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Monthly Archives: May 2010


80%20 and Ce Ce Chin Collection on Good Day LA!

Posted on by Kristina

Sex and the City 2 is out in theaters today and there’s been much talk about Candace Bushnell’s new book, The Carrie Diaries and the movie sequel.  We’re super excited that 80%20 and Ce Ce Chin Collection were featured on Good Day LA in a fashion roundup with looks inspired by Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda.

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Blair in Gun Metal from the Ce Ce Chin Collection

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Rooftop Films Summer 2010

Posted on by Kristina

No summer is complete without attending a screening hosted by Rooftop Films.  Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists.  This year they will screen 20 feature films and over 150 short films.  If you’re looking for something to do in New York, we highly recommend checking out a screening.

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We’re particularly interested in seeing Tiny Furniture by writer-director Lena Dunham.  You might know of Dunham from her online series Tight Shorts and Delusional Downtown Divas. “Shot on location in New York last fall, Tiny Furniture takes advantage of both the city’s bustling environments and the colorful personalities within it, resulting in a memorable tale with equal dashes of emotional clarity and energetic humor-filled inspiration.”

Tiny Furniture Trailer from Lena Dunham on Vimeo.

Tiny Furniture’s screening is Sunday, June 13th at the BAM Cinematek.
Check out this year’s schedule here.

Toro y Moi – You Hid

Posted on by Kristina

Toro Y Moi aka Chaz Bundick started as a bedroom project back in 2001 and has since received much praise from various music sites way before hisfull length release, Cause of This.  His music draws elements from R&B, electronic dance tunes to indie and is heavily influenced by his parent’s vinyl and tape collection.  The result is something quite beautiful.

Check out the video of “You Hid” by Yours Truly.

TORO Y MOI “YOU HID” from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

Check out Toro y Moi on the road:

05/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre *
05/20 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
05/21 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Teatro Fru Fru *
05/22 – Monterrey, Mexico @ Escenica
05/23 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
05/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
05/26 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater *
05/27 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s *
05/28 – Victoria, British Columbia @ Sugar *
05/29 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ The Rickshaw Theatre *
05/31 – Calgary, Alberta @ The Republik *
06/01 – Edmonton, Alberta @ The Starlite Room *
06/02 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan @ Amigos *
06/03 – Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Royal Albert Arms *
06/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
06/05 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
06/06 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theatre *
06/07 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird *
06/08 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
06/09 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
06/10 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
06/11 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
07/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery
07/11 – Canterbury, England @ Lounge on the Farm Festival
07/12 – London, England @ Rough Trade East
07/13 – Paris, France @ Nouveau Casino #
07/14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
07/15 – Berlin, Germany @ Comet Club
07/16 – Krakow, Poland @ Creepy Teepee
07/17 – London, England @ Lovebox Festival
07/18 – Brighton, England @ Freebutt
07/19 – London, England @ Camp
07/20 – Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Valkhof Affaire Festival
07/23 – Alterswil, Switzerland @ Stonehill Festival
07/24 – Hyeres, France @ Midi Festival
07/28 – Sheffield, England @ DiS Presents Harley
07/29 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Captains Rest
07/30 – Manchester, England @ NOW WAVE Presents at The Deaf Institute
07/31 – London, England @ Field Day
08/01 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Trailerpark Festival
08/02 – Hamburg, Germany @ Astra Stube
08/04 – Nuremberg, Germany @ K4
08/06 – Katowice, Poland @ OFF Festival
08/10 – Des Moines, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center %
08/13 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s %

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The Carrie Diaries

Posted on by Kristina

In anticipation of Sex and The City 2, I  picked up The Carrie Diaries at the Hong Kong Airport a couple weeks ago.  After finishing it, I threw the book away, thinking I had been duped by a Chinese counterfeit publishing company.

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The book was sooooo bad, it was almost painful.  The plot is about Carrie’s teenage years before Sex and The City, when she is mapping her way through the high school social scene in Connecticut. Her mother has passed away and her father is raising her with two sisters.

When Carrie works at Vogue in Season 4 of the HBO series, an older male mentor named Julian exposes her “daddy issues”.  He asks her about how her father would feel if she quit in the middle of writing an article and she responds, “My father wouldn’t have a lot to say about quitting.  He quit my mother and me when I was little”.   She then explains that he left when she was five and she has no idea why, that it was never said.  Julian analyzes,  ”Your father leaves with all the answers and you spend you life asking questions about men”.

Candace Bushnell, What the F***with The Carrie Diaries?

The plot is not even consistent with the show and it was written after the show and the first movie were complete.  The writing is lacking the wit and sophistication that made her such a zeitgeist columnist and superstar.  I felt like the book had been written by an intern.  Even the photo of the author on the inside jacket seems odd because it is an image of Candace Bushnell as a teenager. Maybe my expectations were too high- I mean I absolutely loved One Fifth Avenue.   But now I’ve lowered my expectations for Sex and the City 2, especially after seeing the trailers.  Seriously did you see she’s wearing a “J’Adore Dior” tee shirt when she reunites with Aidan in Abu Dabi?  I mean Carrie, please!!!!

80%20 featured in the WSJ!

Posted on by Kristina

Ecstatic today- opened the Marketplace Section of the Wall Street Journal to see 80%20 featured in the Small Business Section!  And the picture is absolutely huge (and fabulous).

Thanks Wall Street Journal!!!  This article couldn’t have come at a better time- we’ve been planning a Five Year Anniversary celebration in June for the last couple weeks.  This is a milestone for us- and an opening to even bigger things!

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R29′s L.A. East West Shopping Event

Posted on by Kristina

Refinery29 threw a great party to kick off the three-day sale showcasing designers and boutiques from both the East and West coast.  The event was a lot of fun and a portion of the sales were donated to Housing Works, a great organization that provides housing and medical support to more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS.

The opening night party featured a DJ set by KCRW’s Jason Bentley, a live performance by L.A.’s very own, The Like and delicious food by Umami Burger at Urban Outfitters Space15Twenty.

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Check out more party photos at Refinery29.com!

Our West Sales representative Nilofar at the event.

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Nilofar and guest with Refinery 29 L.A. Editor, Kate Mulling.

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(Select photos from Refinery29.com)

R29 truly made a splash in Los Angeles and we’re thrilled we were apart of the event!  If you went to the sale, how’d you make out?

VIVA MAGAZINE

Posted on by Kristina

Looking at vintage fashion magazines is really nothing new, but I recently discovered Viva magazine from the 1970s—an adult magazine for women published by Bob Guccione and Penthouse. 
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did a great write up of Viva on their blog a couple months ago.

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I was drawn to the gauzy soft core images- suggestive fashion with 1970′s natural nudity.

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But articles, yes the articles- would keep any progressive intellectual with liberal and feminist politics coming back for more! Some highlights are “Erica Jong: An Intimate Conversation”, “The Myth of Equal Pay”, and “Losing Your Man to Another Man”.

I thought it was going to be more smutty, but instead I found it to be “fashion legit”- some great fashion shoots by Arthur Elgort.   And Anna Wintour was the Fashion Editor in 1977!  How progressive!

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Greater New York at PS 1

Posted on by Kristina

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The Greater New York exhibit opens Sunday at PS 1 in Long Island City and will run through October 18th. This is the third installment showcasing 68 artists and collectives that live and work in the New York area.  Covering a full range of practices and media, the artists in Greater New York are inspired by this great city and the “exhibition centers largely on the process of creation and the generative nature of the artist’s studio and practice.”  Many featured artists have been commissioned to work in residence in MoMA PS1’s gallery space to shoot photographs and video, rehearse and realize performances, and stretch the notions of sculpture, painting, photography, film, and video-making.

To read more about the upcoming exhibit, go here.
We can’t wait to check this out!

The Opening Day Celebration for Greater New York is Sunday, May 23 from 12-6PM.

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