PatBO Bridal Fall 2022

PatBO’s fall 2022 bridal collection is adorned in a way that it is as if the crocheted netted skirts of last year’s PatBO collection have been cast out into Brazil’s rolling waves to then return from the ocean floor full of glistening, white pearls. The ocean, colored bright blue, teems with life and excitement under the surface. PatBO’s lady in white is as lovely as always, but her beauty is magnified by the treasures of the sea draped across her form, capturing the sun in its tiny orbs. Grace Kelly was correct when she said, “The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens.” The woman in white is the queen of the beach, and on her perfect day, she deserves to resemble the riches of the sea.

As her ideas strung out delicately like the pearls of the sea, Patricia Bonaldi, founder and creative director of PatBO, weaved together an autumn 2022 bridal collection that is rich with the brand’s embroidery expertise, signature cut-out details, and airy fabric that ruffles, drapes, and blows in the wind flowing off of the ocean’s current. Rather than outsource skill, Patricia Bonaldi developed a school in her hometown of Uberlândia, Brazil to teach local women the craft of embroidery, and now more than 200 men and women are skilled in the technique. 

Bonaldi states “It is important for me to dress my clients for all of her life moments, including her wedding day, with a collection that celebrates the brand’s dedication to craftsmanship.” There is nothing more special for a woman’s wedding day than a piece made with meticulous attention to detail and care. The love that a married couple feels for one another is transfused into each PatBO collection piece.

This exquisite expertise in hand-designed pieces is abundantly clear when viewing the collection. The most radiant looks from the ten-piece capsule collection are the pearl-beaded pieces in the forms of a mini dress, maxi dress, and cocktail dress. The cocktail dress, in particular, features pearls draping from a five-string freshwater necklace across both delicate shoulders and spreading down the arms to form gem crossed-square patterned sleeves and bodice. Coco Chanel has said, “a woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls,” and PatBO certainly would have earned Chanel’s interlocking CC stamp of approval as the piece was made “from more than three pounds of individually hand-strung pearl beads that took thirty days to create.”

Images courtesy of PatBO

Other pieces in the collection are more minimalistic, yet still highly detailed. A ruffled lace and crepe gown with waist cutouts is perfect for a dinner rehearsal look while a belted sheer bustier gown would suit an engagement party. A figure-hugging ruffled trim midi dress is a more casual piece that can be worn for the wedding after-party or next day celebration!

The collection would not be complete without multiple types of pearl and rhinestone embroidered hanging earrings by Ranjana Khan that capture the light glowing off of the face of a bride-to-be. This collection is classic yet sexy, and elegantly regal. It is available for pre-order now on patbo.com and items will be available at Saks Fifth Avenue and PatBO between November 20th and December 1st!

 

—Tessa Swantek

Kevan Hall Spring 2022

No one could predict what New York Fashion Week (NYFW) spring 2022 season would look like. It certainly wasn’t going to be like previous seasons—and that includes the recent two digital seasons. One thing that was certain, NYFW spring 2022 season would be unlike anything we had previously experienced.

Many of the fashion guard did hold live shows, but some fashion designers continued to have digital presentations. Unfortunately, many of the designers/brands that held live shows presented their collections to a much-reduced audience and the atmosphere at many of these live shows had a cautionary feeling of uneasiness and sadness.

That said, there was one show that was a jubilant explosion of bold color and excitement with a nod to the tried and true. Kevan Hall’s spring 2021 runway show was that show, a show that projected toward the future, but stayed grounded in what still works.

Attended by many of the fashion industries’ hallowed, seasoned professionals, Hall gave viewers and will continue to bestow on his consumer base silhouettes and design aesthetic that will always be in fashion. Hall carefully eased consumers back into a world of sophisticated elegance and glamour, without forcing that consumer to consider design aesthetics that they not quite ready for. (Remember, we have been in a health pandemic lockdown for 18 months and glamour has not been a part of the conversation.)

Though there were no new revelations in Hall’s spring 2022 collection, new revelations and new perspectives were not needed. Hall ingeniously understood that his client is slowly getting ready to celebrate life again and going out on a night on the town does have its risks. So, that consumer, though slowly getting their groove back, is not quite ready to experiment with silhouettes and innovative design techniques that push the proverbial fashion envelope.

