October 9, 2013 |
Two blocks of Rodeo Drive and Brighton Way in Beverly Hills claim to contain the largest concentration of luxury timepieces on the West Coast -- and maybe even outside of Switzerland. For connoisseurs and novices alike, the city of Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive Committee are sponsoring the Rodeo Drive Festival of Watches on Thursday through Sunday, kicking off with a street-wide open house from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Almost 20 boutiques are participating, with product launches, watchmaker appearances, demonstrations and other special promotions.
September 9, 2013 |
What follows are a few highlights from the history of one of the most famous streets in the world. 1906: Burton E. Grant and other investors buy land on the former Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas. The land will become Beverly Hills, and the city's main street is named ... Rodeo Drive. It eventually develops into and remains a fairly quiet suburban street with beauty shops, hardware stores, gas stations and bookstores for several decades. 1949: Former Warner Bros. publicist Richard Carroll decides there's no good place for a man to buy a suit in West Los Angeles.
September 8, 2013 |
Sitting at the intersection of Hollywood and high fashion, it's no wonder Rodeo Drive is one of the most fabled shopping streets in the world. It's been immortalized in movies, books, song lyrics and on reality TV. The thoroughfare played a supporting role in the 1990 film "Pretty Woman," when Julia Roberts went on a Cinderella-like shopping spree. Eddie Murphy flirted with a blond in a Mercedes on the same street in 1984's "Beverly Hills Cop. " Late last month, Rodeo Drive was shut down for the elegant global pop-up dinner party "Diner en Blanc," where 1,200 partygoers, fashionably dressed in white, mingled among the storefronts, further cementing the street's reputation as L.A.'s luxury living room.
September 8, 2013 |
It was retail theater of the highest order. With acrobats descending the building's Rodeo Drive facade and trumpets blaring, Hermès reopened its Beverly Hills store Tuesday night after an 18-month renovation. For an after-party, the French fashion house took over a soundstage in Culver City for a Hollywood-level production, complete with a water ballet performance, an opportunity for guests to star in their own short films, and lots of archival celebrity-owned Hermès pieces to ogle, including Alfred Hitchcock's anchor-print bathing trunks, Lauren Bacall's leather flask and Humphrey Bogart's "Haut a Courroies" traveling bag, which was the precursor to the Birkin.
September 1, 2013 |
Hermès reopens on Rodeo Drive this week with a new three-story boutique framed in a bright white marble grid facade and a limited-edition collection of items made just for the occasion, including a wine trunk, a basketball, swimming pool-inspired silk scarves and this alligator-and-diamond Collier de Chien cuff bracelet in turquoise blue. Founded in Paris in 1837 as a maker of leather horse harnesses, Hermès has evolved into a luxury brand known for silk scarves and ties, tabletop items, jewelry and watches, ready-to-wear clothing and, of course, status handbags.
August 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A clown banned from the Missouri State Fair for his involvement in a skit that mocked President Obama said that he has received death threats and complained that "a lot of people have lost their ability to laugh. " "I've had one lady spit in my face," Tuffy Gessling told Kansas City's KCTV . "Look at the country as a whole. There's a lot more to be mad at than a rodeo clown at a rodeo trying to make somebody laugh," he said. Although it was another clown who wore the Obama mask during a bull-riding contest as the crowd was asked whether they wanted to see Obama "run down by a bull," Gessling has told media outlets that the skit was his idea.