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By Imran Vittachi | April 12, 2012
The mannequin in the pale gold and embroidered silk gown stands in a corner of the gallery. Her head-to-toe ensemble of the same color is highlighted by identical fruit patterns woven into her gown's delicate fabric. She also wears a cotton and taffeta French hat while toting a parasol. The display is supposed to evoke a female passenger in First Class on her way to tea aboard the R.M.S. Titanic. The gown, circa 1916, is an original outfit. The real-life woman who designed it was known as Lucile, Lady Duff Gordon.
March 26, 2012
Fashion Island has announced the arrival of two retailers set to open in late spring, according to a news release. Los Angeles-based clothing retailer M. Fredric and Beverly Hills-based macarons shop 'lette — both new to Orange County — will open in the Newport Beach shopping center. M. Fredric, which offers casual apparel for men, women and children, will open in a 4,400-square-foot space by the Iris Fountain. The French-style macaron store, 'lette, will open in a space near Nordstrom.
By Sarah Peters | January 21, 2012
Cotton on Kids landed in Irvine last week, marking its first U.S. appearance from Australia. The children's apparel line, an offshoot of parent company Cotton On, rolled out its first three U.S. locations in Irvine, Brea and Torrance this month. "We are excited to open our doors to the U.S.A., and after seeing the reaction to the parent brand Cotton On, we believe the U.S.A. market is ready for Cotton on Kids," company spokeswoman Marine Cole wrote in an email. "We feel like the Cotton on Kids brand works everywhere as it is the perfect combination of fashion and affordability.
By Sarah Peters | January 4, 2012
COSTA MESA - Carter's will open its first location in the city by the end of this month, a spokeswoman for the children's clothier said. The 4,100-square-foot retail space will open in the Costa Mesa Courtyards shopping center, across from Triangle Square, with a mix of clothing, sleepwear and accessories suitable for infants and children up to size 6X for girls and 7 for boys. The clothing is bright, fun, colorful and designed to engage children, said Carter's spokeswoman Miriam Pechar.
November 21, 2011
Newport-Mesa Unified school board Trustee Katrina Foley is hosting her third annual Christmas food and clothing drive next month. The holiday soiree and benefit will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Mesa Restaurant, 725 Baker St., inside The Camp in Costa Mesa. Cocktail attire is recommended. Guests can bring canned food and coats for the Second Harvest Food Bank and various community groups, including the Boys & Girls Club. Tickets are $25 a person, with larger sponsorships available for between $249 and $1,500.
By Britney Barnes, | August 11, 2011
Kim Forsyth's new retail store, Plato's Closet, has been semi-open for about a month. But it hasn't been selling clothes to customers. Rather, the store keeps busy buying old clothes from customers. Customers have had a hard time not being able to buy any of the neatly organized, colorful garments, shoes and accessories — all with price tags averaging $10, Forsyth said. Girls have tried by asking to put items on hold, or even begging and pleading. When all that didn't work, the girls still wouldn't give up. "I have girls hiding stuff in the winters' department because they want to come back for the grand opening and buy it," Forsyth said.
By Joanna Clay, | July 21, 2011
To many newly single women, cleaning out the closet can be just as cathartic as sitting on a therapist's couch. The Divorcée Sale, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Resort at Pelican Hill, is a way for women to shed pieces of their past for a good cause. Jill Alexander, founder of The Divorcée Sale , wanted to find a way to combine her love for fashion and philanthropy with a point of transformation in many women's lives: divorce. "I've never even been married," Alexander said with a laugh.
By Mona Shadia, | June 24, 2011
COSTA MESA — The clothing and accessories store that made girls hip, chic and forever young at affordable prices will open Saturday at South Coast Plaza. The 43,000-square-foot, two-story Forever 21 takes up a large part of Sears' location at the center. Sears Holdings and the retailer with a cult-like following of young shoppers reached an agreement late last year that allowed Forever21 to open within Sears, while also keeping both competitive. The new Forever 21 adds to the experience and diverse retailers — from young and hip to high-end couture — offered to shoppers at South Coast Plaza, said the center's executive director of marketing, Debra Gunn Downing.
By Sarah Peters, | April 22, 2011
COSTA MESA — You wouldn't know it immediately, but men's apparel company co-owner Ric Cartwright incorporates metal, water, wood, fire and earth into his soft cotton shirts and hats. That's because FVSTR — pronounced "five star"— pulls from the five elements, which when combined represent a philosophy of balance. "I think that clothing should tell a story," said Cartwright, chief executive of FVSTR. "It can be a conversation starter, and it can tell you a lot about the person who is wearing it. " The Costa Mesa-based company was launched about four years ago when Cartwright noticed a negative trend emerging in mixed martial arts, or MMA. "I've always had this creative edge," Cartwright said.
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