In this collection, Kevan Hall expertly satiated his consumer’s taste for simple elegance. Inspired by multicultural scene of 1930s Paris, Hall employed the realist painting style of Christian Berard. Berard was one Sergei Diaghilev’s coterie of young French  painters who designed and painted sets for Diaghilev’s famed Ballets Russes. Berard would later work as a fashion illustrator for Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Nina Ricci. Berard’s painting style was particularly evident in the first five garments in this collection.

This successful return of Hall to NYFW week cannot go without acknowledging the incredible runway saunter of supermodel Coco Mitchell. Mitchell demonstrated with her glorious walk how a model should show off garments. Mitchell allowed the garment and the fabric of garment to dictate how she would move—something so few models now understand. And not only did Coco Mitchell’s very studied and educated walk demonstrate her understanding of movement, Mitchell also showed how a women of her ilk would walk in that garment; how that woman would enter the room, and how that woman would let her beauty shine through. Now, that is how you sell clothes!!

Images courtesy of VERY New York

Standout looks in the collection was Hall’s alabaster trompe L’oeil cardigan and pleated trouser, salmon painterly floral shirt with pleated trousers with brass signature belt, onyx ruched flounce dress with diamante white-collar necklace, and cerulean sequin cocktail bubble dress.

—William S. Gooch

Ricardo Seco Spring 2022

When you think of a typical show at New York Fashion Week (NYFW), you imagine a runway with people sitting in the audience on both sides. Ricardo Seco’s spring 2022 show “Reborn: Immigrants Brighten Up NY” was very different from that.

The scene was set as soon as you entered the Chelsea location of Cinepolis. Before going into the theater, where the runway show would later take place, you were offered popcorn and drinks. The ambiance was set; with your popcorn and soda one was prepared to enjoy a movie in a lush movie theater, but what we got was better.

And yes, there was a little video played before the models came out that explained Seco’s inspiration, but what was not expected was the fact that the models walked between the rows of seats in the theater. This way everyone was able to see the pieces up close. It resulted in a much more intimate experience.

“I never thought I would use this word to name one of my collections. Nevertheless, all of my collections are a reflection of my feelings and what I am living, and “Reborn” is what best describes this new chapter after the pandemic,” says Seco.

As it is the designer’s 10th year anniversary in New York, this collection perfectly encapsulates what Seco is all about.  With every collection, he is inspired by mixing the influences of the US with his Mexican and Latin American cultures and how they are assimilated by immigrants in the country.

Seco takes this multicultural inspiration and translates it into bright, bold pieces that are sure to be noticed on the streets of Mexico and New York. The clothes seen in this collection are comprised of separates in bright metallics and shiny textures that are made in an array of fabrics such as cashmere, silk, cotton, leather, and denim. Colors used in the collection include hues of blue, pink, jacaranda (purple) and orange. Each of the colors in the collection have a meaning that ties back to the significance of “Reborn.”

There are many pieces that standout within the collection; however, there are some pieces that shouldn’t be missed. The first piece that is a standout is a jacket that is done in orange, pink, and blue metallic leather that is color-blocked diagonally. The bright and colorful jacket is paired with a metallic blue swimsuit bottom.

Images courtesy of Ricardo Seco

Another look that stands out includes a jean jacket embellished with pearl-like beads on the seams and a “Hecho in Mexico” graphic on the back that can also be found on other pieces in the collection, as well as light pink metallic leather wide leg pants that include a jean waistband that peeks out of the top of the pants. The last standout look that should be noted is the two-toned leather jacket in orange and purple with studded sleeves that is accompanied by a pair of metallic orange shorts that match.

This spring 2022 collection should not be missed. So, get those ducats ready!!

—Phoebe Howard

JUNNY Spring 2022

Artwork by Rebecca Moses for JUNNY’s NYFW showroom presentation encapsulates the collection’s spirit perfectly. The framed print depicts two Black women wrapped in floral gingham lined caftans as their billowing sleeves of blue entwine while they are surrounded by African printed furniture. The color palette is a balance of warm and cool tones that bounce around the room, possibly inspired by hues associated with Jamaica, a nod to the designer’s heritage. Red and pink gingham curtains drape affectionately over the sparkling lights of New York City’s skyline that peer into the window. A woman who viewed the showroom collection noted that it “felt like home,” which is the most beautifully concise way to describe JUNNY’s first New York Fashion Week (NYFW) showcase.

JUNNY’s collection, MAMA, by Junny Ann Hibbert liberates her mother’s nightwear by bringing it outside. Her mother and life role model, Alex Melceta Johnson, is the collection’s muse. JUNNY notes that the collection “represents the cyclical journey through womanhood inspired by the image and imagination of one’s mother, the dreams of the adolescent girl, the young woman searching for meaning, and the grown woman being and becoming liberated and celebrated.”

Hibbert’s mother was a single mom of 6 children and worked as a seamstress. Memories of her mother making outfits for her siblings are tied into every gingham bow, visions of mama’s beloved pink nightgown are threaded into each playful lace trim, and her vibrant voice commenting on her daughter’s “hard head and soft behind” colors each silk printed flower a different hue for each dearly missed word.

Words cannot fully describe the relationship between mother and daughter, so Hibbert builds on W.E.B Dubois’ poignant words in her collection: “none have I known more sweetly feminine, more unswervingly loyal, more desperately earnest, and more instinctively pure in body and in soul than the daughters of my Black mothers.” The nightwear-inspired collection of caftans, capes, gowns, slips, rompers, and aprons gets as close as possible to making us understand Alex Melceta Johnson’s indescribable love, warmth, and comfort.

The collection is intimate and as rich with emotion and culture as it is with color. All pieces are manufactured and made in New York City, where JUNNY grew up, while fabrics were carefully curated to reflect an element of Hibbert’s heritage. The use of gingham is a nod to her British colonial East Indian heritage while Madras is a cloth adopted by Jamaica, her birth country. There is no JUNNY collection without the brand’s signature caftans; the collection features several “Harlem nights” caftans with vibrant Caribbean florals lined in gingham and splashed with blues of the ocean and reds of a Jamaican Otaheite apple.

Two gowns, the “Melceta” and “Agatha” pay tribute to Hibbert’s mama and grannie through silks of peach and floral. There is a wealth of charming details in the collection; an art printed black leather bag is painted with a woman in an emerald green bow top scattered with flowers that fall from her hair bouquet and a gold ear cuff by Maiko Suzuki rounds out the collection.

Images courtesy of JUNNY

Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, particularly in the liberation of women, Hibbert takes her mama’s nightwear outside as a bold display that dares women to subvert fashion norms. Hibbert is no stranger to subverting norms as she pivoted from a corporate career with ESPN to follow her passion for fashion in her mid-40s. Along with honoring her heritage, JUNNY also seeks to champion women entrepreneurs and Black designers and makers to encourage all to never stop dreaming and supporting others.

—Tessa Swantek

Chuks Collins and TASOU Spring 2022

There are several designers who create multiple collections a year, but only a few fashion designers create multiple collections per season. For spring 2022, Nigerian-born, Bronx-based designer Chuks Collins created a collection for not only his signature line, but also for his new venture TASOU – The Athletic Side Of Us.

For his namesake brand, Chuks Collins’ spring 2022 collection is entitled “Resurrection”, as it “draws upon human abilities and our desire to create infinite possibilities.” Collins goes on to say “I was in a place where I was thinking of how we can attain all that we desire through the abilities within us. I became obsessed with the word resurrection; what can feel like nothing even though everything is there. It took me on a journey towards a personal search for that which can be found within myself. The changes were in me, I just needed to look closer.”

As you closely analyze the collection, you see the symbolic resurrection of Mother Nature highlighted within. There is a sleeveless, floor-length ombre dress that mimics the horizon at sunrise. There is also its counterpart, a one-shoulder, floor length ombre gown that resembles the horizon at moonrise. The moonrise gown is accompanied by a men’s suit that evokes the same.

Aside from the references to the sun and moon, Collins looked to other aspects of nature for inspiration. He took photos of cocoons and studied the resurrection process of butterflies. He researched the elements of strength and structure within the human muscular system as another way of looking within oneself.

This reverence of renewal and resurrection is demonstrated by the balance of soft, flowy fabrics with structured silhouettes, strategic pleating and ruching, emphasized by jewel tones of yellows, royal blues, wine reds, browns, and African prints inspired by cocoons.

For the debut of his more daywear/lifestyle collection, The Athletic Side Of Us (TASOU), Collins looked to the ancient kingdom of Benin for design inspiration. Visually, the collection is based in blues, oranges, neutrals, and prints, but conceptually, the line is just as conscious as Collins’ namesake brand.

Collins explains that “the two philosophies of “Art Self” and “Act Self” act as the foundation of this collection: expressions of the soul acting in congruence with expressions of the mind and body. Looks are meant to be functional, fluid and forward, that work for both men and women to fit the human experience.”

That goal is achieved with how easily the looks are able to be broken down than mixed and matched with other pieces. The garments are also sporty enough to be worn as regular day pieces, but comfortable enough to be utilized as activewear. For women, there are sports bras, bodysuits, and athletic halters that can be coupled with anything from gym shorts and joggers to stretch pants and palazzos. There are also full evening looks including minidresses.

For the men, the looks run the gamut from gym wear to loungewear to dinner wear. You have the options of short sets, denim, suits, and overcoats. Collins did his due diligence in making this collection cover a wide swath of sartorial needs for both men and women, and that is no easy feat.

Images courtesy of VERY New York

Whether your need is a basic wardrobe staple, workout attire, or something with panache for a night on the town, Collins can supply it from either of his brands.

—Carl Ayers

Whensmokeclears Spring 2022

Whensmokeclears is a NYC-based brand that rose from the ashes after a fire in the designers’ apartment nearly destroyed their first collection. The fire ignited founders Gil “Thermal” Taveras’ and Kyle “K$ace” Nelson’s desires to transition from sneakers and accessories for music videos to a blazing international presence. Whensmokeclears’ World Boss Leather Pants, pearl crosses and radiant heart necklaces have complemented the presence of many celebrities from Lil Yachty, Bella Thorne, and Trippie Redd to Christian Combs, Coi Leray, Quavo, and Swae Lee. The brand is synonymous with luxury and confidence which allows designs to translate across international boundaries.

As the smoke cleared in their NYC apartment, Thermal and K$ace saw a hazy vision of a pounding heart that had just been set alight in the center of the room. Their signature “Radiant Heart” has since been at the center of their designs as it “epitomizes the fire, confidence, and love we all hold within ourselves.” Whensmokeclears’ pieces are sentimental as they tell stories of the heart, inspire love, and tie emotions and fashion together with pearl chains and jewel encrusted hearts.

As their vision has become clearer, the pair have been able to conceptualize full collections and tell their story through fashion. Whensmokeclears’ debuted their first runway presentation with a showroom collection during NYFW. The collection, entitled “UNDERWORLD,” is chronicled by Taveras and Nelson as a “search for existence that leads back to us. The collection shifts the direction of our ascension from vertical to horizontal. [We are] channeling natural silhouettes of who we are into what we want to become at the hand of our Radiant Heart fellowship. While most aim to escape, we choose to embrace this true-to-life mindset.”

Improvement in the present and into the future is at the heart of the collection with several looks mixing regal styling with casual pieces and patterns that define the brand through intricate textile design. The color story of the collection is vibrant and warm with pink, red, and yellow accenting many of the looks. The collection guides us to “pop the trunk” and “go heart searching” in a showroom filled with distressed stacked white trunks detailed with radiant heart locks in the shape of arches and pyramids. At some points in the presentation, models looked like they were completing the most successful milk crate challenge ever which Fashion Reverie surmises to be representative of the brand opting to remain in the realities of the horizontal plane after stepping down from a vertical ascension.

Images courtesy of Whensmokeclears

One of the most gorgeous looks is a yellow caftan layered over a pink long sleeve top with white Roman lettering down the sleeves. The look is styled with a pink headscarf and the model is holding the gold radiant heart charm rosary as his hands are clasped in prayer. This spiritually eclectic look anchors the collection in such a way that every other piece feels in reference to it. Graphic lettering and tees with messages of love palpate to bring the looks to life; “LOVE WILL SAVE,” “EVERYTHING IS ALIVE,” and “ALL LOVE EVERYTHING” are written sentiments that pulse across the model’s chests. Collection details include Radiant Heart prints and hardware, bucket hats, and stereos and headphones that seem to reference the brand’s origins. The closing look features Radiant Heart patterned leather shorts with a black leather jacket lined in a multi-color watch print alluding to the “future of reality” that the brand seeks to visualize.

—Tessa Swantek

Albright College Spring 2022

Luisana Batista

For those who go to college/university fashion shows at New York Fashion Week (NYFW), runway shows in the vein of Parsons MFA program or graduates of the prestigious Academy of the Arts are the norm. And though those two universities did not show at NYFW this season, Albright College was a pleasant surprise, taking up the slack for those esteemed fashion university programs.

For those not familiar with Albright College, the college is located in Reading, Pennsylvania and has a long tradition of placing its fashion graduates in industry jobs in New York City and Philadelphia. In this first foray into the NYFW scene, the college presented collections from seven recent graduates and two current students.

Elizabeth Polley

There was a wide range of collections ranging from “Rose,” a modern, graphic luxe swimwear collection by Josh Polk, to an equally at home by the sea contemporary collection by Jess D’Alessio entitled “Tulú Resort Wear” inspired by the beaches of the Mexican Resort town of Tulum, and even a resort collection that would prove more at home on the streets than on the beach, “Whispering Wings,” by recent graduate Luisana Batista.

Several collections were more conceptual than not like “Versailles XVI” by Stephanie Vargas Hemmings who channeled the extravagance of French maximalist design & mixed it with her Puerto Rican cultural eye, as well as the architecture inspired collection by designer Mandy Boandl who cited modern “birds nest architecture” and the Eiffel Tower as her design touch points.  Kaleb Murdock explored the minimal side of conceptual with his collection, entitled “Dissolved Girl” which sat at the crossroads of music, break-ups, and rust, of all things.  Rounding out the conceptual section of the show was a recent graduate Ashley Hillegass, who named the growth of the Agricus Bisporus mushroom as her inspiration.

Jess D’Alessio

Though the collections paled in comparison to what is crafted from Academy of the Arts graduates—otherwise known as the St. Martins of the Westcoast—Albright College students valiantly demonstrated they are not second-class citizens when it comes to conception, construction, and a fashion-forward perspective. And all of the collections contained a real fashion sensibility, and something that is so important in this industry, especially for young designers, an individual style and a tangible joie de vivre.

Caleb Murdock. Images courtesy of VERY New York

Standouts in Albright College’s NYFW debut was Kaleb Murdock sexy collection that really showed off a woman’s curves and Luisana Batiste resort collection that was oh so accessible and almost ready to go in department stores. Lots of consumers will love these two designer’s garments.

—William S. Gooch

House of Aama Spring 2022

Touchstone Pictures “The Inkwell,” Lawrence Otis Graham’s Our Kind of People and HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” all share the setting of affluent Black communities that were respites from segregation, discrimination, and Jim Crow laws. Mother-daughter design duo Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka of the boutique lifestyle brand House of Aama are the latest creatives to utilize these places of history and culture as reference points for their own creations.

For the brands spring 2022 collection, Henry and Shabaka designed a collection entitled “SALT WATER.” They describe this line as “inspired by the seafaring legacy and Black resort communities that flourished in the US in the early 1900’s.” House of Aama’s spring 2022 collection highlights Camp Aama, a fictionalized Black resort community, Black sailors and the [Yoruba] water spirits of Yemaya, Olokun and Agwe that have served as spiritual anchors of African traditions in the diaspora. “Salt Water” as a term is an ode to the Africans who crossed the Atlantic Ocean and survived the middle passage to the Americas.”

To make sure the story strikes home, House of Aama presented both menswear and womenswear, ranging in items from matching short sets and high-waisted sailor pants for guys to swimwear and tea-party frock for the ladies; all of which have the appropriate vintage aesthetic for the 1900s married with the contemporary cuts and silhouettes of today.

The menswear has a color scheme of mainly shades blue, but there is also the appearance of sand, olive, and burgundy on a number of items. The looks that immediately catch the eye are the sailors uniform consisting of nylon pants and jacket, a cream colored wide-legged, low-cut overalls, and the variety of short shorts.

On the womenswear side, House of Aama provides a full gamut of options bedrocked in an assortment of pastel hues that will carry you from the beach, to cocktail hour, to a night on the town. The bikinis and swim short sets are sexy, accented by cut-outs and side-string details. The cocktail dresses are made Sunday brunch or Tuesday high tea with debutantes. But the jumpsuit and woven maxi dress are the perfect any day outfits for walking around town with style and flair.

Images courtesy of House of Aama

Aside for the wonderful silhouettes, the head turning standouts are the prints. From skin- tight shirts and bodysuits, to scarves and a top loading duffle bag, Henry and Shabaka use prints of Yoruba water spirits to continue to tie the collection to African heritage. For their scarf, used as a flag, skirt, and recut as a shirt, the pair utilized a colorful silk print that pays homage to the African ancestors.

The spring 2022 collection by The House of Aama is not merely an assortment of new clothes. It is the amalgamation of history, accomplishment, and beauty found within the lexicon of African American culture.

 

—Carl Ayers

 

Bronx and Banco Spring 2022

If there were any sign that women are looking past COVID-19 and beginning to travel again, it would be the spring 2022 runway collection from Bronx and Banco. From the lens of Russian-born, Australian-raised founder and creative director Natalie De-Banco, the brand showed 40+ looks in jaunt-friendly tones of sand, olive, rust, and teal. If the color palette doesn’t bring tropical destinations to mind, then the bare midriffs, thigh high cuts, and intricate cross-body weaving elements may do the trick.

This Bronx and Banco collection is made for the woman who loves her body and has no qualms showing it. From dresses with woven peekaboo flashes of skin, to low slung dresses that reveal the hipbone, to fabric that seems to be draped and held in place only by bamboo hoops, many of the looks are necessarily void of VPLs (visible panty lines). These are the most daring (and arguably most fun) pieces of the season, and will garner many a double take.

But to offer range and balance, De-Banco also showed creations that are more reserved, but just as sexy. Bohemian dresses with high front hems and long trains provide a fun and flirty look with a little dramatic flair. High-waisted pants coupled with bra and bandeau tops are great for a night out. And an ankle-length, one-shoulder dress made of sheer and opaque sand-colored bands of fabric is the perfect compromise of sexy and subdued.

But one would be remiss if they did not take note of the accessories. A brimmed hat is a necessity on any sunny travel excursion, and the sombreros displayed on this runway are as functional and they are fashionable. The shoes were of an open knotted leather pattern on the vamp, accentuated by long leather straps that snaked up the leg and wrapped around the thigh. But the standouts were the hessian bags. Ranging from medium-sized clutches to oversized carry-alls marked with locales such as St Tropez and Tulum, the bags bring a bit of vacation to you, even if you cannot bring yourself to travel just yet.

Overall, this collection is about destination—where we want to go in our travels or in our minds. With dresses made of seashells, jute, or with shimmering fringe, the message is that you must get up and get out. And as iconic fashion editor Diana Vreeland famously said, “the eye must travel.”

—Carl Ayers

Frederick Anderson Spring 2022

The vibe at Frederick Anderson’s spring 2022 runway was slinky and sexy but refined, with no unseemly displays of flesh. After all, Anderson creates clothing for many of the same ladies who were customers of his former partner, Douglas Hannant, five years ago, before they shuttered the uptown ladies’ brand and Frederick went off on his own.

The color palette was chocolate, beige, cream, and camel with a pop of saffron red, and an oversized fern print. This palette of neutrals has been a staple of fashionable New Yorkers since the 1970s, when Halston introduced women to these flattering tones. Similar to last season, Anderson’s fabrics included slinky satins, luxurious tweeds, lamé, and a few delicate hand-crocheted sweaters and dresses, this time in contrasting cream and red.

For daytime, there is an adorable long sleeve romper in a great coco brown palm print and a cream V-neck crochet dress with an asymmetrical hemline. The print surfaced again as a pair of palazzo pants worn with a navel baring cream crochet top with a built-in bustier.

As in his previous showings, fluidity was a key focus and the tightly curated collection designed for evening wear that flows on and off the body. The body-hugging gowns appears to be poured on the models. Conversely, there were also gowns that flowed off the body such as a billowy empire neckline in the coco brown print.

Images courtesy of IMAXTREE/vogue.com

Anderson’s latest implies that his uptown ladies are ready to go out and possibly travel to warm destinations this fall and winter and show-off their figures. At the very least, if they elect to stay home, they’ll be resuming their at-home entertaining pre-pandemic style where the invite reads, “Please dress for dinner.” For this round of entertaining, leave the sweats at home, even if they’re cashmere, and put on a pretty dress and heels.

—Vivian Kelly

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