THE WALK OF FAME IS STILL HERE, AS ARE A FEW SEEDY SHOPS AND COLORFUL CHARACTERS, BUT THE CITY HAS FINALLY SUCCEEDED IN REVIVING THE BOULEVARD'S MOVIE-STAR GLAM. FOR THOSE IN THE KNOW, THERE'S A GOOD MEASURE OF...
THE WALK OF FAME IS STILL HERE, AS ARE A FEW SEEDY SHOPS AND COLORFUL CHARACTERS, BUT THE CITY HAS FINALLY SUCCEEDED IN REVIVING THE BOULEVARD'S MOVIE-STAR GLAM. FOR THOSE IN THE KNOW, THERE'S A GOOD MEASURE OF HIP AND CHIC AMID THE NEON SIGNS AND CHAIN STORES.
ARTS & CRAFTS
The American Cinemateque at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-466-FILM) A few doors down from the restored Disney's El Capitan Theatre, the restored Egyptian is home to the American Cinemateque, a group promoting and preserving our film heritage. Screenings are often accompanied by actor/director lectures. On tap during market week: a Stanley Kubrick tribute, Jan. 11-19. Cineasts should also schedule a stop at the Hollywood History Museum (1666 North Highland Avenue, 323-464-7776). Inside the Max Factor building, you'll find four floors of vintage costumes, props and memorabilia from films, television, stage and music. Afterward, grab a bite at Chasen's Hollywood Cafe, the new outpost of the now-closed Beverly Hills classic. Onstage spectacles more your style? The newly restored Pantages Theater (6233 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-468-1770) houses Disney's magnificent "Lion King." Book ahead; it's one of the hottest shows in town. Or cool off in the pool at the Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-466-7000), one of the best sneak-in spots in town. The grand hotel, opened in 1927, played host to the first Academy Awards two years later. Today, it's been restored to its Spanish Colonial splendor.
For culture vultures, the multimedia art gallery L.A. Contemporary Exhibitions (6522 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-957-1777) showcases Kenny Scharf and photographer Daniel Marlos in the back. Would-be hecklers should head for Improv Olympic West (6366 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-962-7560). The sibling of Chicago's 20-year-old comedy club, which spawned the careers of Andy Dick, Tina Fay and Tim Meadows, among others, is doing brisk business since opening three months ago. Still further along on the cultural spectrum is the Frederick's of Hollywood Lingerie Museum (6608 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-466-8506). This lingerie legend has wisely preserved its history in a chock-full free museum in the back. See Marilyn Monroe's feathered negligee from "Let's Make Love" and Lana Turner's bustier from "The Merry Widow," along with Madonna's cone-shaped corset.EATS AND DRINKS
The Pig 'N' Whistle (6714 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-463-0000) combines Roaring Twenties decor with trendy fare like tuna tartare and crab cakes. After 9 p.m., the back room becomes NuBar, complete with a queen-sized bed for true lounging around. At another Twenties-style boite, the Frolic Room (6245 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-625-890), the wallpaper may be a bit faded, but the establishment hasn't lost any of its zing. Getting into Deep (1707 North Vine, 323-462-1144): Before the year-old club appeared in the film "Ocean's Eleven," it was where Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe hung out. The upscale restaurant/nightclub is a 5,000-square-foot ode to voyeurism. One-way reflective glass that encloses the dance floor lets people on the inside see only their reflections, a glass ceiling showcases a menage a trois of dancers writhing above and several VIP rooms feature closed-circuit club monitors. Socialize and accessorize at Star Shoes 6364 (Hollywood Boulevard, 323-462-7827). This elegant Fifties-era shoe salon/bar sells vintage La Rose footwear, complete with all the shoe store trappings. A back room contains dancing and private parties. Finally, the stretch known as the Cahuenga Corridor is home to several hot spots, including: The Room (1626 North Cahuenga Boulevard, 323-462-7196), an unmarked, alleyway bar that's a hideout for those in the know; the Burgundy Room (1621 North Cahuenga Boulevard, 323-465-7530), known for its sangria and a vast selection of New Wave hits, and The Hotel Cafe (1623 North Cahuenga Boulevard, 323-461-2040), where the late-night crowd munches on grilled veggie sandwiches and grooves to a fully loaded juke box.
BEAUTY AND THE BOUTIQUES
Lady Studio Exotic Shoes (6500 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-461-1765) is a shoe fetishist's dream, stocking thousands of stilettos, lace-ups and platform boots. Playmate's (6438 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-464-7636) specializes in the sort of frilly unmentionables that Frederick's of Hollywood used to be known for. Edgy boutique Blest (1634 North Cahuenga Boulevard, 323-467-0191) offers one-offs and limited-edition clothes from local talents Kate O'Connor, Corey Lynn Calter and Shawn. Just down the block, designer Rick Owens's duds are a study in faded glamour. (By appointment only; 1639 North Las Palmas Avenue, 323-461-8620).Hollywood Tattoo (6317 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-464-9938) is where many locals got their first ink, way back in the Eighties. The risk-averse may want to stick with the martini and manicure combo at Beauty Bar (1638 North Cahuenga Boulevard, 323-464-7676), the Los Angeles cousin of the San Francisco and New York night spots. Just watch the polish when you rock out. The masses are storming cult skin care purveyor Lather (6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 223, 323-962-6070), at its location in the Hollywood & Highland mega mall (see story on page 30). The shop offers custom blending for lotions, soaps and hair tonics.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews