "I thought it was cool" doesn't cut it. The same piece that can make the cover of a fashion magazine could be ignored for lack of a compelling narrative. As a writer, this comes as a relief to me since storytelling is what puts gas in my car, but, to play devil's advocate against my own occupation, it also brings up a number of issues. For instance, what defines good art? If a brilliant artist merely put out a piece without any kind of description, wouldn't it be harder to sell compared to a piece that has an entertaining story? In such a case, wouldn't the story itself be the art, and the piece merely the vessel? But then again a good story can't brighten up a foyer.

Sometimes I want to call bullshit on things that rely on stories. Truly brilliant art, fashion or any visual medium shouldn't always have to rely on words or ties to well-known names--just the power of it's physical presence. Not to say my personal style is in any way on that level, but it's sad that a lack of story can detract people from something they enjoyed. Perhaps my outfit didn't evoke a literal narrative, but I felt it had an emotional one. Black, shunning sunshine and summer, and yet utterly exposed to the elements and public eyes. Alarming at first glance, but frustratingly simple when broken down. Fashion can be a riddle, sometimes not meant to have an answer.

I guess I'm completely contradicting myself writing this, but it's an interesting human aspect to think about. In other words, don't ask me who I'm wearing ;).

You Are Invited: A Current Affair Pop Up Marketplace Returns!

A Current Affair returns for it's third edition for spring! Curated by vintage dealer Richard Wainwright and Joey Grana, designer and owner of Scout, with additional vintage selection by Emmy Award-winning costume designer David Zyla. This is not your usual extremely marked-up flea market pickings sale: Along with more than 25 local vintage retailers and private dealers, you'll find choice vintage clothing, jewelry, eyewear and more from labels like Balmain, Halston, Chloe, Comme des Garcons and Lanvin. ACA alumns Weltenbuerger, and Reclaimed In L.A. will be returning with a new addition of rustic jewelry line Alkemie.

Be sure to come on Saturday evening for an exhibition of 10 vintage looks curated by Zyla, and hi, OPEN BAR sponsored by Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, Izze Sparkling Juices and Smartwater. Note: admission is $10 at the door each day, but considering the kind of one-of-a-kind pieces you'll find, it's more than worth it.

A Current Affair
Cooper Design Space
860 South Los Angeles Street, Penthouse
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, April 2 from 6pm-10pm
Sunday, April 3 from 10am-5pm.

FLAUNT Magazine Celebrates G-Star Store Opening

Last week I attended a pretty casual event a few blocks from the beach, which is a total rarity for me. FLAUNT celebrated the latest addition to the completely revamped Santa Monica Place mall (a mall that boasts Louis Vuitton and Tiffany's among others), the G-Star store. Although I'm neither much a fan of the denim oasis that is G-Star, nor of malls, I am however a Flaunt alumna. I had the privilege of working and writing for them while studying for my degree a few years ago. I still have my recorded interview with Josh Brolin about the Oscar buzz that surrounded his role in No Country For Old Men in 2007. The last question I asked in the interview is if he had any advice for men and boys who want impressive mustaches like his own. He. Was. Not. Amused. Mustaches were a hot topic 2007, it's only natural I ask! Maybe one day after career suicide I'll upload the clip...
I ran into some fellow Flaunt alumni and met some new ones. Unfortunately it seems that everyone I worked with are no longer at Flaunt. Just thinking back on the lavish Flaunt Christmas party that I literally had to flee from (from my own fault alone) I honestly don't know if I would've been able to last either. The crowd was a mix of westside fashionistas, eastside hipsters, dudes in denim tuxedos, FIDM students and the usual open bar grazers.
What brought G-Star and Flaunt together that night was the collaboration between the label and Flaunt friend/contributing photographer Anton Corbijn, who shot the Spring/Summer 2011 campaign. Famous faces include Liv Tyler and Gemma Arterton along with an unusual model choice--the stony-faced Norwegian Grandmaster chess champion, Magnus Carlsen. People chatted, drank, danced and very much in Flaunt style, hotboxed the dressing room to which the employees seemed to shrug off. Truly a proper christening.

Click through for more photos:

The obligatory mirror shot
And back home :)

HD Buttercup Opening - Official Photos & Video

Some much better visual coverage of the Unique LA / Apartment 3 + KidViskous grand opening at HD Buttercup. Thank you to the over 1600 people who attended!

Photos by Justin Sullivan, and video by The Video Mouse. Enjoy!

Tiffany got caught snapping

HD Buttercup: Design Center Grand Opening from Chris Laughter : The Video Mouse on Vimeo.

More photos (like, 100 more) after the jump.

Unique LA & Apartment 3 Hipster Slam HD Buttercup

Last Friday was the launch party for the Unique LA / Apartment 3 store at HD Buttercup in the Helms arts district. It's located in this fantastic plaza that was formerly a family owned bakery, and now houses restaurants and upscale furniture stores. An absolutely gorgeous and historic location, it's still a bit bare compared to other shopping destinations, so this fashion boutique is a step in the right direction for the area. 

The event was PACKED with all types of people and some of the more refined and sophisticated (read: steadily employed-looking) breeds of LA hipsters and fashionistas. The retail boutique is a joint effort initiated by indie designer show Unique LA who brought on boutique/fashion consultant Apartment 3 to collaborate on the project. They soon found a home in the 4,000 sq ft furniture store HD Buttercup, who offered up a generous section of their store for a minimum four-month run. Apartment 3 was one of my retailers and we frequently collaborate with sample sales and events, so the adorable Apartment 3 mama Kristin Knauff asked KidViskous to be one of the featured designers! Thanks Kristin!

Rumor has it if successful, the store will seek to expand to a San Francisco location. At first I thought it a bit strange to have a fashion boutique within this humungous designer furniture store (think IKEA with a few extra zeros on the price tags), but after seeing everything set up with droves of stylish people roaming the walkways, it made perfect sense. The store has a indie/vintage vibe with clothes and shoes, new and vintage, housewares, gifts, apothecaries and even a section for kids and babies. Designers include jewelry by KidViskous (of course); clothing by Smoke and Mirrors, Blood is the New Black, Eva Franco, and MNKR; body products by Chiva-Som and Klean Spa; stationery by Rock Scissor Paper; and wool gardening containers by Woolly Pockets.
 Vicious lines for the open bars
  Shoppers checking out some KidViskous Bowtie Necklaces

You can now shop the Unique LA / Apartment 3 store!
HD Buttercup
3325 Helms Avenue, Los Angeles
Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sun. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

I know my camera is soooo shitty. If anyone has suggestions for a high-end digital camera that's excellent for low light situations and isn't a million dollars, leave a comment!

 KidViskous Feather Earrings and Necklaces mixed in with real feathered friends
 Gold and Silver Origami Cranes

You're Invited: H.D. Buttercup Store Opening Party

I'm very excited to have KidViskous selected as one of the featured designers at the Unique LA / Apartment 3 pop-up store at the celeb-approved H.D. Buttercup furniture store in the upcoming (I think it's actually here) Helms Bakery arts district of Los Angeles (Culver City specifically). Come party, see Nikki from Silversun Pickups/Boom Bip DJ, fall in love and well, it's an open bar party surrounded by beds people!

Friday, October 22nd 2010
8 - 11 PM
3225 Helms Ave, Los Angeles