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Martin Jeans for $100 – Use Code: favjeans09, Sale Ends TODAY 12pm EST 10/21

Martin jeans fit well and look great on.  Add a pair of Martins to your denim collection for a great straight leg addition.  The straight leg jeans are on sale for $100, last day is today!  

Add a great boot such as the Multi Buckle Suede Wedge Bootie by Chlo?« Sevigny for Opening Ceremony and a tuxedo style Draped Bomber Jacket by Shelly Steffee for some added punch!



Chlo?« Sevigny for Opening Ceremony

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Shelly Steffee Draped Bomber Jacket

Shelly Steffee Draped Bomber Jacket



Shelly Steffee Draped Bomber Jacket, $665.00

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–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Oct 21 2009 in Uncategorized

WWD News: The Limelight Reborn as a Retail Center, Tom Ford to Launch Women’s ‘Very Soon’, Anthropologie Opens First European Store Friday

Three huge stories today from WWD.

The phoenix is rising for the Limelight, but not as a thumping club venue, but as a retail center. How can I forget the many late nights dancing away at the Limelight in the late 80’s and early 90’s?  The last dj I heard there was Tall Pall. It will certainly be interesting to walk around the interiors once renovation has been done and it is open to the public.  I wonder if they will have caged dancers as a little homage to the once vivacious Limelight?

Tom Ford, the sole man that brought sexy back for the House of Gucci, will be entering the women’s wear arena once again. Now that he has as movie under his belt, fragrances, sunglasses and a men’s wear line, he will be building his fashion empire with no doubt an ultra luxe and sexy women’s wear collection.  I can’t wait to see his first collection preview!  

Now the Brits can enjoy the bohemian chic of Anthropologie, which will be just a few stones throw away from their houses.  They’ve opened their first European flagship store in London.


The Limelight Reborn as a Retail Center


From WWD ISSUE 10/21/2009

Rendering of Limelight

Rendering of Limelight


NEW YORK ??” The Limelight Marketplace could be one man??™s brilliant idea ??” or misguided folly. 

That man is Jack Menashe, president of Limelight Marketplace, who is overseeing the $10 million renovation designed by James Mansour. Menashe said he expects the 25,000-square-foot facility to do $50 million in sales volume in the first year. An opening is planned for March. 

Built in the mid-1800s, the landmark Gothic Revival-style Episcopal Church on West 20th Street and Sixth Avenue became a nightclub in 1983. At the height of its popularity, the Limelight attracted celebrities, wannabees, club kids and young professionals. The club was repeatedly closed by police, then briefly reopened, before finally closing in 2007. 

The Limelight??™s next incarnation will be a marketplace with more than 70 shops, eateries and cafes, and two full-fledged restaurants. 

Menashe, who owned Lounge in SoHo until it closed in January, is a retail showman. At Lounge, he sold Swarovski-encrusted hoodies and embellished jeans. There was a wall of rock ??™n??™ roll memorabilia and a restaurant that served food until 4 a.m. 

While Lounge had a clubby atmosphere with dark walls and scuffed wood floors, Limelight Marketplace will be bright and colorful with lots of bold signage. 

???I tried to make the building feel much smaller and make it feel accessible,??? Menashe said. ???The building is like a big old haunted house. We envision families coming and spending three to four hours here.??? 

But with an edgy sneaker gallery and apothecary selling cult brands, the Limelight Marketplace is geared toward savvy shoppers. ???Retail became very boring,??? Menashe said. ???We??™re trying to make this fun.??? 

Standing on the second floor amid and the hum of construction work, Menashe said, ???I was looking for an opportunity to do something like this. This is a very complicated building. People said I was crazy.???

Click here to read the full article


Tom Ford to Launch Women’s ‘Very Soon’


From WWD ISSUE 10/21/2009


Tom Ford in Tokyo. Photo By Akiko Sameshima

TOKYO ??” Tom Ford is getting ready for his return to women??™s wear ??” the only question now is when. 

The designer, and now film director, finally acknowledged on the record he??™s returning to the women??™s arena and confirmed he and his longtime business partner and Tom Ford International chairman Domenico De Sole are on the hunt for financing. 

