HAute Couture Fashion Week FALL-WINTER 2018-2019

Haute Couture Fashion Week: Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019

Once again the City of Light was once again shining as legions of exquisite fashions captured the attention of the world. It is Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris. We begin our enchantment with the stunning Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019 collection. A couture collection made in France, entirely handmade, and intimately inspired by nature, showing the natural elements in all their forms. Ice, crystallization, rain, wind, dew, and roots are the elements and inspiration that beget this entrancing haute couture fashion week collection. Each shape of this women’s fashion collection represents one of these elements. At the same time a climate evolution where each season brings its unique beauty and a gentle and mysterious atmosphere.

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The collection’s inspiration is described as “Crystallized in these surroundings, the Human Being becomes Nature. Nature is everlasting, nothing can stop it. It is the true beauty, perfection. For depicting this cycle of evolution, haute couture designer Armine Ohanyan uses the new technologies such as 3D printing or materials crafting, which play an important role in her creative process. Her art investigations never end, like the movement that she shows in its different forms and their ranges of colors and materials. Her creations are futuristic and modern, with a wide beauty touch.”

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For us, this stunning Haute Couture Fashion Week collection evoked the many elements that describe women in general – beautiful, fluid, bold, and surprising. We were immediately drawn to the vibrant colors, multilayered textures, and arresting aesthetic. Everything seems to be in constant movement – never stagnant. Again, a perfect description of being a woman.

Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019

Armine Ohanyan’s amazing work is new to us but we look forward to seeing more from this head-turning haute couture designer. Her collection took our breath away.

Are you following the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week shows? What are your thoughts on the Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019 collection?

 

 

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sample sale: women's fashion

SHOPPING NEW YORK CITY: The Nicholas K Sample Sale

While you may find yourself currently only thinking of BBQs, fireworks, and your time off from work, there is a wonderful sample sale going on right now. If you haven’t heard, the Nicholas K sample sale is currently going on right now……Well, there is a small break for the holiday from July 3rd through July 8th, but the sale picks up again on July 9th and goes until the end of the month. If you’ve read our New York Fashion Week coverage on Nicholas K, then you know this outstanding fashion design duo, who also happen to be siblings.

Nicholas and Christopher Kunz are at the helm of this chic women’s fashion label which boasts artisan fabrics, adventurous yet comfortable silhouettes, complimentary layering looks that flow from season to season with ease, allowing for seamless integration into various aspects of your wardrobe. The Nicholas K sample sale promises amazing savings of up to 80% off women’s dresses, blouses and tops, knitwear, and accessories. We adore their elegant and uber stylish black, and chestnut fur slippers and hope to snag a pair for ourselves. You may just luck out and get some great outerwear for the upcoming fall/winter season. Since pieces from the Nicholas K collection are timeless classics, you’ll need not worry about ever being “off-trend” or ‘out of style”. Want to take advantage of this great summer sample sale? Check out the location details below or print out the attached sample sale flyer:

LOCATION:
435 Broome St, NY, NY 10013
June 28th – July 3rd
July 9th – July 31st

DATE & TIME:
Monday – Friday: 10AM – 7PM
Saturday: 11AM – 7PM
Sunday: 12PM – 6PM

You’ll be happy to know that cash and credit cards accepted at the same. Please note that all sales are final so make sure you try on your pieces to ensure a great fit. Will you be taking advantage of the Nicholas K Sample Sale? We’d love to know about your treasured finds.

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SHOPPING NEW YORK: Alice + Olivia Sample Sale

Today in shopping deals news, there is an upcoming Alice + Olivia Sample Sale happening very soon. If you’re a fan of stylish and feminine contemporary fashion, you will want to check out this sale. From June 11th – June 16th, you can shop discounts on all women’s fashion including one-of-a-kind samples, outerwear, dresses, sunglasses, bags, and this year – shoes, too! Keep reading for full details on this great sale.

Be one of the first to get your hands on the brand’s signature low-rise, slim-fitting pants, beautiful printed dresses and blouses, chic purses and accessories, and as previously stated, for the first time ever, shoes at discounted prices. We’re not sure what women’s footwear styles will be available at the sale, but we know the Alice + Olivia Rachelle, and Logan heels are fashion favorites that we would love to personally get our hands on. We recommend you add this sale to your calendar now so you don’t miss out on the great deals and discounts. The full details on the sale, including location and date and times, are featured below:

260 Fifth Avenue
(Btwn 28th and 29th Street)
Take the W or R trains to 28th St or the 6 Train to 28th St

Days and hours of sale are as follows:

June 11th – June 17th
Monday : 12pm – 8pm
Tuesday : 9am – 8pm
Wednesday – Saturday : 10am – 8pm

Launched in 2002, Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet is a brand that allows customers to express their personal style. With clothing that juxtaposes the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated, Alice + Olivia epitomizes the personality and perspective of its founder, Stacey Bendet.

