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Streets of Gold--and Marble, Dupioni, and Toile… Legends of La Cienega Walk May 8-9

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A selection of splendid window displays dotting La Cienega Blvd. (Photo by Mark Savage)

By Gareen Darakjian for LAist

The main characters of Los Angeles aren’t mentioned in the rolling credits of the silver screen or cemented in bronze and granite stars underfoot. They are, instead, emblazoned on streetlights and lampposts, directing the glitterati to their next destination: Robertson for its boutiques and bistros, Sunset Boulevard for its world-famous nightlife and Rodeo Drive for its scenic strip of designer goods.

An oft-overlooked section of the city, however, is the La Cienega Design Quarter, known for its 40-some interior design galleries, antique shops and other visual spectacles, which is currently being honored in a three day-long festival of sorts by the likes of Los Angeles’ fashion and design elite. It is a long awaited homage to the legendary interior designers and architects who contributed to the boulevard’s prominence amid other retail establishments. Among the guided tours, panel discussions moderated by experts and various exhibits, tributes feature window vignettes put together by today’s top designers who captured the legendary essence of designers past.