Pasadena designers behind Rodarte created scene-setting costumes for ‘Black Swan’

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If you’re paying even a modicum of attention to the Hollywood awards season, you may have heard of a little film called “Black Swan.” Actress Natalie Portman is knee-deep in praise and various honorary statuettes for her lead performance in the movie. 
Pasadena sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy — the design forces behind Rodarte —  have also received many accolades for producing some of the film’s most notable costume designs.
At left, that’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy with Portman at a “Black Swan” screening in November.
They created 40 different costume pieces for “Black Swan,” from the main character’s featured ensembles down to her knitwear. (The Mulleavys were ineligible for a formal Oscar nod, because they weren’t credited in the film and weren’t members of the Costume Designers Guild at the time.)
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Laura Mulleavy said in an interview with Women’s Wear Daily that one artistic influence was Edgar Degas’ bronze ballerina.
“We always loved the distressed skirt,” she told WWD.
And, Pasadenans can get a firsthand view of the Degas sculpture, “Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen,” 1878-81, on display at the Norton Simon Museum. (Seen at right, in a file photo courtesy of the museum.)
It’s not the first time the sisters have drawn inspiration from local museums and culture. They have before cited such iconic Pasadena institutions as the Norton Simon, The Huntington and even The Raymond as personal favorites.
See some of the Mulleavys’ “Black Swan” sketches after the jump:


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Shop the Block: For Valentine’s Day, Mignon chocolates are anything but boring

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As authentic as family-run businesses come, Mignon Chocolate was founded in 1910 and has been run by the Ter-Poghossians ever since.
For three generations, the family has manufactured its own fine chocolates, and original recipes are what make Mignon truly exceptional.
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Conduct your own taste test, starting with two selections from the M Collection: ginger sea salt chocolates (a dark-chocolate shell filled with luscious ginger dark chocolate ganache and topped with lime-infused sea salt) and lavender chocolates (also a ganache-infused dark-chocolate shell with the complex sweetness of woodsy lavender).
Mignon’s signature treat is its box of orange-peel strips, baked in heavy syrup and coated in dark chocolate. Another favorite is the saffron marzipan, which is created in-house with diced orange peels and infused with saffron. The family has been handmaking the latter since the 1930s.
In the Los Angeles area, Mignon also runs locations in Glendale and Van Nuys. An international outpost is located in Tehran.
6 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Open Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m.; closed Mon. (626) 796-7100, mignonchocolate.com
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A special engagement at ArcLight Pasadena: Mayor’s State of the City address

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Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard delivered his annual State of the City address on Thursday, and the venue was the newish ArcLight Cinemas at the Paseo Colorado.
The theater marquee, seen above, displayed the special engagement alongside its regular movie showtimes.
The tone of the speech was largely sober, as Bogaard described the serious fiscal challenges facing the city. Budget constrictions have already forced city layoffs, and employee pay cuts are a likely next step.
Bogaard also touched on the $152 million Rose Bowl renovation and the city’s 125th anniversary.
Read the full Star-News report by Brian Charles on the State of the City address.
(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Shop the block: The art of living at Maude Woods

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This home furnishings and decor boutique is a superlative model for how to arrange living spaces and to successfully blend different aesthetics into one glorious array.

For owner Carrie Davich, the passion for mixing contemporary furnishings with vintage pieces ignited when she was decorating her Pasadena home.
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With an extensive background in fashion and a natural eye for design, Davich in 2009 opened Maude Woods, named for her great-grandmother, also an artiste.
At once glamorous and comfortable, the space Davich has fashioned features informal rooms without walls, each displaying a desirable selection of art and objects for living room, dining room and kitchen. The Maude Woods signature is “artful living,” and it is, indeed, enchanting.
55 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Open Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (626) 577-3400, maudewoods.com
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Stephen Hawking to give public talk Tuesday at Caltech

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Famed theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking will be at Caltech on Tuesday for a free public lecture.
From insights into the birth of the cosmos, the death of black holes, and even the future of the human race, Hawking’s contributions to science are innumerable.
His presentation in Beckman Auditorium will be designed for general audiences, providing a rare opportunity to see Hawking in person and to get a glimpse into the workings of a great contemporary mind.
There’s already a steady buzz building around the event, so here’s a helpful reminder: Get there early.
Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Free, no tickets or reservations required. Arrive early to ensure seating. events.caltech.edu
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Shop the block: Putting in face time at Zoey Van Jones – Brow Studio

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Tucked away in Kendall Alley, Zoey Van Jones – Brow Studio is an inviting, loft-style space with exposed brick elements, bare-bulb pendants and bright track lighting.
Leader Zoey Van Jones and her team of experts masterfully wield the tools to a well-groomed brow. Van Jones embraces an accessible, be-all-you-can-be brow philosophy.
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While all eyebrows are not created equal, they deserve to be — and Van Jones puts perfection within everyone’s reach by helping clients achieve luscious, effortless brows.
Depending on the stylist, brow shaping at ZVJ costs between $30 and $45. And the resounding refrain among satisfied clients is that, yes, it’s very much worth it.
With a world-class artistic education under her belt, Van Jones’ career as a make-up pro has included training with some of the industry’s most illustrious names. In Pasadena, she got her start at Chignon Salon, before opening the brow studio — originally called BrauHaus — in 2007.
Under its new moniker, the house of brow beauty carries on the Bauhaus design philosophy that inspired the original business name: Form follows function.
45 E. Union St., Pasadena (enter through Kendall Alley). Open Tue., Fri., Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wed. & Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (626) 683-3308, zoeyvanjones.com
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Your guide to the 2011 Rose Parade, with floats and entries in order of appearance

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Click into the interactive edition of Rose Magazine, below, for a complete viewing program guide to the 122nd Rose Parade, including the Grand Marshal, float entries, marching bands and equestrian teams, in order of appearance.

The guide: Last-minute holiday gift ideas from Pasadena-area stores


 


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  • Gift cards (seen above), luxury candles and pretty much anything in stock at Lula Mae100 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

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Pictured: Dickens Village holiday festival lights up Sierra Madre

 
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Sierra Madre held its annual Dickens Village holiday festival on Saturday in the city’s charming downtown shopping district.
In Kersting Court, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony was followed by the arrival of the Jolly Old Elf himself.
Is there a town better suited to the glow of holiday cheer? Unlikely, we say.
For unique holiday gifting in Sierra Madre, visit the boutiques we featured in our February Shop the Block spread: Attitude! and La Bella Rouge, for women’s clothing and accessories; B.la, for stationery and stocking stuffers; and Savor the Flavor, for gourmet goodies.
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Cocktail culture comes east: 1886 bar opens at The Raymond in Pasadena




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Calling all cocktailians: Contemporary bar culture made a late but entirely fashionable entrance this week in Pasadena with the opening of 1886, the new watering hole at The Raymond Restaurant.

The Raymond’s management and owners partnered with mixology masters Marcos Tello and Aidan Demarest of Tello Demarest Liquid Assets to curate the much-anticipated, artisan cocktail bar. Tello’s lengthy CV includes crafting the cocktail selection at The Varnish and The Edison in downtown Los Angeles. Demarest, too, is an Edison alum and also noted for his libations at First & Hope.

Appealing to Pasadenans’ sense of tradition, the drink menu at 1886 incorporates sly nods to local history and lore.

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