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Fit to Print: Graphic Frocks For Fashion Budgets of All Sizes

Leighton Meester, Jessica Szhor and Amanda Seyfried

Eye-catching prints are the calling card of some of the fashion world’s most notable design houses. Think Pucci, DvF, Missoni and many others. But now more than ever, somber winter wardrobes are calling for a more lively makeover. We’ve spotted celebs wearing head-to-toe prints, and the Spring 2013 runways showcased an almost dizzying amount of in-your-face print. Make sure you’ve got your wallet handy, because we’ve got a handful of must-have dresses that aren’t just fit to print, they’re guaranteed to be the center of attention. And we’ve got them in two varieties: Wallet-busting and budget friendly. Read on!

Christopher Kane Printed silk crepe de chine dress

Mellow Yellow

If you want to dip your toe into the trend or just try it on for size, the tea-length Christopher Kane Printed silk crepe de chine dress ($1,742) might just be the perfect fit. The loud print is sliced, diced and pieced back together for an origami-meets-decoupage effect that’s at once office appropriate and fashion forward. Throw on a tailored jacket and you can walk right into the boardroom. Shrug off your blazer and you’ll be bouncing from galleries to hotspots without a hitch.

Emma Cook Chiffon tunic dress in yellow majorette

Available at Net-a-porter.

Budget buy: The Emma Cook Chiffon tunic dress in yellow majorette, available at ASOS, mixes stripes, baroque flourishes and the same florescent colors as Kane’s creation. We’d recommend adding a belt.

Preen Wyatt printed silk crepe de chine maxi dress

Flower Power

Designers such as Preen and Mary Katrantzou have been putting prints on their wares since their brands’ beginnings, but in a season where everyone is cashing in on their niche, they’ve got to stand out in a crowd, even if it’s a kaleidoscopic one. Preen’s Wyatt dress ($1,300) is printed with a combo of bright blue hydrangea and bold stripes on the front and a features a surprising back that’s solid black. Coming or going, the floor-length gown makes a statement by combining a formal length with a not-so-formal T-shirt silhouette.

ASOS Midi Dress In Floral Print With Buttoned Waist

Available at Net-a-porter.

Budget buy: ASOS is known for off-the-runway looks at lower prices, so leave it to their in-house ASOS label to get in on the bold floral trend, too. Snag the ASOS Collection Midi dress ($71.91) and you’ll be big, bold and blooming with the best of them.

McQ Alexander McQueen Butterfly Camouflage printed cotton-blend twill dress

Camo Couture

The butterfly motif isn’t exclusive to certain American Idol judging divas, it’s also a house signature for Alexander McQueen. Few can forget the late designer’s amazing monarch butterfly headpieces, but the butterfly lives on in the McQ Alexander McQueen Butterfly camouflage print cotton-blend twill dress ($1,475).

The more subdued hues of traditional camouflage get a make love, not war makeover with the McQ dress, which features a ruffled bustle, full skirt and allover butterfly print. A year-round wonder, this dress will take you from spring garden parties to fall’s fashion presentations while still garnering the attention of flashbulbs and fashion onlookers.

Ruby Rocks Tiger Print Dress

Available at Net-a-porter.

Bargain buy: While it might not be the exact print, the Ruby Rocks Tiger Print Dress ($27.13) features a similar bustle detail and earth tone hues as the McQ dress. Whether you see a faux bois motif or a tiger print, as ASOS suggests, it’s all up to you.

Peter Pilotto Che V printed stretch-silk twill dress

Color Chameleon

Go for broke with the Peter Pilotto Che V printed stretch-silk twill dress ($1,742), which throws together just about every color of the rainbow in a Native American sarape-meets-Missoni mashup that will take center stage no matter where you wear it. The dress might be small on size but it’s big on style from every single angle with its wraparound pattern and bright, brash colors. The print is anything but ethnic — look a little closer and you’ll see that while it looks Old World, it’s a completely perfect pixelated print that’s been drawn with computer precision. We say go simple with accessories when you wear this out, but with a dress this eye-catching, just about everything else is simple in comparison.

