Fashion Reverie’s NYFW Spring 2020 Season Editors’ Essentials

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Are you overworked, exhausted, disheveled, and too tired to write your fashion week reviews or even post that important Instagram post? If that’s you, it means you didn’t properly prepare for New York Fashion Week.

With New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) spring 2020 season just a few days away, Fashion Reverie has the answers to all your fashion week editorial needs. Remember, NYFWS—though not as exciting as in days of yore—still has a good amount of great fashion on display, so it is important to keep your energy up and look your best. There is nothing worse than a disheveled, grumpy fashion editor who cannot meet deadlines!!

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During NYFWS you are always on the run. You catch a meal when you can, and it’s hard to maintain good dental hygiene with the heavy pace of the shows. HAMICO to the rescue!!

These dentist-designed toothbrushes have two unique bristle types, rounded for surface cleaning and polishing and pointy for those hard to reach areas. Their twisted brushes come with just the right amount of softness to avoid damaging gums and tooth enamel. And all the brush handles come in artists-designed patterns.

HAMICO toothbrushes are compact and can fit right in your bag. And the affordable price makes this a must-have during NYFWS. You must always be ready for your close-up!!

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Speaking of close-ups. It doesn’t matter how great your teeth look if your skin is sad and listless. Invigorate your skin with CYGALLE’s face mask. Though it is a little pricey, $87.50, it is definitely worth the cost!!

CYGALLE’s luxurious O2 Earth Masque is made with the Dead Sea’s revitalizing mud that has been blended with lavender oil and rose quartz. Uniquely, the O2 Earth Masque combines Quantum 02, an oxygen enriching and nutrient delivery system, and CBD, an unparalleled cellular restorer. CYGALLE O2 Earth Masque detoxifies and heals your skin for a smoother and more refined skin texture. It’s a vital addition to your weekly skincare routine. CYGALLE O2 Earth Masque is organic and vegan, containing no animal by-products.

OK, you are running around from show to show and it’s so important to smell great. You never know who you might meet.

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Blocki fine fragrances reflect the pioneering spirit of young America. Generations pursuing beauty, celebrating nature and exercising our imagination. From a poetic memoir about the Old World to Blocki’s famous Flower-In-The-Bottle perfume launched in 1907, these true American stories provide the inspiration for Blocki fragrances. Always made for the most fastidious customer seeking high grade perfumes of individuality.

Blocki’s Sanrovia takes you to the dazzling shores of the Italian Riviera and the diffused sunlight of the nearby hillsides where Blocki found inspiration for a new perfume. Returning to America he introduced Sanrovia and its companion sachet La Riveria in 1911. The modern Sanrovia combines both Italian and American influence and the sun-drenched magic of natural sandalwood. Like the original, the 2018 Sanrovia may trigger fantasies of warm sunlight, rows of leafy citrus trees and the shimmering blue waters of the Mediterranean.

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Every editor needs a great bag during NYFWS. Not only should your bag show off you’re your great style, your bag should also be very functional.  Fossil has some great stylish backpacks that fit the bill for the stylish and sophisticated male editors.

Fossil’s Greenville Rucksack is the perfect backpack that can serve as backpack, freeing up your hands for photos and other things or as a great bag that shows off your incredible sense of style. It’s roomy enough to carry all your essentials for the day without being cumbersome.

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And for the ladies Fossil has some great satchels and shoulder bags that will have you stepping out in style. Fashion Reverie’s choice is the Rachel Satchel!!

NYFWS is very hectic for fashion 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!!

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We love the Power Tube 3000 Charger from a few seasons ago, we thought we would bring it back this season. The Power Tube 3000 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 the price point is good too at $13.99.

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Since a lot of the NYFW shows are downtown at Spring Studios, why not give yourself a little pick me up a few blocks away a Haven Spa NYC. After running around from show to show, nothing is better than a massage and a relaxing dip in Haven Spa NYC’s wide offerings of body therapies.

Fashion Reverie’s pick of Haven Spa NYC’s special packages is their Treat Me package that includes a 30-minute Swedish massage, an Escape facial, a Classic European manicure, and a Classic European pedicure. Includes a $10 credit towards any item in our boutique which must be used on the day of service and does not have a cash value. This package takes about three hours, so make sure you set some time aside for this luxurious treatment.

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New York Fashion Week: The Shows Spring 2020 Trend Prediction

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New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) spring 2020 season is just a few days away. Fashion designers will showcase their spring/summer 2020 collections, with a few designers applying the see-now-buy-now business model. Fashion Reverie has curated a few hot trends that are expected to be seen in the spring 2020 collections.

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Denim

For a moment it seemed like denim had fallen to the wayside as it was sidelined to athleisure materials and jersey fabrics. However, denim is back and bigger than ever, and Fashion Reverie expects denim to be incorporated into spring 2020 collections via jackets, dresses, embroidered jeans, and even shoes. Designers, like Proenza Schouler, are known to be big fans of denim, so let’s see what they have up their sleeves this season.

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Baggy Pants

Baggy pants are trending this season, appealing to those who love a good drop crotch. Leave your legs some room to breathe next spring. Many popular streetwear brands, who have capitalized on this trend, are expected to incorporate this returning trend for spring 2020.

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Polka Dots

Polka dots are back this season as a popular pattern, all thanks to celebrities donning polka dots from the red carpet to the front rows of Paris Couture Week. Self-Portrait, who is always heavy on the patterns, will probably have quite a few polka dot sun dresses for spring 2020.

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Mini Purses

The tiny purse trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere as consumers are obsessed with having a purse for their purse. Jacquemus’ bags have proven to be the most popular so far, but like most things French, French fashion usually trickles down to the American market. If you need a bag to hold your candy and your cell phone, your can have your pick of mini bags.

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Off-White Clothing

No, not Virgil Abloh’s signature clothing line, but, rather the shade off-white. Off-white, or bleached coral, has been named Pantone’s color of the year for 2020. Though you might not want to wear white after Labor Day, you certainly flaunt off-white for spring 2020.

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Spring Feathers

Feathers for spring? Hmm, “groundbreaking,” as Miranda Priestly from “The Devil Wears Prada” would say. Feather details have proved to be popular among top fashion brands as of late. What better way to make a statement than a little plumage. Ever since this year’s Met Gala, everyone has been looking to get a bit campier. Marc Jacobs is known to be a fan of feathers, maybe Jacobs will produce a full-feathered gown for NYFWS spring 2020 season. Hope springs eternal!!

Kristopher Fraser

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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Editors’ Pick: Ines de la Fressange x Uniqlo Fall 2019 Collection

If you are not familiar with Ines de la Fressange, then you should!! With the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, it is important that we examine his legacy and the many fashion industry professionals that collaborated with Lagerfeld and were influenced by his creative genius.

Ines de la Fressange was one such industry professional. As a model, Fressange served as a muse for Lagerfeld and was the first model to have an exclusive contract with any fashion house, as she had that with Chanel under Lagerfeld’s auspice.

But, Ines de la Fressange’s career did not just flourish under Lagerfeld. Fressange has been a French style icon for decades and a notable fashion designer, starting her eponymous brand in 1991 alongside her own boutique.

For fall 2019, Ines de la Fressange partners again with Uniqlo for their “Luxurious Clothes and Beyond” collection. This collection epitomizes Fressange’s belief that clothes should be comfortable and reveal a women’s beauty.

This collaborative collection is inspired by Megève, a popular French ski resort and the location of the Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant film, “Charade.” There are also design references to 1970s outerwear.

The outerwear focus is on more relaxing fits, notably through a long coat reflecting contemporary tastes and an oversized down parka that is reminiscent of 1970s sportswear. The masculine tailoring of jackets broadens their enjoyment with everything from traditional tweed to casual corduroy items. Chunky and nostalgic argyle-patterned knits add flair to coordination.

