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8 Spring Style Trends You Need In Your Wardrobe

We know you find fashion lady’s love your designers, wardrobe, and trends. We’re not exactly mind readers, but thanks to the designers’ Spring ’17 runways, we can paint a pretty clear picture of the coming months in fashion. These looks set the pace for a new season, and it’s going to look a little different from the style world as you know it. Prepare for bolder prints, more frills, and some serious wardrobe disruption. While minimalism has ruled, 2017 is poised to bring some big change to our closets. We did our homework and watched our fashion weeks very carefully to come up with the perfect eight spring trends that are not just perfect for spring, but for every season. If you can rock all eight trends for spring, you are going to be set with your wardrobe for the rest of the year, and let me tell you they are absolutely worth it to take a peak at and try out.

ISN’T IT ROMANTIC // 1

Ruffles, voluminous sleeves, and nods to the Victorian era made Spring’s most covetable dresses decidedly romantic, and a touch more dramatic than your average day dresses.

(1)Erdem Spring 2017, (2)Oscar de la Renta Spring 2017, (3)Fenty x Puma by Rihanna Spring 2017, (4)Alexander McQueen Spring 2017, (5)Preen Spring 2017, (6)Rodarte Spring 2017.

VACATION PRINTS // 2

Spring’s florals are bright, splashy, and on vacation. The saturated, tropical-feeling motifs find their way onto everything, giving you those getaway vibes, even when you’re trapped at home.

(1)Peter Pilotto Spring 2017, (2)House of Holland Spring 2017, (3)Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017, (4)Tibi Spring 2017, (5)Ports 1961 Spring 2017, (6)Altuzarra Spring 2017.

TRACK HAPPY // 3

Fashion’s obsession with athleisure is a staple for Spring, delivering a riff on your favorite sweatpants and track pants. Dress them up or wear them right to the gym; either way, you’ll be right on trend.

(1)Vetements Spring 2017, (2)Fenty x Puma by Rihanna Spring 2017, (3)Markus Lupfer Spring 2017, (4)Isabel Marant Spring 2017, (5)Paul Smith Spring 2017, (6)Versace Spring 2017.

OVEREXPOSED // 4

Come Spring, overexposure will be the new norm, thanks to bra tops and bandeaus putting midriffs on full display. Opt for a little modesty with a sheer top draped over top or a jacket left wide open to show off everything.

(1)Dior Spring 2017, (2)Prada Spring 2017, (3)Bottega Veneta Spring 2017, (4)Fendi Spring 2017, (5)Gucci Spring 2017, (6)Anya Hindmarch Spring 2017.

EARN YOUR STRIPES // 5

The classic print rules for Spring, but it’s got a contemporary update in knits, sheer fabrics, and even asymmetrical cuts. And if you prefer a more traditional look, you might just want to snag new suit separates with the must-have pattern.

(1)Chanel Spring 2017, (2)Monse Spring 2017, (3)Chloé Spring 2017, (4)Erdem Spring 2017, (5)Fendi Spring 2017, (6)Lanvin Spring 2017.

WARDROBE RENEGADE // 6

Rules are meant to be broken, so why wear a button-down tucked in and buttoned up or a bra top underneath your blouse? Designers are begging you to push the envelope with clothes that are meant to be layered unexpectedly and outfits that come deconstructed.

(1)Monse Spring 2017, (2)Carven Spring 2017, (3)Céline Spring 2017, (4)Marni Spring 2017, (5)Ports 1961 Spring 2017, (6)Giambattista Valli Spring 2017.

80’S GLAM // 7

Full sleeves, high shine, and body-conscious fit signal the return of ’80s glam on the runway, ready to pump up the volume in your closet.

(1)Gucci Spring 2017, (2)Tom Ford Spring 2017, (3)Balmain Spring 2017, (4)Elie Saab Spring 2017, (5)Isabel Marant Spring 2017, (6)Preen Spring 2017.

PUNCTUATED IN PINK // 8

Pretty and soft isn’t the way you’ll think of Spring’s pink palette. The color was a designer favorite, punctuating runways with its ironic sweetness or, sometimes, bold, saturated fuchsias.

(1)Givenchy Spring 2017, (2)Bottega Veneta Spring 2017, (3)Céline Spring 2017, (4)Prabal Gurung Spring 2017, (5)Chanel Spring 2017, (6)Delpozo Spring 2017.

Hope you enjoyed our Spring savy trends!

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A Rainbow of Fashion

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While scanning my favorite fashion forecasting websites, I came across an article from WGSN that inspired me to discuss the importance of color in fashion. As we ready ourselves for a fabulous fashionable summer, it’s vital we pay attention to color. Whether that means knowing what’s trending, what shades compliment each other, or what hues make you stand out in the best way possible, color plays an enormous part in our wardrobe.

If you’ve ever seen a color wheel you’ll know that there is such a thing as complimentary colors. These are colors that are essentially opposites and when paired together, they help to compliment each other. A few examples of these pairings are; red and green, yellow and purple, and blue and orange. Many advertorials use complimentary colors to draw in attention, and create a visually pleasing  picture that people are naturally more likely to stop and read.

In terms of fashion, this can help to create visually stimulating outfits, and style colorful pieces. Summer is the perfect time to play with color and bright patterns. Try pairing bright blue jean shorts with a neon orange sweater, or pick a patterned dress covered in yellow and purple.

In addition to paying attention to complimentary colors, there are color families or groups that you should be familiar with. The two I find the most helpful when it comes to fashion and styling myself, are cold and warm hues. Knowing how to differentiate these two color groups is extremely helpful and can even make or break an outfit. Colder hues include, blues, purples, some greens, greys, and black. Warmer hues are reds, yellows, browns, and white. Although black and white can be switched around, pairing like colors can easily turn a confused outfit into a fashionable one. For example, say you are wearing an orange dress and can’t decide between black or brown boots. Determine what color group the dress is in, then choose your shoes accordingly. (Hopefully you picked brown) This can also be compared to dressing for your natural coloring. Darker skin, eyes, and hair will usually look best in warmer colors such as bright pinks, reds, and greens; whereas a lighter toned person might look better in colder tones such as blues, greys, and purples.

Keeping these few tips in mind, have fun this summer dressing up in bold colors and enjoy standing out from the crowd. The rainbow was meant to be celebrated!

Check out WGSN’s tumblr page for tons more color and fashion inspiration: http://wgsncolourarchive.tumblr.com

April & May Sales

We’ve hit the jackpot with sales this April and May. Major fashion brands such as Rebecca Minkoff, Sandro Paris, and Kitson are all having huge end of the season sample sales where you can save big, and have fun updating your wardrobe guilt-free!


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Adela Mei Boutique & Min Edition

Stop by their Pop up Shop and save up to 90% off retail prices!

April 22-26th Open 10am-6:30pm

Located at the San Jose Container Store

Melie Bianco

Save 80-90% off handbags nothing over $30!

May 2nd Open 9am-12pm (Cash Only)

Located at 9545 Brasher St. Pico Rivera, CA 90660

**Kitson Warehouse

Save up to 80% off original prices on all merchandise!

April 8-24th Open 10am-7pm

Located at 1124 Citrus Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Sole Society Pop Up Shop

Shop sample size shoes as low as $10 and current styles starting at $25!

April 23rd Open at 12pm

Located at 8511 Steller Dr. Culver City, CA

**Rebecca Minkoff 

Stop by the flagship store for up to 70% off clothing, shoes, accessories, and handbags!

April 20-26th Open 11am-7pm

Located at 4661 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA


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**Sandro Paris

Shop this sample sale for huge discounts on the men & women’s collection

May 5th-May 10th Open 9am-8pm

Located at 260 5th Ave (b/w Broadway & Madison) New York, NY 10001

Pas de Calais

Save up to 85% off retail prices!

May 5-8th Open 11am-6pm

Located at 482 Broome St. Basement Level, New York, NY

Fashion Haus Stock/Sample Sale

Fall &Winter 2014/2015 collections on sale. Designers include; Malene Birger, Rene Lezard, Etienne Deroeux, & many more

April 28-May 1st Open 9am-6pm

Located at 58 West 40th St. 9th FL, New York NY

Maje Sample Sale

Save on Women’s RTW & accessories

April 28th-May 3rd Open 9am-8pm

Located at 260 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10001

**Peregine Showroom

Save 60-80% off retail prices of their SS15 Men collection. Designers include Oliver Spencer, Common Cut, Lyle & Scott, Bill Amberg, Gilded Age, and many more.

May 1st-2nd Open 11am-6pm

Located at 89 5th Ave. Suite 902 (9th FL) New York, NY

Miriam Salat

Shop this great sample sale, and save huge on women’s accessories, specifically jewelry.

April 28th-29th Open 10am-6pm (Shop Online April 30th-May 3rd)

Located at Space 530, 530 Seventh Ave. Mezzanine, New York NY

Internet Phenomenon: Jenn Im

jennimJenn Im of Clothes Encounters is a world renowned fashion “vlogger” who has used her platform on Youtube to inspire fashion enthusiasts across the globe. What started in 2010 as a creative outlet amongst the hectic life of a college student, has now turned her into an internet sensation with over 1.3 million viewers each week.

Jenn’s style has always consisted of what she calls the “mix and match”, using high and low end pieces to compliment each other and create world class outfits. With a knack for thrifting, and styling $3 dollar tops to look like $300, Jenn has a tasteful fashion sense, and a wonderful out of the box creativity. Her youtube channel has weekly videos featuring the latest fashion trends, style advice, monthly “favorites” and much more. One of her most popular segements, WWJW, also known as “What Would Jenn Wear” incorporates her twitter followers and gives them outfit tips and tricks for all their fashion dilemmas.

In addition to her popular youtube channel, Jenn has worked with numerous fashion brands, traveling around the world to give out fashion advice. Brands like Thea by Thara have used her help in their advertorials, styling, and even featured her as a brand ambassador. Many brands have used Jenn to choose their seasonal assortment, style photoshoots, and bring in new customers. Simon Malls recently teamed up with Jenn for a “Back to School” styling segment, and major fashion magazines such as Teen Vogue and Seventeen have featured Jenn Im numerous times.

Known for her thrifted finds, insanely high heels, funky hats, and perfectly layered ensembles, Jenn Im should be your go to for staying up to date in the fashion Industry. Not one to play it safe, Jenn knows what she’s doing, and has the supporters to prove it.

Check out Jen Im’s youtube channel, “Clothes Encounters” here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/clothesencounters/featured

Spring Trends: How to Style

Spring is in full swing and there are plenty of gorgeous fashion trends to try out in this warmer weather. We saw them on the runway; pastels, florals, mini skirts, denim, lace, and much more, but how do we actually style them? Well, not to worry! We took to Polyvore to create styling guides for the top three spring trends this season: 60’s Mod Chic, Denim on Denim, and Festival Vibes.

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The main 60’s trend we saw everywhere on the runway was minis. This can be in the form of a dress, a skort, or a skirt, as long as it’s about mid thigh. The most common 60’s silhouette was a shift dress, sleeveless, with a high neckline and small darts at the bust. Also cute collars were popular, as well as pleating, and button ups. Colors and patterns ranged from light pastels in solid colors to bright, bold patterns. Fabrics such as gingham, brocade, and silk were also quite common and of course we can’t forget the platform heels and cat eye sunglasses.

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We’ve mentioned it before, but the denim trend is too huge to ignore. The best way to pull off this look effortlessly is to play with different washes and weights. If you’re wearing a heavy weight dark jean, then pair it with a lighter wash chambray top. Another trend we saw with the denim was distressing. Whether this came in the form of holes and rips, or raw edges and unfinished hems, the “undone” look is very popular. Accessories are unlimited, after all, this is denim we’re talking about, it’s the ultimate neutral. We chose to stay fairly casual with trendy white converse and a chic drawstring bag.

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Spring marks the beginning of festival season, which means hippie chic, flowing fabrics, bold colors, cool to wear, and of course dance functionality. Whether or not someone is going to an actual music festival, this style seems to boom in spring and summer. This season, we’re bound to see plenty of crochet lace, chiffon, silk, and breathable cotton. Rompers, maxi skirts, crop tops, and light dresses are extremely popular; along with fringe, paisley, art deco prints, and florals. Accessorize with strappy sandals, most likely gladiator style, and big floppy hats.

March Sample Sales: LA

Now that it’s officially Spring, many stores are stocking up on new merchandise and cleaning out the old; which means, SALES!! This month, no other city compared to Los Angeles’ sample and warehouse sales. Brands like Diesel, Halston Heritage, Nicole Miller and Barneys are having great deals this upcoming week so stay tuned!

Barneys

The Grove location on Third and Fairfax is having their weekly Saturday shopping series, and March 28th marks the last of the month. Stop by for complimentary treats and beverages, along with great prizes ranging from premium denim, fragrances, and even a spa package!

Connected Fest Pop-Up Sale

Stop by Hotel Figeroa in Downtown LA this sunday, March 29th for designer steals from brands like Wildfox, Again, Awakn, Love + Made, and more! Also, you can enjoy mimosas and a $30 brunch before you shop.

