Monday, October 26, 2015

Bow Wow Halloween "Vintage Las Vegas" to benefit Amanda Foundation's dogs & cats

Bow Wow Halloween Beverly Hills new theme was "Vintage Las Vegas"
Photos & story by Karen Ostlund
(left)  Tina Sinatra,Teri Austin (Actress, Founder of The Amanda Foundation) and Councilperson Lili Bosse (ex Mayor of Beverly Hills),

 The Amanda Foundation's Annual Halloween-themed fundraiser was presented by Bow Wow Beverly Hill last Sunday October 25th at 2 Rodeo Drive .

Tina Sinatra (daughter of Frank Sinatra and Nancy Barbato) got this year's Amanda Foundation's "Worthy of Love" Award in recognition of her long time support of The Amanda Foundation's mission to rescue homeless dogs and cats. She is an actress and producer, known for The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Perlico - Perlaco (1971) and Dream Girl of '67 (1966).
Tina confessed she was once allergic to dogs but overcame it with help from the Amanda Foundation, and she has been a dog-owner ever since.

Guests played Roulette outdoor at Via Rodeo last Sunday
  2015's theme was "Vintage Las Vegas" in honor of animal advocate, Tina Sinatra, who recently donated a generous one million dollars that was desperately needed to improve and expand the foundation's services. Previous award recipients include Kaley Cuoco, Pauley Perrette, and Cesar Milan.
The night's highlights included Casino Night (roulette, craps and blackjack), delicious vegetarian cuisine by Crossroads Restaurant, and a special Halloween cocktail, the "Tina-tini".
 Silent auction items included a Chopard gold collar designed for “The Artist” dog Uggie for the 2012 Academy Awards, paintings donated by Tina Sinatra, Tiffany & Co donated necklace, an African Safari, and gift certificates to the hottest L.A. restaurants including Connie & Teds and Craig's. The evening concluded with the annual doggy costume contest. 

The evening concluded with the annual doggy costume contest on stage
(left) Florida couple donate a check of $250.000 to the Amanda Foundation's dogs

The Amanda Foundation established 1976 has rescued and placed thousands of dogs and cats into loving homes and is the ONLY non-profit animal charity in the city of Beverly Hills and the only one in Los Angeles to own and operate a full-service veterinary practice. 

The Amanda Foundation also runs California's most successful free mobile spay and neuter program, and next free event to spray and neuter will be November 1st in east Los Angeles.
Amanda Foundation pit in gold-cape costume

Tina Sinatra's generous donation helped The Amanda Foundation purchase the land their 90 year-old building rests on - almost 40 years after their inception.  

Collie in Batman costume
 Once The Amanda Foundation finally owns their property, their new fundraising goals include building a new state-of-the-art animal hospital and kennel for the animals they rescue and the under-served clients they assist on a daily basis. 
The building they will call home was constructed in 1924 out of stucco and wood, and has seen better days. The new building and equipment will sustain the foundation and allow them to expand their Spay-mobile program and increase their educational programs and improve the living conditions for the dogs and cats they house, which also will increase adoptions. 
Chihuahua is Casino Costume

 Guests included: Teri Austin (Actress, Founder of The Amanda Foundation), Tina Sinatra, Pauley Perrette, Councilperson Lili Bosse (ex Mayor of Beverly Hills), Kenny Kweens (band member, LA Guns), Obba Babatunde' , Bonnie-Jill Laflin (first and only female scout in the NBA), Kristen Doute ("Vanderpump Rules"), Patrika Darbo ("Days of Our Lives","The Bay"), Ken Davitian (Borat) and Tamara Henry (TV Personality). 
Ballerina costume

EVENT SPONSORS: Tiffany & Co., Two Rodeo, The Beverly Hills Courier. 


Friday, October 23, 2015

Hollywood's 16th annual Dia de los Muertos festival returns October 24th

<b>Huichol</b> <b>Musical</b> | Official Schedule
The GRAMMY® nominated Mexican quintet Huichol Musical

By Karen Ostlund

(stroll down for new photos from the event) Hollywood Forever Cemetery presents the 16th annual Dia de los Muertos festival this Saturday October 24th - one week before its date November 1st in our calendar. 

