Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of May 22, 2017

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of May 22, 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: Theory Women’s Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/24–5/28; Wed.–Sat, (10:30am–7pm), Sunday (10:30am–5pm)

WHY:  Everything up to 70% off

WHERE:   Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue

 

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BRAND: OAK + FORT NYC Warehouse Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/25–5/28; Thurs.–Sun. (11am–7pm)

WHY:  OAK + FORT pieces up to 70% off

 WHERE:   5 Mercer Street

 

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Image courtesy of showroomseven.com

BRAND: Showroom Seven Sample Sale

WHEN:  5/30–6/30; Mon.–Fri.; 10am–7pm

WHY:  Up to 75% off showroom samples including Erickson Beamon, Chiara Ferragni, Patricia Bondaldi, Pier Antonio Gaspari, 2NDDAY, and Day Birger et Mikkelsen

 WHERE:  501 Tenth Avenue, 7th Floor (Entrance of 38th Street)

—Staff

Fashion News Alert: Naomi Campbell Teams up with Diesel, Novak Djokovic’s New Gig, H&M Strives to Improve Working Conditions, and Another Fashion Job for Bella Hadid

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There is very little down time for Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. As his five-year contract ends with Uniqlo, Djokovic has been named brand ambassador for Lacoste. As Lacoste’s brand ambassador Djokovic is to wear Lacoste on and off the tennis court.

The Novak Djokovic Collection for Lacoste will be available in Lacoste stores this month and will be worn by Djokovic during the upcoming French Open. These performance products have been engineered for performance, comfort, quality, and are ergonomically designed to prevent chaffing and promote ease of movement.

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Workers unite!

As workers around the world engage in strikes and protests for higher wages and better working conditions, H&M, one of the largest retailers in the world, has begun steps to improve working conditions for employees that make H&M products. One of H&M’s projections is to get factory employees representation by trade unions that can negotiate better working conditions for factory employees.

“The work is at the top of our agenda and we stay true to our collaborative approach and methodical way of working, making it possible to take important steps forward,” H&M said. “In 2018, the goal is to have democratically elected worker representatives in place at supplier representing 50 per cent of our product volume. Our collaboration within the Global Framework Agreement—pushing the development forward—was converted to a permanent agreement. H&M became an official supporter of the Global Deal partnership,” H&M details.

H&M has factories in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, China, Turkey, and Myanmar that will be participating in this worker initiative. “In 2018, the goal is to have improved wage management systems in place at suppliers representing 50 per cent of our product volume,” the H&M group contends.

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Catwalk Naomi

Naomi Campbell is everywhere! As she is gracing the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, Campbell also hosted the Fashion for Relief charity event during the Cannes Film festival.

The Fashion for Relief charity event raised money for Save the Children. Campbell collaborated with Diesel to support the charity organization. Models donned tee shirts and hoodies with rainbow heart and ladybird designs from ‘Child at Heart’, a collection designed by Campbell.

Diesel creative director Nicola Formichetti created two exclusive looks for the fashion show for the charity event, based on classic Diesel styles. More than 400 guests attended the event including Jeremy Renner, Anna Cleveland, and Paris Hilton.

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Sporty Bella

Bella Hadid’s fashion proliferation is about to catch up with her supermodel sister Gigi. Bella has joined Nike’s long list of celebrity brand ambassadors. Bella will be featured in Nike’s 45th anniversary sneaker campaign. The campaign will feature Bella skateboarding in jeans and Nike workout gear.

Bella is following in her sister Gigi’s footprints. Gigi was the face of Reebok’s # Perfect Never campaign. Bella is expanded her audience by adding sportswear to her a portfolio of high-end fashion clients. Bella recently acquired campaigns with Dior makeup and Tag Heuer.

—William S. Gooch

 

Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of May 15, 2017

The week of May 15 was a busy week for Fashion Reverie’s Celebrity Fashion Sightings. From the 2017 Billboard Music Awards to the CW’s Upfronts event to red carpets at the Cannes Film Festival, this week proved to be a week of lots of glamour, elegance and beauty.

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Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

At the top of the elegance and glamour list this week was Celine Dion at the 2017 Billboard Awards. 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 diamond rings worth over $3 million dollars.

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Images courtesy of Getty Images/D’Orazio and Associates

No grass grows under “X-Men: Apocalypse’s” Olivia Munn since splitting from Green Bay Quarterback boyfriend Aaron Rodgers last month. Munn was sexy and spring appropriate in a black sheer Revolution gown with pink floral embellishments at the Billboard Awards. Diamond and ruby accessories from DVANI really set off Olivia Munn’s black sheer gown.

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Images courtesy of Getty Images/D’Orazio and Associates

Does Nicole Scherzinger ever look bad on the red carpet? Absolutely, not!! Scherzinger wore a Maria Lucia Hohan peach gown with very revealing décolletage, accessorized with Le Vian amethyst earrings, morganite ring, a gold feather ring, and a Noudar gold body chain.

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Image courtesy of Preface PR

“Riverdale’s” Ashleigh Murray wore a white sleeveless dress with ruffle detail from Elisabetta Franchi’s spring 2017 collection to the CW Upfronts event in New York City.

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Images courtesy of Getty Images/D’Orazio and Associates

No one can show leg better than Jennifer Lopez. And show leg she 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.

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Images courtesy of Preface PR

We all love Grace Gealey on “Empire.” And we especially love Grace in an Elisabetta Franchi seafoam, long sleeve jumpsuit from her spring 2017 collection at the CW Upfronts in NYC.

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There is always some incredible red carpet fashion at the Cannes Film Festival. Michelle Yeoh donned GYUNEL Couture attending the premiere of Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless,”

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Image courtesy of Preface PR

Fashion Reverie rarely leaves male celebrities out. This week Fashion Reverie focuses on Joe Jonas performing at the CBS Radio’s SPF Concert at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Joe Jonas wore a white and red striped jacket by MSGM.

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Katy Perry adds to her new coif by wearing a multicolored Missoni dress to the premiere of the “The New Guy” in Los Angeles.

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Image courtesy of Sydney Reising

We know Supermodel Kendall Jenner loves LA PERLA. She flaunted the brand at the 2017 Met Gala. And she also looks fit and fabulous starring in LA PERLA’s fall 2017 ad campaign set in the surreal kaleidoscope world of an English pop art garden.

—Staff

Fashion Reverie Exclusive: Kendall Miles Puts her Fiery Stamp on Footwear

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Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been. — Alan Alda

In this volatile fashion market, bravery and perseverance is necessary for any designer to maintain their brand. But, it has always been that way.

Whether the market is up or down, it takes confidence and a winner-take-all attitude to survive the vicissitudes of the fashion industry. Fashion is risk adverse, so the weak-minded better take flight.

Taking flight is not in Kendall Miles vocabulary. This young designer embraces it all; all the risk in the fashion industry and all the triumphs. And in her short career, Kendall Miles has experienced both.

Kendall Miles’ shoe designs demonstrate that she has lots of great ideas, craftsmanship skills and a fashion-forward sensibility. But Miles also has great business acumen and determination.

Never one to mince words, Kendall Miles knows her own mind and has a clear idea of who her customer is. And above all, she is very, very brave.

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Images courtesy of Seventh House PR

Fashion Reverie: You have this passion for shoes. Where does this passion come from?

Kendall Miles: My mom has always loved shoes. She has this fabulous collection of shoes, from Manolo Blahniks to Prada and Gucci. Through my mom, I was first introduced to luxury shoes, superior in quality and designer. When I was younger, I can remember playing in her closet all day, wearing her pumps. I wore my moms shoes out to parties in high school. I was the only one wearing high heels at that age, by the way.

Shoes have always been my passion and then it became this thing between my mom and I. We have this secret language around shoes. If I did well in school, my mom bribed me with shoes.

FR: You launched your eponymous shoe line while you were a senior in college. How did that all come about?

Kendall Miles: That was really hard. I was in college in Los Angeles. I am originally from Chicago, but I was studying at the University of Southern California (USC). I’d had a bad breakup in LA and after the breakup I realized I had very few friends. So, to get over the breakup and with the extra time on my hands, I decided to launch a shoe line. Crazy right!!

FR: That said; how did you source leather, get finances, and mentorship for your first collection?

Kendall Miles: I was majoring in international relations, so footwear design was definitely off the beaten path. First, I had real ideas around shoes that women would want to wear and that lead me to sketching my ideas. The first person I took my sketches to was my mom and she loved them. That was my first stamp of validation. My mom had a friend who worked in fashion consulting. She’d worked for Nordstrom, and had a lot of fashion connections in LA. This friend sent my sketches out to people in her network and from there opportunities fell in my path.

The companies that were interested in me as a footwear designer set up a series of interviews with me to work for their brands. I thought working for someone else would be a good path for me, so I interviewed at global brands and nothing seemed to fit. I decided that I really should work for myself and have complete freedom over everything I was doing.

During that time, I met someone from Thomas Wylde—a company I interviewed with—we clicked, and this gentleman connected me with an agent in Italy. So all the challenges a designer can have working with Italian tanneries and factories was kind of smoothed out for me. An agent can facilitate factories and material sources.

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Images courtesy of Seventh House PR

FR: What was it like studying at the Arts Sutoria, and why the choice to study there?

Kendall Miles: It was actually really tough. They had a cookie cutter design method of how someone should design shoes. My sketches didn’t seem to meet what they were required. That made everything more difficult. But, my challenges there fueled me to work hard and I was getting validation from the other editors. Studying in Italy was an eye opening experience because there was so much to learn.

FR: What was the course concentration at Arts Sutoria?

Kendall Miles: We learned the process and principles around making different types of shoes. So, there were lots of construction courses. There were also sketch classes and pattern-making classes.

FR: How did you get your shoe line financed?

Kendall Miles: I did a round of angel investing.

FR: Who is your customer?

Kendall Miles: My customer base is anywhere from 18 to 55 years of age  She is strong, opinionated, well researched, and passionate about everything she does. And, she likes to make a statement.

FR: What is your design aesthetic?

Kendall Miles: My design aesthetic is very sexy, elegant, timeless; and there is an edge with a refined sexuality.

FR: Lets talk about your spring/summer 2017 shoes. What was the inspiration?

Kendall Miles: Cleopatra, and her relationship with Julius Caesar inspired the spring/summer 2017 collection. I played with the design motif of the breastplate that Cleopatra made from Cesar’s coins when he was murdered. I am an academic, so I do a lot of research.

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Images courtesy of Seventh House PR

FR: Let’s talk about your pistol-packing, James Bond-like shoes, where did that come from?

Kendall Miles: That particular shoe design motif came from spats that men wore on their shoes, dating back to the Gilded Age. I took that idea of having a component that you can attach to the shoe and remove at will, and I modernized this accessory.

FR: What are the price points?

Kendall Miles: My price points are $500 to $1600.

FR: Which celebrities are wearing your shoes?

Kendall Miles: Hailey Baldwin, Tinashe, Andra Day, Regina King, Naturi Naughton, and several others.

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Images courtesy of Seventh House PR

FR: What can consumers expect from you next?

Kendall Miles: They can expect more fire designs. Designs that  light up your feet and are amazing.

—William S. Gooch

Misty Copeland Does Don Quixote Her Way

 

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Image courtesy of Rosalie O’Connor/ABT

The sign of a world-class ballerina is when that ballerina puts her individual stamp on a classic role. Misty Copeland did just that in her debut as Kitri in American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) Don Quixote.

Traditionally, ballerinas who have excelled as Kitri play up the athletic, kittenish soubrette quality of the character. After all, Kitri is the spicy daughter of inn keeper Lorenzo, who lustily flirts with every man on the stage with her true affections projected toward Basilio, the barber. Also, Don Quixote is set in Seville, Spain. You cannot get any spicier than that.

The list goes on almost ad nauseam of iconic Kitris that have brought a lot of sass and vitality to the role (Ekaterina Maximova, Maya Plisetskaya, Cynthia Harvey, Sylvie Guillem, Lauren Anderson, Nina Ananiashvili, and Paloma Herrera, just to name a few. Gelsey Kirkland who originated the role in ABT’s full-length production was fiery, but she simmered instead of exploding.)

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Misty Copeland rising Don Quixote

Misty Copeland is a different kind of Kitri. Yes, she she does pepper the role with joie de vivre and punctuated battements and winks. Still, her Kitri is more layered and superbly acted. With Misty’s interpretation audiences can actually rout for the two main characters—Kitri and Basilio—instead of waiting for fiery variations and multiple pirouettes.It would been a bonus if Copeland’s temps de fleche had more pop, and some of her jumps had more elevation. However,Copeland made up for the slight downgrade in pyrotechnics with her well-thought out portrayal of Kitri. Copeland’s Kiti was earthy, yet determined, full-bodied and contemporary, but still technically pure. (In a recent New York Times article, Copeland talked about working with an acting coach on her debuts this season in ABT’s Don Quixote and Giselle.)

Where Copeland really shined was in the 2nd Act Dream sequence. Her dreamlike Dulcinea was the epitome of the ethereal, grand ballerina, in the mold of Russian Imperial ballerinas, without the mannerisms. Her balances and hops on pointe were exquisitely executed, and her menage of pique turns was extremely fast, keeping time with the conductor’s tempi.

bb_don_quixote_2_Jeffrey_CirioCopeland has in admirable partner in Jeffrey Cirio. This new partnership holds lots of promise, and Cirio brought many of the pyrotechnical fireworks he acquired while performing Basilio with the Boston Ballet. His Basilio was one balletomanes have come to expect in the mold of great Russian dancers—Vasiliev, Nureyev, Baryshnikov, Ruzimatov, and Mukhamedov. Other great performances came from Calvin Royall II whose Espada was intense and passionate; Luciana Paris’ fiery Mercedes; Veronika Part’s pristine Queen of Dryads; Cassandra Trenary’s fleet-footed Amour; Jonathan Klein’s airborne gypsy; and Catherine Hurlin’s very musical flower girl.

Still the star of the evening was Misty Copeland, and in this very auspicious debut, Copeland proves once again that she is a prima ballerina. Fashion Reverie cannot wait for her Giselle debut.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of May 15, 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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Image courtesy of deuxhommes.com

BRAND: Chromat Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/20–5/21; Saturday and Sunday (11am–4pm)

WHY:  Find your favorite swimwear, sportswear and lingerie at a discount 

WHERE:   544 Park Avenue
#104
Brooklyn, NY 11205

 

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BRAND: Hickey Freeman Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/21–5/25; Sun.-Wed. (9am–6:30pm), Thursday (9am–5pm)

WHY:  Men’s tailored clothing, dress shirts, ties, sport shirts, golf wear and other gifts up to 75% off retail prices

 WHERE:    317 West 33rd Street, just west of 8th Avenue

 

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Image courtesy of vogue.com

BRAND: Kimora Lee Simmons Sample Sale

WHEN:  5/22–5/23; Monday to Tuesday (11am–6:30pm)

WHY:  Kimora Lee Simmons is hosting a private studio sale in her NYC showroom. Samples will be for sale, as well as additional merchandise from sizes 2 to 12 at 50% off.

 WHERE:   220 West 19th Street, 10th Floor

—Staff

Anna and Tina’s on Screen Rivalry, Another Defection from NYFW, Anna Sui Collaborates with Macy’s, and NYC Looks to Redevelop the Garment District

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Anna Wintour is coming to the small screen, accompanied by Tina Brown, that is!! Bravo will be producing a television series based on the rivalry between editors Anna Wintour and Tina Brown.

“All That Glitters” based on Thomas Maier’s book, “Newhouse” will follow the careers of Anna Wintour of American Vogue and Tina Brown’s career at Vanity Fair and The New Yorker with a glimpse at the behind-the-scene rivalry at Conde Nast between the two women. (Sound familiar, did anyone watch FX’s “Feud”.)

Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal will respectively direct and produce the series. Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Productions will produce the series.

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Bye, bye American pie

The defections from New York Fashion Week (NYFW) keep adding up. John Elliot is the latest defector, choosing to show in Paris over New York Fashion Week: Men’s in July. Add to the list Rodarte and Proenza Schouler, who are also opting out of showing in NYC.

New York Fashion Week Men’s (NYFWM) that launched a few years ago was created to keep American menswear designers showing in NYC on a schedule the aligned more with menswear market week and the shows in Europe. Unfortunately, in its fourth season, NYFWM has failed to attract high-end European menswear designers and the foreign press. In just a few seasons, established American menswear designers are starting to bleed away.

What will IMG and the CFDA do to stop the bleed?

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Anna teams up

Macy’s is in the habit of collaborating with high-end designers. In the past the major clothing retailer has collaborated with Cynthia Rowley, Giambattista Valli, Karl Lagerfeld and others. Add Anna Sui to Macy’s extensive list of collaborations.

Anna Sui will collaborate with Macy’s in-house brand, INC International Concepts for a capsule collection that will be in stores in September. The Anna Sui x INC collaboration will be available online and in 25 Macy’s stores. The capsule collection will include men’s and women’s pieces, as well as accessories.

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A new Garment District

Because of lagging sales, these kinds of collaborations are necessary to get Macy’s retail sales numbers back on track. Macy’s stock recently fell 14.5 percent. Coincidentally, 2017 is proving to be a record year for Anna Sui, with sales exceeding expectation.

There is a lot of restructuring going on in the garment industry. First, there is Mayor DiBlasio’s rezoning of the Garment District and the New York City Council’s aim to boost garment manufacturing. Leading this initiative is Deputy Mayor for housing and development Alicia Glen, who is forming a steering committee to look into revitalizing the Garment District.

“We believe in New York City’s future not just as a capital of fashion design and marketing, but of home-grown garment manufacturing. That’s why we’ve invested more than a quarter billion dollars in the industry,” explains Glen in a recent article in fashionnetwork.com.

“There is more and more consensus that the outdated preservation requirement has not proven effective at securing this industry the affordable, quality manufacturing space it needs. Thirty years of continuous job losses prove it. It’s time for a new approach to get this industry thriving again. We are investing heavily in new, quality space in Brooklyn with the affordable, long-term leases fashion firms need to grow their businesses,” Glen added.

“I expect by late August we’ll have a plan we can all be proud of. Our steering committee will gather experts and representatives from all major stakeholder—manufacturers, labor, designers, and more—to examine the data, hear from everyone, and achieve consensus,” Brewer said.

—William S. Gooch

 

Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of May 8, 2017

Does great fashion on the red carpet ever have a week off? Not at Fashion Reverie!! Fashion Reverie always keeps its audience informed of all the stylish looks from our favorite celebs.

This week’s Celebrity Fashion Sightings take our viewers from the red carpet world premiere of “Baywatch” to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Pink Party to the “Lowriders” red carpet premiere.

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Speaking of “Lowriders,” Eva Longoria made a bold statement in Styland suiting to the premiere of BH Tilt’s “Lowriders” in Los Angeles.

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Image courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Styland was on a lot of celebrities this week. “Scandal’s” Darby Stanchfield wore Styland cami and pants to ABC’s “The Chew.”

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Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

We haven’t heard much lately from “The Royals” Elizabeth Hurley on red carpets. However, at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Pink Party, Hurley was very pretty in wearing Anabela Chan Rudy Coralbell earrings.

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Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Christina Milian stunned in a Julea Domani green gown, beautifully accessorized in Narcisa Pheres earrings, a Dvani aquamarine ring with diamonds at the red carpet “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” premiere in Los Angeles.

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Images courtesy of Getty/D’Orazio and Associates

Milian’s red carpet mate, Annabelle Wallis more a stripped dress from Loewe fall 2017 collection, accessorized with a Le Vian diamond and black diamond rings. Ouch!! One hopes Wallis, who stars in “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” has better wardrobe in the film.

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Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Baywatch’s Alexandra Daddario really stands out in “Baywatch.” And she really stood out in the red carpet premiere of the movie in Florida in an Azzaro silver sequined and black lace gown, accessorized with a Gilan diamond ring.

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Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Freida Pinto wore Borgioni black diamond stud earrings, a Noudar black diamond choker, necklace, and ring, a Hearts on Fire diamond lariat, and Le Vian diamond rings for the first cruise collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior show in Calabasas, California. Pinto’s look of bra top under grey coat with full skirt really looks good on her!!

