ffortless elegance is a golden thread that binds summer’s breezy beach tunics to the sophisticated fashion befitting Southern California’s cooler months. With the social season quickly approaching, the challenge is to infuse a fall/winter dress-to-impress wardrobe with that same summer nonchalance. For a first look at the holiday fashion forecast, head to The Resort at Pelican Hill® for its annual sartorial series in collaboration with Fashion Island.® During November, La Bella Moda will showcase haute holiday looks as locals and guests enjoy a three-course brunch by Andrea Chef Jonah Amodt.

“La Bella Moda gets people inspired about what’s happening in holiday couture,” said Sara Aplanalp, lead personal shopping stylist at Fashion Island. “We curate our top retailers, and I style out each themed event to highlight the most exciting trends of the season.”

While models mingle with guests and don the season’s most coveted outfits from Fashion Island’s premier retailers, sparkling Pacific views peek through the floor-to-ceiling windows at Andrea, providing a breathtaking backdrop for the intimate gatherings. Meanwhile, stylists lend expert insight during on-the-spot wardrobe consultations as they identify the perfect pieces for social functions, holiday travel or gift giving.

“If a guest sees something captivating at one of the events, I am happy to save them a step and facilitate the sale right then. Or, if they prefer, they can book a one-on-one appointment with me and create a personalized shopping experience at Fashion Island,” said Aplanalp.

Enthusiasts often reserve a seat at all three events so as not to miss a moment of a fashion extravaganza that reveals the style secrets to building a perfect seasonal wardrobe.


Trend Watch: Sunday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m.

Rock out with a festive but sophisticated pop of metal that draws attention after sundown and adds a twist to the everyday. The fashion forecast features a return of ’90s punk influences, but for grown-ups this time—think florals and throwback footwear that feels fresh and fun, but not too young.

Holiday Premiere: Sunday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m.

Step out in the holiday season’s luxe, soft velvet that adorns everything from blazers and bags to hats and heels. Adding a touch of warmth for our temperate winter weather, velvet and lace combine for an on-trend edge at formal or casual affairs.

California Riviera: Sunday, Nov. 27, at 11 a.m.

Pack a piece of the coast wherever your travels may lead with must-have statement outerwear ranging from quilted puffers to regal pea coats. Adding unique, beachy accessories completes a seemingly effortless West Coast on-the-go style.

Tickets are available at $69 per person, per event and include the Prosecco brunch. For reservations, please call 877.624.6035 or visit pelicanhill.com/lbm. Price excludes tax and service charge.

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