Archive for July, 2010

Angela Moore Fashion Show 2010

If you weren’t able to attend the 11th Annual Angela Moore Fashion Show and Champagne Breakfast that we wrote about here, have no fear, we have a sampling of some of the best looks below. Some of the overriding themes included tops and dresses with sequin detail, stacked bangles, bold and classic hats, and exciting prints for men and women. Hair and make-up provided by Newport County’s own Celebeautique, Ki-Ra and Jo D’Alan salons. Here’s just a few fab looks:

ATP stars Tomasz Bednarek and Dustin Brown were both quarterfinalists in the tournaments and wore shirts by Three Islands.They are joined by Miss Connecticut USA, Ashley Bickford, who is wearing one of my favorite looks of the day, Julie Brown‘s Emme dress paired with Angela Moore jewelry.

Ava Anderson, Gabby Womble and Christina Womble are dressed in Melly M and Lilly Pulitzer and accessorized with Angela Moore jewelry and Toucan hats.

Miss Connecticut Ashley Bickford looked so Newport in Julie Brown’s Sara dress in butterfly print with an Alashan cardigan, Lilly Pulitzer clutch and Angela Moore jewelry.


July 14, 2010 at 10:27 am 7 comments

Open for Business: Artist’s Gallery, Nautical Outfitters, Jewelry and an All American Ice Cream Shop

If you’ve been braving the crowds and hitting the downtown pavement of late, you’ll have noticed a few new storefronts here and there. Among them, the eye-catching paintings, prints and sculptures in the windows at the David O’Keefe Studio right on America’s Cup Avenue (technically it has a Bannister’s Wharf address, in the former gallery of artist couple Didi Suydam and Peter Diepenbrock, who moved just a stone’s throw away to 25 Mill Street). O’Keefe, said to have been “raised on Hollywood, sports and rock and roll,” was an editorial illustrator for over 25 years, and his work is found in galleries across the country. According to his bio, his “sardonic caricatures and humorous illustrations have appeared on the covers of Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Mad Magazine, The Village Voice and within the pages of TIME.” Now he captures the likeness of pop culture icons full time, and the Newport studio joins his flagship shop on tony St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota, Florida.

At the end of Bannister’s Wharf, meanwhile, is a new apparel and accessories store from Newport Shipyard, appropriately named Newport Shipyard Outfitters. T-shirts, sweatshirts, French sailor shirts by Nantucket’s Peter BeatonThe Coffee Grinder. (love..), and outerwear for men women and children join preppy grosgrain ribbon belts, caps, dog collars, tote bags, and various sundries, mostly alll emblazoned with the familiar shipyard logo. The cozy shop is convenient located right across from one of my favorite java joints,

Speaking of essential sustenance (e.g., espresso, scones), recently opened Pop’s brings soft serve ice cream (including the low-cal Only 8 frozen yogurt) and water ice to wayfarers day and night. The sweet shop is located on the small turn around off Memorial Boulevard next to The Red Parrot and celebrates the taste of summer.

Down on Christie’s Landing, Style Newport has opened (very strategically, just steps away from the newly opened, totally luxe Forty North hotel) featuring custom jewelry by designer Karen King.  Her Sterling silver and stone enamel charms each have a message, and all of materials used are the suppliers are locally sourced.


July 12, 2010 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

Never Let ‘Em See Ya Sweat

As some might say, it’s been wicked hot here of late, and keeping cool which keeping up your fitness routine can be even more daunting.

Black Flower tank by prAna

(Visitors: If your hotel, inn or BnB doesn’t have a gym, many of our local gyms and recreation facilities offer temporary, short-term and pay-as-you-go memberships.  Check out Bridge to Fitness– which is where the PUMA Ocean Racing team works out, the Body Bar on Spring Street, CORE, Curves, Get in Shape for Women, the Newport County YMCA, the Newport Athletic Club, The Newport Gym, Newport Pilates, T3 Fitness and more).

I couldn’t help but notice the soft and chic style of workout wear at the Health and Wellness Center at the Newport Athletic Club of late. Cotton shorts, pants, tanks and tops by binka, emblazoned with cute hearts or peace symbols and cut to a flattering bias, are ideal to take from the gym to après workout errand. Oh, and if you’re an animal lover like me, you’ll be tickled to learn a

binka heart hoodie

portion of binka’s proceeds are donated to various shelters and rescue groups, providing bedding and care for animals that don’t have a place to call home. Even better, designer and South Florida native, Jessica Tomc O’Doski, is just about to release binka’s newest collection.

The Wellness Center also carries comfy all-natural organic yoga clothing by Hyde, plus tops, bottoms and headbands by prAna with cutting edge patterns and designs. You’ll also find yoga mats and nutritional supplements there as well. Fashionable and functional workout wear? Done and done.

July 9, 2010 at 2:31 pm 2 comments

Angela Moore Fashion Show Promises Chic Style…and Champagne

In what has become one of the most anticipated events during the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships if not the summer, the Angela Moore Fashion Show and Champagne Breakfast returns to the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Horseshoe Piazza this Thursday, July 8th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. An annual fundraiser for the Hall of Fame, the site of the first U.S. National Championships in 1881, the event traditionally lures more than 220 tennis enthusiasts and local fashionistas alike.

Pieces from collections by Manuel Canovas, Julie Brown and the debut of Jack Rogers inaugural apparel launch (the line is best known for their footwear) will be included as well as looks from new names like South African designer Kara Janx, who gained popularity after appearing on the second season of the hit television show, Project Runway. Adding a dash of color will be Fornash scarves, which shot to fame when Oprah put the affordable accessory on her “O” List, and fabulous, fair-trade Madagascar hats.

Tables will be dressed in linens by Lilly Pulitzer and guests will be treated to a full breakfast catered by Blackstone Caterers as the champagne flows (or Bloody Mary, if that’s your poison).  While Moore hosts the show, guests will also enjoy appearances by legendary tennis sportscaster and Tennis Hall of Famer Bud Collins, NBC 10 sports anchor Frank Carpano and much to the delight of attendees, a handful of ATP tournament stars. Guests receive a $25 gift certificate to the Angela Moore boutique which will be hosting the Newport Style Party where fashions will be informally modeled and 15% of the proceeds from Moore’s Tennis Tales collection will be donated to the Tennis Hall of Fame that day. Guests can also enjoy a full day of viewing courtside tennis on the world’s oldest continuously used competition grass courts with their ticket. Tickets are $80 per person, still available, and can be reserved at or (401) 849-6053.

Photos: top left, Tennis Hall of Famer Bud Collins with Susan Noel; at right, Angela Moore with ATP tournament star Taylor Dent; bottom left, Taylor Dent with Miss Rhode Island 2007 Ashley Bickford

Photography by John Corbett

July 6, 2010 at 10:44 am 1 comment

New Names Make Newport Debut

Four new names to Newport hosted a swanky Grand Opening party on Friday night with more than 250 fashionable revelers sipping champagne and Grey Goose cocktails while ogling the dapper duds and big, bold bling. Thanks to Badgley Mischka, Boo Gemes, Lily Holt and sisters Kim and Linda Renk of Sequin, Bellevue was buzzing, and it was a fabulous scene that even 8 weeks ago, seemed hard to imagine.

Shops that had been a part of Newport’s retail landscape for decades, including Karen Vaughan (11 years), Carroll Michael & Co. (33 years) and Baccari’s Barber Shop (65 years), closed or relocated by the end of 2009 or beginning of 2010, with owners citing both personal and financial reasons. While the commercial vacancies seemed to be a grim economic indicator, more than half a dozen new retailers have opened for business, invigorating Newport’s legendary shopping stretch.

We thought it [Bellevue Avenue] was the only place that made sense,” says Mark Badgley, who opened Badgley Mischka with partner James Mischka last month. The shop, at the corner of Bellevue Avenue and Prospect Hill Street, is the internationally-acclaimed designer duo’s third retail location (their line is currently carried at upscale department stores including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue).

While filling these high profile vacancies has relieved landlords, occupancy length, for some of these retailers, may only be temporary. Lily Holt, Sequin, Boo Gemes and Badgley Mischka are, at least for now, “pop-up,” shops, stores that occupy a retail space only for a short amount of time. Pop-ups have become a global trend, and though commercial owners may prefer long term leases, the pop-up is a quick way for a brand to generate buzz and capitalize on a seasonal market, thereby making a positive economic impact by leasing a space that may otherwise have sat empty. The pop-up phenomenon emerged about six years ago and the idea quickly picked up steam, most especially during the recession which created vacant storefronts across the country. Major retailers including Gap, Target and Nike have used pop-ups to test new markets, introduce new lines and launch campaigns. “My business is very much a small specialty store business,” says clothing designer Boo Gemes, who shows collections around the country and has family in Newport County. “I do a lot of trunk shows and I have a following with a lot of people that summer in Newport.” Gemes says the pop-up concept is an effective way to capitalize on building her brand and reaching clients during the height of Newport’s busiest season. “Certainly for me, for all of us, a place like Newport is great because you have a higher-end client base.” Pointing out neighbor Badgley Mischka and across the street, Isoude, “I feel like we’re going to be a real complement to one another.”


July 5, 2010 at 10:17 am 3 comments

Shop In Series: Portsmouth

Settled in 1638 by religious dissenters, including Anne Hutchinson (making her the first woman to settle a community in the New World), Portsmouth sits on the northernmost tip of Aquidneck Island. Diverse neighborhoods ranging from sprawling estates to tight-knit coastal enclaves define the residential make-up, while commercial clusters are found throughout. Here’s just a peek at some of the popular retail finds:

Clock Tower Square is Portsmouth’s newest shopper’s haven, and with a distinguished collection of retailers, we’ll start there….

Deborah Winthrop Fine Lingerie: Specializes in over 30 brands of fine lingerie (including the ever-popular Hanky Panky) nightgowns, pajamas and accessories for dedicates. They also do expert bra fittings, so you don’t have to be part of the unfortunate statistic that says 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size! Located at 103 Clock Tower Square.

Groovy Gator: Just like their Newport location, The Groovy Gator carries the most precious boys and girls clothing (newborn to size 16), and tons of toys with popular brands including Blabla, Maggie in the Middle, Coco Bonbons, Melissa and Doug and more. We wrote about the shop in may, CLICK HERE to check it out. Located at 102 Clock Tower Square.

Lou Lou’s Décor: It’s the kind of place that when you walk in, you just want your place to look the exact same way. Home furnishings, décor, lighting, accent, décor- it’s all here. Located at 104 Clock Tower Square.

Pink Pineapple: From their own line of dresses, tops, bottoms madras and their renowned cashmere sweater collection to some of the most in-demand in Newport including Milly, to Lilly Pulitzer and hip, lesser known labels, (plus tons of affordable accessories) the Pink Pineapple has something for everyone. Located at 106 Clock Tower Square.

Stalise: For the stylish woman, Stalise carries designer denim by Hudson, Joe’s and Red Engine, NYDJ, Miracle Jeans, David Kahn plus stunning pieces by designers including, Jamie Kreitman, Charlotte Tarantola, Lilla P. and more. Located at 105 Clock Tower Square.

Spa Vana: This Eastern-themed spa has a full menu of spa services including a couples massage for when you and someone special want to get away from it all. Bring the luxe home with Dermalogica, AGE Smart and MediBac Clearing products to treat and pamper your skin. Located at 101 Clock Tower Square.


July 2, 2010 at 1:38 pm 1 comment

Home Sweet Home…for Now

The America’s Cup trophy is the oldest trophy for international competition in any sport, and makes it’s triumphant return to Newport today much to the delight of sailing enthusiasts across the country. The 35-pound, sterling silver beauty, one of if not the most iconic in global sport, remained under the watchful eye of the New York Yacht Club Cup for 132-years, until the cup was lost in 1983 to Australia II.

The trophy will be available during four public showings between downtown Newport and Fort Adams State Park throughout the day, and viewing is free of charge.  Parking will be available at the Newport Gateway Transportation and Visitors Center, and water taxis will be available to take visitors to Fort Adams.

For a full schedule of America’s Cup events, starting today CLICK HERE.

July 1, 2010 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

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