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December 20, 2014

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Alyssa Nicole x Lookbook.nu Black & White Tuxedo Style Contest!

Alyssa Nicole has partnered with Lookbook.nu for a contest + giveaway inspired by Alyssa Nicole's Signature Collection! Enter our Black & White Tuxedo Style Contest for a chance to win a handcrafted piece from Alyssa Nicole’s Signature Collection! 

Inspired by the classic tuxedo - Alyssa Nicole’s Signature Collection is a line consisting of chic little black & white dresses. Alyssa Nicole’s Signature line has been refined and polished into a new sophisticated demi-couture collection. Each piece, youthful in feel, is carefully tailored and crafted to exude sophistication. 

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Use Alyssa Nicole’s mood board for inspiration or the Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection Lookbook as inspiration to create an ethereal black and white look. 

Simply show us your Black & White Tuxedo Inspired Look and tag your post on Lookbook with #ALYSSANICOLE OR #ANLOOKBOOK. 

Participants will be entered for a chance to win one of the following prizes: 

1st Place: Alyssa Nicole Signature Tuxedo Dress
2nd Place: Alyssa Nicole Signature Skirt
3rd Place: Alyssa Nicole Signature Crop Top

Winning looks will be judged by Alyssa Nicole based on creativity, originality, unique style, and presentation.

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December 19, 2014

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Shake It Off

It wasn't until a few days ago that I realized my first Tuxedo Dress was designed in 2009. I can't even believe how time has passed by so quickly. I never would have guessed this dress would have been my customers closet staple over the years. Since then, I have tailored and carefully crafted the Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection so that each piece exudes sophistication. 

In honor of the reinvention of my signature pieces I have partnered with Lookbook.nu on a contest +  giveaway for Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection! 3 winners will get the chance to receive a custom piece from the Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection! Simply enter your black and white holiday look inspired by Alyssa Nicole's Signature Collection on Lookbook.nu for the chance to win! 


I can't wait to see everyone's amazing entries! xx - Alyssa Nicole
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Wearing Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection 
Tuxedo Dress
Heels- Jeffrey Campbell, Lipstick - Marc Jacobs Beauty
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December 16, 2014

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Inspiration: Mood - Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection

Here's a look at my real life mood board for Alyssa Nicole's Signature Collection. I had been gathering my inspiration for my Signature collection on Pinterest before posting tear sheet images up in my studio and designing my collection. My original black and white tuxedo dress was the source of inspiration for the Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection. See my inspiration board on Pinterest to see what was inspiring my Signature Collection here.
 
 
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December 15, 2014

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The Looks: Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection

Our reinvention of Signature Alyssa Nicole pieces have been tailored and carefully crafted so that piece to exudes sophistication. Crafted in our San Francisco design studio, our signature Tuxedo Dress exudes ladylike charm. Our original black and white tuxedo dress was the source of inspiration for Alyssa Nicole's Signature Collection. 
 
Houndstooth jacquard, soft organza, and woven cotton poplin in shades of black in white were used throughout the line.  A touch of feminine charm is found in bows accentuating the waistline. Flared skirts create delightful aline silhouettes. Full pleats on flared skirts illustrate playful sophisticationSee the looks below!
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Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection 
Lookbook by Jess Sorensen, Hair / Makeup Styling by Hedy Lavinsky, Featuring Marina Dodson
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December 08, 2014

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Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection Lookbook

Since the relaunch of Alyssa Nicole as a demi-couture collection - I put my signature styles to rest - until now. For months I've been secretly working hard to redesign my signature Tuxedo Dress and High Waist Skirt for my new Signature Collection. These pieces have been refined and polished into a new sophisticated demi-couture line. Each piece remains youthful in feel - however I've tailored and carefully crafted each piece to exude sophistication.

I worked with one of my favorite photographers Jess Sorensen and Hedy Lavinksy -who happens to be an amazing hair and makeup stylist - on creative direction for my Signature Lookbook. We set out to style an ethereal lookbook to compliment the naif chic looks in the collection. A soft cat eye and nude lip accompanies loose curls and wispy hair styling. As always, the San Francisco fog created a moody dreamlike atmosphere which created a sense of restlessness and fragility within the lookbook.

This collection was a bit nostalgic for me as I reinvented some of my most popular styles. I began my line with a few simple designs before my collection began to grow and blossom. The girl I thought about when designing this collection is feminine and naive - but simultaneously rebellious and strong. See the lookbook for Alyssa Nicole's Signature Collection below!

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Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection 
Lookbook by Jess Sorensen, Hair & Makeup Styling by Hedy Lavinsky, Featuring Veronica Boyer
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December 03, 2014

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Sample Sale ›


Alyssa Nicole Pop Up in San Francisco! Local Luxury Holiday Trunk Show & Sample Sale!

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Just in time for the Holidays, Alyssa Nicole is popping up in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood for a Trunk Show and Sample Sale! Meet with designer Alyssa Nicole during our Holiday Pop-Up! Shop our ready-to-wear line & receive fit consultations on special orders for holiday dresses.

 Our Local Luxury Holiday Pop-Up will include a sample sale on handcrafted ready-to-wear items! Our curated selection of designers specialize in San Francisco/Bay Area made luxury garments and accessories. At our Local Luxury Pop-Up, you’ll find quality craftsmanship and thoughtfully designed collections. 

LOCAL LUXURY HOLIDAY POP-UP

1032 Washington Street (at Powell)
San Francisco, California, 94108

December 13th & 14th
Open - Close
Saturday,10:00am-8:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am-6:30pm

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Opening Pop-Up Trunk Show, Saturday 6pm-8pm

RSVP for a night of sweets & champagne at our Opening Pop-Up Trunk Show from 6pm-8pm on Saturday, December 13th. Celebrate with us & shop 25%-45% off


RSVP to our Sunrise & Mimosa's Sample Sale from 10am-12pm on Sunday, December 14th. Brunch with us & shop 35%-60% off.
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November 27, 2014

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November 25, 2014

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ALYSSA NICOLE SIGNATURE COLLECTION

You've asked for it - and now it's here! I began my line with a few simple styles for my Etsy shop (which has since been discontinued) back in 2009 - a few high waisted skirts and a couple strapless dresses is where my collection began to grow and blossom. My signature design - the Strapless Tuxedo Dress - was a closet staple for my loyal customers. Not far behind was the Pleated High Waist Skirt - which I continue to wear myself in various colors and fabrications on a regular basis. 

Since the relaunch of Alyssa Nicole as a demi-couture collection - I put my signature styles to rest - until now. I'm so excited because I've been secretly working hard to redesign my signature Tuxedo Dress and High Waist Skirt for my new Signature Collection. These pieces have been refined and polished into a new sophisticated demi-couture line. Each piece remains youthful in feel - however I've tailored and carefully crafted each piece to exude sophistication.
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Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection 
Lookbook by Jess Sorensen, Hair & Makeup Styling by Hedy Lavinsky, Featuring Veronica Boyer and Marina Dodson
 
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Get 40% off the entire Alyssa Nicole Shop during our Thanksgiving Weekend / Black Friday SALE from Nov.28-Nov. 30 with code BLACKFRIDAY.
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Trending: Skirts - Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014

When designing a collection - skirts are always on my mind. Shape and silhouette below the waist take lead when designing my collection. Naturally - I stick to high waist as it's my signature skirt silhouette - and this season was no different from collections past.
I focused on a variation of flared skirts in my Fall 2014 collection. Nod to mod aline skirts are feminine and playful while full flared skirts delight and exude ladylike charm.
Form fitting pencil skirts are tailored to exude sophistication. An understated side slit adorns fitted skirts with classic femininity - perfect for the office.
Mermaid flares and asymmetric hemlines are superbly crafted in our San Francisco design studio. Fitted to perfection, these ladylike skirts merge playful femininity with elegant sophistication.
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Models:  Mellissa Gray, Tawni Cox, Dorothea Parker, Joanna Kaminska,Veronica Boyer, Devon Delzell
Styling: Alyssa Casares, Emme Nguyen Jenae Lee, 
Art Direction + Event Coordination: Ashley Tarr, Sonia Casares
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Trending Necklines - Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014

This season I focused on a variation of high necklines in my Fall 2014 collection. I focused on designing tailored turtleneck collars as well as bodices with sculpted asymmetric flounces.

I have always loved high necklines. In this collection I designed a several dresses with a high rounded neckline. Center back keyhole closures were designed to emphasize the back neckline and an evening gown with a front center keyhole cut out emphasizes the collar bones.

Continuing the last seasons pattern of asymmetric tops - I designed an evening gown and cocktail dress with sculpted ruffle flounces. My design focused on unbalanced silk organza tiers - with the top flounce peeking out asymmetrically beneath the layers of raw edge silk organza.
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Models: Marina Dodson, Mellissa Gray, Tawni Cox, Cordellia Kritz, Devon Delzell, Veronica Boyer
Styling: Alyssa Casares, Emme Nguyen Jenae Lee, 
Art Direction + Event Coordination: Ashley Tarr, Sonia Casares
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