Editor’s Picks: 4th of July Romantic Fashion

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The 4th of July is commonly celebrated across America with fireworks, barbecues, picnics, and social gatherings. With vaccination numbers rising, gatherings are increasing. Last summer was primarily spent indoors and isolated, so this 4th of July celebration, for many, is a special reintroduction to social life, gatherings, and outings. It’s finally time to ditch the sweatpants and start dressing up again! For those with significant others, this Independence Day can be a romantic day for watching fireworks together, going on a picnic date, or having a bonfire after a day at the beach.  Fashion Reverie has curated our favorite luxurious red, white, and blue trends and products for the fireworks to begin!

Camila Coelho Athena Crochet Dress $198, Lurelly Sailor One Piece $25, Michael Costello Shannon Maxi Dress$188; Images courtesy of revolve.com and lurelly.com

 

Trend: Crochet Dresses over Swimsuits

The 4th of July almost always has one guarantee: it’s going to be hot! For those who want the option to dip into the water, the best fashion choice is a sexy crochet dress over a swimsuit.  Dress down with sandals and dress up with netted heels!

Tularosa Dreamer Set $88, For Love and Lemons Trellis Rose Dress $159; Images courtesy of @forloveandlemons

Trend: Sheer Dresses over Romantic Lingerie

Replace the crochet with a sheer dress and the swimsuit with lingerie, and there is the perfect look for a non-swim related activity.  Fashion Reverie recommends romantic florals and light, airy hues. For Love and Lemons is a highlighted brand for this trend, with the brand stating “We make enchanting clothing for the vibrant muse unafraid to take risks, forge their own way and embrace a bit of adventure.” Pieces are romantic and dreamy, putting us into a true fashion reverie!

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Trend: Lingerie on Top!

Lingerie is too pretty to hide underneath your clothes, so flip fashion inside out by pairing charming lingerie with every-day fashion items like jeans. Sororite Vintage has become a celebrity favorite brand with their gorgeous reworked vintage pieces. Most notably, a dusty pink corset lingerie set was worn by Billie Eilish on the cover of the June 2021 British Vogue issue. Celebrities like Sabrina Carpenter, Madison Beer, Kylie Jenner, and Duckie Thot have also been spotted pairing their vintage pieces with jeans, dresses, and white sneakers.

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Trend: Aqua Satin and Silk

Other than lace, there are no fabrics as romantic as satin and silk. The soft and breathable texture is perfect for a steamy day. Silky pieces can be dressed up or down to move fluidly from day to night for a look that is suited for any 4th of July setting. Worn outside, the sun and fireworks glimmer off the fabric, which will surely cause a spark!

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Trend: Chic Stripes

Fashion Reverie’s top men’s trend for this 4th of July is chic stripes that are patriotic without being contrived. The idea is an effortlessly festive look that can be dressed up or down. Top brands are Todd Snyder and Tommy Bahama, with the latter recently debuting an entire 4th of July themed collection. Wear a matching set or pair with a white tee and jeans for a casual but fashionable look!

—Tessa Swantek

Editor’s Picks: Shades for the 2021 Summer Season, the Ideal Statement Piece for Your Face

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Sunglasses are the face’s statement piece. Anna Wintour, the fashion industry’s queen of sunglasses, is a perfect example of how an accessory can come to function as much more than a simple utilitarian accessory. In a 2019 interview with Insider magazine, she brazenly stated that her iconic thick shades are “incredibly useful because you avoid people knowing what you’re thinking about.” Her sunglasses quite literally accessorize the mystique surrounding her elite status and camouflage her emotions under thick plastic layers (would Anna Wintour wear plastic?) Sunglasses act as a statement but also often make a statement about a person in their fashioning as a representation of anonymity, status, emotion, and individuality. It is then no surprise that shades have been the muse for countless songs, most notably in Corey Hart’s “I Wear My Sunglasses at Night,” with the title showcasing the accessories’ use for everything but shielding the sun. Below are Fashion Reverie’s editor picks for shades that are much more than functional!

The Celebrity Status Shades

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“You got designer shades just to hide your face and you wear ’em around like you’re cooler than me, and you never say hey or remember my name, and it’s probably cause you think you’re cooler than me” —”Cooler Than Me,” Mike Posner

Celebrities are known to use sunglasses to conceal their identity while out in public. Their status paired with shades gives a look of mystique, prestige, and attempted anonymity. It is then appropriate that celebrities have been tied to particular shades or styles since they are seen wearing them quite often. Here are Fashion Reverie’s celebrity favorites picks!

