Style News: Clare Vivier Teams with Theory
The pair's second collaboration brings sophisticated spring handbags and carryalls.
February 21, 2012
Clare Vivier’s second collaboration (available in March) with Theory is the perfect balance of work and play. The LA-based handbag designer reworked her classic styles to fit with Theory’s spring 2012 line. The result is simplistic, sporty, and functional. We especially love the Weekender (ABOVE), an oversize denim-inspired cotton tote—and the line’s sole unisex item—ideal for the office or a weekend getaway. 8428 Melrose Ave. , West Hollywood, 323-782-0163
Photograph courtesy of Theory
Talking Shop with Grimm’s Russell Hornsby
The actor discusses the hit show and surprises us with the character he’d most like to play in the future.
February 20, 2012
Fighting to keep humanity safe from things that go bump in the night is a daily routine for Russell Hornsby in his role as detective Hank Griffin on NBC’s Grimm. We sat down with the star of the supernatural series to learn more about his roots as a stage actor and the “swagger” he shares with his character.
What was your initial reaction to the concept of Grimm, and the script?
RUSSELL HORNSBY: My first reaction? Wow, this works for me. I could see myself in the world that the writers had created. I am a dreamer, but I am also a realist so it all made sense to me to have these two worlds collide.
Do you share anything in common with your character?
RH: It would be unfair for me not to share how grateful I am that the creative team of Grimm has always allowed me to infuse a great deal of Russell into the fabric of the character of Hank. That being said, I think we—Hank and I—both share an interesting mix of a soulful and slightly cynical demeanor, with just enough swagger to keep us both fun and relevant.
What is your dream role?
RH: I come from the stage, so my dream role may not be what people expect. I would very much like to bring my interpretation to the role of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. I find him a fascinating man and character study.
What is the greatest misconception about you?
RH: Each time I take to the stage or screen, I shed one skin and take on another. I think sometimes this can be confusing for people. In the end, I really don’t think about it too much, but I would hope that people do remember that behind every actor is a person and, with that being said, I am as multi-faceted as Russell as I am when I am doing my job and sharing a character—as I do on Grimm.
Read more from Joshua Estrin at popmuncher.com.
photograph by BENNY HADDAD
Longchamp in Bloom
Mary Katrantzou designs a whimsical capsule collection for Longchamp.
February 20, 2012
Designer Mary Katrantzou brings her flare for prints to a new capsule collection for Longchamp. The East meets West theme offers brightly colored motifs perfect for spring. 333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-436-1963
Riding the Neon Wave
Six ways to breathe neon life into your spring wardrobe.
February 17, 2012
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.
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.