Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of May 14, 2018

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

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BRAND: Nanette Lepore Massive Moving Sample SaleWHEN: 5/15–5/19; Tues.–Fri. (9am–7pm), Saturday (10am–5pm)

WHY:  Tons of samples (all sizes) priced $20–$95, and some production ranging from $110–$275.

WHERE225 West 35th Street, 6th floor warehouse, bet, 7th & 8th Avenue

BRAND: Showroom Seven Blowout Day Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/17–6/01; (9am–5pm)

WHY:  Merchandise is at wholesale price or 50-60% below. Brand highlights include Erickson Beamon, Sau, Save My Bag, Chiara Ferragni Collection, Denibi, Manoush, Pier Antonio Gaspari, Daniella Lehavi, and more.

WHERE: 501 10th Avenue (entrance on West 38th Street), 7th Floor (top of the DHL building)

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BRAND: Archetype Showroom Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/17–5/23; Thurs.–Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (noon–5pm), Mon.–Wed. (10am–7pm)

WHY: Men’s, women’s, and shoes at up to 85% off retail prices, includes spring and archival collections. Brands include Stutterheim, Penfield, Won Hundred, Avelon, Earnest Sewn denim, Perseverance London, and Sanchita shoes.

WHERE  Archetype Showroom, 676 Broadway, 2nd Floor

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BRAND: Kimora Lee Simmons Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/17–5/19; Thurs.–Fri. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Samples and additional merchandise will be priced at 70% off retail, with sizes ranging 0-14.

WHERE: 43 West 24th Street, 9th Floor

—Staff

 

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Grace Coddington Gets a Talk Show, Amber Heard’s New Job, Rachel Roy Expands into Swimwear, and Prabal Gurung Launches Atelier Prabal Gurung

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Grace Coddington is getting her own fashion talk show? Huh, well, it might work!!The former creative director of American Vogue will host a late night fashion talk show on IMG’s streaming fashion channel Made 2 Measure (M2M). This six-part series will feature Coddington in conversation with fashion industry elites.

“It’s nerve-racking because I’ve never been on TV in this capacity,” explains Coddington in businessoffashion.com article. “ I’ve been interviewed, but not the one who is in control. But I’ve chosen people who are easy to talk to on purpose.”

“Face to Grace” will air in September, filmed at Mr. Chow’s restaurant on West 57th Street. Here’s hope for a graceful debut!!

Diane Kruger in Atelier Prabal Gurung at 2018 Met Gala
Credit: Andres Otero/WENN.com

Couture-like Prabal

On the heels of the 2018 Met Gala, Prabal Gurung announced the launch of his eight-piece capsule collection, Atelier Prabal Gurung. Gurung describes this capsule collection as, “a made-to-measure collection with a couture approach.”

“This has been building for a while,” Gurung explained in a vogue.com article. “We’ve always taken a couture approach to our [ready-to-wear] designs, and we make the majority of our collections in New York. I have a big private-client business, too, so we’ve been making custom, made-to-measure gowns for them.”

Each garment from the capsule collection made its debut at the 2018 Met Gala. Celebrities that donned Atelier Prabal Gurung gowns include Diane Kruger, Gabrielle Union, Eliza Gonzalez, Deepika Padukone, Ming Xi, Hailee Steinfeld, and top models Ashley Graham and Hikari Mori. “It’s no longer just about the designs, it’s about who’s wearing it, why, and what she’s representing, Gurung explained.

Atelier Prabal Gurung is now sold at Bergdorf Goodman and Moda Operandi from May 14 through May 29. Prices range from $11,995 to $37,995.

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Amber keeps it moving

Amber Heard has let no grass grow under her feet since her divorce from Johnny Depp. Heard was recently named a brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris. Her ambassadorship was revealed during the Cannes Film Festival.

“To become a spokesperson for this dynamic, world-loved beauty brand that’s been telling women we’re worth it since before I was born, and to join the L’Oréal Paris family of changemakers is such an honor,” said Heard in a statement. “I feel like these women—my fellow ambassadors—represent a voice, a power, a movement, an opinion,” said Heard in a recent fashionnetwork.com article.

