When Bullock's opened its Men's Store last fall on the ground level of Beverly Center, it gave the original store in the main part of the mall a chance to expand its women's offerings. One of the best additions of the...
When Bullock's opened its Men's Store last fall on the ground level of Beverly Center, it gave the original store in the main part of the mall a chance to expand its women's offerings. One of the best additions of the past few months has been the new Anna Sui boutique on the second floor. The signature Sui violet decor jumps out of the surrounding offerings and provides a great environment to show the designer's hip collection. In fact, the shop is a miniversion of Sui's boutique on La Brea Avenue. Sui said she tries to make her in-store boutiques offer a taste of her world as well as her product. While her shop in Macy's on Herald Square has a Tiffany lamp and wrought iron chair as Sui signatures, Bullock's has Beardsley prints, a great couch and, of course, that purple.
On Angels' Wings
Trudy Perry and Joey Shearer met two years ago, when they were associate designers for junior label Us Boys. The two continue to work side by side today as designers of Halo, their new casualwear company. Along with partner Jill Bright, who handles the finances, they run the wholesale operation out of a little pink house with a white picket fence in Venice Beach, Calif., that also doubles as their retail store. The line is named for Perry and Shearer's hobby of collecting angel paraphernalia. When the two looked up the word halo in a Webster's Dictionary, they were pleasantly surprised to find this definition: "A circle of light surrounding a body." The collection is primarily tops, but the duo also offers palazzo pants, pull-on skirts and flowy dresses. At $35 to $70 wholesale, the first group features embroidered rayon and cotton knit with ribbon detail. While colors vary each season, black and cream will be staple shades. The collection's feminine feel is not coincidental -- the owners are women and prefer to work with female sewing contractors. "We are trying to stay women-driven," said Perry. "We make pretty casualwear that can be dressed up or dressed down." Represented by Casey & Co. at the California Mart, the line should gross about $600,000 in its first year, Bright said. It has been ordered by selected Nordstrom stores (San Diego, Calif.; Portland, and Seattle), Ovation in San Francisco and Angel Pie in Santa Fe, N.M. The store, at 1629 Abbot Kinney Blvd., features Halo as well as sportswear by other local companies including Hidden Heart, Johnny Was and Amorose.Hotels California
To keep pace with some of the nation's most elite, two of L.A.'s exclusive hotels have made some changes. The Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas has added a 2,250-square-foot recording studio to its property, and the Westwood Marquis renovated its penthouse suites.
Long known as the hotel of choice for the music industry, the Sunset Marquis is charging $2,000 a day to musicians who can record and edit during their stay.
"We have always been known as a rock-and-roll hotel," said Lisa Hagen, director of business development for the hotel. "We attract many members of the music industry and, of course, the crowd that goes with it."
Phil Collins, Gloria Estefan and The Black Crowes head the list of rock and roll visitors, while Todd Oldham, Isaac Mizrahi, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss and Niki Taylor top the hotel's fashion list.
Located on the ground floor, the state-of-the-art studio is divided into a 1,500-square-foot control room equipped with high-technology recording and video equipment, as well as the requisite velvet leopard-print pillows tossed casually on a purple suede couch. Hagan said the timing was perfect, since several of the popular recording studios in the San Fernando Valley were damaged by the Northridge earthquake.
Further south on the West Side, the Westwood Marquis Hotel and Gardens is doing a little reconstruction of its own.
Last month the hotel unveiled its redo of the 15th floor, the first of 16 floors to be renovated over time. Remodeling the 17 penthouse suites cost approximately $100,000 per room.
Done in color schemes of salmon, green and amber, the rooms are decorated with walnut tables and chairs. Cotton chenille fabrics adorn the beds and sitting areas of the suites. Lavish cream marbled bathrooms with magnifying cosmetic mirrors are an added luxury.
"We are looking at the renovation as a way to refresh and rejuvenate," said Debbie Stein, director of sales and marketing. The next floor is scheduled to be completed in June.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye