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Monday Muse: ABC Carpet & Home Inspires BCBG Max Azria

BCBG Max Azria Spring 2015

BCBG Max Azria is always one of the very first shows of New York Fashion Week. Before the fashion crowd gets weary from the heat and humidity of New York and the street style photogs have filled up their memory cards, L.A.-based BCBG wrangles starlets into the front row and shows a collection that undoubtedly strikes a fine balance between the season’s trends and commercial appeal. In short, the clothes that you see on the runway will soon be in stores just as they are, and more importantly, real customers will get to wear them.

For spring, Lubov Azria and Max were inspired by the rugs strewn about Lubov’s favorite store: ABC Carpet & Home. New Yorkers have been heading to the interior emporium for decades, filling their apartments with designer home goods, one-of-a-kind finds and even building their sofas, settees and more from scratch. Lubov was drawn to the Color Reform rugs, pieces that have been treated with bleach and dye so that their colors are more weathered and faded, as if they’d been bleached out by the blazing California sun.

€œThey take these rugs that are old or imperfect and they neutralize and bleach and recolor them to give them new life,€ Lubov told Vogue backstage.

€œIt€™s like a chromatic rebirth. That€™s what I call it.€

BCBG Max Azria Spring 2015

Rug patterns appeared on light-as-air dresses and gauzy blouses. And as she has been doing for the past few seasons, Lubov focused on a longer length. The BCBG of the past — party dresses and cocktail frocks — has been taking a backseat to a more bohemian vibe. The Spring 2015 collection continued that trajectory, offering up plenty of long dresses that seemed to float down the runway. Many wrap silhouettes were cinched with obi belts, which were reminiscent of American rag rugs, and many of the pieces looked tactile, rich and textured through clever pattern mixing, subtle draping and pliss© treatments.

And since Lubov is a real California girl, the entire collection had an ease and casual air that made these dresses approachable and wearable all at once. Red carpet events? We’re sure to see a few of these dresses on those, but for beachside strolls and trips to the Brentwood Country Mart, a few of the pieces would be just perfect for that, too.

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Monday Muse: South America Inspires Clover Canyon Resort 2015

Clover Canyon Resort 2015

The world’s eyes have been on South America. Not only was FIFA’s World Cup happening this summer, but the Olympics are on the horizon and that’s sure to bring an even more intense focus on the continent. Rozae Nichols, the designer of L.A.’s Clover Canyon, took inspiration from the vibrant colors and joie de vivre of South America and channeled it into one of the brand’s most memorable collections to date. Not only did Nichols experiment with new technique, she introduced a few solid staples to accompany her line’s print-perfect pieces.

As we found from hours of watching the World Cup, South America’s all about passion. Nichols channeled that passion through bright, bold prints (what else?) featuring oversized roses and orchid-hued florals that clashed and ran together the way the crowds seemed to in the soccer stadiums. The collection was a kaleidoscope of feathers, florals and acid-hued geometrics that are sure to satisfy her base clientele — the ones that flock to her every season for the newest prints and the latest patterns. The usual fare, such as scuba dresses and fit-and-flare frocks are sure to keep those girls happy, but new customers are sure to be drawn in by the introduction of a few softer pieces, such as an allover printed jumpsuit or an off-the shoulder sweater that looked as if it was plucked right off the Girl from Ipanema herself.

Clover Canyon Resort 2015

And while the prints told the story of the line’s southern sojourn, closer inspection revealed that it was precisely the place that Nichols choose to play.

Some of the pieces were reversible, shifting from hyper-florals to stripes, giving shoppers two looks in one. And when she wasn’t experimenting with double printing, Nichols tried her hand at printing her signature patterns onto sequins and micro-fringed fabrics, giving the prints a whole new life with the slightest movement. And as for the solids? There were plenty in comparison to past seasons’ offerings. Laser-cut neoprene was used for skirts and crop tops in white and blush, giving the brand’s patterns the perfect contrast. So even if patterns aren’t your preference, Nichols is giving you a reason to take a look.

