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Is it a neutral? Is it a color? Keep watching as our Editor-in-Chic chats with the founder of Styling with Amy about one of winter's hottest color trends: olive!

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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Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garcons, and Givenchy... oh my! Learn about a local fashion studio with rare couture designer pieces that just opened a new store-front downtown.

 

Evolution Fashion Studio recently opened a new location in Carew Tower.

After nearly a decade in Northside, local fashion enthusiast Tony Tiemeyer decided to open a new location for his business, Evolution Fashion Studio, in Carew Tower. The studio has been open for a little over a month now, located in the arcade room at 41 W. 5th St., and it’s open Tuesday-Thursday 11am-3pm. The studio in Northside is also still open as an e-commerce business.

Tiemeyer says the decision to open up at the new location, in the heart of a celebrated Art Deco building, seemed natural after witnessing downtown Cincinnati’s growth and energy from its recent revival.

“I love this building and this space,” says Tiemeyer. “It’s inspiring to be surrounded by these nuanced architectural details. It matches the aesthetic of my collection.”

Tiemeyer first started his fashion career in 1984 starting out with a vintage shop in Clifton. He owned and operated that boutique on Hyde Park Square while also heading up Saks Fifth Avenue’s private shopping program. From there he opened up Evolution Studio in Northside in 2006.

Tiemeyer believes that fashion should be fun. His collection depicts that philosophy; he acquires many of his pieces from museums around the world. The diverse collection features famous designers such as Issey Miyake, Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garcons, and Givenchy.

Tiemeyer worked with Hot Glue, the stylist team Kelsey Wing and Tyler Bellman, and fashion photographer Annette Navarro on the design elements of the studio’s new space. They all previously worked together on Positively Fourth Street: Downtown’s New Look, which was an exhibition of fashion window displays in the former Gidding-Jenny Department store downtown.

The arcade room in Carew tower is the ideal location for Tiemeyer’s studio.

“I like being in the arcade, away from the city’s chaos,” he says. “I like that people have to seek us out. We want to create an experience for visitors unlike anything else in retail. I want them to feel like they’re somewhere out of time.”

In addition to Tiemeyer’s one-of-a kind pieces, Evolution will also be featuring a collection of Iris Van Herpen’s footwear to celebrate the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Iris Van Herpen’s exhibition. This exhibition will be held at the museum until January 7th. The exhibition will highlight the collaborative process linking art, engineering, architecture and science together. This interesting and transformative fashion can also be found in Tiemeyer’s collection.

Tiemeyer hopes this new location will offer customers a new way to interact with his collection as well as attracting new customers and fashion enthusiasts. Evolution Fashion Studio is a private showroom and is appointment only. You can get in contact by email efsstudio@gmail.com or 513.560.1983.

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Dress shopping soon? Make sure you read this helpful guide, as our wedding gown guru explains which silhouettes will flatter your figure.

Wedding gown shopping can be an overwhelming experience. But knowing the basic dress silhouettes for your body type and understanding how they flatter your figure will help you narrow down your endless stream of options when shopping for your bridal gown.

From ball gowns to fit and flare styles, choosing the right dress silhouette can help you emphasize your best body features or deemphasize any problem areas. Here is a comprehensive guide to every bridal dress silhouette you will see when you are on the hunt for your dream wedding gown and which style is best for your body type.

The A-Line gown

The A-line cut is narrow at the top, close to the natural waist, and extends out along the body in the shape of an ‘A’ in a smooth, elongated line. This gown is the most popular style because it is the most universally flattering. Typically, this dress silhouette would be the first one you try on when you are just starting your wedding gown shopping. This way, you will know if you are wanting the classic wedding gown look or if you want to go in a different direction on your wedding day.

The Modified A-line gown

The modified A-line (which is my favorite) is a mix between a mermaid silhouette and a traditional A-line. This shape is roomier in the hips that a classic mermaid, but still a little flared at the bottom so that you can have more movement when you walk. You may want to consider this silhouette if you are looking for more shape than an A-line, but with more movement and mobility of a mermaid or trumpet style. The modified A-line gown looks great on all body types, especially the petite bride who wants the classic style of a ball gown, but doesn’t want all the fullness of the skirt to take away from her beautiful body.

The Ball Gown

Thinking of looking like Cinderella on your wedding day? What bride hasn’t dreamt of this fairy tale look for her wedding? This beautiful, feminine silhouette is most known for its trademark full skirt, fitted bodice and natural waist. This wedding gown is particularly perfect on more boyish figures because it gives the illusion of a more curvy body. It also looks fantastic on pear shape bodies because the fitted bodice really defines the waist while the fuller skirt skims over the hips. The ball gown is also great for tall brides who can pull off the fullness of the skirt. Brides who also are bustier will love this style because it really creates a more balanced proportion with the fuller bottom. Unfortunately, for petite brides who have dreamt of looking like Cinderella need to go with more of the A-line silhouette since the ball gown will truly swallow a petite bride.

Empire Waist

This high waist style hits just below the bustline, while skimming the rest of the body. This gown can de-emphasize the waistline and hips while making the bride look longer and leaner. It can be a perfect solution for a bride who wants to play down the middle part of her body. Empire waist is great for petite brides as well, but not so great for brides who have a larger chest or fuller hips because it can overemphasize those features of the body. Empire waist gowns have not been incredibly popular in the past few years, but are making a resurgence for 2018 because of its easy silhouette and because the brides are going for a more casual, or destination style of gown.

Mermaid

Think of Ariel in “The Little Mermaid.” This gown silhouette truly lives up to its name. This is a gown that really contours to the body, is very curve-hugging that follows the line of your hips and thighs and then flares out below the knee. This silhouette is fantastic for brides who have the perfect hour-glass figure who want to show off their curves. Again . . . this gown is NOT great for petite brides, unless, the designer can do a hollow to hem customization on the gown. It is particularly perfect for the tall bride with curves.

Trumpet or Fit to Flare

This silhouette is often confused with a mermaid silhouette. A trumpet style of gown is more of a straight lined bodice that subtly flares toward the hem, creating a semi-full skirt starting at the knee. This silhouette is one of the most popular amongst brides of all body types who want to show off curves, but don’t want the extreme look of the mermaid gown. The fit to flare gown is also a little easier to move and dance in than the mermaid gown since it has a gradual flare starting at the knee instead of lower like the mermaid silhouette.

 

Sheath

The sheath style gown is a little more casual and care free, but also gives the bride the simple and sophisticated look. This style looks particularly best of petite brides who benefit from the elongated lines and formfitting cut that gently hugs the body from head to toe. The sheath silhouette gives the illusion of height and does not overwhelm a smaller frame the way a full ball gown could.

Dropped Waist

A dropped waist silhouette is perfect for brides who want to flaunt their trim middles and shape because it hugs the waist and hips, but also offers the fullness of the traditional wedding gown in the skirt. This silhouette flares our slightly below the waistline around the hip area giving you the illusion of a longer torso. The dropped waist can be a great alternative for petite brides since it does make the short waist look longer; however, if the skirt is too full, it can still overpower a petite bride. This silhouette is definitely not a good one for brides who have a more boxy figure because it can make the bride look like she does not have any curves at all!

I know this is a lot of information to digest, but it is very imperative to know the gown silhouettes before you start shopping. However, if you have a bridal consultant who knows her gowns, then you will be in great hands. Please always listen to the consultants’ suggestions when she/he pulls gowns for you. Many wedding gowns have no “hanger appeal.” Always try on different styles so you can narrow down your favorite silhouette.

Happy Shopping!

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While we usually share fashion tips and trends on Styling with Amy and Amy, we're offering cleaning tips this week to add more life to each piece. Watch for all the details.

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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Look like a million bucks without spending it when you shop this locally-based online retailer for your holiday parties! Plus, learn about the exclusive discount she's offering to Cincy Chic readers!

The holidays are here and so are the parties! We’ll never pass up an opportunity to get dolled up and look like a fabulous fashionista, but if we get to dress up in items from Miss Em’s we’d love it even more! 

You want to look glamorous, sophisticated, and fashionable without sacrificing comfort or your pocket book when it comes to holiday parties, and with Miss Em’s you can do just that! Her items are super affordable and always stylish! 

As you’re preparing for the parties that are just around the corner (and don’t forget about New Years too!), check out some of our favorite picks from Miss Em’s:

Clear Teardrop Earrings

Burgundy Blanket Scarf

 

Post Pearl Drop Layered Tassel Earrings

Black Braided Beaded Bib Necklace

Silver Filigree Stretch Bracelet

To make it even sweeter, Miss Em’s is offering another sale exclusively for Cincy Chic readers! Use coupon code “Cincychic” at checkout to get 25% off the site! Learn more about Miss Em’s at https://missems.com/, “like” the on Facebook, or follow along on Twitter and Instagram.

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Our friends at Krombholz Jewelers share the top 12 trends of sparkly styles to wear and give this holiday season.

 

Want to wear and give the most stylish trends this year? Our friends at Krombholz Jewelers have the top 12 trends you’ll want to know about. See these beauties in person at their store at 9399 Shelly Ln, Montgomery, OH 45242 or visit www.krombholzjewelers.com to learn more!

 

  1. Stacking necklaces – Diamond station necklaces make the perfect stacking staple. (Ranges from $950-$1875) Whimsical, geometric, and vintage layering pieces can as simple as $80.

 

  1. Stacking bands – Add them to your wedding band set, or dazzle a digit other than your ring finger. Great ongoing gift to add to the stack (pictured: $150+)

 

  1. Earring classics – To add some sparkle to your ear, there’s always the classic staple of simple diamond studs, or even pearl studs. To elevate that look, consider adding a jacket to add lots of drama and even more sparkle. Hoops are the next go-to, and a great everyday alternative. (Studs $400+) (Jackets $995+) (Hoops $1000+)

 

  1. Holiday Sparkle – Opt for the real deal to wow at your holiday party. Textured, filigree in style and vintage inspired are all on trend. These are some of the most dramatic, head-turning earrings you’ll find in store. (Ranges from $3100-6620; filigree diamond drops, custom created by Lee Krombholz)

 

  1. Vintage Holiday – Shop the vintage wonderland at Krombholz. Everything from the original social climbers to bold costume pieces to brighten up your holiday look. And don’t forget to bring in the holiday colors. (Vintage floral climber $2200) (costume rhinestone snowflake earrings $25) (vintage bohemian garnet floral ring $800)

 

  1. Cincinnati Charms – A thoughtful gift is always in style. Give one individually to wear on a necklace or start a charm bracelet. Comes in silver and gold. Also comes in cufflinks and you can mix and match them, like with a coney and a stadium. (Charms starting at $58.75)

 

  1. New Year travel jewelry – Opt for easy travel jewelry that takes you from day to night. Comes in all three metal colors – rose, yellow and white tone but with them being sterling, Swarovski crystals, and CZs, you get the glamor but with the comfort and ease of being able to travel with them. (Range from $100-300)

 

  1. Not your grandma’s pearls – It’s the perfect combination of nature’s treasures. From diamonds embedded into a statement pearl to a seed pearl yellow gold and diamond ring, or diamond rondelles and diamond clasp. There’s also a 32in sterling Tahitian movable station necklace and matching earrings.

 

  1. Blush – This is the trending color of the year and you can achieve it through rose gold, pink pearls, morganite, and lotus garnet. ($2000+)

 

  1. Tassels – Trendy and fun fashion statement of the year. Necklaces are sterling, so that puts it at an affordable price point. (range from $50+)  

 

  1. Stacking bracelets – For this classic trend, you can always add to what you already have for a bold look, or start a new arm party. (sterling plated $85; diamond stretch $2500, hinged bangle $1995, custom starting at $865)

 

  1. Vibrant color – These rare variations of color are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Pink-orange spinel, rose gold, rubilite pink tourmaline, and sapphire with diamonds custom designed and made by Lee Krombholz. ($3975-11,495)

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To spend more time with her daughter and pursue her passion for fashion, a former P&G spokeswoman just opened the Tri-State’s premier boutique with all the best designer labels under one roof.

 

Felisa Insignares of Designer Items & More

Felisa Insignares is about empowering women to look and feel their best at work and play.

“It gives me so much satisfaction to empower women to feel and be their most confident whether in the boardroom or office, in front of the camera, at a special event or simply living every day moments,” she says.

