Some photos from various online sources.
I recently attended the BCBG Mazaria & Herve Leger sample sale in New York City. I ended up scoring over $1,000 worth of merchandise for a little over $200. This particular sample sale had a range of sizes from xxs-xl. It offered 70-80% off of everything, from warm coats and fitted blouses to sophisticated blazers and sexy bandage dresses. You can check the events page for upcoming sample sales in NYC. When it comes to shopping, "sample saling" is definitely a way to buy designer clothing at a fraction of the price. Reward yourself after with a cocktail.
By Elizabeth McLaughlin
If you are in SOHO early enough you are in for a treat, literally. Everyday the first 100 people in Georgetown Cupcake will receive a free cupcake (one per customer). Free cupcake flavor vary each day so follow them on twitter to get all of their updates! @gtowncupcake
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By Elizabeth McLaughlin
Concrete Jungle was the most recent Eco-Chic Fashion Show presented by the Fashion Merchandising Society. The annual show took place at the University of Rhode Island on November 22, 2013. As a recent graduate, Eco-Chic marked my last college show. My collection was named Primavera, which means Spring in many of the Romance languages. My designs were made from fake flowers, paper bags, tissue paper and magazines. Pieces from my collection were hand painted.
The red rose dress was the first look of the collection and made from paper bags. The top was decorated with red sparkle tissue paper and laced up in the back. The skirt part of the dress had hand painted rose flower pedals that bloomed on stage (see video above). A good deal of thought and engineering went into this design, it was not only about creating the look. I wanted the audience to experience Primavera, the rebirth of beauty.
The corset top and floral hi-low skirt was the second and final look of the collection. The intricate corset top was created from hand weaving flower stems. The skirt was created from pasting magazine pages together and using my pattern making skills to achieve the desired silhouette. The skirt was completed with an array of over 40 bouquets of fake flowers. I also created the accessories for the designs which included a floral headband and a flower stem necklace. The collection in total took almost 3 full days to create.
I had a lot of fun creating these designs. The show was an overall success. We also had a very unexpected guest, Lamar Odom (Lamar Odom attended the University of Rhode Island and played college basketball for the Rhode Island Rams before being drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1999). I was so happy to have this unique platform to express my inner artist. Eco-Chic's mission is to promote awareness through fashion.
Hope you all enjoyed the video & pictures.
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By Elizabeth McLaughlin & Erica Hadley