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EMMA CHAMBERLAIN

Crap Eyewear x Emma Chamberlain The Prima Donna $89

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TIMOTHEE CHALAMET

Oliver Peoples O’Malley Sun $511

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GIGI HADID

Vogue Eyewear Gigi Hadid Capsule Low Frame Sunglasses $70

 

The “Seeing the World through Rose-Colored Glasses” Shades lyrics

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“I put ’em on to keep it positive. Don’t mean to tell you how to feel. But I’m a firm believer in the power of the plastic. Positive plastic in my pink sunglasses” —”Pink Sunglasses,” Miranda Lambert

With the US adjusting back to normalcy, many are enthusiastic about the summer that we seemed to have lost last year. With masks gone and the summer sun moving in, many would like to see the world through rose-colored glasses. Fashion Reverie has curated a list of shades that will help to put this summer in a positive, rosy light!

FENDI $250

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GUCCI Chain Square Embellished Sunglasses $513

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The MVMNT Biz The DRIP Sunglasses $14.99

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Celebrity Favorite Highlight: Lana Del Rey

Music artist Lana Del Rey has been known to wear a variety of heart-shaped sunglasses over the years and even included a lyrical nod to her love for them in her 2012 song “Diet Mountain Dew. Heart-shaped sunglasses were most popular around 2015 and are now making a resurgence in more avant-garde shapes. Below is Fashion Reverie’s top 2021 Lana Del Rey-esque pick!

Saint Laurent Loulou Heart Sunglasses $420

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The “Feeling Brand New” Shades

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“I feel like new sunglasses, like a brand new pair of jeans, I feel like taking chances, I feel a lot like seventeen. I feel like windows rolled down, new city, streets, and cabs” —”Brand New,” Ben Rector

Sunglasses often transform a look, and many are wanting to experiment with new (and riskier) shapes and colors this season. These picks are for those who are feeling like they want to switch up their style and try something new and exciting!

Remo Tulliani POWER $165

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Don’t be Shady Theo Circle Sunglasses $30.98

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Celebrity Favorite Highlight: Kaia Gerber

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American model and actress Kaia Gerber is coming for Anna Wintour’s title as sunglass queen. Unlike Wintour, she does not necessarily have a signature look, rather she tries a wide variety of styles, shapes, and colors. Gerber, like many other GenZ-ers, is obsessed with Lexxola glasses, which is a unisex brand that became extremely popular on TikTok. Below is Fashion Reverie’s favorite Lexxola pick!

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Lexxola Damien $267.54

—Tessa Swantek

 

 

Editors’ Picks: Halston x Netflix Capsule Collection

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If you haven’t seen Ryan Murphy’s “Halston” on Netflix, you should. There are so many wonderful moments in this miniseries, that covers the breath, width, and depth of Roy Halston Frowick and his iconic fashion brand.

What probably stands out the most in Netflix’s “Halston” is the clothes. And that should not be a surprise. Halston changed fashion landscape in the US by creating luxury garments for the American woman that were both glamorous and comfortable.

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To celebrate this phenomenal miniseries the Halston brand has created a capsule collection, Halston x Netflix. Halston x Netflix is a ten-piece eveningwear collection, inspired by signature archival designs and original costumes showcased prominently in the limited series Halston, now streaming on Netflix.

This capsule collection pays homage to Halston and was created by Halston’s creative director Robert Rodriguez.  Robert Rodriguez reinterpreted and modernized key dresses featured in Netflix’s new limited series Halston costume designed by Jeriana San Juan. Noteworthy styles include the “Elsa,” a sapphire blue batik printed silk chiffon caftan, the “Beverly,” a red and fuchsia printed silk chiffon cascade gown, the“Liza,” a gold lurex silk chiffon sunburst pleated caftan and the “Anjelica,” a ruched viscose jersey one shoulder gown. Each of the ten pieces, named after the infamous Halstonettes, reflect the sexy glamour of the 1970s and 80s, eras defined by Halston.

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“Roy Halston Frowick single-handedly created luxury American fashion. Halston has always had a tremendous influence on my career, in an industry where his imprint remains decades later. I’m thrilled to now carry forward his legacy through this Netflix capsule collection in collaboration with Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. It was exciting to recreate the iconic Halston archive dresses that appear in the Netflix series and reinterpret them for modern day. I am grateful to be part of this homage to Halston, who has inspired designers throughout the world,” states Rodriguez.

