When I walked into Intermix the other day, I was happy to see some fall merch already on the shelves. (Best/most exciting shopping season!) Nestled in among the racks, however, were peasant tops. Lots of them, just like this girly Elizabeth & James blouse. Looks like this trend has officially resurfaced. You’ll also find lots of flowy tops right now on Shopbop.com by labels like Patterson J. Kincaid, Joie, Torn by Ronny Kobo, and Rebecca Taylor. While several of those designers have put out California-style looks in the past, it would seem that they’re really returning to draped shapes, flower patterns, and a boho aesthetic that reaches less for hippie than it does Euro-chic.
So what do you think? Wish peasant tops would return to the trend graveyard? Or think they should be a wardrobe staple? Keep reading »
Pump genius Charles Jourdan was a leader in the shoe biz — reaching cult status in the ’60s and ’70s — until the company slowly suffered from bankruptcy and fell off the map (despite attempts by the Hilton family to revive the label). Now, thanks to Alexandra Neel, best known for her design work with Celine and Balenciaga, Jourdan will make a comeback through a seriously hotly anticipated new collection set to come out in the fall.
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We know, we get it: Vampire fashion is so hot right now. But we all know human blood (or True Blood, for that matter), is a bitch to get out of silk. What’s another trend you can jump on? Circus chic. No, seriously…
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We already love the young, Paris-based designer Rad Hourani’s aesthetic–which, as WWD puts it best, is all about “experimental cuts and hard-edged rocker-Goth vibe.” The $500 to $5,000 price tags? Eh, not so much. So we’re completely overjoyed to hear that Rad by Rad Hourani is coming to a store (or website) near us soon. The diffusion line will be a more reasonable $100 to $300, and, even cooler, is made up of angular cuts in a gritty black, white, and charcoal palette and designs that are unisex. (Although, it would take an unusually stylish man to rock some of the looks.) Whether it will be more of a hit with the boys or girls, we’re totally feeling the drapey yet structured feel that’s so reminiscent of Comme des Garcons, Ann Demeulemeester, and, of course, Rad himself, served up at much lower prices. The only downside? We’ll have to wait until November to get our grubby little hands on the goods. A closer look after the jump! [WWD] Keep reading »
Nike has released a new version of the SB Dunk Low inspired by Will Ferrell‘s Ron Burgundy character in “Anchorman.” We’ve seen very few things as fugly as these shoes. Was it really necessary to have burgundy suede, striped polyester, tan suede, white leather, and a bright yellow Nike Swoop all on the same sneaker? I think not. Ron Burgundy’s suits were a joke and should have stayed that way. Thankfully, the Will Ferrell sneaker will only be sold in Japan, so we won’t have to witness a wanna-be hipster trying to rock them. [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
Here on the East Coast, we’ve been experiencing a bit of a bummer summer: rain when you least expect it and, well, more rain. And when it’s hot and pouring, the last thing we want to do is stick our feet into stuffy Wellies, not to mention lug them to work. Enter the City Slipper by SWIMS, a silicon cover made to fit high heels. Made for days like today (beautiful, sunny morning; torrential afternoon), the galoshes can fit almost any pair of pumps, and even have soles made to handle wet weather (as a touch of added cuteness, the bottoms are imprinted with maps of international cities). For the ladies who prefer flat soles, there’s also an adorable ballerina model that comes in a bunch of colors including a girly bubble gum pink or a classic yellow. You might just start praying for rain. But please don’t. On the other hand, while these are kind of genius in some ways, are they too ugly (not to mention far too expensive) to wear, even when it’s pouring out? [$88.38 and up, Swimstore.com]
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Blazers are perfect for any season, and this lovely, tailored one is no exception. Pair it with jeans, dresses, skirts – whatever the occasion calls for! The sleeves can be rolled up for a laid-back look or kept long for a sleeker one. The price tag is smaller than that of any other stylish schoolboy blazer we’ve come across, so you don’t need to feel guilty about making this (so worth it) purchase. Plus, with its versatility, we can promise you this jacket won’t be hiding in the back of your closet. You know you want one. [$98, Gap] Keep reading »
It’s Halloween in July, apparently. “Horror Girl” is a new, mostly black, mostly lacy collection at Topshop, the U.K. (and now U.S.) clothing store. They’ve got a white vest with “Be Afraid” across the front, a blazer with the words “Vampire Kiss” written in blood-red on the inside lining, and burgundy, five-inch studded platform heels fit for a hooker’s rise from the dead. If only their quasi-goth looks were apropos of the “Twilight: New Moon” release, like at Nordstrom, but the flick’s not out until November. Maybe Topshop’s simply trying to steal customers from Hot Topic? [Topshop Horror Girl Collection] Keep reading »
Singer Estelle will collaborate on a jewelry line with fashion designer Rachel Roy, whose clothing is demure and beautiful yet also alluring. Roy announced the deal via Twitter saying, “I am excited to work with @EstelleDarlings on a jewelry collection, which will debut in Spring 2010.” No details are available yet because the collection is still in its early development stages, says Roy’s spokesperson. We’re curious how the duo will merge Estelle’s high-glam, in-your-face style with Roy’s mysterious and refined aesthetic. But if you can’t have fun with your jewelry and accessories, then what’s the point of getting dressed? Estelle will be on hand to host the launch party for Roy’s pop-up shop, which opens Sept. 10, during New York Fashion Week. (You may remember that Estelle has honed her design skills during her collaborations with shoe designer Jonathan Kelsey and H&M.) Although Roy’s marriage to Damon Dash has failed, this collabo and the launch of Rachel Rachel Roy at Macy’s in August are spelling success for her brand. [WWD via Sassy Bella] Keep reading »
Back when I was five years old, stirrup pants were my very favorite thing to wear in the world. Then, in middle school, I totally got on the knee socks bandwagon. Apparently VPL has combined the two items that covered my legs in years past to create a combination stirrup-legwarmer-sock thing, which they call “Knee Lows Socks.” I don’t understand these ribbed stirrup socks. Does the stirrup even have a purpose? And why, oh, why do these suckers cost $95? I could make a pair by cutting the feet off some knee-highs and adding elastic from a craft store, but I’m not going to because why would I want my calves to be kept warm but not my feet or thighs? [Shopbop] Keep reading »