Wednesday Sample Sale: Week of November 5, 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:  agnès b. Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/06–10/09; Tues.–Fri. (9am–7pm)

WHY: Up to 80% off women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, footwear, and accessories 

WHERE: 260 West 39th Street, Suite 1402

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BRAND:  Vivienne Westwood Sample Sale

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

WHY:  Women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories from the iconic British designer at a discount

WHERE: 150 Greene Street

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BRAND: James Perse Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/08–11/11; Thurs.–Fri. (10am–8pm), Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–6pm)

WHY: Men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, and footwear at up to 60% off 

WHERE: 666 Broadway, bet. Broadway and Bond Streets 

 

BRAND:  Shaina Mote Sample, One-of-a-Kind, and Archive Sale

WHEN: 11/09–11/10; Friday (12pm–6pm) and Saturday (12pm–4pm)

WHY: 70%–80% off samples, one-of-a-kind and archive clothing

WHERE: 5420 Monte Vista St., Los Angeles, CA

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BRAND:  Abasi Rosborough Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/09–11/11; Fri. (10am–7pm), Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (11am–5pm)

WHY: Men’s clothing at a discount at the Abasi Rosborough

Cut & Sew – $30 – $50
Shirt – $70 – $100
Sweatshirt – $50 – $70
Knitwear – $100 – $150
Tailoring – $200 – $300
Pants – $125 – $225
Outerwear – $300 – $400

WHERE:  53 Howard Street

—Staff

Fashion News Alert: Adriana Lima’s Last Walk, Wrangler and “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and Marc Jacobs Relaunches Grunge

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After 19 years appearing in Victoria’s Secret runway shows, supermodel Adriana Lima is retiring her angel wings. For the upcoming Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to be telecast on ABC on December 2, Adriana Lima will walk in her last runway show for the global lingerie brand.“Dear Victoria, [t]hank you for showing e the world, sharing your secrets, and most importantly not just giving me wings but teaching me to fly,” said Lima in an Instagram post. Lima shed her tear as she walked in her last Victoria’s Secret show. The show was tapped on November 8 in New York City.

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Wrangler conjures up Freddie Mercury

On the heels of the Queen biographical film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” denim brand Wrangler has launched a Bohemian Rhapsody capsule collection. The collection features tee shirts, jeans, and jackets adorned with Queen lyrics from hit songs like “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Price points range from $39 to $159 and made in collaboration with music lifestyle brand Lyric Culture.

“Since 1947 we’ve partnered with legendary recording artists, supported music festivals and events all around, and for us we view both music and our brand as a connector,” Jenni Broyles, vice president and general manager of Wrangler Modern Lifestyle said in an interview with Billboard. “We’ve been on the likes of George Strait and Garth Brooks, but we’ve also been on the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Lady Gaga.”

The Wrangler/Bohemian Rhapsody capsule collection is drawing from the fact that Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury wore a pair of the brand’s jeans during Queen’s Live Aid performance in 1985. The capsule collection is now available exclusively on Wrangler’s website.

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Marc looks back

Most folks don’t realize that at one time Marc Jacobs was the creative director of Perry Ellis. Back in 1993, Jacobs created an iconic grunge collection for Perry Ellis.

Jacobs is revisiting that iconic 1993 grunge collection with a revamped version of 26 looks. The revisited collection will feature Nirvana-inspired t-shirts, fruit-printed dresses and tops, as well as coats, pants, and matching sets in neons, pastels, stripes and plaid galore. The Redux Grunge lookbook will feature the children of models who originally walked in the 1993 grunge show—Lily McMenamy and Coco Gordon Moore, as well as top models Slick Woods and Gigi Hadid.

Price points range from $95 to $1200. The looks from Redux Grunge are available for pre-order now on the Marc Jacobs e-commerce site.

—William S. Gooch

Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of October 29, 2018

 

This week’s Celebrity Fashion Sightings takes our readers from the 2018 MTV European Music Awards to the 2018 AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program to the 2018 LACMA Art + Film Gala. Fashion Reverie prides itself on always keeping its viewers informed of all the great fashion from the industry’s top celebrities.

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As you probably know, Jennifer Lopez is always on the top of our list. This week her promotion on Instagram was J-Lo at her best. Le Vian diamond earrings were the perfect accompaniment to J-Lo’s silver metallic fringe cocktail dress. 

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Anne Hathaway is known for her red-carpet glamour, which is why this white dress from Valentino was a surprising choice for Anne at the 2018 Hollywood Film Awards. Though this simple look was elegant, Fashion Reverie expects more glamour from Anne. Anne set off her look with Anabela Chan sustainable lab-grown yellow sapphire diamond earrings and a Kallati yellow diamond ring.

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Talk about a sexy Halloween costume!! When it comes to sexy, Rihanna pulled out the stops for Hallow’s Eve. Rihanna wore Anabela Chan rose sapphire earrings to Annabels Halloween Party.

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Chrissy Metz wet off her beautiful face by wearing Vhernier jewelry recently on “The Tonight Show.”

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“Perfect Pitch 2’s” Hailee Steinfeld has a total of eight outfit changes as the host of 2018 MTV European Awards. Big bows on a dress, particularly in the front, are usually a fashion faux pas; however, Hailee Steinfeld pulled it off in a silver metallic Armani Prive romper. Hailee Steinfeld wore a Kallati diamond ring while walking the carpet.

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Like many other luminaries attending the 2018 LACMA Art + Film Gala, Molly Sims wore Gucci. (Gucci was a major sponsor of the event.) Sims looked very sophisticated and chic in a velvet black Gucci gown. Molly Sims wore Amwaj diamond earrings and a Vhernier diamond ring. 

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Bringing up the rear this week, “Riverdale’s” Hayley Law wore a MSGM tie-dye shirt and red pants to the AT&T Hello Lab Mentoring Program Celebration at LACMA. Hayley really pulls off this rather androgynous look.—Staff

Election 2018: VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!

A lot of people would contend that fashion is not political. Not so!! Everything in life is political and so is the fashion industry. Though fashion does not create political movements, fashion can and does illuminate and reflect what is going on culturally and politically.

If you reflect back on the Punk movement of the mid-1970s, while in the US the Punk movement was primarily a cultural phenomenon evidenced in music and fashion, in Great Britain the Punk scene was a anarchistic response to the conservative Thatcher regime, ultimately reflected in clothing, the arts, and rebellion.

This season the US mid-term elections will decide the direction of the country both culturally and politically. With so many challenges in the US around wages, immigration, healthcare, education, and the racial divide, the 2018 mid-term elections will be a moratorium on what continues to divide political and cultural groups in America and a projectile on where this country is heading.

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Will the US be a country of inclusion, opportunity, and manifested compassion or a country of dreams deferred where only wealthy elites can flourish? It is up to us!!Remember, if you don’t vote, don’t complain. Our ancestors fought and died for us to have this right and privilege. Don’t waste it!!

—Staff

Editors’ Pick: Maison Alexandrine Pret-A-Couture Spring 2019 Collection

Fashion begins when there is a desire for change. Brazilian couture designer, Alexandra Fructuoso, brings to life a collection that works in tangent with architecture and, decoration. With an unconventional approach, Alexandrine translates her youthful aesthetic into a luxurious form that challenges the ideal of sensuality.

Maison Alexandrine Pret A Couture spring 2019 collection lives up to its name, daring women to “become better, more self-confident, and more beautiful,” Fructuoso told Harper’s Bazaar. From the world of art and design, Fructuoso shares the most wonderful view of Brazil through fashion. As the first luxury fashion brand crafted in São Paulo, Maison Alexandrine creatively expresses Brazilian culture through the brand’s fashion collections by designing a timeless and jaw-dropping evening wear collection.

Inspired by the infamous Madame de Pompadour as quoted on the Maison Alexandrine website, “fought for the art and ideals of many artists and philosophers.” Fructuoso wishes to create a unique experience that helps bring women to the forefront. “Alexandra believes that while at times a culture doesn’t create opportunities for women, it is also the women themselves that need to foster their own opportunities,” Harper’s Bazaar.

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Reminiscing on years of her love of art exhibits and museums, Fructuoso’s custom creations, according to Harper’s Bazaar, “incorporate intricate stonework, geometric designs, intimate lace, feathers, and beautifully embroidered sleeves.” Maison Alexandrine embodies the edgy side of fashion through the brand’s attention to detail, utilization of historical figures, deco-inspired prints, and haute couture perspective. The color palette relates back to the bold colors of the Studio 54 era, with lots of rich black, white and bold sparkling sequin embellishments. The beautiful colors of marigold, teal, and deeps reds of Brazil are apparent and front and center in this collection.No stranger to plunging necklines, sexy catsuits or the mix of fabrics, Fructuoso avante-garde and cocktail attire merges the beauty of art and design. For the spring 2019 collection, Fructuoso’s powerful women are sure to capture the world’s attention, creating an opportunity for women to fully embrace their abilities and reveal themselves to the world without hesitation or judgment.

—Courtney Wilkins

The Most Authentic Callas: “Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words”

What is to be said about opera legend Maria Callas that hasn’t always been said? Not much. There have been several documentaries and movies her life—“Callas Forever,” “Maria Callas: La Divina: A Portrait,” Callas Assoluta,” “Maria Callas: Life & Art,” and “Maria Callas: Living and Dying for.” So, is another documentary or movie about La Callas necessary?

Perhaps, Tom Volf’s documentary “Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words” will give Callas’s diehard fans a reason for another film about the great diva. “Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words” is the first documentary where Maria Callas tells her life story in her own words. The entire documentary is told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs—nearly all of which have never been shown to the public—the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time. This documentary is a loving portrait of one of history’s most extraordinarily talented women, told in a way that is revelatory, unprecedented, and authoritative.

Interestingly, “Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words” is perhaps the most authentic reflection on Callas’ life and there is no doubt that Callas’ life was a life that great dramas are made from. From her up from the almost bottom in the Bronx—most people don’t know that Callas is actually a New York native—to the beginning of her operatic career in Greece to her dramatic weight loss, to her becoming a style icon in the manner of Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren to her reputation as a difficult diva, to her affair with Aristotle Onassis everything is documented through interviews and photographs in the diva’s own words.

What is most evident in this documentary is that though Callas was a very complicated woman whose life and career was just as complicated as the woman herself is that Callas was totally invested in the complications in her life and her passions. “Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words” is perhaps the first documentary that records in an artist own words the angst and frustrations of a great artist torn between career, family life and personal obligations.

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And though there is some sadness and regret in this film due to Callas’ tragic life and untimely death at the age of 59, there are some great footage of her performing great operatic roles—Norma, Tosca, Lucia di Lammermoor—as well as great interviews with Dick Cavett, particularly after her breakup with Onassis. There is also great footage of Callas’ fans queued outside of the old Metropolitan House in New York City.

For those Callas diehards this is a must-see film. In “Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words” still lives and lives, through her own words.

Photos by REX/Shutterstock (25089c) MARIA CALLAS WITH PHOTOGRAPHERS
VARIOUS – 1968

“Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words” is directed by Tom Volf and opens in limited release nationwide on November 2.

—William S. Gooch

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of October 29, 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.

BRAND: ISAIA Men’s Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/29–11/04; Mon.–Fri. (11am–pm), Saturday Closed, Sunday (noon–5pm)

WHY: Men’s clothing and accessories at up to 65% off suits, blazers, outerwear, leathers, shirts, ties, and pants.

WHERE: Luxury Fashion Group, 245 5th Avenue, (entrance at 2 East 28th Street)

 

BRAND:  Cynthia Rowley Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/02–11/04; Friday (10am–8pm), Sat.–Sun. (10am–6pm)

WHY:  Up to 80% off RTW, swim/surf, fitnesswear, bags, and accessories including one of a kind runway pieces

WHERE:  Cynthia Rowley Studio, 16 Morton Street

 

BRAND:  Kimora Lee Simmons Stock and Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/05–11/09; Mon,–Fri. (11am–5pm)

WHY: Kimora Lee Simmons has been extended due to popular demand, and restocked with even more goodies! Samples will start at $50, and stock will start at $75.

WHERE:  43 West 24th Street, 9th Floor

 

BRAND: Vintage Chanel Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/07–11/09 and 11/11; Wed.–Thurs. (10am–6pm), Fri. (10am–1pm), Sunday (10am­–6pm)

WHY: Shelly and Renee Productions present Vintage Chanel Sample Sale. Shop bags and clothing at a discount. The sale will also include Hermes and Alaia shoes.

WHERE: 37 West 57th Street, 9th Floor

—Staff

Fashion News Alert: Kanye West Designs Black Exodus Collection, Pharrell Williams Collaborates with Chanel, and Rita Ora Headlines Performers at 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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It has been confirmed that pop sensation Pharrell Williams will collaborate on a ready-to-wear clothing and accessories spring 2019 collection with Chanel. The collaborative collection will not be available in stores until March 2019, debuting in Chanel’s new store in Seoul, Korea.Pharrell Williams has collaborated with the iconic French fashion house since 2014, appearing in a 2014 ad campaign with Cara Delevigne and also walking in the brand’s runway show in 2016. Still, this is Pharrel Williams first attempt at designing a ready-to-wear collection—he will be working closely with Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld—though he has co-created luxury sneakers for Adidas Originals and Chanel and co-owning G-Star Raw.

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2018 Victoria Secret Fashion Show headliners

According to relaxnews.com, Rita Ora, Halsey, and Shawn Mendes are confirmed to perform at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show that is to be tapped in New York City in November. Additional singers signed up to appear at the event include Bebe Rexha, The Chainsmokers, Kelsea Ballerini, and The Struts.

The 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show will also reveal the brand’s lingerie capsule collaboration with Mary Katrantzou. Celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury will do makeup for the models.

“The show is a year-long production, and 2018 promises to be our most ambitious yet,” said Victoria’s Secret executive producer Ed Razek in a statement. “We have more musical guests, more fashion and more stories than ever; and, of course, 60 of the world’s top models.”

The 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show will air on ABC on December 2. The show will also air in 190 countries.

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Kanye encourages black exit

With Kanye West the controversy never stops. West has designed a line of apparel encouraging African Americans to leave the Democratic Party as a part of conservative pundit’s Candace Owens’ ‘Black Exit’ or ‘Blexit’ campaign.

‘Black Exit’ or ‘Blexit’ is “the black exit from permanent victimhood,” according to Candace Owns. “Blexit is a renaissance, and I am blessed to say that this logo, these colors were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero, Kanye West,” continues Owens.

The campaign merchandise contains baseball hats and graphic tees that come in a range of fluorescent colors. Some of the graphics contain the printed words “we free,” and ‘Blexit” spelled out with a giant black X. Product retails for $25 to $28.

West has been a supporter of the Trump administration since 2016. Hmm, I guess with this political collection ‘ebonics’ rules.

—William S. Gooch

Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of October 22, 2018

Though this week’s Celebrity Fashion Sightings were on the slim side, there was some great celeb fashion to comment on. This week’s sighting takes our viewers from the 2018 Angel Ball to the Disney and POPSUGAR celebration of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” to the red carpet premiere of “Nobody’s Fool.”

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Misty Copeland has been lighting up the red carpet lately. And this week was no exception. Misty Copland was the lady in burgundy and wore Anabela Chan sustainable lab-grown ruby, pink sapphire and emerald diamond earrings to the Disney and POPSUGAR celebration of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” in NYC. Can you believe she is only 5`2?

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Viola Davis looks good in almost everything she wears. Viola really sparkled on the red carpet in Bibhu Mohaptra spring 2017 Asian-inspired gown at the 2018 British Academy Britannia Awards in Los Angeles. The Kallati diamond earring really set off Viola’s look.

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Tika Sumpter is getting a lot of press for her role in Tyler Perry’s “Nobody’s Fool.” She stunned on the red carpet in a Zac Posen marigold gown at the “Nobody’s Fool” premiere in Los Angeles. She in beautifully accessorized in Roberto Bravo and Maxior jewels.

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Sandra Bullock wore Marco Bicego diamond necklace and ring while stepping out on in New York City. And the white suit she’s wearing at bad, either!!”Orange Is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox has become a red-carpet constant. At the 2018 Outfest Legacy Awards in Los Angeles, Cox wore an eye-catching Tarik Ediz black dress, accessorized Narcisa Pheres earrings and ring along with bracelets from Harry Kotlar and Le Vian.

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“Orange Is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox has become a red-carpet constant. At the 2018 Outfest Legacy Awards in Los Angeles, Cox wore an eye-catching Tarik Ediz black dress, accessorized Narcisa Pheres earrings and ring.

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Ashlee Simpson really stepped up her game on the red carpet at the 2018 Angel Ball. Ashlee Simpson sparkled and shined in Ralph & Russo couture with Narcisa Pheres diamond earrings and a Roberto Bravo diamond ring.—Staff

 

Fashion Tea with Kristopher: Month of October 2018

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Autumn is upon us, which means hot, tasty tea at Fashion Reverie to fend off the autumn chill. The primetime drama which is always the fashion industry rolls on for another Emmy worthy season. Let’s hear about the plot lines driving the fall season. Orange Zest Tea 

This fashion designer who took over a well-known luxury label has wasted no time in changing the company culture. Everyone’s been required to sign NDA’s (non-disclosure agreements); the brand now has a private workroom that only specially assigned personnel can enter, and retail prices might even increase. The anticipation for this designer’s first collection to drop is leaving many in the industry anxious. That said; it appears this designer may be a longtime power player at this brand.

Chamomile Tea

While most fashion media industry professionals consider themselves very privileged to have jobs, a particular fashion editor at a publication owned by a prominent publishing house is taking her privilege for granted. She’s been consistently absent at work; turning in articles late, and taking days off at her own bequest. Someone should remind her, in fashion “one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out.” Her reputation for bad work habits is sure to follow her if she tries to get another position in fashion publishing.

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Earl Grey Tea This British publication has been having trouble landing A-list celebs for features, despite their editor-in-chief’s alleged top connections. Perhaps, his party boy ways and his reputation among American male models for being notoriously unpleasant to work with is costing him any hopes he had for making a real name for himself. He should shape up and ship out, or get his act together and re-evaluate his behavior before his publication sinks like the Titanic.

 LemonTea 

Any hopes you had for that Chanel bag just got a little more unattainable price wise. It has been reported that Chanel will be raising their prices for three classic handbag styles by 6 percent beginning November 1. This will mark the third time the company has raised prices this year. I hope everyone’s holiday bonuses are nice given all this glorious inflation.

—Kristopher Fraser

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