Summer Beauty: It’s Time for Sunshine and Romance

Three_Graces_Beauty_TrioBring the romance of summer front and center with soft twisted hair in classic shapes and rosy-hued cheeks.  Since summertime means longer days, sunshine and hot humid weather, it’s the perfect opportunity to try out some gauzy and unstructured styles.

Soft natural waves are the perfect look this time of year.  This no fuss style is ideal, as it doesn’t require sitting in front of a mirror with a hot curling iron or straightener.  If your hair is naturally straight, fake a wave by sectioning your hair into four pieces and braiding each one before heading to bed.  Spray with a little hairspray to keep the style.

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In the morning, simply un-do the braids and brush out the waves with a soft bristle brush or your fingertips.  You don’t want to completely loose the effect, so make sure only to run the brush or your fingers through once or twice.  Keep the hair off your face by making a deep side part and pinning in back sections for a light and easy half up-do.  You can accent with optional twists and/or braids to enhance that classical romantic aesthetic.

Another option that is great for both long and shorter hairstyles starts by creating a large loose French braid around the crown of the head.  Make sure to pull pieces of hair out to keep it from looking overdone.  To give the look a little something extra, try braiding in ribbons of lace.  Then with the remaining hair, make a side ponytail or bun at the nape of your neck for an easy style that not only looks beautiful, but will also keep you cool and comfortable when the temperature rises.

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Images courtesy of fashionreverie.com/Ken Jones

Finish the look off with a flush of soft pink on the cheeks and lips for the perfect dreamy warm-weather beauty look.

—Janine Silver

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of July 17, 2017

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!!

Altuzarra spring 2017 image courtesy of fashionbombdaily.com

Altuzarra spring 2017 image courtesy of fashionbombdaily.com

BRAND: Altazurra Spring/Summer Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/19–7/21 (8:30am–7pm)

WHY: Prices up to 90% off regular retail price Shop ready-to-wear and leather goods from the spring/summer and pre-spring 2017 collections, as well as pieces from past seasons.

WHERE: 233 Broadway, 14th Floor

 

Michael Bastian spring 2017 image courtesy of pinterest.com

Michael Bastian spring 2017 image courtesy of pinterest.com

BRAND: Michael Bastian Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/19–7/22; Thurs,–Fri. (9am–7pm), Saturday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Men’s clothing at a discount. Major credit cards only; all sales are final.

WHERE: HANIA by Anya Cole
16 West 56th Street
4th Floor

 

Adam Lippes spring 2017 image courtesy of iheartheels.com

Adam Lippes spring 2017 image courtesy of iheartheels.com

BRAND: Adam Lippes Sample Sale

WHEN:  7/25 – 7/27; Tues.–Thurs. (8:30am–7pm)

WHY:  Women’s clothing at a discount includes pre-spring and spring 2017 merchandise; design samples and old stock.

 WHERE: Adam Lippes Showroom
1133 Broadway,
Suite 426

 

J Brands spring 2017 image courtesy of vogue.com

J Brands spring 2017 image courtesy of vogue.com

BRAND: J Brands Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/25–7/30; Tue s.(10am–8pm), Wed.–Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–4pm)

WHY: Women’s and men’s denim at a discout.

 

WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue

 —Staff

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of July 2, 2017

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: Velvet by Graham & Spencer Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/05–7/09; Wed.–Sun. (10am–7pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing at up to 85% off retail

WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue

 

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Image courtesy of thestyishcity.com

BRAND: Miista Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/07–7/09; Fri.–Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–6pm)

WHY: Shoes starting from $30. There will be HUNDREDS of shoes on offer and they’re not all sample size 7. Even bestsellers from SS17 and a bunch of favorites from fall 2016, as well as some one-off samples from current season. A mixture of seasons (new + old), stock & samples, styles (from boots to sandals, slides, heels, etc.) and prices: from $30 to $120.

WHERE: Circle Studios, 83A Hester Street

 

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Image courtesy of hypehair.com

BRAND: Tracy Reese and plenty Tracy Reese Sample Sale

WHEN:  7/11–7/12; Tues.–Wed. (10am–8pm)

WHY:  Spring/summer apparel at a discount. Dresses, blouses, culottes, and more. Sizes 0-12/XS-L available; cash and credit only.

WHERE: 260 West 39th Street, 19th Floor

—Staff

New York Fashion Week: Men’s Spring 2018 Editors’ Essentials

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Image courtesy of cntraveler.com

During New York Fashion Week you find two, maybe three types of editors. There are those editors who are running for show to show, working real hard and they look like it!! (I used to be one of those.) Then there are those editors who are just trying to hard and really should re-evaluate their style choices. Too many embellishments, bad style combinations, and just too much makes for an appearance on Fashion Reverie’s “Dippity Don’t” list. Lastly, there are the cool, collected and fashion sensible editors who never looked overwrought and are the epitome of what one would expect a fashion editor to look like.

If you fit into the first two categories, but aspire to be in the last category, Fashion Reverie is going to hope you re-invent your style. Well, at least when it comes to accessories!!

Images courtesy of fab.com

Images courtesy of fab.com

OK, most folks use their Smart phones to know the time, but there is no substitute for a great wristwatch to demonstrate style and sophistication. This New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) have a little fun with a watch style and don Mondrian and Pollack watches from fab.com. These watches will certainly get you noticed and the price point of $45 aint bad, either.

Fashion Week is very hectic for editors. From rushing from runway shows to presentations to doing social media to answering emails and texts, your Smart phone can run out of steam real quick!!

Image courtesy of fab.com

Image courtesy of fab.com

The Power Tube Lightning Charger from MiPow is like your cell phone’s holy ghost: not only does it recharge your battery at lightning speed and eliminate the need to carry around a cable, it works as a location tracker, so as long as it’s in your bag you’ll know exactly where all your stuff is. And fab.com’s price point is good too at $49.99.

Images courtesy of Fossil

Images courtesy of Fossil

Nothing says serious menswear editor more than a great man bag. When it comes to man bags, Fossil to the rescue!! Whether your needs dictate messenger bag or chic leather workbag, Fossil has a good range of styles and man bag silhouettes that can fit all your NYFWM’s needs.

The Davis NS Bag holds just enough, perfect for your I-Pad. And if you gonna get a lot of gift swag during NYFWM’s perhaps you should opt for Wyatt Top Zip Workbag which roomy enough to hold your laptop. Price points range from $299 to $98.

During NYFWM, fashion editors and other industry professionals shuffle between Cadillac House, Industria Superstudio and Clarkson Square, and believe me it’s rough on the feet. Serious fashion editors understand that NYFWM is no time to wear cute shoes that haven’t been broken in; comfort is key.

Images courtesy of Donald J. Pliner

Images courtesy of Donald J. Pliner

Still, you can be comfortable and stylish in Donald J. Pliner shoes. From calf suede and waxy calf leather driving loafer to black calf leather sneakers to boa print leather loathers to leather sandals, Donald J. Pliner has your feet covered, literally. Price points range from $139 to $595.

Now, that you’ve got your fashion accessories in place, its time to think about your skin, and more specifically your face. It’s hard to keep that bright-eyed and bushy tailed look if your skin is dull, sallow and lifeless. Injectable treatments are an option to tightening up your skin and getting rid of some the wrinkles; however, most treatments are really expensive and can leave a little bruising.

Image courtesy of Collagen Bar

Image courtesy of Collagen Bar

So what is an editor to do? Collagen Bar—with two locations in New York City—has some answers. The COLLAGENIZER® delivers non-invasive, instant and long lasting effects. Moreover, macromolecules like collagen can be delivered for the “first time! Transdermal electroporation is hugely successful and widely used in Japan and Europe. The COLLAGENIZER®is used with D-More’s collagen-based gel which contains an injectable medical grade of organic bovine collagen along with Hyaluronic Acid. (And believe me it works, after only one treatment, I saw immediate results.)

You will need several treatments to see lasting results. But, believe me its worth the costs.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

Editors’ Pick: Vverx

Verx_fall_2017Who said urban fashion is dead? After the demise of Karl Kani, Cross Colors, Baby Phat, FUBU, and a host of other urban brands, the word of the street was that urban fashion had outlived its time. And as the stars of hip hop bragged about closets stocked with Versace, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and other iconic design houses, the remaining urban brands transitioned in what in now called contemporary men’s fashion.

That was almost two decades ago and as Bob Dylan pined, “the times they are a changing.” Enter Vverx.

Collages1331Vverx is more than just another urban wear brand trying to find its distinctive voice in a saturated market, a market that doesn’t look kindly on brands that take on the urban moniker. Vverx is a lifestyle that is encapsulated in urban wear. A brand that is ever evolving, reflecting the past and the past, and capturing those fleeting pivotal moments in our lives, that in retrospect defines and shapes our individuality.

Vverx keeps its fingers on the pulse of its consumers by keeping its product homegrown, handcrafted in New York City. Shying away from mass production, Vverx approach to merchandizing allows its garments to be rich, innovative, with complex patterning that is reminiscent of New York City subway graffiti, as well as utilitarian in scope.

Images courtesy of LRL Group

Images courtesy of LRL Group

Vverx also celebrates the beauty of contradictions, as in the soft meets hard, contemporary meets nostalgic, simple meets complex. And its fall 2017 collection is the epitome of contradictions; a utilitarian construction man aesthetic meets innovative charm.

Prices range for the brands hoodies, tee shirts, sweatshirts, crew necks, denim jackets and parkas from $283 to $1950.  For more information, go to vverx.com.

—William S. Gooch

 

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of June 26, 2017

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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Image courtesy of pakifashion.com

BRAND: Chocheng Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/01–8/31; Mon.­–Sat. (10am–6pm)

WHY: 70% off spring 2017 ready-to-wear

WHERE: 838 Madison Avenue

 

Image courtesy of stylishcity.com

Image courtesy of stylishcity.com

BRAND: Inbal Dror Blowout NYC Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/05–07/07; Wed.–Fri. (10am–6pm)

WHY: All gowns down to $4,500. Considering the fact that Beyonce wore their dress to the Grammy’s and that their retail prices range between $8,000 and $12,000.

 WHERE: 110 East 40th Street

 

Image courtesy of stylishcity.com

Image courtesy of stylishcity.com

BRAND: Ampersand as Apostrophe Sample Sale

WHEN:  7/06–7/07; Thurs.–Fri. (10:30am–5:30pm)

WHY:  Up to 80% off women’s designer handbags; prices between $25 and $70.

 WHERE: 209 West 38th Street, Suite #503

—Staff

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of June19, 2017

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!!

Image courtesy of stylishcity.com

Image courtesy of stylishcity.com

BRAND: Marchesa Stock and Blowout Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/26–6/18; Monday (2pm–7pm), Tues,–Wed. (10am–6pm)

WHY: Gowns, cocktail dresses, separates, and more at a discount.

WHERE: 33 East 33rd Street, 12th Floor

 

Image courtesy of expressofstyle.com

Image courtesy of expressofstyle.com

BRAND: Halston Heritage Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/27–02/18; Tuesday (10am–8pm), Wed,–Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Up to 80% off women’s ready-to-wear, dresses, handbags, and footwear

 WHERE: 151 Wooster Street

 

Image courtesy of stylishcity.com

Image courtesy of stylishcity.com

BRAND: KES Sample Sale

WHEN:  6/28–6/29; Wed.–Thurs. (11am–8pm)

WHY:  Women’s clothing at a discount

WHERE: 463 Amsterdam Avenue

 

Image courtesy of expressofstyle.com

Image courtesy of expressofstyle.com

BRAND: Steven Alan Sample Sale

WHEN:  6/27–7/02; Tue (noon–8pm), Wed.–Fri. (10am–8pm), Sat,–Sun, (10m–7pm)

WHY: Up to 75% off women’s wear and menswear

WHERE: 150 Greene Street

—Staff

Trend Report: The 80s Are Back!!

 

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Image courtesy of stylevanity.com

First, there was the announcement of the reboot of the 1980’s series “Dynasty”. Then, Anthony Vaccarello headed back to the future with his second collection for St. Laurent that is like totally rad—meaning radical if you are not a child of the 80s. Dig out your mousse and find your Rubik’s Cube, The 80’s are back.

80’s fashion was known for its bold colors and sharp silhouettes. Fashion Reverie has tips how to look chic in 80s style trends without looking like you’re going to a costume party where 80’s is the theme.

Kerry Washington image courtesy of goodhousekeeping.com

Kerry Washington image courtesy of goodhousekeeping.com

Shoulder pads

Women started wearing jackets with heavy shoulder padding during the 1940s. Facing fabric shortages due to WW II rationing, women altered the suits left behind by enlisted men.  It’s an extremely flattering look on most women, provided you don’t naturally have large shoulders. The danger with shoulder pads is when they get popular, manufacturers start putting them in EVERYTHING! In the 1980’s people saw slips and camisoles that had shoulder pads sewn to ribbon straps.  2017 tip: Don’t double up on shoulder padding; folks will think you have a hunch back or are suffering from post-menopausal osteopororsis!!

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Reese Witherspoon in denim jacket image courtesy of goodhousekeeping.com

Denim jackets

Denim Jeans were all over the places at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and had a starring role during New York Fashion Week: The Shows in Feb 2017. Denim jackets are making a comeback in a big way. It’s a fun easy look.

Still, there are only a few things to keep in mind.  Denim jackets are very casual look so they are strictly for day or very informal evening looks. They also tend to be pocket heavy; be careful of your silhouette. Stay away from acid wash to avoid people staring or throwing rocks at you.

Kendall Jenner with fanny pack image courtesy of elle.com

Kendall Jenner with fanny pack image courtesy of elle.com

Fanny Packs

It’s true. Fanny packs are back. But they aren’t called fanny packs, anymore. High-end designers are referring to them as ‘belt bags.’ To keep from looking like a soccer or suburban mom, pick a structured bag—the traditional floppy fanny packs look sloppy—in a nice leather—leather makes everything look more chic. A bold embellishment like a tassel or a large buckle will add a sophisticated touch.

Photo of Kendall Jenner Courtesy of Elle Magazine

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image courtesy of fashionisers.com

Wide belts

If you place a wide belt directly under your bust line, you’ll emphasize your chest. You’ll also make your curves stand out more and highlight your waist. Most wide belts are worn higher above the hip on your waist. This can help slim large midsections by breaking up your torso. Big belts are also a great way to break up a monochromatic look.

Chiara Ferragamo image courtesy of pinterest.com

Chiara Ferragamo image courtesy of pinterest.com and harpersbazaar.com, respectively

Patent leather skirts

Matte is out; and for fall 2017, the glossier the better. Patent leather skirts will be everywhere this fall. You can balance the intensity of this look by pairing it with a cozy sweater or casual top.  A pair of medium heeled boots will keep you from going too sexy for day.

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Image courtesy of fashionisers.com

Off-the-shoulder dresses or single shoulders dresses

When wearing off the shoulder looks don’t forget your SPF! Bare skin can equal sunburns. When trying on a single shoulder look make sure you move around circling your arms. If the armhole rides too high they can become extremely uncomfortable very quickly

Single shoulder looks are often accompanied by lavish embellishments on the covered shoulder but still leave you the space to rock a pair of funky earrings. Bare shoulders allow you to really let your jewelry and other accessories take center stage.

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Oscar De Le Renta earrings courtesy of Neiman Marcus, and Stella McCartney earrings courtesy of Matches Fashion, respectively.

Ear Candy and Statement Earrings

With your bare shoulders, your giant colorful geometric earrings take center stage. Make sure the statement earrings are not to big so they are uncomfortably heavy or restrict movement. Make sure the colors are compatible with your outfit and skip the matching necklace.

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Metallic Fabrics

Metallic fabrics, despite their obvious look-at-me factor, are great basics. They can play off of almost any color and they look as good with your sophisticated heels as they do adorning your coolest pair of sneakers.  Be careful wearing extremely reflective fabrics near the face as they create shadows and highlight flaws particularly if you don’t love your neck.  The shinier the fabric the simpler you won’t your overall outfit to be lest you drift into Ladies of the night territory.

‘—Cameron Rose Grey

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of June 12, 2017

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: French Connection Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/13–6/15; 10am–7pm

WHY:  Women’s and men’s apparel at a discount  

WHERE:  512 Seventh Avenue

Image courtesy of Erik Torstensson

Image courtesy of Erik Torstensson

 

BRAND: Theory Men’s Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/14–6/18; Wed.–S.at (10:30am–7pm), Sunday (10:30am–5pm)

WHY: Everything up to 70% off

 WHERE: Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue

 

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Image courtesy of candieanderson.com

BRAND: Steve Madden Sample Sale

WHEN:  6/16; 12pm–7pm

WHY:  Handbags, shoes, and assorted accessories at a discount

WHERE: 38-30 Woodside Avenue
Sunnyside, NY, back parking lot

 

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Image courtesy of popsugar.com

BRAND: J. Crew Sample Sale

WHEN:  6/19–6/25; Mon.–Sat. (10am–8pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY:  Enjoy up to 60% off retail prices

WHERE: 151 Wooster Street

—Staff

Editors’ Pick: Love Lilly

Collages1306Is it hot enough for you? Well, it probably is if you live on the East Coast or the West Coast. No need to fret, Fashion Reverie has a great solution for you.

It can be boiling outside and you can still look fresh and fashionable. Love Lilly offers preppy, chic resort and spring/summer, seaside-inspired, ready-to-wear garments that are made in Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

The philosophy of the brand is “bright and beautiful.”  And since 2013, founder and CEO Lilly Spratt’s signature shift dresses come in bright floral prints with a few nautical-inspired prints thrown in for good measure. Love Lilly print shift dresses have appeared in Town and Country, GreenwichGirl, and Rhode Island Monthly, as well as dozens of online fashion magazines and fashion blogs.

Love Lilly’s print dresses are craftily designed and come in the highest quality fabrics and trims. (And the nautical rope trend on the shift dresses is a great trim for the spring 2017 collection.) The spring 2017 print dresses and tops are a great addition to a summer wardrobe. Perfect for hot summer days, and easy to pack in your weekender!

Images courtesy of Love Lilly

Images courtesy of Love Lilly

Since its launch in 2013, Lilly Pratt has expanded her brand beyond shift dresses to include tops, shorts, and skirts. And the prices are affordable, ranging from $108 to $178.

Don’t let the heat cramp your style. Look fresh, frolicky and comfortable in Love Lilly’s spring 2017 collection. Lily Pulitzer, eat your heart out!!

For more information, got to lovelillywh.com.

—Staff

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