I love the concept of the boutique because you can bring in cute cocktail dresses (or wedding dresses) you’d like to sell and then you can buy new and gently used ones! I hate to be seen in the same cocktail dress twice …but that can get expensive. Sites like renttherunway.com are a good alternative to wearing something new all the time on the cheap, but it’s tough to know what will fit you when you order through a website. So Black & White Exchange is a great way to love it, wear it, and exchange it for something else to love, wear and exchange.
Art, Cocktails, and Fashion… three of my favorite things in life. Add chocolate to the list and I’m in heaven!
Well, there’s an event that’s bringing “Art, Cocktails, and Fashion” together. And they’re hosting this event at Palomino downtown, which just happens to be known for their chocolate cake! An event after my own heart! : )
So, if you want to get your own little slice of heaven, stop by this event. The fashion show will be featuring some skimpies from Knickers and Knickers XY (KXY). I wrote this story about KXY for Cincinnati Profile after it first opened. Click here to see pics of the KXY grand opening party!
I could go on for days about KXY. I love it… it’s one of the only places I can get good shaving stuff for my hubby. I hear they’re going to be opening a clothing store right next door. More details on that to come soon… I’m trying to get a sneak peek in there.
But I digress… back to the fab event tomorrow, it’s for a great cause, Visionaries and Voices! We recently wrote about Pam Kravetz (who happens to be my high school art teacher) who’s very involved with V+V and loves the organization dearly. Hope to see you there!
I’m so super excited for our “Eco-Fabulous Fashion Show” event coming up March 25! We did a go green event last year, and it was great. But this year, we’re taking it to a whole new, even more amazing, level.
Last year, we had some designs that DAAP students made on display throughout the venue. It was neat to look at them, but none of them could really be worn. But this year, the DAAP students are making eco-fab designs that are going to be worn on the runway! The outfits will be made out of repurposed household items and/or eco-friendly products. Think couture gown out of dryer sheets whisking its way down the catwalk… yeah, amazing.
Serket Jewelry is sponsoring the fashion show portion of the event, and is designing all the jewelry for the models. I interviewed her in this previous blog. I just love how innovative Lyn (owner/designer for Serket) is, so I’m sure she’ll have incredible designs and concepts for you to enjoy at this show. I’ll have a sneak peek here of some of her designs soon on the blog after Lyn and my fashion show intern go and check out the DAAP designs.
Also, this year, Lexus has a brand new hybrid it’ll be featuring. AND vitaminwater zero just came on board as the presenting sponsor, so you know there will be great swag!
Event is free to attend. Those who purchase a $10 ticket will receive a swag bag and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Civic Garden Center. Drinks provided by Lexus Rivercenter. Food provided by Behle Street Cafe. Join us for the official after party at Behle Street Cafe. Complimentary parking in the rivercenter garage directly behind Behle Street Cafe.
Hosted by: Cincy Chic, an online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati
This Friday a trunk show will be happening in Madeira, right in front of Kennedys and Romualdo’s. There will be everything from casual looks to office attire to cocktail dresses. The designers featured are White and Warren, Billy Blues, Zanella, Michael Starrs, Joes Jeans, Susie Roher belts, the list goes on. Click here for a sneak peak of all of the looks! And the best part is that everything is from $50-$350!
I’m excited to check out Carabella. I’ve never heard of the line before! Apparently, one of the best things about this show is that (unlike most trunk shows where you have to try on and order) you get to take your purchases home that day! Hello instant-fashion-gratification! : )
You wont want to miss the Corwyn event if you’re in the market for new ties. He’s doing a 50% discount on all neckties from his Spring 2011 collection!
Below is a video from when I went on Fox19 to highlight some new menswear trends! Enjoy!
One of the things I didn’t get to focus on much is the “swazer” the last model was wearing. It was a blazer, but it was more of a soft, sweater material. It even had a detachable quilted, leather trimmed neck under the lapel, which I thought was interesting. So, it gives a more relaxed look to a blazer if you want it, or need the extra protection (with style) from the elements. Here’s a close up pic of the swazer. I got it at Nordstrom Rack for $129.
