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April 20 2014

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Eat Your Heart Out, Zagat

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The Fashion Friendly Guide to Los AngelesCarole Sabas’ in-the-know guides to such cities as Miami, Paris, and New York are joined this week by The Fashion Friendly Guide to Los Angeles. The Paris Vogue contributor interviewed nearly forty fashion insiders to get their tips on everything from the perfect wood-fired pizza to painless facial extractions. Johnny Depp’s tattoo parlor of choice? Shamrock Social Club. The Rodarte sisters’ favorite cult movie houses? You’ll have to pick up the book.

Both Sabas and those she consulted for the guide (among them Angela Lindvall, Kate Bosworth, and Rachel Zoe) are quick to dispel misconceptions of a city often filtered through the lens of TMZ. “The most open city [I've written about] is definitely Los Angeles,” Sabas told Style.com. “I was amazed at how generous the people are! They like when people love the city and try to understand more than the celebrity culture.”

The tome’s cover features art from Sabas’ regular collaborator Caroline Andrieu. The illustrator created an ethereal portrait of quintessential L.A. It girl (and Mark “The Cobrasnake” Hunter’s girlfriend), model Diane Rosser. “I just love having her on the cover. To me she really represents this West Coast lifestyle,” Sabas says. “[Los Angeles] is very wild and very inspirational. It’s about freedom. You can be whatever you want.”

Below, Sabas consults her new release to map out a perfect L.A. day, exclusively for Style.com.

The Fashion Friendly Guide to Los Angeles is now available online and in-store at McNally Jackson, and later this week at Colette.

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Waiting For The Other Balmain Sandal To Drop on Boutique Closings

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If you missed the news just before the holidays, Tracey Ross announced that she was closing her trailblazing Los Angeles boutique on New Year’s Eve, after 18 years of selling high-end fashion with her particular SoCal slant to a dedicated, celeb- studded clientele. There’s been a lot of bad news on the fashion front between Thanksgiving and now, so we’ll remind you that in November, retail doyenne Linda Dresner also announced that she would close her famed Park Avenue boutique. It opened in 1983. Though Dresner is keeping her original shop in Birmingham, Michigan, both she and Ross cited department-store desperation in the form of early sales and deep discounts as a major factor in their demise. How can the little guy (or gal, as the case may be) compete with 70 percent off at Neiman Marcus? Apparently, not very well. But these specialty stores don’t merely offer just another cash register to buy a dress. What fans of Dresner, ranging from Jackie O to Carine Roitfeld, loved was her eye—one that enabled her to support designers like Tom Binns and Rick Owens early on. In a recent interview with WWD, Dresner decried the lack of creativity in retailing. There are, of course, great specialty stores still standing in both New York (Opening Ceremony, Jeffrey) and Los Angeles (Opening Ceremony, Satine, Mameg), as well as San Francisco’s Susan and Chicago’s Ikram. And Milan Vukmirovic’s soon-to-open Miami boutique The Webster is the source of much buzz. But it wouldn’t be surprising to hear of yet another closing in the near future. Is the ever-worsening economy spelling the end of the boutique with a finely honed point of view? Tell us what you think.