Fashion Reverie’s Top Stories of 2018

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2018 has been a banner year for Fashion Reverie. We re-established our fashion editorial sector, producing some of the best editorials in the online magazine’s history. Several former editors returned to the masthead. And we expanded the range and depth of stories Fashion Reverie covers.

Now, that we are at the end of 2018, Fashion Reverie looks back at some of the top stories featured on our site, cataloged in this look-back article in no specific order. As we look back, we are also looking forward, expecting and anticipating that 2019 will exceed our expectations.

­Hubert de Givenchy passed away in March of this year. His genius, innovation and elegant style will be missed. Most Americans and the rest of the world first became acquainted with Givenchy when designed that iconic black dress for Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany.”

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Fashion Reverie had the unique opportunity to speak with top model Sandi Bass who was a part of Givenchy’s cabine—his inner circle of models in the 1980s. She graciously spoke with Fashion Reverie about the special relationship she formed with Givenchy, a relationship that evolved and lasted up until his death.

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2018 was all about the fashion editorial at Fashion Reverie. Since our inception in 2012 we have shot our own fashion editorials. We pulled out all the stops in 2018, and our The Future Is Now editorial was one of our best efforts. Conceived by editor-in-chief William S. Gooch, this fashion editorial projected how fashion male consumers will look in the future, a future that is actually right now. Associate Editor Kristopher Fraser styled the editorial and demonstrated that he is so much more than a content editor. With Ken Jones photographic genius, and T. Cooper expert hair and makeup skills, our “The Future Is Now” editorial slayed!!

In one of our staff meetings, our Executive Fashion Editor Carl Ayers suggested that in 2019 we highlight a brick-and-mortar store every month. Carl’s idea was such a winner, we started this new initiative a little early, December 2018.

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Our feature on the Bishop Collective, an online and brick-and-mortar store on the Lower Eastside, demonstrated the new challenges of running an online retail and brick-and-mortar store. And Bishop Collective;s co-owner Dmitri Koumbis also detailed how brick-and-mortar stores are making a big comeback. This nuanced feature gave voice to Bishop Collective, which is on the cutting edge of an ever-evolving retail palette.

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Our Celebrity Fashion Editor Tijana Ibrahimovic got the unique opportunity to interview Grammy-nominated R&B artist Raheem DeVaughn soon after the release of his new CD “Decade of a King.” Tijana turned it out with this interview, asking the right questions that expanded our knowledge of Raheem DeVaughn. Welcome back, Tijana.

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Nina Simone was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Fashion Reverie’s Editor-in-chief William S. Gooch was inspired by this posthumous induction and came up with a Nina Simone fashion editorial based on Nina Simone’s iconic song “The Four Women.” Our Executive Fashion Editor Carl Ayers styled this editorial narrative to the ‘nth’ degree. Kudos also goes out to photographer Carl Chisolm and makeup artist T. Cooper, both bringing their special kind of brilliance to our “Nina Sisterhood” editorial.

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There was a lot of great style on the Paramount Network’s “American Woman.” Associate Editor Kristopher Fraser was honored to interview Judy Gellman, the wardrobe mistress on the series. This was a very revealing interview, and surprisingly one of the few interviews conducted with Judy Gellman about “American Woman.”

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Fashion Reverie is so happy that Carl Ayers is back!! Carl art directed his first editorial for us with the site’s fall 2018 men’s style editorial featuring “Empire’sJeremy Carver. Our day in the life of Jeremy Carver editorial was relatable, but also aspirational. Jeremy never looked good, thanks to Carl!!

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Black models ruled European runways in the 80s. And Shailah Edmonds was one those caramel-colored Glamazons that dominated the runway. Fashion Reverie was privileged to interview her about her no-holes-barred book “Wild Child to Couture Style.” Shailah let it all hang out in her informative, soul-searching tome.

Janine Silver is such a great asset to Fashion Reverie. And every season she gives us great beauty tips from the runway. Janine’s “How to Wear Beauty Looks from the Spring 2019 season” was her best ever.

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Fashion Reverie prides itself on our in-depth coverage of all things fashion. That said; we could not pass up the chance to do a feature of the embattled Victoria’s Secret and how the brand is struggling to maintain its audience in an oversaturated lingerie market.

