1. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
The Met’s retrospective exhibition of McQueen’s most notable work opened just after the designer’s untimely death and was an inspiration for fashion fans and phebes alike.
2. The Nowness
We have no idea what “luxury storytelling” means, but we do know that this daily-updated blog is filled with a beautifully-curated collection of exclusive videos, images, and text that’s been reeling us in for months.
Ferran Adria’s Catalan restaurant closed its doors this year. We can’t decide what we loved more: reading the gossip of which celebs and socialites were able to snag a table or thumbing through Adria’s epically stupefying, A Day at elBulli.
4. Pacific Standard Time
This citywide ode to Los Angeles art from 1945 to 1980 is as exciting and interesting as it is a great excuse to indulge in a little hometown pride.
5. Serge Gainsbourg Tribute Concert
The Beck-produced mega-concert at the Hollywood Bowl was filled to the brim with notable musicians: everyone from Zola Jesus to Victoria Legrand (Beach House), Ed Droste (Grizzly Bear) to Sean Lennon and, evidently, Joseph Gordon Levitt. Of course, the true stunner was Gainsbourg’s wacko catalogue of sonic achievements, be it yé-yé or Afro-Pop.
Haruki Murakami’s dystopian, Orwell-inspired bestseller finally dropped in the U.S. this fall. Clocking in at over 900 pages, it’ll make a good self-defense weapon if you don’t necessarily “get it.”
7. Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook
Thank goodness for this book. Now us West Coasters don’t have to rely on FedEx and our New York friends’ good natures to get our fix of Crack Pie, Compost Cookies, and all the rest.
8. Most Epic
We’re utterly addicted to this surf and skate tumblr. We don’t know anything except that its beach rat eye candy warms a very distinct corner of our hearts. Oh, and their tagline is “Get inspired, mother f*cker!” Enough said.
Ryan Gosling plays a loveable near-mute with a flair for toothpick-chewing in 2011’s slinkiest film. Other breakout stars include a zany pink font and a Kavinsky-produced opening song.
10. Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Ester McCoy Reader
The first comprehensive collection of the writing of Ester McCoy includes all of the writer’s most important work on the California Modernist movement.