Fashionable Functionality | Erickson Beamon x LeSportsac Collection

What do you get when an iconic jewelry brand teams up with an iconic brand of functional and chic handbags? You get the stunning Erickson Beamon x LeSportsac Collection. The distinguished jewelry label, who has captivated fashion designers, editors and celebrities for decades, joins forces with LeSportsac for a whimsical, elegant, and timeless of bags that are sure to dazzle you. The collaboration made its debut at the week-long, Erickson Beamon x LeSportsac pop-up shop in New York City this past week.

The collection featured some of Beamon’s signature jewelry designs, pearls, crystals, chains, and chandeliers printed on the classic LeSportsac bags. The various prints include: Jodie, Glenda, Duchess of Fabulous, Redemption of Eve, Ballet Diamond Debossed, Princess Sissy Dome, Diamond Debossed, Brave New World, Kasey Color Block, Queen Jerry, Dorothea, Talking Heads, and Christie (double chandelier print) and can be seen on such LeSportsac styles, such as the Goldie, and Faye Cosmetic Bags, Holly Clutch, Jerry, Janis, and Andy Totes, Jane Weekenders, etc.

We found ourselves especially drawn to the Brave New World print (available in a Scarf), and the pink lover in us fell head over heels for the pink-on-pink Talking Heads print (available in the Andy Tote). Although the pop-up shop closed its doors yesterday, you can snag the “perfect for holiday gifts” collection online at

Clarks Spring 2014 Women’s Footwear Collection

Spring is always about renewal and welcoming what’s fresh and new. For the Clarks Spring 2014 Women’s Footwear Collection, they bring a fresh takes on their classic styles with unexpected materials, eye-catching details and bursts of bold color, making this collection its most fashionable so far.
 Classic and artisan Clark Footwear styles, like the Valley Lounge Smoking Flat, and the Dunbar and Cliffrose Sail Boat Shoes, get cool color makeovers with availability in bright hues, patent, croc leather and striking metallics uppers, giving a modern twists to the nautical styles. Wedges, like the Amelia Avery and Caslynn Regina, get on trend updates like laser cut etching and contrasting color. Other hot spring trends and key shapes in the collection includes perforation, criss-cross vamp straps, double ankle straps, T-straps, modern loafers, cup sole sandals and cork foot beds, mule silhouettes as well as sporty silhouettes.

 Bringing more fresh styles to spring, Clarks Footwear collaborated with London-based style and pattern innovators, Patternity, to create an exclusive print for the brand’s iconic Desert Boot. The eye-catching print features a bold lacquered geometric graphic inspired by classic shapes (circles, rectangles, etc).

Any favorite shoe styles from the Clarks Spring 2014 Women’s Footwear Collection? Do you love footwear? Visit for more womens and mens shoe highlights.


NIVEA Lip Care Announces “Style, Uncapped” Campaign w/ Rebecca Minkoff

Last year NIVEA Lip Care announced their wonderfully creative Style, Uncapped campaign, a customized lip care design campaign that celebrates the personal style of consumers, with designer Charlotte Ronson – NIVEA Lip Care Design Your Own Cap Contest. The campaign gives you, the consumer, a chance to design and purchase your own lip care cap creation and make every kiss memorable. This time they team up with fabulous designer, Rebecca Minkoff

I, along with a few other lucky media outlets, were invited to be one of the first to experience and design our own NIVEA Cap. Thanks to Nivea and the Style, Uncapped campaign, you will be able to choose from over 400 patterns and symbols, including Rebecca Minkoff’s design, and an variety of colors when creating their caps as well as more than 200 new symbols, 200 new patterns and 12 new design themes.

Nivea has come up with some wonderful ways to celebrate kisses, they understand that that each kiss is unique, must like each possible cap design. In support of this fun and expressive campaign, Rebecca Minkoff created a Limited Edition design (one of which, Rebecca Minkoff-Blue, is pictured above) inspired by her spring 2013 collection, which is also available for purchase on the Style, Uncapped website.

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with NIVEA,” said Rebecca Minkoff. “Like the brand, I appreciate and encourage self-expression. With this first of its kind program, we will give everyone in America the opportunity to make their lip cap their best accessory – and I know all too well about the importance of a great accessory.” I had the opportunity to ask Rebecca about tips for new designers and her inclusion of his signature embellishment, studs, in her collection – see this interview below:

The Style, Uncapped website also allows you to create personal accounts to access previous designs and designs-in-progress, browse the Gallery to explore other designs for inspiration, share your final design on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook, as well as the site’s Gallery and order 1-5 custom designs for $6/cap, 6-20 at $5/cap and 20+ at $4/cap. In just two weeks, your personally designed cap and NIVEA Lip Care product will be in your hands.

Create a special gift for your love, your mom, dad, etc – what are you waiting for, go to and start creating.

Duro Olowu jcpenney Collection

Art in Color & Patterns | Duro Olowu for jcpenney Collection

There are times when I feel truly blessed….more than usual of course. I know I’m luckier than most and I so appreciate that but there are moments when I feel extra lucky. One of those moments happened during New York Fashion Week at the brunch celebration for the Duro Olowu for jcpenney Collection. I love beautiful standout prints and this London-based designer is brilliant with his lively prints and unique patterns. His blending of patterns are definitely fashionable art, they give new life to classic feminine silhouettes and shapes.

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Though the collection isn’t out yet, it launches March 1st, I already have quite a list of items I want to add to my personal collection, my ultimate top three must-have clothing favorites being the trench coat, sheath dress and multi-colored checkerboard sweater (to start).

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The accessories I’m still drooling over – the stunning Ram necklace, eye-catching “hand-painted canvas” and snakeskin print medium tote, the wild patterned shoes (which matches the trench coat I’m dying for), and the horn necklace are just a few of the dazzling array of unique and bold offerings from the collection.

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Ladies, get acquainted with this London-based, Nigerian native lawyer-turned-amazing-fashion-designer (pictured directly below), as soon as his collection hits, you are sure to see sold out signs across jcpenney.

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The event was one of my favorite Fashion Week events to attend, imagine Sunday brunch while shopping and getting beauty treatments all at once – heaven for any woman. Check out a video snippet of the atmosphere.

Check out a few more images from the event including a great photo capture of designer, Byron Lars (pictured below), creator of the shirt dress, high heeled Timberland Boots, etc and don’t forget to visit jcpenney on March 1st to get your hands on the Duro Olowu for jcpenney Collection.

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Maison Martin Margiela with H&M Pre-Shopping Event

Fashion lovers, celebrity stylists, fans of Maison Martin Margiela and even an actress were among the crowd taking advantage of the early private shopping event for the Maison Martin Margiela with H&M Collection at the newest H&M location at the Shops at Columbus Circle. Shoppers with armfuls of clothing, accessories and shoes settled in corners, continued shopping and guarded their selections with fervor

When dressing rooms were full, shoppers just threw their future purchases over their clothes. Among the bustling crowd were celebrity stylists, June Ambrose (who stated she loved the more structured pieces, those that reminded her of Comme des Garcons), and Robert Verdi, America’s Next Top Model’s Jay Alexander and Actress, Tracee Ellis Ross who accumulated not only a rack full of pieces but an armful as well

Shoppers also enjoyed cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres during the event but most concentrated on getting the items on the list. I spoke to a few who either got everything their wanted or came really close to it. I myself was dying for the Candy Wrapper Clutch in pink but alas I only saw silver the entire night. I later found out that the pink clutch was the very first thing to go.

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Collection

One of the most anticipated collection collaboration, French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela’s Collection for H&M is almost here (if you listen carefully you can hear the faint sound of fashion lovers practicing their shopping {re: attack} strategies). The collection is actually a re-edition of iconic Maison Martin Margiela pieces spanning 23 years. The collection, which has 104 items, including women’s and men’s wear, accessories and footwear, is available in updated shapes and materials, all of which will bear a label indicating it’s original season. So ladies, what can you expect from the collection? Check out the concept and a few looks below:

  • Masculine shapes are adjusted to frame the female body
  • Pieces are seen in oversized versions of themselves
  • Though oversized traditional tailoring and finishes are very visible
  • The technique of trompe l’oeil (deceive the eye/creating optical illusions) is present in several pieces (my favorite is seen in the invisible wedge boot)
  • Transformation of shape, construction and function of materials

Definitely a collection for those who love the avant garde design philosophy of Margiela and who are more fashion-forward but there are several pieces that will easily fit into the atypical H & M customer’s wardrobe. Color-wise, the collection features classics – shades of white, black, nudes and reds with flashes of silver with a touch of blue. The collection launches in 230 H & M stores worldwide on November 15th. There are several pieces I will be zoning in (if the shelves aren’t bare):

Narrow Shoulder Jacket – $99.00

Biker Jacket – $249.00

Suede Jacket – $299.00

Darted Sweater – $149.00

Glove Clutch – $149.00

Plexi Wedge Boot – $399.00

Leather Belt Jacket – $399.00 (it’s a men’s jacket but I’d so rock it)
Plexi Wedge Pump – $299.00

What pieces are you looking forward to getting your hands on?

KISS x Hello Kitty’s Rock Out Collaboration

Hello Kitty has gone rock. The uber cute and girly brand has paired with “The hottest band in the world” – KISS – for an unexpectedly cute collaboration. The Hello Kitty x KISS Collection offers a mix of co-branded products that will appeal to fans of all ages. Making it’s debut in retail outlets nationwide this month, this exceptional collaboration offers something unique and unexpected for fans of KISS and Hello Kitty. Two overarching themes in the collection include “Rock ‘N’ Roll / Rock Mood,” and “1976 destroyer / Street Mood.”

The 70s-era “classic” KISS retro collection is filled with unexpected fun, including Hello Kitty’s take on the classic KISS band profiles. Young customers will love the adorable styling of the t-shirts and accessories, while adults who love the rock culture will find the nostalgia pulling on their inner guitar strings. Two rock star Hello Kitty x KISS T-shirt designs have been at Hot Topic stores and online since April as a teaser for the Fall collection launch. The collection includes a something-for-everyone selection of bags, jewelry, stationery, plush and of course, more must-have rocker Hello Kitty x KISS t-shirts.

“KISS and Hello Kitty Rocks. Over the past 40 years we have watched proudly as The KISS Army has crossed and come to include all generations and demographics. This co-branding is trailblazing and we have all been very excited about the collaboration of our 2 iconic brands from the beginning,” said Paul Stanley lead singer and co-founder of KISS.

Each collection is available at specialty retailers, including Hot Topic, and Claire’s, and select Sanrio boutique stores.