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GENLUX BLOW-UP with Mischa Barton by Marc Baptiste

Around the World issue! BRITISH FASHION! Fashion+Beauty+Shopping!



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On our cover: Mischa Barton in Temperley of London wearing Harry Winston diamond bracelets. Photography for Genlux by Marc Baptiste. ,




COOL BRITANNIA Hot British designers make their mark this spring. GAME. SET. MATCH. Inspired by Centre Court at Wimbledon, the ’80s are back! WALK IN THE PARC We bring a little fashion to Hawaii’s Waikiki Parc Hotel. STYLE ON TAP The British designers invade LA’s Ye Olde King’s Head pub.


FLIRT Flouncy frocks from London make their U.S. debut. and the oscar goes to... Oscar de la Renta continues to rock the red carpet. DANDELION She’s a bit obsessive about her clothing—here’s why. CROWN JEWELS Big chunky jewelry makes a loud statement this season. BLOW-UP! Super-shooter Marc Baptiste captures Mischa Barton in a ’60s movie moment.


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RIGHT: Kenneth Jay Lane necklace, Design History* romper, Tano handbag, Lisa Stewart bangles, L.A.M.B. gladiators LEFT: Marcia Moran gold multistrand necklace, Design History* sweater, Blank jeans, Marc by Marc Jacobs tote, daniblack wedges

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File-O-Facts: Absolutely fabulous U.K. finds. British Invasion: Whimsical British wares. Your Inner Brit: British trimmings for the chic, modern flat. Beauty Experts: British beauty gurus talk tips and trends. Beauty Imports: Fab U.K. beauty finds. Cause: Born in England, Oxfam lends a hand around the world. Editor’s Picks: Samia’s spring surprises. Editor at Large’s Picks: George’s must-haves. Beauty Editor’s Picks: Dawn’s delights. Anastasia’s Expert Opinion: Healthy travel tips. Jetsetter: Baroness Monica Von Neumann. BuyLines: Handbag designers’ retail dreams. Chic Boutique: Fred Leighton opens on Rodeo Drive. Shop for a Cause: Philanthropic finds. Opening Presence: New and notable retailers around town. File-O-Green Facts: Green and gorgeous. File-O-Facts: Spring travel flings, from vacations to staycations. Out-of-Towner: Anya Hindmarch reveals her LA loves.

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Men’s Page: From the desk of an English gentleman.

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Spotlight: Your guide to Santa Monica’s beauty destinations.

Accessory Access: Bold, tribal, bows, weekender bags. Style I.D.: Actresses Navi Rawat and Liane Balaban. Closet Desires: Pêche ou Citron? Ruffles. Jewels. Top to Toe: Cocktails at the Berkely, Strolling in Hyde Park, HighTea Designer Profile: Georges Chakra. Designer Profile: Alberta Ferretti.

Beauty News: What’s happening on the beauty scene. In the Bag: On-the-go beauty for the world traveler. Beauty Ingredient: Rich and luxurious—avocado. Hair Do’s: Spring’s trends, tips, and tools. Spas: Top SoCal’s destination spas. Expert Opinion: Combating scars and stretch marks. Makeup Trends: Spring’s natural look. Sweet Smells: Spring scents. Her Secret Service: Dawn’s sexy ‘60s look for Mischa Barton.


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On the Map: The best of LA’s British Isles imports.

Fashion Accessories.


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Social Calendar: BritWeek’s hip happenings



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

Creative Director: Stephen Kamifuji Fashion Editor: Amanda Eliasch VP of Advertising: Jenny Behrstock Advertising Director: Julie Arde Financial Director: Marc Meshekow Director Human Resources: Yolanda Garcia Editor at Large: George Blodwell Managing Editor: Shannon Bowen Beauty Editor: Dawn Shand Johnson Charities Editor: Francesca Forrester Copy Editor: Larry Lederman Contributing Editors: Andréa R. Vaucher, Anastasia Soare, Marsha Takeda-Morrison, Trisha Tucker Production Director: Jordan Holcomb Director of Digital Imaging: Luke Hanscom Internet Director: Hannah Ciallella Contributing Photographers: Marc Baptiste, Michael Barr, Sarah Cresswell, Shannon Greer, Greg Hinsdale, Megan Mack, Melissa Rodwell, Paul Schefz, Caroline Schiff, Ming Wu Distribution Manager: John Sugrue Interns: Janell Calderon, Cassandra Valdespino, Paloma Ibarra, Connor Morales, Ashley Stenberg Spring 2009 - The British Issue ©2009 by Genlux Magazine™, LLC., All rights reserved. No part of this periodical may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior written permission from Genlux Magazine. To our readers: Genlux Magazine invites you to share your thoughts, ideas and critiques of our publication. Please send comments to Editor, Genlux Magazine, 9713 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 202, Beverly Hills, California 90210 or by email, editor@genlux.com. Subscriptions: Please subscribe online at genlux.com. To advertise: Please contact Cecilia@genlux.com or call 310-275-5700. Photo of Mischa Barton by Marc Baptiste ABC MEMBERSHIP APPLIED FOR



the British Consulate, and his lovely wife, Sharon, along with

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have teamed up again this year to co-chair BritWeek ’09 —a series of events beginning in April, spotlighting LA’s best British goods, services, and entertainment. Genlux has been selected to host BritWeek’s fashion show on April 24th (I hope to see many of you there), and so, in support of the occasion, we are devoting many of our pages in this issue to the British!

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Speaking of Brits, we’ve just added our second one (George Blodwell, our editor at large, was our first) to the Genlux roster. Welcome Amanda Eliasch —our new fashion editor. She is a brilliant woman of many gifts: actor, photographer, author, stylist, poet, and a fashion aficionado. As I write this, Amanda is in Paris taking in the runway shows and blogging about them. You’ll be hearing more about this beautiful and talented British import in Genlux issues to come.

Top of mind are all of the financial-stimulus plans. None seem to be working, so please allow me to offer mine: It begins with fasting from the news, not engaging with that pessimistic neighbor or overly analytical husband—you know, the one with all the frightening financial facts—and thawing out all that frozen plastic in your wallet. It’s time to shop like it’s 2008…well, early 2008. It’s time to get the wheels of progress moving again. No more giving in to farcocktah rumors that shoppers are carrying their precious purchases out of the Valentino boutique in brown paper bags (that’s a good one) or the one about how we’re dullingdown our fashion looks to skirt even a hint of conspicuous consumption (what?). No, if indeed “perception equals reality,” we need to wear our way out of this mess! Think about it, wouldn’t new Louby platforms on every woman raise the collective spirit of the nation? That, coupled with our storming Washington—fists raised in unison, shouting like Gerard Butler in 300—to coerce Congress to kick a chunk of that stimulus cash (that the banks don’t have a clue what to do with) to all of us Genluxers. Hey, at least we’d have some CHANEL products to show for the money.

Special thanks to those who have added their wonderful products to our celebrity gift bags! Oraia, Aquage, Babor, Single, Michael Stars, Black Halo, Too faced, OPI, Michele watches and handbags, Sircuit, ABS jewelry, Chaya, Ona, Privé.


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The recent fall-out of the economy showed us that nothing is certain. The reality is, life isn’t easy—but that doesn’t mean we should give up on fashion. We just need to be a bit cleverer about what we buy. Each season there are different trends, but this time the focus is on the clothes rather than the themes. Look for that one piece that will work with everything else you have in your closet. Accessorize it differently each time you go out, and you’ll look like you have a new outfit. My advice: look for the piece that will last a lifetime. Bejeweled pieces have been around for a long time, but this spring they return brighter, bolder, and classier. Not limited to evening gowns, this more elegant version of bling also found its way onto jackets, day dresses, and accessories. Ladies, you will go crazy for the gorgeous Single pleated boat-neck dress! (p.144) The incredible Roberto Cavalli clutch (p.144) is one item you’ll keep forever. A must-have this season is the Fendi white pant with back ruffles (p.142). It can be worn day and night.

Why not make a huge statement by wearing yellow and peach! Check out the so-sexy Christian Louboutin platform sandal (p.140), which, by the way, comes in a few other colors. If you try on the Donna Karan coral dress (p.141) you will not be able to take it off. It’s so soft and yet so comfortable that you could sleep in it. (But that would not be right!)

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I guarantee you’ll find something to fall in love with in this issue. One of my favorite things this spring is the jewelry. There’s one item I simply adore, and fell head-over-heels for when I laid eyes on it. It’s the exquisite Aquamarine Marquesa cocktail ring from Harry Winston (p. 32). Spring is finally here. Go out there, be bold and fabulous, but most important, be toi!

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Winter Garden party to Meet Anya Hindmarch, hosted by Molly Sims and Nathan Turner!

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Nadia Villarreal, Liza Lewis, Jessica Lopez

Wendy Kreuger, Sherwin Banda, Cecilia Moreno

fashion rules event at ron robinson fredsegal! Simone Harouche, Nicole Richie, Joel Madden

Christina Aguilera, Jordan Bratman

Margaret Maldonado, Nicole Richie

Dawn Boonyachlito, Lionel Richie

Libertas Holiday Launch party at Bettina Duncan fred segal!

James Citron CEO of Mogreet, Savannah Auger

Tanya Fairfoot, Savannah Auger


Bettina Duncan, Sandy Savis, Erica Koines

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Danny Klein of Lost in Los Angeles, Savannah Auger

Savannah Auger, Rachel Sarnoff of Eco Stiletto

Rafi Anteby of Bullet’s 4 Peace

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Dan Graham: Beyond is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. The exhibition is supported by the Sydney Irmas Exhibition Endowment. Dan Graham: Beyond is presented by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. Major support is provided by The Suzanne M. Nora Johnson and David G. Johnson Foundation. Generous additional support is provided by Hauser & Wirth Zürich London; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris; The MOCA Contemporaries; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; Mary and Robert Looker; Betye Monell Burton; Peter Gelles and Eve Steele Gelles; John Morace and Tom Kennedy; Bagley and Virginia Wright; and Marieluise Hessel. In-kind media support is provided by Ovation TV, the Official Network Partner of MOCA; 89.9 KCRW, the Official Media Sponsor of MOCA; and Los Angeles magazine.

ABOVE: Dan Graham performing Performer/Audience/Mirror (1977) at Riverside Studios, London, 1979, courtesy of the artist, photo by Roland Fischer



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Amanda Eliasch

Beth Swofford, Amanda Eliasch, Kay Saatchi

Amanda Eliasch, Rick and Kathy Hilton

GENLUX FASHION EDITOR Amanda eliasch book launch for cloak and dagger butterfly!

Steve Wood, Jenette & daughter, Terri Seymour

Dita Von Teese, Amanda Eliasch

by kilian launch event at ron robinson fred segal! Amanda Eliasch, Belinda Carlisle


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Harry Winston Marquesa cocktail rings in aquamarine (21.33ct) and tsavorite (13.3ct), prices upon request, Harry Winston, Beverly Hills, 310-728-1128 Missoni multicolored bikini, $460, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

CHANEL metal and resin brooch, $7325, available at select CHANEL boutiques, 800-550-0005

YSL white dress, $2250, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Vertu limited-edition Ascent Ti Ferrari in yellow, $9650, Westime, Westside Pavillion, 310470-1388; Tourneau, South Coast Plaza, 714-850-0222; vertu.com

Michael M. 18k white gold one-of-a-kind flower cocktail ring with 11.22 carats of uncut natural rose-colored diamonds and 1.7 total carats of pavé diamonds, $15,000, 888-563-4910, michaelmcollection.com

Tod’s tote in magenta calfskin, $1925, Tod’s, Beverly Hills, 310-285-0591, tods.com

Christian Louboutin Very Galaxy mirror peep-toe pump with hidden platform, $1295, Christian Louboutin Boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-247-9300

Samantha Wills Euphoria black and ivory beaded elephant necklace, $200, Switch, Beverly Hills, 310-860-1650, switchboutique.com

Donna Karan long gold V-neck sweater, $595, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Louis Vuitton Kalahari PM in saffron, $4840, Louis Vuitton, Beverly Center, LA, 310-360-1506

CHANEL resin and metal coin cuff, $1930, available at select CHANEL boutiques, 800-550-0005

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Mackage brown leather jacket with knit detail and hood in zipper collar, $594, revolveclothing.com

Prada black and yellow snakeskin platform sandal, $1200, Prada boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-278-5500

COOL BRItannia Photographer: CarolineSchiff.com Stylist: Sharon Maloney, Ford Artists / SF Hair & Makeup: Renee Rael, Artist Untied / SF Prop Stylist: Esther Feinman, Artists Services / SF, fordartists.com Prop Assistance: Stacey Sullivan Assistant Stylist: Laura Hollabaugh, Ford Artists / SF, fordartists.com Model: Tianna Peters, Ford Models / LA Cricket Players: Tarun Vignesh and Raj Padhi of BACA (bayareacricket.org) Digital Imaging: Matt Taylor of MONK3YD3SIGN Location: The Kohl Mansion, thekohlmansion.com Many thanks to Dianne Devin of the Kohl Mansion and to Brena Bailey of the San Mateo County Film Commission. Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji





Stella McCartney military stripe pant, $735, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Stella McCartney sequined tank, $1995; Christian Louboutin red patent sandal, $695; Charlotte Bjorlin Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Elia gold and diamond bangle, $7400; Olivia Collins diamond, pearl and lapis hand bracelet, $2500, all at Barneys New York, SF, 415-268-3500; Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400 Vintage Maltese cross brooch, $200, Torso Vintages, SF, 415-391-3166, torsovintages.com Vintage crown, $95, Nedaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, SF, 415-552-2920


Ossie Clark dress, price upon request, Madison, LA, 323-651-3662 Burberry trenchcoat, $1395, Bloomingdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SF, 415-856-5300; Bloomingdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Century City, 310-772-2100 Marianne Anderson pearl, 18K gold, and oxidized silver ring, $950, chariotsonfire.com Stella McCartney heel, $995, Barneys New York, SF, 415-2683500; Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400 The Indra Millinery hat, $575, made to order, Dark Garden, SF, 415-431-7699


Ann-Sophie Back asymmetric hem dress, $725, Harputs Market, SF, 415-923-9300, harputsmarket.com Jil Sander blue patentleather oxford, $545, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400 Olivia Collins rock crystal and gold necklace, $3500, Charlotte Bjorlin Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Elia pearl, diamond, and gold starburst ring, $3200, Barneys New York, SF, 415-268-3500; Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400


Eley Kishimoto turquoise check silk school dress, $450; pink tartan leather buckle wedge, $315, eleykishimoto.com Vintage dress clip, $225; rose gold and diamond pin, $225, Torso Vintages, SF, 415-391-3166, torsovintages.com Olivia Collins sterling silver, yellow and rose gold art deco bracelet, $1960, Barneys New York, SF, 415-268-3500; Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400


Vintage Edwardian blouse, $600, Torso Vintages, SF, 415-391-3166, torsovintages.com Temperley London trouser, $895, Temperley London Boutique, LA, 323-782-8000 Olivia Collins seed pearl and Venetian bead gold necklace, $7800, Barneys New York, SF, 415268-3500; Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400 Becky Kelso 14K yellow gold and 24x17mm faceted moonstone large oval ring, $1595, beckykelso.com Semi-precious cabochon bracelet, $225, Torso Vintages, SF, 415-391-3166, torsovintages.com



Temperley London pink floral gown, $3975, Temperley London Boutique, NY, 212-219-2929 Becky Kelso 18K yellow gold and 18mm faceted moonstone scallop link bracelet, $2905, Becky Kelso 14K yellow gold and turquoise oval ring, $1035, Becky Kelso 18K yellow gold monogrammed coin necklace, $1575, Becky Kelso 18K yellow gold and rose quartz oval necklace, $1375, beckykelso.com Christian Louboutin shoe, $795, Nordstrom Canoga Park, 818-884-7900


Model Beau Dunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beauty springs to life in sporty looks inspired by Centre Court at Wimbledon, circa 1981 44 GENLUX SPRING / 2009

Vintage visor, stylistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Adidas Edge tennis dress, price upon request, adidas.com

Badgley Mischka Active Eyewear by Sama, $270, Destination: Sama, Beverly Hills, 310-271-1734, Lacoste polos, $70, lacoste.com

game. set. match. Photography: Paul Schefz / schefz.com Makeup: Patrick tumEy / CelestineAgency.com using Smashbox Cosmetics Stylist: GENA TUSO / CloutierAgency.com Hair: STEPHANIE POHL / ArtistsByTimothyPriano.com Art Direction: STEPHEN KAMIFUJI


Nike headband, $25, nike.com Tennis ball earrings, stylistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own







The ultra-modern Waikiki Parc ups the ante on Hawaiian luxury boutique hotels. Their ace in the hole? One very cool Nobu restaurant.

WALK IN THE PARC Fendi navy dress, $3350, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-5505900; Fendi, Beverly Hills, 310-276-8888 Loree Rodkin pavĂŠ beetle ring with trefoil band, $15,500, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; Sergio Rossi nude patent and satin platform, $650, sergiorossi.com Damiani rose sapphire and diamond 18K white gold necklace, $10,790, Damiani, Beverly Hills, 310-862-1320, damiani.com

Photographer: Shannon Greer / AlyssaPizer.com Stylist: Gena Tuso / CloutierAgency.com Model: Stephanie Wood / Next Models LA Hair and Makeup: Lucy Baldock / CelestineAgency.com using Location: Waikiki Parc Hotel, Oahu, Hawaii Special thanks to Dean Fujitani and the entire staff at the Waikiki Parc Hotel Art Direction: STEPHEN KAMIFUJI


CHANEL Fantasy tweed black and white jacket, $6055; Fantasy tweed black and white skirt, $1455; cotton tweed black and ecru top, $3690; Fantasy tweed black and white shoe, price upon request, select CHANEL boutiques, 800-550-0005 Headband, stylistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own


Alexander McQueen purple satin dress $2870, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Damiani da Definire collection 18K white gold 14.25ct diamond necklace, $69,790; Damiani Sofia tri-color ring, $15,980, Damiani, Beverly Hills, 310-862-1320 Sergio Rossi Emma multi-strap slingback, $495, sergiorossi.com


Azzaro Fiona dress, $6630, azzaro-couture.com


Azzaro Fiona dress, $6630, azzaro-couture.com


Yves Saint Laurent wool crepe dress; Yves Saint Laurent patent shoe, prices upon request, YSL boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-271-4110 Damiani da Definire collection 18K white gold 7.34ct diamond bracelet, $37,990 Damiani, Beverly Hills, 310-862-1320


Valentino silk blouse, $2890, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Valentino skirt, $2250, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Jimmy Choo Dali black crushed patent sandal, $895, Jimmy Choo Boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045


We take to Ye Olde Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head pub in Santa Monica for a pint and a game of arrows.

style on tap





Louis Vuitton short-sleeve zip jacket, $3301, leather puffed mini skirt, $3301, Louis Vuitton Zemonogram bangle, $290; Leomonogram bangles, $310 each, select Louis Vuitton boutiques, louisvuitton.com Just Cavalli safari jacket, $595, Just Cavalli, NY, 212-888-4333 Vintage necklace and vintage hat, prices upon request, The Way We Wore, LA, 323-937-0878, thewaywewore.com Stephen Webster 18K yellow gold poison ivy cuff set with bullseye, quartz, and diamonds, price upon request, stephenwebster.com

Photography: Michael Barr @ michaelbarr.com Stylist: Deborah Ferguson Makeup: Carola Gonzalez / The Wall Group using M • A • C Hair: Richard Collins / The Wall Group using Bumble and bumble Model: Sarah Deanna / LA Models Location Services: Ross Jackson Digital Post: Ebony Cheyne / edcdigital.com Special thanks to: Lisa Powers, Peter Dolan and the gang at Ye Olde King’s Head, Santa Monica Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


Alexander McQueen ivory floral butterfly print dress and brown corset, prices upon request, Alexander McQueen, LA, 323-782-4983, alexandermcqueen.com Bochic 14K gold cuff with rose-cut diamonds, sapphire, tourmaline, citrine, aqua, and emerald stones, $8625, bochic.com


Marni black cropped jacket, $4140, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; Marni, LA, 323-782-1101 CHANEL mousseline brown dress, $9990, select CHANEL boutiques, 800-550-0005 Vintage belt, price upon request, The Way We Wore, LA, 323-937-0878 Dolce & Gabbana shoe, price upon request, 87770DGUSA, dolcegabbana.it


Dolce & Gabbana cream silk blouse with silk jeweled brooch, $4350, silk and jeweled embroidered belt, $2595, Dolce & Gabbana, 877-70DGUSA Louis Vuitton Zemonogram bangle, $290, Louis Vuitton Leomonogram bangles, $310 each, select Louis Vuitton boutiques CHANEL thick resin cuff, $590; thin print resin bangles, $590; resin strass and metal bangle, $1350, select CHANEL boutiques, 800-550-0005 John Hardy dot silang gold and silver cuff, $1795, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Bochic Bakelite stretch cuff with rose-cut diamonds, $21,000, bochic.com Vintage belt, price upon request, The Way We Wore, LA, 323-937-0878

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Prada black jacket, $1435, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Bally lilac chiffon blouse, price upon request, Bally, Beverly Hills, 310-271-3310 Temperley London Agate trouser in cream, $795, Temperley London Boutique, LA, 323-782-8000 temperleylondon.com Vintage black hat, price upon request, The Way We Wore, LA, 323-937-0878, Bochic Enamel cuff with rose-cut diamonds and emeralds, $6900, bochic.com







Temperley London Aimee dress in white, $1185, Temperley London Adeline tunic in white, $1235, Temperley London large knot belt, $325, temperleylondon.com

Photographer: Sarah Cresswell / eramanagement.com Stylist: Angel Terrazas / aterrazas.com Model: Isabela De Carli @ Models 1, London Hair and Makeup: Jen Fechter / eramanagement.com using Paul Mitchell Photographic Assistant: Tom Reich Location: Poundon House, Oxfordshire, England, poundonhouse.com Art Direction: STEPHEN KAMIFUJI


Temperley London mini Java dress in mist mix, $1150; Temperley London Tilly petal jacket in mist mix, $875, temperleylondon.com


Matthew Williamson rose tulle tank, $1400, matthewwilliamson.com Matthew Williamson origami grosgrain obi skirt, $1100, Matthew Williamson, New York, 212-255-9881 matthewwilliamson.com


Fiona Lewis for Edna Cole green cocktail dress, price upon request, made to order, fionamlewis@gmail.com Alexa Coombs jewelry, price upon request, alexacoombs.com


Temperley London mini Calla dress in candy, $985, temperleylondon.com Rupert Sanderson Paragon sandal, $740, Rupert Sanderson, Mayfair, London, rupertsanderson.com





Oscar de la Renta coral poppy print chine silk taffeta strapless gown with full skirt and bubble hem, $5990, Oscar de la Renta boutique, LA, 323-653-0200 Loree Rodkin necklace, $20,150, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Andthe oscar goesto...

Oscar de la Renta, the master of the red carpet, continues to spin his glorious works of art. Photographer: Shannon Greer / AlyssaPizer.com Stylist: Gena Tuso / CloutierAgency.com Model: Ludi Delfino / Next Models LA Hair and Makeup: Lucy Baldock / CelestineAgency.com using Lucy B Cosmetics Special thanks to Dean Fujitani of the Waikiki Parc Hotel Art Direction: STEPHEN KAMIFUJI


Oscar de la Renta Caribbean and white floral lace organza strapless gown with gathered bodice and pleated ruffle skirt, $10,950, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; Oscar de la Renta boutique, LA, 323-653-0200 Vintage blue and silver earrings, price upon request, The Way We Wore, LA, 323-937-0878 Azzaro Flore shoe, $579, azzaro-couture.com


Oscar de la Renta emerald crinkle tulle one-shoulder gown with organza, $15,490, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; Oscar de la Renta boutique, LA, 323-653-0200; Damiani Antera 18k white gold and 3.10ctw diamond earrings, $19850, Damiani, Beverly Hills, 310-862-1320


Rock the chic-meter! Springâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about huge, chunky jewelry

CROWN jewels


Melissa Rodwell STYLED BY

Kelvin Seah Photography: Melissa Rodwell / D1 Photo, Cindy Newman, d1agency.com Stylist: Kelvin Seah / AimArtists.com Makeup: Karan Mitchell / TraceyMattingly.com Hair: Stephanie Pohl / ArtistsbyTimothyPriano.com Model: Jelly Howie / Ford Models Los Angeles Studio Location: Special thanks to Ron Robinson of Apothia Digital Post: David Skylar / BigGiganticMedia.com Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


Romp white chiffon dress, $800, Romp, LA, 323-944-0832 Decolette studded lace vest, price upon request, Vionnet, LA, 310-289-9202 Vera white hat, $700, Ariane Millinery, LA, 323-951-9929 Haskell vintage gold with pearl collar, $795, The Way We Wore Boutique, LA, 323-937-0878 Tobi Tobin Cameron necklace, $3800, tobitobindesign.com


Chado Ralph Rucci raffia bell-sleeved coat, $2800; Rodarte sleeveless top, $2300, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Vintage brocade high-waisted shorts, $85, The Way We Wore, LA, 323-937-0878 Tobi Tobin bib Susan necklace, $4500, tobitobindesign.com 74 GENLUX SPRING / 2009

Halston vintage velvet pillbox hat with beading, $250, The Way We Wore, LA, 323-937-0878 Lee Angel silver ball necklace, $255; Decolette ribbon necklace with charms, $245; Decolette lace trim silk slip, 295, all from Vionnet, LA, 310-289-9202


Vogue ivory tulle and feather headpiece, $130, Ariane Millinery, LA, 323-951-9929 Thierry Mugler vintage black jacket with raffia trim, $950, The Way We Wore, LA, 323-937-0878 Diabless silver sequin dress, $690; black leather short gloves with fringe, $300, Romp Boutique, LA, 323-944-0832 Tobi Tobin Anna necklace, $4500, tobitobindesign.com 76 GENLUX SPRING / 2009

Ariane Millinery ruched tulle head piece with crystal spider brooch, $210, Ariane Millinery, LA, 323-951-9929 Thakoon satintrimmed 3/4-sleeve jacket, $2290; ChloĂŠ leopard print shorts, $775, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Donna Karan vintage black pony belt, $225, The Way We Wore, LA, 323-937-0878 Big Strass metal bracelets with clear and black crystals, $210 each; Small Strass bracelet with crystals, $170; Pointille ring with clear crystals, $88, Avant Garde, LA, 323-655-5592 SPRING / 2009 GENLUX 77


Proenza Schouler blouse, $595, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Wunderkind chiffon pant, price upon request, Wunderkind.de Dolce & Gabbana silk and jewel-embroidered belt, $2595, Dolce & Gabbana, 877070DGUSA, dolcegabbana.it Yves St Laurent Lola platform, price upon request, YSL boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-271-4110, ysl.com Zorab ring, price upon request, Zorab Fine Jewelry, zorabcreation.com

Photography: Michael Barr @ michaelbarr.com Stylist: Deborah Ferguson Makeup: Carola Gonzalez / The Wall Group using M • A • C Hair: Richard Collins / The Wall Group using Bumble and bumble Model: Sarah Deanna / LA Models Location Services: Ross Jackson Digital Post: Ebony Cheyne / edcdigital.com






YSL black cotton and silk jacquard drop motif coat, YSL blue crop top, YSL blue mule, prices upon request, YSL, Beverly Hills, 310-271-4110 Bally lace banded skirt, $595, Bally, Beverly Hills, 310-2713310, bally.com Vintage white hat, price upon request, The Way We Wore, LA, 323-937-0878, thewaywewore.com


Stella McCartney black silk jacket, $1995, black silk trouser, $695, Stella McCartney, LA, 310-273-7051, stellamccartney.com Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Temperley London leopard Alessia tunic, $755, Temperley London Boutique, 323-782-8000 Just Cavalli leather and suede shoe, $920, Just Cavalli, NY, 212-888-4333


Marni dress, $1530, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; Marni, LA, 323-782-1101 CHANEL tulle and nylon headpiece, $1250, select C HANEL boutiques, 800-550-0005 Jimmy Choo brown heel, price upon request, jimmychoo.com


Matthew Williamson Dark Escape ruffle shrug, $2200, Matthew Williamson, NY, 212-255-9881, matthewwilliamson.com Rodarte lace top, $1230, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 YSL black pant, price upon request, YSL, Beverly Hills, 310-271-4110; ysl.com Bochic ring, price upon request, bochic.com Report Signature Bleeker pump, $185, Diavolina, LA, 310-550-1341


We flip the script on Antonioni’s ’60s British cult classic Blow-Up, casting Mischa Barton as the “manizing” image-maker.



KELVIN SEAH Photographer: Marc Baptiste / DR Photo Management Stylist: Kelvin Seah / AIM Artists Makeup: DAWN SHAND JOHNSON / dawnshandjohnson.com Hair: Johnny Stuntz / Photo[genics Media Manicure: Marsha Bialo / CloutierAgency.com Digital Imaging: LUKE HANSCOM / hdmstudio.com Photo Assistant: Drew Scharwtz, aka “Big Dawg” Assistant Stylist: Laura Hollabaugh and Paloma Ibarra Art Direction: STEPHEN KAMIFUJI





By Marsha Takeda-Morrison

f you were to believe any of the stories currently making the rounds about Mischa Barton, you’d think she was frighteningly thin, nursing an eating disorder, and on her deathbed from a weekly calorie count in the

single digits. Which is why, when I met the actress for lunch a few weeks ago, I was fully expecting to find a hollow-eyed waif with sunken cheekbones, her lunch consisting of a single lima bean and a sliver of lemon wedge. So what a relief it was when she walked into the restaurant and looked, at least on this day, perfectly normal and even healthy. Settling into her chair, Barton is casual and relaxed in her See by Chloé top and Seven jeans, and addresses the rumors that have been tabloid fodder in the past few weeks. “Either way, they’re going to talk,” she sighs, referring to the press and gossip-mongers who have mercilessly hounded her about her weight over the years. “One minute I’m too fat and the next minute I’m too skinny. Last year it was even worse—it was all about cellulite,” she says of those pictures that were making the rounds on the Internet. “It’s so embarrassing and really rude.” Not to mention a sure buzzkill for any date. “You’ll be walking down the street with a guy you like, and somebody will say, ‘Hey, Mischa! How do you feel about TMZ calling you fat this week?’ or ‘You’re encouraging kids to be anorexic.’ I tell them, ‘I’m not doing anything—you’re saying these things!’” Barton, who entered the popular lexicon when she starred as troubled socialite Marissa Cooper in the hugely popular series The OC, seems puzzled by all the press attention she gets, good or bad. “I don’t quite understand what all the fuss is about with me,” she says, laughing. “But I particularly get angry when they talk about my family or close friends.” The subject of family, friends, and loyalty comes up often when talking to Barton, and it’s clear a breach of trust can really piss a girl off. “I must admit the one thing I’ve developed over the years is a real issue with loyalty,” she says earnestly. “It means everything to me. Like, if somebody crosses me once, it’s over.” But Barton lights up when she talks about certain fellow actors and the perks of moviemaking. She calls working with Martin Sheen on her current film, Bhopal: Prayer for Rain, an “amazing experience” and says of her time filming in India: “It’s such an incredible country. I was really taken by their religion—really impressed with Buddhism. I love the idea of not needing temples or gods, and you can just be spiritual and moral. I’m not into organized religion…I hope my Irish Catholic family doesn’t read that,” she says with a laugh. “They already think I’m going to hell because of my job. They’re supportive, but I do have the aunts and uncles and great-aunts who say, ‘What’s your character doing on TV?’” (continued on page 86)


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Fendi layered chiffon shrug, $3770, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Cartier Orchid ring, $8100, Cartier, Beverly Hills, 310-275-0903


(continued from page 84) Those characters and “being someone else and getting to lose myself in a role” are what Barton loves about acting, so the theme of this month’s Genlux cover shoot— the 1966 film Blow-up, written and directed by famed Italian auteur Michelangelo Antonioni— was a no-brainer. And she was excited about having the chance to work with legendary photographer Marc Baptiste. “I loved working with him!” she says. “He’s got such great energy. You don’t know if he’s going to get something great, but then he pulls it up on the screen, crops it…and it’s a masterpiece.” Referring to the British theme of this issue, I ask the London-born Barton if she thinks of herself as more American, or if she’s a Brit at heart. “I’m an English, Irish, and American citizen,” she explains. “I really do identify with Britain, and I fit in there. I feel at home with a good British sense of humor and just having a pint at the pub with friends in London.” Part of Barton’s popularity is her unconventional style. She calls her personal look “quite eclectic,” and for the most part eschews that celebrity staple, the personal stylist. “I don’t use a stylist,” she says with a shrug. “Even at the height of The OC, when I was doing tons of press, I styled myself. Maybe for a big event or a red carpet, but otherwise I don’t understand paying someone to dress you. Besides, I wouldn’t want to be told what to wear. I think clothes are very personal and should have meaning. It should excite you to get dressed in the morning!” One thing that definitely excites Barton is Pilates: “Sometimes when I’m in LA I’ll do it six days a week. You get addicted. I mean, it’s working out while lying down—there’s nothing not to like!” Barton needs to wrap up the interview; she wants to visit her beloved dog Charles Dickens who is in the hospital. So, seeing as she hasn’t dropped a single celebrity name during lunch, I ask her which stars—dead or alive—she would have at her dream dinner party. She laughs at the question, but then rattles off a list of fantasy guests, including Keith Richards, Salvador Dali, Richard Attenborough, Todd Rundgren, Liv Tyler, Bob Dylan, and Alfred Hitchcock. Noticing the abundance of musicians on her list, I ask her if she’s thinking about going down that road herself. “No!” she says emphatically. “I love music too much to want to ruin it for myself in that way. I already know so many people in the music industry, and I don’t want to become jaded about it. You have to have something left for yourself at the end of the day.” G


“You’ll be walking down the street with a guy you like and somebody will say, ‘Hey, Mischa! How do you feel about TMZ calling you fat this week?’ or ‘You’re encouraging kids to be anorexic.’ I tell them, ‘I’m not doing anything— you’re saying these things!’”

Fendi chiffon layered shrug, Fendi white cotton tank, Fendi high-waisted Lurex palazzo pant, prices upon request, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; Cartier Orchid ring, $8100, Cartier, Beverly Hills, 310-275-0903; Tod’s tan leather ankle tie sandal, $665, Tod’s boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-285-0591 On him: Meridian check trunks, $80, Parke and Ronen, Parke and Ronen Boutique, LA, 323-852-1635


Temperley London mini Florina white dress, $3975, Charlotte Olympia for Temperley London white studded platform heel, price upon request, Temperley London Boutique, LA, 323-782-8000 Harry Winston 57.82ct Carpet bracelet with 11 rows of round diamonds, $300,000 Harry Winston, Beverly Hills, 310-271-8554 Harry Winston 37.85cts Marquise Carpet multirow Marquise cut diamond bracelet, $375000, Harry Winston, Beverly Hills, 310-271-8554




Temperley London mini Florina white dress $3975, Temperley London Boutique, LA, 323-782-8000 Harry Winston 57.82ct Carpet bracelet with 11 rows of round diamonds, $300,000 Harry Winston, Beverly Hills, 310-271-8554 Harry Winston 37.85cts Marquise Carpet multi-row Marquise cut diamond bracelet, $375,000, Harry Winston, Beverly Hills, 310-271-8554

“I’m an English, Irish, and American citizen. I really do identify with Britain, and I fit in there. I feel at home with a good British sense of humor and just having a pint at the pub with friends in London.” SPRING / 2009 GENLUX 93

Michael Kors tweed shift, $1250, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-9500 Avant Garde necklaces, prices upon request, Avant Garde, LA, 323-655-5592


Temperley London long Oberon white kaftan, $2995, Temperley London Boutique, LA, 323-782-8000 Avant Garde Strass metal and crystal bracelet, $210, Avant Garde Boutique, LA, 323-655-5592



Reiss Deiter trenchcoat in putty, $635, Reiss Boutique, LA, 310-276-0060 Avant Garde metal Galet cuff, $104, Avant Garde Boutique, LA, 323-655-5592, avantgardeparis.com Sergio Rossi embroidered black peep-toe heel, $1770, sergiorossi.com On Guys: P-I Costumes SoCali white blazer, $329, Pull-In Boutique, LA, 323-9510678, pull-in.com Parke & Ronen Ritz striped shorts, $95, Parke & Ronen Boutique, LA, 323-852-1635 Avant Garde Harlem mod pendant metal necklace, $144, Avant Garde, LA, 323-655-5592 David Yurman Infinity Link bracelet, $1150, David Yurman, Beverly Hills, 310-888-8618 David Yurman pavĂŠ diamond dog tag, $2050, David Yurman, Beverly Hills, 310-888-8618


Alexander McQueen slim suit, price upon request, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Reiss Emile suede heel in natural, $360, Reiss Boutique, LA, 310-276-0060 Cartier watch, price upon request, Cartier, Beverly Hills, 310-275-0903

BVLGARI Elisia 18K white gold and diamond bracelet, $38,200, BVLGARI Parentesi openwork 18K white gold and diamond bracelet, $12,700, BVLGARI B.zero1 18K white gold and diamond bracelet, $12,000 Bulgari, Beverly Hills, 310-385-9216 On him: John Varvatos shirt suit and tie, prices upon request, John Varvatos, LA, 310-859-2970 Lambertson Truex boot, $675, Lambertson Truex, 888-800-0970, BVLGARI Diagono watch, $4800, BVLGARI, Beverly Hills, 310-385-9216



GENLUX SHOP Mischa Barton

Special BritWeek Section SPRING / 2009 GENLUX 99

“There are a lot of reasons why I love LA. One is—it’s clichéd—but I’m from England, and I don’t miss the rain. And second, this is where it’s happening—the Pacific rim and the entertainment industry, and despite the curerent economic climate, there’s still a sense of excitement here, and that’s something that I really value.” —Nic Harcourt, film and

Beckham, global soccer icon

TV music supervisor, KCRW DJ, and former KCRW music director and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic

The best part is that everything great about Britain is all here, including the people, as they’re all moving here too.” —Sharon Osbourne, reality TV star, music manager, and Ozzy’s better half “As much as I love it here, I consider this my second home, as I still love living in London.” —Kelly Osbourne, actress, singer, and reality TV star “I eventually want to get behind the camera, directing and producing film projects. Los Angeles is definitely the right town for all of that.” —Jack Osbourne, reality TV star “When I finally got to LA in 1970, I realized it was even more exciting than I had imagined, and it still is to this day.” —Ozzy Osbourne, reality TV star, for mer Black Sabbath frontman, and rock’s reigning prince of darkness

“I kind of feel free over here— we come from countries that are just steeped in history and war and famine, and we come here and there’s a lightness and there’s a newness to the place.” —Gemma Hayes, Irish singer/songwriter Photo: Alberto Rodriguez/GETTY IMAGES; at Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film

Photo: Marc Goldstein



“It’s one thing I like about America: They respect the sportsman. They put them up on a pedestal. They don’t try to knock them down. And that’s a great thing, to be respected by the whole country. It’s so patriotic!” —David

“The boys love being outdoors so much, playing sports and even learning to surf. David and I love seeing them so happy! The constant sunshine creates a really positive energy which you can’t help but be influenced by, and as a family, its wonderful for us. “ —Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice

“I always find myself so much more relaxed in LA. The sun, the abundance of light, or the fact that I don’t get any phone calls from Europe or New York in the evening—who knows what it is, but I love it.” —Simon Fuller, producer, founder of 19 Entertainment, creator of Fox’s “American Idol,” and co-creator of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” 100 GENLUX SPRING / 2009

“The city is still in the process of self-invention— and it’s just great to go along for the sunlit ride!” —Michael York, actor and author

can meri ve A e “Th s still ali mi LA. drea king in he t kic and s though are a ls ies It fee portunit ng as op s lo ss...a ent and e l t i al lim ave t are preh u yo , nd on a ork hard i s s a p w ible.” d to pare g is poss h o s t , y, hin anyt a t D e e l e h i n k T C — o Yo u S “ Fo x ’s

Spring means britWeek in Los Angeles, an annual celebration of British connections with the city through film, music, sport, food and many other things, including of course fashion. Dozens of British brands can be found in LA, Beverly Hills and Orange County, from stella mccartney to Jimmy choo. And the Brits keep coming. alexander mcQueen opened on Melrose during BritWeek last year and there are other great Brit designers on the way. Go to britweek.org for more about BritWeek and all that it offers. —Bob Peirce, British Consul-General in Los Angeles

❦ BritWeek Happenings: April 16: The Race for Green Conference at Long Beach Grand Prix April 21: Formal start of BritWeek Tony Blair Gala Dinner benefiting Malaria No More Jeff Beck Live at the El Rey April 22: Jeff Beck Live at the El Rey April 23: Red-carpet Champagne Launch Reception hosted by the British Consulate April 24: genlux magazine ViP british Fashion show BritWeek Filmmaker’s Forum: “Over There” April 25: Music Industry Reception April 27: British Astrophysicists Lecture at The Griffith Observatory April 28: Pub Darts Tournaments April 30: Pub Darts Tournaments May 2: BritNight with the LA Galaxy Celebrity Soccer Match: Britain Against the Rest of the World May 3: Cricket: England v. Australia BABC OC BritWeek Garden Party (Montage Resort, Laguna Beach) May 6: Petersen Automotive Museum Opens Exhibit of British Classic Cars Petersen Automotive Museum Reception May 7: BABC OC Golf Tournament at Tustin Ranch Golf Club BAFTA-LA Comedy Awards Dinner For more information, visit BritWeek.com.

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“What do I like about LA? What’s not to like?” —Rod Stewart, rock star “I grew up in London and I love it dearly, but when it comes to LA, what some people see as faults, I see as virtues. They say it has no center; I love the fact it has so many different and separate and varied neighbourhoods. They say it has no history, but it does, of course, and it is all recent. I love the fact that one could hunt in Laurel Canyon, farm along Wilshire Boulevard, or find a deserted beach in Malibu only decades ago. And that what history it does have revolves around movie stars and moguls and show biz myths, not around kings and queens and revolutions. Much more fun.” —Peter Asher, legendary guitarist, singer, record producer, music manager, and half of the ‘60s pop duo Peter & Gordon SPRING / 2009 GENLUX 101

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GENLUXshop british inVasion ThErE’s No NEEd To cross ThE poNd To rEVEL IN ALL ThINGs BrITIsh —LA Is ALrEAdy hoME To soME oF ThE U.k.’s MosT dELIGhTFUL EXporTs. —shannon BowEn

FASHION: Agent Provocateur 7961 melrose ave, 323-653-0229 Alexander McQueen 8379 melrose ave, 323-782-4983 Anya Hindmarch 118 s. robertson blvd, 310-271-9707 Asprey at The Beverly Hills Hotel 9641 sunset blvd, 310-550-0520 Ben Sherman at the Beverly Center, 310-657-3400 Beverly Center 8500 beverly blvd, 310-854-0071 Burberry (three locations) 9560 wilshire blvd, 310-550-4500 6600 topanga canyon blvd, 818-587-6200 8500 beverly blvd, 310-657-2424 Coco de Mer 8618 melrose ave, 310-652-0311 English Laundry 7519 melrose ave, 323-782-9429 Jigsaw London (three locations) 314 n. beverly dr, 310-271-7988 340 e. colorado blvd, pasadena, 626-577-7300 brentwood country mart 225 26th st 310-395-8883 Karen Millen 8500 beverly blvd, ste. 746, 310-659-8220 Mulberry 8407 melrose pl , 888-685-6856 Jimmy Choo 240 n. rodeo dr, 310-860-9045 Paul Smith 8221 melrose ave, 323-951-4800 Smythson 222 n. rodeo dr, 310-550-1901 South Coast Plaza 3333 bristol st, 800-782-8888 Stella McCartney 8823 beverly blvd, 310-273-7051 Ted Baker 131 n. robertson blvd, 310-550-7855 Temperley London 8452 melrose place, 323-782-8000 Turnbull & Asser 9633 brighton way, 310-550-7611 Thomas Pink 10250 santa monica blvd, 310-843-0014

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JEWELRY: Garrard 202 n. rodeo dr, 877-222-1735 BEAUTY: The Organic Pharmacy 453 n. beverly dr, beverly hills, 310-272-7275 The Body Shop (multiple locations) 10250 santa monica blvd, 310-203-9221 131 n. la cienega blvd, 310-659-7513 14006 riverside dr, 818-789-7522 10800 w. pico blvd, 310-474-2639 1115 glendale gallerie, 818-242-4880 1 world way, 310-337-3922 9301 tampa ave, 818-886-2494 6600 topanga canyon blvd, 818-704-0604 133 w. colorado blvd, 626-583-8034

HOTEL: The Four Seasons 300 s. doheny dr, 310-273-2222 The London West Hollywood 1020 n. san vicente blvd, 866-282-4560 SLS Hotel 465 s. la cienega blvd, 310-247-0400

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HOME DESIGN Jo Malone 3333 bristol st, 714-545-4632 the rug company 8202 melrose ave, 323-653-0303 SHOPPING CENTER Westfield Century City10250 santa monica blvd, 310-277-3898

AUTOMOTIVE: Aston Martin and Bentley of Beverly Hills 8833 w. olympic blvd aston martin: 310-659-4050; bentley: 888-294-1133 Jaguar Hornburg Santa Monica 3020 santa monica blvd, 800-453-0548 Jaguar Hornburg Sunset 9176 w. sunset blvd, 866-893-5740 Mini of Universal City 4270 lankersheim bl, 800-582-4931

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RESTAURANT/FOOD/PUBS: Bristol Farms (four locations), 9039 beverly blvd, 310-248-2804 7880 w. sunset blvd, 323-874-6301 606 fair oaks ave, 626-441-5450 1515 westwood blvd, 310-481-0100 Cat & Fiddle, 6530 sunset blvd, 323-468-3800 Chado Tea Room, 8422½ w. third st, 800-442-4019 Chado Tea Room / pasadena, 79 n. raymond ave, 626-431-2832 Gordon Ramsay at the London,1020 n. san vicente blvd, 310-358-7788 Paddington’s Tea Room, 355 s. robertson blvd, 310-652-0624 Pickwick’s Pub, 21010 ventura blvd, 818-340-9673 Robin Hood British Pub, 13640 burbank blvd, 818-994-6045 Tea and Sympathy, costa mesa, 369 e. 17th st, 949-645-4860 Tom Bergin’s Tavern, 840 s. fairfax ave, 323-936-7151 Tudor House, 1403 2nd st. 310-451-4107 Ye Olde King’s Head Pub, 116 santa monica blvd, 310-451-1402

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Photo: Alberto Rodriguez/GETTY IMAGES; at Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film

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“I’ve grown to have a connection with LA…The sun does always shine here, and we don’t really have that thing called sun in England!” —Kate Winslet, actress

