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Recap: Stella McCartney's Autumn 2016 Presentation at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, January 18, 2016 05:31pm | Post a Comment

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Last week we had an experience at Amoeba Music that was about as different as it gets for us. Clothing designer Stella McCartney presented her upcoming Autumn 2016 line at the store at an exclusive party that drew some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

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I hate to use the word "fierce," but how else do you describe Carrie Brownstein here?

Needless to say, it was something new for us, but we were game. Who’s to say we at Amoeba can’t rub shoulders with starlets and models?

It was definitely a thrill to see people as famous as Gwyneth Paltrow, Quincy Jones and Kim Gordon stroll into Amoeba on the black carpet while bulbs flashed and journalists got into it about who was wearing what. I got the chance to chat with Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), who revealed to me that her first album was Aqua (I assured her mine was no cooler with Ace of Base). I spoke with fashion icon Rachel Zoe, who told me her first concert was U2. And I share a moment with Mary J. Blige, although I mostly just mumbled some nonsense because she is awesome and looked like an angel.

Inside, the store was transformed as models played pinball and Ms. Pac-Man on pedestals over the racks of vinyl and CDs. I won’t attempt to describe the clothing as that’s not my expertise, but I’ll say the outfits looked pretty badass to me. Check out a slideshow over at Vogue.com for a look.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band got things going, playing their New Orleans-style jazz as people filtered in. Thenewno2 brought the rock, featuring Dhani Harrison, the son of late Beatle George Harrison, which made sense, given that this was an event put on by Paul McCartney's daughter — even Ringo showed up! Pink played a stripped-down acoustic set that sounded miles away from her pop material with City and Colour’s Dallas Green as the duo You+Me, an act similar to boy/girl folk groups like The Civil Wars.

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Earlier in the day, I had the surreal experience of walking into the place I usually call “work” to hear Brian Wilson soundchecking downstairs while about 20 people milled about and set up. So I knew to expect something special as Wilson came out with his seven-piece ensemble and tore through a nine-song set of Beach Boys classics. Hits like “California Girls,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “Surfin’ USA” sounded great and faithful to the originals, as did the songs that are a bit more of a production — “God Only Knows” and “Good Vibrations,” on which a flautist admirably stood in for the electrotheremin.

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Marilyn Manson closed things out with a fiery set of his biggest hits, “The Dope Show,” his cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” and “The Beautiful People,” plus a Doors cover (“Not to Touch the Earth”) that he dedicated to the late David Bowie. And wouldn’t you know it, Johnny Depp held his own on guitar alongside Manson, Twiggy and the others. It gave the performance that extra bit of pizzazz you’d expect from a show like this. It was a lot of fun drinking champagne and feeling like Amoeba was a ’90s MTV show for one night. I tried something that night called a blueberry fauxnut, and that wasn’t half bad, either.

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See more photos from the event here.

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