Author Archives: Marina Monroe

Trend Report: Three in One

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Here at stylehaus we pride ourselves on having a great selection of both trendy pieces and classics, and we usually like to mix the two.  Sometimes we can’t resist piling on the trends, though- there are too many fun pieces here to limit ourselves to just one per outfit!  So we set out to find a way to layer a bunch of trendy items in one chic, pulled-together look and stylist Janelle hit the nail on the head.  Her outfit here mixes a graphic sweatshirt (huge) with a crazy statement necklace (even bigger) and pink pants (yes please)– and it works.

 

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Graphic sweatshirts have been the “It” item of the past few seasons; it’s kinda crazy how designers are still coming up with funny/quirky things to emblazon on the front of our sweats.  The latest graphic sweatshirt at stylehaus is our beloved “Smokin Granny” sweater, an ode to the cigar-rolling ladies of Havana.  Since this top has so many colors in it- pink, blue, green, orange, brown- finding a pair of pants to match wasn’t hard.

 

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Janelle reached for the perfect pair of baby-pink pants.  Since the shade of pink here is so soft, the combination of crazy sweatshirt + colorful pants actually works really well!  If you remember our “It Factor” post on pink a few weeks ago, you’ll know that pink was the color for fall/winter.  The newest runway collections have shown that our fave girly hue will be around & on-trend for a few more seasons, so now’s the time to invest!  We only have one pair of pink pants left at stylehaus…call 323-655-5900 to grab them first!

 

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On top of all of it, Janelle layered a funky statement necklace.  The extra layer added a “je ne sais quoi” to the outfit- it helped make the mix look carefree and easy.  Plus, it’s always nice to add a bright pop of color!

All of these pieces (except for Janelle’s sick white pumps) are available in-store!  Come pop by some time and we’ll help you pick out the best trends to wear together.

 

Marina Monday: Walter Steiger

 

 

In today’s Marina Monday post, Marina shares her favorite shoe designer and her top picks from the current collection:

 

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Walter Steiger is one of my favorite labels right now.  I can’t get enough of the fashion house’s famously curved high heels- whenever I’m attending a big event or even if I just want to wear something totally different, I reach for my Walter Steiger shoes.  They’re simple but eye-catching, unique but understated, and my go-to “splurge” item.  Celebrity fans include Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Emma Roberts, and Victoria Beckham- is there anyone who doesn’t love these shoes??

 

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I wear my black Walter Steiger booties all the time and I grabbed a new pair (on sale!) at Barney’s not too long ago, but I’m already thinking about what pair I’m going to add to my collection next.  Right now I’m really feeling these “Venom” boots- the buckle detail is so bondange-chic.  The “Victor” boot in distressed gold is a must-have, for sure.  They’ll add some opulence to skinnies and a leather jacket!  The “Viscount” wedge is a great everyday bootie, and the “Valentina” stiletto might be my new go-to for fancy occasions.

I can’t choose!  Which pair would you get?

xxMarina

Trend Report: Red Carpet 2014

The Golden Globes ushered in a new era in Red Carpet dressing.  Gone were overly revealing, overly poufy gowns of 2013 and instead we saw classic, edgy, and covered-up red carpet fashions.  Classic colors- black, white, and red- made up the bulk of the ladies’ gowns, and Old Hollywood-esque cuts were the most popular, on the likes of Lena Dunham and Sofia Vergara.  The Critic’s Choice Awards and last night’s SAG Awards echoed much of the same:  starlets are leaning toward sophisticated silhouettes that are balanced and feminine- but they aren’t afraid to play around a little bit, either.  Here are some of 2014’s top red carpet trends so far:

 

Bright Red:

 

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Amy Adams, Emma Watson, Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss

Amy Adams, Emma Watson, newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, and Taylor Swift (among others) all chose to wear a bold shade of red at the Globes.  Elisabeth Moss stole the SAG Awards red carpet in her perfectly classic red gown! The color of the year has  orange undertones, coming off brighter and fresher than vampy red and burgundy gowns that were popular for last awards season.

 

Classic Black:

 

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Cate Blanchett, Amy Poehler, Emma Roberts

The past few seasons have been very experimental, with prints and crazy cutouts making headlines- but stars are going back to basics this year.  Black was an overwhelmingly popular color choice for the Globes-  Cate Blanchett, a constant Best Dressed frontrunner, wore a black Armani gown, host Amy Poehler wore a black Stella McCartney sheath, and Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, and Sofia Vegara all went for basic black as well.

 

White:

 

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Lupita Nyong’o, Margot Robbie, Kerry Washington, Gretchen Mohl

Less dramatic but more eye-catching, white was a popular dress color at the Golden Globes too.  Hollywood’s favorite red carpet girl Jennifer Lawrence wore a strapless white Dior gown, new girl Margot Robbie wore white Gucci with a plunging neckline, and Kerry Washington clothed her baby bump in custom white Balenciaga.  At the Critic’s Choice Awards, Lupita Nyong’o wore a stunning white column dress with cutouts.  Gretchen Mohl was our favorite white dress of the season, though- she wore a fishnetted J.Mendel number to the SAG Awards last night!

 

Conservative cuts:

 

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Uma Thurman, Olivia Wilde, Elisabeth Moss

Princess gowns made a few appearances on the carpet, but the most popular silhouette was body-conscious and covered-up.    Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, Oliva Wilde, Elisabeth Moss, and Kristin Chenowith all went with gowns that feature a high neckline, floor-grazing skirt, and tight fit.  Fuss-free and modern!

 

Deep Vs:

 

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Kate Mara, Michelle Dockery

Plunging necklines will always have a place on the red carpet, though, and many actresses went for gowns in that classic shape.  Amy Adams’ Valentino gown and Kate Mara’s J. Mendel dress at the Globes both featured necklines that plunged all the way down to the rib cage!  Michelle Dockery wore her version of a plunging neckline at the SAG Awards.  The women balanced out the revealing nature of their top half with flowing, drapey skirts.

 

Asymmetrical:

 

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Julie Deply, Amber Heard, Kristen Bell

A new type of neckline emerged too: the asymmetrical neckline.  Many dresses featured an edgy one-shoulder fit and asymmetrically cut necklines at the Globes.  Julie Deply, Ariel Winter, Amber Heard, and Amy Poehler all chose dresses with this unique look, and Kristin Bell gave the trend a shot at the Critic’s Choice Awards too.

 

Playing with classics:

 

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Emma Watson, Julia Roberts, Margot Robbie, Jennifer Lawrence

It also seems that stars and their stylists are letting themselves be more experimental with their red carpet choices.  Emma Watson wore a stunning backless Dior dress featuring a high slit that showed off a slim pair of pants underneath!  Lupita Nyong’o’s Globes dress was a hybrid dress/cape, and Julia Roberts layered her strapless black gown over a crisp white button down.  At the Critic’s Choice Awards, Margot Robbie even pushed the boundaries with a lacy black jumpsuit!  Jennifer Lawrence updated her classicly-fit column gown (Dior, of course) at the SAG Awards with holographic sparkles- one of the biggest runway trends for Spring.  Clearly, the rules are being thrown out the window.

 
Belts:

 

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Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Garner, Amy Adams

The Critic’s Choice Awards are decidedly more casual, and a big trend to emerge from the night was belted dresses.   Sandra Bullock added a metal belt to her ruffled column gown, Cate Blanchett cinched her waist with a wide black belt over her simple navy dress, and Oprah Winfrey streamlined her shape with a sweet bow-shaped belt. Jennifer Garner threw a simple patent belt over her classic black strapless gown at the SAG Awards, and Amy Adams livened up her blue SAG dress with a sparkly waist-cincher, too!

 

Appliques:        

 

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Drew Barrymore, Lupita Nyong’o

    

Floral appliqués made a few appearances at the awards shows, most notably on Drew Barrymore’s Globes dress (Monique Lhuillier) and Lupita Nyong’o’s custom Gucci gown at the SAG Awards.  This is such a fun look, but it DEFINITELY is not for everyone.

 

Crop Tops:

 

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Kerry Washington, Zooey Deschanel

Kerry Washington’s crop top/wide skirt outfit at last night’s SAG Awards polarized fashionistas- some hated it, some loved it.  We loved it!  Kerry bravely showed off her baby bump, and we think she’ll look back on this outfit and be glad she flaunted her goods.  Zooey Deschanel’s Oscar de la Renta dress for the Globes had the same effect on people.  While she didn’t pull it off quite as well as Washington (honestly, only because she’s not preggers!) we like the look and hope crop tops become more of a red carpet thing.

 

We predict that the rest of this awards season will see more of the same: a return to classics, dresses that are subtley sexy, edgier choices that push the boundaries, and bold colors.

 

Street Style: Men’s Fashion Week

Men’s Fashion Week just wrapped up (only 3 more weeks ‘til NYFW!), and while we weren’t too concerned with catching the collections, we LOVED pouring over the street-style shots from before and after the shows.  Our favorite street style stars- Anna Dello Russo, Mira Duma, et al- all came out for the shows and were sporting some of Spring’s biggest looks.  Serious style inspiration, right this way —–>

 

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Prada SS14 on ADR

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More Prada SS14

We finally got to glimpse the newest Prada pieces out in the wild!  Of course street style goddess Anna Dello Russo was rocking one of Miuccia’s printed fur coats.  We love the look in a classic cotton overcoat, too- we can’t wait to see more of this collection mixed-and-matched by editors.

 

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This Fashion Week was all about the coat, since temperatures tended to dip below freezing.  We saw tons of neutral toppers with bright yellow accents.  This color combo is perfect for getting us through the rest of the a gloomy winter until spring comes around!

 

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We even got some fresh new ideas for transitional dressing!  Once it starts to warm up a little more, we’ll ditch our pants for cutoffs and thigh-high boots like this fashionista.   A coat tossed over our shoulders just-so will finish off the in-between-seasons outfit perfectly!

 

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When all else fails, mix neutrals.  Camel and gray are a fresh pair, and navy and gray are super on-trend when worn together.  A unique hat is a must-have, too!

 

 

It Factor Friday: Holographic Fashion

Designers took metallics a step further for Spring 2014 and presented pieces that were iridescent and holographic.  These pieces, a different color from every angle, are futuristic and fun and we can’t get enough.  The look reminds us of our Lisa Frank folders and stickers in the ‘90s, so how could we not love it?!

 

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3.1 Phillip Lim SS14

 

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Lanvin SS14

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Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Cacherel SS14

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Christopher Kane SS14

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Everyone from Tom Ford to Cacherel put their own spin on the holographic trend.  Mr. Ford presented the sexiest version (of course) in the form of a body-con mini glowing like a disco ball.  3.1 Phillip Lim put gave a gritty edge to the look with light distressing and a dark base color; we love that Lim accessoried with futuristic frames too!  Lanvin’s irredescent dresses were vaugley 80s , while Marc Jacobs made the look modern with a silver bomber jacket.   Cacherel  mixed two trends in one: iridescence and matchy-matchy sets.  Our favorite version of the breakout trend, though, came from Christopher Kane.  His delicate dresses looked absolutely otherworldly and elegant, like something an alien queen would wear.

 

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Of course, stylehaus got in on the look too!  We gravitated towards this holographic clutch from MUGLER by Thierry Mugler for it’s simplicity.  Since head-to-to holographic wear is a hard look to pull off IRL, we’ll add the trend to our closets in bits and pieces.  Stylist Bethany paired it with jeans, white pumps, and a black top- sophisticated, playful, and pulled-together!

If you want to indulge in the holographic look, you can scoop up this clutch at stylehaus for $690.  Call 323-655-5900 to order!

 

Throwback Thursday: Bruce Springsteen

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Best album cover ever

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Bruce and Jimmy in Bruce’s classic 70s style

Bruce Springsteen’s recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon (watch it here) got us thinking about his classic style.  He was featured singing a parody of “Born To Run,” released in 1975, and got dressed up in his old-school duds for the occasion (as did Jimmy Fallon):  denim vest to show off his ridiculously toned arms, tight jeans, red bandana, aviators.

 

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The Boss’ best style moments

While we can’t endorse that full mix for 2014, there are so many elements of The Boss’ style that are still inspiring us!  He wore denim like no other, cuffed the sleeves of his button-downs like a pro, and loved a good leather jacket.  He favored simple mixes with a fun twist, like a plain tee with jeans and a bandana or wide-leg pants with a screened tee and a beanie.  All of these outfit ideas feel right at home in 2014.

 

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Even almost 40 years after “Born To Run” came out (wow), Bruce’s style is super relevant.  Jeans and tee never gets old!  To get his look at stylehaus we mixed vintage Levi’s cutoffs with a studded Prada belt ($588) and added a classic white tank ($64).   Stylist Jessica’s American Flag jeans are a nod to the “Born in the USA” singer; adding a blue leather jacket was a no-brainer Bruce move.  The quickest way to get the Springsteen style is to grab your tightest jeans, tuck in a crisp white button down, and roll the sleeves just so.

Once you’re dressed a la Bruce, watch this live version of “Born To Run” and try not to fall in love.

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So cool

Trend Report: Extra Long Blazer

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There’s a new topper in town:  the extra-long blazer.  We like to think that this trend evolved so that Angelenos could get in on the long coat action: calf-dusting and floor-grazing wool overcoats were all over the Fall/Winter runways, but it never gets cold enough here to warrant purchasing one!  Now, thanks to the long lightweight blazer, LA girls with serious style have another option.

 

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To really get the full effect of this trend, your blazer should hit at least mid-thigh.  Knee-length jackets and even mid-calf versions are even better, though!  Nasty Gal has some great options now (click here), as well as Zara (click click).

 

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Elizabeth & James

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What should you wear your super-long blazer with?  Anything, really.  The look is great with skinny jeans; that oversize-top-slim-bottom proportion is always chic.  Boyfriend jeans work too!  Elizabeth and James showed a super-long blazer in their Pre Fall look book paired with cropped, wide-leg pants- we love this combo! You can definitely try a long blazer with a skirt, too- we like how this street styler paired hers with a maxi and sheer maxi.

What do you think; will you try the look?

 

Red Carpet Recap: Golden Globes 2014

While we didn’t get to watch the Golden Globes last night (it’s queued up on Hulu for us to watch tonight!), of course we’ve been pouring over the Instagrams, Tweets, and blog posts on the fashion of the Golden Globes 2014.  We were actually really impressed with this year’s attendees- there were so many stunning dresses that it was hard to pick favorites!

 

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Caitlin Fitzgerald

However, for us there was one clear winner in the “Best Dressed” category (although we had no idea who she was pre-Golden Globes): Caitlin Fitzgerald.  The Masters of Sex actress rocked a beyond-gorgeous retro frock from London designer Emilia Wickstead, and matched her straight-off-the-runway dress with coral and blue striped shoes from the same designer.  A coral clutch and simple earrings were the only accessories she needed; her eye-catching dress really spoke for itself.  We think Caitlin’s the red-carpet newbie to watch!

 

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Emma Watson in Dior

Emma Watson was a close second in her Dior gown/pantsuit, though.  We love seeing her take a red carpet risk, and it definitely paid off!  From the front, Emma’s coraly-red gown was simple and sophisticated; from the back, it revealed a sexy pair of skintight black pants underneath.  LOVE, love, love.

 

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Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o was another fresh face that gave veteran Globers a run for their money.  Her orange Ralph Lauren caped dress was absolutely stunning against her luminous skin!  Her minimalistic approach to awards show dressing felt new and exciting- we can’t wait to see what she wears next.

 

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Best Dressed

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More Best Dressed!

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Even More Best Dressed!

Other “Best Dressed” contenders included Diane Keaton in her classic tux, Drew Barrymore in a blooming Monique Lhuillier gown, Kerry Washington in custom Balenciaga (her bump is so cute!!), Oliva Wilde in Gucci, Emma Roberts in Lanvin, Kate Mara in J. Mendel, Cate Blanchett (duh) in Armani Prive, and Amy Poehler in her first look by Stella McCartney.

 

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Honorable Mentions

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Girls Honorable Mentions

Honorable mentions are in order, as well!  We applaud Rashida Jones for wearing our new favorite designer, Fausto Puglisi, but we wish we would’ve gone with a more vibrant color.  The off-white gown she chose just wasn’t as “look at me!” as we’d like, but she looked amazing nonetheless.  Zosia Mamet of Girls really stepped up her game last night- she’s landed herself on a lot of “Worst Dressed” lists over the years, but her black and white stunner from last night was positively perfect on her.  And we loved her haircut.  Girls creator Lena Dunham stepped it up too!  While her yellow Zac Posen wasn’t our favorite, it’s at least pretty flattering.  Baby steps.  Elisabeth Moss in J Mendel and Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung were also pretty great.

And now…our least favorite looks of the Golden Globes.

 

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Worst Dressed

We just couldn’t get behind Amy Adams’ Valentino dress.  It was just so simple; paired with her braided updo, the look fell flat.  Hayden Panetierre’s slicked-back hair and Tom Ford gown were too harsh for our taste- we’d like to see Hayden soften up a little bit!  And finally, Sarah Hyland’s milkmaid braids and natural makeup didn’t do it for us.  Her pink gown was fine (if a little bit boring), but she needed to amp it up!  Her team was clearly going for a “fresh faced” feel, but to us Sarah just looked washed out.

What do you think- do you agree with our picks?  Let us know who was your favorite in the comments!

 

Marina Monday: All American

Ever want to mix red, white, and blue- but find yourself looking a little too much like an American flag?  Marina shares how to rock the mix without going overboard in today’s installment of Marina Monday!

 

I try out a lot of different looks, but almost nothing (besides leather) beats out the classic-cool vibe of red, white, and blue- especially when “blue” is denim.  The colors feel fresh and clean together, and if worn the right way, they don’t have to look over-the-top patriotic!  I first wore this outfit during New York Fashion Week, but I’ve been coming back to it again and again lately.

 

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When I found this vintage American Flag vest, I had to have it.  It feels very 70s-rock-and-roll to me, like Bruce Springsteen would wear it or something.   Putting together an outfit around it was challenging though, since I didn’t want to overload on the Americana vibe.  My method?  Mix in a healthy dose of neutrals!

 

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I started with a plain black tee, since adding black to a red, white, and blue look instantly toughens up the happy-go-lucky color combo.  After that I added my favorite vintage Levi’s (a must-have in every wardrobe), which I like because they’re a few shades darker than my vest.  That tonal contrast makes all the difference- no Texas Tuxedo here.

 

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Red Giuseppe Zanotti sandals and a red, white, and brown Celine bag added some oomph to the mix, but I still felt like something was missing.  To add a super-trendy element to the look, I decided to tie a plaid top from Boy by Band Of Outsiders around my waist!  I LOVE this 90s comeback trend and want to incorporate it into my looks as much as possible before it gets old.

This outfit was super-comfortable, too, which is a top priority for the craziness of NYFW.  The best part about it, though, is that I can recreate the look with different pieces over and over again: next time, I’ll wear my vintage Levi’s with a rock tee and leather vest, or maybe try this vintage vest with leather shorts and a crop top.  I’ll be sure to share whatever I come up with next!

It Factor Friday: Miley Cyrus and Marc Jacobs

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The newest Marc Jacobs ad campaign featuring Miley

Whatever your thoughts are on Miley Cyrus, you’ve got to admit that the girl’s got “It.”  People who hate her talk about her just as much as her hardcore Smilers, and her outrageous fashion choices are up for debate on a daily basis.   After establishing herself as a huge personality and style star, Miley reminded us that she’s actually got pipes with awesome acoustic performances on late night stages and award shows.  Is there anything she does that doesn’t make headlines?  Nope.

 

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Miley and Marc, at the beginning

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Miley wears a set by Marc

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At the Met Gala, in Marc

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More Marc for Miley

Miley’s designer of choice lately has been Marc Jacobs, who’s a bit of an “It” guy himself.  After leaving Louis Vuitton last year to focus on bringing his A-game to his eponymous line, Marc recognized that Miley could give Marc Jacobs the boost the collection needs.  Cue the collaborative ad campaign, featuring Miley Cyrus decked out in Jacobs’ post-apocalyptic-meets-1800s Spring 2014 clothing.  The result is nothing short of amazing.

 

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Modeling for Marc’s Protect The Skin You’re In campaign

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Love them!

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Marc matching set

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Fuzzy shorts from Marc Jacobs

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Marc Gown and a turban

We love that Marc is bringing a new muse into his rotation (his other muses include Sophia Coppola and Giselle Bundchen), and we think Miley’s young spirit is a perfect fit for the fashion house.  It’s clear that these two “It” industry insiders adore each other; we can’t wait to see what happens next!

 

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The campaign- Love!!