Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pamela Roland, Misha Nonoo, Rita Vinieris Fall 2013 Gowns and Daywear: Sneak Peak

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Drama and elegance, courtesy of Russia-St. Petersburg, in particular---inspires evening gown designer and Hollywood celeb fav Red Carpet go-to fashion source,  Pamela Roland...who enchants with these sneak peak sketches that offer a romantic glimpse of her upcoming Fall 2013 runway show....(above....and below).
That slice of Europe also serves as inspiration for Misha Nonoo's collection---in particular "War and Peace"...featuring close with military influences....or to quote the press release:

“Think Edie Campbell takes a weekend trip to Russia to visit descendants of the Russian Romanov’s for a carefree weekend filled with Fabergé egg hunts and caviar.


 Rita Vinieris sweeping elegant gowns are inspired by the iconic American architect Louis Kahn...a master of 20th century Modernism.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

WARNER'S Unbelievable Unwire™ GENIUS LAUNCH

It's official.

This is the most comfortable and kinda sexy, even (boyfriend tested)...but really comfortable WOW is right, great fitting support as good as an underwire (ish) bra we ever put on.

Warner's-in the biz of undercover things... aka intimate apparel- since 1874---spent a few years developing this wash it, twist it,  squish it in your luggage-no problem, the 'wire' (really a composite material) never pokes through...then wear it---an always in shape bra ---in fun colors/prints... as well as the basics!

At a media preview we got to try one on---and sure, it fit and was comfortable out of the box---and yes, very unwire for a composite material 'wired' one...that kind of support.

But when we got a personal sample--- to wear all day...and we did ---we forgot we had anything on...and this basically never happens, ever.

We demo thousands of dollars worth of performance wear and gear ---all the time---but the underpinnings of our attire, (the bra part)---the kind we can wear all day/night---and move around in-is never as comfortable as we would like. Till now. Bravo.

BONUS POINTS: Warner bras are consistently sized. Meaning-if you know your size---you can buy and wear the same size across their various collections. Something we are sure they work really hard on...and a bonus for online shoppers.

Warner's Unbelievable Unwire™ $38

Monday, January 28, 2013


The Coolest Things We Saw At Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow Fall 2013-Part 1

Words/Tradeshow images Judith Ecochard

Okay, in fairness we did not see everything offered by the 3000+ exhibitors at the most recent Outdoor Retailer tradeshow -that just wrapped up in SLC...BUT...

What we 'dubbed" the coolest---isn't for sale as apparel, footwear or gear---but a patented "...interactive showroom sales table"for Terramar Sports-encased inside clever warming stations...

...that's a giant flatscreen Samsung touch sensitive device-embedded with software that allows users to get off their feet,  have a seat, ...and get the Terramar Sports product info, and follow-up actions in like a New York minute...via a special code on the hangtag of a particular item. With the functionalities of an iPad---meaning can move around screen things at will, change images up depending, etc.

Which is appropriate since New Yorker Jeff Danzer/President of BrandAxion-in cahoots with After-mouse-a Microsoft approved app developer, conjured up this interactive 21st century sales tool that, according to Danzer...

"... effectively showcase(s) our client’s products, while simultaneously streamlining the sales process. Until now, the sales cycle for new products can take several weeks- after the product is presented to buyers, a lot of time is spent following up, deciphering meeting notes, and re-sending product info. These tables take care of all the post-show effort and allow for quick and efficient follow-up.”  

It brought to mind the Concept Korea presentation we saw 2 years ago as part of New York Fashion Week Fall 2012...appropriately enough with sponsor Samsung -a deep-pocketed South Korean company that's stealing Apple's thunder  (and a clever ad campaign too)...whereby an interactive flatscreen laid out as a table was touchscreen sensitive too-providing designer info...and an embedded camera and keyboard for web addresses- allowing users to take a pic and then instantly post to their Facebook account, Tumblir -whatever---. Of course what amazed us most was the speed of it all-after all Time Warner Cable---had internet connectivity issues-to put it mildly... 

To further quote the press release that spells it out better than we can summarize...

"The tables, featuring touch screen and visual recognition technology, allows for more productive and engaging sales meetings.  Each Terramar product is “tagged” with a unique code and when placed on the table, specific information instantly appears- including product specs, pricing, photos, details and videos. Patented interactive functions allow all meeting participants to take notes directly on the table via wireless keyboards. Once the meeting is concluded, buyers, sales reps, product development teams and management are emailed a complete meeting recap, including selected items with product pictures, detailed notes and an electronic order form."  

