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NEXT OF KINSKI After a series of ups and downs. Sonja Kinski is on her way up THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED Our couple takes to the open road in search of a new frontier VA-VA VREELAND Yes, Caroline Vreeland is Dianaâ€™s fashionable great-granddaughter MODEL CITIZEN Diana Gomes is a supermodel with big philanthropic ambitions
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Charity Report: How to avoid charity scams Shop for a Cause: Some great gifts that give back Laura Dunn: Can’t live without... Closet Desires: Trending this holiday: Power Suit Jetsetters: Angella Nazarian, Tyler Ellis Out-of-Towner: What are Nancy Gonzalez’s favorites?
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Getaways: Pelican Hill
Fall’s Best of Beauty: Cecilia’s top picks for this season Beauty Editor’s Picks: Beau Dunn’s favorites Beauty Profile: Greenline Beauty’s Stacey Stilts Her Secret Service: Get Sonja’s look for holiday Doctor Profiles: Kathy Lee, Norman Leaf, Joel Aronowitz Ask Dr A: Is it safe to get cometic surgery abroad? Designer Profiles: Dos Gardenias, and Royal Stag Hats
Getaways: Turks & Caicos Getaways: Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel Getaways: La Costa
Amanda Eliasch: A few of my favorite things
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Publisher / Editorial Director: Cecilia Moreno Editor in Chief: Samia Arslane Creative Director / Photo Editor: Stephen Kamifuji Fashion Editor: Amanda Eliasch Fashion Director: Laura Dunn Beauty Editor: Beau Dunn Food+Wine Editor: Jeff Lipsman Home Design Editor: Sherryl White Philanthropy Editor: Catherine Williams National Advertising Director: Alan Thavisouk VP of Advertising: Rhonda Zakhor Copy Editor: Larry Lederman Financial Director: Marc Meshekow Events Director: Caryn Hassard Events Producer: John Sugrue / OCLA Events Director Human Resources: Yolanda Garcia Contributing Editors: Stephen Christopher, Courtney Fortune, Dr. Ezra Kest, Cheryl Woodcock Contributing Photographers: Diana Gomez, Francesco Licata, Geoff Ragatz, Robert Steinken, Video Director: Darren Stone
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Enjoy my picks and let me know what you think! –Samia Arslane firstname.lastname@example.org / Instagram: @samazia / Twitter: @SamiaArslane
Alaïa Paris Eau de Parfum Blanche 3.3 oz., $150, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Eve by Eves Eartha bodysuit, $225, Eve by Eves, Beverly Hills, 310-499-5680 Tory Burch Marcel boot, $595, Tory Burch, Beverly Hills, 310-274-2394, toryburch.com
Chanel Fine Jewelry Coco Crush ring in 18K white gold set with 330 brilliant-cut diamonds, Chanel, Beverly Hills, 310-278-5500
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Happy Holidays to all! Enjoy my picks from beauty to fashion & from day to night.
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GENLUX GADABOUTS: GENLUX ISSUE RELEASE PARTY AT ROBERTO CAVALLI TO BENEFIT CEDARS-SINAI BOARD OF GOVERNORS REGENERATIVE MEDICINE INSTITUTE PHOTOS BY BOB DELGADILLO
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Genlux magazine is known for its beautiful party crowd, and this one at the Roberto Cavalli boutique on Rodeo Drive was no different. On a warm October evening under the stars, over 250 stylish guests raised a flute of Champagne to celebrate the release of the Genlux fall issue. The night also raised money to benefit the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute. Roberto Cavalli and Gállány hosted the special event. Genlux wishes to thank Brad Smith, Alex Seropian, Michael Elias, Dena Wiseman, OCLA Events, John Sugrue, Paul Palacios, Tiffany Ortega, Hint Water, Hansen’s Natural and Monster Energy Drinks.
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On Wednesday, October 19 in Los Angeles, CHANEL hosted a cocktail and exclusive preview of the Cuba Cruise 2016/2017 Collection at the Chateau Marmont. Inspired by Karl Lagerfeldâ€™s original presentation of the collection in Havana, guests enjoyed daiquiris and croquettes while a traditional Cuban band played. Guests included Alessandra Balazs, Bianca Chen, Carson Meyer, Eve Gerber, Erica Pelosini, Fuschia Kate Sumner, George Kotsiopoulos, Jen Atkin, Jessica de Ruiter, Katie Nehra, Kelly Sawyer Petricof, Kendall Conrad, Liseanne Frankfurt, Marlien Rentmeester, Minnie Mortimer, Natalie Joos, Petra Flannery, and Rachel Zoe. The Cruise 2016/2017 Collection is available at CHANEL boutiques and select retail partners.
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guests. The limited-edition collection with Fiorentini + Baker—composed of unique handcrafted felt styles—was a hit among customers. As a visual backdrop to the evening, famed photographer Janette Beckman’s iconic images chronicling fashion, music, and culture from the 1980s were on display throughout the boutique.
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GENLUX GADABOUTS: BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AT SANTA ANITA PARK
On November 5, Santa Anita Park hosted the 33rd running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. This world-class annual event combines the finest thoroughbred racing with an unparalleled lifestyle, culinary, and entertainment experience. Award-winning chefs created unique food and beverage experiences for guests. Along with the exciting races, Boyz II Men stole the show with soulful harmonies in front of a record-breaking crowd of 72,811. Guests included Elizabeth Banks, Emily Ratajkowski, Bobby Flay, Allison Janney, Wilmer Valderrama, Constance Zimmer, Taylor Lautner, Bo Derek, Aisha Tyler, Billie Lourd, Katie Aselton, Holland Roden.
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GENLUX GADABOUTS: ANNUAL WOMEN’S GUILD CEDARS-SINAI SUPPER CLUB PHOTOS BY TOM NEERKEN AND VINCE BUCCI
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On November 9, Jay Leno presented Billy Crystal with the Hollywood Icon Award at the Annual Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai Supper Club event at The Beverly Hilton. Women’s Guild president Gina Furth remarked, “We are thrilled to have Billy Crystal as our honoree this year. He has made the entire world laugh and feel good. Bringing smiles is a magical cure to all.” Eva La Rue, Tara Buck, and James Anderson were among the
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GENLUX GADABOUTS: SAKS FIFTH AVENUE FOR ‘STAND UP TO CANCER’ EVENT PHOTOS COURTESY OF GETTY IMAGES FOR SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
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Saks Fifth Avenue, along with the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Stand Up to Cancer, hosted a cocktail event to celebrate the 2016 Key to the Cure campaign at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills. Saks President Marc Metrick, along with Halle Berry, greeted and mingled with guests, raising awareness for one of the most important charitable initiatives Saks undertakes
each year. Guests included EIF President and CEO Lisa Paulsen, actress Alison Sweeney, designer Andrea Lieberman, and Florist Eric Buterbaugh, among others. Christian Louboutin created the exclusive 2016 Key To The Cure t-shirt. Net proceeds of sales from the $35 t‐shirt online will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer. To learn more, visit saks.com/KTTC.
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NEXT OF KINSKI
The striking resemblance to actress Nastaasja Kinski is no coincidence—here, her daughter Sonja shares with our STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER
her ups and downs and how she’s following in her mom’s footsteps.
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get a text from Sonja Kinski. It says, “Let’s meet for coffee at The Bungalow on Larchmont at 1.” When I arrive, she’s waiting outside the restaurant wearing a vintage-looking ‘Alice in Wonderland’ T-shirt, black Nike leggings, Nike running shoes and a pair of cool Topshop sunglasses. Her thick, long, dark-brown wavy hair is framing a face glowing from a recent Aida Thibiant facial. She looks strikingly like her mother, actress Nastassja Kinski.
Sonja politely jumps up from the wooden bench to her 5-foot10-inch height, gives me a hug, and in her usual self-deprecating manner, apologizes for her casual outfit. “This is my everyday look,” she says, adding, “I’m so lazy.” Sonja’s been on a long unwelcome break from modeling ever since one frightful morning five years ago when she awoke unable to move the right side of her mouth. She thought she’d had a stroke. A diagnosis pointed toward Bell’s palsy, a facial nerve disorder that causes paralysis to only one side of the face. Typically, things get better in a few months—Sonja’s recovery has taken much longer. “I was a die-hard junkie (she’s been sober five years now), and I didn’t get the needed rest to heal,” she confesses. “I kept partying, pretending like it didn’t happen.” Though she’s visibly self-conscious about her appearance—often working her hand to her mouth when she feels the need to hide it—she claims she’s no longer upset about it. “It’s crazy. I’ve had so many ups and downs in my life. From the time I was born to age 12, I grew up a really ugly kid. I looked like a man. I swear. I was taller than all of the boys in my class and I was chubby. It was awful, and then, all of a sudden I got pretty and became popular with guys. And then this happened to me. It truly humbled me. People treat you differently when something is wrong with you. I’m seeing people for who they are—and when they’re being genuine.” Last week, with a little coaxing from stylist Oretta Corbelli, Sonja modeled for this Genlux spread by Italian lensman Francesco Licata. The team took inspiration from Wim Wenders’ 1984 film Paris, Texas, one of the movies,
along with Tess and Cat People, that put Nastassja Kinski on the map. The stunning images from our photoshoot show no indication of Sonja’s facial condition. Still, model agencies are reluctant to sign her. “They don’t like it,” she says sadly. Born Sonja Leila Moussa on March 2, 1986, in Geneva, Switzerland, she’s the second child of Nastassja Kinski’s marriage to film producer Ibrahim Moussa. Sonja’s brother, Aljosha, is two years older. She was six when her family moved to the United States, where, she entered school speaking only Italian, and remembers being teased about it. Sonja’s father, who passed away in 2012, was a charismatic man who fled from his native Egypt to Rome, met and somehow convinced Federico Fellini to direct the 1987 film Inter vista. “I loved my father so much,” Sonja says. “He had the best sense of humor, and so does my mom, something I’ve grown to appreciate in others. His passing was very traumatic and unexpected, the saddest time of my life, but I finally feel at peace with it.” Sonja’s parents divorced in 1992—the same year Nastassja met music producer Quincy Jones. Their three-year relationship produced yet another Kinski beauty, Kenya Kinski-Jones, 23, a very successful New York model. Sonja’s high-school years at Pali High in the ritzy Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles were not particularly fun. “I hated it!” she exclaims. “I didn’t fit in with anyone, and I was awkward. I created this whole ‘other’ life that I used to escape to—a club life with my older friends.” These days, Sonja is active in animal charities and is especially supportive of a nonprofit that Kenya finds dear to her heart. “It’s called Last Chance for Animals—a charity that’s working toward saving the diminishing gorilla population.” lcasavinggorillas.org As Sonja slowly regains control over her bout with Bell’s palsy, she’s saving up the $25,000 for a hopeful surgical cure, in which, she says, “the surgeons have a way of curing this by moving nerves around.” She’s also excited to get back into modeling and acting. “Acting makes me who I am,” she says confidently. “I know I’m not defined by any material things or by my looks. What’s inside is more important. I feel good about myself right now, and the older I get, the more I want to simplify and slow down. That’s where I’m going. I want to meditate more and have space between my thoughts.”
