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Selecting 2015's best openings is a lot like asking a mom to pick her favorite child: they're all special in their own way (right?), but there's always the number one fave (or in this case, the top five). On top of those photo-ready store scenes and our city's destination-worthy streets, below are the retail debuts that generated the most hype this year.
Where: Sephora (270 N Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills)
Why: Beverly Hills beauty buffs rejoiced when the retailer's massive makeup wonderland arrived in their nabe. Landing at the prime corner of North Beverly Drive and Dayton Way, the 6,250 square foot space stocks over 13,000 products from over 200 brands and features a full beauty studio, Pantone's Color IQ foundation matching machine, and much more.
Where: Rick Owens (819 N. La Brea Blvd., Los Angeles)
Why: After much speculation and anticipation, the Cali-bred designer finally opened his first-ever West Coast flagship this fall, not far from his former stomping grounds in Hollywood. Decked out with a goo-filled tank, a remote-controlled fog wall, and dressing room seating modeled after the rebellious talent himself, the gloriously gothy space features Owens's edgy-cool creations and leather accessories alongside luxe accoutrements by wife Michele Lamy, coffee table books, and high-end pottery.
Where: The Village at Westfield Topanga (6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park)
Why: Valley shoppers have a new al fresco retail/resto/fitness hangout, thanks to The Village. The 550,000-square-foot lifestyle center debuted in September across from Westfield Topanga, bringing Fabletics's first-ever brick-and-mortar shop, John Eshaya's relocated Cali-cool boutique, Jonathan Adler's largest home decor wonderland, and a one-stop beauty row featuring Blushington, Drybar, Skin Laundry, and 18/8 Fine Men's Salon.
Where: Saks Off 5th (100 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove)
Why: LA's label-loving bargain hunters managed to survive without their very own Saks Off 5th—until this summer, when the department store finally opened its first designer deal-filled outlet at the Beverly Connection (and giving neighboring Nordstrom Rack a run for its money).
What: The Point (850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo)
Why: From sustainable brand Prana's first LA activewear boutique to Lou & Grey's second LA shop to Lucky Brand's huge new flagship, the new South Bay shopping center's directory makes it stands out from this year's many much-hyped megadevelopment openings. In addition to SoulCycle, Planet Blue, Michael Stars, and Kit & Ace, the outdoor center boasts quite the foodie-approved scene, too.