Fashionistas, clear your calendar, find something fab to wear and get ready for a spectacular fashion show on the Purple People Bridge – all to benefit three local women’s health organizations! More info about the event is below (make sure you check out the tear-jerking video featuring three survivors)! Also, make sure you click here to enter yourself to win our Red, Pink and Blue prize pack valued at more than $2,500!
Red Pink and Blue A party and fashion show on the Purple People Bridge to benefit heart, breast and diabetes health.
Friday, June 24, 7-10pm
$10 per person, ticket includes access into event, and a front row seat along the runway, first 400 RSVPs get a swag bag filled with goodies!
My friend Karen Lindner (who designs amazing jewelry for music and Hollywood stars… as well as us local ladies… and has been featured in national publications such as InStyle) is having an event tomorrow (Tuesday June 14)!
On display for purchase, experience the exquisite KLD Jewelry. See actual pieces from the Miranda Lambert Wedding Collection (worn in her May 14th wedding). Sip sparkling wine while you try on these pieces that have gained so much national attention!
Other fabulous, one-of-a-kind pieces from KLD will be available as well.
**this will be a one-time, cash & carry event, with checks payable to Karen Lindner Designs**
Tours will also be available at The Glendalia Boutique Hotel with its six newly renovated, elegant and spacious suites, in the heart of Historic Glendale, dating back to the 1850s.
Event information will be updated as it becomes available! RSVP today and receive additional details about this wonderful event. Click here to RSVP on Facebook.
Check out the recent Cincy Chic Show below where we had Karen on the show to talk about and show off her beautiful bling!
Yesterday, I got the opportunity to ride in the limo that picked up Kwame Jackson. This Harvard grad, worked at P&G, was on The Apprentice and is now pursuing a career in the fabulous world of fashion. I was in the limo with a few other select bloggers to get to know him, learn about what he’s in town for (a tie trunk show June 9 & 10), and find out what he’s working on for the future.
He was a really interesting person. Not only is he truly brilliant and clearly accomplished but he’s also down-to-earth, and approachable. Oh, and of course very fashionable. He was wearing a crisp button down, with his sleeves casually rolled up, a green bow tie and spring colored buttons. A breath of fresh spring air.
We had a great conversation about how we use fashion to boost confidence, brighten your day, and “dress for the job you want, not the one you have” because you never know who you’ll run into or get the opportunity to wow with your wardrobe. There’s so much truth to that, and coming from such an accomplished guy, I really take that conversation to heart.
I’m excited that he is here in Cincinnati and I hope you all take the opportunity to come see him while he’s in town. Check out the video below to learn more about his appearances this weekend!
I just wrote the below story for this week’s issue of Cincy Chic, and I thought it would be great to blog about! I’m so excited for it! It sounds like a fun event with great music, food and entertainment… all for an amazing organization (Urban League)! Plus, it’s black tie, which gives you a great excuse to get all glammed up! Hope to see you there!
Urban League of Greater Cincinnati’s Rhythm Nation Gala
Party for a purpose this weekend! Learn more about the fab fete as well as the youth, justice and economic empowerment it supports.
Party? Yawn. Party for a purpose? Now you’re talkin’!
Partying for a purpose is exactly what hundreds of local posh professionals will be doing at the2011 Rhythm Nation Gala this Saturday, June 4, at the Hilton Netherland Plaza from 8p.m.-1a.m.
“I personally invite you to join us for the 2011 Rhythm Nation Gala. This event promises to be another phenomenal fundraising evening for the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati,” says Donna Jones Baker, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati. “Won’t you be a part of the Rhythm Nation for Youth, Jobs, Justice and Economic Empowerment?”
The Urban League of Greater Cincinnati is a private, 501(c)(3) corporation and a local affiliate of the National Urban League. The Urban League is a United Way supported agency and benefits from board representation from business, labor, education, service professions and media. Its mission is to eliminate the barriers of racism and level the playing field for all African Americans and others at risk by promoting their economic self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship through effective leadership in the areas of comprehensive employment, youth and family development and advocacy.
The Rhythm Nation Gala is an important fundraiser for The Urban League to continue providing these services to the community. This black tie affair will feature casino-style gaming with risk-free slots, roulette, 21 blackjack, craps and Texas Hold’em. And one bet is for sure: you’ll meet a new friend among this connected crowd, such as the Presidents of the University of Cincinnati and Chase Bank as well as the gala’s honorary co-chairs: Dr. Gregory, Sara Williams, Joey and Natasha Williams.
Come hungry because guests will enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet including a shrimp bar and chocolate fountain. Work off all those calories with a stroll through the ballrooms and salons to experience a variety of music genres including Motown, R&B, Pop, Blues and Jazz. Work off that dessert on the dance floor with the Motown sounds of Dayton’s most sought after national recording artist and music producer Deron Bell featuring the D Street Band and Touch 2 (as the Temptations). Get ready to line dance, ladies!
It’s sure to be a fun night for all! Tickets start at $75. Click here to purchase your ticket today!
I’m SOOOOO excited for the first-ever Little Black Dress event coming up on June 3. This fab fashion show and event centered around the classic wardrobe staple is the official kick-off of the entire Summerfair weekend!
The artisans won’t be set up until noon that day, so I’ll literally be running around the fair that day to find the perfect pieces for each dress! It’s going to be so intense! : )
So, in planning all of this, I was talking with Sharon Strubbe, Summerfair’s Executive Director, and found out she has a crazzzzy extensive collection of Summerfair jewelry she’s been amassing throughout her years of involvement with the fair. I asked her if I could snap some pics of all her Summerfair jewelry, and she proudly agreed.
You wouldn’t believe all the beautiful jewelry she has! And it’s unbelievable to think that it’s all hand-made from artists who come from all across the U.S. for this fair. Just seeing all this jewelry got me so excited for the show and the first-ever LBD event to kick off Summerfair weekend!
I’m so excited! My good friend Amy Kirchen has her big public debut tonight of her new boutique, the Amy Kirchen Boutique. Check out the video below as Ilene Ross, Cincy Chic Show Producer/Co-Host, chats with Amy at the VIP sneak peek on Saturday about her new boutique in Milford. Check out her official grand opening event TODAY May 24! Click here to check out the event listing on Cincy Chic and learn more! I’ll be there with a glass of champagne in one hand, and some fab new Amy Kirchen outfits in the other! : )
This summer, Fountain Square has quite the lineup for us Cincinnatians to enjoy. One event in particular really stuck out for me (because it involves shopping!): An Indie flea market.
A couple weeks ago, Cincy Chic promoted an Indie vendor event at Kenwood Towne Centre and it was VERY popular. Sounds like Fountain Square is building on that concept, and adding in some great independent rock bands to provide a soundtrack to the shopping! They’re partnering with the MidPoint Music Festival to get the bands, so you know they’ll be good!
So, if this sounds like your idea of fun, head to Fountain Square on June 17. The Indie craft market will be open from 5pm- 10pm that night. The crafts will all be handmade and unique, made by local artisans (Etsy-style arts and crafts). Fountain Square is still taking vendors too, if anyone is interested in displaying your work. It sounds like a great way to get your name out there, but be sure to apply by the June 3 deadline!
For more info, click here, especially if you want to know what bands will be playing or even check out other events Fountain Square will be having this summer!
Thanks to BreeAnna Smith, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.
We have this event coming up with a local eyewear/eyecare company… Since they’ll be addressing the latest and greatest in posh peeper trends, I thought I’d share with all my fashionista friends here on the blog in case you’d like to attend! See you there!
The Eyes Have It A complimentary lunch ‘n’ learn, brought to you by Thoma & Sutton Eye-Care
Join Cincy Chic with this informative and free Lunch ‘n’ Learn presented by Dr. Mona Saggar with Thoma & Sutton Eye-Care. She will provide you with information about eyewear and eye care to help you make the best buying decision.
Topics will include:
Trends in eyewear
How to select a frame and color that’s right for you
Saturday was the big finale show of Cincinnati Fashion Week (CFW) and it was like Christmas. I woke up like a little kid with a big smile on my face, hopped down the stairs, and pranced in front of the mirror holding up my new dress. I was so excited.
I had really done my homework on the designers this year. (I did a sneak peek of CFW designers here, here and here.) And I just got a really good vibe from new aspects of this year’s show versus last year’s. The venue, for example, made a dramatic difference. Last year, it was in a cookie-cutter event room in the Hilton. This year, it was a very raw space – in an unfinished floor of The Edge condos downtown – and it had a very underground “say the secret password to get in” feel to it. Much like a space you’d find a New York Fashion Week show taking place.
