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EDITOR’S NOTE Not a one size fits all fashion world.

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ON OUR RADAR Rings are the hottest accessory for 2017.

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2017 STYLE MAKER GWEN STEFANI A woman, musician, entrepreneur, mother and fashion designer and she does it in a style that is all her own. Style maker.

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EDITOR’S PICKS Eight new fashion, beauty and lifestyle products that you cannot live without in 2017.

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BRITTANY GRAY 6 products you need in your makeup bag.

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MODEL CITIZENS Super models share winter street fashion.

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ERIC HIMEL Winter layers are not business as usual.

38 GREENERY PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR It’s a fresh color for a new year, and brands are quick to include a little greenery.


18 EXCLUSIVE! FUN & FASHION IN PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO The natural beauty of Mexico. NICHE magazine explores resort wear on the vibrant streets of Puerto Vallarta.

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TRAVELLING EDITOR Continental road trip to Napa Valley, CA.

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STREET STYLE Fab fashion bloggers from around the world.

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FASHION FIX Pink is the new black this season. Is it for you?

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CLOUD NINE Chanel takes on Cuba.

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FASHION TRAVELS 2 STYLISH DAYS IN PARIS NICHE spent forty eight hours in Paris, France. Come along and see the stylish hotel, amazing food and designer shopping spots you must see on your next trip to the City of Light.

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LIP LOVE Hard working seasonal balms you will fall for.

RESORT 2017 3 COLLECTIONS WE LOVE! Three brands that are doing exciting things with Resort 2017 collections: Zimmermann, Tory Burch and J.Crew.

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E D I T O R -I N -C H I E F | C R E AT I VE D I R E C T O R TRACEY DRAKE

S A L E S & C I R C U L AT I O N D I R E C T O R STEVE DRAKE

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The possibilities of a fresh new year - I think it is something we all look forward to. Around the world, 2017 is going to be one for the history books no doubt about it. NICHE has a different look to celebrate our fifth year; a new cover design and a refreshing new perspective inside the magazine as

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Photography: Alana Kumar for The Bay Centre Wardrobe: Karl Lagerfeld, Hudson’s Bay

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And one more thing - a few years ago, as a guest speaker at fashion week, I talked to the audience about being a full-figured woman in the fashion industry. I emphasized my belief that fashion is as unique as the woman who wears it. With the increase in media focus on body image, mental wellness and girl power confidence, which is long overdue, I have a goal

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well. More stunning fashion and beauty images, more exciting model, industry icons and celebrity editorial features, and a whole lot more current fashion photography. The NICHE team is also excited to bring you more exclusive content with dramatic photo shoots scheduled for locations around the globe.

to celebrate every woman and every body in NICHE for the coming year. Let’s get this year started! Please enjoy NICHE magazine’s Resort Wear Issue, our first of 2017.

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GWEN STEFANI. A woman who breaks the rules with elegance. A musician who marches to the beat of her own drum. A businesswoman who celebrates the uniqueness of her own brand. A fashion designer who has no fear. A style maker.

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When it comes to style, Gwen Stefani really has done it all. From blue hair, bindis, crop-tops and baggy pants, at age 47 Gwen Stefani is still marching to the beat of her own drum. With undoubtedly cool style that has been inspiring others since her launch into stardom at age 17, Stefani has paved her own pathway over the past two decades wearing bold clothing choices and simultaneously mixing up her image as she ages. Her ever-changing style keeps a common thread of being eclectic, colorful, edgy, whimsical and glamorous. Iconic style trends Stefani is noted for bringing to mainstream are punk rock plaids, fishnets, mesh and Harajuku girl aesthetic – all contributing to her well-deserved status as a style guru. Singing and songwriting alongside her band No Doubt in the early 90’s, Stefani gained a distinctive personal style and quickly became a powerful figure, wowing fans 12 . RESORT 2017


with her uncommon wardrobe that reflected her songs and voice. With an obvious passion for design, Stefani worked alongside stylists to create garments that she wore on stage during early performances. In 2003, Stefani ventured into the fashion industry by becoming one of the first pop stars to bridge the world of fashion and music with her two of her own clothing lines: ‘L.A.M.B’ and ‘Harajuku Lovers’. By translating her imaginative style into her collections, Stefani’s designs were now accessible for followers and fans, resulting in much success to this day.

Transformation is what Stefani is known for. With each song and album comes an emotional journey that is seen through fashion choices and imagery to coincide. Launching her solo music career in 2004, Stefani released catchy topcharting album ‘Love. Angel. Music. Baby,’. Stefani’s inspiration stemmed from the culture of Harajuku, a neighborhood in Tokyo known for its fashionable residents. Switching out her signature abs and ska roots, Stefani embodied her album through WWW.NICHE.STYLE . 13


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her fashion choices of Japanese influences, vibrant colors, quirky accessories and unique silhouettes. A reflection of monumental moments in Stefani’s life, she reinvented herself in 2006 during the time of her The Sweet Escape release. Stefani modified her image with inspiration from Michelle Pfeiffer’s character in the 1983 Scarface, which was evident through bold 70’s bangs, with ultra glamour and sleek silhouettes. 14 . RESORT 2017

Stefani has always worn outfits that only she could pull off for red carpet appearances. Tuxedo and a cane, bloomer pants over fishnets and shorts at age 47; Stefani is always evolving and staying true to her original and ever-youthful sense of self. Stefani continues to grace covers of international magazines, stays in the buzz for street style choices and is a frequent favorite on the red carpet. From the Marchesa ombré dress worn to the Glamour Woman of

the Year Awards (at which she was honored) to wardrobe when out with her three sons, Stefani shifts into a new character each day. Combining modern tomboy, sporty chic, rocker and old school glamour with a motherly touch of sophistication, Gwen Stefani proves that trends may change, but she will never go out of style.

No doubt about it.


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THE NEW YEAR by Tracey Drake 2017 will go down as the year of the statement ring. Finger accessories that are beautiful, unique and with a point of view. Silver metals will continue to be popular through 2017, with rose gold fading, and although stackables remain on trend, there is a slight shift to chunkier styles. From high-end bling to fashion rings, NICHE rounded up a few of our favorite brands, and their current collections of ring candy. A little something for every taste here.

[ editor’s edition] Z A L ESK A C O LLECT IV E

Zaleska FINE collection in sterling silver and 18K gold with sacred stones for healing. Shown above. Prices and stock vary. zaleska.ca

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TRAC I LYNN JEWELRY

Big, bold and beautiful, these modern rings are ideal for making a personal statement. With an obvious nod to post-modernism, they chunky rings exude an urban attitude and are easy on the budget too! Pearlception silver-tone ring, $38.00 Squared gold-tone ring, $28.00 tracilynnjewelry.com


PA N D ORA

We know Pandora for their charm bracelets and stacking rings. Say hello to the other personalities of Pandora modern and playful, sleek and elegant Shimmering Ocean wrap ring, $135.00 Cultured Elegance pearl ring, $50.00 pandora.net

B ET S E Y J OH N SON

A woman with the most imagination in the fashion industry, Betsey knows how to keep it light and playful. Blue star ring, $38.00 Hearts+Arrows Pave ring, $55.00 betseyjohnson.com

TIFFANY & C O.

Everyone knows Tiffany for their engagement rings, but they do upscale fashion jewelry very well. From two of our favorite collections, these rings are perfect for every day wear but will never go unnoticed. Tiffany Notes sterling silver wide band ring, $250.00 Paloma’s Sugar Stacks 18k Amethyst ring, $1,450.00 tiffany.com

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fashiontravels NICHE magazine was on location for seven days of tropical Mexican sun, fun and fashion. Here is a look at our favorite 2017 resort wear looks from amazing locations in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Check out 50+ more photos at www.NICHE.style

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PHOTOGR APHY

Steve Drake @NICHEmagazine

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Josie Saldat @NICHEmagazine

MODELS

Isela Lugo @isela.lugo Venecia Jiminez @venecia_jimenez POSE MODELS MX @posemodelsmx

MAKEUP ARTIST

Gracie Welch @wakeupandvogue

HAIR ST YLISTS

William Salcedo @willy.sac Alex Arizmendy @alexarizmendy

FA S H I O N

Hudson’s Bay @hudsonsbay Gerardo Copado Studio @gerardo_copado Cassandra Shaw Jewelry @cassandrashawjewelry Mayfair Optometric Clinic @mayfairoptometric Myskova Boutique, Puerto Vallarta Catedral Boutique Artesanal, Puerto Vallarta

P V S H O OT L O C AT I O N S Mantamar Beach Club Hotel Catedral Vallarta Rio Cuale Market

Hotel Mousai Gringo Gulch Galeria Colectika

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Design Lab floral bikini, Hudson’s Bay. Silver double diamond drop earrings, Cassandra Shaw.

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THE LOOKS (left & above) Captiva two-piece blue paisley swimsuit, Hudson’s Bay. RayBan glasses in 3447 Gold with Copper Flash, Mayfair Optometric Clinic. Silver earrings and multistone choker, Cassandra Shaw. Headscarf, Cassandra Shaw. (right) Ray-Ban glasses in 3447 Gold with Copper Flash. Jimmy Choo Dana Havana tortoise sunglasses. Mayfair Optometric Clinic.

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THE LOOKS (left) Polka dot one-piece swimsuit, Myskova Boutique. White brimmed sun hat, Myskova Boutique. Silver and shell stone ring, Cassandra Shaw. Guess 7401P matte black sunglasses, Mayfair Optometric Clinic. (right) Profile black one-piece bandeau laser cut swimsuit, Hudson’s Bay. Silver geometric earrings, Cassandra Shaw.

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THE LOOKS (left) Highline coral top, Hudson’s Bay. Design Lab two-piece floral swimsuit, Hudson’s Bay. Multicolored belt, stylist’s own. Sleek modern brown & silver drop earrings, Cassandra Shaw. (right) Handmade modern Mexican mini dresses, Catedral Boutique Artesanal. Colorful beaded necklace and head beads, Catedral Boutique Artesanal. Silver ball drop earrings, Cassandra Shaw.

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THE LOOKS (above) Gold and white jumpsuit, Gerardo Copado Studio. Turquoise and silver collar necklace, silver ring, geometric silver earrings, Cassandra Shaw. (left) Tommy Hilfiger striped dress, Hudson’s Bay. Steve Madden black ballet flats, Hudson’s Bay. Silver collar necklace with red cross accent, silver bracelet, white hoop earrings, Cassandra Shaw. (opposite right) Denim and Supply by Ralph Lauren white floor-length dress, Hudson’s Bay. Vibrant waist belt, Puerto Vallarta market. Red heart necklace, Jorge Palacios. Colorful headbeads, Catedral Boutique Artesanal. Turquoise and silver ring, red and silver ring, Cassandra Shaw.

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Shot on location at Hotel Mousai and Gringo Gulch, Puerto Vallarta

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Shot on location at Galeria Colectika and Gringo Gulch, Puerto Vallarta

THE LOOKS (opposite page) Champs polka dot dress, Hudson’s Bay. Circus by Sam Edelman gladiator sandals, Hudson’s Bay. Silver earrings, silver ring, silver bracelet with stone accents, Cassandra Shaw.

(left) IMNYC floral printed dress, Hudson’s Bay. Vibrant waist belt, Puerto Vallarta market. Silver bracelet, silver heart ring, silver collar necklace with circle, Cassandra Shaw. (above) Beige and turquoise dress, Gerardo Copado Studio. Silver square earrings, silver collar necklace with stone accents, silver multi-finger ring with coral accent, Cassandra Shaw.

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THE LOOKS (above) Halston multi-color resort dress, Hudson’s Bay. Circus by Sam Edelman black gladiator sandals, Hudson’s Bay. Turquoise and silver collar necklace, silver and turquoise ring, two layered silver bracelets, Cassandra Shaw. (Far right: Steve Madden black sneakers, Hudson’s Bay). 32 . RESORT 2017

(far right) Noisy May white top, Hudson’s Bay. b.tempt’d cobalt blue bralette, Hudson’s Bay. Halston multi-color culottes, Hudson’s Bay. Design Lab silver shoes Hudson’s Bay. Silver drop round earrings, layered silver bracelets with stone accents, Cassandra Shaw.


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new things you CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT

As each new year is ushered in, so are new products that make life easier and are just amazing to have around. NICHE reviewed hundreds of new fashion, beauty and lifestyle products and these are our editor’s picks - products that you need in your life in 2017.

SUNBEAM W IN T E R LUX E DU A L HE AT E D BLA N K E T Heated blankets used to be so unattractive. But the lure of a warm bed kept me searching for a stylish solution. This new quilted blanket gently wraps you in warmth and is fashionable all day long. Dual controllers feature 20 heat settings and 10 hour auto-off functionality sunbeam.com

LA PRAIRIE A M / PM L I N E I N TERC E P T I O N C R E A M POWER DUO This is your year to age gracefully! In just 14 days and 14 nights, this amazing duo fights all types of wrinkles and is a real, effective alternative to professional procedures. laprairie.com 34 . RESORT 2017

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MAYBELLINE B R OW P R E C IS E ® FIB E R V OL U M IZ E R Brow mascaras are often disappointing. Not this one! Brow Precise delivers full, colored brows in a few easy strokes. Brows get precisely three-dimensional thanks to a fiberinfused gel formula and a unique tapered spoon brush. maybelline.com

FARMACY M A K E U P M E L TAW AY CLEANSING BALM WITH ECHINACEA GREENENVY A farm-to-face nourishing organic cleansing balm that instantly melts into the skin, dissolves away makeup and pollution residue, and refines the skin for a youthful complexion. farmacybeauty.com


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CLARINS 4 - C O L O R A L L - I N-O N E PE N Remember those cool multi-color retractable pens from high school? The same - only for your face! 3 for eyes (black, brown, indigo blue), and 1 for lips (natural pinkish beige). Perfect for purse or travel for easy one-click lining whenever you need a quick refresh. clarins.com

G R A N B A R IS T O AVA N T I B L U E T OOTH C ON N E C T E D E S P R E S S O M A K E R If you cannot start your day without coffee, it should be great coffee that you can make from bed! Using the bluetooth app on your phone or tablet, order the perfect espresso, Americano, latte, cappuccino or macchiato, You customize cup size, boldness and even how hot you want your beverage served. philips.com

