Archive | November, 2010

Designer Sample Sales and Steals

15 Nov

These Designer Sales Ends Today!

Live the dream, or at least get a shot at dreamy, fashion-forward lingerie and ready-to-wear at the designer’s autumn sample sale. RTW will go for up to 75 percent off retail, while lingerie’s reduced by a whopping 80 percent, and organic cotton lingerie separates are discounted 60 percent. Swimwear is included, too, with sets going for $40 (originally $228). 137 Grand Street, Fifth Floor: Ends Today, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Shop the designer’s reliably pretty separates for equally attractive prices: Dresses are marked down to $145 from $398, jackets and coats to $195-$275 from $448-$698, and skirts, pants and tops to $95 from $298. 225 W. 35th Street: Ends Today, 9:30am-7pm.

There’s somethin from every season including—for the first time—clothing straight off the runway. Discounts include blouses for $95 (originally $395), skirts for $65 (originally $275), dresses for $155 (originally $525) and last, but certainly not least, leather jackets reduced to just $295 from $1,200. Additional incentives include an additional 10 percent off if you RSVP here, and gift certificates when you spend a certain amount ($25 for $250, $75 for $500 and $125 for $1,000). Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th Street: Ends Today, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Seasoned fashion veteran Tam will host a seasonal sample sale with markdowns up to 75 percent off retail. Now’s your chance to snag urbane, lovely wares at a steal. 240 W. 39th Street, 11th Floor: Ends Today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sweet deals abound at the Soho shop’s big-deal sale, including 75 percent off retail on dresses, coats, separates and leather. Prices on pants dip below $50, tops start at just $25 and leather goes as low as $108. 148 Lafayette Street: Ends Today, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

And, the rest:

The showroom/gallery hybrid with a retail spin is offering significant markdowns on their stellar lineup of designers, including LnA, Surface to Air, Won Hundred, Iro, Oak, Kai-Aakmann and more. 676 Broadway, Second Floor: November 12-13; Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 12-6 p.m.

The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Thrift Shop, known for its stock of covetable hand-me-downs from Manhattan‘s Upper East Side glamazon set, is hosting its blockbuster holiday bazaar. The benefits are two-fold: You’ll find knockout bargains, and the hospital gets the dough. 1440 Third Avenue: Through November 14; Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11am-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

Cashmere coats, accessories and clothes (perfect leggings, dreamy dresses) for pared-down sophisticates are on sale for up to 70 percent off during this prime sample sale event. 97 Crosby Street: Through November 14; Friday, 3-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

A goody among city sample sales, the La Perla ‘do goes down Sunday. Prices on premium lingerie are reduced by up to 80 percent: the balconet bra is $51 (originally $258) and culotte, $40 (originally $204), while thongs originally priced at $107 are now $21. 225 Fifth Avenue: November 14-18; Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; Monday-Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.


–compiled by Kelly O’Reilly

This Week’s BeautyFab! Spotted~ Halle Berry, Kim Kardashian, Keri Hilson, Queen Latifah and more!

12 Nov

Check out some of your favorite celebrities and what they were wearing this week. Want to know more about what they were wearing and how you can get them, just ask us! Email us or click the Ask BeautyFab! Tab. Include any picture of a celebrity spotted somewhere wearing something FAB! and we will tell you where you can get it or the same thing for less.

This week in BeautyFab! Spotted:

Beyonce in London

Kim Kardashian and Ciara

Halle Berry and Garcelle Beauvais leaving Barefoot Restaurant

Kimora Lee Simmons leaving the Sanrio Carnival in Santa Monica

Love her headband? Check out Ask BeautyFab! Tab for the Details on where to get it.

Queen Latifah hosts the 2010 P&G Beauty Awards

Keri Hilson at's Relaunch

Recap: The Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale

12 Nov

courtesy of the Feast

We entered the fray at the Manolo Blahnik sample sale this morning, where frustration ran high, and quantities in popular sizes, low.

Let’s just say that if you’re not there yet—or, at the very least, don’t have a minion holding your spot—the chances you’ll get inside while there are still shoes left is nil. Most disappointingly was the glaring absence of Andre Leon Talley, who was hosting the event.

When we arrived around 11 o’clock, group B was just being let in, and the waiting room, cushy as it is, held antsy shoppers up to group R (we polled a few gals from group H and I, who’d arrived at 9 a.m.). Then, while we eavesdropped on the constant parade of arrivals hissing various forms of “what do you meeeeeeean, it’s a long wait?” at check-in staff, there was an announcement: size 38 was running very low, as was 37 and, oh—wait, so was 36.

Eyes rolled and feet were stomped, while pairs of women chattered with resentment over the morning’s VIP list. We managed to snag one of the lucky ones as she exited the inner sanctum with two pairs of $100 heels, but she wasn’t enthused, telling us, “it’s mostly big sizes, there’s not much for middle range. It really wasn’t as good as it has been in the past.” 

It seems as if the best bet for Mano-luck is an early arrival or, even better, a spot on the VIP list.

as reported by Kelly O’Reilly for the Thread NY

Victoria Secrets Fashion Show 2010 ~ Golden Angels

12 Nov

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The 2010 Victoria Secret Fashion Show was held November 10, 2010 at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City.

Victoria Secrets is known for some of the most elaborate winged accessorized presentations. We are happy to see Women of Color take to the runway.

Featured to the right, Musician Akon is performing while model Chanel Iman walks the runway . Below are just some more of the looks that were featured on during the Victoria Secret Fashion Show on women of color:

Selita Ebanks

Chanel Iman

More Behind the Scenes photos:

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Fashion Fab!~ Introducing the K. Borgella Collection

12 Nov

K. Borgella Collection

Trend Alert: K. Borgella Collection is coming soon and we have a preview just for you. Kareen Borgella has designed this new luxury contemporary line just for women, after years of technical designing for companies such as Armani Exchange, J Crew, Marc Ecko’s Ecko Red, and the list goes on.

Kareen describes her line as “feminine pieces coated with charm and character. Just an instinctive aspiration to create beautiful things for the modern day fashionista.”

Kareen’s journey has been the picture of endless possibilities. Not only has the technical aspect of her career  contributed to her knowledge of constructing clothes to perfectly fit the body, but also how to properly select fabrics and implement different finishes to create beautiful clothing. 

The K.Borgella collection represents women who look to make a statement, who love color, great fabrics, and texture, but ultimately women who just want to look and feel good in what they are wearing.

The K. Borgella collection consists of edgy but contemporary pieces that will turn heads left and right. Styles comprise of everything from evening to cocktail dresses to flowy tops and relaxed pants. There is no doubt that intricate draping was incorporated in the majority of the styles and the selection of fabrics, as color and texture were taken into high consideration.

December 2, 2010 will mark the official launch of the Spring K.Borgella Collection with an amazing fashion show at the New Art Gallery. If you want to make a bold statement for the upcoming holidays, step out in style like your favorite celebrity, or do a little fashion spring cleaning, the K.Borgella Collection is sure to be the new must have for 2011.

Entire Lanvin for H&M Lookbook

10 Nov

Lanvin for H&M

Start making your list now!!! BeautyFab! has the Entire Lookbook for the Lanvin for H&M Clothing Line, which hits stores on November 20th.

Here are the details for the look shown here:
Dress, $49.95; Jacket $59.95; Necklace, $29.95; Bracelet $29.95. Women’s sunglasses and shoes throughout: $19.95 and $99, respectively. 
I tell you one thing, we will be acquiring a few of these looks ourselves. If you love it as much as we do let us know!

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Sample Sale Alert: Manolo and Louboutin

10 Nov

Though unconfirmed, we think you’ll agree that these Madison Avenue Spy Sample Sale rumors are too good (and likely, too credible) not to spread.

According to reports, Metropolitan Pavilion’s private Christian Louboutin sample sale is this week. (By private, we mean that last year, invitees had to R.S.V.P. via e-mail and confirm a time to shop. Chances are, joining their e-alerts mailing list won’t help you score a coveted invite.)

Meanwhile, Manolo Blahnik’s public sale — twice hosted this year by Andre Leon Talley himself — is reportedly slated for Thursday [as in November 11, 2010], too. Unlike Louboutin, the Warwick Hotel event doesn’t require an invite. Shoes are restocked mid-day and we’ve always been keen on the size, style, and price ranges, too. (Note: Sale hours are listed at 9 a.m., but past experience leads us to believe that public doors won’t open until 11 a.m.)

Either way, here are the details, just as we read them:

Christian Louboutin Sample Sale
306 West 38th Street 14th Floor (Between 8th & 9th Streets): Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday,  9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale
Warwick Hotel, 65 West 54th Street (at 6th Avenue): Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cash only.

Fab! dish provided by Tiffany Davis for NBC New York

Celebrity Makeup Artist Sam Fine gives 5 Tips for Women of Color

10 Nov
 Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Women with medium to darker complexions know that makeup can often present challenges that cosmetic brands and beauty stories don’t always address.

“Women of color disproportionately spend money on cosmetics, yet often aren’t spoken to,” says makeup artist Sam Fine, who is known for his work on African-American celebrities like Vanessa Williams and Tyra Banks – and is also the author of “Fine: The Basics of Beauty.”

The celebrity makeup artist took a stroll with us through Duane Reade – which is New York City’s most prolific drugstore – and revealed his favorite budget buys while spilling the essential beauty tips he believes every woman of color should have in her arsenal.

1. Set brows with powder. Deeper-complected women naturally have darker brows, which means you’ll shape and fill in sparse areas with shades ranging from brown to dark espresso. Such dark color drawn right on the skin will stand out obviously unless you temper it down with a quick setting of powder that will make brows look more authentic. “You don’t need to necessarily match a powder to your brow pencil, you can just use the pressed powder you’d use on your face,” says Fine, who adds that he prefers Maybelline pencils and powders.

2. Don’t cover freckles. When applying foundation, your aim should never be to cover freckles – not only do they add character, but you’ll risk looking too ‘done’ if they’re opaquely painted over. “Tyra Banks loves her freckles so much that she’ll go back with an eyeliner pencil if she feels they’ve been too covered by makeup,” divulges Fine.

3. Prime bold lips first. Deeper tones can pull off beautiful splashes of color on the lips glamorously – but there’s nothing less attractive than a cracked and crumbly loud lip. Fine slips a layer of Aquaphor on his clients first, and then begins working on their makeup. By the time he gets to the pout, the hydration has soaked in and left lips silky, smooth and ready for a pop of color.

4. Use bronzer. “Bronzer isn’t a trend, it’s something every woman needs, even if you already have color!” says Fine, who prefers CoverGirl’s Queen Collection bronzers. Dusting a flat, neutral-toned bronzer around the perimeter of the face and underneath the length of the cheekbone will not only slim and accent bone structure, but help you photograph more flatteringly too.

5. Opt for cream concealer. Fine says that most women make the mistake of using too sheer of a concealer to cover up blemishes and spots, which won’t cut it for darker skin tones that require a thicker consistency. “The more coverage you have in a product, the less you’ll need to use. Using a higher coverage concealer will actually end up looking more natural than caking up layers of a sheerer concealer,” advises Fine.

written by Grace Gold for Stylelist

Photos: Ebony Magazine celebrates 65th Anniversary with Throwback Covers

10 Nov

courtesy of Ebony

Ebony Magazine has been bringing the stories of African Americans to our homes for over 6 decades. To commemorate the 65th Anniversary of Ebony Magazine, Ebony has recreated some of its most memorable covers that have featured the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Diana Ross, Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis, Jr. and more by recruiting the talent of Nia Long, Yolanda Adams, John Legend and Samuel L. Jackson to name a few.

There are 12 remade covers in all~ and we have them all. So take a look at the commemorative covers. They were phenomenally done! Happy Anniversary Ebony Magazine. Fab! job well done!.

All Magazine Covers courtesy of Ebony

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For more behind the scenes from the photo shoots, click here

Spotted: Rihanna Celebrates Christmas in London

8 Nov

courtesy of GirlsTalkSmack

Seems like London is waisting no time in getting into the Christmas Spirit.

RiRi is looking FAB! in her gray Zambesi bustier and red Kos skirt. She finished off the look with a red and white polka dot headband and grey Christian Louboutin heels.

Want to look as Fab as RiRi does this holiday season, try out this look for less: