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Trend Watch: Ethnic Print

19 Sep

As Fashion Week NYC is coming to a close, the ladies of Masque and I have come together to share notes on the apparel from the fashion shows that we love, hate, and are still waiting the jury to come back with a decision on. 😀

Currently, I’m on a “trend watch” for a style that has been slowly creeping into mainstream fashion circuits: colorful, African print.  I personally love the style. It’s fun. It’s trendy. It’s versatile. And I don’t always have to match my accessories and shoes to the “T”. *sigh of relief*

Watching a Beyor a Rih Rih video may have introduced you to BOXING KITTEN. As seen in “Put It In a Love Song” and “Rude Boy”, respectively, the label on the rise is becoming more popular with every new season.  Solange, Alicia Keys, Fergie, DJ Rashida, Kelis, Estelle, and many other divas have donned Boxing Kitten and are doing it well. With a wide array of dresses, “onsies”, tops and bottoms to choose from, the brand has mastered making a traditional look into a modern fashion craze! Without sacrificing style and taste, this logotype is not going to fade away anytime soon.

This past week, the L.A.M.B 2011 Spring/Summer collection was introduced and many of the pieces compliment my “trend watch”. Clean cut, ready-to-wear tops, bottoms, and dresses screamed “buy me now!” as they floated down the runway.  L.A.M.B. totally understands the key to a bold fabric: pairing it with a simple garment or mixing and matching the patterned cloth with subtle patches.

At the NOLCHA fashion show, I met a young designer, Pacy KADIO-MOROKRO, who was showcasing her line, YALERRI. What captivated me was the intricate beads and sparkles that added just enough glam to the line.  Pacy explained to me that most of her pieces are hand woven and the detail that I admired were added by hand. We exchanged information, as we’re going to work with one another for my special order.  The main regret we had is that her official website has not been launched yet, however I will keep our readers posted when it’s up and running.

The only bad thing I can see about ethnic pieces is that they can become dated like parachute pants and big, curly hair. Either way, I’m going to follow this trend and embrace it because I love it!

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Nail Color of the Week: My Old Flame

16 Sep

Whenever you’re in the mood for classic and sultry, Deborah Lippmann’s My Old Flame is the way to go.  I found myself a little stumped when trying to decide what hue would make me smile this week and after the image of a true red popped into my head, I automatically went for My Old Flame. A true red is so versatile: it is for any age and any season. Always in and always sexy, be sure to My Old Flame one of your new favorites!

Sale Alert: Pop-up Plus

14 Sep

From 9/16 to 9/26, take advantage of 25 to 40 percent off at the Pop-up Plus sale in Brooklyn. Plus-size womenswear by Michael Kors, DKNY, Ralph Lauren will be yours for the taking, at a discounted price.

Visit the Pop-up Plus sale on Thursday, 9/16, from 12 – 9pm for the Curvy Girl Preview, presented by Pop-up Plus and Body by Brooklyn. Get the Metropolitan Green to increase your chance to receive a VIP spa pass to Body by Brooklyn’s “Wet Lounge”, once you’ve spent $150 or more.

We’ll be dropping by after the One Stop Plus Show tomorrow!

Visit Store: 439 Metropolitan Ave., nr. Marcy Ave., Williamsburg; daily (noon–9).

Dr. Scholl’s Fast Flats: The Doctor Is In!

14 Sep

We’ve been celebrating Fashion Week in NYC and boy do our feet hurt!

Luckily for us, before hitting the tents we checked in with the doctor – Dr. Scholl’s that is. He has a new accessory must-have that we did not catch on the runway. Essentially for the ladies who can not resist wearing their 4+ inch heels throughout a long day. Dr. Scholl’s new Fast Flats is here to give you a break from those 6 hour stilettos.

Fast Flats are flexible and discreet. They are easy to fold into your clutch or will take up close to zero space in the glove compartment of your car for emergencies. You can buy a pair with the accompanying wristlet online for about $10, or at most drug and mass retailers nationwide. Only available in woman’s sizes 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10.

We suggest having more than one pair as a precaution for those days when you just can’t take another step in your favorite pair of pumps.

Popluxe by Richie Rich S/S 2011

13 Sep

Such an entertaining show! Ballerinas, violinists and tons of glitter balanced assless chaps, drag queens, and Ellen Degeneres.  Inspired by his muse, pop singer Kristine Elezaj, Rich uses beautiful ballerinas set the stage while Caitlin Moe and DJ Mia Moretti really got the show pumping. Our favorite from Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Jujubee, even stomped down the runway! The vintage feminine frocks were a nod to the victorian era, with ruffles and rosettes galore. Capped off with to-die-for shoes, this show was truly a party. It’s a must-see!

