Editors’ Pick: Hip and Holy’s Little Coin Purse

If you live on the East Coast, it is almost unbearably hot. With high humidity levels and the sun constantly beaming down, the last thing you need is a big shoulder or arm bag, weighing you down as you suffer from the heat.

Just think about it, why do you need a large bag or purse when all need to carry is hand sanitizer, cash, credit/bank cards, lip balm, an extra face masks,—and if you live in New York City, a metrocard. There is a solution to your accessory needs.

HIP AND HOLY searches the world for beautiful things and brings them to the marketplace. Founded by two sisters—Liane and Nicole Wainstein—who love and appreciate the little things. HIP AND HOLY has a variety of goods that can fit your special everyday needs. Every piece in the collection is designed or hand-picked with love. 

The Little Coin Purse is a vintage coin purse in the shape of a floppy rose. The floppy velvet rose comes with an antique, bronze hardware and kiss clasp and a polka dot cotton lining. The Little Coin Purse comes in midnite black, enchanted olive, dusty pink, and raspberry red. The label is intentionally sewn with a red thread representing the Kabbalah string for good luck and fortune.

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”Mamma taught us never to give an empty purse. ‘Put a penny in it,’ she would say. We have replaced the penny with a ‘token of love’ so that your little rose should always overflow with abundance,” explains Nicole Wainstein.

We’ve always loved the symbolism behind the rose,” shares Co-Founder Liane Wainstein. “My own daughter bears the name as a constant reminder of its beauty and meaning. With this purse, the wearer can carry their own eternal rose that represents a promise of blessing, along with an encouragement to be charitable.”

Another noteworthy point about the Little Coin Purse is that the bag prices at just $20. The Little Coin Purse is also perfect for gifting, and each and every little rose is packaged in a white cotton dustbag.

Liane and Nicole Wainstein are looking to change the world, one petal at a time. In that respect, they are hip and holy!!

—Staff

Editors’Pick: ShoeDazzle’s Pre-Fall Collection

Whether your state has loosened up some of the COVID-19 restrictions or you still sequestered at home, this is time of the year to start thinking about Fall 2021 footwear. If you are like most folks, funds are a little tight. And though you would love to populate your shoe closet with your choice of popular luxury shoes, your budget just will not permit it!!

Fashion Reverie has just the footwear brand that will satisfy your style needs and not break the bank. ShoeDazzle to the rescue!!

ShoeDazzle’s August collection arrives in stores and online just in time to meet your pre-Fall needs. This season ShoeDazzle has curated a combination of late summer and early fall shoes that reflect that latest footwear trends. Choose from not only different styles, but different textures, colors, and patterns to stand out. The square-toed sandal heel everyone has been after all summer is available at an affordable price for a chic, understated look. For those ready to tackle the fall’s trends, there are several faux leather boots, both low and high, in different textures and colors. Shop from a crocodile mid-calf boot to a classic brown knee-high riding boot. 

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Fashion Reverie’s faves are the faux crocodile booties, metallic sneakers, paint-splashed slides, and faux leather camel booties. (In case you couldn’t tell, Fashion Reverie loves a good bootie.)

ShoeDazzle’s August collection perfectly showcases the trends everyone is obsessed with, but also features the best staples to keep in your closet year-round. The loafers, heels, and sneakers in the collection are sold in a variety of colors to ensure there’s something for everybody. Take it up a notch and shop the apparel and accessories in the collection, and you’ll curate the perfect look. 

William S. Gooch

Editors’ Pick: Summer Shorts that Can Be Dressed Up

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As folks head back to work and enjoy outdoor dining, they have started thinking about what makes a good wardrobe. While short pants are often thought of as just something casual for the park or the beach, there is a lot more versatility to shorts. Shorts can be dressed up with a blazer, a nice pair of heels, or a button-up shirt to create a more elevated look. When all else fails, there’s also the option of accessorizing.

Fashion Reverie has curated a few of the best dress shorts—ones you can dress up to be a little more formal—as we all enjoy our last few weeks of summer. Time to show a little leg!!

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Balmain Multicolor Tweed Tartan Shorts $1195

Tweed can be a fantastic fabric choice for elevating many types of garments, shorts included. These chic shorts from Balmain come with the brand’s logo-engraved, gold-tone buttons. These shorts will work with a strappy stiletto sandal for a hot date or a Saturday outdoor brunch with the girls.

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Low Classic Beige Cuffed Shorts $295

A beige cuffed short by Low Classic (yes, that is the brand name) can pair well with a lot of things. You can wear it with an oversized button-up shirt, or you can wear a more tailored shirt paired with a statement necklace and fancy flats. It is a moment to accessorize the hell out of your outfit when wearing a pair of beige shorts. If you’re going to be subtle in color, let statement jewelry take you up a notch.

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Ganni Rose-print Cotton Shorts $150

The summer season is not over, so we still have the opportunity to wear florals before the neutral colors make their fall appearance. Be bold and mix patterns and opt for florals on florals with these fresh, fun shorts. Give them a little flower power.

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Bottega Veneta Knee-length Leather Shorts $3340

Few things say luxury quite like leather. These expertly crafted shorts from Bottega Veneta are effortlessly sophisticated and can make you look opulent even in a tank top. Fashion Reverie recommends pairing these with a good pump and your best statement bag. The high-rise silhouette will be flattering for your figure.

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The Row Navy Marco Bermuda Shorts $950

Take it from summer vacation to the conference room with these beautiful Bermuda shorts. The Row is known for their minimalist, boho-chic vibe, which has loaned itself to this classic pair of shorts. You can keep it formal and wear these to a lunch meeting with eye-catching heels and a blazer, or you can keep it casual with daring sneakers and a tee shirt.

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Staud Noah Shorts $86

Warm weather shouldn’t leave you feeling blue, so enjoy a bright, sunny day in beautiful blue shorts. These stretch sateen shorts from Staud allow for comfort and have a luxurious look to them. These shorts are a nice change of pace from the everyday blue denim short and will pair great with a lightweight summer knit.

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Ralph Lauren Bi-Stretch Twill Short $74.50

Curvy girls be fearless and show a little leg. Ralph Lauren has designed these shorts in a summery island hibiscus for his full-figured customers. Pair these shorts with a vertical striped shirt to elongate your figure and give the illusion of a little extra height.

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Three Graces London Robin Printed Linen Shorts $330

Orange you glad you want these shorts. Three Graces London has reminded us why we love a good Ikat print as we celebrate the Indonesian fabric-dyeing technique. These high-waisted shorts are quite flattering and have a comfortable fit. These shorts can be styled with a variety of shirts from orange to pink to complete your look.

—Kristopher Fraser

Editors’ Pick: Maxi Cassini Explores Anti-Establishment Fashion with the Loha Vete Fall 2020 Collection

Does it feel like we are living in an apocalypse? If your answer is yes, then you are feeling what a lot of folks are feeling. We are not quite in the “Escape from New York” movie aesthetic; however, if things don’t get better, and fast, we might get there faster than expected.

Nihilism and apocalypse aside, it is a challenge to be thinking about luxury fashion when the world seems to be going amuck. Still, you cannot throw the baby out with the bath water, because there is a raging viral pandemic, climate disaster, and our Commander-in-chief seems to be perpetually stuck on stupid. If you are not comfortable with looking glamorous in these perilous times, but still want to express your fashion sense, Fashion Reverie has a viable alternative.

Let your rebel yell come out and your ‘f**k the establishment’ shine through with Loha Vete’s latest collection. Remember, you can be irreverent with a little tongue-and-cheek thrown in for good measure with the Loha Vete fall 2020 collection.

Drawing inspiration from the mundane to the insane, the Loha Vete designer, Maxi Cassini, explores the beauty found in destruction, often elevating everyday overlooked elements into wearable art. Walking the thin line between love and hate, the collection incorporates opposing aesthetic perspectives of disheveled glamour to polished elegance. Approaching the design process with an appreciation for the unique and outrageous, an attitude of unexpected irreverence and satire, and an utmost focus on quality and craft, Loha Vete is a realist brand that strives to create luxury pieces that sit on the fine edge of fashion.

Just as with your favorite old tee shirt, or a jacket you find in a thrift store, the story attached to the garment is what makes it meaningful. Thoughtfulness is a luxury that we don’t often see with clothing today. Adding small memory foam panels to the inside of hand embroidered destroyed jeans is an example of what occupies Loha Vete’s mind-set. Loha Vete could not be further from disposable, it is a label that is both original and unmistakable.

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(Inside tip: If you are participating in social protests, these are great garments that will spark conversation and demonstrate that your ‘f**k the establishment’ stance comes with a bit of humor. Hey, we need some belly laughs right now.)

—William S. Gooch

Editors’ Pick: Bounce Back from COVID-19 Isolation with PARK Accessories

COVID-19 pandemic news is mixed. Depending on where you are living, infections rates are stabilizing or dramatically going out of control. If you are living in a city or state in the US where COVID-19 numbers are remaining stable on your city and state are comfortably loosening stay-at-home restrictions, you are probably outside more and using this more relaxed environment to increase your mobility and exercise regimen.

Something to think about. All this increase activity requires a great bag to carry your tennis rackets, workout cables, and other sundries physical activity tools. And remember this pandemic is not going anywhere, anytime soon. That said; you are going to need a great bag that will carry you into the winter season.

Fashion Reverie to the rescue!! We have curated a great bag that meets all your outdoor activity needs, PARK Accessories.

PARK Accessories are luxurious, classic and timeless. From Italian coated canvas to sleek vachetta leather, exceptional materials are sourced from leading mills and ateliers around the world. Water-resistant finishes and durable linings ensure enduring performance for everyday use, travel and the sporting lifestyle. Touches of exclusive metal fixtures and Scottish plaid add to the understated splendor and timeless character for which the brand is known. Every piece bears the PARK crest, an insignia that has come to stand for quality, authenticity and original style.  Each bag comes with a custom plain tartan dust bag.

Highlights include the backpack, the tote bags and the tennis racquet cover.  PARK Accessories also has golf, equestrian, and ski carry bags covered, as well.  The new pieces from the current collection come in all leather, and the Audrey Bag is one Fashion Reverie’s faves.

PARK Accessories is pleased to announce the introduction of our new all leather handbag and small leather goods collection! These beautiful additions are made from the finest European leathers and crafted in America!!

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For more information, go to parkaccessories.com.

William S. Gooch

Editors’ Pick: Betzabe Gonzalez’s Floral-inspired Summer 2020 Footwear for Mia Becar

 

“Florals for spring, hmm, groundbreaking.” You must be living under rock not to recognize that iconic line uttered by Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) in “The Devil Wears Prada.” Though Miranda Priestly was being sarcastic and throwing shade in the film, florals for spring, when done the right way, can bring a new energy and freshness to any spring/summer style.

Founded in 2018, in Los Angeles, Mia Becar is an American brand led by Founder and Creative director Betzabe Gonzalez. Each collection reflects Betsy’s love of exotic colors, bold silhouettes, the travel that inspires her and her passion for artisanal traditions and techniques.

For spring/summer 2020 Betzabe Gonzalez looked to florals that one might find traditional floral carpets created at Italy’s Infiorata festivals.  Gonzalez turned this inspiration into two styles, a slingback and sandal featuring exquisite woven embroideries. These two styles would great with a night out on the town ensemble, or works just a well for a daytime look, paired with denim slacks, denim jumpsuit or a wide range of daytime looks. These floral-embroidered shoes will elevate any daytime look.

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Mia Becar produces monthly capsule collections that debut digitally on MiaBecar.com, allowing the brand to work more organically and more in tune with the desire of clients. The designs, handcrafted in Italy from the finest of materials, are intended to be transitional, as well as functional—so that the wearer feels confident, but also comfortable, as she navigates through her day. Designs epitomize sophistication, quality, impeccable craft, and everlasting beauty, celebrating all that is feminine, powerful, sensual, and timeless.

—Staff

 

 

Editors’ Pick: Gucci’s Off The Grid Collection Featuring Jane Fonda

In case you were not aware, Film Icon Jane Fonda’s life has had many acts. The depth of her expansive life and career was chronicled in the 2018 documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.”

