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As a handbag buff, I was beside myself when I was offered the opportunity to interview Dina, Yael, and Tamar Magnes – the sister act behind Magnes Sisters, a line of fashion forward handbags. Read on for my Q&A with this talented trio. Spoiled Pretty is taking you behind the bag…welcome to the Magnes family!
SP: How did your handbag line come about?
MS: When we were growing up in Israel, our Grandmother prophesied the careers of each sister – one would design clothing, the second, jewelry, and the third would be a graphic designer. Many years later, we moved to New York together to follow those dreams and collaborate on a handbag line that would use all of our skills. The rest is history!
SP: What was the hardest part about breaking into the industry?
MS: Breaking in takes a lot of persistence and the drive to keep going. Slowly, by slowly you realize that people are starting to recognize the product and this is what makes it so rewarding.
SP: How would you describe your design aesthetic?
MS: Our design aesthetic can be summed up by New York City, clean design, and modern vintage!
SP: What inspires your designs?
MS: The collection is inspired by several factors in our lives – first of all, grandmothers! Our own grandmother had a huge impact on our lives, and was the reason we chose to collaborate. She also had fabulous fashion sense! We loved her vintage style and family has always been very important in our work as well. Secondly, we are constantly being inspired by our home, New York City. Our bags have a very urban design aesthetic, and we are always committed to making every bag functional. They are truly designed for the modern woman on the go and we like to think of them as city chic!
SP: What is your favorite Magnes Sisters handbag to date?
Dina: My favorite would have to be the Gallery from our classic collection.
Yael: I’m personally a fan of the new Dancing in the Streets for fall.
Tamar: I love the I Love Bag from our new fall 09 collection!
SP: How do you come up with the names for your bags?
MS: There are so many places where you have to be conservative in this industry, this is a fun part! Names are all part of a family of bags and we never use the names of girls. We consider, where you would wear the bags, how are they going to be used, and what will you need to put in them.
SP: If I were to search your handbags, what beauty products would I find?
Dina: Kiehl’s hand cream – I’m a Kiehl’s girl!
Yael: Sunscreen – SPF 35, Maybelline mascara, Mario Badescu hand cream.
Tamar: None! I put it all on at home but in my makeup bag there I have a bunch Ricky’s and MAC, Maybelline mascara, MAC bronzer, MAC lip gloss.
SP: Are there other handbag designers that you like to wear?
Dina: Marni and Chanel.
Yael: Rachel Nasvik and Chanel.
amar: Chloe, Marc Jacobs, Prada and Chanel.
SP: Who do you envision wearing your bags? What kind of woman is your typical customer?
MS: Definitely a city girl – we always design with chic, modern, working women in mind. The bags are always multi-functional and stylish enough for her to be seen out and about in!
SP: Which celebrity would you love to have wear one of your bags that hasn’t yet?
Dina: Chloe Sevigny, definitely.
Yael: Michelle Williams and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Tamar: Katie Holmes, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Liv Tyler.
SP: Does the fact that you’re sisters make it easier or harder to work together?
Dina: It can be a little difficult because we are all so very passionate about the collection and know each other so well.
Yael: We know each other completely, so there are lots of times when we have fun creating things together, from baking cookies, to planning a party – and we always have had that relationship.
Tamar: Easier on one hand because we trust each other completely!
SP: Do you have plans to expand your line beyond handbags?
MS: Yes – we want to do paper products eventually, similar to Kate Spade’s line, as well as jewelry, jackets, and many more!
SP: What’s next for Magnes Sisters?
MS: We want to continue growing, so your readers should get ready to see the Magnes Sisters brand in larger stores! We want to always be having fun, no matter what the future holds for us.
Sale starts Monday, June 8
Prices start at $24 (up to 62% off)
Nancy Rose Sale
Sale starts Monday, June 8
Prices start at $25 (up to 88% off)
Sale starts Thursday, June 11
Prices start at $84 (up to 72% off)
Sale starts Thursday, June 11
Prices start at $19 (up to 55% off)
Sale starts Friday, June 12
Prices start at $45 (up to 72% off)
And check out the insane giveaways they’re hosting…
Miu Miu Vernice Wallet
Longchamp IT Bag
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Because I know how much you love themed posts, like Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week and my celebrity articles, I’m adding another one to the roster…
Welcome to Spoiled Pretty Street Style – a new column that shines a spotlight on fashion and beauty trends, and how they’re being interpreted in your neck of the woods.
For the inaugural post, I’m spotlighting Dayna, an impossibly chic Philadelphia lawyer.
In the photo, Dayna is rocking: a Black Halo dress, J. Crew cardigan, Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Heidi Klum earrings, Lagos ring, David Yurman and Charriol bracelets, Louis Vuitton handbag, and Boutique 9 sandals.
SP: What are your top five beauty products for summer?
Dayna: Darphin Cleansing Foam Gel, NARS Bronzing Powder, NARS Blush in Orgasm, Diorshow Black Out Mascara, and Chanel Aqualumiere Lip Gloss in #72 (Bubble Plum)
SP: Are there any celebrities whose style you admire?
Dayna: Rachel Bilson, Kate Bosworth, Lauren Conrad, Diane Kruger, and Nicole Richie
SP: What items are you currently coveting?
Dayna: Burberry trench coat and Gucci sandals. Oh, and a Chloe Paddington bag. I just don’t think I should be living without it.
SP: What is your #1 beauty tip?
Dayna: Use a heated eyelash curler. They make a travel one at Sephora. It’s amazing.
Want to be featured in Street Style? Take a photo of yourself or someone you know, stylin‘ and profilin‘…with a breakdown of the fashion and beauty products pictured. Then send it to my inbox. If you’re chosen, I’ll feature the look on Spoiled Pretty – and I’ll send you a beauty goodie for your troubles!
Everybody puts their pants on one leg at a time. But while most of us are just throwing on an old pair of faded Levi’s and t-shirt, only a select few would think to pair a $23 skinny white jean with a BCBG leather jacket, Forever 21 lace camisole, Manolo Blahnik gladiator sandals, and assorted silver and black bracelets.
Such is the gift of Los Angeles based Fashion Editor, blogger and TV fashion commentator, Sydne Summer. On the Style Network’s website, Mystyle.com, Sydne deconstructs star style, advises real women on how to cop runway and red carpet trends, and interviews style icons. Sydne’s own blog, ThinkThruFashion, provides how-to solutions, fashion and beauty tips, trend breakdowns and pictorial inspiration of clothes on real people.
Recently, I had the opportunity to pick Sydne’s brain and learn some tricks of the trade. If, like me, you’re looking to up your style ante – read on. Sydne’s taking us to fashion school…
SP: When did you first fall in love with fashion?
SS: I can’t pinpoint one exact moment because I have so many childhood memories that involved fashion. I grew up in the 80s and I used to stage photo shoots in my backyard dressed in neon shirts over biker shorts with my hair parted as far to the side as possible. During a family holiday one year, I think I was about seven, I made my younger cousin produce a fashion show while the adults were having cocktails. We made a royal mess in my grandmother’s closet trying on her silk printed tunics and piles of costume jewelry. Then I charged everyone a nickel so they could see us model our creations. And I don’t know when I was first given my dress-up chest but I don’t remember every not having it. Whenever I had a playdate we’d immediately dig in to the box of elbow length gloves, silk pajama gowns and rhinestone shoes and prance around thinking we were Claudia Schiffer.
SP: What was your first big break in fashion?
SS: In college I was interning for Boston Magazine Publications. My editor was planning an event for Elegant Weddings to shows Boston brides how to create a New England-style wedding. I had to research New England based brands and have them ship us samples to use during the event. My editor was really pleased by the assortment of clothing, jewelry and party favors I came up with. She then trusted me to handle bigger projects, which was a great learning experience.
