About Town: Diane Goldstein
Once roused by Pierre Soulages, Mark Rothko, and Gustave Klimt, Parisian-born fashion designer Diane Goldstein—of the French label called April, May—now counts on Jenny Saville, Lucian Freud, and Cindy Sherman for artistic inspiration. She and her husband, Yohan preside over the bohemian womenswear line that had been under the radar for years until the spring of 2012 when the couple opened their first boutique in Paris. Goldstein was born in the month of April while her husband was born in May, and the two merged their birth dates to form the label’s name. Raised in the French capital, Goldstein inherited an awareness of design from her parents, a sculptor and an architect. Nevertheless, she often travels to Los Angeles for inspiration. Case-in-point, her April, May spring 2014 line riffs on looks made famous by American rock n’ roll acts. The collection includes a riot of prints, fabrics that tug at shoulders, and low-slung trousers with just the right amount of slouch. Before heading back to Paris to begin work on her spring 2015 collection, Goldstein shares her favorite Los Angeles haunts.
By Ellie June
FREE CITY I love the shop on Highland. The vibe is very Californian. They welcome you with fresh bread and homemade jam. I get crazy there! And I love the furniture.
ROSEARK I love the Jacquie Aiche designs you can find there. It’s a beautiful shop.
BESTIA I’m more into veggies than meat, but I crave the seafood spaghetti here, and the deserts also are insane!
LA DESCARGA It’s a hidden spot, a speakeasy with burlesque danseuses; fun and unexpected.
BARDOT Go on a Monday night for indie music and lots of tattoos!
LARCHMONT FARMERS’ MARKET Great neighborhood spot for farm fresh fruits, vegetables, and spreads.
BEVERLY HILLS JUICE It’s a must have! Yummy and good for you in one shot.
ARCLIGHT CINEMAS It’s so cool, and a great place to watch films.
YOGA WEST Time stops here during Kundalini yoga.
TARTE TATIN This must-visit space on Olympic is my favorite pasty shop. Everything they cook is mouthwatering! The chocolate croissant is my favorite.
GILLY FLOWERS Gilly is not an average flower shop—the area is nice and the arrangements are one of a kind.
Pictured: Diane Goldstein
Photo courtesy of April, May