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FULL FRONTAL My fair Mayfair: This spring, the “star” venue of the first Oscars after-party, in 1929—attended by glitterati of the day such as (from left) Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joan Crawford, William Haines, and Robert Montgomery—is reborn downtown.
SUNDAY NIGHT FEVER THE FIRST ACADEMY AWARDS CELEB-RATION—AND AFTERPARTY—WAS A JAZZY TALE OF TWO HOTELS.
In the spring of 1929, in a little burb called Hollywood, the first Academy Awards presentation, a “family-style” affair for 270 guests in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, brought out the movie industry’s movers and shakers and flappers to honor 12 honorees with that famous gold statuette (not yet nicknamed “Oscar”). After a dinner of
Consommé Célestine, Filet of Sole Sauté au Beurre, Broiled Chicken on Toast, and New String Beans farmed just down Vine Street in the endless patchwork of bean fields that then crisscrossed the city, the jazz-era luminaries du jour, including Best Actress Janet Gaynor, Best Dramatic Director Frank Borzage, and Best Comedy Director Lewis Milestone (this was the first and only
time the Academy split the “best director” award thusly), as well as presenters Cecil B. DeMille, Mary Pickford, and performer Al Jolson, fêted and feasted late into the evening. After the awards were presented and lugubrious addresses concluded, the real party began downtown at the glamorous new Mayfair Hotel, where the white-tie-and-gown crowd kicked up their
heels in Gatsby-era abandon, silent stars chatting away over their bourbon cocktails with “talkie” upstarts such as Pickford’s stepson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and his flashy new fiancée, chorus girlturned-It girl Joan Crawford. This spring, the Mayfair, the site of that very first Oscars after-party, is reopening after a
multimillion-dollar redesign by award-winning architect Gulla Jónsdóttir, who is paying tribute to the Hollywood opulence of yesteryear (updated with modern amenities, of course). Could the ghosts of Tinseltown’s very first titans lure Oscars-party heavyweights Graydon, Harvey, and Elton to revisit Downtown one day, once again? The envelope, please…
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CONTENTS SPRING 2017
Hip hop master Russell Simmons turns the tables with Tantris, his om-azing yoga studio and boutique in West Hollywood.
24 // LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF 26 // LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
50 // RED HAUTE
45 // TRANSCENDENTAL ASPIRATION
52 // INTERIOR DIVINER
As buds burst and nature blossoms, horologists offer a riot of color in timepieces that bloom on the wrist.
Meet the visionary queen of LA’s hottest real estate market.
61 // ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
28 // THE LIST
Is music mogul/brand master Russell Simmons Hollywood’s coolest lifestyle guru?
33 // INVITED
46 // HIGH WATTS Quintessential NY designer Jonathan Simkhai looks west for his towering spring collection.
48 // MIDEAST MEETS WEST The latest foodie craze? The city’s top chefs bring the cuisine of one desert to another.
Hollywood’s latest obsession? Nocturnal Animals star Ellie Bamber.
54 // SOUND WAVE OF THE FUTURE One of the city’s top DJs spills his music beyond the dance floor.
60 // COLOR ME SPRINGTIME
Start the year anew with these bold beauty looks and fresh launches.
62 // ONE-HIT WONDERS
56 // ART FARE!
Forget whole exhibitions. This spring, single old-world masterpieces steal the arts spotlight.
Fashion and design take inspiration from LA’s mighty museums.
64 // DON’T LABEL THIS
58 // LOST BOY
A Brit-born online powerhouse plans to disrupt fashion in LA.
Banking heir David de Rothschild’s new Venice-based shop conjures the curious and the cool.
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10 // FULL FRONTAL
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From the recording studio to the silver screen, new Hollywood darling Janelle Monáe electrifies.
68 // NOBLE PURSUITS Run, don’t walk. With only 560 bottles in the world, Casa Noble’s Alta Belleza is a not-to-be-missed sip.
70 // HOORAY FOR WEHO! Realtor and interior designer Elisa Baran applauds the Westside glam life.
T-shirt ($880) and pants ($1,400), Dior. 309 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-4700; dior.com. Earrings (price on request), Adoration ring ($15,590), and Classic Crescent ring ($15,250), Tacori. Icing on the Ring, 607 S. Hill St., LA, 888-5656150; icingonthering.com. Monarch Railroad choker, Fallon ($380). fallon jewelry.com. 18k whitegold diamond bracelet, Mimi So ($36,000). Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; neimanmarcus.com. Cybersandale platforms, Christian Louboutin ($1,495). 650 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-247-9300; christian louboutin.com
71 // LA VITA BELLISSIMA Mr. C Residences brings “The Good Life”—Italian-style—to Beverly Hills.
72 // MIX MASTER With a confident print-centric Spring collection, Jonathan Saunders debuts as DVF’s first-ever chief creative officer.
FEATURES 74 // ELECTRIC LADY Recording artist, political activist, and now in-demand actress: The supercharged Janelle Monáe lights up Hollywood in not one but two Best Picture noms.
Spring’s over-riding trend: Modern mash-ups of color, texture, and shape for fashion eclecticism at its best. The ultimate accessory? Bravado!
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80 // SPRING FERVOR
The only style must for spring? Bold, eclectic patterns, colors, and textures! Floral dress, Dolce & Gabbana ($2,995). 312 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-888-8701; dolcegabbana.com
THE SOURCE 93 // SCENE Indulge in insider LA with the city’s best arts, dining, and nightlife.
98 // STYLE Shop… and sparkle! Here’s to looking your best in Tinseltown.
106 // SPACE Do a home makeover à LA mod with the best designs of the times.
AND FINALLY… 112 // HOLLYWOOD AND DIVINE Carrie Fisher, our Hollywood princess, was born and died in La La Land. And made us laugh… and think… along the way.
Dress, Thom Browne ($15,500). Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400; thombrowne.com. Encore earrings, Tacori (price on request). Icing on the Ring, 607 S. Hill St., LA, 888-565-6150; icingonthe ring.com. 18k white-gold diamond bracelet, Yeprem ($40,000). Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; neimanmarcus.com. 18k whitegold and white-diamond Festival Cover ring ($7,350) and 18k white-gold and diamond Four-finger snake ring ($13,200), Stéfére. Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; saks.com
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oscar, baby! For almost 90 years, there’s
been no more exciting time in LA than the season leading up to that big Industry day when the world celebrates the best of the best in moviedom. During the first Academy Awards, way back in May of 1929, the affair was a simple one, as befits the small town that Hollywood once was. In those days, everyone knew everybody, and the “family-style” banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel was an intimate gathering. In fact, our first Best Actress winner, Janet Gaynor, remarked years later that had she known how significant her award would one day become, she would have been a bit more appreciative that evening. How times change. These days, the Oscars are just the culmination of half a year of glittering foreplay: Film festivals from Toronto to Cannes to Timbuktu (well, not quite)… SAG Awards, BAFTA, the giddy-fun Golden Globes!… They all fuel a $$-and glamour-soaked engine that drives a worldwide phenomenon enjoyed today not just on big screens across small-town America, but on every phone screen and iPad from Uruguay to Ulaanbaatar. How clever were those original pioneers, Mayer, DeMille, Warner, et al., to have envisioned such a zeitgeist gone viral?
But forget the business. What the public loves—then and now—are the stars. With all due respect to the bread-and-beurre nobility who people European mags like Hola!, the Grand Duke of Liechtenstein and the Queen of England can’t compete with good ol’ American “aristos” like Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. For nigh a century, Hollywood royalty from Gloria Swanson (she married a French marquis to make the point) to Angelina Jolie (aka the former Princess de Pitt) have commanded the world stage. It’s LA-LA land’s gift to the world order and our city’s true crowning achievement. Bravo. I must take some small credit for helping fuel the madness. Celebrity culture, from my earliest magazine days, has been my livelihood. I’ve reported on stars from Paulette Goddard (Mrs. Charlie Chaplin, Burgess Meredith, and Erich Maria Remarque, in that order!) and Michelle Pfeiffer (never forget hanging with her one surreal, sunny day in Malibu) to Yale classmate Jodie Foster, second cousin Richard Gere, and Brit/It fun gal Kate Beckinsale, our cover star last year, who bonded with me over our love of Jane Austen and, well, nicotine. Oscar for Kate B. one day? You bet. As exciting as Tinseltown is today, I’m famously a fan of old Hollywood. I have a
collection of 200-plus classic movies in my library, and, way back when, coauthored The Variety History of Show Business. How I would have loved to have been a gadfly on the wall of those very first Oscars back in ’29, watching queen Mary Pickford schmooze Paramount king Adolph Zukor; princess-in-waiting Joan Crawford, Pickford’s soon-to-be daughter-in-law, kick up a Charleston with Buddy Rogers (Pickford’s next husband, in fact); and silent film prince John Gilbert squeaking away in his not-so-talkie-ready voice with court jester/“jazz singer” Al Jolson. Which reminds me. During a luncheon at the Peninsula hotel last year, Ms. Beckinsale and I chatted about starting a series of classic movie nights up at Soho House in West Hollywood. We were drinking, of course—me Scotch, she tea. Gotta circle back on that. Could it be in the stars? Well, it’s Hollywood… Why not? Cheers,
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And the winner is... from left: Jump-starting awards season madness with presenter Mark Wahlberg at the Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards; doing the rad carpet with artist/ bad boy Zachary Crane at the Golden Globes; getting down and dharma with hip hop mogul/guru Russell Simmons at his new WeHo boutique/yoga studio, Tantris.
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In this, our annual Oscars issue, it’s unusual for us to play favorites with any individual film, especially in a year with an exceptional lineup of well-vetted and worthy contenders for the Best Picture category. Still, one film above all others has continued to pull at my heartstrings. Since opening the Venice Film Festival last August, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has charmed critics and audiences alike, and has already been honored with a record seven Golden Globe Awards, eight Critics’ Choice Awards, and 14 Academy Award nominations, tied for the most in Oscars history. On November 6 last year, Los Angeles Confidential was one of the first to celebrate the film at our biannual Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards by honoring upstart musical talent Justin Hurwitz as “Composer of the Year” for his role in the production. Creating a modern-day musical was seemingly a risky venture, but Whiplash (2014) director Chazelle’s ode to classic Hollywood and the City of Angels is pure magic. The central “meet cute” plot (as we say in the Industry!) may just turn out to be one of the best love letters Los Angeles has ever known. Shot and edited entirely in LA, La La Land features 60 locations around the city in a swoon-
worthy, toe-tapping, sing-along, feel-good dreamscape that showcases our city like no other movie in recent memory. Our hometown has of course been prominently featured in feature films since the golden age of Hollywood, as far back as Sunset Boulevard and Singin’ in the Rain—however, La La Land’s ethereal portrayal captures the most civilized and genteel snapshots of our fair city. Epic atmospheric renderings even make our traffic jams seem romantic, as filmed on the 105 and 110 interchange over the course of two days. The sprawling backdrops of Mt. Hollywood Drive and the Griffith Park Observatory, the Watts Towers and the Hermosa Beach Pier, remind us of something we all know intrinsically, which is that LA is one of the most amazing and diverse cities in the world! Bravo to Lionsgate on such a magnificent work of art, and congratulations to all nominees in one of the best movie seasons in recent years. As the film’s lyrics say, “City of stars, are you shining just for me?” In this case, they surely are. Cheers,
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Celebrating the year’s best films at Los Angeles Confidential’s biannual Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards with (clockwise from above left) Moonlight director Berry Jenkins; Hamilton CEO Sylvain Dolla, Arrival lead Amy Adams with the film’s production designer, Patrice Vermette; and La La Land composer Justin Hurwitz.
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For the win! Actresses Viola Davis (left) and Tracee Ellis Ross show off their hard-won hardware: Davis won Best Supporting Actress for her work in the movie Fences, while Ross took home the TV honors, as Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, for Black-ish.
Last month, when the cameras stopped rolling and Jimmy Fallon left the stage at The Beverly Hilton, the real fun began! Hollywood came out en masse to celebrate the 74th Golden Globe Awards, and most stars stuck around post-taping to stop by the slew of invite-only after-parties. For HBO, there was much to celebrate at the Circa 55 Restaurant with a head-turning amount of nominations—14 in total. Not to be outdone, NBC Universal held their event in an extravagantly decorated tent atop the parking-garage rooftop. The collaboration between Warner Brothers and InStyle drew upon the imaginative genius of designer and nominee Tom Ford, who created the interior design, while Amazon commandeered the Stardust Ballroom with its very first Golden Globe event.
The Weinstein Company and Netflix collab was a sweet success, as always, with A-listers such as Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara in chic attendance… and attire. Fox kept the energy high and celebrated at the appropriately named Fox Pavilion, and CAA broke away from convention and held their event in BH-adjacent WeHo, at the retro-swank Sunset Tower. What/wherever the event, one GG constant remained unchanged: When the stage went dark, our celebs kept going—and shining—all night.
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Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, and Noah Schnapp
Moroccanoil, a presenting sponsor of the Weinstein Company and Netflix 2017 Golden Globes after-party, offered guests at the celebstudded event touchups using its full line of products. Partygoers also visited the brand’s beauty bar, where they shopped favorite products, including the iconic Moroccanoil Treatment. The evening’s biggest hit: The exclusive Moroccanoil photo booth, where the Tinseltown crowd captured the star-studded celebration. CEO Carmen Tal and her family were along for the festivities.
Moroccanoil’s Touchup Station
PHOTOGRAPHY BY REZA ALLAHBAKHSHI (DINNER); TOMASSO BODDI/ GETTY IMAGES (GOLDEN GLOBES PARTY)
To toast the holiday season in style, Los Angeles Confidential publisher Alison Miller and Not Just a Label founder Stefan Siegel cohosted an intimate tequila-tasting dinner at The Restaurant at Chateau Marmont. The retro-swell ambience was heightened by floral arrangements created by Seed Floral, which provided the perfect wintery-chic mood. The Beam Suntory dinner was sponsored by Midori Melon Liqueur and El Tesoro Tequila and included a guest list of LA’s fashion power crowd.
Valerj Pobega and Mattia Biagi
Amber Heard and The Art of Elysium Board President Tim Headington Mitch Glazer, Christine Chiu, Danny Huston, and Gabriel Chiu
Kaily Westbrook and Camilla Belle
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RANDY SHROPSHIRE/GETTY IMAGES (FRANCO); STEFANIE KEENAN/GETTY/WIRE IMAGE/GETTY IMAGES (ALL OTHERS)
THE ART OF ELYSIUM 10th ANNUAL GALA The Art of Elysium celebrated its 10th annual Heaven gala, a black-tie fundraiser and artistic experience, at Red Studios, in Hollywood. Stevie Wonder served as the nonprofit’s 2017 Visionary, while actress Camilla Belle received the Spirit of Elysium Award. The event was cochaired by Christine and Gabriel Chiu, Sarah and Gary Magness, and Kaily and Adam Westbrook, and guests included Kristen Bell, Amber Heard, John Legend, James Franco, and Hailey Baldwin. The gathering raised $2 million for The Art of Elysium’s programming, which utilizes art and artists to empower communities of need.
Louise Roe and Chiara Ferragni Chrissy Teigen, Quincy Jones, and John Legend
The 10th annual Heaven gala was staged at Hollywood’s Red Studios.
Laura Dunn, Jennifer Howell, and Beau Dunn
Nicole Pantenburg, Babyface, and Iris Smith
Guests enjoyed drinks courtesy of Heineken, Moë t Hennessy, and Belvedere Vodka.
ART LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY
Lexi Brown and Andrea Michaelson
Acclaimed international art fair Art Los Angeles Contemporary kicked off its eighth year of celebrations at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The festival began with an exclusive reception that set the stage for the ensuing public festivities: not only art installations, but performance pieces and roundtable discussions. Los Angeles Confidential was a media sponsor for the event, which presented an impressive roster of established and emerging galleries—both global and local LA-contemporary.
Joyce Giraud and Michael Ohoven
Micky Hoogendijk and Joanna Parol
Mary J. Blige and Ciara
Jennifer Lopez and Giuseppe Zanotti presented the fab collab at a Neiman Marcus runway show.
GIUSEPPE FOR JLO AT NEIMAN MARCUS Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills hosted a presentation of the fab shoe collab between super-luxe Italian designer Giuseppe Zanotti and superstar Jennifer Lopez. The soirée kicked off with an A-list-packed, invite-only viewing of the duo’s collection, including a runway show and window presentation that paired four of JLo’s most iconic outfits with Zanotti’s heels. Shoe-in!
The Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez display at Neiman Marcus
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THE HARMONIST BOUTIQUE PARTY “Maison de parfum” The Harmonist and Los Angeles Confidential invited a select group of guests to the French house’s US flagship to celebrate a night of fragrance and feng shui. Located on Melrose Place, in West Hollywood, the 1,000-square-foot-plus boutique is filled with an array of precious materials, including marble, and parlor-esque lounge areas with globe-shaped “olfactoriums” used to experience all 10 of the brand’s elixirs. Trained professionals guided guests through the alignment process to discover their own unique scent, with individual fragranced paper floral corsages and pins created for guests to sample their selections. The event’s specialty cocktails featured Midori Melon Liqueur and Sauza 901 Tequila.
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SEAN PENN AND J/P HAITIAN RELIEF’S HAITI RISING GALA
Diane Kruger and David Blaine
Hollywood came together to support Sean Penn and his J/P Haitian Relief Organization at the annual Haiti Rising Gala at the Montage Beverly Hills. A record $37 million was committed to J/P Haitian Relief ‘s initiatives, including contributions from the French government, The Parker Foundation, and World Bank, along with proceeds from the live auction. Nick Jonas announced a partnership between J/P Haitian Relief and his organization, Beyond Type One, that will provide support for Haitians with diabetes. Beck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Emile Hirsch, Edward Norton, and Jason Segel were in attendance.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY REZA ALLAHBAKHSHI (THE HARMONIST); GETTY IMAGES (HAITI RISING)
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Jonas Bell Pasht and Waraire Boswell
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LAC MEN’S ISSUE CELEBRATION Los Angeles Confidential hosted an intimate cocktail celebration in honor of its annual Men’s Issue. Guests mingled in the lobby lounge at Palihouse West Hollywood while sipping on specialty cocktails and light bites. Nizuc Resort & Spa, Casa Noble Tequila, and Voss artesian water supported the evening, which featured as guests fashion designer Waraire Boswell, actress Zulay Henao, and Olympic gymnast Danell Leyva, among others.
Guests enjoyed specialty cocktails featuring Casa Noble Tequila.
Danell Leyva and Giulianna Pino
Danielle Lauder and Dylan Deluca
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In honor of its one-year global partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Louis Vuitton launched its first #MAKEAPROMISE day to raise funds for children in urgent need via its global network of stores. The high-fashion juggernaut celebrated the initiative with cocktail parties in 45 stores worldwide, including its Rodeo Drive flagship. Since the establishment of the partnership last year, the Parisian brand has donated the sales proceeds from its Silver Lockit necklace, $2.5 million in total, to UNICEF.
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Chakra chic: Russell Simmons’s new, Indianthemed Tantris studio/ boutique on Sunset in West Hollywood brings the LA power crowd in for yoga, clothes, blowouts, and a good dose of get-down-anddevotional dharma.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BODE HELM (SIMMONS); SHADE DEGGES (CLASS); CELADON GROUP (STORE, BUDDHA)
TRANSCENDENTAL ASPIRATION IS MUSIC MOGUL/BRAND MASTER RUSSELL SIMMONS HOLLYWOOD’S COOLEST LIFESTYLE GURU? BY SPENCER BECK
Russell Simmons is a man on a mission. An eastern mission. When the 59-yearold hip-hop mogul-turnedenlightened yogi is asked if he has ever been to India, the response is curt: “You don’t need to go to India to meditate… You just close your eyes.” In fact, one needn’t travel beyond West Hollywood, where Simmons’s spanking new yoga studio-cum-clothing boutique, Tantris, seeks the enlightened Angeleno who is more interested in a
higher truth than a run-ofthe-LA-mill “yoga butt.” “We are not ‘power yoga’!” Simmons, a dedicated vegan, insists between forkfuls of spaghetti with “extra-extra” spinach (“hold the lobster”) during lunch at private club Soho House West Hollywood, which shares the same building as the master’s 8,000-square-foot studio. “I do yoga every day for at least an hour… It’s devotional yoga, not just a workout. Life’s goal is yoga.”
Back in the studio, Simmons, dressed in a preppy button-down shirt, sweater, his trademark cap, and prayer beads, demonstrates some stretches that would challenge kids half his age and brags that his vegan/yoga lifestyle has brought him increased wealth, happiness, and good health. “I haven’t had a cold in seven years. You can’t get sick if you don’t eat meat and dairy.” It’s hard to argue with a multimillionaire multi-
“WE’RE NOT DOING THE SAME OLD AS EVERYONE ELSE IN L.A. I WANT TO CHANGE YOGA… AND REVOLUTIONIZE FASHION.” —RUSSELL SIMMONS hyphenate who seems oddly centered amidst the swirl of constant phone calls, text messages, and InstaSnap moments during the course of the afternoon. That’s not to say that Simmons is complacent. He’s still looking for yoga teachers who meet his strict requirements (“I quiz them on the ‘Yoga Sutras of Patanjali,’ and they must be vegan”), and he’s anxious to expand his upscale activewear/athleisure line sold in the first-floor boutique (i.e.
$108 leggings adorned with the Tantris logo) to a men’s line later this year. Says the most recent in a long line of celebrities who have transformed themselves into a living lifestyle brand: “We’re not doing the same old-same old as everyone else in LA. I want to change yoga… and revolutionize fashion.” For Simmons, is any mission impossible? Om-azing. 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 213-894-9200; tantris.com
QUINTESSENTIAL N.Y. DESIGNER JONATHAN SI HAI LOOKS WEST FOR HIS TOWERING SPRING COLLECTION. BY LISA FERRANDINO
“I design for strong, fearless women who want to look modern, romantic, and powerful,” says fashion darling Jonathan Simkhai. While the born-and-bred New Yorker’s idea of the “Jonathan Simkhai woman” was always well formed—even when he first released his eponymous high fashion line, in 2010—two new collections suggest his muse is now trying on some West Coast flair. With an uber-cool collab with online activewear emporium Carbon38, Simkhai, 32, dives into the athleisure phenomenon that’s taken SoCal by storm. Standouts like a one-piece with open lacing and wide-leg snap-up pants make the 16-piece capsule collection perfect for the modern Cali gal on the move. But the Parsons and FIT alum also debuts a spring collection that draws from and references LA directly—more specifically, the Watts Towers. “I find their monumentality and lightness to be inspiring,” says Simkhai of the Central LA spires adorned with mosaics of broken glass and pottery. “The [collection’s] beading and latticework is reminiscent of the patterns on the surface of the structures,” he adds, pointing to the ultra-femme silk dresses, including a twisted-rope embroidered gown that “really encapsulates the spirit and design of the Towers.” It’s no wonder the designer’s favorite piece from the collection is also the most LA-lustworthy: a mirror cutout sleeve blouse with matching shorts he says is “undeniably chic, effortless—and very LA.” Swoon! Ron Herman, 8100 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-651-4129; jonathan simkhai.com; carbon38.com
“I FIND THE MONUMENTALITY AND LIGHTNESS OF THE WATTS TOWERS INSPIRING. THIS COLLECTION REALLY ENCAPSULATES THEIR SPIRIT.” —JONATHAN SIMKHAI
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT LANDAU/GETTY IMAGES (WATTS TOWERS)
Jonathan Simkhai (RIGHT) found inspiration in LA’s Watts Towers (BELOW LEFT) for his spring collection (FAR LEFT), while his fab collab with Carbon38 boasts his first venture into athleisure with the Tommaso pant ($350, HERE), Saarinen jacket ($495, BOTTOM RIGHT), and more.
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MIDEAST MEETS WEST THE LATEST FOODIE CRAZE? L.A.’S TOP CHEFS BRING THE CUISINES OF ONE DESERT TO ANOTHER. BY KATHRYN ROMEYN
Thanks to a spate of buzzy chefs—some with traditional family recipes in their apron pockets—the exquisite flavors indigenous to Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, and Morocco are LA’s hottest food trend. Already anticipated for this year: Bestia chef Ori Menashe’s as-yet-unnamed
DTLA tribute to Israel, where he was raised, and the Alex Chang-helmed Exchange, inside the Freehand hotel (freehand hotels.com/los-angeles/ the-exchange), which will showcase the flavors of urban LA through an Israeli lens. Last year, Soho House’s
Nava (sohohousewh.com/ food-and-drink) became the brand’s first Middle Eastern concept, blending the tastes of Jerusalem and Beirut (fattoush, tabbouleh, lamb kofta) via locally sourced produce. And Lebanese chef Yousef Ghalaini was quick to recognize LA’s eagerness to sample flavors
from his youth when he revamped the Fairmont Santa Monica’s FIG (figsantamonica.com), which offers mainstays like lamb shank with pomegranate molasses and a za’atardusted bread “balloon” with dips, plus seasonal highlights—for spring, manouche flatbreads are
baked in the wood-burning oven before being finished with spring peas and tendrils, cured Meyer lemon, halloumi, and za’atar. “I think what drives the conversation is that all this ethnic food fits into [SoCal] health trends,” says Ghalaini. “Gluten-free,
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SOHO HOUSE. OPPOSITE PAGE: MATTHEW CHRISTOPHER MILLER (LAMB SHANK, THE RIZZO FIZZ); CHRISTIAN HORAN (FIG INTERIOR); JAKE LINDEMAN (FRIED CAULIFLOWER)
View from the top: Ever-cool Soho House West Hollywood’s Nava restaurant (INSET BELOW) drives its eastern Mediterranean cuisine— such as octopus roasted in a wood-fired oven and finished with butter beans, celery, and red chili—with SoCal’s Middle East-mirroring produce.
vegetarian, seasonal.” Another boon is that produce at the heart of Middle Eastern cuisines grows readily in LA: In the city’s farmers’ markets, eggplant—a staple of Persian, Lebanese, Egyptian, and Iraqi dishes—is on the rise in varying heirloom shades and shapes, and previously obscure purslane now holds pride of place alongside arugula and spinach. The latest additions to the scene are courtesy of familiar names like Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Trois Mec), operational partners in brand-new Los Feliz restaurant Kismet (kismetla.com). The 45-seat concept, by chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson of Grand Central Market falafel joint Madcapra (madcapra.com), takes major inspiration from the region’s cooking in terms of flavor and vibrancy. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner plates are meant to be shared and eaten with the hands. And in January, LA restaurateur George Abou-Daoud—who owns Silver Lake’s modern Middle Eastern eatery Bowery Bungalow (bowerybungalow.com)— debuted Farida (farida restaurant.com), named for his grandmother. At the new Sunset Boulevard restaurant, he’s elevating Middle Eastern ingredients with unconventional spins on tradition, such as
pairing spicy, Puerto Rican tostones with green harissa and labneh, and Palestinian chicken musakhan with sumaccaramelized onions, pine nuts, and flatbread. Says Abou-Daoud, “I want to better people’s perception of what Middle Eastern cuisine really is. Food expresses culture, and it’s the best way we all connect.” Amen and amin to that.
Eastside story: From the restaurateurs of Animal and Trois Mec comes Kismet, a Los Feliz Middle Eastern resto where the chefs behind Grand Central Market’s best falafel present fresh, straightforward fare, such as fried cauliflower with caper-studded yogurt.
Inside Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar, FIG (inset above center) serves up the glutenfree, veg-driven fare that “fits into SoCal health trends,” says Yemeni chef Yousef Ghalaini, alongside heartier dishes such as a grilled grass-fed lamb shank with heirloom carrots (top). above: The Rizzo Fizz, a popular brunch cocktail, with gin, lemon, rhubarb bitters, and strawberry.
RED HAUTE AFTER TOM FORD’S NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, ELLIE BAMBER IS THE LATEST FASHION IN HOLLYWOOD. BY SCOTT HUVER
film playing outside,” Bamber recalls. “I was running toward this red carpet with that beautiful score and it was one of those moments where I thought, ‘Wow, I’m so lucky. This is wonderful.’” The British stunner has emerged as an instant, in-demand It Girl, with Hollywood clamoring to cast her—Bamber’s next major role is in Lasse Hallström’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (“I [love] Chocolat and What’s Eating
Gilbert Grape, so to work with him was really, really special to me,” she says). Bamber has embraced the lessons she’s learned from the famously meticulous Ford. “I took away that it’s okay to work so hard to get every detail down,” she says. And then there’s a compliment from their first
meeting that still lingers. “He said, ‘I can tell that you have great personal style,’” she admits (Bamber fluctuates between grungy English skate brands, vintage couture, and Ford and Chanel). “I couldn’t believe my ears. I was like, ‘Oh. Oh, thank you!’”
“I WAS SITTING IN A CAFÉ READING THE SCRIPT [FOR NOCTURNAL ANIMALS] AND CRYING INTO MY PASTA.”—ellie bamber
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JUSTIN CAMPBELL
Even after being handpicked by filmmaker and fashion designer Tom Ford for a crucial role in his harrowing Nocturnal Animals, Ellie Bamber almost blew her big debut. The titianhaired 19-year-old, scurrying down the red carpet in a binding black-velvet Ford gown and teetering on sky-high Jimmy Choos, was running late to the movie’s world premiere at the Venice Film Festival after an errant earring left her with a bloody lobe. But amidst the chaos, she found a perfect—and perfectly surreal—moment. “All of a sudden I heard the score of the
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The light-filled, $5.61 million Milwood Avenue compound Gordon designed and built for Real Housewife of Dallas Stephanie Hollman features an open-plan kitchen and unexpected “embellishments” like a glow-in-the-dark riff on American Gothic by artist Mike Callas (RIGHT).