TORY BURCH KERRINGTON SQUARE TOTE IN HOPEWELL Carrying two bags is so 2016. You need a multi-tasking everyday tote that can manage your laptop and your life. This is it. Holds a 15� laptop, magazine, small water bottle, wallet, a small makeup bag, sunglasses and an iPhone 6 Plus. Shown in Hopewell floral and available in other sizes, colors and patterns. toryburch.com

FITBIT FLE X 2 R OS E G OL D B A N G LE If you are one of those women who have resisted the Fitbit craze because the band is, well, not very stylish your wait is over! In 2017, transform your tracker into jewelry with this hand-polished bangle in 22K rose gold plate. Same great technology with a whole new street style. fitbit.com

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Each year, Pantone selects a color to represent the new year. For 2017, that color is “Greenery�. It is a fresh take on an otherwise overdone and often ho-hum shade. Although not an easy shade to pull off, especially if you have a lot of yellow undertones in your skin, it is a very refreshing color that will brighten up a wardrobe. In moderation, it can be the perfect punch of color. Think accessories, bags, shoes and even makeup, in moderation.

DELPOZO Spring 2017

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CYNTHIA ROWLEY Spring 2017

PRADA

54mm Cat Eye Sunglasses

BUTTER LONDON Greenery Nail Lacquer

NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD Eclipse Laceup Flat Sandal

PANTONE

Color Of The Year GREENERY A REFRESHING AND REVITALIZING SHADE, SYMBOLIC OF NEW BEGINNINGS.

DAVID YURMAN Petite Albion Ring

GIORGIO ARMANI

Macro-Color Eyeshadow

KATE SPADE Initial Notebook

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Brittany’s makeup bag

Being in the beauty world for more than a decade, I have come to know which staples I cannot live without when it comes to my daily beauty regime. These product favorites are items I use daily, especially because they take less thought and guesswork when I am constantly on the go. Here are my must-have beauty products list for 2017.

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CAUDALIE Beauty Elixir

CLARINS Skin Boosters

Being a business owner, entrepreneur, wife, new mom and the wearer of many hats, I love products that pack a big punch in a very short amount of time. This Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin 1-minute mask does the trick in a minute to keep my skin looking dewy, blemish free and refreshed.

This toning mist is inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s famous elixir of youth! It is an amazing priming spray before makeup to lock it all in, and is suitable for all skin tones. Fresh and invigorating, pack a small bottle in your purse and spritz throughout the day for an instant pick me up!

These Clarins Skin Boosters are a new addition to my daily beauty regime that I love. There are three options: detox, energy and repair. Depending on which of the three that you need, you add a few drops (about 5) to your moisturizer for an extra boost. Feel free to mix them together for greater impact!

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B R I T T A N Y G R A Y is a beauty expert, entrepreneur and nationally recognized actress and television personality. She is the founder of Fancy Face Inc., one of Canada’s top luxury mobile beauty companies, specializing in hair and makeup services for weddings, special events, entertainment industry functions, and celebrity glamour. Online at fancyface.ca

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DAVINES Solu Clarifying Shampoo

LUSH Bath Bombs

KLORANE Dry Shampoo

Ever since I’ve gone au naturel with my hair, I’ve noticed that clarifying shampoo works best for me to keep my hair bouncy, full, and soft. Davines is a brand I swear by! I also love using their Oi spray leave in treatment once I step out of the shower. It has a luxurious fragrance and works wonders for the hair.

I am a new user of this Lush product and I’m hooked! These bath bombs are jam-packed with relaxing elements, are encapsulating with amazing scents and come in beautiful colors and shapes. Try Tisty Tosty a heart shaped bomb with rosebuds that will romantically float in your tub.

Amazing for those days when you don’t have time to wash your hair and need the extra lift! I only like to wash my fine hair twice a week to keep it from drying out. For days in between washes, I use Klorane Dry Shampoo. It’s by far the best one that I have tried and I really love that it doesn’t have a harsh smell.

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by Sylvia Tennant There is something that ignites the creative part of my soul when I reminisce about my weekend in Paris. I remember the effortless sophistication of French street style, and how beautiful the Eiffel tower looked when it twinkled in the rain. In a world where hours seem to disappear instantly, I challenged myself to explore this city while being as present as possible, with the goal of making my first weekend in Paris feel twice as long. The popularity of this city and the expected swarms of tourists did not stop me from enjoying the famed hot spots that are listed in every guidebook. I wandered cobblestone streets dwarfed by buildings rich with history and opulent dĂŠcor. My advice? Seek out the local culture by exploring with the loosest of plans, for there are gems veiled within every neighborhood. Paris truly is champagne for the eyes.

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Hotel Plaza Athénée is the quintessential haven for fashionistas who appreciate its haute couture address. Nestled within a row of luxury fashion houses, the location is ideal for serial shoppers and those who prefer to explore Paris on foot (the Eiffel Tower and Seine River are a five-minute walk from the front steps). Many glamorous tales are woven into the historic tapestry of this palace, but none are as epic as the relationship Christian Dior had with the hotel. With his landmark couture headquarters located just next door, he used the Plaza Athénée as his playground beginning in the late 1940’s, often sketching in the courtyard and photographing models with his newest designs. 44 . RESORT 2017

Hotel Tips: The Eiffel Suites at the Plaza Athénée are jaw-dropping. Complete with marble bathrooms, king-sized beds, and luxurious living rooms, they prominently feature a first-class view of the tower through oversized, framed windows. In the evening, this view is simply magical, and best enjoyed with a glass of champagne in hand. Start the day with an early morning pampering session at Europe’s only Dior Institut, but do not miss the unsurpassed brunch service at Restaurant Alain Ducasse.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris 25 avenue Montaigne dorchestercollection.com


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A mid-afternoon pain au chocolat at Le Blé Sucrée (7 rue Antoine Vollon) is both easy on the eyes and the wallet. This is the place to over-order from the gorgeous rows of pastries and breads that line the cases. No visit to Paris is complete without a fine dining experience. 114 Faubourg Brasserie is a Michelinstarred restaurant located within Le Bristol Paris. Murals of colorful dahlias line the walls, adding joyful energy to the warm, formal dining room. Chef Jean-Charles Cauquil approaches traditional French dishes with a parisienne-style twist and creates multi-course offerings with confident innovation. Their sommelier is conversant and quick to honor the local artisans who provide their finest vintages to the Brasserie. You must try the artichoke soup with pan-seared foie gras and black truffle. 114 Faubourg Brasserie Le Bristol Paris 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré lebristolparis.com

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Polished chic sophistication. I visited between seasons when subtle fur details, impeccably tailored jackets, and patent brogues were popping up everywhere. Bring your best and be open to the fact that after a shopping visit La Fayette, you’ll probably come home with an extra suitcase full of inspiration. SHOP FOR VINTAGE: Didier Ludot is a boutique with a gorgeous selection of vintage and haute couture. Stop in, even if just for a look. Should you prefer the thrill of the hunt, many vintage markets take place across the city. If you’re visiting on a weekend, do your homework – it’s likely that there will be an event happening nearby.

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WANDER

Walking shoes are essential for a weekend in Paris. Much can be seen while strolling along the Seine River, and some of history’s most celebrated painters (Matisse, Monet, and Seurat, for example) found inspiration in its beauty. I highly recommend both the Panthéon and Notre-Dame as excellent time-conscious tourist spots, but my favorite afternoon was spent wandering the Egyptian Antiquities section of the Louvre. Choosing a focus was integral to budgeting time in the museum. Don’t worry, there are plenty of works to appreciate en route to your chosen exhibit. Paris is a wanderer’s city, and I encourage you to find your own bliss within the bustle. Mine was most often a charcuterie board and glass of red wine.

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Zimmermann Tropicale Flutter Fringe Throw Over with Fringe Self-Tie

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GETTING AWAY WITH

GREAT STYLE by Tracey Drake

Resort 2017 has turned out to be an exceptional season for fashion. What used to be thought of as a stopgap between fall and spring to increase design house revenues is transforming into a stylish and much wanted fashion season. More and more designers are creating Resort and Swim collections, and Resort 2017 is certainly fun, whimsical, inspiring and seasonally on point. Whether you live in a warm climate or are headed to an amazing tropical island this winter, NICHE wants to share sneak peeks of three perfect Resort 2017 collections - Zimmermann, Tory Burch and J.Crew.

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ZIMMERMANN Re s or t 201 7 At first glance you might think Chloe designed this resort collection, but look closely, appreciate the details and bask in the subtle nuances that are clearly Zimmermann. If you were not planning a winter getaway, the sheer romance and elegance of this collection will have you booking a plane ticket. zimmermannwear.com

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Caravan Bow Smock Dress, Link Tie Flat, Soft Structure Straw Hat

Tropicale Antique Dress

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T O RY B U R C H Re s or t 201 7 Let’s be honest - Tory Burch is the queen of fashion for the up-andcoming easy going woman who yearns for a life and a wardrobe that is effortless and totally put together. Bright colors, fresh patterns, modern silhouettes and pieces that will easily make the transition back into normal life after vacation make this Resort 2017 collection a brilliant one. toryburch.com

Kingston Sweater, Bay Low Rise Bikini Bottoms

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Gemini Link Bag, Smoking Slippers


Lindo Sweater, Cay Pants, Isle Slides

Kelso Gown

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Halter bow-tie floral one-piece swimsuit

Scoopback one-piece swimsuit

Shoulder-tie one-piece swimsuit

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J.CREW Vac ation 2017 However you wear J.Crew, it creates a look that says stylish and on trend without trying too hard. The 2017 Vacation collection is no exception; swimsuits that are free of fuss and frills but with a definitive air of sophistication. This collection packs light, wears well and serves up the perfect affordable fashion statement for today’s beach loving girl.

