LA's Stellar Shopping Centers
By Victoria Namkung
WHERE: Beverly Hills
SIZE: 130,000 square feet
TOP SHOPS: Judith Leiber, Gianfranco Ferré, Smythson, Porsche Design, Judith Ripka, Garrard, Versace, Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Co., Damiani, Georg Jensen and Lalique
SPECIAL FEATURES: Offering worldrenowned luxury shopping, the bustling Two Rodeo combines the charm of a small European street with some of Rodeo Drive’s best shops. Two Rodeo sits at one of the world’s most famous intersections—Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard. Enjoy shopping, dining and salon services.
HOLIDAY PERKS: Two Rodeo is dressed up for the holidays with a 25-foot tree, decorative penguins swimming in the Wilshire fountain and live entertainment on Via Rodeo Thursday through Saturday evenings throughout the month.
MORE INFORMATION: Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, 310-247- 7040; tworodeo.com
WHERE: Newport Beach
SIZE: 1.5 million square feet
TOP SHOPS: Neiman Marcus, Traditional Jewelers, Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, Bloomingdale’s, American Rag, Michael Stars, Charriol, NikeWomen, Trina Turk, Dita Legends and Y-3. Nordstrom will open in spring 2010.
SPECIAL FEATURES: OC’s open-air shopping destination is currently undergoing a $100 million renovation. The resortlike setting features unique fountains and a 20,000-gallon koi pond. Personal-shopping specialists are available through the concierge desk.
HOLIDAY PERKS: Through December 24, young visitors can meet with Santa at his custom-designed house on Atrium Lawn to share holiday wishes and take photos.
MORE INFORMATION: 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-721-2000; shopfashionisland.com
Westfield Century City
WHERE: Century City
SIZE: 1 million-plus square feet
TOP SHOPS: Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Thomas Pink, BOSS Hugo Boss, Theory, Louis Vuitton, Coach, The Container Store, Apple, Swarovski Crystal, Bose and Restoration Hardware
SPECIAL FEATURES: Westfield Century City offers shoppers Smarte Carte strollers, custom gift wrap, concierge services, an upscale food court and a WFamily lounge.
HOLIDAY PERKS: Enjoy the “12 Days of Shopping” promotion, which takes place each week (Friday through Sunday) through December 20. On those days, shoppers can win cash prizes and shopping sprees as well as sample food and hear live music while they buy.
MORE INFORMATION: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, 310-277-3898; westfield.com/centurycity
Malibu Lumber Yard
SIZE: 30,000 square feet
TOP SHOPS: Intermix, Alice + Olivia, James Perse, Tory Burch, Maxfield and J.Crew-at-the- Beach
SPECIAL FEATURES: Modern and chic, the Malibu Lumber Yard debuted earlier this year. The eco-friendly center features sustainable Brazilian wood, a 10-foot-high aquarium, 20-foot palm trees and beautiful succulents. The shopping center has a seaside-deck feel and is located across the street from the beach.
HOLIDAY PERKS: Look for children’s dance performances by Dance Star, appearances from Santa Claus, Christmas caroling and Chanukah activities throughout the holiday season.
MORE INFORMATION: 3939 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, 310-456-7395
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.