Fashion Reverie’s Favorite Celebrity R&R Locales

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Have you decided where to spend your next dream vacation?Most of us live for days off, even though we are all into different type of leisure. Some like active vacations, sightseeing historical locations, visiting great eateries or just lazing on the beach. Fashion Reverie likes implementing our passions—fashion and celebrity.

Whether you’ve already vacationed this summer, there are always new vacation spots to add to your travel bucket list. There is always next year or post-season trending locales, frequented by those who are famous or simply able to takeoff when regular travelers aren’t around.

Fashion Reverie presents a few hidden gems where only you and your celeb might be lounging on the beach.

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Bodrum, Turkey
Bodrum is famous for having one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, The
Mausoleum. This is a favorite spot of famous folks, even from the days of Cleopatra and Mark Antony days, who used to visit on their way to Rome. Today, Bodrum is
gaining popularity among world’s famous celebs like Pamela Anderson, Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Hurley, and others. With the opening of the Bodrum EDITION Hotel, luxury is definitely satisfactory.

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Rovinj, Croatia
Croatia is definitely on top of the list when it comes to faves among celebs with famous destinations like Zagreb, Hvar, and Dubrovnik. However, there are many islands that are super charming, as well as popular celebrity hangouts. Rovinj is a dreamy town in the Istria region that is very international and known for its beautiful old town charm, nice beaches, and great food. The natives are lovely and the architecture is beautiful with lots of Italian influences.Even though Fashion Reverie recommends using this opportunity to stay in the Old
Town, there are hotels there are ultra luxurious. Hotel Lone is currently the most popular, even though Grand Park Hotel is in the works and it is to be opened by the end of the year. So, if you are thinking about visiting Rovinj next summer, you might be ahead of the game by booking the Grand Park Hotel.

Lots of European celebrities and media personalities can be seen indulging in the charms of this beautiful town and Fashion Reverie is predicting more Hollywood celebs are on their way. Rumor has it that Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich, an Israeli-Russian billionaire businessman, investor, and politician was seen there more than once.

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Marrakech, Morocco
You might have heard of Madonna‘s big birthday bash in Morocco. If the queen of pop picks Marrakesh as a destination for her big birthday bash, you might want to visit as well. Fashion Reverie has also noticed many influencers taking pictures in La Mamounia, the hotel voted as the best urban hotel in the world 2018 by Condè Nast’s Traveller.This former imperial city is definitely a go-to for those that want to feel like a celebrity and for those who are hoping to meet some frequent visitors like Usher, Lily Allen, and David Beckham.

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Algarve, Portugal
If you recently scrolled through Instagram, then you may have noticed Portugal as one of the main destinations of the rich and famous, and those that long for luxury and peace.You will find rich culture, beautiful architecture, a great culinary scene and its under the radar. Prince William and Kate like to visit this clandestine locale.

There are also gorgeous beaches, wine cave tours, and pirate ship cruises. If you would like to stay in the same hotel as the young royal couple, reserve Tivoli Marina in Vilamoura.

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Puglia, Italy
If your passion is fashion like Fashion Reverie, you might have watched many social media stories from Anna Dello Russo—fashion editor, journalist, and fashion icon. Anna Dello Russo spends most of her time in Cisternino, one of the many beautiful towns of the Puglia region.Puglia borders Adriatic Sea to the east and the Ionian Sea to the southeast and the Gulf of Taranto to the south, Bari being the capital city. This is how the heel of the boot of Italy is formed. Bari, Ostuni, Lecce, Gallipoli, Trani, and Alberobello are just a few popular towns to visit for unique architecture, great food, and wonderful beach clubs.

Many celebrities are frequent visitors and when Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel got married in a luxury resort in Brindisi, Puglia became an even bigger wedding destination. If visiting and in order to get the full experience, Fashion Reverie recommends staying at trulli houses, the white cone-shaped roof houses or in amasseria, a stone country house, another type of residential building unique to this region.
—Tijana Ibrahimovic

 

Judy Gellman Makes Excellent Costume Choices in “American Woman”

Alicia Silverstone is currently singing her dramatic song in Paramount’s new television series “American Woman.” The show, based on the childhood of actress and socialite Kyle Richards, takes us through 70s wave of feminism as women began entering the workforce in higher numbers, seeking independence from traditional roles.

Costume designer Judy Gellman managed to capture the wealth and wonder that went into the wardrobes of those upper crust Beverly Hills women in the 70s, showing us how women communicated through 70s fashion their style and passion. Fashion Reverie had the privilege of speaking with Judy Gellman about her role costuming “American Woman.”

                  Judy Gellman, Costume Designer for “American Woman”

Fashion Reverie: How did you get involved with this project?Judy Gellman: The guy who created the show and I had worked together before. When he was putting it all together he contacted me and asked for my input on what things would look like in 1975, and so I helped him put together some things to show prospective writers. I became involved when the project was bought and he got a green light for the pilot.

FR: Where did you get your inspiration for the garments in “American Woman”?

Judy Gellman: There was so much actually. It was a complicated process, but one that costume designers always relish. There is the research of trying to bring the period to the screen without it being “Hello, here’s a fashion show of the most iconic things that happened in 1975 for characters like this.” The main thing is to serve the story. We wanted very much to have the clothing be fun, evident, and exciting, but to support the characters. My inspiration came from the fashions that were promoted at the time, the culture, and people of Beverly Hills, and the economic bracket these three women lived in.

FR: How did you do your research?

Judy Gellman: I first started with things like Time magazine copies from that era, other vintage magazines, and of course the Internet, as well as information about New York in the mid-70s. Alicia’s character came from New York, which made her unique in that her look had to encompass what a woman from New York would dress like going to Beverly Hills.

FR: Is that why she had that mink coat?

Judy Gellman: Yes, that was an iconic look from that era, the Diane von Furstenberg dress, and the mink coat.

FR: What other fashion brands did you use?

Judy Gellman: There were so many, we found, Pucci, Chanel, Hermes, Pierre Cardin, Halston, even jackets from Fiorucci. There was a designer who did his own prints out here whose worked I managed to find. We also used Mary McFadden and Fendi. There were tons of designers that I really wanted to present.

FR: Did you have difficulty finding clothes that were in good shape?

Judy Gellman: In some cases, I did have difficulty. The two biggest issues were condition and size. Sizing was very different then. Everything that I acquired or made for the show had to be measured. A size 4 back then was like a size 0 today. The sizing was a challenge, as well as, the condition of the pieces. Sometimes, I’d find something and we’d have to remake the lining or buttons would be missing, a new zipper would be needed. All sorts of things needed some attention. However, we found some amazing things.

FR: Were replicas made?

Judy Gellman: I can’t say I actually needed a specific garment that I had to have copied, but there were things I had made. I found a pattern for a Peignoir coat, and I found vintage fabric and to make a top for a nightgown. I was able to find vintage patterns on etsy.com and different Internet sites.

FR: What can viewers expect from Alicia’s wardrobe next on “American Woman”?

Judy Gellman: What we’re going to see is more things she has to work in. At the beginning of the series, Alicia’s character doesn’t have a job, and doesn’t know where to get employment. You see her a few times working at a department store. You’ll see her in things that would be suitable to that environment. Her character also grows in many different ways between levels of independence, self-confidence, and her romantic life.

FR: Talk to me about feminism wave one and how that affected fashion in the show?

Judy Gellman: One of the things that is really important in “American Woman” is what a professional working woman of the 70s needed to look like. Nowadays, fashion has exploded to such a level of freedom in the workplace that didn’t exist back then. If you look at Jennifer Bartel’s character Diana, who worked in a bank, her wardrobe is very conservative. What was appropriate back then was to support designers like Calvin Klein and Anne Klein. It was the whole development of suits that were appropriate for the workplace and had some style to them. That was an important visual that I was glad to have there. Things couldn’t be considered provocative in any way. Women were trying to be treated as equal, but fashionable at the same time. If you were working in a law firm or bank, you had to be concerned about certain things to be taken seriously.

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Judy Gellman: Alicia is so easy to work with, there was nothing that was a challenge, except, trying to acquire and make the things we felt were appropriate, as she came into being a working woman, I think what you’ll find that in work suits back then the fabrication was much different. The fabrics were not stretchy, even though there was a lot of polyester. In the workplace, the suits and other garments were more rigid.For me, what I wanted to do was to give Alicia’s character things that were appropriate to work in that might not be a suit. I wanted to put her in things that still showed off her figure and had texture and color. It’s a complicated process to find things your character can stand out in and work with the color scheme of the set. It’s kind of a complicated process to make sure that the colors, styles, and silhouettes don’t disappear and don’t clash with what’s happening on the set.

“American Woman” stars Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Bartels, Lisa McHugh, and James Makenna. “American Woman” premiered on June 7, 2018 on the Paramount Network and continues through August 23, 2018. 

—Kristopher Fraser

 

 

Wednesday Sample Sale: Week of July 30, 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: ANTHOM Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/31–8/06; Tues.–Mon. (11am–7pm)

WHY:  Up to 80% off clothing and accessories, includes merchandise from Yune Ho, Marni, Veda, Rejina Pyo, Mijeong Park, Gray Matters, Kaarem, & more.

WHERE25 Mercer Street

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BRAND:  Adam Lippes Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/01–8/04; Wed.–Fri. (8:30am-8pm), Saturday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing at a discount at the Adam Lippes

WHERE: Adam Lippes NoMad Showroom, 1133 Broadway, 4th Floor

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BRAND: Samuji Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/03–8/05; Fri.–Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (noon–6pm)

WHY: A variety of women’s clothing, accessories and more at discounted prices. All Samuji clothing will be 70–80% off, and Samuji accessories approximately 60% off.

The sale will feature pre-fall2017, fall 2017, Resort 2018, spring 2018 and some one-of-a-kind samples. Other brands participating are Batsheva, Delfina Balda, Swetha.

WHERE:  12 Prince Street

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BRAND:  Kal Rieman Original Sample and Stock Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/07–8/08; Tues.–Wed. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Shop spring and summer apparel at up to 70% off

WHERE: 265 West 37th Street, Suite 904, 9th Floor

—Staff

Fashion News Alert: Anna Wintour Stays, D&G’s Affectation for Rich Kids, Tyson’s Feud with Kim K, and Millennial Pink

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Anna Wintour ain’t going nowhere!! Or so, Condè Nast contends.Amid rumors that the hallowed fashion editor is soon to leave her post as editor-in-chief of American Vogue and creative director of Condè Nast, Condè Nast CEO Bob Sauerberg clapped back on Twitter on Tuesday, “Anna Wintour is an incredibly talented and creative leader whose influence is beyond measure. She is an integral to the future of our company’s transformation and has agreed to work with me indefinitely in her as @voguemagazine editor-in-chief and artistic director of Condè Nast.

Still, the powers that be at Condè Nast did not give dates of Wintour’s extended employment. Hmm, in the words of the bard of Stratford-on-Avon, “the things thou dost protest.”

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Rich kids rule

There is no doubt that Dolce & Gabbana (D&G) has a long-standing penchant for the scions of famous folks. In the brand’s spring 2018 and fall 2018 shows, D&G had the kids of celebrities scattered throughout their runway shows—Sofie Richie, Hailey Baldwin, Sistine and Sophia Stallone, Christian Combs, and others.

For its fall 2018 men’s campaign, D&G has employed the services of Christian Combs, Rafferty Law, son of Jude Law, Charlie Oldman, son of Gary Oldman, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, nephew of Ralph and Joseph Fiennes, Kevin Chaplin, grandson of Charlie Chaplin, Paris Bosnan, son of Pierce Brosnan, as well as some non-celebrity scion men. Talk about a celebrity scion festival!!

With this assemblage of the kids of powerful celebrities, the D&G design duo catches two birds with one stone. Domenico Dolce and Steffano Gabbana connect a younger audience with this well-known iconic Italian fashion house, and this casting also represents the brand’s current clientele.

Hmm, rich folks fronting for a fashion brand, seems kind of dusty!! What do you think?

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Catfights and dog barks!!

Speaking of rich folks, the Kim Kardashian/Tyson Beckford social media feud continues. This feud started with supermodel Tyson Beckford body shaming Kim K on social media about Kim K’s surgically enhanced body, ”Sorry, I [don’t] care for it personally … “She is not real, doctor fucked up on her right hip.” These comments were in response to an image of Kim K walking in tight pants.

Kardashian clapped backed on The Shade Room which showed the image and Beckford’s comments by saying, “Sis, we all know why you don’t care for it.” The post was accompanied by the tea, frog, and nails emoji.

Wagging tongues are contending that Kim K was implying that Tyson Beckford is gay and on the down low (DL). Tyson clapped back by showing off his very toned body and commenting that he is sexually attracted to women, and supports LGBT issues.

Is this a real social media feud, or only done for more social media likes, followers, and publicity? You know the Kardashian are the kings, or should I say, queens of social media plants!!

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Pretty in millennial pink

Millennial pick try-ons account for 20% of lipstick try-ons in the US and UK according to Perfect Corp, parent company of YouCam Makeup. This result was discovered in an initiative sponsored by YouCam Makeup on National Lipstick Day (July 29). This lipstick color tests was conducted on 280 million users worldwide.

While millennial pink was one of the most popular lipstick colors in this study, pink overall was the preferred color in the Western world—with almost 50% of the top lip colors being pink shades in the United States and the UK—users in the East preferred to mix it up more. The study also found that Chinese users liked a more diverse range of colors—purples, oranges and lighter sheer shades. Korean users preferred bold, darker pinks, purples, and reds.

—William S. Gooch

Shailah Edmonds Unleashes the Rebel Within in “Wild Child to Couture Style”

In the fashion industry, the word legendary incorporates both fashion designers and fashion models. We all know legendary designers—Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Hubert de Givenchy, and many others. And the list of legendary supermodels continues to grow.

Still, there are legendary names that should be added to these hallowed lists. Though some of these superstars are not household names, their contribution to the fashion industry is immeasurable.

Shailah Edmonds is one such fashion luminary. In an era when black models dominated European runways, Shailah Edmonds was a standout member of a core group of African American superstar models. These models of color changed the way the fashion industry perceived runway presentations and the way couture fashion was presented to the press, buyers, and fashion elites.

Though she is an unsung legend in fashion, her story has now come to light in her memoir, Wild Child to Couture Style:The Shailah Edmonds Story. Shailah set down with Fashion Reverie editor-in-chief William S. Gooch and talked about her unlikely ascent in fashion, her love of runway, and that rare, but brief moment when women of color ruled the runway.

Fashion Reverie: Why this memoir at this time?

Shailah Edmonds: I wrote this book because I feel that I have done about everything that I am going to do in the fashion industry and I wanted to expose the industry to a younger audience. I wanted to detail how hard black models worked to get traction in the industry. Back in the day we had to walk the streets and beat on doors and go for our own. 

FR: How did you come up with the title Wild Child to Couture Style?

Shailah Edmonds: The original title of the book with my co-writer was supposed to be black couture because my co-writer was enamored of the fact that I had ended up working in the highest rung of modeling. As I writing the chapter about working in Tokyo, performing in the Wild Child band, it occurred to me that I was a wild child, even as kid growing up in Portland, Oregon. I am a poet at heart so Wild Child to Couture Style from that moment just came me. And I knew that this should be the title of the book.

FR: What do you think early on in your life helped prepare you or gave you the qualities to become a top model?

Shailah Edmonds: Both of my grandmothers were very fashionable, proud ladies. I have pictures of them in their hats and furs, dressed to go to church. My mother was also very fashionable. My entire family was well dressed when we went to church. So, that sense of style informed me early on.

I believe that’s why some black models have been so successful in Europe, we brought that sense of elegance that you can find in the black church. When you put on a fantastic garment it changes your sense of yourself and it can inform your walk.

FR: Why do you think Europe, and in particular Paris, was more open to black models in the late 70s and early 80s?

Shailah Edmonds: Fashion began in Africa. Most folks have witnessed the beautiful fabrics and designs that come from Africa. And if you have ever seen African women walking with a jug of water or a basket of fruit on her head, there is nothing more regal and stately than that!!

