Hollywood is the kind of place where you can really be yourself - assuming you're a shallow, self-centered, superficial simpleton with top-notch veneers. And few shows are capable of letting the rest of us live vicariously through the sleaze, slime and muck that is Tinseltown like "Entourage."
As superagent Ari, Jeremy Piven is the yin to the double-sided coin we think of as Hollywood - while actor Vince, played by Adrian Grenier, is the yang. Sharp, aggressive businessmen balancing the talent - literally. And the clothing worn in the center of the media universe is also a dichotomy.
Though the impression the rest of the country has of Hollywood is one of glamour and style - French suits with Italian shoes - the truth is that T-shirts rule off the red carpet. Of course, this being Hollywood, normal Hanes crew necks won't do. We're talking about T-shirts made of the finest of fabrics that regularly cost $100 and northward. Yup, for T-shirts. It sounds crazy until the first time you slide one of these over your shoulders and experience the luxury of soy and bamboo-based fabrics or even vintage cotton.
Right now, one of the hottest clothiers on the West Coast is Trunk. The brand specializes in "authentic luxury goods which capture a moment in time." That means they make copies of concert T-shirts. Actually, you can go to and find vintage rock T-shirts, tanks, jerseys, hoodies and jackets that are all the rage in Southern California. You can get everything from a David Bowie "Young Americans" men's long-sleeve box-knit thermal for $104 to a fitted Kiss "Army World Tour '79" special-edition women's track jacket in yellow for $159. Trunk also specializes in various Harley-Davidson apparel - some of it is featured in the recent film "Wild Hogs," starring John Travolta and Tim Allen.
Of course, standard cotton is all well and good, but stars and starlets like to be fashionable and eco-friendly at the same time, and now clothing manufacturers are using products such as soy and bamboo in place of cotton. Both ingredients are naturally bacteriostatic, biodegradable and extremely soft. We're talking cashmere soft. They also have amazing wicking properties and absorb moisture much better than cotton. They're so breathable that in tests bamboo and soy shirts have proven to be 1 to 2 degrees cooler than equivalent cotton shirts. Visit www.bambooclothes.com to learn more.
Another high-end T-shirt company that the trendsetters in Los Angeles favor is Lee Cooper. The oldest jeans company in Europe, Lee Cooper has some phenomenally stylish T-shirts, tanks and jerseys that complement any young and hip wardrobe. Be sure to check out the Red Diamond line.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times