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Greer's OC: Elizabeth Charles comes to Newport

January 25, 2012|By Greer Wylder

Fashion expert Elizabeth Charles just opened her third eponymous boutique in the former chic A'Maree's store at Westcliff Court in Newport Beach.

She already enjoys a loyal following of fashionistas, who appreciate her sophisticated and elegant merchandise found at her flagship New York and San Francisco stores. Her celebrity clients include Michelle Pfeiffer, Kate Hudson, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lopez, Rashida Jones, Edie Falco, Helena Christensen and Gretchen Mol.

Charles is bringing hard-to-find elegant and stylish apparel and accessories to Orange County from up and coming designers that she loves.

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"It's not that I don't appreciate a big name designer like Chloé," Charles said. "It's just that I want to find designers before they hit it big."

She prides herself on offering value to her customers by seeking out high-quality pieces with exquisite attention to detail that you'd expect from major fashion houses, but you're not paying for branding and marketing.

Elizabeth Charles' mix of designers are more affordable. For instance, she carries beautiful boots by Laurence Dacade (who also designs shoes for Chanel). His label's high-end leather and quilting detailed boots cost $1,100, whereas a Chanel boot can run much higher.

An Elizabeth Charles customer wants to look original, sophisticated and stylish — and wears denim on occasion (that's why Charles' favorite Genetic Denim brand is carried) but doesn't need a highly recognized label to define herself.

Choose from hand-treated, distressed and painted leather jackets from L.A. based designer, +Beryll; multifunctional Sedgwick handbags with straps by jewelry designer Lulu Frost that can be worn as a belt or necklace; a sexy black Cushnie et Ochs dress with precise cut-out around the waist; and coveted black leather leggings by Kevork Kiledjian.

Other designers include Vanessa Bruno, Carven, Doo.Ri, Giada Forte, Roseanna, Aquascutum, Marios Schwab, Heimstone, Todd Lynn, Rue du Mail, Thakoon, Peter Som, Preen, Rachel Comey, Rick Owens' Lilies and Darkshadow collection, Rika, VPL, Felder Felder, Wayne and Willow.

Jewelry designers include Rona Pfeiffer, Arielle di Pinto, Made Her Think, ACB, +Beryll and Lady Grey.

The store, at 1649 Westcliff Drive, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call (949) 645-2300 or visit http://www.elizabeth-charles.com.

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