OBSCENE CITY: SECRETS

by flaunt

Fresh in the new year we meditated on our Medici and headed to Florence for the LUISAVIAROMA twelfth Firenze4Ever festival. In the first evening we perceived our future at the Crystal Couture Dinner, the following day we got experimental at the Style Labs (shoes with zippers?), before a luscious dinner at Palazzo Gondi. On the final evening we jived with Flaunt editorial star Petite Meller.

We arrived on a skateboard— we thought of it first—at the Saint Laurent show at the Palladium, one of a succession of major fashion houses to have unveiled in L.A. in recent years. We then headed to the Moschino store to celebrate the new Powerpuff Girls x Moschino collection. Over at the Art Los Angeles Contemporary fair we offered a van full of issues to attendees of the airborne VIP premiere. Staying on the cultural pulse, we similarly supplied Flaunt to the L.A. Art Book Fair at the Geffen Contemporary. Our library both thinned and bolstered, we then crossed to the East Coast for New York Fashion Week and for Diesel’s new flagship store opening on Madison Avenue.

It was time to get cinematic at the Kenzo premiere of their new film Snowbird, starring none other than our former cover crush Abbey Lee. Then to MOCA for the opening of the new Catherine Opie exhibition, before a trip to No Vacancy for the Cheap Monday launch of their Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator range. Over at La Brea we went to the opening of Stone Island’s first US retail store, where we explored their light bending range of men’s outerwear.

There was nothing blunt about the Marley Natural launch party—aside from the forest of blunts—Jhené Aiko hit all the sharp notes and the sweet ones too, as we basked in the flavor of the Marley family’s new strain of the ganja. Players might only love you when they’re playing, but Flaunt loves Fleetwood Mac 24/7/365/eternity, so nothing could keep us from the Fleetwood Mac festival at the Fonda. Beneath the tree and taxidermy at Clifton’s in DTLA, we had dinner with glamorous friend and frequent Flaunt collaborator Dita von Teese to celebrate the launch of her limited edition vinyl Soundtrack for Seduction.

We then attended the celebration in KTLA of Melanie Pullen’s appearance at the L.A. Art Show. Our feet caught fire on the floor to DJ Panda Bear, and our hair caught fire. For the second time. This is serious. We also hit up the National Geographic Channel 15 year anniversary where we asked Neil deGrasse Tyson whether the discovery of gravitational waves assures us of the quantum wave/ particle duality of gravity, and got a lollipop.

Photos: Stewart Volland for National Geographic Channels. Drew Pluta. Bill Brown. Paul Morigi for Getty Images North America. Marcus Lindberg for Mohave Media. Drea Castro for Getdrea Photography. Getty Images for Saint Laurent. 

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