Coveting Now: Meet Harper Hallam

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My dear friend Olga introduced me to a really fun collection of statement fashion jewelry called Harper Hallam. With great texture and surface interest, and pieces that can suit every occasion, the line has gotten very popular, very quickly.

Rebecca Harper Hallam is the exclusive jewelry line designer and creative visionary behind HARPER HALLAM Designs. The Texas-based designer is influenced by her native Mexico and her brood consisting of husband, daughter and teenage twins. As an entrepreneur, mother and artist with 12 years of design experience, Rebecca collaborates with expert artisans on two continents to craft limited-edition jewelry collections for women just like her.

Currently, the jewelry is sold at Elaine Turner Boutiques throughout Texas, Tennessee and New York City or online at harperhallam.com.

Valentine’s Day Redux: Be the One That You Want

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Sometimes your significant other doesn’t get Valentine’s Day quite right. Or you are single. In those times, it is important to be nice to yourself, cherish yourself, and sometimes to shop for yourself… a lot!

Here are some of our favorite picks for this year, to treat yourself today or any time of year!

Design Your Own 3D Printed Fine Jewelry with American Pearl

If you didn’t get the jewelry that your heart desires, design it yourself! Do you love gold? Are you partial to Tahitian Pearls or Black Diamonds? Start with American Pearl’s gorgeous designs and customize for you or your beloved (men’s jewelry and cuff links available too!) with choices including gold, silver or platinum; diamonds, emeralds, rubies and precious birth stones; and pearls from all over the world. Complimentary custom engravings are available for most designs. www.americanpearl.com and www.americandiamondshop.com

18K Yellow Gold Black Diamond and Aubergine Tahitian Pearl Flow Ring $1867
14k White Gold and Black Green Tahitian Pearl Flow Ring $1800

 

American Pearl’s Fully Customizable Key To Her Heart Pendant
Valentine’s Day price:$775.00, originally $2,713.


Tahitian Pearl Pendant heart Love – choose from 8 different colors of Tahitian Pearls
Originally $875, now $250 for Valentine’s Day

 

TrueFacet is an exciting new online marketplace for Certified Authentic designer jewelry, with a mission of guaranteeing the best price for both buyer and seller by getting fakes out of the marketplace. www.TrueFacet.com

Nearly every woman’s heart races at the sight of a robin’s egg blue box from Tiffany & Co. This Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Bone Bracelet is a timeless, thoughtful gift you can wear all year round. It is only $600 on TrueFacet, originally $995. It comes direct from TrueFacet in fully refurbished “like new” condition in Tiffany’s signature Robin’s Egg Blue box with a Certificate of Authenticity.

18k White and Rose Gold Serpent Necklace by Damiani at TrueFacet

This pendant necklace from Damiani is beautiful and perfect for the lady who loves feminine elegance. The necklace is made of 18K white gold and features a serpent-shaped pendant. The pendant is set with ~2.13ct of pink sapphires and white diamonds. Lastly, the bail is made of 18K rose gold. Included Items: Gift Box. Retail Price: $9,740, $2,727 At TrueFacet

 

AumHome “Soul&Space” aromatherapy sprays

Valentines Day special Bhakti elixir for Men&Women. Perfect offering to the ones you adore. Garners attraction and peace. Each hand crafted, small batch Aum Home spray features aromatherapy designed to uplift, heal and clear negativity. Yogi, Healer and Interior Designer Nidhi Huba of Aum Home creates each limited edition batch with specific healing intentions. Featured Organic Essential Oils are blended with Selenite crystal, Colloidal Silver and Gem Elixirs. Every bottle is energized with Reiki, Sound Healing, Mantras and blessed crystals to keep. To enhance your experience, before spraying tap the bottle on your palm with suggested chant or affirmation.

 

$21 for the Valentines Bhakti elixir. $35 custom spray blended with clients intent with essential oils  & crystal perfect for the request. Limited edition, pre-orders suggested. www.aumhome.com
 
Shop Ken Chen’s new KC SF for beautiful, affordable clothes made in California.
Our dear friend, and Women’s Mafia Fashion Week alum, Ken Chen has been busy this season creating a new diffusion line that features his signature asymmetrical details, gorgeous draping and flattering silhouettes at very affordable prices. A few I love, named after some Women’s Mafia members!
The “Marcy” dress ($45). Named after moi! (OMG, how exciting!)
The Ally Dress ($45) named after singer/songwriter Ally Sereda, the Engie Jacket ($56) named after stylist Engie Hassan
The Constance jogger top ($36) and pants ($39) after fashionista Constance Zheng. www.kc-sf.com
 

Last, but certainly not least, something for the man (or men – we don’t judge!) in your life:

An Accessory or Styling Session with Savile Row Society

Does your guy hate to shop but love that look in your eyes when he is dressed to the nines? Savile Row Society is a men’s personal styling, shopping and custom suiting platform for men that promises to be “the end of shopping as men know it.” The service connects men (or you and your guy) with a live, professional NY stylist right away for quick, efficient, curated wardrobe building without having to look through hundreds of online options. They can even hop on Skype with you! www.savilerowsociety.com

They have stand-out accessories such as these Tateossian Cufflinks ($195) and leather Dopp kits for gifts, Closet Cleanses and Personal Shopping at home ($350), Personal Styling Sessions online or in their NY Showroom (Free) and Custom Shirting starts at $150.

 


 

Visit www.Savil.me and schedule your guy’s stylist appointment today!

Meet Lisa Dolan: The Woman Reinventing The Way Men Shop

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We had the privilege of sitting down with Lisa Dolan, the founder and President of the new men’s styling and personal shopping concierge service Savile Row Society, which is reinventing the way men shop with a curated, omni-channel platform staffed with professional fashion stylists, to ensure men get the right look and fit, every time.

What Lisa has created is pretty exciting. Savile Row Society works with both the best stylists and the best brands in the world. Their roster of talent includes wardrobe and personal style consultants (such as Women’s Mafia members Engie Hassan and Dawn Del Russo) who have dressed Royalty, celebrities and top executives all over the world, contributed to publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle and Numero, and have been seen on Fox, E! News, NBC, CBS and more.

With a luxurious New York showroom steps from Madison Square Park and an intuitive online platform, Savile Row Society is the one-stop shopping destination that caters to every wardrobe need, from men’s custom suiting, to shoes, to accessories. SRS offers more than 80 best-in-class brands including Barbour, Lacoste, Hook & Albert, Paul Evans, Haspel, Edward Armah, Pretentious Pocket, Alan Paine, Margo Petitti, Tateossian, Allen Edmonds and Daniel Wellington. Here we have an exclusive interview with Lisa Dolan:

Women’s Mafia: What is the mission of Savile Row Society? What are the unique draws for your clients and customers?

Savile Row Society’s mission is to make an efficient and enjoyable shopping experience for the professional male. My goal is to make sure every guy has access to quality garments in an easy to use format. It’s that simple. I also have high falutin ideas about making SRS a men’s club, replicating the feeling of a Havana Club.

WM: How did you get your start in the world of high-end fashion and what advice do you have for up-and-coming young entrepreneurs and stylists?

I threw myself into the mens fashion world – I went to the high-end designers’ Market parties. The first warm intros were always done in a non-business setting, which was very helpful to me.

I learned that the high-end mens fashion business is very much of a family – everyone knows each other, and in order to do business, you need to join the family, and I was excited to join. I was originally seen as the weird tech-company but in the end after a few seasons, designers perked up and recognized SRS could be an idea partner to reach our high-end customer.

WM: I understand you support some great causes with Savile Row Society. What causes are important to you?

Career Gear provides professional clothing to under privileged men who are looking for employment. SRS was originally built on the tenets that personal branding and image are so important in today’s fluid marketplace, where no one stays in a profession or location for a lifetime.

Getting the interview/job is where the main discrepancies  lie – once you have the job, anyone can learn and prove themselves. I am confident Career Gear has some role in closing that gap.

WM: When did you realize you could make your passion your career?

I was running on a treadmill and I saw my life on a clearly charted path in front of me.

I wanted to create my own path.

I knew I wasn’t excited – I wasn’t giving myself the opportunity to make an impact in any way. Thru SRS, we can effectively improve the image of professional men, to help them achieve both their personal and professional goals

WM: What is your favorite date night look for a man?

A blazer, jeans, brown shoes, and a shirt of his choosing – button downed to black tee shirt – the shirt shows what kind of man he is.

WM: You do so much between running your business, hosting so many fashion events and your cat type of person he is, or what type of date he wants it to be. I love a guy who wears a pocket square and no tie.

harity work – what energizes you?

Hmm that’s a good question – I don’t really know – I’ve always naturally had a lot of energy. I think it’s that I am extremely curious, love challenges, and love doing something new. If I had to pinpoint one driver, it would be my curiosity – I want to constantly be learning of what’s out there, and how I can be a part of it.

WM: What can the Women’s Mafia make happen for you?

Well for starters, I’d love to have SRS dress your man so you can go on doing what you love to do, and do other, more fun things together than go shopping!

WM: Lastly, please share with us – If you could dress any gentleman, alive or dead who would it be?

Warren Buffet! Mr. Buffet – our atelier is always open to you. :-)

Alexander Wang Spring 2015 Collection

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By Beth Vickerman

On Saturday the 6th of September Alexander Wang showcased his Spring 2015 collection to an eager crowd. For this collection Wang combined sporty with glamorous , he said it all started when he was thinking about sneakers (really?!). Sneakers were featured on the runway along with tennis style skirts to complete the sportswear look. Wang said his vision was to ‘ translate sneakers into the body’.

Wang presented the women in a much more feminine and sexy way than he has in some previous collections. Many garments showed a little skin, but they weren’t too revealing, it was just the perfect amount to look sexy, refined and fashion forward at the same time.

This collection proved how talented Wang is at producing clothing that flatters all women. Wang is serving as the current creating director of Balenciaga and preparing his upcoming collaboration at H&M in November.

Photos: Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com

Malan Breton Spring 2015 Collection

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By Beth Vickerman

By combining beauty and culture on the 6th of September, Malan Breton showcased a diverse and energetic Spring 2015 collection at Lincoln center.

The inspiration behind Bretons’s collection was presented from the very beginning by two male and two female dancers. The dancers performed on the runway wearing traditional Asian garments which embraced the theme of the collection “A Journey To Taiwan: The Heart Of Asia.” Breton brought elements of traditional clothing from his past into this new collection. This made the collection feel very special as it was inspired by Breton’s hometown.

Using classic Taiwainese fabrics worked especially well for the menswear collection. In one men’s look Breton produced three quarter length pants with matching teal bow ties and completed the look with a gold bomber jacket. The traditional suits with the non-Traditional prints really captured Breton’s aim with the collection. By bringing back his traditional heritage and making it modern.

Photos by: Fashion TV http://www.fashiontv.com/gallery/malan-bretton-spring-summer-2015-collection_400574.html#66

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Collection

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By Beth Vickerman

In numerous previous collections, Monique Lhuillier has demonstrated her mastery of the perfect ball gown, but for Spring 2015 on the Mercedes Benz runway she instead presented a beautiful collection focusing on daywear.
It soon became clear her focus was on gorgeous pastel colors: pale pinks, sky blues, shades of yellows and purples. Lhuillier said her inspiration came from a recent trip she took to Harbour Island in the Bahamas. It was at sunrise where there were different shades in the sky that caught her attention, as they produced a special kind of sparkle that she wanted to put into every piece of her collection.
This  inspiration was beautifully presented on various different fabrics. It was featured on a cocktail dress made from liquid satin and again on a neoprene dress but instead with a printed landscape. Whether is was through flower petals, detailed beading or sequins, Lhuillier was able to beautifully add that little bit of sparkle into every garment of her collection.
Photos by: Kim Weston Arnold / Indigitalimages.com

Carrie Hammer Spring 15 Fashion Show

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By Beth Vickerman

On the morning of Friday the 5th of September Carrie Hammer showcased her Spring/Summer 15 collection at the prestigious Fashion Law Institute. It was a full runway show with 24 gorgeous models, however, there was a refreshing twist. Women’s Mafia insider Engie Hassan of EngieStyle was styling the show and our friend Bridget O’Brien was the press agent, so we got to go backstage and cover this exciting event.

For the second season in a row Hammer took a rather unique approach when choosing the best fitting models to capture the message of her collection.  Instead of using runway models to display her collection she used women who were role models in their communities. As Hammer’s collection is targeted at professional businesswomen, the idea of role models walking the runway was perfect. Some women were role models due to their achievements in the business world, where as others had powerful stories from their past.

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Photo by Abbey Rogers – Fusion.net

Photo by Abby Rogers – Fusion.net

Karen Crespo was the last model to walk the runway and graced the runway with confidence. Crespo sadly lost all four of her limbs due to a bacterial meningitis infection, so for her to WALK the runway in a custom red Carrie Hammer gown was such a powerful ending to an inspirational show.  This A-line dress was named ‘Karen’ in Crespo’s honor.

The collection itself achieved its aim by producing stylish clothing for professional businesswomen. This included trench coats, traditional Khaki coats and of course Hammer’s signature sheath dresses.  Hammer is known for creating garments that fit every body type. This was illustrated at the show – every article of clothing fitted each role model perfectly. The show was excellent in showing how work wear doesn’t have to be dull and shapeless, it can be stylish and flattering.

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Karen Crespo with Engie Hassan (right) and the styling team backstage including Michael Rosenberg and Daphney Lorene

Mischka Velasco Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Show

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by Beth Vickerman

On Sunday the 7th of September, Mischka Velasco showcased 26 looks for the spring/summer season. Last Rites Tattoo Gallery was buzzing with over 250 guests attending the show; exceeding the designed capacity of 200. Although it took a while to get everybody into the venue the show was certainly worth the wait.

Velasco is a New York based designer for both womenswear and menswear. Everything is designed and produced locally in her Soho studio. Velasco’s designs are unique as she embraces different fabrics than other designers in her collections. Feathers ruled the Velasco runway. Sometimes the feathers were the main substance of a dress and other times they were to add an edge, like a feathered neckpiece featured in the menswear collection.

The 26 looks ranged from the astronomy inspired onesie for the meanswear to the heavily feathered dresses in the womenswear.  She also featured silk gowns with pearl details, quite well made tweed shorts, lingerie looks with money printed fabrics and quirky crop tops. The contrasting looks kept the guests constantly engaged, as nobody knew what was going to follow each look. This was the beauty of Velasco collection. www.mischkavelasco.com

RED PARTY Event Recap: The Women’s Mafia 9 Year Anniversary Celebration featuring Maggie Norris Couture

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This Tuesday August 5th the Women’s Mafia hosted their signature Red Party, featuring a fashion presentation by iconic couturier Maggie Norris and benefitting the children’s charity Reach Within. This year marked the 9 Year Anniversary Party for the Women’s Mafia and as founder Marcy Clark noted: “we are so proud to be celebrating nine years of style, substance and philanthropy!”

Model in Maggie Norris Couture with designer Maggie Norris and event host Marcy Clark, Photo by Natsuko Matsumura

The Red Party gala at the Glamorous Gansevoort Park hotel featured a fashion presentation by celebrity couturier Maggie Norris, who has

Engie Hassan and the EngieStyle team with Marcy Clark, Photo by Becky Yee of Vintage Vanga Photography

dressed icons such as Nicole Kidman, Beyonce, Halle Berry, Naomi Watts, Jennifer Aniston and Michelle Obama. Styled by EngieStyle, the presentation featured exquisite regal garments: dresses, corsets, trousers and jackets with red, gold and cream color palettes, and 1930’s and military inspirations. A stand-out in the show was Norris’s dramatic red silk “Grenada Gown” that dazzled the crowd. The Grenada Gown was inspired by the featured charity at the event, Reach Within, a charity with sites in Grenada and St. Vincent that helps vulnerable children break the cycle of violence and develop social and emotional skills to succeed in life. Thousands of dollars were raised to support Reach Within and their important work.

Illusionists Ben Nemzer and Cassandra Ruiz greeted the guests with a fiery magic trick and red roses upon entering the event, setting the tone of a magical evening where the guests would be cherished and celebrated. Photographer Becky Yee hosted her signature Vintage Vanga on-site Pin-Up Photo Booth, which was exceedingly popular and had guests posing with feathers, roses and props. Invitees sipped cocktails made by Cedar and Schrub, tasted whisky by women-owned brand Brenne Whisky and sipped cuvee by Magnifico Giornata. Co-hosted by fraternal social clubs The Men’s Collective and The Ladies Collective, the event embodied fun, glamour, boldness and beauty.

Photo by Natsuko Matsumura
Model with Maggie Norris, photo by Arthur Eisenberg
photo by Arthur Eisenberg
Photo by Arthur Eisenberg
Maggie Norris Fashion Presentation, photo by Arthur Eisenberg
Maggie Norris Fashion Presentation, photo by Arthur Eisenberg

The Y Gallery Salon Team managing hair backstage (Photos by Arthur Eisenberg)

Excepts from Marcy Clark’s speech about the Women’s Mafia:

A lot of people ask me, “what is the Women’s Mafia?!” And I first always assure them that there is nothing menacing about us – no crimes or murders! We’re really a peace-loving bunch, and the women in this group are truly the best, most interesting, most dynamic, fun and bold women I know. I started the Women’s Mafia 9 years ago, when I’d only been in the city one year myself, because I truly believe in the power of community, especially like-minded, bold New York Women.

Models in Maggie Norris Couture with designer Maggie Norris and Broadway performer Angel Reda and Harlem Dance Theatre Ballet Dancer Alexandra Jacob, photo by Natsuko Matsumura

I had a vision that we could help each other to navigate this big place – get a great job, make some amazing friends – and more than that to support causes we believe in: charities like Reach Within that we are supporting tonight, independent businesses, female entrepreneurs, artists, and designers. I have to say that you ladies (and many gentleman!) have really come through on that vision, and so this party is really my gift to you to say thank you for all that you do for these causes and especially for each other. I know so many members who have become best friends, helped each other find new careers, had life-changing new experiences and really expanded what’s possible in their lives. And so I want to toast to you tonight, because you guys really, truly, make dreams come true!”

Maggie Norris Couture, Photo by Natsuko Matsumura

Special Thanks to our Sponsors and Partners:

Maggie Norris Couture

Reach Within: an amazing charity helping children and parents in Grenada and St. Vincent

The Men’s Collective and Ladies Collective

Engie Hassan and EngieStyle, who styled the show

DJ Sharri

Y Gallery Salon styled hair for the presentation & host: Yaniv, Yoni, Brandy, Adi and Clara

Becky Yee of Vintage Vanga Photography

Marcy Clark and Becky Yee of Vintage Vanga Photography

Yellow Sky Agency PR

The Makeup Team: Legend with Wilhelmina Artists, SamiRivera, and Jerry Lopez of Mark Joseph Salon

Our Models: Angel Reda, Jordana, Devyn, Cindy Jo, Kanami, Emily and Brooke

Event Photographers: Fashion Photographer Arthur Eisenberg, Artist and Photographer Natsuko Matsumura, Guillermo Mogollan of FashionandPersonalities, Joyce Brooks of BlackTieMagazine

Cupcakes by Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes

The Gansevoort Park Hotel – special thanks to Eric Lee, Eric Sobin and Chris Kirchner

Drinks Sponsors:

Magnifico Giornata Cuvee

Brenne Whisky by Allison Patel

Cedar and Schrub – “A Boutique Shrubbery”

Gift Bags and Silent Auction:

Genevieve Malandra and the team at Robin Leedy and Associates for helping with our gift bags

Beauty Buster Skincare

Our amazing silent auction donors: Becky Yee of Vintage VangaAlexander TedfordAna et CarolLucky SelectismVernakular Photo Designs

Photo Gallery by Becky Yee of Vintage Vanga (where labeled) and Natsuko Matsumura

Lori Wilde, Kori Burkholder, Tracey Miller, Sara Ferrence, Marcy Clark, Susan Christie, Photo by Natsuko Matsumura

For more about the Women’s Mafia and how to “be a Made Woman” visit www.womensmafia.com.