By Nadine Kam
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.