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On Genlux cover: Alexis Knapp photographed by Yoshi Ohara Valentino sheer cap-sleeve top, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 Tom Ford sunglasses, Dan Deutsch, Beverly Hills, 310-246-9468 Makeup: Bruce Grayson; and Hair: Charles Baker Strahan, both with Artists by Timothy Priano; Stylist: Angel Terrazas, Urban Siren Agency Manicure: Tracy Clemens using CHANEL for Opus Beauty

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FREEZE FRAME

Old Hollywood films inspire our fashionable still life story

READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP

Brilliant beauty images by super photographer Andrew Matusik

S’WONDERFUL

Ludi Delfino channels Audrey Hepburn in great looks for spring

SPEAK EASY

Our crime fighting trio dons spring fashions for a bootleg sting

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Stunning Project X actress and new mom Alexis Knapp

DIRECTOR’S CUT

We catch The Hunger Games Leven Rambin and Wes Bentley

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Beautiful actress Maggie Grace by photographer Erik Almås

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Fashion Editor’s Picks: Amanda’s black and white look. Editor at Large’s Picks: George's men’s guide. Fashion and Style Director: Chriselle’s spring picks. Beauty Editor: Camille's beauty bag. Susan Campos: Hollywood obsessions. Apocalypstick by Almie Rose: Are you love-crazy? Three Scoops by Kam Heskin: Why he can’t commit. Wine Guy: Jeff Lipsman explores Aussie wines. Travel + Health: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Travel + Health: Tracy O’Connor visits Golden Door. Style ID: Dawn Olivieri. JetSetters: Julie Macklowe; Katia and Sonia Gaydamak. Out-of-Towner: Georgina Chapman. Interior Motives: Go for the Gold. Closet Desires: Orange Sanguine; Tropical Fever. Top to Toe: Be My Valentine. Accessories: Color Me Bright. Top Ten: Chriselle’s Top 10 fragrances. Face Time: Get glowing for spring. Makeup Trends: Pati Dubroff. Hair Do’s: Stylist David Babaii’s tips for red-carpet hair.

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“Excellent location, close to a lot of shops, nice hotel and worth the $$.”

Publisher and Editorial Director: Cecilia Moreno Editor in Chief: Samia Arslane

“If you’re looking for great value in the heart of Waikiki, we highly recommend this hotel.” themeigans TripAdvisor, 11.15.11

“Everyone was very helpful and courteous” Marco9 Tripadvisor, 10.27.11

“Have stayed here for weeks on end. Love, love, love the Waikiki Parc Hotel.” Peggy V. // Yelp, 11.6.11

Creative Director / Photo Editor: Stephen Kamifuji Fashion Editor: Amanda Eliasch Editor at Large: George Blodwell Assistant Art Director: Jordan Holcomb VP of Luxury Advertising: Andrea Aal Account Executive: Rhonda Zakhor Financial Director: Marc Meshekow Director Human Resources: Yolanda Garcia Copy Editor: Larry Lederman Style + Fashion Director: Chriselle Lim Beauty Editor: Camille Clark Writer at Large: Almie Rose Genlux Website Editor: Hannah Ciallella Contributing Editors: Susan Campos, Stephen Christopher, Courtney Fortune, Kam Heskin Dr. Ezra Kest, Larry Lederman, Jeff Lipsman, Tracy O’Connor, Lisa Wayne, Sherryl White Contributing Photographers: Erik Almås, Jeff Berlin, Danny Calderon, Coolife: Carole Rochas & Pauline Rochas,Tyler Kandel, Margaret Malandroccolo, Andrew Matusik, Yoshi Ohara Director of Events: John Sugrue / OCLA Events Intern: Mallory Mason

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t’s the Year of the Dragon. In Chinese astrology the dragon is a symbol of good fortune and intense power, which means 2012 promises to be incredible. We are pleased to present our first issue of the year, with cover girl Alexis Knapp. The actress with the piercing blue eyes, ex-girlfriend of Ryan Phillippe, has three movies coming up. Looking forward to seeing her on the big screen. I love living in California! I especially enjoy springtime. It’s all about renewal, rebirth, regrowth and, let’s not forget, new collections! So my question is, what are you all wearing this season? If you don’t have a clue yet, don’t panic. Just flip through the pages of this issue and the next one to see the key trends. It’s going to be a colorful summer, so leave behind the grays, blacks and navys. Be on the lookout for a radiant palette of sapphire, emerald, topaz, garnet and coral garments, accessories, even home décor and cosmetics. One of the dominant colors this season is Tangerine Tango or, as we like to call it, Orange Sanguine. Check out the romantic long orange dress by Alberta Ferretti and you’ll be standing out from the crowd. Not sure about the entire outfit? Then start with your feet and try on the gorgeous Charlotte Olympia Daryl peep-toes. They will make you feel tall and self-assured. (p.106) Another big trend is the tropical print: Stella McCartney’s Hawaiian-print

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T-shirt will look gorge paired with a mini skirt and flats or flared light blue wash jeans and wedges. (p.110) Barbara Bui’s accessories collection is quite fabulous. I have my eyes on the Dude flashy multicolored python bowling bag with gri-gri. I just want to stare at it, imagining that somehow it may find its way to me. Or I’ll just have to get it on my next trip to Paris. As for jewelry, Chopard has won my heart with the dazzling Temptations ring, representative of the Chopard style, thanks to its heart-shaped cut. Simply magnificent! (p.30) The town right now is in an effervescent mode: we’re in the middle of awards season. I’m really looking forward to watching the most glamorous awards of them all, the 84th Annual Academy Awards. It will be a unique fashion moment in Hollywood—maybe the most important one! The world is watching to see what its favorite actresses will be wearing. Stylists are visiting every showroom in town, making sure their glamorous clients will be photographed wearing the perfect dress on the red carpet. No stylist or actress want to wake up the next morning and see themselves in the paper on the Worst Dressed List…or far worse, being ridiculed by Joan Rivers on Fashion Police. Oops! I’ll be watching! Bisous à tous!


GENLUX GADABOUTS: NUMÉROS PRIVÉS BY CHANEL INSTALLATION AT WYNN LAS VEGAS PHOTOS: BILLY FARRELL AND DAVID X. PRUTTING/BFANYC.COM

Susan and Alan Casden

Poppy Delevigne

Alexa Chung, Tennessee Thomas

Gia Coppola, Laura Love, Nathalie Love, Hannah Bronfman

China Chow

CHANEL unveiled its Numéros Privés installation at the Wynn Las Vegas with a star-studded opening. The week-long exhibition, the first of its kind in the US, featured re-imagined CHANEL iconic codes. Materials, figures, symbols, colors and coveted objects, all created by CHANEL, were reinterpreted and transformed. After walking through the installation, guests of the opening, many of whom wore CHANEL, were treated to dinner and a special performance by Imelda May.

Rodger Berman, Rachel Zoe

Balthazar Getty

Imelda May

Jessica Alba, Brad Goreski

Diane Krueger

ICELINK BOUTIQUE GRAND OPENING PHOTOS: IRVIN RIVERA/GRAPHICS METROPOLIS

Pia Toscano

IceLink owners Susan Sogoyan, Andy Sogoyan

Luxury watch and jewelry brand IceLink feted its flagship boutique in LA with a grand opening party. Black Eyed Peas members apl.de.ap and Taboo DJ’d for the celebfilled event. Stars such as Kyle Richards, Lance Bass, Cassie Scerbo, Kim Porter, Josie Loren, and Natasha Henstridge browsed the collection, while a few were spotted wearing IceLink watches.

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GENLUX GADABOUTS: AUDI AND RELATIVITY MEDIA SPONSOR THE ART OF ELYSIUM 5TH ANNUAL HEAVEN GALA PHOTOS: WIREIMAGE

Odette and David Annable

Michele Tractenberg, Jaime King, Amber Heard

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Brad Goreski, Abigail Hannah Wood, Elijah Wood Rachel ZoeSpencer Christopher Bailey, Kate Bosworth Kate Flannery, Melissa McCarthy, Jane Lynch, Rachael Harris

Hollywood came out to support the 5th Annual Art of Elysium Heaven Gala. The event, created to celebrate artists who provide outstanding support to the foundation each year, featured catering by Wolfgang Puck, a fashion show by Cameron Silver, and performances by Estelle, The Johnny Crawford Orchestra & Lucy Walsh, and others. The nonprofit organization encourages actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children battling serious medical conditions. Generous corporate sponsors included Audi and Relativity Media.

Rachel Felicity Bilson, Sophia Jones Bush

Minka Kelly Ashley Madekwe

Shepard Fairey, Aziz Ansari

Ali Larter

Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer

BEAU AND LAURA DUNN’S HOLIDAY CELEBRATION!

Kaye Bernstein, Laura Dunn

Lorena Soria

Mother and daughter models Laura and Beau Dunn hosted their Annual Girls Holiday party at Beau’s Beverly Hills home. The ladies feasted on dinner, dessert and champagne and celebrated the season with a gift exchange and secret Santa game. The overflowing dessert and candy bar designed by Beau Dunn and Dana Johnson kept everyone full of holiday sweets!

Jennifer Weg, Laurent Mamann

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Caryn Alpert, Aryn Glasser, Beau Dunn, Natasha Beck

Cecilia Moreno, Beau Dunn, Laura Dunn


GENLUX GADABOUTS: GENLUX WINTER ISSUE LAUNCH PARTY PHOTOS: FELIX SALZMAN / LOOKBOOKLA.COM

Laura Dunn, Beau Dunn Ruby Stewart, Christian Marc, Stephen Kamifuji, Kelly Emberg, Dan Deutsch

Jeff Berlin, Joanna Schlip, Sharzad Kiadeh Lahalih, Andrew Matusik

Genlux and Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook celebrated the Winter issue launch with a cozy party at the Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive rooftop. The season’s festitivites were complete with red and white décor! The cooler outside temperatures were braved with cocktails by Dolce Touch Vodka, One Hope Wine, and Hansen’s Natural Soda; the hotel’s brilliant Chef James Jung served up tasty hors d’oeuvres, and guests danced to DJ Luca and Fred Lewis.

Chriselle Lim, Allen Chen Dan Deutsch, Amanda Lutrell Garrigus, Marcellus Reynolds

Brittany Gandy, Christina Lynn

CHOPARD & THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY GOLDEN GLOBES AFTER-PARTY! PHOTOS: STEFANIE KEENAN

Marc Hruschka, Penelope Ann Miller

Jane Fonda Bérénice Bejo

Viola Davis

Andrea Riseborough, Harvey Weinstein, Madonna

Chopard began its official partnership with The Weinstein Company for the first of many 2012 major events, in connection with the most prestigious international awards ceremonies and film festivals, with an exclusive viewing and after-party at Bar 210 at Beverly Hilton Hotel after the Golden Globe Awards. Among the many celebrity attendees, guests such as Jane Fonda, Berenice Bejo and Penelope Ann Miller donned Chopard jewelry. The event celebrated the Weinstein films and nominees My Week with Marilyn, The Artist, W/E, and The Iron Lady.

Samia Arslane, Marc Hruschka

Rob Lowe, Gerard Butler

Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh

Jean Dujardin, Missi Pyle

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GENLUX GADABOUTS: AUDI AND MARTIN KATZ HOST GOLDEN GLOBES CELEBRATION PHOTOS: WIREIMAGE/AUDI Audi teamed up with jewelry designer Martin Katz for this year’s traditional awards season kickoff celebrating the Golden Globes at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood. Award nominees Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Johnny Galecki, Thomas Jane, Callie Thorne, and Brunson Green arrived at the event in Audi A8s, while some guests donned Martin Katz jewelry.

Mark Salling, Chord Overstreet

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Brunson Green, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Tate Taylor

Kat Graham

Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Zoe Saldana

RACHEL ZOE MEDIA LAUNCH PHOTOS: DONATO SARDELLA/WIREIMAGE Rachel Zoe toasted her newest fashion venture, Zoe Media Group, with an intimate launch party at the Sayers Club in Hollywood. DJ Samantha Ronson entertained the crowd of fashion VIPs. The Zoe Media Group curates content targeting audiences across fashion, beauty, and lifestyle areas with The ZOE Report, ZOE Beautiful, and AccessZOEries.

