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From | November 15, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Every pocket of affluence in this country seems to have one stellar independent designer boutique, and in Newport Beach it's A'Maree's. Over the last 35 years, the family-owned business has grown into an international fashion force, showcasing cutting-edge labels such as Celine, Balenciaga, Azzedine Alaia, Dries Van Noten and the Row. And now that it has moved to a new location at Newport Harbor, a waterfront space inviting comparisons to Peggy Guggenheim's palazzo in Venice, Italy, A'Maree's is also one of the most beautiful boutiques in the retail universe.
By B.W. Cook | March 30, 2011
The 16th annual Guilds of the Center fashion extravaganza moved from daytime to evening this season. Chaired by Kathy Fleming , the party unfolded March 24 at the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel. The event began with a champagne reception on the very trendy Westin roof deck, followed by a très chic fashion show produced by Escada, and a filet of salmon dinner served by the Westin Hotel staff in the main ballroom. One of the major sponsors of the evening was Lugano Diamonds, represented by owners Idit and Moti Ferder as well as Lugano vice president Stuart Winston . This year, the Guilds of the Center celebrated the "kindness, generosity and impeccable style" of Newport philanthropist Zee Allred . Following a heartfelt speech by Allred praising the efforts of the entire community for decades of unselfish support of the performing arts in Orange County, Moti Ferder presented her with an exquisite 66-carat blue star sapphire and diamond necklace.
April 3, 2004
B.W. COOK It was all about fashion and fundraising to help the children of the Assessment Treatment Services Center. The Sophisticates in support of the center produced "An Afternoon in Wonderland," attracting an enormous turnout of Newport- Mesa women at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Huntington Beach. The Sophisticates spring fashion show is always one of the "must-do" events on the social calendar. This season, Newport's Karen Elliott joined Marci Hollander to chair the massive undertaking, also the most important fundraiser of the year for the group that helps fund the organization with the motto "arrest the problem, not the child."
By: GREER WYLDER | August 18, 2005
At their clothing design studio in Costa Mesa, Holly Sharp and daughter Amber Sharp chatted about fashion and prepared for their next trip to Hawaii. There they plan to soak up sun and beachwear inspirations. Holly Sharp, 45, and Amber Sharp, 25, acted like best friends. Michael Sharp, Holly Sharp's husband, was surfing and wasn't due in until noon. This laid-back family clothing headquarters looks like a beach studio, but don't be fooled. The Sharps rule over a beach fashion empire, with their Lucy Love clothing line and the Holly Sharp Boutique clothing shop.
By B.W. COOK | April 5, 2007
It was a grand 25th anniversary celebration for the Sophisticates in support of the Assessment Treatment Services Center. Nearly 450 beautifully dressed women and a few fortunate gentlemen converged upon the Balboa Bay Club for a spring fashion show and luncheon raising $150,000 to help fund the counseling services of the Assessment Treatment Services Center diverting local area youth from anti-social behavior leading to potential legal challenges....
By Amanda Pennington | March 23, 2007
With the advent of the cellphone, the need for a timepiece could have threatened the watch industry, but the timekeepers have adapted. Instead, watches have become as much of an accessory as a belt — functional but fashionable. "People aren't buying watches so much just as a timepiece anymore," director of sales Christopher Friel said at Vestal's Westside Costa Mesa headquarters. "Watches have become a fashion accessory as much as belts and shoes." Costa Mesa-based watch designer Vestal has been on the cutting edge of watch trends and fashion since it began about 10 years ago. These days, big watches are in, and Vestal was one of the first to pioneer that trend, creating its signature style in its infancy.
By Candice Baker | October 10, 2013
South Coast Plaza shoppers stepped into their wildest couture, décor and cosmetic dreams last weekend at the center's first Live the Look event, held in partnership with the Hollywood Reporter. Presenting the best in fashion, beauty and home, the event ran Oct. 3 through Sunday at several locations throughout the plaza. Sunday afternoon, Room & Board and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams hosted a panel discussion and meet-and-greet in South Coast Plaza Village, with "Million Dollar Decorators" star and celebrity interior decorator Kathryn Ireland fielding questions from Degen Pener and Alexandria Abramian of the Hollywood Reporter, as well as those from the audience.
By Steve Virgen | April 10, 2012
Confidence can be acquired many different ways. Patrick Samson knows it can be built from winning. The 11-year-old from Costa Mesa has done plenty of winning as a wrestler. He's 62-0 this year. Confidence can be huge on the mat. Samson has it and will never back down. He was brimming with swagger entering his title match in the 60-pound novice division of the USA Asics National Championships at Cedar Falls, Iowa March 30. He wrestled against Kellyn March of South Dakota.
By B.W. COOK | October 6, 2007
It was the fashion show spectacle of the fall social season. The 15th annual Harvesters event in support of the Second Harvest Food Bank attracted nearly 500 guests, raising $700,000 to feed those in need in this ultra-rich county, where an estimated 450,000 individuals are without proper sustenance every month. Despite the obvious contrasts and contradictions between a glamorous fashion-show luncheon and a food line for the poor and disenfranchised, the money is one powerful piece of change.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 18, 2014
A man who fired a handgun 54 times at Fashion Island because it reportedly made him "feel better" was sentenced Friday to 12 years in state prison. Marcos Gurrola, 42, of Garden Grove pleaded guilty to 54 counts of shooting at an occupied building and two felony counts of aggravated assault. In December 2012, Gurrola drove to Newport Beach, pulled into Fashion Island's parking lot and began firing a .40-caliber Glock toward Macy's. No one was hit, but in the ensuing panic, a woman and her 4-year-old daughter were hurt while trying to run away, leading to the assault charges.
By B.W. Cook | April 17, 2014
He worked on wardrobe design for stars Loretta Young and Marilyn Monroe through his association with the house of Jean Louis. His film and television credits for costume design run the gamut from the classics to the comics. He is Maxwell Barr , originally from Sydney, Australia, a man who has dedicated life and career to the world of fashion design. Today, he teaches and lectures worldwide, predominantly on his own particular passion: the 18th-century French royal court. Among his favorite subjects: the style and fashion sense of Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV's notorious mistress.
By Emily Foxhall | April 15, 2014
SoulCycle, a trendy brand of spinning that enthusiasts claim as life-changing, may be coming soon to Newport Beach - its first Orange County location. The lease has not been finalized, but the city granted a minor use permit Thursday to clear the way for the spin studio's move to Fashion Island. "The application was submitted with the intent that they would be coming if they were approved," said Brenda Wisneski, the city's deputy community development director. Based in New York, SoulCycle was founded in 2006 and now boasts 26 locations, including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Brentwood.
March 28, 2014
The junior division of the Newport Beach chapter of National Charity League, a mother-daughter service organization, held its annual fashion show luncheon Saturday at the Balboa Bay Club. Sixth-graders took to the runway alongside professional models for a show sponsored by Bloomingdale's. The students, many of whom began volunteering with the group in kindergarten, will graduate from the junior division this year. A silent and live auction, plus individual underwriters, helped raise more than $90,000.
By Hannah Fry | March 24, 2014
Sweaty and visibly exhausted from their mile-long run, a group of boys from Harbor View Elementary School stood in a circle showing off their newly earned participation medals. A parent walked over and high-fived each boy. Ben Schaefer, a fifth-grader at Harbor View, shared his secret for a successful run with his friends. "They tell you to jog so you won't get tired, but I always sprint," the 11-year-old said. He admits, though, that he did get the dreaded side stitch that plagues even the most experienced runner.
By Matt Szabo | February 14, 2014
Corona del Mar High junior Shelby Brown is not the kind of girls' soccer player to boast about her accomplishments. Things got a little bit testy on Twitter after the Sea Kings won two games in dramatic fashion this week. They beat Beckman, 2-1, on Tuesday after a Patriots penalty kick went over the goal on the final play of the game. Then on Thursday, they rallied to stun Northwood, 3-2, and claim their fourth straight outright Pacific Coast League title. Some of the more vocal CdM players got into it a bit on the social media site with players from the other teams.
By Steve Virgen | February 7, 2014
Leigh Steinberg smiled as he looked at the people who showed up for his book signing event at the Fashion Island Barnes & Noble Thursday night. "I'm happy to be back home, finally," Steinberg said. He explained that he has been promoting his new book, "The Agent: My 40-year career making deals and changing the game," and working to relaunch his work as an agent for athletes. Last week, he was in New York for the Super Bowl, where he held a party that also provided awareness and support for various charities.
February 5, 2014
Show me the autograph. Leigh Steinberg, the famous superagent known for his work with the movie "Jerry Maguire," will sign copies of his new book, "The Agent: My 40-year career making deals and changing the game," at the Barnes & Noble at Fashion Island Thursday at 7 p.m. Steinberg, also a Daily Pilot columnist, will share his personal stories on the rise, fall and redemption of his game-changing career in the competitive world of pro sports....
By Candice Baker | January 13, 2014
A new arrival at Fashion Island is bringing a world of visuals to Newport Beach and allowing professional photographers to introduce their work to new audiences. Sleek French art photography gallery YellowKorner offers limited-edition prints from photographers around the world, with a goal of democratizing art photography. Each high-quality print is numbered and supplied with a certificate of authenticity. "After analyzing different options, Fashion Island seemed to be a perfect fit," YellowKorner gallery owner Melissa Geens said.
By Mary Ellen Goddard | January 9, 2014
I recently read a research report, "How College Graduates Solve Information Problems Once They Join the Workplace," by Alison J. Head, . PhD. Dated Oct. 16, 2012, it suggests there is a distinct difference "between today's graduates who demonstrated how quickly they found answers online and seasoned employers who needed college hires to use a combination of online and traditional methods to conduct comprehensive research. " The research for this report, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, used a variety of methods to collect data: telephone interviews, focus groups, in-depth interviews with employers and more.
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