Hammitt's Bright New Bag Collection
The LA brand proves leather is not the last word in handbags with its new jelly bags.
January 31, 2012
The LAX jelly bag
We’re loving LA-based handbag line Hammitt’s first-ever collection of non-leather bags for Spring. Aptly named the LAX jelly, a nod to its TSA-friendly design, the beach or duffel bag ($195) makes the perfect travel companion for a tropical weekend getaway or a day at the beach.
Roy Teeluck Simplifies Red Carpet Hair
The master stylist discusses awards season trends and his Beverly Hills Pop-Up Grammy Beauty Bar.
January 31, 2012
London-born stylist Roy Teeluck may have trained in Paris and opened his eponymous salon in New York, but he never lost his gritty London edge. A master of texture, Teeluck takes loads of inspiration from English punk bands such as The Clash and The Jam. Leading up to the Grammy Awards (February 12), Teeluck will host a Pop-Up Grammy Beauty Bar on February 10 and 11 at Beverly Hills salon Cristophe, where guests can indulge in a complimentary cut, blow-out, updo, manicure, facial or scalp massage. We caught up with Teeluck to get his take on this year’s awards season trends and the celebrities that will dominate the red carpet.
How does a Grammy look differ from an Oscar look?
ROY TEELUCK: Due to the rock spirit of the Grammy Awards we will see minimal effort hair that probably takes a few hours to pull together but looks effortless—with a bit of grunge and punk. Designer gowns, old school hair preparations and plenty of bling sums up the approach to the looks for the Oscars. Think James Bond for the guys and for the ladies think the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
What are the top trends this awards season?
RT: The different awards showcase a variety of styles varying from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to the usual Hollywood glam of the belle époque. Unstructured elegance will rule the red carpet—hair with movement that's touchable, soft waves with body and gorgeous healthy hair with rich color. At the Golden Globes, I loved Salma Hayek and Jessica Biel’s rich brunette locks. On the flip side, Rooney Mara and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s influence will allow for more daring looks on the red carpet.
Which red carpet celebrities are on your radar this year? What feels most modern now?
RT: Tilda Swinton is light years ahead of the pack when it comes to style. Unconventional and risk-taking, she embodies confidence with a rock and roll edge. Her hair at the Golden Globes was very punk rock—the perfect juxtaposition to her minimal makeup. I'll be channeling this look, à la The Clash, at my upcoming Grammy beauty bar. Michelle Williams looked flawless. To me, short hair on women is the ultimate indicator of confidence and it's ultra-sexy.
Roy Teeluck Pop-Up Grammy Beauty Bar, The Suite @ Cristophe, 348 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills; RSVP email@example.com
Television Winners at the SAG Awards
Highlights from the most anticipated small screen awards categories.
January 30, 2012
I love a good awards show and while Sunday’s 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards had its fair share of Hollywood pomp and circumstance, it seemed vaguely familiar with ensemble drama series Boardwalk Empire and ensemble comedy series Modern Family once again taking home top honors, or as insiders call it “an Actor.”
Despite these instances of déjà vu, it was nice to see Betty White continue to prove that talent is ageless with her win for best female actor in the comedy series Hot in Cleveland. “You can’t name me without naming those other wonderful women on Hot in Cleveland. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, ” said White.
And I couldn’t help but marvel at the tenacity of lifetime achievement award-winner Mary Tyler Moore, who can still turn the world on with her smile.
In the best male actor, drama series category, Boardwalk’s Steve Buscemi beat out Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, who was also snubbed a Globes nomination. Buscemi thanked his co-stars, including former cast-mate Michael Pitt, whose character (spoiler alert!) perished in the show’s season two finale. “To all the Michael Pitt fans out there, I know, I’m sorry,” he said. “Please stop yelling at me on the street.” Noted.
Jessica Lange, who stars in the new FX thriller American Horror Story, picked up the best female actor in a drama series award—a shelf-mate for the best supporting actress Golden Globe she recently won. During her speech, Lange described taking the role of the unhinged Southern belle Constance “a real leap of faith.”
The venerable Alec Baldwin had kind words for 30 Rock boss Tina Fey and her team of writers as he accepted his award for best male actor in a comedy series: “The only thing this means to me is obviously you like Tina [Fey]’s writing and Robert Carlock’s writing. We have the greatest writers, ” he said.
Taking the microphone during Modern Family’s big win for best ensemble comedy series was Rico Rodriguez (Manny), who graciously said “On behalf of the entire cast and crew, we just want to thank you for letting us all be a part of your families.” From the mouths of babes.
Read more from Joshua Estrin at popmuncher.com.
SAG Awards Trend: Black and White
Black and white dresses ruled the red carpet at the Shrine Auditorium.
January 30, 2012
SAG Awards fashion marked a return to black and white glamour. The timeless colors set off a mix of designs ranging from sexy and sophisticated to fun and flirty.
Back to Black
Black was anything but basic for Angelina Jolie and Amber Heard. Jolie wore a slinky, backless Jenny Packham gown while Heard wore an edgy cut-out Zac Posen gown. Looking lovely in lace were Stacy Keibler in an off-the-shoulder Marchesa gown, Emma Stone in a flirty Alexander McQueen cocktail dress and Jayma Mays in a Reem Acra sequined number with a sheer back.
On the lighter side, a fashionable Zoe Saldana wore Givenchy couture straight from the Paris runway. Also a vision in white, Rose Byrne wore a heavily embellished Elie Saab jumpsuit. Judy Greer chose a feminine Collette Dinnigan dress while the newly engaged Katrina Bowden wore a glittering strapless design by Amsale. White was also a winning color for Viola Davis, who took home the best female actor in a leading role wearing a Grecian-inspired Marchesa gown.
Hollywood Bowl Summer Lineup Announced
This summer promises Liza Minnelli, The Black Eyed Peas, Mel Brooks’ The Producers and more.
January 27, 2012
From the looks of the Hollywood Bowl’s just-released 2012 summer schedule, there will be more than music in the air this summer. In addition to hosting musical acts such as The Black Eyed Peas, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Smokey Robinson, Esperanza Spalding and Liza Minnelli, the famed outdoor amphitheater will host a visual tribute to Pixar and all-star performances of Mel Brooks’ Tony award-winning musical The Producers. Barry Manilow and the Los Angeles Philharmonic are set to anchor the legendary Fourth of July fireworks show and Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo will be an opera headliner. The 2012 summer season kicks off June 22. 2301 N Highland Ave., LA
At LACMA: Ellsworth Kelly and Female Surrealists
See two new exhibitions celebrating the works of Kelly and North American surrealist women artists.
January 26, 2012
To kick off its 2012 season, LACMA is introducing two new exhibits: “Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings” (January 22-April 22) and “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States” (January 29- May 6). And the pair could not come from further ends of the spectrum. American abstract artist Kelly will present the first retrospective of his print practice since 1988 with over 100 prints and 5 paintings of his vibrantly colored geometric shapes. Alternatively, “In Wonderland,” which is in collaboration with Mexico City’s Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM), represents the first international survey of North American women surrealist artists. The collection includes 175 works by 47 artists dating from 1931 to 1968. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-857,6000; lacma.org
Beauty Loops Widens Its Appeal
The chic beach shop recently expanded its boutique to stock even more great finds.
January 25, 2012
Beauty Loops, an upscale Redondo Beach beauty boutique, is marking its one-year anniversary by expanding to include a larger selection for men, women and children. After acquiring the neighboring space, mother and son owners Kathy and Nathan Rosh renovated the store to offer a more airy and spacious setting. Touted as a one-stop beauty supply shop—complete with complimentary facials and makeup application—Beauty Loops carries cosmetics, hair/grooming products, fragrance, jewelry, accessories and children’s toys from an assortment of luxury brands. Says Nathan, “Many of our customers are busy young mothers. Here they can pick up shampoo and eye cream for themselves, aftershave for their husband and a baby gift for a friend.” Riviera Village, 1757 S. Elena Ave., Redondo Beach, 310-944-9400
Trench Coat Best Bets
Five fashionable coats to combat LA’s unpredictable weather.
January 25, 2012
As we head into late winter/early spring, the weather in Los Angeles becomes an unpredictable mix of rain, falling temperatures and gusty winds. A good trench coat is an undeniably classic and stylish solution to such weather woes. Here are five trench coats to keep you warm and on-trend.
Fitness Find: The Nike Plus FuelBand
Keep precise tabs on your physical activity rates with a new futuristic wristband.
January 24, 2012
The new Nike Plus FuelBand ($149) is like a GPS tracker for the body. The wristband accounts for every movement made throughout the day as you work to achieve a set goal. In addition to displaying time, calories burned and steps taken, the band registers your rate of oxygen consumption and motion as “NikeFuel” on a colorful odometer. Using a mobile app or USB connection, the device can be synced with Nike’s website to chart progress and compare results with other Fuelband users.
Lanvin Launches a Line of Specs
Leave it to Alber Elbaz to make prescription eyewear fun again.
January 24, 2012
Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz is known as much for his trademark black-rimmed glasses as he is for his smart and sexy designs. So it comes as no surprise that Elbaz is launching Lanvin’s first eyewear collection this Spring. Modern yet retro, the line of five frames includes vintage-style detailing, timeless shapes and cool color combinations for both men and women. Lanvin Malibu Country Mart, 3826 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310-456-6808
LAC celebrates the women of its May/June 2013 issue at Palihouse in West Hollywood.