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    DC Fashion Event: USA Made Marketplace, Northern Grade Hits DC

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    From Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31Northern Grade – the nationally acclaimed roving marketplace featuring American manufactured brands – will land in DC for the first time. The two-day, open-to-the-public retail experience is free and will take place inside of Union Market’s Dock 5 space, located adjacent to the market.

    The Northern Grade DC lineup includes brands such as Filson (Seattle, WA), The Brooklyn Circus (Brooklyn, NY) and Chippewa Boots(Fort Worth, TX), in addition to local brands Gordy’s Pickle Jar, Appointed, Boldfoot Socks, Gitli Goods, Mallory Shelter Jewelry, Kicheko Goods, Caryn Cramer and DC’s own Mutiny DC and Federal men’s boutiques. Market-goers may recognize the exclusive made-in-the-USA market from previous host cities, including Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Minneapolis.

    “After collaborating last year with GQ and Fashionsita for separate men’s and women’s marketplaces, we are beyond excited for the launch of our first combined event in Washington, DC at Union Market,” says Northern Grade co-founder Katherine McMillan. “We have produced 21 events all around the country over the last few years, but this will be the most diverse line up of brands we have ever had involved in terms of style and product offerings”.

    Northern Grade will set up shop at Dock 5 at Union Market, on Friday, May 29 from 3-8pmSaturday, May 30 from 11am-7pm and Sunday, May 31 from 11am-5pm. Below please find a full list of participating vendors.

     

    Participating Northern Grade Vendors:

     

    • Filson (Seattle, WA)
    • The Brooklyn Circus (Brooklyn, NY)
    • Chippewa Boots(Fort Worth, TX)
    • Brookes Boswell (Brooklyn, NY)
    • Gamine Workwear (Boston, MA)
    • United by Blue (Philadelphia, PA)
    • HEUCY (New York, NY)
    • Coronado Leather (Sand Diego, CA)
    • Pierrepont Hicks (Brooklyn, NY)
    • 1775 Clothing (Los Angeles, CA)
    • Stock Manufacturing Co (Chicago, IL)
    • Krammer & Stoudt (New York, NY)
    • Shockoe Atelier (Richmond, VA)
    • Lumina (Raleigh, NC)
    • Throne Watches (Brooklyn, NY)
    • 440 Supply (Raleigh, NC)
    • Gordy’s Pickle Jar (Washingtonian, DC)
    • Appointed (Washingtonian, DC)
    • Boldfoot Socks (Washingtonian, DC)
    • Gitli Goods (Washingtonian, DC)
    • Mallory Shelter (Washingtonian, DC)
    • Jewelry (Washingtonian, DC)
    • Kicheko Goods (Washingtonian, DC)
    • Caryn Cramer (Washingtonian, DC)
    • Mutiny DC (Washingtonian, DC)
    • Federal (Washingtonian, DC)

     

    About Northern Grade:

    Northern Grade is a roving pop-up market featuring where the consumer comes to find carefully selected American-made brands and products.  Many of the brands that attend Northern Grade are well known and established; others are newer brands on the rise or “the new American creatives”. Produced by Katherine and Mac McMillan, the team behind the menswear brand Pierrepont Hicks, Northern Grade is a market by a brand for the brands. For more information, please visit northerngrade.com.

    About Union Market:

    Union Market, located a short walk from the NoMa/Gallaudet metro, is a 45-acre district that is planned for over 7 million square feet. EDENS has a clear vision to create of DC’s most vibrant, interesting, and thriving neighborhoods. Since opening in September 2012, The Market at Union Market, with over 40 local artisan food and beverage vendors, now averages 10,000 – 15,000 visitors per weekend and has held over 100 events. Over the last several months, the Union Market district has also become a unique and alternative destination. For more information about Union Market, please visit www.unionmarketdc.com. 1309 5th Street NE, Washington D.C. 20002

    Sabo Skirt + Coachella 2015 = A Fabulous You

    Your Coachella 2015 Gear Just Got An Upgrade

    Heading out to Coachella 2015 this weekend and next weekend? It is that time of year. Time to hit the music festival trail and get your dance on. After such a brutal winter, we are all ready to head to where the sun is shining, the music is blasting, and everyone is happy. But Coachella isn’t just a music festival. It’s a fashion festival, too. If you didn’t know that, you know it now. Cameras will be everywhere. All of the top fashion magazines will be picking their best looks at Coachella. So if you are still on the hunt for some fab outfit options to ensure that you stand out from the crowd, I have a fantastic option for you—Sabo Skirt.

    Sabo Skirt, clothing and lifestyle brand, has captured the coolest fashion forward girls. With over one million instagram followers they have created a brand that encompasses the lifestyle of THE fashion it girl. The brand has developed a cult following for their destination pieces, as the largest consumers from across the globe are located in California, home of Coachella. The Sabo Skirt look is stylish, flirty, and wonderfully feminine. It’s a brand that is inspired by music festivals and the girls that wouldn’t miss one for any reason. The girls that like to have fun and look good doing it.

    Of course, there are my favs. A girl needs to look her best at Coachella. But it took me awhile to narrow down my choices. But I finally decided upon these six pieces, the Delta dress, the Leopard Dropcrotch pant, the Polar Tassel set, the Summerdaze cardi, the Tivoli playsuit, and my absolute favorite dress, the Verona dress (shown above).

    Head on over to Sabo Skirt to grab your Coachella outfit. Enjoy the festival!

    Win Tickets to the Gilt City Warehouse Sale

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    The Gilt City Warehouse Sale is coming back to DC!

    Date: Friday,November 14th and Saturday, November 15th!
    Location:
     Dock5 at Union Market , 1309 5th Street, NE

    We are super excited! Our favorite sale of the spring and fall is back! The Gilt City Warehouse Sale is back in DC. It is the sale of the year. We have scored some amazing finds at previous sales. The Gilt City Warehouse Sale is truly the best of the best at prices that you would not believe. Want to go? Enter to win two (2) tickets to the sale. You have several ways to enter:

    1. Leave the comment, “I want to win!” on this post below.
    2. Send a tweet to us @FaconMagazine and say “I want to win!”
    3. Leave the comment, “I want to win!” on our Gity City Warehouse Sale Facebook post

    We will randomly select a winner on Thursday, November 13th from all of the entries from our social media channels.

    You can also get your tickets now. Tickets for the Gilt City Warehouse Sale are available at: www.gilt.com/DCWHS

    • Sip cocktails with your friends during this two-day shopping party, where you’ll find designer clothing and accessories from Gilt’s top brands for women, men and kids, plus home decor and more at up to 90% off retail.
    • Shop hundreds of the most coveted brands, including both up-and-coming designers and the most venerable fashion houses – from Zac Posen to Helmut Lang, Missoni, Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera and more. For the guys, think John Varvatos, Paul Smith and GANT, just to name a few. Racks are constantly replenished, so you’re sure to score some fashionable finds.
    • Plus – for the first time, we’re opening up our exclusive VIP preview session on Friday night to Gilt City members. A limited number of tickets are available to this session, so be sure to snag one to get first access to the sale!
    • Be sure and stop by the on-site John Varvatos pop-up boutique featuring insider pricing on tailored ready-to-wear men’s pieces for both fall and winter.

    Choose from 6 different sessions:

    • Early Access VIP media preview (limited number of tickets available to Gilt City members): Friday, November 14, 7PM-9PM, $25
    • Late Night Entrance: Friday, November 14, 9:30PM-11:30PM, $20
    • Saturday, November 15, 9AM-11AM, $10
    • Saturday, November 15, 11AM-1PM, $10
    • Saturday, November 15, 1PM-3PM, $10
    • Saturday, November 15, 3PM-5PM, $10

    Ticket also includes:

    • Complimentary signature cocktails
    • Fashionable, fun and affordable statement pieces by greenbeads by Emily & Ashley available for purchase
    • Complimentary snacks and drinks provided by Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, popchips and evamor

    Streetwear: How We Rock It

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    I have been wanting to do a Streetwear issue for two years. Every time that I see Kanye West or Rihanna on television or see one of their videos, I lose it. This issue has been a labor of love in a way that was new and wonderful. To be able to mix streetwear and high fashion made me orgasmic. Seriously, it did. This issue is really my love letter to Streetwear. To say that I love you and here’s the proof.

