If you love Beverly Hills like we do, you’ll be overjoyed to hear that there are some welcome new additions to the neighborhood in 2014. Read on to find out all you need to know about where to go in the 90210.
233 N Beverly Dr.
Hakkasan is definitely the hautest new addition to Beverly Hills. The iconic brand brings some sexy back to the 90210 with a 10,000 square-foot space that’s destined to become a hangout for celebrities and Hollywood power players alike. Spearheaded by Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon, Hakkasan will offer its unique brand of Cantonese fare with additional dishes created specially for its Los Angeles location. Said delicacies include Roasted Silver Cod with Champagne, Crispy Duck Salad and Stir-Fried Black Pepper Beef Rib-Eye with Merlot. A bespoke cocktail menu is also available at the stunning space, which was conceptualized by Parisian design firm Gilles & Boissier. Expect to see ornately patterned stainless steel doors, white marble Calcatta and oak accents, intricately carved Chinese screens and a 66-foot long bar with a blue backlit glass monolith in the background. Those seeking privacy or a more intimate meal can book The Lotus, a private dining room that seats up to 18.
366 N. Rodeo Drive
Tory Burch might have come a little late to the Rodeo, but residents are grateful regardless. The new Beverly Hills space is the designer’s 4th in LA and 30th in Southern California, but completely unique in its inception. Custom-designed by Burch herself with the help of architect Daniel Romualdez, the new store is 4,700 square feet and three stories of pure glamour. Shoppers will see a brass fretwork façade inspired by Chinese Chippendale and an interior where abaca rugs and brown lacquer walls provide a neutral backdrop for seafoam-colored drapes and teal velvet sofas. Decorative elements like gold leaf peony wallpaper mixed with white coral sconces, a Madeleine Castaing carpet in an oak-paneled room, and a velvet sofa under an antique Moroccan mirror add elegant touches to the space. The VIP room is also supremely chic, featuring a terrace, working fireplace and cozy living room. The entire Tory Burch collection including ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, jewelry, small leather goods, swimwear and accessories as well as the new fragrance and beauty collection in collaboration with Estée Lauder is available at the new store.
337 N Rodeo Dr.
Ermenegildo Zegna’s new global boutique is 5,800 square feet of complete luxury. As designed by architect Peter Marino, the store, newly opened in November of 2013, showcases a variety of offerings from the Italian menswear designer encompassing the Zegna, Z Zegna and Zegna Sport collections as well as a made-to-measure service. The boutique is completely masculine with luxurious touches such as a Gio Ponti sofa and two lounge chairs taken from the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Rome. Specially commissioned artwork by Mimmo Jodice and Emil Lukas adorn the walls, while three works of art by Peter Dayton depicting surfboards pay homage to SoCal culture. VIP guests will love the luxury room, which features golden stucco walls and silk carpeting.
434 N Rodeo Dr.
Each Hermès store is different, and the redesigned Rodeo Drive outpost is especially specific to Southern California. In the 12,000 square foot space as designed by French company RDAI, there is an impressive array of vintage photographs, including a rare shot of Grace Kelly cleaning the bag that bears her name — the Kelly bag. The second floor of the space includes a “men’s universe” and “women’s universe” of clothing, shoes and accessories; the former includes a bespoke room where men can pick and choose the fabrics and colors they’d like used for suits, sweaters and shirts. The shop also bears one-of-a-kind items in its blue bicycle ($4,700) and saddlebag ($11,200) as well as two calfskin leather blue basketballs ($12,900) which are meant to symbolize the sky, ocean and pools of Los Angeles.
ENJOY THE ARTS
THE WALLIS ANNENBERG
Center for the Performing Arts
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
The long-awaited Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts finally opened its doors last October to much fanfare. The new venue has completely transformed an entire Beverly Hills city block into a luxe new cultural destination. Within the 1933 Italianate-style Beverly Hills Post office will be the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater, a café and a gift shop. The Wallis also houses the new, cotemporary, 500-seat Goldsmith Theater. It is the first performing arts center to be built in Beverly Hills, and we must conclude that a visit here is the perfect way to ring in the New Year.
MAUDE Celebrity chef Curtis Stone will open his premiere eatery at 212 S. Beverly Drive. The intimate restaurant, named after Stone’s grandmother, will seat 25 and offer a tasting menu-only concept. The décor will be eclectic with both nostalgic and modern pieces, leather banquettes, stone countertops and deep-stained woods. The restaurant is expected to open in February.
OCEAN PRIME Cameron Mitchell restaurants will open its first West Coast outpost of Ocean Prime at 9595 Wilshire Blvd. this spring.
VERA WANG Iconic designer Vera Wang will bring her Midas Touch to a 5,500-square foot space on Rodeo Drive this January. Wang’s new two-story outpost will highlight bridal and ready-to-wear gowns, as well as accessories, fragrance and shoes. Brian Sawyer, who renovated the designer’s New York apartment, is responsible for the décor of the Beverly Hills boutique.
DSQUARED2 Dean and Dan Caten’s too cool for school fashion line, DSquared2, will pop up in the 2,200 square-foot space formerly housed by Etro at 461 N. Rodeo early next year.
ZADIG & VOLTAIRE Thierry Gillier’s chic Parisian brand will occupy Lana Marks’ former space at 465 N. Rodeo this January.