Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of November 15, 2021

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

Due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, Fashion Reverie recommends that shoppers avoid crowds, it is best to attend sales that have 10 and under 10 shoppers at a time on site. And if possible, shop online for incredible sample sales and discount.

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BRAND: Alice + Olivia Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/16–11/21; Tues. (8am–8pm), Wed.–Thurs. (1am–7pm), Fri. (9am–8pm), Sat. (10am–8pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing and accessories at a discount featuring collection and one-of-a-kind samples.

WHERE: 261 5th Avenue

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BRANDElan Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/16–12/16; (11am–4pm)

WHY: Shop women’s tops, bottoms, dresses, sweaters, denim, and resort wear available from all seasons with prices from $5 to $20 

WHERE: 231 West 39th Street, Suite 711

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BRAND: Nicholas Kirkwood and Mark Cross Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/22–11/24; (11am–7pm)­

WHY: Shop luxury designer footwear & handbags

WHERE: 151 Wooster Street




Editors’ Picks’: 2021 Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales!

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2021 has been one crazy year and the holiday season may line up to be just as unusual. Due to bottlenecks in production lines and difficulty with the mail, Fashion Reverie strongly suggests you take advantage of this year’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales and get all of your holiday shopping done well in advance. Thanks to this curated list of amazing bargains, you’ll find anything and everything you could possibly need for the friends and family on your list, and maybe you’ll snag a few treats for yourself.

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Get excited, this is a big one. NET-A-PORTER offers high end designer fashion and beauty from all the major brands on the planet. On Friday Nov 26th, they will be having a sale. They have been a bit cagey about specifically what will be on sale, but if we go by last year’s Black Friday, there was 50% off sitewide!

Create your account and start picking out your likes NOW. It’s easy to get lost scrolling and clicking and once a piece is gone, it is GONE!! We are talking about discounts of hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars, depending on what you buy. Brace yourself.

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Prose Haircare

Available on Black Friday, Prose, the customizable hair care company, has an offer for new customers. Up to $10 off when customers subscribe and purchase three or more of the brand’s products. Get the hair you deserve for those holiday photos and start the new year with a mane to be proud of.

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MAC Cosmetics

Ah MAC, with all their legendary colors and drag queen tie-ins, you know you love them. Get ready to stock up on all your favorites, just in time for the holidays. And maybe buy a gift for someone else if you feel like it.  From November 25 to November 30, take 40% off face and foundation products. 30% off everything else both in store and sitewide.

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Is it even the holidays without Macy’s? As soon as their legendary Thanksgiving Day parade ends the planning for Black Friday begins! Except a preview sale is going on RIGHT NOW. Of course, there are thousands of items to choose from. Macy’s Black Friday 2021 sale starts on November 23 and ends November 27. There are deals on top name beauty brands, gift sets, food items and everything else from small kitchen appliances to home decor, toys, and clothing.

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Woo hoo! If you ever wanted to set up a Nordstrom account, NOW is the time to do it. Make sure your wish list is full. This year, Nordstrom started its Black Friday sale earlier than ever. Fashion from Ganni, Reformation, and more is already up to 40 percent off. On November 19, Nordstrom marked down additional styles, followed by discounts of up to 50 percent off beginning November 27.

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Have you thought about updating all your hair and makeup tools? Now is your chance to do it for less, at Amika’s Black Friday Sale. Customers will receive up to 25% off their purchases of $75 or more, or 30 percent off their purchases of $100 or more. Of course, don’t forget about their amazing hair care products and their quiz to help you find the perfect items for your hair.

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Looking for something truly unique for your company’s holiday party? Or a crazy gift for Secret Santa? Modcloth doesn’t just carry great clothes, they also have fun gifts, stuff for the kitchen, and awesome shoes. Fashion Reverie loves their Prince, Golden Girls, and Dolly Parton jigsaw puzzles. Use code FRIDAY40 at checkout for 40% off sitewide starting on Nov 20th with new doorbuster deals added every day.

