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Catch the Havaianas mobile van for some custom flip flops

Havaianas mobile van

With summer in full swing, the flip-flop sandal is an essential for keeping feet cool and comfy on the beach. Sometimes, the only problem is finding just the right color to match your new maxi dress or shorts ensemble.

Havaianas, the popular Brazilian flip-flop brand has launched its first ever "MYOH" Mobile van, serving up custom sandals. Customers can choose from 10 different straps and bottoms to create their own Havaiana color combinations. 

The van, which was modeled off a retro VK Kombi, is easy to spot in bright red and features a psychedelic rainbow pattern and the classic Havaianas logo. It's slated to make appearances Thursday, July 19 in Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade at Arizona Avenue from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.), Friday, July 20 in Venice Beach (Abbot Kinney Boulevard between Palms and Venice boulevards from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturday, July 21 back in Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade at Santa Monica Boulevard from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.).  At the Venice Beach stop, style expert, author and former Los Angeles Times market editor Melissa Magsaysay will be on hand to offer style tips, help customize shoes and give away a limited number of signed copies of her new book "City of Style."

Want the van to make a trip to your side of town? You can petition for an appearance through the Havaiana's Facebook page.


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Photo: The Havaianas custom flip-flop van. Credit: Havaianas.

'City of Style' makes a fashionable debut


The 3.1 Phillip Lim store in West Hollywood was shoulder to shoulder last night, packed  with celebrities including Mandy Moore, Minka Kelly, Brittany Snow, Kristen Bell and other stylish Angelenos, all there to celebrate the launch of style expert and former Los Angeles Times market and style editor Melissa Magsaysay's new book "City of Style."

The book, which hit shelves Tuesday, takes a look at the different elements that influence and make up L.A. style and includes profiles of fashionable Angelenos and styling tips. Times fashion critic Booth Moore reviewed the book in this Sunday's Image section, calling it "an approachable field guide to L.A. style in all its incarnations."

"I think ultimately everybody is a mix of all the different styles," said Magsaysay, who was dressed in all 3.1 Phillip Lim. "Everyone is influenced by these styles at some point in their life."

The party crowd was an eclectic representation of Los Angeles -- women in pretty sundresses, colored denim, vintage dresses and jumpsuits and men in everything from suits to rolled up skinny jeans.  Reality television star and fashion designer Whitney Port, who is featured in the book, walked the party in hot pink jeans by Mother Denim, while actress Kristen Bell was spotted wearing a Creamsicle-colored dress.

"It’s cool because there are so many different people here that you really get a mixture of a lot of different styles," said Brittany Snow. The actress wore a tangerine skirt over her black Phillip Lim dress and a bright turquoise Prada clutch. 

"I’m excited that it’s a book that’s celebrating L.A. style," said Mandy Moore, who chose a royal blue Phillip Lim dress for the party. "L.A. is pretty eclectic across the board, and I think that every different style moment deserves to have its time in the spotlight."

-- Jenn Harris


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Photo: From left, actress Mandy Moore, author Melissa Magsaysay and actress Minka Kelly celebrate the release of "City of Style" by Magsaysay at the 3.1 Phillip Lim store in West Hollywood.  Credit: Jesse Grant / Getty Images.

Books for fashion and perfume lovers

City of StyleIf you're style-inclined, sometimes it's not enough to read blogs and fashion magazines. Sometimes you may want to do more than browse in stores and plow through catalogs.

Sometimes you've got to embrace the canon of fashion and beauty literature.  Fashion critic Booth Moore and staff writer Adam Tschorn explore a handful of current offerings. Among them:

"City of Style," by Melissa Magsaysay, a former Times style writer, who has created a field guide to L.A. style in all its incarnations; "By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop,"  the story of the launching of Gilt Group; "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations," a catalog for an exhibition of the same name at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; and "The Gentry Man: A Guide for the Civilized Male," a series of articles culled from the 1950s Gentry magazine.

If you're scent-inclined, this spring the publishing world has released a series of books that should fill many hours of reading time. Denise Hamilton surveys a clutch of offerings that range from Denyse Beaulieu's new memoir, "The Perfume Lover," to Alyssa Harad's "Coming to My Senses: A Story of Perfume, Pleasure and an Unlikely Bride."

