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Our Top 5 Picture-Perfect Picks for Photo Print Denim

SOLD design lab

Bold is beautiful! Last summer, we were practically throwing pairs of printed jeans into the arms of our friends and family. Ikat! Polka dot! Feminine florals! Our fellow fashion brethren couldn’t get enough of done-up denim. But alas, like so many things, the wave of embellished blues and subtle denim prints is gone and this season, we’re lusting after denim with a decidedly louder look. Turn up the volume on your summer staples with our top picks of photo print denim. Throw on a breezy top — it’s too hot for anything else, really — and let your gams do the talking. From in-your-face florals to cartoon Karl, there’s a bold, brazen pair of not-so-blue jeans for everyone.

Rachel Roy Orchid Abstract Crop Skinny Stretch Jeans

Last summer, soft feminine floral prints started appearing on jeans. They were the perfect addition to the trend of soft minty greens, Ladur©e-pastels and breezy post-Coachella tissue tees. If you’ve worn out your florals and they’re looking a little wilted, try the Rachel Roy Orchid Abstract Crop Skinny Stretch Jean ($91.20). We don’t recommend them for shrinking violets, but the explosion of color — inspired by orchids and jungle blooms instead of the granny roses of 2012 — means they’ll grab attention no matter where you’re headed. Fans of Slim Aaron’s Palm Beach chic will want to snatch these up right away but we also see savvy city girls such as  designer Rachel Roy herself sporting these on the city streets.

SOLD Design Lab palm tree printed pants

L.A.-based denim company SOLD Design Lab are known for their fearless take on denim. The brand is no stranger to lace appliqu©s, studs and more, but its new looks bring them out of a blue period and into a psychedelic realm of photo prints and acid-trip hues. The Palm Tree Printed Pant ($188) is a bright and bold way to show off Southern California’s signature sight: oceanfront palms and a sandy beach. The high-waisted silhouette is a great update to your denim wardrobe and as a bonus, it makes sure that you’re not giving everyone a show when you’re breezy tops get hit by an actual breeze. Pair this with a sleeveless riff on your Equipment blouse (you did manage to snag a few of those this season, right?) and you’ll be soaking up the sun in high style.

Available at Madison Los Angeles.

Karl Lagerfeld + Tokidoki Printed Jean

Karl Lagerfeld + Tokidoki Printed Jean

All that’s fit to print is on this bold pair of animated jeans from Karl Lagerfeld and street wear favorite Tokidoki.

The Karl Lagerfeld + Tokidoki Printed Jean ($290) blends Tokidoki’s signature animated look and combines it with the Kaiser of high fashion’s cheeky take on his public persona. Give your off-duty wardrobe a mega dose of street cool with these skinny jeans while simultaneously giving the fashion in-crowd pangs of jealousy. The Net-a-Porter exclusive collection, which features Karl and his beloved feline Choupette, has sold out of the most coveted items (the doll was the first to go), but you can still grab the tee, these jeans and more.Wear these comic couture jeans with a basic white tee and you’ll be ready for anything, an appointment with Karl himself included.

Available on Net-a-Porter.

Current/Elliot x Mary Katrantzou The Stiletto

The world of denim is centered around Los Angeles. Considering the year-round sunshine, the celeb factor and the decidedly more casual uniforms of the West Coast, you can see why denim trends incubate on L.A. streets before they take off to the fashion capitals across the globe. One of the most influential brands to come out of the City of Angels is Current/Elliot, whose slouchy fit ushered in a new wave of anti-skinny fits and celebrity dressing. Jennifer Aniston is still a fan and so are countless other celebs. The fashion set, however, is quick to separate itself from the flashbulbs, and in lieu of the hip-baring boyfriend cut, they’ll be opting for the label’s collaboration with designer du jour Mary Katrantzou. The Greek design darling has taken signature Current/Elliot fits and given them the Katrantzou treatment, meaning they’re printed, bright and super cheerful. Fans of her prints will want the louder, bolder options, but we love the passport stamps on this pair of soft white Stilletto ($354) jeans. Perfect for summer, this worldly pair will the perfect companion wherever your travels take you.

Available at Forward by Elyse Walker.

3.1 Phillip Lim Printed high-rise skinny jeans

If Rachel Roy’s botanical beauties were a little too bold for your summer wardrobe, opt for the 3.1 Phillip Lim Printed high-rise skinny jeans ($495) instead. They’re definitely summer-ready, but we can see this particular pair getting a good year-round rotation, too. The faint of heart will be more comfortable wearing this basic black jean with panels of tropical accents. The asymmetrical paneling gives these jeans more visual interest than a full-on floral print while the more muted colors — natural as opposed to neon — will let this statement-making jean move from a trendy summer piece to an all around staple.

Available at Net-a-Porter.

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Monday Muse: Marie Antoinette Inspires Marchesa Resort 2014

Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette

Few film directors influence the fashion world the way Sofia Coppola does. Not only is she BFFs with some of fashion’s biggest names (her friendship to Marc Jacobs even led to a capsule collection at Louis Vuitton), her movies are filled with the stuff that fashion dreams are made of. Before The Bling Ring splashed modern day must-haves (Balmain, Balenciaga, Chanel, Christian Louboutin and more) across TMZ headlines, Coppola directed a biopic of the original fashion plate: Marie Antoinette. Coppola muse Kirsten Dunst — who made a brief cameo in The Bling Ring — played the fashion-obsessed queen to perfection, from the larger-than-life hair down to the buckled shoes. Whether it was the film that had a big impact on Marchesa designers Karen Craig and Georgina Chapman, who cited Marie Antoinette herself as inspiration for their Resort 2014 collection, or the actual Antoinette, we spied picture perfect frocks for Dunst’s doomed doyenne in the designing duo’s latest runway outing.

Kirsten Dunst in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette

The real Marie Antoinette was known for her Petit Trianon, an adult playhouse that let her play-act the life of French peasants, as much as her fashion sense, which included sky-hair hairpieces, intricate hats and embellishment that still influences couture houses today. Excess was the name of the game, whether that meant ruffles on ruffles or piles of pearls. She lived an extravagant lifestyle while the French population starved and cried out for revolution. Coppola’s film depicted the teenaged queen attending lavish balls, feasting on Ladur©e macarons and prancing about Versaille in dresses that earned the film an Academy Award for costume design.

Though the French Revolution brought her revelry to an abrupt end, her lifestyle lived on in the mind of the upper crust, who still bring her ideals of more is more to life every day every time they pop open a bottle of Veuve Cliquot. Antoinette herself was known as La Veuve after her husband’s execution.

Marchesa Resort 2014

Marchesa Resort 2014

Though both the actual Marie Antoinette and Coppola’s depiction of her were rife with angst and sadness, Marchesa designers Karen Craig and Georgina Chapman chose instead to focus their collection for Resort 2014 on the happier times at Versaille. Prints were pulled straight from the Petit Trianon and the palace itself, lending soft blues and golds to short gowns and an ethereal (an adjective oft used to describe Coppola’s work as well) floral print looked princess-ready in both a tea-length dress and its floor-sweeping evening equivalent. The handpainted floral prints were accompanied by bare white dresses with only touches of embellishment — an ode to the post-revolution imprisoned Antoinette, perhaps? — as well as light-as air confections that seemed so frothy and sweet that they could have come from a collab with Ladur©e.

There was not a trouser in sight, which is a trademark of both Marie Antoinette and Marchesa, but the most fitting dress for a doomed princess would have to be the robin’s egg blue wedding gown that ended the presentation. There’s no better way to turn tradition on its ear than to eschew pure white for a wedding, and both Marchesa and Antoinette defy convention whether it’s with revolution or red carpet dressing.



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Monday Muse: Diane von Furstenberg Inspires Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenburg

Diane von Furstenburg

Diane von Furstenberg has a lot on her plate. Not only does she oversee operations for her namesake label, she’s also the president of the CFDA, and involved in charities all over the world. But for the last collection that bore her name, she didn’t just help create it, she helped inspire it. (Note: It was the last that Yvan Mispelaere would be involved with as Creative Director.) Taking from von Furstenburg’s own personal style, the collection recalled the past — namely DvF’s vie boheme — while still looking to the future. Models walked the runways with Google’s new Google Glass, freeing them from their technology just like DvF liberated ladies from staid sartorial slumps with her revolutionary wrap dress.

For the spring 2013 collection, Mispelaere drew on von Fursenberg’s travels, blending looks from the tropics — caftans, color blocking and pearl embroidery — with draped patterns recalling the bazaars of Morocco. Von Furstenberg has led a storied life, whether you shine the spotlight on her days as a Studio 54 regular or her Warhol period or the heyday of her fashion house, there are layers and layers of inspiration to draw from. And while there were only a handful of wrap dresses, they still walked the runway both solo or combined with cigarette pants in bright, poppy hues, looked as modern as they ever have.

Diane von Furstenburg Spring 2013

Sergey Brin, Diane von Furstenberg and Yvan Mispelaere

The collection also marked a collaboration with Google.

Debuting their new Google Glass project, von Furstenberg wore the high-tech glasses for a week leading up to her show. The outcome? A behind the scenes view of her life that few have seen courtesy of the photos, video and more recorded by the glasses. By blending information with what viewers see through the lens, Google Glass blends reality with social media, real time tweets and information gathered from GPS and more. The show also featured models, including Karlie Kloss, wearing Glass, giving viewers a model’s-eye view that is usually overlooked during the frenzy of Fashion Week. Von Furstenberg is known for textile experimentation, often integrating artisanal craft techniques with high-tech fabrics such as neoprene and nylon, so it’s no surprise to see her experimenting with technology, too. After all, she’s the woman who designed a bag with a built-in iPad window so you can use your tablet without even removing it from your purse.

As she took her final bow with Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, and Mispelaere, the applause from the audience, which included Sarah Jessica Parker, Valentino Garavani, Oscar de la Renta and Franca Sozzani, was deafening. Who says you can’t teach an old designer new tricks? And with the announcement that DvF would be taking over complete creative control of her line, we’re looking forward to a slew of new tricks.

Here’s a peek at DvF’s Google Glass video — and expect to get on a waiting list for your own in 2014:

Photos courtesy, Architectural Digest and Diane von Furstenberg