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Nest New York

You’ve got company coming and it’s the holidays. Your home needs to smell good. It’s the perfect time to invest in some yummy smelling candles or some delicious perfume. From November 23rd to November29th you can snag something delightfully aromatic for 25% off sitewide and expect a free Classic Bamboo candle on any purchase over $200.


 —Cameron Grey Rose

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of November 1, 2021

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

Due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, Fashion Reverie recommends that shoppers avoid crowds, it is best to attend sales that have 10 and under 10 shoppers at a time on site. And if possible, shop online for incredible sample sales and discount.

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BRANDPrive Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/05–11/07; Fri.–Sat. (noon–6pm), Sun (noon–4pm)

WHY: Women’s and men’s apparel and accessories from a host of contemporary brands.

Women’s includes Save The Duck outerwear samples, 360Cashmere, WeWoreWhat, and more. Men’s includes Tumi outerwear, Save The Duck samples, as well as Onia Fall casualwear

WHERE: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue

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BRAND: John Hardy Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/07–11/11; Sun.–Tues. (9am–6pm), Wed. (9am–5pm)

WHY: Women’s and men’s luxury jewelry at a discount 

WHERE: 317 West 33rd Street

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BRAND: Barbour Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/10–11/11; Wed.–Thurs. (11am–5pm)

WHY: Classic and fashion styles will be available at wholesale pricing (50% off+). 

The sale will include outerwear, shirts, sweaters, dresses, accessories and more.

WHERE: Barbour NYC Showroom, 130 West 57th Street


Fresh Faced for Fall 2021

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The changing temperatures can really do a number on your skin.  Cooler weather can mean dry, flaky, itchy skin, which is all around no fun, but even worse if your acne prone.  Just like transitioning your wardrobe, it’s important to update your skincare regimen as well.

Dr. W. Elliot Love, Board-Certified Dermatologist, and fellowship-trained skin cancer and reconstructive surgeon, recommends changing up your skin routines as the skin requires different things once the cold weather arrives.  “The skin likes consistency, so when factors, like weather, change so quickly, it’s like a shock to the system. As the temperature and humidity drops, the skin will have to work harder to maintain adequate hydration as cold weather and wind start to kick in,” explains Dr. Love.

Esthetician and founder of the Facial Lounge, Amber Rose Johnson also stresses the importance of switching out your lightweight summer moisturizers in favor of adding a little extra nutrition and moisture after a drastic temperature drop. Be proactive and begin taking care of your skin now to prevent any chill-induced beauty issues. 

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Exfoliate with Enzyme Masks

According to Johnson, it’s important to avoid, abrasive harsh scrubs which will only further irritate your skin during the fall and potentially lead to more breakouts. 

Instead, Johnson recommends enzyme masks.  “The gentle approach to exfoliating is one of the main advantages of using an enzymatic mask rather than a granular exfoliant,” Johnson explains. “Our skin is continuously bombarded by environmental pollutants and harsh UV rays, especially during the fall and winter seasons, which makes it more susceptible to harm and irritation if we use a rough, granular scrub. Not only does it irritate the skin, but irritation leads to aging and breakouts.”

Johnson recommends using an enzyme mask in the fall and winter which can really penetrate the skin such a Facial Lounge’s Papaya Enzyme Mask, a shower-friendly multi-purpose mask.  According to Johnson, “the enzyme is activated by the steam, allowing it to function more rapidly and effectively! This mask gently resurfaces the skin and aids in the restoration, hydration, and ‘repair’ of the skin while also eliminating dead skin cells.”

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Oil Up in the AM with CBD

Particularly if you find yourself rushed in the mornings, a dry oil infused with CBD could be a great way to lock in moisture quickly.  After hoping out the shower, spritz a dry oil packed with botanical oils and hemp extract for an instant dose of hydration as you face the chillier temperatures.

cbdMD Botanicals Dry Body Oil is a feather-light spray that provides rapid hydration sans greasy residue meaning you can spray it on, get dressed and run out the door! Formulated with CBD, as well as coconut oil, argan oil, and shea butter for deep moisturizing and skin calming effects.  Plus, it’s created without any perfumes or dyes which could irritate sensitive skin.

