Chevy Patina

Chevy Patina

There’s a lovely bronze colored patina on this classic Chevrolet with deep teal blue underneath. On a quick internet search, this model’s features share characteristics with the 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier, 1954 Chevrolet patrol car, and 1946 Suburban.

Quick update: I went back to find more clues about this car and the license plate showed 1951 (huzzah, I was pretty close above).

Tex Mex in Hermosa Beach

Tex Mex in Hermosa Beach

This house has great tile artwork on the outer wall. Its cheesy theme makes me interested in the sort of people who live inside.

Fashion’s Night Out at the Beverly Center had a large turnout. I just wonder how the event translated into sales. I’ve been wondering how to define LA style. One way in which I feel it differs from NYC style is in a casual feel and probably less cultish regarding specific fashion designers. From the fashion shows at the Beverly Center’s central court and at Macy’s, it seemed many of the themes for women were familiar (new prep, bohemian, rocker, mod) and have been featured in the fashion glossies. But I’m not convinced that women in Los Angeles really follow the trends of the glossies very carefully. The words of one attendee, “I hope I’m not overdressed,” seemed to encapsulate how in LA, one wants to look good but not appear as if they went to much effort.

The menswear looks appeared to have more of an LA, dressed-down feel. Sport jackets were layered with hoodies or plaid. Jackets with simple shapes were played up with pocket and cuff details, but kept a casual texture. Jeans continue to be popular, sometimes with a distressed visual texture. The pant fit was slim but not as tight as musicians’ skinny pants.

Red Bottoms

Rust-colored tights popped against metallic neutrals (Bebe)

Rust-colored tights popped against metallic neutrals (Bebe)

Red skinny pants on a rocker look

Red skinny pants on a rocker look

FNO attendee with red-checked bottoms

FNO attendee with red-checked bottoms

Overall the colors in the fashion shows were neutral with occasional splashes of color or ethnic print. The most grabbing color was a solid red pant or tight. A few audience members were sporting this look with a darker top.

Dressed-down Jackets

Grey sports jacket with dark hoodie

Grey sports jacket with dark hoodie

Casual layering with sweater and plaid

Casual layering with sweater and plaid

Detailing on a simple jacket silouette

Detailing on a simple jacket silouette

New Prep

Retro-leaning grown-up schoolgirl (Marc by Marc Jacobs)

Retro-leaning grown-up schoolgirl (Marc by Marc Jacobs)

Sky high Mary Janes and knee high's

Sky high Mary Janes and knee high's

Skinny Jeans and Tall Boots

Tall boots with spiky heels

Tall boots with spiky heels

Above: Ella Moss blouse, Citizens of Humanity skinny jeans, INC faux fur jacket

These are not your granny's boots (Guess)

These are not your granny's boots (Guess)

Vintage Boots

Rockin' a vintage boot

Rockin' a vintage boot

Vintage boots and jeans dress down a jacket-tie combo

Vintage boots and jeans dress down a jacket-tie combo

On seeing the Tim Burton show at LACMA this past weekend, I was struck with 2 more items for creative success.
1 Point of view – artistically, you need a distinct voice
2 Practice

MTA stop (Vermont and Wilshire Blvd.)

MTA Art (Koreatown)

Around dusk, traffic was dribbling. I was surprised to look up to see these sci-fi murals at the MTA stop (Vermont and Wilshire Blvd.).

Peony

Peony

I bought these peonies yesterday from Trader Joe’s. They’re lovely and changing every minute. I love to watch the petals unfurl from a tight bright pink ball to look like the ruffles of a woman’s petticoat.

Peony Epiphany

Peony Epiphany

Book of Mormon CD

Soundtrack

The NPR.org site has ended its free streaming of the Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon. The music is available on iTunes currently (for $). This is a parody of the Mormon religion in the form of a tale of missionaries visiting Uganda. The story, music, and lyrics were a collaboration by the creators of South Park (Trey Parker and Matt Stone), who partnered with Avenue Q writer (Robert Lopez). Choreography was by Corey Nicholaw.

If you can stomach the four-letter words and good natured jibes (at religion and other musicals, like Lion King), the lyrics are funny and smart. The music is infectious (I’ve listened to the entire recording about 10 times). On multiple listens of the soundtrack, I grow more astonished about with Josh Gad’s (Elder Cunningham) vocal variety. Also believable in their roles, Nikki M. James (Nabulungi) and Andrew Rannells (Elder Price).┬áThe success of the music to feel emotionally uplifting while at the same time the content is potentially horrifying and blasphemous, speaks to the well-crafted composition of the songs and writing of the story.

Book of Mormon has been criticized by Mormons as possibly increasing the public’s misunderstanding of a religion that believers feel has been misrepresented in the media. In addition, it has been criticized as making light of real social issues such as AIDS and poverty, as well as playing on racial stereotypes. They are valid concerns. But if someone had created a straightforward portrayal of these subjects, the audience would be far smaller. This musical appears to be more about entertainment than at attempt at social change.

Design Analysis

I’m a design student (User Experience and Graphic Design) and so have been thinking about the cd cover design a lot. Two aspects that are immediately striking for me are:

  1. Use of negative space: Typically I’d expect to see the outline of the white shirt on white background. But the designer has eliminated that delineation interestingly. I still recognize that the person is wearing a shirt. It’s possible this way to see the whole as both a realistic or abstract composition.
  2. Playing with the idea of subject: I’m also interested by where the designer chose to cut off the person’s head (figuratively). I can still clearly imagine what the non-visible parts of the missionary’s head would look like (sort of like Donny Osmand hair-wise). Also the person’s eyes are the first part of the head you cannot see. Typically I would look at a person’s eyes first so this choice in cropping feels unusual and surprising.
  3. Strong horizontal movement balanced by vertical line: This is a composition tactic I see repeatedly in design and art. Cognitively I don’t think it’s the first thing I notice but it’s a very clear form of organizing the composition.
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