Editors’ Pick: Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya Spring 2019 Capsule Collection Campaign

Do you love retrospective or vintage-inspired garments? If you do, look no further than the Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya spring 2019 capsule collection.

Inspired by the Battle of Versailles fashion show that took place in Paris in 1973, Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya incorporated some classic 70s silhouettes into their spring 2019  capsule collection. Hold on to your horses because there are lots of flared pants, psychedelic prints, and shiny satin materials. Can anyone say, “More, More, More”?

“Zendaya has become a global icon, using fashion to make bold statements while always staying true to herself. Our capsule collection fuses her eclectic style with the Americana spirit of our brand,” said Hilfiger about the capsule collection.

And there is nothing more Americana than a look back at vintage 70s fashion. This 70s capsule collection conjures up images of Battle of Versailles, which was a charity fundraiser runway show to restore Louis XIV’s colossal residence. The Battle of Versailles highlighted the brilliance of black models—Pat Cleveland, Alva Chinn, Norma Jean Darden, Billie Blair, Bethann Hardison, China Macado, and others—with those iconic models showing the mostly French audience how versatile and important the American sportswear aesthetic of Stephen Burrows, Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Anne Klein, and Bill Blass could be.

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The collection, which ranged from high-waisted, wide-leg denim and easy suiting to curve-hugging jumpsuits and flirty, glittery dresses for a night out dancing, will surely appeal to any customer enamored with ’70s style. Posing against a backdrop of wood paneling, Zendaya models wide-leg pants, tailored suiting and chic dresses with looks that are casual, yet elegant. 

The Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya spring 2019 collection is now available at usa.tommy.com.



New York Fashion Week Editors’ Essentials Fall 2019

This season since New York Fashion Week: Men’s and New York Fashion Week: The Shows follow right after each other with no break in between, Fashion Reverie has decided to combine our editors’ essentials for the fall 2019 fashion week season. Though many in the fashion industry contend that there is currently very little need for fashion editors—one very important fashion mover and shaker at a recent industry panel discussion projected that fashion editors’ usefulness had gone out of fashion because no one reads runway reviews anymore—editors’ expertise about all things fashion goes without question.

Below you will Fashion Reverie’s editors’ essentials roundup of things that will get you through this very busy two weeks. Remember, instead the traditional eight days of hustling and bustling, it now 11 days!!

Fashion Week can be very hard on your feet. As you shuffle from one fashion show to the next, your feet can take a real beating. Legendary Apothecary has developed a wonderful tincture ($35) that can leave the feet smooth, soft and hydrated. USDA–approved, 100 percent organic and clean, cruelty-free and environmentally friendly. Simple ingredients include vegetable glycerin, pure lavender oil and grain alcohol (which does not dry out the skin).

Inspired by a century-old family fable, Legendary Apothecary combines the desire to spread KINDness with a deep belief in the power of plant-based ingredients to create skincare products that are pure, organic & cruelty-free. Legendary Apothecary donates 10% of its proceeds toward like-minded charities.

We all know that it is essential that you are camera ready during NYFW. Who doesn’t want to be bright-eyed and bushy tailed during this hectic week?

Hyaluronic Acid does wonders for the skin although most times it comes in a syringe. So, a little short-term plumping comes with a little bit of pain. But now you can get your HA AND COLLAGEN fix without injections with Fillerinas new product additions with some of the strongest, most effective formulas you can get without a doctor’s assist.

Fillerina is a topical wonder product filled with hyaluronic acid, collagen, elastin and other skin loving ingredients that plump up your skin. There’s a New Fillerina product with the “932” formula for the Lips and Mouth, Eyes and Eyelids and Face.  

Fillerina works over a period of weeks to plump and rebuild the skin’s collagen giving long lasting results. Whether you are looking for fuller lips, to fill in the hollowness under the eyes or simply to plump and hydrate your face, Fillerina is the injection-free way to get amazing results in the privacy of your own home.