While Venice Beach real estate is now beating Beverly Hills and Bel-Air in per-square-foot prices, the community has its own code of cool when it comes to architecture. Here, in the hood celebrities like Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel call home, cookie-cutter compounds need not apply. And perhaps no one translates the city’s penchant for one-of-a-kind style into walls and windows better than designerbuilder Kim Gordon. The longtime local resident has quietly become the area’s go-to guru of luxury-loving homes that still channel the area’s bohemian roots and preference for the handmade over mass-produced. “The idea of California design became a bit stuck in the Midcentury aesthetic,” says Gordon. “This is home to SciArc, after all, and we’ve seen an abundance of houses with a certain feeling. Flat roofs, wood on the ceiling, no closets, low ceilings… zero drama. I want homes to feel sophisticated and grown-up, and at the same time to capture a feeling that is quintessentially Californian. I also like to live indoors and outdoors and explore materials and texture—to add embellishment but not in a traditional way. So I started to design and build them [myself]. Luckily, other people appreciated and wanted the same things.” In the past three years, Gordon has completed half a dozen residences in her usual manner: overseeing the entire process,
“I like to live indoors and outdoors,” says Kim Gordon, whose homes include upper-floor decks designed to catch Venice sunsets. LEFT: A Google exec purchased Gordon’s Belgian farmhouse–inspired Nowita Place home for $4 million, a neighborhood record for walking-only streets.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRANDON ARANT, COURTESY OF HALTON PARDEE + PARTNERS. OPPOSITE PAGE: BRANDON ARANT, COURTESY OF HALTON PARDEE + PARTNERS (HOME); PHILIP ONG (GORDON)
Another of Kim Gordon’s (right) Milwood Avenue projects was snapped up by Grammy Award–winning music producers Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen after just 16 hours on the market. Indoor/outdoor integration is a hallmark of the 3,500-square-foot residence (below), which also makes efficient use of small spaces (here).
“I WANT HOMES TO FEEL SOPHISTICATED AND GROWN-UP AND TO CAPTURE A FEELING THAT IS QUINTESSENTIALLY CALIFORNIAN. BUT I ALSO LIKE EMBELLISHMENT!”—kim gordon
from materials collection and construction to the smallest details of the interior design. And while her style varies from home to home—some feel more like a modern take on a Belgian farmhouse while others are more evocative of Big Sur by way of SoCal beach—the through-lines are consistent: soaring, steelframed glass walls, total indoor/ outdoor integration, and no shortage of drama. Each house has sold for above its asking price—snapped up by a Silicon Beach power list of Google executives (one recently purchased a home on a coveted walk street for $4 million) and creatives such as music industry exec Neil Jacobson (will.i.am, Fergie, Robin Thicke), who had purchased another Kim Gordon home on the same street in 2012 and sold it last year for $6.1 million. More recently, Gordon completed a farmhouse-style home on Milwood Avenue, down the street from hipster haven Gjelina. The buyers were Grammy-winning Norwegian producers Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen (the duo behind hits such as Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” and Katy Perry’s “Firework”), who purchased the four-bedroom residence for significantly more than its $5 million price tag. Total time on the market? 16 hours. Beat that, BH. kimgordon designs.com; @kimgordondesigns
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SOUND WAVE OF THE FUTURE ONE OF L.A.’S TOP DJS SPILLS HIS MUSIC BEYOND THE DANCE FLOOR.
DJ Politik is a man in demand. A product of a musical household—his mother was a singer and musician—the LA native received his first turntables at age 12, back when he was known as Paul Purman. Having come up cutting his teeth in the city’s hottest clubs, the 27-year-old is now a citizen of the world, embracing his rigorous travel schedule with deejaying residencies
around the country. “Travel gives me time to read, listen to music, and enjoy a moment of quiet,” he says. “Despite that, I love the creative melting pot of LA, and am always happy to come home.” Those rare moments of in-flight downtime are especially important during the launch of Politik’s newest venture, the Forum Music Group. This independent music collective for songwriting,
recording, producing, and fostering talent is a natural next step in the life of the musical mix meister. “We recently opened a recording studio in North Hollywood and are working with some great new artists,” says Politik. “I want to base this business on a strong, diverse catalog of music from a wide variety of artists—including me!” Politik’s plans for 2017
and beyond involve focusing on gigs at smaller, more eclectic venues in LA, and diving deep into philanthropy. “Technology is making music disposable,” he says. “I want kids to have access to and an appreciation of our musical heritage, while making their own special sounds.” Hear, hear! For DJ Politik’s top-ten playlist, go to laconfidential-magazine.com. @djpolitik
Spin effect: When he’s not busy pumping the party at clubs from Beverly Hills to Miami to the Vegas Strip, LA native DJ Politik brings his (musical) power to the people, sharing knowledge and music history with young, aspiring SoCal DJs.
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THIS SEASON’S FASHION AND DESIGN INSPIRATIONS TAKE THEIR CUE FROM L.A.’S MIGHTY MUSEUMS.
LOST BOY BRITISH BANKING HEIR DAVID DE ROTHSCHILD’S NEW VENICE-BASED SHOP CONJURES THE CURIOUS AND THE COOL.
You’d think someone whose family legacy is a multi-billiondollar banking business would be a bit… calculated. But actually, says David de Rothschild, the Venice-based adventurer, environmentalist, and activist behind fashion/ lifestyle label The Lost Explorer, “There is not a master plan beyond making sure [the Lost Explorer collection] is a reflection of our collective tastes. We follow the simple principle of [producing] what we would like to see, wear, and use.” For spring, that means men’s apparel (think salmon-, khaki- and pistachio-hued jackets, trousers, work shirts, and tees), all-purpose bags, wellness tea and balms, and a brand-new mezcal. Claro. De Rothschild says drinking the trending libation “is like sitting down to a meal with your closest, oldest friends. It makes you want to laugh, cry, and share more than you should. I like to drink it by the bottle, slowly, then repeat.” The Venice workshop just opened to the public, so shoppers can experience the cutting-edge goods—and maybe meet the sexy 38-year-old jet setter/globetrotter himself. “I’ve always prescribed to the concept that in life you’re remembered for what you do, not what you’re called or where you come from,” says de Rothschild. To that end, “It’s easy to take the well-trodden path. Get lost with me!” Anytime. 208 Westminster Ave., Venice; thelostexplorer.com
Scion of the times: David de Rothschild (TOP LEFT) espouses travel, curiosity, and abandon, a life approach that informs his Venice-based company’s wares (CLOCKWISE FROM HERE): The Lost Explorer mezcal; the Mountain Collection; a hibiscus-dyed cotton suit shot in the Huntington museum’s Desert Garden.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MISHA TAYLOR (DE ROTHSCHILD, MEZCAL); LEN PELTIER (COTTON SUIT, MOUNTAIN COLLECTION)
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STYLE WATCH THE WORLD’S FINEST WATCHMAKERS USE SPRINGTIME AS OCCASION TO EXPRESS THEIR ARTISTIC SKILL IN PIECES THAT CELEBRATE COLOR AND HIGH STYLE.
COLOR ME SPRINGTIME! AS BUDS BURST AND NATURE BLOSSOMS, HOROLOGISTS OFFER A RIOT OF COLOR IN TIMEPIECES THAT BLOOM ON THE WRIST. BY ALDOUS TUCK
“April… hath put a spirit of youth in everything,” wrote William Shakespeare in “Sonnet 98.” Indeed, the boundless energy of nature’s rebirth has been an inspiration for artists since the beginning of time. And like the Bard, some of the world’s finest watchmakers use springtime as occasion to express their artistic skill in pieces that celebrate color and high style on the outside and engineering excellence on the inside. Shimmering precious metals, mother-ofpearl accents, and dazzling gemstones enhance the hues of the season. These creations may measure time, but like a beautifully turned sonnet, their appeal is timeless. For more watch features and expanded coverage go to la-confidential-magazine.com/ watches-and-jewelry
ABOVE, FROM LEFT: Since its 1842 founding, Fabergé has been a hallmark of horological excellence. This splashy Lady Fabergé ($14,000) watch, from the jeweler’s Flirt collection, blends fine craftsmanship and a powerful Vaucher Manufacture automatic movement with a bold color statement. The orange lacquer dial, which is attached to an eye-catching alligator strap, showcases laser-cut Roman numerals and hour markers encased in 18k white gold. Westime Sunset, 8569 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-289-0808; faberge.com Richard Mille offers a pop of pink this season with this special RM 07-01 timepiece ($110,000). The classic tonneau-shaped case is crafted from pink ceramic and red
gold and houses a skeletonized dial. The inner dial glitters with pavé diamonds and red-gold hour and minute hands. The automatic calibre CRMA2 movement is exclusive to this model. 222 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310285-9898; richardmille.com This Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph from Audemars Piguet ($27,900) comes in four vibrant, sunny shades. A boutique exclusive limited to 375 pieces, the self-winding chronograph offers a stainless steel case that contains a colorful dial sporting a Mega Tapisserie pattern, blackened-gold hour markers, and luminescent Royal Oak hands. 254 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-247-8181; audemarspiguet.com
STYLE BEAUT Y “COLORS THAT CAN LOOK TACKY WITH BRONZER ARE STRIKING WITH POLISHED SKIN.” —SIL BRUINSMA
Out of the blue! Makeup artist Sil Bruinsma used MAC’s Lipmix to create seafoam, white, and powder blue (SHOWN) lips at Thom Browne’s Spring show. INSET: MAC’s Instant Icon ($17) and Sephora’s Lip Stain in Sea Mist ($14).
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE START THE YEAR ANEW WITH THESE BOLD BEAUTY LOOKS AND FRESH LAUNCHES. BY CHRISTINA CLEMENTE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAMELA BERKOVIC (THOM BROWNE); JASON CARTER RINALDI (MARCHESA)
MAKE IT POP!
The “no-makeup makeup” look is getting an upgrade. “The pops of color we see this season are a natural reaction to the last few seasons of very bare skin,” explains makeup artist Sil Bruinsma, who created the bold lips for Thom Browne’s Spring show. Pair Instant Icon from MAC’s ColourRocker line or Sephora’s Sea Mist with a natural, dewy complexion. MAC, 363 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-2859917; maccosmetics.com; Sephora, 270 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310860-9581; sephora.com SMOOTH OPERATOR
Available in March, Chanel’s new Rouge
Coco Gloss boasts a dual-sided applicator for the season’s bold coverage. All 24 shades are chock-full of ingredients that ensure a comfortable wear (coconut oil, anyone?). 400 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-5500; chanel.com
then spritz sectioned-off pieces with the brand’s Heat Styling Protection. Follow with the Professional Series Titanium Ceramic Hairstyling Iron. Nelson J Salon, 350 N. Bedford Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-274-1553; moroccanoil.com
Moroccanoil’s Antonio Corral Calero created a sleek ‘do at Marchesa’s Spring show with the brand’s Heat Styling Protection ($28) and Professional Series Titanium Ceramic Hairstyling Iron ($192).
PLUMP IT UP WET AND WILD
Let your hair down—but slick it back, too. “The key is to hydrate your hair with more product than you would normally use,” says Moroccanoil’s global ambassador, Antonio Corral Calero, who created the sleek Spring runway looks for Marchesa. Apply Moroccanoil Treatment, dry your hair straight,
Thanks to a powerful cocktail of antioxidants, Clinique’s Pep-Start HydroRush Moisturizer helps keep spring skin glowing and protected from environmental irritants such as wind and pollution, while a combo of hyaluronic acid and peptides keeps it taut and firm. Sephora, 270 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-8609581; sephora.com
Clinique’s Pep-Start ($30) moisturizer boasts algae and sea whip extracts to soothe skin.
CLINIQUE’S PEP-START CONTAINS A COCKTAIL OF ANTIOXIDANTS.
For your own bespoke shade, try layering two hues of Chanel’s Rouge Coco Gloss ($30 each).
The single life! Amidst their spring programs, three of LA’s premier arts institutions are drawing in the crowds with one work each (from top): Degas’s Russian Dancers at The Getty, van Gogh’s The Bedroom at Norton Simon, and Rembrandt’s Juno at the Hammer.
ONE-HIT WONDERS FORGET WHOLE EXHIBITIONS. THIS SPRING, SINGLE OLD-WORLD MASTERPIECES STEAL THE ARTS SPOTLIGHT. BY MURAT OZTASKIN
While LA’s revered arts institutions constantly call in pieces on loan to launch their mega-caliber exhibitions and group shows, three individual masterworks on view this spring have the city’s art elite thinking in singles. Through March 6, Vincent van Gogh’s The Bedroom (1889) takes pride of place at Norton Simon Museum (411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626-
449-6840; nortonsimon .org), on loan from The Art Institute of Chicago. A kind of figureless selfportrait, painted while the artist was in asylum in southern France, the masterpiece communicates the Dutchman’s harrowing despair and “allows for a remarkable conversation with” other van Goghs in the museum’s collection, says chief curator Carol Togneri.
This is the first time The Bedroom has been on view on the West Coast. Across town, a first gives way to a “second,” as Edgar Degas’s Russian Dancers (c. 1899) returns to The Getty (1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310-44007330; getty.edu) through May 7, on loan from a private collection. The centerpiece of a popular repeat exhibition exploring Degas’s use of pastels
(the first, in 2015, featured different accompanying images), Russian Dancers allows Angelenos to celebrate the rich colors and exuberant abandon of the artist’s work in this medium. As The Getty enjoys its loan, it returns another: Rembrandt’s Juno (c. 1662–1665), which went on loan from the Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310-443-7000; hammer.ucla.edu) last fall
during the renovation of its permanent collection galleries. Now the latecareer masterpiece, which displays the éclat of Rembrandt’s final-years technique, has returned to its home, featured prominently amidst 100plus other works in the new Armand Hammer Collection gallery. At the always-avant-garde Hammer, old school is new again.
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Not Just a Label founder and CEO Stefan Siegel, photographed in West Hollywood at the Chateau Marmont.
DON’T LABEL THIS A BRIT-BORN ONLINE POWERHOUSE PLANS TO DISRUPT FASHION IN L.A. BY SPENCER BECK
Not Just a Label’s founder and CEO, Stefan Siegel, is a fashionista for the future. The Tyrol-born online style impresario is bringing his pioneering fashion label from East London west to LA. With a bang. “The US is now the strongest market for NJAL, and establishing a permanent presence within the American fashion system was a clear next step,” says Siegel. The 38-year-old knows a thing or two about global business. Founded in 2008, NJAL today represents more than 24,000 emerging designers from the UK and Ukraine to Uruguay and the UAE. Not to mention the USA. Fostering future fashion superstars by helping them gain exposure and finance their progression independently, Siegel’s brainchild already has a red-carpet following of celebrities and tastemakers who seek out the latest designers and trends that can’t be found anywhere else. Here in LA, which has an unmatched manufacturing legacy and a forward-thinking fashion buyer, even the Mayor sees the boon. “Not Just a Label will play an important role in the effort to shift from fast fashion to sustainability,” says Mayor Eric Garcetti. “It will be an excellent destination for people to experience fashion and its impact.” Of the growing number of talented homegrown Angeleno designers in NJAL’s cutting-edge style stable, four of the most fashionforward from the company’s “Black Sheep” collection are red-carpetready-to-go this spring: Breelayne Carter, Olya Kosterina, Phlemuns (aka James Flemons), and Valerj Pobega. Lights, camera… fashion!
PHOTOGRAPHY BY THILO ROSS. CLOTHING BY SECOND/LAYER (NOTJUSTALABEL.COM/SECONDLAYER). OPPOSITE PAGE: COURTESY OF THE DESIGNERS
“NOT JUST A LABEL WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE EFFORT TO SHIFT FROM FAST FASHION TO SUSTAINABILITY.” —mayor eric garcetti
Why LA (as opposed to NY)? I grew up in Malibu Canyon, so it just made sense. I studied briefly at Pratt, in Brooklyn, but the lifestyle was brutal—too much stimulus! LA has a focus on being conscious of the environment, and we approach our companies as more of a lifestyle—there’s an ease and flexibility to it.
