London Fashion Week: TOPSHOP Plans Social Media Blitz via Instagram

Every season the savvy marketing folks at TOPSHOP plan a social media blitzkrieg around their London… [more]

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J Crew Heads to Ibiza & the Mediterranean for Spring 2015

J Crew showed their Spring/Summer 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week this Tuesday in a presentation… [more]

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The Recessionista Reviews Altuzarra for Target

For a Target collection made in China, Altuzarra for Target is stunning.  It's really as good as it… [more]

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Kate Spade NY Style Essential Sale Event

kate spade new york is having a surprise clearance event offering savings up to 75% off apparel, bags… [more]

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DKNY Spring 2015: A Bold Look at the New York Nation

Last week at New York Fashion Week, DKNY presented the brand's Spring 2015 collection. After struggling… [more]

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Carolina Herrera Spring 2015: Flower Power

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A model walks the runway at the Carolina Herrera fashion show in a stunning gown inspired by a flower during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

Last week I had the privilege of seeing one of the most beautiful fashion shows at New York Fashion Week of this or any other season, Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2015 collection.  The collection was inspired by the “color code of a flower.”  The show featured stunning gowns, beautiful coats and brightly colored sheath dresses.   The color palette was vibrant pinks, iris blues, majestic purples, paired with gray tones and soft yellow.  As always, Carolina Herrera’s garments were distinctly feminine, with gorgeous appliqués and soft folds.  Some of the garments featured digitized blooms (see the dress above.)   The show was attended by the cream of New York society, celebrities and of course Vogue’s Anna Wintour.  Little green trees lined the runway, giving the appearance of an elite garden party.   According to the Daily Mail, Ms. Herrera’s Spring 2015 show may have cost as much as 1 million dollars.  Continue reading »

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DKNY Spring 2015: A Bold Look at the New York Nation

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Playful Geometric Prints and Blazing Reds were part of DKNY’s Spring 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week  (photos courtesy DKNY)

Last week at New York Fashion Week, DKNY presented the brand’s Spring 2015 collection. After struggling to get around New York City during New York Fashion Week in the heat and humidity, I was really feeling this collection. New York City  really is the world all  in one place. All the good, all the bad, all the joy and all the stress in one little island.  For Spring 2015, DKNY is a sexy mix of street chic, designed for the “New York Nation” of urban warriors.  If you are living in New York, or you have visited, then you will get this collection’s homage to New York City’s culture and creativity.  The collection mixes geometric prints, blazing reds and pops of color.   Each garment is statement making , designed for the women who is strong enough to make it through every day in New York and beyond.

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Kate Spade NY Style Essential Sale Event

 Kate Spade NY Style Essential Sale Event

kate spade ny is having a clearance sale and you can save more shopping via eBates.

kate spade new york is having a surprise clearance event offering savings up to 75% off apparel, bags and shoes. You can save even more if you shop this by using the eBates sale portal. If you shop via eBates, you’ll not only get the savings off the retail priced, but you’ll also get 3.5% cash back credited to you from your purchases. That’s like getting your own sales commission when you shop. And the savings really do add up. To use eBates, sign up to shop here. Then go to the kate spade sale.  The sale is for a limited time and ends Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 11:59 pm PST. Good luck darlings!

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The Recessionista Reviews Altuzarra for Target

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Altuzarra for Target offers the designer’s luxury looks without the price tag.

For a Target collection made in China, Altuzarra for Target is stunning.  It’s really as good as it gets.  This launch really is like Christmas morning for the fashionista on a budget. Having said that, some garments are better than others and some of the fabrics in the collection are more comfortable to wear than others.  If you’re thinking of going shopping today to check out Altuzarra for Target, you should.  Much of the collection is already sold out online at Target.com, but there’s still some on the racks in store and on the website too.   The dresses and tops with the Mediterranean peasant blouse (pictured above) are some of our favorites. As with every Target designer collaboration, there are hits and misses. Some of the things we thought we would love were not the most stunning on when we actually tried everything on.

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Giveaway: Enter to Win a Hammitt Handbag from Sterns & Foster

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The distinctive look of a Hammitt Handbag.

Who doesn’t love the chance to carry a gorgeous handbag?   Some of you know how beautiful the Lockland bag from Hammitt Handbags is.  These handcrafted handbags are designed in Los Angeles and are made with authentic leather.  Celebrities like Angelina Jolie have been spotted carry Hammitt bags. Now Hammitt is having a giveaway offering handbag lovers the chance to win one of these classic bags.   Read on to learn how to enter!

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Shopping Tips to get your Altuzara for Target

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Actress Naomi Watts with designer ALTUZARA at the Target launch party before New York Fashion Week

The long awaited Altuzara collection for Target arrives at Target store, Target.com and Net-a-Porter tomorrow, Sept. 14, 2014.  I’ve had a few requests from regular readers of The Recessionista about the best ways to get the items on your shopping list.   If you want to get your Altuzara for Target, it’s going to take an investment of  your time  this Sunday morning, but here are our tried and true tips for shopping Target’s designer collaborations.

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Desigual : Spring-Summer 15 collection “Say Something Nice”

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Alessandra Ambrosio Walks in Desigual’s Anniversary Show at MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK MADRID (PRNewsFoto/Desigual)

In a fashion world where models don’t show expression on the runway, and sometimes white and black are the only colors, a Desigual show is as refreshing as a breath of fresh air.  At both their recent New York Fashion Week show & Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, Desigual showcased a collection that paid homage to women through compliments. The Spring-Summer 15 collection  called “Say Something Nice” is an exotic, psychedelic journey through time. where words come to life in the form of geometric shapes, daisies, hearts, galactics, brush strokes and colors. The  Desigual Spring/Summer 2015 collection looks like it jumped right out of a Frida Kahlo painting. Continue reading »

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J Crew Heads to Ibiza & the Mediterranean for Spring 2015

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Apparel from J Crew’s Spring 2015 collection shown Tuesday at New York Fashion Week

J Crew showed their Spring/Summer 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week this Tuesday in a presentation at Lincoln Center.  J Crew fans maybe in for a surprise when they see what’s in store for next Spring.  The collection looks very much like resort wear with a distinctly Mediterranean  twist.  For Spring/Summer 2015, J Crew womenswear designer Tom Mora was inspired by a recent trip to Ibiza. The result is a very relaxed look . I  had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Mora before the J Crew presentation and get more detail about what J Crew aficionadas can expect to see on the racks next spring.   Continue reading »

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Kevyn Aucoin & Beauty.com at NYFW: LELA ROSE & MILLY

 

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The beauty roadmap for models at the Lela Rose SS15 Spring show from Kevyn Aucoin.

This year at New York Fashion Week, I had the opportunity to go backstage at several fashion shows to see the make-up and hair styling artists prepare the models for the runway show.  It was literally an eye opening experience, there’s so much going on backstage.  Just as every fashion collection has a style and color palette,  the make-up for each collection also does.  The make-up matches the colors and style of the clothing and it’s an intensive experience getting the beauty and fashion in sync.  Here are the make-up tips from Kevyn Aucoin stylists from two of my favorite New York Fashion Week shows: Lela Rose and Milly for Spring 2015. Continue reading »

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London Fashion Week: TOPSHOP Plans Social Media Blitz via Instagram

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Oxford Street windows for Topshop’s Social Catwalk for SS 15

Every season the savvy marketing folks at TOPSHOP plan a social media blitzkrieg around their London Fashion Week show.  While the folks  who run Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York continue to cut show attendance and ban bloggers from New York Fashion Week, TOPSHOP looks for ways to be socially inclusive with their audience and bloggers.   For London Fashion Week Spring /Summer 15,  INSTAGRAM community will be at the heart of the show experience. Continue reading »

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