Saturday, February 20, 2010

Stuff I wrote: 2.18.10-2.24.10

My weekly roundup of everything I've written this week.

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[New Land of Milk and Honey]
A performance art meets fashion show meets art installation, New Land of Milk and Honey is an ambitious project from a trio of designers. The press release has the group exploring such seemingly unrelated topics as communal living, electronic sleep, synesthesia, technicolor, prenatal learning and chronobiology. A bit out-there and lofty, sure, but designers Annie Larson, Brett Smith and Erin Smith all have sturdy reputations. Larson, a onetime Target designer and Voltage alum, is well regarded in the local fashion community for her innovative designs and impeccable construction skills. She'll debut her all-new line of brightly colored, multi-patterned knit sweaters, leggings and onesies (think Gap on crack). For their part, it's a sure bet that brother-and-sister team Brett and Erin Smith will bring their skills as sculptor/installation artist and product designer, respectively. Opening reception 7-11 p.m. Sat 2/20.
For the second installment of the Midnight Movie Society, once again teams up with DJ Jake Rudh to present a cult film, drinks, a themed soundtrack and prizes for best dressed. Next up is sexploitation director Russ Meyer's 1970 "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," regarded as a cult classic for its equal doses of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. The movie, which originally received an X rating from the MPAA, centers around an all-girl rock band that goes to Hollywood to make it big, a goal that quickly dissipates into endless nights of decadence. Think lesbian sex scenes, women masquerading as men and plenty of pill-popping. Dress up as your favorite character for a chance to win prizes, take in a "Dolls"-inspired soundtrack by Rudh, and get your photo shot in the photo booth. A complimentary midnight champagne toast and truffle popcorn are included in the price of a ticket.
Fashion meets pop art in Margaux Lange's Plastic Body Series, an art jewelry collection that incorporates parts of plastic Barbie dolls in quirky but cute configurations. The line has a cheeky sense of humor -- take the "Have-a-Heart Bust" pendant, which features the doll's chest cut into a heart shape ($180). Year-round, Lange donates part of the proceeds of the Have-a-Heart Collection to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Other pieces from the self-professed "art jeweler" include the doll's arms, legs and face fitted with sterling silver and pigmented resins.

Six local jewelry designers welcome spring this weekend with all-new collections. The latest work by Liebling Designs, known for delicate, retro-inspired beading and floral motifs, is decidedly bold while staying true to its ladylike aesthetic. Candied Yams combines semi-precious stones (turquoise, onyx, agate) into configurations fitting for a modern-day flower child. Those collections and four others will be priced 15 percent off during the trunk show.

At Le Petit Connaisseur de la Mode:

[Vision model Diane Johnson in Threeasfour at New York Fashion Week]
At l'etoile magazine:
At l'etoile's LOL-OMG! blog:

[Bight Club via's Best New Bands contest]

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