Dressed to Thrill; The Duchess of Cambridge

km1The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their beautiful children
Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The Duchess is wearing New Zealand Designer Emilia Wickstead


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been touring Europe this summer, and this time, they are travelling with their exquisitely dressed children in tow.  Vanessa Friedman of the New York Times dubbed their color matched ensembles,“Pantone Politics”.  Whatever you wish to call it, I think they look absolutely splendid!


Wearing Jenny Packham, one of her favorite British Designers


Wearing Erdem, another of her favored British Designer,
and ours…

It is custom, is to dress in a notable designer of the country being visited, or the countries flag colors.  It s both thoughtful and respectful to the hosts.  The Duchess never disappoints! Her penchant for dressing in dresses creates an aura of impeccable calm.

Mary Jane Denzer, the store I co-own with Anastasia Cucinella has been a destination for magnificent dresses for nearly 40 years.  I don’t think its a coincidence that both of us wear them practically every day.  We both favor the brainless simplicity of putting on one wonderful  thing in the morning and letting that be our statement. What could be easier?

When we were buying for Fall, we both wanted to expand our offerings to include dresses for all occasions , not just black tie occasions.  We scoured Paris for beautiful lifestyle dresses, suitable for work, luncheons, Birthdays, meetings, cocktail and dinner parties from designers we love; Giambattista Valli, Georges Hobeka, Jenny Packham, Tony Ward, Monique Lhullier, J. Mendel, Rachel Gilbert, Alex Perry and others.

Every day, when the UPS man arrives, it feels like we are opening beautiful presents…It’s hard to remember everything we bought, so each one is a joyous surprise.  We love them all and seeing them tried on and purchased by our clients is incredibly gratifying.

We invite you to come visit us at Mary Jane Denzer next to the Ritz Carlton in White Plains. (914-328-0338), to see our new goodies. It would be our joy to assist you for all of your occasions.

Oh, and Duchesses are welcome too…

Debra O’Shea
Mary Jane Denzer




Happy Start of Summer! by divadebbi

Sort of…Rain may be upon us, but why not kick back and relax anyway?

Most importantly, Memorial Day is a holiday to remember those who died, serving our country. We owe them our thanks for their sacrifices to keep us safe.  May those who choose to do that everyday, be protected and come home safely to their families who love and honor them.

Wishing you a Happy Memorial Day and summer ahead! Is there anything nicer than long light filled days???




Ok, Lovelies, I’m a bit behind, but still wanted to throw my 4 cents in on what I loved and what I loathed at Cannes this year.
Every Spring, stars, models and celebutantes make the glamorous trek to the Cannes International Film Festival.  Sprinkled over 12 days, films, of all genres, are previewed and judged.  And of course, so is the Red Carpet…
I like my Girls pretty and impeccable on the Red Carpet and for any event…  I think you can still push the fashion envelope without looking like a spectacle, don’t you??? Beautiful fashion is what my partner Anastasia Cucinella and I always strive for, when buying for our store Mary Jane Denzer.

A few of my favorite picks were also later pans on the likes of Elle Fanning, Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Bella Hadid and Uma Thurman.  Go figure!  Take a peek…

(A remarkable mosaic)
(My FIRST EV-AH Tilda swoon, in her beloved Haider Ackermann)
Diane Kruger
Bella Hadid
So, do you agree? Shall we agree to disagree? Do chime in…
Debra OShea
Mary Jane Denzer

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Monique Lhuillier


Monique Lhuillier designs capture the essence of sophisticated luxury by provoking femininity, allure and glamour that have made her renowned in the world of design. Monique’s innate sense of style is prevalent throughout her ready-to-wear, accessories and bridal collections.

Monique appreciates that luxury can be whimsical and playful, allowing the brand to become a destination for women who understand the art of fashion. Monique’s craft and techniques defy the conventions of day versus evening dressing. Most recently, Monique launched her first line of accessories – the collection includes footwear and bags that are luxuriously constructed and make a statement. Like her ready-to-wear, the accessories feature luxe fabrics, textures and exquisite construction.

Monique Lhuillier is internationally recognized as one of America’s foremost designers. Established in 1996 by Monique Lhuillier and her husband, Tom Bugbee, the company is considered one of the leading fashion houses in design, quality and creativity. Fans include Emma Stone, Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Bell, Anna Kendrick and the First Lady Michelle Obama among others. Monique’s signature design sensibility has led to the launch of licensed products including fur, fine jewelry and tabletop, transforming the company into a luxury lifestyle brand. Monique Lhuillier products are distributed through Monique Lhuillier stores, premium department stores and finest stores throughout the world.

