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EDWARD QUINN COMES IN LA
During the “Golden Fifties” the Côte d’Azur was the playground of celebrities from the world of show biz, art and business. Edward Quinn (1920-1997) lived and worked there as photographer. The rich and the famous came to the Côte d’Azur, the French Riviera, to congregate and relax. But the movie stars knew how much their off-screen image counted and Quinn more than anyone else was at the right place at the right time being able to get spontaneous and enchanting images. Today the Edward Quinn Archive contains more than 100’000 photos from the 1950s up to the 1970s. And you can experience the debonair era of the French Riviera lifestyle at the new-look Riviera 31 Bar and Lounge inside Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, with nostalgic black and white photography from the archives & opulent drapery throughout.
Being French a love of magnifique food is part of our DNA. Even the color and tastes inside the kitchen of Esterel this afternoon pay tribute to the Sofitel l’art de vivre.
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
― Coco Chanel
Glamor prevails at Sofitel LA this spring. Have you seen LA’s recent images as featured in the Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine interview of icons Joan Collins, Donna Mills and Nadia Bjorlin with Mark Zunino Couture? How magnifique….
Focusing on the importance of photos rather than paintings, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibit ’Ends and Exits’ features more than 50 magnifique pieces from the transformative era of the 1980’s. See works from talents including Robert Gober, Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger - their photography, paintings, and scultures convey the complicated politics and social dynamics of the time, including the AIDS epidemic and war on drugs. LACMA is located only minutes from Sofitel LA.
Image: Allan McCollum, Plaster Surrogates, 1984, Sculpture, Enamel on cast hydrostone plaster, gift of Beatrice and Nathan Cooper.
SANTA MONICA PIER
One of LA’s iconic images is the Ferris wheel and roller-coaster sitting atop Santa Monica Pier. But that’s just the beginning with some uniquely ‘LA’ entities calling the pier home. For example did you know that iconic Route 66 ends at the sea on Santa Monica Pier? A small shop is dedicated to its legend and sells American-made goods reflecting this classic american drive. The hidden gem of the Pier however has to be Heal the Bay’s public marine-education center and aquarium, tucked just underneath the historic Carousel building. More great spring finds in LA.
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HAMMER MUSEUM LA
For her latest project, Latifa Echakch attached hundreds of sheets of carbon paper to a wall, then treated it with a solvent that makes the ink run down and pool on the floor. C/o CubMonaco.
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All the talk this season has been about the rivalry heating up between the new guys at Dior and YSL, Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane. But one of our favorite collections this season is from Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga. His fantastic new collection is a case study in how to put an utterly modern gloss on a brand’s archived looks from the past. We particularly like the leather jackets in gorgeous pastel colors (which is the fashion trend for this season) - Think light salmon and bubblegum pink - adding a feminine touch to the edgy look. Shop this season online as well as in store close to Sofitel at the Balenciaga boutiques in NYC, Miami and LA.
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This weekend say goodbye to Winter and hello to Spring in LA. Our concierge team have all the tips on the best beaches to grab a dose of the magnifique Californian sun. Just ask….
SANTA MONICA PIER
Pacific Park on the iconic Santa Monica Pier is a magnifique find in LA. While you can ride world’s only solar-powered ferris wheel and the amusements and games that have kept people returning since 1916, our favorite pastime is visiting to see the amazing Californian sunset. While there you’ll also have the chance to try traditional American theme park food—everything from funnel cakes to cotton candy and tacos! Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier has something for people of all ages, and visitors will enjoy its old-world feel.
Did you know that the palms that sit around Sofitel LA and indeed all over LA have some French heritage? The slender Mexican fan palms and feather-topped Canary Island date palms that line so many boulevards were all imported into the area beginning with California’s eighteenth century Franciscan missionaries from Spain and France? Fast-forward to today and the French are still creating iconic moments on Beverly Boulevard, with our magnifique location and luxury décor reminiscent of a legendary way of life. Magnifique!
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