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Off the Beaten Catwalk

Boston Fash­ion Week—September 27th to Octo­ber 7th, 2012—is the highly antic­i­pated time of the year when the spot­light shines on lead­ing local design­ers pre­sent­ing their fresh­est col­lec­tions to the most fash­ion­able Bosto­ni­ans. It’s a time when every fash­ion­ista clears their cal­en­dar for the myr­iad of run­way shows, after-parties and pri­vate soirées. Invig­o­rat­ing, exhil­a­rat­ing, exhausting.

Chic To Chic wrapped up Fash­ion Week Boston as a spon­sor of one of the most unique events this year: “Bond Model Quest 2012”—the search for the next model to rep­re­sent Bond Lounge, located in the sophis­ti­cated Lang­ham Hotel. With three nights of beau­ties grac­ing the run­way, the event con­cluded with a sin­gle win­ner to become the next “Bond Girl” on the fourth and final evening. Chic To Chic proudly adorned the gor­geous mod­els with its jew­elry col­lec­tions on that highly antic­i­pated night. Four mod­els, three cloth­ing changes and lots of daz­zling jew­elry that “wowed” the crowd.

Hosted by Coup­Boston and the Lang­ham Hotel, the finale included a panel of celebrity judges and two of the area’s iconic emcees: Gretchen Mon­a­han (of Gretta Luxe, Gretta Cole, G Spa, Rachel Ray Show, and more) and Alexan­dra Hall (Editor-in-Chief of Coup­Boston, the area’s newest evo­lu­tion in Boston lifestyle magazines).

But pic­tures speak louder than words, so here are some of our favorites from the event.

Mod­els with Beth Miller


Sheila Rafter, Beth Miller, Gretta Mon­a­han, Alexan­dra Hall


Katia (the win­ning model) wear­ing Chic To Chic Jew­elry from the Pri­vate Collection

In addi­tion to the great “Bond” expe­ri­ence, there were numer­ous other social activ­i­ties that I attended and found remark­able and worth shar­ing. Read on for more details…


“Beyond the Fringe: The Fash­ion World of Mar­i­lyn Riseman”

Mar­i­lyn Riseman

Style icon Mar­i­lyn Rise­man, has been at the fore­front of fash­ion in Boston for many years and was recently cho­sen (at age 85) to model for the fash­ion label Ohne Titel at the famed Mer­cedes Benz Fash­ion Week in New York City this year. “Beyond the Fringe,” an exhibit curated and pre­sented by Coup­Boston at the Boston Design Cen­ter, show­cased Marilyn’s avant garde taste in cloth­ing with pieces from her pri­vate col­lec­tion includ­ing Yohji Yamamoto, Alexan­der McQueen and Chanel, to name a few. With her “kabuki” style look and pref­er­ence for wear­ing black and white, Mar­i­lyn Rise­man has achieved her goal of stand­ing apart from the crowd, flaunt­ing a dis­tinc­tive style that’s all her own.

Mar­i­lyn was present at the exhibit open­ing on Octo­ber 3rd and it was a great plea­sure to speak with her about her col­lec­tion, her fash­ion pref­er­ences and the next par­ties on her ros­ter. Oh yes, at 85 years old, Mar­i­lyn still attends most fash­ion shows and pri­vate events at her favorite ate­liers in Boston. I can only aspire to have as much spunk and vigor as this iconic sprite at that age!


The Daniela Corte “Leg­gings Bar” Launch Party

Daniela Corte (left) with some of her cut outs in the leg­gings bar campaign

Sure enough, I saw Mar­i­lyn at the next pri­vate event a week later—the grand open­ing of the “Leg­gings Bar” at the Daniela Corte bou­tique on New­bury Street. The bar offers five dif­fer­ent styles of the stretchy knit pants, includ­ing the “Nolita” and the “Tuxedo.” Not only was Mar­i­lyn Rise­man in atten­dance (and wear­ing the notable leg­gings), she and twelve other Boston style mavens includ­ing Tonya Mezrich, Lisa Pier­pont, Alex Hall, Betty Riaz among oth­ers that starred in the cam­paign, were on hand to greet and dis­cuss the new line as they sipped Pros­ecco next to their life-sized card­board coun­ter­parts. It was cer­tainly an enjoy­able evening out, where com­fort and relax­ation took cen­ter stage with the intro­duc­tion of these beau­ti­ful leggings.

Beth Miller with Mar­i­lyn Riseman


Alex Hall with Beth Miller

“The Dress, The Jew­els, The Look” Event

With Fash­ion Week behind us, there was still a lot of activ­ity going on in and around the Boston fash­ion world. Next up, was “The Dress, The Jew­els, The Look” event that took place at the Maya Meirav Haute Cou­ture Show­room in New­ton High­lands. This day-long sales event fea­tured the lat­est fash­ion col­lec­tions by Maya Meirav, Chic To Chic’s newest jew­elry lines, and pro­fes­sional makeup artist, Stacey Frasca, whom was on hand to assist clients with make up tech­niques using her pri­vate label beauty prod­ucts line.

The day was filled with a whirl­wind of excite­ment as clients were invited to try on and pur­chase any of the items shown at the event. There’s noth­ing more ful­fill­ing than find­ing that per­fect one-of-a-kind dress to pair with daz­zling jew­elry and a com­pli­men­tary make up appli­ca­tion by one of the area’s finest artists. The clients couldn’t have been more thrilled with their one-stop-shopping excur­sion and beautification.

Maya Meirav dis­cussing her haute cou­ture col­lec­tion with a client


Stacey apply­ing the final touch of glam­our for a client at the event


Scarves by Ital­ian designer, Anna Maria La Bianca, show­cased at the event by Chic To Chic


Chic To Chic’s newest addi­tions to its “Pri­vate Col­lec­tion” of jewelry


Rubies, Cos­mos and Snakes (Oh My!)” Event
A jew­elry pop-up store of glis­ten­ing proportions

Cleopa­tra had it right—that girl could acces­sorize! This first of its kind event, spon­sored and pre­sented by Boldfacers.com and the W Hotel, show­cased six “IT” girl jew­elry design­ers from the Boston area who came together to show­case their the newest col­lec­tions to enthu­si­as­tic jew­elry style­mak­ers. I was proud to be included as one of the “IT” jew­el­ers at the event!

Sip­ping “magic genie” cock­tails while perus­ing and buy­ing the most beau­ti­ful bling in the area, the night was truly intox­i­cat­ing (no pun intended). The instant grat­i­fi­ca­tion of pur­chas­ing some­thing shiny, beau­ti­ful and new was a mag­i­cal expe­ri­ence in itself. With the sig­na­ture “red fram­ing” of peo­ple at the event, it was clear that every­one enjoyed a great time and walked away with some amaz­ing pieces to spice up their collections.

Check out the lovely write up from Boldfacers.com about the evening: http://boldfacers.com/?page=happening&happening_id=211

The radi­ant, Beth Miller of Chic To Chic!

Red-framing the Chic To Chic sign

Pam Cas­sidy and Beth Miller

Shop­pers min­gle at the Bold­fac­ers Jew­elry Pop Up Event

Chic To Chic jew­elry at the event

Alas, I can finally slow down enough to catch my breath. Fash­ion Week Boston, with all of its fan­fare and glory, is truly a remark­able time of year in our fair city and one that I fully enjoy. But with a small win­dow of time before the fre­netic pace of the hol­i­days begin, I think I’ll rel­ish these last few weeks of our beau­ti­ful New Eng­land fall while I can.


Beth Miller

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  • Beth - Fabulous photos and text. You have been busy!

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