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Cozy Up to Our Cashmere Picks, All Under $100

Michelle Williams in Vogue, October 2011, wearing a J. Crew cashmere cardigan

Marilyn famously stated that she wears nothing but Chanel No 5 to bed, but if we had it our way, we’d wear pajamas made of cashmere to bed, to play and just about everything in between. Getting a cashmere sweater is one of the most popular, but we all know that it’s also one of the most expensive things you can buy when you’re out shopping. Thankfully, fast fashion chains have been catering to our need for the good stuff and stores such as Uniqlo (famous for their budget-friendly cashmere) and even H&M are offering soft, plush cashmere options that boast price tags in the double digits. So instead of waiting for the after-Christmas J. Crew cashmere sale (we know you’ve already marked it on your calendars) snag one of our stylish cashmere picks, all for under $100 and all available right now.

H&M Cashmere Sweater

Reigning champ of fast fashion H&M is upping the game on quality. You might just think of the chain as the place to go for high-end collabs and fall-apart trend-driven pieces, but the brand has been adding more and more high-quality pieces to their lineup. The Cashmere Sweater ($59.95) is evidence of the upgrade. Not only is the sweater knit of 100% cashmere, it’s got a great detail in the weave that makes it look perforated — tr©s Alexander Wang, if you ask us — and it’s available in soft dusty colors as well as basic black. In addition to cashmere, H&M’s added real leather bags, tailored suiting in the men’s department and more. Just look for the Premium Quality label and you’ll be avoiding the fast fashion and investing in a piece that’s made to last.

Available at H&M.

Uniqlo V Neck Sweater Colorblock

While L.A. is still waiting for its very own Uniqlo outlet (we presume that we’ll be waiting plenty long), folks in the Bay Area and the New York Area know all about the wonders of Uniqlo cashmere. No matter the location, shoppers are sure to be greeted by an entire wall of rainbow-colored cashmere. Crewneck, V-neck, solid, striped, men, women, it’s all there and it all rings in under our $100 cap. Our pick for the season is the V Neck Sweater Colorblock ($79.90), which channels the sporty feel that we saw at Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney’s latest runway shows.

Available at Uniqlo.

Aqua Cashmere Sweater

Aqua, which is an in-house brand at Bloomingdale’s, has been expanding from offering only on-trend pieces to becoming a brand that young professionals can count on for basics to wear to work and more fun, flirty pieces for after 5:00.

Along with a change on their old scripty logo and a capsule collection with New York designing duo Vena Cava, the brand’s added an entire cashmere category to its offerings. Our favorite this season is the Cashmere Sweater – High Low Exposed Seam ($99), which is a long description for a short (in the front) sweater. Exposed seams give the piece some interest and the high low hem show off whatever you wear under and with it.

Available at Bloomingdale’s.

Joe Fresh Stripe Scoop Neck Cashmere Sweater

Canadian import Joe Fresh is making waves by opening an army of shop-in-shops with JC Penny here in the states. That’ll give them access to a huge audience — hear that, Uniqlo? — without constructing huge stores all over the country. JF is keeping it fresh, however, by building a few monumental stores in New York and hosting pop-up shops here in L.A. to fªte their partnership with JC Penny. The brand’s cashmere is just as comfortable and cozy as brands that are double or triple the price, and on-trend styles, such as the Scoop Neck Cashmere Sweater ($79) mean you won’t have to spend a lot to get in the trends, whether they’re argyle one season and stripes the next, because Joe Fresh offers it all.

Available at Joe Fresh.

Halogen Roll Neck Cashmere Sweater

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Cheap Thrills: Photographer Renee Cascia’s Bold Flats

Topshop Voltaire Pointed Shoe

Summer’s statement-making gladiators and woven wedges are ripe for seasonal storage, but that doesn’t mean that the upcoming season can’t have a little bit of fun. For photographer Renee Cascia, no matter what season it is, lugging equipment and getting that perfect shot means hoofing it in flat shoes. And while black ballerinas have their place, there’s no reason not to add a little bit of fun and flair to your footwear with an unexpected flat.

As a female photographer I want to be comfortable while shooting on set with very heavy cameras, so flats are a must,” says Renee Cascia. “Flats are a staple in my shoe closet, I love flats with details and of different colors and textures. The bold flats emphasize my fun personality while staying comfortable during photoshoots.”

The Topshop Voltaire Pointed Shoe ($25) might look like an over-the-top option, but treat the shoes like a neutral color and you can pair them with just about any of your fall go-tos. Skinny jeans, swingy skirts and more will play off the feminine shape of the shoes while boyfriend jeans and more edgy options can take advantage of their unique finish and texture.

Available at Topshop.

Renee Cascia

Ask her about love and she€™ll tell you about photography.

Renee Cascia finds no greater joy than moving through life with a camera in her hand and making moments last a lifetime. A born-and-bred Buffalo New Yorker, but California girl at heart, Renee has worked with ELLE, GQ, Harper€™s Bazaar, Glamour and Food & Wine and more. She€™s lent her talents and trained eye to big brands like Nike, Versace, Gucci and e-commerce powerhouses as fashion photography has a way of moving her like nothing else.

As member of several organizations and a passion for spreading the beauty of photography to youth through her work with the Boys and Girls Club and through Art Therapy for at risk youth, Renee never questions life€™s picturesque or moving moments €” she just captures them.

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Monday Muse: Halston’s History Inspires Halston Heritage Resort 2015

Halston Heritage Resort 2015

Mazelis is based in L.A., and while that’s a world away from the label’s NY roots, it does allow the designer to see real girls wearing the clothes during their own daily grind — whether that includes trips to Studio 54 or not. So with real girls in mind, the collection that Mazelis presented incorporated Halston signatures that were not only updated for today, but also moved her vision for the line forward.

Halston Heritage Resort 2015

Halston Heritage Resort 2015

Suede, one of Halston’s signature fabrics, made an appearance in separates and a covetable trench, which had zero closures but plenty of that luxe louche look that resort collections strive for.

Disco-era staples were in full force, such as those caftans (which looked particularly of the moment) that Halston showed in ’72 and jumpsuits, which are still having their time in the fashion spotlight. This season’s was modernized via a trompe l’oeil tuxedo lapel rendered in embroidery.

The vintage scarves that inspired the collection were reinterpreted through graphic paneling and bright shots poppy and rose. For girls who do head to the dance floor, there were sequined pieces that looked completely modern. Because genuine Halston is so hard to find (and so expensive) when it hits the vintage racks, having to make do with Halston Heritage is no problem at all, especially with great pieces like these.

Shop our favorite Halston Heritage looks:

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CoverGirl Creates Panem-Inspired Looks for Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Capitol Beauty by CoverGirl

We’re feeling the Hunger Games anticipation here at FTD headquarters. Not only did we love Jennifer Lawrence’s coat dress at the premiere earlier this week, the newest collaboration for the movies has us wanting even more. CoverGirl has teamed with famed makeup artist Dotti for a capsule collection of makeup inspired by the different districts of Panem. But there’s more: the beauty juggernaut also posted each look on its Capitol Beauty Studio, so that you can create each look on your own thanks to their YouTube vids. Do you have your tickets ready for Thursday night? Get your brushes ready, because you’ve only got a a day to master your technique before heading to the theaters come midnight.

District 7: Lumber

For those who fantasize about being a resident of the ¼ber-luxe Capitol, you can make like Effie Trinket and douse yourself in gilt glitter (the District One look is pictured above) with a statement-making blood-red lip. Hair tutorials, unfortunately, are not part of the program just yet, but all 12 districts — no spoilers here — are accounted for.

The couture-inspired looks might be just the thing to wear if you’re heading to the film’s opening night (we’re all for cosplay, but the some of the headwear featured in the film might distract other fans).

The collection isn’t just about crazy, out-there looks, however, because while the photos are inspirational, nobody at team CoverGirl expects fans to paint their faces just like these photos on a daily basis. Feel free to use the cream shadows, lipsticks, nail polishes, glosses and more in more natural ways after you’ve soaked in the action of the film.

District 11: Agriculture

The Capitol Collection by CoverGirl (available now!) is the perfect pairing to go with Trish Summerville’s collaboration with Net-a-Porter, though we have to say it’s a little easier to splurge on a few lipsticks and eye shadows than a backless gown.

So take your pick, because the looks of Panem are must easier to attempt than actually volunteering to fight to the death (and choose between a pair of dreamboats). Take a sneak peek below for a time-lapse video from Dotti to see just how the Luxury look of District One comes to life. We’ll see you midnight on Thursday, and of course, may the odds be ever in your favor.

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David Beckham Adds Swimwear to His H&M Collection

David Beckham for H&M

Fans of football star David Beckham and his ongoing collaboration with fast fashion retailer H&M have one more reason to shop this summer: the duo are adding to the athlete’s range with a line of swimwear that’s perfect for summer escapes. The swimwear range, which is an extension of the star’s bodywear line for H&M, will hit stores and H&M’s online shop on May 22.

“The success of my Bodywear collection at H&M has been fantastic, so I€™m thrilled to be introducing these great swimwear pieces ready for the summer,” said David Beckham. “We€™ve worked hard to create new classics for men, with great fit, comfort and also style.”

David Beckham for H&M

Fans accustomed to the classic cuts and slight fashion lean of Beckham’s bodywear line will find that the new swim additions fit right in with their current collection.

The first swim collection includes three cuts: boardshorts, more tailored swim shorts and a swim brief — read: Speedo — that’ll show off all those long hours of gym work for guys who want to show off (we’re not quite sure the American male consumer is ready for this particular cut, but in Europe, these will probably sell out in no time). Guys can look forward to navy, olive and white styles that’ll look great on the beach or at the pool.

As with previous collections, Beckham is modeling all the styles in the lookbook and Glen Luchford-shot advertising campaign, though there’s no word yet on any sort of super director-lensed television commercial to accompany the new release. Earlier this year, Beckham expanded his bodywear range to include kids styles and starred in a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl, in which H&M let fans decide just how revealing the soccer star would be. This summer’s swim line is just one more extension of the Beckham brand, which will continue with H&M as part of a long-term collaboration.

For more information, visit www.hm.com.

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Target’s First Collab for 2015 is with Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer for Target

With the Toms for Target collection in the rear view, it’s time to look ahead to what the big box retailer has in store for the fashion world. Target’s teamed with just about everyone by now, from huge names in fashion such as the aforementioned Toms and Zac Posen to under-the-radar lines such as Altuzarra and Rodarte. But this year, the store is looking to Palm Beach for its first collaboration of 2015. Teaming with Lilly Pulitzer, Target is bringing another lifestyle collaboration to its stores, so prepare for a pink and green frenzy when the Lilly Pulitzer for Target line arrives in April.

Lilly Pulitzer for Target

€œThis spring, we wanted to offer our guests a collection that embraced color, print and pattern in a bold, fresh way,€ said Stacia Andersen, senior vice president of apparel and accessories at Target. €œAs we started to think about the perfect partner to collaborate with, Lilly Pulitzer was the clear choice given the brand€™s inspiring heritage, authority with print and pattern and resort-chic aesthetic.€

Set to arrive just in time for Spring Break getaways and the following summertime jaunts, the Lilly Pulitzer for Target follows in the footsteps of Target’s larger collaborations such as the Missoni and Calypso collections, which included pieces from many of the store’s departments including kids options, plus sizes, home wares and more. While some of Target’s collaborations focus solely on fashion, the Lily Pulitzer line will have plenty to shop in the home department, too. The collection will span 250 different products (with 200 of those items priced at under $30) and feature exclusive prints never before seen from the line. 15 exclusive prints will make their debut in the collection, each and every one created by Lilly Pulitzer artists specifically for the collaboration.

Lilly Pulitzer for Target

€œTarget is a design leader known for offering an unparalleled assortment of stylish, affordable products,€ said Jane Schoenborn, vice president of creative communications at Lilly Pulitzer.

