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NYFW was fun as always! I attended an array of high end designer shows including the Badgley Mischka 30th Anniversary Show, Michael Costello, and The Blondes X Disney Villains to name a few. I enjoyed catching up and sipped cocktails with my fashion friends. It is great having a support system. The shows are great for networking. I attend through my blog but also for work as Kent's Brand Ambassador.
Paris was a dream come true. Although my trip was short, I enjoyed every minute of it. My main reason for traveling to Paris during March was for Paris Fashion Week. The temperature was surprising not too cold, about in the 50's. I stayed at the Hotel Beaurepaire which is a boutique hotel just an uber ride to the city center. It was only $80/night but extremely small. I didn't mind much since we spent most of our time out and about exploring. I also got an international data plan from Verizon. It was about $10 a day. Usually when I travel to Europe I have no problem finding WIFI at different restaurants, hotels, and coffee shops but since I was blogging for fashion week and I wanted to have constant access to the internet. I suggest going to Paris at least once in your life, even if its just a stop in your Euro trip roster. You can see the highlights of Paris in about 3 days. Below are a few things you need to check out if you are planning a trip to the city of love.
Brunch at the Eiffel Tower
One of the first things I did in Paris was dress up in a tutu & head over to the Eiffel tower. I had brunch at 58 Eiffel Tower Restaurant. You have to make reservations in advance. Sometimes they have deals through Expedia. You must go early because it takes a little white to get up to the tower. I would budget yourself at least 30 minutes.
Make sure you pack comfortable shoes and visit all the important sights such as Notre-Dame and the Louvre Museum.
The River Tour
If you're planning to go to Paris why not take a ride on a relaxing river tour? I went through Expedia to book my tickets but you can get them right at the ticket stand. Here is a link to where I went. It tours all the best sights. I boarded right before sunset but it operates every hour.
Best Eggs Benedict
Benedict in Paris (19 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris, France) is the best brunch place if you love eggs benedict as much as I do. They feature a range of different benedict styles from truffle to tuna tartare. The price is even pretty reasonable.
Pierre Hermé has hands down the best macaroons in Paris with flavors ranging from jasmine flower to hazelnut oil and green asparagus. It is also close by to Benedict!
The Moulin Rouge
If you are looking for entertainment and like cabaret you'll love the shows at the Moulin Rouge. Check out Expedia's deal here.
Dinner to Splurge
Café de La Paix is definitely a splurge. It is a gourmet restaurant right in the Intercontinental Hotel next to the opera. It is designed with baroque details and painted ceilings. You can ask to be seated in the terrace area which actually has a more affordable menu.
Drinks with a View
Chez Francis (7 Place de l'Alma 75008 Paris, France) is a dinner/drink spot with a killer view of the Eiffel Tower. I went here in-between fashion week events for wine & cheese. The tower sparkles every hour for a few minutes right on the top of the hour.
I have done a ton of traveling the first quarter of the year.
One of the places I visited was Dallas, Texas.
I was sent there to showcase our top styles at the Brand Assembly trade show.
I was really exciting. It was my first time in the lone star state and my first business trip outside of New York City.
At the premiere party I networked with some industry people including Courtney Kerr of KERRently blog.
After the show I explored the city and ate at different restaurants including Meso Maya and Sachet.
Definitely a place to check out. I look forward to adding more southern states to my upcoming travel calendar.
Most of you know by now that I am the Account Manager for Kent Stetson Handbags. One of my many jobs entails building and maintaining buyer relationships. We are currently in about 300 stores (mostly in the USA but we have several international accounts ranging from Australia to DR). The main way buyers see us is through trade shows. Our booth showcases our current collection where we help the buyers select designs for their shop. Sales is a big part of my job whether it be B2B or B2C. This past winter we were a part of the Holiday Fair in Grand Central. It was our biggest sales show yet where I lived in an apartment in NYC for half the week. The display is similar to a trade shows but it brought our designs directly to customers instead of buyers. I have worked many other B2C sales events including StyleWeek and it is fun to see which styles the customers graduate towards. Love what you do, live with passion.
It has always been my dream to attend Paris Fashion Week. In March of 2018 my childhood dream came true. It goes to show that hard work and passion really does pays off. On Saturday of Paris Fashion Week I arrived at the Intercontinental in Paris to see European Designers debut their collections. That Sunday I then attended a fashion cocktail event and thereafter gala in celebration of new collections along with raising money for heart disease. To Saturday's shows I wore a Showpo playsuit and Sunday's gala I wore my Nicole Miller gown. I styled my looks with vintage designer jewelry and Kent Stetson clutches. On top of the clothing being spectacular, the venues were ornate and elegant. PFW was the ultimate. It was such a big honor to be invited to these prestige events.
What I Wore
Inspired by the unique aesthetic of woven fabric as seen by the NTT, Yurita Puji aimed to bring awareness to the runway through fashion. Intricate lines, emphasized by bold tones of black, white, and navy exemplified why the collection titled, "The Heritage of NTT" was important to distinguish how fashion has evovled through time while keeping traditional statement pieces that can transition into this generations most fashionable women's closet.
Motivated by the philosophy of "East meets West", Lisa Mihardja explored lines, and lace details captivating the naked eye to follow through each silhouette. Alleira Batik, taken from the English word "Alluring" meaning attractive or captivating, was created in 2005, in Jakarta, Indonesia by Lisa Mihardja. Alleira’s unique design philosophy of “ East meets West” matched with superior selection of materials have enthralled prominent business and public figures of Indonesia and captivated the heart of the nation’s fashion enthusiasts.
Esha Sethi Thirani
Esha Sethi Thirani’s sartorial exploration presents itself through modern tailoring and structured silhouettes, allowing the wearer to carry history in a manner that is relevant and powerful, even in today’s era. This juxtaposition — of history and modernity, of structure and fluidity — is the essence of the collection and was brought to life in Paris by masked adorned models in a collection that dripped futuristic opulence in black and gold.
"A Caring Experience" Fashion Cocktail Party
The fashion cocktail event took place at the Hotel Plaza Athénée in the heart of downtown Paris. Hosted by Ghribi and The Globe Trotting PR the event showcased designer collections while raising awareness for heart disease while debuting the latest collections from emerging European designers. Tea, champagne and small bites were served as models showcased the latest collections. There was also a live jazz band, my favorite genre to see live. It was lovely to meet the ladies behind AF Klingberg. Who knows heels better than the women that wear them? Made in Italy, AF Klingberg specializes in comfortable heels with their unique patent insoles approved by orthopedists. Comfort with a fashionable twist is what DAY Birger Et Mikkelsen channels with their designs. This Scandinavian brand based in Denmark uses easy silhouettes and comfortable fabrics for a chic and carefree look. DAY stores are popping up all over Denmark, Sweden, Norway, South Africa and even China. Engelbert Jewelry is a Swedish brand founded during the roaring 1920's. They are known for their craftsmanship and precious materials. Mehdi Kallel's creations are stunning and exquisitely detailed. Kallel's creations are inspired by his Tunisia heritage. The pieces fit the models like a glove. I would definitely wear these out to a gala or other formal event.
"A Caring Experience" Gala Celebration
Sunday night of Paris Fashion Week was spent at the Four Seasons George V for the gala. Also hosted by Ghribi and The Globe Trotting PR, "A Caring Experience" was in celebration of emerging talented designers while spreading medical and humanitarian awareness. This glamorous fundraiser was to help support heart disease research. The food was spectacular and there were even live performances. It was great networking with likeminded professionals. They even auctioned of a Ghribi limited edition heart bag which went for around $35,000! After the gala I sipped Louis XIII cognac and took pictures in the mirrored cube featured at the hotel.
Fashion Week in New York was such a great experience and also a part of my PR job. I attended a lot of shows and events including Philipp Plein, the Hong Kong After Party, Chromat, Concept Korea After Party, Romeo Hunte, Vivienne Hu & Tibi. I attended some shows and went to brunch with my stylist friend Shannon Campbell and even met Phaedra Parks! Scroll down to see highlights from my favorite shows.
T I B I
The runway video was so well done that I decided to include it in lieu of photos. Tibi's looks were very airy for a F/W collection which was refreshing. I loved the way the pieces glided down the runway. My favorite look was the black floor length dress with silver sequin accents on the chest and neckline area. Celebrities in attendance include: Olivia Palermo, Ashleigh Murray and Ashleigh Murray.
P H I L I P P P L E I N
What a show. This was one of the most anticipated runway shows all week. Philipp Plein always goes big with his events. This time he had fake snow falling and Migos performing before the runway show. There was even a robot that walked the debut model Irina Shayk down the runway. There were a range of mens and womenswear looks from colorful furs to "blade runner" all spandex suits. The right picture showcases a gown with a clear jacket over it. It is an interesting look that I haven't seen before. Celebrities in attendance include: Kate Upton, Victoria Justice, Irina Shayk, Sofia Resing, Teyana Taylor, Shanina Shaik, Justin Dior Combs and Jackie Cruz.
V I V I E N N E H U
Vivienne Hu has a way of incorporating fur in interesting ways with her F/W collections whether it be fur pockets or sleeve accents. These two are great sellable pieces for the fall. I loved the olive color choice with accents of fur and feathers. Hu has a way of keeping classic looks interesting. Celebrities in attendance included Stassi Schroeder and Miss Universe Demi-Leigh.
T A D A S H I S H O J I
Tadashi was such a great show. Out of the collection I really enjoyed these above two looks. The piece on the right is what I call a "midnight dream". I LOVE this type of dress. I think it is so ethereal and powerful at the same time. The dress on the left has a high slit, which I love wearing, and one shoulder accent. I liked that it showed enough leg and then was more conservative on the top half of the piece. I thought the ribber fabric choice was an interesting accent for these two looks.
S O N J U N G W A N
How fun was this collection? It was a party on the runway for Son Jung Wan filled with fur, ruffles and fishnets. I think the accent of jewels on fishnets was a nice touch I haven't seen before. These two above looks stood out to me during the runway show. I especially like the fur coat in the right look. I have been seeing a decent amount of fur capes and wraps sometimes worn with a belt to secure it. Definitely a new trend for next fall. At this show I met Gizelle Bryant from the Real Housewives of Potomac. She was super sweet!
C H R O M A T
Chromat! One of my favorite designers went full swim and active wear for this collection. Chromat is a body conscience brand that promotes a diverse range of models including plus size. There was even a live performance mid way through the show. These above styles are my favorite pieces from the collection. I like the sheer accents featured the blue one-piece bathing suit. The seams accentuate the suit making it even more flattering. I also liked the two tone piece with black accents. This also gives it a figure illusion.
If you are planning a trip to NYC this winter I advise you check out
the Louis Vuitton "Volez, Voguez, Voyagez" Exhibit.
So much eye candy. It was so great, I attended twice.
Curated by Olivier Saillard, the designs featured include pieces from 1854 to present day.
The exhibit is held at the American Stock Exchange Building
in lower Manhattan and runs through January 7th.
The last room was my favorite which displays designer
pieces worn on the red carpet by celebrities.
Admission is free!
Click here for tickets & more information.
Whiting & Davis had their premiere store launch party on November 11th at Patriots Place in Foxboro, MA.
My best friend Corey Davis is their Product Manager which includes designing the store and collections!
I am featured on the walls of their store and social media. :)
Whiting & Davis began in 1876 and is most known for their chainmail mesh jewelry and fabric.
Their pieces have been worn by an array of different celebrities including
Sarah Jessica Parker, Adriana Lima, Michael Jackson, and Kesha.
I love their newest collection featuring Swarovski crystals (photographed below).
Their price points are very affordable, on average $35-98 for rings to necklaces.
They make great Christmas gifts. Definitely check out their store. :)
NYFW in September is always a blast. I go to way more events and can enjoy the Chelsea Piers rooftop bar. This fashion week in particular was one of my favorites thus far. I attended the Rihanna Fenty Beauty After Party with my model friend Paige Munroe. I also attended a huge fashion show, Alexander Wang! It was featured on the streets of New York and had a bus load of top celebrity models including Kendall Jenner, Candice Swanepoel, Kaia Gerber and Bella Hadid. Between bouncing to different shows and after parties, I also found the time to attend Refinery 29's 29 Rooms Exhibit. If you haven't been it is an interactive fun house in Brooklyn. I got invited to so many events that I had to split it up between myself and my two fashion writers Selima Smith-Dell & Haley Darcy. Scroll down to check out our reviews from the best shows at NYFW SS18.
W E D N E S D A Y
By Selima Smith-Dell
I like to refer to Greta Constantine's SS18 Collection as a disco ball dance party for your eyes. This presentation was a magnificent line full of sparkle and shine.The collection consisted of a wonderful variety of silk tulle skirts, sequined tuxedo pants, and metallic jumpsuits. As I sauntered around the room viewing the collection I couldn’t help but imagine the pieces being worn by the likes of Grace Jones, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, or the late, great David Bowie. This was an unforgettable collection and a wonderful opener to all that New York Fashion Week has to offer.
T H U R S D A Y
Supima Design Competition
This spectacular collection was designed by RISD student Abigail Griswold. The silhouettes were sophisticated with selective seams and color blocking to accentuate the female figure. My favorite piece was the long sleeve white and black floor length dress. The sleeve even features glove like details around the hands. Abigail also features other designs that are more deconstructed and loose fitted with a fun zipper and off the shoulder styling for a more street look. I enjoyed this contrast during her runway show. All outfits were made from Supima sourced cotton. Photos by JP Yim/Getty Images for Supima Design Competition.
F R I D A Y
Manaola Hawaii is a swim and resort wear brand by designer Manaola Yap. Manaola uses Hawaiian influences throughout his collections. I love the ethnic patterns and cuts in the bikinis. My favorite piece is the one shoulder gold and black dress. Before the runway show was an ethnic dance. It was quite the show. Their swag bag was also filled with cool scarfs and candles.
The contemporary fashion line Vaishali S combines Indian heritage with modern style. The mission is to bring traditional hand woven textiles to the mainstream fashion market. This collection features luxurious sheen fabrics with woven accents. This collection also features modern touches of asymmetrical draping and seams placed in interesting spots. My favorite piece from the collection is the black and tan asymmetrical dress featuring one long, draped sleeve.
I always look forward to seeing the Chromat show during NYFW. Becca's designs cater to all sizes and it is even shown on the runway. Her designs are described as body-positive and accepting. The name of this athletic swimwear collection is Serenity. Becca felt very strongly about this collection which is shown in this description... "To feel grounded. To practice self-care and collective care of our community. We looked at zen gardens, salt baths and healing crystals. As the grounding rocks have gone deeper underground, our energy has begun to heat up and become liquefied, molten. We feel a volcanic energy right now; things are about to burst, but new land is forming. It’s a chaotic, exciting time". I love the interesting cuts that she puts into her designs. My favorite piece from the collection is red bathing suit accented in the black strapped coverup. This piece also featured a cascading sheer train.
By Selima Smith-Dell
Walking through the Robert Miller gallery door into the Michael Costello presentation was like walking through the wardrobe door that leads to Narnia. I was taken from the dirty, bustling New York streets into a far away magical land of mystical princesses adorned in breathtaking, delicate organza. The gallery was buzzing with beautiful, well dressed models, stylists, and fashion enthusiasts, yet I couldn’t keep my eyes off of the stunning gowns scattered throughout every nook and cranny of the space. This collection was by far my favorite. It was full of soft, pale colors that had a very whimsical and light air to them. The gowns seemed to float through the space like the leaves float through the air on a crisp fall morning.
S A T U R D A Y
Mac Duggal is known for his extravagent dresses. The runway show was huge and featured an array of evening wear. My favorite piece from his large collection was the floor length sequin and beaded dress. It was absolutely stunning and completely my style. Celebrities in attendance included Carmen Carrara, Asian Doll and Sonja Kovac.
S U N D A Y
I loved Francesca LIberatore's SS18 collection. The theme was very "little house on the prairie" with a contemporary twist. I was so excited to sit front row to this show. I was interviewed by FNL. The lace detail on the pieces was the perfect touch for these feminine looks. My favorite piece from the collection was the remand blue pattern dress.
Vivienne Hu is definitely a designer that I could see myself wearing the runway pieces and I do hope to own some soon. The color scheme was very neutral, black, white and light grays. Hu's SS18 collection was showcased at Skylight Clarkson Square. My overall favorite design from the entire fashion week was the high slit black dress featuring sheer accents. My second favorite piece was the airy, light gray dress featuring fun cuts on the neckline. Whoopie Goldberg was one of the celebrities in attendance.
The Jarel Zhang was such a fun collection that took every detail into account. The runway was even decorated in street signs! It was definitely interesting seeing these deconstructed and edgy streetwear pieces. The looks that featured opaque boots were accented in wild socks. My favorite piece was the blue layered coat. This SS18 collection was quite the wild card!
M O N D A Y
John Paul Ataker
I think my overall favorite collection this year was John Paul Ataker. If you know me you'll know my style is sometimes channeling an ancient goddess. This collection was completely that vibe. The SS18 collection featured accents of gold rope and airy white pieces. Top models including Karlie Kloss and Taylor Hill wore Ataker's designs. My favorite piece was the weaved tight dress accented in fringe.
Katty always designs classy dresses. This collection had a range of different styles from sporty perforated accents to classy cascading ruffles. I have to say the perforated white dress was my favorite piece from the collection. It had an edgy but elegant vibe while it glided down the runway.
By Hayley Darcy
The Mimi Prober collection was full of intricate handmade lace, and unique textiles. The clothing had an airy feel to them. I loved the way each piece glided down the runway. Mimi Prober's collection beautifully displayed the old with the new without drowning out the captivating craftsman ship from the 18th-20th century. Mimi Prober SS18 photographed by Randy Brooke.
T U E S D A Y
Miguel Vieira's New York Fashion Week collections never disappoint. This season he stuck to his color palette of the classy and timeless colors black, white, and grey. Each piece displayed a noteworthy level of beautiful embroidery with unique cuts and designs. There was plenty of leather which I am always a huge fan of. The models were diverse and stunning. And of course, I couldn't help but notice the fashion icons Ms. Jay and Nigel Barker in the audience. This show had it all.
Thanks so much for reading my SS18 recap! Until next year.
By: Jessica Varone
Warm, sun-rays filled the Sunset Blvd Nicole Miller Boutique location in Los Angeles as I arrived Sunday evening. I had a moment to take in the beautifully designed shop and new collections [ever-so inviting] on display. Fashion enthusiasts walked in to see the collection, mingle, and grab a fruity cocktail or two.
Influencers, photographers and a select few customers gazed at the models in the look-of-the-night as they stepped onto the floor.
The #SpringItOn Collection: Vintage Molas, printed tweeds and geometric patterns. Juxtaposed elements of traditional Panama with modern New York City, gave a refreshing and exciting feel to the new threads. Nicole Miller's latest collection packed some serious "panamania" if you ask me.
Standout separates and statement dresses also adorned the models as they owned their evening look.
Jaw-dropping moment...when I saw the "Mola" leather jacket--certainly my favorite piece of the evening. Completely fabulous. Completely unique. The back was graced with geometrical embroidery design called "mola", indigenous from Panama.
Apart from the clothing and models, another surprising prime focus: A bright, circular, and centrally located melon couch. It added refreshing pop of color that was an anchor for the guests to relax.
What a fabulous way to kick off LA Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017. Looking forward to the remaining events and shows this week!
LA Fashion Week Recap by: Jessica Varone