Tiffany Celebrates Anniversary with New Line
The iconic jewelry brand commemorates a milestone with the introduction of a new line.
April 09, 2012
Tiffany 1837 Interlocking Circles necklace, Tiffany & Co. ($8,000).
There are few things more recognizable than the robin's egg blue Tiffany & Co. box. Now when eager women open that coveted little treasure, they just may find the iconic jewelry house's latest Tiffany 1837 collection of pieces in Rubedo metal (a mix of silver, copper, and gold), created in honor of its 175th anniversary. The line features a simple, elegant cuff and ring; a padlock charm; and interlocking-circles necklaces—all of which will undoubtedly have women everywhere daydreaming of something blue. 210 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-273-8880
Tory Burch Line Includes Luxe Backpacks
Tory Burch’s spring line features a fresh and fashionable take on backpacks.
March 27, 2012
Leave it to Tory Burch to make even backpacks look ladylike and LA-appropriate. The Robinson Backpack ($295), included in the designer’s specialty spring collection and named for her parents, is made with lightweight nylon and practical pockets for easy traveling and everyday use. The tan/white color scheme makes a great wear-with-anything spring bag. Malibu Country Mart, 3939 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, 310-456-6459
Sporty Spice Footwear
Athletic-inspired accessories go straight from the spring runways to the clubhouse at Hillcrest.
March 05, 2012
White perforated-brass Kasia square clutch, Stella McCartney ($1,395), 8823 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-273-7051. White perforated sandal, Fendi ($760), South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 714-751-1111.
While pretty pastels and ladylike silhouettes may adorn spring’s most fashionable frocks, shoes and handbags are taking a structural twist, as clean lines and sport influences dominate the accessories market for Spring 2012. Designers are taking inspiration from a range of places, from putting greens to the primary colors on a varsity jacket. Italian fashion house Fendi adorned heels and flats with perforated leather—reminiscent of a high school football jersey—fastened with bows in red, blue, green, and shiny gold. Stella McCartney’s laser-cut metal clutch in glossy white is likewise perforated on a rounded shell, a playful effect that resembles a golf ball. Meanwhile, Céline’s color-blocked portfolio—diagonally separated into four triangular sections of white, red, blue, and golden yellow—conjures up images of nautical flags and makes us think of sailing away on the Pacific.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN KLUTCH
Rebecca Taylor Happenings
Rebecca Taylor makes a Westward expansion with new stores in LA and Newport Beach.
January 21, 2012
Rebecca Taylor arrives on Robertson
“I’ve always loved the concept of a city being right by the ocean—the mixture of the forced relaxed lifestyle of the beach juxtaposed with hard work,” says Rebecca Taylor of her love for Los Angeles. The New Zealandbred designer, who opens not one, but two, Southern California stores this spring (at Fashion Island and on Robertson), blends the low-key style Angelenos are known for with dressed-up, party-worthy fashions season after season. “We’ve had our sights on the West Coast for a while,” says Taylor, “and finally, the spaces just felt right.”
Taylor’s collections always include a bit of romance. From this spring’s ethereal, glacial shades of gray to her constant use of beautiful floral prints and soft silks, her combination of cool-girl style and feminine charm suits the SoCal customer. “LA is very glamorous,” says Taylor. “With the store on Robertson, we’ve already had requests for more fancy clothing than in New York. When women dress up here, they really dress up—be it during Oscar season or for a cocktail party.” Playing off the laid-back atmosphere of the West Coast, her new outposts are lighter and brighter than her New York boutiques, featuring shining metals and sun-washed wood accents in airy spaces.
“The shapes and shades we create work well [in California],” says Taylor of her Spring 2012 collection, which is filled with neon knits and chiffon layers. 107 S. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310-734-0599; Fashion Island, Newport Beach, 949-610-0922
HMX Group's Concept Store
Beverly Hills welcomes a concept shop that is tailor made for LA ’s discerning man.
January 14, 2012
Streets of Beverly Hills carries clothing curated especially for West Coast men
A gentleman’s life in LA can easily go from the golf course to the boardroom to the red carpet all in the span of hours, requiring more than one wardrobe change. Now, thanks to HMX Group (the parent company of brands including Hickey Freeman, Hart Schaffner Marx, and Bobby Jones), dressing for every occasion is a one-stop, 2,000-square-foot shop. Streets of Beverly Hills, HMX Group’s concept shop, arrived late last year with a selection of clothing and accessories specifically curated for West Coast men.
The outpost is the inaugural shop in a nationwide program of Streets stores, each designed to reflect the city they are in—something HMX Group creative director Joseph Abboud (who joined the company in 2011) says stemmed from his dismay at watching the demise of local specialty stores. “We are excited about having a personal presence on the West Coast,” says Abboud. “The more we learn about the [Beverly Hills] resident, the more we can do for him.”
But Abboud is most excited about the store’s made-to-measure services. With a price point competitive with custom-tailor shops, Streets of Beverly Hills boasts endless opportunities for experimenting thanks to its strong relationships with both American and foreign mills. Says Abboud, “[Streets] is a special place for guys to experience made-tomeasure in a fun way.” 310 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-275-5013
Guide: The Best Manicures in Town
Eight wonderful places to get a top-notch manicure.
December 08, 2011
Le Posh Salon’s relaxing nail bar on Sunset
Chi Nail Bar & Organic Spa
With customers from Emily Deschanel to Diddy, Chi is a retreat where manicurists can do virtually anything you can dream up. One of the first LA spots to offer gel manicures, they also apply Minx, custom-mix glitters, and hand-paint patterns (tribal- to holiday- inspired) for a totally bespoke result. Chi’s new Downtown sister location, Ki Nail Bar & Organic Spa, opened last month. 9390 Little Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-858-8803
Jessica Nail Clinic Inc.
A Beverly Hills institution, founder Jessica Vartoughian (the “First Lady of Nails”) has kept the hands of such VIPs as Nancy Reagan and Jodie Foster perfect for more than 30 years with her signature Natural Nail Cultivation System. Newly renovated, the spot offers serious nail TLC, followed by a brilliant polish with Vartoughian’s signature line of lacquers. 8627 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-659-9292; jessicacosmetics.com
For the ultimate of-the-moment nail art, Kleur—which consists of three übertalented young Angelenos with serious creative skills—is the go-to spot every Wednesday through Sunday at Space15Twenty in Hollywood. With a name stemming from the Afrikaans word for “color,” the girls mix vibrant tones, crazy prints, and fashion-forward inspirations (tribal designs are their most requested) to customized perfection. 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., LA, 213-986-6245
Le Posh Salon
Bringing serenity to Sunset, Le Posh boasts birch trees, beaded curtains, and a live weekend DJ, which all set the stage for nail treatments using Tasha & Co. Organics products with Essie, CND, and vegan SpaRitual lacquers. Nail styles range from traditional to runway-inspired (two-tone half-moon, reverse French). To enjoy your treatment in complete privacy, book the VIP Room. 7551 W. Sunset Blvd., LA, 323-851-5558
It’s tough to get an appointment at this tiny nail-centric bungalow on West 3rd (which has two equally sought-after sister locations in LA), where the options seem to be endless. Ombré, rubyred slipper-inspired glitter, and handmade 3-D charms are among Marie’s überpopular avant-garde manicures. 8616 W. 3rd St., LA, 310-550- 5925; marienails.com
A celebrity favorite, Nail Garden opened its vast Zen den in Brentwood this summer. Book an Indulgent Bliss Spa Combo, which includes a mani/pedi, hotparaffin hand and foot treatment, sea-salt scrub, therapeutic massage, mint cooling masque, and callus removal. They also offer Minx application and shellac and gel polishes from Gelish, O.P.I Axxium, and CND. 11677 San Vicente Blvd., LA, 310-979-0808
This Little Tokyo cult favorite for LA’s nail art-obsessed set offers super-glittery “rock star nails,” rhinestone-studded designs, and artsy works that reference Mondrian, YSL, or even Barbie’s Dream House. The sky’s the limit for these nail geniuses, who also excel at authentic Japanese 3-D styles. 244 E. 1st St., LA, 213-626-0315; nailserviceusa.com
The Nail Bar
Tucked inside the legendary Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel, this intimate, months-old nail bar is perhaps the chicest place in town for an indestructible Shellac Deluxe Manicure or a Coconut Pearl Deluxe Pedicure. White leather couches and chairs, Champagne, and Pretty Woman playing on loop combine for a lavishly indulgent experience. Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-385-7023; fourseasons.com/beverlywilshire/ spa/the_nail_bar
Eres's New Beverly Hills Boutique
Taking LA beach fashion to the next level.
December 01, 2011
|A look for the Eres swimwear collection|
Listing the celebrity fans of French swimwear and lingerie company Eres could take ages. Reese Witherspoon, Uma Thurman, and Penélope Cruz have all been known to tread water wearing the label, and they’ll surely visit the brand’s newly relocated boutique, which opened in October on Dayton Way in Beverly Hills.
When it comes to swimsuit design, Eres’s creative director, Valérie Delafosse, takes the female form into serious consideration, keeping in mind what makes the brand stand out from the crowd. “Eres has a very unique approach to swimwear,” says Delafosse of the label’s dedication to creating a perfect final product. “[It’s] rigorous design combined with the softness of the Eres fabrics that enhance feminine curves and bodies. [With our] endless study of fit and function, Eres has an architectural approach that embraces the body.”
Morocco, Egypt, Syria, and the Greek Islands were the inspirations for Collection Plage Été 2012, the first swim collection to grace the new boutique’s shelves. The classic, sporty one-pieces and bandeau bikinis flaunt splashes of saffron, purple, and turquoise, and are the perfect complement to the blue waters of the Pacific Coast. 9566 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-246-1008
Designer Find: Monika Chiang
Designer Monika Chiang nails fall style with tassel loafers and beautiful handbags.
November 14, 2011
Maybe it’s the attitude, but I love LA,” says fashion designer Monika Chiang, who considers the City of Angels her home away from home (she lives in New York City) and the ideal place to open her first boutique. A world traveler and self-professed handbag snob, Chiang started her eponymous label with a mission to create the ideal everyday bag. “I’m drawn to the effortless style of the LA woman. I use her as my daily inspiration,” says the designer, whose gloriously slouchy bags and covetable tassel loafers (with and without heels) are this season’s staples. “I live in loafers right now,” she says. “They’re the perfect variation of the flat for the coming season.” But don’t imagine Chiang’s line to be conservative. The spike jewelry, gold crocodile cuff, and ladylike handbags adorned with whipstitches or horn handles are the must-have accessories for LA’s fashion set. And Chiang doesn’t stop there. The collection also features perfectly sheer tissue-soft tees with draping backlines, leather miniskirts, and the quintessential boyfriend sweater. With her killer fashion instincts and hot new real estate, we can’t wait to see what Chiang has in store next. 108 S. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310-786-8200; monikachiang.com
Guide: Cosmetics Clubs
The best beautifying bars and salons around LA for a perfectly made-up face.
November 07, 2011
Oliver Ifergan Atelier features makeup applications and lessons
Remember the Vanity Fair cover featuring a nude Demi Moore wearing a painted-on suit? It was the cocreation of makeup artist Deborah Esposito, who has also worked with Madonna and Salma Hayek, as well as legendary photographers Herb Ritts and Annie Leibovitz. Tuesday through Saturday she’s at B2V doing theatrical, glamour, and red-carpet makeup, as well as makeup tattooing and brow design. 646 N. Doheny Dr., West Hollywood, 310-777-0345; b2vsalon.com
Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge
Opened last month, this makeup and beauty lounge exudes old-Hollywood glamour and offers brow tweezing, faux-lash application, eyelash tinting, and a menu of several makeup looks. The ultrafeminine décor will make you want to lounge all day, but in a crunch the expert artists will have you out in 30. There is also a VIP section for private parties. 8591 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-652-5874; blushington.com
Byron & Tracey
It’s more than likely you’ll bump into an A-lister when visiting this Beverly Hills salon known for catering to LA’s most fabulous set in its clean, modern, and indulgently relaxing space. Byron Williams and Gina Veltri are the salon’s incredibly talented makeup artists, who beautify and transform their high-profile clientele. Be prepared to receive more compliments than you know what to do with. 9294 Civic Center Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-276-4470; byronandtracey.com
Her small but comfortable studio is housed inside the one-stop shop Salon Republic, where each room is dedicated to a specific primping specialty and Scott is the veteran makeup and brow expert. While she boasts her own makeup line, Scott is a purist at heart. Ask her for advice on home beauty remedies using items from your pantry. 9911 Pico Blvd., Ste. 200W, Studio 21, LA, 310-553-5126; karenscottcosmetics.com
For those seeking exclusivity and privacy, a visit to celebrity makeup artist Kimberley Bosso is a must. Her studio has no sign, but she’s built an impressive clientele—including Marisa Tomei and Justin Bieber—through word of mouth. Bosso offers traditional makeup, airbrushing, lessons, tattoo coverage, and even a four-day intensive makeup school for aspiring artists. 7510 W. Sunset Blvd., LA, 310-415-4885; kbosso.com
Makeup & Go!
This full-service makeup studio is elegant, affordable, and hasslefree—it doesn’t sell makeup, so there’s no pressure to buy. The studio’s professional makeup artists will create any look—from basic to dramatic. All foundations are applied flawlessly using an airbrushing technique, which also works on your neck, arms, and legs. 13038 San Vicente Blvd., LA, 310-451-6253; makeupandgo.net
Make Up For Ever
If you’ve ever dreamed of going backstage during a photo shoot, this shop is for you. The Parisbased makeup brand opens its first freestanding West Coast boutique in LA this month, complete with professional lighting. Services include makeovers, faux-eyelash application, and lessons, which can be filmed in a glass-enclosed recording station and taken home on a USB drive for later reference. 132 S. Robertson Blvd., LA; makeupforever.com
Oliver Ifergan Atelier
Located in the posh Robertson shopping area, this salon offers both regular and airbrush makeup application. Furthermore, when you sign up for a makeup lesson, an extra $50 (plus the cost of products) gets you a professional-grade kit customized with everything you need to look beautiful at home. The salon also features a blow-dry bar Sundays and Mondays. 205 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-967-0100; oliverifergan.com
BY ELISE EDWARDS
The New It Bag: Kendall Conrad
Kendall Conrad gives us fall's hottest bag.
October 12, 2011
Stylish LA handbag and accessories designer Kendall Conrad’s favorite bag from her fall line is the brass-adorned Gitana suede saddlebag ($960). “I like to wear it long and slinky on my shoulder with one of my cuffs and a great pair of sandals,” says Conrad, whose Abbot Kinney store has garnered a high-fashion following since opening last year. Take note: It’s the LA must-carry of the season. 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-399-1333
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.