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Mena Suvari, Katie Cassidy celebrate Roman Luxe jewelry launch

Roman Luxe jewelry launch

The penthouse at the Chateau Marmont was overflowing with stylish starlets Wednesday night as actresses Mena Suvari, Katie Cassidy, Monet Mazur and a slew of other celebs celebrated the launch of the new Roman Luxe jewelry collection. The event, which featured floral displays adorned with Roman Luxe rings, necklaces and bracelets, was co-hosted by and blogger Karla Deras of Karla's Closet.

Roman Luxe cuffThe new line, which features some pieces designed by Deras, is the debut jewelry collection from Roman & Sunstone, a fine jewelry, sterling silver and fashion distributor. Deras is slated to design a 12-piece capsule collection each season to complement Roman Luxe's main pieces. So far, she's done a collection for fall  2012 called "Power to the Python" and one for the holiday season named  "Lapis of Luxury."

"Power to the Python" includes gold-bordered faux python fabric triangles in the form of bracelet charms, rings and necklace pendants ($44 to $110). Each piece brings to mind an ancient Roman goddess and makes a statement with oversized, chunky triangles. Suvari walked the party in a pair of hoop earrings with triangle drop ($44), while Mazur accessorized her svelte, all-black outfit with the python cuff bracelet ($77), shown right.

Collar necklaces, fluted dome rings and clip earrings adorned with blue crystal stones make up the "Lapis of Luxury" holiday line, not yet available for sale. Cassidy accessorized her look with the Lapis duo ring with crystal stones, while actress Jamie Chung wore the collar necklace with crystal stones, both from “Lapis of Luxury.”


The full "Power to the Python" Roman Luxe collection, which launched this month, is now available at Select pieces are also available at Roman &


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-- Jenn Harris

Top photos: Mena Suvari shops the beauty bar at the Roman Luxe launch. Credit: Chris Weeks / WireImage

Middle photo: The Karla Deras for Roman Luxe python cuff bracelet ($77). Credit: Chris Weeks / WireImage

Bottom photo: Katie Cassidy, left, and Jamie Chung wearing pieces from the Lapis of Luxury collection. Credit: Chris Weeks / WireImage

'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.

'Mirror Mirror' star Lily Collins dishes on her style

Actress Lily Collins, star of the upcoming film "Mirror Mirror," dishes on her personal style and favorite designers

Actress Lily Collins and friends took over the second floor of Scarpetta restaurant at Beverly Hills' Montage Hotel on Tuesday to celebrate her March 2012 cover of Nylon magazine. Collins stood out, weaving through the crowd in a hot pink Honor dress,  her high pony tail playfully swishing with every step of her Brian Atwood spiked pumps.

During the party, Collins, star of the upcoming film "Mirror Mirror" (slated for a March 30 release), dished on her personal style and favorite designers.

ATR: Who are your favorite designers right now?

LC: I love Alexander McQueen. Monique Lhuillier has always been one where I drive by the store and go "I want to wear that one day." Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood, Chanel.

ATR: How would you describe your personal style?

LC: I really like to mix and match things. If there is a vintage gown that screams Lily, I'll gravitate toward that. It doesn't even necessarily have to be a name that everyone knows. So I really like to mix it up, but I always have to have some sense of myself in the dress.

ATR: What are you coveting for spring?

LC: I love a good lace something or other, whether it's a lace top, a lace dress, a little vest. I think you have to be very specific about how you wear lace since it's different for every single person, but I'm looking for maybe a good item like that. I do love neon, so maybe a little pop of color here and there, because it can be overwhelming and overpowering but if you find the right item, it makes your wardrobe pop a little bit.

ATR: Any products, clothing, accessories you can't live without?

LC: I really would go more toward hand creams, sunscreen, a good lip balm. Also a big comfy sweater, good pair of jeans and a pair of boots. You can never go wrong with those. ... Oh, and then I'd probably need like a tank top.

ATR: How does your beauty regimen compare to your character in "Mirror Mirror," Snow White's classic, minimal look of mascara and red lips?

