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Jason Wu For Target Marks The Start Of February

In Fashion Designer on February 1, 2012 at 12:02 AM

I cannot believe that it is already February! Plus, tomorrow is my birthday and I’ll be heading to LA for the weekend to celebrate! Not only do I love February because it’s the month of my birthday, Valentines Day and NYFW, but there are also some incredible launches in the fashion world. Get your calendars out Style Solutions readers, because February is a very busy month.

Start off by marking February 5th, the day Jason Wu For Target hits stores. Missoni take two, also known as Fashion War II? Quite possibly. A killer collection at a price you can afford? Most certainly. Inspired by French New Wave films and actress Jean Seberg, this collection includes 53 pieces of conventional separates including Peter Pan collar blouses, pleated skirts, nautical dresses, and ultra chic handbags and accessories. The soft, sophisticated, elegant, simplistic and glamorous vibe of this collection is what makes it so desirable. Each piece in the collection is priced under $60, so this is the perfect time to get your hands on a Wu masterpiece.


Sydney Interviews NAVEN Designers, Kym & Alexis McClay (Part II)

In Fashion Designer, Interview/Personal Appearance on October 20, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Kym McClay, Khloe Kardashian, and Alexis McClay

This is Part II of my interview with NAVEN designers, Kym and Alexis.  Read on to see which celebs fashion NAVEN duds, what we’ll see from NAVEN this season, and more!

S: Does the way you both dress influence the vibe of your designs?

K&A: One of the advantages of being a girl and owning a hot clothing line is being able to wear the duds at all time.  To be honest NAVEN is basically all we wear.  Our designs influence the way we dress and not vice-versa.  We love color, color blocking, cut outs, studs, faux leathers and faux furs.  We love the contrast that’s created from an edgy take on classic silhouettes.

S: Why are celebrities so geared towards your line and who was the first to wear your designs?

K&A: Whether in Hollywood or strolling through city streets, every girl likes to be noticed and likes to feel sexy when they step out of the house; looking like they belong on the best dressed list is the appeal for young Hollywood.  NAVEN is made for the red carpet through its fits and use of color.  Some of the first celebs to rock NAVEN duds were The Kardashians, Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari.  Over the years, we have dressed celebs like Kendra Wilkenson, Paula AbdulParis Hilton, LaLa Anthony, and Amber Lancaster.

celebs in NAVEN

S: What are we going to see from NAVEN this fall and winter?

K&A: Expect to freak out over faux furs, and sparkle in sequins.

S: What’s next for NAVEN?  Shoes? Handbags?

K&A: NAVEN is currently expanding our womens line, and adding gowns.  Look out for long flowing gowns on the red carpet this awards season.

S: Where can my readers buy your line?

K&A: is the best place to get the best prices and promos for NAVEN clothes.

Sydney Interviews NAVEN Designers, Kym & Alexis McClay (Part I)

In Fashion Designer, Interview/Personal Appearance on October 19, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Kym & Alexis McClay

Twin sisters Kym and Alexis McClay know how to work it in the fashion biz.  They are keen designers and faces of their fashion line, NAVEN, which I’ve been obsessed with since shopping the line about 4 years ago.  Blonde, gorgeous, smart (Pepperdine University and FIDM graduates), and talented, these girls are the dynamic duo.  This is Part I of my interview with the designers.  Enjoy!

S: How did you both get into fashion?

K&A: Every career starts somewhere; ours started sitting at our desks at 14 years old in West Van High in Vancouver, Canada, sketching designs for the school fashion show.  At that point, we never dreamt that would lead to owning NAVEN.  Our path was carved out as followed.  Step one: huge success from the school fashion show ignited the desire to pursue fashion.  Step two: Kym completed her degree in Fashion Design at FIDM and Alexis’s Business/Marketing degree at Pepperdine University.  Step three: Invaluable experience working for large companies.  Step four: The birth of NAVEN.  Step Five: Taking over the world.

S: What is NAVEN, and what’s the story behind the name?

K&A: We are Irish Canadian and have dual citizenships.  We have a huge Irish family on my father’s side who comes from Navan, Ireland.  We wanted to stay true to our roots, which have influenced our lives.  Therefore, we were inspired to use the city Navan in our business name NAVEN.

S: Who are you designing for?

K&A: Being California girls, we always try to incorporate off the runway looks into a wearable outfit.  The fashionista we design for is fashion forward, confident, and sexy.  She loves to be daring with sexy fits, and play with bold colors in her wardrobe.  Our inspirations for our designs come from everyday life, and we take those tangible inspirations and create our “Dream Closet” each season to the next.

new NAVEN arrivals

S: What’s it like working together as twins?  Any rivalries?

K&A: We’re best friends, so being able to brainstorm on the same wavelength and come up with creative concepts each season for our designs together is a blast.  Though we are twins, parts of our personalities are polar opposites.  Kym is the creative genius, and Alexis is the business side.  Being a twin can be challenging since we spend every walking second together, but at the end of the day, we always work as a team.

S: Have the Olsen twins influenced you in any way?

K&A: We have such great respect for the Olsen twins and the empire they have created at such a young age.  We definitely use their success as motivation, but at the end of the day, our visions are quite different.  Their line, The Row, caters to an elite part of society in an extremely high end market comparable to couture pricing.  Though we use fine fabrics, we keep our price points at the lower end of our market because when it comes down to it, we want all girls to be able to rock our designs; not just those with pockets of money honey.

Stay tuned for Part II of my interview with Kym and Alexis tomorrow.  

Sydney Attends A Vogue & Target Party At Conde Nast

In Fashion Designer, Interview/Personal Appearance on October 13, 2011 at 5:04 PM

On gloomy and damp afternoons, like today, there’s nothing better than a great pick-me-up at Conde Nast.  I just got back from the preview of Albertus Swanepoel, Dana Kellin, and Josie Natori‘s collaborations with Target, and let me tell you, (without any ounce of surprise) Vogue knows how to throw a fab fashion event.  Along with being able to view the collections, attendees could sip on afternoon tea, nibble on Target themed mini desserts, and chat with the designers.

Each of the designers are known for their upscale lines, so it was great to see that their Target lines looked just as chic and expensive.

Sydney In Albertus Swanepoel For Target

Swanepoel’s hats are so creative yet practical (I’m loving the fur hat I received in my goodie bag), Kellin’s jewelry is without a doubt glamorous and sophisticated (the perfect addition to any outfit), and Natori’s lingerie (loving the pink, black, grey, and floral combo) is comfortable, flirty, sexy, and fashionable, as always.

Model in Josie Natori For Target

The goodie bag was filled with a Swanepoel hat, Kellin earrings, a Natori bathrobe, a Target cookie, (which I munched on in the cab ride home–delicious!) and the October issue of Vogue.

Dana Kellin For Target

Start making room in your closets ladies, because these three new Target collaborations are full of must-haves.  J’adore!

Sydney Interviews Diane Von Furstenberg

In Fashion Designer, Interview/Personal Appearance on August 22, 2011 at 9:35 AM

As the creator of the iconic wrap dress, the president of the CFDA, living through the philosophy “love is life”, empowering women, and much more, Diane Von Furstenberg is a fashion legend.  Entering the fashion world in 1972, DVF’s brand just keeps getting better, and better.  I present you my interview with Diane Von Furstenberg.

S: How have you managed to stay relevant as a brand for decades?

D: When you create something truly classic it is timeless; that’s what happened with the wrap dress. But all of my designs—the clothes, the shoes, the accessories—are easy to wear. They are comfortable, and they make a woman feel confident and beautiful. So of course that never goes out of style. I think it is easy to stay relevant if you understand women.

S: Your clothes are reasonably priced for using beautiful fabrics, wonderful designs, and excellent fit.  How do you accomplish this?

D: For me, it has always been about value. It’s about real quality and real design. I still see my dresses from the 70’s in vintage stores and they are more expensive. But you know what? They lasted.

S: What do you recommend the young aspiring professionals to wear to “dress for success” today?

D: Women should wear clothes that make them feel strong and confident. At work especially, I think a woman should be comfortable. So a dress is the perfect work attire. And the accessories are important. They set the tone for any look. You can keep it professional with a nice handbag like our Harper Connect, which I love because it has a place for my iPad. Add a nice high heel and go for it!

S: When on a budget, what are the best accessories to invest in to wear with your clothes?

D: Accessories are always a solid investment. They are the punctuation! The comma and the exclamation point! Like I said, I love the Harper Connect, but I think any of our sophisticated bags that will make you look like a grown up. That is the best investment.

S: What is your opinion of the reality shows in your industry like Project Runway?

D: I think anything that highlights what we do in fashion is a good thing for the industry. It is a very fun business. It is glamorous and exciting but it is also a lot of work. I suppose that makes for good television.

