Q&A: Montblanc’s Susie Otero
Managing jewelry director discusses Princess Grace-inspired designs.
August 01, 2012
Susie Otero, Montblanc’s managing director of jewelry, is just as lovely as the pieces she creates. A veteran in the high-end jewelry market, the Paris-based designer has brought her exquisite style and design talent to luxury labels such as Cartier, Tom Ford, and as of 2011, Montblanc. Otero’s vision produced the Montblanc’s Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco, a tribute series to Hollywood icon and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly.
A compilation of pendants, rings, earrings, bangles, and bracelets, the collection's two separate lines—Pétales de Rose and Pétales Entrelacés—are timeless, elegant, and stunning. We caught up with Otero at a preview event at The Soho House West Hollywood.
How did the Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco come about?
SUSIE OTERO: Initially a partnership was created as a foundation (Grace Kelly Foundation- USA) to help young artists in the States. Montblanc participates by giving a percentage of sales to the foundation. We presented [Grace Kelly's] son, Prince Albert, all the designs because he approves everything. He said to us, because initially there was no jewelry planned, 'why don’t you create a line of jewelry in the name of my mother?' So we created the jewelry and he liked the collection very much. By the way, his wife, Princess Charlene, wears a pair of earrings from the Pétales de Rose collection.
How did you come up with the concepts for the two lines?
SO: Pétales de Rose is inspired by a specific rose that Prince Rainer created for Princess Grace as a wedding gift. It’s a dark pink rose that's named the Grace Kelly rose—she was so emotional when she received it, and that’s why the collection is around the rose petals. It’s in pink gold, not red gold; it’s softer, very delicate. Even if you want to mix [it] with white or yellow, it fits. The [Pétales Entrelacés] is the imagination of two petals interlaced together, like love, in pink gold with diamonds. It is very easy to wear. The idea is that you can put it on in the morning and keep it on through cocktails or dinner. It’s not too much.
Any plans to expand the collection?
SO: The collaboration will continue for three to five years, so we are going to develop more. Even in the silver collections, we have new pieces coming next year. It’s very easy to create for the top-end jewelry because you have no limits in the terms of prices and mix of stones, so you can be very creative. I want to treat the silver in this way. My purpose for Montblanc is day-to-day wear—ladies today don’t have time to change, even me, and you have to find jewelry that you can take from day to night, which is what I aim to create.
The complete line is available at the Montblanc flagship in Beverly Hills. 323 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-275-3665
Coming Soon: Luxury Theater Sundance Cinemas
See award-quality indie films in West Hollywood.
August 01, 2012
Premiering August 31, Sundance Cinemas introduces Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood. In conjunction with Robert Redford’s Sundance Group, an organization dedicated to the indie film genre, the new movie theater will showcase films similar to those screened at The Sundance Film Festival. American independents and foreign language titles will be brought to life on the theater’s new digitally projected big screen, surrounded by comfortable rockers, tablettes, and reserved stadium seating. Other renovations include rustic-chic décor, an upstairs lounge, an outdoor patio, and a Bar Bistro set to sell beer, light bites, wine, and more in addition to traditional theater refreshments.
Before opening day, Sundance Cinemas will hold three events to honor local organizations—Sundance Institute, Outfest, and Heal the Bay. For more information and to purchase tickets to these events (held August 27 through August 29), visit sundance.org/sunset, outfest.org, or healthebay.org.
California Creation: Jennifer Meyer Ring
CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist gives a glam take on a lucky charm.
July 31, 2012
To add a little luck and style to an ensemble, slip on this pave diamond wishbone ring ($2,500) from LA-native jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer-Maguire's Jennifer Meyer line. Made of 18-karat gold and delicate pave diamonds, the wishbone-shaped ring stays in line with the brand’s California-cool aesthetic and knack for understated glamour. As Meyer-Maguire (who is also the wife of actor Tobey Maguire) was recently announced as a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, she may want to wear the good luck charm herself. barneys.com
Beverly Hills Brownie Company Opens Flagship
A sweet addition to Beverly Hills offers brownies instead of cupcakes.
July 31, 2012
Have a sweet tooth but tired of the gourmet cupcake craze? Turn to Beverly Hills Brownie Company’s first-ever brownie boutique, now open in the heart of Beverly Hills. The store, a brick-and-mortar version of the brand’s popular nationwide delivery service, serves up decadent artisan brownies with a rich, gooey iteration for every taste.
The dozen-plus flavors include everything one might expect from a 90210-raised brownie—poppy seed Blondie, cream cheese chocolate chip, red velvet, and peanut brittle. Even the space itself is sunny and inviting, making it a pleasant place to stop and sample the sweets. 315 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-275-1295
Shop-in-Shop: DwellStudio in H.D. Buttercup
New York-based home décor company comes to the West Coast.
July 30, 2012
Taking up 2,000 square feet of H.D. Buttercup’s expansive furniture store, interior décor company DwellStudio has popped up as a one-stop shop for haute home goods. New York-based DwellStudio, known for contemporary furniture, bedding textiles, home accessories, and hanging art, will surely feel at home in the eclectic Helms Bakery District store. DwellStudio's shop-within-a-shop—displayed as a luxe living room—will include a curated collection from the brand. 3225 Helms Ave., LA, 310-558-8900
Photography courtesy H.D. Buttercup
Grand Park Now Open Downtown
Twelve-acre public park celebrates city’s beauty.
July 30, 2012
Downtown LA opened the first part of its long-awaited outdoor oasis, Grand Park, last week. The 12-acre property boasts sprawling event and performance lawns, lush gardens, and the restored Arthur J. Will memorial fountain complete with a new wading membrane pool. Eventually set to run from City Hall to The Music Center, the $56 million project was created with the vision of becoming a Central Park-type community meeting ground.
Joining L.A. Live and The Disney Concert Hall as the other big downtown city structures built in the past ten years, Grand Park will continue its expansion as part of the Grand Avenue Project, which will include a Frank Gehry-designed tower featuring living spaces, shopping, and a movie theater. For now, LA residents can take in the park’s vibrantly landscaped grounds, wander through winding walking paths, lounge on bright pink benches, and more.
Vineyard Vines National Flag Tie Collection Honors Summer Games
Support your country’s Olympic athletes with a festive tie.
July 27, 2012
Today marks the official start of the 2012 Summer Games, and Vineyard Vines is helping guys get into the game with an all-American tie. The preppy, coastal-inspired brand’s Newport Beach flagship is carrying a new national flag tie collection in support of the games in London. Made in the USA, the silk ties ($75) feature iconic images in various styles and colors that honor the US and other nations. Available online on vineyardvines.com. 401 Newport Center Dr., #1125, Newport Beach, 706-1570
Social Sundays Debut at Whist
Viceroy Santa Monica introduces old-fashioned cookouts on Sundays.
July 27, 2012
Celebrate Sunday at Whist restaurant and lounge located in the chic Viceroy Santa Monica hotel. Launching this weekend (July 29), the poolside terrace will transform into an old-school backyard barbeque complete with communal tables, vintage board games, live music, hot-off-the-grill eats, as well as homemade cocktails served in mason jars and large punch bowls. Whist’s culinary team will also be on hand to share cooking tips. Social Sundays will continue through September 30 from 5-8 PM, tables are first come, first serve. 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310-260-7511
The Parish Boasts British-Style Fare
Downtown welcomes English Gastro-pub to the neighborhood.
July 26, 2012
The LA Fashion District is expanding its dining presence with the opening of new gastro-pub The Parish. Set to debut tomorrow (Friday, July 27), the eatery will serve tasty British fare concocted by executive chef, Casey Lane. Widely known for his impeccable Venice restaurant The Tasting Kitchen, Lane will cook up an updated daily menu focusing on meats and British-style pub plates. In-house butchering and curing will result in freshly prepared pork head pot pies, and a Tuscan imported wood-fire grill will work to churn out honeycomb buttered corn, stout grilled sausages served with pickled cherries, and buttermilk fried chicken.
Creative cocktails, finely curated wines, and locally brewed craft beers will make for excellent dinner pairings or after-work drinks to sip in the dark, vintage-style bar. Reminiscent of an old Hollywood lounge, The Parish features floor-to-ceiling windows, antique furniture, and reclaimed Douglas Fir wood floors. Look for a full breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch to be introduced in the coming months. 840 S. Spring St., Downtown LA, 213-225-2400
Photography by Longrada Lor
Shopping Special Weekend Recommender: July 27-28
Celebrate the end of July with a slew of great shopping events.
July 26, 2012
Kelly Wearstler's exquisite accessories are offered at limited-time prices this weekend.
Ted Baker and AG Adriano Goldschmied Sample Sales at Cooper Building
Friday, July 27, 9 AM–5 PM
A one-stop shop for men’s and women’s fashion hits Downtown’s Cooper Building with two sample sales this Friday. In the lobby, LA-based AG Adriano Goldschmied offers jeans, tops, sweaters and jackets; while the second floor will house Ted Baker’s luxury line of shirts, dresses, and wallets. 860 S. Los Angeles St., Downtown LA
Kelly Wearstler Sample Sale
Friday, July 27–Saturday, July 28, 10 AM–6 PM
LA’s design darling, Kelly Wearstler, offers exclusive prices on her premier line of ready-to-wear and jewelry pieces at this two-day event. Coveted attire like silk dresses, printed scarves, and chunky jewelry make this sale a must. 7961 West 3rd St.
“Fashion On The Rocks” Shopping Event
Saturday, July 28, 1-5 PM
Enjoy an afternoon of skinny margaritas, light bites, and shopping at the “Fashion On The Rocks” event. Summer merchandise from the pages of Lucky, InStyle, O Magazine, People StyleWatch, and Glamour will be offered at 50-75% off. Look for clothing, accessories, and swimsuits to be sold at the event, held in Sherman Oaks’s The Spitting Chicken Cantina. 14633 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818-377-6777
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.