Age: 28 I love LA because… There is always something new and exciting waiting for you tomorrow. And everything just works so well— things are done on time and with love. What’s new for spring? I’m expanding into new denim
What’s new for spring? Spring is about not being afraid to be you. There is an elegant take on athleisure throughout. I’m obsessed with our crêpeback satin track suits: a must-have. This being Oscars time, what celebrity would you love to dress? Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o, or Emma
Watson! But there are many women I respect in the Industry, especially since acting is my other love. Style is… To roll out of bed, throw on a jacket with some jeans, and be totally killing it. I don’t like to try too hard. Favorite secret place to hang out in LA: Honestly, my house in Los Feliz—but if I go out for a
bite, Croft Alley (my friend’s hidden gem on Melrose). What’s next? We’re searching for how to be even more environmentally conscious. Currently we plant a tree for every purchase made in association with the National Forest Foundation. We are also expanding with a wider range of accessories! notjustalabel.com/breelayne
horizons with fresh finishes and silhouettes—like Japanese selvage denim, or a denim gown fully distressed to its bones. Style vs. fashion: If all people who had style, in its classic meaning, were dictating fashion—the world would definitely be better dressed. With unlimited resources, what would you do? Open a creative center where craftsmen, young and old, work together to promote professions that are losing popularity—tailoring, embroidery, etc. A place to explore old and new techniques. All under one big roof. Also a shelter for homeless animals in my hometown of Yaroslavl, Russia! notjustalabel.com/ olya-kosterina
pieces that no one else owns and which highlight individuality. What LA artists do you follow? Many! But my favorites are my husband, Mattia Biagi, [as well as] Ed Ruscha and Vanessa Beecroft. How does LA differ from the rest of the fashion world?
In the last five years, a lot of people from New York and Europe have moved to the city—it’s changed the urban landscape and the way we dress. It’s created a unique fusion of styles. If you hadn’t done fashion, what other career would you have chosen? Music! It’s been my main
inspiration when creating my work—maybe that’s why I’ve attracted my main clients from the music industry! What’s next? Constantly improving and researching new techniques to keep my work fashion-forward and unique! notjustalabel.com/ valerj-pobega
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Which Hollywood celebrity would you like to see do a fashion makeover? Scarlett Johansson! She’s gorgeous and I would love to work on a new look for her. What’s the future of fashion? Going back to appreciate the luxury of unique
aka James Flemons Age: 28 How has Hollywood influenced you? Being in LA, surrounded by celebrity culture, has definitely gotten our brand exposure—and gotten my clothes on celebrity bodies! What’s new for spring? I’m getting into statement hats and track pants—a little fun for casual dressing. What’s your favorite “secret” place in LA? Cactus Taqueria on Vine Street off of Santa Monica, in Hollywood. It’s my favorite Mexican food in the entire city. What do you find sexy? I think having a good sense of humor, not taking yourself too seriously. Living for comic relief is very sexy. How important is social media in your life? Without it, struggling, emerging brands like mine would have no outlet for exposure. What’s the future of fashion? People are starting to want to go back to artistry, longevity. And a bit more [of an] upbeat expression with clothes—dressing “loud” but not necessarily with color and prints. Just more eclectic. notjustalabel.com/phlemuns For 24 hours in the life of all the NJAL designers, go to laconfidential-magazine.com
SCENE CHEERS! Toast of the town: Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo, the CEO and founding partner of Casa Noble, has perfected a limited-edition añejo, Alta Belleza, that retails for $1,200 a bottle.
“THE WINE BARRELS ADD COMPLEXITY TO THE TASTE PROFILE AND DELIVER A BEAUTIFUL COPPER TONE.” —JOSE HERMOSILLO
NOBLE PURSUITS RUN, DON’T WALK. WITH ONLY 560 BOTTLES IN THE WORLD, CASA NOBLE’S ALTA BELLEZA IS L.A.’S NOT-TO-BE-MISSED SIP. BY ALDOUS TUCK
With a family history of tequila-making that reaches back two centuries, Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo, Casa Noble’s CEO and founding partner, has tequila in his blood. This legacy just went ultra-luxe with a limited release of an exceptional añejo, the Alta Belleza ($1,200).
Hermosillo shares the journey of this outstanding and rare collector’s edition. How long did it take to create Alta Belleza? Nearly 16 years—which included handpicking 12-year-old blue agave, triple-distilling the añejo in small batches, and then aging it for three years
before a six-month finishing in T5 Tonnellerie Taransaud French oak wine barrels [that] formerly held Robert Mondavi To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon. What makes the Taransaud barrels so special? We have worked with the
Taransaud cooperage for years, so it was quite an opportunity to access these particular barrels, which add a singular complexity to the taste profile. Share the elements of that taste profile. It is a blend of two places: Jalisco, Mexico, and the Napa Valley. The complex tastes of sweet cooked
agave, toasted almond and cinnamon, and the aromas of green apple and spices mingle with finishing notes of nuts, green pepper, and cinnamon from the wine barrels, which also deliver a beautiful copper tone. Available at Soho House West Hollywood, 9200 Sunset Blvd., 310-432-9200; sohohousewh.com
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REALTOR AND INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISA BARAN APPLAUDS THE WESTSIDE GLAM LIFE. BY MURAT OZTASKIN
“Not only is the coffee smooth and delicious, but the pastries are just as enticing,” says WeHo authority Elisa Baran of Melrose Avenue’s “vibe-y” Verve Coffee Roasters.
Cali convert: “I couldn’t see myself living anywhere else in California,” says New Yorker-turnedWest Hollywood devotee Elisa Baran. “I love this city! There’s so much to do.” right, from top: Baran prefers WeHoadjacent Jon & Vinny’s for that pizza-taste of home; Rock & Reilly’s is the go-to for after-work karaoke.
Moving to LA for school six years ago, New York native Elisa Baran made a beeline for West Hollywood. “I had always wanted to be a fashion designer,” says Baran. “But one year ago, I realized I wanted more than just fashion, and took my design background into real estate.” Now, the 24-year-old acts as project manager, interior designer, and listing agent for luxury real estate titan Mercer Vine, specializing in properties and renovations in her own ’hood. “I need to always be creating, and solving problems,” says Baran, “while constantly thinking of ways to make our community a better place to live in.” Hip hip for that. mercervine.com
“With its key location on Melrose, Verve Coffee Roasters (8925 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310-3859605; vervecoffee.com) is one of the vibe-ier coffee shops in WeHo. The avocado toast with a poached egg is a must.” “Rock & Reilly’s (8911 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-3601400; rockandreillys .com) is great for grabbing a beer after work. On Tuesday nights they have karaoke—if you’re lucky, you’ll be singing next to a celeb!” “If you want the best Mexican in LA, hop over to La Otra Escuela Taqueria (7615 Beverly Blvd., LA, 323-9326178; escuelataqueria
.com). The ceiling is covered with old wooden shoes—the owner is a former shoemaker.” “Sunday mornings, grab a coffee and a yogurt and granola at Coffee Commissary (801 N. Fairfax Ave., LA, 323782-1465; coffee commissary.com), then walk over to the Melrose Trading Post (7850 Melrose Ave., LA; melrosetradingpost.org) open-air flea market and bargain, bargain, bargain!” “Jon & Vinny’s (412 N. Fairfax Ave., LA, 323334-3369; jonandvinnys .com) has some of the best pizza in LA. I’m from New York, so that says a lot!”
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LA VITA BELLISSIMA MR. C RESIDENCES BRINGS “THE GOOD LIFE”—ITALIAN-STYLE—TO BEVERLY HILLS. BY ALDOUS TUCK
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1931 THE YEAR THE CIPRIANI FAMILY GOT ITS HOSPITALITY START WITH THE FAMED HARRY’S BAR, IN VENICE, ITALY. FOUR GENERATIONS LATER, IGNAZIO AND MAGGIO CIPRIANI LAUNCHED THE MR. C SIGNATURE BRAND, INCLUDING THE RESIDENCES AND ADJOINING FIVE-STAR HOTEL.
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KAPPE (HIS 255TH CAREER PROJECT)
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ITALIAN DESIGNER MARCELLO POZZI.
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MIX MASTER WITH A CONFIDENT, PRINT-CENTRIC SPRING COLLECTION, JONATHAN SAUNDERS DEBUTS AS DVF’S FIRST-EVER CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER.
“Printed textiles were always something I loved, so there is a definite synergy,” says Jonathan Saunders of his interpretation of the iconic DVF brand. LEFT, FROM TOP: Circle shoulder handbag, Diane von Furstenberg ($298); colorful details from the Spring/Summer 2017 collection.
The name Diane von Furstenberg evokes a rush of unique attributes: femininity, empowerment, confidence, grace. It also conjures New York itself. So when designer Jonathan Saunders presented his first collection for the iconic brand for Spring/Summer 2017, many wondered how a man from Scotland might interpret the vision of a cosmopolitan woman. The answer, it turns out, is quite successfully. “I saw it straight away— that effortless sense of ease, femininity without being too girly or frou-frou, sensuality, and a provocative nature,” says Saunders, 39, who built his name in London with his eponymous, print-heavy collection (which shuttered in late 2015 after 12 years in business), and who is now Diane von Furstenberg’s first creative head not named Diane von Furstenberg. “Textiles, and printed textiles in general, were always something I loved, so there is a definite synergy between what I stand for and what the brand stands for.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIMI FRANKLIN (CLOTHING DETAIL); COURTESY OF DVF (SAUNDERS, HANDBAG). OPPOSITE PAGE: JIMI FRANKLIN (TOP); COURTESY OF DVF (BOTTOM LEFT, BOTTOM RIGHT)
BY BRYN KENNY
Saunders’s bold mix of patterns is apparent in this dress ($698) and origami belt ($178) from his new collection.
“I SAW [THE DVF HERITAGE] STRAIGHT AWAY— THAT EFFORTLESS EASE, FEMININITY, SENSUALITY, A PROVOCATIVE NATURE.” —jonathan saunders Midi dress ($498) and hammered-gold earring ($168). right: Scarf-hem tiered dress ($598), belt ($178), Steamer handbag ($798), and Laredo heels ($378).
As von Furstenberg herself steps away from designing to focus more on her philanthropic work, Saunders has segued with ease into the newly created role of chief creative officer. With about three months to present his first collection—which features original Saunders prints—there wasn’t much time to sweat the small stuff. “It was definitely a baptism by fire,” he says. “But there was such goodwill and belief within the team about what I wanted to do, which enabled me to go in with the velocity that was required to put a collection together within that period of time.” That velocity-driven result is a lively, eclectic mix of printed separates, including bold, wide-legged trousers, structured outerwear, flowing skirts, versatile shifts, and, yes, wrap dresses that stay true to the brand’s DNA. Printed silks and cottons—from an eye-catching Sakura blossom pattern to more graphic stripes and color blocking—create an overall sense of playful fluidity. Unsurprisingly, Saunders says he turned to dancers and choreographers such as Michael Clark and Pina Bausch when conjuring up the new silhouettes, noting, “Dancers are incredible examples of body movement and sensuality.” And while DVF devotees will appreciate Saunders’s respect for the label’s heritage, he didn’t shy away from threading his own point of view throughout. One wrap-style dress in particular manages to combine a mixture of seemingly every print in the collection—a testament to his willingness to venture into unexpected territory. “When Diane started the brand, it was about effortless clothes, but also interesting clothes. These weren’t simple, retiring dresses—they were bold, bright dresses that happen to have a sense of ease,” he says. “That still feels really relevant today.” The
Grove, LA, 323-792-2258; dvf.com
“I’m a time traveler,” says pop queen, sci-fi nut, and now A-list actress Janelle Monáe, here rocking a dress by Thom Browne ($15,500). Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400; thom browne.com. Encore earrings, Tacori (price on request). Icing on the Ring, 607 S. Hill St., LA, 888-5656150; icingonthering.com. 18k white-gold diamond bracelet, Yeprem ($40,000). Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; neiman marcus.com. 18k white-gold and white-diamond Festival Cover ring, Stéfére ($7,350). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; saks.com
Recording artist, political activist, and now in-demand actress: The supercharged Janelle Monáe lights up Hollywood in not one but two Best Picture noms. BY MURAT OZTASKIN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY DURAN
anelle Monáe, the music sensation turned actress who stars in awards-season heavyweights Moonlight and Hidden Figures, almost got her Hollywood start in space. “I don’t know if a lot of people know this,” she says, “but I auditioned for Star Trek prior to Moonlight. The casting director saw my tape and told [Moonlight director] Barry Jenkins about me. I didn’t get the part in Star Trek, but that’s why Barry reached out to me. And the rest is history.” Once a Hollywood rejection, Monáe can now count her very first films as two of 2016’s best. Talk about an entrance. While the 31-year-old originally wanted her film debut to be in science fiction—her music reflects sci-fi inspirations, and her Metropolis album series is named after Fritz Lang’s 1927 cinema masterpiece—it’s fitting that an artist who’s spent the last decade writing and performing messages of self-love, inclusion, and equality would find her Hollywood start in projects confronting civil rights: Moonlight, which took home the Golden Globe for best drama, follows the maturation of a black boy into adulthood as he tries to reconcile his harsh, masculine surroundings with the secret shame of his homosexuality; Hidden Figures spotlights three black women whose work at a racially segregated NASA, in the Jim Crow South, allowed the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, in 1962. “I love telling these sorts of stories that give voice to those who are oftentimes uncelebrated, to those who don’t feel like they have a voice in America,” says Monáe of the characters central to both films— Moonlight’s Chiron, whom Monáe’s Teresa supports as a mother figure, and Hidden Figures’ Katherine Johnson, played by Taraji P. Henson; Octavia Spencer’s Dorothy Vaughn; and the high-voltage Mary Jackson, Monáe’s first starring film role. “These are characters who are considered to be outcast in society because of their sexual identity, gender, or race,” she says. “I think that these two movies have opened up a new door to the possibilities of telling more unique stories.” Transferring the values she espouses in her music to the silver screen is an immense source of pride for Monáe. “I say this with so much
humility, but I’m also saying this so loud, because I never thought that I would see the day where three African American female protagonists are in a film about math and space and we’d be number one in the box office. We beat out Star Wars!” she says, referring to the Felicity Jones– fronted Rogue One, the latest in that other storied sci-fi franchise. “The people have spoken, and we’re all waiting for stories that transcend race and gender and all that. The world is ever-changing, and Hollywood is just going to have to adapt.” Besides, she adds, “Hidden Figures is the original space movie.” onáe knows a thing or two about rising up. She was born in Kansas City, Kansas, in one of the state’s poorest counties—where some 22 percent of the population lives in poverty (the national average is 13.5 percent), including one-quarter of children—as the eldest of three sisters. (Although, she says, “Sometimes they’re the oldest. It just depends on what mood we’re in.”) Her mother, who left school early to give birth to Monáe, worked as a janitor. Her father drove a garbage truck. The weight of an underprivileged childhood was counterbalanced by Monáe’s large and supportive family, which includes more than 50 first cousins. At home, an early knack for performance was nourished, and she enrolled in after-school Shakespeare classes and performed in school plays. “I grew up navigating through both [music and acting]. It was a cappella choir, religious talent showcases, then it was writing short stories for the Coterie Theatre and being involved in middle school and high school theatrical productions,” she says. “My family was the first to help build my self-esteem and confidence as a performer. They were at all the musicals and all my plays encouraging me. They are just my biggest champions.” After high school, Monáe worked alongside her mother as a maid, raising the money to go to New York and study acting. But once she got to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, in Manhattan, she began to feel like “the other.” Sensing her creativity stifled, she left the
“IT WAS [MOONLIGHT DIRECTOR] BARRY JENKINS WHO SAID, ‘JANELLE, THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A MISTAKE AS LONG AS YOU’RE LEADING WITH THE TRUTH AND WITH YOUR HEART.’ I TOOK THAT WITH ME GOING INTO HIDDEN FIGURES.” —janelle monáe
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conservatory after a few semesters and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. In an unlikely, Hollywood twist, it was not in a New York performing arts school but at an Atlanta Office Depot where Monáe’s talents were discovered. Living in a boarding house with a half-dozen other girls, and often performing spontaneous shows on the library steps of Morehouse College, Monáe would spend parts of her shift at Office Depot updating her MySpace musical profile on the showroom’s computers. As a result, she attracted the attention of hometown hip-hop hero Big Boi, of the Atlanta duo OutKast, who, after a few collaborations, introduced her to Sean “Diddy” Combs, in 2006. Combs offered her a record contract, and just in time—the MySpace antics had gotten her fired from Office Depot. Her debut EP, Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase), was released the following year. Combs agreed to never interfere with the creative control of her work, a rare luxury for the recording industry, but a condition paramount to Monáe. She had been exercising that control already at her “creative nucleus,” the Wondaland Arts Society, a collective of musicians, actors, and visual artists that Monáe put together shortly after moving to Atlanta, and which has subsequently established an eponymous record company and a film studio called Emotion Pictures. Despite often flying between New York and LA—“I’m never in one spot mentally”— Monáe still calls Atlanta home. “It gives me balance, and a reconnection to my creative thoughts,” she says. “But I love Los Angeles. I can go to LA and be inspired and recharged and excited about the future.” Having traveled to the city often for her music—not least for six Grammy Award nominations—she’s had even more reason to be on the red carpet lately, what with Moonlight and Hidden Figures lapping up awards at the Golden Globes, the People’s Choice Awards, and the SAG Awards. She’ll be back in town shortly for the Oscars, where Moonlight and Hidden Figures are both up for Best Picture. After the ceremonies, Monáe typically grabs her friends and heads to Hot N Juicy Crawfish, a locals’ favorite seafood spot in a mall on the corner of La Brea and Santa Monica—and a place that feels a world away from the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood spotlight. “Like, I’m literally in a ball gown, a custom black-and-white ball gown, straight from the People’s Choice Awards or the Golden Globes,” she says. “And I go into this place, sit down, put on a bib, and eat. And that’s what I love about LA, that you can come straight from a red carpet event and go to a place like that.” Her style—mostly black and white, often some tuxedo-like ensemble—has made Monáe a fixture on the red carpet. But the pomp and circumstance doesn’t always come easily. With cameras and interviewers
in her face, “I just try to remain humble, remain myself,” she says. “Early on in my career I decided I was going to wear black and white, a kind of uniform, to honor and pay homage to my working-class parents,” who wore uniforms every day to work. “I’m so proud to be from Wyandotte County, one of the poorest counties in Kansas. I’m so happy that I serve as a reminder of that. You know, there is a quote that says you don’t have to be a part of your environment, but your environment can be a part of you,” she adds. “I’m in Hollywood but I’m not of it. I love just remaining an artist.”
t’s a duality—being in and out—that also extends to politics. Monáe, who has always remained vague about her personal life (“I only date androids,” she once told Rolling Stone), finds herself at home in a Hollywood increasingly outspoken about inclusion and equality, messages she’s been championing in her music for years, and which echo in her Moonlight and Hidden Figures performances. “I want to bring people together, and now that I have your attention, I think it is important to use every ounce of whatever platform you can to remind us all, remind each other, that it’s about a shared humanity,” says Monáe, who has led Black Lives Matter protests. “We need art and we need music to uplift us and to remind us that we all bleed the same color. If we’re going to coexist in this world, it’s going to be important that we just keep that in perspective.” To support those coming behind her, and to “really pay it forward,” Monáe will be spending much of the year focusing on her new women’s organization, Fem the Future, which provides mentorship opportunities for young women interested in the arts by pairing them up with Monáe’s A-list friends. “It’s a grassroots-led movement by millennials who want to help advance opportunities and careers for more young women in music and film and TV and media,” says Monáe. The organization’s inaugural event took place during the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn last year, where Monáe delivered an impassioned speech about the importance of unity. Later this year, Fem the Future will stage its first conference—“like Lilith Fair meets SXSW”—which will feature seminars and performances. “We need to allow our collective voices to be heard as one. I think what we see in this election should be a reminder that women are stronger together,” says Monáe, who performed at the Women’s March on Washington in January. “An injustice done to my sister or my brother is one done to me.” Whether with film, music, fashion, or politics, she says, “I’m always going to choose freedom over fear.”
“I FEEL SO HONORED TO HAVE HAD SUCH DYNAMIC COSTARS. TARAJI P. HENSON AND OCTAVIA SPENCER WERE SO EXCITED THAT I WAS A PART OF THIS FILM, WHICH GAVE ME SO MUCH CONFIDENCE.” —janelle monáe
“I’M IN HOLLYWOOD BUT I’M NOT OF IT. I LOVE JUST REMAINING AN ARTIST.” —janelle monáe
Bodysuit ($1,368) and skirt ($1,670), T-shirt ($880) and pants Rasario. rasarioatelier.com. Encore ($1,400), Dior. 309 N. Rodeo earrings (price on request), Tacori. Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-4700; Icing on the Ring, 607 S. Hill St., LA, dior.com. Earrings (price on 888-565-6150; icingonthering.com. request), Adoration ring White-gold and white-sapphire ($15,590), and Classic Crescent ring, Runa ($1,380). Curve, 154 N. ring ($15,250), Tacori. Icing on Robertson Blvd., LA, 310-360-8008; the Ring, 607 S. Hill St., LA, shopcurve.com. French Tulip ring 888-565-6150; icingonthering. ($6,750) and Simone ring ($7,960), com. Monarch Railroad choker, Sara Weinstock. Maxfield, 8825 Fallon ($380). fallonjewelry. Melrose Ave., 310-274-8800; com. 18k white-gold diamond saraweinstock.com. Jacqueline De bracelet, Mimi So ($36,000). sandals, Christian Louboutin Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire ($1,095). 650 N. Robertson Blvd., Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550West Hollywood, 310-247-9300; 5900; neimanmarcus.com. christianlouboutin.com. Lorraine White and pink-gold Siréne Schwartz rings, Monáe’s own ring, Stéfére ($18,700). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Styling by Maeve Reilly Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275Hair by Nikki Nelms 4211; saks.com. Cybersandale Makeup by Jessica Smalls for platforms, Christian Louboutin Epiphany Artist Group ($1,495). 650 N. Robertson Manicure by Nettie Davis Blvd., West Hollywood, Location: 3033 Wilshire, 3033 310-247-9300; christianloubouWilshire Blvd., LA, 213-262tin.com 7626; 3033wilshire.com
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DENIM AND FRINGE HAVE US LOOKING TOWARD THE WEST opposite page, on her: Shirt ($2,490), skirt ($6,990), fringe earrings ($650), Western necklace ($2,200), and belt ($595), Ralph Lauren Collection. 456 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-281-7200; ralphlauren.com. on him: Denim shirt ($1,495) and pants ($1,195), Valentino. 324 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103; valentino.com. Glasses, his own this page: Poncho, Baja East ($2,495). Maxfield, 8825 Melrose Ave., LA, 310-274-8800; baja-east.com
BOHO-CHIC ESSENTIALS TURN EASY, BREEZY
Bralette, She Made Me ($130). Everything But Water, South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 714-5408523; everythingbut water.com. Organza skirt, Fendi ($2,000). 201 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-623-3420; fendi.com
REBELS WITH A CAUSE
MIDCENTURY AMERICAN CLASSICS SLIM DOWN AND DRESS UP on him: Short sleeve crew, Vince ($85). 112 S. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310-247-8299; vince.com. Trousers, Salvatore Ferragamo ($690). 357 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-273-9990; ferragamo.com. on her: Floral dress, Dolce & Gabbana ($2,995). 312 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-888-8701; dolcegabbana.com
ON THE MOVE
SPORTY STRIPES, TRACK PANTS, WINDBREAKERS: THE GYM LIFE HEADS OUTSIDE on left: Crewneck dress with feather slip ($4,250) and platform sandal ($1,390), Proenza Schouler. Elyse Walker, 3444 Via Lido, Newport Beach, 949-612-2646; proenzaschouler.com. Earrings, her own. on center: Coat ($3,190), vest ($895), top ($395), legging ($425), belt ($450), and mule ($785), Max Mara. 415 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310285-9343; maxmara.com. Elliptic hoops, Annelise Michelson ($280). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; saks.com. on right: Top ($275), pant ($275), and shoes ($425), Sandro. 310 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-281-0083; us.sandro-paris.com. Jacket, Todd Snyder (price on request). toddsnyder.com
MIX & MISMATCH!
KNITTING, BEADING, EMBROIDERY, AND LEATHER FIND HARMONY IN DISCORD Dress ($1,030) and embellished collar (price on request), Dries van Noten. Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-2764400; barneys.com. Bag, CÃ©line ($4,200). 319 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-402-0580; celine .com. Earrings, her own
AIRY LACE AND BILLOWING SILHOUETTES BRING THE HEARTLAND TO THE SHORE
on left: Ruffle blouse, Zimmermann ($1,600). 8468 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood, 323-7465456; zimmermannwear .com. Swim bottoms, Michael Kors Collection ($395). 360 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-7778862; michaelkors.com. Cherrish rings ($145) and Rylan bracelet ($295), Dannijo ($145). Intermix, 110 N. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310-860-0113; dannijo.com. on right: Robe, Vionnet ($2,095). vionnet.com. Make Love one-piece, La Perla ($1,615). 433 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310860-0561; laperla.com
WITH SIMPLE ELEMENTS, POSHPUNK INSPIRATIONS SHOUT OUT LOUD on him: Jacket ($2,300), sweater ($650), ZigZag trousers ($750), and belt ($500), Louis Vuitton. 295 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-0457; louis vuitton.com. on her: Pullover, Caviar Lace leggings, and Electrolyse necklace (all prices on request), Louis Vuitton. see above
FLASH OF BRILLIANCE
WHO SAYS SHIMMERING SEQUINS SHINE BRIGHTEST AT NIGHT? on left: Tank dress, Alexander Wang ($5,995). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310275-4211; saks.com. Lucia bag, Dolce & Gabbana ($3,595). 312 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-8888701; dolcegabbana.com. on right: Athens top, Wolford ($160). 9511 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-277-8112; wolfordshop.com. Sequined skirt, Dolce & Gabbana (price on request). see above. GG Supreme top-handle bag, Gucci ($4,200). 347 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-3451; gucci.com. Mule, Max Mara ($785). 451 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-385-9343; us.maxmara.com
BLACK, WHITE, AND RAD SOMETIMES MONOTONE IS COOLER THAN COLOR
on him: Shirt ($475) and pants ($525), Emporio Armani. South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 714754-1200; armani.com. on her: Dress, CÃ©line ($4,200). 319 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310402-0580; celine.com. Hammered gold earring, Diane von Furstenberg ($258). South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 714-3125480; dvf.com
SEXY, DISHEVELED, IRREVERENT: VENICE SKATE VIBE MEETS RUNWAY GLAMOUR on her: Denim jacket ($4,500), swimsuit top ($450), Gucci Cube skirt ($1,890), and high-heel sandal ($695), Gucci. 347 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-3451; gucci.com. on him: Crew neck ($460), Margarine pants ($950), and leather slides ($980), Gucci. see above
SOMETHING IN THE AIR
MODERN ROMANCE LIVES IN THE ETHEREAL... AND EFFORTLESS Gold gown ($4,990) and belt ($690), Oscar de la Renta. 8446 Melrose Pl., LA, 323-653-0200; oscardelarenta.com Hair and grooming by Danny Jelaca with Creative Management (pages 81, 82, 83, 86, 88, 90, 91) and Deborah Brider using KĂŠrastase and Votre Vu (pages 80, 84, 85, 87, 89) Makeup by Sage using Chanel and Dior with Creative Management (pages 81, 82, 83, 86, 88, 90, 91) and William Murphy using Diorskin Nude for Atelier Management (pages 80, 84, 85, 87, 89) Models: Chad at New York Model Management, Neil Fenton at Heroes Models, Olga Bocharova at Wilhelmina Miami, Josh Knight at Next Management Miami, Lou Dbaibo at Red NYC, Lisa Crosby at Iconic Focus, Alexander Dominguez at Q Management, Kennedi Decamillis at Ford Models Miami, Jake Filling at New York Model Management, Yaris Cedano at Marilyn Agency New York, Maxine Schiff at Wilhelmina Miami, and Love Bertilsson at Red NYC Location: The Confidante Miami Beach, 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL, 305-424-1234; the confidantemiamibeach.hyatt.com
INDULGE IN INSIDER L.A.! OUR GUIDE TO THE CIT Y ’S BEST ARTS, DINING, AND NIGHTLIFE
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Oscar time in LA sees plenty of stars glittering in the limelight. But downtown, one luminary out-blazes the others: Gustavo Dudamel. The 36-year-old wunderkind-turnedlegendary symphonic conductor grew up in the urban sprawl of Barquisimeto, Venezuela, graduated from that country’s innovative El Sistema musical education program, and, en route to his current home, managed to successfully invigorate the sometimes staid world of classical music. For now, he is delivering high notes and high praise as musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the seventh season running. 2017 will see him perform in Barcelona, Hamburg, Vienna… and back home in Los Angeles, where his star power shines all year.
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‒ Secret Source ‒ BY THE BUY: “I don’t shop much, but when I do I like going to Amoeba Music (6400 Sunset Blvd., LA, 323-245-6400; amoeba.com)—they have the most amazing and diverse collection. I can spend hours there.” TO DINE FOR: “There are many places in LA where I’ve shared wonderful meals with family and friends! Bestia, Bazaar, Mozza, Petit Trois, Chateau Marmont, Otium, Vespaio, Patina… to name a few.” MUSIC MAN: “No surprise—my two favorite places for live music are the Walt Disney Concert Hall (111 S. Grand Ave., LA, 323-850-2000; laphil.com) and Hollywood Bowl (2301 Highland Ave., LA, 323-850-2000; hollywoodbowl.com). Funny… I always take my visitors there!”
