Los Angeles' true fashion moment begins when award season kicks off Jan. 11 with the Golden Globe Awards. In preparation, purveyors of pricey baubles, including Fred Leighton and Neil Lane, recently decamped to expansive digs with VIP rooms primed to accommodate actresses and stylists looking for showpiece jewels.
Lane, a go-to jeweler for red-carpet gems for two decades, has a new showcase boutique on La Cienega Boulevard cater-corner to Monique Lhuillier on Melrose Place. Lane was one the first jewelers to make a name by lending pieces for photo shoots and red carpet appearances, and created custom bling for Academy Award winners Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron.
His salon is minimal, featuring jewelry cases made from white oak, Ultrasuede and Portuguese limestone plus a rear lounge where clients can try on pieces. Here, $2,500 diamond heart necklaces and $5,000 engagement rings share space with close-up-ready rare gem pieces priced in the millions.
708 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 275-5015. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. www.neillanejewelry.com
Domenico Vacca: In time for award season, celebrity dresser Vacca has moved into larger digs in Beverly Hills' Golden Triangle. The 2,500-square-foot boutique resembles a Neapolitan atelier, with Murano chandeliers and handmade Italian leather club chairs. Vacca provides ready-to-wear wardrobe consultants and custom tailors, offering more than 2,000 fabrics and exotic skins plus accessories including ties, shoes and signature timepieces.
Vacca, who outfits Jeremy Piven on "Entourage," has an extensive celebrity clientele that includes Kanye West, Will Ferrell, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Steve Carell and Antonio Banderas. Vacca also outfits women, including Scarlett Johansson, and carries an exclusive line of heels and bags.
449 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 247-0325. 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Sunday, www.domenicovacca.com
KaplanMD: Dr. Stuart H. Kaplan offers $20 off his signature facial (regular price $145) and $50 off an Evolence treatment (a new line filler) until Jan. 15. The signature facial, which firms and plumps skin, features patented peptides, amino acids and botanical extracts, plus a soy antioxidant phytogenic triactive complex and black cohosh herbal treatment aimed at reversing signs of aging. The kaplanMD skin-care line's Lip 20, a favorite of Jennifer Garner and Emmy Rossum, is $100 when purchased online and comes with four lip treatments and a travel bag.
435 N. Roxbury Drive, Suite 210, Beverly Hills. (310) 858-7880. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. kaplanmd.com
Ona: Award-season specials until Jan. 15 include 60-minute "renew" facials ($115) with a complimentary upgrade (waxing, regular price $35; dermabrasonic touch, regularly $40; or pure oxygen inhalation, regularly $65). A 65-minute "smooth massage" is $115 (regular price $140). For keeping up appearances, Botox and fillers are $50 off (regular prices start at $400). Or buy one photofacial (LED) for $250 and get one free. Laser hair removal is 50% off second area (starting at $75 for upper lip).
7373 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-4442. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. 10 a.m. to 8 a.m. Tuesday to Saturday. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. shop.onaspa.com
Jenni Kayne Ongoing: The L.A.-based designer kicks off the new year with 60% off her fall collection. Deals under $100 include a striped crew neck top, $64 (regular price $160), plum silk tank, $88 ($220), and a leopard print scarf, $92 ($230). Kayne's popular boyfriend shirt goes to $142 ($355), pleated skirt, $130 ($325), black and navy jersey tank dress, $198 ($495) and leather motorcycle jacket, $798 ($1,995).
614 N. Almont Drive, West Hollywood. (310) 860-0123. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. www.jennikayne.com
Maxfield Through Saturday: The avant-garde fashion boutique has markdowns up to 70%. In women's, seek out a showy Giambattista Valli tuxedo shirt, $289 (regular price $965), or a Versace little black dress, $1,359 ($3,385). In accessories, an Azzedine Alaïa lizard high-heel bootie is $959 ($3,195) and a beaded Dries Van Noten pump, $229 ($765). For men, a cashmere striped cardigan is $299 ($735) and Rick Owens' DRKSHDW velvet jean jacket is $339 ($840).
8825 Melrose Ave., L.A. (310) 274-8800. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun