Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Amanda Foundation's "2014 Bow Wow Beverly Hills" Halloween event

The Amanda Foundation's 2014 Bow Wow Beverly Hills Halloween event, “Night of the Living Dog!” on Via Rodeo.
Photos & story by Karen Ostlund
 The  Amanda Foundation’s annual Halloween event was held last Sunday, October 26th at Via Rodeo at 2 Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Celebrities arrived  from some of TV and Film’s scariest shows, Hollywood make-up artists turning our guests into zombies, a  silent auction, the most talked about doggy costume contest, delicious tasty bites and desserts, and special Halloween cocktails featuring the “Monster Martini at the most posh outdoor address in Beverly Hills.
(Center) Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse,Teri Austin, Kristin Bauer Van Straten, Pauley Perrette, Thomas Arklie.

The Amanda Foundation was founded in 1976, located in Beverly Hills, is headed by Teri Austin (Best known for her performance as Jill Bennett on CBS series Knots Landing). 
Lisa Vanderpump's dog Giggi
 The Amanda Foundation runs California's most successful mobile spay-neuter program, is the only rescue in Los Angeles County with a veterinary practice, and only one of two veterinary practices permitted in all of Beverly Hills. Honorary Chairpeople include Kevin Nealon, Lisa Hartman Black, Clint Black, Kurt and Linda Rambis andTina Sinatra.
Adrienne Maloof

                                                 Guests: Lili Bosse (the Mayor of Beverly Hills)Pauley Perrette (NCIS),  Karina Smirnoff (DWTS), Bob Harper (The Biggest Loser), Adrienne Maloof (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Jacob Busch (The Busch Family), Lisa Vanderpump and Giggy (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Apollonia Kotero (Purple Rain), Chris Caldovino (HBO's Boardwalk Empire), Kristin Bauer Van Straten (True Blood). 
right, TV personality Patrick Simpson

 Sponsors included: Tiffany & Co, Two Rodeo, Pet Food Express, Participant Media, Beverly Hills Courier, 208 Rodeo Restaurant, Beverly Hills Brownie Company, Zing! Vodka and Reggie Benjamin Sparkling Wine. 
Poodle in sunglasses w matching outfit

Pooch getting tired next to Monster Martini

Amanda Foundations dogs for adoption on stage
Amanda Foundation Via Rodeo 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

15th Annual "Dia de los Muertos" returns to Hollywood Forever Cemetery, November 1st

Photos & story by Karen Ostlund

15th Annual Dia de los Muertos will feature 2014 Grammy Award Winner for Best Latin Rock Album “ La Santa Cecilia”, Mexican songstress Carla Morrison & songwriter Gaby Moreno.
La Santa Cecilia
Hollywood Forever is proud to announce Univision’s Jackie Guerrido and Rick Quintero as this year’s hosts for the 15th Annual Dia de los Muertos.
TV host and actress Jackie Guerrido is best known for her daily weather report on Univision’s Primer Impacto - as co-host is local traffic reporter Rick Quintero who can be seen giving the morning traffic report on Univision’s morning show Primera Edición and on Fox 11’s Good Day LA.

 Festivities will take place on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 from 12pm until 12am at Hollywood  Forever located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles.
Altar design by Ricardo Soltero
 The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is home to the oldest memorial park in Hollywood, since it opened in 1899. Hollywood Forever is located on 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, and it is the only cemetery in the country, which opens its gates and welcomes its surrounding community to commemorate El Dia de Los Muertos. 

The historical roots of this celebration go back to the pre-Hispanic cultures of Meso-America of the indigenous people, especially the Nahua, and others native to Mexico more than 3000 years.

 Indigenous people believed that the souls did not die, that they continued to live in Mictlan (Place of death) a special place for them to finally rest.
On the Day of the Dead, tradition holds that the dead return to earth to visit their living relatives. It is also believed that even if these relatives can’t see them, they can feel them.
It’s a way to come to terms with our mortality and become aware of the cycle of life and death.
Pink Horses is a Hispanic owned fashion company which specializes in red carpet and wedding gowns

In honor of its 15th year Dia de los Muertos celebration, Hollywood Forever has partnered with Quinceañera Magazine for this special anniversary and is offering a very special young lady the opportunity to win a dress for her upcoming quinceañera sponsored by Paradise Bridal
 Quinceañera Magazine will be holding a casting to select Miss Quinceañera Cover Girl for their next issue and partake in a Quinceañera Pageant Show.  All girls with an upcoming quinceañera are encouraged to participate by registering on-site at the Quinceañera Magazine booth, November 1st.
Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea

It wouldn’t be a quinceañera celebration without performances by some of the top female music artists rocking the main stage including Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, La Santa Cecilia, Los Cenzontles and Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea.  Main stage performances begin at sundown and continue throughout the night.      
Quinceañera “The Waltz”
 Sponsors of this years Dia de los Muertos include Vons, AT&T, Heineken and El Jimador Tequila.  Because safety is always top of mind, Hollywood Forever and El Jimador Tequila have partnered with Uber to offer a $25.00 discount for first-time Uber users.  To take advantage of this special offer, please visit: and enter code: ddlm2014.   
Additionally, Hollywood Forever wishes to thank Padrinos de Vestido y de Muñeca, Pink Horses, Padrinos de Zapatos, Fashionably Hurt and Padrinos de Pastel, April’s Cakes for their support of the Dia de los Muertos Quinceañera.
April's Cakes

