Posts Tagged ‘Presse’

From the (Moisturized) Intern Desk at Presse….

November 3, 2008

Presseboutique.com finally decided to include skin care products.  It’s not a surprise that Clark’s Botanicals was the first choice to grace our website.  These products are supposed to be “an intensive nutritional supportive skin therapy treatment that revitalizes aging, dry and environmentally stressed-out skin.”  As an intern at Presse, we get to try out these products and see how we like them.  As a skeptic of any kind of new facial products, I really did not know what to expect and was hesitant to try it.  I mean, this coming from a girl who has been using the same skin care products for the past 10 years.  Several times I tried to switch to more well know and luxurious products that shall remain nameless, but each time I was disappointed wiht the results.  So, I was somewhat, dare I say it, scared to try this product.  Despite my fear, I decided to give it a go and chose to try out the Deep Moisture Mask.  The mask goes on for about 15 minutes and washes off with warm water, or it can be used as a moisturizer.  When I opened the jar, the scent of the cream was fresh and very pleasing.  The texture was so soft that I actually got exited to us it.  After 15 minutes, I washed my face and immediately examed the results.  My skin was so elastic and moisturized that I could not stop looking at my face.  I refused to put any foundation or powder on my face for the next two days.  After that, I decided to use it as a mask about one week.  I have found that the more I use it, the plumper my skin gets.  In the world of experimental beauty escapades, I consider this one a true success.  An A+ from this picky and skeptical intern.


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Presse Interns Heart Big Necklaces…

October 14, 2008

While I am traditionally more of an ‘earring girl’, the necklaces this season are seriously making me reconsider my jewelry choices.  It all started with my obsession with Marni’s chunky and architectural pieces a year ago. They are the perfect balance of playful colors and artful sophistication. But, oh dear, the necklace craze has only intensified. I’m currently coveting Vera Wang’s hot pink multi-colored glass necklace here at Presse.  And naturally, after the necklace was featured in Vogue my fixation on these bold collar-like necklaces was solidified. Upon attending Vera Wang’s Spring/Summer 2009 fashion show, I am aching for the oversized chain-link crystalline necklaces to come to market. Pair one of these statement-making necklaces with a simple t-shirt and jeans and you strike the perfect balance of effortless chic!

From the (Obsessed) Intern Desk at Presse…

October 3, 2008

I know most of us want leggings to be over and done with, but I have to admit that I’ve taken quite a fancy for a particular pair of leather leggings “a la Rodarte”. Although, do we really call them leggings if they are just a pair of leather panels that wrap around your legs and zip up at the back? A couple weeks ago, while working with our bosses at Presse, I got a close up look at them when we went to visit the Rodarte showroom and I just could not get enough!

Love the diamond cutouts that make them look like leather fishnets.

Love the nude and white leather.

Love the crossover look you get from biker to ballerina.

How great are those going to be for spring?! I know, wearing leather in the spring time brings sticky thoughts to my mind too, but that’s why the cutouts are so genious – style and function!

You will either love or hate these leggings, but for me, I’m head over heels.

Sign of the Times

October 3, 2008

I recently met New York designer Lizzie Fortunato and her sister, Kathryn, when they popped into Presse about a month ago. Their jewelry is amazing: frothy tulle flower necklaces with tiny studs and jumbo metallic-y rope bracelets (like that generic white one you wore as a kid!) But I flipped for these zodiac bags/clutches/waist-belts that they make on special order. They take something like 50 hours to produce, all hand sewn. One sign was cooler than the next, I literally couldn’t decide which month was coolest. Another designer came in and decided that they should be made into super totes! All in good time….

V Please

September 29, 2008

V Magazine loves us. Or at least I like to think they do as they send boxes of new issues to Presse every month. I’m into it. It’s like getting a little gift in the middle of all the retail madness. Our shoppers love it as well and rarely leave without one. Last month, the cover was Giselle in a trashy Louis Vuitton denim situation and this time, it’s a revolving door of models, some hot (Daria!) and some that came out of left field (Frankie?) I am still a sucker for oversize books (W, thank you for pioneering) and V is no exception in greatness. The photography is saucy, and the covers, a real head turner.

Model Mania

September 25, 2008

I am obsessed with Model Boards and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the concentration of hotness, or the simply the hap-hazard collage factor. Indeed they are like a life-size Look Book and inspire ways to work to newest styles, as only runway models can do. At the moment, I am mad for Lily Donaldson. Nevertheless, I can’t turn away from a collection of poloroids with names from the Eastern Block scribbled all over them in black sharpies. We found particularly good ones at VPL and had to snap some shots of snapshots!

From the (Tireless) Intern Desk at Presse..

September 4, 2008

As interns in the fashion industry, we are often asked to get rather, shall we say…. creative.

Take for instance, the task we were put to by our bosses at Presse.  This summer, our charge was to find vintage dress forms that could be fixed up, re-upholstered and transformed into cool new mannequins to be used for unique store display.

Finding dress forms in this city is by far a very challenging task; especially when the task specifies the dress form to be of a vintage look, and most importantly CHEAP! Now, most dress forms as you may well know, are exceedingly expensive and can feel like you are placing a down payment on a Ford Focus. Consider yourself lucky, dear fashion friends, because what you have here before you is a tried-and-true guide to finding a great vintage mannequin:

1.  WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES! When taking on the fashionable streets of Manhattan, you certainly want to keep your feet looking attractive during this uneasy mission. Newcomers to the New York fashion world feel that they have to wear high heels shoes at all times. We highly discourage this behavior if you want to see yourself at the finish line. Moral of this statement: you will be walking miles, so wear something you will be comfortable in.

2.  START THE SEARCH AT THE BIRTHPLACE OF NYC DESIGN: Obviously, the fist place to look is in the two world famous fashion institutes conveniently located in NYC – aka: Parsons and FIT. However, be forewarned!!  The fashion departments at these prestigious schools either sell, donate or perform a lottery with these forms for their students first.  To nab these, you have to get there very early after the end of the year.  On that note, another good starting point is to take a stroll up and down 25th-27th streets and around 6th and 7th Avenues (or “mannequin district”, as we like to call it). We found multiple little shops, willing to sell their vintage forms for negotiable prices.

3.  OUR SPECIAL SECRET: After many miles walked, we found this little “hole in the wall” shop called “Sewing and Co.”, which is located on 38th between 8th and 9th avenue. This small shack owned by a charming man named Robin has tons and tons of vintage dress forms stacked around in the upstairs storage.  Now, you WILL have to listen to Robin’s stories of his son becoming “a movie star”, and you WILL have to watch video segments of said 13 year old son acting in movie clips on his laptop, but once you pass the test, Robin will inform you of his stack of dress forms that he has dropped off at his house in New Jersey that he ever so often is willing to give you for FREE!  A tip? You may want to splurge on some popcorn and give yourself a couple hours to kick back and watch some movies to score the deal.

4.  ONLINE, BABY, ONLINE: Don’t forget to take a look online at Craig’s List or Ebay.com. Here, you have the ability to find a plethora of vintage forms for bargain prices as low as $25! Before you click the “Buy” button, make sure the shipping prices aren’t as much as you would be spending on a first class ticket to London, because that’s where they might get ya.

5.  POUND THE PAVEMENT: When all else fails and nothing is going your way, just begin to roam up and down random streets in the Garment District or go to flea markets during the weekends, because you are always bound to stumble on something. Even if you come across a store that are not particularly dress form/mannequin selling stores, the best you can do is to bat those gorgeous eyes of yours and see if you can change the minds and hearts of all!!!       

What dreams are made of

August 5, 2008

I never understood all the Pinkberry nonsense and I balk at the “scale” for which the kids behind the counter use to weigh each portion. They practically slap your hand if you get too close to the glass and I think the toppings are weak. The whole experience is kind of ill. As a New Yorker, I was always loyal to Tasti D Lite… Until now. Just this week a Yogurtland opened up next to Presse and there are already crazy lines. Let me tell you: Believe the hype! It is freakin’ self-serve. Have you ever? You can grab a little sample-size dixie and run around and try everything from Taro to Fresh Mint to Cookies n Cream, and when you are ready, you fill up your own cup. My first go, I got four flavors, though the sky’s the limit. And then the toppings situation is straight-up make-your-own style and I love it. The problem is that you get carried away, as you would a buffet. But if you can curb your enthusiasm, it is a true afternoon delight.

Word Up

July 28, 2008

As a young girl, I was one of the few white, Jewish honnies listening to hip hop (the affair began with Heavy D and the Boyz in 5th grade and moved toward Black Sheep, Nice N Smooth, Nas, Biggie, and so forth.) Having gone to high school in the early 90s, the genre was full-blown, if not hotter than grunge and alternative. Even those into grunge and alternative were getting into hip hop….Until it was completely mainstream. Anyway, I felt it in my heart way before it was blasting from every White Jeep Wrangler and it lingers still, today. I returned to my roots this past Saturday when we shot a T.I. “Whatever You Like” video at Presse. Now in my 30s, I am definetely a little behind on who’s-happening-now, but my good friend, Mike, an executive at Atlantic is (curiously) the man behind the TI discovery. So I was down.

From the Intern Desk at Presse…

July 24, 2008

A couple of years ago brightly colored rain boots definitely had their moment. But they were recently spotted on Kate Moss (universally accepted as the leader of the style pack, especially at Parsons, where we are students enrolled in the Fashion Department during the school year) at the Glastonbury Music Festival. Mossy, as we like to call her, looks chic as always in old school Hunter Wellies, and suddenly the traditional variety look welly cool again. In fact, almost everyone who was anyone at the festival was wearing a pair, where we learned the Glastonbury Music Festival teamed up with Hunter and WaterAid to raising money to provide clean water in Madagascar. Style + Humanitarian Aid = A+ in our books! We spotted these boots AGAIN at the Project Tradeshow in New York a few days ago, which we attended with the Presse buyers, this time in super bright and punchy colors. Hunter Wellies are lookin’ fresh as could be, and all the Presse summer interns are dying for a pair come fall when it rains non-stop in NYC. And from what we learned from our bosses (co-owners Renee Klein and Zoe Schaeffer, former retail consultants and trend forecasters), we have to snatch a pair fast before mall’s across America are bursting at the seam with copies of the originals. We’ll have to wait for them to show up at Jeffrey’s New York, who we heard will be carrying them!! Hunter Wellies, we get a kick out of you!!