Shopping: Fashion goes noir

Shopping: Fashion goes noir
The new Faith Connexion store on Melrose Avenue. (Faith Connexion)

Rocker-inspired fashion label Faith Connexion bills itself as a lifestyle collection. But really, it's a brand built for the woman who is looking to channel her inner vixen.

Consider the brand's noir fall collection. Looks include opera-length gloves, skinny pants, mini-dresses and a biker jacket with the entire back cut out — all rendered in jet-black leather — plus shiny black printed leggings, zipper-laden miniskirts and '80s-inspired slashed black tops.


This is power dressing at its sexiest.

And now the razor-sharp collection, which was previously available only in specialty shops in the U.S., has its own storefront on Melrose Avenue — a sleek black-and-white boutique that doubles as the brand's West Coast headquarters (there are offices and a wholesale showroom in the back).

The company — a licensed extension of the original, Paris-based Faith Connexion — chose

Los Angeles

as the location for its first U.S. store because "it's one of the major cities in the U.S. known for fashion," said Evelyn Lugo, director of marketing for Faith Connexion U.S.A., adding, "and on Melrose we have all of the great designers as neighbors."

The 900-square-foot flagship is covered in the label's medieval-feeling winged-dagger logo. Inside, shoppers will find the brand's fashion line, which consists of cocktail dresses, tops, tunics, pantsuits, blouses, leggings and skirts, priced from $120 to $1,200; its casual wear array, which includes tees, loungewear and denim, priced from $100 to $250; and the accessories collection, featuring purses, belts and gloves ranging from $140 to $800.

8420 Melrose Ave.,

West Hollywood

. (323) 966-2896. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.


Rebecca Minkoff sample sale Friday through Sunday: Snag Minkoff's chic bags — including the famous Morning After satchel — along with accessories and pieces from her ready-to-wear collection at more than 50% off retail prices.

8211 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Clothespin closing sale ongoing: Fashion veteran Gale Parker is closing her year-old boutique, Clothespin — but will continue to design and manufacture the store's in-house fashion brand, switching its name from Clothespin to Gale Parker, for other retailers. Find store merchandise on sale up to 60% off until it's liquidated.

8654 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 967-0108. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Timi and Leslie holiday sample sale Saturday: Find handbags, luggage and the brand's famously low-key diaper bags for $30 or less at this blowout holiday sale. Cash only.

560 S. Main St., Suite 3W, Los Angeles. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (213) 688-8804 from your cellphone to be buzzed into the sale.


Maya Brenner Designs and Stark Waxing Studio holiday event Thursday: Stop by Stark Waxing Studio for a complimentary nail polish change from noon to 6 p.m. along with iced tea and cookies from neighboring Lark Bakery at this multi-store holiday event in

Silver Lake

, which morphs into a discount shopping night from 6 to 9 p.m. — featuring Champagne and 50% off all Stark candles and body products, RGB nail polish, Maya Brenner jewelry and Bittersweet Butterfly flower arrangements.

3335 W.

Sunset Blvd.

, Los Angeles. (323) 666-3335. Noon to 9 p.m.

Monique Lhuillier trunk show Thursday and Friday: Shop the latest ultra-feminine collections from one of L.A.'s most renowned designers at this event at

Neiman Marcus


9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 550-5900. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Couture Salon.


G-Star: Casual (and often avant-garde) brand G-Star has opened a new 2,200-square-foot store stocking its complete men's and women's collections. Denim comprises roughly 40% of the store's merchandise, but also look for the brand's stylish T-shirts, jackets, shirts, knitwear, sweats and accessories.

395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica. (310) 255-1940. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.