The shopping floors in the world's largest department store MACY'S are always hot and popping with all of the latest seasonal fashions. Men, women and children's wear are in abundance this summer and the brightest, liveliest clothes are displayed and sold to a wide cross section of customers who come from near and far to experience the magic of Macy's. But recently, it was on the private 13th floor executive lounge, that feature an adjoining terrace that the real fashionestas hung out on a sizzling hot June evening for cocktails and Caribbean hors-d' oeuvres. The occasion was the celebration of Carib News Caribbean's 100 movers and shakers in honor of Caribbean Heritage Month.
Ed Goldberg, Macy's Senior VP of Government and Consumer Affairs played host to the special VIP reception and former Governor Basil Patterson was the special guest speaker. With the heat index peaking to ninety degrees, that did not daunt the fashion faithful to don their best, showing off what to wear in the heat and yet remain comfortable, glamorous and trendy, all at the same time. A special effort was made to look good by some attendees, the colors of choice were fresh yellows, oranges and tropical blues. Sensible fashionestas opted for pure white in summer appropriate cool cottons. There were prints and clashes with perks of black and navy among the mix, but an overall sense of light pastel colors prevailed.
Occasions like these demand comfort and nothing is more uncomfortable than to be in a social situation with beads of perspiration rolling down one's cheeks, or aching feet confined to uncomfortably, tight shoes. Who made it a rule to wear high heeled shoes to every occasion? Of course, some affairs do call for elegant well heeled pumps, but hearing women complain all the time about their shoes being too high, or too tight..."but its so pretty I had to get it" is somewhat unfortunate. Summer is the best time to invest in some COMFORTABLE flats, and this season is no exception with the most beautiful sandals in most shoe stores. There are even the simple jeweled sandals that add a little bling to your step, and the easy metallic sliders are not only on trend now, but comfortable to wear.
Ladies, this is not the time to worry and fret about what to wear at which occasion. Its not rocket science, all it takes is a little planning and some wardrobe adjustments. Take some time out for yourself and invest in some quality pieces. Do some research, mull over the fashion magazines, visit the designer floors and boutiques and see what works for your body type before you hit the racks. Smart shopping is key this season, there are several options, so step out of your comfort zone and be bold, remember this is a season of color, ease and comfort in fashion.
Macy's Ty Stone-Adams always a trendsetter choose a white mildly sequined Michael Kors
Iasha Rivers another Macy's fashion plate wore this colorful tropical Nicole Miller
Pauline Willoughby took time out from her Jamaica Independence Ball preparations and wore this cool Jean Goud summer ensemble
Business woman Alsion Roache debut a surprise creation from her own son R.Anthony in all white
Dr. Carlene Chin-Que looked cool and easy in a salmon color cotton dress by Versace
Dr. Peggy Barnett was appropriately attired in a sunshine yellow Nina Pilo two piece ensemble