The SOURCE: SCENE 221 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213-2326200; thebroad.org
GAGOSIAN GALLERY 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
Part of a global network of 15 galleries, Gagosian was introduced to LA in the ’80s and has been a destination for premier modern and contemporary art ever since. 456 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-2719400; gagosian.com
BLUM & POE Set in an unlikely location, between Culver City and Mid-LA, Blum & Poe, part of an international trio of contemporary galleries, is LA’s premier destination for abstract art. 2727 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 310-836-2062; blumandpoe.com
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
THE BOX This Arts District gallery features an international roster of contemporary artists working in painting, photography, and sculpture, many of whom have featured work (and repped the gallery) at the London and New York Frieze and Art Basel Miami Beach art fairs. 805 Traction Ave., LA, 213-625-1747; theboxla.com
Discover prominent post-war and contemporary art at The Broad, a sprawling, 120,000-square-foot museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad to showcase their expansive private collection.
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
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; griffithobservatory.org
rotating roster of internationally renowned exhibitions. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310-443-7000; hammer.ucla.edu
HAUSER WIRTH NEW & SCHIMMEL The LA location of international contemporary and modern art gallery Hauser & Wirth, this recent Downtown arrival also boasts the city’s first Artbook bookstore, a Book & Printed Matter Lab gallery space for its publishing arm, and open-air gardens and courtyards. INSIDER TIP: Cap off a visit with lunch at onsite restaurant Manuela, which adapts locally sourced produce to a menu celebrating the American South. 901 E. 3rd St., LA, 213-9431620; hauserwirthschimmel.com
THE HUNTINGTON In addition to impressive collections of 18th- and 19th-century British and French art, this research and education nonprofit (more properly known as the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens) boasts rare books and manuscripts and more than 120 acres of gardens and grounds. INSIDER TIP: Head to the Huntington Art Gallery for a look at Thomas Gainsborough’s rococo masterpiece, The Blue Boy (1770). 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626-405-2100; huntington.org
LACMA Standing as the largest art museum on the West Coast, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art 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
LOS ANGELES MUSIC CENTER 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
This NYC contemporary art gallery planted its LA flag with a splash, renovating (with local architecture firm Standard) a mammoth, 50,000square-foot former factory into an arts complex of exhibition spaces, artists’ studios, and project rooms just across the river from Downtown’s Arts District. 300 S. Mission Road, LA, 323-406-2587; maccarone.net
MOCA Housing significant and challenging contemporary art created after 1940, MOCA offers an ambitious program of exhibitions and educational programs. 250 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213-626-6222; moca.org
NIGHT GALLERY TITLE: Manager, Membership and Annual Giving, at the Hammer
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Museum (hammer.ucla.edu). À TABLE: République (624 S. La Brea Ave., LA, 310-362-6115; republiquela.com) is great at all hours of the day. My favorite menu items are the steak frites and uni toast. WHAT’S IN STORE: The Hammer Store (10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310-443-7000; hammer.ucla.edu) is a trove of art books and local artisan items and jewelry. I am currently living in my Block Shop hand-printed textile scarf. RELAX, JUST DO IT: Solstice
Housed in a 6,200-square-foot warehouse just north of a tangle of railroad junctions at the southern edge of Downtown, industrial-chic Night Gallery (founded in a Lincoln Heights strip mall in 2010) continues to blaze an avant-garde trail through the LA gallery scene—and remains a bustling late-night hangout for the city’s top young artists and curators. 2276 E. 16th St., LA, 323-589-1135; nightgallery.com
Canyon Trail in Malibu is such a beautiful, and slightly haunting, hike. Also The Now in WeHo (7611 Beverly Blvd., LA, 323-746-5525; thenowmassage.com) for de-stressing: They have the best massages and essential oils.
REGEN PROJECTS A Hollywood gallery mainstay since its 1989 founding, Regen Projects exhibits sculptures, paintings,
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ARTS & CULTURE
installations, and prints from some of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists, including Doug Aitken, Anish Kapoor, and Richard Prince. 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 310-276-5424; regenprojects.com
The renowned German gallery debuted its only US outpost in LA in February 2016, making a kunst mark on Miracle Mile (across the street from LACMA) with its roster of more than 60 German and American modern and contemporary artists, including David Ostrowski, Analia Saban, Ryan Trecartin, Frank Stella, and Bernd & Hilla Becher. 5900 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 323-634-0600; spruethmagers.com
VENUS OVER LOS ANGELES While Venus’s New York exhibition space focuses more on established artists, its 14,500-square-foot DTLA gallery trains its eye ahead (naturally) on the lesser-known, more emerging artists influencing the cultural zeitgeist of LA and beyond. INSIDER TIP: Look out for the gallery’s outstanding exhibition publications. 601 S. Anderson St., LA, 323-980-
The city’s largest gallery, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel opened last year in DTLA’s skyrocketing Arts District with “Revolution in the Making,” an exhibition of postwar abstract sculpture by women that included Shinique Smith’s Forgiving Strands (2015–2016) in the breezeway.
LA, 323-928-2888; alimentola.com
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
Helmed by the forerunners of contemporary/minimalist LA dining, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal specializes in snout-to-tail tapas and exotic meats, offal, and charcuterie in a trendy, sparsely decorated room. Don’t forget to check out the famous chicken liver toast, signature roasted marrowbone, and quirky desserts. 435 N. Fairfax Ave., LA, 323-7829225; animalrestaurant.com
WILDING CRAN GALLERY Across the street from Soho House, in a Downtown Arts District saturated with galleries, Wilding Cran sets itself apart by featuring two exhibition spaces: a main gallery representing its core group artists, and a second, called Unit B, that serves as a creative project space, often hosting residencies for experimental (and non-Angeleno) artists. 939 S. Santa Fe Ave., LA, 213-553-9190; wildingcran.com
BESTIA Head downtown to Bestia, a multiregional Italian dining destination helmed by the husband-and-wife team of chef Ori Menashe and pastry chef Genevieve Gergis. 2121 E. Seventh Pl., LA, 213-514-5724; bestiala.com
DINING ALIMENTO A soulful Italian restaurant with small and large plates, Alimento is also known for its handcrafted pastas and extensive wine list. 1710 Silver Lake Blvd.,
Nestled in the heart of Beverly Hills, Bouchon offers authentic bistro fare and exceptional service in a vibrant yet intimate setting that seems lifted straight from a Parisian boulevard. Expect French classics, a commanding raw bar, and a deep wine list from which bottles are recommended and
poured by professionals. 235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-2719910; thomaskeller.com
CECCONI’S Internationally renowned, celeb-fave 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; cecconiswesthollywood.com
CHURCH & STATE An Arts District gem with industrial digs and expressive cocktails, Church & State is known for its traditional French bistro fare, including steak frites, tarte flambée, and profiteroles with chocolate sauce. Don’t miss the escargot—baked in butter, herbs, and plenty of garlic, and nestled in individual pastry-topped pots. It’s refined bistro cooking at its best. INSIDER TIP: The only place to get great cassoulet in LA! 1850 Industrial St., LA, 213-405-1434; churchand statebistro.com
CRAIG’S Known for its honey-truffle chicken, this elegant West Hollywood eatery is also a hot spot for celebrity sightings. 8826 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310-276-1900; craigs.la
V EGA N Celebrity chef Tal Ronnen serves up unconventional Mediterranean vegan cuisine in an upscale setting. 8284 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-782-9245; 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, 310-2768500; wolfgangpuck.com
DAN TANA’S A Hollywood landmark, Dan Tana’s serves mega-sized Italian classics amid checkered tablecloths and red leather booths. 19071 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-275-9444; dantanasrestaurant.com
The SOURCE: SCENE Crystal chandeliers, a teeming list of absinthes, and tufted nooks set the romantic, throwback tone at this vintage-inspired Downtown restaurant, where chef Michael Hung serves up rustic ceviches, salads, and pastas, as well as adventurous shared plates and fiery (literally…) craft cocktails. 705 W. Ninth St., LA, 213-239-0642; faithandflowerla.com
GJELINA A Venice staple since its 2008 opening, this favorite Westside brunch spot focuses on veggie-loaded farm-totable plates. 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-450-1429; gjelina.com
GRACIAS MADRE V E G A N Inspired by Mexico, chef Chandra Gilbert offers customers haute vegan cuisine made with ingredients sourced from local organic farms. 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323978-2170; graciasmadreweho.com
HERRINGBONE Former “Top Chef” Brian Malarkey is guided by a “fish-meats-field” culinary philosophy, serving fresh seafood at this Santa Monica hot spot. 1755 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310-9714460; 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, plus an extensive menu that nods to numerous cuisines, The Ivy is the perfect LA date-night spot. 113 N. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310-274-8303; theivyrestaurants.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, 323-655-6277; lucques.com
MASTRO’S Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, celeb-favorite Mastro’s is known for classic steaks, martinis, and live music (dancing encouraged!). 246 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-888-8782; mastrosrestaurants.com
MATTHEW NEW KENNEY NM V E G A N The latest addition to plant-based pioneer Matthew Kenney’s growing
food empire, this café offers vibrant, fresh fare in a casual atmosphere on the third floor of luxurious Neiman Marcus, where Kenney turns avocado toast and heirloom tomato lasagna into carefully crafted vegan plates. INSIDER TIP: The cookies with warm almond milk make a perfect breakfrom-shopping treat. 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; matthewkenneycuisine.com
and spicy fare, Night + Market is known for its traditional Thai street foods and coconut-milk ice cream sandwiches. INSIDER TIP: Complement your meal with chef Kris Yenbamroon’s signature sticky rice and assemble a mouthful by hand. 9043 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-275-9724; nightmarketsong.com
NOBU MALIBU MAUDE Star chef Curtis Stone curates a monthly tasting menu, using seasonal ingredients, at the intimate Maude in the heart of Beverly Hills. 212 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-8593418; mauderestaurant.com
NIGHT + MARKET A bustling restaurant with kitschy digs
In addition to its signature cassoulet (the best in the city!), the Arts District’s Church & State serves up other refined French bistro fare, including escargot baked under pastry with butter, herbs, and beaucoup garlic.
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
OFFICINE BRERA With its handsome mingling of brick, leather, and wood, this Arts District trattoria’s soaring, window-lined dining room plays host to an extensive Italian menu featuring specialty ingredients—think lardo, venison, Gorgonzola, squid ink, white truffles, and prime beef. 1331 E. Sixth St., LA, 213-553-8006; officinebrera.com
THE POLO LOUNGE This LA institution, nestled inside the historic Beverly Hills Hotel, is an A-list hot spot famous for its McCarthy salad, chocolate soufflés, and Sunday jazz brunch. 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-887-2777; dorchestercollection.com
PROVIDENCE Chef Michael Cimarusti’s dedication to sustainability and fresh ingredients makes uber-fancy Providence a top LA destination for seafood lovers. 5955 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-4604170; providencela.com
REDBIRD A native Angeleno, chef Neal Fraser uses LA’s multiculturalism as muse for Redbird’s eclectic American cuisine. 114 E. Second St., LA, 213-788-1191; redbird.la
JON & VINNY’S A casual favorite, Jon & Vinny’s treats visitors to pastas and hand-tossed pizzas in an LA-cool environment. INSIDER TIP: Order the can’t-miss meatballs. 412 N. Fairfax Ave., 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,
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THE FORUM This (recently renovated) major venue in Inglewood boasts a “star-filled” LED ceiling, creating a theatrical effect, and hosts star performers on its massive stage. 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310-330-7300; fabulousforum.com
THE GREEK THEATRE An expansive venue located in scenic Griffith Park, this LA institution hosts some of the biggest names in entertainment. 2700 N. Vermont Ave., LA, 844-524-7335; lagreektheatre.com
After indulging in first-rate seafood (with dishes like this sashimi plate with caviar and truffles), stick around at West Hollywood’s Catch as it transitions from fine dining hot spot to celeb-heavy nightlife venue.
HOLLYWOOD BOWL Concertgoers can stargaze (and picnic!) while catching some of music’s biggest acts—not to mention the LA Philharmonic—at this historic open-air amphitheater with a top-notch sound system. 2301 Highland Ave., LA, 323-850-2000; hollywoodbowl.com
L.A. LIVE 310-362-6115; republiquela.com
SPAGO BEVERLY HILLS Head to celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant for highstyle farm-to-table dining, including his star dish: Austrian Wiener schnitzel. 176 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-385-0880; wolfgangpuck.com
An opulent Beverly Hills restaurant with a posh dining room and amalgamated old and new Indian cuisine, Spice Affair is known for its marketfresh produce and lavish lounge. Start with the signature tandoor-smoked pineapple quenchers (lamb-stuffed turnovers) and continue with classic curries and biryanis. INSIDER TIP: Don’t miss the weekend brunch, featuring bottomless champagne! 50 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-683-4286; spice-affair.com
TASTING KITCHEN This hip, upscale eatery has quickly become a Venice staple thanks to its market-fresh menu of large and small plates, seasonal cocktails, and generous roster of perfectly cooked
pastas. Its bustling weekend brunch, featuring lemon-curd preserves and chocolate-almond bostock, is not to be missed. 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., LA, 310-392-6644; thetastingkitchen.com
TROIS MEC Hidden behind a raffallo’s pizza façade, in a nondescript Highland Avenue strip mall, the oh-so-chic 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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Offering a seamless transition from dining to nightlife, this slick West Hollywood seafood restaurant and
rooftop bar is a hot spot for celebrity sightings. Choose between intimate candlelit seating or communal, bustling tables to enjoy the breathtaking views of LA, acclaimed Asian-inspired fare, and potent signature cocktails. 8715 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323-347-6060; catchrestaurants.com
The Microsoft Theater (formerly known as The Nokia Theater) and Staples Center are just two of the mega-venues housed within this sprawling outdoor entertainment complex, which hosts the AMAs, ESPYs, Emmys, countless A-list music acts, and more. 800 Olympic Blvd., LA, 866-548-3452; lalive.com
THE SAYERS CLUB
Centered around a mammoth redwood tree, this historic multilevel space in Downtown celebrates California’s “golden age of cafeterias” and features creative cocktails in five differently themed bars, plus hidden nooks decked out in fanciful style. Popular treasures include its ornate wooden furniture, an impressive collection of vintage stuffed animals, and a hidden ice cave. 648 S. Broadway, LA, 213-627-1673; cliftonsla.com
Enjoy handcrafted pizza and intimate performances from emerging stars at this legendary, SBE-owned Hollywood club. 1645 Wilcox Ave., LA, 323-8718233; sbe.com/thesayersclub
Built in the 1920s, the Fonda Theatre is a beloved venue that has featured performances from The Rolling Stones, Katy Perry, and Stevie Wonder. 6126 Hollywood Blvd., LA, 323-464-6269; fondatheatre.com
Catch the year’s hottest pop and rock acts perform at this historic, Art Deco-style theater on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue. 3790 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 213-388-1400; wiltern.com
TROUBADOR Grungy-yet-cool Sunset Strip mainstay the Troubadour has been consistently named one of the best rock clubs in the country by Rolling Stone. 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-276-1158; troubadour.com
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High-end... again! What Goes Around Comes Around isn’t any regular vintage store. The NYC import specializes in secondhand luxury, such as this Birkin predecessor, the Hermès Kelly bag.