Speaking of your skin, the winter weather can be tough on your skin. NYFW is now situated between 3 or 4 venues, and believe battling the harsh wind as you cross the Westside Highway to Pier 59 and leave you out in the cold, literally.

Mini Glow Boost Essence Serum ($12.99/15ML)—the travel-sized version of Lumene‘s super concentrated, miracle-boosting serum. Containing a unique new Nordic-C radiance enhancing and energizing technology with berry extract from antioxidant-rich Wild Arctic Cloudberry and Vitamin C, along with Pure Arctic Spring Water and two types of Hyaluronic Acid, the hydrating formula works to promote the appearance of more youthful-looking skin that feels plumper, smoother and looks more radiant. Available at Target and Target.com.

This industry concentrates so much on what female consumers want, but wait a minute, there are male consumers, and more importantly male fashion editors.

Every male editor wants their hair to look great during NYFW. And Fashion Reverie has the solution for you, especially if those hair follicles haven’t died. THICK HEAD helps to fight DHT (the leading cause of hair loss) with specially developed ingredients also proven to help regrow your hair. Be confident! THICK HEAD is manufactured in an FDA Approved facility and contains no harmful drugs.

Once you start, keep an eye out for a major side effect: Thick and healthy hair. THICK HEAD’s Regrowth Systems focus on fighting the most common causes of hair loss (androgens, inflammation, and nutritional deficiencies). Take off your hat and bare your hair to the world.

Everyone knows that a good fashion editor needs a good bag. As you shuttle from show to show during NYFW, a great bag is essential to carry all of your press notes, party favors and the, now, fewer than ever, gift bag. Vince Camuto has a healthy mix of great bags that will suit all your needs during Fashion Week. And they are moderately priced!!

OK, you are at the end of your day and you really need to relax and distress. All those fashion shows have taken their toll. Fashion Reverie has the solution for you!!

Lifetherapy uses the power of scent, texture, and color, fused with extraordinary ingredients, to evoke positive experiences and emotions for the mind, the body and the spirit.


Lifetherapy’s body wash and bubbling bath is a great way to calm your mind, body and spirit after a long day at the shows. And for NYFW, Lifetherapy is giving a 20% discount on their Eternity body wash and bubbling bath products. Just use the code FASHREV.


Editors’ Pick: Missoni Spring 2019 Campaign

Gisele Bündchen may not be slaying on the runway anymore; however, that does not mean she has retired from fashion, in spite of having a wealthy, famous quarterback husband and two kids. (Gisele retired from runway shows in 2016.)

For its summer 2019 campaign, Missoni features supermodel Gisele Bündchen and Tamino Amir Moharam Fouad. Tamino Amir Moharam Fouad is the latest sensation in the European alternative rock scene.  Gisele and Tamino are set against a backdrop of celestial bodies and galactic destinations.  This summer 2019 campaign is resplendent in the nocturnal lights of space, as the stars and planets transform into an ethereal background. Skies are as blue as a baroque theatre, desert landscapes are animated by sand dunes and craters, painted by the reflections of stars which frame Gisele and Tamino.

Gisele and Tamino are two heavenly beings that float from one celestial plane to the next. Both models pose, preen, and saunter as they are transfixed in different galaxies, reflecting and embodying the nomadic spirt of Missoni.

Dresses encrusted in ruffles and gossamer knitted mesh or iridescent ensembles in space-dyed lamé drape the body of a dancing Gisele. The meditative Tamino wears suits in loom-knit or woven fabrics with grosgrain-like textures as he contemplates the obscurity of space.

As celestial travelers who transcend space and time, Tamino and Gisele, as the modern-day Missoni man and Missoni woman, are the latest projections of where Missoni’s Creative Director Angela Missoni wants the brand to be placed. And this placement sits more comfortably with the modern consumer with garments that are easily mixed and matched and has more retail appeal without losing the brand’s signature aesthetic.

