12 L.A. Boutiques Where Hollywood Heavyweights Do Major Damage

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on April 30.]
Think hitting up a day of shopping is hard work — dealing with crowds and avoiding run-ins with acquaintances you'd rather not talk to? Well, imagine how our town's femme fatales must feel as they're constantly stalked by the paps and blinded with flashbulbs. Sure, they get loads of free swag, and score wardrobe triage from a bevy of stylists, but sometimes the dirty work is left up to them (gasp!).
So, when the superstar set actually hits the pavement, you know it's in a worthwhile establishment. (Which means you should be there, too.) That's why we've dug up the intel on L.A.'s sceniest boutiques — and they're packed with racks of opulent frocks, obsession-worthy shoes, and even just the very best pairs of your everyday jeans (stars put their pants on one leg at a time, too, right?).
We're not exactly peddling roadside star maps here, but we did design a glitterati-hunting GPS that will take you from the Palisades to La Brea for your own Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous moment. One word of advice, though: Don't go all Lohan on us and blow all your bucks!
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American Rag
We always look forward to trips to this one-two punch of a shopping experience! Up-and-coming labels are displayed with fantastic vintage finds for a super unique one-stop shop. Natalie Portman and Ashlee Simpson have both been spotted browsing, and their classic versus eclectic styles speak to the boutique's expansive range of wares. Stop by Café Maison Midi next door afterward for a yummy salad, and thumb through your new goodies!
American Rag Cie, 150 South La Brea Avenue (Between Beverly Boulevard and 3rd Street); 323-935-3154.

The Way We Wore
Doris Raymond means so much more to this town than you might think. In addition to being the owner of this swanky celeb-ridden vintage shop, she's also a benevolent historian who stylists, editors, and costume designers go to for research and a sartorial step in the right direction. It's no wonder that burlesque beauty Dita von Teese is a fan, and even Nicki Minaj's out-there outlook on style finds a fit at TWWW.
The Way We Wore, 334 South La Brea Avenue (Near West Third Street); 323-937-0878.

Photos: Via American Rag and The Way We Wore
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No store in all of Lala (except its own Malibu location) holds more caché with fashion-forward chicks than this edgy outpost. You'll find a sick Rick Owens jacket next to a designer you can count on will be the-next-big-thing, and always something whimsical and unexpected. At this point of cult status, they obviously don't need to tout their celeb following, but here's a little list of peeps we dug up: Madonna, Prince, Keith Richards, Ringo Starr, Lenny Kravtiz, and Johnny Depp.
Maxfield, 8825 Melrose Avenue (Near Robertson Boulevard); 310-274-8800.

Owner Nevenna Borissova has always been on the forefront of upcoming trends, and entry to her Robertson digs is always a visual treat. Rachel Zoe shops for clients (and can't help herself either), and other other luminaries like Karolina Kurkova, Alessandra Ambrosia, and Erin Wasson get their fix here, too.
Curve, 154 North Robertson Boulevard (Near Beverly Boulevard); 310-360-8008.

Photos: Via Maxfield and Curve
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Your best bet is to walk into this store blindfolded if you don't want to spend a fortune — every thread and sole seems to lure the money right out of our bank accounts. Hard-working ladies like Kim K, Halle Berry, and Rihanna, blow off steam at this spot (and lots of Benjamins, too, we're sure!).
Madison, 8115 Melrose Avenue (At Crescent Heights Boulevard); 323-651-3662.

This bright white Melrose vintage mecca has welcomed the likes of Kylie Minogue, Victoria Beckham, Margherita Missoni, and Kate Moss. There's Chanel baubles, YSL Le Smokings, and endless rad retro garb that will bring any fashion fan to her knees. This is where you go when you really want to rock a one-of-a-kind vibe.
Resurrection, 8006 Melrose Avenue (Near North Edinburgh Avenue); 323-651-5516.

Kate Moss Photo: Rex/Rex USA; Boutique Photos: Via Madison and Resurrection
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Melrose Place wouldn't be the same without this luxe retail trip around the globe. Owner Rochelle Gores Fredston opened up shop in '08, and fans like Olivia Wilde and Rashida Jones have been flocking ever since.
Arcade, 8473 Melrose Avenue (Near La Cienega Boulevard); 323-944-0018.

We've never hesitated to share our undying love for the uber-cool chicks behind this accessories wonderland. Kristen Lee and Brady Cunningham have risen to the retail top, and not a single piece makes the cut without having major innovation packed into the product. So, naturally, the shop attracts the artsy set like Clemence Poesy, Gia Coppola, Nora Zehetner, and Jacqui Getty.
TenOverSix, 8425 Melrose Avenue (Near La Cienega Boulevard); 323-330-9355.

Photos: Via Arcade and TenOverSix Facebook
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Elyse Walker
This Palisades palace (it's 6,500 square feet!) has been a staple for stylish Westsiders since '99. Stocked with a massive array from Alex Wang edge to Prada polish, it's no wonder Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Renee Zellweger, Hilary Swank, Salma Hayek, and Maria Shriver frequent the 'tique!
Elyse Walker, 15306 Antioch Street (Near Sunset Boulevard), Pacific Palisades; 310-230-8882.

You'll find everything from Karen Walker to Wayne (our two faves!) at this savvy Santa Monica store. And owner Navin Megji's clientele is just as diverse as her wares — everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Joni Mitchell has passed their plastic to the shopkeeper.
Feature, 1426 Montana Avenue (Near 15th Street), Santa Monica; 310-393-9096.

Photos: Via Elyse Walker Facebook, Feature
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Planet Blue
If any place made us wish our pockets were deeper, it would be this bohemian treasure trove. Frocks by Stone Cold Fox and Mara Hoffman line the SM store's walls, and it's been such a pleasure to watch what started as a small Malibu Country Mart expand to the posh powerhouse it is today. On any given day, you may spot Kate Hudson, Vanessa Hudgens, Emma Roberts, or Cindy Crawford thumbing through the racks (or trotting out of one of the five locations with tons of its signature bright green bags).
Planet Blue, 800 14th Street (At Montana Avenue), Santa Monica; 310-394-0135.

Fred Segal
This ultimate emporium really needs no intro, and of all the spots on our Shop Sheet, FS has probably had the most stars in and out of its doors. Here's a mere sprinkling of the sightings lucky patrons have gotten over the years: Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Like we said: purchases aplenty!
Fred Segal, 500 Broadway Street (Between Santa Monica Boulevard and Colorado Avenue); 310-393-2216.

Photos: Via Planet Blue and Fred Segal

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