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Dakota Johnson takes the plunge in Oliver Peoples' latest short

Larry Leight, Dakota Johnson
The Oliver Peoples boutique eyewear brand debuted the Lisa Eisner-directed short film at the center of its spring/summer 2012 advertising campaign during a celeb-studded cocktail party at the Chateau Marmont penthouse on April 20.

The party -- a collaborative effort with Vanity Fair, Eisner and Jacqui Getty -- marked the debut of Eisner's short film "Float," starring Dakota Johnson and Thomas McDonnell (2011's "Prom" and the upcoming "Fun Size") spending a good deal of time plunging into, frolicking around -- and yes, floating in -- a pool.

It also marked a reboot of the Oliver Peoples website, which went live Monday and where the video can currently be watched in its entirety.  

The party was one of those intimate-feeling Hollywood soirees -- you know the kind, where a cigarette girl plies the crowd with cigarettes and a theater concession's worth of candy, and Ray Liotta and Val Kilmer can be seen laughing it up in one corner of the penthouse patio, while Getty and Gia Coppola are chatting animatedly in another, and the guy sitting studiously in the screening room (where Val Kilmer, Ray Liottathe three-minute film played continuously for guests) looks a lot like James L. Brooks precisely because it is James L. Brooks. (Unfortunately, we had to duck out before there was a rumored Chrisopher Walken walk-in.)

Even though her movie credits include "The Social Network," the big-screen remake of "21 Jump Street" and "The Five Year Engagement" (which hits theaters April 27) the name Dakota Johnson might not be a familiar one to you, though you'd probably recognize her parents -- Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson.

According to the press notes, Eisner's "Float," set to Brook Benton's "For My Baby," is supposed to be about "this generation's youthful sense of freedom and desire," but, in all honesty, all we could think about as we left the screening room (through a balcony window, naturally) was which of her famous parents Johnson can thank for her unusually dexterous toes.

Eisner also directed last season's ad campaign short that starred Devendra Banhart and Rebecca Schwartz. Past Oliver Peoples campaigns have featured the likes of Robert Evans, Zooey Deschanel and Elijah Wood. 


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Gregory Peck's "To Kill a Mockingbird" specs shine on a stamp, and in a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Public Library

-- Adam Tschorn

Photos, from top: Oliver Peoples co-founder and creative director Larry Leight with Dakota Johnson. The actress -- the progeny of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson -- stars in the brand's spring and summer 2012 ad campaign short film "Float" with Thomas McDonnell.

Val Kilmer, left, and Ray Liotta were among the celebrity attendees. Credit: Oliver Peoples.

Gregory Peck's "To Kill a Mockingbird" specs shine on a stamp, and in a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Public Library

It's been 50 years since Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In 1963, Gregory Peck won his first Academy Award for his portrayal of lawyer Atticus Finch, in the movie adaptation released the previous year. To honor the late Peck, who passed away in 2003, the United States Post Office is issuing a stamp bearing Peck's likeness as the bespectacled Depression-era civil rights lawyer Finch as part of its "Legends of Hollywood" series on April 28.

And Oliver Peoples in partnership with Peck's son, Anthony Peck, will issue a limited edition of copycat frames with proceeds going in part to benefit the beleagured Los Angeles Public Library, which has had to lay off staff and close all 73 branches on Mondays and Sundays.

Anthony Peck took the original pair of "Mockingbird" eyeglasses to Dennis Leight, a design consultant for Oliver Peoples and brother to founder Larry Leight, to set the wheels for the fundraiser in motion. The frames  will be priced at $315 and will be available at Oliver Peoples boutiques and select stores worldwide in May.

A company spokesman couldn't say to say exactly what percentage of the sale price will go to the library, but the Peck family have been supporters of the public institution for nearly two decades. In 1994, the elder Peck initiated the Gregory Peck Reading Series at Downtown's Central Library. Actors, who have read in the program, include Kevin Spacey, Mark Ruffalo, Shirley Maclaine, Morgan Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Gabriel Byrne and Sharon Stone. On April 28, Stone will be the master of ceremonies at the First Day of Issue ceremony for the commemorative stamp, hosted by the Peck family, Motion Picture Assn. of America head Christopher Dodd, Laura Dern and Morgan Freeman at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.

