Photography by Trevor Smith

Maryam Malakpour


| Laurel Canyon

Put simply, “cool is as cool does” so when you come across a stylist whose wonted clientele includes not one, but every au courant cool girl, you know that she, too, has got it going on. Of course, Maryam Malakpour’s starry roster— which includes mega-babes like Alicia Vikander, Charlotte Rampling, Jamie Bochert and Poppy Delevingne BTW— is just your first clue. Step inside Malakpour’s Laurel Canyon home and you’ve unlocked quite another: think a minimalist cement abode laden with fur throws, vintage vinyl and matte pottery— it’s the coolest of cool. We’re betting you won’t be surprised to learn her first styling gig was the Rolling Stones’ Bridges to Babylon tour; nor that she’s since crossed paths (and worked) with Heidi Klum, Angelina Jolie and Lenny Kravitz. Surely Malakpour can be credited with one of fashion’s greatest trends too: since launching Newbark, her own made-in-LA accessories label, alongside sister Marjan in 2009, its signature mule has singlehandedly become the most in-demand shoe style that we can remember in years. Both Keith Richards and Patti Hansen own pairs— but we’re pretty sure you could’ve guessed that. Here, Malakpour aka “the queen of cool” sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on LA.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Jon and Vinny’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— it has the best pizza and Italian food and great wine.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee from Croft Alley on Melrose Place (MAP IT, x).


COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: Tequila with fresh grapefruit and soda with a slice of cucumber.

LADIES LUNCH: I love Sugar Fish (MAP IT, x) or Matsuhisa (MAP IT, x) for lunch.

MUSIC PICK: I like a mix of rock and electronic reggae. I also like classic ‘30s-‘40s lounge music. I think the best soundtracks come from my home— my husband is a DJ!

BEST BRUNCH: SoHo House (MAP IT, x) early on a Sunday. I love the lounge area and the food is great.


HEALTHY STAPLE: Ammo (MAP IT, x) for the “Alexander Brown Rice” (brown rice topped with broccoli, snap peas, asparagus, pico de gallo and organic tofu).


KID-FRIENDLY STANDBY: SoHo House. On Sundays, they have a great brunch buffet that all the kids love, plus a playroom! We also like Au Fudge (MAP IT, x).

DELIVERY GO-TO: Pace (MAP IT, ORDER IT, x) is our delivery standby.

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: Chateau Marmont (MAP IT, x).


DREAM SHOOT LOCATION: The many mid-century houses in the Hollywood Hills.

GO-TO GETAWAY: Every Easter, we go to Miami and stay at the SoHo Beach House— it’s our only routine holiday. Otherwise, we explore new places, from the ice hotel in Sweden to Lamu Africa. 

CLOSET CHECK: My style is classic with a rock n’ roll edge; I don’t like trendy items or clothes that wear me, rather I like to wear the clothes. I love to feel lived in and easy, yet always put-together and well-edited. I mostly wear jeans during the day, and I love wearing a great dress— long or short— for evening or daytime dress-up! I shop online and vintage quiet a lot; Scout (MAP IT, x) and The Way We Wore (MAP IT, x) are both great for vintage.

ACCESSORIES PICK: The Apartment by The Line (MAP IT, x).

FASHION BLACK BOOK: The seamstress, Tatyana Cassanelli– she has a shop off of Sunset Boulevard (323.874.7121; x) and has been working with me for more than 15 years.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: My style is modern with a zen and organic style. I love Garde (MAP IT, x) and The Apartment by The Line.

FOR THE KIDS: Bon-Ton (MAP IT, x) and Eggy (MAP IT, x).

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: I don’t really do beauty salons; I get haircut home visits for myself and for my daughter from Pamela Neal (x); she’s a brilliant hair technician whom I often work with on styling projects. For makeup, I have two favorite artists: Melissa Rogers (x) who is a great friend and Kirin Bhatty (x) who I met recently, but love her vibe. For products, I like Violet Grey (MAP IT, x), Benjamin Salon (MAP IT, x) and The Apartment by The Line.

FIT PICK: I walk our dog every day and go on longer walks through the canyons on weekends. I do love to play tennis at the Mulholland Tennis Club (MAP IT, x) and surf too— just no time at the moment!

ULTIMATE LA MOMENT: The 1994 earthquake that shook [crazy] vibes– unforgettable! CP

Maryam’s LA

From L to R: Top: The Soho Beach House in Miami, Homegoods from Garde, Beauty products from Violet Grey, Exterior of Au Fudge, Bottom: Apartment by The Line, Chateau Marmont, Children’s Wear from Eggy, Interior of Scout.

From L to R: First Row: The SoHo Beach House in Miami; Home décor from Garde; Beauty products from Violet Grey; Exterior of Au Fudge. Second Row: The Apartment by The Line; Chateau Marmont; Children’s wear from Eggy; Interior of Scout.


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