Wednesday Sample Sale: Week of May 1, 2017

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

Also, some sample sales won’t let you try on garments, so know your size. Happy Shopping!!

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BRAND: Christian Siriano Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/3 – 5/7; Wednesday–Sunday (11am–7pm)

WHY:  Tons of shoes, bags and clothes from recent collections

 WHERE:   1070 Madison Avenue, between 80th and 81st Streets

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BRAND: Dolce & Gabbana Sample Sale

WHEN:  5/4 – 5/7; Thursday (10–7), Friday(9am–7pm), Saturday (9am–6pm), Sunday (10am–6pm)

WHY:  Women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories at a discount. American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or China UnionPay. No manual or voice authorizations will be permitted. Cards must be swiped, no keyed entry

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

 

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BRAND: STAFF USA Sample Sale

WHEN:  10/5 – 10/7; Friday (10am–7pm), Saturday (11am–7pm), Sunday (noon–5pm)

WHY:  Women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, apparel and accessories from Maison Margiela, MM6 Maison Margiela, Marni, and Dsquared2 will be available at a discount. Major credit cards only. Cash/Checks will not be accepted. All purchases final sale. No exchanges or refunds

 WHERE:   220 West 19th Street, 10th Floor

Fashion News Alert: Naomi Campbell’s Fashion and Beauty Collection, Gwyneth Paltrow Launches Print Magazine, Gucci Debuts Fragrance, Yandy.com Scores Miss USA Pageant,and Vaquera’s “Handmaid’s Tale” Collection

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Dominating the runway, headlining a top television series and being one of the most recognizable names in fashion isn’t enough for Naomi Campbell. Campbell now adds business owner to her jam-packed resume. And they business of course is fashion and beauty.

Naomi Campbell Designs is inspired by Naomi Campbell’s lifestyle, her world travel and all the things that have influenced her in her now three decade career in fashion. All these reference points will be seen through a lens of simplicity and sophistication.

According to fashionnetwork.com, the initial collection ,that will be released on Starlite’s website, will include.four different chromatic universes, inspired by various countries and landscapes, and includes everything from essential basics like passionate reds, to metallic pigments.

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Designers and brands get inspiration from a wide array of cultural references and perspectives. Television and film has always been a reference point for some brands; however, Margaret Atwood’s adapted for television novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” is an unlikely source of inspiration for the fashion industry. Well, one might think that!!

Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel details a world ruled by fundamental zealots in which young, fertile women, called handmaids, serve and bear children for barren couples of the fundamental elite class. Interestingly, there are no people of color in this reordered, dystopian society.

As one of the most anticipated television launches of 2017, New York-based brand, Vaquera, has taken up the charge, using Atwood’s novel and Hulu’s re-interpretation of the novel as source material for their upcoming collection. Approached by Hulu to create a collection based on Hulu series, the Vaquera team did not shy away from what some would consider an unusual request.

“The novel has been an inspiration since the beginning of Vaquera because [of] its use of visual language to discuss poignant social issues. We are excited to work on something so groundbreaking and timely.” “Color is very important to the plot of the show because it is used to categorize people based on their physical bodies: The Handmaids are dressed in red, which is a color historically associated with violence, oppression, and sex,” Vaquera said.

Though the first episode of “The  Handmaid’s Tale” aired on April 26, the Vaquera collection will not debut til June.

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Alessandro Michele, appointed creative director of Gucci in 2015, is forging new ground at the famed Italian house, and its not just in the women’s wear and menswear collections. In collaboration with master perfumer Alberto Morillas, Michele has created Gucci’s first fragrance, Bloom.

Bloom relates to the floral motifs often found in Michele’s collection for the icon fashion house.The floral scent containing notes of jasmine, tuberose and Rangoon creeper, a special ingredient sourced from India exclusively for use in this fragrance.

Bloom launched in NYC on Tuesday with actress/model Hari Nef starring in the fragrance’s advertising campaign. The campaign will be photographed by Glen Luchford.

Bloom will be available for pre-order in limited quantity in the US on May 3. The fragrance will not be available in stores until August and not available in Europe until spring 2018.

 

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Last Friday, Gwyneth Paltrow announced that she partnering with Conde Nast to launch a print publication based on her lifestyle site, Goop. In a statement for Conde Nast, Goop promises to be a quarterly magazine that will include “multi-platform content experience that will include print, digital and social initiatives.”

Anna Wintour, Conde Nast artistic director  and Vogue editor-in-chief said in a statement that “Goop and Conde Nast are natural partners and I’m excited [Paltrow]is bringing her point of view to the company. We all look forward to working with her and her team.” And Paltrow believes that the partnership is  ”an opportunity for us to push our boundaries visually and deliver Goop’s point of view to consumers in new, dynamic ways.”

Goop.com launched in 2008 and focuses fashion, wellness, travel, recipes, parenting, and cultural issues.

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The Miss USA Pageant is just around the bend. It takes place during Mother’s Day Weekend in fact. One of the most anticipated segments of the Miss USA Pageant is the swimwear competition, and the swimwear competition promises to be extra special this year with yandy.com the new official swimwear sponsor of the pageant.

Contestants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia will showcase some of the summer’s leading trends during the swimsuit portion of the competition. Yandy’s swim styles will also be featured during the preliminary competition held earlier in the week and a special MISS USA® fashion show. Additionally, the women competing for the title will be featured in multi-episode social series that will further highlight Yandy’s collections. As part of her prize package, Miss USA will receive a swim wardrobe supplied by Yandy.

—William S. Gooch


Campaign Spotlight: Jockey Finds its Star in Michaela DePrince

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Misty Copeland is not the only ballerina of color who is making an impact on global audiences. Enter Michaela DePrince.

It is a rare that a ballet dancer achieves notoriety beyond the proscenium arch; however, both Misty Copeland with her 2015 “Under Armour” campaign, and now Michaela DePrince, with her recent campaign with Jockey, have done just that. And they are both ballerinas of color, another rarity!!

DePrince gained national attention with her appearance in the dance documentary “First Position.” “First Position” followed several top dancers competing at the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition. DePrince storyline particulary stood out because of her circuitous and somewhat perilous path to ballet notoriety.

Michaela DePrince (born Mabinty Bangura) was orphaned in her war torn Sierra Leone, and one of the last adoptable prospects because of her skin condition, vitiligo. (Some people in West Africa believe vitiligo is as an indication of evil or demon possession.) Inspired by a discarded coloring book about ballerinas, Michaela DePrince dreamed one day she would become a ballet dancer without having ever seen a ballet or knowing what ballet was.

Later, DePrince was adopted by a compassionate American couple who enrolled her in dance classes.Her prodigious talent and drive was evident early on and DePrince studied on scholarship to the Rock School in Philadelphia and American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Onassis School of Ballet. After graduation DePrince performed with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and is now a soloist with the Dutch National Ballet. Her best-selling book Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina has been optioned as film by MGM. Michaela in 2016 also starred in the “Hope” section of Beyonce’s “Lemonade” video.

The Jockey #ShowEm campaign introduces Michaela proudly wearing Jockey in a personal, intimate video and series of portraits illustrating what’s underneath it all, both literally and figuratively. #ShowEm honors everyday heroes who embody the spirit and values of Jockey and the characteristics that make them unique, like perseverance, courage, family and hope.

Images courtesy of Jockey

Images courtesy of Jockey

“Michaela’s story from survival to success made her an ideal hero for the #ShowEm campaign,” said Matthew Waller, senior manager of corporate communications and brand partnerships, Jockey. “We’re so proud to be able to amplify Michaela’s story and be a part of her life as she continues to realize her dream and inspire others by conveying the message of ‘hope’.”

“I was drawn to Jockey and its #ShowEm campaign because it is authentic and inspiring,” said Michaela DePrince. “The campaign gives me an opportunity to reach more people with my story and inspire others to feel confident and comfortable with who they are, inside and out, and provide hope.

Developed by marketing partner Pure Growth Consulting, the “Show ’Em What’s Underneath, Show ’Em Your Jockey” campaign will be supported by national print ads in PeopleWomen’s HealthAllureElleDance Magazine, among others. The campaign will be activated online with video, digital ads and social media.

The Jockey #ShowEm campaign launched on April 27.

—Staff

Fashion News Alert: Zac Posen’s Documentary, Fern Mallis’ New Job, Randy Fenoli Debuts Bridal Collection, J Crew Layoffs, and Fashion Revolution Week Takes Off

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“House of Z, which follows the career of Zac Posen debuts during the Tribeca Film Festival. “House of Z” details designer Zac Posen meteoric rise to fashion fame in his early 20s as the industry’s wunderkind to the difficulties faced later in his career. “I think if you’re going to make a movie, especially today about the creative process and media, you have to be honest,” Posen said in a recent fashionnetwork.com article.

Directed by Sandy Chronopoulos, “House of Z” was originally intended to be a television special about Posen’s latest collection. While filming the special Chronopoulos realized the special would work better as a docufilm.

“House of Z” shows of glitz and glam of the fashion industry, but also the grittier side of fashion “He was catapulted into stardom at age 21, and he really went through the fashion machine … To see his rise and fall and rise again is a story of redemption,” explains Chronopoulos.

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Fern’s new gig

Fern Mallis has a new job. Yes, that’s right. And if running her own international fashion and design consultancy was not enough or creating and hosting “Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis,” a series at the 92nd Street Y, Fern Mallis has taken on the huge responsibility of foundation director at the Fashion Institute of Techonology (FIT).

“I’m thrilled to be part of the FIT Foundation Board. FIT has always been an incredible part of our industry with over 11,000 students from 70 countries,” Mallis told The Daily. “Its campus is just next door to the fashion industry and it’s where we all look for the next generation of professionals. I love the diversity of its programming—from toy design to production, business and technology to communication and exhibition design. It’s not just fashion. And at this stage of my career I enjoy giving back and being part of this creative college.”

Apparel industry leaders to nurture and educate future leaders for the fashion industry established the foundation in 1944. Today, the foundation serves as an advisory and fundraising body to FIT. Mallis will serve as a mentor, industry liaison, advocate, and philanthropic adviser.

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Talking about a revolution

If New York Fashion Week: The Shows and New York Fashion Week: Men’s was any indication of the fashion industry giving a nod to revolutionary times, then a time for revolution has spread across the Big Pond with over 90 countries taking part in Fashion Revolution Week. Starting this past Monday, April 24 and extending to April 30 Fashion Revolution Week aims to bring attention to working conditions and workers that are a part of the fashion industry’s fast fashion supply chain. Fashion Revolution Week was launched on the heels of the fire disaster in Rana Plaza in 2013 in which 1138 workers were killed.

“Have you ever wondered who makes your clothes? How much they’re paid and what their lives are like? Our clothes have gone on a long journey before they hit store shelves, passing through the hands of cotton farmers, spinners, weavers, dyers, and sewers. Eighty percent of them are women between the ages of 18 and 24. Many of the people who make our clothes live in poverty. This needs to change,” said Fashion Revolution Co-founder Orsola de Castro in a fashionnetwork.com article.

Under the new theme ‘Money, Fashion, Power, Fashion Revolution Week kicked off on Monday with its annual Fashion Question Time at the House of Parliament in London. The week’s events include catwalks, panel discussions, film screenings, swapping evenings, school quizzes and fash-mobs.

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Randy says yes to his bridal line

For those who know Randy Fenoli from “Say Yes to the Dress” there is an opportunity to get to know Fenoli better. Fenoli, the fashion director of Kleinfeld Bridal Salon, has launched his own bridal line.

The 25-piece collection will range in sizes 00 to size 28 and feature intricate beading and lace details, and also include a few shorter dresses and gowns in colors other than white.

The Randi Fenoli Bridal Collection will be sold in boutiques around the country with prices ranging from $1500 to $3000.

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J Crew unravels

There’s more trouble for J Crew. It appears that Jenna Lyons is not the only person jumping ship. Frank J. Muytjens, head of J Crew menswear is also departing. Add to that the layoff of over 250 employees and things are not looking so good for the preppy sportswear brand.

According to WWD, the layoffs will save J Crew 30 million dollars, although 10 million of that will go to severance pay.We take these difficult decisions very seriously, but believe they are absolutely necessary. We are streamlining our teams as we evolve our business and processes to cater to the new demands of the retail industry,” CEO Millard Drexler said. “While challenging, we know what needs to be done and this is a critical step to position J.Crew for the future.  We are committed to treating impacted associates with respect and support through this period of change.”

—William S. Gooch

 

Ines Di Santo Bridal Spring 2018

Ines_Di_Santo_Bridal_Spring_2018If you are Ines di Santo, less is more. Particularly when comes to Di Santo’s spring 2018 bridal collection.

“This season became a dance with the artist and the editor in my mind. Not a stitch more than what was needed, yet full license to push a design that was simply more,” said di Santo in the collections program notes.

Collages1274Ines di Santo is known for her couture-like bridal gowns that employ exquisite embellishments and floral appliques and cutouts. That said; the bridal spring 2018 collection is a redirection of the brand to go for simplicity or the less is more design concept. However, when a designer has the craftsmanship that Ines di Santo possesses, changing brand direction does not diminish the beauty and sophistication of the collection, but only serves to prove the design dexterity of a true master.

And though the theatricality of Ines di Santo’s designs has been a mainstay of her collections, exciting bridal editors and consumers alike, the theatricality of her bridal garments did not distract from the attention to detail and di Santo’s mastery of technique. That mastery of technique is what stood out in this ‘less is more’ spring 2018 collection.

Collages1275Though this somewhat restrained collection did not contain some of the elements that has marked di Santo’s design aesthetic, there were new trends and continuing trends in place. Some of the bridal gowns gave a nod to the continuing ruffle trend. Add to that some very large bows in the front and back of the gowns, as well as lots of halter and spaghetti strap bodices that accentuated the sexiness of this fashion outing.

Images courtesy of Atelier PR

Images courtesy of Atelier PR

Standout looks in this bridal spring 2018 collection were di Santo’s sleeveless plunging sweetheart illusion sheath gown with front slit accent and dramatic lace insert with detachable train, sleeveless wide square-neck dropped waist ball gown with contoured seaming, hidden pockets, embroidered lingerie bodice sheath with sweetheart neck, low V-back and signature side hidden zipper, floral embellished sleeveless sweetheart ball gown with inverted apron skirt, illusion back and dramatic cathedral train. Giving a nod to Asian weddings were brides wear red, the bridal showpiece of the collection was a halter neck sweetheart corset modified trumpet gown with asymmetrical pleated skirt and exaggerated dramatic bow back detail.

—William S. Gooch

 

Kelly Faetanini Bridal Spring 2018

Downloads378How do you keep bridal collections interesting and fresh each bridal season? In the past, bridal designers has tried a range of things, from non-traditional fabrics to bridal garments that can be re-purposed for other occasions to looks to go outside of the spectrum of what most editors or consumers would consider as bridal wear.

In a retracting market, established bridal designers are trying none-of-the-above gimmicks. Why primed the pump when the pump isn’t gushing?

 Kelly_Faetanini_Spring_2017What some bridal designers are attempting to inject subtle hints of color into their bridal collections. Now, I am not talking about pink blush or hints of rose gold. One of trends that could be seen prominently during New York International Bridal Week was a white or off-white gown with detachable and/or non-detachable colorful underlays. And no one did these underlays better than Kelly Faetanini.

Entitled ‘black romance,” Faetanini was inspired by Shakespeare and the innocent feelings of seduction of some very inexperienced young brides. Hmm, the bigger question to ask if in modern times are there any inexperienced young brides? Not many!!

Collages1278 That said; when you examine some of Shakespeare’s virginal heroines—Juliet, Portia, Ophelia, Hermia, and Miranda—innocent seduction does come to mind. The mixture of floral details and tulle paired with corsetry, black lace and feathers yields images of innocence and conquest. And Faetanini’s combination of these contrasting fabrications will aptly make brides feel both salacious and pristine. And both adjectives at the same time!!

Images courtesy of Kelly Faetanini

Images courtesy of Kelly Faetanini

Standout looks in the collection include Kelly Faetanini’s jersey slim gown with embroidered lace bodice, barely blush V-neck fit-to-flare with beaded embroidery, illusion beaded embroidered V-neck ball gown with Mikado skirt, and silk Mikado seamed bodice with black ostrich feather ball gown skirt.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

THEIA Bridal Spring 2018

Theia_Spring_2018For THEIA Bridal’s spring 2018 collection, pearls were the focal point for creative director Don O’Neill.  “We are mixing cotton Guipures over nude silk charmeuse linings and adding in hints of color, a whisper of blush and breath of blue,” says Theia’s creative director Don O’Neill. “Our elegant beaded gowns continue to be a focus, featuring lots of pearl details.”

Pearls have a unique property, symbolizing strength of spirit, integrity and purity, along with the calming effect of balancing karma. This very sublime and spiritually focused inspiration very much correlates the design DNA of THEIA. THEIA in Greek mythology was the goddess of light and pearls reflect light in a unique way. With the variety of pearls that are found on the planet, from white sea pearls to grey, black, grey blue to blush pink pearls, this treasured gem has its own candescence that separates it from other gems.

Collages1258For the last couple of seasons, THEIA has moved away from the out-of-the box, avant-garde bridal designs that set the brand apart from other brands on the market. THEIA, in an attempt, to have more market viability in a very crowded market has gone back to its core DNA, creating bridal garments that are light, accessible and luminous. Some may not think this is a good thing; however, market dictates are forcing more bridal brands to readjust their creative projects to reflect a stagnating market.

 Collages1260Giving a nod to brides that want more options, for spring 2018 Don O’Neill is giving his bridal customer more options. Several of the gowns in this collection had interchangeable slip linings, allowing his customer to choose ivory, blush, cloud blue, or nude.

 

Standout looks in the collection included the alabaster crepe gown with cold shoulder sleeves, white Alencon lace off-the-shoulder gown with bell sleeves, ivory slip gown hand-embroidered with pearls and Swarovski crystals, and smoke crystal and pearl hand-embroidered V-neck gown.

—William S. Gooch

Ballet Hispanico Celebrates Strong Women

Images courtesy of Paula Lobo

Images courtesy of Paula Lobo

When it comes to celebrating strong women through movement, no dance company has more capacity and generosity than Ballet Hispanico. Strong Latin women have always been at the core of Latin culture and are a focal point in Ballet Hispanico’s repertoire. However, for their spring 2017 season at the Joyce Theater, Ballet Hispanico pulled out all the stops, dedicating whole programs to Hispanic female choreographers.

With that effort, Ballet Hispanico’s female dancers have never looked more magnificent and fully realized than in works by the female choreographers in question—Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Michelle Manzanales, and Tania Perez-Salas. In dance circles, many cultural critics contend that only a woman choreographer—with the exception of a few male choreographers—Balanchine, Robbins, Ashton, and Ailey—can bring out the full range of female dancers’ abilities and craft. Most male choreographers only actualize female dancers’ attributes through the lens of delicate beauty with occasional pyrotechnical displays thrown in for good measure. Not true for Ballet Hispanico’s choreographic triptych. All three female choreographers in Ballet Hispanico’s all-female program aptly manifested the range and depth of what Ballet Hispanico’s women can bring to the stage.

"Linea Recta" images courtesy of Paula Lobo

“Linea Recta” images courtesy of Paula Lobo

Doesn’t everyone love flamenco? Well, if that does not ring true for some dance lovers, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Linea Recta” will make flamenco naysayers true believers!! And true to the theme of the night the female dances of Ballet Hispanico wore at the core of Ochoa’s “Linea Recta.”

Performed to original guitar music by Eric Vaarzon Morel, “Linea Rectoa” is Ochoa’s modern interpretation of flamenco infused with a mélange of modern dance techniques from Graham to Horton and Cunningham. Though the women are the central characters in this brilliant work, Ochoa provides some exceptional choreography for Ballet Hispanico’s men.  And the dance language between the sexes is modern, explosive, deliciously sensual and above all celebratory.

"Con Brazos Abiertos" images courtesy of Paula Lobo

“Con Brazos Abiertos” images courtesy of Paula Lobo

In “Con Brazos Abiertos,” Michelle Manzanales explores through dance language and the spoken word of Edward James Olmos, Cheech Marin, as well as the musical renderings of Julio Iglesias, Daniela Andrade, Gustavo Santolalla, and Juan Carlos Marin, assimilation and the immigrant experience in the US. Manzanales looks back to her own childhood and how the mixed messages of Mexican pride and assimilation informed her.

“Con Brazos Abiertos” is a wonderful amalgam of folkloric movement styles, and modern dance fusions used to relay the immigrant duality. Again, Ballet Hispanico’s women demonstrate their ability at interpret mood, nostalgia, humor and reflection through their mastery of modern and folkloric styles.

"Catorce Dieciseis" images courtesy of Paula Lobo

“Catorce Dieciseis” images courtesy of Paula Lobo

“Catorce Dieciseis” reflects the many modern dance works seen on major stages in the beginning of the 21st Century. As had happened in the early 1930s and 40s many modern choreographers in the late 1990s and early 2000s looked to Baroque composers as their musical sources. (Many of Mark Morris’ best know works found inspiration from Baroque composers in the 1990s through early the 2000s.)

