Editors’ Pick: Paola Hernandez’s Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Collections

Paola Hernandez spring 2017 images courtesy of The Eighth Floor

Paola Hernandez spring 2017 images courtesy of The Eighth Floor

There is no debate that launching and establishing a fashion brand is an arduous task, particularly in a market that is oversaturated and brimming over with fashion brands from not only designers, but film and pop celebrities and sports figures. Still, every season design schools churn out a significant number of designers who expect to have a career in the fashion industry, hoping that they get a chance to excite editors, buyers, stylists and consumers with their collections.

Unfortunately, most of these young designers never get traction in the industry. Paola Hernandez will not be one of those designers. With so many Hispanic designers/brands becoming a formidable and innovative force in the industry—Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Narciso Rodriquez, Dalmau Custo, Angel Sanchez, and others—Paola Hernandez fits easily to that coterie of Latin designers that will continue to make the fashion industry evolve. Paola Hernandez sets herself apart from other emerging contemporary brands for the relevance of her brand’s aesthetic to present conscious, timely collections, but also for the deep symbolism behind each design element of her pieces.

After studying fashion design at the esteemed Central St. Martin in London and shoe design at ARS Sutoria in Milan, Hernandez went back to her native Mexico City to launch her own brand, with the aim of starting a dialogue about philosophical concepts by utilizing fashion as its language. Having established her brand in Mexico, four years later Hernandez moved to New York City with the aim of giving her band more of a global presence.

Paola Hernandez fall 2016 images courtesy of The Eighth Floor

Paola Hernandez fall 2016 images courtesy of The Eighth Floor

Her fall 2016 and spring 2017 collections both draw inject influences from her cultural background while staying grounded in its appeal to female consumers who have a modern sensibility expressed through comfortable clothes made from highest quality textiles and yarns from Japan and Italy, manufactured throughout the US and Mexico. And just as Hernandez’s clothes reflect an oeuvre of modernity and fashion-forward sensibility, so does her footwear.

Most garments from both fall 2016 and spring 2017 collections can be mixed and matched from separately with other garments in the collection or things that are already in a woman’s wardrobe, but also can be dressed up or down for daytime functionality or a night out on the town. This utilitarian aspect of the collections is a direct result of the brand’s ‘less is more’ aesthetic and concentration on fine fabrics.

Paola Hernandez spring 2017 images courtesy of The Eighth Floor

Paola Hernandez spring 2017 images courtesy of The Eighth Floor

Understanding that “knowing our position in time is essential to plotting in the universe,” Paola Hernandez’s spring collection is based on the idea of connecting with our foundation, roots and inner core. References Hernandez’s Mexican roots, the spring 2017 collection represents her journey and honors the path that lead her to this present time. The primary colors, used throughout the color, represent the colors of Mexico City.

For more information about Paola Hernandez, go to paolahernandez.com.

—Staff

Editors’ Pick: Beth Ditto #2, the Second Collection

Beth Ditto_Second_Collection_01Big girls rule!! Especially, if you are Beth Ditto.

If you are not aware of Beth Ditto, then you must have been hiding under a rock!! As the lead singer for the indie rock band Gossip since its inception in 1999, Ditto has described herself as “a fat, feminist lesbian from Arkansas,” and has rallied against the fashion industry for its lack of positive-body images for large women. This rallying cry has given Beth Ditto the opportunity to walk in Jean-Paul Gaultier’s spring 2011 show, collaborate on a cosmetic line with MAC, and in 2009 launch her first plus-size clothing line with women’s clothing retailer Evans.

At 5`1 and 210lbs, Ditto has been a fierce advocate for unconventional style and plus-size fashion. Ditto’s unconventional style centers on vintage clothes, Art Deco, and the irreverent rock n’ roll style of music icons like Grace Jones and Blondie. And while her collaboration with clothing retailer Evans was an “international success” and the “collection struck a nerve with its iconic pieces,” Ditto was not satisfied.

And that dissatisfaction has led Ditto to launch her second fashion collection. Believing that large women don’t have to shy away from oversized garments or silhouettes that are not necessarily form flattering, Ditto launched a new collection, Beth Ditto Season One, in February. Due the overwhelming success and response to the inaugural collection, Ditto is back with the second collection, Beth Ditto #2.

Beth Ditto_Second_Collection_02“I want all kinds of fat girls to feel amazing in these clothes! We had such a great response to the first collection—specifically the fact that there were shapes there which people couldn’t find at this size before. We’ve really dialed that up this time! It’s even more sculptural and feels more unapologetic. We’re still transcending the idea of trends; I know I’ll still loves these shapes years from now,” explained Ditto.

Beth Ditto #2 brings back some of the best-loved shapes from Season One, but re-imagined. There are new silhouettes in denim and silk, architectural style shift dresses with cinched waists, a cocoon-shaped wool coat, through to new takes on the relaxed, dropped-shoulder jersey styles from Season One.

And Ditto’s love affair with makeup is front and center in the sophomore collection. Prints include vibrant color-pop eye pencil shavings, dripping red nail polish and three-dimensional, oversized eyelashes.

Additionally, Ditto used Instagram to cast real people, not curvy models, for the brand’s campaign.  Los Angeles–based Hannah Moon and Charles Jeffrey assisted in assembling the cast and directing the campaign, set in a chaotic house party that evokes the chaotic irreverent mood of the collection.

Images courtesy of Starworks Group

Images courtesy of Starworks Group

“When Beth asked me to work with her on this project, my gut reaction – literally, instantly!—was the idea of capturing how I felt the first time I discovered Beth’s music. The video for one of The Gossip’s first singles, “Listen Up,” was a starting point. We took a lot of the vibes from that and created this setting where interesting, free, real kids could dance in a messy room to music they love. I also really wanted to celebrate their amazing bodies in the same way the clothes do; There are so many great examples of bigger bodies in fashion campaigns but I’ve never seen one that I felt was very rock n roll… I’m so proud of this.”

The eleven-piece collection launched on November 1 and is available in US sizes 18–32. For more information, go to shop.bethditto.com.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

Editors’ Halloween Pick: Yandy.com

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Image courtesy of pinterest.com

Can you make a fashion statement on Halloween? Hmm, depends who you talk to or who you are dressing for.

Every season Halloween stories and costume shops promote the trendiest looks for Halloween, hoping to get a blowout bonanza on hot celebrity couples, movie themes and pop culture overall. This season some trending Halloween looks are Brad and Angelina, Pokemon, emojis, and “Ghostbusters.” Of course, you cannot leave out Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Yuck!!

Yandy.com undecided voter image courtesy of The Bromley Group

Yandy.com undecided voter image courtesy of The Bromley Group

That said; brand does Halloween better than Yandy.com. Started as a small start-up in 2005, Yandy.com has grown into one of the largest online suppliers of lingerie, costumes, rave wear, clothing, swimwear and accessories. With more than 10,000 items in stock and ready to ship, Yandy’s already enormous selection grows daily with new items constantly added from over 20 top manufacturers like Dreamgirl and Leg Avenue.

yandy.com images courtesy of The Bromley Group

yandy.com images courtesy of The Bromley Group

This Halloween season Yandy.com has gone all out with costumes and looks that reflect this year’s wacky presidential year. From parodies of both presidential candidates to a female Alexander Hamilton to emojis and selfies, Yandy.com has a wealth of Halloween costumes that are not only political sendups, but also frightful and surprisingly fashion forward.

When it comes to frightful Halloween fare, Yandy.com has the traditional ghoulish mix from witches, bats, and skeletons to dark angels, pirates, and devils; all at a very affordable price and all sensually delicious.

That’s right, all sexy. Yandy.com is for that fashionista that is not afraid to look delectably sexy and titillating on Hallow’s Eve. And with their free shipping and premium delivery in 2 to 3 days, you cannot go wrong.

Yandy.com NYFW:The Shows spring 2017 images courtesy of The Bromley Group

Yandy.com NYFW:The Shows spring 2017 images courtesy of The Bromley Group

Oops, did I fall to mention that Yandy.com showed during New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) spring 2017. It was NYFWS first Halloween fashion show and Fashion Reverie was front and center.

For more information, go to yandy.com.

—Staff

Fashion Reverie’s Editors’ Essentials NYFW Spring 2017

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Image courtesy of fashionista.com

When temperatures start to drop and there is a very slight breeze in the air, then you know that special season has arrived, and I am not necessarily referring to autumn. If you live in New York City, you are all too familiar with the clacking of stilettos and a wide array of fashion—some fantastic and some overdone. All these symbols and new arrivals mark the return of New York Fashion: The Shows (NYFWS).

Every fashion season Fashion Reverie prepares a list of essential items that every editor, stylist and/or industry professional just cannot do with out. With Lincoln Center and Bryant Park being a not too long ago memory, the stability of having a lot of fashion shows in  mostly one place is a thing of the past. Though WME/IMG is using Moynihan Station and Skylight at Clarkson Square as central locations, industry professionals, more than ever, will have to do a lot of scurrying around to go to the 300-plus fashion shows  for spring 2017.

No need to fret, Fashion Reverie has you covered!!

Image courtesy of fab.com

Image courtesy of fab.com

As editors rush from Moynihan Station to Skylight Clarkson to Pier 59, one of the biggest dilemmas is  keeping that all-important, I-Phone charged. No need to worry, Fab.com has a wonderful solution for you. Boostcase is a protective case and a recharging battery sleeve for the iPhone 6 made from durable hard-shell material. In a gold matte finish, it’s the stylish way to remain a fully functioning person. At $99.95, you will get free shipping from Fab.com. At 20% percent discount over many products, you cannot go wrong!!  And if you hurry, you can get the Bootcase just in time for NYFW: The Shows.

Images courtesy of Passavant and Lee

Images courtesy of Passavant and Lee

Do you need a new, chic carryall that can handle all the stuff that every fashion industry professional needs to get them through each day during NYFWS? Well, if you have deep pockets Passavant and Lee has a great Port Attache and Portfolio Cases that works for both men and women. The product from Passavant and Lee ranges in price from $1450 to $1950, a hefty fee. Still, you will be the envy of fashion week.

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Image courtesy of fab.com

If bags from Passavant and Lee are just too pricey for budget, also from fab.com, somewhere between shoulder tote and full-blown knapsack, the Something Useful Messenger Bag from Something Strong is a great way to carry whatever you need. Two beige side pockets add to the main compartment’s ample storage space, while the bag’s fold-over design and bright blue canvas make it dashing and versatile. And at $49.99, the price is just right.

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Image courtesy of polyvore.com

Everyone wants to look there best during NYFWS; however, with all the hustling and bustling from one venue to the next, comfort is a primary concern. LATTORI designer dresses were created with the idea that every dress should be visually expressive and capture a moment, a mood and tell its own story.  LATTORI has been seen on a number of celebrities including Catt Sadler, Chiara Ferragni, Angela Simmons, Fantasia Barrino, and Witney Carson. From puffed collared necks, cold-shoulders, off-shoulder silhouettes, to more structured velvet shapes with an edge, you’ll be sure to stand out this NYFW.

Images courtesy of Nuori

Images courtesy of NUORI

Editors and stylists work hard during NYFWS. Still, you have to look bright-eyed and fresh. With NUORI freshness is more than a concept, it is the best way to get the most out of any skincare product.  NUORI preserves the freshness of each skincare product by posting a use-by date and getting rid of all products that have expired.

NUORI brings two unique things to its skincare products: its active ingredients are not weakened by time-related breakdown and its ingredients are 100% free from preservatives and other synthetic additives normally used to prolong the shelf life of beauty products. And NUORI’s five facial products are perfect to give your mom that youthful glow, keeping her bright eyed and bushy tailed.

Image coutesy of Tesla Group

Image coutesy of Tesla Group

No matter how great your NYFW ensemble is, you don’t want to grab attention with static cling or flyaway animal hairs on your clothes. Fashion Reverie to the rescue!! Static Schmatic is a line of all-natural, anti-static sprays that removes clingy static in clothes and eliminates frizz and flyaway hairs. 2 Bottles: one for static-free clothing and one bottle for static-free hair!

