Sharon Stone's Red-Carpet Game Changer
Fifteen years ago, Sharon Stone, Vera Wang—and a men’s shirt—made LA red-carpet history.
August 26, 2013
Sharon Stone, then-husband Phil Bronstein, and the white dress shirt that changed red carpets forever.
The humble Gap shirt: not an item that’s normally associated with sartorial rebellion. But on the night of the 1998 Academy Awards, Sharon Stone made fashion history when she reached into then-husband Phil Bronstein’s closet, pulled out one of the brand’s white button-downs, and subversively paired it with a slinky Vera Wang evening skirt.
If she were to do the same in 2013, no one would bat an eye. After all, a gal isn’t considered stylish today unless she can deftly mix a $30 flea-market dress with $3,000 Chloé boots. But 15 years ago, the concept of high-meets-low fashion had yet to catch on, and the buzz surrounding Stone’s styling trick was intense—not all of it good. Notoriously snarky fashion critic Richard Blackwell was quoted as saying that the look “wasn’t cute or funny,” and even called it “disastrous.”
We look back on this fashion statement now, of course, as one of the best red-carpet moments of all time—especially because awards-season originality seems to have become as rare as a neon-pink Birkin. Maybe it’s the celebrity stylist effect. Now that every starlet has hired someone to keep her off the worst-dressed lists, we’re faced with a sea of tasteful (read: safe and forgettable) gowns each time awards season rolls around. And while this has undoubtedly prevented some embarrassing situations—think Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in matching denim eveningwear at the 2001 American Music Awards—we’ve also likely missed out on a few spontaneous risks, like Stone’s, that ended up paying off.
As we prepare for this month’s Emmy Awards, here’s hoping for the return of a little wit, audacity, and personality to red-carpet fashion. Stone herself summed up this bygone spirit in an interview with USA Weekend magazine following that 1998 Academy Awards appearance, saying, “I’d go to dinner in my bathrobe if I felt like it… I have gone out in my pajamas and a pair of high heels.”
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IOMA Debuts Personalized Skincare Line
The skincare brand introduces luxury, made-to-measure products.
July 18, 2013
IOMA's newest treatment gives clients a highly personal skincare regimen.
Designed with every skin type in mind, for women and men of all ages, IOMA’s new line, Bespoke Youth Rituals, is truly a new generation of skincare.
The advanced skincare line, founded by Jean Michel Karam and available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue, is specially blended onsite for each individual, with an astounding 864 possible formula combinations available. Each custom formula is determined by an algorithm that takes into account various factors, which are determined by a special skin-measuring device.
“We have developed a matrix that determines the adequate formula taken by the devices, which measures hydration and wrinkles, [among other variables],” says Mojdeh Amirvand, the director of business development in North America for IOMA-Paris.
Clients walk out with a three-month supply of made-to-measure day and night creams—the lightweight moisturizers are packed with ingredients and serums that address elasticity, firmness, and re-densification of the skin, and there’s even one that has a Botox-like tightening effect. This eliminates the need for a bevy of products because everything is packed into the highly active formulas. The only other IOMA product recommended to be used at the same time is the line's eye contour cream.
“We discovered that the traditional concept of five or six skin types was not even close to being correct,” notes Amirvand, about the inspiration for Bespoke Youth Rituals. “As a result, our plan from the beginning was to create truly personalized skincare.”
Unique Eyewear at the New Dr. York
Grab a pair of one-of-a-kind frames or shades.
July 17, 2013
The sleek interior of Dr. York’s LA outpost.
After several years in Mexico City, third-generation optometrist José Castellanos and his wife, Elena, set their sights on Los Angeles as the next location for their unique eyewear shop, Dr. York. “Influential, cutting-edge eyewear designers, including Dita, Oliver Peoples, and L.A. Eyeworks, are all coming out of Los Angeles,” explains Castellanos. “We are back at a time where handcraftsmanship, uniqueness, and the heritage of a brand are appreciated.”
The new boutique is devoid of typical designer shades, opting to stock international up-and-coming indie brands instead, although the store sells only one pair of each design, ensuring that no one else will have your rare pair! 8302 W. Third St., LA, 310-857-6797
Calvin Klein Line Calls Out to California
The iconic designer does a line dedicated to the Golden State.
July 12, 2013
Calvin Klein models.
With past collections dominated by blue jeans, blazers, two-button suits, and T-shirts, Calvin Klein has been designing true American sportswear for decades. Now, under the direction of Calvin Klein Collection Men’s Creative Director Italo Zucchelli, the brand is elevating its menswear to new heights, updating its classic clothing with contemporary fabric treatments, fresh cuts, and digital prints.
Inspired by a California summer, Zucchelli’s Spring 2013 Calvin Klein Collection line pays tribute to the sea, sun, surf, and fauna of the West Coast, with khaki bomber jackets, two button blazers, vintage denim jackets, and short-sleeved button-down shirts in high-tech nylon, glossy leather, and micropleated cotton. An abstract floral graphic appears on several cotton twill shorts and tees, giving the garments a surferlike charm, while a tuxedo lapel made of athletic mesh lends a sporty spirit to the formal dinner jacket. A standout assortment of casual, lightweight layers, this is one summer collection that caters brilliantly to LA’s sunny days and smoldering nights. Saks Fifth Avenue, 9634 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211
Tommy Hilfiger Taps SoCal in New Line
The Americana-cool brand looks to Cali for its limited-edition surf shack collection.
July 05, 2013
LEFT: Surf Shack chambray blazer, Tommy Hilfiger ($198). RIGHT: Lola Montes Schnabel and Richard Phillips limited-edition surfboards, both for Tommy Hilfiger in collaboration with Art Production Fund ($2,000 each).
Kicking off the summer season, American designer Tommy Hilfiger debuts his latest project: a 28-piece capsule collection filled with beach-ready apparel, footwear, sunglasses, and accessories for men and women. Neon stripes, bold plaid prints, and laid-back surf motifs breathe new life into relaxed blazers, swimsuits, flip-flops, and loafers.
“It’s the easy, laid-back vibe of the surf culture and beach life that I find so inspiring,” explains Hilfiger. “Since the 1960s in California, when surfing emerged as an American phenomenon, the sport has embraced its own identity in fashion.”
For men, boat shoes come in navy plaid, shorts are color blocked with chambray cuffs, cream trousers feature a small multicolored surfboard print, and board shorts are available in a variety of colorful patterns. As a special tribute to California’s surf culture, Hilfiger has also tapped five American artists, including Lola Montes Schnabel, Richard Phillips, and Scott Campbell, to contribute custom-designed surfboards to the collection. Featuring pop-culture portraits, geometric graphics, and chalk-on-slate paintings, the boards support the Art Production Fund, an organization dedicated to public art projects, and will be available for a limited time this summer. 157 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-247- 1475
Gina Marí Talks Exclusive vbeauté Facial
The esthetician teams up with vbeauté founder Julie Macklowe for a new treatment.
June 19, 2013
Gina Marí has partnered with Julie Macklowe to offer the exclusive vbeauté facial treatment.
Beverly Hills-based esthetician Gina Marí is recognized as an expert in skin renewal and is considered to be one of the city’s leading authorities in the latest skincare technologies. In her 20s, Marí developed adult acne and was determined to find a solution. So, she became a licensed esthetician, where her passion for the science of skincare blossomed.
Fast forward to today, and Marí has recently partnered with another skincare savant, Julie Macklowe, who founded the much-coveted, anti-aging-focused skincare line vbeauté. The duo developed the new vbeauté facial, which is the only treatment offered in LA, exclusively at Gina Marí Skincare. 9350 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 204, 310-276-7601
What made you decide to collaborate with Julie Macklowe for this exclusive facial?
GINA MARI: We decided to team up with Julie Macklowe because of how thrilled we were with the results we were personally getting from her product line, vbeauté. After learning about the natural science behind her products and the active ingredients within, we knew this was something we wanted to be a part of. From then, we carried her product line for a few weeks while also using them ourselves on a daily basis. Once we saw and felt the results we were promised, putting together the facial treatment was an immediate go-to so we could share this with all of our clients!
What makes this new facial different from other facial treatments in LA?
GM: The vbeauté treatment is exclusive to Gina Marí Skincare in Los Angeles. We perform the treatment using ultrasound technology in conjunction with the Undercover Agent serum by vbeauté. This particular technology drives the product down into the deeper layers of the dermis, resulting in the most optimum results. Using the product line at home gives our clients the ability to maintain the long-term, guaranteed results that come with using the products on a daily basis.
What kind of benefits can Angelenos expect after having this luxurious treatment done?
GM: The main benefit is immense hydration and moisture balance within your skin. The Swiss botanical stem cells from the alpine rose plant—the most commonly found active ingredient in her products—have near miraculous anti-aging abilities. Because this plant is native to high altitudes of the Alps, our skin can now adapt to harsh and extreme conditions such as cold temperatures, UV rays, and severe dryness. These are all vital for the Angeleno who is used to the ups and downs of our tempered weather, or even the well-traveled Angeleno on the go!
The second main ingredient used is a BioCellular Peptide or BCP, which is an age-preventer by protecting the integrity of the cell structure, stimulating collagen, enhancing cellular energy, and promoting cellular longevity. BCP reduces 20 percent more free radicals than the common competitive ingredient.
Vram Minassian's Eye-Catching Accessories
The eponymous new shop offers bespoke accessories for the modern day gentleman.
May 13, 2013
Jeweler Vram Minassian in his art-filled Robertson office.
Situated on trendy Robertson Boulevard, Vram Minassian’s new boutique is filled with beautiful things, from the fine art, rare fossils, and iron sculptures adorning the walls to the exquisite jewelry artfully displayed throughout. “Classic lines and timeless styles define my work,” says the renowned LA jeweler. “I try to say the most with the least, which to me, is the best challenge. My father and grandfather were watchmakers so precision is in my blood. I refine every piece so that each one makes a pure statement.”
