Posted Wednesday, Mar. 06, 2013
DONALD PLINER PERSONAL APPEARANCE
On March 29, shoe design star Donald Pliner comes to Fort Worth to introduce the "Signature" collection, a new luxury line he created with his wife, Lisa. "We brainstormed and strategized and brought together a fabulous collection of footwear," Pliner says. Made in Italy, Signature's spring and summer styles showcase unique materials like multi-color cork, clear heels and colorful scarf silks. The couple's ideal customer? As with every shoe he designs, Pliner says he creates for the woman who "appreciates comfort and fashion."
The Pliners are introducing the Signature line into a handful of boutiques across the country, including both Fort Worth locations of Stanley Eisenman Fine Shoes. The Camp Bowie Boulevard store is hosting Lisa and Donald Pliner in March. The couple will hold a trunk show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to present their designs, answer questions and autograph the soles of shoes purchased that day, if requested.
The Pliners and Stanley Eisenman have a long history -- Eisenman has carried the Donald J Pliner label for nearly 20 years. "Donald is a true shoe designer," Eisenman says. "His use of color and material has always defined him, and his designs are both practical and high fashion without being over-the-top -- women can relate to his footwear, and we have developed a huge following for the brand." And there's no better way to introduce the new Signature shoes than with the Pliners themselves, Eisenman says. "This will be one spectacular event for the store and Fort Worth." 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 103, Fort Worth, 817-731-2555.
NEW HIS & HERS SPRING FRAGRANCES
Spring always brings a bevy of new designer fragrances to the cosmetics counter, and this season's offerings include scents for men and women.
For her: Just released this month from Italian style duo Dolce & Gabbana is Desire. With a logo following Stefano Gabbana's own handwriting, this matte gold and black bottle contains an oriental floral fragrance with top notes of lychee and bergamot and base notes of vanilla-infused caramel, musk and sandalwood. Eau de parfum ranges from $79 to $112. www.saksfifthavenue.com.
For him: Versace takes a cue from the Greek god of love for its latest scent, Eros. Donatella's sensuous blend includes vanilla, cedarwood, vetiver, oak moss and tonka beans, designed to appeal to a man she describes as both heroic and passionate. Find it priced from $62 to $80 at Macy's and www.macys.com.
WHAT'S OLD IS NEW AT OFFREZ-VOUS
Fort Worth's west side welcomes a new consignment boutique this month called Offrez-Vous (French for "Treat Yourself"), which specializes in pre-loved designer and upscale fashions, including a small but growing collection of vintage pieces from Europe. Owner Karen Dolman Murdock, a dedicated fashionista, has created a warm and inviting shopping experience, adding special touches throughout the space, from a jewelry-laden center table to individual dressing rooms decked out with doors -- no more tugging at too-short curtains! -- and decor inspired by the major fashion capitals of the world like Milan and Paris. For women who like to keep their fashions fresh, Murdock's consignment terms are a generous 50-50 split. 5001 El Campo Ave., Fort Worth, 817-312-9542.
SOCK IT TO ME
Men who like to stay in step with fashion will appreciate a new sock line called Skulls & Stripes by Nigel Knox-Nifty Socks, an accessories line designed with a distinctly British dapper-meets-clever approach to style. All Nigel Knox styles are made in Italy from natural fibers like Merino wool, cashmere and Pima cotton, using a process called "hand-linking," which eliminates bulky machine-sewn seams. Find Nigel Knox striped designs at The Squire Shop (4516 Hartwood Drive, Fort Worth, 817-927-8722) and a wider selection of solid colors and patterns like argyle and small skulls online at www.nigelknox.com.
GREAT VINTAGE IN GRAPEVINE
The Dallas Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show returns to the Grapevine Convention Center on March 15 and 16, bringing together dozens of professional dealers from across the country to provide a one-stop shop for the best in vintage fashion and accessory design. Top trends to shop include vintage handbags, cuff links and hats, plus garments that channel looks from Downton Abbey, Mad Men, The Great Gatsby or Boardwalk Empire, according to Melissa Sands of Vintage Promotions, which sponsors the show. Hours are 3-8 p.m. Friday (with early buying offered 2-3 p.m., and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $8; early buying hour is $20. 1209 S. Main St., Grapevine. For more information, visit www.vintageclothingandjewelry.com.
Among Caldrea's new scents for spring is a Rosewater Driftwood fragrance that we can't get enough of. With notes of rose, gardenia and lily of the valley, along with cedar and white musk, it reminds us of happy summer beach house memories from long ago. Find all-natural Caldrea candles, soaps and more at Natural Therapeutics, 6340 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, or at www.caldrea.com.
Babies on the Boulevard has moved a few blocks to a new, more expansive space at 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 145 (the phone number remains 817-737-7171). Shoppers can enjoy easier parking at the new space, and new merchandise includes additional shoe lines and more darling jewelry for little girls to love.
Inscriptions on the Boulevard hosts a Jon Hart trunk show March 22 with 15 percent off all items and free hot stamps on every leather-trimmed item ordered that day. 4003 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-737-9900.
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