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When the movies blew into Hollywood in the early 1910s, there was a post office, a couple of markets, two hotels, and nary a theater of any kind (ironically, a city ordinance restricted that). A decade later, the film biz firmly entrenched, Hollywood was fairly awash in tinsel. Prospect Avenue had been renamed Hollywood Boulevard, and on May 15,

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and May 18, 1927, two of the town’s most iconic structures debuted to much fanfare along that previously dusty lane. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which would host the first Academy Awards exactly two years later, quickly became the stomping ground of moviedom’s swell set. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, right across the

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street, premiered with Cecil B. DeMille’s Christian epic King of Kings, which no doubt helped to quell the town’s theater-hating Methodist founding fathers. This spring, 90 years later, these Hollywood warhorses, both of which have undergone more facelifts than a Beverly Hills housewife, are glittering again. Not to be overshadowed, Hollywood’s third

most celebrated landmark, the Capitol Records building, is hosting the 75th anniversary of the worldfamous music company, the first to put down roots on the West Coast, with a year-long series of tributes and parties. Of course, times have changed. When Clark Gable and Carole Lombard first stayed in the penthouse of the

Hollywood Roosevelt, it cost them five dollars a night. A movie ticket was 25 cents. And Frank Sinatra smoked unfiltered Camels while he recorded in Capitol Records’ legendary studios. Want to live it up today? The movie ticket and suite will cost you $6,021.75. The Camels, about six bucks. And make sure you take the latter outside.

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Hailey Baldwin in her campaign for Guess, the LA denim giant that celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

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SCENE.STYLE. SPACE 47 // THE XX FACTOR In testosterone-fueled Tinseltown, meet three women who have broken through the celluloid ceiling.

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The veggie splendor at P.Y.T. vies with LA’s meat-loving mainstays.

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The Godmother (2016) by Isabella Innis, featured on Downtown Art Walk.

50 // FASHION VICTIMLESS For local design darling Elisabeth Weinstock, style is all about substance.

52 // FOOD FIGHT!

54 // COCO’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG The simply named Gabrielle is Chanel’s first new handbag line in six years.

56 // STRIPPING UP Sunset Strip sheds its past for a wham-glam comeback.

58 // I AM WOMAN The world’s most luxurious watch brands are making a serious wrist-play for the ladies.

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House of Cards’ Neve Campbell makes a politically prescient return to the small screen. Dress ($695) and earrings ($275), Sportmax. Max Mara, 451 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-3859343; sportmax.com

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69 // LA VIE EN ROSÉ

When Guess launched its mega-brand 35 years ago, who knew it would ignite a denim revolution?

Celebrating the 10th vintage of its buzzy flagship rosé, Château d’Esclans brings a taste of St.-Tropez to the States.

62 // KING OF CLUBS

70 // MÉNAGE À DEUX

With Delilah, the h.wood Group channels the unabashed glamour of Tinseltown past.

Art player Tappan Collective and fashion fave Vince hook up to brilliant effect.

64 // TO DIE FOR

72 // STAR POWER

Hollywood funny gal Ari Graynor is killing it in Showtime’s new hit series, I’m Dying Up Here.

At 60, celeb-loved design shop Paul Ferrante shines brighter than ever with a renovated Melrose Place flagship.

66 // DOWN HOME DOWNTOWN

73 // THE HIGH LIFE

DTLA real estate whiz Lisa Fittipaldi tours—and touts—the city’s ever-emerging cultural nucleus.

This summer, luxury hotel InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown debuts in the tallest building west of Chicago. Whoa.

68 // 50 AND FABULOUS

74 // IT TAKES TWO

Two Orange County fashion meccas toast a half-century of impeccable SoCal style.

The husband-and-wife duo behind Schwung Home are designing for themselves—and the future.

FEATURES 76 // ALL ABOUT NEVE This spring, ‘90s TV darlingturned-movie star Neve Campbell chews up the not-so-small screen again in America’s other political thriller.

82 // GOLD RUSH

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This season’s tough metallics give gritty glamour to worn-in leathers, butter-soft suedes, and sensual silhouettes.

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Beat the city heat with a close-by vacay at Mediterraneanfab resort Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes.

THE SOURCE 103 // SCENE Indulge in insider LA with our guide to the city’s best arts, dining, and nightlife.

108 // STYLE Shop… and sparkle! Here’s to looking your best in Tinseltown.

114 // SPACE Get down with design! The best ways to live, shop, and stay in LA.

AND FINALLY... 120 // ONLY IN L.A.

on the cover: Neve Campbell Photography by Mike Rosenthal Styling by Laura Jones Hair by Marc Mena for Exclusive Artists using Amika Haircare Makeup by Kim Bower using Vapour Organic Beauty Manicure by Isadora Rios for Exclusive Artists using Chanel Le Vernis Styling assistance by Ryan Gale Location: 46 Laight St., No. 2, New York, NY. TOWN Residential: Claudia Saez-Fromm, 646-7907954, and Mark David Fromm, 646-998-7487; townresidential.com Ruffled dress shirt, Dolce & Gabbana ($1,495). 314 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-888-8701; dolcegabbana.com. Cropped pant, 3.1 Phillip Lim ($550). 734 E. 3rd St., LA, 213-246-2588; 31philliplim .com. Earrings, Bowen NYC ($3,260). bowennyc.com

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Associate Managing Editor Lauren Epstein Assistant Editor, Beauty & Style Christina Clemente Copy Editors David Fairhurst Julia Steiner

Senior Staff Photographer Jeffrey Crawford Senior Digital Imaging Specialist Jeffrey Spitery Digital Imaging Specialist Jeremy Deveraturda FASHION Senior Fashion Editor Faye Power Associate Fashion Editor Casey Trudeau Associate Market Editor Connor Childers Assistant Fashion Editor Lisa Ferrandino

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women rock ’n’ rule! Haven’t they always? Welcome to our annual Women’s Issue, where we shine a spotlight on a few of the players that make LA/Hollywood tick, from cover star Neve Campbell (House of Cards) and powerhouse producer Dany Garcia (Baywatch, the movie) to fashionista/ philanthropist Elisabeth Weinstock and leading lady/funny gal Ari Graynor, who brings the iconic LA comedy scene of the 1970s to hilarious life in the buzzy new Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here, produced by Jim Carrey. At this magazine, it’s not only the women on our pages who inspire us but the leading ladies who work their magic behind the scenes. Once a year, it’s my pleasure to lift the veil and call out a few of the dames who daily rock my world. And, yes, rule… Here in LA, our publisher Alison Miller is a tall, brunette force to be reckoned with. For five years, we’ve butted heads ever-soslightly, laughed ever-so-muchly, and, in the end, joined up to fashion a fun, fast, and furious magazine romp through this great city of ours. In my 30-plus years of collab-ing with biz-whiz publishers, Alison is perhaps the smartest. She is filled with good ideas, appreciates quality editorial—and writes her own pub notes (not always the case!). She also throws a GREAT party. Good office wife to have. By her side is associate publisher Valerie Robles, a long-time colleague and dear friend, for whom no task is too daunting. She just “gets” it. It’s a great team. We are also blessed in LA with the extraordinary talent of our VP of creative and fashion, Ann Song, with whom I’ve been working for 13 years. She’s my other office wife. (It’s sort of an old-school Gal power! from top: Celeb-rating our Oscars Issue with two electric ladies, publisher Alison Miller and cover star Janelle Monáe, at Palihouse West Hollywood; taking in DTLA views from 3033 Wilshire with Winter Issue cover queen Zoe Saldana and Instagram king Eric Rutherford (@mr.rutherford); toasting the LA Phil in grand style at a patron’s dinner with Krug champagne CEO Maggie Henríquez.

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Mormon thing here.) Hardworking (does Ann ever sleep?) and maddeningly detail-obsessed (we share that), Ann is famous for her integrity when it comes to pictures, layouts, art, and fashion. She is no “girl next door.” If it’s not the best it can be, you better take your wares and go next door. At the end of the day, the magazines are as beautiful as they are because of her mania for quality. Kudos also to our office manager, Kristine Guevarra, who, besides her myriad other duties, patiently sits with me as I attempt to master the latest social media formats at lightning speed. Love her. At our headquarters in my hometown of New York, the Venusian power posse presides with equal formidableness (is that a word?). Our photo director, Lisa Rosenthal Bader, is a New Yorker in the very best sense of the word. Brilliant, tough, no-nonsense, with an unerring eye for quality photography. I inevitably defer to Lisa, who knows a good photo from a less good one. Call out, as well, to senior fashion editor Faye Power, and the whole fashion team, who are as eager as they are hardworking. Not to mention, well, chic! With all due respect, of course, none of these tough, funny, fashionable, fascinating gals are any match for my dear old mom. I’ve had very good training. And thank God! #thewomenoflac #spencersangels Cheers,

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In 1872, Susan B. Anthony was arrested and indicted for the crime of casting a vote in the presidential election at a time when women were prohibited to do so. In what is a now an infamous speech to the court, she bravely argued for the constitutional rights of all US citizens, and refused to pay her $100 fine. It took another 50 years until the 19th amendment passed, granting women the legal right to vote. Raised in a family where any discussion of religion, money, or politics was thought to be impolite, I have often refrained from sharing my own opinions surrounding these topics in public forums. Given the current political environment, it may be time to break that tradition! In preparing for this, our annual Women of Influence issue, we met with and interviewed more than a dozen prominent, successful, insightful women. Regardless of individual party affiliation, never has the message from a single group been so aligned—each shared a resounding concern about the challenges to our assumed freedoms and human rights. Women have been mobilized in a way unseen for decades. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage,” Anaïs Nin once said. This revitalized level of engagement through protest marches, strikes, and

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lobbying efforts has certainly proven once again that women neither lack courage nor conviction. The publishing world often collides with the entertainment industry, which has frequently been accused of shallowness. But I must say, in recent months, I’ve experienced a great sense of pride as I’ve interacted with the Industry’s young starlets, including our last issue’s cover star, Janelle Monáe, who leverages her platform to effect change and to communicate the important messages of acceptance, inclusion, and equality. Women are also increasingly being cast in power roles, such as our current cover star, Neve Campbell, who plays a brilliant senate campaign manager in the upcoming and much anticipated season of House of Cards. We are so blessed to live in a city where women contribute so much to the political, economic and social structure. Here’s to all of you this month. Brava, sisters! Cheers,

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clockwise from above left: Kicking off our #instaLAC Zoe Saldana Winter Issue event with Courvoisier’s Silamith Weir; appreciating an important quote by Susan B. Anthony at The Huntington Library; celebrating Oscars week with the uber-talented Janelle Monáe.


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Kamala Harris

Hilary Lentini

Shelley Reid

Lauren Cohen

Manijeh Messa

Ashley Gochnauer

Alisa Jacobs

Bonnie Fallone-Otto

Manuela Testolini

Reese Witherspoon

Elizabeth Johnson

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Brit Gilmore

Callie Hernandez

Jenny Klatt

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Megan Pormer

Amanda Archer

Christine Chang

Deborah Borda

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ELECTRIC LADY COVER STAR JANELLE MONÁE TURNS ON THE STAR POWER FOR LAC’S OSCARS ISSUE SOIRÉE. Few events in LA draw an insider list of artists and celebs like an Oscar party! Los Angeles Confidential celebrated the awards ceremony by jump-starting the weekend early with Spring Issue cover star Janelle Monáe, Group Publisher Alison Miller, and Editor-in-Chief Spencer Beck at Palihouse West Hollywood.

In an Antonio Marras stunner, Janelle Monáe fêted her Spring issue cover in signature blackand-white style.

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With both her films, Hidden Figures and Best Picture winner Moonlight, honored with numerous awards and nominations, there was much for Monáe to toast to with a Cîroc French 75 cocktail—or two... With a gorgeous, black and white (natch!) dress by Antonio Marras, Monáe charmed and electrified the assembled guests—as she always does. 

James Flemons and Autumn Randolph Lil Newman and Ashley Newman

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Wendy Burch and Linda Thompson Justin Schwan, Tony Duran, and Steeve Daviault

Greeting guests at their tables were Spring issues of Los Angeles Confidential alongside Cîroc Vodka. Paul Zahn and Sibley Scoles

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ZOE SALDANA COVER PARTY Los Angeles Confidential celebrated its Winter Issue with an unforgettable party hosted by glamorous cover star Zoe Saldana at the tony new 3033 Wilshire residential tower, which was the title sponsor for the evening. Guests #instaLAC’d the night away with honored social media influencers Tara Maxey of @heirloomla, @overheardla ’s Jesse Margolis, DJ Lauren “Kittens” Abedini (aka @iamkittens), and Eric Rutherford (aka @mr.rutherford). Partygoers indulged in handcrafted Courvoisier cocktails and free jeans customized with patches at the 1denim station, all while taking in the heavenly city views from 3033 Wilshire’s sky deck. The party was cosponsored by World Protection Group and enlivened with colorful flower arrangements courtesy of Seed Floral.

Ron McMillan, Robbie Shaffer, and Eugenia Liang

Brittenelle Fredericks and Lauren “Kittens” Abedini

Brian Matarese and Christie Alkana

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Paul Zahn, Carol Kelley, Katie Bronow, Silamith Weir, and Brian Olver

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THE OSCARS!

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Awards season mania ended with a bang (and a bit of a thud!) with the 89th Academy Awards. But the show must go on... Hollywood is starting to gear up for the big 9-0 next year. Of course, long before La La Land swept the Golden Globes and Moonlight shined at the Oscars, Los Angeles Confidential partnered with Hamilton watches to honor the year’s critically acclaimed films at our Behind the Camera Awards alongside Hollywood A-listers such as Denzel Washington, Dev Patel, Natalie Portman, John Legend, Mark Wahlberg, and Mel Gibson. And to prescient effect: We honored some of Oscar-night’s biggest winners long before they collected that golden statuette, including Moonlight director Barry Jenkins and actor Mahershala Ali, as well as La La Land composer Justin Hurwitz. Hamilton, SAG Awards, Golden Globes, and Oscars! We can hardly wait for next year’s round.

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Pauletta and Denzel Washington

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Le tout Hollywood celebrated the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the historic Riviera Theatre. Along with media sponsor Los Angeles Confidential, both UGG and Belvedere Vodka were presenting sponsors for the annual fest, which screened 247 films to a whopping 90,000 attendees. The 11-day event featured several panels run by the year’s critically acclaimed productions—including Fences, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, and Moonlight—and brought out a passel of A-list celebrities, including Mahershala Ali, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and Denzel Washington. And scene!

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BMW X JIMMY CHOO SHRINERS BENEFIT Car fanatics and shoe fetishists joined Monty Meave, GM of BMW Beverly Hills, and partner Jimmy Choo for a stylish evening to benefit Shriners Hospital for Children—Los Angeles. While celebrating the launch of the all-new BMW 5 Series and the exclusive preview of JC’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection, guests enjoyed 90210-worthy hors d’oeuvres, fine wines, live music, and great giveaways. Earlier in the day, smart shoppers stopped by the Jimmy Choo Beverly Center boutique, where a portion of all sales benefited Shriners.

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GUESS ORIGINALS X A$AP ROCKY DEBUT Celebrities, social media influencers, and special guests came together to celebrate GUESS Club, an exclusive collection created by GUESS Originals cofounder Paul Marciano and designed by A$AP Rocky. Notable guests included Kendall Jenner, Anwar Hadid, Christina Milian, and many of the world’s top models, who all came out to applaud Guess’s ever-classic American style.

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HERMÈS DWNTWNMEN EVENT Bringing spring in with a bang, Hermès celebrated its 2017 Men’s collection with DwntwnMen, an LA mega-party-cum-fashion show. With his bright, digital slogans, graphic artist Anthony Burrill helped to highlight mens’ artistic director Véronique Nichanian’s Spring/Summer collection. A high-powered postshow performance by Cold War Kids wowed the crowd of 1,500 trendsetters and socialites, including A-list celebrities from Bobby Flay and China Chow to James Blunt, Brett Ratner, and Dita Von Teese.

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Life’s a beach for producer/bodybuilder/ Hollywood wonder woman Dany Garcia, who is exec-producing this May’s killer comedy, Baywatch (the movie!), starring her ex-husband and biz partner, Dwayne Johnson (right, center), as well as Zac Efron and Alexandra Daddario (below right).

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAIME CHALEM (GARCIA); FRANK MASI © 2017 PARAMOUNT PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED (FILM STILLS)

THE XX FACTOR IN TESTOSTERONE-FUELED TINSELTOWN, MEET THREE WOMEN WHO HAVE BROKEN THROUGH THE CELLULOID CEILING. BY SPENCER BECK

On the silver screen, women have held their own in Hollywood for years. In the front office, not so much. These days, the fairer sex is kicking up their game big-time, one designer high-heel at a time. This May, wonder woman/ powerhouse Dany Garcia, cofounder of Seven Bucks Productions (and a pro bodybuilder in her spare time!) is exec-producing the muchanticipated Baywatch, starring her ex-husband and biz partner, Dwayne Johnson, Hollywood’s highest-paid actor. Another tough gal, actress-turned-producer Leah Remini is reinventing

herself once again, this time partnering with A&E for the buzzy round two of her gutsy memoir-turned-documentary, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. And upstairs at MGM, Senior VP Shelley Reid somehow finds time to lead Visionary Women, a nonprofit that supports women’s initiatives, as well as chair the biggest fashion event in LA, the Otis College of Art & Design Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show. Who says brawn, brains, and beauty are mutually exclusive? Not any of these power gals.

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How much of success is timing and luck? It isn’t—it’s being rooted authentically in what you want to execute. Do you feel women in Hollywood are underrepresented? Absolutely! Every discussion benefits from a woman’s perspective at the table. If you were mentoring a young woman starting in the Industry today, what would your advice be? Be comfortable with the delivery of your point of

view, and surround yourself with supportive people who believe deeply in what you’re doing. Who is your ideal employee? One who understands no great thing is ever accomplished alone. Do you have any regrets? Not trusting myself sooner and at a younger age. What’s the secret to juggling a powerhouse business, family, and hobbies (like bodybuilding!)? Creating an environment that supports everything you want to do and weeding out

the things that don’t. Favorite movies? Historically and into the future, it’s pretty much the entire Disney animated slate! Do you have a secret spot in LA? The Hotel Bel-Air, because it was my first “home away from home” in Los Angeles. The staff makes the visit feel like I’m with family. What are the three things you still want to do? There are millions! But up next is writing a book, expanding my partnerships in the health and fitness industry… and investing in restaurants!

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The lion queen: Shelley Reid, MGM Studios’ high-powered executive VP of television business and legal affairs, puts her Master’s degree in social ethics from USC to good use with a number of philanthropic causes, including Visionary Women, where she is president.

SHELLEY REID THE PHILANTHROPIST

What’s the key to success? Doing what you are passionate about! How much is timing and luck? Timing and some good luck are important, but they are both linked to instinct, which will tell you when to grab an opportunity. Do you feel women are under-represented in Hollywood? Yes! Do the math. What’s your greatest accomplishment? Surviving my second marriage. What advice would you give a young woman starting out in the Industry today? To not be afraid to behave like a woman—success doesn’t require imitating a man. What’s your dearest women’s cause?

Visionary Women (visionary women.com). We are doing great things—hosting salons on topics specific to women, mentoring girls, and using our funds and influence to support initiatives for women. You do an enormous amount of philanthropy… I was brought up that we all have an obligation to help those less fortunate—I am very grateful for my life and it hurts me to see others struggle. What is your favorite secret spot in LA? It’s a secret. But I will tell you my favorite place for lunch: Petrossian on Robertson! What are three films you can’t live without? The King’s Speech, any Matt Damon Bourne movie, and The Queen. Finish this thought: When I travel, the thing I miss most about LA is… Valet parking!

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What’s the key to “making it?” Being authentic. And not giving up, mostly. Success is less about talent [than] tenacity. Do you feel women are under-represented in Hollywood? As in the business world, there is a disparity in what women get paid in comparison to their male counterparts. [And] women are held to a different standard. They are expected not to age and not gain weight and then are often punished for it. Whereas leading men who are aging are celebrated and often cast with young women as their costars. What’s your greatest achievement? Raising a daughter who questions everything. Me, her dad, authority. As challenging and annoying as that can be, we want to raise a strong, independent person who doesn’t just accept what she is told. Your greatest regret? Not wearing more short shorts when I didn’t have cellulite. How do you juggle acting and producing with family? Hire people. “I’m happiest when I’m…” Eating anything fattening. But then that quickly turns to regret, but for the moments it’s going down, very happy. “I’m a strong woman because…” I can say that I am not

always strong. If you hadn’t gone into show business, what would you have done? Advocate for victims. My husband said I should have been an interrogator for the CIA! What’s the number one thing on your bucket list

you haven’t yet accomplished? Being calm. No matter where I am or what I am doing, my mind never stops. What are the movies or TV shows you just can’t live without? Game of Thrones. And Game of Thrones.

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“DON’T CHANGE WHO YOU ARE BECAUSE YOU THINK IT WILL LEAD YOU TO SUCCESS... APPRECIATE AND FEEL THE STRUGGLE OF TRYING TO ‘GET THERE.’” —leah remini

Emmy for Remini? Actress, comedian, and tough lady Leah Remini goes for another round in the spotlight this summer with her critically acclaimed exposé, Scientology and the Aftermath, a big win for cable network A&E.

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STYLE GIVING BACK The gang’s all here: From her Beverly Grove boutique (HERE AND BOTTOM RIGHT), handbag designer Elisabeth Weinstock (INSET) mentors former drug addicts and gang members and utilizes their collaborative contributions, such as this penitent version of her classic Sardinia weekender (RIGHT; price upon request).

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Los Angeles-based handbag designer Elisabeth Weinstock is wielding her creative powers for the good of aspiring artists. Since launching her much-indemand, ultra-chic accessories and home wares line in 2011, the former interior designer has found a way to turn her talent for creating luxe goods into an opportunity to help others. Through a class she started with the South Central-based youth center A Place Called Home (apch.org), Weinstock, 49, has been mentoring adolescents who have fallen on hard times with drug addiction or gang affiliation. She now brings that mentorship to the next level,

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shepherding a team of former addicts and gang members to find inspiration through art—by creating pieces for her eponymous line. Weinstock even pays the aspiring designers hourly for their work and makes herself available as a reference, encouraging her mentees to include the experience on their résumés. “We have an open-heart policy over here,” says the Beverly Hills native, who once struggled with addiction herself. “There’s so much raw talent in the world. This opportunity helps people get better… not just get by.” 8159 W. 3rd St., LA, 323-655-3000; elisabethweinstock.com

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WITH L.A.’S LATEST RESTAURANT OPENINGS, IT’S A BATTLE FOR THE HEARTS, MINDS… AND STOMACHS… OF A DIVIDED CITY. BY KATHRYN ROMEYN

In the City of Angels, a person’s diet is as divisive as the Westsiders who won’t cross the 405. Yes, there are vegan-friendly eateries opening seemingly every day, but there are chefs catering to the die-hard meat eaters—and Paleo obsessives—too. Is the gap widening between the two camps? At Platform’s The Cannibal LA (thecanniballa.com), a butchery and resto from NYC, the menu is as satisfyingly protein-centric as it sounds—think pâtés, cured salumi, pork bellies, dry-aged ribeyes, and even a whole-roasted pig or lamb feast. But seasonal veggies from Thorne Family Farm factor in, too, in the form of spaghetti squash panzanella, fried Brussels sprouts, and roasted cauliflower. And while the dishes at Here’s Looking at You (hereslookingat youla.com), the creative K-Town hit from two Animal expats, are far from heavy, most aren’t made with vegans in mind—Chinese sausage appears on a tomato salad, alongside frog legs and veal sweatbreads. Marcel Vigneron’s organic, primarily plant-based, fast-casual Beefsteak (beefsteakveg.com)—next door to the protein-heavy modern California-style Wolf!—is a direct result of “the way I like to eat on a regular basis,” says the chef, who discovered more energy by eating veggie-centric. Chef Josef Centeno, whose DTLA hot spots include Baco Mercat, Ludlow, and Bar Ama, looks to greener pastures, as well, with P.Y.T. (pytlosangeles .com), which features plants from the urban farm at Los Angeles

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Meat vs. veg! CLOCKWISE FROM HERE: Chef Curtis Stone at protein haven Gwen; Here’s Looking at You; salt-baked turnip at P.Y.T.; chef Marcel Vigneron at veggieheavy Beefsteak; morcilla sausage and charcuterie at The Cannibal LA; P.Y.T.’s plant-filled DTLA space; bitter-greens falafel with apricotginger mostarda, dried olive, and paprika at Erven.

