If you're driving on La Cienega Avenue between Santa Monica and Beverly boulevards during these first weeks of May, you might think you've entered a drive-by tour of classic film sets.
Twenty windows displays, each the work of a notable interior decorator, will pay homage to a stylish Hollywood movie. The displays are in conjunction with the Legends of La Cienega 2010: Celebrate Hollywood, a two-day event honoring design on the silver screen and TV.
An homage to "Auntie Mame," above, at Baker furniture (360 N. La Cienega Blvd.) is among the displays. The 1958 Rosalind Russell comedy features an array of eye-popping interiors and one grand staircase that the title character uses to make dramatic entrances. The movie, which features Hollywood Regency, Asian and Danish modern interiors, is often cited by interior designers as an inspiration.
It was created by Jaime Rummerfield, far right, and Ron Woodson, left, of Woodson & Rummerfield's House of Design. With the help of muralist Len Greco, center, on the scaffolding, the team created a backdrop that conjures up the glamour of the film's Manhattan apartment foyer.
There is more than just window-dressing to Legends of La Cienega. On Friday and Saturday, the retailer members of the La Cienega Design Quarter will host a variety of open houses, panel discussions on design trends and a fashion trunk show.
The events are open to the public and there is free valet parking and a shuttle available with validation from any La Cienaga Design Quarter member.
After the jump: Interior designer Kevin Corn's window display tribute to "L.A. Confidential."