Celebrity Secrets for Looking Great
Get a healthy body and beautiful skin with cutting-edge celebrity-loved products and services.
April 05, 2013
Photography by Jill Greenberg (Aqualillies)
Sephora's Scientific Foundation Finder
The new Sephora + Pantone Color IQ program makes finding the perfect foundation a cinch.
April 01, 2013
Angeleno women of all skin tones can rejoice: the search for the perfect foundation shade is over with the new Sephora + Pantone Color IQ foundation matching program. “The biggest foundation faux-pas I’ve found women in LA committing is that they choose colors too dark for their skin tone!” says Helen Phillips, a Los Angeles-based Sephora PRO Team Artist. To combat this, the Color IQ system eliminates variables that typically affect shade selection, including pigment challenges, skin undertones, and ambient lighting.
The revolutionary service employs the technology behind Pantone’s Capsure—a compact spectro-colorimeter used in the design industry to identify color—into a hand-held device that takes an image of the skin, analyzes its pigment, and assigns it an official Pantone SkinTone number. From there, the number is accurately matched with perfect shades from Sephora’s Universal SkinTone Library, which consists of 1,000 foundation products that can be sorted on an in-store iPad by brand, skin type, formulation, and SPF. “Angelenos are particularly attuned to their skin and have been so excited to come in, take advantage of this quick, free, and effective service, and find their perfect foundation,” explains Phillips. “They love being able to leave confident in their purchase and know that they are putting their best face forward.”
The Color IQ program is currently available at six Sephora stores in the Los Angeles region—Beverly Center, Sherman Oaks (Fashion Square), Pasadena, Hollywood & Highland, Century City, and Santa Monica—with no appointment necessary.
Assembly, LA’s First Braid and Ponytail Bar
The new braid and ponytail salon in Beverly Hills dishes out runway-worthy hairstyles.
March 25, 2013
Assembly, a salon with a twist, opens March 27 in Beverly Hills as the first braid and ponytail bar in Los Angeles. The style menu features braids and pulled-back looks for everyday and special events, as well as makeup, nail, and blowout services.
Lead stylist Jacqueline Bush weaves inspiration from street styles, the runway, and celebrity clients into the handful of available updos. Customers can choose from styles like Sienna Miller’s signature Crown Braid, or the professional yet playful Zipped Up Top Knot that Bush created.
Owner Jessica Jekkel says the laid-back California culture is the root of casual, trendy braids that are in high-demand now. “When I think of a braided hairstyle, I think of a woman who is playful, cheeky, and has a great sense of personal style. To me, that is the LA girl,” she says. “We love that artfully undone look, and that was born on the beaches of Southern California.”
A wash plus a braid or pony costs $45, while a braid or fancy pony done on dry hair is $30, and both options take less than 50 minutes. Other services are tailored for special events like the red carpet or date nights, but clients can also purchase memberships for scheduled weekly sessions.
Although Assembly’s signature service is the braid, Jekkel says the salon’s six stylists will continue to update the offerings for whatever seasonal trends come next. “Right now, a braid, fun pony, or messy updo is what makes a woman feel gorgeous. When the style changes, so will we,” she says. “But I know I will be rocking my braids for a long time. I love having my hair pulled back, and a hair tie alone won’t cut it.” 250 S. Robertson Blvd., Ste. B, 424-278-1567
Solid & Striped Swimwear Hits the Town
Head to the beach in new tailored swim trunks from Solid & Striped.
March 04, 2013
Beach-worthy shorts and shirt from Solid & Striped’s Spring/ Summer collection.
Launched by former William Morris Endeavor talent agent Isaac Ross this past fall, Solid & Striped caters to both men and boys, offering versatile swimwear with a superior fit. “As someone who spends a lot of time in beautiful climates, I was always looking for a pair of trunks that worked at the beach, pool, tennis court, and lunch table. Solid & Striped is exactly that,” Ross explains. Featuring a unique, quick-dry fabric, the tailored shorts are woven in Italy and come in a variety of solid, striped, and patterned options.
