Fashion & Finance Friday

Greetings fabulous Friday!  Love it when you get here so quickly!

Louis Boston, only bastion of fashion in the city of Boston, just announced that after 85 years and three generations of Greenberg leadership, will close it’s doors July 2015.

reversecommuter is heart broken.

Debi Greenberg has an incredible eye for talent within the fashion world.  Boston was beyond lucky to have her store situated here, as were the customers – and yes, no huge surprise she is a bit of a fashion industry icon for reversecommuter!

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She single handedly broke the city’s reputation as being somewhat fashion challenged.  Whatever will up and coming talents do when hoping to find a buyer with a trained eye and natural instinct for incredible fashion?

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Just ask Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler and Jonathan Simkhai what Debi and Louis Boston did for their careers when first launching their lines.

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Today is a really bleak day for Boston fashion.

What do Palm Beach and Minnesota have in common in April?  Certainly not weather.  Answer: Lily Pulitzer is partnering up with Target for a 250 piece collection of clothing and housewares, dropping April 19.

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Would the grand lady of pink & green palm tree shifts be excited about this?  reverse commuter thinks not.

10 years and counting – adidas by Stella McCartney Spring 2015 will be a big gorgeous birthday of loveliness (yes, I am excited!).

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Look at what this brilliant British rock royalty designer does to workout wear!

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Start saving those pennies because the better the outfit the harder you workout – that is my purchasing excuse and please don’t try to put holes in it!  Click here on January 15th to get the new collection!

Get outside, ignore the weather and enjoy the weekend!  Winter boots, skinny jeans, thick turtleneck sweater and a camel coat – walk into your favorite brunch spot, order a flute of pink champagne and pretend it is summer!

xo reversecommuter

Ms. Bad Manners

Long hair worn down after the age of 25?!?

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Kirsty Hume British Vogue

Hell Yeah!!!!!!!!

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Ms Manners has her opinion…

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“Fashion has retained the essence of the old-fashioned custom of a lady’s putting up her hair on reaching maturity by frequently assuring women that short hair is more flattering and more appropriate than long to anyone over twenty-five.”

Oy.

Or not…

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Kirsty Hume British Vogue

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Greetings & Salutations to the Weekend!!!!!

Timing is everything!  Yes, reversecommuter got to take camel selfies and shop at Chanel in Dubai in April, but I completely botched the opportunity to attend the 2014 Chanel Cruise Collection held in Dubai on May 13th.  

 

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Camel Selfie!

The CHA CHA appreciative Dubai audience was appropriately quilted, double C jewelry and bel adorn, and there were also a few black abayas, scarved heads (Chanel scarves obvi!), and some Keffiyehs scattered amongst the audience sitting upon pillows on the ground of the most glamorous tent ever created complete with indoor palm trees and shishas!

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The fashion seemed perfectly tailored for the U.A.E. crowd, with veils, Chanel’s diamond encrusted crescent moon hair clips, gold lamè pants, the obligatory fabulous tweed, pearl dotted quilted bags and sunglasses and oodles of Kurta pajama inspired skinny pants.

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Chanel’s 2014 Cruise collection (available in October fyi!), went far beyond beautiful – it was like watching a magical performance of Alladin meets Lawrence of Arabia, complete with the best transe filled soundtrack. King Karl said that Dubai is “…interesting and exciting…the modern thought of the world… mix of the old world and the new world…it is the 21st Century Chanel.  Dubai is the home of the tallest buildings in the world, it was time for an Oriental revival.”  BRAVO KING KARL!!

 

Rumor on the money street is that there may be a takeover in the works for Lululemon.  The yoga pant machine has been suffering with low stock price, bumbling ex-CEO quotes insulting the curvaceous qualities of Lulu’s army of size 12+ devotees, and a couple of falsely labelled bamboo/not-bamboo pants headlines.  

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Some potential interested parties include NIKE, V.F. (as in Splendid, Ella Moss, Wrangler…) and even Columbia Sportswear.    Goes without saying this fashion blogger is doing a happy dance over the potential demise of the company responsible for the SINGLE WORST fashion trend to fall upon our society!  Toodles everyday lazy uniform of yoga pants, hello sportswear for sports!

Bellinis for everyone at least once this weekend!

xo reversecommuter

 

Chanel’s diamond encrusted crescent moon hair clips

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Ay Karumba it is finally Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

net-a-porter (reversecommuter’s absolute fave website in the universe) has launched THE most fabulous fashion magazine, Porter.
Gorgeous Gisele is gracing the first cover, and it hits newsstands today!

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But if you download the app “I Am Porter”, you might just give her a run for her money!

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Mercedez Benz Fashion Week is ON! Day 2 will bring Nicole Miller, Rebecca Minkoff, and Charlotte Ronson. Saturday delivers Jill Stuart, Herve Leger, Monique LHuiller and Sunday offers up DKNY, Leila Rose, and Diane Von Furstenberg. Most of these shows are streaming live, or at the very least go to Style.com to see the stills.

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Happy Weekend!
Slap on an appropriately sporty fab outfit, pour the champs & enjoy the Winter Olympics!
xo reversecommuter

Adios & Thank You 2013

Happy 2014!!!!
Hope the holidays were relaxing, fun, sensational and provided you ample opportunities to be with the ones you love and drink champs!

2013 was a spectacular year, and I am so excited for what 2014 will bring!

xo reversecommuter

ps keep warm if you are affected by the Arctic Freeze in the mid-west or any of the 33 states with a storm warning!  brrrrrrrrrr!!!

 

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Hello Gorgeous Sunny Friday!!!!

Calypso St. Bart’s has hired Mindy Meads as the new CEO, amongst rumbles that the company is looking at growing from its current 20 boutique size. Mindy was co-CEO at Aeropostale but left 3 years ago to consult.

reversecommuter always hits Calypso just before a beach vacation – they have cute coverups! It’ll be interesting to see what changes are coming….

Buh-Bye!!! Lulu Lemon has an new CEO and now it’s time to issue an Adios to the founder & outgoing, gaff blabbing CEO, Chip Wilson. Remember a couple of weeks ago Chipper announced on National television that “some women’s bodies don’t actually work” in Lulu’s yoga pants.

reversecommuter is still giggling over that one! So Awesome!!!!

Apologies that today’s posting is short but sweet – reversecommuter is en route to NYC with her daughter for a little fashion bonding!!

Raise a glass of champs and toast all the fabulous people in your world at some point this weekend!
xo reversecommuter

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Fashion & Finance Friday!

Happy Happy Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not only are the holidays upon us, so is earnings season!  JC Penney delivered some extremely disappointing (yet unsurprising) numbers.    But investors love a good comeback kid situation, so the honest reporting by the company (numbers are down because of a massive clean up operation from Ron Johnson’s merchandise selections while CEO) resulted in a spike in the stock price of over 9%.  reversecommuter’s guess is that JC Penney will return to what the retailer built itself on, a solid lower price department store.

T J Maxx is on a serious upswing and delivered some WOWZER numbers – apparently digging for designer bargains is a very popular pastime…shocker!

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Got a spare $700?  There is nowhere better to spend it than at the Four Seasons Hotel Georges V on December 2nd.  UNICEF, for the 11th year, has invited designers such as Chanel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and many more, to create a doll.  The dolls are displayed at the Petit Palais and then auctioned off at the Hotel Georges V.  This year the campaign is directed towards the children of Darfur.  How can these dolls not be on every fashionista’s list?!?!

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1.7 MILLION euros have been raised in the first 10 years, all going to vaccines for 300,000 children.   reversecommuter adores this campaign, as this is what Christmas should be about.

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Click here to see the entire collection on French Vogue’s website.  

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reversecommuter NEED/WANTS the Lanvin dolly really really badly!!!!

Enjoy the weekend, pour yourself a glass of champs & take inventory of all your party frocks because the season is coming!!!

xo reversecommuter

 

 

Baked Goods, Goats and Coats!

Allow me to wax on about a lovely little bakery in a little suburb in Wellesley, Massachusetts.  It’s called SUSU and it is simply divine, with all of it’s cinnamon muffins, cupcake camps, cakes and cookies.  Oh, and it’s couture & cashmere trunk shows.  Insert “WHAT?” here.

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Yup, SUSU is hosting a trunk show 11/18 & 11/19 highlighting some exquisite talent in the area of CashCash (click the blue if you aren’t familiar with cash cash…), and couturier level clothing, with two designers with MAJOR designer pedigree.

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FJALL (Swedish for Mountain) is a cashmere line designed in Rhode Island, spun and created in Como, Italy (helllooooooo George Clooney!!).  The Como mill, land and goats have been owned by one family, for generations.  The designs include peplum waists, cableknit ponchos and cashmere sweatshirts (OH YEAH!!!!!!).  FJALL creator,  Lisa Kasabian, has also included her trade secret non-pilling process on each of these beauties…and yes, of course I tried to find out the specifics of the secret….no luck.

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Lisa worked for Ralph Lauren in knitwear design, and one look at these creations and instant luxe recognition occurs!

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ISOUDE is the creation of classically trained couturier Kate Brierley, formerly a designer with Ralph Rucci.  (Click the blue to visit the website, complete with online shopping!)

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Already written up in Vogue, WWD and Towne & Country (HELLO, THAT IS INCREDIBLE!!!), Kate is dedicated to creating pieces her clients can invest, collect and live in, “dressing up and being comfortable, with versatility with sophistication”.

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Kate believes that clothes need to be beautiful, not mass produced.  She believes that “the quality of a line by the inside of the garments”.  ISOUDE represents the “European mentality of owning a few great pieces, and wearing them out!”

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SUSU is not just another pretty, flour-sprayed baking goddess, she also has phenomenal fashion friends!

Lala Lanvin

Lanvin makes me silly.

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Girly frilly fashion obsessed silly.  The lace, the silks, the feminine cuts, the leather.

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Have to break in the riding boots before the snow arrives…

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Who knew reversecommuter was so flexible when it comes to fashion? (Corny double entendre lol!)

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Fashion & Finance Friday!

End of the week, beginning of a new month – perfect reason to raise a glass of champs and wear heels!

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Morgan Stanley is taking the Merry out of Christmas retail sales with a prediction that numbers are going to be way way way down from projected sales.  Offering the catchy title of “Expect Coal: We Predict the Weakest Holiday Since 2008”, the firm expects weak mall traffic, weak consumer confidence and ramped up promotions.  Summing it all, bleak outlook for retailers in their most anticipated season.  ho ho hum.
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Guess who’s coming to dinner?  The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Dinner to be precise.   Click here to read about the CFDA/Vogue finalists.Tom Ford (insert SIGHS here).  Tom will be the keynote speaker and if there is anyone reversecommuter would like to gleam advice and fashion stories from it would ABSOLUTELY be Tom Ford!  Click here for more Tom Ford love!

Have a superb weekend, dress fabulously and show off your best assets!  😉

xo reversecommuter