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Cocktail Hour: The SLS Hotel does a Sexy Summer Cocktail.

10 Jul

The Bazaar_Jasmine Margarita

While there may not be actual scientific proof that cocktails taste better during the summer, we’re pretty sure most people would agree when the theory is proposed.

Happy hour, after a long day stuck in the office, is especially rewarding and we find the Jasmine Margarita at The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills to be the perfect start to a sexy, after-work-unwind session.

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The Jasmine Margarita is bright, refreshing and beautiful to look at. We recommend drinking it rather than just gazing at it, but like many of the concoctions the SLS Hotel whips up, this one is pretty and tasty.SLS Hotel

Make your next happy hour at The SLS or try whipping up the Jasmine Margarita yourself for an at-home cocktail affair with friends.

 

The Jasmine Margarita at The Bazaar at The SLS Hotel.

1 12oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila

12oz Pom Concentrate

12oz Fresh Lime Juice

12oz Fresh Lemon Juice

12oz Simple Syrup

 

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, add ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish half the rim of glass with Sal de Gusano and drop 4 – 5 pomegranate seeds onto the top of the drink.

Home Sweet Home

12 Oct

If you thought that Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, and Donna Karan designed great clothes, just wait until you get an intimate look into their homes!  American Fashion Designers at Home by Rima Sugi takes readers through the abodes of over 100 iconic fashion designers – showcasing that personal style reaches far beyond the runways and pages of the magazine.  Buy your own copy at Barnes and Noble.
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“A personal style is like a handwriting–it happens as the by product of our way of seeing things, enriched by the experiences of everything around us.”

-Massimo Vignelli 

McQueen Still King

29 Apr

We were stoked to find out that Kate Middleton choose to wear a dress designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen for her royal nuptials.  The dress embodied the classic elegance of English royalty while also staying relevant to 21st century fashion.  It just goes to show that McQueen is still King in the fashion world, and what would be more appropriate than an exhibit opening next Wednesday May 4th at The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art honoring the work of the late fashion designer.  Running until July 31, “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” showcases about one hundred of the designer’s extraordinary pieces, from gowns to jackets and trousers to skirts – designs that constantly challenged modern perceptions of beauty, sexuality, religion, and art.  For more information about the exhibit visit the Met’s official website.

And for McQueen fans who don’t live in New York, there’s a book entitled “Savage Beauty” that takes the same retrospective look into his design career.  Buy the book on Amazon here.

New Rodarte Exhibit at MOCA

4 Mar

The design duo who gave us the beautiful costume designs for Black Swan, drool worthy collections season after season, and the winners of the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award in 2009, are now presenting their first ever solo museum exhibit on the West Coast. I’m of course referring to Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, who open Rodarte: States of Matter at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles today. Running through June 5th, the exhibit features select garments from the past three seasons of their collection, in addition to costumes from Black Swan. The purpose of the exhibit is to portray these articles of clothing as sculptural works of art that possess static motion. If you want more information about the exhibit click here. Have a great weekend Denim Dossier readers!

Va Va Vanderbilt

11 Feb

Dive into the world of Gloria Vanderbilt, one of fashion’s most iconic women, with the newly released coffee table book, “The World of Gloria Vanderbilt” by Wendy Goodman.  A true Renaissance woman, Vanderbilt was an artist, author, actress, heiress, and socialite.  Through captivating and intimate photos, the book narrates her exciting series of life events while simultaneously taking a look into her chic lifestyle and impeccable style.  And don’t worry; there are also plenty of adorable baby pictures of her son, CNN’s Anderson Cooper (who wrote the forward to the book).  I also can’t help but love how she pioneered the world of designer denim, paving the way for premium denim enthusiasts for years to come.  “The World of Gloria Vanderbilt” can be purchased at select 7 For All Mankind full-priced U.S. retail stores.  For a complete listing our stores click here.

Gloria Poses With A Collection Of Her Denim Line

A Moving Moma Exhibit

27 Jan

Ralph Lemon. "Come Home Charley Patton" from "The Geography Trilogy". 2004. © 2010 Dan Merlo

Lately I’ve been on the prowl for a fresh NYC cultural experience. Turns out I’m in luck because the Moma has a great exhibition series where the worlds of movement, theatre, and visual art collide. The series features pieces from a roster of artists including Trisha Brown, Allora and Calzadilla, and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Instead of staring at a two-dimensional piece of art hung on a wall, audience members view the work as artists perform it in real time. If you dare to get out there and face the snow this weekend, check out the current performance featuring NYC-based Ralph Lemon. He uses dance and visual art to present a 40-minute duet exploring the raw energy that exists between two bodies moving in space. His performances are on January 29th and 30th at 3PM and are included with the price of museum admission. See you there! For more information about the exhibit click here.

A Funky Art (By Car!) Tour You Won’t Regret

8 Nov

In other cities, galleries are usually located in one district, close together and easy to hit in an afternoon. In L.A., the art scene is more spread out, meaning that hopping from one spot to the next takes a lot of planning—and a car. Well, Angelenos art-lovers, we think you’ve hit the jackpot with this super-funky art tour, North by Northeast. It’s a self-guided auto tour where you can peep the homes and studios of over 100 artists in the area journalists have dubbed NeLa (Northeast Los Angeles)—think areas like Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights and Mount Washington. So, stock up on gas, give you car a polish, and bring a notebook. This isn’t your typical roadtrip.

Sunday, Nov. 21, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m, tickets available herePreview party: Nov. 13, 7-10 p.m. at Future Studio Gallery, 5558 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles