Everybody knows fashion and drama go hand in hand. I’m going to assume you are somehow aware of the drama surrounding the Yves Saint Laurent transition to Saint Lauren Paris under (controversial) creative direction of Hedi Slimane. Because he had a row critics stand at his first show, his contentious relationship with the press shouldn’t come as a big surprise. And yet, in a recent article by The New York Times, he was labeled as an “artist,” “diva” and “the one true heir to the legacy of Saint Laurent.” This all points out how well the first collection is selling despite the rather unflattering reviews.
I find this display of human nature rather interesting. While I don’t particularly like the fact that Mr. Slimane is making this revered fashion house part of yet another reality show, I am drawn to the brand more than I have ever been. Would I wear the witchy black hats? Not in a million years. I am, however, delirious with excitement for the upcoming Ruelala sale today.
I don’t know what your family calls this upcoming weekend, but we refer to it as the “Cinco de Mayo weekend” in our household. No, we are not Mexican. In fact, that’s one thing we are not. We are a little bit Jewish, a little bit Italian and I am (very) East European.
Believe it or not, Cinco de Mayo isn’t even that big of a holiday in Mexico itself. Instead, it’s become more of an important Mexican-American event in the U.S. The day serves as commemoration of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (which, by the way, lasted from 1861 to 1867).
Our family will be at Toloache on 82nd street, hopefully with a mariachi band serenading us, celebrating a new spring and the American spirit of respecting other cultures. Yes, Cinco de Mayo is somewhat commercialized and not historically accurate, but we’ve embraced it and found a way to make it ours.
If you’re feeling in the Mexican spirit, but realized it’s too late to make any reservations, this is the sale for you.
This sale has nothing to do with Cinco de Mayo — and it certainly doesn’t need introductions. We all know our Birkins and Kellys. I will continue to mention them when I see them around, because just like diamonds, these bags never go out of style. If you can afford one, go for it. Nothing says, “I’ve arrived” more than a Birkin. They are the ultimate status symbols.
Now, let’s face it. If you can afford a Hermes bag, even a “pre-loved” one, you probably live the kind of life that requires a Monique Lhuillier gown or a cocktail dress. You may go to charity events, receive invitations that read “black tie event,” and have friends who let you know that the June weekend get together will be catered. (Hey, what do you know? I’ve just received one of those invitations!)
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
I interrupt your fashion perusing for a very brief history lesson. May Day — which is celebrated on May 1st around the world — is an ancient, Northern Hemisphere spring festival. The very first May Day celebrations began in pre-Christian Rome with the festival of Flora, the goddess of flowers, and later expanded throughout Europe in different forms. The one thing all those forms had in common, though, was that May 1st was a big cause for a party. The spring celebration (or first day of summer in certain cultures) should not be confused with the International Worker’s Day, though, which is also known as May Day.
Whatever you celebrate today, take a moment to do so thoughtfully. Or, if you celebrate neither, at least enjoy the lovely weather we’re having! Also, keep an eye on some of the sample sales below. They may offer a few of those summer twists you need to supplement your wardrobe.
The essence of spring style in a bag (or two).
Leave it to Stacey Bendet to infuse spring flavor into your wardrobe. Her line offers flirtatious dresses, bright colors, pretty prints and sleek accessories.
It’s not often that you’ll hear us endorse costume baubles, as most of them look like, well, costume baubles. We’ll make an exception for Kanupriya and Grand Bazaar NY, though. These two designers bring an exotic mix of cuffs, rings and tassels of such extraordinary quality that they make us rewrite our own rules. Do take a look at tell us what you think.
By the way, as much fun as it is writing these segments, it would be more fun if I heard back from you. Thanks in advance. Happy May Day!
You know how some people love/hate Valentine’s Day? That’s exactly how I feel about Mother’s Day. Don’t get me wrong. I love my mother, but she lives in Europe and gets celebrated on March 8th. Which brings up my next point. I kind of like how the European version of the holiday takes a more inclusive approach to celebrating all women on that day. What if we don’t have children? Are we not worthy of being celebrated? Thank you, Hallmark, for reminding me every year how imperfect my life is. Have I mentioned that this year my birthday falls exactly on Mother’s Day? Yeah, I know — I need something to cheer me up.
From time to time, we all need some “me” time and this is certainly the place to feel like a million bucks. Check out their classes too. They are famous for them.
Why? Because you’ll find buttery soft satchels, belts, umbrellas and scarves from famous Italian designers that’d make any
mother woman smile.
The legend behind the brand is a woman responsible for saying “feel like a woman, wear a dress.” DVF has also inspired a new generation of young designers with her sexy, powerful designs.
Ladies, let’s celebrate ourselves for what we are. Mothers or not — and regardless of race or religion — we do face an uphill battle here and everywhere in the world. Let’s try to help each other to the top.
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