Will you be taking advantage of the incredible deals at the Alice + Olivia sample sale in New York? What key Alice + Olivia pieces are you hoping to score at the sample sale? Happy shopping ladies!

I Am Kreyol Fashion Collection: Empowering Women Through Fashion

There have been times when we’ve heard the saying, “It’s only Fashion”. For many fashion brands it is, but there are the few that this statement is categorically untrue. These are the fashion labels that care more about the opportunities they create and less about the bottom line. One such fashion brand is I Am Kreyol. This women’s high fashion brand empowers ALL women through design and impacts Haitian artisans through sustainability.

We had the pleasure of getting to know I Am Kreyol at Wolf & Badger, a fashion boutique known for featuring some of the most fabulous and distinct fashion labels, most of them unique and indie. I Am Kreyol is inspired by the Haitian cultural ideals of freedom, resilience, and strength. The label’s core purpose is creating a movement and giving back. I Am Kreyol is currently on Indiegogo, looking to raise $30,000 to produce their stunning Lotus capsule collection and to begin creating economic stability and sustainability in Haiti.

Inspired by the beautiful flower with the penchant for growing in some of the harshest of environments, the Lotus collection illustrates a woman’s tenacity to be strong, resilient and powerful even in the midst of adversity. The spring/summer 2018 collection features vibrant colors and distinct prints made of luxurious fabrics.

We love the bold colors and prints, extravagant details, and powerful message that I AM Kreyol is conveying with their fashion collection. The capsule collection includes the Buttercup Sleeveless Crop Top ($100.00), the Laceleaf Pants (featured on the model above, $150.00), The Begonia Dress (featured on the other model, $225.00), the Amaryllis Yop ($160.00), the Tulip Skirt ($125.00), and the Lily Dress ($750.00). Several of the featured pieces are available for pre-order.

Founded by Joelle Fontaine (pictured below), I Am Kreyol is seeking to produce their garments in her homeland of Haiti. By working with skilled Haitian artisans, they hope to provide the opportunity for sustainable income for those Haitian artisans in producing their garments.

For more information on Joelle Fontaine and their Indegogo campaign, visit www.iamkreyol.com.

SHOPPING NYC: Versace Versace Versace Sample Sale

Calling all fashion and deal lovers. April is going to be a very fashionable and money-saving month. We are excited to share with you the upcoming designer sale, the Versace Versace Versace sample sale. Check your bank accounts and tax refunds ladies and gentlemen, because it is officially on!

260 Sample Sale, known for having premier sample sales for top brands, is excited to welcome the Versace Sample Sale to their 150 Greene Street location in Soho. Mark your calendars from Wednesday, April 11th through Sunday, April 15th to shop Versace’s men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, bags, sunglasses, jewelry, and shoes at prices far below retail.

Check out the full details of this amazing sale below:

The sample sale location again is at 150 Greene Street (btwn Houston and Prince Street). To get to the sale, take the following trains: W/R train to Prince St, the C/E train to Spring St, or the B/D/F/M train to Broadway/Lafayette.

The sale hours of the Versace sample sale is as follows:

April 11th – April 15th
Wednesday – Friday: 9am-8pm
Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

The Versace sample sale is just one of the many prestigious sample sales 260 Sample Sale is known for. Some of the brands 260 Sample Sale has hosted in the past include Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, The Kooples, Sandro, Maje, Soulcycle, James Perse, Diesel, Stila Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Rebecca Taylor, and Rebecca Minkoff….. Just to name a few!

Now for the rules of the sale: 260 Sample Sale has a mandatory coat and bag check. They accept cash and credit cards. All sample sale items with a value of $110 or higher will be charged an 8.875% sales tax. Certain accessories will be charged an 8.875% sales tax no matter the value. All items purchased are final sale.

So, fellow shopaholics and New York City deal lovers, will you be attending this wonderful sample sale?

Fashion Photography: Leather Jackets

Boda Skins X Misshattan Limited Edition New Yorkers Leather Jacket

There are a million reasons to love New York and Boda Skins and Misshattan has just added one more. What happens when you combine the most wanted UK leather jacket brand with the photographic eye of fearless cityscape photographer, Misshattan? A freaking gorgeous leather jacket that we’d possibly sell our souls for, the Boda Skins X Misshattan Limited Edition New Yorkers Leather Jacket. We had the pleasure of getting to know this amazing leather jacket and the UK brand behind it during a launch event at the W New York – Union Square.

This super stylish and badass leather jacket exists because of the friendship between the famed UK label and the fearless cityscape photographer, Misshattan formed over their joint love for New York City. This instant creative-connection inspired the exclusive, limited edition version of Boda Skins’ iconic Kay Michaels leather jacket that you see above. A wearable piece of art, which this dynamic jacket allows its wearer to keep a piece of NYC with them wherever they go.

The Boda Skins X Misshattan Limited Edition New Yorkers Leather Jacket ($709.00) is hand-crafted from butter soft, premium Napa Sheepskin Leather with striking gunmetal hardware. It is expertly lined with silky-to-the-touch fabric that is printed with an extremely high-quality image of Manhattan, taken by Misshattan as the sun falls and the lights of the concrete jungle go up. If that wasn’t enough to make this THE leather jacket to have, this very limited edition leather jacket is limited to only 100 pieces. So don’t wait to get your hands on one for yourself. Of course, this wasn’t the only Boda Skins leather jacket we were drooling over, the UK brand thankfully brought many of their other drool-worthy styles for us to play with.

From left to right are the Boda Skins Queen’s Guard Napoleon in Black ($679.00, named after the soldiers who guard the Royal residences in the UK), the Red Fox Kay Michaels ($589.00), the Napoleon in Oil Black with gold hardware ($569.00), and the Black Suede Kay Michaels ($679.00), made from 100% Premium natural, hand-brushed, buttery Nubuck sheepskin leather. All of these (and more) are available now on www.bodaskins.com.

Are you drooling yet? There’s so much more leather jackets and other offerings to love from Boda Skins. We certainly hope to have the Boda Skins X Misshattan Limited Edition New Yorkers Leather Jacket gracing our bodies one day for the rest of our lives. So we have to ask fellow New Yorkers, what are your thoughts on the Boda Skins X Misshattan Limited Edition New Yorkers Leather Jacket?

California Dreaming: Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 Collection

On the East Coast, we’re all dreaming of the upcoming warm, sunshine filled days we’ve been praying to experience. The West Coast is enjoying double our temperatures and we want to be in a warm weather state of mind. For their Spring 2018 womenswear collection, Nautica channels some of that West Coast magic.  The Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection is California dreaming! The modern American classic lifestyle brand explores the scenic coastlines of California for their Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection.

From the rugged coastline and mountain views that is Big Sur, (the longest and most scenic stretch of untouched coastline), to the sandy beaches and vast mountains of Santa Cruz, all to the tranquil desert oasis of Palm Springs, Nautica highlights its heritage in a mix of performance-wear, classic prep and traditional nautical style that will get you ready for the warmer months ahead.

Whether you are cruising down the coast for an adventurous expedition, or just enjoying the beautiful scenery, Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection has you covered with its heritage-inspired sportswear. The collection features the classic and beloved Nautica silhouettes, and a color palette filled with primary colors, bold patterns, and stripes. Some of our favorite pieces included all the striped chambray pieces, mini anchor embroidered jeans, the green sailboat-inspired printed shorts and coordinating blouse, and an eye-catching vintage-inspired floral print dress.

Get ready for effortless and smart casual dressing that will seamlessly take you from spring to summer, not just from the fashion collection, but with accessories as well. The bold floral print, knotted rope design, and Nautica’s colorful, signature stripes are just a few of the prints and patterns you can expect this spring.

The East coast boating season begins next month, whether you sail or not, Nautica has just the women’s fashion you need to enjoy the best the California coastline has to offer.

Ladies, what are your thoughts on the Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 Collection? Any favorite pieces?

Fashion Photography: Plus Size Swimwear for Women

JCPenney and Jessica Milagros Celebrate the Launch of Boutique+ Swim

With every cold day, every snowstorm we’ve had, we’ve been praying for the quick arrival of the warmth of the summer season. There may still be snow on the ground, but we’re already looking forward to swimsuit season, and so is JCPenney. The famed retailer has expanded its plus-size private label brand, Boutique+, to include swimwear that fits and flatters curvy silhouettes of all sizes. This first Boutique+ Swim collection is in collaboration with Jessica Milagros, the first plus-size Latina model to land a national campaign with JCPenney.

(Mark Von Holden/AP Images for JCPenney)

(Mark Von Holden/AP Images for JCPenney)

One major concern of plus size fashionistas, besides options and availability of fashionable choices, is the fact that they’re not able to try on swimsuits in stores. Their only option is to order online, try on at home and return what they don’t want but JCPenney is changing that with the Boutique+ Swim collection. Ladies that wear sizes 1x-3x can purchase the swimwear collections both online AND in-store. JCPenney has been creating a wonderful haven for plus-size fashion lovers. You may remember their fab collaboration with Boutique+ plus-size fashion and Project Runway’s Ashley Nell Tipton.

The expanded swimwear collection was celebrated with a wonderful pool party at the Parker Hotel in NYC. Curvy girls of all sizes were rocking one-piece and two-piece swimsuits from the expanded collection. Along with enjoying a break from the winter cold, attendees enjoyed indulging in the pool, customizing and personalizing Tote bags and flip-flops, and an indoor burger grilling station.

As previously stated, each stylish swimsuit is specially-engineered for sizes 1x-3x and features adjustable straps, molded cups, tummy control, and power mesh. Check out Jessica Milagros rocking swimwear from the collection below:

The Boutique+ Swim collection is available exclusively at www.jcpenney.com and in select JCPenney stores now, with additional styles rolling out in April. Are you ready for swimsuit season? What’s your favorite Boutique+ Swim collection piece?