Happy Start of Summer! by divadebbi
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???
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…
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|(My FIRST EV-AH Tilda swoon, in her beloved Haider Ackermann)|
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.
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.
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)
(My thanks to Fairfield County Look for featuring this post in their Lifestyle section).
* Lite bites luncheon on May 3rd.
Elaine Ubina of Fairfield County Look chronicled our New Owner’s Celebration perfectly:
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”.
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…
Anastasia Cucinella in Erdem and Debra O’Shea in Paula Hian, partners in Mary Jane Denzer.
BY GEORGETTE GOUVEIA – APRIL 2017
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.”