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doo-ri for Macy’s

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Here’s a sneak peek at doo.ri for Macy’s Impulse Collection, the next in a series of fashion forward designer partnerships for the department store. It launches Feb. 15 at select Macy’s stores nationwide, including downtown Minneapolis, Ridgedale, Southdale, Rosedale and Mall of America.

Doo-Ri Chung worked with Geoffrey Beene for five years before launching her own label in 2003. Her Macy’s collection includes bold prints, detailed knitwear, jersey mixed with leather and doo-ri’s signature draping. Prices range from $39 to $159.

Meanwhile, Macy’s is already looking ahead to its next partnership: Alberta Ferretti will launch April 17 with a bohemian influenced collection of affordably priced feminine  dresses, lightweight pants, peasant style blouses and knits in the season’s essential oranges, pinks and teals…

Last Minute Shopping Advice

Friday, December 16th, 2011
Oh, really? You’re going to the mall today? You and the rest of America. The Saturday before Christmas is, historically, even crazier day than Black Friday. This year is a little different, since Christmas Eve is also a Saturday. Malls will be open until 5 or 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, but crowds are sure to thin out by afternoon. Which brings us back to this weekend, when everyone will be shopping. The National Retail Federation reported this week that the average person has completed less than half her shopping.
In lieu of a personal elf, here’s some advice:
  • Go early, stay late. Most malls are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. this week (Rosedale will be open until 11 p.m. on Friday) and 8 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The Rosedale Macy’s will be open for 83 hours straight starting Wednesday at 7 a.m. Weeknights, even this week before Christmas, will be a lot more manageable than Saturday at the mall.
  • Make a list, and check it online. Do your price comparisons and check inventory in advance to cut down on in-store hassles.
  • Get crafty. On Saturday, Dec. 17, Calhoun Square will host 20 artists selling everything from jewelry to pottery. On Monday, Dec. 19, there’s a craft market happening at Modern Times Café. More event details here.
  • Get out of the mall. Victory in Linden Hills is all decked out for the holidays, and even if you don’t find the right gift, you’ll leave inspired rather than stressed. The Bee Cottage in Excelsior is nice for festive candles (and Santa matchboxes) and vintage Christmas décor. General Store of Minnetonka is a tried and true stop for everything from toys to gourmet gift baskets, and there’s a café.
  • Think beauty. Pampering is always appreciated, and spas have some great deals going: Get a $25 gift card when you buy one worth $150 at Spalon Montage. Get a spa gift set when you purchase a gift card for $50 or more at Rocco Altobelli. At Sanctuary SalonSpa, get the gift card purchase out of the way so you can take advantage of specials this week only, like a 50 minute massage for $50 or 10 percent off hair extensions.
  • Get it wrapped. StyledLife has its top eight gifts wrapped and ready to go. russell + hazel has all sorts of gift combos at the ready, and will also create one just for you.
  • Stock up on memorable hostess gifts. The hot chocolate and gourmet marshmallows at Williams-Sonoma are one of my favorites. Crate & Barrel is a great place for lasting gifts: mugs, candles, frames—and many are on sale. Make a CD mix—it gets the party started, and shows you put some thought into it.
  • Distract the kids! They’re on break; you need to shop. St. Louis Park toy/art store Kiddywampus is offering in-store classes and art projects all week.
  • Place online orders by the beginning of the week. Some sites will guarantee Christmas Eve delivery through Dec. 19 or 20. After that, it’s going to cost you extra.
  • Take note of what you want for yourself. Because what you don’t receive will probably be on sale next week.

Black Friday Midnight Madness

Friday, October 28th, 2011

In the constant quest to get shoppers excited and make the evening news, both Target and Mall of America announced today their plans to open at midnight on Black Friday. It actually seems more civilized than 3 or 4 a.m. I’d rather stay up late than crawl out of bed in the middle of the night to shop.

Black Friday hours have been creeping earlier for years. Last year, several chains, including Sears and Gap, were open on Thanksgiving Day. Premium Outlets, including Albertville, has opened at midnight the past few years–creating traffic jams in the process.

Target says the decision to open four hours earlier than last year was based on customer demand. Mall of America has 70 of its 500-plus retailers signed on for the midnight opening. It will be interesting to see what the deals are like: longer hours could actually help retailers create more of a party atmosphere–putting the emphasis on the event of shopping, rather than the blockbuster deals that have become synonymous with Black Friday. But it would have to be a really excellent party. Discounts are the reward for staying up late or rising extra early, and it won’t be easy to change that.

P.S.: Macy’s announced on Monday that its stores will open at midnight on Black Friday as well.

Will you shop at midnight?

Giambattista Valli for Macy’s

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Sarah Jessica Parker was wearing Giambattista Valli when I interviewed her before her fragrance launch at Macy’s a few years ago. Now the fashionista fave is making his own Macy’s debut on Wednesday, Oct. 26 with a limited edition collection for the Impulse department. It’s dresses, dresses and more party-ready dresses, priced from around $99 to $139. Preview the collection online.

