List of Illustrations
Introduction: L.A. Chic: Between Rags and Riches
Urban chic: The becoming of the new Los Angeles
Chapter 1: Freeway vs Downtown
From suburban noir to downtown chic
From the suburbs to loft living, or: Neo-noir in gentrification-land: Veronica Mars - The Movie
Naomi Hirahara: Murder on Bamboo Lane and Grave on Grand Avenue
The subversive need for speed: Fast family, smart L.A. and muscle/cars in Furious 7
A gentler, softer, hipper Los Angeles for the twenty-first century?
Chapter 2: Santee Alley vs Santa Fe: Latinidad between Ramonaland and Latino Grit
Fuego: The new L.A. street style in Santee Alley
The Ramona mythology
Los Angeles and Santa Fe: A tale of two nostalgias
Chapter 3: L.A.'s Surf Chic: From Drop-Out Culture to Silicon Beach
Beaches, L.A. style
L.A. beaches become chic
The original beachboys
Let's go surfing now: Californian lifestyle in the 1950s
Surf globally, resist locally
Reading the beaches
Chapter 4: Bling and the Realities of Compton and Calabasas
The Bling Ring
Surfaces and seriality
Umwelt - Calabasas
The ins and outs of Compton
Coda: GTA: City without angels
Chapter 5: L.A. Fashion in Museums
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM)
Other fashion-related exhibitions in L.A.
Chapter 6: Los Angelization a la Tom Ford: From American Gigolo to American Apparel
"Doing a Gucci"
Armani goes to Hollywood
"Doing a Dov"
Conclusion: Learning from Los Angeles, the Josephine Baker of Cities
Susan Ingram is associate professor of humanities at York University.
Markus Reisenleitner is professor in the Department of Humanities at York University.
"Building on LAs history, L.A. Chic encompasses complex cultural influences and here we are able to witness their evolution. . . . In our collective consciousness, we often see 'L. A.' as embodying the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Despite the popularity of this image, it is shown here to be inaccurate; this text gives 'L.A.' a much greater depth, allowing room for the shifting of collective consciousness. Something else to emphasize is the abundance of case studies from within popular culture, which make this text significant for the twenty-first century. . . . Until the timely release of this publication, LA has perhaps been neglected both in the study of fashion and in cultural geography. The case-studies here allow anyone access to the world of LA. They offer ways to translate and interpret all the different snippets of information we believe ourselves to have about the city."-- "Film, Fashion & Consumption"