Producer: ANASTASIA MARCIANO Photographer: FRANCESCO LICATA / FrancescoLicata.com Stylist: ORETTA CORBELLI Hair: ROBERT STEINKEN using Oribe / CloutierRemix.com Makeup: ALEXIS SWAIN using Le Mer / CelestineAgency.com Stylist Assistant: NICOLE CARLSON Hair Advisor and Assistant: Jennifer Baker Art Direction: STEPHEN KAMIFUJI Location: Special thanks to GM STUDIO, Los Angeles
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GM Studio The Leather Moto Vest in black, $1150; GM Studio The Utility Shirt, $260; GM Studio The Skinny Bell in black ponte, $230, gmstudiola.com
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GM Studio The Long Suede Trench Coat in ginger brown, $1400; GM Studio The Studio Blouse in nude, $395; GM Studio The Velvet Underground wide pant in velvet blue, $385, Gmstudiola.com Stuart Weitzman Straighten boot in metallic leather, $698, Stuart Weitzman, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9600
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GM Studio the Ruffle Shirtdress in black, $450, Gmstudiola.com
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THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED Photographer: GEOFF RAGATZ / GeoffRagatz.com Stylist: MERCEDES NATALIA / Exclusive Artists, eamgmt.com Models: MASHA BACER AND RICHARD DEISS / TwoManagement.com Hair and Makeup: BLONDIE GAMON / Exclusive Artists, eamgmt.com Assistant Stylist: JILLIAN HOLGERSON Photo Assistant: MATT COLLINS Art Direction: STEPHEN KAMIFUJI
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Curvaceous Caroline Vreeland is, you guessed it, related to the icon of fashion icons, Diana Vreeland. As our STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER
finds, this great-granddaugher of the famed Harperâ€™s Bazaar and Vogue editor is equally sharp-tongued, witty, freespirited, passionate about fashion and ready to set her own stage afire
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aroline Vreeland steps through the front door of the tiny, dimly lit bar area of Café Stella in Los Feliz where she’s arranged to meet me, and all heads turn. Perhaps not because of her lovely face, bright blonde hair, or fabulous Christian Louboutin strappy sandals— though, those could certainly be the reason—but more likely because of her noticeably ample bustline which is busting out of her tight, red dress. The precise measurement is a 32F—yes, F, as in Frank.
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Caroline adjusts the top of her dress, declaring, “Sometimes they just don’t cooperate.” Since we’re going there, dare we ask? “Yes, they’re mine. I was flat my whole life,” she replies, “When I started taking the pill at 18 I suddenly grew. I would never want boobs this big. Anyone who knows me, they know I’ve always tried to hide them. I’ve thought about a reduction, but I would never go under the knife.” She pauses, adding, “We’ll talk after I have kids and they’re down to my knees.” If Caroline’s last name seems familiar, yes, she’s related to that Vreeland. Diana Vreeland, the bellwether force of fashion who helmed both Harper’s Bazaar (1936 to 1962), and Vogue magazine (1963 to 1971). She was Caroline’s mother’s father’s mother, or greatgrandmother. Their kinship is evident. Both are remarkably smart, outspoken and gregarious, charismatic, witty, and charming, sometimes crass, definitely passionate about life and especially so about fashion. “I love my connection to Diana. She gave me the courage and bravery to take risks.” Surprisingly, it wasn’t her love of fashion that thrust Caroline into modeling; it was a budding singing career in need of a big PR boost. The handle ‘Vreeland’ served as the
rocket fuel. Lucky for her, the fashion community, with their awe of Diana ever waxing, was eager to climb on board. She signed with Next Models who promptly shot Caroline straight for the moon. “The very first editorial they sent me on was for Vogue Italia with Michel Comte,” says Caroline. “It was a swimwear story with another model. I’m in hair and makeup for two hours, but when I try on the suits, no matter how much they squished my boobs, none would fit. So Michel comes over and whispers, ‘I’m sorry honey, but it’s not going to work out this time.’ So with all of the people around, I had to shuffle down the long driveway with my robe on, just mortified.” Humiliated, but not knocked off course—another style icon would step up and come to her rescue. Carine Roitfeld, the former editor of French Vogue, was helming a new magazine that bore her initials, CR. “She saw me as me,” Caroline says. “Instead of trying to fit me into an editorial, she created an editorial to fit me. Before the shoot, Carine wrote me a note, ‘I know about the boobs, darling, it’s ALL about the boobs!’ She brought me to Paris for the shoot and even had this
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“Carine Roitfeld told me, ‘I know about the boobs, darling, it’s ALL about the boobs!’ She brought me to Paris for the shoot and even had this custom bra made by Alexandre Vauthier.” ♥ VIDEO Caroline shares ‘My Favorite Things’ on genlux.com
custom bra made by Alexandre Vauthier. Now, in any editorial I’m doing, everyone is aware of the situation and embracing it. And so am I.” Caroline, who is recently off not one but two relationships over the past year—one male and one female—sips her white wine, takes a deep breath and shares her story. “My legal name is Caroline Olivia Zickerick. I was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Belvedere up in the Bay area. I have a sister, Alexandra, who’s 28. We have both German and American citizenship because my dad’s German. He moved our family to Jamaica for four months, where he served as the country’s German ambassador. My parents were together for only a few years when one day my mom got a call from a woman saying she was having my father’s child. So my mom moved us to live on an Ashram under Gurumayi where my aunt was living in upstate New York. I remember knowing from an early age that if my parents didn’t love each other, they shouldn’t be together.” Last month, on a trip to Milan, after years of not seeing each other, Caroline reconnected with her father. “I’ve tried over the years to make things work with him. He just retired and lives outside of Munich. So he drove to meet me, and we had a nice dinner. Growing up, he wasn’t a part of my life or trying to be part of my life. My dad has a dark side, and so do I. To my mother’s credit, she never spoke a bad word about him to us.” Our conversation turns to president-elect Donald Trump, and Caroline’s demeanor
goes south. “I was so shaken and so numb and hopeless,” she says somberly. “In light of everything, we’re going to have to stand up and protect our Muslim and LGBT friends. I’m focusing my charity efforts on those communities. We need to initiate the #I’llridewithyou campaign like they did in Australia last year. When someone isn’t feeling safe, either because of who they are, or what religious clothing they wear, we can help them by riding along with them.” We jump on the subject of books and Caroline rattles off her favorite authors. “When I want to take myself outside of the world, I’ll crack open anything Russian. I like to wallow in that mind-fuck darkness of Dostoyevsky, Chekhov or Nabokov (one of Caroline’s ten tattoos quotes from Nabokov’s Lolita: ‘light of my life, fire of my loins’). Right now I’m reading Vladimir Sorokin’s T he Queue. Or, if I really want to lose myself and relax, there’s Haruki Murakami—he takes basic everyday life in Tokyo-slash-cats can speak, and fish can fly.” “I think I can announce...” Caroline starts off, before suddenly letting out three mousesize sneezes, “…that I’m on FOX’s new show, Star, directed by Lee Daniels (Monster’s Ball, Precious, Empire). I play Mary Davis, a heroinaddicted mother, who appears in flashbacks. And the best news is I sing on the first two episodes. Lee’s friend found me on Instagram and through my music, it led me to this role.” In parting, I ask Caroline for a Diana Vreeland quote to conclude our interview. She looks up for a second or two, and says, “Never fear being vulgar, just boring.”
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LA Roxx choker, laroxx.com DSTM leather top, babylikespony.com Kaimin skirt, kaiminofficial.com La Perla bra, La Perla, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310-860-0561 Gabriel & Co earrings, gabrielny.com Majesty Black vegan gloves, majestyblack.com Music Legs tights, musiclegs.com
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Thomas Wylde dress, thomaswhylde.com La Perla bra, La Perla, Beverly Hills, 310-860-0561 LA Roxx choker, Steampunk Wolf gloves, Gabriel & Co earrngs, H. Crowne ring, hcrowne.com A.Marie Jewelry ring, amariejewelry.com Music Legs fishnets, musiclegs.com Kobi Levi ‘Stork’ shoe, $1950, kobilevi.com
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Givenchy velvet camisole, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Thomas Wylde black trouser, thomaswylde.com La Perla bra, laperla.com Ada Zanditon hat, adazanditon.com Gabriel & Co earrings and silver rings, Jackâ€™s Jewelry, Santa Monica, 310-394-6585 LA Roxx choker, laroxx.com Steampunk Wolf gloves, steampunkwolf.com Music Legs fishnets, musiclegs.com Kobi Levi shoe, kobilevi.com
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Alexander McQueen leather jacket with peplum, $4895, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-2745-4211 Thomas Wylde skirt, thomaswylde.com Victoria Grant hat, victoriagrant.co.uk LA Roxx choker, 323-644-7600 Gabriel & Co earrings, $1320; Star ring, $2610; Waterfall ring, $9010, Jackâ€™s Jewelry, Santa Monica, 310-394-6585 H.Crowne dark rings, hcrowne.com Music Legs tights, musiclegs.com
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Left: LA Roxx jacket, choker, and belt, LA Roxx, LA, 323-644-7600 La Perla bra, La Perla, Beverly Hills, 310-860-0561 Thomas Wylde studded jeans, thomaswylde.com Victoria Grant scarf Gabriel & Co. earrings, silver rings, gabrielny.com H.Crowne dark rings, hcrowne.com Music Legs fishnets, musiclegs.com Kobi Levi shoe, kobilevi.com
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Meet Jessica Gomes, the face of David Jones, the iconic 178-year-old Australian fashion retailer, and model in the last eight Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. This nonstop CEO of her own skincare line and ambassador of World Vision, the international charity organization, also considers herself a real-life ninja.
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Valentino sequined mididress, $16,000, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 Kimberly McDonald Fine Jewelry 18K rose-gold and rose-cut diamond finger cuff set, $5625, Kimberly McDonald Fine Jewelry, LA, 310-854-0890
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Ralph & Russo black embroidered tulle gown with pink and metallic silk thread-work and appliquĂŠd with butterflies, silk, feather and leather blooms, Ralph & Russo, ralphandrusso.com
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hose soaring cheek bones and that killer figure steaming up Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues for eight straight years belongs to Aussie beauty Jessica Gomes. Now the face of iconic Australian retailer David Jones, this hard-working model has two films coming out soon, and even has her very own skincare line called Equal Beauty. Whew! Here, Jessica answers our Genlux Two-Word Questionnaire:
GPS position? I’m in Melbourne, Australia. Well actually, I’m talking to you from the back of a car on my way to Melbourne Airport. You’re wearing? I have on Rebecca Vallance leather pants, a Rails T-shirt and Rails flannel, Daniel Patrick washed denim jacket, Stuart Weitzman buckle motorcycle boots, and Celine sunglasses. I’m carrying a Saint Laurent messenger bag. I’m all rockstar’d out. Your background? My mom is Chinese, and my dad is Portuguese. Superhero trait? I really am like a ninja. I go through life in a very Zen-like way, but still getting things done. Work history? I’ve shot Sports Illustrated for eight years (2008 to 2015), I have two films coming out next year, and I have a TV show in Korea. I’m excited to say I have one of the most lucrative modeling contracts in Australia. It’s for David Jones—such a great company. Dream gig? I dream of being the brand ambassador for Saint Laurent, one of my favorite designers—just the ultimate cool, and it fits my lifestyle. And of course for CHANEL.
