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Jenni Kayne Heads To The Westside

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Since opening her first stand-alone store in West Hollywood five years ago, Jenni Kayne has been steadily managing the strategic growth of her eponymous label. With that growth comes expansion, in the shape of her second retail outpost on the Westside of L.A. Affected by the city’s pervasive driving culture, Kayne sensed an unavoidable need. “I love the Westside, and I feel like we have a different clientele over there that doesn’t come over to the West Hollywood store,” Kayne told Style.com. And the opening seems to come at the perfect time. “When I opened Almont [her first store], I wanted it to be successful and happen organically and give that store all of my attention. I really feel the same way about Brentwood. It’s the right time to really focus on it.”

Situated in the picturesque—and paparazzi-heavy—Brentwood Country Mart, the 1,200-square-foot space features a design play that is cohesive with Kayne’s casual-luxe appeal. “I wanted the store to be in line with the Country Mart’s aesthetic, but I wanted it to feel a little bit more whitewashed since it’s closer to the beach.” How did the designer’s California-bred brand of easy elegance translate? “I wanted it to feel similar and clean but have its own identity at the same time.” Her sorbet-hued Spring collection and rainbow palette of d’Orsay flats strike a perfect contrast against the whitewashed walls, brass fixtures, and bamboo wood paneling that runs the length of the store. The new space also features a heavier mix of accessories—including Proenza Schouler bags. “We’re looking to really grow into other designers, too, but I wanted to start really small.” The theme of growth continues with talks of where a third store may open (Santa Barbara and San Francisco sound appealing) and how her latest collection is progressing. Naturally, “very California” is how she’d describe it.

Jenni Kayne, 225 26th St., #30B, Santa Monica, CA.

Photo: Courtesy of Jenni Kayne

L.A. Art Scene In Full Bloom

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“This is always one of my very favorite parties to come to,” said Jenni Kayne at the Hammer Museum’s Gala in the Garden in L.A. on Saturday. The annual benefit bash was an animated affair—literally, in this case, honoring The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and artist Lari Pittman.

Kayne was in good company. Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Jack Black, and Neil Patrick Harris all came to take in the scene, as well as to check out the Ed Ruscha exhibition, which was kept open for the duration of the evening. (Bruno Mars was on hand to perform, if all that wasn’t entertainment enough.)

Keeping up the fashion quotient of the evening were Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte and Monique Lhuillier (pictured). “It’s about supporting the arts, in every form,” Lhuillier said. The arts, in turn, have been supporting her. “In this last collection, I did have a lot of brushstrokes,” she said. “[Artist] James Nares was a very big influence in the prints that I created.”

Photo: Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images

Heirlooms In The Making In L.A.

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Trends come and trends go, but simplicity is chic forever. That’s the design philosophy behind Mannin, the line Suzanne Donegan founded to create “the seven basics of the jewelry wardrobe.” (Fashion historians will hear echoes of Donna Karan’s classic Seven Easy Pieces.) The Mannin collection has since grown, but its spirit remains the same—and that’s a spirit that appeals to L.A. designer Jenni Kayne, who has curated a selection of Donegan’s designs for her West Hollywood shop. “I think we share a similar sensibility, which is based on wearability and practicality but always feels cool and new,” Kayne said. “Her jewelry complements my collection in the best way.” Customers have responded to the well-edited selection of recycled-gold pieces, as well as a new option—monogramming. Kayne even had her own signet ring hand-engraved with her husband and son’s initials. Donegan was quick to point out that her pieces are meant to be collected as heirlooms. “With the engraving, each piece becomes unique and special. The jewelry can be passed down through families and through the generations,” she said. Which, Kayne noted, was exactly her intention.

Mannin is now available at Jenni Kayne, 614 Almont Drive, West Hollywood, (310) 860-0316.

Photo: Courtesy of Mannin

Hey, Four Eyes

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Just when we thought the whole trendy “I Tried To Be Terry Richardson But All I Got Were These Lousy Glasses” phase had fizzled out, something is going on with spectacles. Jenni Kayne had oversize plastic frames, Antonio Azzuolo used 60′s and 70′s Italian deadstock, and Scott Sternberg borrowed metal ones from Silver Lining Opticians. They’ve kind of 70′s detective and early 80′s working girl (like the chick in the best Cinderella screenplay ever The Secret of My Succe$s, but I digress). Who knew four eyes could be so sexy? What do you think? Would you wear them?

Photo: Don Ashby

New York Fashion Week Preview

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New York fashion week officially gets under way this Friday, February 13, and wraps up on Friday, February 20, but eight days just isn’t enough time for the 200-plus fashion shows, presentations, and showroom appointments on the Fall 2009 schedule. Which means things really get rolling this Wednesday, with—voyeur alert!—Jenni Kayne’s presentation at her parent’s Park Avenue apartment. For more on Fall fashion week’s highlights—including the season’s most promising designers, models, new stores, hot spots, and runway trends—check out our NYC Fashion Week Preview. The Sartorialist’s first street fashion pictures go live this Friday. Meanwhile, stay tuned to our Style File fashion blog for more fashion week updates.

Photo: Courtesy of Macqua