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BLACK HALO EVE COLLECTION MARKS LAUREL BERMAN'S TEN YEARS OF SUCCESS

After completing a bachelor’s degree in political science, on track towards a law degree, Laurel Berman decided to make a dramatic change in her career path. She interviewed and was accepted to the San Francisco Academy of Fashion Design.

EVE_LouiseRoseNow celebrating her company’s 10th anniversary, Black Halo has become a recognized name among top designers, celebrities and businesswomen alike. Her Spring 2013 collection Black Halo EVE, a brand new line of evening wear showcasing the sophisticated and slimming style she is known for, has already seen high demand and celebrity appearances.

Louise Roe was one of the first to wear a piece from Black Halo EVE during her red carpet appearance at the 84th Academy Awards. Black Halo has been worn by many others red-carpet names over the past decade, including Lauren Conrad, Kim Kardashian, Amanda Seyfried, Mariah Carey, Fergi and Eva Mendes. Berman’s styles have graced the covers of national magazines and appeared in scenes from Date Night, Ironman and Girls, among others.

The release and instant success of Black Halo EVE, Berman says, has been one of the top moments in her career so far. Prompted by a request from Neiman Marcus to design a collection of evening wear, it was the only store to carry the EVE collection when it made its first appearance fall 2012. The Spring 2013 Collection of EVE is now in full force at Neiman Marcus, Saks and Nordstrom, and online at shopbop.com and blackhalo.com.

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Black Halo is for the “romantic rebel,” Berman explains, “the rule breaker.” Her designs are sensible and timeless, allowing for countless ways to accessorize and create new looks from the same piece. “On trend, but never trendy.”

BH_JACKIEO_AUBERGINEMost well-known for the “Jackie O” dress, Berman aims to allow women to look and feel their best in whatever they are doing. “Two inches taller and 10 pounds thinner,” is a look women can achieve with Black Halo’s dress architecture and is especially important for those with on-camera appearances.

After a highly successful decade, Berman says her sights are not set far enough to forecast what the next ten years have in store for Black Halo, but a brick and mortar store is not out of the question. Black Halo shoes, handbags and fragrances may also see beginnings down the road.

She began her dream inside of a 3,500-square-foot building, uncertain of what the future would hold. Today, Black Halo occupies 15,000 square feet and employes 30, including her husband. “I wake up everyday in a good mood,” Berman says. A true professional fairytale of following a passion, Berman continues to flourish in the fashion world and love what she does.

Kendra Scott Color Bar

Kendra Scott Jewelry Boutique Opens At Scottsdale Quarter

Kendra Scott, founder of Kendra ScottNew to the Scottsdale Quarter is jewelry boutique Kendra Scott, known for its handcrafted and custom jewelry in bold color combinations. With a fan base that includes Eva Longoria, Cameron Diaz, Hilary Duff and Sofia Vergara, Kendra Scott is a global brand sold at retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, and has locations in both Texas and California. This is the first Arizona storefront for Kendra Scott.

“On our website, we were seeing a lot of customers coming out of the Phoenix/Scottsdale area,” says Owner Kendra Scott. “When we came down and visited Scottsdale Quarter, we were just blown away by the very synergistic brands, and when you look at the Scottsdale woman, she is a Kendra Scott girl; she’s fashionable, she’s put together, she’s fun, she’s outgoing, she has a great fashion sense, and she’s not afraid to express herself with her jewelry or her fashion. So we really felt this was the place for us.”

The boutique will introduce the Scottsdale-area shoppers to the Kendra Scott Color Bar™, with boasts multiple 55″ touch-screen display monitors, iPads and a kaleidoscope of 26 gemstones and 23 jewelry silhouettes in both gold and rhodium silver settings. Although online shoppers can find this on Kendra Scott’s website, the in-store feature provides customers a hands-on, interactive experience to customize one-of-a-kind jewelry.

“People have never seen anything like this,” Scott says, “and they can’t believe they can walk out within minutes with a custom piece of jewelry. We want people to be part of the design process, and our customers just love it.”

Scott adds that the Color Bar™ is a great way to create personalized, statement jewelry as gifts for friends and loved ones this holiday season.

“We help by finding out what her favorite colors are, her skin tone, her hair color,” Scott says. “We’re able to help people find the perfect gift for someone, and we want them to be wowed when they open it. And we usually do a pretty good job at that.”

Kendra Scott also offers space available to reserve for special events, including bridal parties.

“We have a lot of customers who will bring in their outfits that they’re trying to match or a dress that they’re wearing to an event to a party,” Scott says. “We do a lot of bridal parties, so the bride will pick her colors, and her bridesmaids pick the style that they want. We make it a fun event with champagne and cupcakes.”

Not only does Kendra Scott accommodate bridal parties, but customers and charities can also take part in Kendra Gives Back parties, where local charities and those who support them are able to come in to the store and have a shopping party, with 20 percent given back to that charity.

“In our company, we have three core values, which are family, fashion and philanthropy,” Scott says. “And giving back to the community where we have stores has been very, very important to us.

“We work with a lot of women’s and children’s charities, so if there’s an organization in this area that would like to do a Kendra Gives Back event, we’re always so thrilled to do that.”

For more information about Kendra Scott, including store hours, visit kendrascott.com.


Gift Picks:
Emerald green jewelry for your fashion-forward friends:

KENDRA SCOTT Emerald Green Jewelry
1. Valerie Necklace in Green Agate, $250; 2. Marcella Statement Necklace in Green, $175; 3. Tatum Earrings in Green, $95 (celeb favorite); 4. Abena Cuff Bracelet in Green, $150


Kendra Scott

Scottsdale Quarter
15147 N. Scottsdale Rd., #H-155
(480) 525-9265
kendrascott.com

Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection: Gift Picks

Target has brought in a heavyweight for its most recent designer collaboration: luxury department store Neiman Marcus. Boasting top designers, such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Tracy Reese, Marc Jacobs and many more, Neiman Marcus is bringing the fashion heat to this holiday collection.

Target, an accessible chain and, frankly, one of my favorite pastimes to discover all the things I never knew I needed, has had continuous success with its now reputable designer partnerships.Were any of you a part of the madness that was Targetʼs collaboration with Italian fashion house Missoni last spring? Iʼm still salty about not snagging that lovely Missoni throw blanket; so, like most, I was ready to put on my fashionable running shoes come the official arrival of Target x Neiman Marcus. OK, more like my fashionable pajamas — online shopping? Yes, please.While the collection debuted in its entirety on Target’s website at midnight on December 1st, it has since done a brilliant job in maintaining well-stocked shelves since the launch of all the designer goodies. Many, if not all, are still available in your local Targets and Neiman Marcus department stores. All of my favorites arrived via prompt Target shipping.
How I styled the
Tracy Reese blouse:
Target + Neiman Marcus Collection

Check out my top must-haves and favorites from the collection:

Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection picks

1. Tracy Reese dessert plates, $39.99. 2. Tracy Reese blouse, $79.99. 3. Alice + Olivia bike, $499.99. 4. Alice + Olivia roller, $179.99. 5. Tory Burch lunch pale and thermos, $19.99, $24.99. 6. Diane Von Furstenberg yoga mat, $49.99.


To view more of the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection items,
visit target.com.

Drybar Phoenix

Drybar Opens Second Location In Phoenix, With 50-60 Positions Open

Who doesn’t love Zooey Deschanel’s signature hair? Or, Jennifer Garner’s always-luscious, flowing locks? And women in Scottsdale have been following their lead, trusting one blowout salon in particular with their hair — Drybar. Due to the shop’s success at the Scottsdale Quarter, Drybar is opening a second location in Phoenix on the Camelback Corridor.

“We are thrilled to be opening our second Drybar in Arizona,” says Alli Webb, Drybar founder and longtime stylist. “Our existing Scottsdale shop in the Scottsdale Quarter has been warmly embraced by the lovely ladies in Arizona, and we are ecstatic to open Drybar in Phoenix.”

With the opening of the Phoenix location scheduled for the end of October, the blow dry bar is also looking to hire 50 to 60 people. Positions include stylists and front desk personnel.

Drybar has locations open in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, San Diego and Atlanta, and the concept — offering no cuts, no color, just blowouts — has a following of more than 200,000 loyal clients nationwide.

DrybarAnd it isn’t the shop’s customer service that’s over-the-top (in a positive way, of course); its design is, too with custom Italian chairs, tufted fabric walls, marble bar with built-in iPhone docking stations, and flat screens featuring your favorite chick flicks.

Drybar has also recently added some high-profile names to its Board, including Paul Pressler, former CEO of Gap, Inc. and a president at The Walt Disney Company; and Janet Gurwitch, founder and former CEO of Laura Mercier Cosmetics and executive vice president at Neiman Marcus.

“Drybar has created an incredibly cool and innovative experience for the consumer,” says Gurwitch. “I am excited to be joining this impressive team to further expand the Drybar brand.”

For more information about Drybar, its services and/or to apply for one of the open positions, visit thedrybar.com.

Drybar Phoenix
Where: 3172 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Contact: (480) 607-5064
Online: thedrybar.com
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