Style sense? In five words, I would say I’m rock ‘n’ roll, timeless, relaxed, chic, and easy. I’ve found my sense of style through my work in fashion and six years living in New York. I love good-quality designs and having key pieces. I’m not a trend girl. Your diet? I’m a big foodie. Food for me is a celebration; it makes me happy! I eat healthily. I have my green juice for breakfast and my eggs. I do eat meat and love good hearty food. Best trait? I’m a hard worker. I’ve worked very hard to get where I am today. No one has given me anything. I started modeling in Asia at 17. Your passion? I love storytelling in any way—through clothes, art, beauty, film, or my new skincare line, Equal Beauty. Equal Beauty? The name comes from the understanding that every woman should aspire to her own sense of beauty and feel good about herself. I’m sharing my journey and the side of me that people may not know. My travels to Seoul allowed me to research this skincare—something I’ve always been passionate about. It’s a clean, simple, easy-to-use, super-hydrating system that travels well. Good skin really is a lifestyle and a reflection of your health.
Photographer: ROBERT STEINKEN / SteinkenPhotography.com Stylist: SOPHIA BANKS & SARA ACEVEDO Hair: ROBERT STEINKEN for Balayage by Nancy Braun Salon / CloutierRemix.com Makeup: LUIS CASCO using Mary Kay Makeup / CloutierRemix.com Assistant Stylists: OMAYMA RAMZY & KAIULANI CAMUSO Hair Assistant / Video: JENNIFER BAKER Makeup Artist Assistant: VERONICA SOTO Photo Assistant: JOHN J Art Direction: STEPHEN KAMIFUJI
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Party girl? I found out that Jennifer Lopez doesn’t drink, so I don’t drink. She looks amazing. Plus, I don’t have time for a hangover.
Embarrassing moment? I have them all the time. While on set for Sports Illustrated, one of the crew brought out a fake snake and I basically jumped out of my skin.
Weirdest food? I’ve been offered a lot of weird things to eat in China. I’ve tried kangaroo jerky, but I didn’t know it was kangaroo. I thought it was beef jerky.
Trading places? I feel like we just don’t know what anyone is going through behind closed doors, so I wouldn’t trade places with anyone. I love my life.
Charity work? I’ve been spending time traveling for World Vision. We went to Peru where I’ve gone to some rough areas and worked with children who have special needs.
Night or morning? I’m a morning person.
Girl’s girl? I’m definitely a girl’s girl. I love my girlfriends and have a lot of them. Love hangin’ with my girls…well, and my guy friends too. I love people in the creative arts and doing creative things. Childhood bullying? Of course I was. I was the only Asian in the schools where I grew up. They said mean things like “Go back to your own country.” I was quite introverted and shy in school, and that’s probably why I was teased. I remember in high school being in class and thinking how I couldn’t wait to travel to get out of there. I’m driven, and I think that maybe it’s from those experiences. DNA change? Finally, at my age, I’m pretty happy with what I’ve been given. Sometimes I wish I had a six-pack or could make my hair grow really long. I love really long, long hair. Wisdom boost? I read a lot. I also watch all of Teresa Palmer’s videos about juggling life. I love watching the Conversations with Amanda de Cadenet. I also receive a lot of wisdom from my older sisters. Spiritual path? I’m from a close family. My parents taught us about being good people and doing right by people and to be kind. I have really good friends and a really great support network. I’m really happy.
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Workout regimen? I love to box and have a great trainer. I love to dance. I do Tracy Anderson. I love hikes, Pilates, and being outdoors. Favorite sports? Basketball and tennis. Sports teams? I love the New York Knicks and the Portuguese soccer team—they just won the European Cup. Forever piece? My black velvet Saint Laurent blazer. Forever shoe? My quilted leather CHANEL ballet flats. I love a flat. I’m a flats girl, not a heels girl. Your heroes? My parents. They worked so hard to bring up four children in Australia. English wasn’t their first language. My father emigrated from Portugal and Paris, and my mom from Hong Kong and Singapore. Two languages and races coming together. They stuck it out and they’re still married and in love. They still go dancing together. They miss each other when they’re apart. They’re just cool people. Blind date? Not into it. Not into the setup thing. I’m not into dating. Dinner plans? I don’t know what I’m having. I have to go to a David Jones Christmas party to launch the Christmas campaign. Best date? It was so awesome, it was unexplainable (laughs). It really was. It was so magical I can’t even explain it.
Valentino velvet pajama shirt and pant, $5880, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103
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Fendi long-sleeve sweatshirt, $1450; Fendi botanic j acquard pleated side long skirt, $1990, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211
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Antonio Berardi halter dress, $5845, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211
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Ermanno Scervino top, $1940, pleated lace skirt, $2280; and belt, $450, ermannoscervino.it Christian Louboutin ‘City Jolly,’ $1095, christianlouboutin.com
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Valentino tulle dress, $17,900; Valentino Rock embroidered jacket, $9900, Valentino, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103
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GUCCI OBSESSION OF 856
A FASHION QUEEN
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MY FAVORITES! GUCCI high-heel pump, $1790, GUCCI, Beverly Hills, 310-278-3451, gucci.com
Louis Vuitton FW16/17, louisvuitton.com
GUCCI pink leather Sylvie mini chain bag, $1980, Gucci, Beverly Hills, 310-2783451, gucci.com
Lisa Eisner Jewelry ray necklace in bronze, madeira citrine, hand-oiled leather, $4800, Maxfield, Los Angeles, 310-274-8800, maxfieldla.com; netaporter.com - Inspired by Jay DeFeoâ€™s The Jewel (1959)
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Fleur du Mal silk pajama jumpsuit, $595, fleurdumal.com
Alexander McQueen leather embroidered dress, $6465, Alexander McQueen, LA, 323-782-4983
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Donor Alert: How to Avoid Online Scammers
Your decision to make a donation is generous, and more and more donors are choosing to give online. But then again, what about the stories of online scammers who steal not just money but also personal information? Here are some tips to protect yourself and ensure that your money gets to the causes you wish to support.
Be smart about responding to email solicitations. Unlike postal mail, emails from charities are usually a result of your having provided your contact information directly to that charity. You could have done this intentionally, like signing up for an e-newsletter or action alerts from an organization you follow. If you made a donation to an organization online, signed an online petition, or responded to a survey—perhaps through social media— you also provided your email information. Doing so is implied, if not specific, permission for that organization to continue to contact you via email until or unless you tell them not to by opting out. Email messages you receive from a charity you have supported in the past are likely legitimate. If you have any doubt, it’s always best to go directly to their website—every charity rated by CharityNavigator.org includes a link to the charity’s legitimate website—rather than clicking the links in the email. Be skeptical of email solicitations from charities you’ve not heard of or haven’t in some way supported or contacted. Despite how official an email may seem, it could be a scam. Do not follow any links within the message. If you’re interested in the organization and want to learn more about it, here again, the best starting point is to check to see if it’s rated by Charity Navigator and then contact the organization directly to learn more. Beware of requests to send money overseas. As a rule, any organization requesting that you send funds to a foreign bank is bogus. Delete unsolicited emails with attachments. It’s not typical for legitimate emails from organizations to include attachments. If there is something they want you to see, they’re going to direct you to information or photos on their website. Do not open any attachments to these emails even if they claim to contain pictures of a particular tragedy. These attachments are probably viruses. Delete! Be inspired by social media, but still do your homework Social networking tools like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and
blogs deliver heart-wrenching images and information about charitable causes to our computers and phones. Many of them include pleas to donate. While these tools can be a powerful way to inspire your desire to help, you should not blindly give via these vehicles. Take the time to investigate the group behind such pleas to ensure that they’re coming from a legitimate nonprofit, and then go to the charity’s website to make your donation. Be leery of anyone who contacts you online claiming to be a victim. Anyone alleging to be in this position is most likely part of a scam. People affected by a disaster or afflicted by a disease are in no position to contact you directly for assistance. Seek out the charity’s authorized website. The results of a general web search on Google, Yahoo or other search engines may include a fraudulent site designed to look like a legitimate charity’s website. For example, even before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, criminals were setting up websites that included the keyword Katrina (such as www.katrinahelp.com and www.katrinarelief.com) in an effort to collect money and personal information. In the weeks following the devastating storm, the FBI reported that it had identified over 4,000 bogus websites that were attempting to capitalize on the good will of generous Americans. So, how can you determine if a site is valid? Start by examining the web address. Most nonprofit addresses end with .org and not .com. Avoid addresses that end in a series of numbers. Also, bogus sites often ask for detailed personal information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, or your bank account and pin information. Be extremely skeptical of these sites, as providing this information makes it easy for them to steal your identity. Your best option is to start your web search at Charity Navigator. Their analysts have done the research for you. On each charity’s ratings page they include a direct link to the organization’s authorized website.
86 GENLUX HOLIDAY 2016 To view full reports of charities go to CHARITYNAVIGATOR.ORG
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GENLUXSHOP SHOP FOR A CAUSE
GENLUX applauds the designers and brands who have adopted a corporate culture of giving. Here, our philanthropy editor CAT WILLIAMS shares a few of them.
