New York Fashion Week Front Row Celebrity Glance Back

Summer vacation time has come to an end and it’s time to bring your best looks forward as we are on the horizon of New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) spring 2020 season. Everyone wants to look their best during NYFWS and it’s a great opportunity to show out that svelte summer body and tan lines.

Fashion Reverie, in our pre-NYFWS coverage, looks back as some iconic looks from the front row of past seasons. We picked 10 best front row looks to inspire you to pull out all the stops for the upcoming season!!

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Karlie Kloss at the Ralph Lauren fall 2019 show, keeping it noticeably conservative in pastels.

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Alana, Danielle and Este Haim at the Rodarte fall 2019 show looking like a squad we would want to be part of.

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Poppy Delevingne at the Tom Ford fall 2019 show. Ah the cape never gets any less dramatic.

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“Empire’s” Jeremy Carver at Marcel Ostertag’s fall 2018 show. Minimalism works well for Carver, especially in the front.

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Ashley Graham, Karlie Kloss and Nicky Hilton Rothschild at the Brandon Maxwell fall 2019 show. Now that’s a trio we call chic!!

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Hip-hop sensation Cardi B at the Jeremy Scott show. Leopard print is popular season after season and Cardi vamps it up in a wide-leg suit with black bustier. Sexy, Sexy, Sexy!!

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Kate Moss and Kendall Jenner at the Longchamp show. A fashion legend with the current hottest supermodel. Jaw drop moment!!

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Elizabeth Olsen, Kate Bosworth, and Priyanka Chopra at the Kate Spade’s NYFWS’ show just look satisfied and blissful in pastels.

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Bella Thorne at Elie Tahari. Fashion Reverie loves these tones on her. She looks effortlessly fabulous.

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NFL Superstar Victor Cruz at the Moncler Gamme Blue spring 2018 show. A rather casual look, but charming none the less.

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Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of August 26, 2019

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

BRAND: Jonathan Simkai Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/28–9/01; Wed.–Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Fans can expect feminine classic design with a forward-thinking twist, customized fabrics and romantic detailing.

WHERE: 450 West 14th Street

BRAND: Yumi Kim End of Summer Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/30–9/02

WHY: Take an additional 40% off all markdown styles

WHERE: 105 Stanton Street

BRAND: Paragon Sports Warehouse Sale

WHEN: 9/04–9/19; Wed.–Fri. (9am–8:30pm), Sat. (10am–8pm), Sunday (11am–7pm), Mon.–Fri. (10am–8:30pm)

WHY:  The best gear from your favorite brands up to 50%–80% off.  Brands include adidas, ASICS, Burton, Merrell, New Balance, Nike, Obermeyer, Patagonia, and The North Face.

WHERE: Paragon Sports, 24 East 18th Street

 

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MODERN FAIRY TALES

Everyone loves a good fairy tale. Whether you like the subtly, frightening Grimm fairy tales or the moral-based fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson, fairy tales always distill great truths about society and the moral condition. And these great truths evoke memory and imagination because these stories are wrapped in the shroud of fantasy, magic, and glamour.

In this editorial Fashion Reverie examines five all-time favorite fairy tales—Cinderella, Rapunzel, The Three Little Pigs, The Emperor’s Clothes, and Little Red Riding Hood—seen through the lens of 80s street style. Fairy Tales, after all, can teach you a lot of life. And if you add in some great fashion, there is no better way to celebrate style and fantasy!!

—William S. Gooch

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Should NYFW: Men’s Be Aligned with New York Fashion Week: The Shows?

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Men’s Fashion Month spring 2020 season is about to end, and while London, Milan, and Paris saw their celebrated slate of shows, New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) spring 2020 season was lackluster collection of mostly emerging designers. As the NYFWM’s calendar gets slimmer and slimmer, many in the industry are asking if there is still a need, more importantly, a desire for NYFWM, and if NYFWM should be aligned with New York Fashion Week: The Shows [NYFWS]. This recent NYFWM season was moved by the CFDA to align with the women’s resort calendar in attempt to add more credibility. Didn’t work!! It appears that NYFWM is fallen off the fashion radar.

