Editors’ Pick: Great Fashion Reads for the Summer

It’s finally summer and after a painfully harsh winter in New York, everyone is eager to head to the beach or a pool to soak up some rays! There’s no better way to relax when sunbathing that curling up with a good book. So, pack up some sunscreen and a couple bottles of water, Fashion Reverie has some literary suggestions that will delight any bookworm.

Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia by Stephen Fried  Paperback $9.99

In 1978 Gia Carangi arrived in New York having been signed by Wilhelmina Models. She quickly skyrocketed to the top of fashion world. Considered by many to be the first supermodel, Gia set the stage for the model as superstar. Tragically, just 8 years later at the young age of 26, Gia Carangi would succumb to an AIDS–related infection, having acquired the virus while addicted to heroin. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with Gia’s family, lovers, friends, and colleagues, Thing of Beauty creates a poignant portrait of an unforgettable character—and a powerful narrative about beauty and sexuality, fame and objectification, mothers and daughters, love and death.

Grace: A memoir by Grace Coddington Kindle $5.99 Hardcover $16.58

The 2009 acclaimed documentary The September Issue was intended as a way to rehabilitate Anna Wintour’s reputation after the release of the book and film The Devil Wears Prada. Instead, “The September Issue” generated interest in Vogue creative director Grace Coddington whose passion for art had her stealing every scene. Delightfully underscored by Coddington’s own pen-and-ink illustrations, Grace: A Memoir will introduce readers to the colorful designers, hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers, models, and celebrities with whom Grace has created her signature images.

Alexander McQueen: Blood Underneath the Skin by Andrew Wilson Kindle $13.99 Paperback $11.00

Born to a taxi driver in east London, Alexander McQueen rose to extraordinary heights in the fashion world, creating a multi-million dollar luxury brand beloved by celebrities like Lady Gaga and Naomi Campbell. But behind the confident facade and bad-boy image, lay a sensitive soul who struggled to survive in the ruthless world of fashion. As the pressures of work intensified, McQueen became increasingly dependent on the drugs that contributed to his tragic end.

Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker: A Fashion Fairy Tale Memoir by Camilla Morton Hardcover $14.89

The legendary shoemaker Manolo Blahnik reimagines the fairy tale weaving his own personal details into the classic story. This creates a fun account of Blahnik rise to glory with words by best selling author Camilla Morton and featuring pen and ink illustrations by Blahnik himself.

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Shocking Life by Elsa Schiaparelli Kindle $13.99 Hardcover $26.90

Elsa Schiaparelli is the stuff of legend. Schiaparelli collaborated with artists including Jean Cocteau, Alberto Giacometti, and Salvador Dalí to create extraordinary garments such as the Dalí Lobster Dress.  Her clients included everyone from Katherine Hepburn to Marlene Dietrich. Her designs appeared in more than 30 films. This fascinating memoir chronicles her life and work as the groundbreaking dressmaker in the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s.

—Cameron Rose Grey

Editors’ Pick: OKV Bags

Does the fashion market need another handbag line? Well, that depends on who you talk to. Though the women’s handbag market is flooded with a plethora of handbags, from Kate Spade, Coach, Michael Kors to Bottega Veneta, Gucci, and Chanel—all well known handbag lines—the men’s bag accessory market has room for niche brands that can target specific consumers.

Wayne Mayers of OKV handbags is attempting to fill that niche. “The men’s handbags market still lags way behind women’s handbags. I recognized that I could fill a niche in the men’s handbag market. I think a handbag itself is so iconic and can denote luxury. If you look at old movies, having a great bag is a status symbol,” explains OKV creator Wayne Mayers.Self-taught and passionate about fashion, Wayne Mayers, through trial and error came to understand that men’s handbags was to be his creative d’oeuvre and tour de force. “When I first had the idea to pursue a career in fashion, I started sketching sweaters and jeans. I noticed from the sketches that every element I sketched had an element of leather in it. I began to understand that I loved and was more engaged in leather than having a garment line. I had to decide which direction I was going in. And ultimately I settled on handbags,” details Mayer.

Designed in Toronto, Canada and produced in the Tuscany region of Italy, OKV’s collection of men’s leather bags and accessories are handmade using the artisan tradition of natural tanning, reducing the carbon footprint of the textile industry, while joining quality craftsmanship and tradition to create a unique product. Mayer contends, “a quality leather bag is an iconic and staple piece in any wardrobe and I want to introduce the world to a quality crafted product, without the environmental stress of traditional leather production.” 

Still, finding market traction is an arduous task in a market where name recognition is so important and many burgeoning brands fall by the wayside due to manufacturing costs and market contraction. Mayer is not daunted by the statistics and is primed to bring an ethically friendly, worker-friendly product to male consumers. “My plan is to demonstrate that we go straight to the source and we are extremely ethical, making sure our workers make a living wage. The quality of our bags is top of the line. Unlike women, who usually have several handbags, male consumers may have one or two great bags, so quality is very important.”

For its debut collection, Mayer is producing six bag styles. This six-piece collection has something for almost every guy, ranging from a duffle bag, and a weekender to a backpacker and a workbag. “Our style of bags are the most used styles by male consumers,” admits Mayer. “Our demographic travels often, so our weekender and duffel bag is great for travel. Our customer is usually a city dweller, so we have a workbag or a business bag for that guy. We have a marsupial that is OKV’s version of a fanny pack. And coincidentally, fanny packs—which reference the 1980s—are on trend right now. Our marsupial, or fanny pack, is so unique because rarely do you see a leather-structured fanny pack on the market.”

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All OKV products are tanned using fruit pods, leaves and tree bark to create a luxury line of leather goods designed to be durable and age with perfection.  Inspired by street style and vintage luxury craftsmanship, OKV’s designs incorporate chic and classic elements while paying close attention to detail to create a cohesive collection of top-quality men’s bags and accessories. “Primo Edition” styles include: hold all ($1350 USD), tote bag ($800 USD), rucksack ($1050 USD), belted satchel ($550 USD), wallet ($250 USD) and cardholder ($160 USD).—William S. Gooch

Fashion Reverie’s Spring/Summer 2018 Fragrance Roundup

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“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future”—Coco ChanelThe warm temperatures are finally here, especially if you live in the Northeast, and its time to think about transitioning from the warm, earthy fragrances that we love so much in cooler weather to cool, minty, floral and fruity fragrances of spring and summer. Fashion Reverie has assembled a roundup of great fragrances for spring/summer 2018 that will not break the bank and will also have you feeling and smelling as fresh as spring flowers.

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Jo MaloneJo Malone launched in 1991, a breath of fresh air in the world of fragrance (pun intended). At the time Elizabeth Taylor’s wildly successful perfume line inspired dozens of poor quality celebrity scents. The market was flooded with cheap overworked sweet perfumes that had the fashion world gagging

Enter Jo Malone, a profoundly British company with its roots steeped in 18th century perfume making. Malone’s “Cologne Intense” aromas focused on simple high-quality ingredients light enough to not overwhelm, but still be long lasting.

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For spring 2018, the fragrance brand is introducing Blossom Girls, a trio of limited edition florals that are fresh, fun, and full of joy.

Nashi Blossom Limited Edition Cologne

This not too sweet floral has fruity crisp top notes of nashi fruit, pear, and apple softened with base notes of rose and white musk.

Sakura Cherry Blossom Limited Edition Cologne

A light playful scent slightly sweet with subtle layers of cherry blossom, rose and violet blended with a sparkling base note of bergamot makes for a sweet and cool summer fragrace.

Plum Blossom Limited Edition Cologne

This fragrance is a bright mixture of plum blossoms and yellow plum fruit on a canvas of clean white musk.

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Hard Candy Fragrances launched in 2007, specializing in fruity florals. Now, they are coming out with two new scents for spring/summer 2018.

Hard Candy Pink is a fun, fruity scent perfect for daytime. With top notes of passionfruit and tangerine, mixed with peony and jasmine and grounded with vanilla sugar and musk it’s ideal for a trip to the beach or going out to lunch.

Hard Candy Black is an exciting sexy scent you’ll want to wear for a night of dancing and romance. With top notes of mango and kiwi middle notes of quince blossom and vanilla blended with bottom notes of iris and warm amber, you’ll be irresistible.

Both scents are available as eau de parfum and body mists from Walmart.

