LOS ANGELES -- From January (post-Christmas movies) through May (early summer movies), it's traditional downtime in Los Angeles -- with a brief resumption of activity in March (Oscar parties). But despite the current slump in movie-related events,...
LOS ANGELES -- From January (post-Christmas movies) through May (early summer movies), it's traditional downtime in Los Angeles -- with a brief resumption of activity in March (Oscar parties). But despite the current slump in movie-related events, there actually is some buzz below the surface -- and that's where the best things usually are in this intentionally superficial town.
A few tenacious promoters are keeping the nearly dead L.A. club scene crawling along. Bryan Rabin and Jimmy Medina do a one-nighter on Saturdays called Highball in a small place on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. Jaye Davidson hangs there when he's in town, and so do the hipper local actors, film and fashion types.
Brett Witke, the man behind nightspots B.C. and the T-Room, just opened a club on Sunset Boulevard across from the Chateau Marmont called Union. Open from Wednesday to Saturday, it features a private back room hidden behind a sliding bookcase. Like Highball, it's more about chatting and eating than dancing.
Despite River Phoenix's death, The Viper Room is still getting the Gen X crowd -- in fact, more than ever.
Thirtysomethings are checking out The Derby, a dinner/jazz club in the Los Feliz neighborhood that also features a gospel brunch the first Sunday of the month.
Jazz and blues are picking up steam -- The Hard Rock NY's Isaac Tigrett and Dan Aykroyd are readying a blues club in Venice to open by spring.
Chic expensive places come and go in L.A., but the medium-range funky watering holes are thriving in the (hopefully) last days of the California recession.
Swingers coffee shop is still the breakfast hot spot, the Emporio Armani restaurant is hottest at lunch and upscale Bikini in Santa Monica is adding a lower-priced, simpler food space called Abique. Fred Eric, a former chef from The Olive, is about to open a place called Vida in Los Feliz that will feature lots of vegetarian dishes, interesting design and a private party room. He says it looks like "a cross between a Viennese tearoom and an opium den." Lavish Drai's on LaCienega continues as the celeb den of choice.The coffee house craze has peaked, but orange pekoe is catching on. Chado, a tearoom on Third Street, has become the place to take your caffeine -- you can find Rosanna Arquette and new hubbie John Sidel there every weekend, and 250 kinds of tea leaves.
The malls may be groaning, but Beverly Boulevard isn't complaining. It's taking over the lead on trendiness from Melrose and LaBrea. Two stores just opened that sell only white clothing -- Sterling and Eros. Richard Tyler's boutique continues to thrive, although the designer is looking for a bigger location, probably in Beverly Hills. Chanel made a great move by moving the boutique across the street and expanding on Rodeo Drive. It's more celebrity friendly and it's packed every day.
The hot designer of the moment is Pamela Barish, whose velvets and brocades are only in Maxfield's and Les Habitudes. Laura Dern, Jennifer Grey and Anjelica Huston are already big Barish boosters.
One of the best hangouts in town is the Erewhon health food store on Beverly Boulevard, where Ringo Starr goes to get his fresh juice in the morning and Sondra Locke does all her shopping. The Teegarden, a Venice emporium that makes Chinese herbal elixir drinks, now has a Beverly Hills location. All the agents and execs stop there each morning for an antidote to stress.
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