Ford, in town to promote his new film, ???A Single Man,??? and make a personal appearance at his new men??™s shop in the Isetan department store, said he plans to launch the Tom Ford brand??™s first women??™s collection ???very soon,??? although he declined to specify a date. Sources told WWD earlier this month that, depending on financing, Ford was eyeing a launch of a women??™s line as early as fall 2010.

???Financing is extremely expensive right now, so if we find financing in the right situation we??™ll be able to start [a women??™s collection] soon. If we don??™t, we may have to wait a while,??? Gucci??™s former creative director told WWD in an interview from a 50th floor suite of the Park Hyatt Hotel with an expansive view of the city skyline.

???You know it will take me 18 months when I start, because [I have] to hire the team, find the factories, put everything together and then get the stores ready so there??™s a place for these clothes,??? said Ford as he sipped a Coke Zero to overcome his jet lag.

Recent reports estimate Ford and De Sole are seeking $50 million or more to fund a women??™s collection and that Credit Suisse is leading the process. De Sole, who is also in Tokyo, declined to discuss the financials of the privately held company except to state that Ford??™s stores in Osaka, Tokyo and Seoul are performing strongly.

???We have the advantage of being a younger brand that??™s in a growing mode,??? De Sole said. 

Ford contended his men??™s wear label is outpacing most of its competitors in the recession and he??™s optimistic the luxury goods market is on its way to recovery. 

???Things are getting better every day in most places,??? Ford said, clad in a black suit and a white shirt. ???So I??™m optimistic and this is something that I plan on doing for the next 30 years of my life, so if I have to wait another six months or a year [to launch women??™s], it??™s OK.???

In the meantime, Ford is holding court with his fans here in Tokyo. On Tuesday evening, he made quite an entrance at Isetan, turning up in a black Mercedes and posing as a crowd snapped photos of him with their cell phones. He then made his way upstairs to his recently opened shop-in-shop, where he autographed boxes of his fragrance.

The Isetan shop-in-shop, which opened in September, is Ford??™s first store in Tokyo and his second in Japan. The designer said he hopes to open a freestanding store in Tokyo as soon as he finds a suitable location.

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Anthropologie Opens First European Store Friday


From WWD ISSUE 10/21/2009


View of the new Anthropologie store in London. Photo by Marcus Dawes

LONDON ??” Anthropologie will plant its first flag in Europe on Friday with the launch of a 10,000-square-foot clothing, accessories and homeware emporium on Regent Street, halfway between Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus. 

The bright and airy store, with soaring ceilings, central skylights and white oak flooring, spans three levels and features a 50-foot-high wall of evergreen plants fed by rainwater that??™s been collected on the roof. 

The centerpiece of the space, which used to house a Wedgwood store, is a 50-ton glass, textured concrete and metal staircase that??™s meant to echo those of England??™s grand country homes and town houses. 

In the spirit of Anthropologie, a division of the Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters Inc., there is a mix of locally sourced and imported merchandise ??” and artwork ??” from the U.S., South Africa and continental Europe. 

???London is an amazing opportunity for the brand, which we think looks at life in a slightly different way,??? said James Bidwell, Anthropologie??™s managing director for Europe. 

The store will be the first of its kind on the street, which is dominated by big international brands such as Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers and Aquascutum, and fashion retail chains including Zara, Gap and French Connection. 

???We??™re not about fast fashion, and we see ourselves as appealing to customers who are creative, artistic and well-traveled,??? Bidwell added. 

George Wallace, head of retail strategy and commercial due diligence at MHE Retail, a London-based consultancy, said the concept is ???fun, well-executed, well thought-out, with an attractive product offer.??? He added, however, that the timing is not ideal. 

???This kind of store works a lot better when the money is free flowing. Right now, people are not in the mood to say, ???Oh I think I??™ll have that lovely jug or plate.??™ And that might soften the launch. But they are in it for the long game,??? so that??™s only a temporary issue, he said. 

Bidwell said he sees the Regent Street store as ???an introduction??? to the brand, which will also open a 10,000-square-foot unit on London??™s King??™s Road in the spring. Also in the spring, Anthropologie will unveil a Web site that will service the U.K. and continental Europe. 

The two London units ??” and the site ??” are just the beginning for Anthropologie. In August, Glen Senk, chief executive officer of Urban Outfitters, said the company is planning to roll out a minimum of 100 Urban and Anthropologie stores in Europe.

