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14 // FULL FRONTAL 30 // LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF 32 // LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER 34 // THE LIST 37 // INVITED
SCENE. STYLE. SPACE
Meet five LA artists who are sparking an avant-digital revolution.
Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey of Violet Grey.
50 // ART-À-PORTER It’s Jeff Koons’s world, and we’re just living in it, as he unveils a new collection for Louis Vuitton.
Hi-Lo, a new “liquor store” concept in Culver City.
52 // CINE-MAGIC! In LA, movie screenings are suddenly all about location.
53 // SNOW MAN John Singleton brings LA’s ’80s drug scene to life on FX.
54 // MARVEL MAN Superhero hottie Finn Jones moves from Iron Fist “it boy” to The Defenders A-team.
56 // FIFTY SHADES OF VIOLET
Language Is Not Transparent (1970) by Mel Bochner, part of LACMA’s Dwan Gallery look-back.
Cassandra Grey pulls back the curtain on her celeb-approved beauty destination, Violet Grey.
58 // DWAN OF AGES LACMA shines a Pop spotlight on the gallery that put LA on the art world map.
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45 // STAR TECH!
BIG BANG CHRONO BEVERLY HILLS
Cover star Leslie Mann.
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Two cool kids are out to change up the drinks biz in LA.
64 // PORTRAIT OF THE INSTA-ARTIST Who needs dealers and galleries? Artist Zachary Crane has an iPhone.
70 // VIVA REVIVAL! One hundred and fifty years after his birth, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mayan gifts to LA live on.
62 // TRACK TIME The best of auto-inspired and racing watches hits the open road with speed and style.
66 // INN-CREDIBLE!
63 // FAST FRIENDS
68 // WONDER WOMAN
Hublot fab-collabs for Ferrari’s 70th by bringing the track to the wrist.
Action star Connie Nielsen leverages her reel-life role to help real-life people.
The legendary Waldorf Astoria comes west to Bev Hills with a wow.
72 // WOMEN ON THE VERGE There’s nothing “standard” about the Hammer’s next big show.
74 // MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Runway romance reigns supreme as summer accessories cast their spell.
FEATURES 78 // FUNNY LADY On screen and off, Leslie Mann keeps on stealing scenes—and everyone’s heart.
84 // FIELD REPORT Airy embroidery and billowing silhouettes summon the long days of summer with languorous ease…
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60 // THE BOOZE BROTHERS
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THE SOURCE 95 // SCENE Indulge in insider LA: Our guide to the city’s best arts, dining, and nightlife.
100 // STYLE Shop… and sparkle! Here’s to looking your best in Tinseltown.
106 // SPACE Get down with design! The best ways to live, shop, and stay in town.
AND FINALLY... 112 // ONLY IN L.A.
on the cover: Leslie Mann Photography by Frederic Auerbach Styling by Jessica Paster Hair by Kylee Heath using R+Co at Starworks Artists Makeup by Jillian Dempsey using Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint Manicure by Allison Burns at Crosby Carter Management using Dior Vernis Location: 1317 Delresto Dr., Beverly Hills, represented by Santiago Arana (424-231-2399) and Billy Rose (424-230-3702) of The Agency Creative; theagencyre.com Frieza sweater, Boss ($545). 414 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310859-2888; hugoboss.com. 14k rose-gold diamond ring, Effy Jewelry ($4,600). effyjewelry.com. Signet ring, Mann’s own
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“it was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Dickens (or Shakespeare) always sums it up nicely. Amidst the current national backdrop of politics gone cray cray, the arts are thriving across the country—especially in LA. Funny how that works. For some time now, the City of Angels has become the City of Artists, arguably the arts capital of the Western Hemisphere, if not the world—inarguably when it comes to the latest trends in painting, sculpture, installation, et al. Leave it to our sun-andshadow-dappled city, where artists thrive on the abundant natural light and the relatively cheap rents, to move the culture needle forward. And then some. In this, our annual Arts Issue, we dig into the city’s oil-and-acrylic-splattered smorgasbord, from Playa Vista to Pasadena—and everything in between. What a feast: We introduce five artists who flourish on the cutting edge where art and the digital world intersect. That had to happen, right? (See “Star Tech!,” page 45.) And who needs old-fashioned dealers and galleries? Another artist, a self-taught painter from the mountains of eastern Utah, Zachary Crane, 28, has built a booming little business right off his old iPhone (see “Portrait of the Insta-Artist,” page 64). Counting prominent collectors from Hollywood to haute-est Paris, Crane has proved that an Instagram of fame can go a very long way. But let’s not forget LA’s hardly oldschool institutional art scene. Long before Crane dropped his first DM, Los Angeles culture queen Nancy Dwan invented the future of art in LA in the 1960s with her seminal Westwood gallery, which introduced the city to a host of leading New York artists, and conversely, blasted the art 21st Century Foxes! from top: Painting the town with talent agent/ glamour boy Gary Mantoosh at MOCA’s 38th annual gala honoring Jeff Koons; crushing on pretty gal/cover star/partner in comedy Leslie Mann; kick-starting spring with publisher Alison Miller and musician/actor/Creative Recreation designer Nick Jonas at Catch LA.
world with the best of the best of Angelenomade fare. This summer, LACMA pays tribute to this zeitgeist moment with a must-see mega exhibit (see “Dwan of Ages,” page 58). Westwood is back, by the way, thanks to the Hammer Museum’s indefatigable director, Ann Philbin, who is in the midst of expanding her little museum by a whopping 40,000 square feet (which is only fitting, since the Hammer’s budget these days already tops out among the country’s biggest). LA’s avant-avant garde museum never ceases to shock (nor will our exclusive preview of the Hammer’s “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” offering, “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985,” page 72). Across town, MOCA mixed shock with a hefty dose of chic at its annual fundraising gala, which pulled in a glittering mix of celebrities and socialites with its magenta-mad ode to legendary bad-boy artist Jeff Koons—and a cool $3 million for future exhibitions. Heady stuff. As glam-bam as that party was, the Met Gala this past spring, in my hometown of New York, still rules. By a hair. Have to give Ms. Wintour credit for that. This year was fashion fun as usual, of course, but nothing matched the 1996 iteration. At that one, a 30-something reporter for W magazine got to chat up Princess Diana (the year before she died)—all regal-rad in her midnight blue Dior slip dress. What an enchanting, unforgettable encounter. “Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?” Thanks, Will Shakespeare (via Christopher Marlowe), for summing that moment up.
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museum or amuse-eum?
Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Katy Perry, and Seth Rogen all made appearances this month at LA’s wildly popular extendeddate pop-up installation, The Museum of Ice Cream. This kitschy hottest-ticket-going immersive experience of pastel-colored giant popsicles and suspended bananas pushes the boundaries of a museum’s very definition, and begs the question, what is art? As if an insta-worthy pool filled with candy sprinkles wasn’t enough, other similar selfie-bait projects continue to gain momentum. This spring’s inaugural “Desert X” site-specific installation in the Coachella Valley represented one of LA’s biggest art world pilgrimages to date. Spanning more than 45 miles, the free contemporary art show and its 15-plus works by artists such as Doug Aitken, Claudia Comte, and Tavares Strachan launched two months of art-enamored
social media posts. Back in LA, the “14th Factory” pop-up in a Lincoln Heights warehouse complex represents yet another overnight social media hit. British artist Simon Birch leveraged the installation for his documentaryin-the-making film with continuously evolving interlinked spaces of paintings, sculpture, video works, and live performances. But in this, our annual Arts Issue, the news isn’t all temporary installation in nature. The construction dust has finally settled as Guess cofounders and art collectors Paul and Maurice Marciano open their much-anticipated private museum, The Marciano Art Foundation, in the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple. This fall, the Santa Monica Museum of Art reopens as the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles in DTLA’s Arts District. George Lucas has plans for a $1 billion Museum of Narrative Art to premier in Exposition Park in 2021. And, of
course, 2023 is the planned reveal for LACMA’s Peter Zumthordesigned $600 million permanent art collection complex. Not to be outdone, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plots a Hollywood PR boost with its own Renzo Piano-designed museum opening in 2019, which will eventually house iconic movie memorabilia such as Dorothy’s red slippers from The Wizard of Oz and the spacecraft model from 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the meantime, join Los Angeles Confidential as we sponsor this year’s exciting LA Film Festival (June 14—22), or catch a classic like Tony Bennett under the stars at The Hollywood Bowl. Happy summer, happy art-ing… and say cheese!
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from left: Checking out the “Desert X” installations in Palm Springs, including the Mirage glass house by Doug Aitken and Curves & Zigzags by Claudia Comte; celebrating cover star Nick Jonas’s collaboration with Creative Recreation for his sneaker line 1410.
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This spring, Los Angeles Confidential celebrated fall cover star Nick Jonas and his shoe collaboration with cool kicks brand Creative Recreation. The heartthrob musician/actor recently flexed his design muscles with CR’s ultra-chic 1410 Collection of high- and low-top sneakers. Trendy rooftop resto Catch LA in West Hollywood set the scene for the intimate gathering, which included a specialty dinner menu and designer cocktails by sponsor Don Julio 1942. VIPs at the exclusive event included Nick’s brother Kevin Jonas,
Dominique LaFargue and Priscilla Rios
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ANNUAL MOCA GALA LA art world A-listers—and a good sprinkling of Tinseltown’s glitterati— converged in Downtown’s Little Tokyo at The Geffen Contemporary MOCA for MOCA’s 38th annual gala in honor of art world bad boy-turned-legend Jeff Koons. With the museum transformed into a vibrant, magenta-hued paean to Koons, complete with oversized Mylar balloons, bright purple carpeting, and chic eats provided by Wolfgang Puck, the evening raised an impressive $3 million-plus to fund the museum’s programs and acquisitions. Presiding over the glam-bam festivities, MOCA’s director, Philippe Vergne, and gala co-chairs, Lilly Tartikoff Karatz and Maurice Marciano, welcomed performers John Legend, Miguel, and DJ M.O.S., who rocked the oh-so-cool crowd well into the wee hours.
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Larry Gagosian and Frank Gehry
Eli Broad and Lilly Tartikoff Karatz
Sylvia Chivaratanond and Carol Appel
Sterling Ruby and Melanie Schiff
Vaitiare Hirshon, Maurice Marciano, and Lilly Tartikoff Karatz with Jeff and Justine Wheeler Koons
David Appel, Philippe Vergne, Carol Appel, and Maurice Marciano
Bruce Karatz and Jeffrey Deitch
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RACE TO ERASE MS GALA Los Angeles Confidential was a media sponsor for the 24th annual Race to Erase MS Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Hosted by indefatigable Race to Erase MS founder Nancy Davis, the night honored actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler and benefited the foundation’s Center Without Walls program, which supports MS treatment research. Gala guests participated in a luxury silent auction and rocked out to an unforgettable performance by legendary band Chicago. Nancy Davis: You’re the inspiration!
