Tag archives: fashion

Paint It Pink: The Webster X Nahmias collaboration kicks off at the Rosewood Miramar Beach
By Sofia Fouroohi-Martin   |   August 15, 2023

The Webster store at the Rosewood Miramar Beach launched an exclusive collection with luxury menswear brand Nahmias, marking the second time the two have collaborated. The collaboration also commemorates the three-year anniversary of The Webster’s opening at the Rosewood Miramar Beach. The Webster also opened a pop-up shop inone of Rosewood’s two-room bungalows. The first […]

Kristen d’Offay: Fashion That Is Functional and Fabulous
By Dalina Michaels   |   August 15, 2023

Kristen d’Offay grew up loving all things sparkly. She was raised in Houston with a grandmother who was a fashion designer and who loved sequins and dresses. But the idea to do something with fashion stayed locked up in a closet for years – while she worked! After years in corporate recruiting and raising three […]

Pinking About Fashion
By Richard Mineards   |   May 16, 2023

More than 170 guests were in the pink when the Breast Cancer Resource Center hosted its 15th annual THRIVE fashion show at the Montecito Club, raising $100,000. The event was originally scheduled for the club’s expansive lawn, but the unusually chilly weather forced a last-minute change to indoors where the fires were roaring. Ubiquitous DJ […]

Designing the Dessert
By Claudia Schou   |   February 14, 2023

One of the most memorable aspects of dining out is a well-made dessert that sets the tone for a night on the town.  On the heels of the awards season, the world’s fashion designers are preparing to roll out their latest luxury creations. Similarly, local pastry chefs have added to their menus a smörgåsbord of […]

New Rocking Racks
By Richard Mineards   |   November 29, 2022

Local fashion designer Catherine Gee has opened her eponymous 2,400-square-foot flagship boutique in La Arcada. Around 150 guests turned out for the opening bash, which showed off a host of all-silk wares she has been designing since 2015. Catherine became known for her core slip dress style and has since grown the brand into full […]

Fashion Forward: Endless Summer Style Struts the City of Lights
By Sofia Fouroohi-Martin   |   July 26, 2022

by Sofia Fouroohi-Martin Montecito and Paris collided on June 23 when fashion designer and Central Coast native Doni Nahmias unveiled his Spring-Summer 2023 collection at Paris Fashion Week. The collection was inspired by Montecito’s Butterfly Beach. Twenty-nine-year-old Doni grew up in Summerland, often frequenting Butterfly Beach. He describes it as his favorite beach, where he […]

New Faces at Montecito Country Mart
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   April 19, 2022

Montecito Country Mart (MCM) has welcomed two new stores this month, both bringing fresh products to the Lower Village shopping center.  DÔEN, the Los Angeles-based fashion and lifestyle brand, opened this past weekend; the opening marks the brand’s second permanent location. Owned by Santa Barbara-grown sisters Katherine and Margaret Kleveland, the shop features the brand’s […]

Fashionista Alert! My Roman Holiday, Part 3
By Leslie Westbrook   |   December 28, 2021

Pucci, Gucci, Prada, and Armani. Valentino, Versace, what will you score?  Dolce & Gabbana? Shop the Via Condotti? Marni or Buccellati? More, more, more! Just two and a half days into my Rome explorations and I was beginning to know, understand, and fall in love with one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals spread over 500 […]

Strutting Their Stuff
By Lynda Millner   |   December 14, 2021

The Santa Barbara Woman’s Club (SBWC) recently held its annual fall fashion show with styles from Mandana in the Upper Village of Montecito. Seven, mostly member models, strutted the stage and the dining tables. Those twirling were Janet Patton, Kris Proksch, Jama Scarlett-Lancaster, Mandana Mir, Simar Gulati, Salli Peterson, Kohanya Groff, and yours truly, while […]

St Vincent’s Fashion Fundraiser Snags Record
By Joanne A Calitri   |   December 7, 2021

The St. Vincent’s Santa Barbara 12th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon fundraiser on November 27 is a story of firsts for the organization. This event, which began more than 10 years ago on humble grounds at the organization, and then at Bishop Diego High School, was held at the Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito, who donated […]

20-year-old’s Fashion Company Comes to Life as a Pop-Up Store Downtown
By Elise Bodnar   |   August 5, 2021

From daydreaming in lecture to launching her own store in downtown Santa Barbara, Athena Wang is the queen of taking risks. The 20-year-old UCSB student is the face behind Watermelon Apparel, a lifestyle apparel brand.   Watermelon Apparel promotes comfortability, trendiness, and affordability. It began solely online but shifted into the physical realm with its […]

A New Beginning: Husband’s Closet Spurs Kate McHale Jensen Clothing Line
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 3, 2021

Montecito alum Kate McHale Jensen has opened a brick-and-mortar shop in Santa Barbara to house her four-year-old sustainable clothing company, KMJ. It was nearly 12 years ago that Kate was on the cover of this newspaper after opening a Coast Village Circle studio and showroom to debut her first fashion foray, a line of fit […]

‘Craving Community’: Kate McMahon Returns to Coast Village Road
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   May 27, 2021

Local fashion fixture Kate McMahon is back on Coast Village Road, opening a pop-up in Montecito Country Mart to offer her full clothing collection called Covet. McMahon took a multi-year hiatus from the brick-and-mortar retail scene, focusing instead on selling her luxury knitwear — including her famous sweaters — online. “It felt like the right […]

‘I’m Back’: Breast Cancer Resource Center Empowers Through Fashion Show
By Lynda Millner   |   May 27, 2021

Breast Cancer Resource Center’s (BCRC) main word is “Thrive.” “From the core of oneself, a Thriver taps deeply into innate courage so as to reshape and redefine life’s undesirable circumstances and emerge vibrantly anew.” To thrive is like a plant; to grow vigorously. Every year, BCRC gives a fashion show and luncheon with the models, […]

Dear Montecito: Sierra Willard
By Stella Haffner   |   November 12, 2020

Much to my disgust, this week’s letter is from yet another wonderfully gifted visual artist. Meet Sierra Willard, current student at University of the Arts London and Laguna Blanca alum.  High ranking on the list of things I’m not good at is drawing. Any type of drawing. My freshman year of college, I was in […]

People of Montecito: Patricia Moo
By Megan Waldrep   |   November 5, 2020

I learned to sew when I was probably 13 years. The first dress I made when I was 14. You know, my mama was a seamstress. So when I was little, I used to help her. I’d do the hemming, the buttonholes, sewing buttons, and all that kind of stuff.  Later, I took over little […]

The Opposite of Progress is Fashion?
By Robert Bernstein   |   November 5, 2020

People often compliment me on my colorful shirts. Much of the credit goes to my friend Robin; she finds some of the best for me on eBay. While I always say “thank you,” I often ask, “Do you know what is the opposite of progress?” They usually look mystified. “Fashion!” I triumphantly reply. I point […]

Arts in Lockdown Series Part 11: Fashion Forward with Couturier Catherine Gee
By Joanne A Calitri   |   October 21, 2020

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak,” the fashion designer Rachel Zoe once said. Yes, indeed, fashion is walking art, and at times, a political statement. From 1940 through 1970, women’s hemlines were an economic indicator. In Los Angeles, the Fashion Mart for Spring/Summer 2021 is on now both […]

Facemask Fashion
By Richard Mineards   |   April 30, 2020

It’s the perfect blend of fashion and fabulousness. French society crimper Xavier Scordo, who owns an eponymous salon on Coast Village Road, has become a passionate collector of face masks that match his extensive wardrobe during the COVID-19 pandemic. And Mexican tailor Patty Moo, who owns Perfect Fit just a tiara’s toss away, has been […]

Protecting the Community
By Richard Mineards   |   April 16, 2020

Santa Barbara fashion designer Catherine Gee is doing her part in helping with the coronavirus pandemic. Her company has partnered with Grant House Sewing and donated hundreds of yards of cotton linen for face masks, which will be given to doctors, nurses, and the local community. Additionally, the companies have donated stock fabrics to LAProtects.org, […]