October has been an exciting month for Ralph Lauren, and it was gotten even more so with the opening of their newest flagship on Madison Ave.
The 22,000 square foot store is four stories high and reminiscent of the grand Beaux-Arts architecture of the early 20th Century. It stands as the feminine counterpart to the Men’s flagship across the avenue in the historic Rhinelander Mansion as it is dedicated to the Women’s and Home collections. It also features the Company’s first domestic Watch & Jewelry Salon.
The flagship offers Ralph Lauren Collection, Women’s Black Label, Blue Label, Double RL, RLX Ralph Lauren and Home, along with a range of exclusive products including Fine Jewelry, Made-To-Measure Women’s Suiting and Collection Sleepwear.
Be sure to check out the brand new flagship yourself located on 888 Madison Avenue (at 72nd St). For more Ralph Lauren, visit ralphlauren.com.
Rachel Roy is definitely someone who knows how to leverage their talent and influence to help people who cannot easily help themselves. She has designed a collection as a part of her Rachel Rachel Roy line called Fairwinds, which is dedicated to creating jobs for women in Africa. The collection features pieces crafted by artisans such as a handmade clutch from Tanzania and beaded earrings from Rwanda.
Rachel Roy said on her site, “My goal is to help women find independence through creating jobs. The opportunity to work, for these women, is crucial to helping them find a sense of freedom in their lives.”
I met Rachel Roy at the L.e.i. Model Citizens event in the spring and it was very clear during our interview that she has a deep and sincere desire to help people, especially suffering women in Africa. Rachel talked about how inspired she was by one woman she met (the specific country escapes me at the moment) who ran a small sewing operation outside of her home. Rachel said that she wanted to help and empower women like that. She didn’t mention Fairwinds at the time – I actually found out about the collection last night! It is so inspirational and refreshing for me to see Rachel Roy actually practicing what she preached. Sales from her Fairwinds collection goes to enhancing an artisan family’s nutrition, children’s education, access to healthcare and dignity.
Image credits: rachelroy.com
There has been a strong push for minimalism on the runways for the S/S 2011 season, and Andy & Debb’s collection could not fit in better with the movement. The Korean design couple created sleek pieces with clean lines, distinct shapes and charming details.
Much of the detailing were inspired by home decor, which translated very well onto the clothing – “picture frame” jacket, “latticework” sheath and a “chandelier” blouse.
Ivory organza and satin sheath with black satin bias “Latticework” overlay
Cream silk georgette drop shoulder “Chandelier” blouse paired with black crepe structured side pocket skirt
Black silk and wool zibeline “Picture Frame” jacket with matching skirt
Silk crepe “Decalcomania” open back sheath. If you have never heard of decalcomania, think back to art class when you put paint on a piece of paper and you folded it in half to create a cool, amorphous but symmetrical shape that you could either press onto another piece of paper or T-shirt. That technique is an example of decalcomania.
Visit andyndebb.com to see more from the design duo.
Image credits: WWD.com
I did a breast cancer awareness entry last week so I was going to focus on another cause today, but I have learned about so many fantastic BCA/fashion collabs this past week in lieu of BCA Month, I had to cover them. As you read on, I hope you are inspired to learn more and support these amazing initiatives.
Image courtesy of Fragments
Nancy Bacich has designed a gorgeous two tone pink and gunmetal chain wrap bracelet that will be sold exclusively at SoHo jewelry boutique, Fragments. 100% of the profits will go to Women at Risk, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women with or at risk for breast cancer through research, education and support. The Nancy Bacich bracelet will be sold through October on Fragments.com and in-store at their SoHo boutique located 116 Prince St.
Image courtesy of Lauren Merkin
Lauren Merkin has created a limited edition pink Diana clutch in studded lambskin and Swarovski crystals. For the month of October, 50% of proceeds from this bag will be donated to the Youth Survival Coalition, a nonprofit organization that works with survivors, caregivers and numerous communities to increase the quality and quantity of life for women diagnosed with breast cancer aged 40 and under. This clutch can be found on laurenmerkin.com.
Image courtesy of Purple Lab
Now that we have the accessories covered, we now move onto beauty. Double duty beauty brand, Purple Lab, has partnered with the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation for the second year in a row to launch SWAC (Sealed With A Cure). SWAC is infused with health boosting and immune system enhancing ingredients such as vitamins, antioxidants and anti-aging peptides. The color of the lip gloss shown is called Nancy, named after Nancy Block-Zenna, the woman whose life inspired her friends to launch the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. 20% of the proceeds will go to the foundation. SWAC can be found on purplelabnyc.com.
Image credit: ralphlauren.com
You can’t have “Fashion for Charity” without the fashion. This fall, Polo Ralph Lauren celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Pink Pony – the Company’s global initiative to raise awareness and funds in support of the fight against cancer. Launched in 2000, the Pink Pony Fund supports programs for cancer screening, early diagnosis, treatment, research and patient navigation.
This year, Polo Ralph Lauren launched their first global Pink Pony Online Auction in partnership with charitybuzz. The auction showcases over 200 unique items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including front row seats to the Ralph Lauren F/W 2011 show, a meeting with LeBron James, and a weekend in Ralph Lauren’s villa in Jamaica. 100% of net proceeds from this auction will benefit the Pink Pony Fund of The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation. The online auction began October 1st and will run through October 21st at charitybuzz.com/RalphLauren. Learn more about the Pink Pony Fund on ralphlauren.com.
Image credit: CFDA.com
Fashion Targets Breast Cancer® (FTBC) is a charitable initiative of the Council of Fashion Designers of America/CFDA Foundation that aims to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. The organization pulls support from every area of the fashion industry – including designers, leading retailers, models, celebrities, and photographers.
Its latest initiative was the Nine West’s Runway Relief Program, which enlisted top fashion models such as Coco Rocha, Jessica White, Michelle Alves and Lisalla Montenegro, to wear a limited edition Nine West boot. These boots were equipped with a tracker that kept count of how many steps each model took while going from castings and fittings to events. Each step taken in the boot equaled a pre-determined monetary amount that Jones/ Nine West will donate directly to FTBC. Learn more about FTBC and how you can support on CFDA.com. Oh and fun fact: The FTBC name and symbol were created by Ralph Lauren.
Check back next Tuesday for more do-good Fashion for Charity coverage!
I love Disney princess everything. I think I was one in my previous life, in fact. If I was able to go back, I would bring with me these Kate Spade glitter shoes – the heels for the ball and the flats for the pumpkin ride back.
Kate Spade Charm Glitter Slingbacks
Kate Spade Nell Flats
Yes, I love my leather, biker boots, studded belts and all that edgy glory. But there is no denying my immovable love for pink, glitter and bows – and these Kate Spade shoes could not be more up my alley.
I stated in my About section that I have a larger goal for my blogging and writing, and that is to use these outlets to support good causes, highlight amazing charities and promote social justice.
Fortunately, there have been plenty of fashion for charity projects to write about. I devoted an entire week to focus on these initiatives, but I don’t think that was enough. So I have decided to implement “Fashion for Charity Tuesdays” and devote each Tuesday to highlight a charity or good cause. I hope sincerely that you will be on board with this one because I am excited about it.
My first Fashion for Charity post this Tuesday is about Lauren Pink. Lauren Pink is a new line of sportswear created exclusively for Lord & Taylor by Polo Ralph Lauren in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A portion of Lauren Pink sales will benefit the Pink Pony Fund and RL Cancer Center.
How you can support this initiative beyond sales:
This Thursday will be the Lauren Pink launch event at the Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue flagship, co-hosted by Polo Ralph Lauren. If you show up wearing pink that day on the 5th floor, Lord & Taylor will donate $5 to the Pink Pony Fund. If you check into the event on Foursquare that evening, Lord & Taylor will donate another $5. Lord & Taylor will donate $5 a third time if you complete a trivia game. That’s an easy $15 contribution.
Details of the event:
Location: Fifth floor of the Lord & Taylor Fifth Ave flagship
I’ll be at the event to support the initiative and I hope to see you there!
The highlight of NYFW this season for me was the opportunity to be personally styled by famed stylist Lori Goldstein. Lori styled fashion bloggers with pieces from her LOGO Instant Chic line at the QVC popup shop. She had just finished styling the Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang shows at Fashion Week and has worked with some of fashion’s favorite icons so I was really excited to see her working her magic firsthand.
First off, it was amazing to have one-on-one time with Lori and have her personally provide fashion tips. Second, Lori works quickly and decisively – she definitely knows how to do “instant chic.” She gave me one look and knew right away to give me a turquoise stone bracelet, a multicolored bejeweled ring, and a Iris-colored top with flower appliqué and chiffon trimming. The end result was great – I loved it! The other bloggers looked fantastic as well.
I first met Lori at Bryant Park last season, and I was blown away by how down-to-earth and amazing she was. That interview is one of my favorite moments as a fashion blogger. Read the post read here.
Shop the entire LOGO Instant Chic line on QVC.com. She has so many great pieces – you won’t be disappointed.
Naeem Khan is one designer who I had the pleasure of meeting in person. I met him when I worked as assistant to Tim Gunn on his late makeover show on Bravo TV. Naeem Khan was a designer guest and yours truly had the privilege of offering him some Starbucks (hey, we all start somewhere). He politely declined though Tim wanted an iced black tea lemonade :) Anyway, this is all to say that since I have met the man, I have been rooting for him and was sincerely happy when he had his Obama moment. And was sincerely happy again when he received a standing ovation after his S/S 2011 runway show.
What I love about Khan is his craftsmanship. As usual, there were plenty of beautifully and intricately beaded/embroidered/sequined pieces in Khan’s signature opulence. What was particularly smart about this collection was Khan had in mind where his core clientele would be traveling to in the warmer months and designed beautiful evening wear and caftans appropriate for that group. But he also had a few pieces that were fit for the young socialite going on a glamourous Bali adventure with her #GG clique.
There were some red carpet worthy dresses as well. One piece in particular that left my mouth agape was a white column with ostrich feathers sweeping the floor. It was quite magnificent and hope very much it will get the attention it (and Khan) deserves.
To view the rest of the collection, visit style.com.
Image credits: style.com