Monthly Archives: June 2009

LA Mourns The Death Of Pop Legend Michael Jackson


Just today, Swarovski announced that they were going to outfit Michael Jackson head to toe for his “This Is It” tour kicking off next month — his costumes and sets were to feature over 300,000 crystals, in 53 different shapes, 43 different sizes, and 27 different colors.  In April, The Imagist reported that Balmain stylist Emmanuelle Alt “would weep” if Jackson allowed Balmain to do his tour costumes because she was “100% obsessed” with him — a fact reflected in Balmain’s flashy runway pieces.

Jackson had catapulted himself back into fashion’s eye in recent months after he was spotted in a number of different Balmain looks — no doubt courtesy of Emmanuelle Alt — and a favorite gold studded Givenchy jacket.  At the news of his death this afternoon, an outpouring of reactions came from models, editors, and designers alike.


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Insider Tip: Valentino Fall 2009 Trunk Show Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, June 26th at Saks On Three in Beverly Hills East there will be a Valentino Fall 2009 Trunk Show.  LAShoppingReviews readers are invited to attend.  To RSVP, please call 310.887.5403.

Valentino Fall-Winter 2009

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What’s in the bag Christina?

Check it out – Singer Christina Milan is leaving Barneys New York in Beverly Hills after doing a little shopping.  Wonder what she bought…

Christina Milan Barneys

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City Style: Comparing Los Angeles, New York City and Paris

Los Angeles, New York and Paris all offer their own perspective in the world of fashion. These cities are always alternating old trends for fresh, new styles. As seasons change so do the looks of these cities. Each metropolitan area differs not only with speech and culture, but more importantly they differ in fashion.

While Angelinos are stereotypically more laid back due to the abundance of California sunshine, New Yorkers and Parisians are known for living a faster paced lifestyle equipped with skyscrapers and historical landmarks and in turn each environment does shape the fashion of each city.  

Sunny Hues In Los Angeles

The Vibrant Colors Of A Missoni Tunic In Los Angeles

Angelinos have recently reflected slouchy t-shirts, tank tops and floral sun dresses. In California it isn’t uncommon to see a colorful sports bra poking out of a sweater or being seen through a loose white t-shirt. Bright miniskirts paired with gladiator sandals can be seen in Los Angeles year round, while in New York strappy sandals make an appearance mid-Spring to the Summer season, usually paired with more classic, plain summer dresses or long knee length leggings and oversized tees.

While in New York and Paris revealing skin is more appropriate with long gowns or short summer apparel, revealing tops in California seems to be a constant hit. Long tees with oversized armholes paired with colorful lingerie are more common in the sunshine states. Shirts or dresses with low sloping backs are in year round. It seems they have taken the place of belly shirts from the 80s, those aren’t as common anymore with looser clothing now revealing more backs and arms.

New York and Paris do have more in common style-wise, both recently sporting leather jackets. Black leather is now in on the East side as well as in European cities. The smart, edgy look is what Europe is all about. Form fitting, low cut, button-down sweaters from gray to black are always acceptable in Paris. Tall wasted skirts reaching down to mid thigh paired with tights are a classic outfit for the night. Daytime Parisians usually sport slim fitted sleeveless tees in the warmer months. In colder months the form fitting, waist cinching pea coat is always popular both in New York and Paris.

The Perfect Spring Trench In Paris

The Perfect Spring Trench In Paris

While tights are more popular in Paris, leggings in New York and casual jeans in California, skirts and dresses are always flaunted in warmer months. However the styles of the dresses do differ. While in Paris casual and dressy seem to differ greatly with casual being more flowy and loose and dressy being slimmer and more fitting, in New York and Los Angeles casual and dressy seemed to be interchanged more often depending more on event than time. Styles of dresses are always changing but the main message of each style for the city does reflect a pattern with LA being more floral and bright and New York being more earthy colors and darker patterns.

Angelinos may have more colorful outfits, but New Yorkers match this with their colorful and oversized jewelry. Angelinos may be seen wearing a few simple silver rings, similar to Parisians who wear more classic and plain jewelry. The New Yorkers though seem to prefer a simple clothing décor paired with more vibrant accessories.

One thing that seems popular for almost every trendy city is the “go green” apparel. Awareness to saving the environment has grown and with this has come simple tees featuring recycling and peace symbols. Important messages always seem to be in style for fashionable cities around the globe.

The Perfect Look For Riding Your "Green Alternative" To Work

An Ideal NYC Look For Riding Your "Green Alternative" To Work

Styles and trends are always changing which is why sharing with different cities can be something new and exciting. Shopping online helps as well with boutiques like The Kooples from Paris and designers like Alexander Wang from New York now having user-friendly websites.


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Ron Herman – Los Angeles Hipster’s Paradise

Ron Herman Bev Hills Store Front

With four hot locations in the trendiest of areas, Ron Herman is the happening place for fashion hipsters in Los Angeles. Infamous for celebrity shoppers like Britney Spears, Jaime King, Lindsay Lohan, and Nicole Richie, Ron Herman is the “it” shopping location for Angelinos in the know. And what’s great about Ron Herman is that you walk out with a wardrobe that will make you look effortlessly fashionable, even with a status that is somewhat less than celebrity.

Ron Herman Bev Hills Interior Shot

Ron Herman carries everything from essential Free City sweats to Mike & Chris Leather Jackets to Steven Alan boyfriend tees to match your Current/Elliott boyfriend jeans. Other designers include Dries Van Noten, Rag and Bone, Elizabeth and James (which the Olsen twins co-design), Twenty8Twelve, and Alexander Wang. You can also find token pieces by Jill Stuart, Anna Sui, and Maison Martin Margiela. What’s more, Ron Herman does collaborations with a select number of designers where they exclusively design and sell pieces from your favorite labels that fit the aesthetic of a Ron Herman shopper.

 Ron Herman’s greatest asset is their wide selection—they sell clothing and accessories that range from street casual to evening gala. Included in this phenomenon is their Jeans Bar where they sell brands such as Paige Denim, Citizens of Humanity, Rich & Skinny, J Brand, Gold Sign, Earnest Sewn, and Ksubi. This kind of store really encapsulates how Angelinos dress: sweats and tees for a day of errands, jeans and jersey dresses for lunching, and silk crepe dresses with cashmere for evening.

 And right now, Ron Herman is having a 50% off sale at all 4 of their locations!  Shop away…

Ron Herman Sale

Ron Herman Beverly Hills
325 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210
Mon – Sat: 10-6, Sun: 12-5
Ron Herman Melrose
8100 Melrose Avenue

Los Angeles, California 90046


Mon – Sat: 10-7. Sun: 12-6
Ron Herman Brentwood
11677 San Vicente Boulevard
Brentwood, California 90049
Mon – Sat: 11-7, Sun: 12-5
Ron Herman Malibu
3900 Cross Creek Road
Malibu, California 90265
Mon – Sat: 10-6, Sun: 12-5

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Catherine Malandrino & Frederic Fekkai Invite You

Catherine Malandrino and Frederic Fekkai have woven together their French identities to bring a  day of European style to Melrose Place.  LaShoppingReviews readers are invited to attend this exclusive event.  See the invite below:


An Event Not To Be Missed

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Pamela Barish – Classic with a Twist

A View From Abbot Kinney

A View From Abbot Kinney

Step inside Pamela Barish, this vintage-looking room with a crystal chandelier and a larger than life floor-to-ceiling mirror, and you will definitely feel like shopping! This unique little boutique has great pieces that will meet your high-fashion cravings. Pamela Barish’s website accurately emotes her collections which are “always restrained but never stuffy, relaxed but always appropriate… embodying quintessential elegance with an irreverent twist.

Pamela Barish has always been a designer, but it was not until she officially started her label in 1992, and subsequently, opened her Venice boutique that the buzz began to spread. Since then, celebrities like Cher, Angelica Houston, and Meg Ryan have donned Barish’s immaculate clothing. Pamela Barish also works with clients and stylists to customize her designs for weddings and award ceremonies.

Some Of Pamela's Creations On Display

Some Of Pamela's Creations On Display

Pamela Barish designs with herself in mind as her muse: a woman who likes a nicely tailored garment, with girly details. She describes her design style as one part hippie, one part classic, and one part constructed. Her classic aesthetic not only comes naturally to the designer, but also makes her clothing great investments, especially in the current financial times. Unlike the deconstructed silhouettes that have been walking down the runway, Pamela Barish draws more inspiration from a tailored look that is reminiscent of the strictness of the 1950s. Her shop on Abbot Kinney is the only place you can buy her clothes, so stalk up! But not too much, because her garments transcend trends and you’ll be wearing them for years to come.

Pamela Barish
1327 Abbott Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
11:00-5:00 Monday-Saturday
12:00-5:00 Sunday

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