The Style List—July 2010
by Robin Sayers
Insinuate that pearls are old-ladyish to Jeremy Shepherd at great peril. “That’s ignorance,” retorts the founder of pearlparadise.com. “The design possibilities are endless.” Shepherd’s status as L.A.’s go-to pearl pro is well deserved. Expertise aside, his enthusiasm is truly lustrous. “Pearls are the world’s only green gems,” says Shepherd. “They’re not mined, cut, polished—nor do they involve pollution-causing treatment. They come straight out of the water, beautiful.” Two such nacreous treasures: Tahitian and Golden South Sea pearls, the former roughly $200 each, the latter (“the Rolls Royce of pearls,” he says) $350 to $1,200. Does Shepherd credit Michelle Obama’s affection for the jewels for the recent surge in pearl popularity? Pause. “I’ve made strands that are similar to ones she has worn,” he says, “but Nancy Pelosi has brought us the most business.” A Cali-girl trendsetter? Sounds about right. Showroom open by appointment. 10951 Pico Blvd., Ste. 100, L.A., 310-474-8788.
A THING OF BEAUTY
THE ALLURING ITEM: Glamglow Mud Mask. AS PRETTY DOES: French kaolin sea clay, green-tea leaf, grapeseed, cucumber extract and pumice combine to detoxify and exfoliate skin with radiant results. The absence of artificial colors, fragrances and animal testing is also gorgeous. AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY, TOMMY LEE RESTED: The rocker “just loves it and can’t stop talking about it,” says Helene Sandra, a lifelong Angeleno and creator of the product. “He uses it on Sundays. That’s his day...I don’t know, his lounging day.” PRICE: $79 for 50 ml. WHERE: Bliss Hollywood at the W Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., 323-798-1386, blissworld.com.
INTRODUCING: Socialista. WHY THE DRUMROLL? It's a new line backed by Rock & Republic founder Michael Ball. SAVE A NAMETAG FOR: The felt-and-chain Kiara dress ($1,995). SO...COME HERE OFTEN? “I asked my job recruiter to find me something creative, then this came,” says Jane Jo Lee of the opportunity to work as Ball's assistant. “She said, ‘It’s fashion and L.A. It’s the best you’ll get.’ I was like, ‘Hell yeah it is!’ ” A year later, Ball tapped her to design his new line. TIMELESS INFLUENCE: “I had a childhood fascination with Paco Rabanne,” recalls Lee. “He was in the ’60s, but I didn’t know that until the ’80s.” WHEN ’N’ WHERE: The full collection hits stores by September, but the Kiara is available for preorder now by calling 310-424-3866.
WORTH THE WAIT: Christian Louboutin Rollerboy Spikes flats. THE HOLLYWOOD CONNECTION: The movie poster for 1975’s Rollerball served as inspiration for these zebra-striped pony-hair and silver-stud kicks. “Two years ago, I attended the Met Ball, and the theme was Superhero,” recalls the Milan-based footwear icon. “I decided to make an evening shoe covered in major spikes.” WHAT’S SOLD IN VEGAS DOES NOT HAVE TO STAY IN VEGAS: If these seem a little Sin City, you’re on the money—they’ll be available exclusively at the designer’s boutique in the Palazzo in late August. PRICE: $1,395. WHERE: 3327 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-818-1650.
ONLY IN L.A.
CITY OF ANGELS EXCLUSIVE: The just revamped Fitness Center at the Four Seasons. WHY IT’S SO SOCAL: Surprisingly, it’s the town’s only hotel gym offering guests an alfresco exercise experience. Located poolside on the fourth floor, the place is encircled by lemon trees and succulents, and patrons are afforded a palm-tree-dotted view of Beverly Hills below. A TAD GREEN: The workout area will only be enclosed and cooled or heated during extreme temps. A TAD NOT: Each Precor-equipped station features a screen boasting more than 50 television channels. FORGOT YOUR GEAR? No sweat—duds and sneakers are at the ready, gratis. WHERE: 300 S. Doheny Dr., L.A., 310-273-2222, fourseasons.com.