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Fall 2011 Fashion and Accessory Alert: Peter Pan Collars

6 Sep

In versions ranging from oversized, prim, embellished, and even detachable, Peter Pan collars are popping up everywhere this fall. For a precious, good-girl look, style yours peeking out from a cute little cardi. Wear one embellished with beads, sequins, and jewels to go glam. Or, pair with black (see below) to give this darling detail a bit of an edge.

Peter Pan collars turned up all over the Fall 2011 runways. Here, versions from DKNY (right), Giambattista Valli (center), and Louis Vuitton. Source: WireImage

Here are a few of our favorite Peter Pan options available this fall! Hope you enjoy!

What could be more ladylike than this Alice + Olivia blouse, which pairs a Peter Pan collar with a peplum skirt:


We love how the volume of the peplum skirt perfectly balances the on-trend and oversized Peter Pan collar. Both these details make the piece over-the-top feminine. Finish with a metallic skinny belt (the belt is not included with the top) for a decidedly modern yet dainty look. The blouse is available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman for $198.

Replace your go-to black t-shirt with this Oasis top to add some sparkle to your wardrobe this fall:


At $64, this top will cost a little more than your basic black tee, but we think the versatility it will bring to your wardrobe is worth the extra cash. For example, you can wear it with black cigarette jeans for a more casual day-time look, or pair it with a flirty skirt and opaque black tights for a polished evening ensemble; the beaded Peter Pan collar will add that perfect pop of glamor to any look.

Speaking of versatility, a detachable Peter Pan collar is a great way to embrace this trend and incorporate it into your wardrobe without spending a lot of money.There are lots of beautiful and affordable options available on Etsy, including this lovely piece with purple sequined wings, $24, from artist IWillFly:

Another one we love (especially as styled here, with nautical stripes) is this black lace collar, $20 USD, from UK artist luminia:

Now, if you want to go in the opposite direction, and drop a ton of cash for a detachable Peter Pan accessory, Lanvin, Isaac Mizrahi, and Louis Vuitton all sent dazzling versions down the runway–but our favorite was this dreamy diamante style Chanel debuted for Resort 2012:

Sigh…a girl can dream, right?

Finally, we love the pointed Peter Pan collar in this cream and black dress from ASOS:


The sharper collar execution and sexy black mesh panels balance the soft color, pleated skirt and ladylike silhouette very nicely; what you end up with is a very sweet dress with an irresistible edge. Originally $82, this dress is now on sale for $45.

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It’s Personal: Target’s Proenza Schouler Knock-Off

28 Mar

Fashion blogs are buzzing this morning with knockoff accusations against retail giant Target.

Designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler are “disappointed”  with Target after learning about a Mossimo bag currently on the sales floor at Target that bears an uncanny resemblance to their own PS1 messenger bag.

Here's the original PS1, which retails for $1995 at Net-a-Porter.

This is the Mossimo version.

Hernandez and McCollough have dealt with knockoff and copyright cases in the past, but they’re taking this situation personally because of the collaborative relationship PS has built with Target. In the past, Hernandez and McCollogh created a Go International collection for the store, and, because of the recent Go International anniversary reissue, part of the collection is being sold now.

“So our product is in Target right now, and then this bag comes out,” Shirley Cook, Proenza Schouler’s CEO said in a statement to Cathy Horyn, author of the New York Time’s On the Runway blog. “It’s just disappointing, especially from someone we worked with.”

Here are the two bags again in brown:

The PS1 in brown.

Here is the Target version in brown.

As Horyn notes in her post: “To be sure, the bags are not 100 percent identical. The Mossimo bag ($34.99) is made of fake leather, while the PS1 ($1,595 for the medium-size version) is of genuine leather. The placement of the straps is slightly different, and the PS1 utilizes a distinctive fold-down closure in antiqued brass whereas the Target model has an ordinary turn-key closure. But other design parallels are hard to ignore.”

What do you think? Let us know–take our poll or post a comment!

Spring 2011 Trend Alert: Linen Shoes

17 Mar

Linen shoes are on our radar for spring 2011, and it’s no wonder–linen offers both sophisticated simplicity and versatility. Whether cream, navy, or black, linen is a crisp neutral that adds understated polish to any warm weather outfit, and as one of the lightest, most wearable materials it’s the perfect fabric for feet suffering from sweltering summer heat.

These vintage pumps from the 1940s, available on Etsy, capture the timeless charm of linen:


For an update on this classic design, check out these Nina Calhoun SS Linen D’Orsay pumps, on sale for $30.


These peep-toe Stuart Weitzman Lace-Up Booties, featuring adorable tweed linen with frayed edges, offer vampy schoolgirl style:


With sleek patent leather details, these black linen Manolo Blahnik heels have real elegance. Check out the tapered toe and the sophisticated Mary Jane strap. (They’re now 20% off on Bluefly.com!)

