More reasons to get excited about Fall!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
It only seemed fitting to give J. Crew a little lovin' seeing that it is my blog's namesake alittle"crew"zy; and of course, November and December of two of my favorite months for J. Crew. The styling is impeccable and I think we are all getting ready for some serious layering in the colder months. November makes me think of long walks through the gorgeous falling leaves, visits to the barn to see the horses saddled up and ready to ride through the chilled air. And most importantly, it is
such a wonderful time of year to be thankful for what we do have rather than what we don't have either materialistically or spiritually. I find November to be a time of grace and reflection.
It's also that time of year to store all warm weather clothing and get out the sweaters, boots and overcoats. If you are a smart shopper, then you've probably already invested in classic pieces such as blazers, cashmere, pea coats, riding boots and of course some beautiful accessories such as a good handbag and chunky, bright jewelry which J. Crew is never short of! It also seems to me that J. Crew has rekindled its classic offerings and provided lots of choices in colors, textures and styles so I am going to highlight a few of my favorites. For the November Style Guide they traveled to the Cotswolds of southwest England which "is know for its rolling hills, centuries-old stone walls and sprawling estates," as J. Crew described. The photos are beautiful.
Let's start with coats and think loose, soft and cuddly. This season J. Crew's Duffle Coat is a personal favorite because I just love the vibrant fuchsia color. It's gorgeous! I also like the color twist on their traditional Majesty Peacoats. This one at left is Heather Mineral, like an aqua.
is pointing to the oversized, cocoon-like coats in vibrant colors. And for those who like the classic colors of red, tan/off white, navy, black - those are available as well. If you are looking for something a little different, perhaps edgier, then go for the Contrast-Collar Topcoat - love! It is
perfect to jazz up jeans and the white/black is a more modern while the beige stone seems more royal. It is more tailored and hits below the hip which I like very much.
It is a good time to stock up on J. Crew cashmere which I have a
running wish list at all times. I really like that they've pushed the styles with different cuts, lengths as well as prints and gorgeous solid colors. However, they are pricey, at the low end - in the $100's all the way up to $400. I have always had good luck with their cashmere and I use the The Laundress cashmere or fabric sprays to keep them fresh with less time at the dry cleaners.
Rylan blazer in Harris Tweed wool is so pretty in heather plum. I would suggest calling a stylist or seeing if you can get it in store because nearly every size is sold out online. Another solid option is the School Boy blazer with a more fitted look and so charming in classic navy or black as shown left. I love how JC styled it with a plain white shirt and camo pants. I love camo and it continues to be a trend right through the Fall.
Also, you can always add those little special touches to add sophistication and a personal feeling to your wardrobe items. J. Crew shares a video below on "The Secret Language of Monogramming."
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Very cool... Shona Heath designs magical taxis for London Opening of J. Crew (Regent Street 11/8) http://youtu.be/Cu4DwKlxoAk, entitled "Something Totally Crazy". Design process imaginative and whimsical.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Fashion editorial is obviously a subjective thing, but when it is really right, it can stop not one, but thousands of readers to pause. I'm going to start featuring favorites on a monthly basis. If you have any references or recommendations to share, please feel free to offer up and I can potentially showcase for our readers.
To start, you have to do a little digging, but ultimately you can find a few of your favorite places to go to get the skin up on best editorial shots, campaigns…I personally love to peek in to both FashionCopius as well as F.TAPE. There are so many others, but like I said, once you find a reputable roundup of exquisite work, it's hard to stray.
1. Here is the amazing Stella Tennant featured for a piece called The Fashion Factory by Benjamin Alexander Huseby for the Gentlewoman FW 13.14 editorial This piece showcases the unbelievable process and results through a Scottish knitting and weaving factory on p.158. Stella is such a perfect choice for this editorial because there is a stunning androgyny about her that makes it easy to see these fabrics beautifully on both a man or a woman. Plus, she is ultra-interesting to look at. She is captured both femininely and rather aristocratically standing straight up in a menswear type suit. Conversely, when she is posing on the ladder with a split-skirt diamond-wool suit, she takes on a more womanly and seductive look. Beautiful photography, incredibly talented model, history of these sumptuous fabrics and the setting make it oh so chic; oh, and I will always love black and white photography. Cheers!
|One of my sets on Clothia - Moody Blues|
I love their tag line too: Clothia, a community of like-minded fashionistas. Immediately I felt taken in,
swooning over more of my favorite things. I love that you can heart a single item or some one's whole set and then Clothia neatly arranges your own closet.
I will say it feels a little younger, meaning I'm pretty sure I'm not the sweet spot of their demo, but it's fun just the same. My first tip off were the number of photos with teens with French braids or fish tails, lots of hearts to Harry Stiles and some very short, shorts! But hey, I remember those very things I loved when I was in fact that younger age! And these days, I need simple indulgences; some of these apps are so confusing and overworked. I want to get in and out in the best way!
|Clothia for iPad|
Great work by Southerncharmgirls!
also on Tumblr http://clothia.tumblr.com
Pinterest board by Clothia: http://www.pinterest.com/
www.clothia.com where you'll find links to their other social outlets as well as their blog.
From Design Speaks (left), showcasing product and lead development 11/11. Acted as product lead and CCO for fashion start up, Clothia. A multi-faceted fashion experience targeted towards young women (currently in its beta phase). Responsibilities included Interaction Design, Branding, Interface Design, Content Development and Social Media management. // clothia.com
Great article from Ad Age Digital featuring Clothia with Russion-born founder Elena Silenok, http://adage.com/article/digital/clothia-lets-users-closets-online/235737/ Elena says she was inspired by the 90's movie Clueless and wondering "Cher Horowitz's digitized closet could be real in some parallel universe."
|Deidre Schoo for The New York Times|
|Elena Silenok, founder of Clothia|
Clothia also includes augmented-reality technology to allow users to virtually try on a piece of clothing, simulating the experience of posing in front of a mirror with a hanger draped in front of you. There's a selection from about 100 different brands including Prada, Topshop and ModCloth, and users can use gesture control to take pictures of themselves with their webcam.
Have you heard of Clothia? Thoughts and how do you like it verses a Polyvore?
Friday, September 20, 2013
Pantone even features a brighter pink called "Vivacious" as shown on Tadashi Shoji's illustration as part of the Fall 2013 colors.
So I've pulled a sampling of some beautiful pink hues that deserve every bit of wear throughout the Autumn and into Winter months.
|J. Crew Merino Jacket|
|J. Crew Collection Cashmere|
Thank you shoerazzi for a sampling of sumptuous pink shoes (left). These were pulled from September of 2012, but beauteous just the same!
I found a quirky and elegant bag all the same and guess what, in a
And how about this Kenzo short boiled wool jacket, adore! This is unbelievably cute and chic all in one breath. This little jacket is the perfect pink and so cozy soft. It reminds me of the little pink poodle stuffed toys we had as girls. And this jacket is super girly.
|3.1 Phillip Lim|
And if you didn't think it could get pinker, Escada Fall 2013 kicked up a pastel pink suit (below), head to toe! I love this so much. It really challenges traditional color and styling for Fall.
When it comes to formal wear, there are so many options. Sometimes you want just that one piece that is going to take it from 50 to 100! And this Fall 2013 RTW skirt by Jenny Packam (left) is just that one. Pink of course, but the fit and satin sheen are just stunning. I love how it is paired with a more casual sweater, hair loosely done. The skirt is clearly the main event here and is one that would stay in a collection for many years to come.
This Nina Ricci coat (below) is from the 2012 Fall runway, but I am showing it one, for the pink and I just love the texture of this coat. Sometimes a single pastel color can carry off beautiful texture compared to a jewel tone which might swallow it up. This coat is scrumptious!
|Marc Jacobs Fall 2013|
|Nina Ricci Fall 2012|
|Carven Fall 2013|
|Dior Fall 2013|
Dries Van Noten not only explored with hot pink against black, but also experimented with textures including dyed feathers against tunic like dressing top to bottom. The jury is out on this one - I am feeling like there are too many things going on here. The hot pink jersey and black jacket would have suited her just fine.
|Dries Van Noten Fall 2013|
The pink in all these noted collections worked in either quietly or loud, but definitely pink! Pink is that ultra-feminine color that just feels good to put on every now and then. And it doesn't have to be demure. Escada's pink suit really challenged that in style.
How do you feel about pink, particularly in Fall or Winter? I will always love a little be it in a suit or beautiful bag. It's one of those colors that makes me glad I am a woman! :)
Let me know your thoughts.