There's a three-day weekend coming up, the perfect time, perhaps, to indulge a style and beauty habit.

-- Alice Short

Photo: "City of Style" cover. Credit: It Books

Beauty Bag: P'Trique of '[Stuff] fashion girls say'


You may have seen the various "[Stuff]-(insert noun here)-say" videos catching fire on the Internet recently. Here at All The Rage, we got an extra kick out of the "... fashion girls say" video with the one and only P'Trique, who, in a send-up of the whole genre of homemade style and beauty videos, famously proclaims:

"Doing like an American Beauty on a yacht but tribal, with a fishtail braid."

"I think I'm ready for bangs."


P'Trique lets us in on favorite beauty bag items in this all-new video, made especially for All The Rage. And a few secrets of her beauty regimen are revealed too. Among our favorites:

When I need a little extra moisturizer in the dry winter months, I kick it up a notch with Crisco. It's best to apply directly to your legs right after you get out of the shower to lock in as much moisture as possible.

My great grandmother Trique passed down this homemade highlight cream recipe down from the old country. I know it's clunky but I can't live without it: grind one part chalk and and two parts vinegar into a paste in your mortar and pestle. I brush it over the apples of my cheeks and on my third eye.

Tresemme Tres Two Hairspray. I spray my hair and then (here's a little trick) my face to hold the makeup in place. Set it and forget it!

But enough. Watch the video and see if you laugh as much as we did. Especially when P'trique starts layering perfume.


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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Fox News Megyn Kelly talks about her on-air style

Fox News' Megyn KellyArmed with good looks, a law background and killer confidence, Megyn Kelly, news anchor and host of Fox News' "America Live," has notable style when it comes to her on-camera look.

There's plenty of color, tailoring and even the occasional peep-toe stiletto when she's on set. When going on the road to cover the 2012 elections, this Chicago native tones it down a bit, balancing traditional style with modern-day fashion for a look that's polished and appropriate for the campaign trail.

In this Sunday's Image section, Kelly is profiled for her focused approach to fashion for television and for the "New York casual" look she rocks on weekends and off hours spent with her husband and two young children.

 Her life is always hectic, but a well-chosen wardrobe means she never has to look like it is. 


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Megyn Kelly said WHAT about pepper spray? Not what you may think.

--Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: Megyn Kelly, Anchor of Fox News Channel's "America Live" in her New York office. Credit: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times

Hollywood's top 25 most powerful stylists are celebrated


There's no denying the influence of a celebrity stylist. Their work fuels our fascination with red carpet glamour and can help propel their celeb clients into superstardom (not to mention lucrative ad campaigns) by establishing a memorable style arc or sometimes, with just the power of a single dress.

The Hollywood Reporter is celebrating some of these individuals, most of whom (with the exception of Rachel Zoe and Brad Goreski) remain largely behind the scenes, with their second annual Top 25 Most Powerful Stylists list. Along with red carpet staple Jimmy Choo, the publication held an inaugural luncheon to celebrate the stylists, some of whom appear on one of four different covers of the current issue of the Hollywood Reporter. Zoe Saldana

Kate Young, stylist to Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman, took the No. 1 spot this year. Second was Leslie Fremar, the woman responsible for helping Charlize Theron look so stunning. Petra Flannery, stylist to Zoe Saldana and Emma Stone, came in third, and fourth went to Elizabeth Stewart, who works with Jessica Chastain and Viola Davis. Theron, Stone and Chastain appear on the magazine's cover along with their respective stylists, as do Jeanne Yang and her client and design partner Katie Holmes. You can check out the entire list of power stylists here.

Beyond just posing for a cover with their stylist, Saldana, Theron and Holmes, further showed their support by attending the luncheon, as did Ellie Kemper (styled by Jessica Paster, No. 17) and Alice Eve (styled by George Kotsiopoulos, No. 23).

Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez's style team Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn also made the list for their work. The duo had just flown in at 2 a.m.  Wednesday from a Lopez video shoot, stopped through the luncheon and were off to the set of "American Idol" to get their star client set for taping. The duo, who also style Lily Collins and Rachel McAdams, started styling together six years ago after meeting in the wardrobe department at MTV. Rihanna's "Umbrella" video was their first job as a team. "Working together makes it so much easier," says Zangardi. "We try and do everything together, but sometimes have to split up because there's so much going on." They claim that a signature styling element they impart to most of their clients is jewelry, specifically rings. Haenn illustrated the look by putting out her hands, which had striking diamond rings (a mix of H Stern and custom designed) on each finger. Naturally, the two have a jewelry design project in the works, no doubt something fans of their clients' style will be clamoring for.

Katie Holmes and YangStylist Penny Lovell, who works with Ginnifer Goodwin and Rose Byrne, was a newcomer to the list and attributes the success of her 15-year career to really knowing and understanding who each of her clients are and exactly what they want to wear. "It's very psychological and I love psychology," she says. "Clothes are your second skin. It's so personal." She adds staying extremely organized is another key to being a great stylist, especially when the top tier of those in her profession are often juggling five to six jobs, ranging from red carpet to concert tours, at once.

"It's also important to remember that this is a business," Lovell says. "Styling is fun and very creative, but it's not just playing dress up. You have to remain professional."

Many of the stylists who made this year's list have turned their regular gigs into high-profile endorsements and clothing lines (Young is the only stylist to be signed with CAA and has recently been named editor-at-large for Macy's, Yang designs a collection with Holmes and Kotsiopoulos is a co-host on "Fashion Police" on E!), proving they certainly understand the business side of styling, moving out from behind the camera and closer to the spotlight.


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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: Charlize Theron, top left, and stylist Leslie Fremar attend the Hollywood Reporter's inaugural luncheon to celebrate its top 25 top stylists' list. Zoe Saldana, center, attends the event, as do Katie Holmes, bottom left, and her design partner Jeanne YangCredits: Jeff Vespa / Getty Images for the Hollywood Reporter (top); Andreas Branch / (center and bottom)

Decades designs shoes for Modern Vintage

1950s shoeDecades, the popular Los Angeles vintage boutique owned by Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos, is taking a step into the shoe design arena. The duo created four styles of footwear each fittingly inspired by a 1960s shoe different decade for Canadian footwear company Modern Vintage.

There is a '50s shoe with a dainty pointed toe and curved heel, a '60s shoe that is based on a color-blocked mod flat (but modified with a T-bar and stiletto heel), a '70s shoe with a cork platform sole and woven leather straps and a chunky '80s-inspired pair with a thick wedge heel, sling back strap and lighting-bolt-looking leather inserts that feel reminiscent of the glam rock of the era.

“The challenge was to distill the essence of each decade,” says Silver, adding that they were conscious of making each style indicative of the era being represented, while also keeping them modern and relevant to today’s fashion. “This was a lesson in accessibility and still being stylish.”

1970s shoeGuests and shoppers who attended the collection’s launch party Tuesday night at Decades seemed to like what they saw. Many of them purchasing a couple pairs (the shoes range from $250 to $300) on their way out of the store. Models showed off the footwear while also wearing vintage clothing by Biba. And celebs like Lisa 1980s shoes Rinna and Ashley Madekwe showed up wearing styles from the collaboration. Rinna made the '80s wedges work rather well, pairing them with a very '40s-inspired brown and white printed dress, proving that everything old really is new again.

The Decades for Modern Vintage shoe collection is available exclusively on and Decades L.A boutique.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Photos: Decades for Modern Vintage 1950s shoe, top left, 1960s, top right, 1970s, bottom left, and 1980s, bottom right. Credit: Courtesy of Decades

Malin + Goetz opens on Larchmont Boulevard

Malin + Goetz, the New York-based skin- and hair-care line with a cult following of men and women who covet the simple, straightforward nature of the formulas and packaging, has opened its first Los Angeles store, on Larchmont BoulevardMalin + Goetz, the New York-based skin- and hair-care line with a cult following of men and women who covet the simple, straightforward nature of the formulas and packaging, has opened its first Los Angeles store, on Larchmont Boulevard.

Owners and creators Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz started the line in 2004 and have since opened up two apothecary-style shops in New York, the first in Chelsea, the second on the Upper West Side.

