Your guide to the best of SoCal fashion in 2014
3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Luxurious lingerie company La Perla brought its first American concept store to South Coast Plaza on August 16th, one month before the brand celebrated its 60th anniversary. The boutique’s interiors, courtesy of architect Roberto Baciocchi, are inspired by great Italian architecture: references to the work of Carlo Scarpa from the Castelvecchio Museum in Verona can be found in the dusty colored walls dressed in painted fabric and in the display cases within the store. Here you’ll find the dichotomy of severity in the store’s Portuguese marble slabs and paved floors, and softness in its silk tub armchairs, pastel walls, and window arches lined in pink onyx. Delicate underpinnings are presented on gilded hangers or on velvet-lined trays. In order to maintain your modesty (in the store, at least), ring a “service” bell, and a La Perla employee will be at your beck and call.
3832 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
Westime couldn’t have chosen a better location for its fourth boutique. Southern California’s premiere purveyor of luxury timepieces opened its doors at the Malibu Country Mart this summer, joining its three predecessors in La Jolla, Beverly Hills, and on Sunset Boulevard. The shop carries a carefully curated selection of men’s and women’s watches as well as luxury jewelry that will appeal to the affluent beach community’s sophisticated and stylish clientele. Expect to see rare creations like Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition Tourbillon Chronograph, which will be exclusively carried at Westime’s Malibu location.
428 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
There is no one who does bridal quite like Vera Wang. The designer has created a palatial, 5,500-square-foot boutique on Rodeo Drive in which to showcase both her bridal and ready-to-wear collections. As designed by Sawyer Berson, the two-story shop is the embodiment of luxe contemporary with its blackened steel fixtures, graphite finishes, matte concrete floors, and floating displays. A monumental white Corian staircase within the store features a floor-to-ceiling video art installation commissioned for the store by artist Marco Brambilla entitled “Replay.”
889 Americana Way #798, Glendale, CA 91210
David Yurman finally opened its doors at The Americana at Brand in Glendale this past July. Conceptualized by the renowned architectural firm of Gabellini Sheppard Associates, the flowing 1,844 square-foot store features classically modern architecture. Every element of the interior thoughtfully reflects the brand’s luxurious yet relaxed aesthetic. The boutique carries David Yurman’s classic collections, including gold and sterling silver designs for women and men; fine jewelry, and the Wedding Collection. Recently launched collections will also be available, including the Hampton Cable Collection, Starburst Collection, and pieces from the Petite Pave Collection, as well as the Frontier, Knife Edge and Chevron collections for men.
8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90048
Italian designer Giuseppe Zanotti brought his luxe line of high-end shoes, clothing, bags, and ready-to-wear to the Beverly Center in early September. The new, 1,300-square-foot space features clean lines, off-white walls, and wood paneling, all the better to showcase his distinctive wares. Expect to find coolly elegant details such as grey and brass hardware, a black and white marble floor offset by a lush slate-colored carpet, and a sheet metal wall separator that provides a “blinking” effect when you enter the new space.
3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The revamped Valentino boutique at South Coast Plaza is more than just a store—it’s an experience. As conceptualized by creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli in collaboration with architect David Chipperfield, the 2,300-square-foot boutique combines old and new to create the intimate atmosphere of a palazzo. An enfilade of rooms separates the different types of merchandise; distinct atmospheres are created by a custom palette of colors, textures, surfaces and light. The architecture is designed to complement the pieces on display, making use of a range of discreetly opulent materials; grey Venetian terrazzo with Carrara chippings, American walnut, marble, glass, thick leather, and soft carpets. The design unifies these individual rooms into a consistent experience by surrounding an inset floor panel made of timber parquet, marble in black and white chessboard patterns, or wool and silk carpet, with a continuous Venetian terrazzo frame. Wall finishes vary from room to room, including mirrors that have been sandblasted alternately on both sides. At each threshold, the terrazzo rises from the floor to line the doorway, emphasizing the thickness of the walls. The chandeliers are assembled from optical lenses set in brass bezels into a range of shapes. The boutique, which reopened with its new design concept in April, carries women’s ready-to-wear, handbags and shoe collections.
3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
You’ll feel like you’ve wound up on Paris’ Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris at South Coast Plaza’s newly renovated Chloé boutique. The concept is a contemporary approach to Maison Chloé with its hip sensibility and airy, light-filled interior highlighting the French fashion house’s complete collection of ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, accessoriesand fragrances. New elements you should expect to see since the store re-opened in May include a large pink monolith with inserted showcases, a natural stone floor, and a rose Aegean marble cash desk.
Christian Louboutin is heading to the Brentwood Country Mart! Expect to see his red soles appearing in late 2014 or early 2015. Moschino is also opening its first west coast store in West Hollywood, while cult French labels Sandro and Maje are hitting South Coast Plaza this fall; Helmut Lang is expected to open at Brentwood Place in late September.