City Guide: Los Angeles

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Balenciaga

There was a ton of hype when Balenciaga opened in early 2008, and the excitement was entirely justified. The space is huge, supremely cool (it's dotted with asteroid-like tables and has an exposed wood-beam ceiling), and packed with teetering stilettos and zipper-festooned handbags.
8670 Melrose Ave., 310-854-0557, balenciaga.com

BCBG Max Azria

The Beverly Hills branch is BCBG Max Azria's official flagship, but we like the glam new Melrose location best: It has piles of long dresses, along with more casual tops and countless bags and shoes.
8400 Melrose Ave., 323-782-0238, bcbg.com; plus other locations

Beckley

At celebrated L.A. restaurateur Melissa Richardson's first foray into retail, a fairyland theme prevails. Rebecca Minkoff bags rest on oversize crickets; a silver tree is dotted with Rupert Sanderson heels; and soaring sheets of metal with laser cutouts of flowers snake through the rooms, separating the eveningwear (Zac Posen gowns) from the casual selects (Paul & Joe tops).
8620 Melrose Ave., 310-652-3500

Bird

The three tiny floors here are like staggered balconies (a staircase winds around the open center)—which, appropriately enough, makes this spot feel like a birdcage. The inventory has a cool magpie sensibility, too: There are Gary Graham dresses in soft peaches, cotton tops from Beatrez, and Servane Gaxotte necklace pendants of metal dolls in one-of-a-kind outfits.
8428 Melrose Pl., 323-651-9920, birdla.com

Catherine Malandrino

Lime green walls and cascades of pendant lamps set an opulent mood at this French designer's Hollywood space. Malandrino is known for a louche yet elegant aesthetic, which shows up on multitiered chiffon dresses and silk tunics.
8644 W. Sunset Blvd., 310-360-1037, catherinemalandrino.com

Chanel

While the fabled Beverly Hills outpost of Chanel carries its complete collection of clothing, the Robertson offshoot, which opened in 2008, is based on an entirely different premise. Espousing a gallery-like approach, the store's interior shifts frequently to match a constantly rotating, carefully curated array of goods, with an emphasis on handbags, jewelry, and shoes.
125 N. Robertson Blvd., 310-278-5505, chanel.com

Costume National

Unconventional but fuss-free menswear-based shapes are Costume National mainstays, and they're all housed in this slick, uncluttered shop. We particularly love the ankle booties and slouchy clutches that are as chic as they are low-key.
8920 Melrose Ave., 310-273-0100

Creatures of Comfort

The rolling racks are painted neon yellow, LD Tuttle and Repetto shoes arch across the floor in rainbow formation, and a looming shelving unit—made from cardboard boxes held together with binder clips—houses satchels and totes at this three-year-old retailer. The clothing here is just as artily undone: Voluminous tunics from Isabel Marant hang next to Bernhard Wilhelm tuxedo pants. For those who appreciate a gallery-girl aesthetic, this is a bit of a mother ship.
7971 Melrose Ave., 323-655-7855, creaturesofcomfort.us

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Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg may have one of the most recognizable names in fashion, but there are only four DVF shops in the U.S. The Los Angeles outpost is all-white and sleek, which creates a canvas-like background for her winningly bright colors and patterns, all splashed across wrap dresses and billowy tops.
8407 Melrose Ave., 323-951-1947, dvf.com

Diavolina

For the last decade, Diavolina—which started out on La Brea before landing on Robertson—has been the spot in town for a superlative roster of high-end shoe lines. The leopard-print-carpeted place also holds a slew of well-chosen clothing brands, including Alexander Wang, Grai, and Society for Rational Dress.
156 S. Robertson Blvd., 310-550-1341
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