Trunk Shows (7)

Clinking of glasses, a light chatter of excitement running through the room, racks and racks of pre-season collections just waiting to be worn. Trunk Shows are an amazing way to showcase upcoming collections, and can be very important parts of a brand or retailer's strategy. One retailer that I want to focus on today is particularly special, because trunk shows are the only thing they do.

Lyn Baan

Lyn Baan

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Suite 1521 is an exclusive private salon on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that hosts trunk shows from luxury designers, so clients can pre-order custom garments right off the runway. Sales representatives, or often the designer themselves, are present to meet with clients and help them create a personalized wardrobe from some of the best designer collections in the world. 

This form of showing and shopping is fantastic for both the retailer and the customer, because the customer gets an extraordinary level of customer service and access to extremely exclusive merchandise. Retailers, in return get a fiercely loyal customer base. 

I was lucky enough to have interned there in Spring 2016, and got to see these trunk shows in action (as well as try on some pretty amazing clothes!) and while this format of retailing might never be the most dominant form, it is definitely one with a lot of perks for those who can afford it! 

Le Brasserie Gabrielle (6)

A love letter from Karl to Paris, or at least a less cynical, more appreciative, view. For Fall 2015, CHANEL created a classic parisienne brasseire in which guests sipped cappuccinos and champagne, while models entered through revolving doors into the expansive cafe setting, adorned in an updated and slightly futuristic take on the classic CHANEL tweeds.

Models then sat and sipped at the center, looking as though discussing the latest gossip over an espresso, and gave a glimpse into 60's Paris brasseire culture. Models-dressed-as-waiters served the models-dressed-as-chic-french-girls all in a whirlwind of dish-clanging and the light click of cap-toed slingback pumps. 

Watch the entire show below!

Au Revoir,

Audra

The NYT Take On Milan Fashion Week (4)

With Milan Fashion Week at a close, NYT writer Vanessa Friedman reflects on some of the trends we saw from Italy's runways, while focusing on the interesting new motifs sent down by the classic Dolce & Gabbana. 

For silhouettes, Friedman noted big shoulders and high-waists at Salvatore Ferragamo, while Arthur Arbesser sent down trench coats and cavalry separates. Missoni favored simple tank dresses, which fell either at the ankles, or upper thigh. A few more silhouettes from the week included lace sheaths, full-skirted sundresses, and ruffled cotton shirting, plus majorette and pajama pantsuits! 

There were also a few standout details mentioned, such as gingham, floral and primary striped prints, and Swarvoski crystals "spun like sugar". D&G went with a "Tropico Italiano" theme, and threw in a crazy array of food prints such as a pizza slice, hard spaghetti, a bottle of olive oil, canned tomatoes, and a swimming fish.

The colors were also leaning towards a brighter palette, with apple-green jackets, sunshine yellows, iridescent trench coats, bright-red-and-blue cavalry separates, landscape shades and metallics, and blush notes throughout the week.

Finally, Friedman used a variety of interesting descriptions to capture Milan's collections, such as "the Vetements effect" to describe Salavatore Ferregamo's nod to 80's fashion, and "childhood uniforms" to describe Arbesser's checked suit separates. 

Read the full article HERE

xoxo,

Audra

Fall Trend Report: Neck Scarves (3)

My favorite accessory of the moment is no secret, and it's definitely catching on for the upcoming fall season! While it's a little hot out right now to be sporting a neck scarf (unless you're committed like myself and a few fashionistas I snapped) you'll definitely see them popping up in stores, and around people's necks soon!

First, while grabbing brunch with two of my old roommates, I noticed Soobin's gorgeous little knotted scarf (She's the most effortlessly stylish person alive) and had to take a picture for this post. It's so understated but adds interest to an all-black outfit!

Next, I went into a few Zara's to try and find people wearing scarves (yes, I felt insane walking around hunting for people in scarves) and while I only found one lady wearing one, they had a whole wall of silky gems just waiting! (and they we're only $13, SCORE!)

I can always count on my J.Crew co-workers to be on-trend, and everyone in the store, guys and gals alike, are obsessed with our new bandannas and silk scarves! Pop one on with a button down, sweater, T-shirt, anything!

xoxo,

Audra

5 Trends for Fall 2017 (2)

5 Trends for Fall 2017 (2)

Two of the coolest parts of going to FIT in New York are being able to see fashion week's runways and streetstyle firsthand, as well as having access to tons of fashion knowledge that the college pays for its students to have. With NYFW just passing, and fall seasons starting, I wanted to take the time to search out some of the trend forecasting sights and see not just what's trending for this current fall, but look ahead to whats coming next. It's much easier to splurge on that gorgeous pair of suede boots, or Italian silk scarf, when you know it will still be en vogue next season!

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5 Blogs You Should Be Following (1)

5 Blogs You Should Be Following (1)

Finding a really good blog that you can constantly read is a treasure, whether they're fashion, beauty, lifestyle, or career, there are blogs to suit every niche and interest! I follow my favorite blogs on Bloglovin' (their app is amazing) and check them every morning during breakfast, and usually before I go to bed. Here's a few of my favorite blogs and why I love them:

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