Fashion Reverie’s Top Stories of 2017

2017 has been a challenging year for the fashion industry. Leadership changed at several top fashion brands, and kept changing. Cases in point, Bouchra Jarrar took over the helm at Lanvin after Alber Elbaz was ousted and her tenure, if you want to call it that lasted less than eight months. The Public School duo of Maxwell Osborne and Dao Yi-Chow took over DKNY and after a year the duo exited DKNY. And add to that Phoebe Philo leaving Celine.

The retail market also had struggles in 2017. Rumors circulated throughout the year that the Nordstrom company was looking for a buyer. Though Nordstrom keep denying the rumors,there was truth to the fact that Lord &Taylor was closing their signature store in New York City. And iconic French store Colette closed its doors, as well.

That said; Fashion Reverie was front and center bringing its viewers all the goings-on in fashion. Below you find some of Fashion Reverie’s top stories in 2017. Our top stories are in no particular order or ranking; chosen on the basis of internet traffic, social media likes, and market viability.1) Adnan Khashoggi died in June of this year. At one time, this Saudi Arabian billionaire was one of the richest men in the world, with a net worth in the early 80s of over $4 billion. Coincidentally, model/business owner Jill Dodd’s tell-all book “The Currency of Love” came out around the same time of Khashoggi’s death. “Currency of Love” details Jill Dodd’s career as fashion model in Europe, her brief affair with Adnan Khashoggi, and her career as the creative director of the surfer brand Roxy.

Fashion Reverie was fortunate to get an interview with Jill Dodd. And she was candid and forthcoming about everything. “The Currency of Love” is good reading!!2) Fashion Reverie was so pleased when Carl Ayers came back to Fashion Reverie as managing editor. His first article for Fashion Reverie made this top 2017 articles list. Carl Ayers’ Fall 2017 Men’s Fragrances article included four top men’s fragrances that took our viewers’ olfactory senses to Paris, Kenya, Greece, and Venice. And it was all worth the trip!!3) 2017 was the year that Fashion Reverie returned to shooting fashion editorials. Inspired by Botticelli’s masterpiece “Primavera,” our return to fashion editorials was a resounding success. Shot in Central Park with garments from Bibhu Mohapatra, Black Halo, and Love Sam, photographer Ken Jones and stylist Renessta Olds returned to fray to make “Graces, Charm and Beauty” one of Fashion Reverie’s best fashion shoots.4) Misty Copeland had two historic debuts during America Ballet Theatre’s spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House. Misty Copeland became the first African American ballerina with American Ballet Theatre to dance “Giselle” and Kitri in “Don Quixote.” Fashion Reverie was front and center when Misty debuted as Kitri. And she danced it her way.5) Sometimes, it just takes a little time. That was the opening line of Fashion Reverie’s review of Loris Diran’s fall 2017 show during New York Fashion Week: Men’s fall 2017. And whatever time it took for Loris Diran to create one of the best shows men’s shows of the season, it was definitely worth the wait!!6) The movie “Fame” inspired so many folks to pursue a career in the arts. And Fashion Reverie was fortunate to get an interview with “Fame” ballerina Antonia Franceschi after her ballet “She Holds Out Her Hand” premiered with New York Theatre Ballet. Antonia’s conversation with Fashion Reverie left no stones unturned, and with unfettered honesty, she talked about “Fame,” her career with New York Ballet, Balanchine, and her new career as a choreographer.7) Kristopher Fraser came on staff as an associate editor in late July. And his feature articles have been well-researched, provocative, and sometimes snarky. Kristopher tackled a subject that puzzles many folks in the fashion industry; the advent of social media influencers. Kristopher scored a hit with this article and we are glad he is on board!!8) Nobody writes about beauty better than our beauty editor Janine Silver. Janine Silver’s Think Pink article laid down the law on why the color pink was summer beauty color of 2017.9) Cameron Rose came to Fashion Reverie after honing her craft at the Hollywood Reporter. Cameron brought her expert writing skills to an incredible article on the television series “The Bold Type.”10) Fashion Reverie had an incredible New York International Bridal Week in October. Reem Acra’s bridal fall 2018 show stood out this season. Inspired by saintly spirits, Reem Acra’s bridal collection was every thing a bridal collection should be and more. And there was something for almost every type of bride!!11) Taylor Swift continues to dominant pop music. Fashion Reverie was fortunate to have an inside track on all the jewels she wore in her recent music video “Look What You Made Me Do.” Talk about jewels, jewels, and more jewels.12) The fashion industry lost one of the most creative souls in the industry in 2017, Azzedine Alaia. Fashion Reverie looked back as his career and the brilliance of his designs

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