Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford's Pre-July 4th Party
The Malibu power couple gathered friends and family for a bash at Café Habana.
July 03, 2012
Malibu’s most famous residents got the holiday festivities started early at Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford’s pre-July 4th party. The husband-wife team hosted family and friends including Sean Penn, John Corbett, Daisy Fuentes, James Perse, Ben Silverman, Vivi Nevo, Gigi Levangie Grazer, and Fran Drescher at Gerber’s Malibu Lumber Yard restaurant, Café Habana.
The fête also featured specialty themed cocktails made from Gerbe and rum impresario Roberto Serrallés' new white rum, Caliche Rum. Decorated to complement the Puerto Rican-based rum, Café Habana kept the bash going until 2 AM with beats by DJ Mr. Best, bites such as lobster ceviche, and all-night dancing.
July 4th Takeaway at Tavern
The Larder at Tavern has you covered for at-home holiday dining.
July 02, 2012
The Larder at Tavern is offering a special takeaway menu for your July 4th festivities. The Brentwood eatery, owned by James Beard award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and prominent sommelier Caroline Styne, features delicious barbecue staples such as grill-ready organic turkey, and beef and pork patties complete with homemade buns and all the fixings.
All-American sides such as potato salad and platters of grilled jidori chicken with green olives and lemon, slow-roasted salmon with cucumber yogurt, gourmet cheeses, cured meats, and assorted fresh sandwiches can also be ordered for a party of any size. On the sweet front, choose from Tavern’s famous homemade pastries, soft-baked cookies, macaroons, galettes, and berry cobbler.
Place July 4th orders through Tavern’s café The Larder for either pick-up or delivery (free if $100 or more) at 310-806-6464. 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’ Exhibit Opens
Photographs of music’s most famous take center stage at The Annenberg Space for Photography.
July 02, 2012
Elvis Whispers Softly, 1956.
The Annenberg Space for Photography has turned into a house of rock ‘n’ roll to honor its latest exhibit. “Who Shot Rock & Roll” showcases the most iconic figures in music history through a collection of 166 prints, an exclusive documentary, and an 80-image slideshow set to music. Captured by acclaimed photographers like Bob Gruen, Mark Seliger, Annie Leibovitz, Diane Arbus, Norman Seeff, David LaChapelle, Danny Clinch, and Henry Diltz; the exhibit captures a behind-the-scenes, candid collection that is nostalgic and captivating.
A sampling of subjects, spanning the last 50 years, includes The Beatles, Tina Turner, Madonna, Jim Morrison, Notorious B.I.G, Elvis Presley, Amy Winehouse, Frank Zappa, and Tupac Shakar. Originally created by the Brooklyn Museum, “Who Shot Rock & Roll” is on display through October 7. 200 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 213-403-3000
Photography by Alfred Wertheimer, The Wertheimer Collection; courtesy of the Annenberg Space for Photography
New Boutique: Clare Vivier Sets Up in Silver Lake
The well-known LA handbag designer gets her own stand-alone boutique.
July 02, 2012
Echo Park-based handbag designer Clare Vivier has opened her first flagship in Silver Lake. Sunny and whimsical, similar to her designs, the space offers her complete collection of foldable clutches, travel totes, cross-body bags, and customized leather goods.
In addition to the bags and her new line of stationery, Vivier also showcases a carefully curated selection of lifestyle accessories like Steven Alan hats, Caran d’Ache pens, jewelry by Grace Lee and Annie Costello Brown, and Chateau Marmont candles. Designed by local architect Barbara Bestor, the shop will make you think you’ve stumbled upon a chic Parisian boutique. 3339 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, 323-665-2476
Rodarte Debuts Footwear with Funky Line
LA brand launches first footwear endeavor, sure to make a statement this fall.
June 29, 2012
Destined to be the “it” shoes of the season, Rodarte’s LA-based designers, Laura and Kate Mulleavy, are set to launch their first footwear collection for fall. The Pasadena-bred sisters’ meticulous attention to detail is exemplified in the six-style line, which draws its inspiration from the Australian landscape.
Molden resin heels stacked with sand and wood—meant to represent the earth’s layers—set the collection apart, while the elegant yet chunky design renders them versatile enough to wear day or night. $995-1,500. Satine, 8134 W. 3rd St., LA, 323-655-2142
Summer Dinner Series at FIG Restaurant
Seasonal bistro gives diners a taste of summer via a special dinner collaboration with Harry’s Berries.
June 29, 2012
FIG’s Farm Dinner Series partners with Harry’s Berries of Oxnard for a one-night-only specialty menu on July 11. Created by FIG chef Ray Garcia as a way to incorporate a variety of local farmers and growers, the program offers four themed dinners per year.
For this installment, Garcia will prepare inventive dishes using Harry’s Berries organic fruits and vegetables as ingredients. The dinners fill up fast, so reserve a spot on the bistro’s breezy patio or its cozy-chic interior by calling now. Fig at the Fairmont Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-391-3111
Photography Courtesy Fig
New Beachside Nightlife Spot: Shorebar
Exclusive lounge brings nightlife to the Santa Monica Canyon.
June 28, 2012
Nestled between famed Giorgio Baldi and upscale restaurant, Hungry Cat, Shorebar brings a much-needed nightlife venue to the beachside neighborhood of Santa Monica Canyon. The intimate space features bold white-and-navy-striped ceilings, brass fixtures, and ship-shape wooden accents as a play on nautical design.
Cozy booths make for a great sipping spot to try one of the many fresh-fruit cocktails, sure to be Shorebar’s biggest draw. Mixologist Vincenzo Marianella concocts refreshing summer drinks like the Ok Koral (rhum clement, Appleton extra Jamaican rum, velvet falernum, passion fruit puree, organic mango, and cracked jalapeno) from local farmer’s market ingredients. The brainchild of h.wood.group’s LA-native John Terzian, Shorebar also features a members-only second-floor mezzanine level with private bar, lockers, and wine tasting nights. 112 W. Channel Rd., Santa Monica, 310-429-1851
Weekend Recommender: June 28-July 1
Indulge in tequila and food pairings, snag swim gear at a trunk show, and attend an art auction for a cause.
June 28, 2012
Rosa Mexicano's dinner matches yellowtail and bacon tacos with Avion tequila.
Rosa Mexicano West Hollywood Monthly Tequila Dinner
Thursday, June 28, 7PM
Reserve your spot for the famed upscale Mexican restaurant’s monthly tequila dinner series. This second installment from Rosa Mexicano includes Avion tequila pairings with three traditional Mexican courses. Prepared by executive chef Sam Christopher, the fare features jumbo lump crabmeat enchiladas; mini yellowtail and bacon tacos with chile, arugula, and truffle oil; and a Mexican trifle for dessert. $55 per person; 8570 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-657-4991
Vitamin A Trunk Show
Friday, June 29, 12-4 PM
Swim and resortwear boutique Everything But Water welcomes Vitamin A designer Amahlia Stevens for a special trunk show. Popular with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, and Halle Berry, the Laguna Beach swimwear brand will showcase its latest styles and guests can receive personalized fittings with Stevens. Situated in upscale South Coast Plaza, the shop will also offer sweet treats, beverages, and special giveaways. 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 714-540-8523
Art Project Los Angeles 2012
Friday, June 29-Sunday, July 1
A three-day art auction benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) is being held at Bonhams. Featuring works by Pablo Picasso, Julian Schnabel, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, the event also includes a VIP cocktail reception, and silent, live auction. VIP tickets $75, general admission $50; 7601 Sunset Blvd., LA, 323-850-7500
Transformers: The Ride 3-D at Universal Studios
Enjoy a fun-filled day at Universal Studios, where the newly debuted Transformers: The Ride 3-D is being lauded as the most beloved ride this summer. A tribute to the blockbuster movie series, the Transformers ride features incredible HD 3D and flight simulation technology. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 1-800-864-8377
Q&A With: Decades' Christos Garkinos
Co-owner of acclaimed Hollywood consignment shop sounds off.
June 27, 2012
As the co-owner of Hollywood-based consignment shop, Decades, Christos Garkinos has been a highly influential figure on the LA fashion scene for over 12 years. Now with his new Bravo reality show (tentatively titled Decades) debuting late 2012, Garkinos is on his way to becoming a household name.
Along with business partner and Decades co-owner, Cameron Silver, Garkinos will be giving an up-close-and-personal look at the inner workings of the famed boutique and the bevy of stars they style. We chatted with Garkinos about fashion, the new show, and his love of the ‘90s.
You and Cameron Silver have run Decades together for over 12 years. What makes that partnership work?
CHRISTOS GARKINOS: We are definitely fashion’s odd couple. We approach things much differently. I’m like the mass guy and he’s like the one percent guy. We’re both very funny, hopefully. We both enjoy retail and meeting people and experiencing the crazy world we live in.
What’s are we going to see behind the scenes at Decades?
CG: I can’t give too much away but it’s a very rarified world of fashion that we live in—dressing people for the Oscars, running a business, having to source things. We make a joke that we have someone outside Cedars-Sinai to see if someone’s dying so we can get in their closet. It’s truly fashion-forward and [involves] storytelling; I don’t see our employees as sales people, I see them as storytellers.
What’s your most beloved decade of fashion?
CG: The ‘90s. I was working in London in the ‘90s and saw street style [come] to life, like when Kate Moss came out in her photo shoots with [stylist] Melanie Ward and the big influence of i-D magazine. It was also the Tom Ford era [as creative director] at YSL and Gucci he was very influential. The whole idea of grunge was set up by Marc Jacobs’ first collection, which was inspired from his time [as creative director] at Perry Ellis. And I love supermodels, and that’s when they were at their height. And another big thing was the Internet, where fashion became much more democratic.
How would you describe your personal style?
CG: I think sexy but accessible, like a guy you’d want to go out on a fourth date with.
You've seen a lot of trends come and go. What is one trend you love?
CG: I’ve always been a big proponent of color and think there’s been a post-New York influence of color. New York is known for being very dark with color and I feel designers have been thinking more about the rest of the world. People do wear a lot more color around the world.
Must-See Photography: 'Icons, Old & New'
Musicians past and present are showcased at boutique by Danny Masterson and Rock Paper Photo.
June 27, 2012
“Icons, Old & New,” a photography exhibit culled by actor/DJ Danny Masterson features shots of music’s most famous faces. Debuting at Confederacy, Masterson’s Los Feliz/Silverlake lifestyle boutique, the limited-edition showcase is part of a series put together by Rock Paper Photo, a fine art photography site founded by music manager Guy Oseary.
Masterson is the latest guest curator (a role previously held by John Varvatos and Def Leppard's Phil Collen), and has chosen over 40 iconic prints from photographers like Richard Corman, Michael Putland, Andrew Kent, Erik Voake, and Kirk Weddle. The exhibition speaks to Masterson’s wide range of musical influences and displays candid and concert images of rap pioneers like the Beastie Boys, rock gods like The Rolling Stones, and even the Queen of Pop, Madonna (Oseary’s longtime client). “Icons, Old & New” will run through the summer at Confederacy and rockpaperphoto.com. 4661 Hollywood Blvd., LA, 323-913-3040
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.