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Now any guest checking in to the luxury, extended-stay AKA Beverly Hills residence (a favorite of Jennifer Lawrence, Jane Fonda, Richard Gere, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, and many other A-listers) can access the VIP services of top Hollywood stylist Erin Walsh. Featured on The Hollywood Reporter’s annual list of the “Top 25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood 2018,” New York-based Walsh counts Kerry Washington, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thandie Newton, Alison Brie, Lily Aldridge, and Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal as clients, and is herself a frequent guest at the AKA property. Walsh styled Newton there before she won her first Emmy as outstanding supporting actress for Westworld in September and has worked with Washington and other stars from her AKA suite during awards season.
The exclusive one-on-one experience with Walsh at AKA Beverly Hills consists of a personal wardrobe consultation, a private shopping trip in Beverly Hills, and a styling session ( $1,800 for a half day or $3,600 for a full day). The offer is exclusive to residents who book a stay (AKA Beverly Hills requires a minimum seven-night stay, starting at $475 per night), part of a “Live It!” menu of local programming that, in L.A., includes personal surf lessons, a helicopter day trip to Napa Valley for wine-tasting, a horseback riding excursion through Griffith Park, and rental of a mobile Airstream suite with interiors by Palm Springs-based designer Trina Turk.
“I’ve stayed at AKA Beverly Hills for a long time and this all came about very organically,” Walsh told The Hollywood Reporter. “[Celeb stylist] Elizabeth Saltzman originally told me about AKA. I do fittings there all the time. In a work capacity, I love it so much because it’s so central; they even have a car I can use. Stylists can be the worst nightmare to these hotels sometimes, because we have so much crap, and it’s in and out all day long. But they treat me like family there; everybody remembers my name. It’s a seamless transition from New York, since I feel like I always have a little home in L.A.”
As for stores she plans to hit on the personal shopping expeditions, Walsh says: ”It depends on who it is and what their needs and budget are. Are we talking Harry Winston? Is it someone in town for awards season? If we’re on Rodeo, it would be silly not to stop at Prada and Dolce & Gabbana for pretty accessories; if we go for a more accessory-heavy and get-your-best-blazer-at-Saint Laurent situation, then cover the bases at Barneys and Saks. Or I would hit up Barneys first as a one-stop shop because their denim and everyday wear is chic and spot-on.”
“Getting a stylist is about curating a wardrobe that makes sense for your life, whether you’re a producer or a lawyer or a princess!” she says. “It gives you the armor, the tools, to be your best self and really curate your brand. And branding can apply to anyone, not just people who are on red carpets.”
This week, AKA officially opens the doors of its second L.A. location, AKA West Hollywood, above the Fred Segal flagship on Sunset Boulevard, with minimum 31-day stays.
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