LC: My beauty regimen is less is more when I’m not filming or having an event like this. I'm all about keeping my skin really healthy, clean, moisturized. I have pretty dark lips to begin with, so I tend to kind of like to mute them down a little bit and focus more on my eyes and play those up, but it’s really just a little bit of powder and to make sure I'm not shiny and staying moisturized.


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-- Jenn Harris

Photo: Lily Collins poses in front of her Nylon magazine party at Scarpetta restaurant at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. Credit: Michael Buckner / WireImage

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Maxime Simoens, 27, is the most recent designer to leave his post (a four-month stint designing for French fashion house Leonard) following a string of others including Stefano Pilati and Raf Simons. He's also the most recent talent rumored to be filling the Dior post. Could the young designer finally be the one everyone's been waiting for? WWD (subscription required), Fashionista Maximesimoens

Alber Elbaz celebrated 10 years at Lanvin with a party in Paris. Guests included Pharrell Williams and the always striking Tilda Swinton.

Speaking of celebrities seen at Paris Fashion Week, Sean Combs, Alicia Keys and Kanye West, a budding designer himself, sat front row at the Givenchy show on Sunday.

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L.A.-based label Equipment, maker of the beloved silk button-down shirts that fashion editors and insiders can't get enough of, is launching sweaters for fall. It presented a line of three basic silhouettes last week in Paris and will also expand on dresses and tweak its signature silk shirts into even more pared-down crew-neck tops. Elle

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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos, from top: Alicia Keys attends the Givenchy ready-to-wear fall/winter show at Paris Fashion Week; French designer Maxime Simoens appears on the catwalk after presenting the Leonard collection; Kanye West at the Givenchy show. Credits: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images; Francois Mori / Associated Press; Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Fantastical art and fashion abound at LAXART Ball

Ball of Artists
The plate-breaking clowns in the kitchen, the cricket concert in the conservatory, and the party ball (literally) of performance artists on the patio were just a few of the incredible delights to be savored  Saturday night at the LAXART Ball of Artists at Beverly Hills' historic Greystone Mansion.

The event was a smash hit, following a long list of smash hits in L.A. this season, beginning in November with the Museum of Contemporary Art's gala of human centerpieces, conceived by performance artist Marina Abramovic. (Would hate to be a party planner in this town -- the bar has been set unreasonably high.)

Organized by LAXART, a nonprofit community arts space, in partnership with the Getty Research Institute, the Ball of Artists included some 20 artists and site-specific performances throughout the 1926 Tudor-style mansion and surrounding grounds, and was billed as the concluding celebration of the citywide Pacific Standard Time: Performance and Public Art Festival.

Of course, the performance artists were far from the only eye-catching inhabitants of the mansion  Saturday night, with attendees turning out in all manner of fantastical finery.

The men were dressed all along the spectrum (and some even in the whole spectrum), from bare feet to kilts to black tie. One fellow turned up in bright red Nike athletic shorts and a button-front dress

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Art of Elysium gala brings heaven to Earth at Union Station

2012 Art of Elysium Gala
Not all the red-carpet action this weekend was Golden Globes-related. The Art of Elysium's fifth annual Heaven gala brought a who's who of the L.A. fashion world to Union Station on Saturday night to celebrate the organization of actors, artists and designers who donate their time to host art programs for children battling serious illnesses.

The nonprofit organization uses  the annual event to bestow a pair of awards, and this year's honorees were actor Elijah Wood (receiving the Spirit of Elysium award whose past recipients include Eva Mendes, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco) and Cameron Silver, founder and co-owner of the Decades vintage boutique, who received the Visionary award.

An added perk for visionary is the chance to create their own version of heaven on Earth (last year's recipient was musician Mark Mothersbaugh, who brought a futuristic heaven to the California Science Center; the year before that artist Shepard Fairey created his version in the parking lot of the former Robinsons-May department store in Beverly Hills).

Silver's vision of heaven started with cocktail hour on one side of the Art Moderne building. Beau Joie champagne was served in old-fashioned coupes as the Johnny Crawford Orchestra entertained the crowd with American standards. Guests crossed through the main hall of the train station to get to the dinner, dodging rail travelers and gazing at the soaring Mission Revival ceilings above them.

There was also a little slice of heaven on a plate for gastronomes in attendance; dinner was frisee lardons, followed by short rib Bourguignon, and finished with caramel pot de creme, all from Wolfgang Puck Catering. And if that failed to do the trick, a fleet of Fatburger trucks lined the sidewalk in front of Union Station.

The evening continued with a runway show of fashions from the 1920s to today (captured by a film crew for an upcoming reality show centering on the vintage clothing impresario) and a performance by Estelle.

"My goal was to fuse old and new Hollywood, and have the event feel like the West Coast version of New York's Costume Institute gala," said Silver, who has been volunteering with the Art of Elysium for five  years, hosting programs at his boutique for children to learn about the history of fashion. "For children who have life-threatening medical conditions, art is both healing and a means of escapism," he said. "It's part of the process of getting better."

Silver was happy to see the fashion community come out in force to support the event (folks from Chanel and Richemont bought tables), along with the entertainment and art worlds. 

Among the notables in attendance were Molly Sims and husband Scott Stuber, artist Christopher Cuseo, actress Minka Kelly in chartreuse Oscar de la Renta, and Amber Heard (channeling her best inner Marilyn Monroe in a gold, metallic body-hugging Donna Karan dress) -- and that was just at our table alone. 

We chatted with Los Angeles designer Juan Carlos Obando, who told us he's "planning something big" during the upcoming New York Fashion Week. "Sometimes you do a show for business, and sometimes you just do it for fun," he told us. "This one is going to be for fun." His collection is inspired by the Salton Sea, he said, in particular the feeling of "tension" he felt visiting the area. Can't wait to see that!

Jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino was also there, wearing  arms full of crystal bangles from her collection. Her husband, Alfonso Campos, was making his own fashion statement in a tuxedo shirt with an eyelet bib that he scored for $3 at a thrift store in Palm Springs. Fashion designer David Meister was so taken with the shirt, he threatened to "rip it off" so he could wear it himself. Silver's business partner Christos Garkinos also looked stylish in a John Richmond tuxedo with silvery embroidery on the lapels.

We also caught up with L.A. fashion designer Amber Sakai and her husband. Instead of wearing one of her own designs, she was wearing a white Yves Saint Laurent jumpsuit that her husband, producer Richard Sakai, spotted in the window of Saks Fifth Avenue. A man with great taste.

Among the other fashion-forward bold-faced names in attendance were stylist Johnny Wujek (who works with Katy Perry), Rose McGowan in a Grecian-looking white Alice Temperley gown, Kirsten Dunst in a black Valentino gown with sheery sleeves, and Rachel Bilson wearing a soft, mint green Chanel confection.

Of course, Cameron Silver's version of heaven included an after-party -- complete with buff, bare-chested "go-go boys" clad in gold lame hot pants grinding out dance numbers on the bar while Art Deco ice sculptures melted in the background.

"The pressure's on for next year's visionary," Silver joked.

-- Booth Moore and Adam Tschorn


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Photos: At top, attendees at the 2012 Art of Elysium annual Heaven gala included, from left, recipient of the Visionary honor Cameron Silver (credit: John Shearer/Getty Images), designer Tarina Tarantino (credit: Valerie Macon/Getty Images), Spirit of Elysium honoree Elijah Wood (credit: John Shearer/Getty Images) and Molly Sims (credit: Valerie Macon/Getty Images).

Lower photos, left to right, Rachel Bilson in Chanel (credit: John Shearer/Getty Images), Amber Heard in Donna Karan (credit: John Shearer/Getty Images); Minka Kelly (credit: Valerie Macon/Getty Images); Kirsten Dunst in Valentino (credit: John Shearer/Getty Images).

Frugal Fashion: Selena Gomez inspires New Year's Eve party dress

SelenaIt may be hard to believe, but 2012 is just around the corner. The passing year was full of big moments in the fashion world (Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress and John Galliano's gaffe to name a few) and a slew of unforgettable trends.

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Some fashionistas may already be looking ahead, planning their 2012 spring wardrobes, but there is still one event left this year that will require a bit of styling. 

Finding the perfect New Year's Eve dress can be a challenge. If you're anything like me, you've had your eye on a couple of options since October. It's what you'll wear to ring in the new year, boogie down on the dance floor and have on for a magical new year's kiss. This type of occasion calls for something beyond fabulous, but definitely within your budget.

For style inspiration, we took a look at a dress Selena Gomez recently wore to an awards gala. The pop princess shone in a one-shoulder ruched silver mini and simple black heels. The one-shoulder silhouette is playful and elegant, perfect for New Year's Eve.

 We found some one-shoulder dress options for the big night for under $100. For a dress almost identical to Selena's get the Matelasse one shoulder dress from for $27.80. Other party-ready options include the  Asos one shoulder dress with sequin sleeve for $72.72 from, Disco Queen dress in silver for $98 from or the BCBGeneration dress from for $99.99.


FfselenabangleTo accessorize, try a cocktail ring, and some bangles. The chunky round studded bangle bracelets from for $24 will make a great addition to any party dress.

Strap on a pair of your favorite dancing shoes and you're ready for the new year. 

Happy holidays and happy shopping!

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Photo: Singer/actress Selena Gomez attends the Fulfillment Fund's "2011 Stars Gala" held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Nov. 1 in Beverly Hills. Credit: Jason Merritt /Getty Images.

Dress photos, from left: Matelasse one shoulder dress, $27.80 /; Asos one shoulder dress with sequin sleeve, $72.72 /; Disco Queen dress in silver, $98 /; BCBGeneration dress, $99.99 / 

Bottom photo: Chunky round studded bangle bracelets, $24 / 

A Mulberry menagerie makes merry at the Marmont


It was a Mulberry menagerie in Hollywood on Thursday night, when the British luxury brand took over Bungalow One at the Chateau Marmont for poolside dinner, drinks and a performance by up-and-coming torch singer Lana Del Rey.

Arriving guests were greeted by a zoo's worth of Mylar animal balloons -- many of them disconcertingly life-size -- in the shape of tigers, zebras and giraffes, giant plastic ice cream cones tucked into the hedges and the words "Ding Dong" spelled out in balloon clusters across the surface of the pool.

At the single long dinner table -- that stretched nearly the entire length of the pool patio -- party favors included paper eyeglasses that spelled out "Oooh," as well as swimsuits and sun visors from Mulberry's spring 2012 collection.

Kate Bosworth, Juno Temple, Cat Deeley, Gia Coppola and Jamie King were among the Mulberry-clad guests sipping on peach margaritas and Champagne. (Apparently, the Mulberry team got hooked on peach margaritas during their stay at the Coachella Music Festival earlier this year.)


After dinner and a short set by Del Rey (one to keep an eye -- and ear -- out for, with a Sarah McLachlan-meets-Adele-meets-Nico vibe), guests moved inside for more drinks and dancing among the inflatable herd.

The carnival-like decor was designed to conjure the carefree, carousing spirit of the spring runway collection, inspired by British beach shenanigans, including all the fun to be found on the pier, such as donkey rides, ice lollies and carousel animals. (And by "British beach shenanigans," Mulberry creative director Emma Hill said she was referring specifically to her own childhood trips to Brighton, "where we'd be sitting on the beach in bathing suits with coats over top, under tents in the rain, eating fish and chips.") 


It may be Mulberry's strongest season yet for clothing, from the beach bonkers print (depicting lots of cold-looking people sitting fully clothed on the beach in the rain) and airbrush animal prints splashed across blouses and floor-skimming tube dresses, to the dressed-up jackets and drawstring skirts, in Mulberry's own star-and-clover lace. 

Hill put an emphasis on outerwear, with waterproof anoraks and trench coats in lemon sherbet yellow, fern green and nightshade blue, packable ponchos with drawstrings and hoods in pebble beige, cozy ribbed tops and leggings for layering under strapless dresses. 


And, for when the sun actually does come out, there are sporty 1970s inspired baseball tees, buttery leather jogging shorts, miniskirts and bomber jackets, as well as a smart-looking boucle shorts suit. Gem-dotted T-shirts and booties, as well as the "posh pier gear" dress laden down with jewels, referenced twinkling lights on the pier at night. And the famous Bayswater, Alexa and Lily hand bags were updated with colorful jewels, scallop edge detailing, or teddy bear-shaped rivets and twist locks. 