In 1998, Peck wrote an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times in support of a city library bond proposition: "Since people first began writing down their stories nearly 7,000 years ago, we have needed libraries. The story of who we are is contained in all its amazing variety in the library, and we are fortunate in Los Angeles to have a place of public greatness where this complex, rich and varied story can continue to be told, read and heard."

Anthony Peck is particularly fond of his father's tortoishells specs. "They always represented to me the character he played and that's who he was," he said via phone from Palm Springs. "Harper Lee had a great quote, 'The role of Atticus Finch gave Gregory Peck the chance to play himself.'"

Glasses -- Max Padilla

Photos: Courtesy Oliver Peoples

Devendra Banhart bathes and sings in Oliver Peoples' latest short

Los Angeles-based eyewear company Oliver Peoples has been introducing its seasonal eyewear collections with short films to complement its ad campaigns, featuring personalities such as Robert Evans, Zooey Deschanel and Elijah Wood. The fourth effort features nouveau folk-rock crooner Devandra Banhart and his other half, Rebecca Schwartz, in various states of lounge in "Devendra Banhart in the Rainbow House," directed by artist Lisa Eisner.

Eisner said she picked Banhart and Schwartz because she wanted a "real couple, not a fake 'now you two look like you are in love' kind of thing that always looks set up." She said she drew from French New Wave movies, which "are hard not to be inspired by when it comes to sexy and relationships, like Godard's 'Une Femme Mariée' and 'Vivre Sa Vie,' Agnes Varda's 'Le Bonheur' and Eric Rohmer's 'La Collectionneuse.'"

With Banhart's Spanish-language "Brindo" playing in the background, the couple romps and bathes in John Lautner's 1961 marvel, the Rainbow House, named for its arched roof and stained glass windows, built so that motorists on Mulholland Drive could have a clear view through the structure out toward the coastline. (The house made a famous cameo in "Lethal Weapon 2.")

"The Lautner Rainbow house is like a love nest, nestled off of Mulholland Drive with crazy views and crazy sunsets and the sexiest bathtub in the whole world," Eisner said. "The whole wall is a big picture window overlooking Los Angeles."

Banhart and Schwartz are outfitted in shades from Oliver Peoples spring and summer 2011 collection, priced from $285 to $500.

Here's a look at an edited version of the clip, a slightly racier version debuted Wednesday on Nowness.

-- Max Padilla

Video credit: Oliver Peoples via Vimeo

Weekend Shopping: A. Kinney Courtyard sale and session, J Brand experts at the new Santa Monica Bloomies

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A. Kinney Court in Venice is holding a Courtyard Session sale on Friday and Sept. 3. Eyewear will be marked down as much as 70% off retail, including makes by Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Mosley Tribes, Thierry Lasry, Mykita, KBL and Rare Vinatge. Session music will be provided by DJs Mathieu Schreyer and Osamu, and complimentary wine and beer will be served to over 21s with ID.

1423 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 392-3400. 6 to 10 p.m.

Jenny Dayco is having an end-of-summer sale Friday and Saturday  featuring her eponymous jewelry collection at 60% to 70% below retail, with prices starting at $10.

7428 Hollywood Blvd., #305, Los Angeles. (310) 621-0680. Noon to 7 p.m. 

Sample Sales

L.A. designers Kristinit and Anita Arze host a one-day sample sale Sunday at Being in L.A. Spa, with a percentage of sale proceeds donated to Oceana, an oceans advocacy nonprofit. Locally manufactured brand Kristinit was picked as a women’s collection to watch by Lucky Magazine. Choose from the designers’ tops, sweaters, dresses and jumpsuits, priced from $50 to $95 (regular prices $225-$450). Perfumer Sanae Barber will be selling her custom scents, while Being in L.A. is offering spa services such as facials and massages. RSVP to [email protected].

2016 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles. (323) 428-3221. 2 to 8 p.m.


On Saturday,  J Brand, Vogue editor Anna Wintour's favorite blues,  is having a fall fashion preview at the new Santa Monica Place Bloomingdales, Meet Jeff Rudes, the JBrand CEO, who is bringing a denim team to help shoppers find the perfect jean. Buy a J Brand pair and receive a gift with purchase. A drawing will be held for a $1,000 JBrand fashion wardrobe (no purchase necessary to enter).

315 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica. 2 to 4 p.m.

Also on Saturday, Happy LA   is having a third anniversary sale and trunk show featuring brand Paige Premium Denim, Christy’s of London and Bordeaux. Buy three items at the anniversary sale and receive 30% off.

542 1/1 Palisades Dr., Pacific Palisades. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


On Sunday: Frederic Fekkai  wants you to have the red carpet experience if you’re attending the Emmys on Sunday or not. Book three signature services -- blow-out, polish change and makeup – for $75 ($170 value). Clients also get complimentary glasses of champagne.

8457 Melrose Place, Los Angeles. (323) 655-7800. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

-- Max Padilla

Photo: A. Kinney Court interior. Courtesy of A. Kinney Court

Oliver Peoples releases a romantic online short starring Elijah Wood and Shirley Manson

Oliver Peoples produced a short film “Les Enfants S’ennuiment le Dimanche” (French for "the children are bored on Sunday"), directed by photographer Autumn De Wilde, who shot the spring eyewear campaign, starring Elijah Wood, best known as Frodo from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, with Garbage singer Shirley Manson. In the movie, released Monday, Fred (a bow-tied Wood) and Ginger (Manson, who looks like Joan from “Mad Men” with a '60s bouffant) dance, embrace and play miniature golf in the pool of a sprawling estate (in this case, Silver Lake’s Paramour) to the tune of Zee Avi’s “Just You and Me.”-- Max Padilla

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A Balmain accessory for $595? You heard right.


You might not be able to afford Balmain's signature military jackets that can cost about $11,000, but now you can wear a spring accessory from the Paris fashion house for a fraction of that price: $595.

Christophe Decarnin, who led a revival of the 65-year-old name by foisting a broad-shouldered silhouette that had Beyonce and Rihanna rocking his epaulets last spring, collaborated with local eyewear company Oliver Peoples for two limited-edition unisex sunglasses. The first style, the Balmain I, is out in April and available at Oliver Peoples' boutiques.* The Balmain II is slated to drop in June.

“I was thrilled at the opportunity to work with such a talented designer," says Oliver Peoples founder Larry Leight. "Christophe’s visionary designs and his progressive, bold styling has revamped the concept of rock 'n' roll chic. I swear that guy could send a mullet down the runway and make it look sexy as hell.”

The Balmain I features a metal top-bar wrap in a 1980s retro-wrap style that resembles specs worn by "Rio"-era Duran Duran. The Balmain II is an interpretation of a double-bridge aviator in gold or silver. 

-- Max Padilla

* An earlier version of the post said the Balmain I glasses would be available in late March. A company rep said the sunglasses would be available in Oliver Peoples stores in April.

Photo: The Balmain I. Credit: Oliver Peoples

Weekend Update: Reformed Pop-Up store, Esquivel shoe sample sale and more

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-- On Saturday (Oct. 24), Reformed Pop-Up store at Space 15Twenty opens. The Reformation’s Yael Aflalo and Chi Bui are launching their Reformed collection for Urban Outfitters at Space 15Twenty with a cocktail reception. The temp store will carry the affordable Reformed collection ($48-108) plus the Reformation's one-of-a-kind pieces and leathers from Veda. RSVP to [email protected]

1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. 7 to 10 p.m.


