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    Randy Fenoli, Designer, and Star of ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ Launches Bridal Collection

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    Randy Fenoli is the Most Trusted Source in the Bridal Industry

    As a lover of all things bridal, I adore Randy Fenoli. I remember attending the 15th Anniversary of Martha Stewart’s Weddings magazine. I spotted him as he was talking with a few people. He noticed that I had recognized him. He smiled at me. So I took that opportunity to ask for a picture. To my great surprise, he asked someone to take my camera and take a picture of the two of us. So awesome. From that day forward, he would always say, “Hey Beautiful,” every time that we would see each other during Bridal Market. I heart him so much.

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    SHOE PORN: The 9 Cutest Ballet Flats for Your Daily Commute

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    Nine Adorable Ballet Flats To Make Your Commute Easy

    I know that we women work hard to earn that money. Not to mention the fact that we are the primary care givers for our children and our households. Long gone is the sneaker commuter trend. But seriously, who wants to wear heels while you are fighting with folks to get on the subway? Definitely, not me. I’m sure, definitely not you. Trust that I know your pain. When I worked a 9-to-5, I always wore (and kept under my desk) a pair of fancy schmancy ballet flats. They look super chic and give your feet the much needed arsenal to deal with the drudgery of commuting, particularly when you are commuting on public transportation. So here’s your lovely alternative. Ballet flats in neutral colors that will go with everything in your closet (and a pop of color for good measure). Now you can ride in style and in comfort (hover over image to see buying info).

    The 5 White Tops That Will Up Your Fashion Game

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    Fab White Tops That Your Closet Needs

    If you’re like me, you can never have too many white tops. White tops are must-have staples that every girl needs in her closet. If you have a good selection of white tops, you can quickly pull together an outfit for work, for brunch, or just to hit the supermarket. But finding white tops that are don’t look like every other generic tops can be a task. Lucky for you, I’ve pulled together five of my favorite sustainable white tops that will easily pair with all of your delicious goodies in your closet.

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    Grey Gardens is for Sale and You Won’t Recognize It

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    Grey Gardens Looks So Amazing

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    Almost every family has skeletons in the closet and relatives they wish would recede into the woodwork.  Such was true of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her sister Lee Radziwill.  As girls, their Aunt Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (Big Edie) and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale (Little Edie), their cousin, were equally part of the upper crust and Jackie and her sister enjoyed summer visits to their beautiful home and estate Grey Gardens in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighborhood of East Hampton.  In those days, life was good.  But when Big Edie’s husband left her in 1931 for another woman, their lives were to undergo a desperate change.

    Without the funds or ability to keep up the huge property, Grey Gardens began to fall into ruin.  Eventually the two women became very reclusive, barely hanging on to survival.  Exposed by the Enquirer and a cover story in New York Magazine about the filth, fleas, cats and raccoons sharing the home with the women, the health department intervened and gave the women the ultimatum of cleaning up or getting out.  Unable to afford repairs and cleanup, it was at this point that Jackie O and Lee came to their aid.  They went in together and had repairs made to the house, the overgrown vegetation cut back, and hundreds of bags of trash removed.  The house passed health department inspection and the mother and daughter were allowed to stay – still reclusive, and still in a somewhat altered relationship with reality. Read more

    “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair” Exhibit Opens This Month

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    Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

    March 18 through July 24, 2017

    For fifty years, the Ebony Fashion Fair shaped a new vision of black America through contemporary fashion. This exhibition of stunning ensembles by leading designers tells the story of the fair’s creator Eunice W. Johnson, who overcame racial prejudice to bring global fashion to African-American audiences. The exhibition features dozens of ensembles by leading designers including Stephen Burrows, Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Bob Mackie, Missoni and Vivienne Westwood—as well as archival photographs and video to re-create the unique Ebony Fashion Fair experience.
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    King Hollywood Kelz Takes The Batman Challenge To Raise Money for Burn Victim’s Surgery

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    Island Records artist King Hollywood Kelz (aka King Gray) has pledged to help 29-year-old burn victim Kenny Matthews (aka KenDawg) raise money for his skin grafting surgery. Gray’s latest single, “Batman,” has gone viral and has been viewed by millions of people around world. This prompted the Washington DC native to create The Batman Challenge, which challenges people to post 19-second videos on social media of themselves dancing to the catchy song. Gray is using the exposure from the challenge to encourage people to donate to Matthews’ GoFundMe account.

