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.
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.
Peep our behind the scenes footage for our editorial shoot for the July/August 2014 “Teamwork Issue.”
DIRECTORS YOSHINO X BLAKE ATIENZA
DOP + EDITING BLAKE ATIENZA
STYLIST JULIET VO
HAIR STYLIST MICHAEL LONG @ MAGNET
MAKE UP JENNA KRISTINA
1ST ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHER DANIEL RAMIREZ
MODELS CHAUN @ NEXT
MILES FRANK @ PHOTOGENICS
“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:
How the Elegant Emporium was Born
[dropcap letter=”L”]ike most captivating creatures, Jade Lai is multifaceted. It comes as no surprise that the architecture-student-turned graphic-designer with a fondness for textiles has channeled all that interdisciplinary expertise to explore entrepreneurial pursuits. Creatures of Comfort, Lai’s brainchild, is a thoughtful emporium of elevated design. With its inaugural storefront on Melrose, its second act nestled in SoHo, and a successful in-house line, it’s clear that this Jill of all trades has found her niche.
In fact, one could argue that Lai opened a retail space in West Hollywood as an avenue to explore her catalog of curiosities. Creatures of Comfort is filled to the brim (presumably panama, for summer) with clothing, accessories, jewelry, and books, and topped off by a clever selection of home items.
The alchemy behind Lai’s knack for cultivating talent is a mix of an uncanny ability to edit, her discerning eye, and affinity for collaboration. Although she had always planned on carrying clothes, fashion was never Jade’s M.O. It wasn’t long, though, before her craving for intelligent design and the lifestyle it provided began affecting Creature’s merchandising— in the best way possible.
Quickly after it’s conception, the store gained a reputation on both coasts for discovering emerging fashion designers like Rachel Comey, Bernhard Willhelm, and Christian Wijnants. In 2008, Lai added a Creatures of Comfort collection to the roster. Retro- inspired, drapey, sheer basics and smartly tailored slacks are all encompassed within an effortless pallet of earthy neutrals. Each piece is chic, wearable, poised, and able to breathe the same air as its heavy-hitting contemporaries sharing the same retail environment.
Unsurprisingly, Lai’s muses span far past sartorial boundaries. She names her most potent inspirations to be architects Pierre Koenig and Rudolph Schindler, contemporary painter Judith Seng, photographer Ann Woo, and iconic fashion designer Issey Miyake. So how do modern architecture and contemporary photography translate into a ready-to- wear identity? Decisive lines, subtle hues, and a strong undercurrent of utility are ever-present throughout each of Lai’s collections.
Though she is bicoastal these days, a California state-of-mind has remained at the crux of Lai’s vision. Her favorite part about LA? “Space and attitude. I miss my friends, the food, and the sunshine most when I’m gone. But I really don’t miss driving, that is for sure.”
text ERIN DENNISON
photo JUSTIN CAMPBELL
[dropcap letter=”T”]here are plenty of reasons to be in a state of overwhelming bliss this summer: LAC Dive Club Sessions, the LA Kings’ epic win, and finally (possibly the most exciting of all)— Independence day falling on a Friday this year. Dionysus owed us for the Monday #fail that was St. Patrick’s Day, and we couldn’t be more primed to party within the generous boundaries of the americana color scheme.
So let the nationalistic overkill and overzealous declarations of patriotism commence. The Brits may find our holiday overbearing, but they’re debatably irrelevant these days. On this side of the pond, we are nothing if not enthusiastic when it comes to thematic nostalgia.
We know fireworks are hard to come by without the right connections, but luckily our city has no shortage of public spectating options. And if you don’t get an tremendous feeling of patriotic vigor when you see the glitter of the fireworks reflected on the face of a child—you are presumably dead inside.
That said, let’s talk 4th of July looks, shall we? It’s America’s birthday, and this country was founded on the premise of freedom and an unwavering devotion to costume. So, in honor of the 17 days it took Thomas Jefferson to draft the Declaration of Independence— we brought together 17 red, white, and blue threads for an all-out auspicious ensemble.
What is “Resort” season you ask? Just the vacation oriented twin to pre-fall, matching it only in head-scratching questions towards it’s necessity. Created as a get-away packing guide for those who frequent southern French beaches, resort has taken on it’s own following with almost every major fashion house producing a a full look list for the mid-season. When will this be out for you to buy in stores? Come Christmas 2014! Here are the womenswear highlights and trends that are worth the wait:
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We have mixed emotions, but overall the middle child of the Olsen’s powerhouse design world made leaps and bounds towards competing with it’s peers. Norm-core prevails in the best way possible (read: strapless belted jumpers and stripes) and we think we’re fine with it. Does everything always have to shock our socks and sandals off?
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Speaking of which, think back to NYFW Spring ’14 amidst the crop of women walking around in a snow blizzard in heels to the single image of Givenchy slides paired with thick wool socks. It was that brave street-style maven who showed how seriously fashion girls take trends and foreshadowed the future of gardener footwear. Rag & Bone brings the clean cuts and neutrals, but pairs it with comfortable Birkenstock-like shoes over a pair of crisp white covers. Who knew we had it so right during our AYSO days?
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Staying true to the brand, Acne combines function with art-school references. Yet more importantly, they demonstrate how fabric is gravitating away from our legs, making it even easier to man-repel. Score.
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Not one to be known for risky business, Andrea Lieberman usually uses a bold print as her innovative move. This time around she brings on the mod dresses, paired with metallic playground-esque footwear. Wearing this to Studio 54 would have guaranteed ‘it’ girl status, so why not see if it will still work?
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Relevant tangent, but we think we love Rihanna’s “pretty girl swag” moments best. The pink pixie was cool, but she looks like a goddess with red lipstick and VS Angel waves. We have similar emotions towards Opening Ceremony’s cruise wear. It is usually a little more off beat, but we can fully embrace the more feminine and wearable silhouettes. OC proves that sitting pretty in mainstream style can be just as bold.
All images: Style.com
Ready for The 6th Street Market? No, are you really ready? Cause Love Nail Tree + LA CANVAS invite you to a massive pop-up evening of shopping featuring music, food, drinks, and a very special performance that throws down this Thursday, June 12th at The Warehaas. Get your rum on with Black Mask or grab a Blue Bottle Coffee with a PBR. Then shop stylish goods by Love Nail Tree, Hotel 1171, Stussy + more. Finally, give a few good smiles to your Angelenos and experience another wonderful L.A. night. Was this pep talk enough for you to give it a whirl?
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hat / STYLISTS OWN jewelry / MODELS OWN shoes (worn throughout) / MODELS OWN
It’s always great to see talented people collaborate with their equally skilled colleagues—it adds something genuine to the editorial landscape. With Jesse Somera of Mad Thirsty behind the lens and Todd Pearce on styling duty, Samuel Larsen is in good hands for his ‘Lost Angeles’ photo story. Showing us he can pull off the 90’s heartthrob look without a hitch, Sam fits snuggly into the role, proving that with the right styling and editorial direction – any guy can go from sweet crooner to brooding badboy. If he ever does get lost in LA, we’ll be more than happy to show him around.
shirt / VINTAGE pants / CHAPTER
shirt / CHAPTER
MODEL SAMUEL LARSEN
PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE SOMERA
STYLIST TODD PEARCE
You guuuyyyyyysssss, summer is about to get a little wacky. From towel wrap dresses to light-up shoes, London based designer ASHISH makes a 10th collaboration with TOP SHOP for a new line “Beach, Please”, just in time for all our seasonal debauchery.
The collaboration combines the utilitarianism of beach/pool wear with a nightclub sensibility, and adds a humorous take on today’s social media culture. An oversized jersey knit shirt is equipped with a fabric pen to fill in the blanks of the statement, “My name is… Follow me @…”. Just boisterous enough to pair with their LED light up shoes.
Ah, those zany Brits.
Allow them to reintroduce themselves as: DURIMEL. Originally known, affectionately, as ‘Those Damn Twins.’ The twenty-year-old fashion bloggers/film students have already re-branded themselves in the fashion world. With a name that better matches their personal aesthetic, Jalan and Jibril Durimel are laying the groundwork so their namesake defines them, and no one else. Born in Paris, the boys spent some formative years in Miami and the Caribbean before landing in Los Angeles the Summer of last year, making them perfect candidates for our latest style-blog series, The Diplomats.
LAC’s latest style exhibition, aptly named The Diplomats, gives the good people of the Internet access to those tastemakers who have chosen to hang their hat in the greatest city in the world (Bias? Maybe). We are bringing you the movers and shakers who have migrated to Los Angeles and are now representing their respective countries and/or cities while making a considerable stylistic contribution to the LA culture and scene. We asked Jalan and Jibril to style some pieces from Zanerobe’s upcoming SS ‘14 collection, and the results are smart outfits that feel wise beyond their years — It must have something to do with always having a pseudo-mirror equipped with opinions and good taste.
