In the magazine world, the September issue is the most anticipated arrival of the year. It’s the unofficial first look at this season’s fashion trends and predictions. So, it is with great pleasure that we present you with Northwest Bergen Lifestyle’s very first Style + Fashion issue.

For our fall fashion photoshoot, we are privileged to feature Sumayah. As an international fashion model, she has worked for designers including but not limited to Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy and Hugo Boss. Our team headed to the Sheraton Mahwah to showcase some of this season’s finest looks straight from J.McLaughlin in Ho-Ho-Kus. Special thanks to Florescence Salon & Day Spa of Saddle River for providing hair and makeup services. Learn more about Florescence in “All Tressed Up.”

If designer names are on your fashion bucket list, check out “Luxury on Consignment” where you’ll find four fabulous boutiques to begin your treasure hunt. And for those of you who love shoes, visit DPARZ in Ridgewood for unique, fashionable and comfortable footwear handcrafted in Brazil. Gentlemen, we have not forgotten about you! We’ve given you a sneak peek of some fantastic fall trends from Sal Lauretta for Men in Midland Park.

The expression goes “you only get one chance to make a first impression,” so what easier way to do that than with an organized closet system for your wardrobe? At California Closets in Ridgewood, you’ll start with your own consultant who will work with your requirements, timeline and budget. Using their digital iPad showroom, you’ll be able to view designs and products for every room in your home.

Now that you’re organized and have a new wardrobe for the fall season, hop over to chef and co-owner Anthony Bucco’s Felina Restaurant and Bar in Ridgewood for a dining experience you won’t forget. As an award-winning restaurant, Felina is a supporter of the family farmer, while at the same time, taking pride in their approach to community and sustainability. Both the food and beverage programming rely heavily on the seasonal harvest to showcase each articulated and perfectly in-season ingredient. A spectacular event space with much of its original architectural splendor will be on the menu soon.

Once you see the pages of this issue, you will agree that Northwest Bergen County’s offerings can’t be beat; therefore, keep it local and let the show begin!

Enjoy, and thank you for welcoming us into your home.

Marc Schwartz