Nicole Miller

March 13 -29th enjoy 25% off all sale items, plus discounts on full price items. Located at the West Hollywood Boutique, 8633 W. Sunset Blvd, 90089.

J Brand Outlet

The time has come for Spring Cleaning! Stop by J Brand’s outlet store March 23rd – 29th from 10am to 5pm for an additional 20% already marked down 50-80% merchandise. Also, when you purchase 3 items or more, you can save an additional 10%! Located at 1225 E. Washington St, Los Angeles, CA.

George Roth 

The warehouse is having a huge sale on men and women’s apparel March 27th. Save 70-85% of printed tops, shirts, and blouses at their Inglewood location. 420 Hindry Ave, Suite A, Inglewood, CA 90301.

Barciano Designs

This trend savvy brand is having a sample sale at their 1316 Santee St. Los Angles, 90015 location. From March 23rd-27th, 10am to 4pm, save 50%-75% off fashion dresses and tops.

Halston Heritage

Head to the Cooper Building located at 860 S. Los Angeles St, 90014, 6th floor to save 40-70% women’s read to wear apparel and handbags. Sale starts March 27th 9am – 4pm.

**Other brands such as Lasso, Sorial, Michelle Rhodes, Marc O Delli, Kris, Langsso & Three Eighty Two, are also having sample sales on March 27th at the Cooper Building

Diesel

This premium denim brands is having a sample sale March 26th and 27th from 12 – 5pm. Save 40-70% off men and women’s denim jackets, tops and bottom. Located at 662 N. Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA.

Sources: Racked Timeout  Barganistala,

Fashion Illustration Makes a Comeback

Left: Sandra Suy, Middle & Left: Cecilia Carlstedt

Left: Sandra Suy, Middle & Left: Cecilia Carlstedt

In today’s fashion industry, technology and digital imagery have seemed to replace fashion illustrators, making the hand sketchers few and far in between. Nowadays, designs are more commonly created on the computer using software such as Illustrator and Photoshop. Design colleges are putting more of a focus on Computer Aided Design rather than hand sketching; teaching students the skills that are currently being used in the industry. One of the main reasons digital sketches are used is because of convenience. A technical sketch created on a computer can demonstrate correct proportion, measurements, stitching details, and all the specifications needed for production. It’s like going straight from conception to tech packs. In addition, many brands use existing digital flats and make small adjustments for each season thus eliminating the time it would take to sketch an entire new garment.

So where does that leave fashion illustrators? Well, just like designers have taken advantage of technology, so have fashion illustrators. They have found their own niche outside the design realm and it all centers around the Internet. Social media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram have allowed illustrators to reach a much larger audience with their work. Major fashion and beauty brands like Bloomindales, H&M, ZARA, Elle Magazine, Rimmel, and more are commissioning illustrators to create pieces for their marketing departments. Just recently, Rimmel had Illustrator Hayden Williams create hand sketches of Kate Moss to be used in cosmetic displays and advertisements. Megan Hess creates hand-sketched imagery for Chanel, Dior, and Cartier; that have been used as art pieces in many stores. In addition, many illustrators used mixed media to create ethereal illustrations, and the world is embracing this trend. Seen on phone cases, postcards, calendars, book covers, stationary, notebooks, and so much more, it seems everyone wants hand-sketched illustrations.

Left: Kelly Smith, Right: Danny Roberts

Left: Kelly Smith, Right: Danny Roberts

So not to worry, fashion illustrators and enthusiasts; sketches aren’t going anywhere, the are just merely evolving.

SPRING 2015: Color Palette

It might not be what you thought…marsalaMARSALA: Pantone named Marsala color of the year for 2015, and trend setters across the globe have wasted no time in putting this dusty tone to good use. In between a faded burgundy, and an orange toned mauve, this color is extremely easy and fun to incorporate into your everyday wardrobe. The range of Marsala can go from darker, more vibrant hues, to a light pastel. Seen in winter street style looks with wool coats, wide legged trousers, and flowing maxi skirts, Marsala is now making the transition into spring fashion. Lately, incorporated in silk fabrics, lace details, and satin dresses; this versatile color is definitely sticking around this year.

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FADED SEAFOAM: The next color predominantly seen in 2015 street style has been a faded version of the popular spring color seafoam. Pastels are always a favorite in spring, and this year it’s no different, however there is a twist. These light pastel colors usually seen as light and bright, are getting a new filter. The hues will be duller, and more muted, but not to worry! This only makes them more versatile! While previously, a pastel pop of color could steal the show, this year they are not only more of a neutral and easy to wear, but you can try mixing more colors together in the same outfit. Another way to incorporate the dusty pastel trend, is to try making it a little more edgy. Though still soft and feminine, try pairing a bold pattern with a light pink or lavender. We love the street style example on the left, a seafoam colored coat with a fun black and white patterned skort.

 

INDIGO & POWDER PINK: This color combination was seen everywhere during NYFW and Paris Fashion week. The pink adds femininity while the indigo darkens and “roughens” up the outfit a bit. The pink has been seen in a lot of textures lately, anything from fuzzy sweaters (see below), to crocheted lace. The indigo seen in all fabrics, silhouettes and accessories, is especially inspired by a 90’s throwback-our love of denim. Different hues and fabric weights were added to break up head to toe indigo outfits, and there’s no denying it, we love it.

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January Sales

It’s once again sample sale time of the month! This month we have not only sample sales, but winter collection sales, and even some pre spring discounts! Check out the list below for some great deals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City.

LOS ANGELES

 

CMC Showroom Sample Sales

Open to the public starting Friday, Jan 30th

California Market Center 110 E Ninth St. Los Angeles, CA 90079

 

Etsy Pop-Up Shop

Open to public starting Friday, Jan 30th

Presented by SoCal Etsy Guild

California Market Center 110 E Ninth St. Los Angeles, CA 90079

 

The Stylist LA

Save 40-75% off gently used designer tops, bottoms, accessories & more

Thursday, Jan 22nd – Saturday, Jan 24th

Thur 6-9pm, Fri 12-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm

3793 Wade St. Los Angeles, CA 90066

*cash and credit card accepted

 

SAN FRANCISCO

 

Cary Lane Designer Clothes Outlet

80% off regular priced items

Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

560 Laguna St. at Hayes, San Francisco, CA 94102

3153 16th St. at Valencia, San Francisco, CA 94103

 

NEW YORK

 

Anni Kuan

80% off retail prices, women’s winter collection

Thursday Jan 22nd – Friday Jan 23rd 10am-7pm

315 W 39th St. New York NY

 

Fabiola Pedrazzini

Up to 80% off women’s luxury handbags, totes, clutches, and more

Friday Jan 23rd – Tuesday Jan 27th 10am-6pm

252 W 38th St. New York NY

 

Rent the Runway

Up to 90% off gently used dresses & accessories from designers such as Bradgley Mischka, Elizabeth & James, Shoshanna, Robert Rodriguez, Issa and more

Purchase VIP ticket for early access to sale

Thursday Jan 22nd – Sunday Jan 25th 11-7pm

260 Fifth Ave New York, NY

 

Miguel Antoinne

Discounts on women’s archival pieces and runway samples, overstocked prices at $50

Friday Jan 23rd – Monday Feb 16th, Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

39 Wooster St. New York NY

 

Rena Lange

Liquidation sales, Fall 2014 & Spring 2015

Sunday Jan 18th – Wednesday Jan 21st 10am-6pm

430 W 14th St. New York NY

 

ONLINE

 

Nordstrom

Burberry up to 65% off & free shipping

75% off shoes & apparel

 

Lord & Taylor

75% Winter Break Sale

Extra 20% off with code SAVE & free shipping on $99 or more

 

Banana Republic

Extra 50% sale

 

London Fashion Trends for 2015

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As we celebrate the beginning of a new year, we think about all of the new adventures, celebrations, and changes that 2015 will bring. It can be certain that for all of new experiences in 2015 we will need to be looking our best, so it is never too early to take a look at London’s upcoming 2015 Spring and Summer fashion trends. After seeing all of the budding trends showcased at London Fashion Week, there are a few specific styles and ideas that every fashionista should be on the lookout for.

It is expected that London’s 2015 Spring/Summer styles will have a bit of a sporty edge. However, this specific style will not be quite as laid back as it has been in the past. Designers have been mixing high fashion with sophisticated elements into their sportswear designs to create the perfect look for the upcoming seasons.

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In the past, femininity may have been characterized as designs with a multitude of bows, pink fabrics, and flower accents, but this idea can be forgotten. Edgy femininity is the new style in the upcoming spring and summer seasons. Designers have mixed lace and delicate patterns, with harsh and edgy colors creating the perfect look for the strong, powerful, and feminine woman.

So as you get ready for the upcoming year, be on the lookout for London’s edgy and colorful Spring trends.