Thursday, March 31st 2011

Designer Inspiration: Jenni Kayne Spring 2011


Sketch to runway: the Jenni Kayne Zip Pocket Blazer.

Drawing inspiration from the classic American road trip, the Jenni Kayne Spring 2011 collection has the California ease the line is known for, executed in crisp, classic lines. We asked the designer about her Zip Pocket Blazer:

“Jackets are de rigueur at JK, and this updated waxed-linen version is my new favorite. The longer silhouette looks fresh, and the color is neutral without being basic.”

--Amie
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For her spring 2011 collection, Jenni Kayne drew inspiration from that American classic: the road trip.


Jenni Kayne spring 2011 inspiration board.


Jenni Kayne spring 2011 inspiration board.

Thursday, March 31st 2011

First Fashion: Wearable Conversation Pieces

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Ever one to favor color over line, I gravitate toward bright colors and simple silhouettes. On a mission to stand out from the crowd, today I combed What’s New looking for pieces that were fashion-forward enough to get people talking, but basic enough to wear again and again.

(1) Everyone and their mother is wearing skinny jeans. Everyone and their mother is not wearing J Brand skinny jeans in peony pink. J Brand - 11” Ankle Skinny Jeans

(2) These Sam Edelman pumps are a step ahead of all the cork platforms you’ll see this spring. Sam Edelman - Novato Open Toe Cork Platform Pumps

(3) Irreverent and delightful, these Alice + Olivia shorts combine a classy cut with an on-the-prowl leopard print. Alice + Olivia - Printed Butterfly Shorts

--Rebecca

Wednesday, March 30th 2011

Trend to Try: Spring Knits

There’s so much more to knitwear than chunky grandpa cardigans and thick wool sweater dresses. With fun patterns and lightweight linens, warmer weather is the perfect time to don spring knits.

Make like Margherita Missoni in a fun-loving M Missoni jumpsuit, maxi dress, or mini patterned with the Italian brand’s iconic stripes, a look any globetrotting sun goddess would love. Or partake in a bit of British quirk: knit skirts and maxi dresses by Twenty8Twelve are adorned with offbeat patterns and summer-perfect silhouettes. Have a more understated style? Take cues from the preppy handbook and pull on a classic linen top in solids or stripes, like this one by DKNY.

--Tonya

Wednesday, March 30th 2011

Calling All New Yorkers: Fashion Girls for Japan Designer Sample Sale

This weekend, some of fashion’s favorite names will band together in support of Japan. More than 60 designers have donated a rolling rack of clothes to be sold at a two-day sample sale at the Bowery Hotel in New York. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Japan Society Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, the Red Cross, and the NYC Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Fund.

Where: The Bowery Terrace, Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, New York

When: Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Who: Alexander Wang, Derek Lam, Doo.Ri, DVF, Helmut Lang, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Thakoon, Theory, and more.

How much: $5 minimum donation

Why: Because Japan needs our support.

Buy tickets online or at the door.

The event is organized by Fashion Girls for Japan, a group conceived by Kyoko Kageyama of 3.1 Phillip Lim, who was in Japan when the earthquake hit. VPL President Kikka Hanazawa and Tomoko Ogura of Barneys have also pitched in to organize the event.

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Wednesday, March 30th 2011

First Fashion: Maxed Out

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Last spring, I was all about swingy shirtdresses and full, knee-length skirts. This year, I’m gravitating toward floor-sweeping hems.

(1) Simple and elegant yet interesting, this Rebecca Taylor dress will be perfect for the wedding on my May agenda. Rebecca Taylor - Mirrored Gown

(2) Prairie meets boho in this Haute Hippie skirt. Bonus: it does double duty as a strapless dress. Haute Hippie - Long Tiered Skirt / Dress

(3) With something as simple as fabric choice, Kaelen has transformed the classic maxi into something decidedly forward. Kaelen - Grandma Hannigan Long Mesh Dress

--Amie

Tuesday, March 29th 2011

The ‘40s Look: Function & Fantasy

I love the '40s wartime look—it was such an interesting mix of exotic escapism and down-to-business functionality. From tailored tweed skirt suits and Rosie the Riveter's sensible headscarf to slinky evening dresses and Carmen Miranda's fruit hat, it was an era that embraced a woman's duality as both worker and goddess.

Necessity being the mother of invention, the war forced designers to adapt. Women needed sensible clothes, but they also needed a pick-me-up. Luxury materials were in short supply, so steel-arched stilettos were replaced with wedge heels, and colorful cottons took the place of silk frocks. The wardrobe became playful and affordable: mix-and-match brights for the woman who does it all.

To recreate the look, pick full bottoms, tailored tops, and eye-catching colors. Pair a maxi skirt or wide-leg Alice + Olivia pants (pictured) with a fitted off-shoulder top. Shoes should be sensible but ladylike wedge or T-strap heels (Rebecca Minkoff has some perfectly era-appropriate pumps). Once the sun sets, a little bit of dress-up is perfectly a propos: a bohemian Daughters of the Revolution skirt or a draped, vixeny Halston Heritage dress are oh-so '40s when worn with finger-wave hair and poppy lips.

--Rebecca

Tuesday, March 29th 2011

First Fashion: Cheer Up With Blues

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Every spring, I’m attracted to styles that remind me of sunny blue skies. These three will have my wardrobe looking up in no time.

(1) In sweet shades of blue and purple, this Marc by Marc Jacobs dress will make the prettiest season even more beautiful. Marc by Marc Jacobs – Elm Print Colorblock Jersey Dress

(2) Camilla Skovgaard adds her architectural signature to a ladylike T-strap. This sandal-bootie hybrid will make all my white dresses pop. Camilla Skovgaard – Ankle Point Strap Sandals

(3) Though I fall for the designer’s prints and patterns every season, the icy teal of this Mara Hoffman bikini will feel fresh on a hot afternoon. Mara Hoffman – V Wire Bikini

--Tonya

Monday, March 28th 2011

Spring 2011 Mini Trend: Bold Stripes


Milly Anais Hostess Dress, right. Marc by Marc Jacobs Beatrix Stripe Sweater Dress, left.

This season, designers took stripes beyond Breton mainstays to something bolder. Thick lines both horizontal and vertical popped up in collections by Isabel Marant, Marc Jacobs, and Jil Sander, and proved to be a refreshing take on the blueblood-prep signature. How to wear the look? Take a page from the Marc by Marc Jacobs dress pictured and mix wide stripes with a thinner variety, or dress down a floor-length Milly dress with a cardi, belt, and flat sandals. If designer loungewear is more your tune, Splendid tees give the trend a relaxed feel.

--Amie
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Monday, March 28th 2011

First Fashion: Unique Bags

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I’ve never been one to carry a brown or black bag. I favor playful, quirky accessories—after all, a girl’s handbag is the window to her soul. These three picks caught my detail-loving eye.

(1) The perfect fusion of slouchy and structured, this Foley + Corinna bag is made even better by a mouth-watering tomato tone. Foley + Corinna – Jet Set Bag

(2) A throwback to the wicker satchels of the Grace Kelly era, this Marc Jacobs handbag has all the charm of vintage and all the practicality of modern. Marc by Marc Jacobs - Bianca Dreams of Monte Carlo Tote

(3) This spritely Tory Burch bag reduced us all to raptures when it came in. Eye-catching, on-trend, and classy, this is a logo pattern at its absolute best. Tory Burch – Dopp Kit

--Rebecca

Friday, March 25th 2011

Coming Up Roses: Floral Prints

This spring’s floral trend has me feeling like Dorothy stepping into Oz. After years of stubbornly wearing only shades of grey and black, it’s refreshing to find myself among all these bouquets. Such temporal beauties, flowers are ever a gentle reminder to appreciate the moment.

In the quest to turn my wardrobe into a garden, I started with a work-appropriate Diane von Furstenberg dress and playful Marc Jacobs flats. But my little heart has been stolen by the to-die-for Alice + Olivia dress pictured above. It has me wishing for an invite to a summer wedding or a swanky garden party.

--Rebecca

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