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Alice + Olivia To Host Shoppable Fashion Show With Neiman Marcus

Looks from Grateful Dead x Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet collection.

Coachella is less than two week away (you have that on your calendar, right?), so brands are clamoring to dress the festival set for the desert. Head to your local mall and the usual suspects, such as Urban Outfitters, H&M and more are already offering up fringed everything, suede accessories and crossbodies for days. To get in on the festival spirit, perennially boho brand Alice + Olivia is hosting a special presentation right here in to L.A. to celebrate its latest collab, which brings together the iconic imagery of the Grateful Dead with the brand’s spirit of fun, fresh fashion.

The Alice + Olivia x Grateful Dead collection will walk the runway at the NeueHouse in Hollywood on Wednesday, April 13, giving shoppers two full days to stock up on the pieces before Coachella. How? The runway show will be a “See Now, Buy Now” affair, where attendees €” both IRL and virtually, as the show will stream online for eager shoppers everywhere via Neiman Marcus’ and Alive + Olivia’s social media channels €” will be able to snatch up any of their picks right away. A total of 12 Grateful Dead pieces will be available online following the show along with the main Alice + Olivia collection.

“A ‘See Now, Buy Now’ runway show is something I have been wanting to do for a few seasons but it took time to feel out when and where felt right,” Bendet said in a press release. “I wanted what I showed on that runway to be relevant to what consumers actually want to wear, now. I came up with the idea to have the show around Coachella and have the runway looks be based upon things that every girl would want to wear to a music festival.”

Looks from the Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet fall 2016 collection.

Stacey Bendet, Alice + Olivia’s CEO and creative director, will co-style the show with Neiman Marcus’ own Ken Downing, senior vice president and fashion director. A selection of the colorful pieces were revealed to WWD in February, which feature the Grateful Dead’s dancing bear on T-shirts, fringed crop tops and maxi-skirts.

And being the social media-savvy CEO that she is, Bendet has already snapped several shots of herself wearing pieces around New York.

And just how did this all come to fruition? Bendet’s husband, Eric Eisner, has teamed with Martin Scorecese and slew of other famous Dead Heads for an as-yet-untitled Grateful Dead doc, which is set to wrap this summer.

€œMy husband [Eric] is a hugely passionate Dead fan, and his is the first film to have the entire band€™s participation, with usage of their archived music and old footage,€ Bendet explained to WWD. When the couple went to the Grateful Dead reunion show in Chicago last year, Bendet saw it as a chance to do some research and connect with the fans €” and the fashion. €œEvery girl came up to him saying how much they love Alice + Olivia, and I was like, €˜See! There€™s crossover [with the fans!]€™€

Looks from Grateful Dead x Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet collection.

Ranging from $165 for a T-shirt to $1,298 for a ball-gown skirt, the collection will be available, in full, at all Alice + Olivia stores in April. Fans of Katy Perry might recognize a few pieces, as the songstress was seen in L.A. in a head-to-toe look. It’s sure to catch the lenses of the street style photographers at Coachella, though as Perry and Bendet herself have shown, these soulful designs aren’t just for the festival circuit.

This is the latest effort by Neiman Marcus to showcase a more playful, youthful side of itself. After rebranding its contemporary departments as Cusp, to parallel its freestanding Cusp stores, the luxe department store has been focusing on bringing in a younger clientele with collaborations with Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s Kendall + Kylie Collection, creating exclusives with up-and-coming labels and sponsoring events such as South by Southwest.

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Join the Club: Members-Only Sites Are The Hot, New Online Shopping Trend

Flash sites have been ruling the online shopping scene for a while now. After all, who can resist the siren call of Gilt Groupe€™s slash-priced sale frenzy (the luxe name alone is alluring) or Ideeli€™s members-only designer discounts? But if you€™re not quick on the draw, you might be more frustrated by sold-out items than you are satisfied with your savings. But there€™s a new shopping style poised to challenge the flash site: the subscription service. These once-a-month clubs are quickly becoming the busy fashion fan€™s solution to the “stress” of an online sale, and 2011’s hot online shopping trend. We’ve combed some of the biggest new names in this burgeoning space.Kate Bosworth teamed with stylist Cher Coulter to start JewelMint, a monthly service that will get you blinged out for just $29 per piece. After creating a style profile, you receive personalized recommendations once a month based on your preferences. Boho? No problem. Sleek and modern? They€™ve got that, too. After filling out a survey, we were presented with gold earrings, bracelets and necklaces that looked they could have sashayed straight out of a Bollywood flick. If nothing strikes your fancy, you can opt out of between the first and fifth of the month.Unrelated, but still minty fresh, StyleMint is the Olsen twins€™ take on the idea. They€™ll send you T-shirts in lieu of baubles, but you can be sure that each one will have that signature Olsen chic. Sign up! It€™s still in the pre-stages, but given that they€™ve already taken over every market (think Wal-Mart, JC Penny, Barney€™s and Saks) soon the entire country can look like a Balenciaga bag lady.

Plans to expand into sweaters are in the works, according to WWD, and we wouldn€™t be surprised if they add sunnies to the mix.While JewelMint may have set the format of monthly subscription style, JustFabulous and Kim Kardashian-fronted ShoeDazzle weren€™t far behind. Both offer the same format as JewelMint, the same opt-out opportunity and the same survey-type selection process (though ShoeDazzle gave us the opportunity to say we€™d dress like J.Lo and raid Carrie Underwood€™s closet) to find your shoe personality. JustFab is the brainchild of the WhoWhatWear girls and offers shoes and bags for $39.95 a month, the same price as ShoeDazzle. Both offer a dizzying array of selections €“ many of which pay homage to familiar styles from YSL, Jimmy Choo and some others. And both even offer free shipping. While you might not be getting designer labels, the whole survey-and-celeb angle seems geared toward the kind of crowd that would admire Kim K herself, not the kind of ladies looking for haute high heels.

ClubFife, a minimal-chic label based out of San Francisco is offering a cami and/or panty of the month club to underpin your accessories choices. Playing off their €œdiscreetly delivered€ mantra, each shipment comes to you in a low-key manila envelope and promises a duo of super soft handmade thongs and boyshorts (or a combo of both) for just $200 per year. So if you’ve gotten your knickers in a bunch over something lately, not to worry: You can look forward to two pairs coming in the mail to replace them!

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Save Steal Splurge: the Body Chain

The body chain gets a bad rap. Because yes, they do appear in plenty of rap videos, but there is a way to incorporate the edgy accessory into your rotation without looking like an extra in a Ludacris video. Instead of going big or focusing on the belly chain, we’re pulling a page out of festival dressing and choosing delicate chains that drape and dip in all the right places. Try these with your favorite tank or tee and definitely with your new go-to maxi this season for a glimmering, glistening addition that works for day and night alike.

Save: Topshop Layered Body Chain ($35)

Steal: Vince Camuto Convertible Body Chain Necklace ($69.99)

Splurge: Gorjana Bali Body Chain ($90)

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Initial Here: Our Monogrammed Picks for Under $60

Clare Vivier Duffle

There may not be much time left to get your shopping done, but take a deep breath, gather yourself and your list and prepare to get a few names crossed off. There are a few things you can do to make gifting extra special. Toss in a little something extra like a lip gloss or a nail polish for the beauty obsessed, maybe dangle a Starbucks gift card for the caffeine dependents in your life or, if you’re looking to go the extra mile, give the gift of personalization. Adding a monogram to something makes any gift extra special and ensures that you’re not gifting something that’s typical or ordinary. And if you think that monogramming means big bucks or a long wait, then think again, because designers are in on the monogram trend, offering pre-made goods that are ready to be wrapped up. Not everything’s about instant gratification though, so plan ahead if you need to personalize — depending on where you go, it might still take a few days. Here are our picks, each one perfectly personal, all for under $60 each.

