Best Atelier for Actual Women, not Manikins (2011)

Pamela Barish

Clothing designer Pamela Barish's feminine riffs irreverently juxtaposing fabrics and cuts produce instant sassy classics. It's no wonder they're worn by the trendsetting A-list Brit society set and the rock & roll crowd with whom Barish once ran. Studies in detail, they often deliver the unexpected: Loose, lacy cuffs spring from a conservatively cut coat; a magenta silk liner peeks out coquettishly from a turquoise cocktail dress. But the secret to the sexiness of Barish's clothes is that, in this designer's world, the dress looks better on the body than on the hanger — or a hanger-thin model's frame. Each dress comes alive on the woman who wears it, engendering sexy confidence even in those of us who aren't a Size 0. Though the prices are not for the faint of wallet, if you bag one, you just might attract a man (or woman) who will keep you clothed in them forever. 1327 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 314-4490, pamelabarish.com.

—Tibby Rothman

Location Details

1327 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90291
310-314-4490