My hubby and I get all dolled up, GPS it to the venue, get out of the car… and wouldn’t you know it, Mayor Mallory is walking down the sidewalk heading toward the show. So, we walk in with him, and find out he’ll be co-emceeing with my sister-in-law (Melissa Scalia who was the super fab emcee of the event!). So, several more great vibes about the night to come…
We were of course fashionably late, so the show started right after we got there. Looking back, I wish I had more time to brace myself. It was an incredible show and I’m still reeling. It was so difficult to choose my favorite looks from the show to share with you (watch the below video to see ALL the looks from the show, thanks to the talented Annette Navarro).
Last year, I easily picked my top 10 favorite looks from the show. This year, I had a VERY difficult time narrowing it down to just 20 looks. That’s how good the show was! Below are the notes I took at the show about each designer and below that are my favorite looks in order of 20-1, #1 being my favorite. Enjoy!
Laura Dawson– oversized silhouettes, strong shoulders, 80s color palette Jonathan Mezibov – “cowboy chic” menswear, interesting mix of tux shirts with western belts/jeans/boots Amy Kirchen – (my overall favorite) designed a playful new paisley pattern, all the looks were made with the posh professional in mind Avani– eco friendly, Indian influences strong throughout collection, interesting necklines – even incorporated scarves onto garments Cala Ossidiana – has one- and two-piece suits, but excels at making one-piece bathing suits “chic,” customizes fit w/knots for couture fit, incorporates strategically placed sheer, color palette of solid pink/blue/teal Amanda Valentine– Nashville meets Egyptian meets African. You’ll find everything from denim to ethnic graphic prints in this collection. Melissa Tabor – (my new obsession) business professional chic, perfect for the work hard/play hard YP – business by day chic by night, Jackie O in front/party in the back, exposed zipper down the back of most backs Arbitrage – all items hand sewn by Josh Stevens, leather details, short sleeves, leather glove accent Lindsey Lusignolo– (I wish she would have gone last – it would’ve ended the show with a bang… she got a standing ovation.) intricate backs, formal/bridal, unique and fabulous cocktail attire Amaresinh– “boardroom cavewoman” (fur on shoulders/forearms/sleeves made silhouettes look a little monkey/neanderthalish), great color palette mix of black/gold/red, strong shoulders and graphic patterns, lots of sheer (a little too sheer for me to wear though, definitely saw some nip slips… okay for the runway, but it might be frowned upon in the workplace). : )
#20: Barefoot in the boyfriend’s shirt… I just love that this look was thrown in a menswear portion of the show. Reminds me of all the times I’ve run around the house in my husband’s clothes. Gives me inspiration to throw on a belt and some cowboy boots next time and make an outfit out of it.
#19: Collar me bad… The attached scarf-as-collar to this dress was just so interesting. I don’t know if I could personally pull this look off, but it really intrigued me. Keep in mind that, as Avni told Cincy Chic in her sneak peek interview, all these items are handmade and dyed using century-old methods. Ah-maz-ing.
#18: Knotty by nature… One of the things I learned in my interview with Anne Pachan, the brains and beauty behind Cala Ossidiana, is that these knots can be adjusted for the perfect couture fit. And I just love how her design actually makes a one piece swimsuit chic versus shlumpadinka.
#17: Jackie Ooooh My, look at that back!… This is the first of many Melissa Tabor looks in my “top 20” rundown. She’s definitely my new obsession. I love the “professional in front, party in the back” design (although it was a little big on this model). I could easily wear this to work. Every single day. Because I love it so.
#16: Pretty in Paisley… This is the new fabric print Amy Kirchen designed herself. Several pieces in this collection feature this fun print. My husband wants to get a vest made with this print on the back and a dress shirt made with it inside the collar and cuffs (I’ve trained him well!). I love the silhouette of this dress. Could be belted for a more fitted look, or flow freely as pictured (great for hot muggy Cincy summer days).
#15: Peekaboo LBD… Melissa Tabor gives this classic LBD a flirty twist with a slightly lifted front, cascading to the back, with a contrasting white fabric to add interest. What a great wardrobe staple.
#14: Singing the blues… I don’t sing, but I would if it would bring back this blue pinstripe ensemble. I love how effortless this “casually business casual” look is. I especially love the baby blue fabric peeking out of the back pockets. Nice touch.
#13: Get the scoop(neck)… I love the deep scoop on this neckline and the cute capped sleeves. I personally would have paired it with a statement necklace, but it’s one of those necklines that doesn’t need accessorizing. It’s a statement in and of itself.
#12: Falling in love… This is a great look for fall. I’m definitely going to steal this styling by belting an otherwise boxy longsleeve dress with a great pair of tall boots. The feminine ribbon is a nice touch to this thick fabric and structured silhouette.
#11: Like a glove… Arbitrage makes this one-glove look fit like, well, a glove. I really like the blue buttondown paired with this rust-colored leather jacket. The shorter sleeves give it a crisp look and draws attention to that statement glove.
#10: Jump(suit) to it!… Jumpsuits have the tendency to look a little silly if they aren’t done just right. Well, Amy Kirchen designed this one to perfection. From the feminine spaghetti strap, gathered neckline and belted waist, I’m in love from head to toe.
#9: Short sale… Just like the jumpsuit, shorts can go tragically wrong. But Amy brilliantly balanced out the sexy shorts with a billowing blouse. Amy must have designed this collection with the businesswoman in mind. I can literally see myself taking a client to a summertime lunch in this outfit. I’m going to justify the purchase of this outfit by all the sales I’ll make in it. See, it’s an investment.
#8: Sheer genius… A simple triangle string bikini taken to an extreme with a little sheer. So smart. Now, excuse me as I diet for the rest of my life to fit into this.
#7: White out… I don’t know what it is, but there’s something so special about this little white dress. It’s so classic, but with fun fashionable twists like the pockets. I want it. I need it. I must have it. “And your little broach, too!”
#6: Belt it out… I love the dress. But I love the way its belted even more. I would have never done that in a million years. But now that I see it styled that way, I’m completely wooed.
#5: Get the Dert… Denim + skirt = dert! I just made that up. But what I didn’t make up is how adorable this skirt is – love the piping! The sheer blouse and knitted sweater were also very cute. I wouldn’t have paired these colors or items together, but they really work!
#4: Silver lining… Light catches the outer tulle fabric of this couture cocktail dress, revealing a slim silhouette underneath. Gorgeous. I love how it looks simple and not overdone, but you’d clearly feel like an absolute princess in it.
#3: Tuxas… Tux shirt + western wear = Tuxas. Yes, I’m getting a little giddy (for good reason, we’ve almost reached the top of the list!). But this particular look ranks so high because: 1) the bold color choice is amazing. I love how it just jumps out at you and demands attention (as every metro man does). 2) pairing a tux shirt with wrangler-fit denim, a western belt and cowboy boots. I don’t know how, but it works.
#2: Birds of a feather… I’d flock to anyone wearing this cocktail dress, that’s for sure. The feathery bodice has a structured, yet satiny tan overlay. It’s like a buffet of contrasting texture. The overlay gives a beautiful hourglass figure, but the silhouette is essentially a classic strapless A-line dress. Love.
#1: Drum roll please… This look gave me butterflies. And I think I might have drooled a little bit. I just love ab-so-freakin-lutely everything about it. From the belted high-waisted pencil skirt in tan, to the structured yet sheer chiffon black blouse with barrel sleeves and ascot collar. Then bold black shades and a ravishing red lip. It’s a little Audrey, Marilyn and Jackie O… all weaved into this #1 look from Cincinnati Fashion Week!
Hope you enjoyed my top picks! Now, check out the video below to see all the looks from CFW to see which ones are best in your book!
The collection is currently part of 212 Showroom NYC in New York City and is sold in boutiques across the country this year. Avni is also becoming a rising star among luxury eco-fashion labels because of the fabrics, materials and dye processes used in the manufacturing of the clothes.
According to her site: “Avni focuses on offering fashion collections that are environmentally responsible and support the centuries-old artisan cottage fabric-making industry in India. All Avni designs are crafted from fabrics that are commissioned exclusively by Avni. These fabrics are hand-made, utilizing customs that are hundreds of years old and uphold the tradition and history of India’s celebrated artisans. By requisitioning these fabrics, Avni not only helps maintain economic stability for artists, but also helps keep these ancient arts alive. All fabrics are 100% hand-dyed and woven by individual artists.”
Enjoy the webcast interview below with Ilene and Avni! And if you’re coming to the CFW finale, you’ll see her collection work the runway tonight!