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The Best & Worst of Christina Hendricks’ Red Carpet Outfits

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WHEN ACTRESS CHRISTINA HENDRICKS  first started attending red carpet events, finding something to wear was a challenge. “Not one designer [would] loan me a dress,” she told Scottland’s Daily Record in 2010. But it wasn’t personal, said the designers. They just didn’t have anything bigger than a size two.

Over the years, Hendricks, who plays Joan Holloway in Mad Men, has learned how to navigate an industry that favors bones over bust. Instead of hiding her size 14 figure, she wears tailored, form-flattering pieces that cinch her waist and hug her curves. She prefers bright, loud colors, plunging necklines and has a weakness for the flashy and ornate. She’s worn outfits adorned with feathers, tassels, leather, sequins and ruffles, as well as Swarvoski crystals and decorative flowers as large as her head. Sometimes her red carpet ensembles are a hit and sometimes they’re an epic miss.

With the 7th season of Mad Men around the corner, we thought we’d take a look at some of her most memorable past red carpet ensembles.

 
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the coolest shop in hollywood that you’ve never heard about

 

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In the heart of the nightlife district in Hollywood, amidst a sea of parking lots, there’s a lone two-story house. It’s an old wood-frame structure, surrounded by a spiky black fence and anemic rose bushes, and it has somehow remained standing all these years. From the street, it can be hard to tell just what this structure is because there’s no signage out front. But for those in the know, it’s an offbeat, avant-garde clothing store that sells vintage and handmade pieces. It’s hardly been open a month, and yet the store already has a slew of celebrity, high-profile customers. Kid Cudi and Kristen Stewart shop there, as do Chloe Sevigny and Jaime King.

The Evil Rock’N’Roll Hollywood Cat, as the store is called, was started by a 25-year-old filmmaker named Juju Sorelli, who moved to Los Angeles from Paris over six years ago. Though she got her degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing, she had never actually planned on opening her own store. For years, Juju has lived in Hollywood and the big blue house on the corner of Las Palmas and Selma venues had always been somewhat of a mystery to her.

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Wearing high heels might make you feel sexy and powerful, but think about the future health consequences

If there’s one thing to be learned from “Sex and the City,” it’s that women love high heels. Sure, they might be painful to wear and challenging to walk in (for some of us, anyway), but as the saying goes, beauty is pain.

But blisters might not be the only downside to wearing high heels. In fact, the damage might be occurring higher up on the body – in the ankle, knee and hip, according to new research  being presented later this month at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics.

Another key finding: The higher the heel, the greater the risk.

The study was conducted by Danielle Barkema, a kinesiology student pursuing a master’s degree at Iowa State University (who admits to wearing high heels occassionally herself). She said she got the idea from her twin sister, who wears heels all day in her department store job and noticed that many of her older heel-wearing colleagues had problems with their knees and hips.

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Le Petit Petit mixes French savoir faire with California cool

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Love Parisian fashion but don’t feel like parting with your whimsical, bohemian California girl look just yet? Why not mix the two? At least that’s what former Abercrombie and Fitch designers Logan Weinsieder and Marc Rosenbaum did for their newest clothing label, Le Petit Petit, which they started last March.

Blending Parisian cool with laid-back California chic, Le Petit Petit transforms comfortable, loose-fitting T-shirts into fashionable and flattering focal points for an outfit.  The label is currently only available online, but this hasn’t stopped Le Petit Petit from garnering attention and winning over celebrity fans such as Kelly Osborne and Emmy Rossum. Plans are underway to start selling select pieces from the line at Urban Outfitters stores in the next few months.

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Freak City wraps together shopping, music, the arts and more shopping

–Published in The Los Angeles Times style section on September 3, 2010–

 

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Starting Friday, the notoriously hush-hush Freak City, an after-hours music venue, artists’ space and clothes gallery on Sunset Boulevard, will open its doors for a short-term vintage and modern clothing pop-up store.

“This is a big deal,” said co-owner Justin Romero. “Normally our store is open by appointment only or during our nighttime parties. Now it will be open to everyone.”

Freak City, which opened in October 2009, has gained notoriety in the underground music and art scene for its spontaneous, late-night parties, which have featured such artists as MIA, Peaches and the Cool Kids. The no-frills two-story venue consists of a number of empty rooms for dancing, a lounge, a stage, a bar, a break-dancing room, a record studio and a clothing gallery. Crumpled up newspaper, confetti and graffiti cover the floors and walls, and odd props such as traffic signs, a bus bench, a basketball hoop, metal piping and sewage grills give Freak City an urban street-style vibe.

The pop-up clothing store, which will be open every day from 2 to 10 p.m. for the next two weeks, will feature clothing from vintage collectors and local designers, as well as Freak City’s own vintage collection and its hip-hop apparel line, LA Wrap. The selection is unisex with a heavy influence of ’80s and ’90s street-inspired clothing, such as floral dresses, harem pants, retro Adidas sweatshirts, jelly shoes, snap back hats, and patterned leggings.

“Think of it like an indoor flea market on the streets of New York,” Romero said.

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Level 10 Lux opens on Melrose, offers affordable prices in a glamorous setting

–Published in The Los Angeles Times style section on November 15, 2010–

 

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Everyone shops on Melrose Avenue for different reasons. Whether you’re searching for fluorescent, high-topped sneakers at Sportie LA or the perfect vintage floral dress to complete your bohemian wardrobe, Melrose has it all.

One of the newest additions to the block is the fashion-savvy, body-flaunting women’s clothing store Level 10 Lux. Nestled between American Vintage and Adam Saaks, the neon-green store opened its doors earlier this month but is hosting its official opening party Monday from 7 to 10 p.m.

“Level 10 Lux is unique,” said owner Vanessa Lee. Located in one of the most popular shopping districts in Los Angeles, it offers fashionable, trendy clothing at affordable prices.  But don’t mistake it for a smaller-scale H&M or Forever 21. Level 10 Lux is precisely for the girl who won’t shop at these stores and wear mass-produced styles, but who also can’t afford to regularly shop at Barney’s Co-Op or Fred Segal.

“We are the bridge between the two,” said Lee. “This is where the young girl who can’t spend much but still loves glamour comes to shop.”

The setting is glamorous too, with brightly colored clothing and accessories that pop against the spotless, white walls and ornate black chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.

Fashionistas can come here for one-stop shopping — stocking up on lacy miniskirts, mesh cut-out dresses, striped crop tops and patterned leggings, as well as leather handbags, studded pumps, velvet ankle boots, hats and jewelry.  Clothing ranges from $30 to $150 and accessories from $10 to $100.

The store is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
Level 10 Lux, 7565 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 782-0065.

 

Le Petit Petit adds Malibu Native to the brand…

–Published in The Los Angeles Times on February 4, 2011–

 

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Chloe did it with See By Chloe and Marc Jacobs did it with Marc. Now L.A.-based Le Petit Petit, which we  introduced here awhile back, is doing it as well.

The brand’s Malibu Native — a less expensive, more casual sister line — will hit PacSun stores in February, starting with a promotion party Saturday at The Grove.

“We are very excited to grow with PacSun because of their strong ties to core surf brands,” co-designer Logan Weinsieder said. “We feel like we can bring something new to the table in terms of fashion design and lifestyle branding.”

Drawing from the surf heritage of the West Coast, Malibu Native gets its inspiration from nature-loving fashionistas such as models Erin Wasson and Chase Cohl, and surfer Chandler Parr.  Malibu Native is more laid back than Le Petit Petit’s main line, a bit more retro and a lot less boho. But despite these differences, the label’s characteristic Parisian streak is still evident, such as when tiny black Eiffel Towers pop up on mint-colored bikinis.

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