Image courtesy of Urban Wellness Center

Image courtesy of Urban Wellness Center

As fabulous and glamorous as Fashion Week can be, if you are attending thirty or more shows, your body can really break down. Urban Wellness Clinic featured in Vogue, Elle, Self, Refinery, Glamour and more, Urban Wellness clinic is a team of movement experts—chiropractic doctors, physical therapists, personal trainers, and athletes—empowering people to move smarter, better, and pain-free. Between your shows, get a great massage or other services from the Urban Wellness Clinic.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

Editors’ Pick: The Highs and Lows of Fall 2016 Footwear

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Image courtesy of fashiongum.com

If you’ve been perusing fashion magazines and observing street fashion, super high, tottering heels are no longer the order of day. Unless you are a high-fashion model walking in an haute couture show, having a view from the top due to mountainous high heels are not a part of your wardrobe anymore. Most women are opting for style with comfort, and if they decide to don a pair of heels, the height is sensible, nor precipitous

For fall 2016 Fashion Reverie has come up with a range of footwear styles that meet consumer’s every need without sacrificing style and chicness for comfort. Remember, the day of suffering for fashion are over, style and comfort are increasingly becoming compatible bedfellows!!

Image courtesy of the Bromley Group

Latigo image courtesy of the Bromley Group

Who says flats have to be boring or just an opt-out for consumers who have tired of heels? Designed with the free-spirited woman in mind, Latigo combines urban flair with vintage flair to create footwear that reflects retro style funneled through a prism of modern sensibility. Latigo’s fall 2016 flats come in a wider range of colors and embellished details; perfectly suitable for that consumer that wants comfort and style in one package.

Images courtesy of Pikolinos

Images courtesy of Pikolinos

For fall 2016 Pikolinos reinvents itself with surprising new shapes, finishes and key designs. With functional purity being the brand’s raison d’etre this season the women’s collection has updated the traditional Pikolinos shapes with practical and comfortable alternatives that have a handcrafted feel but are still aligned with the latest trends. The subtly exaggerated proportions of chunky soles and large tongues are just some of the details. And who can beat a jazzed sneak with sneaks and a fur tongue!! Pikolinos, you rock for fall 2016!!

No fall footwear roundup would be complete including a duck boot. Remember, wet and frosty weather is only a few months away and why not look fashionable in a decked out duck boot. Sporto, the original creator of the Duck Book, has partnered with Vibram, innovators of outdoor footwear, to create a special duck book for its 40th anniversary.

Images courtesy of Sporto

Images courtesy of Sporto

The Sporto brand’s unmatched heritage in designing traditional weather-resistant duck boots will be shored up by the development of a Vibram IceTrek outsole technology collection, an addition that’s seen as a natural evolution considering Sporto’s commitment to design for “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.”

“We’re excited to commemorate the Sporto Duck Boot’s 40th Anniversary with a partnership that brings this all-weather classic style to the next level of performance and functionality,” states Brandy McCarty, Senior Vice President of Brand Strategy for Eastman Group and Sporto. “It’s the ideal way to kick off a year of projects and partnerships to celebrate this iconic American brand.”

Images courtesy of Nina Originals

Images courtesy of Nina

OK, we’ve provided some great daywear options, which leaves evening footwear looks. No brand compares when it comes to great choices for evening footwear better than Nina. From retro chic style to a night-out-on-the town heels, Nina Originals always makes a statement.

Images courtesy of Nina

Images courtesy of Nina Originals

Pointed-toe flats are not just for guys. Remember, if Janelle Monae can get away with this style and cause a fashion sensation in this men’s style, why can’t you. And Nina Originals has just the right pair for you in black suede or black patent leather. Add to that some tan suede booties and you are certainly ready for fall 2016!!

—Staff 

 

 

 

 

Editors’ Pick: L’Eau d’Issey Pure

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Image courtesy of Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake once said, “the most beautiful and purest fragrance in the world: the scent of water on a woman’s skin.”  Well you cannot get more pure than water and get more fashion-forward than Issey Mikyake. Put those two together, and you have a combination that is always a guaranteed success.

Miyake first fragrance in 1992 was L’Eau d’Issey and it was a ringing triumph. Now, Miyake returns with l’Eau d’Issey Pure, a continuation, and a reimaging of the original l’Eau d’Issey.

“L’Eau d’Issey is what all other perfumes are not. L’Eau d’Issey evokes the genuine simplicity and purity that exist around this idea of water. For L’Eau d’Issey Pure I believe we have captured the most basic image of water, a droplet. The droplet symbolizes the fragrance and becomes the bottle,” explained Todd Bracher, designer of the L’Eau d’Issey Pure bottle.

In this recent incarnation of Miyake’s first fragrance, Miyake injects a wide array of contrasts into L’Eau d’Issey Pure. Incarnated by the salty sea breeze of Maritima combined with Ambergris, L’Eau d’Issey Pure derives from a new aquatic story. Maritima, an exclusive IFF molecule, evokes cool clear waters, while Ambergris, with its mineral and animal inflections, brings sensuality and breadth to the fragrance. A floral bouquet sparkles, as if floating on a wide expanse of sea. Crystalline Lily- of the-Valley responds to the brightness of Orange Blossom. Plunge into their delicate white trail.

Image courtesy of pizzocipriaebouquet.com

Image courtesy of pizzocipriaebouquet.com

Then comes other, denser flowers. Essence of Rose Damascena once again imbibed with the morning dew from when it was picked, brings with it opulent Jasmine in a heady explosion of petals. The ocean crossing continues. In the base notes, the call of Cashmeran rings out, with musky and woody resonance. Pure and powerful, L’Eau d’Issey Pure reaches far-off shores at the touch of a single drop.

Miyake caps off these fragrance combinations with a bottle designed in the shape of a drop of pure water. The conical, slender design evokes the essence of a drop of water that is the core motif of L’Eau d’Issey Pure. And in a market that is oversaturated with fragrances that sometimes don’t make the grade, it is refreshing that Issey Miyake continues to bring consumers a product that reflects the quality and refinement of his garments.

L’Eau d’Issey Pure retails for $108.00 and $88.00 and will be fine retailers in July.

—Staff

Editors’ Pick: Camilla Elphick’s Princess Corgi Pez Shoe

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Princess Corgi Pez image courtesy of Starworks Group

What is the most important item in your wardrobe? Is it that distinctive black dress that eludes sophistication and elegance; that great summer jumpsuit that demonstrates your youthful charm and exuberance and is so comfortable and versatile that you can easily dress it up or down, or that hip bag that goes with almost anything.

Hmm, all those wardrobe items are great, but if you are like most women, your most prized possessions are your shoes!! Shoes not only show off your legs, they also express your mood and fashion sense. And like most garments shoes historically denote trends, styles, culture, and even political movements. (Think the Mary Janes of the mod 60s, platforms of the 70s, and studded combat boots of the punk 80s.)

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Image courtesy of arts.ac.uk

British shoe designer Camilla Elphick has tapped into a cultural landmark and historic occasion by introducing the latest addition to her infamous Pez collection for the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday — her spring 2016 patriotic nod to the queen, The Corgi Princess PEZ. Though Queen Elizabeth actually turned 90 on April 21, this weekend marks the three-day celebration of this historic event. (Queen Elizabeth celebrates her birthday twice a year; once on the exact date and the other day in early June. 

Though Camilla Elphick’s shoe line has only been around for three seasons, in a short amount of time she has received praise globally from fashion editors with such celebrities as Alexa Chung, Leandra Medine, Ella Eyre, Ellie Bamber, Amber Le Bon, Leaf Greener and Dree Hemingway wearing her shoes. And her infamous ‘Pez’ collection, based off of the Pez candy dispensers has gained Elphick worldwide attention.

Image courtesy of shoephoric.com

Image courtesy of shoephoric.com

Elphick’s spring 2016 collection ‘ Going Places’ was inspired by recent travels. From sandals laden with tropical fruit for summers in St Tropez to platforms destined for late nights in Vegas, Camilla’s jetset club will take you around the world in style. There are new PEZ characters too, such as Princess Corgi and New Yorker, each inspired by world fashion capitals.

Designed especially to mark the Queen Elizabeth’s many birthday occasions and celebrations, the Princess Corgi Pez is available to buy now, very timely with the state celebrations for the Queen this weekend. Fashionistas queue up!!

—Staff

 

 

 

 

Editors’ Pick: Fashionable Options for Friends of the Bride

images courtesy of THEIA

images courtesy of THEIA

OK, it’s a given, June is the penultimate month for weddings. And even though the bride has lots of clothing options for that very special day, if you are attending the nuptials—and for the month of June, you may be attending several—finding the right look for each wedding can be bit of a conundrum. It can also hit your pocket pretty hard!!

Fashion Reverie has come up with some great looks that will not only get you through this month of weddings, but will get you noticed!! You won’t upstage the bride—God forbid—but you might get the attention of that very special someone. Why should the bride have all the fun!! You can shine, too!!

If you are attending a beach wedding and a bohemian-inspired nuptial, there are lots of great options. Whether you opt for a short dress, semi-formal or a longer more ethereal boho look, you can still look fabulous and rock your look.

Images courtesy of JS Group

Images courtesy of JS Group

Once thought of as mostly a bridal brand, THEIA has branched out into ready-to-wear. And this ethereal, diaphanous blue gown with sheer floral overlay is the perfect look for a beach wedding.

If you pockets are not deep enough for Monique Lhuillier, don’t fret Lhuillier now has a diffusion line, ML Monique Lhuillier, that is moderately priced. This tie-dyed red and pink gown with high slits will certainly grab attention.

If you are looking for something 70s-inspired with ruffles and an asymmetrical cut, this white gown from Cynthia Rowley will fit the bill. And if you are looking for something stylish and semi-formal this grey pewter gown with embroidered neckline from the JS Collection is a great option.

Images courtesy of JS Group

Images courtesy of JS Group

Cocktail dresses always work at weddings; however—unless you go for knockoffs— cocktail dresses can put a real dent in your budget. Especially if you have a lot of weddings to go and you don’t want to be seen wearing the same cocktail dress twice.

ML Monique Lhuillier and THEIA have chic, accessible looks that can be worn at the wedding and at any other fun occasion you might be attending. And if you want something at bit more classic, but affordable Carmen Marc Valvo’s Infusion diffusion line and Cynthia Rowley presents some great choices.

Images courtesy of JS Group

Images courtesy of JS Group

For that very formal wedding, you cannot go wrong with THEIA’s green floral digital print long shirt pale green architectural top. ML Monique Lhuillier is right in line with the trend of big floral prints with this strapless blue floral print gown.

For a very, modern look that will get everyone’s attention Carmen Marc Valvo Infusion is the perfect pick with its black and pink halter dress. And if you have a predilection for traditional, sophisticated fare, David Meister’s silver and tan sequined gown is a great selection.

—Staff

Fashion Reverie’s 2016 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

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Image courtesy of media.brostrick.com

Is it Mother’s Day already? Well, not quite yet. However Mother’s Day is right around the corner. And if you are like most of us and live on the East Coast, the chilly spring weather has made you forget that it is the month of May and Mother’s Day is upon us.

In case you are pushed up against the clock, Fashion Reverie has come up with some great last-minute gifts that will not only make your Mom, a female relative or the woman in your life happy, this gif selection will let them know that they are also special and should be celebrated.

Forty-plus is the new early thirties. Which mean it is not uncommon to see 40-year old Mom or a 40-plus age woman who has a lot of bold sass and sexy.

Images courtesy of HANEY

Images courtesy of HANEY

That said; help that special lady get her va va voom on in a dress from HANEY’s spring 2016 collection. Launched in 2012 by Mary Alice Haney, in recent years HANEY has become a red carpet favorite of Hollywood celebs from Taylor Swift, Gina Rodriguez to Shay Mitchell and Brittany Snow. And to prove that a dress from the spring 2016 is perfectly appropriate for Mother’s Day, Haney posted a fabulous image of a Mom playing basketball in heels and a dress from their spring 2016 collection!! For more information, go to shophaney.com.

Images courtesy of Judith Ripka, Ltd.

Images courtesy of Judith Ripka, Ltd.

Now, a HANEY dress is not complete without the right accessories. Judith Ripka Ltd. has the perfect picks for Mother’s Day to tell Mom just how special she is. Dazzle her with something beautiful like the La Petite Pink Heart Charm Bracelet ($375), the delicate Estate Canary Crystal Baguette Band Ring ($195), the scintillating La Petite Pink Crystal and Amethyst Twin Heart Necklace ($275) the Estate Square Canary Crystal Necklace ($475), or the stunning La Petite Cushion Cut Turquoise Stud Earrings ($300). For more information, go to judithripka.com.

Images courtesy of Jacques Torres

Images courtesy of Jacques Torres

Chocolates are always a great gift for Mother’s Day. And if you live in the New York City metropolitan area, you can pop over to Grand Central Terminal and purchase Jacques Torres artisan chocolates.

Jacques Torres Chocolate offers handmade artisan chocolates using only natural ingredients of the highest quality. From cleverly named chocolate bon bons, award winning hot chocolate, decadently rich chocolate chip cookies to all natural ice cream, made without taking any shortcuts or adding any preservatives, extracts or “essences.” With several locations in NYC, consumers or tourists have lots of options of where to purchase Jacques Torres Chocolate. And if NYC is not an option, Jacques Torres Chocolate can be purchased online at mrchocolate.com.

Image courtesy of Ana Martin Communications

Image courtesy of Ana Martin Communications

If you have really deep pockets, give that special lady the Lady Bovet Flower of Life timepiece. The gift of the Lady BOVET Flower of Life timepiece befits a woman who cherishes the artistry, craft, and technical prowess of traditional watchmaking and can appreciate the signs of true luxury.

By special request, the BOVET’s artisans can employ their talents to create a piece unique featuring exquisite hand-engraving, gem-setting, or miniature painting that is significant to the gift recipient—making the Lady BOVET Flower of Life a meaningful and outstanding Mother’s Day gift. A gift that presents three options in one, the Flower of Life may be enjoyed as a traditional wristwatch, as an elegant table clock, or as a fascinating pendant. For more information, go to bovet.com.

Images courtesy of NOURI

Images courtesy of NUORI

No Mother’s Day list would be complete without a great skincare product. NUORI has built an entire skincare business around the concept of freshness. With NUORI freshness is more than a concept, it is the best way to get the most out of any skincare product.  NUORI preserves the freshness of each skincare product by posting a use-by date and getting rid of all products that have expired.

NUORI brings two unique things to its skincare products: its active ingredients are not weakened by time-related breakdown and its ingredients are 100% free from preservatives and other synthetic additives normally used to prolong the shelf life of beauty products. And NUORI’s five facial products are perfect to give your mom that youthful glow, keeping her bright eyed and bushy tailed. This Denmark-based brand can be purchased in Denmark, Norway, Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Hong Kong, Singapore, and two locations in NYC, as well as online. For more information, go to nuori.com.

—Staff

Editors Pick: Converse Chuck Taylor Women’s All-Star Crochet Collection

Collages608If you live on the East Coast, you might still be feeling the bitter chill of early spring. No need to fret, more temperate weather is on the way. With Coachella and other spring/summer festivals on the horizon, Converse has just the ideal sneaks for ladies who want breathable, comfortable sneakers with just a hint of style and innovation.

For several seasons now, Converse has looked outside of the traditional canon of sneakers styles embracing design aesthetics from rock n’ roll, punk, heavy metal and even esteemed Italian fashion houses, like Missoni. Within this pantheon of cultural influences, it is only natural that Converse would look to their design palette to include footwear for women who are looking for comfort, style and innovation.

The All Star Crochet collection promotes breathability with lining only at the heel and toe, making these the perfect sneakers for summer activities. Designed with a unique upper of interlocking loops of canvas, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Crochet will keep feet light and cool, whether walking the hot city streets, biking the boardwalks, or dancing around music festivals.

Images courtesy of converse.com

Images courtesy of converse.com

The new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Crochet collection will be available beginning Thursday, March 31 at Converse stores, online at converse.com and at specialty retailers for a suggested retail price of $60-65 USD.

And who says you cannot have style and comfort all at the same time!!

—Staff

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