Stacey Kubasak, Lauren Perinchien

Adam Drawas, Rachel Zoe, Byron Williams, Andy Lecompte, Brad Corscidi

Rachel Zoe, Rodger Berman

Mara Roszak, Zoe Saldana

Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner Alice Temperley, Alice Eve Jeremiah Brent, Joe Maalouf Barry Watson

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Classical singer Andrea Bocelli launched the Andrea Bocelli Foundation with a dinner and concert at the Beverly Hilton. The event, produced by Jo Chapman and Studiomusica USA and presented by the Grammy Museum Foundation, featured performances by Mr. Bocelli accompanied by Carlo Bernini, David Foster, Heather Headley and Anna Maria Martinez and a surprise performance by Michael Bolton. Andrea Bocelli presented the first Foundation award, a Girard-Perregaux World Timer Timepiece, to Quincy Jones. Attendees included Foundation President Laura Biancalani, Camilla Belle, Julie Benz, Chaka Khan, Harvey Weinstein and many others. John Sciulli/Getty Images for Andrea Bocelli Foundation

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GENLUX GADABOUTS: THE ANDREA BOCELLI FOUNDATION LAUNCH EVENT

Quincy Jones, Michael Bolton

UNO DE 50 CENTURY CITY STORE OPENING PHOTOS: ED MELLIZZA PHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Rachel Zoe, Rodger Berman

Grace Nahai, Laura Dunn, Matthew Barbee, Lily LeMasters, Olimpia Garabet, Vema Katanic

Uno de 50, the new jewelry design from Madrid, Spain, held a premiere event for the opening of its third North American store at the Century City mall in LA. New and existing brand clients joined VIPs like Laura Dunn, Daniel Franco, Marueen McQuiston, Wendy Krueger, and our own Cecilia Moreno. Guests were treated to food by Suriya of Beverly Hills while listening to music from DJ Ken E Shay. The event was sponsored by Moreno BHLV and Genlux.

Anyssa Olivier, Sheida Hosseinzadeh

Lucy Kwok, Daniel Franco, Olimpia Garabet, Wayne Johnson, Amy Tjia, Darlene Osterman

Matthew Barbee, Maureen McQuiston

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EDITOR’S PICKS

Here are my favorite picks this season! –Samia Arslane

Temple St. Clair Tolomeo 18K gold sapphire and diamond pendant, $25,000, templestclair.com

Valentino Garavani crystal flowers clutch, $3175, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103

Hermès Constance III mini bag, $6250, Hermès, Beverly Hills, 310-278-6440, hermes.com

La Perla lace-trimmed perforated leather corset dress, $2815, net-a-porter.com Charlotte Olympia Carmen canvas and rope wedge pump, $795, net-a-porter.com

Dolce & Gabbana pink sequin dress, $2395, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310275-4211

Jenny Packham chantilly lace and silk-chiffon chemise, $835, net-a-porter.com

Mykita Elliot shades, $475, mykita.com

Chopard Happy Heart Watch, 36mm diameter steel case, crown set with a pink sapphire, white mother-ofpearl dial with one floating heart set with diamonds and two floating hearts set with pink sapphires, pink satin strap, $5620, Chopard, Beverly Hills, 310-550-7220

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Santa Maria Novella Pomegranate Body Milk, $85, Santa Maria Novella, LA, 323-651-3754

Chopard Temptations ring, Chopard, Beverly Hills, 310-550-7220 (special Valentine’s Day edition)

Barbara Bui Dude flashy multicoloured python bowling bag with gri-gri, $3135, barbarabui.fr


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Photography by Coolife Styled by Ise White

FREEZE FRAME Inspired by Old Hollywood movie classics, Genlux captures some golden moments starring spring’s latest fashion and accessories.

Photography and Retouching: Coolife by Carole & Pauline / coolifestudio.com Stylist: Ise White / Artists by Timothy Priano Location: Coolife Studio / coolifestudio.com Art Director: Stephen Kamifuji

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Mahogany Ben Amun cuff and bracelet, Christian Dior sunglasses, Christian Louboutin platform stilettos, LaCrasia glove, Gucci gold python purse

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Casablanca Globe-trotter suitcase, Burberry trench coat, Hermès black leather handbag, Hermès black silk knit scarf, Paul Smith wool pant, Cole Haan cork and patentleather stiletto, Lalique perfume, JJ Hat Center wool fedora

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Reem Acra tiered pink silk chiffon strapless gown, LaCrasia opera-length white satin gloves, Christian Louboutin leopard stiletto, MoĂŤt & Chandon Champagne, Lalique crystal Champagne flute

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American Graffiti Chadwick Bell mesh bustier, Gucci wide-sleeve silk blouse, Issey Miyake yellow balloon pant with slit, Anna Sui spector espadrilles

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View To a Kill Chadwick Bell wool dress, Wolford bustier slip, Walter Steiger black suede bootie, By Kilian Back to Black perfume , Ben Amun silver chunky chain, LaCrasia glove

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Photography by Andrew Matusik Makeup by Dale Johnson

READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP

Photographer Andrew Matusik and celebrity makeup artist Dale Johnson tapped into Old Hollywood glamour for this closeup look at beauty for Genlux. The pair have spent the last few years creating the soon-to-bereleased SMACK, T he Ultimate Lip Book. Photographer: AndrewMatusik.com Makeup: Dale Johnson using M • A • C / DaleJohnsonMakeup.com Model: Rachel Moore / LA Models Retouching and Post Production: DigitalRetouch.net Photo Assistant: Bryant Walton Location: Smashbox Studios, Culver City Art Director: Stephen Kamifuji

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CHANEL Double Perfection Natural Matte Powder Makeup in soft beige, NARS Shimmer eye shadow in Nepal, M A C Cosmetics pure pigment eyeshadow in frozen white Custom eyelashes by Dale Johnson, SMASHBOX Photo Op Undereye Illuminator •

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M A C Cosmetics Pure Pigment eye shadow in teal, dark soul, and frozen white; URBAN DECAY Stardust shadow in griffith; MAYBELLINE Colossal Volume Express mascara; M A C Cosmetics lashes # 43 and #48; M A C fluid eyeliner in blacktrack •

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation, M A C Cosmetics Cherry lipliner, M A C Cosmetics Russian Red lipstick Stila Lip Glaze •

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IF I COULD ESCAPE AND RECREATE A PLACE THAT’S MY OWN WORLD AND I COULD BE YOUR FAVORITE GIRL FOREVER, MAKE UP FOR EVER PERFECTLY TOGETHER Pearly Gold lipstick, Illamasqua TELL ME BOY NOW sheer lipgloss, WOULDN’T THAT M A C Cosmetics lipliner in soar BE SWEET? •

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Photography by Tyler Kandel Styled by Adeel Khan

S’Wonderful

Model Ludi Delfino channels Audrey Hepburn in the 1957 film Funny Face in these sweet looks for spring

Photographer: Tyler Kandel Stylist: Adeel Khan / Artists by Timothy Priano 1st Assistant/Choreographer: Quinn Lipton Makeup: Marissa Machado for NARS/Celestine Talent Hair: Sienree Du for Oribe / Celestine Talent Stylist’s Assistant: Rachel Smith Manicurist: Beth Fricke / Artists by Timothy Priano Female Model: Ludi Delfino / Next Models Male Model: Travis Marshall / Next Models Art Director: Stephen Kamifuji

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Ted Baker grey wool newsboy cap, $65; grey cashmere wool sweater, $199, Ted Baker, 310-550-7855 Victorinox asphalt grey solid stretch poplin shirt, $95, Victorinox, LA, 310-659-0200 John Varvatos pant, $298; John Varvatos calf suede shoe, $198, John Varvatos, LA 310-859-2791


Ted Baker blue Raul lace dress, $735, Ted Baker, 310-550-7855, Ariane velvet hat, $380, Ariane Millinery, 323-951-9929 Jimmy Choo white patent clutch, $1195, Jimmy Choo, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045 Giuseppe Zanotti ivory ruched chiffon platform pump, $750, Giuseppe Zanotti at Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900, neimanmarcus.com

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Jahaanara black sheer silk chiffon jumpsuit, $830, jahaanara.com Jimmy Choo black Koko suede with gold trim platform sandal, $1150, Jimmy Choo, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045 On him: Ted Baker navy Kier suit, $920, Ted Baker, 310-550-7855, John Varvatos charcoal solid slim-fit dress shirt, $225; John Varvatos black Gramercy loafer, $498, John Varvatos, 310-859-2791

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Valentino poudre silk embroidered dress, $4690, Valentino at Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

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Carolina Herrera ivory and black degrade tweed dress, $2990; bolero jacket, $1890, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Ariane tulle hat, $350, Ariane Millinery 323-951-9929 Perrin Paris black Attelage glove bag, $665, Perrin Paris, Beverly Hills, 310-786-9936 Jimmy Choo black Koko suede with gold trim platform sandal, $1150, Jimmy Choo, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045

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J. Mendel muted pink strapless hand-pleated gown, $49,901, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Cartier diamond stud earrings, price upon request, Cartier, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4272 Mint green suede Rene Caovilla platform pump, $895, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 On him: John Varvatos black velvet blazer, $1398; gray slimfit arrow-top pant, $345; black Gramercy loafer, $498, John Varvatos, 310-859-2791 Ted Baker white Zinv archive shirt, $150; black printed Dotbow bowtie, $75, Ted Baker, 310-550-7855

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Christian Dior navy and white cap-sleeve dot peplum jacket, $2900, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Barbara Bui black cotton gabardine short, $500, Barbara Bui, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4452 Diamond stud earrings, price upon request, Cartier, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4272 Ted Baker black Berrie wool hat with ivory ribbon, $90, Ted Baker, 310-550-7855 Perrin Paris black bavolet kid goat with grosgrain ribbon and silk gloves, $645; Perrin Paris black ostrich-embossed velvet Attelage Sac a Main, price upon request, Perrin Paris, Beverly Hills, 310-786-9936

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Photography by Margaret Malandruccolo Styled by Adeel Khan

SPEAK EASY

We catch this untouchable crimefighting trio as they trip downtown on a fashionable bootleg sting

Photography: Margaret Malandruccolo / MMFOTO.com Stylist: Adeel Khan / ArtistsByTimothyPriano.com Next LA Models: Andrew Flower, Krystina Holbrook, Heidi Edwards Photogenics Model: Stephanie Wood Makeup: Bethany Colson using M .A .C Cosmetics / BethanyColson.com Hair: Shelly Willis / FierceFaces.com Manicure: Tracy Clemens using CHANEL / Opus Beauty Hair Assistants: Brandon Jones and Heather Molina / HeatherMolina.com Makeup and Hair Assistant: Giovanna Avila / GiovannaAvila.com Photo Assistants: Lisa Kelley and Christina Colson Location: Harvard and Stone / HarvardAndStone.com Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji

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On Andrew: Ted Baker blazer, black shirt, grey trousers, Ted Baker, LA, 310-550-7855, tedbaker.com Vintage Cartier watch, stylist’s own; Giuseppe Zanotti leather boot, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760 On Krystina: Falguni & Shane dress, FalguniShanePeacock.com Perrin Paris 1893 burgundy velvet kidgoat gloves, $595, Perrin Paris 1893, Beverly Hills, 310-786-9936, Giuseppe Zanotti nude bootie, $895, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760 On Heidi: Azzedine Alaia dress, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Perrin Paris 1893 gloves, $245, Perrin Paris 1893, Beverly Hills, 310-786-9936 Giuseppe Zanotti black leather lace up bootie, $995, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760

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Alexander McQueen houndstooth suit, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Lia Sophia crystal and silver bracelet, liasophia.com

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LUBLU red blouse, $318; LUBLU black chiffon and leather skirt, $598, LUBLU, LA, 310-858-1266 Deepa Gurnani crystal-embellished headband, deepagurnani.com Tiffany & Co. diamond drop earrings, $25,000, Tiffany & Co., Beverly Hills, 310-273-8880, tiffany.com Giuseppe Zanotti black suede gladiator platform heel, $850, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760

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Valentino pink tulle and cotton top, $890, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 Ariane Millinery crystal and white feather hairpiece, Ariane Millinery, LA, 323-951-9929 Tiffany & Co. diamond 5-bar drop earrings, $19,050; Tiffany & Co. aqua and diamond ring, $16,700, Tiffany & Co., Beverly Hills, 310-273-8880, tiffany.com

