CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Alison Miller and Eric Morse with Ellen and Eric McAllister; Peter Gurnz, Michael Utsinger and Azzurro Mallin at Fashion:Refocus; Elizabeth Shaffer, Ian Gerard and Jen Egan at Gen Art and Los Angeles Confidential’s LA Fashion Alumni Celebration; Jason Binn, Sandy Segerstrom Daniels and Cassidy Taylor; Jovan, Denise and Lamar Griffin
When I was young, it was the familiar scent of Coppertone suntan oil lingering in the air that indicated the first hint of summer (and no, we didn’t care about sunscreen back then), and the tinny musical sounds of the ice cream truck were enough to elicit excitement worthy of a sizable lottery win. Certainly things have changed over the years. Today, my “tan” is courtesy of my computer screen, and my enthusiasm for food trucks is a bit more discerning (on that note—you must try the mouthwatering morsels from Baby’s Badass Burgers and the fantastic gourmet ice cream sandwiches from Coolhaus), but my excitement for summer remains unchanged.
In LA we are fortunate to enjoy incredible weather year-round; nonetheless some seasonal benchmarks kick summer into high gear. One good solstice indicator is the Cinespia outdoor film screenings at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Pack a picnic dinner with delicacies from your favorite farmers’ market and a bottle of wine and take in a movie under the stars. If live music is more your thing, the Hollywood Bowl and The Greek Theatre have incredible, jam-packed lineups this season. And if you’re like me, summer style means simply throwing on a pair of Havaianas (picked up in Brazil earlier this year) with absolutely everything. What better place to sport this fashion staple than along the 75 miles of shoreline we call home?
For a fun day at the beach, opt for a stroll along the Santa Monica Pier or just relax by the pool at the Annenberg Community Beach House. For those who are heat-averse, cool off at one of our great cultural venues such as MOCA, LACMA, the Geffen Playhouse and Pantages Theatre. The options for what to do in our city are endless no matter what the weather.
On a separate note, as I write this I was lucky enough to observe a stunning double rainbow over the 4th Street bridge—to many a sign of good fortune. I hope this luck extends to each of you—our loyal readers—this wonderful summer season. Whatever your aesthetic, whatever your lifestyle, it can be found here in our incredible city. And it is within the walls of our homes that we rest, love, laugh, entertain and renew. So whether your home is made of glass, brick, stucco or wood, I hope this spring and this issue find it full of health and happiness.
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.