Fashion & Finance Friday!

Polar Vortex and unlimited snow storms will not lessen the level of AWESOMENESS that accompanies Friday!!!!!!!!!!!

OOOH LALA!  Paris Fashion Week has begun and so far so fabulous!  Lanvin delivered reversecommuter’s current favorite collection for Fall 2014, with a sea of luxury, fur, satin and predominantly all in navy blue (my favorite color!!).

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Alber Elbez designs are oozing with sex appeal, feminine grace and the structure of a true Parisian fashion house.  Purrrrr!

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Isabel Marant brought forth a Mayan influenced patterned in knitwear, as well as military green – which interestingly is quite the trend across most runways for Fall 2014.

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H&M delivered it’s very first PFW show and it was rockstar clothing appropriate with plumes of ostrich feathers, lots of leather, studs and thigh-high boots.  Fingers crossed these looks are readily available!

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Nicholas Ghesquiere’s inaugural show for Louis Vuitton is scheduled for March 5th, and noone is getting to him before that – la maison du Vuitton est tres calme (which means “quiet” not “calm” in French!!).

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reversecommuter is SO curious to see this collection, as Balenciaga’s loss of Nicholas was one that I felt personally!

Chill the champs for Sunday’s Oscars – the red carpet is a fashion watching must that is best accompanied with bubbles!

xo reversecommuter

Confessions…

reversecommuter has a confession to make…

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I really love stonewashed linen.

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Bedding, curtains…

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table linens, cushions…

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even a simple robe to wear while enjoying the morning coffee.

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A couple of my favorite sources (mainly European) are Ibeco, and H&M (believe it or not the retail behemoth offers amazing quality linens!!).  Click the blue to go shopping!

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Oh, on the topic of confessions….

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reversecommuter has temporarily escaped the snow, and is warming up at the beach (where the internet connection is sketchy at best!).

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Hot Diggity it’s Friday in the Summer!

Vince is the next designer that is thinking of becoming a publicly traded company, and the plans to expand Vince’s retail presence is proof.  NYC is now home to a flagship Vince store that is over 3000 square feet – that is a lot of Vince!

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GREAT NEWS!   H&M has decided to re-enlist David Beckham to sell their undies with a new Fall campaign.  Here is a sneak peek at what every 38 year old man’s abs should/could look like.

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photo courtesy of Getty Images

Joe Fresh is launching Joe Fresh Kids in all 700 J C Penny stores, and the kick off was putting up an orange grove in Times Square.  It was very orange, and executives at beleaguered J C Penny have their fingers crossed that lots of people will buy Joe Fresh Kids – not only to increase the charity donations directed at school focused causes but also to rally the stock!

Live large this weekend and dress spectacularly!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday!

T.G.I.F!!!!

Go Canada!!!!  Sak’s Inc. has been purchased by Hudson’s Bay Co.  As mentioned on reversecommuter (click here for the original post), Hudson’s Bay Co. went public in October 2012, and I really thought it was a good purchase – now that little Canadian stock will have both Lord & Taylor and Sak’s within it’s bundle!

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Sak’s Inc. was purchased for a modest (!!) 2.4 BILLION, and according to my husband we definitely contributed to that price tag – funny, isn’t he?  🙂

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H&M USA is now an online e-tailing machine (took you long enough!!!!).  Launched on Thursday August 1st the website offers online shopping but there are some restrictions – namely free delivery BUT shipping on returns is not.   Also, returning merchandise to the store is not allowed.  Click here to try it out!

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Bryan Boy (I seriously heart this fabulous Canadian fashion machine – I like to think of us as kindred Cnd Fashionistas!) is one of the judges for the social media campaign created to celebrate the US launch of H&M’s e-commerce site, H&M’s 50 States of Fashion – click the blue to read all the details.  Click a pic of you in your fave H&M purchase, post it on Instagram with the hashtag #HMShopOnlineNY.  You could win $1000 shopping spree at H&M and a trip to NYC for Fashion Week!  WHOOP WHOOP!!!!!!

Enjoy the weekend – dress up in something ridiculously fab, squeeze the ones you love and raise a glass of champs to all that makes you happy!

xo reversecommuter

Got Knots?

Tangled?

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How about a solution for under $10?  

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This is the Wet Brush and it totally works.  Click here to buy one.

Great hair is absolutely fashionable!

 

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After great response from the $12 H&M pants (click the blue to revisit), I decided to introduce another FAB find for under $20  🙂

 

 

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Hot tamales, it’s FINALLY Friday!!!!!!

Isabel Marant (la belle fille of all gorgeous boho-chicness) has announced a new capsule collection with H&M.  If you put your ear to the ground you can hear the line-ups forming already!

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Resort Collections are being unveiled right now – apparently a majority of the designers presenting are in DIRE need of a vacation themselves – and their drab & dreary fashions are proof!  Marc Jacobs thinks browns, deep reds and tweed is all a gal needs to pack for a winter escape to the sun.

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Balenciaga managed to put a smile on my face and make me start dreaming of where to wear 2014 Resort Wear (amazing when you consider Alexander Wang’s Resort Collection was meh at best).

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Burberry also nailed it – DELICIOUSNESS ABOUNDED throughout the entire Resort Collection.

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Speaking of Burberry, are you ready to pucker up and send kisses care of Burberry & Google?  Google’s helping Burberry break internet sales & advertising barriers, in a REALLY cool way!  Burberry’s ad campaign is dubbed “Art, Copy & Code”, and the Burberry Kiss is the initial offering.  Click here to set up your smoocher to be “mailed” to your sweetie.  You kiss the screen, enter your info, enter who the smooch is going to, and then you get to watch a fantastic world map swirl around during the delivery.  It is such a fun little exercise – perfect for a Friday!

Happy Smooch-filled, fantastically fashionable weekend!!!!

xo reversecommuter

$12 Pants & Alexander McQueen

No lie.  $12 H&M pants.

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Topped with my current favorite white button down, a thick collared Alexander McQueen.

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In a salute to Sharon Stone, the queen of High/Low Fashion – at the 1996 Oscar’s she wore a black Gap turtleneck with a Valentino skirt, and at the 1998 Oscar’s she donned a Vera Wang skirt and a Gap button down (that she borrowed from her husband’s closet!!).

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Kind of empowering to mix it up and respect the budget too!

Pep(lum) in your Step!

Peplum.

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Not going anywhere soon.   This lovely is in leather by Jason Wu.

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reversecommuter has been to three trunk shows for Fall 2013 so far this Spring and Jonathan Simkhai, Veronica Beard and Yigal Azrouel are all presenting peplum.  Click the blue word to see more on the designers.

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This top of mine is from Spring 2012, from H&M, and was clearly a great purchase, at $50. LOVE THAT!

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Happy French Toast Friday!  (that is how we roll in my house!)

PFW (Paris Fashion Week) has begun and the masters are delivering!

First up, Rocha

Balenciaga – OHEMGEE WHAT A COLLECTION!!

Lanvin (tuxedo inspired gorgeousness)

H&M is going the way of Aldo and opening up “Other Stories” – shops that sell accessories such as shoes, jewelry, handbags, cosmetics as well as some clothing, all at a little bit of a higher price point than the existing H&M stores.  The design team will be based in Paris – this could be good!

H&M has announced (again) that it will not introduce e-commerce until late 2013 (when they might again push back the date…..).  This isn’t hard to comprehend considering the enormity of their inventory and how ofter it changes – the web team at H&M will be working around the clock!

Dress up, go out & have a Happy Weekend!

XO reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday!

F-R-I-D-A-Y!!!!!!!!!!!!

H&M is going Big in the Big Apple.  Really Really BIG!  The Swedish retailer has announced plans for a new flagship, their biggest store in the world.  It will be a 57,000 square foot store!  5th and 48th will be transformed into H&M corner, the store will offer 6 floors of merchandise – that is a lot of shopping potential!  And this H&M will sell their home collection as well as clothing, (click the blue to peruse).

DVF has brought in a big gun!  Joel Horowitz (former Tommy Hilfiger business partner and CEO) as co-chairman of Diane von Furstenberg.  Industry insiders suspect that the reasoning behind this addition is that an IPO (Initial Public Offering) is in the future.  What this means is that DVF may become a publicly traded company – reversecommuter wonders if the ticker DVF is available?

Speaking of Diane von Furstenberg, her husband, UBER BUSINESS MOGUL Barry Diller’s former company, HSN (Home Shopping Network) is celebrating it’s 35th birthday.  HSN rakes in over $3 BILLION annually in sales – that is a lot of tv watching!!!

reversecommuter had the pleasure of working with HSN a few years ago and it is the most incredible operation.  Located in St. Petersburg, FLA, the compound resembles a Hollywood movie set and is unlike anything else.  Everyone gets around on go carts, there is product storage warehouses the size of condo buildings, and the level of professionalism was truly inspirational!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HSN!

Have a SENSATIONAL weekend!

XO reversecommuter