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Pantone’s Fashion Color Report: Fall 2011

With Labor Day passed, gone are the (socially acceptable) days of white jeans, seersucker, rattan bags and shoes, and white linen. While the weather is still far from Fall-esque, the scent of autumn lurks just around the corner, and we smell crisp apples, cinnamon, and the return of the Pumpkin Spice latte at Starbucks. And let’s be honest, that’s the true harbinger of the fall season anyways.

So now that summer’s ensembles are relegated to the back of the closet, Pantone has conducted its fall 2011 survey of NYFW designers to announce what to expect on the mannequins and models starting…now!

Pantone, Fall 2011, Raymond Lee Jewelers

Bamboo is first on fall’s palette, bringing “warm, exotic flavor to the season.” Its yellow-green tones are golden enough to be autumn-apropos, but this color is still bright and attention-grabbing.

Chris Benz

Next up is Emberglow, a color that this blogger can’t get enough of. A dusky coral, Emberglow is the perfect color for a transitional wardrobe between your late August clothing and what you can wear into the coming months. It’s the perfect pop of color in accessories or, as evidenced by Essie and OPI’s fall collections, a great choice for your mani-pedi.

Peter Som

Honeysuckle, Pantone’s Color of the Year remains a strong presence in fall collections. To keep it from being too Resort, Pantone suggests pairing with other fall colors Coffee Liqueur and Nougat.

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

Phlox, undisputedly the most fun color to say aloud, is “a magical, deep purple with a hint of mystery.” This color is practically universally flattering, letting newly-found fall pastiness become a fair, purposeful “look” while likewise making the best of the last of summers (or the Mystic Booth’s) glow.

ADAM by Adam Lippes

Cedar and Dark Teal are two picks from the green family, and the mid-tone Cedar pairs perfectly with the stronger Dark Teal. Pantone suggests pairing with further-flung colorwheel mates Orchid Hush and Honeysuckle.

Charlotte Ronson and Cynthia Steffe by Shaun Kearney

Coffee Liqueur and Nougat mark a return to supple leathers and creamy cashmere seasonal staples, with Coffee Liqueur’s silvery brown richness making a strong statement. Nougat is the ideal neutral, and pairs well with any of fall’s other hot hues.

Tracy Reese and MACKAGE

Rounding out the palette are Orchid Hush, the most delicate shade of gray-lavender, and Quarry, a gray with warmth that makes another great neutral option.

VPL by Victoria Bartlett and Adrienne Vitadini

Readers, what do you think of this year’s Pantone fall 2011 palette? Which hue are you most excited to start wearing?

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Rado to Collaborate with Malan Breton for Fashion Week

With Mercedes Benz Fashion Week just around the corner, editors, bloggers and fashion fiends alike are gearing up for a whirlwind of fabulous shows. Designers will exhibit their creations solo and collaborate for high profile shows, and one that we’re very excited about is the partnership between Rado and Malan Breton.

Breton, also a columnist for OK! Magazine and contributor to the New York Times, will feature the Swiss watchmaker’s designs with each of the 33 looks he sends down the runway on September 13th.

Breton's Spring 2009 Show

Models from Rado’s classic collections like Sintra, Integral, D-Star and Ceramica will be paired with the designs, along with styles from Rado’s newest line, Rado True Thinline.

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Rado's new Thinline collection

 According to Matthias Breschan, brand president of Rado, “Breton understands the importance of using materials and techniques in new and different ways in order to create something uniquely beautiful. We are very excited about this partnership and to present our watches alongside Malan’s brilliant collections.”

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your trusted source for pre-owned luxury watches.

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Industry Update: Jessica Simpson to Debut Fine Jewelry Collection

When Jessica Simpson stepped onto the scene in the late 90’s as one of the day’s pop-starlets, not too many people would have guessed that a decade later she’d be at the helm of a fashion empire.

Jessica Simpson, jewelry, raymond lee jewelers

Courtesy of US magazine

The blonde beauty has turned her Jessica Simpson Collection company into a billion-dollar firm, encompassing clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. Her denim line is sold in more than 650 department stores, and apparently consumers truly cannot get enough of the J. Simps brand.

Zales announced earlier this week that in October 2011 it will debut a collaboration with Jessica Simpson and Firestar Diamonds called “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

“Jessica Simpson is viewed as the girl next door, and our guest is a midmarket guest and we believe she is someone that they can identify with. She has great reach and great power across a number of different categories, so doing a diamond fashion collection made perfect sense,” Zales’ CEO Theo Killion tells Women’s Wear Daily.

The line will feature pendants, rings, bracelets, earrings, and bangles in gold, silver and diamonds, and prices range from $79.99 to $999, making the line easily accessible to Simpson’s enormous fan base.

White gold and diamond heart pendant from Simpson's collection

Jess tells Woman’s Wear Daily: ““I love that a piece of fine jewelry can be passed down from generation to generation. I cherish the pieces that were given to me, so it is really special to be able to design my own.”

RLJ readers, are you excited to see this line of fine jewelry? Are you a fan of Jessica Simpson’s fashion empire?

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Masculine Monday: David Yurman New Arrivals

 David Yurman, founded by eponymous the designer, is renowned for its affordable and everyday luxury. When his cable jewelry took the world by storm in the eighties, no one could have predicted that 30 years later another Yurman would make his mark on the brand.

