RECAP: FASHION ISSUE RELEASE PARTY

The saying is, “work hard, play hard,” and here at LA CANVAS boy, do we breathe that mantra.

This past Tuesday, we were back at it again at Palihouse with another kick-ass event in our Fashion Issue Release Party, getting down with LA’s most glam, gorgeous and fashionable inhabitants. With So Super SamShiva and DOOMZ  on the decks and Red Bull to provide the cocktails, the party was quick to swell and get down and dirty on the dance floor.

And if you weren’t on the dance floor, there were many other happenings throughout the night including a fashion installation where Love Nail Tree, 7 Diamonds and Koshka featured some of their signature looks for guests to bid on, benefitting the Downtown Women’s Center. Giving back to the community with a drink in hand, why didn’t we think of that sooner?

The fun didn’t end there though. With sweet goodies provided by Element Eden, TRI-ANTLER, Publish Brand, Filtrate EyewearNapoleon’s Macarons, Paisley Sockwear and Good hYOUman – just to name a few – a DIY denim bar by !TEM and an interactive photobooth by Tommy B, the night was jumpin’ from the get-go and the entire LA CANVAS crew couldn’t be more grateful to those that came out to share it with us. We wouldn’t want to celebrate our new baby in any other fashion than with some good drinks, good music and good company, especially when its with great folks like yourselves.

Check out some of our favorite pics from the party, and be sure to follow us on @LACANVAS and subscribe to our Weekly not only to see what shenanigans we’re getting ourselves into, but to also see how you can get in on the fun and get some free swag too while you’re at it.

See more photos on our Facebook photo album here.

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BESPOKE BITES: TRUFFL

Earlier this week we headed to our favorite DTLA hamlet on E 3rd St to visit pop-up turned perma emporium, Guerilla Atelier. The astoundingly well-lit space played host to an intimate dinner presented by our new event obsession, TRUFFL. Their latest themed event, Fashion x Food, was inspired by the intersection of good taste across mediums, and showcased dishes inspired by the fashion industry’s icons.

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From Ralph Lauren to Dior, chef Tony DiSalvo kept the culinary genius flowing throughout his immaculately presented feast. Bonham’s Auction House hosted exquisite wine while acclaimed pianist Claude Hall treated us to a live performance of Spanish and French jazz.
The evening was the first of hopefully many to come from TRUFFL, whose objective is to bring together creative and inspiring people through unforgettable curated experiences based on their personal persuasions. With their fresh take on the classic idea of a Members’ Club, TRUFFL have begun creating a dynamic community of insiders… and if Fashion x Food is any indication of what’s to come, we’ll be clearing our schedules for these guys.

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Take a minute and register through their site here.

Text: Erin Dennison
Photo: Jennifer Puno

 

THE CROSSOVER: PETE TONG MAKES L.A. HIS NEW HOME

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Brace yourselves, Los Angeles, electronic dance music’s biggest prophet has made our city his new home. Pete Tong, the legendary veteran DJ and radio host for the UK’s BBC Radio 1, is one of dance music’s loudest advocates. While the scene has climaxed to a foreign territory where many are skeptical about its lasting future, Tong is no cynic about the current situation, but instead, a belieber, believer and visionary in embracing the current disposition.

With his recent relocation from the UK to LA, he plans on taking refuge within this concrete jungle–a hub for talent and haven for creativity. This city has invaluable powers to introduce or hide its talented artists by its labyrinth of networks, something Mr. Tong plans taking full advantage of, to introduce even more brilliant talent from the UK and Europe. We’re reminded of the powerful article that Bill Gates wrote, ‘Content is King’, which spoke of the boundless capacity of the internet and its extension of networks.

Pete Tong’s innovative perspective plans on rewiring the current grid of EDM that happens to be playing it rather safe and replicated among many of America’s DJs. By stepping out of his comfort zone and channeling his sweeping knowledge and deep roots of the EDM field, this new market will be groundbreaking for his personal career and for many to come.


BBC Radio 1 – Pete Tong, Essential Mix featuring Disclosure

This Friday night. Sept 20, will be his first Los Angeles residency show at Sound Nightclub in Hollywood. Los Angeles, brace yourselves for a sensational evening fueled by some of the most emerging and captivating tunes that this EDM prophet has to offer.

Purchase your tickets here.

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THE NEW SCHOOL: PUBLIC SCHOOL

What happens when the unconventional becomes popular? In the case of menswear designers, Public School, increased popularity simply means more people at your parties. It’s been said that the principal fundamentals of “cool” are achieved through a nuanced concoction of rebellion, aesthetic inclination, confidence and individuality. Turns out, being hip—and we’re not talking about Generation Y’s collective ethos of ironic living—is achieved by the timeless act of truly doing you.

