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GENLUX SUPERMODEL PETRA NEMCOVA! FASHION+ARCHITECTURE +DESIGN ISSUE! SPRING/summer’S HOTTEST LOOKS! BEAUTY TIPS+trends! glitter guide!


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On our cover: Petra Nemcova photographed for GENLUX by Marc Baptiste. Avakian Tzarina II diamond ring, price upon request, Avakian, Beverly Hills, 310-288-2100; Bavna gold bracelets, prices upon request, bavna.com

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BEAUTY BY DESIGN Luke Hanscom shoots the hottest new beauty products! OM IS WHERE THE HEART IS The latest fashion mixes well with Xorin Balbes’s stunning home! JOAN’S BACK 70s supermodel Joan Severance on modeling’s good and bad.

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VERTIGO Photog Yoshi Ohara tells a twisted tale at the Mission Inn. SIMPLE. CHIC. We go to Smashbox Studios to see spring/summer’s fresh looks! COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES Color! Color! Stylist Kelvin Seah picks fashion’s new trends! HOUSE OF HUES Fashion in a whole new light by photographer Martin Kunert! POSITIVELY PETRA Supermodel Petra Nemcova photographed by Marc Baptiste!

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Fashion Editor’s Picks: Amanda’s best bets. Editor at Large’s Picks: George’s men’s must-haves. Style Editor’s Picks: Kelvin’s architectural shoe guide. Apocalypstick by Almie Rose: Typed – Part 2 JetSetters: Mary McDonald, Sasha Adler & Lauren Gold. Style ID: Meaghan Rath. Getaways: St. Regis Hotel, Puerto Rico. File-o-Facts: Out of the Closet. Out-of-Towner: Ines de la Fressange. Interior Motives: Form + Function. Designer Profile: Xorin Balbes, Greta Closet Desires: Architectural Jewelry, I See the White. Closet Desires: Mediterranean Sea, Multicolor View.

Her Secret Service: Beauty tips from our cover shoot. Beauty and More: Summer staples by Susan Campos. Scents of Style: Home Fragrances. Luxentials: Luxury mani/pedis and instant nail polish. Beauty News: The newest in skin and hair. Hair Do’s: Soft and structured! Designer Profile: Hermès Perfumeur. Makeup Trend: Foundation & stains & brows, oh my!

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

Creative Director/Photo Editor: Stephen Kamifuji Fashion Editor: Amanda Eliasch Editor at Large: George Blodwell Assistant Art Director: Jordan Holcomb VP of Luxury Advertising: Andrea Aal Account Executive: Rhonda Zakhor Account Executive: Jessica Lee Financial Director: Marc Meshekow Director Human Resources: Yolanda Garcia Copy Editor: Larry Lederman Style Director: Kelvin Seah Writer at Large: Almie Rose Genlux Website Editor: Hannah Ciallella Contributing Editors: Susan Campos, Stephen Christopher, Vonetta Encarnacao, Courtney Fortune, Dr. Ezra Kest, Almie Rose, Sherryl White, Cheryl Woodcock Contributing Photographers: Marc Baptiste, Danny Calderon, Anna Cone + Christopher Nelson, Gabriel Goldberg, Luke Hanscom, Martin Kunert, Megan Mack, Tracey Morris, Yoshi Ohara, Shayla Scuffi Director of Events: John Sugrue Interns: Lindsey Accornero, Marissa Castro, Lauren Tayler Guy, Robyn Nakasone, Katie Stephens

Member Spring/Summer ­2011 Issue ©2011 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 S. 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.

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elcome to the spring/summer fashion+architecture+interior design–themed issue of Genlux. Remarkably, the first quarter of 2011 is already behind us, and life shows few signs of slowing down. Good or bad, the entire world has accelerated at an unprecedented pace, and the information that transfers through our internet is predominately responsible—or, in the eyes of certain dictators, partially to blame. Fashion is no different. Almost as they happen, whether you’re on your phone, iPad, computer, or whatever, you can access all the fashion shows of any of the fashion weeks around the world. You’re able to see which collections you’ll buy this fall, wait to go on sale, or avoid altogether—as quickly as the buyers.  Right now, some exciting Spring 2 fashion and accessories are hitting the shelves of the high-end department stores. One of my favorites is Hermès’ newest garden perfume, Un Jardin sur le Toit. In early March, I was invited by the house of Hermès to a very intimate gathering at the Betsy hotel in South Beach, Miami, where they unveiled the new fragrance. The Hermès team went all out and decorated the roof of the hotel to resemble the roof garden at 24 Faubourg Saint-Honoré, their mother-

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ship store in Paris. The winds were high, but the weather was warm—a perfect time to be in Miami. Add the ocean view, and the whole experience became very surreal and unforgettable. This is the season to rediscover the harmony of the aquas, blues and greens of the Mediterranean. Fulfill your need to escape by slipping into the Grecian Goddess gown by Alberta Ferretti (p.116). You’ll be instantly transported to the island of Mykonos. Don’t believe me? Try one on! White is also a huge trend. I’m in love with Badgley Mischka’s long white draped gown— simple, yet expensive (p.118). Makes me want to get married! Well, almost. As with most women, jewelry is one of my favorite accessories. I’m obsessed with Harry Winston’s ruby and diamond cluster earrings (p.28). They are beyond beautiful—so delicate and elegant.  This issue, our beautiful cover girl is the always positive and gorgeous Petra Nemcova, photographed by worldclass shooter Marc Baptiste. Petra has survived great adversity to become a stronger human being—determined to help others in need. Prepare to be inspired! Bisous à tous!


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GENLUX GADABOUTS: VIVIENNE WESTWOOD LA BOUTIQUE OPENING PHOTOS: DONATO SARDELLA AND CRAIG BARITT/WIREIMAGE

Christina Hendricks, Vivienne Westwood

Punk is still alive, and nowhere is that more evident than at Vivienne Westwood on Melrose. The famed London designer has brought her unique designs to LA and to the street that so seamlessly merges avant-garde and couture. The LA fashion set was on hand to celebrate with the designer and to walk the signature Union Jack “red” carpet.

The always fabulous Dita Von Teese

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Vivienne Westwood, Anna Kendrick Heidi Klum, Zoe Saldana

Malin Ackerman

Andreas Kronthaler, Vivienne Westwood

Shiva Rose

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Keisha Whitaker, Stacy Keibler

Charlotte Ross

James Mischka, Beverly Hills Mayor Jimmy Delshad, Mark Badgley

It’s no wonder that celebrity favorite Badgley Mischka chose coveted Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills for its new two-level flagship store. The impressive space boasts 2,800 square feet, a grand staircase, and the brand’s couture, bridal, and ready-to-wear lines. The opening took place on March 2, and was hosted by Rumer Willis, the new star of Badgley Mischka’s spring/summer marketing campaign. In attendance at the invitation-only cocktail reception were Brenda Song, Audrina Patridge and Lo Bosworth.

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Audrina Patridge, Lo Bosworth

Jamie Chung

Rumer Willis


GENLUX GADABOUTS: COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD AWARDS PHOTOS: MICHAEL CAULFIELD & M. BROWN/GETTY IMAGES & STEVE GRANITZ/WIREIMAGE

Louise Roe Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Berry

The Beverly Hilton Hotel was the ideal location for the glamour-filled 13th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, hosted by Kristin Davis. Lacoste sponsored the star-studded event honoring costume-design excellence in film, television and commercials. Kellan Lutz, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Claire Danes were among the stars who presented awards honoring costume design for Black Swan, The King’s Speech and Alice in Wonderland. Mallika Sherawat Bill Maher, Demi Moore, Joel Schumacher

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Beau Garrett

Lou Eyrich Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher

Sarah Hyland, Matt Lauria, Brittany Robertson

Halle Berry Brittany Gandy

KEVIN SPACEY FOUNDATION PRE-OSCAR BENEFIT PHOTOS: MICHAEL CAULFIELD/GETTY IMAGES To benefit the Kevin Spacey Foundation, Total Management directors Natasha Thomas and Jack Durling hosted an extravagant pre-Oscars event at the Petit Ermitage private rooftop. The evening featured an assortment of supreme canapés and a diverse selection of drinks and cocktails including a signature concoction called the Hummingbird in honor of the occasion. The impressive collection of guests included Kevin Spacey, Sir Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge, Joe Calzaghe, Holly Valance, Nick Candy, Bill Brady, Sean Parker, Leo Fenwick, Erica Jayne, Mohammed Al Turki and Hofit Golan.

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Bill Grounds, Robert Baldwin, Audra Henley Natasha Thomas, Hofit Golan

Kevin Spacey, Sir Ben Kingsley Darius Campbell, Natasha Henstridge

Kelly Smith, Samia Arslane, Donald Bowman Valery Thomas Balis Jack Durling, Kevin Spacey, Natasha

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Our creative team reveals how they got Petra Nemcova’s fresh and sexy cover look! EYES: “Petra has the most sincere and beautiful eyes. I kept it clean and simple with Smashbox’s fresh and sexy Softbox Eye Shadow Palette.” SKIN: “On Petra’a flawless skin I used Smashbox’s amazing HD Foundation and HD Concealer. You should wear your makeup—your makeup shouldn’t wear you!

Sircuit Cosmeceuticals Molecular Mist, 2oz, $36; 4oz, $72, Green Line Beauty, LA, 323-933-5369

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Smashbox Softbox Eye shadow Palette, $48, smashbox.com

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Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, $19, smashbox.com

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“On Petra’s cheek I used a little Smashbox Blush Rush in Paradise. It keeps the look fresh!”

Smashbox High Definition Healthy FX Foundation, $38, smashbox.com

LASHES: “I went with SmashboxFull Exposure Mascara”

Smashbox Blush Rush in Paradise, $24, sephora.com

Smashbox High Definition Liquid Concealer, $18, smashbox.com Smashbox Limitless Long Wear lip gloss in Infinite, $21, sephora.com

Orlando Pita + T3 Plump Volumizer, $28, saksfifthavenue.com

Smashbox O-Gloss Gold Intuituve lip gloss, $22, sephora.com

Orlando Pita + T3 Control Hairspray, $25, saksfifthavenue.com Kristin Heitkotter Celestine Agency

KRISTIN HEITKOTTER / CELESTINE AGENCY: “ON PETRA’S HAIR I STARTED BY USING THE T3 PLUMP SPRAY—A VOLUMIZING SPRAY THAT GAVE HER HAIR A GREAT FOUNDATION TO WORK WITH FOR THE DAY. AFTER BLOW-DRYING THAT INTO HER HAIR, I SPRAYED EACH SECTION 26 GENLUX SPRING/SUMMER 2011

Mason Pearson Junior paddle brush, $126, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Orlando Pita + T3 Elevate Volumizing Spray, $25, saksfifthavenue.com

WITH THE T3 ELEVATE AND USED A LARGE CURLING IRON TO SET IT. THEN I PLACED EACH SECTION ON A VELCRO ROLLER TO COOL. I USED A MASON PEARSON TO BRUSH OUT HER SET, AND T3 CONTROL HAIRSPRAY FOR TOUCH-UPS THE REST OF THE DAY. THE RESULT: NATURAL GLAMOUR!”


Skin Prep: “Sircuit Cosmeceuticals Molecular Mist. Super hydrator and skin moisturizer.”

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editor’s picks

Here are my favorite picks this season! –samia Arslane Harry Winston 7 cts ruby and diamond cluster earrings set in platinum, price upon request, Harry Winston, Beverly Hills, 310-271-8554

Christian Dior dress, $3000, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

Ban.Do red and black heart headband, $35, shopbando.com

Cris Konto braided necklace, $250, criskonto.com

Dolce & Gabbana jewel-encrusted cropped jacket, $3275, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310550-5900

YSL pump, price upon request, ysl.com

Dolce & Gabbana jewelencrusted cropped jacket, $3275, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-5505900

Tiger Lily Jewelry five-layer Bohemian large crystal necklace, $275, Madison, LA, 310-275-1930; TigerLilyCollections.com Proenza Schouler dress, $880, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

Katy Briscoe 18K yellow gold and aqua starfish ring, $13,000, by order only, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; katybriscoe.com Photo: Courtesy of Katy Briscoe Tod’s D-Styling Bauletto bag limited-edition (only 35) embossed inside with My Tod’s Special Edition, $1665, Tod’s, Beverly Hills, 310-285-0591

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CHANEL black and white embroidered leather bag with CC lock, price upon request, select CHANEL boutiques, 800-550-0005

Aquilano Rimondi pant, $615, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310550-5900

Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir $105, sephora.com


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Beauty By Design

Photographer Luke Hanscom teams up with our Jordan Holcomb to create splashes of art using the latest beauty products.

Photography: LukeHanscomPhotography.com Digital Post Production: HDMStudio.com Art Director: Jordan Holcomb Creative Director: Stephen Kamifuji

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Dolce & Gabbana lipgloss in Secret, $29; eyeshadow in Eden, $59; eyeliner in Lilac, $29, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 JK Jemma Kidd In Vogue Perfect blush, $18, target.com Smudge: Urban Decay 24/7 glideon shadow pencil in Clinic, price upon request, Sephora.com

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Dior Addict lipstick in New Look #745, $28 each, Dior.com Smudges: Sephora fullaction, extremeeffect mascara in purple and blue, $15 each, sephora.com

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Estee Lauder Pure Nail Color Laquer in Purple Passion, Hot Coral, Fuchsia Flame and Pure Red, $19 each, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

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Photography by Anna Cone+Christopher Nelson Styled by Quela Renee Photographer: accnphotography.com Stylist: Quela Renee / quelarenee.com Makeup: Su Han / CloutierRemix Agency Hair: Kristin Heitkotter / CelestineAgency.com Photography Assistants: Danny Calderon, Mark Luebbers Model: Valya / Photogenics Models, photogenicsmedia.com Manicure: Elisa Wishan / Artists by Timothy Priano using Glitzerland by O.P.I. Assistant Art Director: Jordan Holcomb Art Director: Stephen Kamifuji

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Michael Kors skirt, $1495, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Ralph Lauren top, $298, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Brunello Cucinelli belt, price upon request, Brunello Cuccinelli, Beverly Hills, 310-724-8118, brunellocucinelli.com Charles Albert necklace, $899, charlesalbert.com Martin Katz necklace, $96,000, Martin Katz, Beverly Hills, 310-276-7200 Christian Louboutin shoe, price upon request, christianlouboutin.com

METAL is a symbol of strength. In Feng Shui, it is associated with the life areas of children, creativity and travel. Circles and arches also bring out the qualities of Metal and aid in the flow of energy. Colors that symbolize Metal are grey, white and metallics.

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The Row dress, $1190; M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza multicolored sapphire and enamel bangle, $1075 each; M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza multicolored sapphire and enamel bangles, $1500 each, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Charles Albert necklace; $1500, Charles Albert ring, $399, charlesalbert.com

EARTH elements symbolize stability and the center of life. Earth touches all areas of life, but is commonly associated with relationships, family and health. Areas that benefit from Earth elements are wisdom, self-knowledge, good fortune and partnerships. Earth elements are represented by warm, earthy colors and horizontal shapes. 38 GENLUX SPRING/SUMMER 2011


Fendi dress, $2270, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Larare shoe, price upon request, larare.fr Adeler quartz necklace, $11,996, adelerjewelers.com

WOOD is associated with growth, family, health, wealth and prosperity. Vertical elements are encouraged because they mimic plants and lift energy. SPRING/SUMMER 2011 GENLUX 39


Donna Karan Skirt, $995; Christian Dior Sweater, $1650, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Armani Top, $335, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 LeVian ring, $102, levian.com Adeler 18K yellow gold and icheko pearl earrings, $2480; Adeler 18K gold chain necklaces, $18,840 each, adelerjewelers.com Brunello Cucinelli belt, price upon request, Brunello Cuccinelli, Beverly Hills, 310-724-8118, brunellocucinelli.com

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Oscar de la Renta top, $2490; Oscar de la Renta shorts, $340, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Charles Albert ring, $279, charlesalbert.com Bavna bangles, prices upon request, bavna.com

WATER produces energy in several ways. It is beneficial to the flow of communication, and therefore useful in the career aspect. It can also generate energy flow and bring a newness or calmness to life. Water is also represented by organic, flowing shapes and black colors. SPRING/SUMMER 2011 GENLUX 41


Emilio Pucci longsleeve dress, $1335, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Christian Louboutin sandal, price upon request, christianlouboutin.com Isharya bracelet, price upon request, isharya.com Decor: Minotti LA Hockney chaise $5695; Minotti LA Venini “Blow” red table, $3520; Minotti LA Archipenko cabinet, $14,884; Mauro Mori “Bacio”, $4973; Elizabeth Weinstock “Mykonos” boxes, $550-$1750, Minotti LA, 310-2786851, minotti-la.com

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Photographer: Tracey Morris / TraceyMorris.com Stylist: Quela Renee / QuelaRenee.com Male model: Bart Clemmer / BMG models Makeup: Julianne Kaye / Cloutier Agency Hair: Giovanni Giuliano / Celestine Agency Manicure: Beth Fricke / Artists by Timony Priano using O.P.I. Stylist’s Assistant: Robyn Nakasone Photo Assistant: Danny Calderon, Marc Digital Tech: Robert Morris Location: Minotti, Los Angeles; Special thanks to Mary Ta Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji

jOAN’s back

In the 70s, Joan Severance was one of America’s top models. Now 52, and still stunning, she’s ready for her closeup...again. SPRING/SUMMER 2011 GENLUX 43


Jason Wu dress, $1695, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Isharya necklace, price upon request, isharya.com Charles Albert ring, $279, charlesalbert. com Giuseppe Zanotti peep-toe pump, price upon request, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760

Decor: Minotti LA Delaunay chair, $6635; Mauro Mori “Viera� sculpture, $39,600; Minotti LA Fluxus rug, $11,169, Minotti LA, 310-2786851, minotti-la.com

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oan Severance settles into the makeshift makeup chair. All around are sleek, shining examples of modern Minotti furniture. Mary Ta, the owner, has graciously opened her doors for our shoot. It’s Joan’s first editorial shoot in, well, decades. She talks about her beginnings in the modeling industry and shares some shocking revelations.

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had no interest in becoming a model. None. My mother pushed me to do it.” Joan, now 52, confides with her slight Texas accent, “In high school, I was 5’ 9” and weighed all of 90 pounds. It wasn’t a pretty sight. I was all hair, all eyes, and stick-skinny.” John Casablancas, founder of Elite Models, saw a photo of Joan that her mother submitted and invited her to Paris. So in 1977, then only 18, Joan’s on a jet with her matching blue Samsonite luggage. “Believe me, on this trip, I went from Ms. Naïve Texas to Ms. Don’t F With Me in just a few weeks.” The trip would open her eyes to modeling’s glamour as well as what was, at that time, its darker side. “Kim Acee takes me to a party with these guys she’d just met. In walks this man with four women on his arm. He appears to be very important. The next day I get an invitation at my hotel from this same man to be his date for Sophia Loren’s 40th birthday dinner at L’Orangerie. It sounded exciting, so I went. So we go to dinner, get a table, and sure enough, in waltzes Omar Sharif and Sophia Loren. I don’t remember if I said a word.” Then Joan drops a bomb. Just a few days later, on her first job, where she meets Eric Milon, whom she would one day marry, “I get a message from John Casablancas saying, ‘Urgent! Urgent! Don’t do anything! Call me right away!’ So I call him and he demands that Eric bring me to him immediately. John made me privy to the white-slave trade with models. He laid it all out. I had a thousand questions. He said, ‘This is these people, this is what they do, this is how they do it, and this is what happens.’ Then he went on to say, ‘Those people you recently met came to your hotel and tried to move you out of there.’ I was shocked. Luckily, I never saw or heard from any of those people again and, fortunately, went on to have a pretty successful modeling career.” Over the next eight years, Joan became one of the 70s supermodels. “I got to shoot with Arthur Elgort, Steven Meisel, Phillip Dixon, Greg Gorman, Marco Glaviano, Helmet Newton, Renato Grignaschi, Richard Avedon, Francesco Scavullo, Bill King, Albert Watson, Mark Abrahams, Matthew Rolston, and so many more.”

On a shoot for Richard Avedon, then the biggest photographer, “Rosie Vela and I were booked together, but she never showed up. It was a half-day booking and I’m ready to go to my next shoot, when in walks Rosie. But then Avedon gets really upset at me for leaving, even though Rosie was late. Maybe that’s why I never worked with him again.” Her favorite was Arthur Elgort. “He would point out which direction your face looked best in. He taught me to always have a thought going on in my head so he could capture it in my eyes. He told me my face was best with a 105mm lens. I still remember that. I learned so much from him. One day he shot me with psychologist Arthur Janoff, writer of Primal Scream for French Vogue. He was just so fascinating; you couldn’t get me unglued from the conversation. And you can see the intensity of the moment in the photo. It was my favorite shoot.” Then there’s the story of her worst shoot. “It was my birthday and I had a job with photographer Barry McKinley. I got up early and I’m slicing up a papaya, and I slice the tip of my finger off ! So I go to the emergency room to get my finger sewn back on. The phone rings and it’s Barry and he reams me for not showing up. I felt so horrible because I couldn’t make it, and also because my finger was chopped off ! He had nothing nice to say. He said the next time he was in the neighborhood, if he could use my toilet, he’d love to. I didn’t know what that meant. I still don’t. I never spoke to him again.” Joan never had children, though she does admit her clock ticked when she was 36. “So I put it out there to about twelve guys: ‘Hey, how about having a kid together? We don’t have to have a relationship. 50/50 custody without the battle.’ I even called up my ex, Eric. He never returned my phone call. Then I considered adoption. In the end, I talked myself out of it.” The Genlux crew erupts in the customary end-of-shoot applause, and some of the girls who work at Minotti come to get closer look at Joan’s beautiful, bright blue eyes. Joan smiles and says, “Wow! I had such a blast! It was one of my best shoots. It was so much fun. It’s good to be back.” G

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Emilio Pucci belted dress, $1490, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Adeler gold cuff, price upon request, adelerjewelers.com Giuseppe Zanotti velvet pump, price upon request, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760 Decor: Minotti LA Johns Up bookcase, $19,835; Minotti LA Cortina armchair, $5948; Minotti LA Dibbets rug, $7883; Yamagiwa Taliesin floor lamp, $3277, Minotti LA, 310-278-6851, minotti-la.com

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“John made me privy to the white-slave trade with models. He laid it all out. I had a thousand questions. He said, ‘This is these people, this is what they do, this is how they do it, and this is what happens.’‟

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Blumarine maxi dress, $2455, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Isharya stone bracelet, price upon request, isharya.com Giuseppe Zanotti patent peep-toe pump, price upon request, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760 Vintage sunglasses, price upon request, Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook, Beverly Hills, 310-246-9468 Decor: Mauro Mori Cilindro, $6188; Minotti LA Andersen Line bench, $7342; Minotti LA Andersen sectional sofa, $25,934, Minotti LA, 310-278-6851, minotti-la.com

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Escada maxi-dress, $1525, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Christian Louboutin bow heel, price upon request, christianlouboutin.com Carrera y Carrera snake necklace, price upon request, carreraycarrera.net Charles Albert ring, $279, charlesalbert.com Decor: Mauro Mori “Movimento 3,” $5494; Minotti LA Cesar table, $1168; Luce Plan “Plisse” light, $2200, Minotti LA, 310-278-6851, minotti-la.com

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Alaïa skirt $2520, Alaïa tank $920, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Catherine Malandrino belt, price upon request, 310-358-0895 Giuseppe Zanotti Design black peep-toe t-strap $550, Giuseppe Zanotti, 310-550-5760, Valentino patent purse, $1345, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 Chanel sunglasses, price upon request, Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook, 310-246-9468

Photographer: Yoshi Ohara / marznet.com Stylist: Holly Copeland / Artists by Timothy Priano Makeup: Johny Saade using Clé de Peau for ArtistsbyTimothyPriano.com Hair: Brian Haugen using L’Oreal Elnett for ArtistsbyTimothyPriano.com Stylist Assistants: Margi Getzloff, Katie Stephens Photography Assistants: Danny Calderon, Mark Luebbers, Steve Pompili Model: Breanna Box / Photogenics Models, photogenicsmedia.com Model: Danica Solomon / Photogenics Models, photogenicsmedia.com Art Director: Stephen Kamifuji

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Fendi jacket, $2370; Chloe silk pant, $695, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Christian Louboutin patent heel, $1195, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Swarovski Matador ring, $200, swarovski.com

Photographer Yoshi Ohara takes us to Riverside’s historic Mission Inn—the perfect setting for a twisting tale of sophistichic intrigue.

V e R T I G O Behind the Scenes. The Location: The historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside,California. The hotel’s architecture embodies the romance and enchantment of a European castle. Built in 1876 as a two-story adobe guesthouse, the Inn has become the crown jewel of Southern California’s Inland Empire. World leaders and Hollywood stars have chosen it as a place of refuge and renewal. 949-784-0300, missioninn.com

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Danica photographed in the St. Francis of Assisi wedding chapel on the grounds of the Mission Inn and Spa wearing a Giambattista Valli blouse, $2255, Tessuto linen pant, $1090, Alexander McQueen Clutch, $1150, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Swarovski clear crystal Forever ring $340, swarovski.com, Lisa Freede Jewelry rhinestone bracelets, $160 each, lisafreede.com

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Briana wearing Prada sunglasses, $235, Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook, Beverly Hills, 310-246-9468 The Row leather cropped shirt, $1290; pant, $990, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Isharya rosewood cuff $74; gold resin bangle, $130; tree of life bangle, $130, isharya.com Giuseppe Zanotti Design silver pointytoe pump, $550, Giuseppe Zanotti Design Boutiques, 310- 550-5760

Danica wearing Dolce & Gabbana dress,$1495, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Gaspar Gloves gloves, $125, gaspargloves.com, Hardcore Elegance sterling silver Glam Rock ring, $315, 310-623-2202 Giuseppe Zanotti Design black pump, $550, Giuseppe Zanotti Design Boutiques, 310-550-5760, Arianne Millinery black vogue hat, $480, Ariane Hats on Melrose, 310-951-9929

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Valentino camel jacket with ruffle front, $3490, BOSS black pencil skirt, $250, Hugo Boss Stores, hugoboss.com. Arianne Millinery ivory beret, $140, Ariane Hat Shop 310-951-9929, Giuseppe Zanotti Design black patent pointy-toe pump, $550, Giuseppe Zanotti Design Boutiques, 310-550-5760

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Valentino tan patent bow pump, $745, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

CHANEL sunglasses, $340, Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook boutiques, 310-246-9468 Valentino knit dress, $3590; shrug with rosette detail, $1590, Valentino boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 Gaspar Gloves, $125, gaspargloves.com Charles David nude patent leather heel $125, Charles David Stores, 310-277-4448

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Danica climbing the spiral staircase of Mission Inn’s famous rotunda wearing a Stella McCartney white coat, $1895, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900, Christian Louboutin three-strap black heel, $895; leather and metal-bow purse, $1495, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills 310-275-4211 Left Turn black ball necklace $795, leftturnjewelry.com Gaspar Gloves black leather gloves, $125, gaspargloves.com

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Roland Mouret couture pink dress with zipper detail, $1995, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Charles David leather oxford heel, $250, Charles David Stores, 310-277-4448 Gaspar Gloves beige leather gloves, $165, gaspargloves.com Lisa Freede bone baguette bracelet, $80, lisafreede.com Isharya wood cuff with gold stone, price upon request, isharya.com

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On Danica: Ann Demeulemeester white cropped pant, $795; Jason Wu blouse $595; Stella McCartney vest, $525, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Giuseppe Zanotti Design black peeptoe T-strap, $550, Giuseppe Zanotti Design Boutiques, 310-550-5760 On Briana: Fendi jacket, $2470; skirt, $785, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Giuseppe Zanotti Design black satin pump, $550, Giuseppe Zanotti, 310-550-5760

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SIMPLE. CHIC.

