Archive for July, 2011

Robert Redd Trunk Show at Michael Hayes, Best Selling Author at Angela Moore

Michael Hayes on Bellevue Avenue is hosting a trunk show featuring men’s lifestyle line Robert Redd tomorrow,  July 30th, from 10am-6pm. I’ve had my eye on this line for about six years as the flagship shop is located in charming Charlottesville, Virginia. At Michael Hayes, you’ll their gentlemen’s knit shirts and pocket squares accompanied by an excerpt from the Legend of Robert Redd, which the whole line is based around.

But today, just down the Casino Block on Bellevue, the Angela Moore boutique is welcoming best selling author/playwright/actress of her one-woman off-Broadway show and best selling book Changing Shoes, Tina Sloan (who is most recognized for playing nurse Lillian Raines for 26 years on Guiding Light). The book is about “finding the courage to transform yourself, to learn how to twinkle again after your lights have been dimmed.” Tina will be signing copies today from 2:30-6:00pm at Angela Moore; champagne and light bites will be served.

Michael Hayes is located at 202 Bellevue Avenue in Newport.

Angela Moore is located at 190 Bellevue Avenue in Newport.

July 29, 2011 at 8:29 am 1 comment

You’re Invited to a Francesca Joy and Oliveira Textiles Trunk Show–TODAY!

Rob Base DJ E Z Rock had it right—it does take two to make it outta sight. When I heard Francesca Joy and Oliveira Textiles were teaming up, two ambitious, successful women-run companies for a trunk show today, it made perfect sense. Even better, you’re invited!

Newport Tote by Francesca Joy

I’ve featured hot young designer Elise Fargnoli and her Francesca Joy line of stunning, hand-painted totes, wristlets and chemises here on Newport Stylephile before. She continues to grow her product line while hand-painting stunning visuals on each of her pieces. Over in Bristol meanwhile, sisters Dawn Oliveira (who spent years creating fashion and home textiles for leading designer lines including Polo Ralph Lauren and Dana Buchman) and Deborah Olson at the helm of Oliveira Textiles, a company that

Oliveira Textiles beach hat

crafts fabrics for the home using only sustainable and organic fabrics including hemp and organic cotton. More recently, the company has ventured into creating clothing and accessories with the same ethos, including organic cotton t-shirts, belts, hats, purses and pillows (click here to view).

The two companies, both of whom create with inspiration from the sea, have partnered to create a clothing line. Today’s trunk show, located at the private home “Southways” just off Bellevue Avenue and hosted by owner Eliza Williams and designer/artist Elise Fargnoli, will feature  the Oliveira Textiles fashion and accessory line while debuting their collection of tunics and shorts (as seen at top). A diverse array of Francesca Joy totes, as seen in Newport’s Chace N’Lulu will be available as well.

The trunk show will run from 10am to 5pm today at Southways, located at 15 Clay Street in Newport (401-846-6466).

July 27, 2011 at 8:26 am 2 comments

Gretchen Scott–Right at Home in Newport


This is on the tag of all the Gretchen Scott pieces I found recently at Pink Pineapplein Newport (plus the Portsmouth location), which made it hard not to love instantly. The New York native designer has an eye for fun patterns and isn’t afraid of bold color, so her collections of tunics, dresses, skirts, pants, bags, pareos and more has quickly earned the line an enviable fan base. Think Lilly Pulitzer meets Jules Reid with a sprinkling of funk and whimsy (if that makes sense!). Price points vary (tunics $60-$90, dresses $98-$130) depending on details like embellishments and embroidery.

Pictured at top, Pashmina Viscose Cortina Tunic Dress; at left, Cotton You Dress (as seen at Pink Pineapple)

July 25, 2011 at 8:17 am Leave a comment

Kate Middleton Style Lands in Newport (+ Deals & Steals)

There was much ado about the royal newlyweds recent visit to North America, and while all reports were on the good will mission of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, all eyes were on ever-fashionable Kate Middleton. Her dresses (Jenny Packham, Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Reiss, Issa Helayel, Catherine Walker, Joseph) were extraordinary, but her casual ensembles were equally spot-on, and more than one had a common denominator: Kate’s beloved Sebago Bala boat shoe.