River Island Aztec Dress

Available at Net-a-porter.

Bargain buy: River Island is the UK’s go-to for fast fashion for rock-bottom prices, so get the look of Pilotto’s new native with the label’s Aztec Dress ($42.39), which combines the same banded patterns in a more toned-down blend of burgundies, browns and greys. It’s even got the same easy sleeved silhouette.

Herv© L©ger Cutout stretch-knit dress

Deco Diva

It’s rare to find an Herv© Leg©r dress that’s not form-fitting, but to make up for the lack of overt curve-hugging sex appeal in the Cutout stretch-knit dress ($2,490), Max Azria added a one-two punch of bright color and figure-flattering print. We feel a little Art Deco influence, though it came from a collection that was all about futurism. (In the future, Azria hopes women are all bombshells that wear bandage dresses to Whole Foods.) But, we presume this party dress will see more dance floors than deli counters.

French Connection Wild Fire Print Dress

Available at Net-a-porter.

Budget buy: For the same black, white and pink effect without the splurge (and the Spanx), grab for the French Connection Wild Fire Print Dress ($111.90), which bares your arms and your style skills. The loud, allover print is more animal than Art Deco, but the fit-and-flare silhouette and flirty colors that the two frocks share are one in the same.

Photos courtesy ASOS and Net-a-Porter.

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Light Up the Holidays With Smoking Flats Under $100

Miu Miu slipper

Guys have it good. No matter what the occasion — work, play, black tie, etc. — they’re walking around without a problem in their flat shoes and never end up with their shoes in hand when the morning after comes around or when the dance floor gets a little too raucous. Take a cue from their wardrobe and slide into the a smoking slipper. Once reserved for mens’ after-dark activities (like actual smoking and drinking with their buddies), the shoes have come out to play in the daylight now that gals have adopted them thanks to their combination of comfort and style. But while you can blow your entire budget on a single pair from a big name such as Miu Miu, Del Toro or Jimmy Choo, you might want to keep your holiday shopping budget on gifts for others and not yourself. We’ve collected our favorite flats together so you can save a few dollars without sacrificing your style quotient — every single pair rings in at under $100.

Adam Tucker Me Too Studded Slip-On

Punk Rock Princess

Just because you’re playing with a menswear staple doesn’t mean you have to play by their rules. Guys generally keep their smoking slippers in the realm of black, blue and burgundy for the most adventurous, but girls get a little more room for fun. The Adam Tucker Me Too Studded Slip-On ($99.95) takes the familiar silhouette and throws in a dash of glam rock thanks to an allover studded treatment. Wear them with your favorite skinny jeans and a blouse or pair it with any of your party frocks for an unexpected take on black tie dressing.

Circus by Sam Edelman Nell

Dark and Dangerous

If you’re looking for something a little more sinister, then opt for the Circus by Sam Edelman Nell ($67.99). At first glance, it looks just like a basic black smoking slipper, but look a little closer and you’ll notice that it’s got a faux caviar leather finish and a pair of dagger-like spikes in lieu of traditional tassels.

Something wicked this way comes, indeed.

Available at Zappos.

Ivanka Trump Kenni Smoking Flat

As Good as Gold

The traditional men’s smoking slipper is made in velvet and it’s made a comeback on the red carpet thanks to a few adventurous celebs (RDJ, for one). If you’re not often snapped at premieres and openings, you can add a dash formality with the ornate brocade pattern on the Ivanka Trump Kenni Smoking Flat ($89.90). If you think the only thing to pair with a cocktail dress is a pair of strappy high-heeled sandals, then think again. This pair of ¼ber-luxe looking smoking flats might just make you change your tune.

Annie Black Velvet Sherry

Black and Gold

We won’t say what designer inspired this pair of flats, but those in the know will definitely see the resemblance to a certain pair of quadruple-digit designer kicks. The Annie Black Velvet Sherry ($59.95) adds a bit more glam with a gold-accented heel and throws on an extra large golden web embroidery. While these flats are certainly terrific and radiant (wink, wink) we wouldn’t wear them to any state fairs. Any other occasion, however, is fair game.

