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It seems like practically everyone in Hollywood, from David Geffen to Tori Spelling, is opening a hotel these days. Now Ritz-Carlton wants in on the movie business. The hotel group is releasing three short films online to attract younger, tech-sav...
Officially, I was booked on the 1 p.m. Garden Tour at Ramirez Canyon Park in Malibu. In the privacy of my shallow, starstruck head, I had been jumping up and down for weeks, thanking heaven for my reservation on the perpetually sold-out Omigod-I'm...
At West Hollywood's just-opened day spa Kinara, the food is as decadent as the treatments, thanks to co-owners Olga Lorencin, the exuberant Yugoslavian skin-care technician, and restaurateur Christine Splichal. After indulging in a massage, milk b...
A trio of Gallic-inspired openings has caused a stir on the L.A. food scene. At Opaline (7450 Beverly Blvd.; 323/857-6725; dinner for two $85), the focal point of the green-and-chocolate dining room is chef David Lentz's solid California-Mediterra...
As a child in Seoul, I spent countless hours in neighborhood mokyork (bathhouses) watching my mother move from sauna to tea-infused hot tub to cold plunge from my perch on a small wooden stool. Periodically, she'd come over to tell me how wonderfu...
Have you lost that old enthusiasm for the bowl of green apples on the reception desk?Tired of the sight of yet another bellman in black Chinese pajamas?Take heart. There is a small revolution under way in southern California that promises a respit...
Washington, D.C. | 14th Street Always a magnet for the pinstripes-and-pearls set, the District is now attracting a fashion-forward faction rather than just the usual Capitol Hill conservatives. Instead of working for the government, they're o...
Cresting over the international cultural landscape are the openings of two much-anticipated centers for the performing arts, by architects known for their path-breaking design: Santiago Calatrava and Frank Gehry. The Auditorio de Tenerife (34-922/...
Searching for red-carpet glamour without a $500-an-hour celebrity stylist?These Los Angeles boutiques can give you free star treatment, access to exclusive clothing labels, and a wardrobe makeover—even if you're just a nobody. At Jack Henry (141 S...
Sushi, dim sum, and dancing?So it goes at Los Angeles's latest crop of Asian restaurants, which are doubling as popular after-hours venues. At Koi (730 N. La Cienega Blvd.; 310/659-9449; dinner for two $90), which sparked the trend, the line of Fe...
You don't need to go far to recover after you shop till you drop. Gianfranco Ferré has welcomed E'SPA, the British spa gurus, into his recently opened Milan boutique (15 Via Sant'Andrea, Milan; 39-02/7601-7526). A discreet door leads to a parallel...
OCCUPATION Fashion designer HOME BASE Milan HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD Armani was recently in Beverly Hills for the unveiling of his star on the new Rodeo Drive Walk of Style. "I have been fortunate to have many wonderful collaborations with Hollywood. ...
Since art deco began looking good again in the 1970's, the French, in that endearing French way, have convinced themselves and the world that they were solely responsible for it, that it was introduced in 1925 at the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs...
The Kor Group, known for eccentric hotels like the Viceroy Santa Monica and Maison 140, is taking its design sensibility to the home. The husband-and-wife duo tore down the Rossmore House apartment complex in Los Angeles's Hancock Park and rebuilt...
In our high-octane culture, tea aficionados are picking up speed. Whether you have a penchant for hand-picked green anemone or jasmine pearls, new emporiums and specialty salons have finally let the tea out of the bag. —Francine Maroukian LAS VE...