November 2008

The Style List—November 2008

edited by Tessa Benson

georg jensen henning koppel reissues pitchers and homeware Nigel Cox

SINGULAR SENSATION

Georg Jensen is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the birth of master craftsman Henning Koppel by reintroducing the designer’s most seductive creations. The collection includes three biomorphic pitchers handcrafted in sterling silver. A fourth, No. 1044 (left), is being executed for the first time in stainless steel, offering aristocratic Jensen taste at a price the hoi polloi can afford. No. 992 (right), $20,000; No. 1044, $525. TableArt, 7977 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 323-653-8278. —Mayer Rus

Taschen reissues Arts and Architecture magazine

COLLECTOR'S CATNIP

Remember the heyday of avant-garde American design? Taschen certainly does. The adventurous publisher is once again setting the hearts of design junkies aflutter with its latest offering, a complete set of reprints of the groundbreaking magazine Arts & Architecture from 1945 to 1954—10 years, 10 boxes, 118 issues. The magazine was a leading proponent of postwar American modernism, particularly the Southern California variety that flowered into the Case Study House Program. It not only championed the work of Richard Neutra, Pierre Koenig, Rudolf Schindler and their ilk, it was the first publication to spotlight contemporary masters such as Frank Gehry and Richard Meier. Among the contributors were legendary photographers and graphic designers on the order of Julius Shulman, Ezra Stoller, Herbert Matter and Alvin Lustig. Taschen will release a second set of reprints, covering 1955 to 1967, in the fall of 2009. $700 (initial 10-box set). 354 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-274-4300. —MR

Solange Azagury-Partridge's lip rings, jewelry, pop art

OBSESSED WITH

Evoking happiness and a touch of irony, Solange Azagury-Partridge's jewelry is a step beyond. Her lip rings are enameled in pop-art hues that scream high fashion and a love for the unique. When it comes to style, sometimes it’s best to be tongue in cheek. $1,750. By appointment. Roseark, 1111 N. Crescent Heights Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-822-3600. —TB

the rug company new line featuring artist fiona curran

HOMING INSTINCTS

The Rug Company has embarked on a psychedelic voyage, with new designs by British artist Fiona Curran. In an age of technological detachment and computer imagery, “the rugs appeal to our sense of touch and engagement with one another,” says the artist. Zap, a trippy collage of colorful shards, is made of hand-knotted Tibetan wool. $4,725 (6’x9’). 323-653-0303. —MR

plaid fashion, sienna, hillary rush

I'M ALL ABOUT

The fashion pendulum has swung toward preppy. First the English Wellie replaced the ubiquitous Ugg; now we're mad for plaid. Sienna boutique boasts tunics, jackets and pencil skirts in tartan. “It’s a great way to incorporate a buttoned-up look. Classic prints never go out of dépêche mode,” says co-owner Carter Hancock. “The nostalgic, old-English trend is in full bloom,” adds Hillary Rush, who outfits L.A.’s leading ladies. A print this timeless transcends trendiness. Charlotte Ronson (blue), $405; Chris and Jaime (red), $345. Sienna, 1617 Cosmo St., Ste. 309, Los Angeles, 323-466-8455; Hillary Rush, 8222 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, 323-852-0088. —TB

trainer Adam Ernster at The Bunker, celebrity fitness

WELCOME TO L.A.

Considering the cost of gasoline and the endless petty tortures of air travel, the thought of an in-town vacation sounds more appealing than ever. Angelenos with a thirst for sybaritic divertissements (and some cash to spare) should consider a stay at Montage Beverly Hills, the newest luxury destination from Montage Hotels & Resorts. Located between Canon and Beverly Drives, just north of Wilshire, the hotel sits squarely within Beverly Hills’ hot zone of high-end retail. But the allurements of Rodeo Drive might seem a tad meager compared with the indulgences of the Montage experience. The hotel’s epicenter of pampering is Spa Montage, a two-level urban oasis with Moroccan flourishes courtesy of Darrell Schmitt Design Associates, the firm responsible for all the interiors. After a treatment and a dip in the coed mineral pool, guests can sample the cuisine of executive chef John Cuevas in one of three restaurants, or perhaps host an intimate meal at the chef’s table in a private room off the European display kitchen. An après-meal stroll through a series of lovely courtyard gardens designed by Nancy Goslee Power and Associates is the perfect cap to a heavenly hotel experience. With so much on-site bliss to explore, who needs to shop? Rooms rates at the Montage start at $595. 225 N. Canon Dr., 310-860-7800. —MR

Erickson Beamon’s Swarovski crystal earrings

BEJEWEL ME

Shine like a star this season with Erickson Beamon’s Swarovski crystal earrings. These baubles are chic enough for that little black dress and bold enough for your birthday suit. $855. Curve, 154 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, 310-360-8008. —TB

opi nail polish, Rob|B salon, fashion

READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP

What’s in a name? If you work at famed nail-care company OPI, a lot. Each collection of 12 polishes is based on an exotic location, where executive VP and artistic director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann travels for inspiration. Upon her return to the office, food from the country is served, and no one leaves until polish names are picked. In 2009, OPI celebrates its 25th year and has just opened its first concept salon, Rob|B, which stocks every color still available. $8.50 a bottle. 12246 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818-980-7622. —TB

Steven Meisel puzzle, vogue, meghan collison

GOTTA HAVE IT

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, photographer Steven Meisel puts out an über-chic 1,000-piece puzzle for adults. The first of its kind and a limited edition, it’s the ultimate in-the-know conversation piece. The sexy pattern-on-pattern image of model Meghan Collison originally appeared in Italian Vogue. Each cloth box is custom made and signed by the artist. You’ll be the coolest kid on the block with this pretty puzzle. $750. —TB

JUST CAUSE

Shoppers, start your engines! It’s time for Divine Design, the annual bazaar of fashion and home goods (Tadashi Shoji, Jimmy Choo, Helmut Lang and Trina Turk, to name a few), at least half off retail. Proceeds go to Project Angel Food. Bargain shopping and a worthy cause—two great tastes that taste great together! The Beverly Hilton hosts the opening gala, with shopping across the street in the old Robinsons-May, a space donated by Candy & Candy. Tickets, $25. December 5–8. 323-845-1800. —MR

WHISPER REPORT

You’ve got an idea that’ll make you millions. Now what? Before grabbing Business Plans for Dummies, take a meeting with Big Buddha Baba Productions founder Barbara Groth. After years of working with Disney, she’s adept in the ways of imagination and the potential of sales. BBB is made up of artists, musicians, graphic designers, filmmakers and actors who will see your concept to fruition, while keeping with the theme of the company’s policy: Work should be fun. One big idea turned reality is the tween boutique Fashionology LA, where little girls can design their own duds. Even in this current economy, retail rules. —TB

IN TREATMENT

In a city where you can never be too skinny, it’s nice to know the trend du jour for faces is plump. Not in a lips-so-big-you-can’t-see-your-chin kind of way but in that baby-fat, no-wrinkles look. Enter Sculptra injections, a liquid face-lift. The poly-L-lactic acid fills hollow eyes, sunken cheeks and temples—anyplace with fat loss. The shots have no downtime and have just been FDA approved for cosmetic use. What gravity taketh away, Sculptra giveth back—no scalpel necessary. Rejuvalife Vitality Institute, 9400 Brighton Way, Ste. 405, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4494. —Sarah Howard