Designer preview brings bucks for OCMA
The annual Nordstrom Designer Preview unfolded last week at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Laguna Niguel for another standing room only evening of cocktails, conversation and fashion.
The Orange Coast crowd came in droves, spirits high and checkbooks ready to seize the moment for the latest fashion trends on display from designers including Donna Karan, Pucci, Erdem, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Missoni, Naeem Khan and Roberto Cavalli.
The $150 tickets benefited the Orange County Museum of Art. By the end of the evening the sea of stiletto heels brought in a total of $45,600 for the museum.
Nordstrom, Topman partner up
In related fashion news, Nordstrom announced a new and unique partnership with Topshop Topman. The British luxury fashion brands will debut in 14 Nordstrom stores across America on Sept. 10. Among the selected retail stores to feature the brand will be Nordstrom South Coast Plaza and Nordstrom Irvine Spectrum.
Launched in 1964, Topshop is considered a major British style authority and the world's largest fashion store in the heart of London's West End, attracting more than 200,000 shoppers every week.
Artist opens new gallery, studio
She calls herself a contemporary impressionist. Newport Beach artist Stephanie Godbey recently opened a new gallery and studio specializing in art classes for both adults and children along with creating an environment ideal as a hosting spot for private parties.
"We are excited to offer event space for girls night out, couples parties, charity events, birthday parties, bridal and baby showers and more," she says.
Working in both oils and acrylics for more than 25 years, Godbey has displayed her artwork throughout Southern California and wanted to establish a gallery to assist other artists as well. She believes that she can teach anyone and everyone how to paint. For more information, email Godbey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE CROWD runs Thursdays and Saturdays. B.W. Cook is editor of the Bay Window, the official publication of the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.