To celebrate its 20th anniversary, NARS has released “Audacious,” a line of lipstick with pigment so rich, it coats in one stroke and doesn’t bleed into cracks. I’m partial to “Deborah,” the shade worn by the models on Rodarte’s fall runway. $32 at NARS, Beverly Grove, 310- 623-1730.
I’m glad that Fendi has moved past the Teva-like flatforms it showed last season. These ombré pumps are so perfect, Jared Leto’s hair must be jealous. $800 at Fendi, Beverly Hills, 310-276-8888.
“I wanted something that reflected luxury with a dose of badass,” says local jewelry designer Jacquie Aiche about her made-to-order denim shirt collaboration with Lela Becker of Mother jeans. The vibe is Rosie the Riveter meets Grease’s Pink Ladies. $1,165-$1,475 at the Jacquie Aiche showroom, 310-550-7529 (by appointment only).
L.A. designer Trina Turk is debuting a collection of classic and vintage-inspired handbags. The “Tequila Sunrise” clutch in tiger-eye wood, suede, and resin makes me long for a Palm Springs party. $228 at Trina Turk, Beverly Grove, 323-651-1382.
Stroke of Genius
Wonder where footwear designer Christian Louboutin got the notion for those red soles? In 1992, while reviewing a prototype from his collection, he felt something was lacking. His assistant was doing her nails, so he grabbed the bottle of crimson polish and painted the bottom of the shoe. This month the brand continues its scarlet tradition with a what-took-’em-so-long move into the nail polish biz. Its trademark shade, “Rouge Louboutin,” is one of 31 lacquers, all packaged in faceted crystal bottles. $50 at Christian Louboutin, West Hollywood, 310-247-9300.
Hedi Slimane, the creative director at Saint Laurent, credits conceptual artist John Baldessari with inspiring a trio of limited-edition dresses in his fall collection. “I like collaborating with fashion designers,” says the Los Angeles-based Baldessari, who has worked with Tom Ford and Missoni. “They talk just like artists.” Price on request at ysl.com.