Shop our favorite Clover Canyon looks:

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Our Top Breton Stripe Picks for a Seaworthy Summer Wardrobe

Originally designed for the French navy, the Breton striped shirt (aka the marini¨re) shifted from workwear to fashion thanks to designer Coco Chanel, who introduced the design in her ready-to-wear collection in 1917. Since then, designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier (who has taken the breton as his de-facto trademark, using it on the bottle for his popular Le Male cologne and even outfitting his staff in marini¨res during his runway shows), Givenchy and Balmain have remixed the pattern. French film stars such as Brigitte Bardot and icons such as James Dean and Audrey Hepburn have all worn sailor stripes, too. Across the Atlantic, Breton stripes have become a prep staple — head to a regatta and just try not to find one or two dozen Saint James Meridiens — and a surefire way to transition your wardrobe into the long days of summer.

Saint James Unisex Meridien II Nautical TeeTory Burch Kerrington Shopper ToteVelvet by Graham and Spencer Electra Ponti Stripe JacketSperry Top-Sider Breton Stripe PareoSperry Top-Sider Katama EspadrilleTopshop Breton Stripe Boxy TeeKate Spade New York Stripe FlatJ.

Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Colorblock StripeJ. Crew Sailor Stripe Bikini Topand bottomCB Made in Italy Stripe Flat Slip-on

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Gwen Stefani Teams with Urban Decay for the Ultraviolet Edge

Gwen Stefani

Orange County’s Urban Decay Cosmetics has teamed with fellow OC native Gwen Stefani to launch the Ultraviolet Edge, a philanthropic initiative that’s working with global organizations all over the world so that they can pursue their passions and embrace their individuality. It all kicks off with Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Urban Decay’s signature product, in a limited edition matte shade. All proceed from the sale will go to the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund, which provides micro loans, literacy programs, and business and leadership training to women in Uganda.

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Enigma

With the sale of just three tubes of Urban Decay Primer Potion in Enigma ($20), a woman’s life can change forever. And Wende Zomnir, who established Urban Decay back in 1996, knows all about chasing her dreams and following her instinct.

When Urban Decay launched, department stores were filled with neutrals, pinks and reds. She changed all that when she launched deep, edgy colors and unexpected finishes, changing the world of beauty in her wake. She wants to give the ability to change an entire industry to women everywhere. Teaming with the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund is just the beginning in creating strong, independent business owners all over the world.

€œLike us, she has a history of breaking down barriers,€ Zomnir said of Stefani in a release. €œWe dig Gwen€™s innate ability to set trends and defy expectations. She also shares our passion for empowering women, and will help give this initiative the attention it deserves.€

Teaming with Stefani was a natural choice — the two babes are OC girls, remember — and go way back. In the mid ’90s when both Urban Decay and No Doubt were just getting started, Stefani extolled her love of the shade Gash, one of Urban Decay’s original lipsticks.

And instead of just starring in promotional photos, Stefani will be working with Zomnir and Urban Decay to increase awareness for the Ultraviolet Edge, encouraging fans of her music and unique style as well as beauty junkies everywhere to make a change in the world. Together, the power duo of Stefani and Urban Decay hope to raise $500,000 this year and $3 million in the next five years for women’s charities worldwide.

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The Summer’s Best Printed Shorts for Under $60

Summer livin’ is definitely easy when you’re wearing soft, silky printed shorts. This year, add these pajama-inspired shorts to your cutoff-and-culottes rotation for an easy, breezy way to incorporate color, print and even texture to your go-to tanks and tees.

Laid-back and louche, these loungewear staples are moving out of the rumpus room and onto the streets €” and not just at Coachella. Try them out when you’re brunching, hanging at the boardwalk and even when you’re stocking up for the green smoothies at the farmers’ market. They’re so comfortable you won’t want to wear anything else.