GIFT THAT GIVES
For the second consecutive holiday season, L’Occitane partners with the global nonprofit organization Dress for Success to help women achieve their professional goals. Throughout the month of December, L’Occitane will donate $10 from every gift set sold to the organization in support of women’s economic empowerment and advancement. L’Occitane Shea Butter gift set, $72, L’Occitane, Beverly Hills, 310-205-9107
Master jewelry designer Martin Katz continues to use his extraordinary collection as a force for good. Katz generously donated two stunning pieces to the Night of Miracles Gala for Miracles for Kids to support children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. 5.69ct fancy-shaped black diamond ring, $22,000; Round black diamond rose-cut stud earrings, $7500, martinkatz.com
STATE OF THE HEART The backpack that gives back, thanks to STATE Bags. Founders Jacq and Scot Tatelman created STATE as a one-forone benefit corporation. For each bag sold, STATE donates a fully stocked backpack to an American child in need. #GiveBackPack Kane Bag, $60, Mini Kane Bag, $55, statebags.com
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TOUCH OF GLASS
Each year renowned glassmaker Simon Pearce creates an elegant holiday ornament for the sake of giving back. Twenty percent of the proceeds from this beautiful glass pinecone ornament will benefit the Love Your Brain Foundation, bringing awareness and support to those affected by traumatic brain injuries. Pinecone Ornament, $50, simonpearce.com
BE A HERO Luxury activewear
brand VIMMIA pledges to donate 20% of proceeds from the HERO Collection featuring brilliant Swarovski crystals to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for cancer treatment and research. HERO Leggings, $161, vimmia.com
CASE FOR A CURE Chiara Ferragni, founder of The Blonde
Salad,, has designed and released this Jelly Heart iPhone case. 100% of the proceeds go directly to amfAR (the Foundation for AIDS Research) to benefit the Countdown to a Cure initiative, which aims to find a cure for AIDS by 2020. Heart iPhone case, $30, theblondesalad.com
LOCKS OF LOVE
GIVE 100 PERCENT
One of Beverly Hills’ most beloved institutions, Cristophe Salon Beverly Hills celebrates 30 years of sensational style this year with an eye on giving back. The legendary salon hosted a French-themed fundraising event for Locks of Love, with 100% of proceeds benefitting the organization. Great hair does care. Cristophe Salon, Beverly Hills, 310-274-0851, cristophe.com
One hundred percent of the proceeds of the Tory Burch Holiday Seed Box will benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which provides access to capital, education, and digital resources to empower female entrepreneurs. The box features a curated selection of seven products made by women entrepreneurs—including a Tory Sport knit headband and a notebook designed by Tory Burch—all packaged in a graphic keepsake sliding box. Other items include a blue stripe clutch by Proud Mary, Digital Detox Bath by Pursoma, Luxe Nail Lacquer by Mischo Beauty, 31 Bits minimalist necklace, and Bixby & Co. chocolate drink mix. Tory Burch Holiday Seed Box, $98, toryburch.com
SAVE THE ANIMALS
Like all of Alexander Jewell’s jewelry, his new line BE-Jewelled is handcrafted with artisanal techniques using only eco-friendly 18K gold and conflict-free gemstones. BE-Jewelled was created for WildAid, an endangered species line of fine jewelry. Thirty percent of the line’s proceeds are donated to WildAid. You can order, customize or fully commission pieces. Manta Ray 18K yellow gold pendant, $1685; Elephant 18K yellow gold pendant, $3450, alexanderjewell.com
Every woman needs a little extra sparkle for the holiday season. For the month of December, Yakira Rona is proud to donate a percentage of proceeds to Oceana as they work to protect and restore the world’s oceans. Wave Cuff, $15,000, Roseark, West Hollywood, 323-822-3600
TIME OF GIVING Movado recognized the philanthropic endeavors of Chef Tom Colicchio for his work with Food Policy Action and House Of Cards actor Michael Kelly for his dedicated efforts with The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund. The Movado Group Foundation made generous holiday donations to both of these organizations that are helping to improve the lives of others. Heritage Series Calendoplan Watch, $595, movado.com; Heritage Series Calendoplan Chronograph, $795, movado.com
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JETSETTERS GIFT GUIDE
GENLUXSHOP Book Smarts
These gems belong one of two places: under the Christmas tree or on your coffee table. FASHION THAT ROCKS
Nicknamed ‘King of the Unconventional,’ Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is the emblematic designer who for decades has created wearable works of art. Never one to shy from a pop-culture-art-meets-fashion collaboration, he’s teamed with ﬁctional and non-ﬁctional characters from Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat to Donald Duck and Kermit the Frog. Castelbajac has designed for Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and the Pope, to name a few. Here, in this new 352-page hardcover book, Fashion Art & Rock ‘n’ Roll, the luxury publisher teNeues showcases his most signiﬁcant works. Take a very private journey into the life of this tireless fashion artist. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Fashion, Art & Rock’n’Roll, published by teNeues and YellowKorner, 26.5 x 37.5cm, 352 pages, 350 photographs, hardcover, $95, teneues.com
ON OUR WATCH LIST
Giuseppe Zanotti two-color suede platform sandal, $1150, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760
Time is precious—and so is renowned watch expert and historian Gisbert L. Brunner’s The Watch Book II. Listen carefully—you can almost hear the ticking of the mechanical masterpieces on these pages. Features the chronometric crème de la crème, longstanding traditional brands, and newer oﬀerings whose unique designs and exclusive technical developments contribute to the history of the watch. Also includes a helpful glossary of signiﬁcant terms. An extraordinary gift for the watch collector or connoisseur. The Watch Book II, published by teNeues, 25 x 32cm, 272 pages, hardcover with jacket, 300 color and b/w photographs, text in English, German, and French, $65, teneues.com
SEA AND BE SEEN Oh, to dream. The yachts…excuse me, superyachts showcased in teNeues’ new hardcover title The Superyacht Book are the kind of mind-melting, water-worthy vessels that will have you drooling for more. (Can Superyachts II be far behind?) Editor Tony Harris harvests the luxury of luxury ships with every imaginable extravagance. Slip across the seas aboard Savannah, Seahawk or Silver Fast, and other ﬂagships of 21 top shipyards through the stunning photographs. A terriﬁc gift for those appreciative of yacht design, engineering, and architecture. The Superyacht Book edited by Tony Harris, published by teNeues, 25 x 32cm, 288 pages, 205 photographs, $75, teneues.com 90 GENLUX HOLIDAY 2016
FOR FENDI FIENDS
Fashion aﬁcianados can rejoice over Fendi Roma, the latest slipcased book from luxury publisher Assouline. The oversized 272-page masterpiece celebrates ninety years of the brand’s storied past and present. Included are brilliant images of Fendi designs and their inspirations including sketches by Karl Lagerfeld, whose creative direction has steered and cemented the Italian house in fashion history. Fendi Roma, published by ASSOULINE, 28 x 35cm, 272 pages, hardcover with luxury slipcase, $195, assouline.com
Over fifty years, Karl Lagerfeld has made over 50,000 sketches for Fendi ©Fendi Archives Model Lindsey Wixson in the Fendi SS2015 ad campaign ©Karl Lagerfeld
HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS
Leading art collector Chara Schreyer’s forty-year collaboration with interior designer Gary Hutton has produced ﬁve residences designed to house six hundred works of art, including masterpieces by Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, Louise Nevelson, Diane Arbus, and Frank Stella. This is for the art and interior aﬁcionados. Very inspiring! Art House: The Collaboration of Chara Schreyer
& Gary Hutton, published by
ASSOULINE, 10x13”, 224
pages, $85, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900, assouline.com
Stylemakers Franҫois Nars and Fabien Baron—inﬂuencers before ‘inﬂuencer’ was social media marketing’s most overused vernacular, have teamed up to create a stunning photo-biography, Franҫois Nars. The 432-page book chronicles Nars’ life as a revolutionary makeup artist in the 80s, a successful cosmetics mogul in the 90s (Nars eponymous brand), and now, his work as a photographer. Baron, Nars’ longtime friend and the book’s designer, is arguably fashion’s most successful art director—the one, who, under editor Franca Sozzani, reinvented Vogue Italia in the late 80s and now heads Baron & Baron, the top fashion ad agency. The book is an aesthetic trip down Nars’ memory lane, a voyeur’s peek, if you will, into the creative force who helped shape beauty. Bold, beautiful imagery, and stunning typographic solutions purposefully mirror the NARS cosmetics brand. Every page magniﬁes the depth of the ever-inspiring artist behind the name, who says, “My work as a makeup artist, creator, and photographer is very connected... my goal is to make people look beautiful and bring out what is on the inside. I truly believe that beauty lies within our characters.” François Nars, published by Rizzoli International, 9x12”, 432 pages, hardcover with metallic silver jacket, $85, Barnes & Noble, amazon.com, and NARS boutiques.
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Techy Holiday Gifts
Oh, what the tech. Include some of these great futuristic gifts on your holiday list.
EYE ON THE BALL
The Samsung Gear 360 is a high-resolution, 360-degree camera to capture 30MP spherical stills, or up to 3840 X 1920 high-resolution video. Using a compatible Galaxy device, consumers can easily edit, stitch and share 360 content via 360-supported social networks, or view it with Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus. $350 and up, from major in-store retailers. samsung.com/ gear360.
NOT WIRED FOR SOUND
These Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones deliver powerful sound wirelessly via Bluetooth. Up to 40 hours of battery life for multiday use. Features Fast Fuelâ€”five minutes of charging gives you three hours of playback when battery is low. Beats Solo3 Wireless, $299.95, beatsbydre.com
Like the Keurig of home-scenting, this brilliant machine uses these cool capsules to create just the right experience. Control home or office scenting from anywhere, anytime, using the smartphone app. Aera offers six core scents and two holiday scents, Snowfall and Celebrations. Aera home unit, $189, each hypoallergenic and ecofriendly fragrance capsule, $47, aeraforhome.com.
Scentsory Perception The fragrant Aera capsules help create just the right atmosphere
MUSIC TO YOUR EARS
Beats by Dreâ€™s new Powerbeats3 Wireless earphones produce 12 hours of battery life to fill active lives with powerful, dynamic sound. Powerbeats3 Wireless earphones, $199.95
Flexible earhook provides a comfortable and secure fit
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The Lumos bicycle helmet with built-in LED headlights and taillights. It even has turn-signal lights that work wirelessly from a handlebar-mounted left/right switch. Lumos detects when you’re slowing down and displays brake lights. Charges using micro-USB. Genius! Lumos Helmet, $179, lumoshelmet.co
Use Technogym’s new Wellness Ball – Active Sitting in place of a chair at home or office to help strengthen muscles and increase balance, while at the same time improving flexibility, coordination, and posture. And it comes with a personal trainer! The handle on the hygienic cover (machine washable and made from an anti-bacterial honeycomb material found in running shoes) displays a QR code, which allows the user to use a smartphone or tablet to access training programs from Technogym’s mywellness cloud. Technogym Wellness Ball – Active Sitting, $225, technogym.com
GOOD AIR DAY
It took a commitment of four years of intensive research and development and $71 million to come to this: The Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer. A masterpiece of engineering design. The tiny, yet powerful motor sits in the handle for better balance. It intelligently controls temperature to help protect hair from extreme heat damage. James Dyson says, “Hair dryers can be heavy, inefficient, and make a racket. By looking at them further, we realized that they can also cause extreme heat damage to hair. I challenged Dyson engineers to really understand the science of hair and develop our version of a hair dryer, which we think solves these problems.” The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $399, sephora.com
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BEAUTY CECILIA’S PICKS
Best of Beauty
Here are a few of my favorite picks for this season! – Cecilia Moreno
EYE FOR DRAMA EVE BY EVES long-lasting, smudge-proof Jet Black Drama Luxe Conditioning Fiber Gel Mascara + Perfect Base is a highperformance, allin-one conditioning lash enhancer that effortlessly adds dramatic volume and length to each lash. Ingredients promote healthier, stronger lashes. Drama Luxe Conditioning Gel Mascara + Perfect Base, $38, EVE by eves, Beverly Hills, 855-844-0545
SUPER HEALING MASK This nourishing powder mask with organic coconut milk contains MSM and Matcha powder that helps heal. Biodara Coconut Matcha Brightening Mask, $48, biodara.com
✯ GENLUX EDITOR’S PICK
SK-II reveals three special-edition bottles of Facial Treatment Essence. The Festive 2016 design, inspired by Suminagashi, is an ancient Japanese painting technique. The iconic beauty essence contains over 90% Pitera—the signature ingredient present in all SK-II products. $229 for 230ml, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211
The ultimate in skin regeneration, CHANEL: Sublimage Le Voyage debuts in an exclusive travel set. Precious ingredients exclusive to CHANEL restore skin to its most youthful appearance. Set includes SUBLIMAGE LA CRÈME and one 0.7 oz. ‘Refill; SUBLIMAGE LA BRUME and three 0.6 oz. refills. Limited Edition, $650, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night Style Eye-Con No 20 Eyeshadow Palette: This eyeshadow palette is organized into two day-looks, a golden moment, and two night-looks. Features advanced pigments that allow true, instant color payoff and the longest-lasting performance. $99, sephora.com
CRÈME DE LA CRÈME
TIME MACHINE IN A BOTTLE
Sircuit ORAIA anti-aging intensive regeneration complex works unlike anything you have ever tried! This powerful cocktail of potent ingredients will make you fall in love with your skin! An intensive serum formulated to include preventive as well as corrective benefits. $135, available at fine spas and salons, sircuitskin.com
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EVE BY EVES Radiant Glow Frosted Primrose Cream Blush A luxurious, satin-smooth formulation that instantly adds radiance to complexion for a youthful glow. With extreme staying power and lasting comfort, this high-performance, multi-purpose cream can be used as a blush, highlighter, eye shadow, or lip color base. Shimmer bright pink tint goes well with all skin tones. Formulated without parabens. $38 each, EVE by eves, Beverly Hills, 855-844-0545, evestemptation.com
Season of Giving Need! Want! Gotta have! Gotta give!
