As the mercury rises, flowers continue to bloom, at least when it comes to fashion. From accessories to fragrances, petal power is still quite en vogue. As an example, Elisabetta Perris, creative director of House of Houbigant, recently unveiled her latest creation at Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island. The scent evokes a stroll through a sunny meadow and reminds us that nature’s bounty flourishes around us.
British jewelry designer Monica Vinader’s pieces grace the wrists of Emma Watson, Olivia Palermo and the Duchess of Cambridge. Now Nordstrom at South Coast Plaza will carry select accessories from Vinader’s collection. The Fiji toggle bracelet pops with pavé diamond details. Personalize the 18-karat rose gold vermeil bar with Vinader’s engraving service. $595
Monica Vinader at Nordstrom,
South Coast Plaza, 714.549.4700
Sandra Mansour’s elegant designs evoke the beauty of her native Swiss culture. However, the designer eventually relocated to Lebanon, where she worked alongside Elie Saab. In 2010, Mansour opened her own workshop in Beirut. Mansour’s romantic looks, such as this multi-color midi-dress, are like wearable Monet paintings.
Atelier 7918 at Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 949.715.0899
In July, Rebecca Taylor will release a series of limited-edition sunglasses. Working with cult eyewear designer Sunday Somewhere, the capsule collection glasses are available in soft, petal tones of blush pink. $320
Rebecca Taylor, Fashion Island 949.610.0922
Stuart Weitzman embraces the rose color trend by introducing sandals and slides with soft pink hues embellished with tribal details and coral beading. $239
Stuart Weitzman, South Coast Plaza, 714.432.8100
Alice + Olivia melds sweet feminine patterns and colors with edgier cuts. The Cody cropped embroidered leather jacket with floral details evokes a Japanese kimono print. $1,295
Fendi channels the ’70s flower power look with these leather slip-on sandals. $850
Fendi, South Coast Plaza, 949.759.1900
Rebecca Minkoff’s Leo foldover clutch bursts with dots of color and evokes spring’s floral spray. $95
Bloomingdales, Fashion Island 949.759.1900
House of Houbigant’s Elisabetta Perris handpaints each unique vessel from
this limited-edition series.
Price upon request.
Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island 949.759.1900 :: neimanmarcus.com
Coach Totally Customized
A selection of tanned leather hides in various hues available at Coach House at South Coast Plaza.
When Stuart Vevers took the reins as executive creative director at Coach in 2013, the fashion community took notice. Revamping the 75-year-old brand, which became synonymous with midmarket fashion in the early aughts thanks to the success of its monogrammed canvas bags, meant Vevers needed to delve deep into the iconic designs that first made Coach bags a must-have accessory.
In July, South Coast Plaza will unveil The Coach House. The third of its kind in the world, the South Coast Plaza store is the first in California to offer this exclusive service.
The interactive concept brings clients directly into the design process. Each purse begins with the classic Rogue frame, but clients customize by choosing from three handbag sizes. Then, on to the leather. Pebbled or matte? Electric pink or staid black? Handles can be stitched from leather or constructed with exotic skins such as crocodile. Coach’s design team says there are more than a million possible combinations. These bags are far from impulse purchases, since each Rogue takes six weeks to construct. Once your one-of-a-kind bag arrives, there’s time for one last touch. Don’t forget to add your initials or a quirky embellishment such as a bolt of lightning, playful skull or emoji.
Coach, South Coast Plaza, 714.979.1771
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