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Beyond Bandeau

Tempting bandeaux bewitched audiences at Paris Fashion Week for Spring Summer 2015.

On the runways at Balmain, Dries Van Noten, and Balenciaga. Via Style.com

On the runways at Balmain, Dries Van Noten, and Balenciaga.
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Bandeaus moved from glorified bra into acceptable outerwear last year, when girls from coast to coast gleefully embraced sideboob and gaping tank tops.

 

Manish Arora Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Yanni Vlamos via Style.com

Manish Arora Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Yanni Vlamos via Style.com

I adore this trend- possibly because it’s flattering for many body types and insanely comfortable- but didn’t anticipate it weaseling into high fashion anytime soon.

Barbara Bui Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Kim Weston via Style.com

Barbara Bui Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Kim Weston via Style.com

So imagine my surprise and delight when, after perusing the photographs from Paris Fashion Week, I noticed several designers showing classy version of the simple style.

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Zadig & Voltaire Spring Summer 2015
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Balenciaga and Balmain both embraced the bandeau as a subtle accept on minimalist, flesh-flashing pieces.

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2015 Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2015
Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

Bandeaus at Balenciaga proved to be chic yet discrete layering pieces, nestling subtly underneath sheer, mesh, and netted dresses.

Balmain Spring/Summer 2015 Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

Balmain Spring/Summer 2015
Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

 

Balmain went bolder, using bandeaus as tops in their own right, and pairing them with classic black slacks and impeccably tailored blazers.

Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2015 Photo: Yannis Vlamos

Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2015
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Yet no designer out-bold bandeaued Dries Van Noten, who layered long bandeaux over- yes that’s right, over, not under- patterned blazers and see-through button ups.

Marina Recap: World Cup & Wedding Whirl

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Hopped off the plane from LAX with a dream and a leather jacket… and snatched a couple winks of sleep before waking up at the crack of dawn (9AM) before zooming straight to Stylehaüs! My business is my baby (sorry Ben) so no matter how much fun I’m having on a trip, returning home is a welcome relief. With all the exciting changes and projects looming in the upcoming months, there’s little time to loaf around. And I’m ok with that. Here are some highlights of last week’s whirlwind of friends and family!

Work Hard Play Hard Need Nap

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After landing in NYC late the night before, I worked a full but super productive day at stylehaüs, then made it to xiv for my good friend Dean May’s birthday.

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It was a classic Summer white party and I had an amazing time grooving in the DJ booth with Paul Oakenfold, a great artist and one of Ben’s good friends.

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The spot was packed with gorgeous Hollywood types and everyone got super into sets from Oakenfold and the EC Twins.

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I wore: a Cosabella bra, David Lerner white cotton tank top, white Superfine jeans, and Nike wedges.

I’ve got the blues… The leather jacket blues.

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All #summer really means for us at @stylehausla is lighter colored leather

I wore: Topshop jeans, Rag & Bone booties, and two jackets from stylehaus. The blue and white floral print on the left is VEDA, and blue knitted leather jacket on the right is by Price Upon Request.

Blue Hat At Bar Marmont

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Ben and I grabbed dinner and drinks at the ever-glam Bar Marmont for some much needed mushy couple time.

Hot Dog Before Julio

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Ben and I watched the World Cup in style at our friend’s new place in the Hills. As much as I love tequila, I was loving those hot dogs more.

I wore: Benjamin J beige tank top, Topshop black jeans, and trusty Converse. 

USA USA USA YAY

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Not to be superstitious, but I swear my photos are lucky. The shot was taken literally seconds before USA scored a crucial goal. How cute are Ben and his friend in their matching pink button ups? I was calling them the Pink Gents all day.

View From The Top

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When I say a house is amazing, that house is freakin phenomenal. Here I am accompanied by Sarah making the most of a beautiful view before Sunset. Her white crochet dress is to die for.

PhotoBooth For Life

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Photobooths are like amazing toys for adults. Like grown up legos. If we’re hanging out and I see a photobooth available, you know we’ll be taking some weird and wonderful pictures.

Stanford Stadium

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After a wonderful week, Ben and I took a quick trip to Stanford for his sister’s wedding. In a stroke of brilliance that my bridezilla self may or may not slightly envy, his sister held her rehearsal dinner at Stanford Stadium, where she met her husband. I can’t even compete. But I’ll try.

I wore: Balenciaga suspender harem pants, Christian Dior Jazz shoes, Pierre Hardy purse, and vintage striped top. 

The Family Stone/Kusin

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My future in-laws are a damn good-looking crowd. How dapper is Ben? The only one not thrilled is that baby, who looks ready for a nap .

6 Stunning Stylehaüs Summer Outfits

Even girls with the most fabulously full closets find themselves occasionally (ok more than occasionally) saying “I HAVE LITERALLY NOTHING TO WEAR” in a pre-party manic panic.

We feel you. No woman is an island, and no piece is complete without the proper pairing. Here’s 6 flawless ensembles for work and play to inspire all of our clients and readers for a myriad of occasions. See something you like? Scoop it up online or in store STAT. This is the good stuff ladies.

1. Power Lunch Pretty

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Lunching with your overlord is exciting but also intimidating. You’re thrilled to have the one on one time with she or he who controls your income, but picking and pairing the right pieces is super scary. You want to look cool, yet mature, yet chic, yet totally someone worthy of a promotion. This unique black and white shift is professional, modern, and straight up shouts #GIRLBOSS. Add a pair of classic black pumps and structured red clutch for a lunchable look filled with personality and professionalism. You’ll leave a lasting impression that your boss will love. And maybe kind of envy. TRIUMPH!

Dress: Avelon, Bag: Safi Miran, Shoes: Prada

2. Flowing, Fitted, And Ultra Flattering First Date

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The ideal first date outfit reads: I didn’t try to hard, because I’m super cool, but I look amazing, because I’m super cool. You’ll exude an effortless attitude of self assured style and chic composure that he’ll find insanely intriguing. This outfit is all about balance: a soft white top offsetting curve hugging black jeans, luxe ebony platform boots contrasting the ultra supple femininity of this jacket’s stunning ivory and baby blue floral print. The contrast between light and dark, soft and sexy, polish and playful will render him incapable of resisting your many, many charms. And who would want to?

Jacket: Veda, Top: As by DF, Jeans: Super Fine, Shoes: Balenciaga

3. White Party Ready Day Or Night

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After a long day slaving away at work, the last thing any girl wants to do is go home and spend hours assembling yet another evening ensemble. We’re all about flexible fashion that can be worn at any time of day and in a variety of settings. You’re a busy girl! Why make life more difficult for yourself by sacrificing precious leisure hours to endless preparation? Warm weather is the ideal time to try all white, so here’s an easy way to upgrade an all day outfit and stand out with minimum stress and maximum lazy luxury.

(First Picture)- Top: My Line, Shorts: Genetic Denim, Shoes: Supra

(Second Picture)- Top: Veda, Pants: Bec and Bridge, Bag: Cobra Society, Watch: G-Shock

4. Work Funk Fabulous

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Boring work wear is the BANE of many a pretty young thing’s existance. Who doesn’t long to love the attire they’re wearing for 8 (or more) longgg hours? Say HELL NO to boring suits and ill-fitting blazers and DAMN STRAIGHT to flattering work wear that stays true to your personal style without sacrificing the respect of your coworkers. Mix leather leggings with a bright knit peplum tank top and subtle stilettos and you’ll be employee of the month in no time at all.

Top: Marna Ro, Pants: Veda, Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti

5. Blue Dream Babe

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It’s sweltering outside and you’re dying to put aside fashion for just a day in pursuit of blissful, breezy comfort. STOP. You’re too good for tacky flip flops, ragged denim, or an unremarkable tank top. This look seems simple, and it is: just a beautiful blue tank top made on trend by a halter high neckline, high end denim shorts that make your butt look WHOA, and crazy cool kicks boys will envy and girls with lust. Simplicity doesn’t have to be basic, and comfort CAN be combined with cutting edge trends.

Tank Top: Alpine Stars, Shorts: Genetic Denim, Shoes: Supra, Handbag: Safi Miran

6. Cali Cocktail Hour

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Cocktail parties are awesome, but many modern girls feel constrained by a classic cocktail dress. And that’s ok! This isn’t your mama’s cocktail hour, and you can dress up without losing that coveted cool factor. Be that IT GIRL by mixing a colorful and textured peplum skirt with an edgy leather crop top to look lady like and laid back.

Skirt: Camilla and Marc, Crop Top: Lauren Stucky, Shoes: Prada, Bag: Cobra Society

Sweatshirts: An On and Off Duty Trend

The sweatshirt…an all American staple that has become a worldwide fashion statement in the most comfortable way possible. With a collared button down, under a leather jacket, or strictly on its own, we can all agree that a crew neck sweatshirt is a piece we all need in our wardrobe for those days of not knowing what to wear. The look says “I want to be comfortable yet put together and fashion forward”.

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From Balenciaga and Givenchy to Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim, the runway was swarming with sweatshirts that everyone had to have. The Givenchy Bambi sweatshirt is a celebrity fashion yes and it’s versatility has been endless, paired with a long sheer dress on the red carpet even. If Bambi can do it, then so can this Clover Canyon “Smokin’ Granny” sweatshirt-like sweater.

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With the in-between weather of spring, mixing winter and summer pieces creates new looks like this Avelon Hatchet Mesh Tank under the “Smokin’ Granny”. This outfit is great for running errands and lunch with friends but switches to night by removing the sweater and adding heels. Having a few go-to sweatshirts makes layering easy and effortlessly chic.

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Liking what you see? Of course you do. Get both of these tops at stylehaüs as well as other great sweatshirts and sweaters here!

MARINA MONDAY: OOTD

Tokyo was cold, especially for a girl who’s used to the LA sunshine!  My wardrobe wasn’t exactly appropriate for the weather, so I had to do some spur-of-the-moment shopping (which I totally didn’t mind) while I was away.  This outfit was the result!

 

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In Turkey (where I stayed before Tokyo), I encountered the same problem so I scooped up this cute printed sweater.  I love the random print- cartoon dogs, candies, and flowers- but I knew I needed to toughen it up a bit.  I paired it with a full leather outfit to counteract its “cutesy” vibe.

 

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My leather pants from Helmut Lang were perfect for the weather, since they look sleek but actually pack a lot of warmth.  Over my sweater I layered a jacket from The Eternal, which I love because of its textured panels.  I had to buy a hat on Harajuku Street to combat the cold, so I picked the now-classic “Comme Des F***down” beanie.  My fave Balenciaga boots added some edge!

Have you ever bought spur-of-the-moment to keep warm that you ended up loving?

xxMarina

Throwback Thursday: Balenciaga

 

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Cristóbal Balenciaga

 

 

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Balenciaga, 1949

 

 

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Balenciaga, 1967

 

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Balenciaga, Spring 1990 Ad

 

 

Balenciaga, Spring 2005

Balenciaga, Spring 2006

 

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Balenciaga, Spring 2008

 

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Balenciaga, Resort 2013

 

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Balenciaga, Fall 2013

 

 

The House of Balenciaga was founded in 1937 by Cristóbal Balenciaga, a Basque designer who was known for his feminine yet modern designs, and who was once referred to as “the master of us all” by Christian Dior. The sleek and linear lines he incorporated into many of his pieces were vastly different than anything else being shown during the 1950’s, and established him as one of the most influencial designers of the time. Throughout his career he would manipulate the female waistline, beginning with the creation of tunic dress and culminating in the creation of the empire waist. His conception of this new silhouette for women is considered his greatest contribution to the world of fashion.

Beginning in 1997 and until very recently, the house was headed by French superstar Nicolas Ghesquière. As creative director, Ghesquière brought a fresh take to the house while still respecting Cristóbal’s original designs and ideas, and turned Balenciaga into the critically acclaimed fashion house that it is today.

In 2012, it was announced that Nicolas Ghesquière would be ending his 15- year tenure and parting ways with Balenciaga, to be replaced by the young designer Alexander Wang. Wang presented his first collection for the label on February 28, 2013 at Paris Fashion Week which brought back a lot of postivie feedback. So in honor of a new era of the House of Balenciaga, we decided to take a look back at some of the best creations from Ghesquière and Balenciaga himself, as well as a couple piece from Wangs new collection.

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Foodie Friday at The Grove: Morels French Steakhouse

 

 

If you are ever craving steak with a side of  ‘pommes frites’, then Morels is the place to go! Located at The Grove right in front of the fountain, Morels will make you feel right at home while also providing some Gallic flair! The food is always delicious, and the people watching from their patio is absolutely superb.

When it comes to The Grove, you never really know who you’re going to run into, which is why it’s always a good idea to look your best. Morels is fairly dressy, which makes this red dress, black crystal heels and classic jewelry ideal, and best of all, it’s all available at stylehaüs! We love how this look is romantic but also has a nice French-chic flair which makes it a perfectly appropriate outfit for Morels! Bon Appétit!

 

Spring Style: Colorful Handbags

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Hermès Spring 2013

 

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Gucci Spring 2013

 

 

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Louis Vuitton Spring 2013

 

 

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Céline Spring 2013

 

 

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Cambridge Satchel Company Spring 2013

 

 

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Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2013

 

Bold, bright, hues are popping up for spring 2013 and the runways were not afraid to show their brightest of brights when it came to designer handbags! Neon, Lucite, patterns, and vivacious colors were featured by designers such as Gucci, Burberry, Hermès, and Balenciaga — and we’re loving it! Not only appropriate for warm climates, bright totes add a special something to your wardrobe and can be paired with just about anything. Try mixing and matching colors and patterns for a full spring-inspired effect, or pair a bright colored bag with a black and white ensemble to make a fashion statement. No matter what the occasion, stand out from the crowd and add some color to your work, casual or going out looks!