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Club Monaco necklaces add flair to classic wardrobe

The new line of jewelry is inspired by artist and sculptor Alexander Calder.

July 12, 2009|Max Padilla

A reliable way to add a little dazzle to classics -- a white shirt, little black dress, T-shirt and blazer -- is to punch them up with conversation-piece jewelry. This month, Club Monaco offers some affordable contenders: six eye-catching necklaces inspired by artist Alexander Calder.

Calder, an American sculptor who spent part of his childhood in Pasadena, is credited with inventing the mobile and crafted distinctive outdoor works as well as jewelry, which was the focus of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York this spring. Calder, who died in 1976, set found objects -- beach glass, ceramic crockery -- in wire or alongside undulating metal pieces, to make necklaces and bracelets he gave to family and friends.

The Club Monaco collection mixes media such as colored Murano glass and wood set on gold-plated wire, and pieces range in price from $79 to $139 -- which buys a bib necklace piece that evokes the artist's mobiles with cabochon-cut Murano and a German glass teardrop.

It's a new spin on the fine art of accessorizing.

401 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 858-0204. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.



Judith Leiber: The American luxury brand, nearly half a century old, unveils its West Coast flagship in Beverly Hills' Golden Triangle. Judith Leiber's signature crystal minaudiere clutches, a favorite of celebrities and first ladies, will be on offer along with handbags, belts, gloves, scarves, eyewear and wraps, with prices starting around $400. Among the minaudieres to be housed in a "crystal room" will be designs exclusive to the Beverly Hills location, including a clutch with a Swarovski crystal filmstrip ($3,795) and one featuring a crystal-encrusted car from Hollywood's Golden Age ($4,595).

220 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 888-8852. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.



Showroom Seven Wednesday through July 24: Cooper Design Space showroom clears out its current and previous season stock with discounts up to 90% and prices starting at $10 for labels such as Charlotte Ronson, Erickson Beamon and Issa London. Look for the Erickson Beamon turquoise brooch worn by Michelle Obama for $242 (Henri Bendel retail price was $605). Other finds: a $155 Orla Kiely Fair Isle V-neck cardigan (original price: $356) and $200 tortoise-print hold-all ($425 at Bloomingdale's), a $325 Issa London silk jersey jumpsuit ($425 at Bloomingdale's) and $200 Tony Cohen chiffon ruffle-sleeve dress ($600 at Barneys New York). Credit cards accepted, including American Express.

860 S. Los Angeles St., Mezzanine 3, Los Angeles. (213) 316-1002. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lost & Found ongoing: Modern sunny boutique spread over five Yucca Street storefronts is taking 25% to 40% off spring fashions for men, women and children. Women can peruse $179 Isabel Marant tops (original price $285) and $169 to $279 Local dresses ($230 to $375). Men can find Woolrich shirts and jackets for $89 to $229, $189 B'sbee jackets ($385) and $69 Tailor Vintage madras shorts. Kids' clothing ranges from $19 to $79.

6314-6322 Yucca St., Los Angeles. (323) 856-5872. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Giggle ongoing: Children's clothing shop, specializing in infants, is taking up to 70% off apparel, bedding, bags, stationery and toys, both in store and online. Brands include Tea, Cabana, Egg by Susan Lazar, True Modern, Built, JJ Cole and Fleurville. Summer items on sale include $24.99 girl's tank swimsuits (regularly $32) and $14.99 baby's sun hat ($20), both with a woven-in UV protection factor of more than 50.

517 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena. (626) 744-0233. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.



Coach Tuesday: The American accessory branch launches its youthful Poppy collection of vibrant and edgy handbags and shoes with a reception at its South Plaza location, co-hosted by the Fashion Spot online community. Standout pieces are the $268 pink patent leather tote and $368 blue patent leather large tote with snap pockets. Poppy candy bars and treats will be handed out, along with Misshapes playlists and Poppy gifts with purchase. Preen in the Poppy photo booth to be eligible to win one of three $1,000 shopping sprees. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (714) 979-1771. 5 to 7 p.m.



Blow: New York salon, voted best blow-out by Vogue, Allure and InStyle, is setting up shop at Loews Santa Monica's Ocean Spa & Fitness. Loews' in-house salon is the also the first in California to also carry Blow Hair Care products -- free of sulfates, parabens and detergents -- for use at home. The signature salon blowout is $45, $55 with shampoo. Prolong your blow-out with an oversized terry-lined shower cap that's a gift with purchase ($18 retail value) until Aug 1.

1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 899-4040. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (by appointment) daily.,


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