Posts Tagged ‘vol 23.1’
Flippa K Soirée
Flippa K Soirée

San Francisco’s favorite fashionistas fêted at Philippa K’s holiday soiree at the new store on Kearny Street in Union Square. The crowd was out, the music was rockin’ and the Sagatiba Cachaça was flowin’ as customers and party goers alike enjoyed the festive fashion atmosphere. Photography by Laura Hollabaugh Photography by Nima Nouri

In the Town of Wannabes and Has-Beens, Everyone’s an A-Lister at Café Was
In the Town of Wannabes and Has-Beens, Everyone’s an A-Lister at Café Was

Text Natalie Shirinian & Michelle Peerali A rare and chic dining experience has arrived in the town notorious for once-hot-and-now-nots. Ivan Kane, the man behind the burlesque hot spot, Forty Deuce, in LA and Las Vegas, has gone in a completely new direction. Café Was, in its prime location in Hollywood on Vine, is a restaurant […]

Rooftop Cinema: Down Under’s over the top viewing experience
Rooftop Cinema: Down Under's over the top viewing experience

Text by Fiona Killackey Photography by John Gollings Melbourne, Australia is a city renowned for its hidden laneways, out of the way bars and heralded boutiques that are nearly impossible to locate. Living by the motto, “the harder to find, the better the reputation,” Melburnians have made it their mission to keep the positions of […]

Entrepreneur Extraordinaire Sam Nazarian
Entrepreneur Extraordinaire Sam Nazarian

Text by Michelle Peerali & Natalie Shirinian As writers and native Angelinos, we have tag-teamed on many projects, encountered an array of characters, relished our palates in fine dining, stayed at five-star hotels, and watched an alluring display of apparel showcased by prevalent designers during fashion week. However, our latest challenge was to get a […]

The Imaginative Opulence of SLS Hotel
The Imaginative Opulence of SLS Hotel

Text by Natalie Shirinian & Michelle Peerali Hotelier SBE has done it again with the debut of the beautiful SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills and The Bazaar, located amid all the glitz and glamour of LA. This hotel offers opulence at its best with an imaginative touch. Its exquisite layout and dimly lit interior, designed […]

Celebrating Cinema: Two SF watering holes that hold a fascination with film
Celebrating Cinema: Two SF watering holes that hold a fascination with film

Text by Gabriel Cothes Foreign Cinema —— For ten years the Mission district’s Foreign Cinema has melded the worlds of film, libation and cuisine. This restaurant and movie house has survived economic highs and lows, shrugged off the latest trends and has become a fixture in the SF dining scene. Friends, couples, and lovers gather in the […]

Cinema Notes
Cinema Notes

Scene-stealing scents add a touch of drama to life’s unwritten script Miss Dior Cherie Text by Mengly Taing Nothing is more memorable than a scent. In the cold of winter, the smell of tropical flowers can seemingly transform time and space. Add notes of ginger and spices to the scent and it can evoke memories […]

White Noise
White Noise

London Fashion: Louise Simmonds All eyes are on London this season, as established and emerging designers present their creative vision for AW09|10 during London Fashion Week. Despite being forced to shorten its schedule to four days, the city is committed to nurturing emerging design talent. From renowned fashion historian, and Distill magazine editor-in-chief, Colin McDowell’s […]

Street Pulse: New York Film
Street Pulse: New York Film

In the spirit of our Oscar month film issue, SOMA asked several up-and-coming auteurs about their relationships with cinema. 1 What’s your favorite recent film? 2 What’s the last film you saw? 3 Who’s your favorite director? 4 What’s your favorite film genre? 5 What do you love about movies? Photography by Laura Hollabaugh Caveh […]

Hush Life: Asobi Seksu—-Mellow Out, Fuzz Down
Hush Life: Asobi Seksu----Mellow Out, Fuzz Down

Text by Michael D Ayers Photography by Jesper Justesen New York’s Asobi Seksu fill 500-person rooms, make regular rounds in Europe and have produced two records of hard-hitting, fuzzed out fem-pop, which use Yuki Chikudate’s delicate vocals as their locus. But following 2006’s Citrus, some confusion brewed as to how to proceed. On one hand, […]

Almost Famous
Almost Famous

Photography by Matthew Welch Fashion editors: Kemal & Karla dress Erik Hart; bra Calvin Klein, nylons H+M; neckalces and bracelets Pyhrra This season’s crop of jeune Hollywood up-and-comers includes a surprising number of heirs to fame and fortune. Rumer Willis is the scion of he-man actor, Bruce Willis and controversial Vanity Fair cover girl, Demi […]

New Hair Cutteries
New Hair Cutteries

These new hair cutteries offer more than the ol’ shave-and-a-haircut. Floyd’s 99 316 Club Barber Spa —— One observer called the 316 Club Barber Spa in Chicago “the Cadillac of haircuts inside a boys-only, Rat Pack-esque paradise.” This men’s barber club, in the heart of the Windy City’s financial district, is a masculine oasis from […]

Waltz With Bashir: A new direction in documentary film making
Waltz With Bashir: A new direction in  documentary film making

Text by Jesi Khadivi Waltz With Bashir impressively navigates the cross-currents of anguish, fantasy and war, all the while reminding us through the veil of post-traumatic reverie that war’s vagaries are very, very real. In the summer of 1982, Israeli soldiers invaded Southern Lebanon with the intent of “stabilizing” the civil war-torn country that was […]

The Western
The Western

The Western: The American Genre. We could be heroes. (but why bother?) Gran Torino Text by David N. Meyer Westerns—once the American myth, America incarnate. Now, hardly relevant. Once it was easy to be a manly man; easy because Westerns told us how. A manly man never expressed emotion, never stopped until he achieved his […]

Matteo Garone
Matteo Garone

Married to the Mob: Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone shares his experience with making his harrowing yet brilliant film Gomorrah, as well as subverting the mafia genre Text by Adam Keleman “At the beginning, I was really worried to work in the ‘real’ territory,” filmmaker Matteo Garrone states, cautiously. He’s referring to the Italian region inhabited […]

Parts of a Whole: Scenes that echo above the din
Parts of a Whole: Scenes that echo above the din

Text by Markus von Pfeiffer If we were each to stop and consider for a moment, or perhaps an hour, each of us who consider ourselves fans of cinema would be able to finger one scene, one moment in the multitudes, which resonates persistent above all. For me, it is the opening sequence to Ridley […]

Laurel Canyon
Laurel Canyon

Photography by Graeme Mitchell Fashion editors: Kemal & Karla vintage sunglasses Linda Farrow; bra Wolford; silk trench coat Opening Ceremony dress Dolce & Gabbana; sheer gloves La Crasia; bracelets Alexis Bittar; shoes Yves Saint Laurent blouse and leather shorts Chloé; shoes Miu Miu; necklace Alexis Bittar; pantyhose Wolford; nailcolor “Queen of Night Tulip” by Priti Organic Spa […]

New York Doll
New York Doll

Photography by Filippo Del Vita Stylist: Elena Mussa embroidered bra Agent Provocateur; navy high waisted pants with cage waist detail Jean Paul Gaultier; grey sandals with gold heels Dolce & Gabbana; crystal bead fringe necklace Tuleste gold tapue silk top with fringe trim Alberta Ferretti; beige woven skirt Max Azria; black hat Diesel; beige lace […]

À Bout de Souffle
À Bout de Souffle

Photography by Mike Kobal Stylist: Emily Finkbinder on her: blouse Fendi. on table: scarf Hermes; watch Cartier; handbag 3.1 Phillip Lim; jewelry on table Van Cleef & Arpels on him: necklace Alex & Ani; briefcase Zegna filled with Zegna bowtie; tie Polo by Ralph Lauren; belt Gordon Rush; shirt Brooks Brothers. on her: Worth & […]

Film Fancy
 Film Fancy

The best place to see a film today is at one of these restored movie palace gems. Text by Michael Mattis Paramount Theatre Ever since film exhibition pioneer Mitchell Mark opened his Mark Strand Theater in New York City way back in 1914, the movie palace has been synonymous with movie glitz and glamour, stardom […]

Maurice Kanbar
Maurice Kanbar

Maurice Kanbar: Vodka king, movie buff, hyperactive, and then some Looking puckish—almost elfin—producer, inventor, philanthropist, author and general man-about-town, Maurice Kanbar lights a cigarette and relaxes into the couch in the spacious, seventh-floor living room of the Renaissance-style Pacific Heights apartment building that he owns. The seventh floor is his guesthouse. His flat is up […]


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