FROM Rose Apodaca
The Man Who Put Rodeo Drive on the Map Not long ago, Rodeo Drive was just another street in Southern California. Then along came Fred Hayman and Giorgio of Beverly Hills. Hayman was working at the Beverly Hilton in 1961 when he and his partners bought a struggling women’s clothing store at the corner of Rodeo and Dayton. The store put Rodeo Drive on the worldwide map for the rich and famous, and the rest is Hollywood history. We remember Fred Hayman, who died last week at the age of 90.
Michael Schmidt Makes a 3-D Printed Dress Michael Schmidt has spent decades cladding Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga and other supernovas in stunning costumes made of materials that don’t fit the usual definition of fabric: from Legos to chain mail of sterling silver links to razor blades. Now he's testing the possibilities of printed powdered plastic, in a dress designed with architect Francis Bitonti, for burlesque artist Dita Von Teese. He says wanted to take the "inherently rigid material" and render it "supple." That dress -- made of thousands of components covered in Swarovski crystals -- and some of his others will be on show at LACMA Wednesday night in an event produced by the Costume Council. And there he will also talk to fashion journalist and A+R owner Rose Apodaca about his work and life. Apodaca also interviewed Schmidt for DnA, as they prepared for their night at LACMA. He explained that his career got started when he moved from Kansas City to New York and he got his first big break when Cher bought a creation of his.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?