On Thursday May 13th, I attended the Moods of Norway 3 year anniversary party. Setup in true Moods style, with the powder blue limo outside the boutique, the line on Robertson Blvd. to get in showed that this was one party you wanted to be at! It was complete with Viking Fjord Vodka cocktails, Champagne by Nicolas Feuillatte, an awesome Border Grill food truck, an interactive photo booth and some cool tunes being spun by celebrity DJ Becka Diamond! The crowd was social, fun and ready to groove as we celebrated 3 years of the Moods fashion voyage in the US and also Norwegian Independence Day. Always stepping out in style, The Man in the Hot Pink Suit was also in attendance wearing his signature hot pink 3-piece Moods of Norway threads. Make sure you check out the store for more colorful clothing!
Photo credit: Jesse T. Wright
The LA Art Show Modern & Contemporary and the LA Fine Art Show is the biggest art show on the west coast. I had the honor of attending the Opening Premiere Party on January 13th where I was amazed by the work, intrigued with the artists and excited for the mega crowd!
Benefitting the Art of Elysium and J. Paul Getty Museum’s Department of Education, the bustling event had guests admiring more than 200,000 square feet of paintings, sculptures, installations from 120 galleries. I have never seen so much variety of art in one place and I wish I could devote a wing of my home to it! More than $1.5 million worth of artwork was sold that evening and the artists couldn’t have been happier.
The opening ceremony was hosted by actor David Arquette and featured several exclusive performances including the unveiling ceremony for the 7,000 square foot China Pavilion, a Chinese puppet show and Three Weeks in January, a silent but moving performance piece about violence against women by Suzanne Lacy.
For the occasion, I opted for a colorful body-hugging blue and white zig-zagged dress by Arden B., accentuated by pearls and a pair of yellow heels to add a pop. My guest for the evening was The Man in the Hot Pink Suit who perfectly complemented me with his dazzling magenta three-piece by Moods of Norway. Standing out amongst so many in basic black, we were a walking, talking work of art unto ourselves. Touring the exhibits sipping on Barefoot bubbly and munching on gracious bites, we mingled and mixed it up with all kinds of friendly people, shooting group pictures and exchanging cards throughout the night. We even had artists requesting photos of us with their pieces or to stay and be a part of their entire installation! Artists and galleries that caught my eye included the iconic skulls of Damien Hirst at the Paul Stolper Gallery, the Brooke with Beachball, a lifelike sculpture of a female swimmer by Carole Feuerman and Infinite Space by Lori Hyland, a huge shimmering steel leaf creation on canvas. So many more impressed me with bold colors, visions and skills.
All together, it was a fabulous night of art and socializing in LA. We felt so much at home in this stimulating and creative scene that we didn’t want to leave when it was all over! Luckily the extravaganza ran throughout the weekend, giving us plenty of time to experience all the diverse, cutting-edge works in this year’s very successful show.
Paul Stolper and the Moods of Norway Limo
Prior to the opening party of the LA Art Show, I headed over to Moods of Norway to meet London gallery owner Paul Stolper and get a sneak peek of some of the art pieces that would be at the LA Convention Center.
Damien Hirst's "Souls"
On display were Damien Hirst’s Souls, which showcased skulls and butterflies made on foil metallic block. I love the variety of color used in the different butterflies which would fit any style maven’s décor.
Jamie Reid's "Free the Books"
Another artist, Jaime Reid who is well known for creating a ransom note type album cover for the Sex Pistols had signed prints of “Free the Books” for sale. I learned that the Kendal Rise Library was being shut down in London and he designed the poster for the campaign of saving it. The slogans “Free the Books” “Books are Free” and “Education is a Birthright” serve the cause. Even though it eventually closed, a pop-up library was created which Paul currently volunteers at.
Paul Stolper & The Style Goddess
In true Moods style, a powder blue limo was parked in front of the store which also doubled as the mobile office where I got to chat with Paul. He got into the art business by hanging out with artists, doing shows and eventually opening his own gallery. With the goal of breaking down design and fashion in his gallery, Paul is all for providing visual culture. He feels art, music and fashion are all a part of pop culture and he’s just showcasing that with the artists he selects for his gallery.
I can see why Paul and Moods of Norway teamed up in the name of art and fashion and his pieces are a perfect fit for the store. Shall we see permanent installations at Moods of Norway? If definitely can’t be ruled out.