So, when I popped into by Active Sole on Bowen’s Wharf in Newport last week, I stopped in my tracks when I spotted a selection of the very same boat shoe/moccasin hybrid. The fashionable flat seamlessly blends into City-by-the-Sea style, but the Bala is selling around the world. According to a recent New York Times article, after Kate was photographed in them while on their excursion the style sold out across Britain—but they can still be found stateside, including at Active Sole, in various color combo for $80.

Deals & Steals: Sumer sales have arrived including at Jack Wills, Banana Republic, JH Breakell and Potter & Co., in addition to the annual tent sale at Team One Newport starting tomorrow (for functional, fashionable finds a lá Kate as seen above)!

Top photo: Daily Mail

July 22, 2011 at 7:59 am 3 comments

Take a Trip Down Harding-Lane

What makes Island Outfitters so special? Because they carry internationally loved brands including Lilly Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines and Holebrook alongside smaller up and comers, like Harding-Lane. The line of eco-friendly baseball caps with needlepoint emblems are the brainchild of brother-sister duo Stephen and Sarah Gifford, who share more than just fashionable genes. The New England natives are both committed to the environment, and after finding a manufacturer that could meet their high standards, they decided to donate a portion of their annual profits to local environmental organizations that protect and conserve wildlife in addition to the land and waterways.

Each Harding-Lane cap features an icon of land and sea, including a crab, striped bass, seagull, scallop shell, lobster, duck or shark, and retail at $24.99

The cap being sold at Island Outfitters is the striped bass needlepoint with the covetable Nantucket Red color (pictured at right), which incidentally is sold out online (so grab it locally!) Learn more about the company’s environmental commitment by clicking here.

July 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm 1 comment

“Adoring” New and Old at Adornment

Before Adornment made it’s home in Newport’s Brick Market Place, it had a loyal customer base at its flagship shop in Wakefield. Following their successful 5th Annual Antique and Estate Jewelry Show in South County last week, the show moves to Newport, opening tomorrow with a selection of covetable bling from the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods. The show is open July 20th-23rd 10am~6pm, and 12pm-4pm on Sunday July 24. Adornment is located at 213 Goddard Row in Newport, 401-619-3301.

`The show is the perfect excuse to check out vintage pieces while perusing beautiful modern ones including Thistle & Bee sterling silver “Bamboo” rings featuring varying stones like smoky quartz (3.5 cts.), amethyst (3.5 cts), citrine (3.5 cts.), prasiolite (3.5 cts.), and my favorite, blue topaz (4.5 cts., pictured at right). There are also bracelets, necklaces and earrings in the Thistle & Bee “Bamboo” collection at Adornment (prices depend on stone…most range $350-$450). Click here to check it out.

July 19, 2011 at 7:35 am Leave a comment

Bellevue Boutiques Join Forces for Waterfront Fashion Show

This past week, Bellevue Avenue beauties Marcela Calvet and Sara Campbell joined forces for an intimate fashion show aboard megayacht SeaFair. Organizers Elizabeth Lewis and Barbara Estes, both of the Sandpipers ladies club, mingled amongst their friends throughout the dining room on the Art Newport yacht. Calvet, channeling her inner Audrey Hepburn in elbow-length black gloves and a black and cream wide-brim hat, opened the show with an introduction to her brand of luxury handbags. The duo debuted 12 looks including one worn by Karen Weinreb, the author of the best-selling novel The Summer Kitchen.

Calvet Paris 1937 boutique is located at 59 Bellevue Avenue, and the Sara Campbell boutique is located at 117 Bellevue Avenue; both in Newport.

Above: Model Jennifer Mauran closing the show with a stunning evening design in fuchsia by Sara Campbell while carrying the Alexandrine lizard clutch in Lillet
Rose color by CALVET PARIS 1937.

For more photos after the jump, click more…

Sally Wellman from Sara Campbell with author Karen Weinreb wearing an Emilio Pucci inspired summer dress while carrying the ALEXANDRINE lizard clutch by CALVET PARIS 1937.

Model Christie Kramer wearing a Sara Campbell evening dress in silver
lame while carrying the EMMA red lizard clutch by CALVET.

All four models, Sally Wellman and Marcela Calvet watch organizer Elizabeth
Lewis thanks the designers for the fashionable evening aboard SeaFair.

July 17, 2011 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

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