You may recognize Leila Goldkuhl. With notable campaigns with Mink Pink, Urban Outfitters, and BCBG under her belt, the former 3rd place contestant of America’s Next Top Model (cycle 19) is now living in LA and signed with NEXT Model Management.
The Massachusetts native grew up playing sports and was initially hesitant to enter the modeling world. But with a little success and a few trips around the globe later—she’s since changed her tune. Our gal, Hillary Comstock sat down with the 5’11 beauty to talk travel, competition, and marine biology.
They say there’s a symbiotic relationship between a city and its people: a city generates a certain breed among its people, whereas it’s the people that construct the city–literally and culturally. Los Angeles is no different. LA has consistently pushed boundaries and toed the line between conventional and irregular, beauty and innovation, aesthetically appeal versus practicality, and all hybrids in between. This idea of duality especially manifests itself in the city’s creative industry and is seen in the ways in which we as a city face creative challenges.
This Friday, the West Hollywood Design District further explores these ideas and more with DIEM: Design Intersects Everything Made — its second annual design forum aimed toward inspiring and encouraging integral design in all dimensions of art – from fashion to interior design and architecture.
Curated by KCRW Design and Architecture (DnA) host, Frances Anderton, the forum is geared toward LA’s growing creative and design industry with seminars discussing the convergence of intelligence and the beauty of good design. Spread across various showrooms in the West Hollywood Design District, the programs will feature speakers along the likes of design journalist Mallery Roberts Morgan, curator Mat Gleason, fashion designer Jonathan Skow, a.k.a Mr Turk, and a slew of additional design industry experts making DIEM an essential destination for visual and design junkies.
Exploring topics like Instagram in art photography, the touchy ideas behind copying, and the rise of warehouse galleries, the one-day event is set up so that like-minded individuals can interact with one another in the hopes of generating a deliberate cross-pollination between all principles of art — providing an environment suitable for LA’s penchant for growth and innovation.
Because that’s what LA does — LA mingles, LA collaborates, and most of all, LA creates. Register for the event and check the full seminar line-up here.
If there’s a style of menswear that has outlived its own decade without it simply surviving out of nostalgia or irony, and without showing any hint of winding down, it would probably be grunge. Made popular by bands such as Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, and of course Nirvana, the rugged look of jeans and a button down shirt, primarily plaid, has become the go-to outfit for just about every guy regardless if they’re in a band or not. It’s comfort that unintentionally became fashionable.
The L.A. clothing line Fear of God has updated the early 90s scene by creating darker contemporary grunge-like items that may remind you of modern fashion apparel designed by the likes of Alexander Wang and Rick Owens. Fear of God recently released their end of summer lookbook for their SS13 collection Final Delivery, with items that include a long clean tee, a fitted side-zipped plaid shirt, and a short-sleeve hoodie, all of which hold on to what made grunge so great in the first place, comfort.
See their collection: http://fearofgodla.com
An exhibit loaded with ideas and architectural ingenuity, A New Sculpturalism sets to inspire us by highlighting the city’s structural heritage and future.
Los Angeles has been a constant canvas for architects such as Richard Neutra and Frank Gehry now and throughout history to build upon. To follow and celebrate Los Angeles’s architectural legacy and future, MOCA and Pacific Standard Time collaborated on A New Sculpturalism at the Geffen Contemporary, on show now through September 9th.
The exhibit explores 38 emerging architectural practices and firms involved in Los Angeles’s modern architecture for the past 25 years. With seasoned and established architects like Gehry and Eric Owen Moss to newcomers like Tom Wiscombe, A NEW SCULPTURISM strives to showcase the innovation and potential of Los Angeles, posing the city as a true center of architectural creativity and intellect.
This collaborative showcase involves not only architectural heavy weights like Thom Mayne, but also numerous renowned foundations and institutions such as the Southern California Institute for Architecture (SCI-Arc), the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California Department of Architecture. This exhibit is possibly the architectural highlight of the year.
This past weekend, LAC had the pleasure of attending the Parachute Market. The theme of the occasion was “Psychedelic Summer,” which would normally terrify this writer because even the faintest smell of patchouli makes her minimalist sensibilities shudder. However, the event was anything but a hippy nightmare. Nestled deep in the Arts District in Downtown, the carefully curated marketplace offered a display anyone could get behind.
The Parachute Market is a design show specifically for artists and designers who not only display beautiful things but everything shown is actually for sale, if you can afford it. The event hosted a myriad of good-looking L.A. locals who are selling their passion projects—fine art, new and vintage clothing, furniture, bags, jewelry and music, just to name a few. The best part about these sorts of outdoor markets is being able to converse with the person who handmade your new favorite necklace and knowing the story behind creating it.
All of Natalia Benson‘s designs are inspired by the perfect synergy of nature. Next to her jewelry display is a deck of tarot cards because, that’s right, she can also tell you your fortune. Just an added bonus.
Le Renard bags are made by hand in Los Angeles using only natural indigo to create each pattern, making every bag one-of-a-kind. The inside is just as special as its outward appearance, with a perfect suede pocket to hold all of your little treasures.
Christi Jay uses mostly salvaged and re-purposed material, giving her pieces a new life. Her geometric textile work, as seen to the left and right of her jewelry display, balance the rawness of natural wood with the warm and cool shapes made from textile-work.
Brendan Ravenhill‘s Chord Pendant light is made and assembled in Los Angeles. The minimalist design is simple, but not at all boring. Our diningroom table could really use the company of this bad boy (or girl).
Tracy Wilkinson‘s ceramic pieces are perfect hung inside the house in that kitchen corner beside a breakfast nook or set outside to add intrigue to your succulent garden. Head to her site to check out her pieces made with leather straps. She also offers a variety of attractive home furnishings.
All in all, we left already looking forward to the next Parachute Market, lamenting our apartment size and wishing we could furnish our homes with even more of the wares we were so impressed by.
UniqueLA’s spring show was this past weekend, a gathering of the best craft vendors in the city. You shouldn’t have missed it, but if you did, here’s a recap of artists and designers that stood out for great use of color, material, technique, or just having that je ne sais quoi. If you loved their work as much as we did, click each artist link to learn more about them or shop their wares.
BEST USE OF LASERS: [un]possible cuts
Laser cutting/engraving is the new big thing. We’re calling it now. While there were a few vendors with laser cut acrylic necklaces, [un]possible cuts took the technique and ran with it. They came up with a huge selection of cute and clever earrings, rings, pins, necklaces, and even clocks. Whether your flavor is cutesy or geeky, chances are, they had something you’d want to take home.
THE MOST CHARMING LITTLE PRINTS: Dan Bob Thompson
Aside from being a really nice and cool looking dude, Dan Bob Thompson also used to work for Disney and Cartoon Network. He’s got big design chops, and his playful prints reflect that. Just look at his command of color.
BEST WAY TO RECLAIM YOUTH: Tattly temporary Tattoos
Everyone loves a comeback story. Tattly is bringing back every kid’s favorite accessory: the temporary tattoo. Irreverent without being cheesy, Tattly curated great collections of bright, durable, and trend-conscious tattoos. How great are those friendship bracelets?
BEST WAY TO LOOK HOT AND IRREVERENT: ROJAS
I love Freddy Rojas. He’s a hustler, and can be found working it at every craft fair, art walk, and sidewalk sale in LA. He also happens to design what consistently remains one of my favorite collections. Rojas stays on the forefront of style, while staying true to the Chicano flavor of Los Angeles.
BEST WAY TO LOOK PRECIOUS: Fleet Collection
If bustiers as tops aren’t your thing, or if Zooey Deschanel is your spirit animal, Fleet Collection might be for you. This adorable collection of dresses stood out because of it’s smartly limited but carefully selected color palette. Mint, mustard, navy, coral. All great. All there.
BEST USE OF ECO-CHIC: EJH BRAND
EJH started with their beautifully detailed animal prints, and extended that to pillows (which happen to be made of hemp, cotton, and hypoallergenic down alternative), stationery, and two delicious-smelling coconut wax candle lines. Check out that living sign. Beautiful.
BEST USE OF TROMPE L’OEiL: KOKOCANDLES + Recycculents
Tell me those KOKOCANDLES don’t look good enough to eat. Well, except for the poop. But it comes with it’s own portable turf and that is too adorable to not love even if you don’t want to eat it. And that “pineapple” from Recycculents is full of good choices. But what really kills me? Recycculent’s cactus made of succulents. Perfect.
LEAST GUILTY SPLURGE: Flea Market Girl
Flea Market Girl is another booth that pops up pretty often around LA, and I can’t help but stop and look through all their necklaces. At only $5 a pop, why not pick up a cute or ridiculous necklace. I wish I knew where they got their charms, because their selection is amazing. Treat yourself, and don’t look back. It’s only $5, why not?
THE GATSBY HOOK-UP: The Feathered Head
Of course you’re going to a Gatsby party. Of course. And you’re going to look fabulous. And The Feathered Head can help. Just look at all the salvaged and repurposed vintage treasures that are now one-of-a-kind pieces waiting to sit on your pretty head. Those feathers’ colors? Unbelievable. And that gem covered grasshopper? The best.
FOR THE BLACK THUMB: blooms in the air
I’ve killed three air plants. All they (allegedly) need is air, but they’re dead. If you can relate, blooms in the air has something beautiful for you that won’t die. From peonies to terrariums, BiTA’s stunning hand crafted paper plants will have you swooning.
NICEST FORM OF ANARCHY: Greenaid Seedbomb
Who doesn’t like sticking it to the man? How about doing something to improve the world? Greenaid Seedbomb is the answer. Check out their “menu” for what you can grow.
Missed the Spring show? Don’t worry, there are two more shows this year!
The Summer Show will hit Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar on July 13+14
The Holiday Show will be at California Market Center December 7+8
For more info, head to UniqueLA’s website here.