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CFW Spotlight: ALK Fashion

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Me with Nathan Hurst, CFW Founder & Designer. Photo Credit: The Style Sample

Well, Cincinnati Fashion Week officially kicked off in style! On Tuesday, I went to the CFW Designer Meet and Greet night at FBs downtown on Sixth St.

I was so disappointed because I worked late and didn’t get to stop home and change before going to the party. Normally I wouldn’t care. But I was wearing boring work-wear, which looked especially boring next to everyone’s fabulously fashion forward outfits at the event. Ugh, oh well.

I was so proud of Cincinnati as I looked around the room. It was like I stepped into another dimension at that party. Toto, I don’t think we’re in Cincinnati anymore… Seriously, everyone was dressed to the nines, taking fashion risks (except for me, grrr) and meeting people outside their usual social networks. Hey, you didn’t know who you’d run into there! You could be meeting the next Diane Von Furstenberg! That room was full of all the things people say Cincinnati isn’t capable of. But we did it. And everyone there learned that the Queen City is good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like us! haha! : )

I didn’t get to do much meeting and greeting at the event unfortunately. I couldn’t tell who the designers were. But I did get into some interesting conversations with people. One of which asked me who I was most excited to see at Friday’s Fashion Week Finale.

ALK Fashion
ALK Fashion

I all the sudden understood how men get so passionate about their sports talk. I completely unloaded on this girl, John Madden style: “Well, I feel like the crowd favorite is David Meister. He’s got a good offense with his evening gown line – the bold jewel tones were a nice play there – and he’s scoring some major points with those one shoulder cocktail dresses. But I’m going with our hometown hero, Amy Kirchen, rookie designer of the new Cincinnati-based ALK Fashion. Her post-world war designs are a huge touchtown with the emerging military trend, but she runs it down the field with romance and wearability I haven’t seen elsewhere. She’d be my first draft pick given the choice.”

It was an out-of-body experience.

Naturally, I didn’t REALLY say all of that. I just said “David’s everyone’s favorite because he’s the headliner, but I’m more excited to see all the Cincinnati talent, especially ALK Fashion.”

I got the opportunity to meet Kirchen a little more than a year ago. She told me she wanted to start her own business, and she picked my brain (not sure she found much) because I had started Cincy Chic a couple years prior. She wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. At the time, she wanted to do something that incorporated makeup, modeling and design. But we caught up for coffee a few months later and she decided to just do the fashion line.

Amy Kirchen
Amy Kirchen, the designer behind ALK Fashion

And since then, she’s worked like a mad woman coming up with her company’s name, website, and all the designs in her first-ever line which will be unveiled at CFW. Oh, and by the way, she also just got married and had a beautiful baby girl. Talk about a super woman.

On a personal and professional level, I’m very excited to see this talented young woman blossom. She is one to keep your eye on for sure.

I hope you’ve purchased your ticket to CFW’s Finale. It will be epic to see Cincinnati’s own Kirchen, as well as all the other designers who’ve come from all over the world, showcase their new designs on the catwalk this Friday. Congrats to all the organizers for planning it, all the designers for participating in it, and to Cincinnati for supporting it.

Cincinnati Fashion Week

In January, Cincy Chic caught wind of Cincinnati’s first-ever Fashion Week. After squealing like little school girls in excitement, we talked with Nathan the organizer and wrote a story about the week’s festivities.

Granted, that story was written in January, so a lot has changed and developed. You can go to CincinnatiFashionWeek.com and get all the up-to-date info about THIS WEEK’s festivities. That’s right. This week … is… CINCINNATI FASHION WEEK!

Tonight is the VIP night where I get to meet all the designers in town for CFW. I’ll be posting pics and videos throughout the week from my experiences at the CFW festivities.

I also just got an email from Fetish Boutique saying that they’re giving a discount if you just mention CFW, so that’s pretty cool! Fetish recently changed owners. Click here to learn more about the new owner and what she plans to do with the store. And read info below for details about the sale at Fetish (copy and pasted from the message I just received from her email distribution)

This week is the first ever Cincinnati Fashion Week, and Fetish is extremely
excited to be participating in the week long festivities!!!!  To celebrate
Fetish will be offering a 25% discount all week to any customer mentioning
“Cincinnati Fashion Week!”

To learn more about Cincinnati Fashion Week visit their website:
www.cincinnatifashionweek.com

Half Price Jewelry at Missy & Jack this Weekend!

I live in a teeny tiny Sears catalog home, so needless to say, I don’t have ample room for clothing. So, my clothing wardrobe is actually pretty basic and minimalistic. I tend to add spice and flair to my outfits with new jewelry instead of new clothes. And I found the perfect opportunity to stock up. I just found out Missy & Jack in Mason is having a 50% off sale on their jewelry this weekend. I always love her jewelry… it’s big and chunky, fun and fabulous, costume-y but oh-so-chic. If that’s the kind of jewelry you like too, it sounds like this is a must-shop sale for you!
missy and jack

FYI, I found out about this sale from Missy & Jack’s e-mail distribution (she sent it literally a few minutes ago… this is my kind of “breaking news” haha!). She also announced sales like this on her Facebook page. Click here to see a story we recently wrote on Cincy Chic about local businesses who announce sales like this on their social media sites. I found it helpful for finding out about great deals like this. Hope you do too!

Theoretically Speaking

Just got this email from Alligator Purse last night about a Theory Trunk Show today. A rep from the Theory line is coming in from New York to be at the show. Wish I would have known about it earlier, I would have stopped in. I really like Theory. Especially their dresses. I could see myself in every single one of the dresses posted on their site. They’re professional enough to wear to work or at a work function, and fashionably funky enough to wear out with the girls. Hopefully you can stop in to Alligator Purse today to see the show. Perfect day for a glass of wine on Teller’s rooftop patio and a stroll in Hyde Park, too! Ah, the life I’d live if I didn’t have to work…
alligator purse theory trunk show

PS: They sponsored our Bras with Flair on the Square fashion show last year. Click here for all the fab fashions they had in the show. I loved them all!

I Love Joey Eric

joey ericI am in love. His name? Joey Eric.

Don’t worry, my hubby still has my heart. But Joey Eric has my wardrobe.

I just discovered this fabulous boutique on Facebook. They’re up in Dayton, but well worth the drive. If you’re familiar with the area, they’re at the Greene (it’s kind of like Rookwood, but even cooler because there are loft condos there too… yes, you can now live in the middle of an open-air mall. Hello, heaven.)

What caught my attention on FB was a picture someone posted of a cute vintage “Cincy” t-shirt. A local artist designed it and the other Ohio-related tees they sell at Joey Eric. I don’t wear t-shirts often, but I would buy one of these! They’re only $25-28 and they ship for free, so you don’t even need to make the drive if you don’t want to!

They also sell super cute “designer inspired” handbags, sunglasses, jewelry, denim and clothing.

Fun Mother’s Day Event

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! It’s May 9, so it’s time to start planning!

I just found out about this “Pretty in Pink” event that Paris J Boutique is putting together. I really love Paris J, and the shop’s owner Teresa. We worked together in November for our Seasonably Chic Showcase. Click here to check out the pics of the clothes she had in that fashion show. Really unique, fashion forward stuff – but still very wearable.

So if you have (or are) a mod mom, and would enjoy a fashionable flare to your Mother’s Day, check out this event. Here’s more info:
paris j

UPDATE: Teresa the owner just contacted me and asked if I could share this info: the event is FREE and also it’s for Breast Cancer Awareness!

Deals, Makeovers… and Clinton Kelly

I got a slew of emails from local businesses today about their deals and steals. Lots of good ones! Thought you might like to know about them. In the interest of saving time I’m just going to include screenshots of the emails and you can click on them to go to the sites where you can learn more. Enjoy… oh, and don’t forget to read at the bottom about Clinton Kelly coming to town and the Macy’s makeover he’s doing. Considering I’m BFFs with his other half Stacy London (HA!), I think I need to be there!  ; )
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mendelsohn

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Night in White Sneak Peek

I was on Fox19 this morning and did a sneak peek of the fashions that will be featured at this Friday’s Night in White event. All fashions are from Obsess Boutique in Montgomery, jewelry is from Krombholz Jewelers. If you’re interested in buying tickets or learning more about the event, visit cincychic.com/nightinwhite. Also, don’t forget to enter to win our Night in White teeth whitening giveaway contest! (It’s the last day to enter to win!) Lots of fun stuff! Hope to see you Friday!

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Win a Jimmy Choo Shoe Wardrobe

They are some of the most expensive shoes money can buy. Each one hand-stitched and haute couture. They’re Jimmy Choos.

Normally, you’d have to shell out a good $800 to own a pair of these show stopping shoes. But I just got an email from Cincinnati Saks telling me about a contest where you can win an entire Jimmy Choo shoe wardrobe!
choo

Apparently, here’s how it works: You create any outfit using at least one pair of shoes from the Jimmy Choo 24:7 collection and save it on this Closet Couture site. You can style outfits using Choo handbags, too. Contest ends on April 10th. Jimmy Choo will pick the three winners to receive a shoe wardrobe.

Not sure what they’re basing their decision on (doesn’t even explain this in the contest rules either) but I do know that there are Jimmy Choos at stake so I will be creating lots of outfits on this site to hopefully fit their fancy. Can you believe that? They’re not just giving away one pair. They’re giving away a whole wardrobe of these posh pumps! (I did some digging and it only ends up being three shoes they’re giving away, but still, that’s pretty good!)

After playing with this Closet Couture site to submit my first look, I’ve decided I REALLY like it. You can “follow” certain designers and/or stores, and see what their latest and greatest stuff is. You can style your outfit using the dresses, tops, skirts, pants, belts, blazers, shoes, etc on the site. It looks like you can even upload pics of your own clothing to incorporate those items into the outfits you style on the site. I didn’t try that uploader function out yet, but I love the concept.

I did, however, create a look that I absolutely LOVE! For the past month, I’ve been on the look out for a pretty white dress for our Night in White event this weekend (tickets are almost sold out by the way, get yours today!). I had in my mind that I didn’t want a bright white, I wanted it to be kind of a winter white/cream or even beige-y color. I actually really liked the dress Stacy London was wearing when I interviewed her last week. In that interview, she mentioned that nude, beige, and other muted tones are in for Spring/Summer, so I for sure want to get a dress in one of those colors.

I found the perfect dress and shoe for this week’s big event! (Pictured below – using Closet Couture’s cool outfit sharing tool!) Now, all I need to do is find an extra $1200 laying around to purchase this lush look. :-/ Hey, a girl can dream, right?

Night in White

IN THIS OUTFIT:

  • Lance Mirrored Sandal
  • Ports 1961 Lace Bodice Sheath

And while we’re talking about Choos, we published an interesting article on Cincy Chic a while back about heels raising havoc on foot health – and why Jimmy Choos are an exception to the rule. Click here to read the article and learn why you get what you pay for when you buy Choo’s shoes.

(Stacy) London Meets Cincy (Chic)

stacy londonOn the first of April, I always second guess any good news and wonder if I’m going to be the butt of yet another April Fool’s Day joke.

For good reason, too, as today my day started with a fake engagement announcement from a friend and my husband announcing on his Facebook page that he’s going to be a dad (I’ve since had to clarify to a lot of people that I am, in fact, NOT pregnant).

So, when I got an email mid-morning asking if I’d like the opportunity to meet TLC’s “What Not to Wear” star, Stacy London, today at 1pm, I was admittedly suspicious. I immediately thought it was a joke. Someone on my staff looked up the email author’s name and contact info and determined it was a verified PR rep for the Pantene brand. So, I responded and said – as professionally as possible – “YES YES YES YES YES I’ll be there! Oh… my ….God… She’s my idol, I watch the show all the time, I love her I love her I love her!”

I happened to be working from home today (actually from my backyard because it was so pretty), so I jumped in the shower and then… dun dun dunnnn … stared blankly into my closet. I was meeting Stacy London, the sheriff of all Fashion Police. What to wear? Or more importantly, what NOT to wear?

I hadn’t done laundry in quite a while, so the pickins were slim. But I decided on a strapless LBD with a lime short sleeve cardigan over top, classic black pumps and a chunky lime green necklace.

So, I get to P&G headquarters downtown and learn why Stacy is in town. She was filming a live webcast where she announced the next Pantene spokesperson. They announced that they are doing a call-out for Pantene users to submit a video of themselves and enter to win the opportunity to be the next Pantene spokesperson. Whoever wins will get to be a part of the world’s first live reality TV ad.

They are doing this to promote their new customized Pantene products, which they claim are custom-built around your individual “hair personality.” So, click here to submit your video and tell them about your hair personality that could make you the next Pantene spokesperson! And click here (you have to put in your contact info first FYI) to view the webcast that Stacy was in town for… um, just a warning, Bret Michaels randomly stars in this video too. I wasn’t prepared for it and don’t really understand it, but hey, I guess they figured women love dirty hot musicians so why not throw him in to make the big announcement. Apparently, the winner of this contest gets to go on tour with Bret… hmmm… good thing they’ll have lots of Pantene on hand to sanitize themselves after being on THAT tour bus! haha!

stacy londonI did notice that they mention at the end of the webcast that you can go to pantene.com/freesamples to get free samples of the new customized Pantene products they just released. It’ll take you to a page that lets you sign up for a P&G Everyday Solutions membership. I actually just signed up for this last month. One of my friends who works at P&G told me I needed to sign up and I love it. P&G sends you samples and coupons for all their new products. It’s a free membership, so I definitely recommend it.

So, back to Stacy. I know you’re probably wondering what she was like. Especially those of you who are HUGE fans of her show like me. I watch it all the time, I absolutely adore her and Clinton, and think the show is brilliant. I was hoping she was nice, because if not, I’d have to find a new hobby for my lazy Saturdays. Well, lucky for me and my laziness, she was extremely nice. The first thing out of her mouth was a compliment (said she liked my lime green cardi, by the way). She was very personable, and was really easy to talk to. She had a very BIG personality, was very animated and was really quick on her feet with jokes and jabs at Clinton.

I asked her if she was friends with Clinton before the show, because they seemed to get along so well, even in the first season. She said no, but she did meet him at auditions and they sparked the chemistry before ever walking in front of the producers, and they were fast friends from that day on. Actually, she explained the relationship as “brother and sister who have been stuck together on a long car ride.” She loves him to pieces but they know how to get on each other’s last nerve. I told her I had a brother nine years older, and could totally relate. She said Clinton was nine years older than her too. I nodded and smiled in belief, at which point, all her hair and makeup crew busted out laughing and promised to tell him she said that.

She was a blast to interview. I really had a great time and I learned a lot. She of course talked about all the new announcements Pantene had today, but I couldn’t leave her without asking which Spring and Summer trends to keep an eye out for. And oh my goodness, after asking that question, it was like the flood gates of her brain opened up. She must have rattled off literally 20 Spring/Summer trends without blinking an eye. I got video of it all, and I think you’ll really enjoy it. Check it out below!

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