From its iconic New York flagship in ultra-tony SoHo, luxury vintage retailer What Goes Around Comes Around brings its highly curated selection of wares to an equally fabulous West Coast sister location in the shopping mecca of Beverly Hills. Stumble upon handpicked heritage Levi’s, classic rock tees, and a mix of lavish collectibles from some of haute couture’s most coveted brands—Fendi, Hermès, Comme des Garçons—proving this is no commonplace thrift shop. With 4,000 square feet of Art Deco and Hollywood Regency furnishings, plus grand vitrines stacked with vintage Chanel, this boutique screams casual-cool rock ’n’ roll. But think “small,” too: Half of the boutique’s inventory is dedicated to luxury accessories. 9520 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-858-0250; whatgoes aroundnyc.com
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Men’s at 8646 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-652-7039; hlorenzo.com
AMERICAN RAG Stylish outpost American Rag is a local favorite, with a wide selection of clothing for men and women ranging from vintage finds to designer duds, nestled inside a modern, inviting space with a casual feel. 150 S. La Brea Ave., LA, 323-935-3154; americanrag.com
INTERMIX Intermix is not your average chain retailer—the multi-brand boutique features must-know designers and on-trend pieces (many exclusive to their store), including denim, tops, luxury accessories, and cocktail dresses. 400 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-6231619; intermixonline.com
BARNEYS NEW YORK Shop this luxury department store for designer clothing and accessories by Alexander Wang, Christian Louboutin, Lanvin, Moncler, and many more. 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400; barneys.com
CHURCH Founders Rodney Burns and David Malvaney have devoted their must-shop WeHo boutique to the worlds of fashion and art. 7277 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323876-8887; churchboutique.com
JUST ONE EYE Positioned in Howard Hughes’s old Hollywood digs, Just One Eye is an ode to haute couture and designer clothing in addition to home décor, art, furniture, and special collaborations. 7000 Romaine St., West Hollywood, 888-563-6858; justoneeye.com
designers. 8745 W. 3rd St., LA, 310-275-1930; 11677 San Vicente Blvd., LA, 310-820-2300; 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310-317-9170; madisonlosangeles.com
MAXFIELD Luxury boutique Maxfield is an LA institution featuring shop-in-shops from the likes of Kith and Yeezy and curated designer and vintage collections for both men and women. 8825 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310-274-8800; maxfieldla.com
NEIMAN MARCUS Stay up to date with all the top designer brands and hottest trends at this luxury specialty department store. 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; neimanmarcus.com
NEW MADISON Shop one of Madison’s three LA boutiques for cool-girl clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories from top
The newly remodeled Nordstrom, at the Grove, offers designer labels and the latest in luxury fashion and beauty— think Burberry, Chanel, and more.
INSIDER TIP: Don’t miss the hidden spa, Style Bar, which offers quick beauty treatments like gel manicures and eyebrow shaping, as well as farmto-table restaurant Bar Verde, a haven for a mid-shopping break. The Grove, LA, 323-930-2230; nordstrom.com
OPENING CEREMONY Founded by stylish dynamic duo Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Opening Ceremony is known for housing the exclusive collections of trendy designers, including Kanye West for Adidas Originals, Chloë Sevigny, and more. 451 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-652-1120; openingceremony.us
REFORMATION Head to this boho-chic, trendsetterloved store featuring eco-friendly dresses, tops, bottoms, and jumpers designed to help save the environment by using sustainable techniques and repurposed fabrics. 8253 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-852-0005; thereformation.com
Shop this Palisades mega-boutique for luxury women’s ready-to-wear, formalwear, and accessories from brands such as Saint Laurent, IRO, Balmain, Helmut Lang, Chloé, Gucci, and more. 15306 Antioch St., Pacific Palisades, 310-230-8882; fwrd.com
Located on Melrose, and with sister stores in Brentwood and Malibu, Ron Herman caters to both men and women by housing designer brands such as AG Jeans, J Brand, Free City, and more. 8100 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-651-4129; 11677 San Vicente Blvd., LA, 310-207-0927; 3900 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310-317-6705; ronherman.com
FREG SEGAL Hip, eclectic, upscale retailer Fred Segal is the epitome of California chic. INSIDER TIP: The ivy-covered flagship on Melrose Avenue is one of the best celeb hangouts in LA. 8100 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-651-4129; fredsegal.com
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Drop into the country’s most iconic luxury department store and explore a vast array of high-end brands, from apparel and shoes to handbags and jewelry. 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; saks.com
H. LORENZO Located on Sunset Strip, Lorenzo Hardar’s boutiques house cutting-edge men’s and women’s fashion and some of SoCal’s most sought-after labels. Stocked with a mix of well-known and established brands as well as obscure up-and-comers, H. Lorenzo caters to the Industry A-list, offering a curated selection of only the best craftsmanship and design. Women’s at 8660 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-659-1432;
In addition to the latest in fine fashion and beauty, The Grove’s remodeled Nordstrom also offers a hidden beauty spa and a farm-to-table restaurant.
Iconic New York skate brand Supreme’s LA flagship is the go-to source for hip-hop–inspired apparel and urban accessories. Embodying a young, “downtown” counterculture, this groundbreaking store works with innovative designers and artists and features the crème de la crème of logo caps and skatewear. 439 N. Fairfax
The SOURCE: STYLE From her leaf-motific WeHo boutique Colette (inspired by childhood memories of leaves falling in Paris), French jeweler Colette Steckel adorns the red-carpet likes of Rihanna and Katy Perry.
recalls Steckel’s childhood inspiration of leaves falling in Paris. 8463 Melrose Pl., Ste. 4, West Hollywood, 323-9440599; colettejewelry.com
HUBLOT Hublot’s state-of-the-art designs utilize high-tech and classic materials for an aesthetic both innovative and traditional. INSIDER TIP: Look for the rugged, masculine Big Bang ($5 million), one of the world’s most expensive production watches. 9470 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-550-0595; hublot.com
IRENE NEUWIRTH SoCal-native Irene Neuwirth takes her inspirations from the sea, as seen in her fine jewelry pieces featuring precious stones and designs highlighting the ocean’s purity, power, and colors. 8458 Melrose Pl., LA, 323-285-2000; ireneneuwirth.com
RICHARD MILLE Artistry, architecture, and technical innovation are the driving forces at this brand that is both a connoisseur and casual collector fave. 222 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-285-9898; richardmille.com
Ave., LA, 323-655-6205; supremenewyork.com
TENOVERSIX Discover limited-edition fashion, art, and home décor at Tenoversix, a modern go-to shop for men, women— and the perfect gift! 8425 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-330-9355; tenover6.com
WILD STYLE LA Step inside this eclectic high-end boutique and you’ll be pardoned for thinking you’re in a hip, indoor playhouse. Amongst the prominent décor of neon signs and mini palm trees, Wild Style stocks urban and avant-garde clothing and accessories from a long list of impressive labels, such as Love Moschino, Raf Simons, Yeezy, and Astrid Anderson. Simply head to Melrose and look for the large neon spaceship. 7703 Melrose Ave.,
LA, 323-651-1223; wildstylela.com
WATCHES & JEWELRY
pre-owned jewelry, watches, and estate pieces, Circa works with the most reputable appraisers in the world to bring Angelenos vintage and classical pieces—at the right price. 9696 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310341-4111; circajewels.com
BREGUET Founded in 1775, Breguet is one of the world’s foremost luxury Swiss watchmakers of pieces that offer record-setting complications, superb haute joaillerie styling, or both. INSIDER TIP: The most expensive watch in the world, the Breguet Grande Complication MarieAntoinette ($30 million), is on sale at the brand’s Rodeo Drive showroom. 280 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-860-9911; breguet.com
CIRCA The largest international buyer of
CLAUDE MORADY ESTATE JEWELRY Shop one-of-a-kind vintage, estate, antique, and Art Deco jewelry designs at this high-end BH showroom. 9615 Brighton Way, Ste. 338, Beverly Hills, 310-275-3104; claudemorady.com
Shop for baubles big and small at this offbeat, high-end jewelry store decked out with rings, necklaces, precious stones, and more. 1111 N. Crescent Heights Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-822-3600; roseark.com
SINGLE STONE Ari and Corina Madilian’s exceptional engagement ring and wedding band designs are directly inspired by the vintage pieces and antique stones they source to create them. INSIDER TIP: Like the vintage pieces as they are? Ari and Corina always have a curated selection for sale. California Jewelry Mart, 607 Hill St., Ste. 204, LA, 213-892-0773; singlestone.com
COLETTE Natural wonders and a love of travel inform Colette Steckel’s exquisite jewelry, which is often seen adorning red-carpet A-listers like Rihanna and Katy Perry. It even informs her space: The leaf motif at her WeHo boutique
SUZANNE FELSEN With combinations of color dictated by each individual setting, each gem in Suzanne Felsen’s stunning collection is carefully hand-selected. 8332 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-653-
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Don’t miss Santa Monica’s 23rd Street Jewelers, an iconic family-owned jewelry shop, for custom earrings, engagement rings, and necklaces. 2319 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-828-0833; 23rdstreetjewelers.com
TITLE: Founder/Editor-in-Chief of style and food blog Editorialist LA (theeditorialistla.com). DAILY GRIND: LA has myriad upscale coffee shops, but Rubies + Diamonds (6115 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 150, LA, 323-4650400; rubiesanddiamonds.com) is one of my favorites. The sea-salt cold brew is positively addictive. THE HAPPIEST HOUR: With $20 bottles of rosé, $8 burgers, and free charcuterie, The Cannibal (8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310-838-2783; thecanniballa.com), at the Platform, easily
has the best happy hour deals in town. LOCAL WEARS: I’m a born-and-
With locations throughout LA, Westime is the SoCal luxury timepiece retail destination, specializing in extraordinary watches and jewelry. 216 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-888-8880; 8569 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-289-0808; 3832 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310-456-2555; westime.com
bred Valley girl, so The Village at Westfield Topanga (6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, 818-594-8732; westfield.com) has become my favorite local place to shop. It focuses on local retailers, like Blushington, JET, and Planet Beauty. SPIN EFFECT: I never thought I would enjoy a spin class until I went to Beatbike (18700 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, 818-3426030; beatbike.com). This spacious Tarzana studio has friendly instructors and fun, eclectic music (Adele and Backstreet Boys mash-ups? Yes please.).
FITNESS BARRY’S BOOTCAMP Barry’s Bootcamp remains a leading celeb-loved workout, mixing cardio with weight training in a group-class atmosphere. 6201 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 110, LA, 323-848-4761; 1106 La Cienega Blvd., Ste. 1106, West Hollywood, 310-360-6262; 14622 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 201, Sherman Oaks, 818-784-6262; barrysbootcamp.com
BURN 60 BRENTWOOD This hip, upscale fitness center has quickly become a Brentwood staple thanks to its signature 45- and 60-minute full-body workouts, perfect for gym-goers who are constantly on the go. Expect personal cubbies with charging stations, fresh fruit and mints, premium skincare products and toiletries, and complimentary towel service. 159 S. Barrington Pl., LA, 310-476-5656; burn60.com
Blvd., LA, 310-836-8000; 1950 Century Park E., LA, 310-789-1111; davidbartongym.com
and joints. 8474 W. 3rd St., LA, 323-592-3103; litmethod.com
EASTON GYM CO.
A resident DJ, dim lights, and neon signs set the tone at this modern WeHO yoga studio. The stylish spot offers a 60-minute vinyasa flow class that matches breathing and movement to high-energy music in a calming, minimalistic space. Find lockers labelled after music stars, cushioned floors, and even the option to book your mat space prior to class. 624-A N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 424-249-3400; playlistyoga.com
NEW This Hollywood gym offers top-of-theline equipment and group classes in a relaxed, neighborhood setting. Popular amenities include a complimentary health screening and the rooftop sundeck, as well as the quaint on-site café, Mojo, which offers organic juices and smoothies. 8053 Beverly Blvd., LA, 323-651-3636; eastongymco.com
EQUINOX Indulge in the invigorating lifestyle with a plethora of amenities, including exclusive Kiehl’s products and revolutionary fitness training, with more than a dozen locations throughout the city. 10960 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310-954-8950; equinox.com
DAVID BARTON GYM Renowned fitness icon David Barton’s namesake gyms offer comprehensive exercise and lifestyle experiences in uber-trendy, state-of-the-art environments famous for their nightclub-like interiors. Offering everything from spinning groups to Jacuzzis, barre classes to a boxing ring—and even live sets by local DJs—these upscale fitness centers have it all. 12100 W. Olympic
LIT, or “low impact training,” combines modern equipment with an old-school wellness mantra for the ultimate regenerating workout experience. The unique program consists of a 50-minute class utilizing a rowing machine and a resistance band training system, perfect for those who need minimal impact on the bones
PURE BARRE Discover a new way to exercise with total-body workout Pure Barre. The 55-minute class will see you utilizing a ballet barre, with ever-changing music and exercises ensuring each class is entirely unique—and tiring! INSIDER TIP: Wear sticky socks to prevent your feet from sliding! 231 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 424204-9722; 7519 W. Sunset Blvd., LA, 323-850-1800; 11819 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310-463-7873; purebarre.com
TRACY ANDERSON METHOD Rock out to music while working out
at A-list-loved celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson’s Brentwood and Studio City studios. 11918 San Vicente Blvd., LA, 310-207-5212; 12345 Ventura Blvd., Ste. L, Studio City, 818-7623133; tracyanderson.com
TRAINING MATE Offering the perfect combination of exercise and fun, this Australian-born fitness center is a hot spot for highintensity workouts. With a focus on positivity and camaraderie, Training Mate promises class-goers they’ll burn up to 1,000 calories during a single session of the gym’s circuit-based HIIT class. Expect a welcome mélange of dumbbells, bikes, rowers, and kangaroo jumps. INSIDER TIP: Don’t miss the live DJ every Sunday! 7825 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-3805492; 12429 Ventura Blvd., LA, 818-691-3202; trainingmatela.com
SPAS AJA MALIBU Head to Malibu to experience ancient and modern healing techniques in this charming, Egyptian-inspired crystalcave setting (literally—there are more than a thousand crystals embedded in
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The SOURCE: STYLE the walls that canvas the grounds) designed to cleanse, refresh, and renew. 1821 Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu, 310-457-7024; ajamalibu.com
THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL SPA BY LA PRAIRIE While featuring luxurious body treatments and therapeutic massages, the spa at The Beverly Hills Hotel is also at the forefront of the anti-aging revolution, specializing in skin restoration and rejuvenation
procedures featuring luxurious La Prairie products. 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-887-2006; dorchestercollection.com/ the-beverly-hills-hotel
interior was styled by renowned French designer Philippe Starck. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310246-5560; slshotels.com/beverlyhills
THE PENINSULA SPA CIEL SPA AT SLS BEVERLY HILLS Indulge in luxury treatments such as herbal steam rooms and hot stone massages inside the whimsical, 5,000-square-foot Ciel Spa. INSIDER TIP: Look around! The spa’s
Head to the Peninsula Spa at its namesake Beverly Hills hotel for tailor-made facials and massages, bespoke one-on-one yoga, and an idyllic outdoor pool. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-9752854; beverlyhills.peninsula.com
THE RANCH MALIBU Created as a space to inspire personal growth and transformation, The Ranch, a Travel + Leisure World’s Best Spa, offers luxury health programs, upscale rooms, and garden-fresh fare in a scenic setting three miles above the Pacific. INSIDER TIP: Don’t miss the plant-based takes on classic comfort foods—we can vouch for the burrito bowl. 12220 Cotharin Road, Malibu, 310-457-8700; theranchmalibu.com
THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA Cap a visit to The Spa at Terranea with a stay at the five-star, Mediterraneaninspired Terranea Resort, perched on 102 oceanfront acres at the tip of Rancho Palos Verdes.
