The 2019 Pirelli Calendar

The Pirelli 2019 Calendar has arrived!! This year’s calendar is a photographic tale of the aspirations of four women and their determination to achieve their goals, each one pursuing their dreams and passions. This year’s “Dreaming” calendar is a combination of black and white and color photographs, shot by Albert Watson in New York City and Milan, featuring Gigi Hadid with Alexander Wang, Julia Garner, Misty Copeland with Calvin Royal III, and Laetitia Casta with Sergei Polunin.

The Pirelli Calendar, created by British art director Derek Forsyth, has been in annual publication since 1964. This glamour trade calendar is published by Pirelli which is the fifth largest tire manufacturer based out of Milan, Italy. The calendar was given out in restrictive numbers to Pirelli customers and celebrities. The publication was discontinued in 1974 in response to a world recession caused by the oil crisis. The calendar was resurrected ten years later and has been an annual publication since then. Only 20,000 copies are made each year at a cost of $2 million dollars.

There have been some iconic editions of the Pirelli Calendar. In 1987 noted British fashion photographer Terry Donovan shot an all-black issue that featured a 16-year- old Naomi Campbell. There was a second all-black 2018 issue photographed by Tim Walker. There was also the classically half-nude 2010 issue, shot by Terry Richardson.

In a company press release Albert Watson spoke about his inspiration behind the “Dreaming” 2019 calendar and why he chose the subjects for the 2019 calendar. “To make a dream come true, you have to work hard. I’ve always taken it step by step, reaching one goal at a time, without wanting to get immediately to the top of the ladder. Even though I sometimes think this ladder could go on up forever, with the top rung ever-further away, I think it’s always worth giving yourself increasingly ambitious goals and dreams.”

Watson detailed that the four women in the 2019 calendar focus on the future and “[have their] own individuality, [their] particular purpose in life, and [their] own way of doing things. So the underlying theme is that of ‘dreams,’ but the basic idea behind the whole project is that of telling a story in four ‘little movies.’

An example of this is the character played by Gigi Hadid, Watson explained. She has recently separated from her partner, lives alone in a glass tower and has Alexander Wang as her only friend and confidant. “I think there’s a degree of angst in these images. With Gigi Hadid’s character, I wanted to convey the sense of a woman thinking about her future, but also showing her in a situation of loneliness. We see her thinking about where she is going to go in life, what she will be doing tomorrow. I wanted it to be much more minimalistic than the other women and settings I photographed.”

Julia Garner plays the part of a young photographer who loves nature and solitude. “Julia’s a very, very accomplished actress and she got straight into the character. She played a botanical photographer who dreams of putting on successful exhibitions. We were in a beautiful tropical garden in Miami, which turned out to be the perfect place for us to work.”

Misty Copeland, paired with ABT soloist Calvin Royal III, also looks to the future, fantasizing about making a name in the ballet world. “Trying to be successful is her driving force,” said Watson. “Copeland’s character earns her living by dancing in a club, but at the same time she has also put up a little stage in her garden, where she practices dancing in order to become a star, sometimes with her boyfriend, played by Calvin Royal III.”

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Lastly, French actress Laetitia Casta portrays a painter who lives in a studio apartment with her partner, Sergei Polunin. They both dream of success: she as an artist, he as a dancer. “What’s interesting,” says Watson, “is that, in real life, Laetitia really does do a lot of sculpting and creates artwork in her spare time. This worked out very well and helped her get into character. We decided to shoot outside, to give the scenes some added natural brightness. The tropical atmosphere of Miami is a key component in this picture.”The Pirelli 2019 Calendar is now available for purchase. For more information, go to



For Ella McHugh, a Little Glam Combined with Classic Silhouettes Equals Brilliant Handbags

The company office party, the elegant New Year’s Eve party, and other holiday events are upon us. And if you are a fashionista that wants to make a statement at every turn, having that perfect handbag to accompany your fantastic holiday ensemble is almost as important as good air to breathe. OK, I am exaggerating, maybe not as important as clean air, but very essential, nonetheless!!

Ella McHugh handbags are those special event handbags that every stylish woman should own. Ella McHugh handbags are a youthful expression of classic silhouettes that can easily transition from day to night. Inspired by Art Deco designs and such iconic film stars and personalities as Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow and the acerbic Dorothy Parker, Ella McHugh’s handbags are those heirloom handbags that equate classic style with fashion-forward sensibility.  

“Handbags fascinate me as a snapshot of a woman’s personal style. My mother is an an­tiques dealer so I grew up surrounded by beautiful craftsmanship and timeless appeal,” explained Ella McHugh. “My grandmother, a renowned opera singer, was also a huge influence. While she was justly famous throughout Europe for her voice, inside our family she was renowned for changing her outfits three times a day— complete with matching handbags.”

Third-generation Italian artisans handcraft Ella’s name­sake collection from the finest leathers and exotic skins, including python and ostrich. Each of her modern designs is a nod to vintage style and silhouette, complete with a semi-precious stone, stream­lined hardware and superb function.

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A New York native, this attorney turned handbag designer creates her collection in the hope that women will find it a satisfying marriage of unusual beauty, sensual textures, and great functionality. And for that holiday party, Ella McHugh’s Quicksilver, Sidney Velvet, Monika, Corinne Gleam, Corinne Deco, and Vera Gold are the perfect selects.For more information including stockists and price points, go to




Victoria’s Secret’s Fall from Grace

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Tragedy comes in many forms. And when an iconic fashion brand stumbles, making critical brand and marketing mistakes that bewilder consumers, causing them to question brand identity and integrity, there should be a clarion call for disdain and regret.The drama around Victoria’s Secret’s innumerable brand hiccups are not necessarily fodder for tragedy in the mode of Shakespearian classics—no Lady Macbeth “out damned spot.” However, Victoria’s Secret’s fall from grace is of epic proportion, considering that for over three decades Victoria’s Secret was the go-to lingerie brand for female consumers.

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Though there has been a lot to cringe about in recent years, Victoria’s Secret is still the largest retailer of women’s lingerie in the US. Founded in 1977 in San Francisco by Roy Raymond, and his wife, Gaye Raymond as a response to badly packaged, unflattering American women’s lingerie, Raymond selected the moniker Victoria for his fledgling company in homage to the refinement of the Victorian Era. “Secret” referred to what was encased in the undergarments.In its first year, Victoria’s Secret grossed $500,000 in sales. Roy Raymond quickly established a niche for his brand in a market where female consumers usually bought undergarments in packages of threes with nightgowns and robes being dowdy or cheaply made. Only specialty brand’s like Frederick’s of Hollywood sold sexy lingerie to a very limited consumer base, mostly through catalog sales.

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Roy Raymond early on established four Victoria Secret stores in the Northern California area. By 1982, the company was grossing over $7 million dollars in annual sales with 55% of sales coming from catalog sales.In 1983, Roy Raymond sold Victoria’s Secret to Leslie Wexner, creator of Limited Stores Inc. for $1 million dollars. Wexner transitioned Victoria’s Secret’s merchandise to more mainstream underwear that was packaged in a glamorous, but tasteful way. By 1986, Victoria’s Secret was the only national chain of lingerie stores and was stealing market share from department stores with over 100 stores nationally.

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By the late 80s, the brand ventured into the fragrance industry. And by the early 90s, Victoria’s Secret began using supermodels to promote its products, culminating in an annual extravagant runway show. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show began airing on primetime American television in 1995, streaming the show online in 1999. While viewership of the Victoria’s Fashion has grown from an initial viewership of 1.5 million viewers to 9.7 million viewers at its peak in 2013, in recent years viewership had declined as female consumers have moved from seeing sexy supermodels as aspirational figures. “ Women don’t want to be viewed as stereotypical sexy supermodels buying lingerie to impress men,” explained retail analyst Paul Lejeuz.Additionally, in the past five years Victoria’s Secret has been the subject of a laundry list of industry scandals. From the revelation that Victoria’s Secret was employing prison inmates in the US to produce product, to negative comments about plus-size and transgender models, to the lack of people of color working on production crews for their annual runway show, Victoria’s Secret’s decline in retail sales, as well as having major competition from such brands as Kiki de Montparnesse, Yandy, Aerie, ThirdLove, Lively, Journelle, and several others.

Prison labor scandal

Coinciding with Labor Day in the US, several US prison communities engaged in a continued national strike by refusing to work or eat. (The strike actually began on August 21 and ramped up on Labor Day.) This prison strike highlighted that prison labor is being used to make goods and services that consumers use daily, and that prison labor is paid as little as one dollar a day or less. In 2004, it was estimated that prison labor produced more than $2 billion dollars worth of commodities, according to a September 3, 2018 article on

Victoria’s Secret is one of the said companies that used prison labor to create their product. It had been discovered that Victoria’s Secret since 1995 has been purchasing some of their more casual lingerie from a company called Third Generation. A 2015 article in the Washington Post revealed that Third Generation employed 35 inmates in at the Leath Correctional Facility in Greenwood, South Carolina to make casual lingerie and other clothing products.

Third Generation’s president explained that they turned to prison labor because “[they] could not find enough qualified industrial sewers in rural South Carolina, and the prison labor solved a real problem for us in that respect.” Victoria’s Secret has since stopped using Third Generation as a subcontractor to make its’ casual lingerie.

There have been other recent scandals that Victoria’s Secret has worked hard to qualm. And many of these scandals have come on the heels of the company’s declining retail sales.

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Victoria’s Secret’s tokenismIt was recently discovered that Victoria’s Secret uses very few people of color as production staff for their annual runway show. Though the brand for several seasons has increased the amount of models of color on the runway, backstage is almost lily white. (And many of the production jobs are union jobs that pay very well.) Is the inclusion of more of models of color on the runway just window dressing? Some fashion insiders chorus that tokenism is the order of the day at Victoria’s Secret while others contend that the brand is no guiltier than similar brands of its ilk.

No place for trans models

In an interview with Vogue magazine in November, Victoria’s Secret’s Chief Marketing Officer Ed Razek was asked if the company felt “the need to address the way the market is shifting,” featuring plus-size and transgender models. Though Razek stated that the brand had “… looked at putting a plus-size model in the show …” Razek continued that he would not consider including a transgender model in the annual runway show.

Later, Razek apologized for his comments; “My remarks regarding the inclusion of transgender models in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show came across as insensitive. I apologize. To be clear, we absolutely would cast a transgender model for the show,” as reported in the Washington Post.

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Razek’s remarks caused lots of clapback from consumers and celebrities. Halsey who performed at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret show taped on November 8, posted on Instagram and Twitter after the national telecast on December 2, “I have adored the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since I was young. Performing this year alongside other amazing artists and hard-working models/friends was supposed to be the best night of my year. However, after I filmed the performance, some comments were made regarding the show that I simply cannot ignore.” “ As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity. Especially not one motivated by stereotype,” Halsey continued. Halsey ended by stating, “ And complete and total acceptance is the ‘fantasy’ that I support.”Plummeting stock and viewership

The New York Times recently detailed that while Victoria’s Secret is still the top lingerie brand in the US, its sales have declined significantly with stock dropping 41 percent. According to the New York Times, in a Wells Fargo 2018 survey 68 percent said they like Victoria’s Secret less than they used to.

Adding to declining sales and failing stock prices, viewership for the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show dipped to 3.7 million viewers compared to 5.37 million in 2017. Washington Post’s Robin Givhan commented that, “the show was too boring to be reviewed.”

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What’s next?Though many Victoria’s Secret models still contend that they are a part of a sisterhood and that when they walk in the show “they are being sexy for ourselves and for who we want to be, not because a man says who have to be …,” it is very apparent female consumer’s taste has evolved past Victoria’s Secret’s brand DNA. If the brand wants to align itself with consumers changing tastes, the brand has to reposition itself in the market, evolving past its current design aesthetic and brand awareness.

Oh, how the mighty has fallen!! Can Victoria’s Secret forge a new direction? Only time will tell!!

—William S. Gooch

Fashion Tea with Kristopher: Month of November 2018

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Fashion Reverie hopes everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! And just because our staff was off celebrating Turkey Day doesn’t mean Fashion Reverie forgot about inside fashion truths. Get ready for your cup to ‘runneth over’ as Fashion Reverie serves you a nice hot cup of fashion zest to go with your leftover pumpkin pie.Elderberry Tea

A certain top designer who is creative director of a major fashion brand has churned out some less than stellar recent collections, and these lackluster fashion designs is causing consternation and disappointment to the holding company. The brand’s third quarter results were less than promising for a brand considered a darling of the fashion industry. He better turn this around by Fashion Week, or he’ll find himself out of a job.

Green Tea 

A top fashion company has been caught underpaying their production staff. For a company whose senior executives are known for making easy six-figure salaries, this revelation was quite shocking. With the overtime hours these employees are working, they are allegedly making less than minimum wage.

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Black TeaAnother top fashion brand, whose televised runway show is one of the toughest to get into every year, has been called out for the lack of diversity in its production staff. Apparently, hardly any people of color can be seen working behind the scenes of this billion-dollar company. We may have a black man at the helm of British Vogue, but fashion still has a lot of work to do in diversifying itself.

Ginseng Tea

A longstanding fashion PR firm has made an impressive comeback by acquiring a large slate of international clients. Business is brighter than ever at this New York–based company, and they are picking up new accounts by the month. It might be hard times for fashion, but everything’s coming up roses in their front and backyards.

—Kristopher Fraser

Apple and the Academy of the Arts

Collaboration is major key when seeking to shift the fashion industry dynamic. We all know it too well Heidi Klum’s signature adage“one day you’re in, the next you’re out.” Encouraging cross-collaborations among students has always been the stepping stone at that the Academy of Art University (AAU). On November 12, the School Of Fashion participated in a “Today At Apple” panel discussion on the creative design process. Leave it to the AAU senior fashion design showcase as a trivial moment for designers to test the boundaries within the fashion industry. This “behind the scene” discussion, was full of unconventional and organic talent of four School of Fashion designers: Mario Chinchilla, J. Church Iglesias, Vivid Yunan Ma, and Eden Slezin, as they expanded on their creative process that inspired their recent collection, the creation of textiles, and three-dimensional garments.

The creative design process seems to only be the beginning stages when designers seek out innovative ways to transform the future of the fashion industry. Here are four AAU fashion designers doing just that.

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Mario Chinchilla“As a traveler constantly looking for inspiration, I believe that fashion is found through a person’s life,” Chinchilla told the CFDA. With the creative mission to stay true to oneself, Chinchilla collaboratively created a collection that focused on the integration of digital-print photography. Chincilla manipulated these digital photographs throughout his collection to create a story. Visual storytelling was utilized to capture the spirit of and everyperson’s culture.

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Church J. Iglesias“It’s very easy to make foil look cheap, [my greatest challenge as a designer] was finding a way to make it look expensive,”,said Iglesias. Inspired by New-York–based metal artist Hugo McCloud, Iglesias experimented with different techniques and textures to create a customized womenswear collection with the designer Denise Ramos. The metallic accents applied required the right time and heat pressure to manipulate the gold into wearable fabrics.

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Vivid Yunan Ma Out and about around San Francisco’s Haight Asbury district, Ma stumbled upon Mark Nixon’s book “Much Loved.” The portrait photography found within the pages highlighted the lives of children, which in turn inspired Ma’s textured knits and color palette for her collection. The distressed and frayed hems of old teddy bears were the backbone to Ma’s creative approach and knitwear development.

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Eden Slezin “How do you take something not so luxurious and make it fashion,” questioned Slezin. Slezin’s design approach was adopted from his everyday affairs as a Marine Corps officer. “Design is always best when it’s personal. If you pull from what your passionate about, it manifests,”stated Slezin. With a strong focus on sustainability, Slezin sought out to challenge a fashion staple and necessity, denim. “Fashion is the number two polluter,”said Slezin. Sourcing local fabrics and recycled materials, Slezin design process evolved throughout the creation of his collection. “Not a single sketch [made it] to the end … when you finally see it on a dress form or a person, [the design itself] evolves,”Slezin.

