The extent of our hometown pride is a cracked I Heart Topeka mug. And the year we were born? Strictly classified.
Local fashion designer Ellis Yu proudly pays homage to both with her new fashion label, 71 Stanton (1971 being her birth year, and Stanton her Orange County hometown).
Yu’s making waves in the fashion world with a standout debut prefall collection that blends SoCal casuals with sophisticated silhouettes at comfortable costs. Fluid chiffon maxidresses go long on style. Soft jersey tanks overlayed in mesh fit to a tee. And our personal favorite, the striped Tuxedo dress in chartreuse and cream, is like a bolt of sunshine in frock form.
Next up? A fall collection of body-skimming cocktail dresses and embellished outerwear that lands in stores next month.
Our guess is it’ll be a smash.
Available at Satine, 8134 West Third Street, between South Kilkea Drive and South Crescent Heights Boulevard, West Hollywood (323-655-2142 or satineboutique.com); online at piperlime.com. To see styles, go to 71stanton.com.
Photos: Courtesy of 71 Stanton