Tiffany & Co Dazzles the Red Carpet at the Golden Globes

The Golden Globe awards is an annual event we simply can’t wait for and it’s not because of the jokes during the opening of the show.  It’s because of the red carpet of course!  Our favorite jewelry brand, Tiffany & Co yet again dazzled the red carpet with thousands of dollars worth of diamonds and jewels for the big event. Who wore what from Tiffany & Co?  We’re about to tell you!

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Best actress nominee Reese Witherspoon wore a beaded Calvin Klein evening gown along with Tiffany Novo® diamond earrings in platinum ($600,000), Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger® diamond stitches bracelet in 18k gold ($200,000) and a ring in platinum with a 6.75-carat Lucida® diamond ($695,000).

Amy-Adams_GoldenGlobesBest actress winner Amy Adams wore a stunning draped Versace gown and sparkled in Tiffany drop earrings in platinum with diamonds ($240,000), a five-row bracelet in platinum with diamonds ($180,000), a ring with a 2.12-carat cushion modified brilliant diamond ($100,000) and two Tiffany Metro five-row rings in 18k white gold with diamonds ($7,200 each).

 

 

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Presenter and “Foxcatcher” star Sienna Miller wore Miu Miu and shined in Tiffany Jazz® drop earrings in platinum with diamonds ($22,000), a bow bangle in platinum ($100,000) with baguette diamonds, Tiffany Metro five-row bangle in 18k white gold with diamonds ($16,900) and an oval Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond ring in platinum and 18k gold with white diamonds ($625,000).

 

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Best actress nominee Taylor Schilling in a Ralph Lauren red stunner also wore Elsa Peretti® Bean® earrings in 18k gold ($825) and Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger® Dot Losange rings in 18k gold with enamel ($5,000 each).

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A Smart Belt That Loosens Itself After You Eat

Emiota Smart Belt - CES 2015The International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) sure does have a few fun gadgets that even fashion bloggers can enjoy. This product may even be fun for all of the foodies out there!  Imagine a smart belt that loosens itself if you’ve eaten too much!  Yes, it actually exists! French startup company Emiota unveiled their smart fitness belt called “The Belty” last Sunday during CES in Las Vegas.

This smart belt actually adjusts itself throughout the day.  How much you’ve eaten and how much you’ve exercised throughout the day both depend on the belt’s movement.  It also keeps track of the status of your overall health, and nudges you when you’ve been sitting for too long. Can you imagine?

As we all know, the size of your waistline is a key indicator of your health. The Belty comes equipped with small sensors, an accelerator and gyroscope and knows just how much you’ve been moving and whether or not you need to be more active.

The belt connects with an app that charts the data collected throughout each day. The user will receive feedback and suggestions that correspond to how the belt adjusts.  It’s almost like having your personal health coach watch your every move and remind you every minute of the day just how much you are or are not taking care of yourself.

What do you think?  Is this an accessory you could find useful?

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CES Showcases Wearable Tech from Swarovski

Swarovski Wearable TechThe Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is currently taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada this week and will attract more than 160,000 attendees from across the country and beyond. The event has already been making headlines with the latest jewelry trend; wearable accessories.

That’s right! CES isn’t just about OLED televisions, surround sound speakers and the next high tech gadget. Fashion accessories for tech geeks that like sparkly things are also being highlighted during the show. This year, Swarovski has collaborated with Misfit, a maker of wearable products, to produce a collection called the “Swarovski Shine”. This collection is made up of wearable accessories that incorporate Swarovski crystals and Misfit’s wireless and sleep tracking technology, combined.

A clear Swarovski Shine with a crystal face and a violet Swarovski Shine (in the photo to your right) are the two core products within the collection. These both tap into patented “energy crystal” technology to power themselves by solar energy. The solar powered jewel is known as the first wireless and sleep tracker device that utilizes an energy harvesting technology that eliminates the need to stock up on batteries and the headaches that go with the constant need of recharging.

When the owner wears either of the Swarovski designs, the piece automatically tracks a person’s steps, the distance they walked, the calories they burned and the duration of their sleep when their sleep quality is up to par.
Where can you purchase this amazing accessory you ask? At this time, the collection is available for pre-orders only and will be sold at Swarovski locations throughout the United States, Hong Kong and China beginning this Spring.