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–Nikki Cho Russo


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Posted Oct 21 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Stylefinder: Halle Berry In Slashed Up J Brand Jeans

Los Angeles, CA ??“ On October 17th, actress Halle Berry wore a pair of J Brand Boutique 9912 pencil leg jeans in Slash Berlin while at LAX airport.  She wore the jeans earlier this year in Los Angeles on August 23rd, available for purchase at select Barneys New York stores. Photo: JustJared.

Los Angeles, CA - On October 17th, actress Halle Berry wore a pair of J Brand Boutique 9912 pencil leg jeans in Slash Berlin while at LAX airport. She wore the jeans earlier this year in Los Angeles on August 23rd. Available at select Barneys New York stores. Photo: JustJared.

It’s hard to say what trends are fresh these days, since many trends tend to last longer and overlap onto each other, haven’t you noticed?  It seems that last year, the bleached out and ripped up jeans was the trend, and this year, they’re still in vogue.  How long are trends supposed to last anyways?  One thing’s for sure, when a celebrity like Halle Berry wears her slashed up, tie-dyed jeans, people will pay attention.  Way to go, Halle, for wearing your jeans more than once.  You can’t commit a fashion faux pas by wearing your jeans out to death, even if you’re a celeb (not that wearing the same pair of jeans out in public twice is overkill).  I’d be curious to see if she’d actually wear beau Gabriel Aubry’s jeans on her Boyfriend jeans days.

— Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Oct 20 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals: Today Only! Get Jeans For About $20 at YMI Jeanswear


Today only!  Get your denim fix on the cheap at YMI Jeanswear.  They’re offering 40% off on their Distressed Skinny Jeans in Deep Royal Blue (reg. $38), Classic 5-pocket skinny jeans in Bleach (reg. $38) and the Classic Flare Jeans in Indigo Stone Wash (reg. $32).  Also look out for huge denim deals every Monday at YMI.  Cool beans!

Enter STEALTHESE at checkout.  Offer good on Monday, October 19 only.


Kathy Ng Hassan


Posted Oct 19 2009 in Uncategorized

Jimmy Choo for H&M to Launch November 14th!

Sexy, edgy, so punk/rock ‘n’ roll and now more affordable pieces in clothing AND accessories by Jimmy Choo will be on sale at 200 H&M stores on November 14th!  This is what we have all been waiting for, so mark your calendars and count down the days to the release of Jimmy Choo for H&M!

I predict this collaboration launch will be the best and most insanely sought after line of all the designer collaborations done with H&M in the past.

Read the WWD article below:

Jimmy Choo to Accessorize H&M


From WWD ISSUE 10/19/2009


pic31Fond of glamorous, oversize sunglasses and sky-high stiletto boots, Tamara Mellon is not a person one would associate with the word ???bargain.??? 

And dressed head to toe in an ultraviolet suede minidress and strappy sandals from the Jimmy Choo for H&M capsule collection, Mellon, founder and president of the luxury shoemaker, admitted: ???It was a challenge for us to create high-quality pieces at an H&M price point.??? 

The Jimmy Choo for H&M line, which hits some 200 H&M stores Nov. 14, is the first time the fast-fashion retailer will collaborate with an accessories brand after doing successful one-off apparel collections with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Roberto Cavalli and, most recently, Matthew Williamson. Another first is on Mellon??™s part: She has spearheaded her first apparel designs under the Jimmy Choo name. 

pic22???It was H&M??™s idea to [do clothes], and as soon as they said it, I really wanted to do it,??? said Mellon, who said she has no imminent plans to launch ready-to-wear under the Jimmy Choo umbrella, but added: ???Never say never.??? 

???Through vintage shopping, I had a rail of stuff,??? said Mellon of her design process, not unlike the manner in which she generates Jimmy Choo??™s four collections a year. ???It??™s the same woman [who is the inspiration for Choo??™s] fall collection. She??™s rock ??™n??™ roll, a little punk.??? 

pic41For fall, Mellon was inspired by late-Seventies pop icons and hippies in Goa, India. 

???It??™s buy-now, wear-now for party season,??? said Mellon of the collection of apparel, handbags, costume jewelry and those signature sky-scraping Jimmy Choo stilettos that have made the 13-year-old company well known. 

pic51The line reflects just how Mellon would style the accessories on herself. The women??™s rtw looks include a sequin-covered black jersey dress with a plunging V neckline; a one-shoulder gray suede minidress; a chubby black faux fur vest; a boxy zipped cashmere cardigan covered in black sequins and beads, and ??” Mellon??™s favorite ??” a short-sleeve black suede minidress drenched in long suede fringes that extend past the knee. 


