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Erika Thomas is a freelance writer with a BA in English from Cal State Northridge. Her work appears in Los Angeles Confidential, Westways, Ventura Blvd. and Westlake magazines. She is creator and owner of The Savvy Ink Creative Copywriting and author of the forthcoming book, Faux Pas A to Z. A former actress who still works in voice-over, Erika loves to write about Los Angeles history, as well as style, beauty—and the occasional fashion faux pas, which is why she is always on the hunt for new boutiques and spas to help you look chic and pamper yourself!

Recap: Fall 2013 Fashion Preview At Neiman Marcus Topanga

Fall fashion preview was the phrase of the evening last Wednesday night at Neiman Marcus Topanga. The event which was sponsored by O’Gara Coach Westlake, Wine Media Connect and Westlake Magazine, featured a fabulous collection of luxury cars and exclusive wines to celebrate the fall trends 2013 collection at Neiman Marcus. Luxury-loving guests mingled throughout the store during the private event while enjoying the gorgeous collection of paintings on display by world-renowned artist Hessam Abrishami. There was also private shopping, Rolls-Royce and Bentley exhibits, a cigar lounge, hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting.  The exquisite–not to mention exclusive–wines being poured were chosen by Wine Media Connect and included palate-pleasing selections from Daviana, Jordan Winery, Stark Winery and Moraga Estate Vineyards.

A model from the fall fashion preview show (Photo O'Gara Coach Westlake)

A model from the fall fashion preview show. (Photo Credit: O’Gara Coach Westlake)

The fall trends fashion show featured a stunning parade of six exciting signature looks from designers Christian Dior, Brian Atwood, Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli and others.  Among the six fashion forward looks were Rocker Chic, a ladylike mix of leather and studs, Violet Femmes, fall pieces in every shade of violet imaginable, Boys Town, a super-chic menswear-inspired look, Lace Noir, every bombshell’s go-to look, Red, The New New Neutral, my personal favorite, and one that was enough to make any self-respecting fashion lover say “grrrrrrrr,” Animal Magnetism.

The evening also featured drawings with gifts that six lucky guests took home among them a travel experience from the Beverly Hills Peninsula Hotel, jewelry from the Marina B collection, a $1000 gift card from Z Gallerie, a Creed fragrance package and a $1000 Dior Beauty package. Of course, no exclusive event would be complete without a little swag. Attendees scored with everything from candles to crystal, including a copy of Expressions of Love: The Paintings of Hessam, a Retrospective, fragrant candles by Mystique, crystal love knot sculptures from Z Gallerie and lots more.

Delicious wines, amazing giveaways, gorgeous clothes and luxury cars: what wasn’t to love? It was just one of a number of “Luxury Lifestyle” events sponsored by O’Gara Coach, Wine Media Connect and Westlake Magazine. Wine Media Connect merges fine wines, luxury goods and media, while O’Gara Coach remains the exclusive dealer of Rolls-Royce and Bentley for residents of Westlake Village, Malibu, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks and beyond, featuring exceptional service for the true connoisseur.

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