Monthly Archives: June 2012

Tory Burch Sample Sale ~ Update

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The Tory Burch sale was a hit!  After taking a first pass on Tuesday, the opening day – line was a block and a half long!  I revisited on Thursday at 11am without a hitch, line and didn’t have to check my purse at the door!    By 4pm, I heard from a friend that the line was down the street again. 

I picked up a skirt I’ve eyed for months at a fraction of the retail price as well as a one off blouse I’d not seen before but love with a navy print and a tie around the neck. 

Here are a few pics of the non crowded time:

Glamour Has No Alarm Clock

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An article in the WSJ’s style section addresses the current appeal to cruise around town in less that polished attire.  Aka Lululemon workout gear.  I am guilty of it.  I actually have bought nicer gear because I do exactly that – run errands after working out.  Is that so bad?  At least I got a it in?

 The only thing that stopped me in my tracks is the author’s comment ~ glamour has no alarm clock.  She starts with a Coco Chanel quote: “I can’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little, if only out of politeness.  And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny and its best to be pretty as possible for destiny.”

 Maybe we should go home and shower first.

Jewelry Designer Irene Neuwirth!

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 Irene Neuwirth is this fabulous, creative, eclectic, high end jewelry designer often found at counters such as Barneys. (see previous blog on Amanda Brooks)  Saks may be too main stream for her work.  A sample of her work is below.  Come to find out, she is my age!  How did she become so accomplished with such brand recognition and high end jewelry design at such a young age?   

A little history on Irene.  She grew up at the beach in LA and went to the U. of Vermont.  She borrowed $1,000 to buy beads, brought her designs to the jewelry buyer at Barneys who purchased her wears and ordered more on the spot.  Sunday’s New York Times profiled her on what she did last week and what she wore doing it.  She rode bikes along the boardwalk in Santa Monica with her boyfriend and dog in a white dress.  Otherwise, everything was bright and colorful, like her jewelry.

Barney Fashion Director Jumps Ship after a Year ~ for the English Countryside?

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Amanda Brooks was the fashion director at Barneys for just a year.  Then she quit.  Her job was to oversee  private labels, creating trend reports (which she would be informed by being an “it” street style girl herself and her friends.  Mostly the job required going to fashion shows which she already was at being an “it” girl.  Seems like a very sweet deal, right?  She wasn’t overly qualified.  She studied photography, sought mentors like Diane von Furstenburg, last worked for Tuleh and Hogan, a leather goods company, and wrote a fashion book published in 2009.  She is 38.  Solid but not incredibly impressive to warrant such a position.

An insightful quote from Thursday’s New York Times article from the blog Fashionista  – ” We’ve always thought of Brooks as more of a Bergdorf girl.”  You may recognize Brooks around fashion magazines as giving advice, sitting in front rows at fashion shows and being type casted as one of 3 girls in the industry with wardrobe pics for the season in different budgets.  She reminds me of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy.  Classic, classy, jock like former diver and athlete, and New York socialite. By comparison, Barneys is a place for designers like Alexander McQueen before he was McQueen.  Mold fitting girls like Amanda who wear tweed and pastels don’t really identify with Barneys.  It is a place for  avant garde, not mainstream prepsters. 

From an economic standpoint, an interesting note in the article cites Barnes has languished over the last 2 – 3 years while luxury retail has shot the moon.  Since Brooks’ departure, Perry Capital, a big and well known private equity firm, took majority ownership.    

Amanda is moving to Oxforshire, England to spend time in the country with her family.  What? I cry foul.  She got a job bigger than she was in at a store outside of her style range and quits in a year?  Those positions are highly sought after and once in, people don’t jump unless something happens – you get pushed.