    We asked our readers and followers to nominate their favorite streetwear brands. We received over 55 nominations for brands from around the world. It was amazing to see the work of each nominated brand. Each brand had its own particular view of the world. The majority of brands want to make a statement, usually a political one. I appreciate that so much. I’m trying to do the same thing. To show emerging brands that there is someone out there in their corner, someone who gives a damn that people know who you are.

    After much time and anguish, the list was narrowed down to the 14 streetwear brands who took my breath away. I fell in love with their designs, their messages, their commitments to their communities, the whole nine. My one wish for these incredible visionaries is that our readers go out and support them. We’ve included their website addresses and their social media channels. Please support these brands and streetwear brands as a whole. This is a vibrant, creative, and tuned-in community in the fashion industry who, until recently, did not grace the pages of any fashion magazine in any real way. Let’s make streetwear a mainstream staple in the fashion industry. It’s time.

    Be sure the check out each of the streetwear brands featured in the issue and get to shopping.

    Cartier Jewelry: Marjorie Merriweather Post & Her Dazzling Gems

    Cartier Jewelry and Marjorie Merriweather Post: A Match Made in Jewelry Heaven

    There are two things that are great equalizers for fashionable women: shoes and jewelry. No matter what your dress size, shoes and jewelry will never let you down. Marjorie Merriweather Post understood this fact very well. Although she loved clothes, she love jewelry even more. In her lifetime, she amassed an impressive collection of Cartier jewelry. She was one considered to be Cartier’s most important American client. To date, her jewels serve as one of the finest collections in Cartier’s extraordinary catalogs.

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    On Saturday, June 7th, the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens opened it’s “Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems” exhibit to the public. This beautifully curated exhibit takes you on an interesting voyage through Post’s very aristocratic life as told through her magnanimous jewelry collection. From the 1920s through the 1960s, Marjorie Post commissioned some of the most ethereal jewelry sets, accessories and jeweled frames. Each piece, mostly custom, has great meaning and represented various times in her life. Her design ideas for her Cartier jewelry were inspired by what was in vogue, her travels, and her own personal taste. She consistently turned to Cartier to adorn her with the finest jewels for all of the major moments in her esteemed life.

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    Included in this exhibit of incomparable Cartier jewelry are an exotic shoulder brooch made of seven carved Indian emeralds (my favorite piece in the collection), a glittering diamond and sapphire necklace, an amethyst and turquoise necklace & earrings, and a pearl and diamond necklace among other pieces. The exhibit also includes other collectibles such as a silver and enamel dressing table set, a beaded and platinum evening bag as well as fabulous portraits, paintings, and historic photos and correspondence. There are also several drop-dead gorgeous Haute Couture dresses that would make any vintage lover salivate. For me, the most interesting piece in the presentation was a vanity case that she wore as an accessory. The vanity case was worn on her finger which has a compact for powder and a case for lipstick (see above). So incredible.

    If you are a true fashionista, this exhibit is a must-see, particularly if you are also a lover of fine jewelry and beautiful vintage Haute Couture.

    Exhibit Details

    Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems
    June 7, 2014 – January 18, 2015
    Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens
    4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington DC
    www.hillwoodmuseum.org
    Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Select Sundays, 1 to 5 pm.
    Closed Mondays, most holidays, and for several weeks in January

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    George Kotsiopoulos Talks Celebrity Style & Shopping at the Gap

    George Kotsiopoulos on Celebrity Style and What’s Hot at The Gap

    The Gap has a new voice of style. Enter George Kotsiopoulos, celebrity style guru and one of the co-stars on E’s Fashion Police. George has been dishing out style advice for many years. Now he’s doing it for the Gap. We caught up with him on a visit to the DC area to get his take on what’s fashionable, looks to achieve that celebrity style look, what’s good at the Gap, and who are his style icons.

     

    1. What is your favorite trend for Spring and which Gap pieces fall in line with those trends. 

    One of the biggest trends of the season was men’s dress shirting.  You can never go wrong with a crisp white shirt which is versatile enough to wear with jeans, leather shorts or even with a sexy pencil skirt.  Denim was big on the runways along with many looks in white.  I love the distressed white skinny  jeans I styled on Dylan Penn which hits on both trends at the same time.

