Thursday, June 30th 2011

Le Geek, C’est Chic: Bold Frames are Fashion Favorites

Elizabeth and James just launched their cool-girl spectacles, Super Sunglasses has the Ciccio frame in seemingly endless colorways, and even t-shirt label LNA Los Angeles did an ’80s-inspired iteration. Geek-chic fashion glasses are a big story this season, and they’re showing up on everyone from Chloë Sevigny to Alexa Chung, Anne Hathaway to Kirsten Dunst. The Man Repeller Leandra Medine has dubbed them BCGs (Birth Control Glasses), and French blogger Pandora has made a signature of her big specs and blunt bangs.

It can be a tough trend to pull off, but can give a look that little something extra it needs. Will you try it? And, the bigger question, will we look back at pictures of ourselves ten years from now and wonder what we were thinking?

--Amie

Thursday, June 30th 2011

First Fashion: Memorable Shoes

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Like a princess in a fairytale, I spend my days sitting in a room full of boxes and boxes of shoes. At this point, it takes something truly special to catch my eye. These three spell-casters stood out as the fairest (and most unusual) of them all.

(1) Sam Edelman updates a classic smoking slipper shape in a toe-die-for haircalf. I don’t quite understand how I got through my life without these. Sam Edelman – Alvin Smoking Slipper Flats

(2) Language fails me in the face of these glitter-coated Badgley Mischka pumps. So sparkly. Badgley Mischka – Humbie Glitter Pumps

(3) These streamlined 7 For All Mankind flats were a new visual experience for me: burnout haircalf. Burnout crocodile-print haircalf. 7 For All Mankind – Addison Haircalf Flats

--Rebecca

Wednesday, June 29th 2011

What to Wear to Your High School Reunion

Ah, summer. Months of social activities that range from outdoor music festivals to family weddings, and for a few among you, this is the summer of the high school reunion. A time to reconnect with old pals (and impress them with how far you’ve come, naturally), the reunion, above all others, demands a chic ensemble that doesn’t come across as trying too hard.

Daytime Affair
If your class president is planning a daytime fête, choose an airy sundress (like the Three Dots dress pictured). It has an easy-going vibe that looks put-together but doesn’t feel too fancy. Pair it with a colorful raffia Mar Y Sol clutch, some walkable wedge sandals, and your go-to jewelry.

Casual Evening
So your class is more of a gather-at-the-bar kind of group. Keep your look clean-lined and refined, with a nod to current trends. Pleated Alexander Wang pants and a silk Equipment blouse feel sophisticated, yet downtown cool. Finish the look with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and a cognac clutch.

All Dressed Up
For the fancier party, go all-out chic without going over the top. A structural Lela Rose dress will do the trick. Add a pair of envy-inducing Camilla Skovgaard sandals, a DVF clutch, and forgo the jewelry altogether. This look is streamlined, elegant, and effortless.

--Amie

Tuesday, June 28th 2011

Summer Style: Leather Jewelry

Something about summer calls for a return to simpler things. For the most part, I store away anything that seems too polished or studied: I replace dry-clean-onlies with denim, embrace messy hair, swap my stilettos for K. Jacques sandals, and gravitate toward all things natural and raw.

Perhaps this explains my love for our recent leather jewelry arrivals. Motif 56, a long-time favorite for belts, has released a line of raw-edged and rustic bracelets that look like something unearthed in a Texas tack shop. On the more delicate side of the scale, Gorjana wrap bracelets are an iconic favorite, and the summer Club Monaco jewelry collection is also worth a look for earthy but elegant stone-and-leather pairings.

--Rebecca

Tuesday, June 28th 2011

First Fashion: Perfect Summer Outfit

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After much delay weather-wise, summer has finally arrived. Warm temperatures and sunny days demand a certain ease of dressing, and this morning, I found what is sure to become my warm-weather uniform.

(1) There is nothing more perfect than an airy jersey maxi dress for hot summer days. Both comfortable and refined, I’ll wear this Daftbird dress at least once a week. Daftbird - Heather Tank Long Dress

(2) The best footwear for a comfy dress? Flip-flops, naturally. Tory Burch makes some of the best. Tory Burch - Abitha Patent Flip Flops

(3) And I’ll finish the look with a pair of Oliver Peoples sunglasses. Classic with a subtle retro vibe, this will be my new go-to pair. Oliver Peoples Eyewear - J Gold Sunglasses

--Amie

Monday, June 27th 2011

Tropical Punch: Summer’s Best Bright Prints

Due in no small part to the exuberant tone set by Prada’s grapefruit- and banana-filled spring collection, the tropical print has become a high-fashion favorite as of late. But Miuccia isn’t the only one to take inspiration from south of the Tropic of Cancer—these designers are proving the punchy pattern is so much more than tourists in Hawaiian shirts and cargo shorts.

DSQUARED2 loosens up a ladylike pencil dress (pictured) with a print straight out of a Gauguin painting, while Halston Heritage’s Tahitian print adorns a dress in the shape of a sarong. Rag & Bone makes the pattern feel forward by trading megaflora for a digital rendering of a seaside photograph, accenting it with solid blocks of black. But for a completely classic take on the look, pair Equipment’s Hawaiian blouse (in lightweight chiffon to beat the equatorial heat) with tortoiseshell sunglasses, white flare jeans, and a thin leather belt—perfect whether on a jaunt to Panama or just to an outdoor party.

--Tonya

Monday, June 27th 2011

First Fashion: Colorful Little Extras

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I love what a well-chosen accent piece can do for an outfit. An eye-catching accessory can downplay the severity of a 9-to-5 look or dress up the casualness of a weekend style. These little finds may be tiny, but they pack a powerful punch.

(1) My love for RumbaTime watches is, perhaps, a little extreme for a grown woman, but what can I say? They’re the wearable equivalent of a snow cone: nostalgic, colorful, fun. RumbaTime – Seafoam Slap Watch

(2) Diane von Furstenberg realized that sometimes a plain old snakeskin belt just isn’t enough. A hot orange one should be. Diane von Furstenberg – Ila Snake Belt

(3) These serefina earrings were a revelation to me: parrots are naturally colorblocked. Two trends in one! serefina – Mod Parrot Earrings

--Rebecca

Friday, June 24th 2011

Packed In: Best Weekend Bags

In the summer, there may be nothing sweeter than a weekend away from the city heat. I like to take only what I need, packing versatile, layering-friendly pieces that won’t bulk up or weight down my luggage. I just picked up a new LeSportsac suitcase (perfect carry-on size!), and while browsing Shopbop’s designer weekend bags, I was struck by the chic options for overnight carryalls.

I was first drawn to the Sara Berman Hortense bag. In sleek haircalf, it’s an unexpected take on the weekender. JADEtribe has an equally unique offering, albeit on the other end of the spectrum. Their patterned Nicole bag has an earthy, globetrotting vibe. From a rugged duffel by Alternative Bags to slouchy, soft classics from Marc by Marc Jacobs, there’s really no reason a woman’s travel tote can’t be as stylish as the rest of her wardrobe.

--Amie

Friday, June 24th 2011

First Fashion: Vintage Reinvisioned

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Though designers are often working on the next new thing, they’re just as likely to draw inspiration from decades past. These three pieces balance the classic with the right now.

(1) Midi dresses feel as fresh today as they did in the ’40s. This sage green pin dot-print version by Lucy in Disguise is understated yet completely gorgeous. Lucy in Disguise – Regatta Dress

(2) Pointed-toe pumps from Giuseppe Zanotti feel newsworthy in colorblocked neutrals. Giuseppe Zanotti – Two Piece Pumps

(3) RED Valentino gives a ’50s-style party dress a modern makeover with sleek lines and a higher hem. RED Valentino – Sleeveless Dress with Bow

--Tonya

Thursday, June 23rd 2011

Behind Lucy in Disguise with Designers Lily Allen and Sarah Owen


The brainchild of singer Lily Allen and her sister Sarah Owen, Lucy in Disguise is a culmination of the duo’s shared love of vintage fashion. Launched first as a vintage shop in London, Allen and Owen have created their own inspired collection, filled with modern riffs on retro styles. We talked with the sisters about their love of vintage, the label, and who this Lucy gal is.

Shopbop: Last year, you opened a vintage store in London’s Covent Garden. How is this collection an extension of that store?
Lily Allen: A collection of our own had not always been part of our plan. When sourcing clothes for our Covent Garden store, we came across so many pieces that inspired us but were not quite right for the shop floor—perhaps the fabric was bad, or the sizing awkward, or it just needed to be brought up to date somehow. So we were driven to improve upon these items and make them more wearable.

Sarah Owen: We believe that the magic of vintage is in the story each dress has to tell: Where has this dress been? Who’s worn it? What adventures has it had? We wanted to bring that magic across in our range, even though the pieces are brand new, so we’ve named each piece and written a little caption evoking memories of when and where “Lucy” wore it.

SB: How would you describe Lucy?
SO: Lucy is a true style queen, a time-traveling fashionista who follows her instincts, not just trends. Every girl wants to be her, and every boy wants to go out with her. Above all, she loves to dress up and explore different sides of her personality through the clothes she wears.

LA: In the ’20s she was hanging out with Gatsby, in the ’60s she was on the back of the Rolling Stones’ tour bus, and in the ’70s she was at Studio 54 with Andy Warhol and Jerry Hall.

SB: The line is heavily influenced by vintage style. What’s your favorite era?
LA: I really love the ’50s, as it’s perfect for my body shape, pinching in and accentuating my waist and giving me a full skirt to twirl in! I also love the workmanship that goes into pieces from the ’20s. They often have incredible beadwork and embroidery.

SO: My favorite eras are the ’60s by day and the ’70s by night. I’m torn between wanting to channel Jane Birkin and Bianca Jagger! I’m a sequin-loving hippie at heart!

SB: How is your personal style reflected in the collection?
SO: Pieces like The Roxy are exactly what you would be likely to find me in, dancing the night away. I love pieces that have a sexy and glamorous feel but are super comfortable (and forgiving) to wear!

LA: I would wear the Haight and Ashbury all the time with jeans, as it’s a beautiful fabric and so wearable. But I can also definitely see myself in the Speakeasy at summer festivals—it’s perfect with a pair of Wellies!

SB: The collection has some very pretty, very unique prints. What was the inspiration behind these? How do they play into the essence of the piece?
LA: Well, the prints in this first collection are all special to me, for different reasons. The bandana print on the Honky Tonk dress is inspired by my first-ever vintage purchase when I was 14, from Portobello Market!

SO: And then, of course, we had to sneak in a lily print! The Promenade features a super fun and colorful lily print, which will be repeated in future collections.

SB: Being sisters, you obviously know each other in a way that is very different from traditional business partners. How would you describe your work dynamic?
SO: We do often have to bite our lips, as it’s not always appropriate to bicker in the way we would if we were at home, but even though we can get into an argument more quickly than other business partners might, we also seem to get over it more easily.

LA: We have different strengths, which makes the division of work relatively easy, but we’re really still evolving in terms of our business relationship. It’s a very new thing for us and we’ve had to adjust, which is exciting and strange at the same time.

SO: But ultimately, when things go well, there’s no one better to share that with than your sister!

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