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NEON PHEONMENA in JEWELR
The colors
The nails
The patterns
The COLORBLOCKING
I love this photo just because it captures all of what’s trendy right now in a very artistic and alluring way.  Nicely done - as the friendship bracelets above can really complement the above baubles of Dara Senders- New York fashion personality and jewelry designer
Apr 11

NEON PHEONMENA in JEWELR

The colors

The nails

The patterns

The COLORBLOCKING

I love this photo just because it captures all of what’s trendy right now in a very artistic and alluring way.  Nicely done - as the friendship bracelets above can really complement the above baubles of Dara Senders- New York fashion personality and jewelry designer

Mar 14

At  32,000 Square Feet: Zara is Bigger and Better in New York City

IF anyone has recently been intrigued (like me) over ZARA’s recent “DEAR NEW YORK” shopping bags— it’s because the Spanish based retailer is opening a 32,000-square-foot NEW FLAGSHIP LOCATION at 666 Fifth Avenue on 3/15. If you’re a spoiled New Yorker (like me) wondering what the big idea is— it’s that this is the biggest location to date with the largest amount of investments poured within the total company.  Today’s Women’s Wear Daily quotes the space spares the expense at $8,300 a square foot at $324 million total invested and obviously houses all families of business when it comes to product offerings 

Newness:

As a retailer and Zara lover the extension of the brand will be another exciting retail environment to gain marketplace insight from.  Like Uniqlo- who recently opened it’s Fifth Avenue flagship doors back in October 2011, Zara has developed a sound strategy for remaining relevant and profitable with expanding into e-commerce late last year and initiating a creative branding pull, through it’s Dear New York video collaboration with Luis Urculo (left).

In connection to remaining relevant, there’s been an ever increasing need for retailers to remain extremely competitive against one another; whether it be through achieving social media effectiveness, rewards programs or maxing out on brick and mortar presence, especially for European brands (i.e. Reiss, Sandro, Maje, Zadig and Voltaire and Ted Baker) who have all successfully set up leased shops at Bloomingdale’s in addition to securing and operating their own much smaller doors. There’s a growing mentality to have a strategic omnichannel presence among many retailers.

Lastly, I know many New Yorker’s are excited about Zara’s newness and in proper response to their campaign- I say THANK YOU for being bigger and hopefully better.

this shirt is just over the top.  the pattern-work, the color play- the netting.
simply amazing
Mar 14

this shirt is just over the top.  the pattern-work, the color play- the netting.

simply amazing

TRAVEL.
Mar 10


TRAVEL.

A TALE OF 2 CITIES- A MATCH MADE IN RETAIL HEAVEN
(actually make that VEGAS!)
TOPSHOP OPENS IN LAS VEGAS! 
Break out the champagne, gold lame and slot machine- TOPSHOP, the London based fast fashion and trend forward retailer opened up in the ‘city of sin’ today in  Las Vegas Fashion Show Mall.  The Fashion Show mall- anchored by Saks, Neiman’s and Nordstrom welcomes the brand- as this location is set to be the pre-cursor for their LA expansion into The Grove later on this year.
Based on a recent Women’s Wear Daily article, Sir Phillip Green- TOPSHOP’s parent company owner and Susan Houck, senior vice president of marketing for General Growth Properties Inc., the mall’s owner divulge that they felt the need to create addiitonal brand awareness- in such an area that generates a healthy mix of high volume tourist and local sales and a fashion fan-base that heralds decadent attire. Green also explains that acquiring the Las Vegas location occurred much quicker than locations further west- and is excited to generate the additional marketshare.
From a retail revenue perspective- this location is really going to ramp up profits and from a branding perspective; it will catapult it’s U.S. presence.  I can’t wait to visit!
Mar 9

A TALE OF 2 CITIES- A MATCH MADE IN RETAIL HEAVEN

(actually make that VEGAS!)

TOPSHOP OPENS IN LAS VEGAS!

Break out the champagne, gold lame and slot machine- TOPSHOP, the London based fast fashion and trend forward retailer opened up in the ‘city of sin’ today in  Las Vegas Fashion Show Mall.  The Fashion Show mall- anchored by Saks, Neiman’s and Nordstrom welcomes the brand- as this location is set to be the pre-cursor for their LA expansion into The Grove later on this year.

Based on a recent Women’s Wear Daily article, Sir Phillip Green- TOPSHOP’s parent company owner and Susan Houck, senior vice president of marketing for General Growth Properties Inc., the mall’s owner divulge that they felt the need to create addiitonal brand awareness- in such an area that generates a healthy mix of high volume tourist and local sales and a fashion fan-base that heralds decadent attire. Green also explains that acquiring the Las Vegas location occurred much quicker than locations further west- and is excited to generate the additional marketshare.

From a retail revenue perspective- this location is really going to ramp up profits and from a branding perspective; it will catapult it’s U.S. presence.  I can’t wait to visit!

Mar 6

Another home-run collection for NY based designer who many believed to only succeed in elite street style.  Alex brings out the big guns in more ways than one- with gun inspired accessories, a riotous soundtrack and a BATALLION cast of MODEL VETERANS, Carmen Kass, Frankie Raydar and GISELE.  These interviews are great, the background music is very effective— strong, serious and cacophonous..subliminally reminding us to NOT TO SNOOZE on his abilities.

-JANTELL BANKS (review on style.com)

WITHOUT STRUGGLE, THERE IS NO PROGRESS-

Mar 3
QUOTE (ME)
 I know I just posted on how “captivating” the neon trend is, but I think not only for myself but for many New York women- the texture and toughness behind a dark color palette is inpsiring and provides LONGEVITY and PRACTICALITY.  Personally speaking, I regard myself as a tough and fiercely strong woman and wouldn’t want to have it any other way—which is honestly just a fragment (insert traits of quick wit and animation) but when it comes to my style- I want biker-rocker chic to read through loud and clear. SO while the Neon Phenomena intrigues- Dark arts and Inspiration always resonate.
HENCE my latest board on pinterest: D A R K
http://pinterest.com/jantell/d-a-r-k-arts-i-n-s-p-i-r-a-t-i-o-n/
Mar 3

 I know I just posted on how “captivating” the neon trend is, but I think not only for myself but for many New York women- the texture and toughness behind a dark color palette is inpsiring and provides LONGEVITY and PRACTICALITY.  Personally speaking, I regard myself as a tough and fiercely strong woman and wouldn’t want to have it any other way—which is honestly just a fragment (insert traits of quick wit and animation) but when it comes to my style- I want biker-rocker chic to read through loud and clear. SO while the Neon Phenomena intrigues- Dark arts and Inspiration always resonate.

HENCE my latest board on pinterest: D A R K

http://pinterest.com/jantell/d-a-r-k-arts-i-n-s-p-i-r-a-t-i-o-n/

NEON PHENOM - just a tiny take on the neon trend, captivating and fleeting at the same time… enthralling nontheless.
CHECK OUT ALL OF MY NEON MUSINGS on pinterest ;)
http://pinterest.com/jantell/neon-phenomena/http://pinterest.com/jantell/neon-phenomena/
-JANTELL BANKS
Jan 26

NEON PHENOM - just a tiny take on the neon trend, captivating and fleeting at the same time… enthralling nontheless.

CHECK OUT ALL OF MY NEON MUSINGS on pinterest ;)

http://pinterest.com/jantell/neon-phenomena/http://pinterest.com/jantell/neon-phenomena/

-JANTELL BANKS

Jan 26

 FRENCH HOUSE- great mix done by a friend in paris.