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On our cover: Emmy Rossum wearing Georges Chakra Couture. Photographed for GENLUX by Jon Cottam at Smashbox Studio, Culver City. Styled by Angel Terrazas.

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POWDER Jon Cottam photographs Zinta in the tribal white beauty look.

WHITE+BLACK Tracey Morris’s beautiful images of supermodel May Andersen We go inside the home of The Beverly Hills Housewive’s Lisa Vanderpump for a photo shoot.

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Touché! Photographer Andrew Matusik’s high-fashion fencing duel. Real? Or imagined? > ROSSUM BLOSSOMS. Our exclusive interview and shoot with Emmy Rossum. INTO THE WHITE Melissa Rodwell’s spectacular images of model Rina. HIGH ROLLERS We go to where luxury brands now call home: Las Vegas. FASHION AS ART Gundolf Pfotenhauer shoots stylish artist Niki Sabet BlOGGin’ rights Meet the bloggers. The girls that are shaping fashion.

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Editor’s Picks: Samia Arslane picks her favorite things. Fashion Editor’s Picks: Amanda’s winter winners. Editor at Large’s Picks: George’s picks for gift giving. Beauty Editor’s Picks: You can bet on these beauty tips. Apocalypstick by Almie Rose: Breakin’ up is hard to do. Getaways: We jet to the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya. JetSetters: Meet designers Lubov Azria, and Tamara Ralph File-o-Facts: White hot finds for winter. Out-of-Towner: Vera Wang: the queen of white.

Interior Motives: White nights: our home design picks. Closet Desires: White Christmas, Lace, Little Birdie, Mtn High Top Watches: Genlux picks our favorite timepieces. Designer Profile: Courtney Fortune interviews Tadashi Shoji.

Her Secret Service: Beauty tips from our cover shoot. Beauty and More: Guiding White by Susan Campos Makeup Trend: Beauty tips with Shiseido’s Dick Page. Beauty News: Getting a fresh start in the new year. Hair Do’s: Tips and trends from the pros.



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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 Financial Director: Marc Meshekow Director Human Resources: Yolanda Garcia Managing Editor: Shannon Lee Bowen Beauty Editor: Dawn Shand Johnson 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, Tracy O’Connor Sherryl White, Cheryl Woodcock Contributing Photographers: Jon Cottam, Machado Cicala Morassut, Andrew Matusik, Tracey Morris, Gundolf Pfotenhauer, Melissa Rodwell, Ming Wu Distribution Manager: John Sugrue Interns: Erika Handley, Stephanie Ko, Robyn Nakasone, Kari Olson, Natasha Pfister

Calvin Klein white dress, $1195, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; Oscar de la Renta necklace, $1050, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; Select by Creative Reaction Arabella heel, $250, CreativeReaction.com

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GenLUX I’m dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know Where the treetops glisten, and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow


landed in Paris to find the city covered in a beautiful white sparkly coat. It hasn’t snowed like this in Europe in more than two decades. Traffic was stopped for a while, and airports cancelled all flights. It’s a bit of a mess, but I love being here. Unlike LA, I have to say, I’m thrilled to see the streets and cars covered in snow for a change. I also love listening to the sound of the howling wind—this is how Christmas is supposed to be. I’m on my way to spend the holidays in Courchevel, the gorgeous ski resort in the French Alps. It’s been a while since I’ve skied, and I can hardly wait to feel the air rushing against my face and whipping around me as I zip down the slopes. Ah, euphoria! Naturally, I packed my cold-weather gear. Let’s startwith la pièce de résistance this winter: the ski coat or jacket.


They come in all colors and shapes, and they all have detachable hoods. Emilio Pucci has a colorful number that can be paired with solids like black, brown or even yellow, if you dare (p118). A must this winter, the ski jacket can be worn not only on the slopes, but also just browsing the cold streets of Gstatt, Aspen or Courchevel, and during the occasional cold Los Angeles night. White is the theme of this issue! We assembled beautiful items that make wonderful gifts. Check out the exceptional Christian Louboutin Big Lips tourterelle suede thigh boot and the gorgeous Perrin Paris 1893 Riva Ball iconic handbag (p114). One of my favorite items right now is the Vertu Constellation phone—chic and sleek (p32). Happy Holidays, my fashionable friends!


genlux gadabouts: GENLUX Holiday Launch Party at Two Rodeo Photos: Bryant Walton

Cecilia Moreno, Anastasia Soare

Sanaz Almassi, Ariel Tinsley, Samia Arslane

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Dan Deutsch, Katharine McPhee

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Bill Wiley, Katharine McPhee, Jessica O’Brien

Beverly Johnson, Timothy Priano

GENLUX and Katharine McPhee rang in the holidays (and the Holiday issue) with a glamorous winter event at Two Rodeo, sponsored by David Orgell, Frey Wille, and Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook. Rodeo Drive was transformed into a winter wonderland for the Snow 90210 Rodeo and UNICEF star-lighting ceremony hosted by GENLUX magazine. Snow flurries floated over the GENLUX party as horse-drawn sleighs shuttled guests up and down Rodeo Drive. Partygoers were serenaded by GENLUX cover girl Katharine McPhee with selections from her new Christmas album. Later, ‘American Idol’ contestant Allison Iraheta wowed the guests with a rockin’ performance to close out the night.

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genlux gadabouts: Max and Lubov Azria and Jeffrey Deitch Reception for MOCA EXhibition Photos: John Sciulli/Berliner Studio / BEImages

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Designers Max and Lubov Azria and MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch hosted a reception for MOCA’s exhibition on Los Angeles artists, “The Artist’s Museum.” Guests from the art, fashion, and entertainment worlds gathered at the Azrias’ LA home to celebrate the exhibit’s Los Angeles artists.

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Sharon Lawrence Kristen Bell Sharon Hinnendael Brett Novek

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Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore, Stephen Baldwin

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Wolf Zimmermann, Lotus CEO Dany Bahar, Billy Baldwin, Donato Coco

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Lotus kicked off the Lotus New Era brand re-launch with a party showcasing five new models of the sports car. Guests were shown the progression of the brand through oversized prints of the cars by award-winning French photographer Gerard Rancinan. Lotus gifted the Baldwin Foundation one of the new models, the Evora. Lotus supports the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, a part of the Baldwin Foundation. Among attendees were the Baldwin brothers, Demi Moore, Peter Gallagher, Vanna White, Taryn Manning, and Michelle Rodriguez. The event highlighted the Lotus New Era brand lifestyle experience, featuring Lotus magazine, three clothing lines, a concept store and an e-commerce site.

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genlux gadabouts: IN ADD MINUS - Westfield century city boutique opening launch party Photos: JOHN SHEARER / WIREIMAGE

DJs Theodora Richards and Monet Mazur Rosario Dawson wearing IN ADD MINUS

Anna Kendrick, Jessica Szohr, and Michelle Tractenberg, all wearing IN ADD MINUS

On November 18, 2010, IN ADD MINUS, the new fashion brand for men and women, celebrated the launch of its new Westfield Century City boutique. The star-studded event brought out LA fashionistas Rosario Dawson, Matthew Morrison, Whitney Port, Amy Smart, Amber Lancaster, Jessica Szohr, Lisa Vanderpump and more. Many were wearing IN ADD MINUS fashion to welcome the line and to congratulate owner Nasa Nasimuddin. Celebrity DJs Monet Mazur and Theodora Richards provided some genius sound work. Celebrity-signed IN ADD MINUS leather jackets were auctioned off during the evening to benefit Chrysalis.

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genlux gadabouts: CHANEL fine jewelry hosts the annual MOCA gala Photos: Billy Farrell/bfanyc.com

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Hundreds of notable artists, celebrities and art lovers united to support MOCA at the 31st annual MOCA International Gala: The Artist’s Museum Happening, sponsored by CHANEL Fine Jewelry and hosted by Maria Arena Bell and Eli Broad. Guests were treated to a preview of the MOCA exhibit “The Artist’s Museum” and enjoyed a dinner and performances by Beck, Devendra Bahart, and Caetano Veloso as part of the Doug Aitken experiential art: “WE.” The event raised over $3.2 million for the museum.

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Randy Soto, Alison and Bash Kazi, Lizzie McNairy, Frederic de Narp

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The Beverly Hills Harry Winston boutique celebrated the promotion of Randy Soto to director of sales for Southern California. The promotion also marks his return to the Beverly Hills location to head sales and operation of the Beverly Hills and South Coast Plaza boutiques. Soto was previously salon director of Harry Winston, South Coast Plaza.

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Randy Soto, Nancy Christiano

Frederic de Narp, Larissa Sabadash

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Eterna Spherodrive: Time will tell. Madison Eight-Days with Eterna Spherodrive. It takes time for an innovation to prove itself. Take the Eterna Spherodrive. Revolving on these ball bearings, the two mainspring barrels of the 3510 proprietary movement rotate more smoothly and efficiently, contributing to eight full days between windings. Along with guaranteeing extended longevity and easier servicing of the movement. Eterna Spherodrive: innovation once again drives traditional watchmaking forward. www.eterna.com

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BEAUTY HER sECRET SERVICE Lancôme Le Crayon Poudre in Brunet, $24, lancome.com


Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum mascara in onyx, $28, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310276-4400; sephora.com

We go behind the scenes to reveal how our creative team achieved Emmy Rossum’s cover look! SKIN: “On Emmy’s beautiful skin I brushed a sheer layer of foundation. Then I highlighted the top of the cheekbone with Giorgio Armani fluid sheer for a fresh golden glow. To brighten the undereye area I blended in the YSL Touch Eclat— it’s lightweight and reflective. I powdered just the T-zone with the YSL powder.” EYE: “Her eyes are

soft and romantic. On the lid I used a fleshy shimmer called Night Star by NARS and on the outer corner and the base of the lashes I blended NARS Galopagos. I gave her lashes a generous coat of Hour Glass mascara followed by individual lashes in three lengths to blend with her own.

Skin Prep: “Sircuit Cosmeceuticals Molecular Mist. Great for hydrating and moisturizing the skin.” Sircuit Cosmeceuticals Molecular Mist, 2oz, $36; 4oz, $72, Green Line Beauty, LA, 323-933-5369, greenlinebeauty.com

Lauren Andersen Makeup Artist The Wall Group

YSL Touch Eclat #2, $40, yslbeautyus.com

Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation in 4.5, $59, giorgioarmanibeauty.com Giorgio Armani fluid sheer in golden sand, $59, giorgioarmanibeauty.com

CHANEL Joues Contraste blush in In Love, $42, chanel.com

CHEEK: “On her cheeks I dusted on her blush In love by CHANEL it’s a soft warm peach.”

Lip: “I applied YSL’s

YSL Rouge Pur lipstick in 149 Tulip Noir, $30, yslbeautyus.com

lipstick #149 to Emmy’s full lips.”

Renato Camparo Hairstylist The Wall Group

Frederic Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hairspray, $23, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-2754211;  fekkai.com

YSL Poudre sur Mesure Natural Radiance, $60, yslbeautyus.com

Frederic Fekkai Au Naturel Dry Shampoo, $23, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; fekkai.com

RENATO CAMPARO with the wall group: “On emmy’s wet hair, I lathered Frederic Fekkai advanced brilliant glossing cream. I then blow-dried it and used a small one-inch curling iron to create waves. To hold the curls, I pinned them tight around her head and let them rest for ten minutes. I then released the curls and sprayed Fekkai Au Naturel Dry Powder


NARS eyeshadow in Night Star and Galapagos, $22 each, narscometics.com

Frederic Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream, $23, Bloomingdale’s, Century City, 310-772-2100; fekkai.com

Clean Dry Shampoo to create texture—this makes the hair strong. I then teased the roots to create wild volume. Finally, I sprayed the coiff Sheer Hold Hairspray from Frederic Fekkai to hold the volume-—this is the most important component to maintain the hair. It creates a structure on the base of the head.”

SERENADE Dual Time Zones Automatic, Patented GV- AOASE Movement 18K Rose Gold, Louisiana Crocodile, Limited Edition: 50 Pieces www.gevril.com 866-425-9882


editor’s picks Here are my favorites this season! —Samia Arslane

Stella McCartney pant, $735, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

CHANEL Panache 18K white gold and diamond bracelet, 2010 Biennale collection, price upon request, CHANEL Fine Jewelry, Beverly Hills, 800-550-0005 Vertu Constellation pure stainless steel phone with white ceramic and white patent leather, $8200, vertu.com Perrin Paris 1893 Quelle Heure Est-il? caramel leather glove, $468, Perrin Paris 1893, Beverly Hills, 310-7869936, perrinparis.com

Balmain sequin cocktail dress, $13,970, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Lady Million fragrance by Paco Rabanne, $88, Sephora at the Beverly Center, LA, 310-657-9670

Jimmy Choo Ryan laptop case, $595, Jimmy Choo, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045, jimmychoo.com Brandy Pham’s Haley Headband, $58, brandypham.

Christian Louboutin Larissa black suede platform strappy sandal, $1495, Christian Louboutin, South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 714-7549200; christianlouboutin.com

Moncler Maillol brown long down jacket, price upon request, moncler.com


D&G strapless dress, $2095, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Sheri Bodell sequin black and white zebra print skirt, $175, sheribodell.com

Anna Sui by Andrew Bolton, a beautiful retrospective of the past twenty years of Anna Sui’s runway collections, $60, annasui.com


Photographer JON COTTAM captures ZINTA in some fierce tribal-inspired beauty looks.

Photography: Jon Cottam / joncottam.com Stylists: Sherryl White and Vonetta Encarnacao Makeup: Patrick Tumey / CelestineAgency.com Hair: Kristin Heitkotter / CleestineAgency.com Manicure: Beth Fricke / Artists by Timothy Priano using O.P.I. Model: Zinta / Photogenics Models Photo Assistant: Bryant Walton Stylists’ Assistants: Natasha Pfister, Stephanie Ko Post-Production: DigitalRetouch.net Location: Smashbox Studios / Culver City Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji






Photographer Tracey Morris stirs our aesthetic consciousness with these stunning contrasts of b+w styled on supermodel May Andersen.

Photography: Tracey Morris / traceymorris.com Stylist: Kelvin Seah / Genlux Style Director / AIMArtist.com Makeup: Marco Berardini / Cloutier Remix Agency Hair: Robert Steinkin / Cloutier Remix Agency Manicure: Beth Fricke / Artists by Timothy Priano using O.P.I. Model: May Andersen / Elite Models Los Angeles Photo Assistant: Bryant Walton Production Assistant: Jesse Swiers Stylist’s Assistants: Angela Datuin, Genevieve Gonzalez, Stephanie Ko Production Coordinator: Holly Landfield Digital Tech: Robert Morris Location: H Studio / Sun Valley / Haziza.com Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


VMODA by Terri King spun vinyl and leather jacket, price upon request, VMODA by Terri King metallic leather shorts, price upon request, v-moda.com Terri King mesh body suit, by custom order, TerriKing.com Herve Leger suede platform, price upon request, Herve Leger, Beverly Hills, 310-275-2550 Mariam Salat earrings, $295; Mariam Salat ring, $275, MariamSalat.com


Versace white dress, $2425, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Select By Creative Recreation Morentino Hi black boot, $450, CreativeReaction.com Mariam Salat black disc earrings, $295, MariamSalat.com Salvatore Ferragamo satin clutch, $950, Salvatore Ferragamo, Beverly Hills, 310-273-9990


Versace black dress, $2425, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Herve Leger suede and cork platform, price upon request, Herve Leger, Beverly Hills, 310-275-2550


BEAUTY NOTES: May Andersen’s look: On Skin: Burberry sheer foundation in trench No.7, $52, Burberry.com; CHANEL poudre universelle libre loose powder in Clair, $52, Chanel.com YSL palette metallic colorama face highlighter, $65, YSL.com On Eyes: CHANEL ombres contraste duo eyeshadow in khaki & clair, $42, chanel.com; YSL volume effet faux cils mascara in noir, $30, YSL.com On Lips: Dolce & Gabbana classic cream lipstick in Scarlett, $30, Dolce & Gabbana precision lip liner in ruby, $30, DolceandGabbana.com Her Fragrance: Burberry Brit limited-edition, $90, Burberry.com


Temperley London long-sleeved shirt dress, price upon request, Temperley London, LA, 323-782-8000 Select at Creative Reaction Morentini Hi boot, $450, CreativeReaction.com


Yohji Yamamoto ivory belted swing coat, $2760, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Lisa Freede crystal globe drop earrings, $48, LisaFreede.com Jimmy Choo Raquelle flat, $695, Jimmy Choo Nini clutch, $975, Jimmy Choo, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045



Ports 1961 chalk dress, $550, Ports 1961, West Hollywood, 323-951-9696


Valentino ivory coat, $4490, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Michelle Monroe Cristina Mongolian wool clutch, $480, MonroeStudios.com Select by Creative Reaction Morentini Hi boot, $450, CreativeReaction.com




One might expect this wealthier-than-most star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and successful restaurateur to be one big diva, but as Stephen Christopher finds, Lisa Vanderpump is anything but. Photographer: Machado Cicala Morassut / machadocicala.com Stylist: Stephanie Ko / Genlux Magazine / stephanie@genlux.com Assistant stylist: Hannah Ciallella Makeup: Patrick Tumey - CelestineAgency.com Hair: Christopher Lorera - CelestineAgency.com Manicure: Marsha Bialo / Next Artists using China Glaze Location: Home of Ken Todd and Lisa Vanderpump Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


Christina Makowsky cocktail dress with crystal waistband $1895, christinamakowsky.com Valentino coat, $4490, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211


I Right: Akris Dress, $3990, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; Christian Louboutin suede Greissimo pump, price upon request, Christian Louboutin, 310-247-9300 Franck Muller oneof-a-kind diamond watch and pearl necklaces, Lisa’s own. Cross necklace by Leon’s Fine Jewelry, Bevery Hills, price upon request, 310-247-9300

n the 1965 misog ynist comedy Ho w to Murder Your Wife, Jack Lemmon’s character, Stan, stands trial for poisoning his wife. At his defense, Stan puts his own lawyer, Harold, on the stand. Stan takes out a piece of chalk and draws an imaginary button on the railing of the jury stand. Then he asks Harold, “If you were able to push this button and your wife, Edna, would simply vanish, disappear, cease to exist, and nobody would ever know that you pushed it, would you do it?” If it was Ken Todd on the stand, would he have pushed it? Certainly not. His is the real-life fairy tale marriage to Lisa Vanderpump-Todd. He, the charming, successful global restaurateur, and she, the beautiful, witty, and level-headed star of the Bravo reality show T he Real House wives of Beverly Hills. The two met and were engaged after only three weeks, married after only three months, and have been happily together for almost three decades. “Yep, twenty-nine years, and I can honestly say that my children have never heard an argument between Ken and me,” Lisa says in her intoxicating British accent. “The home is a sanctuary. I may have my opinions, but I’ve never believed in arguing in front of kids. It’s very unsettling and makes them insecure. I take the job very seriously—I’ve always wanted to be the best wife and the best cook,” she says in an eerily Stepford Wives kind of way. Lisa drapes her size-2 figure in a classic CHANEL jacket. On it is a Balenciaga brooch. “I like tapered silhouettes. I like masculine clothes with feminine accessories. I don’t like frilly stuff.” She raises her foot to reveal red soles. So I say, ‘Louboutin boots!’ and I point to her super-wide belt, which I tell her is ‘roughly five inches.’ To which she hysterically retorts, “Ken told me that’s nine inches, Stephen.”

Surprisingly, it’s Ken who’s the clotheshorse. “Ken’s a better shopper for me than I am. He’ll go to Louboutin and have shoes made for me.” She pauses and hits me with an under-the-breath punchline: “I knew there was a reason I married him, and I just remembered it now.” When the two aren’t bouncing between milking their two cash cows—Sur Restaurant on Robertson in West Hollywood and Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills—Ken and Lisa live in the exclusive monster palace enclave known as Beverly Park. Their 17,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style home sits on three and a half beautifully manicured acres. “The house is way too big for me,” Lisa admits. “The closet is ridiculous—it’s like seven hundred square feet. But it’s like a handbag: the bigger the bag you get, the more you’ll fill it up. When I first had that closet I said I’d never fill it up.” And now? “It’s filled up,” she sighs. I pop two questions about T he Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Is it really unscripted? “Yes, you often forget the crew is there. You can’t say ‘Stop! Cut!’ It’s genuine and sometimes it’s hard to watch.” And are all of you really friends? “I like some more than others. But that’s life. If you put people together for six months, things naturally evolve. There are some tense situations, but I tried to remain objective and composed.” If giving back is one of life’s true rewards, Ken and Lisa have amassed yet another fortune. Every week their restaurants feed the homeless, and Lisa can often be found serving. “There but by the grace of God goes any one of us. There are forty to a hundred thousand people on the street every night. Every business I’m involved with has a philanthropic side to it.” Ken and Lisa also wholesale wines under the Villa Blanca brand with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The Frank Geary–designed facility in Nevada is being planned as a national resource for the most current research and scientific information for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). It will also focus on prevention, early detection and education. Surprisingly, Lisa Vanderpump herself is no pampered diva. Need some proof ? “I never have my hair blown out. I hate having my nails done. Normally I do my own nails.” She lowers her voice and divulges: “You will die: I wash and blow dry my own hair. And do you know who cut my hair the last time? My housekeeper. With the kitchen scissors. I swear. I said, ‘Cut it around the bottom.’ After she finished I told her, ‘You know, it’s longer on the right than it is on the left,’ and she said, ‘No, Ms. Lisa, that’s your head!’” So what’s Lisa’s advice for keeping a marriage on track? “I say move his socks around so he feels he can’t live without you.” G


Lisa with her dog Jiggy. Christina Makowsky sequin and ostrich-feather cocktail dress, $3500, christinamakowsky.com


Lisa Vanderpump’s dog obsession is blogger fodder. Even during our interview, the phone rings with a message that a Pekingese is about to be put down, and can she adopt it? “I’m obsessed with my dogs,” she admits as she scrolls down the message. “Please don’t let there be a photo. I pamper my dogs, they’re my baby substitutes, but I’m honest about that.” Her dog Jiggy has his own blog on Bravo.com and 5,000 followers on Twitter.



Photographer Andrew Matusik captures Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Morehouse in a friendly duel with a fashionable foe.

Photography: AndrewMatusik.com Stylist: Stephanie Ko Makeup: Patrick Tumey / CelestineAgency.com Hair: Dale Johnson / Artists by Timothy Priano using Redken Manicure: Beth Fricke / Artists by Timothy Priano using O.P.I. Models: Natalie / Photogenics Models Photo Assistant: Bryant Walton Stylist’s Assistant: Jessica Mahmoudian, Erika Handley Post-Production: DigitalRetouch.net Location: Smashbox Studios / Culver City Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


Georges Chakra crushed satin cocktail gown, price upon request, Saks Fifth Avenue, San Francisco, 415-986-4300 La Rare Madison heel, $1092, larare.fr


Christian Cota silk jersey gown, $1495, christiancota.com Swarovski Crystal Boreal bracelet, $360, Swarovski boutique, Westfield Century City, 310-557-3705, swarovski.com Saks Fifth Avenue silver glove, $275, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211


Pamella Roland chiffon oneshoulder pleated dress, $4290, pamellaroland.com Saks Fifth Avenue silver gloves, $275, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Vahan 14K gold/ sterling silver threestone bracelets with diamonds and onyx, $2970, Vahan 14K gold/ sterling silver two-stone bracelet with diamonds and onyx, $2000 vahanjewelry.com Jimmy Choo Marine sandal, $1995,Jimmy Choo, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045, jimmychoo.com


Catherine Malandrino black chiffon dress, $1250, catherinemalandrino.com Valeska Pebbles and Bam Bam necklace, $190, valeskadesigns.com Maison Fabre long crystal gloves, $450, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Love by Enzoani grey suede heels, $189, lovebyenzoani.com



Marni dress, $1461; Maison Fabre long crystal gloves, $450, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Baccarat Psydelic black Scarabee and Onyx necklace, price upon request, baccarat.com


Herve Leger dress, $1450; Silver Saks Fifth Avenue gloves, $275, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 La Rare black stretch suede cut-out boot, $1432, larare.fr


Catherine Malandrino black jumpsuit, $1600, Catharine Malandrino boutique, 310-358-0895 Christian Louboutin ankle boot, $1135; Maison Fabre long zipper gloves, $595, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Elaine Moreira black fringe necklace, $85, elainemoreira.com M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza fan pavĂŠ bangle, $2445, MCLdesign.net


Georges Chakra sleeveless crushed satin dress, price upon request, Saks Fifth Avenue, San Francisco, 415-986-4300 Swarovski crystal Elis watch, $625, and Golf bracelet, $150, Swarovski boutique, Westfield Century City, 310-557-3705,


Photography: Jon Cottam / joncottam.com Stylist: Angel Terrazas / IconHaus, iconhausstudio.com Hair: Renato Campora / The Wall Group Los Angeles Hair Assistant: Jennifer Blanchard / The Wall Group Los Angeles Makeup: Lauren Andersen – The Wall Group/ Los Angeles Manicure: Marsha Bialo / Next Artists using China Glaze Photo Assistants: Genny Sandler, Alison Dold Stylist’s Assistants: Kari Olson, Erika Handley Retouching: Jon Cottam and Simon Schmidt Location: Smashbox Studios / Culver City / smashboxstudios.com Set furniture: Berbere World Imports, berbereimports.com Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


Temperley London cardigan, $1195, Temperley London, 323-782-8000 Vintage tulle skirt, price upon request, The Way We Wore, 323-937-0878


Emmy Rossum, the songbird who wowed us in The Phantom of the Opera, is starring in the new Showtime dramedy Shameless. She shares with STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER what she loves, what she hates, and how even an astronaut has a shot with her.


