Last week I swapped the London drizzle for the blue skies of Los Angeles, taking in a host of glitzy parties all in the name of fashion. Tis a hard life indeed. With endless cocktails, openings and lunches to attend, the trip required some serious packing from sunshine friendly essentials (remember those?) to eveningwear. The two big parties of the week were in celebration of Diane Von Furstenberg’s exhibition Journey of a Dress next to LACMA and Tory Burch’s Rodeo Drive flagship store opening. But there was plenty of time in between to explore… from dropping into JBrand’s sprawling downtown factory to taking a historical tour of the Beverly Hills Hotel to visiting both Diane Von Furstenberg and her son Alex’s homes, the schedule was jam packed. To get the full story, click through the gallery below - KO
LA Diaries: From Diane Von Furstenberg’s Journey of a Dress to Tory Burch’s Rodeo Drive Flagship Opening
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Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of A Dress Opening Party
The legendary DvF introduced us to her army of dresses, each showcased by a mannequin modelled to look just like her. Studio 54 was recreated with disco balls and a heaving bar, while the guestlist of A-listers included Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore, Uma Thurman & Rooney Mara.
The next day I set off to meet with Diane in her beautiful home, followed by a delicious organic BBQ at her son, Alex's house. Stunning views across the hills.
Hotels, Blow Outs and Sexy Jeans
The two hotels I stayed at - The Sunset Tower Hotel and The Four Seasons were faultless as was the immaculate blow dry I got at Dry Bar in Beverly Hills. I also took the opportunity to head downtown to check out JBrand's factory and got mesmerised by the incredible archive of Houlihans. Tip for S/S14? Bubblegum pink.
No stay in LA would be complete with a little stardust so I snooped around the Beverly Hills Hotel for a history tour then reclined by the pool afterwards. Stops at Soho House and Chateau Marmont ticked off more LA hot spots.
Tory Burch Rodeo Drive Flagship
The next day I popped down to Tory Burch's brand new Rodeo Drive store to speak to the lady herself. Also on show was the Rodeo Drive capsule - created exclusively for the store opening. The coral reef inspired sandals are to die for.
Tory Burch Rodeo Drive Flagship Store Opening
The next evening a team of journos hit Tory's opening party. Sipping on Moet and Tory's favourtie cocktail Southeside cocktail we waited for the stars to arrive...
Tory Burch Rodeo Drive Flaship Store Opening
Another glitzy guestlist included Jessica Alba, Liberty Ross and out favourite little lady Kiernan Shipka.