Thursday, October 27, 2011

Velvet silk and jersey top. Lovely Holiday look.

When I saw this top (called the Pura) in the Velvet NY showroom, it was sampled in this color, Vintage Berry. When I expressed my oohs and ahhs, the rep told me that all the buyers were swooning over this top. I remembered that adoration when this top arrived in the store this week. Oh, how pretty it is. The front is a supple washed silk, while the sleeves and back are a soft jersey. And the color is a silvery lavendar that is so sophisticated.

Kensie Shirtdress in Beautiful Print.

Call it a water print or a woodgrain print...any way you see it, it's lovely and modern. This sheer shirtdress from Kensie has a grey underpinning and is just all around chic and wonderful.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Testament Poncho at Helena's.

Looking for an easy new piece to keep you on-trend this season? This cowlneck poncho from Testament will get you there girl! It's also super cozy.

Helena's Has Your Favorites Fall Looks from Three Dots!

Our last two Three Dots deliveries have come in with a one-two punch! These beautiful separates have stylish possibilities for work, evening, and chic everyday wear. From the top: striped & belted cardy, pebble print crossover top, and (my fav) the scoopneck top with dotted sleeve...we have this in Ponderosa (a blue/ green).

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Three Dots Wrap Dress: The Wonder Dress.

I don't know which asset is more stunning about this dress, the print, which is a warm grey on black pebble (or lizard) print....or the cut which is a flattering crossover with pretty draping at the waist. Together they make one pretty fabulous dress. So Three Dots likes to style their models all leggy and glam (it works for them), but at Helena's we like this dress with black patterned tights (Spanx tights!) and a chic ankle boot. Or add a wide belt around the waist, or top it all off with a fitted black jacket. Or, of course, wear it to a holiday party with a pair of sleek black heels as shown. The bottom line is this dress is versatile...and so so pretty.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Celebrations of Fall Trends: Lace, Lace, Lace!

Celebrating fall trends is easy when you have pieces that look like these! Oh, how fantastic is lace? We have it in tops, dresses and divine skirts. Let's start with the photos at the top....(ahem) we don't have the runway looks from Jason Wu, or the red lace dress from the British line Erdem. However, we have lots of looks you can afford. The lace tunic/dress from Only Hearts has a turquoise blue underpinning that brings out the special floral print to the lace. As many of you know, Only Hearts began (and continues) as a lingerie line, so they do lace daywear particularly well. We have other skirts and dresses from Only Hearts with stunning lace detail. The final top is from Mystree and is paired here with an aqua Last Tango tank. This lace top come without an under-cami which provides versatility to wear it with any cami in your closet. I love the casual cut of this Mystree top. It has uber-soft cuffs and trim and feels like your favorite t-shirt. Wear it with jeans for a completely on-trend fall look!

Celebrations of Fall Trends: The Poncho.

To celebrate the many stunning trends this season, we are highlighting a few each week! To start the festivities, I introduce, the poncho. It's dramatic, versatile, very flattering, and a lot of fun! It's a way to look modern and chic with very little effort. I have been wearing the burgundy double breasted poncho from Dex (at top) with skinny jeans and boots, and the outfit couldn't be easier or more comfortable. Come in and see our sweater knit ponchos and poncho tops. The second open-work knit number is from woodenships. Beautiful!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

New Tulle at Helena's! As always, chic and well-priced.

A sweet little collection arrived from Tulle on Friday, including these four pieces. (We sold one of the floral crossover dresses right out of the box!) The florals on the skirt and dress are following a "Dark Floral" trend for fall that features colorful floral prints on dark (black, charcoal, navy, hunter green) backgrounds. It's a lovely way to bring print in for fall!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dex sweaters are divine!

The Dex sweaters for fall are so chic it hurts! The top sweater coat is at Helena's in an on-trend burnt orange. The second cape sweater is at Helena's in the plum color shown. I am a bit obsessed with this second look, with it's double-breasted buttons and pockets.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Currently in our Franklin Street window...

Jessica brought a mix of green hues to our Frankin Street window! Olive, emerald, hunter, moss, deep's all good.

We love the Silversands sweater dress from Emu.

I was flipping through the Garnet Hill catalog last night and came upon the Silversands sweater dress from Emu. We have this pretty merino wool piece at Helena's and it's fantastically versatile and comfortable. It's currently in our window (top pic) with a french terry open cardy and a Kerisma loop scarf.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Voluspa Candles are at Helena's.

The fall scents for Voluspa candles are in! We have 2-wick candles from the Maison Rouge and Maison Noir collections (shown) and 3-wick and mini single wick candles from the ever-popular Seasons collection. These are fantastic house-warming gifts, birthday or shower gifts. And if you are getting your holiday shopping in early, get these while they last. They are very popular this time of year!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Anatomy of a NY Buying Trip. Day Three: Hazel Apparel & Fossil Bags.

For the final day of my NY spring buying trip I visited Latitude showroom which carries Hazel. Hazel is a line that mixes soft feminine details with modern trends. We have carried this line for years, but it's a new addition to the Latitude showroom. It was nice to connect with the new reps and pick favorite new pieces for holiday and spring. My last stop of the day was to the Fossil showroom on 5th Avenue. This big, stylized showroom was overflowing with activity, including a model casting for their upcoming catalog...seriously beautiful (and tall!) people everywhere. I settled in with Ashley, our rep, and worked through holiday and spring deliveries of the divine Key Per line of laminated print bags, and picked up some leather cross-body bags as well. My favorites are the compact black and tan crossbody bag pictured at top, and the foldover crossbody bag I am wearing in the middle pic. Whew!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Anatomy of a NY Buying Trip. Day Two: Velvet, Dex, Red Engine Jeans & Maggy London!

Oh what a beautiful day in NY! Sunshine, a crisp fall breeze and lots of spring fashions to view. I started my day with coffee and an appointment with Finding Showrooms to view Velvet for spring. For next season from Velvet, I stress the word, "maxi". This knit line has amazing maxi dresses and maxi length skirts. So cute. Then I ventured to see Nia at Market showroom which features Dex. Our current inventory of Dex features beautiful, richly colored sweaters and sweater coats. For next season the winners are voluminous print tees like the ones pictured above. Lovely.

I then skipped over to Blend Showroom to see Jenny and the collection of denim from Red Engine. New beauties for spring include colored denim crops, and the customer favorite Cinder jean in ocean blue. And my last stop of the day was to the showroom of Maggy London, our classic dress line. Spring features chic day dresses with lots of color and bold prints...and again a fantastic maxi dress!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Anatomy of a NY Buying Trip. Day One: woodenships and Tulle.

Helena's is filled (seriously filled) with brilliant fall fashions for you to enjoy! And I am forging ahead to buy for Spring 2012. I buy fashions 6 months ahead of time and our carefully selected clothes and accessories are shipped months later in the appropriate season. It keeps me on my toes. Today I began a buying trip to NY with a visit to the woodenships showroom. This sweater and accessory line produces colorful, innovative, wearable pieces for every season. (The stripe Nicki cardigan was the runaway hit of this September.) Noreen and her team showed me an amazing collection of knits for late fall into early spring. My favorites: the chevron print pullovers and the crocheted scoopneck. There is always something to look forward to at Helena's!

I also met with the lovely Chloe in the Tulle showroom today! Tulle is a line that does beautiful tops, dresses and coats that are special additions to our store every season. For next season, I was looking for print dresses, lace pieces, and tops with a novelty flair. Spring Tulle has all that and more. My favorite garments are floral skirts and graphic print dresses. Two knock-out pieces: a black and white print maxi-dress, and bird-in-flight print top in two colors.