Special Edition: LIVE from New York Fashion Week Part 2!

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I’m back again readers, and this is the closing issue of my LIVE from New York Fashion Week series! Let me take you back to that day as I stepped out of my Yellow cab in front of Lincoln Center. It was virtually a wintery wonderland here in the shaken-up, snow-globe Manhattan. I’m trekking to bring you the inspired, fresh and funky fashion trends straight from the streets of New York City. Although hundreds of other true mavens and I were under nearly a foot of fluffy snow, we set ourselves on the runway’s front lines and in it to win it! And speaking from my hands on experience here at Fashion Week this year, it was worth every curbside grand jeté over slushy puddles we make.

So let’s get started with the roll call!

Rodarte Runway

Rodarte
Let the fashion flow through you, good, good young Jedi! The force is strong with this one. Rodarte created yet another incredible runway show ending with exquisite silk gowns for the nerd in all of us. Incorporating classic artwork from the Star Wars films franchise, George Lucas lends us the well known characters of this beloved and sweeping sci-fi story: Luke Skywalker, Yoda, C-3PO and R2-D2. The gowns are more beautiful than a two mooned view from Tatooine, so worth imagining owning, but alas, they’re special edition for NYFW. We all can dream on!

Artists and Revolutionaries

Artists and Revolutionaries
Having worked side by side with this eco-focused designer at his Brooklyn studio while prepping for New York Fashion Week’s Greenshows, I can vouch personally for the fierce creator that is John-Michael. From dip dyed cottons, hand washed silk crepe, and back to delicate unisex pieces, he creates wonders that work well everyday. His hand-crafted clothes are now part of my own closet, and the closet of many fashion mavens who favor recycled well structured pieces that translate from runway to street wear.

Cri de Coeur

Cri de Coeur
Meaning “a cry from the heart” – a call to action, I stumbled upon this company while acting in a commercial for them last year. Gina Ferraraccio and Julie Dicterow established this glorious luxury accessories brand in 2008. It features a pair of incredibly well constructed gold oxfords that I now religiously wear with vintage dresses. This line exemplifies independence and reveals what happens when eco intersects sustainability and raw fashion.

Backstage Victoria Beckham

Wrapping up the list is of course some NYFW name dropping! Backstage pictures ranging from ING model snaps from Victoria Beckham, a photo op starring Jason Wu and Karlie Kloss, and a collage of fantastic pictures sending us back to Goodwill amped up to search for our own found gem of Chanel or Clover Canyon hidden on the racks of the Upper West Side!

Jason Wu and Karlie Kloss

Toss on another scarf or a blazer over Skinny jeans? STOP the blah madness! Get over that boring fallback and grab some inspiration from this year’s runway: intense prints, layered tartans and rich textiles curated with gilded edges that personalize your look and take it from easily forgettable blahs to “did you SEE what she was wearing and where can I GET it?” Make this the YEAR to be BOLD!

Don’t settle for safe, be brave fellow fashion runway watchers! Chuck the boring blazer! Grab the neon palazzo pant jumpsuit, haul home that sexy silk pajama pants into your daywear! Take those sweet dollops of creamy trends and top them off your juiciest throwbacks and make it new again! OWN your style and make it work!

Brandee goes Vogue

All week was an amazing whirlwind of colors, accessories and clothing that could make a girls head spin. But on that, the final day, the snow settled in on my wide brim hat, I slipped my aviators on and walked through what appeared to be a mile-high snow bank surrounded by a gaggle of paparazzi snapping adolescents looking for their next celebrity sighting. When you exit Lincoln Center’s Fashion Week you feel like a celebrity yourself, and when it’s invite only, even more so! Little do these hyped up kids know I’m already plotting next week’s blog and ways to take what I’ve seen on the runway to the walkway by hand picking real pieces from my Upper West Side boutique.

Until next time, pop your collar against the winter winds, tilt your hat and walk the runway in your minds! Live from New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, this is Brandee signing off!

Join me next time as I carefully curate some fresh ideas for home and getting ready transition out of the deep winter freeze into a crocus lined spring!

Brandee, the manager of Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique, is also a writer, performance artist, thrift fashion and DIY enthusiast. Brandee’s projects have been featured in  Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and INC. Magazine. She loves French-press coffee and lives the designer thrift lifestyle bursting onto the fashion forward streets of the New York City she calls home.

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Start March With Weekend Window Sales!

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General Rules:

  • Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve 
  • Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public
  • Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details
  • After selecting their window items, customers may shop for other items in the store, go back in line to purchase other window items or exit the store until it opens to the public
  • Check for specific store rules


New York City

23rd Street Store: Friday 2/28 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 2/28 sale 10 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 3/1 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 3/1 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 2/28 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Friday 2/28 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Northport Store: Saturday 3/1 tickets 8:45 am;  sale 9 am
Massapequa Store: Friday 2/28 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Hudson Valley
Elmsford: Saturday 3/1 sale 10 am

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Spring Fever

Bring back bold hues for spring. There still may be a cold winter wind out there, but for a few days at least, we got a taste of the sweetness and sunshine of the coming spring. To get yourself in gear and ready for the new season, there’s no better place to stop in that at your local Goodwill, where you can pick up the fabulous new pieces you want at a fraction of the price.

This week’s find is a fantastic pair of bright magenta heels that are practically brand new. Made in a soft suede fabric, they’re perfect for the transition from winter to spring. The beautiful hue and soft suede fabric will instantly complement any look during this time between seasons. The pointed toe and skinny heel look sleek, but the heel isn’t too high, making these pretty shoes comfortable enough to walk around for a workday or an evening out.

magenta heels

Vivid magenta high heels are the ideal addition to a transitional wardrobe, and will take you anywhere from late winter through early summer.

Instantly inject life into your between-season pieces. It can be hard to dress well when the weather is constantly up and down. But with a fabulous pair of heels like this one, you can immediately add a glamorous touch and pull off a polished look, no matter how many layers you have to carry around with you to stay warm, dry, and comfortable. Here, I’ve decided to pair them with a super simple and casual ensemble that’s just right for a weekend brunch or other relaxed outing. The skinny, stretchy denim on the bottom allows the shoes to be shown off in all their glory, while the basic top, still in a soft, neutral gray tone, adds a little more volume on top without distracting or competing too much with the vibrant color that anchors this look. But of course, darling heels like these could easily be worn with a fancier outfit for a dressier occasion. To create an incredibly ladylike look, you could easily pair these with your favorite little black dress, or with a flowing, silky skirt and blouse.

casual look

These sophisticated shoes add just the right refined touch to almost any ensemble you can think to put together, whether you’re adding a bit of oomph to a more casual outfit or looking to dress up for a festive spring party.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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Wearable Technology from Social Media Week

For those who didn’t know last week was Social Media Week here in New York City. Social Media Week happens in 8 different cities each year – Bangalore, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Lagos, Milan, Tokyo and right here in NYC. It is a time for social media professionals to gather and talk about statistics, how to connect with audiences, content creation, and much more. It may sound boring but it is actually lots of fun!

The Wearable Technology Fashion Show, hosted by Tech in Motion, was one of many cool events among all the seminars. Set up as a traditional fashion show – a runway with rows of seats facing the catwalk– the only difference was a huge screen showing live tweets of those who used the hashtags #smwtechinmotion. C’mon, it was Social Media Week of course!

Asher Levine grenade bagThe show started off with Asher Levine presenting pieces for his 2014 line. Levine is a complete scientist/fashion designer. Here is his “grenade bag” (seriously, grenade). It is made of neoprene compound (rubber for us simple folk) and uses PhoneHalo TrackR technology. Ever forget where you put your bag down? With this tech, you can locate your bag with an app on your smartphone.

SensoreeForget wearing your heart on your sleeve. Imagine wearing your emotions on your collar! That is what Sensoree is all about. You can choose from a knitted headpiece or collar that is 3D printed. It uses Electroencephalography (EEG, the recording of electrical activity along the scalp) brain sensors that maps and exhibits the color of your mood. If it senses your brain is in a deep sleep it will show red, meditation as orange, consciousness as yellow/green and multi sensory brain state will show up blue, purple and red.

3D printed nailsSally Hansen, move over. TheLaserGirls showed us some crazy cool acrylic nail designs that were made on a 3D printer. Texture and shape galore!

EverpurseThis was my favorite piece of the night – a rechargeable clutch presented by Everpurse. Inside there is a charging pocket which houses a wireless charging mat. Now when you are out and about you can truly Instagram to your heart’s content.

These were just some of the goodies that were shown during the fashion show. If wearable tech sounds like something you would be into also check out:

Atlas Wearables – fitness trackers
Augmate – competitor to Google Glasses
Continuum Fashion – 3D printed shoes
Ministry of Supply – high tech performance business wear

Do you think you could use any of these items even if you are not a social media professional? And if so, which and how would you use them? We’d love to hear your comments below!

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Thrifting in Queens

I know that Brooklyn is “hipster-central” now, with everyone around the world trying to imitate the trends in Williamsburg and Greenspoint. But let me tell you that Astoria, here in Queens is getting up there too!

How do I know this? Well, let me tell you a bit more about myself. I’m a native Brooklynite. I graduated from Bay Ridge High School and perhaps because I have a flair for fashion (at least I know I love style) I was fortunate to win a scholarship to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology. When I graduated, I became an assistant designer for Tahari, back when he first started. After working for many years in various retailers: A&S/Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, I came to Goodwill. I really must say that this career has been most rewarding.

When I was asked to contribute for AGoodLook, I spoke with my daughter Melissa, who is a Vice President for Jack Spade. She showed me videos of some of the runway shows at New York Fashion Week. I am so proud of my girl!

For my first AGoodLook post, I asked two of my staff members to help me put together a couple of outfits and model them for our readers. This was total team work: the three of us chose the clothes for Tamika and Ronald.