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Macy’s National Believe Day

Macy's National Believe DayEvery year, Macy’s holds a “National Believe Day”.  Macy’s and Make-A-Wish foundation come together to grant wishes for over 50 children across America each year and the time is now for them to do it again.  As readers of DFN and lovers of Macy’s you can help! Macy’s is asking for your participation this year on December 12th, by sending support, sharing with your friends and allowing magical wishes to come true.  Be sure to follow Macy’s on Twitter and Facebook to follow along and share the love.  Click here for more info on the Macy’s website.

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Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2015

Proenza SchoulerProenza Schouler is moving right along and gearing up for pre-fall 2015.  And,  we are certainly paying attention.  The brand decided to revisit fan favorites from Spring, reconnect with designs from their back catalog, and play with new ideas they’re eager to put on the runway for next Fall as soon as this February. Their deconstructed argyle sweaters from last season are being morphed into special, woven plaid tops.  Some with deep diagonal layers of fringe that could be so long they fall past the knees for an exaggerated, “I know how to dress” kind of look.  As you can recall, it was Proenza Schouler that generously set the trend for full mid-calf skirts with their foiled metallic designs just about a year ago.  For pre-fall the same shape is being created in a jersey knit.

New shops are currently being created and in 2015 the brand’s store count will reach eight in total.  Growth stands for a demand in new collections and designs and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are in tune with what needs to be done to keep the brand alive.  Making necessary changes for the sake of success and to keep the dream alive, McCollough and Hernandez are making changes as we speak.  Clients will see longer more fluid like silhouettes, lots of layered plaids, cable knits, sweater dresses, pleated knit skirts and belted floral printed blouses.  We’re already liking the sound of this and we can’t wait to see these designs up close and in person!

 

 

 

 

 

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Jana Kramer Wears Badgley Mischka at 2014 CMA Awards

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Country singer Jana Kramer looked lovely in Badgley Mischka last night at the 2014 CMA Awards. The Rochester, Michigan native wore a corset style strapless gown made out of a pink lurex and turquoise texture floral brocade from the Spring 2015 Badgley Mischka Couture collection.  The beading consisted of organza flowers and stacked opalescent crystal flowers that are placed around the godets at the hips. She also wore Badgley Mischka shoes which are a metallic suede strappy peep toe.
Interested in copying Jana’s look for your next event? The couture gown can be purchased for $11,000,  currently available in Badgley Mischka boutiques.  The gown style number is CG-1069.  Since we don’t have a boutique here in Michigan, calling a boutique and giving your size and style number will allow you to have this dress too.  The Laguna in Gold shoes retail for $285 and can be found at badgleymischka.com.
Yes we admit, we always love Badgley Mischka but we have a sweet spot for Jana and her sweet songs too!  Check out her YouTube channel and you’ll see why she’s so lovable!
Photo -Photo by Michael Loccisano/WireImage

 

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Face Masks on the Runway at China’s Fashion Week

DFN_FacemaskHave you ever expected to see face masks on the runway? It seems China’s smog problem has influenced designers for this year’s China Fashion Week. Designer, Yin Peng’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection incorporated face masks into their show.  The masks varied in styles and designs.  Some masks entailed full face coverage to compliment fencing masks, others just covered the model’s mouths to compliment running gear.  There were also more casual pieces that included rounded masks worn with hooded designs, men’s safety goggles and full blown gas masks with a feminine touch of pink mouthpieces.

Just last month, Beijing, where China’s Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week was held, had smog readings that soared past the 400 mark on more than two testing occasions. It is proven that any reading which exceeds 300 is deemed hazardous.

It seems now the designers feel it’s necessary for buyers to add face masks to their accessory collection.

 

 

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Bill Blass Appoints Chris Benz as Creative Director

Chris BenzIf you’re a Bill Blass fan, then you know it’s been two long years since we’ve seen a women’s ready-to-wear collection by Bill Blass.  After Blass’ retirement in 1999 and then his death in 2002, his label faced difficult times including a long list of designers that quickly came and went including Lars Nilsson, Peter Som, Michael Vollbracht, and Jeffrey Monteiro. None of these designers had what it took to maintain  the brand the way Blass did.  It’s also no secret these designers were unable to swoon others in social settings and network the way Blass did.  Blass’ outgoing demeanor and social appearances helped the brand peak in the 80’s making it worth $750 million.

Aiming to relaunch the label by Spring 2016, the Blass company has appointed a new creative director, Chris Benz to hopefully gain successful control again.  A plan to return to the international market has been tailored for months as well as a plan to straighten out issues with trademarks, copyrights and licenses. Benz, a young designer himself, will be taking the brand to a more youthful market and strengthening the company’s voice on social media.  We think it’s kind of cool this handsome designer will be revitalizing such a well respected fashion brand.  We’re certainly going to be paying attention to what’s up his sleeve in the years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo – Teen Vogue Fashion University

 

 

 

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FashionSpeak 2014

10492476_790699820950546_2859043711441552905_nThursday October 16- Fashion and business-minded people from all around came for Detroit’s second FashionSpeak conference, presented by Taubman. The event consisted of six different presenters including Malina Gilchrist of T Magazine and fashion designer Tracy Reese. Each presentation represented a different side of the industry that the audience could relate to. As bloggers, audience members, and sponsors jotted down notes, tweeted a quote, or shared a photo, each takeaway brought inspiration and motivation towards one’s brand or company. Here are some takeaways from the presenters themselves!

“Think of brand loyalty as a marriage and not a fling.” -Rachel Lutz

“Cultivate loyalty from consistency, uniqueness, attributes, authenticity, having defined values, validation, engagement, and service.” – Rachel Lutz

“Find a need [in the industry] and then fill it.” -Rachel Lutz

“The closer you are to your manufacturer, the more control you have over the production of that product.” -Matthew Burnett

“Do one thing and do it really well.” -Malina Gilchrist

“How do you present yourself to everyone as a designer? You need a point of view.” -Malina Gilchrist

“You have to devote everything to your brand in order to be successful.” -Tracy Reese

“Give yourself the chance to gain experience and get a salary. You don’t want to make all your mistakes on your own dime.” -Tracy Reese

“You have to start in the beginning, gain connections, build a customer, and understanding who that customer is” -Tracy Reese

 

 

 

 

DFN_JirehDeJoseDetroit native Jireh De Jose  is a 23-year-old reaching for her dreams. After graduating from Brandon High School in Ortonville, Michigan in 2009, she studied Fashion Merchandising at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. To learn more about Jireh click here.

 

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Target Takes A Candid Position with New CEO

target-logoNow that Target has a new CEO, Brian Cornell, they have admitted to making mistakes during the last few years. Not only are they taking a refreshing position admitting to these mistakes, brand leaders are face to face with their employees and the media regarding their current position.  No secrets and no pr stunts, just plans for a refreshing restart.

During the company’s annual fall meeting, new Cornell spoke to a crowd of 14,000 employees. After just 30 days on the job, he said, “I don’t have all the answers,”  but he did emphasize the need for Target to re-prioritize it’s business categories  including style, apparel, home and beauty. Cornell has plans to keep Target on top and maintain their powerhouse status.

“Going forward we have to regain our merchandising authority,” Cornell said. “We need to be cool again.”

This year’s annual meeting was the first time Target ever invited the media.  It looks like they are serious about changing and being so transparent, that Target will be looked at as an industry leader, once gain.  That’s if all the right moves are played that is and to me, they’re off to a good start.

One of their main mistakes was ignoring the power of e-business and online shopping. In the past their main focus has been on what the actual stores are carrying instead of what the online shoppers need and want.  Because we live in a strong digitally influenced world, this has been hurting them more than helping them. Up until 2011, Amazon ran the Target website instead of Target running it itself.  Another hiccup was adding groceries to their long list of categories which took customers away from their home goods and apparel, which were on top of the list way back when.  Finally, the massive data breach that attacked Target customers last Holiday season was a huge punch in the face to the Target brand.  Recovery measures are still taking place after that huge fiasco.  We all know, after a PR mess such as one like this, it can take a company quite some time for full recovery.

Giving back to those in need and having an “angel status” just might save Target.  I know I’m all for it!

 

 

 

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