Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tommy Ton x Milan

Fall menswear shows' style extends off the runway and into the streets in Milan. I couldn't resist sharing these daring looks shot by Tommy Ton that I stumbled upon on styledotcom. Daring and bold are the names of the game, especially in the third photo of Vogue Japan's editor-at-large and creative consultant, Anna Dello Russo. She's always over the top and easy to spot at high fashion events like so. Standing out in a crowd like this can't be easy, so nods to ADR.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, there are 3,000 words above for you to take a look at, so my job is done. I had to post these, as they portray some of the most chic trends of the season thus far. Take mental notes and try to play around with your wardrobe.
Here's to style inspiration.
xx, ZM


Fashion For a Cause

Fashion Project is the industry leader in online clothing donation.  Since its founding in 2012, Fashion Project has supported over 1,000 nonprofits and powered donation programs for the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Joie, Milly, Helmut Lang, and more. By focusing on maximizing the value of every item donated, Fashion Project can raise up to 100x than an average thrift store. For more information on Fashion Project, visit the website.
Select Simon malls, including Copley Place, are again teaming up with Fashion Project this winter to offer mall guests the opportunity to donate gently worn clothing to benefit charitable causes. Fashion Project is the premiere online clothing donation service committed to using fashion as a force for good.
Copley Place shoppers can pick up a Donation Bag at Simon Mall® Guests Services which is located on Level 1 across from Michael Kors and Louis Vuitton or request one online here until Sunday, February 1, 2015.
Fashion Project accepts women’s clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories from brands such as Free People, Tory Burch and Prada. A complete list of qualifying brands is listed on Fashion Project’s ‘Qualifying Brands List’.  A qualifying item must be in near new or great condition.
Upon receipt of the Donation Bag at Fashion Project Headquarters, Fashion Project will sort and sell the items, donating 55% of the proceeds to the donor’s charity of choice.
In addition, for every five qualifying items, the donor will earn a $20 Simon Giftcard. There is no limit to the giftcard quantity so if you donate 10 qualifying items you’ll earn $40, and so on.
“We are excited to again be able to work with Fashion Project, offering our shoppers a unique opportunity to support a worthy cause,” said Debora Konig, Director of Mall Marketing and Business Development at Copley Place.
“We are thrilled to make donating through Fashion Project even more accessible,” says Anna Palmer, CEO of Fashion Project. “We hope creating an in-person experience will result in an increase in donations and funds to support charitable causes worldwide.” 
 Fashion for a cause is the best kind of fashion.
xx, ZM


Monday, January 19, 2015

Dressing the Part

Nothing feels better than putting together a killer outfit after hours or sorting through your closet and thinking, "I have nothing to wear." Dressing up is fun, especially when you have a reason to do so. For us college students, it's time to start thinking about what we want to do postgrad, and researching internships that will help prepare us best for our respective fields. When we get far enough into the process, it's interview time and dressing the part is a big part of whether you're suited for the job or not. Whether you're wearing appropriate scrubs or polished Louboutins, whatever your job, the key is dressing like the boss on day one.
For whoever doesn't think so, dressing is an important part of everyday life. We make so many judgements based on what someone is wearing, and when it comes to you, you want people to interpret you as you wish to be seen. When it comes to styling, you have to always be true to yourself and be appropriate at the same time. Like I said, the environment you're working in has a lot to do with what's deemed right, so you have to get to know your surroundings before you start so you know the standard.
Just like people do research for jobs, it's essential to continue the research when you finally get the job you've been dying for. You want to always be on your A-game and make sure you're abiding by the rules and doing so with your own twist. Remember, next time somebody tells you that clothing and accessories are merely a hobby, kindly remind them that dress outwardly expresses who we are, and people take a look at us and walk away with all kinds of assumptions. Make sure you're sending the right message.
Dress up.
xx, ZM