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Proenza Shouler’s ArizonaProenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez were so inspired by a vacation to Arizona they decided to create their first fragrance. Arizona hinges on an innovative, night-blooming cactus flower accord, which has been blended with rich notes of orris root. Even the bottle was designed to resemble a piece of quartz Hernandez found in the desert.

Proenza Schouler – Arizona available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Krigler Villa BordigheraHistoric perfume house Krigler pulls another classic from their vault for a limited-edition relaunch. Originally created by Albert Krigler in 1920, the unisex, citrus fragrance was commissioned by Italian playwright, who wanted one of his favorite vacation spots—Bordighera in Italy—captured in a bottle, and it spotlights the resort town’s lemon trees.

Krigler Villa Bordighera 20 is available at krigler.com.

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Bond No 9 Spring FlingWhile New York City doesn’t exactly evoke images of blossoms, truthfully there are plenty of outdoor spaces blooming with flowers. Places like Central Park, Bryant Park, and The Highline inspired this sparkling blend of lily of the valley, passionflower, honeysuckle, jasmine, freesia, amber, and musk.

Bond No 9 Spring Fling is available at bondno9.com.

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Stella McCartney’s STELLA PEONYThis fragrance transports you immediately to a blossoming English garden with its romantic blend taken up a spicy notch with the peony scent melded with black pepper, cedar, patchouli, and amber.

Stella McCartney’s STELLA PEONY is available at sephora.com.

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Miu Miu L’eau RoseePrada’s rebel Miu Miu brand is once again breaking the mold by introducing a new crisp floral fragrance, L’eau Rosee. The perfume may have the rose in the name, yet the fragrance does not! The moniker was chosen because of the pink hue of the scent. The aroma is lily of the valley and cassis buds tightly wrapped in notes of sophisticated musk, with additional notes of gardenia, bergamot, tuberose, jasmine, white pepper, honeysuckle, ginger and cedar.

Miu Miu L’eau Rosee is available at Sephora.com.

Wearing fragrance during the warmer seasons does come with its own set of complications. Here are few tips to keep in mind.

Change your scent at least every six months. Some women find a signature perfume and wear it exclusively. The problem with this is over time your nose acclimates to the aroma and stops smelling the fragrance. As a result, many women overapply their scents.

Avoid perfume and perfume oils. During summer months the heat can amplify fragrance. Perfumes and perfume oils can be too heavy during warm seasons. Use colognes and eau de parfums to avoid choking companions and co-workers.

Take stock of all your scents. With the heat increasing fragrance you want to make sure you’re not overdoing it in other ways. Deodorants (which some apply more heavily in warm weather), shampoos, lotions, hair products and perfume all co-mingling can add up to a stinky stew. One way to circumvent this is switching to some unscented products, like your lotions, shampoos, hair products and deodorants, for the spring and summer.

Be aware of others: It’s allergy season. In certain parts of the United States some people are facing horrible pollen counts. In small, enclosed spaces even if you go easy on the fragrance, you could be making friends or companions miserable. You may want to consider skipping it altogether.

That said; fragrance courtesy tips in mind and Fashion Reverie’s roundup on spring/summer fragrances should have you prepped to luxuriate in fragrance for the warmer months.

—Cameron Grey Rose

 

Fashion Reverie’s Alternatives to Meghan Markle’s $300,000 Bridal Gown

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OK, the royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is now history. However, the narrative continues, especially narrative commentary about the lovely Givenchy gown that Meghan Markle wore. With a price tag of over $300,000 and countless hours of craftsman ship, Meghan’s gown is way out of the preview or budget of most potential brides. But, shouldn’t it be? After all, Meghan married into the wealthiest royal family—the Windsors—in history.On the heels of the inaccessibility of Meghan’s bridal gown, Fashion Reverie, with the help of so key bridal insiders, has assembled some wonderful alternatives for that savvy consumer that wants similar bridal fare without the steep cost. Granted these bridal alternatives are not for tight purses, but the cost does come down from a third of a million dollars. Whew!!

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INES DI SANTO is always a favorite of Fashion Reverie. And our two bridal select alternatives to Meghan Markle’s bridal gowns come from her spring 2018 collection. True to form, Fashion Reverie was front and center at Ines di Santo’s spring 2018 bridal show.Simplicity was a key element in di Santo’s spring 2018 bridal collection with the artist and fashion editor in mind. “This season became a dance with the artist and the editor in my mind. Not a stitch more than what was needed, yet full license to push a design that was simply more,” explained di Santo.