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This very interesting and unique campaign was photographed in full and half plans by Harley Weir. Other than this recent campaign, Gisele Bündchen most recent affiliation with Missoni was the brand’s spring 2017 eyewear campaign.—Staff


Editors’ Pick: BERTA Winter 2019 Evening/Red-Carpet Collection

Every fashionista loves luxury. We all know the iconic fashion houses that have created beautiful luxury fashion for decades.Chanel, Balmain, Balenciaga, Valentino, Rodarte, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Monique Lhuillier, and many others come to mind. Yet, there are luxury brands that are worth noting that are not yet household names. BERTA is one of those luxury brands that is developing a large celebrity following. Just ask Priyanka Chopra, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Hill, Carrie Underwood, Karlie Kloss, Sharon Stone, Julianne Hough, and Madison Beer. And because we at the beginning of the 2019 Awards season, Fashion Reverie has decided to select some fashion brands, that have market saturation, but may not be well known by consumers.

As a powerhouse in the international fashion world, BERTA has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated and sought-after high-end fashion house. But, don’t be fooled, the BERTA showroom ‘that exclusively carries the evening collection’ has become the flagship that tests the modern world of fashion. Inspired by avant-garde design style, principal designer Berta Balilti explores soft materials, romantic styles, and minimalistic modern silhouettes to create a poetic collection in motion.

Known for providing a couture level of quality by style and trend, the BERTA fall 2018/winter 2019 evening collections reveals the woman behind the dress. Staying true to the classic style, ladies receive the royal treatment within this evening and cocktail collection. A high-end collection where perfection is redefined with sexy silhouettes, plunging necklines, and iconic crystal embellishments. From the memorable Kardashian Christmas party to Meghan Trainor’s wedding dress; BERTA’s dreamy creations are breaking the internet with next level fashion glamour as the most anticipated brand in the fashion world. These delicate fabrics of silk chiffon, tulle, and illusion lace details test the boundaries of dark romance with the incorporation of vintage materials and retro styles.

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“The inspiration lies being the mystery about this untouchable woman,” explains The Wedding Pic. Created with fearless women in mind, this alluring collection includes an abundance of sophisticated designs of flawless all-over-beaded jumpsuits, ostrich feather mini dresses, soft shoulders with high slit ball gowns, and sheer luxurious handmade embroidered dresses.—Courtney Wilkins

Fashion Reverie’s Top Stories of 2018

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2018 has been a banner year for Fashion Reverie. We re-established our fashion editorial sector, producing some of the best editorials in the online magazine’s history. Several former editors returned to the masthead. And we expanded the range and depth of stories Fashion Reverie covers.

Now, that we are at the end of 2018, Fashion Reverie looks back at some of the top stories featured on our site, cataloged in this look-back article in no specific order. As we look back, we are also looking forward, expecting and anticipating that 2019 will exceed our expectations.

­Hubert de Givenchy passed away in March of this year. His genius, innovation and elegant style will be missed. Most Americans and the rest of the world first became acquainted with Givenchy when designed that iconic black dress for Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany.”

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Fashion Reverie had the unique opportunity to speak with top model Sandi Bass who was a part of Givenchy’s cabine—his inner circle of models in the 1980s. She graciously spoke with Fashion Reverie about the special relationship she formed with Givenchy, a relationship that evolved and lasted up until his death.

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2018 was all about the fashion editorial at Fashion Reverie. Since our inception in 2012 we have shot our own fashion editorials. We pulled out all the stops in 2018, and our The Future Is Now editorial was one of our best efforts. Conceived by editor-in-chief William S. Gooch, this fashion editorial projected how fashion male consumers will look in the future, a future that is actually right now. Associate Editor Kristopher Fraser styled the editorial and demonstrated that he is so much more than a content editor. With Ken Jones photographic genius, and T. Cooper expert hair and makeup skills, our “The Future Is Now” editorial slayed!!

In one of our staff meetings, our Executive Fashion Editor Carl Ayers suggested that in 2019 we highlight a brick-and-mortar store every month. Carl’s idea was such a winner, we started this new initiative a little early, December 2018.

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Our feature on the Bishop Collective, an online and brick-and-mortar store on the Lower Eastside, demonstrated the new challenges of running an online retail and brick-and-mortar store. And Bishop Collective;s co-owner Dmitri Koumbis also detailed how brick-and-mortar stores are making a big comeback. This nuanced feature gave voice to Bishop Collective, which is on the cutting edge of an ever-evolving retail palette.

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Our Celebrity Fashion Editor Tijana Ibrahimovic got the unique opportunity to interview Grammy-nominated R&B artist Raheem DeVaughn soon after the release of his new CD “Decade of a King.” Tijana turned it out with this interview, asking the right questions that expanded our knowledge of Raheem DeVaughn. Welcome back, Tijana.

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Nina Simone was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Fashion Reverie’s Editor-in-chief William S. Gooch was inspired by this posthumous induction and came up with a Nina Simone fashion editorial based on Nina Simone’s iconic song “The Four Women.” Our Executive Fashion Editor Carl Ayers styled this editorial narrative to the ‘nth’ degree. Kudos also goes out to photographer Carl Chisolm and makeup artist T. Cooper, both bringing their special kind of brilliance to our “Nina Sisterhood” editorial.

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There was a lot of great style on the Paramount Network’s “American Woman.” Associate Editor Kristopher Fraser was honored to interview Judy Gellman, the wardrobe mistress on the series. This was a very revealing interview, and surprisingly one of the few interviews conducted with Judy Gellman about “American Woman.”

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Fashion Reverie is so happy that Carl Ayers is back!! Carl art directed his first editorial for us with the site’s fall 2018 men’s style editorial featuring “Empire’sJeremy Carver. Our day in the life of Jeremy Carver editorial was relatable, but also aspirational. Jeremy never looked good, thanks to Carl!!

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Black models ruled European runways in the 80s. And Shailah Edmonds was one those caramel-colored Glamazons that dominated the runway. Fashion Reverie was privileged to interview her about her no-holes-barred book “Wild Child to Couture Style.” Shailah let it all hang out in her informative, soul-searching tome.

Janine Silver is such a great asset to Fashion Reverie. And every season she gives us great beauty tips from the runway. Janine’s “How to Wear Beauty Looks from the Spring 2019 season” was her best ever.

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Fashion Reverie prides itself on our in-depth coverage of all things fashion. That said; we could not pass up the chance to do a feature of the embattled Victoria’s Secret and how the brand is struggling to maintain its audience in an oversaturated lingerie market.

—William S. Gooch

Winter 2018/2019 Resort Getaway Looks

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Winter has arrived, and a lot of folks will do everything possible to get out of the wintry weather. While winter season usually denotes snow, especially if you live in Northeast and the Midwest for some wintry temperatures is a clarion call to resort location. Time to pack up and head south or the Caribbean for winter. Don’t forget to pack a good wardrobe for resort season. Fashion Reverie has curated some great selections to help you look fashionable in warmer climates.

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Bibhu Mohapatra Resort ’18 DressDo you have a red carpet affair this resort season? If so, bedazzle and deck yourself out in this fiery number from Bibhu Mohapatra. Light up the night with this number that’s worthy of the Cannes Film Festival.

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Alice + Olivia Nat Embellished Short-Sleeve DressFill out your resort wardrobe this season with some beautiful animal prints. Alice + Olivia has you covered and spotted so you can sparkle and shine in this sequin number. Be out on the prowl at resort cocktail parties.

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Self-Portrait Azela Print A-Line Dress

This A-line dress is done in beautifully saturated hues that are the perfect, bright resort colors. You’ll look and feel like endless summer in this Self-Portrait easy, breezy number. It’s an elegant attention grabber for that afternoon resort lunch.

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Oscar de la Renta Pompom Crisscross Wide-Leg Cropped JumpsuitNo resort wardrobe is complete without a jumpsuit. This beautiful Oscar de la Renta number has pompom frills for some quirky detail for that vacation party look. Done in lightweight cotton, it’s breathable, fashionable, and flirty.

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Johanna Ortiz One-Shoulder Draped Asymmetric TopJohanna Ortiz has become one of the most beloved designers for her resort style looks, so no resort wardrobe is complete without one of her garments. This silk maxi dress is great for a walk on the boardwalk or a nighttime affair.

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Emilio Pucci Split-Neck Hydrangea-Print Long Cotton Gauze CaftanNever go on a beach or resort vacation without a good caftan. It can function as both a fashion piece and a cover up for your bathing suit. This kaleidoscopic print from Emilio Pucci is easy to slip on and colorfully luxurious.

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Ramy Brook Dario Sheer Tie-Front Tassel ShortsOf course, you have to have a good pair of shorts for winter. Fashion it up with these Ramy Brooks tie-front tassel shorts for that little bit of extra detail to get you noticed when you are walking the boardwalk. The sheer finish also adds a bit of sex appeal.

—Kristopher Fraser

Editors’ Pick: Holiday 2018 Stocking Stuffers

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This holiday season consumers are concentrating on two primary things, cost and convenience. Gone are the days of big, extravagant gifts that break budgets and are a challenge to find. This season impress your loved ones with thoughtful, affordable gifts that remind them of how much you really care. Bestow on the ones you love gifts that can fit into a holiday stocking.Fashion Reverie has assembled some holiday gifts that can fit comfortably into your holiday stocking. No need to overstuff your stockings. Just chose a few products from our curated list and fill your loved ones with holiday mirth and joy!!

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“Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, on Sunday,” croons Cherelle and Alexander O’Neal in their classic R&B hit song “Saturday Love.” Well, Yandy.com’s Yandy Days of the Week Panty Pack will keep you humming “Saturday Love” all through the holidays.These undies feature catchy pop culture phrases around the waistband that relates to the day—”Lazy Sunday, Monday Mood, Taco Tuesday, Wednesday Hump Day, Thirsty Thursday, Friday is my Second Favorite F word, and Sexy Saturday.” 
Each undie features sheer floral lace, a scalloped trim, a white elastic waistband with black detailing and a thong cut back. They come in a resealable clear bag with “Panty of the Day #POTD” printed in white and with snap closures! The styles retails for $39.95.

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When something spills, drips and stains Madame Paulette’s Professional Stain Removal Kit is the perfect gift for the upscale hostess with upscale taste. The couture Upper East Side dry cleaner, Madame Paulette, has released their patented process and proprietary formula used to remove stains. The Stain Removal Kit is a perfectly sized stocking stuffer, or the must-have amenity at any holiday gathering when purchased in bulk. The holiday office party, family gatherings, or the children’s table are no match for the expertise of Madame Paulette. Madame Paulette’s Professional Stain Removal Stain Kit retails for $29.99.

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Great for travel, this portable white noise machine with upgraded, high quality earbud headphones fits in the palm of your hand. The World’s Smallest White Noise Machine from Sound Oasis is a portable sound machine that helps you sleep better on planes, manage tinnitus, improve concentration. It’s the best white noise machine of its size, since it includes 10 different tones of white noise, with tone adjustment and continuous sound (no loops).  (And you can also use this to drown out the kids during the holiday season.) Sound Oasis’ portable white noise machine retails for 29.99.

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Fashionable key chains are all the rage this holiday season, Don’t make a Prada mistake this season with racially and culturally insensitive product. Dress up your keychain with a heart, lips, lightning bolt or star in gold, red, gunmetal or silver leather from ella grace by Rhea Wahlberg. Makes a great stocking stuffer and retails for $30.00.

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With the official start of winter right around the corner, it is time to really concentrate on keeping your skin moisturized and vibrant. “Elphia Beauty represents today’s woman; ethical, strong and performance driven. Our luxury skin care products are perfectly curated to fit their active lifestyles, quick and easy to use products that take care of the skin without sacrificing time,” says Ellen Peia, CEO of Elphia Beauty. The Luxe Exfoliating Gel is a vegan friendly face and décolletage refining gel. Think of it as an easy-to-use at-home spa treatment, targeting your dead skin cells. It instantly exfoliates and brightens for enhanced skin renewal, comparable to a professional salon peel. The Luxe Exfoliating Gel is suitable for all skin types. Elphia Beauty features a dynamic blend of restorative ingredients that are expertly blended with the highest quality botanical extracts. Elphia Beauty harnesses the exfoliating power of unique AHA’s that radically renew the appearance of your complexion.

The Luxe Rejuvenation Serum is a pure, naturally derived formula that works to provide hydration through the layers of your skin, functioning to renew your skin’s texture and provide a spa-like radiance. Elphia Beauty developed this innovative blend of nutrient-rich ingredients to not only protect your precious skin from environmental elements but also to help diminish the appearance of age spots and blemishes.

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Part fragrance and part aromatherapy, VICTORINE oil blends are designed to leave you smelling as good as you feel. Our blends work with your body’s natural chemistry to create a scent that is completely unique to you.VICTORINE fragrances are organic, cruelty free, sustainable, ethical and free of parabens, phthalates, and unnecessary stabilizers, and 100% pure essential oils sourced. And for the holiday season, VICTORINE’s Dusted is the perfect stocking stuffer. Dusted is the first of its kind cannabis flower fragrance. Cannabis flower can take you higher—to places you’ve never imagined, or only ever imagined. Roll it on any time to elevate and ignite your soul. VICTORINE’s Dusted retails for $45.

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Do you have those friends and loved ones that seem to have every thing. Every holiday season you are stomped with what to get them. Well, when in doubt, purchase a holiday gift card at RetailMeNot.com.Luckily, you can never go wrong with picking up a gift card as a stocking stuffer. Plus, RetailMeNot offers dozens of discount gift cards, so you can actually save money by paying less than the card is worth!








Editors’ Picks: Holly Jolly His and Hers 2018 Holiday Gifts

The holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year. Right after Thanksgiving, people get frenzied over finding just the right gifts for their loved ones. In our search, Fashion Reverie wants to make sure we give the perfect gift, especially to our significant other. We aim to give them something that speaks directly to them—something that is thoughtful, meaningful, and special.

That’s why this season Fashion Reverie has bypassed the expensive luxury items. Instead, our team has created a gift guide of the best personal presents to give to your better half this holiday. No combing the malls for this years’ “must have” gifts and no scouring the web for this seasons “it item.” These selections are all about personal style—gifts they will enjoy with their significant others without the need of commercial hype.

Some couples have a tradition of opening one gift on Christmas Eve. If this is you, then we suggest you start the holiday on a cozy note. Hanro has made some of the most luxurious loungewear for more than a century. Our first gift choice is their men’s Jeremy woven pant and their women’s Mila kimono robe. The paisley print pant is made of 100% jersey cotton and has a single button fly and pockets. The robe (we like the lobster red print) is made from silk and elastane for shape, and closes with the matching sash-tie. Both items are great for snuggling up and as you watch the lights twinkle on the tree.

Another gift you two can enjoy together is Salvatore Ferragamo fragrances. The Italian brand has reimagined their fragrance bottles and created a new design in a limited-edition holiday collection. Amo Ferragamo, made for a passionate and optimistic young woman, has notes of black currant, jasmine, tangy rhubarb, and Tahitian vanilla. Uomo Salvatore Ferragamo smells of bergamot, black pepper, orange blossom, and sandlewood. Paul Andrew, the brands womenswear creative director, explains he “envisaged an unusual and particularly luxurious version of the Salvatore Ferragamo fragrances for the holiday season.” The riche black and gold bottles certainly hit the mark.

Our style is influenced by the world around us. Whether it’s the music we listen to, the movies we watch, or the books we read, we are an amalgamation of influences. Our sense of style today is somehow shaped from what we’ve seen in the past. In the book Vintage Black Glamour: Gentlemen’s Quarters (a follow-up to Vintage Black Glamour), author Nichelle Gainer explores the often-neglected stylish world of Black men in the mid 1900’s. While the world was knowledgeable of Hollywood heavyweights such as Duke Ellington, Sidney Poitier, and Muhammed Ali (who are all included in the book), the stories and style of their lesser-known counterparts have gone largely undiscussed. In this book, Nettles brings those biographies and beautiful photographs to the forefront. Although their stories were ignored by mainstream media in the past, their life’s work and attitude stand as inspiration for us today, and has thankfully been catalogued in this book.

In How to Slay, author and fashion editor Constance White expertly discusses African American style of the twentieth century, particularly the past 35 years. While diving into topics such as fashion, music, style, beauty, and attitude, How to Slay demonstrates the influence of Black trends on mainstream culture. Accompanied by images of the most celebrated Black tastemakers, this is an anthology of today’s Black style icons.

If a bit of bling is what she needs, then Dylanlex is the brand you want. Known for their major statement jewelry, you are sure to find a piece that will grab everyone’s attention. For a more subtle statement, opt for the Luca chandelier earrings—beautiful enough to catch stares, but not too huge as to cause a scene. If your guy wants to make a statement at a party or an event, there is no better way than with a watch. Lord Timepieces has released their 45mm Chrono Gold Black chronograph. Water resistant to 5ATMs (yes, you can go swimming with it), this gold timepiece features a black face with gold inner dials, and is sure to be a showstopper on the beach or in the boardroom.

Let’s face it; we live in the new tech age, led by the selfie. Every day, we see folks jostling their phones around for the right angle. Now, Handl has made it easier to take the perfect selfie. Their phone cases (available for both IPhones and Androids) feature a retractable handle that fits around your fingers and allows you to maneuver your hand without fear of dropping your phone. To increase the chic factor, the cases come in different leathers and colors, and the handles come in array of designs.

While the selfie is made for you to be seen, we’ve found a great gift for the tech guy who wants things to remain hidden. For the Jason Bourne in your life, check out these silver usb cufflinks by Uncommon Goods. Each cufflink contains a hidden 8GB flash drive, perfect for holding an extra copy of a business presentation or family photos for an impromptu slideshow. As a bonus, also get him the “secret message” cufflinks that hold tiny strips of paper—a special message from you, an inspirational quote or notes for his next mission. Together, these cufflink sets may prepare him to be the next Secret Agent Man.

Every woman loves a nice pair of shoes, and if they are good to her, she will be good to them. Enter Nina Shoes; their Danella feathered bootie, to be exact. This sexy satin bootie sports a 4-inch heel, but it’s its feathered detail that really sets it off. Dressed up with a form-fitting dress, or dressed down with jeans and a turtleneck, these heels are bad all by themselves. For the guys, turn to Vince Camuto for their Hop boot. Simple, yet stylish, the Hop boot features a moto-inspired crisscross buckle that makes it the perfect replacement for the Chelsea boot of yesteryear.

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Christmas can be draining, especially if you spend the day running around town visiting family. At the end of the day, you want to just kick your feet up, sip a little eggnog, and unwind. While slipping into relaxation mode with your special someone, slip into these matching Netflix and Chill sweaters. A cheeky way to recuperate from the day, these sweaters will bring a relaxing smile to your face as you unfurl on the couch and stream movies until you drift off to la la land.―Carl Ayers

Editors’ Pick: El Vaquero Boots

Traditionally, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of taking out the heavy coats, thick sweaters, and weather-ready footwear. As temperatures drop throughout the US, and chilly winds cause consumers to layer garments against crisp, wintry chills.

With this change in temperature and the swapping of lighter clothes for heavier garments, appropriate fashionable footwear should be a consideration. Booties have been all the rage for several seasons and you cannot walk out of your door without seeing a variety of bootie styles. Still, if you want to rock booties this season, why not don a style that will make you stand out among even the fashionable set?

For fall/winter 2018 El Vaquero boots will cause heads to turn and set you apart from the plethora of bootie footwear lovers. A line of custom women’s boots and footwear made with artisanal flair from revered Tuscany traditions of shoemaking. The designs have drawn many celebrity fans including Adriana Lima, Madonna, Heidi Klum, and Beyoncé.    

El Vaquero boots guarantee quality of materials, attention to details and research of new ideas that brings excellent results, admired around the world. Above all, comfort reigns. The complete ease, basic characteristic of our boots, is the achievement of years of research on materials and careful attention to the design of the shoe. El Vaquero is much more than a simple boot. It’s the set of creativity, care and professionalism of artisans that put heart and soul into their work every day for more than 40 years.

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Each pair is conceived from the foundational last and is then precisely crafted from materials that undergo a meticulous tanning process that introduces a vintage appearance to the leather and renders shading variations during the custom dip-dye coloring. The natural treatments utilized in the process are a testament to the brand’s abiding respect for people and nature. The resulting finely made Italian leathers and other high-quality materials such as calf suede, python prints, and shearling provide the shoes incomparable durability and comfort. Founder and designer Valerio Giuntoli works closely with son and company CEO Nicholas Giuntoli in creating the El Vaquero look for independent women who celebrate style with an unconventional attitude.The 80s Native American moccasin style has evolved and now reflects the modern woman who is a soul explorer, a travel passionate and pure wanderlust. Every experience enriches her style, making it unique and sophisticated. Her look is a combination of thousand of trips, with a few, firmed principles: respect for nature and love of art. This makes her a modern bohemian, a bit “rebel gypsy” and ‘retrò hippie’, perfect ambassador for our brand.

For more information go to elvaquero.it.


Fashion Reverie’s 2018 Winter Wonderland Coats

Baby, it is cold outside! Not to worry though, Fashion Reverie has some great selections to keep you looking fashionable this winter season. Don’t let a little snowfall keep you from looking your best. Who says you can’t have fashion and function?

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Mackage Kay Lavish Fur Trim Down CoatPrepare for those arctic temperatures in luxury with a fur trim. This Mackage coat is water-repellent, water-resistant and breathable, having all the essential functions for snow and sleet. For the leather lovers, this coat also features a leather-trim zip-front closure and two leather-trimmed slit side pockets.

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Ulla Johnson Cosme JacketThis lace patchwork shearling jacket comes with fur-lined pockets and a printed voil lining. It’s all about the details with this luxurious piece for winter, and it’s a beautiful way to do white after Labor Day. Patchwork isn’t just for quilts anymore, darling. It’s the perfect addition to a winter outerwear piece.

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Christian Cowan NY Loves Me CoatCFDA/Vogue nominee Christian Cowan did his love letter to New York fashion style. This beautiful black and white fur number from his fall/winter 2018 collection combines both a minimalist approach to color with a high fashion aesthetic. If you want to make a bold statement with neutral tones this winter, look no further than this coat.

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Badgley Mischka Double-Face Wool Blend Wrap Front CoatFor the woman who has a more corporate style, but still wants to be fashionable, this is the coat for you. It is classic in the most sophisticated way, and has a silhouette that still says fashionista. It’s an attention getter from the moment you get on the elevator to your office.

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Madewell Bergen Cocoon CoatThis Italian melton wool-blend coat will turn up the heat this winter. It’s cut roomy enough for layering, and a cocoon closet has become a standard staple in a woman’s winter wardrobe. Set the city on fire in this awesome number.

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Monse Layered Wool-Blend CoatSometimes it’s best to let your fashion dictate your layering needs for you. Such a feat is accomplished with this mixed-media number from Monse. If you have a predilection for a good checkered pattern, this is your fashion calling.

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Kate Spade New York Novelty Wool Brushed Leopard CoatAnimal prints aren’t just for spring and summer. Be the spice of winter in this leopard print piece from Kate Spade done in its finest novelty brushed wool. This A-line coat is also flattering for women with a variety of body types, and honors the playfulness of Kate Spade’s heritage.

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