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FOOD FIGHT!


“IT’S BEEN A NATURAL PROGRESSION TO COOK MORE AND MORE WITH VEGETABLES. THEY INVITE A LOT OF EXPERIMENTATION!” —JOSEF CENTENO CLOCKWISE FROM HERE: Fig toast at P.Y.T.; Here’s Looking at You chef/owner Jonathan Whitener; sweet potato chips at Beefsteak; The Cannibal LA; Korean “gnocchi” at Erven.

Leadership Academy, among others. “For me it’s been a natural progression to cook more and more with vegetables,” says Centeno. “There is such a wide variety of raw material when compared to meats, and they invite a lot of experimentation.” Creativity is also on tap at chef Nick Erven’s Santa Monica eatery Erven (ervenrestaurant .com), which has been called “coincidentally vegan.” “[I’m] not necessarily always a fan of vegetarian food, but vegetables are dope, and I like to cook them,” he says. The chef’s spins on plants are aimed at “bridging that gap. We aren’t out to convert people to veganism, just cook a great meal for them!” But, Erven counters, “I

think meat is still king in LA,” a sentiment that rings with chef Curtis Stone: His high-end Hollywood butchery, Gwen (gwenla.com), is the most unapologetically carnivorous of the bunch, with seasonal, “best-inclass” protein ranging from grouse, woodcock, and housemade charcuterie to wild venison, hare, and, of course, grass-fed wagyu beef: “Working with such brilliantly aged and precisely prepared protein is a dream come true.” Even so, adds Stone, “It’s a strange thing coming from a guy who owns a butcher shop, but I think we should eat less, better quality meat.” Centeno agrees: “I know [sustainably raised meat is] expensive, so cooking and eating it in small

amounts makes the most sense from all standpoints.” At Delilah (hwoodgroup.com/delilah), The h.wood Group’s ’20s-inspired brasserie/ club, the provenance of meat is especially key. Says chef Rudy Lopez, “When [diners] see Aspen Ridge or American wagyu on a menu they always lean toward ordering those dishes because they know exactly where it’s coming from.” So whether it’s vegan or meaty, the real trend, according to chefs, is feeling good about the ingredients. Lopez sums it up: “Vegetarian restaurants may be on the rise, but for the most part I can’t see myself creating a meatless menu in this city.” And the war rages on…

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STYLE MUST-HAVE

COCO’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG THE SIMPLY NAMED GABRIELLE IS CHANEL’S FIRST NEW HANDBAG LINE IN SIX YEARS.

THE GABRIELLE IS A DESIGN MARVEL, MERGING THE SLOUCH OF A HOBO-STYLE HANDBAG WITH A STRUCTURAL BOTTOM.

Freedom, comfort, functionality— these were the three requirements at the top of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s list when she created a handbag that merged practicality with style in 1955. Her idea of dressing the modern woman still rings true today, and it’s nowhere more apparent than in the new bag that bears her name. Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, introduced the Gabrielle bag during the brand’s Spring 2017 runway show. It’s a design marvel, merging the slouch of a hobo-style handbag with a structural bottom, resulting in a contrasting silhouette that feels fresh and excitingly new. In order to achieve this posh juxtaposition, the handbag is fitted on a rigid thermoformed base, and the body of the bag is crafted from light and supple quilted leather. Of course, Chanel also has perfect taste in its muses, with Kristen Stewart, Cara Delevingne, Caroline de Maigret, and Pharrell Williams all helping to get the word out in an Instagram campaign. Available in a range of styles (quilted backpacks, chic shoulder bags, sturdy totes, and youthful bucket bags) as well as a multitude of colorways, the Gabrielle offers endless style possibilities. We can’t help but think Coco herself would be pleased. 400 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-2785500; chanel.com

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HERE AND TOP LEFT: The new “it” bag from Chanel hit the runway at the brand’s Spring 2017 show. ABOVE: Poppy Delevingne, English model and sister of Chanel muse Cara, sports the Gabrielle backpack. LEFT: An array of elegant Gabrielle bags ($3,000–$4,000) in mixed materials and classic colors.

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SPACE SPOTLIGHT

SUNSET STRIP SHEDS ITS PAST FOR A WHAM-GLAM COMEBACK. BY ALEXANDRIA ABRAMIAN

Once upon a time, people looking for a high-rise home above Sunset Strip had only one option: Sierra Towers, the 1965built, 31-story building at Sunset and Doheny Road, which has housed everyone from Sandra Bullock and Joan Collins to Emma Watson and Lindsey Lohan. These days, however, an explosion of high-end residential, retail, and hotel projects is taking the Strip into high-stepping, wellheeled terrain. In fact, the former Hustler building on Sunset will be reborn as The Arts Club (thearts club.co.uk), the Gwyneth Paltrow–backed, $2,000a-year private retreat (with a no-swearing policy!), clinching the iconic

boulevard’s A-list upgrade that began with Soho House West Hollywood way back in 2010. Call it a case of location. Perfectly perched at the base of the Hollywood Hills, the Strip not only offers a central locale, but newly built luxury condos tout an amenity usually reserved for those with Bel-Air and Bird Street compounds: celeb-worthy city, mountain, and ocean views. “Compared to views in Downtown or in Santa Monica, high-rises off the Strip cover a 360-degree perspective, from the snowcapped mountains down to Orange County and directly west to the sea,” says real estate agent Justin Alexander,

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Sunset rising! Residential projects are revolutionizing Sunset Strip, starting with the just-opened 8500 Sunset, whose ground-level amenities—bars, restaurants, and LA’s largest Fred Segal—will become a boon for residents and visitors alike. above: SoCal starchitect Frank Gehry will put his stamp on the Strip with 8150 Sunset, across from the Chateau Marmont.

RENDERING BY VISUALHOUSE (8150 SUNSET); COURTESY OF 8500 SUNSET (8500 SUNSET EXTERIOR); OPPOSITE PAGE: PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF 8500 SUNSET (LIVING ROOM); COURTESY OF GENSLER (THE ARTS CLUB); BY MICHAEL TRAN/FILMMAGIC (PALTROW)

STRIPPING UP


The eight-story towers at 8500 Sunset boast marvelous views via oversized windows— Laurel Canyon and the Hollywood Hills for Stripfacing units, and Beverly Grove and Downtown for apartments facing south.

“SUNSET STRIP IS ALMOST UNRECOGNIZABLE WITH SO MANY DEVELOPMENTS! THE UPCOMING ARTS CLUB AND TRENDY CONDOS WILL ALL BENEFIT FROM THE EXCITEMENT.” —DAVID

PARNES, STAR OF MILLION DOLLAR LISTING LOS ANGELES

WeHo privée: Members-only Soho House will have exclusive company with The Arts Club, a by-way-ofLondon private club backed by Gwyneth Paltrow (TOP RIGHT). The cost: $2,000 a month. The rules: No swearing!

director of sales for Halton Pardee + Partners (halton pardee.com). “You can’t beat the full package.” At 8500 Sunset (8500sunset .com), a just-opened, resort-style project at the corner of La Cienega and Sunset, residents in the eight-story towers will not only enjoy commanding views via oversized windows, but also primo access to onsite amenities, such as the ground floor Fred Segal, which will be the retailer’s largest location in Los Angeles. Other projects are soon to debut, including the West Hollywood Edition (editionhotels.com), designed by Ian Schrager (an early adopter of Sunset Strip, with his Mondrian Hotel). Slated to open in 2018, the 150-room hotel will be topped by 20 condos, each some 3,000 square feet and featuring expansive terraces and outdoor kitchens. Starchitect Frank Gehry is poised to put his mark on the street, as well, with 8150 Sunset Blvd (8150sunset.com). Located directly across from the legendary Chateau Marmont, the five-building complex will house two residential towers along with a shopping center. Should future residents wish to skip the high-end retail and opt for a bit of the old-school Strip, the famed Body Shop “adult entertainment club” is still open for business and just one block away... Strip-hip hooray.

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STYLE WATCH

THE WORLD’S MOST LUXURIOUS WATCH BRANDS ARE MAKING A SERIOUS WRIST-PLAY FOR THE LADIES. BY ALDOUS TUCK

A strong trend at this year’s Swiss watch fairs was a renewed emphasis on female clients. While new women’s timepieces and collections are well-represented annually at Geneva and Basel, the 2017 difference is that the industry let its female customers know loud and clear that it has them top of mind: stunning new additions to collections that beforehand had a decidedly masculine flair; the incorporation of non-traditional materials into feminine designs; and the expansion in categories such as smart watches, world timers, and sports watches, often considered the domain of men. This year, watchmakers are right on time with what women want. For more watch features and expanded coverage go to la-confidential-magazine .com/watches-and-jewelry.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Patek Philippe’s Ref. 7130G ladies’ World Time watch ($51,031) indicates all 24 time zones in a new white-gold case with a gray-blue hand-guilloched dial. The delicate nuance, illuminated by the sparkle of diamonds, also comes to the fore on the city disk and the shiny peacock-blue alligator strap. Geary’s, 360 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-887-4250; patek.com At this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, in Geneva, IWC Schaffhausen, a brand well-known for embracing its male clientele, premiered an update of their classic Da Vinci line with remarkably strong ladies’ pieces, including the Da Vinci Automatic in two stainlesssteel versions and a third, the rose-gold Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase (PICTURED HERE, $16,400), which features a rich brown alligator strap. 329 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-734-0520; iwc.com Urwerk kicked off its 20th anniversary by introducing the

Flower Power version of its iconic UR-106 ($100,000) in a limited edition of 11 pieces. This stunning watch offers stainless steel casing and a titanium crown set with 239 Wesselton diamonds for a total of 2.53 carats. The dial features a central flower rendered in white gold and set with 30 brilliant-cut diamonds; the three small white-gold flowers (each set with six diamonds) mark the phases of the moon. Westime Sunset Plaza, 8569 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-289-0808; urwerk.com Richard Mille is known for using NTPT carbon in a number of his unique timepieces. This year, the Swiss manufacturer gave this rugged material a decidedly feminine spin by incorporating red gold and diamonds in the eye-catching design of the RM 037 NTPT ($153,500 to $190,500). Due to the hardness of NTPT carbon, special CNC machines are required to create the lush pavé setting that to the touch is smooth as silk. 222 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-285-9898; richardmille.com

IN 2017, THE INDUSTRY LET ITS FEMALE CLIENTS KNOW THAT IT HAS THEM TOP OF MIND.

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STYLE DENIM

INDIGO GIRLS WHEN GUESS LAUNCHED ITS MEGA-BRAND 35 YEARS AGO, WHO KNEW IT WOULD IGNITE A DENIM REVOLUTION?

Ah, to be a Guess Girl. Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, and Hailey Baldwin are just a few of the anointed who’ve earned the coveted title. Since the 1980s, Guess cofounders Paul and Mauricio Marciano, who are opening their Marciano Art Foundation in LA to much buzz this spring, have personally handpicked every woman to grace the brand’s signature black-andwhite campaigns. The latest? American model, actress, and star of the upcoming Baywatch movie, Charlotte McKinney. “Guess is just such an iconic brand when it comes to denim,” says McKinney. As such, the brand (411 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-247-8667; guess.com) marks its 35th anniversary with the Guess Originals 1981 Anniversary capsule (think modern fits meet a vintage ’80s/’90s aesthetic). Even McKinney can’t believe she’s part of such history: “I have to say that I still pinch myself when I see my campaigns.” Now, denim brand ambassadors aren’t just lending their faces to campaigns, but adding “designer” to their resumes as well. Case in point: Industry veterans from Miranda Kerr to newcomer Taylor Hill are channeling their expertise on the catwalk into uber-cool collaborations with the world’s most fashion -forward denim brands. Kerr, the Aussie-born Victoria’s Secret alum who attributes modeling to a greater appreciation of fits, fabrics, and finishes, says of her collab with cult favorite Mother Denim, “I wanted the collection to not just look good aesthetically, but

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Good jeans! Stephen Baldwin’s baby, Hailey Baldwin, is just one of the latest stars of Guess’s legendary campaigns. The iconic fashion brand is celebrating a milestone birthday this year. Jumpsuit, Guess ($178).

