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Swinging from the Chandeliers
Designer Jared Gold is back, and he is going to dress you, light up your life and maybe even sleep with you, in a manner of speaking. After taking off the past two seasons and moving last year to Salt Lake City where he restructured his various collections into a publicly traded company called Dark Dynamite Inc. Gold returns with expanded lines and an expansive vision: high-end design at budget prices. "Good design doesnt cost any more than bad design," notes Gold, an agent provocateur who once staged a show of his adventurous gothic-punk Victoriana womens-wear line in an alley downtown. This mischievous sensibility he also created brooches out of live Madagascar cockroaches infuses Pink Chandelier, his first foray into childrens wear.
Hes also launched a still-expanding version of his line Black Chandelier, which currently includes collections of womens and skateboard wear, with tween and mens to debut in March at L.A.s Fashion Week when he will show all five collections. And if all that wasnt keeping him busy enough in Salt Lake where hes renovating an 1886 Victorian building and where he recently opened his first Black Chandelier store he has a home line called The Genevieve (linens, candles, stationery and lighting) coming out this Valentines Day. "I still consider myself an L.A. designer," says Gold, whos currently scouting locations for the Black Chandelier store he plans to open in L.A. in the spring. "I still have the mindset." Black Chandelier is available at www.blackchandelier.com and Pink Chandelier is available at www.pinkchandelier.com.
In the Raw
Raw 7s rock & roll princess-wear can be accessorized by a string of pearls or a studded dog collar. Or both. Its for the girl whos naughty-nice. Designer Marisol Gerona
an L.A. local who cut her thread, so to speak, at Ralph Lauren doing menswear and went on to do floaty froth for Harari is inspired by skater styles and streetwear.
She works in cashmere and cotton knits, creating a kind of gloriously prim Grace Kellytype cardigan which is then emblazoned with vintage tattoo flash, pop art and graffiti-inspired graphics. Each piece gets a sprinkling of beads and rhinestones and is sewn up with retro Western-wear embroidery making it as much a multimedia work of art as something to keep you warm. Raw 7 is available at Intuition and Kitson; the line also includes hoodies, scarves, T-shirts and ponchos.
All the News Thats Fit to Carry
Designer Carolyn Polonsky puts a new spin on recycling and vintage: She takes covers of defunct tabloids from the Eisenhower and Kennedy eras and turns them into totes. Unusual touches like steel-cable handles give the bags an industrial allure while the fact that theyre fashioned from plastic-coated tabloid pages means youll always have something to read.
With bold black-and-white images of faded starlets and L.A.-noir headlines worthy of a Danny DeVito voiceover ("The Truth About Fetish!" "Sex Habits of Savage Gun Dolls!"), the bags are guaranteed attention-getters.
For those seeking an accessory more sweet than sordid, next spring Polonsky will put out an eye-popping line with covers ripped from the heartthrob-filled pages of Tiger Beat and Teen. Available at www.retroviva.net.
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