Mia Moretti Violinist Caitlin Moe and DJ Mia Moretti perform on the runway at the Richie Rich Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2010 in New York City.

Violinist Caitlin Moe with DJ Mia Moretti

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The girls of Coco & Breezy! Love their couture eyewear as always!

Naima Mora of America’s Next Top Model fame was stunning! Such a beautiful and warm personality.

This cute little girl was a fashion writer, and she’s only 11 years old! If anyone knows who she is, please let us know!

Scallywag & Vagabond did an excellent piece on this show, check it out here.

MASQUE Out & About: Fabsugar + MBFW

13 Sep

What’s sugary sweet and fashionable to beat?

The MASQUE girls took some down time from all the Fashion Week hysteria to catch some R&R will the women of FabSugar. At 632 on Hudson, we dipped into a candy bar, had some cotton candy and delicious Sofia champagne while the DJ spun tunes. We even watched as women got glam courtesy of Bobbi Brown and coifed courtesy of Sally Hershberger Downtown.

The event was hosted at the Elizabeth and James Pop-Up Shop. Such functional and fun clothing!

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Fashion’s Night Out NYC 2010!

13 Sep

In case you’re dead or seriously just came back from a part of the world where the only inhabitants were sheep, here’s a newsflash: September 9th was the beginning of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Friday, September 10, was the public’s introduction to the Week with Fashion’s Night Out, a celebration of fashion and all it’s accompaniments.  FNO is a mix of events, promotions, and introductions of a new products not limited to strictly fashion but incorporating food, music, and general fun.

Some of the Masque gang and friends went exploring NYC starting in the Meat Packing District, wandering to Bloomingdale’s and then back down to Soho to end the night. Here’s a little of what went down:

We started at Pop Burger (Ninth Ave between 14th and 15th) where Dev the Fabulous and Bossman Kelly were already chowing down. I came in just before our friend Jess and after a few more moments of chit chat, we were off and running.

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Spotted: Molly Vu of LoweFactor

10 Sep

Molly Vu, a Fashion News Contributor for LoweFactor, was spotted at the Spring Shoes Launch Event looking beautiful in a flirty out-on-the-town dress.

We must say, she has impeccable taste in shoes!

Mercedes Benz Fall Fashion Week

10 Sep

We’re out taking in all the Spring/Summer 2011 Collections have to offer so we can come back and report to you. Be back soon!

If you see us around town, be sure to stop us and say hello 🙂

Gilt goes Editorial!

9 Sep

One of our favorite shopping stops by noon, Gilt Groupe, is putting a new spin on things. They’re taking top trends for fall and making them shoppable with their new theme-based sales, starting September 10th and continuing every Friday throughout the season (all sales commence at 12pm ET).

Tomorrow, they’re launching with one of the hottest trends right now – military inspiration. Says Gilt of the trend:

Get dressed in a uniform of Army greens, dusty khakis and stylish boots (whether you go rugged in flats or sexy in stilettos is up to you). This look is great because it’s so versatile: the color palette is neutral so it works with all skin tones, and the slouchy silhouettes flatter every body type. Plus, who couldn’t use more compartments and pockets for an extra lip gloss or iPhone? Truly utilitarian, this style is on its way to becoming a classic. Need more? Classic nylon trench coats pair with woven dresses and low-heeled sleek boots. Bold hardware dresses up plush leather handbags. And the jewelry selection refuses to go unnoticed, ranging from multi-strap leather bracelets to a gunmetal barbed wire necklace.

They’ll be featuring brands like:

Allegri
Daryl K
Lorick
Sea
Morgane le Fay
Vera Wang Lavender Label
Flutter
Bijules
Alexander Wang
Camilla Skovgaard
Bally
Modern Vintage

Tomorrow, Gilt is also hosting a Stand Up To Cancer shoe sale, where 5% of the net proceeds will go to Stand Up To Cancer to help raise awareness and fund cancer research. Shop coveted brands including Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Guillaume Hinfray, Casadei and much more by registering for Gilt at www.gilt.com/standup.

Head over to Gilt tomorrow and happy shopping! Fashion’s Night Out is tomorrow 🙂