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REISS' PIECE: British contemporary brand Reiss will open a 12,000-square-foot boutique on Los Angeles' Robertson Boulevard this spring, said company founder and owner David Reiss, who was in town last week to oversee the start of construction on the two-level unit. "We want this to be the hottest store in L.A.," he said. "We have the best location and the best product." It will be the fourth U.S. location for the company, which has opened three boutiques in New York since early 2005. Reiss said the company is currently in negotiations to open stores in Miami, Palo Alto, Calif., and Short Hills, N.J., as well. He said he's confident the brand will hit it big with fashion-forward consumers weary of shelling out top dollar for designer labels. "Over the next year, we're going to be one of the hottest brands in the U.S.," Reiss said. "We're here to make a statement."
COLOR ME HD: It's Winona Ryder like you've never seen her before: buried up to her delicate neck in a mountain of soil. Ryder's porcelain skin is accentuated by ruby lips and deep brown eyes that stare vacantly from beneath a hat fashioned from fresh flowers. A golden handgun, a toothbrush and a red bright handbag are props in the sand. The image, one of a series of high-definition video portraits by Robert Wilson, was commissioned by Voom HD Networks to illustrate HD TV's vivid colors. Voom produces "Full Frontal Fashion" on its Ultra HD channel and will air coverage of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Wilson, whose portraits drew inspiration from theater, fashion and film, cast Ryder as Winnie, the indomitable central character in Samuel Beckett's play "Happy Days." Other video portraits in the series include Johnny Depp, Monaco's Princess Caroline of Hanover, Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert, Isabella Rossellini, Jeanne Moreau and Dita Von Teese. The Ryder portrait and a series of 12 snow owls by Wilson are on view at the Paula Cooper Gallery through Feb. 15. An exhibition of Wilson's video portraits will open at the ACE Gallery in Los Angeles on Feb. 23.