Saturday, July 26, 2008

Fast and Fabulous Fashions at Affordable Prices!

Erin Featherston | Fashion | Designer | Women's | Clothing WHAT do top fashion designers Stella McCartney, Erin Featherston, Alice Temperley and relative new comer Jonathan Saunders all have in common?

Well apart from having gorgeous clothes (as all self-respecting fashionistas will know), they are now also united by having produced a range of designer clothing for Target. Up and coming style guru Jonathan Saunders recently joined the ranks after months of speculation, by designing an exclusive limited-edition collection for Target GO International, making the hottest chic designer fashion available to women at affordable prices.

With fab fashions more accessible and affordable than ever before clothes seem to have an increasingly shorter expiry date. A recent report by The Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TCTFIA) found Australian women aged under 30 bought, on average, 112 garments a year - double that of women aged over 30. Many of these purchases then rapidly become excess to requirements (really, how many items can one wear in a year?), with many of those garments relegated to the dark recesses of the wardrobe or given to local charity shops after only a week’s wear!

By comparison the guys were revealed as somewhat more conservative, buying an average of only 29 items of clothing a year.

Monica Botkier | Fashion | Designer | Handbags | Shoes | Jewelry

Is this ‘buy and bin quick’ trend further emerging evidence of consumerism gone mad – fast food, fast fashions - or just an indication of passion for ever changing variety and style in the fashion stakes?

Stella McCartney | Online | Designer | Fashion | Boutique | Clothing | Lingerie | Beauty | Shoes Way back in 2005 fashion designer Stella McCartney created waves when she signed up for a one-time run with UK retailer H&M; this designer also did a range for Target (Australia), launched March 2007.

The trend for affordable access to once elite fashion labels has escalated beyond all expectations since, with a plethora of fashion designers creating budget lines of their gorgeous clothes.

The TCTFIA report suggests that young people have become victims of the fast fashion phenomenon, with cheap clothing dropped into stores more frequently - often weekly.

Within this scenario it seems obvious that budget range designer clothing is likely to be treasured and is at the top end of ‘fashion chain’, but the sheer volume and accessibility of clothing across the board means it’s life time is shorter than ever before.

There are now also emergent concerns about the environmental impact of disposable fashion and where the clothing ends up once its use-by date is up or it is replaced by the next fleeting trend. Raw resources are used at an increasing rate, and once disregarded the huge quantities of clothing must be disposed of.

It seems that the market is ever greedy for more – more affordable fashions, more often, and more quantity and variety. As all good marketers know, marketing is about finding a gap in the market and then filling it.

Richard Chai will soon become the next limited-edition fashion designer to create the a range of chic women's fashion for Target GO International. Chai's exclusive collection including an assortment of tailored separates and chic dresses will be available at most Target stores nationwide and online at in early August, with prices ranging $12.99 to $79.99.

Richard Chai | Fashion | Designer | Women's | Clothing | Target

Designer Shoes, Handbags and Jewelry at Affordable Prices!

But it’s not just about chic clothes – it is about an entire look. Fabulous fashionistas require – no demand – accessories to set their outfits off to perfection – and a number of designers have launched into the market to fill this need.

Monica Botkier | Fashion | Designer | Handbags | Shoes | Jewelry

Much vaunted designer Monica Botkier will offer up a line of purses, clutches, and wristlets starting on July 20. Called Botkier for Target, the accessories will be in stores until September 14, 2008. Price points range from $19.99 to $49.99.

New York City based jewelry designer Dean Harris will shortly be offering a limited edition jewelry line. The Dean Harris for Target designer jewelry collection, most of which are nature-related, will be available at most Target stores nationwide and at from August 17 through December 27, 2008 at prices from $19.99 to $99.99.

Fashion accessories designer giants Anya Hindmarch and Sigerson Morrison are also creating limited edition collections for Target. Anya Hindmarch will be designing a line exclusive, stylish yet affordable designer handbags while Sigerson Morrison will be creating a line of affordable designer shoes which will be up for grabs in early October at Target stores nationwide, with select styles sold exclusively through Anya Hindmarch designer handbags are liked by celebrities including Scarlette Johansson, Madonna, Claudia Schiffer, Angelina Jolie for their excellent craftsmanship while Sigerson Morrison's designer shoes are a favorite of celebrities such as Naomi Watts.

