Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of June 4, 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: Mara Hoffman Sample SaleWHEN: 6/06–6/10;Tues. (9am­8pm), Wed.­–Thurs. (10am–7pm), Fri.–Sat. (10am–8), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing, swimwear, and accessories at a discount

WHERE150 Greene Street

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BRAND: Quinn Spring/Summer Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/07–6/09; Thurs.–Sat. (11am–7pm)

WHY:  Women’s and men’s apparel at up to 80%. The sale will feature their spring collection. Original prices at $175–$400 will be marked down to $25–$75

WHERE:  34 Cliff Street, Suite 3

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BRAND: Eleventy Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/11–6/15; Mon.–Fri. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Up to 80% off retail on samples and men’s and women’s products in multiple sizes

WHERE:  80 West 40th Street, Ninth Floor

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BRAND: Alice + Olivia Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/11–6/16; Monday (noon–8pm), Tue s,(9am–8), Wed.–Sat. (10am–8pm)

WHY: Shop women’s fashion including clothing, accessories, bags, sunglasses, and shoes

WHERE  260 Fifth Avenue


BRAND: La Perla Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/12–6/15; Tues. (10am–8pm), Wed,–Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (11am–5pm)

WHY: Up to 80% off retail on samples and men’s and women’s products in multiple sizes

WHERE:  260 Fifth Avenue





Model Watch: Isaac McKinley

What does it take to make it in the fashion industry as a fashion model? It takes more than good looks or an appearance on “America’s Next Top Model.” Speak with almost any working fashion model and you will soon understand that launching a career as a fashion model is an arduous task. It takes good looks, the right body proportions, the right model management company, a sense of adventure, and a whole lot of good fortune.

Isaac McKinley appears to have all of that, and then some. Right at the top of all the prerequisites for a successful modeling career is having the right attitude. And no one has a better attitude and state of mind than Isaac. Fashion Reverie witnessed Isaac’s joie de vivre as he was photographed for the site’s “The Future Is Now” editorial.

With all these attributes, Isaac McKinley is primed for success. And Fashion Reverie has the evidence to prove it.

Fashion Reverie: How did you get your start in the fashion industry as a fashion model?

Isaac McKinley: I started modeling two years ago. What got me started was that I would make a video log of my workouts at the gym. A freelance videographer noticed me recording myself in the gym and recommended that I pursue fashion modeling. After doing a little bit of research, I decided to give fashion modeling a try.

The freelance photographer that scouted me spent about three months in Chicago, my hometown, shooting commercial and fashion editorial images. All this happened while I was a sophomore in college. It was a lot of test shoots. I probably took over a thousand images with this photographer that gave me the opportunity to develop my craft.

FR: Now you very muscular before you started modeling. Did you have to slim down?

Isaac McKinley: I had to slim down significantly. I couldn’t fit into any sample sizes. I had to alter my diet and my weight training to obtain the look of a fashion model and fit into the sample sizes. If you cannot fit into the sample sizes, you don’t get any work. It is just that simple.

FR: Which model management company were you with in Chicago?

Isaac McKinley: I was with BMG Chicago for about a year and then l went to Miami and I got signed to Wilhelmina Miami. My original plan was to work a lot in Miami and work the swimwear market. But I changed my plans and moved to New York City instead.

FR: Why New York City over Miami?

Isaac McKinley: At first I thought Miami would be a good market for me because of my athletic body type. My initial impression was that Miami had swimwear and undergarment work year round; however, I later found out this was not necessarily the case. New York City was a much larger market with more opportunities, so my choice was to go were there were more opportunities for career expansion.

FR: How long have you been in NYC?

Isaac McKinley: I have been here about ten months now.

FR: Which model management company are you signed with in New York City?

Isaac McKinley: I am with State Management New York. I chose them by getting a feel of the bookers who worked there. I noticed that they were not glued to their laptops. At the open call, they really took the time to meet and talk with each model. They liked me and signed me immediately and within a month, I moved to NYC.

FR: You arrived in NYC just before New York Fashion Week: The Shows. Did you book any shows for that season?

Isaac McKinley: I was only able to book one casting because I moved to NYC toward the end of casting for fashion week. I didn’t book the show from that casting. However, I learned something very important. I learned that I needed to be more confident and trust my unique walk and movement, and not try to emulate other models. I was trying to walk like the models I saw walking in big shows on youtube. Casting directors want you to be confident and authentic. Anything other than that is a turn off.

FR: What have you booked since you signed with State Management?

Isaac McKinley: I have booked a mix of commercial and editorial jobs. I have more of a commercial look so I have been booking more commercial than editorial work, and of course commercial work pays more money. That said; I have booked a jewelry campaign, which came from the same photographer that shot the editorial I booked with Fashion Reverie. I also booked jobs with Fila, J.S. Sloane, Heineken, Union Bay Pacific, and Bleu Magazine.

FR: Which designers/brands would you like to work with?

Isaac McKinley: I would love to work with Dsquared2, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, YSL men’s, you know most of the greats. I would also like to continue working with emerging designers and brands.

FR: Where would you like your career to go?

Isaac McKinley: I would like to be based out of NYC, but work in other international fashion markets. This well-rounded approach will be give me a better understanding of where my particular look will get the most amount of industry traction.

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FR: A male model once told Fashion Reverie that his main career goal was to be able to make most of his income from working as a male model and not have to work side jobs to support himself. Is that one of your goals? Isaac McKinley: I want to be active at all times and even if I am frequently booking modeling jobs, I don’t want to put all my eggs into modeling. Right now, modeling is my sole focus; each day I practice my facial expression and posing. However, I am looking to transition to theatre and acting later on.

I think it is important to focus intensely on one thing at a time and master that craft. And right now my concentration is developing my skill as a male fashion model.

FR: You have only been in NYC less than a year. How are you supporting yourself financially?

Isaac McKinley: Right now I have three different jobs while pursuing my modeling career. I work at a restaurant and bar as a host. I also cater high-end events. I keep myself busy, keeping myself on point with my vision and goals. I believe I will get there!!

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Miss America Minus Swimsuits, Kim Kardashian’s CFDA Win, Ashlee Simpson and Hubby Collaborate with Voltaire and Zadig, and Amazon Echo Look Launches

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One of the big news stories of the week—aside from Kate Spade’s untimely death—is the announcement that the Miss America pageant is eliminating their swimwear competition. The Miss America Organization has decided to take the focus away from the contestants’ beauty and focus the competition—it is no longer called a pageant—on talent and intelligence, thus eliminating the swimwear competition part of the competition.The Miss America Organization is attempting to stay relevant by replacing the swimsuit competition with televised live interviews of the top contestants. Because declining viewership, The Miss America Organization realized that some stark changes were needed. The Miss America Organization’s Chairman of the Board Gretchen Carlson, also a Fox News correspondent and Miss America 1989, concedes, “ You’ll never get 100 percent on you side.” “But it about time for the organization to come up to the relevancy of 2018.”

Mallory Hagan, the 2013 Miss America, agrees, “I don’t think you need to put on a swimsuit to tell that someone is physically fit or beautiful, explained Mallory Hagan. “We are in a new era. This is a way to modernize and open the door for a new wave of contestants.”

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Kim gets nod from the CFDA

The CFDA awarded Kim Kardashian its first-ever Influencer Award. And while many fashion industry professionals may scoff at this win—and many did at the 2018 CFDA ceremony—Kardashion has made a widely recognized name for herself. Kim has a social media following that numbers in the hundred millions; a beauty empire, KKW Beauty, and Donatella Versace created a gold chain mail gown designed for Kim for the 2018 Met Gala.

“I am kind of shocked that I am winning a fashion award when I am naked most of the time,” said Kim Kardashian when she accepted the award. “But, this is seriously such an honor, so thank you to the CFDA for this award.”

“It was maybe seven years ago when I had a publicist and she asked [me], what were my goals, what were my dreams, and I said I just wanted to be on the cover of a fashion magazine and she said to me, ‘Let’s get some realistic goals, because that will never happen,’” detailed Kim K in a article.

Now, that is revenge!! You work, Kim K.

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Ashlee and Evan and Voltaire & Zadig

Huh, another celebrity fashion collaboration? Yea, another one, will it ever stop? Well, Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross’ collaboration with Voltaire & Zadig promises to very different from some of the current celebrity fashion collaborations on the market. This collaboration focuses on gender-neutral clothes.

 Jagger Snow,the ten-collection collaboration—       named after the couple two-year old daughter—features t-shirts, cashmere sweatshirts, embellished shirts and denim. Evan Ross believes this unisex, gender neutral capsule collection will give male consumers more options.

Voltaire & Zadig states the collaborative collection represents, “love, equality and freedom,” adding that the collection is designed “[t]o inspire a message of equality, an independent attitude. Fashion as a living expression of the free spirit they embody in the open air.”

The capsule collection is now available on Zadig & Voltaire’s site. Price points range from $100 for a shirt to over $600 for a smoking jacket.

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Instant fashion

Amazon’s fashion community continues to grow. And on the heels of that fact, Amazon has launched Amazon Echo Look. Amazon Echo Look is an Alexa-powered device that can take photos and videos without the use of a smartphone camera or mirror.

Linda Ranz, director of Echo product management at Amazon said in a statement that Echo Look “can give advice on which of two outfits looks best, offer personalized recommendations on items that pair well with clothes you already own, create your personal lookbook, [and] keep your closet organized.”

Echo Look debuted at New York Fashion Week: The Shows this past February in partnership with Prabal Gurung. The product is now available for consumers at a price point of $200.

Echo Look uses Alexa and Style Check, which is a combination of machine-learned algorithms and fashion content from Amazon, Vogue and GQ. Echo Look will be able to critique fit, color, and styling with reference to current trends, and give an explanation of why one of the two options is better.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion Reverie’s 2018 Father’s Day Gift Guide

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May is for mothers, and June is for fathers. Last month, we showered the premier women in our lives with gifts that showed them just how much they are loved. This month, let’s do the same for dads. Skip the typical handkerchiefs and slippers, and let’s make sure we get dad something to let him know how much he we appreciate him.To help ease your search for the perfect present, Fashion Reverie has created a fashion-forward gift guide for dads. And don’t forget to enter our #FashionableFather contest. To enter, (1) post a picture to Instagram of a dad and his child (or children), (2) tag @FashionReverieMag, and (3) hashtag #FashionableFather. The picture with the most likes will receive a gift package from two brands on our 2018 Father’s Day Gift Guide—Beau Brummell for Men and The Little Dapper Collection.

The Little Dapper Collection bowties ($20–$30)

The Little Dapper Collection (TLDC) handcrafts bowties for infants and toddlers, and also offers father-and-son sets. The company was originally launched as a children’s brand when founder Genesis Emery became pregnant with her son, Noah. However, when Noah was born, he spent the first two months of his life in the NICU due to post-birth complications. Turning those months into motivation, Genesis decided to add a philanthropic component to her company. TLDC donates part of their monthly profits to charities and non-profits that focus on children in need. Their work is two-fold: they make the world more stylish, one toddler at a time, and they give back to children with special needs. This year, skip the typical slippers and handkerchiefs for dad, and get him and his son a bowtie that makes a difference!

Beau Brummell for Men skincare kit ($25–$99.95)

Beau Brummell for Men is the go-to shop for small-batch, expertly formulated men’s skincare products. Named after an 18th century confidante of King George IV, the company focuses on the first steps of a gentleman’s style and elegance—his skin. Creators Zack and Daniel have smartly curated concoctions that elevate a gentleman’s grooming regimen without overwhelming him. With a pointed assortment of products, Beau Brummell walks you through the entire face care process, from washing and scrubbing to shaving and moisturizing. They even have products to tame your beard, hands and feet. From top to bottom, Beau Brummell prepares you put your best face forward with one idea in mind— “so you can stay handsome.”

Wine Enthusiast decanter set ($69.95)

For the traveling man who loves his libations, the Wine Enthusiast Decanter Set would be a welcome addition to his man cave. Made of lead-free glass, and sitting on a mahogany base, this decanter is detailed with an etching of the world map. Ideal for storing and displaying 40 oz. of his favorite cognac, rum, or wine, the decanter rotates to show off its detail, but also aerates the liquid inside, releasing its flavors and aromas. But no decanter is truly complete without accompanying glassware, and this set comes with two double Old Fashioned glasses, similarly etched with world maps. Glasses for two—because a man may drink alone, but a wise man never has to.

Leatherology Passport Cover and Luggage Tag ($55)

Just because he’s a father doesn’t mean he has to be stationary. Whether he’s on a business trip or a weekend getaway with the guys, Dad should look stylish when dealing with TSA. Leatherology has created a matching passport cover and luggage tag set that subtly lets everyone know that Dad is no ordinary Joe. Available in over 10 color options, with monogramming options, this gift set keeps your most important travel document at hand, and quickly identifies your luggage from everyone else. And to make it even easier to present this gift to Dad, the items come pre-wrapped in a gift box. There is no easier gift than this set for the jet-setting dad in your life. 

Wahl Deluxe Chrome Pro Haircutting Kit with Trimmer ($49.99)

All men need an at-home haircutting kit. All men. Whether he wants to simply trim his mustache, or if he wants to nix the barber and do it himself, Wahl has the tool (or toolset) for him. The Deluxe Chrome Pro kit comes with everything he needs to begin cutting his own hair. The kit comes with a corded electric clipper. Your guy also gets a battery-operated trimmer for light touch-ups.

Some men may need more tools to keep their hair in check, so you can purchase additional accessories, from nose hair trimmers to electric shavers, to expand his set. Wahl has been around for almost a century, and is used by barbers across the globe. So if there is one brand to trust for cutting his mane at home, it’s Wahl.

PowerUp Remote Control Paper Airplane ($16.99-$199.99)

Sometimes Dad just wants to be a kid again. Help him put a modern spin on his childhood, and get him a remote controlled paper airplane from PowerUp Toys. PowerUp sells a variety of kits and bundles. There are basic kits that add an electric propeller to your paper airplane 30 seconds of flight (great for teaching the principles of physics and aerodynamics). There are advanced kits that connect your airplane to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and allow you to control and direct your plane via a free smartphone app. And then there are the high-tech kits that not only add the Bluetooth-controlled app, but also feature a nose-mounted camera so you can fly your plane and see what the plane sees in real time. You can even use Google cardboard to watch your flight “from the cockpit.” If Dad is very competitive, you can Dogfight bundle for head-to-head competition; again you, the kid, or the neighbor. May the best man win!

Louis Vuitton x FIFA World Cup bag ($325–$4,300)

Just in time for the FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Louis Vuitton (LV) has released a collection of bags and accessories to commemorate the event. Since 2010, Louis Vuitton has made the carry case for the FIFA World Cup trophy. Now, soccer dads can have an LV FIFA token to call their own.

Made of the brands Epi leather, the bags, cases, and leather goods feature a hexagonal pattern design, inspired by the 1970 World Cup match ball. The limited edition collection features the Apollo and Keepall bags, as well as smaller products, available in three colorways (black, red, and blue). For those wanting a more personal bag, the Keepall can be customized using eight colors, which can be combined with five additional trimming options, which can replicate almost any nation’s flag.

You can also add a luggage tag embossed with the flag of one of 35 countries. This is definitely for the serious football fan. If you call it soccer, this may not be for you.

Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag ($35–$55)

Every man needs a dopp kit. If he’s traveling, he needs one. If he’s going to the gym, he needs one. If his items are scattered around the bathroom sink, he needs one. Dagne Dover’s Hunter Toiletry Bag comes in two sizes and nine colorways. The large version comes with a zippered interior pouch, a sideslip pocket, and a detachable air mesh pouch. Made completely of high-tech neoprene, this durable dopp kit is hand washable and quick drying. The air mesh pouches are tear resistant, breathable, and nearly weightless. This bag is made for the man who likes the ease of organization but doesn’t like to be weighed down.

Sony VPL VW285ES 4K SXRD Projector ($4,999.98)

Sony has taken television projectors to the next level. No longer are they big, noisy machines that need total darkness to adequately project films. The new Sony VPL VW285ES 4K SXRD Projector has 1,500 lumens of light, so you get a clear picture even in direct sunlight. It has motion flow technology that lets you watch action movies and sports without distortion or lag time. With 4K technology, 8.8 million pixels, and a projection range of up to 200 inches, this projector turns any living room (or man cave) into a home theater.

—Carl Ayers

Night Life Unplugged

Night life in the city that never sleeps has evolved. Where some decades back, urban night life revolved around going to a flashy dance club and letting the music take your to heights unknown.

Now, New York City night life consists of intimate lounges, perching on banquettes and bar stands showing off your fabulous ensemble and luxury accessories. Whether it’s the night life of the 1980s or the current evolution, night life in urban cities and still vibrant. Let your stilettos be your guide!!

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Breaking News: Kate Spade Found Dead

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Famed fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her apartment on Tuesday. The apparent cause of death was suicide by hanging. Kate Spade’s body was found in her bedroom with a note that was intended for her 13-year old daughter.“We are all devastated by today’s tragedy,” the Spade family said in a statement in a New York Times article. “ We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”

Kate Spade, beginning in the mid-1990s, built a fashion empire, appealing to middle income, cosmopolitan women. Having a Kate Spade bag became a status symbol for career-driven young women, similar to the status of having a Chanel bag for women of a certain financial ilk.

“ Everyone thought that the definition of a handbag was strictly European, all decades-old-serious status and wealth. Then along came this thoroughly American young woman who changed everything. There was a moment when you couldn’t walk a block in New York without seeing one of her bags, which were just like her; colorful and unpretentious,” explained Anna Wintour in a New York Times article.

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Kate Spade’s fashion empire included apparel, accessories, and home goods, all products at a mostly accessible price point. In 2006, Kate Spade sold her lifestyle brand to Liz Claiborne, Inc. And the company was later sold to Coach in 2017.The 55-year old designer was supposedly suffering from depression and was going through a separation from her husband of 23-years. Her husband and 13-year old daughter, Frances Beatrix, survive Kate Spade.


Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of May 28, 2018

Some weeks there are too many celebrity fashion sightings to note, and some weeks there are slim pickings. Though the week of May 28 may be slimmer in comparison to some other weeks, it is no less glamorous or spectacular.

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Ariana Grande always turns it out on the red carpet and on stage. This week Ariana proved that she is teen pop star that is all grown up by wearing black thigh-high boots, leather metallic miniskirt and bedazzled halter top while performing at the iHeart Radio Wango Tango event in Los Angeles. Ariana sets this look off with Hearts on Fire and Djula diamond rings.

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Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross seem like the perfect couple. In fact, they look so good together; they almost look like relatives. I guess it true that couples who are in love start to look like each other.Ashlee Simpson was dressed head to toe in Elisabetta Franchi at the iHeart Radio Wango Tango event in Los Angeles. Ashlee Simpson wore a yellow sweater that she paired with patent teal pants and sock style booties from the Elisabetta Franchi fall/winter 2018 collection. 

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Maria Lucia Hohan made quite a presence on the red carpet this week. “Black-ish” and “Grown-ish’s” Yara Shahidi wore a yellow Maria Lucia Hohan dress in her recent Instagram. Ain’t she purty?

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“American Woman’s” Makenna James made a dramatic statement of the red carpet of “American Woman.” Makenna James wore a deep red Maria Lucia Hohan dress to the premiere party in Beverly Hills.

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Though the Abdullah Chancellor ruby flower earrings are charming on Kaley Cuoco. That cannot be said for the MGSM lip print dress that Kaley wore to the Step Up’s 14th Annual Inspiration Awards in Beverly Hills.

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Whether on the red carpet, at an awards ceremony or on tour, Katy Perry continues to sparkle and shine. Katy wore Maxior gold earrings for her “Witness” tour meet and greet. Wow, she is so kissable!!

Fashion Reverie’s 2018 Father’s Day Giveaway

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Father’s Day is less than two weeks away, and we want you to know that we
see you and we salute you! To show you how much you are appreciated,
Fashion Reverie is having a Fashionable Fathers contest. To participate,
(1) post a picture on Instagram of a dad and his child (or children), (2)
tag @FashionReverieMag, and (3) use the hashtag #FashionableFather. The
picture with the most likes will receive a gift package from two great
brands on our 2018 Father’s Day Gift Guide—Beau Brummell for Men and The
Little Dapper Collection.

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Men, don’t be shy. Show off with your beautiful kids! Ladies, you can post
pics of the fellas, too. Show them they are loved! There’s no age limit,
and you can enter as many times as you want. Let’s shout out all the great
dads out there!

The Future Is Now

The Future is now. As societal norms, political structures, and demographics evolve, fashion rises to the challenge and celebrates the tides of change and the vicissitudes of life. Change is not tomorrow, change and evolution has modern currency. And Fashion Reverie is prepped and primed to document this shift in consumers’ palettes. Come celebrate with us.

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Fashion Tea with Kristopher: May 2018


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In the worlds of fashion and entertainment, there is plenty of gossip, wagging tongues, and venomous versions of what goes on in the industry’s inner circles. Fashion Reverie has decided that our viewers should be invited to fashion’s inner sanctum to get a hot cup of what’s happening. Fashion Reverie takes you from the sidelines and on the streets to the front row. And, now Fashion Reverie will be taking you behind the scenes of what’s hot, what’s not, who’s in, who’s out, and who would be great material for an episode of “The Bold and the Beautiful” or “Queen Sugar.” (How about some sugar in your tea?)

Item 1

Have you heard? A former top editor at an iconic fashion magazine has very empty pockets. Since leaving his job a few years where he got to live like a king—extensive expense account, limousine service, first-class accomodations—he’s been budgeting like he a character on “Roseanne” or “Two Broke Girls.”

Oh, how the mighty have fallen!! Like Heidi Klum says on “Project Runway,” “one day you’re in, the next day you’re out.” In his case, out of ducketts!! Ka-ching!

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Item 2Some of fashion brands are trying to get away with being cheapskates with their social media influencers. A top fashion blogger often spotted in the front row at notable runway shows was offered to promote a product in product exchange for exposure instead of green backs. Oh, the shade of it all!!

Needless to say she was furious, and that deal was a no-go. She certainly hasn’t hesitated to wag her tongue about it, either.

Item 3

Marchesa could be making a red-carpet comeback. After Scarlett Johansson wore one of their dresses on the red carpet to the 2018 Met Gala, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour came out in support of co-designer Georgina Chapman who has been facing backlash due to her husband Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault crimes. Wintour has not so quietly been working behind the scenes to help the brand return to its glory days when Marchesa was known for dressing A-list actresses—thanks hubby. Yes, you can call it a comeback of sorts thanks to Anna. Ugh!!

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Item 4Reliable sources say a top Manhattan department store is currently looking to pull a Lord & Taylor style move, ridding themselves of some of the floors at their iconic Manhattan flagship. Negotiations are currently under way, and though they don’t intend to shut this gem of a store down, customers could have a lot less escalators to climb come 2019. Can someone say, “brick and mortar devastation!”

—Kristopher Fraser



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