This years theme is Shamanic Visions of the Huichol.

 This Saturday, October 24th, 2015: 12pm until 12am


Huichol Musical is a quintet from the Sierra Madre Occidental region of Jalisco, Mexico. The band takes its name from the Huichol, an indigenous Mexican ethnic group whom the Aztecs called “the Ancient Ones.” Huichol Musical made their major-label recording debut in 2008 with Desde México… “Cumbia Cusinela”. Given its novel mix of indigenous cultural cues with contemporary regional Mexican musical styles, Desde México… “Cumbia Cusinela” became a sensation, spawning the hit singles “Cumbia Cusinela” and “La Cusinela,” the former of which features lyrics sung in the Huichol language. The album spent 42 weeks on Billboard’s Top Latin Album Chart, earning a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Mexican Regional Album and a Lo Nuestro nomination for Grupero Artist of the Year in 2008. After international success and a sabbatical break, Huichol Musical returns in 2015 with their fifth studio album titled “Cielito Lindo”. The single by the same name is a song considered the jewel of Mexican traditional music; the group tattooed their own style fusing native sounds with contemporary regional music.

Lila <b>Downs</b>
Lila Downs

Lila Downs has one of the world’s most singular voices and innovative approaches to music. Born in the state of Oaxaca México, she is the daughter of a Mixtec Indian woman, Anastasia Sanchez, who ran away from her village at 15 to sing in Mexico City cantinas and a University of Minnesota professor Allen Downs, who saw her singing and fell in love. Lila grew up both in Minnesota and Oaxaca, and studied classical voice and cultural anthropology at the University of Minnesota. Her music and vocal artistry have many influences and is as varied as the ancient cultures that serve as her inspiration. For two decades Lila Downs has traveled throughout the world reinterpreting the roots of music, such as blues, jazz, soul, cumbia, rock, even rap and klezmer music. She weaves various musical forms with traditional Mexican and native Mesoamerican music, singing in Spanish, English and the languages of the Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya and Nahuatl cultures. Lila has recorded 9 studio albums, garnering a Grammy and three Latin Grammys.
AZTEC dancers

TOTO dog statue from 1939 movie Wizard of Oz

Altar Decor 21 Gomez

Altar 8 Decor

Altar 54, couple in-front a bench

Altar 58 driver in car

Altar 20 Dancing couples
Altar 71
Altar 61 Fix Nation, Karn Myers Altar- A Free Spay/Neuter Service for homeless cats

  • Dia de Los Muertos attire strongly encouraged – Come dressed in your finest Calaca apparel
  • Spend an eventful day relaxing and watching the evening stars appear as the cemetery comes to life with joyful celebrations
  • Enjoy fine Mexican cuisine and a wide spectrum of Day of the Dead arts and crafts available for purchase
  • Plan ahead where to park and please carpool
  • Pre-Purchase your tickets to avoid lines day of the event
Location Address:
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Winner of costume contest

Danny Gamboa's Altar 27 was dedicated to Southern California bikers that lost their lives in bike accidents
  • A vibrant traditional procession in the home of Hollywood’s Immortals with traditional Aztec blessings and Regional Musical-Dance group dedications
  • Musical performances by Grammy Award winning recording artists
  • 100+ Altars created by members of the community to their ancestors and loved ones
  • Hundreds of Aztec Ritual Dancers in full costume
  • Three stages featuring music and theatrical performances
  • An Art Exhibition in the Cathedral Mausoleum curated by Luis Villanueva
  • A costume contest for the best dressed Calaca (skeleton)
  • A children’s arts project area presented by Artist & Craftsman Supply
  • Arts and Crafts vendors
  • Food vendors from around Los Angeles
  • Presentation of Altar winners – The judges will select the best altar of each of the following categories: Theme of Huichol, Traditional Altar, Contemporary Altar – the best of each category wins $3,000