LoNdoN Is cALLING—FroM rIGhT hErE IN ThE cITy oF ANGELs. FroM AFTErNooN TEA AT ThE pENINsULA To chEEky oFFErINGs FroM LoNdoN TrANspLANT coco dE MEr, oUr FAIr cITy Is BrIMMING wITh BrILLIANT BrITIsh IMporTs.– shannon BowEn


ant to rent an island? Need a driver in Cairo? Maybe you want help managing your collection of Picassos. Or perhaps you’re looking for something totally different, like a week spent brushing up on your polo game—in Argentina. Co-founded by ben elliot, nephew of camilla Parker bowles, Quintessentially can do all that and more. Headquartered in London, the private members’ club and luxury concierge service is like having your very own Jeeves—in 45 different countries, with unlimited resources, and always on call. Annual membership from $2000, quintessentially.com

From one of England’s naughtier imports, Coco de Mer’s Coco Fesse Bath Milk is rich with moisturizing milk protein— which happens to be an aphrodisiac. Oh la la! $25, Coco de Mer, 8618 Melrose Ave, LA, 310-652-0311, cocodemer.com

From one of Scotland’s oldest brand names: Pringle of Scotland’s Madisyn eel plisse hobo bag in slate, $2625, by special order, 44-1450-360-200, pringlescotland.com

Indulge in one of England’s most celebrated rituals—afternoon tea—at the Peninsula beverly hills Served daily at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., it includes a miniature caviar cake, fresh strawberries, scones, tea sandwiches, and pastries. Don’t miss the hotel’s new Cap Cake, a white chocolate, sponge cake, and passion-fruit mousse confection modeled after the pageboy caps worn by the Peninsula’s busboys. $29–49 per person, depending on the choice of champagne. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd, 310-551-2888, peninsula.com Mulberry rugby key ring, $105, mulberry.com Mulberry cricket key ring, $105, mulberry.com

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For your favorite Anglophile—or anyone with plenty of leisure time: Paul smith’s leather multistripe cricket ball, $230, British label Radley names its premiumleather handbags after towns in the U.K., like this adorable Durdle Door in red. $390, lordandtaylor.com

An icon of the U.K. during the swinging sixties, the dashing mini cooper has become an automotive phenomenon, inspiring fanatical devotion among its owners here and abroad. Take a spin in the 2009 Mini Cooper, available as a two-door hatchback (the hardtop version), a rtini “m”a four-seat convertible, ritstir, b and a longer-wheel’t n d o e t d a , re Shake tini, c r base Clubman. a ” f ’s “m onor o as Starting at $19,200, Week h n i o h ge who by Dia ench, Mini of UniverJudi D e table m u r Da insc sal City, 4270 e h r t e t d harac playe c d Lankershim n Bo James 1995: Blvd, North ce M sin a Hollywood, k d o v mirnoff® t Vodka 800-582-4931, 3 parts S off® Citrus Twis irn miniusa.com 1 part Sm ry vermouth re d ni i t r a ½ measu illed m in a ch ish with Ser ve ar n and g glass e. v k oli a blac

Elegant limited-edition correspondence cards from smythson of bond street feature penand-ink couture fashion sketches by British designer Giles Deacon. Box of 10 cards and envelopes, $70, smythson.com

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“Actually, I don’t love LA. I think it is a dump. But there are some extremely nice people living there. I don’t understand why. Except that Santa Monica and Pasadena are great. It’s everything in between that needs to be leveled.” —John Cleese, writer, actor, producer, director, Monty Python co-founder and Minister of Funny Walks

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Temperley London Eclipse sapphire clutch, $1450, Temperley London, LA, 323-782-8000 Miller Harris Perfumer Fleurs de Bois fragrance, 50ml, $95; 100ml, $140, Bloomingdale’s, Century City, 310-772-2100; sephora.com

Burberry trench coat, $995, Burberry, Beverly Hills, 310550-4500

Rupert Sanderson Odessa camel patent ankle boot, $735, rupertsanderson.co.uk

Asprey Camelot Ring in 18K white gold, set with cabochon amethysts, oval amethysts and pavé white diamonds, $8000, Asprey at The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, 310-550-0520

Smythson Enid leather and horsehair weekender bag in coral, $2220, Smythson coral travel clutch with removable dividers, $735, Smythson, Beverly Hills, 310-550-1901, smythson.com

Asprey alligator memo pad, $2400, Asprey at The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, 310-550-0520

Agent Provocateur Nicola bra, $150; brief, $100; suspenders, $110; Agent Provocateur, LA, 323-653-0229 Thomas Pink Penrose dress, $270, Thomas Pink, Westfield Century City, 310-843-0014

Sass & Bide Rock 'n’ Roll Swindle tee, $161, shopbop.com

Anya Hindmarch Hector silver metallic shiny python bag, $2645, Anya Hindmarch, Beverly Hills, 310-271-9707 CREED Love in White, 2.5oz, $230; Love in Black, 2.5oz, $230, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Jo Malone The Cologne Collection Limited Edition, $95, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

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Jigsaw London bath milk, $54, Jigsaw London, Beverly Hills, 310-271-7988

Cloak & Dagger Butterfly by Amanda Eliasch, $90, Book Soup, West Hollywood, 310-659-3110, booksoup.com

Let’s meet at ye olde kings head for some bangers & mash & beer Hey, it’s BritWeek! Time to celebrate the British in America! Where? At Ye Olde King’s Head Restaurant, Pub and Gift Shoppe in Santa Monica, world famous for over thirty years, serving not only traditional dishes including award winning Fish and Chips, but has a fabulous curry, mouth-watering salads, Bangers and Mash, Burgers and Daily Specials to entice you. Dine inside or alfresco! Wonderful Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-7pm ($2.50 pints of beer), Darts and Karaoke in the bar. Afternoon tea is served every Saturday 2-5pm. The influx of celebrities over the years adorns the walls throughout this authentic British Pub and Restaurant including regulars like Kate Beckinsale, plus many more who love the warmth, comfort and cozy atmosphere along with excellent food and drink. Hours: Open at 8am weekends, 10am during the week. YE OLDE KING’S HEAD RESTAURANT, PUB and GIFT SHOPPE www.yeoldekingshead.com 116 Santa Monica Blvd (1 block from the beach) Santa Monica Ca 90401 310 451 1402 (tel); 310 393 6869 (fax)

“Los Angeles is the capital of the moving-image world—it’s cosmopolitan, it’s diverse, it’s creatively vibrant.” —Nigel Lythgoe, producer, director, co-creator and judge of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” and founder of BritWeek

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royAL cooL hITs hoME IN ThEsE pIEcEs FroM Top BrIT dEsIGNErs—noRa shIELds The decorative arts and design in Great Britain have long been established as fine art. The words whimsical and eccentric aptly describe for the British flair in design. Echoed here are the wild, sensual, floral-patterned interiors of the early-20th-century Bloomsbury group with a splash of British pop and a twist of punk D.I.Y. Enter British designers Matthew

Williamson, Alice Temperley, Tom Dixon, Sebastian Wrong, Richard Woods, and Vivienne Westwood, who embody a British love of royal cool, graphic prints, stripes, and patterns. This spring, express your inner Brit with a cornucopia of prints, colors, and luscious tops with a patterned pillow or two, and relax with a good cup of tea…Earl Gray, of course. Tom Dixon lighting, price upon request, exclusively at moss, 323-866-5260 Alice Temperley pink leopard print pillow, 2009, price upon request, The Rug Company, LA, 323-653-3573

Tom Dixon pendant mirror ball, 2005, $895 each, exclusively at moss, moss Los Angeles, 8444 Melrose Ave, 323-866-5260, mossonline.com

Alice Temperley peony pillow, 2009, price upon request, The Rug Company, LA, 323-653-0303

Alice Temperley Florentine pillow, 2009, price upon request, The Rug Company, LA, 323-653-3573

Vivienne Westwood UK flag pillow, 2006, price upon request, The Rug Company, 8202 Melrose Ave, LA, 323-653-0303

“The utilitarian feel of the furniture that we have made is somewhat at odds with the cartoon graphic surface that covers it, and I feel this marriage illustrates perfectly the success of the collaborative process—making a new body of work that is both playful and respectful to its aesthetic origins.” —Richard Woods, Wrongwoods, Established & Sons

Wrongwoods plywood, printed with acrylic paint and sealed with acrylic lacquer; chest of drawers (roughly 23” long, 14” deep, and 23” tall) and credenza (roughly 43” long, 20” deep, and 29” tall); design 2007 by Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong for Established & Sons; prices upon request, exclusively at moss, 323-866-5260

9’ x 6’ Peacock Dark by Matthew Williamson hand-knotted Tibetan wool and silk rug for The Rug Company, $7560, The Rug Company, LA, 323-653-3573

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britweek beauty experts


Peter Ishkhans, celebrity stylist and host of The Style Network series Peter Perfect, offers his tips for on-the-go hair:

the british are coming Beauty editor dawn shand johnson checks in with top british beauty experts to get their tips on the latest spring trends. Nicky Kinnaird, founder

of SpaceNK—which has just opened an outpost at Bloomingdale’s in Century City—reveals her top beauty picks for spring:

Jemma Kidd Lasting (Eyelash) Tint, $28.50

Eve Lom Cleanser, $160 Space NK Hand Duo in Rose, $50 Zelens Triple Action Eye Cream, $160

Neil George Intense Repair Mask, $38

All available at SpaceNK at Bloomingdale’s, Century City, 310-772-2100

JETSETTING SKIN Liz Earle, co-founder of Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare, offers suggestions for

looking—and feeling—vibrant and healthy, even while globetrotting.

Tip No. 1: For pre-flight preparation, a course of garlic capsules is useful during the

summer months, as they help act as an internal natural mosquito repellent by subtly changing the “flavor” of the skin. Garlic is also an excellent antibacterial agent and can help guard against mild stomach bugs picked up abroad. Tip No. 2: If you’re prone to travel/motion sickness, I’ve found

that ginger is an effective natural remedy. Due to its holistic properties, ginger has been used since ancient times to alleviate nausea. To help with the problem, try taking ginger capsules an hour or two before you set off.

Tip No. 3: If you experience prickly-heat rash, taking a daily

200mg supplement of grapeseed extract can provide real relief. It’s a powerful skin-saving ingredient with anti-inflammatory properties.

Tip No. 4: I drink plenty of water. It’s essential to keep the body

hydrated to avoid sluggishness and help prevent skin from looking tired and dull. I advise keeping the face makeup-free, so you can liberally re-apply your moisturizer during the flight.

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What hair-styling tips do you recommend while traveling? It’s all about

maximizing space and streamlining your beauty supplies: “Just how much can I fit into my rolling suitcase?” With this in mind, the key to keeping your hair beautiful when you travel is to miniaturize everything, from your curling iron and hair dryer to your brush and gel. Before you pack, put together a styling kit with a few essential multiuse products, including a curling iron, hair clips to section hair, about 10 bobby pins, and a round brush. Take things—like a stylist band—which will allow you to transform your hairstyle from day to evening quickly.

What do you recommend for trips to different climates, like humid or sunny or cold destinations? Humidity creates frizz, and

loading products onto your hair won’t help. When traveling, a quick remedy is to simply dampen your hair. And keep in mind that you don’t have to wash your hair to tame the frizz. It actually works much better just to dampen—even blotting your hair with some tissue paper works great.

Cold climates naturally take moisture out of your hair, so including a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, or a very light stylist cream, is crucial for avoiding fly-aways. In sunny weather, use hair products that contain sunscreen. There are a variety of leave-in conditioners with sunscreen, and you can go out in them day or night. What styling aids should you pack? A medium-strength stylist gel.

The gel will hold curls, and you can even create a slicked-back evening look. After applying gel, you can also blow-dry your hair to give it some added body.

Photo: Alberto Rodriguez/GETTY IMAGES; at Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film

—Tracey Ullman, comedian, actress, singer, dancer, screenwriter, and author


trenD aLerts beaUtY breaKDoWn: the U.K. Vs. the U.s.

“The U.k. consumer tends to seek quality and reliability, and we’ve certainly gone through and past the organic trend. with the credit crunch, we’ve noticed it’s about being with a reliable brand they can trust and one that delivers results they can see. one will always want results, no matter what. In the U.k., they’re not always just hooked on ingredients—like with argan tree oil, they want to know, “does it work? And what are the results?” The U.s. market tends to be trend-led and more interested in a buzz ingredient, and we still see a lot of ‘organic’ stories. But judging from the success of Elemis, and our brand now gaining a savvy client, clients are beginning to ask more questions and want more knowledge, which is very exciting for us. This is what we like. For example, we’re seeing a better understanding of the Tri-Enzyme resurfacing range, and later this year Tri-Enzyme resurfacing Gel Mask launches in the U.s., so we very much look forward to that.” — noella Gabriel, director of product and treatment development, Elemis

Jetsetting sPring maKeUP sPring naiLs

Polly osmond, makeup artist for dior Beauty,

talks about how to put your best face forward when you travel:

nonie creme, creative director of

Butter London, gives us the lowdown on what to look for in this season’s nail trends:

tip no. 1: Flying with lots of makeup on

color: In order to properly trendforecast hot colors for Butter London’s spring/summer 2009 collection, I went backstage at the shows and worked with the designers to realize appropriate nail colors. colorful prints ruled the shows I worked. The collections were full of historical and ethnic references like ancient Egypt, Africa, and Mexico. Based on that, I have created the following lacquer colors for spring/summer ’09: Teal—this true teal is a show-stopper, high fashion and so unique; it’s the perfect way to wear this trend without overkill; yellow—banana yellow—happy, healthy color for spring; raspberry—rich, delicious berry lacquer, perfect for in-between days when red is too much and pink is too little; Metallic copper—burnished copper with a beautiful antique patina, for sophisticated metal-heads; Lilac—not your mother’s lilac, an opaque shade that’s pale but packs a punch. shape: For spring/summer ’09, still on the short side, still round. please

do not even think about wearing those revolting ‘squoval’ nails. who even made that hideous name up? I object!

Butter London Nail Lacquers—no formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP. Kitson Melrose, 310-855-9635

makes me feel dirty, so I generally wear tinted moisturizer and some mascara. But if you can’t possibly be seen with no ma keup on, I would recommend using a light, textured foundation—try Nude dior or tinted moisturizer by Laura Mercier— and if you feel like a little color, dior Bronze original Tan; a little mascara, dior show; and on the lips, dior Lip Glow.

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“I do love LA now. And if you don’t like it, shut your Jacuzzi lid and go home!

tip no. 2: carry a small Evian spray to

make you feel a little more refreshed on the flight.

DiorSkin Nude Fresh Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF10, $42, sephora. com

tip no. 3: The best way to recover from a flight: once you arrive, shower or wash your face and apply a moisturizer. If you’re going out, apply makeup as normal. If you’re feeling extra tired, use an illuminator under the eye, like radiant Touch or Guerlain precious Light.

DiorShow Mascara, $24, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

trend alert: shading, highlighting, and contouring—most of the New york shows featured this. red lips, dark eyes, a slightly ’80s feel—as seen at Vuitton, Miu Miu, and Jean paul Gaultier. colored eyes—blue at Gucci.

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Pixi Eye Beauty Kit, $28, pixibeauty.com; target.com

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FroM Jo MALoNE To MoLToN BrowN, FABULoUs BrITIsh BrANds hAVE LANdEd oN oUr shorEs.—dawn shand johnson Butter London Nail Lacquers in London Underground and Fash Pack—no formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP. Celeb fans? Hilary Swank, Kate Moss, and Amy Adams. $14 each, Kitson Melrose, 310-855-9635

Pop Goddess Clutch Rock ’n’ Roll, with eight eye colors, two for cheeks, and three for lips, $32, Sephora, the Beverly Center, 310-657-9670, sephora.com

The Mason Pearson Handy Mixture—it’s the brand’s most popular brush. $108, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-5505900; whatshebuys.com BEAUTY EDITOR’S FAVORITE

Nude Skincare Hibiscus Body Wash contains no harsh chemicals. $43, Sephora, Manhattan Village, 310546-8889, sephora.com

Rimmel London Sexy Curves Mascara, $7.49, cvs. com; target.com

Boots, whose products have been in existence for 160 years, has revisited its archives and revived some of its classic skincare products. From $7.99; target.com

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Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme is a nourishing pre-shampoo intensive mask for extremely damaged, porous, and frizz-prone hair. $42, Bloomingdale’s, Century City, 310-772-2100; spacenk.com

Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser removes makeup and everyday grime. $24.50, Studio at Fred Segal, 310-394-8509; lizearle.com

For an at-home facial, try Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Mask. $75, Nordstrom, The Grove, 323-930-2230, nordstrom.com

Inspired by Thai cuisine, Jo Malone’s Sweet Lime & Cedar range includes a candle, $65, and body oil, $65. Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-5505900; jomalone.com

Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Body Wash for men, $28, Bloomingdale’s, Century City, 310-772-2100

Lush Shave The Planet Shaving Cream, $14.95, lushusa.com

A U.K. cult favorite, Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes whisk away makeup—even waterproof mascara—and refresh the skin in just one step. $5.99, duanereade.com

This Works Super Moisture—no mineral oils, synthetic colors or fragrances, sulphates, or parabens. $59, beautyhabit.com

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britwEEk CaUsE: OXFaM


Oxfam Global Ambassador Scarlett Johansson at an Oxfam-funded rural Dalit school in Ghazipur District in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh

From engLanD, With LoVe FroM ITs hUMBLE BEGINNINGs IN ThE ENGLIsh cITy oF oXFord, oXFAM hAs GrowN INTo A powErFUL INTErNATIoNAL AId ANd AdVocAcy orGANIZATIoN wITh sErIoUs sTAr powEr ANd A GLoBAL rEAch. — FRanCEsCa FoRREsTER


As part of Oxfam’s “Make Trade Fair” campaign, Oxfam Global Ambassador Minnie Driver traveled to Cambodia and Thailand to learn about labor conditions. In Bangkok, she visited a garment factory, where she learned firsthand how to make a T-shirt.

hether it’s listening to Abbey Road for the millionth time, cruising Sunset Boulevard in an Aston Martin, or enjoying a cold pint at the end of a long day, we Americans do love our British imports. But there’s one U.K. institution that hasn’t become a household name on these shores just yet, though it’s omnipresent in Great Britain and in many other places around the world. That institution is Oxfam. Born in Oxford, England, during World War II, Oxfam—as in the “Oxford Famine Relief Committee”—started as a campaign to get food and supplies to starving families in occupied Greece. Now, more than half a century later, it fights poverty and injustice around the world, including right here in the States, where the organization mounted its first U.S. domestic response, during Hurricane Katrina. However, explains Lyndsay Cruz, Oxfam American Special Advisor on Public Figures, while the organization is “probably best known for our relief work, which is being an immediate responder to people who are on the ground and affected by a humanitarian disaster or conflict,” Oxfam’s primary goal is “saving lives, strengthening communities, and campaigning for change at a high policy level.” In its numerous campaigns, which target such urgent issues as climate change, education, and HIV/AIDS, Oxfam enlists the help of some of entertainment’s brightest stars: Scarlett Johansson, Kristin Davis, Colin Firth, and Minnie Driver are just a few of the famous faces that have helped Oxfam promote positive change by traveling around the world as global ambassadors. Driver has been working with the organization since she was a child,

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doing sponsored swims and participating in Oxfam campaigns like Make Trade Fair, in which she helped create awareness about the practice of trade dumping, where wealthy countries “dump” subsidized produce—like cotton—on the world market, driving down prices for farmers in poor countries. Oxfam is “incredibly effective,” Driver says with obvious pride in the nonprofit’s work. “But they always were—they were just much smaller. They really were based out of a little tiny house in Oxford…and it was just to do with getting food to people in the very beginning, and now obviously dealing with all forms of poverty across the globe. It’s in something like more than 120 countries—a lot, a lot, a lot of places. They have a far-reaching impact now.” But Oxfam International’s 13 affiliates—including Oxfam America, Great Britain, Spain, and France—don’t just focus all of their energies on one cause at a time. Instead, they prioritize, and when there’s a humanitarian crisis, they come together. So what is Oxfam America currently working on? “Our priority campaign in the U.S. right now is climate change and how it affects very poor people, and specifically women,” Cruz says. “I feel like we don’t hear enough how it affects people. Those who are least responsible for climate change are hit the hardest—people in areas where drought and flooding are a natural way of life.” Indeed, climate change and other urgent issues know no borders, so the organization is a welcome presence on American shores. And with the long road ahead, Oxfam is one more British import that, happily, is here to stay.


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george blodwell Spring, and the air is filled with love.

Spring is such a magical time of year. I love seeing the buds about to burst with beauty and color and fragrance. It’s a time of rebirth and renewal. Nature seems to sing its morning songs, calling attention to the wonders of creation and the beauty that is undeniable, the magic that exists all around us. It’s just for you. If you were not here, there would be no spring. I find it interesting that we humans have created North, South, East and West as pointers. They don’t really exist. Countries like Britain, Japan, Italy, Africa, USA—let’s not forget that these names are all man-made labels for different places on our planet. This issue we are highlighting some great designs from across the pond: a salute to the Brit designers whom we know and love. How about some other labels or creations that we can wear? That sounds like fun, so here we go. Stephen Webster has created waves Traffic People in England for turquoise blue sheer dress, $195, EM & Co., LA, 323782-8155

Sado dress, $725, sadofashion.com

some time now. His moonstone ring is a real eye-catcher with exquisite details. He is also designing for Garrard now. I love the angelwing diamond cuff. It’s spectacular. I love Alice Temperley, another British designer. Her gray long-sleeved top with billowing white pleated detail is a work of art. Her evening gowns are exemplary. If you like to make an entrance, Temperley is on your side. Her blue gown here, with touches of red and white, reminds me of the British flag. Sado is a new name to most Americans. This label is fresh and remarkable. Watch out for Sado. Going away for a spring break? Don’t forget a great bathing suit like this one from La Perla. It’s a stunner. Most of all, enjoy yourself !

Judith Ripka Ombre earrings, $16,000, Judith Ripka, Beverly Hills, 310-275-3013

Erdem Freija printed silk satin strapless dress, $2075, netaporter.com Temperley London Adeline tunic in mist, $1235, Temperley London, LA, 323-782-8000

Stay happy, Vivienne Westwood squiggle scarf stripe top, $699, EM & Co, LA, 323-782-8155

Atelier Swarovski by Jonathan Saunder Stella bangle, $1525, made to order, atelier. swarovski@ swarovski.com

LaPerla swimsuit with jewels, $648, Le Bra, W. Hollywood, 310360-6655

Garrard Wings cuff, $44,750, Garrard, Beverly Hills, 310-860-8968

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Stephen Webster romantic round crystal haze ring set in yellow gold with Chrysophrase stone, $8500, Maxfield, LA, 310-274-8800

Traffic People taupe dress, $210, EM & Co., LA, 323782-8155 Temperley London long Oberon kaftan in sapphire, $2995, Temperley London, LA, 323-782-8000

Zufi Alexander red jewel python clutch with Swarovski crystals, $949, zufialexander.com

SERENADE Dual Time Zones Automatic, Patented GV- AOASE Movement 18K White Gold, Louisiana Crocodile, Limited Edition: 50 Pieces


Kiehl’s Scented Lip Balm in Coconut with aloe vera and vitamins A and E, $8.50, kiehls.com

BEAUTY EDITOR’S PICKS Here’s a spring bouquet of my beauty picks. Enjoy! —Dawn Shand Johnson

Best Body Product Pick: Pevonia Botanica Ligne Tropicale Body Line De-Aging Saltmousse Available at Spa Le Merigot in Santa Monica, $32, pevonia.com Editor Favorite: New from Miracle Hydrate’s MH3 line, the Anti-Aging Duo employs InnoVenom™, the brand’s proprietary triple-layer penetrating viper synthetic peptide, and apple stem cells, to help diminish facial expressions and leave your skin looking ageless. $200, Miracle Hydrate, 800-831-2842, miraclehydrate.com

Allen Edwards’ Shear Force Deep Moisture Shampoo uses an exclusive Marula-Moringa blend to rebuild dry hair, imparting moisture and antioxidant protection and energizing the scalp. 16oz, $32, allenedwards.com

Active Serum by iS Clinical (iS stands for Innovative Skincare) is a fast-acting, resultsoriented formula that addresses a variety of different skincare concerns at the same time, decreasing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles, and smoothing and softening skin texture. It’s also great for acne, but because of its botanical ingredients, it doesn’t dry out your skin. $110, Westside Aesthetics, 1033 Gayley Ave, Suite 104, LA, 310-443-5273; isclinical.com

My Must-Have! M·A·C’s Hello Kitty Brush Collection holds three brushes: a duo fiber brush, small contour brush, and eye shade brush. $49.50, M·A·C Hollywood & Highland, 323465-5030; M·A·C Robertson, 310-854-0860

Genlux Beauty Secret! Shhhhh! Hollywood Secrets Five-Minute Eye Transformation tightens and diminishes eyearea wrinkles. $89.95, h-secrets.com

GHD Purple Styling Essentials set includes the GHD styler, hair dryer, clips, and a matching carrying case. $375, ghdhair.com

Cor The Silver Anytime Moisturizer, $114, blissworld.com

R.D. Alchemy's Varix™ Leg Health Cellulite and Vein serum, 4oz, $21.99, R.D. Alchemy, 619-8256078, rdalchemy. com

Éminence Organic Skin Care Herbal Eye Make-up Remover, $28, Skin Haven, 323-658-7546, skinhaven.com Freeze & Go by Freeze 24-7 smoothes and brightens instantly; great for touchups. $75, Bloomingdale’s, Beverly Center, 310-360-2700; Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

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eXpert opinion: you are wHat you eat

genLuXsHop eXperts offer up tHeir tips for staying HeaLtHy wHiLe traipsing around tHe gLobe. – anaSTaSIa JULIA TATUM HUNTER, M.D., OF SKIN FITNESS PLUS, ON FOODS THAT MAXIMIZE SKIN’S YOUTHFULNESS:

Foods can positively or negatively impact how we look. Foods that cleanse our livers of toxins, heavy metals, and fatty infiltration and that keep the enzymes in the liver functioning energetically make the body work more efficiently. That makes us happier—which impacts how we look—and healthier, so our skin is clearer, tighter, and brighter. Dark fruits are full of antioxidants, which combat aging and disease by decreasing inflammation and increasing collagen production. Increased production of collagen and collagen-producing cells occurs when there are higher doses of vitamins (especially C), MSM (inorganic sulfur, part of every cell in our bodies), and minerals in the blood, tissues, and skin. This thickens the skin [for a youthful look] and decreases abnormal blood vessels that can cause rosacea. HUNTER RECOMMENDS:

Foods: Cilantro, parsley, dense green foods such

as broccoli, turnip and mustard greens, sea greens, dandelion greens, spinach, and arugula. Healthy oils: Oils that “help juice up the skin,” such as olive, walnut, hemp, flax, borage, black currant, raw coconut, and omega-3s (preferably from fish). One to two liters of water per day: As we get older, our bodies tend to ‘dry up,’ which contributes to fine lines and helps gravity. Layering therapies: Add a green tea bag to your daily water ration, and if you can, green powders and organic whole-leaf aloe juice (one to two ounces per day). These nutrients combat aging, laxity, and brown spots and improve clarity and tightness of the skin all over the body. They also decrease aging of the internal organs, including the brain, and decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s. —Julia T. Hunter,

M.D., Skin Fitness Plus, Beverly Hills, 310-2478744, skinfitnessplus.com GoChi Juice, made from the goji berry—which experts agree is one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet—offers numerous health benefits, including increased energy and stamina and improved circulation and mood. GoChi Juice, $50 a bottle, freelife.com

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for staying HeaLtHy wHiLe traVeLing


1. Stay well hydrated. Drink plenty of water two days prior

to traveling and during your flight. Chamomile tea protects against bacteria and will help fight infections that you might be exposed to in the cabin’s recycled air. 2. Eat mostly lean protein such as turkey, seafood, lean chicken, fiber, and vegetables. Avoid starches and heavy carbs like breads and heavy pastas, as well as heavy, dense meals. 3. Along with AriZona Beverage Co., I have formulated two new products that are ideal for anyone who needs a morning boost or deep relaxation at night. AriZona A.M. Awake QuickShot gives you a healthy, sustained energy charge, without the crash of coffee. It’s great for clarity of mind and alertness and is packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and green tea. We engineered AriZona P.M. Relax QuickShot to calm the mind. It can naturally assist neurotransmitters, and contains a brain nutraceutical that can help to control sleep duration and quality. 4. Always moisturize your skin before getting on a plane. Soak in a bath after landing to replenish moisture through the pores. Bathing also relaxes the nerves, which in turn can help you fall asleep faster. 5. Work out and stretch before flying. It helps with circulation and stress. While in flight, get up and walk around to stretch and increase circulation. Practice deep breathing. 6. Carry Ocean Nasal Spray. It’s a saltwater solution that helps moisten the nasal passages and clear sinuses. 7. Take advantage of luxury offerings at your hotel. Take in a steam, visit the sauna, or get a massage to help relax and release muscles, promote circulation, combat stress, and stimulate the immune system. 8. Avoid notoriously salty airline food to reduce dehydration. Order a low-salt meal from the airline several days prior to your flight, and avoid salty snacks. Bring healthy snacks with you, such as an apple, an orange, a bag of almonds, and a protein bar. 9. Fortify your body against catching cold by taking antioxidants before flying, including 1000 mg of vitamin C. The number one way to catch cold on a plane is by touching surfaces infected with germs. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and don’t rub your eyes. Spray your seat—and surrounding seats if possible—with a solution of grapefruit seed extract, which is naturally antiparasitic, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. 10. Travelers often need to be well rested and ready to work or sightsee on day one. If possible, prior to your trip, alter your sleep schedule to emulate the hours you’ll be sleeping when you arrive at your destination. Lack of sleep increases stress hormones and detracts from your body’s ability to relax. Sleep deprivation increases a hunger hormone and decreases the hormones that make you feel satiated; therefore, skipping sound sleep may lead to weight gain. Don’t count on catching up on your rest in the airport during your layover; disturbed sleep is just as bad as not sleeping at all!

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BEAUTY AND THE BEACH For part three of our beauty guide series, we check out the best of Santa Monica’s seaside pampering options. —Dawn Shand Johnson FOR THE FACE 1. The Spot: Dermalogica on Montana Why we love it: Their quick fixes—from

flash exfoliation and eye treatments to New Age Smart Hand Repair—are excellent for problems like occasional breakouts and congestion. Celeb fans include Ali Larter, Jennifer Hudson, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Signature treatment: Exclusive to Dermalogica is FaceMapping, a free five-minute analysis that breaks your face down Dermalogica into 14 zones and includes recommendations about appropriate products for each zone. What’s happening: Twenty-minute MicroZone Treatments are quick skin fixes that are great for breakouts, tired eyes, and dull skin. $25 à la carte, or free with a minimum purchase of $100 The Details: 1022 Montana Ave, 310-260-8682, dermalogica.com

Arcona 3. The Spot: The Arcona Studio Why we love it: This luxury


brand’s full range of products is available here. Signature treatment: A free Makeunder. An aesthetician removes your makeup, cleanses your face, and reapplies a more natural makeup look. They also provide a step-by-step tutorial about how to recreate the look at home. What’s happening: You can test Philosophy’s oxygen-peel product with a free oxygen peel. They also offer fragrance makeovers so you can identify your ideal scent. The Details: 1329 Montana Ave, 310-395-6500, philosophy.com

1. The Spot: Exhale Mind Body Spa Why we love it: Exhale’s Core Fusion

exercise classes are amazing, and I love their Body Enlightening massage, which incorporates yoga. Signature treatment: The Power Body Detox treatment helps you lose inches from the stomach, thighs, and glutes. A clay mask and the application of electrodes combine to suck out impurities. Once the mask dries, you can see what’s been extracted, similar Exhale Spa to a Bioré pore strip. What’s happening: A new 60-minute facial called The Lift, $195, uses subsensory microcurrent waves to tone and lift facial muscles. It encourages protein production, builds collagen, fights sagging jowls, and improves lymphatic drainage, under-eye puffiness, and muscle tone. The Details: 1422 2nd St, 310-821-7100, exhalespa.com; also at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd, 310-5767777, fairmont.com

skincare line and studio uses allnatural ingredients, more than 80% of which are organic, and their entire line is cold-processed, meaning enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients remain active and effective. Celeb fans include Katherine Heigl, Diane Lane, Regina King, and Mandy Moore. Signature treatment: Arcona Signature Facial Contouring, $85, is a proprietary deep-muscle facial massage treatment that incorporates acupressure and lymph drainage, fighting gravity and offering a viable alternative to facial surgery. It exercises, tones, and tightens the muscles of the face, bringing out the cheekbones and decreasing puffiness for a finer, younger, contoured look. What’s happening: Arcona’s Instant Lift line of firming, tightening, and plumping products is great for special occasions. Check out the Instant Lift Kit, $85, with a lift mask, peptide-firming complex, brush, and mask bow. The Details: 425 Broadway, One, the Spa at Shutters at the Beach 310-458-3800, arcona.com

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2. The Spot: Philosophy Store Why we love it: The

2. The Spot: One, the Spa at Shutters at the Beach Why we love it: The California-coastal décor was

designed by Michael S. Smith, whom President Obama just commissioned to redesign the White House. Plus, treatments incorporate fab all-natural Ole Henriksen products. Signature treatment: The Beach Buff Body treatment, featuring a Swedish massage, scrub and buff with Re-Texturizing Sea Mineral Body Scrub, and a tropical rain rinse, $185, and the Chill Out Facial, a calmative complexion treatment by Ole Henriksen, $110. What’s happening: The spa has just launched its redesigned Sky Blue product line, inspired by citrus groves, ocean breezes, and California’s endless blue skies. The Details: 1 Pico Blvd, 310-458-0030, shuttersonthebeach.com

3. The Spot: The Casa Spa & Wellness Center at the Hotel Casa del Mar Why we love it: The spa’s green design



The Casa Spa & Wellness Center 1. The Spot: Ouidad Salon Why we love it: After making

a name for herself in New York, curly-hair expert Ouidad was beset by West Coast clients, who pleaded with her for 20 years to open up shop in LA. Her salon is now open—finally!—in Santa Monica. Signature treatment: Deep Treatment is Ouidad’s first and most successful product. This intensive conditioner is also used in the salon’s signature treatment of the same name, $90; it’s massaged into the scalp and saturates each strand of hair. Afterward, 20 minutes of low heat encourages further penetration, resulting in more structured, replenished curls. What’s happening: Ouidad’s latest product, Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner, is weightless and great before styling. The Details: 1230 Montana Ave, 800-677-HAIR, ouidad.com

Ouidad Deep Treatment, $30, Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner, $22, ouidad.com

2. The Spot: The Doves Why we love it: The stylists

here are color experts. Their consultations are in-depth, with multiple stylists weighing in. They also use pictures and color examples and will even give you a sketch of your proposed haircut, ensuring that you get exactly what you want. Signature treatment: The stylists use a new formula from Koleston Perfect that adds vibrancy to your color with no chemical smell, along with Sebastian Laminates cellophane glazes, which add shine and tone but aren’t permanent, so you don’t have to live with the results if you don’t like them. They also offer a custom-blended shampoo and conditioner that can warm up or cool down your color. What’s happening: Clients can get a head-to-toe makeover with the Doves’ new Fashion Image Consulting and Personal Shopping services. Plus, fashion stylist Antonio Vega has joined the team as managing fashion director. Consultations start at $150 per hour. The Details: 2000 Main Street, Unit B, 310-399-7654, thedovesstudio.com


features materials like responsibly harvested bamboo, cork flooring, handmade natural-fiber wallpaper, and a vintage fossilized coral desk from the 1970s. Signature treatment: The 90minute Voya Seaweed Leaf Body Wrap Ritual, $230, and 60-minute Voya Seaweed Massage, $160, use Voya’s 100% certified-organic seaThe Casa Spa & Wellness Center weed products to fight cellulite, revitalize skin condition, relax tired muscles, and relieve stress and fatigue. What’s happening: Just launched in February, the new Casa Spa & Wellness Center has introduced Wellness Your Way, a whole-body health, wellness, and resilience program with three components: Focus, which uses techniques like biofeedback and Neurolinguistic Programming to help you find clarity, balance, and grace; Relax, with treatments featuring Voya Organic Seaweed products; and Move, with fitness programs that make the most of Casa’s beachfront locale. The Details: 1910 Ocean Way, 310-581-5533, hotelcasadelmar.com

The Doves

3. The Spot: Luxe Lab Why we love it: The salon does Shu Uemura Art of

Hair In-Salon Ceremonies, with treatments incorporating Japanese traditions inspired by the ritualism and precision of the Japanese tea ceremony; plus, they include a shiatsu-inspired massage. $50–150 Signature treatment:Created by Luxe Labs, the Blondie Aid Masque is a sulfate-free deep-moisturizing treatment made of wheat and soy proteins. It counteracts damage done by the sea, sun, and pollution, and it’s great for natural and chemically treated blondes. $45, blonde-aid.com What’s happening:In a nod to the economic gloom, Luxe Labs just debuted “artlab,” a cool concept that involves a DJ booth with DJ Roger of the Beauty Bar, rotating art installations, video montages, unique found objects, home décor, and apparel, and last but not least, chic looks for a third of the usual cost. Cuts starts at $55. The Details: 1408 Montana Ave, 310-255-9900; artlab, 1410 Montana Ave, artlabsalon.com

Luxe Lab

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it’s springtime, and posH beauty destinations and LuXe offerings are in fuLL bLoom aLL oVer town. —Dawn ShanD JohnSon

The Loft Hair Lounge & Green Sap

has opened its second location in Beverly Hills—and it doesn’t call itself “green” for nothing. It uses only all-natural products that are paraben- and sulfate-free, and even its hair coloring treatments are made from an ammonia-free yogurtbased line. For waxing? Vegetable wax. Skin products? Organic. Nail polish? Free of DBP (dibutyl phthalate, a suspected endocrine disruptor). Plus, celebrity extension artist Susan Lipson—whose clients include Drew Barrymore, Christina Applegate, and Hugh Jackman— works out of the salon. 110 N. Doheny Dr, Beverly Hills, 310-275-9002, theloftlounge.com The Loft Hair Lounge & Green Spa


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Photo: Sanford Epstein

The Nail Garden


Step into spring with Bellacures’ Life’s Just Peachy Mani & Pedi. It starts with a warm peach soak followed by an exfoliating homemade peach salt scrub for a cleansing of both dead skin and bad energy. Manicurists will then apply a lovely amber Sedona & French red clay masque to soothe and replenish your hands and feet, and afterward, a peach moisture cream and hot booties and mittens. A 10-minute massage comes next, rejuvenating your hands, feet, and mind. And all month long, the service comes with a peach martini! Pedicure includes callus treatment if necessary, and services include cuticle care, shaping, and polish. Manicure, $50; pedicure, $70; 239 N. Robertson Blvd, 310-550-5822, bellacures.com

Westside Medical Spa

Gavert Atelier is expanding its space and its services, adding a secondfloor loft with two signature suites: the Beauty Atrium, which offers waxing, brows, and makeup; and the Hair Spa, which is Japanese-themed, with Yumi chairs where you decompress while getting stress-relieving head and scalp massages along with conditioning treatments. 9666 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310858-7898, gavertatelier.com

In a cheeky nod to the gloomy economy, Westside Medical Spa is offering a new treatment: the Poor Man’s Facelift. Combining C02 laser resurfacing and injectables, this “liquid facelift” is ideal for men and women seeking a brighter look without the risks, recovery time, and cost of invasive cosmetic surgery. $3000–$4500, 1033 Gayley Ave, Suite 104, LA, 888-722-7727, westsidemedicalspa.com

Laboratoire Remède has a sleek new look, but more important, a new formula that is true therapy for the skin, designed to heal the past and plan for the future. It’s based on three powerful compounds: Green Defense, an extract of the white nymphea flower that protects against the elements and fights signs of aging; Skin Reaching Technology, which guides ingredients to where they are most needed; and skin-type-specific

TechnoBlends, proprietary ingredient combinations that target specific deficiencies in order to promote skin recovery and radiance. TechnoBlends all combat signs of aging, but each variety is tailored for specific needs. Alchemy addresses initial signs of aging; HydraTherapy is for dry, sensitive skin; Matte Therapy is for oily, active skin; and Wrinkle Therapy is for— you guessed it!—wrinkles. $40–165, blissworld.com

Fix Malibu has a new secret weapon in the fight against signs of aging: the Fraxel Re:pair laser, which tightens and smoothes the skin and, in some ways, can be more effective than surgical lifting procedures. With the Fraxel Re:pair, which is more aggressive than the original Fraxel, patients can expect four to five days of downtime. Single treatments start at $2000 for small areas, like around the mouth and eyes, and can range up to $5000– $6000 for the face and neck. 22741 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, 310-456-5350, fixmalibu.com

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IMAGINE LOOKING AND FEELING BETTER ABOUT YOUR YOURSELF AS SOON AS TOMORROW. “I promise not to make you feel like you’re entering the chaos of a reality show or a place where you’re just a number. I’m a cosmetic surgeon with a long, proven educational and professional track record with many, many satisfied clients. Give me a call at 310-360-0504 to schedule your complimentary consultation.”

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Dr. Fardad Forouzanpour, D.O., F.A.C.O.S., was raised in Los Angeles and attended UCLA. He went on to complete his medical studies at Midwestern University in Chicago and served a five-year residency in general and trauma surgery. He completed a fellowship sponsored by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery where he trained in total facial and body aesthetic and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Forouzanpour successfully passed the board examinations sponsored by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

Men’s Page

gENLUXshop Springtime for something new. –George blodwell The English gentleman has always made his presence known just by looking the part—and with great tailoring. There is a sense of tongue-in-cheek wonder when you discover the details and lines from these masters. Alexander McQueen, Paul Smith, and Vivienne Westwood, to name just a few, continue their legacy with great spring offerings.

Samsonite silver weekend bag, $860, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Vivienne Westwood single-button notch-lapel suit, $1890, blue dress shirt, $375, Traffic Men’s, 310-659-4313

McQueen, with his tailoring and details, usually brings a smile. Paul Smith’s colorful stripes are a joy to behold, and Vivienne Westwood’s shirts are destined to become iconic. Here are a few finds for the man in your life (or your world).

Regio Carla robe, $188, Le Bra, West Hollywood, 310-360-6655

Justin von der Fehr’s wrist straps and wallets are well made

and stylish with undeniable quality. Although not British, I have to tell you about de Tommaso shoes. They’re all handmade in Italy. Great workmanship and quality. Try and bag a pair. Go online, check out the range. You won’t be sorry.

Paul Smith red and blue polkadot scarf, $180, Traffic Men’s, 310-659-4313

Another Italian team, DSquared², a very hip brand, has this white jacket with navy stripes down the sleeves—it’s supercool. Pair it with dress pants, jeans, or shorts. Throw your stuff in a silver Samsonite bag and saunter in style.

Alexander McQueen dress shirt, $585, Traffic Men’s, 310-659-4313

Porsche Design rose-gold indicator watch, $243,000, Porsche Design, Beverly Hills, 310-205-0095

De Tommaso handmade shoe, $740, deTommaso.it

PUMA Black Label Mostro Re-Luxe shoe, $290, PUMA The Black Store, NY, 212-206-0109, puma.com

Todd Lynn Crown top, $675, toddlynn.com

Paul Smith two-button sport jacket, $2175, signature stripe scarf, $150, Traffic Men’s, 310-659-4313

DSquared² white jacket, $1625, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

JvdF wrap tie, $175, jvdf.net

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Passman Gallery slice grain hand-carved black coral and 18K gold cufflinks, $485, Passman Gallery, Beverly Hills, 310-246-5150, passman.com

Tom Ford jacket, $3225, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

JvdF wallet, $440, jvdf.net

A product of skillful hands. And ingenious minds. Eterna Vaughan Big Date with the Eterna Calibre 3030 movement, the thinnest self-winding mechanical movement with a cambered big date display. The result of modern engineering and traditional craftsmanship. www.eterna.ch Tel.866-425-9882

Accessory Access: Bold


Eric Javits Baby Rattler embossed ‘python’ quilted bag in tangerine, $780, ericjavits.com

Lanvin pink plastron Vernis necklace, $3472, Barney's New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400

Rashel Karlin rose quartz with gold fill necklace, $675, Rashel Karlin, LA, 310-855-8935, rashelkarlin.com

Carmen Steffens handcrafted detail-cut metallic gold Layla bag, $698, carmensteffens.com

Roberto Cavalli gold deco cuff with purple and green stones, $638, Roberto Cavalli, Beverly Hills, 310-276-6006, robertocavalli.com

Sergio Rossi hand-painted python embroidered lace-up sandal, $1780, sergiorossi.com

Louis Vuitton Leomonogram bracelet in red amd yellow, approx $310 each, Louis Vuitton, Beverly Center, LA, 310360-1506; 866-VUITTON, louisvuitton.com

CHANEL Camelia Tweed 18K white gold, pearls, black and white diamond necklace, price upon request, CHANEL Fine Jewelry Boutiques, 800-550-0005 Wendy Brandes Marie Antoinette 18K gold ring with amethyst and tsavorite, $12,500, Roseark, LA, 323-822-3600; wendybrandes.com

Hermès silver Collier de Chien, $2675, Hermès stores nationwide, 800441-4488, hermes.com

Frey Wille endless love mounted bangles, $760–$1005, Frey Wille, Santa Monica, 310-260-2639, freywilleusa.com

Ports 1961 balloon twist necklace, price upon request, special order only, ports1961.com

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Alessandro Dell'Acqua diamante on lace necklace, $800, vivre.com

Sama Eyewear Sahara Collection Aten sunglasses in Crimson, $838, Destination: Sama, Beverly Hills, 310-271-1734, samaeyewear.net

Crumley mahogany geometribe dodeca bracelet, $325, crumleynewyork.com

Roberto Cavalli brown python hobo bag with chain detail and braided handle, $3400, robertocavalli.com Dori Csengeri Zanzibar necklace, $1950, vivre.com Louis Vuitton Spicy Sandal, approx. $1920, Louis Vuitton, Beverly Center, LA, 310-360-1506; 866-VUITTON, louisvuitton.com

Bottega Veneta Copper Intrecciato grosgrain Vernice bag, $3750, Bottega Veneta boutiques, 877-362-1715, bottegaveneta.com.

