Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fashion Week Trends: The Pantsuit

Fashion week is heating up. We are serving up all the smoking hot trends while we get through a marathon of shows. These top trends are what you can expect to see on the street and in the pages of your favorite fashion magazines next fall.

Remember how positive everyone was in the way-back days of last Winter? The primaries were fantastically entertaining and many of us were anticipating the first female president. Fashion designers were clearly the most excited and were looking to celebrate the moment by showcasing strong women in pantsuits.

The political outcome was not the most desirable to some designers but the powerful female takes the spotlight all over this season's runways. Altuzarra showed models wearing velvet suits in fiery red. Victoria Beckham, who has earned a reputation for her powerful female style, showed various pantsuit suiltutes that ranged from slouchy to tailored.

Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia debuted as the new creative directors of Oscar de la Renta and showed more pant options than we can ever recall seeing on the legendary designer's runway. Our favorite was a ultra-structured version in peony pink with an wide silver obi belt.

Pantsuits clearly have taken over the maxi skirt. We suggest you browse winter sale merchandise and try to snag this look before the novelty wears off.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fashion Week Trends: Politics

Fashion week is heating up. We are serving up all the smoking hot trends while we get through a marathon of shows. These top trends are what you can expect to see on the street and in the pages of your favorite fashion magazines next fall.

The world has gone crazy. The socio and geo-political climate is like none we have seen in generations. Fashion designers, like true artists, refuse to remain passive. This season, we've seen many designers use the runway to share political statements.

Public School shot an uppercut to the Trump administration.  "Make America Great Again" slogan hats were refashioned as their own version that read: "Make America New York." The number "44 1/2," was embroidered on the side to add a sprinkle of salt. Models also showcased sweatshirts with the words "We Need Leaders."

At Prabal Gurung the finale stole the show. Models took their final walk each wearing a different slogan on their T-shirts. Slogans included, "The future is female," "We will not be silenced," "Yes. We should all be feminists," and "Girls just want to have fundamental rights."

Raf Simon’s debut collection for Calvin Klein, presented a model wrapped in an American flag and show attendees recived bandannas, accompanied by a note that read, “Unity, inclusion hope and acceptance: Join us at Calvin Klein wearing the white bandan[n]a #TiedTogether.”

Christian Siriano’s runway featured a model in a pink silk, floor-length skirt and a black t-shirt emblazoned with the message, “People are people.” The crowd cheered. We are confident this trend will continue as fashion week takes over Europe.

Politics and slogan tees are not essentially new to fashion. If you're fashion is politically inspired you can wear your platform before these fashions hit stores in the fall. For Spring, Chloe offers a tee celebrating "Superwoman," Ann Demeulemeester's Tee is printed in rock 'n' roll style with "I am red with love" and Dresscamp has a style that says, "We can be heroes for one day."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hotel Deal: 30% Off at The Betsey- South Beach

Is New York cold enough for you? Even Fashion Week can't warm out hearts enough to enjoy the city. We can't think of anything but getting away. The good news is that The Betsy, in South Beach, Florida just made Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List. To celebrate, the hotel is offering a 30% discount for reservations made before February 28.

The Betsy is located in the heart of the Art Deco District, on famed Ocean Drive. This historic boutique property offers incredible ocean views, amenities and art and culture that invites travelers to relax, refresh and renew. The Betsy is within walking distance to great shopping and nightlife too.

Applicable travel dates run through June 30. For example, a weekend jaunt from February 3 to February 5 is discounted to $382 per night for the Art Deco Classic Room. The normal rate is $575. No code is necessary, just look for the 'Golden Offer' rate.

It appears as if these rates are only available through the hotel's own website. Of course, there are black-out dates and the discount is subject to availability.

Enjoy the beach and sun!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Fashion Week Trends: Denim Demands

Fashion week is heating up. We are serving up all smoking hot trends while we get through a marathon of shows. These top trends are what you can expect to see on the street and in the pages of your favorite fashion magazines, next fall.

Denim has been hot for several seasons but designers are showing no sign of letting go of dungarees. The trend is usually reserved for transitional seasons but this runway season we are taking it all the way through the coldest fashions for Winter.

Adam Selman says he was inspired by the book American Denim and its colorful illustrations of the craftsy world of ’70s denim art. One of the highlights of his collection was a denim trench tied with a wide contrasting belt. Tanya Taylor added ruffles and rabbit trim to her denim creations, which added a twist of luxe to the standard issue. Simon Miller, started  as a just traditional jeans cmpany, but the brand has gone on to create a full ready-to-wear collection that is so much more than the standard pantalones.

It's no surprise that for Spring you can find enough denim to swath an entire fashion show audiance. Obviously, some items are more interesting than others. From Carolina Herrera's denim ball gown to Vetements collaboration with Levis, there is no shortage of ways to achieve your American denim dreams right now. (Special note: Asos is always a good resource for less expensive denim fashions.)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Snow Day Shopping: Spring Items Selling Out

When there is snow on the ground it's hard to think of anything but getting out of the cold. For this reason, we are fantasizing about warmer weather and dressing for Spring.

The newest collections have just arrived in stores and the hottest pieces are already selling out. in the name of 'research' we are highlighting what's sure to be the biggest hits of the season.  Waitlists are always a bummer. We suggest you snatch up anything on this list as nothing begets demand like the lack of supply.

Gucci loafers (full size run back in stock!)$695
Off-White painted biker jacket $2475
Saint Laurent logo pumps $995
Loewe Hammock bag $2450
La Mer au Mumure Endormeur lace embroidered mini dress $2014
Aquazzura Madagascar embellished ankle-wrap flat $995
Gucci logo tee $590
J.W.Anderson's 'Pierce' bag $1690
Prada floral-appliquéd sandals $1125
Carolina Herrera strapless denim ball gown $5590

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Moda Operandi and Saks Fifth Avenue Final Discounts

Gone are the days of super February markdowns at the Saks Fifth Avenue consolidation sale. If you're looking, all the sale merchandise is gone. If you're still looking for fa-shions at a great discount you need to shop online.

The Mode Operandi Winter discount sale ends Monday and the markdowns are up to 75% off. Over here is an oversized tuxedo jacket by Emilia Wickstead for $446 from $2230, a Mary Katrantzou skirt with flame details is $412 from $2060 and a Pepa Pombo jacket is $224 from $1000.

Among the merchandise not reduced quite so much are these Oscar de la Renta earrings that are a huge rage among the fashion set. They are now $200 from $400 or you can get the Baubble Bar version (like we did) for $38. This Stuart Weitzman Ombre pumps look especially wearable and are $161 from $435.

If you're still interested in what's going on at Saks, all the discounted merchandise is online. The markdown is up to 75% off but  remember all sale merchandise is final sale. Alice & Olivia thigh-high boots are just $240 from $800 and this Herve Legar one shoulder dress is just $381 from almost $1600.

It really looks like the best sales are online these days. It's unfortunate because it takes part of the fun out of shopping. I suppose we can click away online and get dressed up to eat out.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Head Over Heels: Inside Manolo's Final Markdown

The Manolo Blahnik boutique's final clearance sale started Monday and we couldn't wait to scope out the deals. This sale is legendary for the plush discounts that top 75% off. This season, the markdown categories are the same but more shoes are priced less expensively than in prior years.

As usual, the shoes are marked by colored dots that start at $195 and go up to $450 for high leather boots. (Usually, taller and ornate boots are priced at $550.) We are a bit disappointed that there was only one shoe marked with a red dot ($195). The disappointment disappears quickly once you realize that the next category is just $30 more and includes almost every pump from the fall-winter collection. Not too shabby at all.

From simple suede BBs to more stylish and intricate designs, most every non-exotic skin pump is priced at $225. Low and ankle boots are mainly $325 and high and fancier style boots are $450. A small assortment of Satin Hangisi shoes are $275 from $965.

Other stand out items include Pascalare stretchy high boots in navy, black and nude are that are $450 from $1395. (They are $1425 at Bergdorf Goodman.) Sulgamba low suede buckle boots are $325 from $1265 and BB suede pumps are $225 from $595. You can click here or the jump link below to see pictures of what's available at the sale.

There is also an assortment of alligator slings, pumps and d'Orsay shoes. Most colors are only available in small sizes. Slings and D'orsay styles are $500. Pumps are $800.

We hear there was a bit of a line get into the sale when it started on Monday. Today there was no line and the boutique was very calm with just a few woman browsing and shopping. Several extra sales people were on hand to assist with the higher volume.

Before you go, be sure to be mindful of the hour. The store closes at 2pm to restock and reorganize the merchandise. It's always a bummer to forget and show up to find locked doors.

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street
Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm

The boutique will close from 2pm to 3pm to restock

Before You Move: BulidNRate

The sticker price of New York real estate isn't the scariest part of living in this city. When you're habitually in close proximity to others, moving can be filled with anxiety. There are so many unknowns.

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Sign up now to share the inside scoop on your building,  find out the scoop about other buildings, or ask current residents questions to create a stronger community.  We are sure you will be happy to find out about the "cute guy on two" as the extra motivation to put down that big downpayment.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Coach Sale 50% Off

Coach recently celebrated turning 75. To commemorate the milestone, the all-American brand created a line of limited edition varsity jackets and assorted fashion items that were notably adored by East and West Coast fashion gals.

Photo credit: Nany's Klotzet 

The outwear was customized with a variety of vintage patches, hand-applied embroidery, hardware and pins. Right now, you can snag these quintessential fashion item for 50% off. The aforementioned classic varsity jacket is now about $400 from nearly $800.

There are a lot more items in the Coach sale that will rouse even the biggest fashion snob. (Coach's popularity on the West Coast is especially explosive.) This officer coat with patches is reduced to $500 from $1000, a sterling lined booties are $190 from $375 and a henna color moto jacket is $747 from $1500.

This Coach collection was received by fashion critics with rave reviews as creative director, Stuart Vevers, drew upon "American optimism." The show notes that accompanied the collection read, "New York City, the cultural melting pot embraces individuality and welcomes outsiders, regardless of race, gender or personal style. A sense of togetherness, where contradictions and imperfections are respected and celebrated."

It's hard to believe that these types of ideals are even more poignant now than they were six months ago. So, go ahead. Celebrate Americana at 50% off. It might help you feel a little bit better.

Neiman Marcus: Biggest Markdown of the Year

Neiman Marcus just started a promotion where sale merchandise is discounted an additional 30%. Final discounts on many items are hitting 80% off, which is essentially the deepest discount of the year. The promotion is only two days and ends Tuesday.

Upon browsing, we found this Roland Mouret dress pants that come to $214 from $1230. Yes. That's exactly 80% off. Right here is a Marco De Vincenzo dress that is discounted the same amount and comes to $900 from $2200.

Over here, we found a Pamella Roland cocktail dress in striking yellow. The discount brings this beauty to just $800 from $4600. Don't miss this Altuzarra dress with fringe that is $600 from nearly $3500. It's also hard to argue against getting this parka from Self Portrait that's $490 from $1165.

Among the shoes, we found lots of styles priced along the lines of what you would find at a super sample sale. Some styles are discounted near 70% with the additional markdown. Among the designer assortment we found these Aquazzura suede boots that are $390 from $1400. Here is a pair of gold boots from Maison Margiela for $261 from $935 and shearling ankle boots from Laurance Dacade are $315 from $1125.

The promotion runs through Tuesday. Neiman Marcus rarely, if ever, offers an additional 30% off final reductions. We suggest you take advantage while the opportunity presents itself-- or you'll be sooooorry.

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