Evan Yurman, head of men’s design at David Yurman, has created a rough-hewn, yet sophisticated line for men that shines this fall. Here are Raymond Lee Jewelers top picks from David Yurman men’s new arrivals.

 David Yurman Amulets Shark Tooth Necklace

David Yurman, Raymond Lee JewelersThis bronze shark tooth is the perfect answer to the hottest trend in women’s jewelry right now, rose gold. Not only does the darker bronze add a touch of industrial luxury to this piece, the shark tooth is both a natural element and a strong one. Adding to this necklace’s stylish toughness is the titanium box chain the shark tooth hangs from.

Armory Band Ring

Inspired by medieval elements, this ring is a subtle reference to armor-clad knights slicing through the bad guys with broadswords. It might even help you channel some of that raw, unbridled strength that accompanied them in conquests and battles. Or Not – but either way, this ring is seriously stylish.

Royal Cord Cufflinks, Black Diamond

These cufflinks are the perfect addition for a completely polished look. The textured sterling silver offers interest without the distraction of over shininess, while the slightly irregular pattern and shape of the stripes lend an unfussy vibe to even formal wear. Black diamonds are the ultimate in masculine luxe, and make these cuff links the ideal finishing touch.

Pave ring with cognac Diamonds

This ring is the way to go for a little masculine bling. The warmth of the cognac diamonds is perfect for fall, and balances out the cool tones of the sterling silver. While the diamonds verge on being too fussy left to their own devices, the thick width of the band makes it no-nonsense, and the sturdy rope-detail on the band’s underside counteracts any feminine energy.

Gentlemen, what are your top jewelry and accessory picks for fall?

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your source for luxury estate and pre-owned David Yurman jewelry.

Too Strong for Rumors – Will and Jada Pinkett Smith

The Smiths’ Too Strong for Rumors

Fashion and Love Icons of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have officially announced that everyone else is crazy, and love is good and strong in the Smith home!  Can’t imagine what these two have had to endure! Life is hard enough to constantly look as fashionable and glamorous everyday, but to add the pressure to prove that you are happy too!??!!!

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Jada and her family have always put a classy, fashionable and loving foot forward in everything they do! The kids even are exemplifying their roles! Willow and Jadenare collaborating with the top fashion names to start their own Fashion Lines! These two siblings are going to take over the world! The best thing, we wont even realize it, but it just may be a better world because of their regime!Will Smith hit the pop scene with a big ‘ol splash in the late 80’s with music and his own tv show!

In fact, that is how he met his dream women, Jada Pinkett.  I love how he still looks at her as if it is for the first time.  Jada herself is caught looking at Will as if she is star struck and can’t believe he knows her name! Ahh, what a love in paradise! Good to know that they are still together and maybe putting together their legal team to squash the “insider” that first went to the tabloids with this vicious rumor.

We love to talk about Hollywood fashion, movie stars AND jewelry. Always jewelry! Or luxury watches! You can rest assured that Raymond Lee Jewelers remains South Florida’s number one source for luxury watches or estate jewelry or new jewelry, we hope you’ll call or come by sometime to talk about it!

Masculine Monday – Shoe Porn!

Ralph Lauren‘s Sexy New Calf Loafer

Ralph Lauren Calf Loafer

Ralph Lauren Calf Loafer - Image from esquire.com

It’s OK to druel. And if you really want this Edwalton Calf Loafer to turn heads, just cruise the streets with one buckle undone ~

At $495, this Ralph Lauren doozy tops the men’s shoe “rack” of fame today!

Here’s some runner’s up:

Colton Cole Haan Saddle

APC Shoe

APC Shoe

 

We like a good shoe, but what makes the shoe scream “success” is the watch above it. If you really want to punctuate your peds with class, you want to check out a new or used luxury watch at raymondleewatches.com! Rolex, Cartier, Audemars Piquet, Patek Philippe and more.

BEST AND WORST STYLE MAGAZINE COVER GIRLS

WHO SELLS MAGAZINES?

The economy is hitting everyone, and fashion magazines are no exception. So what do you do when the sales are low? Well,  if you are Vogue, you just put Lady Gaga on the cover. 

Sales for ALL major fashion titles were in the tank this year. Vogue, however, manages to kick up a 12% increase. The closest competitor was Allure, who was only able to manage keeping the sales flat. No increase, but NO decrease. A Victory in 2011!

lady gaga

Lady Gaga

So, Lady Gaga we get. After all she’s a fashion dream come true. Risk! Unique! Fun! So why is the other glam mag gold people like Kim Kardashian, or Lauren Conrad? What do they bring to the table. Comment below and let us know why the magazine cover girl treasures are who they are and why do they sell magazines!

WHO IS KILLING SALES BY BEING ON THE COVER?

Well, poor Reese Witherspoon is nothing less than pure dismal to sales, she’s the albatross around both Vogue and People Style’s necks… Is she just a boring person? What is the deal with her killing magazine sales? Any thoughts?

people style

People Style Mag

Other cover “stinkers” are Joanna Coles (Marie Claire) “group ensemble” covers.  Yikes! And anything with a man on it. Apparently Glamour is a girls club:) No boys allowed!

So why are sales so dismal this year, apart from the economy? Well… Maybe Glam Mags don’t sell because they don’t put actual models on the cover??? Ya think?

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