In Los Angeles, the key to getting what you want is not only what you know, but who you know. That?s why we?re excited to have the advice of local style maven Melissa Magsaysay, whose new book, City of Style: Exploring Los Angeles Fashion from Bohemian to Rock, tells us where we?ll find the best shopping.

The writer?s former gigs as Women?s Wear Daily?s West Coast editor and the Los Angeles Times? style editor have given her unlimited access to the best local designers and retailers--as well as the most fashionable Angelenos. There are fun fashion tips from high-profile locals including actor Amber Valletta, Decades owner Cameron Silver and stylist Jessica de Ruiter. And Magsaysay?s sifted through the dross of retailers to include the best local shops all over town, such as downtown prestige-vintage emporium Shareen Vintage, West Hollywood?based leather-clothing specialists Cerre and ?Sartrolling? (stylish people-watching) hot spot Melrose Trading Post

Most interestingly, the book breaks local style into seven types, showing famous devotees of each, including ?Romantic Bohemians? (Angela Lindvall) and ?Glamour? (Michelle Williams). And while we?ll probably never try out the ?Chola Style? or ?Skaters and Surfers? looks, those chapters are riveting thumbnail histories of vibrant local subcultures. 

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