Halston x Netflix is available online at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue for pre-order on June 21, 2021. The capsule collection will be available in stores in August. Each store will have exclusive colorways of selected styles. The collection will retail between $995 to $1595.

—Staff

Editors’ Picks: CBD Products for Summertime Vim and Vigor

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Get ready for the most exciting summer!! By the time you read this, over 300 million people will have been vaccinated, mask mandates are being rolled back,  COVID-19 rates are dropping, restaurants are opening, the nightlife is coming back, and it’s party time!

But it’s awkward getting back into the swing of things. If you read Fashion Reverie regularly, you know we LOVE CBD oil. It has been shown to enhance the function of the endocannabinoid system that plays a big part in regulating our nervous systems, hormone, and immune responses. We have found some amazing products for enhancing your energy, helping you relax, relieving pain, and so much more. Everything you need to have a great summer.

All the CBD products listed here do not contain THC, and won’t get you high, and are legal in all 50 states. But if you are over 21 and cannabis is legal in your state, Fashion Reverie does not judge how you spend your free time!

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Higher Love Pineapple Express CBD oil

Looking for a good overall CBD oil that tastes fantastic and is farmed responsibility? Higher Love Wellness works to provide an amazing 100% organic CBD oil that comes in a variety of yummy flavors (Fashion Reverie loves pineapple).  Several people say Higher Love’s unique and proprietary formulation enhances CBD overall effects and benefits.

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Monq CBD Aromatherapy inhalers

One of the biggest ways to enhance your mood is through aromatherapy. Monq Aromatherapy inhalers have scents you inhale through the mouth and exhale through the nose. While the vapor never enters your lungs, a small amount is absorbed in your mouth and via your nasal passages. Now Monq is introducing their CBD inhalers designed to enhance the effects of such scents as Zen, Peace, and Focus. Each aroma is formulated with natural oils and herbs to create the perfect mood.

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Social CBD Rest CBD Gel capsules

Nothing is more important to daytime energy than a good night’s sleep. Social CBD Rest Gel capsules are a fantastic way to get some serious shut eye. Using a combination of CBD, passionflower, and valerian, these soy and sugar-free capsules will allow you to unwind and drift off slowly without giving you a next-day hangover.

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Sky Wellness CBD Max Relief Roll on 500 MG + Lidocaine

Everybody knows if you keep breathing, you’ll get older. And with age comes aches and pains that may interfere with your ability to fully enjoy your day! CBD Max Relief Roll-On gives relief from muscle tension and discomfort. Using a combination of herbs, lidocaine and broad-spectrum CBD oil, the roll-on ensures a mess-free application in hard-to-reach places.

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Plant People CBD Stay Sharp herbal blend

Looking for a way to stay alert in the morning but don’t like the effects of caffeine on your nervous system? Look no further than Plant People CBD Stay Sharp herbal blend. Each serving contains 15mg of CBD and 525mg of herbs designed to enhance alertness, stamina, memory, and cognition.  With no jitters!

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Seabedee CBD bath bombs

Want an easy way to rid yourself of aches and pains after a long day of summer hikes and bike rides? Take a relaxing and soothing bath with Seabedee CBD bath bombs.  Fashion Reverie recommends lavender as the essential oils promote relaxation.  The 100mg of CBD combined with the warm water will feel like a full body massage.

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Pure Kana AM CBD capsules with caffeine

Do you have trouble staying alert? Reaching for yet another cup of coffee seems like a good idea but too much caffeine can make you jittery and unable to focus. While most people use CBD to sleep, it can be used to increase alertness when used in proper amounts. Pure Kana AM CBD capsules with caffeine have a combination of vitamins, caffeine, and CBD that will give you the right amount of energy and alertness without the jitters or afternoon crashes.

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Herbivore Emerald CBD +Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow oil

Want to have a bright fresh face to go with your energetic body? Herbivore Emerald CBD +Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow oil will zap dullness with this quick-absorbing oil. People are raving about how quickly this oil sinks into the skin leaving it fully hydrated and glowing. Many customers are saying it’s great for reducing redness.

When using CBD products check with local laws. Always discuss your supplements with your physician or healthcare professional, especially if you are pregnant or nursing. While CBD products are legal in all 50 states, some age restrictions do apply. Some universities are reprimanding students for bringing CBD products on campus (it’s a legal grey area), so Fashion Reverie would advise against using these products in your dorm or classroom.