When NYFW: Men’s began it didn’t have the gravitas of some of the more distinguished international men’s Fashion Week’s—Milan, Paris, and even London. Still, NYFWM’s was a great way for independent and emerging designers to showcase their collection, and there was a small bevy of headlining menswear brands—John Varvatos, Todd Snyder, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, and Polo Ralph Lauren that added a level of prestige to the event.

Todd Synder fall 2018

This past NYFWM saw less than 20 shows, most of which were presentations featured at the annual New York Men’s Day. There was virtually no presence of international editors or buyers, and compared to past seasons, there was very little press coverage aside from WWD. Most of the mainstream American menswear brands have jumped ship, so to speak, leaving just a few unimpressive brands, mainly of whom, over a short period, fade into oblivion.

Fashion writer Alex Blynn believes that NYFW: Men’s is no longer necessary because, “gender in clothing is really going out of style and having a [Fashion Week] that’s specifically [men’s fashion] seems behind the times in some ways.”  Blynn added, “I think we’re all brave enough now in 2019 to have our fashion fully integrated, and to stop compartmentalizing everyone all the time …”

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Blynn pointed to the growing popularity of genderless brands, like Palomo Spain, who use mostly cisgender male models, but have many pieces that could be easily categorized in the traditional womenswear category. Blynn isn’t for completely ending NYFW: Men’s though, contending, “I think it still has a place for a core audience and consumers and is still an important event that shows incredibly talent and artistry.” However, like many, he isn’t so hopeful for its future.  

Vincent Lane, editor-in-chief of The Garnette Report, believes that NYFW: Men’s should “Just be combined with women’s because it hardly gets any recognition or press, they have very few limited days, and in addition they don’t put too much effort into the shows. People mostly fly out for [the women’s shows]. Menswear would be helped by mixing it with [the women’s shows].”

There are some fashion industry professionals on the opposite side of the coin who see NYFWM’s as a necessity for emerging menswear designers and that it should be a standalone as a fashion week. Style consultant Zoey Cross says, “We still need [NYFWM]. The interest has built around men’s fashion and the many different lanes of men’s fashion. [NYFWS] alone doesn’t give that opportunity for men’s designer. Menswear designers need an opportunity to show off their talents standalone and truly be appreciated.”

Custom wear designer and stylist Jevin Kinard also believes that NYFW: Men’s is still necessary but, “It needs more sponsorship and presence.” “If it continues under the lack luster disorganized course it’s on, I would say just end it overall.”

When NYFWM’s began it had a slate of impressive sponsors including Amazon and Cadillac, in addition to a main venue at Skylight Clarkson Square. Once it lost Amazon as a sponsor, as well as the main venue of Skylight Clarkson Square, it was all downhill from there.

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NYFWM’s is not without an audience. and for emerging US designers looking for a boost for their brands, it is a good place to present collections. Still, with NYFWS recently reducing its calendar to five days and five nights, as proposed by CFDA’s incoming chairman Tom Ford, incorporating NYFWM into NYFWS might not be a bad idea.  That is the way it was for several decades.

The future of NYFWM hangs in the balance as fashion continues to change. But as the late, great Diana Vreeland famously imbibed, “fashion is both now and next.” What’s next for NYFWM? Time will tell.

—Kristopher Fraser

Warm Weather Is Luxury Minidress Season

This has been one of the coldest spring seasons in recent memory but before you complain about still needing your leather jackets in the middle of May, just remember that summer is just around the river bend. That means it’s also time to whip out your fun, flashy, and fine minidresses for the summer. Sunny skies are out, so it’s time to let your sculpted legs do the talking for you.