LOVE IT ALL!
Ole Henriksen Love It All – Blockbuster Skincare Set: Give the gift of healthy, glowing, youthful skin with luxurious and powerful formulas that work in synergy to lift and brighten the complexion. Packed with eight best-selling products, the Love It All is sure to make your holidays merry and bright! $59, sephora.com
Kiehl’s Faile Collection For A Cause Limited-Edition Gift Set: Kiehl’s holiday set of the brand’s hydration essentials, includes Crème de Corps, Ultra Facial Cream, Daily Reviving Concentrate, and a FAILE sticker. $45 = 415 meals! Kiehl’s Since 1851 partners with New York–based artistic collaboration FAILE to donate $100,000 to Feeding America, providing 1,100,000 meals to families in need this holiday season. Kiehl’s Since 1851, Robertson, 310860-0028
BEAUTY GIFTING SUITE
BITE Beauty The Perfect Bite Set of four deluxe-size Amuse Bouche lipsticks in a range of beautiful neutrals. Complete with two nude shades, a rosy pink, and a rich cognac brown. $25, sephora.com
TEMPTU Air is the fastest way to a flawless face with their interchangeable Airpod makeup. Use Airpod foundation, blush, highlighter and bronzer to create custom looks. Spotcorrecting. Contouring. Strobing. Holiday Airbrush Perfection Set, $258, temptu.com
LOUIS OF THE VALLEY
Louis Vuitton Apogee Parfum Created by House Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, the creator of Jean Paul Gaultier Classique, L’Eau d’Issey, and Opium pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent, was named Maître Parfumeur of Louis Vuitton in 2012. Apogée, one of seven distinct fragrances created, is a radiant lily-of-thevalley scent enlaced with petals of jasmine, magnolia, and rose. $240, Louis Vuitton, Beverly Hills, 310-859-0457
BY CANDLE LIGHT
Clear stress with this Om Kit. This set of cult classics is packed with ingredients that are known to increase the brain’s alpha waves and aid in dissociating the mind from the body. TO112 Om Top of It gift set, $65 ($84 value) includes Palo Santo candle, Incense Burner, and Incense sticks, to112.com
Diptyque Holiday candles light up the night in these beautiful limited-edtion new scents. Sparkling Incense Holiday Candle; Delicious Spices Holiday Candle; Festive Fir Tree Holiday Candle, 6.5oz candle, $70 each, Diptyque Paris, Beverly Hills, 310-385-5941, diptyqueparis.com
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BEAUTY EDITOR’S PICKS
GENLUXSHOP GENLUX BEAU DUNN, GENLUX BEAUTY EDITOR Forever Glow Anti-Aging Face Mask, $75 for 5 Masks, JoannaVargas.com Treat yourself to an at-home spa treatment with these ultrahydrating sheet masks! joannavargas.com
New York celebrity facialist to the stars Joanna Vargas has opened her first LA salon located in West Hollywood, right in time for your Holiday parties. Try her celebrity favorites like the LED light bed, Triple Crown Facial, Forever Facial and Vita Lights. Gift cards and the full range of Vargas’ organic skincare collection are available, including the Forever Glow Anti-Aging Face Mask, and the celeb favorite Daily Serum, $85, said to be like a “green juice” for the skin. For an appointment in LA, 212-9492350, joannavargas.com
Votre Vu Champs-Élipsee Lip Crayons in Naked and Spark, $24, votrevu.com
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Here are my must-have picks and gifts For LV collectors who wish to enjoy each of the seven creations, this presentation case contains seven 10ml miniatures. Louis Vuitton Miniature Fragrance Set, $290, Louis Vuitton, Beverly Hills, 310-859-0457
Handmade in France, this candle is a soothing blend of woods and fresh rose petals, peppered with warm notes of leather and birch tree. Oh, so beautiful! Byredo Burning Rose candle, $80, Barneys New York, The Grove, 323-761-5255
HOLIDAY GIFTS! Louis Vuitton epic chain choker, $1180, Louis Vuitton, Beverly Hills, 310-859-0457
Nurse Jamie has launched her EGF Platinum 3 Restorative Facial Elixir known as the “scenestealer.” It contains essential oils to restore and revitalize your complexion. Nurse Jamie EGF Platinum Restorative Facial Elixir, $198, nursejamie.com
I LOVE masks, but HATE taking them off...until now. The Dr. Brandt Magnetight Age Defier Mask is an iron-based formula mask that helps reduce wrinkles, clears impurities, and helps ease stressed skin. And removing is easy! Grab the magnet tool that comes with the mask, and glide over the face to remove! It’s like magic! Dr. Brandt Magnetight Age Defier, $75, Sephora, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9581 Le Metier de Beaute Ultimate Hydrator, $225, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900
Tom Ford Eau de Toilette, $80, Sephora, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9581 Oribe Côte d’Azur Eau de Parfum, $95, oribe.com Take five for this at-home facial lift. FDA-cleared. Nuface Facial Toning Device, $199, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400
The Immunocologie Bon Voyage Travel Set helps keep your skin hydrated, refreshed, and rejuvenated. Immunocologie Set: Hyaluronic Serum, Vital Ionic Mist, and Intense Eye Cream, $165, immunocologie.com
The Skin Whisperer
Stacey Stilts is the affable and knowledgeable owner of Green Line Beauty. Her passion is helping customers with their skincare needs. She curates and sells only pure, natural, organic skin care and cosmetics that she’s also determined to be effective. Here, Stacey answers our GENLUX Two-Word Questionnaire. Sircuit Cosmeceuticals
i. cee. u. firming anti-aging skin resuscitating serum, $150, Green Line Beauty, 323-933-5369
Sircuit Cosmeceuticals o.m.g. anti-aging skin resucitating serum, $150
Describe yourself. Loyal, passionate, humble, loving, chemical-free Three blessings? My husband, my soon-to-be daughter, family and friends. Your passion? Helping people understand making the change to natural, organic, chemical-free products. I feel so amazing when I can help a client who has been suffering for a long time with their skin issues. Once they come to Greenthale Lineblanc Beauty, I assist them gypsy gray with their diet and skincare regime. It’s very rewarding to see the lambskin with results and gain a loyal client. beaded suede strap, $242, Guilty pleasures? Bad TV and gangstaFred rap.segal, la, 323-651Happiest moment? The day I found I4129 was
pregnant with a girl.
Beauty secrets? You are what you eat. Good skincare is a must. I’m a pescetarian; I don’t drink coffee, and I believe in layering my skincare. Yes, I use three serums (Oria, OMG, Vintner’s Daughter), two moisturizers (Day Care, Samadara by Sodashi), plus eye cream (ICU and Revelation) and SPF, Jane Iredale. I exfoliate twice a week and use a mask three times a week. Fashion style? Boho mixed with a little trendy.
Samadara Ultimate AgeDefying Crème Sircuit Cosmeceuticals revelation intensive anti-wrinkle eye serum, $90
Favorite getaway? A hot bath with my favorite tonics and potions. Favorite quote? “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe Your hero? My mom. She was a single mom who raised me with great morals and ethics. Biggest regret? Well, I always try to take my regrets and turn them into positive change.
Sircuit Cosmeceuticals ORAIA anti-aging | intensive regeneration complex, $135
Best trait? My friends can rely on me. Forget something? I try to do a mitzvah; sometimes I forget. Your hobbies? Cooking, organic gardening, spending time with our pets. Embarrassing moment? I’m too embarrassed to tell you… Favorite charity? Friends for Pets Weimaraner rescue. 2021 plan? Launching a new skincare line. Green Line Beauty, 7123 Melrose Ave, LA, 323-933-5369
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BEAUTY HER SECRET SERVICE
Makeup artist ALEXIS SWAIN reveals how to get Sonja Kinski’s beauty look!
Sonja’s skin was healthy and glowing from a facial at her favorite skincare center, Aida Thibiant in Beverly Hills. Their estheticians provide ‘tough love’ to their clients—resulting in perhaps the most thorough cleaning they’ve ever experienced to achieve a healthy, balanced glow. Sonja’s ‘usual’ is Thibiant’s Hydradermie Facial with an upgraded peel. The peel is a thorough pre-facial exfoliation prep step. The facial uses galvanic rollers to penetrate targeted ingredients deep into the skin to address various skin conditions such as dehydration, breakouts, fine lines, fatigue, acne, etc. Sonja follows up her facial with an IPL Laser treatment by Aida Thibiant’s registered nurse. The result is healthy, glowing, clean skin!
SKIN: First I prepped Sonja’s skin with Embryolisse Moisturizer and went back in around the eye area with Dr. Marcene 37 Actives High-Performance Anti-Aging Cream to moisturize
eyes and lips completely, giving me a radiant surface to begin makeup.
LIP: To finish this
look, I wanted a nude, matte lip to keep the focus on Sonja’s eyes. I lined her lips in Charlotte
BROW: Sonja has amazing brows,
but I wanted them a bit darker and bolder to frame her eyes, so I used Anastasia Brow Primer and Anastasia Brow Powder Duo to shape and set them.
Tilbury’s Pillowtalk liner and used Jeffree Star Celebrity Skin liquid lipstick.
FACE: I applied La Mer
COLOR: For a
in Linen with a brush, and then buffed in with a Beauty Blender. I used Kevyn Aucoin
Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow on
Soft Fluid Foundation
Sensual Skin Enhancer as
an under-eye concealer and anywhere else that needed a bit more coverage. I powdered lightly to set using Laura Mercier Translucent Powder,
focusing on the T-zone and under the eyes. I love highlights, and believe more glow creates a more youthful look for skin— so I don’t over-powder.
subtle contour, I used Charlotte
Sonja’s cheekbones and jaw. Next, I applied Stila Convertible Color in Fuschia to the
apples of the cheeks. I went back in with Pat McGrath’s Gold Shiny Stick to emphasize
highlights in the inner corners of the eyes, cheekbones, bridge of the nose and Cupid’s bow.
EYE: Sonja has gorgeous, dark, doe eyes—the focus of this makeup look. Using NARS Eye Paint in Baalbek, I applied all over the top lids using a fluffy brush to evenly disperse the product. I wanted a sheer layer to create depth without making it too heavy. I used Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeliner Pencil to line the upper lash line and extended the line for a subtle cat-eye shape. I used MAC Teddy liner under the eyes and worked into the lash line. To avoid any harsh lines—even though the eyes were intense—I then used Kat Von D’s Shade and Light Palette to blend the liner into shadow. I finished off the eyes by applying Ardell Demi-Wispy lashes, and a healthy dose of Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara to both the top and bottom lashes.