With a Champagne welcome and unparalleled personalized service, The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers the ultimate in pampering and luxury spa treatments—in the heart of Downtown. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., LA, 213-7438800; ritzcarlton.com
THE SPA AT FOUR SEASONS LOS ANGELES With outdoor spa services and private poolside cabanas, the exclusive Four Seasons spa, in the heart of Beverly Hills, offers foot reflexology, a nail suite, and signature massages. 300 S. Doheny Dr., LA, 310-273-2222; fourseasons.com/losangeles/spa
THE SPA AT TERRANEA With breathtaking ocean views, The Spa at Terranea has it all—from a full-service salon and fitness center to the Spa Café. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310-494-7891; terranea.com/spa
SPA MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS A modern-day oasis, this Beverly Hills spa offers luxe skincare and spa treatments using advanced technologies and ultra-premium formulations. 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-860-7840; montagehotels.com/beverlyhills
TOMOKO SPA Founder Tomoko Kurono focuses on the healing powers of Japanese-style massage therapy at her namesake Beverly Hills sanctuary. 141 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 855-834-9689; tomokospa.com
DO A HOME MAKEOVER À L.A. MOD! OUR GUIDE TO THE BEST DESIGNS OF THE TIMES
CUSTOM OF THE CITY MODERNE MEETS GLAM AT THE PDC.
“It’s hard to tell what’s antique and what’s not, and that’s the point,” says cofounder Melinda Pakzad of glamorous Pacific Design Center showroom Ebanista, which offers up custom-designed furniture and textiles that mix old-world craftsmanship with made-for-LA casual elegance. Styles, historical eras, and European pedigrees are mixed and layered by Ebanista’s curated, highlytrained crew of ceramicists, weavers, foundrymen, gilders, silversmiths, artists, and furniture makers—all of whom finish each item with painstaking care. Not to mention, the majority of pieces are handcrafted in Southern California! Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., Ste. 190, West Hollywood, 310-246-9170; ebanista.com
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The SOURCE: SPACE HOTELS AKA BEVERLY HILLS For extended-stay visits, set up camp at AKA Beverly Hills and enjoy exclusive in-suite dining as well as a high-tech fitness center. 155 N. Crescent Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-3851924; stayaka.com
THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL Indulge in haute cuisine at The
Beverly Hills Hotel’s iconic Polo Lounge, where guests are likely to rub elbows with A-list celebrities. 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-2762251; dorchestercollection.com
THE BEVERLY WILSHIRE HOTEL Check out The Beverly Wilshire’s Pretty Woman suite, inspired by the iconic rom-com that was filmed at this luxurious hotel. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-5200;
CHATEAU MARMONT A beloved Hollywood icon inspired by France’s Loire Valley, the Chateau Marmont swaddles its guests in Continental elegance and glamour. 8221 Sunset Blvd., LA, 323-6561010; chateaumarmont.com
THE FOUR SEASONS LOS ANGELES Experience a luxurious getaway with
The Four Seasons’ new exclusive poolside cabana featuring signature cocktails, indulgent amenities, and more. 300 S. Doheny Dr., LA, 310273-2222; fourseasons.com/losangeles
HOTEL BEL-AIR Praised for its ultra-pampering service, the Hotel Bel-Air offers revamped guest rooms and large garden patios for visitors to unwind. 701 Stone Canyon Road, LA, 310-472-1211; dorchestercollection.com
MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS
NESTLED IN ITS OWN TROPICAL GARDENS, THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS IS AN OASIS IN THE CITY.
Old-school European elegance meets new-school chic at this hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills. INSIDER TIP: Jeffrey Zakarian’s American restaurant Georgie is one of the city’s culinary highlights. 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-8607800; montagehotels.com/beverlyhills
PALI HOTEL Situated in the center of the Melrose Shopping District, this boutique hotel’s interior design reflects the fashion-rock vibe of Melrose Avenue. 7950 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-2724588; pali-hotel.com
THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS Nestled amidst tropical gardens, The Peninsula Beverly Hills is an oasis in the city, featuring alfresco dining (with a view) at The Roof Garden. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310551-2888; beverlyhills.peninsula.com
TERRANEA RESORT A paean to Mediterranean style, the Terranea is known for its adults-only spa, golf course, beach facilities, and incomparable oceanfront dining experience. 100 Terranea Way, Palos Verdes, 310-265-2800; terranea.com
INTERIORS CARL HANSEN & SON The revered Danish modernist furniture company put down West Coast roots in Culver City’s Helms Bakery building with an expansive showroom boasting pieces by design
The SOURCE: SPACE ‒ Secret Source ‒
TITLE: Associate with HBA, the design firm infusing DTLA’s history into the stylings of the much-anticipated Hotel Indigo (ihg.com/ hotelindigo). MIX AND MINGLE: I especially like the crowd at Zinc Café (580 Mateo St., LA, 323-825-5381; zinccafe.com), a diverse and interesting clientele that adds to the overall experience. The Bar Mateo portion of Zinc is more dimly lit and cozy than the café—guests can choose their experience. RETAIL PERFECTION: Alchemy Works (826 E. 3rd St., LA, 323-487-1497; alchemyworks.us) embodies simple elegance, and has the feel of an artist’s loft. Housing a well-curated selection of jewelry, handbags, accessories, and a Warby Parker shop, this store is an example of successful retail design—which is hard to perfect and easy not to notice! TIME AND SPACE: A monastery-turned-restaurant, Redbird (114 E. Second St., LA, 213-788-1191; redbird.la) offers subtle décor that is respectful of its setting while remaining refreshingly contemporary.
“gods” such as Hans Wegner, Kaare Klint, and Ole Wanscher. Concrete, steel, and bowed ceilings are softened with polished wood and the alwayselegant offerings of Scandinavia’s premier high-end furniture, lighting, and textile makers. INSIDER TIP: Don’t miss Japanese starchitect Tadao Ando’s functionalchic Dream Chair on display. 8745 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310-842-8656; carlhansen.com
Cunningham and her husband, Scott Jarrell, opened this well-curated boutique selling lifestyle products. 255 S. Santa Fe Ave., LA, 213-928-0997; hammerandspear.com
HD BUTTERCUP With constantly evolving eclectic
designs, HD Buttercup provides a home-furnishing shopping experience like no other. 3225 Helms Ave., LA, 310-558-8900; hdbuttercup.com
KELLY WEARSTLER Known for her chic, Cali-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; kellywearstler.com
MODERNICA Shop prefabricated and customizable Midcentury Modern–inspired home furnishings with the original manufacturer of the Eames Fiberglass Chair. 7366 Beverly Blvd., LA, 323-933-0383; modernica.net
Browse carefully curated collections that pair modern, minimalist aesthetics with comfort, warmth, and quality. 8772 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 424-281-1326; rhmodern.com
REAL ESTATE THE CARLYLE RESIDENCES Exclusively designed by Fendi Casa, the Carlyle’s condominiums include all the amenities of modern-day luxury—even temperature-controlled wine storage! 10776 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310-209-0000; thecarlyle residences.com
A play on both “en garde” and “avant garde,” this elegant, airy shop on Beverly Boulevard specializes in “modern natural,” one-of-a-kind gifts and home accessories. Curated by former fashion-biz exec Scotti Sitz, items include chic American and international textiles, jewelry, bath goods, art, lighting, and furniture, including perfect-for-LA pieces by cutting-edge Brit-chick designer Faye Toogood. INSIDER TIP: Check out the vast selection of reasonably priced tabletop items. 7418 Beverly Blvd., LA, 323-424-4667; gardeshop.com
HAMMER AND SPEAR After years of collecting, lifestyle expert and interior designer Kristan
When it debuted one year ago, WeHo’s RH Modern Gallery was the first of its kind: The new structure was imagined as a canvas for the brand’s covet-worthy furnishings, lighting, and décor—not to mention a contemporary art gallery!
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CENTURY TOWERS Chock-a-block with celeb residences, Century Towers was the first residential project constructed in Century City. 2220 Avenue of the Stars, Ste. 102, LA, 310-277-0800; centurytowersla.com
EIGHTH & GRAND Enjoy the vibrant urban energy of one of the largest mixed-use DTLA projects, featuring luxe amenities and a Zen garden. 770 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213-293-2447; carmelapartments.com
skyline. 1050 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213-805-5497; ten50.la
Offering luxury living from studios to penthouses, 3033 Wilshire showcases breathtaking views and state-of-the-art amenities. 3055 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 213-263-5859; 3033wilshire.com
Enhancing the rapid transformation of the Arts District, The Garey Building offers residents a walkable plaza, and sits directly across from the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery. 905 E. Second St., LA; thegareybldg.com
Towering over 50 stories in the heart of DTLA, this luxury condominium building offers contemporary residences with unprecedented views. 889 Francisco St., LA, 213-784-7695; metropolislosangeles.com
PLAYA VISTA Find a fresh, urban take on allencompassing beachside luxury living, with yoga studios and five resort-style pools. 12852 W. Runway Road, Playa Vista, 866-402-3722; irvinecompanyapartments.com
RITZ-CARLTON RESIDENCES Starting on the 27th floor and rising to the 52nd, these super-glam residences stand tall above the bustling LA Live. 710 W. Olympic Blvd., LA, 213-7438800; ritzcarlton.com
Designed by HansonLA, the TEN50 building amplifies luxury with its spacious, resort-style condos, while its metal structure redefines the DTLA
complex in LA, adjacent to the Original Farmers Market. 189 The Grove Dr., LA, 323-900-8080; thegrovela.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; malibucountrymart.com
8TH + HOPE Offering high-rise luxury living, 8th + Hope sets the LA standard for glitzy hideaways and breathtaking views. 801 S. Hope St., LA, 213-443-8828; essexapartmenthomes.com
Located just south of LA, this mega shopping complex offers designer and fashion specialty boutiques, finedining restaurants, and art-filled public spaces in an open-air atmosphere. INSIDER TIP: Fashion Island celebrates the big 5-0 this year with a variety of special events! 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 855-6588527; shopfashionisland.com
BEVERLY CENTER Reflecting LA’s diverse styles and eclectic tastes, the luxurious and central Beverly Center is the quintessential shopping destination for visitors and locals alike. 8500 Beverly Blvd., LA, 310-854-0070; beverlycenter.com
Browse must-have brands at this three-story regional mall chock-full of dining and entertainment options. 100 W. Broadway, Glendale, 818-2466737; glendalegalleria.com
THE GROVE Shop, dine, and experience a variety of special events at this premier open-air retail and entertainment
MALIBU LUMBER YARD A stone’s throw from the Pacific, this open-air shopping center features storefronts from some of the world’s most luxurious brands. INSIDER TIP: The Lumber Yard is home to the largest freestanding aquarium in LA! 3939 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310-456-7395; themalibulumberyard.com
SANTA MONICA PLACE
CELEBRATING ITS 50TH BIRTHDAY THIS YEAR, LEGENDARY SHOPPING COMPLEX FASHION ISLAND OFFERS DESIGNER AND FASHION SPECIALTY BOUTIQUES IN AN OPEN-AIR ATMOSPHERE.
Steps from the beach, this open-air shopping center features luxurious brands conveniently located next to the Third Street Promenade. 395 Santa Monica Pl., Santa Monica, 310-260-8333; santamonicaplace.com
SOUTH COAST PLAZA Adjacent to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, this beloved shopping destination, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year, houses more than 250 must-shop luxury boutiques. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-435-2000; southcoastplaza.com
WESTFIELD CENTURY CITY The former Century Square Shopping Center is now a 900,000-square-foot outdoor mall whose stores range from everyday essentials such as H&M to luxury retailers like Tiffany & Co. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 310277-3898; westfield.com/centurycity
WESTFIELD TOPANGA Head to the Valley for a distinguished indoor shopping experience offering a wide range of amenities—fashion, beauty, restaurants—adjacent to retail hot spot The Village. 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, 818-5948732; westfield.com/topanga
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NOT TO BE MISSED EVENTS • HAPPENINGS • PROMOTIONS
BURKE WILLIAMS SPA
THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT
A sanctuary for relaxation and renewal, Burke Williams is taking the spa experience to the next level with their in-house blow dry bar, Style. With a visit to the new day spas in Hollywood and Woodland Hills, you’ll leave looking as fabulous as you feel.
Coming to Orange County in the spring of 2017, contemporary lifestyle brand AG launches their newest flagship at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. The newly designed 2,000 square foot store will feature over 350 unique styles for men and women as well as their Green Label collection.
401 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660, Suite 573 949.706.3386
The iconic hotel, celebrating its 90th year in 2017, is synonymous with Hollywood glamour. Now experiencing a “Modern Hollywood” revival following a $25 million guestroom re-imagining,the Roosevelt invites guests to experience the energy of the celebrity favorite hideaway, acclaimed restaurants and David Hockney’s painted pool.
1DENIM Denim and Coffee – an unlikely pair, yet a perfect combination. Visit 1DENIM at its Glendale store location. 1DENIM strives to provide premium, made in Los Angeles denim. Try 1DENIM’s locally roasted specialty coffees as well as their unique, handcrafted chocolates from Santa Barbara, CA. 127 S. Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204 1denim.com
THE 2017 KEEP MEMORY ALIVE POWER OF LOVE® GALA
SEA MOUNTAIN LUXURY NUDE RESORT
On April 27, 2017, the Keep Memory Alive Power of Love® gala will honor Ronald O. Perelman and Andre Agassi. Guests will enjoy an exceptional evening of auctions, performances by Jon Bon Jovi and Gwen Stefani, and cuisine prepared by Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
The most sensual hotel and day spa in the world, Sea Mountain luxury nude resort has 24 hour mineral water pools and 24 hour lifestyle dance lounges for guests. Also included are couples and women only pools and spas. We are ranked the ultimate celebrity secret in Palm Springs.
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HOLLYWOOD AND DIVINE A PRINCESS WAS BORN AND DIED IN LA LA LAND. AND MADE US LAUGH... AND THINK... ALONG THE WAY.
It was Carrie Fisher we always wanted to watch the Oscars with because it was Carrie Fisher who managed, simultaneously, to care deeply about Hollywood while at the same time not really caring too much at all. That was her secret. As one might regard one’s own
family—or Carrie Fisher’s famous family—as equal parts revolting and inviolable, midway on the spectrum of human dignity that spans John Waters and Tolstoy, we ought to regard the Oscar enterprise and all it entails with Fisher’s brand of play. In so much of what
she wrote and said, she seemed to convey, I know Hollywood is only a game, but it’s a game I love, a necessary attitude to adopt if one is to survive the movie business with any kind of well-being. That’s not a word typically associated with Fisher, but take a look at
any one of her interviews and you’ll find she was, like Yossarian in Catch-22, wholly underrated in the sanity department, laughing up deep reserves of revulsion and amusement, Stage Manager emeritus of our Our Town, and making a lot of sense. But don’t kid yourself; if Carrie made
sense, it was only because she pointed out where her world, Hollywood, didn’t. And so, while some may comfort themselves thinking it was right, somehow, that one day after Fisher died, her mother followed, I never will. It makes absolutely no sense to me.
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