—William S. Gooch

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of December 26, 2018

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:  Bloomingdale’s After-Christmas SaleWHEN: 12/26–1/06;

WHY:  Save up to 75% off on a large selection of items at the Bloomingdale’s After Christmas Sale. Save an extra 40% on almost all clearance-price women’s, men’s, and kids’ clothing and accessories for a total saving of up to 75%.

WHERE: 1000 Third Avenue

 

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BRANDFaith Connexion +Miaou Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/27–12/30; Thurs.–Sun. (11am–pm)

WHY: Shop men’s and women’s fashion including apparel and accessories at up to 70% off retail

WHERE:  Shop men’s and women’s fashion including apparel and accessories at up to 70% off retail

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BRAND: The Bridal Garden RTW Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/28–12/30

WHY: Stop by The Bridal Garden Flatiron showroom to take a look at their “Secret RTW” collection from one of their top designers! Colorful, fun prints and patterns available! RTW Categories include coats, boleros, dresses, tops, jumpsuits, pants, and skirts. Spring/Summer 2018, sizes 2-16. All marked up to 75% off.

WHERE: The Bridal Garden, 54 West 21st Street, Suite 901

—Staff

Winter 2018/2019 Resort Getaway Looks

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Winter has arrived, and a lot of folks will do everything possible to get out of the wintry weather. While winter season usually denotes snow, especially if you live in Northeast and the Midwest for some wintry temperatures is a clarion call to resort location. Time to pack up and head south or the Caribbean for winter. Don’t forget to pack a good wardrobe for resort season. Fashion Reverie has curated some great selections to help you look fashionable in warmer climates.

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Bibhu Mohapatra Resort ’18 DressDo you have a red carpet affair this resort season? If so, bedazzle and deck yourself out in this fiery number from Bibhu Mohapatra. Light up the night with this number that’s worthy of the Cannes Film Festival.

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Alice + Olivia Nat Embellished Short-Sleeve DressFill out your resort wardrobe this season with some beautiful animal prints. Alice + Olivia has you covered and spotted so you can sparkle and shine in this sequin number. Be out on the prowl at resort cocktail parties.

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Self-Portrait Azela Print A-Line Dress

This A-line dress is done in beautifully saturated hues that are the perfect, bright resort colors. You’ll look and feel like endless summer in this Self-Portrait easy, breezy number. It’s an elegant attention grabber for that afternoon resort lunch.

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Oscar de la Renta Pompom Crisscross Wide-Leg Cropped JumpsuitNo resort wardrobe is complete without a jumpsuit. This beautiful Oscar de la Renta number has pompom frills for some quirky detail for that vacation party look. Done in lightweight cotton, it’s breathable, fashionable, and flirty.

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Johanna Ortiz One-Shoulder Draped Asymmetric TopJohanna Ortiz has become one of the most beloved designers for her resort style looks, so no resort wardrobe is complete without one of her garments. This silk maxi dress is great for a walk on the boardwalk or a nighttime affair.

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Emilio Pucci Split-Neck Hydrangea-Print Long Cotton Gauze CaftanNever go on a beach or resort vacation without a good caftan. It can function as both a fashion piece and a cover up for your bathing suit. This kaleidoscopic print from Emilio Pucci is easy to slip on and colorfully luxurious.

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Ramy Brook Dario Sheer Tie-Front Tassel ShortsOf course, you have to have a good pair of shorts for winter. Fashion it up with these Ramy Brooks tie-front tassel shorts for that little bit of extra detail to get you noticed when you are walking the boardwalk. The sheer finish also adds a bit of sex appeal.

—Kristopher Fraser

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of December 17, 2018

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: Blue Duck Shearling Showroom Sample SaleWHEN: 12/21–12/31; Daily (10am–5pm)

WHY: Get exclusive showroom pricing on an extensive line of winter outerwear

WHERE: 463 7th Avenue, (35th Street), Suite 1106

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BRAND: Indochino End of Year Blowout Sale

WHEN: 12/21–12/31; Friday–Monday (11am–7pm)

WHY: Save up to 70% in Indochino’s 36 North American showrooms and online at www.indochino.com during its End of Year Blowout Event with code BLOWOUT.

Clearance suits starting at $299 (reg. price $799)

Fall/Winter suits starting at $339 (reg. $799)

Premium suits $359 (reg. $799)

Black Overcoat $299 (retail only – reg. $399)

Two pairs of chinos for $129 (reg. $158)

Shirts bundles starting at $179 for three (reg. $199)

WHERE: 488 Madison Avenue

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BRAND: Prive Winter Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/26–12/31; Wed.–Sat. (11am-7pm), Sunday (11am–5pm), Monday (11am–3pm)

WHY: Womens and men’s contemporary and designer brands at up to 80% off retail

WHERE: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue

—Staff

Editors’ Pick: Holiday 2018 Stocking Stuffers

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This holiday season consumers are concentrating on two primary things, cost and convenience. Gone are the days of big, extravagant gifts that break budgets and are a challenge to find. This season impress your loved ones with thoughtful, affordable gifts that remind them of how much you really care. Bestow on the ones you love gifts that can fit into a holiday stocking.Fashion Reverie has assembled some holiday gifts that can fit comfortably into your holiday stocking. No need to overstuff your stockings. Just chose a few products from our curated list and fill your loved ones with holiday mirth and joy!!

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“Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, on Sunday,” croons Cherelle and Alexander O’Neal in their classic R&B hit song “Saturday Love.” Well, Yandy.com’s Yandy Days of the Week Panty Pack will keep you humming “Saturday Love” all through the holidays.These undies feature catchy pop culture phrases around the waistband that relates to the day—”Lazy Sunday, Monday Mood, Taco Tuesday, Wednesday Hump Day, Thirsty Thursday, Friday is my Second Favorite F word, and Sexy Saturday.” 
Each undie features sheer floral lace, a scalloped trim, a white elastic waistband with black detailing and a thong cut back. They come in a resealable clear bag with “Panty of the Day #POTD” printed in white and with snap closures! The styles retails for $39.95.

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When something spills, drips and stains Madame Paulette’s Professional Stain Removal Kit is the perfect gift for the upscale hostess with upscale taste. The couture Upper East Side dry cleaner, Madame Paulette, has released their patented process and proprietary formula used to remove stains. The Stain Removal Kit is a perfectly sized stocking stuffer, or the must-have amenity at any holiday gathering when purchased in bulk. The holiday office party, family gatherings, or the children’s table are no match for the expertise of Madame Paulette. Madame Paulette’s Professional Stain Removal Stain Kit retails for $29.99.

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Great for travel, this portable white noise machine with upgraded, high quality earbud headphones fits in the palm of your hand. The World’s Smallest White Noise Machine from Sound Oasis is a portable sound machine that helps you sleep better on planes, manage tinnitus, improve concentration. It’s the best white noise machine of its size, since it includes 10 different tones of white noise, with tone adjustment and continuous sound (no loops).  (And you can also use this to drown out the kids during the holiday season.) Sound Oasis’ portable white noise machine retails for 29.99.

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Fashionable key chains are all the rage this holiday season, Don’t make a Prada mistake this season with racially and culturally insensitive product. Dress up your keychain with a heart, lips, lightning bolt or star in gold, red, gunmetal or silver leather from ella grace by Rhea Wahlberg. Makes a great stocking stuffer and retails for $30.00.

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With the official start of winter right around the corner, it is time to really concentrate on keeping your skin moisturized and vibrant. “Elphia Beauty represents today’s woman; ethical, strong and performance driven. Our luxury skin care products are perfectly curated to fit their active lifestyles, quick and easy to use products that take care of the skin without sacrificing time,” says Ellen Peia, CEO of Elphia Beauty. The Luxe Exfoliating Gel is a vegan friendly face and décolletage refining gel. Think of it as an easy-to-use at-home spa treatment, targeting your dead skin cells. It instantly exfoliates and brightens for enhanced skin renewal, comparable to a professional salon peel. The Luxe Exfoliating Gel is suitable for all skin types. Elphia Beauty features a dynamic blend of restorative ingredients that are expertly blended with the highest quality botanical extracts. Elphia Beauty harnesses the exfoliating power of unique AHA’s that radically renew the appearance of your complexion.

