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Fiorucci in Beverly Hills

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Photo: LA Times 1980. (Vintage Los Angeles collection) 
If there's ONE store from my youth that still stands out in my nostalgic brain, it's gotta be FIORUCCI in Beverly Hills. It was OUT THERE, even by todays standards. I still  dream about it because it was so ahead of its time during the late 70s and early 80s. The window displays were full of spandex, leopard prints, Hawaiian style shirts, neon checkered ties and 1950s rockabilly prints - all imported from Italy. It was more rock n roll than MTV. I Loved and wore my FIORUCCI pants till I could not patch them up any more.  Those fine corduroy pants were painted on me, and I loooovvvved them! I wore them with a blue satin baseball hat from CAMP BEVERLY HILLS and a jersey from HEAVEN. 

I was 10 years old, and this was my paradise. 

Fiorucci postcard, 1978


Fiorucci display window and opening night. Photos: Gary Wilde

In 1967, FIORUCCI founded the Italian fashion label that bears his name.  By the late 1970s, his New York store be…

Living Across the Street From Edward G. Robinson

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I recently found the above vintage Polaroid photo when my mom was packing up our old house. That’s Edward G. Robinson standing in his driveway, directly across the street from where we lived on Rexford Drive in Beverly Hills. My mother snapped this from my upstairs bedroom window shortly after I was born, and it’s the only photo that we have of him. We used to see Mr. Robinson walking his seven dogs with his wife, Jane, while smoking that signature cigar of his. His house was on two lots, and was built by architect Samuel Marx, who had very recently completed his own masterpiece in 1939, The May Co Department Store at Fairfax and Wilshire Blvd. Robinson’s home was a picturesque Tudor style, which the actor contemplated selling in order to build a new home that would better accommodate his growing art collection. In fact, Edward had such an extensive art collection that he commissioned Samuel Marx to build a separate art gallery on the property. It was designed specifically to show off…