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On Stephanie: LUBLU grey silk low-V body suit, $278, LUBLU, LA, 310-858-1266 Ariane Millinery white and grey tulle headpiece, Ariane Millinery, LA, 323-951-9929 Valentino red silk pants, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Tiffany & Co. diamond multi-chain necklace, $35,500; Tiffany & Co. diamond art deco pendant necklace, $13,100, Tiffany & Co., Beverly Hills, 310-273-8880, tiffany.com Perrin Paris 1893 black leather ball gloves, $775, Perrin Paris 1893, Beverly Hills, 310-786-9936, PerrinParis.com Giuseppe Zanotti gold wedge, $895, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760 On Andrew: Ted Baker shirt, $225, Ted Baker, LA, 310-550-7855, tedbaker.com Vintage Cartier watch, stylist’s own

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On Krystina: LUBLU nude silk bodysuit, $215, LUBLU, LA, 310-858-1266 Ariane Millinery hat, Ariane Millinery, LA, 323-951-9929 Tiffany & Co. pearl necklace, Tiffany & Co., Beverly Hills, 310-273-8880, tiffany.com Perrin Paris 1893 gloves, $540, Perrin Paris 1893, Beverly Hills, 310-786-9936 Giuseppe Zanotti wedge, $895, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760 On Stephanie: Gilbert A. Chagoury for Chagoury Couture red deep V-neck capsleeved beaded chiffon gown, $13,000, Gilbert A. Chagoury for Chagoury Couture, Beverly Hills, 310-275-3771 Tiffany & Co. diamond and platinum necklace as headpiece, $67,000, Tiffany & Co., Beverly Hills, 310-273-8880, tiffany.com

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On Andrew: Ted Baker shirt, bow-tie, vest, and trousers, Ted Baker, LA, 310-5507855, tedbaker.com Vintage Cartier watch, stylist’s own Giuseppe Zanotti shoe, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760 On Krystina: Barbara Bui white silk cut-out dress; Barbara Bui red suede pump, $645, Barbara Bui, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4452 Ariane Millinery crystal and ribbon headband, Ariane Millinery, LA, 323-951-9929 Deepa Gurnani black and silver crystal headband as garter belt, deepagurnani.com

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Photography by Yoshi Ohara Styled by Angel Terrazas

KNAPP TIME

Just six months ago, actress Alexis Knapp gave birth to Kailani, whose father, it was widely reported, but never confirmed, was ex-boyfriend actor Ryan Phillippe. Here, the Project X actress sets the record straight for the first time. 60 GENLUX SPRING I 2012


Alexis in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. There are over 200 stars immortalized in concrete in front of the theatre. Christian Cota gown, christiancota.com Giuseppe Zanotti shoe, giuseppezanottidesign.com Tiffany Chou cuff; Tiffany Chou bangle, tiffanychou.com Lavish by Tricia Milaneze earrings, triciamilaneze.com

Photography: Yoshi Ohara / marznet.com Stylist: Angel Terrazas / urbansirenagency.com Hair: Charles Baker Strahan, Celebrity Stylist for Herbal Essences / Artists by Timothy Priano Makeup: Bruce Grayson for Olay / Artists by Timothy Priano Eyebrows: Anastasia Soare / anastasia.net Stylist Assistant: Nathalie Frederiksen Photo Assistants: Kazuya Kimura, Johnny Nguyen Location: Hollywood & Highland, and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji

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Alexis Knapp in front of the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood wearing a Nikki Rich gown, nikkirichclothing.com delatori bracelets, $1250 each, delatori.com

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By Stephen Christopher

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wish I were Japanese,” confesses actress Alexis Knapp, as we sit at a corner table of the dimly lit Artichoke’s Heart restaurant—the new hotspot in West Hollywood. Her iPhone chimes and she thumbs away a quick text before politely shutting it off (a die-hard PC girl, she recently defected to enter the Apple world. She has no idea, she’s never going back). She’s sporting a cool pair of G-Star Raw jeans and a cute Valentino bow-sleeve stretch cotton shirt. On her rail-thin wrist is a Michele Deco diamond watch. Alexis’s stunning beauty is the result of her multicultural makeup. On her mom’s side, she’s Cuban, Ecuadorian, and Inca Indian; and on her dad’s, she’s Native American, French, German, and Scottish. Which, of course, all boils down to her wanting to be one thing: Japanese. “I have such a desire to be Japanese. I always have,” she says convincingly. “I have a weird obsession with Japanese culture and with Japanese anime. It began when I was twelve, and watched Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki’s anime film. Miyazaki is the godfather of anime films. I fell in love with his movies. Then I got into Japanese anime like Bleach and Inuyasha.” Alexis grew up in North Carolina, where her mom encouraged her to sing, dance, and to learn the piano, flute, and violin. In her teens, she studied with the American Ballet Theater, which is where, naturally, she first learned Japanese. “Half the student body was Japanese. I befriended them and began learning the language. They’re so reserved and so quiet and polite, so to make them giggle I would ask them how to say really provocative things like...[leans in] penis.” Despite having given birth to her first child only six months ago, Alexis already fits back into her size-2 dresses, and though she’s never publicly confirmed it until now, she shares with Genlux that her baby girl, Kailani, is indeed the daughter of her ex-boyfriend, actor Ryan Phillippe. The two dated for a year. Still, Ryan was there at her side during the birth. “Life’s gotten so much better since Kai came along. I feel like I’ve made my purpose. I created life. It’s

what my biological purpose is. Just waking up to that beautiful face every day makes my day.” For the past year, the admittedly independent Alexis checked herself out of the Hollywood scene to focus on her baby, but the 5’-8” beauty is ready to start dating again. “I’m just now getting to the point where I’m ready to begin a new relationship. I was nowhere near emotionally ready to enter into something new. I needed to be self-fulfilled first. When you try to fill the void with other people, you’ll never be fulfilled. Your own happiness has to come from you.” Part of that fulfillment comes from her passion for acting. The young actress has three films coming out soon, including Project X, the highly anticipated film from producer Todd Phillips, who directed The Hangover. Our server brings out a large grilled octopus tentacle, one of the specialties of the house, and Alexis doesn’t flinch. Not surprising, when you hear that her pets are an albino Columbian Suriname Red-tailed Boa snake, and a red Italian leather translucent bearded dragon. She takes a bite of the octopus and shouts, “This is delicious, holy moly!” Naturally, Alexis’s favorite restaurants are all Japanese. “I’m obsessed with Udon noodles. I love sushi. I love smelt egg. The only thing I won’t eat is Uni. It tastes like brains dropped in dirt.” She loves Matsuhisa on La Cienega, but her best-kept secrets are both hidden in little Hollywood malls. Kura Sushi is at Crescent Heights and Sunset, and the other is Shintaro at Franklin and Highland. “Shintaro always plays great old Japanese films and the sushi guy there is the best in the city.” Believe it or not, if she weren’t an actress, Alexis would have wanted to be an astronaut, and hopes that Kailani will gravitate toward the sciences. “I want my daughter to be an astrobiologist. It’s like my mom, who put me on the path to the arts. And it worked.” Good job, mom! So how does Alexis feel about being on our cover? “It’s the best! I was so excited to hear I’d be shooting for Genlux. But next time, can we please shoot in Japan?”

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Izmaylova dress, $2260, izmaylova.co.uk Ryan Haber shoe, $540, ryanhabercollection.com Evelyn H. large nebula ring, $11,500; Evelyn H. small nebula rings, $9000 each, evelynh.com

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Kathy Hilton dress, kathyhilton.com MariaFrancescaPepe cuff, mfpepe.com Tricia Milaneze Lavish bracelet, triciamilaneze.com

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Christian Cota gown, christiancota.com Andrew Kayla shoe, andrewkayla.com

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Kathy Hilton dress, kathyhilton.com MariaFrancescaPepe cuff, mfpepe.com Tricia Milaneze Lavish bracelet, triciamilaneze.com

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Photography by Jeff Berlin Styled by Christian Classen

Director’s Cut

Photographer Jeff Berlin finds The Hunger Games actors Leven Rambin and Wes Bentley the perfect subjects for our behind-the-scenes fashion story.

Photography: Jeff Berlin / BerlinCreative.com Stylist: Christian Classen / ChristianClassen.com Art Direction + Production + Talent Bookings: Gabriel@gabrielreyinc.com Prop and Set Design: Mark Helf, Brian O’Dowd / The Rex Agency Makeup: Donald Simrock / Margaret Maldonado Agency Hair: Ramsell Martinez using Oribe / The Rex Agency Manicure: Beth Fricke using O.P.I. / Artists by Timothy Priano Male Model: Ben Bowers / Vision, Los Angeles Stylist’s Assistants: Dagmarette Yen, Adrien Rabago Photo Assistants: Rick Sharf, Kwesi James, Kelsey Dykes Post Production: Courtesy of Digital Fusion / Kathryn Brambila, Senior Artist / digitalfusion.net/post Fashion Intern: Anthony Venegas Location: Smashbox Studios, Culver City Special thanks to: Rick Ferrari / Photogenics Media; Craig Kraynick / 4cforesee.com, and to Allen / Omega Cinema Props, LA Creative Director: Stephen Kamifuji

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Valentino gown, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 Harry Winston diamond bands, stylist’s own; Rene Caovilla evening pump, $1495, Bergdorf Goodman.com On Wes: Gucci merlot heritage tricotine jacket, $2100; Gucci riding pant, $740, Gucci, Beverly Hills, 310-278-3451 Lanvin shirt, $455, Lanvin, Beverly Hills, 310-402-0580

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On Leven: Marchesa princess layered tulle corseted chocolate gown with Swarovski and sequin embellishments, $7998, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Armature chunky barb necklace, $725, churchboutique.com On Wes: Ermenegildo Zegna brown linen and cotton suit, $2790; Ermenegildo Zegna houndstooth pink and grey silk tie, $225, Ermenegildo Zegna, Beverly Hills, 310-247-8827 Marc Jacobs shirt, $380, Marc Jacobs Men, LA, 323-866-8255 In background: Cosmo cutom spiked shoulder pads, Flasher, LA, 323655-3375 donatostyle.com multicolored fascinator, Flasher, LA, 323-655-3375

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By Stephen Christopher

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ctress Leven Rambin nestles into one of the cushy chairs at the Café Luxe that perch right on Rodeo Drive and orders an iced tea with no ice. She’s wearing some Van shorts, a pair of high-top Chuck Taylors, and something she slept in the night before—for which I thank her for dressing up for our interview. On her right leg, she’s sporting one gnarly gash. “I was surfing and slipped on these rocks and cut my leg up. Yeah,” she says again, surveying the damage. “It’s pretty bad.” Her new real life as a surfer girl began only six months ago when the naturally blonde former Texan was working on the film Mavericks. The movie stars Gerard Butler, and the monstrous sixty-foot waves that swallow surfers in Santa Cruz. “You have to be a bit of a psychopath to ride these,” Leven warns. “If you fall, it’s literally like falling off a building onto concrete, and then you drown.” The producers hired legendary California surfer Ashley Lloyd to school Leven, and even though filming ended, Leven’s love for the sport didn’t. “Next week, I leave for El Salvador on a surf trip and to build a high school there. It’s a getaway for a charity called Surf for Life.” Leven’s next ride may be an even wilder one. The 23-year-old, who, between age 14 and 18, cut her teeth playing an autistic child on All My Children, is about to embark on one of those Harry Potter–type blockbuster teens-in-a-crazed-frenzy trilogies playing the role of Glimmer in the much-anticipated movie T he Hunger Games. To the premiere on March 23, she plans to wear something really chic. “Like the beautiful Valentino gown from our shoot! I think it was hand-sewn silver over chiffon. I love it!” This leads to Leven sharing her most embarrassing red-carpet moment. “I was

sixteen and living in New York. I wore this misguided yellow silk halter-top with tuxedo pants. I thought it was super-chic and super-sexy and sleek, but it was so not cute. So I’m on the red carpet and I owned it and I worked it, and now I still can’t live it down. It was not my personality, and it came off a little slutty. And, oh yeah, I got a lashing from my agent, the fashion press, and my mother.” What her mom is happy about is that Leven survived that auto crash about a year ago. “I got T-boned, flipped twice, and landed upside down in my first car, a Nissan Rogue. The other guy was speeding in a Honda and I was crossing the intersection. He hit me with enough force to flip me twice. I remember screaming in my mind, ‘Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!’ I was thinking I’m dead. My heart was racing, my mind was screaming, but I felt this peace in my soul. I felt like I was going to die, but oddly, I was okay with it. I fell out of my driver’s seat and landed in the passenger seat upside down, pinned by two airbags. I opened the door upside down and got out of the car. I was wearing a dress and heels and was glistening from the broken glass, but had no broken bones. I felt God’s hands were protecting me—like I was being held. I felt safe.” Leven’s voice thins. “It was pathetic that it took a near tragedy for me to wake up to God’s involvement in my life. God was present in the whole thing, and I’m superconnected to Him.” Given the opportunity to be anyone, Leven lets her committee decide. “I’d be Wonder Woman. My friends always send me photos of Wonder Woman. They say, ‘This is you, this is you!’” And after seeing the photo of that car she walked away from, who could argue?