The Luxe Rejuvenation Serum is a pure, naturally derived formula that works to provide hydration through the layers of your skin, functioning to renew your skin’s texture and provide a spa-like radiance. Elphia Beauty developed this innovative blend of nutrient-rich ingredients to not only protect your precious skin from environmental elements but also to help diminish the appearance of age spots and blemishes.

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Part fragrance and part aromatherapy, VICTORINE oil blends are designed to leave you smelling as good as you feel. Our blends work with your body’s natural chemistry to create a scent that is completely unique to you.VICTORINE fragrances are organic, cruelty free, sustainable, ethical and free of parabens, phthalates, and unnecessary stabilizers, and 100% pure essential oils sourced. And for the holiday season, VICTORINE’s Dusted is the perfect stocking stuffer. Dusted is the first of its kind cannabis flower fragrance. Cannabis flower can take you higher—to places you’ve never imagined, or only ever imagined. Roll it on any time to elevate and ignite your soul. VICTORINE’s Dusted retails for $45.

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Do you have those friends and loved ones that seem to have every thing. Every holiday season you are stomped with what to get them. Well, when in doubt, purchase a holiday gift card at RetailMeNot.com.Luckily, you can never go wrong with picking up a gift card as a stocking stuffer. Plus, RetailMeNot offers dozens of discount gift cards, so you can actually save money by paying less than the card is worth!

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Editors’ Picks: Holly Jolly His and Hers 2018 Holiday Gifts

The holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year. Right after Thanksgiving, people get frenzied over finding just the right gifts for their loved ones. In our search, Fashion Reverie wants to make sure we give the perfect gift, especially to our significant other. We aim to give them something that speaks directly to them—something that is thoughtful, meaningful, and special.

That’s why this season Fashion Reverie has bypassed the expensive luxury items. Instead, our team has created a gift guide of the best personal presents to give to your better half this holiday. No combing the malls for this years’ “must have” gifts and no scouring the web for this seasons “it item.” These selections are all about personal style—gifts they will enjoy with their significant others without the need of commercial hype.

Some couples have a tradition of opening one gift on Christmas Eve. If this is you, then we suggest you start the holiday on a cozy note. Hanro has made some of the most luxurious loungewear for more than a century. Our first gift choice is their men’s Jeremy woven pant and their women’s Mila kimono robe. The paisley print pant is made of 100% jersey cotton and has a single button fly and pockets. The robe (we like the lobster red print) is made from silk and elastane for shape, and closes with the matching sash-tie. Both items are great for snuggling up and as you watch the lights twinkle on the tree.

Another gift you two can enjoy together is Salvatore Ferragamo fragrances. The Italian brand has reimagined their fragrance bottles and created a new design in a limited-edition holiday collection. Amo Ferragamo, made for a passionate and optimistic young woman, has notes of black currant, jasmine, tangy rhubarb, and Tahitian vanilla. Uomo Salvatore Ferragamo smells of bergamot, black pepper, orange blossom, and sandlewood. Paul Andrew, the brands womenswear creative director, explains he “envisaged an unusual and particularly luxurious version of the Salvatore Ferragamo fragrances for the holiday season.” The riche black and gold bottles certainly hit the mark.

Our style is influenced by the world around us. Whether it’s the music we listen to, the movies we watch, or the books we read, we are an amalgamation of influences. Our sense of style today is somehow shaped from what we’ve seen in the past. In the book Vintage Black Glamour: Gentlemen’s Quarters (a follow-up to Vintage Black Glamour), author Nichelle Gainer explores the often-neglected stylish world of Black men in the mid 1900’s. While the world was knowledgeable of Hollywood heavyweights such as Duke Ellington, Sidney Poitier, and Muhammed Ali (who are all included in the book), the stories and style of their lesser-known counterparts have gone largely undiscussed. In this book, Nettles brings those biographies and beautiful photographs to the forefront. Although their stories were ignored by mainstream media in the past, their life’s work and attitude stand as inspiration for us today, and has thankfully been catalogued in this book.

