The Style List—April 2010
by Robin Sayers
Here in America, hybrid is a word that has been totally co-opted by the auto industry. But need we say the French are different? Ibride (pronounced “e-breed”) is a play on their word for hybrid, and it’s no accident that it’s the name of a quirky design firm based in Le Pontot, only it has nothing to do with fuel efficiency and everything to do with the gloriously fantastical. After a successful series of cross-pollinated furniture pieces—Joe, the polar bear–shaped bookshelf; Sultan, a footstool resembling the bottom half of a dog; Bambi, the chest of drawers modeled after a doe—the company debuted its Au Grand Theatre series of man-meets-beast trays starring such mythical players as Pia the writer (above). The duality doesn’t stop there: Crafted from high-pressure, wood-core laminate, Pia performs admirably as a serving tray, but the included wall hook drops a not so subtle hint that she considers herself more a thinker than a doer. $180. TableArt, 7977 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323-653-8278.
FACTORS: Tumi x Opening Ceremony. LEFT OF THE MULTIPLICATION SIGN: The Travel Collection, which consists of the T-Pass Laptop Attaché, Small Soft Satchel, International Framed Expandable Wheeled Carry-On, luggage tags and power-adapter case (adapter included). CONSTRUCT: Tumi’s famed ballistic nylon was color blocked in Opening Ceremony’s favorite shades of the season—magenta, chartreuse, orange, marine and, um, spinach. 10 TIMES 10: Only 100 pieces of each style available. PRICE: $25–$595. WHEN: Hits stores early May, but you can preorder by calling 646-695-5680. WHERE: 451 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-652-1120, openingceremony.us.
THE THIEF: The Imala necklace from AllSaints Spitalfields. WHY IT STANDS ACCUSED: This theatrical hexagon-and-circle stunner from the Great Britain–based company’s spring-summer accessories collection is bound to expropriate the attention in any setting. COCONSPIRATORS: Granted, this is a classic example of your so-called statement necklace, but drama queens who like to let their jewelry keep the conversation going will also opt to adorn themselves with the matching Imala earrings and Imala cuff bracelet. All pieces in the group are available in brass or silver. PRICE: $80. WHERE: AllSaints, 100 Robertson Blvd., L.A., 310-432-8484, us.allsaints.com.
THE FLUID: Essence of IX. COLLECTIVE RESOURCES: The fragrance is a joint venture between Napa Valley’s Colgin Cellars and Venice-based Strange Invisible Perfumes. THE CONVERSION: “The last thing we wanted was a perfume that literally smelled like wine,” says Alexandra Balahoutis of SIP. “We wanted to showcase some of the ghostly aromas present in the glass.” TO ITS CREDIT: The goal was achieved with notes of roses, French oak, white sage, black currant, wild honey and lavender. DEPOSITORY: The base is 100 percent organic grape alcohol. PRICE: $320. WHERE: 1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-314-1505, siperfumes.com.
WEB ADDRESS: shortomatic.com. WHY IT’S WWWICKED COOL: Allows anyone with even rudimentary tech skills to design board shorts. CLICK TO FIND: Just pick a size, upload and manipulate a jpeg, then select accent colors. LIKE TWITTER FOR YOUR GUT: Personalize the waistband with up to 140 characters. BUZZKILL: It takes three weeks to receive your order (sad face). BUZZ CPR: You’re supporting a Santa Monica company—and Global Green USA gets $5 for every pair sold. PRICE: $99.