Dior Deesse printed galuchat shoe, $1590, Dior boutiques nationwide, 800929-DIOR Ports 1961 abalone and leaf necklace in green grey and metallic, $1295, Ports 1961, West Hollywood, 323-951-9696, ports1961.com

Libertas Vixen metallic snakeskin oversized clutch in gold skin, $209, Bettina Duncan at Fred Segal, Santa Monica, 310-458-2874; Ooh La La, Carlsbad, 760-434-1897; libertasdesigns.com

Accessory Access: tribal


Lizzie Fortunato Jewels for VPL tiered peach, metallic bronze, grey, slate blue, tan, and acid-yellow flag necklace on dual strands of flat brass chain with double brass closure, $365, by special order only, lizziefortunatojewels.com

Eric Javits Rattler “python” embossed leather shoe with “squishee” braid inset in silver, $300, ericjavits.com

Louis Vuitton Madmax earrings, approx. $775, Louis Vuitton, Beverly Center, LA, 310-360-1506; 866-VUITTON, louisvuitton.com

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Accessory Access: BOWS

gENLUXshop Moschino pink leather bow clutch with gold clasp, $1235, Moschino Boutique, NY, 212-243-8600, moschino.com

Samantha Wills Crystal bow Bean Beauty Necklace, $213, Switch, Beverly Hills, 310-860-1650, switchboutique.com

Christian Louboutin Bow T Dorcet black satin peep-toe dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;orsay pump with bow detail, $895, Christian Louboutin Boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-247-9300, christianlouboutin.com

Casadei leopard print raffia clutch in brown/leopard, $830, casadei.com

CC Skye Meredith 24K gold-plated bow bracelet with lock clasp closure, $150, ccskye.com

Hats by Tanya Prince Edward cream woven straw fedora, $200, hatsbytanya.com

Omelle Danika heel in naked, $895, omelle.com/shop

0-458-2874 3.1 Phillip Lim Cadeau natural waist leather belt in sand, $325, Diavolina, LA, 310-550-1341 CHANEL sequin tuille bow booties, $1195, select CHANEL boutiques, 800-550-0005

Custo Barcelona Limited-Edition Runway Collection python clutch, price upon request, custo-barcelona.com Cesare Paciotti satin ballerina flat with peep toe and bow in blush, $485, cesare-paciotti.com Prada brown nylon and python bag with bow detail, $2990, select Prada boutiques, 888-977-1900

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Accessory Access: WEEKENDER BAGS

gENLUXshop Longchamp Zip duffel in black, $1375, longchamp.com

Mulberry Maxi Mabel bag in butterscotch, $1650, Mulberry, West Hollywood, 888-685-6856

J.Crew Lugano leather valise in orange, $1200, jcrew.com

Il Bisonte multi-compartment tote in chocolate-brown leather, $1178, Il Bisonte, Beverly Hills, 310-275-3261 Aspinal of London buffalo cabin bag in brown calfskin with brown hide, $1235, aspinaloflondon.com Libertas Snakeskin oversized clutch with gold beveled stud detailing at edges, $219, Bettina Duncan at Fred Segal, Santa Monica, 310-458-2874 Bottega Veneta Tea vintage calf duffel, $4420, Bottega Veneta boutiques, 877-362-1715

Louis Vuitton keepall in red Epi leather, $1560, louisvuitton.com Kate Spade De Gaulle Duchess bag in emerald, $375, Kate Spade, Century City, 310-788-0791

Gucci large carry-on duffel in khaki GG washed cotton with leather trim, $1795, Gucci, Beverly Hills, 310-278-3451, gucci.com

Brooks Brothers Peal & Co. travel bag in British tan, $3000, Brooks Brothers, Beverly Hills, 310-2744003, brooksbrothers.com

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Tod’s travel bag in tan calfskin, $1995, Tod’s, Beverly Hills, 310-285-0591, tods.com

Bric’s Bojola holdall in cream, $695, Bric’s, Century City, 310-229-0025

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Tory Burch Reva ballet flat, $195, Tory Burch, LA, 310-248-2612



Where’s your favorite place to escape to?

I return to the Hotel Splendido in Portofino year after year—it’s a small, exclusive boutique property only an hour from Monaco, on the coast in the Cinque Terre region of Italy.

HIGH SOCIETY monica von neumann

Stratospheric social circles know Baroness Monica von Neumann as a powerful philanthropist, but few realize that her talents extend to interior design, entertainment, and intellectual properties. In a short span of time, she’s lived the lives of three women, going from model to wife to businesswoman and tastemaker, but amid all that, she somehow finds the time to star in her own reality TV show, Extra’s “Baroness of Bel Air.”

What do you pack? Oh, my God, where do I start? I travel frequently between homes and visiting friends, so I believe I almost have it down to a science. For me, it’s about themes. One of the best that has worked for me everywhere I go is a “black and white” travel kit.

Only Tatiana tiered pewter necklace with citrine, $440, Coutula, 310581-8010

Two must-haves are a form-flattering knee-length, silk Fendi dress in black-and-white stripes, and a Cavalli pencil skirt in leopard with lace trim—so sexy. I’ll throw in one extra dress and a Dolce & Gabbana stretch silk skirt in crème. That way I can eat a little pasta and not be mortified; it’s a forgiving silhouette. To accentuate these looks, I’ll bring two Nancy Gonzalez croc clutches. For Bottega Veneta evening, I’ll carry her turquoise for a pop of color; Beaudry Ferro Roma tote, Jessica it has just enough room for your hotel key and GENLUX: Who are your clients? Actress diamond $3080, Bottega Kagan powder. Her black clutch dresses up any outfit. Victoria Rowell has asked me to help with earrings, Veneta boutiques, Cushman a new wing she’s adding to her house, while price upon For lounging and swimming, my Missoni plunge- 877-362-1715 amethystincorporating some cool appointments for request, neck, one-piece bathing suit is a winner. And when I’ve stone Clarins Eau her daughter. Speaking of daughters, we’ve Michael been “eating air” all day, I’ll venture out in my Eres bangles, Dynamisante, just completed some work on my daughter Beaudry, bikini. I always keep a Bottega Veneta woven$3300, $45, Saks Dorian’s house. One thing that’s great Beverly leather tote for a beach bag to hold my newsvivre.com Fifth Avenue, about designing for someone you have an Hills, 310papers, magazines, Evian spritzer, and other 310-275intimate relationship with is that there’s 278-3500 accoutrements. I always, always take a black 4211 Notify more freedom. and white tank, a black and white T-shirt in Temperley London anemone fine cotton with a little Lycra, and two pairs For my next project, I’ll actually be my ownscarf, Hermès Celest bag, $1595, chain-embelof flip-flops, also in black and white. But I only client. I renovated my mid-century Palm $375, Hermès, Temperley London, lished jeans, buy the Havaianas; they’re so elegant and cheap. Springs house earlier this year, and now I Hills, Beverly LA, 323-782-8000 $465, There are so many to choose from. I’ll also bring have my sights on Bel Air. Even though I 310-278-0890 net-a-porter. a Tory Burch thong sandal in black or white want to stay true to its American colonial com patent leather. heritage, I’ll pull in some chic, modern touches like abstract French wallpaper, ultramodern appliances in the kitchen and baths, and some lovely organic materials like granite, bamboo, and cork. Asprey diamond Producer Laurie Muslow has been hinting that she might need a little help from me too. We’re talking ideas right now.

ring, $9750, Asprey at The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, 310-550-0520

My favorite design projects are ones that have a charity attached to them, or when I can do something special for a friend. The Palm restaurant asked me to design for the annual Tables of Ten at the Pacific Design Center last year, and we’re doing it again this year. Diane von Furstenberg Antoinette off-white silk sequin wrap CHANEL handbag, gown with a $2995, available contrast sash at select CHANEL belt, $2100, boutiques, 800netaporter. 550-0005 com

Tory Burch Miller sandal, $195, Tory Burch, Costa Mesa, 714-689-0450

If you could take only one of your clients on vacation with you who would it be,

What three items can you not leave behind?

A clutch, skinny pencil jeans, and black and white tanks—not necessarily in that order.

How do you go from day to night without

It’s best to have great shoes, a great handbag, and jewelry and accessories in your wardrobe inventory for evening. For the day, pencil jeans or cropped capris with flips-flops can morph into evening drama by changing into a pair of Louboutin platform heels, grabbing the Nancy Gonzalez clutch, throwing on some earrings, Hermès Faubourg and accenting with an Hermès tropical scarf. Also, for another Express 90cm silk twill look, layer chains of jewelry for drama, a big cocktail ring, cuff scarf, $375, Hermès bracelet, and a splash of matte sequins in a belt or scarf. boutiques nationwide, 800-441-4488, What shoes do you bring? Rene Caovilla silver strappy hermès.com four-inch heels with rhinestones, and black Jimmy Choo

and why? I’d take someone like producers Laurie Muslow or Keri Selig, or our “Baroness of Bel Air” producer, Lisa Hudson. They’re fun, energetic city girls on the relentless treadmill of the entertainment industry. I’d like to help them to decompress from their hard-working schedules. Relax, cruise, drink champagne—that’s all that will be on their to-do lists when we take a jaunt abroad.

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Erès Amour Monaco bikini top, $265; Flash bikini bottom, $195, Erès, 888-656-ERES, eres.com

Nancy Gonzales metallic python/crocodile cases, $325–$350, vivre.com

taking your entire closet with you?

three-strap open-toe sandals. The strap wraps around the toe and ankle. It’s so sexy, and it supports your feet, too. The superb light green Ostrich Birkin from Hermès, and my Valentino flower mesh tote.

What handbags?

I’ll be doing metallics— silver and gold for tops, pants, Vivre andlarge crocodileVivre suede zip pouch, embossed leather envelopeaccessories. Otherwise, anything in black or white. $125, vivre.com clutch, $190, vivre.com

What is your favorite item this season?

Rene Caovilla silver leather snake sandal with Swarovski crystals, $1275, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

wild horses The first to receive the new 661-horsepower Mercedes-Benz SL AMG Black Series in the United States is not the gentleman on the left.

auto club


Paul Tanner and Anna S

Anna S, Entrepreneur, philanthropist, car collector

In a town famous for throwing lavish soirées, we first met Anna S at a party at her home in Beverly Hills on one such occasion—to celebrate her new car: a first-off-the-assembly-line, one of three hundred, 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL AMG Black Series rocketship (shown above). Over champagne and caviar, we spoke with Anna of her passions and her loves, and why she won’t be afraid of driving behind the wheel of a car with 661 horsepower. Anna, here we are at a party for your new automobile. How did this all come about? I’ve always loved cars. They have such strength, elegance and beauty. I’m an avid collector. I heard about this particular one from Paul Tanner, who is the general manager of Mercedes-Benz Encino. He’s always been very truthful, helpful, open and honorable with me—it’s just the way he runs his dealership. All the people who work there follow these same values. Let me give you an example of my trust in Paul. When I decided to get a car that was not a Mercedes—a Ferrrari, in fact—I called for his advice. That was all it took. He located the exact car I wanted, and basically looked out for my interests. What more could anyone ask? My new car is a very limited 2009 SL 65 AMG Black series— basically a race car disguised as a street automobile—one of the most powerful street-legal vehicles. Paul Tanner with Anna’s son Kenny

It’s true that not many women own this new Mercedes. Care to comment? I don’t know why people always want to make a distinction between men and women. Everyone has their own qualities. Women are just as powerful as men. Power has nothing to do with gender. It’s about the person and the inner strength and security that they have within themselves. It’s knowing who you are. What are some of your other interests? My family is the most important. I love fashion, travel and meeting people. I tend to see the good in everyone. I strongly believe that everyone can achieve anything they want—that is, if they want it badly enough and believe in themselves. Are you a risk-taker? I’ve been told different versions of that, though I don’t really think about whether I’m a risk-taker or not. I only follow my heart, my dreams, my visions. However, for my son, Kenny, now that’s different. I would risk all for him. We discuss everything together and talk everything through. He gives me my strength and empowers me. He’s my greatest love and my inspiration, and together, we do the things we do. Isn’t it just a bit scary driving a car with over 600 horsepower? No, not at all. I’ve been trained on a racetrack on how to properly drive a car—a racecar, at that! But the horsepower isn’t the only reason why I bought this car; the reason is quite simple. To me, this car is a true work of art. I feel very fortunate to be able to pursue my passions. I wish everyone was able to do so.

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what are you buying?

Genlux´s Shannon Bowen chats with three designers of highly covetable handbags about their retail finds and fantasies. WHO: Calleen Cordero, designer and owner, Calleen Cordero, Los Angeles, CA

WHO: Abbe Held, creative director, co-president, and founder, Kooba, New York

Photo: Karin Kohlberg



Beth Orduña diamond earrings, $1760, Miriam Claudette, West Hollywood, 310-659-9099 Abbe Held

SHOPPER I.D.: Because of my work, shopping is a big part of my everyday life. I’m always looking for what’s out there and new finds—window-shopping, scouting for the newest boutiques and vintage pieces. As a result, it’s always hard to resist something that catches my eye. WHERE ARE YOU SHOPPING?

Basically everywhere. I love Barneys for shoes. Antique home shops SHOPPER I.D.: I’m an impulse buyer. If I see Beth Orduña on the Lower East Side of New York. Distant Origin, 153 Mercer something that I know is handmade somewhere in a small village, as opposed to mass-produced, I ring, $5500, Distant Origin for great gifts. And of St, New York, 212-941course, the Gap for my kids. just have to have it. If I don’t get it, I’ll just keep Miriam 0024, distantorigin.com thinking about it and have to go back and try and Claudette, WHAT ARE YOU 310-659find it all over again. BUYING LATELY? I’ll never need 9099 another handbag, so instead I double WHERE ARE YOU SHOPPING? Midnight Farm up on shoes! Recently, I bought a pair in Martha’s Vineyard. It’s my favorite store in the Bottega Venof black suede Balenciaga highU.S. Tamara (the co-owner, with Carly Simon) has eta multi-floral heeled oxfords and Miu Miu such eclectic taste—Dosa Clothing designs, the best Nappa sandal, pumps. I love my Bottega hand-selected home furnishings and art, Calleen Cordero $1290, Veneta wedges. In the last wonderful candles, and the most exquisite Bottega Venfew months I’ve really focused Kooba Dale jewelry; my personal favorite is this I Profumi di eta boutiques, my attention on my home, and I love picking up bag in pyFirenze amber oil that I can wear every day—I just 877-362new accessories that can mix things up a thon, $895, love it. Martha’s Vineyard has so many wonderful 1715 Irene Neuwirth Traffic, LA, Beth Orduña bit…trays, frames, and vintage objects. shops, and it’s so relaxing that I now take my two gold necklace 323-969moonstone ring, kids, Colin and Kai, there every summer for a week. ACCESSORY FAVES YOU CRAVE: Since we make with rose-cut $4180, Miriam 1962 accessories, my new favorite items for spring are WHAT ARE YOU BUYING LATELY? I do a lot of trading chrysoprase and Claudette, 310the Dale in printed python and our black patent- turquoise cabowith other designers, and for clothing, I love Ali Blankley 659-9099 for Hazel Brown. Her designs are exquisite, and the quality leather wallet that I’ll carry around at night as a chons, $11,290, is some of the best out there. They even go so far as to dye clutch. I’m also craving an Irene Neuwirth long Barneys New pendant necklace that I keep visiting, but haven’t York, Beverly Hills, fabrics in tea bags, and I just love her craftsmanship. Beth splurged on—yet. Orduña for Beth Orduña Jewelry is another favorite of 310-276-4400 mine. She has been in the business a long time, and her HIDDEN TREASURES: Zero in NYC. I can always find interestpieces are pretty magnificent. Love Heals is another favor- ing tops and other great pieces there to add to my wardrobe, ite, with every piece made up in Ojai. Over the last couple and the people are so friendly. Anthropologie always has fun, MIDNIGHT FARM: of years, I have been building a retreat center in Ojai called novelty gift ideas. 18 Water-Cromwell Irene Neuwirth moonstone Small white Calliote Canyon; I’m in the final stages of decorating there Lane, Vineyard Haven, marquise cluster necklace, patent-leather and have found some pretty amazing pieces of art right MA, 508-693-1997, $5730, Barneys New York, wallet, $225, there in Ojai. One of my favorites is Shastra at ZS Gallery. midnightfarm.net Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400 kooba.com I just purchased a beautiful oil painting from them.

Matteo Cluny Pillowcase Pair, $145–175, Sanders Bolster, $245, and Darn, $4495–4995, Matteo Knot Throw, $995, 888-MATTEO-1, matteohome.com

ACCESSORY FAVES YOU CRAVE: Nepal Scarves from Katmandu in Santa Monica. They have great Indian prayer scarves. And Matteo Irish linen sheets—one of my all-time favorite things to splurge on.

The Ige gift shop has terrific gifts for all ages and some real collector’s items. Helene has such great taste, from her beautifully designed T-shirts to all kinds of great gifts for children. It’s a one-of-a-kind shop with stuff you probably won’t find anywhere else. Jesselyn bag in Brown Borello, $699, Calleen Cordero, LA, 323-934I Profumi di Firenze Ambra del 5541, calleencordero.com Nepal, $99, midnightfarm.net HIDDEN TREASURES:

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Sir Alistair Rai long wrap scarf in beige, $95, Intuition, LA, 310-234-8442 Kooba black patentleather wallet, $295, kooba.com

Anthropologie, 50 Rockefeller Plaza, NY, 212-246-0386, anthropologie.com

WHO: Isabelle Puech, designer and co-creator, Jamin Puech, Paris

WHERE ARE YOU SHOPPING? On every trip, Isabelle Puech flea markets are priorities for my husband and me. We love them, and they’re the only kind of shopping he can put up with! The ones in Paris, like Clignancourt—go to Michel Perraches and Eric Miel’s spot at Stand No. 21, an extraordinary place. The 13th arrondissement for Chinese products—a balm of possum for migraines, and exotic fruits and vegetables for when I feel nostalgic about the amazing boat trips I took as a child. Le Marais for Kiehl’s products, but I often bring those back from the New York Kiehl’s store. And I’m a devoted admirer of Dries Van Noten; his Paris boutique is superb.

Frederic Malle Photo: Jacques Giaume

Leather accents at Rick Owens, Spring/ Summer ’09

Kiehl’s Since 1851, 109 Third Ave, NY, 212-677-3171, kiehls.com

Notify jeans, since I get around by scooter! Rick Owens’ leather pieces. In Rio and Sao Paolo: a tiny bikini, Havaianas, hearts of palm, pants for capoeira at Marimbondo Sinha [capoeira studio]. At flea markets: an old lucky charm I hung in the hallway of our house, and fish pendants. In Tokyo and Osaka: lots of trousers and shirts for my husband, plus a leather vest by Johnbull, a Japanese brand that is very eco-chic right now; Kanebo shampoo for my whole family; and lots of Naruto gadgets for my son. In Paris, Since I couldn’t have CHANEL’s 005 heels, I bought a magnificent pair by Bruno Frisoni, who is, for me, one of the most talented shoemakers right now; a sequined pair by Miu Miu; Santal Blanc perfume by Serge Lutens for me and Vétiver Extraordinaire by Frederic Malle for my husband; the Pacemaker DJ table and mixer—sold exclusively at Colette—for putting together the soundtracks for our boutiques and for mixing music at our parties; and beautiful old silver earrings at Dary’s. In New Delhi: almond scrub by Fab India, and at flea markets, beautiful cloissoné rings. In Miami: Desiree Nercessian, who makes really pretty ensembles with silk scarves, and dresses in the same vein. In New York: the contemporary and pop art gallery Wooster Projects, and Cooper Classics in the Meat Packing District.


Serge Lutens Santal Blanc, $120, beautyhabit.com

Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire by Dominique Ropion, $210, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400, barneys.com; editionsparfums.com

ACCESSORY FAVES YOU CRAVE: Chanel’s 005s! And a photo by David LaChapelle.

[In Paris], the Artcurial library for their excellent selection of art books; their vintage book section is outstanding, especially for photography, and their auction room has an excellent selection of contemporary art. Café Panique, at 12 rue des Messageries. The Brazilian restaurant Gabriela, at 3 rue Milton. The Hotel Amour, at 8 rue de Navarin, for their quirky rooms. David Mallett Salon, at 14 rue Notre Dame des Victoires; Alain does my hair, but the whole team is great. For all my makeup, By Terry for a naturally sophisticated look. And Galerie Vero Dodat. HIDDEN TREASURES:

Bruno Frisoni nude patentleather looping platform sandal with satin frill, $786, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900


Notify Hellebora Jean, $180, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211


I’m an impulse shopper. If I pass a boutique, as soon as I see something I like, I give in— provided that it suits me. With objects (that aren’t clothes), I don’t hesitate. And I am methodical when I look for something very specific. For example, I failed to find the CHANEL 005 heels—I called stores all over the world, press services, connections we had…nevertheless, no shoes! SHOPPER I.D.:

Bruno Frisoni pink patent-leather platform sandal with frill, $726, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

CHANEL 005 satin and metal sandal, $2200, select CHANEL boutiques, 800-5500005. Good luck! Bruno Frisoni camel suede sandal, $773, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Kanebo Volumizing Shampoo, $30, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400

Jamin Puech Idrissa bag, $1015, Jamin Puech, New York, 212-431-5200

Jamin Puech Abdou bag, $795, Jamin Puech, New York, 212431-5200

Jamin Puech Adama bag, $505, Jamin Puech, New York, 212431-5200 Bruno Frisoni blue patent-leather sandal with satin frill, $786, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

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style i.d.

gENLUXshop Oh, canada! LIANE Balaban

Ella Zahlan Estella Havisham dress, price upon request, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310275-4211; Jimmy Choo Poem Nappa leather platform, $740, Jimmy Choo, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045; Erica Courtney 18K gold and diamond peridot 23" bracelet, $13,440, 18K gold and 9.8 ct diamond peridot flower necklace, $18,060, Erica Courtney, LA, 323-938-2373

Perhaps best recognized for her portrayal of Moonie Pottie in 1999’s New Waterford Girl, Canada-born actress Liane Balaban is everywhere these days, with half a dozen films in various stages of production and one in theaters now—Overture Films’ Last Chance Harvey, which has already earned her co-star Dustin Hoffman a Golden Globe nomination. Here, she gives Genlux the lowdown on her style faves. How would you describe your personal style?

An ingénue who raided her grandmother’s closet. What’s your favorite item in your closet?

L’Occitane Hand Cream, $10, L’Occitane at The Grove, LA, 323-857-1123

My red DKNY cashmere cardigan. I wear it with everything. It’s like a protective blanket. What’s always in your purse?

Hand sanitizer, a mini-moisturizer (I like L’Occitane mini hand cream), and a lip balm. I love the Tarte 24•7 lip sheers because they hydrate and give a natural flushed color.

What’s your weekend look?

Zero + Maria Cornejo sack dress and Bloch flats. Tarte 24•7 natural lip sheers with SPF 15, $14, tarte.com Bloch Luxury ballet flat in black and pink, $165, revolveclothing.com

What message do your clothes give the world about you?

That I’m relaxed and unconventional.

If you could only wear one designer from head to toe, including accessories, who would it be?


What’s your favorite low-price secret weapon store?

What’s your favorite vacation destination?

Rome is my favorite city on earth. It’s young and vibrant, yet enveloped by an incredible history that lives on in its crumbling remains and rustic cuisine. Do you overpack or underpack?

In an attempt to travel ultra-light, I usually underpack. This is actually worse than overpacking, because I end up buying tons of things and have to lug shopping bags back with me. What’s your go-to LA boutique?

Opening Ceremony on La Cienega.

Ross! I got the best shimmery blue Steve Madden ballet flats there for a ridiculous price. What’s your earliest fashion memory?

When I was nine, Cotton Ginny was a Canadian brand that was very much in vogue among my classmates. There was this unspoken rule that you wear a pastel turtleneck under the Cotton Ginny sweatshirt. That and snap bracelets! What do you sleep in?

Pajamas my characters wore in movies.

See by Chloé bowfront dress, $430, net-a-porter.com

What kind of watch do you wear?

A Movado watch from the Hannah Clark boutique [in New York]. Hannah Clark also designed my engagement ring. Who is your favorite photographer?

Photo courtesy: Cheim & Read, NY © Eggleston Artistic Trust

I love William Eggleston. His portraits are just snapshots, yet they convey so much backstory and context. To me there’s always something romantic and a bit tragic about the people he shoots. They are both ordinary and iconic. What’s your favorite scent?

I love my bottle of Rose de Mai by Fragonard. I bought it at the Fragonard factory in Eze, France, during a school trip eight years ago. I use it sparingly because I want it to last forever.

William Eggleston, Untitled super-market boy with carts, Los Alamos Portfolio, not available for purchase

Photographer: Paul Schefz / schefz.com Stylist: George Blodwell Makeup: Elaine Offers for Exclusive Artists Hair: Steve Mason for Exclusive Artists

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Movado Ono Moda watch with white ceramic bracelet, $1695, Movado, Century City, 310-556-8100

event space fit for a queen

Sue Hancock, Royal-T owner, with her team of tea servers

event tent


Fortunately for us, art collector turned Royal-T gallery/café owner Sue Hancock decided to share her love of the arts with everyone—by offering her space for rent for upscale promotions and events. Your guests can sip martinis while flowing through the spectacular 10,000-squarefoot gallery space, all while appreciating the fine works of art—diplayed behind huge walls of plexiglas. For event rental rates and info, contact Nina Savill at 310-5596300, nina@royal-t.org

Event space: Royal-T Gallery/Café Location: 8910 Washington Bl, Culver City, 90232, 310-559-6300 Notable events: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kickoff, Genlux spring issue release party Contact: Nina Savill, nina@royal-t.org, royal-t.org

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gENLUXshop island girl NAVI RAWAT

Fans of the CBS hit show Numbers will recognize actress Navi Rawat as the character Amita Ramanujan, while those still bemoaning The O.C. will remember her as Theresa Diaz. But in real life, Rawat would rather avoid the drama and hang out at home in Free City tees or pack her bags and jet off to Bora Bora for some quality R&R.

H&M faux snakeskin print bangle, $6.90, H&M, West Hollywood, 310652-0721

How would you describe your personal style?

I would say that my personal style is eclectic. Sometimes I’m very into the boho chic look, and then other days I go with a very classic look—like basic jeans and a Ralph Lauren sweater. It really depends on my mood, how much time I have before I fly out the door, and the weather. The weather is always a major factor because I tend to get cold very easily. What’s your favorite item in your closet?

It’s a toss up between my Dolce & Gabbana winter coat and a beautiful purple Matthew Williamson cocktail dress. What’s always in your purse?

Matthew Williamson violet dress, $2100, Matthew Williamson, NY, 212-255-9881

There’s usually way too much stuff in my purse! I almost always carry oversized bags; my current favorite is by Richard Prince for Louis Vuitton. I tend to use it as my briefcase, so sometimes there are books and/or cameras inside, but normally just my wallet, sunglasses, BlackBerry, and a few basic makeup items. What’s your weekend look?

Kain pocket tee in charcoal, $88, Madison, LA, 323-6513662

Lately I’ve become a real homebody on the weekends, so I find myself hanging around the house in sweats and T-shirts. I love Free City sweats and sweatshirts, and Kain T-shirts. What message do your clothes give the world about you?

That I am a complex person with many different aspects.

If you could only wear one designer from head to toe, including accessories, who would it be?

Chanel—it’s elegant, classic, and, in my mind, synonymous with Paris, my favorite city. What’s your favorite low-price secret weapon store?

CHANEL lambskin handbag, $3850, select CHANEL boutiques, 800-550-0005

H&M. I also like Topshop when I’m in Europe. What’s your earliest fashion memory?

When I was young, I was very into costumes and playing dress-up, so my first memories of fashion come from then. My mother’s friends used to make me fancy, elaborate dresses with material they bought at fabric stores, so I guess you could say I was quite spoiled early on.

What kind of watch do you wear?

I don’t wear a watch. I find it restricting. My father gave me a Rolex for my college graduation present, but I never wear it!

H&M pink bag, $12.90, H&M, West Hollywood, Who are your favorite fashion photographers? Mert and Marcus, and Mario Testino. I absolutely 310-652-0721 love photography, so I could go on and on. I also recently saw Michel Comte’s work in Berlin, and I think he is amazing. H&M black hat, $9.90, H&M, West Hollywood, 310-652-0721

Mario Testino, Let Me In!, $39.99, Stylist: George Blodwell Makeup: Glenn Nutley for Exclusive Artists Taschen, Beverly Hills, Hair: Jeremy Clark for Exclusive Artists 310-2744300 Photographer: Paul Schefz / schefz.com

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What’s your favorite scent?

My favorite go-to perfume is something I keep secret, because people are always asking me, and I don’t like sharing my secret weapons! So I will say Bond Street for Saks Fifth Avenue. It’s very floral and bold. What’s your favorite vacation destination?

Over the past few years I find myself exploring French Polynesia, and more specifically the islands of Tahiti. I’ve been to Papeete, Moorea, and Bora Bora. Bora Bora is my favorite. It’s so scenic and relaxing. You can lie in a hammock reading all day long, or enjoy a plethora of water activities. It offers variety, and the air smells like the sweet, intoxicating tiare flower that blooms there. What are your go-to LA boutiques?

Madison and Intermix.

Do you overpack or underpack?

I am the biggest overpacker ever! It’s actually one of my New Year’s resolutions to work on this, because it’s a serious problem. My motto is: When in doubt, bring everything! Alberta Ferretti dress, $1680, Alberta Ferretti, LA, 310-652-9000; Jimmy Choo Cameroon tie-dye patent shoe, $625, jimmychoo.com Margaret Rowe Vintage Couture chain necklace and ring, prices upon request, 800-561-4ART, MargaretRowe.com Erica Courtney 18K gold and diamond pearl earrings, $3600, Erica Courtney, LA, 323-938-2373




M’ATTIAS 1403 MONTANA AVE, SANTA MONICA, CA 90403 (310) 576-4711

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GENLUXshop Michael Stars micro jersey scarf in fennel, $33, Michael Stars, Santa Monica, 310-260-5558, michaelstars.com

ABS by Allen Schwartz asymmetrical buttercup bow draped gown, $365, ABS Clothing Collection, Santa Monica, 310-393-8770, absstyle.com

Lisa Michelle silk organza cocktail dress in canary, $450, Coco23, LA, 323-653-2323; lisamichellecollection.com

Céline firefly lacquered python egg coat, $9447, celine.com

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Erik Hart silk jersey racerback tank, $96, revolveclothing.com

Tea Stain Clothing Joy yellow short-sleeve tunic T-shirt made of 100% super-soft cotton, $37, Grace Ellay, 323-664-0568; teastainclothing.com

Habitual sun-glow skinny twobutton jean, $190, Habitual, 310-380-1510, habitual.com

Michael Stars chiffon elbow-sleeve drawstring-waisted striped wrap, $108, Michael Stars, The Grove, LA, 323-9658023, michaelstars. com

Twenty 8 Twelve silk chiffon ribbon ruffle Monette dress, $360, CUSP, LA, 310-5520300, cusp.com

Tod’s G-bag in yellow coated canvas, $825, Tod’s, Beverly Hills, 310-285-0591, tods. com

Christian Louboutin yellow satin high-heel platform Paquita sandal, $995, christianlouboutin.com

Dior coral drop earrings, $625, vivre.com

ToyWatch Plasteramic plastic watch in oriole orange, $195, toywatchUSA.com

Frey Wille sphinx diva bangle, $1265, Frey Wille, Santa Monica, 310-260-2639, freywilleusa.com Donna Karan coral dress, $1995, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 ll Bisonte agenda in orange leather, $148, Il Bisonte, Beverly Hills, 310-275-3261

JVL Los Angeles orange ruched tank with tie, $69, Harmony Lane, Beverly Hills, 310-777-8888, shopharmonylane.com

Sretsis coral pink and silver rhinestone silk bow dress, $633, Sretsis, sretsis.com

VPL Canopy tunic in rust, $345, shopbop.com; lagarconne.com; VPL by LD Tuttle harness open-toe heel sandal with elastic straps in brown, $625; ldtuttle.com; Lizzie Fortunato Jewels for VPL tiered tan, green, plum, and metallic bronze flag necklace on rope and brass, $372, by special order only, lizziefortunatojewels.com

Hermès Sunlight patent leather shoe, $1025, Hermès stores nationwide, 800-441-4488, hermes.com

Cole Haan Genevieve frame satchel in spicy orange weave, $450, Cole Haan, Beverly Hills, 310-859-7622, colehaan.com

closet desires: pêche ou citron


Harry Winston 17.72ct Mandarin garnet Marquesa cocktail ring, price upon request, Harry Winston, Beverly Hills, 310-728-1128

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cLosEt dEsirEs: oh LA LA rUFFLEs!


Sunner ruffle jumper in meridian blue, $444, Sarah, LA, 310-442-6725

Saffron Rare Threads Uma coat with ruffle bottom in stone, $295, saffronrarethreads.com

6267 dress with high-waist bow belt and ruffled sleeves, $1735, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Sonia Rykiel cotton Lurex sweater with silk chiffon insets in blush, $1535, and black cotton sateen pencil skirt, $810, soniarykiel.com; Sonia Rykiel crystal embroidered beret in black, $1200, netaporter.com

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Leona Edmiston Joni silk spades print layered dress, $615, Leona Edmiston, West Hollywood, 877-7FROCKS, leonaedmiston.com

Stretsis navy tiered dress with gold stars, $541, Confederacy, LA, 323-854-7729

Fendi white pant with back ruffles, $705, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Single silk rufflefront tunic mini in hot pink with exposed back zipper, $138, Polkadots and Moonbeams, LA, 323-655-3880; singledress.com

Kelly Nishimoto Chandelier rayon tiered spaghetti-strap dress, $265, Kelly Nishimoto, LA, 323-664-2600, kellynishimoto.com

Edie-France Jen ruffle blouse in sapphire, $228, Ashen Boutique, La Jolla, 858-459-3216

Gustto Torsa bag in pink, $790, Rumor, Sherman Oaks, 818981-4762, shoprumor.com

3.1 Phillip Lim double-breasted peaked lapel blazer with tiered ruffle hem in blue haze, $775; 3.1 Phillip Lim double-breasted vest with tiered ruffle hem in antique white, $525; 3.1 Phillip Lim tank dress with tiered ruffle and chiffon hem, $575, 3.1 Phillip Lim, West Hollywood, 310-358-1988

LAS by Daniel and Lisa Soltis, $225, EM & Co., LA, 323-7828155; lisasoltis.com

Hale Bob Intimate butterfly marrow-edge chiffon thong, $48, Fred Segal, Santa Monica, 310-394-9814; Jolie Femme, Del Mar, 858-792-1222; halebobintimate.com

Hale Bob Intimate butterfly shirred chiffon sleep shirt with triple ties, $115, Fred Segal, Santa Monica, 310-394-9814; Jolie Femme, Del Mar, 858-7921222; halebobintimate.com

Leona Edmiston Marissa pop butterfly print cotton frock, $695, Leona Edmiston, Santa Monica, 877-7FROCKS, leonaedmiston.com

Single Boho vintage soft silk chiffon dress in black floral and butterfly print, $435, Polkadots & Moonbeams, LA, 323-655-3880; netaporter.com

cLosEt dEsirEs: Miss BUttErFLY


Hale Bob Intimate butterfly chiffon and lace camisole with center rosette and hook-and-eye back, $136, Fred Segal, Santa Monica, 310-394-9814; Jolie Femme, Del Mar, 858-792-1222; halebobintimate.com

Tuleh waist-belted dress with bow tie-neck in butterfly and floral print, $1785, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Diane von Furstenberg Sybil dress in butterfly print, $365, DVF, LA, 323-951-1947

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cLosEt dEsirEs: LEt it JEWEL!

GENLUXshop Beaudry couture multicolored cuff necklace, price upon request, Michael Beaudry, Beverly Hills, 877-BEAUDRY, michealbeaudry.com

Roberto Cavalli python clutch with hand strap, $2175, robertocavalli.com

Single Boho silk and cotton voile tunic with hand-embroidered jet beads in purple, $200, singledress.com; netaporter.com

Cesare Paciotti suede sandal with Swarovski crystals, $645, Cesare Paciotti, Beverly Hills, 310-273-3220,

Single orange and pink pleated boat-neck dress, $325, CUSP, LA, 310-552-0300, cusp.com

Single silk one-shoulder date top with double-layer sleeve and crystal belt in mango, $136, Bloomingdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, LA, 310-360-2700; singledress.com Vera Wang dress in beige with jewel-encrusted belt, $850, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Alberta Ferretti sleeveless double-faced poplin sheath dress with embellished neck in beige, $1470, Alberta Ferretti, LA, 310-652-9000 Diane von Furstenberg Cabochon dress, $3200; Diane von Furstenberg Goddess sandal, $255, DVF, LA, 323-951-1947

Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, $435, Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook, Beverly Hills, 310-246-9468 Sonia Rykiel Dita studded pebbled leather satchel with chain-link handles in gunmetal, $2450, Intermix, LA, 310-860-0113 Carmen Steffens Julieta handcrafted multicolored sandal. $208, carmensteffens.com

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Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti lacquered basket-weave dress with paillette u-neckline in black, $795, Alberta Ferretti, LA, 310-652-9000

Tacori 0.84ct white gold and diamond stud earrings from the Crescent Silhouette collection, $4190, tacori.com

Patricia von Musulin clear asymmetric dome ring, $225, vivre.com Avakian Byblos collection bracelet set with amethyst, rubies, and diamonds, $16,600, Avakian, Beverly Hills, 310-288-2100, avakian.com

Christian Louboutin Madame Claude black patent peep-toe dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Orsay pump, $795, Saks Fifth Avenue, 877-551-SAKS; christianlouboutin.com

top to toe: cocktails at the berkeley


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top to toe: strolling in hyde park


Hats by Tanya Mauritius parisisal straw fedora, $195, hatsbytanya.com

Oliver Peoples sunglasses,$365, Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook, Beverly Hills, 310-246-9468; dandeutschopticaloutlook.com

Gevril Avenue of the Americas super mini 316L stainless-steel watch with silvered guilloched dial, raised numbers, and sapphire crystal, on a leather band, $1695, Gevril, Las Vegas, 702-7328170, gevril.com

Azature signature stackable black diamonds hand-set in platinum sterling, $16,100, Roseark, West Hollywood, 323822-3600; azature. com

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Sass & Bide Little Peace tee, $161, sassandbide.com

JT Mercury DV Spada bag, $2450, LuxCouture.com

Citizens of Humanity Bardot black lightweight twill and denim capri pant, $128, shoplastyle.com

Casadei flat silk and satin T-strap sandal with Swarovski crystal camellia ornament, $840, Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Sherman Oaks, 818-788-8350; casadei.com

Leona Edmiston Ginger jersey dress in kelly green, $540, Leona Edmiston, West Hollywood, 877-7FROCKS, leonaedmiston.com

Lucca & Co. pair of diamond bracelets, $38,000, vivre.com

top to toe: high tea


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Ganesha Gems rose quartz necklace with Swarovski crystals, $520, Ganesha Gems, Altadena, 626-688-6160, ganeshagems.net

Michele Kenya leather bag with python printed detailing in silver, $595, Nordstrom, South Coast Plaza, 714-549-8300; michele.com

Rene Caovilla sandal with branch of small pink roses with crystal buds, $855, Neiman Marcus, Newport Beach, 949-759-1900

Designer Profile

genlUXshoP Couture CALLiNg


georges chAkrA hAs stormeD the reD cArPet with his striking silhoUettes, AnD now he’s eXPAnDing his reAch with A glAm reADy-to-weAr collection —anDrÉa r. Vaucher

Asymmetrical dress embroidered with white organza petals and sprinkled with pearls

Plastic raincoat embroidered with white flowers over a strapless dress in iridescent sequins

emember the unforgettable scarlet satin gown Helen Mirren wore at last year’s Academy Awards? The luxurious creation, with its Swarovski crystal sleeves, was designed by Georges Chakra, who also made the brilliant purple silk gown that Queen Latifah chose for the recent People’s Choice Awards. And that sensuous, crystalinlaid number caressing Beyoncé on her Irreemplazable album cover? Chakra. The bronze cocktail dress embellished with crystals and feathers that Fergie strutted in like a peacock on New Year’s Eve? Chakra. Although your typical Los Angeles clothes hound may not know his name, she definitely knows Georges Chakra’s designs. For years, the Lebanon-based haute couture master has been dressing Hollywood heavy hitters like Tyra Banks, Carrie Underwood, Rihanna, and Mischa Barton in a dazzling palette of sumptuous fabrics. A Georges Chakra Paris runway show was even featured in the ultimate fashion flick, The Devil Wears Prada. And now, there’s a Georges Chakra ready-to-wear line, too. “It’s very modern and very glamorous,” says the designer, speaking by phone from his Beirut fashion house. “I wanted a collection that would instill confidence in the woman wearing it. The cut is clean and precise and pure, and it shows off the body.” When the 40 pieces in the Fall ’09 collection debuted on Valentine’s Day in Bryant Park during New York Fashion Week, guests oohed and aahed over the lavish and shimmering pieces in charcoal, black, and burgundy. The dresses retail for $3000–10,000. In order to simultaneously design two collections—Spring/Summer

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Short strapless dress with pink and gold embroidery and pink tulle

Long strapless dress in off-white guipure, multilayered frill

’09, which was unveiled at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris in January, and the ready-to-wear—“I had to divide my brain in two,” Chakra quips. “That collection is fresh and romantic, with lots of volume,” he says of his spring/summer pieces. “There’s lots of white and black and pastel colors like pistachio and sky blue. There’s tulle and lamé and organza, and a new plastic material we’ve embroidered with crystal and sequins.” Chakra came to fashion via interior design and, after studying in Canada at Ottawa’s Académie des Couturiers Canadiens, he opened a couture house in the Lebanese capital at the age of 22. Now, decades later, it’s still going strong. To make it easier for haute-couture customers who do not live in the Middle East, Chakra also opened a Paris showroom, which he visits every couple of weeks. Chakra cites Gianfranco Ferré’s blouses and Yves Saint Laurent’s jackets as inspirations. In an homage to YSL’s tuxedo jacket, Chakra took the classic silhouette and cut away the back. Chakra’s use of plastics and metals also recalls André Courrèges, the ultramodern ’60s designer who created miniskirts and dresses made from plastic discs. If Chakra could dress any Hollywood star, he would choose Michele Pfeiffer or Julia Roberts, but neither is his muse. Chakra doesn’t need a Sofia Coppola (Marc Jacobs’ muse) or an Inès de la Fressange (Lagerfeld’s longtime muse) to rev his creative engine. Just his laptop. “Muses are finished,” Chakra states. “With the Internet, you don’t need someone to dream about anymore. You can see what’s going on in Milan, New York, and Paris. It’s inspiration at your fingertips.”

Prices upon request. All gowns are tailor-made and shown at the designer’s salons in Beirut and Paris. Onna Center Bldg 25, Matar Abou Jawdeh St, Jal el Dib, Lebanon, 961-4-711-611; 6 Av du Président Wilson, Paris, 33-1-47-20-11-04; georgeschakra.com

photography by: MARCELPHOTO.COM

styling by: MIKE SAM www.westcoastsam@aol.com





Designer Profile

gENLUXshop ferretti, set, go! Alberta Ferretti’s signature gossamer frocks have long packed the closets of fashionable women from LA to Milan. Now, the Italian designer has set her sights on the fragrance counter as well. —Trisha Tucker


Alberta Ferretti metallic sleeveless degradé fringe dress with deep-V back and embellished skirt, $6995

ashion insiders love to rhapsodize about high-concept, envelope-pushing designers. When Yohji Yamamoto, Viktor & Rolf, Alexander McQueen, and Rei Kawakubo send three-armed jackets, outrageous chapeaux, and dresses made out of drink coasters down the runway, fashionistas respond with euphoric acclaim. Such displays of audacity and creativity are hard not to admire—but wearing such show-stopping pieces in real life is even harder. We may admire cutting-edge couture, but what we want to wear on important evenings out are beautiful dresses—pieces that make us feel gorgeous, not avant-garde. Luckily, “gorgeous” is Italian designer Alberta Ferretti’s specialty. Maybe it was a childhood spent at the feet of a dressmaker mother. “When I was a child, my mother would let me play with fabrics, cutting and sewing them as my fantasy suggested,” she says. “I grew up enjoying full creative freedom in that very particular atmosphere.” Since the Milan debut of her eponymous fashion line in 1981, Ferretti has produced season after season of sophisticated, wearable, and deliciously feminine dresses that have captivated customers and fashion insiders alike. Her signature romantic draping and her use of gauzy layers and delicate crystal embellishments have also scored the designer a cadre of famous followers, including Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lopez, and

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Alberta Ferretti beige satin V-neck ruffleback gown with pieced embellished chiffon over fringe, $6800

Scarlett Johansson. Ferretti believes that such stars are drawn to her line’s “ethereal and feminine” take on fashion and says that her design aesthetic is particularly well suited for Hollywood’s elite. “I usually base my designs for day and evening on the idea that they are not trendy dresses, but dresses to wear for an elegant occasion or a redcarpet premiere,” she explains. Ferretti’s most recent collections have taken her signature style in inventive new directions. Her Spring 2009 line added layers of playful fringe to ’20s-inspired flapper frocks in luxe silks and shimmering satins. Such looks, Ferretti says, “are designed to translate Old Hollywood glamour for the modern woman.” Gorgeous grown-up gowns, though her specialty, are just one of the ways Ferretti brings her creative vision to life. In 1984, the designer created a diffusion line—Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti—to meet the needs of her chic younger customer, a woman Ferretti describes as “a little more whimsical; she’s still fresh and modern, but a bit more experimental. This line is an experimentation of a growing vision that reflects and underlines the aesthetic standards of the signature collection.” Both her signature and diffusion lines are available to lucky Los Angeles women at the designer’s first U.S. flagship store, which opened on Melrose Avenue last summer. Soon the boutique will feature Ferretti’s newest offering: a “very feminine, very elegant” signature fragrance created in partnership with venerable cosmetics house Elizabeth Arden. “It’s a project that I have been passionate about for many years,” Ferretti says. Fortunately for us, Ferretti’s zeal for creating things that make us look (and smell!) gorgeous shows no sign of abating.

Alberta Ferretti teal chiffon halter gown with self-tie bow front, $3500. All available at Alberta Ferretti, 8626 Melrose Ave, LA, 310-652-9000

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genlUXshoP A girL’s Best frieND oscAr DArling AnD jeweler to the stArs freD leighton hAs finAlly ArriveD in los Angeles, oPening the Doors of its jewel boX of A boUtiQUe right in the heArt of beverly hills. —shannon L. bowen

19th-century diamond riviere with diamond and sapphire heart locket pendant, price upon request, Fred Leighton, 310-550-3900


uch of Los Angeles spends much of every year prognosticating about the city’s grandest annual event, the Academy Awards. As the big day approaches, the chattering classes speculate en masse: Which stars will get nominated? Who will get shut out? And which designers will rule the red carpet? But one name is a favorite at just about every year’s Oscar ceremony, and that name is Fred Leighton. When Michelle Williams donned that stunning yellow Vera Wang chiffon frock, she topped it off with a Fred Leighton 19th-century diamond-fringe necklace. When Jennifer Lopez stepped out in that flowing green Jean Desses gown, she framed her face with vintage Fred Leighton dangling diamond earrings. And Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman have both worn the jeweler’s pieces in their hair: Johansson opted for snowflake pins, while Portman chose a diamond tiara that was once a bracelet. But those are just a handful of the company’s memorable Oscar looks. One could spend all day cataloguing the evidence of Fred Leighton’s storied Hollywood relationship, which is why it’s surprising that the jeweler just opened its first Los Angeles boutique in December, on Rodeo Drive in the space formerly occupied by Celine. Architect Nicolo Bini of Line Brand Architecture worked closely with Fred Leighton owner Ralph Esmerian, known for his passion for fine jewelry and famed collection of precious gems, on a complete re-creation of the space. Once narrow and cavernous, it’s now modern and architectural, but it has a comfortable Southern California feel. With accents like chocolate cowhide walls, stainless-steel knife edges, and jewelry cases with uneven, asymmetrical frames in

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gouged oak, there are nods to art deco and lots of Klimt-inspired touches. It’s an appropriately artful space for the collection that recently debuted there, an impressive grouping of pieces that have been traveling to museums and events around the world. Encompassing looks from the 19th and 20th centuries, including from the art nouveau and art deco periods, it’s something of a world’s greatest collection. With pieces hand-selected for the Beverly Hills boutique by Mr. Esmerian himself, it showcases the vintage looks that have earned the jeweler its fame—and turned Hollywood’s leading ladies into devoted fans. “One of the great things about our collection is that we can create very unique looks and very different looks, and that is usually the case for someone wearing Fred Leighton,” says Leighton spokesperson Rebecca Selva. “Nobody looks the same. Each look is different and very individual.” That sentiment rang especially true at this year’s Oscar ceremony, with confident stars such as Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Taraji P. Henson, Tina Fey, Melissa Leo, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis in the jeweler’s stunning wares. Adams in particular made headlines, decked out in an eye-catching 1950s colored-gemstone and diamond bib necklace. Fred Leighton fans like Adams have “raised the bar,” Selva says. “You can always tell who is wearing something with confidence and comfort, and who really understands what they’re wearing and is just having a great time. And that’s what we want ultimately, because it’s about the lady.” Fred Leighton, 313 Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310-550-3900, fredleighton.com

Rubel Freres art deco bracelet with diamonds and precious gemstones, price upon request, Fred Leighton, 310-550-3900

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BEAUTY In the bag


Murad Environmental Defense Kit, with Essential Cleanser, Renewal Complex, Eye Cream SPF15, and Day Moisture SPF15, $70, murad.com

M Lab Travel Collection, with anti-aging cleanser, toner, eye cream, day treatment SPF15, treatment cream, and treatment serum, $130, mlabonline.com

Globetrotting Glamour

Traveling can wreak havoc on the skin, but quality products like these can keep you looking fresh and feeling like yourself, even as you traipse around the planet. —Dawn Shand Johnson Eminence offers a Travel Start Kit for any skin type. $49, Skin Haven Spa Studio, LA, 323-658-7546

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Bath & Shower Gel, Hair Conditioner, and Firming Body Emulsion; Purity Made Simple Cleanser; and Hope in a Jar Therapeutic Moisturizer; $35, Sephora, Manhattan Village, 310-5468889; philosophy.comw

Noodle & Boo Crème Douce Essential Care Kit, with Extra Gentle Shampoo, Super Soft Lotion, and Soothing Body Wash—perfect for luxe child care while on vacation. $15, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310550-5900; noodleandboo.com No Frizz by Living Proof smoothes the hair with a fine, lightweight coating that stays put. No Frizz Styling Spray, $28 a pair, Sephora, The Beverly Center, 310-657-9670, sephora.com

Zirh Travel Kit, with Alpha Hydroxy Face Wash, Non-Foaming Aloe Vera Gel, Conditioning Shampoo, and Post-Shave Treatment, $34, target.com; sephora.com Zia-to-Go Starter Kit—a flight-friendly kit with daily cleanser, toner, exfoliant, moisturizer, and a facial mask. $19.95, Whole Foods, West Hollywood, 323-848-4200; Beverly Hills, 310-274-3360

Intraceuticals Opulence Travel Kit, $88, Sports Club/ LA, 310-473-1447

Noah’s Naturals Body Care Travel Kit, with body lotion, shower gel, hand salve, and lip balm, $14.99, noahsnaturals.com

Davines Travel Kit—great for weekends away, with Nounou Nourishing Illuminating Shampoo and Repair Mask and Dede Delicate Ritual Shampoo, $26, davines.com

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ModelCo’s Minis Airbrush Kit is perfect for when you need to top off your tan, refresh and rehydrate your skin, or add a touch of shimmering radiance—and it comes in a chic travel-size bag. $35, bluemercury.com; sephora.com

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Earth Therapeutics Jet Lag Bag Anti-Stress Travel Pack, with Anti-Stress Pillow Mist, Mind Repair, Peace Mask, Massage Soap, and Massage Lotion, $9.99, earththerapeutics.com; amazon.com

BEAUTY In the bag


Ready to wait on you, hand and foot.

Ole Henriksen Travel Kit for Normal/Dry Skin, $70, olehenriksen.com

Lisa Hoffman Beauty Night and Day 24-hour skincare comes with five individual packets. $20, Apothia at Fred Segal Melrose, 323-651-0239; ronrobinson.com

Lavanila Laboratories Healthy Rollerball Fragrance uses 100% natural ingredients, such as goji berry, Kakadu plum, and Canadian willow bark. 10ml, $18, Sephora, Glendale Galleria, 818-550-1749, sephora.com

Laura Geller makeup brushes for powder, contouring, blush, eyeshadow, line, concealing, and mascara—all in a mesh bag, $35, qvc.com

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beAUty ingreDient: AvocADo


Sundari Healing Neem and Avocado Balancing Moisturizer, $52, amazon.com; sudari.com

Diana B. Face Cream nourishes skin with avocado, sesame, and jojoba oils. $90, Marie Mason Apothecary, Santa Monica, 310394-5710; luckyscent.com

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once consiDereD A lUXUry fooD, the AvocADo, which is rich in vitAmins, nUtrients, AnD essentiAl fAtty AciDs, is now coveteD As mUch for the skin AnD hAir As for the PAlAte.—Dawn shanD Johnson

FACE Sponge Skincare uses only certified organically grown herbs. Its Ladi Avokanto, or avocado oil, combines the firming, restorative properties of avocado with vitamins D and E. $100, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310276-4400, barneys.com

For the sensitive skin around the eyes: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, $24.50, Nordstrom, The Grove, 323-9302230; kiehls.com

Veronica Super Antioxidant Cream with avocado, $155, Veronica Malibu Skin & Body Care Center, 310-4568883, veronicaskincare.com




lthough it is classified as a vegetable, the avocado is really a fruit, since it has a pit. Nonetheless, it yields a rich, extremely penetrating oil that extends into the skin deeper than any other plant oil. It’s rich in vitamins A, B5, D and E; lecithin; sterolins to reduce age spots; as well as potassium, known as the “youth mineral.” It also contains proteins, beta-carotene, and more than 20% essential unsaturated fatty acids. It’s an ideal ingredient for people with dehydrated or sun or climate-damaged skin, and it’s a great source of antioxidants to protect polyunsaturated fatty acids in the membranes of body cells from free radicals’ harmful effects, which can cause wrinkles and skin inflammation.” —Dr. Fardad Forouzanpour

Juara Avocado & Banana Moisture Mask, $37, amazon.com

Philip B’s aromatherapeutic Peppermint & Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo stimulates scalp circulation. $28, amazon.com

John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner, $22, beautyhabit.com

René Furterer Myrrhea No-Rinse Silkening Fluid uses myrrh and avocado oil to smooth, nourish, and tame. $30, Sephora, Hollywood & Highland, 323-462-6898; sephora.com

Alterna Hemp Organics Shine Conditioner contains certified-organic avocado extract. $23, Larchmont Beauty Center, 323-461-0162; larchmontbeauty.com

Crabtree & Evelyn’s Naturals line uses only premium botanical oils and tropical butters and extracts.

In-Shower Moisturizer in Olive, Avocado, & Basil, $17, and Botanical Body Butter in Avocado Butter, Olive, & Basil, $26, crabtree-evelyn.com

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L’Annine Fresh Avocado Oil Hand and Body Cream smoothes and moisturizes. $16, beautyhabit.com

Virginale Paris Avocado & Rosemary Body Oil is rich in essential oils and plant juices. $39, beautyhabit. com

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FHI Heat’s “Do More: Earth” styling iron uses Nano Fuzeion technology and the company’s signature high heat—and a portion of proceeds benefits Trees for the Future. $120, Nelson J Salon, 310-274-1553; fhiheat.com

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LAURENT D OF PRIVÉ SALON ON SPRING CUTS: THE REINVENTION OF THE PIXIE À LA VICTORIA BECKHAM: “Victoria Beckham’s reinvention of the pixie is a look that will be seen everywhere come spring. This

coif works best on straight hair and is ideal on women with strong cheekbones and a strong personality. Maintenance is key with this ultra-short do, and frequent cuts are required to showcase an always-fresh-looking hairstyle.”

LONG, LUSCIOUS LOCKS À LA LAUREN CONRAD AND BLAKE LIVELY: “The hottest stars of reality TV have one

thing in common with Hollywood’s hottest leading ladies: long, luscious locks. Many celebrities will follow in the famous footsteps of Lauren Conrad, Blake Lively, and Nicole Kidman. Additionally, celebrities who are famous for their short do’s, such as Tea Leoni, are beginning to grow their hair, hoping for ultra-long locks for spring.” —Laurent D, Privé Salon, 7373 Beverly Blvd, LA, 323-931-5559, priveproducts.com

Barbar’s Eco 8000 Eco-Friendly Blow Dryer is the first dryer to use less energy and emit less EMF radiation than standard hair dryers. $150, Chris McMillan Salon, Beverly Hills, 310-285-0088; Jose Eber Salon, Beverly Hills, 310-278-7646

The InStyler is a new hair tool with multiple functions, including curl, straighten, and flat iron— plus, it’s designed to minimize heat-related damage to the hair. $119, getinstyler.com

Alterna’s New Caviar Anti-Aging Flexible Hold Hair Spray—it’s quickdrying and fortified with antioxidants. $24, Ulta West Hollywood, 323-878-2524; blissworld.com

Image No 4 is a new line of styling products, including Jour d’Automne Styling Foam, $34. Studio at Fred Segal, 310-394-8509, apothia.coma

Ookisa is a new line of all-natural hair-health dietary supplements and products. The supplements contains biotin, B complex, folate, and stinging nettle extract, an herb that improves scalp circulation, stimulates hair roots, facilitates the flow of oxygen and nutrients into hair follicles, and promotes overall hair growth. Fortifying Shampoo, $27.95; Replenishing Conditioner, $29.95. Instant Volumizing Soufflé, $27.95; Nighttime Follicle Renewing Serum, $62.95; Follicle Anti-Aging Dietary Supplement, $29.95; Hair Health Dietary Supplement, $29.95; ookisa.com Tapping into the power of ocean botanicals, Aquage’s rich Sea Extend shampoos and conditioners use Thermal-V to protect hair from heat, along with the company’s patent-pending SeaExtend for serious color protection—all while creating a luxurious, sulfate-free lather. $48 per regimen, aquage.com

You have to feel it to believe it! Chaz Dean of Chaz Dean studio on spring colors: Blondes: “Golden honey, a more

natural, softer blonde with natural highlights. Also, the ‘sun-kissed’ blonde will be big for spring ‘09.” Brunettes: “Rich, warm browns and chocolates with subtle caramel highlights will be the look for spring. The trend for highlight tones will be based on eye color. If you have hazel or warm-colored eyes, use the tonal range of your iris to determine or match your high- and lowlights. Use the lightest color of your iris as a color gauge for your highlights, and the lowest or deepest color to gauge your lowlights.” redheads: “Coppery reds and strawberry (blondish) reds—nothing too drastic or shocking. Keeping everything natural in the way of a Marcia Cross or Isla Fisher.” —Chaz Dean, Chaz Dean Studio, 6444 Fountain Ave, LA, 323-4676444, chazdean.com

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At these four top California resorts, a spa-centric getaway means more than just a great massage. Expect all the frills, from lobster mac and cheese to fine art in the great outdoors. —Dawn Shand Johnson

Spa by La Prairie at the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows

Auberge du Soleil Riviera Resort & Spa

You Want To: Soak up the sun. Step out at a former haunt of Rat Pack legends Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. The famed 24-acre Riviera Resort & Spa in Palm Springs has just undergone a $70-million modernization, complete with two swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a full-service salon, and the 11,000-squarefoot SpaTerre. Featuring cross-cultural and global treatments inspired by exotic Indonesian, Thai, and Balinese rituals, it boasts 18 treatment rooms, a co-ed Buddha Lounge with an expansive Jacuzzi and Watsu pool, and private steam rooms and relaxation areas. FRILLS: The outdoor Bikini Bar and the mouthwatering lobster mac and cheese at Circa59, an ocean-inspired but classic steakhouse. DETAILS: 1600 N. Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, 760-327-8311, psriviera.com; SpaTerre, 760-778-6690 You Want To: Get away from it all.

Napa’s famed “Inn of the Sun,” Auberge du Soleil is best known for its acclaimed restaurant, one of Wine Country’s first great dining establishments. But it’s also a genteel hideaway, with romantic maisons decorated with Mediterranean flair and original works of modern art and tucked into a terraced hillside of olive groves. Naturally, its Spa du Soleil embraces Napa Valley’s wine culture, offering pairings of fine wines and signature treatments—like the Honey Rose Scrub with Rose Oil paired with the 1998 Amethyst Nebbiolo/Sangiovese—and many of the products used incorporate herbs that the therapists cultivate in the spa’s garden, like calendula, lemon balm, and rosemary. FRILLS: The restaurant is not to be missed, but the property also boasts an outdoor sculpture garden with one of the most comprehensive collections ever amassed. DETAILS: 180 Rutherford Hill Rd, Rutherford, 707-963-1211, aubergedusoleil.com

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You Want To: Hide out. Do it at a historic LA gem, the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows— so many famous (and infamous) people have!—and book some down time at the Spa by La Prairie. Indulge in one of their fabulous facials (60 minutes, $195) and add a 15-minute Platinum Rare Infusion ($175), which uses La Prairie’s Cellular Cream Platinum Rare, a highly concentrated formula that recharges the skin’s electrical balance for a radiant glow. FRILLS: The Polo Lounge. With live music, a gorgeous outdoor patio, and plenty of specialty cocktails, it’s still buzzing after all these years. DETAILS: 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, 310-276-2251, thebeverlyhillshotel. com; The Spa by La Prairie, 310-887-2505 You Want To: Be spoiled. The brand-new Sè San Diego, in the city’s hip Gaslamp Quarter, is all about pampering the five senses. The 161-room hotel is replete with rich textures and unique tactile experiences, from stingray-skin accents to unique art installations like the wall of tiny ceramic teacups that greets you at the Sè Spa. There, you’ll first surrender your sense of taste—you’re greeted with a shot of Sè’s signature Soma, organic vodka mixed with honey and pomegranate—then touch and smell, as you partake of offerings like the 150-minute Moroccan Mosaic ($295), a seven-step journey including a Moroccan mint cleanse, olive stone, rose and jasmine polish, atlas cedar soak, orange quince misting, and a massage with amber oil and tangerine fig butter cream. FRILLS: Suite & Tender, the hotel’s Dodd Mitchell–designed bar/lounge/restaurant, offers tasty signature cocktails and an amazing raw bar, but the star might be the delectable Japanese Kobe beef. DETAILS: 1047 Fifth Ave, San Diego, 877-515-2211, sesandiego.com; the Sè Spa, 619-515-3000

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What products do you recommend for treating scars?

What’s the fastest way to make scars heal?

There are many products out there that claim to help treat and prevent scars. Unfortunately, most of them do not work. The best approach is to prevent the scar from forming in the first place by taking care of your wounds. Contrary to common belief, a wound does not “need air” or to “breathe” in order to heal. The best healing environment is a moist one that facilitates the natural healing process of your body. It’s important to put an ointment on your wound several times Aquaphor per day—I like Brave Soldier antiseptic healHealing Ointing ointment or Aquaphor. After the wound ment, 1.75oz, is healed and you have a scar, there are two $5.49, CVS topical products that are useful: silicone and tretinoin or Retin-A. Kelo-cote, a silicone scar Pharmacy, Hollywood, gel, is available in select physician offices; a thin layer applied over the scar twice a day for 323-463-7900 several weeks will help to lessen its appearance. Forms of tretinoin are available by prescription and can fade and shrink the scar over time. Sunscreen to prevent color changes in your scar is also very important. Once the scar is formed, laser treatments can work as well. Dr. Ezra Kest

What products can help repair and prevent stretch marks?

Stretch marks are very, very difficult to prevent and treat. I generally tell patients to keep themselves well moisturized at all times to help prevent stretch marks. There is some research that suggests collagen-stimulating products may help. Try Ayur-Medic Collagen Stimulating Serum. Once you get stretch marks, it’s next to impossible to repair them without some sort of procedure. Dream Belly by Fairhaven Health, with aloe, $19.95, fairhavenhealth. com

What treatments do you recommend for treating scars and stretch marks?

Ayur-Medic Collagen Stimulating Serum, $62, the Kest Clinic, 310276-1252

When the skin is wounded, healing takes place in three phases: inflammatory, proliferative, and remodeling. The key to increasing healing time of scars is making sure that the skin can go through these three phases without interruption. The single most effective way to decrease one’s healing time is by keeping the wound area moist and covered initially after the injury. The wound should heal over the next four to seven days if you keep it clean and covered, while regularly applying vitamin E oil and over-the-counter antibacterial ointments such as Neosporin. How can you keep scars from keloiding?

A keloid is a raised area of tissue in a wounded area that results from an overproduction of collagen. Keloiding can happen as a result of the proliferative stage of healing being interrupted. To prevent keloids from forming after an injury, do not remove the wound’s scab during healing, and prevent sun exposure to the affected area. Once the scab falls off naturally, apply an ointment such as Kelo-cote® or Mederma® Cream twice daily.

Merderma, $15, target.com

Do you suggest massaging the scar so it heals faster?

Massaging scar tissue has proven to be helpful, especially with large areas involving muscle fibers, such as with mastectomy scars. Some massage therapists actually specialize in this therapy, which releases the “puckering” or bundles seen with invasivesurgery scars. The use of massage will not heal the incision Lierac Comfort at a quicker rate but will prevent keloids or uneven scar Peel: very tissue and create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. gentle, yet Applying a silicone gel sheet such as Epi-derm™ over the combats signs area will also assist in flattening any raised scar tissue. of aging, $52, cvs.com; beauty.com Sircuit OMG is great for One Ten in One Multi-Treatment Facial Cream healing scars; it contains by True Promise Beauty combats shine epidermal growth factor, while hydrating, smoothing, and firming. a protein that helps $48, truepromisebeauty.com heal and repair the skin. $150, sircuitskin.com Dermelect Therapy Systems’ new Perfect for sensitive skin: Rapid Repair Dr. Hauschka Soothing Mask, Facial Moistur- Energizing Enzyme Peel uses $52.95, Sephora, Hollywood izer, with anti- papain and pineapple for exfoliation. & Highland, 323-462-6898 inflammatory $38, Blue Mercury, Century City, chamomile and 310-553-4440, bluemercury.com Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum, $45, Naimie’s azulene, $38, Beauty Center, Valley Village, 818-655-9933 dermelect.com

Hypertrophic scars and keloids can be injected with steroids; over a period of time they can shrink and become softer. Stretch marks can be treated with some of the new lasers. Fractionated lasers that target the deeper layers of the skin are having the most success. Laser energy is used to wound the skin, and the body’s natural healing process creates new collagen, dermis, and epidermis, repairing the stretch mark over For stretch marks: StriVectin-SD® stimulates time. With both injections and lasers, healing and increases collagen. 6oz, $135, multiple treatments are needed. Bloomingdale’s at the Beverly Center, 310-360-2851

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Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual—it’s full of tips and is a great reference guide. $32, Nordstrom, Westside Pavilion, 310-470-6155; bobbibrown.com


ThIs sEAsoN, IT’s ALL ABoUT LooKINg soFT, FREsh, AND NATURAL. —DAWN SHAND JOHNSON The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes Palette, $22, The Body Shop, Glendale Galleria, 818-242-4880, thebodyshop-usa.com

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Hourglass Extreme Sheen in Imagine, $28, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-2764400

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Smashbox Muse Lip Paint in Virtuoso, $21, sephora.com

Too Faced Girls Dig Pearls lipgloss contains genuine crushed pearls. In Pink Bling, $18, Sephora, The Beverly Center, 310-657-9670, sephora.com

CHANEL Lèvres Signées Satin Lip Cream, $60, Nordstrom, South Coast Plaza, 714-549-8300, chanel.com Shiseido Perfect Rouge is Shiseido makeup Nars Jungle Red Set artistic director Dick Page’s first global(forcolor lips and nails), $55, collection. In BE 310, $25, Bloomingdale’s, exclusively at Saks Fifth The Beverly Center, 310-360-2851Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

Essie Eternal Optimist, $8, essie.com

NAILS The spring/summer forecast is literally hot and bright: pinks, corals, fuchsias and purples, with nails just a bit longer than the very short, dark polish length... Glam over-easy. —Beth Fricke for O.P.I.

