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As election mania sweeps into full swing, Sunnylands, a new book from Abrams, pays tribute to a not-so-little western White House (make that “Pink House”) that for fifty years has made Palm Springs the unofficial western capital of the United States. Long before Brent Bolthouse and Leo DiCaprio remade the once-upon-a-time-Hollywood-cool Coachella Valley into the millennial

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Since 1966, every president from Eisenhower to Obama has made the pilgrimage west to play golf (the estate has its own nine-hole course), tour one of the country’s premier collections of Impressionist paintings (since Annenberg’s death, housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City), and otherwise chit chat–à l’intime—with the likes of political and non-politico

party-ready A-listers such as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, the Reagans (who never missed the Annenbergs’ legendary New Year’s Eve party), the Queen of England (who stopped by for a Pimm’s Cup in 1983), and a varied assortment of glittering celebs and international jet setters. Since Mrs. Annenberg’s death in 2009, at the age of 91, Sunnylands, the only great American “palace” of

the modern era, has reinvented itself as a nonprofit “Camp David West,” open to dignitaries as well as mere mortals, who, for just $25, can catch a glimpse of that rare intersection of money, power, and exquisite taste (pre-Donald times!)—with an only-in-California pink twist. And unlike that famous house in DC, you don’t have to stand in line to get in. sunnylands.org

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Topping last year’s A-list lineup, which included ‘80s/‘90s alt-rock kings The Jesus and Mary Chain, fringe festivalturned-Coachella competitor FYF is celebrating its 13th birthday with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Grace Jones—in the heart of Downtown LA.

28 // letter From the editor-in-ChieF 30 // letter From the Publisher 32 // the list 35 // invited

scene 49 // CoaChella West! Coachella? Burning Man? In August, FYF brings music cool to the heart of LA.

50 // GeorGie boY Celeb chef Geoffrey Zakarian makes a westward move to Montage Beverly Hills.

52 // read haute! Celebrating her second must-read book, Sophia Amoruso extols three other high-fashion tomes.

54 // lone star Glen Powell is taking on Hollywood—big screen and small!

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56 // on the list

62 // the Guide

Club kingpin Darren Dzienciol reinvents LA exclusivity with a super-secret hangout.

Indulge in the very best of LA arts and dining.

style

57 // vodKa en voGue As the whiskey mania ebbs, good old vodka is back—and with an upscale twist.

67 // sloW burn

58 // house oF horrors?

70 // Who believes in GuCCiGhost?

A monstrous new exhibit comes to terrorize LACMA.

Between Gigi Hadid and a playful fall collection, Max Mara is sizzling!

Gucci scares up a fab collab with Brooklyn artist Trevor Andrew.

60 // Good hair Club In LA, beauty is suddenly going all Soho House—virtual style.

72 // blinG rinGs A-list-B-loved Elodie K. sets up a fine jewelry shop.

61 // PoWders oF Youth Put down that juice! LA’s latest health craze is powdered, baby.

73 // brava, balenCiaGa Demna Gvasalia restages the fashion house’s creative vision.

photography by Chris Carrasquillo ©FyF 2015

16 // Full Frontal


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The Fall runways are Anglo-mad, recalling British culture from the age of Victorian manners to the Summer of Love.

left: Jacket ($7,850), shirt ($880), denim ($1,250), socks ($990), and moccasins ($1,590), Gucci. 347 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-2783451; gucci.com. right: Shirt (price on request), skirt (price on request), pants (price on request), and shoes ($2,200). DSquared2. 461 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-8880117; dsquared2 .com. Hat, Gucci ($385). see above

78 // VINT–AGELESS

Michael Kors’s new fragrance, Wonderlust, was meant to travel.

Rich-old-lady scarves and SoCal skater shoes together create LA’s most fabulous fashion paradox.

75 // STAR TURNS Awards season means stunning jewels will light up the night—and bedazzle the paparazzi.

79 // NAILED IT! Ten Over Ten nail bar paints a pretty (organic) picture with its best coast debut.

76 // CARRIED AWAY The statement bag is back, proudly boasting tough metallics, embellished extras, and punch-packing shapes.

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80 // ALL ABOUT EVENING The season’s hautest timepieces light up the night with exquisite gemstones, exotic materials, and extravagant designs.

FEATURES 84 // MÉNAGE À DEUX TV’s kinkiest married couple, Billions’ Maggie Siff and Paul Giamatti, gives us the reel-/real-life down and dirty on sex, $$, power, and staying on top in Tinseltown.

90 // BRAVE NEW WORLD This season, it’s back to the future with a Stateside ode to UK chic. From Dickens to Dystopia to Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Brit motifs go post-millennial mod.

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Tony nabe Los Feliz is back on top—crowned by the star-worthy Griffith Observatory.

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105 // EASTSIDE STORY

As cofounder of one of the world’s most successful beauty brands, Moroccanoil’s Carmen Tal is a force of nature. Here, she reveals how creating a line of iconic hair, body, and sun products has evolved into a mission to inspire other women.

Star realtor—and LA native—Jonah Wilson gives a tour de force of happy-chic Los Feliz.

space 103 // SAINT L’ORANGE In the OC, Saint Laurent’s new boutique paints the county Parisian.

106 // HOUSE PARTY Furniture titan Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams gets festive with a luxe new collection.

108 // WEHO, HERE WE COME With the debut of two new home stores, West Hollywood defends its title as LA’s premier design district.

104 // SLEEPING BEAUTY Online home décor line Parachute Home touches down in Venice.

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110 // THE GUIDE From a mod home makeover to our Disney-like malls, here’s where (and how) to live and shop in LA.

aND FINaLLY… 112 // THE PRESIDENT’S NEW CLOTHES To win over the public, our elected emperor will need some serious runway advice. on the cover: Paul Giamatti and Maggie Siff Photography by Rodolfo Martinez on siff: Allene dress, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi ($1,335). Intermix, 110 N. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310-8600113; intermixonline.com. Sterling silver Horsebit Light bracelet, Gucci ($1,950). 347 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-3451; gucci.com. on giamatti: Tuxedo, Brooks Brothers ($1,198). 468 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-274-4003; brooksbrothers.com. Shirt, Eton of Sweden ($295). Bloomingdale’s, Beverly Center, Beverly Hills, 310-360-2700; bloomingdales.com. Tie, Title of Work ($225). Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400; titleofwork.com. Pocket square, The Tie Bar ($10). Nordstrom, The Grove, LA, 323-930-2230; thetiebar.com. Double-sided onyx round stud set, Ox & Bull Trading Co. ($125). cufflinks.com

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LETTER From THE EDITor-IN-CHIEF

Kiss me, Kate. Please! Watching our Late Spring cover star, Kate Beckinsale (far left), seduce the paparazzi at our Women of Influence luncheon at the Peninsula hotel in Beverly Hills; sharing the spotlight with LAC’s own unflappable in-house star, Deputy Editor Ramona Saviss.

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super duo du jour (see “Ménage à Deux,” page 84), both stars cast a cautionary glance at the characters they play and the “stuff”—the mega-mansions, planes, Maybachs, and the like—that populates their celluloid universe. Giamatti even admits he doesn’t really watch TV. He prefers to read. Go, Paul! Boola, boola. Most of the billionaires I’ve met are a bit more dreary than the Showtime variety. I once had lunch with a wheelerdealer real estate guy named Donald Trump, an acquaintance of my aunt, in his gold-flecked Palm Beach digs-turnedcountry club, Mar-a-Lago. I recall he never stopped talking about himself, leaving my aunt and me, plenty verbal ourselves, rather miffed by the last forkfuls of our Cobb salads. Slightly more interesting was the 1980s/90s takeover tycoon Henry Kravis, whom I dined with on several occasions in my role then as features editor of W magazine. He at least feigned interest in several of the stories in my society-ready repertoire. And he had a fondness for ancien régime French antiques, as did I. (Our camaraderie blew up when I penned a rather cheeky little exposé of his third wife, Marie-Josée, when she blew into town in 1994. It was an especially frosty Winter Antiques Show that year.) In the end, fortunes rise and fall, and

no one ever said money can buy you class. There was a time when some well-born society children were not allowed to play with the Vanderbilt kids. Those parvenus! Does anyone care about refinement and gentility today? Where’s the fun in it? Where’s the ratings? (In any case, the Vanderbilts turned out just fine—Gloria and Anderson are really quite lovely. It takes a few generations.) As for today’s newly minted billionaires with a few rough edges still to iron out, take heart in a sentiment I once saw stitched on a fancy needlepoint pillow somewhere in an Upper East Side New York drawing room: “Better nouveau riche than no riche at all.” Fitzgerald would agree. Cheers,

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“the rich are different from you and me,” F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously opined. In 2016, run-of-themillion millionaires are a dime a dozen. It’s billionaires that stoke the imagination in the way that the uber-rich of the 1920s jazzed Fitzgerald. Today’s 0.0001 percent may not party quite as hearty as the Gatsby-era crowd (who does fountains flowing with Champagne anymore?), but they love their hedged-in homes, big-boy toys, and decadence-laced dramas just as much. At least that’s the premise of Showtime’s blockbuster series, Billions. Our cover stars, Paul Giamatti and Maggie Siff, chew up the scenery (and each other, in their bondage-ready boudoir) in the show that the TV-watching public either loves or hates or hates to love. It’s the new “extreme TV,” where anything goes, as long as it’s well-written. Who needs the genteel rich of a PBS series like Downton Abbey when you can sit back and indulge in a confection of glittering greed and mayhem beaten and whipped with a good dose of old-fashioned S&M. Yasss!... In real life, Giamatti, the Yale-educated son of that august university’s one-time president, and Siff, a Bronx-born Bryn Mawr gal, are mere mortals like the rest of us. In writer David Hochman’s insightful interview with the small-screen


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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

Who wears the pants in fashion philanthropy? From high-street to European luxury, the fashion industry has occasionally suffered a black eye, none more obvious than fast fashion’s toxic reputation for polluting the environment while deploying cruel sweatshop production practices. Driven in large part by the changing behaviors and demands of millennials, the industry is quickly becoming a force for good. First adopted by the shoe brand TOMS for their buy-one donate-one business model, the desire to make a positive difference in the world has gained significant momentum. While philanthropy in business was previously the exclusive domain of artisanal companies— like designer eyewear brand Warby Parker, or the burlap handbag line Feed (founded by Lauren Bush)— global luxury brands are now forming key strategic partnerships to help create a culture of social awareness and change. One of the most buzzed about Fashion Week shows this year was Fendi’s “Legends and Fairy Tales”

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haute couture presentation staged on a glass runway in Rome’s Trevi Fountain. It was a project many years in the making, with Fendi previously contributing over $2.5 million to the restoration of this historic landmark. In 2015, Prada opened the Fondazione Prada, an arts institution and exhibition space dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary art, and, in 2009, Gucci founded Chime for Change, a global campaign raising funds and awareness for health, education, and justice for disenfranchised girls and women. With Chime For Change cofounders Beyonce Knowles and Salma Hayek at the helm, the organization has produced global concerts and documentary films that have funded nearly 500 projects in 85 countries. Other brands have heralded a core DNA of social awareness for some time, such as Stella McCartney with her highly successful eco-fashion line, which launched in 2001, or Ralph Lauren and his decades-long commitment to giving back—ever since founding the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer nonprofit 20 years

ago, which donates 30 percent of each purchase to the foundation. Guess also began its foundation in 1994, having since supported an endless list of key causes promoting social change, such as Denim Day, which protests sexual violence across North America. With so many high-caliber brands providing shopping experiences with an opportunity to give back, we now have the ability to turn “conspicuous consumption” into “conscientious consumption” by making thoughtful choices and aligning with brands practicing a high level of corporate responsibility. With that in mind, (conscientiously) enjoy our fall fashion issue. Happy shopping! Cheers,

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photography by EMMa MCINtyrE (bECkINsalE); alEx J bErlINEr/abIMagEs (stINg); pEtEr grIgsby photography (WEstIME)

Social Network! from left: Celebrating our Women of Influence event alongside cover star Kate Beckinsale; rocking out to Sting at a Los Angeles Confidential-sponsored evening benefitting Oceana to raise awareness about our oceans; and enjoying the Fourth Annual Arnold Schwarzenegger and Westime charity event, which raised more than $1 million to benefit After School All Stars, at Schwarzenegger’s Brentwood home.


THE LIST FALL 2016

Behati Prinsloo

Jessica Naziri

Ani Stepanian

Christy Dawn

Edgar Ramirez

Jeff Sampson

Tara de Souza

Camille Easy

Rayni Williams

Xander Tang

Ruby Rose

Justin Kleineider

Brenda Ferrell

Gigi Hadid

Kelley Puckett

Jessica Manavi

Kendall Jenner

Leslie Unger

Gina Anderson

Judy Johnson

Luke Walton

Emily Syrenne

Haim Saban

Maor Cohen

Nancy Saghian

Abegail Cal

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Beau Dunn

Zoe Kasiske

Mitchell Binder

Juno Temple

Yaniv Rokah

Tiffany Anastasakis

Randee Braham

Phoebe Ng

Ivan Estrada

Jes Feuer

Cory Sargeant

Rob Roche

Brittany Rubinger

Rosalind Dean

Hannah Skvarla

Branden Williams

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Wade Papin

Chris Royal

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Fresh off of her starring role in the Jane Austen–based Love & Friendship, Kate Beckinsale indulges in a little more high society as the toast of a garden tea party at the Peninsula Beverly Hills.

Los Angeles Confidential held its annual Women of Influence event at the newly renovated Terrace at The Belvedere at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. The glamorous afternoon high tea was hosted by cover star Kate Beckinsale and supported by Westime. Guests 

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INVITED including Rosanne Karmes and Chantal Rickards enjoyed rosé by Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel and treats from Sugarfina. Beverly Hills BMW also sponsored the event, offering guests a look at the cool new i8 coupe. Rosanne Karmes and Sydney Karmes-Wainer

Anita Thompson, Sam Felipe, and Viviana Salvia

Jennifer Monir and Kristi Locks

Francine Miley and Jessie Allen

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Anita Yardemian and Maral Yardemian

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Patrick Schwarzenegger and Patrick Knapp

WESTIME AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS After-School All-Stars (ASAS) and Westime teamed up for the annual charity event at the home of ASAS founder Arnold Schwarzenegger. Guest included Westime founder and CEO John Simonian, Don Cheadle, Jim Caviezel, Mark Burnett, David Ellison, and Jimmy Connors. A record $1,153,000 was raised to help support afterschool programs for LA’s underserved youth.

Arnold Schwarzenegger welcomes guests to his home in Brentwood.

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Guests enjoyed tray-passed dishes from 1212, including spicy bourbon maple glazed pork belly sliders.

Bartender pouring a Big Dill

VOSS MIXOLOGY EVENT VOSS and Los Angeles Confidential hosted and intimate mixology event at 1212 in Santa Monica. Specialty “Vosstails,” which featured VOSS’s new lemon-cucumber and tangerine-lemongrass sparkling waters, plus EFFEN vodka and Hornitos tequila, were created for the evening by 1212 mixologist Fred Ghiassi. Guests were treated to gift bags featuring a mixology kit and the brand’s new flavored sparkling waters.

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Kevin and Emily Pauli

The night’s signature cocktails, Yuzual Margarita and Big Dill, were made with VOSS flavored sparkling waters.

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Kristi Locks and Jennifer Monir

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IVY members gathered at WINC’s headquarters to kick off the summer in all white.

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IVY members and their guests gathered at WINC to fête the summer season. Dressed in all white, members and their friends arrived at the world’s only personalized wine club and sampled a selection of white wines and rosé provided by WINC.

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Sheryl Lee Ralph enjoyed a lipstick reading from Angela.

Kaz Ogiso and Reiko Ono Lashanee Dixon

Tadashi Shoji unveiled its new concept boutique at the Glendale Galleria.

TADASHI SHOJI GLENDALE OPENING Tadashi Shoji partnered with Los Angeles Confidential to host an exclusive cocktail party to celebrate the brand’s new concept boutique at the Glendale Galleria designed in collaboration with the Woodbury School of Architecture’s interior architecture students. Guests enjoyed Cheateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel rosé, lipstick readings by Angela, and Gold Ink tattoos while shopping among unique art installations made from repurposed materials. 40 LA-CONFIDENTIAL-MAGAZINE.COM

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Arturo and Jacqueline Chavez with Candice Griego and Dominic Riley

Over 2,000 foodies enjoyed delectable eats and drinks at Taste of the Nation Los Angeles, held in Culver City and sponsored by Los Angeles Confidential. Chef Bruce Kalman (Union, Knead) hosted the event with more than 50 restaurants, breweries, and wineries, including Hanjip, The Cannibal, Playa Provisions, Salt & Straw, and Eggslut. The annual food fest raised more $150,000 to benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Westside Food Bank, California Food Policy Advocates, and No Kid Hungry Los Angeles.

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Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken, and Chuck Scofield

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Luxury Swiss watch brand Hublot celebrated the release of its newest timepiece, the Classic Fusion Kobe Bryant HeroVillain, and concurrently celebrated the ribbon cutting ceremony of the recently redesigned Hublot Beverly Hills Boutique. Guests, including namesake and brand ambassador Kobe Bryant, attended the ceremony, which was held at the boutique’s 1,376-square-foot space. After the ceremony, the celebrations moved to a private Los Angeles residence where guests such as Westime President Greg Simonian, Erin Andrews, and Jarret Stoll enjoyed dinner and cocktails alongside the NBA superstar.

David Torrez, Tristan Eaton, and Malia Carmona

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The highly anticipated LA Film Festival, sponsored by Los Angeles Confidential, celebrated the best of LA film. The annual event, held at ArcLight Culver City, featured a diverse slate of 56 feature films, 58 short films, and 13 short episodic works representing 28 countries, as well as signature programs dedicated to fostering relationships between independent artists and the film industry.

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Amber Sealey and Miranda July

Anna Kendrick and John Krasinski

Blair Underwood and Stephanie Allain

Melissa Finell, Amy Madigan, Jill E. Alexander, Anna Lise Phillips, Amy Vorpahl, and Quinn Marcus

Honoree Ava DuVernay accepts the festival’s Spirit of Independence Award.

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Victoria Justice, Laverne Cox, and Reeve Carney


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COACHELLA WEST! COACHELLA? BURNING MAN? IN AUGUST, FYF MOVES MUSIC COOL TO THE HEART OF L.A.

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“I’M VERY EXCITED FOR ANOHNI’S SET. I RECENTLY SAW HER PERFORM IN NEW YORK AND CAN’T WAIT FOR HER TO BRING THIS SHOW TO L.A.” —SEAN CARLSON, FOUNDER, FYF

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Attendance at last year’s FYF topped 30,000; this fall’s iteration of the multi-genre music festival expects even greater numbers.

1312 FYF turns 13 this year, while (precocious) founder Sean Carlson turns only 31! You do the math...

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The LA-founded fest puts the spotlight on 12 main local artists, including Compton native (and Saturday headliner, with Tame Impala) Kendrick Lamar.

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GEORGIE BOY CELEB CHEF GEOFFREY Z ARIAN MAKES A WESTWARD MOVE TO MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS. BY RAMONA SAVISS

With the opening of Georgie, celeb chef Geoffrey Zakarian marks the first west coast restaurant in his foodie empire, which includes regular Food Network appearances, two acclaimed cookbooks, and east coast hot spots, including The Lambs Club in NYC. Zakarian, 57, has taken over the former Scarpetta space, as well as the adjacent Garden Bar lounge, at Montage Beverly Hills, where he taps into his Armenian roots for a Mediterranean-gonemod-inspired menu. Here, the top toque dishes on finally making the move to LA.

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Mod-iterranean: Named for his toddler son (“My daughters are going to be really pissed...”), Geoffrey Zakarian’s Georgie brings airy eastern Mediterranean flair—and fare, such as herbed labne with seasonal fruits—to Beverly Hills.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICK LEW (INTERIORS); DYLAN + JENI (ZAKARIAN); COURTESY OF GEORGIE (HERBED LABNE)

On the name: My son, Georgie, was born two years ago. We used his name as a placeholder for the name of the restaurant [and it just stuck]. It sounds playful and fun. But, my daughters are going to be really pissed. On plugging in: You can come here and have breakfast, lunch, and dinner without leaving your seat—we even included USB ports in all the banquettes! On LA vs. NY: People are very laid back here and don’t seem as demanding, but they are—they still want what they want, east coast or west coast. On his dying meal: Champagne, and maybe some caviar—because, if I’m dying, I want to be hammered… On what he’s looking forward to the most: Being able to get a discount at Spa Montage! I’m so blessed; it’s a great partnership. 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-8607970; georgierestaurant.com

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SCENE READ Sophia’s choices: In her panoramic new book (LEFT), “Nasty Gal” Sophia Amoruso bares “the story behind the story” via her favorite fashion inspirations, many of which are immortalized this fall in fabulous book releases of their own, from Fendi (BELOW LEFT), Chanel (BELOW RIGHT), and Dior. BELOW: A crystal-studded and embroidered coat, as seen in Fendi Roma.

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This October, always-indemand LA-based fashionista Sophia Amoruso releases her second book, Nasty Galaxy (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $37). Following the unprecedented success of Nasty Gal, Amoruso’s online fashion emporium-turnedretail boutique dynasty, the ultimate #GirlBoss is on to her next adventure. “I

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up, profiles of women who inspire me…” In addition to her own release, the 32-year-old style expert comments on three other big-book launches by the likes of Chanel, Dior, and Fendi. “Chanel perfumes have always been the stuff of legend, so it’s incredible to get such an in-depth look at

the creativity and execution behind the iconic scents,” Amoruso says of the six-volume Chanel: The Art of Creating Fragrance set (Abrams, $200). The fashion pro also praises Dior by Christian Dior (Assouline) as “a thorough illustration of the notion that fashion is art.” And on Fendi Roma (Assouline, $195),

commemorating the house’s 90th anniversary, she extols the volume’s “rich, textured context of Fendi’s history. I especially love the origin stories—the original founders’ five visionary daughters and their decision to bring in a young, brilliant Karl Lagerfeld. It’s like a modernday fairytale.” Much like Amoruso’s own.

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WITH THE LAUNCH OF HER SECOND MUSTREAD BOOK, SOPHIA AMORUSO EXTOLS THREE OTHER HIGHFASHION TOMES.


SCENE IT GUY “I got an audItIon once

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where I had to sIng In my underwear. I thought to myself, aw shoot, thIs Is what hollywood Is about. I get to be a lIttle more

BY Ramona SaviSS

Actor/hot man around town Glen Powell hits the ground running this fall with a scene-stealing spate of silver-screen roles. Coming off the high of Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed Everybody Wants Some!!, the 27-year-old is set to star in Hidden Figures (out early next year) opposite an A-list cast of Octavia Spencer, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. And that’s after two more releases by the end of the year—action-war movie Sand Castle and The Set Up, a rom-com with Game of Thrones darling Emilia Clarke. Anchoring it all is his regular stint on Ryan Murphy’s hit series Scream Queens (resuming this fall), starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, and Emma Roberts. The Austin native owes some of his lightning-fast success to none other than Denzel Washington and the late legendary agent Ed Limato, who convinced Powell to move to LA (Limato also volunteered to represent him) after seeing his acting chops on the set of The Great Debaters. While Powell has adopted a Beachwood Canyon zip code, he has remained humble thanks to his Texas roots and close-knit family—so close that Powell gets his mom into all of his films as an extra. (“It’s becoming a thing of legend now,” he says.) Still, according to Powell, the biggest perk of Hollywood stardom (sorry, Mom) is getting to play so many different characters. “I’ve always been like, Oh, I want to be a doctor, or, Oh, I want to be an astronaut. Now I get to put my foot into all these different things without making a real commitment.” Hollywood spotlight and all.

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dIscernIng now—I haven’t pulled my pants down In front of strangers In a whIle.”— glen

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SCENE NIGHTLIFE “In L.A., so mAny pLAces try to be ‘excLusIve,’ but then you wALk In And Look At the peopLe And thInk, where did everyone come from? ” —darren dzienciol

On the List club kingpin Darren Dzienciol reinvents l.a. exclusivity with a super-secret hangout. By Ramona SaviSS

opening a place for a select few who want to hide out, have great drinks, listen to amazing music—all minus the guy spraying Champagne.” While exclusive, with a capacity of just over 100, the intimate space will be upbeat—with dancing and a DJ, a full mixology menu, long banquettes (not privatized booths, as everyone is a VIP), and a disco ball—natch. Dzienciol will be personally training his doorman to handpick those getting in: “It’s about knowing everyone who walks through your doors—it’s got to be very personable,” says Dzienciol. “We will always run outside for our friends and make sure that they feel like [the club] is their second home.” Time to make some new friends… barteliergroup.com

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“I’ve been going out eight times a week since I was 17 years old,” says Los Angeles native Darren Dzenciol, 30. And good thing: The party life led to a party career, with the nightlife impresario launching Trousdale, The Beverly, and Guy’s, plus famously bringing 1Oak, the international mega-nightclub, to the City of Angels. This fall, Dzienciol reinvents “LA exclusive” with a new club/ lounge (name to be determined) within the 1Oak complex. But if you’re trying to get on the promoter list, this project runs the other way: The inspiration for Dzienciol’s new space is those already closest to him. “A lot of my friends are getting older, and they can’t commit [to a place like 1Oak] every night,” he says. “We’re

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scene drink

vodka en vogue as the whiskey mania ebbs, good old vodka is back— and with an upscale twist. by parker smith

photography by biffspandex/getty images

“each sip can become an elevated experience with a fitting choice of vodka.” —tony abou-ganim

A clear comeback: Master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim’s recipe for the perfect martini? Vodka stirred with ice, unadulterated by vermouth, and strained into a chilled cocktail glass. Take that, James Bond!

These days, vodka is increasingly what’s in cocktail-hour glasses. For a while, a revived interest in whiskey and other brown spirits had nudged the clear elixir out of the spotlight, but now a growing number of unusual and luxe vodkas are fueling a renewed surge. “Vodka’s heritage and flavor nuances deserve a measure of reverence,” says Tony AbouGanim, an award-winning mixologist and the author of Vodka Distilled (Agate Surrey). As smooth and versatile as ever, the newest crop of vodkas also comes with a twist—stories to tell. For example, Hangar 1’s limited edition Fog Point Vodka (USA; $125 for 750ml) is a grape-based vodka, distilled from wine (specifically, Bonny Doon’s 2012 Le Cigar Blanc), and then cut with water collected from San Francisco’s world-famous fog—a love letter to the distiller’s NorCal home. Across the Pacific, Soyombo Super Premium Mongolian Vodka (Mongolia; $30) is a bottled history lesson: The wheat-based spirit is distilled on the site of the last Mongolian emperor’s palace and filtered through such precious materials as quartz, silver, and diamonds. Finally, Double Cross Vodka (Slovakia; $37) comes packaged in a sleek, sculptural bottle made from high-end French crystal and laser-cut with select lines of Slovakian poetry. Regardless of which you choose, drink it with respect: “Take your time,” counsels Abou-Ganim. “Vodka should be sipped and savored rather than shot back in a flash.” Cheers to that!

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house of horrors? A monstrous new exhibit comes to terrorize LACMA. By Ramona SaviSS

other items from which he draws inspiration, including the works of other artists. “It’s an encyclopedic, idiosyncratic, thematic show—not a traditional filmography or technical history,” Salvesen explains. “As a collector, del Toro ignores traditional art-historical narratives and hierarchies of high and low culture, just as he blends and reinvents conventional genres in his films.” Above all, the retrospective explores del Toro’s love affair with monsters. “We need demons and angels to break down the universe into essential forces. Monsters are patron saints of all our imperfections,” says del Toro. And now—just in time for Halloween season—LACMA makes room for the macabre in LA’s church for “high art.” Thrilling. Through November 27. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 323-8576000; lacma.org

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Universal Studios, eat your art out! LACMA’s (inset above) highly curated Guillermo del Toro exhibit brings together hundreds of multimedia “objets,” from notebook drawings (above) and movie stills—from films like Hellboy II: The Golden Army (right)—to horror-genre collectibles from del Toro’s legendary LA residence-meets-museum, Bleak House (top right).

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“We distinguish film as a key art form of the 21st century, While recogniZing the challenge of rePresenting it in a museum sPace!” —britt salvesen

photography © Josh White/JWpictures.com (Bleak house); alex Vertikoff © 2014 museum associates/lacma (lacma); © uniVersal studios entertainment (hellboy II film still); © guillermo del toro. courtesy of insight editions (noteBook)

What lurks behind LACMA’s latest Hollywood-inspired exhibition, Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, is guts, glory... and gore. The first-ever retrospective for the 51-year-old filmmaker, known for blockbusters such as Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim, is the latest in the museum’s wildly popular coverage of major auteurs (Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick) in an attempt to appeal more widely to the general public. “We [distinguish] film as a key art form of the 20th and 21st centuries, while recognizing the challenge of representing it in a museum space,” says exhibition curator Britt Salvesen. At LACMA, Salvesen brings the imaginative world of the Mexican-born filmmaker to life through his personal collections of drawings, artifacts, paintings, photographs, maquettes, and nearly 500


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Two LA companies, Prête and Treat (and with many more on the way), are taking over the beauty-tech industry—one blowout at a time. “The tech industry has the power to solve a lot of problems for business owners and their customers,” says Prête founder Nina Ojeda. By using mobile technology, Ojeda created a virtual luxury club where a flat monthly fee ($129) gets clients unlimited blowouts (and newly

launched manicure memberships; $59 a month) at partner salons across the city. For Ojeda, the idea was inspired by a void she saw in the market. “One huge problem I started to notice was that even the busiest salons in LA have idle time, where there is a lull or last-minute cancellation,” she says. “It made sense to use that time to fill salons with members by automating the connection between an open appointment and a

customer requesting a blowout.” By creating a network of independent salons (including celeb-loved 901Too and Beverly Hills’ Gavert Atelier for hair, and non-toxic Can Can Parleur and spa-like Bellacures for nails) and honing in on clients looking to be pampered on-the-go, the new coolcoiffed-kids clubs are taking on both the beauty and tech industries simultaneously. Sign us up! treat.me; prete.co

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Put down that juice! L.a.’s Latest heaLth craze is powdered, BaBY.

Angelenos seem to be on a constant search for eternal beauty (or a good plastic surgeon). The latest trend to staying young and pretty is powders. At the top of the LA juicing pyramid is celeb-loved Venice hot spot Moon Juice, which features a variety of herbal Moon Dusts, including Sex Dust, which increases your libido (yay!), and Brain Dust, to help you focus. “We live in one of the most bewitching towns on the planet and so many of us are on a mission to make life worth fighting for,” cheers founder Amanda Bacon, who launches a cookbook this fall featuring Moon Dusts as an added ingredient in many of her Goopapproved recipes. “I’ve seen the effects that [the dusts] have had on people—even the most skeptical,” she says of the various formulations which have “‘adaptogenic’ qualities and help to de-stress the body and elevate energy, beauty, brain function, bliss, and flow.” OK! The best part? Powders can be variously consumed—in juices (natch), cocktails, soups, as face/hair/body masks, pseudo bath salts... They even come in tablet form via Dawn Russell’s 8G tablets, which are packed with eight essential greens (think: blue-green algae and wheatgrass) for a boost of energy and beauty from within. “Creating powders initially stemmed out of intention for us,” says Brooke Rewa, cofounder (with Lauren Dodge) of LA’s Pure Potions, which features three blends of herbal elixirs: Longevity, Brilliance, and Beauty. “[Powders] may just be the trend, but having intention in all that we do is a powerful wellness tool in itself.” Walking on coals? Try magic dusts instead… moonjuiceshop.com; 8greens.com; pure-potions.com

In “dust” we trust! LA’s health-dazed denizens (so, pretty much everyone) are going ga-ga for nutrientpacked powders.

“MOST PEOPLE ARE ON THE GO AND NEED THEIR WELLNESS ROUTINES TO BE EASY. HERBAL POWDERS ARE AS EASY AS IT GETS.” —lauren

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scene: THe guide indulge in the very best of l.A. Arts And dining with our inside trAck to the city’s hot spots.

arts & Culture A+D located in downtown’s Arts district, A+d is the only lA-based museum that continuously exhibits progressive architecture and design. 900 E. Fourth St., LA, 213-346-9734; aplusd.org

Nestled under towering sycamore trees at The Garland in North Hollywood is The Front Yard, a neighborhood dining destination featuring an approachable, yet elevated menu that celebrates Los Angeles’s diverse food scene. Must-try dishes include grilled octopus, green garbanzo hummus, and a selection of seasonal flatbreads. Drawing inspiration from the hotel’s natural surroundings, the Southern California bohochic designed restaurant is enclosed with oversized glass doors and windows that allow the interior space to seamlessly flow onto the expansive outdoor dining patio—just like dining on your neighbor’s sprawling front yard. 4222 Vineland Ave. North Hollywood 818-255-7290 thefrontyardla.com

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one of an international trio of contemporary galleries, just outside culver city, blum & poe is lA’s premier destination for abstract art. 2727 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 310836-2062; blumandpoe.com

ThE BrOAD discover prominent post-war and contemporary art at the broad, a sprawling museum founded by philanthropists eli and edythe broad to showcase their expansive private collection. 221 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213-2326200; thebroad.org

GAGOSIAN GALLErY part of a global network of 15 galleries, gagosian landed in lA in the ’80s and has been a destination for premier modern and contemporary art ever since. 456 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-271-9400; gagosian.com

GEffEN PLAYhOUSE for a uniquely intimate

Doug Aitken, Open Door, 2007

ThE GETTY CENTEr perched atop a hill overlooking its famed central garden, the getty center offers exquisite european and American art against a backdrop of modern design and breathtaking city views. 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310-440-7300; getty.edu

GrAMMY MUSEUM for music enthusiasts, the grammy Museum is a mustsee, presenting interactive exhibits that celebrate music’s creative process, the art and technology behind making records, and the history of the grammy Awards. 800 W. Olympic Blvd. A245, LA, 213-7656800; grammymuseum.org

GrIffITh OBSErVATOrY seated majestically atop Mount hollywood, the iconic griffith observatory offers guests a close look at the cosmos through telescopes, exhibits, and live shows in the samuel oschin planetarium. 2800 E.

Observatory Road, LA, 213-473-0800; griffith observatory.org

hAMMEr MUSEUM the most high-profile of uclA’s three public-arts institutions, westwood’s hammer Museum features cutting-edge lectures, symposia, film series, readings, and musical performances in addition to a rotating roster of internationally renowned exhibitions. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310-443-7000; hammer.ucla.edu

hONOr frASEr situated adjacent to culver city on la cienega boulevard, honor fraser is a modern art gallery noted for its edgy paintings, sculptures, digital media, and collages. 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 310837-0191; honorfraser.com

LACMA standing as the largest art museum on the west coast, lAcMA offers Angelenos a look at more than 120,000 works, spanning from antiquity to the present day. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 323-857-6000; lacma.org

LIK BEVErLY hILLS lik beverly hills is one of 14 galleries helmed by worldrenowned photographer peter lik, who is best known for his panoramic

STATE OF THE ART this fall, head to The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA for the first US retrospective of  california-native Doug Aitken.  the interdisciplinary artist uses multichannel video installations, photographs, sculptures, publications, architectural works, and more to demonstrate his perception of our image-driven society. the exhibition, Doug Aitken: Electric Earth, will feature his world-famous iconographic works as well as lesser known drawings and collages. September 10, 2016, through January 15, 2017. 152 N. Central Ave., LA, 212-625-4390; moca.org

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theatrical experience, catch a show at lA’s nonprofit geffen playhouse, which has played host to notable actors like Jason Alexander, Annette bening, neil patrick harris, Martin short, and many others. 10886 Le Conte Ave., LA, 310-208-2028; geffenplayhouse.com


landscapes. 319 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-2859705; lik.com

extensive wine list. 1710 Silver Lake Blvd., LA, 323-9282888; alimentola.com

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One of the nation’s largest performing arts centers, this celebrated venue includes the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ahmanson Theatre, and Mark Taper Forum. 135 N. Grand Ave., LA, 213-972-0777; musiccenter.org

MocA Housing significant and challenging contemporary art created after 1940, MOCA offers an ambitious array of exhibitons and educational programs. 250 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213-6266222; moca.org

universAL studios A consistently popular Hollywood attraction, this theme park invites residents and tourists to go behind the scenes of a working movie studio and experience heart-racing rides that pay tribute to blockbuster films. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800-8648377; universalstudios hollywood.com

WALLis Annenberg Nestled in the heart of Beverly Hills, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts offers first-rate theater, dance, and music in a magnificent 70,000-square-foot venue. 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-246-3800; thewallis.org

Dining ALiMento A soulful Italian restaurant with small and large plates, Alimento is also known for its handcrafted pastas and

Head downtown to Bestia, a multi-regional Italian dining destination helmed by the husband-and-wife team of chef Ori Menashe and pastry chef Genevieve Gergis. 2121 E. Seventh Pl., LA, 213-5145724; bestiala.com

cecconi’s An internationally-renowned restaurant, Cecconi’s serves Northern Italian dishes in a modern-chic setting on the buzzy corner of Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard. 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310-432-2000; cecconis westhollywood.com

crAig’s Known for its honey-truffle chicken, this elegant eatery is a hot spot for celebrity sightings. 8826 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310-2761900; craigs.la

crossroAds KitcHen Celebrity chef Tal Ronnen serves up unconventional Mediterranean vegan cuisine in an upscale setting. 8284 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-7829245; crossroadskitchen.com

cut True to its name, this Wolfgang Puck steakhouse, located within The Beverly Wilshire, is a cut above. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-276-8500; wolfgangpuck.com

dAn tAnA’s A true Hollywood landmark, Dan Tana’s serves megasized Italian classics against a backdrop of checkered tablecloths and red leather booths. 19071 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-275-9444; dantanas restaurant.com

gjeLinA A Venice staple, this favorite Westside brunch spot focuses on veggie-loaded farm-to-table plates. 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-450-1429; gjelina.com

Herringbone Former “Top Chef” Brian Malarkey is guided by a “fish-meats-field” culinary philosophy, serving fresh, standout seafood at this Santa Monica hot spot. 1755 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310-971-4460; herringboneeats.com

iL pAstAio Snag a table outside of Il Pastaio, part of the Drago family of top-notch Italian restaurants, for primo people-watching in the heart of Beverly Hills. 400 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-205-5444; giacominodrago.com

tHe ivy restAurAnt With its ivy-covered terrace and flower-filled dining room—not to mention an extensive menu that nods to numerous international cuisines—The Ivy is the perfect LA date-night spot. 113 N. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310-274-8303; theivy restaurants.com

jon & vinny’s A casual LA favorite, Jon & Vinny’s treats visitors to pastas and hand-tossed pizzas in an inviting environment. Insider tip: Order the meatballs. 412 N. Fairfax Ave., LA, 323-3343369; jonandvinnys.com

Lucques From award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and notable sommelier Caroline Styne, Lucques is the perfect stop for elevated California cuisine. 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323-6556277; lucques.com

POP-UP IN PALM SPRINGS Imagine the perfect convergence of art and architecture. At 18,000 square feet, Imago Galleries more closely resembles a boutique museum than private art gallery. This state-of-the-art facility is quickly becoming the Desert’s premier party venue (and proud official Pokéstop)! For those planning to attend Desert Trip, the 6,000 square foot sculpture garden, featuring renowned artist Dale Chihuly, is the perfect locale to host an elegant pre-concert Champagne brunch. Take advantage of all the Coachella Valley has to offer, by celebrating life in the desert! 45-450 Highway 74, Palm Desert 760-776-9890 | imagogalleries.com

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RIDING HIGH Watch the best horse riders in the world (many of whom are expected to compete in the Rio Olympics) at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles four-day equestrian show jumping event. Held at the Long Beach Convention Center, the international showcase garners celebrity spectators and riders—past participants have included the daughters of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, and Bruce Springsteen. September 29–October 2. Long Beach Convention Center; longinesmasters.com

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s passion for hospitality and entertaining comes to life at The Garden Bar, the newly revamped lounge and bar inside Montage Beverly Hills, which features bespoke cocktails and light fare in a chic, living room setting that opens onto a furnished garden patio. Order up a tableside martini or specialty cocktail from the extensive menu featuring classic preparations with modern twists. Sophisticated, yet relaxed, The Garden Bar serves as the perfect social setting throughout the day and a lively destination at night. Don’t miss Zakarian’s personallydesigned backgammon sets to complete your own private garden party experience. Montage Beverly Hills 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills 310-860- 5832 montagehotels.com/beverlyhills

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madeo restaurant Upscale dishes and outstanding service make this traditional Italian restaurant, known for its spaghetti bolognese, a celebrity favorite. 8897 Beverly Blvd., LA, 310-859-4903

mastro’s Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, celeb-favorite Mastro’s is known for classic steaks, martinis, and live music (dancing is encouraged!). 246 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-888-8782; mastrosrestaurants.com

maude Executive Chef Curtis Stone curates a monthly tasting menu using seasonal ingredients at the intimate Maude in Beverly Hills. 212 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-3418; mauderestaurant.com

nobu malibu The view from Nobu Malibu is almost as acclaimed as the waterfront restaurant’s sky-high-quality sushi. 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310-317-9140; noburestaurants.com

otium A French Laundry alum, chef Tim Hollingsworth serves

rustic American food straight from a wood-burning oven at this elegantly designed restaurant just steps from The Broad museum. 222 S. Hope St., LA, 213-935-8500; otiumla.com

tHe polo lounge This LA institution, inside the famed Beverly Hills Hotel, is an A-list hot spot famous for its McCarthy salad, soufflés, and Sunday jazz brunch. 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-887-2777; dorchestercollection.com

providence Chef Michael Cimarusti’s dedication to sustainability and the freshest ingredients makes the uber-fancy Providence a top LA destination for seafood lovers. 5955 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-460-4170; providencela.com

red bird A native Angeleno, chef Neal Fraser uses LA’s multiculturalism as the muse for Red Bird’s eclectic American cuisine. 114 E. Second St., LA, 213-788-1191; redbird.la

république Communal tables, modern French fare, plus a bakery and cocktail bar make République a truly unique bistro. 624 S. La Brea Ave.,

LA, 310-362-6115; republiquela.com

spago beverly Hills Head to celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant for high-style farm-to-table dining, including his star dish: Austrian Wiener schnitzel. 176 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-385-0880; wolfgangpuck.com

terrine Chef Kris Morningstar creates simple yet inventive dishes, alongside a weekly tasting menu, using seasonal ingredients at this Frenchinspired restaurant. 8265 Beverly Blvd., LA, 323-7465130; terrinela.com

trois mec The chic and quaint Trois Mec offers a constantly changing five-course tasting menu, and operates on a special ticketing system for its hard-to-get reservations. 716 Highland Ave., LA, 323-468-8915; troismec.com

union Helmed by chef Bruce Kalman, Union serves traditional Northern Italian fare in an upscale, 50-seat space. 37 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626-795-5841; unionpasadena.com

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WITH GIGI HADID FRONTING ITS NEW CAMPAIGN AND A FALL COLLECTION THAT MIXES PLAYFULNESS WITH ELEGANCE, MAX MARA IS SIZZLING! BY BETSY PERRY

In one sense, Max Mara’s Fall/ Winter 2016 collection is all about the coat. The reintroduction of the Italian house’s legendary 101801 camel cashmere topcoat—a decadeslong emblem of swagger, Hollywood glam, and royalty— is a fitting gift from the brand to itself on its 65th birthday. (The coat’s other two available colors—ever-chic black and a lush, soft oatmeal—might rightly be considered Max Mara’s gift to us.) In another sense, though, the collection is all about an up-andcoming coterie of new shoppers. Youthful touches abound in punchy colors, stripes, and geometrics; goofy, textured coats worn with shiny gold; white, yellow, and red high-heeled oxfords; and what look like mini instep-high black boots. But the brand’s trademark elegance is likewise apparent in six new styles from the Max Mara Tailored Suit Project Collection and matching skirts, trousers, or dresses in easy-peasy coordinating colors of blues, beiges, and grays, as well as eye-popping yellow, red, orange, and fuchsia. With both a loyal, longtime client base and a PYT gaggle of new fans, Max Mara’s creative director, Ian Griffiths, blends youthfulness and timeliness into one harmonious and elegant aesthetic.

Max-imum impact! Maria Giulia Maramotti (TOP RIGHT), director of retail for North America, has moved Max Mara in a fresher direction that was very much on display at the Fall 2016 show in Milan (REST OF PAGE).

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Max Mara’s muchcoveted 101801 topcoat has continually inspired photographers. clockwise from here: Valery Katsuba’s Bolshoi Ballet–themed series from 2011; Roxanne Lowit’s portrait of Alba Clemente from the brand’s archives; Steven Meisel’s current campaign with Gigi Hadid; a shot from a 1994 series by Martine Barrat.

“Max Mara is a ‘warM’ brand—not a ‘hot’ brand. this is what Makes us so successful.”—maria giulia maramotti

While the company is known for keeping core customers happy with classic styles, Maria Giulia Maramotti, the granddaughter of the company’s founder, has brought a discerning eye to her role as director of retail for North America. Overseeing and strategizing the retail business for their 17 stateside boutiques, Maramotti has to make sure the collections are relevant. “With every new collection, the classic style will always be present, but given the contemporary climate, our collections are becoming more experimental and playful, which reenergizes the brand,” says Maramotti. “I like to think of Max Mara as a ‘warm’ brand—not a ‘hot’ brand—and I think this is what makes us so successful right now.” Part of this “warming” trend includes the choice of Gigi Hadid as the face of Max Mara’s latest accessories campaign, which introduced the JBag Shopper—a more contemporary bag than the elegant but structured Whitney bag, which debuted this spring on the first anniversary of New York City’s new Whitney Museum—and one that skews slouchy, rich, and young. Between the reintroduction of the 101801 coat, an emblematic symbol of its heritage, and the introduction of the JBag with Gigi, representative of its future, Max Mara organically continues to stay elegant but fresh. As Maramotti says, “For me, pairing the 101801 coat with tailored trousers and sneakers is a superchic and timeless look.” A match made in Max! 451 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-385-9343; maxmara.com

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STYLE SPOTLIGHT

WHO BELIEVES IN GUCCIGHOST? Imagine the scene: The word “real” is scrawled in yellow paint on a black Gucci bag. A red coat is emblazoned with two Gs back-toback under a diamond rendering. If it looks as though a phantom street artist has passed through Gucci’s Fall 2016 collection with brush in hand, that’s because he has. Skateboarder/snowboarderturned-artist/musician Trevor Andrew, aka GucciGhost, first came up with the idea behind his street-art persona three years ago, when he took a prized set of Gucci sheets and cut out eyeholes for a last-minute Halloween costume. Ever since, he’s adopted the house’s double-G logo and painted it all over New York— bathroom walls, trash cans, you name it. “I just thought it was dope,” says Andrew of the famed Italian fashion house. It wasn’t long before GucciGhost caught the attention of Gucci itself. Suddenly, Andrew found himself being flown to Rome to collaborate on the Fall 2016 collection with the label’s creative director, Alessandro Michele. “He never once told me what to do,” says Andrew. “He doesn’t operate out of fear.” The result is a collection with a decidedly street feel, including a logo midi skirt that brings to mind those “original” GucciGhost sheets. For Andrew, it feels like manifest destiny. “I felt it was going to come to Gucci’s attention,” he recalls. “That was my whole mission. I believed in it so much that I made it real.” 347 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-3451; gucci.com

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Who you gonna call? Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, pictured near right with Trevor Andrew of GucciGhost fame, tapped the artist to collaborate on the house’s Fall 2016 collection. LEFT AND ABOVE: The resulting pieces, seen here on the runway in Milan, mix Gucci’s bold, vintage-modern aesthetic with Andrew’s street-art sensibility.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN TACHMAN (CLOTHING DETAILS, MICHELE AND ANDREW); DAN & CORINA LECCA (HANDBAG)

GUCCI SCARES UP A FAB COLLAB WITH BROOKLYN ARTIST TREVOR ANDREW. BY KRISTIN YOUNG


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STYLE NOW OPEN Bijoux de vivre! Designer Elodie Khayat gets personal with an appointment-only haute joaillerie showroom behind her Melrose Place boutique, where in-the-know Angelenos can get one-on-one fittings of the Parisian’s luxury wares, such as the diamond-studded yellow gold Thorn ring ($890, BELOW) from her Resurrection collection.

BLING RINGS A-LIST-B-LOVED FASHION EMPORIUM ELODIE . SETS UP A FINE JEWELRY SHOP.

Atop Melrose Place’s lineup of ultra-chic shops is fashion haute spot Elodie K., founded in 2013 by Parisian it girl Elodie Khayat, 30-something, who triples up on brand duties as storeowner, buyer, and designer. This fall, the fashionista gets specialized, launching a second boutique to house her personally designed and Paris-made jewelry collection ($295–$8,590). The new space—think tall black-lacquered cases and a stunning chain-covered chandelier—will pitch its tent directly behind her Melrose boutique,

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between Kate Somerville and Croft Alley café. By appointment only, the storefront will focus on one-on-one styling sessions with Khayat in which customers can try on her exquisite pieces (made with precious stones) and even make custom orders, all while getting pro fashion tips. After all, says Khayat, “For me, jewelry is very personal.” “The space will also feature my upcoming collaborations with artists,” she adds of the Left Bank–quaint boutique, which will double as an exhibition space and

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features a second floor for Khayat’s personal office and mood boards. But while she’s placed roots in LA, Khayat, jetsetter nonpareil, is always on the go. “I design on the plane sometimes—say, on my way to Ibiza from Paris. But everyone is coming here,” says Khayat of the recent horde of designers (Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford) showing their collections in Los Angeles. “LA is becoming more and more an influential place for high fashion.” Ahh… men! 8428 Melrose Pl., Ste. G, West Hollywood; elodiek.com

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brava, Balenciaga This season, Demna Gvasalia ResTaGes The CReaTiVe Vision oF The LeGenDaRY FRenCh Fashion hoUse.

photography by Victor VirgiLE/gamma-rapho Via gEtty imagEs (runway)

By Samantha yankS

As the head haute honcho behind the hottest Parisian label, Vetements, Demna Gvasalia took the front row aback when he announced his departure from the seven-member fashion collective in order to become the artistic director of the storied house of Balenciaga. The Georgian designer’s pedigree is nearly perfect: He’s worked with Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton, and he attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium with the likes of fashion rock star Dries Van Noten. Balenciaga was famously built on the relationship between couturier, client, and cloth, and while Gvasalia’s approach to that relationship remains to be seen, the first rumors indicate that he is consciously placing Balenciaga’s legacy in a new context. “I am creating a wardrobe of absolute contemporaneity and realism imbued with the attitude of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s haute couture,” he says. “A translation, not a reiteration. A new chapter.” Utilitarian toolbox bags, platform and kitten-heel shoes, bombers and biker jackets, coatdresses and tweed coats—Gvasalia’s debut is brimming with (gasp!) practical modern sportswear. But it’s the eveningwear that will still garner the most attention. His goal, Gvasalia says, is a “a subversion of stereotypical sophistication.” That means while the classic sylphlike pose—a profile of a concave stomach, arched back and hips, and a C curve—remains, scissored hemlines are also in. Think of it as a translation of the brand’s well-known attitude of exquisite excess… for today. 353 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-8540557; balenciaga.com

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By Georgian! (clockwise from top): Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia (inset) unveils his first women’s collection for the Fall/Winter 2016 show in Paris; Gvasalia’s debut men’s Spring/ Summer 2017 show in Paris; statement accessories are critical to what the designer calls “a subversion of stereotypical sophistication.”

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Style launch “He’s very much like myself,” says Michael Kors of Mario Testino, who photographed Lily Aldridge for the Wonderlust campaign (left and right). “He likes the idea of a life that’s full of energy and curiosity, and I think his photographs capture that.” bottom right, from left: Kors, Aldridge, and Testino at the shoot in Antigua.

Ready, Set, eau! Michael ors’s new fragrance, wonderlust, was meant to travel.

Pack your bags—but not before a spritz of Wonderlust, the latest fragrance from Michael Kors. It’s an eau de parfum for the internationally minded, made from a global bouquet of ingredients: fresh Italian bergamot, creamy almond milk, heliotrope, and sandalwood from Sri Lanka. Here the designer (and man of the world) extols travel and praises supermodel Lily Aldridge, the face of a scintillating new ad campaign. What is it about jet-setting that inspires you? Whether you’re jumping on a plane or walking down a street you’ve never walked on before in your hometown, it’s this sense of discovery that I think makes people feel energized and excited. What sets this fragrance

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apart from your others? I’ve never done anything with a gourmand touch. I don’t like the idea of a fragrance that smells edible, but then we smelled the final blend and I realized that the gourmand could be really refined when you took something like almond milk, you mixed it with the bergamot, and then you have that pepper in there. I said, “Eureka!” Why did you choose Lily Aldridge for this campaign? She’s obviously very beautiful—but beauty’s not enough. She’s also up for anything, loves to travel, knows music, and is a great mom. I really love that she’s got so many aspects to her personality! Macy’s, South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 714-556-0611; macys.com

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STYLE JEWELRY

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The Eternity Band by Forevermark (price upon request) was spotted on Kate Hudson at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards. This simple and classic design glitters with exquisite Forevermark diamonds, bringing an understated flash of brilliance— and serving as a glamorous co-star on the red carpet. Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island, Newport Beach, 949-759-1900; forevermark.com Designed with the high artistic expression of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in mind, this mesmerizing yellow-gold Firebird Tassel necklace ($19,500) with black and orange lacquer from Lalique’s 2016 Vertiges collection is paved with 58 0.54-carat diamonds, six 2.51-carat pear-cut orange sapphires, 190 135.58-carat cultured freshwater pearls (in white, champagne, and pink), and one 7.55-carat black jade pièce de résistance. 238 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-271-7892; lalique.com

STAR TURNS AWARDS SEASON MEANS STUNNING JEWELS WILL LIGHT UP THE NIGHT— AND BEDAZZLE THE PAPARAZZI.

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Fall signals the return of red-carpet-ready glitz and glam. While the runway pieces seen on fashion arbiters about town get all the copy, it’s the gorgeous colored gems and deliciously decadent diamonds that set these looks aglow. Several key trends will be on display for the paparazzi this season, including a clamor for bracelets; retro jewelry designs complementing thoroughly modern gowns; whimsical and romantic shapes inspired by nature; and pieces incorporating that most sumptuous of gems from the sea: pearls. Lights, camera, chic! For more watch features and expanded coverage go to la-confidential-magazine.com/ watches-and-jewelry

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The shimmering waters of the Adriatic Sea serve as inspiration for Lepa Galeb-Roskopp’s enchanting Plima earrings (price upon request) for Misahara A single round Misahara. peridot is surrounded by handset diamonds, while the oval drop, comprised of pear- and round-shaped blue and green sapphires, moves like the waves as you strut the red carpet or take to the dance floor. Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; misahara.com Cartier Panthère de Cartier Cartier’s bracelet ($340,000) features the maison’s iconic panther motif (which first leaped into the Parisian house’s designs in 1914) sitting atop a stunning bangle. This peerless piece is created from 18k white gold and black lacquer and is set with 702 brilliant-cut diamonds that total 10.90 carats—plus onyx and emeralds for good measure... because in Hollywood, more is more. 370 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4272; cartier.us

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STYLE AccESSORIES

CARRIED AWAY The sTaTemenT bag is back, proudly boasTing Tough meTallics, embellished exTras, and punch-packing shapes ThaT speak For ThemselVes.

ON THE PROWL Hit tHe streets witH ladylike silHouettes in powerful, primal prints. Coat, Dior ($8,500). 309 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310859-4700; dior.com. Animal-print canvas MM LV Twist bag, Louis Vuitton ($4,050). 295 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-0457; louisvuitton.com. Shoes, Miu Miu ($1,350). 317 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-247-2227; miumiu.com

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Model: elisaveta/Parts Models NY. MaNicure bY Michelle Matthews usiNg chaNel le verNis. iMage bY gettY iMages (backgrouNd)

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GRAB AND GO! Bold gold hardware is (almost) too hot to handle. Velvet Nina handbag, Stella McCartney ($1,567). 8823 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-273-7051; stellamccartney.com. Quilted leather evening bag, Gucci ($2,390). 347 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-3451; gucci.com

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VINTAGELESS RICH-OLD-LADY SCARVES AND SOCAL SKATER SHOES TOGETHER CREATE L.A.’S MOST FABULOUS FASHION PARADOX.

“Being from California, we grew up in slip-ons,” says Jeremy Alter, 42, cofounder of The Ruse, who first met his business partner, Erynn Todd Feldman, 30, when he was working as a Barneys New York stylist for clients including Feldman’s mother (LA boutique owner Stacey Todd) and grandmother. Now the two are exhibiting their high-low sensibilities with a fab-collab of shoes featuring repurposed vintage designer scarves. Inspired by their California roots, they pair up old-school skater shoes with haute couture silks—Vans, but with an Hermès touch. Each $695 piece is one of a kind. As far as finding the unique materials for each pair, namely vintage couture scarves and fabrics, “I can’t give away my source,” says Alter. “Let’s just call her ‘the Italian.’ She gets us amazing pieces that are hard to find and very collectible.” Some, however, prove a little too amazing. “There was once this beautiful vintage Dior scarf, and as Erynn and I were packing it to be shipped out, we both looked at each other and said, ‘We just can’t cut this up!’” As for honing in on LA’s skater culture, “I think LA style gets dismissed too easily, and it comes from an outdated perception—we aren’t afraid of color or patterns and we mix different styles together.” And there’s certainly no mix more bold than this—the ultimate Cali cool. therusela.com

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No kickflips in these: The Ruse’s one-of-a-kind OG Skate slip-ons are made with only the most luxurious vintage silks from the likes of Hermès, Chanel, Gucci, Dior... Call it Z-Boys-chic!


STYLE BEAUT Y “in l.a., there are not a lot of places that are organic, even though they call themselves ‘organic.’”—jaclyn ferber

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Ten Over Ten nail bar paints a pretty (organic) picture with its best coast debut.

This fall, Ten Over Ten sets up shop at Culver City’s Platform. The first West Coast location for the celeb-loved nail spa chain (with four salons in New York and one in Texas) opens in LA thanks to local it girl/ co-owner Jaclyn Ferber, wife of The Muse’s Tom Kirk and gal-pal to Kate Hudson, Elizabeth Berkley, et al. Known for its 5-free product line, Ten Over Ten specializes in non-toxic paraben-free services. “Unfortunately, in LA, there are not a lot of places that are organic,

even though they call themselves ‘organic,’” says Ferber, who adds that wellness is all-encompassing: The salon’s various health-minded wares include eco-friendly Pursoma bath salts, tongue cleaners (to promote proper digestion, according to Ayurvedic medicine), and limited-edition polishes inspired by the style-set likes of Soul Cycle, J. Crew, Striiike, and the Montage Beverly Hills’ tony new restaurant, Georgie (see page 50). Overhauling the entire

nail spa experience, Ten Over Ten also shines a bright light on its product line, which includes discreet polish remover wipes, portable rose cuticle oil, and more. The new 1,300-square-foot luxury salon features high-tech updates such as iPads at each of the 10 pedicure and 10 manicure stations, and a keen attention to detail, like keeping credit cards on file so that clients don’t have to dig into their purses following their appointments—and ruin that non-toxic mani! tenoverten.com

The perfect 10! Non-toxic and paraben-free, the nail care products and polishes (bottom left) from Jaclyn’s Ferber’s (left) NYC style-set favorite Ten Over Ten nail spa land in LA for all-natural, fall-stunning nails.

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ALL ABOUT EVENING THE SEASON’S HOTTEST/HAUTEST TIMEPIECES ARE LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT WITH EXQUISITE GEMSTONES, EXOTIC MATERIALS, AND EXTRAVAGANT DESIGNS. BY ALDOUS TUCK

This year’s Swiss watch fairs were a virtual design renaissance in the category of women’s high-end jewelry. As the weather cools and the nights grow longer, these timepieces are illuminating the season’s most elegant evenings with fanciful forms and fabulous gemstones that incorporate elements such as enameling, mother-of-pearl, and embroidery. Think of it as a midnight rendezvous of fine art and haute horology. For more watch features and expanded coverage go to la-confidential-magazine.com/watches-and-jewelry

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE LEFT: Over the past several decades, the figure of the serpent has become an indelible emblem of the Italian high-jewelry house of Bulgari. The glittering Serpenti Incantati timepiece (price upon request) is the most tempting interpretation to date. Each of the four versions, in both white and pink gold, features a bejeweled snake encircling the dial in a spray of diamonds and rubellites. 401 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-8589216; bulgari.com The form of the pocket watch and the fine art of enameling together bring visual drama to the Perpetual Calendar Heritage (price upon request) by Swiss manufacturer H. Moser & Cie. The cloisonnéinspired enamel of the face cover

has guilloche engraving and inset diamonds, while “Grand Feu” enamel enlivens the dial underneath. This limited-edition timepiece celebrates the brand’s 10th year of creating perpetual calendars. Westime Beverly Hills, 216 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310888-8880; h-moser.com Inspired by the classic cocktail that took the women of the 1930s smart set by storm, Richard Mille’s Pink Lady Sapphire ($990,000) brings the elegance and éclat of those free-spirited femmes to haute horology. The bezel, caseband, and caseback are cut and finished from a solid piece of pink sapphire—a process that takes more than forty days—resulting in incredible scratch resistance and a

beyond-dazzling form. 222 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310285-9898; richardmille.com Haute joaillerie is the hallmark of the pink-gold Millenary watch ($80,600) by Audemars Piguet. Handpicked for perfect roundness and their 1mm size, the luminous seed pearls create a strong geometric design that lights up the oval-shaped black onyx dial. One hundred and sixty-nine brilliantcut diamonds add a sparkling complement to the dial and movement and 438 more enliven the base and buckle. This peerless artistry houses a hand-wound, in-house movement that offers 49 hours of power reserve to keep the glamour going. 254 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-247-8181; audemarspiguet.com

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BULGARI, H. MOSER & CIE, RICHARD MILLE, AND AUDEMARS PIGUET

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Chuck Moffit: with the Promise of Nectar opens on August 25th at Eric Buterbaugh Gallery and is co-presented by Blackman Cruz. Moffit’s site-specific presentation of 21st century design echoes Buterbaugh’s sumptuous florals and fragrances and illuminates EB Gallery’s commitment to showcasing artists who embrace the floral in their practice. 8271 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles CA 90048 6-9pm on Thursday August 25th

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“I never watch television... I love to read!” admits king of TV Paul Giamatti, here entwined with his Showtime screen queen, Maggie Siff, enrobed in the Allene dress from Preen by Thornton Bregazzi ($1,335). Intermix, 110 N. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310-860-0113; intermixonline.com. Sterling silver Horsebit Light bracelet, Gucci ($1,950). 347 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-3451; gucci.com. on giamatti: Tuxedo, Brooks Brothers ($1,198). 468 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-274-4003; brooksbrothers.com. Shirt, Eton of Sweden ($295). Bloomingdale’s, Beverly Center, Beverly Hills, 310-360-2700; bloomingdales.com. Tie, Title of Work ($225). Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400; titleofwork.com. Pocket square, The Tie Bar ($10). Nordstrom, The Grove, LA, 323-930-2230; thetiebar.com


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on siff: Dress, Roberto Cavalli (price on request). 362 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310276-6006; robertocavalli.com. Slip, La Perla ($668). 433 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-8600561; laperla.com. Champagne diamond briolette hoop earrings, Alexandra Mor (price on request). alexandramor.com. 18k pink-gold, amethyst, and diamond pavĂŠ MVSA ring, Bulgari ($5,750). 401 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-858-9216; bulgari.com. Belt, Nina Ricci (price on request). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; ninaricci.com. on giamatti: Tuxedo coat ($695), shirt ($125), and trousers ($295), Joseph Abboud. josephabboud.com Cast concrete cube, RH, Restoration Hardware ($130). 8564 Melrose Ave., Beverly Hills, 310-62-0323; restorationhardware.com


As scenes from A mArriAge go, it’s hard to top the opening moments of Billions for sheer eye-popping intensity. We don’t know it at first, but the man bound and gagged on the floor in the Showtime series premiere is actually wedded to the leather-bound dominatrix snuffing out a cigarette on his chest. The relationship only heats up from there. Paul Giamatti, 49, plays the guy with the burn hole, who also happens to be United States Attorney Chuck Rhoades. His wife, Wendy, portrayed in thigh-high footwear by Maggie Siff, 42, is more than just his partner in blowing off steam. She’s the in-house shrink and performance coach at Axe Capital, a massive hedge fund that pays her eight times more than her husband makes. Needless to say, Chuck cannot wait to expose Axe and its rakish billionaire CEO, played by Damian Lewis, as corrupt. What a relief that both Giamatti (Sideways, Downton Abbey) and Siff (Sons of Anarchy, Mad Men) are vastly more likeable in person than their deliciously despicable characters. The actors recently sat down with Los Angeles Confidential to talk about the show and the juicy themes it evokes: money, power, sex, greed, and, these days, how to dominate the not-so-small screen in Hollywood. Billions is being acclaimed as one of the best new shows on television, but Chuck and Wendy aren’t exactly easy to take. How do you explain their attraction? Paul Giamatti: They’re two incredibly smart people who are almost too well matched in some weird way. They both love power, they play off each other’s intensity, and they both hunger for success. We’ve dropped into their relationship near the end of something rather than the beginning, though I do think it was loving at one point. It’s a portrait of people hitting a bad spot in a marriage. How they’re going to work it out, I don’t know. But it is certainly a helluva lot of fun to play. Maggie Siff: They’re tough on each other but they’re also very honest. They can be their full selves in a way that’s completely uncensored and unguarded. People like to comment on the sexual element of their relationship as something very dark. But I see it as a testament to their connection. Somewhere along the line, it came up in conversation and they allowed it into the marriage. Behind the scenes, we talk about it being something that Chuck needs in his life, and that Wendy is like, Okay, I can do that. Don’t knock open, honest communication, right? In last season’s finale, Chuck breaks into Wendy’s computer, visits another dominatrix behind her back, and accuses Wendy of being an immoral criminal. Where are things when Billions returns for season two? Siff: Season two picks up soon after we left off and you see them regrouping. Wendy’s not at Axe Capital anymore, which makes things complicated for her and Chuck personally and professionally. They’re trying to figure out what to do with themselves. It’s interesting playing a character this conflicted. Something I struggle with occasionally is wanting my characters to be maybe more heroic than they are. I don’t know if every actor struggles with that. I love Wendy and love that she’s so interested in helping people thrive and succeed. My question is always, why not help different kinds of people beyond the hedge fund guys? Can she examine her conscience and ask, “Why only help the super-rich?” Money is practically its own character on Billions—the $60 million beach house, the live-in chefs, the private helicopters. How has inhabiting this world altered your view of the 0.0001 percent? Giamatti: It freaks me out. I’m not going to condemn it, but I do find this level of extreme wealth to be strange and alienating. I’ve got no problem with living well, but you get to a place where enough is enough. In certain circles, though, more is more is more and it never ends. Money makes your

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on giamatti: Tuxedo ($3,395) and shirt ($395), Dolce & Gabbana. 342 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-8400; dolcegabbana.com. on siff: Lace gown, Dolce & Gabbana ($8,995). see above. Platinum, white-gold, and diamond Heritage earrings, Van Cleef & Arpels ($82,000). 300 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-276-1161; vancleefarpels.com Styling by Gregory Wein Styling assistance by Abraham Winter Hair by Matthew Monzon for John Paul Mitchell Systems at Jed Root Makeup by Matin for ChapStick Grooming by Jordan Bree Long using SK-II Skincare at Starworks Artists Manicure by Ana-Maria using Dior Vernis Location: Bathhouse Studios is one of New York City’s premier photo facilities. A private roof deck, penthouse, and myriad design details have made it an ideal locale for shoots as well as large-scale productions. 540 E. 11th St., New York, NY, 212-3881111; bathhousestudios.com


situation better, I’ll tell you that. But I personally don’t tend to spend much of it. I think that’s made my life a lot easier. I’m lucky as hell that I make a decent living, but I think I’m even luckier that I don’t have a taste for speedboats and tailored suits and mansions in the Hamptons. Siff: My feelings haven’t changed at all. I still think it’s bizarre and maybe even a little unhealthy to be rich enough to be a nation-state of your own. At least tell us you enjoyed driving Wendy’s Christmas bonus—the Maserati GranTurismo Sport Coupe, which retails for around $132,000. Siff: To be honest, it’s like getting on a thoroughbred for the first time. You’re like, Whoa! What is this? I only got to drive in a parking lot, unfortunately. And here’s the scary thing: Not only are you driving an extraordinarily expensive car, but they also strap on the most expensive camera equipment to the windshield and you’re barely able to see the road. What I’m saying is, it wasn’t the most romantic driving experience. Paul, you won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for playing John Adams in the 2008 TV miniseries of the same name. Which is the most cutthroat—Washington, Wall Street, or Hollywood? Giamatti: All three worlds have colorful characters and a high degree of ambition, backstabbing, and all that. I think the political and financial people tend to play things a little more low-key and hidden. That’s not to say you don’t have maverick characters who come up, like the guy who’s running for president. But Hollywood, I think, is the most out-there when it comes to flaunting success and spreading gossip and who’s got the biggest, you know, office. What’s your take on awards season? Giamatti: As an experience, awards ceremonies are truly exciting but also complete mayhem. I’m always amazed people don’t have epileptic seizures with the camera lights flashing in their eyes. If Billions wins an award now or in the future, that would be great, but honestly, the awards and the job we do are completely separate. You never, ever enter a scene thinking, Oh, this is my Emmy moment. You think, This is a great story, these are phenomenal actors I’m working with, and it’s just fantastic to be making a living in this profession. You get an award and you’re like, Wow, this is an amazing unexpected bonus. We’ve talked about success, but what are the worst jobs you’ve ever had? Siff: For about a month in my 20s, I worked at a hedge fund for real. A friend of mine was dating a guy who was a banker, and he gave me a temp job. I had no clue what I was doing. I would sit in front of these Bloomberg computer terminals and bullshit my way through the day so hard it was scary. And while there’s a high degree of glamour in the world of hedge funds we depict on the show, this was pretty basic: a lot less swag and a lot more khakis and plaid. Giamatti: I’ve done so much weird stuff as an actor. I once had to do an entire movie [the 2006 indie film The Hawk Is Dying] with a hawk strapped to my arm. I remember driving in the enclosed cab of a truck down a highway in Florida with the bird screaming out and its claws going after my face. That was way more dangerous than bringing down billionaires. What do you like to do when you’re not working? Siff: I take it easy. My husband and I live in New York, where I grew up, and we have a 2-year-old. I was pretty tired after the season and wanted to catch the last of my daughter’s babyhood. It’s going really, really fast. As far as guilty pleasures, I’m pretty nerdy. A night alone, I like to eat ice cream and watch BBC’s Call the Midwife. Giamatti: I’m embarrassed to admit that I never watch television. I know I’m missing out. But I love to read and see theater. I took my son to Hamilton, which was incredible, of course, and we got to meet the cast, who were weirdly excited to say hello because they wanted to meet another founding father. Okay, finally, what really happens during a sex scene? Siff: In general on the show, we do everything we can to lighten things up. Paul and I call each other Buck and Cindy, and our version of Cindy is spelled X-I-N-D-E-E. Damian loves singing show tunes around the set. When the cameras roll on the sex stuff, it’s all a total illusion. I’m standing there in six-inch stilettos attempting to look hot but desperately trying not to fall on my ass. Giamatti: For me, it’s interesting. Being tied up made me really relaxed to the point where I kept falling asleep. At one point, Maggie had to use a low-voltage prod on me, which nobody knew how to operate. I’m falling asleep and she’s tickling me with the thing by really pressing it into me. But then she kinda runs it lightly from my navel up to my chest and it shocks the living hell out of me. After that, I was wide awake. She didn’t try it again.

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This season, it’s back to the future with a Stateside ode to UK chic. From dickens to dystopia to Sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, brit motifs go mod for our post-millennial times.


TIME’S ARROW far left: Coat, Max Mara ($3,090). 451 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-385-9343; maxmara.com. Top, Lanvin ($2,820). 260 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-402-0580; lanvin.com. Tights, Falke ($49). Nordstrom, South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 714-549-8300; nordstrom.com. Booties, Giuseppe Zanotti Design ($1,850). 9536 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-550-5760; giuseppezanottidesign.com. center left: Jacket ($1,215) and pants ($1,300), J.W. Anderson. Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-2764400; j-w-anderson.com. Socks (price on request) and loafers ($1,595), Ermenegildo Zegna Couture. 337 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-247-8827; zegna.com. Rings, model’s own. center right: Dress, Ralph Lauren Collection ($3,490). 456 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-281-7200; ralphlauren.com. Boots, Brian Atwood ($1,650). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, 310-2754211; saks.com. right: Coat ($6,895), top ($1,095), and pants ($1,395), Giorgio Armani. 436 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310271-5555; armani.com. Ring, Giles & Brother ($75). Banana Republic, The Grove, 323-6925020; bananarepublic.com. Booties, Paul Andrew ($995). Saks Fifth Avenue, see above


GREAT EXPECTATIONS opposite page, left: Top ($1,345) and skirt ($1,465), J.W. Anderson. 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400; j-w-anderson.com. Choker, Eddie Borgo ($350). Bloomingdale’s, Beverly Center, LA, 310-3602700; bloomingdales.com. right: Coat ($2,340), jacket ($1,795), vest ($750), shirt ($310), trousers ($1,720), hat ($2,600), and tie ($190), Thom Browne. New York. thombrowne.com ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND this page, left: Dress ($3,845), bra ($545), headband ($2,545), collar ($2,245), belt ($4,545), bag ($4,445), and pumps ($2,195), Dolce & Gabbana. 342 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-8400; dolcegabbana.com. right: Gown ($43,000), culottes ($650), and ring ($410), Gucci. 347 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-3451; gucci.com. Necklace, Ralph Lauren Collection ($2,500). 456 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310281-7200; ralphlauren.com

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LONDON CALLING opposite page, far left: Shirt ($563), turtleneck ($278), shorts ($663), pants ($221), and shoes ($838), Dries Van Noten. Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-2764400; barneys.com. center: Tuxedo jacket ($3,990), shirt ($1,490), pants ($1,190), tie ($195), and boots ($895), Ralph Lauren Collection. 456 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310281-7200; ralphlauren.com. Ring, AurÊlie Bidermann ($470). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; saks.com. right: Blazer ($7,240), shirt ($1,130), pants ($480), scarf ($160), belt ($605), and sneakers ($595), Roberto Cavalli. 362 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-276-6006; robertocavalli.com. tINkeR tAILOR sOLDIeR spy this page, left: Top ($990), skirt ($2,690), and pumps ($890), Loewe. The Apartment by The Line, 8463 Melrose Pl., Fl. 2, LA, 323-746-5056; theline.com. center, standing: Trench ($3,400) and scarf ($590), Louis Vuitton. 295 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-0457; louisvuitton.com. center, seated: Blouse and pants ($875 each), escada. 9502 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-2850330; escada.com. Boots, Hermès ($2,000). 434 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-2786440; hermes.com. far right: Coat and leggings (prices on request), Versace. 248 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-205-3921; versace.com. Boots, Jil sander ($995). Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-2764400; barneys.com


SPACE AGE LOVE SONG opposite page, left: Top ($490) and leggings ($460), Emilio Pucci. Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; saks.com. center: Jacket ($1,760), pants ($1,260), and scarf ($585), Louis Vuitton. 295 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-0457; louisvuitton.com. right: Top ($2,160) and trousers ($1,290), Marni. 8460 Melrose Pl., LA, 323-782-1101; marni.com SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH this page, left: Dress, Alexander Wang ($595). Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; neimanmarcus .com. Choker, Eddie Borgo ($275). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; saks.com. Necktie, model’s own. right: Jacket ($3,300), shirt ($1,500), jeans ($1,100), bowtie ($155), and necklace ($1,750), Dior Homme. 309 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-4700; dior.com Styling assistance by Connor Childers Hair by Zaiya Latt at Bryan Bantry Agency Hair assistance by Jonathan Mason Makeup by Glenn Marziali using Dior Addict Makeup assistance by Zarielle Washington Models: Carlton Ruth at Soul Artist Management; Cesar Ernesto Nunez and Duran at Ford Models; Francesca Frame at Ford Models; Fraser Ruth and Ian Weglarz at Fusion Models; Jacky O’Shaughnessy at Iconic Focus; Jacob Coupe at VNY Models NYC; Lara McGrath at Muse Management Inc.; Meron Mamo and Tiiu Kuik at Wilhelmina Models NYC

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As cofounder of one of the world’s most successful beauty brands, Moroccanoil’s Carmen Tal is a force of nature. Here, she reveals how creating a line of iconic hair, body, and sun products has evolved into a mission to inspire other women. by JIll SIer aCkI

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well-traveled Carmen Tal (opposite page), cofounder of Moroccanoil, draws upon her travels around the world, including to the Beldi Country Club in Morocco (shown here), to fire her imagination for new products and ideas. The recently released fragrance Fleur de Rose was inspired by flowers Tal admired in France.

It started wIth just a basIc need—Carmen Tal, today the cofounder of Moroccanoil, was visiting relatives in Israel when a bad color process damaged her hair. Disappointed, she accompanied a friend to a salon in Tel Aviv, where a hairstylist used an oil treatment to both condition and style Tal’s hair. According to Tal, “The results were like, Wow!” Tal, a former salon owner herself who had also worked in the fashion industry, brought the product back home to Canada, where she started using it in her personal beauty regimen. She shared it with friends, colleagues, and her hairstylist. And as each reported the same impressive results—nourished, beautiful hair—she became convinced she had to distribute this oil on a larger stage. It took Tal six months to persuade her then husband, Ofer, a business executive who spoke Hebrew, that they needed to make this treatment oil their next venture. Initially, the couple started by just securing North American distribution rights, but when their success outpaced the company’s level of production, Tal bought the company outright and launched what is today the multimillion-dollar brand Moroccanoil.

Looking back, Tal admits it was no cake walk. “What we faced most was the negativity of people,” she says of those early days. “The thing for me was mostly people saying, ‘Don’t bring something with oil.’ ‘Don’t bring anything with glass because it’s going to break, it’s going to make a mess.’ Or, ‘Why do you do something with hair—that’s [a] saturated [category]?’ That was the challenge. We just said, ‘Okay, if we fail, we fail.’ You don’t always have a guarantee that things are going to be successful. But we were lucky.” “Lucky” might be the understatement of the century. The gamechanging success of Moroccanoil in an industry notorious for fickleness and fads could well be attributed to some luck, but the stunning growth and longevity of the brand is directly proportional to Tal’s tenacity, dedication, inspiration, and vision. Since the company launched less than a decade ago, Moroccanoil has ignited a passion (some would say obsession) in North America for argan oil, a rich elixir that’s harvested from kernels inside the fruit of Moroccan argan trees. In a labor-intensive process, Berber women crack open the argan nut to obtain the kernels, which are ground to extract the pure, unfiltered oil, which is then left to settle so any impurities sink to the bottom and can be removed. The resulting oil can be used for food (much the same way olive oil is) as well as a moisturizer for the face and hair. Argan oil is one of the main efficacious ingredients in the company’s cornerstone Moroccanoil Treatment and the signature ingredient across the entire product line, and spawned shelves of me-too merchandise. According to industry researcher Mintel, 29 products using argan oil launched in 2008; in 2012, it was 588. Meanwhile, researcher NPD Group has seen US department store sales of products featuring argan oil increase by more than 200 percent. “It actually doesn’t bother me anymore,” says Tal of the flood of argan oil products that fill shelves everywhere from high-end department stores to the local drugstore—even big-box stores like Costco. “Now I’m so confident that being the first, being the pioneer, and continuing to bring products of the highest quality, nobody will ever take that place. No matter how many other products come out, we’re still going to be


“I’m so confident that being the first, being the pioneer, and continuing to bring products of the highest quality, nobody will ever take that place.” white, black, red—there wasn’t much diversity in the marketplace.” Since then, the company has grown exponentially, both in size and in scope, and is now available in over 65 countries and has also experienced tremendous growth in the travel retail/ duty-free category around the world. Tal relocated to New York (Moroccanoil also maintains offices in Montreal, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo), and they have expanded their offerings, from just the treatment oil—which found fans in celebrities such as Madonna, Emily Blunt, and Bar Refaeli—to a range of hair products, including a new texture collection featuring a Dry Texture Spray, made with a special blend of volcanic mineral zeolite and high-performance resins, as well as the unisex styler Texture Clay, which blends argan oil with cosmetic-grade bentonite clay and nourishing shea butter for a silky texture with shapeable hold. A surprising addition to the hair collection, Tal introduced spa-quality Moroccanoil Body skincare treatments, including an exfoliating body scrub—which features a unique blend of argan, sesame, grape seed, avocado, and sweet almond oils to nourish the skin—cleansing bar, shower milk, body butter, body soufflé, and hand cream. Says Tal, “The development of the Moroccanoil Body collection was a natural next step for us, as

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we wanted to satisfy our consumer’s desire for luxurious treatments that not only transform the hair, but the body as well.” In 2015, two enticing and exotic fragrances were added: Fleur d’Oranger, a rich orange blossom scent that Tal says “is good enough to eat” and was inspired by her time in Spain; and Fleur de Rose, sparked by a garden of roses Tal spotted during a trip to France. The Moroccanoil Sun collection was launched the same year. “Argan oil is an incredible gift of nature, a natural sun protector, so it was an obvious choice for us to launch a Sun line,” says Tal. “We have always been inspired by the Mediterranean, and our Sun collection reminds me of when I was a teen, and going to the beach with my friends feeling happy and relaxed.” “I find that when I travel is when I have the time to discover, and I have the time to observe and see what else is happening,” she adds. “I’m not a creative person, but I know what I like. And then I interpret it in my own way.” Later this year, the company plans to announce its next generation of yet-to-be-revealed haircare products. “Trends are changing,” says Tal. “We try to come up with one or two big launches every year, or we formulate something—like [when] a new ingredient has come up in the market and we need to adjust—so we constantly are reinventing ourselves.” But most importantly for Tal is her holistic commitment to her customers. As well as inspiring women to look and feel their best, Tal is dedicated to helping them fulfill their personal potential and make their dreams a reality by empowering them to discover beauty in a new light—through the power of inspiration. With this at the forefront of her vision for her brand, and realizing the power of inspiration to move us to action, Moroccanoil announced its

“Many people who have succeeded in what they do have failed, many times, and they continue and they don’t care if they lose their shirt. They just keep on going.” inaugural Inspired By Women™ initiative in the fall of 2014, a lifelong project for the company created to inspire, celebrate, and empower women around the world. “Inspired By Women™ provides a global platform for courageous women to share their unique personal journeys of bringing change through empowerment,” says Tal. “To me, inspiration is the vehicle for empowerment to pursue one’s dreams. The Moroccanoil brand was created

Women InspIrIng Women “I never imagined the journey this would take me on, or how our products would inspire confidence in women,” says Moroccanoil cofounder Carmen Tal. With that in mind, Tal has made giving back to women’s causes a vital part of Moroccanoil’s corporate mission. Launched in fall 2014, the company’s Inspired By Women™ initiative first explored the work of five influential women in a film series directed by actress Bryce Dallas Howard and introduced by supermodel and ambassador Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Now, the project continues with a new chapter, highlighting iconic fashion brand Marchesa’s cofounder and designer Georgina Chapman. Here, this exclusive group of women, handpicked by Tal, represents her dedication to women who inspire confidence in others and create change throughout the world. GeoRGINa CHapMaN The designer has joined forces with The Magic Bus Foundation, a nonprofit working to educate and empower India’s youth. magicbususa.org

ReBeCCa WeLsH As the founder of The HALO Foundation, Welsh aims to help homeless and at-risk youth heal and create a future through art therapy. haloworldwide.org

aLLysoN aHLsTRoM In 2010, when she was just 14, Ahlstrom founded Threads for Teens, which provides at-risk teen girls with brand-new clothing. threadsforteens.org

CHRIssy BeCKLes The trained boxer founded The Sato Project to save abandoned dogs on Puerto Rico’s “Dead Dog Beach.” thesatoproject.org

KavITa sHuKLa The founder and CEO of Fenugreen invented FreshPaper, paper infused with spices that preserve food two to four times longer. fenugreen.com

JessICa MaTTHeWs The cofounder and CEO of Uncharted Play also invented the SOCCKET, a soccer ball that generates renewable energy for kids in developing countries. unchartedplay.com

this page: photography by santiago Felipe/Wireimage (Chapman); Courtesy oF moroCCanoil (remaining images). opposite page: J Carter rinaldi (tal); riChard pierCe (produCts); Courtesy oF moroCCanoil (beldi Country Club)

the original. It’s not just about being an argan oilinfused brand; it’s much more than that. I think we are special.” At the time of Moroccanoil’s debut, it wasn’t just what was inside the bottle that was unique. The scent (a distinct and delicious aroma the company calls Fragrance Originale), the eye-catching apothecary-esque glass bottles, the elegantly designed labels—everything about Moroccanoil heralded something entirely new and different from anything available in the marketplace. Still, with only one product—the now iconic Moroccanoil Treatment—Tal needed to rely on grassroots marketing to get it into the right hands. Bottles were given away to hairdressers, stylists, influencers, and editors—anyone who could spread the word about what she believed was the new beauty essential. “It was very different than most of the beauty products of the time,” recalls Tal, noting the signature aqua and orange packaging, the blue culled from an image of an ocean seen in a fashion print ad. “Seven, eight years ago, most of the packages were


“It was an ocean, and sand, and it just clicked. It’s like, Wow, this is who we are. We are a Mediterraneaninspired [company], and these are the colors of the Mediterranean.” from an inspired moment! It only takes one moment of inspiration to ignite positive change.” The program’s first five honorees were highlighted in a digital short film series, directed by actress and filmmaker Bryce Dallas Howard. Women featured in the series included trailblazers such as Rebecca Welsh, founder of The HALO organization, which helps homeless and at-risk youth heal and create a future through art therapy, and Allyson Ahlstrom, who provides cool clothes to kids in need across the country through her philanthropic Threads for Teens. “We’re extremely proud through Inspired By Women™ to feature powerful stories of passionate and courageous women who take confidence, compassion, and strength to a whole new level,” says Tal. “We hope their incredibly moving stories and accomplishments will serve as the catalyst that inspires all women to let go of their fears, take a chance, and realize their dreams. When you empower women, the sky’s the limit!” Most recently, the Inspired By Women™ program honored Marchesa designer and cofounder Georgina Chapman, who works with the organization The Magic Bus Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to lift communities in India out of poverty by providing education, sanitation, and mentoring efforts. It’s an organization close to Chapman’s heart as generations of her family have lived in India, and much of the artisanal embroidery and craftsmanship for which her designer gowns are known comes from these regions. Says Tal, “As we only just launched

“Most of the women who inspire me are the women who are not afraid to be women—women that are strong, women that have an identity of their own, and who go for whatever they believe in.” our newest film with Georgina Chapman, our goal is to ensure it touches as many lives as possible. As for the next film, we are looking towards a 2017 launch. It would be amazing, should the stars be aligned, to continue working with Bryce Dallas Howard. She has been such an integral part of the project, and is an extraordinary visionary and filmmaker, not to mention an incredibly inspiring woman herself!” “I always see us as goddesses,” continues the petite Tal, whose soft-spokenness belies her self-confidence and steely determination. “I think [women] should rule the world. We become mothers. And if we, as women, take seriously the responsibility of raising responsible human beings, this world would be a much better place. And by encouraging and empowering women to find themselves and teach them all these things, in 100 years we’ll have a much better place to live. People all over the world have been so moved by the stories of our Inspired By Women™ nominees. I think I’m most proud of the countless lives we have been able to touch through the initiative—and hopefully not only to inspire, but also empower other women to make their own dreams a reality.”

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ENDURING INFLUENCE Carmen Tal has harnessed the power of argan oil in her company’s beloved Moroccanoil Treatment (ABOVE), and used her platform as the leader of a multimillion-dollar beauty brand to celebrate female philanthropists, such as designer Georgina Chapman (RIGHT), shown here with Tal at an event for Tal’s Inspired By Women™ campaign.


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Paris at the Plaza! Orange County gets a big dose of (marbled) French chic thanks to Saint Laurent.

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IN THE OC, SAINT LAURENT’S OPULENT NEW BOUTIQUE PAINTS THE COUNTY PARISIAN.

The great fashion house of Yves Saint Laurent has endured several incarnations over the last few years. From the loss of YSL himself in 2008 to the company’s second golden age under former creative director/enfant terrible Hedi Slimane, Saint Laurent is on to its next chapter—and in supreme style, if its new South Coast Plaza boutique is any gauge. The stunning new OC shop is the latest expression of Saint Laurent’s current West Coast state of mind. Slimane, now 48, had already moved the house’s design studios from the City of Light to the City of Angels. And among the LA-based designer’s final gifts to the company is a Costa Mesa boutique designed, with a sure and heavy hand, in a style that recalls exquisite French opulence but that is tapered and cut with contemporary Art Deco boldness. Materials include fine “noir soie” and “blanc statuaire” marbles, plus silver, gold, nickel, and brass, not to mention plentiful mirrors, which only reflect the splendor back onto itself. To fill the boutique, the OC style set anticipates bold designs from Slimane’s creative successor, Anthony Vacarello, the 34-year-old Italian-Belgian designer famous for his eponymous line as well as his time with Versus Versace. Given his penchant for slim silhouettes and dresses with hip-high slits, the OC can expect over-the-top SoCal sex appeal—magnified in… and by… its setting. South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 714-429-0101; ysl.com

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SPACE LAUNCH Soft landing: Ariel Kaye’s (below right) Parachute Home mixes minimalist Cali-cool style with an activist agenda, boasting chemical-free, eco-friendly production and a UN partnership to help prevent malaria across the globe.

ONLINE hOmE décOr LINE Parachute home tOuchEs dOwN IN VENIcE.

Known for eco-friendly bedding and homewares, LA label Parachute Home expands to open its first boutique on Venice’s Rose Avenue. Founded by Santa Monica native Ariel Kaye, the two-year-old luxury line has become a celeb favorite thanks to its focus on sustainability and quality fabrics. “I couldn’t believe there wasn’t a bedding brand that asked me how I was sleeping at night,” says Kaye, 32. “We’ve been told that thread count is what matters most, but that’s marketing. It’s all about high-quality fabrics and using natural threads.” Kaye created a line of bedding without the toxins and chemicals typically used to treat commercial fabrics. “There is a lot of environmental waste that can really be damaging, so we

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avoid that as well,” she says. The best part? Getting good sleep is just as important as giving it. “We want to give back and provide people [across the world] with safe sleep,” she adds of her partnership with the UN’s Nothing But Nets nonprofit, through which she donates, for every Venice bed set purchased, a malaria-preventing net to mosquitoplagued countries around the globe. The 500-square-foot boutique mirrors the brand’s activist inspirations: “There’s a play on wellness, plus a very tight-knit community,” says Kaye of the brick-and-mortar expansion, which will host workshops with local artisans. Time to give back—and get some beauty sleep. 542 Rose Ave., Venice, 310-314-0120; parachutehome.com

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“I couldn’t belIeve there wasn’t a beddIng brand that asked me how I was sleepIng.” —ariel kaye photography by Steven Dewall (InterIorS); CourteSy of paraChute (kaye)

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space ’hood “There’s a freer spiriT in Los feLiz—i don’T Think peopLe are quiTe as concerned wiTh keeping up wiTh The Joneses.”—jonah wilson

EastsidE Story

photography courtesy of griffith observatory (view); anthony cook (wilson); faith cohen/getty images (cocktail)

star realtor—and l.a. native—Jonah Wilson gives a tour de force of happy-chic los Feliz. “In the last 10 to 15 years, Los Feliz has become extremely desirable. A long time ago you moved east only if you couldn’t afford the Westside,” says Hilton & Hyland realtor Jonah Wilson (inset) of the celebheavy nabe, here viewed from the Griffith Observatory (above). above right: The spicy cucumber margarita at Malo.

“When I was young, Los Feliz might as well have been in another country,” says Hilton & Hyland broker Jonah Wilson, 47, who grew up on the Westside but now specializes in repping homes on LA’s ever-growing eastern edge. “Los Feliz has a great neighborhood feel—there’s a sense of community that I don’t think is present further west,” he says of the celeb-heavy nabe. “The paparazzi isn’t quite as

hideous and relentless in Los Feliz—that’s one of the big appeals,” adds Wilson, no stranger to the paps (his father, Carl, was one of the original Beach Boys). hiltonhyland.com “The Griffith Observatory (2800 E. Observatory Road, LA, 213-473-0800; griffith observatory.org) is really incredible to go up to and experience. It’s somewhere I always take visitors from out of town.”

“I love Trattoria Farfalla (1978 Hillhurst Ave., LA, 323-661-7365; trattoria farfalla.com). It’s not old-school Italian where the Mafia is in the back— but a fabulous throwback neighborhood spot [nonetheless].” “One of my favorite places is edgy-cool Malo (4326 Sunset Blvd., LA, 323-6641011; malorestaurant.com), where Silver Lake meets Los Feliz. Their margaritas are everything!”

“I like to go to Mexico City (2121 Hillhurst Ave., LA, 323-661-7227; mexicocityla.com) with a big group. They have great food—the nachos are a must—and a really fun vibe.” “The food and drinks at Home (1760 Hillhurst Ave., LA, 323-669-0211; homerestaurantla.com) are fantastic—plus they have a popular dogfriendly patio. What more do you need?”

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space SPOTLIGHT Are you entertained? In the season for hosting, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’ slipcovered Dr. Pitt sectional is ideal for any large gathering, from grown-up cocktail parties to family movie nights.

HOUSE PARTY furniture titan mitchell gold + bob williams Gets festiVe with a luxe new collection.

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams knows a thing or two about zhushing up a home. After nearly three decades, the North Carolina–based furnishings retailer has stood the test of time with its nowsignature stylings melding chic and cozy. “We don’t overdesign,” says Williams, 55. “It’s all about a little bit

of understatement.” The look has resonated with buyers across the country, allowing the pair to roll out a rapid retail expansion plan that involves three to five new stores per year, including recently opened locations in Austin, Texas, and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania—plus another slated for Cincinnati, Ohio,

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by the end of the year. This fall, the design focus is all about entertaining. “There’s been this evolution in the market,” says Gold, 65. “People want to entertain more at home— to have a home that’s a little bit dressier but still comfortable.” To that end, the company introduces three surefire cocktail-party

conversation starters: a shimmering brass and acrylic bar cart ($1,870), a curved chaise in deep teal ($3,060), and a slipcovered sectional (from $8,552; above) that can be pushed together or apart for myriad seating options. The new pieces roll out the perfect start to the season, as folks begin to head indoors and

plan their holiday soirées. Also new: the company’s first customizable luxury drapery collection. “We’re always looking for different ways to expand what we’re offering,” says Williams. “This is just a natural extension of what we do.” 242 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-691-7910; mgbwhome.com

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SPACE SHOP TALK Home chic home: French Art Deco meets psychedelic opulence in this Agata cabinet, from designer Alexander Lamont, at LA-based Jean de Merry’s new boutique, one half of a tag-team home store takeover of West Hollywood.

Weho, Here We Come

This fall, two new treasurebox boutiques in West Hollywood want to satisfy all your inside desires. First up, Michael Aram (157 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 424-527-0060; michaelaram.com) blows into town with his first retail location outside of NYC—on the primo corner of Beverly

and Robertson Boulevards. The new 6,000-square-foot store will feature the designer’s modern-day art nouveau-inspired furniture, lighting, tableware, and recently launched jewelry collection, in addition to limited edition art and sculptural pieces—plus many exclusive-to-LA items. “The

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idea to open a shop in LA was my husband’s, since he had a fantasy that we would move out here—I call it our ‘California dreaming’ conversation,” says Aram of his westward move. LA-based Jean de Merry (8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323-6559193; jeandemerry.com) is

also making dreams come true this season with a new home within the Pacific Design Center. Known for the namesake line’s French Art Deco–inspired furniture and homewares, the showroom also features works by select “modern artisans” such as Natasha Baradaran and Alexander

Lamont. The mega-space takes over 10,000 square feet at the PDC and highlights the best of high-end interior design. “There is a sense of effortlessness and joy which epitomizes all of LA design,” says Aram. “It’s a reflection of the famous free-spiritedness of the city.”

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With the debut of tWo neW home stores, West hollyWood defends its title as l.a.’s premier design district.


sPACE: THE guidE from a mod home makeover to our disney-like malls, here’s Where (and hoW) to live and shop in l.a.

InterIors B&B ItalIa enticing with international inspirations, B&B italia’s furniture dives into the adventurous and innovative spirit that is molto italiano! 8801 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-278-3191; bebitalia.com

Baker FurnIture

COASTAL COOL Escape to The Ranch at Laguna Beach for a secluded stay within the canyons along the sparkling Pacific. Combining ocean and canyon-views, the unique property boasts a 9-hole golf course, farmto-table organic fare, a spa sanctuary, and more. The friendly staff offers guests insider tips on the best surf spots, shops, and specialty galleries. The Ranch Laguna Beach spotlights laid-back luxury through unique programming such as barefoot Friday golf with three clubs and monthly art gallery tours to capture the vibrancy of the beautiful Southern California locale.

explore an impressive collection of contemporary and traditional furniture perfect for your living, dining, bedroom, and workplace needs. 360 N. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 310-2890074; bakerfurniture.com

BlueprInt FurnIture featuring products often seen in film and on television, this unique collection houses furniture, lighting, art, and accessories for the home and office. 8600 W. Pico Blvd., LA, 310-657-4315; blueprint furniture.com

Hammer and Spear after years of collecting, lifestyle expert and interior designer kristan Cunningham and her husband, scott Jarrell, opened this wellcurated boutique selling lifestyle products. 255 S. Santa Fe Ave., LA, 213-9280997; hammerandspear.com

Hd ButterCup With constantly evolving eclectic designs, hd Buttercup provides a home-furnishing shopping experience like no other. 3225 Helms Ave., LA, 310558-8900; hdbuttercup.com

HeatH CeramICS the shopping destination for all of your ceramic needs, heath offers everything from upscale tableware to cooking supplies, tiles, and vases. 7525 Beverly Blvd., LA, 323-965-0800; heathceramics.com

kelly WearStler known for her chic, Ca-cool aesthetic, kelly Wearstler specializes in must-have home décor, jewelry, and fashion accessories at her iconic melrose flagship. 8440 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-895-7880; kelly wearstler.com

lalIque this dynamic luxury lifestyle brand is inspired by three themes cherished by namesake founder rené lalique: women, flora, and fauna. 3333 Bristol St., Ste. 1421, Costa Mesa, 714-5405951; lalique.com

laWSOn-FennIng this sleek store from a well-known design duo

showcases new and midcentury furnishings, accessories, and one-of-akind items. 6824 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-934-0048; lawsonfenning.com

luxury lIvIng FendI CaSa handcrafted by italian artisans, this collection contains decorative furniture, lighting, and accessories manufactured using exclusive finishings. 8833 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-854-1008; luxurylivinggroup.com

mInOttI lOS angeleS decorate your home with minotti los angeles’ sleek, european wares, which are exemplars of contemporary design. 8936 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-2786851; minotti-la.com

mOdernICa shop prefabricated and customizable midcentury modern–inspired home furnishings with the original manufacturer of the eames fiberglass chair. 7366 Beverly Blvd., LA, 323-9330383; modernica.net

nICHe Beverly indulge in luxury outdoor living with niche Beverly’s exquisite, contemporary styles. 8770 Beverly Blvd.,

#BIGHAIRDONTCARE Celebrity hair stylist Cristophe Schatteman moved from his native Belgium to the urban oasis of LA at age 27 and never looked back—now, his iconic Beverly Hills salon Cristophe celebrates 30 years in business. To commemorate, the A-list-beloved stylist will host a hair-through-the-ages

31106 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 800-223-3309; ranchlb.com

exhibition and launch—for today’s clientele—eco-friendly hair-care stations dedicated to organic and chemical-free coloring, styling, and products. Bon anniversaire! 348 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-274-0851; cristophe.com

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DESIGN OF THE TIMES Local interior designer Alison Palevsky sets up shop in Brentwood with namesake design store-meetsgallery Palevsky. The boutique space features hand-selected items (art, furniture, lighting, and more) that change quarterly to highlight new themes, artist collaborations, and exclusive items, such as a fab-collab for fall with Santa Monica–based furniture maker Thomas Hayes. 11740 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. 115, LA, 310-826-0066; palevsky.co

LA, 310-855-1755; nichebeverly.com

RH ModeRn Browse a carefully curated collection that pairs modern, minimalist aesthetics with comfort, warmth, and quality. 8772 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 424-2811326; rhmodern.com

RocHe BoBois Specializing in contemporary pieces from international designers, this high-end home furniture line fulfills all the stylistic needs of the chic Angeleno. 8850 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-274-6520; roche-bobois.com

RooM seRvice ModeRn FuRnituRe Family-owned and -operated, ModShop furniture designs can be customized to fit a variety of décor styles, from organic to industrial modern. 5901 W. 3rd St., LA, 323-6929221; modshop1.com

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stARK cARPet Specializing in finely designed custom carpets, Stark emphasizes close collaboration with each customer’s vision. 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310-657-8275; starkcarpet.com

Shopping DeStinationS cAMARillo PReMiuM outlets Located off the 101, these luxury outlets house SoCal’s most sought-after shopping destinations—think Calvin Klein, 7 for all Mankind, Elie Tahari, Guess, and more. 740 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-445-8520; premiumoutlets.com

FAsHion islAnd Located just south of LA, this mega shopping complex offers designer and fashion specialty boutiques in an open-air atmosphere, in addition to fine dining restaurants and art-filled public spaces. 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 855-658-8527; shop fashionisland.com

MAliBu countRy MARt Shop and dine at the beachy, luxe, celeb-loved Country Mart, just steps from the Pacific (and adjacent to the also-uber-popular Malibu Lumber Yard). 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310-456-7300; malibu countrymart.com

tHe Point Integrating fashion with

technology, homeware, dining, and leisure, El Segundo’s The Point is the shopping complex for all your retail and dining needs. 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, 310-414-5280; thepointsb.com

sAntA MonicA PlAce Steps from the Pacific shore, and conveniently located next to the Third Street Promenade, this open-air shopping center features storefronts for some of the world’s most luxurious brands. 395 Santa Monica Pl., Santa Monica, 310-2608333; santamonicaplace.com

soutH coAst PlAzA Adjacent to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, this legendary destination—the largest shopping center on the West Coast—houses more than 250 luxury boutiques. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-435-2000; southcoastplaza.com

WestField toPAngA Head to the Valley for a distinguished indoor shopping experience offering a wide range of amenities—fashion, beauty, dining—adjacent to retail hot spot The Village. 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, 818-594-8732; westfield.com/topanga

POWER PLAYERS Williams & Williams has reached the pinnacle of the global real estate market by specializing in architecturally significant and one-of-a-kind properties here in LA. The bespoke firm’s motto ‘We don’t follow trends, we set them’ has not only lead to record-breaking sales, but has their A-list clientele coming back to purchase multiple properties. “No means yes in our business negotiations,” says Branden Williams of his namesake firm’s dedication to their client’s needs. “We love what we do and that passion is one thing that never goes out of style.” Williams & Williams 250 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-691-5935 thewilliamsestates.com

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The PresidenT’s New Clothes To win over The public, our elecTed emperor will need some serious runway advice. By paige wiser

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The issues have been debated, the insults have flown. So this final sprint to the White House could be decided on one question: Which candidate can get the best makeover before the polls close? That comb-over and those pantsuits are just not inspiring a lot of patriotism. A haircut is too much to hope for, but Donald Trump could appear more relatable

by trading his designer wardrobe for his own brand. Those bespoke Brioni suits go for several thousands of dollars, but a snazzy Donald J. Trump navy wool number costs just $174.99. It would pair nicely with his non-iron shirt in deep grape ($55.60!). Perhaps Trump could even introduce us to the people who made them. Hillary Clinton could dominate the

news cycle in one masterful stroke: by switching from pantsuits to jumpsuits. And if she really wants to break the Internet, Donald-style, she should make a calculated handsacross-the-aisle gesture by wearing Ivanka Trump’s magenta draped V-neck drawstring jumpsuit ($69.99) to the Las Vegas debate. The candidates could also learn from

each other. Who’s to say Trump wouldn’t look dashing in a Hillary-style Nehru tunic? Clinton could commit to menswear with an adorable Annie Hall–inspired overhaul—after all, those wide ties are very presidential. The American people deserve a president they can be proud of, one who stands on the right side of history—fashion history, that is.

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Los Angeles Confidential - 2016 - Issue 4 - Fall - Maggie Siff + Paul Giamatti  

Maggie Siff + Paul Giamatti

Los Angeles Confidential - 2016 - Issue 4 - Fall - Maggie Siff + Paul Giamatti  

Maggie Siff + Paul Giamatti

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