S: What is the best way for a young designer to get started?

D: Find someone who will help you. For me it was Diana Vreeland. I took her my designs and she liked what she saw, so she helped me. Now there are many resources that actually exist, like the CFDA Vogue Fund. Young designers should learn what they are and go after them. Enter all of the awards, because even just the process of applying will tell you so much about what you are doing. It will force you to write on a piece of paper who you are and where you are going. And that will bring clarity. Clarity is the most important thing.

S: You seem to have done everything possible in your field. Is there anything that you either wished you had or still want to accomplish?

D: I want to keep growing my business. We just launched a home collection and we are launching a beautiful fragrance in September that is all about seduction. I want to focus on the business and I want to keep empowering women. I have a lot of clarity about where I am going and what I want to do. There is always more to accomplish!

Milly’s Madison Avenue Boutique Opening

In Fashion Designer on May 20, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Madison Avenue has graced us with yet another fabulous new store: Milly.  Last night, designer Michelle Smith (who fashioned a gorgeous purple maxi dress) and CEO Andrew Oshrin, along with the Central Park Conservatory Playground Partners, celebrated the opening of the Milly Madison Avenue Boutique.

This is the first Milly boutique in the United States, allowing us a one-stop for the entire Milly collection and then some: mommy and me outfits, bright handbags, chunky jewels and a wedding salon for those who are going to be walking down the aisle to here comes the bride, all fashionably dressed, including the hot addition of a reception dress.

Not only is Smith innately talented and ambitious, but she gained experience with the top worldwide fashion houses.  While studying at  at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Smith worked at the Hermes boutique in NYC to help pay for her tuition. Talk about amazing!  Smith then wrote to the President of Hermes requesting an internship at the Paris headquarters-this led her to be the first American Hermes employee sent to work at Hermes corporate headquarters.  Smith also interned at Louis Vuitton, Torrente, and Christian Dior Haute Couture. 

I love Milly because everything is effortlessly chic, colorful and glamorous. The collections are truly happy.   The perfectly styled store-front windows pull you right into the store to get a stylish summer wardrobe.  Of course you will find Smith’s great dresses, tunics, and tops that we have loved for years.

Attendees of this exciting opening celebration included Fox’s Kimberly Guilfoyle Villency, CNN’s Poppy Harlow, “Morning Joe’s” Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, CFDA’s Steven Kolb, and stylish socialite Karen LeFrak.  Guests were able to mingle with one another, sip on champagne, and nibble on macaroons.  Those who shopped the store during the opening helped raise money for the Central Park Conservatory’s Playground Partners.

Check out Milly‘s fabulous new boutique: 900 Madison Avenue at 73rd Street, NYC.  If you’re not local, check out the Milly website.

(photos: Billy Farrell Agency/ David X Prutting) 

Sydney Meets Rosie Pope

In Fashion Designer, Interview/Personal Appearance, On Location on May 8, 2011 at 10:51 AM

After a fun and busy Saturday downtown, I made a stop at my local Bloomingdales: not for a refreshing frozen yogurt at Forty Carrots, not for my MAC lipstick refill, but for something else.  I went to Bloomingdales to meet Rosie Pope, TV personality, designer, and pregnancy-guru, at her diaper bag trunk show.

Rosie is best known for her maternity line and show on Bravo, Pregnant In Heels, which follows Rosie helping moms-to-be preparing to have a baby.  Rosie is most certainly the best and most fashionable pregnancy-guru, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to interview her for Style Solutions.

S: What inspired you to create a maternity line?

R: I started my line in 2007 and it came out in 2008.  I was really inspired by living in New York City and was astonished by how much women were needy for fashionable maternity clothes.

S: What’s one piece of clothing that every pregnant woman should own?

R: It’s important to have great fitting pants because you can’t avoid them.  They are great for those on a budget, they highlight your lines, and they are sophisticated.

S: How do you feel about dresses?  Are you into patterns or solids?

R: Dresses are great because they’re feminine. I prefer prints over solids because they’re fun.  I love florals and Diane Von Furstenberg looking prints.

S: What should a mom look for when buying a diaper bag?

R: On the outside, it should look like a bag that you would normally wear, but inside it should be waterproof, have pockets, a changing pad, the ability to hang off a stroller, and it needs to be big enough.

S: What do you suggest to women who try to fit in their regular clothes when pregnant?

R: Let it go and accept the fact that you need maternity clothes.  Most women need to wear them after they have a baby, so love what you buy.

It was such a pleasure to meet and interview Rosie.  For those of you who are in NYC, you can check out Rosie Pope Maternity at 1265 Madison Avenue, (212) 608-2036.  Also, catch Pregnant In Heels on Bravo every Tuesday at 10/9 c.

Met Gala 2011

In Celebrities, Fashion Designer on May 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM

On May 2, 2011, famous and respected celebrities, designers, models, and fashion-gurus attended the most prominent evening of fashion of the year: the Met Gala.  The Met Gala is equivalent (in the sense of importance) to the Oscars and the Grammys.  The theme of this year’s gala is ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’, honoring the death of world renown designer, Alexander McQueen.

The list of attendees is quite amazing, some of who included Sarah Burton (Creative Director of Alexander McQueen, and royal wedding dress designer, in photo), Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyonce, Rihanna, Christian Louboutin, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Lea Michele, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Nicole Richie, the Olsen twins, and many more.

The most exciting part of the Met Gala is seeing what the A-List attendees decide to wear.  Like any red carpet event, even ones to such high importance such as the Met Gala, there is always a ‘Best Dressed List’ and a ‘Worst Dressed List’.

I have many favorite looks of the evening, but there are three that are most certainly at the top of my list: Blake Lively, Brooklyn Decker, and Ginnifer Goodwin.  Lively glowed in a Chanel half sari and half lace gown.  The combination of fabrics fitted Lively’s body perfectly, and her hair was styled to perfection.  Decker looked bright and hot in Michael Kors, pulling off the neon trend oh-so-well.  The dress showed off the swimsuit model’s sexy legs, and her nude sandals finished off the sleek and chic look in a simple way.  Goodwin went green for the Met Gala, and did so ever so well, in Topshop Unique.  I love that Goodwin didn’t wear a designer because it shows that you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to look fabulous.  The green silk twist front gown added edge to Goodwin’s edgy hair, and she stunned in a beautiful necklace with turquoise detailing.

My ‘Worst Dressed List’ includes Beyonce, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Iman, and Jennifer Hudson.  Each of the ladies looks were a little too much, and not so glamorous.  Over-the-top is not always the best.  In the ‘Worst Dress List’ ladies cases, going understated like Lea Michele (whose look I am not so much of a fan of) might have been the better option.

Overall, the photos from the Met Gala portrayed the elegance, glamour, and fashion of the evening.  I hope to one day attend this legendary evening of fashion.  

(Photos from Met Gala posts: Huffington Post)

Sydney Meets Mark Badgley and James Mischka

In Fashion Designer, Interview/Personal Appearance, On Location, Shoes on April 7, 2011 at 7:19 PM

This afternoon, I had the opportunity to meet Mark Badgley and James Mischka at the launch of their new footwear line, Mark & James, at Bloomingdales in NYC.  Badgley and Mischka are some of the most talented and respected designers in the fashion industry, and are best known for their couture line, Badgley Mischka.  Badgley Mischka defines Hollywood glamour with its sophisticated, modern, girly, and glamorous style: it’s all about bringing back the glamour of the 40s.

The Badgley Mischka line not only contains clothing, but jewelry, handbags, footwear, eyewear, swimwear, and watches too.  Plus, the designers also have a fragrance, and bridal and bridesmaid line.  I’ve loved Badgley Mischka ever since I was young, and do so even more now that I am older, which made meeting the designers extremely exciting.  The designers’ new Mark & James footwear collection is perfect for the girl who loves Badgley Mischka shoes but wants a more affordable price and modern look.

When meeting the fashionable duo on the contemporary shoe level at Bloomingdales, I asked them what inspired them to create Mark & James.  The designers said that they always get young celebrities wanting to wear their shoes for red carpet events and award shows, and wanted to make a younger and affordable line that is inspired by the young Hollywood stars that wear their shoes.

I then asked the designers what their favorite shoe is from the collection (I loved them all, so I can imagine how difficult it was to pick just one!).  The designers adored their ‘Malko Wedge Sandals‘, which are tall wood wedges with a leather flower and in a flattering t-strap style.  The wedges are perfect for Spring with their chunky and girly look.  I also loved these nude and black large gold stud embellished gladiator sandals with a little heel and ankle strap.  There are many more to-die-for shoes in the collection, and prices of the shoes range from $200-$300.

Meeting the designers was great, and not only did I have fun chatting about the fabulous collection of shoes, but the designers also noticed that I was wearing Badgley Mischka blue multicolored hanging crystal earrings that I’ve been obsessed with ever since I bought them in Palm Beach last year.

Be sure to check out the Mark & James collection to get the perfect stylish shoe for you this Spring.

Sydney Interviews Tinsley Mortimer

In Celebrities, Fashion Designer, Interview/Personal Appearance on March 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM

High Society “It Girl” Tinsley Mortimer is stylish, smart (Columbia University graduate), fashion designer (Samantha Thavasa and Riccimie), and such a sweet person.  Tinsley graciously gave me the opportunity to interview her for Style Solutions.

S: How did you become the social “It Girl”?

T: I love supporting my friends in fashion and there are so many amazing causes and charities to be a part of in the city.  Also, working at Vogue magazine and Harrison & Shriftman PR firm enabled me to meet a lot of people in New York.

S: Who are your favorite designers? (besides yourself of course!)

T: I love Dior, Valentino, Jay Ahr, Marchesa, Alice and Olivia, Brian Atwood, and Louboutin!

S: You not only have great taste in the selection of clothes you wear, but everything looks great on you.  Any suggestions on how to accomplish this?

T: I always wear what I like and what makes me feel like me regardless if it is considered “of the moment” or trendy. I know what works and what doesn’t on me. I love to feel like a girly girl and look super feminine whenever I am out. It makes me feel the most comfortable and confident.

S: Tell me about your design work.

T: I design handbags for a Japanese company called Samantha Thavasa and clothing only sold in Japan for a company called Riccimie. I design bags and clothes that I want to wear, that I want in my closet. Everything is very girly with a slight edge.

S: What wardrobe suggestions do you have for the girl who is on a budget but wants to look fashion forward?

T: You can find so many amazing clothes, bags (mine range from 200-500), and shoes at inexpensive prices. It is all about the fit and really knowing what you are looking for. If you shop with specific looks in mind or for a specific occasion you are better focused and it doesn’t become overwhelming. Having a great tailor too is super important and can make anything work. Pay attention to proportions on your body. Clothes, jewelry and shoes need to be the right proportion for your size.

S: Anything else in the works for you that we should know about?

T: I was just named a National Ambassador for the Humane Association and it is such an honor. I want to encourage everyone to go to their local shelters and adopt a pet!!

A big thanks to Tinsley, and Style Solutions will continue to follow her exciting career!

About The Jill Stuart Fashion Show

In Fashion Designer, On Location, Runway on February 12, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Lights, music, strut. The feeling of watching a runway show is, more or less, not like any other.  The cameras, people, music, models, and of course clothes and accessories are what make the ultimate runway show.  Today I had the pleasure of attending Jill Stuart’s Fall 2011 runway show, where I was able to observe trends, take pics, talk to celebrities, and rank my favorite pieces .

Stuart’s collection (47 looks) had a tribal vibe, a noted trend for the coming season.  Animal prints, belted sweaters, long patterned vests, polkadots, colorful leathers, long dresses, a mix of bright and dark colors, and metallics are some of what you will see in Stuarts collection. The most wearable pieces for your everyday wardrobe in Stuart’s collection would be the sweaters and the dresses: they are great for wearing in the day, and you will be able to dress them up at night, whether that means pairing the sweater with a cute skirt or spicing up the dress with a pair of  platforms.

As you can see in my post next to this, I show pictures of my favorite looks.  Yes those are all of my favorites, but I have my number one favorite that not I only “drooled” over, but Brad Goreski, stylist who used to work for Rachel Zoe, did too.   It is a reddish-orange dress in which the top half is leather, and has a very city go-getter look.

One of my favorite parts of the show was the styling of the models.  Each model looked stunning with their perfectly middle-parted hair, bronze eye shadow, and coral lip.  I also loved how the majority of the models were wearing scrunched up socks in their platform pumps, a trend that I’ve seen mastered by celebs like Leighton Meester.

At the end of the show, when the classic showing of all of the models walking together on the runway were backstage, Stuart came out for a short minute on the runway fashioning a navy blue and pink/peach polkadot dress with red platforms and black tights.  The collection is beautiful, and I had a great time watching the show.  I can’t wait for more fashion shows this week!

