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'Tis the season for going red! Keep watching to learn unique ways for adding red-hot flair to your wardrobe with fun pops of red!


 

Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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Inspired by a cultural movement, a Columbus-based clothing company is showcasing its art through apparel. Read on for more.

 

FlyGround Clothing aims to inspire a culture movement through clothing.

In a movement to inspire people to make the world a better place, FlyGround Clothing aims to do just that in the fashion world.

“FlyGround Clothing is a movement for the culture to express creative art through fashion,” says Justice Dupree, Founder of FlyGround Clothing.

Dupree says the business, based in Columbus, is based on and inspired by an acronym: “Feel Life Young, Grind and Rise Over Unwanted Negative Doubt.” 

Not only is the company’s passion for inspiring a culture movement what makes it unique and continue its inspiration, but FlyGround also showcases the emotion behind the fashion line through its art.

“The emotion behind the art is basically the feel of what you see. It’s more than just a picture on a shirt and a design with colors,” says Dupree. “I want the world to see my creations and be able to relate to it in their own way. Art comes from emotions and that’s what makes my creations.”

When you shop FlyGround Clothing, you’ll find mens, womens, and kids apparel. While they currently only sell t-shirts, Dupree says they hope to launch a line of outerwear for the fall and winter seasons.

Prices for items from FlyGround Clothing range from $8 to $45.

The first t-shirt from FlyGround Clothing was released on July 1, 2016, and the brand has continued to see exceptional growth with its customer base.

You can check out FlyGround Clothing for yourself at Cincy Chic’s Seasonably Chic Showcase on November 4 but you can look forward to their website launch in 2018 as well as its continued trailblazing in the world of cultural movements.

To learn more about FlyGround Clothing, follow along on Twitter and Instagram.

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Our wedding wardrobe guru reports back from New York Bridal Week with the top trends for Spring 2018. Read on for details and pictures!

 

Our wedding columnist shares some of the biggest trends you can look forward to in wedding gowns.

New York Bridal Fashion Week is full of incredible wedding inspiration and gorgeous fashions, and we had the great pleasure in visiting our favorite designers to see what is in store for Spring 2018!  The Lace Bridal Couture team hit the runway shows and designer showrooms to scout the latest designs for our Cincinnati Bride.

While each designer has his or her own unique sense of style and aesthetic, it’s always interesting to see the new trends that emerge season after season. And some trends that we first saw last season were back again in a huge way!  Capes and capelets, pearl embellishments, and bows ruled the runways once again.

From clean, sophisticated lines and flowy boho looks to metallic gowns and unique, 3D detailed lace,  we’ve got all the hottest wedding dress trends you will be seeing come this Spring.

Clean and simple is a wedding dress trend that was big at New York Bridal Week.

Clean and Simple
The hottest trend for Fall and Spring is the clean, simple gown that exudes grace and elegance. One of our favorite designers, Antonio Gual for Tulle NY is well know for his clean lines and timeless silhouettes that fit beautifully on every bride of every body type.  Made of Italian silks and rich mikados, Antonio’s gowns are perfect for the bride who is searching for the more sophisticated and modern look.  

The Boho Look

Calling all hopeless romantics! The Boho look has been a favorite amongst the designers for a couple of seasons, and still has a strong presence going into 2018. Think, long, billowy sleeves and off the shoulder styles that give a simple gown an instant vintage feel. You can also opt for flutter sleeves and soft tulle for an effortlessly airy look, or you can go for floral lace to make a boho-chic statement.  Either way, the soft, romantic, effortless gown can be for any bride who loves to be relaxed and carefree.

Metallic Gowns
Metallic gowns gave the bridal fashion week runways a little extra sparkle. Perfect for an evening affair under the stars, gold, silver and champagne-tinted dresses are bold but sophisticated.   The metallic threading incorporated throughout the gown with hints of lace can add that extra sparkle without the heaving beading. Also . . .if you are rocking a gown with metallic fabric or embellishments, keep your accessories minimal so the beauty of the gown and the beauty of the bride show through!

Botanical Lace Details and Embroidery
Florals have been hot for a while, but botanical motifs, such as: vines, branches, and leaves, were everywhere this season. An edgier take on more traditional embroidery and appliqué, this nature-inspired trend feels romantic and contemporary all at once. Another favorite designer of ours is Claire Pettibone. Claire’s new Spring Couture line did not disappoint with her signature colorful floral designs incorporated into her flowy and ethereal gowns. Another trend that plays along with the botanical theme is the 3D floral lace.  This lace trend adds so much texture and interest to the bridal gown without taking away from the beauty of the silhouette of the gown.

