Remember Cross Colours? The LA-based urban streetwear line was a hit in the early 90s, with bright, bold designs and uplifting messages about unity. Now the label is back, and the California African American Museum is celebrating with a retrospective that shows its impact on the mainstream fashion industry.
Plus, Forever 21 may not last forever. But the demand for cheap clothing has not gone away. Fashionopolis author Dana Thomas tells DnA about the human and environmental costs of fast fashion, and how we can slow it down.
New Hollywood royalty; Netflix goes solar; Santa Monica and well-being
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stepping back from the British Royal Family. Will they become new Hollywood royalty? We look at the role Los Angeles may play in their lives, from shaping the couple’s influencer project to a being a possible new home.
New homes built in California must have solar panels. What does this mean for cost and design? We’ll get some clues from Epic, the new home of Netflix in Hollywood, that integrates solar panels into the facade of the building.
And, does one of the Southland’s most comfortable cities need to worry about its well-being? We talk to the woman in charge of Santa Monicans' quality of life.
Remembering “visual futurist” Syd Mead; hunting for vintage clothing at ThriftCon LA
Syd Mead envisoned vehicles, streetscapes and gadgets for Blade Runner, Tron, Aliens and many other films. He died December 30 at age 86. DnA pays tribute to this “visual futurist” who anticipated, and inspired, new technologies and the discipline of world building.
And used clothing is a hot fashion trend. But for some young shoppers, vintage means... the '90s. KCRW's Tyler Boudreaux reports from ThriftCon.
Can you design your way out of smartphone addiction?
Your smartphone is addictive. Do you need to “Marie Kondo” your apps, put down the phone altogether, or use it as a “drug” dispensary? DnA takes a tour of hidden LA bars that ban phones, talks with a computer scientist who recommends “digital minimalism,” and meets an app entrepreneur who wants to relieve anxiety with “digital drugs.”
Dar Williams on how to rebuild small town America
Singer-songwriter Dar Williams has spent years on the road and along the way she learned a lot about America’s small towns and what makes them thrive. She talks about her book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns , and plays songs that relate to those themes.