|By Jamee Gregory
Shopping in Los Angeles is quite diverse! Rodeo Drive, the obvious choice, is filled with familiar shops like Louis Vuitton, Tod’s and Ralph Lauren. In the latter, I find my favorite salesman from Southampton, Vic.
Spacious and large, stocked to the brim, I find charming men’s seersucker blazers on sale, which fail to entice my husband. Heading upstairs, I’m excited to find khaki- cotton slim pants and a white turtleneck with matching suede quilted elbow pads and shoulder patches. Even though I’m not a hunter, this outfit, will keep me warm in the fall!
Back on the wide street, traffic ebbs and flows, with options for free parking. No one does much walking in LA, but this area is an exception. Ladies look very different from their Fifth Avenue sisters. Hair is blonder, veering to platinum, lips puffier, boobs bigger, heels higher, and colors more pastel. Underneath these superficial differences, they share a zest for the fray, clutching armloads of shopping bags, marked Bottega Veneta, Wolford, Prada and Neiman-Marcus. The shops are light, airy and lovelier than at home. Sunshine permeates the street and pours through the shop windows.
|Moving onward, to something more exciting, my daughter takes us to Fred Segal, an establishment that occupies its own little village.
Youthful California looks, hoodies in cashmere and cotton, hand-painted tees, Dries Van Noten striped shirts and silver pants for men, sexy bras galore, an entire shop devoted to sandals all catch my eye.
I fall for a weathered black tee-shirt with the word “warning” lettered in bright metallic red across the chest. Its cost benefits global conservation programs and looks great too. An entire area, devoted to colorful and sexy lingerie captures my fancy. Home wares from all over the world merit a once over. Pastel plastic Marc Jacobs’s ballerinas with bows are worth bringing home.
The sexy lingerie display, what Angelenos must wear under their hoodies!
|Next stop: All the trendy boutiques near Venice, filled with strolling young couples on the look out for 50's furniture, wicker, garden ornaments and planters. How lucky they are to live where it’s summer all year round! These shops are stuffed to the gills.
I am particularly taken with Brick Lane, filled with goodies from London’s leading designers like Alice Temperley. I find a mail box in the shape of a birdcage but my daughter declines. She shows me her favorite shop, where a myriad of chic fabrics have been treated for life outdoors. Bold Stripes, floral patters, tropical flowers all cry out, hoping to land as cushions on someone’s naked wrought iron or wicker furniture. Matching laminated trays and Lucite chairs designed by Jordan Cappella add to the mix.
Inset: Getting ready for our stroll along Venice Beach's charming shops. Above: Brick Lane, a shop as charming outside as inside. It's adorable street displays lead one to a treasure trove of trendy English designer's latest creations.
|Sadly, the day is over and it’s time to return to Shutters, our charming hotel that sits directly on the beach, simple and majestic. Santa Monica here I come.|
Thursday, July 19, 2007