February 7th, 2014
Biggestpricedrop.com tracks whereabouts of daily shopping deals, like this Kenneth Cole top, marked down to about $25 at Nordstrom, and the Dolce & Gabbana cami below.
Every day brings news of yet another social media or shopping site into my email in-box. Most amount to clutter. Trust me, I've tried, but it's hard to keep up if you're juggling priorities among dozens of sites.
One of the more promising shopping sites I've come across is Biggestpricedrop.com which tracks 54 online retailers—from Saks Fifth Avenue to Top Shop, Uniqlo and Anthropologie—to show items that are at their cheapest.
Last time I checked I saw Pucci sunglasses at $75 on Bluefly, marked down 82 percent from $335; a Kenneth Cole New York V-neck sweater marked down to just below $25 from $53 at Nordstrom; and Dolce & Gabbana lace-trimmed printed silk-satin camisole for $278, marked down 68 percent from $517 at The Outnet.
Browsing is much more comfortable than putting in legwork at the outlet stores and discount racks.
It used to be you had to have airfare and connections to swing invites to Fashion Week events around the globe. Now, anyone with a computer or mobile device can watch the shows ... and have a better view and comfier seat than any of the editors, writers, retail buyers, celebs and bloggers actually in the audience.
New York Fashion Week LIVE begins Feb. 6, with live streams from both Mercedes-Benz and MADE (from Milk Studios).
New "Chat," "Watch Live" and Instagram sections will also help create a more interactive experience during the live streams. And a "Switch City" function allows viewers to watch London, Milan and Paris, following New York.
New York Fashion Week LIVE includes streams from both Mercedes-Benz and MADE, as well as independent streams such as Caroline Herrera / AMEX and Michael Kors / All Access, All Angles.
Watch the streams at NewYorkFashionWeekLIVE.com (Feb. 6 to 13, 2014)
London Fashion Week Live (http://londonfashionweeklive.com): Feb. 15 to 18
Milan Fashion Week Live (http://milanfashionweeklive.com, featuring links to CameraModa): Feb. 18 to 23
Paris Fashion Week Live (http://parisfashionweeklive.com, featuring links to designer live streams): Feb. 25 to March 5
Fashion blogger Wendy Nguyen of Wendy's Lookbook talks about her work at Hawai'i Fashion Month's OUTFIT trade show. — Nadine Kam photo
Whether talking about food or fashion, a lot of people tell me that mine is the job they want, and while I never wanted to trade places with anyone else before, I'd be willing to slip into Wendy Nguyen's Christian Louboutin's any day.
The fashion blogger behind Wendy's Lookbook has it made, jetting to fashion weeks around the globe and collaborating with brands, while wearing the best clothes and working with her "mystery man" boyfriend and film director James (who-shall-not-be-photographed), to produce the short films and beautiful photos that fuel her blog.
Nguyen was among the speakers during Hawai'i Fashion Month's OUTFIT trade show yesterday, which continues through 5 p.m. today in the industrial space below TJ Maxx. The speaker lineup also includes Benni Leigh of Maker Studios, a next generation, talent-first media company; Emmy award-winning costume designer Giovanna Ottobre-Melton ("Mob City," "Numb3rs," "The Mist," "My Name is Earl"); Michelle Moder,costume supervisor for "Hawaii Five-O," who also worked on "The Descendants"; and film costumer and "Hawaii Five-0 costume supervisor Anthony Scarano.
For her part, Nguyen shared her insight with retailers and designers hoping to engage with bloggers in promoting their brands, as well as aspiring bloggers.
Wendy's Lookbook photo
Fashion blogger Wendy Nguyen in the Ramy Brook silk crepe dress and Jimmy Choo heels she wore at the launch of Hawai'i Fashion Month.
Her main point is to avoid the one-size-fits-all syndrome and work only with brands with a point-of-view and aesthetic similar to your own. Basically, if a situation doesn't feel right to you, don't do it.
The diminutive blogger said every designer has a girl or muse, and tells their story through that girl. She said it's important to visualize that girl and ask, over 24 hours, what is she doing at each moment.
With her own work, she envisions "the city girl" and even if she is promoting an article she received from a vendor, she said, "It's my curation, so it's authentic." (more…)
John Paul DeJoria, of John Paul Mitchell, is celebrating the launch of his new website johnpaulselects.com as well as the visionary award he was just bestowed by the Green Business Bureau, by gifting 1,000 free items to subscribers at 9 a.m. PST July 30.
