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Resurrecting the '90s

September 07, 2008|Erin Weinger | Times Staff Writer

Now that architectural fashion is making a comeback for fall, Resurrection -- the bicoastal vintage boutique owned by designer Katy Rodriguez and partner Mark Haddawy -- is teaming up with luxury auctioneer Christie's to clear out pieces by Courreges, Cardin, Versace and more. Can't make it to London for the Oct. 30 sale? Fret not. Through Oct. 17, Resurrection's L.A. outpost will feature a massive selection of conceptual, 1990s looks from Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Undercover.

The privately sourced 400-piece collection kicks off a series of in-store "anti-fashion" sales through February 2009 that will include Martin Margiela and Ann Demeulemeester.

The Japanese names currently in stock may be known for being edgy and abstract -- in other words, hard to wear -- but there are simpler pieces for sale too, especially from Comme des Garcons, whose asymmetrical knit coat and cream, rosette-adorned shawl are both great choices for cooler weather.

Of course, shopping Resurrection's local racks isn't the same as being in London. But anything's better than going through customs.

"The Japanese Collections," Resurrection, 8006 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-5516. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


Rich Lil' Pishers Wednesday: There's no need to spend a small fortune outfitting your small fry with the arrival of this multi-label sample sale for kids as well as moms-to-be. The $25 admission may seem steep, but it grants you access to current and past season gear by Knuckleheads, Rowdy Sprout, BedHead Pajamas and Monster Baby priced up to 70% off retail. You'll also find maternity wear by Pure T, cashmere baby blankets by Lucky Jade and hair accessories by Giddy Giddy. Take a load off in the lounge with Crumbs cupcakes and cocktails. Or enjoy complimentary massages, nail polish changes and Napoleon Perdis makeovers. Tots are invited too (to shop, not to drink). Smashbox Studios, 8538 Warner Drive, Culver City. (310) 339-1558. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance at


Arcade: Rochelle Gores, daughter of billionaire Alec Gores, is opening her own shop offering luxe, high-fashion labels and VIP services, such as closet organizing and styling tips. Labels include Vivienne Westwood, Alessandro dell'Acqua, Emanuel Ungaro and Yigal Azrouel. But Gores' real style eye reveals itself in hard-to-find stock such as a black silk bow bag by French designer Alexis Mabille ($810) and Gemma Kahng's mouton fur collar cocoon coat ($1,242). She's also teamed with uber-jeweler Neil Lane on a collection of exclusive gems, including an 18-karat white gold and black diamond snake pendant ($16,250). 8473 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. (323) 944-0018. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Pinkitude through Sept. 16: Xin boutique has morphed into a Pink Panther-themed shop where every sale helps support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Kelly Nishimoto and Demeter Fragrance are among the brands with pink products designed especially for the store. Also included, yoga pants by Positive Chicks ($48), exclusive styles of Paige Premium Denim with pink paw print embellishments ($164-$184) and Pink Panther cotton tees by Chaser ($30). There's even a selection of iPods with one-of-a-kind etchings promoting breast cancer awareness ($104 to $199), and a collection of pink diamond rings and necklaces ($680 to $3,500). Pricey, sure, but this is guilt-free shopping at its finest. 8064 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 653-2188. Noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

LeSportsac: A new L.A. location filled with stylish nylon totes, soft-sided luggage, computer cases and wallets. The full range of Stella McCartney's colorful, retro print collaboration is available, along with back-to-school-worthy backpacks ($56-$178), heart-stamped diaper bags ($140) and even a line of man purses ($68 to $158). Don't miss the new collection of weekend bags featuring cool, hand-drawn-style designs by Dutch artist Merijn Hos, a.k.a. Bfree ($78-$148). 8414 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 782-0975. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Unique Vintage: After more than seven years on the Web, Unique Vintage has finally opened brick-and-mortar digs featuring pieces from the past and those that just look the part. Among the authentically old is a 1950s orange chiffon and gold beaded dress for a mere $48, and 1960s house dresses by Lilly Pulitzer starting at $68. A selection of 1950s-inspired, calf-length swing dresses come in cotton ($68) and shiny satin ($140). However, our eyes were particularly drawn to the 1920s copycats -- silk and velvet Art Deco duster jackets (from $110) and a short, purple fringe flapper dress ($72). 2013 Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. (818) 953-2877. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Style Week Orange County Monday through Saturday: As if it isn't enough that even Kansas City has a fashion week, now shopping malls are getting in on the action too. For six days, the Irvine Spectrum Center is hosting a bevy of retail events, including an H&M fashion show, complimentary yoga classes at Lululemon and an appearance by Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, launching her collection of Oakley shades. On Wednesday at 7 p.m., don't miss free mini-massages and tequila shots at 18/8 Men's Salon and Med Spa, as no fashion week is complete without booze. And on Monday at 8 p.m., O.C. native Lauren Conrad presents holiday offerings from her line of unremarkable jersey dresses, as no week is complete without a dose of L.C. 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine. (949) 789-9180. Go to for a complete schedule of events.


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