Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of July 9, 2018

Though this week’s Celebrity Fashion Sightings was a little slim, there was still some interesting fashion. Sightings this week include great style on Ariana Grande’s new music video, “God Is a Woman,” a recent Instagram post from J-Lo, the wrap-up party of the finale of “The Handmaid’s Tale” in Los Angeles, and 70th Emmy Awards Nominations Announcement.

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OK, Fashion Reverie includes Jennifer Lopez in a lot of our Celebrity Fashion Sightings, but the woman has such great style that we just cannot resist. Jennifer Lopez wore Mattia Cielo diamond earrings and Djula diamond rings on Instagram. And Fashion Reverie loves the metallic silver head wrap!! You work it, J-Lo!! 

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Madeline Brewer wore a marigold tulle dress with blazer style sleeve and panel from Elisabetta Franchi’s fall 2018 collection while attending “The Handmaid’s Tale” season finale presentation in Los Angeles. Who wore it best, Madeline of the model? It’s a toss up.

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Speaking of the “Handmaid’s Tale,” the show’s Samira Wiley rocked a maroon Cushnie et Ochs dress at the 70th Emmy Nominations. Announcement. Samira was beautifully accessorized in MARLI NY diamond earrings and a Mattia Cielo diamond ring.

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Since the 2018 Winter Olympics Lindsey Vonn is popping up on a lot of red carpets and showing off her well-toned bod. Though the gold lame Haney cocktail shows off Lindsey’s sexy physique at theSports Illustrated Fashionable 50 event, this is look is not a great choice. Lindsey is accessorized with Borgioni diamond snake hoop earrings.

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Chrissy Teigen is stylish after recently having a child. Teigen shines in a pink silk ensemble with Abdullah Chancellor gold earrings at the Finery App Launch Party in Culver City, California.

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Ariana Grande wore Harry Kotlar diamond stud earrings and Djula diamond choker in her recent music video for “God is a Woman.”

The Nina Sisterhood

A great legend desires homage and respect. And no one desires accolades of honor and gratitude more than the late, great Nina Simone. 

No other musical artist of her generation detailed the joy, pain, struggle, and triumph of the African American experience as brilliantly as Nina Simone. In our “Nina Sisterhood” editorial, Fashion Reverie captures the beauty, depth, and poignancy of Simone’s “The Four Women” in a modern interpretation of this great work.

May Nina Simone and her genius continue to inform, inspire, and illuminate the human experience. Viva Nina!!

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of July 9, 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: Pronovias Sample SaleWHEN: 7/14–7/15; Sat.–Sun. (10am–4pm)

WHY: Pronovias and Atelier Pronovias styles at up to 60% off retail, by appointment only. To schedule, please call 212-897-6393, or click here to book online. Brides are permitted 2 guests.

WHERE: Pronovias NYC Flagship store, 14 East 52nd Street, bet. 5th and Madison Avenues

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BRAND: Nora Gardner Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/15–7/31; Mon.–Fri. (11am–7:30pm), Sat. (11am-5pm), Sunday (1am–5pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing at a discount. Professional and figure flattering dresses starting from $100, skirts & tops from $50, and jackets from $150. 

WHERE:   40 East 58th Street, Ground Floor

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BRAND: Theory and Helmut Lang Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/16–7/19; Mon.–Thurs. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Women’s and men’s clothing at a discount, includes samples and slight irregulars

WHERE261 West 36th Street, 2nd floor

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BRAND: Mi Jong Lee Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/16–7/20; Mon.–Fri. (10am–7pm)

WHY: Designer women’s ready-to-wear at a discount 

WHERE:  65 West 37th Street, bet. 7th & 8th Avenues, Suite 801


Weekend Fashion News Alert: Billionaire Kylie, Victoria Secret’s Troubles, and Anniston Racks up the Cash

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At the tender age of 20, Kylie Jenner is on her way to being the youngest billionaire. Valued at $900,000 Kylie Jenner’s self-made beauty empire, Kylie Cosmetics, has set her on the path to the billionaires’ club, according to Forbes magazine.Launched in 2016, Kylie Cosmetics has sold over $630 million dollars worth of makeup and solely owned by Kylie Jenner. According to Forbes magazine, another year of growth would make Kylie Jenner the youngest self-made billionaire in history. Forbes contends that $900 million is a conservative number when it comes to Kylie’s wealth. The millions made from endorsements, television programs and tax dividends were not all added in when summing up Kylie’s wealth.

Though some contend that Kylie Jenner is not self-made—she comes from a very wealthy and well-connected family (the Kardashians and the Jenners)—her ascent in the beauty industry is historic, if not revolutionary. Kylie Jenner first came to fame by appearing on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

Jenner told Forbes magazine that social media for helping drive her success. “Social media is an amazing platform,” she said. “I have such easy access to my fans and my customers.”

