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Giuseppe Zanotti Debuts Ready-to-Wear With Tracksuits

Giuseppe Zanotti tracksuits

The maestro of more-is-more accessories, Giuseppe Zanotti, has always had a penchant for embellishment. He’s your go-to guy if you need a python bag with bold gold hardware, or a pair of slinky sandals accented by a serpent (or two). Better yet, if Isabel Marant’s wedge sneakers were just a little too basic for your casual outfits, Zanotti’s featured chains, zippers, mixed leathers and more. He’s taking tha maximalist mentality right into his ready-to-wear debut, which focuses solely on the tracksuit. Naturally, the Guiseppe Zanotti tracksuit isn’t just another run-of-the-mill creation. The designer, who celebrates 20 years in the business this year, has added gleaming gold details that’ll get second looks.

If you’ve felt empty since the heyday of Juicy Couture, the Giuseppe Zanotti tracksuit is sure to give you a mix of nostalgia and newness —  the designer has elevated the humble tracksuit from simple leisure wear to luxe casual wear, especially since he’s added details such as gold zippers, quilted kneepads and more onto anything-but-basic black.

For women, the tracksuits have gold details aplenty, from full-length zips to the dangling gold chains that stand in for traditional drawstrings. Guys get an extra helping of straps and details, too, including buckles, belts and a bold streetwear-ready silhouette. Less might be more for some brands, but for the guru of gold and emperor of embellishment, there’s nothing like piling on the details.

For more information, visit www.giuseppezanottidesign.com.

Shop our favorite over-the-top Giuseppe Zanotti shoes:

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OC’s TravisMathew Opens First Store at Fashion Island

TravisMathew Newport Beach

Huntington Beach based lifestyle line TravisMathew has opened up its very first retail space at Fashion Island, bringing the brand€™s unique vision of golf, leisure and performance together in a one-of-a-kind space that€™s sure to be a mainstay among the legions of laid-back surfers, golf fanatics and more in Newport Beach.

TravisMathew Solana collection

€œWe are excited about opening our first retail store in Fashion Island and this has been a dream of ours since the beginning,€ said Travis Brasher, CEO of TravisMathew. €œThe store provides us with an amazing opportunity to showcase the breadth of our entire product offering in a way that best represents the lifestyle of TravisMathew.€

TravisMathew started out in 2007 as a golf-centric brand, but soon after it gained traction among golf pros, the guys started to wear the goods off of the green. The company then grew to span an entire collection of men€™s apparel whether they were getting dressed for work or play, with each and every piece inspired by the culture and lifestyle of Southern California.

€œWe are looking forward to finally having the opportunity to share the entire TravisMathew vision and product range with the public. There is no substitute for getting direct feedback from your customers and this store will finally allow us to do that,€ said Brasher.

Today, the brand spans golf-ready polo shirts, shorts and more, but guys can also stock up on casualwear such as t-shirts and canvas sneakers as well as knitwear, shirting and jackets that look great in offices as well as out on the links.

TravisMathew has even expanded to include a line for kids, Little Swingers, that takes the spirit of fun and function that€™s at the core of the brand and shrinks it down for little guys.

€œThe building of the retail store has been a interesting journey. With the doors now open and the store operational the vision has come to life,€ said Chris Rosaasen, Chief Creative Officer of TravisMathew. €œThe goal was to create an environment where €˜Travis Mathew€™ would spend his time. Since no one knows who €˜Travis Mathew€™ is, it€™s nice to give them an idea of what his home looks like.€

TravisMathew Solana collection

The Fashion Island store is the only place you can find the entire collection under one roof, including the brand€™s collaborations with fellow So-Cal brand Stance Socks, a capsule collection with AG jeans, limited edition items and more.

€œBecause design is so subjective everyone will have their own opinion of what the store looks like and what it stands for,€ adds Rosaasen €œAnd that€™s what I love about design. I€™m excited for our customers and fans to come see the store and receive feedback.€

The store€™s equipped with sleek glass fixtures, a great display case for the brand€™s baseball caps and a beachy white and dark wood design that the perfect blend of coastal cool and masculine retreat. In fact, the weekend after the store opened, we spied tennis champ Andy Roddick shopping and taking in a few games of ping pong while browsing the brand€™s wares. Stop in to grab some great new duds and take in a game or two €“ because you never know which one of TravisMathew€™s celeb fans might be ready to challenge you to a game.

TravisMathew is located at 1059 Newport Center Drive, at Fashion Island, in Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.travismathew.com.

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Save Steal Splurge: The Sweater Dress

When fall layering gets a little out of hand — how many times can you wear a silky tank, a flannel shirt, a scarf, a coat and and gloves together? — the easiest way to pare down without losing the essence of the season is with a sweater dress. It’s an all-in-one piece that’s great for work and play a like. Accessorize it with leggings and boots for the daytime and then add a little more drama with leather tights, sky-high heels and your biggest earrings for after-dark fun. Plus, the layering possibilities really are endless. Make like one of our favorite fashion designers, Marissa Webb, and layer a longer skirt under the sweater dress for a real fashion statement or add your favorite black boots and moto jacket for a look that’s completely downtown cool.

Save: RD Style Textured Sweater Dress ($98)

Splurge: Tahari Stripe Fit & Flare Sweater Dress ($209)

Steal: Bailey 44 Alpine Ski Print Sweater Dress ($118)

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Our Favorite Warm Weather Wedges for Under $100

It’s beginning to look a lot like…no, that’s still months away, don’t panic. It is, however, beginning to look a lot like summer. Yes, you’ve seen the signs: the flowy fabrics, the flip-flops and the SPF are all coming in along with swimsuits and the crowds at your Crossfit.

Hot summer bod? We can’t help you there, but we can help you stand a little bit taller with our favorite summer wedges. From patterns and prints to plain and simples (a.k.a. wear with everything), these kicks are summer ready and won’t break the bank.

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Make Room This Fall for the Texture of Timeless Tweed

You can trace tweed’s timeless appeal back to one very French (and very expensive) brand. But you don’t have to save up for the CCs if you want a little bit of texture this season. Part of tweed’s appeal is how warm it keeps you, but we’re moving away from boxy jackets and gathered together a few tweed picks that are bit more unexpected. Try the nubby fabric on your fall bag splurge or on a few key accessories. We’ve got ways you can do it big and small, so don’t tread lightly €” go all in and channel that French nonchalance whether your passport is up to date or not.

Clockwise from top left: Sam Edelman Edith Ankle Boot ($205), Grandoe Tweed Sensor Touch Gloves

($45), Banana Republic Layered Tweed Shift ($69.99), Kate Spade New York Emerson Place Small Maise Satchel ($298), Diane von Furstenberg Agent Audrey Zip On Clutch ($148), Kate Spade New York Sidney Tweed Sneakers ($198), J.Crew Ava Flats ($145), Colonial Mills Delray Basket ($69.99), Milly by Michelle Smith Logan Tweed Satchel ($495), Tory Burch Kira Tweed Envelope Clutch ($395)

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Handbag Designer Lauren Merkin on Affordable Red Carpet Glamour

Handbag and accessories designer Lauren Merkin creates the kind of handbags that celebs and their stylists love to trot out on the red carpet, but mere mortals can still afford. We know. Sounds almost too good to be true. Her clutches, in particular, are adored by both Hollywood’s bright young things and the established leading ladies, in styles from soft envelope clutches to chic minaudieres. Taylor Swift accessorized with one to the American Music Awards, Alison Pill wore her Merkin clutch at the Golden Globes, Emily Blunt showcased hers at the Emmys and Helen Hunt clutched hers at The Critics Choice Awards. And that’s just the short list.

We chatted with Merkin on the eve of the Oscars for her take on award-season madness, spring shapes and hot hues and what’s behind minaudieres that cost more than a month’s mortgage/rent/child’s school tuition. 

Fashion Trends Daily: We are such fans of the Lucca clutch and its chic shape. Is that the hands-down favorite on the red-carpet for celebs as well?

Lauren Merkin: Thank you! When we launched the minauderies, Lucca quickly become the favorite, but the Zoe has been getting a lot of love lately as well. These styles were truly a labor of love and took years to develop, so we’re thrilled by the reception they have been getting.

FTD: Before the award shows, how many bags are you generally sending out to stylists/celebs and the like? Is it a nerve-wracking process for you? 

LM: It has been important for us to build relationships with celebrity stylists and make sure they know that our bags are available not only for awards season, but for their needs year-round.  For this reason, we have a good core group of stylists who always look to us for red carpet handbags.  We typically have multiple bags going out for 20-25 different celebrities each awards show.  Once they’re with the stylists, all we can do is hope that we have the perfect bag to complete the look they’re trying to achieve.  

The Lucca Clutch

The Zoe Clutch

FTD: What colors have been a hit during awards season? 

LM: Metallics are always popular, blush, nude, navy and of course black, and lately emerald green and deep red.

FTD: Your line manages to skirt that delicate balance of both fashion forward and affordable.

Was this important to you? 

LM: Absolutely. I really want our customers to feel like they were getting something beautiful and made in luxurious materials but with a great value proposition as well. I want the experience of purchasing one of our bags to be fun and without the anxiety that comes with a hefty price tag.

FTD: How important do you think price is for today’s woman?

LM:  I do think price has become more important to customers but I also think they are looking for styles with longevity and versatility.  We really want our customers to feel like they are buying a handbag that will become a staple of their closet and that they can reach for season after season.

FTD: Can you explain why other minaudieres are typically so pricey? Is there some manufacturing secret or is it a case of the Emperor’s New Clothes?

LM: Without knowing their process it is hard to comment on other brands pricing, but I can guess that much of it is simply branding, which carries a lot of weight with consumers. We prefer not to take that approach in favor of bringing our customers a good value.  It actually took us a long time to find the right manufacturer for our minaudieres that were at the quality we wanted but that could still fit into our price strategy. But it was worth the wait! We are really happy with the result and the customer response is a great endorsement.

FTD: Do you often know before the shows who will carry your bag?

LM: Handbags are always the last items to be chosen for a red carpet look, so we often don’t know that someone will be carrying one of our bags until they show up on the red carpet with it.

FTD: What shapes are we going to see more of this Spring? 

LM: Clutches are becoming more and more of a daytime statement rather than just a going out option. Carrying a clutch makes a woman feel chic without being weighed down by too much stuff. It is also a great way to add a small pop of color to a neutral look.

The Ava Clutch

 

FTD: Speaking of which, what hot hues can we expect to see a lot of this spring?

LM:  From orange to blues to emerald there is a lot of bright color for Spring.

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The Best Rain Boots for Under $100

If blue skies have been replaced with grey outlooks and clouds, it’s time to stow away those leather shoes and ballet flats. And let’s face it, even the most well-loved shoes need a little time off.

So we’ve searched high and low for the best rain boots in store right now. If you’re a prep, you’l love a tall, knee-high black gloss and if you’re a little more quirky, we’ve got great picks for you, too.