Sydney Meets Sam Edelman

In Fashion Designer, Interview/Personal Appearance, Resort, Shoes on January 2, 2011 at 9:30 AM

A typical day in Palm Beach is as simple as this: shop on Worth Avenue, and then hit the beach and the pool.  As I walked through one of my favorite esplanade’s on Worth Avenue, I spotted a store that I have never seen, and I was so pleasantly surprised: it was a Sam Edelman store.

Sam Edelman -the shoe brand that we all love from department stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdales in addition to private stores- has come to the streets of Palm Beach.  Edelman’s designs and colors are great, and the prices are very affordable for those of you who are on a budget: $69-$250.  This is the first store that Edelman has opened, and it is most definitely impressive.  As you walk in the door, you feel as if you’re in a shoe wonderland.  The store is cool and modern, yet still has a chic and glamorous Palm Beach look.  Every resort shoe that your heart desires from the Sam Edelman collection is displayed on shelves and tables for easy shopping like his wife’s collection called Libby which defines the Palm Beach look.  As Edelman says, Libby is more mature: I think the Libby shoes are sophisticated, elegant, chic, glamorous, and colorful.

As I was in the store, I had the opportunity to interview Sam Edelman for Style Solutions which was very exciting since he is one of my  favorite shoe designers.  When asking Edelman why he opened a store in Palm Beach, he said, “The idea came to us: we believe in the concept of a luxury brand at an affordable price.  Palm Beach is a great approach to different, whimsical, and unique shopping.”  I then asked Edelman what inspires his designs: “Fashion is a big inspiration.  I study furniture, food, trends, and lifestyle: everything.

Edelman’s shoes can go from a classic flat sandal to a spiked peep-toe pump called Lorissa.  When asking which shoe in Edelman’s collection is for the “Sam Edelman girl” and who the Sam Edelman girl is, he said, “The Lorrisa shoe is for the Sam girl.  She is the real Sam customer who is usually 19-28.  She’s tired of wearing the same thing, is influenced by fashion, and knows fashion more than politics.”  I guess you could call me a Sam girl then.

I asked Edelman what the near future holds for him.  Edelman said, “brand extensions and accessories.”  After talking to Edelman -which was such a pleasure- I purchased a sandal that Edelman recommended for me: the Gigi sandal in gold/bronze and orange.  Edelman recommended this shoe because it’s in the Hermes colors (I love Hermes): he is signing the bottom of my shoes before I head back to NYC tomorrow.

So the next time you’re in Palm Beach, check out the Sam Edelman store, and you will have a great shopping experience.  If you purchase a pair of his shoes, he’ll sign your pair too.

Sydney Meets Patricia Field

In Fashion Designer, Holiday, Interview/Personal Appearance, On Location on December 14, 2010 at 6:26 PM

It might have been absolutely freezing outside, but that didn’t stop me from attending the launch party of Patricia Field‘s – the stylist for Sex & The City 2 – new limited edition handbag line for MCM this afternoon.  The launch party took place at the MCM Boutique at The Shops At The Plaza Hotel.  I’m not a huge fan of the shopping center at the Plaza for two reasons.  One: I don’t think it’s necessary to have a mini mall when NYC is the biggest “mall” in the country.  Two: it takes the classic charm away from this New York City landmark.  However, meeting Patricia was worth it.

If you’re a Sex & The City 2 fashion-fan like me, you know how excited I was to meet this fashion legend.  Patricia’s line for MCM gave the company’s handbags the edgy twist that it most certainly needed: whether it be the color, design, or studs on some of the handles.

I talked to Patricia for fifteen minutes -who looked very cool with her adorable Pucci winter coat- and she asked what my opinion was of the bags: if I thought they would appeal to my readers, if I liked the look, etc.  I feel that the line has a cool, artsy, and chic look.  It’s for the girl that wants an everyday bag that is stylish, wearable, and big enough – yet not too big – for her daily necessities.  I also think that it’s classic (although fun and colorful) and is not too out there and looks simple yet elegant.

Beyonce was just seen wearing my favorite bag of the collection which is called the ‘Reversible Shopper Tote‘ – love the color, design: everything.  Although the collection is expensive – handbags start at $550 – it is a luxury brand and the bags are less expensive than (for example) Goyard totes which have the similar aesthetic.

This line is limited edition, so it’s a great gift to purchase for the holidays if you want to splurge on something that is more unique.  Meeting Patricia was a pleasure: she’s fashion forward, a fashion icon, and an inspiration to fashion-lovers like me.  Check out her collection at the MCM Boutique at the Shops At The Plaza or on