“The line is perfect for the LA man. He’s active, constantly on the move, and lucky enough to live in a climate that allows him to go for a swim—or at least a Jacuzzi—year-round,” says the designer. Drawing inspiration from vintage shirting fabrics and the work of lifestyle photographer Slim Aarons, the Spring/Summer collection features lively shades of ice blue, coral, and lilac, as well as introduces a preppy new gingham print that effortlessly combines classic style with current trends. Confederacy, 4661 Hollywood Blvd., LA, 323-913-3040.
GOLDSIGN Launches J.Crew Collaboration
The luxury LA-based denim brand unveils a chic new line for J.Crew.
March 04, 2013
A sample of GOLDSIGN jeans for J.Crew.
GOLDSIGN, the luxe Los Angeles denim company by Adriano Goldschmied, has partnered with J.Crew to present an exclusive collection of denim in three distinct lines ($198-$288). The collaboration pays tribute to the fresh-faced, ambitious young starlets of old Hollywood, particularly Norma Jeane Baker before she was known as Marilyn Monroe.
Shoppers can choose from denim pants in two different fits—the “Jeane,” a vintage style with a high waist and cropped tapered leg, and the “Jenny,” which has a more classic fit, sits lower on the hips, and features five-pocket construction. The collaboration also includes the “Holly,” a series of high-waisted pencil skirts. With vintage-worn washes and light colors like ecru and peach, the entire collection is perfect for the upcoming spring and summer months.
GOLDSIGN and J.Crew’s recent teamwork is part of J.Crew’s “In Good Company” series—collaborations with hip brands that boast quality craftsmanship. Each pair of GOLDSIGN jeans for J.Crew is manufactured in the brand’s Los Angeles studio and monitored for quality every step of the way. Crafted from premium selvedge denim, GOLDSIGN’s innovative collections have garnered a celebrity following from the likes of Katie Holmes, Naomi Watts, Rachel Bilson, and Kate Middleton. The new pieces are available at jcrew.com and the J.Crew store at The Grove. 189 The Grove Dr., West Hollywood, 323-939-1070
Mulberry's Spring Line Calls on LA Cool
Mulberry’s spring collection takes a cue from ’70s SoCal cool.
February 25, 2013
Two looks from Mulberry’s Spring 2013 collection.
Certainly no stranger to the Hollywood set, Mulberry, the British label known to name its handbags after stylish celebrities such as Lana Del Rey and Alexa Chung, outfitted the likes of Kate Mara, Elisabeth Moss, Kirsty Hume, and Liz Goldwyn at an intimate dinner at Chateau Marmont. The event proved the perfect backdrop for the new collection of pastel florals and vintage flared silhouettes.
Now available in stores, the pantsuits, playsuits, and carwash-hemmed skirts come in shades of mint green, peach, mustard, and poppy, and when paired with daisy-shaped buttons and hardware, take on an alluring 1970s California vibe. The collection’s handbags update signature Mulberry styles with scalloped edges, floral cutouts, gecko prints, and gold daisy clasps. Capturing the best of West Coast style, both past and present, this spring line is at the top of our list. Parashu, 928 S. Western Ave., LA, 213-703-8697
Adam Levine Launches a Fragrance
The Maroon 5 frontman stages an interactive exhibit to spotlight his two new scents.
February 06, 2013
Adam Levine fragrances for men (LEFT) and for women (RIGHT).
Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice star Adam Levine will introduce his own eponymous fragrances here in Los Angeles on February 7. To celebrate the launch of his scents—one for men, one for women—Levine has created a pop-up exhibit in West Hollywood that invites Angelenos to get a behind-the-scenes look at their origins (through February 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily). This unique installation houses three separate environments, each embodying the scent’s three distinct notes. Visitors will be able to progress from the TOP to MID to DRY rooms, exploring the individual scents and elements that went into the perfume-making process.
Levine’s fragrances were created in collaboration with ID Perfumes, best known for successfully launching Katy Perry’s premiere scent Purr by Katy Perry. Levine's eau de parfum for women comprises powerful Indian jasmine, Australian sandalwood, rose petal, and vanilla aromas, while the men’s eau de toilette is balanced with citrus and wood notes. The bottle pays homage to Levine’s career, with a sleek microphone-like shape and silver mesh cap. 3.4-ounce bottles retail exclusively at Macy’s for $65. 7210 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 424-239-9804
Isabel Marant Opens on Melrose
Melrose goes boho with the opening of French fashion house Isabel Marant.
January 22, 2013
ABOVE & RIGHT: Dreamy stretch leather dress ($3,295) and Clemence studded leather pump ($800), both from Marant’s Spring/ Summer 2013 collection.
White studded, flared trousers; red leather minidresses; and sheer beaded tunics are just a few of the eclectic pieces that line the walls of the new Isabel Marant boutique. Evocative of a roaming gypsy’s closet, the label’s signature paisley and floral prints appear right at home in the charming white cottage that once belonged to LA interior designer Rose Tarlow.
With a picturesque garden out front, light wood floors, and several large windows, the space has a relaxed, idyllic sensibility that feels distinctly LA and is markedly different than Marant’s New York storefront, which serves as the label’s only other US outpost. The 1,076-square-foot space features Isabel Marant’s entire ready-to-wear and Étoile collections, as well as jewelry, footwear, and accessories. Particularly striking are a pair of black studded ladylike pumps, an embellished bordeaux handbag, and a red miniskirt from her Spring/Summer 2013 collection. 8454 Melrose Pl., LA, 323-651-1493
Spring Pastels Reign Supreme at Joe's
It’s raining spring pastels at the new Joe’s flagship.
January 22, 2013
Gianni denim trousers, Joe’s Jeans ($158 each).
Los Angeles–based denim company Joe's Jeans fêted the opening of its West Coast flagship store with a grand opening hosted by the label’s founder and creative director, Joe Dahan and Sophia Bush. Decorated with one-of-a-kind vintage furniture, arched mirrors, and an original sculpted fireplace, the 2,700-square-foot shop feels at once casual and unique. “With Los Angeles being home to our brand, we wanted our Melrose Place boutique to reflect an inviting and at-home feeling,” Dahan explains.
Stocking the complete men’s denim and contemporary collections, the shop carries linen V-necks, plaid button-downs, striped tanks, and rolled, slouchy, slim trousers in this season’s most celebrated colors: mint, mauve, pink flush, rock, shark, and ultra blue. Throw a few pairs of these effortless separates in Joe’s canvas weekender, and you’ll be ready for an impromptu getaway in no time. 8432 Melrose Pl., LA, 323- 944-0656
Melinda Maria's Limited-Edition Pieces
Melinda Maria introduces a collection of Oscar-worthy limited-edition jewels.
January 14, 2013
Druzy cuff, ($2,900). Druzy Fringe earrings, ($1,498).
Seen on the likes of Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba, Megan Fox, and Emma Stone, Melinda Maria Spigel’s namesake jewelry line is practically a red-carpet mainstay, which undoubtedly explains why E! Television bestowed her with the well-deserved title of “Hollywood’s Bling Queen.”
Launched in Downtown Los Angeles in 2005, the collection of costume jewelry reflects an effortless glamour inspired by Spigel’s Southern Californian surroundings. “I love dramatic jewelry, but I also love to feel comfortable and not overdone,” says the designer. “My pieces are high-impact, but easy to wear.”
Alluringly dramatic when stacked and layered, the 14k gold necklaces, bracelets, and cocktail rings appear equally as stunning when worn alone and feature vibrant green tourmalines, blue topazes, and rich rubies. New for spring, the designer applies her signature versatility to the Druzy collection, a limited-edition line showcasing the crystallized rock fracture in such eye-catching pieces as a pair of fringe earrings, a multi-chain necklace, and an amber arm cuff.
“I have selected the best druzys I could find in their natural state. The huge bib necklace has 10 giant druzys hanging from it, and I wore it with a casual J.Crew sweater, boyfriend jeans, and flats, and it looked very cool. That same night, I wore the necklace with a long strapless black dress and it helped make my look. So, you can really wear the pieces anywhere.” Meche, 8822 Burton Way, LA, 310-278-8930
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.