“We are very proud to be the first company to use this sales table and to be launching it at Outdoor Retailer” says Ben Lieberman, President of Terramar Sports. “As a sales, product development and marketing tool, we believe it is a true-game changer."

FYI future apps include placing orders right there and then, specifics on a retailer's inventory levels---and a virtual reality vision of how the product will look in the particular stores. Like Google Maps for store designers, we thought-in a way.

Terramar Sports technically savvy base/mid layers ---to be reviewed later

Saturday, January 26, 2013

New Balance 574 Windbreakers: Fresh Kicks for Spring 2013

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Retro style circa the 1980's-90's with bold neon colors---in homage to fashion company's like K-Way ®, with its super trendy nylon jackets - aka-the "windbreaker".

New Balance took this as an opportunity to pay homage to the windbreaker---in a series of powerfully toned sneakers that'll stop breathable nylon fabric upper, contrasting top laces and a reflective heel.

Monday, January 21, 2013


In Our Inbox...

Berlin Fashion Week is a creative and jam packed collection of trade shows, presentations and runway shows---that take place all over the city...

Dorothee Schumacher on left

One stalwart of German design, Dorothee Schumacher showed fashion savvy designs with international appeal...for a woman much like herself, multi-tasking women...who want to looked pulled together, no matter the occasion.

Make-up on all-bold red matte lip with softly rimmed eyes-pnkish brown...flawless skin with a hint of blush

Schumacher is one of our favorite designers---of apparel and accessories. We guess an American equivalent might be the high end offerings of Donna Karan = and for Fall/Winter 2013 that meant sumptuous, opulent fabrics-including silky satins, subtle glimmering lurex, tweeds, and trims of neoprene and coated leather... for day/evening, modern classics-sporty outerwear shapes-leather jackets, woolen parkas, short capes, oversized cashmeres with slim pants, 60's inspired tunics, blouson pull-overs with bell shaped skirts, hourglass shapes ...sophisticated and with body conscious silhouettes that would appeal to many different types of women.

Fall/Winter 2013 thematically sited the ROSE flower as an inspiration-both its beauty, "petal by petal" and it's thorns. 

Accessories included sleek oversized clutches-with studs or in rich suede - with jewel-like clasps...large enough for all the electronics we haul around...a feminine portfolio brief.

Friday, January 18, 2013

LACOSTE FOOTWEAR in Valentine's Day RED (The New Black)

Andover CIW - $80.00 available at : ZAPPOS
Retro style -or pumped up wedge sneakers----we like the red footwear theme for Valentine's Day...and the kicks last longer than roses...and some relationships, anyway.
Easbury - $214.00 available at : ZAPPOS

Tourelle AG - $72.99 available at : ZAPPOS

Imatra ESS - $76.00 available at :SHOES   

Fairburn W - $75.00 available at : PIPERLIME

Monday, January 14, 2013

14.oz-Limited Edition Shoe by Italian Buttero x Denham Dutch Denim Brand

Unlike some concept/curated retail stores that get tons of publicity for their owners and the  merchandise purveyed (but little in the way of sales)----14OZ -Berlin based boutiques actually sell things that men nd women wear.

PLUS-it's the exclusive to these stores only (or just about)---that make the style conscious very happy.

In our inbox...
A special highlight for shoecoholics: Buttero X Denham X 14 oz. limited Denim-Edition.

In collaboration with Italian shoe manufacturer Buttero and the Dutch denim brand Denham The Jeanmaker 14 oz. Berlin presents a limited denim sneaker edition. As lowcut or highcut for women and men this sneaker associates handicraft with everything that makes blue hearts beat faster. The upper is made of 14 oz. denim by leading denim weaver Candiani. A removable leather sole guarantees highest comfort. 

Buttero X Denham X 14 oz. limited Denim-Edition

The Buttero X Denham X 14 oz. Edition is limited to 300 pairs worldwide and exclusively available at the two Denham Stores in Amsterdam, Buttero's flagship in Milan as well as in the two 14 oz. Berlin stores. The price for the lowcut is 219.90 EUR, the highcut is available at 239,90 EUR.

Buttero X Denham X 14 oz. limited Denim-Edition

Buttero X Denham X 14 oz. limited Denim-Edition

14 oz. store Berlin

Kurfürstendamm 193-194
10707 Berlin Germany

Opening Times: Mon-Sat, 10 - 19 h
14 oz. store Berlin
Neue Schönhauser Straße

Neue Schönhauser Str. 13 

10178 Berlin | Germany

Opening Times: Mon-Sat, 11 - 20 h

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2013 Hair Trends 2013-Angelo David

Angelo David Salon
48 East 43rd St/Manhattan

Even a confirmed drip/dry sort (us) needs a New Year's refresher 'do...and a recent Saturday yielded up a great glossy shine for our long, now revived tresses, and miraculously, seriously---nails shaped by Marijanne (aka the Miracle Worker)--- in a lengthening, flattering almond-like profile---painted in such a pretty red (Essie's Fifth Avenue) that we actually got compliments on our talons for the first time---probably since we were born and they were counted.

All the aforementioned achieved at the discreet midtown location of Angelo David Salon---a second story, unfussy and calm even when full, all services salon...

It is easy to relax here---even when quaffing down a caffeine fueled beverage, graciously proffered like the second one walks in...which is one of the reasons we saw a chair occupied by a guy getting a trim...and, imo the kind of man that would step a well shod foot into a glammy salon with a  nightclub kind of atmosphere.

Angelo David's claim to fame= his undetectable exclusive 'real' Couture Hair Extensions' "system" or custom dyed hair pieces---applied to customers' noggins- in a bank of spacious private rooms if desired.

A realistic looking set of locks...for those wanting more thickness (fillers), length, bangs---or just wanting hair- if lack of it is that extensive. The hair /extensions/pieces are custom dyed-even to a handsome salt and pepper for a male salon employee (undetectable, we were told afterwards it was not 'real)' too also...and cut, styled and then attached according to what's appropriate given the amount of hair that's there to begin with.

How transformative this process is...we gave a glimpse when a Real Housewife sort was finished---not that the discreet staff said anything, we just happen to share our exit time...and admired her long lengthy tresses...and she shared.

But really what was so amazing was the follicle overhaul of a professorial looking older woman seated next to us- at one point. She was meaningfully thinned out, hair-wise- on top...enough to make us thank our lucky stars...but lo and behold, her "other hair"...expertly dyed in a realistically looking, kissed by the sun, warm blonde highlights and lowlights combo ...was laid out in a looong row before her...and about an hour and a half later her grey roots touched up-the extensions applied...she looked a gazillion times better and about 15 years younger. Easy. And def. not that type of gal to wear anything more than maybe a dab of lipstick...but let's face it, self esteem can't be priced. So bravo.

As for the other salon services, we can vouch for the skill level-high....and they actually listen to what their customers want-too. Always a good trait.

We had an informative chat about hair color in general...with senior colorist/style smart guy Ivan--- and his take on how a busy gal on a budget-might "approach" hair color. His advice-a once a year expensive color job is mandatory for great hair color---one cannot skimp on this- particularly in a pricey city like NYC...and for blondes, we are talking highlights and lowlights (darker tones underneath) for depth and for winter ---on the east coast that means warm honey tones. For brunettes-it's usually either more reddish (caramel -milk chocolate tones-as in Jennifer Lopez fab hair) or more purple based- espresso-dark chocolate tones.

Then 2-3 times a year-briefer, refresher appointments are needed.  This is not ridiculous---and sound advice-unlike some color gurus we read about who think that women just even have the time for a monthly or every 6 week sit-down in a salon chair.

Other hair color trends for Spring 2013-not new but maybe not so in your face---meaning hair tips a lighter light shade, and gradually getting there- from about mid-head on ---not so ombré...more like sun-kissed hair that would get that way naturally if one sat outside on some beach somewhere for half the day, for three months---with a hat on that covered the top part.

It should be noted though-we saw a gal with long straight hair with dark dark roots---but a solid platinum everything else on that head...and we saw her leave with that same solid platinum shade complete. Rocker ready we thought---and very cool.


J. Ecochard

NIKE'S CLASSICS: Nike Air Max 1, 90, 95 and 97 for 2013


The models Nike Air Max 1, 90, 95 and 97 are the most popular Nike designs ever. You'd have to blindfold walk through the cities of the world, not somewhere to discover one of these styles on the streets. Therefore, it's understandable that the Nike designers were faced with a difficult task when it came to interpret the new cult sneaker. How miss the classics a new statement, without negating their timeless, unique style. 

Nike presents Engineered Mesh: The new, patented mesh design (close-coarse mesh or perforated) makes the Air Max range still functional, while retaining  the good looks of the original models. 

Originally designed for the performance running area when initially developed,  the mesh allows for variable Perforation construction in different "zones" with different functionalities---resulting in a  denser fabric for support and stability, but also still super breathable. 

The result is a more airy and more resistant Air Max family - lighter and more flexible than ever...and in keeping ---imo with the whole lighter faster mantra of performance wear and gear. 

The Engineered Mesh Air Max collection is now available. NIKE Air Max