Malibu native Alexis Swain graduated from UCLA and spent the last 14 years perfecting her craft working in all genres from TV, commercials and music videos to ads and editorials in ELLE, Vanity Fair, Maxim, Esquire, and GQ. She is represented by CelestineAgency.com
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What are the possible risks with going abroad for plastic surgery? Going abroad for any surgery is not always a bad idea, but it’s not without its risks and challenges. Some are obvious. For instance, if complications arise after you’ve returned home, your treating physician is miles and miles away. Another challenge is, unlike the United States, other countries fail to have strong regulatory practices and systems in place. Other risks are not so obvious, like the heartbreaking experience of a recent patient of mine who agreed to share her story. “I had a tummy tuck and liposuction on my back performed by a surgeon in the Dominican Republic. I’d searched the web and studied the before-and-after cases of potential doctors. I also joined an online group to obtain patient testimonials. In the end, I chose a doctor who had a good reputation, and his prices weren’t bad either. While the surgery performed here would have cost roughly $20,000, there, including travel, hotel accommodations and the surgery, it was only $8000—less than half. “I went to the surgical clinic, which was very modern and up-to-date, both inside and out. I saw a cardiologist and had blood work done. I thought they were very thorough. After the surgery, I stayed in the Dominican Republic hospital for two weeks. About three weeks after my return, I had leakage from the incision and began to develop a fever. From there, it went from bad to worse. After two weeks I wasn’t getting better and had to go to the emergency room. I had some imaging work and found that I had a collection of fluids on my stomach. A doctor tried to get it all out but couldn’t, so referred me to Dr. Aronowitz. He found that the bacterial infection had spread throughout my body, so he started me on liquid antibiotics and I was in the hospital for 11 days. They sent the cultures to the lab and found it to be a mycobacterial infection. Studies by the CDC have found it’s more prevalent in the Dominican Republic. “It’s been three months now, and I’m still not well. I take IV medications five times a day and oral medication twice a day. I’m nauseous. I’ve had multiple blood transfusions. After the initial hospitalization, I’ve been in two other times and have been off work for this entire time. I’m lucky that I’m financially secure, but if I didn’t have a family to take care of me, it could have left me homeless, or worse. I put myself in a dangerous situation. If you want to talk results, my body looks horrific. I’m not happy. I’m going to have to have revision surgery. The sad part is I didn’t need to have surgery; it was just me trying to enhance my look.”
Is there anything this patient could have done to avoid her situation? Nowadays you can go to many countries around the world and be treated by doctors who have been well trained in America, Western Europe or Australia. The problem typically isn’t the competence of the doctor—it’s the lack of a good support system. Foreign hospitals and surgery centers aren’t held to rigorous American Joint Commission Accreditation standards. No one is coming around to inspect. It’s relatively expensive to run an operating room to a high standard. High-quality infection control and sterility standards are virtually invisible to the patient, and easily shortchanged. The issues of surgical or hospital-acquired infections are a real problem everywhere. The recent emergence of dangerous MRSA* and other antibiotic-resistant infections is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s like going back to the pre-penicillin era—before the 1940s when we didn’t have antibiotics. In those days, most people died of infectious diseases. We still have many effective antibiotics, but it’s a good idea to be vigilant about infections in the healthcare setting.
So what caused the infection in this patient?
BEAUTY EXPERT OPINION
Ask Dr. A
Although the worst organisms that cause these infections are concentrated in hospitals. It’s called mycobacterium because it shows characteristics of both a fungus and bacteria. They’re hard to get rid of because they aren’t susceptible to the conventional antibiotics. The spores of these bacteria are found and carried in ordinary tap water. So if the instruments are washed in tap water but not sterilized properly, those spores can contaminate and grow inside the patient’s body. They’re very hard to get rid of because they aren’t susceptible to the conventional antibiotics. *MRSA definition (by Mayo Clinic staff): Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a type of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections. Most MRSA infections occur in people who’ve been in hospitals or other healthcare settings, such as nursing homes and dialysis centers.
specializes in cosmetic procedures including scar removal, thigh lifts, face lifts, tummy tucks, and breast augmentations. He incorporates innovative stem-cell treatments and is a leading clinical researcher in the use of stem-cell technology. He is Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, and the California Society of Plastic Surgeons. He’s frequently invited to speak at professional conferences internationally. Dr. Aronowitz is an authority on breast cancer reconstruction techniques that preserve the patient’s natural aesthetic. He teaches non-disfiguring breast cancer surgeries including stem-cell breast reconstruction and nipple-sparing mastectomies. In his spare time, he and his wife of 35 years support local schools and museums and enjoy traveling the globe together. Joel Aronowitz, MD, 8635 West 3rd Street, Suite 1090W, LA, 90048. For more information, please visit aronowitzmd.com.
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BEAUTY BEST BEAUTY LA/OC
Orange County: Dr. Kathy Lee
Dr. Kathy Lee, M.D. / Halcyon Dermatology Dr. Kathy Lee is the founder of Halcyon Dermatology. She attended Washington University in St. Louis where she received her undergraduate, Masters, and Doctor of Medicine degrees. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine and Dermatology residency at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Dr. Lee is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology (Board Certified) and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She previously served on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for Dermatology and as the national president of the Asian Pacific American Medical Students’ Association (APAMSA). Dr. Lee’s clinical interests include medical and pediatric dermatology, lasers, ethnic skin, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Lee is the founder of En Plein Air (enpleinairlaser.com), a charity that utilizes the latest scar removal technology to benefit adult and pediatric patients in need. Halcyon Dermatology, Dr. Kathy Lee, 24431 Calle De La Louisa #200, Laguna Hills, 949-266-0216, halcyonderm.com
Beverly Hills: Dr. Norman Leaf
Dr. Norman Leaf has practiced advanced aesthetic surgery in Beverly Hills for over thirty years. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at UCLA Medical School, and is acknowledged internationally as a master in the art of aesthetic procedures. He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Leaf is committed to the highest level of excellence and integrity in his clinical work, which he prefers be admired but never noticed. He’s been featured on many national tv shows and has been lauded in top fashion and beauty magazines. W magazine acknowledged him as one of “The World’s Best Plastic Surgeons.” He proudly serves as Medical Director of R.A.W. (Rebuilding America’s Warriors), a nonprofit that provides gratis aesthetic procedures to our wounded vets (rebuildingamericaswarriors.org). Integrating fashion and beauty, Dr. Leaf and his wife owned and very successfully operated the Beverly Hills Prada franchise for ten years, while still managing his full-time practice. Norman Leaf, MD, FACS, 436 N Bedford Drive, Suite 104, Beverly Hills, 310-274- 8001, leafmd.com
IS THERE A NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT FOR GETTING RID OF MY DOUBLE CHIN? Yes! Look into Kybella—the first and only FDA-approved injectable to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat beneath the chin by physically destroying fat cells. Many men and women have experienced positive results. The formula absorbs fat by destroying the fat cell’s membrane. Once the cell membrane is gone, the body removes the remaining fat cell in a natural way.
How many sessions are required? On average, 4-6 sessions will achieve the results you want. The result will be a firm, youthful look.
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How long do Kybella treatments last? Results will begin within four to six weeks, and they last for years. Kybella is similar to a product that your body naturally creates, which means it is unlikely that a reaction or any adverse effects will occur. As with any cosmetic treatment, everyone’s expectations and experiences are unique. Please consult a Board- certified dermatologist who will walk you through all of the benefits and possible side effects. —Dr. Kathy Lee
SERIOUSLY, I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT... BY LAURA DUNN
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT
There’s one staple in my closet that every woman should own —the Marni sculpting bodysuit by Cosabella. Wear this paneled, mesh black stretch satin under absolutely any piece of clothing to fit and flatter your figure. It pulls you in to help shape like no other bodysuit. The adjustable straps and underwire cups with removable padding make this a holiday dressing must-have. Cosabella Marni sculpting bodysuit, $150, neimanmarcus.com
The Love Bracelet by Cartier is one of the most iconic pieces of jewelry in the world, but one of the downfalls is, once it’s on, it’s on…so you need another human being to help take it off. Unless it’s the full diamond micro-pavé Love Bracelet by Cartier with a beautifully made safety clasp that allows you to remove it yourself. Diamond Love Bracelet by Cartier, from $40,400, cartier.com A comfortable six-inch heel is not an oxymoron. Never in my wildest dreams could I have ever thought it possible. Leave it to orthopedic surgeon-turned-successful-shoe-designer Taryn Rose and Enrico Cuini to deliver sexiness and comfort in one shoe. I met Taryn for the first time last week and begged her to take off her six-inch shoe so I could try it on. It was amazingly comfortable. The shoe launches this month, and I’ve already put my order in for several pairs! Thank you, Taryn and Enrico, for finally making a hot, sexy, comfortable shoe. enricocuini.com
LOUIS VUITTON iPHONE CASE Cool Cosmetics Case The Tory Burch Brigitte large cosmetic case makes a great gift for under $100. Waterresistant inside and out, it’s a fun way for your loved ones to store their beauty essentials. Tory Burch Brigitte cosmetic case, $95, toryburch.com
On the final day of the Spring 2017 Paris Fashion Week, Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière unveiled the Petit-Malle iPhone case. This miniature version of the iconic trunk bag has created such a buzz that my source at LV just informed me that there’s a waiting list from here to the North Pole. Get your name on that list now! Louis Vuitton iPhone PetitMalle case, Louis Vuitton, Beverly Hills, 310-859-0457
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CLOSET DESIRES: POWER SUIT
GENLUXSHOP ITâ€™S ALL IN THE SUIT. DO YOU PREFER WILD AND CRAZY PRINT OR SLEEK AND ELEGANT CUT? YOU DECIDE HOW TO PLAY THE GAME. JUST PLAY IT WELL.
