Comic-Con 2019: ‘Jurassic Park,’ Marvel designs wow at Her Universe Fashion Show

Dinosaurs and trickster gods may not immediately evoke thoughts of glamour and couture fashion but on Thursday night gowns inspired by “Jurassic Park” and the Marvel villain Loki took top prizes at the Sixth annual Her Universe Fashion Show at Comic-Con International.

Adria Renee of San Diego took home the Judges Winner award for her prehistoric dress and Reno, Nevada resident Sarah Hambly’s Cardi B and Loki mash-up design received the Audience Winner award.

“When you see designs for ‘Jurassic Park’ they’re usually rugged, so I really wanted to translate it into something beautiful,” said Renee of her winning look, a silky and delicate slip dress adorned with meticulously cut-out tropical flowers and dinos.

During a prerecorded interview that aired during the show, Hambly said she believed Loki would be a Cardi B fan and created a form-fitting bodysuit in deep, jeweled green tones and gold accents and a flowing cape.

Hambly and Renee were among 24 designers in this year’s “The Power of Fashion” competition. A theme inspired by presenting sponsor DreamWorks’ “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.”

“I grew up with She-Ra and I was inspired by the Princess of Power,” said Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein. “We design an outfit like an armor you’re putting on for the day to fight the daily battle of life and to remind you, you are powerful.”

Eckstein revealed Thursday night that she would be voicing a character on the next season of Netflix’s “She-Ra,” however she couldn’t share details about the character.

Some of the fashion designers were inspired also by She-Ra, creating looks based on the characters.

“I was wiping away tears a little bit,” said “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” creator Noelle Stevenson who was in the crowd during the fashion show. She said she was overwhelmed to see so many people inspired by the characters.

Others, however, took their lead from other nerdy sources including anime “My Hero Academia,” Disney’s “Cinderella,” “It’s” Pennywise and even the miserly Uncle Scrooge McDuck of “Duck Tales.”

Renee and Hambly will begin working on a Wonder Woman-inspired clothing line for Her Universe to be sold at Hot Topic. Eckstein also announced that Her Universe and Hot Topic would be working on a clothing line to honor the 50th anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride.

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Porsche Design speeds ahead at South Coast Plaza

Porsche Design 911 Soundbar
<em>Porsche Design 911 Soundbar, $3,500</em>

What is it?

A 2.1 virtual surround system subwoofer boost converted from the original rear silencer and twin exhaust from a Porsche 911 GT3

Why is it cool?

  • The echo chamber used to muffle sound does the opposite when it’s not attached to a vehicle. It amplifies sound but looks sleek and rugged.
  • Constructed from an off-the-line Porsche 911 GT3 muffler. Only a limited number of these babies were produced.

No lightweight: The unit weighs in at 42 pounds.

 

Porsche Design Roadster Luggage
Porsche Design Roadster Luggage, $785

What is it?

Porsche Design Roadster Luggage. These rolling suitcases are available in the original Porsche 911 exterior colors: dark blue metallic and grey metallic.

Why is it cool?

Designed to fit seamlessly into all Porsche vehicles.

Porsche Design limited edition sneaker
Porsche Design x adidas BOUNCE S4 sneaker, $520

What is it? 
Porsche-inspired suspension system housed in the base of a sneaker

Why is it cool? 

  • adidas worked with Porsche Design engineers to create an aerodynamic shoe that uses Bounce technology.
  • A celebration of German engineering: adidas and Porsche collaborated in 2008 to introduce the first Bounce sneaker. The newly released, limited-edition S4 sneakers honor that initial partnership.
  • High-tech, spring-pillar sections that smooth out your steps and propel your body forward.

Porsche Design Store at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 662-2992 :: porsche-design.us

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Fashion File: Bloomin’ wonders

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 
:: nordstrom.com

    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
    :: nordstrom.com

  • 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.
$1,975  
Atelier 7918 at Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 949.715.0899 
:: atelier7918.com

    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.
    $1,975
    Atelier 7918 at Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 949.715.0899
    :: atelier7918.com

  • 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  
:: rebeccataylor.com

    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
    :: rebeccataylor.com

  • 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
:: stuartweitzman.com

    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
    :: stuartweitzman.com

  • 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 
:: aliceandolivia.com

    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
    :: aliceandolivia.com

  • Fendi channels the ’70s flower power look with these leather slip-on sandals. $850 
Fendi, South Coast Plaza, 949.759.1900 
 :: fendi.com

    Fendi channels the ’70s flower power look with these leather slip-on sandals. $850
    Fendi, South Coast Plaza, 949.759.1900
    :: fendi.com

  • Rebecca Minkoff’s Leo foldover clutch bursts with dots of color and evokes spring’s floral spray. $95
Bloomingdales, Fashion Island 949.759.1900
:: bloomingdales.com

    Rebecca Minkoff’s Leo foldover clutch bursts with dots of color and evokes spring’s floral spray. $95
    Bloomingdales, Fashion Island 949.759.1900
    :: bloomingdales.com

  • 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

    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

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Coach Totally Customized 

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  • A selection of tanned leather hides in various hues available at Coach House at South Coast Plaza.

    A selection of tanned leather hides in various hues available at Coach House at South Coast Plaza.

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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
:: coach.com

 

 

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