Category Archives: Accessories

Hair Decor: 7 Styles Straight From The Spring 2015 Runway

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This week was the first time I grabbed a light jacket on the way to work, and I plan to mostly embrace Autumn’s cool aura with sophisticated and somewhat somber ensembles. Key word here is “mostly”. Serious fashion is maximized by a touch of levity, a whimsical flourish to add cheeky personality to even the most serious fashion statement. And what better place for fun flair than the tippy top of your hair? I got the idea from the Paris Spring 2015 Fashion Shows, where ornamental accessories added a touch of irreverent opulence to many a model mane. Inspirational items included a simple gold ring (Céline), graphic comb (Lanvin), gilded headband (Valentino), or a few fresh floral blooms (Dolce &Gabbana). The Spring of 2014 will forever be known (in my mind at least) as the Season of Guido Palau, who lovingly fastened gorgeous custom pieces into place at all three of those fashion houses. With Palau on the forefront, there’s a breath of fresh innovation flowing from the east and set to make a mark out west. 

Let’s break down the key details of Spring 2015’s designer hair decor. 

1. Celine

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On the Celine Spring 2015 runway, hairstylist Guido Palau accentuated models’ casually textured hair with golden barrettes personally designed by Celine Designer Phoebe Philo. Slender golden circles neatly held hair in chic half back hairstyle that offered a glimmer of glamour as each model turned and walked back down the runway. “The hair is pulled half back, which is a very classic style,” Palau explained to Allure Magazine, “We sprayed freshly washed hair with Redken Windblown, a texturizing spray, to add natural-looking movement… Then we placed the hair in this beautiful gold ring, which elevated the quite simple hairstyle into something super-rich. It’s kind of amazing what a hair accessory can do.”  Even cooler, these hair pieces are almost identical to the signature hardwear on Celine’s latest it-bag offering, a strappy leather pouchette forged of brown and black leather.

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2. Lanvin: Combs In Chignons

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AtLanvin’s 125th anniversary show, Palau tucked gold combs beneath classic chignons to “give them a bit of glamour.” The low placement and understated sophistication lent the hairstyle a graphic, structured edge. “It’s a nice way of using a hair comb,” Palau told Allure Magazine, “It gives the look a little bit ofchicness and glamour, and it also makes a simpleknot feel more special.” Simultaneously elegant and modern, the hairstyles at Lanvin beautifully straddled the fine line between honoring one’s fashion roots and looking forward to the next big thing. Best of all, these neat knots are easily replicated and accessorized by fashionistas from LA to NYC. Lanvin looked forward and reminded us that good taste will never go out of fashion. 

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3. Valentino: Mermaid Tiaras

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“It’s almost like she’s been in the sun for the first time,” Palau sad of the modern mermaid hairstyles he created for Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion show, “There’s a real softness to conjure up the spirit of the summer, with waves and a center part that hangs slightly over the ears.” After spraying damp strands with texturizing spray, the model’s hair was scrunched and set with a blowdry.Then, Palau curled sections at random and then gathered the hair into a deconstructed, beachy half ponytail. Good hairdressing aside, the real genius was once again in hair accessorization, this time with a gold shell studded tiara Ariel would have almost certainly gone mute for. This Season’s muse was The 18th Century Custom of a ‘Grand Tour’, or finishing school/summer vacation abroad hybrid during which elite young ladies would spend months promenading glamorously through Italy. I’m especially smitten with the way Palau wrapped pieces of hair around the accessory, as if human and ocean came together as one long-submerged wonder. 

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4. Dolce & Gabbana: Ruby Blooms

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“Feminine, soft, pretty—this is how girls want to look,” Palau told reporters backstage at the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2015 Show. Dolce & Gabbana’s latest collection is Spanish inspired, specifically by Kingdom of Sicily’s rich aesthetic during Habsburg rule stretching from 1516-1713. Palau accentuated the designer’s matador red dresses and gold-embroidered flats with fresh ruby roses and carnations. After blowing it smooth, Palau gathered the model’s hair into romantic gatherings that sat low and a little loose. Those gorgeous, saturated blooms were randomly added along with lacquered ornamentation to strike the perfect balance of whimsy and passion.

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5. Fendi: Crocodile Tail Hair

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More “fierce” than “feminine”,  the Lagerfeld-designed leather flowers at Fendi Spring/Summer 2014 were attached to “crocodile tails” and pinned on top of the models’ messy, sexy ponytails. Yes: crocodile tail hair. Dreamt up by hairstylist Sam McKnight (presumably to give Guido Palau a run for his money), the crocodile tail begins as a low-slung, vastly volumized ponytail with tons of semi-messy texture. Then came the oversized leather flower dripping down into long tail shaped flap and ending just above the hair tips.

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6. Bottega Veneta: Floral Combs

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“It’s almost like gym hair,” Guido Palau said of the undone knots he created for Bottega Veneta’s Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show. After working his usual texturing/blowdry magic, Palau wound the length of the model’s hair into a loose, après-sport bun with unfinished ends and a few face framing flyaways. The chic concoction was topped by delicate, jewel encrusted floral combs for an intoxicating hint of femininity.

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7. Missoni: Patterned Turbans

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For the Missoni Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show, hairstylist Paul Hanlon topped sleek buns and ponytails with the label’s signature color saturated scarves. Missoni has long been a bastion of modern bohemia, and the inspiration for Spring’s sensual hairstyle is no exception. Novelist Zadie Smith was the muse for the bold faux-turbans Hanlon fashioned out of winding scarves and padded topknots seen on some of Missoni’s runway models. He began by winding the scarves an inch back from the forehead, and into a customized conical headwrapping that rested tightly over ballerina buns. “There’s a 1940s chic to it,” Paul Hanlon said of his creation “plus it’s great for the eyes!”. 

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6 Bomb Bits of Stylehaüs Bling

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Searing Summer weather doesn’t excuse a lack of accessorization.

During the warmest months, it might be all too tempting to go commando on jewelry in favor of the fleeting satisfaction of accessible breeze.

Don’t fall victim to temptation! Accessorizing is always the answer, even when you want to strip down to your skivvies and take a dunk in the Pacific… Or just The Standard rooftop pool.

Here are 6 gorgeous and gossamery pieces available at stylehaüs STAT!

1. That which bind: Bones, Rope, and Hooves

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Laruicci Double Bone stack bracelets on the left wrist and Rope Twist and Horse Hoof stacked bracelets on the right wrist.

Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.

Henry David Thoreau

2. Show Me Your Claws

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Laruicci Tiger and Neptune Claw Rings

A young woman has young claws, well sharpened. If she has character, that is. And if she hasn’t so much the worse for you.

Henri Matisse

3. Crown of Stars

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Jared Jamin Starry Night Headband

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

Vincent Van Gogh

4. Live As The Romans Did

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Roman Coin Necklace 276-282 A.D. set with Black Diamonds

Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.

Giotto di Bondone

5. Beauty in Blush

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Jared Jamin Bubble Gum Pop Necklace

I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.

Elizabeth Taylor

6. Even Chains Can Glitter

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Diamond Hand Chain

Its hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.

Dolly Parton

5 Crazy Creative New Ways To Carry Your Purse

It’s not the size that matters, it’s how you hold it…

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Want to know a secret?

It’s not the bag that matters. Ok J/k no the bag totally matters, but also important is how you carry your purse. Street style starlets and it-girls alike know that carrying your purse in an unexpected and seemingly unintentional way elevates your look from standard to superior. For inspiration I turned to three superior fashion bloggers who are masters: The Blonde Salad, The Haute Pursuit, and Song Of Style

Here are five bold new ways to carry your bag like a modern muse.

1. The Leash

If you’ve ever been to Disney land, you’re familiar with the horrifying yet hilarious sight of grubby, shifty-eyed spawn trotting about on leashes held by weary parents. Nothing says “I don’t want to lose you, but you might want to lose me,” like a leash. When employing ‘the leash’ technique, think of your purse as a child; only better. Purses don’t pick their nose, throw tantrums, or rip open your lady bits, and compared to a college education, a new Prada is downright FRUGAL.

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Unlike raising non-horrible children, which is apparently very difficult, maintaining a non-horrible purse is as easy as proper storage and regular cleaning. Actually now that I think about it, several children I’ve recently encountered could greatly benefit from proper storage (not under my feet) and regular cleaning (not in the public restroom).

If you’re contemplating motherhood or even pet adoption, why not polish your transportation skills stylishly by employing ‘The Leash’ technique of unorthodox purse carrying.

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Using a cross body bag, gather the straps in your hand like a coiled whip for your imaginary naughty children. Hold it just far enough to the front or side so it’s close but not so close as to smack your legs while walking. Then simply a. take a picture and b. saunter off, swinging your purse/child about jauntily and feigning regret when it hits an actual child careless enough to block your path.

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The Leash is fantastic for pictures because it a. shows off a cross body bag from the front b. employs your hand and c. keeps at least one arm from smashing hideously against your side. When photographing with The Leash, hold your purse forward center, cross your ankles, and delicately point one toe.

If you DO accidentally(ish) whack a child while walking with The Leash, defuse any tearful tots or irritable mothers by loudly chastising your purse/child. “BAD BALENCIAGA BAD BAD BAD BACK TO THE CLOSET YOU GO,” you’ll say, confusing the child and confounding the mother just long enough to scamper off.

2. The Heartbeat

There is a famous and incredibly depressing study about motherhood conducted on baby monkeys some years ago. Taken from their mothers, the young primates are given only a towel wrapped figure to nurse. Without their mother’s physical and emotional affection, the adorable baby monkeys slowly withered away, clutching desperately at the wooden figure. Depressing as fuck, yes. I share this horrifying scientific anecdote with you because in order to fully utilize The Heartbeat, you should evoke the intense clutching of an emotionally deprived baby monkey.

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Imagine your purse is a baby monkey (or baby human if you’re boring) that has never experienced love. Your purse can be a crossbody, satchel, whatever as long as it’s not too small and has a strap or at very least a handle. You love your purse baby monkey so deeply that you’re coddling it to your bosom protectively. It can hear your heart beat. You can smell it’s sumptuous leather. The Heartbeat is deeply intimate; nothing comes between you two. Except maybe the wheel and/or a drink. Your baby monkey bag will understand that sometimes mommy needs a cocktail, as it is far more understanding and well-behaved than an actual baby of any species.

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The Heartbeat works wonderfully on the ever flexible cross body bag, particularly the newer style of crossbody bags that fall higher and more centered than their less domesticated ancestors. For a more dramatic and equally chic (or even more chic if it’s a great bag) utilization of The Heartbeat, cuddle an enormous it-bag to your breast like an obese baby monkey or Britney Spears’ offspring circa 2007.

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Sidenote: the wild, desperate look in 2007 Britney Spears’ eyes is disturbingly similar to the wild, desperate look in the eyes of those motherless baby monkeys.

3. The Runaway

Have you ever wanted to run far, far away? Of course you have. People are ghastly.

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Runaways of popular fiction are often marked by an over-the-shoulder pouch made of a napkin tied about a stick. While sticks and napkins are still not chic and today’s runaways are instead marked by signs of abuse, holding your purse tossed over one shoulder is now considered the height of sophistication. Progress!

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Any purse with a strap can be used for The Runaway. Ideally, you want a strap long enough to hit between shoulder-blade and ass. If the strap is too short, your lovely Lanvin will viciously slap the nape of your neck as you come to the unpleasant realization that your stride is less ‘delicate glide’ and more ‘ungainly trot’. bindle Too long a strap and that gorgeous Givenchy will start smacking your ass like Rick Ross at Jumbo’s Clown Room.

4. The Target

Remember when Cher Horowitz faced down a mugger after that Cranberries-loving tool crassly abandoned her in the Valley?

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Cher may have lost her shoes and sullied her Alaïa, but kept her sense of style.  Today, that scene is an infamous moment in fashion legend and continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. The defensive, wary way that Cher grasps her purse is a fabulous example of The Target. Cher Horowitz really was way before her time. A visionary. A prophet.

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The Target is distinctive because a. it almost exclusively applies to clutches, b. the clutch is held against your upper abdomen, below your boobs and slightly to the side. As if you’re shielding that fragile Fendi from being snatched by a scoundrel. Or you’re a 7th grade girl self-consciously carrying her binder from Algebra to English.  Like a victim, really.

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Carrying your cIutch like a victim may seem counterintuitive to looking cool, but trends often make no sense whatsoever so just go with it. Clutches, unimaginatively named after the way women are intended to clutch them, never made much sense to begin with. Clutches fly in the face of opposable thumbs and are the #1 way drunk girls to lose their iPhones. All hail the end of clutching. Stretch your fingers with pride and hold your bag like it’s 1AM in Compton.

5. The Boulder

The Boulder is essentially The Victim’s dramatic foil or, more simply, opposite.

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The Boulder involves carrying a purse like a clutch: one-handed, arm cupping, handles or strap flapping pointedly as if to say “Oh you still use these? How quaint.” While The Victim is a defensive pose, The Boulder is an aggressive pose. You’re not only flouting convention, you’re storming the convention castle while carrying a Bottega Veneta like a boulder. A boulder you might chuck at someone wearing Crocs at any minute, just for the hell of it, because you’re hard like that.

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The Boulder works during day or night, depending on where you are and what you’re wearing. If you’re underdressed I’d suggest NOT employing The Boulder because it’ll look accidental, like you wandered in accidentally and are now trying to fit in by pretending your purse is a clutch. The Boulder should say ‘I don’t give a damn’ not ‘Let’s play make-believe’.

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If you’re correctly dressed The Boulder looks like a distinctive mark of personal style. When faced with the prospect of being overdressed, The Boulder is actually a genius trick to salvage the situation. Simply substitute that dainty Marni clutch with your chunky Chloe satchel to balance stuffy formality with a dash of stylish irreverence.

Floral Headbands Are A Poolside Godsend

With fabulous Cali weather comes serious hair issues. As the temperature rises, I’m increasingly inclined to spend my weekends perched poolside at The Standard or some other fabulous LaLa land watering hole, sipping bellinis and sighing with pleasure. Unfortunately, silken tresses do not share my enthusiasm. In winter, I can disguise frizzy hair under a hat. Yet in summer my scalp is just dying to breathe.

Today while bikini shopping I had an epiphany: Floral. Headbands. Summery enough to be acceptable, colorful enough to stand out, and practical enough to disguise my increasingly sweaty & tangled locks. EUREKA!!! I imagine passers-by will confuse me for Lana Del Rey, and I will not be correcting the misconception.

The floral headband trend must in a large part be credited to Lana Del Rey, queen of floral headbands and lush human Orchid.

Here are my picks for floral headbands to turn any girl next door into a nymphette next door. 

MARINA MONDAY: COBRA SOCIETY

In today’s Marina Monday post, Marina shares the best way to add fringe to a look: with a bag!

 

Fringe is absolutely everywhere lately!  We saw the trend pop up at the Spring 2014 shows, and every Fashion Week since- Pre Fall 2014, Spring Couture 2014, Fall 2014- has featured the trend in spades.  I’m loving this look, and lucky for me I have my pick of fringed pieces at stylehaus.

Fringed bags are the best way to add this look to your current closet.  Cobra Society, an NY based brand, has the best fringed bags ever.  We stock a few of them at stylehaus, and I can’t get enough.  They lend the perfect amount of boho beauty to any look!

 

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fringe-trend-2014For an over-the-top dose of fringe, I’m into their “Moses Pouchette”.  It’s a small bucket bag featuring long, studded leather strands and a cross-body strap.  This piece feels authentically bohemian, and super-luxurious.

 

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fringe-trend-2014The Reide Crossbody bag is another Cobra Society must-have, and it comes in blue or yellow.  I’m feeling the blue, since cobalt is my fave color and this purse will match everything I have!  I’m totally going to bring this guy to Coachella with me this year.  The long fringe detailing fits the festival vibe, and the “brass knuckle” strap means no one will mess with me :)

 

fringe-trend-2014For traveling, the Cobra Society’s Tangier tote is a must.  It’s big enough to fit everything you need for a weekend away, and the handwoven Moroccan Kilim detailing on the sides is so gorgeous.  My favorite part is the tiniest tassel on the front lock- a baby dose of the season’s biggest trend!

If you’re as obsessed with fringe as I am, you have to come check these pieces out at stylehaus.

 

xxMarina

 

TREND REPORT: BAGS OF FALL 2014

Fashion Month is officially over.  After scoping the offerings from New York, London, Milan, and Paris designers, we see a few big bag trends on the horizon for Fall 2014.  The size of your bag (mostly smaller), the shape of your bag (structured) and even the way you hold your bag (forget about the strap!) is about to change!  Here are the biggest bag trends of Fall 2014:

 

Small trunk bags

 

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Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014

Louis Vuitton’s Petit Malle, or small trunk, is perfection.  We love how Nicolas Ghesquiere updated the standby LV logo bags by resizing the most enduring icon of Louis Vuitton’s legacy: the steam trunck.  The result is super cute, ladylike, and modern, and we can’t wait to get our hands on one (in our dreams- can you image the waitlist?).  Dolce & Gabanna showed similarly shaped bags with their collection, including one case embellished with bugs and sparkly flowers.  We’ll take one of each, please.

 

Quirk

 

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Moschino Fall 2014

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Chanel Fall 2014

Quirky, “ironic” bags were big this season, with Moschino and Chanel showing some of the best options.  Jeremy Scott’s inaugural collection for Moschino was polarizing to say the least (did you love it or hate it?), but we’re totally on board.  His “Happy Meal” bag is high on our Fall wishlist, and we can’t get over the “Soda” bag, either.  Karl Lagerfeld took things up a notch at Chanel with his “Chanel Shopping Center” concept.  A classic quilted Chanel 2.55 wrapped up like a slab of ground beef is particularly amusing, but we’re really feel the “Lait de Coco” milk purse- amazing!!

 

Utilitarian

 

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Alexander Wang Fall 2014

Alexader Wang was one of the first shows of Fashion Month, and he really set the bar high.  His utilitarian, multi-purpose purses were perhaps some of the best pieces in the collection, and we can see them being among the next crop of “It” bags.  Carabineers attached water bottles and utility carry-alls to one main shoulder strap- the perfect bag to carry through the Zombie Apocolypse.

 

Scrap the Strap

 

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Celine, Gucci, and Chloe Fall 2014

Designers decided to scrap the straps on their bags this season!  Celine’s version fits nicely on your arm, but requires a firm grip on bottom.  Gucci’s models scooped up tophandle bags and wore them up to the elbow.  Chloe’s extra-large clutch was hoisted up under the models’ armpits, and looks big enough to fit everything you’d ever need.

 

What were your favorite bags of the season?

THE LOOK FOR LESS: CELINE, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM, AND PRADA

While walking through Zara, we were stopped in our tracks by some oddly familiar designs.  Tops, skirts, and dresses reminiscent of the Spring runways were absolutely everywhere- not that we’re complaining.  We’ll never say no to a, ahem, derivative work of a runway piece at an affordable price!  No knock-offs here, though: while Zara’s designs are thisclose to looking like the real thing, they stop short of being blatant rip-offs.

We have a feeling we’ll get tons of, “Is that Celine?” questions.  If asked, we’ll just smile and say, “It’s Zara! Under $100!” with a smile.  Bragging about a great deal is the new black, you know.

 

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If you’re into Celine’s abstract art vibes, look no further than the racks of Zara.  This primary-color painted tee is your best bet; wear it with a black-and-white skirt that recalls Celine’s Spring 2014 opening look for an inspired outfit!

 

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More of a 3.1 Phillip Lim girl?  Zara’s got you covered.  The designers ode to geodes is available for under $60!  Lim paired his version with a yellow leather skirt, but we’re thinking of distressed denim instead.

 

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Prada’s crazy Spring runway show is hard to emulate- Miucca Prada’s pieces were so over-the-top that it’d be risky to recreate.  Zara found a way, though, with some of the simpler dresses that walked the catwalk.  Prada’s sporty shift dresses are some of the most inspiring pieces of the season, and Zara’s offering a pared-down version for about $70.  Add a giant statement necklace to replace Prada’s runway bling, and you’re good to go!

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY: GLOVES

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These days, you rarely see someone sporting gloves for fashion’s sake.  To keep warm, sure; for Halloween, absolutely.  But wearing gloves simply to enhance an outfit?  Pretty much unheard of!

 

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Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

All that is about to change, though.  We credit Olivia Pope (and her costume designer, Lyn Paolo) for the major comeback moment that gloves are experiencing right now!  Paolo, admittedly “obsessed by” gloves, single-handedly brought the accessory back into style through the vehicle of Scandal’s Olivia Pope.  Designers are clearly watching: gloves popped up on an incredible number of runways this season!

 

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Gloves through the years

Gloves, worn for necessity up until the 20th century, became a symbol of wealth & class through the 1920s and 1930s.  Sunburned hands showed that you belonged to the working class; thus, gloves became an inadvertent status symbol.  Many shapes & sizes were fashionable over the years:  short gloves were seen in many a 1920s silent film, and the 1930s saw a rise in leather kid gloves.  Long, slouchy gloves dominated the 40s; while long, slim gloves were the peak of chic in the 50s (think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s).  Jackie O wore gloves like no one else in the 1960s, and after that gloves slowly lost their steam.  A few appearances in the 80s- Madonna and Michael Jackson- petered out to almost nothing until Scandal came around.

 

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AF Vandevorst, Acne, Chanel Fall 2014

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Dior Fall 2014

Fashion designers are embracing the new trend wholeheartedly, as evidenced by the strong showing of gloves for Fashion Month Fall 2014.  AF Vandevorst showed a modern pair, Acne was edgy with leather-on-leather, and Chanel put a sporty spin on long pink gloves.  Dior’s gloves were a total throwback to 50s/60s elegance, with pairs up-to-the-elbow and beyond worn with vests and short-sleeve coats.