Bows, Bows, and More Bows
This Spring, our brides will be sure to reveal their inner Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn and feature beautiful and classic bows on their wedding gowns.  Bows have come and gone through the seasons, but this Spring brings a number of different bow options for our brides.  Bows just add a timeless and classic feature to every bridal gown.

Capes and Caplets
Capes and caplets were featured at just about every runway and designer showroom this season! This ethereal add-on gives even the simplest dress a regal touch, but still feels modern and chic. Another thing to consider is that it is easy to pull off a mid-wedding outfit change with this trend. Wear a cape or caplet for your ceremony, then take it off when you’re ready to dance the night away at your reception.

Every bride is unique and finding the perfect gown is an important part of her wedding story. I hope this trend guide to Bridal Fashion Week New York Spring 2018 helps you discover a wedding look that best expresses your style and personality. One thing’s for sure: If you’re tying the knot within the next year, these are the dresses you will be seeing in all the top fashionable bridal stores near you.

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We talk to Chuck Hellman about the grand opening of his new store, and how it brings a new level of menswear style the city has never seen before.

 

Marty Brenneman (left) at the Grand Opening of Hellman Clothiers.

There’s a new shop coming to downtown Cincinnati, and according to its owner, Chuck Hellman, it will be nothing like the city has ever seen before. 

Hellman Clothiers, a high-end menswear retail shop, will first open their doors on Oct. 12 in the atrium of the Carew Tower downtown. Hellman, who also owns Blaine’s Fine Men’s Apparel in Montgomery, saw an opportunity to expand the industry of men’s fashion in Cincinnati.  

“The idea came when our customer base and business continued to grow. There is so much activity happening downtown and I felt there wasn’t a true Fashion Men’s presence there. There will be now,” says Hellman. “It will be fun and colorful and nothing like this city as ever seen in men’s fashion.”

Although both of Hellman’s shops sell high-end menswear, they will differ in appearance. Hellman Clothiers will offer a sophisticated yet fun atmosphere with a classic sense of style. 

“It will have a completely different look from the inside than Blaine’s and many different fashion brands will be available there,” says Hellman. “I can honestly say no one looks like we do and our assortment of brands is something that sets us apart.”

Deciding on a name and location for the shop came easily to Hellman. With so much development happening in downtown Cincinnati, it’s a great way to bring something new to the city as well as expanding his brand. The name Hellman Clothiers came from paying tribute to his family name. 

“It was about paying homage to my late dad and my beautiful mother that I would carry our name in the city they love,” he says. 

The fashion industry continues to grow and thrive in Cincinnati. Throughout the past few years, the city has continued to develop as a great place for entrepreneurship. 

“I have more men and women thanking me for bringing such a store to our city. They appreciate the brands we carry that continue to make us the men’s fashion go to location,” Hellman says. “I am not here to push anybody too far but I will challenge them to step out of their box a little bit.”

The grand opening of Hellman Clothiers will extend from Oct. 12-14 and there will be a lot of exciting events for the customers to experience. There will be twelve vendors at the opening to promote their brands and talk to customers, as well as wine and bourbon tastings. Every customer in attendance will receive a swag gift and has a chance to register to win a free custom suit with any $100 purchase. Marty Brennaman, voice of the Cincinnati Reds and city councilman, will cut the ribbon at noon on Thursday Oct. 12. 

Hellman Clothiers will just be one more gem added to a growing industry in Cincinnati. As the city continues to bring in more people and adding more infrastructures, Hellman is confident his shop will be a good move for downtown.

“I knew this city could be pushed to enjoy more fashion and that’s what I intend to keep doing. I can’t wait to get open and meet lots of new customers and help them feel great and confident,” says Hellman. 

Join the fun this weekend at their grand opening or keep up with them on their Facebook page here.

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When it comes to saying "Yes!" to the dress, timing is everything! Our wedding industry guru offers a few wedding dress deadlines you don't want to miss.

In my previous Wedding Gown Shopping 101 article, I had given you a few tips on what to do when shopping for your perfect gown. Now, I am giving you a timeline from finding your dream gown, to finding your bridal seamstress, to finding yourself walking down the aisle on your big day.

12 Months Before the Big Day

Set Your Gown Budget
This was the number one tip I mentioned in my previous article. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! After setting the budget for your wedding, youll need to decide how much of that will be spent on your dress. In addition to the cost of the dress, you’ll need to add on taxes, alterations and possibly shipping.

Book your Venue for your Ceremony and Reception
Before you start shopping, it is very important to know your venue, or at least have an idea of where you are having your wedding. If you plan on having a traditional wedding in a church, then shopping for a sexy, super low back gown, may not be your best option. However, if you are getting married on an island in the Caribbean, then you may just want that sexy, super low back gown that will make your fiancee drool. 

By booking your venue before you shop for your gown, it will help you envision your wedding and how you want to see yourself on your wedding day.

