Interior design royalty descended upon Los Angeles May 7–9 for Legends, La Cienega Design Quarter’s annual spotlight on architecture, home, fashion and art. Marking its sixth year, the three-day extravaganza kicked off with an invitation-only gala at antique showroom Therian, co-sponsored by 1stdibs and Coldwell Banker Previews International®.
“We were thrilled to be a part of Legends again,” said Ginette Wright, vice president of marketing for Previews®. “We have always believed that there is a lot of synergy between Previews and the most recognized names in the luxury home and décor space. The connection point for us has always been lifestyle.”
Taking inspiration from the event’s theme “Novel Interiors: Storytelling by Design,” the jam-packed premiere party included waiters channeling geek-chic in black thick-rimmed glasses as they passed around Louis Roederer champagne on trays with novels ingeniously set between glass. The book-smart details couldn’t have gone unnoticed by the crowd—the who’s who of design from New York and Los Angeles (responsible for giving the fête a funky West Coast-East Coast vibe).
Bravo’s “Million Dollar Decorators” Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Jeffrey Alan Marks and Kathryn Ireland, NYC-based architect Campion Platt, ELLE DÉCOR editor-in-chief Michael Boodro and 1stdibs’ founder Michael Bruno were among the many well-heeled movers and shakers in attendance. Even Vivienne Westwood,reigning queen of punk fashion, dropped by for a little mingling under the olive trees of the Therian courtyard. Beverly Hills-based Previews all-stars Joyce Rey, Stacy Gottula, Christophe Choo, Linda May, Michelle Oliver and Connie Blankenship also paid their respects to the high life of home that Legends celebrates.
The trend-spotting continued throughout the rest of the week with a number of sold-out panels, including “Glamour: A Timeless Narrative” moderated by Architectural Digest’s West Coast editor Mayer Rus and “Don’t Hate, Collaborate,” a discussion with Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn Ireland, Nathan Turner and Jeffrey Alan Marks. Design aficionados were also treated to their annual dose of meet-and-greets, book signings, sneak peeks and inspiration aplenty in the showroom displays along La Cienega Boulevard—like Diane Von Furstenberg’s “Out of Africa” vignette and Timothy Corrigan’s interpretation of “Valley of the Dolls.” Antiquarian Lee Stanton’s interactive display also invited attendees to become part of his vignette by using a choice of antique objects to style their own selfie-worthy moment. Incidentally, Stanton happens to be co-founder and president of the La Cienega Design Quarter.
“When Previews told us that they wanted to be involved with our event again, we were so excited,” said Stanton. “Legends is a fusion of design, art, fashion, culture and home—so it’s a perfect fit with luxury real estate. After all, we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t have clients with homes to fill!”