Vintage flare bell bottoms, short playful rompers, long striped pant suites and chunky statement shoes. Free People is transporting you back to a time when the Farrah Faucet mane was celebrated and the wider the pant leg the better, with their newly released “In The Groove” look book collection.
Free People, known for their bohemian lifestyle and cutting-edge threads, takes you on a trip back in time to summer in the 1970s in Venice, Calif., “where the days are longer and the times are more simple.” Mixing clean ‘70s silhouettes with corduroy, knits, suede, and crochet textures, all highlighting a true red, white and denim Americana palette, this collection will have you wanting to swap your modern marble floors and granite counter tops for shag carpet and oak wood-paneled walls and cabinets.
Denim also plays a large role in this collection, appearing in various shapes, including long and short rompers, tops, and the “Free People cult favorite,” the Extreme Vintage Flare. Although accessories are slightly more subdued for this particular collection, Americana-inspired scarves, sun-shielding wide brimmed hats, and bold statement shoes will help every girl channel her inner ‘70s babe.
The “In The Groove” look book collection is available now online at FreePeople.com.
On the 4th floor of Siren Studios in West Hollywood, actor and photographer Lance Gross is scolding the showroom, looking at his pieces, making sure each matte black frame is hanging as flawlessly as the art it houses. White couches and a single bar in effortless sight accents the spaces minimalist décor. Just as the sun nestles into the crevice of Saturday’s back pocket, he’s anxious and excited as guests start to arrive.
Lance has been busy traveling across China as Howard University’s newest global ambassador, wrapping up acting gigs with the season finale of Crisis airing just a few weeks back. He’s also preparing to welcome a baby into the mix with longtime girlfriend, stylist Rebecca Jefferson and now, hosting his first private exhibit. We got the invite and an exclusive with this creative to shed some light on the inspiration behind the exhibit—and to pick his brain about photo taking technique.
LA CANVAS: What is the first thing that comes to mind before opening your first exhibit?
LANCE GROSS: The details. I’m a stickler for details. I’ve been to a lot of shows […] I don’t want to diss anybody on presentation but I’m all about the details. I want it to look good, I want everything to be uniform, framed, matted and I emphasize that.
LAC: People hear Lance Gross and could immediately jump to Marcus Finley, Calvin Payne or any other character you’ve played on TV. Tell me about Lance Gross the photographer + what about expanding beyond performing arts sparked your interest?
LG: I know it sounds cliché but there is something about capturing moments that are timeless and that can live forever. I’ve always been interested in it, since I was younger. Photography for me, it’s mine. When I get called to act in a play or movie or TV show, it’s not mine; it’s someone else’s script. But this is truly mine, my outlet, my therapy if you will. It’s a hobby I’ve had for a while and I just enjoy doing it.
LAC: What was the inspiration behind Greyscale?
LG: This is my first show and brainstorming the concept, I wanted to do something that was important to me and that was darker-toned African-American women. It’s because I’m a darker-toned African-American male. I was picked on when I was young for being that and I feel like there’s a void still. It’s getting better. I don’t want to turn it into a light-skinned versus dark-skinned thing but I am team darksin so I wanted to represent what I know.
LAC: Judging by your work, you’re no amateur. You showcase a series of portraits, landscapes, architecture, and even a little bit of glamour via your Instagram account. How would you describe your style?
LG: My style switches up a lot, so it’s really just based in the mood I’m in. It’s really about capturing a moment with an image that I love and so I like to switch it up often.
LAC: How do you choose your subjects?
LG: It’s really just something or someone that catches my eye. It could be an agency model, it could be celebrity or just someone walking down the street I think is interesting.
LAC: You would stop them?
LG: [Laughs] Yea, well it’s a constant struggle. I’m shy and nobody really believes that I’m shy and that’s the awkward part, asking people to shoot. I’ll have my friends ask for me or sometimes I’ll have my fiancée ask for me. That’s the part I’m still working on.
LAC: Tell us what we can expect from Lance Gross the photographer in the future.
LG: It’s growing; I’m getting a lot of clientele. I just shot the cover art for Goapele’s new album. The sky is the limit at this point. I do want to stress that this is a hobby, my side hustle, my outlet, my therapy. I’m an actor and it’ll always be my first love. This is the fun stuff for me.
Lance Gross Photography ONLINE Gallery will be launching on Sept 15. It will be open for viewing as well as purchase. To view his gallery of one-of-a kind art pieces, click here.
Wearing white in the summer is a no brainer. And let’s be real, neither is it for the winter. Common sense tells us that white fabrics seems to spare us from solar scorch, keeping us cooler than any other colors would. Let’s not fail to mention white’s versatility allows you to pull off any look from bold + daring to elegant + timeless almost effortlessly. With that being said, what’s Labor Day nowadays anyway? Here’s a projection of a weekend fashion forecast: trending in white for the rest of your complementary days devoted to luxe leisure—or at least dressing the part.
Patrick O’Neil, CEO and founder of Ōlloclip, created the mobile-photography device through a KickStarter crowd-funding platform some time way back. The Ōlloclip evolved into a reality seemingly overnight with its user-friendly, clip-on-clip-off capabilities. Ōlloclip has appealed to a multitude of users, amateur to professionals alike, with distribution through Apple retail stores worldwide and leading retailers across the globe. If you don’t have this gadget, chances are you’ve seen it and you really want it.
From Central Coast California to Indo to Nicaragua, Iceland, and even Alaska, Chris Burkard has made a livelihood of constantly carving the boundaries until they’re beckoning waves surrendering beneath his board. California native and surf enthusiast, Burkard has set a new record and it’s morbidly small. The 28-year-old self-taught landscape and surf photographer has ventured to some of the worlds most remote places and captured some of the most uniquely, chilling photos of wave riding you can imagine using the Ōlloclip. Ōlloclip presented them in an intimate gallery at Huntington Beach’s Shorebreak Hotel. Photos were minute to the eye but colossal in detail, only to be viewed through the Macro 3-in-1 photo lens.
We dropped in and caught a zoomed in approach from the stimulating artist himself:
LACANVAS: The world’s smaller art gallery on record, WOW, what inspired this?
CHRIS BURKARD: I think it’s this idea of using mobile-photography as a means of communication and exploration. Some of the photos I shoot with my iPhone are the most intimate and personal ones because I’m leaving my other camera behind and I’m just going out to experience something. It’s like that old mantra, “the best camera is the one you have with you,” so to be able to put together a gallery of these photos was something cool and special. Something unique. To have them in this format is a kind of celebration of what we’re already experiencing but in an interactive way.
LAC: How do you think the Ōlloclip revolutionizes the art of photography?
CB: The set up is just so dialed in for functionality. I’m such a stickler, there will be times where I want to get ‘this moment’ but my iPhone isn’t doing it. Now I have this variety of what I can do. Just a couple days ago I did this project and the only thing I went to shoot with was my iPhone because I have the versatility now. I used to feel limited with my iPhone, I’d need a camera and a few lenses but now I have wide perspectives and telephoto and all these different ways to engage and view and see what I’m doing. It’s a new way of exploring.
LAC: Tell us about your book “Distant Shores.”
CB: I’ve been traveling for the last ten years, exploring distant, cold, unique places to surf. With this book we really wanted no bs, straight photos, no stories. The photos told the stories themselves and in a way it’s kind of like surf porn. That concept and that idea of doing something large format, we loved. You open the book and you really have something heavy, you can appreciate. My goal as a photographer is to catapult the viewer into that moment. The idea behind the book is so that you feel like you’re there and pays respects to the places I’ve invested a lot of my life to.
CB: I went to Russia in 2009 and I never made it past customs because my visa had the wrong entry date. It was stamped incorrectly so they basically threw me in a jail cell and I had to stay there for 24 hours with a guard at the door. I got deported to Korea and then I flew back a day later when my entry date was correct. It was pretty brutal, they didn’t feed me and I was super green, super young. I was cutting my teeth on traveling and learning. To have all of your rights stripped away from you and not speak the language, it was really eye opening.
LAC: What can we expect next from Chris Burkard? What else are you working on?
CB: I’m actually working on a children’s book. This Disney artist is drawing my photographs and I wrote this story about kids going out and experiencing the world, seeing it from a fresh perspective. It’s aspirational. Always traveling, I have some trips planned to Iceland and some other remote island chains. Other than that continuing to tour the forum we’ve made and I’m staying busy. I have two little ones at home so life is full-on.
Humid summer afternoons, corner pizzerias and fire hydrants for waterworks? Doesn’t really sound like an LA thing. However, the 90’s NY-inspired fashion era is making a full-fledge comeback — 1996 to be exact. New Era pays tribute to the key moment in their 90-year history by highlighting famed “Do The Right Thing” filmmaker and fashion innovator, Spike Lee. His 1996 World Series game Yankees cap is being released as an exclusive ‘SPIKE LEE JOINT’ with a five-piece collection to acknowledge the near century milestone, New Era and the man himself.
Get yours in genuine leather or 100% wool here.
Theres a gamut of music concerts that hit the desert every summer. Especially this year. Whew. In SoCal, its somewhat of a ritual to pull out your magic carpets and swim suits for soaking and sun bathing — with beats by pretty much whom ever you like to thump to.
For the second time this summer, SPLASH HOUSE returns to the desert August 8-10 and hosts some of the most explosive names in electronic music across three poolside stages in Palm Springs. SPLASH HOUSE offers an alternative experience to the shade that summer fests usually get for being hosts of deliriant dry heat, crusading campgrounds and tedious traipsing. Instead, SPLASH HOUSE proposes pool-side lounging at The Saguaro, the Hard Rock Hotel, and the Hacienda Beach Club with a wow factor line-up including A-Trak, Jason Bentley, and Chromeo — and live performances by Flume (oh fuck yeah!), Cut Copy, Jagwar Ma and more. This could be the new wave of next generation summer-staycation, all-inclusive packaging. Well done, Will Runzel.