ALTAR EXHIBITS 12pm – 12am
Winners announced at 7:30pm at Main Stage
Throughout the cemetery grounds
Make a Gods Eye • Arts & Crafts • Face Painting
Huichol Shaman “Blessing” 1:00pm
PROCESSION from entrance to main stage 1:00pm – 1:30pm – Led by Huichol Shaman
Photo booth – at chapel island inside main entrance
Winner announced at 7:30pm at Main Stage
  • Daniel Cervantes
  • Francisco Loza
  • Jesus Molina
  • Luis Alberto Saavedra
  • Luis Villanueva
  • Manuel Benitez
  • Manuel Sauceda
  • Mar Abella
  • Maria del Refugio Coronado
  • Mario Odasa
  • Mauricio Canas
  • Rogelio Hernandez
  • Salvador Rodriguez
  • Serafin Venegas
LA CATRINA STAGE 3:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Nayare – Folkloric Dance Group
  • Hermanos Rios – Musical Group
  • Libre Movimiento – Butho Dance
  • Jesús Angulo – Singer
  • Dance Art “WIXARITARI” special choreography debut
  • Malena Durán – Singer
  • Conjunto Hermanos Rios – Musical Group
  • Ballet Xhanat de Fiacro Castro
  • Ballet Internacional de Lucia Parra
  • Conjunto Tenocelomeh (Son Jarocho)
  • Conjunto Regional Alma Suriana (Nayarit)
  • Conjunto Jardin (Son Jarocho)
  • Along for the Ride (Bossanova)
  • Estampa Nayarit (Regional Alma Suriana)
  • Estampa Jarocha (Tenocelomeh)
  • Conjunto Zacamdu (Son Jarocho)
  • Emanuel Benitez “Manu” (Canta-Autor Nayarit)
  • Viento Callejero (Cumbia Urbana)
  • Son Cache (son Cubano, Salsa)
  • EL MARIACHI MANCHESTER ( The Smiths / Morrissey Mariachi Tribute)
  •  General Admission: $20 per person
    Children 8 years and under free until 4pm
    Seniors 65 and over free until 4pm

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fashion LA Spring 2016: Furne One, Michael Ngo, Mr. Triple X & Amren Tulano

Art Hearts Fashion Week LA: Spring Fashion 2016 Preview on the runway.
By Karen Ostlund in Hollywood 
Art Hearts Fashion returned to Hollywood, October 5-8th at Hollywood's grand Taglyan Complex. with an impressive 4-day marathon of preview 2016 fashion, art installations, and performances. 

Art Hearts Fashion's closing night featured organic lifestyle brand Amren Tulano, a hipster designs by MICHAEL NGO, Mister Triple X ready to wear collection “One Rose,” and Amato Haute Couture by Furne One.  With all eyes on the runway, designers amazed guests with looks ranging from delicate intimates made from the finest organic materials to fun edgy styles to hauntingly spectacular detailed couture. 
Michael Ngo Spring 2016

 MICHAEL NGO: Sovereigns of the Sea | Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Collection. LA based Pop Culture designer Michael Ngo debuted his sophomore 2016 runway collection titled "Sovereigns of the Seas" during Art Hearts Fashion LAFW Edition.The edgy street-luxe collection is inspired by Poseidon and his wife Amphitrite, King and Queen of the sea - and how they represent one's claim of sovereignty by conquering the deep "Sea".
Michael NGO Spring 2016
  The NGO Spring 2016 runway showcased ready-to-wear womens wear, as well as Michael Ngo's menswear debut. The aura of the collection was a juxtaposition of scuba-sports-luxe meets urban-sea-glamour. Featuring the versatility of techno knits and mesh along with the street style sophistication of coated neoprene and metallic fabrics finishing off with patent leather, vinyl trims, sequins and Swarovski stones. 

Mister Triple X One Rose Collection Spring 2016

 Mister Triple X "One Rose" Collection. "One Rose" is the evolution of the designer's fashion narrative, catering to a more sophisticated audience. "One Rose" featured a sleek and elegant designs while staying true to his futuristic and retro-inspired aesthetic. Rosete's Spring 2016 collection "One Rose" is an extension of his more youthful brand Mister Triple X.

Furne One's new Spring 2016 Collection made of French laces and tulle, stretch and acid washed denim.

Furne One' laces and tulle Spring 2016

 Amato Haute Couture by Furne One: "Love Is A Battlefield"  - A new Spring 2016 Collection made of French laces and tulle, stretch and acid washed denims, along with some added remarkable details bring to life Penny Dreadfulness vibe for all to experience.  
         This season Amato teamed up with exotic-to-die for shoes by Hades Footwear & EMMETT Shoes to complete the hauntingly wicked presentation which closed out with Dina wearing a custom styled wig by Rock Star Wigs. Alexis & Mikey, creative directors for Amato in the USA, quoted "The show is wickedly romantic and as always, dangerously addicting!" #Amatoofficial @amatoofficial

Amren Tulano Spring 2016

Organic and eco-friendly creations. Designer Amren Tulano presented this season,“Love Whispers” Spring 2016 - a modern romance to re-live the ethereal fantasy of femininity, innocence, and love.

Sponsors: Official Hair Sponsor FHI Brands and Official Makeup Sponsor The Organic Face™ worked with the talented designers behind the scenes, flawlessly crafting the high-fashion and artistic runway looks all week.

The Art Gallery and Lounge featured celebrity artists including: Sham Ibrahim, Josef Jasso, Eugene Huffman, Emmanuel Sequoia, Connie Kurtew and Molly Gruninger. 

Additional sponsors: Monster Energy, Whole Foods Market (Sherman Oaks West, Sherman Oaks East, DTLA & Glendale) for provided delicious staff food throughout the week, Hint Water, KindSnacks, Luna Bar, SoyJoy, Illy Issimo, Rocking Popcorn, Nescafe Dulce Gusto special espresso bar, Mosaic, Fotopod, and Privé hair styling teams.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Art-Hearts-Fashion LA: Sue Wong Debuts ALCHEMY & MASQUERADE Spring 2016

By Karen Ostlund
Los Angeles designer Sue Wong is known for her couture techniques and glamorous signature style, as well as quality of traditional couture dress making. 
Internationally designer SUE WONG showed the spirit and essence of fashion in a visionary display of seduction on her Spring 2016 runway: Classicism juxtaposed with Avant-Garde edginess.

ALCHEMY & MASQUERADE Spring 2016 Collection opened October 5th, Art Hearts Fashion Week at the grand Taglyan complex in the heart of Hollywood, hypnotizing the audience beyond all expectations. The invitation-only, sold-out (over 1,000 people) standing room only event featured media, press, stylists, fashion editors, celebrities and ambassadorial delegates; as well as Sue's many friends in Art, Music and Entertainment.

Sue Wong w/Prince Waldemar Schaumburg-Lippe(L) and Max Ryan

The show was introduced by British actor Max Ryan of “Sex and the City”. 
The acclaimed designer Wong received double recognition honors: The California State
Assembly presented Sue with a special recognition award in honor of her excellence in
Fashion and the world of Design and extending her vision as lifestyle empowerment and
 awareness across the world. Prince Waldemar and Princess Dr. Antonia Schaumburg-Lippe
presented Sue with a special Lifetime Award Achievement Award.

Prince Mario Schaumburg-Lippe opened up with a enigmatic dance performance,which had him remember his "Broadway days"

 Sue Wong’s Spring 2016 Collection takes her signature bead-work, embroidery couture techniques to never-before-seen heights, delivering a jaw-dropping fashion slipstream of Neo-romanticism, German Gothic underscored by her provocative styling.

