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Satine website adds Q&A section with fashion “it” girls


Satine, the designer boutique on 3rd Street that houses everything from Isabel Marant to Richard Nicoll has been a shopping destination for fashion-hungry girls for the last seven years. And a recent website revamp may just set shoppers' tongues wagging, not just for the scrapbook-style fashion pages, but for an expanded list of designers, including Lanvin and Balenciaga, available for purchase online.

But what caught my attention was the "Diary" page, which includes Q&A's with female musicians and more unassuming fashion "it" girls, such as Alix Petit of Heimstone and Ilirjana Alushaj of the band Apache Beat. The feature explores personal style, but in the subject's own words, all with a vintage-y scrapbook kind of feel.

The revamp and visual feast of street style and collage-esque clothing spreads echo all the recently launched Tumblr blogs by designers and fashion brands such as Tory Burch, Kate Spade and Oscar de la Renta, which allow each to round out their brand's presence and lifestyle aesthetic -- and give yours truly something new to gaze at on the, er, rare occasion I find myself procrastinating.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Image: Satine's "Dairy" page featuring Q&A's with some style stars. Credit: Satine

Palladium boots pop up at Satine

French company Palladium, which dates to the 1920s, has come a long way from its pre-footwear days when the brand was creating tires for planes. But Palladium boots have long had a rugged, sturdy feel, with two simple canvas and rubber styles that are kind of the hiking-boot equivalent of a Bensimon sneaker.

The shoe collection has moved into Satine on 3rd Street, where it will remain until May 9. They are launching a new model called the Lite for summer that weighs less than 8 ounces and seems like it would be a good option for anyone who wants a breathable alternative to a sandal or flip-flop during warm weather. The Lite shoe comes in their traditional Baggy style, with a flap that when folded down has that '90s athletic feel. Palladium

For a more streamlined silhouette but still with that adventurer feel, there is the Pampa style. Both add a rugged appeal to any look and bring a bit of tomboy ease to denim skirts and short shorts for summer.

The Palladium pop-up store will be at Satine through May 9. 8134 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: The Palladium pop-up shop at Satine.

Arik Kastan jewelry honors the beauty of rose gold

Two fans of rose gold with a keen eye for design are taking the pink-tinged metal and paying homage to traditional Victorian aesthetic in their line called Arik Kastan. Designers Tamar Kelman and Christine Kim, who are based in Los Angeles and New York, respectively, named their jewelry collection after a Tel Aviv-based craftsman who mixes a “special blend” of rose gold and produces pieces based on their vision.Arikkastan3

Kastan, Kelman and Kim keep dainty vintage details such as filigree etching and pave, rough diamonds running throughout the collection. Moonstones, garnets and emeralds are set in the gold and pop against the warm-hued metal.

Kelman discovered Kastan’s work while traveling in Israel and became “obsessed” with it. “He has guided us, because he’s such a seasoned metal worker,” Kelman says about Kastan. “He has such amazing technical skills specific to the Victorian era, and we have an eye for design.”

The collaboration has resulted in a relatively affordable line of rose gold jewelry (most rings are around or under $1,000) that recently caught the attention of Satine boutique owner Jeannie Lee, who has started carrying the line. “This the first time I’ve carried fine jewelry,” says Lee, who remarked that she was eyeing one of the triple-moonstone rings as a possible wedding band. “These pieces are special, but can be worn every day.”Arikkastan5

Lee also says that she sees a return to fine jewelry, especially pieces that aren’t so precious that they only come out for very special occasions.

Rose gold lovers or just those who appreciate vintage-inspired jewelry will gravitate to the aesthetic of the Arik Kastan collection, for a  wedding band or perhaps just as another item on their holiday wish list.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: Pieces from the Arik Kastan jewelry line. Credit: Arik Kastan

L.A. boutique Satine moves to bigger digs on 3rd Street


Satine has expanded its retail presence on 3rd Street in Los Angeles, moving to a larger location across from the original storefront.

The new store, housed in a former restaurant, opened Friday. It's nearly 4,000 square feet -- three times the size of the former space. Proprietor Jeannie Lee says Satine simply "outgrew" its shell: "The racks were way too packed." The new boutique adds more changing rooms along with eight more parking spaces in the back.
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Kimberly Ovitz trunk show at Satine

13 White_maxi Two seasons into designing her eponymous line, Kimberly Ovitz (daughter of CAA founder and former Disney President Michael Ovitz) is having her first trunk show Thursday afternoon at Satine. 

Her collection, which debuted for spring '09, is inspired by her upbringing as an avid equestrian and her love of art. The line is made up entirely of black and white pieces such as a blousy, robe-like maxi dress, a white mini dress with a circular back cutout and an oversized, black drawstring hoodie.

In addition to the spring line, Ovitz’s fall '09 line will be available for purchase from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday.  Afterward, grab some Champagne and meet the designer from 5 to 7 p.m.

This event is open to the public.

Kimberly Ovitz Trunk show, Thursday, March 12, at Satine, 8117 W. 3rd St., L.A. 90048

Photos: Looks from Ovitz's spring '09 line. Credit: Kimberly Ovitz

Satine's recession friendly T-shirt line launches at Forever 21

There’s never a shortage of graphic tees in L.A., but with this dismal economy and unseasonably warm weather, it’s time for a fresh crop of fun, affordable styles. 1untitled1

Satine owner Jeannie Lee has created a line of inexpensive T-shirts and tank tops 1untitled for $12 to $14.50, called Shibuya Mon Amour, which hit Forever 21 online this Friday. The prices are a far cry from the stock of Alexander Wang, Balenciaga and Stella McCartney she sells in her store, but we’ve got to have some lower-priced pieces to mix in and make our designer stuff look fresh again, right?

The Shibuya Mon Amour shirts are cute, with simple nature inspired graphics such as eagles, owls or deer on the front. I think they’d look best jazzed up under a sharp blazer and layers of chunky necklaces.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Above: A few styles from Shibua Mon Amour. Credit: Jeannie Lee

Satine strides into '09

Despite so many L.A. boutiques shutting their doors these days, West 3rd Street shop Satine seems to be doing pretty well.  Owners Jeannie Lee and Virginia Pereira have hosted some of the year’s hottest designer soirees including Jason Wu and Alexander Wang in the store, and they’ve also got their own design projects.

They’re designing the new uniforms for the Palihouse locations in West Hollywood and Hollywood. The uniforms, which Pereira describes as “prep school punk” will hit the hotel staff in April.

Lee and Pereira also have a new intimates line called Bacini (Italian for “little kisses”), which will be in their own store and Anthropologie in a few days. The collection of bralettes, panties and knickers are what Pereira describes as “sexy, but not provocative. It’s not for a girl who wears it to get a man to pay her rent. It’s for a girl who pays her own rent.”

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Jason Wu wows Hollywood ... and Washington

Hot off the results of the Vogue Fashion Fund awards, first-time nominee Jason Wu flew to L.A. to show his Spring 2009 line to media, celebrities and socialites. Wu may not have won the award (Alexander Wang and Vena Cava took home the prize), but he certainly has a following of starlets and most impressively, Michelle Obama -- who recently purchased four dresses from Wu’s spring collection.  She was introduced to his line by Vogue Editor at Large Andre Leon Talley, who has been styling the soon-to-be first family.

Jason Wu and January Jones Lucy Liu hosted Tuesday night’s event in Wu’s honor at Satine.  Erika Christensen, Kate Mara, China Chow and Rachel Zoe all turned out to greet the 26-year-old and comb through racks filled with his collection. Also there was "Mad Men’s" January Jones wearing a beige and black fitted dress by Wu. “I love his dresses because they’re tailored and polished,” the actress said. But not as prim as the costumes and cumbersome underpinnings she wears on her hit TV show. “Oh no! This dress doesn’t have a corset built into it. I’d rather have a belly than a corset.”

Wu mingled at the boutique before heading off to the Palihouse to have an intimate dinner with about 20 guests. I caught up with Wu in the calmer, latter half of the evening and found out about his interesting background and start in fashion, which was surprisingly sparked during a bout of boredom in boarding school. 

Wu was born in Taiwan, moved to Vancouver, Canada, at age 9, attended boarding school in Connecticut, then design school at Parsons in New York. It was in boarding school that he filled his downtime with a natural talent for design and started freelancing for toy company Integrity Toys.  At 16, he developed the Jason Wu doll -- a Barbie-esque figurine that Wu designed from head to toe, hair and makeup and of course, clothes. The dolls have become collector items, selling at FAO Schwarz, and this year he is celebrating his 10th anniversary as a doll designer. That moment of boredom has paid off. Wu was able to start his ready-to-wear line with the earnings made from sales of his doll line.

He now dresses living dolls. “I love working with young actresses who are just on the verge,” says Wu.  “It’s always good to have a muse.” 

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: Jason Wu and January Jones. Credit: Frank Micelotta / Getty Images


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