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REAR WINDOW We pay homage to Hitchcock in our own spring fashion thriller.

IN MY DREAMS Super photographer Erik Almås brings us a fashion fantasy. NOT JUST ANOTHER PRETTY WOMAN 90210’s talented Jessica Lowndes. QUIET ON THE SET Being glammed up Hollywoodstyle isn’t just for movie stars. BELLEISSIMO Our exclusive interview and shoot with Camilla Belle.




ALL ABOUT ALEX Alex Daddario: one of Hollywood’s glamorous new stars. STAR WATCH Bonnie Holland shoots today’s hottest actresses on our watch. SHOOTING STARS Murray Garrett shares some prized Hollywood images.


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Fashion Editor’s Picks: Amanda’s premiere pieces. Editor at Large’s Picks: George’s spring selections. Style Editor’s Picks: Kelvin’s red carpet guide. Apocalypstick by Almie Rose: Manual of LA guys. JetSetters: Daniel Lalonde, Jennifer Hyman & Jenny Fleiss. Style ID: Colbie Smulders. Expert Opinion: Dr. Forouzanpour, Dr. Chiu. File-o-Facts: The glamorous life – hollywood style. Getaways: Tracy O’Connor takes on Boston. Out-of-Towner: Nadja Swarovski Red Carpet Special: Event Tent

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Interior Motives: Cocktail Hour.

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Her Secret Service: Beauty tips from our cover shoot.

Designer Profile: Thale Blanc designer Deborah Sawaf. Top to Toe: Movie Premiere, Hollywood Brunch. Closet Desires: Tassels, Metallics, Red Carpet Jewels.

Beauty and More: Hollywood Hot List by Susan Campos Scents of Style: Luxurious new fragrance finds. Hair Do’s: Get your glam on! Beauty News: Fresh beauty finds for the red carpet. Makeup Trend: Tips and trends from the pros.




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Fashion. Accessories. Beauty.


Editor’s Picks: Samia Arslane picks her favorite things.



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Isharya ring, price upon request, shop.isharya.com

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

Creative Director/Photo Editor: Stephen Kamifuji Fashion Editor: Amanda Eliasch Editor at Large: George Blodwell Assistant Art Director: Jordan Holcomb VP of Luxury Advertising: Andrea Aal Account Executive: Rhonda Zakhor Financial Director: Marc Meshekow Director Human Resources: Yolanda Garcia Copy Editor: Larry Lederman Style Director: Kelvin Seah Writer at Large: Almie Rose Genlux Website Editor: Hannah Ciallella Contributing Editors: Susan Campos, Stephen Christopher, Vonetta Encarnacao, Courtney Fortune, Dr. Ezra Kest, Larry Lederman, Tracy O’Connor Sherryl White, Cheryl Woodcock Contributing Photographers: Erik Almås, Brakhax2, Anna Cone + Christopher Nelson, Robert Deutschman, Murray Garrett, Bonnie Holland, Kimberly Metz, Machado Cicala Morassut, Ming Wu Director of Events: John Sugrue Interns: Lindsey Accornero, Lauren Tayler Guy, Robyn Nakasone, Katie Stephens

Member Spring I ­2011 Issue ©2011 by Genlux Magazine™, LLC., All rights reserved. No part of this periodical may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior written permission from Genlux Magazine. To our readers: Genlux Magazine invites you to sahare your thoughts, ideas and critiques of our publication. Please send comments to Editor, Genlux Magazine, 9713 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 202, Beverly Hills, California 90210 or by email, editor@genlux.com. Subscriptions: Please subscribe online at genlux.com. To advertise: Please contact Cecilia@genlux.com or call 310-275-5700.

18 GENLUX SPRING I / 2011 PHOTO: camilla belle by BRAKHAx2 at smashbox studios, Hollywood

Photo courtesy of Genlux Magazine, Photo by Marc Baptiste

Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, 360 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90210, T/310.273.0300 F/310.859.8730 www.luxehotelrodeodrive.com


GenLUX And the award goes to…


love awards season, but I’m also glad it’s finally behind us. What a whirlwind it’s been! It started in early January with the Golden Globes. Soon after, the Screen Actors Guild Awards were celebrated, followed by the BAFTAs, the Costume Designer Guild Awards, and many more in between. The Costume Designer Guild Awards were fun and exciting. That night, Julie Weiss, the very witty and extremely-blessed-with-talent costume designer, was honored. Her acceptance speech was so inspiring. One thing she said that struck a chord with me was, “You can’t budget the imagination.” I totally agree. Then came the most important night of all, the Academy Awards. I attended a few fantastic Oscar parties, where, of course, I got to meet and mingle with a lot of interesting and talented industry people. In early February, I was delighted to attend the opening of Harry Winston’s second retail salon in Las Vegas,


located in the prestigious Crystals at CityCenter. The 1900-square-foot salon houses some of the most dazzling diamonds and rarest gemstones. The opening also marked a new design partnership for the brand, developed by award-winning designer Bill Sofield and Studio Sofield, Inc. I present you with our Hollywood Issue. We have included many up-and-coming stars like Alexandra Daddario, Jessica Lowndes, and our beautiful cover model, Camilla Belle. One shoot I particularly enjoyed was our Star Watch photo shoot by Bonnie Holland, for which five beautiful, talented and very different young actresses were transformed into Hollywood icons. Check out Sophia Bush, Amanda Righetti, Jurnee Smollett, Krysten Ritter and Pippa Black’s transformations and see if you can guess who they’re paying homage to. Bisous à tous!

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genlux gadabouts: Agent Provocateur rodeo drive Boutique Opening Photos: LaunchPad pr

Agent Provocateur Models, AP Owner Garry Hogarth, Creative Director Sarah Shotton

Debi Mazar

Rodeo Drive got a little spicier with the opening of luxury lingerie boutique Agent Provocateur. The London label, famous for craftsmanship, fabric, and playfulness, had an extremely full house, with guests including Debi Mazar, Kirsty Hume, Estella Warren, Sally Kellerman, Julie Newmar, Lady Victoria Hervey, Dominik and Daniella Garcia-Lorido, and Billy Morrison in attendance. Agent Provocateur– clad models meandered through the crowds while DJ Pandora Jukebox danced and spun the night away.

Donovan Leitch

Sarah Shotton

Mallika Sherawat

Kirsty Hume Brittany Gandy

Harry Winston Boutique Las Vegas opening Photos: courtesy of harry winston

Sandrine de Laage, Frederic de Narp, Samia Arslane, Yvette Masterson

Harry Winston opened the doors of its new salon in Crystals at City Center. Salon designer Bill Sofield, along with Genlux editor-in-chief Samia Arslane, Harry Winston president and CEO Frédéric de Narp, Harry Winston creative director Sandrine de Laage,  City Center president & CEO Robert Baldwin, and others, toasted the jewelers’ second Las Vegas location with a cocktail soirée.

Tony Ghandour, Catherine Lacaze, Christopher Pilinski, Kimberly Hyp, Rochell Matraki, Farid Matraki

Kelly Smith, Samia Arslane, Donald Bowman Bill Grounds, Robert Baldwin, Audra Henley


Valery Balis

Sandrine de Laage, Bill Sofield, Frederic de Narp, Emma O’Neill

genlux gadabouts: Genlux and the Luxe Hotel Girls Night Out Photos: Danny Calderon

Janice Bussing,Vera Kantor

Susie Dobson, Hannah Ciallella

Alba Gibson, Jean Dickinson

Rodeo Drive store managers were in for a treat at the third annual Genlux Girl’s Night Out event hosted by Wendy Krueger and Cecilia Moreno at the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel. While catching up and meeting other Beverly Hills area managers, the ladies dined on creations from Luxe Hotel head chef James Jung. His handmade chocolate bonbons were a smash hit. The ladies left with a gift bag of glamourous makeup from Giorgio Armani, NARS Cosmetics, China Glaze, and goodies from the Luxe Hotel.

Maria Bonitto, Patricia Vickers

Photo: Donato Sardella/WireImage.com

Joann Nishi, Peggy Choukroun

Chef James Jung

Tess Lombardo, Mark Wagner, Karin Pellmann

Alba Gibson, Andrea Aal

Lisa Runyan, Teresa Clemens

Wendy Krueger, Cecilia Moreno, Adrianna Myers

Adam Shankman, Brittany Snow Mary Ta, Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore, Lani Hammett Kathy and Said Gohari, Andia and Shahram Rahimi Stephen Baldwin

Minna Lee


genlux gadabouts: Giuseppe Zanotti Beverly Hills Boutique Opening Photos: John Sciulli/Getty Images Giuseppe Zanotti himself was on hand to celebrate the opening of his Beverly Hills boutique. Guests, including Kanye West, Mena Suvari, Lindsay Lohan and many other Hollywood stars, were treated to cocktails at the boutique while they admired the designer’s shoe collection. Celebrations continued at a private dinner at BOA and an afterparty at Trousdale.

Giuseppe Zanotti, Giuseppe Zanotti, Kanye West Holly Ridings, Louis Verdad

Cinzia Zanotti, Mark Mahoney, Giuseppe Zanotti, Nicole Mahoney Kanye West, Cassie Scerbo

Jaimie Alexander

Kristen Bell Linda Taylor

Giuseppe Zanotti, Kanye West

Giuseppe Zanotti, Holly Ridings, Louis Verdad

Giuseppe Zanotti, Mena Suvari, Cinzia Zanotti

Molly Sims

Audi and J.Mendel Golden Globe Kick off Party Photos: Audi/Wireimage

Zachary Levi, Sophia Bush, Michael Patrick


James Marsden

Photo: Donato Sardella/WireImage.com Zoe Saldana

Olivia Munn

Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com

Sofia Vergara

Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore, Stephen Baldwin Adam Shankman, Brittany Snow

Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com

Julianne Hough, Paz Vega

Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com

Billy Zane

Cecconi’s in West Hollywood was the place to see and be seen as Audi and J. Mendel hosted a celeb-filled celebration for Golden Globes week. A few of the lucky actors, including Golden Globe nominees Sofia Vergara, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch, arrived in style in the new Audi A8. Guests were able to view a variety of Audi cars on display, as well as take in a J. Mendel installation of red-carpet gowns.

Sophia Bush Kyle Richards

genlux gadabouts: Genlux Winter white issue launch party hosted by emmy rossum Photos: Lillian zabel

Andrea Aal, Cecilia Moreno

Jane Dickenson, Patrick McDonald

Holly Montag

Dominique Coleman, Allan Avendano

Dan Deutsch, Emmy Rossum

George Blodwell, Wendy Krueger

Jamie and Brent Siragusa

Cover girl Emmy Rossum hosted the GENLUX winter issue release at the In+Add-Minus boutique. Guests munched on hors d’ouevres by Divinity by Cory Martin and cupcakes from Sprinkles. The event, sponsored by Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook, featured beautiful floral arrangements from Flowers by Scher Design. 200Proof bartenders served Dolce Touch Luxury Vodka and ONEHope wine. Mixers were provided by Hansen’s. As the evening ended, guests were handed goodie bags with product from China Glaze and First & Hope restaurant.

Monica Cociu, Lori Thomas, David Poyet

Brittany Gandy

Melinda Manos, Trevor Riewer, Victoria Goodman

DJs Luxury Kills

Michelle Risen, Peter Marcus

Brigitte Daza

Julia Lescova


GenLUX magazine


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

Shiseido Makeup Automatic Fine eyeliner in black, $29, Bloomingdale’s, Westfield Century City, 310-772-2100

We go behind the scenes to reveal how our creative team achieved Camilla Belle’s cover look! EYES: “I decided to

give Camilla’s eyes all of the focus. A strong, structured extended eyeliner—very classic Hollywood. Her famous brows were given just a touch of extra definition and crispness.”

SKIN: “Though she was tan from a recent trip to the tropics, I used a pale, fleshy foundation on her face and body to give her a pale, statuesque look.” Lip: “For lips

I went with a mauve/pink. Nothing too sweet, yet nothing too deep that would detract from her playedup eyes.

Phyto phytovolume actif volumizer spray, $28; Phyto 7 daily hydrating botanical cream, $26, Marie’s Hair Studio, Malibu, 310-4565211; sephora.com

Robert Steinkin Hairstylist Cloutier Remix

Skin Prep: “Sircuit Cosmeceuticals Molecular Mist. Super hydrator and skin moisturizer.” Sircuit Cosmeceuticals Molecular Mist, 2oz, $36; 4oz, $72, Green Line Beauty, LA, 323-933-5369

Brett Freedman Makeup Artist Celestine Agency

Lorac Natural Performance foundation, $36, Sephora, Westfield Century City, 310-843-0123 M·A·C Cosmetics Dazzle Lash in Black, $16, maccosmetics.com

Clé de Peau Beauté in Light, $70, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Jemma Kidd School Dual Illuminator in Champagne, $28, beauty.com

Davines Defining Texturizer, $21, davines.com

ROBERT STEINKEN with CLOUTIER REMIX AGENCY: “My inspiration was Old Hollywood glamour and sophistication. I wanted to create an image of seduction using modernized versions of the styles that adorned such Hollywood legends as Sophia Loren and LIZ Taylor. Each of my hairstyles embodies fluid movement, texture, volume and some built-in sensuality. Camilla made each of them a vision of true Hollywood red-carpet glamour! I achieved these


Benefit Cosmetics posietint, $28, benefitcosmetics.com

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Crème with Silk Groom, $18, 4.2 fl.oz.; $30, 8.4 fl.oz., Kiehl’s Since 1851, Santa Monica, 310-255-0055

Lancome Color Design lipcolor in Pink Preview, $22, lancome.com

looks with some of my all-time favorite products. For volume: I applied both Phytovolume actif (volumizer spray) and Phyto 7 (hydrating cream) evenly onto large sections of damp hair. For texture: I sprayed Davines Defining Texturizer on wet hair, starting at the root and combing through to the ends. I blow-dried medium sections of hair with a large round brush, and finished off the hairstyle with Kiehl’s Silk Groom for shine and to give texture.”

editor’s picks

Here are my favorite picks this season! –Samia Arslane

Vertu Constellation Quest sapphire crystal 18K yellow gold and black leather smartphone, $23,900, Vertu, Beverly Hills, 310-385-7647

Chopard Red Carpet Collection white-gold diamond ring with one radiant diamond (19cts), two half-moon diamonds (1.6cts), and 452 diamonds (1.2cts), price upon request, Chopard, Beverly Hills, 800-CHOPARD, chopard.com

AZATURE Oval platinum sterling metal with black rhodium matte-finish ring with 24 individually hand-set pavé black diamonds and 24 individually hand-set pavé white diamonds. Eight additional .25ct inverted-set black diamonds, $7800, Roseark, West Hollywood, by appointment only, 323-822-3600

Burberry jacket, $1595, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; JVL Los Angeles cotton mesh racerback tank, $95, jvllosangeles.com

Thomas Wylde tee with back embroideries (shown here), $575, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie Trudeau computer bag, $1095, TenOverSix, LA, 323-330-9355; wantessentiels.com

Corso Como Ballasox flat, $60, corsocomoshoes.com

Robindira Unsworth Venus pendant necklace 4.5cts of channel-set diamonds on a backdrop of oxidized sterling silver with an oxidized sterling silver chain, $4500, Fred Segal Rocks, Santa Monica, 310-3932216; RobindiraUnsworth.com

Mirco Giovannini ivory strapless knit bubble dress, $7475, by order only, mircogiovannini.it

Jenny Packham one-shoulder silk chiffon gown in topaz, price upon request, jennypackham.com


Funktional Evie polka dot dress, $118, Grace Ellay, LA, 323-664-0568, graceellay.com

MCM satchel in taupe, $990, Bloomingdale’s at the Beverly Center, LA, 310-360-2700; mcmworldwide.com

L’intense by Givenchy, $93, Macy’s at the Beverly Center, LA, 310-854-6655

Greta 141 S. Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, California 90212 310-247-1006 www.gretaofbeverlyhills.com

Armani Collezioni skirt, $450, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 In Add Minus blouse, $130, In Add Minus, Westfield Century City, 310-728-1041 Rina Limor 18K diamond and pearl necklace, $14,500, rinalimor.com Adeler white gold earrings with South Sea pearls and diamonds, $6780, adelerjewelers.com


Photography: Machado Cicala Morassut Stylist: Stephanie Ko / stephanie@genlux.com Model: Olivia, Ford Models, Los Angeles Hair: Aaron Light using Redken / CelestineAgency.com Makeup: Jenna Anton using NARS / CelestineAgency.com Stylist Assistants: Robyn Nakasone, Katie Stephens Photo Assistants: Danny Calderon, Mark Luebbers Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


Les Habitudes dress $4495, Les Habitudes, 310-273-2883 RenĂŠ Caovilla Heel, $1120, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Ca & Lou pearl bracelet, $350, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Assael Baroque diamond and pearl earrings, $7000, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900


Zac Posen blouse, $790, J. Mendel skirt, $1095, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Giambattista Valli jacket, $1885, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Giuseppe Zanotti clutch, $595, giuseppezanottidesign.com Ariane hat, $280, Ariane boutique, ariane-millinery.com Tito Perdrini earrings, price upon request, titoperdrini.com


Les Habitudes white gown, $4295; lace top, $2995, Les Habitudes, 310-273-2883 Bracelet, $675, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Le Vian pearl necklace, $698, levian.com Kum Kum pearl earrings, $60, kumkum-usa.com Perrin Paris gloves, $645, Perrin Paris, Beverly Hills, 310-786-9936


Les Habitudes dress, $4195, Les Habitudes, 310-273-2883 Earrings, $95, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Kum Kum pearl bracelets, $310 each, kumkum-usa.com



Designer Neda Dion had a dream. Top photographer Erik AlmĂĽs brings it to life for Genlux.


On Raphi: Theory shirt, $175, Hugo Boss suit, $995, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Band of Outsiders striped tie, $125, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-777-5877 On Stephanie: Salvatore Ferragamo teal transparent silk gown, $4650, teal knit bikini, $650, Salvatore Ferragamo, Beverly Hills, 310-273-9990 De Beers Atea ring, $4000, DeBeers radiant sun ring, $10,700, DeBeers, Beverly Hills, 310-228-1900 Raven Kauffman bag, $2195, Des Kohan, LA, 323-857-0200


Naeem Khan beige dress with flower studs, $3990, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Jimmy Choo Elba suede ankle bootie, price upon request, Jimmy Choo, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045 Solange AzaguryPartridge Watchstar ring in silver with diamonds, $48,000, Solange Azagury-Partridge, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4500



Photographer: Erik Almas / erikalmas.com Stylist: Kelvin Seah / Genlux Style Director / AimArtist.com Set Designer: Jade Altman - Depict Studios Set Decorator: Patricia Altman - Depict Studios Makeup: Camille Clark using Givenchy / AimArtist.com Hair: Judd Minter for Redken / AimArtist.com Manicure: Marsha Bialo / Bpolished.com using China Glaze Photo Assistant 1 and Digital Tech: Justin Bowen Photo Assistants: Gijs Van De Most, Bryant Walton Stylist Assistants: Jessica Zanotti, Louiza Minasyan, Lindsey Acconero Model: Stephanie Loba / LA MODELS Male Model in bedroom: Jon Woodward Male Model: Raphi Kammer / Elite Models Location: Depict Studios, Los Angeles Catering: Sur Restaurant / sur-restaurant.com CGI: Storyline Studios - Norway, storylinestudios.no Ideas, Concept and Art Direction: Neda Dion Creative Director: Stephen Kamifuji


Mirco Giovannini ivory knit bubble dress, $8335, by special order, d.barbasetti@ mircogiovannini.it Christian Louboutin Balota suede heel, $1195, Christian Louboutin, NY, 212-396-1884, christianlouboutin.com DeBeers 5 line ring, $9500, pear cocktail fizz ring, $13,300, the enchanted lotus ring, $4750, DeBeers, Beverly Hills, 310-228-1900 Solange AzaguryPartridge Witchy ring, $69,400, Solange Azagury-Partridge, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4500



Victoria Beckham purple cocktail dress, $3300, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti red, orchid, and black laquer bangles, $395 each, Tiffany & Co., Beverly Hills, 310-273-8880



Vahan 14K gold and sterling silver ring with diamonds and black onyx, $1550, vahanjewelry.com Sutra Rose cut diamond earrings, price upon request, sutrajewels.com



Jenny Packham silk chiffon fluttersleeve gown, price upon request, jennypackham.com Le Vian 14K yellow gold earrings with diamonds and amethyst, $12,747, Macy’s, Beverly Center, 310-854-6655; LeVian.com


Nikolaki creme colored silk chiffon beaded draped tunic dress with attached caplet, $3950, nikolakidesign.com


Kaufman Franco yellow silk strapless dress, $1595, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza flower ring in white enamel with sapphires, $565, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900, MCLDesign.net


Jessica Lowndes of 90210 on the new Mercedes-Benz SL550 in front of the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel in an Escada dress, $1775, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Yves Saint Laurent shoe, $875, Madison, LA, 323-651-3662



Jessica Lowndes is a singer, actress, writer, musician and painter. But, as she shares with Stephen Christopher, her biggest goal is to smell like cake.


Escada dress, $1775, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Amrapali gold earrings, $560, amrapalijewels.com

Photography: Rob Deutschman / robdeutschman.com Stylist: Angel Terrazas / iconhaus.com Makeup: Camille Clark using Givenchy / AIM Artists Hair: Michael Kanyon using Urban Therapy / CelestineAgency.com Male model: Guillermo Zapata / CESD / cesdtalent.com Photo Assistants: Danny Calderon, Bryant Walton Stylist Assistants: Lauren Guy, Robyn Nakasone Manicurist: Elisa Wishan for OPI using Texas Collection, Guy Meets Galveston color / Artists by Timothy Priano Location: Special thanks to: Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel; Brunello Cucinelli, Beverly Hills; The Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel Catering: Il Forno Caldo / Beverly Hills / ilfornocaldo.com Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji Assistant Art Director: Jordan Holcomb


Zac Posen shirt, $1690, Stella McCartney shorts, $585, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Le Vian ring, price upon request, Le Vian, 877-2538426, levian.com


Brunello Cucinelli blush cropped leather bomber jacket, $2830, taupe cotton ribbed dress with silk overlay and gold bead detail, $1060; pietra di luna stone necklace, $680, Brunello Cucinelli, Beverly Hills, 310-724-8118 YSL tribute sandal, $760, Madison, LA, 323-651-3662




essica Lowndes is an actress (a regular on the hit show 90210); a singer (she opened for Robin Thicke last year in Vegas and performed ‘The Christmas Song’ at LA Live with Seal, Stevie Wonder, and Willow Smith); a musician (she plays the piano and her songs have been featured on Moonlight on CBS and on 90210); a writer and a painter. Her future creative goals are to concoct her own fragrance, create her own fashion line, and one day perform on Broadway. Whew!

f Oscar Wilde were alive today, he would have made Jessica Lowndes his poster child. Wilde endorsed the philosophy of ‘anti-mimesis’—basically, that ‘life imitates art far more than art imitates life.’ In Jessica’s case, she embodies the notion that we subconsciously seek forms of expression for fulfillment in our lives. And art is the abundant and beautiful energy through which to realize that desire. Hold on, it actually gets more complicated. She offers to meet for coffee at Le Conversation—a fitting name for a restaurant to have an interview. It’s a quaint, sunny little place on Doheny, bordering Beverly Hills and WeHo. It’s half restaurant and half bakery. This is Jessica’s hangout. What’s ironic is, it’s so noisy with les conversations, it’s kind of hard to actually have one. Jessica’s wearing a black-and-white striped Ann Taylor top, a Phillip Lim jacket, and a cute hat. “My style is very much classic chic and very vintage-inspired, just like my character, Adrianna on 90210” (art imitating life or life imitating art imitating life?). Jessica appears too beautiful, and, well, too normal to be a true artist. There’s not a quirky bone in her body. That is, until she talks about her obsession with cake. “I want to smell like a bakery, that’s my goal. Because everybody loves cake. The smell of it reminds me of my birthday when I was a kid. It’s nostalgic. I just love cupcakes and icing. My whole apartment when you walk in smells like butter-cream frosting or waffle-cone or shortbread. It’s in my candles, bath lotions, perfumes—all of it. I like scents like crème brûlée, vanilla, almond, coconut, that kinda stuff.” Um, forget what I said about not being quirky. She mentions a laundry list of favorite products true to her sugary obsession—enough to make your jaw tingle. “I love Laura Mercier Almond Coconut milk, their body butter. I love their Crème Brûlée perfume…and Aquolina Pink Sugar, the cotton-candy perfume.” She opens her handbag and pulls out a tube. “Isn’t this amazing? It’s lip balm and hand lotion in one. Smells like cake! It’s called Votre-Vous hand lotion.”


essica Lowndes was born 22 years ago in Canada to a mom who doubled as her piano teacher and a dad who set the teen world record for running across Canada in only 81 days. Not surprisingly, this creative couple had little resistance when their daughter came to them with the idea of dropping out of high school to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. “I was expecting a bit of a fight, but my mom was like, ‘OK, Dan, can you go email her principal?’ And it was just like that; my dad was like, ‘Yup, sure.’ My parents are amazing.” Jessica went on to finish high school in three months through Canada’s Surrey Connect online program. Getting back to cake, I find out why birthdays are so indelibly locked in her psyche. “My mom said if I got an 85 or higher on my piano test, I could have my first girl-boy birthday party. My dream was to invite Jonathan—who I had a crush on since the second grade—to my 13th birthday party. So I glued a picture of him to my piano to motivate me. I got an 88 and had the party. He was my first kiss. We dated for only six days.” Last year, Jessica’s 90210 character had to deal with drugs, an HIV scare, a pregnancy, and a baby. “That’s when she was only fifteen; it was a very rough year. The reaction from the fans has been incredible, because Adrianna has gone through so many different things that a lot of people can relate to and identify with. Some look up to my character to help them get through their own situation.” Now there’s another anti-mimetical occurence in Jessica’s life. “I pitched the idea of my character getting a record deal. I just threw it out there, and yeah, after like a cheating storyline and a lesbian storyline, they incorporated the music, and then this season it’s been all music. Adrianna dropped out of school to pursue her music career, so every week I get to sing on the show. And now I’m working on an album in real life, so it’s all kind of amazing.” So, I guess if you’re lucky like Jessica Lowndes, you can have your cake and anti-mimetical life, too. G


Moschino jacket, $1195, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310- 275-4211 Etro black shorts, price upon request, etro.com


Jason Wu dress, $3550, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 YSL chocolate brown tribute pump, $760, Madison, 323-651-3662



Oday Shakar gown, price upon request, odayshakar.com Sawat blue topaz, diamonds and pink sapphire ring, $1800, 310-472-2740

quiet on the set

Who says you have to be an actress to live the part? Model Julia Lescova shows us how, with just the right fashion, and the right dose of attitude, anyone can live the dream. Photography: Anna Cone and Christopher Nelson, accnphotography.com Stylist: Stephanie Ko / stephanie@genlux.com Makeup and Hair: Glenn Nutley using NARS / CelestineAgency.com Model: Julia Lescova, LA Models Photo Assistants: Danny Calderon and Damon Biviano Catering: Il Forno Caldo, Beverly Hills Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


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Vintage petticoat, $95; La Perla vintage bustier, $125; Vintage lace gloves, $225, The Way We Wore, 323-937-0878 Giuseppe Zanotti heel, price upon request, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310 550-5760 Badgley Mischka earrings, $250; M.C.L. By Matthew Campbell Laurenza crystal necklace, $1890, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900, mcldesign.net


Pamella Roland embroidered chiffon gown, $5940, Nordstrom, San Diego, 619-295-4441 Giuseppe Zanotti patent peep-toe heel, giuseppezanottidesign.com Vahan 14K gold bracelets with diamonds, $4060 ea, vahanjewelry.com Le Vian 14K white gold earrings with diamonds and pearls, $4797, levian.com



Christian Cota gown, price upon request, christiancota.com Deborah fan-shaped colored-diamond ring, $2250, 310-472-2740


Gowns from left to right: Elie Saab (orange), Abed Mahfouz (blue), Abed Mahfouz (green), Monique Lhuillier (ivory), Vera Wang (black), Louisa Beccaria (redish orange) On Camilla: Roberto Cavalli gown, Roberto Cavalli, Beverly Hills, 310-276-6006 Isharya bracelet and ring, isharya.com Neil Lane star pin, Neil Lane, LA, 310-275-5015 Effy earrings, effyjewelers.com


BELLE ISSIMO Camilla Belle, fashion’s it girl and star of From Prada to Nada, shares with Stephen Christopher her favorite red-carpet moments, why friends nicknamed her iPod ‘NatGeo,’ and how she’s known for baking one mean lemon-curd tart. Photography: Brakhax2 / brakhax2.com Stylist: Jessica Paster / CelestineAgency.com Makeup: Brett Freedman / CelestineAgency.com Hair: Robert Steinken for Cloutier Remix using Kronos Prop Stylist: John Geary / CelestineAgency.com Manicurist: P.J. LaMarche / ROB|B OPI Concept Salon Location: Smashbox Studios / West Hollywood Digital Tech and Imaging: Smashbox Digital Production Manager: Carl Heinz Photo Assistants: Shaun Lang, Levi Tennenbaum Producer: Buddy Joe for Commercial Head Films Catering: Sur Restaurant / sur-restaurant.com Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


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t’s 9 a.m. and our photo shoot at Smashbox Studios starts to percolate. The creative team scampers around, amply jacked on caffeine. Every member is a master at his or her craft—like an all-star rock band that’s come together for one hall-of-fame performance. On camera: Famed photographer Moshe Brakha and his son, Eddie, collectively known as Brakhax2; On fashion styling: Jessica Paster—the grande dame of celebrity stylists; Behind the blow-dr yer: Superstylist Robert Steinken; On makeup: the brilliant Brett Freedman; and, rounding out the group, On nail file: Manicure virtuoso Paul LaMarche.


he featured guest star is Camilla Belle, the gorgeous actress with the flawless fashion sense, knockout figure, and demure demeanor. She arrives with her mom, Cristina, and is wearing Hudson jeans, a Kate Spade jacket, and black Burberry boots. She greets the rest of the band and quickly dives into hair and makeup. Two, maybe three hours go by and Camilla floats out in a shimmering Roberto Cavalli stunner that clings to her body like Paster has just airbrushed it on. “Armani, Gucci, all the Italian designers fit me pretty well,” Camilla says. Not surprisingly, the fashion marketing machine has been courting her for years. At 17, she did the Miu Miu ad campaign along with Kim Basinger. Two years later she shot the Vera Wang Princess perfume campaign with her favorite photographer, Bruce Weber. She’s also shot with top photographers like Mario Testino and Annie Leibovitz, and has been on everyone’s ‘best-dressed’ lists. We need music on the set, so Camilla agrees to let us hook up her iPod. On it are Brazilian Bossa Nova greats Gal Costa and Caetano Veloso (now playing on my Pandora). They, along with an international mix of African jazz, Frank Sinatra, Mexican La Ranchera, Broadway show tunes, and more, are the reasons why her friends cleverly nicknamed her iPod “NatGeo.” Born on October 2, 1986, in Los Angeles, Camilla Belle hasn’t always been the fashion plate you see before you. “I was kind of a tomboy,” she recalls with a smile. “I could care less about fashion; I wore a uniform my whole life to school, so that was the least of my worries. My mom wanted to put me in a dress—and bows. I hated that so much! She was always like, ‘Come on, come on, put on a dress,’ but I really didn’t want to. It frustrated her because she was a fashion designer with her own successful line in Brazil.” Now, it’s Camilla who frequently raises the bar on the red carpet. “I’m young enough where I can take risks. I can wear something that you would never expect. I don’t care if people don’t like it, because I like it. That’s the

attitude I think you have to have. For instance, I like Tilda Swinton—she’s so cool and confident. You can tell she likes what she’s wearing. Helena Bonham Carter—maybe I wouldn’t necessarily wear two differentcolor shoes to the Golden Globes, but that’s really neat!” A few favorite red-carpet moments pop into her mind: “One was the first year that I went to the Met Gala—when I was 20 or 21. Cate Blanchett was hosting, and it was so chic and so beautiful. I was wearing Jean Paul Gaultier and it was just the most incredible dress. I felt like a princess. It was such an amazing moment walking up those stairs. I attended the following year in an Armani Privé gown. And then last year, I went with designer Jason Wu and wore one of his dresses.” Another favorite fashion moment was at the premiere of Prada to Nada—the new Angel Gracia film that she stars in. She rocked a gorgeous, Jason Wu black tuxedo suit over a beige, midriff-baring, ruffled silk bra top that showed off her sexy, golden, washboard abs. There’s one thing that Camilla’s lithe, fashionable size-2 figure doesn’t jibe with—her life as a foodie. “I love to cook and I go to the Farmer’s Market every Sunday. My favorite restaurant is Osteria Mozza. I could eat there every week! I’m always good for a great steak. I love to watch ‘Barefoot Contessa’ and Giada de Laurentiis, and I have every one of their cookbooks.” The girl’s also got a bit of a reputation as a fierce baker. “My friends always ask for my lemon curd tart. They all say it’s dangerously good.” Back at the shoot, it’s now 6:30, and some Lakers tix are waiting for Camilla and Cristina at Staples Center. The only problem is, tip-off is in 30 minutes, but we’re about an hour away from wrapping our shoot. The Brakha boys beg for one more closeup. Discussions ping-pong about whether the shot is really necessary. It’s decided that it will be the shot that completes the story. Camilla and Cristina convene. “Okay, I’ll stay to get the shot,” Camilla agrees. Just like when the lead singer has decided not to desert the band and go out on her own, we all cheer. G


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GENLUX Lanvin necklace, $2640, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Douglas Hannant dress, $3025, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900


Enzoani one-of-a-kind gown with lace overlay bodice, stone-beaded belt and organza ruche skirt, $12,375, enzoani.com Susan Foster 16ct diamond and 18K white gold necklace, $36,000, Susan Foster, LA, 310-820-4244, susanfosterjewelry.com M.C.L. By Matthew Campbell Laurenza cuff with sterling silver, green enamel and yellow sapphires, $2985, by special order, M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza, NY, 212-695-7904 M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza pavĂŠ pillar bangles, $1500 each, pavĂŠ crowned pillar bangle with yellow sapphires, $2670, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Brumani earrings, price upon request, brumani.com


It’s all about alex

Just off the hit movie Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Alexandra Daddario is back on the big screen in Hall Pass. Here, she shares with STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER

about fame, her obsession with Steve Martin – yes, that Steve Martin – and three good reasons why we should steer clear of her on the road. Photography: Kimberly Metz / kimberlymetz.com Stylist: George Blodwell / georgeblodwell.com Hair: Kristen Heitkotter / CelestineAgency.com Makeup: Camille Clark using Givenchy / AimArtist.com Manicure: Marsha Bialo / Bpolished.com using China Glaze Photo Assistants: Ben Booker, Anna Nguyen, Genna Sandler Stylist Assistant: Danielle DeFoe Location: Smashbox Studios / Culver City / smashboxstudios.com Catering: Il Forno Caldo, Beverly Hills Art Direction: Stephen Kamifuji


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lexandra Daddario arrives at our interview dressed in a chic fitted grey Hugo Boss wool coat over a pair of 7 Jeans. On her size 9s are Ralph Lauren sneakers. She slips into the booth at the Café Rodeo and plops her classic black quilted CHANEL bag down beside her.


er long, thick, dark brown mane frames her brilliant, piercing blue eyes that, even at 24, still sparkle with teenage innocence and naiveté. Alex, as she introduces herself, is of Italian and Czechoslovakian descent. She speaks humbly and almost apologetically about her Upper East Side upbringing where she was educated at the prestigious Brearley School, and her summers were spent at the family home in the Hamptons. Her parents, both attorneys, met while studying at Georgetown. “They taught me to be very verbal, although it was hard to ever win an argument at home,” she recalls jokingly. Alex lacks the edginess of a New Yorker, but instead possesses the vibe of a hip, relaxed Southern Cal girl. One of the harsh LA realities Alex encountered was our driving prerequisite. “I failed my driving test three times,” she confesses. “So I went to Melrose Driving School and actually failed again before finally getting my license. I don’t give up easily.” Alex recalls how this never-say-die mantra saved her career after a devastating first screen test. “I had such stage fright! I was 17 and the studio flew me in from New York and put me up in a nice hotel. I imagined the situation being a thousand times worse than it actually was. I saw myself on stage in front of a bleacher filled with about 50 executives. In reality there were probably only seven people there, but I went up to read and was so petrified I couldn’t even speak. I froze. The experience forced me to deal with my stage fright. It was a good lesson.” Lesson learned. In 2009, Alex scored the prized role of Annabeth Chase in director Chris Columbus’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians: the Lightning Thief. The film, based on the hugely successful book of the same name, has grossed over $225 million worldwide. Her next feature, slated for release this month, is Hall Pass, a hilarious comedy in which two women grant their

husbands a one-time “hall pass” to cheat. Alex’s character tries to seduce Owen Wilson to use his up.


o just how is she dealing with her newfound fame? “No, I don’t have fans running after me,” she says with mock sadness. “The weekend the movie came out, I would walk around just staring at children, hoping they’d recognize me. I was like, ‘Don’t you recognize me? Look who’s standing right here!’” She takes her Ray-Ban sunglasses out of the handbag they share with a BlackBerry, a few iPods, some Chapstick, CHANEL moisturizer, some sides (script segments), and a book, Steve Martin’s An Object of Beauty. “I’m a big reader but I have trouble reading on screens. Maybe I’m an old soul, but I love paper.” When it comes to fashion, Alex gravitates toward Alexander Wang and CHANEL. “I have simple, classic style. I wore a simple Mason black dress with these detailed cutouts to the MTV Movie Awards and a black and white BCBG dress to the premiere of Percy Jackson.” The girl is getting her share of attention. V Magazine just named her one of the “Faces to Watch.” Sexy photos of Alex will appear in Esquire. “I was wearing a black bra and underwear and one sock. I have no problem being sexy as long as it’s not classless. I’m big in the chest so the dresses don’t usually fit me quite right. I’m a size 2 or a 4 everywhere else.” Not surprisingly, when I ask her to name her heroes, she brings up Steve Martin again. “I’m a huge fan of Steve Martin. I think if I ever met him I’d fall over. I love him. The Jerk is amazing. L.A. Story is great. He’s just a genius. I love his writing. His autobiography, Born Standing Up, is really incredible. He’s just got that special way about him. He’s my ideal man. He has a great perspective on life and relationships. He also has a great sense of humor. One of my favorite quotes of his is ‘All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.’ ” G


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Arunashi 18k white gold diamond and pearl earring, $63,600, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900, neimanmarcus.com Christian Dior dress, price upon request, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211 Carrera y Carrera Peacock diamond, blue sapphires and garnet tsavorite ring, $19,100, Carrera y Carrera, New York, 212-753-8877 FlirtCatalog.com rhinestone princess headband, $9.50, flirtcatalog.com RenĂŠ Caovilla shoe, $925, renecaovilla.com

Nina Morgan-Jones Ostrich feather cape with handset, $2250, romplondon.com The Plumed Serpent for Le Bra feather headdress with vintage broch and face veil, $550, Le Bra Lingerie, West Hollywood, 310-360-6655 Gucci dress, $2800, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211


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“Every man I knew had fallen in love with Gilda, and wakened with me.”—Rita Hayworth, reportedly said following her sexy movie role in Gilda. 80 GENLUX SPRING I / 2011

star Watch

Genlux picks five new actresses on the rise! They’re photographed here by Bonnie Holland in an homage to some old Hollywood legends. Guess who?

Photography: Bonnie Holland / bonnieholland.com Stylist: Angel Terrazas / iconhaus.com Makeup: Patrick Tumey using Koh Gen Do Cosmetics / CelestineAgency.com Hair: Michael Kanyon using Urban Therapy / CelestineAgency.com Manicurist: P.J. LaMarche / ROB|B OPI Concept Salon Stylist Assistants: Robyn Nakasone, Lauren Guy, Katie Stephens Hair Assistant: Jakie Fenarra Art Direction: Samia Arslane Creative Director: Stephen Kamifuji


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Amanda Righetti How would you describe your style? Tomboyish with a twist of girlie. W ho’s your favorite shoe designer? I have an obsession with Prada. W hat do you consider a luxur y? An indulgent and gluttonous vacation! If you could pick one famous person, dead or alive, to invite to a dinner party, who would it be? I could have a whole dinner party full of dead famous people, but I’d be curious to have a philosophical conversation with Jim Morrison. I’m fascinated by the creative genius that was beyond his years. W hat are you cur rently working on? The third season of “The Mentalist,” and an indie I produced called Cats Dancing on Jupiter. 82 GENLUX SPRING I / 2011

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How would you describe your style? I’m girly but with a healthy dose of indie rock. W ho’s your favorite designer? On the red carpet, two of my favorites are Zac Posen and Dolce & Gabbana. I also love to rock my Fiorenti and Baker motorcycle boots. I also love Corey Lynn Calter, she does really cute girly dresses…we actually just designed a dress together for charity. W hat do you consider a luxur y? Travel. It’s the only thing I spend my dough on ‘cause I’m kinda cheap. I love to save up my miles and fly first-class.

Krysten Ritter If you could pick one famous person, dead or alive, to invite to a dinner party, who would it be? Tim Burton, please come to my dinner party! I’m obsessed with him; I think he’s a genius and I would love to work with him. Wait…since it’s my party, I’m also inviting Woody Allen and Tina Fey. Wow, this is going to be a great dinner party! W hat are you cur rently working on? I just finished shooting BFF & Baby with Kate Bosworth that I starred in, co-wrote and co-produced, so now I’m about to go shoot this badass indie film, Refuge, with writer/director Jessica Golberg. It’s a gritty, emotional part, so I’m really stokedslash-terrified. Then I’m going to shoot this ABC pilot with Jason Winer called “The Bitch in Apt 23.” And yeah, I’m the Bitch.


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“I’m like Cat here, a couple of no-name slobs. We belong to nobody and nobody belongs to us. We don’t even belong to each other.” – Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s


“Now, you don’t know how it is when people are looking down at you and laughing at you and think that I’m a loser. And if I go home now, I’ll think that I’m one, too. I gotta prove it to them. I gotta prove it to myself.”

—Diana Ross in Lady Sings the Blues


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Jurnee Smollett How would you describe your style? Organic, classic and sometimes retro.

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W ho’s your favorite designer? I just got married, so obviously Vera Wang, who made my dress, is on my list. I love BCBG Max Azria because they really have style for all occasions. W hat do you consider a luxur y? A day on the beach with my husband. And the ability to do what I love doing. If you could pick one famous person, dead or alive, to invite to a dinner party, who would it be? John Lennon. His thought process and his writing left too much unknown. W hat are you cur rently working on? “The Defenders” on CBS still has me excited, as does the final season of “Friday Night Lights,” coming to NBC in April. I’m really proud of both of them. SPRING I / 2011 GENLUX 87

Sophia Bush How would you describe your style? Eclectic. I love that style evolves constantly, as humans do. The art of it, the honesty in expression, is refreshing. W ho’s your favorite designer? Isabel Marant. W hat do you consider a luxur y? Free time. A day with nothing to do, no emails to answer, just friends around my kitchen table with good food. That is luxury at its finest. If you could pick one famous person, dead or alive, to invite to a dinner party, who would it be? I’d love to soak in Gandhi’s energy for an evening. I think it would be life-changing. W hat are you cur rently working on? I’m wrapping up my eighth year on “One Tree Hill,” and looking forward to what’s next. It’s exhilarating! 88 GENLUX SPRING I / 2011

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“You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

—Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not SPRING I / 2011 GENLUX 89

Pippa Black How would you describe your style? I’m certainly no fashionista. I simply like what I like! W ho’s your favorite designer? Stella McCartney. I admire that she doesn’t compromise her moral values for her business. She is an animal-rights activist, and I share her belief that furs, feathers and leathers look better on their original owners’ backs. W hat do you consider a luxur y? A luxury is some kind of temptation I don’t need, but want. Luxury is well and good, but not a necessity for me. However, I can be easily tempted! If you could pick one famous person, dead or alive, to invite to a dinner party, who would it be? Lucille Ball. I adore her! “I love Lucy” used to be on just before dinner when I was growing up, so I didn’t miss an episode. I had a Catholic upbringing, and chose Lucy as my confirmation name. I loved her so much! W hat are you cur rently working on? “Outsourced” on NBC. 90 GENLUX SPRING I / 2011

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“ ’Twould be nice to have lips...lips to whisper lies...lips to kiss a man and make him suffer. Father, why cannot I have lips, and eyes, and hair?”

– Veronica Lake in I Married a Witch SPRING I / 2011 GENLUX 91

shooting Stars For over three decades Murray Garrett photographed

Photo: c.1944 by Murray Garrett

Hollywood’s elite. Now in his 80s, Garrett is as sharp, charming and witty as ever. He sits down with our Larry Lederman and shares some of those golden moments.

“Lauren Bacall was

smart, very professional, and always had that special poise that most top New York models have. Ms. Bacall was in charge.”



flash of light—and a moment is captured. And if the flash came from Murray Garrett’s camera, that moment will be remembered forever. Widely recognized as the photojournalist of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Murray was an important behind-the-scenes presence for more than thirty years. As a photographer, he earned the trust of the industry’s icons by respecting them as people, even as he viewed them as subjects for his art. He’s published two beautiful books (with a third in the works), and thousands of his images are permanently archived at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Murray started out like a lot of kids during the Great Depression—holding down a part-time job after high school. Sure, he was fascinated with photography, but couldn’t picture himself earning a living at it. So he spent his afternoons packing and delivering millinery in New York’s bustling garment district. One day he was offered an apprenticeship at a big-time photographic agency. He asked his prospective boss, “Why would I spend all those hours mixing chemicals, developing prints, cleaning tanks, and struggling to meet deadlines for less money than I make delivering hats?” The reply came loud and clear: “Because you’ll lear n!” And learn he did.

Most memorable woman you ever photographed?

How do you compare Old Hollywood with the Hollywood of today?

Eleanor Roosevelt. It was my first professional assignment; I was 16 years old and photographing the wife of the president of the United States! It was at a show opening in Newark, New Jersey—I was piled into a limousine with her and labor leader Phillip Murray, and spent the entire afternoon and evening with them.

There’s no comparison. The studio star system is gone. Huge corporations have replaced the people who made the motion-picture business—legendary names like Louis B. Mayer, Samuel Goldwyn, the Warner Brothers, Daryl Zanuck and Harry Cohen. Now the suits run the business.

Most glamorous?

An incredibly difficult choice, but I would have to say Sophia Loren, considering her talent, beauty, and the body of work she has compiled. Kirk Douglas and Elizabeth Taylor pho-

tographed by Murray Garrett in 1944

Most challenging aspect of your work?

One you wish you’d photographed?

Getting the best photographs I could without invading people’s privacy. Most of my subjects knew me and how I worked, which was the reason I did so many personal shoots for Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Loretta Young and others.

Greta Garbo. She left Hollywood for New York at about the time I left New York to follow my career in Hollywood.

Special challenges shooting in black and white?

What makes your images unique?

I worked hard at getting shots that weren’t posed. I made it a point to get casual shots that would make the reader feel like an insider. Which of today’s stars would you love to photograph?

Halle Berry. I think she is one of the most beautiful women in the world, as well as an enormous talent.

Most difficult woman to photograph?

One of the most talented women in the world, Barbra Streisand. I photographed her when she came out west to do a Bob Hope TV special. I was Bob Hope’s personal photographer for 25 years, and had never before experienced a guest star who was not at ease being photographed by me.

Black and white wasn’t a challenge. When I started, that’s all there was. When color first came in, it could take as long as thirty days to get something in print because of the technology needed to reproduce full color in newspapers and magazines. Thoughts about today’s paparazzi?

I have a standard line about the paparazzi. When I first heard the term, I thought it was a new form of pasta. For the most part, the press and the stars had a wonderful working relationship. We needed each other; the studios and their stars needed publicity, and the press had a job to do. We simply had to cover the Hollywood scene for the people who read the newspapers and magazines.

For more on Mur ray Gar rett, his life, his books, and his extraordinar y photos, visit mur raygar rett.com


“Phyllis Diller, once you got to know her, was two entirely different people. Yes, she was the raucous, screaming, mad comedienne. But I also saw her other side: a loyal friend and a deeply caring, intelligent person. One of the greatest compliments I ever received came during a visit to her home in Brentwood. She told me that of all the thousands of photographs taken of her, the one you’re looking at was by far her favorite. I gulped hard and said ‘Thank you.’”


Photo: Murray Garrett Photo: Murray Garrett

“One day Elizabeth Taylor’s press agent asked me to go to Disneyland with Ms. Taylor, her husband, Richard Burton, two of their children, Kate Burton and Liza Todd, the daughter of Mike Todd, and his brother, Ivor, who had come from Wales with his spouse. It was an incredible experience watching this famous couple go through the rigors of taking their kids to Disneyland, and realizing they were no different from yours or mine: their kids had to go potty, or each would want something different to eat or drink, or a memento to wear.”

Photo: Murray Garrett

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Photo: Murray Garrett

“Angie Dickinson

[photographed here with Bob Hope] came to Hollywood like a breath of spring. She was fresh, vibrant and blessed with a great sense of humor. She brought about her own success by learning her craft and making it work for her. My good friend Johnny Grant knew Angie well, and always spoke glowingly of how smart she was.”

“Steve McQueen and his wife, Nellie, who were not seen out too often, made an exception for this evening at the Director’s Guild to view his latest flick, The Great Escape.”


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Marc Jacobs Carnaby Tulip bag, $1295, Bloomingdale’s, NY, 212-705-2000

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Genlux Fashion Editor’s Picks

Dior Couture SS11

Lotus Arts De Vivre ring of uvarovite with gold starfish, spessartite, diamonds, and 18K gold setting, $16,870, Bergdorf Goodman, NY, 212-872-2579

Amanda Eliasch at BAFTAs

Try to make your entrance a little more flamboyant. If you have the figure, show it off and  make those heads turn!

Marchesa mint-toivory ombre wire-edged pleated silk dress with agate neckpiece, price upon request, marchesa. com

Rick Owens top, $1965, rickowens.eu

For me, the Awards season is the most exciting time of year. I am a great lover of film and music, and I cherish every moment. This year there  were so many dresses to wear! For the BAFTAs in London I wore a black lace dress with diamante collar and cuffs by the couture designer from England, Emilia Wickstead; a coat from Rick Owens; and shoes by Charlotte. It was a very patriotic event, with The King’s Speech winning so many prizes. My other favorites? I adore Gaultier with a passion. He has flare and adds panache—so if you are daring, go and explore his world. Marchesa always has something that I want to wear. I also adore the flamboyant jewelry of Lotus Arts de Vivre. Wait for the cameras to flash as you create a splash!

Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry rose-gold emerald-shape rock crystal cocktail ring with diamond accents, $3400, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Boutique, NY, 888-756-9912, ivankatrumpcollection.com

Lotus Arts De Vivre dragon silver-plated 9K pink gold on bracelet of 9K gold inlaid ebony beads, $2550, Betteridge, Palm Beach, FL, 561655-5850

Gaultier Paris Couture, by special order, Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris, 01-7275-83-00

Van Cleef & Arpels Volutes between-the-finger ring featuring diamonds set in white gold, $19,900, Van Cleef & Arpels, Beverly Hills, 310-276-1161, vancleef-arpels.com

Lotus Arts De Vivre women’s exclusive black velvet high-heel slipper with hand-stitched silver/gold beads and thread Snake design, $300, Lotus Arts de Vivre, 212-832-1844


Charlotte Olympia Cindy Piano heel, $1050, Charlotte Olympia, London, shop@ charlotteolympia.com

Rick Owens top, $1325, rickowens.eu

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CELEBRATE SPRING! —George Blodwell There are so many wonderful spring trends hitting the shops that every guy out there can partake in—yes, even you! Celebrate springtime’s renewal by treating yourself to something cool and new. I attended a fabulous soirée recently where a Sony insider took a picture of me. It was nighttime and he didn’t even use a flash. When I saw the image I was completely blown away and surprised by the great quality of the shot—the color was superb. I couldn’t wait to tell you about this find. If you have not seen these yet, check them out. You will be very impressed.  Get yourself some colored socks this spring to jazz up your look. It’s a small and surprising detail that will instantly update your look. Even your kids might think Daddy is cool. If you are very bohemian and whimsical, check out the cut-out-toe shoe by Marsell. They are not for everyone, but

some will get a toeless kick out of them. Rick Owens’s exaggerated high top, on the other hand, will have many admirers, young and old, who will want to show off these very cool black and white foot fancies. Velvet is a strong trend for men and, as usual, Paul Smith has some lovely colors in his range this season. Preppy guys can feel cool and modern, as khaki and beige are very desirable right now. The Lanvin pant is cut beautifully—pair it with a great white cotton Gucci shirt, get a nice belt, put on your loafers and you’re done. If you wear cufflinks, jazz it up a bit with these Stephen Webster links. They speak for themselves. Finally, for the watch connoisseur, here are two exceptional collectibles. Wow!  Enjoy, stay happy. Love, George

Tom Ford bow tie, $220, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Urwerk UR-110 limitededition watch in titanium, $95,000, Westime, LA, 310-470-1388

Gucci shirt, $495, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Paul Smith velvet jacket, $980, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook glasses, price upon request, Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook, Beverly Hills, 310-246-9468

John Varvatos jacket, $1195, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900 Stephen Webster scorpion cufflinks, $2300, Maxfield, LA, 310-274-8800

Sony NEX-5 with 16mm lens, $649.99, Sony Style, LA, 310-657-4428, sonystyle.com

Thomas Pink socks, $30 each, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Rick Owens pleat-front high-top sneaker, $1295, Maxfield, LA, 310-274-8800

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Richard Mille RM 011 flyback chronograph in Titalyt, $98,000, Richard Mille Boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-285-9898

Comme des Garcons socks, $45, Maxfield, LA, 310-274-8800

Lanvin pant, $495, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

Marsell open-toe sandal, $73, Maxfield, LA, 310-274-8800

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After the gown’s been chosen, oftentimes the finishing touches to complete the look can make or break a red-carpet appearance. Genlux style director Kelvin Seah selects some of the finest essentials to complete your look and keep you on the Hot Haute list!

The Face: Clarins fresh collaboration with makeup artist Pati Dubroff brings you Illuminating Cheek Color so you’re radiant on the red carpet. $28, Clarins nationwide, clarins.com

The Earrings: Cartier’s platinum earrings with 10 pear-shaped diamonds totaling 16.28 carats, the perfect choice to light up your brunette tresses. Price upon request, Cartier, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4272

The Heels: Giuseppe Zanotti’s cherry-red Caviar stiletto with Swarovski crystals lets you kick up a fashion storm. $1295, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760

The Necklace: De Beers Sakura necklace in 18K white gold with 253.26 carats of diamonds is the über-luxe choice if you’re ‘now’ enough to pull off one of Prabal Gurung’s coveted cocktail-length numbers. Price upon request, De Beers, Beverly Hills, 310-228-1900

The Earrings: Chopard’s chandelier earrings with 20 pear-shaped diamonds set in platinum will keep you sparkling through the evening festivities. $263,000, Chopard Boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-550-7220

Purse: Raven Kauffman’s Dangerous Muse Ala bronze, leather, feathers, and natural plumes bracelet purse is enchanting and refined and sure to get some memorable conversations going. Price upon request, ravenkauffman.com

The Necklace: Chopard’s pear-shaped rose-cut diamond necklace in white gold is a beautiful complement to any gown with a bustier top. $929,070, Chopard Boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-550-7220

The Bracelet: Tiffany’s onyx and diamond fan bracelet set in platinum takes any outfit back to the glory days of Old Hollywood. Price upon request, Tiffany’s, Beverly Hills, 310-273-8880

The Necklace: Cartier’s platinum necklace with pear-shaped diamonds to wear with your diaphanous silk chiffon gown. Price upon request, Cartier, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4272

The Purse: Giuseppe Zanotti’s quietly understated silk clutch is instantly sexy and sassy with the attached crystal tassel. $1550, Giuseppe Zanotti, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760 The Shades: Dita’s Darkness sunglasses, $750, dita.com

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The Ring: Parade Design’s natural Burmese peridot and diamond ring lends a shot of color to any siren in a vintage gown. $18,915, paradedesign.com

The Phone: Vertu’s signature gold phone is constructed of 18K gold, black leather and ceramic. Allows you to always be connected—especially when the envelope is opened! Vertu stores nationwide. $35,000, Vertu, Beverly Hills, 310-385-7647

Vertu phone, Dita sunglasses, Raven Kauffman bag, Clarins makeup still life photos: Shayla Scuffi

The Earrings: Tiffany’s platinum and round diamond earrings let any girl be the subtle belle of the ball. $2,000,000, Tiffany’s, Beverly Hills, 310-273-8880


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I guarantee you that if you attend a party, any party in L.A., you will hear from at least two people about their latest screenplay or music video they are producing and/or directing. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, it’s just one of the prices you pay for living in Los Angeles, like bars closing early and dealing with traffic. Los Angeles isn’t strictly defined as the City of Los Angeles: it’s more like a state of being. You can pretty much look at a guy and tell which part of Los Angeles he lives in. Thus I present to you a handy guide for distinguishing the many different types of LA men (and yes, most of these criteria apply to women, too.) THE HOLLYWOOD GUY: This guy is usually the son of a famous producer or director. His heroes are Robert Evans and Spike Jonze. He’s a scoundrel, but he knows it, so that almost makes up for his behavior. He probably has a signature look, like RayBan sunglasses or boating shoes. He either slyly drops hints about his Hollywood elite upbringing or just puts it all out there. He’s working on a screenplay or an indie film. It’s indie because he doesn’t have major studio backing, but his dad is helping him get it out there. He loves attention and has an incredible apartment. He goes out to all the hottest spots in L.A. solely to brag about it later. Don’t be surprised if he wears sunglasses indoors. Expect him to reference David Lynch and take off for New York at a moment’s notice. THE VALLEY GUY: Totally unpretentious, unless he’s the Bret Easton Ellis Valley type. If he is, he will never tire of telling you about what a hardcore L.A. native he is. If not, he’s one of the


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nicer guys in the city. He’s probably laid back, but hard working, unless he’s one of those older, rough Valley types who waits in lines for clubs in Hollywood and comments on how attractive (or unattractive) the women in line are. Thankfully, the Pauly Shore variety of Valley guy is extinct. THE DOWNTOWN L.A. GUY: He is just so cool. He loves a quirky accessory, like a thick-rimmed pair of glasses, a jaunty hat, a tie, or a whimsical tattoo. He has a secret love of all Apple products. He throws large parties where everyone is too cool to introduce themselves to each other until someone plays 90s music, then everyone dances with just a hint of irony. He knows where all the good food trucks are. He probably has a bike, but that doesn’t mean he uses it. THE SILVERLAKE/ECHO PARK GUY: This guy is either pretending to be poor or is legitimately poor. He’s either in a band, directs music videos, is a photographer, or all three. He’s stoned for 70 to 90 percent of the day. He’s fond of ironic tee shirts. He listens to music by bands with names like Polar Bear Squad and Lunchtime. He pretends that he does not strive to be cool or care about anything. He most likely has either scruff or a full-blown beard. His girlfriend is very thin and dresses like an Urban Outfitters catalog. He smokes American Spirits and drinks either whiskey or Tecate beer. He uses either an iPhone or an old discontinued phone because he “really doesn’t care.” THE BRENTWOOD GUY: Ugh.

Read more at apocalypstick.com or follow Almie on twitter at twitter.com/apocalypstick. “This is how it works: you’re young until you’re not.” -- Regina Spektor

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gENLUXshop QUEEN OF THE RED CARPET Creating red carpet events that are the buzz for weeks following is what Chris Benarroch does best—and better than anyone else. Here, she shares with us the five keys to a successful event—even if Brad and Angelina aren’t on your guest list. Photograph by Brakhax2


hris Benarroch knows how to throw a great bash. Each year, her Benarroch Productions delivers over 100 exclusive events in the entertainment, fashion and publishing industries. Her client list is composed of Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, motion-picture studios, film festivals and charitable organizations, including AmFar, BMW, Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, CBS Films, The Weinstein Company, Conde Nast, Lionsgate, MGM, Sony, and The Wall Street Journal. Her specialty is red-carpet film premieres, corporate events, film festivals, galas and product launches. In addition to producing innovative events, she also provides sponsorship opportunities and strives to find creative and strategic ways to align the world’s most elite brands with high-profile, celebrity-driven events. So, what does it take to pull off a successful event? Chris gives us five simple tips to abide by: 1. Invite interesting guests; 2. Have your event at an exciting venue or location; 3. Play terrific music; 4. Flowers and as many candles as possible; and 5. A hosted premium bar. What are some of your favorite events that you’ve produced? 1. All Golden Globe ‘night-before’ parties—thrilling and challenging! 2. The WSJ Magazine launch during Paris Fashion Week—off the hook. 3. The Salt premiere at the Grand Ballroom —amazing décor and amazing crowd 4. The premiere of Memoirs of a Geisha —turned the New York City boathouse into a Japanese temple—and it worked! 5. The premiere of Precious at the Toronto Film Festival—the Royal Museum of Art 6. Oprah—say no more!

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Party Girl: Chris Benarroch of Benarroch Productions


Here to serve: The beautiful (and handsome) staff of 200 Proof

What’s your favorite LA event venue? Sunset Tower. Who are your favorite caterers? Wolfgang Puck and Off The Wall Catering Okay, now how about some non-event-related questions: What is your personal style, and who are your favorite designers? For some reason I’m most comfortable in all black—all the time. I’m inspired by timeless style icons like Charlotte Rampling. I like Prada, Celine, Lanvin, Dosa, and J. Crew.

Keep your guests happy by keeping their drinks full and the hors d’oeuvres passed by professional bartenders and event personnel. With a roster of bartenders, cocktail servers, catering staff, promotional models and other event staff, the 200 Proof service agency prides itself on providing highly trained personnel no matter what type of event you are hosting. 200 Proof, 310-6598012, 200proofbartenders.com Specialized floral arrangements make all the difference in your party’s decor. Flowers by Scher Design customizes the look of the flowers to suit whatever your event needs and offers unique options for memorable floral designs. Flowers by Scher Design, LA, 310-275-5072

What are your favorite boutiques? Barneys, Noodle Stories, and OK on 3rd Street. What are your guilty pleasures? Hair blow-outs, massages, and long lunches at Café Midi. City or nature? City, city, city! But I’d hate to live far from Runyon Canyon! What one movie would you want on a deserted island? Notorious by Alfred Hitchcock. It would be wonderful to be saved by Cary Grant! On the web: The premiere party for Spiderman

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All that glitters: 2011 Golden Globes party by Benarroch Productions.

Tasty bites: The hors d’oeuvres by Divinity by Cory

A great party is only as good as the hors d’oeuvres it keeps. Genlux likes Divinity by Cory Martin for their fresh Ahi Tuna Tartare with scallions on a homemade rosemary chip with olive oil and sea salt or their Grilled Filet Mignon with bleu cheese and port. Yummy! Divinity’s recent event for Solange AzaguryPartridge on Rodeo Drive was, well, divine. Cory Martin’s tips for a successful catered event: 1. Proper planning. Figure out the kitchen setup, rentals, staff, and a menu that fits the type of party you’re having. 2. Have an executive chef who can adjust to the flow of the event—whether it’s dealing with early or late arrivals, people all coming at once, or someone asking for something “off the menu.” Divinity by Cory Martin. 323-4590742, divinitybycorymartin.com

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raise a glass: Daniel lalonde, president & CEO of maison moet & chandon, and brand spokesperson scarlett johanssonn

toast of the town

Canadian-born Daniel Lalonde is moving a hundred miles an hour, with no sign of slowing down. Last summer he became president & CEO of Maison Moët & Chandon, the world’s leading champagne house. Known as a visionary leader, Daniel has been instrumental in establishing LVMH as the numberone luxury brand in North America. He collects contemporary art, has a passion for adventure travel, and runs marathons. But his favorite pastime is spending time with his family.

What projects are you working on?

We’ve just launched a new advertising campaign with our spokesperson, Scarlett Johansson, celebrated the 20th anniversary of Moët’s partnership with the Golden Globes, and are preparing to launch Moët Ice Imperial this May—the world’s first-ever champagne specifically developed to be enjoyed on ice. Champagne Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2002, $70, Wally’s Wine and Spirts, LA, 310-475-0606

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

Just one? I’d want four: my wife, Yvonne, and my three children, Isabelle, Ines and Matteo. Where are your favorite places to escape to?

Recently I discovered many new parts of Asia like Laos, Vietnam and Langkawi off the coast of Malaysia, where I spent a blissful week in what felt like paradise. And for long weekends in the sun I like Madrid and Capri. What would you pack?

Louis Vuitton Damier Graphite canvas suitcase, $3300, Louis Vuitton, Beverly Hills, 866.VUITTON, louisvuitton.com

I always travel with my Louis Vuitton roll-on luggage. I like to bring a city guide to point me to key cultural attractions. I like stylish, well-made clothing that can carry over from day to night, like tailored jackets and suits. Accessories like my Chaumet cufflinks or skinny ties can also bring a touch of elegance to an otherwise simple look. What items could you not leave behind?

My 30-year-old pair of retro Ray-Ban Carrera sunglasses, running shoes, BlackBerry and sunscreen. What shoes do you bring?

I bring practical shoes: dark blue suede loafers and a pair of dress shoes from Berluti. I love marathon training, so I usually take my Asics Tiger running shoes as well! What is your favorite item this season?

Chaumet Dandy yellow gold and ebony cufflinks, $3480, chaumet.com

The new Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2002. Simply exquisite!

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Harvard classmates Jennifer Hyman and Jenny Fleiss are bringing designer fashion into every woman’s home. It started out as a business school project, then evolved into shifting the way women shop for special occasions. Whether you need a gown for an event or are simply looking for a sexy dress to wear on a first date, Rent the Runway will carry it. The company’s motto: love. wear. return.

JETSETTERS: Jennifer Hyman, CEO and cofounder of Rent the Runway Jenny Fleiss, president and cofounder of Rent the Runway

What projects are you working on?

JF: Developing Rent the Runway’s iPhone app called “Rent the Runway Style Me.” With this new application, women will be able to rent on the go!   If you could take only one person on vacation, who would it be?

JH: My sister, Becky, who was the inspiration for Rent the Runway. She is my favorite traveling companion because we love lazing around on the beach, fabulous dinners (with margaritas!) and shopping. Where’s your favorite place to escape to?

JF: My mother’s house in the Hamptons. Sitting oceanside is such a relaxing escape from New York City. What would you pack?

JF: Rent the Runway’s M Missoni Emily The Empress dress (so versatile), Sephora’s Atomic Volume mascara, Biore makeup remover towelettes. Name three items you couldn’t leave behind.

JF: My dog, Halsey, my BlackBerry, and my running sneakers. How do you go from day to night without taking your entire closet with you?

Alberta Ferretti Dusty Rose dress: rental, $300; retail, $2295, renttherunway.com

JH: During the day I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, but at night I love bold accessories. A little black dress paired with fabulous Valentino heels. I’ll add a necklace by Dannijo or a pair of earrings by Erickson Beamon. Voilà, I’m all dressed up! What handbags?

JH: I love Judith Leiber handbags. What girl doesn’t want a ton of sparkle? What shoes do you bring on vacation?

JF: I’m an avid runner, so I’d definitely bring along some running shoes, and my Louboutins, of course.  

Sephora Atomic volume mascara; $15; sephora.com

What’s your favorite item this season?

JH: I’m obsessed with the new Alberta Ferretti dresses we just added to the site. I love the chiffon draping—makes me feel like a modern-day princess! Onitsuka Tiger Fabre DC-S sneaker, $65, onitsukatiger.com

Judith Leiber radiant-cut large crystal minaudière in opal, $2895, Judith Leiber, Beverly Hills, 310-8888852, judithleiber.com

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J Brand Bette in Wonderama denim, $218, Intermix, LA, 310-860-0113, intermixonline.com

FEMME AU NATUREL Canadian native Cobie Smulders started her career as a model. She traveled the world for five years before deciding she wanted to act, and then landed the first starring role she auditioned for. How amazing is that? Since then, the remarkably talented actress hasn’t stopped working. She’s had a recurring role in “The L Word,” and in the Emmy-nominated series “How I Met Your Mother,” she plays Robin Scherbatsky, the only one ever to steal the heart of womanizer Barney (the hilarious Neil Patrick Harris). Last year Cobie performed in Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Off-Broadway hit Love, Loss, and What I Wore at the Westside Theatre. How would you describe your personal style?

Classic with an edge. What’s your favorite item in your closet?

My well-worn black leather jacket. What’s always in your purse?

Rosebud lip cream.

Rosebud Salve lip balm, $6, sephora.com

What’s your weekend look?

Casual: J Brand jeans and James Perse T-shirts. What message do your clothes give the world about you?

That even moms can look cool. If you could wear only one designer from head to toe, including accessories, who would it be?

3.1 Phillip Lim Seymour tote, Phillip Lim! $725, 3.1 Phillip Lim, West What’s your favorite low-price secret weapon store? Hollywood, 310-358-1988 Urban Outfitters. Photo: Kelly Bruggema What’s your earliest fashion memory?

Wearing men’s jeans during the grunge era. What do you sleep in?

My birthday suit. Wink. What kind of watch do you wear?

An old orange leather watch that I got years ago at an antique store. Who’s your favorite fashion photographer?

3.1 Phillip Lim Bermuda shorts, $295; leather t-shirt, $850; x-cellent wood platform heel, $675, 3.1 Phillip Lim, West Hollywood, 310-358-1988, Photo: firstview.com

Shaun Alexander. What’s your favorite scent?

My man. What’s your favorite vacation destination?

Sayulita, Mexico, because it’s mellow and the food is amazing. Do you overpack or underpack?

Before child, under; after child, over! What’s your go-to boutique in LA?

BCBG Max Azria Annie pleated dress, $328, and Moxy suede asymmetrical strappy pump, $395, BCBG Max Azria, Beverly Hills, 310-275-3024, Margaret Rowe Vintage Couture earrings, $295, ring, $250, and bracelet, $395, LACMA, 323-857-6000; Margaret Rowe Vintage Couture, 310-804-8056, margaretrowe.com

Dari in Studio City.

3.1 Phillip Lim Constantine slip-through wood platform sandal, $625, 3.1 Phillip Lim, NY, 212-334-1160 Photo: Kelly Bruggema

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Hermès Saint-Louis Tommy cocktail glass, $625 each, Hermès, Beverly Hills, 310-278-6440

Cocktail Hour —Vonetta Encarnacao & Sherryl White Take a ride with us back in time. We’re headed to a place where Hollywood royalty salutes the ubiquitous cocktail hour. Recall glorious visions of an era when Hollywood was portrayed as a magical world unto itself—where the beautiful ones dressed impeccably and hosted super-chic parties like there was no tomorrow. If you’ve ever laid eyes on scenes from a soirée thrown by the Rat Pack, it’s hard to forget the images of a debonair Sinatra in his porkpie hat lounging with a flawlessly turned-out Ava Gardner by his side. This colorful world epitomizes movie-star glamour, and inspires us to celebrate high style, a good martini, and fabulous cocktail attire. Here’s to the good life! To honor the spirit of the times, throw caution to the wind. Bottega Veneta’s Meta Brisée chair features leather as smooth as butter, and its signature weave envelops the decadent pillow. In a color reminiscent of fine cognac, it’s the ideal backdrop for taking in the scene. Bottega’s metal side table with leather-wrapped legs

CHANEL Fine Jewelry Camelia Nervure ring in 18K white gold, black and white diamonds, $59,000, CHANEL Fine Jewelry Boutiques, 800-550-0005

is made to play the role of a mini bar. Whether shaken or stirred, this Saint-Louis for Hermès cocktail shaker and colorful glasses in diamond-cut crystal make enchanting hosts for the perfectly blended martini. To liven things up, enhance the flavor of your concoction with a unique mix that matches your color fancy. A Blackcurrant Twist in a deep purple martini glass is pure delight. Happy-making cocktails also arrive in the form of rings and dresses. Stack any of these gorgeous baubles on your finger simply because diamonds are a girl’s best friend. And nothing announces that you’re in the mood for a good time quite like this flirty Coquette Couture cocktail dress. Embellished with exotic feathers and sculpted to show off your best assets from every vantage point, you should feel free to shimmy the night away. Pair this heavenly confection with a vintage metal clutch adorned with crystals and divine, scalloped cut-out five-inch heels in rich black suede by LaRare. This hour is definitely yours for the taking.

Sevan Architecture one-of-a-kind cocktail ring with hand-carved quartz surrounded by multicolored diamonds set in sterling silver and 24K gold, $32,745, Barneys New York, 888-222-7639, barneys.com Hermès Saint-Louis Tommy shaker, $730, Hermès, Beverly Hills, 310278-6440

Van Cleef & Arpels California Blue ring from the California Reverie collection featuring a 39.14 carat aquamarine and diamonds set in 18K white gold, $210,000, Van Cleef & Arpels, Beverly Hills, 310276-1161, vancleef-arpels.com

Black feathered dress, price upon request, Coquette Couture, West Hollywood, 310-289-9199, coquettecouture.com

Bottega Veneta Meta Brisée chair, price upon request, Bottega Veneta, Beverly Hills, 310-858-6533, bottegaveneta.com

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Bottega Veneta metal tray side table, price upon request, Bottega Veneta, Beverly Hills, 310-8586533, bottegaveneta.com

LaRare Rubans Sweetbabe black suede cut-out bootie, $980, Preface, LA, 323424-7160 Vintage 1950s crystal clutch, price upon request, Coquette Couture, 310-289-9199, coquettecouture.com

Deborah Sawaf is the designer behind Thale Blanc, the label whose hot new handbag is La Pochette—fashion’s new it bag. She shares with Courtney Fortune why every woman should have one.


Thale Blanc Reese black lambskin with beaded tassel and beaded suede strap, $248, Fred Segal, LA, 323-651-4129

Thale Blanc Auralie Emerald green anaconda without tassel, $308, Fred Segal, LA, 323-651-4129

Thale Blanc Whitney turquoise watersnake with gold tassel, $308, Fred Segal, LA, 323-651-4129

Thale Blanc Gypsy gray lambskin with beaded suede strap, $242, Fred Segal, LA, 323-651-4129

t’s Wednesday morning and Deborah Sawaf is busy making breakfast, as she does monthly for the elderly mothers of a few friends. As I am invited into her elegant West Los Angeles home, I imagine a group of chatty, welldressed women in their eighties straight from a scene in Gianni Di Gregorio’s Pranzo di Ferragosto. “I like to make a big Arabic-Indian–style breakfast,” the gorgeous mother of three says with a smile. “I love entertaining.” Deborah shares her now bustling residence with her home office and business, as the creator of luxury accessory line Thale Blanc. The antithesis of bulky handbags, Thale Blanc’s unique designs are tailored to the lifestyle of today’s woman-on-the-go and our near-savage mobile-device dependency. “The idea came from a necessity for myself,” she explains. “When I’m out and have my little kids with me, it’s impossible to keep track of everything. For me it’s a necessity as a professional and as a mom, but I also know designing for mobile technology is the way life is going.” Her bags are small and slim to fit the shape of an iPhone or BlackBerry, made from fine leather, exotic skins, and completely customizable with accents like charms and her La Pochette collection’s signature tassel. She explains that details for La Pochette are carefully chosen to work with any outfit. “It’s all about versatility and making the basic need for being hands-free beautiful. I don’t want functionality to compromise style.” When asked about the woman she designs for, Deborah portrays a day of running errands around town, coffee with friends, a trip to the gym—active but still fashionable. “I hear a cell ring in public and watch someone scramble to answer, and I think, that woman needs a La Pochette.” And of course that woman needs options. Customization is key to the collection—the line is created in a variety of styles, colors and textures, all pieces detachable, with specialty bags geared to kids and teens. “Unfortunately, the fashion world is not built for versatility; you have to buy one thing, and then another, and another.” This is why, she says, her products are able to stand alone as a range of elegant accessories that aim to simplify. She is currently expanding her line into evening handbags and custom Thale Blanc jewelry, but her ambition is to ultimately make La Pochette synonymous with the purchase of a phone. “We all lead really hectic lives…why complicate things more?” Deborah Sawaf’s collection is a realization of this mantra. She understands the importance of keeping things simple so she can enjoy what matters most, like a bright mid-week breakfast with friends.



For more info about Thale Blanc, go to thaleblanc.com

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top to toe: movie premiere

gENLUXshop Chopard Red Carpet Collection 83 cts diamond bracelet set in white gold, price upon request, 800-CHOPARD, chopard.com

Christian Louboutin Balota sandal in black suede, $1195, Jeffrey, NY, 212-206-1272

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Dolce & Gabbana silk dress, $3125, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

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gENLUXshop Gabby Applegate Madison Goddess dress, $374, Echo Park Independent Co-Op, LA, 213-483-0260, shopepicla.com

Georland Divine ring with 2.2cts diamonds set in white gold, $8,500, georland.com

Cesare Paciotti ivory leather wedge with buckles, $560, Cesare Paciotti, Beverly Hills, 310-273-3220

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Marcello de Cartier tote bag in canvas and nut-brown snakeskin, $900, Cartier, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4272

Cartier platinum ring with one 20.70ct cushion-shaped emerald and brilliants. Price upon request, Cartier, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4272, cartier.us

Cartier platinum necklace with one oval-shaped orange sapphire (3.83cts), one padparadscha sapphire (4.53cts), one cushion-shaped yellow sapphire, natural pearls, and brilliants. Price upon request, Cartier, Beverly Hills, 310-2754272, cartier.us

Stuart Weitzman Naughty pointed-toe heel in ivory satin adorned with over 20,000 Swarovski crystals from the Red Carpet Collection. $2500, Stuart Weitzman, Beverly Hills, 310-860-9600

Cartier platinum earrings with emerald beads and brilliants, price upon request, Cartier, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4272, cartier.us

Louis Vuitton Fans & Umbrellas diamond and sapphire necklace, $2,453,980, by appointment, Louis Vuitton, Beverly Hills, 866-vuitton, louisvuitton.com Chopard Red Carpet Collection necklace set in white gold with 1,261 diamonds (31cts) and 28 sapphires (84cts). Price upon request, Chopard, Beverly Hills, 310-5507220, chopard.com Judith Leiber Mika handbag in white moonbeam karung, $1,995, Judith Leiber, Beverly Hills, 310-888-8852, judithleiber.com CHANEL Fine Jewelry Bourgeon de Camelia bracelet in 18K white gold with diamonds. Price upon request, CHANEL Fine Jewelry Boutiques, 800-550-0005

Chopard Red Carpet Collection floral ring set in white gold with 48 emeralds (.30ct), 656 diamonds (4cts), 906 sapphires (8cts). Price upon request, Chopard, Beverly Hills, 310-550-7220, chopard.com

closet desires: red carpet jewels


Cartier platinum bracelet with one 32.93ct pearshaped morganite, one 8.16ct orange sapphire, four colored sapphires, chrysoberyl beads, and brilliants. Price upon request, Cartier, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4272, cartier.us

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closet desires: tassels & fringes!

gENLUXshop Stevie Nicks Ideal Woman lucite and sterling-plated necklace by Allie Pohl, $48, Royal T, Culver City, 310-5596300; alliepohl.com Ivanka Trump fine jewelry white agate bead doubletassel lariat, $7900, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; IvankaTrumpCollection.com  

Christian Louboutin Change of the Guard black suede peep-toe platform sandal with fringe detail, $1665, Christian Louboutin, West Hollywood, 310-247-9300

Mulberry Greta large handbag, $1195, net-a-porter.com Thale Blanc Reese lambskin pochette with metal chains and beading and suede strap with metal beads, $248, Fred Segal, LA, 323-651-4129

See by Chloe silk crepe de chine tassel blouse, $350, net-aporter.com

Prada tassel blouse, $380, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900

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

Sometimes a little detail is all it takes to change the feel of an outfit. This spring, tassels and fringes are adorning everything from handbags and shoes to dresses, and even jewelry. 118 GENLUX SPRING I / 2011

Ralph Lauren double-braided belt with crochet tie closure, $125, Ralph Lauren, Beverly Hills, 310-2740171, ralphlauren. com

Solange Azagury Partridge fringe necklace in yellow gold, $15,200, Solange Azagury Partridge, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4500, solange.info

Solange Azagury Partridge fringe ring in yellow gold and diamonds, $5400, Solange Azagury Partridge, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4500, solange.info

Ralph Lauren leather tote, $1995, Ralph Lauren, LA, 310-274-0171, ralphlauren.com

Halston Heritage pleated lamé mini dress, $325, net-a-porter.com

Tod’s tied driving shoe in metallic leather, $425, Tod’s, Beverly Hills, 310-285-0591, tods.com

Edition by Georges Chakra gold cocktail dress, price upon request, georgeschakra.com

closet desires: shiny metals

Vince knit cap-sleeve top in platinum, $320, Vince, LA, 323-782-1007


This spring, shine like a star. Invest in metallics: gold, silver, copper...it doesn’t matter as long as it makes you FABULOUS.

Ports 1961 rosette gem pleat dress, $1490, Ports 1961, LA, 323-951-9696

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gENLUXshop READY FOR YOUR CLOSEUP Cosmetic treatments are not only getting faster, with minimal down-time, in some cases, they’re saving you money, too. Two experts chime in on the lastest procedures to look and feel your best.

Expert: Dr. Fardad Forouzanpour Signature Procedure: Fillers The growing demand for quick procedures to provide a younger and healthier appearance with minimal down-time has resulted in many new procedures. Here are just a few: Nose shape irregularities. Correcting and improving certain irregularities on the nose can now be achieved using fillers such as Radiesse or Juvéderm.

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Refreshed looking eyes. The skin discoloration and deepening of the lines on the lower eyelid can be refreshed and rejuvenated by using fillers such as Juvéderm, Restylane, Perlane, and others. The injections are quick and pain-free; the results are rapid, and the longevity varies.

Skin improvement. The latest skin treatment uses the OxyGlow device (Innovative Med, Inc.) to improve skin tone and texture. Clinical studies have shown the results to be tighter skin, softer texture, decreased brown spots and overall younger-appearing skin. Bio-Serum (Neocutis pharmaceutical) contains pro-collagen amino acids and a bio-mimetic peptide to reduce the signs of aging. Bio-Serum causes the skin to plump with increased hydration and radiant luminosity, softens fine lines and wrinkles, and provides more tightness. Dr. Fardad Forouzanpour, Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgical Group, 310-360-0504, perfectself com

Expert: Dr. Gabriel Chiu Signature Procedure: Mommy Makeover Dr. Gabriel Chiu is most recognized for his transformative Mommy Makeover procedures. The process restores a pre-pregnancy figure with any combination of liposuction, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and breast lift. In keeping with holistic care philosophies, Dr. Chiu’s procedures are inclusive of pre- and post-operative detox programs utilizing natural and herbal supplements, homeopathic medication, and vitamins. Dr. Chiu is the go-to plastic surgeon for aggressive and advanced liposuction techniques that produce a ‘wow factor,’ with smooth contours and even abdominal etching. Dr. Chiu’s top 5 tips for being red-carpet ready. 1. Brighten your face. Diamond microdermabrasion utilizes natural diamond chips plated to a stainless steel surgical wand that effectively polishes away dead skin layers to expose healthier skin and promote new growth. The Illuminize Peel provides the brightening, tightening and glow of youthful skin. 2. Eliminate lines. Botox/Dysport 1 to 2 weeks prior to the red carpet will eliminate crow’s feet, forehead furrows, and glabellar lines. 3. Add stem cells. Topical applicaDr. Gabriel Chiu tion of revolutionary cryogenic and bioactive skin stem cells repairs tired, dead, and worn out skin and his wife, cells and turns them into radiant, glowing skin. 4. Refresh tired eyes. Fill in under-eye hollows Christine with Restylane or Prevelle. 5. Don’t forget the décolletage, neck, shoulders, and hands. Whatever treatment is performed on the face should be extended to these areas for a consistent and flawless look. Dr. Gabriel Chiu, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc., The SPA @ BHPS, 310-888-8087, beverlyhillsplasticsurgeryinc.com

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gENLUXshop Call it an investment in awards season—a time when Hollywood searches for gorgeous gowns, borrowed bling and stunning stilettos before traipsing down the red carpet. But as SUSAN CAMPOS finds, that’s just the beginning. We know it’s all about the dress on the red carpet, but the nails may need a little sparkle too. Butter London has a color called Dosh—a mix of molten apple green and gold that’s all the rage in Hollywood these days. It also blends in perfectly for the nominee who might walk away with an Oscar. Butter London Nail Laquer, $14, butterlondon.com. For the perfect manicure try Luda at Yuki Sharoni in Beverly Hills. 310-266-9830 Barneys New York, Beverly Hills is a hot spot these days. Not just for the shoes and designer dresses, but for a man who is known to his clients simply as Patrick—a single name that in certain circles can make one blush. That’s because Patrick Foley is the resident makeup artist and personal shopper at Barneys. His job comes complete with a makeup studio conveniently located next to the Louboutins and Manolos on the first floor. He flawlessly paints the faces of a number of high-profile Hollywood types before big events. He says this season it’s all about a nude lip on the red carpet for his famous clients. Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick by Hourglass in Fable, $30, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400

BODY BUFF Dr. Harold Lancer is known in Hollywood as the dermatologist whose patients walk around with perfect skin. Before going to an awards show they may get a little resurfacing or simply turn to the product line. One of the star products is Body Buff—a scrub formulated to deliver a soothing wave of heat when it touches the skin. And for those wanting to show a little skin, Body Buff is a must-have, as it removes dead skin cells and excess oil. Body Buff, $50, Dr. Harold Lancer, 310-278-8444

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BRIGHT EYES Professional makeup artists go to Nigel’s Beauty Emporium in the San Fernando Valley before preparing clients for the red carpet. Nigel’s is filled with beauty products from abroad. Try Collyre Blue (also known as Blue drops), a French hangover cure that creates crystal-clear eyes on a bloodshot actor or actress. Even if you haven’t had too much to drink the night before, the drops make the whites of the eyes whiter. Collyre Blue, $24.95, Nigel’s, 818-760-3902

WHITEN UP A must to take in the town car is the Blush Professional Whitening Pen for that megawatt smile. Just whip out your compact fifteen minutes before hitting the red carpet, and take out the pen with a special formula that whitens teeth and removes tough food, coffee or red wine stains. Blush Professional Whitening Pen, $19.99, myfirstblush.com

SOFT SHOE While enhancing one’s view from the top, this season’s dramatic platforms and unworldly wedges have all but neglected the feet. So what’s a girl to do? How does a woman-on-the-go handle prancing in towering heels? Some may turn to Ballasox, a ballet slipper with a sock inside. Inspired by Tina Fey wearing tennis shoes under her Emmy dress, the company decided the shoes could be on and off the red carpet. Ballasox, $60, corsocomoshoes.com

BAT AN EYE The eyelash bar at Makeup Mandy is batting a thousand with celebrities these days. Faux Mink Eyelash Extensions are all the rage. These lashes are kinder and gentler in every way. In addition to being PETA-friendly, they’re also less damaging to the lashes (and stay on for six to eight weeks). This West Hollywood store is a one-stop shop where they do everything from hair and makeup to lashes. Mink lashes, $500 (which includes one fill), Makeup Mandy, 310-858-1970 For more beauty tips from Susan Campos, visit beautyundercover.com

Armani Prive, Dior La Collection, Bond No. 9 and Jo Malone still life photos: Shayla Scuffi

SCENTS YOU ASKED Genlux style director Kelvin Seah helps you navigate through the most alluring fragrance choices. Spritz some on for a lasting impression on or off the red carpet.

Jo Malone Tea Fragrance Blends, a total of five new scents celebrating the quintessential British traditions. Featured here are three of them: earl Grey & Cucumber, a fresh and fruity scent; assam & Grapefruit with undertones of cardamom, almond and patchouli; Fresh Mint leaf with notes of mint and basil. $55 each for 30 ml. Saks Fifth avenue, Beverly hills, 310-275-4211

Bond no 9 Chez Bond. Truly unisex, a clean approach to scents right down to the aesthetics of the bottle. Bracing citrus tones mixed with seductive sandalwood. $215 for 100ml, Saks Fifth avenue, Beverly hills, 310-275-4211 Bond no 9 Bleeker Street. very energetic, like a brisk stroll down its namesake on a crisp spring morning. a warm and sensual aphrodisiac with notes of violet leaf, assis and oakmoss. $220 for 100ml, Saks Fifth avenue, Beverly hills, 310-275-4211. Bond no 9 hamptons. Fancy a summer jaunt by the waters? Pack this scent along with the nautical striped two-piece in your canvas tote. a male/female scent with notes of woodsy musk and creamy ocean mist. $220 for 100 ml, Saks Fifth avenue, Beverly hills, 310-275-4211

Tom Ford lavender Palm. Tom Ford, Beverly hills, 50ml, $250, tomford.com

Jimmy Choo. Refined sexuality in a beautiful Murano glass bottle—for the girl who’s all woman now. indonesian patchouli, Tiger Orchid and toffee. 3.3 fl oz eau de Parfum, $95, Saks Fifth avenue, Beverly hills, 310-275-4211

armani Privé Cuir amethyste: Mysterious, sensual and captivating notes of leather. armani Privé amber Soie: Sensual polish for the seductress evoking mystery. armani Privé eau de Jade: Mature youthfulness. Spritz lightly for Sunday brunch at the Polo lounge. $185 each for 1.7oz, Saks Fifth avenue, Beverly hills, 310-275-4211



Dior la Collection. a collection of seven new fragrances including Granville, named after Monsieur Dior’s childhood home. evoking notes of white thyme and black pepper with rosemary, vetiver and Cologne Royale. hints of italian mint, neroli and green mandarin. $225 for 250ml, Dior Boutique, Beverly hills, 310-859-4700

Frederic Mall Carnal Flower. Celebrity makeup artist amy Chance cannot get over her attraction to this sophisticated and seductive scent! Created by Dominique Ropion with hints of coconut, musk and tuberose. $300 for 100ml, Barneys new York, Beverly hills, 310-276-4400

Michael Kors very hollywood Michael Kors Sparkling eau de toilette sprays a shimmer of glitter with every spritz. 3.4oz, $72, Michael Kors, Beverly hills, 310-777-8862

Cartier l’heure Fougueuse. With the ability to indulge comes access to any of the scents offered through Cartier’s own boutiques. Magnolia and bergamot, vetiver and musk, lavender and oakmoss mixed to produce this clear and imperious scent in Cartier’s luxury fragrance collection of 13 scents. Cartier, Beverly hills, 310-275-4272

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FRANK GALASSO FOR MARGARET MALDONADO Basso & Brooke SS11 Hair experts from one of the top agencies chime in on what’s hot for this season: Try going more natural! Bobs are the next big thing!

“A LOT OF THE 2011 LOOKS RELY ON HAIRSTYLES, NOT PARTICULARLY HAIRCUTS. BUT IF YOU’RE RELYING ON A HAIRCUT FOR CHANGE, THINK DRAMATIC ALSO. IF YOU’RE GOING SHORT, THINK MIA FARROW’S SIXTIES “PIXIE CROP.” FOR MID-LENGTH HAIR, TRY FAYE DUNAWAY’S BONNIE AND CLYDE BOB. THIS IS THE DEFINITE TREND. The look is sculpted and swings. With a little backcombing it’s rounder and less geometric—with even longer bobs that hit the collar bone. With long hair, get rid of the shaggy ends and go for fresh, crisp layers that add bounce and fullness.”—CLYDE HAYGOOD


HBL Thermal Styling Spray, 60ml, $8; 300 ml, $34. hblhaircare.com

Joico flexible shaping spray, $18.95, joico.com

CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST CLYDE HAYGOOD FOR MARGARET MALDONADOJoico dry spray wax, $18.95, joico.com Sally Hershberger Supreme Lift spray, $12.50, ulta.com L’Oreal Infinium 4, $23, lorealprofessionnel-us.com Alterna Caviar 3-Minute shine boost, $25, Sephora. com Aquage Beyond Shine spray, $17; Aquage Sea Salt texturizing spray, $17; Aquage Uplifting foam, $17, aquage.com

“Say goodbye to roots and casual, beachy waves. 2011 is all about dramatic color and the return of glamorous retro styles. Blondes have Halston SS2011 had their fun—this is the year of the redhead bombshell and a variety of head-turning colors. Color itself has changed: Now you can go for dramatic, high-impact color that doesn’t sacrifice the health of your hair: white-hot platinum, electric peaches and apricots, 14K golds, and reds that look like they could ignite! Any question or whim that’s been in the back of your mind or inclination to try something new...now is the time to try!” —Clyde Haygood Shu Uemura Ample Angora,


124 GENLUX SPRING I / 2011 Leonor Greyl Condition Naturelle, $36, Neil George Salon, Beverly Hills, 310-275-2808

“Dramatic side-parts are on trend, like Rita Hayworth’s...as well as Enjoy retro up-dos à la Sophia Dry Wax, Loren or Kim Novak. For $21.95, updos and dramatic sideenjoyhairparts, try using a dab of care.com Enjoy Dry Wax to keep your hair looking groomed and in place without the stiffness of hairspray. Put down your flat iron and dig out your hot rollers because glamour is back! HBL Thermal Styling Spray helps to make curling-iron and hot-rolled sets last. Think retro and think vixen, because demure doesn’t work for 2011. We’ve started a new decade, and it’s time for a new you!” —Clyde Haygood


COLOR: Hair color has become much more natural and unprocessed. We are seeing richer colors. More brunette, also shades of red and rich, warm caramels and browns. Celebrities have all moved to a much more natural look. Dried-out, bleached, sun-kissed, highlighted and overly blond hair that washes you out is definitely not the new trend. STYLES: Celebrities are asking more and more to not have such a ‘done’ look. Hairstyles have become cleaner looking with cleaner lines, blunter cuts, shorter hair. Bobs at any length instead of shaggy, dry, layered hair. PRODUCTS: Light mousses and volume sprays for fine to medium hair and anti-frizz and shine sprays for thicker and coarser hair. The volumizers I do enjoy using are Condition Naturelle by Leonor Greyl and Ample Angora by Shu Uemura. Both are great products to give the hair tremendous body and movement. To finish off, I like to use the design collection from Joico. I enjoy their spray wax to make the hair more texturized and the finishing spray to give that finished hold without making it too stiff or sticky. Infinium 4 by Loreal is also a good finishing spray; it gives that hold and yet allows natural movements. I like to alternate between the two.

on the red carpet Sephora, M A C, Le Mer, and Bumble and bumble all have news to report, while Bellacures continues to nail down new manicure salons. •

Brand News

Bellacures the Mani Blues Bellacures takes the worry out of cleanliness by taking mani/pedi service to a new level. Each client receives a clean set of tools for their treatment and a disposable mani-pedi pouch with brand-new files, buffers, and all other needed supplies. Changing the culture of nail salons in Los Angeles, Bellacures just launched new locations in Larchmont Village and Studio City. Our favorite service: Bellacures Softer Soles Pedicure. Beverly Hills, 310-5505822; Brentwood, 310-295-0016; Santa Monica, 310-584-4584; Larchmont, 310584-4553; Studio City, 818-921-7771

Meet Me at the Bar Bumble and bumble’s styling bar at the new Carlton Salon in Santa Monica Place lets you try out products and get free tips and tricks from a stylist. Stop in for a styling session—no appointment Bumble and bumble needed. (20 Bb.Texture hair (un)dressing min, $35) 310-260-9503 creme, $26, 5 oz,


La Mer The Radiant Serum gives you a glowing complexion. $150, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; lamer.com SK-II Cellumination MaskIn Lotion, $75, sk-II.com

Darphin antifatigue smoothing eye gel, $38, darphin.com Add La Prairie Cellular Power Infusion to any beauty routine to combat aging. $475 for kit of four vials, Bloomingdale’s, Westfield Century City, 310-772-2100

Makeup News Sephora welcomes the exclusive Hello Kitty beauty collection, featuring makeup, nail polish and accessories. Hello Kitty brush set, $49, sephora.com

The Sephora Collection Color Play 5 in 1 limited Fashion Edition palette, inspired by the Shopbop Faces of Fashion lookbook, contains five removable color palettes. Each fits into a mirrored portable case slim enough to slip into the smallest of bags. $30, sephora.com

Beauty NEWS


Darphin hydraskin serum sinks in quickly and leaves skin soft and smooth instantly. $75, darphin.com

Anastasia Beverly Hills Line Erasing Crème Advanced With InstaLiftT Goji, $65, nordstrom.com

Channel your own Hollywood-type superpowers with M·A·C Cosmetics’ new Wonder Woman collection, available through April. M·A·C Cosmetics Wonder Woman Collection powder blush duo in Mighty Aphrodite, $24, maccosmetics.com

Skin Secret Weapon Sun damage and aging skin are no match for the medical grade Vi Peel. The treatment gives quick results and has less downtime than a regular chemical peel, but plan on at least seven days of recovery time before you’re ready for the event. Grab an appointment with Tina. $300, Piele Skin Boutique, Beverly Hills, 310-271-7500, pieleskinboutique.com

NARS Pro-Prime pore-refining primer preps your face for makeup and minimizes pores after prolonged use. $32, Sephora.com

Celebs on the Golden Globe red carpet brought out their eyes with the new Lancôme Color Design Eye Brightening All in One 5 shadow and liner palette. $48, lancome.com

Stila and E! Live on the Red Carpet collection of palettes ensure you’re glammed up for your premiere. The three Red Carpet Beauty Palettes include step-by-step instructions for a fail-safe way to get the look you want. Beauty Palette in Breathtaking Beauty, $25, stilacosmetics.com

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TRENDING NOW! TROY JENSEN It’s all about color this season! Check out Smashbox O-glow cheek color, or CHANEL’s eye palette with five stunning colors! BEST EYE COLOR


Stila eyeshadow in Kitten, $18, stilacosmetics.com

I love usingTom color! PecheuxPastel eye shadows look great when you keep everything fresh and light. The light-reflecting property of pearls enhance your natural beauty by bringing a delicate luminosity to your skin…which brings me to my newest obsessions for spring: Dramatic, vibrant eyes!! Wear darker or more vibrant greens like the forest green shade in CHANEL’s spring collection, CHANEL Ombres Perlées de CHANEL Eyeshadow Palette, that features five shades. It contains a pearled, metallic barely gold-tinged white; metallic pinked bronze with champagne sheen; dirty mauve gray; darkened, charcoal forest green with metallic sheen; and dirty charcoal navy blue with sheen. All five were really pigmented except the purple shade, which was noticeably sheerer. These shadows look great with black liner and black shadow mixed to create more drama. Add a touch of metallic gold, bronze or silver to pop bright shadows and give an ultra-glamorous look. Pair a dramatic eye with a peach, rose or mauve lip color.”—Troy Jensen

Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeshadow duo in romance, $36, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-274-4211 Dior 5-Colour Iridescent eyeshadow in tropical light, $56, dior.com

“This Palette has it all for a beautiful smokey eye.” —David Simrock


“NO-FUSS LIPS!! TINTED LIP BALMS, STAINS AND GLOSSING LINERS ARE BEST. FROM BRIGHT PINKS AND CORALS TO MAUVE AND DEEP PLUMS, THEY NEVER LOOK OVERDONE AND ARE EASY TO APPLY. PERFECT ON Clinique Chubby Sticks, AND OFF THE RED CARPET! I’M LOVING $15, clinique.com CLINIQUE’S CHUBBY STICKS.” 8 great shades: Graped-Up, Mega Melon, Super Strawberry, Fuller Fig, Woppin’ Watermelon, Whole Lotta Honey, Chunky Cherry, and Richer Raisin.

CHANEL Ombres Perlées de Chanel limited-edition eyeshadow palette, $65, CHANEL, Beverly Hills, 310-278-5500

Diorshow 360 mascara spins in either direction to create curl and volume while elongating the lashes. $36, Dior, Beverly Hills, 310-859-4700


Troy Jensen


Smashbox Cosmetics O-glow cheek color, $26, smashbox.com Estée Lauder alligator compact, $33, Nordstrom, Costa Mesa, 714-549-8300

YSL limited-edition palette peach celebration face highlighter, $65, yslbeautyus.com

SK-II Facial Treatment Cream Foundation combines the coverage of a foundation with the hydration of moisturizer. $95, sk-II.com

A HEALTHY GLOW MAKES YOU RADIANT FOR YOUR BIG EVENT Sircuitskin Sircuit Soliel firming mineral bronzer, $48, Green Line Beauty, LA, 323-933-5369

Dolce & Gabbana The Illuminator in Eva, $47, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 310-274-4211

Anastasia Beverly Hills highlightingcrème duo, $35, Sephora.com


5% of proceeds of the Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette, containing three eyeshades and one blush all made with pearl and pigment, goes to WIDECAST to protect sea turtles. $79, Bloomingdale’s, Santa Monica, 310-985-6400


TUCK THESE MUST-HAVE RED-CARPET GLAM ITEMS INTO YOUR EVENING BAG! Estée Lauder alligator compact, $33, Nordstrom, Costa Mesa, 714-549-8300

Benefit ultra shines lip shine, $18, benefitcosmetics.com


Dior Ultra-gloss in twin set pink #157, $27, sephora.com Hourglass Aura sheer lip stain has a semi-matte finish and is free of parabens and fragrance. $26, Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400





Estee Lauder Pure Color lipstick in Cherry Passion, $24, esteelauder.com



Robbie Schaeffer photo: Nicole Goddard

Stila lip and cheek stain in coconut crush, $24, stilacosmetics.com

Texas Collection by OPI, $8.50 each, ulta.com

NARS Velvet Gloss lip pencil, $24, narscosmetics.com

From left: YSL golden gloss No. 41 Golden Insolence, $30; No. 43 Golden Irreverence, $30; No. 40 Golden Impertinence, $30; yslbeautyus.com

popularity for shorter-length nails. We also see an emerging trend in a new special finish: semi-transparent sorbet shades. Beginning with OPI’s Spring Texas collection, we’ll see more lightly glossed nails. Unlike thicker creams or light sheers seen in the past, the upcoming trend will boast a slightly translucent look that replicates the look of an icy, water-based sorbet.The red-carpet looks are going two ways: extremely bold pops of color and subtle, soft hues. Manicures typically reflect a woman’s personality and act as the ultimate accessory to complement the hair, dress and shoes.

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Boston to Music: Sweet Baby James – James Taylor More Than a Feeling – Boston Best Friend’s Girl – The Cars Ode to My Family – The Cranberries Centerfold – J Giles Band Sonsie Irish Coffee: 1oz Jameson Irish Whiskey, 1oz Bailey’s Irish Cream, 2 packets raw brown sugar, Cup of coffee, Fresh whipped cream, Cinnamon. Directions: Pour Jameson and Bailey’s into wine glass. Add sugar and pour coffee to fill glass. Stir, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with cinnamon.

The stylish Eversol Suite

a BUZZ in Boston

The Lobby Bar & Clink restaurant

This year, three major movies were made in Boston—two are up for Best Picture. TRACY O’CONNOR heads there to check out Hollywood’s East Coast cousin.


left Los Angeles in the midst of a heat wave, and arrived in Boston after a brutal Nor’easter. The city—famous for JFK, Paul Revere and Bell Biv DeVoe—was kneedeep in snow. And so was I. I ditched delightful weather, frightful architecture and a potentially eventful second date to experience frightful weather, delightful architecture, and a place I had an aching desire to know. With awards season in full swing and films like T he Town, Social Network and T he Fighter as contenders (all set in and around Boston), no metropolis had more buzz. Armed with wool sweaters, fake fur and one lonely pair of stacked heels, I shivered up to the Liberty Hotel, where I’d be incarcerated for the weekend. Built in 1851, the Liberty was originally the Charles Street Jail, containing Boston’s finest (prior to sentencing). By the 1980s, the edifice stood dormant until developer Richard Friedman acquired the jail at auction and imaginatively transformed it into a posh property. The 16-story, 298-room hotel is now a national landmark, with uncharacteristic beauty and a mandate to preserve its unique “jailness.” An architectural aria, designed by Alexandra Champalimaud, it has won virtually every design award. Standard rooms are simple, while oth-

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ers offer panoptic views of the urban skyline and the Charles River. I got a peek at the Ebersol Suite, where Christian Bale slept while filming T he Fighter, Gorbachev once showered, and Cameron and A-Rod got cozy. Dressed like the Michelin Man, I took the “T” four stops to Harvard Square, met an accomplice and bumbled around Cambridge and Harvard’s campus. I snuck inside empty classrooms with graffitied chalkboards, and wondered how on earth the Winklevii could have fit in those tiny chairs. We drank ale at the local brewery and then headed back to de-ice.   After a relaxing bath and blowdry, I escaped downstairs to Scampo. The warm, polished and seductively lit Italian restaurant was a vacation from the frigid outdoors. I’d been set up with a quintessentially Boston itinerary by local entrepreneurs, and Scampo was first on their gustatory agenda. We devoured delicately rendered lobster pizza, a fresh selection from the mozzarella bar featuring Cape scallops and finished with the Wagyu sirloin. Even I didn’t know I could eat that much. We saved room for a nightcap, and split our time between Alibi Bar (the jail’s original “drunk tank”) and the Lobby Bar, both in the hotel and bustling.   The next two days, we squeezed in as much as we could. We walked Boston Common, the central park

dating back to 1634, and watched bundled children ice-skate and sled. We window-shopped in Beacon Hill, filled with quaint stores and charming antiques. Strolled Newbury Street—New England’s Rodeo Drive—where Valentino, Burberry and the vanguard boutique Alan Bilzerian stand housed in renovated 19th-century brownstones. We also visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a Boston treasure and one of my favorite art experiences of all time. The museum, imagined by Gardner in the early 20th century, marries Venetian and Moorish architecture and shelters her uniquely personal collection of primarily Renaissance art. The center courtyard is a devastatingly serene botanical garden, showcasing specimen plants and sculpture. We’d worked up an appetite and had loads yet to check off the list: brunch at Towne Stove and Spirits, the newest from beloved chef Lydia Shire, dinner at Toro, a.k.a. “the most difficult reservation in town,” and drinks at Sonsie, a Boston must. On our last night, we found ourselves relaxed at The Playwright in Southie, enjoyed a Guinness with locals and watched the Boston Celtics put the Lakers to shame. Despite Kobe’s loss, my experience in Boston was all gain. Assuming I still have date two back in LA.


There’s no season like awards season to usher in some of the best parties. Here’s an insider’s list of where some of Hollywood’s brightest stars go to get red-carpet ready. –Sherryl White & Vonetta Encarnacao Shoe surgeon A man who can take your stilettos to new heights by sculpting a more comfortable heel, and who can invisibly compensate for your low or high arch, should always remain on your good side and in your address book. Pasquale Fabrizio is the trusted partner for Mr. Louboutin, and repairs are shipped from all over the world. Pasquale is one of the few men whom Cinderella would have trusted to touch her glass slippers. If Dorothy had gone in search of him instead of the Wizard of Oz, she might have found her way home in no time flat. Pasquale Shoe Repair, 5616 San Vicente Blvd, LA, 90019, 323-936-6883, pasqualeshoerepair.com



Vintage queen Screen legends, up-and-coming starlets, and serious fashionistas have been slipping into the lush environs of Coquette to find one-of-a-kind vintage gowns that make a seriously beautiful statement. Reminiscent of a time and place when Coco Chanel held court in her famed atelier, proprietor Rona Gaye has brought her joie-de-fashion to this exuberant space that cannot simply be called a retail setting or store; rather, this intimate shop is better described as an experience. Stylish women with interesting lives (clients include Charlize Theron, Catherine Deneuve and Wendi Murdoch) are greeted with high tea, and leave having cultivated their individual style. Her encyclopedic knowledge of fashion helps her quickly assess the right look for each client, ensuring that the clothes never wear the woman. The looks here extend beyond the almighty gown: chic dresses, jewels and accessories, highly collectible Gucci ostrich travel bags, and Cartier Cloisonné vases. This delectable boudoir filled with fabulous finds from the farthest reaches of the globe can be experienced by appointment only. Rona Gaye Stevenson, Coquette Couture, 310-289-9199, coquettecouture.com

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Red-carpet facial You’ll be in good hands with renowned facialist Olga LorecinNorthup. The most beautiful faces in Hollywood trust her to help them maintain an age-defying healthy glow. Years spent studying skin and working with clients like Halle Berry, who require poreprefect skin, inspired her to create a line of products to keep you camera-ready. Her red-carpet facial, available exclusively at Kinara Spa, is to die for. Olga Lorecin-Northup, Celebrity Facialist, Kinara Spa, 310657-9188, kinaraspa.com

You’re invited. It’s always nice to invite – or reply – with a personalized communication. Soolip, a sweet little boutique in West Hollywood, is the perfect place for sourcing amazing invitations, thank-you cards, old-school writing instruments, and stunning wrapping paper. The knowledgeable staff can help interpret your ideas, or create something delightful from your specifications. 8646 Melrose Ave., 310-3600545, soolip.com

It's a wrap! With over twenty years in business, Robeworks has set the standard for the luxury robe in the finest hotels, resorts, cruise lines, and private clubs around the world. Now these beautiful and cozy robes can be in your home. Best to have them monogrammed, of course. Robeworks luxurious signature robe with hood, $180, robeworks.com He does a body good. ➣ Leo Zen can help you build a body beautiful that shines from the inside out. He has helped define some of the most stunning bodies in Hollywood. His celebrity clients include Demi Moore and Cameron Diaz. His early career as an international ballet artist transformed into his current work as a yoga and Pilates practitioner. He has created his own harmonious yet powerful blend of yoga called “Zenciel,” which he tailors to suit each client—a dynamic mix of several disciplines of yoga, elongating ballet moves and energy-flowing Tai Chi. Along with sculpting a glorious physical presence with Leo, you will leave his company virtually floating on air. Leo Zen Body Sculpturing, 310-717-5528, leozen.com

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Think Swarovski and several things come to mind: glittering magnetism and enchantment, and a staple sparkle for many of today’s most sought-after designers. The world leader in crystal products, Swarovski is a brand that stands alone in cuttingedge collaboration with the likes of Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld and Christopher Kane. But behind all the glitz is a savvy heiress who has transformed the family business of over five decades into an international empire of luxury and innovation. Austria-born Nadja Swarovski began her work at the company in 1995 and has since shaped it into a household name and fashion icon. Her projects have ranged from high-end chandeliers inspired by fifties glamour, to her extravagant Atelier Swarovski jewelry line available in breathtaking and otherworldly colors. She has also created a platform for up-and-coming talent: Swarovski’s Creative Services Centre, which donates its products and provides an education about forward-thinking uses for crystal to emerging designers. Nadja plays many roles—the beautiful figurehead, vice president of communications, and creative director—but it’s the little things (that accompany the finer things) in life which she enjoys most. When in LA she prefers to meet for a drink in Hollywood and catch a bit of sun before returning to her London home. —By Courtney Fortune ON AND OFF THE PLANE:

Photo courtesy of AMPAS

What’s in your carry-on? BlackBerry, iPhone, wallet, lip gloss, gum, paperwork What are your packing essentials for LA? Sunglasses, open-toe shoes, spring and summer wardrobe options, workout clothes What’s the first thing you do to unwind? Massage, yoga, bath

David Rockwell designed the Swarovski crystal curtain for the 2010 Academy Awards®

How do you make your hotel room feel more like home? Rearrange furniture and desk objects. Red-eye or morning flight? Depends on where I’m flying to or from. I usually plan to sleep the entire flight. LA to London, I prefer the red-eye; New York to London, the morning flight.

Atelier Swarovski by Mark Fast necklace, $575, Swarovski at The Grove, LA, 323-935-0433

How do you look refreshed after a long flight? Sleep and keep hydrated. What do you wish LA had more of that you have in London? Grounded people, people with the ability to laugh at themselves, and internationality.


Stay in LA? The Beverly Hills Hotel or the Beverly Wilshire Have drinks? Soho House FAVORITES:

Shops: Fred Segal, Neiman Marcus, Maxfield Restaurant: Cecconi’s Museums: MOCA and LACMA Beach: Malibu Neighborhoods: Beverly Hills and anywhere by the beach Times of year: Spring and fall

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Atelier Swarovski by Prabal Gurung ring, $280, Swarovski at The Grove, LA, 323-935-0433

What do you wish London had that LA has? Sun, open and bigger spaces, good food, healthfood stores, gyms.

Atelier Swarovski by Joseph Altuzarra bracelet, $340, Swarovski at The Grove, LA, 323-935-0433

Atelier Swarovski by Jenny Manik Mercian necklace, $445, Swarovski at The Grove, LA, 323-935-0433

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