Fashion Law Symposium — The Final Segment


So I have already written 2 previous posts on Fordham Law School’s annual Fashion Law Symposium, thru the Fashion Law Institute. Time has passed since the symposium, but the topical discussions were still worthy of a Fashion Nexus write-up! In addition, I have yet to share the major fun, non-topical portion of the event, a special fashion show by technological fashion brand CuteCircuit. So throughout this post are various images from this exciting runway presentation!!

But back to the panels, there was Power Dressing: Politics, Dress Codes, and the Public Eye.

Panelists were —


I was not present at this discussion, but it was all about looking at public figures, and one’s appearance being scrutinized and criticized. Fashion is a means of communication, so many who are in the public eye, politicians, celebs, executives, and the like use their clothing to establish an image and/or convey a message. Media coverage has also been ever-increasing in this area, and has become quite controversial, inspiring campaigns such as #AskHerMore and backlash over gender-specific dress codes. So how does commentary about clothing affect the wearer, and should this type of commentary be off limits? What constitutes power dressing in an era when hemlines no longer rise and fall by fiat? And when organizations contemplate dress codes, how can they stay on the right side of both public opinion and the law?


Next up, The Power of 2: Licensing and Wearable Technology. The panelist were —

In light of the wearable technology fashion show we would all later experience, this topic of discussion was spot on. Fashion and technology is on the rise. It’s a fast growing sector, from luxury consumer shopping at Ralph Lauren with the Lauren Ricky Bag with light or to Apple’s rose gold watch. But wearable tech is not the product of one industry, it’s two.


A previous panel discussion from another year discussed patents and data privacy in the context of wearable. So with this discussion, the focus was shifted to how best to bring together these two industries, the different legal cultures, especially in the area of IP protection. Plans were discussed on how brands could source out for this tech work, such as with license agreements. There was also talks then again to budgets and how to allocate for IP protection. This area is still emerging so I am sure it will be a topic at fashion law panels to come.


All in all, I had a great time covering the Fashion Law Symposium and it was amazing now share these fashion law areas with all of my readers. In light of Fordham Law’s recent news with now having fashion law be an academic degree, thanks in part to the CFDA, these continued discussions on Fashion Law, and the many aspects it entails is highly important in the fashion industry. I look forward to continuing my research and discussion in this growing field!



Best Dressed, A Little Country Style

So mainly this Best Dressed list is comprised of looks from the 2015 CMT Music Awards. But I have a couple of other looks that I wanted to include on this list as well from other red carpet functions, ENJOY!

Danielle Bradbery


Danielle is dazzling in this molten, embellished Patricia Bonaldi mini. She is sparkling and shining all over!



Carrie Underwood

Carrie is working her post-baby bod in this Thomas Wylde mini, showing off her legendary gorgeous stems! She accessorized with silver Jimmy Choo heels, a metallic Deepa Gurnani clutch, and Kimberly McDonald jewelry.

Jenna Dewan Tatum


Jenna looks lovely in this magenta Zuhair Murad dress laced with peekaboo panels. The details here are quite exquisite. She paired with her look an oxblood clutch and Neil Lane jewelry. Her styling, as always, was by Brad Goreski.

Cassadee Pope


Peekaboo lace panels was a fave of mine, clearly! Cassadee too looks amazing in her lace paneling look, but hers was an antique-looking, golden mini by Mikael D. Coordinating with her look was a shiny silver Swarovski clutch.

Her styling was provided by Townsend Style and Fashion Forwards LA.



RaeLynn’s look was quite bold, but I was definitely intrigued. This multi-colored, brightly printed Gabriela Cadena dress is stunningly gorgeous. It’s hard to take your eyes off of it!

Rumer Willis


Rumer kept it simple, very minimalistic, but in a great way. It’s not always about the bells & whistles! Her stark white, fitted dress was from House of CB. And she paired with her look lavender Stuart Weitzman heels, a metallic Salvatore Ferrgamo clutch, and Doves jewels.

