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Looking for an Instagram moment? Miu Miu pops up its oversized handbags at South Coast Plaza

Looking for an Instagram moment? Miu Miu pops up its oversized handbags at South Coast Plaza
Shoppers at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

In case you’re seeking an Instagram moment, there are a couple of ginormous handbags in the middle of South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The pop-up is an ode to the Miu Lady bags, sleek little numbers with blingy clasps made by Italian label Miu Miu, toted around by Elle Fanning and Taylor Swift. (In case you’re not familiar with them, the bags start at around $2,100, depending on the level of ornamentation and type of leather.)

The Miu Lady is the subject of a pop-up installation at South Coast Plaza until Oct. 17. The coveted handbag is carried by A-listers and fashionistas including Taylor Swift and Elle Fanning.
The Miu Lady is the subject of a pop-up installation at South Coast Plaza until Oct. 17. The coveted handbag is carried by A-listers and fashionistas including Taylor Swift and Elle Fanning. Miu Miu

This pop-up installation, which starts Oct. 7 and pops down on Oct. 17, has traveled the globe. It recently popped up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Staged as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Costa Mesa shopping center, the pop-up also reminds shoppers to visit the restyled Miu Miu boutique, where the latest iterations of the Miu Lady for fall are available.

Miu Miu pop-up installation, South Coast Plaza at Jewel Court, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, www.miumiu.com and www.southcoastplaza.com

Alma Salon

Alma, a new hair salon in Beverly Hills by master stylist Alessandro Casalino, was inspired by the colors of Chanel and old-world European glamor. The 1,600-square-foot space opened in May.
Alma, a new hair salon in Beverly Hills by master stylist Alessandro Casalino, was inspired by the colors of Chanel and old-world European glamor. The 1,600-square-foot space opened in May. Alma

Hairstylist Alessandro Casalino asked himself a single question when it came time to consider the design for the interior of Alma Salon, his new full-service hair and beauty salon in Beverly Hills: “What would Coco Chanel do?”

So he rendered a 1,600-square-foot salon in a 90-year-old building — he had waited 15 years for the space to become available — in Chanel-esque shades of lacquer black, muted beige and snow white. He located plush couches from the 1940s and tossed luxe cushions and feather-bedecked throws over them. He also created a tranquil garden area for his clients and lined the walls with art. Casalino, a native Venetian who previously worked at Cristophe Salon in Beverly Hills, said he wanted to “bring back the glamour” in his 5-month-old space.

“No more hair salons that look like they should be in a mall,” he said. “I wanted to provide a boutique feel where clients can feel pampered.”

Hair services start at $80 for a blow dry and about $130 for color, while a haircut with Casalino is $400. The salon also offers makeup services and lessons as well as brow shaping.

Alma Salon, 415 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 734-7973, www.almabeverlyhills.com

Olivers

Los Angeles brand Olivers, known for its upscale athletic wear pieces, has branched into outerwear with a new multipurpose, three-season piece called the Gate jacket.
Los Angeles brand Olivers, known for its upscale athletic wear pieces, has branched into outerwear with a new multipurpose, three-season piece called the Gate jacket. Oliver

Los Angeles-based Olivers, which started as a maker of premium athletic apparel, has branched out for fall into outerwear. The new Gate jacket is a lightweight bomber-meets-track jacket created with Los Angeles weather in mind. It’s water-repellent for those L.A. moments of light drizzle, and it’s warm enough for cool evenings. The jacket, which has zero embellishments, includes several touches for the modern man including a hidden chest pocket for a cellphone.

The Gate jacket, which is available in dark navy and cobalt, is $168.

Lou & Grey

New York-based brand Lou & Grey recently launched an athletic line, Lou & Grey Form, in addition to its elevated casual staples. Pieces include a metallic rose-gold jacket shown here.
New York-based brand Lou & Grey recently launched an athletic line, Lou & Grey Form, in addition to its elevated casual staples. Pieces include a metallic rose-gold jacket shown here. Lou & Grey

Known for its graceful casual staples, Lou & Grey is embracing its athletic side with an all-new collection.

The label’s Lou & Grey Form collection, which launched in September, is for the customer for whom there is little distinction between workout gear and regular clothes. It’s for the woman who catches up with friends during a hike instead of cocktails or who suggests going to a spin class as a first date.

Pieces include a shadow-stripe tee with sheer alternating panels, a fitted long-sleeved lace top, and a metallic rose-gold jacket that looks as if it were made from particularly pliant aluminum foil. Then there’s the nylon/fleece vest featuring a built-in headphone jack for those phone chats while you power walk through your neighborhood. Prices for the line range from $44.50 to $128.

Lou & Grey, www.louandgrey.com

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