In How to Slay, author and fashion editor Constance White expertly discusses African American style of the twentieth century, particularly the past 35 years. While diving into topics such as fashion, music, style, beauty, and attitude, How to Slay demonstrates the influence of Black trends on mainstream culture. Accompanied by images of the most celebrated Black tastemakers, this is an anthology of today’s Black style icons.

If a bit of bling is what she needs, then Dylanlex is the brand you want. Known for their major statement jewelry, you are sure to find a piece that will grab everyone’s attention. For a more subtle statement, opt for the Luca chandelier earrings—beautiful enough to catch stares, but not too huge as to cause a scene. If your guy wants to make a statement at a party or an event, there is no better way than with a watch. Lord Timepieces has released their 45mm Chrono Gold Black chronograph. Water resistant to 5ATMs (yes, you can go swimming with it), this gold timepiece features a black face with gold inner dials, and is sure to be a showstopper on the beach or in the boardroom.

Let’s face it; we live in the new tech age, led by the selfie. Every day, we see folks jostling their phones around for the right angle. Now, Handl has made it easier to take the perfect selfie. Their phone cases (available for both IPhones and Androids) feature a retractable handle that fits around your fingers and allows you to maneuver your hand without fear of dropping your phone. To increase the chic factor, the cases come in different leathers and colors, and the handles come in array of designs.

While the selfie is made for you to be seen, we’ve found a great gift for the tech guy who wants things to remain hidden. For the Jason Bourne in your life, check out these silver usb cufflinks by Uncommon Goods. Each cufflink contains a hidden 8GB flash drive, perfect for holding an extra copy of a business presentation or family photos for an impromptu slideshow. As a bonus, also get him the “secret message” cufflinks that hold tiny strips of paper—a special message from you, an inspirational quote or notes for his next mission. Together, these cufflink sets may prepare him to be the next Secret Agent Man.

Every woman loves a nice pair of shoes, and if they are good to her, she will be good to them. Enter Nina Shoes; their Danella feathered bootie, to be exact. This sexy satin bootie sports a 4-inch heel, but it’s its feathered detail that really sets it off. Dressed up with a form-fitting dress, or dressed down with jeans and a turtleneck, these heels are bad all by themselves. For the guys, turn to Vince Camuto for their Hop boot. Simple, yet stylish, the Hop boot features a moto-inspired crisscross buckle that makes it the perfect replacement for the Chelsea boot of yesteryear.

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Christmas can be draining, especially if you spend the day running around town visiting family. At the end of the day, you want to just kick your feet up, sip a little eggnog, and unwind. While slipping into relaxation mode with your special someone, slip into these matching Netflix and Chill sweaters. A cheeky way to recuperate from the day, these sweaters will bring a relaxing smile to your face as you unfurl on the couch and stream movies until you drift off to la la land.―Carl Ayers

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of December 10, 2018

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:  Maison de Papillon Holiday Sample SaleWHEN: 12/12–12/18; Thurs.–Fri. (10am–5pm), Mon.–Tues, (10am–5pm)
Weekdays only.

WHY: Celebrate the holidays and shop high-quality designer clothing at very low prices—including 100% cashmere, 100% silk and 100% Italian leather. Featuring blouses, trousers, dresses, sweaters, cardigans, silk sleepwear, cashmere loungewear, scarves, hats, and arm warmers!

WHERE: 36 West 36th Street, floor 6

 

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BRAND: Christian Siriano Holiday Sample SaleWHEN: 12/14–12/17; Friday–Monday (11am–7pm)

WHY: 70% off clothes, bags, and shoes from the runway. Amazing gifts under $100.

WHERE: The Curated, 5 West 54th Street

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BRANDAdrienne Landau Holiday Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/16–12/18; Sunday (11am–5pm), Mon.–Tues. (10am–6pm)

WHY: Fabulous furs and faux fur jackets, vests, accessories, and home goods at a discount.

WHERE:  Adrienne Landau Showroom, 519 8th Avenue, bet. 36th and 37th Streets, 21st floor

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BRAND: Frances Valentine Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/18–12/19; Tues.–Wed. (8am–6pm)

WHY:  Shop one-of-a-kind samples, handbags and footwear at a discount

WHERE: Frances Valentine Showroom, 80 West 40th Street, Suite 80, 8th floor

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BRAND: Desigual Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/17–12/19; Mon.–Wed. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Women’s, kid’s, and men’s clothing and accessories at a discount; includes stock and samples.