     

    2. What tips do you have for women who want to achieve your celebrity style on a budget?

    The ultimate and least expensive why to achieve movie star style is all about your attitude, how you carry yourself and the way you project yourself out into the world. Having great posture is free and shows confidence and power.  Not only is a smile nature’s facelift, but it presents a sense of calm and an air of graciousness.  It’s also about making things happen for yourself and not saying “I would look like a movie star if I had her stylist, trainer, chef…..etc.”  That’s just a lame excuse lazy people use to make themselves feel better. Everyone has it in them to let their inner movie star shine.

     

    3. Which three items should every stylish women have in her closet?

    a. The perfect pair of dark wash jeans that you slip on and look fabulous in no matter what your mood is that day.  We all have those off days (even though we look the same!) and need those pieces that work without fail.

    b. A little black cocktail dress (an LBCD!) that fits like a glove and can be accessorized in many ways (think of it the way a man can wear a suit over and over again just by changing the shirt and tie).

    c. A classic trench coat is key and yet another great GAP Factory piece I  styled on Dylan!  You just toss it on over any ensemble and look instantly pulled together.

     

    4. Façon Magazine focuses solely on emerging fashion. Do you use or would you consider using up-and-coming designers when dressing your clients? If so, what’s the pitch process?

    Absolutely!! It’s important to support young designers because they are the future of fashion. There is no pitch process, it’s all about who has the goods. If it’s good, someone will notice.

     

    5. Which Gap pieces for Spring would you recommend for the dapper man?

    I have the marled crewneck sweaters in two colors.  They’re a great combination of sweater/sweatshirt and can be dressed up or down.  I’m also into this pair of horizontal striped shorts which are a cross between a chino and a boardshort.  The jeans are all great and very affordable.  A great pair of jeans should not break the bank.

     

    6. Which three pieces should every stylish guy have in his closet?

    a. A perfectly tailored gray suit.  Navy would be fine too.  This is more versatile than a black suit.

    b. Jeans are a must of course but a slim fitting chino is even better.

    c. A classic but casual lace-up wingtip with a slightly chunky sole that can be worn with a suit or jeans.

     

    7. Who are your style icons?

    There are so many featured in my new book, Glamorous By George.  Some fashionable femmes include Marilyn Monroe, Kate Moss, Raquel Welch, Jean Harlow, Rihanna, Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn.  My choice of dapper dudes would be Steve McQueen, George Clooney, Robert Redford, Andrew Garfield and Cary Grant.

    LOVE IN THE CITY: The New Face of Reality TV

    Love in the City Celebrates Women

    There is a new look of reality TV and it’s being brought to you by the uber-mogul, Oprah Winfrey and her OWN network.

    I was fortunate enough to be in the house at Bar 7 for the DC premiere of the hit series, “Love in the City,” which airs every Saturday night at 10 pm on the OWN Network. The room was alive and full of love, particularly for the two DC natives who are a part of the quad cast. Kiyah Wright and Bershan Shaw are native Washingtonians while Chenoa Maxwell is an NYC native and Tiffany Jones is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. But the room swelled with adoration for all of the cast members who each bring something unique and different to this groundbreaking show.

    I’m trying very hard to not get on my soapbox about the misogynistic crap on television which seeks to constantly pit women against women in an effort to render us powerless and reduce us to girls slugging it out in mud pits for the enjoyment of others. But I digress.

    Love in the City is the breath of fresh air. Successful, smart, focused women like myself really want to see shows like this every week. What’s not to love? Four very beautiful, successful, determined women of color working hard to live life and love on their own terms and all of the beautiful drama that comes along with that. We can relate to their ups and their downs, to their wins and losses. It’s definitely the world that we are living in. Take for example the fact that Jones and Shaw are both cancer survivors, with Jones bravely allowing the viewers inside her personal struggle as she undergoes surgery for her breast implants after her double mastectomy. Who among us haven’t either experienced this struggle firsthand or with a family member or girlfriend? I know very few.

    Each woman brings a different perspective on real life to the table that goes beyond work and career. Bershan is in the midst of surrogacy, trying to start a family with her husband. Chenoa is ending her marriage after a long battle with infertility while switching gears to embark on career as a photographer. Kiyah is a hair stylist to the stars but is also at the critical point that so many of women in the forties reach — wanting to be a mother while there is still time and the issues that come with that when you are single. Tiffany is embarking on a new love that is testing her faith in love and trust in love. We can all relate, right?

    If you are yearning for a show with women with real life matters going on for which you can celebrate, that tug at your heartstrings, that make you laugh and cry, then Love in the City is the show for you. Please check it out! It airs every Saturday at 10 pm on OWN. For viewing information, visit the Love in the City web page on Own.

    Vintage Love And Hard Working Women

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    Working Women Deserve Much Respect

    My love, no, my obsession for vintage clothing developed when I was a teenager working in a local thrift store. Some of the finest designer clothing crossed my path in that store. I was able to touch and feel how a proper garment was made. Even though it was the 80’s, that job taught me a great deal of respect and appreciation for the craftsmanship that went into apparel production back in the day. It was a different beast. A little piece of each garment worker’s pride, usually hard working women, was interwoven in the fabric of every item.

    Recently, I watched the documentary entitled “Triangle.” It was about the catastrophic 1911 fire in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory that killed 146 factory workers, mostly immigrant women. These dedicated working women usually toiled away for nine hours a day on weekdays plus seven hours on Saturdays. They earned between $7 and $12 a week. For that kind of dedication, a person deserves a little respect. Decent working conditions, ample breaks, proper ventilation or a simple escape plan would have been sufficient. But it was unheard of. There was very little care and concern for these women. This was a tragedy that could have been easily avoided. No one was prosecuted for this horrible fire. But someone should have been.

    In the aftermath of this tragedy and countless other factory fires across the U.S., state and National laws were finally enacted to protect workers. One of the most important laws was the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act. This law officially created the eight-hour day and a forty-hour workweek. It also allowed hard working women and men to earn wage for an extra four hours of  overtime, as well, ensuring that workers are paid minimum wage and overtime pay of one-and-a-half times their regular pay.

    So remember when you are wearing your beautiful vintage finds that there was a tremendous amount of blood, sweat, and tears, literally, that went into the production of that garment. Hats off to all of the factory workers, particularly the hard working women, who have lost their lives while on duty.

    June Ambrose On Keeping It Real

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    I love when folks just keep it real and June Ambrose definitely kept it real.

    For me, these types of conversations were long overdue. The “let-me-break-it-down-for-you-this-is-real-talk” talk needed to be happen. Enter Harlem’s Fashion Row University Conversation Series. This dynamic series is the braindchild of Brandice Henderson, the creative guru behind Harlem’s Fashion Row, the premier event for people of color in fashion. With her initial dream of successfully providing a platform for emerging designers, stylists, creative directors, and makeup artists in full effect, Henderson wanted a way to keep it moving and expand the Harlem’s Fashion Row brand. She teamed up with McDonald’s McCafe to bring this conversation series to historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) all over the country. The premier conversation was with the incomparable June Ambrose.

    This kickoff event was held at my Alma Mater, Howard University. I love going back to Howard. It makes my heart flutter. But I digress. The setting in the Blackburn Center was intimate and cozy. I loved that the audience was very close to the stage and could easily see June Ambrose. The vibe was electric. The room was filled with students who had that entrepreneurial look in their eyes. You know that look. This was a group of future movers and shakers who had plans to do things their way, or hit highway. This fashionable crowd wanted to hear the truth. They were begging for someone to be honest with them. To help them figure a few things out. So that they could go out into the world and kick some ass. You know, because some things need to change. Stylish and dapper, dressed in a very chic blue plaid dress, June Ambrose was the one to bring it.

    Set in a Q&A format, Ambrose was funny, playful, very candid, and surprisingly real. I say surprisingly real because she could have given stock answers to some of the questions. There would have been no judgment given the industry that she works in. But she didn’t. She talked about everything. From her lucky break of being in the right place at the right time to what is was REALLY like to work with celebrities and her best/worst life experiences. Her brutal honesty was most appreciated. I think most people expect celebrities to sanitize the reality of the fashion world. But she was very aware that this audience needed to know what they would be facing—what the real fashion world was like.

