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BELLA DONNA Donna Antebi: entrepreneur, philanthropist, author and mom. ME AND BONNIE MCGEE Exclusive interview with the girl with eight number-one hits BACKSTAGE PASS Photog Andrew Matusik finds the lastest looks backstage GLASS Keep it sleek or chic this season with a touch of shine DRIVE IN NEUTRAL We take a ride into fall’s quiet palette of soft neutrals TARYN IT UP Exclusive interview! Orange is the New Black’s Taryn Manning MODERN ARIA We head to Las Vegas’s ultrafuturistic ARIA Resort & Casino

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Chriselle Lim: Check out my fall picks! Amanda Eliasch: London to Salzburg to Hollywood Laura Dunn: Can’t live without... Shop for a Cause: Fashion + Philanthropy Interior Motives: Drink and eat in style Jetsetter: We profile chef Caroline Byron Jetsetter: Murphy’s New Law: PR Queen Karen Murphy Closet Desires: Cozy Coats Closet Desires: Shiny Metal Out-of-Towner: Donna Karan

Beauty Picks: Cecilia’s faves Beauty News: Sweatshop Diary: Must-lose weight plan

Profile: Restaurateur Ryan Doherty’s vision for Las Vegas LA Restaurants: Favorite places to dine and wine Jeff Lipsman: Whisky, anyone?

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GENLUX Publisher / Editorial Director: Cecilia Moreno Associate Publisher: Bryna Makowka Editor in Chief: Samia Arslane Creative Director / Photo Editor: Stephen Kamifuji Fashion Editor: Amanda Eliasch Fashion Director: Laura Dunn Fashion+Style Director: Chriselle Lim Food+Wine Editor: Jeff Lipsman Philanthropy Editor: Catherine Williams Associate Editor: Emily Hassard Director of Events: John Sugrue / OCLA Events National Advertising Director: Alan Thavisouk VP of Advertising: Rhonda Zakhor Copy Editor: Larry Lederman Financial Director: Marc Meshekow Director Human Resources: Yolanda Garcia Assistant to Editor in Chief: Elodie Daspergruber Contributing Editors: Stephen Christopher, Courtney Fortune, Dr. Ezra Kest, Sherryl White, Cheryl Woodcock, Contributing Photographers: Erik Almås, Marcus&Koala, Tracey Morris, Andrew Matusik

Fall Issue ©2014 by Genlux Magazine™, LLC., All rights reserved. No part of this periodical may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior written permission from Genlux Magazine. To advertise: Contact Cecilia@genlux.com or call 310-275-5700

Photography by Andrew Matusik Model: Mirjam Roth / ReDirect Models New York Katya Leonovich dress, katyaleonovich.com Valentina Kova gloves, valentinakova.com





ere we go again, delivering you another beautiful issue. In addition to covering our major tenets of fashion and philanthropy, our emphasis this time is on food and wine. For instance, we’ve curated a list of our favorite LA restaurants. Check out our choices and give us your thoughts. (p106) In this issue we’re also introducing you to two wellness experts: Shivangi Van Gogh and Leo Zen. Inner beauty is as important as the outer, and it starts with a healthy mind. She talks to us about meditation, how essential it is for our well-being, and how to live in the present. Can you do it? (p93) Celebrity yogi Leo Zen lives a healthy lifestyle. Learn how he does it and what his dream is for the future. (p92) As for fashion trends, one item you must invest in this season is a coat. Yes, even you Angelinas. You gotta have one in your closet. (p88) Another trend is metallic, because we all need a little bling to brighten our lives. (p90) My fall picks are really simple this season. I’ve fallen in love with Donna Karan’s fall collection—some exquisite, comfortable, sophisticated and elegant dresses. Donna, by the way, is this issue’s Out of Towner (p112) Our Jetsetters are two accomplished women. One is Caroline Byron, a vegan chef from New York; the other is Karen Murphy, philanthropist, and head of her own public relations firm. (p87) So grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit in your favorite spot in the sunshine and enjoy this issue of Genlux. Bisous à tous!


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The world’s most prestigious watch and jewelry brands come together for the Rodeo Drive Festival of Watches + Jewelry on Sunday, September 14th through Sunday, September 21st 2014 to celebrate the art of watch and jewelry making. Guests are privy to new product introductions from the world’s most celebrated luxury brands, exhibitions and visits from prestigious watchmakers and previews of what’s in fashion with new collections for both men and women.



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Chris Botti, the Grammy-winning trumpeter and best-selling jazz musician, shares with our STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER about the loves in his life, how fortunate it was to make Oprah cry, and the former president who’s one of his biggest fans Photography by Erik Almäs

Photographer: Erik Almäs / erikalmas.com Producer: Filiz Rezvan / ericalmas.com Stylist: Lisa Cera / RexAgency.com Production Assistant: Elodie Daspersruber Digital Tech /1st Assistant: Mike Byrne Prop Stylist: Grant Bush Grip / 2nd Assistant: Mark Nakagawa 3rd Assistant: Keith Hedgecock Assistant: Louis Rosa Stylist Assistant: Jaclyn Gercensom Hair & Makeup: Helen Robertson / CelestineAgency.com Nail Tech Denise Bourne / RexAgency.com Interns: Naomi Harris & Amina Malik Location: Big Daddy’s Antiques, Los Angeles Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore automatic chronograph in forged carbon watch, $36,900 Westime, Beverly Hills, 254 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310-271-0000 Kent and Curwen turtleneck, $475, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 3x1 M3 black jeans, $245, 3x1.us/men Prada Nappa sport low-profile sneaker, $590, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900


TOM FORD Windsor three-piece suit, $5630; Tom Ford white slim shirt, $635; TOM FORD silk tie, $155, TOM FORD Beverly Hills, 888-866-3673


TOP BRASS Chris Botti, the Grammy-winning trumpeter and one of the best-selling jazz musicians in the world, meets me for lunch at Cavatina at the Sunset Marquis hotel. He’s wearing his uniform, as he calls it—a Giorgio Armani T, 3x1 bespoke jeans, Prada shoes, Louis Vuitton sunglasses, and on his wrist, a Panerai watch. We grab a table on the patio, and Chris shares openly about his life and three keys to his success: practice, practice, practice. “I sold my place (a spacious home in the Hollywood Hills), car (a black convertible Bentley) and all my furniture,” Chris tells me about his recent relocation to New York. “I packed my clothes, and moved into the Mercer Hotel. To be honest, it’s a chance for me to hit the reset button.” Then he shares what precipitated the move: what else—a woman. “She’s Italian, like me, so she has her own brand of crazy—but I guess I love it. We broke up and I haven’t been seriously dating for the last year. I don’t know whether it’s going to rekindle or not.” Mind you, it’s hard for Chris to be in a relationship. He tours 300 days a year and practices like a fiend the rest of the time. Oh, and then there are the chess games (something Sting introduced him to), yoga, and yes, more practice. It’s practice that’s been a Botti mantra since…well, forever. At age 12, he nearly handcuffed himself to the trumpet and worked on his chops every day for almost two straight years. In college, it was nine hours a day, and now he still practices two to four. “The trumpet is like relentless. There is no day off. If you don’t practice, it will literally kick you in the face,” Chris says convincingly. He glances at the menu and orders the bruschetta with crushed avocado—and tells of his scary beginnings. “I was born three months premature without a heartbeat. I weighed only a pound and a half and almost didn’t make it. Ironic, since I make my living off my lungs, right? So growing up, I was always this scrawny kid, who, by the time I was in fifth grade, realized I was never going to be Michael Jordan or play second base for the Mets.” That deciding ‘aha’ moment, along with hearing the Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock rendition of ‘My Funny Valentine,’ hooked him—line and sinker. “I knew at that moment, playing the trumpet was what I wanted to be doing the rest of my life.” Fast-forward six years, and Chris is off to college, where, in the middle of his fourth year, he drops out to go play with Frank Sinatra’s band. “I was this naïve kid from Oregon who went to Indiana and now was at a Holiday Inn in a seedy part of LA. I was like Opie comes to Hollywood.”

From there, after a decade-long gig with Paul Simon, Chris got his first of two tipping-point calls. “I was in England and Sting called to ask if I’d meet him at the Dorchester Hotel. He said, ‘Listen, I think you have what it takes, and I want you to be in my band. Give up two years of your solo career, and in return I’m going to singlehandedly break the sound of your horn to the world.’ So I did. And then, four years later, he fired me. But in the same breath he also gave me the greatest promotion. He told me, ‘I’m going to let you be my opening act.’” Transitioning from the majors with Sting—with the private chefs and private jets and making boatloads of cash—to the minors, hitting the road with his own band and shouldering all of its financial liabilities, was no cakewalk. “Our first headlining gig was in Oakland. We went on stage, and there were six of us in the band and four people in the audience. Right then, I knew that I needed to be the one to believe in this.” The tour was hemorrhaging his savings, and at 44, he was one gig away from being broke. Enter his second tipping point, ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show.’ The single tear that Oprah shed on her show (now bottled and sitting on Chris’s imaginary mantle), during his rendition of ‘When I Fall in Love,’ was worth millions. It skyrocketed the album to the number-one selling position on Amazon for six straight weeks and propelled it more than 100 points up the Billboard Jazz chart. And those oncevacant seats? Standing room only, baby. Chris has a ton of somebody-pinch-me moments like that, and this one in 2005. “I got asked to play at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. We came down to the press conference and it was Tony Bennett, Oprah, Tom Cruise… and me! It felt really humbled. Another was when my friend Tony La Russa texted me that he was reading a book by Stuart Woods. In it, on page 9, a character said, ‘If I hurry now I can make the Chris Botti show.’ And then, a few pages later, ‘How was the Chris Botti show?’ ‘Fantastic!’ Maybe of all the things, in a weird kind of way, that was one of those moments for me.” Or what


Dolce & Gabbana blue metallic tuxedo, $2500; Dolce & Gabbana shirt, $225, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 TOM FORD tie, $155, TOM FORD Beverly Hills, 888-866-3673


TOP BRASS about that jaw-dropping Chris Botti PBS special? “When we did our live show in Boston, Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Tyler, John Mayer and Sting all came to town to be on my show. How the hell did that happen? More than anything I’m most proud of the respect I’ve received from other musicians. If you can get respect from people that yo u respect, that’s the whole game.” Chris doles major props for his success to his manager, Bobby Colomby. “Bobby’s so much more than my producer and manager. I’m on the phone with him many, many times a day. We’re on it, man.” And for Bobby, it’s mutual: “We were good friends before we began working together. If Chris were a computer programmer, architect or pro athlete, he would be special. He’s dedicated, focused, disciplined, and has a tenacity like no one else I know… and above all, he has an enormous heart.” W hen it comes to charity, his heart lets his trumpet do the talking. Over the years Chris has been performing at many many charity benefits, including the last five years for the New York Ear and Eye Infirmary. One charity performance for the Children’s Foundation sticks out in his mind for one famous fan in the audience. “I’m playing on stage with Sting, and ever yone was in the audience—like Streisand, Donna Karan, and President Clinton, who was sitting next to Sting’s wife, Trudy. “So Clinton asked her, ‘Trudy, that looks like Chris Botti, what’s he doing here?’ Trudy said, ‘Didn’t you know that Sting and Chris are like brothers?’ So I play the song, and go backstage, and a Secret Service guy taps me on the shoulder and says, ‘The president would like to see you.’ So he leads me to Clinton, who then brings me on stage and introduces me to the audience as his favorite musician. Chelsea walked up to me later to confirm that he listens to my stuff all the time.” And how good is Clinton, the sax player? Chris responds diplomatically, “Well, considering he was president, he’s fantastic!” Chris loves connecting with, and surprising his fans. “I was asked to play a wedding in Italy. So I call Sting, who happens to be staying at his villa there, and he invites me and my band over for lunch. I tell him why we’re in Italy and that he’s the bride’s favorite artist, and that I’m her second favorite. So he starts pushing his pasta around, looks up and says, ‘Well, why didn’t she ask me? Can I crash the gig?’ So we don’t tell the bride, and at the very end, I say, ‘We’re going to do ‘My Funny Valentine’ for the bride, and out walks Sting from the side. It was pan-de-mon-ium.” On stage, where Chris wears Tom Ford almost exclusively, is where his heart is. “I’m really the happiest knowing there’s an audience out there, and it keeps me grateful. I can be playing in New York, Knoxville, or our Genlux concert coming up on Rodeo Drive on the 14th—wherever—it doesn’t matter—it just makes me happy. I’m always thinking, God, I’m lucky!” G



Actor Jesse Metcalfe and friends go on a tongue-in-cheek adventure sporting some of the season’s hottest new timepieces Photography by BrakhaX2

On Bryden: Hublot Big Bang Pop Art steel purple chronograph, $25,200; on Jesse: Hublot King Power Black Mamba chronograph with skeletonized dial, $41,200, Hublot, Beverly Hills, 310-550-0595 Reiss blazer, $495; Reiss pant, $220, Reiss, LA, 310-276-0060


Photography by BrakhaX2.com Stylist for Jesse Metcalfe: Tiffani Chynel / TiffaniChynel.co Models: Bryden and Barbara / Wilhelmina Models Grooming for Jesse: Emily Cheng / EmilyCheng.ca Makeup: Camille Clark / AimArtist.com Hair: Marina Magliaccio / TheRexAgency.com Manicure: Carla Kay / CloutierRemix.com Location: Special thanks to AesthesiaStudios.com Women’s Fashion: Special thanks to Nikki Rich Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji

On Barbara: Richard Mille RM 07-01 Skeletonised Ladies’ Automatic TZP white ceramic case watch with red gold caseband, rubber strap, $113,000, Richard Mille, Beverly Hills, 310-285-9898 Models in Nikki Rich, nikkirich.com


Jesse: Vacheron Constantin American 1921 in 18K rose gold watch, $36,800, Vacheron Constantin boutiques, 877-701-1755, vacheron-constantin.com, Paul Smith blazer, $1000, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Hugo Boss shirt, $145; Ted Baker pant, $225, Bloomingdale’s, Glendale Galleria, 818-638-4100 J.Lindeberg tie, $95, J.Lindeberg, Beverly Center, 310-659-7340 On Barbara: JaegerLeCoultre Reverso Duetto Classique Haute Joaillerie watch with back-to-back dials, $52,000, JaegerLeCoultre, Beverly Hills, 310-734-0525, jaegerlecoultre.com On Bryden: FREYWILLE Helena watch, $3230, FREYWILLE, Beverly Hills, 310-777-0009 Models wearing Nikki Rich, nikkirich.com


Ted Baker shirt, $165; vest, $225; Ted Baker, Bloomingdale’s, Glendale Galleria, 818-638-4100

Porsche Design Dempsey Racing titanium chronograph watch, signed by Patrick Dempsey,(limited to only 50 worldwide), $6250, Porsche Design, Beverly Hills, 310-205-0095; Porsche Design, South Coast Plaza, 714-662-2992


Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Beverly Hills Automatic flyback chronograph watch with black ceramic case, satin finished ceramic bezel, blue schedoni leather and red stitching strap, $29,900, Hublot, Beverly Hills, 310- 550-0595 Kent & Curwen jacket, $2495, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Versace Collection shirt, $335, Bloomingdale’s, Glendale Galleria, 818-638-4100



Jesse: Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire watch, $62,500, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Beverly Hills, 310-734-0525, jaeger-lecoultre.com Dsquared2 blazer, $1965; Z Zegna pant, $345, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Ted Baker shirt, $165, Bloomingdale’s, Santa Monica, 310-985-6400 J.Lindeberg scarf, $130, J.Lindeberg, 310-659-7340 Bryden: Vacheron Constantin Malte Lady 18K rose-gold diamond pavé watch, $35,300; Barbara: Vacheron Constantin Malte Lady in 18K white gold with full diamond pavé watch, $62,100, Vacheron Constantin boutiques, 877-701-1755, vacheron-constantin.com Models in Nikki Rich, nikkirich.com



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Genlux parties tend to bring out LA’s beautiful, philanthropic people, and this night was no different. In celebration of the summer fashion issue, host and cover girl Katie Cassidy welcomed fashionable guests to the rooftop at the Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive. The event was sponsored by everyone’s favorite eyewear boutique, Dan Deutsch. 350 guests enjoyed Svedka cocktails, Hint Water, and Hansen’s mixers as they moved to the sounds of DJ William Reed. Enjoying the beautiful evening included Cheryl Woodcock, Donna Antebi, Laura Dunn, Yuka Takahashi, Tracy O’Connor, Lotta Hintsa and Jodi Lyn O’Keef.

Bryna Makowka, Shamina Ledesma

DJ William Reed

Lotta Hintsa

Yuka Takahashi

Bianca Alexa Gabrielle De La Garza

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Jodi Lyn O’Keef Tracy O’Connor Nancy M oonves


Katie Cleary

Catherine Hanae Kim Maitland Ward Soo-Young Lee Natalie Hidalgo, Matthew Colantono

It was another gorgeous night under the stars at the Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive to celebrate the issue release party of host and cover girl Nikki Lund. Guests enjoying the Svedka cocktails, Hint Water and Hansen’s mixers. The beautiful event was generously sponsored by Kalologie. On hand were Nikki’s partner on their Nikki Rich fashion line, Richie Sambora. Others included Catherine Kim, Soo-Young Lee, Nikki Leigh, Emma Slater,

and Maitland Ward.

Tatum O’Neal

Kalyne Lionheart, Melissa Rummells

India Dupre

Marcus Mueller Nikki Lee, Richie Sambora, Nikki Lund, Emma Slater



Lori Loughlin

Sutton Stracke

Alex Von Furstenberg

Fashionable women gathered at the home of Janet Crown and Steve Robinson for the 11th Annual Bag Lunch benefiting P.S. Arts. Event founders Elizabeth Stewart and George Kotsiopoulos welcomed guests Jenna Elfman, Maria Bell, Lori Loughlin, Alexandra von Furstenberg, Liane Weintraub, Christine Chiu, and Sutton Stracke, who bought

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up enough bags from Bulgari, Valentino, Dior, Givenchy, Tom Ford, Dries Van Noten, and Miu Miu to raise over $150,000. Pressed Juicery hydrated the guests to go along with lunches by Serves You Right Catering.

George Kotsiopoulos

Tara Hirshberg, Maria Bell Cristina Erlich Judy Chang, Samia Arslane, Evie Jeang Janet Crown, Sally Perrin, Judith Godreche


Christine Chiu

Elizabeth Stewart, Magda Berliner, Jenny Brunt, Katie Bofshever Jenna Elfman



Enjoy my picks and let me know what you think! –Samia Arslane

Roger Vivier Miss Viv mustard yellow leather top-handle handbag with gold buckle at front flap closure, $2550, Roger Vivier, Costa Mesa, 714-435-0015

Pomellato Tango Collection 18K rose gold hoops with white diamond pave, $21,400, Pomellato Beverly Hills, 310-858-1300

Lanvin Fall 2014

Donna Karan Fall 2014

Hermès Les Canyons Etoiles 55cm scarf, $195, Hermès, Beverly Hills, 310-278-6440


Harry Winston High Jewelry Sublime watch, Harry Winston, BH, 310-271-8554

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FALL IN LOVE! Judith Leiber Watermelon Clutch, $5495, judithleiber.com


had the chance to visit the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Napa, and fell in love with not only the wine, but the heritage of the brand. From the pool and cabanas on the property to the service, and even the music wafting through the air, the surroundings are gorgeous and lively. Everything about this place feels like a 50s pool party!

Kelly Wearstler Bottle Opener, $250, kelly wearstler, LA, 323-895-7880

2012 gia pinot noir, $17, francisfordcoppolawinery.com

Kelly Wearstler Large Beverage Server, $595, kelly wearstler, LA, 323-895-7880

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Donna Antebi photographed in the backyard of her Bel Air home Donna Karan gown, Michael John cuff, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Supreme Jewelry ring, supremejewelry.net

Photography: Tracey Morris / TraceyMorris.com Stylist: Angel Terrazas / AimArtist.com Makeup: Christina Henry / ABTP.com Hair: Christina Buzas / ABTP.com Digital Tech: Robert Morris Photo Assistant: Christian Shenouda Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


Donna Antebi has no shortage of passion. She’s equal parts entrepreneur, author, wife, philanthropist, art collector, mentor and mom. Our STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER discovers what drives this woman, and the story behind that door up in her tree



Max Mara coat, $4990, MaxMara, Beverly HIlls, 310-385-9343 Dress and shoes, Donna’s own


BELLA DONNA Kentucky-born Donna Antebi pops one of the golden fries in her mouth. Earlier I’d warned her that the truffle fries at the Luxe Hotel on Rodeo Drive were the world’s best…well, other than McDonald’s, and are ‘highly addictive.’ “Oh, these are amazing!” she agrees and then leans in and lowers her voice to a whisper (like all good socialites do). “What’s the goal here? What do we want to achieve? What would your readers like to know?” I stop her. “Wait, who’s doing the interview here?” With that, a three-hour conversation ensues with the entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, wife, mom and mentor. It was ‘Entertainment Tonight’ correspondent/producer and reconnect with the earth. It’s so energizing to start off your week on Genlux editor Cheryl Woodcock who first told us about Donna. the right note.” “She’s an inspiring pacesetter—one of the most self-actualized Always entertaining, she shares her ‘fantasy four’ dinner: women I know. Donna’s book, T he Real Secrets Women Only W hisper, “Oprah Winfrey. Actually, I’d like to have a pajama party weekend has helped many a marriage.” with Oprah. Willie Nelson. I love Willie. His music. His voice and Today Donna has on a long grey asymmetrical Donna Karan passion. I love Farm Aid. His support of legalizing medical mariskirt, a Carolina Herrera white (her favorite color) linen top and juana. Richard Branson. And wouldn’t Nikola Tesla be thrilling?” Jimmy Choo sandals, and is carrying a medium-grey Birkin bag as When it’s time to escape, Donna has two favorite getaways. she switches gears from business to relationships to hemp to chem- “Our 300-acre farm in Kentucky called the ‘Donnarosa,’ like trails to tech startups to what really drives her: “Spending time with Ponderosa. There are a few miles of creek where you can canoe people who are enthusiastic and inspired—those with a desire to go right out to the Kentucky River. It’s a simple and quiet getaway. from ideas to execution. Right now, I’m working with two exciting There’s nothing there, which is just the way I like it.” start-ups, BitSpeed and Haulstars.com.” Donna picks up her iPhone and scrolls to a photo of a door Through the years, Donna the philanthropist has contributed sitting in a tree. “My son Stephen installed a wonderful art piece at to a long list of charities: “For a long time I was co-chair of Cedars- the entrance to Donnarosa called ‘The Door to Infinity.’ The beauty Sinai’s Coach for Kids and their Families, a charity that provides of this piece is it grounds you in that moment. You pause when no-cost health and social services to underserved communities in you see the juxtaposition of this object—a door—against the mounLA. Others are the Children’s Health Fund, The Children’s Action tains, the trees…it literally makes you stop right in your tracks. It’s Network, Habitat for Humanity, and Girls who Code—the charity beautiful in all seasons. Tornadoes later, it’s still there.” that educates and equips girls with computing skills.” Her other favorite escape is Bora Bora, and she paints the At home, Donna and her husband, Steve, are now down to picture. “It’s heaven on earth. It has the most beautiful beach in the their last two (both at Buckley, the world with this calm water. There are exclusive private school) of eight chilblue skies, and can you imagine having dren. Six are grown and have flown the the shade of gentle willow trees while coop. Before the couple were married, sitting on the beach? You can walk out he had five and she had one. Together, in the water half a mile—so safe that they had two. “I’ve been a mother for my little kids could canoe without such a long time, in a few years it’s going worry. The sand is like white powder. to be a big change.” It’s so quiet you literally hear the fish Home for the Antebis is a palatial (she pops her tongue on the roof of Bel-Air estate with breathtaking views, her mouth) jumping out of the water. infinity pool, and a driveway a third of Without hesitating, Donna calls out a mile long. Donna loves her Sundays the superpower she’d love to possess, and there. “I like to watch Joel Osteen and offers some convincing bullet-point reamaybe an Oprah interview, and then sons why. “Teleportation! Time-saving. we have a potluck gospel music jam Fast. Let’s be there. Bypass the lines. with singers and musicians—they’re Bypass security. Let’s go to the fashion all talented friends of ours. My favorshows in Paris. Make life easy. Let’s go THE DOOR TO INFINITY, art installation by Stephen Antebi at ite thing is being surrounded by live do this interview in Bora Bora!” Okay, Donnarosa. The door belonged to Donna’s great-grandmother. music. The vibration helps me to let’s go, but can we bring the fries? G


With a string of eight number-one hits, Bonnie McKee is one of pop music’s most sought-after songwriters. She shares openly with our STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER about her ups, her downs, and how a chance meeting with Katy Perry at an LA thrift shop may have been the key to her success.

Photography by Markus&Koala Stylist: Amy Lizabeth Astar / AmyAstar.com Makeup: Anthony Nguyen / DLMLA .com using MAKE UP FOR EVER Hair: Aaron Light / CelestineAgency.com Manicure: Kimmee / CelestineAgency.com Location: Special thanks to Ed and Max at Armadillo Distributing Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji

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Valentino red leopard brocade dress, $4290; Valentino rouge metallic camouflage chain shoulder bag, $3595, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 Perrin Paris black leather frou-frou fingerless gloves, $495, Perrin Paris, Beverly Hills, perrinparis.com Charlotte Olympia Sarah knee-high heel boot, $1695, charlotteolympia.com

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onnie McKee opens the front door of her late-60s-style Hollywood Hills home wearing what any pop star would for a magazine interview—a vintage head scarf, a Unif wrap over a Mikoh bikini, and a pair of tall Charlotte Olympia platforms. Understandable, since it’s about 97 degrees. She’s also sporting a cool pair of oversized Prada sunglasses and her nails are painted to resemble watermelons. “Come on in,” she says smiling. The singer/songwriter walks me through her home and into a backyard that looks straight out of Lake Tahoe—the towering pines, the view of the lake below...well, the Hollywood Reservoir, actually, but from here it looks just like a mountain lake, and there’s a nice swimming pool—hence, the bikini. “This is my dream home,” she tells me as she peels off her wrap. “Found it on Westside Rentals. It gets sun all day long.” Like her music, Bonnie is shiny and bright, optimistic and funloving. If you’ve seen her video for ‘American Girl,’ you know what I mean. But things weren’t always this way. Over the next hour, Bonnie would share openly about her struggles and how life has been both kind and cruel. “When I was a teenager I was a major drug addict. I’ve been struggling with it my whole life. I was kicked out of my private high school in the 9th grade.” Even through a tumultuous home life—a cocktail of drug use and parents on the verge of divorce—Bonnie’s talent somehow withstood, and at 16 she landed a contract with Warner Brothers Records. “I was driving my parents crazy. As soon as I had this opportunity to get out of the house in Seattle, I did.” The contract gave Bonnie the funds to venture out to LA, but deep inside, she felt sad that her parents didn’t put up a fight. “I had this feeling everyone was like, goodbye, good luck, and I felt abandoned in a way. I imagined that when you get your first apartment, your mom comes out and helps you pick out curtains and dishes and helps settle you in,” she says with sadness in her voice. “But I had to do it all myself. That had a pretty profound effect on me.” More sadness would follow when her first album and tour failed to spawn any success. “It was such a painful time for me. The whole experience was such a dark and sad time. The album was about my adolescence, about drugs and family—it was my teenage diary.” Warner Brothers dropped her, and Bonnie was completely broke. “I didn’t have hot water. My cell phone got turned off.” Then, with her musical life hanging by a thread, her ex-boyfriend took her to meet Josh Abraham and Scott Cutler, owners of Pulse, who signed her to a small publishing deal. As music publishers, they connect the songwriters with the producers and artists who churn out the hits. “They threw me a bone and a small advance. They definitely plucked me from obscurity.” Then, a chance meeting that had happened years before would come roaring back. “I’d met Katy Perry at a thrift store on Melrose called Wasteland. We were both broke teenagers trying to sell our clothes, but they were so picky—so we were both being rejected in front of this whole line of people. Well, my album had just come out and she was like, ‘Hey, you’re Bonnie McKee, and I’m

a songwriter too, and we should hang out.’ It’s amazing that this girl I met at a thrift store would be forever intertwined with me as my destiny, and would ultimately define my career.” As luck would have it, Katy Perry would sign her own record deal and later introduce Bonnie to Dr. Luke, the biggest producer in the pop world today. When he was working with Katy on her second album, he asked Bonnie to come in to write songs on a co-publishing deal. The alchemy resulted in ‘California Gurls,’ ‘Teenage Dream,’ ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),’ ‘Part of Me,’ Wide Awake,’ and ‘Roar’—all number-one smash hits. Then Bonnie wrote ‘Dynamite’ with Taio Cruz that also went to number one. “The strongest feeling I had was one of relief. I was like ‘Whheeeew!’ I was struggling for so long, and now, I thought, I’ve cemented my place in pop history. There were so many ‘almosts’ in my life, I felt I could die knowing I’d accomplished something that I could be proud of.” So far, Bonnie’s eight number-one singles have combined to sell more than 30 million copies worldwide, and her career as a songwriter has reached the stratosphere. She’s written for Britney Spears, Miranda Cosgrove, Christina Aguilera, Lea Michele, Ke$ha, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Carly Rae Jepsen, Leona Lewis, and Adam Lambert. And now, she’s writing for No Doubt, the band led by her style and musical idol, Gwen Stefani. Back to this dream home that she once rented. Well, with number-one hits comes cash, lots of it, so she bought it…along with a few mega-horsepower cars too. “I like to go fast.” Bonnie also gives back in a big way. She supports Music Cares, the charity that helps musicians with medical expenses, and OMG Camera, a summer camp for inner-city kids that encourages them to get into the creative film process. Last summer, she opened for Katy Perry for a breast cancer benefit at the Hollywood Bowl. “One of the most exciting moments. I remember stepping out on that stage and feeling like it was such an honor to play there.” Many of the songs Bonnie’s co-written have been nominated for Grammys, and this year, she received a Song of the Year nomination for ‘Roar.’ “I was in the second row right behind Katy. I wore a long navy blue mermaid dress.” I ask about her first experience hearing one of her songs on the radio. “I was in my car, and had just pulled up to the studio, and I started screaming, “Oh my God! Oh my God! The song…my song, it’s on the radio! I wrote that!” Now two and a half years sober, Bonnie counts her blessings. “It’s really changed my perspective on life and given me a lot of clarity. I’m so grateful for my sobriety. I’m also incredibly grateful for my team at Pulse who took a chance on me. They’ve been like a family. I’m also grateful for my friends who have been with me through thick and thin, like my friend Risa.” Bonnie’s also grateful to have felt the pain she’s endured, though she’s moving toward the light now. “I believe in a higher power. If you give to the Universe it will give back to you. It’s all about karma and the Law of Attraction. It’s all about energy.” Energy. Something Bonnie McKee’s got no shortage of. G

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5489 Dawn Levy Dakota black leather jacket, $799, Bloomingdale’s; dawnlevydesign.com



Valentino leather biker jacket, $6690, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 Roberto Cavalli red beaded bodice, Roberto Cavalli, Beverly Hills, 310-276-6006 Nikki Rich black leather shorts, $100, nikkirichclothing.com Lillian Shalom AhTesh gold fire ring, lillianshalom.com Pluma Italy Black resin Swarovski crystal bracelet, $160, plumajewelry.com, Karine Sultan Paris black enamel gold cuff, $105, karinesultan.com Christian Louboutin black suede apollo boot, $3495, Christian Louboutin, West Hollywood, 310- 247-9300

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Donna Karan black zip jacket, $2195, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Gucci black deerskin paperboy cap, $695, Gucci, Beverly Hills, 310-278-3451 Zana Bayne leather choker belt, $290, zanabayne.com CHANEL leather silver-edged fingerless gloves, $1000, CHANEL, Beverly Hills, 310-278-5500 Giuseppe Zanotti bootie, $1595, giuseppezanottidesign.com


Bonnie McKee photo by Marcus&Koala Donna Karan black sequin cocktail dress, $1895, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Amrapali diamond and black sapphire bangle, $10,180, amrapalijewels.com Eric Javits black and ivory houndstooth fedora, $940, ericjavits.com Paolobongia carbon and diamond ring, $7900, Paolobongia Fine Jewelry, paolobongia.com

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Photographer Andrew Matusik ventures into New York’s Out Hotel to capture some of the season’s hip new casual fashion.


Photography: Andrew Matusik / AndrewMatusik.com Stylist: Wouri Vice / the Montgomery Group Models: Aliett Buttleman / Wilhelmina Direct, New York Quinn Cooper / Wilhelmina Direct, New York Lina Sandberg / Marilyn, New York Makeup: Ashunta Sheriff / Blushing Beauty Hair: Gina Guercia / Top 5 Management Contributing Market Editor: Kimiko / Square One Productions Producer: Sami Rahman / Hello Once Location: The Out Hotel / theoutnyc.com Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji

Left: Bailey of Hollywood hat, $75, baileyhats.com Trovata shirt, $175, trovata.com Use pant, $280, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Wouters and Hendrix necklace, wouters-Hendrix.com Marissa Webb shoes, $498, marissa-Webb.com Center: Odd NY top, $325, ODD-style.com Bella Rose pant, $285, bellarosestyle.com John Fluevog print platform, $349, John Fluevog, Melrose, 323-951-9555 Wouters and Hendrix necklace, wouters-hendrix.com Right: Odd NY vest, $480, odd-style.com Le Specs sunglasses, $70, lespecs.com Trovata shirt, $175, trovata.com Hudson jeans, $177, hudsonjeans.com

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Haute Hippie shirt, 165; Haute Hippie skirt, $695, Haute Hippie boutiques; Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Jlani Jewels earrings, jlanijewels.co, Shawl, stylist’s own


Odd NY top, $325, ODD-style.com Bella Rose pant, $285, bellarosestyle.com John Fluevog print platform, $349, John Fluevog, Melrose, 323-951-9555 Wouters and Hendrix necklace, woutershendrix.com

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Osklen sunglasses, $169, Osklen Soho and Miami Beach Unhinged bracelets, $198, unhingedjewelry.com Ashish romper, ashish.co.uk

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Haute Hippie coat, $1995; Haute Hippie pant, $1595, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Christian Louboutin shoe, $660, Neiman Marcus, Beverly HIlls, 310-550-5900


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Left: Charlotte Ronson top, $340; pant, $550, shopbop.com 4Love and Liberty for Johnny Was kimono, $259, johnnywas.com Right: Haute Hippie coat, $1295, Haute Hippie boutiques nationwide Yoana Baraschi shirt, $320, Glen Clothing Co., LA, 310-474-1885 Charlotte Ronson pant, $500, shopbop.com Cutler and Gross sunglasses, $500, cutlerandgross.com

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Photography by Andrew Matusik / AndrewMatusik.com Stylist: Angela Kelley / Halley Resources Model: Mirjam Roth / ReDirect Models New York Makeup: Dale Johnson for / Artist Management, New York Makeup: Eloise Cheung / Walter Schupfer Management / wschupfer.com Location: Studio 333, New York / 333parkave.com Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji

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Gucci silk dress, gucci.com Katya Leonovich kimono cape, katyaleonovich.com


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Ferragamo wool coat, ferragamo.com

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Valentina Kova leather fringed cape, valentinakova.com Miriam Haskell statement necklace, miriamhaskell.com

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Marni wool and enamel embellished blazer, marni.com

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Leka wrap belt used as top, leka.com Miriam Haskell necklace, miriamhaskell.com

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Photography by Tracey Morris / OliveHead.com Stylist: Lisa Cera / The Rex Agency Makeup and Hair: Paul Venoit / Wilhelmina, New York Models: Katia Selinger / Next Models, New York Snow / Q Management, New York Manicure: Denise Bourne / SiriusArtists.com Location: Style Engineers Photo Studio, New York Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


Salvatore Ferragamo silk skirt, $2270; Salvatore Ferragamo wool cape with leather trim, $2850; Salvatore Ferragamo crocodile bootie, Salvatore Ferragamo boutiques, 866-337-7242 Joseph cashmere tunic sweater, $535, joseph-fashion.com Marilyn hat, $295, Julia Rose & Co., 805-646-8564


Time to think of bundling up for cooler weather ahead. Let’s ride along with photographer Tracey Morris and stylist Lisa Cera on a trip into fall’s more neutral palette.


Joseph cashmere tunic sweater, $535, joseph-fashion.com Black dress Marni socks, $90, jackstraw.com Tory Burch Saray wedge, $295, Tory Burch, Robertson Blvd, LA, 310-248-2612

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Robert Rodriguez shirt, $295, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Ashley B doubleface twill fabric with smooth leather combo top, $2295, Pocco Paradiso, New York

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Michael Kors taupe popover, $12,995; Michael Kors pullover, $1195; Michael Kors Taupe cashmere sweat pant, $995; Michael Kors chocolate vachetta bernic slip-on sandal, $495, Michael Kors, New York, 212-452-4685

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Jose Duran dress, $215; Jose Duran linen and leather skirt, $375, joseduran.net CHANEL head wrap, chanel.com All bauble rings Circa Sixty-Three, circasixtythree.com Giuseppe Zanotti teal suede sandal, $995, giuseppezanottiedesign.com

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Raoul Block pullover, $275; Raoul Block pencil skirt, $335; Raoul Block belted cape, $635, neimanmarcus.com Tory Burch Saray wedge, $295, Tory Burch, Robertson Blvd, LA, 310-248-2612

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Marni wool dress, $950; Marni jacket, $4190; Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Marni leather and cashmere bag, $1310, modaoperandi.com Marni socks, $90, jackstraw.com

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Taryn Manning is demented and engagingly funny in her role as ‘Pennsatucky’ in the hit television dramedy Orange is the New Black. Here, our STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER catches up with everyone’s favorite snaggle-toothed meth-headturned-Bible-thumping inmate.

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Valentino gold metallic beaded halter couture gown, $43,500, Valentino, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103 Le Vian rose-gold diamond cuff, $56,597, levian.com Paolobongia 18K rose-gold diamond ring, $5200, paolobongia.com

Photography by Marcus&Koala Stylist: Amy Lizabeth Astar / AmyAstarStylist.com Makeup: Erin Ayanian / CloutierRemix.com Hair: David Keough / CelestineAgency.com Manicure: Kait Mosh / CloutierRemix.com Stylist Assistant: Guido Morales Production Assistant: Emily Hassard Location: Special thanks to The Avalon Hotel, Beverly Hills Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji

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COVER GIRL Vivienne Westwood Anglomania whisper metallic snake jacquard jacket, $720; Isolation metallic jacquard dress, $835, Vivienne Westwood, West Hollywood, 323-951-0021, viviennewestwood.com Karine Sultan Paris geometric cut-out silver gold ox cuff, karinesultan.com Baccarat 18K whitegold crystal ring, $5800; 18K white gold oval crystal ring, $5250, baccarat.com


TARYN IT UP Taryn Manning rings me from her apartment that sits in a very quiet Manhattan neighborhood. She’s standing—all 5-foot-2-point-5 of her—on her front stoop in the nearly 80-degree New York heat because “the reception inside sucks, but fortunately, it’s not too muggy out.” She’s wearing jeans and a Supra hoodie, and Penguin, her loyal Cavalier King Charles Spaniel–Maltese mix, is sitting beside her. “She’s the apple of my eye and goes everywhere with me,” Taryn says in her low, gravelly voice. “Such a good little traveler and so well behaved.” A huge animal activist, Taryn is a softie when it comes to contributing to animal charities. One in particular is Best Friends. “I really respect that organization because the money actually goes toward the animals. I’m always donating to charities where they take care of animals that have been displaced by natural disasters. Right now, my best friend, Tara Jane, and I are also in the process of starting our own animal charity organization.” Ever since the critically acclaimed Netflix dramedy ‘Orange is the New Black’ became everyone’s favorite new show, Taryn’s Q rating has soared off the charts. Her character, Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett, is the snaggle-toothed, meth-head-turned-Bible-thumping inmate who draws on Jesus to somehow miraculously, and even to her own surprise, heal some of the other prisoners. Her performance is dementedly engaging and funny. Taryn’s the first to admit the correlation between the spike in demand for her music gigs and her newfound TV fame. “I just got back from a performance in Scottsdale. It’s been nonstop. —I’m really exhausted.” Taryn Manning was born 35 years ago in Tucson, Arizona, and her parents divorced when she was only two months old. She respects her mom for never keeping the kids from their dad. “Every summer and every Christmas my brother and I would go visit my dad, who was never in the same state. I remember always having to meet new people.” Tragically, when Taryn was only 14, her father committed suicide. “School had always been a good experience for me. I was a happy child who even got named Class Clown two years in a row, but when my dad died, I went from being happy to putting my head down on my desk and just wanting to sleep. When he passed, I focused on my passion—my love for ballet, jazz and tap—it kept me out of trouble. My mom was so supportive. She’d scrounge up all the money she could to put into honing my talent. That’s why I’m so grateful for her. She sacrificed everything for me.”

