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Designers in Front of the Camera

If there’s one thing Project Runway has taught us, it’s that designers aren’t always as attractive as their creations (see: Santino, season 2). But occasionally there comes a designer that could probably walk in their own shows and everyone would just mistake him or her for another model.

via Marc Jacobs

And so we have Marc Jacobs, the quiet but gorgeous designer that makes amazing clothing and has an equally as amazing face. For his new fragrance campaign, he’s  oiled up and, um, out there for all to see. But he’s not the first designer to get in on the modeling action. The equally delicious (ugh, I wish I was a gay man) Tom Ford also starred in his own fragrance campaign. Oh my bless-ed eyes!

via Tom Ford

Then there’s been Kimora Lee Simmons, etc, but do we really need pictures of them? Nah. There’s a difference between the higher art of Jacobs and Ford, and the fame-whoring of Kimora. The higher designers could sell their products without us ever seeing their faces,  but the Kimoras of the world couldn’t sell anything without their faces being plastered all over their products and ads. Here’s to seeing more of Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs’ faces… and whatever else we need to see of theirs in their ads :-).

Yeah, that’s right… a SMILEY FACE. I went there.

-MM

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Photographers 101: Let Us De-Culture You

Feeling void of culture lately? Poor dears. That’s why we came to this wonderful city, because the East Coast tried to shove books and cellos down our deep throats! And we weren’t having any of that. But some art we can swallow? How about the work of some of the best photographers of the moment? Here’s a rundown of some photogs you know, some you should know, and some you might fall in love with.

-MM

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Old Vegas in New LA

via Venturi Scott Brown and Associates Philadelphia

Of all the things I’m sad I missed as a child of Generation X, Vegas in the 60’s is a major one. The decadence, the class, the escape — it’s just not what you get from a Vegas vacation anymore.

From Mar. 21 – Jun. 20, the MOCA will be celebrating this slice of American debauchery with the exhibit LAS VEGAS STUDIO: IMAGES FROM THE ARCHIVES OF ROBERT VENTURI AND DENISE SCOTT BROWN at the Pacific Design Center. Compiled by the architects Venturi and Brown, the photographs are an analysis of the good, the bad, and the ugly of Vegas architecture. But more than that, they give us a look back at that world of furs and expensive scotch and hidden guns in said furs. And anything else CASINO tells me went down during that era.

Visit:
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 289-5223

-MM

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Trendwatch: The Return of the Graphic Tee

Palm Art. via Flickr

The rise of plaid also meant the end of the graphic tee (remember way back in 2007, when people thought witty slogans with clip art was “stylish”?). Well, guess what? Graphic tees are staging a comeback – but not like you remember them.

Surf's up. via The Oh, Snap! Project

The Oh, Snap! Project has integrated Flickr photos onto t-shirts to create a line of new shirts that have crazy cool artwork featured in different sizes on each design. Check them out here.

-MK

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Scion Space: Culver City’s Culture Club

The incredible (paper) work of Shin Tanaka. From the Papershapers exhibit at the Scion Space from last year.

Tucked away in Culver City, the Scion Space is one of the best places in LA to check out rotating exhibits by contemporary artists without shelling out for the LACMA. Great place for a dose of culture, and to take a break from huffing car fumes and reading picture books (US Weekly).

More of Tanaka’s work here: http://shin.co.nr/.

Check out the Scion Space:
3521 Helms Ave (at National)
Culver City, CA 90232
http://www.scion.com/space/

Photo credit: MM

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This is for Johnny

Johnny Ramone's grave in the Hollywood Forever cemetery.

Photo credit: MM

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Friday on the Sunset Strip

Handholding prevents heel tripping

Photo credit:  Lindsay Edelstein

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