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/.

 

Backstage Beauty at NY Fashion Week: Batiste Dry Shampoo Sponsors Tara Subkoff / Imitation of Christ Show

As a beauty blogger, I’m always interested in knowing what the upcoming beauty trends will be.  Some fashion trends die, some become staples. Same goes for beauty trends. One trend that is definitely a beauty must-have all year long is Batiste Dry Shampoo.

It’s Fashion Week in New York! As seen backstage at the Tara Subkoff/Imitation of Christ show, stylist David Cruz and his team sprayed Batiste on the models’ hair to give volume and oomph to every style.

L to R: Stylist David Cruz backstage, TS Models
L to R: Model, Backstage at Bortolami Gallery in NYC

I was recently sent a sample of Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush which smells flowery yet it doesn’t overpower my perfume.  It was perfect timing because it’s been a hot and humid summer here in Vegas.  What I like most about this product is that it has multiple benefits.  It refreshes, cleans and extends the time between washes which is good for your hair.  Mostly, I love it because it gives me that fabulous second-day hair look!

Check out more Batiste behind-the-scenes at @MBFashionWeek, on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.