THE WEEKLY: BEATSMITHS, BORROWED DRESSES, GANGSTER GRAMMY AFTER PARTIES + MORE

A run down of events in our fair city this week.

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TIM ARMSTRONG AVENUES AND ALLEYWAYS OPENING RECEPTION
WHEN: Friday, January 24th, 8-11pm
WHERE: Subliminal Projects | 1331 W. Sunset BLVD Los Angeles, CA 90026
WHAT:  The worlds of art and music converge Friday night as musician, songwriter and artist, Tim Armstrong (of Operation Ivy, Transplants and Rancid) celebrates the opening of his Avenues and Alleyways exhibit. Never-before-seen pieces will be displayed along with 45 numbered and signed screen prints. Switching roles for the night, Shepard Fairey will be deejaying. | more

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PREFUSE 73, FALTY DL, NOSAJ THING AT THE ECHOPLEX
WHEN: Friday, January 24th,
WHERE: 1822 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026
WHAT: Whether or not Guillermo Scott Herren has multiple personalities to go along with his multiple monikers, the fact remains that the multi-faceted producer remains a staple in the avant-garde circles of hip-hop x electronica cross pollination. Breeding about a “machine gun funk” (sans Notorious B.I.G) in his work, Prefuse has earned himself a place rubbing elbows with the likes of Gaslamp Killer, Diamond Wrist Watches, Savath y Savalas and others generating that raw, gritty, genre-bending brand of bass music. | more

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THE STYLIST LA SAMPLE SALE
WHEN: Saturday, January 25th, 11am-4pm
WHERE: 3793 Wade St, Los Angeles, CA 90066
WHAT: Stylist LA have long played that role of older sister lending party dresses, frocks and merch to many an Angeleno, and this weekend, fans can keep the goods for good at their sample sale. Score dresses from the likes of Parker NYC and LA-based brands like Naven, Nightcap, Paper Brown, Boulee, and many more, priced anywhere from $5 to $100. Also score some Bettini swimwear and Treadsmen tees while you’re at it. | more

 

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ALEX PRAGER FACE IN THE CROWD OPENING RECEPTION
WHEN:
Saturday, January 25th, 6-8pm
WHERE: M+B | 612 N. Almont Dr. Los Angeles, California 90069
WHAT: Alex Prager brings her busy city inspired photographs to, well, our busy city. With elaborately staged crowd gatherings, Prager seems to be in nearly impossible vantage points that make her lens appear birdlike. Her exhibit will be on display until March 8th. | more

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RYAN HEMSWORTH AT THE ECHOPLEX
WHEN: Saturday, January 25th, 9pm
WHERE: 1822 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026
WHAT: Ryan Hemsworth has had a grip on our sonically-inclined souls since 2010, and that grip just seemed to get tighter since the release of his 2013 album “Guilt Trips.” With a penchant for sampling and curating remixes like Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ ‘Bout You,” and Tinashe’s “Boss,” that rival the originals, Ryan Hemsworth has proven that sometimes, new is indeed better. | more

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LAST GANG RECORDS X ZANEROBE POST GRAMMY AFTER PARTY
WHEN: Tuesday, January 28 at 10pm
WHERE: Honeycut | 819 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
WHAT: Forget watcha heard about any other Grammy after party, Last Gang Records — home to beloved beatsmiths Ryan Hemsworth, MSTRKRFT, Purity Ring, and Tiga — is showing love to their extended Last Gang family out here in Los Angeles. We wish we could tell you who is on the surprise guest DJ list, but that would be taking all the fun out of the surprise — you’re just going to have to roll through and see for yourself. RSVP for entry at [email protected] OR check out our instagram for your chance to win VIP entry and a complete outfit from Australian menswear label, Zanerobe. | more

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LIVING ROOM AFFAIR AT EBANOS CROSSING
WHEN: Wednesday, January 29, 9pm
WHERE: 200 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
WHAT: Cocktails, beats and art have quickly become part of our weekly Wednesday night route, particularly in Ebanos Crossing style. This upcoming Living Room Affair is pairing up with Russian Standard to provide libations, and Formosa Cafe’s Billy Ray to pour. Dominique Ovalle will be showcasing her perceptive paintings on nature  and jazz/hip-hop duo Aragorn and Olivia providing a live showcase. On top of all that, Koshka will be in the house with a  gift certificate raffle giveaway — as if you needed any more reasons to hang out with us. See you then. | more

GET CRAFTY: LAST-MINUTE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

Hope everyone has had a great pre-halloween weekend! But if you were at home, saving all of your energy for Thursday, and are still racking your brain as to what you should dress up as, we got you covered – and luckily, most can be done by a quick visit to your closet.

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LANA DEL REY
Is Lana Del Rey still relevant? She had that song from The Great Gatsby that seemed to make its way on to every Facebook timeline at least once a week. You may think she is not an easy giveaway at a Halloween event, but you’re wrong.
FIRST: All you need to do is accentuate her most talked about asset, those plumped lips!  Let’s look at her Interview magazine cover, pictured above. They, geniusly, used a bumble bee to show off those puffy lips (HELLO, ICONIC!). Anyway, find yourself a fake bee from a craft store of some sort. Then, invest in lots of lip plumper.
SECOND:  Eyeliner. Put that winged liner on THICK – top and bottom. As for her hair, it is reminiscent of a ’60s school girl – lots of volume, right in the front.
LASTLY: As far as clothing, be creative. Take any of Lana’s looks – look back at her H&M line, which consisted of lots of pink. Or, a romper with an old school vibe, Koshka has one in lemon.
Extra points: Do some stiletto nails, a flower crown, and some heart-shaped glasses. Think lolita, but richer and chicer.
If no one gets it, just start singing Video Games and swaying.

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VIVIAN ABROMOWITZ (SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS)
Before I go on to describe the amazing look that is Vivian Abromowitz, you need to make sure you have watched Slums of Beverly Hills. If you have, watch it again – if you haven’t, you should be ashamed of yourself. It was filmed in the ’90s but takes place in 1976 – two recognizable eras as well as ones that have trends coming back, so you more than likely have one or more items for this costume in your closet.
FIRST: Her iconic outfit is simple to recreate – if you are a lazy costume do-er, this is a good one. We know all of you have a pair of denim high-waisted cutoffs, pull em out. Then, you need to go bra shopping, but not to Victoria Secrets. Possibly shop in your grandmas drawer, or go to Macy’s or something of the sort. You will need a bra in white, with thick straps. Make sure it shows through what you will be shopping for next, a cropped halter top; extra points if you can find a red one.
NEXT: Her socks are athletic knee socks – very American Apparel so they shouldn’t be hard to find. Then, go with any shoes you want – some type of 70s platform if you want height, or athletic shoes if you want comfort.
LASTLY: If you are already at the thrift store looking for your cropped top, don’t forget the most important item – a blow dryer. If it isn’t yellow, grab some spray paint.

FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR
Now for some male suggestions – but again we remind you all of these are unisex, ’cause we don’t believe in gender binaries. On that note, this character is easy to mimic, but it doesn’t mean it is any less fun.
FIRST (and only): You have to think bold, bright, mismatched, and very ’90s to truly embody Will in his Fresh Prince days. You can do the outfit in the theme song, yellow and green striped shirt, blue shorts, a camera placed on your neck, and a bright colored hat (like the ones at Mokuyobi Threads).
Extra points: make a cardboard cut out of the taxi he rolls up in.
PS: You can also embrace his lack of rule following when it came to suit wearing. Remember when he wore the comberbun around his chest with the bright pattern shirt underneath, and a bow tie? DO IT. You more than likely have an old suit lying around, so you may just need to invest in a couple key pieces. Also, you will need a hat for that look as well.

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ANDY WARHOL
You may think this is overdone, but whatever – it is a costume for the lazy, AND cultured, duh.
FIRST : You will just need all black, but preferably a black turtle neck.
NEXT: You need a crazy, white/blonde wig and some dark sunglasses.
LASTLY: This costumes most important aspect will be the Warhol you choose to embody throughout the night. Do a little neurotic with a side of genius, and people should get it. Carry around a camera or some paint if you feel inclined. Or, have someone on your hip dressed as Edie Sedgwick.

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We like to stay relevant here, and who is more relevant than the Kimye duo? Fortunately, they have both been looking AMAZING post North West. So, if you want to feel chic on Halloween, test the waters with a monochromatic couples outfit.
FIRST: Kanye’s style is very high-end, but actually really simple. He sticks to the basics, all black, all white, a little denim, and maybe baby blue. Our friends at UPXUNDR actually have a shirt inspired by the rapper, the Lord Tee. It is longer than your average and just needs to be paired with the same color pants – I would do a black tee, with some leather jogging pants – extra points: act angry about not being able to produce the leather jogging pant first – DAMN YOU FENDHI!!
NEXT: As for Kim, her style has gotten exponentially better since she started dating Kanye – no more Herve Lager bandaid dresses, thank god. So, to match your beau, pick a color and go with it – also, show off those curves (or add some if you need to – Halloween allows for exaggeration, so do what you must). Choose some skin tight leather, downplay an all white peplum, you can almost wear whatever. As for hair, go long and straight, or a tight, high ponytail. Then, throw on some big sunglasses cause as Kim you are always hiding from the paps.
LASTLY: As this couple your best accessory will be an adorable baby girl, but if you cannot get your hands on one, carry around a huge compass pointing NorthWest. People should get it.

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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Go tag-crazy with our full photo album here!