Me and the Cincy Chic team have an event coming up with the Cincinnati Ballet called “Wine and Wardrobe.” I’m very excited about it! It sold out quickly, so I’m hoping it becomes a regular thing.
Attendees will enjoy meet and greets with dancers, a viewing of a ballet performance practice, and an exclusive tour through the Ballet’s wardrobe department… which is home to *decades* of wardrobe commissions!
In the wine tasting area of the event, there will be models on platforms, showcasing the latest jewelry fashion trends, by Krombholz Jewelers and Serket Jewelry, as well as hair and makeup trends by Mitchell’s Salon and Day Spa. Wine at the “Wine & Wardrobe” event is courtesy of Scene, which is also where the official after party will take place.
Lyn, Serket owner/designer, just visited me. We chatted about the upcoming event and she shared some sneak peek pics of the concept she has for the models at this event. Check out the video below!
We’re less than a week away from Valentine’s Day! So, I’m doing a “Countdown to V-day” series of daily blogs to give you gift ideas.
Looking back on what I’ve given my husband over the past several years we’ve been together, his most common gift has been lingerie. Yeah, it’s technically a gift for me… but let’s be real, this eye candy is DEFINITELY a gift to him.
My favorite lingerie shop in Cincinnati is La Silhouette Lingerie in Madeira. I know I’ve written about her a million times (here and here on Cincy Chic and all these times on this blog), but I just adore feeling like I stepped off the streets of Paris into this beautiful boutique.
Brit, the owner, will gift wrap the gift too. She always does such a good job. A class act all the way.
She’s actually hosting an event tomorrow (Feb. 9) from 5-8pm at the boutique if you’d like to stop by, grab a cocktail and find something special for your someone special. I’ll be there!
In January, Cincy Chic did an event at Mitchell’s and had a few different vendors there to showcase the new trends for the new year. One of those vendors was my friend Ceci David with Stella & Dot.
Apparently, she sold a few things at the event. So, she emailed me the next day and told me that got me $150 in free products. I wasn’t expecting to get anything, so I was very excited! She said that when you host jewelry parties with her, you get rewards! So, I went to her site, and picked out an Audrey Hepburn-esque pearl necklace and matching earrings. I thought it would be perfect for dressing up an LBD. And I have the perfect pair of shoes (which I wore on my wedding day)!
When I got them in the mail, the packaging was so cute, I just had to share the experience in the video below.
I told Ceci I made this video and would be posting it to the blog to let everyone know how special it is to get something in the mail from S&D. She was so excited and said it was perfect timing because a big wig from the company was coming into town on Feb. 7. So, anyone reading this interested in meeting one of the masterminds at S&D, you can! Below is some info about the event tomorrow!
Stella & Dot’s Spring line captures the essence of the season with easy-to-wardrobe, ready-to-wear chic and affordable accessories that make it simple for a woman to be stylish. Many of our pieces are extraordinarily versatile as well, playing into the trend of ‘convertible clothing’ at a time when women are anxious to make a little go along way without breaking the bank. Several of our new pieces have already been featured in InStyle & People magazines.
Our Vice President of Training, Danielle Redner, is coming to Cincinnati next week for a “Meet Stella & Dot” opportunity event in West Chester on the evening of February 7th at the Cincinnati Marriott North that is open to the public. We are also holding a training event for all Stylists in the area the following day. It is the first time anyone from corporate has come to the Cincinnati area.
Our jewelry itself is editor-adored and celebrity coveted but even more exciting is that the business opportunity for women in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area is HUGE. We are a billion dollar global brand in the making but really just in our infancy in this area. For women who want to re-enter the work-force, part or full-time, it’s an ideal modern and flexible way to do it on their own terms. Stella & Dot paid out over $50 million in commissions last year!
As background, here’s a link to a story from Sequoia Capital Partners who just recently invested $37 million in our business.
I’m very excited about this year’s Cincinnati Fashion Week and all that’s in store for it. Nathan really seems to have a great team helping him, it seems very well-planned out this year, and the programming is dynamite! There will be male focused events, a showing of a private collection of Japanese fashion, and art history programming (few people know about the important role Cincinnati had in the fashion industry decades ago).
Nathan said he’s dedicated to making CFW just as prestigious as the “big four” fashion weeks. From all I learned about CFW 2011, he’s going to be well on his way. I highly recommend marking your calendar for all of this year’s CFW activities – use a week of vaca if you need to – it’s going to be amazing.
Cincinnati Fashion Week 2011
New Look, New Programs, and More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CINCINNATI – January 31, 2010 – CINCINNATI FASHION WEEK 2011 announces the second annual celebration of art, fashion and design to be held in the city of Cincinnati. Scheduled dates are Monday May 9 – Sunday May 15, 2011. Founded in 2009, the industry driven platform offers a unique opportunity to nurture the next wave of major design talent by establishing an on-going presence of global fashion in communities across the Midwest.
Now in its second year, the movement holds true to its promise to bring fashion, retail, and philanthropy to the Midwestern forefront of style. To build upon its early success, Cincinnati Fashion Week has fine-tuned the official event programming to include an even higher level of national and international talent, higher learning opportunities, and deeper connections with Midwest retailers.
In addition to the new programming, a new logo and branding has been created on behalf of Landor Associates Cincinnati, a leading strategic branding consulting and design firm. “The support of the inspirational team at Landor amongst a young fashion movement, has demonstrated a common wealth in the artistic community that reaches beyond success, beyond politics, talent, and beyond mediums; in fact, it catches creativity right at the spark of inspiration, when the best use of our talents is to share them and inspire others to do the same,” commented Cincinnati Fashion Week founder Nathan Hurst.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
“Fashion is a lifestyle which adapts on a personal level, and reflecting this message for 2011 was most significant. To truly bring fashion to the Midwest, we must continue to have a dialogue about how we view fashion in our lives,” commented Nathan Hurst, Founder & CEO of Cincinnati Fashion Week.
In 2011, Cincinnati Fashion Week will evolve with the community it helped to establish by delivering what may be the largest fashion industry driven production seen within the Central Midwest.
Guests of official events at Cincinnati Fashion Week will be guided through a week of fashion inspired events led by national & international figures in the fashion community, including couture collectors, media personnel, fashion designers, retail historians, and much more.
Complete itinerary to be released within the coming weeks.
In addition to the new programming, a new logo and branding has been created on behalf of Landor Associates Cincinnati, a leading strategic branding consulting and design firm.
A full list of events will be released in the coming weeks. For more information about Cincinnati Fashion Week please go to www.cincinnatifashionweek.com
A FASHION MOVEMENT:
Cincinnati Fashion Week is a socio-economic campaign, designed to boost Cincinnati retail revenue, to support and retain young and professional talent, and to continuously raise awareness for Cincinnati’s prospering quality of life.
Cincinnati-based Independent Bridal & Evening Wear designer Lindsey Lusignolo is just one example of success in Midwest fashion.
After making her debut at Cincinnati Fashion Week 2010. Lindsey’s ability to infuse design elements from the roaring 20’s and glamorous 30’s, with cutting edge modernism and unconventional chic wearability, has made her a reoccurring name amongst socialites and brides across Greater Cincinnati. Lindsey’s production and showroom is scheduled for a Grand Opening in Spring 2011.
HOW IT BEGAN:
Cincinnati native, Nathan Hurst, created Cincinnati Fashion Week after making his national debut as an emerging fashion designer at San Francisco’s City Hall. Showcasing his then third collection, he realized the lack of a centrally based platform for professional talent and further, a lack of overall cultural awareness for fashion in the Central Midwest. Inspired by the opportunity to create a catalyst to deliver the excitement and thrill of fashion, design and retail, as noted by Cincinnati Mayor, Mark Mallory, Hurst launched the very first Cincinnati Fashion Week.
The excitement of fashion in the heartland of the Midwest went viral and soon a true “grass-roots movement” was born. Cincinnati Fashion Week produced a weeklong itinerary that drew attendance from over 2,500 fashion enthusiasts, gained 5,500 social-media followers and swept every corner of radio, television, print publications and online blog-sites featuring Midwest fashion & nightlife. The first year success established Cincinnati as a widely acclaimed fashion and lifestyle destination, paving the way for a Midwest Fashion Movement.