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L.A.’s Sundry Teams with J. Crew for a Surf-Inspired Capsule Collection

Looks from Sundry’s spring 2014 collection

Sundry for J. Crew

In addition to taking inspiration from California’s sunny shores (and our laid-back style) with their new Point Sur denim line, J. Crew’s teamed up with LA.-based Sundry for a surf-ready capsule collection that’s full of summer essentials.

The one-year-old label (which you can currently find at Beckley) has gained cult status here in Los Angeles, gaining a celeb following thanks to soft-as-air tees and throw-over-anything hoodies that are light and beg to be layered, but we’re sure that this partnership will give Sundry the exposure it need to be on the top of everyone’s summer shopping list from coast to coast.

Sundry for J.

Crew

The six-piece collection hits select J. Crew stores on May 19 (and will be available online May 21) and brings together J. Crew’s prep roots with Sundry’s more relaxed vibe in a selection of graphic tees, sweats and shorts. The tee shirts, which range from boxy muscle tees emblazoned with a palm graphic to bold basics printed with sunny destinations. St. Barth’s and Montauk? We told you there was prep in this collection.

Palm trees make another appearance on the collection’s bottoms, which include sweatshorts and sweatpants that are perfect to throw on after a morning surf session. Plus, they’re reminiscent of the whimsical, embroidered critter pants that make an appearance every summer on preppy guys and girls alike. The collection begins at $68 for a graphic tee and $106 for the apr¨s-surf sweatpants.

Shop the Sundry for J. Crew collection at www.jcrew.com.

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Sarah Jessica Parker to Launch SJP Shoe Line at Nordstrom

Sarah Jessica Parker

This isn’t Parker’s first foray into the world of fashion. Previously, SJP was at the helm of Halston Heritage, but that gig, no matter how short-lived, only whet her appetite for a more solid position in the world of fashion. Her namesake label however, was done on her terms. SJP’s shoes are manufactured in Italy and like Parker’s own closet, offers classic shapes — including a style inspired by the holy grail Manolo Blahnik Mary Jane that she spied in the Vogue closet — and more statement-making offerings.

“I’m allergic to the idea that certain shoes are for certain occasions,” adds Parker. “It’s too limiting. And as Pat Field taught me, toss out any rules. I sure did.”

Glamour‘s February issue

The shoes made their debut when Glamour magazine dedicated an entire spread to the line (Lucky and Harpers had previously given a sneak peek of just one style each), showing off a pair of flats, the aforementioned Mary Janes and a fashion-forward mashup of Timberland boot and peep-toe heel reminiscent of Beyonc©’s shoe of choice when she first went solo.

There are classic pumps on offer, too, so we’re sure that everyone will find something that they’ll definitely want to add to their collections. Each shoe’s named after a leading lady, adding some Hollywood cach© to the already glamorous lineup.

In addition to shoes, the SJP line will include accessories, though Parker’s remained tight-lipped on just what the scope of SJP will include. A few of Carrie Bradshaw’s outfits revolved entirely around a specific shoe, so we can only imagine what Parker’s got planned now that she’s built a solid foundation with footwear. An entire lifestyle brand? We wouldn’t dismiss the idea — in fact, we’re just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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Monday Muse: Vintage Treasures Inspire Pam & Gela Fall 2015

Pam & Gela Fall 2015

Say what you want about Pam & Gela. They don’t push the fashion envelope forward? They’re too commercial? They’ll laugh it all off, leaving a wake of rhinestones and fringe in their wedge-soled footsteps. Why? Because the clothes they make are selling, and girls €” celebs and real shoppers alike €” are all buying into the world of L.A. bohemia that the brand stands for. This season, the contemporary line has tapping into the thrill of the hunt.

Part of living in Los Angeles is scouring the Rose Bowl Flea Market and vintage shops for chubby furs, fringed vests and suede everything, but there’s something to be said about just heading to Saks or Bloomingdale’s and finding it all there on gleaming, pristine racks. P&G have done just that, offering up the pieces that girls are searching for high and low, all in a collection that will have L.A. babes and vintage mavens worldwide swiping their credit cards.

Pam & Gela Fall 2015

Last season, everyone’s attention was set squarely on the terry “jeans” that the designing duo created, and they were back, but this time, they were joined with faux furs, bohemian-tinged tunics and plenty of leather pieces.

It’s the type of thing girls hope for with every trip to the Goodwill or the Salvation Army. But instead of coming up with mothball scented disappointment, Pam & Gela have created those pieces with the perfect modern cuts and easy-to-wear fabrics. Knits were loose and cozy, leather pants were second-skin and there was fringe on just about everything. Festival fashion is being thrown around more often than ever, but in the world of Pam & Gela, every day is chance to live out the desert chic, boho babe fantasies that seem so far away during a trudge through the 9 to 5.

For more information, visit www.pamandgela.com.