WHERE: 261 West 36th Street, 2nd floor

—Staff

 

 

 

Last-Minute Holiday Beauty Gifts They’ll Love

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So, you’re up against the clock looking for the perfect gift? Fear not, Fashion Reverie has rounded up the best gifts that are sure to wow anyone on your list! From glittery shadows to intoxicating scents, we have the gifts you and your loved ones will be wearing all year long!

All about the Glitz

For the glamorous ladies (or gents) on your list, it’s all about the dazzle. Give them their chance to shine with glitter, metallic shades, and hypnotic lingering scents.

Stilas Enchanted Eyes Liquid Eye Shadow Set

This six-piece set of highly pigmented, travel-sized shadows are prefect for a New Year’s Eve look; however, a true diva can rock these shimmery and glittery shades all year long. They’re easy to apply and unlike many other shadows, really stay put without bleeding or creasing. Just a quick swipe across the lid can take any look from boring to fabulous!

Available at Ulta, currently on sale for $31.50

Marilyn Monroe inspires Morgan Taylor’s Glam Mini 4 Pack, from the brand’s Marilyn Monroe Forever Fabulous Collection. This four-pack of nail polishes is seriously upping the glam factor! With sparkly shades and deep reds like “Wish Upon A Starlet,” “Some Like it Red,” “Ice or No Dice,” and “Diamonds Are My BFF,” how could you go wrong?   Applied alone for a gorgeous mani, or together to create stand out nails, this nail pack is sure to impress. Need some tips? Check out morgantaylor.com to see their Marilyn-inspired nail art manicures.

Available at Ulta, $14.95

Tiffany & Co. Diamond Limited Edition Perfume

Tiffany & Co captures the scent of diamonds and bottles it up. Not only is the bottle gorgeous, representing the iconic Tiffany blue, exquisite diamond cuts and New York City roots, but with a bold sparkling floral musk scent based around the iris flower, with top notes of mandarin, this eau de parfum is sure to make an impression!

Available at bloomingdales.com, $130 (75ml)

Gucci Bloom Deluxe Edition Perfume channels vintage perfume bottles. This holiday edition of Gucci Bloom sits inside a powder glass bottle with a retro-inspired black bulb and tassel atomizer spray. The rich white scent includes ingredients such as natural tuberose harvested from India interlaced with jasmine and for the first time ever, and the rangoon creeper, a flower discovered in South India that changes colors from white to pink and finally red as it blooms. It’s an opulent scent that will transport you to back to the days of old school Hollywood glamour.

Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, $140 (100ml)

Pretty Simple

Bright, fresh and natural, when it comes to beauty, simple is anything but boring! For those girls who just glow and love makeup without all the fuss, these products are sure to make their mornings easier!            

Bobbi Brown’s Pret-A-Party Mini Eye and Lip Palette

Bobbi Brown has always been about enhancing natural beauty and with this eye and lip palette anyone can easily do just that. Filled with neutral shades and just a touch of shimmer to take your look from day to night! We love the easy to carry palette and the lip gloss in Bellini looks good on just about every skin tone!

Available at bobbibrown.com, $29.00                                      

Cricket’s 25 Black Hair Ties Tin

Need a fun stocking stuffer or cute gift for a teenager? Cricket’s tin has a message that anyone with long hair can relate to. Cricket doesn’t use any metal fascinators, which means no pulling out your hair! Plus, after inevitably losing at least half (if not more) of the hair elastics, the tin doubles as a great place to stow other accessories like clips, bobby pins and even lip gloss—making it a great vehicle to store your belongings and then stash into a locker, gym bag or toiletry kit.

Available at CVS, $4.99

Burberry Her Perfume

Staying true to their “ambery musky accord” and “London attitude,” this fresh vibrant scent is welcomingly fresh, with just a touch of edge. Opening with “bursts of red and dark berries- blackcurrant, blueberry and raspberry,” featuring notes of violet and jasmine and a base of dry amber and musk, this fruity scent is sure to be a new favorite! Additionally, the bottle can be personalized with initials for a gift that’s bound to get her attention.

Available at macys.com, $70 (30ml)

Everlasting Elegance

She’s classic and the very definition of style. For a gift that’s all that and more, try something tasteful and mesmerizing.

Guerlian Meteorites

There’s a reason these multi-colored “light reveling pearls” are so popular.   Not only do they have a delicate violet fragrance, they also transform light into a gorgeous subtle glow to illuminate the face. For ethereal skin that seems to light up from within, Meteorites never disappoints.

Available at Sephora, $63.00

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Miu Miu Fleur D’Argent PerfumeWith a top note of tuberose, this delicate scent packs a delicious punch, followed by musk accord and undertones of akigalawood for a well-rounded scent that’s not too floral or sweet. The stunning bottle is made up of clear glass matelassé with a silver painted interior and vintage pastel pink disk that would look gorgeous on any vanity table.

Available at Sephora, $99 (50ml)

—Janine Silver

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of December 3, 2018

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: La Regale Holiday 2018 Sample SaleWHEN: 12/03–12/14; Mon.–Thurs. (10am–4pm), Friday (10am–3pm)

WHY: Evening handbags and clutches at a discount

 WHERE: La Regale Showroom, 15 West 37th Street, 6th Floor

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BRAND: Derek Lam & Derek Lam 10 Crosby Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/04 and 12/09; Tues. (10am–8pm), Wed.–Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (11am–4pm)

WHY: Women’s ready-to-wear, shoes, and accessories at up to 70% off retail prices

WHERE: 260 Sample Sale, 151 Wooster Street

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BRANDThe Suite Showroom Multi-Brand Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/07–12/21; Monday–Friday (11am–6pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing at a discount; lots of jackets and sweaters.

WHERE: The Suite Showroom, 209 West 38th Street, Suite 1210

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BRAND: Nanette Lepore Fall 2018 Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/11–12/14; Tues,–Fri. (9am–7pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing at a discount; blazers, suits, dresses, and blouses priced $75-$250. Lots of one-off samples and past season styles at $35-$75.

WHERE: 225 West 35th Street, 17th floor, Penthouse, bet. 7th & 8th Avenue

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BRAND: Pietro Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/10–12/14; Mon.–Fri. (11am–6pm)

WHY: Fine Italian leather handbags at 30-70% off MSRP; made in New York City.

WHERE: 115 West 29th Street, Suite 400

—Staff

 

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of November 26, 2018

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: Cinzia Holiday Sample SaleWHEN: 11/28 and 11/29; Wednesday (9:30am–6pm, doors close at 5:45pm),

Thursday (9:30pm–5pm, doors close at 4:45pm)

WHY: Women’s fall/winter coats at a discount. Two days only. New merchandise. Assorted sizes available at extra low prices. CASH ONLY. All sales final.

WHERE: 30 Central Park South Penthouse

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BRAND:  Lela Rose Fall 2018 Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/28–11/30; Wed. (8am–8pm), Thurs. (9am–7pm), Fri. (9am–3pm)

WHY: Up to 75% off Pre-Fall and Fall 2018 merchandis

 WHERE: 260 West 36th Street, 2nd Floor

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BRANDHELLESY Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/29–11/30; Thursday (9am–7pm), Friday (9am–5pm)

WHY: Prices up to 90% off retail at the HELLESSY Sample Sale. Tons of pieces from resort 2019, spring 2018, and the Archives at amazing prices. Fall 2018 will also be available at 40%–50% off.

WHERE: 270 Lafayette Street, Suite 610

 

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BRAND: Eileen Fischer Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/01–12/02; Saturday (10am–6pm), Sunday (11am–6pm)

WHY: Samples of current Resort/Holiday merchandise ranging in price from $49–$299. Sizes range extra small to medium; other sale merchandise in a full size range, starting at 40% off.

WHERE: 314 East 9th Street, bet. 1st and 2nd Avenue

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BRAND: HANRO Holiday Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/03–12/06; Monday (3pm–7pm), Tues.–Wed. (8am–6pm), Thursday (8am–2pm)

WHY: 75% off of retail of luxurious loungewear, sleepwear and underpinnings for men and women. RSVP required

WHERE: 358 Fifth Avenue, 6th floor

—Staff

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