Prince Mario Max Schaumburg-Lippe stated that Sue Wong's models presented the artistic, gorgeous qualities of these gowns - epitomizing regal beauty. The  show opened up with a enigmatic dance performance by him.
Prince Waldemar Schaumburg-Lippe described: "Being a German Prince with a 1100 years of Royal lineage, I have never experienced the level of Sue Wong´s artistry and creativity. Sue Wong designs resonate American royalty."
Princess Antonia Schaumburg-Lippe articulated: "As a Princess and author I like fashion that is unique, creative, gorgeous and elegant. Only Sue Wong combines all those attributes in her unique designs."
 Mrs. Alexandrina Doheny (of the legendary Doheny family) exclaimed: "I found Sue Wong’s gowns and fashion show to be beyond fantastic and absolutely divine".
 Opera artist Michael Peer closed the mesmerizing show with his spell-binding performance of “Phantom of the Opera”. 
 Rockers Chris Pitman (Guns N' Roses), Ralph Rieckermann (Scorpions) and many celebrities attended including:
Barbie Blank (E!, WAGS), Ariane Andrew (E! Total Divas), Jasmine Dustin (Being Mary Jane), Briana Evigan (Lead actress in Step Up 2), Vanessa Evigan (Whatever It Takes, Sand Sharks), Claire Buitendorp (E! Total Divas, VH1 #Twinning), Sawn Buitendorp (E! Total Divas, VH1 #Twinning), Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood), Heisha Castle-Hughes (Game of Thrones), Alice Amter (Big Bang Theory), Shelley Regner (Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2) and Cody Saintgnue (MTV's Teen Wolf)
Celebrity guest models featured Eugenia Kuzmina, Blanca Blanco and Katie Cleary who walked the SUE WONG runway like iconic Goddesses with a touch of punk, never featured in her shows before.
Opera singer Michael Peer

Headdresses and special sculptural constructions were made by Rocky Gathercole – For the Stars Fashion House. Maritza Regalado, Atzi Designs; What a Betty, Betty Long; and Kicka Custom Design complemented the gowns with spectacular head pieces in a crescendo of beauty and adrenaline.
The dramatic jewelry of Vilaiwan designed by Joe Polthakorn and handbags by Mary Frances, completed the SUE WONG vision.
Every SUE WONG gown is a statement of the dance between Alchemy and Masquerade, a symphony of dark drama and transcending light – as Sue insightfully shares: “The real power and alchemy comes from within one’s true self. Does it wear you, or do you wear it?” This holds true to her Spring 2016 Collection itself – the personification of Fashion, celebrating every woman - from exhilarating cutting edge to classic romantic

Thursday, October 8, 2015

WestEdge Design Fair Returns to L.A. October 22-25, 2015


OCTOBER 22-25, 2015
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An array of cutting-edge international and California-based design brands such as (L-R) Carl Hansen & Son, West of Noble, and whyrHymer will be on display throughout the weekend.

By Karen Ostlund
This October 22-25 2015, WestEdge Design Fair returns for a third year to The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, bringing the best designers, makers and architects from across the nation, and the world, to the doorsteps of Los Angeles’ innovative Silicon Beach. 
For four days, the press, trade and public will have an opportunity to shop more than 150 exhibiting brands and products for the home, ranging from furniture and lighting, to kitchen and bath lines. The event will include curated selections from leading brands, live demonstrations, and educational panel discussions. 
Not-to-be-missed new show highlights include the MADE:MODERN section, the Sunbrella® Perspective Los Angeles Lounge, and the Volvo Lounge, designed by DISC Interiors.
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MADE: MODERN designers L-R: Navel Vase by Bueno Glass, Jewelled Atom by Pamela Sunday, Osiris by Matthew Fairbank Design.

MADE:MODERN will feature dozens of independent designers and artisans debuting one-of-a-kind, custom craftsmanship designs in furniture, lighting, sculpture and accessories. Participating designers include blankblank, Base 10 Furniture, Bueno Glass, CBM Woodworks, Cimarron Studio, Current Workshop, Damien Jones Art, Design Milk, Ensso, Iacoli & McAllister, J Liston Design, Jason Mizrahi, Matthew Fairbank Design, Mike Danielson Studio, Pamela Sunday, Philomela, Shopfloor Design, Sorelle Fine Arts, Wenger Designs, West of Noble, Von Lintel, and Zaxxr Designs. Limited edition items by each of the designers will be available for purchase throughout the weekend.

MADE:MODERN highlights independent makers of contemporary furniture and lighting from throughout the West Coast, New York and beyond and symbolizes our commitment to handcrafted design,” says WestEdge Design Fair co-founder, Megan Reilly.

To celebrate the launch of MADE:MODERN, there will be an opening day panel on the topic of Craftsmanship and Design, moderated by Michael Wollaeger and featuring Kevin Kolanowski of Fuse Lighting and Thomas Lavin of Thomas Lavin.

Educational Stage Highlights
Throughout the four days on the Jenn-Air Master Class Studio educational stage, attendees will have the chance to enjoy a range of informative panel discussions and seminars featuring leading industry experts. Topics will range from Entertaining in Style and Bringing the Travel Experience Home: Design Inspiration from Around the World to Tile Makes a Room and Kitchens for Entertaining: Get the Essential Mix for the Consummate Party Experience.
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Guests will enjoy a multitude of lounge spaces at this year’s WestEdge Design Fair.
New Show Highlights
The Sunbrella® Perspective Los Angeles Lounge is an inspired exploration of the world of luxury interior design through the eyes of some of today’s most respected designers: Chad McPhail, Natasha Baradaran, Max Humphrey, Lindsey Coral Harper, and the design team of Katrina Hernandez and Joshua Greene. Sunbrella and Architectural Digest asked these talents to conceptualize an indoor or outdoor room with Sunbrella fabrics as their muse. The results will be stylish, beautiful, and versatile spaces.

Volvo Cars, the official WestEdge automotive sponsor, will unveil the world’s first seven-passenger plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The XC90 T8 combines the best of Scandinavian craftsmanship and style with uncompromising performance and interior enhancements. Attendees can participate in ride and drives throughout the weekend, and enjoy the Volvo Lounge - a luxury space, featuring new Carl Hansen & Søn furnishings and designed by DISC Interiors.

The West Hollywood Design District will present a co-op exhibition of member design brands curated and designed by Gulla Jonsdottir of G+ Design. Attendees can explore the latest products from Art Angels, Artemide, Circa Wallcovering, Decorative Carpets, MASS Beverly, Minotti L.A., Rhodium Floors, and Robert Kuo.
The Set Decorators Society of America will partner with Robb Report Home & Style to create a modern-day speakeasy on the WestEdge show floor. Guests are invited to visit this luxurious space for specialty design and well-crafted design and specialty cocktails. Mixology demonstrations and sampling will be available throughout all days of the event.
Additional highlights include the Botart Art Exhibition, featuring twenty artists who will showcase their uniquely decorated freestanding wooden wine barrels. And for the third year in a row, the Whole Foods Market pop-up café will allow guests to enjoy a variety of locally grown, organic food.
Opening Night Party
California’s enviable beach culture has inspired the theme of this year’s Opening Night Party, which benefits the A+D Museum and kicks off the show on Thursday, October 22. The evening will feature a silent auction fundraiser of re-imagined beach chairs designed by top local architects and designers.
For those looking for a luxurious weekend getaway, WestEdge is offering guests special room rates at Le Meridian Delfina Santa Monica, the official host hotel for WestEdge guests, and at Hotel MdR in Marina del Rey.
The 2015 Sponsors include: Jenn-Air, LeMeridien Delfina Santa Monica Hotel, Snyder Diamond, Volvo, Wallpaperdirect and Whole Foods.
 The 2015 Charity Partner is the Architecture and Design Museum: Los Angeles. The 2015 Industry Partners include: AIA LA, ASID LA, ASLA, BotArt, IIDA, The Leaders of Design Council, West Hollywood Design District, and Wanted Design. Click 2015 Media Partners to view the full list.

Show Details

WestEdge Design Fair

October 22-25, 2015
Thursday, October 22 - Trade and Media Preview, 2:00-6:00 pm
Thursday, October 22 - Opening Night Party, 6:30-10:00 pm
Friday, October 23, 11:00 am-8:00 pm
Saturday, October 24, 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday, October 25, 11:00 am-5:00 pm

The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Parking: $10 cash

On-Site Admission
$25 (admission includes re-entrance)
Registration for qualified design trade, design students and press is complimentary prior to October 15.
Advance Tickets
$20; Attendees can purchase tickets online at (includes a one-year digital subscription to Architectural Digest).
Opening Night Party (Benefiting the A+D Museum, Los Angeles)
Thursday, October 22, 6:30-10:00pm
$95 ticket includes cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, all-access pass to WestEdge and a one-year digital subscription to Architectural Digest.
For more information and ticketing, go to