Marie Odile for Soltek — Happy Bastille Day!!

download.phpSo for those who do not know, Bastille Day (July 14th), is a French national holiday, which celebrates the commencement of the French Revolution with the “Storming of the Bastille.” It should then come as no surprise that French native handbag designer Marie Odile has created a collection to help in celebrating this holiday! Marie Odile for Soltek handbags are always colorful, stylish, and timeless. And with this recent celebratory collection, the brand’s vision has not been lost!


Marie Odile for Soltek blends French glamour with a minimal NYC aesthetic. The founder, Marie Odile Sharkey-Berard, was born in France and received her education in fashion in Paris before emigrating to New York in 1970. Her first stints in NY included Charles Jourdan, Roger Vivier and Arche. In 2010, she began Soltek Inc. The first bags were made in Naples, Italy, but production was later moved to Manhattan, NY.  The collections are made entirely by wonderful craftsmen in the heart of the Fashion District!


Marie Odile designs bags ranging from totes and clutches to crossbodys and satchels, also bucket bags, shoulder bags, and other leather goods.  She uses an incredibly diverse portfolio of materials including cow leather (plain or printed/embossed); canvas; cork; hemp and vegan leather substitute. The versatility and variety are just 2 of the aspects from this designer, and her collection, that I enjoy. I also like the intricacy, the close attention to detail, and the eclectic, unique spirit each handbag has to offer.


I am positive we will continue to hear great things from this talented designer, on top of a good amount of press already out on her and her brand — Accessories Magazine, Pulse, Obscurae Magazine, Travel Host, Lucky, and more! I hope all of my Fashion Nexus readers have enjoyed the pieces once again for Marie Odile’s Bastille Day collection, but here are a few other pieces from her brand, a few of my personal faves!

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Le Couture Odyssey: Pre-Show Post, Let’s Go!

RLR_logo_large (1)Le Couture Odyssey is a fashion show experience and is being presented by RLR Style Firm. The show is on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 and here are all the fun details for the presentations.

_1029755I was honored and so elated when I was asked by RLR to be an official blogger for this amazing event. I am there in spirit and happy to share with this pre-show posting all of the excitement to come! And of course, after the the designers showcase their presentations, I will be here to share those images and other event photos. And of course, feel free to share any photos or tweets you want to @rlrstylefirm.

So as you can see above, Le Couture Odyssey is being hosted by Miss Judi Jai, who was recently on Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club. She is also no stranger to the fashion arena or the runway as she also models herself. There is also a great lineup of mini-events prior to and after the show — cocktails!, Best Dressed contest, shopping, mingling, music, and more! It sounds like a great night for those who are attending. Make sure to share the fun by tweeting your amazing sightings and pictures taken to @rlrstylefirm.

So the post-show posting will go into more detail on the designers, but here is just a taste of what’s to come!

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HOUSE OF COLLETTE: Images coming after the show!!

So just a bit of background on RLR. They are a full service styling firm that provides a world class image consulting services for their clients. They have amazing relationships with talented designers and boutiques so that they can bring to the public the highest quality shows and events. The fashion shows are designed around the concept of “Inspired Fashion.” They want each of their guests to leave knowing they have experienced something unique, inspiring, and fabulous! Check out their styling page, which covers photoshoot sessions, wardrobe styling, and celeb styling.

This event is also working to serve a great cause. RLR is proud to be partnering with A.N.G.E.L. Inc., Angel Autism Network.  With your help we will be donating 10% off all ticket sales directly to  Angel Autism Network. All charitable contributions to this amazing organization go directly to the families of autistic children.


And no event is complete with the hard work, contributions, and support from sponsors!

5096016_origMake sure to check out Haute2Wear by clicking the logo above. It’s the fashion blog for the everyday fashionista!

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