Photo Independent Kicks Off “Trade Day” with International Photography Exhibit

Photo Independent will kick off their inaugural event with a “Trade Day.” On Friday, April 25 from 1pm-5pm, design industry professionals are invited to attend the show and programming free of charge with valid I.D. and business credentials. The Trade Day will offer designers, architects, home décor and style experts an opportunity to view and purchase from forty national and international photographers that have been vetted to participate in the show including noted photographers Philipp Scholz Rittermann (U.S.), Robert Tamara (The Netherlands), and Ian Provest (Australia), among others. The Trade Day also allows guests a “first-look” at a curated special exhibit of works by Andy Summers, guitarist for The Police. “Mysterious Barricades” will feature a series of black and white photographs culled from many cities Summers has photographed over the past several years, from Tanzania to China. Read More

Beverly Hills News – Academy Awards Are Here

Most of the acting awards seem pretty much pre-decided heading into tonight's 86th Academy Awards ceremony, but the race for best picture is being billed as one of the tightest in years, with multiple film entering the show with a legitimate chance of taking home the top prize. Read More

Lucky Brand Jeans Launches Flagship Store in Beverly Hills

Ashley Tisdale Ashely Tisdale is among the stars in the Lucky Brand sky at Grand Opening in Beverly Hills. The invitation-only shopping event, with special guest host Lauren Hutton, brought a roster of celebrities and A-listers from Beverly Hills with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Art of Elysium, a non-profit dedicated to enriching the lives of artists and hospitalized youths. Read More

Exclusive Womens’ Wear Boutique Gratus Debuts In Beverly Hills

Merideth Kaplan Gratus, a new and exciting one-stop shopping boutique for women, opened Monday at 427 N. Canon Dr. Designed with an eye toward giving customers a level of personal attention beyond what typical stores offer, owner Merideth Kaplan told The Courier the innovative shopping experience is geared toward helping women “be their best selves.” Read More

GELILA AND WOLFGANG PUCK HOST DINNER IN HONOR OF VOGUE ITALIA EDITOR IN CHIEF FRANCA SOZZANI

Honoree Franca Sozzani, Princess Marie Chantal Of Greece, Prince Pavlos Of Greece And Gelila Puck A-Listers gathered to support Dream For Future Africa Foundation on Wednesday, June 26, with cocktails at 'The Penthouse Suite at 45 Park Lane' followed by dinner at 'CUT at 45 Park Lane' hosted by Gelila and Wolfgang Puck. The gathering of friends included Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Karen Elson, Kristen Mcmenamy, Princess Marie-Chantal and Prince Pavlos of Greece, Nikolai, Debbie and Bolle von Bismarck, Simon and Michaela de Pury, Mark Quinn and special guest Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia Franca Sozzani. The dinner was the kick-off event for a fundraising gala which is to take place in late October in Los Angeles when Franca Sozzani will be honoured for her work and commitment to Africa. Read More

Jenny Packham

RONDELLE II From silver screen glamour to Victorian elegance, she stole the spotlight during New York Bridal Fashion Week Read More

Charlotte Olympia Dellal

Charlotte Olympia Dellal Charlotte Olympia, with its luxurious-yet-playful shoes and accessories, has become the most talked about brand since Christian Louboutin dazzled us with his must-have red soles. Charlotte Olympia Dellal launched her London- based shoe brand in January 2008 and quickly became a hit with the coolest fashionistas in Europe ---including Kate Moss and Daphne Guinness. Her designs became synonymous with classic sophistication, a bit of humor, and of course, her signature gold spider's web on the sole. She gave her creations names like “Dolly, Harlow and Mae West”, all inspired by the bygone era of old-Hollywood glamour. “Everyone has a favorite era,“ says Charlotte Olympia Dellal, “and mine is the old Hollywood glamour of the forties and fifties.” In fact, Charlotte herself looks like a silver-screen siren, with her blonde side-part, flawless red lips and bombshell body - one could easily imagine her sitting in a leather booth with Frank and Dean sipping a martini. Read More

PROFILE: Kirat Young – India’s First Supermodel

Kirat Young Way before Lakshmi and Ujjwala ever made it to supermodel status, there actually was another model from India who blazed a trail down the catwalk during the late 70’s. Her name is Kirat Young nee Kirat Bhinder, who, at 19 years of age, due to a chance meeting with Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, immediately became a fashion superstar. Little did she know, during that encounter, she was just the girl Mr. Saint Laurent was looking for to launch his Ballet Russes collection. The collection was revolutionary for the house of YSL and Kirat, known as his muse, was catapulted into the glamorous world of fashion and a jet set lifestyle. She soon became friends with Jerry Hall and Iman and she modeled well into the 80's for every top designer including Chanel, Valentino, and Oscar de la Renta. Read More