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NJ Goldston, The Brunette

Live from Paris Fashion Week: Tonya Hawkes One of a Kind Clutches!

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While all the runway show magic is happening during Paris Fashion Week, behind the scenes buyers and insiders are frantically look for the little gems that will cause lots of excitement for next fall.  Our very own Bri Holloway just touched down in the City of Light and has an exclusive find of her own. Well two, actually.

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Find one. Evening clutches from Tonya Hawkes. The luxury designer has one of the most coveted box clutch collections around. As an ex-VP of accessories for Donna Karan and the creative director of Furla, Tonya Hawkes brings a true accessories pedigree to the creation of her own line. Designing exquisite box clutches, her newest minaudières are inspired by the ornate hand finishing of ancient bookbinding.

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Look closely. The latest grouping is widely eclectic range of her signature style for FW 2015. Inspired by two complex patterns in nature, the newest palette features a moody, darkly metallic spectrum, shot with electric flashes of bold color from amethyst, Vino, bottle green, pewter, smoke, camel, bubble, and brass offset with deep turqiouse. Each piece also uses inventive details reminiscent of medieval books including the sculptural box- shapes and embellished detail reconfigured in a thoroughly modern way. Think little black dress + Tonya Hawkes clutch = Entrance maker.

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Some of her favorite details that make us swoon are her use of exotics skin, calfskin embossed crocodile, metallic leathers, architecture inspired plexi-glass front and back layering, her signature two tier tassels, and Lucite studs.

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Bri has another find. Sarah’s Bags. Uniquely original, they make a statement in a whole different way. The recently released Pop Art-inspired collection is a fun riff on everything from Lichtenstein’s celebrated canvases, clutches with toy car clasps to the famous Damien Hirst Pills (most recently on display at his Tate Museum exhibit in London). Handmade, the bags do enormous good as everyone who wears, makes, supports, and contributes helps women in war-torn areas or from the streets to build a new life .

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You can pre-reserve an exclusive Tonya Hawkes clutch direct from Paris for next Fall or grab one of Sarah’s Bags at Bri Holloway. You won’t see them anywhere else or on anyone else. Now that’s the height of  luxury. You might just hear, Where’d you get THAT!!!!”

Live From Paris

NJ Goldston,The Brunette.

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jadan

Bohemian I Do’s

With the runways of New York, London, Milan, and now Paris filled with Bohemian looks, it makes sense this trend is now marching down the aisle.  So much so that Boho summer weddings have been awfully trendy lately. We’ve been pulling some serious inspo together in case you’re still in the planning stages. Best of […]

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Lauren Cheek

B & B Trend-Worthy Giveaway: Essie’s Cashmere Matte Collection

We spotted it during Oscar Week.  Matte seems to be the trend that is dominating the nail world and on lots of fingertips around LA. Remember all the white gowns? Well, it turns out you need something as cozy as cashmere mattes to pull neutral looks together.  So we did some serious homework and found […]

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Lauren Cheek

Our Favorite New Workout App – Class Pass!

If you’re like me and get bored of the same old workout over and over again, you are about to fall in love. Class Pass is an app that offers hundreds of gyms and studios in your area, so you never get tired of the same workout. Yoga, Pilates, Boxing, Boot Camps,  and Spin Classes, just to […]

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NJ Goldston, The Brunette

Exclusive: Cinderella Glass Slipper Designer Shoe Collab Debuts In Beverly Hills Today

If you ever wanted to slip into Cinderella’s glass slipper, now’s your chance. Nine of the top shoe designers in the world have collaborated with Disney and Saks Fifth Avenue to create Cinderella-inspired designer shoes that were created in honor of the new, Disney live-action film. Prepare to have major shoe envy because most of […]

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NJ Goldston, The Brunette

#MFW: Gucci’s Shocking Shift To Fendi’s Fab Furs, Bling and Much More

There was a shocking shift on the Gucci FW 15 runway this week. After the ouster of Gucci Creative director Frida Giannini in December, I was not anticipating, like most of the fashion world, the selection of  the virtually unknown Allesandro Michele to fill the spot. Most of us were saying, “Who?”  Well, “who”, no […]

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NJ Goldston, The Brunette

Inside Scoop: Net-A-Porter’s Oscar Week Power Lunch For Make-up Artist Charlotte Tilbury

I’m still catching my breath. Last week after returning from NYFW, and in the midst of the Oscars and Tom Ford festivities, Net-A-Porter feted one of my favorite make-up artists of all time, Charlotte Tilbury. Held last Friday at the A.O.C. garden, Lucy Yeomans, Editor-in-Chief of PORTER magazine and NET-A PORTER.COM, invited an intimate gathering of […]

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jadan

Krazy Over Koral Denim

We got a find. Koral Denim…Just another reason to live, breath, and dream denim. Peter Koral (formerly of 7 For All Mankind) just created Koral Denim, and he has my heart swooning over his newest creations. 100% made in Los Angeles, Koral has been working hard finding the best denim and pairing it with the […]

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Astrid

Sneak Peek: Introducing Spring/Summer 2015 Astrid Black Label

After all the excitement in Hollywood these last few days, I’ve got a bit of news of my own. Followers of The Blonde & The Brunette are getting the inside scoop on my Astrid 2015 Spring/Summer collection before anyone else. It’s my fourth collection and I’ve gone with a “Sporty Chic” theme since it’s so […]

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