Finally, you can’t beat the sweet simplicity of these Stella McCartney flats, on sale for $178 at Outnet.com:

We love the gold flecks in the sand-linen blend and the sweet bows that make these casual flats girly and very chic.

What do you think?

 

Rad or Ridiculous? “Designer Band-Aids” by Cynthia Rowley

9 Oct

Designer Cynthia Rowley has teamed up with Johnson & Johnson’s Band-Aid brand to offer “Dress Up” designer bandaids. The collection, which features several designs, comes in an old-school tin for $10.

A few of Rowley's designs.

One dollar from the sale of each tin will go to Design Ignites Change, an organization that engages high school and college students in design and architecture projects. The Band-Aid tins can be purchased on CynthiaRowley.com and in Cynthia Rowley stores.

Luckily, so far, there haven’t been any reported images of celebrities wearing the band-aid’s inappropriately (can you just imagine a precarious Designer Band-Aid Lil Kim “outfit”?).

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

5 Amazing Finds Under $50 from Supermarket, the New Etsy

25 Sep

Watch your back, Etsy, there’s another website featuring arts and crafts products by independent designers, and it’s called Supermarket.

While Supermarket doesn’t yet have the range of products or designers using their site that Etsy does, it’s well worth the browsing time. Items are split into three main divisions: “wear + carry” (clothing, accessories, etc.), “space + place” (home goods, etc.), and “paper + prints” (stationary and posters). Unlike Etsy, there isn’t a “Vintage” category, so most products are home-made, though many from recycled materials. You can search by key word or designer, or sort by “Newest,” “Most popular,” or “Most comments.” To purchase anything, you’ll need to set up an account first.

Here are 5 amazing finds under $50 that we found on Supermarket:

Check out Tamé, the design label of a Montreal based craftswoman, for their eclectic leather knot necklaces that have been featured in Real Simple. Their signature design comes in different colors or multi-color combinations, but we like the versatile black option below.  A great deal for only $30 .

We love the life-like detailing of this delicate small hydrangea flower necklace, from Boston-based designer Twigs and Heather. Cast in silver from an actual flower, it has an interesting history behind its design. As the designer explains on Twigs and Heather’s Supermarket page, “My twin Kerry loves these plants. She nurtures them and they grow beautifully. I wanted to cast one for her and I am thrilled with the results.” It’s these unique stories that make Etsy and Supermarket products so meaningful.  For only $45, this sweet and petite necklace would make a great gift or stocking stuffer. The price tag even includes the sterling silver chain, shown below.


Looking for something with minimal, streamlined design? Check out this $32 threaded moonstone necklace, from Austin, Texas designer Anne Kiel.  Hanging from a wire so thin it’s almost invisible, this natural faceted moonstone adds visual interest right at your throat. Bella, I think this necklace is for you.

How about an accessory that’s functional? Look no further than this $38 “Spare Pocket” by Po Campo, based out of Chicago. Designed with bikers in mind, this product is made out of water-resistant fabric and cinches around your ankle, arms, or bike bars to provide you with “just enough room for the necessities, with reflectivity to get you noticed.” We love this product but, Po Campo, we have to point out: no way is anyone going biking in red heels!

Finally, with chilly fall weather around the corner, we love this $32 hand crotched “Smugglers” neck warmer in Spice from Pittsburgh designer Nina Ramone. Made from a mixture of lambs wool and acrylic yarn, Ramone guarantees it’s “always soft, never scratchy.” The warm Spice color feels perfect for autumn, but if you don’t agree you can customize your order in any one of a dozen plus available shades (see below).

Fall 2010 Trend Alert: Plaid Madness!

13 Sep

This fall, designers have got it plaid! Expect to see plaid making a strong appearance in stores throughout 2010. However, it seems especially perfect for fall; when you get that back-to-school feeling, throw on a plaid shirt or skirt! If you’re interested in adding a little plaid to your wardrobe, here are some items that fit the bill.

A look from Christian Dior Fall 2010 runway.

If you’re in the mood for plaid, you can’t go wrong with something from Burberry! When you feel slouchy on a rainy day, their charcoal check rain boots make it easy to dress up. You can find them for $225 on Zappos.com:

The charcoal version of Burberry's traditional caramel check pattern gives the classic a twist.

If you want to dress up for realsies, this Perthshire plaid dress, $168 at Anthropology, is a great example of schoolgirl plaid with some personality:


I like the way this skirt is gently gathered into a soft flounce–very fun. The visual interest created by the asymmetrical neckline also adds a little attitude to an otherwise polite plaid.

For a great plaid dress at a more affordable price, check out this black and ecru buffalo plaid dress, $69.99 at Modcloth.com:


This dress is an example of Buffalo Plaid, which uses large squares (usually) of two main different colors- often red and black (the lumberjack plaid). I love the cowled neckline and hip pockets which create a great hour-glass silhouette, while the pyramid-studs on the elasticized belt gives it a little edge.

