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: 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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Shop the block: Skate into Billy’s Boardshop in Montrose

 
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Even outside the Montrose Village, there’s no place that does authentic skate-shop quite like Billy’s.

The store has been around, in different locations, since the ’70s and is an auteur of California skater style. Trust its staff for your practical boarding needs, and then stick around for a little something fun.
To boot, the board shop has cross-market appeal; From dresses to shoes, its casual fashion stock is alluring for skaters and non-skaters alike. And, of course, you can snag sparkly Toms Glitters here.
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Royalty in the making: 2011 Rose Queen and Court before-and-after photos


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Though the big reveal was held indoors this morning due to rain, there wasn’t anything damp about spirits when Evanne Elizabeth Friedmann was announced 2011 Rose Queen.
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So what happens when an average Pasadena-area high-schooler or college student is plucked out of obscurity and given a royal title?
Already, the seven chosen young women of the court have begun their official Tournament of Roses training regimen. They’ll be schooled in public speaking, leadership and modeling techniques — from descending down stairs and sitting like a lady, to tying the perfect scarf and waving like a princess. (It’s akin to putting in a lightbulb, Princess Tatyane Anaid Berrios says.)
They’ve also gone to royal beauty school, so to speak, with help from an official Macy’s wardrobe, fresh coiffures and make-up artist tips.
Check out the transformation in the before-and-after photos below, and tell us what you think. (The images on the left were shot on Oct. 11 outside the Tournament House. The images on the right were shot this morning inside the Gold Room at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.)
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Rose Queen
Evanne Elizabeth Friedmann
Age: 17
Hometown: La Caada Flintridge
School: La Caada High School
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Rose Princess
Tatyane Anaid Berrios
Age: 17
Hometown: Arcadia
School: Arcadia High School
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Rose Princess
Sarah Christine Fredrickson
Age: 17
Hometown: Altadena
School: Maranatha High School
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Rose Princess
Jessica Michelle Montoya
Age: 17
Hometown: Pasadena
School: Flintridge Preparatory School
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Rose Princess
Tenaya Miyoko Senzaki
Age: 17
Hometown: Altadena
School: Pasadena High School
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Rose Princess
Kathryn Morris Thomson
Age: 17
Hometown: Pasadena
School: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
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Rose Princess
Michelle Kaye Washington
Age: 18
Hometown: Pasadena
School: Pasadena City College

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Shop the block: There’s plenty of EyeCandy at this modern, minimalist beauty bar in Montrose

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This ultramodern beauty bar is boiled down to an essence: It focuses entirely on beauty treatments for the face. Threading, make-up application and facials comprise the menu of options.
EyeCandy‘s expert threaders will design the perfect eyebrow arch for you, and its estheticians will create a facial treatment tailored to your skin’s needs. Owner Karolin Sahakian takes pride in her EyeCandy specialists, who each focus exclusively on an area of beauty expertise. 

On the retail side, Sahakian has also curated an exceptional array of sought-after luxury skin-care products — including brands like Natura Bisse, DermaQuest, Clarisonic and Colorescience.
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Shop the block: Bella’s boutique chic on Honolulu Avenue in Montrose

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A familiar face on the Montrose shopping scene, Bella has been around for more than a decade, and the women’s boutique is now under new ownership.
Customize your wardrobe by pairing designer jeans, tops, dresses and coats with one-of-a-kind accessories, like jewelry by local artisans and handbags by small design houses.
On the comfy, casual front, look for P.J. Salvage loungewear and yoga apparel, including wraps, jackets and organic tops and bottoms.
The shop is also a great destination for gift-buying; Skip the wrapping paper and bundle it all together in a colorful, rugged Oilcloth tote or a Sea Bags carry-all made from recycled sails.
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Rodarte: Pasadena-raised fashion designers bring Arts and Crafts style to New York Fashion Week

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Rodarte began in Pasadena, and the sisters behind the Los Angeles-based fashion label are once again drawing oceans of praise at New York Fashion Week. For their spring 2011 collection, Laura and Kate Mulleavy balanced their legendary streak of dark whimsy with wearable, well-structured, imaginative pieces, making this their most approachable showing yet.
Here’s what top fashion writers and critics are saying about the Mulleavys latest collection, which draws inspiration from the natural beauty of California:
“California dreamin’ has always been part of the story for Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters who have more often focused on blood-stained streaks from horror movies. But this time the duo looked beyond their Los Angeles studio and went back to their suburban Pasadena, California, roots. … Arts and Crafts have long been a strong focus in California. Rodarte has always been drawn to the handmade and artisanal, but this show was a fine example of designers moving their own ideas forward to become both more accessible and more desirable.”

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Shop the block: L&G Fashion Boutique, 302 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia

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This boutique is brimming with you-can-do-no-wrong ensembles for summer and beyond.
Draw them in with turquoise and sea-foam delights that can be worn afternoon or, paired with heels, at night. Indeed, the array of colorful fabrics and accessories on hand may make you dizzy with happiness.
Look out for some killer handbags in the feminine-Western vein that are almost big enough to accomodate every item you’ll score when shopping here.
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Shop the block: Verita Salon, 111 E. Lime Ave., Monrovia

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With its modernized art-deco space accented by dripping crystal pendant lights, Verita plays on the edge of luxury and elegance, while still offering that intimate small-town salon experience to puts you at ease among friends.
Verita stylists are masters of the Brazilian Blowout, a huge-right-now trend for tresses that softens and smooths curls and waves and allows you to blow-dry in a fraction of the time — so you don’t have to sacrifice either style. It’s also a gentler process and less dependent on harsh chemicals compared to other straightening formulas.
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Photos: The height of hair styling at Crowned Studio in Pasadena


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After working with the folks at Crowned Studio in Pasadena to create the cover look for April’s issue of Rose Magazine, owner Andrea Auman invited our photographer in to the East Green Street hair salon to capture some of the styling magic that goes on there each day.
Above, Crowned stylist Nela Velazquez works with client Karla Hill on a busy Thursday in the salon.
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