Dressing Up Like A Romanov for Basic Magazine’s Spectacle Issue Release Party

The evening is dark, and the streets are almost empty. I make my way past the doorman guarding the deep, burgundy doors of Raspoutine—a Russian-inspired nightclub in West Hollywood. (Don’t be fooled by the name, this is a French import with a few other locations across the globe, including Paris, Rome and Marrakesh). Once inside,…

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An Intimate Soirée at The Huntington Library

It’s hot. I walk with a sense of urgency, my heels pinching my middle and little toes every time they smack the pavement. In an utterly predictable bit of kvetching—because I always seem to wear uncomfortable shoes on days when I have to do the most walking—I tell my friend Kristin Vartan how my kicks…

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Celebrating Spectrum’s ‘LA’s Finest’ at NeueHouse Hollywood

Back in 2016, we got the gender-flipped remake of Ghostbusters. Two years later, we were treated to Ocean’s 8. Now, we’re getting LA’s Finest, a female-fronted spin-off of Bad Boys. Two words: “Yes!” and “finally!” The Spectrum Original stars Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba as detectives on a mission to take down the worst crop…

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Best Moments From Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi Autumn/Winter ‘19/’20

How big is fashion in Tbilisi? Well, possibly bigger than the country itself. The story of how this off-the-grid, Eastern European nation became a fashion hot spot is long one, and undoubtedly worthy of a post of its own. (Although, in case you were wondering, it sorta started with Vetements, or more precisely, its head…

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Met Gala 2019: Favorite Red Carpet Looks, Updated

There are two red carpet events I get excited about every year: The Academy Awards and The Met Gala. But really, if I had to pick—like, really had to—I’d probably choose to tune into the spectacle that’s the first Monday in May. The Met Gala, aka the annual fundraising shindig thrown for the Costume Institute…

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Visually: Inside 29Rooms, Refinery29’s Instagram Pop-Up in Los Angeles

The lowdown: Ever since its inception in 2015, 29Rooms—a haven of 29 “individually curated, artist-collaborated rooms” dreamed up by the folks at Refinery29—has become somewhat of a magnet for social media enthusiasts. This year was no exception. The Reef, a 860,000-square-foot creative space in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, played host to the five-day…

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What LAFW Runway Shows Taught Us About Beauty

When it came to makeup, the color palettes at LAFW SS19 got a little rowdy. Lipsticks were daring and sunny, or quite the opposite—peachy to accommodate heavy strokes of winged eyeliner. Cheeks glimmered and glowed.  The season also saw a proliferation of equally spirited hair—serpentine braids, wind-swept, pastel pixie dos and cotton-candy-like teased ponytails. Suffice to…

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All The Best-Dressed Guests From LA Fashion Week

On a brisk October evening in Los Angeles, near the entrance to the parking lot of “that red building”—a term Uber drivers like to throw around when referring to the Petersen Automotive Museum—the weather kept cropping up in conversations. Mainly because it was just starting to turn, like milk unexpectedly going bad a few days…

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LAFW SS19: Designers To Watch

1 – Bomme Studio There was a fierceness about LA-based designer Bo Matthew Metz’s collection, partly thanks to its color palette, which almost seemed plucked from a close-up of the sun’s photosphere—big, bold reds and yellows, searing vermilions and dusty oranges. “I was inspired by the films of Derek Jarman,” he said after the show, adding that…

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Q&A with Nadia Lee at Kollectin’s Fashion Jewelry Pop-Up Party

Anyone who attended last year’s Stylecon, which took place in Orange County, will remember Kollectin, a virtual shopping app that’s built on a community of “style stars” sharing their favorite jewelry designs. Back then, the app was young, still in the process of development and still working out some kinks. Now that Kollectin has matured,…

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