On the eve of her Paris Fashion Week debut, celeb stylist-turned-designer Mary Alice Haney gives a tour de force of her LA fashion favorites.
Talking shop: For designer Mary Alice Haney, red-carpetworthy inspiration starts in her Manhattan Beach office.
Despite her Tennessee roots, designer Mary Alice Haney is a California girl. The former fashion editor and super stylist’s love for the West Coast is reflected in her two-year-old, LA-made luxury brand, Haney, filled with red carpet-worthy dresses and separates that embody LA’s casual elegance. In true Angeleno fashion, the designer has a juicy list of favorite haunts.
Although Haney, 43, describes herself as a “big online shopper,” she loves to hit up sartorial gems like Satine (8134 W. Third St., LA, 323-655-2142) for laid-back wardrobe staples; Switch (238 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-860-1650) for “great Helmut Lang sweaters”; Elyse Walker (15306 Antioch St., Pacific Palisades, 310-230-8882) for “dressy pieces”; and her friend Nevena Borissova’s Curve boutique (154 N. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310-360- 8008) for avant-garde designs. “One of the things that LA has more of than any other city is amazing personal shoppers,” adds Haney, who counts Tony Ferreira at Saks Fifth Avenue (9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211) and Catherine Bloom at Neiman Marcus (9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900) as her favorites. “Those two are great resources if you’re looking to step up your fashion.”
When it comes to beauty, the mother of five sings the praises of her facialist, Dayle Breault (424-228-5117). “She’s just the bomb,” says Haney. And, she confesses, she turns to Dr. Jessica Wu (11620 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 700, LA, 310-473-5878) and Dr. Raj Kanodia (414 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-276-3106) for a little Botox.
The Manhattan Beach resident is also a regular at restaurants like Little Sister (1131 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310-545-2096)—where she loves the lettuce-wrapped egg rolls; Love & Salt (317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310-545- 5252); and M.B. Post (1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310-545-5405)—“They have the best biscuits,” she says.
When entertaining at home, Haney enlists the help of SetSipServe. Her next fête, however, will take place in Paris following the brand’s market week debut. Haney, after all, has much to celebrate. “As a brand, we have found our voice,” she says. A voice that lives by the tagline: “sexy California glamour.” How very LA. How very international....