Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles
This lovely, tree-lined stretch between Melrose and Beverly Boulevard is one of the hippest shopping streets in Los Angeles. It caters to the fashion needs of the perpetually tanned, actress-wannabe girls who prance about in designer heels and bubble-gum pink tracksuits, flashing shiny bauble gifts from their mogul boyfriends. It is also a playground for the real thing, such as Oscar-winner Halle Berry, seen here with stepdaughter India.
Robertson found itself on fashion's cutting edge in the 1970s, when design boutiques spread from Beverly, but the original stores have been stealthily replaced by upmarket outlets such as Lisa Kline (136 South Robertson Boulevard; tel: 310 246 0907). This top-end emporium carries a wide range of designer clothing, accessories and lingerie, while the addition of Lisa Kline Men (123 South Robertson Boulevard; tel: 310 385 7113) across the street means boyfriends can share in the fun.
For big-name brands such as Chloe and Roberto Cavalli, look no further than Horn (140 South Robertson Boulevard; tel: 310 278 2052), whose well-planned collection means there is something for everyone. If you're looking for less well-known brands, head to Madison (106 South Robertson Boulevard; tel: 310 275 1930), a purveyor of creations by lesser LA design lights, or Curve (154 North Robertson Boulevard; tel: 310 360 8008), where the selection tends towards bright colours, so leave your inner shrinking violet at the door.
If you're striving for a more delicate look, Ghost (125 North Robertson Boulevard; tel: 310 246 0567) is the shop for you. Its airy slip dresses can transform the most down-to-earth shopper into a romantic heroine. Just before your credit cards give up on you, step into Kitson (115 South Robertson Boulevard; tel: 310 859 2652). The shop carries everything from cute tees to Swarovski crystal-studded Havaianas flip-flops.
A good place to rest your weary feet is The Ivy (113 North Robertson Boulevard; tel: 310 274 8303), which is also one of the hottest people-watching spots in the city. The food isn't bad either, but to avoid the long queues choose a dessert or head to Al Gelato (806 South Robertson Boulevard; tel: 310 659 8069) for rich Italian ice cream.