The Style List—March 2010
by Robin Sayers
When movers and shakers in the French government furnish their offices, they borrow museum-quality pieces from the Mobilier National, a chichi warehouse of sorts in Paris. Getting your creations into the Mobilier (French for “movable property”) is an honor. Having the Minister of Culture select your lamp? Incroyable. Then again, Hervé Van der Straeten is already a Gallic living legend. His profile in the U.S. has been limited to insiders, but that will change at this year’s WestWeek at the Pacific Design Center, when Ralph Pucci presents Van der Straeten’s work for the first time in L.A. The 20-piece collection includes his bronze-based Lampe Volubile #321 (above, $9,050). When the exhibition debuts on March 24, anyone who has ever dreamed of shopping like an upper-level French civil servant need journey no farther than WeHo. 8687 Melrose Ave., B203, 310-360-9707, ralphpucci.net.
WEB ADDRESS: shop.acnestudios.com. FACTORS: Acne x Husam El Odeh. LEFT OF THE MULTIPLICATION SIGN: Acne’s Armored Jeans. CONSTRUCT: German-born, London-based jewelry designer El Odeh’s silver-plated stovepipe jeans by Acne’s creative director, Jonny Johansson. White denim has metal at the hips, knees and derriere; blue is plated on thighs, knees and shins. TIMES PAST: There’s a certain R.I.P. Michael Jackson vibe, but the true inspiration—Joan of Arc—died nearly six centuries ago. (She’d appreciate pants that can slow an enemy’s arrow.) PRICE: $2,500 by special order. WHERE: Opening Ceremony, 451 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-652-1120.
WEB ADDRESS: giorgioarmanibeauty.com. WHY IT’S WWWICKED COOL: This emporium includes the designer’s recently launched Rouge d’Armani. CLICK TO FIND: The Pink Ecstasy collection—nine new shades, from Petal to Punchy—is inspired by the tanned one’s spring 2010 Privé couture label. SEVEN YEARS OF RESEARCH AND 20 PATENTS: So-called “color bond” technology promises lip shading that lasts eight hours. DON’T LONGWEAR LIPSTICKS BLOW? Usually, but this is both comfortable and colorful news we thought best not to keep privé. PRICE: $30 each.
FASHION STAR IN OUR AREA CODE: Illia, a leather clothier. QUINTESSENTIAL SOCAL PIECE: The Starburst minidress. ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES: “I live in Venice and get inspired by the light, warmth, casual chic and bohemian characters,” says designer John Murrough. NEIGHBORHOOD TO GARMENT: The silk liner is sun orange; the leather is breathable enough to wear year-round, thanks to perforations; the jersey back lends relaxed comfort; and the handcut hem makes it a little rough around the edges in the very best of ways. PRICE: $425. WHERE: Lisa Kline, 138 S. Robertson Blvd., L.A., 310-246-0907, lisakline.com.
WORTH THE WAIT: Prada Postcards sunglasses. WHY THEY TESTED OUR PATIENCE: These playfully chic plexi specs debuted during the house’s spring 2010 show...but that was way back in September ’09! UM, WEREN’T THEY MEANT FOR SPRING? Well, yes, but in fashion, “spring” is sprung a little early, and accessories are typically the last pieces to make the runway-to-reality leap. This causes major style vexation to show watchers, which thanks to live-streaming technology—is a rapidly growing short-attention-span mob. COLORS: Verde, Rosa and Cristallo. PRICE: $205. WHERE: 343 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-8661, prada.com.