Hood: Lauren Canyon
Haunt: Beverly Hot Springs and Korean BBQ
L.A. Story: I love my studio because it’s high in the hills, looming on stilts. I feel like I’m in a ship, looking out onto a sixties rocker, jungle utopia. In the early morning, mist swarms the deck and rises like a Japanese fishing village.
Sometimes it takes a New Yorker to really see the ‘cool’ in California. Emily Jerome, who was born and bred in Manhattan, moved to Los Angeles just a year ago to started her eponymous clothing line. Yet the line is a collision of east and west, simply because her still-bicoastal lifestyle required her to shed her gothic city look for something sunnier. “A lot of the bohemian California styles are too much, though” Jerome says, “I wanted to make something that still had that classic California quality, but was also sleek enough to wear in New York.”
With her fall collection, Jerome does just that. Intricately embellished knits call to mind ethnic hippie rugs and caftans while still hugging and complimenting the body. Shearling vests with elaborately embroidered, Aztec-meets-Egyptian patterns are counter-balanced with icy cool Pacific blue prints. Inspired by some of the oldest designs in existence, Jerome says these textures and details keep her collection both classic and contemporary. “I take these ancient designs and put them onto modern silhouettes,” she says. By doing this, Jerome lends her short skirts and draped dresses their pedigree, a quality of being made for a woman who could be a queen or could be a trendy jetsetter.