| July 1, 2015 | Style & Beauty
How are three luxury brands teaming up, and what's new with Jimmy Choos? That and more in this month's style and beauty news....
Beloved Venice boutiques LFrank, Mona Moore, and Pamela Barish have waved goodbye to Abbot Kinney and realized their dream of opening III Luxury Collective, an interconnected shopping destination comprised of their three shops, which are complementary yet distinct. LFrank’s fine jewelry- and lingerie-filled flagship is plush yet homey. Accessories boutique Mona Moore carries brands including Balenciaga, The Row, and Chloé in a minimalist space. And Pamela Barish’s airy, artadorned shop showcases the designer’s eponymous collection of womenswear. Given that the trio pioneered luxury on its former bustling boulevard, it begs the question: Is Main Street poised to be the next big thing? LFrank’s Liseanne Frankfurt thinks so: “It has a vibrancy and new crops of retailers that are offering a more unique—and less corporate-feeling—environment.” 222, 224, and 226 Main St., Venice
This season, celebadored fine-jewelry line Misahara unveils two new collections. While the casual yet glam Misahara by Lepa (from $875) draws inspiration from the line’s signature triangular unity symbol, the Petal collection (from $5,000) celebrates love and nature with a vibrant selection of wedding accoutrements for the nontraditional bride. Case in point: The spellbinding 20-carat rose-gold Pink Persuasion engagement ring, which features a 1-carat cushion-cut pink tourmaline nestled between gold petals, each splashed with dazzling diamonds and pink sapphires. Ooh la la, indeed.
This month, Mother denim and the Kind Campaign collaborate for an anti-bullying initiative aimed at spreading good vibes one T-shirt at a time. Inspired by retro collegiate tees, the LA denim brand designed cool off-duty T-shirts ($95) in white and navy, emblazoned with the message "play nice." Twenty percent of proceeds will benefit the Kind Campaign’s efforts to raise awareness of girl-against-girl crime. The collaboration’s main intent, however, is to promote change by sparking a pro-compassion conversation on social media. Says Mother cofounder Lela Rose Becker: “We want to open a dialogue that will bring about awareness, and, ultimately, healing.” Ron Herman, 8100 Melrose Ave., 323-651-4129
Jimmy Choo introduces a dreamy range of styles to its made-to-order collection this season, including showstopping metallic, exotic lizard, and romantic vintage fabrics (think gold lace brocade and playful foral prints). Choo afcionados can also personalize their soles now with a plaque engraved with a special date or a four-character monogram.
Not only is Aeonium the coolest-looking spa in LA, it’s also one of the city’s best-kept skincare secrets. Founder Anisa Noor, who trained under the renowned Dangene in New York, recently introduced a new express, hour-long service for the face only (her signature treatment is head-to-toe). Expect 12 steps of purifcation—from microdermabrasion and a peel to LED-light therapy and lymphatic drainage.
With a spring/summer collection that included long dark coats and contrast stitching, it might be hard to imagine lightness being offered for the season, but that’s what Prada does best: The label enchants us with collections that draw out femininity. And this summer, the Italian design house does not disappoint, welcoming a package of dresses exploring different white hues. On one luxe piece, creamy tones take on a bohemian look with long sleeves, while throughout the collection, a patchwork motif in cotton or crêpe de chine plays off Valenciennes lace inserts for a look that’s white-hot. 343 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-8661
As its name suggests, La Mer has serious ties to the sea—in fact, every product contains sustainably hand-harvested sea kelp. So it’s only fitting that the brand goes big when World Oceans Day comes around. On top of partnerships with Oceana, the National Geographic Society, and the Society’s ocean explorers, La Mer has relaunched its World Oceans Day cream for the sixth time in a row. This year’s limited-edition jar of Crème de la Mer contains a unique ‘Blue Heart’ inscription to reflect the brand’s long-standing commitment to raising awareness of ocean preservation; it will be available throughout the summer. Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211
Dolce & Gabbana is debuting the eye-popping Majolica collection, accessories inspired by the blues of the Mediterranean. The collection includes footwear and iconic bags, like the Sicily, and is even seen throughout ready-to-wear pieces like chiffon maxidresses, blending the blue and white brushstrokes found in majolica pottery. 314 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-888-8701
Ralph Lauren is upgrading its signature button-down collection with the new Polo knit oxford for men and women. It fuses the look of an oxford with the comfort and ease of a polo shirt, making buttoned-up look classically casual. 444 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-281-7200