Highland Park Village’s LAFCO New York storefront is one of my favorite shops in town, and I am beyond delighted to be helping host their spring fragrance party this Friday, May 2. The petite apothecary stocks the shelves with their pretty house brand perfumes, candles, diffusers, soap bars, and new body creams and hand soaps; boutique fragrance collections; and very special Santa Maria Novella line, whose products have been hand-crafted in a Florentine monastery since 1221. Everything in this boutique smells magical.
Pop in anytime this Friday, grab a glass of bubbles, ditch your exhausted designer perfume, and pick a new signature scent. Perhaps a spring-friendly floral? I’ll be in the shop from 4 pm to 6 pm, in a state of aroma-induced bliss, loading up on my favorite things (namely, Santa Maria Novella colognes in violet and rose and everything in LAFCO’s Fleur de Baies scent of bayberry, rose, currant, and raspberry). If you settle on the perfect scent, you’ll receive a gift with purchase. If you don’t need anything for yourself, this is a gift-giver’s haven, and Mother’s Day is around the corner. But, really. Who couldn’t use a little luxury for herself? More details here.
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The Pin Show: A runway show with an edge, The Pin Show serves as a launching platform for new and independent designers in the fashion industry. Emerging photographers, artists, stylists and retail buyers are welcomed to view more than 120 looks, and meet the designers. In case you weren’t able to catch New York Fashion Week, attend the Pin Show for an exclusive fashion experience that welcomes the general public, too.
The Beauty Event at Neiman Marcus: Prepare for spring with fresh, new beauty products–like the limited edition Trish McEvoy planner beauty kit I’m obsessing over). Spend $125 or more and you’ll receive a tote filled with samples. With a bright-colored beach bag and travel-sized goods, you’ll be all set for a tropical getaway. Visit the Le Metier counter and spend $300 to receive a free Noir Precision Liquid Liner and a bottle of Daily Replenishing Lotion ($267 value).
Nordstrom Shoe Sale: Shop the shoe sale at Nordstrom through Sunday, March 2. The sale includes all departments so, make it a family affair, or just treat yourself. I would.
Brochu Walker Trunk Show at The Shak: Relaxed and effortless, the Brochu Walker line is a collection of soft separates, fabrics, and colors. If you’re searching for comfortable clothing with a feminine aesthetic, head to The Shak and treat yourself to some laid-back Brochu Walker apparel, along with a few complimentary refreshments (through Saturday, February 22).
Spring in your Step at Francesca’s: If you’re like me, excited to put away the winter cardigans and pull out your colorful spring wardrobe, visit Francesca’s on Sunday, February 23. Enjoy refreshments, view new arrivals, and add to your accessory collection with a 20 percent discount. As an added bonus, enter the raffle to win a handbag.
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Creative spirits, artists, and wannabe makers (put me in that last category), you’ll fall in love with Fullosophie, a workshop series that calls San Francisco and Dallas home. You might be thinking, “Why have I heard of Fullosophie before?” You may remember it as the locally sourced, gourmet food delivery service. Founders Tarin Holcomb and Jessica Shain dreamed up the concept over a weekend vacation in California. Tarin, a civil defense lawyer, and Jessica, a business school graduate, decided they wanted a career change and launched Fullosophie. Over time, they’ve tweaked the company’s mission and, as of 2014, the vision is to put a network of artists, designers, and small business owners to use by offering creative classes for the masses. (Or, really, for the quick-to-sign-up.) For example, currently on the Dallas schedule: a beginning photography and editing class, a champagne calligraphy brunch, and other art 101s like embroidery, jewelry making, and floral design. Basically, really good stuff you actually want to learn. (Forget the scrapbooking seminar at Michael’s.) Also, the girls operate the online Uncommon Goods boutique with unique, handmade confections (like these Houston-born embroidered pouches). To hear the Tarin and Jessica tell it, Fullosophie enables artists to teach those who are dying to learn. Craftsmen get to show off their skills and students get to soak it all in. They just make the connection easy.
“Kind of the opposite of googling a DIY project then spending all day by your lonesome, gathering supplies, burning yourself with a glue gun, and feeling, meh, about your results,” Tarin says.
Plus, it’s a fun time. Bottomless mimosas, snacks, and swag bags give the old brunch spots of Sunday Fundays a little competition. We’d rather be in class. See the schedule here.
Just when you think you’ll have empty nest syndrome from the Chanel party leaving town, you have this hip shopping soiree to attend: ShopTown. The retail therapy offers jewelry from Vera Jo, a combination of glamorous vintage finds from Dear Holly and smaller, darker trinkets from Vicki Tollemache of the late The Shining; a collection from Elements, curated by shopgirl Stevie Moore; clothes, bags, and jewels from Austin-based Arrows + Arrows; and shoes from Dallas’ The Office of Angela Scott. Naturally, of course, there will be a bar, live tunes, a food truck (Easy Slider) and Photo Wagon to capture the memories, so bring your gal pals.
Where: Tractorbeam Gallery, 325 Cesar Chavez
When: Tonight, Dec. 12, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Unfortunately, not everyone has been graceful about not getting an invite to tonight’s Métiers d’Art. According to one fashion insider, “It is an embarrassment to hear who threw themselves down on the floor like a 2-year-old having a tantrum because they said it would be an embarrassment and tarnish their reputation if they were not in attendance.”
Since the January announcement, the world has known that Lagerfeld was bringing his Métiers d’Art to Dallas. But until November 19, not one itty-bitty detail leaked out. It became a favorite cocktail guessing game of “Where is Métiers d’Art going to take place?”
Guesses included AT&T Stadium, Dallas Museum of Art, the Meyerson and Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The reason for the mystery? Non-disclosure agreements. Any and everyone who interfaced with any of the Chanel team had to sign an NDA.
Breaking the agreement meant something worse than the guillotine.
With Karl Lagerfeld’s Métiers d’Art invasion of Dallas with the likes of Anna Wintour and Lynn Wyatt, the local Chanel professionals and clients will be in the international spotlight for the next couple of days. Seems the sales associates have been scrutinizing their customers’ ensembles and made adjustments for absolute perfection. One gal was in for two days to have her wardrobe reviewed and refreshed.
Just in case you haven’t boned up on your Chanel/Lagerfeld trivia for tonight’s Métiers d’Art, here are some tidbits:
- One of the first places the Chanel scouting team visited in Dallas was Dolly Python, where they scooped up vintage 1950’s western wear.
- Lagerfeld’s nom de plume for his first collection at Jean Patou in 1958 was “Roland Karl.”
- When Coco Chanel received the Neiman Marcus Award in 1957, Lagerfeld was only 24 years old.
- Jackie Kennedy’s “pink bouclé suit” did not come from Chanel. It was a copy.
- Lagerfeld’s love is Choupette, a year-old cat that has two maids and eats on the table with the Kaiser. When the two are forced to be apart, a journal is kept of Choupette’s activities. She even has her own Facebook page and Twitter account.
Stay tuned to ShopTalk. More tidbits about the French invasion are coming.
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.