Striped v-neck cotton-merino wool sweater, Italian matte bikini bottom

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Highly immersed in the fashion industry, Alexa Chung is everywhere. For a New York city girl in the spotlight, it is important to dress to impress. Chung mixes up casual street wear with great winter coats in all different styles, shapes and patterns. Keeping it interesting is what landed Chung in fashion show front rows and to the top of fashion influencers A-list. ALEXA’S WINTER GO TO: Keeping her top half cozy and warm while keeping it casual with denim and boots.

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One of the new additions to the Victoria’s Secret Angels, Colorado native, Taylor Hill knows that off-duty style is as important as onduty. Now age 20, Hill was the new breakout star at New York Fashion Week, walking in a ten high profile designer shows. Not only is she starring in Victoria’s Secret holiday campaign and walking in their annual show, but also is the face of fashion label, Thakoon. TAYLOR’S WINTER GO TO: Statement coat paired with a knit scarf to ease the New York chill.

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Fei Fei Sun is a Chinese fashion model currently working in New York City. This fresh faced beauty made her first international runway debut in 2010 walking for Christopher Kane. Since then Sun has appeared in many global magazines and landed her first campaign in spring 2011. Sun has paved a path for Chinese models in the industry and made history as the first Asian model to star on the cover of Italian Vogue. FEI FEI’S WINTER GO TO: Sun keeps warm in the New York weather by topping off her outfit with a boxy structured coat.

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Eric Himel’s STYLISH LIFE FORM VERSUS FUNCTION

ERIC HIMEL is a widely known celebrity stylist, fashion and media personality. Himel attended Parson’s School of Design and trained under Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, then moved to Los Angeles and began his styling career, expanding his business across North America. Himel’s roster of celebrity clientele has included Jenny McCarthy, Giuliana Rancic, Pete Wentz, and Gabby Douglas. He’s best known for his signature Closet Purge™ and now leverages the online landscape, offering Virtual Styling Sessions - erichimel.com

Warmth versus style. Are they mutually exclusive? Not if you know what you’re doing. Just like bonsai and origami, layering is an art and a skill. Consideration of fit, fabrication, color and style all get exponentially multiplied when layering an outfit. Indoor and outdoor fluctuating temperatures, weather extremes, and dress code mandates can change throughout the day, making layering not just a choice but a winter necessity.

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Layering the same color can make an outfit look bulky and give an overall flat appearance. Play with patterns and textures to give the look added depth and interest. Exposing some skin when and where you can (i.e. - rolling up the sleeves on a blazer or exposing a hint of leg with a wool culotte) will keep you looking chic yet staying warm at the same time.

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PARTY A blazer or cardigan is the most natural way to layer for a party look but you should never look boring or under dressed. Make sure a blazer is dressy enough to compliment the fabrication of a dress. Choose a long or chunky cardigan that juxtaposes what’s underneath giving it a style yinyang effect. Or throw a patterned serape over a plain blazer to up the look and for added comfort. The key is to look like you threw the topper on for style when in reality it was for warmth. PLAY Layering for play or weekends is easy: Start with your chicest warm coat like a shearling and then work your way inwards. A blazer or cardigan over a blouse or t-shirt topped off with the softest of oversized scarves will allow you to takeoff any piece as needed throughout your day! Pair with an oversized tote that will hold your hat, scarf, gloves and any layer you are not wearing inside.

ERIC’S STYLE TIPS

. A belt is your friend to define your waist over multiple, bulky materials. . Try a vest over a sweater or blouse - it adds weight without the added layer on your arms. . Utilize an oversized scarf that can double as a shawl which can also be belted. . Throw an embellished blazer over a long dress to get a dressy look with added warmth. . Multiple layers can be stifling indoors so expose your décolletage with deep V necklines to allow for breathability.

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B A LM Y RE LIEF FOR DRY, WINTER LIPS Winter is no friend to your skin, and lips take the worst beating of all. Cold temperatures, exposure to wind and other harsh elements and lack of hydration all lead to dry, cracked and unattractive lips. So, I headed to Sephora on a mission to find and test effective lip balms with go-anywhere portability. These are my six recommendations for lovely balms that will rescue your tender lips. All products shown are available at Sephora

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B O B B I B R OW N W inter Lip Balm Specially formulated with wheat germ, avocado and olive oils, this non-greasy lightly tinted lip balm gives lips a protective layer that soothes and protects lips. Shown in Raspberry Natural Finish.

FRESH SUGAR No uris h i ng Li p Bal m Combat dryness, rough texture and fine lines with this ultra-nourishing formula that smoothens and softens lips while delivering a soft sheen and subtle sugar mint flavor. Shown in Raspberry Natural Finish.

