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Last week, Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing took a trip to L.A. In addition to exploring the city and enjoying the sunshine, the designer attended a fete in his honor at the Chateau Marmont and had a fitting with his Met Ball date, Kate Bosworth. Here, Rousteing shares the details of his L.A. adventure exclusively with Style.com.
L.A. is such a fascinating city, and this trip was the first time I really got to enjoy it. I love L.A.’s light, its energy, and the cultural diversity. It has such a strong and unique character. Angelinos have a genuine approach to fashion that’s so different from that of Parisians or New Yorkers. They can be so casual but so glamorous at the same time. It was a very inspiring trip.
Off a long flight and into the California sunshine. Love the sight of palm trees!
A special desert at Polo Lounge after having dinner with Aurélie Bidermann and Laure Heriard Dubreuil at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Continue Reading “Designer Diary: Olivier Rousteing’s Postcard from L.A.” »
On what may well be considered the homestretch leading up to the June 6 CFDA Awards, Menswear Designer of the Year nominee Simon Spurr headed out west to mingle with a different sort of industry crowd. At a dinner in his honor, hosted by the recently launched Mr Porter (the 12-week-old brother site to Net-a-Porter), a collection of well-heeled gents descended on the Hollywood-heavy scene at the Chateau Marmont for dinner.
“It’s nice to have a designer who actually cares to send you the right size, who you can call up on the phone, and who wants to see you look good in their suits and represent their brand well,” said a loyal Kellan Lutz, reigning king of the Young Hollywood scene. (He’s also of the sturdily built type somewhat more popular in film than in fashion—but Spurr, unlike some of his contemporaries, has never catered exclusively to the sylphs.) Back from filming Breaking Dawn, the finale to the vampyric Twilight saga, the actor joined Dermot Mulroney, True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer, newcomers Xavier Samuel and Colin Egglesfield, and Joe Jonas, who seemed eager to wear more of Spurr’s designs. “I’m taking a break from my brothers right now and launching my solo career, so I am sure there will be plenty of opportunities to wear one of Simon’s suits in near future,” he told Style.com. “I love that they’re a little bit different.”
For his part, Spurr was there to celebrate his partnership with Mr Porter—his biggest retail partner to date—while also courting his most photographed fans, many of whom first wore Spurr’s suits on-set. “We haven’t actually won any award…to date,” he was quick to point out of his many nominations and accolades, “but as cliché as it sounds, I really do think being nominated is enough.” Noticing a bigger sell-through and an uptick in editorial coverage, Spurr seems poised on a slow-and-steady growth pattern, while hinting that womenswear could be on the horizon. But for now, “hopefully all this will give us the opportunity to become the next generation of American menswear.”
Loden Dager’s Paul Marlow and Alex Galan were in L.A. for the city’s fledgling fashion week this Saturday, but it wasn’t to stage a full-scale show or meet the press. “It’s about friends,” Galan said at the New York-based brand’s new West Coast showroom, in the front room of a Sunset Boulevard printing studio. And friends, in this case, meant the Like’s Tennessee Thomas, Glee costume designer Lou Eyrich, and David Arquette (left, with Marlow). “What we’re doing here is not open to the public,” Galan continued. In other words, this isn’t Loden Dager’s first retail store. Rather, the showroom will hopefully help to expand the presence of the brand at West Coast stores, though it will host rotating art exhibitions in the coming months. (Art books will also be wholesaled there; Galan daylights at D.A.P., Distributed Art Publishers.)
But “about friends” might be the subtitle to the Loden Dager story. The brand has grown largely through word of mouth as industry insiders and in-the-know types let pals and acquaintances in on the secret. That secret is one that’s been spreading faster these past few seasons—last year, LD was a finalist for the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund. “That was the most fun experience you can have in fashion—the feeling of camaraderie you get to feel getting to know all of these amazing designers,” Galan said.
That award came with a trip to L.A., one that gelled nicely with the Loden Dager aesthetic. (“L.A. is much more casual [than New York],” said Marlow, who designs the line with Oliver Helden, “and a big portion of our line is dressy casual.”) It also gave the designers a chance to make some new friends—including those in high places. “I just fell in love with the Sunset Tower the last time I was here,” Galan said. “The maître d’, Dimitri, I’m obsessed with him. He was like, ‘You and your friends are cool.’ That idea that you’ll have all of these very rich, I’m sure Russian mafia people waiting for a table, and he’ll be like, ‘I got you a table’—it’s amazing. I love the way that culture works here. New York is a bit tougher about that kind of thing.”