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Valentino white cardigan with floral detail, $2990; Valentino white leather belt with gold and pearl buckle detail, $495, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 James Icon perfect tank top in pale rose, $70; Icon white Rider II pant, $168, jamesjeans.us Giuseppe Zanotti Design champagne heel with crystal front detail, $1095, Giuseppe Zanotti Design, Beverly Hills, 310-858-1990

Soften your palette with looks grounded in earth tones, or bring in a splash of black or white!

Photographer: Yoshi Ohara / Marznet.com Stylist: Angel Lee / angellee@hauteatelier.com Photographer: Yoshi Ohara / yoshiohara.com Model: Spencer Peterson / LA Models Stylist: Angel Lee Makeup: Camille Clark / Aim Artists / AimArtist.com Model: Spencer Peterson / LA Models Hair: Michael Kanyon / CelestineAgency.com Makeup: Camille Clark / AIM Artists / AimArtist.com Manicure: Erica Echverria using O.P.I. for RobbSalon.com Hair: Michael Kanyon / CelestineAgency.com Stylist’s Assistant: Lauren Tayler Guy Photo Assistants: Danny Calderon, Marc Leubbers Photography Assistant: Danny Calderon, Mark Luebbers Location: Smashbox Studios, West Hollywood Location: Smashbox Studios, West Hollywood Manicure: Art Director: Stephen Kamifuji Art Director: Stephen Kamifuji

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Reed Krakoff nude long leather vest, $2190; Zac Posen white long-sleeve silk blouse with tie front, $790; J.Mendel nude pencil skirt, $1095, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Black belt, stylist’s own. M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza sterling-silver small pavÊ stud earrings, $724, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Isharya ebony wood bangle, $350; Isharya cubist rosewood bangle with moonstone, $342; Isharya ebony wood bangle, $275, isharya.com Nicky Hilton white square ring, $198, amazon.com Giuseppe Zanotti Design black patent leather boot, $930, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-858-1990

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Monrow purple inside-out seam henley, $76, elysewalker.com Ghadah Paris white silk skirt, price upon request, ghadahparis.com M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza green enamel cuff with multicolored sapphires, $2340, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

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J. Mendel champagne sequin top, $1995, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Valentino camel pant, $980; Valentino white leather belt with gold and pearl buckle detail, $495, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 Bauble Bar white droplet earrings, price upon request; Bauble Bar copper bangles, $20–$40, baublebar.om

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Valentino green lace and leather trench coat, $6900, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 Le Vian 18K bronze gold and diamond ring, $16,148, levian.com Giuseppe Zanotti Design multicolored crystal heel, $595, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-858-1990

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Christian Cota sheer/leather cocktail dress with white silk slip, $1259, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Bavna silver earrings with diamonds and moonstones, price upon request, bavna.com Baccarat lead crystal necklace, $5075, baccarat.com Nicky Hilton midnight-blue ring, $100, baublebar.com M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza clutch, $4680, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Giuseppe Zanotti Design black patent leather heel, $595, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-858-1990

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Christian Dior navy long-sleeve openback silk caftan gown, $5600, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 TrĂŠsor 18K gold aqua briolette earrings, $2125, tresorcollection.com Vahan 14K gold and sterling silver bracelets and diamond and onyx bracelets, $1000 and $2970, vahanjewelry.com M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza scorpion clutch, $4460, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Giuseppe Zanotti Design black patent leather heel, $595, Giuseppe Zanotti Design, Beverly Hills, 310-858-1990

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Alexander McQueen black jumper, $1885, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 M.C.L.by Matthew Campbell Laurenza sterling silver small pavÊ stud earrings, $724, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Hellmuth black diamond skull necklace, $994; Hellmuth black diamond multi-skull necklace, $1302, hellmuth.de Bauble Bar black gunmetal bracelets, $20–$40, baublebar.com

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The Location: The W Hotel Hollywood The W Hotel chain is known for their sleek, modern architecture and design, and the W Hotel Hollywood keeps to this tradition. They’ve also created strong ties to the discipline that effectively matches their cool factor—fashion! Amanda Ross, the hotel’s global fashion director, has chosen 15 designers to create the W Hotels Global Glam Collection for fall coming in August. The collection was inspired by the aesthetic of three of the hotels: W Taipei, W Austin, and W Mexico City. The line will be exclusively available through the W hotel The Stores boutiques. W Hotel Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, starwoodhotels.com/whotels

Gucci dark camel satin dress with embroidered fringe, price upon reqeust, Gucci, Beverly Hills, 310-278-3451 Cesare Paciotti silver heel, price upon request, 310-273-3220 Bavna 18K gold earrings with turquoise and rose-cut diamonds, $12,082, bavna.com Beverly Jill Designs gold necklaces, prices upon request, beverlyjilldesigns.com

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color outside the lines Photographer Tracey Morris and stylist Kelvin Seah take us to the W Hollywood hotel to try on some of the season’s most playful and optimistic looks! Photographer: Tracey Morris / traceymorris.com Stylist: Kelvin Seah / AIM Artists / aimartists.com Models: Kelsey Rogers, Kristina Tsvetkova, Charles Wood / LA Models Makeup: Marco Berardini / CloutierAgency.com Hair: Stephanie Pohl / Artists by Timothy Priano Stylist’s Assistants: Jessica Zanotti, Katie Stephens Digital Tech: Robert Morris Photo Assistants: Alex Fink, Danny Calderon, Marc Luebbers Manicure: Beth Fricke / Artists by Timothy Priano using O.P.I. Production Coordinator: Holly Landfield Art Director: Stephen Kamifuji

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Yves Saint Laurent white coat with black trim, $3750, Bottega Veneta chartreuse silk dress, $1500; Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Giuseppe Zanotti Design multicolored rhinestone bootie, price upon request, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760 Tiffany & Co. purple satin clutch, Tiffany & Co., Beverly Hills, 310- 273-8880 Talisman Aurora medal necklace, $19,000; DeBeers, Beverly Hills, 310-228-1900

On CharlieSalvatore Ferragamo cream wide-leg trousers, $740; Salvatore Ferragamo navy-blazer, $1780, Salvatore Ferragamo navy knit T-shirt, price upon request, Salvatore Ferragamo oxfords, price upon request, Salvatore Ferragamo Beverly Hills, 310-273-9990 Jil Sander purple scarf, $125, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

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Louis Vuitton lamé T-shirt top, $1720; long lamé skirt, $1865; sequined corset belt, $975; Cuir Art Deco Trapezio purse, $3270, Louis Vuitton, Bevelry Hills, 310-859-0457 Jimmy Choo green, purple, gold and black lamé wedge, price upon request, Jimmy Choo, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045

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Salvatore Ferragamo long silk dress, $7900; Salvatore Ferragamo white suede box clutch, price upon request, Salvatore Ferragamo, Beverly Hills, 310-273-9990 Carrera y Carrera 18K gold pavĂŠ necklace, $87,650, carreraycarrera.com Adeler gold and pearl ring, $5994, adelerjewers.com

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Louis Vuitton Guipure monogram blouse, $2150; Louis Vuitton long lamĂŠ skirt, $1865; Louis Vuitton sequined corset belt, $975; suede and patent leather lace-up sandal, $1645, Louis Vuitton, Beverly Hills, 310-859-0457 Guiseppe Zanotti Design black suede clutch, price upon request, Guiseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760 Tiffany silver cube cuff, price upon request, Tiffany, Beverly Hills, 310-273-8880 Beverly Jill Designs 2 heart snake gold cuff and mesh rose gold cuff, prices upon request, beverlyjilldesigns.com

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Film director /photographer Martin Kunert and stylist Quela Renee take us on a bold, bright and electric journey into this season’s colorful palette.

HOUSE OF HUES

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Alexander McQueen gown, $3360, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Giuseppe Zanotti patent sandal, price upon request, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310 -550-5760

Photographer: Martin Kunert / MartinKunertPhoto.com Model: Laine Jennings / Vision Model Management Stylist: Quela Renee / QuelaRenee.com Makeup: KC Witkamp / makeupbykc.com using NARS cosmetics Hair: Muriel Mastey / Point de Vue Salon Stylist’s Assistant: Robyn Nakasone Hair Assistant: Frankie Meyerhofer / Point de Vue Salon Videographer: Mimi Fuenzalida / shayazul.com Photography Assistant: Kevin LaCava Art Director: Stephen Kamifuji

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Pucci Scarf (worn as top), $350, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Michael by Michael Kors belt, $45, Michael Kors, LA, Beverly Center, 310-360-0980 Tom Ford sunglasses, $395, Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook, 310-652-9144 Giorgio Armani trousers, $1050, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Giuseppe Zanotti rhinestud heel, price upon request, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310- 550-5760

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Elie Tahari dress, $368; St. John cardigan, $795, Bloomingdale’s, Century City, 310-772-2100 Fendi plaform heel, $895, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

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Elie Tahari ruffle tank, $168; Kate Spade ring, $73, Bloomingdale’s, Century City, 310-772-2100 Akris vest, $1595; W. Kleinberg belt, $165, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Nina Ricci tiered skirt, $2350, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Giuseppe Zanotti gold boot, price upon request, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310- 550-5760

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Elie Tahari for Bloomingdale’s shift dress, $168; Kate Spade ring, $73, Bloomingdale’s, Century City, 310-772-2100 Giuseppe Zanotti canvas peep-toe sandal, Price upon request, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760

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Gucci blouse, $895; Yves Saint Laurent shorts, $1290, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Michael by Michael Kors bag, $190; Kate Spade beaded necklace, $95, Bloomingdale’s, Century City, 310-772-2100 Christian Louboutin pump, $695, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

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Pucci scarf (worn as top), $350, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Michael by Michael Kors belt, $45, Michael Kors, LA, Beverly Center, 310-360-0980 Tom Ford sunglasses, $395, Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook, 310-652-9144 Giorgio Armani trousers, $1050, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

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Dolce & Gabbana blouse, $1150, Jil Sander neon trousers, $545, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Diane Von Furstenburg tassel belt, $265, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900, Kate Spade necklace, $75, Bloomingdale’s, Century City, 310-772-2100 Giuseppe Zanotti Design black rhinestud pump, price upon request, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760

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Gucci satin jacket, $2150; Yves Saint Laurent bustier, $1100; Ralph Lauren skirt, $898; Diane Von Furstenburg tasseled rope belt, $165, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Kate Spade gold necklace (in jacket pocket), $95; Michael by Michael Kors leather belt, $45; Tory Burch bag, $550, Bloomingdale’s, Century City, 310-772-2100 Giuseppe Zanotti suede pump with rhinestone toe: Price Upon Request: Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760

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Once best-known for gracing the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2003, Petra Nemcova became better known for surviving the 2004 Thailand tsunami that tragically took the life of her then fiancé, photographer Simon Atlee. Recently, we became reaquainted with her as a contestant on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ and now, as Stephen Christopher finds, the supermodel is focused on being known for the most important role of her life.