Lippmann Collection in Purple Rain, created with Zac Posen, $16, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400; Nordstroma at The Grove, 323-930-2230




OPI: a. Feelin’ Hot-Hot-Hot (bright pink); Done Out in Deco (light purple); Suzi & the Lifeguard (light pink); $8.50, ulta.com CHANEL Vendetta, $20, Nordstrom, Glendale Galleria, 818-502-9922; chanel.com

The Body Shop RoseFlower Blush in 01 and 02, $20, The Body Shop, The Beverly Center, 310-659-7513 Chanel Multi-use Makeup Palette for the face, eyes, and lips is great for on-the-go touch-ups. $85, Nordstrom, The Grove, 323-930-2230; chanel.com Nars Hungry Heart Blush Duo, $37, Sephora, Manhattan Village, 310-546-8889

lASHES Pop Beauty In-Liner, an inner-rim liner in blue, $16, Sephora at the Beverly Center, 310-657-9670,

DermaQuest DermaLash liquid eyeliner helps lashes grow. In Plum, $95, skincarerx.com

FACE Giorgio Armani Light Master Makeup Primer, $55, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400

Stila Hydrating Finishing Powder, $32, stilacosmetics.com

Le Metier de Beauté Classic Flawless Finish Concealer SPF18 with vitamins A and E and shea butter, $55, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900, neimanmarcus.com



Apothia Pearl Eau de Parfum: shiso leaf, plum blossom, white peony, Japanese honeysuckle, and warm golden amber, with touches of ivory musk and earthy orris. $95, Apothia at Fred Segal, 323-651-0239; apothia.com

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Diesel Fuel For Life: Calabrian lemon, mandarin orange, juicy pear, guava, licorice heart, sweet aniseed, violet, licorice core, and chite flowers. 50ml, $58; 75ml, $78, dieselfragrances.com

Strange Invisible Perfumes Urban Lily: made with organic, wild-crafted essences and set in a base of 100%-organic grape alcohol. Parfum, .25oz, $210; eau de parfum, 1.7oz, $175; strangeinvisibleperfumes.com; beautyhabit.com

Nou Eau de Parfum Natural Spray: verbena, ginger, mandarin zest, purple iris, cinnamon bark, crystal amber, white musk, pink rose, and vanilla orchid. $85, comobrigante.com

Valentino Eau de Parfum Spray, exclusive to Neiman Marcus stores, 1.7oz, $80; 2.5oz, $100, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310550-5900 Perfect for travel: Kiehl’s essence oils with roller ball applicators, available in four classic scents: Musk 1921, Coriander 1946, Vanilla 1968, and Grapefruit 1976. .23oz, $29.50, Kiehl’s, The Grove, 323-965-0569, kiehls.com

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Dolly Girl Bonjour l’Amour By Anna Sui Women is beautyencounter.com’s pick for spring: grapefruit, sweet lemon, cinnamon, orange blossom, magnolia, tuberose, jasmine, muguet, rosewood, cedarwood, orris, peach, raspberry, coconut, amber, and musk. $27.90, beautyencounter.com

Incanto Bliss Salvatore Ferragamo: a sparkling, fruity floral with yuzu, kumquat, apple, freesia, water lily, rose, musk, and woods. 3.4oz, $79, Nordstrom, South Coast Plaza, 714-549-8300

Dolce & Gabbana L’Eau The One: bergamot, mandarin, lychee, peach, plum, exotic fruits, floral muguet, jasmine, madonna lily, amber, musk, moss, vanilla, and vetiver. 2.5oz, $82, 1.6oz, $60, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Saffron James Nani Eau de Parfum: a Hawaiian scent with pikake, pink plumeria, mimosa, lily, and ylang ylang. $110, beautyhabit.com

Lubin L de Lubin Eau de Toilette: lemon, bergamot, gardenia, black pepper, jasmine, rose, iris, lily, cloves, tonka bean, rosewood, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, and musk. $98, beautyhabit.com

Michael Kors Bermuda Eau de Toilette: a colorful floral with freesia, hibiscus, pink peony, jasmine sambac, and cedarwood. 1.7oz, $62, Bloomingdale’s, Century City, 310772-2100




Foundation: Mischa has great skin and didn’t need much, so I just applied moisturizer and a light sweep of Giorgio Armani Designer Shaping Cream Giorgio Armani Designer Foundation SPF20, which Shaping Cream Foundation gives the skin a great SPF20, $65, nordstrom.com radiant finish. I added just theBalm TimeBalm a tiny touch of theBalm Benefit anti-wrinkle TimeBalm anti-wrinkle Coralista, $28, concealer, $18, concealer under the eye Sephora, thebeautycloset. and on any spots that Hollywood & com; thebalm.com needed it. It blends Highland, 323-462-6898; beautifully into the skin. benefitcosmet- Cheek: To keep the ics.com cheeks light, we went with the Benefit Coralista blush, which is a great light but vibrant coral—beautiful for spring.

Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray, $28, sephora.com

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Prescriptives Motor Eyes Instant Action Volume Mascara, $32, qvc.com

CHANEL Quadra Eye Shadow in Smoky Eyes, $56, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; chanel.com

Bumble and Bumble Defrizz, 2oz, $14; 4oz, $23, Oliver Ifergan Atelier, Beverly Hills, 310-967-0100


Eye: I wanted to go with the sexy ’60s look, so I used the CHANEL Quadra Eye Shadow Smoky Eye Palette. Then I topped off the look using the Prescriptives Motor Eyes Instant Action Volume Mascara. Lip: To accompany the dark, smoky eye, we wanted to go for a lighter lip, so we used CHANEL Glossimer in Beige Guitare. CHANEL Glossimer in Beige Guitare, $27, Bloomingdale’s, Century City, 310-772-2100; chanel.com

Nails: “We were going for ’60s glamour—a sexy and sophisticated look. I think red is coming back for spring; it’s always a great staple. Mischa is bohemian yet edgy, so for her look, we did a pointed longer nail, and went with a blue-red nail color, giving her edge while still being glamorous.” — Marsha Bialo for Cloutier Agency / China Glaze / Bpolished.com

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One day, a little boy named Pierson asked his dad to start a business that would help needy kids. His dad, David Hwang, did just that, founding Pierce Jeans, a sleek line of denim jeans and skirts that dedicates 50% of profits to Kids of Kilimanjaro, a nonprofit school-lunch program serving the Monduli District of Tanzania in East Africa. Cairo Alexis Trouser, $194, Dali Boutique, Huntington Beach, 714-969-2111


YoU DoN’T hAVE To TRAVEL FAR To hELp ThosE IN NEED. – FRANCESCA FORRESTER Take a stand in the fight against cancer with Jennifer Meyer’s Star necklace,

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to make sure that today’s kids become the leaders the world needs. Support their mission with a purchase from

online “universe” where you can purchase a star for anyone in your life who has been touched by cancer. Net proceeds benefit Stand Up to Cancer. $3250, standup2cancer.org/store

Girard-Perregaux’s new Pink Ribbon Cat’s Eye Power Reserve is the brand’s first watch

dedicated to supporting breast cancer research. Twenty-five percent of proceeds from each timepiece benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Don’t delay—only 11 watches will be released nationwide. $44,390, Swiss Watch Gallery, Laguna Hills, 949-458-1962

Beloved lingerie brand Cosabella is donating 10% of proceeds from its Hope Low-Rider Thong to a variety of breast cancer charities, including the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation. Modeled after the popular Talco Low-Rider, the thong sports a pink crystal ribbon on the hip. $25, Pretty Thing, Beverly Hills, 310-277-2725

Monique Péan has created a collection of recycled gold and conflict-free precious stones to benefit Charity: Water, which seeks to bring clean, safe water to people in developing nations. Fifty percent of proceeds from the collection benefits the nonprofit, and every dollar goes a long way: Each piece of jewelry sold will provide clean drinking water for 10 people for 20 years. Charity: Water Africa Cuff Links, $1000, Roseark, West Hollywood, 323-822-3600, roseark.com

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of fragrance-based home décor items that donates at least 20% of its proceeds to the foundation. Altru Harmony Interior Fragrance Oil, $65, gamillahboutique.com

In support of Survival International, the only organization

that works to defend the rights of tribal peoples around the world, jewelry designer pippa small has created a limitededition necklace ($262) and earrings ($172) inspired by the winding foliage of the amazon rainforest. one hundred percent of proceeds from the range— crafted from silver washed in 22K gold and featuring pink and green tourmaline stones— benefits Survival. survival-international.org

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Trina Turk

Around Town:

Be patient, Genluxers! Missoni is slated to open its doors on Rodeo Drive this summer. Meanwhile, in the OC, the buzz is all about the new Miu Miu and Prada stores set to open this spring at South Coast Plaza.

Panerai Casting about for just the right timepiece to keep you on track for the rest of 2009? Dive into the posh new nauticalthemed Panerai boutique that recently relaunched on Brighton Way, right at the corner of Rodeo Drive. The shop is sure to lure you in, with windows that suggest the shape of ocean waves, porthole-shaped display panels, divinginspired furnishings, and of course, Panerai’s exclusive watches. 9490 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-228-1515


Around Town:


Trina can now be found at Fashion Island (she felt it reflected her relaxed, sophisticated style). With women’s sportswear, handbags, sunglasses, signature dresses, swimwear, and select vintage pieces, along with a selection from Turk’s menswear collection, the shop will keep ladies and gents alike happily occupied. 581 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949-717-7881

Founded in paris in 1835, finejewelry brand henri J. sillam has its flagship and workshop in Vienna, as well as boutiques in salzburg and inside paris’s prestigious Four seasons hotel george V. But it has now turned its sights to Beverly hills, where it will open its doors on April 1 in the peninsula Beverly hills as the hotel’s exclusive jeweler. Until then, its whimsical designs—like this stunning 18K white-gold pink iguana brooch with 16.62 carats of pink sapphires, 2.2 carats of diamonds, and .15 carats of rubies ($35,000)—are available by appointment in the hotel. 9882 santa Monica Blvd, Beverly hills, 888-6745526, sillam.com

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The Chaya tradition of hospitality and excellent service that began over 390 years ago under a Japanese shade tree is now finding its way to downtown Los Angeles with the grand opening this March of Chaya Downtown. Lunch is served Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30, and dinner 5:30 to 10. Dinner is offered on Saturdays from 5 to 10. An exclusive late-night menu is available every day from 10 to 11. The full bar

Rex Boutique The great-great-granddaughters of environmental pioneer John Muir, Angela and Dara Rexroad have launched the second outpost of their much-loved San Diego Rex Boutique right here in Venice. The dynamic duo is offering an intriguing concept: the merging of hard-to-find fashions (especially those made with the environment and fair trade in mind) with signature waxing services. Peruse goods from Elizabeth and James, Alexander Wang, and Myne, among many others, while waiting for Dara to give your brows some love and attention. 1652 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, 310-399-0860

is open Monday–Friday, 11:30 a.m.–midnight, and 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays, with happy hour weekdays from 3 to 7 and Saturdays 5 to 7. Chaya Downtown, 525 South Flower Street, LA, 213-236-9577

The 17th Custo Barcelona boutique to hit the US recently opened at The Grove, offering the best of the best from the brand’s women’s collection, including limitededition runway collection pieces. Custo fans like Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria will feel right at home. 189 The Grove, Suite f-90A, LA, 323-932-1971 C H AYA B R A S S E R I E




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Recycling is great, but reusing is better. That’s good news for vintage-fashion hounds—as is the advent of Marionmercer. com, where you can surf through classic pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, and Valentino—to name just a few— and zero in on the perfect find to go with your latest Alexander McQueen frock.

If you like a heady mix of rock and royalty, the new A&G “rock store” from Amal Guessous is the shop you’ve been waiting for. Mixing and matching teddy bears, black leather crosses, and luxurious customized cashmere pieces—all against the backdrop of the brand’s signature leopard-print carpet—the boutique is an offbeat couture paradise. And since couture is all about personalization, Guessous and his team of skilled artisans offer a unique customization service: Bring in your Hermès bag, Cartier watch, or just about anything you can imagine, and they’ll create a personal accent for it. 7299 Melrose Ave, LA, 323-951-0055



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Jo Wood Organics Amka Eau de Toilette, with notes of Iranian rose otto, jasmine, neroli, bergamot, green mandarin, sweet orange blossom, and soft, spicy cedarwood, is made of organic and natural oils extracted from ingredients that are organically grown and certified by Ecocert. $85, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; beautyhabit.com

gET RIghT WITh ThE pLANET WITh ECo-FRIENDLY gooDs, FRoM ChIC hANDBAgs MADE oF RECYCLED TRACToR-TIRE INNER TUBEs To EssENTIAL-oIL soAp ThAT hELps To pREsERVE ACREs oF RAINFoREsT. —SHANNON L. BOWEN & DAWN SHAND JOHNSON Proving that just about anything can be recycled and turned into something fabulous, former welder Ken Kobrick and inventor Angela Greene have created Passchal, a line of luxury handbags made from the inner tubes of discarded tractor tires. It turns out that inner-tube markings vary greatly in appearance, so no two Passchal bags are exactly alike. And taking the spirit of innovation one step further, the bags even come with an interior LED lighting system. Passchal Downtown bag, $525, passchal.com

Natural and handmade: Nettiescrub Lip Balm in Earthberry, Limoncello, and Mojito. $10, Whole Foods, Pasadena, 626-2042266; nettiescrub.com; pergolina.com

Sexy Hair’s new Organics line is made with 95% organic ingredients and contains no parabens, petrochemicals, dyes, or sulfates. Daily Shampoo, $19.95; Daily Conditioner, $19.95; Leave-in Conditioner, $18.95; Styling Creme, $18.95;Volumizing Mousse, $18.95; Moisture Boost, $26.95. Ulta, West Hollywood, 323-878-2524

Wen Lavender Nourishing Body Lotion & Body Cleansing Creme, $32 each, chazdean. com

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Premium body care line Save Your World isn’t called that just for show. Each bar of Save Your Skin Organic Oil Exfoliating Bar Soap preserves one acre of rainforest for one year. Available in Rain Forest, Oasis Fruit, Regal Blossom, and Pure Mist. $5.98–$12.98 depending on size, saveyourworld.com Nobody likes long goodbyes, but we’re in the middle of one right now—with the plastic bag.The city of Los Angeles plans to ban the ubiquitous carry-out bags in stores and supermarkets as of July 2010, so now is the time to stock up on reusable bags. Check out RuMe bags, a line of super-cute reusable shopping totes. Available in a variety of colors and patterns, they’re unisex, and they can be rolled up and fastened together for convenience. A pack of three is no bigger than a cup of coffee. Spring in New York 5th Avenue bag, $9.95, rumebags.com

Cargo Cosmetics’ newly expanded PlantLove line is green inside and out. Ecocert-certified, it uses renewable and recyclable packaging and is free of parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, and synthetic dyes and fragrances. 100% Natural Origin Eye Shadow, $20; Blush, $28; Baked Illuminator, $28; Lipstick, $20; Lip Gloss, $20. Sephora, Glendale Galleria, 818-550-1749, sephora.com

Revolution Organics All-Over Body Balm contains no parabens, synthetics, artificial ingredients, or fillers, and its packaging is recyclable and biodegradable. Plus, it boasts USDA organic certification. $28, beauty.com; revolutionorganics.com

Epicuren Baby, a luxe eco-friendly baby skincare line, can now be found at Beverly Hills’ Vida Emanuel European Day Spa. It’s 100% natural, hypoallergenic, and made with certified-organic ingredients, and it has everything from Baby Daily Wash and Baby Diaper Spray to a Baby Gift Set ($59) created in association with famed photographer Anne Geddes.Vida Emanuel European Day Spa, Beverly Hills, 310-246-5111, vidaemanuel.net

gENLUXshop From jewelry designer Marjorie Victor, the Klimt Bib Necklace is a surefire conversation starter. Plus, it has eco-friendly cred, as Victor fashions it—and all of her designs—by hand in New York using locally sourced, recycled sterling silver. $450, kimandmaki.com


If you’re like us, constantly losing things in plain sight, then the Frenchie, an eco-friendly bag with a matching wrist cuff, is the bag you’ve been waiting for. It’s one of the most popular designs from Earth-conscious Vamp Bags, which uses such green materials as 100%-recyclable post-consumer product and faux calfskin that meets European green emissions standards. $207, vampbags.com




For a Caribbean idyll without the jet lag, pour yourself a Grey Goose St. Martin Martini: 1½ parts Grey Goose Le Citron flavored vodka 2 parts white grape juice 3 basil leaves 3 mint leaves 1 teaspoon elderflower cordial 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 lemon rind Edible purple flowers


Fill a cocktail shaker with shredded basil and mint leaves, and combine with all other ingredients. Shake vigorously with plenty of ice. Strain through a fine sieve and garnish with edible purple flowers. BondSt

The Big Apple’s famed sushi hot spot, BondSt, officially made its West Coast debut a year ago. But the menu at the sleek, Dodd Mitchell–designed restaurant, tucked into the lobby of the Thompson Beverly Hills, recently

received a SoCal makeover in order to cater to LA’s finicky taste buds. Now you can have your spicy crispy shrimp and eat it too—and skip the red-eye to NYC. 9360 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, 310-601-2255, bondtrestaurant.com

It’s hot and it’s cool: One of the newest additions to W Hotels’ stable of hip luxury hotels, the recently unveiled W Scottsdale Hotel & Residences is a genuine desert oasis. The first W in Arizona, it’s also home to the state’s first Bliss spa and Sushi Roku. With a Zen Garden, a state-of-the-art fitness center, three sleek bars, and a gorgeous pool (complete with portholes that offer guests arriving at the valet a sneak peek at the swimmers above), it might tempt you stay—and you can, as the property features 18 posh penthouse residences. Rooms start at $305 per night. 7277 E. Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, 480-970-2100, whotels.com/scottsdale

W Scottsdale Hotel & Residences

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lanning a miniescape? Consider a retreat on the Sunset Strip at the brand-

new Andaz West Hollywood. Formerly the old-school Hyatt West Hollywood, it’s been completely transformed—it’s now a cool, contemporary spot with lots of shimmering glass, a rooftop pool terrace with cozy daybeds and a smashing city view, and a nontraditional lobby where hosts check you in at the door and see to your every need (you won’t even need to wait in line at a front desk). And don’t miss the fab RH restaurant, where French-trained chef Sebastien Archambault prepares market-fresh meals in a kitchen so open that you can even watch as the ingredients come out of the pantry. $295–625 per night. 8401 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, 323-656-1234, andaz.com

What do you want out of your next escape? Wine tasting? Championship golf ? Sun and sand? Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find it at LuxRes, a onestop portal for luxury vacation planning. The service offers everything from culinary adventures to jaunts to global sporting events, and if you have specific wishes—and you want someone else to make them come true—you can create your own custom package with the help of a travel concierge. 866-412-8154, luxres.com

Andaz West Hollywood

Perfect for adventures both near and far, Emu is a casual-chic footwear label from the land down under. Onehundred-percent Aussie owned, Emu grew out of Australian surf culture and the country’s merino wool industry, and this January, it took an American cultural institution—the Sundance Film Festival—by storm. Where better to snuggle up in a pair of sheepskin-lined Hippers ($179) than snowy Park City? emuaustralia. net; amazon.com

To really get your party started, commission DJ Casey Connor, who has worked all over the world and with just about everyone, including Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Kanye West, and Jennifer Lopez. But she’s not just a pretty face behind the turntables—as an actress, singer, and dancer, she’s an entertainment triple-threat. For bookings, contact Michael Grippo at the Gersh Agency (mgrippo@gershla.com) or visit caseyconnor.com

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Conga Room


Channeling the energy of Barcelona and Mexico City, the famed Conga Room has been reinvented in a new locale: downtown’s LA Live. A host of creative types have joined forces to bring the reimagined Conga Room to life, including writer/director/actor/artist Sergio Arau, Cuban-American artist Jorge Pardo, and Grammy-winning musical director Oscar Hernandez. Stop in for a bite at the venue’s Boca Restaurant, or better yet, take in a salsa lesson, complimentary (with cover charge) on Thursdays and Saturdays from 8–9 p.m. 800 W. Olympic Blvd, LA, 213-749-0162, congaroom.com



For more than a century, the gorgeous Hawaiian resort Halekulani—which, appropriately, means “house befitting heaven”— has welcomed discriminating travelers seeking a stunning island setting and world-class amenities and service. Perched on Waikiki Beach and offering five-diamond dining, a fleet of exotic cars, an award-winning spa, and exclusive privileges at Oahu’s finest art and culture venues, it’s a veritable escape to paradise. Through Dec. 9, take advantage of Halekulani’s famous Sunrise Package, starting at $470 per night (with a three-night minimum). 2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, 800-367-2343, halekulani.com



o material is better for travel than cashmere, and this buttery-soft cashmere wrap from designer Yansi Fugel’s high-fashion concept collection, Travel Jersey, is the ideal piece for traipsing around the globe. It’s infinitely versatile—wear it like a shawl, throw it over one shoulder, or top if off with a skinny patent-leather belt—and it’s perfect for everything from après ski to warm evenings in the tropics. $498, traveljerseyonline.com

Everyone knows that Dubai is one of the planet’s hottest destinations, but the United Arab Emirates boomtown is more than 8000 miles from LA, and getting there has been a bear—until now. Emirates, one of the fastest-growing international airlines, has introduced the first nonstop flight connecting LA and Dubai, and its plush Boeing 777200LR offers a new standard of luxury air travel, complete with 42 business-class lie-flat beds and eight private first-class suites that will make you think twice about rushing off the plane. Round-trip flights average $1100 for economy, $12,000 for business, and $18,000 for first class. emirates.com/usa

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It was the bag snagged around the world: Anya Hindmarch’s I’m Not a Plastic Bag, an unbleached-cotton tote, sold out in record time upon its 2007 launch. In a single day, 80,000 people queued up at the U.K.’s Sainsbury’s market chain in hopes of getting one. And in Taiwan, dozens were reportedly injured while clamoring to buy the bag at the posh Breeze Center. The eco-tote handily served its intended purpose: to raise awareness about plastic bags clogging the planet’s landfills. But it also made Hindmarch, already quite the success story (the beloved British designer began her company at only 19 and now has nearly 50 stores), a genuine household name. ¶ To say she’s “in demand” is a major understatement. When she’s not designing British Airways’ much-traded-on-eBay First Class Amenity Kit, Vanity Fair’s Oscar-party goodie bags, or Selfridges’ cheeky Christmas hampers (no fruitcake here!), she’s creating dreamy new iterations of her staple item—meticulously detailed handbags (like the Bespoke Ebury, a bag lover’s dream). Or shoes. Or small leather goods. Or luggage. Or ready-to-wear pieces. Or her beach line. Oh, and this January, she was awarded one of the U.K.’s highest honors, Member of the Order of the British Empire. ¶ So what’s next? It remains to be seen. Whatever it is, it’s sure to bear Hindmarch’s signature wit and workmanship. And I’m betting it draws a crowd.—Shannon L. Bowen The Ipanema clutch in rafia with tiger-eye detail, $365

Photo: Ben Knight

The Disco clutch in tan calf leather with patentleather stripes, $495 ON AND OFF THE PLANE

What’s in your carry-on? A BlackBerry, The Spectator (lightweight, but gets me thinking), Country Life (I like to dream!), travel wallet, iPod, travel kit (lavender oil to sleep, aspirin, Sisley moisturizer, Advil pm if I’m desperate). What’s on your iPod? A real mix. Classical, Latin, and jazz are my favorites.

The Arne, a multicolored calf leather wicker-chair bag, $1225 WHEN YOU’RE IN LA WHERE DO YOU…

Stay in LA? The London, Shutters Have drinks? Sunset Towers and Chateau Marmont. Or I love an impromptu picnic with wine on the beach at sunset. FAVORITES IN LA

Shops: Anya Hindmarch, of course! Nathan Turner interior design shop, Ames Ingham (for home items), Jenni Kayne, BN&Y for amazing tuxedo jackets. And Vert in Abbot Kinney—it has all “green” products.

Restaurants: Comme Ça, The Brentwood Country Mart (great shops and restaurants—it’s so “old-fashioned LA!”), Girasole has the best Italian in town; I love the intimate, neighborhood feeling there, and the owner, Elio, is divine. Museums: LACMA. I also like M & B Gallery— amazing photography.

Reading material? As above, plus the book I meant to be reading…but my head is so busy—I find it hard to concentrate and lazily opt for the movie mostly. Grrr. What are your packing essentials for LA? Sunscreen and sunglasses. What packing essential do you recommend for friends visiting LA? Bring patience. Getting trapped in LA traffic is shocking. What’s the first thing you do to unwind? Have a massage. It helps you relax and regain circulation post-flight.

Neighborhood: Hancock Park

How do you make your hotel room feel more like home? Get Skype rigged up, my music, close the door, shut out the world.

Time of year: Winter. The sun still shines, unlike in dreary London!

Red-eye or morning flight? Morning flight. Always. Hate sleeping on planes.

Beach: Hollister Ranch

How do you look refreshed after a long flight? Try not to drink in-flight. Have a steam. Mason Pearson hairbrush. Good skincare.

The Jackson shoulder bag in matte calf leather, $495

What do you wish LA had more of that you have in London? Hard one—let’s face it. But I miss the density of London (which is weird). LA seems spread out, so less focused somehow. And the fact that you don’t need to worry about earthquakes—every Brit’s nightmare!

What do you wish London had more of that LA has? Not a hard one! The sea, the sun, the light, the low humidity, the attitude, the healthy food, the nail bars. The fact that you can park everywhere. The great gyms. How long have you got?

178 GENLUX SPRING / 2009 The Halen in straw with striped calf leather detail, $645. All bags are available at Anya Hindmarch, 118 S. Robertson Blvd, LA, 310-271-9707


www.freywilleusa.com 180 GENLUX SPRING / 2009 219 Arizona Ave., SANTA MONICA, CA, 90401 I phone: 310 260 2639

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