COOL CLOSET FRIDGES

Room temperature is so last season! Cold is officially in. The coolest trend heating up posh closets is mini refrigerators. A fridge may seem like an unlikely closet accessory, but it has many practical uses!

Often beauty products require refrigeration for longevity (and because nothing’s more refreshing than a chilled eye cream hitting your face!). Rather than keeping beauty products near the kitchen condiments (let’s face it, Crème de la Mer shouldn’t be next to the mayo), store them in your closet or vanity for easy access. The Fashion Spot has a breakdown of what products should and shouldn’t be refrigerated.

 
URBAN OUTFITTERS

URBAN OUTFITTERS

And, of course, a closet fridge is the optimal place to store a few snacks for those late night cravings or busy mornings that require a quick bite before rushing out the door. After all, who wants to walk all the way to the kitchen to satisfy that sweet tooth or fuel up?!

One of the “coolest” projects I worked on was Khloe Kardashian’s workout closet, in which we installed a mini fridge for her Fiji water bottles. I love the ‘grab and go’ ease of it and it makes staying hydrated top of mind first thing the morning and before bed.  

 
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If you have a large enough closet, there’s nothing better than gathering your girlfriends in your sacred space, am I right? So, naturally, a mini-fridge filled with bubbles and your favorite refreshments is a luxury your friends will appreciate. I see no better way to bring the luxury shopping experience home than having champagne always at the ready. Heather Dubrow, a member of the Real Housewives of Orange County cast took this idea and ran with it, installing a ‘Champagne Doorbell’ in her closet, so the bubbles are always at her fingertips! Cheers to that!

 
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To be clear, there is a closet fridge for everyone. For the client really looking to make a statement, Veuve Clicquot’s Porsche-designed champagne fridge comes fully stocked and is sure to be the focal point of any luxury man-cave or diva-den. A fabulous collector piece and guaranteed conversation starter, this stainless steel behemoth stores up to 15 bottles for a pretty penny, with a mere $70,000 price tag!

 
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CREATIVE COLLABS

I always have my eye out for unique collaborations in fashion, home decor and design, and there are a few recent ones that have caught my attention!


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Evian X Virgil Abloh -- It may seem an unlikely pairing, but sometimes the best combinations celebrate the fusion of form and function, right? Off-White’s founder Virgil Abloh, who is serving as Evian’s Creative Advisor for Sustainable Innovation Design, designed the company’s first refillable glass water bottle as part of the “One Drop can make a Rainbow” collection. Made in collaboration with beverage brand SOMA, the fashionable limited-edition glass bottle is topped with an eco-friendly bamboo lid. What a perfect addition to any workout closet?! Cheers to staying hydrated in style!

CLICK TO SHOP

CLICK TO SHOP

The designer is known for his bold color sensibility, and his unique ability to take fashion houses from tired to trendy! Most recently, we saw him revolutionize French fashion house Louis Vuitton, bringing the classic staple pieces of the collection into the 21st century with neon accents and iridescent accessories. It’s exciting to see that he’s continuing to think outside the box and bringing his modern art perspective to everyday items we can all enjoy.

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VIRGIL ABLOH X LOUIS VUITTON


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Georg Jensen X Kelly Wearstler -- Two of the design industry’s leading brands -- Georg Jensen and Kelly Wearstler -- have joined forces to create a collection called ‘Frequency.’ The organic, minimal six-piece collection was inspired by the fluidity of water and light. The wavy-shaped steel bowls and hurricanes are the ultimate statement-making pieces that make for great closet accents!

Wearstler’s deco design approach is unmistakable in her work, and I love that she’s teamed up with an iconic maker like Georg Jensen. Now, you can add a little sculptural flair to your own home, and take inspiration from the rest of Kelly Wearstler’s forever fabulous home furnishings!

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Tommy Hilfiger X Zendaya -- The legendary American designer, Tommy Hilfiger, and multi-hyphenate Hollywood starlet, Zendaya, partnered on Tommy Hilfiger’s Spring 2019 collection. The decidedly ‘70s-inspired collection, which was recently presented at Paris Fashion Week, honors the female icons that defined the era. I especially love the feminine blouses, power suits and oxblood leather accessories that all embrace the season’s trends and are available to purchase now - groovy!

CLICK TO SHOP

CLICK TO SHOP

Possibly the most surprising collab, Hilfiger is known for his classic Americana styling and quality denim — meanwhile Zendaya brings a fresh, youthful soul to the stylish collection and brings the designer into the present, appealing to a whole new generation of style seekers and consumers.

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TOMMY HILFIGER, DESIGNER

ZENDAYA

ZENDAYA

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REMEMBERING KARL

“Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.”

-- Karl Lagerfeld

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Like many, I was deeply saddened to learn of Karl Lagerfeld’s passing this week. He was truly a creative genius who never grew uninspired and whose remarkable career spanned more than half a century. I really admire his ability to generate such unique work as creative director for multiple fashion houses at once, and constantly reinvent, while remaining true to his brands’ DNA. No doubt, we lost an inimitable icon who created some of the world’s most significant and timeless art. To try and articulate the contributions he made to the world would be a disservice; his impact on fashion, design, culture and society are too great to even fully comprehend. His legacy and indelible imprint will inevitably live on. And, I know I’ll cherish my inspiration drawn from him along with his designs that hang in my closet.

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One of my favorite Karl memories was seeing him photographed with Dottling, the safe company that LA Closet Design represents in the U.S. Dressed in his typical “uniform” he helped make the Dottling look ultra-chic.

Another memory is when I saw a story a few years ago that toured Karl’s spacious pied-à-terre. I found it fascinating that a person with such a vibrant design aesthetic retreated to a monochromatic, and in some spaces, sterile-feeling, home. While his muted gray apartment straddled modern and classic, the most memorable part of his home was not his closet (surprisingly!), but rather his insane book collection. I’d love to know when he found time to read while designing for multiple fashion houses!

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Not only was Karl a visionary in the fashion world, he had an undeniable aesthetic that was entirely his own, and allowed him to seamlessly bridge the gap between fashion and interiors! Most recently, the Hotel de Crillon in Paris commissioned his inimitable eye for the re-design of their most exclusive guest suites. The resulting collaboration was timeless, modern, and clearly Karl.

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As the world mourns, perhaps the best way to pay tribute to the famous fashion fixture is to continue to make the world a chicer place, and purchase a piece of Chanel, Fendi or his namesake Karl Lagerfeld merchandise. If you need some ideas, here are few pieces that are sure to reflect his creative spirit:


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CUPID'S CLOSET GUIDE

Cupid’s arrow may be striking sweethearts this week, but he’s also making a love connection between me and some adorable pink, red and heart motif fashion and home decor pieces. Whether you’re still looking for a gift or are just inspired by the season like me, there's plenty of eye candy out there!

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In the home design category I’ve got my (heart) eyes on everything from a shaggy pillow perfect for that pop of pink to a deep red alpaca throw blanket that looks as good as it feels to a chic pink tic-tac-toe set (because who doesn’t need that?!). I’m also loving Alexandra Von Furstenberg’s acrylic picture frame and valet tray, which are subtle ways to bring red and pink into the home.  And, of course, Closet Design Bible, has plenty of pink punches, along with timeless tips.


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Meanwhile, I’m also swooning over some stylish apparel and accessory pieces. For starters, this Dolce & Gabbana lace midi dress (on sale!) is a total showstopper. Jennifer Meyer can do no wrong and her open heart gold diamond earrings have certainly stolen mine! Other fun finds that have me under a spell are a girl-power Stella McCartney pink suit, a racy red and pink Bordelle bra and seasonless red Gianvito Rossi ankle boots. Cheers to love (and finding someone who looks at you the way I look at these!).


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TOP TRENDS FOR 2019

As we say “goodbye” to 2018, I’m reflecting on some of the best (and worst) trends that trickled into our wardrobes and homes. The past year offered some serious design highlights (hello, cheetah and check prints for days!) along with some lowlights (looking at you “dad” sneakers). Overall, there was plenty to celebrate in the design space and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2019 has to offer. I think we’ll continue to see the pendulum swing away from dramatic minimalism towards playful patterns, mixed materials, bold colors and maximalism. Here are five of my favorite New Year design trends.


Under the Sea

This past year, we got a glimpse of how the sea is making a splash in our style with the puka shell phenomenon. From anklets to earrings and embellishments to accent pieces, both mainstream and luxury brands adopted the aquatic trend. And, the fad is predicted to continue, only being further amplified by the Pantone Color Institute naming Living Coral the “Color of the Year.” A color that represents “playful expression” and our “innate need for optimism,” Living Coral is a “coral hue with a golden undertone.” There are a multitude of ways to bring the pink-red shade into the home: those who want to dive in head first can opt for a striking rug or statement accent chair (both great ways to add color to a closet), while those who prefer to just dip their toe in can achieve the trend with a charming vase or functional wall shelf. Either way, I “sea” this trend as a fun way to add a playful pop!

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Inject your space with some playful aquatic accessories.

Inject your space with some playful aquatic accessories.

Cozy up to living coral with a colorful accent chair!

Cozy up to living coral with a colorful accent chair!

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if you’re loving the color, don’t shy away from a fully saturated look! carrying the color throughout makes for a more modern, monochromatic look!

if you’re loving the color, don’t shy away from a fully saturated look! carrying the color throughout makes for a more modern, monochromatic look!


Shhh! Secret Storage Solutions

I’ve long been a proponent of having concealed elements in closets if square footage permits. We’ve put scarf racks in pocket doors, hidden hampers in drawers, and created a space for ironing boards to fold up. So, I’m thrilled that hidden storage solutions are expected to be popular in 2019. This trend is actually quite timeless and easy to achieve. A few of my favorite secret storage solutions are placing drawer dividers in the dresser to help organize folded garments, adding acrylic trays to drawers to hide accessories, and incorporating belt and tie racks to streamline access. Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me!

a concealed dottling safe room is disguised behind architectural paneling.

a concealed dottling safe room is disguised behind architectural paneling.

jewelry and other valuables are kept tidy and protected in fully lined and lockable drawers.

jewelry and other valuables are kept tidy and protected in fully lined and lockable drawers.

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Matte Black is the New Black

We’ve really seen it all when it comes to fixture finishes -- pewter, copper, brass, you name it. In 2019, we can expect metal fixtures to take a back seat allowing matte black to take center stage as the favorite finish. Equally edgy and elegant, matte black balances modern, timeless and industrial sensibilities while offering a fresh way to punctuate a space. Though often considered less versatile than metallic finishes, matte black can work as well with a crisp white space as it can with a muted pastel or vibrant-hued one.  Beyond the bathroom and kitchen, matte black elements -- from floating shelves to hang knobs to mirrors -- are sleek additions to a closet and vanity. In fact, testing out matte black in the closet is a great ways to decide if it’s worth investing in more costly decor like the kitchen faucet.

the “so black” birkin just goes to show this trend is being carried through every part of the design world! from fashion to home furnishings, it’s a clean, understated option that works with any style of home.

the “so black” birkin just goes to show this trend is being carried through every part of the design world! from fashion to home furnishings, it’s a clean, understated option that works with any style of home.

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whether you lean more traditional or scandinavian-chic, there’s a matte black option for everyone.

whether you lean more traditional or scandinavian-chic, there’s a matte black option for everyone.

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The Future is Bright

Statement light fixtures are predicted to illuminate spaces throughout the home in 2019. I recently shared some of my favorite closet lighting options, many of which will work well in the New Year and beyond. Boho styles like rattan chandeliers are sure to be a fashionable go-to for dining and living areas, while opulent crystal fixtures and geometric pendants will continue shining as closets’ pièce de résistance in many cases.

crystal chandeliers and pendants will always have a place in the home, and are the perfect way to elevate a glamorous dressing room.

crystal chandeliers and pendants will always have a place in the home, and are the perfect way to elevate a glamorous dressing room.

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sculptural pendants in mixed metals help to tie together any space, and help to instantly create visual interest!

sculptural pendants in mixed metals help to tie together any space, and help to instantly create visual interest!


If These Walls Could Talk

Mark my words: bold wallpaper will be exceptionally striking next year. From fearless florals to vibrant watercolors to animated animals, wallpaper is going to be huge. I’ve incorporated daring wallpaper in past projects like in Whitney Port’s closet, in which we lined one wall with the iconic Martinique banana leaf wallpaper found at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s a whimsical way to personalize a space and be a little playful, so a closet is the perfect place to do just that!

a creative way to tie together a design - put the pattern on the ceiling! This makes for a more boutique experience in the closet, and is a playful way to add a little personality to your space.

a creative way to tie together a design - put the pattern on the ceiling! This makes for a more boutique experience in the closet, and is a playful way to add a little personality to your space.

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LACDx Curated Closet Gifts

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It’s official…I’m in the holiday spirit! Who else is ready to enjoy the plentiful parties, presents and good cheer? As we approach the most wonderful time of the year, I’ve got gift giving on my mind. There are so many fun gift guides out there, but sifting through them can take longer than checking off the nice and naughty lists. So, this year I thought I’d share some ideas straight out of “Closet Design Bible” (which, by the way, makes a stellar stocking stuffer!). The coffee table book is chock full of gift ideas -- from everyday essentials to pretty, decorative pieces -- for your family and friends that won’t break the bank.  I’ve curated a few of my favorite pieces from CB2, WestElm, and the like to implement my ‘Tips’, and divided them into four categories — Not so Basic Black, Brass and White Marble for the Masses, Coming Up Rose (Gold) and Shades of Silver and Gray. There’s sure to be a selection to complement any look! Happy gifting!

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We all have that person in our life who believes black is superior to every other color. Fortunately, you don’t have to default to a basic black present. How about this marble tray that can serve as a display for flowers and candles or even a holder for jewelry? The tray is also a chic catchall for your man’s keys and coins. Check out chapter 17 -- “The Man Cave Closet” -- for more guy gift inspiration.  A couple easy closet upgrades that are often overlooked are switching out dresser handles and enhancing a blank wall. These marble handles can easily elevate dresser drawers while this notched marble wall hook can be used to stage outfits on an empty wall. Need an unexpected stocking stuffer? LA Closet Design’s purse pillows are perfect for your handbag-hoarding friends.

Brass and White Marble for the Masses

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Marble and brass used to be the ultimate luxury materials. Today, they are more accessible, meaning there’s plenty to pick from beyond countertops and bathroom fixtures (those aren’t exactly presents that can be wrapped and tied with a perfect bow anyway). A trash can is certainly not a conventional gift, but this glam brass wastecan gives trash a truly luxe look. This clever clothing rack made from industrial pipes is a stylish space-saver and great for showing off special wardrobe pieces. We all know the gal with a lot of fashion goodies, and these glass and brass linen-lined shadow boxes hold keepsakes and accessories while adding style to shelves, dressers and vanities. We created similar built-in glass displays in Khloe Kardashian’s workout closet for her athletic accessories (flip to chapter 16 -- The West Coast Workout Closet” -- for a closer look).

Coming Up Rose (Gold)

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As rose gold continues to reign supreme among home decor hues, the holiday season is an ideal time to gift your rose gold-loving girlfriends with something special.  As someone who knows all too well the importance of good lighting, I think one of the best gifts you can give is this sensor mirror, which combines state-of-the-art tech and a functional design to provide optimal lighting for primping.  Know someone who could use some hanger help to better streamline her closet? These elegant copper hangers add an element of design while also organizing the space. Peep chapter nine -- “The Tailored Dressing Room -- for more on keeping hangers consistent.  I’m also a fan of these antique-inspired wall-mounted shadow boxes that can be used for displaying jewelry or mementos. Meanwhile, these wing bookends are ideal for the bookworm in your life. Don’t they just scream “take a shelfy!?”

Shades of Silver and Gray

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It’s no secret I’m obsessed with gray and anything that falls into the mirrored and acrylic categories. If you’re searching for a gift for a fellow gray fanatic, look no further. For starters, this velvet tufted pouf can work as a seating area in a closet or another room in the home. Know someone who has frequent out of town guests? This acrylic luggage rack with leather straps is as fashionable as it is functional! I also adore these acrylic wall shelves that can be suspended in a closet or elsewhere and used for everything from holding beauty products to displaying art to showcasing succulents. Need a unique, yet practical stocking stuffer? LA Closet Design’s purse hook works on the closet wall or underneath a shelf to keep handbags from hitting the floor. Chapter six -- “The French Manor Closet” -- shows how to hang multiple purses in the same space. They work for scarves, too!  

Q+A: GIULIANA RANCIC

Recently, I got to catch up with one of my all-time favorite clients, and talk all things fashion and beauty at the launch of her new skincare line, Fountain of Truth! Giuliana Rancic represents the modern on-the-go woman, and is the perfect voice to take over the beauty industry with her new, all natural line of skincare products. Not only is her new line going to improve your skin, the packaging itself makes for perfect shelf candy when displayed in your bathroom! I decided to find out more about Giuliana’s mission with Fountain of Truth, and how it fits into her routine.


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How does skincare fit into your daily routine / How do your products streamline this process?

Having a clean skincare routine has always been very important to me, it’s one of the reasons I founded Fountain of Truth. I had a hard time finding what I considered to be a non-toxic skincare line that also treated the appearance of fine lines, discoloration and other skin issues. Therefore, I committed myself to creating my own clean products and sharing them with people of all ages. I think it is necessary for consumers to know exactly what is inside the products they are using. That is why my eco-luxe beauty line is Clean. Beautiful. Truthful.

What role did packaging play in the new line of products?

I feel like the packaging can tell a lot about a brand and I wanted my skincare line to look simple, natural and elegant as well as being able to be a beautiful display piece on a vanity. The rose gold hardware really pops against the white bottle and the simple black writing brings it all together. This is one skincare line that really dresses up a bathroom counter. Everyone is loving the packaging!

How do you store/organize your skincare/cosmetic products currently?

I have all six of the Fountain of Truth products on a pretty personalized marble tray displayed on my bathroom counter. I love how nicely the rose gold pops against the white marble. It’s so chic! The rest of my beauty products are neatly organized in bins and placed in drawers that are handy to access while I’m getting ready for the day.

In your next closet, how do you see your vanity / skincare station being incorporated?

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I would do something similar to what I have now, since I love my current set up and find it really easy to apply my skincare and makeup. I would for sure continue with bins, trays, and other tools to keep everything very organized. I find getting rid of clutter in your bathroom and closet and having things organized and neat starts the day off on the right foot.

How does the Fountain of Truth line reflect your own personal routine? Your own style?

The Fountain of Truth collection reflects what I use most in my day to day life. There is an elixir, moisturizer, hand cream, night cream, honey glow mask and a cleansing balm which I believe are the core necessities for a simple yet effective skincare routine. I have been using the Fountain of Truth skincare line for the past year and it has completely transformed my skin in the best way possible. I have less lines from using it and my skin has never been so hydrated and dewy. Every morning, I wash my face with the Take it Off Cleansing Balm and follow that with The Truth Elixir and the Good Day Soufflé. At night, I use the cleansing balm to wash off my makeup and then I love to indulge in the Honey Glow Mask a few days a week followed by The Truth Elixir and lastly I never forget to slather on a thick layer of the Dream Cream Overnight Repair Mask. It is so incredibly hydrating and I wake up with dewy, glowing skin. It’s amazing! I also always have my Youth In Hand cream in my bag and we purposely made it 3 ounces so you can travel with it and not worry about having it in your bag when you go through security at the airport. Love everything about that!


AND we got to talk closets! Giuliana describes the need for a more functional, effective, and beautiful set of skincare products - all the same considerations she’s taking into account thinking about the design of her next closet! If you haven’t seen the last space I designed with her, see the full tour.

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KEEP YOUR STYLE IN CHECK

Fall is in the air! With the first day of autumn just a few days ago and October around the corner, I’m daydreaming about how I’m going to wear my warmest wardrobe pieces. One of the season’s trends I’m most looking forward to incorporating is classic fall fabrics and prints like checks, plaids, houndstooth, tweed and herringbone. These classic prints have long been a staple of handsome home decor as well, and I’m excited that they’re circling back into the closet again! Traditional English interiors and equestrian wear have taught us these prints are conservative, even masculine. But as our homes have evolved, and modern trends have taken hold, checks and plaids have been reinterpreted to add a touch of masculine warmth to any room - and now fashion is following suit (pun intended).

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Fall 2018 runways were a mashup of men’s suiting meets grandma’s garments with designers like Balenciaga, Fendi, Michael Kors, Prada, Saint Laurent, and Versace all embracing the fall fad. Now, the trend has trickled down and we’re seeing it in every form: straight leg pants, relaxed blazers, pencil and pleated skirts, chunky knits, sleek outerwear and even shoes and bags.  

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What’s great about this print trend is that it’s timeless, effortless and you probably already own an item (or five) in your closet. So, whether channeling Cher Horowitz and wearing head to toe tartan, taking a page from the men’s playbook with a glen plaid double-breasted coat or iterating a more modern styling of oversized houndstooth, it’s all game.

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Checks and plaids work well in the home, too, and can make it truly feel like the fall season. Try mix and matching prints and textures with throw pillows or reinterpreting a space with a new bench or chair or updating your bedding for a re-imagined sleeping space. If you’re checking into this trend for the long haul, consider a plaid tile pattern, or a statement wallpaper to warm up a room! The possibilities are as limitless as the number of lines on a tartan suit.

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CRAZY RICH ASIANS

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OK, so I know we've all been inundated with the “Crazy Rich Asians” commentary, but I wanted to share a thoughtful analysis with you guys.  As an Asian-American, this film really resonated with me on so many levels (beyond swooning over Henry Golding and style crushing on Gemma Chan). Growing up, there were few, if any, movies where I thought, “wow, she’s beautiful, fabulous and successful, and she looks like me.”  It was a lot of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan action films and Margaret Cho comedies, all off which spoof Asian culture rather than celebrate, or at least accurately reflect it. Even today, we see shows like “Fresh Off the Boat” depicting Asian immigrants, which inaccurately illustrates the culture, and doesn’t holistically represent the values and realities of Asian-American communities.

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So, in “Crazy Rich Asians,” to witness Asians portrayed as part of the fabric of our society -- funny, beautiful, human -- was refreshing. Seeing my existence acknowledged and earnestly represented was really poignant for me. And, to see Asians drive the narrative and hold lead roles -- two elements that have not previously existed in American cinema -- was powerful and inspiring. While the film did spotlight wealthy Asians, I appreciated how the film crystalized a lot of misconceptions and thoughtfully represented the values that Asian families, particularly those with resources, instill, like being respectful and humble.

The film also serves to underscore the significant spending power of Asians and their impact on high-end design. In fact, a recent Nielsen report found that in “2017, the group's buying power hit $986 billion, about 6.8 percent of the U.S. total. That number is expected to grow to $1.3 trillion by 2022.” Those stats are just a sliver of their global spending power.  

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And, of course the fashion wasn’t bad (hello, Giambattista Valli, Dior, Prabal Gurung, Missoni and Marchesa!).  Asian influence has a long-history of propelling style and luxury, and their dollars often drive the designs we see coming from pervasive brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, etc. These dominant brands often draw on cultural influences and collaborate with world-renowned designers/architects to create experiential shopping experiences that attract Asian buyers. In this way, we have “crazy rich Asians” to thank for a lot of the colors, patterns, and shapes we see on the runway, and, subsequently in retail spaces, interior design, and eventually, the closet!

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Speaking of the closet, I’ve had the privilege of working with incredible Asian clients, including a client who hails from Hong Kong, but moved to LA to attend UCLA (get it, girl!). Her stunning closet and collection of handbags leave little to be desired!

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See the full space here!

I sincerely hope this film continues to initiate an important dialogue and help break down barriers, combat stigmas and stereotypes, and encourage inclusion.

DRESS UP YOUR DECOR

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You know and love her for her fiercely feminine fashion designs, but Monique Lhuillier continues to evolve her brand, and for the second year has partnered with Pottery Barn for a chic home collection. As an LA Closet Design client (tour her closet!), I’ve gotten to know Monique's work over the years and she truly has impeccable style, so it’s no surprise her new collection, which includes bedding, bath, tabletop, gifts and decor is equally as glamorous.

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Though florals are often reserved for spring, I love how Monique worked them into this collection, along with rich jewel tones contrasted with crisp white, making pieces transitional and timeless.

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"My love of flowers and color is at the heart of all my collections. For Fall 2018, I was inspired by the rich purple and vibrant yellow blooms of the tiger orchid and how this sophisticated color combination could be used to create a new elegant look for the changing season," she said.

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STYLE AT SEA

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We all know how much I love a well-designed dressing space - where clothes and shoes have room to breathe and boutique backlit displays showcase all the finest accessories! BUT, have you ever wondered what the ultra-rich do with all their wearables at sea?! Strap on your life vests for some summer travel inspo, because we're looking at the pinnacle of luxury leisure - superyacht closets! 

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That's right - these billionaire boats ensure all the comforts of home, dream closets included. Representing the ultimate level of craftsmanship and efficiency, nothing goes to waste. Closets on land can take note of the highly-functional designs, executed in exquisite detail. High-gloss woods, metal inlays, and leather details bring all the style and sophistication of a luxury home to sea, and the process of getting dressed is meant to be both effortless and elegant.

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Often I take notes from boutique stores and high end hotels to enrich my clients' closets, but if any space truly brings leisure to the luxury dressing experience, it has to be aboard one of these beautiful boats.

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In case you thought 2-story closets were reserved for the mega-mansions of the world, think again! The 77m, 10-bedroom Smeralda super yacht even features a 2-story dressing space and spa. Vacation goals achieved!

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DESIGNER'S DREAM

Some thought the day would never come! I recently began the process of designing my own dream dressing room in my Los Angeles home. When you start designing a space for yourself, the endless options and various design directions are so overwhelming! I wanted the space to be perfect - a little experimental (since I can play with the design in ways my clients might not always allow), while still embodying my own personal style! Minimal, curated, but still comfortable and highly functional.

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SIMPLE, CHIC, FEMININE

My goal was to create a space that blends seamlessly with my own personal style, and reflects the items in my wardrobe! While I often incorporate colorful accessories and edgy pieces in my wardrobe, at the end of the day I'm always drawn to the modern, flirty, feminine cuts and color palettes.

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CREATING THE PERFECT COLOR

I'm searching for something special! While the classic white closet can never go out of style, I'm hoping to warm up the room with a new color - one I'm working to create with Portola Paints!

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MIXING METALS

Just like in assembling a look, I'm not afraid to mix metals, and I think it's a modern way to bring a touch of glam into an already polished space!

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HIGH CONTRAST: HARD LINES AND SOFT HUES

Designing a boutique space is all about balance! I want to blend minimal geometric forms with fun and fashionable materials to really soften up the look.

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DREAMY DETAILS

We all know no good detail goes unnoticed in the closet! My dressing room design calls for all kinds of luxe details - both functional and fashionable!

CLOSETPHILE Q+A: KKW Beauty with Jessi Malay

In case you missed it, LA's newest picture-friendly pop-up shop is the KKW Beauty space at Westfield Century City! I decided to follow up with one of my favorite clients and beauty experts, Jessi Malay, to pick her brain about what makes the perfect glam space. The conversation between clothing display and interior design is a big part of the inspiration behind our luxury closets, and I'm curious to hear what inspiration can be had from a boutique beauty space!

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KKW Beauty. In 3 Words. Go.

1. Luxe (Everything from the packaging to the color palette...)

2. Inclusive (They make shades for all colors and races!)

3. Sexy (Between the perfume bottles of Kim’s nude body, and the see-through or nude casing, this is one sexy brand.)

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As a beauty blogger, what are the essentials of a beauty space?

1. A true mirror is a must! 

2. Excellent lighting (points if you have lighting options to mimic day or night so you can prepare appropriately)...

3. Music! Being able to listen to music while getting ready can be so inspiring both in fashion and beauty. 

4. 2 Types of Storage Space: one for your go-to daily products you want to have on hand in a flash (the floating vanity you created with the glass top is ideal for this). And the second storage space for more special-occasion products that you won’t be using everyday, but will want to have for more variety. 

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What’s your favorite feature of the new KKW Pop-Up?

The color scheme is just so signature and consistent with Kim and the whole KKW brand. Also, the oversized Mario palette and concealer tubes are a smart way to familiarize everyone stopping in with her products! 

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How does the KKW space showcase the products?

All the products are displayed in clear acrylic trays, lit from within, to make each product feel like a piece of art. The entire installation is very gallery-inspired.

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As a beauty blogger, why is it essential to have a beautiful and functional vanity space?

It’s essential to have a beautiful vanity space to feel inspired every day, and to remember that makeup is fun! To be able to play and create glam looks as a career is a blessing. 

A functional vanity is essential because with an ever-changing, endless amount of products to use and try, organization is key in order to create cohesive, innovative looks. 

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What is your favorite KKW product and why? 💋💋💋

My favorite KKW products are the KKWxArgenis Creme Color Sticks! I love how you can create really bold, unapologetic, modern eye looks, and once the cremes are set, they won’t move all day. 👌🏼

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SUMMER SOLE-STICE

Sandal Season Has Arrived

Well, hello, summer! Today is officially the longest day of the year and I, for one, am ready for some fun in the sun. To celebrate summer solstice and start the season on the right foot,  I’m rounding up some of my favorite warm weather “soles.” Living in LA, one can’t have enough sandals -- sleek slides, embellished thongs, ankle strap heels all have a place in my wardrobe. Here’s a selection from Net-a-Porter that caught my eye this year:

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Alaia Bombe Studded Satin Sandals

Totally splurge-worthy and in the season’s hottest hue, these luxe yellow satin ankle strap flats scream summer.

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Slides

Bottega’s signature butter-soft leather woven technique makes its way to these pretty peach slides that are perfect for going to a girl’s brunch or a family BBQ.

Chloe Qassie Leather Sandals

Block heels are great for summer; they’re comfortable enough to shuffle between meetings and yet still dressy. I love this pair with a cool hammered heel. Not to mention, they’re on sale!

Gianvito Rossi Portofino 105 Leather Sandals

I’m a sucker for strappy blush tone sandals, and these ankle strap stunners from one of my favorite footwear designers work with jeans and a blazer as well as they do with a floral midi dress.

Gucci Embellished Grosgrain-Trimmed Leather Sandals

There’s no better way to “kick off” summer than with these Gucci beauties! The ultimate sandal eye candy, I like how these feel modern, yet are adorned with the label's iconic webbing and signature grosgrain bow for a touch of vintage.  

Rene Caovilla Crystal-Embellished Leather Sandals

Thongs get a chic upgrade with this pretty pearl pair that’s inspired by Venice and the city's architecture. Get ready for the constant compliments in these!

Saint Laurent Woven Leather Slides

I’m currently living in these stylish slides. Versatile and comfy they are the ultimate summer staple.

Valentino Garavani Moonwalk Studded Leather and PVC Sandals

Rockstuds are officially a fixture in fashion and I’m liking this casual take on the studded staple. Bonus: they’re on sale!

Pro tip:

Storing your shoes -- whether archiving winter shoes or organizing the sandals in your regular summer rotation -- is critical to keeping them looking good and extending their life. I recommend boot trees to help your winter warriors stay upright and shoe inserts for pumps, sneakers and sandals.










 

LACD X TSHome

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Here’s Sneak peek of how I’m creating a moody, multi-functional closet for Tania Sarin!

I’m so excited about a recent project that I had to give you guys a sneak peek before it’s even complete! I’ve been in the process of designing a dressing room for my good friend, style maven and influencer, Tania Sarin, and it’s been such a fun project. Tania’s space is different than other closets I’ve created in that she wanted it to be convertible to a second bedroom, and she wanted the aesthetic to be dark, moody, cool and contemporary -- no soft neutrals or overly feminine elements. I wanted to keep the space true to her style, which she describes as edgy, modern, and classic with a twist of masculine undertones (check out her Instagram for endless wardrobe inspiration). With that in mind, I focused on a predominantly gray and black color palette with touches of brass and art deco accents to capture her cool, contemporary sensibility.

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THE AESTHETIC: CONTEMPORARY COOL


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A few weeks ago we hit the streets of LA for some inspiration, scouting at stores like Stella McCartney and Consort and assessing how pieces could work in her space. From there, I mocked up renderings in which I included a sleeper sofa (how fun for her houseguests to sleep amongst her chic clothes!), a modern end table, and brass accessories.  

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I can’t wait to share the finished closet. But, in the meantime, enjoy these renderings and a few of the pieces I plan to use to bring her closet to life!

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OLIVIA CULPO

LACD x Olivia Culpo


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Olivia's LA loft gets a high-fashion closet facelift, giving new meaning to Hollywood glam! With pull-out shelves for shoes, and floating open shelving throughout for displaying bags and accessories, the closet allows Olivia to showcase her favorite pieces and merchandise the space for any given occasion. 

Since the loft is so open, it is important that the closet can remain tidy at all times. To achieve this, all of the hanging is kept behind full-height mirror doors, which not only glam up the design, but also bring additional light into the previously dark corner of the home.  


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Previously, Olivia's loft was severely lacking in storage space, which didn't work for her busy lifestyle. Having a space for everything, and an organized system in place will make packing and putting together looks so much easier for her. The closet incorporates white marble countertops for folding and laying out items.


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Possibly my favorite detail in the new dressing room, the crystal knobs add a sparkly touch of old Hollywood sophistication to the otherwise simple and modern design! 


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See the full transformation, and get a look at the 'before' on YouTube!

Exclusive first look at the space in Architectural Digest


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KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIAN CLOSETS

The Kardashians have redefined #closetgoals!

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The Kardashian clan continues to grow their crew, which can only mean one thing...they’ll need more closets! We got a glimpse of Kylie’s new daughter’s closet in her video documenting her pregnancy journey and it looks like she already has quite the shoe collection.

We all know America’s “first family” loves the lavish life. So, it’s no surprise their coveted closets are a far cry from traditional walk-ins. Over the years we’ve seen them redefine custom closets and I’ve been fortunate enough to design several of them.


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In the early days of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” I worked with interior designer extraordinaire, Jeff Andrews, to create Kris’ 300-square-foot dream closet. A self-proclaimed “perfectionist,” she was adamant everything had to have a place and be perfectly organized. In the end, she said it was “everything she dreamed of” and I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out. She has since moved homes and expanded her closets, even adding a Birkin-specific closet to her collection, equipped with a neon sign by artist Beau Dunn that reads 'Need Money for Birkin.'


In the same house, I also designed closets for Kendall and Kylie. It was my first project working with teenagers, and as teenagers do,  they wanted all the fabulous extras in their dressing rooms.  They’ve since upgraded to homes of their own, but I’m so glad I got to help them bring their vision to life at a critical time when they were launching their careers and just beginning to express interest in the world of fashion.


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Most recently, I designed a 150-square-foot "workout closet" for Khloe. The fitness fanatic has upped her workout game in recent years and needed a designated space to keep her gear in top shape. The closet has plenty of hanging room for tops, tees, leggings and shorts, shelves for her extensive sneaker collection, dividers to organize her gym bags and sports bras, a display case for accessories, and even a mini-fridge stocked with Fiji water.

The connoisseurs of luxury and bespoke closets, there’s no question the Kardashians are ultimate #closetgoals.  


 

 

DESIGNER DIGS: ANINE BING

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ANINE BING

DESIGNER / GIRLBOSS


As many of you know, I often look to designer boutiques for closet inspiration! These spaces reflect an ideal balance of aesthetics and function, and attention is paid to every detail so as to ensure an enjoyable experience. Designers are constantly revamping these spaces to keep up with their current collections and current inspirations, so I thought why not go straight to the source?! Enter Anine Bing, CEO and Designer for her namesake label, who let me pick her brain about style and organization, and opened up her home for an exclusive look at the most personal of merchandised spaces - her closet.


