lost art

Trying on a mask with the designer (the ivory jacket I’m in was stunning)
OMFG what do I try on next?? (the brown piece in the middle is a poncho)
Bag made of rattle snake
These trousers lace up at the back too
Rows of fringed leather trousers – I think I cried looking at these

LOVE the pic on the left. Perfect way to wear some edge. On the right is my husband who is the only person who can carry off this Lost Art fringe and feather creation.
The shell top hat was part of a collection shown at the V&A in London
I wanted to walk right out with this necklace

On the left: Lost Art last year.   On the right: What Roberto Cavalli later followed with making
A few weeks ago I was invited to view and play dress up at the Lost Art studio owned by Jordan Betten.  In the process I died and went to rock heaven (mentioned before here). I am still shaking my head at what I saw. The leathers, the suedes, the fringing, the cut, the textures. God  *head explodes*  
I will never be able to afford anything in that studio (their customers include Lenny, Sheryl, Mick, Steven), so to be able to try anything on was a dream.  I wanted to stop drop and roll over everything.
During the dress up, Jordan and me commented on how similar Cavalli’s collection is to the work Lost Art produces (see last 2 comparison pics of what Cavalli produced after the Lost Art collection).  Imitation can be the sincerest form of flattery but this I’m not so sure about (there’s more comparison pics than shown here). 
On leaving the studio, I felt I understood what wearable art is.  Thx Jordan. 


  1. Julie Khuu says:

    Soooo cool Karen! Love that everything totally looks and feels like your style, but totally amp’d up! What an amazing opportunity!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  2. heatherheartsfashion says:

    woww all this stuff is really beautiful, ive never seen anything like the snakeskin! the bag is amazing but i might be tempted to go for the bikini..

    xo heatherheartsfashion

  3. fifi says:

    what a perfect post! all this is just amazing!!

  4. summer says:

    i’m conflicted on the one hand i see the art in it all and it is beautiful but on the other hand my pet bearded dragon would hate me for ever thinking such a thing! lol

  5. ASH says:

    wow! you are right, everything is amazing.

  6. Dodo says:

    Definitely seems like your kind of store!

  7. Mihal says:


  8. bohemian&Co says:

    wow, amazing photos!!! Your photo on the couch is absolutely cool. I envy you so much!!!! :)))) smuaks

  9. samantha rae says:

    beautiful. i want to live there. haha

  10. Raheli says:

    I really love the creativity and craftsmanship of the work. Simply brilliant. But I am so conflicted about the use of animal feather/fur/skins. I know that they are some the easiest textile to manipulate for certain designs and that they let the skin breathe, but is it necessary to sacrifice animals for quality? Could they create equally fabulous and mind-blowing creations with faux material? Would that lessen the value given that these items carry weight as unique pieces (GOD, that NECKLACE–love it!)?


  11. Nadette says:

    I think I just had a fashiongasm, which I’m honestly surprised at, because everything SO overtly edgy and rocker, and I usually like subtle touches. But seriously, the lace up leather pants, the alligator, and the leather bra=fashiongasm. And Lenny…he’s my husband too, just a heads up =)

  12. Krystal says:

    I agree with Raheli. LOve the pieces. They are truly beautiful and mind-blowingly bad ass but I would feel like sh*t knowing I was wearing something that required a sacrifice of a life =(… I wish they did have these in faux _______

  13. Betty says:

    Amazing! what a good post!
    thanks for sharing :3

  14. Ado says:

    That necklace and especially that alligator piece… stunning. Like Raheli started off, the craftsmanship and creativity is practically jumping through my computer. I can’t imagine how I’d be able to breath a steady breath and maintain a modicum of composure in there. I mean I’m practically squirming with excitement over here and I’m just looking at pictures!

  15. ANGUILLAGRL says:

    Gurl-u r one sex-say beeactch in this pictoral!!!! The white fringe shawl brings back memories of Grace Slick at Woodstock!!!! Everything is beautiful and you look fabulous as usual….Thanks for letting us into your world!!!

  16. weasel says:

    I agree with you girls, everything is amazing. Really incredible pictures

  17. Hillary says:

    This is amazing! I love all the hats and lace-up pants. I was amazed to find a pair of faux suede lace-up shorts at Forever 21 recently. I guess they’re a pretty good substitute for now.


  18. Michelle of Chellbellz says:

    I am truly dying over here! I love everything in there, I got over my fear of snakes some years ago, any other day that snake bag with the rattle snake would have terrified me. you got one little wicked body under there Karen! that bra is the business!!! That should definitely be styled in a magazine or something!! My favorite though is those pants! Unforgiving, but you pull them off well girl!

  19. Sara says:

    Why would you lead this post with the head of a dead animal? Just think how many people ran away from your page seeing that. It’s disgusting.

  20. Taylor says:

    Wow… I’m speechless over that crystal work of art. This stuff is beyond beautiful.

  21. Marcia B. says:

    WOOOWWWW the necklace?! OMGGG!

  22. Voyance says:

    the bra is so small ;p

  23. Anonymous says:

    DISGUSTING….wear your own skin!!!

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