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On Wes: Ermenegildo Zegna linen silk suit, $2895; Ermenegildo Zegna white shirt, $475, Ermenegildo Zegna, Beverly Hills, 310-247-8827 Tom Ford satin night loafer, $1175, Tom Ford, Beverly Hills, 310-270-9440 Valentino tulle gown embroidered with silver pailletes, $7985, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 Alkemie lace cuff, $245, churchboutique.com Lanvin patent leather pump with metal heel, $945, Lanvin, Beverly Hills, 310-402-0580

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On model: Rick Owens vest, $385, Maxfield, LA, 310-274-8800 Skingraft leggings, churchboutique.com J75 boot; Spiked Donato Crowley leather half-mask, Flasher, LA, 323-655-3375 Glen Alen gun necklace, $79; Glen Alen lucky horn, $89, ilivhardwear.com


On Leven: CHANEL crème silk evening gown with floral hand-built appliquÊs and organza slip, $62,890, CHANEL, Beverly Hills, 310-278-5500 Van Cleef and Arpels 11.4 carat pink sapphire ring from 1964, Van Cleef & Arpels, Beverly Hills, 310-276-1161 Giorgio Armani black suede sandal, Giorgio Armani, Beverly Hills, 310-271-5555 On Wes: Gucci shirt with contrast collar, $700, Gucci, Beverly Hills, 310-278-3451 Burberry Prorsum trousers, $995, Burberry, Beverly Hills, 310-550-4500 Gas Mask, Donato Crowley, donatocrowley.com

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Givenchy vintage robe, stylist’s own Sally LaPointe long metallic dress, churchboutique.com Valentino elephant drop earrings, $495, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 On Wes: Dior Homme jacket with narrow selvedge lapel with straight hem, $3200; Dior Homme cropped pant with double-flap rear pocket, $900; Dior Homme mandarin collar shirt, $560, Dior Homme, Beverly Hills, 310-247-8003 Armature Roman wreath cuff, $575, churchboutique.com

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Bottega Veneta chiffon evening gown, $15,450, Bottega Veneta, Beverly Hills, 310-858-6533 Armature wild turkey claw cuff, $1050, churchboutique.com On Wes: Lanvin black tuxedo shirt, $565; Lanvin wide-band slim-fit trousers, $2100; Lanvin Alber brocade bow tie, $310, Lanvin, Beverly Hills, 310-402-0580 Rick Owens flat waxed evening boot, $1400, Maxfield, LA, 310-274-8800

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Photography by Erik Almås Styled by George Blodwell

Photography: ErikAlmas.com Stylist: George Blodwell / georgeblodwell.com Makeup Artist: Joanna Schlip / CloutierRemix.com Hair: Jill Crosby / CloutierRemix.com Manicure: Barbara Warner / CelestineAgency.com Hair Stylist’s Assistant: Giovanna Avila Digital Tech/1st Assistant: Justin Bowen Photo Assistants: Drew Schwartz, Jason Cook Location: Smashbox Studios, Culver City Furniture props: Interior Illusions Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji

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Maggie in Cattelan Sylvester chaise, $5050, Interior Illusions, 323-656-8448, interiorillusionshome.com Reem Acra dress, $11,000, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Avakian Victory diamond and yellow sapphire bracelet, $37,500; Avakian ruby ring, $30,000; Avakian rose gold ruby heart earrings, $69,000, Avakian, Beverly Hills, 310-288-2100

SAVING GRACE Despite her bona fide Hollywood glam appearance, in real life, Maggie Grace is just a down-toearth green girl who loves her geeky purple bike helmet. SPRING I 2012 GENLUX 77


Roberto de Villacis handmade dress, $5500, devillacis.com Avakian Riviera south sea pearl earrings, $25,500, Avakian, Beverly Hills, 310-288-2100

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n a grey and chilly morning, our Genlux glam team is busy at work on actress Maggie Grace. She’s the tall, exquisite actress with the milliondollar legs, best known for playing Shannon Rutherford on the hit television series Lost, for which she and the other members of the ensemble cast each sport a Screen Actors Guild award on their mantels. Maggie hits the set, looking the archetype of Hollywood glam in her new dark tresses, gracefully playing up to Erik’s camera. She has done this before, and is completely at ease. Over the next few hours, hundreds of beautiful images pop up on the Apple monitor, soon to be edited down and polished up to a perfected few. When the day is over, Maggie and I duck into the Smashbox Studios lounge where she tells me in a soft, humble voice, “I was always lost in books and very active in the Drama Club”. She goes on to explain “Growing up in Ohio, I longed to travel but I come from a middle-class Midwestern family and I never thought my life would be like this, I mean I am pinching myself !” And this girl has every reason to feel grateful and excited about her life. Maggie has four films coming out this year alone, including the highly anticipated scifi thriller Lock-Out with Guy Pearce launching on April 20th. She also repeats her role as Irina in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Maggie’s glammed-up look for today’s shoot contrasts her everyday casual, green-girl lifestyle. “I just wish things weren’t so appearance-driven here. I’m usually dressed in khakis and flip-flops, with no makeup at all. Instead of driving, I ride my bike everywhere. I have a basket on the handlebars, and do my grocery shopping this way too. I have a geeky purple bicycle helmet that my friends all make fun of, and neon Velcro straps

By Lisa Wayne

to hold my pant legs in. I choose to live by the beach where it’s more laid back.” Maggie positively lights up when sharing her formula for staying grounded in a city where it’s easy for movie stars to lose their heads in the clouds. “I have one wonderful group of girlfriends that I spend a lot of time with. We all met while we were shooting together in Hawaii in 2004, and we’ve remained very close. We make big brunches and hike and just hang out. I am so proud of all of them; they’re all pretty successful in the industry— really kick-ass women! They’re my support group.” Likewise, despite her constant travels, she values her family time. “I recently shot a film in Istanbul and met up with my family there for Thanksgiving. We are very close and try to spend all of the holidays together. The year before, I was filming in Rome and we all spent Christmas together there. Speaking of my family, my dad just biked all the way across the country by himself ! And my brother is buying a sailboat and is going to be living abroad—he wants to sail around the world.” When it comes to giving back, Maggie waxes passionate about helping our planet and about Global Green USA, the group dear to her heart. “It’s about baby steps. If everyone would make the smallest change to their daily routine, we would see such a difference. It’s cumulative and it all helps.” Then she gives us all some directives: “For instance, use canvas bags instead of plastic, canteens instead of water bottles, and air-dry your clothes whenever possible. The dryer uses more electricity than any other appliance! And learn to cook a few meatless meals. That can all go a long way toward helping the planet.”

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Avakian Unique collection southsea pearl, earrings with green diamonds, $33,500, Avakian, Beverly Hills, 310-288-2100

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Opposite: Yigal Azrouel white dress, $795, Arcade, West Hollywood, 323-944-0018 Avakian pink sapphire Links bracelet, $32,500; Avakian amethyst and diamond ring, $280,000, Avakian, Beverly Hills, 310-288-2100 Cezua Peruvian opal earrings, $4100, Cezua, Beverly Hills, 310-663-3767

Maggie in Dome chair, $9870, Interior Illusions, 323-656-8448, interiorillusionshome.com Rita M Issa dress, $8750, 310-733-8337 Cesare Paciotti shoe, $895, Cesare Paciotti, Beverly Hills, 310-273-3220 Avakian pink bracelet, $32,500, Avakian, Beverly Hills, 310-288-2100

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M AGA Z I N E

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AMANDA ELIASCH

Balmain long dress, $17,800; Balmain jacket, $5900, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Photo: Daffyd Jones

Nicholas Kirkwood shoe, from a selection, Maxfield, LA, 310 274 8800

Photo: Alan Davidson

Genlux Fashion Editor’s Picks

In Los Angeles, where it feels like summer all year round, I feel as if I’m on top of the world. Last week, at the BAFTAs tea party, I was told by someone that I resembled Marilyn Monroe, while another asked for my views on winning a Golden Globe. How wonderful is that? I am, however, changing into a new woman by adding champagne and white to my predominately black wardrobe. I feel lighter already. Balmain SS 2012 golden embr oidered jacket , $22,600; wh ite shirt, $2300, black shorts , $3900, blac k belt with go lden buckle, $140 0, Maxfield, LA , 310-274-8800

Balmain SS2012 light blue sweater, $700; black and white embossed skirt, $88,350, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400

Antonio Berardi silk chiffon dress with leather embroidery, $8200, BergdorfGoodman.com

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Alexander McQueen black and ivory embroidered punk shell skull box clutch, $3275, Forty Five Ten, Dallas, TX, 214-559-4510

Marchesa FW11


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EDITOR AT LARGE—GEORGE BLODWELL 2012 Lincoln MKX, starting at $40,290 MSRP, lincoln.com

As this new year gets us ready for spring, I wanted to say to all our readers that I wish you a wonderful year, full of enjoyment. Be good to yourself and celebrate your days, thankful that you’re kicking and breathing. As always, trends come and go, but luxury and style? Well, you either have it or you don’t. It’s not so difficult, even on a budget, to enjoy luxury. To me, luxury is also a state of mind. Go pick up something classic and luxurious. Great fabrics and workmanship will last and last and will also enhance your image. Treat yourself ! My first tip of this year is Arc jeans by G-Star Raw—I even got myself a pair. They have a great cut and look about them. For me to actually be enthusiastic about a pair of jeans is surprising, so consider checking out G-Star Raw. The brand recently opened a store on Rodeo Drive. I have to smile to myself when I review the spring offerings. There’s a strong presence of light colors and lots of

white, beige, and light grey. I find it ironic that the fashion capitals New York, Paris, Milan, and London are relatively grimy, so wearing white is perilous and costly. But for us in California, we can easily pull of this saintly look. After all, this is car-land, so we can step out in our white and not have to be too concerned. Add a dash of color with a little polka-dot pocket square or great summer scarf. You’ll look marvelous. Talking about luxury, white, and cars, I am compelled to tell you about the new Lincoln crossover vehicle, the MKX. Wow! Luxurious, elegant, good mileage, and powerful. The hi-tech gadgetry was so easy to grasp and made every trip a joy. I drove one around town for a couple of weeks, and was left with the desire to get my own asap. I loved this ride. I loved the look, felt safe, comfortable, and—may I say it—elegant and luxurious. Enjoy it all! Love, George

Etro knit ties, $190 each, Etro, Beverly Hills, 310-248-2855 Burberry Prorsum wool and Raffia Collar Overcoat, $2695, Burberry, Beverly Hills, 310550-4500

Etro leather and canvas shoe, $810, Etro, Beverly Hills, 310-248-2855

G-Star Raw Arc tapered jeans, $230, G-Star Raw, LA, 323658-6028

Dior Homme SS201 2

Louis Vuitton Nomade Keepall, $5400, Louis Vuitton at the Beverly Center, 310-360-1506, louisvuitton.com

Cesare Paciotti patent leather shoe, $575, Cesare Paciotti, Beverly Hills, 310-273-3220

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Etro floral scarf with tassels, $370, Etro, Beverly Hills, 310248-2855

John Varvatos SS2012

Etro SS2012


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STYLE+FASHION DIRECTOR—CHRISELLE LIM

IT’S TIME TO TRANSITION FROM ALL THE DEEP, RICH COLORS AND DILUTE THEM INTO WARM PASTELS. WHETHER IT’S A BUTTERY CRÈME YELLOW FROM VALENTINO, OR A WARM CITRUS FROM CHANEL, THESE SOFT, DELICATE HUES ARE POPPING UP NOT ONLY ON CLOTHING, BUT ALSO ON ACCESSORIES AND SHOES.