Fast and Chic Designer Fashions at Affordable Prices - but could the cost be too much?

Thanks to the fashion revolution of designers now catering for mass markets we can all look better for less. However, should the reality of waste and environmental concerns be given some consideration? Fashion is fickle, and while it's fun to be trendy and gorgeous should we be looking to a more sustainable approach to life in the fast fashion lane? Planet earth and environmental integrity will be in fashion forever.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Louis Vuitton at Nordstrom

DBR_0673 (Large) Earlier in July the French luxury brand Louis Vuitton opened an in-store boutique at Nordstrom on Chicago's Michigan Avenue. This is the first Louis Vuitton leased department within a Nordstrom store and marks the first new Louis Vuitton department store partnership since 1995 when Louis Vuitton opened at Bloomgindale's New York.

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Previously Louis Vuitton first opened leased departments within Saks Fifth Avenue in 1925, Neiman Marcus in 1948 and Macy’s in 1982.

"We are thrilled to enter into this new partnership with Nordstrom and are confident it will be a successful venture,” said Daniel Lalonde, President and CEO of Louis Vuitton North America.

“There is no better city to open our first Nordstrom location in than Chicago, where Louis Vuitton first debuted in the United States.”

In this post I've including my favorite photos taken at the opening Louis Vuitton party that took place last Thursday, 10 July at the new store.

Louis Vuitton in Chicago

Louis Vuitton has a deep rooted history with the city of Chicago. In 1893, Georges Vuitton brought Louis Vuitton to the United States for the first time to display at the Chicago World’s Fair, where Vuitton’s goods were classified as “hors concours” (outside competition) due to their outstanding merit. In 1905, Marshall Field & Company became one of the first few department stores in the United States to carry Louis Vuitton.

"We are delighted to be partnering with Louis Vuitton on our first shop together at our Michigan Avenue store. Louis Vuitton is a coveted luxury brand that both our customers and Nordstrom hold in the highest esteem. Carrying their world-renowned product in our store fits with our merchandise strategy of offering our customers the best the market has to offer," said Pete Nordstrom, President of Merchandising for Nordstrom.

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The Louis Vuitton at Nordstrom Michigan Avenue is the 123rd Louis Vuitton location in North America. The store is 2,000 square feet and located on Nordstrom’s main floor across from the designer shoe department and offers a mix of Louis Vuitton leather goods, including designer handbags and luggage, alongside accessories such as Louis Vuitton sunglasses, ties and an extensive selection of women's designer shoes.

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It's a win-win for both the luxury brand and the retailer. The Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. expands its designer business adding to its luxury accessory collections that it currently carries, such as Manolo, Choo and Louboutin, while LVMH Moet Hennesy Louis Vuitton opens up yet another avenue for growth.

Louis Vuitton a World of Luxury

0003 (Large) A worldwide leader in luxury since 1854, Louis Vuitton has become synonymous with the art of elegant travel. Its leather goods are renowned throughout the world for ultimate quality, craftsmanship, innovation and stylish luxury.

From 1997, with the arrival of Marc Jacobs as artistic director, it has extended its range to women and men prêt-à-porter, shoes, watches and jewelry. Louis Vuitton has an exclusive network of 402 wholly owned stores in 59 countries around the world. It has been a member of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the greatest and most successful luxury goods group worldwide since 1987.

So if you’re at Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale on Chicago's Michigan Avenue over the next couple of weeks, make sure that you take some time out of your sale shopping to check out the new Louis Vuitton store!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Fashion and Beauty at its Best!

What is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

Guess | Jessica Simpson | Coats | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Designer | Fashion | Clothing | Womens It's that time of the year again, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now only days away. But what exactly is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? It's when you can buy the best fashion brands of the latest and hottest styles of new Fall designer clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry as well as exclusive, limited-edition beauty products including cosmetics and makeup from Nordstrom before the season starts and at up to 40% off during the sale.

In this way, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is completely unique among department store sales in that as well as limited-edition items made just for the sale, all the merchandise on sale is the new season's merchandise and discounted before the season starts as opposed to being simply a clearance and end-of-season sale like Nordstrom's two half yearly (June and November) sales when the previous season's stock is unloaded. In this way, you can enjoy outstanding savings on the most exciting new Fall merchandise before the season actually starts. All merchandise left over after the sale is raised to regular retail prices.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one big, annual event that every fashionista waits for. It's a fashion shopping event that has become legendary among fashionistas nationwide and in fact, is held by many as being the hottest fashion event of the year. There are amazing designer fashion and beauty deals!

Designer Clothing at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Hing Jacket | Matty M Top | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Designer | Fashion | Clothing At the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale you'll save BIG on new Fall fashions of irresistible designer clothes, shoes, handbags, jewelry and outwear for the entire family!!!

On sale you'll find designer clothing from fashion labels including Juicy Couture, Tahari and Trina Turk, designer jeans from 7 For All Mankind, L.A.M.B., Hudson Jeans, JAG Jeans and Lucky Brand. And there's some really chic clothing like the colorful coats by Guess and Jessica Simpson as shown in the picture above, top right.

The cropped brown tweed jacket by Hinge (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Item Code HN219308) is also chic. It's on sale at $78.90 or at $118 after the sale. The watercolor rose print top by Matty M (HN229381) on sale at $65.90 or $98 after the sale is also cute. This multi colored print top has braided trim and is made from fluid silk jersey. Both these items are Ambition | Double-breasted Tomato | Jacket | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Designer | Fashion | Clothing | Women'sshown in the picture at the above left.

Also worth look at are the Halogen Brown Lamb leather bomber jacket with polyester and polyurethane ribbed sweater-knit trim (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Item Code HN224193) on sale at $159.90 or $248 after the sale, the Hot Kiss supple polyurethane bomber jacket in a Luggage color (HN227611) on sale at $44.90, after sale $68, and as shown here in the picture on the right, the Ambition Double-breasted Tomato color jacket (HN228621) on sale at $57.90 which jumps to $88 after the sale.

Designer Shoes at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Michael Kors | BCBGirls | Stuart Weitzman | Designer | Shoes | Nordstrom | Anniversary SaleAt this year's Anniversary Sale there lots of designer shoes and boots from brands including Cole Haan (love the 'Carma Air' open-toe Mary Jane slingback), Frye, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Max Studio, Michael Kors and Tory Burch, to name a few.

The designer shoes and boots by Stuart Weitzman are just super sophisticated and chic. I like the black leather boot with metal buckle and sweater back cuff (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Item Code HN222803). Made in Spain and on sale at $279.90 or $435 after the sale this high-heeled boot gives a super chic and sexy look. The Stuart Weitzman 'Ciento' lace-up oxford pump in moro (bronze) antique viper snake-print leather and with cut-out sides (HN222797) and the peep-toe pump in taupe multi (HN222801) but also available in black soft patent or fire quasar (HN222799) snake-print leather are also definite possibilities.

At an Anniversary sale price of $69.90 (after sale $109.95), I think the BCBGirls peep-toe slingback in cherrywood snake leather (HN228897) is great value and will also give a sophisticated and chic look. If you're on the market for a new pair of UGGs then the Anniversary sale has a few styles to choose from.

Designer Handbags at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

From talking to my Nordstrom SA I'm told that there are no high end designer handbags on sale but there is a good range of gorgeous mid-range designer handbags from labels including Botkier, Burberry, Chloe,

Michael Kors | LAMB | ABAS | Kate Spade | Kenneth Cole | Designer | Handbags | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale

Elliott Lucca (the 'Porta' pocket shopper in textured Black Ombre patent leather (HN232370) on sale at $259.90 or $398 after the sale is cute), Juicy Courture, Kenneth Cole (the 'Aim To Pleats' horizontal hobo in Rose suede (HN231229) at $179.90, after sale $278 shown in middle Tulah Ray | Split Satchel | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Designer | Handbagsright in picture above is gorgeous), Kooba, Marc Jacobs, Maxx New York, Michael Kors and Tulah Ray.

Talking about the designer handbags, I do like the Tulah Ray Split Zipper Satchel (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Designer Handbag Item HN236146) shown here on the right. It's on sale at $298.90 or available after the sale at $475. The handbag's center zip opens for extra space. It's a super chic handbag and the color, Berry is simply gorgeous.

Fashion and Designer Jewelry at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

From the fashion and designer jewelry line up I like the Bronze Cuff by Rebecca (#233047) on sale at $314.90 or $475 after the sale and the Alexis Bittar Square Lucite bangle bracelet (#195073) at $49.90 or $75 after the sale. Other Alexis Bittar pieces are also interesting possibilities like the Hand-sculpted, hand-painted Lucite hinged bangle in Black/Grey Zebra stripes (HN201594) at $37.90 or $58 after the sale.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Hot Beauty Buys!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale isn’t all about designer clothes, shoes, handbags and jewelry though. Also on sale you'll find your favorite brands of cosmetics and makeup in the form of unique beauty exclusives and special gifts with purchase (GWP) that are only available at Nordstrom for a limited time.

And there's a big lineup of coveted, limited edition cosmetics and makeup but unfortunately only in very limited supply. However, this year, the event is bigger and better than ever with over 100 beauty brands participating including top names like Bare Escentials, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Dior, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Laura Mercier, MAC and Philosophy, to name a few. You can pre-order Nordstrom's beauty exclusives which begin shipping on July 18 and pre-orders for these beauties are being accepted now both in-store and at!!

Bare Escentuals | In Fashion Set | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Makeup | Cosmetics | Beauty

There are lots of great exclusive beauty products available but I have my eye on a few select items. First the lavish Bare Escentuals® 'In Fashion' eight-Piece Set (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Beauty Exclusive Item #232696) offers $127 of value for just $75. The 'In Fashion' set contains all your essentials for the most exceptional evening on your agenda and the collection presents a sophisticated evening of the latest style! The set includes bareMinerals® Flawless Radiance All-Over Face Color (0.03 oz.), bareMinerals® Eye Color in Bahamas (0.02 oz.), bareMinerals® Liner Shadow in Caviar (0.01 oz.), bareMinerals® Blush in Escape (0.03 oz.), bareMinerals® 100% Natural Lipcolor in Bavarian Creme (0.13 oz.), Flawless Radiance Brush, and Double Ended Precision Eye Brush.

Dior | Gaucho Palette | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Makeup | Cosmetics | BeautyMy next fancy is the Dior 'Gaucho' Palette (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Beauty Exclusive Item #232976) stocked with four ready-to-wear eyeshadows in tones of wine and roses, and two creamy lip colors in a super chic signature Dior metallic bronze case modeled after the signature Gaucho bag. This gorgeous palette is priced at $55 and you also receive a deluxe sample of 'Diorshow' Black Out Mascara with your Dior purchase. This item is only available online and restricted to one per customer, while supply lasts. The gift will be added automatically at checkout and can only be shipped to the same destination as your order.

I also love the Laura Mercier Twilight Colour Collection (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Beauty Exclusive Item #232893) which offers $131 of value for just $55. This set includes a Mini Eye Mosaic, Double-Ended Smudge & Angled Eye Color Brush, mini Purple Sapphire Kohl Eye Pencil and full-size Black Mascara, Lip Glacé in Cinnamon and a French Vanilla Hand Creme. All items are conveniently packaged in a chic brown, faux patent leather makeup bag with contrast stitching.

Laura Mercier | Twilight Colour Set | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Makeup | Cosmetics | Beauty

Next I'm in love with the Juicy Couture 'Dresser' Set (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Beauty Exclusive Item #233777) which offers $141 of value for just $98. This exclusive set includes an adorable keepsake vanity box containing Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum Spray (3.4 oz.), travel-ready Body Sorbet (3.4 oz.), Frothy Shower Gel (3.4 oz.) and limited-edition lip gloss compact (0.08 oz.).

Juicy Couture | Dresser Set | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Makeup | Cosmetics | Beauty

Finally, I'm also hot for the complete range in the MAC Colour Forms Anniversary collection including the Colour Forms Basic Brush set (red), Colour Forms MAC Limited Edition Colour Forms Collection | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Makeup | Cosmetics | Beauty Advanced Brush set (purple and green) and the Beauty Powder, Powder Blush and lipstick, to name a few. If you ask me, the Cocoa Mauve Collection from Bobbi Brown (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Beauty Exclusive Item #234274) for Fall's most-wanted shades for eyes, cheeks and lips in a sleek black nylon cosmetic case, the beautiful Lancôme palette and the 'Color Design' Beauty Icon Warm Eye & Cheek Palette (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Beauty Exclusive Item #230620) are also good value.

There are other products that I could easily add to my shopping bag like the Philosophy ‘purity made simple’ one step facial cleanser $42.50 ($64 value) and the icon Clarins UV Plus Day Screen SPF 40 $56 ($80 value). Oh dear I'm greedy and just what it all!!!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Starting Soon

This year's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale sale both in-store and online at 12:01am PST on Friday, July 18 and ends at 1:59pm PST on Sunday, August 3. However, many have already presaled (placed their orders) either online or at their Nordie store.

As you can expect the 150+ Nordstrom stores are crowded during the Anniversary Sale and the best merchandise goes fast. So make sure you leave extra time for shopping and don't forget it's first in best dressed! To avoid the crowds you can simply shop from home at! However, be prepared for slower response times on the Nordstrom site as there will also be a surge of online shoppers. Remember, pre-orders for Nordstrom's beauty exclusives are being accepted now!!

If you ask me the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of those don't miss sales. There's lots to shop and at prices that attract hordes of bargain-loving shoppers so you must not miss this great Nordstrom fashion event.

What I really like about Nordie is that as well as offering a big range of designer fashions and beauty products, this merchant stands behind everything that it sells and offers truly friendly and impeccable customer service. My returns have never been challenged.

So if you're a Nordie girl? Check out the online version of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog and get ready to bag something good!

PS. Nordstrom always has a great sunglasses selection on sale at the Anniversary Sale so I also suggest that you check out this year's Chloe, Dior, Fendi, Gucci and Oliver Peoples shades.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Can “Sex” be as Good Second Time Around?

Sex and the City | Carrie Bradshaw | Sarah Jessica Parker | Samantha Jones | Kim Cattrall | Charlotte York Goldenblatt | Kristin Davis | Miranda Hobbes | Cynthia Nixon Well after months of speculation the news is that HBO has announced that it is making a "Sex and the City" movie Sequel. In fact, it's already in the early stages of development.

When asked about the possibility of a Sex 2, Michael Lombardo, president of the HBO programming group, told reporters at the cable network's annual Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles today:


"There is enormous interest by Warner Bros. and New Line to do another Sex and the City and I think in fact they're trying to put that together now," said Michael Lombardo, HBO's President, Programming Group and West Coast Operations.

Sex and the City | Carrie Bradshaw | Sarah Jessica Parker | Samantha Jones | Kim Cattrall | Charlotte York Goldenblatt | Kristin Davis | Miranda Hobbes | Cynthia Nixon

What do you think about a "Sex and the City", movie sequel?

Can "Sex" be as good the second time around?

Do you want to see more of Mr Big?

Will Big and Carrie have a baby?

Friday, July 04, 2008

4th July Designer Sample Sales and More!

Sydney Los Angeles | Palm Beach Dress | Couture Candy Get 30% Off True Religion, Deener, Hank Vintage Threads, Sydney Los Angeles and Nina Swimwear at Couture Candy on July 4th. Simply enter code 04JULY2008 at the end of checkout. This offer ends midnight July 4th, 2008.

I like the Sydney Los Angeles Palm Beach mini dress in White and Black Paisley floral ($304) as shown here. The design features a palm tree motif and is made from lightweight silk cashmere blend giving the dress a luxurious feel. The low V-neck, slightly gathered sleeves, and cinched waistband give the dress a chic retro elegance. Great as a party dress worn with heels or pair it with sunglasses and flip-flops and head for the pool! Also check out the chic and sexy Sydney Los Angeles Sinclair Short available in Pearl Harbor Blue and Dawn White.

elle H boutique in Laguna Beach will be closed on Friday, July 4th however, you can save 25% on all full-priced merchandise on Saturday and Sunday. Visit elle H boutique online or at Laguna Beach, 1833 S. Coast Hwy at Pearl Street. Items that were sold for full price in the Laguna Beach store are now available at the elle H online boutique for at least 50% and up to 75% off!

Karen Walker | fitted a line shorts The Elizabeth Charles 4th July Weekend Designer Sale with everything including some of my fave designers at between 50% and 75% Off is also definitely worth a look! The Karen Walker, fitted a line shorts shown here are really chic.

Get up to 75% OFF plus free shipping on designer labels including 3.1 Phillip Lim. Ella Moss and Juicy Couture at the Ron Herman last weekend of summer sale.

Get 50% OFF all Sky Clothing and Yvette Mandell at Glam Girl Bourtique! But Hurry! Selection is based on inventory! New arrivals have just come in, get the latest styles while they last! This deal ends today, July 4th at midnight! Check out the cute Sky Clothing Halter Gem Neck Top in Brown and Creme.

Matches Fashion | YSL Tribute Platform Shoes This week Matches Fashion has some fantastic new arrivals from the Pre-AW08 collections! Choose Yves Saint Laurent's sky-high wooden wedge in Turquoise and with dark green brush stroke effect straps. Stunningly unusual, they're sure to add wow-factor to your outfit. Also check out the Zagliani luxurious taupe lizard designer handbag, beautifully soft with a relaxed shape. Pricey yes but it's fabulously designed for chic and glamour and will make an utterly stylish addition to any look. And with navy set to challenge the fashion world's adoration of black, why not pre-empt the trend in Lanvin's beautiful velvet dress. The side bow adds a feminine touch to this demure dress, a perfectly chic piece!

Happy Fourth and Save another 15% storewide this weekend at Le Train Bleu and with all Spring styles already at 50% off you save BIG at Le Train Bleu. Enter coupon code "firecracker" at checkout to get the extra 15% through Monday July 5th. For a sophisticated and chic look check out the Aunt Judy Dress. The style that is becoming Heidi Merrick's signature dress The entire dress is made of silk habutai, and fitted in the waist and shoulders.

Le Train Bleu | Aunt Judy Dress

Designer Samples Sale

Designer Expo NYC Samples Sale

Now if you're going to be in NYC and want the latest designer fashions at way below retail prices, then check out the Designer Expo NYC Sample Sale.  At this designer sample sale you'll find Jeans, Dresses, Handbags, Hats, Shoes, Tops, Shorts and Tattoo Wear from designer labels including 7 For All Mankind, Antik Denim, Taverniti, Ed Hardy and many more. There full time store is now open with two floors, for men and women full of the latest and hottest designer labels sold at 40-80% off!

Designer Expo NYC | Designer | Sample | Sale | Clothing | Shoes | Handbags | Jeans

New shipments arriving daily! All sizes available and try-ons are permitted.

Mon-Sat  11am - 7pm
Sun 12pm - 7pm
Designer Expo NYC
440 Broadway
Between Grand and Howard, SOHO, NEW YORK NY 10012

Directions: Take N/R/W train to Canal Street
Take No. 6 train to Spring St & Lafayette.

For more info visit Designer Expo NYC online.

S.O.S. Designer Samples Sale

With all items marked down 40% - 80% below retail prices the S.O.S. 4th of July SOHO designer clothing and denim Samples Sale is also one to check out. There's thousands of items in both men's and women's current designer denim and summer fashions including designer clothing, jeans, business wear as well as designer handbags and much, much, more! Check out some of the designers and pricing:

  • William Rast from $70 (they have hundreds of them!)
  • People's Liberation from $60
  • True Religion from $95
  • Citizen Skirts from $60
  • Joe's from $55
  • Antik from $95
  • Taverniti from $95
  • 575 from $45
  • Yanuk from $85
  • Genetic from $45
  • Designer Summer Dresses from $45 (hundreds in all different sizes!)
  • Charm & Luck Handbags $70

SOS Designer Sample SaleNew shipments will be coming in Daily and full fitting rooms are available for both men and women.

Women's sizes: 23 - 32 and XS - XL
Men's sizes:  28 - 42 and S - XXL

Dates & Times: Thurs. 7/03/08 through Sun. 7/06/08

Open from:  11am - 8pm daily

Location: 129 Prince St. (between Wooster & W. Broadway)
New York, NY 10012

Take the R train to the Prince St. stop on Broadway (just a couple of blocks away from the subway stop).

For more information visit SOS Sample Sales online.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Jewelry in the Sex and the City Movie

In the recent post "The Sex and the City (SATC) Movie and You!" I wrote that "if you ask me, it's the designer jewelry that has caught a lot of attention." Even while in the post Sex and the City, the Fashion Movie is here!, we wrote about the Sex and the City clothes,

Kristin Davis | Charlotte | Van Cleef & Arpels | Sex and the City | Designer | Jewelry

shoes, handbags and jewelry worn by the girls in the SATC movie, it was the jewelry that was the hot topic of conversation in the comments on that post. These comments were posted by those who had seen the movie, some more than once, and many were asking about the jewelry.

Charlotte's Jewelry in the Sex and the City Movie

Kristin Davis | Charlotte | Van Cleef & Arpels | Sex and the City | Designer | Jewelry In particular, many of the comments were about the gorgeous Sex and the City jewelry worn by Kristin Davis in her role as the demure, polished and understated Charlotte and it was EmG of Bloomsburg who got the ball rolling in the very first comment on this post by asking:

"I really would like to find out who makes the jewelry that Charlotte was wearing for several scenes in the movie. There was a necklace with three flowers, then earrings with two flowers linked vertically, and then earrings with just one flower. They all looked like they were from the same line. Any help would be great!"

Van Cleef & Arpels | Fleurette 2 drop earrings, white gold | Sex and the City | Designer | Jewelry Van Cleef & Arpels | Rose de Noel pendant/clip, large, white mother of pearl and diamonds | Sex and the City | Designer | Jewelry

Others including Kristy and Evelyn soon followed. Kristy also asked about the jewelry that Charlotte was wearing and added that:

"I definitely know that the necklace Charlotte was wearing in the scene where the girls are having lunch discussing "coloring" is from Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Sweet Collection."

Jennifer Fisher | Gold Heart and Diamond Necklace | Sex and the City | Designer | Jewelry Based on the interest I went out researching and came back with what I thought was Charlotte's necklace. But EmG didn't think that my find was on the money so I, like many others, went back to see the movie again, but this time I paid a lot more attention to the detail of the fashion, especially the jewelry in the movie. And don't you just pick up so much more when you see a movie a second time!

Other's joining the commentary also suggested that Charlotte is wearing a Jennifer Fisher NYC necklace but I think that this particular necklace being referred to is the gold heart and diamond necklace that she wears to honor the addition of her daughter to the family. The heart was monogrammed with an "L" and custom designed and made for the movie by Jennifer Fisher. However, after some further research, Kristy is certainly correct as the majority of Charlotte's character jewelry is by legendary French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels.

Van Cleef & Arpels Designer Jewelry in the Sex and the City Movie

Van Cleef & Arpels | Socrate pendant, white gold and diamonds | Sex and the And doesn't Van Cleef & Arpels just shine on “Charlotte York-Goldenblatt.” Van Cleef & Arpels provides the perfect accent pieces to complement her Upper East Side, girly yet romantic look.

Traditional diamond ear studs and classic diamond pieces reinforce Charlotte’s ladylike and sophisticated style, while the more playful “Sweet Alhambra” and Rose de Noel pendants match her evolved persona as a new mother and wife who still finds joy and meaning in time spent with her lifelong girlfriends.

Van Cleef & Arpels | Turquoise Butterfly Lucky Pendant | Sex and the City | Designer | Jewelry Van Cleef & Arpels | Sweet Alhambra white mother of pearl heart pendant | Sex and the City | Designer | Jewelry

The Van Cleef & Arpels fine jewelry collection featured in the SATC movie and pictured throughout this post includes:

  • Fleurette earstuds large, white gold
  • Fleurette 2 drop earrings, white gold
  • Sweet Alhambra white mother of pearl heart pendant and turquoise butterfly pendant (doubled on one chain)
  • Rose de Noel pendant/clip, large, white mother of pearl and diamonds
  • Socrate pendant, white gold and diamonds.
Van Cleef & Arpels | Large Fleurette studs | Sex and the City | Designer | Jewelry

Other Designer Jewelry in the Sex and the City Movie

Some of the other fine jewelry for the movie was made by Bismark, Carol Tannenbaum, Cartier, Chanel, Fred Leighton, H. Stern, Itay Malkin, Jacob & Co., Kenneth Jay Lane, Lia Sophia, Masha Archer, Mikomoto, Noir, Roberto Cavalli, Verdura and Yossi Harari.

If you do get the chance to see the movie again then I'm sure that you will like I did better appreciate the fine jewelry worn by the awesome foursome!

Don't forget the Sex and the City Giveaway Contest where you have a chance to win Sex and the City inspired bracelets by Nomination Italy and the book, Sex and the City The Movie written by Amy Sohn and published by Harper Collins.