You can throw a girls'-night-out party at the White House/Black
Market boutique at Corona del Mar Plaza. The store offers shopping
parties for up to 10 of your friends. Associates act as personal
stylists, while guests try on stylish clothing and accessories.
Guests will receive 10% off purchases made during the party, and the
hostess receives an additional $25 gift certificate. Or the group can
donate its 10% discount to its favorite charity. The parties can be
planned for bridal showers, charitable groups, reunions and birthday
parties. You invite the guests and White House/Black Market provides
the clothing, refreshments and personalized service. Prices range
from $48 to $168. White House/Black Market is a women's apparel
boutique that specializes in classic black and white day and evening
fashions. Sizes range from 0 to 14. In addition to its clothing,
White House/Black Market also carries lingerie, handbags, jewelry and
other accessories and gifts. (949) 721-6740,
AN ITALIAN JOB
Italian-based Miss Sixty caters to young, sexy, fashion-forward
women. Many celebrities wear Miss Sixty's jeans, including Britney
Spears, Cameron Diaz, Madonna and Kate Moss. The retro-futuristic
store has won numerous design awards -- it's unlike anything in the
mall. It features cocoon-like camarinis, Italian for fitting rooms.
The camarinis suspend from the ceiling, the design fitting Miss
"You go in as a girl, but you emerge reborn in a Miss Sixty way,"
said Andrew Pollard of Miss Sixty USA. "It's like, in nature, a
cocoon that a beautiful butterfly emerges from."
Miss Sixty offers an incredible selection of denim, great
tailoring and silhouettes. Denim comes 100% ring spun, manufactured
and designed in Italy. At any given time, Miss Sixty has 50 to 70
jeans to try on, five or six fits, each with five or six fabric
washes and no extreme-low rise jeans.
"Rises are starting to come up in Italy, compared to U.S. denim
designers," said manager Paul Voight. "Seven-inch rise is the norm."
Other apparel to choose from includes pants, shorts, skirts, shoes
and accessories. And a small selection of its cutting-edge Energie
line for men. Level Three, Crate and Barrel/Macy's Home Store wing.
Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday
and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. (714) 327-0131,
TSE FLIES IN FASHION
TSE (pronounced say) is a European fashion house known for its
premium cashmere and fine fabrics made into incredible pieces that
are considered collector's items. Classic designs for women include
everyday sweaters, perfectly tailored, double-faced, cashmere coats,
and beautiful dresses. Famous designers have contributed as creative
directors, including the incredible Narciso Rodriguez, Hussein
Chalayan and Victor Alforo. Its latest addition is Annette Ishida, a
talented up-and-coming designer. She's showing fabulous looks: a
1950's retro-style coat with princess seams in the back and front;
narrow-cut, stovepipe pants; and a tulip-style skirt (fitted waist
and hip, flare at bottom). It's one of the few companies in the world
that makes 33 gauge, superfine wools. (The highest gauge wool that
most top designers use is in the 20s.) Other apparel is made from
cashmere blends, silk, Lycra and incredible stretch cottons. Open 10
a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11
a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Level 1, Nordstrom wing at South Coast
Plaza (714) 540-4664.
CUCKOO FOR CHOCOLATE
Belgium's Godiva Chocolatier is a chocolate lover's paradise. It's
famous for assorted truffles with classic milk, ivory and dark
chocolate flavors, as well as not-so-classic flavors: raspberry,
honey roasted almond, coconut macadamia, mango and espresso.
Sea-theme chocolates are delicious too: oysters, starfish and scallop
shells. Custom gifts, pre-packaged baskets and birthday chocolates
wrapped in astrological papers are available with personalized gift
cards. Chocolate heaven! $35 per pound, or priced individually. Open
Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Sunday noon to 6 p.m. (714) 556-9055. Level 2, at South Coast Plaza.
A FEATHERY TOUCH
Since 1996, Feathers For Home and Garden has specialized in home
decor and accessories. Local shoppers seek out Feather's furnishings,
which offer a casual, elegant look with consumer-friendly prices. It
carries Palecek furniture, custom pillows, lamps, sofas and more.
It's also known for its collection of specimen seashells. In
mid-September, Feathers brings out its Christmas collection, which
includes Thanksgiving decor. An annual sale starts this month. Call
for details. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 270 E.
17th St. in Costa Mesa. (949) 722-0244.
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