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What’s new for the bride-to-be

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.

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    Who else makes cargo pants?

    Photo Source: denimblog.com

    JBrand’s Houlihan cargo pants. You know them. Everyone has them: SJP, Rachel Bilson, Rihanna, Lindsay Lohan, and Jessica Alba practically lives in hers (Pink Mascara doesn’t even waste time listing: their product page simply says “…as seen on Jessica Alba + many others). I get the appeal: you know I’m a JBrand girl, and I’m all about turning more interesting items into unexpected staples.

    But does anyone else make cargo pants? I would never buy these, unless they were on sale for, like, $20. Singer22, Pink Mascara, Shopbop, Kitson, etc, etc are still selling them for $230 and up, which makes me think they’re still going to be around for a while, and like that skull and crossbones Alexander McQueen scarf from a couple of years ago, what is everyone’s obsession with wearing the exact same piece? It’s not just the same trend or same idea: everyone in Hollywood is walking around in a prom or Oscar night nightmare.

    Anlo, Current/Elliott, Elizabeth & James, Twenty8Twelve: where have you been? Can someone else please make a new pair of skinny (or just cute) cargos?


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    DVF lets you “shop the show”

    Photo Source: style.com

    You can trick yourself all you want by saying that online shopping gives you just as much of a thrill as trying on clothes in the store, handing over your credit card, and taking them home with you right then and there. But while buying pretty pieces online in the middle of the night hurts so good, it’s sometimes anticlimactic.

    DVF has given online shopping the boost it needed with her shop the show addition on her website. Watch a video of the Fall 2010 runway show, and then click on the piece names to the right to buy or pre-order them. You’re going to have to remember that sparkly blazer may not look quite as good on you as it does on Coco, but you do get to see the clothes in movement, and how they work layered over each other, a perspective you just can’t get from Shopbop.

    I think more designers or even department stores and online boutiques should keep experimenting with this idea. Hayden-Harnett’s IRL newsletter lets you see the clothes on real women, and what if they got to run their own catwalk so that we could examine fit, texture and styling potential in a new way?

    I’m thinking a new YouTube channel is in order…

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    Brand whore or brand aversion?

    Photo Source: Shopbop.com

    The shoes at left aren’t super ugly or impractical. In fact, my personal issues with cork aside, they’re pretty cute, versatile and comfortable-looking. They’re being sold on Shopbop for $140, a reasonable price for shoes you could wear to dinner, the beach, or even out shopping.

    But would it change your mind if you knew that they’re UGGs?

    It’s like brand-whoring in reverse. Will you refuse to buy something just because of its brand name (all enviromental/sustainable/Fair Trade/copyright infringement ideologies aside).


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    The jean short debate, Part 2 (or 3)

    Photo Source: Shopbop.com

    It’s part 3 if you consider this old post, but only part 2 if we’re referring to the cost debate: How much will you pay for short jean shorts?

    Today, in about 8 minutes, I received from the post man, tried on, belted, cuffed and shoved back in the mailing envelope these shorts from Forever 21. They didn’t fit, which isn’t anyone’s fault, but it made me desperate enough to start toying with the idea of splurging on a pair of J Brands. I know my size in J Brands, they’re my favorite real jeans, and shorts have been my staple since elementary school (so, I know I’d wear them over and over).

    Last March, we discussed the price of Current/Elliott denim shorts, which then ran for $178 on Shopbop. This year, they’re $189, the J Brands are $165, and Anlo, Ksubi, Sass and Bide and other brands are in that range and above. How much did you pay for short jean shorts this past year, or did you make your own (like I did, 10 minutes ago)?

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    Shopbop sale hits 70% off


    Photo Source: shopbop.com

    Like a lot of retailers desperate for business these days, Shopbop is cutting down sale prices even lower. Find brands like Botkier, Frye and Helmut Lang on ridiculously low sale, and it’s not just the summer leftovers. This Helmut Lang Drapey Cardigan, for example, is just $114.

    Let the holiday shopping begin!

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    Shop It To Me saves you time and brings you discounts


    Photo Source: Shopbop.com

    Mmmm…my good friend Kindel sent me the info. for this VERY customizable shopping site, based in San Francisco: Shop It To Me.

    How does it work? Create a profile (free) and check which brands and styles you like most. Fill in your sizes and choose which days you’d like to receive e-mail updates. Patiently await Shopbop.com offers that feature the types of clothes you’re in the market for (or just lusting after), at discount prices, and only the available styles that are sold in your sizes will be sent.

    The DKNY dress at left was e-mailed to me, and I have to admit, it’s a pretty perfect match to something I’d pick out for myself anyway.

    This could potentially be very dangerous, very helpful, or very convenient, or just all of the above.

    Now I’m turning you loose. Have fun!


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