Smythson Marshall travel wallet magenta collection, $405, smythson.com

Reed Krakoff boxer in natural and Saturn leather, $990, 877733-3525, reedkrakoff.com Illesteva Dasha for Illesteva glasses, $295, Opening Ceremony, LA, 310652-1120; illesteva.com

3.1 Phillip Lim SS2012

Jimmy Choo Rika coffee cuff, $165, jimmychoo.com

Reed Krakoff architect wedge, $795, 877-733-3525, reedkrakoff.com

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashil satchel, $875, 31philliplim.com Prada Re sort 2012

Valentino SS2012

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CHANEL SS2012

What better way to say “I love you” than with a Cartier Love bracelet? This bracelet is stunning to wear on its own but is also a perfect piece to layer other jewelry along with it! Cartier Love bracelet in 18K rose gold, white gold, diamonds, $31,700, Cartier boutiques nationwide, 1-800-CARTIER, cartier.com


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BEAUTY EDITOR’S PICKS—CAMILLE CLARK SKIN TIGHT Enhances natural muscle tone and gives skin the most flattering, subtle glow. And it’s free of parabens, propylene glycol and synthetic fragrances or dyes. Prtty Peaushun skintight body lotion comes in five shades, $36, prttypeaushun.com

BEAUTY EDITOR’S FAVE! FLIRT-WORTHY A safe and effective formula for achieving visible eyelash augmentation. “I’ve been using this for about four weeks, and have longer and fuller lashes for sure!” Apply solution to the base of lashes once a day at bedtime. ELASTIlash by Obagi Medical, $60, obagi.com

Bellacures Nails Down New OC Location The super-stylish nail salon opens with a splash in Newport Beach. Since opening its doors in 2006, Bellacures has gone from a single Beverly Hills salon to five locations in LA’s trendiest areas. Attracting an ever-growing loyal client base, they have taken their buzz to the OC, with a sixth installation in Newport Beach on Balboa Island. There are no signs of slowing down in 2012, with a Laguna Beach locale slated for February. Bellacures, 301 Marine Ave, Suite B, Newport Beach, 949-226-7496, bellacures.com

NEW FROM NARS Nars introduces a brand-new tinted moisturizer. A complexion-perfecting fluid with anti-aging and skin-brightening benefits.“Like your natural skin, but brighter, fresher and healthier than ever before.” —Francois Nars Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30/PA +++, $42, nordstrom.com; narscosmetics.com

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PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream, 60ml, $135, Queen Bee Salon & Spa, 310-570-2282

SPA NIGHT A 100% natural balm for face and neck that takes advantage of the changes in the skin’s nighttime biological rhythms.“This smells so beautiful and feels so relaxing before bed.” Decleor Aroma Night Neroli Essential Night Balm, $69, nordstrom.com

Skincare for those on the go! An elegant gunmetal clutch, the It Kit holds a supply of five essential products: cleanser, exfoliator, serum, eye crème, and everyday crème. By Vbeauté for access on the go. Vbeauté It Kit, $165, Nordstrom, nordstrom.com

Vita C Serum, 30ml, $90, Queen Bee Salon & Spa, 310-570-2282

GIVE YOUR FACE A LIFT The Epic Enzyme Signature Facial at the Queen Bee Salon and Spa is a must. “I always assess the skin first and we always err on the side of safety. I always suggest choosing a “custom facial” first; that way, we can customize the facial to their needs.” explains founder Jodi Shays. The Sanitas products she used are biogenic and preservative-free, and left my skin feeling plump and hydrated. Epic Enzyme Signature Facial, $135, Queen Bee Salon & Spa, 2350-A San Vicente Blvd., 310-570-2282


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SPLASH OF RED The bag Katie Holmes has draped over her shoulder lately is the red leather tote by Clare Vivier. It can hold everything from your iPad to a cute clutch (just in case you need to move into evening). $363, seevivier.com

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STAR POWER These Dana Rebecca diamonds and agate earrings will light up any red carpet. The star earrings set in 14K white gold, $8360, Broken English, Santa Monica, 310-458-2724

n a city where it’s all about being connected, the most coveted items can make your eyelashes curl and give your lips that perfect pout. But there’s also a treasure trove of other fun things for spring!

MAKE ME UP! These days every starlet is loving the Back to Basic Palette by Edward Bess. It comes complete with neutral shades of cheek and lip stain, an eye shadow quad, and more! $75, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

CANDLES FOR A CAUSE Be The Light New York products will bring light to your life and to the lives of children around the world. Your purchase will help to rebuild schools in areas damaged by natural disasters through a 10% donation of the purchase price going to HappyHeartsFund.org. Be The Light 22oz. candle, $98, BeTheLightNewYork.com

LASH OUT Want to have some flirty big-screen lashes? Many of us are obsessed with this eyeliner that also makes your lashes grow quickly. LashX Pro/ Line from Makeup Mandy, $140, Makeup Mandy, LA, 310-858-1970 SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

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SPARKLE AND SHINE Here are two pieces of jewelry by Iosselliani that pack a punch without a serious Hollywood price tag. The ring, made of 18K gold-plated silver and cubic zirconia, retails for $195. These earrings are grabbing a great deal of Hollywood attention. Made of oxidized gunmetal, 18K gold finishing, and imperial dyed Jasper stone, they also retail for $195. Barney’s Co-Op, LA, 323-761-5255 TONE UP The beauty buzz is about placentabased products and the EMK Wrinkle Relaxing toner is the latest. Followers of EMK include everyone from Madonna to Simon Cowell. $44, emkplacental.com

SPIN CYCLE Founders Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler have now brought their revolutionary New York workout sensation, SoulCycle, out west. Not just spinning, but a full-body exercise set to fun, inspiring music in a beautiful atmosphere. The 45-minute class tones the entire body and has become the workout of choice for many fit New Yorkers including Kelly Ripa, Chelsea Clinton, Charlize Theron, Kanye West, Katie Holmes, Jessica Alba, Alec Baldwin, and more. SoulCycle, 8570 Sunset Blvd, 310-657-7685 BOTOX SUBSTITUTE Looking for an alternative to the needle? We caught this product on Dr. Oz and had to try it. It works. Personal Microderm System (PMD) is a hand-held home tool which helps improve the appearance of imperfections on the skin. Conveniently, it’s available online. $179, trypmd.com

SO RADICAL Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads by Radical Skin care really work to exfoliate, smooth and soothe your skin, leaving it looking youthful. $65, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310276-4400


GO FOR THE GOLD Make waves with golden curves. Shimmering metal with interesting forms polishes off these lavish offerings for your home. As SHERRYL WHITE finds, now is the perfect time to invest in gold. 1) Milukan chair by Christian Astuguevielle: This French designer weaves his otherworldly artistic expression in a variety of milieux. Astuguevielle is the mastermind who constructs the notes in Comme des Garçons fragrances; he has created for Hermès, Nina Ricci and other venerable design houses. He has become known for adapting rope and sculpting it into sinuous structures that elevate the material to collectible status. This flowing chair wound together with metallic gold cord seems to move as if it were balancing along a wave—effortlessly following the bends of the deep sea. 2) Roland carafe and tumbler by Theresienthal: Inventive designer Christian Haas re-interprets a 100-year-old classic. His update of the luxurious carafe and tumbler includes gold encrustations, vertically mirrored engravings, and sublime images of animal life. Whatever your poison, this set offers a thoroughly modern way to toast to the future. 3) Eric Schmitt Hill Vase: Bronze has been artfully molded around handblown Bohemian glass to create a vase worthy of showing off nature’s bounty. Effortless beauty this elegant is worth its weight in gold. 4) Mnemos Pillbox: This container receives its moniker in honor of the Greek Goddess of remembrance. Recalling the era of snuff boxes, which were popular among the upper classes in the 18th century, American architects Asymptote introduce a new audience to the decorative box.

5) Lustre Astrolab hanging light by Hervé Van Der Straeten: Lyrical coils form loops of masterfully manipulated hand-wrought bronze on this chandelier. The dramatic interlocking links and rock crystals dangling from its edge are reminiscent of a necklace, which is befitting the designer’s pedigree. Van Der Straeten began his career producing jewelry for the likes of Yves Saint Laurent and Jean Paul Gaultier. This intriguing light is a fashionable accessory for the home. 6) Eric Schmitt coffee table: The fluid silhouette of this table evokes images of a bygone era in furniture making. The generosity and elegance of its curves bring to mind Old Hollywood, and echo a time when metals were shaped by hand rather than machines. Composed of two tables nested together and fashioned from bronze both blackened and finished in a gold patina, this table magnificently brings together the past and the present. 7) Rio Crocodillo by Flavor Paper: Flavor Paper prides itself on delivering the tastiest wallpaper in all the land. Inside the walls of their “Flavor Lab,” custom colors are concocted, and spirited patterns are screened and etched. Their bespoke offerings include this vivacious metallic print, which is sure to add an exotic flair to any wall.

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Roland Remix Carafe and 4 Tumblers by Christian Haas for THERESIENTHAL, limited edition of 10, theresienthal.de Photo Credit: Jan Schmiedel

Lustre Astrolab hanging light by Hervé Van Der Straeten, $40,800, Ralph Pucci International, West Hollywood, 310-360-9707, ralphpucci.net

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ARE YOU LOVE CRAZY? BY ALMIE ROSE

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hen do you finally reach that point in a relationship where you’re no longer afraid that your boyfriend/girlfriend is suddenly going to break up with you? Or is that just me? I’m in the most stable relationship I’ve ever been in, but every once in a while I’ll seize with panic and think,“Today is the day. He is definitely going to break up with me.” It’s never based on logic or reason, it’s just my raging insecurity bubbling to the surface.

It’s kind of like the fear some people have about earthquakes in Los Angeles. They’ll predict them for reasons like, “My corgi has been acting strange.” People say that relationships are based on trust, and that communication is the best foundation, but sometimes I wonder if maybe there’s a fault in that. Is there such a thing as too much trust? Too much communication? Should you really tell your partner everything? I’m not talking about lying, I’m talking about those times when you’re freaking out over something trivial like a mean comment someone left you at work, and you’re blowing it out of proportion, and you know you’re being a crazy person. Is that something you really need to subject your partner to? I think you have to choose carefully what you want to share, and here’s why: women are burdened with the ‘crazy’ label that men don’t seem to be saddled with. When we’re emotional we’re called ‘crazy’ without hesitation. And ironically, worrying about being called crazy is what makes us crazy. And this is a hard cycle to break. Because the more worried you are that you’re crazy, the crazier you get, and the more certain you are that your boyfriend/girlfriend is going to look at you and realize, “My God, I’m dating a crazy person and this has to end right now.” But you can’t tell them that, because that is the ultimate confirmation of craziness. So. Is there a point where you reach real comfort and secu-

rity, where you know you’re both in it to win it and neither one of you is going to turn crazy or shut down? Time doesn’t ensure anything; couples together for decades break up seemingly out of nowhere. How do you know it won’t happen to you? But enough with bumming you out. I feel stability in my relationship because I do have those moments where I let stress take over, and I cry, and yet he didn’t run away. We have inside jokes that are meaningful to us and occasionally annoy our friends. There is a sense of unity there, and most of the time, it assures me that no matter what breakdowns I have, he’ll be there. In that moment I feel like we are truly a couple. And I try not to let everything out—not so much for him, but for my own sanity. Because when we focus on the negative, all we do is produce more negativity. So maybe that’s when you feel strong in your relationship—by focusing on the positive and letting go of the negative. You open up to each other without freaking out. And most of all, you relax. What you fear, you create. Just have fun. Remember fun? Fun is awesome! Fun keeps crazy at bay. And it’s okay to have your crazy moments. To quote Norman Bates, “We all go a little mad sometimes.” Maybe quoting the lead character from Psycho isn’t the best example, but you gotta see his point. Just make sure you keep the crazy under control, stay secure, and keep the murdering people in the shower to a minimum. That’s just not a nice thing to do.

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WHY HE CAN’T COMMIT BY KAM HESKIN

ids believe in the tooth fairy, women believe in chocolate, and men believe in underwear models. It’s this belief that causes many a man to fear being locked down—because an elusive underwear model might show up and want to have sex with him. In his mind, he’s fairly certain this is going to happen. God forbid he’s unprepared by being in a relationship. Committing might mean he’d miss something else out there, a.k.a. the Bigger Better Deal or Younger Hotter Deal (whatever). Of course, not all men are like this. Some have great character, but it’s more fun to talk about the ones who don’t. From a young age men are taught to appreciate women. We see this in their Playboy subscriptions and their worship of high-school cheerleaders. The scantily clad nymph has always been an alluring figure to the male libido, whereas scantily clad dancing males don’t seem to have the same effect on women. According to scientists, we know that men are more visual creatures and women get turned on by romantic literature. But somewhere the line is crossed into making men hesitant to commit. It’s the fear of missing out on the unknown female, or as I like to call her, the elusive underwear model. So is this underwear model really the answer to their dreams or an answer to their hormones? Yes, biology dictates breeding with the best option. This may occasionally qualify as a Laker Girl, but perhaps Mother Nature intended more for the human union than just sex. Maybe, say, an intelligent, caring mother to her children or an understanding, supporting partner. Human offspring gestate for close to 18 years, and guess what: they need someone to be there for them. It appears there are more qualifications to a partnership than being young or hot. There are many considerations a man must make between committing to a real woman and being free for the elusive underwear model. For example, with a real woman, he has to attend to her still being there in the morning. She might want breakfast, even though she’d cook it for both of them.

