Carolina Herrera 8441 Melrose Place; 323/782-9090.
THE VIBE Just one month old, Herrera's space is 3,800 square
feet of pure refinement—with zebra-wood finishes and seating draped in
the designer's signature brown-and-beige satin stripes. BEST
FINDS Fall's richly colored jacquard coat ($4,690); a lace-trimmed
satin cocktail dress ($2,990).
Delia 8438 Melrose Place; 323/658- 8685. THE
VIBE Shoppers (many of them local starlets) usually find this year-old
emporium of lesser-known European designers—hidden away on the second
floor above a breezy courtyard—through word of mouth. Among the labels
to be discovered are Angelos Frentzos, Antonio Marras (Italy), and J & M
Davidson (U.K.). BEST FINDS A long Empire-waist dress by
Kristensen Du Nord ($285); a deconstructed silk skirt by Gardem ($435).
Diane von Furstenberg 8411 Melrose Ave.; 323/951-1947.
THE VIBE DVF uses frosted-glass panels and mirrored ceilings
to create a glam Hollywood backdrop for her updated classics and fine jewelry
collection—a collaboration with H.Stern—sold here exclusively.
BEST FINDS Leopard-print three-way convertible bag ($1,190);
suede wrap dress ($750); and DVF/H.Stern's large crystal Power Ring
Duncan Quinn 8380 Melrose Ave.; www.duncanquinn.com.
THE VIBE This lawyer-turned-fashionista's menswear atelier
brings Savile Row tailoring and a rock 'n' roll edge to West Hollywood.
BEST FINDS Limited-run silk dragon and unicorn ties ($125
each); the color-and-print-saturated "Urban Warrior" collection, with a
three-piece Prince of Wales checked suit ($2,950); and—what DQ does
best—bespoke suits (price upon request).
Marc Jacobs 8400 Melrose Place; 323/653-5100. Marc
by Marc Jacobs 8410 Melrose Ave.; 323/653-0100. THE
VIBE Jacobs's main-label ready-to-wear boutique—the
neighborhood's beacon of chic—sits at the intersection of Melrose Place
and Melrose Avenue. Marc by Marc Jacobs, the outlet for his less-pricey
diffusion label, with its playful, L.A.-friendly looks for women and men, is
just across the street. BEST FINDS Marc by Marc Jacobs
women's black silk-satin jumpsuit ($368); men's midnight-blue tuxedo vest
($228). Launching this month: the designer's digital watches ($150 to
Me & Ro 8405 Melrose Place; 323/ 782-1071. THE
VIBE Twice the size of its petite outpost in downtown Manhattan, Me
& Ro's Melrose shop has a spare, simplified look, in which
Buddhist-inspired jewelry is displayed in unembellished metal cases.
BEST FINDS Lotus Mandala Pendant ($2,300); silver Fearlessness
bead bracelet ($120).
Paul Smith 8221 Melrose Ave.; 323/ 951-4800. THE
VIBE The cleanliness and bright pink hue of Smith's 5,000-square- foot
loftlike L.A. flagship pay homage to Mexican architect Luis Barragán.
Inside the shop, you'll find the first comprehensive collection of the British
designer's signature cheeky aesthetic in the United States—with
décor to match. BEST FINDS The small selection of
customized furniture, like the Union Jackupholstered chairs (from $6,500); a
funky forties-inspired pleated polka-dot clutch ($500); and a Navajo carry-all
RetroSpecs 8458 Melrose Place; 323/ 951-4925. THE
VIBE This bare, sunlit boutique has an impeccable archive of vintage
sunglasses (with a specialty in perennially chic aviators) from the thirties
through the seventies. BEST FINDS The shop's own line of
frames made from south Indian buffalo horn accented with pieces of antique
gold inlay (from $595); vintage forties Ray-Bans made by Bausch & Lomb
Suzanne Felsen 8332 Melrose Ave.; 323/653-5400. THE
VIBE Felsen collaborated with KoningEizenberg Architecture to create
this Modernist space with a glowing white façade—a perfect
complement to the gemstone jewelry the shop stocks. BEST
FINDS A sparkling 18-karat white-gold ring with peridot and tanzanite
($6,500); 18-karat yellow-gold hoops with fire opals ($1,600); and the money
shot—a platinum ring with five marquis-cut diamonds ($12,500).
Temperley London 8452 Melrose Place; 323/782-8000.
THE VIBE Fans of British It Girl Alice Temperley slip past a
canopy of trees to enter her boudoir-style oasis. Inside, animal-print rugs and
a shimmering antique chandelier set the mood for romance while you shop.
BEST FINDS The Carole cowl-neck knit dress ($1,135) and
camouflage intarsia cashmere tunic ($1,245)—to be seen on the likes of
Uma Thurman and Sienna Miller, both clients you may run into while browsing.
After all, this is Hollywood.