New York Fashion Week Spring 2023 Pre-Coverage

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New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is upon us. As a tried-and-true New York City tradition, stiletto heels and the hustle of bustle of fashionistas will be more front and center in the Big Apple over the next six days (September 9-September 14).

For those who are familiar of NYFW of yore, gone are the 10-day plus extended fashion weeks; gone is the centralized locations; gone are the many faces of celebrities sitting front row, and unfortunately gone are a lot of the fashion industry professionals, replaced by influencers and the posed and prepped Instagram folks who are only experts in their own lives. Faking the funk seems to be the order of day for many of the attendees, who can now buy their admission into the top shows.

That said, NYFW needs a real facelift. Still, many of the diehard industry professionals still soldier on, bringing their audiences coverage of this once-hallowed event.

What has not changed is the incredible collections by many of the designers/bramds that continue to present at NYFW. Though the COVID-19 pandemic put a dent in the distillation of incredible fashion presented bi-annually, the fierce and fabulous designers are back!!

Fashion Reverie will be front and center, bringing our viewers all the incredible spring 2013 collections from NYFW. Stay tuned!!

William S. Gooch

Kerry Parker: Vive Le Difference

There is no doubt that we are in a fashion recovery. Just look around!! After two years of lockdowns and restrictions, it is evident that lots of folks are getting their fashion sassy back.

The current “Feral Girls of Summer” fashion trend is a manifestation of young consumers’ desire to get their sexy fashion back. Still, there is yet much to be done and Kerry Parker is a UK-based brand that is primed and ready to bring a much-needed fashion oasis to a market ready for change and fashion brilliance.

Started as a fashion project for fashion marketing students, the brand still maintains its core fashion DNA of richly embellished garments that reflect the ever-evolving aesthetics of high-end streetwear. And though Kerry Parker initially concentrated on the accessory market, the brand has now evolved into producing ladies’ ready-to-wear dresses and wardrobe staples.

The brand’s core design team—Arpita Sarin and Bobo Meitei—have remained with the brand since its inception, other team members may stay for a collection or come and go as projects and collections morph. And since the brand focuses more on custom-made product over mass production, the ebb and flow of design staff works perfectly for Kerry Parker.

One of the directions that has set Kerry Parker above and ahead of other brands that have recently entered the fashion market is the brand’s dedication to sustainability. The brand’s focus on primarily custom-made product cuts down on the brand’s global energy footprint and carbon emissions. Additionally, Kerry Parker is also establishing itself as a vegan brand.

“Kerry Parker is a zero-waste project that uses solely vegan and cruelty free materials to manufacture its collection. A plethora of customization possibilities for anything and everything helps us blend pret-a-porter and haute couture into a segment that ensures a greater level of customer involvement. I feel that alone sets the young label apart from its closest competitors,” explains co-founder Arpita Sarin.

All these elements are a great storyline to this emerging brand, still, what makes Kerry Parker really stand out is its fashion products. With Kerry Parker, gloves are not just gloves, stockings are more than other pair of stockings, and shrugs, statement belts, and luxury graphic tees are not just accessories and staple items. All of their product is made with stunning attention to detail and embellished with whimsical, yet thoughtful details that not only makes the accessories statement pieces, but also brings that je ne sais quoi quality that defies trends, shifts in the economy, and the peripatetic tastes of fashionistas.

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In a market that is flooded by milquetoast product that is made more for mass consumption than unique perspectives on style and glamour, Kerry Parker is filling a much-needed void of fashion sensibility and panache. Arpita Sarin says it best,” Why be like everyone else, why not let your personal style reflect your desire to be different and stand out from the rest … We attempt to represent that consumer that is ready to go out and conquer the world and who is fearless in their fashion choices.”

Well, Kerry Parker, you are doing just that. Let the fashion gods be praised!! Vive le difference!!

—William S. Gooch

Be Yourself in Awkward Souls’ Whimsical Sneakers

“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken”—Oscar Wilde

We are solidly in the lazy, hazy, very hot days of summer. That said, these very hot days can influence you to wear very comfortable, unencumbered clothing. That is one way to beat the heat.

Still, the extreme heat should not cause you to forget about your style. And one way to demonstrate your summer style without layering is to beauty your feet with some stylish sneakers.

Introducing Awkward Souls, a female founded, socially conscious, and vegan brand of high fashion street sneakers. They have a Vans meets Balenciaga vibe, but with a soul rooted in welcoming whimsy and weirdness.

Award Souls prides itself on being a footwear brand that balances the importance of self-expression, inclusion, and community through its product and stunning creative direction. Even the name “Awkward Souls” is a whimsical play on the physical product and the emotional intent.

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In this summer of love, love yourself and the environment by including Awkward Souls sneaks into your summer wardrobe. With price points at $85 for all sneakers, you cannot go wrong. And these price points will not break the bank, like some luxury sneaks with a similar design aesthetic can do.

Fashion Reverie’s favorites are the ‘The Scoop’ white and pink sneakers. Let whimsy be your guide in this summer of love, adventure, and recovery.

And like Oscar Wilde so beautifully explained, “be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” Hmm, I guess we don’t have a choice. And that is a good thing.







Hasta La Vista, Sweet Sister

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Fashion Reverie arts and lifestyle editor Cameron Grey Rose. Cameron was an integral part of the Fashion Reverie team, bringing insightful and well-conceived arts and lifestyle articles to our online publication for five years. Cameron’s snarky, well-written “Rock It or Leave It” trend and style reports were always avidly followed by our readers who loved Cameron’s take of fashion trends.

Though she sometimes referred to herself as the funny, fat girl looking at the world of entertainment and fashion from the outside, at Fashion Reverie Cameron was always front and center. Her wit, charm, and ebullient spirit will be solely missed at Fashion Reverie and thoughout the fashion industry.

The race is not to the swift, but to the ones that endure to the end. And Cameron endured and triumphed until her very end. She finished her race!!

We love you, sweet sister!!



Fashion Reverie’s Fashion News Quiz

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We are just few weeks from the beginning of summer. And as summer approaches with students graduating and fashion looking forward to men’s fashion shows at the end of June, Fashion Reverie thought it would be a good time to look back at some interesting things that have happened in fashion, even though we are only halfway through 2022.

The best way to shine a light on all the changes in fashion is to bring back our Fashion Reverie Quiz. In this fourth installation, we look at fashion subjects we have discussed in our “Fashion News Alert.” If you have been paying attention, you show score a very high number.

Fashion Reverie Quiz Score Card

10-8 correct: Fashion Etoile (star)

8-6 correct: Stylish Go-Getter

6-5 correct: Burgeoning Fashionista

4 and below correct: Drab Wallflower

1. Which iconic French designer known for his padded shoulder suits, cinched waist, and hyper-sexual silhouettes passed away earlier this year?

a) Michael Goma

b) Thierry Mugler

c) Alber Elbaz

d) Virgil Abloh

2. Which legendary fashion editor died in the early part of 2022?

a) Andre Leon Talley

b) Grace Mirabella

c) Lynn Jaeger

d) Franca Sozzani

3. Who is the new creative director BCBGMAXAZRIA?

a) Ralph Rucci

b) Albino Riganello

c) Nanette Lepore

d) Sonia Rykiel

4. Nike has named a building at their headquarters after this legendary athlete. Who is that athlete?

a) Shaquille O’Neal

b) Tom Brady

c) Michael Jordan

d) Serena Williams

5. Which two iconic fashion houses have recently come together to form a unique collaboration?

a) Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger

b) Dior and Balenciaga

c) Fendi and Versace

d) Nina Ricci and Lanvin

6. Which fashion designer was recently cleared of homophobic allegations in New York State courts?

a. Tommy Hilfiger

b. Rachel Roy

c. Wes Gordon

d. Philipp Plein

7. Which well-known fashion photographer passed away earlier this year?

a) Patrick Demarchelier

b) Mario Testino

c) Bruce Weber

d) Bill Cunningham

8. Which well-known publishing giant is unionizing?

a) Hearst Publications

b) Fairchild Publications

c) Conde Nast

d) Johnson Publications

9. Which CFDA executive recently vacated their post?

a) Diane von Furstenberg

b) Steven Kolb

c) Tom Ford

d) Grace Coddington

10. Which iconic denim brand has employed Brooke Shields as the face of its new 2022 campaign?

a) Levi

b) Jordache

c) The Gap

d) Calvin Klein


Key: 1. b) Thierry Mugler 2. a) Andre Leon Talley 3. b) Albino Riganello 4. d) Serena Williams 5. c) Fendi and Versace 6. d. Philipp Plein 7. a) Patrick Demarchelier 8. c) Conde Nast 9. c) Tom Ford 10. b) Jordache


Feral Girls’ Summer 2022 Style

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Temperatures have warmed up and if you are feeling like you want to let it all hang out and just cut loose, you are not alone. This summer let your passion be your guide, leave no stone unturned and party like there is no tomorrow. In other words, summer 2022 will be a “Feral Girls’ Summer.”

Surprised? You may ask, “What is a feral girls’ summer?” This is a summer with very few COVID-19 restrictions. And with high cost of inflation, a raging war in Ukraine, and women’s reproductive rights under attack, why not use this summer to cut loose and paint the town red, green, magenta, or any color you want. In other words, Carpe Diem, seize the day because tomorrow is not promised.  That’s right, create a new wild girls’ summer, a feral girls’ summer.

Now, this feral (wild) girls’ summer is not going to work for you if you don’t have the right wardrobe. Remember feral girls’ summer is for the wild child that parties from Wednesday evening to late Sunday. She also doesn’t care about what folks say about her. And she also in not concerned if her clothing matches.

With all this information in mind, Fashion Reverie has a few tips about some garment choices that match the Feral Girl aesthetic.

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Tees and Tanks

Wearing garments that can go with almost anything and that require very little maintenance is right on point with ‘Feral Girls’ Summer.’ Tanks and tee shirts really fit that bill. Nothing says summer freedom better than a summer tank top and/or tee shirt. And this summer you can bring a fashionable element to these very basic summer necessities.

Skims ($34) and WSLY Rivington ($68) has some great fitted tanks that are not only stylish and sophisticated but also produce a great fit. Add to that, Abercrombie & Fitch knotted tee shirt ($29), Beach Boys vintage-inspired tee ($175) and the affordable Reformation Alex Slim Tee ($24), and you are ready to party hardy at all the summer music festivals.

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Crop tops and bandeaus

What would a wild girls’ summer be without crop tops? Fashion Reverie has selected some great choices. From H&M’s sleeveless turtleneck crop top ($18) to Lulu’s green square-necked crop ($28) to Victor Glemaud’s Bustier crop ($195) ending with Cynthia Rowley’s black crystal-mesh bandeau top ($175), you cannot go wrong with these choices.

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We love short shorts

With these incredible tops, some great shorts are a must have. Zara’s high-waisted shorts ($46) should definitely be in your wardrobe, as well as Farm Rio’s paper bag statement shorts ($120). Add to this mix, cut off vintage jean shorts from AGOLDE Parker and you all set for summer music festival season.

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Flirty Frocks

You not really consider a flirty dress as a must-have for feral girls of summer, but some those wild girls do like getting their summer bacchanal going in a flirty frock. Fashion Reverie’s choices for that feral girl that looks to be flirty and feminine is Berska’s reprint detail dress ($36), a surefire hit for summer music festivals. Another standout dress is Staud’s Edesia knit dress ($325). Bringing up the rear for those wild girls that want to add a bit of sophistication is Jonathan Simkai’s Christobel macrame dress ($795). Fringe rules the day in this summer wonder.

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The mini bag

Since you are traveling very light this summer, you may not need a big bag. That said, small doesn’t mean insignificant or inexpensive. You can still demonstrate your style with a small bag.

Consider Betsey Johnson’s bejeweled pizza slice crossbody handbag ($118) if you are not girl who wants to be noticed. Or if you want great summer style without the steep price, consider the Uerraum crossbody mini-stripped eco bag ($23). Lastly, Fashion Reverie chose the Ace limited edition mini handbag ($555) with a charming heart appliqué, pink and red color blocking and a cupid’s arrow.

William S. Gooch

“Gilded Glamor” Seen Through the Lens of American Fashion Designers

Everybody loves the Met Gala. And the exhibit at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum that inspire the red-carpet looks seen at the Met Gala is equally adored. Still, often the Costume Institute’s exhibit reflect fashion from earlier times being a reflection of where we have been in fashion.

Though these exhibits are expertly curated, customers may ponder how these exhibitions relate to their lives. And if they love the garments in the exhibitions, how they can incorporate some the design aesthetics into their wardrobe.

Fashion Reverie to the rescue!! Fashion Reverie has selected a few American designers whose spring 2022 collections reflect the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute’s “Gilded Glamor” design aesthetic.

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Since his debut collection in 1991, Byron Lars has regularly employed a Gilded Age design aesthetic. You will find this silhouette made evidence in Lars continued employ of the classic Gibson Girl aesthetic. Lars takes stripped bodices and his version of a modernized bustle to enhance his customers’ femininity and elegance.  And though, as in his current spring 2022 collection his corseted bodices are more relaxed, ensuing more movement quality and his stripped bodices are more in the form of a shirt dress, the Gilded Age aesthetic is still front and center.

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For his spring 2017collection, Bibhu Mohapatra was inspired by the Belle Epoque era. “[in this Belle Epoque collection there] are a lot of fitted bodices and details from that era that I reimagine for today’s women. For instance, I might take inner garments and reverse them, making them the outer garments. I do incorporate some of the fitted elements from the Belle Epoque into this collection; however, for the modern woman I have given those elements more ease. There is a lot draping and combinations of sheer fabrics with heavier fabrics. I like to re-interpret these elements my way without having the garments look very period. That is a challenge I enjoy. I immerse myself in this world and I imagine how that woman lives her daily life and then I extract and make it all my own. My fabrics come from all over the world and the embroideries are still being developed for the collection.”

Though Mohapatra’s spring 2022 collection does not necessarily give a strong nod to a Gilded Age aesthetic, Mohapatra’s predilection for that aesthetic does pop up. Particularly, in Mohapatra’s use of exaggerated padded shoulders and cinched waists.

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No other American designers’ collections epitomize “Gilded Glamor” better than Pamella Roland. Known for her red-carpet looks, Roland has been employing classic silhouettes since the launch of her ready-to-wear brand 20 years ago. And her resort and fall 2022 collections are no exception.

Roland’s resort and spring 2022 collections do not source the Gilded Age specifically as its inspiration, the classic silhouettes of that era are in this collection and fit in quite nicely. And like many of Roland’s collections, this outing plays heavily on embellishments and whimsy.

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Though she hasn’t shown in New York City for quite some time, Monique Lhuillier’s spring 2022 collection also fits very nicely into that pantheon of American designers that regularly borrow heavily from the Gilded Age design aesthetic. That said, Lhuillier’s fall 2022 collection was inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood. And within that collection there were some looks that reflected a Gilded Age aesthetic.

With Lhuillier there is always a lot of beautiful embellishments on the evening gowns, gowns with trains, and some corset-like bodies—all elements reminiscent of classic silhouettes that evoke Gilded Glamor.

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Christopher John Rogers is one of the youngest American fashion designers to incorporate a Gilded Age aesthetic into his collection. For his pre-fall 2022 collection, Rogers looks to his southern roots for inspiration married with classic American silhouettes. In this collection you will find some very structured bodices and well as gowns with trains, two silhouettes that evidence Gilded Age influences. All these influences are bedfellows to Rogers continued fascination with bold color.

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This roundup would not be complete without Christian Siriano. Since his burst on the fashion scene over a decade ago, Siriano has been one of the go-to designers that understands how to combine classic silhouettes with modern-day gilded glamor.

For his fall 2022 collection, Siriano looked to a ‘Matrix’ reality, where some days we are living in the Victorian Era and other days we are living in more recent times. This point of view is made evident in several garments that reflect a Victorian or Gilded Age design aesthetic.

There are looks in this collection that utilize Victorian corsetry, full skirts, and emboldened oversized sleeves. All these elements reflect looks you would find during the Gilded Age. Though Siriano’s collection was more gothic and darker than looks from the Gilded Age, there is a definite nod in this collection to a Victorian/Gilded Age point of view.

William S. Gooch

Gilded Glamor: Understanding 2022’s Met Gala Theme

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For the first time, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will link two exhibitions for the Met Gala. The first exhibition, entitled In America: An Anthology of Fashion, was presented last September, while the second exhibition will be presented in May. The Met Gala will be held in New York City on May 2 and will be the hottest party of the year, bringing out lavishly dressed celebrities to the Met Gala showcasing this year’s theme, “Gilded Glamor.” The theme reflects New York City’s Gilded Age spanning 1870 to 1890.

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“Gilded Glamor” is a particularly exciting theme given the recent intense popularity of period dramas like “Bridgerton” and “The Gilded Age.” Entertainment media heavily influences American culture while fashion is symbolic of it (American culture), so this relationship is one to highlight. According to Andrew Bolton, Head Curator of the Met Costume Exhibit, “All of the rooms are connected by these curatorial threads, but they’re also connected through this cinematic lens. Every director has put their own imprimatur on each of them.”

The gala’s accompanying exhibit pairs nine film directors with period rooms that explore fashion’s role in shaping American identity. It is very likely that designers dressing celebrities for the Met Gala will also pull from cinema and television.

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HBO’s “The Gilded Age” is one example of popular media that designers might pull from, as it was highly revered for its designs by costume designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone. In the series, fashion reflected American cultural values relative to “new money” and “old money” in New York City. In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Walicka-Maimone explains distinctions between characters stating, “Russell’s costumes were a stark contrast to the central “old money” characters of Agnes and Ada, who both stick with monochromatic jewel tones, with the former regularly wearing shades of purple and blue while the latter wears gold, orange, and red.” The use of color is one of the most important elements of the Gilded Age, as the period marked the start of synthetic dye use. Walicka-Maimone also says that for all the characters, “The silhouette is the same—nobody would dare break the silhouette.” Walicka-Maimone also emphasizes the heavy adornments worn by women during the Gilded Age and the subtle and not-so-subtle ways women from different social classes differentiated themselves.  

Walicka-Maimone alludes to three essential elements of women’s Gilded Age fashion: synthetically dyed fabrics, a restrictive silhouette rule, and heavy ornamentation. If designers and celebrities have done their research, Fashion Reverie expects most fashion pieces to show a modern interpretation of these elements. According to Lydia Strickling in her article “Gilded Age Fashion,” for NPS (National Park Service), “Clothing was often vibrantly colored, thanks to the increased use of synthetic dyes, which were still a fairly new innovation. Women’s clothing featured multiple colors in the same outfit, something that was uncommon prior to this decade. It was fashionable to layer vibrant colors on top of dark ones. A popular combination was plum and navy blue.” Fashion Reverie expects celebrities to emphasize the Gilded Age’s rich color palette, with the best-dressed celebrities wearing multicolored pieces.

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Strickling also writes, “Around 1876, the “princess line” style became popular. This encompassed bodices and corsets with vertical seams rather than horizontal ones, which tightly hugged the body of the wearer. Long sleeves and high necklines were also features of this style, which was named for the Alexandra, the Princess of Wales.” For women, the silhouette during the Gilded Age was highly restrictive at the waist, voluminous at the back, and featured an excess of layers.

Men’s clothing, according to FIT’s 1880-1889 Fashion History Timeline “was marked by a long, slender frame. Suits were cut closer to the body, creating a tall, slim line. The frock coat, featuring a waist seam with a full skirt, remained the most formal daywear in town. Sportswear [also] played a special role in menswear. The blazer, a single-breasted lounge jacket, often made in brightly colored stripes, was usually paired with light-colored flannel trousers ….” At the Met Gala, Fashion Reverie expects gender fluidity to reign supreme, with some men wearing voluminous gowns and some women wearing bright sportswear. Either way, simple black dresses, and black ties should seldom grace the carpeted steps.

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Fashion Reverie expects one of the most exciting elements of this year’s gala to be a plethora of intricate hairstyles and headpieces. FIT’s Fashion History Timeline notes, “hats were worn directly on top of the head, and they grew greatly in height becoming tall and narrow, eventually rising to such heights they were mocked as “Four Stories and a Basement.” We expect nothing less than four stories and a basement at the gala!

From head to toe, Fashion Reverie also expects extensive use of trims from ribbons, ruffles, bows, and lace. In terms of designers celebrities might wear, American designers might be most appropriate given the theme; however, fashion during the Gilded Age was heavily influenced by European fashion from designers like Charles Frederick Worth, so foreign designs are also expected.

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We predict many to wear Christopher John Rogers, an American designer, and Maison Valentino by Pierpaolo Piccioli due to both designers’ focus on highly saturated fabrics and intricate silhouettes. Both brands have featured large colorful feathered hats in recent collections, on theme with “Gilded Glamor.”

This year’s Met Gala has the potential to be the best one yet with its focus on decoration and excess, so it will undoubtedly be exciting to see how celebrities and designers interpret the theme on May 2, right before the exhibition opens on May 7! The Met Gala will be live-streamed courtesy of Vogue starting at 6 p.m. EST. Stay tuned!

—Tessa Swantek

Fashion Stylist Gemma Sheppard’s 2022 Coachella Diary

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When you see the sight of the world’s largest transportable Ferris wheel, you know there’s only one festival that you could be at—Coachella, baby! Having not opened its doors since 2019 due to the pandemic, Coachella threw them open this year with gusto, and the twice-postponed festival came back with a bang. While Coachella is primarily a music festival (with every genre of music you could imagine), as a stylist, the incredible, eclectic fashion vibe that perpetually surrounds me at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, is undoubtedly a huge draw. From boho to designer, anything goes at Coachella. It’s the one festival where everyone feels at home in their skin, whether they’re sharing a love of dressing up or down.

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Before any holiday or event, I plan my outfits meticulously to ensure I never forget anything. Preparing for Coachella is essential because temperatures during the day are hot, hot, hot, but at night they seriously dip, so you have to arrive prepared. As fabulous as swimsuits covered by a lace kimono look in the mid-afternoon sun, leather jackets and ponchos are a Coachella fashion essential to stave off the chill factor at night.

Footwear also needs serious consideration because of the amount of walking and dancing you do, mostly on grass. I took two pairs of cowboy boots—one worn-in pair in buttery-soft leather and another, which I feared would hurt after a few hours, so I stuck with my old faithfuls all weekend! The festival has a marvelous laid-back vibe—even security is always ready with a smile and hello, which is helped by the Californian desert climate and the welcoming atmosphere. The location is spotlessly clean, which means it’s a safe landscape for showing off the very best contents of your wardrobe.

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And boy, did I see some incredible style. I saw so many trends that are bound to roll over into other festivals this year. First, lace was so popular! Bikinis teamed with gorgeous lace kimonos and dresses created the ultimate boho-type feel and covered up modestly while letting the breeze in. Genius! Also, Gen Z is bringing the look of the 90s back hard! Cropped tops with baggy low-slung jeans or sweatpants were de rigueur and looked incredible. Think Spice Girls 90s-style, and you’re there! And neon—I spotted this other 90s trend everywhere. Tiny bright, cycle shorts were worn with jeweled bralettes to ensure it wasn’t just the sun that was shining!

Oversized fashion was also popular! Some predicted that Coachella, being run by Gen Z, would mimic fashion that we see in popular shows like “Euphoria,” and I saw a little bit of that with the popularity of oversized cargo pants, buffalo trainers, and parachute trousers with oversized parkas, cropped tees, and bucket hats. In contrast, many festival-goers also wore glamorous dresses. I love the combination of dressing high glam with high casual at Coachella. I witnessed some fabulous long chainmail maxi dresses dressed down with flip flops or cowboy boots, giving that effortless vibe to a very thought-out outfit.

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It’s not just outfits that festival-goers put a lot of thought into; at Coachella, hair is taken to a different level with the help of stunning accessories. There are lots of stations where you can get your hair done, and along with the usual plaits and cutesy hippie styles, jewels are added with butterflies, flowers, and all sorts of other hair decorations to finish off any outfit. I felt the festival this year had a salute towards the fashions often seen at Burning Man; a little bit edgier than in previous years, a little bit more futuristic, but still wonderfully eclectic.

Another of my favorite pastimes at Coachella is celeb-spotting. You never know who you might pass while meandering between the stages. Paris Hilton always dresses to impress, and her looks almost had an avatar-type feel to them. Former Pussycat Doll star Ashley Roberts looked gorgeous (as always) wearing an incredible green, tasseled leather jacket I adored! Julie Sariñana, aka Sincerely Jules, looked stunning (and uber on-trend) in bright colors and prints.

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My time at Coachella was nothing short of fabulous! I went with girlfriends who I hadn’t caught up with in such a long time, and we tagged on a couple of days at the end to relax, which I highly recommend after seeing and doing so much at the festival. (FYI, the art displays which are dotted all around are incredible to look at.) Good music, good vibes, good food, good weather, and the most magical time spent with good friends. What more could anyone want?!

—Gemma Sheppard

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ChocAllure: Fashionable Luxury Chocolates that Have Mass Market Appeal

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Though the COVID-19 pandemic has caused so many disruptions, there are some good things that have come out of this health pandemic. One of the many good things that has come out of this global disruptor is a re-examination of what is important.

With all the hustle and bustle of our daily lives it is so easy to push our dreams and aspirations to the bottom of our to-do list. COVID has caused us to pause and reconsider those dreams and desires. And this reflection has caused some folks to throw caution to the wind and embark on a new adventure and/or new career path.

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Liron Pergament-Gal has taken on such an adventure. “Chocolate making has always been a passion on mine. When I finished my undergraduate degree, I needed to do something creative for my soul, so I attended pastry and chocolate school in France. While working in cyber security as an executive, my French pastry and dessert skills was always a hobby for me. When the COVID-19 crisis happened, I wasn’t traveling for work as much and with all the extra time at home I started making more chocolates for friends and family. I decided to start a business to cover the costs of making chocolates for family and friends,” explained Liron Pergament-Gal.

And so, the story goes, and ChocAllure was borne. “At the end of 2020, I was still working full time in cyber security; however, my chocolate business had grown substantially. I was working so many hours between both jobs,and did not any time for myself and was not spending enough time with my family. So, in 2021 I quit my job in cyber security and dedicated myself to growing ChocAllure, explains Pergament-Gal.

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Liron loves all things chocolate and luxury chocolates is a special passion of hers. It was only natural and felt so organic to Liron to create a luxury chocolate company. “Ever since I attended pastry school, I developed an intense love of luxury chocolate and I realized as I started to make chocolate bonbons that there was a real gap in the luxury chocolate business for bonbons that look as pretty as the bonbons taste. Most companies use the same old moldings for their bonbons. When I started selling my chocolates, people really appreciated the artistry of my bonbons as much as the delicious fillings I put in the bonbons.”

ChocAllure bonbons come in more than the typical bonbon shape. They are exquisitely designed with great craftmanship. In fact, some are even look like they are from another planet, in other words, futuristic. “As far as design, ChocAllure bonbons are as far away from typical French pastries as you can think of. I partnered with Louis Amado, who is very well known in the chocolate world for his artistry for pastry and chocolate making. He makes stunning chocolates and I trained with him. Eventually, we started working together, coming up with bonbon designs that are scalable and would appeal to a mass market … There are some funny tools that I use in my designs, for instance, I used four different kinds of Q-tips, and I spray though piping tools. I also have tools that come out of my kid’s craft boxes.”

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ChocAllure bonbons have multiple layers and textures. Some are even seasonal. “I use different seasonal ingredients and find different spices that match the seasons or special occasions. For winter I have a gingerbread spice bonbon and a raspberry mint bonbon. We also have created different bonbon collections that match various holidays. For Easter, we created bonbons that are painted as baby chicks and they are filled with hazelnut, a creamy ganache, and a crunchy cookie layer.”

ChocAllure’s top sellers are their chocolate cheesecake bonbon, jumbo bonbon tea and biscuit cups, and jumbo latte coffee bonbon cups. ChocAllure price points range for $9 individual bonbons to $48 Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea sets to $69 Chocolate-of-the-Month gift boxes.

William S. Gooch

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