What Not to Miss at Legends of La Cienega

Thursday kicks off Legends of La Cienga: Windows to the World. I'll have set up shop in my hotel (Le Parc Suites in West Hollywood, which is literally one half block from the action. Who says nobody walks in LA?) by Wednesday night in order to start making preparations for what promises to be a whirlwind next two days.

I have combed through the schedule and want to share with you the panels that I will be prioritizing. Some I picked for the moderators (a power lunch with Michael Boodro, Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decor), some for the panelists (Jet-Set High Design with Jeff Andrews) and some just for the irresistible subject matter (The Bucket List—Where to Go…Before You Go). And one I picked because if I wasn't there, it would be a big problem (The Mixology of Design: How to Expertly Mix Eras, Cultures and Style in Any Space, moderated by yours truly and featuring Trip Haenisch, Richard Hallberg, William Hefner and Molly Luetkemeyer.

Here are a handful of other events and happenings I am sure not to miss:

Windows to the World
Designers from all over are transforming shop windows into exotic sets that represent specific locales from across the globe. By their titles and participants alone, I've dubbed the following worth tracking down.
Nickey Kehoe – Icelandic Dreamscape at George Smith (south)
Betsy Burnham – Quogue, NY at Fuller & Roberts
Christian May – Palm Springs at Gray Morell (south)
Ken Fulk – Provincetown, MA at Galerie XX
Idarica Gazzoni (Milan) – Istanbul, Turkey at Harbinger (north)

The Best Book Signings (from left)
Mary McDonald Interiors: The Allure of Style (October 2010) by Mary McDonald; Barclay Butera Living on the Coast (March 2012) by Barclay Butera; The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors (October 2011) by Michael Connors

And of course, exhibitions:

Mariano Fortuny at Keith H. McCoy and Associates
A special exhibition of 25 rare dresses and velvet cloaks by Mariano Fortuny. Join Fortuny principals Mickey and Maury Riad as they present a cache of antique Fortuny fabrics and unveil 30 exquisite new fabrics.

Billy Haines at Dragonette
Legendary decorator Billy Haines defined the ultimate in Hollywood chic from the 1930s to 1973. On view are select classics from the Warner House in Beverly Hills and the homes of Hollywood elite such as Joan Crawford, George Cukor and Frank Sinatra.

RSVP for all events here. What events do you think are a must see? Let me know in the comments and I'll make sure to add it to my schedule. 

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