2015 Style Archive Stories

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  • The Aston Martin: an iconic–and elusive–Bond car readies for a comeback By: Steve Irsay
    Produced between 1963 and 1965, the Aston Martin DB5 is considered by some to be the pinnacle of the bespoke British brand’s coveted vehicles. It was immortalized in the 1964 James Bond flick “Goldfinger.” In an intriguing piece of cinema history, the actual DB5 used in the film was the subject of a real-life heist in 1997 and
    Mon Jul 27, 2015
  • Goodies to buy that are Made in the U.S.A. By: Nicole Polizois
    Pedaling Our WaresInspired by the enduring French design of Porteur bicycles but made in good ol’ Detroit, The Runwell by Shinola delivers a classic blend of urban style and practicality. This 11-speed, meticulously designed American-made beauty is engineered for errand running, commuting or a casual ride along Balboa Peninsul
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Patriot acts: cool clothes that are red, white or blue By: Jamie Lobel
    You’ll want to give more than three cheers for the red, white and blue of these fun-in-the-sun stylesTop thatProtect your face from the sun’s aging rays with Seafolly’s Royale Floppy Hat in white ($52). Available at Seafolly, Fashion Island.   ::
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • A shining nod to all that summer heat By: Alexandria Abramian
    Check out a new cache of metallic designs for the home, ranging from small hits of ore such as Room & Board’s Pebble pillows to bigger shimmer moments like ModShop’s Sinatra sofa in metallic Lustro linen. Prefer something in between? This metal silver Z Stool hits the perfect sweet spot of just the right amount of shine.
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Tie One On By: Sarah Mosqueda
    For the FloristLos Angeles-based apron company Hedley & Bennett is known for designing the quintessential chef apron with the form and function the job demands. Now H&B brings you the limited-edition Gardner Apron. This linen cover has a single chest pen pocket, front double bucket pockets, a towel loop and leather she
    Thu Jun 18, 2015
  • Donna Karan By: Alene Dawson
    It’s not just that Donna Karan is a fashion icon known for her signature brand of bodysuit dressing and figure-flattering separates. She is an icon with a cause – several in fact. She’s raised money for AIDS education and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and has worked with the Not One More gun safety campaign and Clinto
    Thu Jun 18, 2015
  • New makeup concept, Butterfli Me, opens studio in Irvine By: Jamie Lobel
    In a world where technology has managed to make it almost impossible to slow down, what’s the solution for a modern day, multitasking mother or career woman, who wants to look, her best? Butterfli Me makeup studio opened in Irvine last week, aiming to give the busy, social butterflies of Orange County a place to land for the ultimate cosme
    Thu Jun 11, 2015
  • Transcendent Accessories By: Steve Irsay
    Suzan Zahedi’s art definitely imitates life – in this case, her own. When Zahedi was 3, her mother committed suicide and she endured years of abuse by her stepmother. She managed to overcome this difficult childhood and build a successful career in marketing. However, 20 years of workaholism and pent-up emotional pain eventually led
    Tue Jun 09, 2015
  • Celebrated skin-care guru Zein Obagi launches flagship at Fashion Island By: Jamie Lobel
    In order to achieve smooth and flawless skin celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alicia Keys have flocked to dermatologist Zein Obagi, M.D., the man in charge of the Obagi Skin Health Institute headquartered in Beverly Hills. The "Obagi experience" required a trip to Beverly Hills, Laguna Beach or San Gabriel to v
    Fri Jun 05, 2015
  • Fashion Forward By: Alene Dawson
    The future is now for the fusion of fashion and high-tech. What once was sci-fi is now wearable reality, starting at the wrist with the Dick Tracy-like Apple Watch and with Gucci’s “smartband” partnership with will.i.am (the first recording artist to send a song to Mars). Before long you can go cyborg style head to toe: Google
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Shoe Star By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Cindy Yamanaka
    The glamour of old Hollywood movies like Rita Hayworth’s “Gilda” inspired Charlotte Dellal, the award-winning designer of the fanciful luxury brand Charlotte Olympia, to take up a career in fashion. Since Dellal launched her first line of island platforms in 2008, her distinctive blend of Italian-made craftsmanship and vamp
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Dapper Dads By: Sarah Mosqueda
    Pack It In Shinola’s hip rendition of the briefcase brings some attitude to the classic manly accessory. Designed in Shinola’s Detroit leather studio and handcrafted in the U.S. from Horween Essex leather, this canvas-lined carrier is on-trend in spruce green. It’s finished with an adjustable leather shoulder strap
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • South Coast Stunner By: Jenna L. Jones
    The Chanel boutique at South Coast Plaza has reopened in a new location, with a new look and 2,000 more square feet. The new spot, near the diamonds of Tiffany & Co. and the foot traffic of Nordstrom, showcases Chanel’s modern take on classic lines.
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • Car Concierge By: Steve Irsay / Portrait by Ken Steinhardt
    A couple of years ago, David Cashion got an email from a client with a “problem” of sorts. The client, a well-to-do OC car lover, was eyeing a trio of forthcoming hybrid supercars: the $1.4 million Ferrari LaFerrari, the $1.15 million McLaren P1, and the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder. The problem? He couldn’t decide which
    Fri Mar 06, 2015