grit glamourous

June 8, 2008

If you’re a wanderer like me, you know that walking in Downtown LA is a little twisty.  It’s posh and pretty in some places, while grimy and dirty with a touch of street characters in others.  Strolling down Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, I walk down Grand Avenue to MOCA, an area so nicely perched on a hill.  Dare to venture down from Bunker Hill, like say going to the Mike & Chris sample sale like I did during lunch a few weeks ago, and you find yourself on Broadway.  It’s like Roppongi in Tokyo, a completely different place.  You soon begin to notice Selena on karaoke, stores spill out into the sidewalks, Prado handbats, a gazillion of electronics are for sale, and three amigos share shots of tequila over tire-size ashtray under the lazy noon sun.  As the avenues advance 7th, 8th and 9th, I reach the famed Orpheum Theater where LA once had a roaring opera scene, has long lost its glamour to grit, beside a fruit stand.

In the Greenwich Village, Sarah Jessica Parker is bemoaning the loss of a city that many say she has helped push out. As trendy bars and boutiques take over Manhattan‘s corner bodegas and laundermats, the famously stiletto-heeled “Sex and the City” star laments the loss of grit for glamour in New York. But what fun would it be without our favorite glamour girls strutting their stuff all over Manhattan?  Fantasy it was, the movie is everything I love about NYC.  I regret blinking so many times because The styles changed so quickly, one blink and you’ll miss Carrie styled to perfection. (Can anyone tell me who makes the white rosette zipper jacket and satin shift Carrie wears in the last scene? I’d love to know!)

Grit glamourous, as I call it, became a photo shoot competition for America’s Next Top Model.  Yes, it’s a guilty pleasure indeed, and recently I found out by boyfriend watches it with his best buddy roomie all the time! Shh…Tyra put a spotlight on homeless youth and the girls posed for a photo shoot with real homeless youth. The shoot was aw…aw…awkward and entertaining at the same time.  All kinds of wrong!  Imagine what the real homeless people were thinking?  I walk by homeless in Downtown all the time and I think they’d rather eat a nice big lunch, not be in a photo shoot with these model hopefuls.  In this twisted fashion world, somehow living on the streets involves personal stylists and perfectly tilted rag doll-style ski caps!

SJP laments what was once the City’s grit’s past, but I think the true lost is lamenting over a Downtown LA’s glamourous past!


i hopped over to takashi murakami’s opening at blum and poe saturday night, and found myself in awe.  pretty shocking–his abstract paintings were ranging in all colors, spots, blurbs, and splashes.  if the paintings could speak they’d pop!  in true psychedellic fashion, the more one stares at the parintings the more they seem to razzle and dazzle before your eyes.

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tsumori chisato, studied at bunkamura and established herself in paris, brings life to tokyo style as demonstrated in her kaileidescope of colors. her collection is always cute and funky. i think it further feeds my peter pan syndrome for all things youthful and fresh.

these are some of my favorite tsumori chisato designs fromt the s/s 07.

on a street pulse after the m.i.a. show, i spotted color print florals in one piece dresses. quite the bit tsumori chisato-inspired. sisley (1st left) makes her own floral frocks out of mumu dresses she collects around west hollywood. girl (2nd right) was spotted coming out of cinespace.

ballarina flats

August 2, 2007

marc jacobs + ratatouille

ratatouille already has been out for a few weeks. i haven’t watched it yet, but i heard it’s a fun, foodie movie. it’s also a cute enough movie that marc jacobs decided to make a shoe of a mouse. apparently everyone’s cashing in on the movies and pop culture, i hear it’s the simpsons’ shoe next.

i found the mouse ballerinas by marc jacobs on collette. i’d wear it. then again, i wear anything that’s ridiculously cute and not-for-my-age.

studded ballerina flats by marc jacobs

i’m excited out of my mind these came in the mail today. everytime the dhl guy rings my bell, i delusional enought to think it’s a treat only for me! actually, this is from the s/s ’07 sweet punk line and they sold like hot cakes at marc jacobs on melrose. i got it here on sale, or you can d.i.y. here. i really like net-a-porter. not only does net-a-porter have a good range of designers (like luella, miu miu, stella mccartney, chloe exclusive boutique which only i could dream of and compare to the tokyo chloe!, alexander mcqueen, fendi), they mid-range price level for the assortment they carry , and the magazine feature is quite resourceful. however, i must warn you that delivery via the dhl guy is slow, slow, slow and thus elevates my anticipation. hot.


August 2, 2007

it’s time for that update…

– I’ve been contributing to a marketing research company that spells out seasonal reports on movements in “style and culture” pertaining to the high street and luxury. it’s funny how my 2005 recycled thrift glamour has warped into travel luxury. it is fun nonetheless, and indeed part of our culture and times. I gave it up and collaborated with LStyleReport on it’s virgin report on Tokyo Spring ’07. Check it out here: lstylereport. login + password: lambesis. go to Spring ’07, City Snapshots, Tokyo. i did the writing and got my first photo credits. my first onine publication indeed. i worked with my very first editor, Mandana Towhidy, who is someone i admire because she’s worked with an eclectic array of publications around the world. you know how much i love to go global.

a sampling of my tokyo work:

homefeel 3 minimalist style 03 minimalist style 01 home feel 1

© 2006, 2007 Janice Chow (Photo credits to Janice Chow. Please do not use, copy, or reproduce her work without written permission.)

– trend spotting/scouting/hunting and producing trend reports for the global design of Levi Struass & Co. is still going strong. it took me sometime to transition from tokyo to la street style and retail happenings, but thanks to a slow LA trends and ever sunny days, i’ve been able to get out there and do my thang. how does opening ceremony LA survive? they’ve got tons of winter clothes on their racks, an impressive list of designers and countries, and pricey. this isn’t your ordinary premium boutique. oh, did i mention their sale starts today? i’ve been following denim developments lately for levi’s and i wouldn’t be able to do my reports without denimology. levi’s is all over the place and making headlines that even i don’t know. they are doing well from being an all american jean to premium, designer style. they developed an organic jean recently…

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July 31, 2007

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