Trend Watch: Private show for Jessica Barkley Atelier

Jessica Barkley Atelier is hosting an invitation-only Summer 2013 and Bridal Fashion show on Wednesday.

Barkley, who designs "exclusive one-of-a-kind, high-end, formal evening wear for a highly discerning clientele," is known for her daytime wear that transitions easily to evening events.

She's now introduced a small line of custom-made bridal gowns starting at $2,500, according to a news release. She first launched her fashion line in late 2009 and early 2010 and has gained traction with Orange County's more upscale and sophisticated women.

The designer, who was in born in Peru, has been designing for more than 18 years and lived in Laguna for more than 25 years.

"Being in Southern California and living by the beach already presents women with plenty — if not too many — choices in casual to semi-casual 'lifestyle' apparel," Barkley said in a statement. "But my customers are women who have a true awareness of classic European style. Like me, they travel abroad and are open to the cultures and designs they encounter. That balance of the modern with the timelessly tasteful that is different, a cut just slightly, but noticeably, above the usual California look — that is what I'm trying to bring to my clients."

For appointments for custom-designed fashions or an invitation to the trunk show, contact Barkley at (949) 338-1408 or Jessica Barkley Atelier is at 760 S. Coast Hwy.; (949) 338-1408.


Jewelry trunk show on May 14

The Passionate Collector is hosting a Gypsy jewelry trunk show to show off the brand's new collection May 14.

Guests will have the chance to meet the couple behind the Gypsy jewelry line, Jeanette and Roger Simon, according to a news release.

"Gypsy jewelry is handcrafted in Istanbul by skilled artisans using centuries-old techniques," the release said. "The painstaking process and attention to detail renders each piece an extraordinary work of art."

The trunk show is from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and is free. Reservations are required by May 10 to Those who RSVP by May 10 also get the chance to win a piece of jewelry.


Fresh Produce celebrates 20 years

Fresh Produce celebrated 20 years in business with a party April 18.

"Fresh Produce has delighted women as a lifestyle brand known for its original prints, vibrant color and stylish, comfortable clothing," according to its website. "Today, Fresh Produce designs, manufactures and markets a leading women's and children's lifestyle brand of clothing that is primarily made in the USA."

Guests nibbled on hors d'oeuvres, sipped on wine and enjoyed 20% off all fashions.

If you didn't get a chance to make the party, stop by the shop and check the newest designs.

There are many new and trendy pieces coming in lately, store manager Holly Dennison said.

Fresh Produce is at 240 Forest Ave.; (949) 376-2233.

ALISHA GOMEZ is the managing editor of the Coastline Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent. She can be reached at or (714) 966-4618.

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