Using techniques that are often found only in Couture design, Ines plays to the feminine side of a woman’s beauty in both her bridal and evening collections. Raised in Buenos Aires with parents that inspired and supported her interest in the arts, Ines studied both fine art and design in Argentina and Milan. The signature, rich touch seen in each collection reflects the designer’s Italian and Spanish heritage. INES DI SANTO gowns are available at top retails including Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman and additional authorized retailers worldwide.

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Interestingly, JUSTIN ALEXANDER’s spring 2019 bridal collection contained gowns that fit nicely into Markle’s ‘less is more’ design aesthetic. (Again, Fashion Reverie was all in the mix at JUSTIN ALEXANDER’s spring 2018 show. And in the front row, I might add!) Focusing his spring 2019 bridal collection on minimalism juxtaposed against diversity and modernity in style, JUSTIN ALEXANDER ‘s spring 2019 bridal collection demonstrated range in silhouette funneled through the lens of simplicity and elegance. Since its humble roots, JUSTIN ALEXANDER has become a contemporary designer and manufacturer of mid- to high-end bridal gowns and accessories. Each design is distinctly recognized for its vintage inspiration paired with progressive details. JUSTIN ALEXANDER gowns are available in more than 1,500 authorized retailers worldwide.

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Editors’ Pick: Fashion Reverie’s Hat Choices for the Royal Wedding

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is only few days away and if you made it on to the guest list you must be exasperating yourserlf about what to wear! There is a strict royal wedding dress code, so even if you are a stylish celebrity you are still have to follow the rules.What we learned from Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge wedding in 2011 is that the dress code for the ladies is day dress with an impressive hat! The British tradition—especially for the upper crust or high society—is that as long as you are dressed formally, meaning long hemlines, and a conservative look; you can get creative with the headwear!

Fashion Reverie made a list of 10 fascinators and top hats we really like. So, we hope to see some of our famous celebrities wearing something similar:

1) A gorgeous pastel green Philip Treacy fascinator from his spring 2018

2) Curled Ostrich Headpiece in Royal Blue by Eric Javits

3) Victoria Grant Queen of Hearts hat with veil

4) Vivien Sheriff 24 carat gold feathers, handmade spring 2017 headpiece

5) Yellow Silk Taffeta with pom veiling by Rachel Trevor Morgan

6) Joanne Edwards hat handmade in navy

7) Black and White Polka Dot pillbox with a side hot pink abaca bow from Arturo Rios

8) Carol Kennelly A swarm of beautiful multi-colored butterflies flying from a large angled orange disk, held in place with a matching hairband

9) Cocktail Parasol Hat by Heidilee; that is Michelle Obama rocking it!

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10) Anya Caliendo Ghost Gardens collection

—Tijana Ibrahimovic

Editor’s Pick: Colorful Heels That Will Light Up Summer Nights

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Editor’s Pick: Colorful Heels That Will Light Up Summer NightsThe higher the heel, the closer to God! An adage that often intoned at Fashion Reverie. With wintry temperatures finally subsiding—especially on the East Coast—it’s time to put those boots away and break out your stilettos. This season, Fashion Reverie has some great footwear picks that will put that extra pep in your step. For spring/summer 2018, it is all about the glam!!Vince Camuto Yuria-Ankle Tie Sandal

Greco-Roman inspiration has taken a different interpretation with these texture-topped strapped sandals. This metallic leather heel is a fresh start to your summer wardrobe and can go from daytime to nighttime with a quick snap of your finger.Coach Ankle Strap Pump

Summer is no time to be afraid of color. With their metallic shine and combination of colors, this Coach ankle strap pump adds a great pop of color if you are doing the little black dress. The sensible block heel is comfortable enough for you to dance the night away and strut yourself all around town.Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Swarovski Crystal Embellished Leather High Heel Pumps

The fashion house has outdone themselves with these ruby red bedazzled heels. Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz” would be so pleased. Embellished with Swarovski crystals, these shoes will make you want to click your heels three times. Get your sparkle on and shine on in these beauties.Nina Cordela

Summer is the perfect time for a pedicure, so why not show off those manicured feet with a gorgeous peep-toe heel. The feminine Cordela from Nina comes in a silhouette with a triangular mesh cutout for a fun and flirty effect. It’s a step up from a sandal (literally) and even features a zipper closure, so no squeezing those just-done feet into anything that will ruin your pedicurist’s hard work.

