The stars of stage and screen certainly seem to know where to get the goods when it comes to fashion, and if you want to follow in their shopping footsteps, there are a number of areas in Los Angeles that will accommodate you. Here are just a few where you can find the designer duds they wear, and possible get in some celebrity sightings along the way.
- Robertson Blvd. For the last few years, the young, hip, and rich of the Hollywood elite have been frequenting the fashion-forward shops on Robertson Blvd., including the now-famous Kitson. And it’s no wonder they favor this stretch of road – it sits squarely between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. The Ivy (a notorious hotspot for celebrities) is right down the road, and it’s just a hop, skip, and jump to the quirky shops on Melrose, not to mention tons of other shopping meccas.
- 3rd Street Promenade. Santa Monica may be best known for sun, sand, surf, and their world-famous pier, which comes complete with a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, and arcade, but if you’re looking for some great shopping opportunities where you can spot celebs, 3rd Street is the place to be. A short stretch of this road has been blocked off to cars, allowing for foot traffic on the street. And you’ll find everything from funky, modern clothing retailers like Urban Outfitters to places that sell high-end used garments. There are also plenty of restaurants, including a branch of Barney’s Beanery (although you’re more likely to see famous faces at the one in Hollywood). And at the southern end of the strip you can find even more shopping at Santa Monica Place, an enclosed mall originally designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry. Entertainment is provided via street performers day and night, and if you’re there on a Wednesday or Saturday morning you might catch a few celebs picking up organic veggies at the farmer’s market on Arizona Ave.
- Beverly Center. This shopping mall skirting West Hollywood is like none most people have experienced before. Being adjacent to Bel Aire and Brentwood, it’s no surprise that the Beverly Center caters to the wealthy elite and attracts plenty of celebrities in the process. As a result, you won’t find a lot of standard retail stores, but rather high-end boutique shops for brands like Prada, Gucci, and Tiffany & Co.
- The Grove. In terms of shopping hotspots the Grove is relatively new. But that hasn’t stopped it from becoming an instant favorite with area celebs (you’ve no doubt seen it frequently on TMZ). And they certainly like to keep their customers happy with popular stores like Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic, and even designer shops like Michael Kors. And the recent announcement of the addition of Brit brand Topshop (coming March 2013) has got Angelinos all atwitter.
- Rodeo Drive. An oldie but a goodie, you still can’t beat the high-end store signs that dot Rodeo, not to mention the rows of Porsches, Ferraris, and even rarer and more expensive cars parked out front. You can work your way through the alphabet of uber-pricy stores, including Channel, Harry Winston, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Rolex, and Versace, just to name a few. And for those who can’t actually afford to shop here, just pick up a cupcake at Sprinkles and snap a few pics of celebrity shoppers.