Fashion Reverie’s Back-to-School Roundup

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It’s that time of the year again; that time of the year when college students pack their trunks and luggage and head back to their educational institution of choice. And though the retail market is in the potty and wages have stagnated, students still need some great fashion choices. Even if you didn’t make a whole lot of green backs on your summer job, you can still look fashionable and chic with the choices Fashion Reverie has assembled for your back-to-school needs. And some of our choices are even eco-friendly.

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Don’t start the school year without your very own Doc Artisan phone and tablet docking station! Let your phone or tablet charge and be ready to wake up with it’s loud alarm on your very own artisan docking station made from one of natures greatest beauties—wood from gorgeous trees! And don’t forget to transfer your phone to the trendy and convenient phone cases! Save room in your backpack for books by using the Doc Artisan phone cases that also double as a wallet! 

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Perfect for back-to-school time and for any skin type, the combination of Zakia’s Morocco’s Perfect Skincare Kit products makes for an amazing remedy for your whole body. If you want beautiful, clear and silky smooth skin you need not look any further! With a simple combination of Macerated olives and olive oil, aqua and potassium hydroxide, the Original Moroccan “Beldi” Black Soap gives the skin a nourishing cleanse. The Loofah Scrubbing Ball assists in relaxation and blood flow. Exfoliating a couple times a week with the Kessa Exfoliating Glove will help to keep the skin healthy and give it a fresh glow. Finish by putting Argan Oil on your face to hydrate and keep skin looking young and vibrant. 

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This season it is all about reinvented 80s street style. And nothing says 80s street style better than joggers. Grab the campus attention you deserve and be on trend in sequined joggers or these color-blocked black and white joggers from Rebel Pink.Founder and creative director Adrienne Steele balances power and grittiness with prettiness and glamour in this 80s urban-inspired, street style collection. This sportswear collection contains, athletic tanks, joggers, jerseys, varsity jackets, sweatshirts, tees, hats, and leggings.

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Ok, you have the trendy clothes, now you need some great shoes to accentuate your great style. No other brand screams, ‘Style Maven’ more than Rocket Dog. This LA-based footwear brand launched in 1997 and in its two-decade history has become one of the leading women’s footwear brands with its signature platform sole aesthetic.Rocket Dog is for the stylish woman who is independent and has effortless style. And Rocket Dog’s collaboration with Hollywood stylist Chloe Bartoli has created a punk, street-style influenced collection for today’s cool girls. This collection, RD x CALI GIRLS, is the perfect back-to-school shoe collection that demonstrates your great style with just the right amount of millennial edge.

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As temperatures begin to cool down, keeping your lips moisturized is essential. Uncle Pappy’s Lappy Lips brand to the rescue for all your lip care needs. A part of the Just Bee family of lip balms, Uncle Pappy’s Lappy Lips’ natural beeswax-based lip balms provides families with a healthy alternative to traditional petroleum-based lip care. Just Bee products are crafted in the USA in small batches with all-natural flavors. Made without any harmful synthetic fragrances, preservatives, artificial dyes, parabens, phthalates or SLS, Just Bee balms are safe for all ages.Just in time for back-to-school, Lappy Lips comes in a 6 pack of different flavors— Whiz Pop Fizz, Sweet Cheeks Cherry, Pappy’s Happy Bubble Yum, Orange You Glad It’s Not Banana, Wiggly Giggle Grape, and Strawberry Sunshine. Additionally, Lappy Lips can be kept in your backpack, locker, purse, in the car, or in every pocket. And that is ideal for busy college students!!

—William S. Gooch




Wednesday Sample Sale: Week of July 30, 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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WHEN: 7/31–8/06; Tues.–Mon. (11am–7pm)

WHY:  Up to 80% off clothing and accessories, includes merchandise from Yune Ho, Marni, Veda, Rejina Pyo, Mijeong Park, Gray Matters, Kaarem, & more.

