New Luxury Mall Opens in Kazakhstan

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Many luxury retailers are thinking globally by expanding into new markets, new destinations, and of course, new fashion hotspots.  This fall luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, and Saks Fifth Avenue will open in Almatay,Kazakstan at the Esentai Mall.  An opening party was held on October 19th to honor the occasion.

The event featured  a champagne  and cocktail reception with live performances on the red carpet, and a fashion show.  Guests included supermodel Eva Herzigova and Teresa Maxova.  The Esentai Mall is part of Capital Partners’ wider Esentai Park development in Almaty that will also comprise of offices, a luxury hotel,(The Ritz Carlton perhaps?) and residential towers.  Kazakhstan, is known as the financial center of Central Asia, and has become one of the fastest emerging markets in leisure and business.

Supermodel Eva Herzigova and Teresa Maxova
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Photo Credit: Getty Images



5th Avenue Welcomes Massimo Dutti



Massimo celebrated the opening of their first U. S. store with a soiree on October 11th and the following day it opened to the public. The retailer shares the same parent as Zara (Inditex of Spain) and took over the space at 689 Fifth Avenue that was previously occupied by Zara. Unlike its sister retailer, Massimo is not trendy “fast fashion” but rather offers European styled tailored clothing in an upscale environment. The store offers three floors with the second floor devoted to men and the lower two to women. Its target demographic is an urban consumer aged 25 to 45 and the retailer launched their U.S. web site the same day. Remarkedly, the retailer has 268 stores in 68 countries so look for more locations to open here in the future.

Exhibit A Pop Up Shop


This week Exhibition A staged a group show for the Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council and they have decided to extend their hours so guests may stop by this Saturday from 12-6PM to  view a choice of recent prints for purchase.

Nikki Reed and Swatch Launch the New Gents Collection



Thursday evening we attended the launch ofSwatch’s New Gents Collection at the new Gansevoort Park Avenue hosted by Twilight Saga’s own Nkki Reed. The Gent Collection recognized by its characteristically shaped case and amazing designs, were on display while guests sipped cocktails and danced to tunes spun by DJ Mia Moretti, and a special performance by violinist Caitlin Moe. Celebrity guests included Susan Sarandon,Fabolous and Chris Brown. It was a perfect night on the East Side. The Gansevoort Park Avenue is definitely going to be a great spot this winter equipped with a cozy fireplace, and heated lamps for outdoor lounging.

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Missoni for Target Countdown Begins!



It’s always a delight to see fashion collaborations- proving once again that you do not have to pay a fortune to own a designer label. This is why I love Target: the industry leader in designer collaborations. This month, Target is partnering with Missoni, the fashion label known for their signature prints and patterns in the most luxurious Italian knits. The limited edition collection will include affordable finds for women, men, children as well as home ranging in price from $2.99-$599.99. I noticed a 5-piece espresso set that I may have to snag to serve Capriccio to my guests.

Missoni for Target will be available September 13th through October 22nd at all Target stores, and


Guess Who’s Coming to Fifth

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The American lifestyle brand Guess is bringing their trend setting denim to 575 Fifth Avenue at 47th Street in New York City. The 13,000 square foot two-story store is now the 4th location in Manhattan, and the brand’s flagship. Last week the global lifestyle brand celebrated the launch of this new gem on the last day of fashion week. Guests sipped champagne and nibbled on the French favorite,macaroons while admiring the layout.

It seems like only yesterday the three-zipper style denim, also known as the “Marilyn”, with the red triangle logo blew off the shelves at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street. “We’ve come a long way since designing our first pair of jeans” noted Paul Marciano, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Guess? Inc., “New York is the fashion capital of the United States, with Fifth Avenue at its epicenter.”  The 575 Fifth Avenue space is a mix of Guess heritage and high fashion. There is a denim rug made from over 500 vintage jean patches, and a handcrafted installation of over 7,000 authentic denim buttons on a black background.

The first floor houses a denim anchor wall in translucent red glass,  along with the women’s collection including merchandise exclusive to the US flagship.  Also available on the first floor is a beautiful display of accessories, including shoes which I have to re-visit with my gift card, and a European jewelry collection sold only at the flagship and Guess accessories stores.  The second floor is home to women’s apparel, including a new dress section and a full men’s collection.

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