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Suits sold poolside

August 09, 2009|Max Padilla

If you left your last swimsuit hanging on a shower hook at a Cabo resort, you'll probably be intrigued by a new amenity at Standard Hotels this month: poolside vending machines offering Quiksilver board shorts and bikinis. Standard Boardshorts by Quiksilver (also available in the hotels' boutiques and online) are based on the brand's classic 1970s-era two-snap waist and scalloped-leg style, and feature colorful graphic prints from 1980s. The shorts' contemporary touches are a mid-thigh inseam (the better to avoid overexposure) and Quiksilver's high-tech diamond dobby fabric that stretches if you decide to hit the waves, dries quickly and won't chafe.

The board shorts' prints evoke the essence of each of the four hotels in the chain. The downtown Los Angeles Standard trunks are black with red and white polka dots, reminiscent of the hotel's rooftop bar. The Standard Hollywood's shorts feature gray stars on a blue background. The New York hotel's suit is, of course, black on black. And the Standard Miami's is white -- with "Miami Vice"-like retro-yellow trim.

In another homage to the hotel chain (owned by Andre Balazs, the proprietor of Chateau Marmont), the Quiksilver logo is printed upside down to match the hotel chain's famous signs.

For now, there's just one women's suit: a classic black bikini. The board shorts are $75, the bikini is $85, and they're available for purchase any time of day from the vending machines, where a touch-screen interface lets you select a size (men's come in 32 to 36 waist) and quantity, then pay with a swipe of a credit card.

And you might just have a reason to buy a swimsuit in the wee hours.

"Our guests generally don't go to bed at 10 p.m.," says Claire Darrow, creative director of Andre Balazs Properties. "I've had some of my most memorable swims at the Standard Miami at 4 a.m., and I'm never the only guest in the pool."

The Standard, Hollywood, 8300 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, (323) 650-9090; The Standard, downtown L.A., 550 S. Flower, (213) 892-8080

shopthestandard.com

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SALES

Barneys New York Warehouse Thursday through Aug 23: This giant sale, formerly held at the Santa Monica Airport, moves to the L.A. Convention Center's South Hall. Expect designer and contemporary labels at 50% to 75% off retail, including women's and men's shoes and accessories, plus home items. Credit cards accepted.

1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (310) 777-5700. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Gap Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Stores ongoing: Gap and Banana Republic offer additional discounts in time for back-to-school shopping. Gap basics include men's, women's and kid's uniform jumpers, pants, polos, T-shirts and hoodies. Denim jeans will be an additional 30% off through Aug. 31. Select Banana Republic khakis, denim, polos and T-shirts will be 40% off through Aug. 20. Sale is also online at gap.com/outlet and bananarepublic.com/factorystore

740 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. (805) 445-8520. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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EVENTS

Life in Color Wednesday: Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo -- authors of "Life in Color: Visual Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Palette -- For Fashion, Beauty and You!" -- sign copies of their new book at Decadestwo. The duo also will give color consultations. E-mail rsvp@decadestwo.com to attend.

8214 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 655-1960. 7 to 9 p.m.

www.decadestwo.com, visual-therapy.com

Juicy Couture Saturday: Juicy gals Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy invite fans to experience "World of Juicy" at Bloomingdale's. Preview the latest women's and kids' lineups including the Couture Couture scent ($65 to $85). Spend $200 or more and receive a gift.

14060 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks. (818) 325-2200. 1 to 3 p.m.

www.bloomingdales.com

Jacquie Aiche Trunk Show Friday: Madison's 3rd Street flagship hosts a trunk show featuring Aiche's handcrafted fine jewelry. Pick up the eye-catching $155 two-tone beaded bracelet, $265 14-karat diamond waist ring or a $488 pyramid "stacker" ring.

8745 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (310) 275-1930. Noon to 6 p.m.

www.madisonlosangeles.com

Rachel Pally Friday through Aug. 23: Pally, famed for her jersey dresses, is holding a warehouse sale featuring summer and previous season fashions priced at 60% to 80% below retail. Tops are $40, dresses $60. Cash and major credit cards accepted. Valet parking on Fridays.

2301 E. 7th St., Suite C100, Los Angeles. (818) 512-9575. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

www.rachelpally.com

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max@maxpadilla.com.

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