T+L Reports: Dress For Success in L.A.
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. Kings Rd.; 323/655-6050), an appointment-only shop stocked with one-of-a-kind runway dresses and vintage YSL heels, customers sit back, sip some sparkling wine, and let proprietor Tia Browsh do all the work. After an informal consultation, Browsh will pull together the perfect ensemble. She even allows regular customers to borrow big-ticket items, such as a $4,500 Vivienne Westwood couture corset, for a quarter of the item's cost. • Stylist Claudia Duenas happily closes up her sophisticated Venice Beach boutique, Claudia Milan (1319 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310/428-6212), to give private pointers on Sunset Strip style, like how to pair a Catherine Malandrino silk top with Von Dutch jeans. • Intuition (10581 W. Pico Blvd.; 877/310-8442 or 310/838-4236) will drop a smartly edited mix of celeb staples at your hotel, including Paper Denim & Cloth jeans, Italian handbags, and Petit Bateau T-shirts. And if owner Jaye Hersh doesn't have what you need (say, a beaded Gucci gown or a pair of Chanel shades), she'll hunt it down for you.