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.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)