WHERE25 Mercer Street

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BRAND:  Adam Lippes Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/01–8/04; Wed.–Fri. (8:30am-8pm), Saturday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing at a discount at the Adam Lippes

WHERE: Adam Lippes NoMad Showroom, 1133 Broadway, 4th Floor

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BRAND: Samuji Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/03–8/05; Fri.–Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (noon–6pm)

WHY: A variety of women’s clothing, accessories and more at discounted prices. All Samuji clothing will be 70–80% off, and Samuji accessories approximately 60% off.

The sale will feature pre-fall2017, fall 2017, Resort 2018, spring 2018 and some one-of-a-kind samples. Other brands participating are Batsheva, Delfina Balda, Swetha.

WHERE:  12 Prince Street

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BRAND:  Kal Rieman Original Sample and Stock Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/07–8/08; Tues.–Wed. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Shop spring and summer apparel at up to 70% off

WHERE: 265 West 37th Street, Suite 904, 9th Floor


Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of July 23, 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: Designer Revival Sample SaleWHEN: 7/23–7/29; Mon.–Fri. (11am–7pm), Sat. (10am–6pm), Sunday (noon–5pm)

WHY: Select items at up to an additional 75% off

WHERE: 324 East 81st Street

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BRAND: Sea NY Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/26–7/28; Thurs.–Sat. (11am–6pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing at up to 80% off retail

WHERE324 Canal Street, Ground Floor

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BRAND: Muleh Summer Warehouse Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/26–7/29; Thurs.–Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (noon–6pm)

WHY: Up to 70% off designer brands including Hache, Ter et Bantine, Closed Jeans, Vivienne Westwood, Collection Privee, Le Sarte Petegolle, and many more.

WHERE:   160 9th Avenue, bet. W 19th and 20th streets


Editors’ Pick: Monday Swimwear

Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugan, co-founders of Monday Swimwear made their Miami Swim Week 2018 debut this season. A brand that is recognized for their strong social media presence presented a range of essential swimwear that provides the comfort and confidence that many female consumers would want and need.

With a timeless palette of neutral colors black and ivory, the brand also incorporated a color palette that included sky blue, coral red, espresso, mustard yellow, with an additional little flavor with the leopard print. Classic bandeau tops and bra tops which come with adjustable straps created both a sexy, innovative and utilitarian option.

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Monday Swimwear’s debut collection also included one-piece styles of high-leg bikini suits and low back cuts, as well as strapless necklines with removable arm ties for added versatility. As strong advocates of body positivity, Monday Swimwear also presented their V-Range suits that provide swimwear that’s complimentary of a variety of body type, ranging in size from 0 to 16.  The beach collection showed a beach options ranging from tie-tops, wide legged pants, tunics to sarongs and flowing cover-ups.A diverse collection of Monday Swimwear options is currently available online at

—Kim Dillinger

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of July 16, 2018

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BRAND: Zadig & Voltaire Sample SaleWHEN: 7/17–7/22; Tues, (9am–7pm), Wed.–Thurs. (10am–7pm), Fri.–Sat, (10am–8pm), Sunday (10am-5pm)

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

WHERE: 260 5th Avenue, bet. 28th & 29th Streets

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BRAND: Tusk Moving Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/19–7/21; Thurs.–Sat. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Save up to 70% off fine Italian leather handbags and accessories for women, men, travel, and gifts.

WHERE:   242 West 26th Street, bet. 7th & 8th Avenue

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 BRAND: Desigual Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/24–7/26; Tues.–Thurs. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Women’s, kids, and a limited selection of men’s clothing and accessories

WHERE261 West 36th Street, 2nd floor


Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of July 9, 2018

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BRAND: Pronovias Sample SaleWHEN: 7/14–7/15; Sat.–Sun. (10am–4pm)

WHY: Pronovias and Atelier Pronovias styles at up to 60% off retail, by appointment only. To schedule, please call 212-897-6393, or click here to book online. Brides are permitted 2 guests.

WHERE: Pronovias NYC Flagship store, 14 East 52nd Street, bet. 5th and Madison Avenues

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BRAND: Nora Gardner Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/15–7/31; Mon.–Fri. (11am–7:30pm), Sat. (11am-5pm), Sunday (1am–5pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing at a discount. Professional and figure flattering dresses starting from $100, skirts & tops from $50, and jackets from $150. 

WHERE:   40 East 58th Street, Ground Floor

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BRAND: Theory and Helmut Lang Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/16–7/19; Mon.–Thurs. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Women’s and men’s clothing at a discount, includes samples and slight irregulars

WHERE261 West 36th Street, 2nd floor

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BRAND: Mi Jong Lee Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/16–7/20; Mon.–Fri. (10am–7pm)

WHY: Designer women’s ready-to-wear at a discount 

WHERE:  65 West 37th Street, bet. 7th & 8th Avenues, Suite 801


Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of July 2, 2018

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BRAND: Prive Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/03–7/08; Tues. (noon–7pm), Wed. (11am–4pm), Thurs.–Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (11m–5pm)

WHY: Women’s and men’s clothing and accessories at up to 70% off

WHERE: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue

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BRAND: Gail Labelle Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/09–7/13; Mon.–Fri. (10am–5pm)

WHY: All you need to update your summer look is Accessories! Ladies’ handbags, evening bags, clutches, and belts up to 80% off retail prices. Prices range $20–$50.

WHERE:   385 Fifth Avenue at 36th Street, Suite 708

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BRAND: Alala Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/11–7/; Wed.–Fri. (11am–6pm)

WHY: Activewear at up to 70% off

WHERE: 401 Broadway, Suite 2001


New York Fashion Week: Men’s Spring 2019 Editors’ Essentials

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New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) spring 2019 season is just around the corner, and that means fashion editors and industry professionals will be scurrying from menswear show to menswear presentation over a three-day period. It might just be a three-day fete, but that doesn’t mean industry professionals should look less than their Fashion Week best. Fashion Reverie has assembled some key essentials that every industry professional can use through a hectic fashion week.

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Paul Mitchell Construction Paste

It might be close to a hundred degrees outside, but that doesn’t mean humidity should get the best of your hair. Paul Mitchell Construction Paste will help you keep those tasseled locks in place while you are running to shows in the middle of this New York summer heat. Don’t let your hairdo be a dippity don’t.

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Snow Fox Arctic Breeze Detox Mask

Don’t allow stress, sweat, and bad eating ruin your pores. The new Snow Fox Skincare collection is a 3-step regimen that will leave your skin looking and feeling flawless. Soul Artist Management and IMG models shouldn’t be the only pretty boys strolling the streets during NYFWM.

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Gucci Bee Star Leather Tote

Gucci is still one of the “It” popular brands, and this bee star leather tote is a tribute to the company’s historic symbol dating back to the1980s. While we have all seen the Gucci sneakers and the fur trim loafers, be the one to stand out with this statement piece that most fashionista haven’t got their hands on yet.

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Lepow Portable Charger

We have all been there. It’s the end of the day, probably our last fashion show, and our phone is on 1 percent or one bar of life left. Stay charged up, literally, with the Lepow Portable Charger. The Lepow Portable Charger is both a sleek design, and a quick charge for your phone or tablet. Stay connected just by plugging in.

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Power Crunch Protein Energy Bar

Speaking of staying charged, if you have a packed schedule, as is the case for most industry professional, chances are you barely have very little time to fuel your body. Before you pass out at your 3 o’clock fashion show, grab a power crunch energy protein bar to keep that blood sugar up.

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Lab Series Max LS Power V Instant Eye Lift

Age is nothing but a number, especially with all current beauty products on the market. Say bye bye to bags under your eyes with Lab Series Max LS Power V Instant Eye Lift. Even if you are running on very little sleep due to fashion slow overload and writing fashion show reviews, your eyes don’t have to reflect your fatigue. You can still look bright eyed and bushy tailed. 

