FROM Cathy Whitlock
The Fashion of Illusion Oscar-nominated actress Natalie Portman wears a Rodarte-designed tutu for Black Swan As fall collections hit the runways this week in New York, one of the hottest shows will be that of Rodarte , a Los Angeles-based fashion brand known for its unique melding of conceptual art and material science. Drawing inspiration from eclectic sources ranging from the ethereal quality of the California wilderness to the fantastical set design of sci-fi movies, the Pasadena natives Kate and Laura Mulleavy launched their fashion brand six years ago to almost immediate critical acclaim. The Mulleavys are also in the spotlight for designing the ballet costumes for Black Swan , the Oscar-nominated film directed by Darren Aronofsky. At their studio in downtown L.A., the sisters talk with Frances about creating frilly-yet-menacing tutus for the psycho-sexual thriller, and about the show Rodarte: States of Matter , which opens at MOCA Pacific Design Center next month. Racks of tutus made for Black Swan await their ballerinas Natalie Portman gets fitted for a tutu by Laura Mulleavy Rodarte gowns take their cues from pop culture and nature, like this dress inspired by slime A Rodarte piece inspired by horror films Models wearing unique Rodarte creations before strolling the runway How challenging is designing fashion for the movies? To find out, Frances heads to the opening of The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. There she talks to fashion designer, FIDM instructor, and Project Runway alumnus Nick Verreos, who shows the artistry behind some of the costumes from over 20 films released in 2010, including Oscar-nominated films Alice in Wonderland and The King's Speech. Author Cathy Whitlock, who writes the blog Cinema Style , explains why production designers and art directors are essential to the art of illusion on film. Costumes from the Oscar-nominated Alice In Wonderland, designed by Colleen Atwood Helena Bonham-Carter's regal outfit in The King's Speech, designed by Jenny Beavan
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
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.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
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?