Blumarine FW16, blumarine.com
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Vivienne Westwood FW16, viviennewestwood.com
Gucci FW16, gucci.com
Brunello Cucinelli FW16, brunellocucinelli.com
Max Mara FW16, us.maxmara.com
Zac Posen gown, $9900, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Anne Sisteron chain ring, $3670, Anne Sisteron, Beverly Hills, 310-550-0780, annesisteron.com Jacob & Co ring, jacobandco.com
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THE NEXT WAVE
Photo: Martin Rusch
GENLUXSHOP A pair of passionate entrepreneurs are revolutionizing swimwear By Cheryl Woodcock
hat chill in the air means many of us are nias swimwear’s thoughtful construction. already pining for warmer climates. And Day says, “Brighdie and I are both pleasure-seeking in the coming months, many will jet to surfers, so when it came to our brand, making no sacrifice balmy tropical locales. But this paradise pasfor design while using superor-quality materials that stayed time also means the female types among us on was our motivation.” are back to picking out the ‘perfect’ bathing It makes sense that their watchword is ‘utilitarian.’ They suit. And finding the right fit can take time. Traditionally, create silhouettes that flatter every woman’s figure. But it’s designs didn’t account for all sexy shapes and sizes. But, the cut that makes the difference. “Design lines are tricky,” Surfer Skylar fortunately, over the past few years, the designs, they are a says Grounds, “with each body type suiting a different style.” Woodcock in Dos Gardenias changin’. Manufacturers have seen the light and are finally As an example, she notes that “low-waisted styles are best Ophelia Neoprene top, $250, creating swimwear for women of all curves and cambers. for high-waisted girls, and high-waisted styles for longRamble On Neoprene A major slice of this $17 billion–dollar bathing-suit waisted girls.” What separates Dos Gardenias from other bottom, $235 business is sporty, active swimwear. But here’s the hitch: lines is…well, separates. That is, the company sells deftly ladies looking for active swimwear with upmarket sensidesigned separates so that you can find just the right fit. bilities have so far been out of luck. The message has been Both women are passionate about finding the perfect suit that you can be either active or sophisticated—but not both. And this for every woman—one that gives her confidence. is where Dos Gardenias, a new swimwear line, dives into the story. The Dos Gardenias vision goes beyond a smart business model. The Powerhouse businesswomen Dorothy Day and Brighdie founders are philanthropists who have spent years giving of their time, Grounds, who say they spend a majority of their free time talent, and resources to improving the lives of people and communi“submerged in sand and salt water,” have created a chic line ties. So it’s no surprise that Dos Gardenias is contributing to causes of swimwear that can keep up with the most active woman, like Waves for Water (wavesforwater.org), which works on the yet never skimps on craftsmanship or style. Their swimfront line to provide clean water to communities in need around wear is produced in the USA, but they have sourced only the world and Glam4Good (glam4good.com), a nonprofit fashion/ the finest fabrics from France and Italy. “We knew that beauty movement that ignites positive social change through style. the high-end luxury swimwear market was not deAsked what they would consider paradise, Grounds says, “It signed to appeal to the buyer with an active lifestyle,” would be to sleep in.” But as a visionary, she doesn’t stop there. Grounds says. “We set out to fill that void.” No, the next stop for the dynamic duo would be a “day spa Having grown up in Southern California, the women and lunch break of truffle pasta.” Wearing Dos Gardenias have a passion for surfing that’s reflected in Dos Gardeswimsuits, no doubt.
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Zephyr Neoprene bottom, $268, dosgardenias.com
Surf photo: Juan Munoz
Design Duo Dorothy Day and Brighdie Grounds —adding a touch of confidence into every swimsuit
Dos Gardenias Nymph Spring of finest Japanese Neoprene wetsuit, $484, dosgardenias.com
Photos: Jonas Leuenberger
Bespoken Here Cate sizes up her creation with a discerning eye. Every hat is made to order.
With hearts pouring from her eyes, Cate Leuenberger tells the story of how she became a hat designer. How she had this passion for hats, and one day, through serendipity, met a woman who made them for a living. That moment would open her mind to a vision that’s now become Royal Stag, the bespoke hat concern that she and husband, Jonas, run out of Colorado. GENLUX caught up with Cate at the opening of her collaboration with cult footwear brand Fiorentini+Baker in LA, where they offer limited-edition Royal Stag hats, ($450 and up). Here, Cate answers our Two-Word Questionnaire. Describe yourself. Passionate, particular, funny, loving, kind. Flower or gardener? Gardener. I’m better at tending than being tended to. Your occupation? I love being a part of the creative process of making hats, from the concept to its realization. I’m driven to make things and create. Can’t get enough of it. If it’s not hats, it’s music. If not music, it’s jewelry, or knitting, or cooking—I’m always keeping my hands busy. Your passion? Creating. It’s built into my operating system. It’s how I relate to the world and all things. It’s unimaginable for me not to. It’s what fuels me and keeps me sane—my key to happiness and fulfillment. Three blessings? My family, good health, knowing what I want. Best traits? Straight shooter, passionate. Job challenges? Office stuff—crunching numbers and keeping track of the business side of things. Not my strong suit. I’m not the most organized human—some might even call me a little messy. DNA change? I’d like to be a bit less fiery or explosive at times. Recurring dream? In my teens and twenties, I would have this dream where I’d get lockjaw and wouldn’t be able to open my mouth…and my teeth would start cracking and falling out. Never liked that one so much.
Lotto winnings? I’d situate the family and friends a bit, buy a house in Switzerland (that’s where Jonas is from). The rest would go towards social justice. Wisest words? Don’t overthink it…be in the ease and flow. ‘Aha’ moment? The moment I asked this woman in Santa Fe about her hat and she told me that she made it. WHAT?! You can still make these things? Mentoring tip? Find a niche, trust, and work hard. Last day? If tomorrow were the last day, I’d cook good food and be with my family…and open a bottle of wine or two. Next risk? To be honest, at this point, I’m where I want to be. If something is right, I go for it. Life is too short, and I live a full and exciting life. 2021 vision? I’ll be on planet Earth, making hats and raising kids. Reincarnation plan? A skunk—stinky and respected.
Sewin’ the Line Cate meticulously adds the liner to the custom hat that’s about ready to meet its new owner.
Your hero? My husband. Best gift? My husband, ‘cause since we’ve been together I’ve received everything else. The love, my children, the partnership in life, work and play. He’s my rock. Stress element? Time. There’s never enough time.
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Gianvito Rossi cap-toe plexi pump, $795, gianvitorossi.com
Angella Nazarian is a free-spirited philanthropist who loves to travel (she’s visited over 70 countries with her husband and two sons) and to give back. Two years ago, along with three friends, she co-founded Visionary Women, a nonprofit that highlights the voices of women and thought leaders from around the world. Last year, she collaborated with Leymah Gbowee, the Nobel laureate, who came from Liberia to encourage women and girls to be advocates in the peace-building process.
I am doing a lot of research and reading that will lead to a sequel to the Visionary Women book that I came out with last year with publisher Assouline.
What are you working on?
Favorite fashion items for this season? Alexander
Where do you get your inspiration? I am a true book nerd, and I love biographies. Other people’s lives and how they handle challenges inspires me.
Alexander McQueen F16, Alexander McQueen, LA, 323-782-4983
If you could take only one person on vacation with you, who would it be?
My father. He passed away many years ago, but he is always in my thoughts. I wished I could have had a father-daughter trip to Paris, his favorite city, which I never got to have with him. Name three things you couldn’t leave behind. My phone that carries my exten-
sive playlist, my husband, and a cashmere wrap or scarf because I’m always so cold.
Where’s your favorite place to escape to?
My new favorite spot is the Amangiri, located in the middle of the desert in Utah. The landscape and the canyon hikes are truly surreal. aman.com/resorts/amangiri
Louis Vuitton in black with no logo. First class or private jet?
No private jet… ﬁrst class for me!
Angella Nazarian (angellanazarian.com) Author of Pioneers of the Possible and newly released Visionary Women. Co-founder of Visionary Women Nonprofit (visionarywomen.com)
Louis Vuitton ‘Alma’ bag, $2120, Louis Vuitton, Beverly Hills, 310-859-0457
Where are you going next?
I am oﬀ to Japan—ﬁrst stop, Naoshima Island—one of the most remarkable art and architecture destinations in the world.L.L. Bean Pritzker Prize–winning architect Hunter’s XL tote Tadao Ando designed most of the bag, $59, structures on the island. Then my llbean.com husband, David, and I are oﬀ on a 10-day bike tour through the countryside. How do you go from day to night Giuseppe Zanotti without taking your entire closet two-color suede with you? I have gotten so good at
platform sandal, transitioning. Adding on statement $1150, Giuseppe jewelry or accessories and, usually, Zanotti, Beverly Hills, heels does the trick. wearing 310-550-5760
I love comfortable walking shoes for daytime. I love this season’s Gucci tennis shoes— very feminine and hip.
What shoes do you bring?
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McQueen’s new pantsuit with the embroidered lips and butterﬂies—it’s to die for. It’s a playful version of the power suit! And to ﬁnish it oﬀ I would have to say Gianvito Rossi metallic pumps. They’re just the right pump to give your outﬁt that ﬁnal POW!
GUCCI Ace embroidered low-top sneaker, $870, gucci.com
Tell us something unique about yourself I love to Flamenco dance.
I’ve been taking classes for the past seven years. Overall, I would say my goal is to have an impact on my community and beyond. I’ve been fortunate in my life, and I honestly ﬁnd joy in sharing that with others. I am a ﬁrm believer in giving back. Peace and love to all.
GENLUXSHOP Like Father, Like Daughter
When the late iconic designer Perry Ellis and his long-time friend, writer/producer Barbara Gallagher reached the decision to produce a child using artificial insemination, they might have surmised she’d one day grow up to be a creative force herself. Now 31, jet-setting Tyler Ellis brings a breath of fresh air to luxury handbags with designs made for the modern woman on the go. Celebs like Reese Witherspoon, Claire Danes and Emma Stone have been spotted traipsing around town gripping her inspirations, which often originate at 35,000 feet. “I think Emirates deserves a bag named after it,” Tyler says.
Balmain quilted leather jacket and Giuseppe Zanotti black boots with gold hardware.
Favorite items for fall/winter?
On what are you working?
My Fall/Winter 2017 collection. Where do you get your inspiration?
Travel! I’m very fortunate to be able to travel as much as I do. I love exploring new places and watching locals live their lives.
Who is your mentor? My mom. One of the strongest women I know. She raised me alone, and I have the utmost love and respect for her.
My alligator Caroline tote. It’s super-light and has more pockets than you can imagine…and a phone charger inside.
Luzern Serum Absolut V12, $115, Peninsula Spa, Beverly Hills, 310-975-2854; luzernlabs.com
First class or private jet?
who’s paying. : )
Where are you going next?
I’m literally on a plane right now to NYC for meetings, but my next ‘holiday’ is to Hong Kong and Tokyo in November for my birthday.
If you could take only one person on vacation with you, who would it be? Why?
My husband. Needs no explanation.
Tell us something unique about yourself.
I’m not your typical fashionista. I love what I do, but live a very private life. My idea of the perfect evening is an intimate dinner party at home with close friends, the puppies, my husband grilling on our Big Green Eggs, and a few bottles of Sassicaia. Heaven!
Name three things you couldn’t leave behind.
Luzern Face products (I never travel without my Luzern serums and creams), passport (never know where you might pop oﬀ to), and my iPhone (what would I do without Uber?) Italy! Most recently my husband and I discovered La Posta Vecchia, the sister property of Il Pellicano. It’s a magniﬁcent villa that was restored by JP Getty, about an hour south of Rome, on the sea. A romantic, quiet escape, deﬁnitely check out the Getty Suite!
Photo by Phillip Lopez
Where’s your favorite escape?
How do you go from day to night without taking your entire closet?
I like to travel with neutrals…super-easy to dress up or down with fun accessories.
Tyler Ellis Caroline tote medium in light gray alligator, $12,250, tylerellis.com CHANEL gold, black and white mule, CHANEL, Beverly Hills, 310-278-5500
What shoes do you bring? I love my classic CHANEL slip-ons. I usually bring a pair of black and nudes that go with everything, but my new obsession is my ZDC Python slip-ons that I discovered in Vancouver. They’re a natural color and have no back. I live in them! They go with everything.
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GETAWAY PELICAN HILL
Heaven on the Hill
The Resort at Pelican Hill’s inspirational nod to Italy is embedded in every inch of its architecture, design and detail. It’s an artistic, ultra-luxury masterpiece. It’s romantic. And it’s nice to know it’s just over an hour’s drive from LA.