—Cameron Grey Rose

 

Editors’ Picks: Floral Prints are in Full-Bloom for Spring/Summer 2021

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As we cautiously creep back towards “normality,” women’s desire to wear a pretty dress is coming back front and center. Says show producer Christina Neault, “I’m ready; I want to put on a pretty dress and go out to lunch with friends again.”

What’s striking a chord with a group of women we casually polled were dresses in floral prints of all kinds, from retro to ultra-modern. Some fashion-lovers regard prints as risk-taking when it comes to adding to their closet; however, this season, floral prints of all shapes colors and sizes are at the top of fashionistas’ shopping lists.

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But first, a little bit of a timeline of this “new-again” trend. When Tom Ford took over the then-dormant Gucci brand, the first collection that sparked some editorial attention was his retro spring 1995 collection. The romantic floral print made for eye-catching ads, that were brilliantly photographed by Mario Testino, featured 90’s supermodels Chandra North and Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin. Years later, Gucci reprised the print, and it is now used on the Gucci Bloom fragrance packaging. Other iconic florals back then ranged from the gender fluid thrift shop finds worn on stage by singer Kurt Cobain to delicate Liberty of London prints to oversized Georgia O’Keefe abstracts by Michael Kors.

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As in the nineties, the choices this season are nearly endless. If you’re inclined to shop vintage, Silas Redd, the owner of the award-winning Nostalgia Boutique, has armloads of pretty frocks to choose from. For his customers, florals have become a staple, just like the LBD. “Even when Mother Nature is a bit slow on giving us the flowers we desire, floral print garments can help usher in and jumpstart the season.”

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As for ready to wear, there are wonderful dresses at every price point, from daffodil yellow kaftans by Valentino, to hippie boho chic from Miguelina with floral lace detailing, all perfect for a trip to Palm Springs. If you’re in the market for a sexy dress, look to Venezuelan designer, Raul Penaranda, who describes his brand as “a sustainable luxury brand crafted with kindness.” He explains, “Flowers are iconic themes for all spring collections in general. What’s new is our mix of florals and animal prints as well as the use of flowers in very luxurious fabrics such as laser cut-out organza and Italian silks painted by hand.” The result is a collection that seems made for a trip to Miami for some much-needed shopping and dining.

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For the budget conscious, Shein (www.shein.com) has an adorable blue puff sleeve day dress for $19. Target is in the game as well. The masstige retailer has partnered with “three coveted designers for a new limited-edition dress collection inspired by the joy of self-expression.” The limited-edition Christopher John Rogers, ALEXIS, and RIXO for Target collections feature size-inclusive offerings as well as traditional sizes (0-30w) in colorful prints by Rogers and an elegant black and white botanical one-shoulder dress by ALEXIS that are already selling quickly.

—Vivian Kelly

Fashion Reverie’s Spring 2021 Activewear and Exercise Roundup

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It’s been a full year since the pandemic started. Everyone told themselves “I’m going to get ripped! I have so much free time to exercise! “ And then we sat on our couches eating 5 lb bags of chips delivered by Amazon and binged Brooklyn 99 over and over and over… and wound-up packing on more than a few pandemic pounds.

Well, it’s time to refresh those workout wardrobes and get to stepping! After a year indoors are you looking to step out in something new? Aren’t you lucky to have Fashion Reverie in your life! We’ve found some of the best independent and underrated brands for athleisure wear on the market.

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Imbōdhi

Imbōdhi clothing uses plant-based fabrics that require no pesticides and only a fraction of the land that cotton requires. Eucalyptus trees are sustainably harvested to make the silky, fine-knit Lenzing MicroModal fabric that is featured in their collection. And what’s in that collection? Their ridiculously chic easy-to-wear super popular bodysuits, that’s what. Fully reversible and amazingly comfortable, you’ll never want to wear anything but your body suit to work out in again.

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Tully Lou

Looking for super chic athleisure wear that will fit in at a house party as easily as it does at a gym?  Tully Lou is known for its standout pieces that effortlessly merge extremely high-quality performance activewear with fashion-forward streetwear. With bold colors and eye-catching patterns, you’ll be eager to show these pieces off. Oh, and a portion of all sales goes toward charitable giving and Tully Lou will let you direct where your donations will go.

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No Ka ‘Oi

No Ka ‘OI takes its name from the Hawaiian word for excellent and is produced with the best in Italian design know-how. Creative Director Simona Finelli fuses fashion, contemporary art, and wellness into an aesthetic defined by vibrant colors and an exacting approach to fit and silhouettes. These pieces are truly small works of art that you’ll be excited to wear again and again.

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Katie K

This activewear line focuses on practical issues (comfort, moisture wicking and POCKETS!!) with luxury fabrics and punches of fun color! Going up to size 3X. What Katie K really focuses on is fit.

After learning that most activewear lines simply expand smaller sizes, Katie K was determined to create a fit for plus-sized wear. This brand doesn’t just make a small thing into a larger thing. Rather, they’ve responded to the real curves and shapes that make up a woman’s body, ensuring all sizes have superior fit and comfort.

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The Year of Ours

This female-led, LA-based company is turning quite a few heads with their high-quality fabrics and unique fashionable touches. As the US reaches herd immunity, (vaccines are the best, aren’t they?) many women are headed back to their fast-paced lives that might not leave time for a costume change. Year of Ours responded with outfits that work as much for yoga as they do for brunch. Since their introduction, Year of Ours now carries extended sizing—ranging from XXS to 2X—and introduced brand new cuts, color palettes, and fabric formulas intended to fit an even wider range of lifestyles.

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Lola Getts

With a name taken from the classic Broadway Song “Whatever Lola wants” from “Damn Yankees,” this company was launched to be all about creating comfortable functional high- quality workout wear for plus-sized women.  It has now expanded to sizes from XS to 4X. Since most of the brand’s items (which include leggings, tops, and jackets) are created in neutral colors, it’s easy to mix and match without thinking twice about your overall look.

Online Exercise Programs

Are you ready to put that activewear to good use? Fashion Reverie has found two programs we are fond of, and you can try them both out for free before committing to a plan!

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Team Body Project

After over a year in quarantine, some of us haven’t hit a gym since March of 2020. Others haven’t worked out regularly in decades. But the exercise industry isn’t geared toward those people, is it? Check out Team Body Project at their website or on youtube.  The program is geared toward people who are out of shape with advice on how to get and stay active. Team Leaders will say things like, “If your back starts to hurt, you can just march in place, the most important part is that you keep moving,” to keep you motivated without talking down to you. You can access online support groups and meal programs for a small fee, or simply watch the videos for free on youtube.

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Fitness Marshall

Are motivation and boredom a problem for you? Look no further than workout videos created by Caleb Marshall. He choreographs fun workouts to the latest pop hits with beats you dance to. His fun and exuberance are truly infectious. He works out with two other people each demonstrating different levels of the workout. You can even sign up for reasonably priced access to longer videos. One word of warning, you might want to watch a video before you try to exercise to it. Marshall is a very skilled dancer so some of his moves may be a bit complicated.

—Cameron Rose Grey

 

Editors’ Pick: Where the Mind Goes, the Feet Follow: Surrealist Shoe Roundup

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According to James Voorhies of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the surrealist movement was inspired by “Freudian methods of free association, and poetry and prose drew upon the private world of the mind, traditionally restricted by reason and societal limitations, to produce surprising, unexpected imagery. The cerebral and irrational tenets of Surrealism find their ancestry in the clever and whimsical disregard for tradition fostered by Dadaism a decade earlier.”

 Surrealism essentially exists as an evasion from reality, where its appeal is the strongest in times of hardship. We have seen surrealist influences on the fashion industry for decades; however, the most prominent is early surrealist artist’s continued influence on the works of Schiaparelli. The Victoria and Albert Museum in their Schiaparelli and Surrealism exhibit wrote, “Schiaparelli was drawn to the imaginative freedom in the work of the Surrealist artists whom she befriended on the Paris social scene, leading to numerous collaborative designs. Surrealism’s fixation with the corporeal and depictions of the body created natural tangents with the world of fashion.” Surrealist jewelry and fashion pieces are still prominent in every Schiaparelli collection, and Vogue most recently noted how Schiaparelli’s collections relate to our current global status in an article entitled “Jewellery’s New Surreal Appeal Echoes the Strangeness of Our Times.” Surrealism seems to have risen again in the fashion industry reflecting a desire to break away from reality and enter an avante-garde world where figures and shapes are not what they seem.

 

Like Salvador Dali’s slowly melting clock, the surreal appeal has dripped down from jewelry to footwear. The footwear market seems to be the last segment in the fashion industry to experience the surrealist influence trend since shoes are strongly associated with functionality, so it requires the mind of an innovator to meld the realities of functionality with the fashionable reverie of the surrealist movement. At Fashion Reverie, fanciful thinking is highly encouraged, so here is a roundup of the top 10 surrealist shoes you should keep your gold encrusted Schiaparelli eye on!

 

Full Surreal Appeal for those in a Permanent Reverie

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Ganor Dominic Tyche Contour White $449.99

These outrageously extravagant slides are aptly named after Tyche, the Greek goddess of fortune and prosperity. The jewel encrusted feather lashed eye detail is cleverly a removable brooch as well, giving these surrealist treasures versatility, as well as beauty.  These surreal art pieces are an incredible statement to accent any ensemble. Be prepared to be stopped in your tracks for compliments!

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Ganor Dominic Art Boots Zelos $702

Salvador Dali, among many other surrealist artists, often depicted morphed faces in his work—there is nothing more surrealist than this feature. Face the day with joy and in style with these Zelos Art Boots in white. The perforated leather provides a beautiful breezy quality, making these boots perfect for spring and summer. The brand’s signature embossed face on the tongue adds just the whimsy needed to bring a smile to your face.

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DATT Sculpture Shoes $2000

Turn fashion on its crystal heel with these sculpture shoes wrought out of pure silver and copper. Whether you just want to dip your toes in the surrealistic waters or be full on avant-garde, slipping into these heeled sandals is a fashion-forward step. Also, you have the bonus of being able to skip the pedicure!

 

Innovations from the Minds of Surrealist Thinkers

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H&M Sandals $129

Surreal mentality inspires innovation as seen in these sustainable picks. These Neon Green Sandals from H&M in vegan faux leather made from cactus leaves (yes, cactus leaves!) are not only inspired by surrealism in their innovation and outside the box mentality, but they are also sustainable, as proudly stated on the back and heel of the shoe. The green is a refreshing homage to the burst of life in spring, and the padded crossover straps add a playful dimension. So, add a little sustainable spring to your surreal step in these innovative sandals.

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Ugo Paulon Repurposed Heels $TBD, shop coming soon!

Protect society from waste while you protect your feet with these sumptuously comfortable repurposed heels from Ugo Paulon. Each shoe is made from second-hand materials such as vintage shoes and clothes, as well as deadstock fabrics. The materials might be second hand, but the construction and style are first rate!

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Tega Akinola Cable Court Mules $324

Sustainability and style are tied together in these Cable Court Mules, smartly crafted from discarded electrical cables held in place by plastic cable ties. These mules are an elegant and fun addition to any environmentally conscious wardrobe. 

 

Surrealist Meets Traditional: a Classic With an Unexpected Twist

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H&M x Simone Rocha Pointed Flats $249

Let your fancy take flight in these airy red pointed flats by H&M in collaboration with Simone Rocha. The classic red flat is given a surreal lift with the addition of ethereal feathers evoking images of lightness and luxury. Add a pop of imagination to a casual look, or embellish a more elegant style. You cannot misstep in these.

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Dora Teymur Heart Cut Out Pump $462

It may be cliché but who would not love these Heart Cut Out Pumps by Dora Teymur from the bottom of their square toes to the tips of their covered cone heels? Why wear your heart on your sleeve, when you can show it off on these charmingly designed leather shoes?

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Charlotte Stone Blanche Puzzle Piece Pump $248

Much of the surrealist appeal is in hidden figures and treasures when you were expecting to find something ordinary. As Frida Kahlo once said, “Surrealism is the magical surprise of finding a lion in a wardrobe, where you were ‘sure’ of finding shirts.” For this particular pump, the Charlotte Stone website describes it as a shoe that “looks like your everyday pump, but this fancy lady has a secret, and it’s a 2.5″ electroplated puzzle piece heel.” This shoe will help any outfit just fall into place.

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Marni Women’s Black Sandals $475

Shearling is rarely synonymous with summer, but in a surrealistic world, they fit right in. Slingbacks are a classic piece; however, the textured fabric adds an element of surprise and whimsy. Dream of an entire world of soft shearling and step out of your reverie with the clouds of your imagination on your feet.

—Tessa Swantek

 

 

 

 

 

Editors’ Picks: 2021 Mother’s Day Gifts

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It’s another Mother’s Day! Of course, we are still dealing with the pandemic, so we’re all going to have to get creative. People over 65 are especially vulnerable, but the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now saying if everyone involved is vaccinated you can exchange mask-less hugs and have a fun day together. Fashion Reverie has curated a list of great Mother’s Day gifts to bring smiles.  Enjoy the day and stay safe.

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BlueQ

Does your mother tell you she doesn’t want you spending money on junk she’ll never use? Okay fine. There’s a solution. Look no further than BlueQ. They carry a plethora of unique, quirky yet extremely practical items like oven mitts, toothbrushes, socks, and more. Often, they have funny phrases and sometimes the words are a little blue so adjust accordingly for your mother’s tastes. Another great thing? A portion of all sales goes to Doctor without Borders.

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Birth Month Flower Kit

So many people love to grow flowers. People talk about how gardening is an incredibly relaxing and calming hobby. Does your mother have a green thumb? She will love this item from Uncommon Goods. You’ve heard of birthstones but did you know each month has an associated flower? You can select your mother’s birth flower and give her this kit. It will have everything she’ll need to grow her own colorful flowers that will remind her of your generosity every time she sees them bloom.

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Gobble Meal Kits

If you are a certain age, you remember June Cleaver of “Leave It to Beaver” fame joyfully cooking enormous breakfasts and five-course dinners. Making us believe that all moms love to cook,  except some moms don’t like cooking, some aren’t very good at it, and some moms just plain don’t want to! Once their kids are grown, some moms don’t want to spend an hour making dinner every night. 

So why does Fashion Reverie recommend Gobble Meal Kits? Not only do Gobble meals feature wonderfully flavorful dinners with lots of different optional add ins, with most of the prep taken care of before shipment, meals usually take only 20 minutes to prepare.

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Claus Porto Soaps Gift Box from Net-a-Porter

One of the best gifts is the one that provides everyday luxury from practical items.  One great extravagance is a really fantastic bar of soap. It’s just a simple daily indulgence that can really lift your spirits. This gift box from Claus Porto features eight  divine smelling soaps in such beautiful packaging your mom won’t be able to throw it away.

The soaps are made in the same Portuguese factory that was built when the company started in 1887, and contain moisturizing pistachio oils for a creamy rich lather. Each of the eight bars in this set is individually wrapped in beautifully illustrated paper pulled from the brand’s archives and sealed with a wax stamp.

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Firstleaf Wine Club

Does your mother love nothing more than sipping a delicious wine? If so, she’ll love Firstleaf wine club. This subscription service will help your mother discover fantastic new vinos to add to her collection. She will start with a quiz to help her find personal wine preferences. Once your mom receives her bottle, she can rate it to help her find another new favorite (there are thousands of bottles to choose from.) And what if she hates the wine she’s ordered? Customer service will find her a replacement bottle!

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Personalized Hand-Written Letter Blanket

Does your mother lament that no one hand writes letters anymore? Does she get chilly easily?  Bring both of those worlds together with a personalized letter blanket from Diane Scaman from Uncommon Goods. Her loose-leaf-paper-styled, 100% cotton blankets create a cozy customizable medium for your messages of love. Your mother will be reminded of your warming words every time her toes get cold.

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Clevery Aromatherapy Shower Steamers

We all had a hearty laugh in the 1980’s when we saw the Life Alert commercial where an elderly woman lays on the floor of her bathroom crying “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” Sadly, this is a real situation that can cause serious injury. Many older people won’t take baths because crawling in and out of tubs is just too dangerous. While bath bombs are a traditional Mother’s Day item, why not think outside the tub? Placing the heavenly scented Clevery Aromatherapy Shower Steamers in a corner of a shower creates divine aromas that turn any bathroom into the ultimate spa experience.

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Giving Keys Jewelry

Jewelry is many people’s go-to Mother’s Day gift, but would you consider giving your mother a more unique and meaningful jewelry experience? Giving Keys Jewelry are beautiful pieces engraved with a single word (choose from selected words or pick a custom word) that means something important to your mother. After one year Giving Keys encourages owners to pay it forward by passing the jewelry onto another person. Even if your mother decides to keep the piece, she’ll still be contributing. Giving Keys teaches important life and job skills to people transiting out of homelessness.

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World Wildlife Federation Animal Adoptions

Did you know you could adopt a tiger as a gift for your mom? Don’t worry you won’t end up in “Tiger King” part 2. World Wildlife Federation sells symbolic adoptions so your mother (who has already told you multiple times she doesn’t need more stuff!) can help an endangered animal preserve their habit and increase their numbers.

—Cameron Grey Rose

Editors’ Picks: Product Every Bride Needs Before and on that Very Special Day

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The entire world was shocked when we learned the truth. No, Meghan Markle didn’t make Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, cry while prepping for her wedding; it was the other way around! But every bride knows that even the most modest wedding can reach that point. Prepping for the big day is so stressful, fraught with emotions and family drama that, at some point, tears will be spilled. Some brides have reported crying on their wedding day because they are so happy that the planning is over. Fashion Reverie feels your pain and has decided to compile a list of products that can help alleviate your problems. It’s your special day! Let’s try to help things go as smoothly as possible.

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Solemates

Outdoor weddings are such a delight. Fresh air, sunshine, and cool breezes are relaxing and fun. But walking on grass and dirt in heels? It can result in falls, damaged shoes or broken heels. Or worst-case scenario: the faceplant. A broken nose or tooth is the last thing anyone wants. Now you can use a device described by none other than Oprah as “pure genius.” Solemates heel protectors slip onto the tip of your heels and will keep heels from sinking into grass and provide a stable walking for dirt or uneven surfaces.

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Icy Bag

Icy Bag was created by a desperate bride! The inventor was getting married and was about to put her makeup on when she discovered, her makeup bag had been forgotten in her car. It was summer and by the time it was retrieved, the hot sun had liquified most of her items. They were ruined. That led her to invent Icy Bag.

 It is a bag with a removable gel sleeve that can be frozen to keep items cold. Perfect for summer weddings. And later it can be used to keep drinks, lunches, medications, or anything you want cool and fresh!

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Erno Laszlo Multitask Eye Serum Mask

Wedding planning can be stressful. It can result in a lot of late nights. And we all know late nights and lack of sleep can result in huge bags under one’s eyes. What bride wants to look tired in wedding photos? Erno Lazlos multitask eye serum masks make those puffy dark circles go bye-bye! An all-in-one hydrogel eye patch created with a powerhouse of ingredients smooths the appearance of under-eye dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles. Get a six-pack to share with bridesmaids.

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Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray
Summertime is the time for love, laughter, and humidity. Yup, that dreaded “frizzy hair” weather.  Oribe Impermeable Anti- Humidity Spray promises to save your hair in any weather. This spray has the lightest texture (you can barely feel it), gives easy hold, and isn’t sticky. This spray is not cheap but worth every penny. Word of warning. You may become addicted to this miracle spray.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Protecting your hair from extreme humidity doesn’t protect your face from that same humidity and the heat that drives it.  Every woman has gone out for a summer evening only to have her makeup melt into her shoes before the night has barely begun. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is the original setting spray to keep your makeup from budging for a solid 16 hours. This weightless vegan mist actually lowers the temperature of your makeup—from foundation and concealer to eyeshadow and blush—to lock it in place. No touch-ups needed. Seriously.

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Still Standing Comfort Foot Spray

Okay, high heels may look great, but they don’t feel very good. Of course, you want to look elegant and tall for pictures, but after a few hours, your dogs will be barking. Fashion Reverie has a better idea—try Still Standing Comfort Foot Spray. This eco-friendly spray can fend off pain for up to 6 hours. It won’t numb your feet. Instead, it prevents the swelling, redness, and discomfort that heels of any size can cause.

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Lord Jones CBD Gumdrops

Wedding planning is stressful. Getting ready for the wedding can also be so stressful. A million things are going to go wrong on the day of the wedding—that’s pretty much guaranteed. Want a way to calm a bit of the stress? Lord Jones CBD Gumdrops. CBD products won’t make you high (although if you are over 21 and live in a place where it’s legal, Fashion Reverie does not judge how you calm yourself!) but may help you relax a little. Lord Jones CBD Gumdrops come in a variety of tasty flavors. Calming CBD never tasted so sweet.

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Rae Wellness Energy Capsules

Having the opposite problem? With a million things needing to get done, you might feel yourself getting run down, but chugging a Red bull might not be the greatest idea. Not only will it make you jittery, but you’ll also need to hit the bathroom with three other people wrangling your dress. Try Rae Wellness Energy Capsules. Their formula features green tea and B12 to give you a bit of energy boost without the crash.

And here are a few things you’ll also want to have on hand for your special day:

Sewing kit

Stain remover pen

Bottled water

Deodorant wipes (Lume brand is good)
Extra pantyhose

Extra underwear

Safety pins

Blotting papers

Extra cell phone chargers (VERY important)

Clear nail polish

Advil or Tylenol.

Clothing tape

Mouthwash and breath mints

 

Try to have fun and remember the day after the wedding will be the first day of the rest of your life.

—Cameron Grey Rose

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