When you think of Stan D’Arde, I know you’re think of Glamour, Chicness, Paparazzi, Fame and Fortune. Or maybe you just think of me as a faceless martini-soaked genius with REALLY great shoes. Regardless, I would be nothing today without the inspired photographic artistry of a man by the name of Rankin. Let me tell you why… For the past 23 years, Rankin has explored his...
Ryan McGinness Hosts a Nudie Party in Hollywood
Ryan McGinness continued his LA takeover on Saturday night by unveiling his Blacklight Paintings project in The Purple Lounge of The Standard Hollywood. The event - co-produced by The Standard and Country Club Projects - highlighted the launch of his wildly successful Blacklight Nudie Cards (available here) as pole dancers flexed their fluorescent flesh alongside guests (McGinness obligingly...
Thai Massage Techniques by Sacred Bodywork
Jairo Cardona and Dennis Stovall are founding directors of Sacred Bodywork, an educational institution founded with the mission of preserving and transmitting the ancient traditions of Hawaii and Thailand in a modern world. These teachings are at the core of their work and both begin with a heart-based connection that goes beyond the physical techniques. In Western traditions, massage therapy...
RoStarr Makes Cases for Summer
(Original artwork and cases for iPhone 4, iPad 2 and 15 In. MacBook Pro) To kick off the summer, one of our favorite artists (and Standard collaborator) created a special series of cases for Arkitip. For the ninth installment of Curated by Arkitip, artist Romon Kimin Yang, aka Rostarr,explores human nature via a series of geometric paintings applied to Incase’s signature protective cases. The...
Happy Memorial Day
Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend and having an especially relaxing Monday. We think this is the perfect tune to lounge to and love that the video features ultra glam go-go girls bopping around Echo Park lake.
Desert Nights- June 1
We’re hoping everyone is having a strong Memorial Day Monday. We’d just like to remind you that on Wednesday, our next Desert Nights event promises 3 new acts fresh with acoustic love. The performance will take place at The Standard Hollywood at the Cactus Lounge. Here’s the breakdown… (Listen to American Bloomers on MySpace or YouTube) American Bloomers is the...
Graphic of the Day: Billboard Hijack
Today’s graphic is an interesting look at how drastic one can change an existing piece of advertisement (in this case, a Stella Artois beer ad). Sure, you can call it “defacing property”, but we’re certain others would call it social commentary. Take a look at the video called Billboard Hijack to see the tools of the trade.
Our Fit Club in Miami
(The Standard Miami, Outdoor Deck) Summertime, certainly brings out the best in all of us. Who wouldn’t want to maximize their workout for a rocking summer body? The best news you’ve heard all day… The Standard Miami is offering a 2 month membership for first time members at nearly half price! The special Fit Club membership will include all of the benefits of a Standard Wellness Membership,...
The New Mac Craze
Apple is calling it the most intuitive product ever designed. The new laptop with the Mac Wheel. If you happen to be a Mac fanatic, this video will put you in your place real fast.. maybe even diminish any obsessive cravings to always get the newer faster whatever thingy they mass produce with a cute new commercial. According to the smart-ass guys at The Onion News Network, Mac is already...
Meet DJ Micah
Meet DJ Micah. He’s been known to take over the Purple Lounge at The Standard, Hollywood and we recently pinned him down and got him to answer a few questions for us: Full Name? Micah James What is your DJ name? Why? DJ Micah James. Because Lindsey Buckingham was already taken What genre of music do you spin? Every kind. From Prince to The Pixies Tell us the top 5 jams right now...
Deep or Dumb for Memorial?
The Holiday weekend has a broad array of options to delve into for those running to the theater. Both major studio options have an impressive cast of power men, except one questions the meaning of life and the other questions the meaning of, um, a crazy night. From Terrence Malick (Badlands), The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950’s. The film...
Tim Burton Opens at LACMA
(Untitled (Romeo and Juliet) 1981-1984. Image via LACMA) Just once, for one day, we’d like to peek inside Tim Burton’s brain to determine the source of the kooky yet lovable characters that appear in his films and illustrations. While we’re holding our breath for that to happen, we’ll also be queuing up at LACMA this Sunday to get a peek inside the...
PicNYC at Governers Island, NY
(Governers Island. The Island jump-off from Manhattan) If you live in New York and can’t get away for Memorial Day, try to surprise your honey with a day escape to Governers Island. We can’t 100% guarantee it has romance written all over it since it’s a beer fest, but then again, your girlfriend could be a beer connoisseur, right? Fear not, there will be plenty of good grub...
