Red Reigns as Vera Wang Collection Comes to LA
Red hues rule the designer's bridal line, which is set for display at her WeHo shop this week.
April 24, 2012
Red, long thought of as the color of love but not a big color for bridal dresses in the US, was the inspiration behind Vera Wang’s Spring 2013 Bridal Collection. Wang debuted her lovely "Mei Meng" (Chinese for “beautiful dreams”) line last week in New York and is now bringing the entire collection to the West coast. From Thursday through Saturday, gowns in varying shades of cherry, scarlet, crimson, and burgundy will be on display at the Vera Wang Bridal House in West Hollywood. If you’re still set on staying traditional, the dresses can be ordered in whites or ivories. For appointments, call 323-602-0174. 8445 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Tradition Lives on with Pop-Up at Brasserie Pascal
Chef Pascal Olhats pays homage to his legendary Tradition bistro with a pop-up in its name.
April 24, 2012
Chef Pascal Olhats is keeping Tradition—his legendary French bistro, that is—alive with a new pop-up restaurant in its honor at Brasserie Pascal. After 24 years, Olhats closed Tradition in February, but is bringing its spirit back at Brasserie’s bar lounge with "The Tradition Room," starting today. A prix-fixe menu of two to four courses (priced at $45, $55, and $65, respectively; five-course price, TBD) features Traditional-inspired eats including chilled champagne poached oysters, thyme-crusted sea bass, and Dijon-crusted rack of lamb. Wine pairings are available for an additional $10 per course price, and guests will drink and dine amongst fine art renderings of Olhats himself.
Closed off from the rest of the restaurant, the exclusive area will seat just 25 and doesn’t accept parties larger than six. Open Tuesday-Thursday from 5pm-closing, the space may also be rented out for private parties. For inquires and reservations, call 949-640-2700. Brasserie Pascal at Fashion Island, 327 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach
Vintage Remix Illustrates Mix & Match Décor
LA designer's 224-page home tome offers unique decorating tips for every style.
April 23, 2012
Vintage Remix ($35) by Kishani Perera is a picture-rich, gorgeously executed guide for mixing vintage and modern pieces in the home. Perera, a prominent LA-based interior designer who runs her own design firm, Kishani Perera Inc., and home store, Rummage on Beverly Blvd., offers tips on melding various styles (vintage and modern, retail and custom) to create a home environment reflective of each individual. The artful tome features 200 pages of inspirational photographs, and showcases the eclectic and sophisticated design style that has helped Perera garner celebrity clients like Gary Oldman and Molly Sims. Available on Rummagehome.com and in store. 7374 Beverly Blvd., LA, 323-935-5483
Sud De Sur Bags Inspired by California Landscape
Line from fashion vet and photographer delivers designs we can’t wait to wear.
April 23, 2012
New accessories line, Sud De Sur, by fashion vet Barrett Prendergast and photographer André Vippolis, pays homage to California’s beautiful landscape. As the name implies, the brand was inspired by a road trip the engaged couple took to Big Sur. Created to fit a modern bohemian lifestyle, the line includes mini crossbody bags made from soft Italian leather, and sleek clutches in a nature-infused color palette of cognac, light gray, and mustard. A sun and sand collection of hand-dyed fabric clutches in desert and marine tones round out the offerings. Crafted by local LA artisans and sourced from the highest-quality materials in the most eco-friendly way possible, Sud De Sur is the epitome of California cool. Available online at suddesur.com.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II: Technology & Tradition
Rolls-Royce’s new Phantom model embodies the brand’s dedication to quality and customer connection.
April 20, 2012
From connecting with their clients via private tours of their plants to throwing exclusive events for owners, Rolls-Royce is a brand that treats its customers like a close-knit family. These individual discussions with owners on what R-R stands for, what customers expect from the company and the product, and what it needs to be in order to move forward are exactly what inspired the brand’s new Phantom Series II model.
“When considering changes to our iconic Phantom, we first carefully listened to customers,” said Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös. “Around the world they explicitly told us, ‘Do not change Phantom too much but introduce new technology where appropriate.’ And this is precisely what we have done.”
The end result is a blend of traditional and classic with modern technology that allows the Phantom to keep up with customer expectations. “It combined the spirit of its famous pedigree with superbly elegant design work, ground-breaking technology, and visionary engineering techniques,” said Müller-Ötvös.
Of note technologically are the full LED headlamps, and the completely revamped satellite navigation system with 3D landscape topography, guided view tours, and more, all on a much larger monitor. Best of all, its famous V12 direct injection engine has been updated with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox and rear differential, which results in 10-percent improved fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions.
The car’s appearance has also gotten a few updates. In addition to the aforementioned LED headlamps are a virtual constellation of stars in the interior, and a slightly tweaked bumper. Just as with its unparalleled customer service, the brand will go above and beyond to create a custom luxury vehicle to your specifications—from humidors to drink cabinets to constellations in the shape of your zodiac sign, virtually anything is possible.
“Since its first appearance in 2003, Phantom has reclaimed the pinnacle of automotive luxury and refinement,” said Müller-Ötvös. “It is a completely unique and unequaled achievement that goes beyond its primary role as a car and becomes to many a work of art, a fine piece of jewelry, or a rare and collectible object of desire.”
Delicious New Dining Packages at Hotel Bel-Air
Chef Wolfgang Puck premieres luxurious new “Breakfast Escape” and “Bel-Air Basket.”
April 20, 2012
The Hotel Bel-Air just got better with brand-new, delicously indulgent dining packages from chef Wolfgang Puck.
Boost your breakfast routine with the “Breakfast Escape,” an in-room a.m. meal comprised of Champagne, caviar and morning pastries. Standouts include Osetra caviar served with toasted brioche and crème fraîche; an onsen egg with soft Parmesan polenta and black truffle mascarpone emulsion; and seacrest strawberries with warm vahlrona chocolate ganache. $130 per person; substitute Henriot "Souverain" Brut Champagne for $175. Must order the evening before.
If you’re not one to wake up early, the hotel’s “Bel-Air Basket” is perfect for lounging by the hotel’s picturesque Swan Lake. Puck created the new gourmet picnic basket to include dozens of a la carte items like grilled chicken santorini salad; a burrata and prosciutto di parma sandwich; a selection of artisanal cheeses and assorted charcuterie; house-made soft Bavarian pretzels; and classic cupcakes. Blanket, thermos and wine glasses are included for the ultimate outdoor meal. An 18-hour advance notice is required for a three-course basket starting at $60 per person; $250 refundable security fee for a to-go basket off the premises. Baskets with pillows, extra blankets, and creatively displayed food items can also be set up by the hotel for a $75 fee. 701 Stone Canyon Rd., LA, 310-472-1211
Q&A With Versatile Designer Jason Wu
Accomplished designer talks inspiration, what's next, how Angelenos can wear his pieces, and more.
April 19, 2012
At just 29 years old, Jason Wu has already become one of the most sought-after designers on the planet. His knack for ultra-feminine designs and inventively edgy accessories has acquired an A-list following that includes Diane Kruger, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and even Michelle Obama. We sat down with Wu to discuss the inspirations for his fall 2012 line, LA style, and what’s next for the designer.
Why did you want to incorporate your Chinese heritage into the fall 2012 collection?
JASON WU: I went back to [my native] Taiwan for first time since I became a designer. My dad took me to this exhibit of the Qing Dynasty and it was like a re-education of my background. I’m Chinese by birth but it hasn’t really reflected through my work. After the trip I thought I’d do a collection of my heritage the way I see it now.
I devised [the collection] in three different ways—the first section was about the Mao military jacket, the second section was about the Qing Dynasty, and the third was the Hollywood interpretation from something like Shanghai Express. So, I used three different perspectives to answer the question, ‘What is Chinese?’ It ended up being a very personal subject.
With the collection, we see a lot of reds, dark colors, and structured pieces. How could that translate into more laid-back LA style?
JW: Deconstruct pieces—wear separates with a pair of pants or a leather jacket for a chilly day or a just a really great printed dress with flats or something sporty. Everything I do has an element of a dressed-up, dressed-down attitude. I think that’s an element every woman all over the world can appreciate regardless of weather or social standing.
The Daphne bag.
You’ve also launched a new signature bag.
JW: Yes, the Daphne bag; it’s been an overwhelming success and hasn’t even hit stores yet. It’s very clean and chic and is inspired by model Daphne Groeneveld. It looks sort of like her with her big eyes. She has such a lively personality and an interesting and captivating look.
Having designed everything from sunglasses to digital cameras to nail polish and, most recently, a new candle (Jason Wu Orchid Rain), in what other areas would you like to expand?
JW: There’s an infinite amount of possibilities I can do that I haven’t done yet. I want to do more in beauty, both with cosmetics and fragrances and in home just because it’s a personal passion and I like to decorate and create an environment. I love the idea of creating the world of Jason Wu. I don’t just see the Jason Wu woman in a white room with white walls. She is in a space and I want to consider what she likes to smell, what kind of table setting or furniture she likes. Because I think when it’s in a setting, it’s much more interesting. You can really envision a whole lifestyle. Jason Wu is available online at saksfifthavenue.com and jasonwustudio.com
Weekend Recommender: April 20–22
Attend an Earth-honoring festival, shop an LA designer's trunk show, and mix art and music.
April 19, 2012
Beachside Tadasana Festival of Yoga & Music honors Earth Day this weekend.
“Transmission LA: AV Club” Art Show
Friday April 20 through May 6; special kickoff party Thursday, April 19
Mixing his passion for music and art, Beastie Boys’ Mike D curated The Avant/Garde Diaries’ “Transmission LA: AV Club” exhibit to be displayed at the MOCA. Throughout its 17-day stay at the museum's Geffen Contemporary, the show will examine the relationship between audio and visual art forms through exhibitions, concerts, DJ nights, performances, and special installations. Featured artists include Roy Choi, Peter Coffin, Jim Drain, Benjamin Jones, and Tom Sachs. Sponsor Mercedes-Benz will also debut its new Concept Style Coupé at the exhibit. 250 S. Grand Ave., Downtown LA, 213-626-6222; moca.org
Tadasana Festival of Yoga & Music
Friday–Sunday, April 20–22, 8 AM–7PM
In celebration of Earth Day weekend, the Tadasana yoga and music festival will feature 60 of the world's top yoga instructors, 32 musical acts, an organic food court, and an eco-village of over 70 booths. The event’s beachside location is sure to invoke even more Earth appreciation in attendees. One-day festival passes, $99; three-day passes, $295. 2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica; tadasanafestival.com
Calleen Cordero Trunk Show
Saturday, April 21, 12–3 PM
Known for showcasing California-cool designs, the Margaret O’Leary clothing company is hosting a special trunk show for LA accessories designer Calleen Cordero. Stop by the brand’s Santa Monica boutique and enjoy champagne and other treats while you shop. 1522 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310-496-1800; margaretoleary.com
Photographs by 3 Tree Silhouette/Fluid Frame, Courtesy Tadasana Festival
Comme Ca Debuts Spring Cocktails, New Menu
Team of mixologists mixes up sumptuous spring cocktails to complement new menu at WeHo bistro.
April 18, 2012
El Ranchero, one of Comme Ca's regularly featured cocktails, with tequila, lime, cucumber, and mint
On April 18 (6:30-9:30 PM), mixologists Sam Ross, Julian Cox, and Joel Black will create four spring cocktails based on Comme Ca’s new seasonal bistronomy menu.
Known for its fresh and inventive drink menu already, Comme Ca’s specially prepared cocktails are sure to be show-stoppers. Featured drinks include the Midnight Lush with oro pisco torontel, fresh lemon juice, fresh-pressed red grape juice, blackberry, lavender, and agave nectar, and the Jungle Bird, which features Cruzan black strap rum, pineapple, lime, and Campari. The Mercy Mercy mixes gin, aperol and cocchi Americano, with a grapefruit twist, while the Bee Keeper combines bourbon, honey, bitters and absinthe, and lemon twist for a seasonally-appropriate sip.
The cocktails seek to complement the French bistro’s new spring menu, inspired by the team's recent world travels. Seasonal fare from executive chef/founder David Myers will include poached asparagus with cured salmon and béarnaise sauce, pan-seared lingcod with coconut emulsion and lemon confit, artichoke agnolotti with clam served with heirloom tomato, and purple basil, and coq au vin blanc with spring savory cabbage sauerkraut. Dessert is a delicious chocolate liqueur sponge cake with strawberry jelly and cocoa nib ice cream.
Dinner will be offered a la cart or prix-fixe (three courses, $45; five courses, $65). Cocktails are $12 each. For reservations, call 323-782-1104. 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Much to Love at McCartney’s 'My Valentine' Video Premiere
A-list event debuted new video from McCartney’s Kisses on the Bottom album.
April 18, 2012
Sir Paul McCartney was fêted by Hollywood royalty, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani, Reese Witherspoon, Woody Harrelson, Dave Grohl, and Joan Jett at the premiere of his self-directed video series, “My Valentine” on April 13.
Held in a tented garden behind daughter Stella McCartney’s LA boutique, McCartney arrived with wife Nancy Shevell to unveil the three versions of “My Valentine.” Kisses on the Bottom, Paul's most recent and fifteenth studio album, features two original songs—"My Valentine" and "Only Our Hearts." The black-and-white videos for "My Valentine" feature Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman, and Paul credits Stella with the casting ideas.
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.