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Car lovers turned out in style for the eighth annual Concours d’Elegance, sponsored by Karma Automotive, at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. The festivities revved up the evening before with a VIP event at the Beverly Canon Gardens. The main affair, themed “California Innovation,” saw gleaming vintage automobiles and motorcycles all around the legendary property. Los Angeles Confidential partnered to host the event, which supports Friends of Greystone.—CAMILLE CABRERA
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The hit musical Jersey Boys has been wow-ing Center Theatre Group audiences! A privileged few got a special sneak-peek inside the production at The Music Center’s BoardRoom in a Los Angeles Confidentialsponsored VIP event that included backstage cocktails with the “Four Seasons” cast: Matthew Dailey (Tommy DeVito), Keith Hines (Nick Massi), Cory Jeacoma (Bob Gaudio), and Dancing With the Stars’ Mark Ballas (Frankie Valli). The band’s greatest hits, such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” brought the A-list house down. The production runs through June 25 at the Ahmanson Theatre (135 N. Grand Ave., LA, 213-6282772; centertheatregroup.org).—AUTUMN SIMON
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Art lovers and makers alike united at Google Los Angeles for Venice Family Clinic’s 38th annual Art Walk & Auctions. Event-goers were treated to live music, fab food, and a celebratory exhibit of renowned artist and UCLA professor Barbara Kruger. The silent auction featured an array of works from contemporary artists like Kelly Akashi, Billy Al Bengston, and Rosson Crow, and a select few took home a special-edition print by the legendary John Baldessari. Los Angeles Confidential was a media partner for the event, the proceeds from which benefited the Venice Family Clinic (venicefamilyclinic.org), which provides affordable healthcare to low-income individuals and families across town. Angels for the City of Angels.
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STAR TECH! MEET FIVE L.A. ARTISTS WHO ARE SPARKING AN AVANTDIGITAL REVOLUTION. BY REBECCA BLOOM
At the intersection of art and technology, a new generation of contemporary artists is looking towards less traditional mediums to inform and implement its artistic visions. Paint and ink, canvas and clay—they’re either being tossed aside or used in combination with blossoming technological tools to invent new and exciting forms of expression. This digital movement, which began with video art pioneers such as Bill Viola, Nam June Paik, and Vito Acconci, is now being pushed, pulled, and reinterpreted by the latest cultural trailblazers. From creating largescale environments with video installation to using social media as acts of protest and blurring the lines between painting and photography, LA artists Julie Weitz, Brian Bress, Diana Thater, Micol Hebron, and Owen Kydd are innovators to watch in this ever-growing medium.
“TECHNOLOGY IS THE MENU—IT’S JUST A TOOL. ART IS THE MEAL, THE SOURCE OF REAL NOURISHMENT.” —JULIE WEITZ
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH OLMSTED (WEITZ)
The Film Star Describe your process. I sketch storyboards, make molds, and design sets and take photographs. These eventually lead me to shooting video. I play almost every role in the filmmaking process: prop master, set designer, performer,
“I use technology to create effects my hand is incapable of achieving,” says filmmaker Julie Weitz, one of a number of LA artists at the forefront of tech-savvy fine art. Here, a still from Weitz’s Goddess NetTrap, C-print (2017).
photographer, director, producer, editor. I then collaborate with a cinematographer to shoot it, and work with different musicians to score original soundtracks. When the work is ready for exhibition, I map out immersive installations to enhance the viewer experience. How do you use technology in your art? The idea of technology is more expansive than we think—I use the simple tools of pencils and markers to jumpstart ideas and the more complex technology
of cameras and software to create effects my hand is incapable of achieving. How do you walk the line between art and technology? The Buddhist scholar Alan Watts has a great quote about eating the menu instead of the meal. For me, technology is the menu. However complex and mystifying, it’s just a tool. In contrast, art is the actual meal… the source of real nourishment. What was your a-ha! art moment? The positive reception to
Touch Museum, the largescale video installation I premiered at Young Projects in LA in 2015. I realized that the ideas floating in my head for years could actually manifest into an impactful experience for others. What artists are you looking at? Despite having had an academic training in art, my deepest affections are for popular culture. I often think about Miranda July and the way she maintains a definitive sensibility between mediums. I look at filmmakers like [Michelangelo]
Antonioni, [Dario] Argento, and [David] Cronenberg, and watch music videos by Madonna, Beyoncé, and Kanye West. I have the highest regard for Frank Ocean, the way he taps into emotional experiences with utter fluency and paints with a refined palate of intelligence and sensuality. julieweitz.com BRIAN BRESS
The Old/New Soul
What is your first memory of making art? I was home sick in the third grade. I started a drawing of a futuristic city. I added another sheet of lined paper with tape to the first sheet and continued the city. I did this over and over until I had a 26-foot long scroll. There were flying cars, hover-buildings, and glass bubbles over parks that sucked the kids in and out of tubes. I still have that
drawing. It’s under my bed in a box. How do you use technology in your art? I use new technology to address very old issues pertaining to art: form, color, space, and composition. I try to make sure that the ideas and images are the motivation—not the access to the latest tech. Who inspires you? Lately, my daughter! She’s a little budding artist, and really funny. She keeps me from getting too serious. How do you unplug? I take long walks with my dog late at night. I don’t always know where I’m going, but I get a chance to just explore and think, with no texts or phone calls. How do you walk the line between art and technology? That question reminds me of a Far Side cartoon where two cavemen artists are standing in front of their cave drawings and they look over at another caveman who’s painting on a canvas and easel. One cavemen artist says to the other, “Sure, it’s cool, but is it art?” There are no lines. brianbress.com
An installation view of Brian Bress’s “In Lieu of Flowers Send Memes,” recently on view at LA’s Cherry and Martin gallery. left: Bress’s video Looking (for Josef Albers) (2017), displayed on HD monitors embedded in collage and flashed on stretched linen.
“I USE TECHNOLOGY TO ADDRESS VERY OLD ISSUES PERTAINING TO ART: FORM, COLOR, SPACE, AND COMPOSITION.”—brian bress
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Delphine by Diana Thater, which was exhibited in a solo show at LACMA last year. below left: From the series Keep your laws off my body (2016), “Instagramsafe” digital self portraits by Micol Hebron.
The Wild Woman
Describe your process. I do tons of research—reading, watching films, visiting locations—before I plan any shoot. I usually work with conservationists or scientists or activists who are specialists in the field I’m studying. I do all the camerawork and editing. I don’t like working with other people or telling anyone what to do. I like to think in quiet and work in peace—maybe that’s why I like animals so much! They
don’t talk and annoy me. How do you view the artist’s role in society? Artists can be purveyors of truth and beauty, and society needs those two things to define itself. Art speaks out against oppression—that is necessary in the times in which we find ourselves. When art is great, it is a revolution. Location and scale are big in your art. What environments do you favor? I am obsessed with Kenya, Tanzania, and Botswana right now. The landscape and the variety of animals offer great filming opportunities. I wish North America had the variety of wildlife that Africa has. I find I have to go quite far to film. thaterstudio.com
Window Horizontal/ Vertical (2016), a video installation by Owen Kydd.
The Feminist Fatale
Describe your process. It’s encompassed by what I call “Feminism 4D.” I try to live feminism in all directions and at all times. I have analog processes and digital processes—IRL and URL. My analog work is often about creating community and dialogue. I spend a lot of time online, navigating and thinking about the spaces, images, language, and algorithms of social media and the internet. I find the internet fascinating and terrifying… and totally intoxicating. It is a barometer for contemporary culture. Has the political climate taken your art in a new direction? The things that I was doing before the election—making posts about equity and legislation, organizing feminist events, building space and opportunity for participatory dialogues and projects—[have] become amplified [since]! What is your first memory of making art? My parents were very creative. We dyed our milk or mashed potatoes blue, green, or purple, for fun. My mother encouraged all kinds of crafty things that involved innovation and recycling… I remember making a Jackson Pollock– style painting in fourth grade, and the teacher was effective in getting me to
understand that it wasn’t about the finished painting, but rather about the act of making it. How do you walk the line between art and technology? Is there even is a line? Art, life, technology, nature— it’s all integrated all the time for me. What’s next? I’d like to learn how to code, and how to be a hacker. [laughs] I think coding and hacking hold the most potential for activism, institutional critique, dissent, and intervention in the digital age. In all reality, it’s unlikely I’ll ever be a
hacker—but maybe I can team up with one! micolhebron.com OWEN KYDD
The Image Maker
Describe your process. I make durational photographs, either on video screens or as printed images. My work is about looking, and how looking often takes place in time, in duration.
What is your first memory of making art? As a kid, I remember lying in bed watching the shadows and flickers of light from passing cars on the walls and ceiling of my room. This seemed like projection of the unknown and something that was worth trying to capture. How does Los Angeles inform your work? This city has a lot of space in between things. As a result, there are a lot of unfixed moments. Things can get caught in these eddies and form their own logic, which also can make [for] good pictures. What was your a-ha! art
moment? Watching Steve Jobs’s 2004 keynote introduction of the “one more thing” Apple cinema display with 4 million pixels. This screen let me put video that looked like a photograph on the wall of my gallery. That completely changed my life. What’s next? I’m going to try and make a film. I started off as a filmmaker and rejected it to make durational photographs. Now I’m ready to take what I’ve learned from recording near-still moments and apply it back to the narrative of cinema. owenkydd.com
“I’m ready to take what I’ve learned from recording near-still moments and apply it back to the narrative of cinema,” says artist Owen Kydd about how he feels his video installation work, such as Additive (2016), has prepped him for filmmaking.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHARLIE VILLYARD (ADDITIVE); ANDREW RICHMOND (KYDD)
“L.A. HAS A LOT OF SPACE IN BETWEEN THINGS. THERE ARE A LOT OF UNFIXED MOMENTS, WHICH CAN MAKE [FOR] GOOD PICTURES.” — owen kydd
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STYLE COLLAB Blast with the past: Jeff Koons (left) gilds Louis Vuitton accessories with art history masterworks, including Fragonard’s Girl with Dog on the Montaigne MM bag ($4,000, below left), Rubens’s The Tiger Hunt on the Palm Springs backpack ($3,200, right), and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa on the Chain bag ($3,900, bottom right).
ART-À-PORTER IT’S JEFF ONS’S WORLD, AND WE’RE JUST LIVING IN IT—AND DRESSING FOR IT—AS HE UNVEILS A NEW COLLECTION FOR LOUIS VUITTON.
Jeff Koons, the Pop Artinfluenced provocateur behind balloon-dog sculptures and Old Master reproductions, has always been better received by the general public than by the art world. But now the latter is catching up, following a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum, a prominent new public installation in New York, and, most recently, a gala in his honor at MOCA in LA. But as the conversation shifts around him, Koons remains happily himself at the center, announcing a major commercial collaboration in the form of a new fashion collection for none other than Louis Vuitton. Dubbed “Masters,” Koons’s pieces for the Parisian powerhouse deploy a premise similar to his “Gazing Ball” series, in which he hand-painted reproductions of some of art history’s greatest works and placed a gleaming blue orb at their center. This time, Koons has taken five of the most recognizable paintings in the
history of art—Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Titian’s Mars, Venus and Cupid, Rubens’s The Tiger Hunt, Fragonard’s Girl with Dog, and Van Gogh’s A Wheatfield with Cypresses—and placed them on purses, totes, scarves, bag charms, and shawls. This is the first time an original Koons has been featured in a fashion collab. “What’s wonderful about working with Louis Vuitton is their resources. [They are] the finest in the world,” says the 62-year-old artist. “The first samples come through and it’s like, ‘Wow! That’s better than anything I’ve seen before.’” Each accessory is adorned with the original artist’s last name in glitzy, appliquéd letters, providing a quick lesson in art history and in personal branding before the Instagram era. For his part, Koons signs the works, too: His initials appear as part of the classic LV monogram. Naturally. 295 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-0457; louisvuitton.com
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Who needs old-fashioned (or new-fashioned) movie theaters? Red “velvet” seats, faux gilding, and mega screens have been replaced, for summer, with comfy lounge chairs, picnic baskets, and LA’s magentastreaked sunsets. It’s La La Land come to life at a number of outdoor film “happenings” across the city. At much-adored Cinespia (cinespia.org), the granddaddy of the city’s alternative movie nights, the Hollywood Forever
Cemetery (RIP Rudolph Valentino, et al.) enters its 16th season hosting sold-out crowds with state-of-the-Industry equipment and local gourmet food vendors. If the 4,000 moviegoers who jostle amidst the headstones every weekend between May to October are too much to handle, opt for the casual-chic of the VIP section, which welcomes A-listers such as Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore (it’s the family cemetery, after all), and a host of
other primo celebrities. And celebs and mere mortals alike love the always fabulous “live-to-picture” film concerts at the Hollywood Bowl (hollywood bowl.com/calendar), which are some of the largest single gatherings ever to watch popular films like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Singin’ in the Rain. For a more intimate affair, head to the heart of Hollywood at the historic Montalban Theater, where cineastes enjoy classic and contemporary
Tinseltown fare under the stars—with a view of the Hollywood sign, no less. The “Soho House” of outdoor screenings, Rooftop Cinema Club (rooftopcinemaclub.com/la) started in Shoreditch, London, in 2011, and has expanded to venues in New York and, now, LA. This year, Tinder-mates— and regular old-school mates!—are in luck. Canoodle on plush loveseats for a romantic date under the stars. Popcorn between kisses.
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SNOW MAN JOHN SINGLETON BRINGS L.A.’S ’80S DRUG SCENE TO LIFE ON FX THIS SUMMER. BY AUTUMN SIMON
Twenty-six years ago, director John Singleton exposed the world to the realities of South Central Los Angeles with his Oscarnominated film Boyz n the Hood—a tale of three African American boys plagued by gang violence and the overflow of cheap crack cocaine. Now Singleton, 49, returns to the not-so-small screen with Snowfall, which premiers July 5, to follow the rise of the crack epidemic in the early ’80s that changed Los Angeles into an urban war zone.
CANOODLE ON PLUSH LOVESEATS UNDER THE STARS. POPCORN BETWEEN KISSES. Popcorn and candy not fancy enough? Bev Hills beckons at Mr. C Beverly Hills Poolside Cinema (mrchotels.com/ happenings) where, for the fourth year, the Italian-chic Cipriani hotel offshoot offers up classic, cult, and family fare poolside at sundown every Tuesday through August. The bonus: Watch Sabrina with a pre-ordered Mr. C Cinema Prix-Fixe menu of gourmet classics from the hotel dining room—including mini bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne. Cheers, Audrey and Humphrey.
For oh-so-cool eastsiders, make a beeline Downtown starting in July to the Ritz-Carlton (ritz carlton.com/en/hotels/california/ los-angeles), which is debuting fan-fave movies every week on its glamorous rooftop. Guests can enjoy a two-course menu at WP24 Summer Supper & a Show, followed by select reserved seats and “concession boxes” filled with Wolfgang Puck’s favorite cinema snacks, including Marcona almonds and homemade potato chips. Wolfgang + Clueless at twilight? It doesn’t get any better.
In what ways is Snowfall autobiographical? “Being from Los Angeles, my life changed in the early ’80s when the crack game started. This show is like the prequel to Boyz n the Hood. It shows a time when people didn’t have bars on their windows. Then things started to get crazy. Gangs began taking over selling crack in different territories. It turned into a deadly war over money.” How is the process for TV different from film? “With television shows you have to find actors who people want to watch over and over again. I hold the same standard for directing television as I do my films. I want this to be the ghetto Game of Thrones because everyone loves re-watching the episodes of that show.”
How did you make the show as authentic as possible? “We talked to so many different people from the community who lived during that era. And I myself was a huge resource for this project! I focused on what outfits people wore then, what shoes, and especially what music they listened to. At that time, hip hop was only on the East Coast, and Los Angeles was into soul—we were listening to the Gap Band and Chaka Khan. I tried my hardest to keep it as accurate as possible.” Tell us about some of the characters. “I wanted to show that what happened to LA was broad and affected many people—not just the black community. We have a white guy who is a CIA agent, a Mexican wrestler who is an immigrant but still trying to find his way, and a young black boy who is bussed to school in the Valley, where he eventually learns how to sell crack. All of these characters were greatly changed by all this, and it’s great that we get to see their stories.” How would you sum up the show? “I hope the experience will be like when someone first sniffs cocaine. I want viewers to become as addicted to it as soon as possible… Seriously, it’s going to be like nothing anybody has ever seen before.”
MARVEL MAN THIS SUMMER, SUPERHERO HOTTIE FINN JONES MOVES FROM IRON FIST “IT” BOY TO THE DEFENDERS A-TEAM. BY SCOTT HUVER
For some actors, going from starring in your own binge-worthy Netflix series to joining an ensemble show might not seem like a step forward. But for Finn Jones, it was a breath of fresh air. The 29-year-old star of Iron Fist, Marvel Comics’ superhero martial arts master Danny Rand, was always slated to join the headliners of the comic book megalith’s other popular series to form The Defenders, a street-level Avengers-style team. And Jones was thrilled to unite with his comrades-in-arms, on-screen and off.
“We’ve all led our own individual Marvel shows, we all know what it takes, and we all know the successes and the frustrations,” says Jones. “Only we understand each other because only we have gone through this.” Equally appealing to the Brit-born actor was his unique place in the story as the greenest member of the team, as well as the most knowledgeable about the otherworldly threat the heroes face. “Danny is the youngest of the four, and because he’s
Steel-ing scenes! Iron Fist star Finn Jones is back as Danny in The Defenders this month. “Danny has this reckless energy that just wants to get shit done now!” says Jones of his latest iconic comics role.
the youngest, he has this reckless, youthful energy about him that just wants to get shit done, and wants to get it done now,” he laughs. Jones, who also spent several seasons playing Game of Thrones’ outed nobleman Loras Tyrell, admits there’s a push/ pull to starring in highprofile shows. “Hype is a great thing, because it means people are interested in your work—there’s a buzz,” he says. “But it also means there’s a lot of judgement—all those people critiquing every
minute detail of your performance! That can get in the way of creativity at times.” Despite a few public skirmishes over Iron Fist’s cultural contexts and critical reviews, Jones says his journey has been well worth any costs. “The joy comes from, honestly, the development of character, and I don’t just mean [what] I’m creating with Danny, but also my own character,” he says. “It’s the joy of the real-life struggle, which is ultimately what I find to be the most rewarding thing. You can’t put a price on it.”
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“HYPE IS GREAT, BECAUSE IT MEANS PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED— THERE’S A BUZZ. BUT IT ALSO MEANS A LOT OF JUDGEMENT!” —finn jones
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Ever imagine having access to the beauty must-haves of Hollywood’s top glam squads? Violet Grey is just that—a curated selection of the industry’s best products, dreamt up by Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey in the form of a lush atelier and e-commerce-meets-editorial website. Here, the 40-year-old founder (and wife to the late Hollywood icon Brad Grey) talks Melrose Place and the summer’s hottest look. What’s Violet Grey’s buying process? “We have a council of about 150 experts—a
movie star, nail artist, or anyone that we believe has a serious relationship with beauty products and can tell us what is best in class. Everything is approved by our ‘Violet Code.’” How has Melrose Place changed the retail game? “John Woolf, the architect who built the building we’re in, is a big inspiration for us and was responsible for much of the French Regency in Hollywood. When we moved to Melrose Place [in 2009], following the financial crash, it was pretty desolate—but still the most
beautiful street in LA. When space became available in our building, our friends MaryKate and Ashley [Olsen] opened the first Row store. Now, it’s such an exciting, high-traffic street.” What’s the summer’s top beauty trend? “Clean, natural skin with a bold lipstick. We’re going to see a lot of skin where freckles and lines are visible and it just feels healthy. I think that skincare is the new foundation.” 8452 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood, 323-7829700; violetgrey.com
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DWAN OF AGES THIS SUMMER, LACMA SHINES A POP SPOTLIGHT ON THE GALLERY THAT PUT L.A. ON THE ART WORLD MAP. BY CARISSA TOJO
With “Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery 1959– 1971,” LACMA takes a trip back to the future when the future was cool: the realm of 1960s avantgarde. The summer mega exhibit highlights more than 120 seminal works, all of which passed though the hands of visionary art patron Virginia Dwan. From Pop Art and Minimalism to French Nouveau Realisme, Dwan’s galleries showcased groundbreaking works while also posing as an intermediary between the LA and New York art scenes. “Today we think nothing of a gallery that has venues in London, New York, Los Angeles. Here was a gallery from LA that then opened in New York—that was very much ahead of its time,” remarks LACMA’s head curator, Stephanie Barron. 58 LA-CONFIDENTIAL-MAGAZINE.COM
Displaying legends such as Edward Kienholz and Yves Klein, LACMA’s show incorporates artworks not presented in the exhibition’s original run at the National Gallery, including a luminous yellow Robert Grosvenor sculpture that hasn’t been shown in LA since 1967. Reflecting on Dwan’s impact, Barron adds, “What’s amazing is that Dwan only operated the gallery for 11 years. It just happens to be the years that saw contemporary art going [away from] easel painting to sculptures that don’t sit on pedestals, to works of art that are about ideas. Virginia Dwan was showing cutting-edge art at the time it was being made.” The future was then… and now. Through September 10, Resnick Pavilion, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 323-857-6000; lacma.org
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Retro-spectacular: LACMA takes a hip trip back to the Sixties, showcasing more than 120 seminal works originally exhibited by LA art pioneer Virginia Dwan, including pieces by (clockwise from far left) Sol LeWitt, Fred Sandback, Agnes Martin, and Robert Smithson. below: A maquette for a 1961 exhibition of Larry Rivers’s work at the original Dwan Gallery in Westwood.
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minute news about seasonal or rare items coming into stock; and customizes gift boxes with cocktail ingredients, recipes, and beautiful packaging. The plan is to spread the concept far and wide, thanks in part to support from Drybar investors experienced in that area. New for summer: a freestanding bar and tasting tap, where “we can truly introduce our customers to what we offer, and further support local breweries and winemakers— building a community!” says Lowe. “We will be a hub for people who want to try new things.” What’s more, you can charge it all to a house account… like a new-fashioned Cheers. We’ll drink to that. 8582 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 424298-8443; hiloliquor.com
Where everybody knows your name: The old-school liquor store is being updated by Hi-Lo cofounders Chris Harris (top, left) and Talmadge Lowe (top, right), whose signature red flagship in Culver City’s arts district offers up (below, from left) selections of small-batch whiskeys, chic/hip gift boxes, and a branded message they plan to roll out to other venues across LA.
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“People are drinking better now,” says Talmadge Lowe, owner of Highland Park’s boutique bar catering operation Pharmacie and one half of Hi-Lo, the biggest thing to hit Culver City since Platform. It’s the modern man and woman’s upgrade to the neighborhood bodega, conceived by Lowe and business partner Chris Harris in response to a collective desire to buy the latest craft booze, bar essentials, and specialty items in one cool, curated space. Hi-Lo sells cult IPAs alongside Modelo, small-batch whiskeys, and Jeni’s ice cream; offers tastings, stocking services for home bars, and specialty clubs in which whiskey or craft beer lovers can stay educated about the industry and get up-to-the-
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TRACK TIME THIS SEASON, THE BEST OF AUTO-INSPIRED AND RACING WATCHES HITS THE OPEN ROAD WITH SPEED AND STYLE. BY ALDOUS TUCK
Automobile enthusiasts’ tight bond with timepieces dates to the earliest days of motor sports. Drivers would strap big, bulky pocket watches to their wrists to measure timing and speed, either while maneuvering new race tracks or hitting a straightaway on a dusty back road. But as car and timepiece technologies both advanced, drivers began looking to watchmakers for pieces that met their specific needs. Watch brands not only responded to this call but drew from it, with auto-design inspiration
informing some of history’s most highly engineered and iconic pieces. (In many instances, watchmakers teamed up with specific automakers, racing teams, or races to create ticking tributes to them.) Some of the world’s most illustrious brands have revisited this racing tradition for summer, debuting exceptional timepieces that double as copilots for when the need for speed strikes. For more watch features and expanded coverage go to la-confidential-magazine .com/watches-and-jewelry
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Girard Perregaux’s Competizione Circuito Chronograph ($13,200) takes its name from the Italian for “competition” and “track circuit”— and has the look of a high-end automobile. The case is made of a feather-light titanium and carbon composite while the black, honeycombed, openwork dial resembles a grille. The black calfskin strap features a carbon effect to top off the sporty design. Westime Beverly Hills, 216 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-888-8880; girard-perregaux.com
Created to celebrate the new Continental Supersports, the fastest Bentleys ever built, the Breitling for Bentley Supersports B55 ($7,785) made its debut at this spring’s Baselworld in a limited edition of 500 pieces. The sporty chronograph features an ultralight titanium case and carbon ﬁber dial, as well as a connected movement with myriad motorsport functions that links up with the user’s smartphone. Westime at Sunset Plaza, 8569 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-289-0808; breitling.com
Rolex debuted the ﬁrst Cosmograph Daytona in 1963 to satisfy the demands of professional drivers. This Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 18-carat white gold ($28,800), introduced this year at Baselworld, continues that tradition with its self-winding mechanical chronograph movement powered by a 4130 Manufacture Rolex calibre. The watch has a 72-hour power reserve and is waterproof to 100 meters. Geary’s at Westﬁeld Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 310-887-4100; rolex.com
The RM 11-03 Automatic Flyback Chronograph by Richard Mille ($115,000) is inspired by materials used to build Formula One cars. The grade 5 titanium crown borrows the design of competition wheel rims and tire treads, while the grooved pushers, coated in NTPT carbon, recall racing pedals. The watch features a new RMAC3 automatic calibre with a ﬂyback chronograph movement. The watch provides a power reserve of 55 hours. 222 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-2859898; richardmille.com
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The Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph’s skeletonized case is available in three limited-edition, 70-piece versions (ABOVE, FROM LEFT): King Gold ($158,000), Titanium ($127,000), and PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone) Carbon ($137,000). The sapphire dial reveals the watchmaking excellence of Hublot’s HUB6311 manual-wind tourbillon chronograph movement, while an external raised section holds the timer. The Ferrari logo sits at 9 o’clock and is also denoted on the caseback and crown.
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Style and speed have shifted into high gear this season with a special, limited edition collaboration by Ferrari and Hublot to mark the 70th anniversary of the iconic Italian car maker. The Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph was designed under the direction of Flavio Manzoni, Ferrari’s head of design, using the same creative processes employed in the development of new sports cars. “The styling of the Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph underlies the performances of the watch,” Manzoni explains.
“No component is there by chance.” Hublot’s HUB6311 manual-wind tourbillon chronograph movement is the engine at the heart of Manzoni’s design, and served as inspiration for the watch’s chassis. Specially developed and manufactured by Hublot, this movement offers five days of power reserve, while the chronograph is operated by a single button that controls the start, stop, and reset functions. The best of both worlds: Swiss precision and Italian flair... 9470 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-550-0595; hublot.com
SCENE “IT ” GUY An art star is born: “I have a lot of clients who frame my paintings beautifully in their homes—including some celebrities. I make sure I post a lot of that and, just like [a dealer showcasing work], it adds value to my art,” says go-it-yourself LA artist-about-town Zachary Crane.
PORTRAIT OF THE INSTA-ARTIST WHO NEEDS DEALERS AND GALLERIES? ART DARLING ZACHARY CRANE HAS AN IPHONE.
Eat your art out, Schnabel, Koons, et al. In just four years, Utah-born pretty boy Zachary Crane, 28, has single-handedly built up a thriving art business with nothing more than an old iPhone and a lot of LDS chutzpah. Oh, and good art—which currently sells from between $900 to $15,000. Half choir boy, half unabashed provocateur, Crane counts wealthy collectors from Cape Town and Chamonix to Hollywood and Atlanta
(“they love me there”)—as well as a growing group of young, millennial fans for whom the artist gives big discounts. “I set up payment plans for them,” Crane says. “I love that young people invest in my art.” And he met them all on Instagram. zachary crane.com; @zacharycrane You’ve built your business largely through social media. What’s the advantage? Before Instagram, I was showing
in coffee shops. Galleries didn’t take me seriously then. When I went online, it opened up a world to me and now I have people buying from Switzerland, Norway, France. One of my collectors in Paris has 20 Harings, several Warhols… And he’s been collecting me now for three years. What’s the disadvantage? Giving people lots of my time with no consultation fee! What do you think is the future of the gallery and
dealer institutions? People know they can get work cheaper going straight to the source, and they want a real connection with the artist. Galleries are going to have to embrace Instagram and really unite with the artist or lose a lot of business. You do a lot of celebrity portraits. I started with a painting of Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom, and I painted her way bigger than him— holding him like he’s her
dainty, little baby, even though he’s this great athlete. It got a big reaction. Describe your perfect LA day. Shipping art! I love buying the tubes and writing a note. I’m always in a great mood when I go to the post office. What do you want to be doing at 40? I want to sell out really, really hard… Something corporate, like being on a Starbucks cup. And then I want to knife-fight my way back to authenticity and start all over.
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WONDER WOMAN ACTION STAR CONNIE NIELSEN LEVERAGES HER REEL-LIFE ROLE TO HELP REAL-LIFE PEOPLE. BY MICHAEL VENTRE
Queen Hippolyta is Wonder Woman’s mother, which obviously means when she gets together with other mothers at bingo, she has a lot to brag about. The fact that Connie Nielsen appears as the DC Comics mom in two upcoming films—Wonder Woman, opening June 2, and Justice League, set for November 17—suggests she has this superhero motherhood thing down. “I’m excited to play Hippolyta, who has such a great history in the comic book world,” says the Danish-born Nielsen, perhaps best known for her turn opposite Russell Crowe in Gladiator, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2000. “A lot of the myths in the story are based on real women—women hunters, women leaders.” Nielsen knows a bit more than most about leadership. In 2010, she cofounded the Human Needs Project (humanneedsproject.org), a nonprofit that provides clean water, infrastructure, and empowerment services to residents of Kibera, Kenya, an impoverished neighborhood in the capital, Nairobi, and the largest urban slum in Africa. It is just one of several philanthropic endeavors for which Nielsen is passionate, and one that earned her the Nelson Mandela Changemaker Award at the 2017 PTTOW Summit. “We’re working to ensure that the human potential that exists everywhere gets a chance to express itself,” says Nielsen, proving that a super-heroic woman doesn’t always need a costume.
“WITH THE HUMAN NEEDS PROJECT, WE’RE WORKING TO ENSURE THAT HUMAN POTENTIAL GETS A CHANCE TO EXPRESS ITSELF.” — connie nielsen
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Heroine chic: Danish-born bombshell/actress Connie Nielsen, a superhero on screen and off, spends time between movies campaigning for a better life for the residents of Kibera, Kenya, with Human Needs Project cofounder David Warner (below right), and with a Road to Freedom scholarship student in 2014 (below left).
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Block by block: Of Frank Lloyd Wright’s four textile-block houses in LA, he considered his 6,200square-foot Mayan Revival masterpiece, Ennis House (HERE AND BOTTOM LEFT), which was constructed in 1924 with more than 27,000 concrete blocks, his favorite. BELOW: Millard House, in Pasadena, another of Wright’s Mayan odes to LA.
A National Historic Landmark, and perhaps the most famous piece of residential design in LA, Wright’s Hollyhock House (here and above) was the first of his Mayan Revival homes.
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS AFTER HIS BIRTH, FRAN LLOYD WRIGHT’S MAYAN GIFTS TO L.A. LIVE ON. BY MURAT OZTASKIN
From pibil tacos to spring break in Cancún, Los Angeles owes much of its current “culture” to Mexico. But lesser-known, pre-Columbian odes to our partner south of the border take surprising forms: some of LA’s most enduring homes, designed by none other than Frank Lloyd Wright, the godfather of 20th-century American architecture who celebrates his sesquicentennial this year. In LA, Wright was a pioneer of the Mayan Revival style— which took its inspiration from Mayan architecture, building design, and iconography—during the movement’s global Art Deco surge. Indeed, Wright’s most famous homes in LA—the Hollyhock House (1921), Ennis House (1924), and Millard House (1924)—are among the
most oft-cited examples of Mayan Revival at its height, with Ennis House, inside and out, being one of the style’s masterworks. Wright’s homes sparked a Revival thrall in the city in the ’20s, with the Mayan Theatre (now, perhaps too predictably, The Mayan nightclub) opening in 1927 and Wright’s own architect son Lloyd Wright taking a cue from dad and designing the Mayaninfluenced John Sowden House, in Los Feliz, the year prior. While the Mayan craze also hit Denver, Detroit, Mexico, and even Japan (with many of the style’s prominent examples designed by Wright disciples), LA nurtured its “new” and novel elegance like no other place. Fostering the cutting-edge—then as now.
SPACE PREVIEW How the Westwood was won: As it expands its art empire along Wilshire Boulevard, the Hammer Museum (bottom) kicks off “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” with a compelling show of work by leading-edge Latina women, including photos from Martha Araujo’s 1985 performance piece Para um corpo nas suas impossibilidades (here) and Isabel Castro’s circa-1980 Women Under Fire series (right). inset below: Hammer director Ann Philbin.
WOMEN ON THE VERGE
“THE HAMMER HAS BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF L.A.’S CULTURAL GROWTH. NOW, WE ARE OVERDUE FOR AN UPGRADE!” —ann
On point with the current polemical political times, this September the Hammer Museum kicks off the season with a typically hot offering: “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 19601985.” Part of “Pacific Standard Time: LA/ LA,” “Radical Women” (September 15 through December 31) is the first comprehensive survey of the international influence of experimental art by women in Latin America. Comprised of 260 works by 116 artists from 15 countries, including the US, the edgy mega exhibition will fill the museum’s just-renovated third-floor galleries, which in turn are part of a recently announced Michael Maltzan-designed master
plan that, when completed by 2020, will yield the Hammer an additional 40,000 square feet and a block-long presence along Wilshire Boulevard. Director Ann Philbin, whose forward-thinking art savvy is matched by her obsession to build out the Hammer, says: “We’ve been at the forefront of LA’s phenomenal cultural growth. Now, we are overdue for a physical upgrade, which includes 60 percent more gallery space!” As the expansion heats up, gallery-goers can take succor in the knowledge that political and social turmoil serves as a catalyst for artistic creativity. That’s something, right? 10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310-443-7000; hammer .ucla.edu
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“When I’m doing a lot of these comedies, I do think I’m being very dramatic—it’s just coming out in a way people find amusing!” says comedy queen Leslie Mann, here rocking a printed silk dress by Dolce & Gabbana ($7,795). 312 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-888-8701; dolce gabbana.com. 14k yellowgold Vintage open crescent Moon Links bracelet, Broken English (price on request). Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Santa Monica, 310458-2724; brokenenglish jewelry.com. Diamond mini evil eye stack ring ($295), diamond single bezel stack ring ($295), and diamond white topaz baguette stack ring ($250), EF Collection. Madison, 8745 W. 3rd St., LA, 310-275-1930; efcollection .com. Cartier Love bracelet and gold bangle, Mann’s own
lady On screen and off, leslie mann keeps on stealing scenes—and everyone’s heart. by SCOTT HUVER photography by FREDERIC AUERBACH
hen Leslie Mann appears in a film—whether her role is large or small, whether the film’s critical reaction is glowing, middling, or indifferent—a couple of things can be expected: First, an audience member will nudge their companion and say something like, “Oh, I love her”; second, the reviews will often note that “Leslie Mann is the best thing in this movie.” Mann, 45, has to be persuaded, over breakfast in Brentwood, that these observations are true, eventually warming to the notion when she’s compared to a stealth weapon that films can deploy at any moment for immediate audience-pleasing effect. “The stealth weapon!” she exclaims with an amused chuckle. “Oh, I like that. That’s nice. I like to think of things in that way.” Still, her recent reading on positivity reminds her that “people always focus on the negative thing. It’s hard to pay attention to the good things. So, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” There’s plenty of empirical evidence. After effectively launching her career as an ingenue with a sly comedic streak in high-profile ’90s fare like The Cable Guy and Big Daddy, Mann slowed her quick ascent a pace after marrying writer/director Judd Apatow and starting their family together. But she quickly reemerged in full-tilt scene-stealing mode when the couple’s personal partnership extended to the big
“[AFTER 20 YEARS OF MARRIAGE], THERE’S STILL NO SHORTAGE OF CONVERSATION. AND JUDD LAUGHS A LOT—SOMETIMES I THINK HE’S JUST BEING COURTEOUS. I DON’T GIVE HIM COURTESY LAUGHS, SO HE KNOWS HE’S SCORED WHEN I LAUGH.”
screen in a string of his very, very funny films: The 40-YearOld Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is Forty. Evoking the late great Madeline Kahn with her rare combo of charm, allure, and comedic go-for-broke fearlessness, Mann flourished working with other filmmakers, as well, across an eclectic array of fare: The Bling Ring, The Other Woman, How To Be Single, and, this year, The Comedian, opposite no less than Robert De Niro. The film’s director, Taylor Hackford, admits he was impressed with how Mann, a late addition to a cast of acting heavyweights including Harvey Keitel, Patti LuPone, Danny DeVito, and Edie Falco, dove in and more than held her own. “De Niro is a brilliant actor, but he’s not known for developing a huge amount of chemistry with the actresses he works with,” says Hackford. “Yet there’s a lot of wonderful work that they did together. She’s come to a new area of her own career—she’s fabulous in Judd’s movies, but this is much more of a dramatic role than her normal comedienne work. She’s naturally funny, but I was never looking for her to deliver funny lines. [Her character’s] got a lot of problems in her life, and Leslie is able to express that in a way that is incredibly human.”
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ann’s is a Hollywood success story built less on power moves and machinations, she admits, than simply choosing a gradual path of advancement and letting her talent and the requisite luck lead her. “When I was younger, I had a whole plan for myself,” she says. “And it kind of worked out. Now, I don’t as much. I just want to work with great people, smart people, and talented people, and people who I can creatively understand. That’s my goal.” Reared in Newport Beach, Mann began the way so many aspiring performers do: a college acting class, some commercial auditions, some early paying gigs, and a deepening pursuit of formal training as she arrived in LA. “It felt like a high being in that environment, and it felt like everything made sense… The people I was around, their insides matched their outsides, like you could say how you feel. And that’s what acting is—it’s all about expressing your feelings. It just felt like living, for me. It was like discovering where I belong, discovering myself.” That included the realization that she had a facility for mining big laughs out of a character and that she needed to play to that strength—an epiphany that came during a dramatic audition. “It was at the Chateau Marmont,” she remembers. “I don’t know what it was for—but it was a serious role. I remember people laughed, and it really threw
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“DE NIRO IS A BRILLIANT ACTOR, BUT HE’S NOT KNOWN FOR DEVELOPING A HUGE AMOUNT OF CHEMISTRY WITH THE ACTRESSES HE WORKS WITH. YET THERE’S SO MUCH WONDERFUL WORK THAT LESLIE AND HE DID TOGETHER. SHE’S COME TO A NEW AREA OF HER CAREER.”
—taylor hackford me, and it threw me so much that I couldn’t remember my lines! I was like, ‘What?’” “I thought about that for a while, like, ‘What just happened? What was that?’” she says. “I then slowly started heading into auditioning for comedy stuff. I wasn’t doing well in the dramatic parts. It felt like I was doing better in comedy. That’s where I was having the most fun.” “But I do think in my head, when I’m doing a lot of these comedies, that I’m being very dramatic—it’s just coming out in a way that people find amusing,” she laughs. Her characters’ predicaments may be hilarious, even humiliating, but Mann’s playing every genuine feeling she can find in the setups.
t’s an emotional time at the Mann/Apatow household. The couple’s two daughters, Maude, 19, and Iris, 14—both of whom have acted opposite their mother in films directed by their father—are entering phases of their own lives that are definitely leaving their mother acutely aware of increasing empty-nest angst. “It’s crazy!” she exclaims. “They don’t need you anymore. My whole life is my kids… then I do work stuff sometimes.” While her eldest is exploring her own path at an out-of-state university and her youngest is discovering her independence for the first time, “It feels like a void, and I could cry just thinking about it,” she admits. “It’s so hard! Yes, I do need to head into the ‘I have more time on my hands’ [mode] and be happy about that, but right now I’m mourning my kids not being around all the time.” “When I was single and on my own as an actress, the transition from that into being a mother was just as hard as this transition that I’m going through right now. I didn’t put those two together until right this minute,” Mann muses. “It was really hard to go from being a single person, doing everything for myself, to doing everything for this little baby. I really struggled. It took me a solid, like, three years to settle into that. So now I wonder if it’s going to take three years to settle out? Or maybe it never goes. Hopefully my kids will just move back home and we can all live together again! That’s my dream.”
“Maybe not for them,” she adds. “That’s, like, a bad dream to have for my kids, huh?” With Mann and Apatow celebrating their 20th anniversary in June, I suggest that perhaps the majority of Hollywood marriages aren’t really the fragile, fleeting, fickle things the public imagines. “Name two!” she counters. We settle on the pairings of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson and Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, with Mann and her husband rounding out the list. And no, two decades did not pass, as they say, in the blink of an eye. “Feels like forever! It feels like 20 years,” she laughs, remembering how the minister and a banjo player were the sole attendees of their 1997 wedding in Hawaii and how they promised themselves they’d throw a genuine party with friends and family to mark their five-year anniversary. “We didn’t—too busy,” she reveals. “Then we said, ‘At 10 years we’ll do it’—then we didn’t. Fifteen—we didn’t. Now it’s 20, and we’re like, ‘There’s so much going on! Iris is graduating from middle school. Everybody has all their stuff going on...’ I think we’re going to have to skip the party. So it’s going to be 25.” “We have so much in common and we have a lot to talk about,” she says of the durability of their bond. “We spend a lot of time together, and there’s still no shortage of conversation.” And yes, the two comedy super-pros still get a kick out of making each other laugh. “He laughs a lot—sometimes I think he’s just giving me courtesy laughs. I don’t give him courtesy laughs, so he knows he’s scored when I laugh.” As Mann prepares herself for new chapters in her personal and professional lives, it’s clear that her studies in positivity and her knack for zeroing in on the funny are certain to serve her well. As she glances at the latte that just arrived, she notices something a bit askew about the foam design floating in the cup. “Is that, like, a weird misshapen heart?” she asks before landing on what the coffee art actually resembles. “They just gave me a butt! What does that mean? Shit!” Then, both positivity and punchline: “I choose to see the heart.”
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Dress, Stella McCartney ($3,475). 8823 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-273-7051; stella mccartney.com. Hat, Hat Attack ($90). Linkcie, 1052 S. Fairfax Ave., LA, 818-269-6615; hat attack.com. Earrings, Tomas Maier ($310). tomasmaier.com. Evil Eye bracelet, Sydney Evan ($685). Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island, Newport Beach, 949-7591900; neimanmarcus.com. Sandals, Tod’s ($695). 333 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310285-0591; tods.com opposite page: Mixed print dress, Coach 1941 ($795). 327 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-247-1309; coach.com. Necklace, Dior ($360). 309 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-4700; dior.com
top: Dress, Zimmermann ($3,350). 8468 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood, 323-746-5456; zimmermannwear.com. Earrings, Tomas Maier ($180). tomasmaier .com. bottom: Dress, Burberry ($5,250). 301 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-550-4500; burberry.com. Necklace, Dior ($360). 309 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-4700; dior.com
Leoda top ($299) and Maria skirt ($425), Ulla Johnson. Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-2756-4400; barneys.com. 18k rose-gold Signature earrings, Tamara Comolli ($2,200). Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island, Newport Beach, 949-759-1900; neiman marcus.com. Bracelet, Sydney Evan ($355). Neiman Marcus, see above. Boots, Chloé ($1,430). 8448 Melrose Place, LA, 323-602-0000; chloe.com opposite page, left: Della dress with slip ($695) and belt (price on request), Cinq a Sept. Intermix, 110 N. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310860-0113; intermixonline.com. Continental hat, Hat Attack ($98). Linkcie, 1052 S. Fairfax Ave., LA, 818-269-6615; hatattack.com. right: Top ($1,650) and skirt ($3,495), Chloé. 8448 Melrose Place, LA, 323-602-0000; chloe.com
Isabelle top, Erdem ($925). Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-5505900; neimanmarcus.com. Skirt, Simone Rocha ($1,095). Neiman Marcus, see above. Hobo shoe, Esquivel ($785). Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-2756-4400; barneys.com opposite page: Dress ($2,045) and wellies ($1,570), Simone Rocha. Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island, Newport Beach, 949759-1900; neimanmarcus.com. Hat, Hat Attack ($90). Linkcie, 1052 S. Fairfax Ave., LA, 818269-6615; hatattack.com. 18k rose-gold and carnelian Bouton ring, Tamara Comolli ($2,640). Neiman Marcus, see above Hair by John Ruidant at See Management using Oribe Makeup by Miriam Robstad using Chanel Models: Tanya K with Next Management and Jeanne Cadieu at The Society Management Styling assistance by Lisa Ferrandino and Rita Ciardiello Location: Wรถlffer Estate Vineyard, 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, NY, 631-5375106; wolffer.com
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INDULGE IN INSIDER L.A.! OUR GUIDE TO THE CIT Y ’S BEST ARTS, DINING, AND NIGHTLIFE
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“I want to make sure that when a guest walks out of the restaurant after dinner they walk out with an experience,” says Javier Sosa of the ﬁne Mexican dining gem that bears his name, Javier’s, which opens its new Westﬁeld Century City location this summer. Known for fresh, ocean-to-table ceviche, seafood enchiladas, steaks, and spectacular service, the dramatic Dodd Mitchell- and Peter Maxwell Bowden-designed space will also be a feast for the eyes. “The ambience is going to blow LA away,” states co-owner Mark Post. Not to be forgotten is the mixology program, which made the original Javier’s one of the buzziest scenes in the OC. An artisanal hand-shaken margarita… or two? Claro! Salud! 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., LA; javiers-cantina.com
OC fave Javier’s is bringing a tequilainspired splash this summer to the revamped Westfield Century City with the Mexican restaurant’s famed margarita and rope-themed bar (ABOVE), as well as their popular seafood and ceviche offerings (HERE AND RIGHT).
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A+D Located in Downtown’s Arts District, A+D is the only LA-based museum that continuously exhibits progressive architecture and design. 900 E. Fourth St., LA, 213-346-9734; aplusd.org
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 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
THE BROAD 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 their expansive private collection. 221 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213-232-6200; thebroad.org
GAGOSIAN GALLERY 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, 310-271-9400; gagosian.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
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
HAMMER MUSEUM The most high-profile of UCLA’s three public arts institutions, Westwood’s Hammer Museum features cuttingedge lectures, symposia, film series, readings, and musical performances in addition to a rotating roster of internationally renowned exhibitions. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310-4437000; hammer.ucla.edu
N E W HAUSER WIRTH & 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
of 18th- and 19th-century British and French art, this research and education nonprofit (more properly known as the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens) boasts rare books and manuscripts and more than 120 acres of gardens and grounds. INSIDER TIP: Head to the Huntington Art Gallery for a look at Thomas Gainsborough’s rococo masterpiece, The Blue Boy (1770). 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626-405-2100; huntington.org
LACMA Standing as the largest art museum on the West Coast, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers Angelenos a look at more than 120,000 works, spanning from antiquity to the present day. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 323-857-6000; lacma.org
LOS ANGELES MUSIC CENTER One of the nation’s largest performing arts centers, this celebrated venue includes the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ahmanson Theatre, and Mark Taper Forum. 135 N. Grand Ave., LA, 213-972-0777; musiccenter.org
In addition to impressive collections
The Getty gears up for “Pacific Standard Time: LA/ LA,” an ambitious exploration of Latin American/Latino art in dialogue with LA taking place at more than 70 locations across Southern California. The fall mega mega exhibit is an initiative of J. Paul Getty’s shining little museum on the hill.
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
MOCA Housing significant and challenging contemporary art created after 1940, MOCA offers an ambitious program of exhibitions and educational programs. 250 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213-626-6222; moca.org
NIGHT GALLERY Housed in a 6,200-square-foot warehouse just north of a tangle of railroad junctions at the southern edge
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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
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
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, 323-980-9000; venusovermanhattan.com
DINING ALIMENTO A soulful Italian restaurant with small and large plates, Alimento is also known for its handcrafted pastas and extensive wine list. 1710 Silver Lake Blvd., LA, 323-928-2888; alimentola.com
Nestled in the heart of Beverly Hills, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts offers first-rate theater, dance, and music in a magnificent 70,000-square-foot venue. 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-246-3800; thewallis.org
Helmed by the forerunners of contemporary/minimalist LA dining, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal specializes in snout-to-tail tapas and exotic meats, offal, and charcuterie in a trendy, sparsely decorated room. Don’t forget to check out the famous chicken liver toast, signature roasted marrowbone, and quirky desserts. 435 N. Fairfax Ave., LA, 323-7829225; animalrestaurant.com
WILDING CRAN GALLERY
In a gallery-saturated Downtown Arts District, 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
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
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
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
BOUCHON Nestled in the heart of Beverly Hills, Bouchon offers authentic bistro fare
N E W CAFE GRATITUDE V EGA N This vegan favorite debuted its fourth LA location 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. 419 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 424-389-1850; 639 N. Larchmont Blvd., LA, 323-580-6383; 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., LA, 213-9295580; 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
The chic-est “steak house” in LA, Baltaire seamlessly melds old-school sophistication with oh-so-mod flair, both in the sexy-cool design and the perfectly executed fare from executive chef Travis Strickland. Dress up and get down at this buzzy addition to the Brentwood dining scene. 11647 San Vicente Blvd., LA, 424-273-1660; baltaire.com
An Arts District gem with industrial digs and expressive cocktails, Church & State is known for its traditional French bistro fare, including steak frites, tarte flambée, and profiteroles with chocolate sauce. Don’t miss the escargot—baked in butter, herbs, and plenty of garlic, and nestled in individual pastry-topped pots. It’s refined bistro cooking at its best. INSIDER TIP: The only place to get great cassoulet in LA! 1850 Industrial St., LA, 213-405-1434; churchand statebistro.com
CRAIG’S Known for its honey-truffle chicken, this elegant West Hollywood eatery is also a hot spot for celebrity sightings. 8826 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310-276-1900; craigs.la
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With its ivy-covered terrace and flower-filled dining room, plus an extensive menu that nods to numerous cuisines, The Ivy is the perfect LA date-night spot. 113 N. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310-274-8303; theivyrestaurants.com
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
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
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CUT True to its name, this Wolfgang Puck steak house, located within The Beverly Wilshire, is a cut above. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-276-8500; 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, 310-2759444; 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
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
The latest addition to plant-based pioneer Matthew Kenney’s growing food empire, this café offers vibrant, fresh fare in a casual atmosphere on the third floor of luxurious Neiman Marcus, where Kenney turns avocado toast and heirloom tomato lasagna into carefully crafted vegan plates. INSIDER TIP: The cookies with warm almond milk make a perfect break-from-shopping treat. 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900; matthewkenneycuisine.com
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
NOBU MALIBU The view from Nobu Malibu is almost as acclaimed as the waterfront restaurant’s sky-high-quality sushi. 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310-317-9140; noburestaurants.com
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A Venice staple since its 2008 opening, this favorite Westside brunch spot focuses on veggieloaded farm-to-table plates. 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-4501429; gjelina.com
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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
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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
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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
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Celebrity chef Tal Ronnen serves up unconventional Mediterranean vegan cuisine in an upscale setting. 8284 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-7829245; crossroadskitchen.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
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The most glamorous addition to Santa Monica Boulevard in years, super/supper club Delilah recalls Hollywood’s heyday with retro-swank lounges, easy-elegant food, and live entertainment. Go early... and stay late!
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
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
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
TROIS MEC SPAGO BEVERLY HILLS Head to celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant for highstyle farm-to-table dining, including his star dish: Austrian Wiener schnitzel. 176 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-385-0880; wolfgangpuck.com
With a posh dining room and amalgamated old and new Indian cuisine, Spice Affair is known for its market-fresh produce and lavish lounge. Start with the tandoorsmoked pineapple quenchers (lamb-stuffed turnovers) and continue with classic curries and biryanis. INSIDER TIP: Don’t miss weekend brunch, featuring bottomless Champagne! 50 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-683-4286; spice-affair.com
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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Indulge in a retro-glamorous night of 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
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 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
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
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
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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GUESS WHAT? DENIM DYNAMOS PAUL AND MAURICE MARCIANO DEBUT L.A.’S MOST FASHIONABLE NEW MUSEUM.
After ﬁve years in “art development land,” cofounders of the iconic Guess denim empire, Paul and Maurice Marciano, have unveiled their long-awaited dream project, the Marciano Art Foundation. The brothers’ keen eye for mid-career and emerging artists has resulted in a much-ballyhooed assemblage of more than 1,500 pieces, 100 of which are featured in the inaugural exhibit, “Unpacking.” “I’m so happy that Adrian Villar Rojas’s sleeping David sculpture is in our ‘Black Box,’” says head curator Philipp Kaiser of one of the collection’s highlights. Housed in the commanding austerity of the newly renovated Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in mid-Wilshire, the foundation promises to serve as a space for the cultivation—and reﬂection— of Los Angeles’ ever-evolving creative spirit. Amen. 4357 Wilshire Blvd., LA; marciano artfoundation.org
Unpacking heat! The long-awaited Marciano Art Foundation opens with a buzzy exhibit, “Unpacked,” featuring pieces from the Marciano brothers’ vast collection of artworks, including (FROM LEFT) Takashi Murakami’s Double Helix Within Dark Matter and 3m Girl, as well as Sterling Ruby’s SP308. TOP: The museum’s courtyard.
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The SOURCE: STYLE FASHION 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
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
ELYSE WALKER 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
FRED SEGAL With hip clothing and accessories from the coolest brands (not to mention in-store exclusives), 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
H. LORENZO Located on Sunset Strip, Lorenzo Hardar’s boutiques house cuttingedge men’s and women’s fashion and some of SoCal’s most sought-after labels. Stocked with established brands as well as obscure up-andcomers, H. Lorenzo caters to the Industry A-list with a curated selection
of top craftsmanship and design. Women’s at 8660 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-659-1432; Men’s at 8646 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-652-7039; hlorenzo.com
INTERMIX Intermix is not your average chain retailer—the multi-brand boutique features must-know designers and on-trend pieces (many exclusive to the store), including denim, tops, luxury accessories, and cocktail dresses. 400 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-6231619; intermixonline.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 collabs. 7000 Romaine St., West Hollywood, 888-563-6858; justoneeye.com
MADISON Shop one of Madison’s three LA boutiques for cool-girl clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories from top designers. 8745 W. 3rd St., LA, 310-275-1930; 11677 San Vicente Blvd., LA, 310-820-2300; 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310-317-9170; madisonlosangeles.com
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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
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
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
The newly remodeled Nordstrom, at the Grove, offers designer labels and the latest in luxury fashion and beauty— think Burberry, Chanel, and more. INSIDER TIP: Don’t miss the hidden spa, Style Bar, which offers quick beauty treatments, 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
Head to this boho-chic, trendsetterloved store featuring eco-friendly dresses, tops, bottoms, and jumpers designed using sustainable techniques and repurposed fabrics. 8253 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-852-0005; thereformation.com
RON HERMAN 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
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Drop into the country’s most iconic luxury department store and explore a vast array of high-end brands, from
WHO: Cofounder of the New York–based vintage flagship What Goes Around Comes Around, which debuted its Beverly Hills outpost (9520 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-858-0250; whatgoes aroundnyc.com) last year. VINTAGE LUX: “Of course What Goes Around Comes Around is my favorite, but I love the breadth of vintage diversity in LA! The city has a unique aesthetic that encompasses architecture, furniture, cars, and style.” TASTE OF ITALY: “The clams oreganata, chicken Parmesan, and cappuccino ice cream from Dan Tana’s (9071 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310275-9444; dantanasrestaurant.com) are simply amazing.” COOL NIGHTS:“My favorite night spots in LA are Catch (8715 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323-347-6060; catchrestaurants.com) and Soho House (9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-432-9200; sohohousewh.com). Both have a hip but comfortable scene. And they are great spaces with outdoor elements! I love LA!”
The SOURCE: STYLE 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
A new hard shop for Saint Laurent is just one of the myriad upgrades for Neiman Marcus, including a refurbishment of each of the Beverly Hills luxury mainstay’s five levels.
apparel and shoes to handbags and jewelry. 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211; saks.com
SUPREME Iconic New York skate brand Supreme’s LA flagship is the go-to source for hip-hop–inspired apparel and urban accessories. Embodying a young, “downtown” counterculture, this groundbreaking store works with innovative designers and artists and features the crème de la crème of logo caps and skatewear. 439 N. Fairfax Ave., LA, 323-655-6205; supremenewyork.com
boutique and you’ll be pardoned for thinking you’re in a hip, indoor playhouse. Amongst the prominent décor of neon signs and mini palm trees, Wild Style stocks urban and avant-garde clothing and accessories from a long list of impressive labels, such as Love Moschino, Raf Simons, Yeezy, and Astrid Anderson. Simply head to Melrose and look for the large neon spaceship. 7703 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-651-1223; wildstylela.com
WATCHES & JEWELRY
TENOVERSIX Discover limited-edition fashion, art, and home décor at Tenoversix, a modern go-to shop for men, women— and the perfect gift! 8425 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-330-9355; tenover6.com
WILD STYLE LA Step inside this eclectic high-end
BREGUET Founded in 1775, Breguet is one of the world’s foremost luxury Swiss watchmakers of pieces that offer record-setting complications, superb haute joaillerie styling, or both. INSIDER TIP: The most expensive watch in the world, the stunning
Breguet Grande Complication “Marie-Antoinette” pocket watch ($30 million), is on sale at the brand’s Rodeo Drive showroom. 280 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-8609911; breguet.com
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
COLETTE Natural wonders and a love of travel inform Colette Steckel’s exquisite jewelry, which has adorned 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
History and a love of vintage craftsmanship are at the heart of Pyrrha designs. Danielle and Wade Papin, the creative couple behind the brand, began making one-of-a-kind pieces from their home in Vancouver in 1993. Since then, Pyrrha has grown to include an LA flagship boutique and a bevy of celebrity clients, including Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lawrence, and Lady Gaga, who clamor for Pyrrha charms, talismans, signets, and and other unique designs. INSIDER TIP: The Papins’ collection of antique Victorian seals inspires many of their pieces. 8315 W. 3rd St., LA, 323-424-4807; pyrrha.com
RICHARD MILLE Artistry, architecture, and technical innovation are the driving forces at this brand that is both a connoisseur and casual collector fave. 222 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-285-9898; richardmille.com
ROSEARK 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
A dramatic perforated and backlit series of metal panels wraps the facade of Westime’s Sunset Boulevard flagship, the largest of the uber-luxe watch/jewelry giant’s three LA area venues.
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, 323-6535400; suzannefelsen.com
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
WESTIME With locations throughout the city, 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
DAVID BARTON GYM
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
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 Blvd., LA, 310-836-8000; 1950 Century Park E., LA, 310-789-1111; davidbartongym.com
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
BURN 60 BRENTWOOD
EASTON GYM CO.
This upscale fitness center has quickly become a Brentwood staple thanks to its signature 45- and 60-minute fullbody workouts, perfect for gym-goers on the go. Expect personal cubbies with charging stations, fresh fruit and mints, premium skincare products, and toiletries, and complimentary towels. service. 159 S. Barrington Pl., LA, 310-476-5656; burn60.com
This Hollywood gym offers top-ofthe-line 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, 323-6513636; eastongymco.com
FITNESS BARRY’S BOOTCAMP
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 and joints. 8474 W. 3rd St., LA, 323-592-3103; litmethod.com
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
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, 424-204-9722; 7519 W. Sunset Blvd., LA, 323-850-1800; 11819 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310-463-7873; purebarre.com
The SOURCE: STYLE TRACY ANDERSON METHOD Rock out to music at A-list-beloved celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson’s state-of-the-art Brentwood and Studio City studios, which build overall strength by targeting and training small, accessory muscles. 11918 San Vicente Blvd., LA, 310-207-5212; 12345 Ventura Blvd., Ste. L, Studio City, 818-762-3133; 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, 323-380-5492; 12429 Ventura Blvd., LA, 818-6913202; trainingmatela.com
procedures featuring luxurious La Prairie products. 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-887-2006; dorchestercollection.com/ the-beverly-hills-hotel
CIEL SPA AT SLS BEVERLY HILLS
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 the walls that canvas the grounds) designed to cleanse, refresh, and renew. 1821 Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu, 310-457-7024; ajamalibu.com
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 interior was styled by renowned French designer Philippe Starck. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310246-5560; slshotels.com/beverlyhills
THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL SPA BY LA PRAIRIE
THE PENINSULA SPA
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
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 plantbased 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 With a Champagne welcome and unparalleled personalized service, The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers the ultimate in pampering and luxury spa treatments—in the heart of Downtown. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., LA, 213-7438800; ritzcarlton.com
THE SPA AT FOUR SEASONS LOS ANGELES With outdoor spa services and private poolside cabanas, the exclusive Four Seasons spa, in the heart of Beverly Hills, offers foot reflexology, a nail suite, and signature massages. 300 S. Doheny Dr., LA, 310-273-2222; fourseasons.com/losangeles/spa
THE SPA AT TERRANEA With breathtaking ocean views, The Spa at Terranea has it all—from a full-service salon and fitness center to the Spa Café. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310-494-7891; terranea.com/spa
SPA MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS
Spa-tacular! The Spa at Terranea features a super-pro staff—and unparalleled oceanviews—that promise to melt LA stress away.
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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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
I was one of our nation’s hungry kids growing up. Today, 1 in 5 children in America struggle with hunger. But when they get breakfast, their days are bigger and brighter. Learning, attention, memory and mood improve. Together, we have the power to get breakfast to kids in your neighborhood — let’s make it happen. Go to hungeris.org and lend your time or your voice. Viola Davis, Hunger Is Ambassador
Hunger Is® is a joint initiative of the Albertsons Companies Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which are 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.
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MAKE BRE AKFAST HAPPEN SO KIDS CAN BE HUNGRY FOR MORE
GET DOWN WITH DESIGN! OUR GUIDE TO THE BEST WAYS TO LIVE, SHOP, AND STAY IN L.A. The high life: Atop the ninth-tallest building in the Western Hemisphere is Spire 73, the highest open-air bar in the country, courtesy of InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.
SPIRE TO GREATNESS AT SPIRE 73, IT’S BOTTOMS UP—WAY UP!
The tallest open-air bar in the country, Spire 73 is taking the DTLA scene to new heights. Located on the 73rd floor of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel, the bar claims another superlative: topping the ninth-tallest building in the entire Western Hemisphere. Inspired by a modern twist on old classics with a hint of Asian chic, the rooftop bar and lounge will offer sexy botanical cocktails, retro-mod fire pits, and a mouthwatering menu to rival the space’s breathtaking 360-degree views of LA and Hollywood. Officially opening this month, Spire 73 will give guests a heady new perspective on Downtown cool. Hot! intercontinental.com/losangelesdtwn
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The SOURCE: SPACE HOTELS AKA BEVERLY HILLS For extended-stay visits, set up camp at AKA Beverly Hills and enjoy exclusive in-suite dining as well as a high-tech fitness center. 155 N. Crescent Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-3851924; stayaka.com
THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL Indulge in haute cuisine at The
Beverly Hills Hotel’s iconic Polo Lounge, where guests are likely to rub elbows with A-list celebrities. 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-2762251; dorchestercollection.com
THE BEVERLY WILSHIRE HOTEL Check out The Beverly Wilshire’s Pretty Woman suite, inspired by the iconic rom-com that was filmed at this luxurious hotel. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-5200;
CHATEAU MARMONT A beloved Hollywood icon inspired by France’s Loire Valley, the Chateau Marmont swaddles its guests in Continental elegance and glamour. 8221 Sunset Blvd., LA, 323-6561010; chateaumarmont.com
THE FOUR SEASONS LOS ANGELES Experience a luxurious getaway with
The Four Seasons’ new exclusive poolside cabana featuring signature cocktails, indulgent amenities, and more. 300 S. Doheny Dr., LA, 310273-2222; fourseasons.com/losangeles
HOTEL BEL-AIR Praised for its ultra-pampering service, the Hotel Bel-Air offers revamped guest rooms and large garden patios for its well-heeled guests to unwind. 701 Stone Canyon Road, LA, 310-4721211; dorchestercollection.com
MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS Come sleep with me! Eurasianchic meets SoCal cool at DTLA’s latest debut, Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown, which shines a spotlight on the city’s glamorous past. The centerpiece of Downtown’s long-awaited Metropolis complex, the hotel features (clockwise from here) rooms and corridors with photo murals of vintage LA and a wham-glam lobby. 899 Francisco St., LA, 213-232-8800; hotelindigo.com
Old-school European elegance meets new-school chic at this hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills. INSIDER TIP: Geoffrey 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 amid 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
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 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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FASHION ISLAND CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF FABULOUS WITH 50 DAYS OF FASHION ISLAND JULY 29-SEPT. 16
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With illustrious Newport Beach as the backdrop, Fashion Island is one of the country’s most distinctive outdoor shopping centers, steeped in resort lifestyle and casual sophistication. This year, the destination
Boasting views of the Pacific Ocean and with more than 160 world-class retail offerings, Fashion Island is the essence of an OC shopping experience. Its portfolio includes coveted designers like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Stella
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Located in the heart of West Hollywood’s premier shopping destination, the Michael Aram LA Flagship is the perfect showcase for MichaelAram’s handcrafted works of art. The exquisite 6,000-square-foot location features Michael’s signature home accessories, sculptures, art, furniture, lighting, and fine jewelry. Experience the artistry of MichaelAram!
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McCartney and Tom Ford at Neiman Marcus as well as popular contemporary brands like Vince, Joie and a sprawling Anthropologie & Co that is a destination unto itself. Beyond fashion, its roster includes Jonathan Adler, RH Modern, Z Gallerie and acclaimed restaurants like CUCINA enoteca and FIG & OLIVE. Visit ShopFashionIsland.com/50th
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Argyle Ave., LA, 213 279-3532; kimptonhotels.com). HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD!: “We love to speak about the Everly’s unique
WHO: General manager of the newly opened Everly Hotel (1800
position between the crazy energy of Hollywood Boulevard and the laidback California lifestyle of Beachwood Canyon and the hills.” L.A. INSPO: “I go for hikes in Griffith Park… Even after years as a Hollywood resident, I never get tired of seeing the Hollywood sign up close!” FOOD FOR THOUGHT: “I adore Pace (2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd., LA, 323-654-8583; pacerestaurant.com). It’s tucked beneath the Laurel Canyon Country Store and adorned with handsketched art and peace signs—I love the nod to Laurel Canyon’s hippie roots! It’s my favorite hidden treasure.”—camille cabrera
“gods” such as Hans Wegner, Kaare Klint, and Ole Wanscher. Concrete, steel, and bowed ceilings are softened with polished wood and the alwayselegant offerings of Scandinavia’s premier high-end furniture, lighting, and textile makers. INSIDER TIP: Don’t miss Japanese starchitect Tadao Ando’s functionalchic Dream chair on display. 8745 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310-842-8656; carlhansen.com
Cunningham and her husband, Scott Jarrell, opened this well-curated boutique selling lifestyle products. 255 S. Santa Fe Ave., LA, 213-928-0997; hammerandspear.com
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
Shop prefabricated and customizable Midcentury Modern-inspired home furnishings with the original manufacturer of the Eames fiberglass chair. 7366 Beverly Blvd., LA, 323-933-0383; modernica.net
Browse carefully curated collections that pair modern, minimalist aesthetics with comfort, warmth, and quality. 8772 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 424-281-1326; rhmodern.com
REAL ESTATE THE CARLYLE RESIDENCES Exclusively designed by Fendi Casa, the Carlyle’s condominiums include all the amenities of modern-day luxury—even temperature-controlled wine storage! 10776 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310-209-0000; thecarlyle residences.com
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
Hollywood and divine! The new Ralph Pucci showroom brings the design company’s legendary international chic to the Highland Boulevard arts district. And for home enthusiasts/shopaholics, it’s double the size of the previous space at the PDC! 1025 N. McCadden Pl., LA, 310-360-9707; ralphpucci.net
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in must-have home décor, jewelry, and fashion accessories at her iconic Melrose flagship. 8440 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-895-7880; kellywearstler.com
The SOURCE: SPACE CENTURY TOWERS Chock-a-block with celeb residences, Century Towers was the first residential project constructed in Century City. 2220 Avenue of the Stars, Ste. 102, LA, 310-277-0800; centurytowersla.com
EIGHTH & GRAND Enjoy the vibrant urban energy of one of the largest mixed-use DTLA projects, featuring luxe amenities and a Zen garden. 770 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213-293-2447; carmelapartments.com
skyline. 1050 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213-805-5497; ten50.la
Offering luxury living from studios to penthouses, 3033 Wilshire showcases breathtaking views and state-of-the-art amenities. 3033 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 213-263-5859; 3033wilshire.com
8TH + HOPE Offering high-rise luxury living, 8th + Hope sets the LA standard for glitzy hideaways and breathtaking views. 801 S. Hope St., LA, 213-443-8828; essexapartmenthomes.com
Enhancing the rapid transformation of the Arts District, The Garey Building offers residents a walkable plaza, and sits directly across from the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery. 905 E. Second St., LA; thegareybldg.com
Towering over 50 stories in the heart of DTLA, this luxury condominium building offers contemporary residences with unprecedented views. 889 Francisco St., LA, 213-784-7695; metropolislosangeles.com
PLAYA VISTA Find a fresh, urban take on allencompassing beachside luxury living, with yoga studios and five resort-style pools. 12852 W. Runway Road, Playa Vista, 866-402-3722; irvinecompanyapartments.com
RITZ-CARLTON RESIDENCES Starting on the 27th floor and rising to the 52nd, these super-glam residences stand tall above the bustling LA Live. 710 W. Olympic Blvd., LA, 213-7438800; ritzcarlton.com
Designed by HansonLA, the TEN50 building amplifies luxury with its spacious, resort-style condos, while its metal structure redefines the DTLA
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
complex in LA, adjacent to the Original Farmers Market. 189 The Grove Dr., LA, 323-900-8080; thegrovela.com
MALIBU COUNTRY MART Shop and dine at the beachy, luxe, celeb-loved Country Mart, just steps from the Pacific (and adjacent to the also über-popular Malibu Lumber Yard). 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310-456-7300; malibucountrymart.com
GLENDALE GALLERIA Browse must-have brands at this three-story regional mall chock-full of dining and entertainment options. 100 W. Broadway, Glendale, 818-2466737; glendalegalleria.com
THE GROVE Shop, dine, and experience a variety of special events at this premier open-air retail and entertainment
MALIBU LUMBER YARD A stone’s throw from the Pacific, this open-air shopping center features storefronts from some of the world’s most luxurious brands. INSIDER TIP: The Lumber Yard is home to the largest freestanding aquarium in LA! 3939 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310-456-7395; themalibulumberyard.com
SANTA MONICA PLACE 50 and fab: Celebrating a half-century this year, legendary SoCal shopping complex Fashion Island offers designer and specialty boutiques in the open OC air.
Steps from the beach, this open-air shopping center features luxurious brands conveniently located next to the Third Street Promenade. 395 Santa Monica Pl., Santa Monica, 310-260-8333; santamonicaplace.com
SOUTH COAST PLAZA Adjacent to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, this beloved shopping destination, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year, houses more than 250 must-shop luxury boutiques. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-435-2000; southcoastplaza.com
WESTFIELD CENTURY CITY The former Century Square Shopping Center is now a 900,000-square-foot outdoor mall whose stores range from everyday essentials such as H&M to luxury retailers like Tiffany & Co. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 310277-3898; westfield.com/centurycity
WESTFIELD TOPANGA Head to the Valley for a distinguished indoor shopping experience offering a wide range of amenities—fashion, beauty, restaurants—adjacent to retail hot spot The Village. 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, 818-5948732; westfield.com/topanga
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