Author Archives: Melanie Brister

Happy Birthday Norman Rockwell, February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978

Westside Story: Interview with Alexander Wang at Opening Ceremony

Growing up in Los Angeles, I believed that New York would be the only place where I could get up close and personal with the types of fashion that I love. Thankfully this past year Los Angeles gave me some amazing opportunities to meet or stand merely inches away from such designers as Phillip Lim, [...]

Westside Story: Prism Gallery in West Hollywood

Prism Gallery is a new West Hollywood stomping ground for the artsy crowd. The three story gallery is located right in the heart of the Sunset Strip, just a few inches away from the Sunset Plaza—the trendy dining and shopping destination. Prism opened with a series of celebratory events in mid November, including a private [...]

Remembering Irving Penn 1917-2009: The Revolutionary Fashion Photographer

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.””- Irving Penn Penn’s uncanny ability to make simplicity mesmerizing while glamorizing the “everyday,” transcended fashion photography into the realm of art. He revealed the importance of [...]

Westside Story: New Painting by Jeff Koons @ Gagosian Gallery

On view through January 9, 2010 at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, Jeff Koons: New Paintings challenges viewers to confront preconceived notions and look beyond abstraction. Stepping out of the realm of his kitschy sculptural interpretations of everyday objects – balloon animals and vacuums – the paintings ignite a dialogue between a fascination with [...]

Barack Obama: The Freshman – Photographs by Lisa Jack

The end of August marked the last days of the enchanting, revealing, endearing, and unprecedented exhibition, Barack Obama: The Freshman, at M+B gallery in West Hollywood. Now a psychology professor and therapist, in 1980 Lisa jack was an aspiring photographer at Occidental College in Los Angeles and was in desperate need of a model. It [...]

Naomi Sims 1948 – 2009: The world’s first black supermodel

Models like Adrienne Fidelin, Dorothea Towles Church and Donyale Luna may have paved the way, but Halston called her the first black supermodel. She posed with Andy Warhol for an iconic cover of Interview in 1972 and was the first female model of African descent featured on the covers of Ladies Home Journal in November [...]

LA Scene: Mr. Lim Goes to Town

This month the CFDA award-wining designer celebrated the one-year anniversary of his West Hollywood store. Located on the infamous Robertson Blvd., just a few blocks up from the sidewalks lined with numerous high fashion driven storefronts and paparazzi awaiting a glimpse of someone camera worthy, stands 3.1 Phillip Lim, provoking intrigue with its both luminous [...]