Available at Zappos.

Nine West Lavalu

Camo Chameleon

The smoking slipper isn’t the only menswear trend that we’re loving. Camo is also a trend that’s here to stay for the guys and the Nine West Lavalu ($89) takes two current trends and blends them into one of the season’s most covetable pieces. Luxe ponyhair makes this shoe look much more expensive than it is, but if you’re not into grooming your shoes, it’s also available in smooth patent leather, embroidered brocade and even leopard. Collect ’em all? We won’t stop you.

Available at Nine West.

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Monday Muse: Rebecca Minkoff Salutes Military Style

Rebecca Minkoff Pre-Fall 2015

Rebecca Minkoff has taken a few flights of fantasy, but for Pre-Fall 2015, the designer is firmly planted. Maybe it’s because the Cali-born designer has been knee-high-gladiator-boot-deep in expanding her retail presence and including a hefty dose of tech in those new stores, but she’s traded in her Mexican sojourns for a olive green-hued collection that played on the staples of the military and a few tomboy basics that’ll have her legion of loyal fans happily returning to her new stores.

As a brand that’s most well-known for bags — wildly popular ones, at that — Minkoff’s ready-to-wear has always had to share the spotlight with leather goods. But as she’s expanded her line, Minkoff’s been giving more and more attention to the entire breadth of her offerings, and the cool tailoring and very now Downtown vibe that pervades the new collection is something even uptown preps will want to take note of. And while there might not be anything revolutionary, pushing the fashion lexicon forward was never Minkoff’s MO — instead, she’s offering up an almost entirely olive collection that’s anything but drab.

Rebecca Minkoff Pre-Fall 2015

Instead of tried-and-true silhouettes, Minkoff’s play with proportion paired wide, cropped sailor pants with a crop top and fringed pieces with mini skirts.

Things that seemed ordinary, such as trench, had the addition of zippers that made them convertible or, in the case of a YSL-inspired Saharienne dress and a leather skirt, lacing so you can show as much skin as you please. Bomber jackets and a few simple tops got the studded treatment, with embellished collars and seams, so that even the most mundane military staples got a dose of feminine fun.

And the bags? Minkoff will always have her MABs, Mini Macs and 3-zip swingy crossbodies on store shelves, but for Pre-Fall, she introduced new shapes, including a sleek bucket bag that has “street style blogge” and “sold out” written all over it in addition to a few lean and clean pieces with a touch of trompe l’oeil to keep things from getting too serious. So while the spotlight might always shine a little bit brighter on the accessories, it looks like Minkoff’s downtown girl has a closet full of great pieces she’ll trot out when the weather warms up.

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Anthropologie Teams Up with BaubleBar for Monthly Collections

BaubleBar x Anthropologie

Three years ago, BaubleBar changed the bling game when it decided to offer women a new way (and place) to snag the perfect accessories. Online-only, it became the go-to place for girls to get dolled up, offering statement necklaces when the trend was at its apex and then continuing to ride the wave of swingy chandelier earrings, wrist-to-elbow arm parties and handfuls of midi-rings today. They’ve even collaborated with big names such as DKNY and Texas-based blogger Courtney Kerr and YouTube celeb MissGlamorazzi (these lucky girls are known as guest bartenders — cheeky, right?). BaubleBar even opened up an appointment-only brick-and-mortar shop in New York where you can preview — and try on — the brand’s entire line in person. But it’s about to get a lot easier to get your hands on BaubleBar’s bling, because the brand has partnered with Anthropologie for a special collaboration.

Available now, the BaubleBar x Anthropologie collection ups BaubleBar’s brick-and-mortar retail presence to about 170 Anthropologie locations nationwide.