Go Wedding Dress Shopping
If you are wanting to special order your wedding gown, shopping 12 months out from your wedding is ideal. Schedule your appointments early since bridal salons can get booked up fast, especially on the weekends.  If you are able to schedule your bridal appointment during the weekday hours, you will, more than likely, have the entire boutique to yourself and will have the undivided attention of the bridal consultant. If you know you want to wear a specific designer, research online of which bridal boutiques offer that designer and then check to see if theyare having a trunk show (a traveling show of their entire collection) at a boutique near you. A friendly hint:  typically, the designers offer a special discount during the trunk show period.

 

8 Months Before the Big Day

Buy Your Dress
If you did not already purchase your gown on your first shopping trip, now is the time to pull the trigger!

You’ll know itThe One when you don’t want to take it off. When you purchase your gown, you’ll have to sign a contract and put down a deposit, which is typically 60 percent of the price of the gown. Before you sign the contract, make sure all the information is correct. Majority of bridal gowns arrive in the boutique between 4 to 6 months after the order is placed.

 

5 Months Before the Big Day

Choose Your Hair Accessories
If you did not already choose your headpiece and veil when you purchased your gown, then you need to make an accessory appointment with the bridal boutique to try on accessories. When you visit the boutique to pick up your gown once it arrives, this is also a great time to accessorize and order your headpiece and veil.

Select Your Shoes
Take the height of your heel into consideration. You’ll be on your feet for most of the day, so make sure your toes can handle it. 

 

3 Months Before the Big Day

Have Your First Alteration Fitting
In order to find the best bridal seamstresses, ask the bridal boutique where you purchased your gown to give you a few referrals. 

You will most likely have three to five fittings to get your dress altered to fit you perfectly. Its very important to get the timing of each of the alterations appointments right. If you bring your gown in too early to meet with the seamstress, you may end up with a dress that doesnt fit properly if you lose or gain weight after your gown is altered. If you bring your gown in too late, you may not have enough time to make all the alterations that are needed.

For your first fitting, ensure that you have your shoes and any undergarments that you plan on wearing.  

 

6 to 8 Weeks Before the Big Day

Have Your Second Alteration Fitting
The second fitting is your chance to make smaller tweaks to your wedding dress, like taking in the bodice a bit or perfecting the hem length. During this fitting, you’ll also want to make sure there’s no obvious wrinkling, bunching or pulling anywhere. 

 

2 to 3 Weeks to Go Before the Big Day

Have Your Final Fitting
This is where you’ll get to see your gown the way it will look when you walk down the aisle. Bring at least one family member or friend so you have someone there to learn how to create the bustle of your train.

 

1 Day to Go Before the Big Day

Get Everything Together
Buy a handheld steamer for those tiny wrinkles on the hem line. Your seamstress should have already done a professional steaming before you left with your gown. Also, put together an emergency kit (safety pins, fashion tape, etc),  itdefinitely better to be prepared. Make sure you have all of the parts of your ensemble in one place. Everything from your gown and veil to your jewelry and shoes should go together, especially if you’re switching venues after your makeup and hair are done.

Wedding Day

Have Fun!  Make sure you have your mom or bridesmaids ready to help you get into your gown. Then relax and enjoy the day!

Looking for an easy but unique fundraiser for a charity you love? Want to update your wardrobe and help local causes while you're at it? See how you can through one locally-based online retailer.

I love shopping on my friend Emily’s site, www.missems.com, because there’s a TON of cute jewelry, bags/scarves and baby stuff (at SUPER affordable prices). But I also love doing business with her because she supports lots of local charities.

The first kind of charity she supports is YOURS. Click here to see a video I did last year that documents how to host an online shopping party with your friends and family to fundraise for a cause of your choice. For the sale I did last year, I raised funds for a family who needed money for fertility treatment… so your cause doesn’t necessarily need to be an official 501c3 charity. 

You can also host online shopping events that are not related to a charity (like this one I’m doing on Oct. 23) where you earn credits to use on her site instead. But in case you’d like to host a Miss Em’s fundraiser, here are some highlights:

  • 15% of total sales from a Miss Em’s party get donated back as a check for your organization
  • Can be done online as a virtual/Facebook party (can you include the video you did last year as a party) OR…
  • It can be an in-home party where your friends and family come to you
  • All pieces of jewelry are $5-$25 or less so everyone can feel comfortable purchasing something without breaking the bank

Miss Em’s also hosts events throughout the year in Columbus and Cincinnati where a portion of proceeds benefit a local cause. Here are groups they’ve done fundraisers for previously: Boy Scouts, cheerleading teams, volleyball teams, southern Ohio survivors, Pelotonia, Cincinnati Children’s, and many more.  

Click here to check out the “Upcoming Event” section of her site so you can see if there’s an event coming up (where she’s either hosting or being a vendor at) that you’d like to attend. It’s always neat to see and try on the items in person instead of buying online! You can also “like” Miss Em’s on Facebook so you get invited to events in the future. Here are a few pictures of previous Miss Em’s events and fundraisers so you can see how fun they are! Hope to see you at one soon!

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Our Editor in Chic finds her favorite looks for less on a locally-based online accessories site that’s hosting an in-person shopping event near you soon!

My favorite locally-based accessories site — MissEms.com — not only has super cute jewelry, scarves and gift items, but they’re also hosting an event in Columbus and Cincinnati to bring the site to you in a special in-person shopping experience!

You can also shop online with Facebook parties to earn shopping credits for the site, or fundraise. Learn more about those here.

Just to give you an idea of the adorable things you’ll find on the site (and the even more impressive prices), I pulled 10 of my favorite items currently on the site and their designer lookalikes so you can see how the site is your key to staying on trend without the price tag!

#1 – Blanket Scarf

Miss Em’s: $20

Harrods: $188

 

#2 – Infinity Scarf

Miss Em’s: $20

Polyvore: $118

#3 – Tassel Scarf

Miss Em’s: $14

Nordstrom: $138

#4 – Clover Earrings

Miss Em’s: $6

Ross Simons: $1,995

#5 – Rose Gold Leaf

Miss Em’s: $12

Stacy Nolan: $1,500

#6 – Mint Cuff

Miss Em’s: $14

Artbox Jewel: $423

#7 – Peach Teardrop

Miss Em’s: $6

Angara: $519

#8 – Tassel Earrings

Miss Em’s: $14

Nordstrom: $35

#9 – Turquoise Bead Necklace Set

Miss Em’s: $23

Saks: $120

#10 – Gold Oval Earrings

Miss Em’s: $6

Wahl Jewelers: $360

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We chat with a recent DAAP grad about her personal blog that explores style and promotes sustainable fashion. Read on for all the stylish details.

Aubrey Krekeler is the founder of the Cincinnati-based blog Better in Black.

It’s a fashionista failsafe: when in doubt, wear black. Every woman has their favorite little black dress, pair of sleek black pants or blouse that seems to go with everything; the color black offers that perfect balance of sophistication and chic. That’s the notion behind Aubrey Krekeler’s idea when naming her fashion blog, Better in Black.

“My friends used to always joke that I would only wear black. Black is such an easy uniform, especially when I was going to classes. It’s a great way to look put together and feel more confident,” says Krekeler.

The recent University of Cincinnati DAAP graduate started her blog back in the fall of 2015 as a way to motivate herself to be more involved within the fashion industry, as well as a way to promote more sustainable wardrobes.

“I feel like sustainable fashion is easily looked over but what most people don’t realize is how achievable and accessible it is,” says Krekeler.

The clothing industry is one of the largest polluting industries in the world and Krekeler says she became more aware of this while taking fashion classes during her time at DAAP and seeing how much fabric was wasted. Her blog is focused around ways that viewers can shop and begin a more renewable wardrobe and shopping locally instead of at major fast fashion retailers.

Krekeler’s blog is split up into four main sections: style, blog, mood boards and shop. The style section is focused on how Krekeler styles her own pieces including pictures and descriptions, while the blog includes articles that revolve around sustainability and interviews highlighting local artists and boutiques. Krekeler tries to update these posts once a week along with the “shop” section. The shop tab is a great feature that showcases garments and jewelry from a variety of places including the links of where you can buy them.

“The shop section is like my own personal wish list with a true idea of my aesthetic,” says Krekeler, “I wanted to show my viewers what I would buy.” Krekeler’s personal style and aesthetic really stands out through every aspect of her blog. She describes her style as minimalistic and clean although she has a love for bold garments.

“That is my internal struggle. I have a very clean and neutral style but I also love eclectic pieces,” she says.

Some of her favorite items to shop for are baggy silhouettes like drop crotch pants, oversized sweaters, dresses and statement pieces. She enjoys finding new and unique clothes at thrift stores, Need Supply Co., and Continuum––a boutique in OTR where she also works.

“Each piece should be meaningful, not just something you would wear once,” Krekeler says.

In addition to working at Continuum, Krekeler is also pursuing a fashion career and is looking to move to a city like New York or L.A. next spring. Although she is planning on moving to a bigger city eventually, she hopes to keep up with her blog and see how it grows. She says it’s something she truly enjoys and it keeps her busy which is also something she enjoys.

“I like having my own platform and an outlet to explore my creativity,” she says.

You can browse and shop around on Krekeler’s blog at http://www.aubreykrekeler.com/.