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF GUESS. OPPOSITE PAGE: COURTESY OF MOTHER DENIM (KERR); FRAME (PIVOVAROVA); JOE’S JEANS (HILL)

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Fab collab: This season, model-turned-designer Miranda Kerr partners with Mother Denim for the Miranda x Mother collection (shown here).

“I WANTED THE COLLECTION TO NOT JUST LOOK GOOD AESTHETICALLY, BUT FEEL GOOD.” —miranda kerr

LA brand Frame’s Sasha P Le Original jacket, designed and modeled by model Sasha Pivovarova.

feel good.” To wit: a 12-piece capsule collection (2221 E. Washington Blvd., LA, 323-9235941; motherdenim.com) including ’60s-inspired high-waisted jeans and sweatshirts with inspirational phrases such as “Attitude of Gratitude”— all benefiting Australia’s The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation, which supports more than 10,000 women and 600 premature babies. Just be sure to shop Kerr’s go-to, the Audrey jeans. “You can pair them with a T-shirt and trainers or dress them up with heels and a blazer,” she says. “My sketchbook is my diary,” says Sasha Pivovarova, who literally took her

drawings of fairies, nymphs, and botanical wonders to Frame (8467 Melrose Pl., LA, 310-464-2270; framestore.com) for a limitededition collection of illustrated embroidered jeans and jackets, offering a touch of whimsy to LA’s style scene. “I’m always amazed to see how effortlessly-cool women dress here,” Pivovarova says. “They have a laid-back, bohemian-chic vibe, which I love.” And much like her own casually elegant style (you can find her most days in skinny-fit or boyfriend jeans), the foundation of the collab is that iconic Le Original silhouette, which is

perfect for today’s coveted “relaxed” aesthetic. Taylor Hill, who has walked in shows for Dolce & Gabbana and Miu Miu, calls her partnership with Joe’s Jeans, “an additional bonus. I never really thought I’d even be a fashion model traveling the world.” Now, Hill can check “designer” off her list with the casual but super-cool collection (South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 714-979-0221; joesjeans.com) that boasts a distinct ’90s aesthetic (think short overalls with a raw hem and high-rise jeans in a vintage wash with deconstructed patches). Has denim ever looked better?

Taylor Hill in her Joe’s Jeans campaign.

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SCENE NIGHTLIFE

KING OF CLUBS WITH DELILAH, THE H.WOOD GROUP CHANNELS THE UNABASHED GLAMOUR OF TINSELTOWN PAST.

Stepping into oh-so-exclusive Delilah feels like being whisked away to a swanky 1930s soirée. The lounge, which incorporates live music, fine dining, and fancy drinks, marks a sophisticated evolution for the h.wood Group. As the LA natives and longtime nightclub owners have matured along with their friends and family, John Terzian, 36, and Brian Toll, 37, noticed a gap between the noisy nightclub scene and the average LA dining experience. With Delilah, Terzian says, “It really brings the two worlds of a restaurant and nightclub together.” “We want [guests] to feel coddled, that they can always have a great table,” adds Toll. For Terzian, the homage to a bygone time holds a personal connection. “I think I should have been born in, like, the ’30s or something,” he says. “I love tuxedos and the type of décor where they paid extreme attention to detail… All of that is kind of lost in the modern era.” When envisioning the club, designer John Sofio pulled inspiration from Art Deco landmark the Queen Mary, meticulously studying the materials and curvatures of the ship’s interior. Looking forward, the h.wood Group is currently developing a number of new projects, including the recently reopened Blind Dragon on Sunset. Toll and Terzian are never at rest… nor apparently are the ghosts of Crawford, Davis, Turner, et al. Chasens what? 7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-7450600; hwoodgroup.com/delilah

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“I SHOULD HAVE BEEN BORN IN THE ’30S. I LOVE TUXEDOS AND THE TYPE OF DÉCOR WHERE THEY PAID EXTREME ATTENTION TO DETAIL.”—john terzian

Hosts with the most: “We want guests to feel coddled, that they can always have a great table,” says Delilah’s Brian Toll (right), cofounder of h.wood Group along with his partner, John Terzian (left).

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BY CARISSA TOJO


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SCENE THE INDUSTRY “ARI IS A REMARKABLE ACTOR. SHE CAN BE TOUGH AS NAILS AND HEART-BRACINGLY VULNERABLE. SHE BRINGS THE WOMEN OF THAT COMEDY ERA TO LIFE.”—JIM CARREY

Standup knockout: Performing her way through the maledominated world of LA’s 1970s comedy clubs in the hit Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here (INSET BELOW), Hollywood comedienne Ari Graynor found a path that mirrored her own tale of Tinseltown success.

TO DIE FOR

Ari Graynor knows she can get laughs. In addition to several dramatic turns, Hollywood has turned to her for an abundance of funny roles (For a Good Time, Call…, Celeste and Jesse Forever). But the intense intimacy of standup comedy meant flexing an entirely new performing muscle. To prep for her role as Cassie, an ambitious female comic venturing into the exploding, male-dominated LA comedy club scene of the 1970s in the Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here,

Graynor, 33, gave it a go. About her open-mic stints in the much-buzzed-about show, which is based on Los Angeles Times reporter William Knoedelseder’s bestseller about the standup boom years and peppered with executive producer Jim Carrey’s anecdotal memories, she says, “To my amazement, the first time I did it, it went pretty well. I was ready for it to completely bomb, but people were actually into it!” Ironically, before the series came her way, Graynor was ready to put

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comedy roles—and perhaps performing altogether— behind her in favor of screenwriting. “I had consciously started to reset my career,” she says, having hit a creative wall with the comedic types she’d specialized in creating. But when she read the script for I’m Dying Up Here over a holiday at her parents’ home, she had to share the storyline with her mother. “We both were there with our jaws on the floor, because in some ways the journey that Cassie goes through in the pilot felt

oddly close to what I had been going through,” she says. “It’s this process of shedding a skin, shedding the shtick, to find something deeper… It’s really a very layered and meta experience of my own artistic journey and hers.” Just don’t expect to see Graynor on stage at the Comedy Store any time soon: “I’m sure I’ll do it again in the future, but I also recognize how much I am not innately a standup comic,” she laughs. “Even if I have never had more respect for people who do that!”

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HOLLYWOOD FUNNY GAL ARI GRAYNOR IS KILLING IT IN SHOWTIME’S NEW HIT SERIES, I’M DYING UP HERE. BY SCOTT HUVER


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SPACE ’HOOD Sky-high! Downtown continues its rise, says TEN5O’s Lisa Fittipaldi (INSET), pointing to (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT) the panoramic rooftop view at locals’ fave Perch; The Godmother (2016) by Isabella Innis, as seen during Downtown Art Walk; and the nouveau-Gothic theater at the Ace Hotel.

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that I can see all of the new businesses that [keep] opening!” ten50.la FOOD WITH A VIEW

“I love the pan-roasted salmon at rooftop bistro Perch (448 S. Hill St., LA, 213-802-1770; perchla.com). They have the best views of LA.” THEATER OF THE SUPERB!

“The Belasco (1050 S. Hill St., LA, 213-746-5670; thebelasco.com) is an ornate, one-of-a-kind theater with a variety of concerts. I even saw Duran Duran there!” GRAND HOTEL

“Don’t miss the theater and rooftop at the super-cool Ace Hotel (929 S. Broadway, LA,

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213-623-3233; acehotel.com/ losangeles)—a perfect place to spend an evening. You can even see TEN50 from the rooftop bar…” GRAMMY WHAMMY

“The Grammy Museum (800 W. Olympic Blvd., LA, 213-765-6800; grammy museum.org) is the ultimate place to spend a day with music royalty. There is an extraordinary amount of history here… WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

“Joining Downtown Art Walk (downtownartwalk.org) is my favorite, favorite way to spend a Thursday night— just exploring all the new DTLA and Arts District galleries!”

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For all the talk of Downtown’s moment having arrived, the white-hot ’hood is in fact “constantly emerging,” says Lisa Fittipaldi, a sales associate at TEN50, an uber-exclusive new condo development at the corner of South Grand Avenue and West 11th Street. With a resident base that is younger and more creative than ever, Downtown continues to add to its already impressive roster of restaurants, bars, art galleries, and performance venues, adds Fittipaldi, an Albuquerque native and former theater actress who has specialized in Downtown real estate for close to a decade: “I try to walk down different streets every day so


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STYLE SPOTLIGHT

50 AND FABULOUS TWO O.C. FASHION MECCAS TOAST A HALF-CENTURY OF IMPECCABLE SOCAL STYLE.

This limited-edition large Sylvie top-handle bag in red jacquard ($2,890) is exclusive to Gucci’s new store at South Coast Plaza.

Alice + Olivia in wonderland! The urbanboho mainstay joins beloved denim house AG Jeans (BOTTOM RIGHT) in toasting the 50th anniversary of Fashion Island (BELOW) with the debut of new SoCal boutiques.

The Champagne corks are popping down at Fashion Island (401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 855-658-8527; shop fashionisland.com)! Since opening its doors in 1967, the upscale shopping and dining destination has held pride of place as the heart of style-savvy Newport Beach, housing some of the biggest names in world fashion. That roster grows this year with the additions of Italian denim giant AG Jeans and Orange County’s first Alice + Olivia, the by-way-of-NYC womenswear favorite for Coachella-meets-big city chic. “We love the energy and style of the women in Newport Beach,” says Alice + Olivia’s CEO and creative director, Stacy Bendet, of the synergy between Southern California’s free-spirit style and the brand’s whimsical prints and feminine silhouettes. Haven’t gotten your fill of fashionable finds? Some five miles north, South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800782-8888; southcoastplaza.com) is also celebrating its big 5-0. Like its Newport Beach neighbor, the Costa Mesa giant—the largest shopping center on the West Coast—continues to expand, most recently with the likes of Dior Homme and Gucci, the latter of which is toasting its landlord’s half-century mark with limited-edition pieces exclusive to South Coast Plaza, such as a red jacquard version of its ever-classic Sylvie top-handle tote. Now that’s how you respect your elders…

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SCENE DRINK

LA VIE EN ROSÉ CELEBRATING THE 10TH VINTAGE OF ITS BUZZY FLAGSHIP ROSÉ, CHÂTEAU D’ESCLANS BRINGS A TASTE OF ST-TROPEZ TO THE STATES.

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CHÂTEAU D’ESCLANS

BY MURAT OZTASKIN

Great wine hinges on four elements, says rosé producer Sacha Lichine, the bon vivant owner of St-Tropez winery Château d’Esclans: the soil (that ineffable quality called terroir), the grapes, the climate, and, finally, the winemaker, whose craft harmonizes all the other elements. The problem, he adds, is that rosé is the most difficult wine to make well. Luckily for Château d’Esclans, Lichine is perhaps the most prominent producer in the world. Ten years ago, winemakers, restaurants, and distributors could barely give rosé away. But exports of Provençal rosé to the US increased by more than 900 percent between 2006 and 2015, with a 58 percent increase between 2014 and 2015 alone. Now in its 10th vintage, Château d’Esclans’s flagship rosé, Whispering Angel, has come to epitomize the classic dry Provençal style. Much of the complexity is owed to bâtonnage, whereby fine lees, or dead yeast cells, are stirred back into the wine, while new technologies, including advanced refrigeration systems and pneumatic presses, keep the processing precise, all crucial to the production of “a product that is very easy to make average,” Lichine says. “The perception of rosé in America has changed dramatically,” says Aldo Sohm, chef sommelier at New York’s Le Bernardin, whose acclaimed wine program is central to its three Michelin stars. “There’s a real following of rosé now, which didn’t exist a few years ago.” Perhaps Château d’Esclans’s greatest achievement, says Lichine, has been creating wines whose experiences are evocative of St-Tropez itself—clean, crisp, sophisticated, and fun. “What we’ve done,” he says, “is create a taste.”

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Think pink! Château d’Esclans’s Whispering Angel epitomizes the classic dry style of Provence, where the wine has been produced for 2,600 years, and continues to lead the growth of rosé’s booming popularity in the US.

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STYLE COLLAB The art in store: Vince is adding LA art to its “racks,” commissioned exclusively from arts collective Tappan (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT): Tunnel and Palm (both $910) by photographer Isaac Zoller; So Many Ways, Seen This Before, and Try Try Try (all $800), skateboard sculptures by Luke Chiswell; and Momentum ($1,900), a hand-dyed paper print by Cheryl Humphreys.

MÉNAGE À DEUX ART PLAYER TAPPAN COLLECTIVE AND FASHION FAVE VINCE HOOK UP TO BRILLIANT EFFECT. BY MURAT OZTASKIN

“VINCE’S VIBE IS VERY ROOTED IN L.A. WITH THESE ARTISTS, WE TRIED TO

While it has sold work to the likes of Miranda Kerr, beau/Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, and Jonah Hill, LA arts collective Tappan is focused on appealing to the new collector, too. Utilizing its international roster of artists (currently 57, from the States, Paris, London, Copenhagen…), the e-commerce platform, which celebrates its fifth birthday in June, eliminates costs, allowing Tappan to pay emerging artists more for their work and in turn sell that work for less, says founder Chelsea Nassib, an LA native who grew up on the Westside.“Part of Tappan’s mission is to broaden the entry point for people who want to know about art,” says Nassib, and begin collecting it. With the recent launch of “Studio Series,” a partnership with CA-designed

fashion label Vince, Tappan’s reach has never been wider. At its Grove and Venice retail flagships (The Grove, LA, 323-602-

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SHOWCASE WHAT THE LABEL IS INSPIRED BY.” — CHELSEA

NASSIB

0550; 1353 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-5269922; vince.com), as well as two NYC locations, Vince is showcasing and selling original, commissioned works from three of Tappan’s LA artists: handdyed prints from Cheryl Humphries; recycled skateboard sculptures by Aussie-turned-Angeleno Luke Chiswell; and limitededition prints from photographer Isaac Zoller. “Vince is a brand I’ve always admired for its edit, and because [its] founders are so influenced by art, design, and architecture,” says Nassib, 28. “We felt it was a good brand alignment.” The partnership

launched alongside Tappan’s new Arts District atelier, which mixes a showspace with five rotating artist studios—a space that, much like a clothing boutique, “undefines” what a gallery is. The concept has found a happy home in an everevolving DTLA. “There is so much physical space in LA, but there is also so much mental and creative space,” says Nassib. “People here are very open to pushing boundaries, and [exploring] newer ideas, newer ways of doing things.” By appointment only, 1525 S. Broadway, Fourth Fl., 213-226-6452; tappancollective.com

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SPACE MILESTONE

STAR POWER AT 60, CELEB-LOVED DESIGN SHOP PAUL FERRANTE SHINES BRIGHTER THAN EVER WITH A RENOVATED MELROSE PLACE FLAGSHIP.

When local lighting house Paul Ferrante opened its original storefront six decades ago, Melrose Place had a reputation as a seedy drag. Now hailed as a nexus of high-design concept shops, Ferrante still shines brightest on the block. A must-stop destination for antique and reproduction lighting and furnishings, the company now spans three generations of family ownership, with cofounder (and partner to the late

Paul Ferrante) Tommy Raynor at the helm, managing the firm along with his sister Grace, nieces Julie and Elizabeth, and production manager, Alex. This spring, to mark its mega 60th-anniversary milestone, the storied design house reopens its flagship Melrose Place shop in May following a comprehensive remodel. “The redesign of our original Melrose Place showroom allows us to reintroduce Paul

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Ferrante’s old-world artisanship to a new generation of design enthusiasts,” notes Raynor. “As a familyowned and -operated business for 60 years, we are thrilled to continue our legacy at the original location that started it all.” With the occasion comes the creation of chic new Nordic-inspired, monochromatic, “simply white” lighting styles. Think Reykjavik meets LA. For a more classical

Ferrante style, head up the 101 to Ojai, where 28 of Ferrante’s handcrafted wrought-iron and glass lanterns adorn a 200-year-old oak tree at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (905 Country Club Road, Ojai, 855-6978780; ojairesort.com), creating an illuminated living art installation entitled Illume by Paul Ferrante. Present and past perfection. 8464 Melrose Pl., LA, 323-653-4142; paulferrante.com

This crystal star pendant chandelier (price upon request) is a standout of Paul Ferrante’s new Nordic-inspired lighting collection celebrating the LA design house’s 60th year in business.

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BY SAMANTHA YANKS


SPACE LAUNCH!

THE HIGH LIFE THIS SUMMER, LUXURY HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN DEBUTS IN THE TALLEST BUILDING WEST OF CHICAGO. WHOA. BY SPENCER BECK

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GLASS SKYLIGHT. YES, THAT’S THE LENGTH

THE SKY DECK BAR & LOUNGE, ON THE 73RD FLOOR, IS THE HIGHEST OPENAIR BAR IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. TAKE THAT, CHI-TOWN!

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wine labels from California and beyond in the oh-soprivée 71st-floor steak house (with a French twist) will satisfy the snootiest of oenophiles.

SECONDS FROM THE GROUND FLOOR TO THE 70TH-FLOOR LOBBY VIA DOUBLE-DECKER ELEVATORS. PERFECT FOR SPEED FREAKS (AND THE VERY BUSY) AMONGST US.

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SPACE OBJETS

IT TAKES TWO THE HUSBAND-AND-WIFE DUO BEHIND SCHWUNG HOME ARE DESIGNING FOR THEMSELVES— AND THE FUTURE. BY OUSSAMA ZAHR

Looking at Dominique Sente and Rudi Nijssen’s first collection for RH (formerly Restoration Hardware)—a dazzling set of light fixtures made of handblown glass globes, lustrous brass, and streamlined retro forms—you could almost guess that her background is goldsmithing and his is antiques. And you’d be right. You might also guess, based on how well the pieces fit into RH’s sumptuous aesthetic, that the brand was heavily involved in their creation. And there you’d be wrong. “One of the most amazing parts of our collaboration is that RH gives us carte blanche,” says Nijssen. “There are no limitations.” RH has been seeking out—and promoting—independent artisans at a time when consumers have become more interested in craftsmanship. Nijssen and Sente are married and work out of their firm, Schwung Home, in Poland, where a six-month creative process takes them from mood boards and sketches to the final prototype. RH isn’t even involved until they present the finished design. “Our only desire,” says Sente, “has been to create pieces that will escape trends, pieces with an architectural and poetic vibe. Part of the source of our inspiration for this collection was the décor of some movie sets— mostly from the ’60s and ’70s.” While Sente has helped Nijssen with previous RH collections that have borne his name, this is the first time they share equal billing. Says the couple, “Two can do better than one—like our icons, Charles and Ray Eames!” 8772 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 424-281-1326; rhmodern.com

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“OUR ONLY DESIRE HAS BEEN TO CREATE PIECES THAT WILL ESCAPE TRENDS.” —dominique sente

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SCHWUNG HOME (SCHWUNG HOME WORKSHOP); COURTESY OF RH (REMAINING)

Design of the times: Rudi Nijssen and Dominique Sente (below, from left) collaborate on their new collection for RH at their Polandbased firm Schwung Home (left). The company’s name is German for “energy” or “momentum.” bottom: Glass-globe mobile eight-arm chandelier in lacquered burnished brass, RH Modern ($4,995).


Queen of Aces: “When we come back this season, we enter into a very fraught situation and trouble ensues!” reveals House of Cards star Neve Campbell, here sitting pretty in a shirt ($1,200) and skirt ($1,350) by Bottega Veneta. 320 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310858-6533; bottega veneta.com. Neo tassel earrings, Eddie Borgo ($275). Bloomingdale’s, Fashion Island, Newport Beach, 949-729-6600; bloomingdales.com


ALL ABOUT NEVE This spring, ’90s TV darling-turned-movie star NEVE CAMPBELL

chews up the not-so-small screen again in America’s other political thriller. by SCOTT HUVER photography by MIKE ROSENTHAL

ometimes, when a celebrity has lived in the eye of an all-encompassing pop-cultural whirlwind, there’s later a moment that they wish they could re-experience, if only to be more centered and present. Just ask Neve Campbell. “Hosting Saturday Night Live with David Bowie— like, really understanding what that meant,” Campbell offers as her rewind moment, a 1997 episode at the height of the then-23-year-old’s Scream fame in which she wishes she’d been able to better focus on the immediate cool factor. “I was terrified! I wish I could have had more fun with it… To be able to walk out on a stage and say, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, David Bowie,’ was pretty incredible!” It was the mid- to late-’90s, the era of Peak Neve, in which the actress had gone from starring in her breakout role as Julia Salinger on the beloved TV series Party of Five to full-fledged movie stardom in a succession of youth-appealing box-office hits that included The Craft, Scream, and Wild Things. And Campbell, who continues her return to TV screens this summer by reprising her role as Leann Harvey on Netflix’s perhaps too politically prescient streaming series House of Cards, can be excused for admitting it was all a bit of a blur. “I don’t think I even knew what was happening,” Campbell, now 43, chuckles. “It was overwhelming and it was wonderful and I was certainly grateful for the work, but I was also working so hard.” That workload included more than 10 months a year shooting 16-hour days on Party of Five. “And then, because I wanted to guarantee that I would have a career after the show,” she recalls, “I felt I needed to do films on the hiatus. It was exhausting.” Her youth helped her endure the punishing schedule, as well as avoid fully grasping her headlong, hyper-speed transformation into a full-blown pop icon subject to a seemingly non-stop sequence of photo shoots, interviews, and promotional ops. “I remember being in a car with my manager and my publicist, and my publicist was very excited to tell me something: ‘Okay, you got the cover of Rolling Stone!’ And I remember first of all being upset that I had to do another photo shoot, and secondly that I didn’t

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Dress and boots (both prices on request), Louis Vuitton. 295 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-8590457; louisvuitton.com Styling by Laura Jones Hair by Marc Mena for Exclusive Artists using Amika Haircare Makeup by Kim Bower using Vapour Organic Manicure by Isadora Rios for Exclusive Artists using Chanel Le Vernis Styling assistance by Ryan Gale Location: 46 Laight St., No. 2, New York, NY. TOWN Residential: Claudia Saez-Fromm, 646-790-7954, and Mark David Fromm, 646-9987487; townresidential.com

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“YOU WOULD HAVE HOPED THAT OUR ACTUAL POLITICAL SYSTEM WOULD NEVER BE AS CHAOTIC AS THE UNDERWOODS’ WORLD. IF YOU WERE TO WRITE WHAT’S GONE ON, NO ONE WOULD BELIEVE IT.” —neve campbell

Top ($328) and cigarette pant ($248), Diane von Furstenberg. The Grove, LA, 323792-2258; dvf.com. Token earrings, Eddie Borgo ($235). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310275-4211; saks.com


“ONE OF THE GREATEST THINGS EVER SAID TO ME IS, ‘WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF YOU IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.’ IT WAS SO RELIEVING TO HEAR THAT.” —NEVE cAMPBELL

Ruffled dress shirt, Dolce & Gabbana ($1,495). 314 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-888-8701; dolcegabbana.com. Cropped pant, 3.1 Phillip Lim ($550). 734 E. 3rd St., LA, 213-246-2588; 31philliplim.com. Earrings, Bowen NYC ($3,260). bowennyc.com. Pumps, Francesco Russo ($780). Just One Eye, 7000 Romaine St., LA, 323-696-9129; justoneeye.com


know what Rolling Stone was. I was just naive.” “I look back on it now, and I’m not sure how that young person did that!” she adds. “I’m glad I was able to put some good work out, and I’m glad people enjoyed it. It was a very odd and magical and wonderful time.” Eventually and inevitably, in the case of most pop phenomena, the pace finally slackened and, despite the urging of some of her reps to follow “the blockbuster stream,” she was able to explore more art-minded fare—the kind that had fed her creative soul as a youth, when she transitioned from aspiring ballet dancer to actress following an injury. “I ended up in this very pop-culture American world, which I’m so lucky to have,” the Canadianborn actress reflects, “but it wasn’t the work that I would have strove for. So for me, it was important to try and do something different. I also needed a break, to be honest—and I took a break.” Campbell resided in England for eight years, worked in theater and with esteemed filmmakers such as Robert Altman, and lived “outside the Hollywood box for a bit, which was great,” she says. Along the way, she met her current partner, British actor JJ Field, and shortly before she became pregnant with their son, Caspian, her agent posed a provocative question: “‘Do you care at all about your American profile?’ I had to question it and go, ‘Oh right, it probably is something I should think about, and not let my career get too far away from me.’” After a couple contented years of full-time motherhood, Campbell says she “slowly got my feet back in,” starting pretty deep-end with prized guest roles in high-profile series like Mad Men and Grey’s Anatomy. Then last year came the right regular role at the right moment: Leann, an accomplished, hard-charging political careerist managing Claire Underwood’s (Robin Wright’s character’s) campaign in House of Cards’ fourth season. “It was the perfect thing for me,” she says. “To step into something that had success, that was quality, that was respected already, and to be able to join an ensemble where I’m not carrying it immediately was exactly what I needed.” She’s back for Season Five, along with Wright and Kevin Spacey, although the show’s fictional White House is keeping better secrets about its plotlines than its real-life, leak-plagued counterpart. “We left with the Underwoods trying to keep trouble at bay,” she hints. “Things are closing in on them, so when we come into the beginning of the next season, we enter into a very fraught situation. The stakes are very high, and trouble ensues—and that’s about as much as I can say!” It’s also a role she feels is consistent with her enduring pop profile. “I was very lucky to be able to play young women who were strong and powerful and not victims, or chose not to be a victim,

then went on a journey to become stronger,” she says. “I feel lucky again to be able to play a role like that. Although Leann’s a little bit uncertain, she’s very powerful and strong and successful. That’s great to play. I think those kinds of roles are very important today. We need to see more of them.” She’s still trying to wrap her head around realworld politics, which from her vantage point has become as chillingly intrigue-filled as that depicted on the series. “You would have hoped that our actual political system would never be as chaotic as the Underwoods’ world,” she sighs. “In some ways, it’s more insane than what you could possibly write without it feeling completely over-thetop. If you were to write what’s gone on in the last two years, no one would believe it.” aving recently participated in the Women’s March on Washington, DC, Campbell remains hopeful, despite her own distaste for the current political climate. “A lot of people felt, as I did, great disappointment with what’s going on,” she says, “but in a sense, it’s been a great thing because it has caused us all to pull up our bootstraps and get active and not take things for granted and try and have a voice. I think we’re all trying to figure out how to go about doing that. It’s good to start that process. That’s what I’m doing at the moment.” Campbell remains a bit astonished just how enduring her ’90s output has been, having recently attended a packed outdoor screening of The Craft at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery with some of her castmates. “People were there in costumes, they were screaming the lines at the screen,” she says. “I don’t know that I ever had such a clear sense of the impact that that movie had. The amount of women who talked about how our characters and that film inspired them to be stronger was pretty overwhelming.” She welcomes encounters with her nostalgiafueled fan base. “It’s funny because there’s always this: ‘I watched you on Party of Five and wow, that was 20 years ago—we’re old!’” she laughs. “Seeing people that have grown up watching you and gone through their own lives and experienced you in different ways through different projects… there’s something nice about that.” Meanwhile, after coming of age in the white-hot spotlight and living out her thirties more under the radar, Campbell is perfectly happy in her own skin these days. “There’s something really lovely about stepping into my forties,” she muses. “I know a lot of people struggle with that—but for some reason, I’m really enjoying getting older. Maybe that’s because I’ve been lucky enough to accomplish a lot of the things that I wanted to accomplish already. That has brought a certain amount of comfort.”

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CARA KLEINHAUT CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AGENC Making dead space come alive is no easy feat, yet as an event producer Cara Kleinhaut became an expert at it. But she didn’t stop there. Over the past 15 years she has led the transformation of AGENC Experiential & Digital Marketing into an internationally recognized, 360 integrated marketing marvel that creates live experiences, strategy and dynamic campaigns for some of the world’s top brands. She is also a sought-after speaker at industry conferences and has been honored often for her work.

When/where are you happiest? When exploring and roaming with my camera -- a luxury I don’t get to do often enough, discovering a new city or area of the world. My happy place is the beach. Salt, sand, sea -- any beach, any day! Who do you admire the most? Everyone out there working hard for their success. As Estée Lauder once said, “I never dreamed of success, I worked for it.” What is your guilty pleasure? The Explore section on Instagram - for hours! Or spending waaay too much time and money at the L.A. Flower mart. What would you do with 15 minutes of fame (or 15 more minutes!)? Use it to thank someone who has helped me. If you had a time machine, where would you go? To 18th century Versailles. The dinner parties in particular! Would have loved to style out that tabletop! Though standing on a chair to get that overhead shot might be a problem. What is the inspiration behind your business or career path? I’ve always been inspired by creating experiences and connecting people. Even when I’m off, I throw events and parties. It’s what I thrive on. If you truly love what you do and would be doing it even if you didn’t get paid— you know you’re in the right field.


HILARY LENTINI OWNER LENTINI DESIGN & MARKETING, INC. Equally accomplished at both the creative and business sides, the native of Chicago moved here with her husband in the late ‘90s to work as a freelancer, after having honed her skills at ad agencies in the Windy City. She transformed her one-woman operation into a thriving design firm that works with a bevy of premier brands. Hilary, in addition to her role as President of the National Association of Women Business Owners’ LA chapter (NAWBO-LA), has received numerous honors, including the Comerica Bank | Los Angeles Lakers Woman of Entrepreneurship Award.

When/where are you happiest? At my desk creating. With my family around the dinner table. With my girlfriends hashing about our days, laughing and sharing. Favorite hidden spot in LA: Monsieur Marcel in the Farmer’s Market. Also my backyard, but you need a reservation for it and we book it a year out. Who would play you in a film about yourself? Jennifer Beals, Jennifer Aniston or Jennifer Jason Leigh. Anyone named Jennifer. Apparently, I like Jennifers. What would you do with 15 minutes of fame (or 15 more minutes!)? Talk about my motivation to make the world a better place. I’d share how LDM helps our clients set, meet, and surpass their goals. And I’d talk about our ability to remind our clients what’s so uniquely awesome about them. What is the last thing you liked or commented on in social media? Our March 8th post by NAWBO-LA: “Smart strong women working together making the world better.” And my husband’s post about the Chicago Cubs. (Go Cubs Go!) What scares you the most? The embracing of ignorance by many in our society. Knowledge is power, and knowledge changes lives for the better. Embrace knowledge instead.

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KARYN GROSSMAN DERMATOLOGIST GROSSMAN DERMATOLOGY Skin is always in. As a renowned dermatologist with a Harvard Medical School degree who is a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow, Linda Evangelista and other A-list clients, and has appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show, Karyn splits her time between offices in New York and Santa Monica and is always in demand as an expert on the human outer layer. Recently Dr. Karyn Grossman has leveraged that expertise and launched her own line of naturally based skincare products called Karyng Skincare.

Where do you find inspiration? I find inspiration in my children. I love the way they look at the world with fresh eyes. I also find inspiration in travel and nature.

What would you most like to be remembered for? I want to be remembered for being an amazing mom, friend and for never aging but looking normal! What is your guilty pleasure? John Kelly chocolates – salted caramels are to die for.

What would your super hero power be? The ability to be in two places at the same time. If you had a time machine, where would you go? 1920’s Paris – opulence, elegance.

One thing you would change about yourself: I would love to love to work out.


KIKI RAMOS GINDLER PHILANTHROPIST AND PRESIDENT CENTER THEATRE GROUP In 2015, Kiki became the first Latina President of the Board of Directors of Center Theatre Group, and also serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Opera, The Music Center and Pomona College. Kiki and her husband, David Gindler, support many other non-profit organizations on both coasts, including Antaeus Theatre Company, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. During her stint as a big firm attorney, Kiki received recognition from the State Bar of California for her work to establish low income housing for women and children, and subsequently spent time as a entertainment executive before retiring to focus exclusively on the arts and philanthropy.

What impresses you? Wildly successful people who remain humble and kind. Your life in three words: Blessed. Abundant. Unpredictable. Who do you admire the most? Young artists who remain brave and true to themselves. What are your best and worst qualities? Sensitive and intuitive. Impatient and compulsively opinionated. What would you do with 15 minutes of fame (or 15 more minutes!)? I would tell as many people in positions of influence as possible that arts education saves lives. If you had a time machine, where would you go? Medieval England. But I would have to be young, noble, rich, and most importantly, male.

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LAUREL BERMAN FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR BLACK HALO

Laurel kept it simple, but the ripple effect of her influence in fashion design is too complicated to digest in one sitting. Through the impeccable elegance and flawless construction of her iconic “Jackie O” dress, she drives the modern-day conversation about the essence of style in her business. She gave up a legal career to create her company, so not surprisingly Black Halo refers to the rebel hidden within each woman.

What impresses you? Authenticity

Your life in three words: Beautiful creative chaos

What would you do with 15 minutes of fame (or 15 more minutes!)? Bring awareness to women’s health and rights as well as educate about the issues we are facing with Global Warming/Climate Change.

If you had an audience with the President, what would you say? Close your Twitter account and read a book.

What compliment about yourself gives you the most pleasure? That people love and feel confident in my dresses.

If you had a time machine, where would you go? The Future: Always looking ahead.


LEISA AUSTIN OWNER IMAGO GALLERIES After working as an art consultant in Texas and Florida, Leisa moved to Southern California in 1991 and opened Imago Galleries in downtown Palm Springs. Now located in Palm Desert, the custom designed 18,000-square-foot architecturally significant structure with a humongous sculpture garden (which also houses her private residence and is quickly becoming known as the desert’s premier pop-up venue) celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. She is extremely active in her community, including a position on the board of the Barbara Sinatra Center for abused children at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.

Where do you find inspiration? Oddly enough, I’m a magazine addict. I like feeling the paper and the act of turning each page. I want to breathe in the scent of the ink. I am happiest when I find a few hours of quiet time in an otherwise hectic life, to crawl into bed – a dog on either side – and lose myself in an array of magazines, with topics ranging from art and architecture to design and fashion. I will never give them up nor read them digitally. Your life in three words: Art. Work. Dogs. In no particular order. Favorite hidden spot in L.A.: Any cove with whales dining on krill in late summer, preferably aboard a boat I am captaining. What are your best and worst qualities? One and the same: I am honest. To a fault. What would you most like to be remembered for? Making someone laugh. One thing you would change about yourself: I may want to take it down a notch. Perfectionism is perhaps asking too much of those around you?

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RACHEL ROSENBERG EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT RKF

As a teenager waitressing in Milwaukee, Rachel fell in love with the food & beverage business and dreamed about a career in the restaurant industry. Now, she’s one of the country’s most sought-after restaurant leasing agents & consultants. The petite powerhouse broker has spearheaded several high-profile projects and arranged leases with some the city’s hottest new restaurants, including Catch and E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood, as well as casual favorites like sweetgreen and Le Pain Quotidien. Up next: transforming the Beverly Center into a food lover’s paradise.

Where do you find inspiration? In the details.

Your life in three words: Grace under fire.

Who do you admire the most? My Mom. And every other woman that sets the bar high.

What would you most like to be remembered for? The way I order a meal for the table. It’s my most treasured skill-set. A great menu is like a love letter from the chef.

If you had a time machine, where would you go? Sinatra’s last concert in L.A. in 1971. That set list gives me chills every time I read it.

Most treasured possession? My Grandmother’s hand-written recipe for Chicken Soup.