In 2003, ten years before Miley Cyrus even thought about climbing aboard a wrecking ball, Taryn rode on one at an auto-wrecking yard in her video debut for her band’s song ‘The Wreckoning.’ Mere coincidence? Taryn’s song hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club play chart, and Billboard magazine recognized her band, Boomkat, as the #5 Hot Dance Club Play Artist for the year. The band, formed with Taryn’s brother, Kellin, was signed to Dream Works Records. Music from that debut album, Boomkatalog, also appeared in movies including Mean Girls, Crossroads, T he Hot Chick, 8 Mile, and T he Italian Job. In June 2008, Boomkat’s second album, A Million Trillion Stars, was released. Taryn made her film debut in the romantic drama Crazy/Beautiful. She followed that up with a role as one of Britney Spears’ two best friends in the 2002 film Crossroads. She appeared in 8 Mile as B-Rabbit’s ex-girlfriend, Janeane, and in Peter Kosminsky’s W hite Oleander. She had supporting roles in the films Luck y 13 and Debating Robert Lee, and appeared briefly in Anthony Minghella’s Civil War melodrama Cold Mountain and in the romantic comedy A Lot Like Love. It was at the premiere of Crossroads that Taryn recalls her most embarrassing moment. “We were at the premiere of the movie in Britney’s home town in Louisiana. I hadn’t done many red carpets, and I arrived before Britney. So I’m walking on the carpet in my beautiful dress when all of a sudden the fans start going berserk. Well, one of the overzealous security guards decides he’s got to get to Britney and aggressively throws me to the ground, and I start crying hysterically. My manager told me they let that guy go on the spot. At the time I was mortified, though it’s kind of hilarious now.” Taryn humbly assesses her dancing, acting and musical abilities: “I’m really grateful for being given the talent and the drive to achieve my dream of doing what I love—and being able to make money doing it. I’m beside myself that it’s all come true.” G

My mom was so supportive. She’d scrounge up all the money she could to put into honing my talent. That’s why I’m so grateful for her. She sacrificed everything for me.”


Taryn at the Avalon Hotel wearing a Reem Acra gold beaded blouson dress with hip yoke detail, Reem Acra Couture boutique, NY, 212-421-3200, reemacra.com Auden Leighton collar, $798; Leighton necklace, $748; Leighton scarf, $828, audendesign.com Paolobongia yellow ball ring of white diamonds and yellow sapphires, $7400, paolobongia.com

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Bottega Veneta metallic silk lace dress, $4200, Bottega Veneta, Beverly Hills, 310-858-6533 bottegaveneta.com Perrin Paris black leather vagabond fingerless gloves, $495, Perrin Paris, Beverly Hills, 310-786-9936 perrinparis.com


Nastya in front of Aria Las Vegas Resort & Spa’s breathtaking waterfall wearing Michael Kors black wool serge doublebreasted jacket, $1895; Michael Kors white silk Marocain shirt, $795; Michael Kors banker stretch wool flannel tweedsequined trouser, $4995, Michael Kors, Beverly Hills, 310-777-8862 Giuseppe Zanotti black patent slingback, $750, giuseppezanottidesign.com

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MODERN ARIA We head to the stunning ARIA Resort & Casino and The Shops at Crystals in Las Vegas to capture fashion’s cool metallic trend. Simply put, it’s music to our eyes.

Photography: TraceyMorris.com Stylist: Lisa Cera / LisaStyles.com Makeup: Anna Bramson / TheRexAgency.com Hair: Marina Magliaccio / TheRexAgency.com Models: Nastya / Hollywood Model Management Ali Marie / Wilhelmina Models Digital Tech: Robert Morris Lighting Assistant: Megan Batson Location: Special thanks to ARIA Resort & Casino and to The Shops at Crystals, Las Vegas


Valentino embroidered tulle top, $9890; Valentino rockstud heel with camouflage rhinestones, $1595, Valentino boutique at The Shops at Crystals, ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, 702-737-7603; Valentino boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103

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Etro Blazer, $2420; Etro dress, Etro boutiques, etro.com M2 by M.C.L. textured lava ring, $245, mcldesign.net


Brunello Cucinelli silk lamĂŠ Henley top, $1670, Brunello Cucinelli boutique, The Shops at Crystals, ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas 702-527-7766

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Nastya at The Shops at Crystals’ wondrous Glacia pillars of ice. Emilio Pucci golden jacquard jacket with all-over golden embroidery with silk wool black ottoman collar, $10,790; Emilio Pucci golden jacquard skinny trouser in Orchidea pattern with all-over golden embroidery, Emilio Pucci boutique at The Shops at Crystals, ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, 702 -262-9671 Jimmy Choo mirror leather clutch, $975; Jimmy Choo pink Anouk Orchid mirror leather shoe, $675, Jimmy Choo boutique at The Shops at Crystals, ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, 702-366-0503 jimmychoo.com


Donna Karan New York cowlback bateau gown, $3595; Donna Karan suede open-toe anklestrap pump, $995, Donna Karan, The Shops at Crystals, ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, 702-207-2420 MCL bangles, mcldesign.net


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Valentino embroidered jumpsuit, $11,000; Valentino noir rockstud slingback with all-over rhinestones on calfskin leather, $1295; Red Vava Voom embroidered bag with snake-ring closure, $3995, Valentino boutique at The Shops at Crystals, ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, 702-737-7603; Valentino boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103



Nastya at ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas in CHANEL pink and white fantasy tweed jacket, $8100; CHANEL pink and white fantasy tweed skirt, $3650; CHANEL light pink fantasy tweed and braid hat, $2800; CHANEL pink and white tweed and metal flapbag, $4000; CHANEL pink, white and orange fantasy tweed/iridescent high boot, $1800, CHANEL boutiques or 800-550-0005



Missoni zig-zag print dress, $3000, similar styles at Terrene at ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, 702-590-8730 David Yurman with silver box chain tiger-eye dog tag necklace, $975; David Yurman large chevron cross with box silver chain necklace, $795, ARIA Men’s at ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, 702-590-8734

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Harry Winston 81.4 carats diamonds caftan diamond necklace set in platinum, Harry Winston, Beverly Hills, 310-271-8554

Catherinelle washed black ostrich diva clutch, $1623, catherinelle.com

Pomellato 67 Collection silver cuff, $1620, Pomellato Beverly Hills, 310-858-1300

I’ve spent the last month in London and Salzburg, where I stayed in an amazing castle called Schloss Fuschl. The weather is incredible and the Salzburg Mozart Festival is in full swing. This city is so very 1950s. Time has not moved on, whereas in London it is up-to-date with the Chiltern Firehouse opening and artist Marina Abramovic opening at the Serpentine. As the sister hotel to The Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, The Chiltern Firehouse is the coolest place to stay in London right now. With the staff dressed by designer Emilia Wickstead, it has an unusual elegance. AndrÊ Balazs has other hotels that are fashionable, like the Mercer, so he is the king of knowing what the trendy want. If it is good for Prime Minister David Cameron, then it is certainly good enough for me.

Saint Laurent lulu mini dress in black viscose and silk velvet, $7990, Saint Laurent, Beverly Hills, 310-2714110, ysl.com


Dolce & Gabbana embroidered silk dress with velvet detail, $7275, Dolce & Gabbana, Beverly Hills, 310-888-870, dolcegabbana.it

Dior dark avid K navy fluo D pink oma S S14 quilted silk dress, Dior, Beverly Hills, 310-859-4700, dior.com

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“ What looks new and fresh this season?? Bold, bright colors! Color blocking! Fab punches of color played against the expected black and grey faves!”


Graphic red carpet glamour… Geo beads and cutouts… Best Dressed Winner!

Draped and

This olive-tone dress goes sexy graphic with the simple blue lacing, adding just enough newness and freshness to a classic look.

Shearling’s always a fall/winter staple. Prada gives it a whole new shake incorporating bright, strong colors! Total 80s Redux!!

Forget the winter blahs… This bag will brighten the grayest days!

FENDI shopping 2jour mini, $2800, FENDI, NY, 212-759-4646

DonnaKnotted; Karan New red carpet ready! York evening gown, $3595, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

Tamara Mellon metallic leather sandal, $895, NET-A-PORTER.COM


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Liv Ballard Sacro Vincolo ring, $25,000, Maxfield, LA, 310-274-8800

Prada shearling coat, $7240; Prada silk dress, $3170; Prada silk scarf, $285, Prada boutiques, prada.com

Bottega Veneta Mangrovia Ayers Knot, available in chartreuse, mist, mink teint, $2400, Bottega Venta, LA, 323-782-4970 Monique Lhuillier embroidered gown, $7995, Monique Lhuillier boutiques, Neiman Marcus

Bottega minaudières even go mod. Color block python –fab!!!

Dior dress, $5000, Dior boutiques, 1-800-929-DIOR

Perfect day dress. Strong colors. Strong statement. Fresh softness at hem...perfect counterbalance to graphic.

Bottega Veneta teint nero new chartreuse crepe japonaise dress, $4000, Bottega Veneta, LA, 323-782-4970

Shop for a Cause Genlux applauds the designers + brands who donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. Here, our Cat Williams shares a few of them. SWAROVSKI


PetiteEssence in Cedar Rose, $50, agrariahome.com

During October, Agraria will donate 35% of sales of the Cedar Rose fragrance from the online boutique to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. ASHLEY LONGSHORE

New Orleans–based pop artist Ashley Longshore has taken the art world by storm and developed an international following in the process. Her paintings, furniture, and home accessories have attracted a bevy of collectors like Salma Hayek, Penelope Cruz, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz. In addition to artistic collaborations with Anthropologie and Chloe, Ashley also maintains a commitment to philanthropic collaborations. Most recently she has supported Jeffrey Fashion Cares and the Heaven on Earth Music Foundation, whose mission is to implement and fund music therapy programs in children’s hospitals around the globe. In the spring of 2014, Ashley was named an ambassador for Global Giving. Clearly, this artist’s heart is as big as her art. ashleylongshore.com for sales inquiries or commisions


Brooklyn-based designer Elizabeth Suda is looking to turn a painful past into a brighter future for the people of Laos with her jewelry collection, Article 22. Accessories from Article 22 are crafted using remnants of Vietnam War bombs by local Lao artisans. Laos is the most heavily bombed country in history, and every piece of jewelry sold helps to clear three square meters of bomb-littered land. An additional 10% of profits are given back to the Lao community.

Atelier Swarovski by Emma J Shipley Leo bracelet, $595, ronrobinson.com Ashes Point Collar necklace, $550, article22.com

Atelier Swarovski partnered with London-based accessories designer Emma J Shipley to create a scarf and jewelry collection inspired by the snow leopard, one of the most endangered big-cat species in the world. 10% of all proceeds from this dazzling collection will be donated to the Snow Leopard Trust.


This sheer daily moisturizer with SPF 30 is a hydrating formula for even the most sensitive skin. Half the profits from the sale of their products go to the Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership, whose mission is to support the development of a sustainable OE daily moisturizer healthcare system to meet sunscreen, $38, the needs of their community. oelements.com



Ashdon bag, $2655, lovealex.com


I’m a little obsessed with handbags, and Love, Alex is feeding my obsession. Alexandra Clancy’s stunning new handbag collection is destined to be on the arms of fashionable women everywhere. Clancy began Love, Alex with an eye on luxury, sophistication, and philanthropy. Love, Alex is involved in an ongoing partnership with donorschoose.org, with 30% of all sales going to the organization. Now that’s love.

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GENLUXSHOP Objects of Desire

Our Sherryl White gathers some divine objects to help turn your eating and drinking experiences into a highly spirited occasion.



