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Local Orange County happenings

The Festa dell'Autunno at The Resort at Pelica Hill

Men’s apparel brand Rodd & Gunn picks Fashion Island for U.S. flagship
Rodd & Gunn, the premium menswear brand hailing from New Zealand, opens its first-ever U.S. storefront at Fashion Island on October 6.

The look here screams tasteful – traditionally tailored shirts, luxe knitwear, classic polo shirts, Italian leather shoes, bespoke leather luggage and finely crafted accessories. “We jumped at the chance to open a store at Fashion Island. We feel the Newport Beach community embodies the ideal Rodd & Gunn customer,” said Mike Beagley, the company’s managing director.
Find Rodd & Gunn at 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, next to ’Lette Macarons, near Nordstrom.

More horsing around with Longines
Quick, it’s not too late to catch the tail end of the Longines Masters series, rated as the number one show jumping competition in America by the North American Riders Group. For the first time the competition is taking place just up the road at the Long Beach Convention Center. It began September 29 but continues through October 2. Premium box experiences, which include access to warm-up paddocks, private lounge and buffet, and meet and greet with top riders, among other exclusive access, begin at $2,800 per day. Call 562.513.2226.
:: longinesmasters.com

Orange County International Auto Show
The Orange County International Auto Show is like a fantasy parking lot where every one of the 500 cars is either brand-spanking new, the first of its kind or a wildly imaginative concept car. You can peek under the hood and get behind the wheel of more than 100 models at the show’s test drive area. Dream like a lottery winner at the gallery of exotic cars from Bentley, Lamborghini, Maserati, McLaren, Porsche and Ferrari, or try out the Jeep Camp obstacle course. From October 6 to 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center.  :: autoshowoc.com

Gorjana Gest a Room of Her Own
Coast’s fashionistas have long loved the delicate, feminine-but-with-an-edge jewelry designs of gorjana, found only in high-end boutiques and online. But now the iconic local brand (pronounced gor-yana) finally has a real retail home in the heart of its hometown, Laguna Beach, at 190 Beach Street.

Fans and supporters celebrated the opening on September 23 at the 1,000-square-foot retail space. All of gorjana’s signature styles and seasonal collections are in the store, plus an exclusive gemstone collection made up of one-of-a-kind stones. Designed to complement the jewelry aesthetic, the space is open and airy for a beach-meets-modern feel, as envisioned by interior designer Becki Owens.

“Being able to create an environment that allows customers to fully immerse themselves in the gorjana brand and culture seemed like the natural next step,” says company president and creative director Gorjana Reidel, who with husband Jason Griffin Reidel founded the brand. In addition to the Laguna Beach store opening, gorjana is simultaneously re-launching its e-commerce site, gorjana.com.

Falling for Fest dell'Autunno
Italy’s bounty blooms in Newport Beach from October 7 through 9 at The Resort at Pelican Hill, when the picturesque locale hosts its sixth annual Festa dell’Autunno. The four-day celebration captures the joy of Italian culture with live music, dancers, flag bearers and delectable regional cuisine prepared by Michelin-starred guest chefs. The luxe Maseratis on display might be your reason to swing by, but the lavish meals at the resort’s Andrea Ristorante is why you’ll gladly stay for dinner. Molto bello! :: pelicanhill.com

Pearls of Joy
Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but on October 10 South Coast Plaza will go gaga for another precious gem: the pearl. In collaboration with Mikimoto and to commemorate Assouline’s book release of “The Pearl Necklace,” the luxury jeweler debuts the Mikimoto Möbius Ribbon installation. Constructed by Studio Christian Wassmann, the project plans to replicate the pearl’s elegantly simple albeit complex form. Imagery of company founder Kokichi Mikimoto and his cultured pearl innovations, vintage ad campaigns and historical accoutrements will adorn the display. Like the waters of the ebbing tides, the walk-through experience will vanish soon. On October 20, The Ribbon will move on to its next stop in Las Vegas.   :: mikimoto.com

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