Summer Beauty: It’s Time for Sunshine and Romance

Three_Graces_Beauty_TrioBring the romance of summer front and center with soft twisted hair in classic shapes and rosy-hued cheeks.  Since summertime means longer days, sunshine and hot humid weather, it’s the perfect opportunity to try out some gauzy and unstructured styles.

Soft natural waves are the perfect look this time of year.  This no fuss style is ideal, as it doesn’t require sitting in front of a mirror with a hot curling iron or straightener.  If your hair is naturally straight, fake a wave by sectioning your hair into four pieces and braiding each one before heading to bed.  Spray with a little hairspray to keep the style.

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In the morning, simply un-do the braids and brush out the waves with a soft bristle brush or your fingertips.  You don’t want to completely loose the effect, so make sure only to run the brush or your fingers through once or twice.  Keep the hair off your face by making a deep side part and pinning in back sections for a light and easy half up-do.  You can accent with optional twists and/or braids to enhance that classical romantic aesthetic.

Another option that is great for both long and shorter hairstyles starts by creating a large loose French braid around the crown of the head.  Make sure to pull pieces of hair out to keep it from looking overdone.  To give the look a little something extra, try braiding in ribbons of lace.  Then with the remaining hair, make a side ponytail or bun at the nape of your neck for an easy style that not only looks beautiful, but will also keep you cool and comfortable when the temperature rises.

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Images courtesy of fashionreverie.com/Ken Jones

Finish the look off with a flush of soft pink on the cheeks and lips for the perfect dreamy warm-weather beauty look.

—Janine Silver

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of July 17, 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!!

Altuzarra spring 2017 image courtesy of fashionbombdaily.com

Altuzarra spring 2017 image courtesy of fashionbombdaily.com

BRAND: Altazurra Spring/Summer Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/19–7/21 (8:30am–7pm)

WHY: Prices up to 90% off regular retail price Shop ready-to-wear and leather goods from the spring/summer and pre-spring 2017 collections, as well as pieces from past seasons.

WHERE: 233 Broadway, 14th Floor

 

Michael Bastian spring 2017 image courtesy of pinterest.com

Michael Bastian spring 2017 image courtesy of pinterest.com

BRAND: Michael Bastian Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/19–7/22; Thurs,–Fri. (9am–7pm), Saturday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Men’s clothing at a discount. Major credit cards only; all sales are final.

WHERE: HANIA by Anya Cole
16 West 56th Street
4th Floor

 

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Adam Lippes spring 2017 image courtesy of iheartheels.com

BRAND: Adam Lippes Sample Sale

WHEN:  7/25 – 7/27; Tues.–Thurs. (8:30am–7pm)

WHY:  Women’s clothing at a discount includes pre-spring and spring 2017 merchandise; design samples and old stock.

 WHERE: Adam Lippes Showroom
1133 Broadway,
Suite 426

 

J Brands spring 2017 image courtesy of vogue.com

J Brands spring 2017 image courtesy of vogue.com

BRAND: J Brands Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/25–7/30; Tue s.(10am–8pm), Wed.–Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–4pm)

WHY: Women’s and men’s denim at a discout.

 

WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue

 —Staff

Fashion News Alert: New York City Ballet Partners with Cole Haan, Colette Closes, Buyers Circle Jimmy Choo, and Karl Lagerfeld and the Russians

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Image courtesy of youtube.com

Donald Trump and Russia is proving to be a toxic combination. In fact, any Russia pairing has nefarious connotations these days. However, that does not concern Karl Lagerfeld.

Lagerfeld is looking to expand his ever-growing brand by making presence stronger in Russia by establishing is women’s collections with the distributor the BNS Group. BNS Group distributes nine brands that include Calvin Klein, Topshop, Michael Kors, and the recently added Coach, Tommy Hilfiger and now, Karl Lagerfeld.

Lagerfeld also has a presence in Russia for his menswear line that is primarily sold in Russian shopping malls. The agreement with BNS Group will distribute Lagerfeld’s women’s wear line in Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan with 10 single-brand stores scheduled to open by 2022.

