Sunday, June 28, 2009


Celebrities and other fashion-forward people have recently been paying homage to Michael Jackson in their choice of clothing; the trend now seems strangely premonitory. Rihanna (above) and Beyonce (below) love the structured and blingey blazers by Balmain that were undoubtedly inspired by MJ's garment of choice during the 1980s.

Even Jacko himself was getting back into his old habits, wearing lots of sequins and studs perhaps in preparation for his come back tour. Below he was seen wearing a piece from the Balmain collection he had unknowingly played muse for.

With the tragic loss of the King of Pop I suspect that in tribute to his greatness, the trend will only grow stronger and more pronounced.

Along with daring rhinestone encrusted civil war jackets, we might see white socks with penny-loafers and black jeans returning, as well as easier to pull-off classic items:

Slightly oversized shades for the eternally shy superstar, like these from Karen Walker Eyewear

Pretty shiny things limited to accessories, instead of an all over look, like this rhinestoned bangle, Balmainesque ssquishy cuff, and spike stretch bracelet

and fedoras, to tip down when moonwalking.

All these looks and more are available at Helianthus, on La Guardia Place and Spring Street!

Friday, June 26, 2009

What to wear to a wedding!

We're in the middle of Wedding Season ladies!!! So here are some of our picks for what to wear to a wedding...

For a night time wedding..this Pencey number is sexy and fun!
Stand out from the crowd in this bright pink Bensoni beauty!

The fabric of this Bensoni dress is sooooo smooth and silky. Its great for almost any wedding occasion!

This Wren dress is great for a night time wedding in the Big Apple!

Don't forget to accessorize with a little black lacy bag.

Stunning back on this Wren dress!

This is a great piece by Elijah. The black and white print is very classic but the draw-string detail makes this dress special!

Front detail...

This asymmetrical dress by Mason is perfect for dressing up or down and can be worn in the day with sweet white wedges or in the night with a black elastic belt and a pair of killer heels!

Try belting this piece...

A sweet floral headband is a great piece to wear to a wedding. It is simple and makes a statement all at the same time. These headbands are all handmade with vintage flowers and lace.

This is a great dress to wear to a day wedding! Its simple and sweet and comfortable which is important since we all know you'll be dancing all night long and eating lots of yummy cake!

A beautiful white lace clutch is a great accessory!

Its always fun to do something vibrant for a summer wedding. You can try this pink and purple dress by Rory Beca if you want to stand out from the crowd!

Pink back detail...

This JF and Son is an awesome dress for summer weddings and looks great with black accessories!

A great print is always fun to wear to a wedding. Try this leaf print dress from the French brand IRO.

A simple cut dress with sparkling details is also a great way to go! This Grace Sun dress is sure to make you sparkle!

Adorable bow headbands are a great wedding outfit accessory!

Stop by Helianthus and we will help you find something to wear to your next big wedding event! Happy Shopping!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cocktail Hour!!!!

HIP HIP HOORAY for the cocktail dress! That fantastic dress that hangs in your closet and begs to be worn on a fabulous night out. Its sexy and fun and makes you feel like a million bucks! What could be better. You slip into that dress and your ready to party! The cocktail dress has made every woman feel the glamour of a night out on the town since its introduction in the 1920s.

Laird Borrelli-Persson, author of the newly released book entitled The Cocktail Dress, showcases these fantastic frocks through out the decades while highlighting some of her favorites and getting insight from top designers such as Peter Som, Cynthia Rowley and Isaac Mizrahi, all of whom are experts on the art of the cocktail dress.

The cocktail dress can be classic and timeless or it can make a statement for the here and now crowd! Here at Helianthus we thought we’d follow in Laird Borrellis-Persson’s footsteps by picking some of our all time fave cocktail dresses worn by the most fabulous women of this century!

It all started with the Flapper of the 1920s and 30s. Every flapper dress was dazzling with fringe, beading, and lace!

Marilyn Monroe is a fashion icon...and its no wonder why! She always looked fantastic. Here she is in the classic film Some Like It Hot! Looking very hot indeed in this flapper style dress!
Audrey Hepburn is another icon in the fashion industry! She made "The Little Black Dress" a must have for every woman in America. Here she is in the classic hit film "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Jackie O always looked classic...and wore beautifully tailored cocktail dresses. Sometimes it is the shape of a dress that really makes it a knock out and this is a perfect example of cocktail perfection!

Twiggy was the face of the 1960's modeling scene and got to wear some of the most out standing fashions of the 60s. Here she is in a dazzling cocktail dress, covered in beaded detailing!

Princess Diana looks amazing in this little back number! OUTSTANDING!

How could we not mention every city girls favorite fictional character...Carrie Bradshaw from HBO's hit series Sex and the City! This is a shot of her from the Sex and the City movie looking stylish as ever in this aqua blue cocktail masterpiece!

Sex and the City was all about the cocktail dress...AND THE COCKTAIL! The show reinvented "The Cosmopolitan" and made it every girls favorite drink!

Our new style Icon is Michelle Obama...first lady of the United States. Sometimes it is the color that makes a dress a knock out! This green dress by Kai Milla is a perfect example.

Here's the first lady looking fabulous in a yellow dress by Jason of her favorite designers!

She wears her little black dress too! And does so with style and grace!

Stop by Helianthus and check out some more great cocktail dresses!!! Here are a few of our favorites in stock now! and nude dress. SO sexy for a fun night out!

Christopher Deane....Colorful and Classy!

Mason by Michelle Mason...a color that really pops for night time fun!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Attention Helianthus Shoppers!!!

The summer is upon us! It's time for pretty sundresses, flirty skirts, and sexy tanks! And what better place to get them than at HELIANTHUS! And what better price to get them at then 30% to 70% OFF! That's is time for HELIANTHUS'S SPRING AND SUMMER SALE! Get amazing prices on Christopher Deane, Pencey, Ulla Johnson, Dallin Chase, Bensoni, and many more!

All the details:

What - Helianthus Spring and Summer Sale 30% to 70% OFF!
Where - At either of our Helianthus locations: 552 LaGuardia Place or 196 Spring Street
When - Starting Wednesday June 24th!

Stop by for some fabulous deals and fun summer time shopping


Ulla Johnson: Leah Dress 40% off $281!!!

Pencey: Ultraviolet Dress 50% off $403!!!
Pencey: Feather Midnight Dress 50% off $389!!!
Karen Walker: Sleeveless Keyhole Shirt 40% off $377!!!

Christopher Deane: Knoll Tunic 30% off $248.00!!!
Pepper and Pistol: Pina Colada Shirt 30% off $243!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

These are a few of my favorite things

I'm Sonia, a sales associate at Helianthus, and while I love almost everything we sell, these are some of my current favorite looks:

Christopher Deane top with stand-away lace and sweetheart detail with detachable peplum skirt and gold chain necklace

Anglomania by Vivienne Westwood top with flat front floral silk shorts and ropy flats

Amelie zebra-print bubbly cocktail dress

Sol Is Everything layered top, 28 Revival jeans and fringed leather heels

Snakeskin pritn detail of...

...Christopher Dean sheer top, Lover denim skirt and black strappy heels