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Cheap Thrills: Christopher Luu’s Animal-Friendly Taxidermy

Cardboard Safari Tex Longhorn Bust

Whatever your thoughts on PETA, you can’t argue that most guys love to have a few masculine touches in their environs. Barbie fashion sketches? They’re probably not the best choice for a man cave, but that doesn’t mean that neon beer lights and old Nagel posters are the way to go. For a masculine touch that doesn’t involve getting a live animal in your crosshairs, try the Cardboard Safari Tex Longhorn Bust ($55), an animal friendly take on taxidermy that any guy would be proud to hang in his abode.

“I have a few of these, which might seem crazy, but they look great all grouped together,” says Christopher Luu, Fashion Trends Daily’s Menswear Editor.

“This all-American longhorn is next on my list. Maybe it’s because the fair is in town, but I’m all bout bringing some livestock indoors.”

Cardboard Safari made a name for itself by rendering taxidermy rhinos and big game animals in cardboard, but the line has since expanded to include an entire menagerie of animals and even a few furniture pieces. We love the classic brown cardboard, but if you’re a little more carefree and colorful in your decor, try the printed busts and more.

Available at Modcloth.

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This Season’s Best Collar Necklaces for Under $60

Double your pleasure, double your collar. No matter which city we’re in (or which street style slideshows we’re flipping through), we’re seeing collar necklaces on girls whether they’re wearing a shirt with an actual collar or they’re looking to adorn their bare d©colletage. While we love the high-fashion versions from Chanel and Dior, we don’t think it’s a great idea to drop your entire paycheck — or gross annual income — on something that’s as trendy as a Peter Pan collar necklace. Instead, we scoured our favorite online spots to find great picks that’ll give you the designer look without taking the shirt right off your back. We’ll be the first to admit that some of these necklaces are so pretty you might want to step out sans top just to show off your new collar, but resist the urge to bare it all for your bling.

Urban Outfitters Blair collar necklace

Dolce & Gabbana

Trend: Brocade

As seen at: Dolce & Gabbana and Oscar de la Renta

Our pick: Blair Collar Necklace ($29), available at Urban Outfitters

A big trend we saw on the runways was opulence. Dresses came down the runway embroidered and beaded so intricately that we feared for the seamstress’ vision and finger dexterity. Get the look of intense intricacy with mixed metallics all in one piece with this standout collar necklace. It’s sweet, rounded Peter Pan shape will go with anything from simple tank tops and tees — nothing is more chic than throwing on a huge statement-making necklace over a super-simple outfit a la Jennifer Aniston — to white collared shirts and office-appropriate staples.

Hive & Honey hinged collar necklace

Balenciaga

Trend: Futurism

As seen at: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Thierry Mugler

Our pick: Hive & Honey Hinged Collar Necklace ($30), available at Piperlime

Not all collar necklaces are about sweet sparkle. We love the sleek Bladerunner vibe of this gilt option from one of Piperlime’s in-house brands. We’d love to see it peeking out from under a white collared shirt or standing on its own with a dress or a Fall-ready knit. It’s simple, striking look will set you apart from the usual selection of blinged-out baubles you’ll find elsewhere.

ASOS Multi Chain Rounded Collar Necklace

Vera Wang

Trend: Feminine and dainty

As seen at: Badgley Mischka, Vera Wang, Behnaz Serafpour

Our pick: ASOS Multi-Chain Rounded Collar Necklace ($21.11), available at ASOS

If you’re more about femininity than futurism, there are plenty of options for that, too.

For simplicity and all around girliness, there’s no reason to spend a lot when you can get the look from ASOS (one of our favorite places to snag trendy items without one bit of buyer’s remorse). Their layered chain necklace glimmers and sparkles with your every move, so we suggest paring down on your other accessories and letting this collar take the spotlight. It’s also got an adjustable chain in the back so you can wear it as high up or low as you want, making it one of the most versatile necklaces of the bunch.

Anthropologie Sparked Agate Bib Necklace

Versace

Trend: Mixed media

As seen at: Rachel Zoe, Chanel, Gucci, Versace

Our pick: the Sparkle Agate Bib Necklace ($58), available at Anthropologie

Mixing metals? It’s easy when a piece has gold, silver and an array of multi-hued bobs and beads on it. We love the luxe bohemian look of this Anthropologie piece, which would go perfectly with any of the pieces from the Versace runway or one of Rachel Zoe’s ’70s-inspired pantsuits. The green agate lends it a luxe air, meaning it’ll go great with your casual outfits and after-hours cocktail frocks without skipping a beat. It’s a true fashion multi-tasker that makes a huge statement with minimal effort.

Urban Outfitters leather collar necklace

Rag & Bone

Trend: Leather

As seen at: Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang

Our pick: Leather Collar Necklace ($28), available at Urban Outfitters

If you’re more into leather than the lacier options we’ve chosen, this tough-meets-sweet pick from Urban Outfitters blends the biker staple with a more feminine scalloped shape. The black, inky necklace is a sharp shift from the more traditional jewelry looks of our other picks, which means it’ll turn heads no matter what you pair it with. And if you don’t want to invest in one of the season’s biggest trends, combine two of the most prominent — leather and the collar necklace — in this one affordable piece.

Photos courtesy Style.com, ASOS, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Piperlime