It sounds like a request for background musicians, but guess again. It's the call of a famous French fashion house and it's lured an up-and-coming musician you may know. Saint Laurent's creative director, Hedi Slimane, has selected---among other locals---Rex Tyler Osterkamp, frontman for O.C.'s Rexx, to model in a Saint Laurent men's fashion show in Paris. Osterkamp is among a growing list of local musicians snagged to strut the catwalk for the famed designer line. Check him out in stills from last weekend's show in the City of Lights:
You know that deep maroon lipstick and funky purple eyeshadow we always think we’re going to wear on some special occasion, but haven’t touched in years? Now we can donate them and get something in return! Spa Gregorie's has set up a beauty product donation station at each of its three spas as a way to launch its new Osmosis makeup line. Osmosis, which works on all skin tones, is made using 100 percent triple-milled minerals and a unique gogi-berry antioxidant blend.
Can you think of a better way to pamper yourself than with a makeover and complimentary glass of Champagne? On Dec. 14th, Fashion Island will unveil its newest addition, Blushington beauty bar. The first of its kind in Orange County, Blushington is similar to DryBar, but for makeup. A variety of services will be offered, including lash tinting, brow waxing, and full makeup applications. "The goal is to leave the bar feeling like an enhanced, more beautiful version of yourself" says founder and CEO Stephi Maron. For more information, check out the website at blushington.com
Neiman Marcus has a new holiday gift shop. Well, kind of.
The Aussies are coming, the Aussies are coming --- well, their bathing suits are. Seafolly Swimwear, Australia's No.-1 beach brand, just launched their first stateside location at Fashion Island. Brand director Andie Halas felt Orange County was the perfect fit for the company's first U.S. location. "Fashion Island is such a great shopping destination and we noticed a gap. There was no strong swim offering even though it's such a classic, iconic beach location." Whether you choose from lots of bright-colored solids, patterns, or something more classic, tops and bottoms can be mixed and matched for an individual style and perfect fit.
I might still be recovering from the frenetic pace of the final episodes of "Breaking Bad," in that it's hard to transition to the slow burn of a show like "Homeland," which began its third season last week. The season started with most of the CIA dead from a bomb blast, so it makes sense that new junior agents would have to be introduced. Fara Sherazi is the new analyst character whom Saul blew up at (no pun intended) in the second episode of the season for not immediately finding the the data she was brought in to discover. He went so far as to criticize her for wearing a hijab, saying that it was a slap in the face to the surviving agents. Ouch.
Calling all style fiends! You still have time to catch some of the best Style Week OC events. Returning for its sixth year and better than ever, the event runs through Oct. 6, showcasing the best OC designers and brands at Irvine Center Spectrum, Fashion Island, and South Coast Plaza. We're most looking forward to:
Unless you’re really into fashion, a book chronicling the rise of a fashion line doesn't sound all that interesting. But “Lolly: From Fishing to Fashion, Reeling in an Unlikely Fashion Success” is only barely about Lolly, a high-end contemporary women’s wear brand born in LA. Instead, the book captures the California cool of the former Obvious Clothing line while telling the stories behind it, including personal tales about the author.
Serial model-dater—afianceed to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo—may be taking style tips from his fashionista flames. The Adam Levine for Kmart collection launches Oct. 1 and features trendy burnout tees, loads of plaid, and stovepipe dark jeans—the “it” cut for fellas scared of skinnies. The collection launches in Orange County stores just in time for Levine’s Maroon 5 show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine on Oct. 4.
We’re always prowling for art by locals that speaks to something elemental about Orange County. So we were thrilled when long-time friend Lynne Cox, the cold-water marathon swimmer who trains off Seal Beach, mentioned during lunch on Sept. 16 that a local postal worker/artist was building some wonderful coffee tables, benches, and other furniture out of timber salvaged from the Seal Beach Pier. The artist is Gino Dominic Nardo, and you can at least see some of his creations (now, alas, mostly sold) at artbygino.com.