Gold-Tone Initial L 3-pc. Bangle Set

Jewelry is always a popular gift at the holidays, which is why the Gold-Tone Initial 3-pc. Bangle Set ($9) is a great buy for just about any girly girl on your list. (What’s that about good things coming in small packages?) While you could go and splurge on a real diamond and gold stack, we think it’s probably a better bet to go with faux on this one. Arm parties can get a little wild, and it’s easier to manage if you don’t break the bank trying to stack from wrist to elbow. This delicate set comes complete with three bangles, one of which features a disk decorated with a rhinestone initial, encouraging everyone to bling it on all year ’round.

Available at JC Penny.

Clare Vivier Tassel

Monogrammed goods can sometimes be be a little too preppy for some people, which is why the Clare Vivier Tassel ($20, plus $20 for the monogrammed disk) is perfect for those who prefer to leave polos, pink and lime and other prep staples out of their daily look. The tassel is made of the same artisanal leather used in Clare Vivier’s line of bags, duffles and clutches and just like her wear-everywhere zippered pouches, are ripe for monogramming thanks to Vivier’s signature disk emblem. Guys and girls alike will no doubt love how easy their keys are to find when they’re attached to this luxe leather key chain and you can gift it knowing that someone’s thinking of you every time they reach for their keys.

Available at Clare Vivier.

Bonnie Jonas Single Initial Earring

Monograms don’t have to be in-your-face (well, depending on the brand at least). If you’re someone who isn’t into flash or just wants a more subtle way to wear the trend, the Bonnie Jonas Single Initial Earring ($6 each) is just right.

Grab a matching set or go rogue by getting your initials and wearing mismatched letters. The small size — these are tiny — make these the perfect earring for those who have more than one piercing on their ears and trust us when we say these earring play well with just about anything you pair them with. Jonas offers different finishes on each letter, so you can go bold with a bright polished initial or opt for a brushed effect to tone down the bright gold finish.

C. Wonder Medium Ocelot Printed Pouch

C. Wonder is an emporium of monogramable and monogramed goodies. Grab a few initial mugs or trinket trays, stock up on jewelry boxes and belt buckles, you can get initials on just about anything in the store. But a one-size-fits all staple that’s perfect for gifting is the brand’s Medium Ocelot Printed Pouch ($44, plus $10 for monograming). Style guru Stacy London says that animal print is a neutral, so don’t worry about matching or mismatching this with your bag, luggage or anything else. Monogram it with a bright neon, a bold red or anything else you can imagine, because it’s sure to get loved by whoever you gift it to. It’s perfect for stowing stray makeup items in a bigger bag and trust us when we say it’s a lifesaver when you’re traveling.

Available at C. Wonder.

Kate Spade Monogram Pendant Necklace

Another option for the jewelry lover is a monogramed charm pendant, and the sweetest one we found is from Kate Spade. The Monogram Pendant Necklace ($58) is plain and simple, but makes a big impact whether you mix it in with a few other favorite necklaces or wear it on its own. Kate Spade New York is known for being saccharine sweet, so we don’t recommend it for the rebellious teen in your life, but if you know a girl who idolizes Taylor Swift and matches her bag to her Mary Janes, then this is the perfect present. And if you want to go all out, Kate Spade’s also got a matching bangle — that’s also under our budget — available, too.

Rebecca Minkoff Pouch – Cory Monogram

Another great go-to brand for gifting is Rebecca Minkoff. Not only will it make you the coolest gift giver around, Minkoff has such a wide range of goods — jewelry, shoes, ready to wear, accessories and of course, bags — you’ll find something for everyone. Minkoff is offering a few of her most popular pieces with pre-painted monograms (she’s toured the country with artists who hand-paint monograms for customers at various events), and one of our favorite pieces that she has on offer is the Rebecca Minkoff Pouch – Cory Monogram ($50). It’s great to keep your keys in check and perfect for everything from loose change to receipts and more. Plus, it’s small size makes it fit perfectly in any bag you’ve got, from the smallest clutch to the biggest tote. If you’re a tech geek, there’s a bigger size called the Jody that’s perfect for the iPad, too.

Available at Bloomingdale’s.

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Urban Outfitters Adds Activewear with New Brand Without Walls

Urban Outfitters Without Walls

Urban Outfitters is already your go-to for affordable, on-trend pieces such as oversized sweaters, jeggings and cute accessories, but the brand’s expansion (which includes their L.A. Rialto Theater store, expanded vintage offerings and music selection) is continuing in ways we never expected. Urban’s on its way to becoming a true lifestyle brand now, but we never thought that they’d be adding an activewear branch to their company. Coming March 1, Urban will be offering outdoor goods from their new line Without Walls and expanding their selection of activewear.

California locations (Hollywood, Costa Mesa, Santa Monica and San Francisco) and Urban Outfitter’s New York flagship will be getting the first look at Without Walls, but the stores will only carry a small selection of the new brand.

The majority of the collection will be available online at (separate from Urban Outfitter’s main site) along with complementary labels such as Newline, Asics, Onzie, Seea, Alternative, Columbia, Mowgli Surf, Poler, Vans, and Patagonia. The brands were chosen because they were in line with Urban Outfitter’s current lineup of clothing and accessories.

Currently, you can check out preview videos from the new sub-brand or follow them on Twitter at @GoWithoutWalls. The website is set up to take your email address so you can get notified as soon as the line makes its online debut. Urban Outfitters plans on expanding Without Walls to Oregon and more New York stores as the year progresses.

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Salute the Stars, Stripes and Studs: Top 6 Patriotic Picks for the Fourth of July

Prepare the 21 gun salute, ready your fireworks and get in the patriotic spirit. While we don’t favor holiday dressing– as in Christmas sweaters– we can’t help but get in the spirit every time Independence Day rolls around. Whether it’s due to the summer heat or our patriotic pride, there’s nothing better than a dose of red, white and blue to accompany a Fourth of July barbecue. We’ve got the best of the season’s patriotic picks so you can earn your own salutes this Fourth.

American Beauty by Claiborne Swanson Frank

Jenna Lyons

Erin Fetherston

Dress up your coffee table with Assouline’s American Beauty ($75), a tome celebrating classic American style. Lily Aldridge (new mother and Victoria’s Secret angel) graces the cover and inside, Claiborne Swanson Frank has collected photos of everyone from fashion designers to artists, titans of industry and musicians.

Naturally, our fingers flip right to the ladies of fashion. Peek into first lady of J. Crew Jenna Lyons’ closet and Erin Fetherston’s dreamy New York apartment while you skim through quotes from greats such as photog Mario Testino and the big names from the masthead at Vogue.

American Beauty is available at

Current/Elliott The Snap Star-print Stretch-denim jacket

Speaking of Lily Aldridge, we could picture the Victoria’s Secret angel wearing the Current/Elliott The Snap Star-Print Stretch-Denim Jacket ($295) backstage at a Kings of Leon concert or heading to and from her L.A. haunts. The new mom’s known for infusing rock and roll style into her sig Cali cool, and we think this star-printed staple is perfect everywhere from Coachella (where she met her hubby Caleb Followill) to post-baby yoga classes in Santa Monica.

For mere mortals, the jacket’s a statement piece that will amp up any summer sundress or bathing suit. But don’t keep it for the after-sunset summer chill. Wear it all year round and you’ll earn gold-star worthy style. Like all of Current/Elliott’s designs, the Snap boasts the perfect blend of cotton and stretch for comfort from the very first wear — no breaking in necessary.

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Lacoste United States Polo

Lacoste United States Polo













For fellas who want to show their patriotism, the no-nonsense Lacoste Short Sleeved Pique United States Polo ($165) takes a staple and gives it an all-American makeover. Part of their Country Flags collection, which includes a veritable United Nations of countries such as Italy, Spain, Japan and of course, France, the stars and stripes are a bold way to keep cool in this year’s record breaking heat (the pique fabric was originally designed to keep tennis player Ren© Lacoste cool while he was on the tennis court). Cut in Lacoste’s new slim fit, the shirt has all the trappings of the prep staple, including the brand’s signature croc logo and side vents for comfort on and off the court.

Available at Lacoste boutiques and

Vanessa Traina in Givenchy

Miu Miu studded leather headband












When Vanessa Traina — the fashion designer/editor/stylist and the spawn of American author Danielle Steele — wore a gleaming silver Givenchy studded headband in 2009, it caused the entire blogosphere to pull out their glue guns and attempt DIY versions (especially since the version that went into production later in 2010 was nothing like Traina’s sci-fi Lady Liberty tiara).

Instead of trying to cobble together our own, we’re opting for the more sedate (read: wearable) Miu Miu Studded Leather Headband ($230). It still gives a hint of Lady Liberty while toning down any notion of a pageant queen. The dove grey leather boasts two-toned studs, cones and dots — it’s an accessory that will make a huge impact with hardly any effort, the signature of a true fashion it-girl.

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Sperry Top-Sider Men’s 3-eye Boat Shoe by Band of Outsiders

What’s better for the Fourth than an American staple like Sperry? Mashup an American heritage brand with L.A.’s hipper-than-hip label Band of Outsiders and you’ll get a double dose of Americana. The Three-eye Boat Shoe by Band of Outsiders ($175) is the latest in the labels’ years-long collab (it started back in 2009, also the year of the Lady Liberty headband) and for summer, the range includes patchwork denims and this all-American red, white and blue plaid. Sure you’ve got standard brown leather and maybe a riff or two on the Nantucket standby, but you don’t have anything like this.

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Eddie Borgo Gold-plated Northern Star Bracelet

If you’re not feeling bold picks in bright stripes of red and blue or you just want a more delicate way to show your American spirit, the Eddie Borgo Gold-plated Northern Star Bracelet ($375) lets you wear the trend on your wrist instead of on your sleeve.

NY-based jeweler Eddie Borgo is already gracing the wrists (not to mention necks, fingers and ears) of New York’s fashion set — Lauren Santo Domingo, Anja Rubic and more. Known for punky cones, arrows, spiked hearts and his silken tassels, the stars are a ladylike departure for the downtown label.

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Photos courtesy Assouline, Net-a-Porter, Lacoste, Sperry Top-Sider, and

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Cheap Thrills: Leslie Christen’s White Hot Dress (That You can Definitely Wear After Labor Day)

Dailylook Pleated A-Line Midi Dress

Rules are meant to be broken. And that adage rings true in fashion just as much as it does anywhere else. For example, in some circles and some regions, the week after Labor Day is spent laboring and storing away your white clothes because of some silly fashion rule. Why? Who cares, because as far as we’re concerned, white is a basic we don’t put away no matter the season. We asked our resident stylist Leslie Christen what was on her must-list for a chic summer-to-fall transition and she chose a sleek white dress that has us drooling.

The Dailylook Pleated A-Line Midi Dress ($54.99) hits a few of the season’s biggest trends: minimalism, midi length and movement are all present and accounted for and of course, you can’t beat the price.

“Yes, you can wear white after Labor Day and this inexpensive yet luxe looking dress is a perfect addition to any Fall/Winter wardrobe,” Christen says. “Pair it with an leather jacket and strappy sandals or opt for a casual look with an cropped sweater and booties.

With endless style opportunities, this quite possible is the best year round dress and it’s only $55.”

Available at Dailylook.

Leslie Christen

Leslie Christen is one of Southern California’s most sought-after personal stylists and the founder of the region’s leading independent styling company: Leslie Christen | LifeStyling. Leslie’s stylish and educational Web site,, gives her growing audience inspiring tips and showcases cutting-edge trends and images on the latest in designer fashions. Leslie spent years as a personal stylist and costume designer in the fashion and entertainment industries, and is also a fashion editor for the popular Orange County e-newsletter Greer’s OC, where she writes a weekly “Wear to Where” column. Her extensive experience in the fashion world has given her the talent to quickly assess her clients’ strengths, minimize body challenges and authentically express her clients’ individuality and best assets.