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The black latex waitress uniforms at L.A. hot spot Trousdale are exceptionally difficult to get into, much like the club itself.
Since opening this spring, the ultrachic lounge has become one of the tightest doors in Hollywood.
Which may be why celebs such as Lady Gaga, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jessica Alba and Jennifer Aniston feel comfortable nestling in the silver leather booths at the boîte, which is named after the legendary Trousdale Estates in Beverly Hills, where Elvis once lived.
To complement their top-shelf customers, partners Guy Starkman, Darren Dzienciol, Brent Bolthouse and Jennifer Rosero (also of Hyde and Guy’s) created an environment that’s both modern and comfortable. Designer John Sofio of Built Inc. outfitted the space with marble pillars, a marble bar framed by lavish moldings and an elaborate chandelier that runs along the entire main room. Starkman lent art from his private collection, including pieces by Ed Ruscha, Barry McGee and Dan Colen. And Dana Flores of Bread & Wine — which has catered affairs for Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Vanity Fair — created a contemporary menu that includes churros and freshly baked cookies.
As for those uniforms, they were designed by Dzienciol (who used to make sneakers for rappers) and stylist Jessica Paster. The latex dresses — custom-made to fit each waitress — are to be worn with shiny leggings, garter belts, sky-high heels and a black manicure. “They need to be polished every night, and it takes 45 minutes to put one on,” Dzienciol said of the ensembles. “Completely worth it though.”
Trousdale, 9229 West Sunset Boulevard; 310-274-7500 for table reservations and more information. Open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.