Monique Lhuillier gown, $4500, Monique Lhuillier Salon, 8485 Melrose Place, 323-655-1088 Vintage brooch, price upon request, The Way We Wore, 323-937-0878 Samantha Wills cuff, $1100, samanthawills.com Iron outdoor chair, price upon request, Berbere World Imports, 310-842-3842



mmy Rossum gazes up from the makeup chair at Smashbox Studios in Culver City. Her porcelain-white complexion frames warm, Bambi-like eyes. She’s wearing a delicate Valentino couture gown that clings perfectly to her lean, five-foot-eight, size-2 frame. With a slight New York accent and a bit of Broadway bravado, she offers a new take on an old line: “There’s always a hitch, but the snow must go on!”


he contraption that was intended to blow snowflakes over our winter wonderland set for Emmy’s photoshoot is AWOL—reportedly having met its demise on a local freeway. The accident sends a silent wave of panic. Nobody is saying much­. Photographer Jon Cottam keeps things positive with one word: “Photoshop,” he chirps in his disarming British accent. Emmy’s journey through stage, film, recording, and now television, started when she was only a second-grader. Her prep-school music teacher, sensing her musical prowess, urged Emmy to try out for the opera. So she did, and at age seven became a member of the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus. “It was such an escape from the boring, constricted, nine-tothree ‘girl’s world’ that I just didn’t fit into,” she shares. “Here I was, this weird, freaky musical girl, missing a lot of school to attend rehearsals for La Boheme and Car men.” So Emmy had to make a decision: school or theater. “Fortunately, my mom let me pick theater.” She went on to graduate high school through Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth. Clearly, Emmy chose the right path. I listen intently as she expresses her passion for live theater: “I love the theater in New York! To feel the energy in the audience. You’re seeing something that will never be recreated—ever again. That performance, and those actors’ feelings and that timing and those moments that are so reachable and so present and so touchable…and somehow it always feels like the holidays. It’s home when I walk into the opera. It feels like home at Christmas.” In 2004, at the age of 18, Emmy landed the prized role of Christine Daaé in the film adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. Her brilliant performance earned a Golden Globe nomination. On the red carpet, she made ever one’s best-dressed list in a stunning strapless Ralph Lauren gown.

Her personal style? “Feminine, classic, New York, sexy—but not overtly so.” She wears Donna Karan, Dior, Ralph Lauren, Phillip Lim 3.0, and Lela Rose. She adores Pour La Victoire shoes and names the Colette boutique in Paris her all-world favorite. “I absolutely love that place! They have Alexander McQueen there. They have super-cute and tech-y stuff and cool things to buy for gifts. I’m feeling in a very Paris-y mood today. I want to go there right now and get some macaroons at Ladurée, walk in the Bois de Boulogne. We could go together, it’d be a lot of fun.” Emmy is about as annoyingly joyful as they come. “I love everything in life,” she declares. “I love eating. I love laughing. Everyone will tell you I have the loudest laugh—people think it’s a joke. Like I’m kidding. I sing loud. You never know when your last meal or your last laugh is going to be—hopefully, it’s not for 50 years—so be happy every day.” Winning is built into her DNA. Or might it be her fear of losing? “I’m very competitive. I cry if I lose at Monopoly. It’s all fun, but yeah, I hate to lose,” she confesses. “I remember when I was eleven I cried when I lost at mini golf.” Then she brings up another fear. “I love completely, but I’m always scared that somehow it’s not working because…um, it hasn’t yet. And because my parents split up right after I was born, so I always have a little bit of fear.” Coincidentally, on the day of our interview the Internet is abuzz about Emmy and Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz’s split. What the sound-bite mongers didn’t know is that the couple had amicably called it quits more than two months prior, proving Emmy’s proficiency at maintaining her private life. Likewise, when I ask for a comment, all I get is a handful of crickets. Emmy and her friends deal with their personal problems in a most unusual way. “If any of my best friends is having a boy issue or an emotional issue, she’ll call me and say, ‘I need closet time.’ So

Temperley London cardigan, $1195, Temperley London, 323-782-8000 Vintage tulle skirt, price upon request, The Way We Wore, 323-937-0878

“I love eating. I love laughing. Everyone will tell you I have the loudest laugh—people think it’s a joke. Like I’m kidding. I sing loud. You never know when your last meal or your last laugh is going to be —hopefully, it’s not for 50 years —so be happy every day.” 68 GENLUX WINTER / 2010

Georges Chakra Couture gown, price upon request, georgeschakra.com Vintage lace waistcoat, vintage crochet gloves, prices upon request, The Way We Wore, 323-937-0878

we’ll text all of our friends ‘closet time.’ That means to show up at seven and bring clothes. Everyone brings their dogs and their old clothes…and we’ll open a bottle of wine and sit in my walkin closet where we talk and cry through everything. And try old clothes on. So it’s a simultaneous therapy session and clothes-swap. Very therapeutic.” Emmy admits that she’s looking, but not really. But if she were, what would someone so young, beautiful, successful, charming and charitable be looking for in a guy? “Kindness. A best friend. Somebody who is creative and whom I can admire. Creativity is so sexy. Someone who is nice. He could be a museum curator, or an astronaut, or even a banker. Anyone who’s good at what he does appeals to me. A politician. Who knows?” She catches herself, “Well, probably not a politician.” Next on her to-do list is television. Emmy plays Fiona alongside

William H. Macy and Joan Cusack in Shameless. In this remake of the original British show of the same name, Macy plays a narcissistic alcoholic with six kids—each required to financially pull their own weight. “It’s grounded in feelings. It’s an uproarious comedy with heart.” Asked to look into the crystal ball, twenty years from now Emmy sees herself married with kids and running a production company that creates films and music that contribute something to the world. “And I hope I can have a ranch that I can escape to.” She pauses to add a dash of humility. “This is totally fairy tale. I hope I’m still doing work that I believe in and that excites me and challenges me. And I hope I still have the same friends, and I hope that my mother is still alive.” And in the end? “I’m hoping for a happy ending,” she says with a loud laugh. “I hope there’s a heaven with a swimming pool, family, and lots of pretty dresses…and nobody hurts.” G


Valentino gown, $13,900, Valentino, 360 North Rodeo Drive, 310-247-0103 Samantha Wills ring, price upon request, samanthawills.com


Monique Lhuillier gown, $7700, Monique Lhuillier Salon, 8485 Melrose Place, 323-655-1088 Vintage hair bow, Miriam Haskell vintage pearl necklace (worn as bracelet), prices upon request, The Way We Wore, 323-937-0878



New York photographer MELISSA RODWELL and super-stylist SHIFFY capture the latest white-hot looks!

Photography: Melissa Rodwell / melissarodwell.com Stylist: Shiffy / AIM Artists / aimartist.com Makeup: Camille Clark / Aim Artists / aimartist.com Hair: Judd Minter / Aim Artists / aimartist.com Manicure: Marsha Bialo / Next Artists using China Glaze Stylist’s Assistant: Lauren Berina, Stephanie Ko Photo Assistant: Tyler Mitchell Model: Rina / Photogenics Models Location: Screaming Broccoli Studios / screamingbroccoli.net Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


Saphir East white sheer dress, $2350, Native fossilized ivory with diamond bracelet, $1400, Church, West Hollywood, 323-876-8887 American Apparel lace leotard, $38; American Apparel tights, $22, American Apparel, LA, 310-285-9183 W. Kleinberg belt, $125, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Valeska icicle crystal drop necklace set in sterling silver, $300; Valeska icicle crystal drop earring set in sterling silver, $120, valeskadesigns.com Herve Leger open-toe mule, $595, Herve Leger, Beverly Hills, 310-275-2550, bcbg.com


Bally top, $595; Bally leather camel skirt, $1895, Bally, Beverly Hills, 310271-3310 Valentino jacket, $2695; Valentino handbag, price upon request, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 Chopard earrings and rings, prices upon request, Chopard Boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-550-7220, chopard.com


Saphir East white sheer dress, $2350, Church, West Hollywood, 323-876-8887 Valeska icicle crystal drop necklace set in sterling silver, $300, Valeska icicle crystal drop earrings set in sterling silver, $120, valeskadesigns.com Jimmy Choo Miles shoe in nude nappa, $895, Jimmy Choo, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045


Rodarte jacket, $4130, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Vintage tulle and rhinestone skirt, price upon request, The Way We Wore, LA, 323-937-0878 Lou Zeldis basket bracelets, $275 each, Native fossilized ivory with diamond bracelet, $1400, Church, West Hollywood, 323-876-8887 Jimmy Choo Miles shoe in nude nappa, $895, Jimmy Choo, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045 Nooni infinity hobo bag in Provence, $1945, noonibag.com


Alexander McQueen blouse, $935; Valentino belt, $595, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Valentino skirt, $1690, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 Jimmy Choo Miles shoe in nude nappa, $895, Jimmy Choo, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045


Prada dress, $1860; Prada collar, $215; Prada handbag, $1530, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Vintage gloves, price upon request, The Way We Wore, LA, 323-937-0878, Chopard diamond earrings, $244,000, Chopard Boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-550-7220, chopard.com



GENLUX Saphir East white sheer dress, $2350, Valeska icicle crystal drop necklace set in sterling silver, $300, Valeska icicle crystal drop earrings set in sterling silver, $120, valeskadesigns.com

SIN CITY STYLE! genlux visits The Shoppes at The Palazzo, The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, and FashionWINTER Show Mall 79 / 2010 GENLUX

On Ludi (left): Burberry Tribute 107 coat, $995, Burberry at The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 702-382-1911 Alexis Bittar brooch, $395; Portolano knit scarf, $175, Saks Fifth Avenue at Fashion Show, 702-733-8300 Jimmy Choo April boot, $1395, Jimmy Choo at The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 702-733-1802 Neiman Marcus leather gloves, $115, Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show 702-874-2100 On Stefanie: Giambattista Valli dress, $2200, Saks Fifth Avenue at Fashion Show, 702-733-8300 Ralph Lauren sweater, $598, Ralph Lauren at The Shoppes at The Palazzo 702-650-5656 Jimmy Choo Blythe bag, $1895, Jimmy Choo at The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 702-733-1802 Yves Saint Laurent boot, $1095, Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show 702-874-2100



Las Vegas is quickly becoming a chic shopping mecca for the style-savvy. Luxury properties like The Shoppes

at The Palazzo, The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, and Fashion Show Mall

spark our desire to head for the desert. Photography: Jon Cottam / joncottam.com Stylist: Merissa Spallone Makeup: Allan Avendaùo for Dior Beauty /w OpusBeauty.com Hair: Kristin Heitkotter / CelestineAgency.com Stylist’s Assistant: Stephanie Ko Photo Assistant: Alison Dold Models: Ludi Delfino / Next Models Los Angeles Stephanie Wood / Photogenics Models Locations: The Venetian Resort - Hotel - Casino and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian in Las Vegas Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


Balenciaga leather pant, $1445, Barneys New York at The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 702-629-4200 Fuzzi Top, $205; Reed Krakoff boot, $1395, Saks Fifth Avenue at Fashion Show, 702-733-8300 Michael Kors Faux Fur Vest, $130, Michael Kors at Fashion Show, 702-3693900; and The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 702- 731-2510 Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet, $535, Majorca necklace, $345, Saks Fifth Avenue at Fashion Show 702-733-8300


Ralph Lauren pant, $425, Ralph Lauren at The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 702-650-5656 Celine lace blouse, $1450, Barneys New York at The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 702-629-4200 Alexis Bittar ring, $255; Alexis Bittar necklace, $295, Saks Fifth Avenue at Fashion Show, 702-733-8300


Herve Leger dress, $1450, Herve Leger at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian 702-893-4723 Jimmy Choo Samba heel, $795, Jimmy Choo at The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 702-733-1802 Van Cleef & Arpels necklace, price upon request, Van Cleef & Arpels at The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 702-696-7139

On Stefanie: St. John pant, $950, St. John top, $245, Saks Fifth Avenue at Fashion Show, 702-733-8300 Valentino heel, $995; Ilana Wolf scarf, $295, Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show 702-874-2100 Van Cleef & Arpels Lotus Flower ring, Van Cleef & Arpels at The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 702-696-7139 Fendi Peek-a-Boo purse, $3500, Fendi at The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 702-369-0587