Monique and Tom live in Los Angeles with their two children, Jack and Sophia. Monique’s career in fashion is enriched by her strong dedication to family and commitment to philanthropic efforts.


New York fashion week tends to be a whirlwind of disjointed ideas. One night, you’re bobbing your head to deafening music at a young designer’s lo-fi presentation; the next you’re checking out Kanye West’s new jeans and hoodies; then you find yourself poring over the J. Mendel beautiful evening gowns, which were set up salon-style at Ladurée this afternoon.

Eveningwear is often slapped with a stuffy, unrelatable stigma, particularly during fashion week when everyone is searching for the next big thing. But Gilles Mendel isn’t just out to create a fantasy. He thinks about the real-life viability of his clothes (even the couture pieces) and spoke of a high-low missive for Fall ’17. “I think today’s woman wants to wear a fur coat over a gown, but she’ll also wear it with jeans,” he said. A shimmering lace dress, for instance, was paired with the millennial girl’s must-have item: a leopard coat.

The other furs were as dreamy as ever, and Mendel pointed out a few “wild” mash-ups of color and texture, from a black and mint-green chubby to a fox stole trimmed with ostrich feathers. Hands-down the most impressive coat was the hooded, oversized fox and skunk parka, which Mendel styled over a tulle midi dress. It was impossibly luxe, yet informed by the street–and if last week’s blizzard and 40 mph winds taught us anything, it’s the importance of great, super-warm outerwear.

Graduation Day
Congratulations!!!  Your pride and joy is a graduate!!!  All of their graduation milestones are of course, important, but some ceremonies, due to formality, length or venue require extra care, in deciding what to wear.
There are definite dont’s and they all begin with with adverb “too”; anything too bright, too short, too low cut, too tight, or too boldly printed will be out of place and might even embarrass your grad. Ditto, high heels particularly if it will be a long day and grass to conquer.

IMO, this is a day to channel whatever your closest approximation of Kate Middleton is. The star of the day, is unquestionably, your child, so quiet, ladylike elegance is what is called for.

                                                            Paula Hian

Outdoor graduations in particular, can be tricky.  So much depends on weather, which can have us shivering one day and sweltering the next.  It’s never a bad idea to have a something to add a bit of warmth, for too chilly air conditioning or a dip in temperatures.  I love Susan Bender’s leather shrug which makes everything it’s worn over look chicer.

           Susan Bender Leather Shrug
(available Fall 2017 at Mary Jane Denzer)
                                             David Kom
The easiest  way to look completely polished is to simply wear a dress.  A knit, in particular, is a great choice…it will look effortless and comfortable, especially if a long day is on tap; ceremony to celebration.  A foot friendly shoe,  like a wedge or a sandal with a chunky heel are the perfect pairing.
And of course since this is such a memorable occasion, a new dress is in order!  It would be our joy to help you find something beautiful.  Call us at 914-328-0330 or visit us at at 7 Renaissance Square in White Plains at the Ritz Carlton.
Congratulations again. You’ve earned them!

(My thanks to Fairfield County Look for featuring this post in their Lifestyle section).





Co-Owners Debra OShea and Anastasia Cucinella

Co-Owners Debra OShea and Anastasia Cucinella

Elaine Ubina of Fairfield County Look chronicled our New Owner’s Celebration perfectly:

Debra OShea and Anastasia Cucinella are the new Co-Owners of Mary Jane Denzer in White Plains. Mary Jane Denzer has been a tri-state destination for the very best in good taste and haute couture for over 37 years.
OShea and Cucinella celebrated their new partnership with clients, designers family and friends at their Ritz Carlton location on Tuesday evening. The partners are celebrating their reputation for carrying exquisite evening wear.

ln their new venture, they will be buying fabulous clothes and accessories to suit a modern, woman’s  busy lifestyle, O’Shea said, “Mary Jane Denzer had an exquisite eye. She was known for supporting  and discovering up and coming designers globally and judiciously choosing only the best styles from each.” Cucinella added, “we will continue to do that on our trips to Europe and only buy the things that both excite and inspire us.  Our desire is to dazzle and always give you a reason to visit us and leave with something uniquely beautiful”.
Click here  to see photos of some of our wonderful clients, designers and friends, who came to wish us well. The support for our success as partners is greatly appreciated.  We are already off to a a wonderful start! We are confident, that the beautiful clothes and accessories we bought for Fall, including more casual offerings, will delight our clients and bring new ones to Mary Jane Denzer.