Always an activist involved in several cases from the delegitimization of the Vietnam War, social injustice, feminist cases, the Iraqi Wars, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more the Poor People’s Campaign, and environmentalist causes. And though Jane is an esteemed actress, winning two Academy Awards, seven Golden Globe awards, a Primetime Emmy, and an AFI Lifetime Achievement award, these accolades have not kept away from being intimately involved in causes that are near and dear to her.

After sixty plus years in the film industry, Jane Fonda has not slowed. In fact, she has a new gig, or you could say another act.

You will find this octogenarian in Gucci’s new environmentally friendly collection, Off The Grid. Designed for those mindful of their environmental impact, Gucci Off The Grid uses recycled, organic, bio-based and sustainably sourced materials, including ECONYL, a regenerated nylon made from nylon offcuts and pre- and post-consumer waste. Fonda is featured in the campaign video Lil Nas X, King Princess, Miyavi and David de Rothschild.

“The collection is the result of teamwork; everybody brought something to it. And in the campaign, too, there is this idea of dialogue among people building something new. I imagined that we could build a treehouse in a city [center], all together, like kids playing in the park. Because all of us need to build this house or to find out that our planet exists, even where it seems it’s not there, or it’s far away,” explains Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele.

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The Off The Grid collection contains genderless luggage, ready-to-wear garments, accessories and footwear. Along with the video, Alessandro Michele employed Harmony Korine to shoot urban dwellers living in a rustic treehouse. The treehouse and the simple way of life it represents becomes a metaphor for the desire to escape conventional life and enjoy the experience of living more off the grid.

Staff

Editors’ Pick: Avant-Garde Sunglasses for Summer 2020

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Warm weather gives consumers more latitude to experiment with colorful, bold fashion statements. Instead of donning your standard black or brown aviator sunglasses, why not wear spectacles that make everyone take a second look. Take that avant-garde style to the beach, the park, or those selfies sun tanning on your building rooftop for a look that is truly and uniquely you. Now that we can finally start going outside again–make up for all those fashion moments you lost in the spring.

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Gucci Mask Acetate Sunglasses $1085

These sunglasses are anime-character ready. (Sailor V called; she wants her glasses back.) However, this isn’t Comic Con, but a look to superpower your summer accessories collection. This pair of sunglasses were seen on Gucci’s Cruise 2020 fashion show runway, and while your cruise plans might be on pause, you can still cruise through the season in style.

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Linda Farrow Dunaway oversized round-frame acetate sunglasses with detachable scarf $385

Yes, these are sunglasses that come with their very own scarf. When you think you’ve seen it all, fashion can still surprise you. The giraffe print scarf can be threaded through eyelets on the sides of these ‘70s inspired sunglasses. Fashion Reverie suggests a giraffe print bathing suit to match the scarf, but remember, only one animal print at a time. Don’t start mixing giraffe print with leopard.

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Chloé Round-frame gold-tone and acetate Sunglasses $420

It’s not every day you come across a pair of sunglasses with a decagon silhouette. Be the one to stand to the tenth power this summer with these shades. If you feel that your outfit is understated, accessorizing with these sunglasses is sure to elevate your look.

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Loewe Paula’s Ibiza Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses $360

It’s never too late to live your neon fantasy. Taking a cue from vintage styles, Loewe is bright and right with a pair of lime green sunglasses. With 100% UV protection, you can brighten up your face and block out the sun’s rays.

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Poppy Lissiman Hyacinth Cat-Eye Sunglasses $125

The unique cut-out detailing on these sunglasses reminds us that it’s the little things that help make a fashion statement. This item pairs well with your simple sun dress or a beach throw. If you’re the kind of person that prefers to let your accessories make your statement for the summer, say hello to your new little friend.

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Dior Futuristic Silver-Mirrored Pilot Sunglasses $580

For the gentleman, these futuristic Dior shades were inspired by the year 3000. This isn’t what The Jetsons had in mind, but what high fashion is projecting. We might not have flying cars and hoverboards yet, but at least we have great fashion options.

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Saint Laurent New Wave 181 LouLou Sunglasses $299

Who said hearts are just for Valentine’s Day? Wear a little love on your face this summer with these spectacles. You can even wear these sunglasses to a summer night out at the club to put some love in your nightlife style.

—Kristopher Fraser

Editors’ Pick: UNIQLO’s Kurta Spring 2020 Collection

Is UNIQLO one of the premier fashion brands for collaborations? Well, they may be. In 2020 alone, UNIQLO has collaborated with MARIMEKKO, Ines de la Fressange, Hana Tajima, and JW Anderson. And 2020 is not yet over!!

Add to this 2020 bucket list of collaborations UNIQLO’s collaboration with renowned New Delhi-based designer, Rina Singh. In this second collaboration with Singh, UNIQLO celebrates the everyday dress of the modern Indian women. The new collaboration with UNIQLO has been dubbed Kurta, drawing on an Indian style of dress that is made to dress up or down while keeping you cool during the summer months. This collection infuses modern simplicity with a traditional Indian aesthetic.

Based on Singh’s richly colored hand-painted botanical motif, the collection is a tribute to pre-eminent Hungarian-Indian painter, Amrita Sher-Gil., one of the greatest avant-garde artists of the 20th century and a pioneer of modern Indian art. It embodies the LifeWear concept of simple and high-quality clothing that makes life better for all.

UNIQLO’s Lifewear concept is based on clothing designed to make everyone’s life better. It is simple, every day, high-quality clothing with a practical sense of beauty—ingenious in detail, thought through with life’s needs in mind, every evolving.

With that concept in mind, the UNIQLO spring 2020 Kurta collection seems apropos for the times we are living in. A stressful time that is has global financial instability and a global health crisis not experienced in over a hundred years.

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In this time of instability and new normal, as those who can work from home investigate clothing that is comfortable, fashion, and easy to maintain, this new collaboration from UNIQLO fits in quite nicely into what many female consumers need and will embrace. The collection comes in a full range of women’s sizing, priced from $14.90 to $59.90 and will launch on uniqlo.com from Thursday, June 4th and in stores to follow.

Staff

Editors’ Pick: Fendi’s Spring 2020 Peekaboo Bag Campaign

It’s been a decade and Fendi’s Peekaboo bag is just as popular as when the bag first debuted during Fendi’s spring 2009 show in Milan. Models Laura Stone and Anja Rubik flashed the classic black patent leather bags as they flaunted their well-honed signature runway walks.

“It is a timeless bag,” says creative director of accessories and menswear Silvia Venturini-Fendi who designed the bag with future generations in mind. “You buy a Peekaboo not only to wear now, but to wear in the future. One of your daughters will probably steal it from your closet!”

The Fendi peekaboo bag is a bag of two parts, divided by a rigid middle with a twist lock on both sides. The element of surprise is all down to its front flap which can be pushed down into a U-shape to reveal the strong central partition which acts a canvas to Fendi’s artisanal flourishes.

The peekaboo bag is made at Fendi’s ateliers by its esteemed staff of craftsman. These craftspeople join cuts of prestige materials, before fitting the leather case around its strong central core, itself fitted with a twist-lock which is matched with gold-finish or silvery-white Palladium hardware.

For the spring 2020 season Fendi presents its classic handbag in large and mini versions, with the leather ‘Interlace’ workmanship. The leather is cut and rolled into stripes that are hand-knotted to create a crochet-effect pattern with squared knots, giving life to the shell of the bag. The hand knotted shell is then folded on the opposite side showing the uniqueness of the backside of the workmanship and squared knots. The interlaced shell is then finalized with a maxi metal needle. Finally, the handle, the accessories and the inside pocket are sewn to the hand knotted shell.

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Fendi places this spring 2020 campaign against the backdrop of bold floral prints, and a 1960s pastel color-blocked collage of color. True to form, the spring 2020 peekaboo bags fit very nicely into this explosion of color and joyous kaleidoscope of fun and frivolity.

Fendi’s spring 2020 peekaboo bag campaign was photographed by Nick Knight.

Staff

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