Cinefamily's Tribute to Jean Rollin
Fantastique French film director Jean Rollin was tackling vampires long before the cheesiness of Twilight. On June 2nd our good friends at The Cinefamily are paying tribute to Jean Rollin with an Erotique Fantastique Masquerade Ball. Expect to see a 1968 Rollin’s classic Le Viol du Vampire (The Rape of The Vampire) featuring a live score by Demdike Stare + Anworth Kirk. If this trailer is...
Le Bain Memorial Day Weekender
Are you ready for this? Le Weekend is going to be wild. This Friday, DFA maestro Justin Miller plays with NY post-punk/Italo-disco ambassador Mike Simonetti. Saturdays are for Night People, aka Blu Jemz, Eli Escobar and Llloydski PLUS a special guest from Melbourne, Australia: Knightlife. At 4pm, this Sunday, starts ETE D’AMOUR - the Nouveau York Summer of Love - with our beloved Honey...
StndAIR Takes Flight! So Does Stan D'Air!
Photos by Cheryl Dunn It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a…WAIT! It actually IS a plane! I know. I couldn’t believe it either. You know me. I never want for anything. I have the Standard Hotels across the country. Designer clothes are aplenty. My martini is ever flowing. I live a pretty good life, but the other day I woke up and said to myself,...
We Love Eres
(Eres 2011 Swimwear photo shoot at Sunset Beach) What can we say? If you own an Eres then no explanation is needed. If you don’t, then you need to try one on and then it is all going to make sense. Eres is a French brand that is known for its resilient fabrication. The design is simple and elegant with cuts that flatter all body types. The Standard Miami’s OHWOW boutique carries...
Duchamp in Miami
If you are staying at The Standard Miami this week, you should know that tomorrow, Thursday, at the The Miami Biennale, is a wonderful Lecture on Marcel Duchamp by Art Critic Adriana Herrera and Art Historian Armando Droulers. May 26 at 6pm. To RSVP, email email@example.com. For more info, go to www.MiamiBiennale.org
Graphic of the Day: Princess
Today’s graphic is the stuff little girls dream of… the archetype of being a Princess, delivered by Disney itself. Ok, we realize the world is a bit “royalty fatigued” from the 24 hour coverage of the big day, but we did find this graphic oddly compelling.
Ryan McGinness is lovin' himself a little LA
Ryan McGinness has been visiting Los Angeles and the palm trees and constant sunshine seem to be suiting him just fine, not that he’s had much time to enjoy them. In the past week and a half he’s had two art openings and set up elaborate installations at both The Standard, Hollywood and The Standard, Downtown LA. Here are some of the photo highlights: (Ryan putting the final...
Synesthesia Giveaway from The Standard Miami
Get ready to have SYNESTHESIA give you a mind blowing experience (and try to win tickets! We’re giving away a pair - keep reading!). The New World Symphony’s New World Center in Miami Beach is already, in itself, quite an experience. This state-of-the-art performance hall was designed under the supervision of Grammy Award winning conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and critically...
Tribeca New Music Festival
If you’re a music nut, this week is the Tribeca New Music Festival. The Festival runs from May 23rd to June 10th. It’s not a gathering of hipsters or edgy DJ’s. Instead it’s a collection of people seriously trained in their music craft — be it strings, horns, piano, etc. The website likes to call it “emerging Avant-pop”. A few months ago, these boys...
(Sean Young for 1982’s Bladerunner) It’s so damn nice to bump into a real polaroid in this era of phony Polaroid apps. This website for Sean Young has some intimate little Polaroid snapshots in all her glorious different hairdo’s from the set. If you relish the 80’s snapshots on her website, you’ll also notice the strange art direction on her actress site, which...
The Deleted SNL Scene
This last Saturday was the season finale for Saturday Night Live! Somehow, we managed to survive the Rapture that evening, and were graced with a final batch of comic shorts. First, there was Lady Gaga doing her “Born This Way” rendition with another wacky outfit… all the while simulating birth onstage. Justin Timberlake was the actor host. Then there was the return of Jimmy...
Mike Mills at OC This Wednesday
This Wednesday, mark your calendars. Artist and filmmaker Mike Mills will be at Opening Ceremony New York signing his new book, DRAWINGS FROM THE FILM BEGINNERS. The publication explores the origins of unhappiness through beautiful and poignant illustrations. The images accompany his upcoming film which is set for release early July 2011. Book signing hours are 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Opening...
Stan D'aily Distraction: Freak Dancing
This is so annoying! Freak dancing is all I know how to do!!! xo Stan
If you haven’t been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute to check out Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty installation, then here’s a little “cheat-sheet” walk through some of the masks presented at his runway shows. Alexander’s friend and collaborator Guido Palau was the mastermind behind these creations. Check out the slideshow for...
A little VIP treatment from The Sunset Strip
Of course every guest is a VIP in The Standard world but guests at The Standard, Hollywood are a just a little bit more VIP than everyone else. Guests of our Hollywood location now have access to The Sunset Strip VIP PASS which grants free, unlimited access (space and private events permitting) to clubs and bars along The Strip. Participating venues include: the Cat Club, The Comedy Store, The...
Another Great Company from ICFF
Congrats to the ICFF for an incredible few days showcasing the best of furniture design. Just to cap off the week’s events, here’s an introduction to another cool company called Graypants. Here’s a video intro… Graypants is led by Seth Grizzle and Jonathan Junker, who Christine Gachot (our VP of Design Development for Andre Balazs Properties) met about 2 years ago...
Checking in with Michael Castillejos
Introducing our Texan turned Brooklynite bellman at The Standard hotel in New York - Michael Castillejos. Watch this staff video and learn more about what life is like welcoming our awesome guests, working with other multi-talented staffers, his last music download, and more. Follow Michael on twitter (@macastillejos) and learn more about him here. Video by Markus Marty
Brutal Reminder in New York
(New York. Concrete Jungle Where Dreams are Made Of) The very talented photographer Peter Sutherland seems to be “apartment hunting” in New York right now, a dreadful task we wouldn’t even wish upon an enemy. On his Tumblr account, he posted this photo, a sad reminder of an overpriced creepy beige miniscule area posing under the term bedroom. ”This photo pretty much...
Desert Nights - May 25
Happy Monday dear readers! Just a reminder that this Wednesday is our next installment of Desert Nights just before you disappear for Memorial Day. Here’s the 3 artists we’ll be introducing to you on May 25th at The Standard Hollywood’s room called Cactus lounge. (Listen to Brandi Emma Here) Brandi Emma is a Silverlake based singer/songwriter/musician who gained...
Saturday Night People.
Nightclubbing we’re nightclubbing We’re what’s happening Nightclubbing we’re nightclubbing We’re an ice machine We see people brand new people They’re something to see When we’re nightclubbing Bright-white clubbing Oh isn’t it wild? Photos courtesy of Kenny Rodriguez Le Bain presents “Night People” every...
East Side vs. West Side
This weekend we face another battle in that old school LA debate: West Side vs. East Side. Frankly, whichever side you choose you’re going to end up a winner. (Show your neighborhood allegiance with these thumb drives by Imm-Living) On the East Side The Silver Lake Jubilee will be kicking off the street festival season. The Jubilee has a killer two-day-two-stages line up of local...
Flavorpill and Ben & Jerrys Beach Party
Free ice cream? Yes please. See how our friends at Flavorpill do it. This Volunteer beach cleanup will beautify the beach at 79th Street and Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL. Surprise celeb guest will be scooping the finest ice cream provided by, drumroll please, Ben & Jerry’s! DJ Keen One spinning puts the cherry on top. Saturday May 21, 10 - 1pm. RSVP to reserve your space
Graphic of the Day: Prison Guards
Today’s graphic seems like a playful sketch, and pleasing to the eye in a kid-like manner. The juxtaposition of uniformed men with monkey and squirrel heads seems well… humorous. After opening this art with a smile, we stopped to look at the credit and noticed it was drawn by John Wayne Gacy. Gasp. The piece is called “Prison Guards” and he created it in 1985. Now we have...
ESPO Paints for 100 Days
DAYS by Steve Powers from Georgia on Vimeo. ESPO is one of our favorite artists and this amazing short film gives you an inside peek into his process - creating one painting a day for 100 days. While the art is definitely the main attraction, check out his super cute mini me!
The Whitney Breaks Ground
Sketch of The Whitney by Renzo Piano I like to think that I’m a work of art. Sometimes, I’ll stand naked on my sprawling terrace trying to recreate the genius that is Michaelangelo’s David, but it never seems to work for one, um, pretty big reason. Art in all its forms is my drug. From the paintings of The Masters to the Damien Hirst’s spin art, it’s all...
Make-Out on the Dancefloor This Friday
This Friday, Le Bain welcomes the dance music lovers of Autobrennt, with one of Wolf + Lamb’s favorite artists, Ryan Cavanagh aka Slow Hands. We heard Ryan “makes deep house music to dim the lights to”, so we met him before it’s too dark. Your music has been described as “make-out disco”. Do you think it’s a good definition? Haha, so it has. I suppose...
Whitney + Kate Gilmore
We’d like to welcome our chic new neighbor into the ‘hood. Whitney Museum is holding “Community Day” in celebration of the groundbreaking at the Museum’s new building site. To celebrate the inaugural moment, The Whitney will be projecting artist Kate Gilmore’s video work Standing Here (2010) onto the support column of The Standard, New York. Her work touches...
Saturdays are for Art
We’ve already told you about Marco Brambilla’s big first solo show opening this weekend, but it wouldn’t be a Saturday in LA without arty parties galore. Our friends at Taylor de Cordoba will be celebrating the opening of NY-based artist Timothy Hull’s third solo show at the gallery, Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. Hull’s latest work focuses on existing in an eternal...
Graphic of the Day: Graffiti + Street Art
Today’s graphic is a wonderfully complicated attempt to breakdown the evolution of graffiti and street art. We’re still a little confused ourselves but we can’t stop trying to decipher what the hell it all means? Maybe MOCA’s Art in the Streets was onto something after all?
Standard Hollywood Cameo
The cool kids over at The Fader just launched this little video by self described Director, Cinematographer, Editor, DJ, Pixel Artist, Rapper, Swag assassin, and Under-cat Kreayshawn. We couldn’t help but notice a little Standard Hollywood cameo in the party scenes… Andy Warhol Poppy Print drapes represent! (Kreayshawn’s Gucci Gucci video) Have yourself a little listen...
Marco Brambilla in 3-D
Last December, we were thrilled to present the premiere of Marco Brambilla’s latest short film, Evolution, at The Standard, Miami. The film, billed as the world’s first 3-D artist video, will now premiere to the rest of the world at Brambilla’s first solo show at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, opening this Saturday, May 21. We’ve been long-time fans and supporters of...
Marilyn as Jacqueline Kennedy by Bert Stern, (…From “The Lost Sitting”, 1962) When it comes to design and art, I just get weak in the knees. You can only imagine what it’s like for me when I walk the halls of The Standards. Today, I received wind of the most GENIUS new online auction sale brought to you by the only name in all the finer aesthetic things in...
Stan D'aily Distraction: Bjorkness
I woke up this morning in a weird Bjorky Big Time Sensuality kind of mood. Honestly, if I could ride around Manhattan on a flatbed just dancing around, you know I would. Bjork’s a freak and I love her for it. So I’m sharing my fave photo of her looking like a screaming monkey, hugged by a polar bear. MONKEYBEARHUG! Okay. I’m done. Just had to get that out of my...
No More Elaine's. Sniff. Sniff.
(Madonna and Sean Penn on Date Mode at Elaine’s) Our hearts are crushed by the loss of one of New York’s institutions, the restaurant we all call Elaine’s. The woman behind Elaine’s was Elaine Kaufman, the soul behind the famous little secret in the upper east side. Back in the days, on any given night, you’d see Norman Mailer and Walter Cronkite on one side of...
Download Some Free Summer Jams!
It’s that time of the season again where all our music-phile readers salivate over the prospect of getting a free goodie bag of music files, with the click on 1 mouse. If you look to the right of this blog page (under “SOUNDS” header), you will see a music widget (as seen below) with 4 playlists, one for each hotel — Miami, New York, Downtown LA, and Hollywood. Each city...
Stealing Art from the Miami Art Museum
This Saturday, don’t miss 10 x 10 Miami, presented by the Miami Art Museum (MAM) Contemporaries Social - it’s a discussion with 10 creative Miami minds to learn about the organizations that have contributed to the cultural vitality of South Florida. And since we always wonder how certain museum and gallery pieces would look in our living rooms, we had to ask the panelist: “if...
Graphic of the Day: 100 Things to Draw
Today’s graphic is something to jog your imagination. Ever been lost with lack of inspiration? Need a kick in the right direction to doodle? Print this list by Pikaland, and tape it by your desk to ensure you’ll never be stumped again.