This season, Rodeo Drive has a new gem.
Dior has reopened its boutique after an eight-month renovation and set a new standard for shopping on the luxe Beverly Hills street.
Dior has already been making its mark on the red carpet with a bevy of stars (
The 5,000-square-foot boutique, designed by Peter Marino, has a cool gray interior and an elegant residential feel, with 18th century-inspired furnishings and fixtures mixed with contemporary art.
The first floor has five rooms with Dior's signature top-handled handbags and lace-covered pumps each in their own spaces, a ready-to-wear salon with fireplace and seating area (now featuring the Cruise collection designed before Simons' arrival), and a fine jewelry room. Upstairs is a VIP salon.
Dior commissioned several artists to create special pieces for the boutique, including a circular Claude Lalanne ginkgo-leaf bench filled with fresh flowers (in the entry way) and "Cosmic," a Rob Wynne mirror glass installation on a ceiling (in the handbag area). A Johnny Swing couch made of welded half dollars and stainless steel sits in the ready-to-wear salon and two glass sculptures by artist
Several exclusive items were created for the Rodeo Drive opening, including a gold cuff bracelet made from clusters of stars with a lace-like effect ($1,550) and a pair of mesh pumps with crystal star embroidery ($2,400).
Need more? Simons' first ready-to-wear collection for spring begins arriving in-store in February.