European designers are opening outposts here in droves. A new boutique crops up in a different neighborhood each week, with a whole new point of view on West Coast style. And the sample sale is a regular retail outlet not just for fashion insiders, but for everyone. Shopping has become more than just a passing fancy. It's a sport, and we are here to help you keep score for the month ahead.
Il Primo Passo for Shoe Addicts Santa Monica's newest addiction facility, for shoes that is. Organic coffee and wine are on offer to loosen up shoppers at this mecca for footwear from hard-to-find designers Miss Trish of Capri, LD Tuttle, Christian Lacroix, Maloles, Emilio Pucci and Rupert Sanderson. 1624 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 828-4149. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., noon to 5 p.m.
Oscar de la Renta Finally, the N.Y.-based designer has an L.A. outpost, and it's on the leafy Melrose Place shopping row too. 8446 Melrose Place, Los Angeles; (323) 653-0200. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Neckisses by Lexi L.A. designer Lexi Craven launches her newest collection of haute twist-a-beads (remember those from the 1980s?) with a shop-in-shop at the Cabana boutique. Her designs incorporate semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals and beads. Along with her vibrant necklaces, earrings and bracelets are also featured. 1511A Montana Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 394-5123; www.neckisses.com. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., noon to 5 p.m.
Blue Bee Luxury The Santa Barbara style source opens a new, more luxury-oriented store with clothes from Marc Jacobs, Philosophy, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Paul Smith, McQ Alexander McQueen and more. 1100 State St., Santa Barbara; (805) 965-1956; www.bluebee.com. Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Presse Tuesday: Veteran fashion journalists Renee Roman Klein and Zoe Schaffer's aptly named store opens with a mix of high-end and Boho chic lines, including Vera Wang, Rag N' Bone and Isabela Capeto as well as jewelry and handbags. 326 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 937-1560; www.presseboutique.com. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., noon to 5 p.m.
Diabless March 28: The Parisian line, established 13 years ago, is opening its first store on U.S. soil. The look is casual yet sophisticated, with checked miniskirts, cropped leather jackets and girlish dresses. 8406 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; (323) 651-4300; www.diabless.com. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun., noon to 6 p.m.
H&M April 12: H&M is coming to the O.C. in not one but two stores housed within South Coast Plaza. That adds up to more than 100,000 square feet of cheap chic fashion. Doors open at noon. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa; www.hm.com. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The L.A. Sample Sale This boutiquey sample sale ends today. It features 50% to 70% off clothing and accessories by designers such as Narciso Rodriguez, Blumarine, Tory Burch, Alberta Ferretti and Strenesse, shoes by Diana Broussard, Henry Beguelin, Prada, Balenciaga and Emma Hope and bags by Marc Jacobs and Gucci. 985 E. Green St., Pasadena; (213) 840-1664. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sassy City Chicks L.A. Spring Sale Today: Up to 80% off clothing, jewelry and sunglasses from high-end designers such as Marc Jacobs, Prada and Chanel. Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 318-1731; www.sassycitychicks.com. $20 advance admission at 10 a.m. $3 general admission at 11:30 a.m. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Melrose Co-op Sample Sale Every Sunday the co-op features a rotating crew of about 15 indie designers selling their clothing at marked-down prices. 7600 Melrose Ave., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles; (213) 622-1115; www.themelrosecoop.com. Noon to 5 p.m.
The Warehouse Sale March 25: Feed your denim addiction with 20 brands of jeans (men's and women's) such as 7 for All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity and Juicy Couture, at wholesale prices. Los Angeles Convention Center, Concourse Hall, 1201 S. Figueroa St.; www.thewarehousesale.com. $3 for tickets or free with advance RSVP. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fashion Day Soiree April 14: More than 40 fashion designers, including Antik Denim, Frankie B. and ABS, will be selling their goods tax free. The Highlands, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; www.fashiondaysoiree.com. $10 for tickets, $15 for VIP. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kevan Hall Designs March 23-24: See this L.A. designer's spring collection, full of flowy dresses in sunset colors and sparkly evening wear. Kevan Hall Atelier, 8255 Beverly Blvd., #217; (323) 658-7979; www.kevanhalldesigns.com. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Slane & Slane April 13: New pieces from the elegant jewelers known for chunky gold chain and pendant designs. Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; (877) 854-3804; www.slaneandslane.com. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A Soolip Wedding 2007 Today: Soolip brings together dozens of L.A.'s wedding experts, consultants and designers to showcase stylish resources for brides- and grooms-to-be. There will be a runway show featuring gowns by Monique Lhuillier, makeup by Sephora and hair by Chris McMillan. Also: "A Green Wedding" for the eco-conscious couple. Social Hollywood, 6525 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; (310) 860-1300. $65 per person includes lunch, gift bag, cake and Champagne tasting; www.asoolipwedding.com. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Spa Week Monday: The list of spas offering discounted $50 treatments during the week of April 16 goes live today. Log on to www.spaweek.orgto book appointments.
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