TRIPLE THREAT: KOSHKA FEAT. ASHLEY MOORE

For the next installment of our Triple Threat segment we partnered with KOSHKA, a Los Angeles-based online women’s boutique that houses in-demand and on-trend brands like UNIF, Cheap MondayMink Pink and Shakuhachi, just to name a few. Catering to the free-spirited, effortlessly fashionable girl, KOSHKA is the dream one-stop-online-shop because they carry brands with a range of price-points with no swagger sacrificing/repenting.

Enter the Otis and Maclain Midcalf Stripe Skirt. After hours of scouring our favorite online retailer’s latest inventory for that perfect piece (OK– it was about twenty minutes, but it felt long), we finally landed on the skirt for not only the ease of its material but, more importantly, that perfect slightly-below-the-knee length. We naturally called in bi-racial bombshell Ashley Moore to help showcase its versatility and chat with us about Instagram, self-confidence and pick-up lines. Only an impossibly cute-yet-cool girl like Ashley could give us the dynamics we so desire, and the results? Well, take a look for yourself and tell us your fave (we love compliments).

 
 

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LAC: Let’s get down to business. Who is Ashley Moore? 

Ashley Moore: Ashley Moore is an all-around fun girl. I am a very friendly and energetic person who likes to enjoy the beauties of life. I love being active and finding new things to do. I’m also ambitious and love to keep busy.  I like being able to look  back and know that I accomplished something.

LAC: Models are notoriously known for being long which is perfect for an athlete. Did you play any sports growing up or was there just Malibu Barbie’s dream house? 

AM: No, I’ve actually always been a tomboy. I loved outdoors and my mom made sure she kept me in all sports; basketball, volleyball, softball, track and I played soccer at one point. I love being active and on the go. Never been the Malibu Barbie … haha, to the point where my mother could never get me to wear a dress.

LAC: You seem to have a quiet confidence about you. Where’s that demeanor come from?

AM: My demeanor comes from my mother! She inspires me a lot and made me who I am today. On my down days she’s the one person that knows how to lift my spirits and put a smile back on my face

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LAC: Do pretty girls really need to be told that they’re pretty or beautiful from a guy? 

AM: No, as long as you know and believe in yourself, no man’s words should change anything. At the end of the day they are words and you have to look in the mirror and see it yourself … people can tell you how beautiful you are until they are blue in the face, but it won’t mean anything unless you know and believe it.

LAC: We’re pretty sure you’re approached by guys all the time. Tell us the worst pick up line you’ve heard? 

AM: The worst pick up line I’ve heard is “Can I have a quarter?!? I need to call my Mom and let her know I just meet the girl of my dreams.” I just had to laugh for a moment.

LAC: And the best? 

AM: “Will you walk down the runway with me and marry me?” One of my followers had commented on a picture which was really funny.

LAC: We feel like no one asks this but how does it really feel to have 92,000 followers? You’re essentially a celebrity.

AM: It’s a beautiful feeling; my followers are truly amazing and just keep me positive and motivated to continue on the path I’m traveling. It’s also great to know and see that I also inspire others. It means so much.

 

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Ashley is wearing additional pieces by UNIF, Musical Formalities, Satsuki Shibuya and Shakuhachi all available at ShopKoshka.com

Photography: Mark Wales
Art Direction: Aaron Babylon
Stylist: Lauren McQuade

RECAP: BAY STREET BAZAAR

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The first ever BAY STREET BAZAAR was all kinds of fun this past Saturday, mostly because it gave us an excuse to hang out with all of our best pals and (not) share a Jarritos ice cream float.  Our friends at Koshka co-hosted the downtown shopping party and had a pretty bangin’ set-up stacked with über-cute pieces from recent collections, but we’re not here to play favorites.

 

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Who can forget the dope-ness brought by Hellz Bellz, Love+Made, Miss Wax, See You Monday, and that epic Bart Simpson denim shirt from 90s Lullaby. There was not a chip in sight, thanks to manicures by Scratch, and even more beautification was taking place with help from Root Beauty.

 

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The dudes at UPXUNDR were killing it with their take on modern street wear, along with Undefeated, Stussy, GPPR and Us Versus Them. The shopping experience was rounded out with hats from Goorin Bros., who have been providing people with high-quality headwear since 1895.

 

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Outside, The Flower Truck brought color to the already vibrant refreshment lounge where Jarritos was slinging soda floats to the sweet-deprived. Satisfied shoppers hung out and watched live art by Paige Smith along with other installations by local artists Gregory Siff and Tyler Spangler.

 

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PBR helped populate the beer garden and made sure the beer pong games never ran dry. All of this while DUBLAB.com‘s DJs spun just the right vibe to focus our attention on the task at hand: SHOPPING.

 

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Want more photos from the BAY STREET BAZAAR? Check out our Facebook page for more photos, plus upcoming LAC events you won’t want to miss.