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Gabe De Dios - stylist
Gabe de Dios is an LA-based Wardrobe Stylist who has worked with such celebrity clients as Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Colton Haynes and Gilles Marini. A lover of fashion, music, food and dance, he also designs for his own t-shirt line called J'TEES ME and is the founder of his dance crew Haus of Shablamcakes. Also, Fashion Blogger for @1027KIISFM The Stitch.
Marc Mapile - hair artist
Marc Mapile is a Los Angeles based Hair Artist that thrives on the latest & hottest in hair. His eye for the creative has grazed celebs, covers, films, runways and has also won numerous awards such Hair Artist of the year in 2009 for RAW. Need your hair "did?" Marc definitely knows how to "work it out" behind the chair & is part of the Artistic Team for a world renowned hair company.
It's GRAMMY week and while we're dashing all over LA from party to party celebrating music, we gotta look good doing it...riiiiight?!
Enter built in closet at work! Accessories are draped over our cubes, hair products tower on our desks, and shoes are stuffed in our drawers keeping crunch time efficient.
Tonight we're going out poping some color with our PopMolly Candy Bags! PopMolly creates fun, bright accessories and when I say bright, you'll be able to spot me from across the party! Most of their accessories come in a neon bright color like Cake Batter Blue, Lipstick Pink, Lemony Cricket. You can also order a Glow In The Pop bag that glows in the dark!
At first glance you might think they're an all rubber line, but their products are made from recycled Thermo Plastic materials.
PopMolly also offers interchangeable belts, bunpops and you can stay connected to get the latest Pop!
Fashion and music have joined forces! This entire week is a MAJOR time for musicians and all those in the music industry, plus this is one of my favorite shows to watch. We're celebrating the GRAMMYS at KIIS FM with a gifting suite bringing you special performances and tons of backstage coverage. Make sure to keep up with the coverage starting Friday and get live updates on Twitter with #GRAMMYSwag.
Just in time for GRAMMY week The GRAMMY Label has created comfy cotton blend tees and tanks for men and women. The loose fit and worn-in feel pieces are perfect for pairing with denim to your next show.
“Together with The Recording Academy, our vision was to develop a collection that was in line with the creative process of making music,” said GRAMMY Label Creative Director, Caroline Rothwell. “This is not a promotional line. This is a style that is truly inspired by musicians.” The GRAMMY Label is available all month at RONROBINSON I Fred Segal stores and online at RONROBINSON.com.
Free Humanity is an artist that I came across while driving down Sunset Blvd. Out of the corner of my eye I saw this massive art piece of Audrey Hepburn with beautiful colors surrounding her. She was staring off into the distance and on the side of the art piece was a quote that read “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other”. I was an immediate fan when I read that quote and soon took to my Instagram to track down the artist. Each piece by Free Humanity sparks social thinking and I believe that any piece of art that leaves you in a state of thought has served its purpose. I had the chance to interview Free Humanity on the meaning of his pieces, the “Diamond In The Lotus Project”, and what the Audrey Hepburn piece meant to him as an artist. This is his story…
Is the term “Free Humanity” a way of life, a mission, an idea or all of these combined?
All of the above and more I can only hope
There are many social figures portrayed in your art such as Audrey Hepburn. Are these figures chosen carefully as focal points of your art? Which has been the most controversial and why?
Yes, everything I do is chosen very carefully in the same way that marketers advertise their products on a sub-conscious level. That, in turn, makes people feel insecure and want to fit a social status with a certain car, house or look. However, I plant seeds of positivity that will hopefully, with contemplation, bloom into flowers if watered correctly. Instead of seeds of greed, lust and anger that are common themes with most advertisements these days.
The most controversial piece that I have made has not been any social figure but an apple grenade art project called “Forbidden Fruit”. It was blown up by the L.A Swat and Bomb Squad live on channel 9 news from a helicopter. L.A. weekly covered it
The way that I came across Free Humanity was by driving down Sunset Blvd and finding the Audrey Hepburn piece. The quote on that piece read, “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other”. What does a quote like that mean to you?
The reason I chose Audrey Hepburn as one of my series pieces was due to her huge Humanitarian work. Her quotes are full of love for life, all life, humans and animals. She and all of her quotes embody love and compassion for all living creatures and love is the only thing that can save and sustain us in this world of chaos.
I, myself, love walking around Los Angeles looking for and coming across street art from my favorite artists. Who is an artist that you enjoy that you have found walking around?
One the great beauties of L.A are the large amount of art, legal and illegal. I love seeing the work of “Cryptik” which is reminiscent of Eastern art and “Mear One” who is one of my favorites and very socially, environmentally and politically aware in his art.
