Santoni Opens on Madison Avenue

Santoni hosts an evening in celebration of their US flagship store opening on Madison Avenue in New York City. Friends of the brand, including Amanda Ross, Abigail Breslin, Claudia Mata, David Farber, David Thielebeule, Devin Pedzwater, Edouard D’Arbaumont, Eleonora Carisi, Emily Bache, Eugene Tong, Giovanna Battaglia, Jason Rembert, Jorge Garcia, Joseph DeAcetis, Kate Moodie, Kristian Laliberte, Michael Atmore, Nick Sulliva, Nicoletta Santoro, Peter Davis, Peter Knell, Rachael Wang, Sam Broekema, Sciascia Gambaccini, Stefano Tonchi, Stellene Volandes, Ted Stafford and Terry Lu amongst others were welcomed by Giuseppe Santoni, CEO of the brand, at the new Madison Avenue boutique. Guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne.


Located at 762 Madison Avenue, the 972 square foot boutique is the destination for Italian luxury footwear, featuring exclusive Men’s and Women’s collections. Designed by Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola, the store’s design replicates the concept of Santoni’s flagship boutique in Milan on Via Montenapoleone. The space embodies Santoni’s heritage, using many of the same precious materials as the footwear. “I’m so happy to be back on Madison Avenue after more than 5 years with a completely renewed image.” states Giuseppe Santoni, CEO of the brand. “In the past few years, Santoni has dramatically evolved as a brand: we have introduced new collections, we have opened several boutiques in key locations around the world and we have become a go-to brand for our high-end and sophisticated clientele, all the while keeping with our philosophy of uncompromising quality and obsession with details. This new flagship store in New York represents a milestone in our expansion process; this is the most important luxury market in the world and we want to establish a strong relationship with this city.”


Introducing the Lacoste LS.12

Introducing the Lacoste LS.12, a sneaker inspired by the tennis shoe of yesterday’s winners. It was red-hot on the hard tennis courts in 1987. 27 years later, it’s back, and ready to take on an even tougher scene. Designed for the streets, the new LS.12 hasn’t changed but looks entirely new. Masculine and monochrome, crafted from a combination of punched calfskin leather and tone-on-tone suede, with a thick sole fashioned for the asphalt, the LS.12 unites comfort and elegance and makes a distinctive addition to the season’s urban looks.


Drawing its sports lines from the brand’s heritage, the design of the LS.12 is loyal to its original style with a thick sole conceived to withstand wear and to ensure optimum comfort. The LS.12 discards the required tennis court white for a range of new urban colors: Navy Blue, Asphalt Black, or Dark Brown. Join the social media conversation by tagging and exploring #LS12


The limited re-edition of the LACOSTE LS.12 men’s sneaker, a sport-inspired design that was featured in our FW14 fashion show, is now available exclusively on and available in 30 premium LACOSTE boutiques worldwide retailing for $195:

Carolinna Espinosa Spring 2015

Luxury women’s shoe brand, Carolinna Espinosa, is pleased to unveil its Spring/Summer 2015 collection, due to hit stores this coming February. Yesterday, we had the pleasure of viewing the highly anticipated collection at their corporate offices. We were treated to brunch and delectable treats as we previewed their amazing Spring/summer styles.


Always striving to create the perfect shoe that is eye-catching, comfortable and sophisticated all at once, Carolinna Espinosa stays true to these values with this collection while applying their signature modern take on design. Using memory foam cushioning as a staple of comfort in each collection, Creative Directors Charles Amar and Gianni Velasche have added daring hues, feminine embellishments, and laser-cut scalloping to showcase an entirely fresh collection for women who don’t want to compromise between elegance and comfort.

Floral patterns have accented the runways over the last year in jewelry, accessories and patterned clothing. For the 2015 spring season, the floral trend evolves in its use atop new materials such as patent, snake embossed leather and other textiles. Carolinna Espinosa has managed to incorporate this trend beautifully into the collection, using muted color ways to match any look. The Sandra flat along with the Celie and Socialite heels show off a white palette under a pattern of gray leaves and floral prints for an understated print to match the everyday basics.

Another prevalent detail seen in the collection is pearl and jewel embellishments, a trend that started with earrings, rings, layered necklaces, and has become a growing statement of femininity in footwear. A line of pearls adorn the back heel of Carolinna Espinosa’s Arabia style, creating a chic yet daring look, while the pearl detailing on the Riot flats set daintily atop a golden bow offers a more feminine touch. For a bolder look, the Pepper sandals and Sniper flats feature vibrant multi-color jewel accents throughout the strappy tops – a detail that is sure to bring out our freshly pedicured toes during the warmer months.

It’s evident that Spring and Summer 2015 will be all about playing up our feminine side, and a growing trend to do just that is scalloping, a look seen in hemlines and sleeves, and now in shoes with Carolinna Espinosa’s latest range that offers scalloped laser cut detailing. Taking cues from the Resort collection, the Royal flat is an energetic combination of the floral and scallop trend, featuring a laser cut floral pattern all around and scalloped edges for a spritely spring feel. To continue the popular laser cut-out trend, the Stark sandal and Premium heel add a perfect pop of geometric style with their playful oval laser cut-outs and graceful ankle straps.


Lastly, this collection extends the metallic hardware trend from fall with new adaptations for the springtime. For the Spring/Summer 2015 collection, Carolinna Espinosa opted for a softer take with this bold accent. Adding a woven chain detail around the entirety of the Peach heeled sandal and throughout the entire wedge on the Pure style, these shoes are reminiscent of a modern day Grecian goddess. A thicker band of golden metallic hardware across the top of the casual Ripen flat is another taste of this stylish detailing.

Aside from our metallic hues, the collection includes bright, rich colors as seen in the deep turquoise Marble heel and the translucent/ pearlized red, pink, and yellow combination of the Perna heels. In a further nod to comfort, the collection will also feature casualized rubber soles on dressier shoes like the Sofie and the Bedford. Completing the collection are the always on-trend color combinations of black-and-white, and black-and-nude; the Cole, Mercer, and Cooper heels, as well as the Steele wedge, which are sure to become the perfect go-to’s in our spring and summer closet selection.

By combining contrasting details, colors and prints, Carolinna Espinosa’s Spring/Summer collection for 2015 offers a completely refreshed, dynamic and feminine look for the warmer seasons while retaining a smart, refined quality; perfect for the modern and elegant woman on the go.

The Spring Summer 2015 collection from Carolinna Espinosa will be available starting February 2015 on, Lord and Taylor Flagship,, Macy’s Flagship, (as of January 2015), as well as specialty stores worldwide.

Prices for the collection range from $195.00 – $275.00.

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Spa Week Services by Body Factory Skin Care Spa


Last week, The Fashion Reporter’s own, Priscilla Monteiro, was treated to a 50 minute facial at the Body Shop Skin Care Spa located in Greenwich Village section of NYC. The peaceful yet energizing experience began with a skin analysis followed by a step-by-step treatment.


The Body Factory is designed as a peaceful yet energizing day retreat. No cell phones or distractions when treating yourself to a first class spa treatment in a nurturing, rejuvenating setting. You are a highly welcomed guest at their facility and they encourage you to relax. They insist that you make yourself feel comfortable, special and pampered. When at Body Factory, you will be serviced by a well-trained therapist who will inform you of products bring used and reasoning behind them. Their state of the art technology is designed to analyze your skin for accurate and effective treatment.


They are partnered with Dermalogica, one of the finest and top brands when it comes to skincare. There products are free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts including lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil and artificial colors/ fragrances. Their aim is healthy skin with long lasting results.


At the Body Factory, we learned that the key to maintaining beautiful and radiant skin results from exfoliation and hydration. Drinking lots of water and using moisturizers with high SPF’s is particularly important. Also, when cleansing it is important not to forget the declade/neck area. If you have blemishes, it is good to use products with lactic acid or salycid acid if you are prone to acne.

The customer service at Body Factory exceeded our expectation. In fact, they also added money to the parking meter so that our editor would not get a parking violation. Now that is an even better reason worth visiting them.

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Kara Ross to Unveil Limited Edition Handbags

On November 24th, Kara Ross will debut a limited edition collection of handbags featuring the whimsical designs of Donald Robertson (aka @DonaldDrawbertson). The bags merge Donald’s playful style with Kara’s distinct aesthetic, resulting in one-of-a-kind accessories.

Inspired by The utilitarian Whole Foods bags Robertson utilizes as a key medium in his artwork, Ross has created a classic tote that will each be hand painted by Donald. Each bag will be numbered and signed and will feature a signature tag designed by Donald.


Donald will be at the Kara Ross boutique at 655 Madison Avenue (at 60th Street) signing and adding his whimsical illustrations to the one-of-a-kind handbags on November 24, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. He and Kara will also be celebrating the unveiling of the Kara Ross holiday window, which feature Donald’s whimsical illustrations combined with Kara’s handbags and jewelry, brought to life by Jonathan Ro-Schofield of Design Fab.

Marc Jacobs Channels Dr. Scholl’s

At the Marc Jacobs SS15 Fashion Show, you may have noticed that there was a definite recurring trend of almost all of the models rocking shoes Dr. Scholl’s inspired Shoes!

marc jaobs dr scholls runway

Cementing that the comfort shoe trend is still going strong, Dr. Scholl’s are front and center to be the ‘It’ comfort style of the season! Plus with all of the fun takes that the collection has taken on their signature style (and the fact that the Dr. Scholl’s original costs less than $100!), this is a trend that’s accessible for fashion cat-walkers and everyday ladies, alike!
dr schools original sandals

H&M AT 18th STREET AND 5th AVENUE EXPANDS AND GETS EXCITING NEW LOOK! Grand Re-Opening event to Kick – Off on Thursday, October 9th

H & M, Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M), one of the world’s largest fashion retailers, known for offering fashion-forward apparel and quality basics, is excited to announce the grand re-opening of its store at 18th Street and 5th Avenue on Thursday, October 9th at 12:00 p.m.

Since the store’s initial opening in December of 2006, it has become one of the most important ­­H&M locations in the New York metro area. With a 5-month recent renovation just completed, this newly expanded approximately 38,000 square foot store will feature a brand new look including upgraded finishes, all new fixtures, graphics throughout the store and an amazing new full concept children’s department.

The new H&M at 18th Street and 5th Avenue will offer collections for ladies, men, young ladies and young men, with separate “store within store” sections for accessories, lingerie, maternity, sports apparel and its plus-size line, H&M+. This location will now carry the Swedish retailer’s fantastic children’s collection, which features quality clothing for kids of all ages, from newborn to fourteen years.


H&M is the first fashion company to roll out a global garment recycling program. Through this initiative, H&M customers at 18th Street and 5th Avenue can help save natural resources and contribute to a reduced environmental impact by donating unwanted pieces of clothing from any brand while in the store. Customers will receive a voucher for 15% off their entire next purchase for each bag of donated clothing.

H&M was established in Sweden in 1947. Today, there are 338 stores in the U.S. and approximately 3,300 H&M stores in 54 markets worldwide.

Opening Day Events at Noon

ELLE Magazine will be on hand with stylist and creator of The Glamourai, Kelly Framel, who will be debuting H&M and ELLE’s “The Look”, the top ladies’ fashion picks for the season. Kelly will also be choosing five lucky consumers from the opening line to win a $150 shopping spree and a styling consultation.

The first 300 shoppers in line will receive an H&M t-shirt and Access to Fashion Pass, valued from $10 to $300, in addition to other opening offers and fun giveaways!

To kick off the recycling program on opening day, customers who bring garments to be recycled before the store opens at noon will also have the chance to win H&M gift cards valued between $50 and $100 in addition to receiving the voucher for 15% off their entire next purchase for each bag of donated clothing.

Award winning New York City food cart Calexico is part of the grand reopening celebration and will provide lunch for all customers who shop at the grand reopening from 12:00pm to 3:00pm on opening day!

Avon Unveils Digital Campaign

Introducing the newly redesigned, open now for beauty enthusiasts to shop 24/7. The new site has tips from experts, how-to videos, a virtual makeover tool and Facebook sign-in.


Along with the redesign, Avon is unveiling a new digital media campaign, including a new “Beautiful Stories” content series featuring 3 real women who personify the Avon brand and its commitment to beauty, innovation and empowerment. You can check out the series here: or find the playlist on YouTube here:

Bryanboy Goes to College: When Tailored Chic Meets Normcore: Bryanboy and NYU Singer Make Sweet Music

We invite you to check out the new series Bryanboy Goes to College featuring everyone’s favorite fashion blogger Bryanboy as he visits college students that are starting new trends on campus. Fashion blogger Bryanboy meets up with Madison, an NYU student who is studying recorded music, to talk fashion and dorm room style. Explaining her preference for wearing all-black, Madison breaks from her norm and rocks a pink skirt by Kelly Wearstler. She and Bryanboy cap off the episode by singing a duet! “Bryanboy Goes to College” is produced by Condé Nast Entertainment.


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Fashion blogger Bryanboy gets the inside scoop on what today’s most stylish college students are wearing by meeting the tastemakers at campuses across Manhattan to see how they’re rocking the next big trend.

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Backstage at Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2015 with Redken

Achieving a messy, rebellious look for Miu Miu’s Spring/Summer 2015 show in Paris, Redken Creative Consultant Guido used several texturizing and shine-inducing Redken products to achieve a wet style.


Create the Look:
Wash hair with Diamond Oil High Shine Shampoo and Conditioner.
Spray fashion waves 07 sea salt spray all-over hair lengths and leave hair to dry naturally if hair is naturally straight or slightly wavy. If hair is slightly curly to very curly, blow-dry hair with fingers after applying fashion waves 07 sea salt spray to loosen the curl.
Take top section of hair and comb straight-back with a fine-tooth comb so the hair on either side of the head is covering the ears. Secure with two bobby bins.
Spray hair all-over with forceful 23 super strength finishing spray to hold hair in place and add an overall lacquered look.
Finish with a touch of shine flash 02 glistening mist all-over for added shine.


Refereshing Fall Beauty Essentials!

We all know that the cold can be harsh on your skin and hair, so get ready and refresh with your these go-to products, sure to be your newest Fall addictions.


1. Burt’s Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit ($3.30, This juicy lip balm is made with nutritious, tropical Pink Grapefruit Seed Oil, bursting with powerful vitamins. Refresh your lips with a sweet hint of citrus.
2. One ‘n Only Argan Oil Oil Treatment ($12; This non-greasy oil treatment absorbs instantly into the hair, creating brilliant shine without leaving any oily residue.
3. NEW! Lavett & Chin Coconut Moisturizing Facial Mist ($32;, select J Crew stores): Moisturize your face with just one spray, this new coconut infused is designed to refresh your skin with antioxidants, nutrients and moisture.
4. Satin Smooth Skin Care Day/Night Moisturizer ($65; This multipurpose moisturizer provides moisturizing repair for 24 hours by enriching your skin with Axp33TM + Vitamin C to diminish the appearance for fine lines and wrinkles for smoother brighter and more radiant skin.

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