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You Go Gingham

Diane von Furstenberg, Altuzarra, Oscar de la Renta

Diane von Furstenberg, Altuzarra, Oscar de la Renta

Fall 2014 may be pushing plaid, but Spring 2015 will shout “tiny check please”! That’s right, gingham is not just for picnics, plucky orphan girls, or cheesy Italian restaurants.

Lela Rose, Altuzarra, and DVF

Lela Rose, Altuzarra, and DVF

The gingham of Spring has a sexy, swingy vibe, sans the faintest trace of that Little House on The Prairie meets Pollyanna pattern you were forced to read in Junior High.

Altuzarra, DVF, and Michael Kors

Altuzarra, DVF, and Michael Kors

Major designers such as Altuzarra and Diane Von Furstenberg exuded swinging 70’s with the cheeky geometric print splayed over dreamy dresses and posh twin sets. 

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Designers at Altuzarra told reporters that they were inspired by cult classics like Rosemary’s Baby to blend the sweetness of gingham with ultra sexy, half unbuttoned ensembles.

Here are 5 chic pieces to take gingham from the runway to the closet. 

1. Knitz by For Love & Lemons Hit the Slopes Mini Dress by Free People

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2. ‘Yoko’ Gingham Taffeta Bow Miniskirt by MARC BY MARC JACOBS

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3. Cut-out Gingham Shell Top from Topshop

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4. Timo Weiland Gingham-Front Crewneck Sweater from Barneys

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5. McQ Alexander Mcqueen Black Velvet Gingham T-Shirt from SSENSE

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Triple Tip Thursday

Haute hipster hats, royal blue hues, and neoprene prints are everything to us.

This week anyway. 

1. Hipster Haute Hat

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Panama Hats and Fedoras in dusky neutral hues are 2014’s must have headwear.

Panama Hats and Fedoras continue to dominate street style and editorial spreads for a reason: they’re modern, flexible, flattering, and add a juicy dose of boho rock and roll to any ensemble. While the traditional iterations of both style involve straw, this Season woven headwear is being eschewing for fierce fabrics in deep, almost somber tones such as chocolate and ebony. The best versions are made distinct by a touch of metal work or sophisticated applique, like a gunmetal buckle or grosgrain band.

Effortless is attitude is what these pieces are all about, with a structured base lending maturity and broad (but never floppy) edges whispering “I woke up cool”. If you’re just getting started on this trend, make your life easier by veering towards classic black. It’s not only the easiest, it’s the trendiest; Yang Li, Kenneth Cole Collection, Alexis Mabille, Tibi and Dion Lee sent models strutting in broad black hats for their Fall 2014 shows. You can scoop one up at many Grove boutiques and fantastic hat carts.

2. Royal Blue

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Royal blue is raging on.

When the colors of next season’s collections became clear, it was obvious that blue had a strong runway presence. From cerulean, cyan and cobalt to navy, sapphire and periwinkle, blue is undisputedly about to blow up and all over our collective wardrobes. Yet my favorite shade of blue for the upcoming months has a majestic effect: royal blue.

Bolder than navy but less flashy than sapphire, royal blue occupies the gorgeous territory between bright and neutral. In particular, my inspiration came from Tibi’s Fall Campaign in which deep but bright shades of royal blue popped from the page and into my imagination. Stand out and stand tall in royal blue coating on crepe dresses, button-down tops, pointed-toe pumps, and of course a fabulous coat.

 

3. Neoprene Dream

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Space Age Super Fabric is everywhere, praise the modern age.

Neoprene is a spongy and slimming material made from synthetic rubber and seen more and more in fashion from high street to side streets. The wonderfully useful fabric is used on everything from T-shirts to wedding dresses because of it’s utterly unique qualities, particularly the way it holds a solid, structured shape without suffocating or strangling. In fact, for all it’s form fitting abilities, neoprene manages to feel both breezy and light.

Oh, and did I mention that neoprene doesn’t wrinkle? And washes easily? If neoprene sounds too good to be true, pinch yourself, and then go shopping because neoprene wondrous abilities are very true and very here. Neoprene looks good on everybody and wears as an ideal reflect of today’s tech-forward, androgynous, casual American culture.

 

 

Sophisticated Schoolgirl: How To Rock The Plaid Mini

Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 11.17.36 AM Plaid skirts can be chic, not childish. Inspired by Yves St Laurent Runway for Fall 2014 and the highly anticipated upcoming adaptation of ‘Outlander’ I’m teetering on the verge of tartan mania. Wear the sophisticated Scottish miniskirt with a wafting white box top or prim button up, Tall (but not too tall) boots, and a touch of androgyny for contrast. Your balancing details might include a chunky, menswear inspired timepiece or a sensible (if sensationally luxurious) structured handbag. When rocking the plaid mini, DO  mix and match plaid on plaid, and wear bold back glasses to hipster up your “school girl” vibe. DON’T wear over the knee socks- too Halloween- but below calf socks are preppy pretty.  I took 3 runway looks and created trendy yet timeless ready to wear ensembles guaranteed to score top marks in the school of life. 