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Good Day Dark Chocolate Energy Supplement

Don’t let your energy supplements stop with the protein bars alone. Good Day Dark Chocolate is the ultimate sweet snack at a moments notice to keep you going. Good Day will keep you energized throughout the day, even giving you that energy boost through NYFWM after parties.

—Kristopher Fraser

Trendy, Quirky Bags for Summer 2018 Festival Season

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As the summer craze begins to take over, we find ourselves weaving in and out of festival foot traffic. Shine all summer, as you put to rest your overworked winter visage. Whether you’re going to your fave concert, attending a local carnival, or taking a much needed flashy trip to the Bahama, take time off with Fashion Reverie’s list of summer festival bags.This summer be more innovative and reinvent your stereotypical handbag. As the perfect vacation accessory, Fashion Reverie looks to changes and trends in summer handbags. Oscar de la Renta, Burberry, Jeremy Scott ,and Fendi are just a few designers that are offering quirky insane looks for a more fresh outlook. The biggest trend thus far is retro logo tagging, found all over runways and branded clothing. “Mix casual and classic pieces … add a little bit of edge to a classic look”, said Tiffany Groh Cummins, Fashion, Film and Lifestyle publicist at TRC & Associates. No matter the trend, you shall be deemed most fashionable this season.

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Designers crave adoration from consumers. What better way to show them love than with a nostalgic logo bag.? Fendi, Dior, and Gucci are a few designers taking us back to a retro era with their interpretation of monogram logos. Designer tagging is definitely on trend. “If done tastefully [logo tagging] will be the primary way that your popularity grows. The younger generation [is] a little detached from luxury brands … it’s [these] minute splash accessories for street wear that says ‘I’m not trying too hard,” explains Cummins.

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Expose your goodies, in this see-through clear PVC bag that has a fun sporty aesthetic. Take this on-the-go accessory as you head to the beach, weekend trip, or hanging out at a street vendor festival. Be sure to choose wisely as this see-me-not trend is more about what you carry than what you’re carrying. If you have a love for fun-printed pouches, try pairing this trend with colorful pastel wallets or dainty coin purses for a layering visual effect.

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First came the classic fanny pack, called marsupial bags in Europe. But, now it’s all about the itty bitty belt bags. Update this classic trend as fanny pack silhouettes have taken a super micro approach. Deemed high fashion, these tiny totes are here for a bold statement. “[This] fashion statement and trend is easy to carry, and holds all the essentials,” said Cummins.

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Backpacks are still in and are here to stay. This quick and easy accessory is perfect as you look for adventures at summer’s music and film festivals. Double the size, as this accessory goes from your scheduled routine to the perfect travel bag as you head cross country for a memorable music or film festival.

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It’s all about the hoop handles, whether it’s for minimal function or an unconventional art-inspired way. Take your pick of this trend; as there are various blends, fabrications, and manipulations to have you stand out from the madding crowd.

—Courtney S. Wilkins

Wednesday Sample Sale: Week of June 27, 2018

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BRAND: Miguelina Sample SaleWHEN: 6/27–6/29;) Wed. (noon–7pm), Thurs. (10am–7pm), Friday (10am–2pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing at up to 80% off retail prices 

WHERE: 325 West 37th Street, Floor 2

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BRAND: Ulla Johnson Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/28–7/01; Thurs.–Sat, (10am–pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY:  Women’s clothing and accessories at a discount

WHERE:   150 Greene Street

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BRAND: Nicholas K Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/28–7/31 Mon.–Fri. (10am–7pm), Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (noon–6pm)

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

WHERE  435 Broome Street

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BRAND: Maison de Papillion Sample Sale

WHEN: 7/202–7/09; Mon.–Fri. (9:30am–5:30pm)

WHY: Gorgeous assortment of luxury pieces available for 60%–80% off

WHERE:  36 West 36th Street, Floor 6


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