HOW DOES YOUR CLOSET REFLECT YOUR STYLE AS A DESIGNER?

"It's all aligned and reflective of who I am as a designer and person... my taste.

It's light-filled and streamlined.

I know where everything is... super organized... not cramped and cluttered.

It's an edited closet and it's got all the great classics and basics we make at ANINE BING: killer leather, killer denim, crisp blazers, piles of fresh white tees, studded ankle boots... all the essentials."

HOW OFTEN DO YOU PURGE ITEMS FROM YOUR CLOSET?     "Really often. I keep a SUPER edited closet of what I'm loving and wearing currently along with the few items I'd never get rid of. Otherwise I'm rotating out constantly. I'm not precious about holding onto things."

HOW OFTEN DO YOU PURGE ITEMS FROM YOUR CLOSET?

"Really often. I keep a SUPER edited closet of what I'm loving and wearing currently along with the few items I'd never get rid of. Otherwise I'm rotating out constantly. I'm not precious about holding onto things."


SOME OF HER FAVORITE BOUTIQUES:

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WHAT KIND OF HANGERS DO YOU USE?     "Simply white wood ones with the ANINE BING logo, same as we have in our stores." 

WHAT KIND OF HANGERS DO YOU USE?

"Simply white wood ones with the ANINE BING logo, same as we have in our stores." 

HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET?     "Not really by season, more by item. Sweaters, t-shirts, denim, leather and color..."

HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET?

"Not really by season, more by item. Sweaters, t-shirts, denim, leather and color..."

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION AS A DESIGNER?     "The world outside, art, architecture, flea markets, vintage styles, the girls I work with, New York City, travel in general." 

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION AS A DESIGNER?

"The world outside, art, architecture, flea markets, vintage styles, the girls I work with, New York City, travel in general." 

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"EDGY, CLASSIC, ROCK+ROLL"

Do YOU MERCHANDISE ANY AREAS OF YOUR CLOSET?     "Ha, definitely! It's pretty much all merchandised. There's leather and denim, bags, and boots, lingerie. They've all got their own special section and spotlight." 

Do YOU MERCHANDISE ANY AREAS OF YOUR CLOSET?

"Ha, definitely! It's pretty much all merchandised. There's leather and denim, bags, and boots, lingerie. They've all got their own special section and spotlight." 

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DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM CLOSET...

"I have it currently!" 

"Bright, light, open...somewhere you can see everything and have a window to the outside world so it feels like a homey little room. An area for jewelry and a candle and some memories. It's the perfect place to get dressed. Inspiring, not cramped, and organized and efficient. I love it." 

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FOR MORE DESIGNER DIGS, CHECK OUT MONIQUE LHUILLIER'S STYLISH DRESSING SPACE!

TAKING BACK BLACK-TIE

‘Black-Tie' Takes on New Meaning at The Golden Globes

Sunday’s Golden Globes red carpet was far from, well, red! In a first-ever award show “blackout,” stars traded in bold-hued ball gowns and fiery-colored fitted frocks in favor of black looks as a sartorial protest to bring awareness to workplace harassment, discrimination and inequality. Women (and men) chose to stand up and dress in solidarity rather than stand out on this year’s Golden Globes red carpet, igniting an important conversation and bringing awareness to Time’s Up. As a woman-owned business and someone who works closely with other female professionals, it’s inspiring to see this united and intrepid approach to women's empowerment.

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Though black can be considered unimaginative, mundane or overtly masculine, black to me -- especially in the way it was harnessed last night -- shows strength, power and camaraderie. And, above all, in solidarity, black can be decidedly feminine.

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Though last night’s carpet wasn’t about what stars were wearing, but rather why they were wearing black, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite looks. So many stars looked stunning, and as a collective group draped in black, they were even more exquisite. But, Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce & Gabbana, Kendall Jenner in Giambattista Valli,  Alicia Vikander and Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton, Diane Kruger in Prada, and Margot Robbie and Dakota Johnson, both in Gucci, all commanded the carpet. A few couples and duos who dominated their black ensembles were Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, both in Dior Haute Couture, Armie Hammer (in Giorgio Armani) and Elizabeth Chambers (in Alexandre Vauthier), and Dave Franco (in Saint Laurent) and James Franco (in Salvatore Ferragamo).

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In the spirit of celebrating black as a feminine shade and powerful symbol, I thought I’d share a few examples of beautiful black design pieces, which also convey this poignant use of color. 2018 seems like the perfect moment to rethink our assumptions, and with that, I think last night's red carpet goes to show that black is the new black!

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ULTRA-VIOLET: Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year

Prepare for purple everywhere!

Are you ready to pump up your purple game? You may have heard purple will be pervasive in 2018 with the Pantone Color Institute naming “Ultra Violet” the “Color of the Year.” With purple reigning supreme, prepare to see the more-blue-than-red purple shade popping up across all areas of design -- from home decor and fashion to art and food.



According to Pantone, the hue which pays homage to Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix, who all used purple as a personal expression of individuality, was selected “to evoke a counterculture flair, a grab for originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking…” An ideal color for creative types and freethinkers, the dramatic shade, “reflects the idea of living not inside the box or outside the box but with no box at all.”



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