Fashion & Finance Friday!

First day of Spring and it falls on a Friday!  WHOOOP!!!!!!!!!!  

(reversecommuter will not even comment on the fact that it will snow here in Boston later this evening…)

Cavalli trumps Pucci – it is ON in Italy!  Roberto Cavalli announced this week that Peter Dundas will return to the casa de Cavalli after a hiatus from the house of animal-print-body-hugging-plunging-cleavage designs, where he worked between 2002 through 2005.

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Dundas was the creative director of Pucci from 2008 through to this February’s Milan Fashion Week.

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Pucci moved quickly to report that MSGM’s Massimo Giorgetti will be Dundas’ replacement.

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“Dramma” – that is drama in Italiano!

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“Pavement Cracker” Kanye has done it yet again, and Choupette is pissed!  Kanye West X Adidas out clicked Chanel and any other collection during the fashion weeks, the closest second was Chanel by 1 MILLION!!!!!!!!

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Naturally the Yezzy Boosts are all sold out.

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Should be interesting to see what happens to the rest of the ahem…collection.  If you cannot fight the urge to purchase, Barney’s just announced they will be carrying all the yeeziness!

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Put that black turtleneck in the very back of your closet, pull out the brilliantly bright stilettos and celebrate the end of winter with a click of your heels and a clink of your champagne flute!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Blogging with an ocean view is not as easy as it sounds – the temptation to play is way to great!  That is my excuse for a late submission today, can you really blame me?

IMG_0004New York Fashion Week is officially underway.  Devastated as reversecommuter is to have missed Jonathan Simkhai‘s crazy good show yesterday, at least I can drown my sorrows with a phenomenal margarita beachside.

YVL_1294 The signature ‘meshiness’ of his clothes makes me want to invest and layer up in Jonathan Simkhai pieces from head to toe, now and with the new Fall 2015 collection.

Ready for a clever segway?

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Moda Operandi, the online boutique of immediate fashion gratification, has just received $60 MILLION Series E financing, with the most generous funding coming from Boston’s own Fidelity Investments.  Great news for any fashion fan who NEEDS/WANTS the latest luxury fashion directly from the runway.

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The lines Moda Operandi carries include Jonathan Simkhai.  See how I did that?  🙂

Speaking of clever, chalk up another brilliant business move by Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon. Amazon just signed on as a major sponsor of Fashion Week, (starting with the upcoming Men’s Fashion Week), but reversecommuter predicts with the opening left by the departing Mercedez Benz, perhaps Amazon’s deep pockets could help NYFW like not many other sponsors could…

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Bezos has grand fashion inspirations for Amazon (click here for more) so this new relationship is so very important!

Enjoy the weekend, ignore the impending snow storms and pop the cork on that champs with wild abandon…while wearing something romantic & fabulous!

xo reversecommuter

Fur Snow Repeat

Even in the after glow of the Pats Superbowl Win (YAYZIES!!!!), the snowstorm that is currently dumping mega inches of white stuff is affecting my fashion thoughts.

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Winter freakin’ wonderland chez moi

 

Trending in the mind of reversecommuter today…Fur Boots.  Mukluks with sass if you will.

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Chloe’s Danny Boot

 

Chloe’s Danny Boot with fox fur is my personal front runner.

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Liska’s sable boot

 

If you care to slum it a little, Liska’s sable fur boot is on sale for $3K.

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Manola Blue Wedge Boot

 

Manola blue fox wedge boot over at Gorsuch (who doesn’t squeal out loud when that catalogue arrives?!) is beyond description.  Navy.  Fur. Boots.  !!!!!!!

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Maybe it is the Canadian in me but I couldn’t not include Manitoba Mukluks in this list.  The Tall Wrap Mukluk with rabbit fur is a little more budget friendly but still furry and fabulous.

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For the Faux Fans how about this $45 deal for faux mink mukluks?

Now if you will excuse me, three awesomely mischievous children just DARED to challenge me to a snowball fight!

 

 

 

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Thank you NOLA, Friday came quicker this week!

Pipedreams.  Piperlime, an online boutique owned by Gap Inc. will be shut down by the end of February.  This is a classic case of why retailers should not try to be all things to all people.  Piperlime launched in 2006 and quickly became a favorite shoe site.  The sales figures mistakenly convinced Gap to expand Piperlime into an everything-kind of website increasing inventory to include shoes, clothes, accessories etc. as a direct competitor to Zappos.com.

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Gap decided to open a bricks and mortar Piper lime in Soho September 2012.  reversecommuter was there in person, as was Rachel Zoe who was hosting a NYFW event.

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Piperlime has been big in seeking out celebrity spokespersons, but apparently not big in sales.  Piperlime was responsible for a whopping 1% of Gap’s jaw-dropping $16 BILLION in annual sales.  Poor little Piperlime is no more, which should be viewed as great news for smaller high fashion online operations.

Not Well Suited.  Jones New York, the brand that represented suits for women since 1970, is closing down operations.

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Workwear for women is now a redefined industry that allows interpretation, style and separates to form the outfits in boardrooms.  reversecommuter was the proud owner of a few JNY suits during my career as a stockbroker, usually in hot pink, navy, red and black. And yes, there was a rotation of suiting that reflected the market!

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Alas, present day Jones New York is more Ally McBeal than Amal Clooney, clearly that just wasn’t working.

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Just for giggles choose the shorter the hemline, ignore the snow drifts and own those pumps…while raising the champagne flute to the PATS on Superbowl Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xo reversecommuter

 

 

White Stuff

Here we snow again… while I run around groc shopping and filing my home with exotic fresh flowers (my answer to yet another snow storm)…

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Why not ooooh and aaaaaah about some gorgeous white stuff – like this shirt dress with an exposed back from Rosie Assoulin, a designer reversecommuter is mildly obsessed with.  What Rosie does with material is deconstructed magic!  Click here to buy it now on ModaOperandi.com (speaking of reversecommuter obsessions….) 

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Alexander McQueen has another drool worthy dress on net-a-porter.com that definitely has a spot inside my fantasy shopping cart!

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One selection for the shopping cart of reality is the Abby dress from Club Monaco

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Obviously Jonathan Simkhai’s eyelet dress – which interestingly is in both shopping carts with an amazing design and equally friendly price!

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O.W.O.

O.W.O. (one weekend outfit)

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Despite the hype no snowstorm. Insert loud happy squeal here!!!

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Hand candy is a huge trend right now, and an incredibly easy way to mix it up a little!  Click here to see the choices at Bergdorf’s.

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Owning a large assortment of boots is the key to winter happiness – and Fiorentini + Baker is a great line, great Italian leather, a little bit beaten up and great to wear everyday.  Click here to look at their full line.

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Coming back to the cold is rough, a great big thick warm sweater in a bright color definitely helps!

 

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Snowy Happy Valentine!

Rainbows are not black and white.

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Winter shouldn’t be either.  Color is an instant form of happiness.

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Companies even study color to see how it influences our shopping – click here for more on that cool fact!

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Winter 2014 is a wicked long cold one, no argument (as this posts yet another storm is spanking New England).

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Splash a little happiness into your outfit and feel a little happier instantly!

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Happy Valentine’s Day (tomorrow)!

xo reversecommuter