 Admission to the event is $20 – children under 8 and seniors over 65 are FREE until 4pm. 
To pre-purchase tickets and avoid lines day of the
Hourly schedule of stage performances at LA Day of the Dead 2014;
 ALTAR EXHIBITS 12pm - 12am
Winners announced at 7:30pm at Main Stage
Throughout the cemetery grounds
Make a Mask • Arts & Crafts • Face Painting
MAIN ENTRANCE Quinceañera “Blessing” 2pm
PROCESSION 2:15pm - The Path to The Fifth Sun
Photo booth - behind Cathedral Art Exhibit
Winner announced at 7:30pm at Main Stage
ARTISTS: Alicia Garcia • Dario Glez • Erica Figueroa •
Esau Andrade • German Rubio • Gladis Alejandre •
Janet Figueroa • Kristen Johannesen • Krisztianna •
Lourdes Moreno • Luis Villanueva • Maricruz Sibaja •
Rene Ornelas • Sonia Fe

LA CATRINA STAGE 3:30pm - 9pm
3:30pm Quinceañera “Last Doll”
4:00pm Libre Movimiento “Túnel de Luz”
4:25pm Colectivo Teatro en Espiral
“Las Arañas Cumplen Años”
5:05pm Margarita Luna
5:40pm 3-19 Dance Art “Tango de la Catrina”
6:00pm Gabriela Bojórquez
6:35pm Libre Movimiento “Túnel de Luz”
6:55pm Colectivo Teatro en Espiral
“Las Arañas Cumplen Años”
7:35pm Margarita Luna
8:10pm 3-19 Dance Art “Tango de la Catrina”
8:30pm Gabriela Bojórquez

MC: Gloria Arjona
4:00pm Ballet Xanaht de Fiacro Castro
4:30pm Ballet Tres Generaciones de Orange Grove
(Bailes de Tabasco)
5:15pm Conjunto Xi (Son Huasteco)
6:15pm Quinceañera “High Heels”
6:30pm Conjunto Jardín (Son Jarocho)
7:45pm Ballet Internacional de Guadalajara
8:15pm Along for the Ride (Latin Jazz Bossanova)
9:15pm Conjunto Tenocelomeh y el Ballet Xanaht
10:00pm Son de San Diego (Son Jarocho)
10:45pm Viento Callejero (Cumbia alternativa)

MC’s: Jackie Guerrido & Rick Quintero
2:30pm Opening Ceremony
2:45pm Xilone - Quinceañera Aztec Blessing
3:00pm Folklorico dances by Princesa Donaji
4:00pm Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea
5:00pm Los Cenzontles
6:00pm Gaby Moreno
7:00pm Quinceañera “The Waltz” “Toast” “Cake”
7:30pm Announce Altar & Costume Contest Winners
8:00pm Aztec Ritual – The Legend of the Fifth Sun
8:30pm La Santa Cecilia
9:50pm Carla Morrisson

 2014 Dia de los Muertos schedule : and      

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Los Angeles' Concept Fashion - Spring 2015 Collections

Photos & story by Karen Ostlund
OCTOBER 11th | ACE MUSEUM | 400 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
“Concept fashion – it’s when music, art & fashion come together as one”
Concept fashion week takes place twice a year. 
This season it got a new location at ACE MUSEUM  at 400 s. La Brea in Los Angeles.
Concept  welcomed 7 designers of runway shows, dance and creative installations.
Mike Vensel Spring 2015

Mike Vensel's Spring 2015 collection "Alchemy" encapsulates the designer's signature elegant and sensual minimalism. Vensel mixes a dark palette of knit and woven layerables in classic, curve-hugging silhouettes with hand-painted bronze accents to produce a collection true to the designer's timeless-yet-provocative aesthetic.
Emily Daccarett,w/models from Spring 2015 collection

Emily Daccarett wowed CONCEPT audiences with a variety of colorful and whimsical bohemian designs. Models walked the runway dressed in delicately-tailored floral-print rompers, dresses and two-piece sets, while babydoll silhouettes, sheer flowy fabrics, exposed shoulders, and vibrant pops of neon kept her Spring 2015 collection timelessly feminine and fresh. 
Aeneas Erlking Spring 2015

 Aeneas Erlking’s Spring 2015 presentation was curious fusion of contrasting elements, as the designer chose to clash girly traits with rugged rock and roll. Inspired by British punk-rock subculture in the late 70's and early 80's, Erlking's resortwear collection incorporates avant-garde cuts and classic punk motifs to strike the perfect balance between masculine and feminine. 
Mathiasen designs
 Mathiasen Designs was established in 2013, and is an independent sportswear brand designed and manufactured in Los Angeles.         The clothing is created for women who are creative, timeless and easy to wear.  
Mathiasen design is easy go-to pieces with panels of cool blues, sandy dreams, and fiery blossoms. Fabrics are lightweight ‘ponte de roma and printed chiffons. Inspiration comes from deserts, geo stones and water refraction.

                                                                                                        LA based designer Cheryl Koo and her line CM2K strives to style the world through different avenues of art, music and dance..Her new line, CM2K, is the realization of apparel creations framed within her perspective of world travels and everyday experiences. From gas masks to teddy bears, the work is beyond avant-garde and an awakening message to her customer. It’s an edgy street style with a cozy couture feel. Classy comfort is derived from mixing different luxury textiles, such as, leather and suede, with pleather, nylon and plastics to compliment the comfort and “wear-ability” of black cotton fleece. 

CM2K designs were also featured on “Germany’s Next Top Model” with Heidi Klum and worn by Nicki Minaj in Alicia Key’s video, This Girl’s on Fire

Alexandrino leather and graphic design Tees Installation

JBurgos informal fashion installation  presentation
The Italian Cultural Institute concluded the evening with a Prelude for a Symphony in Black by Matteo Levaggi | Corpicrudi and a live performance by Von Haze featuring designs by Frances Cain.