For your chance to receive one of the website's free sustainable products, ranging from beauty and health items to clothing, jewelry and accessories, log on to Johnpaulselects.com at the appointed time. The website aims to support new companies offering sustainable products.
Products will be offered on a first come, first serve basis as a way of sampling new items, and shoppers will be asked to pay for shipping.
Amy Davis illustration
Margeaux in a Maui Girl bikini, Ki-ele and Q-pot. jewelry, with Happy Haleiwa shopping bag and Sanuk footwear.
I have styled my fair share of magazine pictorials, but a lunch meetup with former isle resident, Paper fashion illustrator, musician, actress, and, well, all-around artiste Amy Davis led to a first, a Hawaii collaboration for her new fashion + food blog, Yummy Dress.
I write about fashion + food, so we're simpatico, though she wasn't working the food angle when we formally met a few years ago when she was back in town as a guest artist for Le Sportsac, for whom she'd created four prints over two years.
This time around, she was back in town from Santa Fe, with longtime partner in art and life, Jon Moritsugu, before heading on to the Chicago Underground Film Festival for the March 8 world premiere of their new film, "Pig Death Machine." The dynamic duo also picked up the fest's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Of course, Hawaii is full of yummy clothes, so when it came to dressing Margeaux, I suggested a few Hawaii brands and was happy to see some of them on Margeaux. Of course the best part about dressing an illustration, there was no running around picking up and droppig off merchandise, and no heavy lifting. Love it!
Nadine Kam photo
Amy Davis and Jon Mortisugu at Taste Table, when Margeaux was still a line drawing and vision in Amy's head.
A trio of Amy's Style Fiends from Paper magazine.
Cotton looks by Gypsy05, among the brands offering cotton apparel at 24 percent off to mark Cotton Incorporated's 24 Hour Runway Show.
Cotton Incorporated is hosting a 24 Hour Runway Show demonstrating the versatility of cotton through 1,440 different looks — one per minute — inspired by regional trends from across the U.S.
Judging from the brands being shown, it seems as if Hawaii designers and Hawaii as a site would have been a perfect fit for a show like this because cotton is so breathable and comfortable to wear.
The curious can view the show, taking place in South Beach, Fla., beginning 3 p.m. today and ending the same time tomorrow, via computer or mobile device at http://cotton24hours.thefabricofourlives.com
Those who visit the site can also visit links to dozens of designers—including Tommy Hilfger, Cosabella, Cubavera, Denim Habit and French Connection—who are offering cotton apparel and accessory items at 24 percent off.
The fashion show will be hosted by Giuliana Rancic of E! News and E!'s Fashion Police and Bill Rancic, and feature special appearances by actress Camilla Belle, who appears in Cotton's "The Fabric of Our Lives" advertising campaign; and more.
A look from Cubavera.
As part of New York Fashion Week, SiriusXM hosted "Town Hall with Kenneth Cole,” with SiriusXM Fashion Insiders host Fern Mallis, who was instrumental in starting NYFW, interviewing Cole about his return to the runway and the importance of social media.
The most interesting part of the brief interview was when he said, “What’s interesting now is that we don’t consume the product by buying it in the stores. I mean, one percent do, maybe. 100 percent view it [and] consume it, by shooting it, by posting it, by pinning it, by blogging it, by tweeting it, by retweeting it, and today it is being consumed everywhere in these unique and interesting ways. And they define themselves by it … there’s Pinterest, Instagram and all of these social platforms.”
I've been doing this for at least a decade. If I can't possess an item I find beautiful, I'd save a photo of it as a reminder. Before, I would have to save the images in folders on my computer desktop, but now Pinterest makes it easy to collect photos and create storyboards. For retailers, it's a great marketing and advertising tool as the public spreads word of their love and affection for a brand.
But in the long-term, I wonder what happens to the retail business model when everyone does make consumption virtual. The economy is questionable, unemployment is still high. It's conceivable that the cash-strapped won't need to make purchases if they can enjoy items vicariously via Pinterest. It can be unexpectedly satisfying, because let's face it, even if we buy coveted items, chances are we tire of it in three months or even before the credit card bill arrives.
If so, retailers might one day find themselves in the same boat as the record, book and newspaper industry, trying to stay afloat in a world where increasingly, life is being led online.
Or, maybe it really is the 1 percent that props up the industry, and its just the 99 percent of us who have to use our imaginations. It sort of works in the way it really couldn't for food and housing.
You can view his show here: