Weekend Fashion News Alert: Hedi Slimane’s New Job, Meghan Markle’s First Royal Fitting, and Mario Testino Named in Sexual Harassment Roundup


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Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) has appointed Hedi Slimane as the new creative and image director of Celine. Phoebe Philo recently exited her post as creative director of Celine early this month after being at Celine for almost ten years.“I am particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group and taking the reins of our Céline Maison. He is one of the most talented designers of our time. I have been a great admirer of his work since we collaborated on Dior Homme. His arrival at Céline reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this Maison. Hedi will leverage his global vision and unique aesthetic virtuosity,” explained LVMH controlling shareholder, Bernard Arnault,

And in a recent fashionnetwork.com article Hedi Slimane added, “I am delighted to join Bernard Arnault in this all-embracing and fascinating mission for Céline. I greatly look forward to returning to the exciting world of fashion and the dynamism of the ateliers.”

Slimane starts his post next month, directing all of Celine’s collections. Slimane will extend his Celine directorship to include menswear, couture, and fragrances.

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Meghan Markle Says Yes to the Dress

As reported on “ABC News,” Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle had her first bridal gown fitting at Kensington Palace. Though Markle’s choice of bridal designer has not been revealed, royal reporter and biographer Omid Schobie explained that bridal stylist Jessica Mulroney is helping Meghan Markle create a custom-made look for the wedding.

“Meghan flew her close friend and bridal stylist Jessica Mulroney from Toronto to London last weekend where she attended a top-secret fitting at Kensington Palace with the designer. They’ve tried on a number of different designs and are currently whittling it down to pick the best designs for the day,” adds Schobie.

Schobie detailed that Markle has “expressed the desire to wear something simple and classy and very elegant.” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day is scheduled for May 2018.

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Mario Testino named

Add Mario Testino’s name to the list of fashion photographers who have allegedly been involved in sexual misconduct. First Terry Richardson was named—no surprise to anyone in the industry. In December 2017, Bruce Weber was called out for sexual misconduct by two former male models—also not a complete shock. Now, the New York Times alleges that Mario Testino participated in sexual misconduct with 13 models and male assistants. Testino is accused of making sexual advances, open masturbation, and groping.

“We are deeply disturbed by these accusations and take this very seriously—as previously noted in our statement regarding sexual harassment,” Conde Nast said in a statement. “In light of these allegations, we will not be commissioning any new work with [Testino and Weber] for the foreseeable future.”

According to the New York Times, a law firm representing Testino “challenged the characters and credibility of people who complained of harassment.” And that former Testino employees were shocked by the allegations” and “could not confirm any of the claims.”

Michael Kors is following Conde Nast’s lead and ending the brand’s relationship with Testino even though the brand has had a long, production relationship with Mario Testino. “In light of the seriousness of these accusations, we will not be working with Mr. Testino on future advertising campaigns,” said representatives for Michael Kors.

—William S. Gooch







Fashion Reverie’s 2018 Unisex Winter Skincare Guide

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Snow doubt about it… winter is here! If you were in any part of the United States in the first few days of 2018, and most this past week, then you were likely affected by a lot of snow. It crippled some small towns and brought some major cities to a standstill. And even though we know winter will come every year, every year we often under prepare for it. It can affect travel, commuting to work, and our bodies. While we at Fashion Reverie can’t give you much advice on getting to work in the winter, we can surely advise you on how to prepare and repair your body from winter’s harsh effects.There’s an old adage that says, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” Fashion Reverie has assembled a fail-proof list of skincare products that will have you feeling summertime fresh during the most blustery winter months.Oxygenetix Oxygenating Acne Control Foundation

Though acne is usually associated with warmer temperatures, even in colder climates acne still prevails. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Acne Control Foundation features maximum strength 2% salicylic acid combined with the brand’s proprietary, breathable delivery system. The prime ingredient is the pro-healing, patented Ceravitae Complex, a supercharged, oxygenating, breathable matrix that promotes collagen cell production and connective tissue growth. Ceravitae attracts oxygen to the skin to support healing and keep skin strong and healthy. Ceravitae works synergistically with time-released salicylic acid to maintain effective treatment levels throughout the day.

Dr. Bronner Pure Castile Liquid Soap

Available in eight scents, their peppermint is the most popular. Made with with organic peppermint oil, it clears sinuses, sharpens the mind, and tingles the body leaving you totally revitalized. Just make sure to not let it linger on your most sensitive parts … It’s powerful!Bath and Body Works Orange Ginger Energy Sugar Scrub

The scrub is perfect for sloughing off dead skin and invigorating your body. The ingredients include five nourishing oils, including jojoba, sunflower seed, safflower seed, mineral, and almond oils for maximum hydration coupled with orange and ginger essential oils for tension relief. Breathe deeply to maximize its energizing effects.Molton Brown Re-charge Black Pepper Sport Muscle Soak

Built from mineral-rich thermal bathing salts, and paired with Molton Brown’s iconic scent of Madagascan black pepper oil, grapefruit, and aromatic cardamom, this bath soak help relax your muscles and ease away the stress of the daySimply Balanced Organic Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil

An all-natural product that is great for your skin (and hair). Being that it is unrefined, it retains the natural smell of the coconut while keeping your skin moisturized and healthy. Some people have even reported that, after a few weeks, it has helped clear up minor skin conditions.Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer

Tested by guys who use and abuse their hands, this rich, non-greasy formula helps heal and soothe dry, chapped, cracked hands. Particularly beneficial to those who wash their hands a lot or spend time outdoors in rugged temperatures, Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer repairs tough calloused skin and cuticles, providing lasting relief.Zirh Clean

An invigorating face wash with Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy Acids that work to remove dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells. The cleanser has a fresh, light lemon scent that leaves your face feeling and looking fresh and clean.Anthony Facial Scrub

This gentle face scrub is a triple threat. It exfoliates skin, removes grime, and helps get rid of ingrown hairs. White sand from Bora Bora removes dead skin, aloe vera soothes and refreshes the skin, and Vitamin C nourishes the skin. This is a spa-worthy concoction for your face.Baxter of California Herbal Mint Toner

This toner is the wingman to all of your facial products. Not only does it remove residual dirt, oil, and impurities cleansers can miss, it brightens the complexion, reduces redness, balances oil production, and preps skin to receive further product like serums and moisturizers, boosting their efficacy.Dr. Perricone Vitamin C Ester Serum

This is a golden elixir for your face. The concentrated boost of Vitamin C brightens your complexion evens out your skin tone; helps smooth crows feet, and reduce wrinkles. You can get it in as a liquid serum or a travel-friendly cream.Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm

Everyone needs an optimum concoction for lip protection and repair. Composed of shea butter, pure Vitamin C, and squalene, this lip balm is designed to keep your lips hydrated and healthy. Squalene is super moisturizing; Vitamin C helps improve the appearance of aging skin, and the shea butter protects against dryness and dehydration while keeping your lips supple. And it leaves your lips shine-free. Perfect!Malin+Goetz Weekender Travel Kit

When traveling, you can’t bring your whole skincare regimen, so why not have a handy kit that’s always ready to go? This weekend essentials kit is pre-packed for easy travel. It includes grapefruit face cleanser, Vitamin E face moisturizer, bergamot body wash, eucalyptus deodorant, almond hand treatment, and lip moisturizer. No need to create your own kit of products, this TSA-friendly assortment is all you need for a quick getaway.

—Carl Ayers


Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of January 15, 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: Veronica Beard Sample SaleWHEN: 1/16–1/18; Tues. (8:30am–7pm), Wed. (9am–7pm), Thurs. (8am–1pm

WHY: Women’s clothing, jeans, and footwear at a discount 

WHERE: 65 Greene Street


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BRAND: Theory and Helmut Lang Sample Sale

WHEN: 1/16–1/19; Tues. (11am–8pm), Wed.–Fri. (11am–7pm)

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

WHERE: 261 West 36th Street, 2nd floor


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BRAND: Zadig & Voltaire Warehouse Sample Sale

WHEN: 1/15–1/21

WHY: Up to 70% off apparel, shoes, and accessories 

WHERE:  153 Mercer Street

BRAND: Frederick Gelb Furs Sample Sale

WHEN: 1/16–1/31, Mon.–Fri., 9am-5pm, Sat. 9am–2pm, Sunday closed

WHY:  Fred Gelb Furs, one of the largest wholesale designer label manufacturers in America is opening their factory showroom to sell off their 2017-18 inventory. There are unbelievable values on spectacular runway pieces, sheared mink, reversibles, colors, sables, vests, shearling, capes in a full range of sizes.

WHERE: 345 7th Ave (bet. 29th & 30th Sts.) 20th Floor

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BRAND: Ernest Alexander Sample Sale

WHEN: 1/22–1/26; Monday–Friday (9am–7pm)

WHY: Clothing and accessories up to 70% off original retail prices

WHERE: 15 West 28th Street, 4th Floor



Fashion News Alert: Lindsay Lohan Rebrands, Marc Jacobs to Close European Stores, Donatella Disses Versace TV Series, and Norway Bans Fur Farms

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If anyone saw Lindsay Lohan on “The Wendy Williams Show” last Friday, it is quite evident that Lohan is attempting to rebrand herself. Now living in Dubai—where paparazzi are illegal—Lohan is putting a lot of energy into reinvigorating her image in the States and abroad.That said; Lohan announced on “The Wendy Williams Show” that she is developing a makeup and beauty line. Though she did not reveal many details about the upcoming cosmetics line, Lohan did express that the cosmetic line will contain lipstick and other beauty products. And a released image on “The Wendy Williams Show” shows a collection that might include a lipstick, eye shadow and mirrored powder compact.

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Donatella frowns

Donatella Versace has always been very outspoken and candid about her brother Gianni Versace’s life and death. Very close to her brother and very protective of his legacy, Donatella has confessed that she will not watch the US television nine-part, mini-series about the murder of her brother, Gianni Versace.

I haven’t seen [the series] nor will I see it, because after all this time it still hurts to see Gianni represented untruthfully,” Donatella told La Repubblica, an Italian daily paper. Since its publication in 1999, the Versace family has had major reservations about Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favours.

The Versace family, as detailed in a fashionnetwork.com article, said, “in the attempt to create a sensational story, [the TV drama] presents gossip full of contradictions. It saddens [us] to see that among all possible portraits of (Gianni‘s) life and story, the producers chose to present the false and distorted version created by Maureen Orth,” they added.

The Versace family took issue with reports in Vulgar Favours that at the time of his death Gianni Versace was suffering from AIDS. And they were also concerned that Maureen Orth never reached out to the Versace family to verify facts.

The nine-episode series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” stars Edgar Ramirez as Gianni,  Penelope Cruz as Donatella and  Ricky Martin as Gianni’s boyfriend. The mini-series begins on January 17 on FX.

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Marc Jacobs’ shutdown

Retail sales have been declining for Marc Jacobs for the last couple of seasons. A few years ago Jacobs merged his less expensive line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, with his namesake line, and now Jacobs is closing the last remaining store in London, as well as additional brick and mortar stores in Europe.

Though Business of Fashion, who first reported this story, could not confirm which Jacobs’ brick and mortar stores in Europe will shutter later in the year, it was confirmed that the London Mayfair store on Mount Street closes in early 2018. It has been confirmed by LVMH, Jacobs’ holding company, that the Marc Jacobs’ Paris store on Rue Saint Honore will remain open

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Fur free

The Norwegian government, spearheaded by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, plans to phase out all Norwegian fur farms by 2025. Norway has about 200 fur farms that produce about 1 million pelts a year, employing over 400 people, and grossing 350 to 500 million Norwegian crowns.

Norway only produces 3 percent of the world’s fox fur, and 1 percent of the world’s mink. “It’s not a very lucrative business in Norway,” said Sveinung Fjose, of Menon Business Economics and an expert on fur farms. “It wouldn’t harm the Norwegian economy severely” to close it down.”

According to the Humane Society International, Norway is the 14th European nation to phase out fur farming.

—William S. Gooch


Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of January 1, 2018

2018 is not even a week old an already it is all about the color black. And it all came to fruition at the 2018 Golden Globes. And though fashionistas would have loved to see splashes on color on the 2018 Golden Globe red carpet, the ubiquity of black was all for a good cause.

Add to that ‘Time Out’ brooches and pins and 2018 promises to be year of advocacy, protest, and hopefully great change. And those who missed a lot of color on the red carpet, this is just the beginning of award season and there are plenty of other changes to see great color on red carpets.

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What would the Golden Globes be without Halle Berry? A former Golden Globe winner, Halle Berry went against tradition and wore a short dress to the 2018 Golden Globes. Still, she sparkled and shined in a black lace, bell sleeved Zuhair Murad cocktail dress with Jimmy Choo sandals.Halle set off her red carpet look with a tourmeline Maxior ring, and black diamond/emerald ring by AS29. That said; we loved the chance to see Halle’s toned and sexy legs!!

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Olympic gold medal figure skater Tara Lipinksi may be diminutive, but she still knows how to shine on a red carpet. Tara looks great in a Dress the Population black halter gown with Neil J. Rodgers shoes.

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“This Is Us’” Susan Kelechi Watson looked current and chic in a black sequin jumpsuit by Monsoori. Susan set off her ensemble with the ‘Mia” shoe from Neil J. Rodgers.

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“The Real’s” Jeannie Mai wore an Uel Camilo gown and Harry Kotlar diamond ear clusters.

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“Orange Is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox always shines on the red carpet. Laverne Cox demonstrates just how stunning she is in a Stella Nolasco black gown with dipping décolletage. Laverne is beautifully accessorized in Gilan diamond earrings and a DVANI sapphire ring.

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Though Ireland Baldwin has fabulous and glamorous parents, Kim Basinger and Alex Baldwin, that doesn’t mean that Ireland is not glamorous in her own right. The model/actress looked edgy but fashionable in a Sally LaPointe black cocktail dress. Ireland accessorizes with Borgioni diamond ear cuffs and AS29 diamond two-finger ring.

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“Westworld’s” Angela Sarafyan looks very sophisticated in an Ester Abner dress with Jimmy Choo clutch, beautifully accessorized in a Maxior amethyst necklace, bracelet, and ring at the Instyle 2018 Golden Globes After-Party.

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Who says a suit ensemble doesn’t work at the Golden Globes? “Columbus’” Haley Lu Richardson proves that it does by donning a DVF metallic-embossed suit. Not exactly black, but it works just same, especially with accessories of Djula diamond earrings and ring.

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“Little Bitches” Keirsey Clemmons looks chic and sophisticated in a simple Giamba black dress with dipping décolletage, accessorized with Narcisa Pheres diamond earrings and Djula diamond ring. Love the short coif, showing off that beautiful face!!

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Last, but not least, actress Sonequa Martin-Green wore an Elisabetta Franchi spring 2018 cream scalloped top and pearl and brass necklace while attending the InStyle Golden Globes After-Party. The black tuxedo suit is by Vitor Zerbinato.—Staff

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of January 1, 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: Lily Pulitzer After Party Sale

WHEN: 1/03–1/04

WHY: Clothing, footwear, and accessories at a discount, in store and online.

WHERE:  Lilly Pulitzer, 1020 Madison Avenue


BRAND: Shoe-Inn Warehouse Sample Sale

WHEN: 1/08–1/12, Monday–Friday (9am–7pm)

WHY:  Women’s footwear and accessories at a discount, over 10,000 pairs of shoes from all of the top designers. Designers include Stuart Weitzman, Vince, Sam Edelman, Kendall & Kylie, Frye, Eileen Fisher, Fiorentini + Baker, Aquatalia, Dolce Vita, Ash, Free People, Ugg, Sorel, Sigerson Morrison, Marc Fisher, Steve Madden, Joie, and over 100 additional brands. All shoes: $29–$99; All boots: $30–$249.

WHERE: Penn Plaza Pavilion, 401 7th Avenue

BRAND: Bonobos Sample Sale

WHEN: 1/9–1/14; Tues. (9am–8pm), Wed.–Fri. (10am–8pm), Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–4pm)

WHY: Up to 60% off on Fall/Winter collection of men’s apparel and suiting

WHERE: 260 Sample Sale, 260 5th Avenue




Fashion News Alert: Selena Gomez’s New Coach Campaign, Nordstrom Expands to Men’s Standalone, and Bruce Weber Responds to Allegations

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Selena Gomez’s is already revving it up in 2018. Selena released on her Instagram account an image from her new Coach spring 2018 campaign.”A New Year’s first just for you guys—I’m so excited to reveal my new @Coach campaign,” said Gomez on her Instagram post. Steven Meisel photographed the campaign with Selena holding Coach’s new multicolored, quilted ‘Parker’ bag against the New York City skyline.

Selena Gomez has been an ambassador for Coach since 2016 and has starred in several campaigns for Coach, even launching a capsule collection with Coach, Coach x Selena Gomez in spring 2017. The capsule collection included the widely popular ‘Selena Grace’ bag with the messages ‘Love yourself first,’ and ‘To be you is to be strong’ embossed on the bottom of the bag.

Gomez has also signed a two-year campaign with Puma in September. The contract requires Gomez to front for the brand and collaborate on designs. You go, Selena!!

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Bruce barks back

Bruce Weber has finally responded to sexual misconduct allegations. In early December 2017 Weber was accused of sexual harrasment by former male models Jason Boyce and Mark Ricketson in a press conference held by the attorney for the accusers, Lisa Bloom. Boyce is filing a lawsuit against Weber. Ricketson cannot file a lawsuit because of the statute of limitations in California.

Bruce Weber wrote on Instagram, “I want to address the recent allegations made against me. I unequivocally deny these charges and will vigorously deny these charges and I will vigorously defend myself. I have spent my career capturing the human spirit through photographs and am confident that, in due time, the truth will prevail. I am grateful for the outpouring of support I have received.”

In recent weeks Weber has received support from industry bigwigs Grace Coddington, Tim Blanks, Carine Roitfeld, Trey Laird, and a slew of male and female models.

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It’s all about the guys

It’s hard to believe that in a stagnant retail market that the menswear market is expanding. Well, Nordstrom seems to think so!!

The mega retail store is prepping for its first standalone menswear store set to open in New York City in April 2018. Nordstrom has also scheduled to open a flagship store in the base of the Central Park Tower in 2019.

While other mega retail stores saw a significant decrease in sales in 2016 and 2017, Nordstrom actually stayed steady with some modest gains. Cailin Caro, Nordstrom’s NYC men’s store manager, announced that the men’s store would be “focused on service and providing customers with an elevated experience that reflects the best of what we have to offer.”

For the NYC men’s standalone store Nordstrom is recruiting for sales associates in apparel, designer, furnishings, shoes, and grooming departments. Nordstrom’s men’s standalone store will be located on Broadway between 57th and 58th Streets.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion Reverie’s Top Ten Stylish Celebrities of 2017

Every week through our Celebrity Fashion Sightings, Fashion Reverie brings its viewers some of the best fashion and style from the hottest celebs. In 2017 Fashion Reverie highlighted celebs that were on the rise, and celebs that are well established. And there were some celebs that stood out above the others. This roundup is based on the great looks worn by celebrities, not the number of times the celebs were featured on the site.1) Without a doubt the hottest celeb on red carpets, demonstrating great street style is Zendaya. On her tour promoting “The Greatest Showman,” Zendaya looked great in Giuseppe Morabito gold coat dress with Bien-Davis bag and Vita Fede two-toned matte black hoop earrings for her appearance on the “Today Show.”

At an appearance at Capital 1 Studios in London, Zendaya donned a Stella Jean ensemble. And at a media appearance at the Empire State Building Zendaya was chic and sophisticated in a Ralph Lauren coat and Martin Grant green skirt, proving that she can easily transition between sexy vixen and budding fashion icon.2) Speaking of fashion icon, Rihanna is always on the top of Fashion Reverie’s list. Though Rihanna was awarded the Fashion Icon Award by the CFDA in 2014, she didn’t rest on her laurels. Rihanna has continued to blaze on red carpets and is still recognized for her great style.

Though she has added a few more pounds to her already curvaceous frame, Rihanna demonstrated that she could still expose some skin and not look like she is trying too hard. At Jay-Z show in LA on December 21, Rihanna looked oh so sexy in a black short leather dress with matching black leather coat. And the girls are popping, pow pow!!The day before the Jay-Z show Rihanna got up on stage at Kendrick Lamar’s TDE free Christmas concert at a public housing development in Watts, wearing a white miniskirt with matching thigh-high Off White boots. Rihanna completes her on-stage ensemble with Hearts On Fire diamond ring and bracelet.  RiRi looks kittenish and saucy in a pink Nina Ricci spring 2018 ensemble with Anabela Chan diamond flower ring on a recent Instagam post. And earlier in the year, Rihanna wore a Djula diamond choker priced at $226,000 in Kendrick Lamar’s ‘LOYALTY’ music video.

3) In years prior Fashion Reverie never gave Celine Dion her due justice. By in 2017 Celine just couldn’t be denied.Celine donned one of Fashion Reverie’s favorite designers, Bibhu Mohapatra, on the last leg of her tour. And she stunned in Bibu Mohapatra’s ensemble from his fall 2017 collection. The undisputed ‘Queen of Las Vegas’ was breathtaking on the red carpet in a white Stephane Rolland haute couture gown with huge voluminous puffy shoulders. Celine was beautifully accessorized with Harry Kotlar jewels.

4) Who would have imagined that Katy Perry would become a style and trendsetter when she first released “I Kissed a Girl” in 2008. In 2017, Katy Perry stunned at the Paris launch of the new fragrance Gabrielle Chanel wearing Djula earrings and a very chic blue sequin-studded suit. Katy Perry wore an Elisabetta Franchi cream and black striped suit with Zuhair Murad top and Sergio Rossi shoes to the Universal Music Group’s 2017 Artist Showcase in Los Angeles. In another fashionable moment, Katy Perry hosted the 2017 VMAs and had several costume changes. One of the most interesting stage outfits was Perry in a basketball-inspired bustier, layered over a white dress, accessorized in Hearts on Fire diamond bracelets.5) What is a 2017 celebrity fashion roundup without Jennifer Lopez? If 48 looks like Jennifer Lopez, then everyone should want what she is selling. Lopez leaves little to the imagination in a revealing Bao Tranchi dress with Mattia Cielo diamond hoop earrings at her 48th birthday bash with her love interest Alex Rodriguez.J-Lo was spotted wearing a Hamel gown to Sophie Lasry and Alex Swieca’s wedding in New York City. And no one can show leg better than Jennifer Lopez.And show leg J-Lo does in an off-the-shoulder Elie Saab haute couture peach dress with a knotted detail at the NBC Universal 2017 Upfronts in NYC. J-Lo punctuates this beautiful look with Narcisa Pheres and Le Vian diamond rings.6) Mary J. Blige has added Golden Globe nominee to her list of accomplishments. And she can also add being on Fashion Reverie’s 2017 Best Celebrity Sightings to her list as well. Presumptuous of us, yeah, maybe!!Mary J. Blige is letting no grass grow under her feet after her very public divorce. Mary gave evidence by wearing a sheer, lacy form-fitting Julien Macdonald jumpsuit from his spring 2018 collection at the 2017 Billboard Magazine Women in Music Awards. Mary J. Blige was beautifully accessorized wore Dvani diamond drop earrings, a Le Vian black diamond ring, as well as a Djula diamond ring and Hueb diamond ring. Mary J is all that and more in a very sophisticated white gown with big white bow on the side, beautifully accessorized in Hueb diamond drop earrings and ring at the PORTER Incredible Woman Gala in Los Angeles. Mary J. Blige continues to stun on the red carpet. Mary J glided down the red carpet at the 9thAnnual Governors Awards in a color-blocked spring 2018 Cushnie et Ochs gown. She is beautifully accessorized in an Anabela Chan canary diamond earrings and ring. 

7) What would our 2017 celeb style roundup be without a supermodel? Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio fits the bill with all the great style she brought to 2017 red carpets. Though she is closing the chapter on Victoria’s Secret career, we hope we still get to see her on red carpets.The 36-year-old model looks great on the red carpet at Balmain event in Shanghai donned in a black Balmain garment, accessorized Borgioni black diamond stud earrings and a Djula diamond ring.Adding to that, Alessandra Ambrosio demonstrated why she makes heads turn at the 2017 ELLE’s Annual Women in Hollywood event. Alessandra made everyone stand up and take notice in a sheer black Zuhair Murad jumpsuit with Joelle and DJULA jewelry. Lastly, in Shanghai, Alessandra attended Russell James’ launch of Mercedes-Benz Backstage Secrets. Alessandra looked all pomp and military with a little bit of sexy sass thrown in. She was nicely accessorized in MARLI diamond pyramid asymmetrical earrings and ring. 

8) In 2017 Demi Lovato threw her hat into the red carpet, best-dressed list, and she succeeded. Demi Lovato wore a STYLAND suit to the MTV EMAs 2017. Demi Lovato wore Mattia Cielo diamond studded hoops and Le Vian diamond stack rings in promo shots for her new single “Sorry Not Sorry.”Demi Lovato really shows off her curves on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in a beige Zimmerman dress with latticed décolletage. Demi sets off her dress with Pasquale Bruni diamond floral rings.9) Tiffany Haddish is the breakout star of 2017. And she also made head turns on the red carpet. At the Los Angeles premiere of “Girls Trip” Tiffany Haddish wore a white Alexander McQueen crepe halter gown with embellished neckline and Maxior blue Topaz earrings and a Le Vian diamond bracelet.Tiffany killed on “Saturday Night Live,” and she displayed her exuberant spirit in a red STYLAND suit ensemble in a recent Instagram post promoting her hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live.” Tiffany Haddish is the first African American comedienne to host SNL.10) Camila Cabello, formerly of Fifth Harmony, was all light and whimsical beauty in a blush pink Ralph & Russo ball gown. She looked lovely accessorized in Anabela Chan rose sapphire earrings and diamond ring. Camila Cabello looked liked magical royalty in a Monique Lhuillier tulle watercolor gown. Camilla completed her fairy tale look with diamond rings from Djula.









Fashion Reverie’s 2018 Industry Predictions

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In 2017 there was a revolving door of creative directors at several fashion houses. Retail market sales continued their downward trend. More and more fashion designers opted out of showing at international fashion weeks. And some iconic fashion designers who changed fashion industry, as we know it, passed away.Who could have predicted that 2017 would be a year of great change in the fashion industry? Change is always a consistent bedfellow in fashion; however, in 2017 change was attached by an umbilical cord.

That said; on the heels of great change in the previous year, Fashion Reverie offers seven predictions for 2018. As an online fashion publication that is deeply embedded in the fashion industry, Fashion Reverie is primed and fully versed in the evolution of an industry that is dictated by creative mien, market viability, and shoppers’ moods and tastes.

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1) Media tongues have been wagging since Prince Harry announced his engagement to Meghan Markle. The royals have been marrying commoners for some time now, so that’s no great shocker. However, a woman of color entering one of the most revered royal families is a historic first. Fashion Reverie predicts that Meghan Markle will help evolve the style of the Brit royals by introducing a coterie of designers that are not necessarily household names.Prior to her engagement, Meghan Markle had a penchant for the clothing of Misha Nonoo. Fashion Reverie also predicts that Markle will don such designers as Vivienne Tam and Bibhu Mohapatra. Remember, Bibhu is a graduate of The London School of Economics!

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2) International Fashion Weeks will continue to lose their relevance in 2018. Already many designers are opting out of showing their collections in Paris, New York, Milan and London. Has fashion week lost its relevance in the industry? 2018 will tell the full story!!

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3) Social media influencers will begin to lose traction in the fashion industry. It has long been debated the relevance of social media influencers. Fashion Reverie, in an article curated by associate editor Kristopher Fraser, produced such an article last month. The fashion industry in 2018 will begin to more closely examine if social media influencers are in fact helping clothing and beauty products sell better than traditional advertising and well-written articles. Is this fact or fiction? 2018 will be the year of truth!!

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4) More fashion designers will go to a direct-to-consumer business model. As the retail industry continues to struggle and continue to be adverse to brands that do not have market proliferation or are household names, fashion brands that are having difficulty getting retail stores to carry their collections will adopt a direct-to-consumer business model. Misha Nonoo and Public School have already put this business model in motion.

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5) Fashion brands will employ more mature supermodels. In 2017 the fashion industry began to once again embrace older supermodels. Versace’s spring 2018 show employed several supermodels in their runway show including Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Carole Tretini, Doutzen Kroes, and Carmen Kass. Blumarine’s spring 2018 campaign stars supermodel Amber Valletta. And septuagenarian top model Mae Musk has a Covergirl campaign.

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6) Goodbye skinny jeans and pants for men. We have already seen the lack of skinny pants on the menswear runway shows of General Idea, Philip Plein, Calvin Klein, and others; although, Balmain still loves tight-fitting pants on the guys. That said; Fashion Reverie predicts that in 2018  guys can say sayonara to tight, skinny jeans. Whew!!

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7) 2017 was the year of the plus size or curvy model. 2018 will not be!! Although some fashion pundits and industry professionals claim that the fashion industry takes up social and political issues, in real time the industry only really cares about sales!! And since the inclusion of plus size and curvy models didn’t increase retail sales, there will be fewer larger models in campaigns and on runways. Sorry!!—William S. Gooch

Happy 2018!!!

Fashion Reverie would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2018. 2017 was a year of great change and challenges. Still, we soldiered on. Bring a stronger commitment to excellence, truth, equity, and justice to 2018. Remember, change is constant, but so is the universe’s benevolence. Enter 2018 with great faith, perseverance, and joy.

—William S. Gooch, editor-in-chief



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