The designer who put red soles on the map celebrates 20 years.
February 16, 2012
Over the past two decades, Parisian designer Christian Louboutin has created some of the most coveted footwear on the planet. To celebrate, Louboutin has launched a 20th anniversary capsule collection made up of 20 shoe styles and 6 handbags—all reinterpretations of the brand’s classic red-soled designs. Inspired by a mix of art, travel, architecture, and cabaret, the line includes sky-high feathered pumps, embellished flats, fringed boots, and ornate shoulder bags. Here’s a look at some of our favorite pieces in the collection, which hits stores in later this month. 650 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood
Fitness Find: Gym-Friendly Ballet Flats
Blake Brody In-Studio Footwear and Physique 57 debut a dainty workout shoe.
February 15, 2012
The Physique 57 shoe
Stay fashionably fit with Blake Brody In-Studio Footwear’s latest workout shoe. A collaboration with barre fitness studio Physique 57, the limited-edition shoe combines the elegance of a ballet slipper with advanced fitness footwear technology. The Physique 57 shoe ($105) features the exercise brand’s signature light blue and black color scheme adorned with Brody’s corset heel detail and translucent shoe grips. The snug fit and breathable vegan material also help with arch support and preventing slips. The shoe is now on pre-order and available March 1 at blakebrody.com and physique57.com.
A Foie Gras Feast at The Royce
Have dinner with D’Artagnan owner and foie gras enthusiast Ariane Daguin.
February 15, 2012
The Royce at The Langham Huntington Pasadena will welcome D’Artagnan owner Ariane Daguin for two special dinners celebrating the flavors of the Southwest on February 28 and 29. (D’Artagnan was the first purveyor of game and foie gras in the U.S.) Widely known as “Ms. Foie Gras,” Daguin will join chef David Féau in creating a unique five-course tasting menu of game, foie gras, cassoulet, and other regional specialties from the Pyrénées. Each course will be complimented with wine pairings by sommelier Eric Espuny. Reserve your spot through roycela.com or 626-585-6410.
Oscars Party Recipe: A Decadent Whisky Cocktail
The Edison’s Joe Brooke shares the recipe for his signature drink.
February 14, 2012
Como Whisky Para Chocolate cocktail
What better time is there to celebrate Hollywood and dish on celebrity fashion than during the Oscars? Toast this year’s film stars with a slightly sweet whisky cocktail from top LA bartender Joe Brooke. Here, the mixologist, who can be found behind the bar at The Edison on most nights, shares the recipe for his signature Como Whisky Para Chocolate tipple.
Como Whisky Para Chocolate
2 ounces The Black Grouse
1/2 ounce Blood Orange Liqueur
1/4 ouncce Marie Brizard Créme de Cacao
2 dashes celery bitters
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice, stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a small lemon peel.
photograph by Jamie Falkowski
And the Best Costume Award Goes to…
A new exhibit celebrates costumes from this year’s Oscar-nominated films and more.
February 14, 2012
A costume sketch by Mark Bridges for the character of Peppy Miller played
by Bérénice Bejo in The Artist
Want to see The Artist in color? You can, when the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) reveals its “20th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibit (February 14 to April 28). Clothing from the black-and-white Oscar nominated film will be among the 100 costumes from more than 20 films displayed. Look for costumes from all five this year’s Academy Award nominees for best costume design (Anonymous, Hugo, Jane Eyre, W.E., and The Artist), as well as the 2011 Oscar-winning costumes from Alice in Wonderland. 919 S. Grand Ave., LA
Photograph courtesy of The Weinstein Company
LA Made: Shauns Shades
Buy a pair of Shauns Shades and the company will donate a pair of glasses to a person in need.
February 08, 2012
Islay sunglasses by Shauns Shades
Through its Buy One Give Sight initiative, California-based eyewear brand Shauns Shades aims to support the visually impaired and eliminate blindness. For every pair of retro-inspired frames sold, Shauns will donate a pair of glasses to a visually impaired person. Not yet a year old, the company has already supplied thousands of glasses worldwide. Each pair is equipped with premium Carl Zeiss lenses and a slew of colors and styles are available.
Banana Republic is Mad for Mad Men
The brand releases its second capsule collection inspired by the show.
February 07, 2012
Looks from the Banana Republic Mad Men collection
Timed around the much-anticipated March return of Mad Men is the arrival of Banana Republic’s second capsule collection based on the award-winning drama. Inspired by the show’s country club scenes, the new collection (available March 1) marries elegant 1960s-style tailoring with crisp, modern style. Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant designed a total of 40 pieces for the collection, including apparel and accessories ranging from polished sportswear to chic essentials. Ladies can expect feminine floral dresses, cheery nip-tuck cardigans, lace blouses and coral cropped pants, while men can count on dapper duds, such as bright polos, bold checked woven shirt, and argyle vests. 1202 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 310-394-2341
Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gifts
Five unforgettable gifts worth splurging on for the one you love.
February 06, 2012
As Valentine’s Day inches closer, the pressure to find the perfect gift can weigh heavy. Have a little fun and splurge on one of these unique gifts that indulge the senses and bring the bling.
Read more from Joshua Estrin at popmuncher.com.
Australia’s Brow Queen Visits LA
Sharon-Lee hosts private brow-sculpting sessions at W Hollywood.
February 06, 2012
The she-she eyeshadow compact by Sharon-Lee
Aussie eyebrow guru Sharon-Lee is bringing her eponymous cosmetics line and eyebrow shaping services stateside this February. Lee’s multifunctional products include lip glosses with built-in lip liner, a ten-piece brush collection, professional tweezers, and an all-in-one powdered compact that can be used as blush, bronzer or eyeshadow. To celebrate the launch, Lee is hosting private 30-minute sittings ($300) for facial read, brow sculpting, brow stains and eyelash tint February 22–25 at The Residences at W Hollywood. 6250 Hollywood. Blvd., LA
Time Keeper: The I-Gucci Grammy Timepiece
Gucci releases its third rock and roll watch just in time for the Grammy Awards
February 06, 2012
I-Gucci Grammy Museum timepiece
Gucci Timepieces has introduced a limited-edition watch to commemorate music’s biggest night. Just in time for the Grammy Awards (February 12) comes the I-Gucci Grammy Museum, the third model in the I-Gucci Grammy watch and jewelry collection designed by Gucci creative director Frida Giannini. The men’s wristwatch, a variant of I-Gucci XXL Sport, boasts a wide range of technical elements such as digital time, dual time-zone display, date and alarm, countdown timer, tachometer, pedometer and sailing option for timing regattas. Another two standout features were also added, a Grammy Museum Gucci Limited Edition-inscribed bezel and a polished grey PVD case with the Grammy Museum insignia. Proceeds from the watch will benefit The Grammy Museum’s music restoration and preservation program. 347 North Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-3451