 

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014

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John Galliano Fall 2014

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Lanvin Fall 2014

Dolce & Gabbana threw it back a little farther with their chainmail-inspired gloves!  Galliano’s version was long, scrunched, and layered; Lanvin’s was long and slim.

 

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Rodarte Fall 2014

Rodarte showed gloved looks that were geek-chic, complete with berets, scarves, and horn-rimmed glasses.

 

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Rochas Fall 2014

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Rochas Fall 2014

 

Our FAVORITE glove looks, though, were from Rochas.  Brightly colored gloves were the focal point of almost every Rochas runway look, ranging from pale yellow to neon orange to bright teal.  Worn with oversize coats in various pastel shades and floral prints, the vibe was vintage with a modern twist.  Rochas even threw in a few fringed gloves, a little reminiscent of a glamorous Edward Scissorhands.

One one question remains: which gloves will Olivia Pope wear first?

TREND REPORT: CUTE CLUTCHES

During Fashion Month, you can’t tear us away from style.com.  We’re constantly pouring over the newest runway shows, checking out Tommy Ton’s latest street style snaps, and keeping an eye out for emerging trends- both from the runway and from the streets.  One trend that we can’t deny is cutesy clutches.   From quirky to scholarly to puffy and furry, here are the clutches we can’t wait to get our hands on.

Erin Fetherson

 

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Erin Fetherson Fall 2014

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Erin Fetherson Fall 2014

At Erin Fetherson, the clothes were sophisticated, feminine, and romantic.  The designer balanced the elegant dresses with something decidedly more kitschy: quirky clutches!  Piggybacking off of the HUGE book clutch trend, Fetherson threw her hat into the ring with a throwback “Etiquette Book” clutch.  We also loved her rounded “Charmed I’m Sure” purse- the shape is retro and modern all at once, the perfect accent to Fetherson’s modern-but-classic gowns.

 

Kate Spade

 

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Kate Spade Fall 2014

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Kate Spade Fall 2014

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Kate Spade Fall 2014

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Kate Spade Fall 2014

Kate Spade is the queen of quirk, and her Fall 2014 collection was one of her best yet.  The clothes were great, yes, but we could keep our eyes off of the wealth of cute little clutches that accessorized every look!  From a fat cat to a Japanese fan, these purses would give even the most minimal outfits a punch of personality.  A Chinese take-out tote took us back to the early aughties, and a whimsical birdcage bag was our favorite of the bunch.  We’d wear it with Victorian-inspired lace!

 

Tanya Taylor

 

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Tanya Taylor Fall 2014

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Tanya Taylor Fall 2014

New-ish designer Tanya Taylor converted us to hardcore fans with her Fall 2014 collection.  Many of the pieces had a DIY vibe, including the fuzzy Mongolian fur clutches that she claims to have made from “pillows she picked up at West Elm over the weekend” and Manic Panicdye [style.com].  We LOVE these!  The fur is all winter, but the bright, look-at-me shades ensure that these bags will be wearable all through Spring as well.  We’ll take both, please!

 

Are you on board with the bags of the season?

 

MARINA MONDAY: RIDING BOOTS

In today’s Marina Monday post Marina shares the chicest alternative to heels: flat riding boots!

 

I’ve been getting a little burnt out on heels lately.  When I’m having a super-busy week and running around from meeting to meeting, heels just aren’t an option.  Instead, I turn to my favorite flat shoe: the riding boot!

 

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A riding boot is a classic alternative to heels that’s always in style.   Whether I wear mine with jeans, leggings, or even a day dress, I always feel just as pulled-together as I would if I were wearing heels.

 

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The latest addition to my collection is this fab pair from Loeffler Randall (clearly I didn’t stop at just boots…hehe)!  The ever-so-slight wedge heel gives them a ladylike edge, and I’m obsessed with the reddish-brown color.  Right now I’m wearing them over my skinny jeans, but I can’t wait to pair them with light denim cutoffs when the weather gets warmer!  You can grab a pair here.

 

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Want some more riding boot outfits?  Try them with jeans and a button down/pull over sweater combo, with a pleated knee-length skirt and a fitted blazer, with a mini skirt and oversized cable-knit sweater, or with leggings and a menswear button down.  See?  They’re perfect with pretty much anything!