February 2011

Image The Style List

by Melissa Magsaysay

BARTHOLOMEW COOKE / PROP STYLIST: PETER GARGAGLIANO

Singular Sensation

Raven Kauffman has been here before. “I must have been a naughty flapper in feathers and gold lamé,” says the designer. So fittingly for this go-round, she works out of a 1924 downtown building that was originally City Club, the private social club with the indoor landscape. It’s there she created the Charlie bag, a Swarovski crystal–encased bedazzlement that can be clutched or—should you be juggling awards—slung over a shoulder by a detachable chain. While Kauffman’s heart and aesthetic sensibility would have been at home on Oscar’s first red carpet, her mind is thoroughly 83rd ceremony: “I never make a bag that can’t fit an iPhone.” $2,350 by special order. ravenkauffman.com. - Robin Sayers

HIGH HOPES

At first glance, the shoes created by Loeffler Randall for Suno’s spring 2011 line may look a bit like Frankenstein takes a tropical holiday. We think the wedge sandals, which add a welcome shock to an eclectic ensemble and brighten up neutrals, will be a hit. $645. Available online Feb. 14, sunony.com.

GOOD THINGS/SMALL PACKAGES

The Max Mara Cube Coat stows away neatly into a soft-sided, lunchbox-size case and unfolds Transformer-esque into a light-as-air reversible jacket. And the quilting skirts any wrinkling worries. $1,140. 451 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-385-9343.

ARMED AND FABULOUS

Three rows of pavé diamonds set off the eye-catchingly electric green chrysoprase stones in Venice, California–based jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth’s bold 18K yellow-gold cuff. $57,100. Special order from Barneys New York. 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400.

Carried Away

Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli bring the spring 2011 Garden Party collection’s dreamy watercolor prints to this sporty but sweet backpack. $2,295. Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900.

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The Power of Pink Is Just Sweet Enough
by Hayley Atkin

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It’s an Oracle of Chic, as Tom Ford Summons the Faithful to Rodeo Drive
by Booth Moore

To all designers hoping to dress the red-carpet set: You’re officially on notice. Tom Ford has a flagship store opening on Rodeo Drive on March 1, and it’s the first to feature his new women’s collection. Judging from what we saw in September, when Ford handpicked, among others, Beyoncé, Julianne Moore and Lauren Hutton to preview the line in New York, there will be plenty for boldface beauties to choose from: a black fishnet, hand-embroidered gold pailetté gown; an electric blue silk georgette fringe dress; a leopard-print trouser suit; and even gold-dipped feather earrings.

In a departure from Ford’s clubby, wood-paneled menswear boutiques, the interior of his 9,200-square-foot Beverly Hills outlet—designed in collaboration with Studio Sofield, as all Ford stores have been since the Gucci era—is awash in pale gray, silver and high-gloss lacquer. The store will feature both men’s and women’s clothing and accessories.

Through a 23-foot facade of smooth white plaster, shoppers enter the perfumery, where flacons of Ford scents sit on chrome shelves. A stainless-steel staircase leads up to the women’s floor, where evening wear is housed in imported Makassar-ebony wardrobes.

It’s as over-the-top Hollywood as you would expect from Ford, who contributed to fashion glamour while at the helm of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994 to 2004, before launching his namesake men’s line in 2007 and making his film directorial debut with A Single Man in 2009.

Naturally, there will be an opening party during Oscar week—and considering that Ford is the luxe-tux go-to designer for such A-listers as Brad Pitt, Colin Firth and Jay-Z, it’s sure to be a hot ticket.