West Watch: Gold Digger … Surf Diva … Stalled Sale
GOLD DIGGER: “I still consider myself an L.A. designer,” said Jared Gold, enjoying a homecoming of sorts last week at the Aero & Co. boutique on trendy Third Street in Los Angeles. Fighting a flu, Gold was in town for...
GOLD DIGGER: “I still consider myself an L.A. designer,” said Jared Gold, enjoying a homecoming of sorts last week at the Aero & Co. boutique on trendy Third Street in Los Angeles. Fighting a flu, Gold was in town for an event that attracted about 125 people and heralded what’s to come from this designer known for his offbeat sensibility. Gold, who skipped a couple of seasons and moved to Salt Lake City, is now chief executive officer and head designer of a publicly traded firm called Dark Dynamite, parent to his Black Chandelier collection, his new children’s Pink Chandelier line and his new home product offering, The Genevieve. Black Chandelier was on display for spring, with tank tops adorned with foiled moths, long-sleeve shirts with appliqués and stretch cotton skirts with colorful prints. Gold said his big fall splash will occur with an off-site fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Culver City, hopefully coinciding with the debut of his third store in the L.A. area. He has a store in Salt Lake City and another is planned to open in Seattle by March 3. Don’t expect him to move back to L.A. anytime soon, though. “When you get up out of bed in the morning and see those mountains, it’s hard to find that creative inspiration elsewhere,” Gold said.
SURF DIVA: Ocean Pacific, a division of Warnaco Group, appointed Stefanie DiRienzo as vice president of design services, overseeing all men’s and women’s apparel and accessories development. In the new position, DiRienzo will work with the company’s in-house design staff and more than 20 licensees to present a cohesive brand image for Op’s products and packaging, including its juniors relaunch for spring 2006. She will report to Op president Richard Baker. DiRienzo is a 12-year veteran of the apparel industry, with senior-level merchandising and design positions at Guess, French Connection and Limited Brands Inc. Most recently, she served as director of retail at Lucky Brand Jeans, which counts 90 stores.
STALLED SALE: The $135 million sale of the California Market Center to Los Angeles-based Jamison Properties, which had been expected to wrap up by the end of January, is now projected to close by the end of February or March, said Ben Lee, leasing manager for Jamison’s West Los Angeles portfolio. “At this point, everyone doesn’t have a clear understanding of things, and we just need to work on coming to terms and we’ll be right there,” Lee said. In December, Jamison issued a 60-day employment notice under the Warren Act, alerting market center workers that their jobs might be cut. So far, Yvette Beltran, textile show manager, and Celeste Lee, who served in retail relations, have resigned from the market center.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye