*NYFW S/S 2017* Show #5, #6, #7

Designer: CAAFD Presents:  I’MPOSSIBLE  COLLECTIVE SHOWCASE SPRING / SUMMER 2017 

Venue: Art Beam

Date: Sunday, September, 11, 2016

 

Emerging Designer 1: Ponyo Porco

Presentation: Runway Show

Colors: Blue, pink, black and white, floral

Style: Printed, whimsical, drawing, animal, flow sleeves and dresses, high collar

Shoes: Chunky platform sandals

Accessories: Braids

I liked how the stockings matched the footwear giving the illusion of boots.

Emerging Designer 2: Jessica Van

Presentation: Runway show; 16 looks

Colors: White, peach

Style: Flared, silk, hand painted, organza

Shoes: Tasseled caged  stilettos

Accessories: Branches as hair pieces, rope used for necklaces

Although it's not my taste, I admire the designer for using nature in her show. Styling the branches as headpieces, and rope as bustier or necklace was quite a statement! 

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Emerging Designer 3: Laison

Inspiration: Books, music, fine art, and sunny California

Colors: White, dark mustard, black, hunter green, blue

Style: Dramatic pleat, off the shoulder, flare, ruffle

Shoes: Oxford

Accessories: Chunky studs

I liked the embellished statement earrings.

 

*She Shops* Week of July 17

Monday-Jack Rogers and Intermix

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Jack Rogers

It was quiet when I went to scope out the Jack rogers sample sale. It was set up the same as last year. They had similar styles to last year. All sandals costs $54.99, or $49.99 each for three or more pairs. Last year's samples (size 6/6.5) were $6. This year's samples were priced the same as the stock shoes. Apparel from Lisa Todd, CP Shades, McGire jeans, Bella Tu, Matta, and Moyna were available as well. 

Intermix

I was excited to attend the preview of the Intermix sample sale. Intermix is similar to Scoop and Steven Alan in that besides having their own line, they sell a mix of hot emerging labels and well known luxury designer brands. I hoped that this sale would be as good as the Scoop sample sale. Alas it was not so.                                                                                                         

 The sale was buzzing with eager fashion forward women, but the selection and pricing were not impressive. Apparel was 60%-90% off original retail, and footwear was 70% off. Click here to see designers on offer. The sale was buzzing with eager fashion forward women.

I did see some items that I liked, but the prices could have been better. An Elizabeth and James top was 70% off $395, that however, was not as good as their online offer of 50% off $99. A leather Derek Lam dress was $1200, and even with the 70% discount, was not a good deal for me. Some of the Rag& Bone items were available at their sample sale last week in Chelsea Market for less. I was shocked when I saw a pajama top for $695(-60%=$278)! I had to share that "how the other half" live observation with a friend and she replied, "Mother Mary!"

Wednesday-Mac Cosmetics

I specifically did not go to the Mac sample sale on the first day to avoid long lines. What I did not expect was that there would be 500+ people, and I am sure glad I skipped! I was there an hour before opening the second day and already the line was 40+ people. By the time the doors opened the line was around the corner!

This was the first ever Mac sample sale. All items were 60% off.  It is the only place you will find Mac products this low. No permanent items were to be found. Only limited edition products were available. They did not have all limited edition products, but what ever they did have, they had in abundance. There were lipsticks, lip glosses, lip pencils, blushes, eye pencils, eye shadows, nail polishes, eye shadow brushes, and serums. 

Big crowds and huge lines did not cause the staff to behave surly. Quite the opposite, Mac Staff on hand were happily answering questions, redirecting patrons to the colors they requested, and patiently checking out purchases. The woman at the register next to mine during checkout purchased FOUR basket fulls of cosmetics!

*She Shops* Week of June 12

Tuesday-Steven Alan

 

This was the first time I checked out the Steven Alan sample sale. There was no line outside and I was not asked to show my invite. I'm sure some people were able to sneak in who were not on the press list. It was getting crowded inside. So I headed straight to the accessories and shoes. I checked out their website before i came to get an idea what will be on offer. Unfortunately the item I wanted- a Mansur Gavriel bag was not at the sale.

After checking out the accessories and footwear, I headed back upstairs to check out the apparel. Sally asked me to check out the menswear. There were lots of options and stock of both Steven Alan and third party brands.

There were fewer racks for women's wear. My teenage sister wanted some dresses but I told her most of the styles here were for mature, preppy women. 

 

Wednesday-Lanvin

I was told the Lanvin sample sale was private and was asked not to share or publicize any details. Tuesday evening Century 21 sent out emails to their list, opening the event to the public. 

Because of the last minute notice, there was a low turnout Wednesday morning. There were less than 30 people in line when the doors opened. At 8 a.m. the security guard opened the rope line, opened his arm wide, and said have at it! 

Most people belined to the handbags. Everything was 80% off with the exception of kids which was 90% off! Lots of Happy bags in a variety of sizes. Other styles included  Sugar, totes, and evening bags. There were tons of footwear in all sizes. Sandals, wedges, stilettos, and their signature flats. Accessories for both men and women were available as well. Also apparel for women and girls.

I seriously have to stop spending at these sample sales but I convinced myself that I will never see Lanvin at these prices. Lucky for us New Yorkers, Lanvin wants to purge all of its Alber Elbaz items. Their next sample sale will probably revert back to private and who knows what the selection will be like. 

*She Shops* Versace, Ella Moss, Splendid, and Rebecca Taylor

I shopped all 4 brands in one day in less than 4 hours! I did this marathon sample sale shopping on late Monday afternoon.

I stopped first at Versace. Expecting a short wait I was surprised to walk right up to coat check. As I was walking up the stairs to the venue a few shoppers were walking out empty handed. This was not a good sign. There were signs all over saying no photos. I managed to sneak some pictures. Staff here are known to be rude. A woman was checking out the bags and kept coming back to ask for pricing info. The sales woman behind the table was getting annoyed and asked her if she wants to know because of what will sell better on e-bay!

I walked a few blocks to the Ella Moss and Splendid showroom. They were very official with the preview. A woman with a clipboard had a list of names. They had a rope set up for the line the next day. Before I was even able to say my name I was told that tonight is only for VIP. After I assured the woman I was on the list, she checked me off. I did not know what to expect at this sale, and was glad to see tons of merchandise available at real bargain prices. I bought a Splendid top at the Scoop NYC sample sale in April and I thought it was a good deal at 80% off. Lo and behold I found it here for $20. Don't worry I couldn't leave it behind so now I have two of the same shirts!

I didn't want to walk the 15+ blocks to the Rebecca Taylor sample sale. Lyft had a promotion last week for 50% off all rides. after taking pictures at both sales, my phone was dying. I asked the doorman if I could use his charging station. At first he was reluctant and told me he isn't allowed to let the public use it. I didn't want to take advantage of his niceness so I charged it a few percent till it went on so I could order a Lyft. The Rebecca Taylor preview was empty. I went straight to the shoe selection. Last time they had Loeffler Randall shoes. You all know how much I love those! Unfortunately this year there was only one style which I did not like. I went to check out the sample section next. There were lots of damaged and wrinkled items. I got excited to see a rack full of pristine clothing but then realized it was stock items right next to the sample rack. Having no luck finding any samples I checked out the stock options. I spotted tops and dresses I liked but the pricing was a bit too high. I went to go on line to the fitting room and bumped into a fellow blogger. She convinced me that the pricing couldn't be justified! In the end I didn't even try the items on and walked out empty handed. This hasn't happened in awhile!

*Holy Days* Lag Beomer

 

Lag Beomer always falls out on the 33rd day of the Omer or the Hebrew date of Yud Ches Iyar. This year it begins at sundown on May 25 and ends sundown on May 26. The day marks the passing anniversary of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. He is the author of the well know mystic text that reveals the deepest secrets of Kabbalah- the Zohar. 

There are lots of customs associated with the day. I will discuss a few. The most well know is lighting bonfires. Children collect wood weeks in advance for this ceremony. Crowds reach over 600,000 at the largest bonfire in Israel at Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's tomb in the northern village of Meron. Lighting bonfires commemorates the great light that Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai brought into the world via his mystical teachings. This was especially true on the day of his passing, Lag BaOmer, when he revealed to his disciples secrets of the Torah whose great depth of knowledge the world had yet to experience. The Zohar relates that the house was filled with fire and intense light, to the point that his students could not approach or even look at Rabbi Shimon.  

Every Lag Beomer Eve, one family sponsors a bonfire in my community. It's a big merit to light the bonfire and that right is auctioned off. Children stay up past their bedtime, teens help mount the barricades and set up the 20 foot tall bonfire. Men and women also join the festivities. There is a live band, singing, dancing, and snacks. 

It is a special day for blessings. There are numerous stories told of couples who could not have children, praying and giving charity at Rabbi Shimon's tomb and the next year having children. Chabad Chassidim who live in NY pray at the Ohel of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. On this auspicious day charity is given in multiples of 18. Lots of people donate food and liquid refreshments for the crowd at Rabbi Shimon's tomb. This too is a great merit and a receptacle  for abundant blessings. 

The well known custom in my community (Chabad) is the Lag Beomer parades. The Lubavitcher Rebbe initiated in the 1950s. He encouraged parades to be held all over the world to encourage Jewish unity and pride. When Lag Beomer falls out during the week, there is a rally for children either in front of Lubavitcher Headquarters on Eastern Parkway or like this year, in a park. When Lag Beomer occurs on a Sunday, a full on parade happens. The past few were called the Great parade, a theme song was created and t-shirts were for sale. Plans are made months before and logistics are discussed with police and city officials. Over 30,000 people attend the parade. People come from all over NY and from other states as well. The parade is taken very seriously. The parade starts off with superstars from the Jewish music world singing in concert. Then each school marches, some of them carrying self made banners. There are also yeshiva  drum marching bands and rabbinic students dress up in clown and chicken costumes.  Large flat TV screens are placed every few feet so everyone can see what's happening on stage. It's also streamed live online. Schools compete and try to outdo each other with floats. Each float has a different theme about Jewish or Chassidic concepts. I remember in high school we would stay up nights assembling the float and trailer. After the parade is over the floats are parked on different streets so the community can look at all the details.  Rides and bounce-u are brought in to continue the fun after the parade. And of course barbecues finish off the fun filled day! 

The crowd of over 600,000 people at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron.

The crowd of over 600,000 people at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron.

Young Yeshiva students participating in The Great Parade.

Kindergarten children march in The Great Parade as onlookers cheer.

Yeshiva marching band in The Great Parade.

Yeshiva marching band in The Great Parade.

Teens put the finishing touches on their school float.

Teens put the finishing touches on their school float.