Product Review: LEVI'S dENiZEN Jeans at Target

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H&M Previews Bizarrely Sporty Alexander Wang Collab

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Last Call Neiman Marcus Fall Sale: Oct. 21-23, Save

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Halle Berry Brings 'Scandale Paris' Lingerie to Target

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Ageless Beauty: Helen Mirren is the new face of L'Oreal Beauty

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Best Buy Launches Tech Fashions from Top Designers

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Best Buy Introduces Exclusive Tech Accessories from Nanette Lepore, Anna Sui and Isaac Mizrahi New York

Looking for a way to match your tech devices to your clothing? Or maybe you just want a better looking iPhone/Smartphone case.  If so Best Buy  may have just what you want. A new line of tech accessories – created by celebrated fashion designers Nanette Lepore, Anna Sui, and Isaac Mizrahi New York.  The collections are now available for order & will come to stores Oct. 5.  All the covers be inspired by the designers’ current collections and will be available only at Best Buy. Continue reading »

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London: Topshop Plans Fashion’s Night Out with Vogue

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Save the Date: Topshop’s Oxford Circus Store will have a special Fashion’s Night Out on Sept. 23, 2014.

In the US, Fashion’s Night Out at New York Fashion Week is  a thing of the past.   Not so in London.   Vogue and Topshop are planning a shopping extravaganza in London on Sept. 23, 2014.   They’ll be special deals,  beauty tips, a prize draw and entertainment at my favorite Topshop store, the Oxford Circus store in London.   Get all the details here and if you’re in London, learn how to enter to win prizes at Topshop.

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New York Fashion Week: Budget Fashion on the Runway

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Anna Wintour and Serena Williams pose at the MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 Signature by Serena Williams fashion show on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)

Budget Fashion is now part of New York Fashion Week. Anna Wintour goes to a show to see a collection sponsored by HSN (the Home Shopping Network), HSN shows off their new Fall  “Fashion Edit” collections, ELLE Editor Joe Zee joins with Old Navy for a fashion presentation,  Kohl’s shows their ELLE Collection, Target throws a preview party for Altuzarra for Target and a Chinese Laundry shows off their new collaboration with actress Kristen Bell.   What’s happening to New York Fashion Week?  Clearly, the democratization of American fashion is coming full circle with many mass retailers showing their lines along with the high-end designers.  Continue reading »

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HSN Previews Fall Fashions at New York Fashion Week

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Giuliana Rancic shows off a coat from her G fashion line for HSN.

HSN (The Home Shopping Network)  showed their new fashions, beauty products and costume jewelry for fall at an exclusive preview during New York Fashion Week at the Empire Hotel.   The preview featured  appearances from HSN collaborators Giuliana Rancic, Iris Apfel, June Ambrose, Julie Macklowe, Tina Craig (BagSnob’s Snob Essentials Handbag) , Hal Rubenstein, Fern Mallis and Sally Hershberger.   Also on display were fashions from Eureka by Christos Garkinos and the eagerly anticipated “Stories” fashion collection by Kelly OsbourneContinue reading »

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American Express MADE Fashion Week VIP Experience

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Designers Flora Gill and Alexa Adams of Ohne Titel were part of the American Express series of VIP ticketed shows at MADE Fashion Week.

If you believe like I do that fashion can be entertainment as well as art (and of yes a business too) then you might enjoy the pampering experience of attending a MADE Fashion Week show via the VIP experience that American Express offers their cardholders.   For over a year, American Express has offered cardholders the chance to buy tickets to see shows at both Lincoln Center in the SKYBOX and at MADE Fashion Week sitting next to the runway.  This year I had the chance to attend the Ohne Titel Spring/Summer 2015 show as a VIP at MADE Fashion Week in New York City at Milk Studios.  It’s a much different experience than attending a show at Lincoln Center.

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New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 Round-up

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Designer Luis Antonio alongside designs from his stunning Spring 2015 collection. ((Photos by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

Now that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week shows for Spring/Summer 2015 are ended, I’ve taken some time to think about what I saw on the runway to try to summarize the shows.  Each show always contains garments that you  know buyers and stylists will pick up for next season and those that will be left behind.  Some consumers may not realize that much of what the designers send down the runway will never be picked up by buyers to be mass-produced and sold in stores.  You can take a look at some of the pictures from the shows and make some very educated guesses about what might actually show up on retails racks. As you might expect, most of the Spring/Summer 2015 collections offered plenty of floral and bright vibrant colors. However, there was still plenty of black and white on the runway, and more muted colors as well. For women, the Spring 2015 color palette includes Aquamarine, Scuba Blue, Lucite Green,Classic Blue,Toasted Almond, Strawberry Ice, Tangerine, Custard.Marsala and Glacier Gray.  Here’s a  look at some  of the shows The Recessionista attended at New York Fashion Week, featuring some emerging designers with unique perspectives on Spring. Continue reading »

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Elie Tahari Kohl’s Preview and Giveaway

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Garments from the Elie Tahari for DesigNation collection

The upcoming Elie Tahari capsule collection for Kohl’s is a love song to the city of New York, penned in polyester with a touch of spandex thrown in for ease.   The collection is not officially on sale until Sept. 26, but Kohl’s is offering a special presale on their website now with savings of $10.00 of a purchase of $50.00 or more using code FASHION10.   I haven’t seen all the pieces from the collection, but Kohl’s did send me one item to preview.  Here are my initial thoughts on the collection and a giveaway of a Kohl’s gift card for my readers to go shopping. Continue reading »

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Discounts on Altuzzara for Target on Target.com

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Target.com is offering buy 1 get 1 50% off with code PREVIEW on the Altazurra for Target collaboration.

The Altazurra collection for Target has been in market less than a week and there’s already a 50% off 1 item special posted on Target.com.  Use code PREVIEW to get the savings when you shop Altazurra  for Target. I’ve never seen a discount like this on a Target designer collection so soon after launch.  Looks like Target is making marketing push to sell out the stock that’s left.  The deal undercuts prices on Altazurra for Target via Net-a-Porter and Target stores ( brick & mortar shopping.)   Some of the collection items aren’t worth buying even with the deal, but some are.  Read my review to see the best picks, like the little black dress and the peasant dress pictured above.  If you bought in store, you could even return an item and get it online (if available) for the discounted 50% off 1 item special posted on Target.com.

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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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