Dr. Michael Somenek, Facial plastic surgeon and skincare expert explains the benefits of CBD in skincare.  “It acts as both an anti-inflammatory agent and an oil reduction agent… It is also a good antioxidant that can help protect against free radical damage to skin cells.”  However, Somenek warns against just applying CBD oil to your skin, “side effects of unregulated use [of CBD] include nausea, fatigue and irritability.  CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does.”  That said, it’s best to always consult a physician before starting a new routine.

Don’t Ignore the Autumnal Sun

While it’s easy to remember SPF during the summer, so many of us forget to protect our skin during the cooler months.  Johnson recommends you wear a mineral-based SPF to stay protected against the full spectrum of ultraviolet radiation.

“Although the outside activities aren’t as common in these months, a common misconception is that you can skip the SPF step of your skincare routine. Surprisingly, the harmful UVA rays are stronger than ever during fall and winter, and these are the cancer-causing rays that you need to protect against,” explains Johnson. “It is also important that you use a mineral-based sunscreen along with an antioxidant. We have an amazing [one] that is packed with 18 different natural antioxidants that will protect your skin year-round. This serum is a booster and can be mixed with any moisturizer. We love mixing it with Luxe Creme for dry and sensitive skin or Oil-Free Moisturizer for oily and [acne prone] skin during [the] fall!”

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Moisturize While You Snooze

You start to realize your skin is begging for moisture by the dry, itchy, flaking texture, but before you slather on your favorite everyday moisturizer and get into bed look at the ingredients.  Johnson recommends avoiding daytime moisturizers at night. 

To keep your skin balanced during these cooler months, make sure you’re not using a daytime moisturizer, especially one with a built-in SPF,” warns Johnson.  Instead she recommends you, “swap out that lighter moisturizer because this is the time to be giving your skin all the extra nutrition and moisture it needs. We recommend using a rich night-time moisturizer. We recommend the Whipped Creme Sleeping Masque because it is a multi-tasking creme and that is infused with Liquid Crystals that create a protective barrier, locking in vital moisture and encouraging repair.”

Follow these tips and you’ll be ready for a fall full of apple pie, pumpkin spiced-everything, family, friends, and healthy, supple skin!

—Janine Silver

Editors’ Picks: The Fashionable Home Workout

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Believe it or not, a few good things came out of the pandemic (which is still not over—get vaccinated and be safe, gentle readers). Many of us are still working from home and may do so permanently (at least on a part-time basis). Still others are realizing that a daily trip to gym wasn’t as necessary as we thought. Not only can working out at home be effective, but it also robs us of excuses.  No one can say traffic held them up or they were worried about the weather. With on-demand and live streaming, we can work out whenever we want to a previously recorded video or with live instruction and feel part of a community.

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, and we might—emphasis on the word might—have to go into another lockdown, Fashion Reverie has curated a fun list of everything you’ll need to create a functional and convenient home gym. Time to work off those pandemic pounds while getting fit and strong and remaining ridiculously chic.

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Looking for a tough, and I mean TOUGH, online workout? AArmy provides a huge assortment of really intense and effective at-home fitness routines. A subscription costs $35 a month, or $350 a year, offering access to a full digital library, including live sessions with AArmy trainers, with 20 new practice sessions uploaded every week.  AArmy celebrity clients include Karlie Kloss and Beyonce. And they offer some amazing gear. Their zipper bras are a huge bestseller for their comfort and functionality.

