One of the best things about summer, from a fashionista standpoint, is the shoes. Unlike fall footwear or “serious” winter boots, warm-weather sandals, espadrilles, slip-ons, courts & flip-flops are a lot less of a commitment. More fun-loving kid in a candy store. And in tons of fun candy colors, this season.
Which is why shoes from Next rock. They carry the fun & on-trend styles, colors, prints & silhouettes you’ve been drooling over in all mags, just minus the buzzkill pricetags.
Whether you’ve got a summer wedding (or 3) on the calendar, a vacation planned, a few garden parties & soirees, cocktailing, dinners out, or just plan to beat the heat while looking chic at the office and when you’re off the clock – the fastest & most fun way to update whatever you’re wearing starts from the ground up.
Olivia Palermo is always, without fail, on the right side of tomorrow’s hottest fashion finds. For those keen trend followers out there, Olivia is your go-to-girl for knowing what’s round the corner when it comes to your next must-have, giving you a heads up before anyone else has even given next season a second thought (well we’re all here to serve a purpose right?). This has never been more the case than last week, when she attended the Christian Dior show (check out our full show report here) at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.
THEORY Leather Peplum Top £495 >>
Uniqlo Easy Flare Shorts £14.90 >>
New Look Pink and Gold Boucle Chain Clutch £17.99 >>
Giorgio Armani Spazzolato Leather Pumps £355.91 >>
Topshop Tripple Cross Keeper Belt £14 >>
Evans Large Flower Ring £2 >>
Topshop Nails in One Hot Minute £5 >>
The International Woolmark Award, which both Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld won back in the 1950s, is back.
This year Woolmark re-launched its international design competition, starting with regional competitions in the US, China, Australia, India, Italy, the U.K. and France. The company–part of a not-for-profit owned by 30,000 Australian wool growers–has a long history of supporting fashion designers. The winner of each regional contest, which is for emerging designers or those with small businesses, gets $ 100,000 in the US and $ 50,000 in the other regions, according to WWD.
In the US, the judging happened today and Sophie Theallet was named the winner. Steven Kolb, Linda Fargo, Sally Singer, Narciso Rodriguez, and Malcolm Carfrae, the executive vice president of global communications at Calvin Klein Inc. were all sat on the judging panel. Theallet went up against Naeem Khan, Prabal Gurung, Ruffian, VPL, Kaufman Franco, and M.Patmos, among others.
Photo courtesy of HSN
InStyle is reporting that HSN will be launching a line of True Blood-inspired beauty products next month.
Called Forsaken by True Blood, the collection will include everything from nail polish and lipstick to perfume and beauty powder, priced between $ 25 and $ 60. Deborah Lippmann created all six nail polish shades as well as the lipstick, which marks Lippmann’s first foray into face makeup.
Patchwork jeans are BACK! So very 70′s and I can’t think of a style from that time I like better. Have you ever stopped to think about how much work goes into manufacturing a pair of patchwork jeans? Well, check out this Sonas Denim video where Gerry Kelly, owner and designer of this brand gives us a little illustration.
Each pair of jeans has over 50 different pieces of hand cut/sewn patches being used to create it. Right now, they are doing a promotion on Kickstarter to raise funds.
Closet, makers of many a wiggle dress, have turned their attention away from their usual inspiration (Victoria Beckham) to a new designer for Autumn / Winter 2012. Their blue peplum print dress (£45, available at Dorothy Perkins) owes a lot to a certain London-based designer pairing known for fantastic prints. The print of the pretty structured dress is a dead ringer for some of the looks from the Peter Pilotto Autumn / Winter show.
Since show images started hitting the web within minutes of the catwalk show ending, it’s becoming increasingly easy for high street and fast fashion brands to knock up cheaper alternatives. Our feelings on this vary. If it’s a direct knock-off, it can end up being damaging to both brands (loss of sales to the designer, lawyers bills to the fast fashion brand). But where inspiration is taken and worked into a new piece, it can offer those of us on a budget a way to try a look with a high street spin. The closet dress is by no means a direct copy – the Peter Pilotto show didn’t feature any short peplum dresses whatsoever – but the print echoes the designer piece, giving a very similar feel.
What do you think? A good homage or a bad copy?
When you think of a fashion icon from the past, who is the first person that comes to mind? Marilyn Monroe? Audrey Hepburn? Edie Sedgwick, perhaps? While all three of those women have enviable styles that we absolutely love, there are so many other fashionable women that have graced the history pages. This biweekly column focuses on just that: unexpected and out-of-the-box fashion icons from the past. We feature women who have not only made an impact, but also have distinct signature styles that we can still draw inspiration from today.
If you haven’t seen them already, be sure to check out our other “A History of Style” posts on Amelia Earhart, Billie Holiday, Joan Jett, Louise Brooks, Dorothy Dandridge, Elizabeth Taylor, Edith Head, Mary Tyler Moore, Sylvia Plath, Edith Bouvier Beale, Marlene Dietrich, Frida Kahlo, Cyndi Lauper, Isadora Duncan, Pam Grier, C. Z. Guest, Debbie Harry, Josephine Baker, Osa Johnson and Jean Seberg.
This week, we’ll be taking a closer look at pin-up model Bettie Page‘s sexy, sultry, and totally retro-glam sense of style. Read on to learn more about Bettie’s life and unique style, then check out some outfit ideas to help you channel her look for yourself: