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”
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.