Trends from Fall 2018 European Men’s Shows: Rock It or Leave It

Welcome back to Rock It or Leave It! Fashion Reverie examines the recent trends seen during men’s Fashion shows recently held in Europe. Fashion Reverie gives an expert opinion on what need to be adored and what needs to the hit the trash with the wrapper? Let’s find out.

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YellowKenzo, Y3, Versace

A few seasons back yellow was huge at New York Fashion Week: The Shows and this season that color trend has popped up the men’s collection in Europe. Yellow is an easy way to add a pop of color and add interest to an everyday outfit. The key is to identify the right yellow for your complexion, determining if you’re a cool or warm tone. Yellow can be a stand out color so if you don’t want to be overwhelmed by it, pick an accessory like a watch or pocket square.

Rock It!!

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Tartans and PlaidsAlexander McQueen, Versace, Bobby Abley

Scotland’s ears must be burning because tartans and plaids were the talk of the men’s shows this season. These classic prints add interest to any outfit while not pushing the proverbial fashion envelope too far. As long the color of the plaids and tartans enhance the rest of your look, the sky is the limit

Rock It!

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Clashing PrintsAlexander McQueen, Versace, Alex Mullins

The runways were awash with outfits that consisted of several wildly different prints sometimes as many as four on one garment. Despite these collections employing excellent stylists and years of experience, many of these models and clashing print combinations were a bit much to take.

Alexander McQueen was able to make it work by combining a pinstripe suit with a tiny sliver of plaid, but it was precarious pairing, at best. If these masterful designers can’t seem to get it right what chance does the average consumer have?

Leave it.

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Puffy JacketsChristopher Raeburn, McQueen, Y3

The puffy jackets Tommy Hilfiger made so popular are back! The great thing about these jackets is not only are they fashionable, they’re also very practical. What better use is there for winter fashion than keeping you warm? The downside is they can add bulk to your silhouette, but it’s better than freezing.

Rock It!!

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Words and LogosPrada, Rottindean

As the political climates in Europe and America are heating up so is the political activism. Many designers are using their fashion as a platform to give weight to their political beliefs. These garments make a fun and interesting way to express yourself and can make your outfit a conversation piece. Just be careful to a translation of any foreign words before you don the outfit. Years ago, actress Cameron Diaz bought a purse with Chinese lettering on it. She was horrified to learn it was a quote by Communist Dictator Mao Zedong! Don’t let that happen to you.

Rock It!!

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Long hairAmiri, Y3, Yohji Yamamoto

Many of the models walking the runways were sporting hair much longer than traditional lengths. While great strides have been made in challenging gender dress codes, having long hair in a corporate environment might be a challenge. Plus men who have been wearing their hair short their entire lives are often surprised how much work goes into maintaining long tresses. You might want to consider leaving this one to the models.

Leave it.

—Cameron Grey Rose


Fashion Reverie’s Top 10 New Models to Watch for the Fall 2018 Season

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With New York Fashion Week (NYFW) quickly approaching, casting for major shows are just around the corner or currently taking place. Each season brings us a new crop of rising young model talent who that might be the top models of tomorrow. Fashion Reverie has had its eyes on a few young female models that are expected to have a break out fall 2018 season. These nascent beauties are already beginning to dominate runways, ad campaigns, and editorials. Here are Fashion Reverie’s picks for NYFW: The Shows fall 2018.

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Chu WongChu Wong’s career has been very impressive over the past several years. Chu Wong has has walked for Loewe and Givenchy, and has been featured in editorials for Self Service and Vogue China. Her star power is expected to only increase this year as she gains more international attention.

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Samantha EllsworthSamantha Ellsworth’s runway debut at NYFW came last year when she strutted the runway for Raf Simons’ debut collection for Calvin Klein. Prior to her modeling career, Ellsworth had intended to enroll in the military. Her disciplined attitude is helping her climb the ranks of the modeling industry, and her face is sure to be seen prominently during NYFW: The Shows fall 2018 season.

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Saffron VadherAt just 20 years old, Saffron Vadher’s career has become one of the most meteoric of current drop of new models, climbing the international ranks shooting with the acclaimed Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, and Josh Olins. Saffron already has an exclusive with Burberry.

Last season, the model opened for 3.1 Phillip Lim at NYFW, and also walked for Sies Marjan and DVF. Internationally, she has walked in the H&M x Erdem London show and in Paris for Chanel.

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Yoon Young Bae Dubbed the “Korean Model of Moment” by Vogue in 2016, Yoon Young Bae has walked for Prabal Gurung, Michael Kors, and Anna Sui. Internationally, she’s been seen on the runways of Miu Miu, Valentino, and Sonia Rykiel. This ‘It Girl’ also boasts an Instagram following of over 60K.

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Wallette WatsonIn November 2016, Harper’s Bazaar named this fresh-faced beauty one of their new faces to watch. Since then, Wallette has appeared in editorials for Vogue, Numéro, and At Large Magazine. She’s also walked for Off-White, , and Carolina Herrera. As she continues to get the attention of more major design houses, she’s still one to watch.

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Vincent BeierVincent Beier has made a name for himself as fashion’s new gender-fluid muse. The Danish model made his debut at Copenhagen Fashion Week, and since then his ability to defy gender norms has put him on the map. He models primarily women’s wear, and has walked for Maison Margiela and Charlotte Olympia. As fashion continues to embrace more diversity, Beier is expected to get more attention from those designers who believe that fashion has no gender.

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Yana BovenistierThis leggy Belgian beauty took NYFW by storm in 2016, walking for Alexander Wang and DKNY, and opening for Public School. Yana’s look is perfect for edgy street style brands that dominate NYFW. Although Public School isn’t showing this season, Fashion Reverie doubts that runways have seen the last of her.

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Emma HarrisEmma Harris started dominating the catwalks at the tender age of 16. When she was just a teenager she was already stomping for Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler, and Victoria Beckham. The Idaho native with her girl-next-door looks, but high-fashion appeal, knows how to be versatile. That’s sure to take her a long way in the industry. This upcoming season, we’ll continue to see what she’s made of.

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Charlee FraserThough this Australian bombshell has walked for Alexander Wang and Brandon Maxwell, she first made a name for herself walking in Sydney Fashion Week. Fraser is on her way towards becoming an industry darling, as designers from down under to Europe are falling in love with her. Her ‘It Girl’ status was solidified after some stellar appearances in Vogue Italia.

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Abby WilliamsonWith her impeccable cheekbones and classic high fashion look, Abby Williamson is slowly taking the modeling world by storm. Last year, she walked the runways for Noon by Noor, Anna Sui, and Adam Selman. Not only can she strut a catwalk, but her posing skills are young Kate Moss level. She’s a bright young star who only stands to burn brighter.

—Kristopher Fraser


New York Fashion Week: Fall 2018 Pre-Coverage

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The New York Fashion Week: Fall 2018 (NYFW) season starts in just a few days. And this season promises to be a season of great change and challenges.One of the changes this season is the men’s show being scheduled just three days before the women’s shows. With most of the sponsors for NYFW: Men’s exiting—especially Amazon last March—the CFDA had to do some quick adaptations. The one viable solution, though it may be temporary, was to schedule the fall 2018 season just a few days before the women’s fall 2018 shows. Perhaps, the international press—particularly the European rags—will come into town a little earlier and cover the men’s shows. We will see!!

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That said; there is still the issue of venues. With Skylight Modern: Clarkson no longer one of the venues and the rumors of having a permanent space at Hudson Yards still circulating, the CFDA and WME-IMG is still trying to figure out what to do about venues. Ask any industry professional and they will tell you that shuttling all over New York City for shows is extremely exhausting and expensive. For the fall 2018 season most of the shows will be at Cadillac House, Spring Studios, Pier 59, and Skylight Modern.The most prevailing challenge this season is the absence of major fashion designers from both the men and the women’s shows. Absent this season are Altuzarra, Vera Wang, Proenza Schouler, Tommy Hilfiger, Rodarte, John Varvatos, Nick Graham, Nautica, General Idea, Marchesa, Thom Browne, Nicholas K, Public School, Orley, Gypsy Sport, and several others. There are some interesting newcomers which include Juicy Couture, JXY n’ Cuso, Amehl, Bevza, Moon Choi, and others.

Still, the industry soldiers on. Remember, everything has a moment. And the old must move aside for the new. Unfortunately, in fashion we don’t know what the new and next is, just yet.

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New York Fashion Week: Men’s fall 2018 starts Monday, February 5–February 7 and New York Fashion Week: The Shows fall 2018 starts Thursday, February 8–February 14.—William S. Gooch

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of January 29, 2018


Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

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BRAND: Katya Dobryakova Multibrand Sample SaleWHEN: 2/01–2/04; Thurs–Sunday (11am–7pm)

WHY:  70%–80% women’s clothing, vintage and fine jewelry. Katya Dobryakova clothing will be priced from $40 to $400, including furs, outerwear, jewelry, and ready to wear items. The sale will also feature merchandise from Raul Penaranda, Meredith Marks, NY Charisma, and Ariana Boussard-Reifel.

WHERE: 463 Broome Street

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BRAND: Eli Tahari Sample Sale

WHEN: 2/2–2/11; Daily (10am–9pm)

WHY: Up to 75% off women’s wear, menswear, and accessories.

WHERE: Elie Tahari Woodbury Commons, 960 Adirondak Way, Suite 960
Central Valley, NY


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BRAND: Nanette Lepore Blowout Sample Sale

WHEN: 2/06–2/08; Tues.–Thurs. (9am–7pm)

WHYWomen’s clothing at a discount; tons of one-of-a-kind samples and Holiday productions. Prices starting at just $30, all sizes available.

WHERE:  225 West 35th Street, 17th Floor Penthouse


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BRAND: The Cashmere Sample Sale

WHEN: 2/06–2/08; Tues.–Thurs. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Women’s cashmere sweaters and accessories at a discount 

WHERE: 261 West 36th Street, 2nd floor


BRAND: Alyson Eastman Sample Sale

WHEN: 2/07; (11am–7pm)

WHY: Shop your favorite archives from Alyson Eastman’s collections

WHERE: 4 Lexington Ave, #1R





Fashion News Alert: Condé Nast’s New Codes of Conduct, Juicy Couture’s NYFW Debut, Marchesa’s Fall 2018 Show Cancelled, and J. Mendel Back in Court

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Georgina Chapman is still visible. Well, somewhat even though the sexual misconduct and harassment charges surrounding her soon-to-be, ex-husband Harvey Weinstein has caused her to go underground!Though Georgina is seen weekly as one of the judges on “Project Runway: All Stars Season 4,” her fashion brand, Marchesa, will be absent from New York Fashion Week: The Shows fall 2018 collections. It was reported in The New York Post that Chapman was “too scared” to present a runway show and instead “[the brand] is looking forward to presenting their fall ’18 collection in an updated format this season,” as was told by a brand spokesperson to AFP. Chapman’s updated format will be a digital presentation.

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Condé Nast sets down the law

The #MeToo Movement has caused changes at Condé Nast. Condé Nast is addressing issues around sexual misconduct around models by instituting new codes of conduct. This new internal corporate policy, although aimed primarily at models, will other industry professionals associated with Condé Nast.

“All those who work for Condé Nast must be treated with dignity and respect. Any work done for Condé Nast must be carried out in a professional fashion, without any kind of discrimination or harassment,” the US publisher’s code of conduct says. “We are absolutely determined to work together to find solutions [to this problem] within our industry. By adhering to these recommendations, all the people involved in the creative process will help to ensure there is a safe, respectful working environment,” said Jonathan Newhouse, CEO of Condé Nast International.

The new codes of conduct include the following: all models must be at least 18 years of age; the need for a secluded area for changing garments; and the any nudity; one-on-one situations between said model(s), photographer(s), and crew should be avoided, and use of alcohol or drugs or skimpy garments must have prior approval before photo shoots.

Condé Nast interviewed 150 industry professionals and got recommendations on how they could better protect models and institute to codes of conduct. Let’s hope it sticks!!

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Juicy Couture is juicy again

Juicy Couture is experiencing a comeback, and it is long overdue. Though Juicy Couture was the flirty, celebrity-influenced brand of the late 1990s and 2000s—worn by Paris Hilton, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez—it never showed during New York Fashion Week (NYFW).

Amid plummeting sales and after being acquired by Authentic Brands Group, all the Juicy Couture stores were closed down. But that wasn’t the complete demise of Juicy Couture. The brand has been struggling for three years to find its voice and reposition itself with Jamie Mizrahi being appointed creative director in 2017.

“I am not trying to reinvent Juicy. What I’m doing is taking the history that is so special and continuing to make it feel fun and wearable by bringing back silhouettes and materials and making them work for the modern woman,” stated Mizrahi around the time of her hire.

Capitalizing of the current revival of a 90’s aesthetic and logos trend, Juicy Couture’s NYFW debut will include two collections its Black Label collection (its renamed main line) and more casual Juicy Couture line.

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I want my money!

Luxury brand J. Mendel may be back in court. Since 2016 J. Mendel has owed New York public relations firm Karla Otto over six figures, approximately $110,00, after J. Mendel failed to pay for services rendered. J. Mendel’s monthly fee at Karla Otto was $12,000 a month.

According to WWD both parties decided to end the their relationship with J. Mendel agreeing to pay Karla Otto $260,000. To date, J. Mendel has only paid $70,000 of agreed upon $20,000 monthly installments.

Karla Otto has taken J. Mendel to a New York court for the past due amount and is also asking for an additional 14 percent interest on amount due, as well as a reimbursement for all legal fees. Karla Otto represents several prestigious brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Blumarine, Marni, Philipp Plein, and others.