Some black people are born with that sense of rhythm and style. The designers in Europe recognized that and it gave the designers energy when they witnessed the way black models reacting positively to their beautiful creations.

FR: In your book you talk about your swirling runway walk, something Pat Cleveland also had. Where did that walk come from?

Shailah Edmonds: When I came to New York City in the mid-1970s, I had the opportunity to watch Pat Cleveland and Billie Blair walk in fashion shows. I thought if I could get my feet to move like they did then I would have a fantastic runway walk. I would go home and practice and practice, and I finally I mastered a very good, signature runway walk.

I knew that if was going to be a fashion model I had to have a distinctive runway walk. My walk was different from Pat Cleveland and Billie Blair because I loved to dance and I added some dance elements to my walk.

FR: Everyone talks about how open Europe was to black models, but in your book you detail that wasn’t always the case. Could you elaborate on that?

Shailah Edmonds: Some European designers would blatantly tell you that they weren’t interested in black models. Some would say they had enough black models and didn’t need any more. There was a lot of rejection.

In one of the chapters in the book, I talk about going on a casting for Guy Laroche. And he flatly told me he was not interested in me. I countered him about his decision not to cast me. I was tired that day and had been rejected from so many designers that particular day and his rejection was the last straw.

I asked him if he would let me try on one garment. He was so taken aback by my determination that he let me try on one of his garments. I modeled the garment beautifully and was cast in his show. And from that moment on almost every fashion designer in Paris wanted to work with me. It takes a lot of determination, even to this day.

As I was having so much success in Europe, many more black models came and started having success. At one point there was an overabundance of black models on runways in Europe. In fact, we were ruling the fashion runways in Europe. Then the backlash came where the European fashion houses in the mid-90s stop using a lot of black models and other models of color in that respect.

FR: And why was that?

Shailah Edmonds: Well, at one time during the 80s, there were just too many black models in Europe. Also, Europe started imitating the US, where there were few models of color working steadily; particularly, when the US fashion market started going global. And lastly, the black models were racking in a lot of the money because we were in such demand. Audiences loved our walk and the designers loved the way we showed off clothes. So, some of the powers-that-be in the industry decided to change all of that and started wanting a simple walk and less extravagant runway shows. All of this took away some of the black models’ dominance in Europe.

FR: In the US black models, at that time, were not getting a lot in fashion campaigns. Was that the experience of black models in Europe?

Shailah Edmonds: In Europe, at that time, there was a real division between runway models and print models. Beverly Johnson and Iman were more print models so they received more campaigns in the US and in Europe. However, runway models like me usually got two or three campaigns a year, and nothing in the US. However, the European campaigns paid very well.

FR: You started your modeling career in New York, then you went to Europe and had great success, and then you came back to NYC and had a better time than the first time around. However, in your book you detail that when you came back stateside, NYC was not as open to you as you had hoped. Why was that?

Shailah Edmonds: I was so excited to come back to New York City. I had European tear sheets in my portfolio. However, booking agents in NYC said my tear sheets were not American enough. I was told that my images didn’t match the American market. They were not excited at all that I had gone to Europe and made a name for myself.

I heard the same stories that I heard before I had originally gone to Europe. It wasn’t until I started walking for the top couture designers in Europe Yves St. Laurent, Valentino, Thierry Mugler, and others that I received better acceptance in the States.

This was like the third time back in NYC. I always wanted to model in NYC but I had to go all the way to Europe and work for top fashion houses there before the top American fashion brands would work with me.

FR: Who were some of your favorite designers?

Shailah Edmonds: Yves Saint Laurent is at the top of the list, as well as Valentino. I was a fit model for both of them so I spent endless hours working with them. I loved working with Thierry Mugler and Claude Montana. Versace and Armani were always great because they used just fine fabrics. Gianfranco Ferrè was also a favorite. No one could make a shirt or blouse better than him.

Hana Morai was wonderful. She took me to Tokyo and Mexico to model her clothes. She was responsible for getting me to come back to NYC. When I finally came back to NYC, the style of modeling was changing and many of the American designers had moved on to the supermodels of that time—Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks, etc. Still, I loved working for Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene, and Stephen Burrows, who were so supportive of me.

FR: When you hit your stride in Europe, you were in your late 20s. However, everyone thought you were much younger. How did you pull that off?

Shailah Edmonds: Thank God, there was no Internet at that time. We were not dealing with global terrorism at the time, so it was very easy for me get to fake IDs. I really mastered hiding my age with my identification putting me about ten years younger than my true age.

I even went so far as to pour nail polish on my passport, concealing my age. I got away with that for four or five years. (Hey, I did what I had to do.) And by the time everyone knew my real age, I was making so much money and headlining top fashion shows, my age didn’t matter.

FR: How did you balance modeling with parenting?

Shailah Edmonds: It was very difficult. I had my kids at a very young age, so when I first started modeling, they lived with their father. Later, I brought them to NYC and I had to hire a nanny to take care of them. That was the hardest part, but I had no choice because I was working all the time. With any success, there is sacrifice.

FR: In your book you talk about making the transition from being a top runway model to a showroom model in NYC?

Shailah Edmonds: When the major runway shows stopped happening for me, I was sort of at my wit’s end. I started talking to other seasoned models and I learned they were doing a lot showroom work for designers. After runway season, most major designers/brands have a showroom where they show their current collections to prospective buyers at a private showing at their atelier or showroom.

It is a lot of hard work because I worked for the major showrooms in NYC like Valentino, and you are trying on clothes non-stop for ten to twelve hours a day. But, it was well paid, though seasonal. There were at least three to four months of no showroom work, so in that downtime I coached young models and did some commercial print work. I also worked as an actor.

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FR: What’s next for you?Shailah Edmonds: I start my book tour in September at the Black Caucus Convention in Washington, DC, and I am continuing to love and embrace life.

Wild Child to Couture Style: The Shailah Edmonds Story is published by Lyons Publishing and is available on amazon.com and at shailahedmonds.com.

—William S. Gooch

Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of July 23, 2018

Late July is usually a slow time for celebrity fashion sightings, but 2018 is turning out to be different in lots of ways. While lots of celebrities are taking a break from the rigors of film and television by taking sweet trips to exotic locations, other celebs are still working red carpets, showing off their wonderful fashion choices.

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Though Mila Kunis has been in the news a lot lately talking about her kids and intense relationship with Ashton Kutchner, what stands out more is her style on red carpets. The “Black Swan,” “Oz, the Great and Powerful,” and the recent “The Spy Who Dumped Me” star shines in Alice + Olivia as a guest on “The Late, Late Show with James Corden.” Mila is appropriately accessorized in Le Vian diamond earrings and a MARLI New York diamond ring.

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Guess what? Fashion Reverie is featuring Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, yet again. We just love her because she has great style. Lindsey is really pretty in pink in a Retrofete pink short cocktail dress and Giuseppe Zanotti heels, showing off her well-toned heels at the premiere of “The Spy Who Dumped Me” in Los Angeles. Lindsey adds to her look with AS29 diamond earrings.

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We feature Jennifer Lopez almost every week. And why shouldn’t we? J-Lo’s style in indisputable.On a recent episode of “World of Dance,” Jennifer Lopez flashed Djula diamond rings while showing off a beautiful upswept coif. Can you believe she is 49?

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“Pretty Little Liars’” Shay Mitchell wore diamond ear cuffs by MARLI New York and Borgioni to the BUXOM event in Los Angeles.

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“This Is Us” cast member Mandy Moore looked current and stylish in a colorful Missoni fringe dress on her way to her appearance to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!.”

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“Vampire Diaries’” Kat Graham wore diamond rings by MARLI New York and Abdullah Chancellor to the Summer 2018 TCA Press Tour.

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Pop singer Normani Kordei Hamilton wore a Maria Lucia Hohan dress on Instagram. Posing in front of a donut shop in a Maria Lucia Hohan dress paired with white sneaks is not the best look for Normani. Well, after all it is an Instagram photo.

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Fashion Reverie hasn’t featured Lori Loughlin in quite some time. We couldn’t resist featuring Lori Loughlin this time around because she looked wonderful in a Maria Lucia Hohan dress at 2018 Hallmark Channel Summer TCA.

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Bringing up the rear this week, “Good Witch’s” Bailee Madison looked absolutely lovely in an Entre Nous boutique dress, accessorized beautifully in Djula diamond rings at the 2018 Hallmark Channel Summer TCA tour in Beverly Hills.

—Staff

Fashion Tea with Kristopher: July 2018

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It’s a hot summer in New York City, and Fashion Reverie has got some tea for you! Fresh off the heels of New York Fashion Week: Men’s spring 2019 season, the tea pot is flowing over. Grab your cup and a plate of scones as we pour up the steamy insider fashion gossip.Item 1 insider tea

A former CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee is so broke they have switched PR firms because they could no longer afford the retainer at their previous one. They are not in the money, honey!!

Consumers cough up the green backs and buy their clothes, sil vous plait!! Their cash flow is so limited they are even having trouble affording models for their presentations. The shame of it all!!

Item 2 insider tea

A top fashion publication with a storied history has been cutting staff, unbeknownst to the general public. While they are still considered a cornerstone of the fashion industry, the team is currently running on skeleton crew. While it’s been a rough time in media, they always seemed like one of the untouchables. Oh, how the mighty are falling!!

Item 3 insider tea

A notable designer, best known for her outerwear, could be returning to New York Fashion Week. This would be the designer’s first showing in decades, and she’s known as a favorite of top Vogue editors. While nothing has been confirmed yet, it’s sure to be a celebration just to see her back on the calendar. Make New York Fashion Week: The Shows great again!

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Item 4 insider tea

The trade shows are attempting to go direct-to-consumer. Retail in the US is not what it used to be, and in response, rather than being what was strictly a buyers and press only event, is now looking at going to a consumer-focused model. It’s the see-now-buy-now of trade shows. These people need to make money somehow, and it sure isn’t coming from retailers.

—Kristopher Fraser

Missoni’s Fall 2018 Campaign

For its fall 2018 campaign Missoni Creative Director Angela Missoni and photographer Harley Weir juxtapose Missoni’s crazy quilt patterns and eclectic smorgasbord of color, textures, shapes against vibrant blue skies. This amalgam of texture, color and fabrication is framed on the statuesque bodies of Supermodel Gigi Hadid and French male model Yassine Rahal.

Gigi Hadid is the Supermodel of the moment, scoring campaigns as diverse of American sportswear mega brand Tommy Hilfiger to the 2019 Pirelli calendar to Versus Versace to Balmain. Harley Weir uses Hadid and Yassine Rahal’s long limbs stretched against and ever-expanding skyline. Weir’s full-length portraits in this fall 2018 campaign promote an anthem of freedom and personality.

That said; freedom and personality have always been touchstones of Missoni’s signature DNA. Where can you find more personality and freedom than in Missoni’s mélange and assemblage of color, texture, and fabrications?

This fall 2018 campaign is an invitation to compose, superimpose, and deliberately interpret the extraordinary craftsmanship, finishings, and details of a collection rich in creations and variations; shades and patterns, and weights and textures. This campaign also conjures up images of that unique mix of bohemian culture and current-day coolness. (Imagine the offspring of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, maybe Zoe Kravitz, seen through the lens of modern chicness and inclusivity.)

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Missoni’s fall 2018 collection is a series of patchwork designs, mesh fabrics, fringe details, jacquards inspired by the coats of wild animals, and streaked and spotted capes reference multiethnic costumes, urban graffiti, the colors of Africa and Jamaica. And this Missoni fall 2018 campaign emphasizes a style that morphs into an unmistakable expression of energy and singularity against the immense backdrop of clear blue skies.   —William S. Gooch

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of July 23, 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: Designer Revival Sample SaleWHEN: 7/23–7/29; Mon.–Fri. (11am–7pm), Sat. (10am–6pm), Sunday (noon–5pm)

WHY: Select items at up to an additional 75% off

WHERE: 324 East 81st Street

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BRAND: Sea NY Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/26–7/28; Thurs.–Sat. (11am–6pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing at up to 80% off retail

WHERE324 Canal Street, Ground Floor

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BRAND: Muleh Summer Warehouse Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/26–7/29; Thurs.–Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (noon–6pm)

WHY: Up to 70% off designer brands including Hache, Ter et Bantine, Closed Jeans, Vivienne Westwood, Collection Privee, Le Sarte Petegolle, and many more.

WHERE:   160 9th Avenue, bet. W 19th and 20th streets

—Staff

Fashion News Alerts: Alber Elbaz Is Back, Rodarte Returns, Ralph Lauren Celebrates 50, and Ivanka Trump Shutters Fashion Brand

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Any 50th anniversary is a great achievement, usually culminating in a huge celebration. Ralph Lauren has decided to celebrate his 50th anniversary in the fashion industry with a big runway show and gala in Central Park during New York Fashion Week: The Shows. The runway show will take place in Bethesda Terrace in Central Park on Friday, September 7. Ralph Lauren has always had a fondness for Central Park, staging his 49th anniversary show in 2008 in Central Park with a black-tie dinner at the Conservancy Garden.The purpose of this celebration is “to render homage to his hometown of New York, the epicenter of American and world fashion, and to the industry which he has led for five decades,” the brand said in a company press release. Ralph Lauren, happy 50!!

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He’s back

The fashion community mourned when Alber Elbaz was released from his creative director post at Lanvin a few years ago. But, the fashion community can now dry their eyes because Alber Elbaz is back!

Alber Elbaz has teamed up with LeSportsac for a capsule collection that will debut during New York Fashion Week: The Shows spring 2019 season. Elbaz adds a whimsical touch to LeSportsac’s signature styles in five bold prints, named “Dance with Me,” “Love Me Kiss Me,” “Big Kiss,” “Color Me Leopard,” and “Color Me Zebra.”

“If we inject more love into fashion, and less fear, we have a beautiful reason to wake up every morning,” said Elbaz in a statement reported in fashionnetwork.com, in reference to his latest project. “LeSportsac is fun, colourful and modern—it makes me smile every time.”

LeSportsac is not the only collaboration that Alber Elbaz has been a part of since his departure from Lanvin in 2015. Elbaz has partnered with Converse in a shoe capsule collection and he has partnered with French perfumer Frédéric Malle on a fragrance.

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The return

Rodarte is returning to New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) to showcase its spring 2019 collection after showing for three seasons in Paris. This announcement was made recently on the brand’s Instagram page. “We are excited to announce we will be showing our [spring 2019] collection during NYC Fashion Week! We are thrilled to create the show with our amazing team: Brian Phillips and Black Frame, Alex de Betak and Bureau Betak, IMG and our beauty and hair teams.”

Laura and Kate Mulleavy founded Rodarte in 2005. And like several top American brands in recent years—Monique Lhuillier, Altazurra, Proenza Schouler, Thom Browne, and others—the Mulleavy sisters opted out of showing their collections during NYFWS. However, Rodarte and Proenza Schouler are returning to NYFWS for the spring 2019 season.

This is great news for the CFDA, hopefully lifting the organization out of the doldrums caused by the defections. Rodarte has not announced the location and date of their show during NYFWS spring season.

Bye bye Ivanka

On Tuesday, Ivanka Trump shut down her eponymous fashion line due to a conflict of interest. A number of restrictions have been placed on the brand due to Ivanka Trump’s official position with the Trump administration. Currently, Ivanka Trump is a senior advisor to the Trump administration.

The restrictions place on Ivanka Trump’s namesake fashion brand include prevention from undertaking international expansion and requiring the company to discuss any potential deals with domestic partners with Ivanka Trump. According to a BBC source, these restrictions are hampering the growth of the company.

The company has come under fire since the  election of Trump, resulting in boycotts, negative press, and retail giants Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, HSN and ShopStyle, among other retailers dropping the brand in recent months. According to a recent post in fashionnetwork.com, although the brand is shutting down, licensing deals will be maintained until the end date of the agreements.
 —William S. Gooch

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