A Preview to Ipsy’s April ‘SideShow’

As an Ipsy monthly subscriber, I get five sample or full sized cosmetic products for about ten bucks (pre-tax, pre-shipping). While some months, I am pleasantly surprised at the selection, other months I find myself glancing at the products in dismay, then tossing the Glam Bag somewhere (hence no recent reviews about the past couple of bags). That aside, I know that no brand is perfect and since they have wonderful customer service,  I continue to be a loyal customer.

Anyhow, when I got April’s Glambag, I was excited, although I found out what I was getting via the Ipsy App that allows you to pretty much view the products you should expect in your bag instead of waiting until the bag arrives. First, this month’s bag looks like a carnival ticket, which I adore, because novelty bags are so cute and fun! This one I will definitely use. They also allow us to stay in touch with our inner children. We should never lose them. After all, they pretty got us to where we are today!

Secondly, I like the selection of products, which are a variety that I can truly appreciate. I received a full-sized LipTone Care Stick by Tony Moly in Mint Light and Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank Angle Brush. I also received sample-sizes of the following: Truffle Therapy Face Toner, Elizabeth Mott’s Show Me Your Glow Shimmer Shadow & Highlighter and Meg Twin Nail Colors in Lovey Dovey.

I am really excited about each product (especially the toner, angle brush and nail colors) and will post my reviews soon, so stay tuned!

Also, if you are also an Ipster, please feel free to share what goodies you got in your Glambag this month!

Coachella 2017

As the ink from Coachella 2017 dries in the history books, performers showcased their music all week as Lady Gaga headlined and closed the show last night with her energetic performance, pounding the MainStage just before midnight. But, what I truly live for are the fashions worn during the week-long cultural and musical event. Usually celebrities are fixtures throughout the festivities, while fans and foes alike take to social media (unless lucky enough to attend) to see what ensembles and trends we should look for in the upcoming season.

Cowboy boots, ripped denim and floral prints are repeated staples worn to Coachella, while most women tend to trade in stiletto heels for Chucks and gladiator sandals so they can comfortably cover the grounds. Here are some of the notable trendsetters seen about Coachella who tend to never disappoint: Actress Yara Shahidi, more popularly known for her role on Blackish, donned a flowing, off-the-shoulder- floral frock with comfy flats and off course wild, beautiful curls being as free as can be.  Slum dog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto wore high-waisted olive pants barely hugging her rock-hard abs and a cropped blue top with a black hat covering her tousled hair and flat ankle strap sandals.

Socialite and Boss Babe Paris Hilton who dares to defy fashion limits whether you like her or not, was seen at Coachella with her whimsical, rainbow striped maxi dress complete with matching cat ears, soft pink ballet flats and signature long mane. Style maven and talented singer Solange Knowles, who can never do any wrong in my eyes when it comes to fashion, replete in a head-to-toe lace coral pantsuit and hair that defies gravity.

With a freshly cut pixie, Singer Katy Perry takes the athleisure approach with a sports bra, track pants and an eye-catching, technicolor fur, complete with lime green sunnies. Another trendsetting queen, Amber Rose arrives with NFL baller Odell Beckham Jr. wearing a form fitting bodysuit with larger-than-life accessories splashed strategically against a black background, with her trademark buzz cut blond tresses and pink glossy lips. Beckham Jr.’s distressed denim, blond curls and mix-and-match neon laces paired well with Rose’s outfit.

Rihanna’s style was my absolutely favorite. I believe that she has established herself as a young fashion icon who continues to add elements of surprise as we could never figure out what the singer, actress and designer dares to wear next. This year, the Bajan beauty wears an outfit none like any other Coachella attendee. Gucci’s latest creation: a crystal cat suit radiantly glistening  underneath denim cut off shorts revealing the pockets, and her killer long legs. She effortlessly is draped in an off the shoulder Gucci tank, wearing an ebony black razor cut bob haircut with her hazel eyes concealed behind dark shades. Of course she wore a pair of platform leather sneakers from her SS17 FENTY x Puma Collection. Combining cool with couture, Rihanna has set the fashion standard quite high.

FENTY x Puma SS17 Review

Rihanna made her Paris Fashion Week debut last year with her highly anticipated SS17  FENTY x PUMA Fashion show set in Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild. The collection is full of luxury athleisure styles from baseball caps to hoodies. Models wore the coveted Creeper sneakers from her debut collection. Her furry flip flops the masses has grown to love, and other brands have begun to copy, are updated with satin bows. Pink ruffles, money green hooded sweatsuits, corsets, and FENTY fans paid an edgy and sporty homage to Marie Antoinette, an 18th century Bad Girl who definitely didn’t play by the rules.

Rihanna was inspired by imagery during previous visits to Versailles in France where she shot a campaign for Christian Dior, and discovered that Marie Antoinette graced those same hallways. Describing her collection as “regal with a perfect mix of street & sportswear”, Rihanna is quickly establishing herself as a style icon and influencer in the fashion world. It is refreshing to see someone like her push the envelop and defy whatever rules people tend to think are fashionable.

Fashion is an art form, and creativity is the key to successfully expressing it. She recently unveiled her PUMA SS17 footwear, featuring a stiletto-sneaker, flip flops and booties with silk bows, with a slightly softer approach than her more gothic collection from 2016. Footwear is now on sale at Neiman Marcus, Champs Sports, Asos and Six02.

BzzAgent Review: L’Oreal’s Voluminous Mascara in Cobalt Blue + Primer

When I saw that BzzAgent was launching a campaign for L’Oreal’s Voluminous Primer and Mascara in Blue Cobalt, I was immediately excited because blue is my favorite color. Also, having already tried a luxury brand mascara in the same color, I have been longing for the same quality but with a more affordable price point. So I knew I had to try it out. I was throughly impressed with the primer, which serves as a base to prep the lashes and maximizes the impression of the mascara. It was easy to apply, not thick and gooey, which could give your lashes that “tarantula” effect. After all, who wants to look like a hairy spider?

Afterwards I applied the Voluminous Mascara in Cobalt Blue, which I highly recommend even for those who are too shy to wear color mascara. It is very subtle, which I appreciate because I could get away with wearing it during the day and night. The mascara applies well, is not clumpy and dries very quickly. My lashes are still soft after application, which is beneficial because some mascaras I have used in the past made them dry and hard, which I think causes breakage. The color is also suitable for my skin tone. I like the shock factor it gives when people are close to me and they are pleasantly surprised that my lashes have a blue tint!

For those who prefer a natural look when seeking mascara brands, L’Oreal’s Voluminous Mascara does the trick. While my own lashes are long, this mascara gives them noticeably extra volume (as the name states) and length. Although Bzzagent sent me this complimentary mascara set I would definitely buy this when I run out because the wand works well and it is affordable. The cost for both the primer and mascara retails for about $10, and about $6 separately. For the price, the quality of the product is good and it comes off easily with facial cleanser, or with make up wipes. The color is fun, yet easy on the eyes, and I definitely see a difference in volume and length.

Payless is Rebooting its Brand

Bargain footwear titan Payless ShoesSource recently announced that it will be shutting down 400 of its US stores, 378 of which are U.S. & Puerto Rico locations. Payless is the latest addition to the growing list of retailers that have already filed bankruptcy this year. (Read story on Wetseal). On Tuesday, the retailer filed a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, in a US Bankruptcy court in Missouri. Don’t fret, Payless fans, the purpose of the bankruptcy filing is to protect its current assets while reorganizing the brand, since it claims to have more liabilities than assets ($1 billion in assets vs $10 billion in liabilities). Since that is the case, it is definitely a clever strategy to eliminate the stores that are no longer profitable and replace them with other sources of revenue.

Although many of the stores may be closing, Payless still plans to “continue business in the ordinary course in terns of customers, vendors, partners and associates.” For those who wonder whether stores may close in their area, Payless still has an ecommerce presence where goods can be purchased online. With the store closing across the nation, one thing to look forward to is the huge closeout sales with a lot of merchandise marked down for low, low prices. And who doesn’t like a deal? Payless plans to rebuild their brand and make it better. That says a lot about a company, that can admit when things must change and improve to not only increase sales, but to also appease their customer. This also determines the successfulness of a brand, whether it can show resiliency amid financial turmoil. It will be exciting to see what the Payless has in store for the future.

For store closings in your area, click here.

Read my original post on Level 21 Magazine’s Blog here.

Victoria Beckham VB x Target Collaboration Hits Stores 4/9!!

International pop star, style maven, designer, and author Victoria Beckham is joining forces with Target to launch a limited edition, 200-piece collection. Scheduled to hit stores on April 9, the pieces pay homage to her Victoria by Victoria Beckham Line. Sleek, colorful, pantsuits, mod dresses and tailored, cuffed shirts are more affordable versions of Victoria’s signature style. What is also la-di-da about this collaboration is that the entire line, which ranges from petite to plus-sizes, has a modest price point of $70 or less.

Although Beckham’s own closet is the envy of all women, full of luxurious ensembles including those of her own design, she still has a practical approach to fashion, and her reasons for choosing to work with Target. “I wanted to work with a retailer that could enable me to reach out to women all around America no matter what their budget, I was really excited because I am often in Target stores with the kids.”

Another notably historical moment for Beckham is the fact that this is her first time tapping into the children’s clothing market. “I have so much fun dressing (daughter) Harper and can take what I’ve learned from having a daughter and really use that when designing this collection for little girls. I know what they like, I know what’s comfortable for girls, and Harper was really involved in the whole process and she has her collection and she loves wearing it.” Beckham is making it posh for mother and daughter to dress alike, so it is quite natural to expect that the entire collection will fly out of the stores and into closets everywhere.

Read my original post for Level 21 Magazine’s fashion blog here.

Ellie Saab SS17 Show

Stars. Literally. Everywhere.

I could literally go on and on about why Ellie Saab is one of my favorite couture designers, ever.

He literally transforms evening gowns to where they appear as heavenly bodies that exist on our earthly plane.

Think I am exaggerating? Well maybe I am….

For example, watch The Ellie Saab SS17 Fashion Show. It was liken to attending an intergalactic disco party. The fashion show exposes us to a mystical world that everyone should dare be a part of. The overall theme is reminiscent of 60’s glamour. Waists are snatched, legs are tawny and bare, and eyes concealed behind shiny, golden sunnies. Per usual, Saab gives us flowing, layered gowns, but with a starry motif.

Grommet leather skirts, Lame’ pant and short suits all pair well with stacked heels. Bell-bottomed pants, embroidered baseball-style caps and fringe vests compels us all to to throw up the peace sign. Although these looks aren’t typical of the designer, Saab didn’t disappoint as he stays near and dear to the voluminous and colorful gowns he is quite notable for. Also, crystal-clear bodysuits and dresses that still leave plenty to the imagination.

Tuxedo pantsuits in angelic whites and mysterious blacks teamed with golden accents. As the show climaxed, more dreamy gowns with bold stripes and gravity-defying necklines are otherworldly. Saab’s play with color, silhouettes, prints and textures makes his designs literally a cut above the rest.

Nike Launches First Plus-Size Women’s Athleisure Line

Nike has recently announced that it will expand its Women’s clothing line to include plus sizes, in hopes to promote a brand that is all-inclusive. The collection will include sports bras, athletic running pants and tops, leggings and other athleisure attire that women of all body types should enjoy. Because it is a new launch, not all plus-size body proportions will be available, but it is a start in that direction. Once Nike sees what their sales projections are, the athletics giant could then assess what other sizes would be beneficial to add to the plus size line. The brand’s ultimate goal is to accommodate all body sizes and proportions.

While this is an excellent step towards product diversity, some consumers wonder what took them so long. After all, active and athletic women do come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A rep from Nike stated that “Nike recognizes that women are stronger, bolder and more outspoken than ever. In today’s world, sport is no longer something that she does, it’s who she is. The days where we have to add ‘female’ before ‘athlete’ are over. She is an athlete, period. And having helped fuel this cultural shift, we celebrate these athletes’ diversity, from ethnicity to body shape.” Also, it is exciting to note that Nike has featured plus-sized models in their ad campaigns, so women could get a glimpse of what the line looks like, and how relatable it is to the plus-sized consumer.

This line is now available online.

Read the original post I wrote for Level 21 Magazine’s Blog here.

Meet Shelton McCoy: Inventor of the Smart Pillo

After a hard day’s work, you pull up to your driveway, anxiously pressing the garage door remote control so you can dash into the house to begin the first night of a long weekend. Once inside, you have managed to eat, take a hot, steaming shower and you are ready to hit your high-thread count cotton sheets. Because your alert mind prevents you from immediately falling asleep, you decide to lay down to relax with some soothing music. Imagine if these wonderful sounds echoing about your room were actually coming from your pillow? Is that even possible? Yes it is, thanks to the brilliant mind of Shelton McCoy. I was privy to interview the founder and inventor of The SmartPillo Company LLC on behalf of Level 21 Magazine.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? 

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I am the middle child of five. I am the left handed middle child, which is why I think that ventured out into extreme things to get attention; the middle child is the “invisible child”.

You have a background as an artist. Tell us a bit about that?

I entered the music industry, and the first time going for it, I became a platinum recording Hip Hop artist with a group called Divine Sounds. “What People Do for Money”, is a record that is still being played today.

So you collaborated on a song with Notorious BIG, can you elaborate on this? How did this affect your music career?

I paid and requested reference vocals from the Notorious B.I.G., on a song I wrote called “Macks N’ Dons”, which eventually became part of the soundtrack to his biopic. But, I  never received credit, nor funds for, even to this day. His mother insisted that it was his song, but I have proof that the song belonged to me.  After his untimely death, I lost my taste for the industry and left the music scene. Then, I packed my things, and moved to L.A. without knowing anyone.

Eventually, what led to your career in celebrity security?

Six months after moving to L.A., I was hanging out with some guys, and I just bumped into a really cool guy, who approached me, handing me a business card. Because of my size, he said I should join the security team for American Idol, and I worked there for three years. Next, I toured with Carrie for two-and-a-half years. The year I joined American Idol, was the same year she won, and because she remembered me during the competition, she asked me to join her on tour as head of security. I traveled all over with Carrie, and met all kinds of  high-end people, so that is when I began submitting patents because of my exposure to the world, and my mind was just running crazy and I realized I had an invention.

You mentioned that you had submitted patents before. Were they prototypes of the Pillo?

I had a prior invention before the SmartPillo. It was a dual-screen net book, which was before there ever was a tablet, kindle, or an iPad. It was insane, I still have it. Because I was ahead of my time, I was told that people wouldn’t want to give up their books, because they like the feel of paper. Now, look at everybody; they are on their tablets. I lived in L.A. for eleven years, and after I had that experience, I moved to Fargo, North Dakota, just for a year.  I was put into a technology incubator at NDSU (North Dakota State University). I met some cool people in North Dakota who believed I had more to offer than working security. I told them that I do have some great ideas, and that I am working on this patent, which was the net book at the time. So, I took my earnings from working with Carrie and started The SmartPillo Company.

What concerns did you have that led to your invention? What personal health issues did you have that contributed to the Smart Pillo’s creation?

As a protector and someone who is protective by nature, I saw my daughter, who was fifteen at the time, stick her iPhone inside of her head wrap so she would be hands free. Prior to that, I saw a segment on CNN about cell phone radiation, and I even got a tumor on my ear due to cell phone radiation. This is why I don’t put a cell phone to my ear anymore. I knew that it was dangerous so I told my daughter to stop putting the phone to her ear. That night, I went to bed and as clear as day, had a vision for a Bluetooth Pillo, through which she could talk to her friends, and even listen to music.

I put it all on the line. I took my patent and went to China alone. I even shared my idea with my barber, Damian Johnson, Owner of No Grease Barber Shop. Barbers are also great therapists, so I told him, and he is one of the first people to tell me that it was a great idea. That gave me the fuel to pursue my dream. Three months later, I had a working prototype for the Pillo. If you ever want to pursue something, write it down, so you can see it everyday. So I sketched what I wanted it to look like on paper, and I looked at that paper everyday.

The paper now is talking to me. It is indicating that “Shelton, you need speakers, because it is enabled by Bluetooth technology.”  I am now looking at the paper for further inspiration, and it says “it is a Pillo, now you need foam to hold the speakers.” So I had to cut the foam so all the components could fit perfectly. Now, I needed a seamstress to put the cover together. And that is how I accomplished this by the paper telling me what to do. And here we are, five years later, that The SmartPillo Company has now turned into Kushion, the world’s first Bluetooth Pillo.

Did you know it would go this far?

No I didn’t know my invention would go this far, but I knew I had something. Everyone I met and let test the Pillo were in awe. I would let them connect their phone to the Pillo and they would be so impressed with it. But, I didn’t know I would  ever partner up with a business tycoon! I called it a divine connection, that I had nothing to do with. Here I came from a group called Divine Sound, and now here it is I am having a divine connection with a mogul like Michael Fux (pronounced Fewks), who is the inventor of the memory foam pillow. I could have never orchestrated this myself. I do not even have an engineering background. Sealy Corporation also has a headquarters in Charlotte so we met there. And, the CEO of Sealy was even impressed with how I met Michael Fux, asking “how did you two guys meet?” The Pillo is so amazing and ahead of its time. So, if any one asks “who the inventor of the Kushion is, I can say, “Shelton McCoy is the inventor if the Cushion Pillo”.

