Interior Therapy: Thvm & Maxfield

Two of my favorite places to shop for rocker chic clothing are Thvm and Maxfield, whose interior spaces vie for my attention almost as much as their garments. Thvm, pronounced Them, is an acronym for “This here very moment.” Nestled in downtown Los Angeles along the L.A. River, the store is housed in a century-old brick paint factory that shows evident signs of age, but nonetheless adds charm to the location. Thvm is more than just the natural-dyed premium jeans that founders Brian Kim and Olga Nazarova are heralded for, but rather the store also acts as an events venue and art gallery where noted local artists, like Ishi Glinsky and Caitie Hawkins, have contributed installations.

On the opposite side of town in the swanky stretch of West Hollywood’s most covetable shops and eateries rests Maxfield. The cool concrete exterior and three large Roger Herman sculptures near the store’s entrance is a far cry from the richly warm interior. Eccentric touches of skull-shaped candles and antique gold desk accessories add to the affectionate ambiance and is perfect for anyone with a bit of an edge. Founded in 1969 by Tommy Perse, Maxfield is a Los Angeles institution widely credited for introducing brands like Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto to the West Coast in the 80s.

If you are looking to channel your inner Joan Jett or Slash, or just want to get your interior therapy fix on, then I highly recommend putting Thvm and Maxfield on your list of shopping spots.

Style Spotlight: Françoise Hardy

When it comes to effortless style, Françoise Hardy is tops in my book. The French actress and singer’s boho-meets-mod-meets-androgynous fashion aesthetic blends together in a seamless manner that only further lends to her natural beauty. Hardy’s neutral style palette complimented by frequent appearances of a men’s watch, Parisian stripes, motorcycle leather and oversized white sunglasses assisted in making her the muse of such stars as Mick Jagger, Alexa Chung and Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière, who penned in the September 2001 Vogue Nostalgia section that, “What’s so fascinating to me about her is that she did something new every decade. She remained charismatic and beautiful and herself, but she changed with the times, both musically and in her style. It’s a very modern attitude.” Oui oui, monsieur.

The best of Coachella Festival Fashion

Coachella has grown to be a full-fledged fashion festival, with brands like Mulberry, Lacoste and DKNY holding colossal events to showcase their lines to bikini-clad “It” girls taking a break from getting bronzed in the hot desert sun. Many women go to the extremes with either a pile-everything-on look or a wear-next-to-nothing aesthetic; however, it’s those gals who strike the right chord of practical chic that come out as style savants. Here’s a look at my most favorite celebrity festival looks to descend on Indio Valley in years past:

Top Row: Beyonce, Rachel Bilson, Vanessa Hudgens, Malin Akerman. Bottom Row: Kate Bosworth, Dita Von Teese, Zooey Deschanel, Diane Kruger.