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Underwear models don’t eat breakfast; they merely roll off to a day of castings for horny photographers. In a real relationship, he has cumbersome responsibilities, accountabilities, birth control…you know, all those scary words that hold a man down. A real woman travels to IKEA with him and helps him pick out inexpensive furniture. The underwear model just needs a bear rug and a fireplace, which is the cheapest option but gives you little to sit on for dinner parties. A guy sometimes has to visit with a real woman’s parents. But the elusive underwear model doesn’t have parents—she comes to Earth by way of wings attached to her push-up bra, so he never has to make idle conversation with his in-laws about the weather. And, when he is sick, the real woman will make him soup. The underwear model lies around in her lingerie (which, by the way, does nothing for a sore throat). A friend asked me, “Why would a man settle down when there are so many beautiful women in the world?” Well, why would a woman settle down when there are so many men willing and able to have sex with her? Doesn’t a woman have an easier time picking up a man in a bar than a man does picking up a woman? Perhaps, but our female instincts dictate otherwise. Maybe in the end, we all want to find that ideal partner, teammate, and lover. We are still two halves of a whole, and that remains Mother Nature’s grand design.

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WINE GUY

GENLUXSHOP New World Order: Australian vintners have found New World finesse with Old World grapes.

G’Day, USA: Our Genlux wine expert JEFF LIPSMAN gives the thumbs-up to some great wines from down under.

Occam’s Razor: An astoundingly good Shiraz, drinking exceptionally well right now. Try with grilled lamb or a sizzling steak.

Australian wines are experiencing a bit of a renaissance. I recently had the opportunity to taste through 80 Aussie wines from over 20 growing regions. Two things stood out, and both are positive for the consumer.

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irst, the wine regions of Australia are producing wines that better reflect the individual characteristics of their locale —what the French call terroir. The French have spent centuries observing that certain grapes work better in some soils and micro-climates than others. The Australian locales are now producing some really terrific wines from grapes better suited to their own microclimates, and they go well beyond the old tyranny of Shiraz and Chardonnay. Second, these districts are producing wines with finesse, grace and style. The big, boisterous and highly alcoholic wines that put Australia on every oenophile’s map are still available, but the new offerings include some adroitly crafted bottlings that show delicacy and balance in classic styles with lower alcohol. This is a big win for consumers, and the prices are budget-friendly too. Listed here are some of the best new tipples from down under.

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MY FAVORITE AUSSIE WHITES Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2009, South Australia, $12.99. A delicious light Riesling showing good delineation of flavors and spice with only 11% alcohol, a great wine to enjoy with spicy food like Chinese take-out. Mesh Riesling 2008 Eden Valley, $24.99. A Riesling built in the classic style showing citrus, lemon zest, lime, and a bit of classic petrol that the Europeans now refer to as “minerality,” 13% alcohol. St. Hallett Eden Valley Riesling 2010 Eden Valley, $15.99. Another terrific Riesling showing prominent minerality, with a fresh bite backed by citrus, all in a light-bodied warm-weather quaffer. Brokenwood Semillon 2010 Hunter Valley, $18.99. A sharp, clean wine with pure, delineated flavors of citrus and grapefruit, all in a mouthwatering blend just begging to be served with fresh oysters on the half shell—my favorite white wine of the evening.

Summer Sippers: These Aussie whites are perfect for light meals, warm days, and gentle breezes.

MY FAVORITE AUSSIE REDS Wakefield Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Claire Valley, $16.99. Lots of fruit here with tart black cherries, strawberries and blackberries, all backed by good acidity, giving it backbone while keeping it fresh. Chapel Hill Bush Vine Grenache 2010, McLaren Vale, $27. Old-school Rhone varietal with 15% alcohol, laden with boysenberry jam, pepper, and the scent of tar in a silky smooth, full-bodied fruit bomb. Jasper Hill Occam’s Razor Shiraz 2006, Heathcote, $38. Absolutely classic Shiraz denoted by white pepper, raw meat, asphalt, and saddle leather with a long-lasting flavor. A big wine and a terrific effort—my favorite of the evening. Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz 2002, Grampians, $44. Another classic Shiraz showing spicy white pepper, tar, and plums, all balanced by good acidity—a mouthwatering Shiraz from biodynamic farming practices.


Samia Arslane jets over to the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London for a round of shopping, soothing spa treatments, and spot of high tea, or...could you make that a Champagne, please?

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n my first trip to London, I remember being overwhelmed with excitement. I was 14, and visiting with my school from our hometown of Metz in northeast France. Since then, I’ve visited the British capital at least a hundred times, and each time I feel the same exhilaration and love as that first experience. My dear cousins Sofia and Soraya live there, so I have every reason to visit. Like me, Sofia works in the fashion industry— she’s a personal shopper for high-profile clients at Louis Vuitton. Last month, I had the privilege of staying at one of London’s most distinguished hotels—the sumptuous Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Cocooned in the middle of Knightsbridge and surrounded by the most luxurious designer boutiques, the hotel has a highly fashionable address. The humongous façade is intimidating at first, but the friendly doormen with their gracious, welcoming smiles, make you feel so comfortable. Sofia’s workplace was literally only two blocks away, so she stayed with me. We shared a gorgeous and spacious suite with two large windows on each side of the cozy bed that let the light come right through every morning. We had a fascinating view of beautiful buildings, rooftops, and the London Eye, the giant observation wheel. Right across the street was one of my favorite department stores, Harvey Nichols. Let’s just say I visited that gorgeous establishment one too many times (my credit cards could barely handle the shopping spree). At the crack of dawn, breakfast was served downstairs at one of the wonderful restaurants. Every day I enjoyed a different smoothie made with the freshest ingredients. My favorite had coconut. One morning I was lucky enough to observe the horse guards’ parade. I was mesmerized! In the afternoon we strolled the streets of Knightsbridge, just walking distance from Harrods. Surprisingly, it was the food court that we enjoyed the most. It’s extremely clean, and the amount

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of food from every corner of the world is insane. Whatever you desire to eat, you will find it! One afternoon, after a long day of shopping, our feet in pain, we went back to our hotel, handed our shopping bags to the helpful doormen, and proceeded to the restaurant for high tea. Those plans were quickly dashed and we opted to visit the stylish bar instead. A glass of Champagne seemed a better choice. Of course, the day would not end right without a massage at the world’s leading spa. I recommend arriving a half hour before your treatment so you can enjoy the wonderful Heat & Water Oasis. On our last evening, we made a reservation at Bar Boulud, and indulged ourselves in delicious authentic French cuisine. As soon as we sat down, we felt transported back to Paris, savoring charcuteries and other delicacies served only in bistros. The experience is unbelievable. The hotel is known not only for its impeccable restaurants but also for its affinity for fashion. Recently, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park and Christian Louboutin joined forces to create the ‘Paint the Town Red’ package: the ultimate treat—shoe shopping, Champagne, a stay at the iconic five-star hotel, manicures and pedicures, and lunch in London’s hottest restaurant. What more could a girl ask for? So many exciting events are taking place there this year. To start, it will host the Summer Olympics. And in June, London will celebrate sixty years of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. In honor of this fabulous event, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park invites guests to commemorate the occasion with a unique four-day Diamond Jubilee Tour that takes place June 2–6, 2012. On your next visit to London, I highly recommend the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park—the ultimate luxurious British experience. I heard someone using Mandarin as a verb, saying that once you stay there you’ll be Mandarinized. It’s true. Once you stay there it’s the only hotel you’ll ever want to visit.

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GENLUXSHOP Recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer, travel editor Tracy O’Connor shares her personal battle and her recent wellness retreat to the Golden Door in Escondido.

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few weeks ago, I got a call. What had started as a routine trip to the doctor was followed by a series of appointments where my thyroid was felt up, rubbed down, poked at and biopsied. (It had seen more action in a few weeks than I had all year.) Now the caller was informing me that I had thyroid cancer. For those unfamiliar, the thyroid is a wrinkly, butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that hugs the trachea. It helps our body make energy, regulates body temperature, and heavily assists in healthy organ function. If you know about cars (I do not), I’ve been told it’s like the carburetor. In other words, it’s really important. My best option was laid out in front of me: removal of the thyroid followed by a pill every day for the rest of my life. I felt blessed that it was curable and that the outlook was sunny, but I couldn’t help feeling distraught at the thought of losing my thyroid. Until now, we’d had a perfect relationship. Even more, I was not a pill-popper. My current migraine regimen consisted of a warm bath, hot tea, candlelight and an Enya album on repeat. What, if any, were my alternatives? Did I have to send my thyroid packing or could my body heal itself ? People do it. Websites and blogs share anecdotes. Books on the New York Times best-seller list champion the cause of self-healing. I couldn’t help but wonder: did the alternatives offer hope, or were they just hype? The alternatives are vast—some credible, others confusing, some outrageous, others supported by science. There’s Eastern medicine, Ayurveda, homeopathy, meditation, cancer cleanses, alkaline diets, extreme juicing, shots you can do, supplements you can take, exercises you can perform, masks you can wear, and machines you can get into. Truthfully, you can really go down the rabbit hole on this one. I was on information overload. I not only had cancer, and felt guilty for getting it (yep, seriously), but now, I had the added pressure to cure myself. Then I heard about the Golden Door retreat in Escondido—a seven-day wellness sanctuary founded in 1958 by Deborah Szekely, and known as one of the most innovative and transformative health and well-being luxury retreats in the world. I decided to give it a try. The Golden Door is a sacred ceremonial place cared for by a warm-hearted staff. It is designed in style and

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Nature Walk Genlux writer Tracy O’Connor pauses to reflect along one of Golden Door’s many scenic trails.


Happy Trails 20 miles of switchback hiking trails wind through avocado Special Weeks at groves, Golden Door ponds, and Feb. 26–Mar. 4: Pilates inspiring week with Mari Windsor vistas. Mar. 4–11: Men’s week Mar. 11–18: Coed week Apr. 15–22: Yoga week with Madhu Nanda goldendoor.com

Zen Garden Peaceful surroundings promote positive emotions and help accelerate wellness.

Quiet Time Golden Door’s serene sand garden meditation room helps calm the soul and quiet the mind.

Inn Peace Golden Door’s architecture is modelled after ancient Japanese Honjin inns

spirit after the ancient Japanese Honjin inns and based on the principles of perfect comfort and caretaking. Indeed, I felt the love. My room was resplendent: a bell garden in front, amidst a small deciduous forest and a babbling brook beside me. At dinner, I met the other Women’s Wellness week guests, who ranged in age from 22 to 82. A week at the Golden Door is a pure, unadulterated opportunity for joy and growth. You have a personal ambassador and a fitness counselor who help design your seven-day retreat. Chefs Martha Shissler and Curtis Cooke prepare the healthy meals with love and detail. With a staff-to-guest ratio of 4 to 1, when you merely think of something you need, it’s magically there. The experience is designed to carry you beyond relaxation and into an energetic state of clarity and bliss. Each day there is a large selection of classes and private sessions. For me, each activity was medicine. There is a bounty of options to explore—like Disneyland for the freespirited wellness devotee. A customized daily schedule is created for you and your goal—be it weight loss, relaxation, mental health or renewed vitality. Activities are designed around nutrition, inner focus or strength training. Others involve gentle motion, spa relaxation and rejuvenation. Meals were a time for camaraderie, connection, and spontaneous counsel. My days started at 5:45 with Nick, our handsome hiking guide. If you have to wake up at dawn, Nick isn’t bad to wake up to. Turns out, dawn is beautiful. We hiked beneath the full moon exalted in a pastel sky. On the way up, I hiked solo, and on the way down, I talked with Bettie, who’d been to the Door more than 20 times. It was a home she cherished, a place she honored. As we passed the organic garden, she said to me, “‘There’s one thing you know for sure,’ my grandfather always said. ‘The wind blows through everyone’s house and you’re never alone.’” The Golden Door has a golden goal: to help resurrect in us the freedom, peace, hope and courage we are born with. To calm the spirit, strengthen the body and inspire the mind. I explored Qi Gong, restorative yoga, swim classes and dance. I spent time in the bath house, time with guests and by myself. My favorite class was—don’t laugh—hula-hoop dance. We were sashaying our hips to what I always thought was a toy, and what turns out is a talisman to Ch’i. There was a mysterious alchemy of all the offerings—not what the doctor ordered, but just what I needed. On the final evening, Deborah Szekely joined us for dinner. She spoke about her grandchildren and dropped a pearl of wisdom: “If the phone is off the hook, how are you ever going to get the message?” At the Door, I put the phone back on the hook. Cancer was calling and had a message for me. The message wasn’t about illness, but rather, was an invitation to change, a challenge to really live. Ironically, it often takes being out of our comfort zones to truly get into real ones. The Golden Door inspires happiness and gives you the tools to continue blazing that trail, despite the obstacles life presents. I have a journey ahead of peaceful decision-making and life in action. Now if only I could take that handsome hiking guide with me.

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Eugenia Kim Honey velour floppy hat with wrapped pheasant feather, $319, shopbop.com

BREAKING DAWN When Dawn Olivieri was little she had dreams of becoming a veterinarian, but rapidly changed her mind when she realized that acting was her true passion. One day she decided to pack her bag and drive all the way from Florida (where she’s from) to Tinseltown to be an actor. That was it! There was no plan B. After numerous appearances in many sitcoms, this stunning beauty finally landed a starring role opposite Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell in the Showtime series House of Lies. She’s currently filming a movie which will be in theaters later this year. Grounded and talented, this little lady knows exactly what she wants. When asked about her hopes for the future, she says “I just live life, that’s all I can hope for.” How would you describe your personal style?

Tadashi Shoji crochet and tulle gown, $848, tadashishoji.com Ippolita resin bangles and silver rings with diamond, turquoise, and mother-of-pearl, ippolita.com Nicholai by Nicky Hilton black lacquer and diamond fan ring, nickyhilton.com Jimmy Choo Crown platform pump in blue snakeskin, $795, jimmychoo.com

High fashion meets boho-chic rock ‘n’ roll. What are your favorite items in your closet?

A long black skirt from Ann Demeulemeester and a Eugenia Kim floppy hat. What’s always in your purse?

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté lipstick, Kiehl’s lip balm, earplugs, and my iPad. What are you reading?

Swamplandia by Karen Russell. What’s your weekend look?

Relaxed, long skirts, band shirts, and lots of layered leather bracelets from Linea Pelle. $14.95, Book Soup, West Hollywood, 310-659-3110

Alexander McQueen shades, $395, What message do your clothes give the world about you? Solstice Sunglass I’m a total fashion addict, but I’d rather be at Coachella... Boutique, LA, 310-282-7160, If you could wear only one designer from head to toe, solsticesunglasses.com including accessories, who would it be? Alexander McQueen. What’s your favorite low-price secret weapon store?

Target. What’s your earliest fashion memory?

Double-scrunch socks. Hermès fragrance Un Jardin sur le Nil, $125, Hermès, Beverly Hills, 310-278-6440, hermes.com

What do you sleep in?

Cosabella briefs and a cotton tank top. Who’s your favorite fashion photographer?

The team of Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. What’s your favorite scent, and why?

Hermès Un Jardin Sur Le Nil. It’s really light and citrusy…always feels like summer. What are your favorite vacation destinations?

I tend to go tropical when I travel. I love to backpack through new countries in order to truly taste the culture. There’s just something about overgrown jungles, wild animals and warm weather that speaks to me. Arcade Boutique on Melrose, 323-9440018, arcadeboutique.com

Cosabella Talco Boybriefs, $43.50; Cosabella Talco long camisole, $79.60, shop. cosabella.com

Do you overpack or underpack?

I’m a professional overpacker. What’s your go-to boutique in LA?

Arcade on Melrose.

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Photographer: Courtney Beckett / beckettphoto.com Stylist: Adeel Khan / ARTISTS by Timothy Priano Makeup: Toby Fleischman at The Wall Group Hair: Sheenon Olson / Tracey Mattingly

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JETSETTERS JETSETTER

GENLUXSHOP Game Changer Before Julie Macklowe turned 30, she was managing a multimillion-dollar hedge fund. She was a fashion socialite, a hip mom who lived an on-the-go lifestyle. But after twelve years in finance, she gave it all up. Last November, after years of meticulous research, Julie launched her own luxury-cosmetics company, vbeauté. Happily married to real-estate mogul Billy Macklowe, the couple lives in Manhattan with their three-year-old daughter, Zoe.

My skincare line, vbeauté, I live and breathe it 24/7. V is for victory over time.

Photo: Kyle Norton

What projects are you working on?

vbeauté Lite Up Intense brightening agent, $150, Nordstrom at The Grove, 323-930-2230, nordstrom.com

If you could take only one person on vacation, who would it be?

My husband. He deserves a good vacation with us alone together, for putting up with all the nonstop work that a startup requires.

Name three items you couldn’t leave behind.

My daughter, husband, and BlackBerry. Where’s your favorite place to escape to?

Aspen...born and raised. And I love to ski there. How do you go from day to night without taking your entire closet with you?

Photo: Zach Hyman/BFAnyc.com

I usually wear the exact same thing from day to evening. Normally I wear a pair of Balmain jeans, Rick Owens or Lanvin High-Tops, a Rock & Republic shirt and a nice Chanel blazer. I usually travel with very basic jewelry; Me&Ro or my Solange Azagury-Partridge Hot Lips ring, and of course my Solange Azagury-Partridge Ballcrusher necklace.

Christian Louboutin Alti 160 spiked metallic leather pump, $1495, net-a-porter.com

Solange Azagury-Partridge classic red-hot lips ring, $1500, Solange AzaguryPartridge, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4500, solangeazagury-partridge.com

What handbags?

Hermès Birkin bag Hermès Birkin 35 Bag, $9550, Hermès, Beverly Hills, 310-278-6440, hermes.com

Lanvin leather ballet flat, $550, net-a-porter.com What shoes do you bring?

My Christian Louboutin spi es and an in flats.

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CHANEL SS2012 What’s your favorite item for spring?

I am obsessed with Roberto Cavalli for spring, as his designs are amazing this season.


Young Russian sisters Katia and Sonia Gaydamak are the stunning bookends behind Privé Jewellery—the collection that’s garnered international appeal. On one side is Katia, the creative designer; while on the other, Sonia is the brains behind Privé’s business affairs. Together, this jetsetting duo creates stunning pieces like their exclusive hand bracelet design (it wraps around the palm instead of the wrist).

What projects are you working on?

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How do you go from day to night without taking your entire closet with you?

Sonia and I are currently working on a different way to wear a bracelet. The idea is to think outside the box— something unique and original. Privé Jewellery’s hand bracelet will also soon be a tiara.

I ear Alaia flat shoes, shorts, and a white shirt. I make sure my hair looks shiny and healthy, and I accessorize. I always carry a shahtush shawl with me; it’s elegant and timeless. Where’s your favorite place to escape to?

Bet een Sardinia and Corsica, there is a magnificent island ith nothing but one tiny hotel and a fe houses Cavallo. It’s a gorgeous, unbuilt land the ater is beautiful, the food is fantastic, and no here in the orld ill you sleep that well. It’s our heaven in Europe.

If you could take only one person on vacation, who would it be?

I wouldn’t go anywhere without Sonia. We are best friends and never get bored of each other. Being partners in business has shown us that family and work mix very well.

Katia and Sonya Gaydamak

Hôtel & Spa Des Pêcheurs on the island of Cavallo hoteldespecheurs.com

What shoes do you bring?

A full suitcase of Alaia and Charlotte lympia shoes, because you want to have some heels if you feel like dancing. But don’t forget some Band-Aids ust in case the night is long. What handbags?

his season, it’s the Prada e elry bag. It dresses up any outfit. It’s chic and hype.

Apple iPod Classic, Apple.com Name three items you couldn’t leave behind.

iPod ith s music, a book, À la Recherche du Temps Perdu [In Search of Lost Time] by Marcel Proust, and sunscreen from Avene . What’s your favorite item for spring 2012?

Avène high-protection cream SPF 50 is $21; Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 is $29, aveneusa.com

Marcel Proust

The lace and gypsy bohemian look by Emilio Pucci. It’s very elegant, sensual and sexy.

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CLOSET DESIRES: ORANGE SANGUINE

GENLUXSHOP Reddish orange seems to be the “it” color this spring. Blonde or brunette, this vivacious hue will bring warmth to your wardrobe...and maybe your life. Who knows?

Alberta Ferretti silk chiffon gown, $2690, Alberta Ferretti, LA, 310-652-9000

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Jean Paul Gaultier bag, jeanpaulgaultier.com

Roberto Cavalli leather jacket, $2475, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

DROMe leather dress, $842, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Eddera Aurelie clutch, $288, eddera.com Stella McCartney slub-twill blazer, $1745, net-a-porter.com

Charlotte Olympia Daryl peep-toe with shell detail on J. Mendel SS12 signature island platform, $1195, charlotteolympia.com Photo: Runwayresource.net


Alexander McQueen shades, $395, Solstice, LA, 310-282-7160, solsticesunglasses.com

HervĂŠ Leger bandeau dress, $1150, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

Agent Provocateur Mazzy cutout swimsuit, $450, net-a-porter.com

Giuseppe Zanotti orange leather purse with mesh chain strap, $1500, giuseppezanottidesign.com

Jil Sander pleated skirt, $880, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

Brian Atwood Alima neon patent-leather pump, $795, net-a-porter.com

Michael Kors solid cross-back swimsuit with crocodile trim, $451, Michael Kors, Beverly Hills, 310-777-8862

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Betty Audish Angie python clutch, $750, bettyaudish.com

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CLOSET DESIRES: TROPICAL FEVER

GENLUXSHOP Ever dream of going on a quest to the Amazon rainforest‌but don’t want to deal with the mosquitoes and humidity? Lucky us, this season the designers are bringing the tropical jungle to the runway.

Dries Von Noten SS12

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Jason Wu dress, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-2754211 Roberto Cavalli cardigan, $1495, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Eric Rutberg Transparent Java platform Caribbean heel, $295, Fred Segal, West Hollywood, 323-655-9500

Jimmy Choo Polar tropicalprint espadrille wedge, $395, net-a-porter.com

Stella McCartney Hawaiian-print cotton T-shirt, $315, net-aporter.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs Havana printed silk-satin dress, $600, net-a-porter.com Charlotte Olympia Meredith open-toe with ankle strap and bow detail Super Wedge, $1125, charlotteolympia.com


Swarovski Party Time clutch, $320, swarovski.com

BVLGARI Flora ring 18K yellow gold ring set with amethyst, peridot, and pavé diamonds, $13,900, BVLGARI, Beverly Hills, 310-858-9216

DKNY SS12 Photo: Runwayresource.net

Thakoon dress, $1590, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

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Christian Louboutin Lady Peep crystal gold peep--toe platform pump, $4195, Christian Louboutin E-Boutique, us.christianlouboutin.com Max Mara SS12

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ACCESSORIES: COLOR ME BRIGHT

GENLUXSHOP SHOP Like Jennifer Hudson sang in the first Sex and the City, “When you can wear what you feel, what do you wanna say?” Not Love, but Color this time. Electroneon accessories are a huge trend! Wear them loud and proud!

