The LA Report Blog Web

Add to Technorati Favorites

Return to homepage:
The LA Report Blog


March 17, 2008


Tastemaker: A designer or artist whose work or personal style sets a new standard or trend. Since the launch of her Tastemaker column in 2006, Los Angeles magazine Style Director Laurie Pike has spotlighted L.A.’s trendsetting talent in fashion, art, jewelry, home design, architecture, music, graphic design, and more. Now, the Tastemakers profiled in the monthly column are coming together for one remarkable showcase of their creativity in a gallery exhibition featuring work by L.A.-based style trendsetters across all arts disciplines that influence consumers around the world.

It all began with a search for new Tastemakers; on February 21, “Style Star of Tomorrow” auditions were held at Los Angeles magazine's offices. Entrants were invited to register at http://www.lamagtastemakers.com/ for a 5-minute timeslot to show the panel of judges (including Gen Art’s Jennifer Egan and Creative Intelligence’s Marc Friedland along with representatives from Otis and FIDM) their portfolios and vie for the opportunity to be one of three finalists whose work was showcased for voting on live morning TV March 12th. The “Style Star of Tomorrow” contest allows emerging talent to vie for the honor of being selected as someone to watch. Viewers cast their votes for their favorite artist.

Now, from Wednesday, March 19 through Sunday, March 30, an exhibition featuring L.A. Tastemakers’ work (created and installed by FIDM / The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) will open to the public -- featuring mural art created by renowned street artist Chase. It’s an exhibition of inventive interpretations of the Tastemakers’ work installed at The Tastemaker Gallery, a temporary space at the Hollywood & Highland Center, open daily from noon to six. The LA Report recommends you attend!


Mark ALLEN / Machine Project Gallery Owner

James BOND / Undefeated Sneaker Designer

Betsee Isenberg / Fashion Showroom Owner

John Brady & Willard Ford l FORDBRADY Furniture Importers

Rosemary Brantley l Otis College of Art and Design Fashion Design Chair

Brooke Dulien l White Trash Charms Jewelry and Accessories Designer/Retailer

Marc Friedland l Creative Intelligence Invitation Designer

Corinne Grassini l Society for Rational Dress Fashion Designer

Joel K l K.Z.O Menswear Fashion Designer

Reiko Kondo l Eenie Meenie Records Music Label Owner

Douglas Little l D.L. & Co. Home Accessories Designer

Elena Manferdini l Atelier Manferdini Architect / Fashion Designer

Melissa McClure l Jewelry Alchemy Goldsmith and Jewelry Designer

Katy Rodriguez l Katy Rodriguez & Resurrection Fashion Designer/Retailer

Tastemakers exhibition, March 19-30, 2008. The Tastemaker Gallery, Hollywood Plaza, located at Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028. Open to the public from 12 noon – 6 pm daily; free of charge. Tastemaker Gallery lounge designed by Lounge Appeal.

- Story posted by Don Rose -