Me Time We all need to decompress. Here is the best place to recharge those fuel cells.
The private villas and bungalow guest rooms and suites at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach are spacious (villas range up to 3500 square feet) and elegantly appointed with fine furnishings, handsome artwork, and soothing, warm earth tones. A very attentive staff from reception to engineering. When the TV sound system wasn’t working, help arrived within minutes. The rooms feature soaring ceilings, romantic Italian limestone fireplaces, plush feather-topped beds, and deep soaking tubs with separate marble walk-in showers. Every room has an ocean view. Travel tip: When checking in, ask for a room with a full ocean view. pelicanhill.com Just Pinch Me Hot coffee, the fireplace, the ocean view, the morning paper. Am I dreaming?
The Spa at Pelican Hill is one of the most elegant, relaxing and full-service spas in Southern California. In a nutshell, there are 22 large treatment rooms, women’s and men’s Acqua Colonnades, relaxation lounges, a fitness center, wellness classes, personal training, salon, day packages, balanced wellness retreats, spa cuisine and a boutique. Voted “#1 Spa in California” by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. pelicanhill.com/spa
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MUST SPA: MUST PLAY:
Words or photos can’t express the splendor of the golf courses at Pelican Hill. Yes, there are two. These Tom Fazio–designed par-72 gems have greens so beautifully manicured you’ll feel like you’re putting on a pool table. We rented the pro shop’s state-of-the-art TaylorMade woods and Titleist irons ($80 rental fee—includes two sleeves of balls). Even a hacker like me can pause to enjoy these glorious ocean views. Grab a forecaddie to assist with the lay of the land. Get to the pro shop early to change your shoes in the plush locker rooms and hit a bucket of balls off the real grass practice range. golfpelicanhill.com
Relaxation Gardens Enjoy a glass of wine or have a bite from the Spa Culinary Menu in the garden courtyards
Eye on the Prize Sean cranks a drive deeper into the fairway than his dear old dad.
Cool Pool Take a dip in the 136-foot-diameter Coliseum Pool or chill in one of the private cabanas.
Wheely Big Show Chef creates a decadent risotto with shaved parmesan dish right at your table.
Even if you aren’t staying at the resort, you must have din-din at Andrea. Crazy delicious dishes served in a warm, romantic environment with stunning ocean views. Northern Italian dining at its finest. Indulge in dishes employing fresh local ingredients and grab a bottle from the long list of award-winning wines. Try their traditional risotto, tossed in a decadent parmesan wheel right at your table (Guaranteed you’ll want to order a parmesan wheel when you get home). Total coolness: visiting the back-of-house pasta room where pasta chef Julia Holland makes 17 different varieties of pasta every day. andreanb.com
The Resort offers a complimentary shuttle to this gorgeous beach and will set you up with chairs, umbrellas, and towels. The Crystal Cove Beach Experience stretches out across 3.5 miles of beautiful coastline part of the state park that bears its name. Swim, surf, kayak, boogie board or stroll the sandy beach. Explore tide pools, jog or cycle along trails that meander through the canyon. Perfect place to capture your Snapchat moments!
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GENLUX Floating Paradise All of the resort's pavilions have a combined bedroom and living room. The spacious bathrooms feature elegant, freestanding bathtubs, twin vanities and rain showers.
Island of Serenity
Our Beau Dunn heads to Amanyara resort on the western shore of Providenciales in the Caribbean—one of eight tranquil islands shaping Turks and Caicos.
Amanyara Turks and Caicos is a pristine five-star beachfront resort overlooking a marine reserve with the clearest blue water and whitest sand beaches imaginable. The property hosts 40 luxury guest pavilions and 33 multi-bedroom villas, each graced with floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Enjoy the gorgeous beach club villa, breathtaking pools, five-star restaurants, fitness center, spa, volleyball court and golf simulator. For more information visit aman.com/resorts/amanyara
Eugenia Kim floppy sun hat, $485, Barneys New York, barneys.com
On a Clear Day Yes, you can see forever in Tulum
Imagine a handcontrolled Jetski that allows you to explore the ocean with diving depths of 131 ft. Meet Seabob—the —the ultimate sea-exploring device.
The Serenity Villa is Amanyara’s spa and wellness facility, featuring four double-treatment pavilions, adult swimming pool, outdoor yoga, and a Pilates studio. The spa offers massages, wraps, scrubs, and facials with all services also available in the privacy of your villa or pavilion.
Catch of the Day Fresh seafood dishes are caught right outside the resort
The Amanyara offers two main restaurants on premises: The Restaurant, situated around the outdoor reflection pond, and the Beach Club offering daily lunch including raw food dishes caught locally. Try the goat cheese guacamole—to die for!
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Sea Me Now? I'm about to zip around the clear turquoise water on my Seabob
View with a Room
Perched majestically atop a 150-foot bluff along the coastline is the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, a Five Diamond resort in the spirit of Southern California's active lifestyle and year-round sunshine
The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel's ocean view executive suite offers expansive vistas of the ocean and coastline. Love the doubledoors that open to a personal balcony with outdoor seating and warm fire pit. Sink into the plush king-size bed with 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens and goose-down duvet comforter. Find exclusive Asprey Bath essentials, comfy bathrobes and slippers in the marble bathrooms. I say, stay in bed and let the accommodating staff bring you breakfast. Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California, 949-240-2000, ritzcarlton.com
GETAWAY: LAGUNA NIGUEL
Chef Brian Sundeen brings his passion for cooking to enoSTEAK, an intimate steakhouse featuring only the highest quality meats and ingredients. All the steaks are from prime and grass-fed, pasture-raised beef. The organic produce is grown locally and harvested at the peak of the season. Treat yourself to the 9oz Wagyu NY Steak served with butter-poached Maine lobster, and dig into a side of Toma white cheddar truffle mac & cheese. Yummy!
Go ahead and indulge in this ocean-inspired Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Spa. Try the Collagen Infusion Facial to produce immediate and remarkable results. Skin cells will be plump and revitalized, superficial lines erased and skin texture made velvety smooth. A must for any special occasion.
A quick golf cart ride from the resort and you'll have access to the gorgeous beach and the Beach Butler Service which includes use of recreation equipment including fins, towel service, umbrellas, and chairs. Adventure seekers can choose from 15 eco-excursions, set out for a day of surfing on the Pacific, or simply sit under the shade of an umbrella, enjoying the beach and feeling grateful for nature's beauty.
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The golf, tennis, swiming, spa, shopping getaway
Ready for a quick family getaway to Carlsbad (just a few hours, if that, out of LA)? Book your stay in one of the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa suites. These elegant suites blend beauty, comfort and great resort views. Relax in a spacious sitting area with a queen-size sofa bed and stylish conveniences. The separate bedroom includes a comfortable king bed, and the marble bathroom features an oversized soaking tub, a separate shower, and dual vanities.
Immerse yourself in Omni La Costa Resort & Spa’s endless leisure and outdoor activities. Golf, spa, tennis, swimming, shopping—endless choices! Tee off at the championship-level golf courses (yes, there are two), practice your serve at one of 17 tennis courts, or discover nirvana at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Dive into one of eight swimming pools, zip down a waterslide or soak in the Villa Pool and Jacuzzi. The Edge adult pool offers cocktails and panoramic views worth floating into the evening.
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At Bob’s Steak & Chop House, their mantra is “Prime steaks. Big pours. Exceptional service.” Simple elegance, lively atmosphere, big drinks, fine wines and large cuts of the finest prime steaks, say no more. To accompany the steaks they make every dish in-house; from the famous pickles and even more famous warm loaves of bread, to sides of sautéed spinach and mushrooms and smashed potatoes, and desserts.
The Spa at La Costa is one fabulous experience. Arrive an hour early to enjoy the luxury amenities. Start with the steam room, take a plunge into the cold or hot tubs, slip into the sauna, grab a cup of tea and make your way into the serene lounge area until your name is called for your treatment. Check the website for their seasonal specials. You won’t regret booking the “Spa & Lunch” Package - 50 minute La Costa Classic Massage or Soothing Botanical Facial, Spa Cafe Lunch and Champagne Bellini, $175 per person.
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Can a great accessory bring you joy? We’re talking about poppy candy-colored clutches and handbags, luxe material and funky, ﬂirty detail. That’s just what Nancy Gonzalez’s pieces do. The Colombian-born designer debuted her ﬁrst collection at Bergdorf Goodman in 1998, where she made her mark early with bold colors, innovative ideas, and meticulous quality. There’s a fantasy element at play here. “I incorporate elements into each piece that make us smile—a color, a texture, a detail, a surprise,” Nancy says of her work. Joshua Schulman, president of Bergdorf Goodman, even recognizes her as one of the keystone brands in their accessories department. “She is a true visionary who has revolutionized the market with her mix of unconventional colors and design,” he says. Her pieces are made in her native Cali, Colombia by local artisans with expert old-school craftsmanship, and reﬂect her dedication to the indigenous community. Nancy Gonzalez the brand has gained popularity around the world—her collections calling over 300 luxury retailers home, and garnering an extensive list of celebrity fans. In 2007 she was honored by the Accessories Council with Brand of the Year, a highly coveted award that only solidiﬁes her place as a key player in the accessory industry. Gonzalez is launching an exciting new shoe collection exclusively with Bergdorf Goodman that will be available at select Neiman Marcus locations throughout the country in December. So when she’s in LA, what sparks joy for her? –Courtney Fortune
On and Off the Plane Where do you stay in LA?
Have drinks? Soho House What are your packing essentials? I pack Sisley
Photo courtesy of Nancy Gonzalez
Sunleya SPF50, Tom Ford Scarlet Rouge lipstick, a bottle of Joy by Jean Patou, Sisleya anti-age hand cream, my new Nancy Gonzalez pumps Tom Ford ‘Holly,’ my two Lip Color in iPhones, Oliver Scarlet Peoples sunglasses, Rouge, $53, and a Nancy Gonzalez tomford.com anthracite clutch (it’s my new neutral). JOY by Jean Patou, $350, violetgrey.com Nancy Gonzalez Holly pump, $1995, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900
What’s in your carry-on?
I travel with a Nancy Gonzalez Erica tote—the perfect size to carry on the plane, and it ﬁts all of my essentials. I always ﬂy with my iPad Pro.
How do you make your hotel room feel more like home?
The Peninsula does a great job making sure I feel like I’m at home—they even initial my pillowcases. How do you look refreshed after a long ﬂight?
Lots and lots of water.
What do you wish LA had that NYC has? I love that both
cities are authentic and diﬀerent from one another. That’s why I love to visit them both.
What do you wish NYC had that LA has? Same as above.
Red-eye or morning ﬂight?
Nancy‛s LA Favorites Shop: Neiman Marcus Restaurant: Chateau Marmont Beach? I do not take the sun. Museum? LACMA
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Neighborhoods: Beverly Hills and Bel Air Time of year:
I love Los Angeles at all times of the year!
Grand Deluxe Blue Suite at the Peninsula Hotel, Beverly Hills, peninsula.com
Nancy Gonzalez Erica tote, $3950, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211
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Published on Nov 1, 2016