This weekend I made a trip to Los Angeles to shoot several matches with my best friend, Katrina. It was really difficult for me to choose which murals I specifically wanted to do because the options are essentially limitless. However, with the challenge of finding / planning the matches in advance plus time constraints during the trip, I forced myself to settle on four.
RETNA // 8826 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood
My top priority was to find a match for RETNA’s mural which is at Craig’s in West Hollywood. The mural isn’t huge but is incredibly striking for the distinct script that RETNA is known for. Back in December 2016, I really wanted to find a match for his mural in Wynwood, but unfortunately by the time I got to Miami for Art Basel, the mural had been painted over. Remember last time that happened to me? Definitely wasn’t going to allow for that to happen again! Anyway, it took me several weeks to find a match for the mural due to the highly unique script, which is derived from Blackletter, Hieroglyphics, Arabic and Hebrew calligraphy. I happened upon a Milly dress that kind of emulated a similar patterning and the obviously the black and white palette was the cherry on top.
Micheltorena Stairs // 3324 Sunset Blvd, LA (Silverlake)
These stairs are another favorite amongst Instagrammers for their pastel rainbow palette! Katrina and I honestly had a tough time finding the stairs at first but once you’re on Sunset you’ll notice they are tucked away between two relatively nondescript buildings. I love this color combination – super springy and fun and I wore a fun dress from Modcloth and my favorite new Superga sneakers to finish off the look. I actually had another accessory – a Kate Spade umbrella – that I wanted to include but then I realized it didn’t fit into my carryon!
I’ve seen this wall all over social media and I personally love it because I’m a huge fan of Mondrian! The wall features his signature palette and simplified elements such as line and form. I hadn’t been actively looking for a match for the wall but when I saw the TOMMYxGIGI collaboration come out, this is the first thing I thought of! I really love the two piece and typically you couldn’t find me in a crop top if you paid me, but thankfully the rise of the skirt was high enough to make it a more modest!
I finally(!) found a dress to match Irubiel Moreno’s beautiful floral mural on the side of Face’s Night Club on 20th and K Streets in Sacramento. I absolutely LOVE our city’s new murals. They bring life to areas of blight or bore and further express our city’s rich artistic culture. Irubiel’s piece is inherently feminine with its warm pastel palette and delicate florals. The piece softens the austerity of an otherwise bland wall and brings even more life to an area in Midtown called Lavender Heights that is known for its revelry!
I’m wearing a floral dress by Cooper St. that is strikingly similar to Moreno’s beautifully articulated piece. The black outlines give definition to the leaves and petals in both the dress and the mural and similarities between both really help me blend right in!