The capricious design of this artistically produced Champagne glass is befitting of its heritage. It hails from the canals of Venice, Italy, where the artist Aristide Najean crafts each piece by hand using Murano crystal infused with gold that is distinctively mouth-blown. Here’s to major flights of fancy! Aristide Najean Murano crystal Champagne glass, $415, leclaireur.com

The intricate carvings on this cognac bottle are divine. You can get lost within the fine details of the etched glass, inspired by the great religious buildings from times past. Watching cognac being poured from this ethereal twopiece bottle is a sublime, borderline spiritual experience. Cathedral Cognac Bottle by Ivan Venkov, ivanvenkov.net


Two-million-year-old black obsidian is carved and shaped to hold crushed ice surrounding the central caviar bowl. It keeps your caviar looking as cool and fresh as it tastes. Cub-Ar Caviar Set, $1611, luxedeco.com


Vintage sugar bowl designed by the Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann. Makes anywhere you place it that much sweeter. Josef Hoffmann Sugar Bowl, dorotheum.com


Elegant Macassar Ebony and striped obsidian elevate sushi and sake service. Once inside the box you’ll discover elements to make your sushi experience feel like 5-star dining. A sleek sake carafe with glasses and chopsticks for six people await. Cub-Ar Sake & Sushi Set, $8500, Julia watts, NYC, 212-5821182, juliawatts.com

This swing bar and table heightens the anticipation of raising a glass for a toast. It was designed to bring an element of playful exuberance to the bar scene. Its easy-access door and 15 swinging chairs in a circular pattern put everyone in the hot seat. The designer simply suggests we liven up our lives. With good cheer I’ll drink to that! Dr. Strangelove Swing Bar & Swing Table, Duffy London, $32,400, duffylondon.com


Take a fantastic journey with this limited-edition cognac. Enveloped in a Baccarat crystal decanter that rests in a leather gift box, the liquor within embarks on a colorful ride that blends a kaleidoscope of subtle sensations. Taking its lead from the aromatic perfumes of Russian leather and rich coffee from Africa, it travels along the spice routes of Asia and leads into the fragrant grapes from the hillsides of the Grande Champagne. It’s a very tantalizing adventure. Delamain Le Voyage Cognac, $6500, shoppersvineyard.com

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GENLUXSHOP Sweet Caroline

Caroline Byron is evidence that going gluten-free can transform your life. While at the French Culinary Institute in SoHo she became fatigued, gained weight, and her face “was a mess”—all of which she attributes to her daily dose of gluten-filled pastries and breads. “Now I recreate all of those tasty foods that I loved in a healthier way.”

I went on a completely gluten-free diet and was shocked at how quickly my symptoms began to disappear.

What shoes do you bring?

Life-changing event?

Flat Missoni sandals for daytime. And a pair of heels for nighttime. My current favorites are the Gianvito Rossi Venetia sandals; they go with everything and are really comfortable.

hand how changing to a glutenfree diet can transform your life, I want to share that with others.” What projects are you working on? I’m expanding my gluten-free

business while growing my private catering business. I hope to have a pop-up or small storefront in New York City soon, and with my new production facilities be able to ship nationwide—it’s a really exciting time for my business!

Missoni sandal, missoni.com

Your favorite vacation partner?

Favorite fall items? I love the Cushnie et Ochs fall collection— their dresses are always the perfect combination of sophisticated and

My best friend and assistant Stephen Dalessandro, my other half who keeps my life in order, but he also is one of the most incredible hair stylists I’ve ever met (I no longer go to a salon!) With him by my side, he helps me look good, be on schedule, and we always have the best time. Name three items you couldn’t leave behind. La Roche Posay

Sunscreen, my favorite tortoiseshell Prada sunglasses, and SK-II masks—so good for your skin after a day out in the sun. What’s your day-to-night fashion secret? Classic, easy

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-in Sunscreen, $36, CVS

pieces like a simple silk maxi dress or my latest favorite, an A.L.C. Drew romper dress up with heels, a clutch, and jewelry for night.

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask $95, sk-ii.com Nathalie Trad Eliferia Pomegrante resin and mother of pearl clutch, $1237, Avenue32.com

Where’s your favorite place to escape to? I always love escaping

to new places, especially anywhere on the water. I’m a beach person, so a lot of my favorite escapes are in the Caribbean.

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What handbags do you bring?

My Prada tote. For night I bring the Nathalie Trad Eliferia Art Deco clutch.

Prada double bag, $2650, Prada, Beverly Hills, 310278-8661, prada.com Cushnie et Ochs black lace and georgette open shoulder rosa dres s, $1695, Intermix, Beverly Hills, 310-623-1619, intermixonline.co m

For Karen Murphy, it seems whatever can go right, will go right. Besides being part of LA’s third-largest PR firm in LA, this dynamo has contributed her philanthropic efforts toward Chrysalis. She takes some time out to answer our Genlux two-word questionnaire. Your story? I’ve had the unique pleasure of being married to my business partner of 25 years. We met as next-door neighbors, fell in love, and started a public relations business together that now has 50 talented employees and is the third largest PR agency in LA. Our areas of expertise include travel, lifestyle, real estate and social media. We have two beautiful sons, 12 and 15. I began playing piano at the age of 7. My college entrance exam was to play the first movement of Beethoven’s ‘Sonata Pathétique.’ After college, I moved to Texas where I started working in hotel public relations and, on the side, I wrote and sang country music before it was even cool!

Listening to and playing music…and traveling. I also love to entertain and make people happy. Recently, I retrofitted my backyard with an outdoor kitchen featuring a state-of-the-art Lynx Grill and a Mugnaini Pizza Oven. This summer’s been a very busy one!

Your passions?

Embarrassing moment? I was Director of Public Relations for the Hyatt Regency Maui, and entertaining some journalists in Swan Court. The sommelier insisted on ordering the wine. When the bill came, the wine portion alone was $1500 (a fortune back in those days!), and my hand was literally shaking as I signed the check. I was called into the general manager’s office the next morning, and thought I was going to be given a pink slip and a surfboard. Fortunately, he went easy on me, and the big joke for the next year was “Let Karen order the wine!”

I’m grateful that my husband and I created a successful business where we get to work and travel together and have two handsome, musically talented boys to share it all with. I’m grateful that I’ve been in a position to mentor so many young women in the growth of their careers. And I’m grateful that I can give of my time, resources and talents to those less fortunate. For the past 13 years, I have directed efforts toward Chrysalis, a nonprofit that helps economically disadvantaged people gain a pathway to self-sufficiency through jobs. It’s been one of my most life-changing and rewarding experiences.

Three blessings?

I would love to have the power to reverse aging. How incredible would it be to have youth and wisdom simultaneously!

Superhero power?

Favorite getaway? Since travel public relations is my life, that’s an unfair question! In the past year alone, I’ve traveled to Tuscany, Nicaragua, Shanghai, Singapore, the Maldives and many other fabulous destinations. I’m currently on a plane with my husband and two boys to our “home away from home,” Hualalai Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. We’ve been going there at least once a year for the past dozen years and it’s the one place I can completely unplug and relax with my family.

Photo: Tracey Morris; Makeup: Su Han / DewBeauty.com; Hair: April Bautista / DewBeauty.com


GENLUXSHOP Murphy’s New Law

Aha moment? On a personal level, the “aha” moment for me was attending my first ever Butterfly Ball 12 years ago where I had the opportunity to hear firsthand the personal journey of a woman who was the daughter of a heroin addict. She had spent years behind bars as a convicted drug felon, and then learned about Chrysalis while living under a bush near Skid Row. Several years later, she had regained her dignity, was now self-sufficient, had reunited with her children, and said she owed it all to Chrysalis.

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Dior baby camel hair coat, $6800; wool flannel vest, $3600; silk satin dress, $3100, Dior, Beverly Hills, 310-859-4700; dior.com

Victoria Beckham Fall 2014

Dior double-face wool and angora coat, $5200, thin wool serge vest, $3200, wool flannel pant, $1250, Dior, Beverly Hills, 310-859-4700; dior.com

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Isabel Marant khaki soft tweed Evana coat, $1220; bronze knit Thomas sweater, $725; taupe Xipa Tee Shirt, $265; jupe Elmira dore woodland, $2275; bronze suede buckle Royston boots, $1315; gold lurex Yiley socks, $100, Isabel Marant, Los Angeles, 323651-1493

Donna Karan Fall 2014

Haider Ackermann khaki coat, $2278; khaki waistcoat, $995; python and leather leggings, $3100; brown suede ankle boots, $1150; vison wool top, $1270, haiderackermann.be

Balenciaga SS14

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Barbara Bui Fall 2014

CHANEL Fall 2014

Gucci Fall 2014

Carmen Steffens crossbody bag with gold studs, $298, Carmen Steffens, Hollywood, 323-466-2459, carmensteffens.com Carmen Steffens crossbody bag with studded front flap, $498 Carmen Steffens, Hollywood, 323-466-2459, carmensteffens.com

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Frustrated with her tiny closet, Genlux fashion+style director Chriselle Lim sacrifices a bedroom to create a walk-in closet paradise befitting any style icon. Photos by Karen Chen


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hen the husband and I got married we decided to move to Manhattan Beach. Not only do we love being by the water, but it was close to his work. We found a cozy home that was perfect for us, but soon realized that it was a very old house…which meant that there was barely any closet space. This was a major problem with my line of work, and with the number of shoes and purses I had alone! For the first two years I sacrificed my closet and kept half the things at my office, since there wasn’t enough storage space. We had an empty room at the house, so I decided to turn it into my walk-in closet. Then I met Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design at a DVF event and my life changed. Lisa and I instantly hit it off. I looked into her work and was completely blown away by her portfolio. What I love most about her designs is that she not only makes the most intricate and beautiful closets, but they’re also extremely functional and practical. She has revolutionized the concept of what a closet should be, and has done so for a very impressive roster of celebrities, designers, and architects. I’m completely enthralled by how she was able to create my closet.

First of all, the room wasn’t getting enough light, so she added interior lights—not only on the ceiling, but also within the closet to light up my clothes and accessories. It makes a HUGE difference when getting dressed. I also love how she displayed my shoes and purses… sometimes I feel like I’m shopping in my own closet! And as for the custom-made island designed by my friend Aimee Song, Lisa lined it inside with pretty pink suede for me to organize all my accessories, bras, sunglasses, etc. I also told her of my love for gold, so all the hardware, including the hangers, are now gold! She decked it out with things that inspire me—like Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler home goods, and my favorite: my framed Chanel and Dior art pieces. Also, she added beautiful wallpaper on the ceiling for a surprise touch. I love how unexpected it is! When I walk into my closet now, I feel so inspired and relaxed. I think it’s incredibly important to feel inspired when getting ready for the day, since it will reflect on your mood, your thoughts, and of course your outfit!

For more info on LA Closet Design visit laclosetdesign.com



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GENLUXSHOP Shivangi Van Gogh, who started her journey into meditation at the age of nine, has become one of the most sought-after teachers—traveling the world to share her knowledge, wisdom and understanding.


hen a life-threatening episode put Shivangi Van Gogh in the hospital for a year, her long journey into meditation began. Only nine at the time, she began meditating with a rudimentary form that she now understands to be self-awareness. “I naturally gravitated to ‘going within’ for self-reflection and ceased looking to anyone or anything outside of my own self to define what I am.” Shivangi graduated from Columbia University in NYC with an advanced degree in World Religious Studies, Consciousness and Science. She went on to develop an international line of luxury personal goods that were awarded six patents. Shivangi lives in Malibu and travels the world teaching her method of meditation that combines 5000-year-old Vedic wisdom from India with modern neuroplasticity techniques, kriya and pranayama. She also works closely with Vedic Meditation Initiators who give personal mantras. Sharing wisdom is a natural by-product of a purpose-filled life. There is no friction when one is fulfilling their purpose. Dharma is your life’s purpose. When your life becomes an expression of what you are instead of trying to understand who you are through your life, teaching/sharing becomes an extension of the overflow of bliss within.

How did you know teaching was your path?

What was your most life-changing moment? The most recent was when I was living in NYC, and noticed I was actually holding my breath from stress. I made a decision right there, that I was not going to live this way any longer, and I made immediate and monumental changes in my life. The minute we become aware of irrelevant behavior, we always have the choice to let it go. To continue to do things the same way even though we know they are no longer working, and that it’s time to change, is simply ignoring. The more we ignore, the more challenge and friction we will have in our lives. Why do we need to meditate? Without meditation, it is very difficult to transcend the mind and the ever-repeating stories that the mind chatters about endlessly. We get hypnotized by the mind, and become a slave to our thoughts instead of becoming the masters of our minds. We do not live in our natural state of peace, bliss and experiencing heaven while in the body. We do not know who or what we are, or why we are here.

To go beyond thought, and transcend into a deep state of peace and calm that most have never ossum mmy R ring! experienced before. During meditation, our metabolic heart E rate ta Stop S drops to such a low point, we are able to ‘unstress’ the body in and the mind, because for the first time since we were born, we are not in a fight-or-flight mode. We relax. We breathe. We get the muchneeded rest in a deep state of peace for our mind and body.

Where does meditation take us?

How do we get started in meditation? Find a good teacher. Anything lasting deserves a dedicated practice. The techniques of certain types of meditations are absolutely effortless, and you will have an immediate experience of deep peace. You do have to be ready to begin a dedicated twice-a-day 20-minute practice. It is never about the technique, it is about what you bring to the technique.

All karma is action that binds and ‘holds’ in some way. Some actions may be less binding and therefore less painful, but there is no good or bad karma. The opposite of karma is dharma…our purpose. Kriya means spontaneous right action, and any time you are engaging in frictionless action, that is kriya. Kriya leads you to dharma. For more infor mation visit shivangi.org

How do we rid ourselves of bad karma?

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From auspicious beginnings as the youngest member of the American Ballet Theater in New York City to developing his own style of yoga, Leo Zen shares what’s makes him the celebrity go-to yogi


eo Zen started professional ballet training at the tender age of 10, and at 16, became the youngest member of the American Ballet Theatre in New York City. He went on to have a distinguished career as an international ballet artist working with worldrenowned companies such as American Ballet Theatre, English National Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. In 2004, he moved to LA and opened his first yoga studio. Inspired by Kripalu, Ananda, Ashtanga, and Hatha styles of yoga and the athleticism and beauty of ballet, Leo created his own style of yoga, Zenciel. His celebrity clients include Demi Moore, Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Novak Djokovic, Bill Murray, David LaChapelle and many more.

Why LA? Because of the weather. Actually, I feel there’s a need for me to develop my yoga practice here. It was a calling. I’ve been here for ten years now, and I love it. It is home. Your passion? When I was dancing in Monte Carlo, I discovered that practicing yoga actually reduced injuries and enhanced my technique skills. My dancing improved tremendously because my mind was clear and balanced. Yoga balances your body, mind, and spirit. We need balance in life. Why Zenciel? It is strength and grace, flowing from dynamic internal

balance. I combine my knowledge of chi—the ancient Chinese concept of internal energy—with the artistic athleticism I developed in my ballet career. The result is a unique style that conditions, strengthens and heals the body through a series of exercises which balance the student’s internal energy flow. In turn, this restored internal flow keeps the body well. Zenciel promotes the dynamic cycling of energy between the inner and outer body. Private sessions?

I currently offer my teaching both as private

and group sessions. I keep a very healthy lifestyle. I eat well and exercise daily. My body is my temple, and I’m very disciplined.

Your regimen?

Keep a positive attitude and be grateful. “Sail a boat in your heart,” as my grandma always told me. Think twice before you put anything in your stomach. Be good to yourself.

Youth secret?

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Plan B? I’d be an actor. No, a movie star! Or a fashion designer— and I would travel all over the world. Guilty pleasure?




Opening the first professional ballet school and company in Los Angeles. It’s a shame that this important international city has no ballet.

Dream project?

For more info: Leo Zen Yoga, 8539 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, 310-717-5528, leozen.com (Rate: $200 per session) Follow him on Twitter @zenciel & Instagram @leo_zen

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GENLUXSHOP Renew, Refresh, Recharge That old September feeling...another fall, another turned page. There was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes and failures had been wiped clean by summer. —Wallace Stegner


SIRCUIT Cosmeceuticals Dreamweaver Night Time Skin Repair Wake up looking younger with this soothing, ultra-rich treatment that diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles and improves skin texture and tone. Fortified with L-Carnosine, along with Kombuchka, which assists the skin in remaining soft and supple. $95, sircuitskin.com


La Mer The Intensive Revitalizing Mask In just eight minutes your skin will look healthy and plump! Restores radiance while shielding against the drivers of premature aging. Applying this mask uplifts the senses with grapefruit, mint and other sensorial ingredients. $160, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-2754211; lamer.com

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OleHenriksen Face/Body Spa Treatments Going to Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa is such a relaxing treat. Start off by immersing in the Hydrotherapy Soak in a tub filled with aromatic extracts while meditating on a wall glowing with candle light. Feel your muscles relax and unwind while you immerse into a state of bliss. Do it alone or with your significant other. Then try the relaxing Micro Photo Treatment that uses light and heat to trigger collagen stimulation. If you choose to apply makeup, it goes on even better! Hydrotherapy soak, 1 person, $35; 2 person, $55. Micro Photo Treatment, 25 minutes, $100, Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa, LA, 310-854-7700


Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum A new season also means time for a new fragrance! This fall, Armani is proud to debut a new feminine fragrance. 1.7oz, $90, giorgioarmanibeauty.com


Murad Skin Smoothing Polish Just as changing up your workout routine is a must for staying in shape, adding a weekly exfoliator will help rejuvenate your skin and give you that clean slate. Your skin will be radiant and glowing! $30, murad.com


Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Nude Dip Four opulent complementing shades that achieve multiple looks. Perfect for every day. $79, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

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matic Liquid Eyeliner This automatic eyeliner beautifully combines simplicity and definition. The precise felt tip delivers versatile effects from thin to thick. Perfect for achieving that smoky cateye! $35, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310275-4211; Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Gabriel Chiu is one busy doctor. His patients jet in from all over the world for his unmatched aesthetic skills and minimally invasive techniques. Here, Dr. Chiu, known for his natural-looking results, answers our Genlux two-word questionnaire. Your passion? Aesthetic plastic surgery is the culmination of art, science, and medicine. Every aspect of it excites me. Being able to positively impact a person’s life is a privilege I don’t take lightly. I feel blessed to be able to earn a living doing what I love to do most. Your specialty? Delivering natural-looking results via advanced, minimally invasive techniques. Patients fly in from all over the world for my breast and body contouring procedures, though I am also recognized for under-the-radar face/neck lifts and rhinoplasties. Your love? My wife. I like nothing better than to spend time with her— whether it’s traveling around the world or spending an evening at home watching old movies. Favorite getaway? The Mediterranean—specifically, Tuscany and the French Riviera. Superhero power? To be able to slow down time, so that I might have more opportunities to make a greater impact. Best anti-aging? Ironically, the five most effective ways are also the simplest: 1) sun protection 2) hydration 3) regular exfoliation 4) decrease or eliminate alcohol 5) decrease or eliminate refined sugar



Three blessings? God’s blessings, my wife, and my family. Plan B? If I could have any other profession it would be to be a food and wine critic. I am a total foodie! Favorite restaurant? Alain Ducasse restaurants around the world. Plus, I recently visited Apicius in Paris and was blown away. Your charity? I admire the efforts of P.S. Arts. It’s the only organization in southern and central California that provides year-long education in dance, visual arts, music, and theater arts to every child in a school during the regular school day.



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GENLUXSHOP In-demand dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald is renowned for her skills in the treatment of aging skin, sun damage, rosacea, and especially in the use of Sculptra facial volume. She takes on our Genlux Two-word Questionnaire. Your passion? Helping people empower themselves. Your specialty? Creating natural looking results so that even to the most critical eye, it would appear you were just born lucky. Three blessings? Family, friends, health. Superhero power? It would be a lot of fun to fly! Anti-aging advice? Like everything else regarding health: diet, exercise, rest. Also an ounce of prevention: wear sunscreen, don’t smoke. Plan B? If it weren’t for my love of dermatology, I’d be a teacher. Favorite restaurant? Anything Italian. Favorite charities? Any and all that empower others. Favorite getaway? Beaches—under an umbrella, of course. I love Tulum, Mexico.



Specialty: Dermatology Dr. Fitzgerald is an internationally recognized Board-certified dermatologist specializing in noninvasive cosmetic procedures. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, a Fellow of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatological Surgery, and is on the clinical faculty at UCLA. Her extensive experience and expertise are the result of a very busy clinical practice as well as her commitment to academics. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and textbooks, and travels both nationally and internationally as a guest lecturer. She has also been featured as a medical expert on local and national television including Entertainment Tonight, the Style Network, HBO and the Discovery Channel. Natural-appearing results are imperative. Rebecca Fitzgerald, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, 321 N. Larchmont Blvd, Suite 906, LA, 323-464-8046, RebeccaFitzgeraldMD.com

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Sweat it Out On a mission to kickstart her weight loss, B. Harnett heads over to Sweat Shop LA for their detoxification program and gets a lot more than she bargained for


ealthy is sexy. And more important, smart. Isn’t that the truth of the matter? Who wants to be unhealthy and toxic to the point of sickness and disease? And isn’t that where we’re headed…or, as some would say, we’ve ended up? Hundreds of years ago people didn’t have to worry about toxicity in the body. They lived a simplistic and natural way of life that didn’t require detoxification. It wasn’t until recently that medical professionals began to acknowledge the issue of chemicals polluting our air, bodies, food, and virtually everything we touch. From the furniture we sit on, to the processed food we eat, and the expensive beauty products we rub into our skin, toxins are everywhere. It’s a matter of evolving with the times, and now is the time to start cleansing ourselves of our environment. The Sweat Shop LA is my resource for purifying my body of these nasty bad boys that started to make me feel sick and gain weight. Here’s the scoop on what’s inside this anti-aging, weightloss, medical care, holistic day spa. The program that I’ve been on for the past month is one that I highly recommend. Three times a week I had nine infrared saunas, one session of lipotropic mesotherapy injections, six ultrasound body contouring sessions, and two intravenous vitamin antioxidant therapy packs. All the services are synergistically related, which increases their individual efficacy. The healing properties of the infrared sauna differ from those of traditional saunas in a couple of ways. One of the most significant is how the sauna heats up. The goal with an infrared sauna is not to achieve an extremely high temperature, it’s to laser-direct the healing infrared rays so they penetrate the object (you) at a much



deeper level. Certainly, sweating will occur using either sauna type. What’s very different between the two is the method that’s used to heat your body. With the infrared technology you will feel hot—you’ll sweat profusely—but at a much lower temperature. The traditional Finnish/hot rock sauna works by heating the air in the room, making it much harder to breathe. I drink a liter of alkaline water in the sauna, and I find myself drinking a lot more water every day. A cayenne pepper shot beforehand gets me heated up, and the mineral shot along with a cold citrus-infused towel afterward revives me. During this time I happened to develop a case of strep throat, and visited Dr. Stacey Kupperman, a naturopathic doctor located at The Sweat Shop LA. She took my blood and then gave me intravenous vitamin, amino acid, and antioxidant therapy. I felt better a few hours later, even though my glands were still out. I scheduled another intravenous pack a few days later while I was on my antibiotics. What a great way to experience the doctor’s services! The whole staff at The Sweat Shop LA is extremely friendly and helpful. Hands down, my favorite service offered at this holistic oasis is Ultrasound body-contouring and skin tightening. The heat waves essentially melt the fat from under the third skin layer. This gave me the fastest results. That, combined with the mesotherapy injections, has me feeling energized and looking so slim. I’ve lost several inches off my legs, love handles, arms and tummy! What a healthy, fast way to get in shape! I highly recommend checking out this extraordinary detox day spa. T he Sweat Shop LA, 1503 N. Cahuenga Blvd, 310-956-2307. M-F 9am-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am-9pm.

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What’s new? How about with the most extravagant eyelashes ever made? —Cecilia Moreno





Gucci’s new Première Eau de Toilette is the ideal sensual, bright, feminine fragrance. Frida Giannini, Gucci’s Creative Director, says: “In the new Première Eau de Toilette, there is a charming balance of jasmine sambac and Bulgarian rose, flowers that are contrasted with delicate freesia. The result is a vibrant, modern feminine scent

that you can enjoy wearing every day.” Blake Lively, the face of Gucci Première Eau de Toilette, says: “This new fragrance announces that you have strength and are happy in your own skin. I really love that. It’s for the woman I’ve always aspired to be…every day.” 2.5 oz, $101, Barney’s New York, available in October


NEW! SHU UEMURA THE ARTIST EDITION BRAVE BEAUTY EYELASHES. “Be brave. There is no need for hesitation. Beauty is where you find it. Be brave in pursuit of beauty.” —Kakuyasu Uchiide, Shu Uemura International Artistic Director The Vision of Beauty Collection launched as the first edition of a new annual project to express Shu Uemura’s vision. The crème de la crème of the collection? The Artist Edition Brave Beauty Eyelashes— the most extravagant

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couture lashes. Regardless of your eye color or shape, these will make your eyes pop! The limited-edition set of three lashes (there are only 500) was created to achieve exquisite dramatic art for your eyes. Comes in a beautiful acrylic box and includes a photo book. Shu Uemura Artist Edition Brave Beauty Eyelashes, $500, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-2754211; shuuemura.com

Our favorite nail salon and blow dry salon are now under one roof. Experience Nail Garden’s NEW Blow Dry Bar Lounge. Choose from six gorgeous styles... Signature Classic, Mona Lisa, Pillow


Head, Hollywood Nights, Marilyn Cosmo, or The Demi. And they offer Little Princess Blows for kids ages 10 and under. Available at select Nail Garden locations. nailgarden.com

NEW! DOLCE & GABBANA SKINCARE LAUNCHES Dolce & Gabbana Skincare marks the launch of an exciting new chapter for Dolce & Gabbana Beauty and celebrates a true breakthrough in the science of skincare. Domenico Dolce says of the line, “Dolce & Gabbana Skincare is founded on one simple truth: beautiful skin, full of life, has the power to captivate others. True beauty emanates joy–it is natural, radiant and above all, real.” These products help create radiant, smooth and


beautiful skin—making them the perfect partner for the brand’s makeup line. At the heart of the new skincare is the Gold Flavo-Silk Tricomplex, a naturally developed complex to deliver smooth, plump and healthy-looking skin. Makeup artist Pat McGrath creates seasonally with dewy foundations and pretty blushes and highlights at the fashion house’s shows. Dolce & Gabanna Skincare, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211

FORGET THE JET Put away the passport. Just a few hours (if that) from LA is the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, a luxury golf resort that’s a world away Unless flying private, the rigors of traveling these days can negate any relaxing part of your vacation—it’s enough to keep you home. Fortunately, just a few hours’ drive from LA are many world-class luxury getaways. We proudly bring you


three of them: The Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, Terranea Resort and Spa, and this beauty—the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.

Picture Perfect Ojai is every painter and photographer’s paradise

We stayed in the 1,100-squarefoot Fontana suite with spectacular master bathroom featuring a deep soaking tub. There’s a second full bath at the entry foyer. The beautifully decorated living room has a wet bar, pull-out sofa sleeper and dining area for six. Two furnished spacious balconies offer spectacular views of the mountains and resort grounds.


Melt Down Don’t bother me, I’m melting—but in a good way.


A few miles from the resort is the quaint town of Ojai, where you’ll find art galleries filled with local artists’ works. This is a town made for strolling. Stop in one of the coffee shops for a pickme-up, or a glass of Chardonnay while sitting outside at one of the restaurants.

Happy Trails Gentle bike paths take you all the way into town.

Top of the food chain here is Maravilla— the resort’s signature restaurant, serving up delicious prime steaks, chops, and the freshest seafood. Sniff and sip a glass from the award-winning wine list. Tomorrow morning, try breakfast at The Oak for regionally grown California fruits, housemade granola, organic egg dishes, and fresh-squeezed juices. Need a 3 o’clock in-between snack? Stop by Jimmy’s Pub for a thin-crust pizza and a beer while looking out at the 200-year-old oak trees and golf course.

THE SPA: Surrounded by the inspiring Topa Topa Mountains, the 31,000-square-foot day spa is the focal point of this serene resort village which includes two pools, a fully equipped workout room, Mind and Body Studio,



THE FUN: The resort features a challenging 18-hole, 6,292-yard, par 70 golf course. There’s tennis, and a variety of daily fitness and healthy lifestyle classes presented by the resort’s highly qualified team of Spa Ojai Mind & Body instructors. Classes include morning walks, sunset strolls, nature tours, yoga, Pilates mat work, gardening, spinning, water

Spa Boutique and Artist Cottage and Apothecary. Enjoy a freshpressed juice drink in the morning, or a quiet and casual lunch at Café Verde. The Spa has its own pool—a quiet respite to read a book or have a glass of wine.

aerobics, guided meditations, and more. Or, awaken your inner creativity with an art class. We rented bikes (available right on the resort) and headed for the well-marked (and flat) trails into town. For the more adventurous, there’s a 15-mile bike trail that will take you all the way to the ocean.

Fragrant Welcome Sweet smells await you at the Herb Garden and pool

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GENLUXSHOP TERRANEA Just a little over an hour south of LA is Terranea Resort. Leave the office on a Friday at 3, and you’ll be sitting on a lounge chair, margarita in hand, by 5! —Cecilia lounge chair, margarita in hand, by 5! Moreno Terranea sits on a 102-acre peninsula on the Pacific—a true paradise for a girls’ weekend, romantic getaway or family vacation. I repeat, it’s paradise for any family vacation! Be prepared to enjoy a sophisticated, yet relaxed ambiance at

this Mediterranean-inspired retreat surrounded by glistening, panoramic views of the ocean. Ter ranea Resort and Spa, 100 Ter ranea Way Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310-265-2800, ter ranea.com

THE AREA: Spa-ahhh! Chillax in the Spa’s Relaxation Lounge

Adult Swim Terranea offers a great kids’ pool + two adults-only pools


Even though you won’t need to venture from the resort, most of Southern California’s famous attractions like Disneyland, Santa Monica (beaches, The Pier, 3rd St. Promenade), Hollywood, Beverly Hills (Rodeo Drive, TMZ celebrity tours) and major sporting/concert venues, are just a short drive away.

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With eight different food Dine at Mar’sels choices, Terranea offers a with breathtaking restaurant for every palate views of the and budget. A local favorite Pacific Ocean is Nelson’s for their lobster rolls and happy hour. Terranea’s pièce de résistance is Mar’sel (a combination of the Spanish word The three ocean-view pools for ‘sea’ and the French word for (including the family pool with a ‘salt’). The breathtaking ocean super slide for the kids, and the views provide a stunning backspa pool for peace and serenity), drop for Mar’sel’s delicious offereight distinct eateries, and worldings (perfect for those Instagram class 9-hole golf course will keep updates). Mar’sel offers a menu you busy, yet relaxed. In addition, based on sustainable ingredients Terranea Resort offers Aqua-Terra with many of the herbs and vegAdventures, kids’ activities and fun etables from the restaurant’s own camps, fitness and wellness classes, garden—the one you’ll pass on coves and tide pools, discovery your way into the restaurant. trails and a luxurious award-winning For your entrée, spa. If you choose to indulge and try the crispy treat yourself to this state-of-thethighs or double art spa (and I highly recommend lamb chop. You you do), ask for Beatrice. The most won’t regret it amazing hands!



All rooms are designed to provide relaxation and reconnect you with the ocean. Guestrooms feature a private balcony or patio, a stone bathroom with separate tub and shower, pillowtop beds with luxurious linens, 37-inch LCD flat-screen TVs, and free wireless internet.

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Views Fore-ever Enjoy the view from the worldclass 9-hole golf course.

LAKE ARROWHEAD Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa has the sweet smell of tall redwoods, a relaxing spa, and a calm, clear lake—you’ll never believe you’re only an hour and a half from LA.—Cecilia Moreno Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa stays true to its natural environment by keeping its design aesthetic to a mountainlodge cabin sensibility. The resort offers decadence and


comfort at the same time. For me, many beautiful family memories were created in this magical place. Lake Ar rowhead Resort and Spa, 909-336-1511, lakear rowheadresort.com

Close Encounter An idyllic getaway is less than half a tank away

The beautiful suites scream lakefront luxury with rich tones, cozy furnishings, plush linens and thoughtful amenities such as free wi-fi, coffemaker, and twice-daily housekeeping. Our suite featured a luxurious living area, fireplace, and huge tub. A long candle-lit bath in that deep-soaking tub— not a bad way to end the evening.



Bin 189 Restaurant offers rustic, robust flavors created from the healthiest natural ingredients (I’m still dreaming of their Halibut with delicious risotto). After dining, stay and enjoy live local entertainment in the lounge as you savor one of their specialty cocktails, noted wines or artesian craft beers on tap.

There’s lots to do in Lake Arrowhead, but who would have known that shopping at the local village would make the list? There’s everything from elegant boutiques and factory outlets to artisan shops. Enjoy the children’s playground or the tour-boat trips exploring the lake on the Arrowhead Queen, or simply stroll around this charming village. For dinner here, I recommend Papagayos Mexican Restaurant. Yup, it’s worth the 40-minute wait. Enjoy a crisp Corona with lime as you take in the view.

Go, Sean, Go! Skiing for the first time won’t soon be forgotten

Wine and Breeze A summer wind gently cools our wine-warmed hearts


Okay, this is Lake Arrowhead… activities are abundant! I’ll share my personal highlights, but know there are plenty more! The concierge is superaccommodating and will exceed any expectations. Try the boat tour of the lake. Having Captain John as your guide is a must! An area native, he’s a wealth of information. Think Hollywood TMZ tour on water—he’ll point out every celebrity home on the lake. If relaxation is your goal, then head over to Spa of the Pines for the Lomi Lomi treat-



ment! This hour of bliss incorporates long, fluid strokes and hot stones to promote improved circulation and vitality—you’ll leave with a complete head-to-toe glow. My 10-year-old son, Sean, took a water-skiing lesson at the McKenzie Water Ski School—the oldest in the nation. The well-trained instructors had Sean skiing on his first try! For a quiet adventure, guests are offered access to the private gate codes that surround the lake so you can hike its entire circumference.

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GENLUXSHOP YOUR HOTEL IS READY, MR. BOND Ready for a peek into the future? You needn’t look further than the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. I forget that Las Vegas is literally in the desert. They call it a dry heat, but does it really matter when it’s 102 out? Listen, when it’s this hot, there’s only one place to be— inside. Shall we? The good news is, we’re staying at ARIA Resort & Casino—in a generous 2,000-square-foot, nicely decorated corner suite with 12-person conference room and a takeyour-breath-away view.

Smart Room A one-touch controller regulates the temperature, lights, music, and draperies

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For some travelers, a few top honors, like a Forbes Four-Star and AAA FiveDiamond rating, is all the reviewing they really care about. ARIA has those, plus all the state-of-theart amenities like a wet bar, huge televisions (yes, plural), twice-daily housekeeping, 300-threadcount sheets, air bath whirlpool soaking tub, and for you control freaks out there, there’s this

one-touch gadget that opens and closes the curtains, dims the lights, turns on the air, sets the music—everything but operate the computerized toilet (yes, folks, there’s a computerized toilet that does so many tricks, it deserves its own review). There are a few Las Vegas hotels that I appreciate for their sheer sophistication and aesthetics. One is the neighboring Mandarin Oriental, and another has to be ARIA. It seems they’ve spared no expense to create a futuristic architectural space with stunning surfaces of glass, wood, and metal, and a brilliant water feature in front of the hotel (designed by the same team that did the Bellagio fountains). Aria’s new tagline is ‘This is how we Vegas.’ Well, guess what…now, so do we. G



Forms+Surfaces ARIA’s spectacular glass and metal architecture form an aesthetic symphony

Window Seat Enjoy ARIA’s breathtaking airliner views of the city

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GENLUXSHOP ISLAND GETAWAY After the frenetic pace of Paris Fashion Week, CHRISTINE CHIU takes us to Costa Smeralda, Sardinia for a little decompression Listen, Monaco, St. Tropez, and Ibiza, you can all take a backseat to the beauty and splendor of Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda— where fame is not a requirement to indulge in its sparkling clear turquoise waters, secluded blond beaches, and captivating sunsets, but having deep pockets may prove to be a necessity. The 25,000-Euros-per-night private villas at Hotel Pitrizza are considered cost-effective



Hotel Pitrizza, Costa Smeralda. Located in one of the most prestigious destinations in the world, this stunning beachfront collection of private villas is set in unspoiled natural splendor with unparalleled coastal and sea views. pitrizzahotel.com



Archipelago de La Maddalena by private yacht (La Maddalena, Caprera, Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and Yacht to Have It Razzoli islands) Wait, what does it marinasarda.it say on that boat? Lady Christine?

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alternatives to staying in multimillion-dollar mega-yachts that float effortlessly on the glistening sea. Perhaps the intrigue of the region is that unlike other luxury destinations, Sardinia is still pure. Like diamonds on a virgin maiden, Costa Smeralda’s world-class shopping, dining, and nightlife set in its unspoiled nature are stunning and truly unforgettable.

Il Pescatore at sunset, Porto Cervo. Located on the water in the heart of Porto Cervo, this charming restaurant serves fresh, mouthwatering seafood dishes with 5-star service and a gorgeous view of the harbor. ilpescatorestaurant. com/en

Phi Beach. Stay day to evening at this private beach club, known for its beautiful sea-sculpted rock formations, acclaimed chefs, and the unfathomable sunsets. phibeach.com

Wine-tasting (Siddura and Surrau). Contact Sardegna Bella Buona for a private tour and tasting excursion to Sardinia’s famed vineyards and tasting rooms. sardegnabellaebuona.com

MUST TRY: Porto Cervo Eating with the Stars (Michelin), Porto Cervo Fashion Week, or Day Trip to Corsica. destinationcosta smeralda.com/eatingwiththestars

The Exceptional Grain had a successful career importing and distributing spirits, but always dreamed of creating his own blended Scotch Whisky. This year, as our JEFF LIPSMAN discovers, 1500 bottles of that dream are being released, and as its name suggests, it’s good stuff. Don Sutcliffe

Scotch Tapes Don taps his glass and explains a good Scotch Whisky comes with stories


on Sutcliffe tips the bottle of Scotch into my glass. “Take a first smell, then you might add a drop or two of water,” he suggests. “Before dinner I add water. After dinner I don’t.” Don spent his career importing and distributing spirits, but he dreamed of creating his own. “In 1987 I took my first trip to Scotland, to The Macallan. It changed my life.” He taps his Scotch glass to focus attention and adds, as if letting me in on a secret, “This is about telling stories.” Sutcliffe became friends with The Macallan’s legendary single-malt Scotch maker, Willie Phillips. “We always wanted to do a project together.” The project Sutcliffe had in mind was a distinctive blended Scotch whisky, handcrafted in small batches and made from select barrels. “We sat down and said we wanted to make a really interesting whisky, a grain whisky. We wanted a selection of different distillers, of different grains, of different years. And so we set about this process of locating barrels. No one would have 30-year-old Carsebridge available; you had to find it the back of the barrel room, almost forgotten, because what are they going to do with it?” That single cask of Carsebridge, along with another from North British Distillery and one from Loch Lomond, was just enough to create the 1,500 bottles of the Exceptional Grain. The Exceptional Grain, their first entry, is a 100% blended grain whisky. By way of comparison, single-malt Scotches can be aggressive in flavor, with alcoholic aromas, and strong flavors of peat and smoke. But blended whiskies have a broader palate and

Photos: Jeff Lipsman

Photos by Jeff Lipsman

Aroma Therapy Uyen Nguyen, The Gorge pastry chef, savors the scent



No Pain No Grain Bert Berdis sips the results of Don’s search for the best grains

are generally softer. As Sutcliffe explains, “I enjoy an elegant whisky—nuanced, softer. So we will never make a heavy peat, heavy smoke whisky.” For the Exceptional Grain, Sutcliffe and Phillips first identified 15 barrels in storage long forgotten by Scotland’s whisky distillers. They then narrowed it down to three select barrels. To give their blend some backbone, vanilla, and wood, they selected a 13-year-old corn whisky from North British. From Loch Lomond Distillery they selected a four-year-old wheat whisky that provides a lively little bit of alcohol and notes of fruit, lemon and blackberry. Finally, a rare barrel of wheat whisky from Carsebridge, a distillery that has been closed for over 25 years, gives the Exceptional Grain depth and a toffee characteristic that only comes from aging. The three components were married in sherry casks, and you can smell a little bit of the sherry on the front and taste it on the back. Sutcliffe notes that unengaged barrels of whisky are virtually nonexistent, as worldwide demand far exceeds scarce resources. “If you want to make this exact whisky tomorrow,” he says, “you have to wait 30 years.” While there are just 1,500 bottles of the Exceptional Grain for the world, it is only the first of Sutcliffe’s planned offerings. Noting that each small batch will be unique, he promises an Exceptional Malt in the fall, and an Exceptional Blend in 2015. Available at select wine and spirits shops now. G

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GENLUXSHOP RYAN’S HOPE Renaissance man, Ryan Doherty, is transforming Las Vegas’s downtown into the city’s coolest area. SABRINA CHAPMAN gives us a peek into how his three latest masterpieces are doing just that.

Hollywood Glam BLVD. Cocktail Company serves a playful explosion of style

Cool Pool: Avalon, California Four Seasons The name meansSpa ‘an island Sayan, in Ubud paradise the western seas’ Artful Cocktails Doherty encourages his mixologists to ‘bring it’


f you can imagine a modern-day Da Vinci meets a Max Ernst sensibility with the charm of Gatsby, there’s a good chance you’re seeing Ryan Doherty. Over the past few years, the designer-slash-publisher-slashentrepreneur (basically, just call him Mr. Renaissance) has been changing the aesthetic of bar and restaurant design in Las Vegas one venue at a time. And he’s not showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. Given Doherty’s ingenuity and creativity, combined with his hearty Rolodex of business partners, including Jared Kushner, Pasquale Rotella and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, rest assured many more are yet to come. Commonwealth Commonwealth, Doherty’s first design project, is a cornerstone bar in the revitalized Fremont East Entertainment District of downtown Las Vegas. Named after MassachuWalk in the Park setts, Doherty’s home state, Park on Fremont’s Commonwealth is a solid eclectic patio area vintage industrial design Water Colors: heightened with glimmerFishing boats ing chandeliers, yet softbeached at low tide ened with worn antique décor and layers of handcrafted care, including a decoupage wall of 3,000 or so coffeestained photographs. commonwealthlv.com

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Bar Noir Like a good movie, Commonwealth’s many nuances beg for multiple visits

Park on Fremont Doherty imported an entire barn from Nebraska and pallets of wood from a church in Mexico, scoured thrift stores for mismatched china, and commissioned artwork by world-renowned artist Mark Ryden and a sculpture by Peter Gronquist to create Park on Fremont’s whimsical wonderland. The hidden gem of his neighborhood bar and restaurant is the back patio. A bright and bountiful garden by Las Vegas floral and garden designer Victoria Hogan centers the stage for Doherty’s surrealistic take on ‘urban life meets nature.’ parkonfremont.com BLVD. Cocktail Company For BLVD. Cocktail Company Doherty chose regal shades of metallic, Art Deco lighting, antique mirrors, swan corbels and Parisian-style chairs and booths upholstered in plush damask to set a luxurious tone with layers of Old Hollywood glamour. He curated a collection of fantasy surrealism art to line the walls, echoing a bit of eerie mystery. A cloud made of 14,000 lightbulbs by artist Gabriel Culp hangs over a sleek baby-grand piano. Doherty encourages the bar program, led by mixologist Juyoung Kang, to explore avant-garde expressionism in the form of cocktails. blvdcocktail.com G

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Genlux brings you some of our favorite LA restaurants RIVABELLA

A Tuscan experience tucked on the corner of Sunset and scrumptious. Rivabella’s chef Luigi Fineo has crafted himself quite the nice Italian carte du jour. The garden room has a magically relaxing ambience with tiny glowing lights and warm breeze. The handsome staff is attentive and helpful. Jalisco Gold spicy tequila drinks and housemade bellinis set the stage for a fun evening. Perfectly sliced beef carpaccio and tuna tartare make the first act and have our taste buds watering. Innovative Dining promotes Boa as having the best steak, but we believe Rivabella’s prime bone-in ribeye gives any steak in town a run for its money. A show-stopping finale enters tableside in the form of a liquid nitrogen ice cream presentation—well worth the calories. We’ll be back here soon. Rivabella, West Hollywood, 310-278-2060, innovativedining.com


Mr. Chow Malibu

MR. CHOW MALIBU Mr. Chow’s newest digs are nestled beachside in the premiere Malibu Country Mart. Executive Chef Jia Chi Zhao and his team cook up classic signature Beijing dishes along with new and original recipes. Dine open-air with Malibu’s light majestic winds against a backdrop of canyon views. Since his very first opening night in London, back in 1968, Mr. Chow’s famous nightly handmade noodle show has been making an appearance, and is a fun experience. Must try the Leche Champagne, Ma Mignon, Chicken Satay, Drunken Fish, Green Pawns, Sweet & Sour Prawns, Exotic Mushroom Sides, and the Gamblers Duck! Next time we’ll dine for lunch while having our car detailed! Mr. Chow, Malibu, 310-456-7600, mrchow.com

FAITH & FLOWER Executive Chef Michael Hung, formerly of San Francisco’s Michelinstarred La Folie, oversees the kitchen at LA’s newest downtown restaurant. All culinary operations need his approval. To keep our palates on alert, the menu will change, depending on the season. Must-tries are the San Diego Halibut Carpaccio with pomelo and ruby grapefruit, herbed crème fraiche, and brioche croutons; the Chinese Chili-Soybean Oxtail Agnolotti glazed in bone marrow butter; Duck Liver Mousse Tarts with grenadine-candied onion; and a salad of roasted young carrots and Brassicas with smoked Greek yogurt, mustard seed crackers, and sherryshallot vinaigrette. Need we say more? Faith & Flower, LA, 213-2390642, faithandflowerla.com

GOLDIE’S Located on trendy 3rd Street, Goldie’s is an intimate, casual California dining experience. They use only local sustainable ingredients of the highest quality in everything on the menu—including their award-winning cocktails. Our favorites include their signature cocktail, ‘Golden Girl,’ with spiced tequila, passion fruit, agave, and lime meringue. Menu musts are Burrata Watermelon, Kale Salad, Brussels Sprouts, and their main-dish special, Short Ribs (which are brined in salt for 12 hours, then brined in wine), accompanied by a carrot cumin purée. Goldie’s has a great vibe, beautiful décor with a lovely patio, and a warm, friendly staff. Goldie’s Goldie’s, LA, 323-677-2470, goldiesla.com

Mr. Chow Malibu

CAVATINA Nestled inside the legendary Sunset Marquis hotel, Cavatina is a hidden gem. Secluded from the outside world, this is the perfect place to bring a date. In the evening the menu is broken into four categories, offering guests snacks, a crudo section, small-plates, and entrées. Among our delicious faves: Cauliflower Panna Cotta with Lobster and Caviar, Crunchy Olives with Cabrales and Speck Powder, and the Mediterranean Sea Bass with Shaved Vegetables. Cavatina, West Hollywood, 310-358-3759, cavatinala.com



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GENLUXSHOP On Rodeo Bistro

Photo: Christina Peters


Genlux considers On Rodeo Bistro our home court. Chef David Padilla has slowly turned it into one of Beverly Hills’ best-kept culinary secrets. Located in the Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive, this is a dining treat for the triumvirate: the delicious fare, the delectable drink menu, and the fantastic atmosphere. Where else can you enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner while sitting right on Rodeo Drive? Only here, my friends. Need a quick Rodeo Drive shopping pick-me-up? Try the hamburger and truffle fries—the best in town. While the restaurant should charge extra for the front patio views of Prada, Gucci, and Salvatore Ferragamo, that part’s complimentary. Come for the social-hour deals between 4-7pm. On Rodeo Bistro, Beverly Hills, 310-273-0300, luxehotels.com

Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

Il Forno Caldo

HYDE SUNSET KITCHEN + COCKTAILS West Hollywood restaurant meets Hollywood lounge. Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails is the trendiest place right now, and with great food to match, we predict it will stay that way. The place is a mixture of Chateau, Soho House and Sunset Marquis—laid back, cool and a bit secluded. Every mouthful of the cuisine is delicious, and if you love oysters like we do— you’re in for a big surprise. They’re humongous and so tasty. The cocktails are pretty yummy too. Finally, the perfect hangout for grownups! Hyde Sunset, West Hollywood, 323-9401650, sbe.com

IL FORNO CALDO Tucked away in a corner of Beverly Hills’ Golden Triangle is one of our go-to Italian restaurants. Fantastic food, cozy ambiance, attentive service, and fair prices, this place deserves the Zagat recommendations displayed on its walls. Hundreds of wine choices in all price ranges. Want to dine light? Try the Beverly Hills salad with organic baby mixed greens, fresh strawberry or Buratta Cheese Bruchetta, Il Forno Caldo, 310-777-0040, ilfornocaldo.com


SUR RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE Ever since Lisa Vanderpump put Sur on the reality map with the Bravo show about the restaurant’s beautiful but zany staff, things have amped up a bit. Now, you really do need to make ressies before popping in, and it’s become the must-take-our-out-of-townvisitors restaurant, since there’s a good chance they’ll be served by the very characters from the show. It makes for Sur Restaurant + Lounge fun dining, and even through all the fame, Lisa’s partners, Guillermo and Nathalie Zapata, have ensured our favorite scrumptious plates haven’t changed a bit. Our perennial faves are the Crispy Chicken, the Lamb Chops, the Veal Milanesa, and even though we don’t have room, can we please order Sur’s signature dessert? Why, the warm Berry Cobbler, of course. Sur Restaurant and Lounge, West Hollywood, 310-289-2824, surrestaurantandbar.com CHURCH & STATE Located in the Arts District of downtown LA, on the ground floor of the original Nabisco bakery and offices, is Church & State, where the old world meets the new world. Executive chef Tony Esnault delivers authentic French bistro fare using only seasonal produce of the highest quality and ingredients from 100% humanely raised, treated, and naturally fed animals. Indulge yourself with these must-haves: Tarte aux Pêches made with farmers market peaches and brie; Soupe à l’Oignon Gratinée, and Truite Meunière: Idaho trout, potatoes, Swiss chard, capers, lemon brown butter. Be sure to try their delicious handcrafted cocktails like the Teaches of Peaches, and save room for dessert—especially the Pot de Crème au Chocolat et Café! Church & State, LA, 213-405-1434, churchandstatebistro.com

Church & State

BESO Located in Hollywood, and co-owned by beautiful Eva Longoria and chef Todd English, Beso is the place to go for a romantic dinner. The dominant colors— brown, gold and black—along with the comfortable oversized crocodile booths, add a sexy, glamorous touch to the restaurant. The menu offers a nice variety of handcrafted cocktails, as well as an extensive wine list. For a taste of Latin fusion, try the taco sampler. Delicious! The menu, with its diversity, offers something for everyone: Fresh Farmer’s Market salad, jumbo sea scallops, roasted rack of lamb, whole fish and more. Be sure to save room for dessert! Our favorite? The fried banana split! And if you like sweet wine, go with the divine Muscat. Beso, LA, 323-467-7991, besohollywood.com

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THE EYELASH QUEEN Meet J. Nicole. She’s the award-winning permanent eyelash extension stylist known by many as ‘The Eyelash Queen’ LA’s award-winning celebrity DJ to the stars Specializing in Fashion, Entertainment, Nightlife, Red Carpet & Black Tie events. (323) 999-1331 www.ladjco.com Represented by Los Angeles Deejay Company

By Appointment Only: 310-567-9795 Nationally at jndayspa.com

Genlux Out-of-Towner York native, the city of dreams has always been Donna Karan life, featuring signature black cashmere, leather, stretch and molded fabrics. ¶ Donna Karan began her design career at Parsons School of Design in New York. She was soon hired on at Anne Klein as an associate designer, and in 1974 was named as successor following

Donna Karan brand has reached iconic status and has received a number of important accolades, including six recognitions from Glamour ¶ Even with a thriving empire, Karan devotes much of her energy to many philanthropic endeavors. In addition to the work through

–Courtney Fortune Donna Karan large laser-cut leather tote, $1995, donnakaran.com Where do you stay? The Beverly Hills Hotel; sometimes at Shutters in Santa Monica (I love to be near the water!) Have drinks? Chateau Marmont

Donna Karan cashmere cozy throw blanket, $210, DonnaKaranHome.com

How do you make your hotel room feel more like home? I bring my essential oils and cashmere blankets. Nothing makes me more at home.

How do you look refreshed

I drink a ton of water. Red-eye or

Red-eye or private.

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What are your packing essentials for LA? Yoga clothes, of course! And anything that can take me from day into night – bodysuits, dresses, scarves, and my Haitian artisan leather and horn jewelry.


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Donna Karan handforged metal and leather cuff, $1095, donnakaran.com

Restaurants? Nobu Malibu – I love it in New York, and I love it in LA

Museum? LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

What’s in your carry-on? My journal, all my unread magazines, juices, and healthy snacks. And, of course, my essential connections to the world: iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, camera. What do you wish LA had more of that you have in NY? Theater. What do you wish NY had that LA has? Year-round warm weather.

Neighborhoods? Santa Monica and Venice Beaches: Malibu

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