Weekend Roundup: Nobu Ryokan Announces Malibu Opening Date

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A beachfront room at Nobu Ryokan
A beachfront room at Nobu Ryokan

Photo Credit: Nobu

NOBU RYOKAN SETS APRIL OPENING DATE

Nobu Hospitality has finally set a date for the much-anticipated opening of Nobu Ryokan Malibu, the first in Nobu Hospitality’s Ryokan Collection sd April 28, 2017. Located next to Nobu Restaurant Malibu and effortlessly blended with the cool elegance of the California coastline, Nobu Ryokan Malibu will present guests with a modern hideaway and distinctive service set against an authentic Ryokan-inspired style. Perched above the famed Carbon Beach alongside the Pacific Coast Highway, Nobu Ryokan Malibu has been completely transformed from a 1950’s vintage beach motel into an exclusive destination retreat. The property features 16 uniquely-designed accommodations over two stories, offering panoramic views and enveloping a serene ocean-facing courtyard with a lush garden displaying native California plants. A thoughtful design concept which balances the flow of energy, neutral color palette and organic materials was spearheaded by architects Studio PCH and Montalba Architects and designers TAL Studio, Shawmut Design and Construction, C.W. Eisner and Nikita Khan. Rich, natural material palettes of teak, bronze and limestone carry throughout the interior and exterior, channeling the minimalist aesthetic of traditional Japanese inns while evoking the laid-back spirit of the property’s location. Each guest room has been individually-designed to provide a unique guest experience and well-earned respite, incorporating natural California views and Japanese design elements such as tatami mats, sand-colored limestone walls and hand-crafted teak soaking tubs. As can be expected, Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature fare can be found next door at Nobu Malibu or even through in-room dining. Additional property amenities include a 37-foot, outdoor lap pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean, access to Carbon Beach, a dedicated fitness room, access to Malibu Racquet Club and a tranquil relaxation deck.
Zoe Saldana unveils her wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Zoe Saldana unveils her wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Photo Credit: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Guardians of the Galaxy actress Zoe Saldana unveiled her wax double at Madame Tussauds Hollywood and struck a pose side-by-side with the figure. The figure is dressed in the light pink Versace dress Saldana wore to the 2015 Academy Awards which she personally donated to Madame Tussauds. Prior to the unveiling, Madame Tussauds Hollywood released the first look of its expert team of sculptors and artists capturing Zoe’s measurements and likeness, as well as selecting the perfect matching hair and eye color for her figure. The session lasted more than two hours and over 250 measurements were taken. The completed wax figure is valued at approx. $350,000. 
 

ZOE SALDANA UNVEILS HER MADAME TUSSAUDS WAX SCULPTURE

Mike Amiri attends DIOR SS17 Collection Launch at Maxfield on April 5, 2017
Mike Amiri attends DIOR SS17 Collection Launch at Maxfield on April 5, 2017

Photo Credit: Donato Sardella/Getty Images for CHRISTIAN DIOR

DIOR UNVEILS SPRING COLLECTION AT MAXFIELD

To mark the arrival of the spring-summer 2017 collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut for Dior, the brand opened installations in a selection of key concept store locations including Maxfield in L.A. Haute guests came out to shop the line at Dior on Wednesday evening, including shirts emblazoned with the likes of “We should all be feminists.”

Belly, P Reign, French Montana & Drake toast Belly with Grey Goose VX
Belly, P Reign, French Montana & Drake toast Belly with Grey Goose VX

Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/Wireimage

THE WEEKND HOSTS BIRTHDAY BASH FOR RAPPER BELLY

The Weeknd hosted one heck of a bash for his childhood friend, Canadian rapper Belly, over the weekend. While hours of seemingly endless rainfall definitely threw a wrench in his “Pool Party After Dark” theme (the pool itself had to be closed up entirely), it didn’t appear to dampen the mood of his guests or girlfriend Selena Gomez, who partied until 4am with Grey Goose cocktails like Le Grand Fizz, High Five, Le Melon Mule and Grey Goose VX beneath the protection of a tented bar and dancefloor. Additional notables at the star-studded bash — held at a sprawling estate in Beverly Hills — included Drake, French Montana, Big Sean, Ashlee Simpson, Evan Ross, and Amber Rose.

Jada Paul and Holly Robinson Peete
Jada Paul and Holly Robinson Peete

Photo Credit: Bob Metelus Studio

INSIDE JADA’S CHARITABLE PROM DRESS GIVEAWAY

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Jada Paul, wife of Los Angeles Clippers captain and nine time NBA All Star Chris Paul, and the Chris Paul Family Foundation hosted their sixth annual Prom Dress Giveaway at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City. One hundred and twenty five high school senior girls from various community organizations around Los Angeles attended the event.  Those organizations included the Brotherhood Crusade, Watts-Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club, Compton School District, Woodcraft Rangers and the After-School All Stars.

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