To promote her new job, Amber has already starred in two makeup tutorials published on L’Oréal Paris Instagram page, featuring 1940s–inspired Hollywood glam beauty and modern red-carpet looks. Other current L’Oréal Paris ambassadors include Eva Longoria, Julianne Moore, and Dame Helen Mirren.

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Rachel Roy is back

Swimsuits For All is working hard to expand its consumer base. Ashley Graham is collaborating with brand and now you can add Rachel Roy to the list.

We haven’t heard much from Rachel Roy since her legal issues with Jones New York and the shakeup down with Solange Knowles at the Met Gala a few years back. That said; Rachel Roy has moved on, collaborating on an exclusive four-piece capsule with the size-inclusive brand.

“I’ve always believed in championing issues for women that most do not focus on or even want to talk about,” said Roy in a release. “I am thrilled to see change come in many of those areas, especially one that is close to my heart—all sizes for all women!”

The swim capsule includes the Rainbow Plunge, a deep plunge one-piece that can double as a bodysuit, as well as the Cherry Twist, a cut out one-piece in red and black, and the Delilah maillot one-piece. Size will range from a size 4 to a size 18.

The Rachel Roy x Swimsuits for All is priced at $108 per swimsuit. The capsule collection is now available online through Swimsuits for All’s e-commerce site.

—William S. Gooch

Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of May 7, 2018

Last week’s Celebrity Fashion Sightings was all about the Met Gala. This week Fashion Reverie takes its readers to the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Though many of the red carpet celebs will be unfamiliar to some of our viewers, Fashion Reverie is all about keeping you informed of great celebrity style stateside or across the Big Pond.

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“Mudbound’s” Carey Mulligan stunned at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival at the “Wildlife” premiere in a beautiful off-while Christian Dior Couture strapless gown, accessorized in Chaumet earrings in white gold, diamonds and emeralds. Now who wore it best, Carey Mulligan or the model? You decide!!

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Clemence Poesy of the “Harry Potter” film series was chic and oh so modern in a Chanel ensemble at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Spike Lee’s “Blacklansman.” She is beautifully accessorized in Chaumet’s earrings and bracelet in white gold and diamonds from the ‘Josephine’ collection.

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Supermodel Malgiosa Bela attended the 2018 Cannes Film Festival premiere of Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” in a minimalist black gown, accessorized in white gold, yellow gold and lacquer, set with two cushion-cut emeralds weighing 3,44 and 3,25 carats from Colombia Muzo and two cabochon-cut emeralds from Zambia.

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What would a celebrity Fashion Sighting be without Rihanna? This week, Rihanna wore Djula and Le Vian diamond ringsand Harry Kotlar diamond stud earrings to the Savage X Fenty lingerie brand launch in New York City.

Image courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates/Broadimage

As everyone gears up for the big royal wedding, some celebs are already celebrating and showboating great fashion. “Midnight, Texas’” Parisa Fitz-Henley wore a Maria Lucia Hohan dress to the premiere event of “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance.”

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Janelle Monae looked great at the 2018 Met Gala red carpet, but she also looked great at the Met Gala after party. Janelle donned a Carolina Sarria yellow houndstooth panel blazer last night at the Balmain after party. Ready to enjoy the night, she paired the look with a multicolored handbag, silver earrings and a black conductor hat.

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“The Young Pope’s” Ludivine Sagnier looked very sophisticated in a black velvet strapless Valentino fall 2018 gown a the Cannes Film Festival premier of “Le Grand Bain.” Sagnier is accessorized in earrings in white gold and diamonds from the new Chaumet collection ‘Laurier.’

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Last, but not least, “The Apostate’s” Barbara Lennie demonstrated how slim and svelte she is in this red gown with dipping décolletage Gucci gown at the “Everybody knows” premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. She is accessorized in Chaumet earrings and a bracelet in white gold set with diamonds from the ‘Josephine’ collection.—Staff

 

Editors’ Pick: Fashion Reverie’s Hat Choices for the Royal Wedding

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is only few days away and if you made it on to the guest list you must be exasperating yourserlf about what to wear! There is a strict royal wedding dress code, so even if you are a stylish celebrity you are still have to follow the rules.What we learned from Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge wedding in 2011 is that the dress code for the ladies is day dress with an impressive hat! The British tradition—especially for the upper crust or high society—is that as long as you are dressed formally, meaning long hemlines, and a conservative look; you can get creative with the headwear!

Fashion Reverie made a list of 10 fascinators and top hats we really like. So, we hope to see some of our famous celebrities wearing something similar:

1) A gorgeous pastel green Philip Treacy fascinator from his spring 2018

2) Curled Ostrich Headpiece in Royal Blue by Eric Javits

3) Victoria Grant Queen of Hearts hat with veil

4) Vivien Sheriff 24 carat gold feathers, handmade spring 2017 headpiece

5) Yellow Silk Taffeta with pom veiling by Rachel Trevor Morgan

6) Joanne Edwards hat handmade in navy

7) Black and White Polka Dot pillbox with a side hot pink abaca bow from Arturo Rios

8) Carol Kennelly A swarm of beautiful multi-colored butterflies flying from a large angled orange disk, held in place with a matching hairband

9) Cocktail Parasol Hat by Heidilee; that is Michelle Obama rocking it!

All images courtesy of their respective designers

10) Anya Caliendo Ghost Gardens collection

—Tijana Ibrahimovic

Editors’ Pick: Yandy’s Royal Wedding Trousseau Selects

With the royal wedding just a few days away, there is much buzz about what Meghan Markle will wear to the ceremony. We know that she will wear two wedding day garments, of course the traditional bridal gown and a look for the wedding reception. Still, there is much speculation if Meghan will chose to feature a British designer; maybe Vivienne Westwood, Burberry or Stella McCartney. Fashion tongues are wagging that Meghan will wear Ralph & Russo. The word is not out yet. What ever her choice, we know it will be stupendous.

What hasn’t been talked about much is what Meghan will wear on her wedding night and those sensual, rapturous nights to follow on the royal couple’s honeymoon. This is not her first time at the nuptial rodeo, so unlike many new brides, Meghan brings experience and a savoy wisdom.

And though Meghan Markle has to follow royal protocol when it comes to her wedding gown and reception garment—remember, for a British royal wedding understated glamour and sophistication is required—royal protocol will not play on what happens in the nuptial bedroom. (Queen Elizabeth II cannot inject her imperial decision on bedroom dynamics!!)Yandy.com, an e-tailer of sexy specialty apparel for real women has offered to send Meghan Markle $5,000.00 worth of lingerie for her bridal trousseau prior to the Royal Wedding. The American-based company has put together a selection of elegant, yet sultry looks for the bride-to-be’s wedding night, honeymoon, and beyond.

As Prince Harry is no stranger to all things scandalous, we think it’s safe to say that he would love this lingerie package and his bride’s new look. While it’s still unclear what title Ms. Markle will be given by the Queen post-wedding, we think Lady of Lace has just the perfect ring to it, as well as some other sexy lingerie on yandy.com’s website.

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For more information, go to https://www.yandy.com/royal-wedding-bridal-trousseau. —William S. Gooch 

 

 

Editor’s Pick: Colorful Heels That Will Light Up Summer Nights

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Editor’s Pick: Colorful Heels That Will Light Up Summer NightsThe higher the heel, the closer to God! An adage that often intoned at Fashion Reverie. With wintry temperatures finally subsiding—especially on the East Coast—it’s time to put those boots away and break out your stilettos. This season, Fashion Reverie has some great footwear picks that will put that extra pep in your step. For spring/summer 2018, it is all about the glam!!Vince Camuto Yuria-Ankle Tie Sandal

Greco-Roman inspiration has taken a different interpretation with these texture-topped strapped sandals. This metallic leather heel is a fresh start to your summer wardrobe and can go from daytime to nighttime with a quick snap of your finger.Coach Ankle Strap Pump

Summer is no time to be afraid of color. With their metallic shine and combination of colors, this Coach ankle strap pump adds a great pop of color if you are doing the little black dress. The sensible block heel is comfortable enough for you to dance the night away and strut yourself all around town.Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Swarovski Crystal Embellished Leather High Heel Pumps

The fashion house has outdone themselves with these ruby red bedazzled heels. Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz” would be so pleased. Embellished with Swarovski crystals, these shoes will make you want to click your heels three times. Get your sparkle on and shine on in these beauties.Nina Cordela

Summer is the perfect time for a pedicure, so why not show off those manicured feet with a gorgeous peep-toe heel. The feminine Cordela from Nina comes in a silhouette with a triangular mesh cutout for a fun and flirty effect. It’s a step up from a sandal (literally) and even features a zipper closure, so no squeezing those just-done feet into anything that will ruin your pedicurist’s hard work.

Tabitha Simmons Sky Flora Embroidered Lace Suede Pumps

Need a statement-making platform shoe for the summer. Tabitha Simmons will help you be all the rage at your summer soirées. With a pair of fishnet tights and a form-fitting dress, you’ll be the edgiest star of the night. If you’re aiming for that queen of the night visage, look no further than these palatial platforms.Miu Miu Leather Sandals with Crystals

Need a good-heeled sandal for the summer? Miu Miu to the rescue. These metallic crystal-embellished masterpieces will be the party sandal—with a heel—of the summer. For those summer cabana party nights, these Miu Mius should be your go to sandal. The iridescent crystals against the crackle leather make a statement without being too loud, which is what you need for summer. If you didn’t have a vacation planned, you should plan a ‘Va Ca’ now so you can show these off your Miu Miu. No one does it better than the French. Oh la la!!Charlotte Olympia Pimlico VC

Did you want to be the one to dare to be different for summer 2018? Let Fashion Reverie introduce you to these daring beauties from Charlotte Olympia. Designed with versatility in mind, this beautiful set of pumps can elevate any outfit from a high-fashion ensemble to a pair of embroidered jeans. The unique silhouette will undoubtedly be an attention getter, wherever you go. After all, you can never underestimate the power of a good heel.Kate Spade Odelette Sandals

If you need a chunky heeled sandal for the summer, Kate Spade has you covered. These strappy black sandals are easy on the feet and easy on the eyes. With a beautiful floral appliqué, they are the penultimate symbol of summer love and style.Christian Louboutin Décoletté 554

If you’re in the mood for something a bit more exotic and bold, step into these Christian Louboutin Décoletté 554. The iconic shoe brand always manages to outdo itself sparing no expense with these luxurious pumps in their limited edition sequined Loubitag print. The colorful details are a nice touch, especially for those travelling to cities like Miami where bright colors are all the rage.Gucci Tracy Embellished Ankle Strap Pumps

No list is complete without the most talked about luxury brand in the industry. These ankle pumps are the epitome of excessive glamor with their glass pearl and crystal stud embellishments. The 4’’ wrapped block heel will literally elevate you to imperial heights, fit for royalty. Look pristine this summer in these red and white fantasy pumps.

—Kristopher Fraser

Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

The fashion industry is experiencing a retrospective glance back at 1980s street style and culture. This nostalgic reverie, if you call it that, plays out mostly in an reinterpretation of 80s street style evidenced in re-imaged track suits, big hoop earrings, an explosion of 80s–inspired sneakers, fanny packs, and a reinvention of glammed-up New Jack and Jill Swing.

Prior to urban culture becoming a part of the mainstream there were forces in play that gave seed and flower to a political and cultural movement that was the direct antithesis to white privilege. Jean-Michel Basquiat was at the epicenter of this shifting tide, putting his on stamp on the art world and what was to become hip-hop culture. Though his life was cut short by drugs and excessiveness, Basquiat’s impact on the art world urban culture is still felt thirty years after his untimely death. “Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat” successfully examines Basquiat’s burgeoning talent before he took the art world by storm and New York City as the backdrop to Basquiat’s genius.

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As a 16-year old homeless youth Jean-Michel Basquiat’s New York City was a city that had been ripped a part by urban decay and blight and financial insecurity. White flight and the financial crisis of the late 1970s had left New York City bankrupt with few resources to buffer the growing tensions bubbling under the surface. Yet, this lack of resources served as a creative petri dish for a growing urban culture and style that would include rap music, changing fashion trends, and a new direction in art. Director Sara Driver brilliantly juxtaposing New York City’s declining infrastructure as an inspiring landscape for Basquiat’s nascent brilliance.

Images of Fab Five Freddy, Jim Jarmusch, and Lee Quinones courtesy of Brigade Marketing

Starting with Basquiat’s minor dalliance into graffiti art with the street tag SAMO, Driver’s “Boom For Real” follows Basquiat’s evolution from a talented street teen to a young artist who combines mixed media to talk the art world by storm in the early 80s. Driver ingeniously weaves in interviews from friends and collaborative artists like Fab Five Freddy, Jim Jarmusch, Patricia Fields, Lee Quinones, Luc Sante, and others to paint, almost figuratively, a portrait of who Basquiat was and who he was going to become.Driver also brilliantly distilled how Basquiat moved between the worlds of urban culture, the downtown art and culture scenes, expertly absorbing and manipulating those worlds to his own best advantage. On the surface from this documentary, Driver almost concedes that Basquiat was an operator and hustler; yet, Basquiat exposed the insincere privileged art world of that time, where some artists were “making art on their parent’s dime.” Basquiat would have none of that, mainly because he was not that privileged. What he did do was demonstrate that there was relevance and beauty—though sometimes dystopian in nature—to what was going on in urban young people of color’s mind and experiences and that the larger world should take notice. Pat Fields, who carried some of Basquiat’s one-of-a-kind clothing in her store, said it best, “He came to conclusions based on his own philosophies. Most people just aimlessly walk around.”

Basquiat represented the artist as an alienated, disenfranchised youth that had a strong point of view, making art based on their own terms. And the rest of the world be damned. This in your face, almost anachronistic approach to his art made Basquiat in odd character, but interesting to folks in NYC’s downtown culture scene. And once his art got the right focus and venue, it just took off.As one interview subject expanded toward the end of the documentary, “He did it. He gave it to them his way. He showed it’s possible!!”

“Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat” is currently playing at the IFC Theater in NYC until May 23.

—William S. Gooch

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of May 7, 2018

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

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BRAND: Jimmy Choo Sample SaleWHEN: 5/9–5/11; Wed. (11am–8pm), Thurs.–Fri. (8am–8pm)

WHY:  Women’s and men’s footwear, handbags and accessories

WHEREMetropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street, 4th Floor

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BRAND: Vivienne Tam Spring Day Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/9–5/11; Wed. (9am–8pm), Thurs.–Fri. (10am–7pm)

WHY:  Women’s clothing at up to 80% off retail prices

WHERE: 580 Eighth Avenue, 17th Floor, (between 38th and 39th Street)

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BRAND: Zero + Maria Cornejo Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/11–5/13; Friday (noon-7pm), Sat. (11am–7pm), Sun. (11am–5pm)

WHY: The Zero + Maria Cornejo Annual NYC Sample Sale is your chance to shop an exclusive selection of past-season dresses, tops, pants, jumpsuits, outerwear, shoes and swimwear, with prices up to 80% off.

WHERE Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 

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BRAND: Lela Rose Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/9–5/13; Wed. (10am–8pm), Thurs. (11am–7pm), Fri.–Sat. (11am–8pm), Sunday (11am–5pm)

WHY: Women’s apparel and accessories for up to 70% off original retail. Prices range from $100–  $300. For 10 Crosby, prices range from $50–  $200.

WHERE: 151 Wooster Street

—Staff

Fashion News Alert: Layoffs at Popsugar, Margo Robbie’s New Job, Caroline Wozniacki Partners with Ovvo Optics, and Lord & Taylor Looks for a Turnaround

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In March 2018, the luxury brand announced it was launching two new Chanel brands, Coco Neige and Coco Beach that will be a part of the luxury brand’s ready-to-wear, haute couture, and cruise collections. And in April, Chanel released sneak peak images of the ad campaign of its new winter sports and après-ski collection with Margo Robbie front and center in the campaign.Karl Lagerfeld is designing both new Chanel brands with Coco Neige and Coco Beach being available in Chanel stores in July.

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Pop Sugar cuts

There are more layoffs at fashion and entertainment publications. And this time around the cuts were at Pop Sugar.

It was announced on fashionweekdaily.com that Pop Sugar is to lay off 19 staffers. “We made the hard decision today to say goodbye to 19 people, roughly 5 percent of our team,” a spokeswoman for Pop Sugar told The Hollywood Reporter. “This was done to achieve profitability.”

Prior to layoffs, staffers at Pop Sugar were emailed a memo from Pop Sugar co-founder and EVP of culture and corporate citizenship, Krista Moatz, that the company snacks, breakfasts, lunches, and beverage options would end because of the excessive costs, totally more than $488,000 annually. “We will take a pause on providing snacks and most beverages in all of our offices,” Moatz wrote as reported in fashionweekdaily.com. “But we will continue to provide coffee, and filtered hot and cold water …”

Interestingly, layoffs came after Pop Sugar did extensive coverage of the 2018 Met Gala with staffers racking up major overtime hours. Met Gala overtime, snacks and beverage slashing and layoffs, hmm, make for a lethal combination!!

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Caroline + Ovvo

Are you tired and fed up with celebrity fashion collaborations? You probably are, still, it is Fashion Reverie job to report them.

That said; tennis champion Caroline Wozniacki is partnering with Ovvo Optics on an eleven-piece eyewear collection. There will be seven styles for women and four styles for men with a butterfly silhouette on the women’s styles, as well as, Wozniacki’s favorite oversized silhouette on three of the styles.

“We were inspired by Caroline’s strong sense of self, her competitive spirit and her commitment to being the best,” explained Ovvo’s founders. Wozniacki is the 2018 Australian Open champion.

The C. Wozniacki + Ovvo Collection is now available through Ovvo. Price points range from $335 to $360 for the women’s styles and $335 to $375 for men’s glasses.

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Lord & Taylor’s revitalization

Lord & Taylor needs some help and Canadian retailer Hudson Bay Co. is just the company to turn things around. Armed with investment bankers and consultants developing new business strategies and deals, Hudson Bay Co. is primed to make this happen.

“Lord & Taylor is a storied brand and we will continue to evolve it for the future,” a Hudson’s Bay spokeswoman said in an emailed statement to fashionnetwork.com, declining to comment on moves the company was considering with investment bankers and consultants. “As we shared on our last earnings call, recent performance at Lord & Taylor has not met expectations. However, we see a lot of opportunity to grow the business.”

Lord & Taylor was acquired by Hudson’s Bay Executive Chairman Richard Baker, investment firm NDRC Equity Partners in 2006 for $1.2 billion dollars when the company’s retail sales were very good. No longer a standout store for upper middle class consumers, Lord & Taylor now struggles for traction with other retail chains like Macy’s, and if the trend of brick and mortars struggles continue, Lord & Taylor’s projections are dire.

“What do we offer consumers that’s differentiated?? If they can’t answer that question, they need to come up with a reason for consumers to care,” said Greg Portell, lead partner in the retail practice of A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm in a fashionnetwork.com article.

New retails strategies for Lord & Taylor include launching a dedicated online store on retailer Walmart’s website, as well as closing some brick and mortar stores. “Hudson’s Bay should focus on having fewer stores,” Varghese said. “If that means selling certain brands, then so be it. Lord & Taylor does make sense.”

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Met Gala 2018 Best Dressed Recap

                                      Zendaya, Diane Krueger, and Jared Leto

The trinity of fame, fashion, and faith was on full display at Monday night’s Met Gala where this year’s theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Celebrity attendees seemingly took a strong liking to the theme and showed up, and showed out, in supreme splendor. The red carpet was resplendent in religious regalia and ornamentation, and we have the recap of the stairway to fashion’s biggest night.

                     Jennifer Lopez, Ruby Rose, Marjorie Harvey, and Trevor Noah

IconographyBeing that it was a Catholic-themed event, of course we’d expect to see guests include crosses in their outfits. The Church’s most iconic symbol was on full display proudly commanding attention.

Ruby Rose in Tommy Hilfiger and Jimmy Choo shoes and Judith Leiber Couture bag

Trevor Noah in Balmain

-Jennifer Lopez in Balmain and Jimmy Choo shoes and bag

Marjorie Harvey in Dolce & Gabbana

 

                            Rita Ora, Kate Bosworth, Olivia Munn, and Mindy Kaling

Crowns, Veils and HeadpiecesOpulent headgear seemed to be the strongest subtheme on the red carpet. Whether donning crowns and tiaras to project authority or donning veils in traditional reverence of modesty, headdress ruled and created some of the best beauty shots ever.

Rita Ora in Prada and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

Mindy Kaling in Vassilis Zoulias

Kate Bosworth in Oscar de la Renta and Tacori jewelry as the Madonna

Olivia Munn in H&M, Christian Louboutin shoes, and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry 

                        Janelle Monae, Lily Collins, Chadwick Boseman, and Greta Gerwig

Habits and VestmentsNot to be outdone by luxurious hairpieces, some attendees opted for full-body Christian attire, vying for the title of the most fashion-forward nuns, bishops, and popes of the Church.

Lily Collins in Givenchy

Janelle Monae in Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin shoes and Lorraine Fisher jewelry

Chadwick Boseman in Versace and Christian Louboutin shoes

Greta Gerwig in The Row and Tiffany & Co. jewelry

                  Mackenzie Davis, Nicki Minaj, Priyanka Chopra, and Blake Lively

The BloodWhile some guests dressed in virginal whites and luxurious golds, others selected red and figuratively cloaked themselves in the Blood of the Lamb.

Blake Lively in Versace

Nicki Minaj in Oscar de la Renta

Mackenzie Davis in Chloe

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren

                     Stella Maxwell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gigi Hadid, and Ariana Grande

Scenery as FashionWhy simply get dressed to look as if you are going to church? Some on the guest list took their wardrobe to the next level, incorporating actual pieces of the church into their attire.

Ariana Grande wore a Vera Wang gown decorated with the scene of the Last Supper from the Sistene Chapel.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda and Jennifer Fisher jewelry, worn a dramatic headpiece of a scaled down Nativity scene from an Italian altar.

Gigi Hadid dressed in an Atelier Versace, made to look like stained glass, accompanied by Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, and Christian Louboutin shoes.

Stella Maxwell wore a Moschino dress, with reliefs of the Virgin Mary, with Casadei shoes, and David Yurman jewelry.

                      Rihanna, Zendaya, Cardi B, Jared Leto, and Katy Perry

PersonaAt the pinnacle of the event’s fashion highlights were the guests who completely took on the look of religious characters:

Cardi B in Moschino as the pregnant Mary

Rihanna in custom Maison Margiela by John Galliano with a Judith Leiber Couture clutch, Christian Louboutin shoes, Maria Tash jewelry and Cartier jewelry as the Pope

Zendaya in Atelier Versace, Tiffany & Co. jewelry, and Jimmy Choo shoes as Joan of Arc

Katy Perry in Versace as the Archangel Gabriel

Jared Leto in Gucci as Jesus/Cesare Borgia (?)

From the hundreds of outfits that walked the red carpet, Fashion Reverie’s favorites are:

                                        Blake Lively, Zendaya, and Jennifer Lopez

Ladies

  1. Blake Lively
  2. Jennifer Lopez
  3. Zendaya

                                    Chadwick Boseman, Jared Leto, and Trevor Noah

Gentlemen

  1. Chadwick Boseman
  2. Jared Leto
  3. Trevor Noah—Carl Ayers
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