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Forme Athletic Clothes

Are you looking for workout clothes developed by scientists to be beneficial to your entire body? From leggings designed to align your spine to sports bras created to improve your posture, scientific evidence and rigorous methods are at the core of Forme’s innovative process to create sports gear designed to improve your overall health. Your mother was correct, posture is EVERYTHING. Proper posture not only sends a message that you are confident in yourself, but it can also improve your health. The fact that the clothes are cute and functional as workout wear is yet another bonus.

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Everybody needs a good yoga mat. There are so many companies selling yoga mats  but Fashion Reverie recommends AbhineKrafts available on Etsy! Not only are the mats beautiful and functional, they are created using eco-friendly materials harvested using sustainable methods. They also have accessories, blankets, clothes and so much more. Check out the rave reviews talking about fast shipping and easy returns.

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Nomadix Towels

At the end of a tough workout, you need a good towel. Too bad Nomadix towels aren’t good towels—because they are AMAZING! They’ll be a great addition to your home workout, but also perfect for adventure and travel. Super absorbent, despite being thinner than an average towel (great for packing), they dry quickly and are ridiculously soft. They are also made from post-consumer plastic bottles (how?) and the company is committed to being eco-friendly and sustainable. If that wasn’t enough—is there any pleasing you, gentle reader? Nomadix towels come in a huge variety of fun and beautiful prints. Prints because the company does not believe in using dyes.

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NewMe Fitness Workout Cards

One big problem with at-home workouts is when you find a workout that’s ‘easy’ for you, you stick with it. This leads to the problem of not challenging yourself. Or you get bored doing the same thing over and over and start coming up with excuses to skip workouts. But if you can’t afford live workouts, what can you do? Easily affordable NewMe Fitness Workout cards is a fun way to mix and match new exercises while making sure you never get bored. Designed for beginners, to minimize the possibility of injury, you can create dozens of different workout plans.

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Good American

Looking for some affordable, high quality, fashionable, flattering size-inclusive workout clothes? Of course; that’s what everyone is looking for. Good American has a huge line of awesome clothes that go all the way up to size 24. Fun, bright, and comfortable, they can easily be incorporated into your everyday wardrobe. If the name “Good American” sounds familiar, brand ambassador Khloe Kardashian’s commercial for the line was removed rejected from tv for being “too racy.”

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Foam Roller

If you’re going to be working out at home, it’s important that you have the right tools to avoid injury and relieve pain. Spiked massagers may seem extreme to the beginner, but you too can do this safe, effective, self-massaging technique in your own home.  The cylinder uses bumps to softly soothe your soft tissue, stretching short muscle fibers, and break up harmful lactic acid build ups. Sport massages and acupuncture sessions are pricey but even high-end foam rollers are less than $30. And who can put a price on a lack of pain?


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Pilates Ball

Pilates Ball is another inexpensive piece of equipment no home gym is complete without! Using a stability ball will improve the strength of your abs and lower back. Since a yoga ball is unstable, you have to use your body’s core strength to remain balanced, which in turn improves balance, flexibility and body alignment. And you use it while watching TV, sitting at desk, just about any time. Most come with air pumps for easy inflation.

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The Ness Digital Workouts

Are you looking for a challenging low impact workout for beginners? The Ness is exactly what you are looking for. The workouts offer beat-based trampoline cardio and muscle sculpting on a digital platform. The program counts Kelly Ripa, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Eva Longoria as fans. By incorporating a lot of fun and charismatic workout instructors, these routines will quickly become something you WANT to do, not something you make excuses to avoid. 

—Cameron Grey Rose

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of October 18, 2021

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

Due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, Fashion Reverie recommends that shoppers avoid crowds, it is best to attend sales that have 10 and under 10 shoppers at a time on site. And if possible, shop online for incredible sample sales and discount.

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BRAND: The Row Private Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/21–10/24; Thurs.–Fri. (9am–7pm), Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–4pm)

WHY: Women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories at a discount. Only credit cards accepted. All sales are final. Proof of vaccination required.

WHERE: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street

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BRAND: Kipling Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/26–10/28; Tues.–Thurs. (10am–6pm)

WHY: Bags and accessories at a discount at the Kipling Sample Sale. Shop backpacks, handbags, totes, luggage, messenger, bags, accessories and more.

WHERE: 261 West 36th Street, 2nd floor

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BRAND: COS Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/26–10/31; Tues. (10am–8pm), Wed.–Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Shop sustainably made wardrobe-essential menswear and womenswear at a discount

WHERE: 261 Fifth Avenue

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BRAND: Paul Smith Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/26–10/31; Tues. (10am–8pm), Wed.–Thurs. (10am–7pm), Fri.–Sat. (10am–8pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Shop luxury menswear, womenswear, accessories, and more at a discount

WHERE: 151 Wooster Street


Editors’ Pick: Harbison X Banana Republic

Thomas Wolfe’s 1940 posthumously published novel “You Can’t Go Home Again” is about a successful author who returns to his hometown in North Carolina to face angered residents who don’t appreciate how they have been portrayed in his successful novel. Unhappy about his reception in his hometown, the author, George Webber, searches for his identity first in New York City and later in various European cities. Finally, he returns to the America, ultimately finding his true self.

The title of the book “You Can’t Go Home Again” has become a much-used adage reflecting on the fact that we romanticize people, places, and situations. And when we return to things of the past, the reality sometimes pales in comparison to the truth. In other words, you cannot go home again.

Well, that much-used adage does not apply to Charles Harbison. Like the main character in Wolfe’s novel, Harbison is also a North Carolina native; however, his return is to fashion roots in New York City after moving a few years ago to the City of Angels. And unlike George Webber, Harbison return to his fashion roots has been met with great praise and adulation.

Harbison’s re-appearance in the Big Apple is primarily due to his recent limited-edition fashion collaboration with Banana Republic. A retail store he worked at while an architecture student at North Carolina State University.

Harbison’s 18-piece collection for Banana Republic features two-piece utilitarian suits, puff-sleeve tops, belted miniskirts, and day dresses. All created with Harbison’s special style and nuance, combining minimalism with an emphasis on silhouette and great fit.

This collection grew out of Harbison reflection of the female members of family, who he was not able to see because of the pandemic and the pioneering efforts of black women. As a sportswear designer of color, Harbison like so many African American designers in the past and current are often not given their rightful due, especially when they use black culture as the centerpiece and bedrock of their collections.

Harbison established his brand, Harbison Studio, in New York City in 2013. (Fashion Reverie was one of the first publications to review Harbison’s runways shows and he has been a great friend to Fashion Reverie.) In the first iteration of his eponymous brand, Harbison dressed First Lady Michelle Obama, Solange Knowles, and Beyoncé.

Reflecting on his brand, Harbison details, “I was really carving out a brand identity that was reflective of this chic, modernist aesthetic but also rooted in themes that were important to me like racial and gender equity, queer affirmation, discussions around class and the Earth.” Though Charles Harbison believes he was a little ahead of the time by discussing class, race, and diversity through his collections—Fashion Reverie disagrees—there was never any doubt of his great talent.

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This time around with his return to the New York fashion scene, first showing his current collection at Harlem Fashion Row during New York Fashion Week, and now with his collaboration with Banana Republic, Charles Harbison believes he is better situated to expand his brand. “Coming back into the fashion conversation, it’s exciting because I feel like we’re primed now to have discussions in a more open way through product,” he says. “It’s really an exciting time to be back.” And Charles New York City is glad to have you back, even if you are living in LA.

Harbison x Banana Republic is not available online and in Banana Republic stores.

—William S. Gooch

Fall 2021 Styleout

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In fashion, we often look to see what the big style trends will be for the fall and winter months. Lush garments, big boots, heavy coats … The September issue of most magazines is often dubbed their “fashion issue” for good reason. It’s frequently the largest issue of the year, filled with scores of pages of high-end advertisers, aspirational editorials, and wishful shopping guides.

While these autumn magazine issues enlighten us of the latest fashion crazes, you can almost predict them yourself … if you’ve been paying attention months before. Although fall fashion trends are often revealed on the January and February runways, shoppers are given a slight preview during the late spring months. That is when the pre-fall collections hit the stores, and the pre-fall collections often give us an idea of what the designers and retailers have planned for us when the weather dips.

Fashion Reverie previously published our pre-fall 2021 trend shopping guide, but now we’re taking it one step further. As we have stepped into fall, this style-out shows how your pre-fall wardrobe can make the same seamless transition, bringing its style trends along with it into the colder months.

Fall 2021 Womenswear Trend – Cutouts

Dress: WeWoreWhat $125 Coat: Kaos $194 Shoes: Laura Biagiotti $124 Purse: Isla $261 Shell Earrings: Nach $52 Star Ring: First People First $65

The temps may be slightly dropping, but you don’t always want to be fully covered up. You can still play peek-a-boo with your wardrobe, just have something to cover yourself up when you get a little chilly.

Blouse: Relish $54
Skirt: Berna $134
Boots: Lola Cruz $184
Bag: Yuzefi $406
Earrings: Fossil $47
Watch: Fossil $126

Fall 2021 Womenswear Trend – Soft Leather

Leather is always a go-to material for the cold. But you don’t have to reserve the material just for jackets, boots, and gloves. You can get in on the stylish action with a leather shirt, skirt, or pants. And venture away from the traditional black. Experiment with some color, whether bright or subdued.

Dress: Chinti and Parker $294
Boots: Dr. Martens $340
Bag: Marc Jacobs $333
Earrings: Jennifer Behr $236
Watch: Bering $224
Ring: Wilhelmina Garcia $104

Fall 2021 Womenswear Trend – Rainbow

Rainbows are not just for the summer. They are year-round pick me ups. We don’t see many rainbows in the fall and winter, so you may have to be your own bowl of sunshine. Let that good energy radiate from within, but literally wear it on your sleeve. Don traditional rainbows or play with color blocking options for a cheerful vibe on the dreary days.

Dress: MSGM $620
Boots: Stuart Weitzman $363
Purse: Shrimps $420
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban $180
Earrings: Federica Tosi $131
Ring: Voodoo Jewels $151

Fall 2021 Womenswear Trend – Midi Dress (Calf Length)

You don’t have to go from summertime miniskirts directly to full length dresses for the fall. Have fun with a midi dress—that comes midway down your legs. Show off your calves and your boots for a subtle flash of style. To really make your outfit pop, opt for a contrasting footwear color.

Top: 8 By Yoox $49
Skirt: Vicolo $63
Boots: Tila March $215
Bag: Verdi $205
Earrings: Kurshuni $39
Necklace: Lauren Ralph Lauren $77

Fall 2021 Womenswear Trend – Pinks and Prints

The ultimate style finesse is when you can wear two trends at once. Shades of pink paired with printed designs are a beautiful touch of feminine sophistication. You can accentuate the look with neutral-colored accessories so that the blush tones can shine through and take center stage.

Top: 8 By Yoox $49
Skirt: Vicolo $63
Boots: Tila March $215
Bag: Verdi $205
Earrings: Kurshuni $39
Necklace: Lauren Ralph Lauren $77

Fall 2021 Womenswear Trend – Dark Florals and Leggings

Another two-for-one look is combining dark florals with your leggings. We know you’re not ready to give up your leggings, so instead of looking like you’re going to spin class, look like you’re going to brunch. You don’t have to do a full head-to-toe look, opting for a dark floral top and solid color leggings, or vice versa, is perfectly fine. Just step it up from athleisure to head turner.

—Carl Ayers

The Top Beauty Trends from New York, Milan, London, and Paris Fashion Weeks

Despite COVID-19, fashion did not leave the building, well, not exactly. However, after many virtual shows, we’re so excited for in-person fashion and the beauty looks that go with them.  Talented artists and stylists welcomed back fashionistas from all over by crafting clean, glowing complexions, as well as adding lot of charm and a touch of playfulness this season.  From classic red lips to sculptural braids, it was clear that designers, stylists and artists wanted to enhance the models’ natural beauty with a little pop.

Fashion Reverie has rounded up some of the top beauty trends from fashion weeks in New York to Paris.  Let these spring 2022 collections inspire you to have a little fun with your look too.

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Snaking Braids

Christian Siriano’s whimsical braids added a touch of fun to the runway. Jawaraw for Dyson pulled the hair back with tiny braids snaking from the hairline to the crown of the head and into a larger braid.  These larger braids were styled with colored ribbons woven into the hair and wires to complement the structure in Siriano’s spring 2022 collection in New York.

If you’re not quite daring enough to weave some wire and give your braid a unique standout shape, try recreating the gorgeous smaller braids on top and putting the rest of your hair into a low sleek bun for an edgy, elegant style that’s sure to wow!

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A Touch of Pink

Paris shows in particular had everyone thinking pink.  This gorgeous hue adds a touch of cotton candy whimsy to hair, a bold look to eyes, and a sweetness on lips and cheeks. 

Weinsanto tickled the runways pink with neon braided heart crowns designed by hairstylist Kevin Jacotot and touches of pink around the eyes, on the lips and cheeks, by makeup artist Dyna Dagger.  One of our favorite pink looks from the show was a black to pink ombre lip look, a nod to ombre beauty trends from a few seasons ago.

Loewe also had us enamored by pink with models in bowl cut wigs in different shades from crimson and cobalt, but it’s the pink shade that caught our attention.  Hairstylist Guido Palau teamed up with colorists in Milan to create the look.  The pink tinted wig was paired with light pink lips for a pale bubble gum touch.  Even if you’re not looking to sport the same hairdo, if you’re looking to make a change, a soft pink adds a little romance to your style.

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Strong Brows

The runways at Monse’s NYFW Resort collection featured models with gorgeous skin, graphic eyeliner and very strong brows.  Charlie Riddle, Global Beauty Director of the Stila cosmetic brand, created the beauty look to play up the collection full of colorful knits and handkerchief hems.

 Season after season eyebrows are taking center stage and we’re not complaining one bit!

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Barrettes on Barrettes

As always, Alice + Olivia added a little extra charm and a dose of glamour with half a dozen pearl and crystal barrettes in slicked back ‘dos with middle parts.  After a year and a half of dressing for ZOOM calls, these accessories are just what we needed for fast, yet super luxurious style. 

If you’re layering barrettes at home, follow this runway trend by mixing and matching different shapes, sizes and textures for added interest.  You can’t go wrong with crystals, rhinestones or pearls either for a little elegance.

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Classic Red Lips

Jason Wu’s signature red lip was created by Diane Kendal for Jason Wu Beauty to add a pop to the radiant look and effortlessly gorgeous skin.  Kendal recommends starting with a lip mask to keep the lips hydrated.  She used Wu’s Everyday Lip Mask formulated with natural vitamin E, squalane, sunflower seed and jojoba seed oil for smooth, supple pouts.  Kendal then swiped on Wu’s Honey Fluff, a whipped matte lip cream in the shade Hot Apple for those look-at-me lips.

Michael Kors also played up a scarlet lip for spring 2022.  After all, a red lip has always been the easiest way to instantly add a touch of drama to a look, and this season at NYFW, red looked as fresh and youthful as ever paired with gorgeous clean skin and minimal eye makeup.

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While in Paris, Saint Laurent’s show featured bold red lips and not much else.  With many models’ eyes hidden behind large dark sunglasses, those ruby pouts took center stage.

Sun-Kissed Complexions

M.A.C artist Allie Smith recreated glowing tan complexions for Collina Strada, illuminating the high points of the ears and hands with touches of glitter and color.   The look worked well with Collina Strada’s garden show, but the look also a great way to look like you just came back from a tropical vacation … even if you haven’t made it further than your kitchen this year.

While the look at the show was reminiscent of a fairy garden, a beautiful, bronzed glow is always in fashion … you can skip highlighting the tops of your ears to look a little less mystical if that’s not the look you’re going for.

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Double Winged and Smoky Eyes

Whether it was dark, sultry, smoky eyes in New York at Dennis Basso or Dior’s double wings in Paris, bold eyes are clearly in for summer 2022. 

To get the double winged look at Dior, makeup artist Peter Philips created two mini flicks on both the models upper and lower lash lines.

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In London, Halpern sent models with black and white cat eyes down the runway.  This dramatic winged look was thanks to artist Daniel Sallstrom and featured a white wing encased by two black ones on either side extending from the inner eye to the corner of the outer eye.

If you’re feeling a bit less precise, try a smoky eye.  This popular look has come back around (not that it was every truly gone!) and was featured on multiple runways from Altuzzara to Dennis Basso.  If you haven’t mastered the smoky look, now is the time to learn!

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A Touch of Glitter & ‘90s Glam

This bold beauty trend is no surprise as searches for glitter makeup in particular have increased over 400% since February 2020.  It’s clear that fun with makeup, particularly bold and shimmery makeup, is on the rise.

Late ‘90s and Y2K beauty has certainly come back!  From tiny braids and hair charms to lip gloss and lots of glitter!  Blumarine graced Milan fashion week with extra shiny, glossy lips, body glitter and hair glitter.  While no one embraced the trend as much as the Bluemarine models, Marni also styled glitter ‘dos in shades of blue into mohawks for hair that stood on end, but still didn’t take away from the fashion!

Glitter lids were in shades of black, crimson or sapphire were also found in New York at Laquan Smith.  Makeup artists Jasmin Winnie Stephen and Sheika Daley crafted glitzy cat eyes for a little drama.

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Diamond Dripping Manicures

If you love a little bling on your manicure, you’re not alone.  Alice + Olivia showcased dazzling nails with “diamonds” (ok, they might have been rhinestones) going all the way down the nail and hanging off the tip.  Alicia Torello created these accent nails to accompany a few other embellished digits. 

If you’re looking to recreate the look, start by polishing the nails in OPI Nail Lacquer in Black Onyx or Alpine Snow then add on the embellishments, in this case when it comes to a fun manicure, more is more!

No matter what you have planned the rest of the year and into next spring, these runway looks will allow you to quickly and easily change up your look.  So, throw on a few hair clips, swipe some red lipstick and brush those brows and get ready to wow. 

Fashion Week trends have never been this easy to recreate and still make such an impact!

—Janine Silver

Wednesday Sample Sale: Week of September 27, 2021

Our Wednesday Sample Sales is back after a month’s hiatus. Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

Due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, Fashion Reverie recommends that shoppers avoid crowds, it is best to attend sales that have 10 and under 10 shoppers at a time on site. And if possible, shop online for incredible sample sales and discount.

BRAND: Saks Friends & Family Sample Sale

WHEN: 09/29–10/04

WHY: 25% off new arrivals at the Saks Friends & Family Sale. Shop a selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories. 20% off Jewelry. Designer exclusions apply.

WHERE: Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 5th Avenue and online at

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BRAND: Morgane La Fay Sample Sale

WHEN: 09/30–10/06; Daily (11am–7pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing at a discount

WHERE: 150 Greene Street

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BRANDHelmut Lang Family & Friends Sample Sale

WHEN: 09/30–10/12

WHY: Take 25% off women’s and men’s collections

WHERE: 821 Washington Street and online at

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BRAND: Prive Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/02–10/03; Saturday (noon–6pm), Sunday (noon–5pm)

WHY: Women’s, men’s, and kids apparel and accessories from a host of contemporary brands at a discount

WHERE: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue



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