Haute Author

  • NAME Christopher Luu
  • BIO Christopher Luu is fashion and lifestyle writer born and raised in Orange County. After studying English at Chapman University he went on to the nation's capital as part of the National Journalism Center, where he wrote for Where Magazine covering art, dining and shopping. A devoted follower of fashion, beauty and culture, he's used his keen eye to cover everything from fashion shows, Broadway spectaculars and the latest openings in Orange County. Having previously written for Riviera Magazine, he's ready to share the hottest spots and the latest openings in a place where the sun sizzles all year long.

Articles By Christopher Luu

Haute Event: Mary Poppins at the SCFTA

What's practically perfect in every way? Mary Poppins, if you remember correctly -- and for those of you who don't remember the classic childrens' tale, Disney's newest musical takes Mary Poppins to the stage. Like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins takes a night at the theatre and sprinkles in a little magic. Read More

Haute Event: Cotton Couture at AnQi

When you think graduation, pomp and circumstance and walking on stage to get a diploma come to mind first, not walking down a runway. But for seniors and graduate students of the Art Institute of California Orange County, graduation meant a fashion show at Orange County's hot spot AnQi. With celebrity judges restaurateur Elizabeth An, Gretchen Christine Rossi of the Real Housewives of Orange County and designer Jenni Lee, the night was anything but your average graduation ceremony. Read More

Haute Event: Giolello Days

Sparkle all summer long with one visit to Gioello Days, a spectacular showcase of Italy’s fine jewelers. An elite group of boutiques is coming together to boast the fine craftsmanship and design of Italy’s jewelry industry from June 18-26 as a part of La Dolce Vita Beverly Hills, a multi-media spectacular that celebrates Italy’s cinema, cuisine and more. Read More

Haute Event: La Dolce Vita Beverly Hills

To celebrate a century and a half of unification, the Italian Trade Commission and the Ministry of Economic Development have teamed with Beverly Hills for a weeklong event highlighting Italy’s cinema, cuisine, couture and cycling – dubbed La Dolce Vita Beverly Hills, it’s a spectacular combination of everything that makes Italy a touchstone in so many aspects of life and fashion. Read More

Haute Event: Starfish Opens in Laguna Beach

After setting the standard for fusion cuisine at Tabu Grill, Nancy Wilhelm reached a little further south for her second dining spot. Starfish, her Asian fusion concept, opened Saturday, June 11th, with a benefit and tasting that raised money for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center and if the excited crowd's buzz were any indication of Starfish's future, you'd better make your reservation quick. Read More

Haute Spot: Next by Athena at the SwimSpot Pop Up

NEXT Week is coming to the SwimSpot Pop Up, meaning that you don't have any excuse to put off bikini shopping (except maybe the storm). Fret not, though, because there's no reason to fear the weather or the fact that the summer's almost here. To celebrate the coming of swim season, NEXT by Athena is coming to provide fit consultations, fitness classes and plenty of fun to get you in the mood to slip into you new summer suit. Read More

Haute Event: Mother’s Day at Leatherby’s Café Rouge

Born in Tennessee but raised right here in Orange County, Exec Chef at Leatherby's Café Rouge, Ross Pangilinan has been behind the burners around the globe -- which might explain why the culinary creations he whips up at Leatherby's always have a certain global flair. What's the same around the world, though? Mother's Day, which is where he'll be serving a great prix fixe this year -- bring your mom to this unique restaurant and she'll surely be impressed. Read More

Haute Celebration: Mother’s Day at the Island Hotel

Brunch might be an obvious choice when it comes to Mother's Day. Been there, done that, right? You may have had a brunch to celebrate mom's special day, but you definitely haven't done it like this. The Island Hotel is blending brunch with a BBQ -- you read that right -- for a Mother's Day that she won't soon forget. Read More

Haute Event: Easter at the Catch

This Easter Sunday coincides with something that many locals wait all year for -- yes, there's the whole bunny rabbit thing happening, but maybe to a few the Angels vs. Red Sox game is just as epic. To celebrate the game, the Catch will be serving up brunch that day, but if you're not a fan of baseball or if you're just looking for an unexpected place to get brunch, then you can consider it just another lazy Sunday -- just ignore the screaming sports fans. Read More