Tania Perez-Salas’ “Catorce Dieciseis,” which debuted in 2002, is one such work. Like many ballets from this period that used Baroque music there is a strong emphasis of group movement or corps de ballet that dance similar or the same steps that follow the repetitive canonical-like qualities found in Baroque works. That said; “Catorce Dieciseis” is a joyful feast for the senses that celebrate the theatricality of Ballet Hispanico’s women and also demonstrate that the company is totally capable of excelling at dance works that go beyond Latin themes.  Also, the circular, meandering patterns in “Catorce Dieciseis” reflects Salas’ projections of the number Pi.

Every season Ballet Hispanco proves that their dancers, both women and men, can handle almost any choreographic style. The time is now ripe for Ballet Hispanico and many dance companies of its ilk to receive the global and financial recognition worthy of its brilliance.

—William S. Gooch

New York Bridal Week Spring 2018 Sketches

Is New York International Bridal Week all about white bridal gowns? Not entirely. And Fashion Reverie has the sketches to prove it.

Every season Fashion Reverie publishes the spring 2018 sketches of from the collections of the season’s top bridal designers. And every season, the Fashion Reverie staff is amazed at home bridal designers ingeniously detail the brand’s inspiration into bridal collection that not only go beyond white bridal gowns, but also push the bridal market in a forward projection.

Image courtesy of Kelly Faetanini

Image courtesy of Kelly Faetanini

Inspired by Shakespeare and innocent feelings of seduction, Kelly Faetanini’s “dark romance” reference is evidenced in a spring 2018 collection that balances hints of black against shades of barely-there blush.

Images courtesy of THEIA

Images courtesy of THEIA

“[For spring 2018,] we are mixing cotton Guipures over nude silk charmeuse linings and adding in hints of color, a whisper of blush and breath of blue,” says Theia’s creative director Don O’Neill. “Our elegant beaded gowns continue to be a focus, featuring lots of pearl details.”

Images courtesy of Atelier PR

Mira Zwillinger sketch images courtesy of Atelier PR


“Some where over the rainbow skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” Mira Zwillinger

—Staff

 

Bridal Beauty Extra: Pre-Wedding Pampering Sessions

Wedding planning can be stressful, the flowers, the favors, the alterations, the guest list, the registry, the seating chart … the list of things to do never seems to end.  Before the big day, take some time to unwind with your favorite gal pals, trust Fashion Reverie, you won’t be sorry.

So grab your bridesmaids and melt your stress away at some of New York City’s top spas!

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Images courtesy of The Sisley

An Indulgent Facial to Get You Photo Ready:

The Phyto-Aromatic Facial at The Sisley Spa has to be the most relaxing facial in all of New York City.  Sit back and enjoy as your skin is pampered and your complexion enhanced for all those wedding photos.

Breathe in to inhale the delicate aromatics and begin your journey.  As you exhale, the aesthetician expertly massages your facial muscles in sync with your breathing.  Even the process of simply cleaning your face and removing your makeup is carefully done to hit pressure points, taking into a world of relaxation.

The rich creams, that are thick and lightly perfumed and customized to each person’s skin type, are derived from natural ingredients like white Lily and grapefruit.  These rich creams leave your skin smooth, hydrated and tingling in a pleasant way like champagne bubbles dancing on your tongue.

Speaking of champagne, cap your experience off with a celebratory glass of bubbly in their relaxation room for the perfect spa day with your squad!

The Sisley Spa

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

35 East 76th Street, 3rd Floor

212.660.7560

Images courtesy of Aire Ancient Baths

Images courtesy of Aire Ancient Baths

Float Away from Stressful to Do-Lists

As a bride-to-be it seems your list of tasks gets longer every day.  Take some time to enjoy a day in AIRE Ancient Baths thermal pools.  Their candle lit room is filled with hot and cold pools, steam baths and jacuzzis to melt away tension.

A huge upgrade from a crowded public pool or all-day spa, this downtown Tribeca spa limits the amount of people for a truly indulgent experience.  A personal attendant will walk you through their beautifully designed space with high ceilings and aquamarine pools.

AIRE’s baths reach up to 102 degrees Fahrenheit and are perfect for soothing sore muscles.  Then cool down in one of their plunge pools for an icy boost to your system, before returning to the tempered waters or relaxing marble steam room.

The 90-minute thermal bath and aromatherapy session gives you full access to their hot and cold plunge pools and steam room.  They’re happy to explain the benefits of each pool, but you’re free to walk around, testing the waters as you please.