BaubleBar’s in-house design team will be offering up a new collection for the store every month, but don’t think that it’s just standard BaubleBar fare that’ll be in stores. Instead, BaubleBar co-founder Amy Jain insists that BaubleBar x Anthropologie is a true collaboration, with both brands working together (BaubleBar’s jewelry designers and Anthro’s apparel design team) to create a cohesive collection that is perfectly in line with Anthro’s signature blend of polished bohemian quirk. The first collection includes colorful necklaces and crystal-embellished earrings along with a few bracelets in perfectly preppy pearls and tortoiseshell. Prices range from $28 to $86, and as the collection develops, we’re sure to see plenty more. Each collection is produced in limited numbers, and taking into consideration that there are 170 stores that will be carrying the collab, if something catches your eye, you better act quickly.

Shop the collection now at Anthropologie.

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Harry’s and Jimmy Chin Make Over Your Shave

Harry’s Jimmy Chin razors

It’s tough to get exciting about something as mundane as shaving, but guys have been getting a little more amped up for their grooming routine ever since Harry’s burst onto the scene in 2013 and gave guys something to look forward to in the morning. The brand’s colorful razors, sleek packaging and partnerships with stores such as J. Crew and beloved sites such as Uncrate made them an instant hit. But resting on its laurels isn’t something that Harry’s does, so when co-founder Jeff Raider went on a camping trip with adventurer Jimmy Chin a brand new collab was born to give guys an eye-catching update on their iconic razors.

Jimmy Chin for Harry’s

Jimmy Chin worked with Harry’s to create a brand new set of razor handles that echoes the bright colors of the climbing equipment that he uses on his treks and climbs (which include multiple trips to Everest, Meru, the Grand Tetons and other spots around the globe). 

And it’s those world-famous climbing spots that inspired the different colors on the razor handles.

Teton Green is named for Jimmy’s favorite spot to climb and ski — it also happens to be his favorite color in the entire collection — but there’s also Meru Blue, named for a 20,700 ft vertical wall of rock in the Himalayas. Chin and his team were the very first group to ever summit the peak back in 2011.

Exum Yellow is named for the ridge in the Grand Tetons where the campaign was shot (and the pictures are stunning to say the least) and finally, Summit Red is named for Mount Everest itself. In 2006, Chin and his friends Kit and Rob DesLauriers were the first group from America to ski down its slopes.

If you need a little adventure to perk you up in the morning or you just want to give your grooming routine a new look, these bright razors are one way to inject a little bit of adrenaline into even the most everyday activity.

To pick up your own set or to get more info, visit www.harrys.com.

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eBay Holiday Collective is Perfect for Fashionable Gifting

Not only is the holiday season coming up, retailers have also decided that the weeks post-Halloween are perfect for dropping their fashionable collaborations. H&M will be debuting its highly-anticipated (and head-scratching) collection with Maison Martin Margiela on November 15, Target and Neiman Marcus will have their huge collection in-stores on December 1, Gap and GQ have had their Best Menswear Designer in America collection for a few weeks now and Coach and Anna Sui have their boho hobos in store as you read this sentence. Add one more to the list: the eBay Holiday Collective, which includes designers Chris Benz, Billy Reid, Ruffian, Fallon, Tibi, Steven Alan and Jonathan Adler, will debut online on November 12, is full of fashionable gifts that you’ll actually want to give (or keep), and believe it or not, they all ring in at under $100.

Tibi eBay Holiday Collective collection

The problem with some designer collaborations is price point. In reality, you’re saving a huge chunk of money when you snag a Margeila x H&M puffer coat in lieu of the real deal ($400 vs. $1,500 at Bergdorf Goodman), but $400 is a far cry from the other coats you’ll see hanging at H&M. And in reality, a $400 coat isn’t something you’ll be gifting to your family. That’s why the eBay Holiday Collective eschews those high price points and capped their pricing at $100, which won’t even buy you the coveted Thom Browne tipped blazer at Target when it arrives in-store.