    June Ambrose generously gave her time. She answered a ton of questions from the audience and spent more than 45 minutes taking pictures and selfies with the students. I was very moved when I left. After hearing her speak, I knew unequivocally that I was on my path, that the road would be long, but it would all be worth it. Thanks, June!

    Ooo La La: Sexiness at Lingerie Fashion Week

    Lingerie Fashion Week®, the first Fashion Week worldwide exclusively created for intimate apparel brands, entered its third season for Fall/Winter 2014 with a twist – literally. Fifteen plus domestic and international designers took the stage via Runway, Presentation and Special Exhibition, with a few surprises in store, at New York’s Canoe Studios February 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2014.

    The season kicked-off with a cocktail party hosted by Lingerie Fashion Week FW14 sponsors Shibue Couture (Official Lingerie Solution) and Soak Wash (Official Delicates Care), celebrating the launch of Shibue’s ‘Summer Lace’ Strapless Panty Collection and Soak’s newest eco-formulation and rebranding. BRADELIS NEW YORK followed with the first Runway Show of the season, wrapping with a Presentation and Cocktail Reception to 400+ guests. Currently counting three New York storefronts including Soho & Madison Ave, the brand offers luxury lingerie for everyday wear; combining the best of American function with Japanese craftsmanship.

    Friday opened with a Runway Show held by modern-boudoir luxury house Naked Princess, showcasing floaty chemises, luxurious PJ sets, cashmere robes and delicate lace lingerie in a luxuriously feminine collection. A ‘Ones to Watch’ Special Exhibition followed, presented by Digital Media Partner The Lingerie Journal and featuring new & emerging designers Arsenic & Vieilles Dentelles, BlackBird Underpinnings, Iris London, Lola Haze, Negative Underwear and Nevaeh Intimates. The on-dress form Exhibition was additionally on-view upon venue entry throughout the duration of Lingerie Fashion Week. Not for the faint of heart, FYI by Dani Read presented “The Muse of the Violets” in a solo presentation, showcasing a collection of aggressive, convertible luxury lingerie for the femme fatale with a sinister high fashion edge. Closing Friday was a Special Exhibition by sculpture artist Heather Corey, presenting “Love Corsetry”: a textural and colorful expression of the corset drawing inspiration from the feminine form and Parisian glamour. Set to share Corey’s vision of feminine motion with the viewer, “Love Corsetry” presents detailed manipulation of (Corey’s own) handmade paper fibers and paper clay in two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms.

    Launching for FW14, LAYNEAU COLLECTION opened Saturday’s shows, showcasing its luxury boudoir-wear for the modern ‘Madame X’ on lingerie models up to age 60. Sweeping floor length dressing gowns, dramatic velvet bed jackets, sheer chiffon chemises and more made their debut via Presentation, set to the live sounds of the Boudreaux String Quartet. Taking thigh highs to new heights, Kix’ies Thigh Highs presented “Cirque de Kix’ies”, featuring thigh-high clad contortionists, hand balancers and suspended hoop artists from 2 Ring Circus – proving the brand’s “thigh highs that don’t fall down” mantra holds true. A multi-designer Made in the USA Presentation showcased contemporary lingerie & loungewear from unconventional NaïS (Brooklyn), sustainable Clare Bare (LA), and gothic Sophi Reaptress (Philadelphia), whose models were privy to expertly manicured, vegan non-toxic nails provided by Priti NYC (showcasing colorways Tulip Tree Teal, Constant Nymph, Mulberry Jam, Bronze Meteor, Coffee Bush, Chrysanthos, and Nigra). Global lingerie powerhouse and full bust cult-favorite Affinitas & Parfait closed the season Saturday night, turning the runway into an enchanted forest to showcase their FW14 collections along with the brand new Cupcake Panty line.

    Bringing consumers in on the action, the three-day event wrapped with an open-to-the-public Official Closing Benefit Saturday night, featuring a group Exhibition Runway Show that brought back 10+ of the season’s designers onto one exciting stage, including: Affinitas & Parfait, BlackBird Underpinnings, BRADELIS NEW YORK, Clare Bare, FYI by Dani Read, LAYNEAU COLLECTION, Lola Haze, NaïS, Nevaeh Intimates and Shibue Couture. The 30-minute show also saw a special ‘halftime’ performance presented by Kix’ies Thigh Highs, featuring thigh-high clad step performers from AOS (Art of Stepping®). A ticketed event, 15% of sales were donated to FW14 Non-Profit Partner Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading victim assistance organization. Safe Horizon responds to child abuse, domestic violence, and other violent crimes in New York City to help victims and their families heal and rebuild their lives.

    Designers were joined by industry complementing sponsors including Digital Media Partner The Lingerie Journal, Procter & Gamble’s leading feminine protection brand Always, Official Beverage of Lingerie Fashion Week® Java Monster and Official Liquor Sponsor BH Group USA, serving their portfolio of spirits & wine (Lotus Vodka, Passion XO Liqueur, The Fat Trout Whiskey and Notorious Pink Rosé) at select presentations and special exhibitions. Famed mixologist and apotheker Albert Trummer (Drogerie Miami and the soon-to-open Drogerie New York) joined BH Group USA to expertly craft artisan cocktails for each event. Angelica Roberts Photography returned as Official Boudoir Photographer to Lingerie Fashion Week FW14, while completely bare joined as Official Hair Removal. Recipients of the Official Gift Bag (distributed exclusively at the Closing Benefit) received completely bare’s best-selling Ready, Set, Wax Kit, along with guilt-free snack PopChips, Shibue Couture’s signature No-Strap Panty and Soak Wash delicates care samples. All hair & makeup looks at Lingerie Fashion Week FW14 were designed courtesy Backstage Beauty Partner The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School in conjunction with MAT: Makeup at the Temple and Ultimate Face Cosmetics.

    Lingerie Fashion Week FW14 was home to 20,000+ square feet of sweeping studio space with wraparound views of the Hudson River, offering ample space for Runway Shows and Presentations as well as a centrally-located Sponsor Lounge offering seamless connection between the venue, Canoe Studios. Canoe is housed within the prestigious Starrett-Lehigh Building at 601 West 26th Street, a creative landmark located in the heart of Manhattan’s gallery district.

    For more on Lingerie Fashion Week® and the FW14 season, please visit: www.lingeriefashionweek.com <http://www.lingeriefashionweek.com>

    Editor’s Pick: Eco-friendly Jewelry Brand Lucy & Mabel

    I am an accessories addict. Shoes, jewelry, and handbags are a girl’s best friend. It doesn’t matter what size your are or how tall you are — accessories are the great equalizer. I can never have enough. So who knew that an eco-friendly jewelry brand could make glass beads look so amazing?

    Danielle Kish knows exactly what to do with glass beads. Under her label, Lucy & Mabel, she has so elegantly designed necklaces and earrings with colorful glass beads as the dazzling fashion star. With the look of exquisite jewels, Lucy & Mabel jewelry would easily pair perfectly with a cocktail dress or your favorite boyfriend jeans and a tee. That’s classic design. What’s even better is that Danielle makes every single piece by hand in her workshop in Mountain View, CA.

    Not only is her jewelry handcrafted, but she’s socially conscious, as well. Her eco-friendly jewelry is usually made from recycled metals and components that are made in the US. She also uses environmentally friendly packaging that is recycled, recyclable, and reusable. You can’t go wrong with gorgeous, eco-friendly jewelry made in a socially responsible way. View these pieces and more on her web site, Lucy & Mabel.

    Editor’s Pick: Streetwear Brand Fisty NY

    Fisty NY has its eye on the pulse of what’s hot in streetwear. How could you not love that fist and the clever take on it — Fisty? This streetwear brand gives big props to New York and its street culture in music, sports, and the arts. With clever names such as American Fly, Bada Boom, Half-Bump, Mandela, Fisty speaks to the old school and the new school of skaters, rappers, visual artists, graffiti artists and all the cool kids. To mix it up, Fisty took the classic tee and added some funk to it by incorporating zippers down the front and diagonally from the neckline across the chest. But it’s not just tees. Fisty also sells stickers, beanies, and caps. Get your shop on at Fisty NY.