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Monday Muse: Jane Austen Inspires L.A.’s Wildfox Couture

Jane Austen

There are brands that are Fashion Week standbys (think Calvin, Ralph, Michael and Marc), and there are others that show in New York away from the pomp and circumstance of the tents at Lincoln Center and even the new venue Spring Studios. A lot of labels, including established brands, choose to have their presentations in off-site spaces just to get away from the crowds and the preconceptions. Before New York Fashion Week officially started, L.A.’s Wildfox Couture decided to stage their presentation off calendar. Starlets, NY’s pretty young things and more braved the polar vortex to attend, and what they saw wasn’t your average fashion show. Instead, the laid-back L.A. brand that’s favored by stars such as Selena Gomez and singers like Taylor Swift showed a collection inspired by the sweet rebellion and romance of Jane Austen and her iconic literary heroines. The result? An irresistible collection that’s sure to have the Hollywood set brushing up on their Austen.

Wildfox Couture Fall 2014

Previously, Wildfox Couture collections have taken inspiration from Charlie’s Angels (if they went on a trip together to Miami) and the Roaring ’20s, all done up loose, relaxed knits and clothes that work just as well on the boardwalk in Venice Beach as they do in hip New York City bars.

The Fall 2014 collection, dubbed Sense and Eccentricity, mashed up the worlds of grunge and Austen, giving the show’s attendees a slew of items to lust for when the collection hits stores in a few short months.

Wildfox Couture Fall 2014

Drawing from the English countryside, there were faded Liberty florals and washed out shades of pale pink, military olive and off-whites on the brand’s signature slouchy sweatshirts (a perfect companion for plane travel, as many an LAX-bound paparazzi victim can attest), this time embellished with Union Jack motifs and tassels. Those signature knits were paired with everything from high-waisted shorts that are sure to make the rounds at Coachella to long flowing maxis that are more appropriate for mall trips than moor hikes.

Designer Kimberly Gordon also styled the girl’s ’90s boots — reminiscent of the Doc Martens that ruled the malls and school halls during the heyday of Cher Horowitz and Angela Chase — paired with scrunched socks. The Austen touch came in accents such as baby’s breath woven into romantic curls or peeping out from bootlaces, but what struck us as the most Austen element had to be the quiet rebellion of the entire collection (and the ethos of the Wildfox brand). These clothes aren’t precious or pushing the boundaries, but there’s something in the collection that every girl can relate to, just like Austen’s oeuvre.

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Monday Muse: Catherine the Great Inspires Temperley London Pre-Fall

Catherine the Great

Seven years ago, designer Alice Temperley showed her collection in Catherine the Great’s palace in St. Petersberg. Seven years is a long time (especially in the fast-paced world of fashion), but it took that long for Temperley’s ideas to fully coalesce into a full-blown collection.

Her showing for Pre-Fall 2014 took inspiration from the the Empress herself and the palace that she called home, and unlike other designer’s jaunts to Mother Russia, this was no fantasia of Faberg© or romantic expatriate Romanoff collection. Instead, Temperley decided to do what she does best: show super-feminine frocks and after-dark gowns that are worthy of royalty. Surely the Duchess Kate will find many new things to add to her collection and for the rest of us, it’s a chance to suspend reality for just a night and have a princess moment of your own.

One of Catherine’s dresses

Catherine the Great ruled during what would be Russia’s Golden Age. Under her watch, the country became one of Europe’s greatest superpowers, excelling in everything from art and architecture and becoming a more modern country thanks to Catherine’s establishment of new towns and cities — and establishing the elaborate, gilt Russian look that we know today — as well as higher learning establishments for women, bringing the ideas of French philosophers to Russia, amassing a huge collection of art and more.

Catherine was also known for her love of elaborate gowns. During an exhibition of her wardrobe, visitors saw just how much she loved rich brocades, ermine trims and how she mirrored Russian embellishment and architectural details into the trims and finishes of her gowns.

While opulence is a trademark of royalty no matter what country you’re referencing, the Russian nobles — including Catherine — were known for using complicated iron works, stained glass and more in the construction of their palaces.

Temperley London Pre-Fall 2014

Temperley London Pre-Fall 2014

It was those details that Alice Temperley used as a starting point for her Pre-Fall collection. In those seven years since she showed in Catherine’s palace, she honed her girly, bohemian trademarks and tempered her ultra-feminine signatures. Her latest collection included plenty of evening wear — the brand’s bread and butter and what her loyal clientele, Kate Middleton included, love her for — but she had plenty of day wear on show as well.

The stained glass of the palace showed up in rich brocade coats and separates and the intricate ironwork that marks Russian architecture was interpreted as delicate lace tiers or embellishment on illusion lace. It might be due to the designer’s new fabric suppliers, the new CEO in charge of her brand or the team of Italian artisans that she now has at her disposal, but there was definitely a new look for the usually predictable label. Alice wasn’t in Wonderland or in Bohemia this time around, instead, she was grounded in reality more than royalty. You could see it in the sleek, simple lines of bias-cut dresses and column gowns that will no doubt find their way onto red carpets when savvy stylists snatch them up. The opulence of evening wasn’t all gone, either, thanks to detailed embroidery and maribou trim, there was plenty for the maximalists out there, too.

 

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Take a Beach Day with the Best Straw Accessories

Nothing say heat wave like a few key straw pieces. So if you’re feeling a little deficient in vitamin D or you’ve got a few extra mental health days, we think it’s a great time to play hooky and head to the water. And while you’re at it, why not grab the season’s best straw accessories? Be like Bardot at the beach with our favorite totes, hats and espadrilles that’ll get you in the mood for sun, surf and sand. Don’t believe us? Just seeing these summertime staples brought a smile to our face — it’s an instant pick-me-up, believe us.

Clockwise from top left: J.Crew Straw Clutch ($78), TOMS Islander Straw Tote ($89), Kate Spade New York Straw Sun Hat ($98), Sole Society Anne Wedge ($69.95), Tory Burch Mosaic Straw Tote ($295), Tory Burch Espadrilles ($150), J.

Crew Stripe Tote ($59.50), Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Straw Maise ($248)

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Save Steal Splurge: the Front Back Earring

Earring back don’t get a lot of attention €” until you lose one, that is. But since the Dior Tribal earring, there’s been a newfound fascination with the back of a stud, not just the front. We’ve found a slew of jewels that bring a little bling behind your lobes, from pave talons to more delicate danglers. Perfect for dressing up those messy buns and utilitarian ponies, these earrings dress up even the most basic go-to jeans and tee outfits and are the perfect finishing touch for your LBDs and work wear alike.

Delicate, feminine and just a little flashy, they’re one piece you’ll never want to take off.

Save: Aqua Jayda Pave Front Back Earrings ($28)

Steal: Gorjana Mave Double Drop Earrings ($48)

Splurge: Elizabeth and James Kiki Stud Front Back Earrings ($110)

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New Classics Get the Rose Gold Midas Touch

Michael Kors rose gold accessories

You’ve heard it before: don’t be afraid to mix metals — and we can’t agree more. But while everyone seems to pile on the gold and silver, this season, we’re in love with a more romantic take on hardware: rose gold. We’ve spotted the soft, romantic shade everywhere from shoes and bags to beauty and more, because it’s not just us that’s in love, designers everywhere are loving it, too. Don’t worry about clashing, rose gold plays nice with any of the traditional yellow gold or silver you’re already wearing. If you’re looking to add a dash of this daring shade to your wardrobe, we’ve picked out our favorites to outfit you and your home this season.

Urban Decay Naked3

We’re sure that you’ve familiar with Urban Decay’s blockbuster Naked and Naked2 palettes, so we the brand’s Naked3 Palette ($52) probably doesn’t need an introduction. But, for the sake of context, we’ll just let you know that the initial shipment sold out almost immediately, and thanks to some fancy math, New York Magazine reported that one was sold every second after the release. Thankfully for beauty fanatics, the palette is back in stock. The Naked3 palette is filled with a dozen rose-hued neutrals and includes both matte and shimmering shades that all share Urban Decay’s signature blendability and pigmentation. Use it for everyday neutral looks or pile on the smoke for more dramatic eye looks. Day to night? Consider this one palette that’ll work 24/7, 365 days a year.

Available at Sephora.

Michael Kors Rose Golden Stainless Steel Bradshaw Chronograph Watch

If you’ve been saving up for a Michael Kors watch, then we’ve found one that will stand out from the rest, but doesn’t veer too far from the classic shapes that Kors is known for. The Rose Golden Stainless Steel Bradshaw Chronograph Watch ($250) takes the classic borrowed-from-my-boyfriend look that Kors has become known for but adds a beautiful contrast black face that adds a dash of high style to a classic piece. It’s bold enough to wear alone, but in true Kors style, we’d wear it stacked up with bangles, bracelets and more — a watch needs a friend, after all. Let everyone else wear basic stainless steel, you deserve to stand out from the rest.

Available at Michael Kors.

Kate Spade New York Licorice Too

Basic black? Look in your closet and you’ll probably find that you’re pretty well stocked in that department.

Add a bit of rose gold’s warm glow to any outfit (LBD, jeans and a tee, etc.) with the Kate Spade New York Licorice Too Pump ($328). The shoe’s classic shape means it’ll go with everything, whether you’re more of about American classics or your wardrobe leans more towards European flash. The not-too-tall, not-too-short height hits the perfect sweet spot so you can dance the night away without worrying about sore feet the morning after.

Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. shoulder bag

Continuing with our classics with a twist theme, we couldn’t resist adding a modern classic to the mix. The Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. has become a staple for girls on the go thanks to a convertible chain strap and a tough-meets- soft shape. You’ve seen this sweet bag swinging from the arms of It girls and fashion bloggers with gold or silver hardware, but Ms. Minkoff has released her most popular style with rose gold just in time for the holidays. The Mini M.A.C. ($195) is sure to sell out this season, so if you’re looking to set yourself apart in a sea of gold and silver, act fast. It’s still got Minkoff’s signature soft leather and easy, swingy size, and inside, you’ll find the same organizational pockets that made this a must-have for models off-duty.

West Elm Iridescent Glass Hurricanes – Rose Gold

Glow on with your bad self! We love the warm, inviting feel of candles, but make it even more chic with the addition of the West Elm Iridescent Glass Hurricanes in Rose Gold ($14.99€“29.99). Each hurricane is made with a unique iridescent finish, casting a warm, rosy glow with the flicker of each candle you put inside. Available in three sizes, they’re the perfect thing to add to an entryway or side table and trust us, they’ll go with your holiday decorations and your everyday home goods alike. That’s what we call a great interior investment.

Available at West Elm.

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Activewear Gets Olympic-Size Boost From Athletes and Models

Olympic fever helped to heat up this summer’s fashion frenzy, and saw plenty of athletes getting in on the fashion game, too. Serena Willaims, Hope Solo and Ryan Lochte were all featured on July’s Vogue and every mag from Elle to Harper’s Bazaar featured Olympians in fashion and beauty spreads. Activewear, once dominated by Nike and Adidas, is now being challenged by the likes of Lululemon and Athleta. And athletes are putting their name on their own lines of apparel and teaming up with big names, instead of simply being the brand face.

Heidi Klum HKNB at Amazon

Heidi Klum, a mother, model, mogul and designer (she’s got a line of jewelry on home shopping megachannel QVC) has expanded her offerings to include a special collection in conjunction with fitness brand New Balance. Available exclusively on Amazon.com, the collection got plenty of screen time during an episode of Project Runway (Klum hosts the show, in case you needed a reminder of TV’s synergistic tendencies.)

The HKNB line offers activewear as well as clothes Klum says women can wear from coffee shops to school pickups and meetings for work. With maxi dresses, cargo pants, faux-leather pieces and puffer jackets, it’s more of a mishmash of workout gear and throw-it-on-and-go staples. The line has been so successful that it prompted Klum to add HK Heidi Klum, a line of non-athletic shoes to the mix. Pumps and puffer jackets — what more could you need?

HKNB and HK Heidi Klum is available at Amazon.com

Tsuya by Kristi Yamaguchi

This year’s Fashion’s Night Out is sure to be full of surprises (doggie fashion shows, impromptu karaoke — it’s all been done), but one of the biggest launches will be the debut of Tsuya, the new line of activewear from Olympic gold-medalist Kristi Yamaguchi.

Lord & Taylor will launch Tsuya (Yamaguchi’s middle name and Japanese for “smooth”), which Yamaguchi’s designed for busy moms that still want to avoid falling into frump.

Yoga pants, camis, capris and jackets will all be included and feature extras such as ruching, mini crystals and more. While she admits her designs are influenced by Stella for Adidas, she’s taking a page from TOMS and donating a portion of the proceeds to her Always Dream Foundation, a childhood literacy charity.

Venus Williams in EleVen

While Heidi and Kristi might be designing for off-the-court activities, Venus Williams is launching EleVen by Venus Williams, a tennis-wear collection that she says will blend function with fashion.

Williams has a degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, so it’s no surprise that she designs every piece. She’s not just putting her name on the clothes, she’s doing everything from designing the prints on each piece to testing the designs on herself and her sister. The line also includes men’s tennis gear. Williams is already in talks to expand the collection to include activewear and other lifestyle necessities. Known for her experimentation on the court (lace, fringe, etc.) she says she’s done with that — EleVen is all about classic shapes such as skirts, capris, shorts and more.

We don’t really believe that she’s over her over-the-top tennis outfits, but we’re looking forward to seeing what she serves up with her new line.

Available at www.elevenbyvenus.com

Photos courtesy EleVen, WWD and Amazon.com