ROSEMARY LOW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ESTATE PROPERTIES SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

A former schoolteacher, including a stint in a gifted children’s program in South Pasadena, Rosemary is now schooling other realtors. She is consistently among the top five deal-makers in the rarified territories of Los Feliz, Silver Lake and the Hollywood Hills, and among the reasons for that are her knowledge of the architecture and history of her areas.

What impresses you? A person who reads a lot and offers much to the conversation; someone who is full of enthusiasm and knowledge.

Who do you admire the most? Sonia Sotomayor. She is a Supreme Court justice, a female attorney and judge who worked her way up from humble beginnings to hold a seat on the highest court in the land -- and she’s a minority! A truly great accomplishment.

What would you like to best be remembered for? Having raised responsible, honest and successful children and grandchildren.

Who would play you in a film about yourself? Probably Li Gong.

What would your super hero power be? To make sick people well.

Greatest regret? That I didn’t take the train up to the Andes Mountains.

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SUZAN LEE PAEK FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR SUZAN LEE HANDBAGS

Luxury and comfort are within reach, an arm’s length away you might say. A longtime handbag collector herself, Suzan founded Suzan Lee Handbags (formerly Jessica Grant Handbags) in order to make sure that an item not only serves its practical purpose, but is also an extension of the woman holding it. She wants the confident woman who carries one of her bags to be a trend-setter, not a trend-follower. And when you consider Suzan’s sense of style and individuality, you get that completely.

What impresses you? Good design impresses me. I love when someone comes up with a better, efficient way to get something done, and it is well received by those who appreciate it. Who do you admire the most? I admire those that faithfully do their work behind the scenes, not asking for recognition, but simply caring about the job that needs to be done. What are your best and worst qualities? Sensitive, caring, go-getter. Sensitive, stubborn, go-getter. What would you most like to be remembered for? My faith.

One item/service you could never live without: My mobile phone! One thing you would change about yourself: I wish I were taller….only 4 more inches please…..


TAMI HALTON PARDEE OWNER/PRINCIPAL BROKER HALTON PARDEE + PARTNERS Tami has ascended to the penthouse of her profession despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She is the No. 1 real estate agent in Los Angeles and her company is the No. 1 brokerage on the Westside, responsible for $2 billion in properties since starting in 2005. She has received kudos galore for her professional and charitable work, including Good Housekeeping’s “2016 Awesome Women Award” and being named Philanthropist of the Year in 2016 by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

What would you most like to be remembered for? For being a down-to-earth LIFE CHANGER who inspires hope, courage and purpose by motivating those I touch! What is your guilty pleasure? Definitely listening to country music – I love Garth Brooks. What’s on your bucket list? There are so many: heli-skiing in Iceland, rafting the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon, summiting Mt. Hood, and to go on an African safari and volunteer in Africa. Those are just a few at the top of my list! What would your super hero power be? I would want to be able to read peoples’ hearts and minds. I would want to do this so I could help them! If you had a time machine, where would you go? Honestly, I would go back to the 1970’s so I could disco-dance my life away! One item/service you could never live without: DryBar – I love a good blow out! One item would definitely be a tape measurer.

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GAGOSIAN GALLERY

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, 213-6251747; theboxla.com

GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY Seated majestically atop Mount Hollywood, the iconic Griffith Observatory offers guests a close look at the cosmos through telescopes, exhibits, and live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. 2800 E. Observatory Road, LA, 213-473-0800; griffithobservatory.org

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Discover prominent postwar and contemporary art at The Broad, a sprawling, 120,000-square-foot museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad to showcase

The most high-profile of UCLA’s three public arts institutions, Westwood’s Hammer Museum features cutting-edge lectures,

symposia, film series, readings, and musical performances in addition to a rotating roster of internationally renowned exhibitions. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310-443-7000; hammer.ucla.edu

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 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

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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,

This NYC-based contemporary art gallery planted its LA flag with a splash, renovating (with local architecture firm Standard) a mammoth, 50,000-square-foot former factory into an arts complex of exhibition spaces, artists’ studios, and project rooms, just across the Los Angeles river from Downtown’s Arts District. 300 S. Mission Road, LA, 323-406-2587; maccarone.net

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Malibu, 310-454-4357; mastrosrestaurants.com). IF I HAVE TO LEAVE MALIBU: “Great food, a chill vibe, and excellent libations at The Misfit Restaurant + Bar (225 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-656-9800;

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themisfitbar.com), in the heart of Santa Monica. The décor and music are

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

the cherry on top—not to mention a great happy hour!” GET LOST: “I love problem-solving scenarios, and the escape rooms at Maze (1182 S. La Brea Ave., LA, 310-595-2881; maze-rooms.com) are a ton of fun! (Go figure: a GM whose job is to constantly solve problems on the fly relaxes by solving problems...) Careful, it’s addictive!” WATCH AND UNWIND: “I am an avid movie-goer, and iPiC Theaters Westwood (10840 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310307-7003; ipictheaters.com) really helps me get away from it all. There is nothing like good food and a flick. I prefer to go during lunch, when it’s not as busy.”

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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

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REGEN PROJECTS A Hollywood gallery mainstay since its 1989 founding, Regen Projects exhibits sculptures, paintings, 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

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The renowned German gallery debuted its only US outpost in LA last year, 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 NYC exhibition space focuses on established artists, its 14,500square-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, 323-9809000; venusovermanhattan.com

for its handcrafted pastas and extensive wine list. 1710 Silver Lake Blvd., LA, 323-928-2888; alimentola.com

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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

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DINING ALIMENTO A soulful Italian restaurant with small and large plates, Alimento is also known

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 out of Paris. Expect French classics, a commanding raw bar, and a

masterful (and local) wine list that would be at home in chef Thomas Keller’s three-Michelin-star French Laundry. 235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-271-9910; thomaskeller.com

NEW CAFE GRATITUDE V EGA N With three LA locations already, this SoCal classic is debuting a Beverly Hills venue on Canon Drive this spring. With inventive plant-based dishes and the famous “gratitude mantra” service from the waitstaff, CG is an only-in-LA experience for the stomach—and spirit. INSIDER TIP: Get “bountiful” with the yummy blackened tempeh bolognese. 639 N. Larchmont Blvd., LA, 323-580-6383; 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., LA, 213-929-5580; 512 Rose Ave., Venice, 424-231-8000; cafegratitude.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

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Feed your body... and spirit... at LA vegan institution Cafe Gratitude, which is famous for its macrobiotic bowls (left) and inventive cocktails, including the Stoney Negroni and Sour T-iesel. A Beverly Hills outpost debuts this spring.

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

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The SOURCE: SCENE 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

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

FAITH & FLOWER 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

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, 323-334-3369; jonandvinnys.com

LUCQUES From award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and notable sommelier Caroline Styne, Lucques is the perfect stop for elevated California cuisine. 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323-655-6277; 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

Classic act! The outdoor patio of the legendary Polo Lounge, at the Beverly Hills Hotel, is still the place to make a deal over your McCarthy salad.

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

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 resto with kitschy digs 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

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

NOBU MALIBU The view from Nobu Malibu is almost

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

RÉPUBLIQUE Communal tables, modern French fare, plus a bakery and cocktail bar make République a truly unique bistro. 624 S. La Brea Ave., LA, 310-362-6115; republiquela.com

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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

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

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unconventional Mediterranean vegan cuisine in an upscale setting. 8284 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-782-9245; crossroadskitchen.com


’Tis the season! For Angelenos, summer officially begins with the opening of the beloved Hollywood Bowl every June. This year, the Moody Blues opens the celeb-packed festivities on the 17th.

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

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 amalgamated old and new Indian cuisine, Spice Affair is known for its market-fresh 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 nondescript façade in a 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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dinner, drinks and dancing at the new supper club Delilah. An LA goldenera throwback, this swanky-chic lounge provides a hybrid of modern and traditional takes on American “soulful” food in an Art Deco setting. And just like fancy Hollywood clubs of yore, guests enjoy exquisite live acts after dinner—with bottle service and specialty crafted cocktails, of course. INSIDER TIP: Don’t miss Sunday jazz night with a full live band starting at 8:30 pm. 7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-745-0600; delilahla.com

CLIFTON’S 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

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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 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

FONDA THEATRE Built in the 1920s, the Fonda Theatre is a beloved venue that has featured performances from The Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder to Katy Perry. 6126 Hollywood Blvd., LA, 323-464-6269; fondatheatre.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

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 WILTERN 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

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Five stars! Each of the five levels of Neiman Marcus’s Beverly Hills store has been refurbished with new boutiques, restaurants, a Champagne bar, as well as luxurious seating throughout for a more shopper-chic experience.

NEIMAN MARCUS IN BEVERLY HILLS IS READY FOR ANOTHER CLOSE-UP.

Luxury department store Neiman Marcus isn’t sitting on its stylish laurels. The powers that be of the legendary Texasbased retailer noticed that, increasingly, shoppers were spending more and more time with friends—not just shopping, but getting their makeup done and meeting for lunch—or just a mid-shopping snack. To enhance that experience, the BevHills mainstay is taking on the competition with a Hollywood-worthy facelift. A major re-do of all five levels of the fashion mecca includes comfy seating throughout the store (who needs to stand while shopping?), three restaurants, a Champagne bar, and three spa rooms for relaxing facials. But let’s not forget the clothes! Neiman’s is the only retailer in LA to carry uber-hip/luxe brand Goyard as well as Chanel watches (outside of Chanel boutiques); it has also opened new hard shops for Dries Van Noten, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, and Dior. And if you hate trying on your fancy garb in a dark, dreary dressing room, check out the fitting room that has a view of the Hollywood sign! Now, that’s star power. 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; neiman marcus.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

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

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

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Stay up to date with all the top designer brands and hottest trends at this recently remodeled luxury specialty department store. INSIDER TIP: Neiman Marcus is the only retailer in LA to carry uber-hip high-end brand Goyard. 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-5505900; neimanmarcus.com

Shop one of Madison’s three LA boutiques for cool-girl clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories from top designers. 8745 W. 3rd St., LA,

The newly remodeled Nordstrom, at the Grove, offers designer labels and

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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, 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

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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

FRED 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;

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The first of the great luxury department stores to move “west,” Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills will celebrate its 80th anniversary next year.

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

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The SOURCE: STYLE INSIDER TIP: The Ah Ring is a celeb favorite, worn by the likes of Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Oprah! 917-686-5408; divinediamonds.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 Divine Diamond’s whitegold and conflict-free diamond Ah Ring is a favorite of celebs such as Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Oprah Winfrey.

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

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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

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

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

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CIRCA The largest international buyer of pre-owned jewelry, watches, and estate pieces, Circa works with the most reputable appraisers in the world. 9696 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310341-4111; circajewels.com

ROSEARK 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 recalls Steckel’s childhood inspiration of leaves falling in Paris. 8463 Melrose Pl., Ste. 4, West Hollywood, 323-9440599; colettejewelry.com

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Founded by LA native Ruta Fox, this virtual fine-jewelry boutique offers delicate, meaningful creations that drip in precious gems. While browsing, don’t miss Divine Diamond’s bestselling Ah Ring, a chic 14k white-gold band with 11 full-cut, conflict-free diamonds. Although Fox designed the ring in celebration of singlehood and independence, single and attached women alike treat themselves to this sparkling statement piece.

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

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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caps and skatewear. 439 N. Fairfax Ave., LA, 323-655-6205; supremenewyork.com

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Beyoncé. L.A. INSPO: “The art world in Downtown! It now has a lot

23RD STREET JEWELERS 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

of buzz… LA has a really different and clever art scene.” FAVE RESTAURANTS: “One of my all-time favorite spots is a soul-food place my homegirl opened called My Two Cents (5583 W. Pico Blvd., LA, 323-938-1012; mytwocentsla.com). And I love Maré (7465 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-592-3226; marerestaurants.com)—you have to

WESTIME

go through the back room of a grilled-cheese sandwich shop and you

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

end up in this beautiful [seafood] restaurant.” SHOP ’TIL I DROP: “Love Adorned (2923 Main St., Santa Monica, 310-450-2227; loveadorned.com) in Santa Monica is a wonderful experience— beautiful backyard, great things. I don’t really shop that much, but it’s a great place to go and find gifts. I also adore Just One Eye (7000 Romaine St., LA, 888-563-6858; justoneeye.com)—it’s an amazing store that follows no rules!”

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

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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

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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 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 lavish 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 A spa for all seasons: The Spa at Four Seasons Los Angeles offers indoor and outdoor services depending on the weather... and guests’ personal predilections.

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

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

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GET DOWN WITH DESIGN! OUR GUIDE TO THE BEST WAYS TO LIVE, SHOP, AND STAY IN L.A. Occupying more than 100 acres on the lush coastal bluffs of Rancho Palos Verdes, the Med-styled Terranea Resort is a haven of sun-kissed serenity. And it’s closer than Santa Barbara or Laguna Beach!

RELAX, JUST DO IT!

Tired of the LA hustle? Make a quick getaway to Terranea Resort, a sprawling, Mediterranean-inspired, eco-friendly hotel and spa. Situated just outside of LA on gorgeous coastal bluffs above the Pacific, Terranea offers 102 acres of leisure and luxury— from calm-inducing pools and saunas to eight fabulous dining options. Summer guests enjoy fun-and-fantasy-filled events like full-moon yoga, live music, and monthly Coppola movie nights under the stars. Take advantage of this season’s Adventure Within Reach package, which includes a three-night stay plus two complimentary activities of either kayaking, tide pooling, golfing, or spa access (promo code: REACH, through August 30). Paradise found! 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310-494-7891; terranea.com

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AS SUMMER NEARS, BEAT THE CITY HEAT WITH A STAYCATION BY THE PACIFIC.


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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;

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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 its well-heeled guests to unwind. 701 Stone Canyon Road, LA, 310-4721211; dorchestercollection.com

MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS 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, Terranea is known for its adults-only spa, golf course, beach facilities, and unmatched oceanfront dining experience. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310-494-7891; terranea.com

INTERIORS An LA institution, the Hotel Bel-Air, secluded in the celeb-heavy shangri-la of the same name, offers visitors a chic oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Beverly Hills and the Westside.

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

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TITLE: CEO, Ralph Pucci International, the acclaimed furniture and design company, which just debuted a new showroom in Hollywood (1025 N. McCadden Pl., LA, 310-360-9707; ralphpucci .net). BOUTIQUE CHIC: “Just One Eye (7000 Romaine St., LA, 323-969-9129; justoneeye.com) sells edgy, unique clothing as well as furniture, art, and accessories. The curation is in the spirit of a free eye—they are not afraid to take a chance!” HOME SUITE HOME: “I have been staying at the Chateau Marmont (8221 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-848-5908; chateaumarmont.com) for 25 years. The outdoor restaurant area is the best in LA and takes you to another time.” LOVE THY NEIGHBORS: “Both JF Chen (830 N. Highland Ave., LA, 323-466-9710; jfchen.com) and Blackman Cruz (836 N. Highland Ave., LA, 323-466-8600; blackmancruz.com) are

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

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RH MODERN

Browse carefully curated collections that pair modern, minimalist aesthetics with comfort, warmth, and quality. 8772 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 424-281-1326; rhmodern.com

original and fearless while exuding great taste. I am excited to have them as neighbors.”

GARDE 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

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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

designs, HD Buttercup provides a home-furnishing shopping experience like no other. 3225 Helms Ave., LA, 310-558-8900; hdbuttercup.com

KELLY WEARSTLER HD BUTTERCUP With constantly evolving eclectic

Known for her chic, Cali-cool aesthetic, Kelly Wearstler specializes

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

LA’s favorite design emporium, HD Buttercup showcases a vast, ever-evolving collection of furniture, art, and home accessories for every taste, from California “rustic” to Midcentury Modern and everything in-between.

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“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

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PROMOTION

Tell me about your new company, 001. KM: 001 is like the American Express Black Card of Executive Protection. Our tagline is: “We Protect Your Lifestyle.” As the first luxury company in the Executive Protection Industry, I studied numerous luxury brands at The Wharton School & Bocconi such as Armani, any & Co., Porsche, Mercedes, Bvlgari, Chopar Pagani, and Ferrari, along with many others. With 001, I wanted to create an exceptional company that was unlike anything else in the industry. To achieve this, I educated myself on The Ritz-Carlton Gold Standard of Operations, a style of sophisticated customer service in which each of our employees has been trained and a process which informed the creation of 001.

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Today we are speaking with acclaimed security expert and renowned executive protection mogul Kent Moyer, CEO of The World Protection Group, Inc. & 001. When it comes to protecting high-net-worth individuals and celebrity clients, Kent Moyer has got the 411 on everything A-list. LA CONFIDENTIAL: Kent, can you tell me a bit about your background? KENT MOYER: My first job in this industry was working for Playboy, protecting Mr. Hugh Hefner and his family at the Playboy Mansion. Today, I am CEO of The World Protection Group and the recently formed 001, a luxury Executive Protection company that specializes in protecting high-net-worth and celebrity clients. As a graduate of the Wharton Business School Advanced Management Program, I have studied Strategic Management of Luxury Businesses at Wharton and at the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy. Over the last eighteen years, I have worked extensively in law enforcement, while operating as a specialist in Dignitary Protection & Intelligence.

What is your feeling about the current quality of Hollywood Celebrity Protection? KM: Most of it is terrible. I have a saying: “Drain the Bodyguard/Buddyguard Swamp.” There are Bodyguards who have become “Buddyguards.” Go to YouTube and you can see the dysfunctional, eclectic protection, where bodyguards (who to me are untrained thugs getting into ‘use of force’ incidents) are selling information on the celebrities to the tabloids and posting pictures with their celebrity clients on Twitter. As professionals, we must maintain a strict barrier between the client and ourselves. One of the basic principles of protection is guarding a client’s confidentiality. WPG & 001 have formally trained Executive Protection Agents that do not engage in that type of “Buddyguard” behavior. What are your thoughts on Client Confidentiality? KM: It is the most important element in a relationship with a client. If you cannot protect their confidentiality, how can you perform physical protection? What people don’t know about the celebrity industry is that a dysfunctional, untrained security guard will do anything to break a news story where they get to talk about their client. They’ll even write a book about them! I get paid not to write the book. What is the most exciting or rewarding moment in your history of providing protection? KM: My company has been involved in three counterterrorism cases and has prevented several terrorist attacks in the U.S., which I am not at leisure to name. What I enjoy most is the behind-the-scenes work with law enforcement and the FBI on those cases. Those cases never hit the media. Our goal is to keep it out of the media. In that regard, we are 100% proactive and preventative in our work.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WPG & 001, GO TO: WWW.WORLDPROTECTIONGROUP.COM WWW.001WPG.COM

CAN YOU MAKE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CELEBRITIES ABOUT THEIR PERSONAL PROTECTION? Here is a list of my Top Ten Security Recommendations for Celebrity Clients: 1. DO NOT hire Bodyguards or “Buddyguards.” 2. DO use encrypted E-mail with your family & C-suite level Employees or Executives. 3. DO USE vetted American Executive Protection Agents & Drivers, during international travel. 4. DO NOT tweet where you are going. It alerts potential bad guys of your location! 5. DO NOT post pictures on social media of: a) Your family, b) Where you live, c) Where your office is, or d) Locations you often frequent. 6. DO NOT get any mail at your home & DO make sure no one knows where you live. (Put your home into a corporation name.) 7. DO have a professional security consultant perform a risk/vulnerability assessment of: a) Your home, b) Your office, and c) Your children’s school. 8. DO get your personal information off of the Internet. 9. DO spend one hour putting together a security plan for every trip you go on. 10. DO create security alertness in your daily life. If you receive any threats, stalkers or inappropriate mail, get it to a security professional. Have a professional security investigator resource you can go to for you and your family.

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SPOTLIGHT


The SOURCE: SPACE 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

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3033 WILSHIRE

Offering luxury living from studios to penthouses, 3033 Wilshire showcases breathtaking views and state-of-the-art amenities. 3033 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 213-263-5859; 3033wilshire.com

SHOPPING CENTERS

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

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GAREY BUILDING

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

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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

FASHION ISLAND 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

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

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

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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

SOUTH COAST PLAZA

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

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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

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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

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Designed by HansonLA, the TEN50 building amplifies luxury with its spacious, resort-style condos, while its metal structure redefines the DTLA

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GLENDALE GALLERIA

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

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

complex in LA, adjacent to the Original Farmers Market. 189 The Grove Dr., LA, 323-900-8080; thegrovela.com

WESTFIELD TOPANGA The Village at Westfield Topanga is a great place for unwinding, dining, and people watching during a day of shopping at the Valley’s most prestigious fashion destination.

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

MEZCAL VERÁS “Taste. You will see.” An artisanal mezcal that fills your glass with balanced flavor and won’t overpower a cocktail. Verás Reposado & Joven are versatile, smooth, and bar cart worthy. Recent Gold medal / Best of Division and Bronze medal winners in the 2017 San Diego Distilled Spirits Festival. Pick up a bottle at Wine Expo, or visit Norah in WeHo for a finely crafted cocktail.

LA OPERA PRESENTS PUCCINI’S TOSCA | APRIL 22 – MAY 13 How far would you go to save the one you love? The electrifying Sondra Radvanovsky returns in one of opera’s most intense and unforgettable dramas. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in DTLA Subtitled in English. For tickets call 213.972.8001 or visit LAOpera.org

CREATIVE RECREATION Multi-platinum artist Nick Jonas has released his self-designed, unisex capsule collection with Los Angeles based footwear brand, Creative Recreation. The 1410 Collection is available now at select retailers nationwide and online. creativerecreation.com.

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MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham brings his vibrant dance company Abraham.In.Motion to Santa Monica on May 5th and 6th at 7:30pm. The company transforms each stage they grace with deep explorations of sound, human behavior and all things visual. Program to feature the California premieres of Quiet Dance and Absent Matter.

The House of Bijan has dressed royalty, presidents, and some of the world’s most powerful men. The legendary boutique on Rodeo Drive is considered a universe unto itself and features a Baccarat chandelier (comprised of 1,100 Bijan perfume bottles), and a Fernando Botero painting aptly named ‘The Rich’.

On June 10, 2017, This Modern Life returns to Helms Bakery for a campus-wide celebration of design. We’ll explore the Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi, the art of recognizing beauty in imperfection, featuring workshops, tastings, discussions, and marketplaces. Plus an art installation in support of our partner, L.A. Goal!

“By appointment” 420 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills +310.273.6544 | www.bijan.com

helmsbakerydistrict.com

Tickets at thebroadstage.com or 310.434.3200.


ONLY IN L.A.

“MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK WAS COMPLAINING THAT ‘EVERYONE IS SO HEALTHY IN L.A.!’ SO I TOOK HIM UP TO THE SOHO HOUSE TERRACE … FOR A GROUP SMOKE.”

It’s dipping

BELOW 60 degrees tonight? Ugh. I just put my boots, fur coat, and hat

“I’M ON MY WAY! WAIT, THIS OPENING IS IN THE VALLEY? DUDE… TURNING AROUND.”

in storage.

OUT-OF-TOWNER AT FASHIONABLE WESTSIDE RESTAURANT: “I CAN’T “I GOT

BELIEVE THEY LET IN ALL THESE

PREGNANT AND

‘WOR ING WOMEN.’” HOST: “UM…

ASKED MY

THESE ARE BEVERLY HILLS

BUDDY WHERE I

GRANDMOTHERS!”

AT A PRIVATE SCREENING IN THE HILLS FOR AN EDITOR’S 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY: “I AM BIG, IT’S THE MAGAZINES THAT GOT SMALL.”

SHOULD MOVE “LA LA LAND

TO RAISE A FAMILY. HE RECOMMENDED CHATSWORTH. I SAID, ‘REALLY??’” 120  LA-CONFIDENTIAL-MAGAZINE.COM

REMINDS ME OF

“I KNEW HE WAS THE ONE WHEN HE DROVE TO MY HOUSE USING THE 101 DURING RUSH HOUR.”

HOW I FELT ABOUT L.A. WHEN I FIRST MOVED FROM NEW YORK.”


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Los Angeles Confidential - 2017 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Neve Campbell  

Neve Campbell

Los Angeles Confidential - 2017 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Neve Campbell  

Neve Campbell

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