The Style List—August 2010
by Robin Sayers
Dichotomies appeal to Vincent Flumiani. “I read a biography about Upton Sinclair—he’s a badass and a dick,” says the L.A.-based designer. “It’s because of him that a lot of things in the U.S. are good and bad.” Considering Flumiani “wanted to do something that was very American, and that’s what denim is,” the name Sinclair Jeans fits the bill. Pairs in the Architectural Collection—including the Eero legging jean (seen here in Kiss & Tell wash with metallic paint, $242)—may exude a thoroughly modern vibe, but they’re crafted in a decidedly muckraking-era manner. “We’re antiquated—no computer or machine can cut rounded edges like a human,” he says. And cut they do: The intricate Eero demands up to 85 pattern pieces; most jeans require just 25 to 35. “We’re old school, but it’s paying off.” Available later this month at Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Ligne Roset, the French modern-furniture icon. NUMBER OF CANDLES: 150. SPECIAL CONGRATS ON: Still being family operated. HOW THEY’RE CELEBRATING: With two limited-edition, numbered Pumpkin chairs—150 each in new shades of red and blue (shown). Originally designed by Pierre Paulin for the drawing rooms of the Elysée Palace, Paris’ presidential residence, the pieces are covered with eight segments of wool in varying hues of the chosen color. PRICE: $2,100. WHERE: 8843 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310-273-5425, ligne roset.com.
WELCOME TO L.A.
ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET FOR: The Kendall Conrad boutique. ARRIVING FROM: All over. Conrad, a Southern California girl, says her former days as a globetrotting model continue to influence her aesthetic. FIND: An array of hand-stitched leather and snakeskin bags and accessories, all produced locally and adorned with custom brass hardware. OUR PICK: The chocolate-colored, oil-stained, all-American N9 alligator case (shown). PRICE RANGE: Starts at $40; $8,000 for the N9. WHERE: 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-399-1333, kendallconraddesign.com.
WEB ADDRESS: jacquieaiche.com.. WHY IT’S WWWICKED COOL: It’s a virtual showcase of the handmade creations of West Hollywood jewelry designer Jacquie Aiche. CLICK TO FIND: Earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets of precious and semiprecious gems, minerals, rocks and fossils, each bound with gold or silver. CATCHING OUR EYE: The raw tourmaline earrings with 14K yellow gold (shown). PRICE RANGE: $200–$2,800 (the tourmaline); see inventory and find a retailer online.
A THING OF BEAUTY
ALLURING: OPI’s latest polishes, the Swiss Collection—including Glitzerland, Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous and From A to Z-urich. THE NAME GAME: “We start with 500 pitches, then distill it down to 12,” says George Schaeffer, president and CEO of the North Hollywood–based company. “By the fourth hour, we want to kill each other.” HOW DO THEY PRESS ON AFTER HOUR FOUR WITHOUT BLOODSHED? “Drink more.” PRICE: $8.50. WHERE: Salons citywide; find locations at opi.com.