-- Tonight (Oct. 22) and Saturday (Oct. 24), celebrate the launch of Peter Lamas Chinese Herb organic hair care ($20-45) at Fred Segal Beauty Mix. Legend Lamas, who coiffed Jacqueline Onassis, will greet  shoppers. Product samples and nosh provided. RSVP to [email protected]

500 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 394-8509. 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

-- Friday (Oct. 23) through Sunday, Westfield Topanga Style Tour lands in center court starring "Project Runway" finalist Laura Bennett and Tori Spelling. At 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, Bennett doles out style tips. At 1 p.m. Saturday, Spelling hosts makeovers for shoppers. At noon Sunday, beauty consultations will be offered to shoppers.

6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. (818) 594-8740. Noon to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

-- On Saturday (Oct. 24), Hello Kitty kicks off the celebrations leading up to her 35th birthday with a Super Fan Day. Hello Kitty Super Fan Day starts off with a bento box workshop, followed by Karaoke and happy hour for adults. Meet “Kitty Mama” head designer Yuko Yamaguchi in from Tokyo and Tokidoki’s Simone Legno from Italy who will launch the Hello Kitty x Tokidoki 35th Anniversary collection.

Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 559-6300. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


-- Starting Friday (Oct. 23) through Sunday (Oct. 25), Alpha menswear boutique is having a pre-holiday blowout.  Gift ideas on sale include $23 Lexon Mini Dolman Radios (regular price $63), $20 Aquala bamboo bath caddy (reg. $50), $60 Taschen Ingrid Bergman archives (reg. $200), $15 Give and Take charity T-shirts ($55). Also, Alpha is offering through Nov. 27 a “one for you, one for you” promotion: spend $100 or more and receive a $25 gift certificate.

8625 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0775. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

-- On Friday through Sunday, L.A. Eyeworks is having its annual sale on signature designs discounted up to 80% off and starting at $25.

7407 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 653-8255. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

-- Starting Friday through Sunday, Oliver Peoples is having a sale on selected sunglasses and optical styles priced from $79 to $99. Prescription services will also be 30% off.

8642 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 657-2553.10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

3900 Cross Creek Road, Malibu. (310) 456-1333. 10 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. (714) 557-7000.

3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (714) 557-7000 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Sunday.

Sample sales

-- On Friday  through Sunday, Creative Recreation, the L.A.-based stylish sneaker brand is holding a sample sale in the Sportie LA parking lot featuring men’s, women’s and kid’s styles from current and past seasons. Shoes are going for up to 70% off retail.

7753 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles. (310) 278-7328. Noon to 6 p.m.

-- On Saturday, Esquivel is holding a one-day-only sample sale with “friends & family” pricing on made-to-order shoes, with prices starting at $250.
8309 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles (entrance through Sweetzer Avenue or Flores Avenue).11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-- On Friday through Sunday, Rock & Republic is having a giant sample sale taking up to 80% off retail prices on men’s, women’s and kid’s clothing, including denim. Credit cards accepted.

Sony Studios, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City (entrance on Overland Ave.). 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

-- Max Padilla

Photo: A look from the Reformed. Credit: Courtesy the Reformed

Saturday sale at Oliver Peoples in Malibu

L.A.-based eyewear maker Oliver Peoples is kicking off its sale season with a "summer sessions" event Saturday night at its Malibu location. Then, on July 30, and every Thursday through Aug. 27, it will offer similar sales at its Sunset Boulevard flagship. All eyewear will be priced at either $99 or $119 (regularly $300 to $500) during the events, and there will be complimentary cocktails.

6 to 9 p.m. 3900 Cross Creek Road, Malibu. (310) 456-1333.

6 to 9 p.m. 8642 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 657-2553.

-- Max Padilla

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Zooey channels Audrey Hepburn for Oliver Peoples -- and we like it

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I know the Oliver Peoples collaboration with actress/starlet/chanteuse Zooey Deschanel is nothing new (our compatriot Max first mentioned the retro-inspired sunglasses in a February shopping page item), but, last week, after a horrible, no-good Thursday at work, I arrived home to find her on my porch peering at me coyly over the top of her signature shades and things suddenly weren't so bad.

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