May 7, 2002
Deirdre Newman Sterile, uninviting, cold -- these are some of the adjectives used to describe Fashion Island by the two men who transformed it from a sprawling beast of a shopping center to an alluring destination. Daniel Donahue and Thomas Schriber of Donahue Schriber, a private real estate investment trust, redesigned Fashion Island in the late 1980s using a blueprint conceived by Irvine Co. Chairman Donald Bren. Today, the two real estate moguls will be honored by the UC Irvine Graduate School of Management with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their work at Fashion Island and other shopping centers throughout the county.
March 22, 2003
The Rainbow of Hope fashion show and luncheon benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation will hit the runway on April 5 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. Produced by the Newport Harbor Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta, organizers Marilyn Damm and Dawn Sather and volunteers Dawn Tetrault, Lura Barrone, Nancy Tracy, Susan Wachtler and Betty DeLamater are working to ensure a success that will raise funds to help local children afflicted with various types of cancer.
April 7, 2004
Alicia Robinson and S.J. Cahn We'd like to believe we've always been this fashionable, but these days in particular, O.C. seems to be the new L.A. Every time you turn around, big-name fashion designers are jetting in to bask in their customers' approval and give personal tips on their clothes. The latest instance of this was an exclusive appearance by sportswear baron Tommy Hilfiger on Tuesday at Macy's at South Coast Plaza. Hilfiger was promoting his high-end H Hilfiger line, which is new, and exclusive, to Macy's stores.
March 10, 2005
GREER WYLDER Fashionistas can find young, urban stylish collections from hot designers at Barneys New York CO-OP, opening today at South Coast Plaza. Barneys New York CO-OP features a bohemian look with touches of recycled, flea market and surplus finds to display its hip fashions from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg, Theory, Rolland Berry, Rozae Nichols, Wyeth by Todd McGill, Vince and Juicy Couture, Generra, PS Paul Smith, Trovata and Rogues Gallery.
June 19, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Summer's here, with its warmer temperatures, sunnier skies and an excuse to buy new clothes. Or, at least to allow for some wistful window-shopping. In Orange County, fashion runs the gamut. You've got your casual surfer style, your pricy designer styles, flirty dresses and unique amalgamations of all of the above. Then there's Fox's "The O.C.," where even teenage girls carry Chanel handbags. And Newport-Mesa is a shopper's paradise with upscale malls, chain stores, unique boutiques and tons of sportswear manufacturers.
September 15, 2000
Mathis Winkler It was 1960. Florine Roper, the wife of a retired Newport Beach doctor, had grown tired of making friends on cruises and tours, only to return home and lose contact. Her desire for a meeting venue with her new friends prompted Roper, then 59, to organize the Thursday Morning Club. Roper, who died in 1998 at age 97, achieved her goal with the club, which celebrated its 40th anniversary Thursday at the Balboa Bay Club. "It gives women, many of whom would be shut out and isolated, an opportunity to get out, meet people and make new friends," said Judy Button, 62, who joined the club three years ago. A part-time saleswoman and independent beauty consultant, the Costa Mesa resident said she found time to get involved only after retiring five years ago as a sales representative for an electronics company.
November 24, 2011
Location: 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Known for: "Overlooking the ocean, Fashion Island offers distinctive shopping and dining in a coastal resort setting. " That's what it says on its website; that's reason enough to go. Situated on 75 acres on a slope above the Pacific, the center attracts more than 13 million people a year to its mix of indoor and outdoor shopping and dining facilities.
August 15, 2011
Fashion Island welcomed nautical lifestyle and clothing brand Sperry Top-Sider earlier this month at a 2,100-square-foot space between the Nordstrom and Pacific courts. The store is the 75-year-old Massachusetts-based company's first Orange County location and the largest on the West Coast, according to a news release. The brand's full range of men's, women's and children's footwear and apparel will be sold at the store. Signature accessories, such as tote bags and board shorts crafted from recycled sailcloth, will also be featured.
September 16, 2009
Supporters of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure can visit the event’s new registration suite at Fashion Island to sign up and receive a 2009 Race for the Cure T-shirt. Registrants will receive race bib numbers and information about giveaways at the event at the suite. The Orange County Susan G Komen Race for the Cure is slated for Sept. 27 at Fashion Island, with a goal of raising $3.1 million for breast cancer education, research and patient support. The suite is on the lower level of Fashion Island’s Atrium Court near Barnes & Noble.
November 5, 2009
The Fashion Island Christmas tree has a new home this year — and new dimensions. It’s about three times smaller than last year’s yuletide tree that went up at the outdoor shopping center in Newport Beach. Fashion Island customarily lays claim to one of the largest Christmas trees in the nation, but construction at its usual home has caused downsizing, shopping center representatives said. This year’s white fir is about 40 feet tall, Fashion Island spokeswoman Laura Davis said, compared to last year’s 115-foot tower of foliage.