Photography: Marc Baptiste / Caryn Weiss / wreps.com Stylist: angellee@hauteatelier.com Makeup: Connor / Next Artists, LA Hair: Kristin Heitkotter / CelestineAgency.com Manicurist: Melissa Bozant / Next Artists, LA Digital Tech: Drew Schwartz Stylist’s Assistant: Katie Stephens, Lauren Tayler Guy Photo Assistant: Danny Calderon, Marc Luebbers Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji

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Georges Chakra strapless green foliage printed organze and gauze gown, price upon request, georgeschakra.com

pOSITIVELY PETRA

Photography by

MARC bAPTISTE Styled by ANGEL LEE

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CHANEL camelia nervure 18K white gold, black and white diamond earrings, price upon request, CHANEL Fine Jewelry Boutiques, Beverly Hills, 310-278-5500 M.C.L by Matthew Campbell Laurenza black sapphire and enamel bangle, price upon request, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Glynneth B necklace, $615; Tom Ford sunglasses, $360, Madison, LA, 310-275-1930

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upermodel Petra Nemcova stretches her svelte 5-foot 9-inch frame, leaps high, and nails a 9.2 swan dive into the pool. A collective gasp rises from the Genlux crew. Then, before she’s even broken the surface of the water, photographer Marc Baptiste yells out, “Oh, no! Didn’t get the shot! Didn’t get the shot! Do it again.”

etra is that supermodel, the one whose name you may not recognize but whose story you probably do. She’s the model who survived one of the worst natural disasters in history—the tsunami that hit Thailand in 2005. Tragically, of the 230,000 who perished in the catastrophe, one was her then fiancé, photographer Simon Atlee. Ironically, just a few months prior, Petra, who had started modeling at 15 in her native Czech Republic, was celebrated in the news for landing the coveted Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover. “It was early morning, the day after Christmas. We were in a bungalow, and in a few seconds, the entire bungalow was swept to the sea,” Petra recounts at the Genlux photo shoot high above Los Angeles. “My pelvis was broken and I was drowning. I caught a palm tree and held on. It was so painful. A man came to rescue me but he couldn’t lift me on his own, so he left. I didn’t know if he was ever going to come back. But he did. The support not only of the men who helped me, but of the entire world, was so incredible.” In some ways a blessing, the tsunami was the impetus for Petra to pursue another passion in life: helping children. “As soon as I could walk again, my friends and I went back to Thailand to see how we could help. We went to shelters and hospitals and temporary schools and witnessed the needs that remained after the first-responders left.” Seeing a pressing need to rebuild the schools, Petra founded the Helping Hearts Fund foundation to help in areas ravaged by natural disasters. In only five years, with help from corporate partners like Hewlett-Packard, which provides all of the computers for the schools, ING, which gives financial support, and DLA Piper (one of the world’s top ten law firms), which supplies all of the fund’s legal advice, Petra Nemcova’s Happy Hearts Fund has already built an astounding fifty schools and kindergartens in nine countries around the world. As positive as that news is, there’s even more encouraging news: Happy Hearts Fund claims zero administrative costs—so every penny of every dollar donated goes

to helping the children. Petra’s board underwrites all the rest. “It started with two people with a pure passion to make a difference. Now we have nine employees and 250 volunteers. Plus, we have the employees of our partners— so over 700 people are helping!” To help her lead more effectively, Petra decided to go back to college, and in 2008, entered Cambridge University in England. “I learned to lead the foundation as a business—to have good corporate governances, strategic marketing and decision-making. It’s been an amazing journey, and each day is full of learning.” Last night was a bittersweet one for Petra. She was voted off the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ TV competition she’d been doing so well on. She was visibly moved. On the one hand, the show was great for bringing awareness to her cause, but it also took an immense amount of time away from her good work. “The response we received for the charity through the show was amazing. People had Dance-a-thons and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ viewing parties to help raise money!” About a year ago, Petra found love again. He is Jamie Belman, a British actor. What does she love most about him? “Way too many things,” she gushes. “The best way to describe it is that he is beyond my expectations and wishes.” She continues, “You never know where life will take you—that’s the beauty of it, but in the coming years I hope that we will start a family and that in about three years there will be at least a hundred schools built through Happy Hearts.” When asked whether she has a fear of water, Petra becomes pensive and her voice gets thinner. “After the tsunami I did have a fear of water, so the first thing I did when I went back to Thailand was to go scuba diving. I was very afraid to go back to the sea, but I knew I had to do it. During those first few moments under the water, the memories came right back and were very frightening. But I kept telling myself, ‘You have to do this!’ And do you know, it was the first and only time that I’ve seen sea horses. It was so beautiful,” she says, clearing her throat. “I try to face my fears.” G

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Georges Chakra strapless green foliage printed organza and gauze gown, price upon request, georgeschakra.com Rina Limor wavy moonstone cuff, $7200, rinalimor.com

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“After the tsunami I had a fear of water, so the first thing I did when I went back to Thailand was to go scuba diving. I was very afraid to go back to the sea, but I knew I had to do it.”

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Salvatore Ferragamo cotton blazer, $1690; Salvatore Ferragamo linen trousers, $590; Salvatore Ferragamo leather belt with gold gancio detail, $275, Salvatore Ferragamo Boutiques, 800-628-8916 Glynneth B bone necklace, $615, Madison, LA, 310-275-1930 Ippolita silver necklace, $3500; Ippolita silver bangles, $275-$450, ippolita.com

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Valentino garden party couture T, $1150; Valentino Nude patent leather belt with pearl buckle (worn backwards in picture), $495; Valentino nude rock stud boots, $1295, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 Bec & Bridge off-white sheer knot leggings, $160, becandbridge.com.au Baccarat sterling-silver ruby-red crystal rock earrings; $375, Baccarat ruby-red crystal galet ring, $275, baccarat.com M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza pink sapphire and red enamel cuff, $2190; M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza red sapphire bangle, $1725, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

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GENLUX Gortex swimsuit, $178, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 CHANEL camellia nervure earrings, price upon request, CHANEL, Beverly Hills, 310-278-5500 M.C.L by Matthew Campbell bangles, prices upon request; M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza large sapphire bangle, $9600, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Glynneth B necklace, $615, Madison, 310-275-1930 Belt, price upon request, Rachel Z., Beverly Hills, 310-289-9626


AMANDA ELIASCH Photo: Alan Davidson

Photo: Daffyd Jones

Genlux Fashion Editor’s Picks

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Couture, by special order, Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris, 01-72-75-83-00

CHANEL navyblue/beige cotton tweed coat, $8500; ecru crepe dress, price upon request, select CHANEL boutiques, 800-550-0005

Amanda’s Top 10

Shaun Leane 18K white gold and white diamond single interlocking rings, $4440 each; 18K white gold, black rhodium and black diamond single interlocking ring, $3740, Radiance at Aria, Las Vegas, 702-590-8725; shaunleaneshop.com

Best Dressed Women Madonna Dita Von Teese Daphne Guinness Lynn Wyatt Shaun Leane large blackthorn cuff with black spinel leaves and black pearls, price upon request, shaunleaneshop.com

Naomi Campbell January Jones Emma Stone Kate Moss Franca Sozzani Victoria Beckham

Jacques Fath Imperatrice bag, $1733, jacquesfath.com

Louis Vuitton FW11

Karla Fox 18K gold motorcycle pendant with diamond headlights and accents and ruby turn signals, $17,500, karlafox.com

CHANEL printed crepe de chine blouse, $2980; cotton tweed/ silk jacket, $3250; fantasy tweed shorts, $1790, select CHANEL boutiques, 800-550-0005

Jacques Fath Lolita clutch, $939, jacquesfath.com Alexander McQueen SS11 Alexander McQueen clutch, price upon request, alexandermcqueen.com

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BREATHLESS—GEORGE BLODWELL Being Genlux’s editor at large means I have the opportunity to experience many wonderful things. This month I attended the opening of the new Tom Ford store on Rodeo Drive. The array of luxurious items left me breathless. Everywhere I turned I saw beautifully made desirables for men: tuxedo jackets, suits, bags, shirts, walking sticks, shaving accessories, crocodile belts, and shoes. The air of quality is unmistakable. Tom, as you know, is responsible for reinvigorating Gucci before doing his own label, and his Tom Ford women’s collection left me no less awestruck. Vivienne Westwood also just came to town to open her new

Makins hat, $180, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

boutique on Melrose. She is the epitome of an English eccentric. What an eye this lady has! I love her men’s collection with her signature peak wide lapels and detailing. She makes the best corset-inspired tops and gowns. All in all, I found the new store inviting and exciting. Genluxers, you have two new stores to check out and enjoy—I certainly did. Here are some other good ideas to jazz up your spring/ summer looks. I love the green in the Prada examples—check out those shoes. The Demeulemeester fencing jacket is extremely flattering and very cool, while the suede shirt from Dolce & Gabbana is a timeless keeper. Gucci Guilty for Him, 90 ml, $73, Gucci, Beverly Center, LA, 310-854-0071

Dolce & Gabbana leather shirt, $1895, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Stephen Webster cufflinks, $530, Maxfield, LA, 310-274-8800

Vivienne Westwood denim shirt, price upon request, Vivienne Westwood, LA, 323-951-0021

Prada tie, $215, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-5505900

Greubel Forsey limited-edition double tourbillon 30 degrees edition historique watch in red gold, $480,000, Westime, LA, 310-470-1388

Vivienne Westwood suit, $1325, Vivienne Westwood, LA, 323-951-0021

Boris Bidjan Saberi white-washed boot, $1869, H. Lorenzo, West Hollywood, 310-659-1434

Prada shoe, $795, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Oloroso cask 1964, released in mid-90s, Black Bowmores Scotch whisky, $6200, Wine & Liquor Depot, Van Nuys, 818-996-1414; lovescotch.com Sama eyewear, $475, Destination Sama, Beverly Hills, 310-271-1734 Makins hat, $190, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

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Prada tie, $185, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Tom Ford jacket, $4265, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Stefano Branchini shoe, $650, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Ann Demeulemeester fencing jacket, $1739, H. Lorenzo, West Hollywood, 310-659-1434

Thom Browne cardigan, $660, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310550-5900

Prada bag, $995, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900


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the haute list —KELVIN SEAH Some shoes are so sculptural, you’d think an architect designed them. Consider the creations of Nicholas Kirkwood or VALENTINO’s museum-worthy footwear. even as major designers like Derek Lam, Fendi and Chloe are touting summer’s flatter-soled platforms, I present a beautiful selection of sexy skyscrapers.

Giuseppe Zanotti suede and metal stack heel, price upon request, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760

Valentino heel with bow detail, $1395, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103

Valentino black pump, $695, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-2470103

Jimmy Choo lace and patent Kudos bootie, price upon request, Jimmy Choo, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045

Alejandro Ingelmo Thriller platform heel in natural, $825, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Ruthie Davis Robot platform heel in almond, taupe and silver, $965, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Alexander Wang bone suede bootie, $675, Diavolina, LA, 310-550-1341

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Nicholas Kirkwood off-white Bounty lace-up platform heel, $1225, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900


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GENLUX APOCALYPSTICK

TYPED (PART 2)—ALMIE ROSE

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O YOU BELIEVE IN HAVING A CERTAIN TYPE WHEN IT COMES TO DATING AND ATTRACTION? I DO. IT MAKES SENSE TO ME. YOU LIKE A CERTAIN TYPE OF MUSIC, OF FASHION, OF FOOD—SO WHY NOT SOMEONE YOU DATE?

Photo by Andrew Matusik; Dolls meticulously styled by: Dale Johnson / Artists by Timothy Priano

According to my friend Molly Lambert, my type is shaggy-haired boys who might be in popular VH1 bands. She has me pegged. How did I not see this? Can you identify your type, and if so, do you fight it? A lot of people want to deny their type. Perhaps it’s something inside themselves that makes them hesitant about admitting what they want. I believe that those we seek (whether it’s for friendship or more) are in some ways a reflection of ourselves. We don’t exist in a vacuum, unless you’re Patrick Bateman. If you’re Patrick Bateman, you’re probably not reading this, and that’s probably a good thing. When you go for your type, do you find it works out, or do you find yourself disappointed? I have another friend who tells me that it wasn’t until she dated outside her type that she found a deep love and connection. But, just maybe, that was her type all along! Inception. She suggests I try an experiment to date outside of my type. But where’s the fun in that? If I’m only attracted to a certain type of man, why fight it? Oh, right, because I wind up getting hurt every single time. So which is worse? Going after the kinds of people you’re interested in, even though those people usually wind up being toxic, or going after people you would never look at twice in hopes of being happy but with the strong possibility of winding up hopelessly bored and forcing a connection? Isn’t that just settling? I have to have hope that I’m going to meet the shaggy-haired VH1 rocker who isn’t going to make the mistakes that so many others made before him. It doesn’t mean that I have to

say no to anyone who wasn’t in Matchbox Twenty or Train, but it doesn’t mean that I should force something with someone I don’t spark with just for the sake of trying something different. A lot of women write to me, saying, “This guy likes me and he’s nice and he’s smart and kind of funny, but I don’t know, I think he looks a little like Yoda and he’s just not my type, but my friends say I should just go out with him and see what happens. Should I?” No. If you don’t want to, why should you? Going out on a date with Yoda is the definition of settling. People say I’m too harsh, that you have to sit down with people and talk to them and give them a chance for chemistry to develop. No. That’s how friendships develop. Not chemistry. You either feel something enough to explore or you don’t. If the guy won a Nobel Peace Prize and donates millions to orphans every week, that’s great, but it doesn’t mean you have to date him. He’s someone else’s type, not yours, and that’s fine! There is no point in settling, ever. Life is too short. There’s too much to do, too many people to meet, too many things to conquer. By all means, try something new, but make sure it’s not out of fear that you’re going to wind up alone. To quote Madonna, “Second best is never enough / you’ll do much better, baby, on your own.” It’s unfortunate that fear can be a great motivator. Be fearless. Don’t settle. Don’t fight your type, just be smart. And if you want to try something new, do it…but again, don’t do it out of fear or a sense of obligation to be nice. You don’t owe anyone anything, except yourself.

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What projects are you working on?

I’m juggling designing the Los Angeles Antiques Show party, a Kips Bay room, and my Bravo show, “Million Dollar Decorators,” premiering this summer. If you could take only one person on vacation, who would it be?

My very stylish costume designer and friend Danielle King. We’ve known each other for 25 years and can just hang out, and still laugh about our ridiculous LA youth. Where’s your favorite place to escape to?

Capri

M A C Myth lipstick, $14.50, maccosmetics.com What would you pack? Tito Pedrini Missoni bikini, pareo and sandals; a couple of Artigli 18K gold ring, linen LBDs and a lot of white linen. And for jewelry, $12,500, Broken Tito Pedrini rings and Tony Duquette necklaces. English Jewelry, 310-458-2724 Name three items you couldn’t leave behind. •

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CHANEL No. 5, Myth lipstick by MAC, and my BlackBerry. What handbags?

My Birkin by Hermès and Tivi wooden clutches What shoes do you bring?

Right now I’m bringing my Gucci suede ankle boots everywhere because I can do the skirt and trouser thing in one shot. I must always have a flat or two as well. Generally, a day heel, Gucci fringed suede ankle a night heel, and two other options. boot, $1190, net-a-porter.com

What is your favorite item this season?

My new pink horizontal-striped Prada dress. Love it!

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DESIGN DIRECTORS LAUREN GOLD AND SASHA ADLER ARE THE FORCES BEHIND NATE BERKUS ASSOC. THEIR STYLES MIGHT BE DIFFERENT, BUT THEIR VISIONS AREN’T. SASHA RELIES ON WHAT SHE BELIEVES IS HER BIGGEST ASSET AS A DESIGNER: HER INSTINCT. LAUREN PULLS INSPIRATION FROM HER EXTENSIVE TRAVELS. TOGETHER THEY DELIVER FRESH AND INVENTIVE DESIGNS WITH A HINT OF THE UNEXPECTED THAT ALWAYS REFLECTS THEIR CLIENT’S PERSONALITY. What projects are you working on?

JETSETTERS: NATE BERKUS ASSOCIATES DESIGN DIRECTORS LAUREN GOLD (LEFT) AND SASHA ADLER

A family home in Atlanta, a commercial project in Florida, and a beach house in Malibu, among others. Tom Ford Eugenia If you could take only one person on vacation, who would it be?

We would take each other. We’re good travel companions and never cease to entertain each other.

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Where’s your favorite place to escape to?

Any flea market will do. If we’re talking fantasy, we’d opt for Paris. What would you pack?

Cute flat sandals, airy cotton summer dresses that don’t wrinkle, and an oversized tote to carry notebooks, cameras… Name three items you couldn’t leave behind.

Our BlackBerries, Shu Uemera lip gloss, and large Tom Ford sunglasses How do you go from day to night without taking your entire closet with you?

We usually opt for an oversized vintage necklace or earrings or a stack of bracelets. And heels. What handbags?

We love anything CHANEL, but the CHANEL 2.55 large quilted bag is our favorite. The strap converts to messenger style, so it’s comfortable, chic, and easily transitions from day to night. What shoes do you bring?

Lanvin ballet flats, K Jacques sandals, and YSL black patent Tribute platforms to cover all our bases.

Nina Ricci cropped pant, $890, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Shu Uemura Supreme Shine lipstick Sakura collection, $30, shuuemurausa.com Lanvin two-tone leather ballerina flat, $570, netaporter.com

What’s are your favorite items this season?

We can’t get enough of Prada and Nina Ricci’s spring lines.


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GENLUXSHOP BEAUTIFUL GHOST Meaghan Rath stars in the North American adaptation of the popular UK television series Being Human. In this sci-fi drama she plays Sally, a ghost who’s trying to lead a normal life despite sharing living quarters with a vampire and a werewolf. The joyful and versatile Canadian beauty is quickly becoming one of the entertainment industry’s brightest young talents. Watch out, Hollywood! How would you describe your personal style?

It changes with my mood. I like matching vintage tops with jeans, which are sometimes dark and almost grungy. I also wear flowery sundresses. Hats and boots are pretty consistent with whatever I wear. What’s your favorite item in your closet?

A pair of vintage brown boots that have these diamond-shaped purple velvet cutouts—they’re amazing. They’re completely worn in because I wear them with everything. You know you have good boots when your father hates them…and he does. Rosebud Salve lip balm, $6, sephora.com

What’s always in your purse?

I always have Rosebud lip balm and a pair of Ray-Bans. What’s your weekend look?

Black jeans, motorcycle boots, or a flowy dress when it’s sunny. What message do your clothes give the world about you?

Azzedine Alaïa dress, $2940, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

I like to play. I’m unique and I don’t take myself too seriously.

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

I’d probably wear Marc by Marc Jacobs head to toe. I’m obsessed! I wouldn’t be mad at Alaïa, either. What’s your favorite low-price secret weapon store?

Vintage t-shirt shops.

Marc by Marc Jacobs lacquered coralinspired ring, $68, net-a-porter.com

What’s your earliest fashion memory?

I remember falling in love with these purple velvet overalls. Terrible! What do you sleep in?

Calvin Klein underwear, simple and sexy. I also like Elle Macpherson bras, especially the lace vintage ones.

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What kind of watch do you wear?

Marc by Marc Jacobs Rosa woven seagrass tote, $180, net-a-porter.com

It’s my great-uncle’s. He was wearing this great black leatherstrapped watch with this huge, clean white face plate. Who are your favorite fashion photographers?

David LaChapelle and Annie Leibovitz What’s your favorite scent?

Chloe. I wear it every day. It’s light, feminine and always feels like the finishing touch on whatever I’m wearing.

Chloé Love fragrance, $85, sephora.com

What’s your favorite vacation destination?

Santorini, Greece. It’s so beautiful and romantic. Marc by Marc Jacobs Anne cotton dress, $260, neta-porter. com

Do you overpack or underpack?

I overpack in a big way. What if it’s cold? What if it’s hot? Is this really fancy enough? What if I run into Ted Danson and he wants to have dinner? What’s your go-to boutique in LA?

Opening Ceremony on La Cienega—quite possibly my favorite place on earth.

Obsidian by Elle Macpherson Intimates Lillian French lace bra, $85; Lillian French lace thong, $40, net-a-porter.com

Photographer: Gabriel Goldberg / GabrielGoldberg.com Stylist: George Blodwell Stylist’s Assistant: Gregory Homer Makeup: Kayleen McAdams / The Wall Group Hair: Jen Atkin / The Wall Group

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Isabelle Donola green skirt, $630, Isabelle Donola linen top with silk organza detail, $485, Costella & Donola Co-Op, West Hollywood, 323210-7566; Alkemie bracelet $125, Alkemie earrings $175, Arcade, LA, 323-944-0018; Luciano Padovan pump, $500, Diavolina, LA, 310-550-1341

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Alexander McQueen slim trouser, structured top, wide leather obi belt, prices upon request, Alexander McQueen, LA, 323-782-4983, alexandermcqueen.com Cream Sparks minaudière, $445, cream-la.com

cuff by Bao Bao Wan for Forevermark. The elegant and intricate design evokes images of an exotic temple. Alexander McQueen’s exquisitely tailored black skinny pants and top will help you exude power and confidence. Hold onto Reed Krakoff’s structured bag in a mix of exotic skins to stay fashion-forward while handling your business. To move effortlessly from the office to the latest hotspot, look no further than this minaudière. An intriguing combination of hand-wrought stainless steel, resin, and inlaid with iridescent shell, its clever use of materials lets people know that you aren’t afraid to mix business with pleasure. Architecture and interior design are enduring symbols of our times. Along with fashion, they help reflect where we are today. As trends change, we can rest assured that one thing remains the same: Beauty can always be found in the details.

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Reed Krakoff python punk boxer, $2490, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Paul Kasmin Gallery Broken Pearl Necklace desk, 2010, gold and chrome-plated brass and lavastone, 31” x 79¼” x 38”, edition of 12, price upon request, Paul Kasmin Gallery, paulkasmingallery.com

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gENLUXshop At 87, Greta has seen it all. She shares with our ALMIE ROSE about the loves in her life, her no-regrets attitude, and how on this, her boutique’s 50th anniversary, this gal’s not goin’ anywhere. Photography: DAnny CALDERón

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ello, sexpot!” is how 87-year-old Greta greets me before our interview. God, I love this woman. She embraces me and introduces me to Iris Riewer, her right-hand woman since the early 80s. Everyone who works for Greta is considered her family. We sit down to talk about the 50th anniversary of the Greta boutique, her other stores, her highs, her lows, her beautiful, crazy life. After all this time, how does she feel? “I’m happy,” she says. “Or I wouldn’t be here.” Is she going to settle down now, relax, and bask in her happiness? “Unfortunately, I have a bad habit.” She smiles. “I cannot relax. I love what I’m doing and I’m not going to give it up yet.” Her future decided, I ask her about her past. She in part attributes her tenacity and tough skin to growing up during WWII and being thrust into literal do-or-die situations. She left Austria only to wind up in England during the Blitz. She has a warm fierceness that always glows inside her. Does anything throw her? Has she ever been heartbroken? “No,” she says, without hesitation. “I think it’s just what I went through in my life.” She’s been with a man for thirty-seven years now, her favorite person, and also her future husband. That’s how Greta is. She’ll get married, but when she’s good and ready. “He finally talked me into it,” she laughs. What’s her secret to maintaining a long and happy relationship? “You have to have your own sense of independence,” she says. “And I’m a giver, too.” But the loves of her life will always be “my mom and my brother, who are long gone.” Family is important to Greta, so she created her own with her friends and employees and the people who have supported her throughout the years. “I didn’t have children because during the war I was in England with the bombs dropping, so I certainly didn’t have time for that,” she says matter-of-factly. “After the war it was tough times.” But out of it she created something wonderful: her career in fashion. She went to Italy and found a land of couture to work with. “The fashion was unbelievable.” It was the 1950s. Cut to a decade later when Greta is established in Los Angeles, with a store not only in Beverly Hills but also one right on the Sunset Strip. Rudi Gernreich, at the time an up-andcoming designer whom Greta fostered, had just created his infamous “topless swimsuit” that Greta proudly displayed in the store window. The Beach Boys, Pamela Courson (Jim

Morrison’s long-term companion) and other rock stars and LA’s coolest would flood her store. But during the Vietnam War things got crazy. Protestors would line the streets, which, unfortunately for Greta, happened right outside her store. Hippies would chain themselves to fire hydrants and refuse to move. “That’s when I knew we had to get out of there.” Times were definitely more liberating then. “We used to travel to Milan for business,” Iris says. “The hotel where we stayed was next to this well-known train station that was built by Mussolini. We’re in a taxi driving through town, and we’re looking at these beautiful Brazilian women, and it’s cold so they’re wearing fur coats. All of a sudden they open up their furs and they’re all transsexuals!” Greta laughs at the memory that makes the hippies in America look tame. Really, nothing shakes her. Not even when at one of her fabulous parties, her friend Eddie found himself the target of one of Greta’s poodles. Greta explains: “We had a party at the house and he had his caftan on and one of them did his business on his caftan. Eddie didn’t even notice, but when he did, he said in his accent, ‘Never mind, it’s just a little poopay!’” Now that’s a friend. Greta has good instincts, and when she decides something, she doesn’t question herself. People advised her against opening a store on the south side of Beverly Hills, saying that a high-end store would never make it there. Now Greta is the only high-end boutique still standing. Her current location was and is a long-time celebrity favorite. Ann-Margret was a frequent shopper in the sixties and seventies, as was Gilda Radner, for whom Greta personally designed a special New Year’s party dress. (Radner passed away a few months later.) One client, who was a big star in the forties, was a kleptomaniac. In the eighties. There was the time Candy Spelling came into the store dressed casually in sweats. The sales people were, well, less than attentive. One look at her flawless 10-karat ring, however, gave her away. “Don’t judge by what somebody’s wearing,” Iris had to later lecture her staff. Greta welcomes everyone, even if you’re not a member of a television dynasty. Minor bumps along the way are fine for Greta. “I have no regrets whatsoever,” she says. “Some things are meant to be. If you enjoy something, you’re successful. That’s my philosophy. That’s my way of life.” That, and the occasional stellar party.

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Trevor Riewer, Alvaro Umana, Iris Riewer, and Greta Feigler photographed by Danny Calderon

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DESIGNER PROFILE: XORIN BALBES

gENLUXshop Xorin Balbes has designed the interiors of some of LA’s landmark properties. Here, he shares with Genlux about his inspiration, his design philosophy, and his most ambitious project to date.

