GUESS WHO: Rick Caruso's new family-friendly outdoor mall, Americana at Brand, got a hefty dose of sex appeal Thursday night thanks to the opening of L.A.'s second Marciano boutique. Sandwiched between a movie theater and Juicy Couture, the 3,350-square-foot store boasts seductive touches like a chandelier-lit dressing room area, complete with a zebra print rug, and walls filled with photos of scantily clad models. As Joy Bryant, who hosted the event along with C Magazine, summed up, "It feels like it could be someone's boudoir. It's the right amount of cha cha!" Whitney Port of "The Hills" looked no further than Bryant to find her favorite piece: a sapphire-hued maxidress. "On her, it looks really good," said Port, whose line, Eve & A, hits boutiques in August. Bryant hopes to one day join Port and the legions of celeb designers by creating a line of budget- and eco-friendly luggage and travel accessories. "I think it can be affordable, clean, edgy and well-made," she said.
WILD WEST: Casio called on Kanye West to help celebrate the performance in celebration of Casio's 25th anniversary of its G-Shock watch with a performance at Gustavino's Wednesday. On hand to host the evening's festivities, which began, oddly, with a one-hour press conference, were Spike Lee and graffiti artist Eric Haze, who designed G-Shock's special anniversary logo. "It is evident to me that great products have the same kind of visionary behind it and my man here is one of those visionaries," Lee said, acknowledging Kikuo Ibe, the "Father of G-Shock" who strived to invent an unbreakable watch after his own broke when he dropped it. "He was trying to figure out a problem and many people told him he was crazy. Every visionary has been told, 'You're crazy, don't waste your time.' And that's why they're visionaries because they don't listen."