SP: What does it take to succeed in fashion?
SS: To make it in fashion in general, I think you need to study. Not study in the sense of cramming for a law exam but studying everything and anything about fashion. During fashion week, if I can’t make it to the shows I spend hours and hours on Style.com, analyzing each piece and writing down what I like and don’t like about the collection. When I’m out to lunch at the farmers market, I study what people are wearing to observe what works and what doesn’t work on different body types. I’m constantly reading up about designers, pouring over every fashion magazine and just talking to regular people about what they think about the latest trends or what so-and-so was wearing. You just need to absorb everything around you and of course, it doesn’t hurt to have the innate eye for style.
SP: What is your style philosophy?
SS: I think the most important thing is to dress for your body type. It doesn’t matter how much you love a trend. If it’s not right for you, you shouldn’t wear it. I have an hourglass shape, so even though I loved the dropped waists that were in style about two years ago I resisted. I knew they wouldn’t look good on me so I admired from afar as my more narrow shaped friends strutted around in the flapper style dresses.
I’m also big on mixing high and low, something I did way before Michelle Obama came along in her J. Crew and Lanvin combos. I splurge on shoes, two handbags a year and dresses I know I’ll wear season after season. Then I head to Forever 21 and stock up on all the trendy stuff I’m loving at that moment—but might get sick of in a few months.
SP: What is the most treasured item in your closet?
SS: My father passed away when I younger so on my 21st birthday my mother made a necklace using the diamond from her engagement ring my father gave her. She set it on a platinum strand with floating diamonds so it would be a present from both of them on my birthday.
SP: If you could spend the day with one fashion icon (living or deceased), who would it be and what would you do?
SS: I’d love to spend the day with Christian Dior. His New Look is perhaps one of my favorite fashions of all time. I’d spend a day with him in Paris and go to my favorite museum, Musee d’Orsay. Dior started in art before becoming a fashion icon. Then we would go to his house and he would create a dress for me that would make me look like Dita von Teese. We’d go out later in the evening and talk about his genius ideas over glasses of champagne.
SP: What makes a woman ‘stylish?’
SS: Confidence. I know everyone says this but that’s because it’s true. I think I started gaining this confidence after I stopped comparing myself to other people. I grew up in Miami then moved to Los Angeles as a teenager so I’ve always been around beautiful women with great style. But over the years, I developed my own style and once you start becoming comfortable with your body and your sense of fashion it shows in the way you carry yourself. People would rather look at a woman standing tall and smiling in a Kmart dress than a pouty girl sulking in the corner in couture.
SP: Who are some of your favorite designers of all time?
SS: Missoni for prints, Dolce & Gabbana when I want to feel sexy, Chanel for handbags that I can’t afford, Rebecca Taylor and Catherine Malandrino for feminine pieces and Jimmy Choo for classic shoes.
But as much as I love designer pieces, my favorite thing is to mix them with inexpensive finds. I do that in my blog on a daily basis. It’s fun to put an outfit together and have people guess which piece cost $300 and which cost $30. Their guesses are often incorrect, which just goes to show, you don’t need designer good to look good.
SP: Which trends will be big this summer?
SS: Rompers are huge, which I’m super excited about because I never bought one last summer and I’m a big fan of jumpsuits. Cutouts are popular on clothing and bathing suits. Also a big bathing suit trend is the one shoulder, which we know is extremely popular for dresses as well. Maxi dresses are everywhere, I especially like them paired with a bib necklace, another trend for spring and summer. As people get more tan, they’re going to start wearing one of the hottest colors this season: bright pink. And as we’ve seen on Rihanna, Lindsay Lohan, Victoria Beckham and just about every other celebrity, denim is distressed. Plus, the boyfriend jean is still going strong.
SP: Which trend(s) do you wish would die?
SS: I hate over-the-knee boots. I’ve seen maybe one person pull this look off: Diane Kruger in Tommy Hilfiger. But the majority of time, the thigh high boots just look like Pretty Woman, pre-Julia Roberts’ classy makeover. Then there is the harem pant that just won’t seem to go away. They’re still popular for summer, which means we’re going to see plenty more baggy crotches on the red carpet.
SP: Current handbag obsessions?
SS: I am absolutely obsessed with Valentino’s spring collection. Of course, I can’t afford even a fraction of any of the handbags but I could sit and stare at the floral masterpieces all day. They truly look like pieces of art. Just look at this one!
SP: Which celebrities would you love to style and why?
SS: Anne Hathaway. I love feminine, elegant pieces and I can’t think of any current star who looks better in them than Anne. Recently she’s tried to look edgy, wearing suits and leather but to me, she looks best as a classic beauty. But truthfully, I’d rather style women that really need help, rather than those that have Marc Jacobs on speed dial. I get more enjoyment out of helping a friend realize how amazing her body when she has the right clothing.
SP: Where are your favorite places to shop?
SS: I recently got in to the whole vintage thing and even if I don’t buy anything, I have a blast shopping at thrift stores. My favorite one in L.A. is Jet Rag. I got this 80s velvet dress, cut off the skirt and now it looks just like a Balmain top, shoulder pads and all. I can’t wait to wear it with jeans this fall. For trendy items, I always go to Forever 21. And for my splurges I wait until Saks has their huge sales and stock up on everything I’ve been coveting online.
SP: What tips do you have for women who want star style on a budget?
SS: Don’t try to copy a star from head to toe. If Beyonce is wearing Balmain and you try to find the exact same $11, 000 jacket for $11 you’ll just look like a cheaper version of Beyonce. In my blog, I always recommend to take inspiration from celebrity style instead of copying it. Figure out what you like about their style and find ways to make it your own. Earlier this year I really liked Cameron Diaz’s all-American look. But I didn’t try to find an exact replica of her striped Michael Kors dress. Instead I thought about what it was I liked about her style and kept that in mind when I went shopping. Things always look more expensive when they’re original—or at least when they’re styled in a creative way.
SP: Can you share some figure-slimming fashion tips?
1) Create the illusion of long legs by wearing shoes that match your skin color.
2) Show off your best feature. Mine is my waist, so I’m always cinching everything with belts. My friend has the hottest legs, so you’ll usually find her hiding her stomach with a billowy top and showing off her gams in a mini. My mother has amazing shoulders, so she always looks thinner when she wears a shell or halter.
3) Wear monochromatic outfits. If you wear all black, navy, brown, etc, it will create the illusion of a longer and leaner figure.
4) And if all else fails throw on some statement jewelry. If you have sparkly earrings or a unique necklace, nobody will notice you’re having a fat day.
SP: What are three fashion accessories every woman should own?
1) Black pumps: They add instant sex appeal and never go out of style.
2) A bright or metallic clutch: It makes sure a LBD isn’t boring and dresses up a pair of jeans.
3) A tan leather carryall: If I could only have one bag, it would be my cognac Foley + Corinna hobo. I can wear it with black, brown or navy and the more worn the leather gets, the better the bag looks.
SP: What products are staples in your makeup bag?
SS: Mascara is a must. It’s an instant pick me up when I haven’t slept. I switch on and off between L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara and Stila Convertible Mascara. For lips, I’ve been carrying around a tub of Rosebud Salve since my freshman year of college. But recently I’m addicted to C.O. Bigelow Mint Lip Tint Gloss. The coral has just a touch of color and the minty flavor is refreshing. I also need a bronzer. Whenever I’m laying out on the beach I always cover my face with a towel or wife beater. So my face obviously is just a tad lighter than my body. Bare Escentuals A Little Sun is great because it gives me a natural glow. I start on my cheekbones then lightly dust the rest of my face.
For more of Sydne’s fab fashion advice and commentary, visit mystyle.com and thinkthrufashion.com.
Brette Sandler Sale
Sale starts Thursday, May 28
Prices start at $74 (save up to 64% off)
Sale starts Friday, May 29
Prices start at $219 (save up to 64% off)
Sale starts Friday, May 29
Prices start at $74 (save up to 61% off)
Ideeli Red Sale
Sale starts Thursday, May 21
Prices start at $10 (save up to 90% off!)
Oscar de la Renta joins Old World craftsmanship with new age glamour. The epitome of city sleek, Donna Karan brings clean lines and subtle edge to modern style. Celine captures classic French chic and Marc Jacobs brings Americana charm to sophisticated design. From ready-to-wear to accessories to home, these labels lead the way, proving that too much of a good thing is a great thing indeed.
Last year, I bought this gorgeous Abaco bag at Ideeli.com…and it’s one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. The modern design is extremely versatile; I can dress it up or down. And the leather is buttery soft. Every time I carry it, friends compliment the bag and strangers stop me on the street. In fact, a few weeks ago, some crazy lady on the bus started petting it while she raved about the style and color (you know I promptly changed my seat).
Abaco is a Parisian label, and is very hard to come by here in the states. So when people ask me how they can get their hands on one of their bags, I’m always at a loss for words. I just received word that Ideeli is hosting another Abaco sample sale, so I couldn’t wait to share the news with my girls.
Sale starts Monday, May 18
Prices start at $69 (save up to 77%)
Abaco offers roomy handbags without the fuss. Following a true “joie de vivre” philosophy, this Parisian label unites vintage charm with modern practicality, creating a new twist on classic feminine style. Backed by extensive experience as a makeup artist, designer Raquel Achache crafts bags from supple leathers in indefinite colors (such as blue-gray). Because these subtler shades are also harder to find, she works directly with her factories to develop these custom colors, giving Abaco Laguna bags a distinct, sophisticated look. Pair this color palette with perfectly slouched silhouettes and the results manage to feel both new and familiar.
Here’s a sampling of Ideeli’s other sample sales this week:
Sale starts Monday, May 18
Prices start at $29 (save up to 61%)
Tracy Matthews Designs was founded in Spring 1999 in San Francisco. Matthews is influenced by Frisco’s rich culture, which fostered in her a deep love of color and art that is obvious in her collection. With such fun, gorgeous jewelry, it’s no wonder fashionistas like Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, and Charlize Theron love Tracy’s designs. In Matthews’ world, all that glitters really is gold, so join the glitterati and stock up on Tracy Matthews Designs.
Check out the fab sales going down at Ideeli.com this week…
Sale starts Monday, May 11
Prices start at $38 (save up to 55%)
Every girl wants to be trend-savvy, but practicality demands clothing picks that will endure. That means everyday basics with uniquely fashionable twists, pieces that translate from office sophistication to nighttime playfulness. Enter Max Studio, the brand started by fashion pioneer Leon Max, over 30 years ago.
Sale starts Monday, May 11
Prices start at $27 (save up to: 60%)
Creating everything from intricate metal earrings to beautifully simple pendants, Janna Conner uses high quality materials like Czechoslovakian faceted glass, semi-precious gems, and 14 karat gold. While effortlessly mixing modern elements with classic and exotic designs, Conner often infuses bursts of color into the line with delicate enameling details and bright stones like turquoise. With these eye-catching looks, it’s a given that items from Conner’s collection have shown up on countless fashion-forward stars, and are housed in cutting edge boutiques across the country.
Sale starts Tuesday, May 12
Prices start at $121 (save up to: 60%)
A natural-born designer, Heather Hawkins knows that beauty arises when passion teams with skill. And Hawkins began developing her skills from an early age. Spending hours of her youth at her grandmother’s seamstress shop and her father’s wholesale drapery business, she learned the nuances of fabrics and the impact of color. It was years later, however, in sculpture classes at college, that Hawkins’ inspiration ignited, and her self-titled handbag collection was formed.
Sale starts Tuesday, May 12
Prices start at $84 (save up to: 61%)
In 1955, Furla’s first store opened on the Via Ugo Bassi in Bologne. It was here that the family-run business truly came into its own, showcasing Furla’s immaculate pieces in an atmosphere that reflected the spirit of the individuals behind its creation. By the mid-70s, Aldo’s children had taken the reins, imbuing the collection with innovative designs and modern materials. Furla continued full-speed-ahead as it established shops in Rome, Paris and New York, and garnered a cult following among style mavens across the globe. Today, traditional craftsmanship and clean lines remain marks of the house as Furla unfurls Italian elegance on us all.
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The Pier Shops at Caesars introduces a special event, Girls Night Out, on Thursday, May 21, where guests will experience hot deals and cool cocktails from 7pm to 9pm. Kick-off the summer season at the only event where you can find chic fashions at amazing prices, sip complimentary cocktails and sample exclusive new products – all under one roof! With almost a dozen participating stores and retailers, guests will have the chance to indulge in all areas of fashion, jewelry, beauty and makeup. The event is FREE and the first 200 people will receive a complimentary beach bag filled with goodies.
Guests must RSVP to: Cashman & Associates or 215.627.1082 ext. 1
Some fashion highlights at Girls Night Out include:
SIP & SWIM at Tommy Bahama where ladies will receive professional assistance in selecting a swimsuit style that best fits their body type, lifestyle and needs. As an added bonus, guests will preview the new women’s sportswear collection four days before it is launched to the rest of the nation! Phillips Seafood will provide tasty treats from the sea and seasonal cocktails, making guests feel like they are on a tropical island. Tommy Bahama will also provide $25 off a purchase of $100 to all attendees!
SCOOP NYC will offer a special denim fitting to help Girls Night Out participants find the perfect pair of jeans for their body type. Guests will also receive an exclusive 10% off discount card that can be used that night as well as the entire rest of the weekend.
For jewelry lovers, Tiffany & Co. will host Unlock Your Fashion, launching their new collection, “Keys,” while guests sip on champagne and nibble on signature Tiffany blue petit fours. Girls Night Out participants will also be entered in a drawing for the chance to win one of the new Key pendants.
Learn about the hottest summer trends at Cos Bar and get a jump-start on summer with sun care and bronzers that give a golden glow. Ladies will also receive a complimentary consultation with a Chanel make-up artist and skincare specialist. Join them to learn application tips and techniques on bronzing, highlighting and how to get smoky, bronze eyes and sexy lips. Cos Bar will offer a gift with purchase and refreshing, healthy and delicious treats.
Stop by L’Occitane for a French journey with a Night en Provence and experience their many fragrances, body and skin care products. Enjoy French spritzers, fudge, chocolate-covered strawberries as well as 10% off of purchases.
M.A.C. Cosmetics will feature personal consultations by their very own professional make-up artists and will offer guests light snacks and refreshments.
Eleganza will feature a Catherine Malandrino trunk show with guests previewing the pre-fall collection, and a fashion presentation of the current spring/summer collections. A Catherine Malandrino bangle bracelet will be given with each Catherine Maladrino purchase. Eleganza will also host a raffle for a $100.00 Gift Card to be used at Eleganza.
After getting their fill of shopping and beauty, guests can head up to any one of The Pier Shops’ seven restaurants and grab a bite to eat or enjoy select drink specials including $5 cocktails, $4 wines, and $3 beers including: Buddakan, The Continental, Game On!, Phillips Seafood, Sonsie, Souzai Sushi and Sake, and The Trinity Irish Pub and Carvery.
Additional retailers offering special deals that night include Banana Republic, Michal Negrin, and Betsey Johnson.
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