Though I haven’t bought anything from the recently hyped-up JewelMint just yet, I’m signed up and have watched the Kate and Cher videos explaining their motivation for and fun creating their members-only jewelry club. And just a couple months after its release, their parent company has announced a parallel fashion site to come, launched by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
The collection will start with 8 t-shirts and may broaden to include other knitwear in the future. Like JewelMint, each piece will cost $29.99 and feature videos of the young designers.
Photo Source: WhoWhatWear.com
Addicting fashion ideas site and brilliant collage designer WhoWhatWear will soon release its second book behind its debut into publishing, Who What Wear: Celebrity and Runway Styling for Real Life. Co-founders Katherine Power and Heather Kerr’s new project, titled What To Wear, Where, features a foreward by Nicole Richie but has less of a celebrity tilt than the first book and the site’s bread-and-butter posts. In a magazine’s feature-style layout, you’ll get tips on what to wear to everyday events, like first dates, job interviews, fashion-type events, and even out to run errands. A sensible how-to guide as much as an inspiring coffee table book, it looks like a great gift for birthdays, graduations, and just because.
Still waiting on a release date, but I’m keeping an eye on this one!
Photo Source: The Black History album, via Of Another Fashion
Those in and out of the fashion industry often complain about the lack of women of color on magazine covers, in major editorials and on runways, and while some progress has been made, there’s still a justification for critique. But yesterday while procrastinating on Facebook, I opened a link that my high school friend Amy had posted: a tumblr and digital archive of an exhibition-in-the-making called Of Another Fashion, by Minh-Ha T. Pham.
As Pham works to edit and fund her exhibition, she’s already sharing her photographs and memorabilia on her site, creating a comprehensive fashion history of women of color, from an NAACP fashion show in 1956 to Japanese women on their way to the infamous internment camp, Manzanar, to a 1977 Native American fashion show to African American vaudeville stars.
If you’re a street style junkie or love looking over vintage photographs and advertisements, you’ll need to keep up with this site, and the overall campaign. Scrolling through photographs from W.E.B. Dubois’ own personal collection is inexcusably a new, and thus, slightly chilling, experience. Not to mention compelling. It seems like you’re also free to send in photos you think deserve inclusion, so start digging through your own family’s archives.
Vera Wang for David's Bridal; Photo Source: Fashionista.com
It’s a great time to plan a wedding. Beyond David’s Bridal and standard (or over-the-top) bridal boutiques, several favorite retailers are going bridal, too. Here’s a quick round-up, and anymore you’ve heard about, please share!
- Gilt Groupe: They extended their flash sales to incorporate all bridal themes, including wedding dresses, bridal party wardrobes and even honeymoons.
- Shopbop: You could easily outfit your bridesmaids from this site already, and maybe even find a beautiful dress for yourself, depending on the type of wedding you’re having. But everyone who gets regular Shopbop e-mail blasts knows that a special wedding e-boutique is on its way.
- Urban Outfitters, Inc.: What would a bride who’s half Urban Outfitters and half Anthropologie wear to her wedding? Debuting exclusively online this Valentine’s Day with a single store to arrive in August, BHLDN is a new concept from Urban Outfitters, Inc., showcasing “off-kilter” dresses, glassware and other bridal and wedding accessories. Two or three stores will open next year, with a larger goal of providing all kinds of party and special occasion clothes. Sign up for e-mail updates here.
- Net-a-Porter: Another fabulous site for wedding dress shopping, where you can easily snag a Lanvin or Matthew Williamson for less than a poufy cupcake thing you’d find at a bridal boutique. And to make browsing even easier, the site’s already filtered bridal into its own online boutique for MOBs, bridesmaids, shoes, and more.
- J.Crew: One of the first conventional retailers to add bridal, J.Crew has admittedly stepped up its game in the last couple of seasons. And with mini boutiques for engagement parties, honeymoons and even “something blue,” you can at least get a free virtual planning assistant out of the site.
- Vera Wang for David’s Bridal: First Kohl’s, now David’s Bridal. Vera Wang’s just debuted her wedding dresses for the national chain, and they’re pretty. If you can’t afford the real thing, this is worth a quick finger-rub test. If the fabric is up to par, I can’t imagine how this couldn’t be a viable option.
I’m recovering from my fashion funk, but still need gobs of inspiration if I want to sort out my wardrobe a little better. One of my favorite sites for new ideas in terms of styling is Altamira: Models Off Duty. It’s not a new blog, but it satisfies my desire to listlessly scroll through big, clear shots of models dressed up and down (several posts feature one model and at least 2 shots of her, caught on different days and in different outfits.)
Of course I’m not 5’11 or have Slavic bone structure, but if I could dress like Constance Jablonski everyday, I’d be happy. Actually, I think I have almost those exact pieces in my closet…
You’ve still got a day to enter the Bonanza Handbag Sweepstakes, over at Bags Bonanza’s Bag Blog (is that enough Bs for you?)
They’re giving away a sateen Coach handbag here by commenting on the post, answering the question “Who is the most stylish celebrity and why?” More rules here. I recommend entering: even if you’re still in the middle of coat weather, the preppy mint green color will get you ready for spring!
If you haven’t visited Bona Drag’s website lately, then 1) you probably haven’t started holiday outfit shopping yet, and 2) you haven’t seen their awesome website re-design. Besides a blog and a track listing for their latest, famous Mix Tapes (you get one with every order), you can also shop by category as before, or by designer, via the left tab. It’s a little sleeker than their older design, but still bursting with indie spirit.
Also check out the new logo, a collaboration between Kim Krans of the Wild Known and Bona Drag buyer/photog/stylist/web designer Heather Wojner. “The ancient Egyptians considered the symbol (Eye of Horus) as a representative of eternal renewal of the kingdom from pharaoh to pharaoh,” says Wojner. “Since this marks the renewal of Bona Drag, I thought it fit perfectly.”
And don’t miss the About page, where the Bona Drag Girls share their photos, Favorites (songs, “wearables”) and job descriptions. They have the best jobs ever.
But despite the revamp, don’t expect Bona Drag to turn corporate. “We’re definitely growing but we will still remain very personal, and will keep a small collection,” assured Wojner.