Rosetta Getty’s perfect weekend in Los Angeles

The soignée model-turned-designer’s creations, charged with über-chic urbanism and languid elegance, have made their home on red carpets and sophisticated city streets

Rosetta Getty in the grounds of the Chateau Marmont
Rosetta Getty in the grounds of the Chateau Marmont | Image: Emily Berl

“We live in the Hollywood Hills, in one of the original Spanish adobe-style houses built in the 1920s. I’ve lived in this area of LA my whole adult life; you can spend hours driving around the city, but here no journey takes very long.

I am a creature of habit, so for breakfast on Saturday I take my four kids to the Beverly Hills Hotel or Chateau Marmont. I don’t go too crazy; it’s usually scrambled eggs, potatoes and toast with English tea. I’ve been dragging the kids to galleries since they were little, but it’s not their favourite thing. Hauser & Wirth, in particular, holds fantastic pieces from artists I love, such as Louise Bourgeois, and is an incredible space – so I keep trying.

I also spend a lot of time at the Getty Center library. The archives are a great source of inspiration for my collections, and I normally start every season by looking at an artist or architect. They have the choreographer Yvonne Rainer’s archive here, and a lot of material on Louis Kahn, so it’s a useful place to study.

I buy a lot of vintage clothing for research purposes, so I’ll visit Decades and Resurrection, where I just bought a vintage white leather Hermès Birkin bag with silver hardware; it is totally out of character for me – I tend to go for vintage Yohji or Helmut Lang – but I was really in the mood for a lady bag. There’s also Wasteland, which is more of a thrift store so it’s far from pristine, but it’s fun to hunt there because it hasn’t been curated.

The Line, which has a great selection of quite minimalist brands, like Calvin Klein, as well as furniture, homewares and jewellery, is a regular stop. I always go there for gifts: great books and beautiful vases. Another favourite is Peter Shire in Echo Park. He is an incredible artist who makes vases and structures with beautiful lines and a great sense of colour.


For dinner we like Bestia. Suddenly, restaurants here have started serving things like bone marrow and different animal parts, and it’s from that school of cooking – it’s all delicious, as are the less adventurous things like the pasta. Or we go to the Italian restaurant Madeo, a really old-school LA gem with a romantic ambience – it is great for people-watching. I love the focaccia, salads and pounded chicken with tomatoes, and my kids go to town and have truffle pasta.

On Sunday, there are markets all over the city, and I know them by heart. I love Long Beach’s flea market; there’s always a chance you’ll find an amazing old Jean Prouvé chair. I collect silver and art deco china, so I look out for that while the kids root around for Levi’s or Lacoste shirts.

The farmers’ market at Melrose Place is fun too. Here people are so careful about what they put in their bodies – you can even find things like organic non-GMO dog biscuits.

We also have a place in Malibu, and if we’re there on Sunday we have brunch at the Malibu Farm restaurant. It is on the pier, which was decrepit forever and then one day this incredible place popped up: an overnight hit. I love the quinoa oatmeal with berries. You can also visit the nearby farm where they grow all the food.

My youngest daughter loves the Santa Monica pier, where we stroll on the boardwalk after brunch. Growing up, we used to roller-skate there every weekend but I am a bit lazier than my mother was.


In the evening we might go to the 1960s Cinerama Dome. I can’t really handle the horror movies that the older kids like, so I’ll take my youngest to something less intense – it’s a good way for me to unwind, but she would really much rather be horrified.”

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