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

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