L.A. Fashion Week Hot Spots
L.A. Fashion Week Hot Spots
WHY IT’S HOT Most shows for Mercedes Benz’s L.A. Fashion Week take place at Smashbox Studios in the Culver City neighborhood, which is currently undergoing a fantastic makeover. A slew of delectable restaurants have opened there, including Akasha, which is where stars like Adrian Grenier, Demi Moore and Amy Smart eat when they want an organic and tasty meal. Fashionistas will love the healthful menu!
Akasha Restaurant, 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310-845-1700
WHY IT’S HOT Pampering indoors is fabulous, but here you can relax in the warm California sun while getting a luxurious mani/pedi. Gwen Stefani recently had her nails done on the outdoor balcony of the Fekkai outpost on Melrose. While it's best known as a hair salon that celebrities like Kirsten Dunst and Heidi Klum frequent, it's also a top destination for nails.
Frederic Fekkai, 8457 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, 323-655-7800
WHY IT’S HOT Leighton Meester, Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Richie are just a few of the celebs who have hit this hip Hollywood club that is set to host fashion show after-parties throughout the week. The design of the space was inspired by a loft that you'd find in Tribeca in N.Y.C., and it's set right in the heart of the L.A. club scene.
The Stork, 1738 N. Orange, Hollywood, 323-462-3663
WHY IT’S HOT Show-goers in need of a caffeine fix should head to Ugo for a divine cappuccino, made from imported Italian espresso beans-or, indulge in a scoop of their homemade gelato. The star clientele includes Tyra Banks, Pink, Spike Lee and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Ugo, 9501 Culver Blvd, Culver City, 310-204-1222
WHY IT’S HOT Get a blowout from Brenda at this fresh salon that counts Ellen Degeneres, Portia De Rossi, Hilary Swank and Rebecca Gayheart as clients. The relaxing environment with outdoor courtyard and fountain offers a soothing respite from the concrete jungle beyond.
Roman Salon, 818 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-854-1030
Driving is as much a part of L.A. culture as is the beach or In ‘n Out Burger-so do the environment a favor and ride in eco-friendly style, like Leonardo DiCaprio and Charlize Theron, with a lift to the shows and after-parties in one of the hybrid cars from Eco-Limo.
WHY IT’S HOT Need a chic outfit for the shows? Log on to revolveclothing.com, order your favorite pieces and they'll be delivered to their West Hollywood store by the next morning for you to pick up! The store, which counts Rachel Bilson, Scarlett Johansson, Katherine Heigl and Jessica Simpson as fans, carries a huge selection of L.A.-based designers, including Jenni Kayne, Castle Starr and Whitley Kros.
Revolve Clothing, 8452 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, 323-944-0311
The London West Hollywood
WHY IT’S HOT Visitors coming to L.A. for fashion week will want a sexy new place to lay their perfectly-coiffed heads. This luxury boutique hotel offers a sophisticated, elegant refuge in bustling West Hollywood, and features a Gordon Ramsay restaurant that draws plenty of stars, including The Beckhams, Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson and Halle Berry.
The London West Hollywood, 1020 N. San Vincente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 866-282-4560
WHY IT’S HOT The close proximity of this buzzed-about restaurant to Smashbox Studios makes it a fabulous place to grab lunch or a glass of wine. Known for their burgers and craft beers, this hot spot draws stars like Hilary Swank, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel.
Father's Office, 3229 Helms Avenue, Culver City, 310.736.2224
Infinity Spray Tan
WHY IT’S HOT Tanning booths are so passe, yet the tan isn't, so celebrities like Denise Richards solve this conundrum by getting a real-looking glow from Infinity Sun. You can get a spray in one of the Sunset Tan locations, they also have a mobile service to make house calls.
Infinity Tan, 323-782-1049 or infinitysun.com for locations
WHY IT’S HOT Fashion week can be stressful! Luckily, buyers, editors and fashionistas will have Rose's cocktails at their fingertips. There will be two options available at Smashbox: the Fierce (pomegranate, vodka and club soda) and the Fabulous (pear, vodka and 7-Up).
Rose's cocktails, at Smashbox Studios, Culver City
WHY IT’S HOT Deserving designers will receive congratulatory gestures in the form of a creative bouquet from Mark's Garden. This florist-to-the-stars has created arrangements for George Clooney, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, and did the flowers for Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley's wedding.
Mark's Garden, 13838 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818-906-1718
Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts
WHY IT’S HOT Step inside the relaxing white room at the end of this hectic week and your worries will melt away faster than you can say 'relax.' Stars like Lauren Conrad, Kate Walsh, Kerry Washington and Debra Messing love to pamper themselves at this Melrose Place oasis, known for its amazing facials by the eponymous owner.
Kate Somerville, 8428 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, 323-655-7546