We can’t really call this one Required Reading, since there isn’t anything to read, but here’s a cute little coloring book by Carol Chu and Lulu Chang, featuring 50 different fashion designs and looks to color. Perfect to keep the kiddos occupied during holiday layovers or road trips. Who knows, you might discover you have a budding little fashion designer on your hands!
Fresh off its sellout collaboration with Versace, H&M is showing its next high profile collab, this time with costume designer Trish Summerville. Haven’t heard of her? She’s the creative force behind the dark, sexy costumewear worn by Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The collection includes lots of separates – hoodies, ripped shirts, slim moto pants, boots, and leather jackets - and hits stores on December 14. Target better step up its collaboration game ASAP!
Directed by David Fincher, the Dragon Tattoo stars Daniel Craig and is based off the best selling trilogy of novels by Stieg Larsson. If the standard trailer is not enough for you, they’ve just released an eight minute extended cut on iTunes.
South Paradiso Leather is a custom leather boutique on Sunset and La Cienega run by Romulus Von Stezelberger. With racks of handmade leather jackets, belts, hats, wallets, and even jeans, many with intricate appliques, custom paintings, colors and textures, Von Stezelberger works to bring back the values of old-world craftsmanship, attention to detail, and small scale production. In fitting rockstar and celebrity clients like Jack White, Felicity Huffman, and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, Paradiso makes seven measurements for the arm alone. Pieces start at $150 for a belt up to $6,000 for a jacket, and the company also sells to boutiques as far as Italy and Japan.
Von Stezelberger founded the company in San Francisco in 2001, after learning about vintage rock and roll leather jackets designed by the East West Musical Instruments Company, who outfitted rockers like Elvis and Janis Joplin. In addition to his original designs, Von Stezelberger now reproduces iconic East West designs like the Parrot Jacket, made famous in the 70’s and recently referenced (or ripped off) by Balenciaga and Urban Outfitters.