Tabitha Simmons Sky Flora Embroidered Lace Suede Pumps

Need a statement-making platform shoe for the summer. Tabitha Simmons will help you be all the rage at your summer soirées. With a pair of fishnet tights and a form-fitting dress, you’ll be the edgiest star of the night. If you’re aiming for that queen of the night visage, look no further than these palatial platforms.Miu Miu Leather Sandals with Crystals

Need a good-heeled sandal for the summer? Miu Miu to the rescue. These metallic crystal-embellished masterpieces will be the party sandal—with a heel—of the summer. For those summer cabana party nights, these Miu Mius should be your go to sandal. The iridescent crystals against the crackle leather make a statement without being too loud, which is what you need for summer. If you didn’t have a vacation planned, you should plan a ‘Va Ca’ now so you can show these off your Miu Miu. No one does it better than the French. Oh la la!!Charlotte Olympia Pimlico VC

Did you want to be the one to dare to be different for summer 2018? Let Fashion Reverie introduce you to these daring beauties from Charlotte Olympia. Designed with versatility in mind, this beautiful set of pumps can elevate any outfit from a high-fashion ensemble to a pair of embroidered jeans. The unique silhouette will undoubtedly be an attention getter, wherever you go. After all, you can never underestimate the power of a good heel.Kate Spade Odelette Sandals

If you need a chunky heeled sandal for the summer, Kate Spade has you covered. These strappy black sandals are easy on the feet and easy on the eyes. With a beautiful floral appliqué, they are the penultimate symbol of summer love and style.Christian Louboutin Décoletté 554

If you’re in the mood for something a bit more exotic and bold, step into these Christian Louboutin Décoletté 554. The iconic shoe brand always manages to outdo itself sparing no expense with these luxurious pumps in their limited edition sequined Loubitag print. The colorful details are a nice touch, especially for those travelling to cities like Miami where bright colors are all the rage.Gucci Tracy Embellished Ankle Strap Pumps

No list is complete without the most talked about luxury brand in the industry. These ankle pumps are the epitome of excessive glamor with their glass pearl and crystal stud embellishments. The 4’’ wrapped block heel will literally elevate you to imperial heights, fit for royalty. Look pristine this summer in these red and white fantasy pumps.

—Kristopher Fraser

Celebrity-Endorsed Mother’s Day 2018 Gift Guide

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Mother’s Day weekend is a perfect time for innovative surprises! This wonderful woman brought you into this world and has put up with all your shenanigans and ‘learning’ about life. She deserves some pampering, so the editors at Fashion Reverie picked out celebrity’s favorite beauty products and accessories for this special lady in your life.GOLDEN DOORThe most exclusive spa to all the stars including Julia Roberts, Oprah, Amy Schumer, and hopefully your mommy soon! Make the day sweet with their Delightful Honey Sampler and Golden Face Oil your mom will love. 100% of Golden Door’s net profits go to help end child abuse and transform young lives.
PAI-SHAU
Tea-infused hair care is the first of its kind, using the benefits of specific teas to help nurture the scalp and the hair. Many celebrities and their stylists love Pai-Shau so Fashion Reverie thinks your mom might, too.

Celebrity stylist Natasha Leibel has Mollen and Jason Biggs, Veronika Dash, Brendan Fraiser, Alexandra Park, as clients, as well as others, who love this blend of steeped Black, White, Green, African Red Bush, and Pu-erh teas, infused into every product. Each of the teas contains powerful benefits to the hair and the scalp. Additionally, vitamins B, C and E, potent antioxidants, hydrolyzed oat proteins, and panthenol all work to strengthen, replenish, moisture, and add shine. Mother’s Day Gift SetsBLUE LAGOON ICELAND

This is a favorite of both Kim and Kourtney Kardashian (Seriously)—as seen on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and a favorite on Kourtney’s app.

I’m sure we all wish we could gift mom—and ourselves—a spa getaway to the luxurious Blue Lagoon, but if that is NOT in your budget, bring the Blue Lagoon to her! The famed Icelandic spot now offers to ship their even more famed masks stateside and they are luxuriously amazing. The Gifts of Nature Mask Trio by Blue Lagoon Iceland includes a Lava Scrub Mask, Silica Mask (the white stuff you always see on people at the Blue Lagoon) and Algae Mask (Iceland’s anti-aging SECRET!!). SASH BAG

This mom-created collection of cross-body, sash-inspired bags is designed to helps moms fashionably keep all their daily necessities like phones, keys, sunglasses, and wallet items on-hand and organized, while freeing hands for holding kids’ hands, pushing strollers, and more!

Celebrity moms who carry Sash bag:

Melissa Rycroft, Garcelle Beauvais, Jessica Hall, Dania Ramirez, Nancy O’Dell, Marla Sokoloff and Alyssa Milano.ISlide 

Sandals that are fun, customizable and comfortable. Perhaps mom’s fav celebs like Drake and Chelsea Handler love them as well.  ISlide uses a top-secret printing process to create premium quality, customized slide sandals to fit anyone’s personality. You can purchase from the predesigned collection or get a customized pair.

As seen on the season 8 premiere of ABC’s “Shark Tank”ISlides are the only fully customizable, sought-after slide sandal sweeping the world on the feet of athletes and celebrities like NBA stars LeBron James and Steph Curry, Kim Kardashian, Drake, and many more. Maker of DJ Khaled’s famous “Bless Up” and “Another One” slide sandals, ISlide fuses fashion with athletics and has partnered with Neiman Marcus, the NBA, and a number of other teams, brands, and organizations for custom designs. These premium slides feature an adjustable grip-strap with an anti-abrasion lining, a sneaker-inspired outsole, and a signature Relief Pro Lining massaging foot bed for maximum comfort.TANI Underwear

If your mom is a fan of “Bachelor in Paradise” she will love the Tani Underwear Slip Corinne Olympios wore on a National Napping Day. TANI Underwear is silk cut and super soft.BANDELETTES

Some moms want to feel like they are on the runway during their busy day. Why not remind them that they are still feminine and they still “ have it” and threat them to a pair of Bandelettes similar to those Hunter McGrady wore for Chromat during New York Fashion Week.

BASQ NYC

Founded by Kelli Kenny and Lauren Parisier, basq NYC, is the leader in skincare for new and expecting mom. All basq products are clinically tested to be allergy, irritancy and sensitivity free and never tested on animals. The brand has a long line of celebrities who have shared their love for basq including Heidi Klum (Resilient Body Oils), Molly Simms (Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter), Jamie Lynn Sigler, Sabrina Soto (Resilient Body Oils), Hilaria Baldwin (Mega Moisture Cream Body Butter), Jennifer Love Hewitt (Bright Eyes Cucumber Tea Eye Gel), and Eva Martino (Citrus Sugar Body Scrub) among others. https://www.basqnyc.com/celebrity-testimonials/Dear Drew by Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore looks very comfortable in her weekend cashmere wrap top and we think any mother would love to feel luxurious lounging in cashmere even if at home. A great layering piece and even better pair it with Weekend Jogger for a chic comfortable look.

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VELVET EyewearSonja Morgan from “The Real Housewives of New York” and many other celebrities love Velvet eyewear. When Cindy Hussey, Velvet Eyewear Founder, was asked about how she started her company she said, “Passion, drive, and a little bit of luck!” and we all need these ingredients. Share some with mommy!

—Tijana Ibrahimovic

Editors’ Pick: Missoni Taps into the Logo Explosion

Fashion brand logos are everywhere. Everywhere you look you see major fashion brands with their logos emblazoned on everything from clothing to accessories to household goods.

Some brands have always festooned their logo on namesake products. Depending on the age of consumers, those of a certain age will remember that the late 70s and early 80s were eras where there was a proliferation of logos and labels on what was then labeled “designer clothing.” Beyond that, most consumers are familiar with the Chanel belt with the legendary Chanel doubled Cs as a part of the buckle, or the iconic entwined GGs of the Gucci brand all over the brand’s product. And of course, the Moschino brand has always shamelessly imprinted its name on everything Moschino.Moschino has now stepped into the current logo fray. For the women’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Missoni pays homage to its distinctive identity by designing a series of items, featuring the iconic Missoni logo in the brand’s trademark rust color.

The results are urban, fresh, and sophisticated statement pieces with a bold and powerful style that is unmistakably Missoni. The brand’s logo is repeatedly embossed onto refined leather garments—such as trench coats, trousers, miniskirts, shirts and bomber jackets —or printed all-over on sweatshirts and puffer jackets. 

The Missoni logo-mania also takes over a wide range of accessories, with the logo appearing on knitted gloves, beanies and scarves, as well as stylish leather wide-brimmed hats, sporty baseball caps and long gloves. The logo frenzy doesn’t stop there: a head-to-toe outfit comes to life thanks to edgy booties, comfortable sneakers, and chic lace-ups. 

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Missoni is hoping that this logo explosion will keep the brand on track with the current trend of logo branding—a trend that harkens back to the logo and label trend of the late 70s and early 90. Hopefully, this will give Missoni more appeal to the ever-expanding Generation X and Millenial fashion market, a demographic that many household brands are desperately trying to find market traction with, particularly as luxury spending with young consumers is on the decline.—William S. Gooch

Editor’s Pick: Maria Elena Headpieces

Something old, something new, something borrowed … something bedazzled? To complete your bridal looking for that very special day, Fashion Reverie wants to remind you that no princess gets her happily ever after without a crown. If you want that headpiece fit for royalty, Maria Elena Headpieces has you covered.

The elegant and chic accessories brand began over a decade ago when founder Maria Elena created her first headpiece as a gift to her daughter for her daughter’s wedding day. Although, the Miami-based accessories line is found in select boutiques all over the world, Maria Elena Headpieces strays far from mass market, similar product, retaining a sense of exclusivity.

Maria Elena, has set out not to create just another accessory, but a piece of headwear that is suitable as a family heirloom, passed down through generations. Maria Elena Headpieces can range in price from $300 to $650 and are crafted from luxurious materials including silver, antique gold, rose gold, Swarovski crystals, and pearls.

Earlier this year, the brand began gaining celebrity traction for their ready-to-wear headpieces when “Orange Is the New Black” actress Jackie Cruz wore one of their headbands on the 2018 SAG Awards red carpet. Cruz was quickly dubbed a millennial princess with online audiences, stylists, and consumers wanting to know where to acquire the headpiece that completed her look.

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Maria Elena has now evolved beyond the bridal market to having her headpieces being a must-have accessory for among evening and red carpet appearances. Whether you are walking down the aisle or walking down the red carpet, you can stand out with one of her beautiful headbands.For that consumer who might want to make a bold statement that is not as flashy as a tiara, the headband is a more fashionable and subtler accessory. Remember, Meghan Markle isn’t the only one who should be looking like a princess on her wedding day.

—Kristopher Fraser

 

 

Editor’s Pick: Yandy’s Bridal Destination Swimwear

OK, you’ve got the great bridal gown. If you are having pre-bridal party, you have the outfit for that party. Still, have you thought about what swimwear you are going to wear if you have a tropical destination wedding or go away somewhere beach-like on your nuptials?

If you are still at a loss for what to do, Fashion Reverie has a great option for you!! The 90s are back!! From some early 90s grunge look—not a good look—to late 90s hip-hop bling—love it!!—to 90s denim looks, if 90s fashion is a favorite of yours, Yandy.com has great wedding destination swimwear that will fit the bill.Yandy.com, the leading online retailer of specialty apparel for women, announced the recent release of their heavily influenced by the 90’s, 2018 Swimwear Collection “Modern Tide” with numerous capsule collections. Today, the brand is excited to release the next set of their 2018 swim line with additional capsules. One of these capsules is “Destination Bride.”

Say “I Do” to this exclusive collection featuring lace and ruffles in whites and light pinks and styles that let you flaunt your engaged or bridal party status. The average price for a standard one piece is  $39.95 and average for standard two-piece is $50 or lower for the full collection. The sizes are small to extra large. 

                                                 Images courtesy of yandy.com

Don’t let all that work in the gym go to waste. Flaunt off your fabulous shape with some “Destination Bride” pieces from Yandy.com. Your new hubby will be oh so happy!!For more information, go to yandy.com.

—Staff

 

 

 

 

 

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