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November 30, 2014 - Comments Off on Nicole Lenzen Holiday Style Event @ Series by Young & Able

Nicole Lenzen Holiday Style Event @ Series by Young & Able

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Join us for a holiday style event and trunk show at Young & Able Series! Try on and shop for holiday dresses by Nicole Lenzen and jewelry by Abby Carnevale. Meet the designers to learn more about their collections, and be there by 7pm for a special holiday styling talk from fashion blogger and personal stylist Sara Jessica Berman. Please be sure to RSVP in our form below.

Interested in receiving personalized style advice? Let us know in your RSVP comments, and the first three to reply will get personalized suggestions from Sara during the event.

In addition to items to spice up your holiday (and everyday) wardrobe, Series has a wide collection of fantastic gift options from local and international designers. All items in the store will be 10% off exclusively during the event. We'll also have drinks from Maven Cocktails, and snacks to satisfy post-work peckishness.

HOLIDAY STYLE EVENT
Featuring:
Nicole Lenzen
Abby Carnevale Jewelry
Stylist Sara Jessica Berman

Tuesday, December 9th
Trunk Show: 6:30-8:30pm
Stylist Talk/Demo: 7:00-7:30pm

Series by Young & Able
345 Broome St.
New York, NY 10013

Drinks sponsored by Maven Cocktails
Light snacks provided

Press Inquiries: Mindy Raf

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Nicole Lenzen is a Brooklyn-based designer whose collection of dresses, rompers, and separates are inspired by the freedom of movement in swing dancing. As a trained patternmaker with over a decade’s worth of experience in the fashion industry including custom couture work, she is proud to represent a ready-to-wear collection that allows women to—as they do in the energetic Lindy Hop dance—swing out and let go. Mixing sustainably sourced silks with activewear fabrics, Nicole thinks across the size spectrum with an attention to fit that gives the modern, professional woman the freedom to effortlessly move from a quick bike commute to a high profile client pitch. In fact, you might catch Nicole, who practices low-impact living, wearing one of her pieces while biking around NYC.

Abby Carnevale Jewelry is a Brooklyn-based jewelry brand, offering an array of designs handcrafted from locally-sourced materials including semi-precious metals and stones along with vintage lace. Inspired by her grandmother’s jewelry collection, Abby’s line translates the classic “Old Hollywood Glamour” style into one with modern flair, making each piece timeless and everlasting, an investment piece to be treasured.

Sara Jessica Berman is an Elite Stylist for Keaton Row. Certified as a Marie Claire Master Stylist in July 2014, Sara's teaching background and penchant for fashion have earned her a loyal client base. She shares her expert styling tips on her blog fashinny.nyc.

Created by Stephenie Harris in 2012, Maven Cocktails is the world’s first ready-to-drink wine cocktail. Bridging the gap between cocktail and wine, Maven is the signature drink that delivers on three fronts—the pedigree of a truly fine wine, consistent drinkability, and a nice cocktail kick. Infused with ultra-premium wine, this vodka-based cocktail has the velvety taste of wine but the high-energy kick of a cocktail.

Series is a month-long collaborative pop-up space supporting designers in an offline setting produced by Young & Able, an alternative multi-brand retail platform devoted to sharing emerging designers and their stories.

 

November 20, 2014 - Comments Off on Make The Future Now: Get a Peek Into BF+DA’s New Accelerator Space in Brooklyn

Make The Future Now: Get a Peek Into BF+DA’s New Accelerator Space in Brooklyn

NL-BFDA-TableThere's something revolutionary about the new Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator space off of the Flushing G stop in Brooklyn. Maybe it's something about the space itself—seeing as its history is as rich as the work that will surely come of it—mixed with the people and enthusiasm within its walls. The space's opening event on November 11th almost seemed more like a pep rally than anything, with the program's makers and designers proudly displaying the fruits of their labors for passersby.

NL-BFDA-PillowsFirst, let's dig into the people and goals behind the initiative. Picture yourself as a recent college grad with no room for running your own endeavor—or simply throw yourself back to those real-life growing pains you remember like yesterday. In a world that's so focused on being self-made, that is a tough place to be. And as a respected arts and design establishment, Pratt knows this. So, instead of offering job placement advice or leaving grads completely on their own to fend for work, they decided to do something for up-and-coming creators. The Brooklyn Accelerator is a space for creatives to find the resources they need to make their ideas into reality, whether that's a desk to work on or a station for 3D printing (you can check out more of the available resources here). One of the most impressive assets was the larger-than-life mechanical loom humming away in one of the side rooms.

While it's easy to walk into a room of makers and quickly recognize what they're doing. But the BF+DA designers are doing much more than simply "making." To be a part of the program, they need to be focused on incorporating sustainable best practices into their work and, straight from the mouth of the program itself, "exploring the relationship of apparel + technology and the future of production."

