Magic City Returns! L.A. Boudoir Hosts Vintage Costume Party

Photography by:Stephanie Sonju of Sonju Photography
When we left the Starz original series Magic City at the end of its first season, Judi Silver and Ike wound up in the clink, with Ben eventually springing Judi. Mercedes and Danny finally got around to hooking up with an uncertain future in front of them. And Ben tried to drown Lily, but then changed his mind.

Just your average day in vintage Miami.

The second season launches June 14, hopefully shedding light on little cliffhangers, like here comes Danny with a baby carriage. To celebrate, Lauren Arkin, the owner behind L.A. Boudoir Miami Vintage Boutique, a shop the show's costume department rings up when it needs a vintage thing or two for the cast, is throwing a party and spilling the beans on what she saw while filming the second season. Stop in to the Upper Eastside shop on Thursday, June 13, from 6 to 10 p.m. to be a part of the festivities -- and keep reading to see what's in store for the upcoming episodes.

Cultist: What's the theme to your Magic City party?
Lauren Arkin: Come dressed in late 1950's/early '60's fashions. There will be a "best dressed" contest for men and women judged by some of ladies from Cupcake Burlesque. And we will be introducing a "Moon Over Miami" cocktail.

You said you've been an extra on the show for two seasons. How did that come about?
I actually saw a casting call in Miami New Times looking for people who love the 1950s and wouldn't mind getting dressed [up] and getting hair and makeup [done] for the show. The 1950s are one of my favorite periods, and I said, "Lets see what happens." I went for my appointment and they hired me on the spot. One of the stipulations for my participation was for me to cut my hair rather short, 8 inches, actually. They want to be as accurate to the period as possible.

Which scenes have you been in?
In the first season, I was in the three-to-six episodes in different spots, In one stand-out part I was a maid. In season 2, I am in various scenes and episodes, including a jazz club, a hair salon and my "larger role" as a mob wife.

What was it like?
The hours can be quite long, 12-plus hours each day, with a lot of waiting and standing around.

Location Info


L.A. Boudoir

6900 Biscayne Blvd., 2nd Fl., Miami, FL

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