Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Well, I know that 'technically' we're in the beginning of Spring but  the cold rain/sleet/snow falling out of the sky in NYC doesn't do much to solidify that notion.  Nonetheless, we're going to 'keep keeping on' and won't allow ourselves to get bogged down by the weather.  With that said, I'm going to try to entice you with some nice, uplifting Springtime treats!

First off, The CFDA announced their 2011 nominees this week.  We'll be watching to see who is actually awarded the "Oscar" of the fashion industry during the June ceremony.  For now,  here's the full list of nominees:

·  Womenswear Designer of the Year: Alexander Wang, Jake McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, and Marc Jacobs
·  Menswear Designer of the Year: Michael Bastian, Simon Spurr, and Patrik Ervell
·  Accessory Designer of the Year: Alexander Wang, Jake McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, and Reed Krakoff
·  Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Joseph Altuzarra, Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen, and Prabal Gurung
·  Swarovski Award for Menswear: Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim, and Robert Gellar
·  Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Alejandro Ingelmo, Eddie Borgo, Jason Wu, and Pamela Love
·  The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Marc Jacobs.
·  The Fashion Icon Award will be presented to Lady Gaga.
·  The International Award will go to Phoebe Philo of Celine.

Speaking of the CFDA, 2007 Inductee Rachel Roy has been making quite a splash this week with both FLOTUS and Halle Berry "Killing 'Em" in Roy's frocks. 
Check out the hauteness....

Mz. MSB wore this dress first (and better I may add) but FLOTUS is still stunning in it!

Let's move on with Spring Sample Sales & Specials:

As you know, the Hermes sale started TODAY  but in my opinion, the real deals will come about at the David Yurman sample sale starting in NYC tomorrow March 24th thru Sunday March 28th.   The 'word on the street is that you'll be able to grab items (including children's jewelry and sunglasses) from 30%-70% off.  You can expect to find 30% off silver, 40% off gold and a few cases cases of items for 60% and 70% off.   I am definitely a fan!
David Yurman Sample Sale
Thursday, March 24 to Sunday, March 28
Thurs 3pm to 8pm, Fri & Sat 10am to 7pm, Sun 11am to 5pm
The Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street.

P.S.- Don't forget that Dolce & Gabanna also runs from tomorrow through Sunday! 

In the world of Collaborations:

As of April 4th, Piperlime will launch a series of exclusive collaborative collections with Beyond Vintage, Ella Moss, Rachel Pally, and Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent.  Each designer will contribute up to ten pieces with prices strarting at $90.   

The Matthew Williamson for Macys line has been revealed.  I must say, I'm not impressed..... His line for H&M was MUCH better and MUCH more representative of his main line.  Alas, here are a couple of pieces that I consider the 'stars' of the collection.  I am NOT, however, inspired to brave the Macy's masses in order to partake.....

Hi/Lo Comps:

Oldie but goodie, Filene's Basement, has received a rather impressive shipment of Missoni and D&G merchandise at incredible prices!  The Madison Avenue Spy has spotted amazing markdowns at both the Upper Westside and Union Square locations.    I say it's time for a trip to Filene's!

Back a few issues ago, I posted a few items that were real 'steals'  in their own right..... now look how good they look against their more expensive 'look-a-likes":  

Alexander McQueen "Samurai" Platform heel @ $1375


Report Signature "Calyer" in black for $265

Lanvin Red Trench for $1980


Norma Kamali for Walmart Red Trench $25

Jaime Wolf Bisou Ring @ Barneys NY for $3400


Forever 21 'Statement Piece' Necklace $9.80

Picks of the Day:
Ok, it's Spring, right? And a girl can dream, right?
Please, check out these 'To Die For' Brian Atwoods.  Retailing for $3,800 (no-that is NOT a typo) at Colette Paris, these are the ultimate shoe to literally put 'Spring on/in your step'!

While scanning the other shoe offerings at Colette, I came across these Alberto Guardiani 'Lipstick Heels' for a 'mere' $400 (well, compared to the $3,800 Atwoods, how else do I describe this price??? ).  These shoes may come off a bit kitschy but someone, somewhere will pull them off (Rhianna or Katy Perry I bet!). 

 Now, for some more 'affordable' picks of the day, check out what I found trolling the 'net this week that is a bit more 'pocket friendly':

Coral Necklace by Mango for $45

Forever 21 "Tribal" necklace for $14.80

Robert Rodriguez Leather/Knit Dress on sale @ various sites for around $250

Diane Von Furstenburg Wrap JUMPER (wow- never seen a romper version of the infamous wrap dress!) on sale at Saks for $288

Well, as you all know, I gave up 'shopping' for Lent but as a friend pointed out to me, I'm still basically 'shopping' for the blog although I'm not 'buying' so she said that I should have given up "BUYING" for Lent rather than "SHOPPING".  Either way, it hurts like the dickens but trust that I do have some of these items 'saved' in my on-line shopping carts  so that I can go BUCK WILD on Easter Sunday (provided my pocket allows such madness).



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