I am fascinated by a piece that was posted on your Instagram that was a diamond on top of a lotus flower. What brought about this piece and what can you share about the lotus project?
"The Diamond in the lotus" is a direct translation of an ancient chant that says to plant deep seeds on a sub-conscious level. It's also a mix from an old story of the Buddha Siddhartha Gautama. He was telling a story to his disciples and instead of talking he just held up a Lotus Flower and his main disciple reached enlightenment at that moment. The piece to me is a mixture of those things but I prefer to let the viewer contemplate it. I like to think about it like this "It's like a finger pointing to the moon, if you concentrate on the finger you miss all the heavenly glory". I think a lot of us in the world miss the heavenly glory working for material things. Those things basically encompass the Lotus Project.
How important is artistic integrity and originality to you?
Yes I think integrity is important in all facets of life and originality is always crucial but in a way, everything is inspired from something from before.
What are you currently working on?
Currently I am working on a series of artist and skateboarders. I just finished this portrait of this artist named Egon Schiele and a skate boarder Named Tom Penny.
Complete the following sentence: In a perfect world art would be…..
on every wall all over the world.
For More Information:
Main Website: http://freehumanity.la/
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Photo Credit: Jennifer Leigh Strauss
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While the rest of the world is shoveling snow, Angelinos are battling cloudy days gone sunny turned rainy. Even a worst weather day in L.A. is not so bad. I think we can all agree that if you were to walk into most closets in L.A. you would see more clothing for a warm southern California day.
Bench. is a clothing line I've been turned onto that produces comfortable, casual clothing you can wear on the regular or layer when that 75 degree weather fades away. I'm obsessed with their basics and their denim.
Bench. has great hoodies, shirts, t-shirts, dresses and more that you can take from "L.A. winter" to summer all for an affordable price. So, let's HOOK YOU UP with $100 to spend at Bench.!
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Don't forget to hit up their site and click through their current collection or get a peek at what's in store next season below.
Bench had its start during 1980s Manchester during the “Madchester” music revolution, youth subcultures emerged and alternative sports, skate and BMX came on to the scene. It's this dynamic energy and eclectic spirit that continues to drive the brand today. Our line-up of street-inspired knits and innovative outerwear reflects Bench's urban-cool design aesthetic and free-spirited, in-the-moment ethos.
The weather report says rain in Los Angeles this weekend. BOOO HOOO HOOO! Most of us Angelenos don’t like the rain, unless we’re cuddled up in a Little Giraffe Blanket with our someone special, sitting in front of a fireplace, sippin hot chocolate, with marshmallows of course. But who can do that all day? Ok, who are we kidding, we can! BUT we love shopping too! So let’s do a little of both. Here are some of our favorite steals and deals for this rain or shine weekend! ENJOY!
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Barbara Adler, the Mrs. to Cisco Adler stopped by the studio to show off her fun banana inspired designs she created for bananabeat. It was this collection that launched her original collection, Barbara Adler jewelry. As an international model, her travels inspire her pieces. From riding a boat in Bali to a train in Paris, and everything in between she revealed that all the unique things that catch her eye play into her designs. Each unisex baubble is handmade in Los Angeles and available in select boutiques or online.
She encourages upcoming designers to stay focused, keep dreams alive and keep working constantly, even if that means 24 hours a day. If you stop, somebody will fill your tracks!
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Mr. Mayer has partnered with Barrett Alley, whom he has worked with before on a limited edition collection of bracelets.
The wallets are made with premium deerskin leather and the interior linings are made from hand-pulled custom Japanese deadstock fabrics from the late 1800′s to early 1900′s.
The inside of each wallet is imprinted with JCM, which are John’s initials, John Clayton Mayer. Since the wallets are limited edition they each include a hand stamped limited edition card and are embossed with a unique number on the back of the wallet (right).
Hurry tho because the entire collection consists of only 50 wallets! To purchase one of these fine crafted pieces of art, check out John Mayer’s e commerce site. Happy Shopping!
The newest collection from HoneyBGold is about to be released at the end of the month and The Stitch has a sneak peak of the jewelry line just for you. Natalia Durazo is the mastermind behind HoneyBGold and decided to name her newest collection “Concrete Jungle”. The line was inspired by the bright colors of the jungle with Natalia’s love for tigers. HoneyBGold is known for having an edge in each piece of jewelry and with style icons such as Nicki Minaj and Rita Ora rocking the original pieces, “Concrete Jungle” is sure to make a huge splash.