—Staff

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of May 8, 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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Image courtesy of fashionisers.com

BRAND: Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/9–5/15; Monday (11am–8pm), Tues.–Fri. (10am–8pm), Saturday (10am–7pm), Sunday (11am–4pm)

WHY:   Up to 70% off clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories

 WHERE:   260 Fifth Avenue

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BRAND: NEST Fragrances Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/9–5/14; Tuesday (10am–7pm), Wed.–Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am-5pm)

WHY:  Up to 70% off retail prices on candles, fragrances, lotions and gifts

 WHERE:   151 Wooster Street

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BRAND: HEIKE Moving Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/10–5/12

WHY:  Styles up to 80% off retail, including the current spring/summer 2017 collection and fall/winter pieces, as well as exclusive archive and inspirational pieces. You will also get the chance and shop furniture and accessories!

 WHERE:   151 Wooster Street

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BRAND: Loeffler Randall Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/11–5/13; Thursday–Friday (9am–8pm), Sat (12 noon–6pm)

WHY:   Up to 75% off women’s footwear & handbags

 WHERE:   434 Broadway

—Staff

 

Fashion News Alert: Coach Acquires Kate Spade, Paris Jackson Signs with Calvin Klein, Dame Anna, and French Lawmakers Fight Against Model Thinness

Paris Jackson at the 2017 Met Gala. Image courtesy of justjared.com

Paris Jackson at the 2017 Met Gala. Image courtesy of justjared.com

 One of the Jackson tribe is fronting for Calvin Klein, and it is not Janet, Latoya or Tito. Paris Jackson, the 19-year old scion of pop legend Michael Jackson, has signed a reported seven-figure salary as the face and body of Calvin Klein.

Paris Jackson will join the likes of Lauren Hutton and the cast of “Moonlight” as inspirational subjects for Calvin Klein Creative Director Raf Simons. There are still no details on what Paris Jackson will be modeling for the brand.

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Kate Spade buyout

On Monday, Coach acquired Kate Spade for 2.4 billion dollars. In December 2016, the Wall Street Journal revealed that an acquisition of the brand was afoot. Kate Spade and Coach’s board of directors unanimously approved the acquisition deal that is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017.

“Kate Spade has a truly unique and differentiated brand positioning with a broad lifestyle assortment and strong awareness among consumers, especially millennials. Through this acquisition, we will create the first New York-based house of modern luxury lifestyle brands, defined by authentic, distinctive products and fashion innovation,” says Victor Luis, chief executive officer of Coach.

Although this acquisition may look like a done deal, there are some fiduciary duties that may have been breached in that the buyout may have been too low, affecting current shareholders and perhaps, the Kate Spade brand did not adequately pursue other alternatives to a buyout prior to the acquisition.

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Dame Anna

You will now have to call Anna Wintour, Dame Anna Wintour.  Last Friday, for her contributions to fashion and journalism, Queen Elizabeth made Anna Wintour a Dame of the United Kingdom.

The 67-year old editor-in-chief of American Vogue has been at its helm for over 30 years, the longest appointment in the magazine’s history. Her 30-year history at Vogue has made her one of the most influential people in fashion.

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The skinny on the French

French lawmakers have now passed a law that in order for fashion models to work in France they must have an occupational health certification. Also, the new law states that if body images have been retouched to make the model look thinner or more fleshed out, there must be a notification that the body image has been retouched.

“It will be mandatory for pictures used for commercial purposes to carry the `re-touched picture´ mention if a model’s physical appearance has been modified, whether fleshed out or made thinner, by means of an image editing software,” wrote the French Health Ministry in a press release. ”The [fashion] industry was involved in the drawing up of these decrees, and was therefore informed in advance,” said the Ministry.

The health certificate will be valid for up to two years and will certify, “The person’s overall health [...], evaluated specifically in terms of their body mass index, allows them to carry out the job of fashion model.” This new legislation comes on the heels of outrage from consumers and French media over the extreme thinness of some models in recent fashion campaigns and editorials.

—William S. Gooch

 

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