Insignares took what was a hobby of selling clothes on eBay and turned it into a booming new career with a brick-and-mortar boutique, Designer Items & More. Located in Olde West Chester, the store specializes in high-end, new, pre-owned, and vintage couture designer clothes, shoes, and accessories. But what makes the store even more special is her approach to serving customers through private consultations.

“I try to learn what each woman’s roles are and what kind of message they’re trying to convey, and what investment pieces are already in her closet,” says Insignares. “After I have that information, I pull together wardrobe pieces and when she comes in I have canapés and pink champagne waiting for her. She gets a chance to try on the pieces I pulled out for her and we get to kind of learn together on the journey.”

Insignares’ career hasn’t always been in the fashion world, however, as she was once a spokeswoman for Procter & Gamble. There, she realized her passion for wearing, and then selling, designer clothes online. She eventually left the company in 2012 when she became a mother and stayed home to take care of her daughter full time. She found her perfect work-life balance when she opened her boutique, which is by appointment only, so she can create a schedule that works for both her clients and her family.

When you shop at Designer Items & More, you’ll find brands such as Moschino, Louboutin, Akris, Dior, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and many more. “We sell genuine designer items that are new with tags or gently used and dry cleaned before we sell them,” adds Insignares. “Each item is checked for flaws and any significant imperfection is identified as part of our full-disclosure to our customers.”

Prior to your appointment, you’ll chat with Insignares on the phone so she can learn about your style profile, and what you’re looking for. She then pre-selects items has has them ready for you to try on once you arrive. This not only saves time, Insignares says, but it creates a customized shopping experience for the client.

Insignares says her clients are typically the women who have arrived. “They’re women 40-plus and they tend to be corporate executives or financiers, quite a bit of lawyers, entrepreneurs and business owners, as well,” she says, adding that since she opened her doors, she’s dressed women from Russia, Canada, England, Australia, Japan, China, and Switzerland.

For the holidays, Insignares is making the purchase of gift cards easy. You can easily order online, and she’ll send the beautifully wrapped gift card and complimentary Parisian-themed ornament with free shipping.

If you’d like to visit in person without an appointment, Insignares has special Holiday Open House hours on Dec. 3, 10, 15, 16, and 17. Click here for details.

And as a Cincy Chic reader, you get an exclusive offer to book a shopping party with your fashionista friends, but it’s only if you call by Dec. 1, 2017. The organizer will receive a $200 gift card for a party of five or more total event attendees. Includes complimentary champagne, canapés, and a store-wide 10% discount. To schedule, email info@designeritemsandmore.com or call 513-349-2080.

You can visit Designer Items & More at 8919 Brookside Avenue in Olde West Chester, or “like” them on Facebook. Watch below for a virtual tour of the space and shopping experience.

 

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The days are getting colder and winter is just around the corner! Keep watching to learn more about layering trends that will keep you warm and stylish!


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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Miss Em's is prepping for holiday shopping with a FAB Black Friday Sale! Keep reading for all the details and to see some of her great jewelry and accessories in action!

Get your Black Friday shopping started a little early with Miss Em’s! The savings are starting early when you get 40% off missems.com from Tuesday, November 21 for Sunday, November 26 using coupon code “WhiteChristmas” at checkout.

Check out some of these best selling pieces from Miss Em’s to give you a little sneak peek of what to expect in her Black Friday Sale!

 

 

Last year I hosted a virtual party with Miss Em’s. My guests and I were able to shop her selection of jewelry and accessories online without leaving the house! Similar to how other Facebook parties go (think LulaRoe), albums were loaded online and we could take a look at all of it and choose what we wanted! 

Below are some of my favorite items from the virtual party I hosted last year:

I’m hosting another virtual party on November 26 at 8 pm. Be sure to join us for a great cause, and don’t forget to invite your friends! From now until the day of the party, you can see photos of Miss Em’s jewelry to get you excited! 

Once the clock strikes 8 pm you’ll be able to see pieces that are available to purchase! See something you want that evening? Don’t wait – we may only have ONE of each piece! All you have to do it put “Sold” in the comments. At the end of the party everyone will need to complete our registration form so we can send invoices to you! You’ll have 48 hours to complete your invoice and your new jewelry will be mailed out to you! 

Learn more about my virtual party here. And check out Miss Em’s Black Friday Sale at www.missems.com.