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WHY GO NOW: When French designer Hedi Slimane decided to move Saint Laurent to his adopted home of LA last year, it marked the start of the city's big fashion moment. Silver Lake, to the east of Hollywood, topped Forbes' inaugural list of "America's Best Hipster Neighborhoods".
WHERE TO STAY: The century-old Beverly Hills Hotel for old-school glamour (Jodie Foster breakfasts in the coffee shop) or the notorious but fabulous celebrity haunt Chateau Marmont. beverlyhillshotel.com; chateaumarmont.com
HIPPEST HANGOUTS: The Ace hotel will be opening there in the
fall, bringing an indie edge to the old United Artists Movie Theater. Dana Hollister's Villains Tavern and One-Eyed Gypsy are current key hot spots. Restaurateur Wolfgang Puck recently gave Spago a reboot – pulling the A-list back to his Beverly Hills mothership. acehotel.com; villainstavern.com; one-eyedgypsy.com; wolfgangpuck.com
CITY STYLE ICONS: Michael Chow's Lanvin-modeling daughter, Asia, hangs out at Amoeba Records, while Diane Kruger tops the A+ list (both right). amoeba.com
WHAT TO PACK: Think iconic Stevie Nicks fedoras and Joni Mitchell-inspired vintage hippie chic.
Clockwise from right: the revamped Spago restaurant; the Beverly Hills Hotel; a bungalow at the Chateau Marmontcredits
Words by Mark C. O'Flaherty. Photographs: Nikolas Koenig; Getty Images; Rex Features