Hopefully, I sold you on making a visit to next week’s fashion-filled Sunday put on by Simply Stylist’s Sarah Boyd and hosted by E! News correspondent Catt Sadler. You’ll grab a ticket and join in the networking extravaganza which features industry insiders talking shop, a fashion and beauty panel (I’ll be chatting along with Courtney Kerr, Amber Venz, and Leigh Ann), a brunch, on-site shopping experience, etc. But maybe I didn’t sell you ticket price. As I mentioned:
A Shopaholic ticket ($20) gives you access to the Designer Shopping Event with DJs, light bites, shopping, beauty touch-ups, and breakout sessions with industry insiders. A Fashion and Beauty Lover ticket ($100) invites you to the midday fashion & beauty panel, and the VIP Fashionista ticket ($200) gives you all-day access, which includes a 10 a.m. brunch and post-panel meet-and-greet.
So instead, let’s win you a pair of tickets. I’ve got oodles (well, an oodle) of tickets to give away: 25 Shopaholic tickets, 10 Fashion & Beauty tickets, and 2 VIP Fashionista tickets. Enter here to win. We’ll draw 18 winners who will each win a pair. First entries drawn will receive the VIP tickets and we’ll move on down the line.
UPDATE: Event is on Sunday, not Saturday.
To anyone dreaming of landing a job as a high-powered style expert at a painfully cool glossy magazine (just like that of yours truly at D Magazine!), you can pick up a few pointers next weekend at the Simply Stylist event. Sarah Boyd, mastermind behind this fashion industry networking affair, founded this event to connect the fashion- and beauty-minded with industry vets in-the-know. I’m beyond flattered to have been invited to sit on her Fashion & Beauty panel and look forward to talking shop with host, E! News correspondent Catt Sadler and co-panelists Amber Venz, Courtney Kerr, and Leigh Ann. If you’re serious (or maybe even just curious) about a career in beauty and style and its glitz and glam reputation, this could be enlightening. A Shopaholic ticket ($20) gives you access to the Designer Shopping Event with DJs, light bites, shopping, beauty touch-ups, and breakout sessions with industry insiders. A Fashion and Beauty Lover ticket ($100) invites you to the midday fashion & beauty panel, and the VIP Fashionista ticket ($200) gives you all-day access, which includes a 10 a.m. brunch and post-panel meet-and-greet. I realize $200 may sound a little steep, but there’s serious potential for making beauty biz connections, and if this leads you to your dream job, well, I think we can call that priceless. Plus, a portion of tickets sales goes to girl power group I Am That Girl, a campaign to boost women’s self-worth. Keep Twitter and Instagram open, girls. This will be a hashtag kind of day.
The Dallas Flea is finally upon us. The annual handmade shopping shindig is happening this Saturday at South Side on Lamar. (Pardon the unintended alliteration.) Scoot on over for locally made giftables, vintage things, clothing, and especially, for the baubles from Vera Jo. The jewelry project is a collaborative effort of Holly Shipley and Vicki Tollemache, of now-closed The Shining jewelry store.
“Holly and I are kinda the perfect combo,” Vicki says. “She loves bigger, more glamorous statement pieces, and I am still fixating on the darker, smaller items similar to what I carried at The Shining. There is something for everyone at prices between $10 to $250.”
I have all kinds of things from The Dallas Flea over the years: a restored, lavender-painted lingerie chest, jewelry from Amber Venz and F. is for Frank, locally made soap, printed tees from Dowdy Studio, and a smattering of vintage things for home and arm. Just $5 is your entry fee to glorious afternoon of shopping for meaningful trinkets and home decor.
Fall = hat season. Today = Local milliner, Cassie MacGregor’s Fall Hat Party. You = clearing your evening plans. Right? Hit up the boutique hat shop above Bolsa tonight for cocktails, treats, and most importantly, gorgeous hats. Peruse autumn fascinators, handcrafted cloche, and new felt-trimmed fedoras. Pick your favorite and pose for the photographer. Then, maybe, grab your fellow party-goers and head downstairs for a French 75 and Twig & Branch flatbread with arugula, goat cheese, and roasted grapes.
This year marks the Fashion for a Passion’s fifth annual local fashion show presented by Against The Grain. The evening celebrates Asian American fashion designers and artists with proceeds benefiting hand-selected orphanages, scholarship funds, and outreach programs. But this isn’t some homemade fashion affair. These up-and-coming designers are ones you’ll want to shop immediately post-show: Nine Muses (I blogged about their leather-clad fall collection here), ladylike and streamlined Danh Ta, Lucy Dang (I’ll take this cape coat dress), Viviona swimwear, uber fun Cykochik bags (see StyleSheet), Becky Hollands, Cacdemode, and Kim Pham. Grab a $50 ticket to enjoy the show or a $75 VIP package to mix and mingle with the designers.
It’s a man’s world this weekend at Rye 51. Hair by Charlie will have a chair set up for haircuts and shaves for shopping gents. You can browse the racks of sportswear, denim, tees, and accessories from lines including Varvatos, Levi’s Made and Crafted, Rag & Bone, in-house label Rye Reserve, and more, grab a drink–whiskey, perhaps, from the store’s bar–and then have a seat for a shave. Both walk-ins and appointments are welcome. Call 214-303-1799 to reserve a slot.
Where: Rye 51
When: Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Throw on your walking heels and get ready to party hop, because this is going to be a hell of a Thursday. We’re not sure how this happened, but it looks like 9/26 was on everyone’s minds. We’ve compiled a list of the fashion events going on later this week. Pick your poison. On the menu:
- DFW Style Daily’s Best Dressed 2013
- W + Marciano Shopping Event
- FD Luxe + Neiman Marcus CUSP Blogger Party
- Wolford Style and Fit Event
- Ylang 23 Ten Thousand Things Champagne Reception
- L.bartlett Gemelli Jewelry Trunk Show
Get the details after the jump.
Lauren Adams is a ShopTalk intern.
DFW Style Daily’s Best Dressed 2013: Join hosts Yvonne Crum and Benny Black at Galleria Dallas for a night of fashion (with runway shows curated by the one and only Jan Strimple), philanthropy, and gourmet eats at DFW Style Daily‘s Best Dressed 2013. All proceeds will benefit the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas and Dallas Can Academies. Grab your tickets here.
W + Marciano Event: Join adorable sister duo Molly and Sally of A Piece of Toast at Galleria Dallas from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for an evening of shopping, sipping and sweets courtesy of W and Marciano. Enjoy DJ beats and a beauty bar while you browse the latest looks.
FD Luxe and Neiman Marcus CUSP event: Join Neiman Marcus and FD Luxe for The Battle of The Bloggers, featuring Mary Summers (M.A.S. Fashion), Monica Matocha, Jen Coleman (Deep in the Hart). Judge their styling prowess and listen to tunes from DJ Wanna Be Her while you get your digits ready for fall at the NM nail bar.
Wolford Style & Fit Event: Style & Fit expert Jenny Altman will host an evening of champagne and shopping at Wolford Boutique, home to the most luxurious and fashion-forward hosiery, in NorthPark from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be offering one-on-one styling appointments. Be sure to check out the Fall/Winter collection and take a 20 percent discount on all lingerie. Receive a free gift with purchase of $150 or more.
Cruise over to NorthPark for 7 For All Mankind’s VIP Shopping event, hosted by the lovely Miss Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes. (You may know the fashion blogger by her crazy-beautiful red hair, shoe fetish, or perfect denim cutoff collection.) The luxury denim label is collaborating with Malhia Kent and — spoiler alert — it’s awesome. Come for the denim, stay for the DJ, cocktails, and giveaways. And get ready to splurge: Each guest will receive a free gift with a purchase of $300 or more, and trust me, that cash will go faster than you can say, “Blue metallic striped skinny jeans.”
What: 7 For All Mankind x Mahlia Kent VIP Shopping Event
Where: 7 For All Mankind, NorthPark
When: Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lauren Adams is a ShopTalk intern.
Steven Alan has landed in Dallas in all its modern, eclectic glory. The shop on Knox is the brand’s Texas flagship so you betcha this party’s gonna be big. Stop by the new showroom for free food, drinks, and a performance by indie band White Denim to kickoff the grand opening. While you’re there, get your paws on playful plaids, corduroy suits, woven everything, and walls of eyewear to suit all your cool kid needs.
What: Steven Alan Grand Opening
When: Thursday, September 19, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Steven Alan
We just took a peak at BLKLN’s upcoming spring 2014 collection. Now see it in person tonight.
Jim Duran, designer behind local line BLKLN, is debuting his newest designs. Full of dark floral prints and drapey tanks, the coastal-inspired men’s collection is androgynous. “From Miami to Ibiza, this collection was designed with the idea of what the BLKLN man would wear during his many adventures to these romantic exotic locations,” Duran says of the designs. Models will be on display, wearing the pieces; floral decor will mimic the designs; and DJ Blake Ward will be on the decks. A cash bar will provide the sips. Limited gift bags are up for grabs.
Happy birthday to Nicole Kwon boutique in West Village! In addition to the one-year anniversary, Karen Walker’s cool Candy Bar sunglasses pop-up shop is stationed in the shop this month. To celebrate, we’re joining in on the fun for a fete tomorrow. Pop by for drinks, bites, tunes by DJ Sukha, and to try on the best sunnies from Karen Walker. Both seasonal collections and limited-edition styles will be available.
Hard to believe, but it’s already time for Neiman Marcus’ yearly fall trend cocktail party. Come to meet our hostess with the mostess, Joslyn Taylor, to catch a preview of autumn’s greatest hits (shades of purple, pointed toes, and biker babe jackets), to sip and be seen, or, simply, to snag a photo in the Photomatic photo booth that makes your skin glow, your teeth white, and your eyes sparkle. No judgment. We love it, too.
