Thursday night served as a celebration of fashion, music, fine art and experimental film all at once in downtown L.A. with the Nasty Gal + IHEARTCOMIX presents IO Echo event. Between live musical performances from up-and-coming L.A. bands, an exclusive screening of Harmony Korine's short featuring James Franco with lots of naked chicks, a steady flow of cocktails throughout the night and more, this was one party definitely worth the hike to DTLA.
If you didn't already have IO Echo on your radar, you're welcome. As a kickass shoegaze/grunge rock band that's been making the rounds on the L.A. music scene (i.e. that AllSaints/Black Keys Grammy party last year), IO Echo is on the verge of blowing up. The band, fronted by Ioanna Gika and Leopold Ross (of the The Big Pink), has been winning over fans, critics an fellow musicians alike, selected to open for such marquee shows as TV on the Radio and Nine Inch Nails, and scoring Harmony Korine's short Caput made for James Franco's Rebel MOCA exhibition. By the way, they managed to achieve this all before the release of their debut full-length album due out this fall.
In anticipation of their upcoming album, online hip women's wear retailer Nasty Gal, a long-time supporter of IO Echo, threw Thursday's celebratory event at Dilettante in DTLA. As an unofficial ambassador of Nasty Gal, Gika was dressed in pieces from the Fall '12 collection of the company's debut NG Collection in-house line (available online August 27th) for the event. Leading up to IO Echo's electrifying private performance where they played tracks off the upcoming album, guests at Thursday's event enjoyed a live set by L.A.-based band Cold Showers, an exclusive screening of Korine's Caput, DJ tunes by Franki Chan, and an art exhibition featuring the works of Jenae Wilkins and Lizzy B among others over PBRs and cocktails.
Keep your eyes and ears to the ground for Nasty Gal's first ever in-house designs from NG Collection and the debut album from IO Echo.
Saturday, May 18
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.