L’Oeffler Randall shorts, $395; Donna Karan top, $550; Les Copains jacket, $935; Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet, $375, Saks Fifth Avenue at Fashion Show, 702-733-8300 Giuseppe Zanotti boot, $1195, Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show, 702-874-2100


Van Cleef & Arpels Cosmos ring and vintage Alhambra pavĂŠ necklace, prices upon request, Van Cleef & Arpels at The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 702696-7139 Michael Kors drape-neck sweater, $70, Michael Kors at Fashion Show, 702-369-3900, and The Shoppes at The Palazzo 702-731-2510


Van Cleef & Arpels Snowflake necklace, earrings and Lady Arpels timepiece watch, Van Cleef & Arpels at The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 702696-7139



Niki Sabet is part dadaist, part fluxus artist, and part sculptor. She creates art that evokes questions about the sexual, political and financial struggle for power and other such esoteric concepts. Here we catch her in art of another kind—fashion.

artist rising

Photography: Gundolf Pfotenhauer / gundolfpfotenhauer.com Makeup: Jasmine Manders / jasminemanders.com Styling: Laura Anne Hollabough / dripbook.com/LauraAnne 1st Assistant: Elijah Woolery; 2nd Assistant: Chris Farris Video & Editing: Elijah Woolery Location: The Colombo Building / Luigi Barassi, owner Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


Niki Sabet, artist and sculptor. What’s your background? Half French, half Persian—Fersian. I grew up in Grenoble, France. I graduated from high school when I was sixteen and started traveling the world—Asia, Europe, South Africa. I studied psychology, but after my first year I switched to interior architecture. In 2010 I moved to sunny Los Angeles. I started drawing the moment I could hold a pencil, and began wood carving when I was eight. My parents were quite laid back in letting me play with sharp tools. What are you currently working on? I’m finishing my latest series, “Chromes of Passion,” and I’m in the pre-production phase of an international traveling installation to raise awareness for the protection of tigers.

Marni blouse, $505, Marni jacket, $2250, Fendi shoe, $900, Neiman Marcus, San Francisco, 415-362-3900

“Let’s Play” mixed media on board, 48”x 68”

Who are your art heroes? I love Dadaists and the Surrealists. For me they represent a movement when artists stopped trying to please the crowd. Camille Claudel is one of my favorites. What’s in your handbag? A purple Louis Vuitton wallet, iPhone, iPad, John Galliano sunglasses, Beauté by Beau Nelson lip gloss in Skin Trade—the best one out there. Paul Smith ‘Extreme’ perfume— I’ve been wearing it forever. It’s classic with a twist. Pens and Sharpies. Jana water. Look Ma hand cream by Bath and Body Works. Very important, since I work with harsh chemicals and rough machinery. Where can our readers see your new works? The newest collection is on my website, nikisabet.com. The Luxe Tue is currently at Unici Casa in Culver City. What’s next for you? More art. International exhibitions, functional art designs, a book about my art. I guess the world, then the universe.

“Please Don’t Go” mixed media on board, 48”x 68”

Stella McCartney jumpsuit, $1295, Marni jacket, $4140, Neiman Marcus, San Francisco, 415-362-3900 AK Vintage necklace, $64; APC shoe, $560, Azalea Boutique, San Francisco, 415-861-9888

Vena Cava dress, $295, Mink Pink leggings, $55, Azalea Boutique, San Francisco, 415-861-9888 H & M bracelets, $12 each, H & M, Century City, 310-843-9543 Anthropologie earrings, $38, San Francisco, 415-434-2210


Niki Sabet in painter’s suit and filtration mask she wears when working with harmful chemicals in creating her art.

Marni blouse, $505, Marni jacket, $2250, Neiman Marcus, San Francisco, 415-362-3900 Acne shoe, $646, Maison Martin Margiela skirt, $265, Azalea rings, $128 each, Azalea Boutique, San Francisco, 415-861-9888


bloGGin’ rights


Meet fashion’s new medium. Five bloggers capture our attention in engaging, intriguing, and oftentimes irreverent ways. Photography by Jon Cottam


Meet the Bloggers: Fashion’s New Voice.


midst the throngs of cats playing keyboards on Yo u Tu b e and the camera muggings cluttering Facebook, real influence in fashion is emerging on the internet. Fashion bloggers are stepping into the forefront to become the new influencers. There are bloggers who take fashion, twist it, and then write about relationships. There are bloggers who high-

light their favorite designer’s looks and then pick out their favorite new pieces from Target. There are bloggers who post party photos of pretty young people wearing logo tees with Marc Jacobs bags. There truly are no rules. There’s a whole world of fun bloggers out there, but here are some who fly a little under the radar...and just maybe on the brink of a dazzling explosion. valli dress, Roberto Ca n ima $1495, Ne y verl e B s, u rc Ma 50-5900 -5 Hills, 310 otti shoe, Cesare Paci Pacre $755, Cesa ills, rly H ve e B i, tt o ci 220 310-273-3 e bik B th e Glynn lace, ck e n in a ch dison, LA, $365, Ma 930 310-275-1 g, n rin o ss a W Erin volina, LA, $165, Dia 341 310-550-1

Ami Gan, My Fashion Database, myfdb.com, blog.myfdb.com How has blogging changed fashion? It’s put fashion directly into the hands of consumers and enthusiasts. There’s no lag time between seeing trends on the runway and emulating them on the streets. Thanks to bloggers, and their love of social media, the second a designer’s collection is released, it’s blasted all over the Internet­­—literally shortening a trend’s lifecycle. What’s the hardest part about blogging? Blogger’s block. It’s easy to get burned out when you’re on a deadline or reporting about timesensitive events such as Fashion Week…er... month. The best way to combat this, besides caffeine, is to go back to the blogging basics and focus on what you like or don’t like about a particular collection, editorial, cover, or ad campaign. How do you promote your blog? I promote the MyFDB blog through our Twitter account, @MyFDB, and Facebook. We have a strong social media following, so a lot of our traffic stems from these sources. We also reach out to the industry for exclusive interviews and contests—all sure-fire ways to increase traffic and engage new readers. Who are your favorite designers? I have love for established and up-and-coming designers. I’m currently coveting looks from Sarah Burton [Alexander McQueen’s new creative director], Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Christopher Bailey of Burberry Prorsum, Marc Jacobs because his designs for Louis Vuitton are amazing, Karl Lagerfeld—genius, Herve Leger by Max Azria, Michael Kors, Angela Missoni, John Galliano, and pretty much anything Christophe Decarnin puts out for Balmain! Oh…and if I had to pick shoes to go with all these haute clothes, they’d be from Nicholas Kirkwood.

What do you wear when you blog? When I’m in the MyFDB office, blogging away, I like to be comfortable. So leggings, comfy shirts, and oversized sweaters are a must. However, heels and a blazer will make almost anything officeappropriate if need be.

Photography: Jon Cottam / joncottam.com Stylist: George Blodwell / Genlux Editor at Large Makeup: Patrick Tumey / Celestine Agency Hair: Kristin Heitkotter / Celestine Agency Manicure: Marsha Bialo / Next Artists using China Glaze Stylist Assistant: Merissa Spallone; Photo Assistants: Bryant Walton Location: Smashbox Studios, Culver City Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


Alaïa dress, $3780, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Cesare Pacciotti shoe, $785, Cesare Paciotti, Beverly Hills, 310-273-3220 Antique flower chain necklace, $1435, Madison, LA, 310-275-1930 Shay bracelet, price upon request, Diavolina, LA, 310-550-1341

Sara M., a.k.a. Sara Millionaire Waitin’ Round 2 Be A Millionaire (wr2bam.com) How has blogging changed fashion? It makes fashion accessible to people who previously might have felt alienated or intimidated by it, and often those are the people who are making the most daring choices. I like to think that fashion bloggers represent “real” people. Designers are starting to take notice. What’s the hardest part about blogging? Constantly coming up with fresh content and feeling pressure to be fashionably “on” at all times! How do you promote your blog? I don’t, really. My blog’s growth has mainly come out of my relationships with other bloggers.

Who are your favorite designers? Oh, God, it’s so hard to choose just a few! I love everything Miuccia Prada does, both for Prada and Miu Miu. Christopher Bailey has been absolutely blowing my mind with Burberry Prorsum for the past few seasons. I’m a huge fan of Lanvin and Balmain, and I’m also into a lot of the newer labels that have that kind of rock ‘n’ roll sensibility, like Vena Cava and Cushnie et Ochs. I could go on and on.

What do you wear when you blog? A leather jacket and a liberal spritzing of Kiehl’s Original Musk.

Valentino dress, $2490, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Jimmy Choo shoe, price upon request, Jimmy Choo, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045

Zac Posen velvet dress, $2590, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Cesare Paciotti shoe, $745, Cesare Paciotti, Beverly Hills, 310-273-3220 Michael Primrose necklace, $345, Madison, LA, 310-275-1930

Who are your favorite designers? Chloe. Stella McCartney. Dries Van Noten. Rodarte. John Galliano. And Alexander McQueen, forever and ever.

Molly McAleer MollsSheWrote.com

Aimee Kwon, Smashbox yello! smashboxstudios.com/yello

How has blogging changed fashion? People can identify with a much wider range of voices and sub-cultures now. Blogging’s made loving fashion accessible to just about anyone. And of course, blogging fashion has the same edge that blogging any kind of news does. No other medium will ever be able to top the speed at which it’s delivered to the public.

How has blogging changed fashion? I think bloggers are the “new curators” in fashion. We curate and even create content, and at lightning speed. And because blogging is so flexible and inclusive of varied audiences, we’re beginning to see fashion reflect the same.

What’s the hardest part about blogging? Probably dealing with people who don’t respect the medium or understand its importance. When I first started blogging very personally, the most difficult thing was deciding what percentage of my life I was willing to write unabashedly about. I think I’ve landed on about twenty percent. The trick is to make it seem like a hundred percent. How do you promote your blog? Through my readership, word of mouth, and using platforms like Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc. And I never say no to anything, whether it be a twentysecond spot on Tosh.0 or showing up to my friend’s live show to tell a story. Who are your favorite designers? Jeremy Scott, of course. I love color. I haven’t been nutso about DVF’s last couple of collections, but her wrap dresses make my heart sing. What do you wear when you blog? Jeans and a flannel shirt or a Brooks Brothers or Hanes men’s v-neck T-shirt.

What’s the hardest part about blogging? Keeping up. The day-to-day world moves a mile a minute. But the blogosphere is even faster. There’s so much stuff to sift through, regardless of your location, time zone, weekends or moods. It’s overwhelming. It’s an effort to stay balanced—on the blog, and in my life. How do you promote your blog? The yello! blog gets promoted through all your various social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, but also does a lot with events around town. The blog, nurtured through and by Smashbox Studios, is all about Los Angeles creative culture, and then some. But in order to understand and support the community, you have to show up. The blog has its own photo booth, sponsored by Smashbox, that you’ll see at various events. Guests stop by, get their photos taken, and find their dapper selves on the blog. It’s a lot of fun. What do you wear when you blog? Chloe perfume.

Zac Pose n $1245, dress, Neiman Marcus, Be 310-55 verly Hills, 0-5900 YSL Sho e, Madison $895, , LA, 310-27 5-1 Erin Wa 930 sson bir d ring, $1 75 bracelet, , Shay pri upon req ce uest, Je nny Dayco c hain $150, D earrings, iav 310-55 olina, LA, 0-1341

Almie Rose, Apocalypstick apocalypstick.com, genlux.com

What do you wear when you blog? My 1985 Phil Collins “No Jacket Required” T-shirt and a smug look of satisfaction. Also, I never wear pants.

How has blogging changed fashion? It’s made me more aware of beautiful things that I can’t afford. No, but most of the fashion blogs I look at are of girls around my age and shape, and it’s amazing what they put together with things from H&M and maybe one big designer piece. I find that inspiring. There’s a girl out there who lives in France, and her name is Betty (blogdebetty.com), and when I found her, I had bangs at the time, and it was like finding my French doppelganger. I think the way she dresses is more interesting than ninety percent of what I see in fashion magazines. And of course her look is more accessible than what I would see in Vogue. What’s the hardest part about blogging? Not getting frustrated. With everything—like writer’s block, or worrying that what I write won’t find an audience. Also, I struggle with how much of my personal life I should put out there. But people like that stuff. I just want to give the people what they want. I am basically the perfect victim of blogging. How do you promote your blog? I watch “The Secret” every night before bed. I wrote about how no one dates anymore, and someone picked it up on their Tumblr, and then someone else Tumbl’d it, and then the next thing I knew I had a sudden crop of readers. I didn’t need to promote it much at first, but I like to get the word out there through Twitter, Facebook, networking with other bloggers, making Web videos, letting my mom tell everyone she meets, and so forth. I’m thinking about aggressively stickering the city with Apocalypstick decals, but I don’t want to get fined and I’m too lazy. Who are your favorite designers? Marc Jacobs, mostly because he’s the only one I can afford. And Kansai Yamamoto, for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust tour.


