Inside Avant Collective’s Showroom in NYC Featuring Latest Trends in Fashion & Accessories

Hello NYC! I was in town for some overdue family time and it also happened to be press day at Avant Collective on Wall Street. They represent some amazing fashion and jewelry designers such as Perla Formentini, VERDAD, Katie Gallagher and Juiet M. I had the chance to visit the showroom to check out some of the FW16 and SS17 collections.

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Louis Verdad is a Mexican American designer who has worked with renowned celebrities such as Madonna and Cate Blanchett under his namesake RTW label and designed bespoke pieces for LA’s elite. VERDAD is his brand new line and also his first time showing in New York Fashion Week for SS17. My fave VERDAD piece was this gorgeous gold metallic leather jacket.

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Katie Gallagher, the cult New York based womenswear designer debuted her third all black collection at New York Fashion Week for SS17 artfully mixing textiles with signature bodysuits, leggings and bomber jackets – all of which I’m loving now! These were two of my fave looks from her SS17 line.

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HEMSMITH is minimalist fashion brand featuring unisex staples. This New York-based brand is debuting its second full season for SS17 reflecting an Asian and Scandinavian design influence. These two pieces from the HEMSMITH SS17 line are my faves! I love the sporty chic look and feel amazing on. I would rock these with metallic sneakers or heels!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perla Formentini shoes are crafted in Marche, Italy, a place where Italian sophistication fuses with a luxe, minimalist aesthetic. They are luxury shoes at an accessible price point made for women by a team of women with families in the shoe business. These gorgeous feather heels “Farfalla Camel” are my favorite from her Spring/Summer 2107 collection. These gold metallic pumps – Felisa Platino – are also stunning!

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The jewelry collections were also beautiful! Nouvel Heritage is a bespoke fine jewelry brand out of a family workshop in Paris. They have teamed up with Tina Craig for a FW16 capsule collection inspired by Art Deco, emojis and more – available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and other fine retailers across the country.

 

 

 

 

 

Juliet M is a brand new fine jewelry brand that embraces a feminine and timeless aesthetic incorporating natural gemstones with delicate 14K designs. Each piece is handmade by a skilled team of jewelers in the Pacific Northwest and proceeds support a cause near to the founder’s heart- fighting violence against women. Check out this beautiful Diamond Tiara Ring below!

Diamond Tiara Ring (Juliet M.)

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The Brave Collection – founder Jessica Hendricks Yee launched a jewelry collection with a bohemian aesthetic for a great cause – supporting fair trade artisans in Cambodia and empowering women worldwide to combat human trafficking. For FW/Holiday 2016, the brand has launched an elevated and more minimalistic Metal Collection.

 

 

 

Thank you to Avant Collective for the up close and personal look at all these gorgeous fashions and accessories. I’m loving all of these trends for this Fall and Winter and even for Spring/Summer 2017! The gorgeous golds and lace and my favorite colors such as sharkskin grays, airy blues and warm taupes. Which trends are you looking forward to?

CND® VINYLUX® Weekly Polish Partners Up with Ulta for Fashion Week Pop-Ups

I love beauty pop-ups! The concept is pretty genius because, if done correctly, pop-ups let you experience a brand in a fun, creative way! CND, the global leader in professional nail products and services did just that by teaming up with ULTA Beauty to bring CND® VINYLUX® Weekly Polish experience to life. 

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This CND® VINYLUX® Weekly Polish co-branded pop-up nail studio is making its way at select Fashion Week events in six key markets and they stopped in Vegas last week.

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CND® VINYLUX® Weekly Polish is fast-drying and delivers 7-day, chip-resistant wear and brilliant shine that lasts and no base coat is needed! Available at ULTA stores and ulta.com.

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And as part of this partnership, here’s an exclusive social media sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017 in February! Enter here and get all the deets. Good luck!

 

In the meantime, you can follow CND on Instagram & Twitter @cndworld and like CND on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CNDworldfan/.

 

L’OCCITANE x The Gansevoort Team Up For the Ultimate Summer Getaway!

You must take a second from your Memorial Day Weekend shopping and BBQs for this!

Now until 5.31, enter to win a luxurious getaway in NYC sponsored by L’Occitane. One lucky winner, chosen the first week of June will receive round trip airfare for two, a two-night stay the Gansevoort hotel (one of my faves!) and a $500 L’Occitane shopping spree.

All you have to do is sign up at this link, entering your name and email address.

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Good luck! In the meantime, have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend 🙂

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH Offers a Fabulous Deal on Groupon!

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH just announced a new partnership with Groupon. This exclusive offer is available TODAY on Groupon’s high-end channel, Groupon Reserve. I just received mine!

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Blue Cropped Fur Vest
Retail Value: $495
Saks OFF 5TH price: $137.99

Fashionistas will now be able to purchase vouchers in the following amounts on Groupon Reserve:

  • Offer $30 for $60
  • Offer $20 for $40

The voucher can be used for any Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH purchase at locations nationwide as well as on http://www.saksoff5th.com. There will be a limited supply of vouchers available. Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH carries over 800 designer brands at 30% to 70% off comparable retail prices including women’s and men’s apparel, fine jewelry, handbags, shoes, and children’s collection. 

Get to shopping ladies!

Introducing CureDiva.com, the First-Ever Online Shop for Women Facing Breast Cancer

On Thursday, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a special luncheon took place in Bryant Park Hotel in NYC to launch CureDiva.com, the first online site created to help so many women going through the disease still feel like a “Diva.” It’s a high-end shopping site and community platform that provides women at every stage of breast cancer with all of their lifestyle needs.

E! News’ Giuliana Rancic and CureDiva founder and breast cancer survivor Efrat Roman were on hand to discuss their own experiences and struggles with the disease and the importance of maintaining your femininity throughout treatment.

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* Bottom Left, (L-R): CureDiva co-founders Dan Vigdor, Ester Gofer, Giuliana Rancic, and CureDiva co-founder Efrat Roman

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“When I heard about CureDiva, I was surprised it hadn’t been created sooner and wondered why I didn’t have this when I was going through breast cancer. Going through treatments, it’s so hard to know what products you need and where to go. The great thing about CureDiva is that it specifies to your needs and helps you based on what you’re going through at each phase. Now because of CureDiva, women have a more accessible support system, and can still feel like a diva through their treatments. I wish CureDiva was around when I was going through it all” said Guiliana Rancic.

Ladies, please spread the word of  this wonderful resource! You can also follow CureDiva on Twitter and Facebook.

Brit it On! Here’s a Sneak Peek of the UK’s Hottest Womenswear Brands

One of the perks of having a bi-coastal blog is being able to cover the latest fashion and beauty news from New York to LA to Las Vegas and beyond. So when I was recently invited to join four of London’s most renowned womenswear fashion brands at Bryant Park Hotel in NYC, I could not miss it. As some of you know, I have a special place in my heart for European fashion as I have traveled to London, Paris and Wales, which is where my boyfriend is from.

This was Arcadia Group’s first ever press day outside of Great Britain. They featured Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge and Wallis who showcased clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry from their Autumn/Winter 2013 collections as well as some pieces from their current summer collections.

Here are some of my favorite pieces per collection. Photo credits and special thanks go to Caitlin Hartigan, one of my guest fashion contributors and owner of Shop Savage.

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Celebrity-Studded Simon G. Annual Summer Soiree at TAO Las Vegas

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Simon G. Jewelry kicked off their annual summer soiree in Las Vegas and this past Saturday at TAO in the Venetian. Celebrating 31 years of style and design, Mr. Simon Ghanimian, the patriarch and founder of Simon G. Jewelry was nice enough to chat with us about this year’s Organic Allure and Passion Collections. He also said that this year’s bridal trend is rose gold. Newlyweds Katrina Bowden and Ben Jorgenson were joined by Paula Abdul, Jenny McCarthy, Mario & Courtney Lopez, Gilles & Carole Marini, Audrina Patridge, Catt Sadler, Holly Madison, Lala Anthony, Peta Murgatroyd and more.

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From the Delicate Collection: 18K white and rose gold engagement ring and band are comprised of .55ctw round white Diamonds.(image courtesy of simonjewelry.com

The red carpet was celebrity-studded! Here are some of the starlets who greeted us wearing their favorite Simon G. pieces.

Peta Murgatroyd, Jenny McCarthy and Paula Abdul
Katrina Bowden and Audrina Patridge
Lala Anthony, bejeweled hands courtesy of Catt Sadler and Holly Madison

To see more of the beautiful Simon G. jewelry, check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!