Quick Hits: Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid Bring Fashion to Venice Beach

Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid
Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid

Photo Credit: Tommy Hilfiger

A recap of the hottest happenings in Los Angeles this week.

TOMMYXGIGI BRING TOMMYLAND TO VENICE BEACH California was the inspiration for Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid’s latest capsule collection, TommyxGigi, so it was only fitting that that the two should stage the Spring 2017 collection at one of L.A.’s most iconic places: Venice Beach. On Wednesday, over 3,000 guests including Dee Hilfiger, Lady Gaga, Lewis Hamilton, Sofia Richie, Kaia and Presley Gerber, Lucky Blue Smith, Nash Grier, Gigi’s mother and father, Yolanda Hadid and Mohammed Hadid, her siblings Anwar Hadid and Alana Hadid descended upon Venice Beach to experience TOMMYLAND, an amusement park cornucopia of experiences that offered the chance to shop Tommy Vintage by Frankie Collective, get a taste of local Smorgasbord L.A. food trucks, take in a stunning panoramic view of TOMMYLAND from the Kamikaze and Landslide rides, and end the evening with surprise live music performances. After walking in the show with fellow models including sister Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls, Sara Sampaio, Hailey Baldwin, Stella Maxwell, Tammy Williams, Romee Strijd, Devon Windsor, Lineisy Montero, Maartje Verhoef, Julie Hoomans and Luping Wang, Gigi, along with Tommy During the show finale Tommy and Gigi introduced eight-time Grammy award winner Fergie, who gave a show-stopping performance for the crowd of models, celebrities, press and consumers featuring her biggest solo hits, including her new single M.I.L.F.$, and chart toppers from the Black Eyed Peas. American soul Duo Lion Babe also played the TOMMYLAND stage with an incredible set of their chart- climbing hits. But the show offered more than simple pleasures For the TOMMYNOW Spring 2017 show, Tommy Hilfiger became the first brand to launch 3D image recognition commerce on the runway, introducing a seamless and instant way to shop the TOMMYNOW runway. Consumers can use the custom branded TOMMYLAND SNAP:SHOP app designed in partnership with top visual search technology developer, Slyce, to shop from photos of 3D moving images, such as models walking the runway or product in store, or 2D images such as ad placements and editorial shots.

Suzanna Goin of Lucques
Suzanna Goin of Lucques

Photo Credit: Hugh Galdones

THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION IS COMING TO LA TO REVEAL THE 2017 NOMINEES The James Beard Foundation will reveal the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards nominees at a live press conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 15.. Suzanne Goin, 2016 James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Chef, and Caroline Styne, three-time nominee for Outstanding Restaurateur will co-host the press conference and corresponding breakfast at their restaurant a.o.c. Nominees in more than 50 categories in the Foundation’s awards programs, including Restaurant and Chef, Restaurant Design, and Media will be announced. In addition to the press conference and breakfast, a benefit dinner, “L.A. Cooks for the James Beard Foundation,” will take place on Tuesday, March 14. Co-hosted by chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne at their Los Angeles restaurant Lucques, an all-star line-up of fellow James Beard Award nominees and winners have been recruited for the exclusive celebration, including Nancy Silverton of Osteria Mozza, Michael Cimarusti of Providence, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal, Jeremy Fox of Rustic Canyon, Dahlia Narvaez of Pizzeria Mozza, Sherry Yard of Helm’s Bakery, Matt Molina of Everson Royce Bar, Mixologist Eric Alperin of The Varnish, and special guests Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of Border Grill. Guests can expect a unique, collaborative, multi-course dining experience with wine and specialty cocktails. A limited number of tickets will go on sale in mid-February.


THE MUSIC INDUSTRY’S BIGGEST NIGHT IS SUNDAY The Grammy’s are hitting LA once again this weekend. See the full list of nominees below; also expect tributes to the late Prince and George Michael this year.

