LV x MODERNISM WEEK

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This week kicks off the annual Palm Springs Modernism Week festivities! To celebrate the influence of mid-century design, Louis Vuitton Beverly Hills hosted a beautiful event showcasing their own collaboration pieces for the home. For those who don’t know, Palm Springs Modernism Week is an annual series of open houses, cocktail parties, and designer showcases bringing together the international design community in the mecca of mid-century architecture and interiors! Best of all, the organization is a charity, and proceeds of the week help to provide scholarships to students of design, and preserve the mid-century landmarks we love here in Southern California.

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For this event, LV showcased their ‘Objets Nomades’, a collection of travel-inspired pieces for the home. With the same level of quality and attention to detail you would expect from the luxury fashion house, every piece is executed to complement the materials and timeless aesthetic of the brand. While embracing some of the defining characteristics of the modernist movement (modularity, minimal silhouettes, colorful accents), the collections is unmistakably fashion-inspired.

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Seeing the collection in a crowded boutique is one thing, but I’m already looking for the perfect opportunity to see one of these hand-stitched beauties really sing in a residential space! For example, the folding leather stool is the perfect solution for a vanity in a small space - it’s efficient, comfortable, and undeniably luxurious. And when it isn’t being used, I can imagine it being folded away into a perfectly designed closet compartment for safe keeping.

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Check out the collection yourself, and hopefully it inspires you the get creative with incorporating furnishings in your own closet or dressing room!

If you’re in the area, I would encourage you to check out the full list of Modernism Week events here!

CHANEL: CRUISE COLLECTION 2017/18

CHANEL CRUISE 2017/18

SOHO HOUSE WEST HOLLYWOOD

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Last night, I had the pleasure of viewing the Chanel 2017/18 Cruise Collection off the runway, and got up close and personal with some of my favorite looks in the dreamy garden space atop SOHO House West Hollywood.

The delicate details of the collection, gilded touches, and feminine accessories could not have paired more beautifully with a space. Positioned within a grove of olive trees, and reflected in a glimmering black pool, the new collection from Chanel created a magical moment of serenity high above the hustle and bustle of the Sunset strip!

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See the full Cruise Collection here.

POWER WALK 2017

   Dress for Success Fuses Fashion with Female Empowerment


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About 10 years ago I became involved with Dress for Success (DFS), an organization that merges fashion with philanthropy, and it has consistently brought me inspiration and fulfillment over the years. If you’re not familiar, DFS empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

In 2009 I created a functional and aesthetically appealing closet in the DFS West headquarters in Los Angeles to give their clients a safe and comfortable space to find and try on workwear. For several years, I have served as designer for the organization's LA Pop-Up shop! Being able to give back, by doing what I love seemed like such a perfect fit, and allowed me to really increase involvement in the organization. Today, I continue to be heavily involved in the organization as an Advisory Council member.

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I’m currently gearing up for the DFS's annual Power Walk on August 26, and I invite you to lace up your Nikes and join my team or make a donation to support the very deserving cause. Fitness is already so inherent to my own lifestyle, making this event one of my favorite ways to show support for DFS. The international 5K event serves as a walking testament to the need for success-driven women to become healthy in all aspects of their lives. Each of the walk’s three miles represents one of the three phases that DFS clients experience on their journey to self-sufficiency—from being unemployed and searching, to recently employed and adjusting, to gainfully employed and succeeding. This year’s theme is Unleashing the Power Within and I’m excited to join women warriors to unleash the power to make positive, rewarding healthy changes in life.

If you’re interested in getting involved in an organization that aligns with your interests, DFS is a great, meaningful charity that fuses fashion with female empowerment. Visit the DFS website for more information about the Power Walk and organization. 

LACD TURNS 10

 

As my brainchild business reaches a milestone birthday, I'm recapping 10 of my favorite moments from the past 10 years!

 

MILLION DOLLAR CLOSETS

One of the major highlights from my closet journey was shooting and starring in 'Million Dollar Closets' for the Style Network! Check out all the episodes on my youtube channel and be on the lookout for more!

 

3-STORY CLOSET

Every girl's dream, the largest closet I've ever designed was a 3-story boutique space for a private Bel Air client. Unpublished and never photographed, this project will forever be the ultimate Closetphile fantasy...

 

CHRISTINA AGUILERA'S CLOSET

Nobody does over-the-top glam like Xtina. Working with her to create the ultimate VIP dressing room will forever be one of my most memorable moments. Wall to wall red soles and a dreamy costume collection, Christina's wardrobe was one of a kind!

 

FERGIE

Another VIP client, the first-class fashionista and former Black-Eyed-Peas front woman, Fergie epitomizes sultry glam. As if that's not enough, she and her husband Josh were two cool clients, and open to a creative conversation (every designer's dream)!

 

STRAUSE

The closets are great, but the clients are what make my job memorable! This project grew from one glamorous dressing space to a fully-outfitted home, complete with a fabulous Ferrari display. I love to go back whenever I have a chance (and not just for the one-of-a-kind wine closet)!

 

MAIZE

You never know where a project will lead! Not only did I create a chic boutique dressing space for a modern businesswoman (and her dog) - I also gained a friend. I always remember this posh space and the doors it has opened on my closet journey!

 

TYRA BANKS

When you're designing a closet for a world-renowned supermodel, the space has to be as 'fierce' as she is! Chic and sophisticated with colorful accents, Tyra's closet keeps her enviable shoe collection catwalk ready!

 

FABLIFE with JOE ZEE

As a designer, I've become a bit of a packing pro! One of my all-time highlights is the holiday appearance I did with Joe Zee, offering tips and tricks for seasonal travel! He was such a fun host, and the TV time was the ideal platform to show off the LA Move!

 

LA MOVE

Inspired by the spaces my clients look for, creating the LA Move with luxury luggage designer Max Mirani was an incredible opportunity to scale down my design strategies and offer them to a wider audience. This timeless collaboration not only strengthened my brand, but has also eased my travel woes!

 

CLOSETPHILE

An exciting new era in my business was the day we launched CLOSETPHILE! Breaking into the blogger space is presenting so many collaborative opportunities, and has provided a platform to share my musings and favorite moments as a designer. I am beyond excited to watch the blog grow as we propel into a new decade of dreamy dressing spaces!

 

LCDQ Legends

 

 

As an LA-based designer, LCDQ Legends week is a highlight every year. This year was no exception! The La Cienega Design Quarter was packed with familiar faces and fresh design inspirations, as keynote talks and cocktail receptions took over the showrooms. A major part of Legends week are the designer window displays, and this year I decided to draw from my favorite spaces for a haul of fashion-forward finds!

 

Una Malan

During a courtyard cocktail reception, guests are treated to a first glimpse of Una Malan's incredible new showroom space. Sculptural forms and sophisticated textures abound!

Una's showroom evokes a timeless elegance with an avant-garde flair, themes inevitably present in high fashion. For me, these pieces reflect and complement her flawless design aesthetic to a T:

Saint Laurent

Opium Patent Leather Pumps

Céline

Small Trotteur Shoulder Bag

Zac Posen

Resort 2017 Collection


Serena + Lily

The Serena + Lily space makes for a playful presence, starting with the facade! The exterior mural and colorful window collection continues to the interior - a casual, creative space working some upscale West Coast charm.

Serena + Lily's cool coastal display conjures ideas of a seaside escape. To match, here are some of my favorite of-the-moment musts for summer:

Madewell

Mesa Straw Hat

Dior

ORIGINS2 in Crystal

COS

Dress with Tie Collar


Harbinger

Harbinger's La Cienega showroom is a paradise of pattern and print. It effortlessly layers fresh and familiar textures with an eclectic furniture collection, with every corner bringing something new to the eye!

Harbinger's space evokes a whimsical, yet warm aesthetic, and doesn't shy away from making a statement. For me, these pieces are similarly balanced in their tastefully playful use of pattern:

Rochas

Floral Chunky Heel Sandal

Fendi

Wallet on Chain

Banana Republic

Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear


Hollyhock

The worldly window display at Hollyhock hearkens to another era. It blends old world wares with a well-traveled curation of antique finds. The decadent array of textures and rich color palette are transportive.

In keeping with the glamorous, gilded-era furnishings at Hollyhock, I am drawn to these pieces for their enduring elegance and livable sense of luxury:

Louis Vuitton

Petite Malle

Gucci

Jordaan Floral Brocade

Dior

Pre-Fall 2017


Arteriors

The haute, high-contrast display at Arteriors has all of my favorite things! It beautifully incorporates traditional architectural tact with high-gloss glam. The minimal palette is perfection with accents of gold and greenery.

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The high contrast and grayscale hues have me lost in a lacquered luxe daydream. To complement the look, here are a few of my favorite fashion-forward pieces that are sure to elevate any wardrobe:

Chanel

Gabrielle Large Shopping Bag

Céline

Blade Heel

Saint Laurent

Classic Gold Lamé Shirt


 

TOP-NOTCH TRAVEL

 
 

WE JOINED EMC AND CLAY LACEY AVIATION FOR AN EVENING CELEBRATING THE PARTNERSHIPS THAT ARE TAKING LUXURY TRAVEL TO NEW HEIGHTS

 

 

Sure, cashmere and caviar are nice, but private planes are next-level luxury! Last night we had the opportunity to get up close and personal with some uber-chic private jets thanks to EMC's partnership with Clay Lacy Aviation.  

At the exclusive event hosted by the Estate Managers Coalition -- an organization of individuals who manage estates for some of the wealthiest global families and professionals alike -- LA Closet Design was invited to showcase our luxury travel line, the LA MOVE, to a discerning crowd of tastemakers. It was a truly first-class experience, seeing our thoughtfully designed "mobile closet on wheels" alongside a fleet of the aviation industry's finest private planes.

The event was a gleaming success, and now we’re dreaming of all the places we’d jet-set with our fully-packed LA Move - Check out last night's photos to see this world-class pairing for yourself!


 

 

LACD X SCHWINN

 
 

Giving back is a huge part of what we do at LA Closet Design! This year, I was asked to undertake an exciting partnership with Schwinn at the 2016 WestEdge Design fair. As one of the chosen LA-based designers and tastemakers, the LACD team created a one-of-a-kind Schwinn Streamliner to be auctioned off, with all proceeds benefiting the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House.

 
 
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The bike is completed in a satin black finish with rose gold accents and accessories. It is designed for the modern woman who is always on the go, but never looking less than chic. Both a showpiece and a fully functional mode of transportation, the LACD-Schwinn comes equipped with a front mounted velvet accessory tray to keep your most valuable pups and pieces at the ready. A handlebar-mounted three way mirror provides full visibility for any necessary makeup touch-ups or boardwalk selfies. A delicate rose gold bell makes pedestrians aware of you presence (as if they aren't already), while a battery-operated watch winder makes sure the rider is always on time. Included with the bike, a folding garment bag slips right out of the LAmove Mobile Closet and allows for a full day-to-night wardrobe change.