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Down market for Victoria’s Secret

Victoria’s Secret is having issues. In spite of extensive promotions, glamorous runways shows and a plethora of television commercials, the brand’s sales fell by 1% in June. This decline in sales, though small, causes fashion tongues to wag, with insiders commenting that Victoria’s Secret is falling prey to some of its major competitors.

According to Randal Konik, a financial analyst with NYC–based financial services firm Jefferies, Pink, Victoria Secret’s youth-focused spinoff brand is no longer appealing to young consumers. Young consumers are flocking to Aerie by American Eagle for their lingerie choices. Aerie has outperformed Victoria’s Secret for the last 16 quarters.

Add to this outperformance by Aerie, women’s taste is lingerie is changing, opting for less expensive, less elaborate lingerie. This shift makes things much more difficult for Victoria’s Secret whose signature aesthetic is embellished, elaborate lingerie at a higher price point.

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More money for Jenny

Jennifer Anniston is one of the highest paid film actresses in Hollywood, right behind Emma Stone. Surprisingly, Anniston has made any big budget films in quite a few years. That said; where does Anniston’s big bucks come from?

According to Forbes magazine, Anniston made $10 million dollars in 2017 from product endorsements, which include Eyelove, Smartwater, Aveeno, Emirates, and Living Proof. Anniston also has six fragrances on the market.

—William S. Gooch

Romeo Hunte Men’s Spring 2019

Romeo Hunte continues to make a name for himself on the New York fashion landscape. For spring 2019, Romeo Hunte threw a lot of current trends and references to`80s street wear into the proverbial fashion melting pot. Some of the mix of trends worked, some, not so well.

Early on in the spring 2019 outing it was clear that Romeo Hunte was concentrating mostly on light spring outerwear paired with his penchant for high-end street wear undergarments. While this could have been in interesting combination—and for some of the looks in this collection the pairing did work, while other pairings were questionable—overall this effect produced a collection that slightly disjointed. Still, this spring 2019 collection was a powerful reflection of where Hunte is attempting to push his design aesthetic.

Hunte ingeniously re-imagined neoprene from diving suits and camo prints on bombers as fashionable, urban spring outerwear. Hunte even included a few women’s looks in the collection. And though the women’s looks were an interesting addition, having so few women’s look—about three looks—rendered this injection of feminine silhouettes a distraction rather than a welcomed inclusive expansion.

What can be said about this collection is Hunte’s ability to inject a youthful charm into a collection that could have been dark and somber, which is sometimes what happens in collections that are heavily influenced by street wear culture. Hunte should consider a much better venue next season where editors and industry professionals are afforded the comfort and respect they deserve. (Never underestimate fashion editors’ ability to strike back when they are not treated well.)

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That said; Romeo Hunte’s men’s spring 2019 was one of the better shows/presentations during NYFW: Men’s (NYFWM) spring 2019 season. And although that is a good thing for Hunte, it is also a sad commentary of how NYFM, which once had such hope for American menswear brands, has declined.Come on CFDA, do whatever you have to do to get more energy and investment in NYFWM. The industry needs it!!

—William S. Gooch

Ricardo Seco Men’s Spring 2019

The devil is in the details, or in this case the divinity is in the details. For his spring/summer 2019 collection, Ricardo Seco looked to his home country of Mexico for inspiration, as he traditionally has, but this time he dug a little deeper than obvious Mexican references. The 1968 Summer Olympics was the source of inspiration for Seco’s spring 2019 men’s collection evidenced by the shorts and bright-patterned leggings which conjured up images of color themes and design aesthetics of the `68 Summer Olympics.

This collection was Seco’s perspective on competitive sportswear as a modern fashion choice. With its maximalist approach and luxury athleisure aesthetic, Seco’s spring 2019 collection reflects fashion’s current penchant for luxury streetwear. Seco also drew inspiration from the Mexican creatives that had a big influence of the `68 Olympics that took place in Mexico City.

Architect Pedro Ramirez Vásquez who brought together Eduardo Terrazas of New York, Pratt Institute grad Lance Wyman, and Peter Murdoch drew inspiration from Mexico’s indigenous Huichol thread craft culture to create the images and designs of the 1968 Olympics, bridging the gap between traditional and modern Mexico. The indigenous Huichol culture would be the inspiration for Seco’s 2015 Dreams collection, from which this spring 2019 collection was also built.

Variations of the Huichol culture appeared on t-shirts and bombers in black and white. The repetitions of stripes and optical illusions were an essential part of this collection. While the collection was modern, Seco worked to ensure that every garment was imbued with his Mexican roots. Huichol’s textile culture is often known for its brightly colored patterns, which was reflective in Seco’s color palette of black, white, green, red, and pink.

50 years ago, Vásquez, Terrazas, and Wyman came together to create the “La Ruta de la Amistad,” which still exist today. The sculptures, like Seco’s spring 2018 collection, are representative of the Mexican diaspora.

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Today’s modern fashion man has an awareness of the world. He isn’t insular, he isn’t afraid of color, and he can go from sport to street with ease. And Ricardo Seco’s spring 2019 collection aptly reflected that fluidity.—Kristopher Fraser

Nick Graham Men’s Spring 2019

Nick Graham always puts on a good show. Whether it is a runway show that pays homage to tropical birds, hot Havana nights, Apollo 13 or a host of other reference points, Nick Graham every season finds a way to show his signature sporty suits in the best light, as well as entertain the audience.

And that is a good thing!! Particularly in a spring 2019 season that was short on great menswear collections.

Because of the defection of so many American menswear brands from the New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) season—Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, John Varvatos, Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, and others have jumped ship—NYFWM is trying to survive on emerging menswear designers and the occasional off-shore menswear brand that is trying to get traction in the US.

Nick Graham has stayed true to his American customer and his niche of sporty men’s suits. He has always stayed loyal to NYFWM. Still, Graham recognizes that his penchant for great sports suiting is not enough, particularly, for younger male consumers. And he did something about that this season.

Inspired by the year 1969, Graham sought to draw from iconic moments that happened in that year. “1969 was one of most transformational years in our history, a year that had not only the first landing on the Moon by Apollo 11 and hosted Woodstock, both pretty pivotal events in our culture.” Graham explained.

Graham gave references to astronauts, hippy flower children as expressed in his Woodstock reference, and laid-back, late 1960s Los Angeles style. And true to form, Nick Graham made all these 1969 references somehow work for his design aesthetic.

Interestingly, Graham also found an ingenious way of tying in 60s cultural references with fashion trends that are now popular. Logo embellishment is huge right now and Graham incorporated logos into this collection with his brand name emblazoned on hoodies and sweatshirts, still, not garish, but tastefully done.

To much industry fanfare, the street wear aesthetic has been embraced by most of the men’s European luxury houses for spring 2019. Again, Graham brilliantly tapped into this trend by marrying sports jackets with hoodies, classic sneakers, and jogging pants.

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By pairing his signature look with the continuing trends of logo embellishment and street wear; Graham is proving that he knows how to gallop with the big boys. And if he continues on this current trajectory, he may surpass them.—William S. Gooch

Fashion Reverie’s Fall 2018 Couture Picks for Celebrities

                     Images of Alexander McQueen Couture fall 2018 courtesy of elle.com

Even though fashion can be interesting all year around, Fashion Reverie festively await the fabulousness of the couture season. The attention to detail, the intricacy of the design, and the opulent fabrics gets Fashion Reverie’s editors super excited. Even if you are currently unable get to access a HAUTE COUTURE atelier, you can fantasize a little. And with this couture roundup, Fashion Reverie helps you with your fantasy moments.This is where the red carpet season magic starts developing since major stylists are eying fabulous gowns for their celebrity clients. And true to form this couture season did not disappoint.

Fashion Reverie decided to pick few of our favorite looks we would like to see on our favorite celebrities. Let us know if we made good choices.

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Valentino Fall 2018 Couture CollectionSalma Hayek is known these days to wear dresses that don’t reveal too much, and with her olive and tan skin tone the flower in pink, gold and light blue in this Valentino masterpiece would complement her beautifully. Though, she rarely wears headpieces, this look might inspire her.

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Zuhair Murad Fall 2018 Couture CollectionBella Hadid has been rocking a little more casual style perhaps influenced by best friends or her significant other. However, Fashion Reverie thinks she would look breathtaking in this velvet ensemble. Ah, just imagine those long legs!!

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Fendi Fall 2018 Couture CollectionLindsay Lohan may have lost her European accent but still spends plenty of time at Lohan Beach House in Mykonos. We’d love to see her in this white, breezy Fendi dress on a breezy September island night out.

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Jean-Paul Gaultier Fall 2018 CoutureRossy de Palma is Jean-Paul Gaultier’s biggest muse so we know she will be choosing some of the couture collection looks for her red-carpet appearances. She does stick to black a lot, so we would love to see her in this ruffled black and white diva appropriate silhouette.

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Victor & Rolf Fall 2018 CoutureYes, too many pastels and whites that are just simply breathtaking. This avant-garde look is a look Fashion Reverie thinks only Rihanna can pull off. Rihanna is known to make most out of padded shoulder, boxy silhouettes. Do you agree?

