Monthly Archives: October 2016

New fashion label

During her six years at Downing Street, Samantha Cameron inspired professional women across the country with her elegant, eclectic and modern approach to workwear. Now, she’s taking the next step in influencing the wardrobes of the nation by launching her own fashion line.

Cefinn (the first and last letters are the same as the Cameron surname while the middle letters represent the initials of her four children- Elwen, Florence, Ivan and Nancy) goes on sale today on its own website,, as well as via and Selfridges. The 35 piece collection is designed to be “urban uniform for busy women who love fashion,” according to Samantha Cameron, who first revealed news of the collection in British Vogue.

What do the clothes look like?

As you’d expect from a woman who had to dress for everything from the school run to a state dinner with the Obamas during her time in Number 10, Cefinn is a collection of easy-to-mix separates and dresses you can throw on and run out the door in.

There’s also a hefty dose of versatile workwear, such as the sleeveless wool top and matching midi skirt Cameron was photographed in for the Vogue feature. With its red trim, tie-waist and kicked hem, the look was sleek enough for the office but also ripe for dressing up come the evening.

Clothing brand guides

Cleveland text artist Katy Kosman has made a splash in recent years with her RTA Red Line mural, merchandising deals with Urban Outfitters and Valley Cruise Press and a popular zine, “Dear Vodka.” While she’s already dabbled in clothing, her next project is rolling out an apparel brand with Sahm Hanson of Beachwood boutique Brigade called Guided.

“Everyone has her book and loves her Instagram,” says Hanson, who has collaborated with Kosman on a book launch and pop-up shop at Brigade in the past. “We wanted a way to make her work really accessible and out there all the time. It’s a really fun way to own it. It’s also very relevant in the fashion world. You’re seeing a lot of graphic art coming out in high design.”

The line will roll out with hoodies and T-shirts bearing Kosman’s art with a launch party at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 at 3204 Studios, 3204 Lorain Ave. The evening will also feature music by DJ Dan Polito. Guided clothing will continue to be based out of the gallery and host pop-ups and shopping by appointment, along with being sold at Bridage.

The first run of apparel launches with 10 pieces featuring art from Kosman’s “Dear Vodka,” which are all printed by Lakewood’s 717 Ink Screen Printing. They feature Kosman’s signature tongue-in-cheek imagery, like a ladder that says “Just here to let you down.”

“We thought it would be a fun way to celebrate it first anniversary,” says Kosman. “I had a lot of requests for stuff from there, so we figured it would be a good idea to bring our brand out with things people recognize.”

The first lookbook features photos by Casey Rearick and takes place at the Plum Kitchen and Cafe.

Fashion for Fidos fundraiser tips

Fashion is going to the dogs this Friday night at The Style Loop as they host their 2nd Annual Fashion for Fido’s fundraiser.

The upscale resale shop in Rocky River will roll out the red carpet for shopping, prizes, food, drinks and of course a couple of adorable canines who are seeking their forever homes.

Last year’s event raised more than $1,100 for Fido’s Companion Rescue, Inc. a 501(c)3 nonprofit animal rescue headquartered in Avon.

“We hope to raise more than $2,000 this year,” said Style Loop co-owner Heather Fay. “We’ve gotten amazing and generous donations that will be used as raffle prizes.”

Fay says they have gift baskets and gift cards from local businesses including Tomorrows Salon, Brown Aveda Institute, Pure Enchantment (makers of hand poured soaps and skincare products), Robert Patrick Salon, Bomba Tacos & Rum, Fresco Mexican Grill & Salsa Bar and Mitchell’s Ice Cream.

The cost to enter is $10, which includes a ticket to the door prize raffle, a $100 Style Loop gift card. All proceeds and a portion of the evening’s clothing sales will go to the rescue.

Event hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be pizza from Mellow Mushroom, beer from Sibling Revelry Brewing of Westlake, wine and sweets.

Bessie is a sweet and lovable adult American Bulldog and American Staffordshire terrier mix. She came to the rescue a bit of a portly princess, but with love and exercise, she’s slimmed down significantly. She is people, cat and other dog friendly. Champer is a 6-month-old Shetland Sheepdog and Beagle mix who had a broken leg when he was rescued. He’s better now and is just looking for love…and some training.

Style Loop co-owners Fay and Emily Reitenbach, who was a Fashion Flash subject last year (See her story here), opened the Style Loop more than a year ago. The store has high-quality upscale clothing that is sold on a consignment basis. They have everything from handbags, jeans, shoes and boots, sweaters, outerwear, evening wear and much more. There’s jewelry, accessories and athleisure from brands like Lululemon. There’s Gucci and Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade and Free People.

Cult items fashion editors

With the Bond Street arrival next Friday of Dior’s much salivated-over slingback kitten heels and feminist T‑shirts, it’s fair to say that, fashion-wise, we’re currently in the equivalent of Oscar season. This is the time of year when the big (and not so big) brands drip-feed their fondest hopes for the coming months on to Instagram and the shop floor – and the fashion set, en route for New York fashion week, pursue them with deadly earnest intent.

Not all key items are equal. Some are profoundly unflattering, ludicrously expensive, or destined to be obsolete in three months. Others (the ones here) are worth camping out for – although no one should own all of them. That would be greedy and look ridiculous.

However, we should take a cue from the fashion editrix: a few judiciously chosen It Pieces ensure you can carry on wearing pretty much what you wear all year round, secure in the knowledge…

The challenge for Baptista has been to find new ways to mine the life and times of founder Rene Lacoste, the champion tennis player of the 1920s and 1930s. And so the aircraft industry, in which Lacoste dabbled once his sporting days were over, became the starting point for a collection which ultimately offered fresh options in the unending quest for a wardrobe which works across all the opposing situations we all find ourselves dressing for- and the relaxed approach to dress codes which means that you can conceivably wear sportswear at the office or tailoring in your down time.

Know the power of dressing

Ian Griffiths is the engineer at the heart of one of the world’s most successful fashion labels. He’s also largely unknown, even inside the industry. Yet for someone apparently so happy to fly under the radar, he is remarkably jovial when confronted by a journalist and several tape recorders.

Maybe the fact that in his early twenties, he was more or less offered the Max Mara job in perpetuity has something to do with it. Not for him the watchful, fast-twitch responses that tend to be the hallmark of creative directors who have only a one or two year contract. “I’ve got the shortest CV in the business – Royal College of Art, Max Mara, The End” he says, his Derbyshire accent skeetering between a cultivated purr and a gurgle.

We’re in Shanghai on the morning of his big show there. The fact that flying here was my best chance of meeting him – despite him working just outside Milan and spending…

Let it be said that the 80’s were a questionable era for fashion. Yet that hasn’t stopped it from influencing the catwalks of late, and where fashion goes, beauty is never far behind. With that in mind, here are the best beauty breakthroughs from the 80’s that are just as relevant today…