Tickets + things are all right here.
So, it’s the Teamwork Issue, and we could have bored you with pairings. But then we thought, “Hey—it’s summer, summer in LA!” and realized it would be sacrilegious to deliver anything other than a taco roundup. A matter of civic pride and a de facto dietary staple, tacos are a cross-genre crowd-pleaser, gutturally satisfying to every Angeleno. It wasn’t easy, but we powered down our user-friendly, fascist laptops a little early and did a little research. Someone had to.
EAST LA | TACOS BAJA ENSENADA
You either frequent this spot on Whittier Blvd. or have been planning to. Tacos Baja Ensenada has a well-deserved rep for having the town’s best fish and beer-battered shrimp tacos. There’s a consistent line out the door, but worth the wait.
WHAT TO GET: Fresh and festive, cop the Fish Taco and top it with “chiles gueros,” seasoned roasted yellow peppers from the bar. Be advised—everything here is seafood, and they’re not stingy with the salsa. And when the festivities of Taco Tuesdays come to a close, don’t be discouraged—Baja Ensenada offers $1 fish tacos on Wednesdays too.
MID-CITY | LEO’S TACO TRUCK
Leo’s Taco Truck is marvelously stationed on Venice Blvd. and La Brea Ave., adjacent to a 76 gas station—fill up your tank and your stomach in just one stop. The business is in operation seven days a week, from T-shirt time until 3 AM during the week and 4 AM on weekends.
WHAT TO GET: Like any self-respecting taco truck, Leo’s is cash only, folks. Priced at just $1, the Al Pastor is their most popular item, kept moist with sliced pineapple and a subtle hint of spice. Leo’s also boasts a full condiment bar, but chances are you probably wont even need it.
DOWNTOWN | MARISCOS JALISCO
Meandering around the Fashion District getting you hangry? The big white truck with blue and red letters spelling “Mariscos Jalisco” can be spotted even without your
Oliver Peoples Warby Parkers. Just bordering Boyle Heights, Mariscos Jaliscos proudly serves up some of the city’s most savory, hearty, seafood tacos.
WHAT TO GET: The taco de camaron is a seafood enthusiast’s dream come true, filled with fried shrimp and spicy sauce, fried again, and topped with avocado and even more red sauce. Oysters and octopus are also on the menu, in a cocktail or on a tostada. Make it a threesome—you can have whatever you liiiiiiike.
EAST LA | LOS CINCO PUNTOS
Carnitas for the count! This eastside gem is a neighborhood grocer, a local lunch haunt, and a cheap dinner pick-up all rolled into one. You might want to wear stretchy pants; portions here are as big as the taste. Extra points for the hand-made tortillas (we watched). Get there early, these guys close at 6pm.
WHAT TO GET: Los Cinco Puntos gives you your choice of cut by the pound. You might also want to grab a burrito, quesadilla, or taco instead to fill their homemade tortillas, and garnish it with pickled nopales and an awesome red salsa. Or, you can live a little. One word: chicharones.
BOYLE HEIGHTS | GUISADOS
At Guisados, it’s all about the meat. Well, it’s also about their grilled vegetables and freshly patted, corn tortillas too. You might discover a thin slice of avocado, a few pickled spicy onions, but that’s pretty much it. These guys let the quality of their ingredients speak for themselves. Parking struggles keeping you away? Fear not—a second location in Echo Park should quell those hunger pangs, and there’s a 3rd under construction in DTLA.
WHAT TO GET: Our vote goes to the sampler plate. Made with six mini-tacos, each one is filled with a savory meat or vegetable, surrounded by one of their famous handmade tortillas.
ECHO PARK | BELLEVUE STEAKHOUSE
La Movidita, affectionately dubbed The Bellevue Steakhouse by locals, almost didn’t make our list. You see, this place is such a gem that we were reluctant to give it away. But alas, your gain is our crux—the woes of journalism be damned. Initially a taco stand on Bellevue Ave., this taco purveyor has since moved to a dimly lit garage farther up the street (ask a local). Get your asada fix Thursday through Sunday evenings, rain or shine.
WHAT TO GET: The real claim to fame is the suadero taco. At just $1.25, this taco is meaty, rich, and absolutely delicious. Top it off with one of four (or go big and try ‘em all) of their salsa offerings, or some pickled onions and chopped habaneros.
“You can’t hurry up, if you got too much stuff” — thank you for the wise words, Ms. Badu. The idea of traveling in style always seems to creep up on us on that glorious day when we pack last minute. If we minimize the luggage, we can maximize with style. We all have that temptation to flaunt an array of wanderlust items (cause who knows, that perfect gent may be on the same flight or at the cafe in Buenos Aires), but elevating the bag game promotes seamless sophistication in any direction you’re heading. Our gallery dimensions include ninja pouches, bucket bags and stowaways. Here’s to keeping it light: