October 24, 2013 |
Just off Melrose Avenue at La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles is tree-lined Melrose Place -- a quiet stretch of shops and boutiques near West Hollywood that includes some of the world's best-known fashion brands: Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs and Bottega Venata. Now, a New York developer has bought a cluster of exclusive shops along the strip that has become one of L.A.'s most chic, high-rent retail addresses. And the complex is already drawing a VIP list of tenants including a new flagship store for the Olsen twins.
October 16, 2013 |
What is rock 'n' roll, one may ask upon seeing the names Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and Peter Gabriel on this year's list of finalists for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Do any of them truly rock, let alone roll? Or is their music more likely to be filed in the “popular” section of your imaginary record shop? That's one reflexive thought that popped up after seeing the list of nominees for the 2014 induction ceremony. Sixteen acts that make/made music in subgenres including grunge, rap, funk, art pop, neo-soul, guitar rock, progressive rock, soft rock and blues rock, the list offers way more questions than it does answers.
September 16, 2013
Though Costco tends to be a destination for 30-packs of toilet paper, the beauty department at the members-only warehouse shop has become increasingly alluring. Under the company's Beauty's Most Wanted program, launched in May, some of the most prestigious names in the industry -- legendary hair stylist Orlando Pita, celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff and “green” manicurist to the stars Jenna Hipp -- have quietly launched beauty collections. Local celebrity dermatologist Jessica Wu, who counts Katherine Heigl and Maria Bello among her clients, is the latest to join Costco's A-list beauty lineup.
July 14, 2013 |
Clean lines, spare details and quiet glamour. Those are the cornerstones of L.A. designer Jenni Kayne's 10-year-old brand, which has found a niche in the fashion world among women who are looking for a no-nonsense, modern day uniform with a colorful, California twist. "I can't believe it's been 10 years," said Kayne,a Beverly Hills native who is the daughter of investment manager Richard Kayne and philanthropist Suzanne Kayne. "I debuted my first collection at age 19, and now I'm 30 with two kids.
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June 20, 2013 |
All the passenger gates aren't finished at the new Tom Bradley International Terminal. Neither are the modern concourses, upscale concessions or passenger security checkpoints. Baggage claim still needs work. But Los Angeles politicians, dignitaries and airport officials are celebrating anyway. Instead of marking the Bradley's completion, which has fallen behind schedule, a series of events that began Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport will showcase the progress that has been made in transforming the outdated terminal and LAX, which has long received mediocre grades from travelers.
June 1, 2013 |
When the first AOC opened a decade ago, nobody quite knew what to make of the place, a wine bar near the original Farmers Market that seemed to specialize in cured meats, salads and lots of tiny dishes that reflected the flavors of coastal Italy and Provence, but also Spain and North Africa. We were younger then, and as much as we respected chef Suzanne Goin, who was moonlighting from her restaurant Lucques, neither harissa nor the herby marinade chermoula were quite in our vocabularies yet. Plus this was the dawn of the small-plates thing, so nobody was quite sure what to order; whether the cheeses were supposed to come after dinner or as part of dinner; whether we were each supposed to order our own plate of bacon-wrapped dates or to surrender a communal order to the table.