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Chic black appears for the first time this season, expanding coordination alternatives with Ines’ basic color navy blue. The color scheme of the collection also reflects Ines’ love of hues that brighten cold days, incorporating warm ambers and a sharp winter white.

Ines de la Fressange x Uniqlo Fall 2019 collection retails from $14.90­ to $99.90 and will be available in a full run of women’s and kids sizing. The collection launches on August 29.

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Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of August 12, 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: Eileen Fisher Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/15–8/17; Thurs.–Sat. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Up to 30% off on samples of limited-edition pieces

WHERE: 47 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY

BRAND: Steve Alan Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/15–8/18; Thurs.–Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (noon–6pm)

WHY: The sale will also include merchandise from DEMYLEE, Solid & Striped, Faherty, AMO Denim, Alex Crane, DL1961, Wray, Kurt Lyle, Alessandra Mackenzie, Cesta, The Great Eros, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Fair Harbor, Carla Colour, Fisher + Baker, and more.

WHERE: 103 Franklin Street

BRAND: Nicholas K Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/16–8/25; Mon.–Sat (11am–7pm), Sunday (noon–6pm)

WHY:  Up to 80% off apparel and accessories. Shop genuine runway samples and overstock items including outerwear, dresses, sweaters, tops, pants and more.

WHERE: 435 Broome Street

BRAND: Alice & Trixie Stock, Vintage, and Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/19–8/23; Mon.–Fri. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Shop coveted styles at a discount

WHERE: 480 Broome Street

BRAND: GANT Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/20–8/25; Tues. (10am–8pm), Wed. –Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Shop discounts on men’s & women’s fashion including apparel, outerwear and accessories at up to 70% off retail

WHERE: 260NoMad, 260 5th Avenue

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Trend Report: The Re-emergence of Denim Footwear

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Denim has long been a staple of the American wardrobe. In 1873, Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss invented what later became known as jeans, which became a gold standard for those in blue collar jobs such as mining. Throughout the 20th century, denim would become the go-to material for cheap durable uniforms and a symbol of the working class. In the 1950s teenagers began embracing blue jeans when Hollywood began using them as a symbol of fashionable rebellion. It was James Dean, Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley, and Debbie Reynolds in the “Tammy” movies that introduced to consumers that denim looked good as casual attire.

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The trend of jeans as a fashion statement didn’t catch on for women until the 1960s. This was the beginning of the hippie age, and wearing jeans was a symbol of freedom, rebellion,  and personal expression. In the late 60s jeans were embellished with embroideries, rhinestones, and were stonewashed with frayed seams and also in bright colors. By the ‘70s jeans became a staple of Americana, and denim as a material and moved beyond just jean pants. There were jeans jackets, and denim footwear.

While the thought of denim shoes was still unconventional, the idea would slowly gain market traction. Head-to-toe denim looks would become known as the Canadian tuxedo, which not only included jean pants and a denim jacket or shirt, but denim footwear, as well. As denim’s popularity grew throughout the ‘90s, denim sneakers and boots grew in popularity.

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Consider, the iconic head-to-toe denim look donned by Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake at the 2001 American Music Awards that redefined the Canadian tuxedo look for the 21st century. The looks would be recreated by Riff Raff and Katy Perry for the 2014 VMAs, this time with Perry in denim stilettoes.

What was once an occasional fashion item has become a staple of many American’s wardrobes. Denim footwear is no longer seen as being rebellious or necessarily fashion forward, but a go-to addition to a shoe collection to sit alongside your neutral colored shoes. What makes them so approachable now is that denim has become categorized as a neutral.

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Like many fashion trends, the recent surge in denim footwear was a trickle-down effect. In 2017 when musician and fashion icon Rihanna collaborated with Manolo Blahnik on a set of shoes, they designed a pair of denim boots that became a widely discussed fashion topic. Tom Ford’s much talked about spring/summer 2018 collection featured Canadian tuxedos with everything denim, including the shoes. Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri turned heads when she debuted the brand’s J’adior denim pumps that became a must-have for the Instagram influencers. Even Versace released a pair of white denim boots available at Luisaviaroma that became a hot item.

From the luxury fashion houses, denim footwear trickled down to contemporary designers. Phillip Lim designed a pair of denim slip-ons, a chic homage to the denim slip-ons of the 70s. The crowning moment of democratizing the trend for Millennials came when Jeffrey Campbell created a pair of denim slip-ons that would go semi-viral thanks to Instagram influencer Pretty in the Pines, a.k.a. Shelby.

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Denim footwear is now a staple of the Jeffrey Campbell brand with styles including sneakers, boots, sandals, and mules. Multi-brand retailers—Macy’s, Bergdorf Goodman—are realizing the necessity of carrying a good denim shoe, with some behemoth department store chains offering an entire range of denim footwear. Whether you need a pair of denim Toms or a pair of backless Balenciaga denim flats, there is lots of variety.

Denim footwear in universal shopping search engine Shopstyle gets over 5900 results for women and 1600 results for men. That is not just the work of excellent search engine optimization, but an industry that has realized that denim footwear has become an expected product offering. Denim shoes are arguably one of the most democratized fashion items in the business right now, with even suburban fathers taking notice. Just in time for Father’s Day, New Balance released a denim special colorway of their Air Monarch IV, otherwise known as their dad sneaker.

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Denim footwear may not be new, but it has found a larger audience. What was once a sporadic trend has now become a wardrobe must have.

 

—Kristopher Fraser

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of August 5, 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: Dreems Designer Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/07–8/11

WHY: Shop ready-to-wear, luxury accessories and fine jewelry samples from more than 60+ fashion-forward, edgy independent NY and international designers. Prices going from $150 and below.

WHERE: 120 Wooster Street

BRAND: Sea NY Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/8–8/10; Thurs.–Fri. (9am–7pm), Saturday (10am–7pm)

WHY: 80% off past season favorites

WHERE: 324 Canal Street, Ground Floor

BRAND: Sword-Smith Multi-designer Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/09–8/12; Friday–Monday (10am–6pm)

WHY: The merchandise includes Swords-Smith stock, plus additional designers (over 80 designers total) up to 90% off, including Henrik Vibskov, Collina Strada, Samantha Pleet, Rodebjer, Kowtow, IMAGO-A, The Great Eros, Ajaie Alaie, Kurt Lyle, M. Patmos, Albam, Martiniano, LF Markey, Nehera, Gitman Vintage, Correll Correll, International Playground, Eleven Six, Gray Matters, MM6 Maison Margiela, Hope, Priory, Soulland, Ys by Yohji Yamamoto and many, many more!

WHERE: 98 South 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY

 

BRAND: Fivestory New York Off-site Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/13–8/17; Tues. –Fri. (10am–6pm), Saturday (noon–6pm)

WHY:  Designer apparel, shoes, jewelry, and accessories up to 85% off. Designers include Alexander Wang, Aquazzura, Balmain, Carolina Herrera, Etro, Giambattista Valli, Nicholas Kirkwood, Proenza Schouler, Nina Ricci, Ulla Johnson, and many more.

WHERE: 18 East 69th Street

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Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of July 29, 2019

BRAND: Diesel Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/30–8/04; Tues. (10am–8pm), Wed. –Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10m–5pm)

WHY: Shop discounts on men’s, women’s and kids’ fashion including apparel, shoes, and accessories

WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue

BRAND: Sarah Flint Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/31–8/3; Wed.–Fri. (11am–8pm), Saturday (10am–6pm)

WHY: Up to 85% off shoes

WHERE: 233 West 19th Street

BRAND: Christian Siriano Holiday Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/5–8/10; Mon.–Sat. (11am–7pm)

WHY:  Some favorite pieces from past collections at up to 70% off

WHERE: The Curated, 5 West 54th Street

 

BRAND: Heike NY Spring and Summer Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/5–8/9; Daily (9am–6pm)

WHY: Styles from the spring 2019 collection at up to 70% off

WHERE: 306 West 38th Street, Suite 150

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Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of July 22, 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.

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BRAND: Alice & Trixie Vintage Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/23–7/26; Tues.–Fri. (10am–7pm)

WHY: Shop amazing vintage from around the world. Rare clothing you won’t find anywhere else, with prices starting at $10.

WHERE: 265 West 37th Street, 11th Floor

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BRAND: ANTHOM Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/724–8/4; Daily (11am–7pm)

WHY: 50%–80% off independent designers product brought in just for the sale. Shop women’s clothing and accessories at a discount. Includes merchandise from Kaarem, Priory, Yune Ho, Veda, PH5, Beaufille, Rejina Pyo, Concert Performance, Ffixed, and many more.

WHERE: 25 Mercer Street

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BRAND:  O.N.S. Clothing Summer Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/24–7/28; Tues.–Sun. (noon–8pm)

WHY:  The sale will feature a wide array of styles from the spring/summer 2019 Main Line and Grey Label collections at up to 60% off retail prices, offering shoppers the chance to update their mid-summer wardrobe at a fraction of the regular cost.

WHERE: 2 Rivington Street

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BRAND:  Rachel Roy Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/30–8/1; Tues. (10am–5pm), Wed.–Thurs. (9am–5pm)

WHY: Prices starting at just $5

WHERE: 58 West 40th Street, Mezzanine Level

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Editors’ Picks: Your Summer Date Night Dresses

It’s still the summer of love, which means you need a great summer dress to impress the potential love of your life. Whether you are looking for a summer dress that has bold colors or a summer dress to show off the curves, don’t underestimate the power of a great dress to give you the results you want. Love lifts us up where we belong, and so does a great summer date dress.

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Norma Kamali Slinky Ruched Stretch-Jersey Midi Dress

If you want to show off your curves, this slinky black dress from Norma Kamali is your magic ticket. It’s a perfect dress to pair with every accessory as well. Not only that, but it has stretch, which is every woman’s best friend.

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Rotate Birger Christensen Zebra Print Twill Wrap Mini Dress

It’s a jungle out there in the dating world, and it’s time to get dressed for the safari. Rotate Birger Christen is here to wrap you up in a fiery orange zebra wrap dress that will set your date night ablaze. Go out and set the city’s night life and some hearts on fire.

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Prada Cotton-Blend Lace Midi Dress

Prada has left very little to the imagination with this cotton-blend lace dress with gothic elements. Want to leave your date speechless? Here’s the answer.

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THEIA Floral Applique Color-blocked Sheath Dress

Summer means a sexless, strappy gown. Leave your date’s heart racing in this gorgeous lurex pink dress. The draped waist also makes for a fashionable effect.

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Shoshanna Tissa Metallic Floral Print Mini Dress

Get a little fun and flirty for date night. This short-sleeve mini dress is right for showing off your legs and loving the skin you’re in. We’re sure your date will love it, too.

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Brock Collection Pierrette Bustier-Detailed Cotton-Lace Peplum Dress

Brock Collection has created an elevated way for you to have a bustier look, and wear white before Labor Day without looking like a bride. This romantic dress is very right for you to be wined and dined in. Time to call in that reservation for that Michelin Star restaurant.

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Cinq á Sept Denise Silk Mock-neck Dress

Give them a little leg and razzle dazzle them. Cinq á Sept’s silk dress tempts your potential love interest with a high hemline, contrasted with an unconventional mock neck look. Done in pacific blue, it’s a gem of a dress.

Kristopher Fraser

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