New York International Bridal Week Spring 2016 Sketch Preview

 

Images courtesy of eonline.com

Images courtesy of eonline.com

Who doesn’t adore a spring bride? As the temperature warms up, thoughts of cherry blossoms, warm colors, frolicking in the park, and of course spring romance take flight.

With spring 2015 bridal trends embracing off-the-shoulder romantic necklines, feathery tulle overskirts and lacy crop tops as appropriate bridal wear, spring 2016 bridal trends have gone a step in another direction. Remember, brides-to-be plan their nuptials at least a year in advance and in accord with these projections Fashion Reverie has included a few sketches from the spring 2016 collections of a few designers.

Fashion Reverie always attempts to keep its readers informed and ahead of the curve. So, enjoy these sketches and let your imagination soar on gossamer wings!!

Theia Bridal images courtesy of Theia

Theia Bridal images courtesy of Theia

Theia Bridal Spring 2016

The show is inspired by the Victorian Art Noveau illustrations of Kay Neilsen for Hans Christian Anderson. This season, Theia brides will have a whimsical fairytale quality to them. And we threw in a extra sketch from a few seasons ago, when creative director Don O’Neill sketch a bridal gown he though Kim Kardashian would look great in!!

Images courtesy of Deborah Hughes, Inc.

Ines Di Santo Bridal spring 2016 images courtesy of Deborah Hughes, Inc.

Ines Di Santo Bridal Spring 2016

The spring 2016 collection radiates romance as reflected by layers of rich lace and chapel and cathedral length trains. Delicate hand embroidery and beadwork inspired by 16th century European gardens adorn slender silhouettes as well as dramatic ball gowns. Plunging, illusion necklines and backs are seen throughout the collection, as are luxuriant finishes such as mohair trims and ornate beading.

Images courtesy of Victoria Kyriakides

Victoria Kyriakides Bridal spring 2016 images courtesy of Victoria Kyriakides

Victoria Kyriakides Bridal Spring 2016

Though she is not new to the New York bridal scene, this Athens-based designer is not exactly a household name in the US. However, with the sketches that she leaked to Fashion Reverie that could all be about to change.

Known for her body-conscious silhouettes and minimalist aesthetic, this season Kyriakides is expanding her design horizons while staying true to her signature point of view. And these sketches give you a sneak peak into the evolution of the brand.

—William S. Gooch

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of March 11

 

 

 

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. Also, some sample sales won’t let you try on garments, so know your size. Happy Shopping!!

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Brand: J. Mendel Sample Sale

WHEN: 3/12–3/13; Thursday (9am–6pm), Friday (10am–4pm)

By appointment only; email jenxsamplesale@gmail.com to make an appointment.

WHERE: On request

WHY: Up to 75% off furs, eveningwear, ready-to-wear, and accessories from past collections at the J. Mendel Sample Sale.

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Brand: Scoop NYC Sample Sale

 

WHEN: 3/17–3/22; Tuesday (9am–8pm), Wednesday–Thursday (10am–8pm), Friday–Sat (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–3pm)

WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue, between 28th and 29th Streets

WHY: 75% off everything

 

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WHEN: 3/18– 3/20; Wednesday–Friday (9am–7pm)

WHERE: 225 West 35th Street, 4th Floor, between 7th and 8th Avenues

WHY: 75% off holiday, resort and items from archives

—Staff

Fashion News Alert: Mayor of Paris Injects Millions into Fashion, Naomi Campell’s Wig Flipped, Rio Model Street Fashion, and the Apple Watch

 

Anne Hidalgo image courtesy of thearpricity.com

Anne Hidalgo image courtesy of thearpricity.com

Last Friday at the Jeanne Lanvin, Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Pars, announced an infusion of 57 million euros into the French fashion industry through 2020.

“Because fashion is also all those trades that are in inseparable from artistic creation. I myself was raised by a seamstress and very quickly learned the precious value of artisanal work. Embroiderers, trim-makers, designers, jewellers and jewellery-makers, leather craftsmen, shoemakers, parfumers … numerous are these artisanal trades that other capitals envy us for. We decided to reaffirm our full support for this vital industry by investing 57 million euros in the fashion sector over the next 6 years. By mobilizing this considerable sum, we will give ourselves the means to consolidate our position as the global capital of fashion,” said Hidalgo as reported in a fashionmag.com article.

Now could the Mayor of New York City do the same thing!!

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Cara Delevingne

Naomi’s alleged weave pull

Is it weave-pulling time? Apparently, it is if you believe the recent brouhaha between supermodels Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne.

While at the Garage magazine party at the Paris nightclub Castel, during Paris Fashion Week, it has been reported that the two British supermodels got into a scuffle. The altercation occurred when Naomi overheard Cara dissing Rihanna. Allegedly, Naomi shoved Cara, and Cara shoved back pulling Naomi’s legendary weave.

Naomi denied the incident on Twitter. “Don’t know where this story has come from about @Caradelevingne and I fighting! It is completely untrue, ignore the rumours XN.” Others contend that Castel is a small club and the supermodels only bumped into each other.

Really? I wonder.

Image courtesy of AFP/Christophe Simon

Image courtesy of AFP/Christophe Simon

Rio models take it to the streets

In response to the cancellation of Rio Fashion Week, several models to their runway strut to the streets showing off the designs they would have modeled during Rio Fashion Week. The models modeled the crop tops and pencil shirts they would have been a part of the collections shown during the cancelled fashion week. Most of the models were students from a local fashion school.

“We were supposed to have a fashion show in November but it was cancelled, and now the show that was supposed to be held in April has been cancelled as well,” said Nadine Gonzalez, founder of ModaFusion, venting her frustration … “All that’s left for us to do is to take to the streets!”

Rio Fashion Week is the stepchild to the more popular Sao Paulo Fashion Week. Fashion designer Wast Pereira told the AFP, “It’s important to invest in Rio fashion, which will create jobs in the region.”

Image courtesy of Apple

Image courtesy of Apple

Apple’s nod toward fashion

In a nod to fashion and technology, Apple has launched a $17,000 watch. This is first new device from Apple since CEO Tim Cook took office.

Though analysts and fashion pundits confirm that this combination of technology and fashion is a first for Apple, the consensus is that this watch will not be a breakout hit and only appeal to a niche market.  ”I think there’s a niche market for these kind of Apple tech people who love Apple and will buy anything they come out with. But I just don’t know if it’s going to be the power product that everyone’s looking for,” said Daniel Morgan, senior portfolio manager at Synovus Trust Company in Atlanta.

The Apple watch comes in yellow or rose gold models with sapphire faces. The watch will be available in stores on April 24 in boutiques in Paris, London, and Tokyo.

—William S. Gooch

Christian Siriano Fall 2015

Images courtesy of style.com

Images courtesy of style.com

Christian Siriano has evolved from that fashion wunderkind with lots of potential to a confirmed fashion innovator who consistently has his pulse of what consumers want and where fashion is heading. He has also learned how to incorporate very retail viable garments with other pieces that stretch the proverbial fashion envelope, a very daunting task to say the least.

Images courtesy of style.com

Images courtesy of style.com

This season Siriano looked to a dream trip to the Congo for inspiration. “The deep, dark and mysterious creatures from the Congo Jungle in the Central African Republic were my main source of inspiration for my fall collection. I was drawn to the home of the silverback gorilla along with other exotic and exquisite creatures … I wanted the collection to feel elegant, powerful, bold but still romantic for the Christian Siriano woman this season,” explained Siriano in liner notes for his fall 2015 show.

Images courtesy of style.com

Images courtesy of style.com

Siriano realized this dream trip to the Congo in sleek, burnout wool textured dresses; bold animal-printed jacquard coats, and liquid panther-like velvet evening look.  Long evening dressed incorporated bold patterns of plant life and jungle flora that keep popping up as oversized palm-printed taffetas and bright citrus embroideries, as well as appliques from the African tulip tree and splashes of color reminiscent of the Heliconia plant.

Images courtesy of style.com

Images courtesy of style.com

As with any collection, Siriano fails to disappoint; however, in this outing there were some looks that were overwrought and not flattering to the feminine silhouette.  Siriano’s cropped top looks—leopard jacquard sleeveless cropped blouse and metallic zebra cropped blouse—particularly out of step with the direction of this collection. And Siriano’s two bronze metallic looks—bronze metallic knit sleeveless high-neck dress and bronze metallic knit long-sleeve tunic with wide-leg pant—seemed slightly out of place.

Still, there were stunning standouts that more than make up for a few missteps. Standouts being Siriano’s tiger wool cashmere leaf collar coat, leopard jacquard and tulle overlay gown, off-the-shoulder-cropped blouse with ostrich feather tea-length evening skirt (the crop top worked with look), and African floral taffeta drop-waist ball gown.

Images courtesy of style.com

Images courtesy of style.com

Overall, the collection was stunning and a unique combination of familiar silhouettes updated for mass appeal and whimsically thought-provoking, transporters viewers to mysterious, tropical locations without alienating the tried-and-true Siriano fan. And isn’t that what fashion is supposed to; inspire, provoke, transport and make you want to dig a little deeper in your pocket.

Kudos Christian; keep up the fantastic work!!

—William S. Gooch

New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Preview

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All good things must come to an end and the time has come for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) to say “Adios” to Lincoln Center. After a five-year stint MBFW will be leaving the Plaza and Damrosch Park area of Lincoln Center. After two lawsuits and reduced attendance, IMG, the governing body of MBFW, is looking for another location for its fashion weeks.

There is much speculation on where “The Tents” will set up its tents in September. And with the departure of American Express and Mercedes Benz as primary sponsors, the future does not look so bright for New York Fashion Week. Still, there is the current season to deal with and Fashion Reverie, as always, keeps its readers informed of new designers on the horizons and established designers that are revamping their brands for the upcoming fall/winter season.

Image courtesy of arcstreet.com

Image courtesy of arcstreet.com

Some designers to pay close attention to this season is Marisa Webb and her collaboration with Kanye West for Adidas. As the new creative direction of Adidas, Webb promises to imbibe some new and innovative things for the iconic brand. Lie Sang Bong has finally opened a store in NYC—November 2014. For over 30 years the brand has been associated with cutting-edge luxury and a fashion-forwar approach to clothes. Zac Posen is showcasing his more youthful and less expensive line, Zac by Zac Posen on the Monday before NYFW, and last but not least, Le Petit Robe di Chiara has come across the big pond to show for the first time in the US.

Keep your ears to the ground, this promises to be an eventful NYFW.

—William S. Gooch

Breaking Fashion News: Ralph Rucci Leaves Label

Image courtesy of zimbio.com

Image courtesy of zimbio.com

As reported in WWD today, Ralph Rucci leaves the label he founded two decades ago. Although there is no official reason for Rucci leaving his own eponymous label, rumors have been circulating since late August that things were not honky dory at the fashion brand.

“We recognize the contribution, vision and talent of Mr. Rucci, and wish him well,” said company CEO Joey Laurenti in a wwd.com report. A new creative director will come on board by year’s end with the first collection debuting for Resort 2016. The pre-fall 2015 and fall 2015 collections will be designed by an in-house team.

Chado Ralph Rucci fall 2013 images courtesy of Ernest Green/fashionreverie.com

Chado Ralph Rucci fall 2013 images courtesy of Ernest Green/fashionreverie.com

Ralph Rucci’s fashion label was changed from Chado Ralph Rucci to Ralph Rucci in 2013. Ralph Rucci was the only American designer that has shown consistently during Couture Week in Paris since Charles James.

—William S. Gooch

*Slideshow image courtesy of thegroundmag.com

Haspel Celebrates 105 Years

Haspel spring 015 images courtesy of Haspel

Haspel spring 015 images courtesy of Haspel

It’s a banner year for menswear line Haspel. First and foremost, it’s their 105th anniversary. And how are they celebrating? They started in September with an intimate presentation of their spring/summer 2015 collection co-hosted by Jockey and Esquire Magazine. Second, they held an anniversary party in NYC’s famed Meatpacking District. And third, they’ve teamed up with four other heritage brands to create a limited selection of accessories that compliment the lifestyle of the Haspel man.

Re-launched in the spring of 2014, designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos (also designers of award-winning men’s brand Shipley & Halmos) have expanded on the tradition of Haspel. A company founded in 1909 as the originator of the seersucker suit, the brand currently also manufactures menswear in linens and light denims.  For the spring/summer 2015 season, the Haspel customer has a generous selection of sartorial options, from suits to shirts to shorts, in colors ranging from optic whites to sea foam greens and Parisian blues. One of their most eye-catching pieces is their berry-colored Délavé linen suit.

Image of Laurie Haspel Aronson courtesy of Haspel

Image of Laurie Haspel Aronson courtesy of Haspel

To highlight their longevity, the company celebrated its 105th birthday with a New Orleans-themed cocktail party and retrospective at The Griffin in New York’s Meatpacking District. The retrospective included archival suiting displays from the 1930s–1970s and models in Haspel’s fall/winter 2014 collection while music was provided by legendary New Orleans jazz band, Henry Butler & Friends.

Image courtesy of Haspel

Image courtesy of Haspel

To commemorate the brand’s anniversary, Haspel teamed up with Terrapin Stationers, Mulholland, Brooklyn Watches, and AO Eyewear to develop a collection of limited-edition essentials inspired by the Haspel man. Known primarily for suiting and sportswear, the brand has never ventured into accessories, but Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos felt it was the perfect opportunity to do so. “With this anniversary, we wanted to think about the Haspel of the future and how we might round out this guy’s life and wardrobe,” said Halmos. “We also wanted to make sure our collaborators reflected the Haspel man’s sense of humor, style and confidence.”

Cheers to Haspel! For more information, go to haspel.com.

—Carl Ayers

Bridal Beauty Preparations

 

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Image courtesy of fashioners.com

Weddings are a stressful time and there are lots of little things you might not consider.  Fashion Reverie spoke with the best in the industry about what how to prepare and what to bring with you to ensure that your whole day goes smoothly, from your “I Do’s” to dancing the night away.

Trials, tribulations, and inspiration

“When you’re getting your hair done, go for at least two different trials with two different people,” recommends Jay Ree, lead stylist backstage at Dennis Basso for Kleinfelds.  Ree also recommends “Taking lots of pictures with you of things that you’ve seen.  You don’t necessarily [have to copy the look in it's entirety, you can] incorporate a whole bunch of different things.  Like they say a picture is worth a thousand words.”  Inspirational photos are a great way to insure that both your stylist and makeup artist are on the same page as you.

Double Je image courtesy of Kertase

Double Je image courtesy of Kertase

Once you’ve found your perfect hairstyle, it’s important to make sure the look will last.  Akemi Tamaribuchi, lead hairstylist shares her secret for the perfect wedding hair, “I think that building a strong foundation with your hair is the most important piece. Foundational products and being really smart about addressing your texture is key.”  She recommends Kérastase Paris’ products to keep your hairstyle from falling flat or frizzing up.  “VIP and Baume Double Je are a bride’s best defense for longevity and texture in the hair.”

If you’re going to be wearing a veil, make sure to incorporate it into your hairstyle.  “If you want to go modern, wear it a little lower in the back.  For a more traditional [look] wear it higher on the crown,” shares Pnina Tornai’s lead hairstylist, DM.

It’s also important to do some prep work before the big day.  “I would tell any bride to definitely take care of her skin,” advises Jenny Smith lead artist at Nars.  “Get your facials and everything a month or two before your wedding … It’s always about skin for me.”

When choosing your look, don’t forget to consider your venue. “For outdoor weddings, make sure after you do your makeup trial, take photos outside to see how you look in natural light.”  Don’t forget to also consider the wind and the sun when planning your look for a ceremony outdoors.

Make sure to pack

Makeup artist Kimberly Soane for Bobbi Brown offers a few tips, if you want to change your look up for the reception.   “To make your makeup a little more party, you can try a shimmer in your blush, a sparkle shadow, or a higher shine finish on the lip … will take your bridal makeup into something a bit more party feeling.”

However, even if you plan to keep the same look all night long, Soane shares her top must-haves,  “For touchups, have blotting papers, a puff, and a compact because your T-zone always looks a little bit shiny in photos.  You’ll also want to have your blush and your lipstick.  The rest of your makeup should hold for the night.” “Oh and don’t forget the tissues and breath mints,” Soane adds.

Sally Herschberger product image courtesy of Sally Herschberger

Sally Hershberger product image courtesy of Sally Hershberger

When it comes to your hair, a properly done up-do should last all night, but make sure to pack a few extra bobby pins in your purse just in case.  The bride who prefers to wear her hair down faces a few more challenges with a night of dancing ahead of her. A great spray is the ticket for touching up hair that may have a tendency to lose its style over time, explains stylist Jae Manuel Cardenas. “Sally Hershberger created a major caffeine volumizing spray, [called Major Body 3-in-1 Volume Spray] with a light hold.  It’s a dry shampoo and a texturizer all in one and everyone’s kinda crazy for it right now.  [As a bride,] you go throughout the day, you’re dancing, you’re doing whatever. Just put it in your purse, spray a little bit and brush it out.  It really holds.  It’s not too crunchy…  It doesn’t have that tacky strong hold of a hairspray … This is the best refresher right now”

Things to avoid

“One of the biggest bridal faux pas that Bobbi [Brown] has taught all of us is that you want to make sure your face, neck and chest are all the same color… for a lot of people, the neck is a little whiter and the chest may have more color [from being in the sun.] Make sure with your bronzer and face powder that it all connects.”  But Soane warns, “Never put foundation on your neck and chest because it will look like makeup, but a bit of bronzer will help color connect it all.”

Bobbi Brown bronzer image courtesy of Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown bronzer image courtesy of Bobbi Brown

Heidi Evora-Santiago, lead makeup artist at Dennis Basso also recommends staying away from “Too many colors on the eye.” “I like things to blend.  Your makeup should be a frame, it shouldn’t be the focus.”

Remember it is your wedding day so you want to make sure you feel beautiful in your own skin.  Wedding beauty trends are great, but do what works for you!

—Janine Silver

*Slideshow image courtesy of Junebugweddings.com

Wednesday Sample Sale: Week of October 14, 2014

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. Also, some sample sales won’t let you try on garments, so know your size. Happy Shopping!!

slide5BRANDS: White + Warren Sample Sale

WHEN: Wednesday, October 15 through Friday, October 17. Wed–Thu 8am–7pm, Fri 8am–1pm

WHY: Up to 70% off women’s wool and cashmere apparel.

Where: 80 West 40th Street

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BRANDS: Joy Gryson Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/14 – 10/19; Tue-Sun (10-7)

WHY: Shop handbags, totes and more at up to 80% off retail prices.

Where: Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY

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BRANDS: Quinn Sample Sale

WHEN: Thursday, October 16 through Wednesday, October 22. Thu–Sat 12pm–8pm, Sun 12pm–5pm, Mon–Wed 12pm–8pm

WHY: Up to 80% off men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. Items include cashmere knits, leather jackets, silk shirts and dresses, and more.

Where: 181 Orchard St between E Houston and Ludlow Sts (646-669-9348)

—Staff

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