Since the plaid trend will carry over into winter, look to this Miss Sixty plaid belted coat–$148 at Nordstrom.com–to keep you warm:


The square buttons and shoulder epaulets update the coat and add a touch of this season’s military flare, while the waist-defining tie belt makes for a flattering look. I also like the front yoke flaps which highlight the coat’s oversized asymmetrical collar. Besides framing your face, these flaps will keep out the cold–a happy marriage of fashion and function.

Another way to incorporate plaid during the fall and winter season is with tights. Try these Launch plaid tights, $24.99 at Modcloth in a warm brown and blue Glen plaid pattern (FYI–like Buffalo plaid, Glen plaid usually has only two or three colors at most. The fabric is usually in tones of gray, brown, black or navy, with one stripe in a contrasting bright hue, like the blue here.):


Pair with a tailored brown skirt–maybe one with crisp pleats–for a great office-appropriate look.

Another easy and inexpensive way to add some plaid to your wardrobe is with a scarf. I really like the bold look of the green and blue color combination in this O’Neill plaid scarf, $31.95 on Zappos.com:

These days you’ll see a lot of women wearing scarves indoors, draped or tied around their neck, almost as a layer in a layered look; it’s an easy way to add a pop of color to an outfit. If you’re a fan of this look, check out this red plaid “collar” from Urban Outfitters ($19.99–was $38.99):

Could this be the pinnacle of hipster fashion? I love the bow shape, and think this “collar” idea is a great idea for any girl with a plaid fix. But, I think you need to wear it underneath a cardigan so it’s a more casual, layered look. Otherwise you run the risk of looking like a giant lumberjack baby wearing a giant plaid bib.

Finally, a plaid headband is an effortless way to add just a touch of plaid. Try searching Etsy for tons of beautiful, handmade options. Here are a few I found:

Love the autumn colors and adorable rosettes in this one! Only $8.50, by FoldingChairDesigns.

This Burberry inspired headband is a steal--only $13 at MrsBowtheMommy.

What Does Birth Control have to do with Shoes? Ask Designer Martha Davis.

9 Aug

Credit: Paul Chinn

You may not know the name Martha Davis yet. But, you probably know her design.

Before making the leap into shoes, Davis, who studied sculpture as a grad student at the Rhode Island School of Design, spent the past twenty years making a name for herself in the industrial design world. She built an award-winning career working on design projects for clients like Coca Cola, Sony, and Alessi. Even though many women aren’t familiar with her name, they know her work; Davis is behind the innovative redesign of the Dialpak birth control packaging for Johnson and Johnson’s Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical. Ten years ago, Ortho had 11 oral contraceptives, but Davis was able to design one universal package for all the brands that is refillable and recyclable, saving billions of pounds of plastic and making birth control more accessible and easier to use for many women.

So, long story short, Davis had a successful career. But, something was missing. Shoes, to be specific. That’s right–in 2005, Davis realized she couldn’t find a pair of shoes that were both comfortable and beautiful anywhere. This frustration ultimately led her to enroll at Milan’s Ars Sutoria in 2007, where she spent a year mastering the art of Italian shoe-making. Immediately Davis realized that footwear was a perfect fit for her, as it combined the challenge of functionality with creative sculptural possibilities. She launched her own line of sculptural shoes and boot in 2008, and it has been generating buzz ever since.

These #23 strappy leather sandals with wooden heels, a signature piece in Davis' latest collection, are on sale for $235 at GimmeShoes (originally priced at $588).

I like the unexpected factor in Davis’ designs. Whether it’s proportions, structure, or materials, I find myself drawn to the part of her designs that are “off” in a good way. For example, the positioning of the wooden heels in Davis’ #23 strappy sandals (picture above) makes me think of the wooden legs of an armchair chair. With the zip up back these shoes have a very industrial meets organic feel.

These emerald green peep toe booties are also on sale for $223 at GimmeShoes.

The peep toe cut-outs in these booties are another example of how Davis likes to break the rules. While these cut-outs are very feminine, Davis’ indented wooden heel again evoke a more masculine, functional feeling of an armchair’s wooden legs.

Here’s another example of Davis playing with cutouts, as well as color blocking, to bring visual interest to sandals:

I like Davis’ color blocking strategy of using the bright green and purple straps around the ankle with the more neutral metallic shades around the toes. Having that pop of color around your ankle draws the eye up the leg to give you an extra boost of height beyond what the heel offers. You’ll benefit from the illusion of looking taller, and, theoretically, thinner (yes! that magic word).

The more you examine Davis’ design, the more you appreciate her interest in illusion. Besides working with indented heels, Davis likes to incorporate “hidden” heels into her design, like in these green wedges:
In these shoes, the platform of the wedge heel is hidden in the design. This small little detail adds a touch of mystery and strangeness to what might otherwise be a same-old, same-old wedge.

As Davis says, “The fun thing about shoes is that you can do something delightful with them that can completely change the product and how people feel about it.” We love her arrestingly fresh designs and hope she continues to do intriguing, rule-breaking things with shoes. We can’t wait to see what’s next!