White hot: Designer Rebecca Taylor at Fashion Island Saturday!

Every fashionable working gal’s favorite designer, Rebecca Taylor, is heading to Fashion Island this Saturday for a special personal appearance at her eponymous boutique!

The designer will be there from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to launch her latest capsule collection of the LWD, the Little White Dress. Taylor was recently featured on Fox 11′s Good Day L.A. morning show to discuss the season’s white hot trend.

RSVP for the event by emailing: sarah.moreland@rebeccataylor.com

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Boho-chic central: Brandy Melville

What started off as music festival wear continues to endure in everyday fashion, with celebrities like Kate Hudson, Nicole Richie and Jessica Alba all championing the breezy and relaxed boho-chic looks. And nowhere can you find boho-chic better than at one of SoCal’s hottest boutiques: Brandy Melville, located at Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center.

The boutique is home to all-things bohemian, from crop tops to distressed denim shorts, floral caftans and kimonos, high-waisted skirts, shorts and pants  – and of course, floppy hats to finish the entire look.

A signature of Brandy Melville’s apparel is its one-size-fits-all sizing – all made to be versatile layering pieces – from basic cotton tees and tanks in wearable neutrals such as heather gray, blush, taupe with a healthy dose of floral-pattered pieces for easy mix-and-match. Did we mention the approachable $15-$50 price points?

Brandy Melville is located at Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center. Information: brandymelvilleusa.com or shopirvinecompany.com

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O.C.’s Fashion Truck Meetup at Irvine Spectrum Center THIS WEEKEND! 5/23-5/25!

Irvine Spectrum Center will host O.C.’s first Fashion Truck Meet Up from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, May 23 through Sunday, May 25 at Giant Wheel Court. Featuring some of SoCal’s hottest boutiques on wheels, the event will also highlight some of Irvine Spectrum Center’s most popular fast-fashion boutiques that have been invited to set up pop-up shops alongside the fashion trucks during one of the evenings.

“We’re always looking for different ways in which we can provide a great shopping experience for our customers, even if it means marrying two different shopping worlds together,” said Stacie Ellis, senior director of marketing for Irvine Company Retail Properties. “In this case, we decided to bring these increasingly popular fashion trucks right onto our shopping center for a day where we’ll also invite select boutiques from our center to do cool pop-up shops alongside the fashion trucks for a really fun shopping event, complete with music and informal modeling.”

Shoppers are invited to check out the following three specialty fashion-mobiles during the event:

  • Pekok Within, Orange County’s first mobile fashion truck, delivers fast fashion on wheels. Owned by couple Brittney and Branigan Lee, Pekok is named after the term “peacocking,” in which male peacocks strut their feathers to woo the females – similar to what they’re hoping their apparel will do. Pekok Within has rolled its wares everywhere from local college campuses to Coachella. The boutique carries on-trend pieces, from vintage-inspired high-waisted swimwear to body-conscious vegan leather pants – all at approachable price points.
  • Le Fashion Truck, credited as being L.A.’s first fashion truck after opening in 2011, has since been featured in major national and international press, including NBC’s Today Show, USA Today and Lucky Magazine. Le Fashion Truck offers clothing and accessories by emerging designers for women on the go who love the boho-chic aesthetic – find everything from handmade jewelry to scarves, handbags and more aboard their pink truck, which also comes outfitted with a dressing room.
  • L.A.’s premier boutique on wheels, J.D. Luxe, offers up all the latest trend-forward looks and accessories with a bohemian-meets-rocker edge. From maxi dresses to statement jewelry and even its own line of ultra-soft tanks, tees and hoodies for both men and women, J.D. Luxe is its own fashion house on wheels.

The OC Fashion Truck Meet Up is a part of Saturday Style, a summer fashion initiative, where featured stores will showcase their latest looks in pop-up fashion boutiques throughout Irvine Spectrum Center. The participating stores on Saturday, May 24  include Foreign Exchange, Irene’s Story and Kaitlyn, all of which will be offering exclusive deals and prizes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for all Saturday Style shoppers.

To learn more about Saturday Style and the O.C. Fashion Truck Meet Up at the Irvine Spectrum Center, visit www.shopirvinespectrumcenter.com.

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Silver Rush: Uno de 50 at Fashion Island

Gold always seems to set the standard when it comes to everyone’s metal of choice for jewelry, but silver doesn’t have to come in second place when it comes to bold, fashionable looks.

Enter Uno de 50, a tiny boutique that hails from Madrid that you may have easily passed on your many visits to Fashion Island. You would have missed a small but mighty treasure trove of gorgeous and rustic hammered silver jewelry with leather accents — all handcrafted.

Obsessed with wrist candy like these big bracelet cuffs? Then you’re in luck. There’s an entire wall devoted to statement cuffs, perfect for wearing alone or for layering with other bracelets …

Like this combination of three bracelet cuffs for a pretty boho-chic look.

Or this simple but rugged leather and metal number that OC Register fashion editor Julie Gallego instantly made a beeline for and had to buy on the spot. Look for her story on statement silver jewelry in the fashion section on May 20!

Or try this intricate and weighty collar necklace over anything from a strapless maxi or white or black tank for a pop of gleaming metal to finish your look.

Uno de 50 is located at Fashion Island near Macy’s, in between the Nike store and Tesla at 401 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach. 949.640.2200 or unode50.com

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Fashion for the home and more: Juxtaposition

At Juxtaposition, you won’t just find gorgeous pieces of furniture or decor for your home – you’ll also find a lovely and edited selection of great apparel and accessories, too.

Located at Crystal Cove Shopping Center, the spacious store is an emporium of all things stylish and chic, from coffee table-worthy books to upholstered and tufted bed frames to thoughtful stationery. Nods to nautical and coastal-influenced pieces are everywhere, along with some vibrant, global-inspired items as well.

We also love striped anything, like this soft striped boatneck, to these fun striped flats by Anniel ($185) and these lightweight linen scarves by Matta ($134).

Aren’t these the perfect travel-ready pieces? We love this oversized canvas tote (left) from Levi’s Made & Crafted ($440) along with these smart Panama hats from Tracy Watts ($212).

A trio of fab footwear await: a statement-making ‘man’-dal in a warm bordeaux leather, a colorful bootie and a smoking loafer in a fetching print.

Juxtaposition is located at Crystal Cove Shopping Center,  7976 East Coast Hwy in Newport Beach. 949.715.1181

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