The shoes are equally edgy. All made of leather, there are bondage-inspired high-heel sandals for evening, strappy studded gladiators for day and stretch leather over-the-knee boots meant to be worn with a short skirt or dress. Many pieces are inspired by styles that have been in the collection, such as an oversize leather clutch with gold hardware, an embellished zebra-striped pochette for evening and platform sandals. 

Click here to read the full article


–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Oct 19 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals: Save 45% Off Jeans At Identity Streetwear


The ladies over at Identity Streetwear are still at it!  They are raising the stakes on their fantabulous online sale, except this time, all of the denim is 30% off, with an extra 15% off, if you use code: falldenim at checkout. Yes, everything else is marked down, too!  Still not enough, you little denim gluttons?

Anyone that spends over $150 will get a $25 gift certificate towards the next purchase. I mean, who does that?  They’ve still got plenty of that denim line with a conscience —  Good Society jeans — for the dudes and ladies.  You really can’t lose when you shop at Identity Streetwear.

It’s a veritable fashion smorgasbord: you’re accessing quality goods, all while trying to avoid being a poser, because of the tightly-edited stock of indie fashion.  Indie style, people!  Put down that candy bar and click on over to IDENTITY STREETWEAR NOW!

*Offer ends 10/20/09 EST*

Kathy Ng Hassan

Posted Oct 18 2009 in Uncategorized

YMI Jeanswear Featured on HOLLYSCOOP


Looking for holiday shopping ideas?  This video, featuring YMI Jeanswear on The CW Network’s “Hollyscoop,” gives you some pointers on what type of jeans you can wear for the holidays.  If you’re not yet in the holiday shopping mood, you can certainly check out some of their on-trend looks, which include their motorcycle jeans and tee-shirt dresses.   As a Los Angeles resident, I can see myself wearing tee-shirts and jeans year-round, cuz I’m laid back like that, so I was totally cool with the ideas.  YMI Jeanswear has been worn by celebrities like Kristin Cavallari, Paris Hilton, Hayden Panettiere and TWILIGHT star, Christian Serratos.  YMI Founder David Vered is also featured.  Check it out!


— Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Oct 18 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Desires: Monarchy Denim Motorcycle Jacket

monarchy-jacket Very nice.  Tastefully done.  Bravo!  Monarchy has outdone themselves with this classic jacket, remixed into an over-dyed man wrapper.  Will he actually wear it on a motorcycle?  Will he take public transit?  Who cares!  He’s gonna look smokin’ in this no matter what he’s doing.  On sale now at Gilt Groupe.  Get on the Wait List if your size is sold out, and don’t be surprised if it is.


Kathy Ng Hassan


Posted Oct 16 2009 in Uncategorized

Rodarte for Target

Finally, a look at Rodarte’s line for Target.  It’s filled with fun edgy pieces, including a cute denim jacket and shorts.  


Source:  The Cut

Rodarte??™s Target Line Includes High-Waisted Lace Tights (With a Bow!) and Bra Tops

A pretty thorough look at the press preview Rodarte had of the Target line in August finally hit the web. The line includes a lot of stuff favored by personal style blogger Fashion Toast: bra topslace bottomsleopard printsfurry things, and crop tops all included. See a few looks from the collection in the slideshow.

Watch the slide show


–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Oct 16 2009 in Uncategorized

NY & LA Exclusive: Bape Shop Color Print Denim Drops (10/17)

bapeI’m sure they’d be oh-so-happy to hear me say this, but the lettering across the back pockets remind me of the Juicy Couture sweatpants.  I’m not saying these Bape jeans are ugly, but I’d much rather see more variations of their other prints across the butt, such as their camo or argyle print on their jeans.


From HighSnobiety:

Bape has produced limited release denim models exclusive to each of the New York and Los Angeles flagship stores. The jeans feature a colorful BAPE print across the back pockets and are said to come in both raw and distressed versions. The Shop Color Print Denim drops this Saturday, October 17th. Only available at each respective store location.


Kathy Ng Hassan


Posted Oct 15 2009 in Uncategorized
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