C California Style

BEAU SOUCI Urban top, $75, and Skate shorts, $1,370. PHOTO: Kate Fichard and Hugo Deniau.
Designer Aurélie Larrousse. PHOTO: Michael Karsh.

French Twist

by C California Style

French Twist With designer and longtime friend Aurélie Larrousse, Paola Russo, the mastermind behind L.A.’s Just One Eye, lends her distinctive vision to a new line, Beau Souci.

Paola Russo and Aurélie Larrousse go way back—long before Russo opened L.A.’s closely watched art/fashion concept shop Just One Eye following executive stints at Ann Demeulemeester and Maxfield. Larrousse, for her part, studied at Studio Berçot and launched her first line in 2011 at L’Eclaireur. “We are both from Nice,” says Russo, who has lived in Los Angeles for more than 30 years. “I’ve known her since she was a baby.”

Their new line, Beau Souci (named after Francois Malherbe’s 16th-century poem “Mon Beau Souci,” meaning “my beautiful worry”), is anything but child’s play. Under Russo’s creative guidance, Larrousse’s designs capture the laid-back spirit of Southern California and the sophisticated élan of Paris in the form of striped sequin tops, metallic blazers and suede safari jackets. Following a pop-up at Bergdorf Goodman in New York this spring featuring the line’s second season, a collaboration of flats with L.A.-based Newbark completes the sun-kissed Cali girl meets edgy Parisienne look.  justoneeye.com; beausouci.com

Written and edited by KELSEY McKINNON.