Fashion Diary: Nail polish, telenovelas and lobster rolls
I logged a lot of miles Tuesday. Met with the Chanel public relations team and found out that their global creative director for makeup, Peter Philips, will be visiting L.A. next month. Can't wait to meet him and talk about all the hits he's had for the brand, especially the two nail shades Particuliere and Nouvelle Vague. Apparently, he works closely with Karl Lagerfeld in conceiving the beauty collections alongside his runway collections. With just two years in the post, I'd say he's been a grand success.
Chatted with the folks at Telemundo about the launch of a new Telemundo jewelry line which will be integrated into the story lines of the network's telenovelas. CBS is doing something similar with the show "90210," integrating a clothing line into the series and selling it concurrently at Bebe stores. Seems like the entertainment biz is finally catching on to the possibilities for fashion in the product integration game.
I met LeeAnn Sauter for lobster rolls in Santa Monica. She's an entrepreneur at the forefront of the growing trend of refashioning the hotel gift shop. (Note the Ace Hotel's partnership with Opening Ceremony in New York and the W Hotel's newly hired fashion director.) Sauter's company Seaside Luxe develops, builds and manages unique luxury boutiques in the world's most exclusive resorts, so her job takes her to places like Hawaii and Bermuda. Nice work if you can get it.
Finished the day catching up with Stephanie Solomon, fashion director for Bloomingdale's. She was in town for a walk-through of the new store planned for the renovated Santa Monica Place opening in August. She seems pretty excited about it.
I hope the mall brings some luster to the neighborhood. I took a few minutes to walk Fred Segal Santa Monica Tuesday and the stores there seem to have lost their way. Wasn't one thing on the floor that caught my eye.