The Style List—September 2009
edited by Robin Sayers
There’s no sophomore slump for Kimberly Ovitz—as demonstrated by the Martin cutout dress from her second collection. Made of elastic viscose jersey, this little number lets you make two distinct impressions: all business from the high crew-neck front and all pleasure from the eye-popping, skin-exposing back. The design came to the native Angeleno while she was out for her morning run, and the result is sure to raise heart rates all over town. $495. Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900, net-a-porter.com.
OBJECT OF DESIRE: Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte boots. THE SCOOP: Another inch or two farther north, and these black leather beauties would outgrow the thigh-high descriptor assigned by the company. AND SPEAKING OF HEIGHT: The heel elevation (five-plus inches!) is enough to give any podiatrist a serious case of agita. YOUR RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON FOOTWEAR: It might make them a little heavy, but with miles of leather strapping and tons of hardware, you’ll be able to MacGyver your way out of any situation using just your wits and these kicks. PRICE: $3,500. WHERE: Maxfield, 8825 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310-274-8800.
THE EVENT: L.A. Spa Week. Think Restaurant Week, but instead of dining tables, visualize massage tables. WHEN: Sept. 14–20. THE PLAYERS: Range from the delightfully casual Beverly Hot Springs in Koreatown to the celeb-beloved Verabella in Beverly Hills. PRICE: $50 flat rate for select services at more than 50 pampering spots in the greater Los Angeles area. HOW TO BOOK A MUCH NEEDED APPOINTMENT: spaweek.com. —Brandon Palas
THE THIEVES: Kiki de Montparnasse’s Nuit collection lace leggings and Voyeur collection pinup bra. WHY THEY STAND ACCUSED: The hottest lingerie brand on the planet is going out of its way to make unmentionables the most mention-worthy part of your wardrobe. THAT SAID: Be forewarned—these pieces are so utterly sexy onlookers might be rendered speechless (especially if worn in tandem and with nothing else). PRICE: Leggings, $350; bra, $275. WHERE: 8280 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 323-951-9545. —BP
THE PLACE: franklinandgower.com. WHY IT’S WWWICKED COOL: You can unleash your inner Marc Jacobs by customizing men’s pants or shorts. THE SCOOP: First pick a cut (there’s one style of shorts, two of trousers) and size (waist and length). Then select from eight base fabrics, add a stripe (16 options) or piping (eight varieties) and, voilà!, you’re a fashion-school grad. DELAYED GRATIFICATION: Orders take about 20 days, but you can spend that time thinking of the statistical improbability that someone else shares your exact taste. PRICE: Shorts, $145; pants, $185. SURF OR TURF: The store, Inno, has a slew of ready-mades for the lazy, uninspired or anyone who needs unique pants ASAP. 8223 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, 323-655-0550 —A. Moret
ACCESSORY DU JOUR
WHAT: Marc Ecko’s newest watch line, the Brig. THE SCOOP: The company’s signature timepieces for Baselworld 2009 (the industry’s yearly global powwow in Switzerland), feature solid-stainless cases, leather straps and gold detailing. WHY THEY’RE DA BOMB: Well, they’re bombproof, which might seem unnecessary, but it’s good to know that if you ever have a “Michael Douglas in Falling Down” kind of L.A. day, you’ll still know the time. PRICE: $200–$250. WHERE: Macy’s citywide —Allison Kornberg
GOTTA HAVE IT
OUR OFFICE ROMANCE: The Silver Belle from Kenneth Cole’s new 925 Technology collection. THE DETAILS: Memory foam atop a cork insole, flaxseed arch pillow, rubber soles and an impact-resistant nylon heel make these four-inch pumps a dream. NO OVERNIGHT SUCCESS: Four years of engineering research went into these shoes. WHY WE’RE SO TAKEN: Those of us who wear heels all day no longer have to worry about our feet suing for emotional distress. PRICE: $160. WHERE: kennethcole.com. —Raha Lewis
THE GREATER GOOD
WHAT: The limited-edition FEED Health backpack. THE CAUSES: Helping impoverished villagers throughout Africa (for every backpack sold stateside, one is filled with medical supplies and donated to health-care providers serving these communities) and protecting the environment (bags are crafted from recycled plastic). COCONSPIRATORS IN DOING THE RIGHT THING: Lauren Bush’s FEED Projects, Kenneth Cole’s Awearness campaign and the Earth Institute’s Millennium Village project. PRICE: $125. WHERE: Kenneth Cole, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 118, Los Angeles, 310-282-8535. —Kelly Meyer