    “Kenny has experienced a lot of challenges in his life due to his injury. When I noticed that he was trying to raise money on GoFundMe, I decided to step in and help him raise the $500,000 that he needs for his surgery,” Gray said. Matthews was severely burned during an apartment fire at the tender age of 3 years old. The burns over the majority of his body left him disfigured. He hopes raise enough money to afford skin grafting surgery, which is transplanting healthy skin to where it is needed on the body.

    “I know that Kenny’s story will inspire people because he is a strong person. He has faced obstacles that I believe very few people could have overcome,” Gray said. As a husband and father, Gray became frustrated with the violence in rap music and was inspired to write “Batman.” The 25-year-old rapper said, “I wanted to create music that everyone could have fun listening to.” Since February 28, 1.4 million people have viewed Matthews doing The Batmen Challenge. See him here!

    “What Kelz is doing for me is a real blessing, because a lot of people will just tell you one thing and not keep their word,” Matthews said. For more information about how you can do The Batman Challenge and help Matthews raise money for his surgery, please download “Triller” on your phone or visit Matthews’ GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/exf7bpsk.

    To view the video for “Batman,” click here!

    “In The Field,” A Fashion Editorial Tribute to Cotton

    “In the Field” is a fashion editorial paying homage to our African ancestors. It’s creative direction is meant to evoke controversy, emotion and pride. These are characteristics that our African ancestors exhibited through all of their trials and tribulations. Like these ancestors, denim is a timeless garment. In the midst of much wear and tear, it still remains intact. #COTTON has taken us through HELL & HIGH WATER. African Americans owe our resilience, strength and ingenuity to the struggle. Read more

    The Offline Society Is Reclaiming Valentine’s Day

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    The Offline Society is Reclaiming Valentine’s Day For Everyone

    This year, the Offline Society is reclaiming Valentine’s Day for those who might not have a candlelit dinner reservation, but are still surrounded in love by their friends, family and (possibly) crushes. The Offline Society is sending cards with playful messages about romance in the digital age directly to lucky recipients on behalf of thoughtful senders. Card messages include “I’d never swipe left on you,” “An algorithm couldn’t make a match this good” and “I love wandering with you where the wifi is weak.”

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    The Graphic Tee That Fashion Girls Are Talking About

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    Your New Favorite Graphic Tee

    Want to find graphic tees that take the bite out of fast fashion? So do we. That’s why we heart this humorous take on pairing the music legend with the Sesame Street legend. With its hand drawn and hand printed design, this fab graphic tee refuses to take itself seriously. Made from organic cotton across the pond. Perfectly pair this graphic tee with a sexy black leather skirt or with your favorite pair of jeans.

    Kurt & Ernie Graphic Tee Shirt by Black Score

    Available at: Ecouture

    Get The Perfect Satchel Bag Without Losing Your Eco Creds

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    Your Perfect Satchel Bag Awaits

    Are you trying to find your “It” satchel bag while hoping to keep your sustainable fashion creds? Maiyet’s Como Large Satchel Bag is that handbag. This large satchel bag is très chic. It has an ample inside set to carry your work files or double as your weekend bag. It’s part python and part napa leather with an organizational pouch and zip pockets to hold just about everything you need to get through your day.

    Como Large Satchel Bag by Maiyet

    Available at: Maiyet

    These Faux Snakeskin Shoes Won’t Bite

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    Black Faux Snakeskin Shoes, Please

    These darling faux snakeskin shoes have modern style and sensibility. The wedge heels and Lycra-covered memory foam insoles add comfort while the faux snakeskin adds massive style. We love Neuaura because it’s a brand that is known for its chic, sustainable shoes.

    Raemi in Black by Neuaura

    Available at: Neuaura

    The Most Delicious Faryl Robin Vegan Ankle Boots

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    These Vegan Ankle Boots by Faryl Robin Are A Hit

    Set the stage with these distressed vegan ankle boots made with vegan leather. We heart how the block heels carry out the textured leather fabrication for an allover modern look. Available in a few colors including this snake print version. Designed exclusively for Free People.

    Vegan Addison Heel Boot by Faryl Robin

    Available at: Free People

    Vegan Winter Boots That Rock & Roll

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    Orange Vegan Winter Boots You’ll Love

    Is pumpkin the new black? We think so. Here are the vegan winter boots that will add a whole bunch of funkiness to your shoe closet. Made from faux nubuck with a sturdy rounded-toe upper and an Equestrian strap as a nice bonus. We love the nonskid rubber lug sole for those tricky winter streets.

    The Tennyson Statement Boot by Arden Wohl + CDC

    Available at: Vegan Chic

    Last Chance Sales! Sustainable Brand Maven Women Wants You!

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    Ladies, time is running out! Sustainable brand, Maven Women is in the last stages of its presales.

    Maven Women want to dress the working women of the world in a responsible, ethical way. They are committed to moving forward clothing that’s not only thoughtful about people and the planet, but also affordable to as many women as possible. Maven Women challenges the notion that women can look good and do good at the same time. The brand uses the highest quality fabric in their production processes including for their beautiful organic, artisanal block-printed liner. Prices are comparable to the big retailers. So why not shop responsibly
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    The Amira

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    The Sarah and The Amira are now available for purchase for the discounted price of just $160 (from $200)! Façon Magazine readers can take off an additional $10 at checkout using the code CapitolFashionista.
    Share with your girlfriends and co-workers. Please follow Maven Women on Twitter to keep abreast of the launch of the rest of their line.


    About Maven Women
    Maven Women is the first company creating fair trade, eco-conscious day-to-evening attire appropriate for even the most formal workplaces. They create timeless, flattering wardrobe staples easy to dress up our down for your signature look. Maven Women recently launched presales for dresses in their first collection, discounted to $160 down from their regular price of $200. Maven Women dresses make great gifts and they have created a special gift card to go with them! We encourage you to check out this fantastic DC-based brand and grab their dresses while they are at their deepest discount, making you a true co-creator in moving clothing that is beautiful inside and out.

    5th Annual Embassy Showcase Starts on Wednesday

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    The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC) is hosting the 5th annual embassy showcase, Winternational, from 11 AM – 2 PM, Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Over 35 embassies will be participating in this year’s event.

    Last year more than 2,500 guests attended this lively midday celebration of international culture, travel, tourism and trade. This year, there will be many opportunities for 1:1 interviews with diplomats, embassy exhibitors, sponsors and attendees. This festival has the atmosphere of a bustling global marketplace with each embassy promoting their country through vibrant displays of visual art, food, handcrafts, as well as travel and tourism exhibits. Free and open to the public, guests have the opportunity to travel the different continents and do some holiday shopping-all during the lunch hour!

    The RRB/ITC is a preeminent forum in the heart of the nation’s capital advancing international commerce and cross-cultural dialogue. As a seamless, unifying framework, the ITC provides a platform for building connections, fostering diplomacy, growing businesses, and creating a more prosperous U.S. and global economy. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Trade Center Management Associates.

    Watch scenes from last year’s Winternational here.

    WHAT: Winternational – 5th Annual Embassy Showcase

    WHO: Trade Center Management Associates and the following Embassies:

    Afghanistan, African Union Mission, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Botswana, Costa Rica, Egypt, European Union Delegation, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, League of Arab States, Libya, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts & Nevis, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Uzbekistan.

    WHEN: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 11:00am – 2:00pm ET

    WHERE: Atrium | Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, D.C.

    HOW: Free & Open to the Public. Ticket registration requested here

     

    @NolchaShows Announce @FaconMagazine as an Official Media Partner, Nolcha Shows Fashion Media Lounge

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    The Nolcha Shows announce Façon Magazine as an Official Media Partner of the Nolcha Shows Fashion Media Lounge

    The Nolcha Shows are thrilled to welcome global digital magazine, Façon, as an Official Media Partner of the Nolcha Shows Fashion Media Lounge which will take place on September 14th 2016, at the Bryant Park Hotel

    Now in its eighth consecutive year, The Nolcha Shows, held during New York Fashion Week, is one of the city’s leading platforms for global independent fashion designers with sponsors NeoGrid for Fashion, Citibank, JR Ewing Bourbon and Garden of Flavor joining this season.

    Façon Magazine is a global digital magazine and blog that highlights the best in sustainable, ethical, eco-fashion. The magazine was launched in November 2011 by editor-in-chief, Janice Wallace. Wallace, who has a background in design and marketing, left her fruitful job on Capitol Hill to follow her dream of running a fashion magazine. The magazine covers menswear, women’s wear, streetwear, bridal, music, art, and photography. Façon initially focused on providing an editorial pathway for talented emerging designers who were having difficulty acquiring press. However, after viewing the eye-opening documentary, “The True Cost,” which chronicles the negative impact that the fashion industry is having on garment workers and the environment, Wallace decided to change Façon’s focus. It shifted its coverage to include brands who are not only emerging but are using sustainable methods to produce their products as well as employing manufacturers who are practicing ethical production methods.

    Editor-in-chief, Janice Wallace, comments: “I firmly believe that one can be stylish, in vogue, and conscious at the same time. It’s important to show consumers that there are numerous sustainable options that are not only chic and have swag but have zero impact on our environment.  We are excited to be the Official Media Lounge Partner at Nolcha Shows this fall.  It’s one of my favorite fashion events to attend during New York Fashion Week. It’s so well done and the designer selection is superb year after year.”

    The Nolcha Shows Fashion Media Lounge will be attended by media, bloggers and industry, who will preview the latest cutting edge collections from global accessory designers.  This season welcomes back Nolcha Shows designers Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, EL VOYAGE and Taylord Blu.  They will be joined by debuting brands Riley Versa, DELA EVA, Marshelly’s, James Carletons and Oysby.  APRELLEDUANY, Ami Doshi Shah, Sammy Ethiopia and Mafi Mafi, who will be showcased by the The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub

    Kerry Bannigan, Co-Founder, Nolcha Shows, comments; “We are so excited to welcome Façon Magazine as a media partner to support our roster of designers this season. Nolcha is proud of the designers that we curate within the ethical fashion space and it is exciting to align with a publication that shares the vision to support their work.”

    For more information about Façon Magazine visit: www.faconmagazine.com

     

    ABOUT NOLCHA SHOWS                                                                       

    The Nolcha Shows, co-founded by Kerry Bannigan and Arthur Mandel, are a leading award-winning event held during New York Fashion Week. Over the past eight years the Nolcha Shows have become established as a platform for discovery; promoting cutting edge innovative fashion designers. The Nolcha Shows have built an acclaimed reputation as a hot incubator of fashion design talent and are officially listed by the New York City Economic Development Corporation; offering a range of cost effective options to increase designers recognition and develop their businesses. The successful showcase consistently receives positive media coverage including features in ADWEEK, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, INC, US WEEKLY, Lucky, NBC, MTV and Forbes; and has been supported by brands including Citibank, Coca-Cola, Rusk, Otterbox, Vitamin Water, American Airlines, Don Q Rums and Landrover.

     

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    FLEEPS Is Using Fashion to Change Lives #EthicalFashion

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    Brands Using Fashion To Change Lives

    Anyone that knows me will tell you that I loathe rubber thong flip flops. I cannot understand this country’s obsession with water shoes. Well, that’s what they are. Flip flops were created for the pool and the beach. Not to be worn with every single outfit in your closet. Ugh. I digress. But since it’s beach season, I wanted to give you another option for the dredded thong flip flop. I am not opposed to cute alternatives to the plastic rubber thong flip flops. Actually, I implore footwear brands to devise creative and new designs for the “anti flip flop”. Luckily, there is a great option available. There’s nothing better than stylish sandals made by a company that is using fashion to change lives.

    That socially good fashion brand is FLEEPS. FLEEPS are cute and colorful sandals that have such a unique design. These darlings have an adjustable cross-ankle strap, smooth-finish toe thong and a lightweight shock-absorbent sole, perfect for perusing all of the great boardwalk shops or just taking a stroll. FLEEPS are available in a bunch of colors so you can buy several pairs to go with just about anything in your spring/summer vacation wardrobe.

    FLEEPS was founded in 2015 by Kael Robinson, global good curator, is dedicated to creating a sustainable yet stylish product that changes the course of poverty through education. Their main goal is to sell over one million pairs so that they can send over 10,000 girls to school by 2019. Ten percent of every pair of FLEEPS sold goes to the FLEEPS Foundation providing funding to its non-profit partners committed to the education of girls, including Shining Hope for Communities and Starfish Impact. Now this is a fabulous way to look chic and use fashion to change lives. Get your pair here, FLEEPS.