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New Book Celebrates ‘Godfather of Rodeo Drive’

The title of the handsome coffee table adornment written by Rose Apodaca, former west coast bureau chief of Women’s Wear Daily, is a doozy. It reads: Fred Hayman The Extraordinary Difference: The Story of Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Glamour and the Showman Who Sold It All.

But that’s what you get when you rack up a list of accomplishments like the ones owned by the now 86-year-old Hayman. Beginning in 1967 and running through 1998, he rewrote the rules of luxury retail, celebrity clientele hobnobbing, and Aaron Spelling worthy fragrances while at the helm of the Giorgio Beverly Hills boutique. LA Times fashion critic Booth Moore raves about the book’s historical scope and applauds the effort that went into the endeavor:

Apodaca, who now, with her husband, runs her own store–A & R on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice–has been working on the book off and on for the last six years, meeting with Hayman at “his canteen”–Spago–or at his Malibu beach house, where he has a memorabilia room stuffed with Giorgio Beverly Hills logo wear, including sweatshirts, scarves, teddy bears and sunglasses. She also accompanied him to the opera, where she met his friends, including such old school Los Angeles personalities as Esther Williams and the late Mr. Blackwell.

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Media Events 10.25.07

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THURSDAY 10.25.07
WHAT: Book signing, diva-sighting
WHO: Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, hawking her book, Style a to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty, & Everything Glamour
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Barnes and Noble at the Grove
WHY: Because Rose Apodaca actually wrote the thing. And she knows what she’s talking about.

SATURDAY 10.27.07
WHAT: Book signing, The Year of Living Biblically
WHO: Author A.J. Jacobs
WHEN: 4 p.m.
WHERE: Vroman’s
WHY: After reading as many versions of the Bible as he could, Jacobs amassed a list of 700 rules he would try to obey for a year. During this time, he visited communities in which the Bible was taken literally, meeting with the Amish, the Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem, and the Answers in Genesis Christians. He also herded sheep in the Israeli Desert and became so obsessed that he questioned a Jehovah’s Witness in his apartment for 4 hours until the Witness had finally had enough and left.

MONDAY 10.29.07
WHAT: Book signing, Ana’s Story
WHO: First daughter Jenna Bush
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Pasadena Public Library
WHY: First, it’s Jenna Bush doing a book reading. Second, the book is about a girl infected with HIV at birth. Third, there’ll be a reception featuring Jager shots immediately following.

Booth Moore Named Image Editor

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Booth Moore has been named editrix of the LA Times Image section, or so says Rose Apodaca. She writes:

The night was also about welcoming the team’s newest members: Monica Corcoran (formerly of Variety) and Emili Vesilind (ex-WWD), as well as toasting the official naming of uber fashion critic Booth Moore to the editor helm of IMAGE.

A commenter named Persey seems distraught at the news.

LA Times IMAGE Section Debut

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The newest LA Times section, Image, debuted today, and it’s a welcome addition to the other features, once the truly dreadful printing problems are fixed. (The photos in our home-delivery edition weren’t just blurry, they were surreally blurry. We actually thought it was a stylistic choice for about 15 seconds.)

Chloe Sevigny is profiled, and while there’s nothing much new about her clothes-horse qualities, Rose Apodaca makes it interesting. But an Inside the Closet sidebar needs photos of exactly what’s inside–which ankle boots, please.

David Keeps finds a new trend in men’s fashion, and takes a couple of hundred words to describe steampunk. Allegedly this combo of Victorian and hooligan pops up on Deadwood, the cancelled HBO series.

Just in time for summer in Southern California, Amy Scattergood has a how-to piece about that cutting edge trend, knitting. Next fall’s fashions might feature chunky scarves and sweaters, but a beach wear story might have been more helpful–the last line of the story suggests the look might be outdated by the time a knitter finishes a project.

There are a number of other sort of ho-hum pieces, including a really dense story on the science of skin creams that never came out and said which ones are worth the money.

Adam Tschorn, who’s married to fashion critic Booth Moore, wrote some of the liveliest pieces: one on Justin Timberlake’s stylist and a step-by step guide to growing a mustache. Both were fun to read–too bad Moore’s story about fashion gossip was so stale.

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is off to a good start. If the Times editors can resist using the same old pool of predictable writers and done-to-death ideas (no stories on couture for kids or little dogs, please), reading about fashion might be as much fun as shopping.

LA Times Image Section To Launch on Sunday, March 18

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The greatly-anticipated LA Times Image section, headed by deputy features editor Michalene Busico, former Women’s Wear Daily West Coast bureau chief Rose Apodaca and fashion editor Booth Moore, will appear as a monthly feature next Sunday, then go weekly in September. Who can wait that long? From the press release:

IMAGE promises a host of regular columns and features, including Booth Moore’s “Style Notebook,” a critical look at the global intersections of fashion and pop culture; profiles of the industry’s most important players, style icons and insiders; a “Your Stylist” advice column featuring a rotating cast of prominent experts; “L.A. Style Files,” a snapshot out of the archives of stylish Angelenos; “The Waitlist” and a comprehensive guide to new stores, sample sales, warehouse sales and more.

New hires Fashion Market Editor Melissa Magsaysay, formerly of WWD and Staff Writer Adam Tschorn, formerly West Coast Editor of DNR, round out the team.

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