€œThe Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection marks a new chapter for our brand, and we€™re excited to give Lilly fans everywhere, including those who have loved the brand for years and those who will get to know it for the first time through this collaboration, a chance to experience this incredibly chic lifestyle collection.€

For those unfamiliar with the history and heritage of Lilly Pulitzer, the brand was founded in 1959 by Lilly McKim Pulitzer €” a stylish Palm Beach hostess and socialite whose husband Peter Pulitzer owned several citrus groves. Lilly sold fresh pressed orange juice from a roadside stand on posh Worth Avenue, but she wanted clothes that wouldn’t show the stains she’d get from the juice. So Pulitzer created different prints that would help camouflage any stray squirts. Eventually, she started to sell her clothes at her stand and an American staple was born.

Today, the line’s a beloved part of prep culture as well as a line that celebrates the joy and fun side of fashion with one-of-a-kind prints that are all created in-house. The line includes home goods as well as fashion items, so the Target collection is a natural extension of the line at a friendly price point that’s sure to incite a well-mannered frenzy when it arrives in store. Get your LL Bean Boat and Tote bags ready, because you’re sure to want to stock up on this colorful collab.

For more information, visit www.target.com.

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H&M and David Beckham Heat Up the Super Bowl Again

David Beckham for H&M Spring 2014

Girls, you’ve got one more reason to tune into the Super Bowl this year, because David Beckham and his H&M bodywear collection are coming back for a repeat performance. Back in 2012, Beckham sizzled on the screen to promote his then-new capsule collection for the Swedish retailer, but this year, he’s upping the ante with a bigger production, skimpier underwear and a giving his fans a chance to choose the ending of the commercial. So sit tight during those commercial breaks, because Becks is back and he’s got plenty to show off.

David Beckham for H&M Spring 2014

In 2012, H&M’s Beckham commercial was ranked number one in social media for Super Bowl ads with 109,000 comments coming in from around the world. No doubt the pair want even better engagement this year, since they’ll be the sole retailer to have an ad during the telecast. So among the commercials for cars, snacks, soda and more, Beckham’s out to make a huge splash with social media and viewers alike. This year, H&M will be spending $4 million in ad dollars to get the spot a prime time slot and generate mass hysteria among the Super Bowl’s more fashion-leaning fans.

In the ad, Beckham finds himself stuck on the rooftop of the Truman Brewery in East London after a photo shoot in nothing but his skivvies, leaving him with only his wits and an impressive repertoire of parkour moves to get him back down to more reasonable environs. Of course there’ll be plenty of skin and underwear on display, just like his previous commercials with H&M. Past directors have included Guy Richie, but this year, the commercial is under the direction of Nicolas Winding Refn, who you’ll recognize from films such as Drive and Only God Forgives.

€œIt was so exciting to work with one of my favourite directors, Nicolas Winding Refn, on my new campaign for H&M,” said Beckham.

“Nicolas pushed me hard to create an action-packed film, which shows off this season€™s new heritage-inspired bodywear at its best.”

David Beckham for H&M Spring 2014

Fans of the bodywear line will get a new range of stripes and solids to add to their collection in familiar shapes such as long-sleeved henley tops, tank tops and underwear. It’s also the debut the line’s first graphics, which appear as varsity-inspired Bs on the back of a few items. Spring 2014 also marks the launch of David Beckham Bodywear pieces for kids, which mirror the design and feel of the adult range. The kids’ line include pajamas and long johns in addition to underwear, tanks and tees.

David Beckham for H&M Spring 2014

But back to the ad, which, for the first time will include a crowdsourced ending. Beginning January 27, fans can visit H&M’s website and vote for their favorite ending. Fans can chose between or #covered for a more covered-up conclusion to Beckham’s acrobatic ad or #uncovered for a more revealing look at the world-famous footballer. If you happen to be in New York in the week leading up to the big game, you’ll be able to vote directly on iPads set up in H&M’s Times Square flagship. Online voting will be extended right through the eve of  Super Bowl XLVIII, so you’ll have plenty of time to weigh in on just how much you want Becks to be wearing when he arrives at his destination at the end of the commercial. You can log onto the site or just use your Instagram and Twitter to vote via hashtag.

The David Beckham Bodywear Spring 2014 collection will be available online and in-stores beginning January 30.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the commercial, check out the video below: