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Free Spirits and Flower Children: Runway Inspired Boho Chic

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The term “boho chic” has developed over the years in Southern California and has turned into somewhat of an obsession. Boho chic does not consist of just one item of clothing. It is an embodiment from your head, to your toes, to your soul. You can easily obtain the regular boho look by putting flowers in your hair that you just picked up from the side walk, and wearing an oversized lace dress and sandals, but to achieve boho chic, we turn to the runway. 

1. Anna Sui

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The perfect way to work that flower crown. You don’t always have to wear flowers though on top of those perfectly messy waves. Basically anything that comes from the ground will work! Grass, wheat, leaves, etc. Get creative.

2. DSquared2 

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The madness of color that somehow all works together. an awesome leather jacket with crazy embellishment paired with that oversized dress you wanted to wear from the start is the best way to turn your boho look into boho chic.

3. Altuzarra

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The crazier the embellishments the better. Bells, sequins, coins, fringe, you name it, it can go on a dress.

4. Valentino

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5. Emilio Pucci

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It’s more than just “warm” in So Cal, it’s a scorcher! And you want to wear the least amount of clothing as possible. A lace bralette and tribal patterned skirt screams boho but by adding the essential jewels and intense eye liner, you’ve officially gone chic.

Throwback Thursday: Katharine Hepburn’s Wide Leg Trousers

In an 1981 interview with Barbara Walters, an elderly but still fiercely independent Katharine Hepburn explained (for what must have felt like the millionth time) her choice to live a life free of matrimony and motherhood. Although Katharine Hepburn was indisputably one of the great beauties of Hollywood’s Golden Age, she raised eyebrows by wearing only pants and never holding her tongue. “I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man,” Hepburn said “I’ve just done what I damn well wanted to and I made enough money to support myself. And I ain’t afraid of being alone.” “Is that why also you wear pants?” asked an intrepid young Walters. “No, I wear pants because they’re comfortable.” Walters, apparently unsatisfied by Hepburn’s explanation, pushed on: Today it’s easy to forget that less than 100 years ago women who wore pants were considered daring and more than a little scandalous. For a beautiful starlet like Katharine Hepburn to refuse feminine dresses for manly trousers was utterly baffling to the American public. To be blunt, Katharine got a lot of shit for doing things her own way. Fortunately she never gave a damn. Katherine’s then-ridiculed outfit choices paved the way for modern women to wear we please and go about our lives in the relative comfort and freedom of pants.

Katherine’s uniform of wide-legged trousers were not only practical but wonderfully flattering on Hepburn’s long, lean, and athletic frame. Tall girls around the world can look to Katherine as an accidental fashion trailblazer who dressed for the body she had, regardless of current fads. Katharine Hepburn’s style has never been more relevant to fashionistas of modern-day. Wide legged trousers (once dismissed as manly and unstylish) are one of Spring 2014’s biggest runway trends. Androgynous womenswear has never been more popular amongst designers, models, celebrities, and stylish women on the street.

So next time you slip into a pair of wide legged trousers, take a moment to think of Katharine Hepburn, a woman who enjoyed great beauty but never let it define her, who lived, loved, and dressed only for herself, and an icon who adored a damn good pair of pants. Hepburn4

IT FACTOR FRIDAY: BIRDS

We don’t know how it happens, but every season a handful of designers happen to magically think up the same ideas.  Realistically, we know that each design team’s “trend forecaster” analyzes what will be popular for the coming seasons, and helps designers push out those pieces on the runway- but we’re still amazed by it!  For Fall 2014, a bunch of trends emerged- neon accents, fur sleeves, faux croptops, gloves- but one of our favorites was bird embroidery, seen everywhere from Cavalli to Valentino.  The look is a little retro and a lot romantic, and we want in on it ASAP.

 

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Alberta Ferretti Fall 2014

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Giles Fall 2014

Alberta Ferretti’s bird embroidery accented a moody-toned wool dress while flying over a skirted scene of greenery.  The look at Giles was a pop-art take on the same concept, with birds of neon orange and teal blue popping against solid backgrounds.

 

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Just Cavalli Fall 2014

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Valentino Fall 2014

Just Cavalli made the trend more majestic with a jacket that featured two phoenixes as jacket lapels, while Valentino’s take had all the glamour and romance of Old Hollywood.  Can’t you just see that flocked frock on the red carpet?

 

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014

Dolce & Gabbana’s creation not only featured birds, but cartoon flowers, branches, and bugs as well!

 

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No need to wait for Fall 2014 to get in on this It Factor trend- the look is accessible right now!  Pixie Market is the place to go for affordable, trendy pieces:  their orange skirt is totally Giles (and only $34), while their crop top and black dress are a tad more wearable.   French Connection’s maxi dress recalls the romance of the runway for only $80, and Equipment’s embellished blouse ensures you’ll sparkle in the look.

Which one will you get?  We’re eyeing up the orange skirt, for sure.

 

IT FACTOR FRIDAY: BUTTERFLIES

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Valentino Spring 2014 Couture

If the designers at Valentino have anything to do with it, butterflies will be a huge trend for Spring and Fall.  Valentino’s runways were positively fluttering with butterfly wings for Spring 2014 Couture and Fall 2014!  However they involved the winged creatures- prints, 3D appliqués, or embroidered patches- the design duo behind Valentino made sure that there was no mistaking what would be the next big trend.  Here at stylehaus, our hears are aflutter for this look!

 

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Valentino Fall 2014

While, of course, Valentino’s runway creations are a little too precious for real life, there is a way to incorporate the pretty little things into an outfit without coming off princess-y.  Our butterfly printed tank is just the thing!  In a classic palate of black and white, butterflies actually look pretty badass.

 

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We love this tank worn with our white leather jacket, which is actually lined with butterfly-printed fabric!  If you want to try the trend, either of these pieces will satisfy your craving. Get them at stylehaus- 323-655-5900 to order.

Are you into this look?  How will you wear it?

 

IT FACTOR FRIDAY: PERFORATION

One of Spring’s biggest trends is perforation.  Fishnet, jersey net, you name it- if it’s got little holes in it, it’s cool.  The look was seen practically everywhere on the Spring runways; most notably at Alexander Wang, Sister by Sibling, Elizabeth and James, and Jeremy Scott (you can read our first report on fishnet here).

At stylehaus, we made sure to place our orders for the best netted looks around, and the Spring merch has finally started to arrive!  Our lastest shipment was filled with perforation- on everything from a tee shirt to a leather skirt to a suede biker jacket.  Bethany shows you how to rock the look with the best stylehaus pieces:

 

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Bethany’s style is pretty minimal: leather pants, a white tee, and a great blazer does it for her every time.  With this perforated white tee, Bethany can ditch her usual blazer: the shirt is too cute to cover up!  The high neckline balances out the sometimes-risque look of fishnet, and a collar necklace brings all the attention up to Bethany’s glowing face.  This is such an easy, fresh way to wear this trend!

 

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Nothing’s cooler than perforated leather, so even though Bethany isn’t much of a skirt girl, she had to try this piece on.  The exposed zipper and hardcore leather lend this piece an edgy vibe, so Bethany softened it up with a gorgeous butterfly blouse.  Fierce & feminine all at once!

 

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Since the weather is warming up, a perforated jacket is the must-have piece of the moment.  This jacket ensures you’ll have all the look of a badass biker jacket, with the much-needed (in LA at least) ventilation of the netted material.  What makes the jacket even better?  Matching suede shorts!! We cannot get enough of this outfit.

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All of these pieces are available for purchase at stylehaus!  You can come in to our shop at The Grove to try them on (set up an appointment here), or call 323-655-5900 to order.

IT FACTOR FRIDAY: FURRY SLEEVES

There’s one particular trend emerging at New York Fashion Week that we’re overly excited about: fur sleeves.  We’ve been there, done that with fur coats, fur scarves, even fur gloves- but fur sleeves?  The concept feels fresh & familiar all at once.   So many runways showcased wool jackets & sweaters with texture-blocking in the form of fur!

 

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DKNY showed a wearable version perfect for NYC winter weather.  A water-resistant black parka got a luxe update from a fur-trimmed hood and fur sleeves from the elbow down.  Worn over a classic black suit, the look was the perfect evolution of classic New York standbys.

 

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Not only did Jason Wu texture-block, he colorblocked as well!  Wu’s fur-sleeved coat featured shiny blue material (so big for Fall) contrasted with black fur panels at the arms.  This coat would be right at home in a high-end ski resort, right?

 

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We LOVED the exaggerated fur sleeves at Milly!  The Milly show featured a black-and-white zip up jacket with a fur skirt AND fur sleeves.  The long fur extended past the fingertips, giving off a wild-woman vibe.  This might be our favorite of the bunch.

 

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Sally LaPointe’s fur-sleeved turtleneck sweater felt like so on-trend; a natural progression of the oversize-turtleneck-sweater trend that’s been so big lately.  In fact, we’re pretty sure the Man Repeller Leandra Medine scooped up this sweater right off the runway- she was spotted in something eerily similar the next day!

 

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What do you think of the fur sleeves trend?  Yay or nay?

IT FACTOR FRIDAY: OLD MODELS

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Lately it seems like everywhere we turn, we see models who are 60+.

It’s not that surprising, considering we’re living in an age where people are dedicated to broadening the definition of beauty to include more than just the blond-haired, blue-eyed, white-skinned, size-2 models that have run the show since the 60s.   From Rick Owens’ critically acclaimed step dance/runway show for SS14, to Aerie’s latest “Real” campaign, fashion is starting to accept new definitions of beauty.  It makes sense that that definition would include, ahem, “advanced” fashionistas as well.

 

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Karen Walker’s past sunglasses campaigns have featured the women of “Advanced Style,” but she upped the ante this season and included the Kenyan artisans who actually make her wares in the campaign photos.  We’ve got to say, these ladies look fab in Karen’s pieces, and we think this campaign will boost sales in all categories.  Young hipsters will identify with the off-beat models, and mature fashion-minded ladies will be able to identify with the quirky designs, instead of saying “I’m too old for that!” (which we hear all the time with our clients).

 

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The Row, designed by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, has always skewed older.  Their luxurious pieces at crazy-high price points have been marketed towards older, successful women looking for high-end quality pieces that aren’t showy.  For Pre Fall 2014, the Olsens took things a step further and cast models between 40 and 60+ for the lookbook.  Linda Rodin’s shots blew us away; we hope we’re that chic at 60!

 

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American Apparel, always making headlines, just topped their latest “merkin” controversy with news of their new lingerie model: 62-year-old Jacky O’Shaugnassey.  The older model has posed for the brand in the past, but never in such skimpy styles.  AA and Jacky bare it all in their latest campaign, which features Jacky in a see-through lace bra-and-panties combo!  A bold move, but worth it: we see this campaign appealing to American Apparel’s current market and older clients that want to feel young again.  Kudos, AA!

 

Are you glad to see more diversity in ad campaigns?  What demographic do you wish would get more face time?

 

IT FACTOR FRIDAY: BELTED COATS

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Looking through the street style pictures from Men’s Fashion Week, Couture Week, and Stockholm Fashion Week makes it clear: belting an overcoat is seriously cool.    When the weather is cold, fashionistas have been resorting to clever styling tricks to make sure their style doesn’t get lost in layers upon layers.  And even though we’re warm here in LA, we can’t wait to cop this cooler-than-cool trend!

 

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From the street snaps we’ve seen, the combination of belt + coat works in virtually any proportion.  Skinny belt + trench, braided belt+ patchwork parka, wide belt + wool topper—they all work!  The one rule to stick to?  Don’t try this with a bulky, puffy coat or one of those quilted down jackets.  Since the goal is to cinch your waist, overly-bulky coats won’t give you the streamlined look you want.

 

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Also, don’t let the length of your belt stop you from cinching!  If the belt you want to wear is meant for your hips instead of your waist, tie the extra length into a chic knot and rock the slightly-disheveled look.

 

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For a more pulled-together outfit, try a structured belt- like this ladies metal version- over a work-appropriate blazer.  Voila!  Cold-weather tricks adapted for the warm-blooded Angeleno.

Will you give the latest “It” look a shot?

 

IT FACTOR FRIDAY: DRESS OVER PANTS

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3.1 Phillip Lim, Emma Watson, Elizabeth & James

If the Spring 2014 and Pre Fall 2014 runway shows weren’t enough of an indication, then Emma Watson’s Golden Globes getup definitely was: wearing a dress over pants is back, baby.   Last seen in the early aughties, dresses worn over pants brings to mind flared jeans topped with those awful “silk” scarf dresses- not exactly a happy memory.  The 2014 way to wear the look is decidedly more streamlined, sophisticated, and luxurious!

 

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Susie Bubble at Couture Week

Susie Bubble at Couture Week

 

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The trend started to trickle in through Dior: Raf Simmons’ Spring 2013 Couture show featured one short-dress-over-pants look, and things snowballed from there.  The most recent Dior collection, Spring 2014 RTW, was full of feminine dresses worn over slim slacks; Pre Fall collections from the likes of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Elizabeth and James, and McQ followed suit, and now here we are: dying to try it for ourselves!

 

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While we loved Emma Watson’s GG take on the new trend (a red Dior apron dress, showing off slim trousers underneath), it’s not very practical for everyday, is it?  The easiest way to rock the look IRL is with skinny leather pants or slim black jeans underneath, and a short slip or tunic dress on top.  Easy!

 

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Slim leather pants or black jeans are edgy and modern; sticking with pants like these ensures that you don’t slip into the early-2000s version of the look.  Use this newfound trend as an excuse to wear those dresses that you previously dubbed “too short” or “not age appropriate”.  With pants underneath, you’ll look cool and (appropriately) conservative.

 

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Stylist Jessica wore her own leather pants under a stylehaus rose-printed shift dress ( $175) for a look that’s perfect for date night.  When she swapped out the shift for our sheer shirt dress ($78), her outfit took on a more casual, everyday vibe.  Stylist Bethany gave the look a go, too!  Her black jeans under our flippy green mini ($489) is a slightly fancier take on the look.  Love!

If you’re scared to try this out-there style on your own, just stop by stylehaus!  You can grab a Day Pass here for $100, and one of our personal stylists can talk you through how to rock this trend & others in the best way for your body & lifestyle!