The benefits of alternating between hot and cold water have been widely reported on and are praised for helping increase everything from circulation to a general feeling of well-being.  However, AIRE offers a lot more than just different temperature soaks.  We loved the Flotarium, a warm salt flotation tank, which allows you to feel weightless and carefree while floating in this quiet space. Also, check out the propeller jet bath, which uses pulsating water to deliver a relaxing massage.

While the ambiance does feel romantic and there are plenty of little nooks and corners for couples to hang out (or make out in), the luxurious setting is also ideal for groups of girlfriends looking to unwind.  On your visit you’re bound to spot mothers and daughters relaxing side-by-side, bridal parties enjoying themselves in a quiet serene space, and yes the occasional overly affectionate couple.

AIRE Ancient Baths

88 Franklin Street

www.ancientbathsny.com

1 (646) 878-6174

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Images courtesy of Trump Soho

Escape Your Soon-To-Be Mother-In-Law in a Turkish Hammam

(Or Bring Her Along, We’re Sure She’d Enjoy a Day at the Spa)

Regardless of your political feelings, a traditional cleansing ritual from Morocco at The Spa at Trump Soho is something both Democrats and Republicans alike can get excited about. This unique detoxifying experience uses black olive soap and rhassoul clay mud, along with a traditional kessa mitt to remove impurities and dead skin cells, leaving you with soft beautiful skin.

The spa itself is small like many Manhattan spas, but it is the epitome of relaxation with LED-chromo-therapy showers, heated toiled seats and a beautiful relaxation lounge filled with comfy day beds and bathed in natural light through sheer curtains.

You’ll start your treatment by being led into the spa’s hammam, where after you get comfortable on the heated stone table, hot water is rhythmically splashed across your body.  The heat along with the pressure and motion of the water combines for an unforgettable experience.  Soap and lotions are massaged onto your body and scalp for beautiful, smooth skin.

To conclude the service, you’re asked to sit up and take a deep breath.  As you exhale, you’re hit with cool water to help you acclimate.

Be warned the room isn’t quite like in regular massage, there is constantly running water and metal bowls clanking together.  However, the noise is a byproduct of the talented specialists use of the water to keep you in a constant state of bliss, so in our humble opinion, it’s something that can be overlooked.

The Spa

Trump Soho New York

246 Spring Street

(212) 842-5500

 

Images courtesy of The Haven

Images courtesy of The Haven

Spoil Yourself and Your Favorite Ladies Rotten

As if you needed another a reason to truly indulge, a spa day is the perfect alternative to a crazy booze-filled bachelorette.  For about the same price as an expensive night out, you can get messaged from head to toe—plus you don’t need to worry about being covered in spilt tequila shots while pushing off some over enthusiastic guy who’s not getting the hint.

The 6-hour package at Haven starts with an hour-long, relaxing massage.  Next, get ready for your honeymoon with an Island Wrapture body treatment.  This tropical treatment will hydrate, exfoliate and renew your skins’ moisture balance to leave you with a full body glow.  You’ll forget all about your wedding day woes as your whole body is treated from your toes to the top your head; yes, even you scalp is massaged with a warm coconut oil treatment.

Once your skin is feeling unbelievably soft you’re ready to work on your complexion.  An 80-minute facial will keep blackheads and blemishes at bay, so you’re all ready for your big day.

Take a quick break for lunch.  A selection of wraps, sandwiches and salads are offered to keep your energy up for a little more pampering.

After lunch, enjoy the last part of your treatment, an over-the-top manicure and pedicure by one of their expert manicurists.  After a full day of being rubbed down, a little polish doesn’t seem like something to get excited about; however, Haven’s Hand and Foot Renaissance packages truly bring the traditional mani/pedi to its knees.  All your extremities will be deliciously moisturized, scrubbed and soaked in an essential oil bath before being placed in heated mitts for the ultimate experience.  Lastly, a polish of your choosing is applied.

While time really does fly when you’re having fun—or rather getting pampered—the benefits of being spoiled rotten will last well after you’ve left the spa.

Haven

250 Mercer Street

info@havensoho.com

1 (212) 343-3515

*While all these spas are phenomenal, with any facial or body treatments, Fashion Reverie recommend doing it at least a full week before the big day in case of any redness or irritation that might initially occur.

—Janine Silver

 

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