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A Fashionista’s Haven – Irvine, the Center of Orange County, Calif.

April 2, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Irvine and the surrounding area offer fashionistas, casual shoppers and people-watchers five retail and lifestyle centers, including three major centers each with their own personality.

The Irvine Spectrum Center, the hip and trendy dining, shopping and entertainment experience, where one can peruse over 130 nationally-recognized retailers, laugh at the Improv Comedy Club, ride the antique-themed carousel and the iconic 108-foot tall 150659_num456475Giant Wheel, a wheel custom-designed and hand crafted in Italy. A trip to the Center wouldn’t be complete without a visit to their unique shops including; award-winning Australian retailer Lorna Jane, which offers stylish and innovative active wear designed by women, for women;Brandy Melville featuring affordable, bohemian apparel highlighted by oversized, beachy and comfortable styles; and Kaitlyn Clothing offering a current collection of trendy designer brands including Fresh Laundry, True Religion, Juicy, Seven and more.

The California lifestyle is on display at Fashion Island, an open-air mall with an ocean view and more than 150 high-end shops, including specialty boutiques and world-class department stores, over 60 of which are found nowhere else in Orange County including Kate Spade, Jonathan AdlerBloomingdale’s Home Store and Michael Stars. High-end designers Halston Heritage, favored by celebrity style icons such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Kendra Scott, the queen of contemporary statement jewelry, both recently opened their first Orange County boutiques at the center.

Recognized internationally for its unparalleled retail collection, customized concierge services, and critically-acclaimed restaurants including Charlie Palmer at Bloomindale’s, South Coast Plaza is Southern California’s premier shopping experience. It is the largest mall on the West Coast with 250 retailers – from Balenciaga, Cartier and Hermès to Diane von Furstenberg, Gucci, Roger Vivier, J. Crew, Zara and more.

To round out the eclectic mix you have The Market Place, voted as Orange County’s “No. 1 Best Neighborhood Shopping Center,” due to its central location boasting a wide array of shopping and dining options, and The District at Tustin Legacy, the OC’s newest shopping and entertainment destination featuring live music and other entertainment on weekends.

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