There was also a ray of retail sunshine for West Coast fans of the brand who, until now, have had to order all of their Mulberry online: the luxury label is slated to open a San Francisco boutique in May, and plans to follow that up with a Los Angeles location in 2013.

Which sounds just beachy-keen to us. 

--Booth Moore and Adam Tschorn


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Photos top to bottom:

The atmosphere at the Mulberry pool party at the Chateau Marmont.

Left to right, Kate Bosworth; Mulberry creative director Emma Hill; Nathalie Love and Gia Coppola.

Left to right, Juno Temple; Lana Del Rey. All party photos courtesy of Mulberry/Wireimage.

Spring 2012 runway show images. Courtesy of Mulberry.

Of salad bowls and party hats: Divine Design turns 20 in style

Divine Design Gala
Divine Design, the annual fundraiser benefiting Project Angel Food, celebrated its 20th anniversary in style Wednesday night, with a gala dinner marking the start of a six-day charity shopping marketplace that will run through Dec. 12.

Before dinner, guests sipped cocktails and wandered the cavernous space -- the former Robinson's May store in Beverly Hills -- while browsing and buying discounted delights such as L.A. Eyeworks frames, vintage fur capelets, Brooks Brothers Black Fleece jackets and ties, Alexander McQueen clutches, Trina Turk tote bags, D.L. and Co. candles, a veritable forest of bamboo furniture, Philippe Starck Ghost armchairs, Barbie bicycles, Kiehls lotions, lip balms and more -- all of which could be had at 50% off retail prices.

Posted throughout were large signs bearing the equation "$5 = 1 meal," an exchange rate of sorts meant

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Omega hosts a wind-whipped dinner at Case Study House No. 22

Omega at the Stahl House
The Nov. 30 dinner party thrown by Omega-- for which the Swiss watch brand rented out the iconic Midcentury Modern Stahl House in the Hollywood Hills -- was intended to be an opportunity for a select number of celebrity guests, stylists and members of the media to focus on a selection of the company's Omega Semaster Planet Oceantimepieces.

But the Ladymatic, Speedmaster Moonwatch and Seamaster Planet Ocean watches -- on display in a trio of museum-quality vitrines -- could hardly compete for guests' attention with the show Mother Nature was putting on behind the tempered safety glass walls of the hillside home, which buckled and rattled in their casings as the Santa Ana winds (which, by morning, would leave Pasadena in a shambles and topple trees and light posts across L.A. proper) whipped past.

Before dinner, Hamm -- who was seated across from us and facing the window -- recounted in real-time as a handful of transformers sparked and flashed on the city streets below. 

Omega LadymaticBut surprisingly, it wasn't even the record 60- to 80-mph wind gusts buffeting the glass-walled, cantilevered Case Study House No. 22 (designed by Pierre Koenig, the home was captured by photographer Julius Shulman in 1960 and the image became one of the most famous architectural photos in the U.S.) that made the biggest impression on me. It was a childhood memory from an early occupant of the house.

Bruce Stahl, son of the late owners Buck and Carlotta Stahl, moved into the house in 1960 at the age of 2, along with his brother, sister and parents, and was keeping a watchful eye over his family's legacy throughout the Nov. 30 dinner.  As I was leaving, I asked Stahl to share his earliest childhood memory. 

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch"My earliest memory was a Christmas tree -- set up right there in the corner where that woman is seated," Stahl said as he pointed to the glass-walled corner overlooking Los Angeles, to about the self-same spot that Shulman's famous photograph has made so familiar.

I squinted, stared out where Stahl was pointing, but at first it didn't sink in. Then, I tried to imagine the scene through the eyes of a 2-year-old child and, suddenly, there it was: the vast city of Los Angeles in all its twinkling glory, set out beneath my family Christmas tree.

I didn't need an Omega watch to tell me I'd just had one of those rare and magical L.A. moments.


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-- Adam Tschorn

Photos: At top left, president of Omega North America Gregory Swift, left, and Jon Hamm at the Nov. 30 dinner at the Stahl House. At right, a view of the Stahl House with the city of Los Angeles visible in the background. Watches on display included (from middle to bottom) Omega's Seamaster Planet Ocean, Ladymatic and Speedmaster Moonwatch  timepieces. Credit: Omega 


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