Archive for September, 2012
Free-thinking fabric, unisex appeal, affordable prices, and some come in threes…what’s not to love about Stance socks? Nothing, if you ask Chafee Emory and her super stoked staff at Potter & Co. With completely original designs created by emerging artists, the look is bold and brave, and favorite among well-known surfers, snowboarders, and skaters (some are padded and Coolmax technology). I love that the colorful styles make the perfect little unexpected punch when peeking out above a calf-high boot or underneath jeans or trousers. Lengths vary from ankle, to calf, to knee, and price ranges generally from $10-$20.
Stance socks are available at Potter & Co in Newport located at 172 Thames Street.
During the Newport International Boat Show two weeks ago, I checked out a preview of some of Sebago’s fall styles for men and women. (They were official footwear sponsor of the show, and it’s no surprise as the company has long had an affinity for the City-by-the-Sea.) Founded in 1946, Sebago has long been known for boat shoes, but made their way to the mainstream fashion scene in the 80s. They’ve more recently surged in popularity around the globe when Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was spotted wearing two-toed Sebago Bala deck shoes (on Newport Stylephile here).
This fall, Sebago welcomes fresh new designs, like the men’s Stockton boot with Woolrich wool panels (in the top pic), the sophisticated leather Salem shoe, and the slip-on Drake boot with waterproof full grain or suede leather. For women, the Claremont Brogue menswear-inspired shoe AND boot (favorite color is Black Cherry, pictured here), the Saranac Rider boot with double buckle collar detail, and the plush Coast Two-Eye quilted boat shoe are all remarkable standouts.
I’m pretty sure I’m not inventing the term “eco-chic,” but it was the first thing that came to mind when I spotted this Tagua Nut Necklace by The Andean Collection at Green Envy in Newport (at their new Franklin Street location). This design is brand new for this fall and is handmade by Fair Trade artisans in Ecuador (owner Rachel Lessne ensures there’s environmental responsibility behind everything in the shop).
Each Andean Collection piece has a card with the artisan’s story and a link where you can see pictures of the exact artistan who made your piece of jewelry–pretty amazing right?! (Imagine if Apple let you see your iPhone creator!!!). The nuts the necklaces take 5 months to sun dry, are hand carved, and finally dyed. I brought a multi-strand necklace very similar to the above one to The Rhode Show on Thursday (click here to see the segment)! Tagua nuts are called “vegetable ivory” because they have the same smooth texture as ivory (and I hope no one is wearing real ivory!). This particular necklace is $98, but the Tagua nut jewelry Green Envy carries starts at just $15.
Simply click on the the above offer, print and save!
It’s bananas. Famed celeb stylist Rachel Zoe capitalized on her reality show stardom after her Rachel Zoe Project launched in September 2008 by creating an eponymous line based on her boho-chic inspirations and keen sense of wearable must haves. The collection debuted last fall and was quickly picked up by retailers nationwide, perhaps most notably at best known biggies including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Select pieces from the Rachel Zoe Fall 2012 ready to wear collection, including trousers, jeans, tops and dresses have arrived at Michael Hayes on Bellevue Avenue. Zoe described the collection better than anyone else could, saying: “If you took Mick Jagger in the ’60s and made him a woman, these things are what he’d be wearing — with a bit of Marianne Faithfull, Bianca Jagger and Jane Birkin thrown into the mix.” While Michael Hayes isn’t carrying a hearty number of Zoe pieces, customer reaction will likely prove whether or not the stylish shop will grow the line in the future. (Not at the shop but interesting to note, Zoe launched her first-ever jewelry line last month. Check out a few pieces, and what the designer had to say about it, on Glamour.com by clicking here.)
Photo at right, qvc.com
It’s Brahmin Tent Sale time! Today through Sunday, Brahmin’s Fairhaven, MA outlet pops up a huge tent filled with handbags up to 75% off. I checked it out last year and there were some amazing bags, and equally entertaining to see ladies with stacks of handbags hanging from their arms! (The outlet is located at 77 Alden Rd., Fairhaven, MA, 02719. Sale hours are today and tomorrow 9-6, Sunday Sept. 16 10-5pm.)
Closer to home, Jason & Co. on Thames Street is having a Pandora event today through Sunday. Receive a Pandora clasp bracelet (a $65 value) with your purchase of $100 or more of Pandora jewelry. Jason & Co. is located at 182 Thames Street.
Thursday evening, fashion goes to the dogs at the fourth annual Canine Couture fashion show at Doris Duke’s Rough Point on Bellevue Avenue. With this year’s theme inspired by the mansion’s 2012 exhibit, Passport to the World: Doris Duke the International Traveler, the four-legged fashionistas will have global roots while their owners don chic looks from area boutiques.
I’m really excited to be a part of the show this year and to be wearing an extraordinary designer (hint: all her work is made in the USA), but make no bones about it: the bow wow beauties are the true stars of the show. I’m also thrilled that a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Potter League for Animals. Also, learn about international dog breeds, see a dog training demo, and enter to win a Bellevue Avenue shopping spree—all while enjoying libations by The Cocktail Guru himself, Jonathan Pogash.
Doors open at 5pm, show begins at 6pm. Tickets are$10 per person, free for children 5 and younger (purchase all tickets at the door). On-site parking is limited; carpooling and biking encouraged. Canine guests are welcome but must be on a leash. Rough Point is located at 680 Bellevue Avenue. Sponsored by Wag Nation, a Newport boutique for pets. For more information, email Liz@NewportRestoration.org or call (401) 846-4152.