Last night was the launch party for the Pop-Up shop and capsule t-shirt collection by Galore Media in collaboration with What Goes Around Comes Around. The party was hosted by Galore’s Beauty Editor Cat Marnell, supermodel Andrej Pejic, and Galore editors/founders Prince Chenoa and Jacob Dekat.
“Galore references a lot of eras, from the fifties pin-up bombshell, to todays downtown NY glam girl. This pop-up shop and t-shirt line are a great way to bring it all together,” says Prince Chenoa, Creative Director.
Feb 6th also marks the launch of the new Galore model blogger network on Galoremag.com. The initial bloggers for the site include: Robyn Lawley, Ashley Sky, Staz Lindez, Jennifer Akerman and Andrej Pejic, making Galore a central destination for a behind the scenes look at top models, and a platform for models to grow their personal followings online. In addition to posting directly to the site, the model bloggers will be able to post directly to Galoremag.com using a #galore hashtag in their instagram posts.
“So much of what we do editorially is to celebrate the personalities of models. Here is one more way we can do that by having them tell their stories directly to our audience online,” added Prince Chenoa.
I’m still getting the hang of my new Sony NEX-5R camera that was gifted to me by Sony as part of the Hidden project. I’m creating a body of work that will be shown at the Sony store in Garden City and I’m focusing on night in the city. Here’s a shot of my friend Leo Gugu outside of Greenhouse last night…it won’t be part of the exhibit but gives you a little sneak peek of what to expect!
Saturday Night at Rasputin, Luke Nero and Andres Rigal’s famed nightclub of sin, excess, sex, and fashion, Styled Defined NYC Favorite Rick Genest made an appearance to host a “ZOMBIEBALL.” The night took on a decidedly darker and edgier turn, with accessories and harness designer Dear Raymer providing the Red Room fashion, Johnny Cota of Skingraft manning the decks on the patio during an unseasonable chilly LA night, and enough Zombies and Undead to fill a graveyard.
Inside, where it was a tad bit warmer, Scissor Sister DJ Sammy Jo worked the thirsty crowd into an absolute frenzy and I haven’t seen a party pop off like it did in quite some time. Clothing became “optional,” the go-go boys began to, lets say, become extremely intimate, and the euphoria that seeped across the room was hot enough to warm all that ice cold zombie blood.
It was certainly a killer night to remember, and one that will not be forgotten. Additionally, with Sharon Needles debuting her new record and single next week, the edge and fashion appear, thankfully, to be back in 2013 in Los Angeles, and trust me, it is very warmly and happily received.
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF RASPUTIN AND LISA WHITMORE
Is San Francisco as sex-crazed as NYC? Well it’s the season finale of VICE’s sexy series Slutever (the sex-ed you never got in highschool) in which their in-house sexpert, Karley Sciortino, hits up the biggest BDSM fair in the world, The Folsom Street Fair in SF, for some whipping-good fun. Check it out!
Sometimes space is too tight to take full length shots but thought these details were worth sharing. In general facial hair or bold lips seemed to be de rigeur for the ODD crowd.
Judson Harmon in blue (lipstick) with video artist Jason Akira Somma sporting a mustache on it’s way to being Dali-esque.
Fashion Week in Los Angeles had always been the “drunk uncle” of the family…….You must include him as he is part of the family, but an eye roll or two seems to come with each mention. However, while it has years to go before it achieves the same recognition as London, New York, Milan, or Paris, it does have a few stars in it’s own right, and Jonny and Chris Cota of Skingraft, well, their star has never shown as brightly.
Held at the iconic Sunset Strip Skybar at The Mondrian Hotel, with help from Hennessey and event gurus Luke Nero and Andres Rigal, this presentation brought out the community’s elite for cocktails, dancing, and an army of leather. The latter seems to be the specialty of the Skingraft kids, a simple rock and roll chic that should be the centerpiece of any man or woman’s collection.
While years past it had more of a biker-feel, with a love of earthy, natural textures and fabrics, the brother’s Cota seem to be driven by urban influences as of late, while still embracing its cow-loving roots. Ball caps and scarves were paired with white leather jackets, resulting in a clean, polished aesthetic. Numerous zippers provided drool-worthy detail, and even an evolution of their iconic fingerless gloves was debuted. All in all, it was a sophisticated evolution of what they know best: That smart cuts and luxe fabrics should be the staples in every fashionista’s closet.
The LA fashion community clamored their way in, and the collection was shown poolside, another homage to California dreams. As we sipped our cocktails and enjoyed a performance by San Francisco’s BoyChild, we smiled realizing that Los Angeles shouldn’t be the bastard of the fashion community for much longer partly in thanks to Skingraft’s terrific collections.