We saw you on Good Morning America, featuring some celebrities testing the pillows. What was their feedback on the product? How did you land a license agreement with distribution company Comfort Revolution?

I was on Good Morning America, during Cyber Monday, where I received great feedback from many celebrities, who thought the idea was dope. The bodyguard for Randy Jackson (American Idol Judge) wanted me to show Randy the Pillo, because he thought Randy may want to partner with me. So, he sent me to meet Randy, who was at the race track at Concord Mills in Concord, NC. So I had in my mind that I would partner with Randy Jackson, as I grab my Pillo and head over to meet with him.

Twenty minutes later, I get a phone call from Randy, who tells me that everyone headed back to the Ritz Carlton! I told him, “I am twenty minutes away, I will meet you guys tomorrow.” And Randy said “no, no, no, we want to meet with you now”, so I decided to head over to the hotel after all since I haven’t seen him in awhile. So, once I got there, I walked up to Randy, who was in the lobby. and he said “Dude what are you doing in Charlotte, Man? What woman brought you to Charlotte? We missed you man, everyone would love to talk to you and meet with you about the Pillo”. I laughed and said “no, I am here because I started a new company, called The SmartPillo Company”.

As he was checking out my Pillo, I got a tap on the shoulder from behind. I turned around to see David, the nephew of Michael Fux, who asked me about the pillow because he thought the Pillo was awesome. So I began pitching the Pillo to David, who was intrigued by it. So, now he wanted to show his Uncle the pillow, and asked me if I had some time. So, what I thought was supposed to be a meeting with Randy Jackson was really God setting up a meeting with Michael Fux, a successful owner of a pillow company! So Michael Fux and his team came down after receiving a call from David to meet me.

After pitching to Michael, he said “This is the future guys, pay attention. The betting industry never changes. Putting this type of technology into the industry is looking into the future. This young man is onto something. If you stick with me, you are going to make a lot of money”.  I told him I didn’t know who he was, but I told him I would Google him once I got home, and I did! Fux is also a world-famous car collector, which he purchased with earnings from his successful pillow empire. If you go on Instagram, his name is spelled Michael F-U-X, and you will see his car collection. It is the sickest car collection ever. And that is whom I am partnered with.

What is the next step for the Pillo?

If someone asked me, “what else do you have going on?” I can show them these other great products I have. I have a bunch of deals in the works now. NFL Kushion Pillos are coming soon, as I have a licensing agreement with the National Football League to patent them for its individual teams. I also am working on another Kushion called the “S1 Kushion”, (for now) that you can speak commands into. There are some smaller, more lightweight Kushions that I am also coming out with. What is great is that it only takes three weeks to produce the Pillos.

What else are you working on? 

I am putting up an eco-friendly community with Darryl Williams, President and CEO of Neighboring Concepts, called Shelton Beach, which will be the world’s first eco-community. It has seven-acres, a salt-water swimming pool, imported white sand, and we are building thirty, 1-2 bedroom, bungalow-like homes surrounding it. It will give the appearance of being in a place like Bora Bora. Every tree produces a fruit or vegetable so the community is self-sustainable.  We are also partnering up with Tesla Motors, who has built a battery for the community.

Ironically, Darryl also introduced me to a guy who has forty-acres of land near Concord Airport that he hasn’t yet found use for, and he agreed to donate the land for Shelton Beach! I met Darryl, who initially wanted to set up a meeting. He asked me, “where are you now” and I said “I am getting a haircut at the same place where I saw you while shooting for another magazine.” He wanted to know which barbershop, and I realized, as we were talking on the phone, that he actually less than five feet away from me!

So, I met with Darryl and his team. Mind you, I have no architectural design background, but they were so impressed with my plans that even they want to live in my design. The First Lady of Congo also wants me to travel there to invest in my eco-community, and I am not sure what will happen next. My end game is to become an investor. I have to be a blessing to others because none of this happened based on my credentials. I also want to hit the circuit and talk to our youth, and share my story.

Do you have a specific target market?

My target market is anyone who has a tablet, iPhone, listen to their music on smartphones, watch movies or read their books on such devices. If I am tired, and I have some scriptures to read, I connect my bible app to the Pillo and let it read them to me as I relax. My core audience are also Beats by Dre fans.

What advice would you give to other business owners regarding inventions and patents? How must one remain faithful when it appears that things aren’t materializing yet? 

It is going to sound simple. Just do it. If  you envision it, and believe it, you cannot see it on your own; it is coming from another place, deep down inside of you. God is saying, this is what I have for you. Don’t let your fear, because God did not give us the spirit of fear, distract you and keep you from seeing your next step. If you let fear dictate, fear will rob you of the gift God gave you. Step out on faith. God will put those opportunities in place for you. There is power in the unseen and unknown.

If this is a pure vision that comes to you, you know it is from The Most High.  You will have concerns but keep working at it everyday, and God is going to put those people you need in front of you. You will go see a Randy Jackson, who you think will be the face of your business, and you will get a tap on the back from behind, someone I did not see, and God will have the right person in place to assist you on your journey. Anything coming from lust, saying “look at me, see what I drive”, materialistic thoughts are not of God.

He will introduce you to someone; I call that person a crossroad. Everything has a crossroad. For every left there is a right; everything has an opposite. There is someone out there looking for something you can offer. For example, if you put two pianos in the room, one all the way to the left, and the other to the right.  Play a chord on one, and then walk to the other, that same note will resonate on that piano. Because those two pianos are connected. God will connect you with someone who is praying to invest in your gift. That is how these marriages work. It has all been vision, and God has aligned me with the right people to help me on the journey of fulfilling my dream. These investors understand that they are not investing in my Pillo, they are investing in Shelton McCoy! This has all been a vision of people, tapping me on the shoulder and asking me about my invention. Also, be open to receiving those blessings from God when they come, and they will come in ways that you won’t expect them.

Where do we find The Smart Pillo or Kushion?

Customers can go on my websites, www.kushion.com, and  www.sheltonmccoy.com.  For the readers, I have something for you; if you use my exclusive promotional code F1MCCOY, you will receive a $100 discount off of your order!

How do we follow you on social media?

IG @ S1McCoy is my main social media outlet.

Shelton McCoy’s dreams of having safe yet convenient technology has now become our reality. He is a shining example that faith, along with hard work and dedication will align us with divine opportunities to see our own ideas to fruition. Also, when that passion involves serving  others, it is a guarantee that success will surely follow close behind. As technology advances forward, it is vital that we have someone like Shelton, who invents products that keep the health, safety, and comfort of the human race in mind. Take that discount code and “Get a Pillo that could do both”.

 

Michael Kors SS17 Show

[(Disclaimer: this is not a post to bash, or slander the Michael Kors).

For the past few years, the Michael Kors brand has taken a hit due to an assumed aggressive market penetration of his bridge line, Michael by Michael Kors. This line, which could be found in most department stores, such as Macy*s or Dillards, is not to be confused with his eponymous luxury line Michael Kors. Please note that many luxury designers choose to create lines that are affordable at all price points.]

This post is about Michael Kors luxury line, and is a review of his recent SS17 show during NYFW.

Dresses, structured jackets, and soft silhouettes are the epitome of cool in this collection. Androgynous lines are blurred together as Kors blends haberdashery  with floral prints. A preview of his men’s line was also a treat: oversized sweaters with slacks, giving business casual a more playful approach.  A peek of argyle with pantsuits and platform shoes gave the tone of the show a 60’s vibe.

Bright colors and Bermuda shorts makes us all long for summer. The styles are relaxed, with effortless day-to-night wear. Trench “jackets” and palazzo pants are utility chic. Frilly, floral dresses in brown and blue combinations were easy on the eye. Fun swimwear had the same overall theme as the attire. Then came the “sequined finale” with beautiful, black dresses that allow for a gentle transition into spring. Michael Kors has raised the career dress code and weekend wardrobe standards with this collection.

The Michael Kors brand has and can continue to recover, and this recent SS17 collection is a prime example of that. Remember, Kors has been in the fashion game since 1981 and has thrived for nearly four decades. Many brands have tried certain strategies that proved unsuccessful. But what makes a brand like Michael Kors so profitable, is his preeminent ability to show resiliency in an ever-changing world. May the Michael Kors empire experience more success.