Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Red Rules Runway

Juicier than a Jersey beef tomato were the rich reds on display at the Spring 2011 Fashion Coterie at the Javits Center. It's the color of confidence for Fall according to The Wall Street Journal recalling "Reagan Red" (Nancy, that is). Apparently Spring too. Rock red with a Shoshanna jacquard or select a twofer trend Tracy Reese frock of grossgrain faille for $378 (pictured) - red with sleeves staging a comeback!

~nancy brenner

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

SAMPLE SALE: Milly Maniacs scooped up...

...Velvet skirts with scalloped edges and ruffle-edged bustle details for $39 and black wool sweaters embellished with gold pallets at Clothing Line sample sale (see pic.) - all look like samples from FashionWeek. A brand that is almost never on sale - anywhere - and costs even more at Michael's Consignment making this sale worth the clothing-hanger-stalking staff who will report you to the manager if you do not hang up every single item and place it back on the rack. Guilty.

$39 for skirts and sweaters and a cool camel trench in leather for $199. It-girl sweater dresses. Yellow gold lurex sweaters and...wait, was that a runway prototype cocktail dress I spotted? Sprint down to Clothing Line at 36th St. Buy for you - a friend - a co-worker - the barista at Starbuck's...spread the savings joy.

261 West 36th (between 7th & 8th), 2nd floor - Tuesday, 11 - 7 pm, Wednesday 11 - 7 pm.

~nancy brenner, don't call it a comeback

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

80's Fashion Rant from One of GSNYC's Old School Crew

This was too good not to share publicly:

Laura, you're a fashion-ashashin' -- When are '80's high-rise jeans that come up over women's belly buttons gonna be sexy again? The question is, how was that even ever allowed to happen in the first place? Who OK'd that pattern? It's geriatric! I want to introduce a new cut in jeans, the mega high rise..."the sky-scraper." Jeans up to the armpits. That's sexy. It's the giant torso look that's so popular these days...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Have You Signed Up for The Dealist Yet?

Well you SHOULD!  I can't even remember when or how I signed up, but I have to say this is one of the best online sales sites I have ever used.  TheDealist doesn't just offer really good deals, it gives you great ideas that you probably would never have thought of or known about to begin with, including ideas for: dining out, spas, exercise clubs, hair salons, and more.  I mean there is no way to know everything that's going on in this huge, zany town...but TheDealist helps.  I recently used it to sign up for very resonable personal training sessions at a Pilates/Gyrotonics studio on E. 23rd St. that I would never have otherwise known about.  Check it out!

Friday, September 17, 2010


Shoe Aficionado was created to fill a growing need for hard-to-find shoes at discounted prices.

Shoe Aficionado (http://www.shoeaficionado.com/) is an online oasis for like-minded shoe lovers -- a shopping site and shoe lovers community dedicated to bringing you the latest and most fabulous designer shoes at prices up to 75% off retail.

Shoe Aficionado's goal is to merge the modern convenience of online shopping with the unique tips you get from your favorite boutique, as well as provides you with access to a community of passionate shoe aficionados.

The site launched with 80%20 and Ce Ce Chin Collection, Ce Ce Chin's cult downtown-NYC 2010 Spring shoe collections.

All sales on Shoe Aficionado will be current season items, with pricing up to 75% off of retail prices. Site will feature one Sale Event per week and sales last for 4 days. Shoppers referring their friends receive $10 towards purchases over $100. For a limited time around launch, shoppers will receive 10% off of purchases over $100 up with a coupon code (Shoelaunch).

All products are curated by Shoe Aficionado's stylists

Shoe Aficionado launched on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 12:00pm EST with Ce Ce Chin’s 80%20 and Ce Ce Chin Collection footwear at up to 75% off retail. Corso Como and Steve Madden will follow.

Monday, September 13, 2010

I am digging my BDG jeans from Urban Outfitters

And will explain why soon.  One reason: The extra dark blue color.

OK, I'm back. And Yeah, yes - I meant BDG Jeans! 
As a not-as-young-as-I used-to-be broad, finding good jeans is key.  And I found them by accident in a store I almost never go into - Urban Outfitters!  I like them because:

They fit
They are comfy
They cost $60-something
I can get away with wearing them, possibly even making me "seem" younger than I am!

I wore them when I was "on tour" with my rock star friend in Seattle, and much younger, cooler chicks pointed out to me that we were all wearing the same jeans.  And in a good way.  Maybe I can pull this off a few more years after all.

So run there or check online - I suspect it will be worth the trip...

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Shopping in Seattle? Yes, they have stores there too!

Sneakers & Seattle?  Perfect together. Although Seattle is not particularly known for its fashion outside of long underwear under cut off army shorts and flannels, I dug The Sneakery, what with all their sneakers and socks!  I really liked the grey flannel Converse One-Stars.  And then I saw that grey flannel is all the rage in NYC high fashion this fall.  See?  Seattle is cutting edge!
In Ballard on 612 NW 65th St.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010


Nancy Brenner scoped it all out for you at the Showroom Seven preview:

Little Monsters make your way to this sample sale starting today if you want standout statement pieces for your own concert appearances, or to add a little splash to your Fashion Night Out, or Rosh Hashanah
festivities.  Worth the haul to 263 Eleventh Avenue, 3rd Fl. (between 27th-28th Sts.).  Yes, it's right near where that coyote was spotted in March at West 24th and 12th Avenue, but true fashionistas will go the distance.
10 a.m. - 7 p.m., closed Sundays