The first store is scheduled to open in the Moscow Metropolis shopping center in 2018. The single-brand store will house women’s wear clothing, footwear, eyewear, watches, and perfumes.

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Image courtesy of mrmagazine.com

NYCB and fashion

Ballet dancers are currently in vogue. First, there was ABT principal dancer Misty Copeland’s campaign with Under Armour in 2015 and in 2017 Dutch National Ballet soloist Michaela DePrince landed a campaign with Jockey. Now, the New York City Ballet (NYCB) has teamed with Cole Haan.

Cole Haan has chosen New York City Ballet dancer Amar Ramasar, Sara Mearns, Megan Fairchild, Gretchen Smith, and Justin Peck to star in its new GrandEvolution collection campaign. New York City Ballet soloist and choreographer Justin Peck choreographed the movement for the campaign that is captured in stills and a series of GIFs to be released on digital channels. NYCB dancers Sear Mearns, Gretchen Smith, and Megan Faircild had appeared in Cole Haan campaigns in previously, going back to 2014.

Andrew Eccles shot the GrandEvolution campaign, Cole Haan’s new unisex collection. The shoes from the collection is available now online and in Cole Haan stores around the world, with prices ranging from $180 to $280.

Jimmy Choo resort 2017 image courtesy of fashionisers.com

Jimmy Choo resort 2017 image courtesy of fashionisers.com

Fashion hawks circle Jimmy Choo

The announcement in May 2017 that Jimmy Choo is up for sale has some fashion hawks flying low, hoping to be the first ones to take advantage of this proclamation. Those frontrunners include Michael Kors—who is apparently working with JP Morgan as its broker—as well as Coach and Hony Capital, who are interested in Jimmy Choo–branded parfums.

With all of his recent retail worries, Kors is an odd choice to take on Jimmy Choo in that the Michael Kors brand has disappointed analysts and investors with its 2017 sales and profit performances. Coach is a more viable choice with its recent purchase of Kate Spade. Hony Capital is in negotiations with Interparfums, the French fragrances group that holds the license to manufacture Jimmy Choo–branded perfumes.

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Image courtesy of fashionisers.com

Bye, bye Colette

Colette, the iconic French concept store, is closing it doors in December. In 2015, almost went into the bankruptcy proceedings and was recently threatened with eviction. Colette’s woes are the result of retail struggles. The continuing advent of online shopping has threatened multi-brand stores like Colette, which was founded in 1990 by Carla Sozzani, as an eclectic concept store.

Still, there is some good news. Businessman Tiziano Sgarbi and designer Simona Barbieri, the founders of Italian fashion label, Twin-Set are taking control of Colette’s Italian counterpart 10 Corso Como.  As reported on corriere.it, Sgarbi and Barbieri are taking control of 10 Corso Como and its retail space for fewer than 30 million euros.

“We have no intention of changing the format. We simply wish to [modernize] it, and we hope to be able to keep the name ’10 Corso Como.’ As for the photography exhibition gallery and the cult fashion and accessories boutique, we would like to enter into a partnership with Carla Sozzani,” Tiziano Sgarbi told corriere.it.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

The Perfect Summer Beauty Combo: Grace, Freedom, and Charm

Every woman is looking for that special combination that gives her an edge. This summer stand out among the crowd with unfettered beauty that reflects grace, sophistication, and natural charm. Remember, this combination never goes out of style. This summer’s  trend of soft, natural beauty, loose  braids, and relaxed grace will get you noticed.

Just as Botticelli’s iconic painting of “The Three Graces” validated a woman’s beauty in it’s natural state, this beauty editorial revisits that iconic work of art seen through the lens of modernity and liberated, feminine charm.

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Photographer: Ken Jones

Beauty Editor: Janine Silver

Stylist: Renessta Olds

Makeup & Hair: Jacqueline Terrero

Models: Colette Laporta, MSA Models

                        Aava Ducayne, Margret-Louise

Grace, Charm, and Beauty

Grace, charm and sensuality never go out of style and in this re-interpretaton of “The Three Graces” image from Sandro Botticelli’s masterpiece “Primavera, Fashion Reverie examines sensuality, charm and grace through a modern lens set against a stunning sylvan background. All the elements of nature, modern femininity, and beauty come to gather in this editorial, demonstrating that some virtues are eternal.

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Art Director: William S. Gooch III

Photographer: Ken Jones

Stylist: Renessta Olds

Makeup & Hair: Jacqueline Terrero

Models: Colette Laporta, MSA Models

                 Aava Ducayne, Margret-Louise

Fashion Flashback: David Zablidowsky

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Image courtesy of l.ipisc.com

Fashion Reverie looks back at David Zablidowsky. This fashion flashback has been the difficult and most gut wrenching fashion flashback for Fashion Reverie to put together because of David Zablidowsky’s (David Z) untimely death on Friday, July 14, 2017. David was a clean rocker—no alcohol or drugs—who loved fashion. So our hearts at Fashion Reverie are heavy due to his death by a freight trailer truck collision.

David Zablidowsky had been a friend to Fashion Reverie Publications since the launch of fashionreverie.com in 2012.  Fashion Reverie did a fashion editorial with David Z in 2013 and Rubix Cube, a 1980s–tribute band that David Z performed with, performed at Fashion Reverie’s launch party.

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Images courtesy of nydailynews.com

I became friends with David Z when I met he and his brother Paulie Zablidowsky (Paulie Z), both members of the now-defunct metal rock band Z02, on a fashion red carpet in 2010. At the time we all met, the brothers’ reality-based, comedy television show “Z Rock” had been canceled after two seasons on the IFC channel. We became fast friends and I assisted Z02’s publicist get the band on fashion and entertainment red carpets—with appearances at New York Fashion Week (Loris Diran, The Blonds, Elene Cassis, Adrienne Landau, and Malan Breton), Tribeca Film Festival, and a plethora of fashion launches.

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Images courtesy of amazon.com and rocknightmare.com, respectively

David Z was an expert musician playing not only with Z02, but also playing for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Rubix Cube, and most recently with Adrenaline Mob. David brought energy, passion and great joy to his stage performances. And his expert musician is rare in the music industry these days. David could play anything from metal rock, to R&B, 80’s pop, soul, and classic rock n’ roll. And he told me once that he never had a job outside of performing once he graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in music theory. Rare indeed!!

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Images courtesy of fashionreverie.com

After Z02 disbanded, I continued my friendship with Paulie and David and I was struck by how both brothers loved fashion. David particularly loved John Varvatos, Custo Barcelona, Tallia, and DSquared2. “Hey, I love clothes, … Believe it not, I shop a lot at Zara. It is a European look, affordable, and the fit is great. But, I also love G Star, DSquared2, Custo Barcelona, Tallia Orange, Rochambeau, and John Varvatos, who is geared toward rock n’ roll, and his shop in the Bowery is in the area where the old CBGBs is, so you cannot go wrong,” David Z told Fashion Reverie in an exclusive interview in 2013.

When Fashion Reverie styled and photographed David Z, David was wide open and willing to go to places a lot of celebrities are not willing to go. David loved being in front of the camera, and though he was not a fashion model, many of the images in the editorial demonstrated that he had modeling chops.

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Images courtesy of fashionreverie.com

David will be missed for his kindness, his joie de vivre, his expert musicianship, his irreverent charm, and his fashion sensibility. He has been taken from us way too early and our condolences go out to his friends and family. Rock on among the other celestial beings, David!!

—William S. Gooch

Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of July 10, 2017

This week’s celebrity fashion sightings are mostly about women of color, and in particular the “Girls Trip’s” red carpets and appearances. That said; there is Demi Lovato’s new video and Natalie Morales’ “Landline” red carpet appearance.

Images courtesy of D'Orazio and Associates

Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Though this week seems to be mostly about “Girls Trip,” at the top of the pack this week is former First Lady Michelle Obama’s appearance at the 2017 Espy Awards. Michelle was chic and sophisticated in a black Cushnie et Ochs dress with asymmetrical neckline. She was nicely accessorized with Hearts on Fire diamond stackable rings. Thanks Michelle Obama for consistently donning designers of color!!

Images courtesy of D'Orazio and Associates

Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Jada Pinkett-Smith has been making bold appearances on red carpets recently in support her summer chick flick “Girls Trip.” Pinkett-Smith look svelte and classy in a gold Prabal Gurung gown, accessorized in a Borgioni earrings and a Le Vian amethyst ring.

Images courtesy of D'Orazio and Associates

Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Speaking of Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jada was also doing promotion duty for “Girls Trip” in Atlanta wearing statement Lydia Courteille drop earrings that paired nicely with Jada black fringe dress.

Images courtesy of D'Orazio and Associates

Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Jada was not the only celeb lighting up the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of “Girls Trip.” Co-star Tiffany Haddish wore a white Alexander McQueen crepe halter gown with embellished neckline. And Tiffany was slamming with Maxior blue Topaz earrings and a Le Vian diamond bracelet.

Images courtesy of Preface PR

Images courtesy of Preface PR

“Girls Trip’s” Regina Hall looked so classy on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in a long sleeve dress with sequin skirt detail from Elisabetta Franchi’s fall 2017 collection that she paired with a gold simple strap patent sandal from Cesare Paciotti. Now who wore it best the model of Regina?

Image courtesy of D'Orazio and Associates

Image courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Grammy-nominate Demi Lovato wore Mattia Cielo diamond studded hoops and Le Vian diamond stack rings in promo shots for her new single ”Sorry Not Sorry.”

Images courtesy  of D'Orazio and Associates

Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

OK, back to “Girls Trip.” Queen Latifah kept it simple in a black bracelet-length sleeve top and white trousers, beautifully accessorized with Hueb diamond ear climbers at the Los Angeles premiere of “Girls Trip.”

Image courtesy of Preface PR

Image courtesy of Preface PR

Last, but not least, Natalie Morales turns it out on the red carpet of Amazon Studio’s “Landline” in a John Paul Ataker ensemble with gold patent leather Cesare Paciotti shoes.

—Staff

Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of July 3, 2017

This week’s Celebrity Fashion Sightings are all about record-breaking pop artists. From Rihanna to Jennifer Lopez to Katy Perry to Celine Dion, Fashion Reverie has singled out pop artists whose hits have spanned a couple of decades and also turn it out on the runway and global events.

Images courtesy of Bibhu Mohapatra

Images courtesy of Bibhu Mohapatra

Celine Dion is on the comeback trail, but then again did she ever take an extended break? Since the death of her husband Rene, Celine Dion has put extra effort in looking stylish on chic wherever she makes an appearance.

Recently, Celine was spotted on the last leg on her tour in Paris wearing Bibhu Mohapatra’s saffron-colored blouse with shoulder exposure paired with a smoked pink silk faille skirt with hand-embroidered gold flakes.

Image courtesy of C&M Media

Image courtesy of C&M Media

Does any celebrity continue to stun more than Jennifer Lopez? Not many. After three decades in the entertainment industry J-Lo will not be denied!! And she proves dominance in her new video “Ni Tu Ni Yo” video donning a Balmain caftan with Missoni statement earrings.

Images courtesy of D'Orazio and Associates

Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Katy Perry stunned at the Paris launch of the new fragrance Gabrielle Chanel wearing Djula earrings and a very chic blue sequin-studded suit.

“Wonder Woman’s” Gal Gadot was recently spotted dressed down in PORTS 1961’s black leather signature bee sneakers. This is a big change from her Wonder Woman garb.

Images of D'Orazio and Associates

Images of D’Orazio and Associates

After almost two decades in the industry, Rihanna is still a stunner, and the extra weight looks great on her. In a promo shot for her RihannaXManolo campaign, Rihanna wore Le Vian topaz rings.

Images courtesy  of RCN NY

Images courtesy of RCN NY

Ok, Miranda Kerr is not a superstar pop artist, but she is a supermodel. Super is super, right?

Miranda floated down the red carpet recently in Japan in a floral dress from Tadashi Shoji’s resort 2017 collection. For an extra bonus, Fashion Reverie included a few more pix for Tadashi Shoji’s resort 2017 collection.

—Staff

 

 

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of July 2, 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: Velvet by Graham & Spencer Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/05–7/09; Wed.–Sun. (10am–7pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing at up to 85% off retail

WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue

 

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Image courtesy of thestyishcity.com

BRAND: Miista Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/07–7/09; Fri.–Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–6pm)

WHY: Shoes starting from $30. There will be HUNDREDS of shoes on offer and they’re not all sample size 7. Even bestsellers from SS17 and a bunch of favorites from fall 2016, as well as some one-off samples from current season. A mixture of seasons (new + old), stock & samples, styles (from boots to sandals, slides, heels, etc.) and prices: from $30 to $120.

WHERE: Circle Studios, 83A Hester Street

 

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Image courtesy of hypehair.com

BRAND: Tracy Reese and plenty Tracy Reese Sample Sale

WHEN:  7/11–7/12; Tues.–Wed. (10am–8pm)

WHY:  Spring/summer apparel at a discount. Dresses, blouses, culottes, and more. Sizes 0-12/XS-L available; cash and credit only.

WHERE: 260 West 39th Street, 19th Floor

—Staff

Fashion News Alert: Karl Lagerfeld Gets a Medal, Versace’s Sales Plummet, US Store Closures Increase, and Jenny Meirens Transitions

Versace spring 2017 image courtesy of fashiongonerogue.com

Versace spring 2017 image courtesy of fashiongonerogue.com

In spite of opening 38 new stores in 2016 and 2017, starting an online channel, and a 3.7 increase in venue sales, according to Radiocor Versace closed the year with EBITDA margins shrinking to 6.6 percent from 12.5 percent in 2015 and a consolidated loss of 7.4 million euro (8.3 million dollars), against profit of 15.3 million euros (17.3 million dollars) last year.

Though this latest retail news may not be good news for Versace, there is a silver lining. Sales in Asia grew by 8.8 percent and sales in North America grew by 2.5 

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Image courtesy of 2luxury2.com

Lagerfeld honored

On Tuesday, Karl Lagerfeld was awarded the Grand Vermeil Medal of City of Paris. Lagerfeld was awarded the medal after Chanel’s fall 2017 Couture show.

“Your genius permits you to take risks and to transport us into a universe in which you excel. You are an immense talent and a great person who has done so much for our city to make it even more creative, magical and beautiful,” said the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.

“I’m a foreigner and proud of it. And we foreigners see how France really lives. And with the latest changes we have the impression that France has really changed. Everyone wants to come to Paris and live in France and start learning French again. And I find that formidable! When you are not French you see things clearly with an eye disengaged from nationalism and patriotism. And I really want to say Vive La France! Vive Paris! And may the Olympics of 2024 come to Paris!,” Lagerfeld responded.

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Image courtesy of insideretailthailand.com

More US store closings

According to the Fung Global Retail & Technology Weekly Tracker, US  store closings 218 percent compared to last year this time. That translates into 5,321 U.S. retail closings were confirmed from January 2017 up until June 23.

The leaders in these store closings have been Bebe, Payless, Inc., and RadioShack. One of the reasons for these store closings has been US consumers moving their dollars to online shopping.

According to Fung, Global Retail & Technology there is some good news. There was a 20% increase in store openings compared to this time last year and US consumers are switching to athleisure wear and beauty so many of the new store openings are reflecting this gravitation.

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Image courtesy of fashionfreaks.com

Bye, bye Jenny

Jenny Meirens, one of the co-founders of Maison Martin Margiela passed away on July 3. Meirens had a direct role in making Maison Martin Margiela a household name.

It was Meirens who suggested that Martin Margiela leave the label in the clothing blank, causing consumers to focus on the design of the clothes other than the designer or brand house. In 2003, Meirens left the brand after selling her stake in the brand to Renzo Rosso, founder of the OTB Group.

Maison Martin Margiela posted a tribute to Jenny Meirens on social media. “In memory of Jenny Meirens, commercial partner of Martin Margiela and one of the visionaries who worked behind the scenes.”

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

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