Monthly Archives: October 2011

{Music Monday | Interview with Diego Garcia}

For Diego Garcia, 2011 might just be another year. His new album Laura has been voted one of NPR’s top 25 albums of the year and it’s been a long time coming, 5 years in the making. Formerly the front man of Elefant, Billboard magazine says Garcia emerges with a stellar solo debut!

Anxiously awaiting my phone call with Diego, wondering what he was going to be like, my expectations were low, especially as a New Yorker at the top of his game. I picked up the phone to hear a soothing friendly voice on the other end – laid back like a surfer, eloquent like a writer and gentle like the father he is.

Diego originally made his mark on the indie music scene as front man for the popular indie act Elefant prior to his successful solo career. His new album, Laura, is named after his French-Brazilian wife, previously a successful fashion designer, and recently made a splash in the interior design world after the birth of their child. They’ve been featured in Casa Sugar and The Glow, as if their story wasn’t already cute enough.

The album explores his Latin heritage but also explores dealing with love, heartbreak and coming of age. He explains, I began to write this album shortly after they broke up, to deal with the pain, to ask questions and get a few things off his chest. The album deals with the melody of love but also becoming a man in New York City and growing up.

His culture and upbringing also allowed a self-assure man to explore the depths of love and explore his eternal side. It’s natural to sing about in love in Argentina, the same way a kid on long beach signs about surfing. In my culture it’s okay for a man to sing about that subject of love. The album is not about a first kiss, it’s about a lot heavier – macho, grown-up, mature love.

However he did make a point to say, the 80s killed the love category, further explaining the balance of the arrangement felt raw, dirty and the early 70s offered an edgy dark side to music. Thankfully, for you and for I, he has brought back melodic music about love and with no better way than his album Laura.

The album debuts a man of confidence, security in himself, and sincerity in his words. When speaking to him, I gathered a sense he knew exactly who he was – at peace with where he was at in his life. He has lived a full life, rich with culture, adventures, highs and lows. Diego admitted to not achieving his first goal in life, which was to become a professional soccer player. Music was a back-up plan, which at first he admits was something he enjoyed for the fame, the women, and the spotlight. Now, it’s a passion and as a grown up responsible man, a way to put food on the table,a Diego tells me.

His mother was a musician, though she didn’t play enough. He remembers her having a old nylon Spanish guitar that she played as a teenager. Diego looked at it every day when he would go to get his shoes in the closet, before going outside. At times his mother would strum it after dinner.

While some of Diego’s music explores heavy issue, he himself was upbeat and happy. He told me some great stories, one having the opportunity to cook for Karl Lagerfeld, and it’s apparent he doesn’t take himself too seriously. We closed with a question of dreams. I asked him if he had the opportunity o have dinner with 5 people, living or dead, he said he would have dinner with – Diego Maradona – the greatest soccer player to this date, Karl Lagerfeld, Elvis, Oscar Wilde, Steve Jobs. I wouldn’t mind having a seat at that table either!

Check out Diego Garcia’s remix for download:

And his new album Laura is one don’t want to miss. You’ll have that on repeat..

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{Music Mondays || Diego Garcia Sneak Peak}

Check back for next week’s full interview with Diego Garcia and free download. xx

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{Directives West Debuts Four Trends Emerging for Spring 2012}

Directives West debuts four emerging trends for Spring 2012 – SOCIAL HERITAGE (a return to crisp basics and delicate heirloom wovens – American vintage), WORLD TREASURES (multicultural escapes – a free spirit floats through a world of curiosity as Eastern influences along with Sahara sands are crafted with strength and grace), RAPTURE (striking imagery, clashing graphics and mismatched combinations), THE SOPHISTICATE (futuristic minimalism in a deconstructed and transparent world).

This Spring, expect an explosion of color and print.

Skies Are Blue

Mary Logan - World Treasures

Whitney Eve - Cameo

Creative Commune - Rapture

Go Make Noise

Cameo

Ketz-Ke

Directives West has invited three prominent local fashion personalities – Fashion and
Lifestyle Expert Kelly Lee of BussBuss.com, DIY Expert Kristen Turner of Glitter ʻN Glue and Celebrity Stylist and Fashion Blogger Lauren Shane of elshane.com will welcome guests to the event and showcase their personalized edit of looks from designers featured on the First.LA runway.

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{Forget Those Mainstream Handbag Labels & Check Something Clever & New – Cleobella}

I just searched the entire Bloomingdales website for a new bag when finally I came across Cloebella. I’ve been needing for longer than I should say, but honestly have a hard time buy handbags because none of them really impress me – except for the $800 bags – which I can’t afford. I’ve felt the pressure, like so many of us do, to carry, “the bag.” But honestly, what excites me even more is the bag that is beautiful, quality, speaks to one’s personality and unique. For me, that is Cleobella. I get that Marc Jacobs makes nice bags. I get that Alexander Wang does too – and you’ll look ultra cool and edgy if you get one. But when carrying a handbag, do you want the bag that almost everyone you know has or knows of?

Cleobella was started in 2008 by Los Angeles based Angela O’Brien. I’m finding more and more talented Los Angeles based designers and it’s making me proud! Cleobella is a travel inspired collection with a simplistic and feminine style. The collection consists of a Handbags, Clutches, and Wallets – 100% hand crafted in Indonesia…Each bag is special and unique. Think boho, navajo, beautiful, chic – tons of fringe, worn in leather and beaded clutches. Mix the 70s with western – you’ll find Cleobella.

I just purchased The Cleobella Cherokee Suede Nova Bucket Bag- ORIG $603.00, WAS $422.10 and NOW $295.47. I really wanted the brown bag but I’m really like the black, too.

They’re collection is fantastic. I’m coveting a cross body bag with fringe for my next purchase.

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{Music Mondays | Bon Iver Remix}

Bon Iver – Babys (Moths Remix) by MOTHS
With Bon Iver touring the US…people can’t stop talking about about his amazing music. My friend shared this remix by Moths, who have actually been around since the early 90s. Check it, you will not be disappointed + free download!

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{Cool Peeps, Great Tunes & Killer Designs at the Kucoon Trunk Show}

What a lovely evening with the friends and family of Kucoon! I have fallen for the line, and I know you will too.

Andrea Spratt, the founder and designer of Kucoon, designs an elegant, whimsical line styled with layering, fringe, wraps and hoodies! Who doesn’t love a hoodie for Winter?! Her line is moody, but casual. Complicated, but just enough. The materials are so soft you could wear them to bed – just do it, I won’t tell –  jumpsuits perfect for lounging in.

The piece of the night was the Hooded Shawl, aka “Fringe Hood”, with fringe, layering and length (pictured below.) This piece can be worn three different ways, wrapped loosely with length, double wrapped hung in the front or with the fringe scarf thrown to the side. I love the lines’ simplicity using mulitple shades of greys and stripes and keeping patterns at a minimum.  Tons of maxis this season – with a touch of detail around the waist or neckline. Check out more here: http://store.kucoondesigns.com/.

The Fringe Hood

Greys, Stripes and Maxis. Diggin' it all.

Other than shopping through the $20/$30/$40 dollar bins (score?!), the rest of the evening consisted of really good peeps, good music and yummy food and drinks.

I came across a really cool jewelry line, too! Valou Tri Caps - for men and women. Her designs are super rad, but her story is even better.  You may have seen these similar designs lately, but let me tell you, Valou was the first to design this awesome concept! Hopefully, she’ll land her patent soon. Originally from France, Valou explained to us in her ‘ever-so-cool’ accent, that she’s designing some rings for Lady Gaga (pictured below). Think layers and layers of 3 diamonds – so Lady Gaga, so cool. She mentioned a couple rappers she’s doing some designs for too!

Designer Valou, showing us a mock of up what she's designing for Lady Gaga

A fun evening with great designs – who could ask for more?  I’m heading back soon to purchase a few pieces I’m coveting. Check out more at Kucoon.

 xx ~ Style Wax Poetic

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{Fashion Trends Carried To Home Design}

I pretty much lust over anything tribal, boho or 70s glam. Truly inspired by the patterns, muted tons, and the mellow vibe that carries when wearing tribal – almost a hippie chicness but with a powerful strength of peace. While I might be getting carried away with passion from the excitement of tribal, I’m really wanting to share with you these amazing finds from Anthropologie Home. I am LOVE home design almost as much as fashion, however the pieces tend to be a taaaaad more expensive than what we can find at Forever 21. So I stay in the $200 range for new pieces, flea markets and even many times find great things at Marshals.

Anthropologie got me though. It usually does and I know that I’ll be thinking of these beautiful pieces for months to come.

Since I can’t afford this at the moment at $2,698…

I’m really considering buying of these to add some color and design to my place for around $200 each..

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{Fall Lingerie | Undrest Offers Lace, Style and A Vintage Feel

I never realized lingerie actually had different seasons and collections. I guess I never really paid attention and I don’t think the men have either. But I realized there are certain lingerie pieces that should be tucked away for next Fall, along with those coats and boots.

UNDREST, for example, does Fall lingerie perfectly offering Victorian style pieces with lace, and muted color-ways, that parrellel the changing color of the leaves and the moody Fall skies.

After viewing the collection, I can totally images wearing it after the holiday festivities with a hot toddys at home with your honey. See below a few images from U<strong>NDREST’s Lingerie Fall/Winter 2012 Lookbook. Such a sweet and sexy line!

See more about and where to but at Undrest.com.

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{Music Mondays | Trace by Anthem Facility}

Anthem Facility is the latest creation of NYC-based producer Stephen Hermann, who has been making music for over 20 years. He first emerged in the industry as a member of the group Sukpatch, whose lo-fi pop was recorded at home with cheap keyboards, samplers, and a 4-track cassette recorder, long before elaborate home studios would become commonplace. After signing to the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal label in 1997, the group disbanded, but Hermann continued to work with Sukpatch’s original label Slabco.

Despite being a competent multi-instrumentalist, Hermann hardly considers himself a musician. He spends countless hours experimenting with modem and vintage recording methods, production techniques, and synthesizer programming. His meticulous approach and dependence on outsourced session musicians can be compared to Steely Dan’s pop craftsmanship that transcends genre. Some sonic influences are the dense atmospherics of My Bloody Valentine, Brightblack Morning Light and the bouncy, breezy French House sounds of Etienne de Crecy or Daft Punk.

With the release of Anthem Facility’s debut EP Trace, the diversity of those influences is evident. With Malay offering her distinct lead vocals throughout the five songs on the EP, the same chemistry that drew so much attention and acclaim in their song’s first appearance is on full display.

Trace is the first in a series of releases planned from Anthem Facility. It also marks the first full release from Hermann’s label exro.fm, which will be releasing the EP digitally and on vinyl in late summer 2011.

OR MORE INFO VISIT:

exro.fm
myspace.com/missmelatimalay
myspace.com/anthemfacility
explosionrobinson.com

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{Patti Hansen + HUNG ON YOU}

Style icon Patti Hansen, launched her 80s-inspired cross-body bag collection, Hung On U to Barney’s New York last month. To celebrate the launch of the line, Barney’s hosted chic party with LA’s hippest crowd. The launch took place on the third floor of Barney’s Beverly Hills, and the bags hung on see through manqueens in the center of the room. Guests dressed to impress, nibbled on appetizers and sipped champagne.  A relaxed celebration with Beverly Hills twist.

The collection will be auctioned off to and all proceeds will beneft the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping medical scientists learn more about EB, its causes, and the development of a cure. This cause is of particular import to Hansen, who firmly believes in the power of doing good (while looking good).

 

Actress Patricia Arquette

To create the line, she’s asked her talented friends and family to design one-of-a-kind canvas bags that will be sold via online auction house Charity Buzz.   Christian Louboutin, Rashida Jones, Debra Messing are just a few and of course her family (husband Keith Richards, daughters Alexandra and Theodora Richards.)

Barneys Creative Ambassador-at-Large Simon Doonan and Patti Hansen

Find out more and see the full collection HERE.

Images courtesy of  Barney’s.

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