Album of the year:

  • “25” — Adele
  • “Lemonade” — Beyoncé
  • “Purpose” — Justin Bieber
  • “Views” — Drake
  • “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” — Sturgill Simpson

Record of the year:

  • “Hello” — Adele
  • “Formation” — Beyoncé
  • “7 Years” — Lukas Graham
  • “Work” — Rihanna featuring Drake | Review
  • “Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Song of the year:

  • “Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
  • “I Took a Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
  • “Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
  • “7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

New artist:

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Maren Morris
  • Anderson .Paak

Pop vocal album:

  • “25” — Adele
  • “Purpose” — Justin Bieber
  • “Dangerous Woman” — Ariana Grande
  • “Confident” — Demi Lovato
  • “This Is Acting” — Sia

Dance/electronic album:

  • “Skin” — Flume
  • “Electronica 1: The Time Machine” — Jean-Michel Jarre
  • “Epoch” — Tycho
  • “Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future” — Underworld
  • “Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII” — Louie Vega

Rock album:

  • “California” — Blink-182
  • “Tell Me I’m Pretty” — Cage the Elephant
  • “Magma” — Gojira
  • “Death of a Bachelor” — Panic! at the Disco
  • “Weezer” — Weezer | Interview

Alternative music album:

  • “22, a Million” — Bon Iver
  • “Blackstar” — David Bowie
  • “The Hope Six Demolition Project” — PJ Harvey
  • “Post Pop Depression” — Iggy Pop
  • “A Moon Shaped Pool” — Radiohead

Urban contemporary album:

  • “Lemonade” — Beyoncé
  • “Ology” — Gallant
  • “We Are King” — King
  • “Malibu” — Anderson .Paak
  • “Anti” — Rihanna

Rap performance:

  • “No Problem” — Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
  • “Panda” — Desiigner
  • “Pop Style” — Drake Featuring the Throne
  • “All the Way Up” — Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared
  • “That Part” — Schoolboy Q featuring Kanye West

Country solo performance:

  • “Love Can Go to Hell” — Brandy Clark
  • “Vice” — Miranda Lambert
  • “My Church” — Maren Morris
  • “Church Bells” — Carrie Underwood
  • “Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Keith Urban

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CHRISTIE’S IS COMING TO LA Come April 2017, Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, will open a new 5,400 square foot, two-story flagship location in Beverly Hills. Inside the 4,500 square foot, two story location, Christie’s will host public exhibitions, social events, educational programming and live-streams of global auctions. There will also be private meeting areas and offices where clients and specialists can discuss appraisals, advisory projects, or buying and selling opportunities. Additionally, a large rooftop courtyard and green space provides an exciting outdoor space for hosting events, parties and performances under the stars. Christie’s new multi-functional arts space located on North Camden Drive near the corner of Wilshire Boulevard will be fitted with a curved, corrugated metal with a pearlescent white finish, creating an elegant and timeless exterior that speaks to the history and quality of the company’s 250-year old brand.


ARMARIUM OPENS L.A. POP-UP Where should starlets and tastemakers who are photographed so often in one look that they can never wear it again get their awards seasons duds? Armarium is the answer. For those unfamiliar, Armarium is a mobile app and website where users can rent a curated collection of statement, luxury ready-to-wear pieces and accessories for any event. Select your look and have it shipped anywhere in the US.  After the four day rental period, clients return their selections with a prepaid shipping label. Co-founded by two fashion industry veterans, Trisha Gregory and Alexandra Lind Rose, Armarium provides customers with the opportunity to experience high fashion for the moments that matter by offering a luxury experience and product without the high price tag.  Offering runway style on-demand, Armarium provides access to clothing and accessories from some of the most coveted luxury brands such as:  Alberta Ferretti, Etro, Jimmy Choo, Nina Ricci, Anthony Vaccarello, Peter Pilotto, Sonia Rykiel, Roberto Cavalli and more.