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Christian Cowan Zebra Print Sequin Dress

Summer is always a fun time to explore your love for prints. Zebra print is a hot pattern for the season, as evidenced by designer Christian Cowan at his spring/summer 2019 runway show. Give them the old razzle dazzle with some zebra flare.

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Oscar de la Renta One-Shoulder Silk Taffeta Dress

Amal Clooney brought added popularity to this minidress when she stepped out with her husband George Clooney. This silk taffeta number is perfect for summer cocktail parties when you want to make a statement. You may not be married to an Oscar-winning actor, but you can still look like you are.

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Paule Ka Feather Detail Cold-Shoulder Dress

For those who prefer a minimalist approach to color, but still want some fanciful details like ostrich feathers, Paule Ka is a great option. This cold-shoulder cutout dress comes with snap-detachable ostrich feathers, so you can even minimalize it even further for a more reserved occasion. Pair it with a nude pump to complete the look.

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The Kooples Patch and CDC Off-The-Shoulder Dress

The Kooples has done a fresh take on the little black dress for the summer. Coming off the voluminous sleeve trend and making it a little sexy with lace, have that little black dress that isn’t boring for your summer circuit season. A good ruffle sleeve never hurt anybody.

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Dundas Ruched Little Black Dress

The Kooples is not the only brand that is presenting the little black dress in a new way. The  Dundas spring 2019 black dress combines ruching and big side bow for a look that is sophisticated and fashion forward at the same time. 

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Valentino Floral Embroidered Cape Couture Dress

There’s nothing like a little summer couture to spice up your wardrobe. Ivory is a beautiful summer color, as evidenced by this Valentino dress with sequined and beaded blossom vines down the bodice in an A-line silhouette. This lovely number was done in the house’s signature wool-and-silk crepe couture fabric.

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Givenchy Floral Print One-Shoulder Dress

Contrasting Ruffles aligned in dramatic directions in this Givenchy crêpe de Chine dress, give the illusion the flowers are almost in virtual motion. It’s a walking work of art waiting for you to wear it to your next summer soirée. What’s summer without a little floral print?

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Balmain Long-Sleeve Mock-Neck Striped Mesh Metal Cocktail Dress on Tulle

Shine like the golden sun in this dress from Balmain. This is what you call goddess glamour mixed with a bit of sex appeal. If Apollo and Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing had a love child, she would wear this dress.

—Kristopher Fraser

 

Must-Have Spring 2019 Trends

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Winter has officially overstayed its welcome, and we are totally over it. Leave the monochromatic earth tones in the past as we retire past trends for a mix of patterns, prints, and power pastels. From feather flair to Cali-inspired tie-dye, high-end biker shorts, and ‘itty bitty teeny weeny’ handbags, these are the key trends to ready your wardrobe for the spring 2019 season. Here’s Fashion Reverie’s biggest spring 2019 trends:

Crochet Craze

A resort wardrobe need, this nautical bohemian trend is making a high impact on fashion. From hippie chic to modern luxury, the crochet granny-inspired trend will make her proud. The woven options are endless from matching sets, tops, rompers, bikinis, bags, and berets. Victoria Beckham, JW Anderson, Oscar de la Renta, and Phillip Lim are just a few of the designers integrating this delicate dainty craftwork into their collections.

Biker Shorts

Designers Chanel, Fendi, Prada, Jacquemus, and Roberto Cavalli have taken this trend to a new level with animalistic prints, bold colors, embroidered designs, and unique fabrications. Once considered a fashion don’t, cycling shorts are the new short of 2019. Kardashian-approved, biker shorts are not only for the gym. This athletic-inspired trend is still gaining traction and will continue to popularize within the year. Is it possible that biker shorts will replace leggings?

Feather Flair

Jump to a feather touch for spring 2019 as this couture silhouette offers sensuality and is anything but subtle. Designers No.21, MSGM, Oscar de la Renta, Celine, Saint Laurent, Burberry, Rochas, and Tom Ford are opting for this glamourous frou frou detail. Whether it’s ostrich or peacock feathers, this fun and whimsical embellishment is taking over the faux fur scene.

