November 2009

The Style List—November 2009

edited by Robin Sayers

PS1 cognac leather portfolio, Proenza Schouler, style list Bartholomew Cooke


In June, Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez were awarded Accessory Designer of the Year by the CFDA, and all eyes were on their next collection. Would they deliver pieces that lived up to their earlier prizewinning work? The answer can be found on the wait lists created by bags like the PS1 cognac leather portfolio, which featured prominently in the Sundance Channel’s documentary The Day Before: Proenza Schouler. Filmmakers followed the good-looks-and-talent-too duo for 36 nail-biting hours leading up to their fall ’09 runway show. After last-minute changes by the boys, leather artisans flew in from Italy to deliver the satchel in the nick of time. So, not only is this carryall chic, unique and, yes, practical, it’s a bona fide film star. $2,750;

android homme, red planet, blue star, style list


WEB ADDRESS: WHY IT’S WWWICKED COOL: Launched in December, the brand offers a collection of killer high-tops from Javier Laval. Each design is available in limited quantities, so when a style is gone, it’s gone. YOU’LL BE FLOORED BY: Red Planet and Blue Star (shown), two of the dozen ground-level masterpieces currently up for grabs. PRICES: $209–$239. —Raha Lewis

RGB nail color, nail polish, style list


OBJECT OF DESIRE: RGB nail color. FUEL­ING OUR PASSION: It’s what’s not in these locally made lacquers that has us all fired up: formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate. And yes, they are still chip resistant and supershiny. NAILING THE TRENDS: In addition to a core group of 10 classic shades, each season brings a minicollection of fashion-friendly hues (for fall ’09: Cognac, Doll and, shown, Crimson). PRICE: $14. WHERE: —A. Moret

Etoile I rings, Ian Saude, style list


CIRCULAR SENSATIONS: Ian Saude’s Etoile I rings. ROCK ON: Micro­pavé sapphires in exotic shades embedded in 18K white, rose or yellow gold. ON TOUR: Saude frequents Asia in search of gems. Quantities are limited so the collection is—dare we say?—like a rolling stone. PRICES: $1,340–$1,530. WHERE: Broken English, 225 26th St., Ste. 17, Santa Monica, 310-458-2724, —Allison Kornberg

Douglas feather cuff, opening ceremony, where the wild things are, pamela love, style list


THE THIEVES: Where the Wild Things Are x Opening Ceremony jewelry by Pamela Love. WHY THEY STAND ACCUSED: The groovy Douglas feather cuff was inspired by Spike Jonze’s cinematic take on Maurice Sendak’s iconic illustrations. THE BIG PICTURE: Looking for other WTWTA touchstones? Both store and Website feature a collection of more than 30 items, including clothes. (Can you say “body puppet”?) PRICE: $575. WHERE: 451 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, 310-652-1120, —AK

The Kei jacket, Canali, style list


THE XY ITEM: The Kei jacket by Canali. STRONGEST SUIT? Casual enough for cardigan scenarios yet formal enough to meet the in-laws. THE EVOLUTION: The Kei bowed in ’07, with updates introduced every season since. TWO-FACED: That isn’t lining you see—the blazer is made with double- sided fabric. THE ITALIAN JOB: Each piece is handmade in the boot-shaped country. PRICE: $1,695. WHERE: 261 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-270-4200, —Brandon Palas


THE SETTING: Clothes Heaven. WHY WE MEET: The biopic Coco Before Chanel inspires us to spice up our wardrobe with a little something from the house that Coco (née Gabrielle) built. CITY OF SECONDHAND ROSES: This upscale consignment shop has long specialized in Chanel, stocking hundreds of items from the famed French fashion house some 5,000 miles to the northeast. PRICES: Depends on ever-changing inventory, but generally from $100 (suede ballet flats) to about $2,000 (beaded jacket). WHERE: 111 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626-440-0929, —AK