We sat down and spoke with the Durimel twins about blogging and what’s ahead for their bourgeoning career in fashion.
LA CANVAS: Do you like being seen as twins or as individuals?
DURIMEL: We like the twin thing but we feel like, this might sound cocky, but without us being twins, I feel like I’d be just as good… We are good together but we can create on our own as well. We don’t want to just feed off of that twin effect. That’s why we changed our name, too.
LAC: You guys chose to change your name from Those Damn Twins to Durimel. Why do you think that was a good move for your image?
D: We are still always going to be Those Damn Twins, but we had to change it. It was just like, we would walk around and people started recognizing us and that was cool, but people were like, ‘Oh my god, it’s Those Damn Twins!’ and I’m thinking, man, branding-wise, we are doing collaborations with [people like] Ozwald Boateng and it might sound weird to see ‘Those Damn Twins’ [in print].
LAC: Where did the “Those Damn Twins” name come from?
D: It was [originally] a YouTube video, and we made our own YouTube page. At first, it was just Jabril and it was called Jabril Talk, then I joined the show and we changed the name to Those Damn Twins. We weren’t even into fashion, it was supposed to be a comedy page. When we decided to get into fashion we felt we should drop the less serious name and stick with our last name.
LAC: Why did you ditch the comedy show in lieu of fashion?
D: Well the YouTube thing, it got some buzz but growing up it just got corny. Older people made YouTube videos but they were genuinely funny, and they can appeal to an older audience. With us, we used to show the videos to our mom and she would be like, ‘yea its funny, for your age,’ and… our mom laughs at everything so we knew we were doing something wrong. The videos were our biggest time of trial and error.
LAC: You guys are in LA for film school too, right?
D: Yea we are studying film, but we more want to use the techniques we have learned in school [in fashion]. [T]he thing I am realizing now is that I am more of an avant garde thinker in art and everything, so, I would take lighting techniques in film and bring them into fashion… We realized we like things that are more subtle and less in your face. We are definitely going to use film for that.
LAC: What’s the long-term plan for your blog/careers?
D: We’ve started thinking more than just blogging, pretty much. For the future, we just want to focus on expanding things. We want to push our photography. We want to start pushing that more so our shoots become more like editorials. Eventually, we want to start a clothing line, but not yet because we like to think things through and study who’s in the industry, why are they in the industry, who are the good ones, who are the bad ones – so when we dive in we are doing good.
LAC: What do you not respect about the bloggers currently on the scene? What would you say is the biggest thing they are doing wrong?
D: They’re too content with accepting free things, too content with accepting to be invited to fashion week, they’re too commercial, in a sense. There is nothing technically bad, they are doing something good. They’re like tutorial blogs that teach normal people how to dress, but that’s what we don’t want to do. We don’t want to be a tutorial blog, we want to just create. In a sense, we are teaching inspiration more than fashion; anybody can see it and take inspiration from that.
LAC: Do you feel the direction you are going in is organic?
D: It is organic but it is what we want. Our friends that do the same things we do – low key – are like ‘oh man how did you guys get to where you’re at,’ but its not about how we get to this but organically it’s what we wanted. Organically I moved up. Some people don’t realize when we blog how much time we put into it. I wake up thinking about it. I go to sleep thinking about it. Half the time I am searching for how to get better at it. Constantly, every single minute.
LAC: We asked you guys to style pieces from the upcoming Zanerobe collection. What do you like about their clothes?
D: What we love about Zanerobe is how the pants can be worn pushed up. Ever since we did a shoot with them and they sent us some pieces it’s all we’ve been wearing. I’ll literally wear them to school and then to a really high end party, where people have to be well dressed. I like that so much about these pants. We hope to continue working with them. There’s cool people that work there, too.
Additional pieces provided by Jalan and Jibril Durimel.
MODELS/STYLING: Jalan and Jibril Durimel
ART DIRECTION: Aaron Ramey, Lauren McQuade
STYLING: Aaron Ramey, Lauren McQuade
PHOTOGRAPHER: Mark Wales
SPECIAL THANKS to Zanerobe.
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.
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.
“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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