€œBy bringing together seven diverse, tremendously talented designers, we€™re able to meet the needs and wants of our eclectic, global community with a curated assortment of gifts this holiday season,€ said Jeff Somers, General Manager of Fashion at eBay. €œOur partners were chosen based on their genuine enthusiasm for eBay and because each brings originality and a distinct point of view, and embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of our marketplace.€

The seven designers each provided small capsule collections to form the 40 piece collective and their offerings range from small leather goods to tech accessories, home goods, jewelry and travel essentials. We love Tibi’s spin on the holiday sweater ($75), which features a penguin done up in a lace motif, as well as the brand’s on-trend leather tee ($95). Tibi’s lace motif features throughout their capsule collection, which also includes long-sleeved tees and sweatshirts in a grey and black colorway. While they aren’t the most festive colors to throw on during the holidays, you’ll appreciate the monochromatic staples long after your tree is dried out and you’ve kissed your sweetheart on New Year’s Eve.

Billy Reid eBay Holiday Collective collection

Chris Benz eBay Holiday Collective collection

Travelers will love Southern gent Billy Reid’s lightweight canvas carry ons, which include totes, duffles, garment bags and even a canvas passport wallet, which feature real leather handles and the designer’s signature American style. He jets between his home base in Alabama and New York so often that he’s whittled his essentials down to this collection, which ranges from $35 to $88.

For the homebody on your list, Chris Benz — who is no less jet-set than Reid, he just appreciates a quiet night at home — offers luxe loungewear, including a cashmere tee ($75) and his-and-hers pajamas ($85-95), each featuring a new tropical print that will glam up any staycation.

Our favorite Benz piece would be the correspondence cards ($20), which will allow you to let your friends know you’re doing just fine at home while they brave the crowds and delays at the airport this season.

Ruffian eBay Holiday Collective collection

Fallon eBay Holiday Collective collection

Ties and scarves are holiday standbys. But Ruffian’s silk ruffle scarves ($95) are anything but ordinary. They’re probably the biggest statement-maker in the entier eBay Holiday Collective, especially in the hot pink, so make sure you’re giving it to the fashion plate on your list. Mens’ ties ($55-65) are a touch more subtle, featuring the Ruffian logo done up in rhinestones or a more festive brocade pattern.

Fallon, one of our favorite jewelry designers, brings her signature spikes, studs and luxe layers to the collection with her parure of gilt beauties ($58-98). The ID bracelet will let everyone know you mean serious business — spikes and rhinestones will do that — when it comes to accessorizing, but don’t be scared away if this bold look isn’t your style. Snag the earrings, which are a more delicate and everyday way to wear Fallon’s iconic spikes and sparkle.

Steven Alan eBay Holiday Collective collection

Jonathan Adler eBay Holiday Collective collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the tech geeks in your life, the Steven Alan capsule collection is a chic way to house everything from your camera to your iPad ($65-100). The all-leather collection, which is available in both black and a deep, rich brown, includes a wallet, too, so friends can have one on hand no matter what they’re carrying with them. The iPad sleeve is also perfect for notebooks, so toss your old ledger (you know, the one you got with your college diploma) and upgrade to this chic accessory.

And to outfit your home, happy chic designer Jonathan Adler’s offering a whole selection of home goods to add sparkle and cheer to your holiday decorations. His signature moustache and muse salt and pepper shakers ($48) get a glam remix with a mirrored finish and his peace and love motifs are available on ornaments ($48) and keepsake boxes ($68). We love the silver finished picture frames — with a new studded finish — and the coasters are a great hostess gift for the Adler junkie in your life.

The eBay Holiday Collective will be available online on November 12, with the But it Now option with the prices listed, so don’t fret about being outbid on your favorites. But don’t dawdle, either, we’re sure that these must-haves will sell out just like every other fast-fashion collaboration.

Photos courtesy eBay

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Our Favorite Furry Picks for Fall

Fall is all about texture. Instead of spring and summer’s light-as-air fabric and sheer swaths, the cooler weather and shorter days mean that your outfits can use a little bit more structure and plenty more texture. One of our favorite ways to add a touch of luxe texture is to throw on a just a little bit of fur.

Go faux for a budget-friendly way to get the look of the real thing or go all out and look for fox, mink and more for old world glam in your everyday life. And if you’re not too keen on wearing the fur, there are plenty of keychains and more that you can add to your cashmere sweaters and peacoats. You can even outfit your home with a chic ombr© pillow that’s perfect for cuddling and cider.