Archive for August, 2007

A story is born-Amy Davis at Le Sportsac

August 30th, 2007
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amy invite

If you want to know how a newspaper story is born, it’s as simple as this: A little snippet of information comes via conversation, email or postcard like this one, and you just go hmm, that’s really cool. I’m glad I know about this. Will other people like knowing this?

Some things grab you right away, like the only-in-Hawaii images that fill Amy Davis’s illustration for Le Sportsac, the goods debuting Sept. 1, 2007 at the Ala Moana Center store. Sorry I can’t show you what said goods look like. Top secret until the unveiling (not even Amy has seen them), so you’ll have to go down there to check it out firsthand.

Amy Davis illustration

The work started with rough sketches like this one.

Inevitably, interviews sometimes veer off track, coz Amy is as passionate about her music with her husband Jon Moritsugu and her band, Low on High (http://www.myspace.com/lowonhigh) which just got signed to a Seattle label. Hey, she plays bass, I play drums and sing, we can relate.

At her home on Vashon Island, she’s also got a School of Rock thing going on, tutoring impressionable girls on what rock ‘n’ roll legends are made of. Here are, left to right, Mafya, Popcorn, Pirate, Rock C and Gorilla, of Iron Candy. Sez Amy, “They really are SICK ala Sonic Youth ’87.”

Kids Rock

Vanity Fair + Fashion Rocks

August 29th, 2007
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Vanity Fair

Time to head to break away from your computer for a sec and head to the bookstore where buying Vanity Fair’s Style issue gets you the freebie Fashion Rocks magazine promoting Conde Nast’s annual celebration of a couple of my favorite things, fashion and music, with a couple of very eye-catching spreads featuring Sean Lennon and model/collaborator Irina Lazareanu and various fashion tribes (punk, mod, goth and rave), plus a style update on a trio of iconic women in rock, Stevie Nicks, Deborah Harry and Marianne Faithfull.

punk tribe

In the Vanity Fair, there’s a requisite best-dressed list including celebs and royals, but more interesting to me was the sad story about the suicide of Isabella Blow (below), a fashion original best known for having discovered Philip Treacy and Alexander McQueen, and who often appeared in photographs wearing a fantastic Treacy hat.

The circumstances of her death surprised me, in the same way geek film-goers are probably shocked to be reading about Owen Wilson now. It’s hard to know a people beyond their facades, though instant media networks often suggest intimacy.

Isabella Blow

Another story about Blow also appears in the July issue of New York magazine, titled “The Sad Hatter.”

Also in the Vanity Fair is an ad for Gwen Stefani’s new fragrance, L, with the music star looking something like a cross between Marilyn Monroe and a Vargas pinup girl.

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The clubs always want the big stars to add cachet to their after-hours parties, but after her show here Aug. 24, Gwen had a quiet little soiree — that is herself, hubby Gavin Rossdale and son Kingston — at Halekulani’s Lewers Lounge.

It was strange to see Steve Aoki, a k a DJ Kid Millionaire a k a Devon’s bro, featured in another Vanity Fair article on the boys who stalk the girls — you know the ones, Lindsay, Britney, Nicole and Paris — in their ploy for instant fame.

That turned out to be a tease. It seemed Lindsay just was photographed doing her grind while he was oblivious doing his own thing.

Steve was here last year for the opening of Miss Sixty/Energie at Ala Moana Center and he’s got his own clothing line to promote, same name as his record label, Dim Mak.