Summer Fridays are a Manhattan tradition, allowing office workers to close up shop early and head out to weekend shares in the Hamptons, Shelter Island or upstate New York. That's the breezy, "school's out" feel that the new limited-edition Ralph Lauren polo tries to conjure in a look-good/do-good line to raise money for breast cancer awareness.
The $55 cropped shirts, available at www.net-a-porter.com until Sept. 25, come in summer shades such as white, green and yellow, plus turquoise and red, and they're sized XS through XL. All the net proceeds go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and other organizations supported by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and its Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative.
"Think casual Friday," says Steven Kolb, CFDA executive director. "The colors are bright and cheerful and the polos will look great with summer khaki, denim or anything white."
The shirts get a graphic pop from the logo of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, the organization Lauren created 15 years ago to honor his friend Nina Hyde, fashion editor for the Washington Post, who died of the disease in 1990. The foundation has raised more than $40 million for breast cancer research, education, screening and patient care, and Net-a-Porter shoppers can also donate $5 with any purchase by selecting the option on the site's order confirmation page.
"Everyone has been impacted by breast cancer," Kolb says, "and it will be a strong statement of support when you see those numbers add up as represented by women wearing the polos."
Camarillo and Desert Hills outlets ongoing until Monday: The brand-name outlets are offering additional discounts on merchandise already marked down 25% to 65%. Deals to look for at Camarillo include Betsey Johnson dresses (buy one, get one free), DKNY women's tanks and tees (two for $20) and men's polo shirts (two for $50), Kate Spade handbags (50% off) and PacSun swimwear (through today, buy one, get one free on selected styles of equal or lesser value). Desert Hills has reductions on luxe labels such as Dolce & Gabbana (20% to 65% off outlet prices) and Max Mara (40% to 70% off outlet prices and an additional 15% off new fall arrivals).
740 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. (805) 445-8520. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.
48400 Seminole Drive, Cabazon. (951) 849-6641. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
TOMS Sample Sale Saturday: Marked-down merch from the popular shoe brand that donates a pair for every pair sold includes classic espadrilles, one-of-a-kind styles, T-shirts and hoodies. Prices start at $15. NFFTY Earth provides live music.
3025 Olympic Blvd., Studio C, Santa Monica. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Golden State: "Made in California" style is revered at Stephanie Addis' new surfside boutique, which stocks accessories and vintage furniture. The roster of work from L.A.-based designers includes contemporary fashions from Trina Turk and Stacey Woo ($125-350), handbags from Echo Park's Clare Vivier ($65 to $150) and guitar straps from Calleen Cordero ($375). Head down to the beach after picking up a $130 Bennett Malibu tunic and a $160 Salt Swimwear bikini or one-piece.
1740-A Ocean Park Blvd. Santa Monica. (310) 396-1700. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Chip & Pepper Friday: The L.A.-based denim gurus (and identical twins) Chip and Pepper Foster launch Mill Iron, an affordable denim collection exclusively for the Buckle retail chain. Mill Iron men's jeans retail for $98 to $111 (Chip & Pepper denim regularly retails for $180 and up); a women's Mill Iron collection is set to debut later this year. The initial jeans offerings include the "Sunraider" (relaxed leg button-fly) and the "Rally" (five-pocket straight leg).
Buckle, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. (818) 719-8651. 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing Saturday: Omega and Tourbillon honor Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts with an exhibit commemorating the 40th anniversary of the July 20, 1969, moon landing (Omega was the first and only watch worn on the moon). Scott Carpenter, Thomas P. Stafford and Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, will appear at the South Coast Plaza Jewel Court for a public forum. A Lunar Rover and Apollo 10 space suit along with a Sojourner Mars Rover will be on exhibit through July 12.
3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (800) 456-TIME. 3 to 4 p.m.
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