ROSEBUD PERFUME CO. W i nte r Ros e Li p Bal m Created exclusively for and only available at Sephora, this multipurpose ultra-popular minty lip balm soothes dry lips, heals irritation, and soothes minor burns. Shown in Mocha Rose with Vanilla.

DIOR C reme de Rose Lip B a lm The most refined multi-tasking lip balm that soothes, plumps, hydrates, and protects lips with SPF 10. Lips are visibly hydrated by more than 32%, six hours after application. Shown in Satin Finish.

TO O C O O L FO R S C H O O L Dino p lat z Li p Ba l m A go-to winter product that deeply penetrates, offering maximum lip defense and hydration, while plumping lips and soothing sensitive skin. Shown in Peach Melba.

GIVENCHY H yd ra S p ark l i ng Bal m A lip and cheek balm that instinctively harmonizes with every skin tone for a customized, radiant flush of color. This balm is fragranced with the Gloss Interdit perfume. Shown in Rosy Glow.

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the editor when was the last time you saw something for the first time?

by Tracey Drake

You know - it’s funny. Although I travel a lot and appreciate good wine, I’d never been drawn to Napa Valley. And although I love luxury cars, I’ve never considered myself a Lincoln kind of girl. My grandfather drove a Lincoln. It was this big, black imposing car that seemed to take up two city blocks. So no one was as surprised as me to learn that the 2017 Lincoln Continental is sleek, luxurious and truly sexy. It has enough curves to satisfy my need for a little femininity in my car. Definitely not my grandpa’s Lincoln. And so it happened, that over the course of a 3-day road trip to Calistoga Ranch and through Napa Valley, I learned a little more about myself and a lot about the future of fine wines and luxury vehicles. 68 . RESORT 2017


A CONTINENTAL ROAD TRIP THROUGH NAPA VALLEY

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• Getting Here: From San Francisco International Airport, by way of the Bay Bridge, it took us one hour and fifty minutes to reach Calistoga Ranch. It was an easy, scenic drive that set the tone for our 3-day road trip weekend. • Spa: Nestled in the wooden canyon, The Auberge Spa at Calistoga Ranch is a rejuvenating natural Napa spa sanctuary. Try the Calistoga Cure - a therapeutic body scrub followed by a private outdoor mud bath and concluding with a classic massage. • Dining: World class menus that are inspired by local food and wine. If you get the chance, have dinner in Calistoga Ranch’s famous Wine Cave - a truly unique dining experience.

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Calistoga Ranch is a quiet oasis, tucked into the natural beauty of Napa Valley, California. This place - it personifies the word retreat. Calistoga Ranch is an Auberge Resorts Collection hotel. They proudly boast that this is a place where nature is the primary amenity. They got it right. The 157 acre property features an enchanting lane way (photo left), majestic rolling hills, ancient forests and a private lake. There are fifty rooms in total, but you rarely see other guests as each of the private lodges is set amidst lush forests. We stayed in a one-bedroom lodge (shown right) and it was so private and restful. With bedroom and living room in separate buildings, it felt Balinese in design. Our outdoor deck, which featured a fireplace, comfy lounge chairs and a sunken hot tub, nicely bridged the two buildings. Each lodge is enveloped in nature, and the lulling sounds of a rocky stream passed by our bedroom window. With an outdoor swimming pool, award winning spa, and several dining options, you could stay put and go nowhere at all. I was thrilled that I was able to visit the chicken coop and gather my own farm fresh eggs for my morning breakfast. Calistoga Ranch is the kind of place where you can truly retreat to reconnect with yourself, your partner and with nature. There are more than 80 vineyards in the Calistoga region, so you are well situated for day trips to as many different wineries as you care to sample. WWW.NICHE.STYLE . 71


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Napa Valley was made for road tripping and enjoying the scenery from the luxury of the 2017 Lincoln Continental made it that much more memorable. Napa was picturesque, peaceful and pastoral, with an interesting history and with more than 400 wineries, there is enough great wine to keep you on the road for a year! We spent most of our time at the famous Chateau Montelena, family owned Frank Family Vineyards, and at the new kid on the wine block, Davis Estate Winery.

Lucky for us, our Lincoln driver was from Napa and shared with us interesting tidbits and amusing tales of changes in this region over the last 25 years. Did you know that in 2000, a 6-liter bottle of 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon sold for a whopping $500,000 at auction? It remains the most expensive bottle of Napa Valley wine ever sold. The popular town of Yountville, which we stopped at for lunch and snacks, was named after George Yount, who planted the first grapes in Napa in 1839.

O U R FAVO R I T E S : (opposite top) Chateau Montelena winery is a sight to behold with a stunning chateau and romantic grounds. This winery is famous for winning the 1976 Judgment of Paris. Wine note: Try the 2013 Calistoga Zinfandel montelena.com (opposite bottom & right) The vineyards as seen from the terrace at Davis Estates Winery. Wine note: Loved the 2014 Davis Estates Viognier. davisestates.com (above) Our favorite stop was at Frank Family Vineyards. The tasting room was lively and owner Leslie Frank was very hospitable, sharing the passion of the Frank family. Wine note: Don’t leave without a bottle of 2013 Napa Valley Zinfandel and 2014 Lewis Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir. frankfamilyvineyards.com WWW.NICHE.STYLE . 73


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STYLE FASHION BLOGGERS AROUND THE WORLD

FEATURED STYLE BLOGGER EBBA ZINGMARK @ebbazingmark

STYLE: Sweater and Scarf: Bogner Pants: Halluber Shoes: Timberland MOOD: “Here’s a look from a wooden cottage on a mountain in the alps. I love cuddling up in nice soft sweaters, big scarves and loose pants during this time of the year and just give my body a break from all the skinny jeans and stiff shirts.”

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STYLE: Jacket: Zaful Dress: Zara Collar: Gena Shoes: Deichmann Sunglasses: Zaful

STYLE: Blazer: Aqua X Maddie & Tae Top: Bar III Skirt: Romeo & Juliet Couture Boots: Massimo Clutch: Asos Necklace: BaubleBar Necklace

MOOD: “When the weather is cold, there is no reason why you cannot still rock a dress. This season try a pair of high boots and a statement jacket.”

MOOD: “This is the perfect way to embrace the velvet trend for the season while still looking polished & sophisticated...and I’m a sucker for military-inspired details.”

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STYLE: Coat: Dawn Levy Pants: Lyssé Boots: Stuart Weitzman Bag: Saint Laurent Wrap: Royal Scout

STYLE: Coat: Topshop Hoodie: Jaded London X Granted Bag: Asos White Boots: Asos

MOOD: “When in doubt, black on black always works. I love that the tie-waist gives me some shape while being bundled up. You can’t go wrong with fur accessories to complete the look!”

MOOD: “I am currently loving this Topshop coat which is a fun way to bring a pop of color into your winter look. Fun accents on your bag, hat or shoes are also some ideas to play up your look.”

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FIX story by Jennifer Costanzo The fashion world is having an affair with the color pink; the Winter 2016 runway was evidence of that. Seen at Balmain, Prada, Jil Sander and Gucci, to name a few, all shades of pink have been featured this winter season. This wave of femininity, which has broken over the fashion scene, is new and exciting because pink is usually reserved for the warmer seasons, not the cool and dark winter period. However, it is time to rethink pink. Some of us may shy away from the color pink because it reminds us of Barbie, or perhaps suited for a younger girl - whatever connotations you may have with the color, forget it! According to color experts Pantone, three of the color trends for winter are shades of pink: Electric Fuchsia is an exciting shade of pink. It instantly brightens any outfit and appears either in a monochromatic look or as a statement accessory. Once again this shade of pink was seen at Chanel, on Karl Lagerfeld’s tweed skirts. Bodacious, a pink/purple shade that is intimate and sensual, was seen on the runways at Topshop Unique, Oscar de La Renta, Gucci and Chanel. The unique color is often seen this season, used on animal prints, giving the classic print a unique change.

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GUCCI Coral, another pink trend for winter. Usually associated as a Spring/Summer hue, it has been given new life by being worn in the colder seasons. To really give this color a punch, pair it with tangerine. However, if this pairing is too much, pair it with navy to still have an eye-catching outfit. This shade of pink is welcome in a sea of dark colors usually worn during winter. Seen at Giambattista Valli, this shade of pink really speaks for itself. Although pink seems to be the choice color for the runways, the key piece for this winter season is the pink coat. If you are looking to invest in this trend, look for a statement jacket in pink. Here, a great shade to choose is a pastel pink; it brings a refreshing look to a statement coat this winter. With this trend, designers are successfully merging seasons, making pieces easily transitional from the cold of winter into the brisk spring with pink coats. There is a refreshing summery spin to this cheeky and cheery shade, like bubblegum pink or a soft blush. Pastel shades of pink paired with moodier, darker raspberry shades or a monochromatic gray or black look keeps these girly pieces looking sharp and modern.

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How will you wear it? Think pink this season and spice up this cold and gray season with some pink in your wardrobe.

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CHANEL IN HAVANA, CUBA

With travel sanctions lifted, Karl Lagerfeld jumped at the opportunity to debut Chanel’s Cruise 2017 Collection on the streets of Havana, Cuba. More than 700 guests were invited to the authentically Cuban, open air fashion show. The mood was spicy; there was hope and optimism in the air. The collection did not disappoint either, part of which was Cuban inspired with vintage cars, vibrant colors and tops that exclaimed “Viva Coco Libre.”

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