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Dodgers and the MLB Draft Hello Kitty and OPI

Hello Kitty Dodgers Hat

While some collaborations leave us scratching our heads (Cynthia Rowley Pampers?), others seem so out of left field that they are actually outrageously fun. Case in point: Major League Baseball has enlisted the help of Sanrio’s resident feline for a line of accessories and nail polish’s biggest name, OPI, is joining in with its own collection of Major League inspired shades.

Hello Kitty Pins

L.A.’s boys in blue have had played host to Hello Kitty before. Last season, Dodger Stadium offered Hello Kitty blankets during a game, and pardon the pun, but it was a home run. Fans clamored over the blankets bearing Sanrio’s MVP. This year, the collab expands not only in scope but also to other teams. In addition to Los Angeles, the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants will also be getting Sanrio merchandise. The merchandise, which runs the gamut from decorative pillows to keychains, pins and pens, will be available at each team’s respective stadium stores (and the MLB’s online shop) as well as sporting goods stores and mass retailers. But if you want something truly covetable, snag tickets to the Dodgers home games on June 3rd and 10th, when special edition bobbleheads and travel mugs will be handed out to loyal fans.

€œMajor League Baseball understands the importance of female fans in the growth and success of our sport,” said MLB senior vice president of licensing Howard Smith. “And so we continuously seek new opportunities to diversify our portfolio of licensed offerings to target this extensive fan base.€

OPI Fashion Plate Collection

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but Marilyn probably wasn’t talking about a baseball diamond.

And while OPI’s no stranger to collaboration,  this year marks the brand’s very first venture with a professional sports league. The OPI Fashion Plate collection, which is available now, draws shades from some of baseball’s most beloved teams. We spy shades similar to Dodger blue, Giants orange and a classic red shade that could be associated with a handful of different MLB teams.

€œEnjoying a baseball game is one of America€™s most celebrated pastimes,€ explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive Vice President.  €œFor many years, men dominated the stands, but today, more and more women can be found in the crowds. Baseball boasts a lot of female fans looking to demonstrate their love of the game through fashion €“ from trendy, feminine sports apparel to themed accessories. Now, women can wear the limited edition MLB Collection nail lacquers to show support from head (and fingers) to toe!€

The seven-shade collection is meant to give gals one more way to show their team spirit, though with this limited color collection, we’re sure a few fans will feel left out. No worries, however, because if OPI’s track record is anything to go by, the brand’s more than happy to expand on a successful collection, just like it did with the Muppets collection and the Mariah Carey collection. For now, we’ll be proud to support our boys in blue with a little nail art — and there’s no easier way to celebrate a win (or erase the shame of a loss) than a fresh mani.

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Monday Muse: Saint Laurent Goes Grunge for Spring 2016

Saint Laurent Spring 2016

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s what most assumed would happen at Yves Saint Laurent, but when Hedi Slimane took the helm, he overhauled everything, even though most people didn’t see anything broken about the brand. And now that he’s settled in his groove €” quite literally, since Slimane is mining the music world season after season €” we’ve come to expect a festival-style fashion show celebrating the world of rock ‘n’ roll no matter what trends are popping up on runways elsewhere. This time around, after dabbling in Stevie Nicks-bohemia and Sunset Strip glam rock, Slimane is turning to the world of grunge. But it’s a far cry from Marc Jacobs’ now-iconic Perry Ellis collection or Anna Sui’s fanciful takes on ’90s florals. Slimane channeled Courtney Love for what’s sure to be one of his most memorable collections to date.

Saint Laurent Spring 2016

That’s right: Memorable. For those who think Saint Laurent’s latest collections are just a jumble of denim, plaid and Liberty florals, think back and there will be some definite standouts. And like the Stevie hats and pussy-bow tops of his debut and the glittered pumps of last year, the tiaras, slipdresses and wellies of spring 2016 will be one for the books.

While other brands are struggling with designer musical chairs, finding a renewed identity and the all important aspect of making money, Saint Laurent is ringing up profits and clearly cemented itself as a label where cool people buy cool clothes.

And next year, those cool kids are going to be wearing a tiara with everything, including flannel shirts, denim overalls and Glastonbury-ready rain boots. Sure, you’ve got Hunter boots in your closet, but do they have the pedigree of Hedi Slimane? We didn’t think so. Courtney Love may seem like an odd muse, but her signature style hasn’t changed in decades and her lingerie-as-daywear, oversized moto jackets and vintage-inspired looks were all on the runway. Why dig through thrift stores when Hedi is designing the perfect flannels and babydoll dresses? But on the other hand, why pay quadruple digit prices for what’s essentially new vintage? It’s that ethos that’s been with SLP since day one of the Slimane overhaul, and it’s not going anywhere as long as people keep buying.

Saint Laurent Spring 2016

But that’s not to say there was nothing special. Furs and feathers were utterly amazing €” we’re waiting for those to hit the street style set for some real eye-catching photos €” while glitter, velvet burnout and sequins made the slipdress something truly special. Sure, you can snag something from the vintage bins, but it’s not going to have the sheen and sparkle of couture-level handwork. And it’s those touches that made this collection, so seemingly simple and straightforward, something to remember. So no, nothing was broken, so Slimane and Saint Laurent didn’t change a thing: and for that, the cash registers are sure to ring.

For more information, visit www.saintlaurent.com.