Legacy Gemstones at Tiffany & Co. Celebrate 175 Years
Tiffany & Co. honors its anniversary with exquisite accessories.
August 27, 2012
FROM LEFT: Kunzite ring with diamonds in platinum, Jean Schlumberger languettes bracelet with tsavorites and sapphires in 18k gold, and morganite ring with diamonds in platinum, Tiffany & Co. (all prices on request). 210 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-273-8880.
Audrey Hepburn nibbling on a croissant in front of a Fifth Avenue store window ranks high among Hollywood moments—a far cry from the day in 1837 when Charles Lewis Tiffany opened his “stationery and fancy-goods store” in Lower Manhattan (the first day’s sales totaled $4.98!). One hundred seventy-five years later, Tiffany & Co. is celebrating its anniversary with product launches throughout 2012.
Each new piece is crafted to feature what Tiffany & Co. is calling its Legacy Gemstones. This “compilation of one-of-a-kind jewelry” features the quartet of colored jewels that the jeweler embraced and ushered into popularity around the world: the lilac-pink kunzite, named for gemologist Charles Frederick Kunz, a Tiffany vice president from 1879 to 1932; morganite, a pink-hued stone named for John Pierpont Morgan and introduced—with its new name—by Tiffany in 1910; the bluish-purple tanzanite, found in Tanzania and debuted by Tiffany in 1968; and the brilliant green tsavorite, discovered in 1967 in Tsavo National Park, located near the border between Tanzania and Kenya. Today these stones have found their way into a multitude of designs and labels. It’s notable, however, that Tiffany did them first and, not unlike Hepburn staring into a window filled with dreamy jewels, continues to do them best.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN KLUTCH
Ultimate Bridal Gift: Naked Princess Body & Boudoir Scents
Beverly Hills-based brand offers luxurious body and boudoir scents any bride-to-be would love.
July 25, 2012
With wedding season in full swing, brides-to-be will delight in the luxuriously delicious Body & Boudoir fragrances from Beverly Hills-based Naked Princess. Known for couture lingerie and beauty products, the new eco-chic brand mixes Moroccan vanilla, sweet almond, and tonquin bean with moisture-rich Japanese green tea, aloe Vera, and chamomile to create its Vanille Blanc Body & Boudoir Spray. The end result is an indulgent gift that infuses sophisticated sweetness in everything from bedroom linens to lingerie.
Composed of vitamin E, Shea, and jojoba, alongside soy butter and wax, the Vanille Blanc Body & Boudoir Candle is another potential shower, bachelorette, or engagement party present. The candle becomes a calming body oil when melted, and its elegant white porcelain container can double as a decorative home accessory once used up.
Ultimate Summer Bag: Starnet at Heath Ceramics
Luxe Japanese-based brand makes LA debut.
July 06, 2012
For shopping at a farmer’s market and beyond, our ultimate summer bag pick is this mesh-like white leather style from Japanese design shop, Starnet. Fashioned in a bucket-tote shape, the roomy carryall comes stateside courtesy of Heath Ceramics, who launched a Starnet pop-up in its LA showroom.
Helmed by Baba Koshi, Starnet is based in Mashiko—located north of Tokyo—and is known for carrying sleek luxury home and fashion items from local artisans. From now through September 10, Heath Ceramics will sell an array of the brand’s goods, from handcrafted ceramic bowls to canvas shoes to hand-dyed textiles. 7525 Beverly Blvd., LA, 323-965-0880
White-Soled Lace-Ups Take Spotlight
This summer, white-soled lace-ups are the ultimate men’s accessory.
June 25, 2012
Gray suede shoes, Bally ($795). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211. Blue suede lace-up, Emporio Armani ($495). Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900. Brown suede cap-toe shoes, Façonnable ($550). 9680 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-247-8277.
Calling to mind the shiny, white fiberglass boat decks lining Marina del Rey’s harbor, this spring designers are thinking in bright white. White-soled lace-ups adorned the runways of Canali and Gucci, and are quickly taking over retailers’ shoe departments as well.
This season, the luxurious Swiss label Bally offers suede bucks and wing tips in shades of brown, navy, and bone gray, all with a light gray sole. Armani showed similarly soled styles in black and navy, while Façonnable’s offerings include camel-brown cap toes. These dapper new dress shoes make a statement when accessorizing a suit (pair them with pale gray wool or khaki cotton for a modern take), but their true beauty is most evident when wearing them sockless—and scuff-free— for a weekend sail.
Hermès Hits the Sand with Swimwear
Four themed categories comprise new water apparel line.
June 18, 2012
Known for its beautifully crafted resort apparel, Hermès recently unveiled its premiere swimwear collection in four themed categories: solids, graphics, and two signature prints found on vintage Hermès scarves.
The silhouettes reflect the sophisticated French aesthetic the brand is world-famous for, evidenced in a strapless cream one-piece (pictured, $570) and color-blocked tank suits. The collection—envisioned by women’s ready-to-wear creative director Christophe Lemaire—also includes chic towels, tunics, sun hats, and sandals. 434 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-6440
Jimmy Choo Clutch Offers Upscale Surfer Style
Master Malibu surfing style with new colorful Jimmy Choo accessory.
June 11, 2012
If the concept of being a surfer girl has always appealed to you, but braving the cold Pacific isn’t your style, you can look the part sans wet suit this summer with a Jimmy Choo Surfer Candy clutch ($795) in hand. The luxury label’s creative directors, Sandra Choi and Simon Holloway, were influenced by surf and skate culture and “a strong Los Angeles vibe” when creating these ideal summer accessories—and it shows. The bag comes in two picturesque versions: one with an image of a surfer deep in the barrel of a wave and the other featuring surfers in the ocean against the background of a colorful sunset, both emblazoned under a Plexiglas surface. Riding a wave has never looked more chic. 240 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN KLUTCH
Q&A With: Vegan Handbag Designer Cornelia Guest
The socialite spills on her spring line of cruelty-free handbags, her love of animals, and more.
May 16, 2012
New York socialite and philanthropist Cornelia Guest’s eponymous handbag line proves that eco-friendly vegan accessories can be chic. Her latest Cornelia Guest Handbag collection for spring 2012 focuses on elegantly woven satchels, canvas and straw totes, colorful crossbody messenger bags, and oversized embellished carriers—all created cruelty-free. We got Guest's take on inspirations, favorites from her collection, and her affinity for animals.
What were your design inspirations for the spring collection?
CORNELIA GUEST: Down-to-Earth and elegant. [I want] women to be able to go anywhere with my bags.
As a New York fashion icon and designer, how would you say your line fits with LA’s laid-back style?
CG: It’s classic with a twist and cruelty-free. LA is always helping animals and creating new trends.
What are your must-have pieces from the collection?
CG: My Nicolas weave bag with the Winston weave clutch inside, and my teal straw tote and Whitney tote for the beach.
You’ve been a longtime animal rights advocate. Where does your love of animals come from?
CG: I have loved animals since I was a child. I saved every bug and critter I could find. I still do now…they’ve just gotten bigger!
What is the best piece of fashion advice you’ve received?
CG: Be comfortable in your own skin…for me that’s when we are most beautiful!
On May 17, Guest will make an appearance at Bloomingdale’s Century City (4-7 PM) for a trunk show featuring her spring line. For more information, call 310-722-7101. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., LA
Bridal Bracelet That Gives Back
New limited-edition wedding piece from SoCal brand supports female Ugandan artisans.
April 20, 2012
Brides looking to put the finishing touches on their weddings will be enamored with the paper-beaded Blossom Bracelets ($39) from 31 Bits. We envision them as the perfect bridal party gifts or bouquet accessories.
And when brides buy these bracelets from the SoCal-based brand, they’ll be giving back—the pieces are made from recycled materials by women in Uganda, and also provide a source of income for these underprivileged females. Through 31 Bits’ program, the women are taught financial and vocational training and are provided with holistic care and a strong support system to help them achieve social equality. Shop online or visit 31bits.com for a list of LA-area retailers.
Valentino: New Boutique & Collection
Valentino opens a new boutique concept with a vintage-inspired capsule collection.
April 16, 2012
FROM LEFT: Opulence and glamour reign in Valentino’s newly opened boutique. A ruby-red gown from Valentino’s Spring 2012 runway.
Valentino's love affair with Hollywood spans decades. Dressing screen sirens of the past—Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn among them—was second nature for the iconic Valentino Garavani until he retired in 2008. And now, creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have brought fresh life to the label by putting their wares on fashion darlings including Michelle Williams and Florence Welch.
But it's not just Garavani's brand that is receiving a face-lift; this spring, Valentino opens its Beverly Hills boutique designed by architect Sir David Chipperfield and introduces a 50th anniversary capsule collection exclusive to the three flagship boutiques opening this year (LA, New York, and Milan). Chipperfield created a space filled with clean lines and light, airy colors, an aesthetic reflected in the label's clothing from recent seasons. Sharing real estate with the current Spring 2012 line, the anniversary collection includes 50 pieces inspired by Valentino's "anamalia" prints from the 1960s, including a cashmere leopard-print coat. Thanks to a new space and its timeless designs, Valentino is once again a must-visit on Rodeo. 324 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALEX J. BERLINER/ABIMAGES (STORE)
Mixing Prints Goes Professional
Playing with prints in shirting and ties brings new life to the summer suit.
April 16, 2012
White linen blazer (price on request), dress shirt ($990), and printed tie ($220), Tom Ford. 346 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-270-9440
Whether pairing a notch tie with a striped shirt or a paisley ascot with polka dots, playing with shapes and texture can take spring and summer suiting to an exciting new level. Gone are the days of everything matching. This season designers from Etro to Prada combined bold shirts and ties for a playful, colorful look on the runways. With our sunny climate, the trend easily translates to the streets of Beverly Hills.
Experimenting with mixed prints in underpinnings makes for an easy, personalized statement in a sea of gray suiting. “It goes with the off-the-cuff culture of LA,” says Nigel Meiojas, a talent agent at ICM and an avid fan of the trend. “Everyone from Silver Lake to Beverly Hills embraces color and a more out-of-the-box approach to fashion. We’re just less buttoned-up than the East Coast.” Tom Ford applies the trend with the perfect prescription of fun and sophistication via dots on dots and dots on stripes—the ideal option for any suiting adventurer.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATHAN SAYERS
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.