Zebra Print

Get close to the wild outback in this animal instinct take over. From classic coats, accessories, slouchy bags, and knee-high boots; Other Stories, Topshop, Phillip Lim are jumping on the safari train with inspired patterns. Although leopard and cheetah print are the go-to print, consider the cool girl alternative, zebra print. This new optical illusion animal print has been spotted on the streetwear queens themselves, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid.

Lavender Love

One might recall Ultraviolet as the color of the year for 2018, yet the range of hues are endless as pastels are popping on and off the runway. From lavender to eggplant, this purple pastel screams springtime.  Leave Millennial Pink in the past, as street styles are loving a softer, flattering, and feminine color.

Micro Mini Bag

Flooding our Instagram feeds, Simone Porte Jacquemus introduced his small, yet impactful tiny accessory. Bag lady, it’s time to downsize with this new microscopic nano “It” bag; as our accessories continue to shrink smaller and smaller opt to only bring the necessities. Welcome to the year of downsizing.

Tie Dye

Say goodbye to your monochromatic palette, as this tie dye renaissance is an unexpected spring trend. As “this year’s most woke trend,” Beyonce herself is embracing this psychedelic color comeback. Taking a more fashion-forward approach, the evolution of this creative handmade process has now elevated to high fashion status with couture fabrics, unexpected shapes, acid washes, denim applications, embellishments, and feminine silhouettes. A symbol of individuality and a reflection of freedom and hope, tie-dye is a representation of a peaceful future to come.

Silk Scarf Prints

Spring 2019 is the season of prints. In power print clashing glory, every designer is embracing statement prints and patterns. No longer just a standout accessory, designers have transformed traditional scarf motifs into elaborate creations. Known for its chic flair and retro styling this trend is a mix of travel, leisure, bohemian and Orientalist themes. Dominating accessible brands Zara and ASOS, silky and drape-like scarf prints have taken on the runway at Versace, Balenciaga, and Jacquemus.

—Courtney S. Wilkins

What’s Happening with “Project Runway” Alumni?

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“Project Runway” is returning home to where it all started. The fashion competition reality television series is being rebooted on its original home network, Bravo, with a new cast of judges that includes Christian Siriano, media personality and former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth, Supermodel Karlie Gloss, and fashion designer Brandon Maxwell. Elle editor-in-chief Nina Garcia will continue as a judge on the show.As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Bravo acquired “Project Runway” again through an agreement with Bravo Media LLC and Lantern Entertainment LLC, whose bid to acquire the assets of The Weinstein Co. was approved by Delaware bankruptcy court on May 8. From 2004 until the present season, a plethora of contestants have appeared on the sixteen seasons of the show. While some found fashion design success, others have moved on to other things.

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Christian Siriano

Siriano is easily the greatest success story of all Project Runway contestants. The Season 4 winner has gone on to become a red-carpet favorite at awards show from the Golden Globes to the Academy Awards. His roster of star-studded clients has included Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie, Angela Bassett, Billy Porter, Leslie Jones, Alicia Silverstone, Kathy Bates, and Meg Ryan. The designer’s runway show is one of the most coveted seats at New York Fashion Week: The Shows, and his front row is known to feature his A-list Hollywood clientele. His fashion star will continue to burn bright.

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Leanne Marshall

The Season 5 winner of “Project Runway” had a tough act to follow with Season 4 Christian Siriano’s win and market saturation, but she’s managed to make a name for herself as both a ready-to-wear and bridal designer. She’s the founder of her own eponymous label that has shown consistently at New York Fashion Week, with her bridal collection currently carried in over 18 boutiques internationally.

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Alexandra Vidal

Vidal came to “Project Runway” Season 1, well known for her swimwear and Miami causal wear aesthetic, but oh, how she has evolved from that. The designer is now best known for her cocktail dresses and evening wear, which has been worn by Naomi Watts, Joan Small, Faith Hill, and Coco Rocha. The collection is currently carried at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.

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Carol Hanna Whitfield

The Season six “Project Runway” contestant now has a studio in the heart of the garment district where she sells wedding gowns, wedding accessories, and dresses with a modern twist. Her pieces are also available on her Etsy shop. Dubbed “The People’s Designer” on her season, Carol Hanna Whitfield is a favorite in the bridal market.

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Austin Scarlett

The flamboyant fashionista is one of the most memorable and biggest fan-favorite in “Project Runway” history. Audiences couldn’t get enough of him, and he returned to “Project Runway” for “Project Runway: All Stars,” and his own series with Santino Rice, “On the Road with “Austin & Santino.” His bridal collections are sold at Neiman Marcus and other retail stores globally.

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Chloe Dao

Chloe Dao was the dark horse on “Project Runway” Season 2, where she was up against fan favorite Santino Rice and Daniel Vosovic. Since her “Project Runway” days, she has a very popular boutique in Houston, Texas, finding a local following in the city.

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Jay McCarroll

Jay McCarroll was the winner of the first season of “Project Runway but became even more famous for notorious turning down the $100,000 cash prize due to all the stipulations attached to the prize money. Since “Project Runway” Season 1, he was the protagonist of the 2009 documentary, “Eleven Minutes,” which chronicled his first runway show at New York Fashion Week. In 2010 he appeared on “Celebrity Fit Club.” McCarroll has had a clothing line on QVC and is currently an adjunct fashion professor at Philadelphia University.

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Santino Rice

Santino Rice came to the spotlight on Season 2 of “Project Runway,” and was a fan favorite making it all the way to the top three to show at New York Fashion Week “Project Runway” show. He ultimately lost to Chloe Dao, but his charisma and reality star personality helped him eventually land his own television show on Lifetime with fellow Project Runway alumni Austin Scarlett. He was also a judge for seasons 1–6 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” He is now involved in Los Angeles–based restaurant Wild Living Foods where he is the Remedy Bar Captain. Organic plant-based casual food is his new calling.

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Mondo Guerra

Mondo Guerra was a runner-up on season 8 of “Project Runway” and later became the winner of the first season of “Project Runway: All Stars.” After announcing his HIV positive status on the show, Guerra became deeply involved in HIV education and awareness and was the spokesperson for two national HIV campaigns. On season 10 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” contestant Blair St. Clair wore a gown designed by Guerra which set the fashion blogs ablaze. He’s still designing women’s clothing and accessories under his Mondo Guerra label.

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Michael Costello

Costello is also one of the more successful “Project Runway” alumnae with a list of celebrity clients that include Jennifer Lopez, Bebe Rexha, Beyoncé, and Alyssa Milano. The designer, who appeared on season 8 where he finished fourth and on the first season of “Project Runway: All Stars” where he was runner-up, Costello has not only dressed A-list actresses, but has also collaborated with Lou Eyrich to design gowns for Lady Gaga when she appeared on American Horror story. This styling effort resulted in a Primetime Emmy Award win for Outstanding Costume for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie.

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Emilio Sosa

Following his runner-up status on “Project Runway” Season 7, Emilio Sosa has designed costumes for “Porgy and Bess” (2012), “Motown the Musical” (2013), and most recently, “On Your Feet: the Emilio and Gloria Estefan Story” (2015). For the Off-Broadway production of “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” (2012).a Sosa won a Lucille Lortel Award, awards which recognize excellence in New York Off-Broadway theatre.

—Kristopher Fraser

 

LANDLORD Fall 2019

LANDLORD’s Creative Director Ryohei Kawanishi in his seventh menswear collection went back to school for inspiration for his fall 2019 collection. Initially inspired by the Ivy League—the Darmouth, Princeton, Yale, and Harvard version of higher education—Kawanishi decided to expand his original perspective to include education from kindergarten to graduate school.

This expansion resulted in a collection that was playfully dark with a color palette inspired by building blocks juxtaposed a very relaxed a design aesthetic that bordered on psychotic kid’s play. One would think that a menswear collection inspired by education would be an intellectually hip compendium on style and fashion seen through the lens of brainy pursuits, or at least a fashion-forward, sporty collage of well-known collegiate silhouettes and symbols.

Not so, Kawanishi’s in this fall 2019 lecture conjures up images of an anti-intellectual student; a student that is somberly playful and may be a product of the laid-back stoner and slacker culture. And that stoner slacker culture has a definite, if not significant, place among young consumers.

Kawanishi’s formal meets informal projection, though admirable, just doesn’t quite hit the mark. And one of the downfalls of this collection is Kawanishi’s use of non-traditional models that did not serve the garments well. For fall 2019 lots of designers are including non-traditional models in their collections, and for the most part this inclusion is a fail. This attempt at inclusion only works if the non-traditional models add to the design aesthetic of the collection. Unfortunately, as in most other collection this season, this inclusion is an oddity and detraction, not a relevant expansion.

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Though this collection does have some great menswear separates—great coach jackets, blazer jackets, and leather coats—combining these traditional collegiate silhouettes with a Crayola-colored palette and neon colors, as well as, the oversized design aesthetic, rendered an incohesive collection. And only a few looks for this collection actually had some retail value.Unfortunately, Ryohei Kawanishi missed the mark in this collection. And with the exception of a few interesting Instagram moments, this fall 2019 collection didn’t have the strong —William S. Gooch

Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of September 24, 2018

Fashion Reverie’s Celebrity Fashion Sightings is back after a month’s hiatus. And we are back with a vengeance. This was a week of a bevy of top celebrities with sightings from the London premiere of “A Star of Born,” the Los Angeles screening of “The Oath,” the Q85: A Musical Celebration of Quincy Jones.

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Tiffany Haddish is everywhere!! With three films in the mix “Night School,” “Nobody’s Fool” and “The Secret Lives of Pets 2,” Haddish is definitely on her way to mega stardom.At “The Oath” screening at the LA Film Festival, Tiffany makes a statement on the red carpet a color blocked red and pink Cushnie dress, accessorized in Ruwaya pink sapphire diamond hoop earrings and a Le Vian ombre pink sapphire ring. Now, who wore this dress better, Tiffany or the model? Sorry, Tiffany Fashion Reverie votes for the model!!

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We all loved Jennifer Hudson’s vocal performance at Aretha Franklin’s funeral, and we also loved Jennifer in this Marc Jacobs’ red tartan and black dress on the “Ellen Show.” Jennifer pairs her look with Djula black diamond hoop earrings.

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“A Star Is Born,” a remake of the Judy Garland classic promises to be a big hit for Lady Gaga. And Gaga showed off her attention-grabbing style wearing an Alexander McQueen Queen Elizabeth–inspired style on the red carpet of the London premiere of “A Star Is Born.” Gaga accentuates her red-carpet look with Anabela Chan pearl and sustainable lab-grown diamond single earring.

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Vanessa Hudgens stunned on the football field of the Vikings and Rams football game in a Ronny Kobo Galina white dress and L’Dezen earrings.

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“The Walking Dead’s” Christian Serratos made all heads turn in a diaphanous Galia Lahav blue gown at the “The Walking Dead: Season 9 premiere in Los Angeles. She is beautifully accessorized in L’Dezen sliced pave diamond earrings.

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Chrissy Teigen wore Marco Bicego earrings and ring and Le Vian diamond rings to her Cravings: Hungry for More book signing in Los Angeles.

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R&B sensation Fantasia wore a Borgioni diamond ear cuff and Harry Kotlar diamond studs to Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones in Los Angeles. She wore a black velvet ensemble with dipping décolletage. Not a good look Fantasia; better look next time around!!