— Courtney Wilkins

The Politicization of American Political Ladies’ Wardrobe

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In 1920 women earned the right to vote, and while we are still fighting for equal rights for women in 2018, American women have come quite far politically. Since 1952 women have served in the Senate, Tammy Baldwin became the first LGBT woman elected to the U.S. Senate, Congresswoman Geraldine Ferrero became the first woman to run for vice president of the United States, and Hillary Clinton became the first woman to clinch the Democratic nomination for president.Although we are living in the age of Trumpism, women are still making strides across the political sphere, but by virtue of sexism and sexist ideals, women in politics are critiqued for something that men rarely are: their fashion choices.

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On September 13, New York held their primary election day, and in a political upset, newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated ten-term incumbent Joe Crowley for the House of Representatives seat for New York’s 14th Congressional District. Since then, her name has appeared everywhere from The New York Times to MSNBC. Interview even took notice of the rising political star, and published an interview between her and actress Kerry Washington. When the story was published, Ocasio-Cortez was featured wearing a Gabriela Hearst pantsuit paired with Manolo Blahnik pumps, the cost of the outfit totaling $3,500.

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Given her policy positions and public persona of being an everywoman voice for the working class, and a Democratic Socialist, her appearing in a $3,500 outfit was met with much ire, surprisingly from the right (who are quite mum about things like Melania Trump’s $50,000 Dolce and Gabbana coats.) She was accused of being a hypocrite. Ocasio-Cortez fired back by explaining that the garments in question were loaned to her for the shoot. (Gabriella Hearst herself is a Uruguayan designer who uses compostable plastics for packaging and held a runway show inspired by civil rights activist and feminist Angela Davis.) If there was a fashion designer semi-palatable to Ocasio-Cortez’s leftist political views, Hearst isn’t too far off as a woman, a Latina, and a progressive.Yes, there is irony in Ocasio-Cortez talking about the plight of the working class, all while wearing a $3500 outfit. That said; women are subject to this scrutiny in the way men aren’t, never have been, and probably never will be. Donald Trump, the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is known for wearing $5000 Brioni suits.

Between his almost two years on the campaign trail and his first two years in the White House, there’s yet to be a single word written about the luxurious price tag of Trump’s suiting choices. While 40 of our 45 presidents have been dressed by the more accessibly priced Brooks Brothers, their price tags aren’t exactly consumer-affordable. A good two-button suit off the rack will cost at least $900.

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The controversy over the fashion choices of female political figures dates back to former First Lady Michelle Obama. Obama was considered one of the most fashionable first ladies since Jackie Kennedy, and she made her support for the fashion industry known by wearing top American designers including Jason Wu (who designed her inauguration gown), Monique Lhuillier, Byron Lars, Charles Harbison, and Prabal Gurung. One of her most talked about fashion choices though was a $6,800 J. Mendel cardigan she wore that sparked the contempt of those who said she seemed out of touch with the average working class citizen.

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For her 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton really worked to step up her image and wardrobe choices. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who was one of her major bundle donors, helped dress Clinton, with Ralph Lauren often providing Clinton with custom pieces. However, one Emporio Armani coat in particular got Clinton slammed in the press. Clinton wore a Giorgio Armani coat, which was originally $12,495—but on sale for $7,497 at the time—to her New York primary victory speech where she discussed job creation and income inequality. Although wearing such and expensive coat while giving a speech about income inequality can be seen as questionable, again, there’s a lack of criticism around male politicians’ expensive suiting choices.Clinton, who was once criticized for her lack of style—her notorious, lackluster pantsuits come to mind—now became the target for wagging political tongues when she took a high fashion approach to her campaign wardrobe. Note that former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was also heavily criticized for her makeover wardrobe, which clocked in at a total of $125,000, and included a Neiman Marcus shopping spree.

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As of the recent mid-term elections, there will be two Muslim women in Congress. Somali American Ilhan Omar will be the first member of the U.S. House of Representatives to wear a hijab on the House floor, and this in itself could even stand to be controversial for a variety of reasons. (There is still a lot of anti-Muslim sentiment in the US in certain sectors.)

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In a night of other historic firsts, two Native American women were elected to Congress, Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland. These two women are in a position to potentially make a strong political statement with their fashion choices, if they choose to wear clothes by local Native American artisans from their own respective tribes.While appearances are important in any public profession, from actors to politicians, women continue to be held to a much higher standard than men. At the end of the day, fashion journalism needs to be left to fashion journalists, and the political pundits and those outside of the fashion industry should take a closer look at these women’s policy positions rather than their Prada pumps.

—Kristopher Fraser

Election 2018: VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!

A lot of people would contend that fashion is not political. Not so!! Everything in life is political and so is the fashion industry. Though fashion does not create political movements, fashion can and does illuminate and reflect what is going on culturally and politically.

If you reflect back on the Punk movement of the mid-1970s, while in the US the Punk movement was primarily a cultural phenomenon evidenced in music and fashion, in Great Britain the Punk scene was a anarchistic response to the conservative Thatcher regime, ultimately reflected in clothing, the arts, and rebellion.

This season the US mid-term elections will decide the direction of the country both culturally and politically. With so many challenges in the US around wages, immigration, healthcare, education, and the racial divide, the 2018 mid-term elections will be a moratorium on what continues to divide political and cultural groups in America and a projectile on where this country is heading.

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Will the US be a country of inclusion, opportunity, and manifested compassion or a country of dreams deferred where only wealthy elites can flourish? It is up to us!!Remember, if you don’t vote, don’t complain. Our ancestors fought and died for us to have this right and privilege. Don’t waste it!!


Fashion Tea with Kristopher: Month of October 2018

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Autumn is upon us, which means hot, tasty tea at Fashion Reverie to fend off the autumn chill. The primetime drama which is always the fashion industry rolls on for another Emmy worthy season. Let’s hear about the plot lines driving the fall season. Orange Zest Tea 

This fashion designer who took over a well-known luxury label has wasted no time in changing the company culture. Everyone’s been required to sign NDA’s (non-disclosure agreements); the brand now has a private workroom that only specially assigned personnel can enter, and retail prices might even increase. The anticipation for this designer’s first collection to drop is leaving many in the industry anxious. That said; it appears this designer may be a longtime power player at this brand.

Chamomile Tea

While most fashion media industry professionals consider themselves very privileged to have jobs, a particular fashion editor at a publication owned by a prominent publishing house is taking her privilege for granted. She’s been consistently absent at work; turning in articles late, and taking days off at her own bequest. Someone should remind her, in fashion “one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out.” Her reputation for bad work habits is sure to follow her if she tries to get another position in fashion publishing.

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Earl Grey Tea This British publication has been having trouble landing A-list celebs for features, despite their editor-in-chief’s alleged top connections. Perhaps, his party boy ways and his reputation among American male models for being notoriously unpleasant to work with is costing him any hopes he had for making a real name for himself. He should shape up and ship out, or get his act together and re-evaluate his behavior before his publication sinks like the Titanic.


Any hopes you had for that Chanel bag just got a little more unattainable price wise. It has been reported that Chanel will be raising their prices for three classic handbag styles by 6 percent beginning November 1. This will mark the third time the company has raised prices this year. I hope everyone’s holiday bonuses are nice given all this glorious inflation.

—Kristopher Fraser

Simon Rocha and Pierpaolo Piccioli Collaborate with MONCLER

If you haven’t noticed, collaborations in fashion have become very popular. From iconic brands like Missoni and Moschino collaborating with H&M to such celebrity collaborations as Serena Gomez X Coach, Gigi Hadid X Tommy, and most recently Pharrell Williams collaborating with Chanel. All these collaborations add up to big bucks for the brands, especially if the brand is well known. That said; MONCLER has jumped into the collaboration fray.

Collaborating with an iconic fashion house is no small feat. And when Simone Rocha was pegged to collaborate with MONCLER, fashion pundits wondered if she was up to the task. This Central Saint Martins graduate honed her craft at her eponymous collection that she launched in 2010. Harper’s Bazaar in 2014 named Simone Rocha Womenswear Designer of the Year. Add to that distinction, Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama donned Rocha’s garments.

For her fall 2018 collaboration with MONCLER, Simone Rocha looked to European mountain slopes and Victorian mountain climbers. These mountain uniforms, so to speak, were designed with MONCLER’s utilitarian practicality in mind, while also emphasizing Rocha’s penchant for femininity seen through the lens of structure, volume with feminine silhouettes.

The classic MONCLER Down fabric is reinterpreted in a feminine functional way in Simone’s signature colors; red, pink, and ivory, and black with pearl. The 4 MONCLER Simone Rocha fall 2018 collection features signature sequin floral embellishments, collapsing frills and embroidered flowers. These florals are also translated into a signature woven cloque fabric. The beaded embellishment in pearls and black sequin flowers is naturally integrated into the seams of garments to reflect flowers and foliage on the mountains, growing in between the rocks and cracks.

MONCLER has additionally for fall 2018 employed the creative genius of Pierpaolo Piccioli. Mostly known as co-creative director of Valentino with Maria Grazia Chiuri. Piccioli, after Chiuri’s exit from Valentino in 2016, has established himself creative voice of the iconic Italian brand, with a vision that incorporates Piccioli’s personal narration paired with luxury house’s reputation for excellence.

For Pierpaolo Piccioli’s collaboration with MONCLER, Piccioli looked to futuristic shapes married with a medieval hieratic purism aesthetic. Pierpaolo stripped the classic duvet to the bare essence. A-line silhouettes ooze a couture feel while keeping the sense of functionality that is a MONCLER pillar. The collection encompasses zip-up hooded capes, both long and short, and skirts, complete with padded duvet spats and padded duvet gloves.

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Pierpaolo Piccioli worked with basic down filled MONCLER nylon, further highlighting the idea of reducing garments to their bare essence. The sum of elements in the 1 MONCLER Pierpaolo Piccioli fall 2018 collection is highlighted by the contrast of saturated colors. Items come in a pictorial palette of ivory, black, amethyst, imperial yellow, bright green, orange, red and cherry red. 1 MONCLER Pierpaolo Piccioli and 4 MONCLER Simone Rocha are now both available in MONCLER boutiques.

—William S. Gooch

New York International Bridal Week Fall 2019 Sketches

The fall 2019 bridal season promises to be an incredible season. Due to the vigorous attempts of The Bridal Council, bridal designers are getting a much-needed support. Fashion Reverie, as always, is right there, front and center delivering a wide range of coverage for our viewers.

Fashion Reverie is providing a sneak peak into some of the incredible fall 2019 bridal collections this season with sketches of some of our favorite bridal designers. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!

Justin Alexander Signature

“This season we explored soft textures and floral embroideries on graphic silhouettes and necklines to create a utterly modern collection that transcends traditional bridal styling.” —Justin Warshaw for Justin Alexander Signature

Rime Arodaky

Movement is the start of everything around us. We choose to move forward, move away, move on … Hence, for this one-of-a-kind new collection, designer Rime Arodaky explores the depths and effects of movement within a flaming connection between two lovers.”


The new collection is a take on old school glamour, featuring dramatic bow details and Amsale’s iconic sleek sophistication. Dramatic in its simplicity, this modern draped crepe gown celebrates Amsale’s signature use of a single focal point.” —Margo Lafontaine, design director at Amsale New York

Ines di Santo

“The Power of Storytelling: An inspired walk through a modern fairy tale”—Ines di Santo


Inspired by the luster of a pearl, Lotus is a modern silhouette in a stretch silk crepe style featuring a dramatic low back and side cut-outs that create an effortless look filled with glamour.”—Watters

Anne Barge

Look beyond what meets the eye—the Anne Barge fall 2019 bridal collection is full of mystery and surprise. Past the clean, graphic lines of the collection lie layers of rich detail and meticulous craftsmanship. This season, inspiration is taken from perspective photography, with each dress open to interpretation based on the viewer’s lens. Ethereal floating layers of embroidered illusion tulle, silk organza, and abstract floral jacquard accent the strong, architectural silhouettes of the gowns. Structural, minimalist pieces are given a soft touch of feminism with tulle ruffles, pearl-accented beading, and embroidery, along with cascading soutache bows. The simple sophistication of the fall 2019 designs paired with whimsical elements of surprise delivers a romantic collection with a modern-day twist.”—Staff

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