INSPIRATION

1. Charles Anastase

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2. Balmain

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3. Marc Jacobs

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REALITY

1. School House Haute

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Bernadette Red Plaid Mini Skirt $29, MANGO Pebbled Bucket Bag $40, Otto New York Solid Gigi Top $282, Nine West May Jane Pumps $89

 

2. Academia Azure

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House of Holland Skirt $370, Topshop Crop Top $16, French Connection Blazer $69, Alexander McQueen Grey Loafers $645

3. Epic Emerald

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Jil Sanders Skirt $580, Gingham Plaid Crop Top $42, Cecilia Oxford Booties $259, Teen Vogue Glasses

     

Weekly Pull: Clover Cray For Fall 2014

cctop Stylehaus just received our first shipment of Clover Canyon’s Crazy Creative Fall 2014 Collection and we may faint in ecstasy. Check out these 3 Clover Canyon ensembles and prepare to get fabulously fresh for Fall 2014.

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Lana Del Rey isn’t the only fan of exotic embellishments! Brash and buoyant tiger lily embellishments and high contrast pop prints are pushing into Fall. Designers like Duro Olowu, Carven, Dior, and Dries Van Noten sent out models wearing patterns straight out of the Amazon. These natural accents are a far cry from your mother’s pastel floral. For Fall, it’s all about BIG and BOLD- with high contrast, meticulously jagged lines, and ultra saturated colors. You could just work one major pattern, but why not go for a full on head to toe homage to the soon to be dear departed rainforests?

We love this Clover Canyon James Joyce Neoprene Top & Skirt Set.

2. Haute Highlander

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90’s are back back and beyond back so obviously we’re brining back Clueless era plaid. Celebs like Selena Gomez and Katy Perry have been recently sited sporting the perfect plaid ensemble.

We paired these Clover Canyon tartan menswear pants with a black velvet Lauren Stucky tank top and Safi Miran handbag for an amazingly polished take on the haute highlander look.

3. The Psychedelic Girl Next Door

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The psychedelic patterns Clover Canyon is known for manage to be both crisp and complex, with heavily saturated colors accenting geometric patterns and lean, languid swirls.

Fall 2014’s Donegal Neoprene Top is an ideal example of innovation on another plane, particularly paired with Genetic Denim Lost Boy Shorts and Sparkly Ebony Supra Kicks. 

Some buy Vogue for the pretty pictures: Our Favorite Campaigns of Fall 2014

A great edition of Time has to have minimal advertising– I mean who wants to have to flip through endless advertisements for Activia? On the contrary, a  great edition of Vogue (or Elle or Harper’s or whatever) contains the best, most ravishing advertisements one can find- the season’s latest fashion campaigns. These campaigns can be so chic, so sexy, so sophisticated that sometimes, we can’t help but skip through the articles and “only look at the pretty pictures.” Middle school style. 

Here are our favorite campaigns (reading distractions) of the season. 

Moschino 


Jeremy Scott takes aver Moschino with a bang– or more appropriately, a burp. The young designer debuts as the new Moschino Creative Director with a McDonald’s inspired collection. The runway collection has been described by some critics as “trashy” and “over the top.” Other critics, on the other hand, enjoyed the playful collection by the young designer and described the collection as “delicious.” 

Because of how the collection was shown on the runway and the critics’ sometimes harsh reviews, we expected Moschino to put out an ad campaign just as “over the top” and “delicious” but instead, what we got was an elegant ad campaign with some of New York’s most sophisticated. 

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Celebrated photographer Steven Meisel captured models Karen Elson, Raquel Zimmerman, Saskia De Brauw and Caroline Murphy in what seems to be a formal, high brow get together. But if you look closely, you can see the cheese  on Saskia’s dress and the other playful, clever details inspired by the world’s most well-known fast food chain. 

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And what’s more Elegant than Queen Linda? The “M” on the quilted shoulder bag does not stand for “McDonalds” when the Chameleon Queen carries it.

It can stand for money, madame, magnificent or maybe even Moschino. 

 

Calvin Klein

There’s not much to say about the Fall 2014 Clavin Klein ad campaign promotion the hashtag #mycalvins. There’s little to say but lots to feel. Little words, lots of lust. Little speaking, lots of moans. hbz-best-ads-ck-01-lg

Photographer Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott reminds us why we pinned photos like these on out bedroom walls in the 90’s. (Kate Moss and Marky Mark, anyone?). Model Lara Stone is modernized in this ad mostly by the (strategically placed) hashtag. 

 

hbz-best-ads-ck-03-lgLara is joined by Anerican model Matt Terry. 

Of course the Calvin Klein girl has a boyfriend. Or maybe they’re just friends. With lots of benefits we all wanna partake in. 

 

Mulberry 

Party supergirl Cara Delevigne, turns her head away from the London party scene for just a little to enjoy all that the beautiful English countryside has to offer. 

 

article-2676382-1F4CA37700000578-508_640x784Cara sports traditional English designs like plaid and argyle– all in the details.
hbz-best-ads-MLBRY_AW14_CARA_KHAKI_DPS_300dpi-lgPhotographer Tim Walker captures Cara in traditional English staples like rainboots and plaid, all with the London cool nobody can take away from Cara. 

 

Honorable Mentions

Lanvin

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Models: Edie and Olympia Campbell

 

Alexander McQueen 

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Model: Edie Campbell

 

Rag & Bone

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Model: Winona Ryder

 

Chanel

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Model: Cara Delevigne (yes, her again. She books a lot.)

 

Tight Knit

Knits so good your Grandma can’t deal

 From left: Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Calvin Klein and Hermès.


From left: Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Calvin Klein and Hermès.

Summer might be in full force, but style slows for no Season.

The Fall/Winter 2014 Collections recently debuted, and fashionistas are already scrambling to integrate key details into their warm weather wardrobe. One particularly wearable textile making appearances on many a runway? Knits.

Fall 2014: Helmet Lang; Edun; Public School

Fall 2014: Helmet Lang; Edun; Public School

From the Row, where Olsen twins continued their brave pioneering of old lady chic with luxe (if highly over the top) knitwear, to Alexander Wang’s neon take on mod knit mini dresses to Stella McCartney’s sophisticated head to toe knit suit, knits have never held less kitsch or more chic.

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The polar vortex may have subconsciously worked to make knits the story of New York Fashion Week, from ribbed leggings and sweater tanks at Marc Jacobs and Edun to all-in-ones at Michael Kors, and, at the Row, a bear suit of sorts: essentially, all the clothes you’ve always wished you could venture out of the house in, but never dared to try. There were dressed-up knits, too, like Calvin Klein Collections’s elegant mohair skirts and tops and the handspun details on Rodarte’s dresses. Layered looks went next-level with sweaters of multiple lengths and varied silhouettes piled on, topped with a very, very, very long scarf—all techniques that the lingering cold temperatures offer plenty of time to incorporate in wardrobes now.

Fall 2014: Iceberg; Viktor and Rolf; Tory Burch

Fall 2014: Iceberg; Viktor and Rolf; Tory Burch

The last result you might expect from layering knit upon knit might be a lithe, lean, and sleek silhouette, but the Fall 2014 shows blew our respective hive minds with piled on knits that accentuated, not disguised, our feminine curves.

Fall 2014: Derek Lam; The Row; Dion Lee

Fall 2014: Derek Lam; The Row; Dion Lee

Look for long & spacious knits in neutral shades, in particular Fall’s subtly sexy it-hue: soft grey. In order to attain that coveted look of long and lean, it’s imperative to select a form-fitting and light weight knit.

Repeat after me: bulk is bad, bulk is bad, bulk is bad. 

Check out 5 sleek knits from stylehaüs:

1. Astars

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Deep Blue Drape Cardigan, $105

2. Marna Ro

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Multi Thread Orange-lined Knit, $171

3. AS by DF

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Pale Cream Moto Sweater, $225

4. Otis and Maclain

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Edie Sweater, $128

5. AS by DF

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Sofia Cardigan, $245

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?

GET THE LOOK: THE 3 BEST LOOKS OF PARIS FASHION WEEK

Paris Fashion Week is well underway, and we’re excited about the collections we’ve seen so far.  Most runway shows have nailed that effortlessly sexy vibe that the French are known for, whether it’s through tailored separates, oversized knits, or skin-tight leather.  Some of our favorite looks have more to do with proportions than pieces, which actually makes them super-easy to recreate right now!  Here are our top 3 looks from Paris Fashion Week and how to get them RIGHT NOW:

 

1.  Dior

 

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Dior’s show, which felt more Spring than Fall, was full of gorgeous colors, layered outerwear, and new proportions.  Our favorite look consisted of a long yellow vest worn over a plain white dress- so easy, yet totally fresh & exciting.  To get the look now, we’d wear this long white vest from Haute Hippie with a plain yellow tank dress from American Apparel.  Throw on some ankle-strap heels, like these from Forever 21, and you’re done!  Tres Dior.

 

2.  Jay Ahr

 

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This was the first time we’ve paid attention to designer Jay Ahr, and we’ve got to say that we loved his show!  The look that really struck us was this black and white number- the striped skirt, white fur jacket, and chic little booties are such a fierce combo.  Luckily, we were able to find some amazing pieces to recreate this vibe.  A Rachel Zoe striped skirt pairs perfectly with an affordable faux-fur jacket, and any black ankle booties will do.  See?  Easy!

 

3.  Isabel Marant

 

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Isabel Marant has made her name synonymous with “quintessential French style”, and her latest collection stayed true to that maxim.  The designer pairs overtly-sexy pieces with covered-up classics for a mix that’s understated and badass, and this look from Fall 2014 is our favorite.  Zara’s asymmetrically cut black leather skirt will help you nail the Paris vibe, and their oversized black sweater is a no-brainer.  We loved Isabel’s mesh “scarf” necklace, but this Allen Schwartz necklace is almost as cool.  Add some studded Steve Madden boots, and you’ve got a mix like Marant!

 

What’s your favorite look from Paris Fashion Week so far?