FASHION

’77 Blackout Revisited

Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 10:00 am

Well, not so much revisited for me since… I was NO WHERE around when that blackout happened. Umbro took inspiration from that period to commemorate the story of NY Cosmos’ Carlos Alberto’s US arrival to create the Blackout Collection.

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It’s known as the city that never sleeps, but on July 13 1977 New York fell into complete darkness as a blackout swept over the entire area, plunging NYC into chaos. By coincidence, Brazilian defender Carlos Alberto Torres was arriving in the city at the same time to sign for the New York Cosmos football team… These two moments are the inspiration behind the Cosmos Blackout collection, which takes some of our most celebrated items and shapes them into a cool tonal range. All the products are black on black, but find flashes of colour and texture through the use of embroidery, UV responsive paint and reflective prints. — via Umbro

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Catherine Malandrino at Le Bain

Saturday, July 9th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Well, not really. Catherine Malandrino wasn’t at Le Bain’s Scion sponsored Pool Party on Saturday but I was there, in the Catherine Malandrino free dress rental Rent the Runway sent me on Friday. I decided to dress it down with flats since the only thing I had planned for the weekend was work and the pool.

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For more pics from Le Bain, pics of the dress, and more on how to rent it (or one just like it), look below…
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Retro Elite Chic at Paper Doll

Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

One of my elementary and high school classmates has entered the jewelry design business with her brand, Retro Elite Chic. Jewelry designer, Gisella C. is having an event at Clinton-Hills Paper Doll boutique in a few weeks to preview the fall collection.
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Will you be there? I will.

Retro Elite Chic at Paper Doll Boutique
Saturday, July 23, 2011
7p – 12a
921 Fulton Street
btwn Clinton and Waverly Avenues
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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Fly Geenius x Goliath Event

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

The events just keep rolling in.
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Goliath
Thursday, July 7, 2011
7p – 10p
175 East 105th Street
btwn Lexington and Third Avenue
New York, NY

(BTW… anyone else doing that pool party on Saturday?)

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Naked Hearts at Paper Doll

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 at 11:00 am

Last Saturday, I went to the new Paper Doll Boutique on Futlon Street for a party celebrating Paper Doll’s collaboration with LA brand Dimepiece. I also went to finally check out the store since I’ve never been.

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Victoria, co-owner of Paper Doll, was wearing the collab piece, which features a photo of supermodels passed Tyra Banks and Cindy Crawford.

Paperdoll Boutique
921 Fulton Street
btwn Clinton and Waverly Avenues
Brooklyn, NY 11238

I was excited to see Raeana’s Naked Hearts on display! For more on that and the Dimepiece collaboration, look below…
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Why Rent the Runway is THE Best

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I’ve been writing about Rent the Runway here on AssataSAYS.com since its inception in late ’09. I liked the company so much and was so pleased by the customer service that when I did my Get Fall Glam event at the Polish Bar of Brooklyn last fall, I asked Rent the Runway to be a sponsor. And so, they were.

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Their dedication to loyal renters is ongoing. I received an e-mail from Emily at RTR on Monday saying that they were going to send me a free rental to enjoy this July. I’m sure you all know that I was EX-SIGHT-TED!

I sat flipping through page after page of dresses from designers like Tibi and Milly to Matthew Williamson and Herve Leger, picking my favorites and marking them as such. Here is one of my weekend picks.

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(click image for RTR link to dress)

To see a few more of my picks for my weekend rental, look below…
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Introducing Raeana.com

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

One of my very close friends who is a recent graduate of Parson’s The New School of Design recently launched her website. Raeana (see Naked Hearts post) dually launched Raeana.com featuring her A/W 2010 and S/S 2011 collections and ShopRaeana.com with – you guessed it – her S/S collection for purchase.

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My favorite piece is below…
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My New Knockarounds

Sunday, June 26th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I’ve averaged one pair of new shades every summer for the last three years. In 2008, there were the squared Michael Kors shades that replaced the vintage Gucci’s I got from my mom (I broke them after 3 years and stood on 5th and 55th CRYING my eyes out over it).

In 2009 there were the vintage, rimless Playboy glasses my grandma gave me. Last summer I bought a pair of all black Carrera glasses at that Carrera Escape event with Rhonesha and Cachee.

I started this summer very early with a new pair of glasses; a pair of Knockarounds.

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There are two things that drew me to this tortoise shell pair:

(1) the price (of course!)
(2) the arms have spring hinges to keep them from stretching out and breaking easily (see: .gif below)

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Bonafide Icon Giveaway

Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Just as often as I hear people say to me When’s the next sale? I hear Why don’t you post about more men’s stuff? Well, mostly because I have no use for menswear. But, when I hear about something so… deal-icious (see what I did there? hehehe!) I post about it. Now is one of those times.

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Men’s streetwear company, Bonafide Icon is doing a giveaway that ends in 7 days. All you have to do to enter is:

1. Follow Bonafide Icon on Twitter
2. Email your name, shirt size, and fitted hat size to Contests@BonafideIcon.com

To see what the package includes, look below…
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Raeana Does Naked Hearts

Friday, June 17th, 2011 at 9:57 am

Some time ago, my Friend Raeana began designing and creating a collection of handmade brass pins. What started as something small has blossomed into one-of-a-kind creations benefiting Grammy Award winning artist, Estelle’s All of Me Foundation.
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All made with exotic skins, and some even with Ostrich feathers, each unique pin is handcrafted.

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You can purchase yours at NkdHearts.BigCartel.com.

To see more from the collection, look below…
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