Though praised for his assortment of eye-catching gemstones, Minassian offers an impressive selection of men’s accessories as well, including vintage timepieces, cuff links, pocket watches, and bespoke pieces that would please even the most discerning tastemakers.
“My personal taste is influenced by the 1950s dapper gentleman—a Cary Grant kind of guy.” Adds the jeweler: “I am intrigued by unusual timepieces like a super-thin Vacheron Constantin or a 1970s Jaeger- LeCoultre with a mechanical-bell alarm,” both of which are among the standout pieces available at the shop. 122 S. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310-859-9545
Gilbert A. Chagoury Debuts a Shop, RTW
Chagoury Coutire unveils a store on Melrose and a new ready-to-wear line.
May 08, 2013
Brocade hourglass blazer, Chagoury ($1,100).
Studying under legendary French designer Christian Dior before launching his eponymous label, Gilbert A. Chagoury inherited a deep appreciation for traditional couture techniques. It follows that exquisite paneling, tailored pleating, and intricate beadwork are just a few of the hallmarks that appear throughout the Los Angeles designer’s garments. “I design for real women, with real curves. The dress has to be worn by everyone from celebrities to real people in the street,” Chagoury explains.
Hoping to bring a true European atelier to Southern California, the designer is unveiling a brand-new boutique this spring, complete with a bespoke service for his most discerning clientele. “My boutique is a unique blend of warm intimacy and free-spiritedness,” Chagoury adds. “My one-on-one consultations are the first step to custom masterpieces tailored to perfection.”
In addition to his signature couture collection, Chagoury is launching a ready-to-wear line exclusive to the location. “My goal was to convey the ability of adapting a look from day to night, which is very important to the modern LA woman,” he says. Standouts include a pair of cigarillo trousers, an assortment of sheer blouses, and a sleek iteration of the woman’s tuxedo in bold shades of black, white, and red. 8378 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-782-9008
Beauty Must: Privé Vanishing Oil Blend #39
Privé Salons founder/stylist Laurent DuFourg launches his latest multitasking hair innovation.
May 06, 2013
Privé founder Laurent Dufourg and his new Vanishing Oil Blend #39.
LA-based stylist to the stars, Laurent Dufourg recently unveiled his latest product, Privé Vanishing Oil Blend #39 ($36), a high-performing styling and treatment oil. The breakthrough formulation is enriched with argan, maracuja, and Brazilian nut oils, which absorb into the hair without any residue and provide all types of tresses with shine, smoothness, hydration, and manageability.
“I worked on this product for two years because I wanted it to be absolutely perfect,” says Dufourg. “I really wanted it to be a hybrid product, so it is three-in-one and is great for conditioning, styling, and finishing. I love the versatility of it.” While other oils can leave hair weighed down—or even discolored or dried out—Privé Vanishing Oil’s formula disappears deep into the hair’s shaft to help transform the health of your strands. Plus, it cuts blow-drying time significantly since hair is better hydrated. Privé Salon Los Angeles, 7373 Beverly Blvd., 323-931-5559
Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracy Anderson Open a Workout Studio
Get a body like the superstar and a blowdry from hairstylist David Babaii all in one place.
April 29, 2013
Inside the new Brentwood location of Tracy Anderson Method.
Earlier this month, celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson and actress Gwyneth Paltrow teamed up to open the members-only Tracy Anderson Flagship Studio in Brentwood. The space offers state-of-the-art workout facilities, as well as a David Babaii Blow Dry Bar so that members can look and feel their best when they leave the studio.
Babaii, a celebrity hairstylist (his clients include the likes of Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lawrence, and Paltrow) whom Anderson helped lose over 100 pounds, is personally training the hairstyling team in order to ensure that members receive the ultimate styling experience. Services include blowouts, red-carpet-ready looks, ponytails, braids, and boho-beach waves. One-on-one appointments with Babaii himself are available through special request.
The 8,500-square-foot, Windsor Smith-designed studio features VIP training rooms, luxe shower facilities stocked with Ila skin and body care products, and on-site nutrition consultations. The first phase of the launch comprises a center with five studio rooms boasting advanced sound systems and temperature and humidity controls, along with the newest versions of Anderson’s custom apparatuses, like the Men’s Hybrid machine that Anderson invented for her male members.
In conjunction with the studio, The Food Program by Tracy Anderson and The Liquid Program by Tracy Anderson are also launching. The Food Program is a convenient, delivery-based meal service, and The Liquid Program boasts 100 percent raw and organic juices and smoothies perfect for everyday or cleanses. Both are being launched locally now.
The second phase of the launch is still under construction, but will add a restaurant, apparel store, and a filming studio for Anderson to create DVD video programs and online content. 11918 San Vicente Blvd.,818-762-3133 or tracyandersonmethod.com. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for membership inquiries.
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.