What: The Trend Event
Where: Neiman Marcus Downtown
When: Wednesday, August 14, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
You need to shake up your post-work routine. You’ve either been good (yoga followed by a salad) or bad (margaritas to chase down chips and salsa). Either way, head to Milk & Honey tonight for a break from the usual. Pop in anytime from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to say hello to party hostess Courtney Kerr and to shop the latest merchandise. A DJ will be playing tunes and a sangria bar will keep you shopping buzz-fueled and guilt free. Light bites and “party favors” on tap, too.
What: Black & White Summer Party
Where: Milk & Honey
When: Tonight, July 18, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
That’s the question Tootsies is asking. Last year, the shop’s Top Blogger contest counted Krystal Schlegel, Heather Lettieri, Amy Havins, and winner Jen Smith as contestants. This year’s lineup, a little shorter, highlights Heather Anderson of Style by Fluent, Katie Anderson of Modern Eve, Lynette Hernandez of Style Maeve, Morgan Hunt of A Treasure Hunt, and Samantha Stewart of Style of Sam. Peruse their blogs and then hit up Tootsies.com to vote for your favorite. Then, RSVP here to join us for the party and big reveal, hosted by Courtney Kerr and yours truly, at Tootsies, where the winner will be announced on Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 pm. Happy voting.
Roving Style, a Dallas-based, touring pop-up shop is setting up at The Foundry in Oak Cliff on Saturday for shopping and a concert. Browse apparel from beloved brands like Clover Canyon, Kymerah, Osklen, LNA, and Alice & Olivia and an accessories selection under the twinkly lights on the patio. Then grab a beer and chill out to the tunes of Dead Flowers and The Roomsounds.
Circuit12 Contemporary is one of Dallas’ latest cool kid hangouts. The Design District art gallery, which is home to modern art, new media, and installations, has become a go-to venue for fashionable shindigs, like new monthly event series, Another Fashion Party. This Friday’s affair, co-hosted by Jim Duran of Blkln features local designer Izabel Varela of Izavel. A tiny $10 gets you in the door to this party with a full bar, a nighttime view of the Circuit12′s works, live tunes by DJs Ynfynyt Scroll & Tony Schwa, and, of course, fashion-obsessed partygoers, who will surely provide all the entertainment you need. Plus, you can check out the latest creations from Izavel, whose wares will be displayed on models posing on risers above the crowd.
It’s total excitement overload at The Joule. First, Traffic’s men’s store stunned the crowd with its slick city styles. Then, we got to shop TenOverSix, which opened last week; peruse the coffee table book selection at sleek Taschen library; sniff the aromas stirred up by neighboring coffee house, Weekend (which opens later this month); and take a sneak preview tour of Espa, the hotel’s sexy underground spa, set to open in early June. Now, there’s even more to jump up and down about.
Impressively, Traffic Los Angeles, who hasn’t even opened their women’s shop yet, is already hosting a pop-up shop with merchandise marked down to 40 percent off. It’s happening today. Stop by The Lumen from 1 pm to 9 pm for complimentary sips, light bites, valet, and to shop discounted spring and summer collections from the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Paul Smith, Iro, Comme des Garçons, Dsquared, Rick Owens, J Brand, and more.
What: Traffic Los Angeles Pop-Up Shop
Where: The Lumen Hotel
When: Today, May 14, 1 pm to 9 pm
Update: Weekend will not open until later this month, and the spa opening has been pushed back to early June.
We’ve been having a serious love affair with Piermarini boutique and its mix of talented and harder-to-find designers since it first opened in Uptown. Nowadays days, in its Snider Plaza location, the shop is cooler than ever. For example, pop in this Saturday and you’ll be able to meet designer Timo Weiland and peruse his spring 2013 RTW collection. Minimalistic black and white pieces and feminine, mixed pattern dresses mingle with textured separates like skirts and cropped pants in oversized yellow houndstooth, blouses with sheer panels, and a smattering of fun pencil skirts.
Hari Mari sandals, free drinks, clothing from soon-to-open TenOverSix and Original Octane, and live local music all in one scene? You can bet your sweet patootie all the cool kids will be at this warehouse party hosted by House of Plates. All kinds of good stuff is going down this Saturday: music by DJ Chriis at 8 pm, a fashion show at 9 pm, and live tunes by Dallas-based Catamaran at 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Plus, the Hari Mari sandal collection will be out in full force and on display. Hari Maris have since been picked by Scoop NYC and are being seduced by a couple fashionable retail giants, so get on board while they’re still under the radar. See you Saturday.
Update: Catamaran is based in Dallas.
This annual event at Neiman Marcus Downtown hits its sixth birthday. This Thursday, gaggles of ladies will flock to the flagship boutique in their finest footwear to march around the block to benefit The Family Place. But as enjoyable as it is hearing the thunderous harmony of hundreds of heels clicking together (I love that sound), let’s be honest: the real fun is in the socializing and clinking champagne glasses afterward. Tickets and sponsorships for the event can still be purchased here and fall under aptly named categories such as “Kitten Heel” and “Slingback.” Proceeds help the organization fight against domestic violence. And don’t worry, fellas, your complaints of being left out have been heard and resolved. Jeanne Prejean has the details on the dudes’ Loafer Lounge on My Sweet Charity.