Archive for June, 2011
Well, mostly back. As back as it can be without it’s own separate space. The ballgowns, cocktail dresses and caftans that defined Badgley Mischka’s Bellevue Avenue pop-up shop and made a fashionable splash last summer (in the space that is now home to the Sara Campbell boutique) can now be found at 119 Bellevue Avenue, a concept shop also featuring Sequin jewelry design and accessories, and the Palm-Beach-Meets-Newport duo Boo Gemes and Lily Holt.
The shop is carrying a select number of the designers’ Mark + James line, a more youthful, contemporary collection, in addition to jaw-dropping evening gows, cocktail dresses, caftans, swimwear and the newly arrived Badgley Mischka footwear.
Pictured above, Rumer Willis for Badgley Mischka
It wouldn’t be summer in Newport without raising a glass of bubbly at the Angela Moore Fashion Show and Champagne Breakfast at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Taking place July 7th from 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., the much-loved morning of fashion, fun and philanthropy celebrates the best of Newport summer style with looks from Lilly Pulitzer, Manuel Canovas, Christopher Blue, Julie Brown and Jack Rogers, paired with Dolce Vita shoes, Moyna bags, Onigo hats, Angela Moore jewelry and more.
This year’s show, which features a mix of swimwear, cocktail dresses, sassy separates, plus colorful accessories, beaded sandals, must-have bags and wraps, will include 2011 Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Peachy Kellmeyer, nationally-known tennis commentator Bud Collins and other ATP World Tour stars competing in the championships. Rhode Island locals will recognize models including Miss Rhode Island 2009 Ashley Bickford, NBC 10 sports anchor Frank Carpano, Newport Mayor Steve Waluk and other well-known Newporters.
Tickets are $80 and include the seated fashion show, champagne breakfast, full day of viewing courtside tennis, a $15 Angela Moore gift certificate and a Swarovski surprise. As always, proceeds from the event will benefit the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.
Check out last year’s event!
The Newport Flower Show starts today and at tonight’s Preview Party, you’d be remiss not to don a hat. I mean, how many opportunities does a gal have to party in gorgeous headwear? You can get as eclectic as you like with a fab fascinator or embrace the classic elegance of a wide-brimmed garden hat. I scoped out some great local spots for hat and Michael Hayes had a lovely display (at left) with find finds. Closet Revival on Broadway also had some great pieces throughout the shop, so look up, look down and in every nook and cranny and you’ll see everything from vintage pieces with French netting to colorful cloches to more wide-brim styles. I even spotted a sassy pink number with feathers and plumes! Marshall’s in Middletown had some great, wallet friendly hats as well (pictured right). Sure hats come in handy for the Newport Flower Show, but also for garden and derby parties, polo and just having a fashionable good time.
I was delighted to be on The Rhode Show this morning to talk about I think may be my favorite piece of clothing—dresses! This time of year, the social calendar fills up quickly with weddings, showers, benefits, balls and good old fashioned parties, and you need something to wear to each.
I adore this flirty and vibrant Shoshanna cocktail dress from Kristina Richards Studio (Newport and Cranston, $342) worn this morning by Charlotte S. Its silhouette flatters an hourglass shape with the gathered bodice, fitted natural waist and full skirt. The sweetheart neckline is so feminine but the all-over green and white Ikat print is decidedly modern—its all the rage this season. This piece can be dressed up for a summer wedding or gala, like the Newport Flower Show Preview Party tomorrow night, or dressed down with flats for a bridal shower or night out on the town.
The stunning Carmen Marc Valvo bandage-style dress from Michael Hayes (Newport, on Bellevue and Bowen’s Wharf, $765) at right worn on The Rhode Show by Stacie W. proves that formal doesn’t have to mean floor length. The shape is simple but the metallic finish, jeweled detailing at neck and body-hugging fit are anything but.
The brocade gold and cream knee-length dart dress I wore from Isoude by Katie Brierley (Newport, $1480) is another example of a look that can be dress up, thanks to the metallic detail and exquisite workmanship paired with a pair of shimmering or nude heels, or dressed down with simple footwear and unfussy jewelry. As you can see from the picture at the left, the dress took center stage at the Bellevue Avenue boutique recently!
The idea, as with any fashion, is to be inspired by it, and to see how these looks can be merged with your own personal sense of style and point of view. Most of all, make it fun…
This Saturday, Angela Moore welcomes Jack Rogers design director Steven Stolman along with the summer 2011 collection. The excitement begins with the duo appearing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Newport Flower Show at Rosecliff in the Garden Marketplace, and continues at the Angela Moore boutique from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. where the shop will be giving away a pair!
As Jack Rogers loyalists know, the brand has been a consummate favorite of the fashionably unfussy for more than half a decade. It’s most famous style icon was unequivocally Jackie O, who embraced the shoe’s simple whipstitch design and quality workmanship. (There’s a long standing debate if she wore Jack Rogers or Stephen Bonanno, some say both, and each have similarities). When I caught “Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years: Selections from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (curated by Hamish Bowles, who was in Newport last summer), there was a fabulous photograph of Jackie in Palm Beach sporting Jack Rogers style shoes in a 1962 photo (the above photo was also taken in the early 60s), and many more shots caught her in the fabulous footwear through the years. Regardless of the debate, the Navajo style sandal is timeless and enduring.
Angela Moore, 190 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, (401) 619-1900.
Father’s Day is this Sunday, and for many, gifting dear ‘ol dad is a top priority in addition to sharing a fun-filled day to fête the big guy. With summer ahead, there’s a host of great gifts available around Newport that he’ll love and get great use out of whether on land or sea. The above picture is a smattering of fashionable finds from J. McLaughlin including their classic carry-all sail cloth duffle tote ($225), a distressed cotton belt with a skull and crossbones print ($45), a silk jacquard fabric belt ($55), and a pair of silk jacquard dopp kits (perfect for traveling dads, $68).
Think Alex and Ani owner and designer Carolyn Rafaelian only creates for women? Think again. The Miracle Necklace, a Father’s Day exclusive, features a medal of St. Christopher for protection paired with the Italian Horn that the company calls “a powerful amulet representing luck.” The original price is $98 but it’s on sale for $78 (online only, so if you need to ship a gift, done and done).
I also think the Newport Shipyard custom Thomas Bates 1-1/2″ reversible nylon strap belt from Newport Shipyard Outfitters ($24) is a fun find, and uniquely Newport–kind of apropos as Father’s Day is wedged in between the J Class Regatta this week and Bacardi Newport Sailing Week coming next week. And if dad is a denim dude, Laura Jean is offering 10% off purchases for pop now through June 19.
Continuing in the spirit of the J Class Regatta unfolding in Newport this week, I had
to feature these TOMS Shoes wedges from Island Pursuit. With their palpable nautical influence and simple styling, they are signature summer in Newport kicks. In case you haven’t caught the back-story about TOMS on Oprah, Nightline or network news, TOMS was founded on a simple premise: for every pair you purchase, the company will give a pair of shoes to a child in need.
Blake Mycoskie, the founder and “chief shoe giver” of TOMS Shoes, has the unique distinction of gifting those with the shoes generated from proceeds around the globe—a pretty fabulous gig if you can get it!
Island Pursuit, located at 364 Thames Street in Newport (401-851-8901), has a variety of colors of the TOMS signature nautical stripe wedges for about $70. The shop also has locations in Sarasota and Sanibel in Florida, and closer to home in Chatham on Cape Cod. Grab a fab pair while benefit those who need it the most today!