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.
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.