Hunter Hayes


Hunter Hayes looked quite handsome, rockin’ his grey suit, sans tie. He is also wearing an Omega watch.

The Swon Brothers


The Swon Brothers were quite the dapper pair, dressed in all black, quite casual, but great pieces for their looks. I was a huge fan of theirs on NBC’s The Voice so I am happy to see them doing so well!

Florida Georgia Line


Florida Georgia Line was another good lookin’ pair on the CMT red carpet. Not coordinating like the Swon Brothers, but each gent doing his own thing, having his own style.

Bella Thorne


So my first non-country Best Dressed pick was the beautiful Bella. She was attending her new MTV show’s premiere in L.A., Scream. Her luscious side waves were courtesy of Neutrogena. She donned a sexy black Mugler dress, paired perfectly with black Stuart Weitzman heels and XIV Karats jewelry.

Anna Faris


Anna was too rockin’ a sexy mini, her pick, a shades of silver, embellished Rubin Singer dress. Her accessories were a metallic Jimmy Choo clutch and matching mule sandals. She was attending the premiere of Jurassic World in Hollywood.

2015 Independent Handbag Designer Awards


The 2015 Independent Handbag Designer Awards are next week, June 17th, 2015, and will be held at the School of the Visual Arts Theatre in NYC (333 W 23rd Street) at 8 pm. I am ecstatic that I will have the privilege to attend this prestigious ceremony. If anyone would actually like to attend, you can too as well! Click here to purchase tickets!


Founded in 2007 by Handbag Designer 101, the IHDAs were created to celebrate handbag design and creativity from around the world. The IHDA is the only international design competition of its kind, receiving lots of great press over the years, and and is a platform for putting new designer talent on the map. Now in its ninth year, it is an industry staple responsible for high profile collaborations and hundreds of success stories.


This year, Rebecca Minkoff will be honored with the 2015 ICONOCLAST Award. 40 finalists in 8 categories will be present. Huge prizes are at stake, such as a feature in the September issue of InStyle (Event Sponsor), potential partnerships  with Guess, MaryKay Cosmetics, and Trina Turk. Also, the “Best Overall” will receive a feature on the digital e-commerce platform EVINE Live.

Here are the 2015 finalists across the 8 categories — (all pictures in order of listing for each category)

The EVINE Live Best Handbag in Overall Style & Design —
Best executed handbag overall in style and design


The EVINE Live Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design – These bags represent the best-executed handbag in overall style and design. Winner will receive a booth at WWDMAGIC, a mentorship with Hilldun and a brand consultancy with the Accessory Think Thank. The winner will also garner the opportunity to have their line sold on EVINE Live, a yearlong membership to the Accessories Council and a feature in the September issue of InStyle.


The Trina Turk Best Studentmade Handbag


Students who started a line while in school. Winner will receive a coveted apprenticeship with famed designer, Trina Turk and Signal Brands. Winner will receive a yearlong membership to the Accessories Council and also be part of the IHDA feature in the September issue of InStyle.


Bernina Best Hand-Made Handbag —
Made with any material where the designer is making their bag by sewing machine or by hand


Winner will receive the BERNINA 560 sewing machine. In addition, winners will have the prestigious opportunity to be an Ambassador for BERNINA in creating blogs and projects for BERNINA social media and We All Sew Blog. Winner will receive a yearlong membership to the Accessories Council and also be part of the IHDA feature in the September issue of InStyle.


Klean Kanteen Best Green Handbag —
Bags that are made out of sustainable, recycled or organic materials


Winner will have the opportunity to work with Klean Kanteen, a year-long membership to the Accessories Council and will be part of the IHDA feature in the September issue of InStyle.


Fashion 4 Development Most Socially Responsible Handbag — Bags that are made in a country where the proceeds are given back to the country of manufacturing or people that are employed to manufacture handbags to better their lives and/or conditions


Winner will receive a feature with Fashion 4 Development. Winner will receive a yearlong membership to the Accessories Council and also be part of the IHDA feature in the September issue of InStyle.


Distinctly Denim by Guess Handbags — Sketch Based Category
The most trend driven use of denim, in a playful and imaginative way by embracing the personality of the brand


Winner will garner an amazing opportunity to have their bag sold on, work alongside our handbag designer based in Florence, Italy, receive a yearlong membership to the Accessories Council and receive a feature in the September issue of InStyle. We are partnering with the Guess Foundation to donate a portion of the proceeds of the winning bag to the social service agency Peace Over Violence. Its mantra: Make a social statement with your fashion statement. And wear denim for a purpose.


The Standout & Look Great Work Bag by MOO — Sketch Based Category
Creating the unisex bag for professionals on the go. Business does not have to be boring.


The category winner will receive MOOlah with which to create business stationery, promotional materials, and merchandising assets. The Designer and bag will be showcased on materials, and merchandising assets. The Designer and bag will be showcased on and the category promoted on, owned social channels, and Handbag Designer 101. The Winner will receive a yearlong membership to the Accessories Council and also be part of the IHDA feature in the September issue of InStyle.


The MARYKAY Most Irresistible Makeup Bag — Sketch Based Category
The most versatile and stylish makeup bag that every woman will want.


Winner will have an amazing opportunity to work on Mary Kay projects and have their bag featured on global’s and social media platforms. Winner will receive a yearlong membership to the Accessories Council and also be part of the IHDA feature in the September issue of InStyle.


The 2015 preliminary judges panel is made up of the top industry influencers and bloggers —

  • Colin McDonald — NYC PR firm owner
  • Nancy Forman — owner & operator of The Accessory Think Tank
  • Lolita Alford — Social media marketing whiz
  • Emma Grady — personal stylist and award winning fashion writer
  • Lois Sakany — Founder & editor of TheSnobette
  • Samia Grand Pierre — Editor of TheSnobette
  • Celia San Miguel — Bilingual style & beauty expert
  • Dawn Del Russo — stylist, on-air fashion expert and tv personality, recently seen on Glamour Magazine show “Dressed to Kill”
  • Pamela Pekerman — fashion and lifestyle expert
  • Grace Gold — multimedia beauty journalist
  • Lidia Z. — founder of StylingOn
  • Adriana Marie Quaranto — started a new company called AMCONYC which is the go-to platform for emerging designers, millennials and entrepreneurs
  • Carey Reilly — Comedian, TV Host, and Actress


So make sure to tweet or message to any brands you know a congrats for making it as a finalist and send them encouraging words to wish them luck for next week! In the meantime, check out pictures from last year’s ceremony and who the finalists and winners were last year. From Fashion Nexus, GOOD LUCK to all of the designer finalists this year as I am a huge supporter of independent and/or emerging fashion designers!

Remember, click here to purchase tickets!

This year’s sponsors are — InStyle, Guess, Rebecca Minkoff, Trina Turk, Signal Brands, Bernia, EVINE Live, Moo, Mary Kay, Klean Kanteen, Fashion 4 Development, Basic Adhesives Leather, Affinia, Garment District NYC, Pantone, WWD Magic, Hilldun, Leather Suede Skins, Bottomless Closet, Tassen Museum, The Fashion Class, Save the Garment Center, Accessory Think Tank, & Accessories Council.

All the Latest About ashlyn’d Clutches!


Right from the very beginning of my time blogging with Fashion Nexus, I have been such a huge fan of the highly unique and very creative clutch brand, ashyln’d. It has been such a pleasure being in contact with the amazing ashlyn’d team, making use of their beautiful clutches while I am out on the town, and providing updates to my readers on what’s new with the brand!


This latest major news is not the newest of news, but it is certainly great for the brand and is definitely information I want to share with my readers. YOU CAN NOW SHOP FOR ASHLYN’D CLUTCHES ONLINE!!



Every clutch I’ve ever used from ashlyn’d has always been the highest of quality and I always get lots of attention when accessorizing with one. So not only are ashlyn’d clutches unique, high quality, and intriguing, but they are also quite affordable when compared to other similar luxury clutch or accessory brands. You can still shop for the brand at various locations across the United States and internationally, but online shopping access is very much an added benefit.



I would also like to share with my readers some great press that ashlyn’d has been receiving, everything from major editorial mentions to lots of celebrities pairing these gorgeous clutches with their looks!

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(Ke$ha & Jessica Lowndes)

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(Harpers Bazaar & Whitney Port)


(Christina Milian)

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(Sarah Hyland & Seventeen Magazine)


(Miranda Lambert)

And just for fun, since I always enjoy styling my own looks with ashlyn’d clutches, here are some images of myself, making use of a few clutches!






So remember, you can now shop online and there are tons of options available for immediate purchase!




JUNGWON — Breathable Outerwear

20150509_150650It was such an immense pleasure that the dynamic outerwear brand, JUNGWON, invited me recently to their new boutique. Located in the heart of Tribeca, the breathable outerwear brand is further expanding as now you can not only shop online, but in their new, fun-filled shop. The brand is all about designing contemporary, yet timeless jackets that offer a chic twist on classic outerwear.


JUNGWON has always been about high performance, and again, breathable outerwear. The jackets and coats are meant entirely to be practical and functional, but also fashionable. All in all, they are very high quality. They are also waterproof, windproof and wrinkle-free.


What I enjoy a great deal about this brand is that it offers lots of options for customers. You have more neutral, everyday color options say in a black or nude, but then you too can spice it up a bit with more vibrant colors such as bright blue, tomato red, and sunshine yellow. There are options also with that of raincoats, trenches, or capes, and this is for both men and women!! Check out the sales page!!


With a continued focus on sustainability and fair trade practice, JUNGWON integrates recyclable materials and is locally made in New York City collections. You can check out the brand’s previous and current collections by clicking here.


JUNGWON is a compliment to any fashion commuter, stylish parent, or coat lovers’ wardrobe. Check out the sales page!


Make sure to check out the brand on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. I’m sure you will enjoy seeing their latest updates and pieces just as much as me!


Best Dressed Combo — Flower Power

A couple of major red carpets occurred over the past week, thus deserving of some best dressed nods. There was the 2015 Tony Awards and then the 2015 Critics Choice Awards (TV). So here are my fave picks!

Vanessa Hudgens


I am all about some florals for this best dressed list, especially Vanessa in this vibrant printed floral Naeem Khan gown. Paired with her look, a glittery gold Rodo clutch and Norman Silverman jewelry.


Her glam squad — Laura Polko creating this elegant updo, and Natalie Saidi for styling the look.

Jennifer Grey


Jennifer looked stunning in this stark white, lace Zac Posen fitted gown with feathers adorned on the hem. Her Glam squad details are as follows — Vanessa Heshima for both hair & makeup and Danielle Levy for styling.

Anna Chlumsky


There were a couple of maroon gowns gracing my best dressed list. First one being Anna in this full length, silk Sophie Theallet dress. She accessorized with Solange Azagury Partridge jewelry.

Patricia Clarkson


Not sure who Patricia is wearing, but with another bold floral look, I couldn’t resist in adding her to my list. I love the contrast of this shortened black dress with the lively, crimson red rose print.

Elisabeth Moss


Elisabeth too donned some florals, her choice, a fitted white Oscar de la Renta gown with multi-colored flowers embellishing the bodice.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07:  Elisabeth Moss attends the 2015 Tony Awards  at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 07: Elisabeth Moss attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

She also had an amazing glam team, Kemal Harris & Tommy Buckett for styling, and Daniel Martin for beauty.

Kristin Chenoweth


Kristin was shimmery and shiny all over in this metallic silver Zac Posen gown, fitted to a tee and with a slight train. Deb Watson was her stylist for this look.


Leanne Cope


More flower action from Leanne with this dark grey, mixed media, Randi Rahm dress. I am usually not a fan of florals and polka dots mixed, but here, it works! She paired with her look. Oscar Heyman earrings. And for her overall look details, we have Dessange for the gorgeous updo and makeup from L’Oreal Paris.


Debra Messing

Debra was my other maroon pick, her dress being a shortened Zac Posen halter strapped look. Beautiful accessories for her look include matching Jimmy Choo heels, a Judith Leiber clutch, and lavender DeGrisogono jewelry.

Kelli O’Hara


Not sure of the designer details for Kelli, but it’s another floral look, so of course I’m on board. But really it has such a vintage, antique quality to the dress that I am just such a fan!

Josh Groban & Kat Dennings


I am not sure who Kat is wearing, but I do know who helped in putting the overall look together — stylist Lawren Sample, makeup by Carolina Dali with use of Chanel products, and hair by Gareth Bromell.


Nick Jonas


Nick is looking quite handsome in his all black tuxe, courtesy of Louis Vuitton.

Dule Hill


Dule is another stylish looking gent, his suit though in navy blue and by Ralph Lauren, with black Salvatore Ferragamo shoes and accessories by Scott Kay.

Constance Zimmer


The UnREAL actress floated down the carpet in a floral crop top and a matching full skirt by Leanne Marshall. It must be the summer in the air, but I am really just loving all of the bright, colorful floral looks!

Jaimie Alexander


Jaimie went ultra-understated, but also ultra-chic with this ombre slate Halston Heritage strapless dress. Her accessories were all perfection, a Pasquale Bruni diamond bracelet, a metallic Halston clutch, Doves ring, and black Kurt Geiger heels.
Cat Deeley
And to complete my list, a final vibrant look from Cat, a tangerine Azzaro Couture, chiffon halter dress, embellished with feathery, navy embroidery.


Alison Sheri — Dynamic RTW for Women

A25214B1I have been ecstatic ever since discovering this amazingly dynamic womenswear brand, Alison Sheri. Alison Sheri offers today’s woman dynamic wardrobe options to live-in. Whether she seeks to cultivate a bold, exciting look, or an understated, elegant style, Alison Sheri delivers in a flattering, forgiving and easy-wear, easy-care package.



From office-appropriate knits to sleek dresses, to fun weekend wear, Alison Sheri offers something for every woman. The Montreal-based, women-powered Ready-to-Wear fashion house has delivered the utmost quality, value and trend-right items to the North-American and European Markets for over a decade.



What intrigues me most about the brand is the many options, from not only types of clothing, such as dresses or intricate blouses, but also to that of either vibrant colors or prints. I like seeing such imaginative creations, fun colors, bold prints, and much more. This all really speaks to Alison Sheri’s versatility.



Alison Sheri has received quite a bit of press since its inception, from print editorials in Elle Canada, Good Times, Elle Quebec, and more! You can check out the brand’s most recent collections — F/W 2014 and S/S 2015.



The brand is distributed in Canada and the US, sold in the finest of specialty shops. To contact the brand here is all of their direct communications information. To locate a particular location or store that carries Alison Sheri, check here. You can also check out their live, up-to-date information and news via their blog.



Up Close with Glam Confidential


Stunning accessories. Luxurious quality. This and more is Glam Confidential. For that added glamor in your life, with Glam Confidential jewelry and handbags, you can truly do no wrong!



With the debut of the brand’s new Sunflower theme, it’s the right time with summer right around the corner. And with their best-sellers, you can be certain you are selecting some winning pieces!



From bridal to various themes with clutches, animalier, classics, and more, there is a little something GLAM for everyone with Glam Confidential! It’s very much a brand I encourage my readers to check out and get to know a little better!

Neccessaire-du-Soir-Duchess-Swarovski-Element-Bag-1All these dazzling pieces are handcrafted with finest crystal and Swarovski elements and inclusive of 18 carat gold plated chains.


GCB5025-peacock-no2_1I can’t wait for more glam-great things to come for Glam Confidential!!