Events – West 3rd Street Holiday Party, From Whitney Port to Pretty Shops and So Many Sweet Treats

(Clockwise from left: Boutique owner Hillary Rush with designer Whitney Port; the Whitney Eve fall 2010 collection; Whitney Even cupcakes created for the evening by Sweet E’s)

West 3rd Street’s Holiday Party saw stellar participation this past Thursday night from area businesses, which seemed to bring out record people to the street ready to shop, eat, drink, and browse. I began the night at Hillary Rush, where The City star Whitney Port hosted a trunk show for her label Whitney Eve (priced from $30-$300). Press and fans were there early to meet Port (charming, tall and delicate with legs for days), who chatted about her fall 2010 collection of day-to-night pieces with a modern and feminine appeal—silk shorts and blazers with bow belts; lace party dresses with a peekaboo effect; wide-legged trousers; and a number of go-to wrap dresses. She also showed her Seamless Collection, layering pieces such as bandeaus, leggings, and slips with a print created by Port… (The rest of the street party after the jump.)

(Clockwise from top: Whitney Eve window at Hillary Rush; some of Port’s favorites from the fall 2010 collection—scalloped lace dress; silk bow belt; silk blazer with collar detail; Port was wearing one of her favorites as well, the black “Farrah” dress)

(My personal favorite—velvet dress in jewel tones)

(Premium denim shop Civilianaire will open around mid-January)

While not yet open yet, men’s and women’s denim shop Civilianaire hustled to participate in the holiday party on the recommendation of Joan of Joan’s on Third.

(From top: Festive retail at JL Marks; decorations at The Velvet Garden; Pyrrha‘s sculptural window; pretty display at Polkadots & Moonbeam‘s vintage boutique)

Shops were bustling, particularly from Orlando to La Jolla, where people lingered in boutiques for quite some time.

(Yada carolers)

(Clockwise from top: Savory—Joan’s on Third lit up exterior; Joan’s grape and fennel seed focaccia; a trio of tacos from White Rabbit truck; samples from D’Amore’s Pizza; Sweet—Sweet E’s food truck cupcakes; gelato in front of Noodle Stories; Simplethings Sandwich & Pie Shop mini pie samples; Magnolia‘s banana pudding for the tasting)

When it gets down to it, I think the gratis food and drink to go along with the shopping is what lures out many! This year, not only were there plenty of samples (and, of course, that long line for the annual taco truck at Douglas Fir), there were a line of food trucks (Barbie’s Q, The Boba Truck, White Rabbit, Sweet E’s) that kept people munching all night.

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