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Amal Clooney always has great style. During UN Week, Amal Clooney was chic and sophisticated in a red Oscar de la Renta sheath dress, accessorized with Maxior yellow gold earrings. Later in the week, Amal donned a black polka-dotted number with Le Vian black diamond stud earrings.

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Bringing up the rear this week, Bella Hadid wore a vintage pink Jean-Paul Gaultier gown, accessorized AS29 diamond earrings to The Naked Heart France Gala Dinner in Paris.
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Fashion News Alert: Bella Hadid’s New Gig, Gloria Steinem’s Lipstick, Victoria’s Secret Store Closings, and Sears to Shutter More Stores

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Gloria Steinem has now put her footprint in the worlds of beauty and fashion. The journalist and women’s and civil rights activist has joined up with the social justice organization, The Lipstick Lobby, to launch ‘In The Clear,’ a new lipstick product. ‘In The Clear’ is a Vitamin E–infused lip balm made with cruelty-free ingredients. The lip balm nourished lips and also has a glossy effect. All proceeds from the sale of ‘In The Clear’ go to the ‘unPrison Project,’ a program that teaches incarcerated women in the US valuable skills for life after prison.”I chose the name ‘In The Clear’ because it speaks to the accessibility of this product—clear is universal and wearable for anyone and everyone who wants to make an impact,” Steinem told Hello Giggles in a statement as reported in fashionnetwork.com. “It also speaks to the fact these women now have a full, free life ahead of them. We all have a right to feel ‘in the clear’ regardless of our past.”

The Lipstick Lobby has used proceeds from the sale of its products in recent years to fund Planned Parenthood and The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. ‘In The Clear’ is now available from thelipsticklobby.com, priced at $19.
 

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Bella and denim

True Religion is back and Bella Hadid is the face the denim brand after the brand’s return from a 2017 bankruptcy filing. Bella stars in the brand’s fall 2018 campaign. Photographer Boo George took images of Hadid posing topless in a pair of dark denim jeans, hugging a lighter wash jacket to her chest for True Religion’s fall 2018 campaign. “My New True Religion campaign by Boo George! @TrueReligion is back!” the model proclaimed.

“It was a great experience shooting an iconic denim campaign in Los Angeles,” Hadid elaborated to Women’s Wear Daily. “I grew up with True Religion and was excited to play a part of the brand’s next chapter.” The label, meanwhile, told the publication that the model was “the natural choice to meld the iconic essence of the brand with the modern view of its future.”

So far, fall 2018 is promising to be a successful season of Bella Hadid. Hadid has fall 2018 ads for Versace and Fendi, as well as covers for Allure Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar Japan.

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More store closings

There are more store closings afoot. It was recently announced that L. Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, is closing 20 of the lingerie retailer’s locations. L Brands closed 6 Victoria’s Secret stores earlier this year. Victoria’s Secret has 1,165 locations, including Pink stores, in North America. 

In recent years, Victoria’s Secret has struggled to hold its place as a dominant women’s lingerie brand as similarly less-expensive lingerie brands have begun to corner the market. The company’s second-quarter results showed a 1% decline in store sales. This comes on the heels of Denise Landman, CEO of Victoria Secret’s Pink, stepping down. Amy Hauck, president for merchandising and product development at L Brands–owned Bath & Body Works, will replace Landman.

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More trouble for Sears

Speaking of store closings, Sears Holding Corp. announced today that they are closing 33 Sears stores and 13 Kmart stores. All 46-store closings will be in the US. There will be liquidation sales at all store locations next week.

“We continue to evaluate our network of stores, which is a critical component to our integrated retail transformation, and will make further adjustments as needed,” the company said in a news statement. According to fashionnetwork.com, in Sears’ last reported quarter, the company reported a net loss of $424 million ($3.93 loss per diluted share). Total revenues were $2.9 billion during the first quarter of 2018, compared to revenues of $4.2 billion reported in the prior year quarter. 

—William S. Gooch

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