Friday, June 28, 2013

More Hot Designer Sales

Everyone loves a great deal. Well I received a few choice emails ... Insider's tips regarding sales that I just had to share...

This sale, at 260SAMPLESALE,  actually started yesterday in New York.

The following two sales start just in time for the July 4th holiday...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

THE OUTNET Interviews Lianne La Havas

THE OUTNET.COM is featuring Lianne La Havas today, June 25th. In her exclusive Chic Chat, Lianne talks dressing for the stage, her musical icons and the festival season ahead.

The British singer-songwriter, from South London, reveals her unique style, which is quirky, feminine with a mixture of boyish features. This 23-year-old beauty can always be spotted in massive high heels and wearing sparkling jewelry.

Her personal style and music is already making waves stateside. Below are a few of her favorites at THE OUTNET.  To shop Lianne’s picks, go to: Lianne's Style

Erdem top
Erdem top

Sara Berman skirt
Sara Berman skirt

Diane von Furstenberg top
Diane von Furstenberg top

Sample Sale Update

Here is some insider access to great designer sales ... Below is a designer sample sale in New York that is starting today. I also included additional info on two great designer online sales that are happening now.

Lauren Moffatt

Marc Jacobs...
Marc Jacobs

Amanda Wakeley

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Max Mara & W Magazine Host Party for Women In Film Award Winner

Luxury fashion brand, Max Mara partnered with W Magazine to host a party in honor of Hailee Steinfeld, Women In Film's 2013 Max Mara Face of the Future award winner. The party, hosted by Nicola Maramotti of Max Mara and Lynn Hirschberg of W Magazine, took place yesterday at the Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge in Los Angeles.

Of course, Max Mara dressed many of the event attendees including Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kiernan Shipka, Ali Larter, Ashley Madekwe, Angela Lindvall, Olivia Munn, Christa B. Allen, Jordana Brewster, Sophia Bush, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Katie Lowes, Lauren Remington Platt and Megan Duffy.

Max Mara names a Face of the Future award winner annually. Previous recipients include Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Ginnifer Goodwin and Katie Holmes.

Update: Max Mara just sent over more pictures for me to share...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New York Sample Sale Update

Here are few sales happening now, and coming soon, that I had to share....

Current Sales:

La Perla

Tory Burch
RTW & Accessories
All sizes available - Spring/Summer merchandise
Tuesday - Friday: 11-7
Saturday: 11-5
at Clothingline
261 W 36th Street, 2nd Floor
(between 7th & 8th Aves.)

Alice & Olivia

Coming Soon:

Shoshanna Sample Sale
Two Days Only
Get up to 75% off dresses, swimwear, and separates.
Cash and Credit Cards accepted.
Wednesday, June 19th & Thursday, June 20th
231 West 39th St, 4th FL
Call: 212-719-3601

Isabel Marant Partners with H&M

Isabel Marant and Margareta van den BoschH&M's latest collaboration is with Parisian designer Isabel Marant. Marant will create a wardrobe of must-have pieces inspired by her signature style. The collection will be available November 14th, in select stores worldwide and online.

Isabel mixes urban attitude, boho elegance and rock ‘n’ roll spirit, she delivers a genuine French allure. Isabel will also, for the first time, create a collection for men.

“I am flattered by this collaboration: H&M works with the best designers and this invitation is an exciting honour. I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality"
says Marant.

“We are excited to have Isabel Marant as a guest designer at H&M. The way she mixes different elements in her collections, creating a style that is effortless and urban, makes her very contemporary. She has a fantastic eye for ethnic detail and the rare ability to create something that people really want to wear. We are sure the H&M customers will be enthusiastic about this collection”
says Margareta van den Bosch, Creative Advisor at H&M.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Works of Two Designers Who Shaped My Style

Cristobal Balenciaga and Gianfranco Ferré are my two favorite inspirational designers. When I see their designs, my breath catches and I damn near hear the "ahhhs and violins" ... the euphoric-like music I associate with witnessing the gift of creative genius.

Cristobal Balenciaga
A portrait of Balenciaga
Below are some of my favorite looks ...

I love Balenciaga's flare for pushing the "Ladies who Lunch" envelope with creative and often edgy details. I think he was ahead of his time with his techniques in structure and draping. I often wonder if avant-garde designers like McQueen were inspired by Balenciaga's feather dress or the bolero jacket.

Gianfranco Ferré
Ferré on the runway

Ferré was known for his architectural-like construction and his white blouses. His blouses, white or not, are stunning. I love his relaxed-control style in draping and the ornately embellished details. The embellishments are consistently intricate whether the piece is a blouse, a dress or a belt.

Photo Credits:
Balenciaga -  Photos courtesy of "Balenciaga", by Marie-Andrée Jouuve, Assouline Publications.

Ferré - Runway photos courtesy of Front detail blouse photo courtesy of
Arm detailed blouse photo courtesy of Voguepedia.