 

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The concept that authenticity will persevere is equal parts rudimentary and complex, and a notion that’s undoubtedly woven into the fabric of the universe. Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne have been marrying street logic and luxury since their tenures at 2004 CFDA award-winner, Sean John. Just a few years after meeting at the urban powerhouse, the duo reunited to produce cult-favorite menswear brand, Public School. Smart, athletic tailoring, a downtown sensibility, and opulent fabric choices fuse to construct a hybrid that pleases both the anti-hero and the notoriously exclusive fashion industry simultaneously.

 

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“In terms of the staying underground, we want to affect as many people as possible, we aren’t interested in keeping it a little niche brand . . . not saying we’re trying to make it a megabrand, but eventually our goal is to make sort of a global lifestyle brand. It’s such a cliché, but for us to launch into different product categories, eventually produce women’s, retail, you know—all those things are in our plan. I don’t think the goal was ever to keep it this small underground thing. It’s great that it is—everyone has to start somewhere—but we’re really trying to grow.”

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READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN OUR ISSUE HERE.

 

text ERIN DENNISON
photo CONAN THAI
styling RAUL GUERRERO
hair MARIO CISNEROS
makeup FATIMOT ISADRE
photo assistant JOAN MICHEL VERGARA

A LATERAL EXCHANGE: THE DRESLYN

The LAC crew recently got up close and personal with the new online boutique The Dreslyn. Aside from the graceful, impactful, and highly intuitive site designed by clubhouse faves Hugo and Marie, The Dreslyn is seriously capturing our sartorial desires. From brands like APC, Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, Champagnes de Provence, and Carven, founder Brooke Taylor Corcia has carved out a niche for The Dreslyn in the luxury marketplace, and we’re proud to claim the innovative retail environment is indigenous to our fair city.

 

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Seeing the lack of a lateral exchange as an opportunity for innovation, Brooke began conceptualizing a retail platform for the sartorially savvy woman to correct contemporary fashion’s considerable blind spot. Through a cocktail of expert brand-cultivation, art direction, and interactive technology, she crafts an elegant voice and populist exchange between the brand and customer.

“It’s only ‘cause of companies like Net-A-Porter and Gilt Groupe that we’ve been able to advance—we’ve really been able to stand on their shoulders and try something new. Our delivery is much more informal. We come at it from a bit of a democratic point of view—a bit more conversational. The ‘West Coast point of view’ is something that is very important to our identity. I do find that it has been missing the market. I literally relocated my life to California ‘cause there is a lot happening here. The California angle is really exciting and we’re really proud to adopt it.”

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READ THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH THE DRESLYN IN OUR ISSUE HERE.
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PICTURE PERFECT: LEICA GALLERY LA

Since its introduction in 1925, Leica’s reputation has preceded itself, its commitment to excellence never faltering among the millennial generation’s lust for instant gratification. So when Leica decided to open a new gallery space in the heart of Los Angeles, they, predictably, took their time and did it right. Upon entering the 8,000 square foot space, I am greeted with a flood of natural light, a well-clad staff on deck, and a gargantuan, metallic Leica sculpture built by Chinese artist Liao Yibai. It is one hell of an introduction, as “after all,” says Roland Wolff, VP of Marketing and Corporate Retail, “everyone knows that you only have one chance to make a first impression.” Tiffany’s window-shopping be damned, this is a gadget-hoppers dream, a camera-lover’s heaven, a photojournalist’s paradise. You are entering an elite club, and you’d be a fool not to take note.

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But geeking out among the pristine cases of vintage and contemporary lenses will have to wait. Upstairs, the gallery beckons. I am given a tour of the space by curator, Annie Seaton, who describes in detail the incredible history of the brand and what’s in store for the gallery’s upcoming exhibitions. Breathtaking prints by iconic photographer, Mary Ellen Mark line the walls of a space that has been retrofitted to host Leica Akademie workshops, with projections built into the ceiling and hidden walls appearing as if out of thin air. There is a small library curated by celebrated Magnum photographer, Martin Parr, where guests are invited to peruse his selections of some of the best photo books the publishing world has seen. Double glass doors lead to a gorgeous outdoor (why yes, there’s an outside!) patio. I grab one of the books from the gallery and find my way to a shadowed corner on the patio and read away, mesmerized by images and totally relaxed in this hidden oasis just off Beverly Boulevard.

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Below the gallery, lies the equally well-curated store, home to the entire range of new Leica products, along with a number of their rare and vintage pieces. From a gold-plated, special edition Leica created for the Sultan of Brunei, to their entire line of the brand new and highly coveted Summilux motion picture lenses, the store is an optical sanctuary, housing some of the most cherished and influential cameras in photographic history. I am enthralled with the staff’s knowledge, and they are quick to school me on all things photography. Many of their cameras are made by hand in batches of 15, taking up to four to six weeks to produce. Apprenticeship in their factory can take up to a full year before handling the precious cargo is even allowed. And with their technologically advanced rangefinder system, it’s no wonder that photojournalists across the world are keen to call this camera their own.

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text + photo RACHEL MANY