Nancy Gonzalez crocodile box clutch, $850, net-a-porter.com Louis Vuitton Tournelles open-toe pump, $1040, Louis Vuitton, Beverly Hills, 310-859-0457

Lancaster Paris Disco glitter lambskin satchel, $198, lancaster.fr

Tod’s D-Styling Bauletto in yellow python, $3525, Tod’s, Beverly Hills, 310-285-0591

Christian Louboutin Torero yellow crepe satin peep-toe platform pump with black embroidery, $2995, christianlouboutin.com

IceLink Ambassador 6Timezone Collection in stainless-steel case with diamonds and red crocodile band, $48,600, IceLink, LA, 323-782-8666

Roger Vivier Gommette Ballerina blue patent ballet flat with lacquered buckle at toe, $475, Neiman Marcus, LA, 310-550-5900

Emilio Pucci plexiglass and crystal cuff, $990, net-a-porter.com Barbara Bui Gigi red python bag with gri-gri, $2690, barbarabui.fr

Alexandre Birman python pump, $750, net-a-porter.com

Christian Louboutin Pigalle satin clutch, $775, net-a-porter.com

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Botkier Leon small satchel in garden cowhide, $425, botkier.com


GENLUX TOP 10 FRAGRANCES These fragrances will make your heart swell with delight. The Top 10 softest, most romantic, and most seductive scents of the season! – Chriselle Lim, Genlux Fashion+Style Director

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1. Bvlgari Jewel Charm rose, $48, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 2. Ultra Chateau Krigler 212, 1.7oz, $220; 3.4oz, $310, krigler.com 3. BCBGMAXAZRIA, 1.7oz, $55; 3.4oz, $75, bcbg.com 4. Balenciaga L’Essence, $130, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 5. Andy Warhol by Bond No. 9, 100ml, $260; 50ml, $180, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; bondno9.com 6. Jimmy Choo Eau De Toilette, EDT 3.3oz, $85, available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 7. Diptyque Eau Rose, 100ml spray, $98; 20ml roll-on, $48, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400; diptyqueparis.com 8. Burberry Body Mist, limited edition, 2.8oz, $50, burberry.com 9. Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Collection, $195/bottle, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 10. Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum, 2.5oz, $130, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211;

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GENLUXSHOP GET THAT SPRING GLOW IN 9 SIMPLE STEPS

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La Mer The Brightening collection enhances skin’s natural cell turnover, helps tighten pores, soothes redness, and diminishes brown spots. Tourmaline is included in the formulas to bring luminosity and clarity to the skin.

La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Rose Glow, $70, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

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La Mer The Brightening Lotion Intense, $80; The Brightening Infusion Intense, $95; The Brightening Essence Intense, $260, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

Beautyblender Pure, $20, Beverly Hills Beauty Center, 310-278-8815

Apply La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Rose Glow to the apples of the cheeks using the flat side of the Beautyblender Pure. This blush looks so fresh and beautiful on the skin.

Nars Cream Shadow in Galaxy Girl, $23, narscosmetics.com

Tarina Tarantino Fleur de Lash black mascara, $19, sephora. com

Apply Nars Cream Shadow in Galaxy Girl and finish with two coats of Fleur de Lash black mascara by Tarina Tarantino. The eyes will really pop, and this mascara has a super-luxurious brush that really plumps every lash.

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Prep skin with Tom Ford Illuminating Protective Primer SPF 12 to give the skin an instant radiance.

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Dab lips with Lucky Brilliant Gloss by Chantecaille—a super-soft golden pink for spring.

Conceal any redness around the nose and blemishes and darkness under the eyes. You can use your fingertips or a brush. I love this concealer because it’s light and creamy and gives skin a flawless finish.

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder, $30, Make Up For Ever Boutique, LA, 310-289-1758

Guerlain Meteorites, $58, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Chantecaille Lucky Brilliant Gloss, $32, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310276-4400

La Mer The Radiant Concealer, $70, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

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Sisley Eau Florale Botanical Spray Mist, $98, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310275-4211

Finish your spring glow with a light allover mist of Sisley Eau Florale Botanical Spray Mist. It just feels and smells divine on the skin and adds that special touch to complete the look. I love to mist the Beautyblender with this as well.


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TRENDING NOW! PATI DUBROFF, CLARINS CELEBRITY BEAUTY ARTIST, GIVES HER TIPS ON GETTING RED-CARPET READY!

WHAT THINGS DO YOU CONSIDER WHEN DECIDING ON SOMEONEʼS LOOK FOR THE RED CARPET? What are your favorite red-carpet looks that you created, and what products did you use to create them?

Clarins Skin Illusion, $36, Nordstrom at the Grove, LA, 323-930-2230 Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Graphites, $40, Bloomingdale’s at the Beverly Center, LA, 310-360-2700

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Nars Cosmetics pure matte lipstick in valparaiso, $25, narscosmetics.com

Nars Cosmetics lipstick in Scarlet Empress, $24, narscosmetics.com

Sircuit Skin Cosmeceuticals Molecular hydrating mist, 2 oz., $36; 4 oz., $72, Green Line Beauty, LA, 323-933-5369 Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, $45, Bloomingdale’s at the Beverly Center, LA, 310-360-2700

HOW DO YOU PREP THE SKIN BEFORE MAKEUP?

Eyeko skinny The better the skin is prepped, the brush mas- better the makeup will look and percara, $19, sephora.com form. It’s important to have hydrated, but not oily skin for makeup. (I love oils, but save those for nights or days where no makeup is being worn). Start with a good daytime moisturizer (with SPF, if you want). I next lip. Perfect and timeless. tap Clarins Beauty Flash Balm - Charlize Theron: I’m a on the outer portions of the face to huge fan of her red-carpet give a lifting effect. After a minute, style. She’s not afraid to take I press a warm washcloth over the risks and can wear absolutely face to further hydrate and remove anything. It’s hard to pick just residuals. I then apply Clarins one—every time she shows Instant Smooth around the t-zone, up on the big red carpets it’s nose and chin to diffuse the appeara major WOW moment. CHANEL Rouge ance of pores and make skin more - Eva Mendes, Golden Allure velvet in la matte. Next is a touch of eye cream Globes 2009: her bronzy sensuelle, $32, (a tiny amount, so it doesn’t make eye makeup tones totally comple- CHANEL, Beverly makeup slide) and lip balm. Ready mented the stunning turHills, 310-2785500, chanel.com for makeup! quoise statement necklace.

WHAT ICONIC RED-CARPET LOOKS INSPIRE YOU? I always love when a woman appears on the carpet and there’s a WOW moment for anyone who sees her. - Audrey Hepburn, Oscars 1954: the epitome of classic beauty. Everyone still references her when wanting a classic chic look. - Penelope Cruz in blush feathers, Oscars 2007: hair swept back, all about brows, smoky eyes and lashes, and a gorgeous pinky nude

The whole look centers around the dress. What’s the color palette? What’s the vibe of the dress? Jewels and shoes also play a role. Everything needs to be harmonious. Also, the makeup and hair need to not compete with each other!

Clarins Brow Defining kit, $35, Bloomingdale’s at Westfield Century City, LA, 310-772-2100

My most recent favorite is Julianne Moore from this year’s Golden Globes. The makeup was Sharon Tate–inspired: elongated smoky eyes with a pale lid, lots of lash and a pale lip. Key products are Clarins Brow Defining kit (I love these matte shadows for defining the eye; I used the taupe and the soft black), liquid liner, and lots of black mascara! Another favorite is Naomi Watts at the J. Edgar premiere. This was a rich berry lipstick with a soft pewter defined eye. The makeup was lush and very ‘expensive’ looking: Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Graphites and Rouge Prodige True Colour, and Shine Lipstick in Blackberry. Another all-time favorite is Kate Bosworth at the Met Ball a few years ago. This was classic Old Hollywood with a very strong statement: red lips, well-defined brows, and skin that looked retouched, it was so perfect. Clarins Rouge Prodige in Red Prodige is the perfect rich red to mimic this look. Foundation that gives the skin a glow, like Clarins Skin Illusion, is also key. Photo: Andreas Branch/PatrickMcMullan.com

Clarins Rouge Prodige, $24.50, Nordstrom at Westside Pavilion, LA, 310-470-6155

Yves Saint Laurent effet faux cils shocking felt-tip eyeliner pen, $29, yslbeautyus.com


GET THE RED-CARPET LOOK! David Babaii, celebrity hair stylist with Tracey Mattingly Agency, gives us the How-To on three great looks! Bumble and bumble thickening hairspray, $27, bumbleandbumble.com

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IT&LY Hairfashion Pure Eco hairspray, $20, haircarechoices.com Enzo Milano 25mm clipless curling iron, $119.99, enzomilano.com

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IT&LY Hairfashion Pure Texture, $17, haircarechoices.com

2. COOL BOHEMIAN BEACHY WAVES! For Bohemian beachy waves: 1. Prep your hair by massaging a small amount of hair oil into it. 2. Use Serge Normant a texture spray evenly and begin rough-drying and Meta Lush Volumizer, $23, scrunching the hair until dry to create enhanced Ron Robinson, LA, texture and natural waves. 3. As an added option, 323-651-1935, French-braid a small section from ear to ear, utilizronrobinson.com ing the entire front portion of the hair to sweep tresses back and away from the face. 4. For hold and added texture, spritz the style with hairspray.

3. THE PUMPED-UP POM-POM PONY! Tired of just a plain ponytail? This pumped-up “Pom-Pom” ponytail is easy! 1. Apply hair oil to wet hair prior to blow-drying. 2. Use an advanced hair dryer to dry the hair with shine and at a super-fast speed. 3. A large round brush will smooth the hair straight while creating a super-sleek fringe. 4. When the hair is dry, brush tresses into a high ponytail, securing with a clear elastic band. 5. Place additional clear bands every two inches down the entire ponytail. 6. The secret and fun part: Gently pull hair between each elastic band out a bit so you get the poofs, using a rat-tail comb. 7. To finish, use hairspray and tie a black satin ribbon around the base.

2 Couture Colour Pequi Oil, $32, couturecolour.com IT&LY Ionic Dryer, 800-621-4859

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Michael Kors impala/antelope jersey gown, $4595, Michael Kors Collection, Beverly Hills, 310-777-8862 Hair: Orlando Pita

Rodarte pistachio wrinkled leather lambskin top, rodarte.net; Hair: Odile Gilbert

White Sands Infinity hairspray, $21, whitesandsproducts.com

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Georgina Chapman at the Chopard & The Weinstein Company Golden Globes after-party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel Photo: Stefanie Keenan

Photo: Stefanie Keenan

When you think Marchesa, the word fantasy comes to mind. Long, effervescent gowns of billowing material, dripping with sparkle, echoing glamorous shapes of an era gone by. Marchesa designs have graced the red carpet on Academy Award winners, celebrities and socialites alike—a vision brought to life by co-founder, designer, model and mother Georgina Chapman. The British-born beauty got her start at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. It was here she met future design and business partner Keren Craig. After graduating from the Wimbledon School of Art in costume design, they launched Marchesa, a luxury brand of immaculate eveningwear, to immense success. n , hapman was named one of the ogue ashion und s top ten finalists, and soon after awarded the ritish Fashion Award for Red Carpet Designer of the Year. She is the mastermind behind Marchesa Bridal, The Georgina Chapman for Garrard collection, and the Marchesa collaboration with cosmetics brand Le Métier de Beauté. ¶ In her most recent endeavor, Chapman teamed up with Range Rover as part of their City Shapers campaign, serving as their spokesperson for the launch of the Evoque automobile. She is also currently a judge on Project Runway All Stars. When she’s not spending time in Connecticut with her daughter and husband, Harvey einstein, you will find her tra eling between ew or and ondon and, of course, a uic stop in os ngeles.—By Courtney Fortune Museum: MOCA. Beaches: I’m usually in town for work, so I haven’t had the chance to explore the beaches yet. It’s on my ‘to do’ list! Neighborhoods: Beverly Hills for great dining, West Hollywood for great vintage shopping. Time of year: Winter—to escape a very cold New York.

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ON AND OFF THE PLANE:

L'Ermitage Spa Beverly Hills, 310-278-3344 lermitagebh.com

What are your packing essentials for LA? I’ll bring Marchesa gowns and cocktail dresses and Louboutin heels for evening events, and basics like Hudson skinny jeans, Tabitha Simmons boots and soft tees for running around to fittings during awards season. What’s the first thing you do to unwind? I try to get a ‘jet-lag’ massage at L’Ermitage Spa in Beverly Hills. It’s a great way to unwind after the long flight.

WHERE DO YOU…

Stay in LA? The Peninsula Have drinks? Chateau Marmont is the best for an evening cocktail. FAVORITES:

Shops: Neiman Marcus has everything I could need or want. Decades is a fabulously curated vintage and consignment store that specializes in 60s and 70s designers. Restaurant: Giorgio Baldi is my favorite go-to when I am in town. It has deceptively simple Tuscan fare, and the sweet corn ra ioli with truffle sauce is incredible.

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Decades, 8214 Melrose Ave, LA, 323-655-1960

Hudson Collin skinny jean, $189, hudsonjeans.com

How do you make your hotel room feel more like home? I bring my own down pillow and Frette pillowcase everywhere I travel. I also like to have an iPod docking station, so I can always have my favorite music to listen to. Red-eye or morning flight? Morning flight. can t sleep on a plane ery well. How do you look refreshed after a long Fiji water, flight? I drink a lot of water—Fiji is the Whole Foods, best—and use Patricia Wexler skincare Beverly Hills, products to keep my skin hydrated 310-274What do you wish LA had 3360 more of that you have in NY? Theatre. What do you wish NYC had that LA has? Beaches and hiking.

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