CALIFORNIA LIFE & STYLE

CALIFORNIA LIFE & STYLE

Jared Leto stars in new Gucci fragrance ad campaign

Sexy sells — especially to Millennials — and so Gucci is refreshing its fragrance master brand Gucci Guilty with steamy new advertising. Starring Jared Leto along with models Julia Hafstrom and Vera Van Erp, the film campaign was shot by Glen Luchford in a baroque Venetian palazzo. It unfurls as...

  • Where to find great raspados, the Mexican shaved-ice slushies

    Where to find great raspados, the Mexican shaved-ice slushies

    Every Angeleno has developed his or her own way of keeping cool in a heat wave. Some people drown their sorrows in frosty beverages. Cold beer is probably what comes to mind first, though milkshakes and LaCroix have their devotees. But whatever is first on your list, the Mexican shaved-ice slushies...

  • French burkini ban puzzles, upsets Muslim fashion designers

    French burkini ban puzzles, upsets Muslim fashion designers

    Puzzled — and upset. That’s how some women working in the Islamic fashion industry view the furor in France over burkinis, the body-concealing swimsuit that has been banned in a growing number of seaside towns. “I am quite upset to say the least. Wearing a burkini is not a political statement,...

  • Jenna Dewan Tatum is the new face - and body - of the Danskin brand

    Jenna Dewan Tatum is the new face - and body - of the Danskin brand

    Danskin has decided to step it up by signing actress and dancer Jenna Dewan Tatum as its latest spokeswoman. The 125-year-old dance label, owned by Iconix Brand Group Inc. since 2007, is in the midst of a brand reimagining that couldn’t come at a better time. Women’s brands account for 40 percent...

  • Four Seasons Beverly Hills to open new wine bar with plenty of montanara (fried pizza dough)

    Four Seasons Beverly Hills to open new wine bar with plenty of montanara (fried pizza dough)

    Have you ever tried montanara? It’s fried pizza dough. These golden pockets of crisp, chewy dough are the star of the new Vinoteca, a wine bar opening Sept. 26 at Culina restaurant at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The focus of the menu is Italian street food, something with which...

  • How to make a great coffeecake, plus some useful oven tips

    How to make a great coffeecake, plus some useful oven tips

    You’ll love the subtle tang and light texture of this simple coffeecake recipe from Heirloom Bakery and Cafe in South Pasadena. Brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans and chocolate chips form a crumbly topping that marbles the cake throughout. A slice is sure to brighten any morning. KITCHEN TIP: Do you...

  • Do you love 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' enough to buy author Truman Capote's ashes?

    Do you love 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' enough to buy author Truman Capote's ashes?

    It's not uncommon for literary fans to snap up mementos of their favorite authors in auctions: letters, early manuscripts, even typewriters. But it takes a special kind of admirer to place a bid on an author's ashes. A Los Angeles-based auction house is hoping it can find a Truman Capote fan willing...

  • New Burberry fragrance campaign stars actress Lily James

    New Burberry fragrance campaign stars actress Lily James

    Burberry has recruited British actress Lily James to help it get in touch with its social side for the launch of My Burberry Black parfum, a more intense formulation than last year’s My Burberry fragrance, which was inspired by the black Burberry Heritage trenchcoat. The My Burberry Black television...

  • Speedo, Ralph Lauren among sponsors dropping Ryan Lochte

    Speedo, Ralph Lauren among sponsors dropping Ryan Lochte

    Two days after Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte apologized to NBC’s Matt Lauer, Speedo USA announced it has ended its sponsorship of Lochte. In addition, Ralph Lauren said in a statement Monday, “Ralph Lauren continues to proudly sponsor the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team and the values that its athletes...

  • What's happening: Danny Trejo's taco truck, Serafina in L.A., Lincoln owners open cafe in Montrose

    What's happening: Danny Trejo's taco truck, Serafina in L.A., Lincoln owners open cafe in Montrose

    Now that the Olympics have ended, it’s time to get back to what really matters: Dinner. Here’s a look at what’s been happening in the Los Angeles restaurant scene.  Trejo’s has a taco truck: Danny Trejo, the actor who recently opened Trejo’s Tacos on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, is launching...

  • How to slice steak the right way, plus a great recipe for tri-tip salad

    How to slice steak the right way, plus a great recipe for tri-tip salad

    Many times, you’ll see a recipe mention something along the lines of, “slice thinly against the grain.” What does this mean, and why should you care? The “grain” refers to the flow of the muscle fibers in a cut of meat. Like wood, the fibers tend to go in a single direction. Muscle fibers can be...

  • How to make peach sangria popsicles, plus a tip for peeling peaches

    How to make peach sangria popsicles, plus a tip for peeling peaches

    If you’re looking for an adults-only dessert idea, try boozy popsicles. Combine liquor with something sweet or two and freeze. It’s a fun way to keep cool during the dog days of summer, and it’s easy and fun. Enjoy your frozen sangria on a stick, combining pureed peaches with vanilla, rose wine...

  • 11 and gender fluid: suits, ties and other staples from my daughter’s closet

    11 and gender fluid: suits, ties and other staples from my daughter’s closet

    My daughter and I walked into J. Crew. We were at the Americana at Brand in Glendale on a stiflingly hot June day, one of the many we’ve suffered this summer. She flew through the patterns and pink clothes of the girls department and landed squarely in front of the tie rack, in the belly of the...

  • Gen Art's Fresh Faces in Fashion showcase returns to Los Angeles

    Gen Art's Fresh Faces in Fashion showcase returns to Los Angeles

    Snakes slithering across chunky signet rings, models clad in vegan shoes see-sawing on a patch of fake grass and a runway show that includes skeleton-shaped knapsacks sounds like a scene straight out of Los Angeles’ twice-yearly fashion week. But this particular event unspooled in early August,...

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