Doo-Ri for Macy’s

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
Continuing its new mission to bring designer fashion to the masses, Macy’s today announced Doo-Ri Chung as the next designer partner for the contemporary “Impulse” department. Chung, who dressed First Lady Michelle Obama for a state dinner, is known for feminine silhouettes, soft, draped fabrics and artistic touches. Her Macy’s line, priced from $39 to $159 promises to capture the same flavor. The collection will include short and maxi length dresses, sweaters and cardigans, knit and faux leather mixed skirts and blouses. Doo-Ri is scheduled to launch at Macy’s on Feb. 15.
But first, the Giambattista Valli for Impulse collection hits stores Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Backstage at Glamorama

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Model down! It’s a long day for the tall, beautiful, skinny  models from all over the U.S. who come to Minneapolis to appear in Macy’s Glamorama fall fashion extravaganza. Those poor, poor things had to report to the Orpheum Theatre at 8 a.m. this morning and as one told me, strumming his guitar by the stage door: “We’re on lock down!”

What’s really disgusting: The Glamorama models are as nice as they are gorgeous.

And right now: they’re loading up on CINNAMON ROLLS!

The models are in hair and makeup for their afternoon dress rehearsal with Bruno Mars and Far East Movement. Sneak preview: Lancome’s National Makeup Artist Alex Sanchez is creating a watercolor inspired look, with pinks and purples to accent Glamorama’s “Artrageous” theme this year. The key to making these faces last through showtime tonight: Primer.

Signing off until show time. I’ve got more, er, interviews to conduct…

Glamorama 2011

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Great get! Grammy Award winner and current hit maker Bruno Mars will headline Macy’s Glamorama on August 5 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Electro-pop quartet Far East Movement of “Like a G6″ fame, will also perform. And for the first time in years, it’s those fussy 20somethings who are most excited about the show. While Glamorama has certainly featured big names in the past, it’s often artists past their prime, rather than on the rise like this year’s headliners. A smart investment for a department store eager to reconnect with young shoppers.

“ARTRAGEOUS” is the theme for the 20th annual fashion fundraiser to benefit Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Featured designers will include Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs and Sonia Rykiel, and as always, the show will be followed by a party in Macy’s 8th floor auditorium and on the rooftop. Tickets for the show only are $60; show and after party admission starts at $175. To order, call 952-893-9355 or click here.

Matthew Williamson for Macy’s

Friday, March 11th, 2011

From the Matthew Williamson for Macy's ad campaign, debuting Tuesday.

Okay, I won’t make you wait until the April issue to find out what WWD reported today (I had been sworn to secrecy in order to get the scoop early enough for the magazine deadline): Matthew Williamson will be the second in Macy’s designer capsule collection series. The line, which launches April 13 in 225 Macy’s stores, and on, will include embellished day and party dresses, printed scarves, and day-to-evening rompers priced from $50 to $150 (a few leather and suede items will be as much as $300). “The collection aims to capture the essence of the mainline brand, with a focus on effortless glamour; dynamic prints; loosely structured silhouettes and pops of strong color,” Williamson told WWD.

It’s the best sign yet that Macy’s is serious about winning back young, fashion oriented customers. British designer Kinder Aggugini was the first in the designer capsule series – his flowery, retro spring dresses are currently on the floor at select Macy’s including Southdale. Karl Lagerfeld will follow Williamson in the series, WWD reported.

Macy’s also recently launched Bar III private label contemporary apparel for women and men.

Macy’s Spring Designer Event

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

This charmingly bright and stunningly architectural (it literally bounces when you walk) Issey Miyaki dress epitomized the print/pattern trend we highlighted Thursday night at Macy’s Spring Designer Event in the Oval Room of the downtown Minneapolis store. I had the fun assignment of hosting the event, a benefit for Fashion Group International of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Other key trends we hit on for Spring 2011:

  • White on white. Worn top to bottom, with white accessories. (Paired with nude/natural sandals).
  • Pop of color. The turquoise dress. The orange bag. Vibrant hues stand alone, get accessorized and even mixed together, for those who like a bold statement.
  • Bohemian/’70s influences. Long dresses, crocheted details, funky prints, soft and flowy silhouettes.
  • Chain jewelry. You can keep layering, but for spring, the strands are chunkier.
  • Naturals. You need nude heels and wedges. The models wore them with everything.
  • Old Glory. That’s Macy’s-speak for what I like to call…navy. But then, I’m just a simple girl. A backstage look at this summer perennial:

Macy’s Beauty Impulse

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Macy’s is expanding its youthful, contemporary Impulse concept from fashion to beauty. A new Impulse Beauty department will showcase brands like Urban Decay, Stila, Too Faced, Essie and others. Mall of America will be the first (and so far only) location to get the new department. It is scheduled to open April 2 with a party, including beauty tips from pros and special gifts with purchase.

Meanwhile, Macy’s downtown Minneapolis store no longer carries Nanette Lepore. Nor does the “flagship” boast the new Bar III department for young shoppers. Increasingly, you’ve got to go to the ‘burbs to get the good stuff. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved