March 2011

Editor’s Letter—March 2011

I’m going to let you in on a little secret of magazines: In the countless frames shot for a cover, there is usually only one that’s “it.” That was not the situation with “The Next Factor,” our photo essay on Hollywood’s new wave of leading men, photographed by Hedi Slimane and written by Leslie Gornstein. By the time we completed the project, we were gobsmacked by the embarrassment of riches. Who of these nine young men would be the cover? In the end, we chose three when we couldn’t decide on one—Henry Hopper (son of the late Dennis), Eddie Redmayne and Miles Teller.

March means fashion, and we have plenty. In this month’s “Image” section, Booth Moore’s “Soft Sculpture” explores the territory between fashion and art, as beautifully displayed in the MOCA-PDC exhibition of Rodarte’s creations. According to “Trend Report,” there are blooms on the horizon for women and a wild kingdom of animal motifs for men. In “XY Factor” Adam Tschorn gets the blues—in a good way—over Uman’s first stateside collection for men. And in “Uncommon Scents,” Denise Hamilton has an exclusive interview (which she conducted in French) with cult perfumer Olivia Giacobetti.

After seasons of solid colors, this spring brings a riot of patterns. And one subset is captured in “Some Like It Op,” photographed by Ruven Afanador and styled by Hayley Atkin. A fresh take on the black-and-white graphics that startled us during the time of Rudi Gernreich and Courrèges, it’s just the thing for the bold and beautiful.

While visiting the set of The Lincoln Lawyer, which opens March 18, Michael Connelly, bestselling author and former Los Angeles Times reporter, introduced the real lawyers who were the inspiration for his main character, Mickey Haller, to the actor who plays him, Matthew McConaughey. In “The Source,” Connelly chronicles the experience of the book’s transformation to film.

That’s not all, of course. We have a candid interview with Industry magnate Jerry Weintraub in “Q + LA”; in “The Kings Play the Youth Card,” Tom Murray writes about general manager Dean Lombardi’s Stanley Cup strategy; in “Printed Matter,” culture and design editor Mayer Rus talks to Gerard O’Brien, owner of vintage-furniture and decorative-arts emporium Reform, about the comprehensive library of design books and periodicals housed in his store’s new location; and in this month’s Web exclusive, “Hip-Hop’s Reluctant Hero,” Lorraine Ali profiles Lupe Fiasco.

It’s March in L.A. Enjoy!