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Designer to Know: Joseph

Designer to Know: Joseph

Beginning his career as a hairdresser, London based retailer Joseph Ettedgui rose to fame by curating and introducing up-and-coming designers to the world. Having launched his own line, Joseph now features elevated basics that are the backbone of any well-edited wardrobe.

Below are a few of Joseph’s high quality classics. A pale pink shell is perfect for layering or wearing alone. Here, we’ve paired it with a navy blue Herno coat that adds just the right amount of warmth for spring. The brand is also known for its twill leggings — they feel like a legging but look as good a tailored pant — available in nearly every color of the rainbow, we're always partial to a good grey.

FROM L TO R: ANNABEL INGALL LARGE ISABELLA TOTE, RENE ESCOBAR DIAMOND & STERLING SILVER BANGLE BRACELET, JOSEPH COTTON LYOCELL STRETCH TANK, HERNO THREE-QUARTERS SLEEVE ZIPPED JACKET AND JOSEPH GABARDINE STRETCH LEGGING.

FROM L TO R: ANNABEL INGALL LARGE ISABELLA TOTE, RENE ESCOBAR DIAMOND & STERLING SILVER BANGLE BRACELET, JOSEPH COTTON LYOCELL STRETCH TANK, HERNO THREE-QUARTERS SLEEVE ZIPPED JACKET AND JOSEPH GABARDINE STRETCH LEGGING.

Whether you’re looking to revamp your wardrobe or simply add a few staple pieces, Joseph is your one stop shop for easy, classic chic.

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Trend Report - NY Fashion Week

Trend Report - NY Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is over and London Fashion Week is in full swing, which means our buyers just got back from NYC, where they were shopping the Spring 2016 collections.  While the rest of us are switching our closets from Summer to Fall and wondering where September went, a lucky few are already thinking ahead to next Spring.  We're happy to see that some of our favorite Fall trends are making an extended appearance into next season. 

Leather - Leather is going to be around for a while.  We saw it cut in feminine silhouettes and paired with delicate lace details at RED Valentino as well as super luxe, yet totally sporty separates at ATM.  No matter your personal style, you'll be able to find a leather piece for spring that fits seamlessly into your wardrobe. 

Menswear -  From sleek, tailored suits to lightweight blazers paired with oversized sweatshirts, the designers were pulling from their brother's closet for inspiration.  We love that the look can be streamlined for work or more formal events à la Theory's peplum blazer and cigarette trousers or kept downtown cool with distressed denim and a cotton tee as seen at Frame.

Sporty - We're excited to see that the athleisure styles are rolling over into Spring.  There's nothing better than looking super chic while wearing joggers (in leather no less) and a beautiful, not so plain, white tee.  Although the trend leans casual, the luxury fabrications seen on the runway certainly make it translate to after 5.

Bold Colors and Graphic Prints - From neon yellow tweed at Rag & Bone to dazzlingly graphic knit dresses in a rainbow of colors at M Missoni, spring is not lacking in color.  If a midi dress in a highlighter hue isn't your thing, you will find smaller pieces, from sweaters to cross-body bags, available in a rainbow of shades to get your color fix. 

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How to Wear - Culottes

How to Wear - Culottes

Culottes are back, in a big way.  Nearly every designer featured a pair or two on the runway including RED Valentino, Theory and Halston Heritage. 

Before you roll your eyes and say this trend isn't for you, we've got three easy ways to wear them.

From Left to Right: Vince Reversible Shearling Vest, Current/Elliott Costa Shirt, Vince Culottes, Chan Luu Double Horn Necklace, Rag & Bone Grayson Back Pack.

From Left to Right: Max Mara Lettera Jacket, RED Valentino Scalloped Silk Top, Vince Culottes and Max Mara Leda Bag.

From Left to Right: Theory Melanis D Jacket, L'Agence Lee Wrap Top, Vince Culottes, Samira 13 Necklace, Kim White Metallic Ring Clutch.

Treat your culottes as you would a pair of tailored pants, a midi skirt of even jeans.  As you can see they easily transform form weekend wear to work to a glamorous night out.

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Designer to know: Weekend Max Mara

Designer to know: Weekend Max Mara

When one thinks of Max Mara, luxe wool, supple leather and rich fur probably come to mind. But Max Mara is much more than that. 

Launched in 1984, Weekend Max Mara is the off duty defusion line of Max Mara Collection. Originally designed as a casual and outdoor, weekend-ready collection it has since evolved into a well rounded, sporty yet sophisticated line complete with loads of color, prints and easy to wear and versatile silhouettes. It's filled with all the signature fabrics one finds in Collection, beautiful wool, leather, silk and down, but with a youthful twist.

We've pulled together a few of our favorite Pre-Fall pieces - we have a soft spot for their outerwear - that are available now.

If you've been reading the blog, you've probably noticed our love for Weekend.  Don't let the name fool you, these pieces will take you straight from the office, to date night or even a weekend at the coast.  It's an all inclusive collection filled with wardrobe staples that you won't tire of.

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Iro - french girl cool

Iro - french girl cool

What is it about French girls?  Their pouts, their hair, their raspy voice, their casual, easy, cool yet totally chic style?  If you ask us, it's the style.  Yes, some of it has to be innate, but maybe some - or most of it - is the clothes. 

Iro is a collection that will tap into your inner French girl.

Founded in 2005 by Laurent and Arik Bitton, while Laurent was living and working in New York as a Musician and Arik was living in Paris, Iro quickly become the go to brands for models, musicians and that elusive, cool, urban girl.  

Their ultimate goal was to unite the energies of New York City and Paris and create a line of clothing for the effortlessly stylish, creative and dynamic women that live in those cities.  

The collection is a mix of new york rock n' roll (from Laurent's time as a musician) lady-like French tailoring (their family ran the fashion line Somebody for 20 years) and that French girl, je ne sais quoi.  The collection features a contemporary take on the French Fashion Icon, the tweed jacket, in unexpected colors and patters with zippers and and western pearl snaps instead of buttons, as well as distressed t-shirts in luxe linen, jeans in streamlined silhouettes and tailored jumpsuits in lightweight wool.

Featured in the pages of Jalouse, Vogue Germany, MUSE, Vogue Russia, Vogue Korea and worn by bloggers including Chiara Ferragni, Iro is a collection of updated classics that are easy to wear and totally cool.

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