Anyone who deals with cold weather—which is most everyone this year, thanks to the polar vortex—knows that February is both the shortest and the longest month. While I’m shocked that it’s almost March already, I’m also 100% positive that it’s been winter for nearly a year. Time is strange like that—it’s a concept that can turn your brain to mush with too much consideration. But don’t worry, I’ve made thinking about time easy with three articles looking at the past, the present, and the future. Enjoy!
I’m a sucker for anything that reminds me of my childhood, or even of “the good old days” before I was born (hello two-martini lunch!), and marketers know this. From the internet to TV ads, the public is being bombarded more than ever with blasts from the past asking them to buy something. The Atlantic looked into the reason behind the increase in using nostalgia for commercial gains.
The only time it will ever be “now” is now. Well, I mean “now.” This is where the mind-melting usually starts, but BuzzFeed took the complicated idea of time and broke it down in an easily digestible fact list.
The future always holds grandiose promises of incredible technology (still waiting on my jet pack) and problem resolutions (replicator-made food) but major advances take time and are more likely to happen on a smaller scale. For example, the field of biometrics is booming, but some of the latest gains are coming from an unusual source: tattoos.
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Rightly deemed the “Guru of Glamour,” Oscar de la Renta has been designing for more than 40 years and shows no signs of losing momentum. He is constantly expanding his label in order to reach new customers, never failing to produce works of sophistication and unreserved femininity on and off the runway. We talked to Oscar de la Renta about his passion for ready-to-wear and the inspiration behind his latest jewelry collection.
Shopbop: Growing up, you were interested in art. What sparked your change in focus from painting to fashion design?
Oscar de la Renta: While I was attending art school in Madrid, I started doing fashion sketches to make money. I was lucky enough to meet Cristobal Balenciaga through friends, and he gave me my first job in fashion.
SB: How did you decide to bring accessories into your label?
ODLR: I love accessories—you can completely change the look of an outfit just by switching the jewelry. It’s interesting: even though I am a designer of clothes, when I see a woman, I always look at her accessories to see if she is well dressed.
SB: We love your jewelry line. It’s the perfect balance of exotic detail and feminine refinement. What elements do you try to incorporate into every piece?
ODLR: I have always been drawn to bigger pieces. When I design ready-to-wear as well as jewelry, I like things that are bold and vibrant—I never hold back in my designs.
SB: You have dressed first ladies Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush. What features of haute couture translate into your ready-to-wear lines?
ODLR: Couture is where I got my start, but my heart is in ready-to-wear. When I was still at Lanvin in the ’60s, I started to see a shift in the way women were dressing. Factories would come to Paris, buy couture patterns, remake them and sell them to women in New York. I knew ready-to-wear was the future of fashion. Today the houses that make haute couture don’t make couture to sell couture; they make it to sell other products. Ready-to-wear is a very specific thing—it is clothing that you can buy in your size. I always think of my customer when I am designing.
SB: With such unique and wide-ranging designs, you seem to have put something out there for everyone. What is one accessory you believe every woman needs?
ODLR: I think a beautiful pair of face-framing earrings is unbelievably elegant.
Don’t be mistaken, we’re willing to pay for our fashion, but when a find comes along that’s cool, forward, and under $200, it makes our style-loving hearts skip a beat. In this weekly feature, we’ll highlight some of the best style steals on the pages of Shopbop.com.
The Steal: Joe’s Jeans flat sandals.
The Price: $85 (USD)
Why they're worth it: Mint-colored straps lend a fresh and polished look to these simple sandals.
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With as much time as our staffers spend living and breathing fashion, it shouldn’t be surprising that favorite brands start to rise to the top of our individual must-have lists. In this feature, we’re talking about those favorite designers and how they fit into our personal style. This month, we have a special East Dane edition: Joey, who thinks Levi's Made & Crafted is pretty cool.
Position: Menswear Stylist
Brand: Levi's Made & Crafted
Why you love the brand in 6 words or less.
Classic Americana with a vintage feel.
What’s your favorite piece from the brand right now?
The Levi’s Made & Crafted Short Sleeve Shirt has classic appeal but an updated fit.
How would you describe your personal style?
I tend to stick to a simple, timeless look with a few curveballs added to the mix.
Do you have a style icon?
Late ’70s/early ’80s-era Tom Waits. His look is the perfect blend of beatnik and jazz culture. Not to mention he wears the best hats.
If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what pieces would it consist of?
A denim jacket, a plaid button-down, a brown leather belt, broken-in jeans, and white low-top Chuck Taylors.
What is your earliest fashion-related memory?
Watching a Miles Davis documentary with my dad when I was a kid. You can’t get much cooler than mid-’60s Miles Davis in an Italian suit and loafers.
What it is: PJ LUXE Aqua Marine Pajama Shirt & Shorts
Why we love it: Gingham check and floral lining lend classic charm to this pajama set.
Wear it with: Your favorite slippers and a bowl of popcorn.
It is my humble opinion that the chicest of wardrobes begin with building blocks of strong, well-chosen basics. Think of them as the essentials in your fashion toolbox. Conveniently, these go-together must-haves also make packing a cinch! Without further ado, here's my list:
1. A great slim, mid-rise jean. I love the Acne Skin 5 Jeans—perfection.
2. An easy, white blouse. Check out Current / Elliott and Equipment for great options.
3. A black oxford shoe. If you can find one with a double monk strap and a tapered toe, snag it immediately.
4. A striped T-shirt. I love black and white or navy and white. So classic, with just a little attitude.
5. A black leather moto jacket. Great for warmth and injecting style into the simplest looks.
Buy nothing else until you've fulfilled this list. I promise you, getting ready every day will be so much easier.
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What it is: Self Portrait Paneled Long Sleeve Dress
Why we love it: A flirty silhouette is styled with patterned mesh and metallic threading for an ultra-feminine feel.
Wear it with: Maison Martin Margiela sandals.