—William S. Gooch


Fashion News Alert: Racial Slurs at Paris Couture Fashion Week, Ashley Graham and Covergirl, and Kim Kardashian Launches Valentine Fragrances

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When is racially sensitive language, sometimes found in hip-hop lyrics, improper and politically incorrect when used outside of hip hop? Well, apparently that cross- pollination of language sparked outrage when Russian fashion designer Ulyana Sergeenko sent a bouquet of roses with an attached card that contained a racial slur during the current Paris Couture Fashion Week to her friend Miroslava Duma.According to, Duma posted an Instagram image of herseflf with the bouquet of roses and note quoting the title of a Kanye West and Jay-Z song, “Niggas in Paris”. “To my niggas in Paris,” the card read.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell denounced Sergeenko on social media proclaiming that, “this better not be real.” Sergeenko responded by saying the ‘N Word’ is used among her friends, “when we want to believe that we are just as cool as these guys who sing it.” Mira is a dear friend and even the fact that she so naively posted my private card on social media means that we meant nothing wrong.”

Duma later made a formal apology, saying, “The word is utterly offensive and I regret promoting it and am very sorry. “I detest racism or discrimination of any kind.”

Hmm, really, many will beg to differ. Hindsight is always 20/20.

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Legendary Ashley

Supermodel Ashley Graham continues her industry proliferation. Ashley has landed her first major Revlon beauty contract along with top models Adwoa Aboah, Imaan Hammam, and Raquel Zimmermann who front Revlon’s ‘Live Boldly’ campaign.

I am thrilled to be part of this timely and groundbreaking campaign with different types   of women across races, ages and sizes, and to leverage this platform to continue to create positive change,” said Graham in a statement. “To ‘Live Boldly’ is the mantra of my life. Every day in the mirror I say to myself, ‘I am bold, I am brilliant, I am beautiful,’ and together with Revlon, we can inspire all women to do the same.”

According to Revlon, the four models were selected based on their desire to live boldly evidenced in their political and cultural activism. Graham has long been an body image activist; Zimmerman and Hammam have embraced environmentalism and broken racial and diversity barriers, while Adwoa Aboah founded ‘Gurls Talk,’an online platform that offers young women a space to discuss topics such as female identity, mental illness, addiction, sexuality and racial diversity.

The past couple of years has been groundbreaking for Ashley Graham with her walking in Michael Kors show, landing her first Vogue cover and Sports Illustrated Swimwear cover and being the 10th highest paid model in 2017, according to Forbes.

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Kim continues to expand

Kim Kardashian continues to expand her empire. Kim is releasing a trio of fragrances in time for Valentine’s Day. She announced this on Instagram on the KKW fragrance account.

Kim K’s triptych of fragrances has the monikers ‘BFF’, ‘BAE,’ and ‘Ride Or Die’ and comes in candy-colored, heart-shaped vials. These new fragrances are collaborations between Kim K and her emoji brand Kimoji.

Last June, Kim K launched her KKW beauty line that contained ‘Crystal Gardenia,’ ‘Crystal Gardenia Oud’ and ‘Crystal Gardenia Citrus’ perfumes. The fragrances sold out in a couple days and it is expected a similar result for Kim K’s new trio of fragrances.

—William S. Gooch




Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of January 22, 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: Archerie NYC Sample SaleWHEN: 1/25–1/28; Thurs.–Sat. (10am–8pm), Sunday (11am–7pm)

WHY:  Previous season fall and spring styles at up to 80% off original prices. Tops and skirts: $50. Sample dresses–spring 2017, and fall 2018& coats: $75–$100 made from Japanese cotton, Italian wool and local US mills.

WHERE: 98 Thompson Street


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BRAND: Dennis Basso Sample Sale

WHEN: 1/25–1/28; Tues., Thurs.–Sat. (9am–6:30pm), Sunday (9am–6pm)

WHY: Women’s fur coats and clothing at a discount, also including: fur vests, fur-lined raincoats, cashmere coats and shearlings, dresses, gowns, eveningwear, children’s wear and furs.

WHERE: 317 West 33rd Street

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BRAND: Fleur de Mal Sample Sale

WHEN: 1/26–1/29; daily (11am–7pm)

WHY: Shop the Fleur du Mal Sample Sale featuring one of a kind ready-to-wear and lingerie pieces, samples sets from the latest spring, summer and fall collections, and further reductions on current sale items, now up to 80% off.

WHERE:  175 Mott Street


BRAND: OXOSI End of Season Sample Sale

WHEN: 1/26–1/30, Fri.–Tues, (11am–7pm)

WHY: This weekend is your last chance to shop the OXOSI Sample Sale. With further reductions, get deals of up to 80% off on international designs from EDUN, Brother Vellies, Maki Oh, and more.

WHERE: 73 Spring Street, Suite 203




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 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



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