LACMA Costume Council Conversation Series: Theory Artistic Director Olivier Theyskens and Oscar nominated Costume Designer Arianne Phillips
‘I love that guy’ pronounced a fellow guest following the last slide presented… Theyskens’s personable, completely unpretentious presence held an audience at LACMA enthralled during a presentation that entertained and educated the audience as he walked us through his career; design school drop out, struggling entrepreneur, discovered by Arianne Phillips (Madonna’s go to for all things fashion), nurtured by Polly Mellen (then Vogue fashion editor), appointed to Rochas’ creative director, and then Nina Ricci’s artistic director (both swoon worthy accomplishments), and finally on to Theory where Theyskens has deftly applied his meticulous attention to making ‘real clothes’ just as valuable as couture. “My French grandmother saved her sheets, curtains, laces and odd bits for me” these would go on to influence his particular fabrications with his namesake collection as well as his work with Rochas, Nina Ricci and presently Theory. Olivier’s parting quote: “Life is Pink.” Indeed!
– Magda Berliner
One must always know the right LA parking tricks if one is to successfully navigate 3 parties in a night in LA. Tommy Hilfiger tastefully reserved most of Robertson last night for towncars, limousines Escalades, Tahoes, and of course the trademark fleet of TH-branded Jeep Grand Wagoneers to transport guests to and from the launch of his new flagship store on Robertson Blvd.
We arrived just in time to question Nolan Ross (from Revenge) about Carrion, and chat with the Vanderpumps about Jiggy.
Many guests were coming from the Oz premiere in Hollywood (where James Franco arrived via hot air balloon), while others were scurrying up the street (just three short blocks) to Sir Philip Green’s dinner for Topshop at Cecconi’s.
No matter all that, everyone wound up at the Soho House in time for Tommy’s after party with Alicia Keys and a special surprise appearance from Guns N’ Roses (GnR moved on to play a private house party in Bel Air later) with the ticket for admission being the first-ever keeper of a wristband handed out at entrance of the Hilfiger Flagship Store on Robertson Blvd earlier in the night — the list ladies placed our us blue leather snap cuffs (think Hermes but blue) with a sweet little map to Soho House; all very tasteful.
Spotted at the new Hilfiger store and/or later on at Soho House: Drew Barrymore, Jessica Alba, Kristin Davis, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Ed Eastwick, Jennifer Lopez, the Fashion Police aka George Kotsiopoulos, and more.
Truffle notes: The top of the new Hilfiger store is shaped like the bottom of a preppy man’s boat.
Topshop owner Sir Philip Green opened the Topshop LA launch event and dinner at Cecconi’s (if you call dinner a paparazzi packed lineup with London cabs transporting guests, London phone booths, and serenades from Solange Knowles) ...
Finally a reason to shop The Grove; nice move Rick Caruso!
One of our favorite hidden gems in Los Angeles is the Levi’s Showroom. It’s about one block away from the Chateau Marmont and is in a regular looking house so you would never know what lies within.
There is a closet full of extremely pricey vintage Levi’s and then they display all their collaboration lines with Opening Ceremony and Pendleton and so forth, and of course all the basic current lines from Levi’s. It’s not uncommon to see A-list actresses and their stylists pouring out the front door of the house with some loaners in tow.
Last night the denim maker’s LA team held a holiday dinner for the LA fashion press core. The showroom has been dubbed the Levi’s Haus as of late and lots of parties with socially sustainable and street culture themes have been in and out of the space hosted by Jeffrey Deitch, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Levitt, Nike and more.