Plus Supreme rolls over to the Sunset Strip and Mother pays homage to Ziggy Stardust
Words by ELIZABETH VARNELL
It’s Sunrise for Supreme’s New Sunset Location
Supreme’s new supersize boutique on the Sunset strip—a move teased by a white-and-red branded helicopter buzzing the Hollywood sign—gives new meaning to catching air with 8,500 square feet devoted to art, decks, streetwear, and a free-floating skate bowl. The West Hollywood outpost, formerly home to Tower Records’ first Southern California location, is nearly double the size of the line’s former Fairfax location. The space is stocked with creative director Tremaine Emory’s latest drops alongside art installations by collaborators Mark Gonzales, Nate Lowman, Josh Smith, Fuck This Life, and Neckface. Not to be missed are highlighter yellow T-shirts and crew socks from the brand’s ongoing collaboration with Hanes, plus studded belts, wallets, and keychains from Hollywood Trading Company and decks with artwork by Gio Estevez. 8801 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-655-6205; supreme.com.
Giorgio Armani Brings the Blues
This month, Hollywood concept store Just One Eye is adding a pop-in created in collaboration with Giorgio Armani, the designer whose sleek silhouettes single-handedly transformed both the film mecca’s red carpets and big screen productions. The new installation includes a curated selection of looks for men and women from the Italian house’s ethereal spring/summer 2023 collection. Soft-shouldered suits and patterned sweaters for men, all in aquatic shades of blue, join long duster coats, fluid jackets, and weightless women’s skirts. Crediting Armani as an ongoing inspiration, boutique founder Paola Russo calls the designer a “pioneer in creating beauty.” 915 N. Sycamore Ave., L.A., 323-969-9129; justoneeye.com.
Maison Margiela Goes West to Melrose
Unmistakably green hues of olive trees and succulents subtly refresh Maison Margiela’s trademark palette inside its newly relocated Los Angeles boutique. Yet the pale, single- hued look and airy feel of the Melrose Place space still bring to mind the Parisian label’s all-white studio, and the boutique’s floating plaster screens nod to the fabrics and raw materials used in-house for each collection. Dutch architect Anne Holtrop, who designed the interiors, uses abstract shapes for white or mirrored tables displaying 5AC bags and backpacks, Glam Slam messengers, silver Office pumps, and Tabi boots amid ecru chairs and sofas. Deconstructed designs from the John Galliano–helmed label’s ready-to-wear collections hang throughout, and long white shelves hold Replica sneakers, loafers, brogues, Reeboks, and fragrances, including all the Replica iterations. 8451 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood, 747-219-2525; maisonmargiela.com.
Mother Goes Glam with a New Bowie-Inspired Capsule
Mother, the Los Angeles–based denim and ready-to-wear line, is channeling life on Mars with its new David Bowie collection. The androgynous red mullet, celestial sparkling makeup, and other Starman essentials inspire the capsule’s T-shirts, Let’s Dance tube socks, Jean Genie Super Cruiser flared high-rise jeans, and a tour-bus-ready crop cardigan. Mother co-founder and creative director Tim Kaeding says creating the looks using the imagery of the Ziggy Stardust era “felt like a full circle moment” for the brand, which credits the 1970s as a foundational decade. Channeling vintage concert tops and bootlegged parking lot creations, the collection contains plenty of gold-star glam gear as well as cropped tanks for rebel-rebel appeal. motherdenim.com.
Loro Piana’s New Bag Taps into the Line’s Origin Story
Bales of Loro Piana’s trademark cashmere, delivered by nomadic shepherds who live in the highlands of Mongolia and Inner Mongolia, inspired its newest spring accessory. The seamless Bale bag, available in large and micro sizes, riffs on the soft texture of cashmere bales stored at the Italian house’s Piedmont spinning mill while awaiting transformation into the cozy fabrics that comprise its clothing lines. Even the calfskin bag’s adjustable shoulder strap evokes the cords and belts used to fasten bales. The bag is made in a wide range of colors, including navy and tan, but also dark lichen green and a pale pink reminiscent of Candoglia marble. Hand-stitched handles and tone-on-tone suede linings, plus a removable inner pouch, round out the elegantly handcrafted new design. 313 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, L.A., loropiana.com.
Jacques Marie Mage Stakes a Claim on Sycamore
Los Angeles–based collectible spectacle innovator Jacques Marie Mage just added a 650-square-foot Hollywood outpost in the burgeoning Sycamore District for its ethical made-in-Japan eyewear. Founder Jerome Mage, who launched the company almost 10 years ago and also has a shop in Venice, favors limited production runs of frames inspired by influential figures and creatives. Currently on geometric shelves designed by cousins Nicolas and Cédric Hervet of Hervet Manufacturier are the 1980, a titanium aviator inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s on-set specs, and a capsule collaboration with filmmaker turned fashion designer Umit Benan that includes coats, sunglasses, blankets, and sterling silver bolo ties. Nicolas Hervet notes that lighting was key to the boutique’s design. “We focused on illuminating the interior of the fixtures in the most diffused way possible, enough to properly showcase the Jacques Marie Mage glasses, but also concealing the sources of light and allowing for the least amount of reflection from the glasses themselves,” he says. 927 N. Sycamore Ave., L.A., 213-342-5603.
Givenchy’s Latest Runaway Hit
The sleek shape of running shoes—and the stealth lightweight materials that make them speedy—inspired Matthew M. Williams’ new men’s sneaker style for Givenchy. The look of his TK-MX is inspired by Williams’ norm-shattering TK-360, known equally for its continuous knitting from heel to toe and its cultish following. Yet the TK-MX’s look—created with mesh, synthetic leather, and the requisite reflective details—is more track-adjacent and sporty, particularly in daring color combinations such as ultraviolet or green paired with silver, yellow with black, and brown with pink. Pristine white and all-black styles are also on offer. The shoe’s bulbous heel makes the kicks immediately identifiable, as do the logo hits and unique tread apparent in each footprint. 9634 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, L.A.; givenchy.com.
Van Cleef & Arpels Waxes Poetic on Costa Mesa
Van Cleef & Arpels’ immersive forest, evoking a dreamlike place suspended between heaven and earth, is popping up at the South Coast Plaza from April 1 to April 16. The ephemeral space houses an exhibition of watchmaking inspired by nature and astronomy and centered on many of the house’s most sought-after tickers—including Poetic Astronomy models and the Midnight Pont Des Amoureux collection, which depicts a reunion on a Paris bridge. The masculine design’s rendezvous over the Seine complements an earlier feminine version of the moonlit encounter, whereas timepieces with constellations of the zodiac recount starry marvels of the universe. The space, created in collaboration with the Aubusson tapestry workshops in central France along with Glassworks artisans, highlights the house’s Swiss craftspeople and also includes its Alhambra designs, Perlée collection, and other cosmos-inspired watches. 3333 Bristol St., South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 714-545-9500; vancleefarpels.com.
A New TAG Heuer X Porsche Watch Races into Century City
TAG Heuer is heralding one of its strongest partnerships at its new Century City boutique. On shelf is the Swiss watchmaker’s newest Porsche collaboration—a sixth with the German automaker—highlighting a shared passion for speed inspired by the color of heat sparks on asphalt. The TAG Heuer Carrera X Porsche Orange Racing is an automatic chronograph steeped in the bright hue generated by shooting sparks from cornering race cars, one that L.A. drivers are clearly familiar with (see Michael Maltzan’s Sixth Street Viaduct). The black dial is designed with a texture recalling racetrack marks, and its black steel case, ceramic bezel, and calfskin leather strap contrast with bright orange details. The watch’s Calibre Heuer 02 movement includes 168 parts, manufactured at TAG Heuer’s Chevenez facility in Switzerland, and the custom-designed oscillating weight pays homage to Porsche’s steering wheel. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Westfield Century City, 310-867-6087; tagheuer.com.
Feature image: LORO PIANA, BOWIE X MOTHER, SUPREME.
March 8, 2023.
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