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November 18, 2014 - Comments Off on Come Check Us Out: Young & Able Series Launch Party

Come Check Us Out: Young & Able Series Launch Party

SeriesLaunchParty_FriendsYou might remember us mentioning a certain online pop-up called Young & Able a couple of weeks back. The site has been up and going strong for a while now, bringing designers of all styles together in one, extremely diverse hub. (Seriously, from specialty lifestyle zines and embossed leather pouches to hardware-inspired jewelry and our very own power pieces, there's something for everyone.)

For one month starting this Friday, November 21st (through December 21st), you can see some of these designs in-person at a pop-up space in Manhattan. Here's a quick refresher for those of you who haven't heard of the Young & Able initiative yet. The project started as a Kickstarter campaign looking to "experiment with the traditional retail model by hosting an innovative 'series' of engaging offline events for individuals to gather, exchange ideas and interact with the participating makers"—the first of these offline events being this week's launch party. Among other Series activities will be workshops, talks, networking events, installations, and trunk shows (Save the date for the Nicole Lenzen Holiday Style Event on Dec 9th!). In short, the initiative does a great job embodying what we, and all of the other involved designers, look to share in our work—in their words: "From the beginning, it was about taking our shoppers inside the world of emerging designers and makers by uncovering the unique stories and inspirations behind their creative pursuits." Amen.

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We'd love to see you at the Series launch party this Friday. Aside from great work from up-and-coming designers, there will also be music from DJ Alix Brown (7pm - 7:30pm) and Marsweather (7:30pm - 10pm), and cocktails (as well as mocktails) courtesy of Iceberg Vodka, The Owl's Brew, Belvoir, and So Delicious. Want to come check it out? Be sure to RSVP with your name and email to rsvp@shopyoungandable.com.

If you can't make it out on Friday night, make sure to save the date for the Nicole Lenzen Holiday Style Event at Series on Tuesday December 9th at 6:30pmmore details TBA. Or check out the space anytime while it's open—until December 21st—at 345 Broome St. New York, NY 10013. The holiday shop is open from 11am to 7pm daily. 

October 29, 2014 - Comments Off on Check Us Out: Bene Rialto Retail Marketplace Opening

Check Us Out: Bene Rialto Retail Marketplace Opening

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We may have just announced our involvement in the Young & Able web pop-up (and soon to be physical space), but we've got another announcement for all of you. On a recent and particularly breezy Thursday night, we celebrated the opening of Bene Rialto—a retail marketplace in Manhattan featuring outstanding local, national, and international makers, from apparel to jewelry to handcrafted denim bags.

The marketplace consists of three floors. You can find most of the accessories and paper goods on the first floor, apparel on the second (including a few familiar designs from yours truly!), and art on the third floor. The space will also feature various events and speakers.

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Here's a little background on the space: The space—whose namesake means "good marketplace" in Italian—is the brainchild and work of a former buyer and director from Saks, Caryn Neary, plus a team of other high fashion retail veterans. But the space is much more than a place to find extremely well-made gifts and indulgences. Think of it as an emerging incubator—the vision is to integrate a wholesale showroom, florist space, and eatery into the mix. Nestled right off of one of Midtown's busiest footpaths, this is the perfect place for a more personal shopping experience, past the mega-stores and mass-produced fashions of 5th Avenue.

We'll have much more to announce on this space and what you can expect to see in terms of events and get-togethers, but for now you can visit the space at 13 W. 38th St, New York, New York. And don't forget to come see what we have to offer on the second floor—we're right next to the dressing rooms, near the front windows (replete with a peek at the Empire State Building).

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The Nicole Lenzen gals from left to right: Mindy Raf, PR Manager / Nicole Lenzen, Owner and Designer / Erika Owen, Blogger & Social Media Manager; Photo cred: Glen Taylor

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Glen Taylor and Nicole Lenzen

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 Bene Rialto
13 W. 38th St. (between 5th & 6th Aves)
New York, NY 10018 / 212.246.5984
Mon-Wed 11am-7pm / Thu-Sat 11am-8pm / Sun 12pm-6pm

September 18, 2014 - Comments Off on In Case You Missed It: Photos and Words from the NYFW #WashableFashion Show

In Case You Missed It: Photos and Words from the NYFW #WashableFashion Show

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NYFW seems to be all about the flashing lights and front-row guests—it's hard to imagine actually wearing many of the designs we wait so long in line to see first. But that is part of the beauty of fashion week; trying to garner inspiration from designer details into our own ready-to-wear wardrobes. All that being said, we've always stood firm on our functionality moral—an outfit should move with the person wearing it, not constrict. So, it makes sense that we jumped at the opportunity to be in a fashion show featuring beautiful, quality-made, machine-wash friendly designs. We had a great time showing off our Edie Romper and Elena Dress at the #WashableFashion show during this year's NYFW. The event was put on by Tide, the CFDA, and Fashionista in an effort to promote washable designs and the high quality pieces that are currently available by independent designers. We were one of five designers asked to show in the event.

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Among the full house was a particularly special guest—Tracy Reese, a designer who just introduced her first easy wash pieces in her Fall 2014 collection. Nicole was also interviewed on-site, and some of her answers showed up on Fashionista's recap of the event (read the full write-up here).

BaubleBar accessorized the models, pulling everything together with their statement jewelry—we loved the effortless chic of the pieces paired with Edie and Elena.

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We didn't take a minute to rest after the show came to an end. We know how it feels to own a design right after it makes an appearance on the runway (and how hard it can be to pull off an entire runway presentation, like we mentioned above). So, on the same day, our campaign with fashion crowd-funding site Before the Label kicked off. Make sure to check out our Edie Romper (and a special price for backers) on the campaign site, so you can be one of those people who pulls of runway looks without coming off too strong.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information on upcoming events where you can see our designs in person. For now, here's some footage from the #WashableFashion show to tide you over:

August 4, 2014 - Comments Off on What to Wear to the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island

What to Wear to the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island

voon_michelleVintage style mavens Michelle Coursey & Voon Chew on the dance floor - photo by Paul Stein

When it comes to themed summer happenings, the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island is one of my favorites. It takes place over two glorious weekends, with the final 2014 dates coming up August 16-17th. Conceived by the dapper bandleader Michael Arenella, the event is a dreamy escape back in time: 1920's garb, antique gramophones, a vintage motorcar exhibition, pie contests, properly themed cocktail, and—of course—lots of dancing. (You can see the complete "Run of Show" here.) Once you get past the excitement of what the Lawn Party actually is, don’t let the anxiety of coming up with an outfit weigh you down. There is no specific dress code, but everyone is encouraged to channel elegant vintage-inspired attire to contribute to the overall spirit. Here are a few tips for dressing for the occasion, but make sure to buy your tickets first.

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The Dress
The 1920s style brings about visions of fringed shifts and beaded extravagancies. This is the event to pull out your finest and wear it well. For inspiration, the gorgeous costumes created by Miuccia Prada and Catherine Martin for Bahz Luhrman's Gatsby take the cake, and we absolutely love the campaign for Campari starring the lovely actress Eva Green. Try scouring vintage and thrift shops for aged beauties from the era. Or if you're feeling more daytime summery, lightweight feminine cotton dresses can also fit the bill. For previous lawn parties we've worked with clients to revamp their vintage finds: dresses in silk + cotton gingham as well as a pretty floral print.

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Mind Your Head
The headpiece played a role as an extension of a hairstyle in the '20s. What that means: Feel free to keep your 'do simple—a few waves and finger curls should do the trick—and compliment it with a flapper-style headband that was popular towards the end of the decade. If you are one of those DIY-inclined ladies, try using a plain headband or scarf and adding your own adornments to match your outfit. Or if you prefer a hat or fascinator, NYC milliner Gretchen Fenston has gorgeous jazz age-inspired creations. Otherwise a floppy woven hat is perfect for a hot summer's day full of drinking and dancing.

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Dancing Shoes
This is a given. Whether you decide to go for a more modern look and pair your favorite pair of lace-ups with your get-up or an era-appropriate pair of crescent-tipped heels, make sure you won't end up nursing blisters halfway through the festivities. If it's a pair of '20s inspired shoes you're hunting for, look for a pair that features an ankle or t-strap (great for dancing!); low, chunky heels; or an oxford for a menswear inspired look. Finding a local pair might be the quickest, but Modcloth has a great selection of era-inspired shoes, as well as Remix and American Duchess for quality vintage repro.

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Feminine Accessories, Bold Lips
A string of pearls can go a long way. Toss a few around your neck or on your wrists for a feminine touch that won't take away from the rest of your outfit. Bonus: Playing up the nude colors of your accessories allows for a bold, red lip—which is always the best way to cap the perfect outfit. Read more

December 24, 2013 - Comments Off on Nicole Lenzen launches new Eva Collection at Lindy Focus XII

Nicole Lenzen launches new Eva Collection at Lindy Focus XII

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the new Eva collection at Lindy Focus XII. After a successful debut with the Candy collection at the 2012 Lindy Focus XI, we are proud to once again present new designs for the very first time with a runway show at the event.

The new Eva collection adds more office-friendly and multi-use dresses to the Nicole Lenzen line. Drawing inspiration from the sophisticated color tones of the 1940s post-war era, the Eva collection is elegant as much as it is versatile. Highly adaptable separates are also introduced to complete the offering of stylish, movement-friendly looks.

Join us for the new collection launch at Lindy Focus XI:
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Asheville, NC

Fashion Show
9pm, Sunday 28 Dec
Expo

Vendor Booth
Monday 30 Dec
Laurel Lobby

Call or email to make a private appointment to try on styles during the week
Friday 27 Dec – Tuesday 31 Dec
+1 347 878 8573

About Nicole Lenzen New York 
Nicole Lenzen's ready-to-wear collection channels vintage inspiration through a modern design eye. The feminine silhouettes are tailored for movement, and carefully constructed in New York City.

About Lindy Focus
Lindy Focus is one of the most inspiring and anticipated swing events of the year, bringing together amazing talent and energy from around the globe for nearly a full week of dancing, music, performance, teaching, learning, and sharing. We cannot wait to again be a part of this fantastic event!