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Lilliam Rivera

Lilliam RiveraNew York-raised, LA-based Lilliam Rivera is the editorial director/VP of Mondette, a hyper-local lifestyle site that scouts out what’s new in retail and fashion, food and restaurants, real estate, trends and more in Los Angeles and beyond. Rivera has worked as a journalist both online and in print for nearly 15 years, with stints as one of the founding editors of Latina magazine, fashion editor at and online editor-in-chief for Modern Luxury Media.

What’s hot right now?
I’m obsessed with street artist and recent TED prize winner JR, as he covers our city with his “Wrinkles of the City” works. Taking things further, MOCA will debut Art In The Streets next month, surveying graffiti and street art. Pop-up restaurants/bars are also huge. Paul Sevigny and Andre Saraiva are doing a pop bar for six months at the former Cinespace called Paul & Andre. Golden State Café recently hosted a pop-up pie event with Crust. And everyone is clamoring to get a seat at these two recently opened restaurants: Playa, by chef/owner John Sedlar, and Son Of A Gun, by the owners of Animal.

What was your favorite show from the a/w ’11 collections?
Fendi really stood out with its elegant mix of cloth coats, boldly colored baggy tights and sweet mary janes. There was also a quiet and reduced look to Celine and 3.1 Phillip Lim, which screamed urban uniform. Celine’s pointy-toe loafers and turtlenecks with full leg trousers had a subtle sexiness, while Lim’s silk utility coat and jumpsuits were flirty and functional. The editors at Mondette are also a little crazy over Suno. Designers Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty have the wildest prints that somehow work perfectly together and each season they seem to just get better.

What are the most essential pieces that women should have for spring?
When it comes to spring, your closet should be stocked with wide leg
pants. Think long and lean with a seductive ’70s style a la Marc Jacobs and Derek Lam. The white dress is a trend we recently covered for a minimalist and crisp style. The longer the hem, the better. And I would also invest in some cute flatforms. Local designer Kristen Lee (and co-owner of fab fashion boutique TenOverSix) created a funky pair for Vena Cava’s spring collection.

What’s the most stylish part of Los Angeles fashion?
Los Angeles fashion has an understated, effortless coolness about it, with a dash of rock ‘n roll. Local designers like Raquel Allegra, Cerre, Them Atelier, and George Esquivel are creating exciting new looks that go beyond the laid back casual style LA is known for. Plus, you’ll find innovators like Tanya Aguiñiga and Gabriela Artigas blending art and fashion, while Geren Ford, Jenni Kayne and Wren design the perfect party dress.

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