March 2009

The Style List—March 2009

edited by Tessa Benson

john galliano christian dior fertility goddess high heels Bartholomew Cooke

SINGULAR SENSATION

Budding flowers, top-down weather. Spring is upon us, and judging by these fertility-goddess heels, Christian Dior designer John Galliano is clearly thinking about rebirth. The animal-print stingray pumps are, says French Vogue contributing fashion editor Julia von Boehm, “more than great design. They are an artist’s meditation on femininity and culture.” Mother Nature appreciates the gesture. $1,590. Dior South Coast Plaza and dior.com. —Tessa Benson

Deborah Turbeville opens her home to us in Casa No Name, rizzoli books

COLLECTOR'S CATNIP

Le Corbusier famously declared, “A house is a machine for living in.” Now photographer Deborah Turbeville explores the ghosts that inhabit the machine in her new book, Casa No Name (Rizzoli), which pays homage to her beloved home in the central highlands of Mexico. Turbeville accompanies her haunting images with ruminations on domesticity, Mexican culture and the secret life of objects. Home has never been more sweet—or more seductive. $60. —Mayer Rus

angela by catherine opie at the annenberg space for photography

TEMPLE OF TASTE

The future is here. In the form of the Annenberg Space for Photography, that is. The 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art digital and print gallery opens its doors March 27. The provocative architecture by DMJM Design conjures Blade Runner meets Minority Report, its inspiration the parts of a camera (the ceiling looks like the aperture of a lens). The inaugural show, L8S ANG3LES, features work by eight L.A.-based photographers (including Catherine Opie, whose Angela is pictured). In a town built on moving images, it’s nice to pay homage to the fine art of still shots. Free. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 310-209-4560. —TB

Narciso Rodriguez's new fragrance Essence

SENSUAL SEDUCTION

Who’s to say which is more alluring—the sculptural bottle that makes you want to grab it or the intoxicating aroma of Narciso Rodriguez’s new signature fragrance, Essence? Its light musk base is “layered with amber, rose and iris, which enhances a sense of clarity,” he says. And he has kept the L.A. woman in mind. “I wanted to portray, through the scent, the pure light you get only at the beach, which is very sensual and very L.A.” The bottle, by award-winning industrial designer Ross Lovegrove, has us intoxicated. Hats and bikinis off to Narciso. $100. Exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. —TB

Dr. Sheri Feldman and Dr. Peter Kopelson at the kopelson clinic, beverly hills, modern art, botox

IN TREATMENT

At the Kopelson Clinic in Beverly Hills, Sculptra and Botox are served with a side of Serra and Bleckner (Richard and Ross, to be specific). The glam dermatology office, shared by Dr. Peter Kopelson and his associate, Dr. Sheri Feldman, specializes in two favorites of the beau monde—cosmetic enhancement and contemporary art. Peter Dunham designed the space like a pristine Swiss medical institute with the heart of a minimalist kunsthalle. The walls are adorned with Takashi Murakami, Roy Lichtenstein, Nan Goldin, Jack Pierson, Philip Taaffe, Donald Baechler and others. In the entry, Dunham (who collaborated on the project with architect Steven Lott of Raw Inter­national) installed a set of tubular metal screens that look as if they could have been plucked from a mid-century bank in Palm Springs. He paired them with a suite of tranquil Hiroshi Sugimoto photographs hung on pale gray Ultrasuede. “We were going for a tempered kind of Barbarella look—bright white and chic, with a little humor and lots of soul,” says Dunham. 414 N. Camden Dr., Ste. 640, Beverly Hills, 310-271-7400. —MR

tony payne in front of phil, art gallery, highland park

YOU MUST MEET

Tony Payne (pictured at right) doesn’t have a weighty conceptual explanation for why he decided to call his new Highland Park art gallery Phil. “I just like the ambiguity of the name,” says the 41-year-old artist, curator and UCLA-trained graphic designer. “It feels friendly, in a nonspecific kind of way.” Indeed, the name says much about Payne’s vision. “I’ve always wanted to open a storefront gallery that presents a broader range than you might expect to find in a fine-art context—objects, furniture, photography, even artist-designed T-shirts,” he says. “The important thing is for the space to feel accessible.”

While living in New York in the 1990s, Payne worked as an independent art director on projects for Richard Avedon and Fabien Baron. He also spread his wings as an independent curator, most notably on a 1995 show at Manhattan’s Feature Gallery that brought together the works of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mike Kelley, Jack Pierson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Mayerson and Nan Goldin, among others.

Payne found the perfect spot for Phil in Highland Park, an up-and-coming center of the L.A. art scene. (Painter Monica Majoli lives in the neighborhood, and sculptor Liz Larner has a studio there.) His space had previously been home to a gift shop, beauty salon and sporting-goods store. “I was attracted to its approachable scale. It’s perched right on the sidewalk on a block where the houses are set back behind their front yards.”

Phil’s 2008 schedule closed with a characteristically eclectic show of ceramic sculptures by Anna Sew Hoy, videos and watercolors by filmmaker Mike Mills and an abstract succulent garden by deejay and landscape designer Victor Rodriguez. This year Payne plans shows featuring the work of Wolfgang Tillmans, Hedi Slimane, Patrick Lee and Wade Guyton—artists who have primary representation elsewhere but support Phil. “I want the space to feel like a curated interior,” says Payne. “I’m interested in how art and objects live together and inform one another. Phil is all about making those links.” 4918 York Blvd., Los Angeles, 213-280-7340. —MR

Rock & Republic, fashion, robertson boulevard

WELCOME TO L.A.

Robertson Boulevard just got a little cooler. With the opening of Rock & Republic’s 3,800-square-foot branch, hipsters are in for a futuristic shopping experience, à la the Jetsons. The store has men’s, women’s and beauty departments set among porcelain floors, curvilinear furniture and mirrored stainless steel. Showcased are the fashion-forward threads that made R&R a favorite with Victoria Beckham, Jessica Alba and Christina Milian, among others. With studded cocktail dresses, leggings that look like jeans and jeans that look like rubber (in a good way), it’s rocker meets high fashion under one roof. A stone’s throw from the Ivy, you can bet it’ll be a haven for starlets to find refuge from the paparazzi. 105 S. Robertson Blvd., 310-285-0486. —TB

Yves Saint Laurent’s Edition Unisex line

GOTTA HAVE IT

Long gone are the days when women dressed to impress men. Yves Saint Laurent’s Edition Unisex proves it’s still okay for ladies to wear pantsuits. Derived from the men’s spring/summer ’09 line, the newly launched collection harkens back to the effortless gender-bending chic of Bacall and Hepburn: weightless trench coats, tailored blazers and fitted pants made from organza, crepe de chine and washed silk. It’s nice to be able to play with the boys—and dress like them in style. $495–$4,950. —TB

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