L.A. has long been a dream destination for the two, who said they sought out a spot on Larchmont for the walkability factor and unique architecture and design of the surrounding shops. "As New Yorkers, we don't get the driving thing," said Malin, who with Goetz is spending the month here for the store launch. "Plus, we like that all the stores on Larchmont are independent."

The two are renting a Laurel Canyon abode to "really experience L.A.," Goetz said.

The 750-square-foot store houses the complete Malin + Goetz line, complete with its popular skin-care products, such as grapefruit face cleanser and detox face mask.

Like the Malin + Goetz packaging, the store's interior is minimal and streamlined, but a couple of things add to a cozy, neighborhood feel. First is a long antique wood table running down the center of the entire store; the other is Junior, a 15-year-old French bulldog that sits in the window the same way he has at the New York stores since the company started.

"L.A. was always first after New York," said Goetz about the West Coast outpost. "There's so many people who shuttle back and forth from New York to L.A," he said of customers who may have discovered the line on the East Coast and now have a local source.

But whether people learned about the Malin + Goetz line here or there, they seem compelled to stop by and shop. In just the hour spent with the owners in the store on a recent Thursday afternoon, several chic customers popped in to buy their go-to items.

Malin + Goetz, 238 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles


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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: The interior of the new Malin + Goetz store on Larchmont Boulevard. Credit: Malin + Goetz

Concept LA Fashion Week, fall/winter 2012: Nuvula, Gypsy Junkies

Nuvula collage
On March 9, with the kickoff charity runway shows and cocktail parties out of the way, the serious business of Los Angeles Fashion Week got underway, with Concept LA Fashion Week at the Ace Gallery leading the charge.

But by the end of the first runway show we found ourselves trying to will a couple of those cocktails into our immediate future. That's because Nuvula's catwalk presentation started at 5:47 p.m. and the models didn't take their final turn on the runway until a full 35 minutes later at 6:22 p.m. (To put this in perspective, even the most elaborate, over-the-top international luxury brands rarely stage shows that exceed the seven-minute mark.)

I bring this up because it illustrates one of the ongoing problems with making a unified,

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Your Stylist: Revving up your spring wardrobe with '50s inspiration


Prada's Spring 2012 collection was not only eye-catching, with its 1950s automobile-inspired prints and flames shooting out from the back of shoes to look like a mint-condition car on the go, the line PradashoeSS12echoed a retro aesthetic common in Southern California. As fashion Joiecarsweatercritic Booth Moore says in her review of the line, there's a distinct feeling of the SoCal Kustom Kulture, which draws hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts to car shows and car clubs from L.A to San Diego.

The collection put a fresh spin on a retro theme. Incorporating the look into your spring wardrobe doesn't have to mean buying the Prada fire flame car shoes (though if those fall into your budget, then by all means wear them and bask in all the envious glances they'll get). I love the all-American look of this Joie Eloisa car sweater. CL Dot short h.w wmn

It can go preppy if worn with a crisp white collared shirt underneath or fun and '50s if worn with a fitted pencil skirt and kitten heels or the polka dot denim that's so hot this season -- Current/Elliott makes a cute green and white pair of polka dot skinny jeans and G Star does the abbreviated version, seen in their polka dot short shorts.

Givenchy350Cat eye sunglasses always bring that '50s vibe to any outfit. I love the rich red shade of this Givenchy pair. The cat eye shape in unexpected hues feels right this season and punctuates easy spring basics with a pop of color. UniqueVintagebag

This Pinky Lee "Deluxe" clutch is done in a sparkly red vinyl to echo the interior and seat of a '50s style car. It adds that quirky touch to a streamlined look of cropped capris, ballet flats and a tailored button down shirt -- ponytail optional.

--Melissa Magsaysay


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Top - A model in Prada Spring/Summer 2012 women's collection during Milan Fashion Week Sept. 22, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Left - Joie Eloisa car sweater, $298, at

Right - Prada car shoe/Prada

Below - G Star polka dot denim shorts at G Star store Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

Left - Givenchy sunglasses, $350, at

Bottom right - Pinky Lee Deluxe Red Sparkle Handbag, $140, at






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