Nordstrom, Nine West to Host Style Events

Fred Allan and Eric Daman

By now, you probably know that Nine West has specially designed a collection for Nordstrom stores.

To commemorate the partnership, they’re having a Spring celebration. Enter Fred Allard, Nine West Creative Director, and ELLE magazine and “Gossip Girl” costume designer, Eric Daman.

The duo will make appearances at select Nordstrom stores to promote the new collection, giving the inside scoop on styling tips and spring trends.

Mocktails, snacks, music and “other special treats” are part of the event lineup, says Nine West.

Read more to see when they’ll be in your city.

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Win A Caribbean Getaway!

Ever heard of the Turks and Caicos Islands?

Doesn’t matter!

All you need to know is that it’s in the Caribbean, warm, and fringed by fantastic beaches.

Now thanks to Anne Klein and Macy’s, you could spend five nights there — for free!

The department store and the designer recently revealed a colorful, resort-oriented Spring 2009 line in the April issue of ELLE magazine, giving readers the chance to win..

Get in the game by visiting the Macy’s website at Enter to Win AK Fashionable Getaway Sweepstakes.

 The sweepstakes end at 11:59 PM ET on April 19. 

Stylista, Stylista…what’s the verdict?

If “The Devil Wears Prada” were a reality show, it would be STYLISTA.

That’s what the folks at The CW are saying about their new show, Stylista.

The reality flick follows 11 fashion enthusiasts elbowing one another for a coveted job with the Elle mag editorial team.

But the fall-premiering show set to air Wednesdays at 9 is getting a thumbs down from at least one major fashion commentator.

Nymag.com’s blog, “The Cut” gives a scathingly honest review.

In the few clips we saw (you can watch more here and here), it became immediately apparent that Stylista will be carefully constructed to mimic The Devil Wears Prada. Slowey’s office vaguely looks like Meryl Streep’s from the film, and when Slowey enters it, she carelessly flops her coats onto one of two assistant desks outside, just like in the movie.

 It highlights in a painfully obvious way how desperately Elle wants to be Vogue. And it’s uncomfortable.

I’ll admit it, with the promotional spots in full swing on The CW, good reviews or not, I’m still curious about what Tyra Banks and Ken Mok (of ANTM fame) have cooked up for this one in their roles as executive producers.

Be your own judge and watch the preview here.




Recession No Match for Shopaholics!

Shop on, sistahs!

The results of a new survey being released June 12 reveal that women are still fashionably shopping in today’s drooping economic climate and spending a lot of money.

The online survey was commissioned by Elle magazine. 

Matthew Fields of Brandweek reports:

Researchers identified a “recession-proof shopper,” who is at the median age of 29.

She is affluent, with a median household income of $62,000: 65% were in the workforce, and only 52% worked full-time. Elle states they are passionate shoppers with 57% spending over $2,000 or more per year on clothes and 40% spending $750 or more per year on accessories and footwear.

The majority will be willing to splurge on shoes (75%), handbags (70%), beauty (68%), evening/special occasion products (63%), jeans (63%), jewelry watches (57%) and weekend clothes (52%), but not outwear/coats (41%) and workout clothes (18%).

Seemingly, there is negligence when it comes to the price of trendy products. Eighty percent are willing to pay more for the latest fashions and 81% agree that “price is not the most important factor—it’s getting just what I want.” Also, 79% agree “there are times that I buy clothing without even looking at the price.”

In 2008, 53% of recession-proof shoppers will spend as much or more than they did in 2007, compared to 34% of all other shoppers who will do the same.

About half of the 1,534 women surveyed shop in retail stores to look at, browse or purchase clothes or accessories on a weekly basis.

 

Mary-Kate Covers ELLE Magazine

courtesy eonline.com

Mary-Kate Olsen covers July’s edition of ELLE Magazine.

“I think there’s a real disconnect between the media’s perception of fashion and the fashion world’s idea of fashion,” argues Mary-Kate. “I don’t know why I wear some of the things I wear…it’s sort of like an art,” she tells the mag during the interview.

Olsen speaks of her role as a fashion designer and businesswoman, and talks about life as a twin.

Also, check out what Karl Lagerfeld and Diane von Furstenberg said about here in the cover story.

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