Monday, January 12, 2015

Winter Woes

It took a while, but winter has certainly arrived. Hearing "low twenties" "high winds" and "wind chill" in daily forecasts doesn't feel too great, does it? The best solution to this problem is a vacation, but the second best is a cozy turtleneck (or five). This classic staple has graced the necks of countless style icons, think: Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie O. Go the extra mile to look stylish and fool yourself into loving winter.
I know what you're thinking. Turtlenecks are frumpy, they make your neck itchy, they make you look neckless. Blah blah blah. I know the stigmas against turtlenecks, but I'm here to tell you that they're really not all that bad. 
Before making a huge comeback this season, turtlenecks were never really my thing. My mother has always sworn by them, so I guess she was onto something. Thanks, mom. With that exposure and going to school in snowy Syracuse, I hopped on the turtleneck bandwagon faster than you can say turtleneck.
My current obsession is a boyfriend-fit, thin knit turtleneck that sits comfortably somewhere between a chunky oversize sweater and a slim-fit pullover. No matter what body fit you prefer though, my best advice is to take advantage of a long, lean neck and bunch up the knit a bit. Don’t fashion a roll or perfect fold; let the extra fabric gather in a perfect messy elegance that fits the trend so well. Winter layering with a turtleneck is perfect for any occasion, day or night. Pick a colorful option to off-set an all-black outfit, or layer a cozy cream-colored sweater under a dress that would otherwise bare some skin. 
Say goodbye to freezing your butt off in thin long sleeved shirts and embrace the warmth of the turtleneck trend. From what it looks like, we're all going to be needing this style to stick around, and you never know, you may start to love winter.
Warm and chic is a fabulous combo.
xx, ZM

Monday, December 08, 2014

Lucky No. 5

Five has been my "lucky", and favorite, number since it became my first softball number in elementary school, so it's only natural that I gravitate toward Chanel No. 5, right? I've been an advocate for Chanel fragrances for a long, long time now. The scents are timeless and most importantly, they're tolerable and not too bold. When someone hears the word Chanel, there's a stigma to it. You think classic, timeless, chic and powerful. That's exactly how Chanel No. 5 feels, and why it's the perfect gift for any woman you cherish this holiday season.
Everybody loves being associated with a great scent. It's motivating and it makes you feel like a better version of yourself. I like to call it the invisible accessory. Even though you can't see it, it's one of the most important you wear. It says a lot about your personality and style, and I think there's something special about staying loyal to a brand or specific scent over a long period of time. A lot of chic characters in movies and TV shows pride themselves on their "signature scents" and I think there's something fun about doing that in real life, too.
Giving the scent of Chanel No. 5, which has so much meaning and history attached to it, is a fantastic gift. Even Marilyn Monroe was famously quoted saying she wouldn't wear anything but Chanel No. 5. Who doesn't want to have common ground with such a celebrity? Another great element is that the fabulous scent lasts throughout the day. You can wear it day to night and casual or dressy, it goes with really anything. Plus, there are so many parties and places to go this time of year that a new perfume could turn a good time into a great one. 
So, if you're shopping for any woman, consider Chanel No. 5. It comes in three different sizes in different price ranges. Because there's a lot of variety in size and price, so fragrance can fit into many different budgets for many different people. Giving the gift of Chanel is a lot more than just perfume, it's an old Parisian brand that remains just as special today as it did when it began. It's a really special gift that will be remembered for holiday seasons to come. That being said, if you're reading this and you're shopping for me, I just stocked up on my Chanel No. 5 over Thanksgiving, so get creative.
Happy holiday shopping.
xx, ZM


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Did Somebody Say Blanket?

This year I'm thankful for blanket scarves. You heard correctly, blanket scarves are the "it" accessory of the season. Wrap yourself up in your biggest, most cozy scarf and step out to make the ultimate street style statement. What's better than looking good and being warm at the same time? That's right, nothing. This look is here to stay, and it's definitely a trend that comes with a warm welcome.
With this emerging look comes many options. First, grab the best over-sized scarf for your outfit. If you're shopping for one (or two), go for something neutral so you can wear it with several different ensembles, instead of one, bright-colored scarf that you'll only get to wear every once-in-a-while. Believe me, you will want to get a lot of use out of this accessory. Once that's over with, there are a lot of ways to style this look. Wrap it around your body like a shawl, wear it like a poncho, tie it like a normal scarf or aim for an off-the-shoulder, slouchy look to mimic the style of an actual blanket. However many styles you choose and use is up to you, they're all equally as chic and comfortable.
Recently, this look has been seen on a number of celebrities. Style icons Olivia Palermo and Rose Huntington-Whiteley are among the stars, and rocked chic Burberry ponchos with their initials. That probably has you thinking which brands are best for the trend. You can certainly go all the way with Burberry, but there are many other options, too, with a much lower price tag. Zara has an impeccable selection of blanket scarves, and they're all very versatile and can match any style or function you desire. The same goes for Urban Outfitters and J.Crew. All three of these stores have great selections, and a lot of different styles and colors to match your signature look and personality.
Make sure you take advantage of this trend. Who doesn't want to step out in something that's, well, a blanket! It's supposed to be a cold winter, so prepare yourself by stocking up on warm accessories like so. If you want to be trendy and toasty, blanket scarves are your go-to. This style leaves room for a lot of personalization and it's perfect for the cold weather, so grab your blanket scarf and go.
Stay cozy.
xx, ZM

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Newbury's Newest Gem

Tiffany & Co. recently celebrated the opening of its new store at 5 Newbury Street in Boston located in the Taj Hotel where Chanel used to reside. The 1927 landmark building housing the store borders Boston's gorgeous Public Garden, as a centerpiece of the Back Bay area fabled for its Victorian brownstone homes, fashionable shops, art galleries and cultural institutions.
“This year marks our 30th anniversary in Boston,” said Tiffany vice president Tom O’Rourke. “Coincidentally, Tiffany and the Public Garden were both established in 1837. We deeply appreciate our shared history and extend a warm welcome to Bostonians and visitors to discover Tiffany’s extraordinary jewelry and shopping experience that place us at the forefront of glamour and style.”
Visitors enter a modern and luxurious environment sparkling with the diamonds for which Tiffany has been known for over 175 years. How darling. These exquisite stones are arrayed in engagement rings—the ultimate symbols of true love—and jewels with rare colored diamonds, including Tiffany Yellow Diamonds. Beauty shines too in the bejeweled masterpieces of Jean Schlumberger, sculptural jewelry of Elsa Peretti and the colorful collections of Paloma Picasso—Tiffany’s exclusive designers. Customers will also discover the new Tiffany T collection, created by design director Francesca Amfitheatrof with all the energy and optimism of New York City.
The approximately 1,800-square-foot store is designed with archival and architectural motifs from Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue flagship store. These details include the wheat leaf that frames the flagship’s entrance and accents the façade of the Boston store. 
The store comprises three jewelry salons that are seamlessly designed with walnut paneling cerused with gold, walls of glossy cream lacquer or velvet, and white marble floors accented with a contrasting band of dark green marble, the same material that frames the portals on the flagship’s main floor. Custom furnishings and velvet drapery are designed in a palette of pale blue, vibrant aqua and peacock that beautifully complements Tiffany Blue.
A profusion of magnolias, stems entwined, blooms in carpeting, and in hand-gilded and painted glass panels and sconces. This floral pattern is inspired by the stained glass masterworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of the company’s founder and a world leader of the Art Nouveau movement. The private sales salon is highlighted with Mr. Tiffany’s delicate wisteria pattern in white gold, along with lamps of amazonite and a lotus pattern that is based on an archival Tiffany vase.
The décor is finished with archival illustrations, as well as vintage Tiffany ads and black-and-white imagery of New York City, where Tiffany & Co. was founded. Together they tell a visual story of Tiffany & Co. as the city’s first great jeweler that is now open on Newbury Street with all the treasures of its honored legacy.
Kick off your holiday shopping with a little blue box.
xx, ZM

Getting Personal

Copley Place's new amenity is a fabulous way to enhance every customer's shopping experience. The mall has launched its new personal shopper service just in time for the Holiday season! There's no arguing that this will make life easier in the coming weeks. This new addition to Copley Place will be available through January 31, which will give you enough time to cool off after New Years and do some shopping for the most important person on your list, yourself.
It's a pain trying to schedule your shopping around work, school and other obligations. Shopping is always fun (it's my favorite activity, I don't know about the rest of you), but during the holidays it gets stressful and crowded. A trip to the mall isn't all sunshine and rainbows, so personal shopping may be a wise option.
“Our goal is for each customer to enjoy a quality, convenient shopping experience at Copley Place said Debora Konig, Director of Marketing at Copley Place. “The personal shopper program is a fantastic amenity for those looking to save time or just enjoy a customized shopping visit.”
During the initial complimentary engagement, Copley Place’s personal shopper will work with customers through style assessments conducted by phone or in person, it's up to you. Following the preliminary consultation, you're able choose to use this amenity in one of two ways. The personal shopper can function like a concierge service and shop on the your behalf, or they can escort you on a custom shopping tour of Copley Place. Sounds pretty good, right?
I could go for this. This time of year tends to get busier than expected more than expected, so why not do yourself a service, step back and let somebody else lend you a hand? Copley is such a great shopping destination, it would be smart to send someone on your behalf and avoid the crowds.
To enjoy Copley Place’s personal shopper service, call 617-262-6600 or email DKonig@simon.com. For the latest information, please visit Simon's website or find Copley Place on Facebook www.Facebook.com/CopleyPlace, Twitter @CopleyPlaceMa and Instagram at @copleyplacema.
Cheers to the kickoff of this incredible service.
xx, ZM

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bulking Up

Colder weather is headed our way and it's time to pile on the layers. You can't dare step outside without wearing a shirt with a sweater, scar, vest coat, etc. You know the drill. Unlike many others, I enjoy the chillier seasons because it means more clothes. You can't argue that one. Layering can be made fun and effortless if you accept the weather and decide you can use fashion as an excuse to love it. 
Successful layering starts with having the right basic pieces. V-neck tees and shirts qualify as the perfect base layer. If you start here, you can add a sweater or cardigan over it and keep the layering going with scarves, vests or whatever additional warm pieces you prefer. I'm all about my J.Crew v-neck linen tees. I wear them with so many different outfits. If you have white, grey and black go to t-shirts, you're already one step ahead. You can wear shirts like this almost every day and make them look different depending on what you layer with. Another great piece for layering is an oversized, cozy infinity scarf. I have the best one from Urban Outfitters and I have my eye on a couple more soft ones that are in stores now. I know so many people with the best scarves from UO, and they're reasonably priced which is a great bonus, too.
Everyone is capable of layering, and I bet you all have so many pieces that are perfect for this chilly weather trend. Top the look off with your favorite coat and you're ready to go. See? It's very simple.
If you can't bring yourself to dress well on cold days, it's something to work on. Luckily, layering is a very comfortable trend, so it will be the closest thing to a blanket and sweats as you can get. Like I said, you probably already have the necessary base pieces and if not, they're easy enough to get. This is a trend you'll be thankful for this winter, so hop on the bandwagon while it's hot.
Or hop on while it's cold.
xx, ZM

Monday, November 10, 2014

Topshop Enters the Fifth Avenue Fray

Topshop has officially entered Midtown Manhattan’s retail heaven with a four-level American flagship on Fifth Avenue and 49th Street.The flagship store is a showcase for the brand. Unlike other stores within the chain, the purpose of a flagship is to do more than generate a profit. Its particular job is to draw attention to the brand, broadcast its brand status and mark itself out against its competitors.
Topshop is a very influential brand on top of being exceptionally chic. Endorsed and represented by top models like Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss, the fan base and consumer base keep growing exponentially, according to Women’s Wear Daily. It’s the only high-end “street brand” to show a collection at London Fashion Week, making it even more of an outlier within the fashion industry. Bringing this influence across the pond — specifically to Fifth Avenue, one of America’s most famous streets — will enhance American fashion and make it available to a wider variety of shoppers.
At 40,000 square feet, the Fifth Avenue location is the second-largest Topshop store in the world. The largest is its London flagship in Oxford Circus. The retailer’s SoHo location in New York City has always been a large draw for tourists, but the new Fifth Avenue presence is sure to go above and beyond, attracting people with an even more disposable income. After all, Fifth Avenue is the big league of retail.
The retailer brings a European aesthetic to the U.S. clothing market with its New York City flagship and will attract a whole new demographic to the store. The brand manufactures clothes, shoes, handbags, cosmetics and outerwear. Topshop offers a variety of, well, everything for men and women of many backgrounds and style preferences.
According to Women’s Wear Daily, the Oxford Circus location generates $250 million in revenues annually, and the Fifth Avenue store — with 33,000 square feet of selling space, which is about one-third of the London flagship — should hit at least $80 million in sales because it is in one of the world’s most sought after retail districts.
Topshop came to New York City with big ambitions. In the years following the 2009 SoHo location opening, there has been a rise in the profile of fast fashion stores that sell on-trend clothing to a younger audience at affordable prices. Though the Topshop stock is replenished with super fast fashion speed, it occupies a middle ground between fast fashion and the kind of designer goods sold at Saks across the street. The store offers a range of merchandise with sweaters as low as $50 to party dresses for $500.
Taking a trip to Topshop while you’re in the city is something every shopper has to do. I remember the first time I dragged my mom in after reading about the brand in Teen Vogue, and we were mesmerized. It was laid out differently than any other fast fashion store we had been to, like H&M or Forever 21. You could tell there was a foreign influence, which made everything seem more appealing.
The conversation centered on Topshop is certainly growing as more Americans familiarize themselves with the brand, as well as the foreign aesthetic it has been bringing to the U.S. since 2009 in cities around the country, and not just New York.
It’s important for Topshop to expand its name and style on Fifth Avenue. It’s a premiere shopping site and the first thing on many fashion-conscious tourists’ lists of things to do in New York. It’s at the center of Manhattan and no other street in the city has as much fame and story-telling centered on it.
The flagship store will attract a whole new segment of shoppers, and on Fifth Avenue it may even attach a stigma of sophistication and chicness with the mention of the word “Topshop.”
Shop till you drop.
xx, ZM
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