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Sowden House: The landmark home designed by Lloyd Wright

Spa-like Setting: The master bathroom with adjoining Koi pond Summer Nights: Sitting poolside in the Sowden House courtyard

eet Xorin Balbes. Award-winning architectural conservator, lauded designer, philanthropist and co-owner of the architectural design firm TempleHome. His work has been extensively featured in Architectural Digest, Wallpaper, Traditional Home, and many others. He’s also been profiled on a variety of television shows such as Home and Garden and Entertainment Tonight. TempleHome recently conceived and designed Esquire magazine’s “Ultimate Bachelor Pad” as part of their Signature Spaces series. He is also co-founder of the nonprofit Global Vision for Peace, which launched at the 2002 Academy Awards. The organization’s mission is to create awareness and solutions for the burgeoning problem of homelessness, focusing on one person, one family at a time. He has also launched, in conjunction with the United Nations, initiatives promoting world peace and HIV/AIDS awareness of orphaned children in Africa, along with well-known artists and celebrities, including Drew Barrymore, Leonardo DiCaprio and Sharon Stone. Xorin’s vision is to weave his ideals of inner peace, beauty, passion, and restoration into all of his work with the intent of inspiring others to live more soulful and compassionate lives. How did you get started in design? I started my interior design career in Montecito thirteen years ago when I bought my first house to renovate. When I was done, I realized that I had found my passion. What is your design philosophy? It’s based what I call SoulSpace— an eight-step design process through which I connect with the soul and essence of the client as well as the soul and essence of the property they live in. The eight steps are Assess, Release, Cleanse, Dream, Discover, Create, Elevate, and Celebrate. What is your design inspiration? I see myself more as a facilitator, bringing design elements together from the client’s vision, from the architectural detail of the property, and from my sensibility about how to blend everything. What are some of your favorite projects? My absolute favorite is the Sowden House. Also, the Norma Talmadge Villa was a very exciting project because it involved taking this over-the-top 1929 mansion and grounding it into the 21st century while honoring its historic nature. Also, the Esquire Ultimate Bachelor Pad on Doheny Drive in West Hollywood is a modern ground-up design and build which incorporated art deco architectural details. What are you working on now? Several renovation projects. One in particular is a house we brought all the way down to the studs to reinterpret the architectural design into a warm, contemporary masterpiece—a very unique boutique and retreat in Makawao, Maui. We heard that Sowden House might be on the market. Is this true?

Yes it is, because we’re opening TempleHome offices, a boutique dormitory, and retreat on Maui. So I’ll be spending less time in LA while overseeing our projects there. My partner, Norm Wogan, will be handling most of the business in LA and on the East Coast. Those interested in purchasing Sowden House should contact Andrew Morrison at Sotheby’s Realty.

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How can our Genlux readers find out more about you and your design philosophy? At TempleHome.net; on my blog in the LA

section of the Huffington Post; and in my SoulSpace book, due out in September of this year.

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Kara Ross large cuff in sterling silver with 18K gold accents, hematite, onyx and black sapphires, $3800, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Harry Winston Reflection 5cts pendant, price upon request, Harry Winston, Beverly Hills, 310-271-8554, harrywinston.com Louis Vuitton Eiffel Tower charm in yellow gold or white gold, price upon request, Louis Vuitton, Beverly Hills, 310-859-0457

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Marmèn shaded sterling silver necklace with gold-plated geometrical structure, $700, yoox.com; marmen.it

Harry Winston Skyscraper 16cts ring, price upon request, Harry Winston, Beverly Hills, 310-271-8554, harrywinston.com

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gENLUXshop DIVE INTO THE HARMONY OF BLUES, AQUAS AND GREENS OF THE ISLAND OF CAPRI. ESCAPE INTO AN OASIS OF TRANQUILITY AND SERENITY. IT’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE AND LIGHTNESS. Fendi leather jacket, $4190, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Akris Flint bateau neck cap-sleeve top with strands of chiffon tubing, $1595, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Hervé Leger bandeau dress, $1450, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

Harry Winston 36.4 cts emerald & diamond drop earrings, price upon request, Harry Winston, Beverly Hills, 310-271-8554

Gucci pant, $875, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Alberta Ferretti SS11 Collection, Allberta Ferretti, West Hollywood, 310-652-9000 Photo Courtesy: Alberta Ferretti

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CHANEL Bowling light-blue patent leather Mademoiselle bag, price upon request, select CHANEL boutiques, 800-550-0005


Analeena passport cover, $1890, analeena.com

Karine Sultan silver blue necklace, $139, Karine Sultan, LA, 310-260-7606 karinesultan.com

Badgley Mischka for Sama Eyewear Adrienne titanium shades with gradient mirror coatings and Swarovski crystals, $425, Destination Sama, Beverly Hills, 310-271-1734, samaeyewear.com

Anika Brazil maxi dress, $160, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310276-4400; anikabrazil. com.br

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Cushnie et Ochs double jersey knot dress, $1095, Bergdorf Goodman, NY, 212-872-8977

Parade Design cocktail ring, 16.80 oval vibrant blue zircon rests upon a crown of 18K yellow and white gold finished with 1.11 cts of diamonds, $6450, paradedesign.com

Tito Pedrini Artigli quad blue topaz ring set in18K white gold, $7900, Broken English Jewelry, Santa Monica, 310-458-2724, brokenenglishjewelry.com

Roger Vivier Diligence blue crocodile tophandle bag, $31,700, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

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Wilfredo Rosado Fly necklace, $110,000, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

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gENLUXshop IT’S CLEAN-SWEEP SEASON! TOSS YOUR BLACK AND REPLACE IT WITH WHITE. LOTS OF DESIGNERS OPTED FOR A ZERO BLACK COLLECTION. BADGLEY MISCHKA WAS ONE OF THEM. SHOW OFF YOUR CURVES AND TAN. WHO KNOWS? YOU MIGHT BE INVITED TO A P.DIDDY WHITE PARTY!

Giambattista Valli coat dress, $3000, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Gabby Applegate Michelle bustier dress, $435, Epic, LA, 213-483-0260, shopepicla.com

Joe’s Jeans Dylan tee, $183, joesjeans.com

Oscar de la Renta dress, $3490, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Belami Ever handbag, $300, belamihandbags.com

Mimi Plange mini silk shantung bustier dress, $525, mimiplange.com

Valentino white cropped jacket, $2490, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Badgley Mischka SS11 Collection, Badgley Mischka, Beverly Hills, 310-248-3750

Rue de Jeans Blanche super-skinny jeans, $165, Madison, LA, 323-651-3662, madisonlosangeles.com

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YSL skirt, $1490, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310550-5900


gENLUXshop ARE YOU FEELING A LITTLE CRAZY AND QUIRKY? THIS TREND IS FOR YOU. SOME DESIGNERS WENT BANANAS FOR UNCONVENTIONAL PATTERNS THIS SEASON: FLORAL, FAUNA, PSYCHEDELIC...YOU NAME IT, THEY PRINTED IT!

Missoni pant, $825, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Malandrino Devotion viscose jersey dress in valentine print, $1250, Catherine Malandrino, West Hollywood, 310-3580895, catherinemalandrino.com

Tadashi Shoji pink multi print stretch satin draped cap-sleeve cocktail dress, $288, Tadashi Shoji, South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 877-TADASHI, tadashishoji.com

CHANEL black, purple, blue, pink smocked embroidered tulle jacket, $10,710; printed tulle skirt, $3220, at select CHANEL boutiques, 800-550-0005

Emilio Pucci blue stretch tulle dress with fringe detail, $7490, emiliopucci.com

Marni dress, $1143, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

Alexander McQueen dress, $595, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

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McGinn Lindsey floral top with ruffled shoulder detail, $180, Nordstrom at The Grove, LA, 323-930-2230, mcginncollection.com

CHANEL Black leather bag with multicolor ribbons and CC lock, price upon request, CHANEL, LA, 310-278-5505

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BEAUTY AND MORE

GENLUXSHOP This season, designers are all about tangerine and low-heeled sandals, and showing a little skin. Just accessorize a great bathing suit, a cool bag, a chic cover, a weight-loss plan, some bling, a little fragrance and a glamorous destination. —Susan Campos SAPPHIRES ARE FOREVER

Genevieve Jones earrings can add some sparkle to a summer evening. The safety-pin earrings in gold are covered with white sapphires. $570, Post 26, Santa Monica, 310-451-0950, posttwentysix.com

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Nikki Haskell will make sure your legs stay tan and toned with her latest appetite suppressant that’s all the rage in Hollywood. Haskell has hired a chemist to reproduce her latest weight-loss remedy, the Star Shape Diet System. The company boasts that it curbs your appetite and gives you energy. $80 for a 21-day supply. starshapeproducts.com

SNAKE CHARMER

The passport is becoming more of a travel staple these days, so why not give it a little love? Elisabeth Weinstock is making a natural python passport cover that retails for $190. 310-275-2300, elisabethweinstockdesign.com

VINTAGE FATIGUES

Looking for the perfect travel bag? Will Leather Goods makes a chic bag from vintage material that can carry a laptop computer and your makeup bag, and still have plenty of room for other items you need to take on vacation. $300, Fred Segal Melrose, 323-655-3734; willleathergoods.com

THE CHIC GETAWAY

Want to hit the perfect beach? Try the newly renovated Mauna Kea on the big island in Hawaii. The former Rockefeller property is known for its perfect beach and uber-chic rooms. Rates vary depending on the time of year. 1-888-977-4623

GET YOUR VITAMIN A A SPRITZ?

Try a little summer scent with Kai eau de parfum. In a lovely bottle crafted from French glass, this beautiful scent is perfect to spritz on before an evening out. $76 at Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400

GIVE ME SOME BLING

Vitamin A has a sizzling-hot black bikini to ring in the summer. The bikini has a full bottom which covers more than usual and a top that holds everything up and in place! The best part is that you can mix and match styles and sizes—tops and bottoms are sold separately. Bottom, $79; top, $88, vitaminaswim.com

DENIM CHIC

This Genetic shirtdress is the perfect summer staple. It has The Alexis Hudson sequined clutch is easy to stuff in a braided buckled belt to give your suitcase and is fantastic with jeans or a little black it the just the right amount of dress. It’s the perfect size and will fit your BlackBerry, sex appeal for day or a casual makeup and more! $195, alexishudsoninc.com night. $231, atshopbop.com For more beauty tips from Susan Campos, visit beautyundercover.com

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Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Diptyque releases the #34 Boulevard Saint Germain candle. $80, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400

MMM! WHAT SMELLS SO GOOD? Fragrances are great for elevating one’s mood. Here, we present some of the most alluring candle scents to lighten up your home’s ambience. Diptyque’s Fenouil Sauvage (Wild Fennel) is indeed reminiscent of a summer stroll through open fields. $60, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400

An elegant interpretation of the scent of fig, L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Intérieur Figuier, $60, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400

The mint-infused white jasmine scent from Jo Malone is the perfect pick-meup. $65, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

Exotic leather and cedar come to mind with the Suede Blanc candle from Voluspa’s Maison Blanc collection. $28, Candle Delirium, 888-656-3903, candledelirium.com

The Office scent from Lafco’s House and Garden collection is a soy-based candle that is rosemary and eucalyptus with a hint of berry. $55, Santa Maria Novella, LA, 323-651-3754

Designer Ashley Hicks collaborates with Jo Malone to release three limited-edition candles in geo patterns that reflect his design aesthetics. Ashley Hicks pomegranate noir, red roses, lime basil, $65 each, jomalone.com

The Elysian Garden, from Voluspa’s Maison Blanc collection, hints of sun-warmed citrus fruit. $28, Larchmont Beauty Center, LA, 323-461-0162, larchmontbeauty.com

Saijo Persimon is all sugar, a sweet summer scent that fits perfectly in a pink pastel room. $28 from Voluspa. Wilshire Beauty, LA, 323-937-2000, wilshirebeauty.com

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A subtle vanilla-based scent, L’Artisan Parfumeur’s “Mimosa Marin,” $60, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400

Perfect for scenting an intimate outdoor space, Lafco’s Patio candles burn for up to 100 hours with the scent of minty geranium. $55, Santa Maria Novella, LA, 323-651-3754

Lafco’s Avenue Collection Via Condotti is a deep, robust bouquet of white teak and sandalwood. $48, Santa Maria Novella, LA, 323-651-3754

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GENLUX’S TOP MANI/PEDI PALACES Summer styles call for perfectly cared-for fingers and toes. Don’t take a step out in your peep-toes before you step into one of these spas for a pampered hand-and-foot experience.

THE BEST MANI/PEDIS in TOWN ➣

Pedicure Genia-us Sometimes it’s the service that makes all the difference. Trained in Iran and Paris in both classic and medical pedicures, Genia at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has been in the business for thirty years and has a hefty roster of celeb clientle. Start out with the classic mani/pedi—you’ll be back for more. $135, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 310-786-2229

INSTANT GRATIFICATION GIVE THESE TWO TREATMENTS A TRY FOR YOUR INSTANT FIX:

BEAUTY LUXENTIALS

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Good enough to eat The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie offers a 45-minute Caviar Luxe manicure and 75-minute Caviar Luxe pedicure featuring hotstone massages, foot exfoliation and mask, and your digits being slathered in the tried and trusted La Prairie Caviar Luxe cream. Up the ante by having the treatment in a private cabana overlooking the pool. Paradise found! Manicure, $75; pedicure, $115. The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie, Beverly Hills, 310-887-2505

Fountain of Youth LeSpa at Sofitel’s Carita Rénovateur manicure and pedicure treatment uses many of Carita’s star products for a luxurious experience that features an extended exfoliation, massage, warm mitts, and a cream masque to give your hands and feet softness and a younger appearance. Manicure, 60 minutes, $90; pedicure, 90 minutes, $120, LeSpa at Sofitel, LA, 310-228-6777 Toest of the Town If your idea of the perfect mani/ pedi includes champagne, the lights of downtown and relaxing at The Ritz, then The Champagne & Shimmer Ultimate Manicure & Pedicure is your glass of bubbly. The combination starts out with champagne and moves on to hand and foot treatments featuring Carita scrubs, soaks and oils, a hot-stone massage and paraffin wraps. By the time your perfectly smooth and soft nails are polished, you won’t have a care in the world. The Ritz Carlton Spa, LA, 213-743-8800

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Gelicure-all The Gelicure Manicure at Bellacures features a special gel brushed onto your nails like a polish and sealed with UV light for perfect results that won’t chip—and you’re ready to go right away. $50, Bellacures, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5822. Since the Gelicure manicure exposes hands to UV light, Bellacures recommends Deborah Lippmann Rich Girl cream with SPF 25 to prevent damage, $28, Bellacures.com

Bliss’d out! Bliss Minx Coat mani/pedi files and buffs your nails, then covers them with a flexible solid film. Your nails are ready to go as soon as you are— no dry time! Minx Coat manicure, 45 minutes, $55; Minx Coat pedicure, 60 minutes, $85. Bliss Hollywood, W Hotel, Hollywood, 323-798-1300; Bliss Spa, Westwood, 310-443-8228

Feet First The secret to the soft and smooth state-of-the-art MicroInfusion manicure and pedicure at The Spa at The Peninsula Beverly Hills is the Epicuren Tri-Crystal Mico-derm body scrub. 60-minute manicure, $95; 75-minute pedicure, $135. The Spa at The Peninsula Hotel, Beverly Hills, 310-975-2854


SPRING AWAKENING Try these new or newly revamped skincare products that offer a breath of fresh air to your skin and hair!

Summer is coming! Get your skin in shape! Giorgio Armani’s dresses make a woman feel special, his makeup makes her feel beautiful, and now he adds flawless “Armani skin” to the list. Giorgio Armani Regenessence [3.R] focuses on cell regeneration to improve skin texture. Regenessence Youth Regenerator, $140; Regenessence Multi Corrective Rejuvenating Cream, $125, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310275-4211; giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com Sircuit Skin Cosmeceuticals White Out daily under-eye care features antioxidents, conditioners and peptides that help beautify the under-eye area. BioLumen Firm harnesses UV light for an anti-aging effect on the skin. Eyeliss reduces bags and smoothes the area, and Lumière disperses light and color-corrects with diamond core particles to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. $75, Green Line Beauty, LA, 323-933-5369

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum, $39.50, clinique. com

Benefit’s newest skincare line, b.right! moisturizes skin to make it radiant! b.right! Ultra Radiance Facial Re-hydrating mist, $26, benefitcosmetics.com

Lancôme Renergie Eye Multiple Action, $75, lancome.com

Kerstin Florian Correcting Serum C+ Infusion, $85, kerstinflorian.com

Guerlain Abeille Royale expands the skin-care line formulated from bee products from the Pure Royale Concentrate to include two decadent creams: the Abille Royale day cream for either ‘normal to dry’ skin or ‘normal to combination’ skin, as a daily repair for wrinkles and to improve texture. The night cream accelerates the repairing process while it hydrates. Guerlian Abeille Royale Creams, $100 to $170, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

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The Clé de Peau Beauté new Skincare Collection features the Illuminating Complex, which works at the cellular level for radiant skin. The line includes cleansing foam, balancing lotion, protective emulsion with SPF 20, nourishing emulsion, cleansing cream, makeup remover and cottons. The star product, La Crème, has been reintroduced and repackaged and is infused with Illuminating Complex to transform skin overnight. Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème, $525, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

BEAUTY NEWS

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BareMinerals launched its full skincare line this spring. The line incorporates some familiar skin-care products from the brand, but also adds a broader range of products featuring the RareMinerals Active Soil Complex that delivers a high dose of antioxidants to promote younger, glowing skin. Sephora, Westfield Century City, 310-843-0123 In honor of World Oceans Day 2011, La Mer is donating $200,000 to Oceana and has created a limited-edition ocean-inspired World Oceans Day Crème de la Mer, available now through June. $365, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

Body by Tom Make your shower and bath routine more luxurious by adding the first full bath collection by Tom Ford to your products. The Neroli Portofino collection features body oil, scrub, moisturizer, shower gel and bath soap to complement the original Private Blend Collection fragrance. Tom Ford, Beverly Hills, 310-270-9440

For shiny, radiant hair, the newly launched Alterna Bamboo Shine Collection includes Luminous Shine Shampoo, $20; Conditioner, $20; Silk Sleek Brilliance Cream, $22; and Luminous Shine Mist, $22. sephora.com

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BEAUTY HAIR+NOW

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Sassoon SS11 Collection Demi-Monde Collection cut

JEREMY DAVIES-BARBALA, SENIOR CREATIVE DIRECTOR, SASSOON SALON AND MAURICE DADOUN, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, FRÉDÉRIC FEKKAI Hair experts from the top salons give us their take on the hottest hair styles, tips, and trends! Go graphic! Fringe is in!

SASSOON SALON LOOKS ARE FOCUSING ON CONTRASTS: STRONG AND SUBTLE, OPEN AND COVERT, CORPORATE AND SEXY. These ideas translate into beautiful short-to-medium cuts with either low side-parting or full fringes, Kérastase and set the stage for the internal texture and Ciment movement as seen in our Spring/Summer 2011 Thermique, collection, Demi-Monde. Similar to a fashion $37, Sassoon Salon, Beverly house, we create a consumer collection for Hills, 310season and take these looks/techniques and 274-8791 customize them for each of our clients.

JEREMY DAVIESBARBALA, SR.CREATIVE DIRECTOR, SASSOON SALON, BEVERLY HILLS

The best products to assist with styling at home are Kérastase Ciment Thermique and Kérastase Elixir Ultime. Ultime Apply Ciment Thermique before the blow-dry, and then finish with one pump of Elixir Ultime to create a chic, versatile end result. Though products are a key element for completing a look, it is really important to invest in a strong foundation with a quality cut. If you receive a cut that is suitable for your face shape, bone structure, and hair texture, you should be able to easily replicate your look once you leave the salon.—Jeremy Davies-Barbala salon.— HOW TO:

“IN DEMI-MONDE, THE COLOR PALETTE CONSISTS OF MUTED BRONZE, COPPER AND CARBONIZED STEEL TONES TO CREATE MODERN, MONOCHROMATIC COLOR that is fresh and ready

for spring. The key is to work within the family of tones that your hair naturally takes on when exposed to the sun. Not everyone can wear every color—hair color should be formulated to suit each person.” —Jeremy Davies-Barbala

Kérastase Elixir Ultime, $50, Sassoon Salon, Beverly Hills, 310-274-8791

Joico K-PAK ReconstRx VaporIron, $159.95, joico.com/salon

BEST NEW PRODUCTS Derek Lam + Orlando Pita Featherweight Styling Set includes T3 featherweight dryer, vent brush, barrel brush, and jewel-wrapped headband. $200, Sephora, Westfield Century City, 310-843-0123

Alterna Caviar Seasilk Oil Gel for a soft hold. $28, sephora.com

Fekkai/Proenza Schouler tote, $350, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Bumble and bumble Let It Shine! Shampoo, $22; Conditioner, $23; Finishing Spray, $25, Rust Salon, 323-933-7878

Editor’s Pick: WEN Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner, $28, chazdean.com

Fekkai Ageless™ restructurizing conditioner, $35, Fekkai Ageless™ rejuvenating shampoo, $35, fekkai.com

MAURICE DADOUN, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, FRÉDÉRIC RIC FEKKAI, MELROSE PLACE THE TREND FOR THE SEASON REFLECTS BETWEEN SOFTNESS AND BRIGHTNESS. YOUR HAIRCUT WILL BE SOFT. DON’T OVER-LAYER YOUR HAIR; KEEP THE NATURAL FLOW. THE LINES ARE MORE GRAPHIC. THE LENGTH MAY VARY WITH BALANCE OVERALL. YES, YOUR HEAVY BANGS ARE STILL IN! BRIGHTNESS WILL BE YOUR COLOR. YES, IT’S TIME TO SHINE. THE MID-LENGTH TO THE ENDS NEEDS TO BE LIGHTER IN A GRADUATED MANNER. THE CONTRAST BETWEEN THE SOFTNESS OF YOUR CUT AND THE SHINE OF YOUR ENDS WILL BRING YOUR WINDOW OF SUNSHINE.—MAURICE DADOUN 124 GENLUX SPRING/SUMMER 2011

John Freida Full Repair Collection works to correct hair damage. Perfect Ends Sheer Mist, $9.99, cvs.com

Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment, $41, moroccanoil.com

PROTECT YOUR COLOR-TREATED HAIR!

Fekkai Ageless™ All-Day Hair Plump, $95, fekkai.com

Every time you deal with color process, your styling product has to follow. First you need to use the Fekkai Ageless shampoo and conditioner with free radical and orchid extract. For a styling product, use Fekkai All-Day Hair Plump on towel-dried hair. That will give you color protection and texture. —Maurice Dadoun


Designer Jean-Claude Ellena takes us on a garden journey to experience his latest fragrance—Un Jardin Sur Le Toit —Samia Arslane

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JeanClaude Ellena: The passionate perfumer

ike Lady Gaga’s song Born this Way, JeanClaude Ellena was definitely born with a talent that few people possess. A visionary, he does things like nobody else. In the course of his olfactory journeys, he’s discovered, or I should say created, the “tea note,” and has concocted more than a hundred fragrances since. Roof Garden is his 18th fragrance since he’s been with Hermès. In early March, I was invited by the house of Hermès to attend a very intimate presentation unveiling the new garden perfume, Un Jardin Sur Le Toit (Roof Garden) at the Betsy Hotel in South Beach, Miami. They went all out, decorating the hotel roof to resemble the roof garden at 24 Faubourg Saint Honoré, their mothership store in Paris. Two workshops were set up for guests to experience the making of this fragrance. The first was led by well-known French chef Georges Berger. We all put on our Hermès aprons and learned to bake an apple tart (apple is one of the ingredients used for the perfume). Then we moved on to a table where delicate roses were waiting for us to transplant them into bigger pots. All this was meant for us to understand the fragrance and the journey Jean-Claude experienced to create his Jardin—a delightful mix of florals, sweet apples, and pears. Delicious! Jean-Claude Ellena isn’t daunted by challenges, but always thrives to be unique. When asked if there will ever be a partnership between the house of Hermès and a celebrity, he became very agitated and shouted, “Oh, non! Jamais!” This is not the motto of the house. A perfumer’s place, he will tell you, is everywhere and nowhere. Heaven Scent

Hermès recreated their rooftop garden right in South Beach.

Hermès fragrance Un Jardin sur le Toit, $125, Hermes, Beverly Hills, 310-278-6440

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BEAUTY MAKEUP TRENDS

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TRENDING NOW! MAKEUP ARTISTS PATRICK TUMEY AND BRETT FREEDMAN FOR THE CELESTINE AGENCY It’s all about stained lips, perfect skin and flushed cheeks to brighten up faces for late spring/summer looks! PATRICK TUMEY Troy Jensen TRENDING: BROWS ARE BACK

BEST LIP COLOR

BROWS ARE BACK…GROOMED NOT THIN, BUT PLUCKED TO GIVE A GROOMED EFFECT. AND MOIST-LOOKING FOUNDATIONS LIKE KOHGENDO’S MOISTURE FOUNDATION.

PATRICK TUMEY FOR CSL BEAUTY FROM CELESTINE AGENCY WHAT IS THE MAKEUP TREND THIS SEASON AND WHAT TECHNIQUES AND PRODUCTS DO YOU USE TO Tom Pecheux ACHIEVE THAT LOOK?

NARS Velvet gloss lip pencil in New Lover and Frivolous, $24 each, narscosmetics.com

“Pink stain lips in all variations of pink! (baby pinks, fucshia-neon pinks) But remember, only the stains (NARS pencils), so it’s Jemma Kidd Make Up not thick—more School Rosy Glow pouty looking lip & cheek tint, (baby doll, $28, spacenk.com innocent)”

Jemma Kidd Make Up School essential brow shaper kit, $35, dermstore.com

KohGenDo Maifanshi moisture foundation, $62, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400 Sephora Collection cream lip stain, $12, sephora.com

Stila Raspberry Crush lip & check stain, $24, stilacosmetics.com

WHAT IS THE MAKEUP TREND THIS SEASON AND WHAT TECHNIQUES AND PRODUCTS DO YOU USE TO ACHIEVE THAT LOOK? “ Satin finish

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, $40, sephora.com

is huge. Different from matte, makeup with a satin finish is much more wearable. For foundation and powder it’s a very sueded finish—not dewy and light-reflecting like we’re used to seeing with all the mineral makeup. The easiest thing is that it’s all in the formulation. I like Make Up For Ever’s new HD foundation. It Benefit Hello has a very subtle, natural Flawless! powder finish that will leave you right coverup with SPF on trend. My trick for oilier 15, $34, benefitskins: Prime skin with a matcosmetics.com tifying product first. This will ensure your satin finish won’t MAKEUP ARTIST BRETT turn dewy. I like Boots FREEDMAN FOR VANITY MARK oil-absorbing cream. I’ve used this look FROM CELESTINE AGENCY on Camilla Belle Boots No7 and Catherine Mattifying Zeta Jones.” Makeup Base, 126 GENLUX SPRING/SUMMER 2011 $9.99, Target

Tarte Smooth Operator tinted moisturizer, $36, Ulta.com Anastasia clear brow gel, $21, anastasia.net

BEST FACE PRODUCTS

HOW DO YOU CARRY YOUR LOOK OVER FROM SPRING TO SUMMER? “I think for spring,

cheeks and lips are more of a stain-blotted color. Benefit’s PosieTint is great for both cheeks and lips. Soft, baby-pink color gives a pop of vividness while looking springtime fresh. Darker-skinned gals go for Benefit’s classic BeneTint. To move to summer I love to add a touch of warm dewiness. On cheeks, NARS Super Orgasm Illuminator comes in one skinflattering shade: apricot with a slight golden opal shine. For lips, you can sweep a touch of gold gloss over your favorite spring shade to give it a slightly sultry naughtiness. I love YSL’s Golden Gloss in Simply Gold. I’ve done this look on Brittany Snow and Katerina Graham.” —Brett Freedman

Sephora Beauty in a Box Perfect Brow Tutorial, $34, sephora.com Sensai cellular performance hydrachange tinted gel cream, $78, neiman- Youngblood Mineral marcus.com Radiance moisture tint, $39.50, ybskin.com Benefit Posietint poppy pink tinted lip & cheek stain, $28, benefitcosmetics.com Benefit Benetint Urban Decay Afterglow rose-tinted lip & Cheek Tint in crush, $24, cheek stain, $28, urbandecay.com benefitcosmetics.com Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss in #1 Simply Gold, $30, yslbeautyus.com Tarte natural cheek stain, $30, tarte.com

Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick, $19, clinique.com

M·A·C Cosmetics Now in Season Lipgelée, $14.50, maccosmetics.com

NARS Super Orgasm Illuminator, $29, narscosmetics.com


HOW DO YOU CARRY YOUR LOOK OVER FROM SPRING TO SUMMER? “Just

BEAUTY BAG MUST-HAVES!

Here’s what your beauty bag

BEST LIP BALMS

Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF 50 PA+++ Primer mattifies, protects against aging. $70, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

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Sircuit Skin Mangilla mangovanilla moisturizing lip balm, $7.50, sircuitskin.com

BEST NEW BEAUTY Clarins UV Plus HP SPF 40 day screen lip balm, $38, Bloomingdale’s, Westfield Century City, 310-772-2100

Coola Tinted Moisturizer (rose essence), $36 for 1.7oz, coolasuncare.com Rosebud Salve Skin by Monica Gloss lip balm, $6, & Plump, $17.95, sephora.com skinbymonica.com

Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle makeup-less chemical-free spf 30, $48, sephora.com

“I LIKE THE POT OR STICK FORMULAS. THEY HAVE THE MOST PIGMENT SO YOU CAN Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit, USE THEM FULL-STRENGTH TO $32, bobREALLY COVER, OR MIX A bibrown.com TOUCH OF FOUNDATION ON Hourglass hidden corrective concealer, $32, YOUR CONCEALER BRUSH TO Sephora, Westfield Century City, 310-843-0123 JUST DODGE AND BRIGHTEN. CLÉ DE PEAU BEAUTÉ IS AMAZING.”

BEST LIP CONCEALERS

—Brett Freedman

Clé de Peau Beauté concealer, $70, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Cosmetics Brow BROW DEFINERS: “ALL BROWS BENEFIT FROM ItPower universal A POLISH-UP FROM A TOUCH OF FILL-IN. MY eyebrow pencil with TIP IS TO CHOOSE A SHADE THAT’S ONE LIGHTER GrowLuxe technology, $24, itcosmetics.com THAN YOUR BROW HAIRS. THIS GIVES THE BROWS A ‘SHADOW OF DEFINITION’ THAT LOOKS MOST NATURAL AND NEVER HARD OR DRAWN-IN. FOR RETRO BROW LOOKS À LA KATY PERRY, MATCH YOUR SHADE AND USE A VERY GRAPHIC TOUCH.”—Brett Freedman

Vanitymark Dark Choco brow pencil, $16, vanitymark.com

NEW! M·A·C Cosmetics Fashion Flower line features products in a rainbow of the season’s colors. Lipgelée in Fashion Flower, $14.50; Beauty Powder in Light Sunshine, $25, maccosmetics.com Lash curler. “So important to really open the eyes. I know gals who don’t wear mascara, but feel undone without giving their lashes a little pump. If you are a mascara lover andSS11 KARAN you’re not curling your DONNAlashes, you’re missing out on a very eye-opening step. Shu Uemura is, of course, the best.” –Brett Freedman Tweezerman satin etched zebra slant tweezer, $25, tweezerman.com

NEW! The beautiful Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy lipcolors go on smooth and feel like a balm. Shown in Pomegranate, $30, yslbeautyus.com

BEAUTY MAKEUP TRENDS

use less for summer. Women don’t want to look made-up; they want to look healthy and vibrant.”—Patrick Tumey

BEST SUNBLOCK

MUST-MUST-HAVE ITEM: “EYELASH CURLER OR A TWEEZER! A MUST!” – PATRICK TUMEY Shu Uemura eyelash curler, $19, shuuemura-usa.com CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine in Romance, $32, chanel.com

CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine in Chance, $32, chanel.com

NEW! Smashbox Cosmetics Glambox Sultry/Sweet features products and instructions on how to achieve looks for both night and day. $68, nordstrom.com

NEW! Laura Mercier limited-edition Color Collection, price upon request, exclusive to Nordstrom, nordstrom.com

Mally 24/7 Brow Express contains a brow pencil and powder, $25, qvc.com Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes contains brow stencils, powder, shadow and cream wax, $39.50, sephora.com

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GETAWAY: PUERTO RICO

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Isla del Encanto Our SAMIA ARSLANE heads to Puerto Rico for a little rest and relaxation and also gets a lesson in the Spanish Colonial architectural-style.

he St. Regis Bahia Beach, Resort Puerto Rico is a spectacular and inspiring property with two miles of idyllic private beach between the Espíritu Santo River State Preserve and the lush El Yunque National Rain Forest. The Hill Glazier architects were inspired by the island’s signature Spanish Colonial style. They incorporated local Puerto Rican heritage to celebrate its culture in the architecture and décor. To harmonize the guest experience, the accommodations are designed in a low-rise plantation-style to help bring in the exquisite surroundings and verdant nature. Throughout the resort are numerous artworks created by local Puerto Rican artists. As for the hotel’s spa, director Nicole Miller describes it as “A tranquil oasis set amidst a lush

tropical garden.” The Remède Spa is the ideal space to luxuriate the special treatments. Latticecovered walkways and private spa cabanas flank the pools of water surrounded by the lush gardens. The elements merge for the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation experience.” The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort sets new standards of service and luxury for Puerto Rico. The staff is pleasant and helpful. For instance, on my last day, I was chatting with a waiter at the pool restaurant and mentioned to him that I really enjoyed the local food, but was disappointed because I didn’t get a chance to try the dessert. To my surprise, this nice waiter came back carrying a tray with what looked like rice pudding in a martini glass. Delicioso! Fortunately, I was leaving the next day, otherwise I would have been asking for it every day.

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THERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT ALL GENLUXERS AGREE ON: A GREAT CLOSET TO HANG OUR HAT AND A GREAT CAKE–SHERRYL WHITE & VONETTA ENCARNACAO ➣

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New Additions ➣ Building an amazing wardrobe consists of more than choosing the right outfit. But it seems that no matter how much we edit, our closets manage to overflow. If you feel it’s time for a closet expansion, you might want to call on an architect. The husband-and-wife design duo at Swift Lee Designs are well versed in the LA landscape—the ups and downs of working a hillside and the ins and outs of construction. They’re adept at sourcing sustainable materials that look good on the outside and can keep the climate of your closet just right on the inside. Swift Lee Designs Architects, LA, 323-257-8200, swiftleeoffice.com

Get Hung Up Closet accessories from The Hanger Project will have you hung up in no time flat. Their wooden hangers, carefully constructed to avoid unsightly cat’s eyes and creases, are the perfect fit for keeping your wardrobe fresh. They also offer accessories to help keep your purchases looking as good as the day you bought them. Even their shoe horns and lint brushes, crafted from polished horn, are works of art. The Hanger Project, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-5505900, hangerproject.com

Lisa Adams designs closets that could rival any room in a well-decorated house. Her understanding of fashion, merchandising, and interior design creates the backdrop for her work: she can turn your space into a showcase worthy of a couture house. In her hands, those Little Black Dresses look so incredible hanging up, you won’t even need a special occasion to enjoy them. Like a master tailor, her eye for adding the right features brings the wow factor. Every detail, from drawer pulls to lighting, is carefully considered to best show your wares. Lisa Adams, designer, LA Closet Design, LA, 310-289-1311

Chaise This Every good dressing room needs a perch from which to view the fruits of your labor. The perfect chair or chaise and a mirror that announces you are the fairest of them all can enhance the ceremony of getting dressed. Interior designer Jose Cruzata brings some delicious creations to his design studio, Siglo Moderno. Discover vintage elements from the past, collectible furniture and accessories from the current crop of uber-cool design houses. Siglo Moderno Atelier, 8373 Melrose Ave, LA, 323-653-3100

Have Your Cake and Eat It,Too ➣ Enchanting things come in delicious packages at A Sweet Design custom cake studio. Their special creations can fulfill a fashion lover’s fantasy. They’ll take your requests and tailor-make a tasty dessert to suit your fancy. In their hands, a celebratory cake can become a real reflection of your personal style: let them copy your favorite Chanel handbag, or re-imagine a beloved shoe into a cake. With their special 3D service, they’re able to duplicate, invent, and manipulate any image or idea you bring them. What could be sweeter than having your favorite designs customized to your exact tastes? Maybe having your cake and eating it too! A Sweet Design Custom Cake Studio, 17801 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills, CA, 818-363-9825, asweetdesign.infov

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She’s been called “the embodiment of CHANEL”—the type of woman who probably rolls out of bed looking stunning, could throw on anything and appear innately chic and, well, very French. But though her beauty may be effortless, Ines de la Fressange’s work ethic is certainly not. Born in Gassin, Var, France, de la Fressange began her career as a model in the eighties. She worked with designers like Kenzo, Mugler and Lacroix, and in 1983 signed on exclusively as Karl Lagerfeld’s muse for CHANEL. Her relationship with the fashion house would last seven years and establish her as an icon—so much so that she would pose for the bust of Marianne, the symbol of France. In 1994 she launched her first collection, and ten years later would join forces with Bruno Frisoni as brand ambassador for Roger Vivier. She made her stunning return to the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier’s 2009 Couture show, and graced CHANEL’s spring 2011 campaign once again with Lagerfeld at the helm. She is currently the energy behind Roger Vivier and author of the forthcoming book Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange. The book has already met with adoring success in France and will launch in the U.S. next month. —By Courtney Fortune

Neighborhoods: I love to walk around Robertson, sections of Melrose and friends’ gardens! Times of year: Any time of year, but I love LA even more when it’s cold and rainy in Paris. ON AND OFF THE PLANE:

What’s in your carry-on? A cashmere blanket, an iPod with music chosen with my daughters, photos of my loved ones, moisturizer, Vivier perfume and water. What are your packing essentials for LA? Sunglasses, white cropped jeans, a white shirt, some T-shirts, a navy blue sweater (the color makes you look more rested; it fits all situations and it looks neat) and Roger Vivier flats or ballerinas.

Her book: Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange, $29.95, amazon.com

Roger Vivier L’Iris fragrance, $195, Roger Vivier, NY, 212-861-5371, rogervivier.com

What’s the first thing you do to unwind? Drink fresh carrot juice.

WHERE DO YOU…

Stay in LA? For several days, the Chateau Marmont; for a quick business trip, the Beverly Wilshire. Have drinks? The garden at the Chateau. For the incredible view, the Soho House. FAVORITES:

Shops: Fred Segal, Opening Ceremony, Kitson, Maxfield, but also JF Chen and Roger Vivier at Neiman Marcus. Restaurant: The Tower Bar, Dimitri and Lucques Museums: MOCA and, of course, the Getty Beach: Point Dume is really beautiful and private. I love walking at low tide.

CHANEL SS11 silk tulle two-piece ensemble, price upon request, CHANEL boutiques, 800-550-0005

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How do you make your hotel room feel more like home? Foin Coupé or Cyprès candles from Dyptique and some fresh flowers. Red-eye or morning flight? If I’m traveling to Paris, red-eye is the only option; if going to NY, morning flight! How do you look refreshed after a long flight? I take a nap. But if I don’t have time, I just take a shower and drink plenty of water. Sometimes that works just as well. What do you wish LA had more of that you have in Paris? When I’m in LA I wish for more time to relax and sightsee with my daughters. What do you wish Paris had that LA has? Amazing weather and light.

Roger Vivier Cool Chic Barrée peep-toe flat, $595, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 © Benoît Peverelli from Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange (Paris: Flammarion, 2011).

Diptyque Foin Coupé candle, $60, Beauty Bar Apothecary, Beverly Hills, 310-271-0071


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