Neiman Marcus + Target Collaboration

I am beyond excited for the Neiman MarcusTarget collaboration – two visionaries in the retail industry, are creating a revolutionary partnership that will bring together 24 of America’s most talented designers to create a limited-edition holiday collection complete with 52 items!

Beginning Dec. 1, just in time for the busy holiday shopping season, the collection will be available at all Target and Neiman Marcus stores, as well as online at Target.com and NeimanMarcus.com at 8am! Customers can begin lining up at the door of their local stores at 6am.

Here are some of my picks from the collection that would make amazing gifts for any loved one!

XOXO, Mel

1] Oscar De La Renta dog leash and collar, 2] Marchesa girl’s dress, 3] Jason Wu ornament set,  4] Tracy Reese top, 5] Marc Jacobs pouches, 6] Derek Lam slippers, 7] DVF jewelry box, 8] Alice + Olivia bicycle, 9] Tory Burch beverage container, 10] Rag & Bone shot glass set, 11] Philip Crangi picture frame

Learn more about the collaboration here: 

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/category.jsp?itemId=cat44320738

 

Interview With the Designer of Black Halo, Laurel Berman

LAUREL BERMAN

Neiman Marcus Orlando had a trunk show and presentation from Laurel Berman herself! I was lucky enough to get to interview her!

Laurel has elevated the Black Halo brand to a level in contemporary fashion that can be considered iconic. Berman created a brand that is now synonymous with beauty and modern-day style.

Through the wildly popular “Jackie O” Dress, Laurel dramatically transformed the way women dress today with the simplicity of a single piece. With flawless construction, impeccable tailoring and an aesthetic that both references and reinvents classic glamour and sex appeal. Ever growing and evolving, Berman consistently presents unique silhouettes and draping techniques – never ceasing to surprise with innovation through unexpected sources of inspiration.

Interview Questions:

Who has been the most influential person for you in your career journey so far?
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly one person, many have inspired me in different ways along my journey to this point in my career
3 things you can’t leave home without?
My Iphone, My Yoga Mat, & My Hazelnut Decaf with Almond Milk
Do you have any advice for facing adversity/struggles in business?
To not take “No” for an answer, there is always something good around the corner
What has been the high point or pinnacle of your career thus far?
My first fashion editorial feature in Marie Claire 2005 
Did you encounter any surprises along the way while growing and establishing your business?
The competition that we have faced with manufacturing in LA, the labor prices have steadily increased over the years as more and more vendors are looking to manufacture locally
Who are your personal style icons?
Coco Chanel, Diane Vreeland, and of course, Jackie-O
What do you know now that you wish you had known 10 years ago?
To not get caught up in the praise or the critism of others
What is your vision for the future for Black Halo?
Product expansions into shoes, sunglasses, and fragrance
 

Spotlight: My Summer Intern

My name is Kristie Keller & I’m Melanie’s intern for the summer 🙂 I’m 22 & attend Florida State University… I will be graduating in December from the Retail Merchandising & Product Development program! I’ve had the opportunity to intern with Melanie this summer & have already learned so much from her.

How would you describe your style? I would say that my style is very hip/trendy – but also reminiscent of classic/preppy styles…I love mixing unexpected colors & patterns & I’m very girly, I love pink/florals/lace/gingham/pastels.

Who is your favorite runway designer/RTW designer? I don’t think Chanel or Christian Dior can ever go wrong…I also adore BCBG Max Azria, Alice + Olivia, Marc Jacobs, Ted Baker, & Tory Burch…

What is your go to outfit? I like easy to throw on skinny jeans or high-waisted jean shorts/striped t shirts/flats + a statement necklace.

What are the 3 most worn items in your closet? Tory Burch Reva flats, high waisted Levi jean shorts from Urban Outfitters/Mink Pink denim shorts, neon t-shirts from Jcrew/faded denim Jcrew button up.

What current trend are you most excited about? NEON everything, floral printed blazers, pants, shorts, etc…also peplum tops and dresses

Favorite season & why? Spring/Summer…everything is just brighter & more fun.

Who is your fashion icon or celebrity you look to for style tips & inspiration? I love everything about Lauren Conrad…her hair/makeup/effortlessly chic style…I also get inspiration from Blake Lively, Mary Kate/Ashley Olsen & Olivia Palermo & I regularly read Atlantic-Pacific’s blog as well as Brooklyn Blonde!

How many pairs of shoes do you own? Probably over 100, much to my dad’s dismay.

Beauty must haves? Beauty Balm [bb cream] by TooFaced, Schiap Lipstick by Nars, the Naked palette by Urban Decay & lots of liquid eyeliner!

What decade inspires your wardrobe? I’ve recently fallen in love with the 50’s/60’s because of Mad Men…I’m really into cigarette style pants & curls.

If you could give one piece of style advice, what would it be? Always make sure you’re confident in what you’re wearing.

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