Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of June 12, 2017

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.

Also, some sample sales won’t let you try on garments, so know your size. Happy Shopping!!

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BRAND: French Connection Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/13–6/15; 10am–7pm

WHY:  Women’s and men’s apparel at a discount  

WHERE:  512 Seventh Avenue

Image courtesy of Erik Torstensson

Image courtesy of Erik Torstensson

 

BRAND: Theory Men’s Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/14–6/18; Wed.–S.at (10:30am–7pm), Sunday (10:30am–5pm)

WHY: Everything up to 70% off

 WHERE: Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue

 

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Image courtesy of candieanderson.com

BRAND: Steve Madden Sample Sale

WHEN:  6/16; 12pm–7pm

WHY:  Handbags, shoes, and assorted accessories at a discount

WHERE: 38-30 Woodside Avenue
Sunnyside, NY, back parking lot

 

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Image courtesy of popsugar.com

BRAND: J. Crew Sample Sale

WHEN:  6/19–6/25; Mon.–Sat. (10am–8pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY:  Enjoy up to 60% off retail prices

WHERE: 151 Wooster Street

—Staff

Fashion News Alert: Kim Kardashian Launches Beauty Brand, Pedro Almovador’s New Gig, Condé Nast Shutters Style.com, and Neiman Marcus Stays Intact

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Image courtesy of celebmafia.com

Kim Kardashian, following in the footprints of her famous sisters, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, will launch her own line of cosmetics. With Kim Kardashian having over 100 million followers on social media, KKW Beauty will have no trouble finding customer.

Although there is very little known about KKW Beauty, it has been revealed on Instagram that the beauty brand will launch primarily online via www. kkwbeauty.com. KKW Beauty already has an Instagram account with 51, 000 followers.

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Image courtesy of theimpression.com

Prada and Pedro

Big fashion houses often look to film actors and sports celebrities as the faces of their campaigns. That said; rarely does the fashion industry look to people behind the camera to front a campaign.

Prada is changing all of that. Since the fashion house’s inception, Prada has always had a deep relationship with cinema and famous directors. For its current campaign Prada has tapped iconic Spanish film auteur Pedro Almovador as the new face of its 2017 fall campaign in a short film directed by Willy Vanderperre. Though Almovador is not thought of as being associated with the fashion industry, he has appeared in a few fashion campaigns, most noticeably a Missoni ad alongside Blanca Suarez and Rossy de Palma.

The Prada fall 2017 campaign will mirror the cinematic style of many of Almovador films with Almovador appearing in a 30-second short surrounding by posters and photographs.

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Image courtesy of pinterest.com

Style.com is no more

Its official; style.com bites the dust. Condé Nast has decided to shutter the popular fashion website as Condé Nast has brokered a deal with Farfetch.com to commercialize its content. Anyone who tries to access style.com, as of this post, will be redirected to Farfetch.com.

The reasons for this new direction is to “to connect Condé Nast’s global editorial portfolio with Farfetch’s e-commerce, technology and logistics platform [to] create a seamless luxury shopping journey from world authority fashion inspiration to purchase gratification, commercializing Condé Nast’s online and social media content by linking it to the world’s leading brands and boutiques, in real time,” according to a recent article on fashionnetwork.com. Farfetch.com is a luxury e-tailer and many of the brands sold on Farfetch.com’s website are brands that advertise heavily in many of Conde Nast’s fashion magazines.

Style.com was one of Condé Nast’s most popular websites and has cost Condé Nast about $100 million since its inception. There is no word if style.com’s staff will be transferred over to Farfetch.com’s team or be placed in other jobs at Condé Nast.

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Image courtesy of usatoday.com

Not for sale

For a couple of years, there have been rumors of Neiman Marcus being sold to another retail conglomerate. Those rumors have been silenced as the upscale retailer confirmed on Tuesday that is has ended talks on a partial or full-scale sale to other retailers. This new development comes days after the Wall Street Journal reported that Neiman Marcus was in talks with Hudson Bay Co. and Saks Fifth Avenue regarding a potential retail combination.

“While looking ahead, we know challenges remain, but we are encouraged by the strategies we have in place to improve our operational efficiencies and performance,” Chief Executive Karen Katz said on a post-earnings call, as reported in fashionnetwork.com. Neiman Marcus is struggling to get rid of overwhelming debt that stems from its $6 billion leveraged buyout in 2013, when its current owners, Ares Management LP and Canadian public pension fund CPPIB, acquired it from other private equity firms.

This past Tuesday, Neiman Marcus posted a fourth straight quarterly loss. And Neiman Marcus posted a nearly 5 percent dip in same-store sales for the third quarter ending April 29.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of June 5, 2017

If you reside on either the East Coast or the West Coast, the weather is steaming!! And it is also hot on the red carpet. Fashion Reverie always keeps its viewers informed of all the celebrity style on red carpets and on the street.

Images courtesy of AFI

Images courtesy of justjared.com and C&M Media, respectively

Jane Fonda, now in her mid-70s, still looks phenomenal. And, this week Fashion Reverie has proof.

Fonda looks great in a white pant suit, beautifully accessorized in Mikimoto’s New York Akoya cultured pearl necklace, World of Creativity white South Sea cultured pearl waterfall earrings, and splash brooch at the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Diane Keaton in Hollywood.

Image courtesy of Preface PR

Image courtesy of Preface PR

At Fashion Reverie, we don’t just cover high-end, red carpet looks. We also highlight casual looks from celebrities. Tinashe wore a pair of metallic bronze jogger pants MSGM pants while attending and performing at the iHeartSummer ’17 Weekend at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel.

Images courtesy of celebmafia.com and D'Orazio and Associates, respectively

Images courtesy of celebmafia.com and D’Orazio and Associates, respectively

If you have heard Broadway diva Lea Salonga sing, you know that this diva can blow!! Unfortunately, her red carpet look wasn’t as explosive as her voice. Lea graced the 2017 Tony Awards’ red carpet in a Rajo Laurel sequined gunmetal pantsuit. Lea was beautiful accessorized in Mikimoto’s Celebration blue sapphire diamond ring and Narcisa Pheres diamond earrings.

Images courtesy of D'Orazio and Associates

Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Salma Hayek was all buttoned up at the NYC premiere of “Beatriz at Dinner.” We are mostly used to seeing Salma exposing her girls, but this black dress with ruffled embellishment works, too. Salma set off this rather conservative look with an Anabela Chan’s handset solitaire pearl ring.

Image courtesy of sandrarose/Preface PR

Image courtesy of sandrarose/Preface PR

Last, but definitely least in Fashion Reverie’s book, Angela Bassett still has curves in all the right places to show off her great figure at the . Bassett is stunning a goldenrod form-fitting dress, accentuated with Cesare Paciotti’s gold patent leather peep-toe platform pumps at the “Masters of None” event in North Hollywood.

—Staff

Editors’ Pick: Love Lilly

Collages1306Is it hot enough for you? Well, it probably is if you live on the East Coast or the West Coast. No need to fret, Fashion Reverie has a great solution for you.

It can be boiling outside and you can still look fresh and fashionable. Love Lilly offers preppy, chic resort and spring/summer, seaside-inspired, ready-to-wear garments that are made in Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

The philosophy of the brand is “bright and beautiful.”  And since 2013, founder and CEO Lilly Spratt’s signature shift dresses come in bright floral prints with a few nautical-inspired prints thrown in for good measure. Love Lilly print shift dresses have appeared in Town and Country, GreenwichGirl, and Rhode Island Monthly, as well as dozens of online fashion magazines and fashion blogs.

Love Lilly’s print dresses are craftily designed and come in the highest quality fabrics and trims. (And the nautical rope trend on the shift dresses is a great trim for the spring 2017 collection.) The spring 2017 print dresses and tops are a great addition to a summer wardrobe. Perfect for hot summer days, and easy to pack in your weekender!

Images courtesy of Love Lilly

Images courtesy of Love Lilly

Since its launch in 2013, Lilly Pratt has expanded her brand beyond shift dresses to include tops, shorts, and skirts. And the prices are affordable, ranging from $108 to $178.

Don’t let the heat cramp your style. Look fresh, frolicky and comfortable in Love Lilly’s spring 2017 collection. Lily Pulitzer, eat your heart out!!

For more information, got to lovelillywh.com.

—Staff

Father’s Day Pick: La Difference

La_DifferenceWho says that men don’t want to look their best? Ask any aesthetician or rejuvenation specialist and they will tell you that male consumers of skincare products and skin rejuvenation techniques has more than doubled in the last ten years. And with the summer season only a few weeks away, men are concerned more than ever about the condition of their skin.

Plastic surgery and injectable products like Botox®, Juverderm®, and Restylane® can work wonders. However, these products can be pricy, may have adverse side effects and don’t last. What’s a guy to do, particularly if you don’t have deep pockets?

Collages1303La Difference to the rescue as an option for great skincare!! From its LDC INTENSE Hyaluronic Miracle Cream, that contains a powerful blend of moisturizing and antioxidant  ingredients  to  ensure  that  the  skin  remains  hydrated  and  balanced  to prevent  signs  of  aging; to its LDC  INTENSE  Cucumber  Eye  &  Lip  Cream that uses  a  blend  of  cucumber  extract,  peptides, vitamin  E  and  retinyl  palmitate  to  provide  generous  skin  nourishment  and hydrating qualities that help alleviate dark circles, stimulate collagen growth, reduce wrinkles and fine lines; to the brand’s LDC INTENSE Anti-Aging Night Repair Cream, which is the added boost you’ll need to counter that aging process and restore your skin back to its youthful shimmer.

And the results are long lasting!! Fashion Reverie’s team of editors can testify to that. Developed over a two-year period, La Difference all new Intense Skin Therapy, which includes eight products, was designed to provide dramatic results including lifting and firming skin, providing instant results, tightening and strengthening skin that contain antioxidants to fight free-radical damage.

Images courtesy of Simply the Best PR

Images courtesy of Simply the Best PR

Created in a FDA-approved, scientifically-advanced laboratory, Intense Skin Therapy uses plant stem cells as well as clinically proven ingredients that work on a cellular level to provide instant rejuvenation and hydration of the skin, while powerful tightening actives work to reduce visible fine lines and wrinkles. Founded by three women who saw a void in the marketplace of effective and natural anti-aging skincare that actually works. The idea was conceived to have a line so versatile, it would easily adapt to any beauty and maintenance regime for women and men.

And speaking of men, La Difference’s Intense Skin Therapy is the perfect gift for the man or men in your life. Remember, Father’s Day is just a week away!! Products range in price from $45 to $150 and can be purchased at ladifferencecosmetics.com.

—Ano Okera

 

 

 

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of June 5, 2017

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.

Also, some sample sales won’t let you try on garments, so know your size. Happy Shopping!!

Image courtesy of pinterest.com

Image courtesy of pinterest.com

BRAND: Mara Hoffman Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/06–6/11; Tues.  Wed.–Thurs. (9am–8pm); Fri.–Sat. (10am–7pm); Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY:  Major discounts on all spring 2017 clothing

WHERE:  150 Greene Street

 

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Image courtesy of pinterest.com

BRAND: Alice + Olivia Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/12–6/17; Mon. (12am–8pm);(Tues. (9am_8pm); Wed.–Sat. (10am–8pm)

WHY: Spring 2017 clothes and one-of-a-kind samples available

 WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue

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BRAND: La Perla Sample Sale

WHEN:  6/13–6/18; Tues. (10am–8pm); Wed.–Sat. (11am–7pm); Sunday (11am–5pm)

WHY:  Spring 2017 garments on sale at a great discount

WHERE: 150 Greene Street

—Staff

Fashion News Alert: Kanye West’s Potential New Gig, Bebe Completes Reorganization, Edward Enninful’’s Debut Video and Jack O’Neill Transitions

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Image courtesy of pausemag.co.uk

Kanye West is back on the front pages of fashion news. But, for the reason many fashion pundits might think.

This recent West fashion story is not about West ranting against the fashion industry or jewels being stolen or pilfered. To expand his fashion empire—if you want to call it that—West is seeking to sign school uniforms for the Calabasas High School.  West hopes to partner with the Calabasas High School’s athletic department to bring his brand Yeezy the school. The school has already collaborated with Yeezy’s parent company, Adidas.

According to TMZ, West is aiming to remake the school’s athletic uniforms, as well as a new color theme and mascot. Calabasas is the long-time family home of the Kardashians. And in March of this year, West launched his Calabasas collection for Adidas.

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Bye, bye Bebe?

Has Bebe gone bye bye for good? Apparently so!!

Bebe Stores, Inc completed its reorganization that included a $65 million dollar agreement with its retail landlords to terminate all of its store leases. Bebe is liquidating its design and distribution centers with its Benicia, CA distribution center selling for $22 million.

The company expects no brick and mortar operations in the future and if the brand continues it will be solely online.

Image courtesy of refinery29.com

Image courtesy of refinery29.com

Enninful expands

Future British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful continues to rack up credits to his already prolific resume. Enninful has directed a Gap campaign entitled, “Bridging the Gap.” The  “Bridging the Gap” video includes a long list of sports figures, models, actors, activists and musicians moving and dancing to 70s disco track “Sunny.”

“Growing up, I loved the imagery I saw from America as it celebrated being the land of the free and home of the brave,” Enninful explains in a Refinery 29 post. “This project is about authenticity and people living their truths.”

Enninful handpicked the entire cast of the video with cast members wearing Gap tee shirts and denim.

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Image courtesy of surferdad.co.uk

Sayonara Jack

Jack O’Neill, the founder of the global surf company, O’Neill died this weekend in Santa Cruz, California. The modern neoprene wetsuit is credited to Jack O’Neill.

After serving in the Navy during World War II, O’Neill and his wife moved from Portland to San Francisco and began prototyping what is now known as the modern neoprene wetsuit that would keep him warm in the freezing Northern California water. Later, O’Neill moved from San Francisco to Santa Cruz to immerse himself into the then emerging surf culture. O’Neill expanded his brand to include surfboards, and by 1980 the brand had expanded into Japan, Australia, and Europe.

O’Neill is now a subsidiary of La Jolla Group which also owns Hang Ten and FMF. Jack O’Neill was 94.

—William S. Gooch

Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of May 29, 2017

All reveals are not bad. In fact, most are neither bad nor good; reveals just are. And in spite of the new reveals of alleged corruption within the Trump administration and other world governments, Fashion Reverie soldiers on, bringing its viewers great celebrity style from the world’s red carpets.

Images courtesy of tomandlorenzo and D'Orazio and Associates

Images courtesy of tomandlorenzo and D’Orazio and Associates

Niecy Nash is not afraid to show off her curves. And her curves are front and center at the TNT “Claws” premiere. Nash is pretty in pink in this form-fitting gown with ruching. She is beautifully accessorized in Hueb morganite earrings and ring, as well as Djula and Pasquale Bruni diamond rings.

Image courtesy of PORTS 1961

Image courtesy of PORTS 1961

Fashion Reverie doesn’t look to Robert Downey, Jr. as a men’s style icon. However, Downey looks stylish carrying a PORTS 1961 Starcamo weekender on his way to the gym in New York City.

Images courtesy of C&M Media

Images courtesy of C&M Media

“Baywatch’s Kelly Rohrbach dons a cute Missoni tunic multicolored metallic dress while on a “Baywatch” press tour in Germany.

Images courtesy of stylebistro and D'Orazio and Associates

Images courtesy of stylebistro and D’Orazio and Associates

Across the Big Pond, Sofia Boutella looked youthful and chic in a Miu Miu gown set off with a Le Vian black diamond ring at “The Mummy” premiere in Paris.

Image courtesy of Preface PR

Image courtesy of Preface PR

Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio wore Elisabetta Franchi spring 2017 high-waist khaki pants to the XTI summer collection in Madrid, Spain.

—Jazmine Foster

 

Rock It or Leave It on the Runway: 2017 Cannes Film Festival Trends

Fashion Reverie has brought back its “Rock It or Leave It on the Runway” feature. Our viewers loved this snarky feature so much that we decided to bring it back. And it will now be a monthly feature!!

This month’s “Rock It or Leave it on the Runway” examines and critiques fashion trends from  the 2017 Cannes Film Festival red carpets. Enjoy, enjoy!!

Images of Elizabeth Moss, Elle Fanning and Tilda Swinton courtesy of cdn1.com and raindance.org, respectively

Images of Elizabeth Moss, Elle Fanning and Tilda Swinton courtesy of cdn1.com and raindance.org, respectively

Statement Sunglasses

Sunglasses are vital for summer and this season, dramatic, wacky, embellished sunglasses are being embraced on the red carpet! If you find a pair you love, don’t be afraid to invest some money in a high-quality pair of statement sunglasses. They’ll bring dramatic fun to your summers for years. Sunglasses don’t just look great; they prevent squinting that can cause wrinkles over time. Make sure you check that the glasses have SPF and UV protection.   Rock it!

Images of Kendall Jenner and Elle Fanning courtesy of Getty Images and thenewyoungturk.com, respectively

Images of Kendall Jenner and Elle Fanning courtesy of Getty Images and thenewyoungturk.com, respectively

Massive trains

Trains on dresses (or in Kendall Jenner’s case a top!) create such an eye-catching spectacle; however, can be absurdly impractical for your average consumer. This is unfortunate as this look can be both dramatic and zany! Alas, unless you can afford to hire strong men to follow you around to keep the train from being shredded and to catch you when it inevitably gets stepped on, this trend is strictly for celebs. Leave it.

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Marion Cotillard and Sophia Coppola

Denim

Denim is looking to be huge this season. So much so that the causal look is even being spotted on red carpets! Coming in a considerable number of styles, it’s not hard to find a cut that will flatter you.  High-waisted jeans scream “Mom Jeans” and are to be avoided even by Moms (sorry Sophia Coppola) At the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Marion Cotillard put a dress over her pants creating a cool contrast between her couture gown and her blue jeans.  Kendall Jenner paired her distressed cutoffs with a luxe top.  Have some fun and mix it up. Rock it!

Images of Jessica Chastain and Nicole Kidman courtesy of associatedreporters.com

Images of Jessica Chastain and Nicole Kidman  courtesy of associatedreporters.com

Garish Embellishments and Prints

One of the biggest dangers of walking the red carpet is you run the risk of being boring. Taking risks can make you look ridiculous even if it does make you memorable (Who can forget Bjork’s Swan Dress?).  This year at Cannes many celebs gambled on over-the-top gowns, and we all won!  Overly embroidered dresses, bright floral prints are taking over the red carpet. Wearing bold looks can be tricky. Keep every other aspect of your outfit simple. No jewelry, neutral makeup, simple ballet flats or pumps. Rock it!

Images of Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajowski courtesy of tomandlorenzo.com

Images of Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajowski courtesy of tomandlorenzo.com

Champagne Color

Gowns in champagne tones were all over the red carpets at Cannes. This versatile color can flatter many complexions. Darker skin, with yellow under tones, will want to stick to the strictly pale yellow while cooler, fair skin tones should look for hues with blush undertones.  Since the color is mostly neutral, you can take advantage and play up your accessories. Often stars will don champagne gowns as to display their dazzling jewelry to full effect.  The color can also be very sexy. For pale-skinned women champagne gives the illusion of displaying more skin.  Remember, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) from “Sex and the City”? When SJP donned a champagne slip dress that matched her own skin tone she called it her ‘naked’ dress!  Rock it!

Eva Longoria and Winnie Harlow images courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Eva Longoria and Winnie Harlow images courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Thigh High Slit

There are a plethora looks that work on the red carpet that simply don’t translate to other situations. Thigh high slits are gorgeous, but sometimes impractical.  With thigh high slits sometimes your underwear is on full display, which requires a large amount of double back tape and a lot of fear.  Taping your dress to your skin can make walking, sitting, even standing downright uncomfortable, and there is no guarantee that the garment won’t come unmoored.  I’m not even going to talk about what happens at the end of night when it comes time to rip the tape off!!  This one is a hard pass. . Leave it!

—Cameron Grey

 

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of May 29, 2017

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.

Also, some sample sales won’t let you try on garments, so know your size. Happy Shopping!!

Images courtesy of thefashiontag.com

Images courtesy of thefashiontag.com

BRAND: DVF Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/30–6/04; Tues. (9am–8pm), Wed,–Fri. (10am–8pm), Sunday (10am–4pm)

WHY:  Up to 75% off women’s clothing and accessories

WHERE:  260 Fifth Avenue

Image courtesy of indulgy.com

Image courtesy of indulgy.com

 

BRAND: Diesel Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/31–6/04; Wednesday (9am–8pm), Thurs.–Fri. (10am–8pm), Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Women’s and men’s apparel and accessories at a discount

 WHERE: 150 Greene Street

 

Image courtesy of fashionbride.com

Image courtesy of fashionbride.com

BRAND: Inbal Dror Sample Sale

WHEN:  6/04–6/16; Sunday–Friday (10am–8pm), By Appointment

WHY:  An exclusive sample sale for the cutting edge bride! The first Inbal Dror sample sale in New York: items on sale will include the same dress as Beyonce wore to the Grammys. Since retail prices for Inbal Dror gowns range from $8,000 to $10,000, the sample sale will be a significant bargain with all prices ranging between $5,249 and $6,299.

WHERE: 110 East 40th Street

 Eidos, Presentation, Spring Summer 2017, New York Fashion Week: Men's, 83 Wooster st, USA - 14 Jul 2016

BRAND: Eidos Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/06–6/10; Tues.–Sat. (10am–7pm)

WHY:  Men’s apparel at a discount

 WHERE: 151 Wooster Street

—Staff

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