Serendipity

 

Photos: Nick Chao

Serendipity Look 1, Desiree / Jacket: Lauren Moffatt, $432 (Cameron Marks) / Top: Lauren Moffatt, $268 (Cameron Marks) / Jeans: !IT, $86 (Cameron Marks) / Earrings: $48 (Stripe) / Scarf: Alternative Apparel, $42 (Stripe) / Serendipity Look 1, Jose / Jacket: Spiewak "Plymouth," $240 (Stripe MEN) / Scarf: Julian Herringbone, $34 (Stripe MEN)

Serendipity Look 2, Desiree / Jacket: Ladakh, $120 (Jade) / Sweater: Dusen Dusen, $258 (Stripe) / Boots: (Stylist's Own) / Jeans: DL1961 High Waist Black Skinnies, $178 (Cameron Marks) / Earrings: $48 (Stripe) / Necklace: $175 (Blank Verse Jewelry) / Clutch: Coriumi, $98 (Cameron Marks) / Serendipity Look 2, Jose / Scarf: "Emerson" in Coal, $56 (Stripe MEN) / Jacket: Bridge + Burn "B&B Smith," $220 (Stripe MEN) / Beanie: Pistil Haaken, $36 (Stripe MEN) / Jeans and Boots: (Model's Own)

On day two of Holiday Fashion Week we find our fashion inspiration from the Christmas movie, "Serendipity."

Is there anything as magical as New York at Christmas time? Yes: new romance in New York at Christmas time. This film is about an unexpected love sparked during a bustling Christmas shopping excursion, the sharing of a dessert and a twirl around an ice skating rink. Style-wise, Kate Beckinsale is gorgeous, as always, in timeless winter must-haves: high-heeled boots, cute jeans, stylish tees, simple coats and warm scarves. Any woman—not just Beckinsale—looks great using this foolproof winter wardrobe formula.

Recreate it yourself by adding a burst of color to your wardrobe with a jacket and blouse by Lauren Moffatt. Try a fuzzy, white scarf from Alternative Apparel or a zig zag sweater from Dusen Dusen. Top it off with a one-of-a-kind necklace from Blank Verse Jewelry and a clutch by Coriumi. —Christa Martin and Elizabeth Limbach

Photos: Nick Chao / Model: Desiree Amariei / Fashion Stylist: Missy Schnaps / Hair Stylist: Ginger Vaughn / Makeup: Anna Wu / Wardrobe Assistant: Ellie Vilmenay / Production Assistant: Sera Michael / Filmmaker: Deva Blaisdell-Anderson / Producer-Director: Christa Martin / Location: Butter Cup Cakes, 109 Locust St., Santa Cruz, Calif. Host: Stripe

Behind-the-Scenes of the Holiday Fashion Shoot

(Left to right, clockwise): Model Desiree Amariei, filmmaker Deva Blaisdell-Anderson and producer/creative director Christa Martin. Makeup artist Anna Wu and photographer Nick Chao. Ellie Vilmenay oversees the wardrobe department while Desiree touches up her makeup. Location/Host: Stripe.

Recently, The Penny Rose production team completed a stellar photo shoot on one fine Sunday in downtown Santa Cruz. The results of our shoot will be unveiled during Santa Cruz Holiday Fashion Week Nov. 26-29 on thepennyrose.com, where readers will see eight different outfits that fit into five different holiday "looks." Each "look" was inspired by a Christmas movie, and given a contemporary twist. Here, you'll see photos and collages from our behind-the-scenes photographer Sera Michael (also a writer for The Penny Rose). Sera captured some lovely moments between our team.  

Fashion stylist Missy Schnaps and model Desiree Amariei.  

Our expansive wardrobe choices with clothes supplied from: Missy Schnaps, Stripe, Stripe MEN, Cameron Marks, Jade, Wallflower, and Pacific Trading Co.

Photographer Nick Chao and makeup artist Anna Wu.

Fashion stylist Missy Schnaps, makeup artist Anna Wu and model Desiree Amariei. 

Model Desiree Amariei at Legs in Santa Cruz.

Cupcakes at Butter Cup Cakes. Also, a red bag by Kisim that's to die for (sold at Cameron Marks). 

Photos/collages: Sera Michael