Housed in a former ice-cream shop, PAR-LA now serves up fashionable goods.
May 04, 2011
Housed in a former ice cream parlor, the 1,800-square-foot men’s shop PAR-LA (8250 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; 323-450-9748) is an airy and chilled-out spot for scoring vegan leather jackets, lightweight twill pants, slip-on kicks and bright hoodies. Stocking Twice, Rolland Berry and DiLascia’s Bakery apparel (the line is named after designer and boutique co-owner Patrick DiLascia’s family’s bakery in Binghamton, NY, which opened in 1939 and is now closed), the shop features light wood racks, concrete floors and pop art on the walls.
Jewelry Find: Pippa Small
Pippa Small Jewellery debuts a new diamond collection.
April 27, 2011
We’re simply dazzled by Pippa Small Jewellery’s new Hira Diamond Collection. This limited edition line of rings, necklaces and bracelets (prices range from $1,600–$48,000) is available exclusively at Small’s LA shop and highlights the natural beauty of the diamond in an organic, understated yet distinct way. In an effort to be eco-conscious and sustainable, all diamonds used in the collection were recycled from Indian Mughal jewelry. Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Santa Monica
Priscilla of Boston Bridal
The popular Priscilla of Boston bridal line comes to LA.
April 20, 2011
LA brides-to-be are embracing Priscilla of Boston, the famed East Coast designer bridal boutique known for contemporary gowns and chic bridal-party dresses. Hardwood floors and elegant crystal chandeliers set the tone for the 6,000-square-foot atelier (370 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills), which carries Priscilla’s own labels, Melissa Sweet, Thread Social and more. Accessories include colored sashes, lace veils and Aruna Seth satin footwear.
Le Fashion Truck Rolls In
Street style takes on a whole new meaning with Le Fashion Truck.
April 13, 2011
Roaming the LA streets, Le Fashion Truck is a mobile boutique for gals on the go. Cocreators Stacey Steffe and Jeanine Romo stock jewelry from Alex & Vina, flirty 1960s dresses from Better Than Naked and more in a decked-out 1974 International Box truck. @lefashiontruck
H&M Goes Green
An eco-friendly line from H&M.
April 06, 2011
Get in line for H&M’s new collection of ecofriendly fashions. The clean pieces in neutral shades are available starting April 14. Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., LA
Tom Ford's Lavender Palm
Fall in love with a new Tom Ford fragrance only available in Beverly Hills.
March 30, 2011
The newest addition to Tom Ford’s ultraluxe Private Blend Collection is composed of two types of lavender, citrus fruits and mossy green notes, making it the perfect scent for The Golden State (from $250)—and, fittingly, you can get it only at his new Beverly Hills store. 346 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills; tomford.com
New Store: Lanvin
We welcome LA's first Lanvin store.
March 23, 2011
|A look from Lanvin’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection|
The new 6,000-square-foot Lanvin store (260 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills) houses the men’s and women’s collections, accessories and footwear, and features a large VIP area—complete with an underground entrance. Alber Elbaz’s designs for spring range from belted dresses with full skirts to skin-tight numbers in vivid shades of yellow and fuchsia.
Jeana Sohn steps inside fashionable Angelenos’ closets and personalities.
March 23, 2011
Artist and blogger Jeana Sohn
Korea-born artist Jeana Sohn started blogging more than five years ago, but it was this past fall she hit upon something truly special: her first “Closet Visit,” in which she photographs a different stylish LA woman every week (accompanying posts come every Monday morning), capturing the fashionista’s favorite wardrobe pieces and outfits— but more than that, capturing the woman.
|Inside Closet Visit subject Deborah Kaplan’s closet|
LOS ANGELES CONFIDENTIAL: You’re a painter by trade. How long have you been taking photos?
JEANA SOHN: Since I started blogging, but I became obsessed with it when my husband got me a Canon EOS 7D as a gift last year. Photography is my hobby, but I love it as much as making art.
LAC: How do you choose the women you feature?
JS: I try to find inspiring and stylish women who are passionate about what they do. I like to have different styles—minimal, bohemian, chic, girly, boyish, dramatic, etc.
LAC: Describe your Closet Visit process.
JS: I ask my subjects to pick out six outfits and their favorite pieces before the shoot. We go through the outfits and discuss which spot of the house would look great with each outfit. Once we start, it’s like playing dress-up.
LAC: What inspired you to start shooting women in this way?
JS: When I hang out with my friends, we always go through each other’s closets, check out what’s new and try on things. I wanted to see what other people have and hear the stories behind their favorite pieces.
LAC: What do you hope your Closet Visit photos capture about these women?
JS: I hope their personalities come through, and I hope I’m able to capture how inspiring and unique each of them is.
LAC: Has there been anything about the process so far that has surprised you?
JS: It’s been interesting to see how people’s living spaces so closely match their personal fashion style. closetvisit.com
Fragrance: P Frapin & Cie
Congnac Frapin makes the jump to scents.
March 16, 2011
Cognac Frapin made the unlikely transition from libations to fragrances with the formation of P Frapin & Cie. Beatrice Cointreau—great-granddaugher of Pierre Frapin—recently joined forces with the company’s cellar master to create 1270 (100 mL, $150), a cologne that mimics scents found in the Cognac region of France. Scent Bar, 8327 Beverly Blvd., LA; luckyscent.com/scentbar
Get Blown Away
We give it to you straight about which blowout bars to frequent.
March 14, 2011
Seven days a week, stylists at this chic, energetic bar-themed studio work their magic while you watch a movie or sip a mimosa. If you prefer to have brushwork done at home, a “dry on the fly” stylist can be dispatched to your door. Get a membership if you’re a frequent-blowout kind of gal. $35; “dry on the fly” visits $75. Multiple locations throughout LA; thedrybar.com
Even fine strands get gorgeous volume with sexy (and, at around 30 minutes, swift) blowouts at this boutique-y spot. Styles with names like Morning After, Slick Lick and Big Head provide the crowning touch for a soigné soirée. $35. 419 N. Bedford Dr., Beverly Hills; myblowla.com
BUBBLE BLOW DRY
Walk-ins are welcome at this bar where stylists transform your frizzies into anything from a pin-straight to a daring ’do. For the “full-blown” effect, visit the neighboring makeup studio Makeup&Go!. From $35. 13038 San Vicente Blvd., LA; bubbleblowdry.com
This no-frills blowout bar is the new hair studio by celebrity hairstylists Joseph Kendall and Martin Fassnidge. Whether it’s sleek tresses or soft spirals you seek, this spot will have you looking stunning in no time. $30. 9410 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills; josephmartin.com
BLOWOUT BAR BY ARGYLE SALON & SPA
Running late for a morning meeting or a last-minute date? Stop by this full-service salon in the Sunset Tower Hotel on Tuesday mornings and Friday evenings to get polished locks or flirty waves at a discounted price of $40. 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; argylela.com