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Elie Saab Fall 2018 CoutureThis romantic Elie Saab silhouette we have seen before; however, the royal purple with thin belt is made for Jennifer Lopez. It is definitely her style and she hasn’t rocked this color on a major carpet.

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Ronald van der Kemp Fall 2018 CoutureSheikha Moza bint Nasser is no doubt a style icon, especially in a fashion market that is starting to pay attention to modest fashion. Sheikha, most of the time, wears couture; though, everything needs to be altered to fit Qatari customs. Ronald van der Kemp’s blush dress with a touch of gold and a headpiece is made for Sheikha and would definitely not need any adjustments.

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Armani Privé Fall 2018 CoutureFashion Reverie really like this look, but not many can own it! Who do you think would walk into a room and feel completely confident? For us, no doubt Mariah Carey comes to mind.

—Tijana Ibrahimovic

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of July 2, 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: Prive Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/03–7/08; Tues. (noon–7pm), Wed. (11am–4pm), Thurs.–Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (11m–5pm)

WHY: Women’s and men’s clothing and accessories at up to 70% off

WHERE: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue

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BRAND: Gail Labelle Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/09–7/13; Mon.–Fri. (10am–5pm)

WHY: All you need to update your summer look is Accessories! Ladies’ handbags, evening bags, clutches, and belts up to 80% off retail prices. Prices range $20–$50.

WHERE:   385 Fifth Avenue at 36th Street, Suite 708

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BRAND: Alala Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/11–7/; Wed.–Fri. (11am–6pm)

WHY: Activewear at up to 70% off

WHERE: 401 Broadway, Suite 2001


Fashion News Alert: Roger Federer and Uniqlo, Valentino Celebrates Maria Callas, Caron on the Auction Block, and Walmart Dumps Trump

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If you have been watching Wimbledon, you will notice Wimbledon champ Roger Federer has been wearing Uniqlo for all his matches. Recently, the 20-grand slam champ signed a ten-year deal with the Japanese retail giant that could be worth 230 million pounds.Of the partnership with Federer, Uniqlo founder and CEO Tadashi Yanai believes that the partnership will “continue taking tennis to new places, while exploring innovations in a number of areas including technology and design with him.” And the partnership additionally, “will be about innovation on and off court.”

The Uniqlo shirt that Federer will be wearing during his play at Wimbledon is a tennis shirt with a short stand-up collar “to emphasize a more sophisticated look both on and off court.” The shirt and shorts are designed with a burgundy color line at the edge of the sleeves and the front panel of the shirt, and down the sides of the shorts, highlighting Uniqlo’s corporate color.

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Valentino and Callas

As Couture Fashion Week continues in Paris this week; perhaps, one of the grandest collections presented for the couture season was Valentino’s tribute to legendary opera icon, Maria Callas. Maria Callas at the peak of her career in the 1950s and 60s represented the opera diva at their grandest with opulence and broad fan worship.

On Wednesday night at the Salomon de Rothschild mansion to the strands of Maria Callas singing Puccini arias on the loud speakers, models with very teased coifs in exquisite couture gowns conjured up a couture world that Callas inhabited, but a world that sadly no longer exist.

Many of the gowns were named after famous cultural fashion icons including Liza Minelli and others. At the end of this sumptuous feast of fashion the crowd stood and applauded Valentino founder Valentino Garavani.

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Caron for sale

The second oldest fragrance house in Paris is up for sale. Caron, best known for its men’s fragrance, “Pour un Homme,” was founded in 1904  and is 114-years old.

The legendary fragrance house saw its revenue decline in 2018 already by $8 million euros. Caron only makes up 4% of its parent company, Ales Groupe’s, revenue. Caron still has four stores in Paris with its fragrance market mostly in France. Ales Groupe has owned Caron since 1998.

Caron over the years has produced such powdery scents as “Narcisse Noir,” which dates back to 1911, and “Fleur de Rocaille.” 

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Walmart under fire

Controversy can be a good thing in fashion and retail. However when it comes to the Oval Office, controversy can sometimes not be a good thing.

On Tuesday, mega retail giant Walmart removed “Impeach 45” shirts and accessories from its online marketplace. The “45” relates to the 45th president, Donald Trump.           

“These items were sold by third party sellers on our open marketplace, and were not offered directly by Walmart,” a company spokesman said. “We’re removing these types of items pending review of our marketplace policies.”

That may be true; however, perhaps, the anti-Trump items were removed for other reasons. “A lot of the stores are in locations that are probably fairly Republican,” Neil Saunders, managing director of consulting firm GlobalData Retail, said in a recent fashionnetwork.com article. “They do need to take action because it could alienate a large portion of their customer base.”

—William S. Gooch

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