Ronald has worked for Goodwill for the last 4 years. He always tells me how much he loves his job. He works on the sales floor organizing the clothing racks. Ronald chose a Ralph Lauren plaid shirt that we had displayed for this Friday’s window sale. He paired it with Mossimo rust-colored corduroys.

Tamika will celebrate her first year anniversary here with us at Goodwill’s Steinway store in May. Like me, she has a daughter. She had previous modeling experience. Tamika chose a Mossimo flowered sweater with navy blue tuxedo stripe pants. I love the purse she chose, a Banana Republic bag with shoulder strap.

This April, it will be my sixth year at Goodwill. I came to manage the Chelsea store. Thanks to my network, manufacturers would agree to donate their mannequins and showroom samples.

Then I moved to the East Side to our 23rd Street store and then back to the West Side of Manhattan to the 79th Street Goodwill store.

Regardless of the Goodwill store, my customers would always tell me how much they loved the high-end designer pieces I displayed in the window sales. Join us at the Goodwill Steinway store on Fridays at 9 a.m. for the weekly Window Sale. Don’t forget to ask for me – I’d love to meet you and help you out find the trendiest outfit!

Vivian Farone is a seasoned fashionista and native Brooklynite with a flair for style, and a degree, who has managed 4 Goodwill stores in New York City. She currently calls home the Steinway Goodwill store in Queens.

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Three Day Winter Blowout Sale & Weekend Window Sales!

Winter Blowout Sale 50% off winter apparelStock up on winter wear. From Monday, February 24 through Wednesday, February 26 receive 50% off all winter apparel!

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General Rules:

  • Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve 
  • Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public
  • Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details
  • After selecting their window items, customers may shop for other items in the store, go back in line to purchase other window items or exit the store until it opens to the public
  • Check for specific store rules


New York City

79th Street Store: Friday 2/21 sale 10 am
Bronx Store: Friday 2/21 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
Chelsea Store: Friday 2/21 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Harlem Store: Saturday 2/22 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 2/22 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Greenwich Village Store: Saturday 2/22 tickets 8:50 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 2/22 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 2/21 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Steinway Store: Friday 2/21 tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 2/22 sale 9:30 am
Washington Heights Store: Saturday 2/22 sale 9 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Saturday 2/22 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Centereach Store: Saturday 2/22 tickets 8:50 am; sale 9 am
East Northport Store: Saturday 2/22 tickets 8:45 am;  sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Harrison Store:
Friday 2/21 sale 9:30 am
Rockaway Store: Saturday 2/21 sale 9:30 am

Hudson Valley
Wappingers Falls Store: Saturday 2/22 sale 8 am

Capital Region
Binghamton Store: Saturday 2/22 sale 10 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

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Combining Classics

There are some things that will never go out of style. No matter what hot new trends appear on the scene from year to year, there are some fashion classics that will never become no-nos. Some go-to style choices – a polished, pointy pump, flashy and fabulous metallics, and a gorgeous snakeskin texture – are items that always look beautiful and ladylike, no matter the year or the season.

And your local Goodwill is the perfect place to look for these ever-chic kinds of pieces. These sharp, sophisticated heels combine every kind of classically gorgeous and chic style trait – metallic hues, snakeskin, and a traditionally styled pump – into one perfect shoe. There’s no way a lady could ever go wrong with a refined pair of shoes like this in her wardrobe, no matter what’s on her agenda.

metallic snakeskin pumpsThis pretty-as-can-be pair of high-heeled pumps is a lady’s ideal accessory – a pointed pair of pumps like these will never go out of style, especially when made in a metallic snakeskin that will complement just about every other piece in her wardrobe.

The foolproof fashion accessory. Beautiful shoes are a lady’s best friend (forget about diamonds). And an elegant high heel like this one could instantly dress up any darling outfit, whether the look you’re going for is relaxed and casual, fun and flirty, or all-out fancy. You could easily pair these heels with a flowing, figure-flattering cocktail dress in absolutely any hue for a simple but show-stopping ensemble suited for any high-class occasion. Or, for a completely different outfit, put on these fantastic shoes with a basic white tee-shirt and perfectly fitted jeans for an effortlessly chic but totally laid-back look. Here, I’ve chosen an ensemble that’s somewhere between those two opposite ends of the style spectrum – this look is suited for a fun night out with friends on a Friday night or even a date night, but isn’t quite cocktail attire. A pair of soft, silvery gray knit tights dresses up these shimmering, navy and silver wool shorts – they’re a lovely and unexpected choice for a night out in the dead of winter. A comfortable but fitted and slimming sweater, also in navy, is the ideal topper for this surprisingly sophisticated combination, and the stunning new pumps, found at Goodwill, are the chicest possible way to tie this whole look together.

black top shimmer shorts and netted tightsWhether you’re going for fun and relaxed (but still pulled together), classy and glamorous, or anywhere in between, a pair of silvery high heeled shoes in a classic style is just the right accessory to finish off your look.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

Latest Where The Goodwill Goes Post:
Serving Jobless Individuals in The Bronx

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