Come experience the extraordinary!


I have to laugh! I noticed that an article I had written back in 2012, which was updated from one of my earliest posts on “closet cleaning” is having a grand resurgence.

I scoured it to see what was so sage about my advice, and if it needed any updating. Honestly??? None that I can see. Everything stands!

So yes, it’s time for the dreaded bi-annual switch and I offer up this link to the original article and it is my pleasure to share it with our Mary Jane Denzer clients too,

Ready, set, Hefty…

Presentation10Anastasia Cucinella in Erdem and Debra O’Shea in Paula Hian, partners in Mary Jane Denzer.

For more than 35 years, Mary Jane Denzer has been a high-end retail anchor in White Plains, first on East Post Road, then on the corner of Mamaroneck and Maple avenues and, since August 2014, on Renaissance Square in a sleek, gray-and-white, 5,000-square-foot space near The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester.

Like any self-respecting fashionista, however, the store keeps evolving. Its latest chapter Mary Jane Denzer finds two new owners at the helm — Anastasia Cucinella, Denzer’s longtime right-hand woman, and Debra O’Shea, who for 16 years was the women’s personal shopper at Richards in Greenwich and served as a fashion columnist for WAG as Diva Debbi.

They follow in the well-heeled footsteps of a woman who was a cultural icon to Westchester. (It was Mary Jane Denzer who arranged the stunning Oscar de la Renta runway show fundraiser for White Plains Hospital’s 120th anniversary gala in 2013.) But she was also a mentor, lifesaver and friend to both women.

“She used to help me when I had a fashion emergency,” O’Shea remembers. “Mary Jane was always gracious. She’d say, ‘Come down. Take what you need.’”

When Denzer discovered she had pancreatic cancer — two months after opening her dream store on Renaissance Square — she met with O’Shea and asked her if she would be interested in continuing her legacy. At the time, O’Shea says, it didn’t feel right. Nor was it the right moment after Denzer passed away (in December of 2015) and her family decided to keep the business going.

The turnkey, O’Shea says, came when the family determined that the best way to carry on what Denzer started was to sell the business to her and Cucinella.

“I worked for her 13 years — 10 full time and three part time when I had my twin girls,” Cucinella says. “She taught me everything I know….But she was not just a mentor. She was my friend.” As was Denzer’s faithful Papillon, Bodhi, whom Cucinella describes as “a frustrated salesman.” (Readers will be happy to know that the feisty Bodhi is now happily ensconced in the home of the woman who took care of him during Denzer’s buying trips, though, Cucinella adds, he still comes into the shop, perhaps to work with select clientele.)

She remembers Denzer as the consummate saleswoman and stylist:

“She would find the dress that would look perfect on you and then she would tell you why it looks perfect.”

WAG observes that tradition on a bustling morning that serves as a harbinger of the soft seasons. While the phone hums, Cucinella and O’Shea attend to a customer interested in an evening gown, a client who intends to be a quietly elegant mother of the groom in a sleeveless mauve Elie Saab gown with velvet trim and a low-back effect and another who tries on a swingy electric-blue cocktail number.

As the pair consult, you’re beguiled by an array of creations from day- to evening-wear that stand at color-coordinated attention amid cases and vitrines of equally enticing accessories, such as the fetching lime and animal print clip-ons by Angela Caputi, a designer they planned to meet with during a recent trip to Paris. (See photograph on Page 10.)  Though the two women complement each other — O’Shea in Paula Hian with a look that says “glamorous Greenwich”; Cucinella, an Isabella Rossellini type in Erdem — they are on the same page when it comes to buying. During New York Fashion Week, they both thought, Why buy sleeveless and cover it with a shrug when you can wear the ever-flattering three-quarter sleeves?

They’re a trend, along with the color pink and citrus shades, O’Shea says. For fall, think florals, velvets and embellishments. And always high-low dresses, with a cocktail length in the front that sweeps to a ball-gown finish for a ’50s flair. (Think Kirsten Dunst in Christian Dior at the Oscars.)

Some things, however, remain classic, including the Denzer mix of well-known and new designers — Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Tony Ward, Alex Teih, Monique Lhuillier and in-house designer Neil Bieff, among them. And the Denzer approach to salesmanship.

“As Mary Jane used to say,” Cucinella recalls, “Don’t just make a sale. Make the right one.”