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Valentino Haute Couture nude gazar Ballet Crinoline, price upon request, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103

Dolce & Gabbana SS 2011

The winter season is a time of white serenity. Wear Rick Owens’ stark shapes or Christian Dior’s soft and sexy numbers. Mix them all up and remember to grow into a more caring human being. It was exciting to find so many delicious whites. Almost anything goes nowadays, so feel free to explore the lighter and brighter shades of your character. Through the whitest moments you will see glimpses of strong colour for spring. A hint here and there. In most of Europe you will need rugs and warm coats but the beauty of Los Angeles is that you able to take advantage and wear some of the exciting spring collections. Use some real and fake diamonds and morph into a snow-white queen.

Rick Owens top, $1965, rickowens.eu

Dior Pacific lace knit halter top with striped flounces, $2300; Dior Papeete cotton poplin skirt, price upon request, Dior, Beverly Hills, 310-859-4700

Disce Mori Art Nouveau bone cufflinks, $290, discemori.com

CHANEL Fine Jewelry Fleur de Perle 18K white gold, diamond and pearl earrings, price upon request, CHANEL, Beverly Hills, 310-278-5500 CHANEL ecru/black cashmere/ silk dress, $4965, Select CHANEL boutiques, 800-550-0005


Disce Mori Art Nouveau wing brooch, $690, discemori.com

Rick Owens top, $1325, rickowens.eu

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All you need is Love —George Blodwell I particularly love this time of year. Mostly because it’s the time when most of us have the opportunity to get in touch with our hearts. In my daily duties running around town, I’m often asked about where to find this or that. One frequent request is, “Who is a good men’s hairdresser?” There are a few notable ones out there, and it is my pleasure to give you the scoop. Gerald Niederwieser at the Argyle Salon & Spa is a master. I personally watched his extraordinary attention to detail, playing with the hair before cutting it to see all the nuances of how the hair fell and where.

Sandra Müller 18K yellow gold flower ring with black onyx, $8800, sandramuller.com

This guy is amazing. Send your loved one to him and he will return looking wonderful and plant a kiss on you. A great gift idea to check out for your man is the new Porsche Design watch. Show him some cool jewelry with insects or spider webs. Sit down with Victoria Brynner’s book full of great pictures of her father’s photographs that she spent years assembling. Tell your man you want a Sandra Müller ring. They are so glamorous. Mostly, have a wonderful day. Stay happy—you will stay out of harm’s way if you are! Love, George

Le Vian 18K Blackberry Gold™ double open-band ring with black diamonds and blue diamond ant, $2998, Bloomingdale’s, Westfield Century City, 310-772-2100; levian.com

Liv Ballard 18K gold, sapphire and diamond globe with dragon pendant on chain, price upon request, Maxfield, LA, 310-274-8800

Le Vian 18K Blackberry Gold™ spider and web ring with white and natural fancy-colored diamonds including Chocolate Diamonds® with 18K Strawberry Gold® insect, $7698, Bloomingdale’s, Westfield Century City, 310-772-2100; levian.com

Amrapali gold and diamond spider-web cuff, $8070, amrapali.com

M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza beetle pavé bangle, $2370, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

For your man Porsche Design P’6930 Chronograph, $10,800, Porsche Design Store, 310205-0095

Lord Griffon Stingray Bracelet, $820, Premier Men, LA, 310-854-0600 Gerald Niederwieser at Argyle Salon & Spa West Hollywood, 310-623-9000

Yul Brynner: A Photographic Journey, $150, Maxfield, LA, 310-2748800; Book Soup, LA, 310-659-3110

Dior Homme black tuxedo shoe with grosgrain trim, $780, Dior Homme, Beverly Hills, 310-247-8003


Frederique Constant Heart Beat Manufacture Moonphase - Date Automatic, $15,850, Westime, Beverly Hills, frederiqueconstant.com

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genlux beauty editor’s picks

I’m loving these must-haves of the season! —Dawn Shand Johnson Youthology Dark Circle Eye Treatment, $29.99, getyouthology.com

Whitening Ampoules + LED Light GO SMiLE Smile Whitening Light is an over-the-counter LED light device. 12 Smile Whitening Ampoules + LED Light, $198, nordstrom.com; gosmile.com

Evan Healy Light Moisture Replenishing Fluid features handpressed argan oil from Morocco’s Berber Women’s Co-Operatives. $34.95, Whole Foods, LA, 323-964-6800

Buddha Balm in Burnt Sugar Fig, $4, buddhabalm.com Liz Earle Energising Body Lotion, $31, lizearle.com

Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cleanser, $21, sephora.com; korresusa.com

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Three Whishes Lavender Body Butter is free of parabens, sulfates, DEA, TEA, and petrochemicals. $24, whishbody.com; Nordstrom, Santa Monica Place, 310-752-2701

Super by Dr. Nicholas Perricone Night Recharge is free of parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates, and synthetic colors and fragrances. $50, sephora.com

Erno Laszlo’s ultra-concentrated Blue Firmarine Lift Serum, $225, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310275-4211; Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

The Organic Pharmacy Glam Fragrance, $220, theorganicpharmacy.com

Ré Vive Blanche uses four non-hydroquinone ingredients to brighten skin by blocking melanin production instead of harshly bleaching the pigment once it forms. $400, reviveskincare.com; Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310276-4400  

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How The Hell Do People Get Over This? —Almie Rose

while ago I made a satirical short titled How To Get Over A Break-Up. My suggestion was to drink lots of Stoli. Of course, if you followed this advice, the thing you’re most likely to get out of this method is not closure, but a hangover. And if only getting over a breakup were as easy as getting over a hangover. Some days I listen to my inner Paul McCartney, who says, “I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time.” But then I’ll have a dream where me and my ex are back together and I wake up happy and then confused, and then I move on with the rest of my day. On these days it’s easier to listen to my inner John Lennon, who says, “It can’t get no worse.” This duality of Lennon and McCartney—of positive and negative—produced some of the greatest songs ever written. I’m not going to flatter myself, but I like to think that maybe my similar struggles between happy and sad produce some of my best writing. I think we’re all at our best when we’re able to balance our tragedies with our triumphs, as long as we let our triumphs win. If you’re an alcoholic writer or drug-addled painter, however, your success may lie in wallowing in your tragedies. Isn’t it interesting how much profit there is in sadness? For if we never felt heartache, we would never have movies like Annie Hall. Thanks to Woody Allen, I haven’t found a more perfect explanation for why we keep falling in love even though it may cause us tremendous pain: “we need the eggs.”     Anyway, because I need eggs, I’ve been dating. I’ve dated a couple of musicians (proving I don’t learn from my mistakes), a photographer, and a horror-film director who claims that he has a subscription to Genlux and is now reading my column (we’ll see). I think I’m ready to date again, but I’m usually wrong. The great thing is that I’m okay with this. I no longer beat myself up for not being ready. I have a lot going in my life and I feel more like I’m followed by sunshine than rain clouds. Still, if

the memory-erasing procedure from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind were a real thing, I would have gotten it yesterday. A lot of people don’t understand why. “Aren’t you a stronger person now? Don’t you remember the happy times?” No. I remember someone telling me they loved me and then leaving me. Please, give me brain damage. Please, punch me in the head.      But this isn’t a real procedure and there aren’t any shortcuts in getting over a difficult breakup. And I have to move on. If a hurricane destroyed my house, I wouldn’t be mad at the hurricane. That’s not going to help me and it’s not going to rebuild my house. This is something that I’m realizing and something that keeps me going. People tell me that time helps. I don’t think that time helps. Time just distances you from what happened. Time isn’t even a real thing. If you’ve been in a traumatic car accident and you’re asked to recall it, you’ll feel like it happened yesterday. If time were as good a healer as everyone says, then we would never feel pain again. We would never make dumb mistakes. I don’t understand the people who break up and then get back together. Especially people who marry, divorce, and then marry each other again. Though, admittedly, I find something oddly romantic in it. It’s like admitting we’re so screwed up that we can’t live without each other. Elizabeth Taylor knows what I’m talking about. So, I’m letting this go. I am letting you go. I’m done. And besides, Paul was always my favorite Beatle anyway. And John? You are a jerk. Goodbye.

Read more at genlux.com; apocalypstick.com or follow Almie on twitter at twitter.com/apocalypstick.

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gENLUXshop Lubov’s Effect

Twenty years ago, Lubov Azria joined BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP as a designer. Under her influence, the brand has evolved from an emerging contemporary line to one of America’s leading design houses.

BCBG Max Azria cable knit crewneck sweater, $198, BCBG Max Azria, Beverly Hills, 310275-3024, bcbg.com

In 1998, BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP acquired Herve Leger fashion house. The following year, Herve Leger by Max Azria made its debut, marking the first time that an American fashion house produced three separate shows during one New York Fashion Week. With the help of her design team, Lubov succeeded in perfecting the signature bandage technique and developed new methods of crafting the silhouette. Now in her third decade at the company, Lubov Azria is excited about the future. What projects are you working on?

We’re in the midst of preparing our upcoming fall collections. It’s always an exciting time as you discover new inspirations and ideas when creating a collection. If you could take only one person on vacation, who would it be?

My daughter, Anaïs. She has such an amazing view on life and culture. I love feeding her mind. Where’s your favorite place to escape to?

BCBG Max Azria rhinestone detail wood choker necklace, $298,

Max Azria Isis criss-cross flat sandal, price upon request, BCBG Max Azria, Beverly Hills, 310-275-3024

BCBG Max Azria layered rhinestone pavé ring, $88, BCBG Max Azria, Beverly Hills, 310-275-3024

Japan. I’m so inspired by the people and their art, culture and history. When you pack, what three items could you not leave behind?

A family photo—I always carry them close to my heart, especially when I’m away; my iPad, so I can work wherever I am; and my chunky knit BCBGMAXAZRIA sweater to keep me cozy on a long flight. How do you go from day to night without taking your entire closet with you?

Accessories are the key. Just putting on a pair of fabulous heels, beautiful jewels, switching your day bag to an evening clutch, and refreshing your makeup. What handbags? My favorite BCBG Max Azria studBCBGMAXAZRIA tote from the ded ballet flat, $98 recent runway show for day, and my Max Azria glass-beaded clutch for evening.

talk of the gown

fashion designer tamara ralph and her one-of-a-kind pieces are pairing up with some one-of a-kind celebs like angelina, eva and penelope.

Born in Sidney, Australia, Tamara Ralph grew up breathing fashion. Her grandfather was a shoemaker, her grandmother a seamstress, and her mother a stylist. While attending the prestigious Whitehouse Institute of Design, she mastered a broad range of techniques including pattern making, garment construction and design. A few years later, she moved to London where she designed dresses for A-list celebrities and met business entrepreneur Michael Russo, with whom she started the fashion brand Ralph & Russo. The label caters to an elite clientele with completely unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. This luxury brand is a favorite among royalty and Hollywood stars including Angelina Jolie, Ralph & Russo Beyoncé, Eva Longoria and Penélope Cruz. champagne silk What projects are you working on?

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

Michael Russo, my partner. When I have some time out, he’s the only person I want to be with. Where are your favorite places to escape to?

St. Tropez and Monte Carlo. What would you pack?

A Ralph & Russo chiffon printed maxi dress for day, and a Ralph & Russo crystal beaded cocktail number for evening. Name three items you couldn’t leave behind. My sunglasses, sunblock,

and Ralph & Russo silk printed kaftans! How do you go from day to night without taking your entire closet with you?

Ralph & Russo midnight-blue crystal chantilly lace corset cocktail dress with silk frill peplum, $10,970, by order only, ralphandrusso.com

I pack beautiful clothes that can be casual during the day and dressed up in the evening. Jewelry, heels and styling can also take the outfit from day to night. What handbags?

A Prada tote for day and Judith Leiber for evening. What shoes do you bring?

Louboutins. What’s your favorite item this season?

The cape for winter. We’re working on some gorgeous double cashmere and mink capes in red, camel and black.

What shoes do you bring?

A comfortable flat—my pick would be the Max Azria lace-up gladiators because they’re so chic and easy to get around in. And of course a pair of heels. I love the new cutout platform heels from our spring collection; they’re amazingly versatile. What’s your favorite item this season?

BCBG Max Azria black leather tote, This year, we layered beautiful pieces like an embroidprice upon request, BCBG Max Azria, ered voile shift dress or a strapless draped dress over Beverly Hills, 310-275-3024, bcbg.com

our long-sleeve essential knits in fun prints and colors.

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crystal backless party dress with diamond back draping and chiffon sleeves, $25,000, by order only, ralphandrusso.com

Gowns for the Golden Globes and Oscars. This week we’re finishing a collection for Angelina Jolie. We’re also working on handbags and a fragrance.

BCBG Max Azria Deandra sandal, price upon request, BCBG Max Azria, Beverly Hills, 310-275-3024, bcbg.com

Christian Louboutin Bridget’s Back silver specchio peep-toe booty with crystal and studded spike detail, $3965, Christian Louboutin, NY, 212-396-1884, christianlouboutin.com

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gENLUXshop Natural Beauty JAIMIE ALEXANDER is a beautiful girl who pays no attention to her good looks. This straightforward young lady doesn’t waste time with the usual Hollywood nonsense. You can see her in the Ed Zwick drama Love and Other Drugs, in theaters now. Then, in the spring, she’ll star in the much anticipated Marvel epic Thor in the role of Sif opposite Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Sir Anthony Hopkins. She also recently wrapped production on the indie dramedy Loosies, with Peter Facinelli and Joe Pantoliano. Not bad, not bad at all! How would you describe your personal style?

Pretty low-maintenance. There’s a certain masculinity to my style that balances my femininity. Fiorentini + Baker What’s your favorite item in your closet? Mellow Mei boot, My motorcycle boots I bought in $550, fiorentiniVancouver. True vintage from the sixties. baker.com; boot What’s always in your purse? photo: James Young My knife. Just kidding! Chapstick and gum. What’s your weekend look?

Hudson Milman five-pocket flare jean, $189, American Rag Cie, LA, 323-935-3154; hudsonjeans.com

Pretty much the same as my weekday look: a pair of Hudson jeans, motorcycle boots by Fiorentini + Baker, a nice sweater by Vince, or a T-shirt with a leather jacket. What message do your clothes give the world about you?

I am my own woman. I don’t buy into all the BS. I always look how I want to look, not how others want to see me. I’m approachable with a slight edge. If you could wear only one designer from head to toe, including accessories, who would it be?

Joseph Altuzarra. I love his use of black leather. It’s tough, yet feminine. Not trashy. What’s your favorite low-price secret weapon store?

Joseph Altuzarra leather dress with stitches, price upon request, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400

Honestly, any thrift store. I love one-of-akind finds. I’m not someone who blows a lot of money on expensive clothing. What’s your earliest fashion memory?

Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8. Enough said. What do you sleep in?

Calvin Klein boy shorts and tank tops. What kind of watch do you wear?

I don’t usually wear a watch, but when I do, it’s a sports one for men: the black G-Shock ‘Master of G’ watch. I love it! Who’s your favorite fashion photographer?

My friend Brent Weber, who is so talented. He’s new and up-and-coming. What’s your favorite scent, and why?

Burberry Brit limitededition perfume, $90, Bloomingdale’s, Westfield, Century City, 310-772-2100

Burberry. I’ve worn it since I was sixteen. What’s your favorite vacation destination, and why?

Whistler, BC. I love the snow, and if you drive slightly west you can go whale-watching. It’s incredible! Do you overpack or underpack?

I pack light. I hate having too many options. It drives me nuts. What’s your go-to boutique in LA?

My all-time favorite spot is called Vieve.

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G-Shock GW9000 watch, $220, Macy’s, Beverly Center, LA, 310854-6655; gshock.com

Elaine Kim white leather vest, $795, Arcade, West Hollywood, 323-944-0018, elainekim.com Shayan Afshar earrings, $345, Madison, Los Angeles, 310-275-1930

Photography: Paul Schefz /schefz.com Stylist: George Blodwell / georgeblodwell.com Hair & Makeup: Jeffrey Paul with Exclusive Artists Management


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gENLUXshop GUIDING WHITE Black may be the Hollywood uniform, but there are a number of must-have items in white, too. Whether it’s a phone, a form of transportation, or a place to put the family jewels, white accessories can make a rather bold statement. Below are some white-hot items, and even one to make sure your beautiful handbag never sees dirt. After all, it isn’t always easy keeping those white accessories clean! —Susan Campos

Protect credit cards with the Le Martha Clutch, named after Martha Stewart. This clever clutch was inspired by Martha Stewart’s wishes for a chic, compact, all-in-one travel-style handbag. Made of white ostrich, the bag features a well-appointed interior with credit card and cell phone slots, eyeglass and pen holders, and a change pouch. The patent bag is $549 at Perrin Paris, 346 North Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, 310-786-9936

Then there’s the white Anaconda Hobo bag by Kelly Locke. This shoulder bag is perfect for the girl who has everything. The price is $1100, and it’s available at vivre.com

MOVE AT THE SPEED OF WHITE Sole Bicycles makes a special all-white retro bike, or you can add a little blue. It’s the chic way for eco-friendly types to commute to work. Cycles retail for $310, and can be ordered from SoleBicycles.com

The all-white HoneyBelle Bodybuffer is designed to cover up cellulite. This hand-held machine uses patented technology to improve the appearance of cellulite, all in the privacy of your own home. It’s available for $395 at Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900. For more info, visit beautyundercover.com

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Looking to protect the family jewels and be incredibly chic? Elizabeth Weinstock makes a small jewelry case covered in bonecolored Anaconda.She does them in a number of different fabrics and sizes— and you can’t help but covet them all. The small jewelry box is available at Maxfield, LA, 310-274-8800 and retails for $1850.

Don’t let that bag hit the floor! Protect it with the perfect purse hook by Mode Mon. These gems go at the edge of the table so that your bag never gets dirty! Quality-crafted, its sleek, NASAengineered design merges functionality and style with an art deco–inspired compact adorned with semi-precious stones, exotic leathers or enamel. Starts at $58 at Madison, LA, 310-275-1930

One of the coolest looking phones is the BlackBerry Bold in white. The BlackBerry 7900 comes with all the bells and whistles and looks incredibly chic. But it can be tough to find, since they sell out quickly. The price is $449 and it’s available at T-Mobile stores.


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White Nights —Vonetta Encarnacao & Sherryl White If home is where the heart is, the place where we keep our bed is the lifeblood of the space we inhabit. Within this chamber we breathe, dream, rejuvenate our bodies, and create love. Awaken to the sweet mysteries of life, or take your next slumber in an inspiring environment that enhances the luxurious lightness of being. Color and tone have proven to be great mood enhancers. Luminescent white is the color of light; bask in its glow and levitate in the pure elegance it represents. Here we have set out ten glorious ideas to turn up the heat in the bedroom. With the setting of the sun, peel away the day’s concerns by slipping into something very slinky. Agent Provocateur’s Classic Corset is fit to be untied.  Next, step into a dreamy shoe that brings out the woman in you: Jimmy Choo’s glittering five-inch Niagra heels provide the perfect balance between naughty and nice.  Gaze at the stars with Minotti’s shimmery Ugolino “X” chandelier. The brilliantly faceted hand-cut crystals are so hypnotic they may call to you to start swinging from them.  If you’re not in the mood yet, these daring gems are sure to bring out your animalistic nature. Enhance your erogenous zone

with edgy diamond and blackened 18K gold earrings, featuring a spider in whose grasp a white pearl hangs. Pair it with the ring to go all out. Once dressed, bask in the glow of Dayna Decker’s sculptural Aston candle in sleek white lacquer. The long wick is specially designed to mimic a warm hearth— its flame should help take you far, far away from life’s stresses.   Then glide into the pièce de résistance: the “circle of life” bed from ddc. Its softly rounded lines echo the curve of a woman’s body, and its boldness beckons you to embrace its glamour. Top it off with a sumptuous faux fur throw.  Then rest your pretty little head on this exotic beaded pillow by Sachin + Babi for Ankasa.  Once you’ve set the scene, fill this gracefully cut decanter with your favorite wine, and raise a toast to a very hot night. Whether alone to relax and unwind, or partnered for fun, may the night be forever young…

VS Design Architects La Veuve Noire Collection 18kw south sea pearl spider diamond earrings, $7200, La Veuve Noire 18kw south sea pearl spider diamond ring, $6500, VS Design Architects, 818-578-6760, vsdesignarchitects.com

Agent Provocateur classic corset, $470, Agent Provocateur, LA, 323-653-0229, agentprovocateur.com Ugolino X chandelier, $29,250, Minotti, LA, 310-278-6851

Jimmy Choo Niagra silver Perspex heel in metallic nappa, $2495, Jimmy Choo, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045 Steuben designed by Ted Muehling tortoise full-cut lead crystal decanter, $1600, Gearys, Beverly Hills, 800-793-6670, gearys.com

DayNa Decker petit Aston luminesse sculptural candle, $616, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Sachin + Babi for Ankasa white beaded pillow, $350, sachinandbabi.com

Glamour bed, $13,099; Shariff blanket (on bed), $1490, Domus Design Collection, 310-273-5050

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GETAWAY: Riviera Maya


white sand SAmia arslane finds paradise just a few hours away.


aradise does exist, and it’s only a few hours from LA. Nestled along an idyllic coastline on the dramatic Yucatan Peninsula is the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico. I’ve always appreciated the Mandarin Oriental hotels for their peaceful atmospheres and Asian-inspired themes—they suit me à la perfection. But of all their properties that I’ve visited through the years, I have to say the Riviera Maya is my favorite. This place is exactly how I imagine Heaven to look. Best of all, it was my birthday! The hotel opened about two and a half years ago. It’s a luxurious hideaway set on 36 lush, secluded acres of tropical forests and surrounded by the crystal-clear blue Caribbean. Here you will find protected mangrove reserves, tranquil lagoons, babbling streams, and a spectacular cenoté—a deep freshwater reservoir sacred to the ancient Mayans

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that serves as the resort’s centerpiece. Upon arrival, I instantly felt a sense of peace…like I was transported into another world—another dimension— where everything is quieter and slower. True to its organic style of natural architecture, the lobby is located outside and is decorated with bamboo and exotic hardwoods. Ceiling fans spin at a slow, rhythmic pace while below, exotic fish gently navigate through the waters that encircle the lobby. The charming staff welcomes you with a cool, refreshing beverage created with green tea and exotic spices from the region. I was instantly addicted. Waking to the surreal white sand beaches, the clear blue water, and the island’s sweet aroma was intoxicating. From my suite, I could see a beautiful pond to which I had direct access. It was unforgettable, not so much because of its breathtaking beauty, but more for what was living in it. The day before, the nice hotel clerk

took me to my room to explain all the amenities. That’s when he casually mentioned the crocodile (or was it an alligator?) that lives in the pond. I started to laugh, thinking he was joking. He wasn’t. But I was told not to worry because, apparently, only a few people had spotted the animal since the hotel opened. The spa experience at the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya is one of the world’s best. From the moment I walked in, I was speechless. The spa is the centerpiece of the guest experience and an integral part of what makes this luxurious hideaway the ultimate retreat. It was the best birthday I’ve had in a long time. Fortunately, I never saw the reptile. Come to think of it, I’m not even sure he really existed—it might have been a dream…like this trip was. The Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya: the sanctuary of tranquility.



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gENLUXshop David & Young white earmuffs, $24, dyaccessories.com Simon G Jewelry 18K earrings, $9570, Sarah Leonard Fine Jewelers, LA, 310-208-3131; simongjewelry.com Marchesa organza and satin rosette draped pochette, $595, marchesa.com

RM by Roland Mouret Myrtha wool-crepe dress, $1995, netaporter.com

Oscar de la Renta Couture jacket, $2290, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-5505900

Bedat & Co stainless steel watch with external and internal bezel set with 195 diamonds, mother-of-pearl dial, six diamonds hour-markers, and rolled-edge handstitched alligator strap, $19,950, Feldmar Watch and Clock Center, LA, 310-274-8016

Rachel Zoe jacket, $99, qvc.com

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Faber-Castell E-motion White Rhombus Ballpoint, $70, Gearys, Beverly Hills, 310-2734741, gearys.com

Perrin Paris 1893 Vagabond white leather gloves, $465, Perrin Paris, Beverly Hills, 310-786-9936, perrinparis.com

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Perrin Paris 1893 Riva Ball white French box leather bag, $1250, Perrin Paris, Beverly Hills, 310-786-9936, perrinparis.com

Michele Deco diamond watch with white diamond dial on alligator strap, $1595, michele.com

Gabby Applegate Ida Estuary blazer, $462, Echo Park Independent Co-op, 213-483-0260 Jimmy Choo Roxana bag with coral, $1350, Jimmy Choo, 866-JCHOO-US, jimmychoo.com

iSharya Hasina white enamel embellished earrings with gold coins, $212, isharya.com

Vivienne Westwood draped lurex top, $412, Greta Unlimited, Beverly Hills, 310-247-1006

Georgina diamond, gold and mother-of-pearl ring, price upon request, designsbygeorgina.com

Sydney Evan curved pave-bead bracelet on mammoth ivory, $2890, sydneyevan.com

Christian Louboutin Big Lips tourterelle suede thigh boot with gunmetal stiletto heel, $2495, Christian Louboutin, West Hollywood, 310-247-9300

Kaufmann Franco long jacket, $2195, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

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CHANEL white alpaca pullover, $1160; CHANEL white muslin skirt, $25,355. For more info call 800-550-0005

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closet desires: romance

gENLUXshop iSharya gold filigree band, $62, isharya.com

Rock & Republic Paulina lace mesh cut-out sandal, $325, neimanmarcus.com

Dolce & Gabbana Runway Fall/ Winter 2010/2011 (Photo: Runway Resource)

“I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin.” —Coco Chanel 116 GENLUX WINTER / 2010

Yigal Azrouël black chantilly lace top, $470, yigal-azrouel. com; Yigal Azrouël jet and bone blazer with detachable leather lapel, $1150; jet silk crepe pant, $660; jet leather pump, $550, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-2754211; yigal-azrouel.com

Dolce & Gabbana dress, $2395, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Eve lace clutch, $40, M’attias, Santa Monica, 310-576-4711, mattiasfunwear.com

Donna Mizani Matty Victorian lace dress, $265, revolveclothing.com

Casadei pump, $680, casadei.com

Tadashi black and nude lace strapless A-line belted dress with silk underlay, $448, tadashishoji.com

Sachin + Babi ostrich feather, metal and sequins earrings, $250, Greta Unlimited, Beverly Hills, 310-247-1006

Dsquared2 Runway Fall/Winter 2010/2011 (Photo: Piero Biasion for Runway Resource)

Roger Vivier Bird Ostrich feather and calfskin leather gloves, $2395, Roger Vivier, NY, 212-861-5371

CHANEL Plume 18K white gold and diamonds brooch, 2010 Biennale Collection, price upon request, CHANEL Fine Jewelry, Beverly Hills, 800-550-0005

Funktional Silk Feather Skirt, $72, Mohawk General Store, LA, 323-669-1601, mohawkgeneralstore.net

Emilio Pucci Runway Fall/Winter 2010/2011 (Photo: Piero Biasion for Runway Resource)

WTB black and green feather skirt, price upon request, wtbclothing.com

Sachin + Babi ostrich feather and sequin dress, $1235, Greta Unlimited, Beverly Hills, 310-247-1006

closet desires: little birdie!


Feathers are all the rage right now! From CHANEL’s feather 2010 Biennale Collection to the amazing Roger Vivier bird glove, feathers can be absolutely stunning. We’ve also been seeing feather dresses by Emilio Pucci and even Dsquared2. WINTER / 2010 GENLUX 117

Kangol cable cloche, $60, Fedora Primo, Santa Monica, 310-399-8584

closet desires: mountain high

gENLUXshop This winter, be prepared for the cold! Whether you’re planning a trip to the mountain or the mall, do it D&G style: extravaganza all the way with their snowflake motifs on sweaters, full-body ski suits, and rhinestone-covered goggles. If that’s not for you, then get your hands on the fabulous Dior ski jacket.  

Ryan Roberts Boiled WoolTaffeta scarf, $85, Avedon, Beverly Hills, 310-888-1899; ryanroberts.com

DG Runway Fall/ Winter 2010/2011 (Photo: Piero Biasion for Runway Resource)

Emilio Pucci ski jacket, $2180, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Fendi jacket, $2190, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Sorel Cate the Great waterproof leather upper, handcrafted rubber shell and fauxfur cuff boot, $200, sorel.com

Style coat, $240, Greta Unlimited, Beverly Hills, 310-247-1006

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Dior jacket, $2600, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Brunello Cucinelli ski jacket, $2580, Brunello Cucinelli, Beverly Hills, 310-724-8118, brunellocucinelli.com

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gENLUXshop Catching Up With Tadashi Shoji He has dressed many of today’s hottest icons, from Beyoncé and Taylor Swift to Oprah. Designer Tadashi Shoji sits down with COURTNEY FORTUNE to discuss his muse and prove that indeed, even Mother Nature can be glamorous.

Black pleated georgette and lace dress, $348

Evening sand fanpleated tulle gown, $808

Ecru mini paillette one-shoulder dress, $308


adashi Shoji is standing next to his collection prior to his presentation in Bloomingdale’s, Santa Monica Place. Amidst the hustle of his team, the fashion, ruffles and beading, he is perfectly calm. Best known for luxury gowns and an impressive celebrity following, the designer speaks about his work the way a fine chef might describe one of his ingredients. “Make sure you take a very close look at the material,” he says, waving his hand over the racks of dresses, motioning me to touch them. He cites the inspiration for his new collection as the patterns, shapes, and textures he saw in the aerial views of his travels. As we walk by the racks of dresses, he points out the beaded lining of mountains and the movement of wind. In his portfolio there are photos of the desert and delicately winding tree branches. When I ask what intrigues him most about nature, he quietly replies, “I enjoy the raw forms of nature and the sensations I feel from the elements. The colors are rich and they sparkle. Such a Tadashi Shoji eggunique and beautiful texture!”

plant degrade mini paillette long-sleeve gown, $548

What makes this collection different from his previous ones? “The palette is more muted; I experimented with new techniques and treatments this season as well. I wanted to create a feeling that returned to more basic inspiration.” A woman pulls a purple long-sleeve cocktail dress covered

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in dark metallic sequins. “My collection is made up of very different shapes and mixed media, so on the rack some women may see it as a risk. But then when they put it on, they are always surprised by their transformation.” I ask the designer how this transformation is realized by the female figure and what he notices in his patrons. Shoji sees the woman he designs for as independent and self-sufficient. He aims to celebrate her inner strength by creating pieces that do not overwhelm her, but instead highlight and emphasize that strength. “Just zip it up and go,” he says. “I design for the woman who doesn’t want to deal with uncomfortable materials.” Shaking his head, he dismisses the word ‘pretty.’ He’s not interested in just ‘pretty.’ Rather, he offers what he defines as ageless concepts that guarantee a stunning performance on any figure. And this is what drives Tadashi Shoji to create and maintain a presence in the fashion industry. Does he have different feelings about seeing his work on the red carpet versus walking down the isle or on the street? “I am not just making fashion for the fashion industry; I want to design for real women—to make them feel happy about themselves. If I only design for the runways or the red carpet, it won’t sustain me. I am interested in the woman who is meeting people, who is dancing, and ready for wherever the night takes her.” All styles available at Tadashi Shoji, South Coast Plaza, 877-Tadashi

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TOP watches

gENLUXshop Frédérique Constant stainless steel gold-top ring with diamonds, $4950, Westime, Beverly Hills, 310-271-0000 frederique-constant.com

Harry Winston Talk to Me Harry Winston snowflake dial, 4.1 carats of diamonds set in 18K white gold case, price upon request, Harry Winston, NY, 212-245-2000

Michele Caber natural mother-of-pearl dial surrounded by 140 diamonds with stainless steel case and bracelet, signature MW crown and Swiss movement watch, $1545, 800522-TIME, michele.com

Vacheron Constantin Kalla Lune watch with 134 baguette-cut diamonds in the case, 170 baguette-cut diamonds and 9 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bracelet, price upon request, 877862-7555; vacheronconstantin.com

Dior Christal 33mm ETA Swiss quartz watch, stainless steel case, red patent calf leather strap, bezel set with diamonds and white sapphire crystal inserts with white mother-ofpearl dial, $5050, Dior Boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-859-4700

CHANEL J12 Marine watch with black high-tech sandblasted ceramic and steel case, 42mm blue bezel, mechanical Swiss automatic movement (28,800 vibrations/hour), matte rubber bracelet, $4900, CHANEL Fine Jewelry Boutiques, 800-550-0005

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Louis Vuitton Tambour Bijou black force watch with black diamonds and black galuchat strap, $4900, Louis Vuitton, Beverly Hills, 866-VUITTON, louisvuitton.com

Cartier Libre collection Ronde fantaisiste watch, case in 18K rhodiumized white gold set with round diamonds, $67,500, Cartier, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4272, cartier.com

Tiffany & Co. diamond oval cocktail watch in 18K white gold on black satin strap, $12,600, Tiffany & Co., Beverly Hills, 310-273-8880, tiffany.com

OMEGA Ladymatic 34mm stainless steel watch on white alligator bracelet with diamond bezel and white mother-of-pearl dial with diamonds, $14,700, OMEGA at the Beverly Center, LA, 310-854-0003, omegawatches.com

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Pale fire A post-vacation glow is the perfect look to accompany the season’s white looks. Think flushed cheeks and brown, natural, full brows. —Dawn Shand Johnson best face color

best EYE coLOR

Shiseido creative director Dick Page on how to get this season’s white-hot look: Tom Pecheux

“Go for soft, neutral eyes. Use the darkest shade from the Shiseido Makeup Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trip in Strata all over the eyelid. Blend and diffuse lightly with a fluffy brush to retain the weight of the color.”

“To achieve a natural, sunkissed glow, start with a matte look by applying a light wash of foundation to even out the complexion and warm up the natural tan coloring of skin tone. Next, apply a generous coat of Shiseido Makeup Translucent Powder.”

Kjaer Weis Eye Shadow in Cloud Nine, made with organic ingredients, $44; $20 for the refill, spacenk.com

Sensai Triple Touch Compact, with colorless concealer, cream concealer, and pressed powder, $55, neimanmarcus.com Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder Foundation helps balance skin tone; comes with brush. $39.50, qvc.com

Shiseido Makeup Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trip in Strata, $33, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400; Bloomingdale’s, Beverly Center, 310-360-2851

for a hint of white Urban Decay Glitter Eye Shadow Intense Shadow, $17, amazon.com

best CHEEK color

“To create a windburned look, apply a combination of Shiseido Makeup Luminizing Satin Face Colors in Orchid, Tea Rose Petal, and Carnation to the apples of the cheeks, bridge of the nose, and along Dolce & Gabbana the the hair line, temple, and chin. blush, $44, saks.com Change the color combination based on your skin tone.” Nars Sex Appeal Blush, $26, narscosmetics.com

Top Shop Cream Eye Shadow in Snow Storm, $14, topshop.com

Temptu Adorn White Temporary Tattoos, $30, sephora.com DuWop Mattillume Lighter, $38, sephora.com; duwop.com

Top Shop Lip Glaze in Frostbite, $12, topshop.com

for a warm glow Physicians Formula’s Powder Palette is fragrance- and parabenfree. $13.95, target.com

Mai Couture 2-1 Oil Bronzing / Blotting Papiers, talc- and paraben-free, $22 with wallet $36, maicouture.com

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La Mer Illuminating Powder, $95, saks.com; nordstrom.com

“Use a touch of natural color. To accentuate the natural lip tone, use a soft, fluffy brush to apply Shiseido Makeup Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Dune. Next, blot the lips with a damp base sponge to remove excess. Then use your finger to apply a second light coat of lipstick.”

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Chunky Cherry, $15, macys.com; nordstrom.com Benefit Full Finish Lipstick in Shy, $18, sephora.com

best BROW PRODUCT Brows? “Natural but strong.”

best NAIL color

Shiseido Makeup Natural Eyebrow Pencil, $20, barneys.com; Bloomingdale’s, Century City, 310-773-7106

Deborah Lippman Nail Color Like a Virgin, $16, amazon.com

Priti White Ballet Dahlia, $12.50, The Beauty Box, 310-659-3802, beautybox.com

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gENLUXshop HAIR TODAY The pros weigh in on what’s hot and what’s not this season. —Dawn Shand Johnson TRENDS IN Color “As the weather cools down, we tend to look a bit pale and washed out, so we start seeing darker, richer, and warmer hair colors. I’m personally not a fan of the one-solid-color look. Even when my clients decide to go darker for winter, I leave the ends untouched; that way, the hair has a natural, grown-out look, which is the perfect transition from summer into winter. Red tones are also seen more during winter because they warm up the skin and soften the face.   Trends can be fun, but they don’t work for everyone. My goal is to enhance the natural beauty and color of the hair. I like to keep the natural hair color as the foundation and base and add highlights to give dimension.   One approach I’ve helped to popularize is maintaining the lightness at the bottom of the hair. My client Rachel Bilson is a great example of this look. It’s pretty on everyone, creates body and movement, and maintains the health of the hair. And most of all, it’s very low-maintenance.”  —Denis De Souza, colorist, Andy LeCompte Salon, 616 N. Almont Dr, West Hollywood, 310-273-4100

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Byron Williams Chamomile Shampoo and Conditioner, $20 each, bybyron.com Alterna’s Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil fights frizz without the use of parabens, gluten, phthalates, mineral oil, paraffin, DEA, TEA, petrolatum or PABA. $24, beauty. com; ulta.com

Biomega by Aquage with Omega Rich Moisturizer & Keratin Amino Acids, $17, aquage.com

mUST-HAVE HAIR PRODUCTS TRENDS IN CUTS “You’ll be seeing a lot of what’s happening for winter going into spring. Heavily layered hair that’s cut to go with the natural wave and texture of the hair with a heavy fringe will be very popular. The full, sexy, free, and bedhead-ish look is really in right now, along with long, shiny waves or sleek bobs. Pixies like those you’re seeing on Emma Watson, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Carey Mulligan will be all over the place.” —Neil Weisberg, Neil George Salon, 9320 Civic Center Dr, Beverly Hills, 310-275-2808 

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Ojon’s Winter Shine & Protect Collection includes a treatment formula, shine-and-protect protect shampoo and conditioner, and leave-in glossing cream. $44, sephora.com

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Melvita’s new certified-organic Capiforce Hair Mask restores dry, damaged hair as well as unbalanced scalps. $28, melvita.com; beauty.com

Solano’s UltraLight Hair Dryer is lightweight and easy to control. $145, ulta.com  

Mason Pearson Detangler All Nylon Hair Brush, $82, amazon.com

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW A brand-new year is upon us. Start fresh with one of the Four Seasons’ exclusive new facials, or turn over a new leaf with the help of trainer Mike Donavanik. —Dawn Shand Johnson New You Resolution This year, jump-start your fitness routine with the help of sought-after celebrity personal trainer Mike Donavanik, CSCS, CPT. Specializing in dynamic functional training—think exciting, varied workouts that challenge both your body and mind—Donavanik is based at über-private Beverly Hills gym The Bunker. (Like an exclusive club, it doesn’t even have a sign—just look for the “X” on the door.) If you packed on a few extra pounds this holiday season, Donavanik will help you reverse the damage: “I’ll focus on four things to help you take off the weight as quickly as possible: exercise/workouts, diet, hydration, and sleep. During our sessions together, I’ll make sure we get the most volume of work done as possible—that means we’re going to be maximizing the number of calories burned. Outside the gym, I’ll make sure you get your eating habits back on track (quantity, quality, timing), drink enough water, and get enough sleep.” What’s more, Donavanik recently developed a group fitness class exclusively for Crunch, which is known for its innovative, cutting-edge approach to fitness. Dubbed “Training Day,” it’s offered at Crunch’s San Francisco and West Hollywood locations and promises to get your blood pumping. Each customized personal training session with Mike, $150. 310-754-6080, mikedfitness.com

Beauty NEWS


What’s New at Ole This winter, fans of Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa should check out the company’s new nail boutique and Advanced Hydra-Dermabrasion treatment. Stop in for a mani/pedi, check out the SpaRitual Vegan Nail Polish, Axxium OPI soak-off gels, and Minx nail designs. 8622 W. Sunset Blvd, 310-854-7700, olehenriksen.com

Red Carpet Ready This award season, get red-carpet ready at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, which is now offering a host of new facials that promise to impart a flashbulbworthy glow. Check out the Ultra treatment, which works with the body to stimulate natural biological processes, improving facial tone and texture without discomfort or downtime. Also on offer: the Kerstin Florian Correcting Facial; a 90-minute Four Seasons Regenerating Facial; 60-minute Anti-Gravity Lift; and the 60-minute Ultrasonic Resurfacing Facial. Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Dr, LA, 310-273-2222

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Indulge your inner ice queen this winter—snag one of the season’s chic white accessories and cool your heels at the eco-friendly skating rink at the W Los Angeles or at SBE’s carnival-themed Winter Sessions dance party. —By Shannon L. Bowen ➣ By Kelly Locke, this Carolyn hobo

Russian Standard:

1 ounce Russian Standard vodka ½ ounce acacia honey 4 ounces chilled Prosecco Dash of Reagan’s Orange bitters 1 orange twist, for garnish

This winter, warm up with Russia’s number-one premium vodka, Russian Standard, crafted according to famed Russian chemist and inventor Dmitri Mendeleev’s 1894 vodka formula, which resulted in the standardization of vodka’s alcoholic content by the Russian state. This Russian Court cocktail was created by Dushan Zaric of NYC’s lauded cocktail bar Employees Only: Pour honey and vodka into a mixing glass and stir until honey dissolves. Then pour into a champagne flute and top off with Prosecco. Finish with a dash of orange bitters and garnish with an orange twist.

➣ Looking to add a little excitement to your lazy Sunday afternoons? Head over to Industry nightclub in West Hollywood, where the good people of SBE, Sam Nazarian’s ubiquitous luxury-lifestyle, hospitality, and real estate firm, are turning up the heat with Winter Sessions, an “SBE Brothers Carnival.” A counterpart to SBE’s Summer Sessions at XIV, this weekly carnival-themed dance party takes over Industry’s parking lot every Sunday starting at 2:00 p.m. Expect rides, games, and inspired snacks (think vodka snow cones) until 6:00 p.m., when the party moves indoors, where DJs spin and special musical guests perform. 643 N. La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood; facebook.com/sbecarnival

Java Monster Vanilla Light is a low-calorie,

low-fat coffee and energy drink—great for our warmer LA winter days. Gives you a boost to get through the busy winter months. $2.49, Trader Joe’s, LA, 310-8241495; monsterenergy.com

From Gemma Redux, this Reina necklace is fashioned from white jade, feathers, and gold-plated metal. $537, gemmaredux.com

For the second year in a row, the W Los Angeles in Westwood has turned its Wet pool deck into Chill, a winter wonderland complete with a 1,300-square-foot environmentally friendly hybrid ice-skating rink, cheery winter décor, thousands of twinkling lights, and hourly snowfall. What’s more, the Backyard restaurant is offering a Snowy Snack Bar menu—check out the Frostini, made with Bailey’s and peppermint Schnapps—and every Saturday, the Beverly Hills Skating Park’s Cabaret Ice Theater will perform and give lessons. Chill is open through Jan. 2, 2011. W Los Angeles, 930 Hilgard Ave, LA, 310-208-8765

is white hot in chalk-white anaconda. $1100, Church, 7277 Santa Monica Blvd, LA, 323-876-8887

West Hollywood hotspot XIV by Michael Mina is offering a whimsical spin on the classic American TV dinner. But don’t worry—there are no mushy peas or carrots here. Instead, every Tuesday, patrons can enjoy the restaurant’s fine American fare presented on elegant white dinnerware configured like an iconic TV dinner platter. Think cute little compartments filled with delectable concoctions from lauded chef John Church. It’s kitschy-cool in the best possible way. 8117 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, 323-656-1414, sbe.com/xiv Tory Burch multilink square chain bracelet in silver, $195, Tory Burch, 142 S. Robertson Blvd, LA, 310-2482612, toryburch.com

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KEEP IT GREEN—George Blodwell

It has been exactly one year since I had a synthetic sod lawn installed at my house in Hollywood, and it looks as fabulous now as it did then. I researched many companies before deciding on Artificial Grass Liquidators to do the job, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result. I’ve had lawn parties, badminton matches, storms, heat waves, endless guests in high-heeled shoes, my dogs doing their daily rounds—even the occasional photo shoot—and it continues to amaze everyone who comes here. Naturally, it needs some basic maintenance: leaf-raking, poop patrol, and a hose-down every now and then, but nothing like the weekly crews of gardeners with their lawn mowers and trimmers that I have to endure from my neighbors. And, goodness me, I save mega gallons of water! Of course, all that is such a selfish satisfaction compared to the moral significance of switching to a waterless lawn in this part of the world. It is a fact that 68% of the water consumed domestically in Los Angeles goes to watering our lawns and gardens! This means that if we switched

en masse to waterless lawns, our water crisis would all but disappear! Yes, in this harsh economic climate, there are financial pros and cons about going waterless, but the cons are relatively insignificant. Going waterless pays for itself in a few years with lower water bills and almost zero garden maintenance. The city of LA will even give you a tax break on your water bill. The lawn itself is far more durable than delicate grass. Perhaps the earthworms would be the biggest losers, but their gain is predicated on the massive amount of water needed to keep their food source moist. It would behoove the city fathers to consider installing waterless lawns in all the public places. The manufacturers proclaim that their product even performs successfully under the rigors of professional football fields, public parks, and so on. This is a moral issue that goes well beyond the horrifying economics of water shortages into the arena of conservation and responsible stewardship of our fragile ecosystem. For info on synthetic sod, visit Artificial Grass Liquidators.com, or call Bob Delosier at 909-478-4791.



Good for your heart and your sole. Can a shoe help save the world? Salvatore Ferragamo's Ferragamo World shoes is hoping to do its part to make a difference and make it easy for you to do yours, too. The men's collection, launching with the new Spring/Summer collection, features six styles of shoes that are not only made from bio-friendly materials and manufactured ecoconsciously for less impact on the environment, but by purchasing these shoes you also give back to those in need. A percent of the revenue goes to the Acumen Fund to support businesses in countries in need that supply clean water, energy and agriculture. ferragamo.com

Beat the winter blues with a green flower arrangement. The modern design and monochromatic palette livens up the traditional rose and orchid bouquet. Floral arrangement prices upon request, Flowers by Scher Design, LA, 310-2755072, flowersbyscherdesign.com

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Asked where she finds inspiration for her collections, Vera Wang says, “A film, a painting, an artist, a book, a story.” For her Ready-toWear Resort 2011 collection, she drew from Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, while her Ready-to-Wear Spring 2011 collection was informed by Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. ¶ Such a wide-ranging palette of inspirations helps to explain the scope of her work, and the growth of her fashion empire is due in no small part to this boundless creativity. ¶ The New York–based designer opened her flagship store on Madison Avenue in 1990. Her bridal designs elevated the genre—before long, if you were someone who was anyone, you were saying your vows in a Vera Wang gown. But since then, the Vera Wang name has evolved to embody a lifestyle aesthetic, complete with not only a readyto-wear line, but eyewear, footwear, fragrance, bedding, mattress, china, crystal, silver, fine papers, luggage, and hospitality collections, among others. ¶ So with the close of 2010, which marks the 20th anniversary of her brand, what’s left to conquer? The designer has her sights set on Asia in particular—and the world in general. “I would love a global presence,” she says. —By Shannon L. Bowen Neighborhoods: Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, Malibu

Rowena floor-length empire-waist caftan with drawstring, $370, odabash.com

Time of year: Any time of year

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Stay in LA? The Beverly Wilshire. Have drinks? Mr. Chow, Chateau Marmont, The Blvd, The Beverly Hills Hotel FAVORITES:

Vera Wang Lavender “Brie” Shoe, $350, Vera Wang, 8445 Melrose Ave, LA, 323-602-0174

Shops: Maxfield, Moss, Margiela, Barneys, Fred Segal Restaurants: Cut, Mr. Chow, Cecconi’s, The Ivy, Katsuya Museums: MOCA, LACMA, and the Getty Beaches: Santa Monica and Malibu

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What’s in your carry-on? Nothing but a clutch, if possible. What are your packing essentials for LA? Leggings, T-shirts, my jewelry, my shoes, and leather jackets. What packing essentials do you recommend for friends visiting LA? Anything easy. What’s the first thing you do to unwind? Turn on the television and unpack. How do you make your hotel room feel more like home? With flowers and candles. Red-eye or morning flight? Either. How do you look refreshed after a long flight? I drink a lot of water and moisturize. What do you wish LA had more of that you have in NY? Perhaps energy. What do you wish NY had that LA has? The weather and lifestyle.

Vera Wang Signature Luggage Collection for Hartmann, featuring (clockwise from top left) 20” Mobile Traveler, $500; 27” Mobile Traveler, $840; 19” Rolling Duffle, $600; Doctor’s Bag, $450; Convertible Tote, $400; exclusively at Bloomingdales.com

Vera Wang Home Bedding Collection in Bouquet, $120–$495, exclusively at bloomingdales.com From the Vera Wang Spring 2011 Bridal Collection, a blush one-shoulder Chantilly hand-printed organza mermaid gown with corset bodice and blossom flange skirt, $5100, Vera Wang, 8445 Melrose Ave, LA, 323-602-0174

From the Vera Wang ReadyTo-Wear Fall 2010 collection, a duchess satin draped bustier dress with black draped tissue faille, $1895, Vera Wang, 8445 Melrose Ave, LA, 323602-0174

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