Obscene City 132

by Matthew Bedard


Obscene City 132

So you could say we came, and we got it.

Autumn descends around us and segues into winter, and the Santa Anas roll through Angel City forcing us to grab that Italian cashmere pullover that so longingly glimmered in our eye through the warm weather months, thanks old friend. But let it be known, the dry-cold with which we coastal Californians must face, never an excuse to stay in, we must be seen, drink in hand of course.

Britons know a tad bit about cold weather, which is probably why in November the British Fashion Council found themselves in Los Angeles for their annual LONDON show ROOMS LA. The 5th incarnation of the kickoff was hosted in the soft hands of Ace Gallery of Beverly Hills and featured notable designers and models from across the pond, as well as blossoming artist, FKA Twigs, who refuses to return our calls. The cocktail party lasted about two hours so we felt a sufficient buzz by the end, along with a colourful Surrey accent, and an unabashed pride for Queen and country.

A few days later the BFC was at it again, this time teaming up with STYLEBOP and celebrating London Style Suites. The lively jaunt was at Chateau Marmont [oh the memories, but we digress] and was hosted by the waspy Poppy Delevingne, young ambassador for the British Fashion Council. Other notables in tow were model Suki Waterhouse, actress Jamie Alexander, and rapper Azaelia Banks.

Between hanging out with British fashion socialites, we extended a warm buonasera at the Emernegildo Zegna Global store opening on Rodeo Drive. The storied Italian fashion house brought out the big guns with actors Gerard Butler, Ed Norton, and Sharon Stone attending on the explicit invitation of grandson of founder and current CEO Gildo Zegna. To our delight, Zegna previewed 10 Couture looks available only at this Beverly Hills store, we were tempted to purchase one of the wool gabardine jackets, but decided against it, taking into consideration the now-convenient location of the new store. Because you know, it’ll still be there tomorrow.

From what we can recall, Halloween was a gas. Last we remember we were in Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel for their Halloween bash—dressed as zombie Beau Brummell—and had just finished off our fourth slime-colored Moscow mule when the bulbous beats of Ghostly Internationals curated DJ sets entered our ears. The rest is history. Ghostly’s Will Calcutt and Sam Valenti, slayed the decks and sent out night into a Halloween-appropriate darkness of dancing.

God knows we love the party, the after-party, and perhaps even moreso we love nudity. These are a few of our favorite things, and they were brought together at renowned fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth’s exhibition opening at Fahey/Klein Gallery in L.A. Inhibitions in Von Unwerth’s photography has always ran wild, and so we rightfully fell in line with tradition. The exhibition is open now and will be showing until January 4 of next year.

For our massive and beautiful Flaunt 131: The Battle Issue release, we teamed up with Hakkasan Beverly Hills and partner Rosalina Lydster of Jewelry by Rosalina, to throw an ungodly soiree and succeeded. Before the influx of visitors we were treated to an intimate dinner of Cantonese flavors prepared by the Hakkasan chefs as well as wine from Napa winery, Oakville Ranch Vineyard. Guests at the dinner included cover star Selena Gomez, Lily Collins, Bella Thorne, Emile Hirsch, Betye Saar, Mark Cuban, Ellen von Unwerth, Fred Armisen, and Carrie Brownstein. The floodgates opened soon after as the crowd rolled in, led by Ariel Pink, FKA twigs, and David LaChapelle. The craftsman drinks from Hakkasan, highlighted by the Jung Jiu (top shelf gin, dragon fruit, lemon juice, rose syrup, and mint) kept us airy and fully lubricated as we wandered through the crowds to stop and chat with movers and shakers. So you could say we came, and we got it. Thanks Selena.

Photography: WireImage.com, Donato Sardella for GettyImages.com, Bfanyc.com, Michael Clifford at michaelcliffordphoto.com, and Will Calcutt at willcalcutt.com.