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Budget Trend Shopping: Carlos by Carlos Santana Shoes

29 Mar

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Staying on-trend doesn’t mean you have to drop serious amounts of money on what’s in your closet. Get inspired by a great magazine photo shoot, but get serious with wallet-friendly brands. A good one to turn to for sexy stilettos and wedges is Carlos by Carlos Santana (yes, that Carlos Santana). Price points range from $90 to $120, but a savvy shopper can find them at department stores or discount shoe outlets for less. Wedges and peep-toes are popular for spring, as well as lace-like cutout designs, so make sure to pick up a pair to wear once the weather warms up. In the meantime, check the sale section of the brand’s website for some great deals on animal print pumps and heels.

Carlos by Carlos Santana. Available at Macy’s and online.

Next Up For Macy’s: Matthew Williamson

17 Mar

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The collaboration with Kinder Aggugini has barely been on the racks long enough to determine whether it’s a success or a failure, and Macy’s has already announced that its next designer collab will be with Matthew Williamson, the British designer known for his colorful prints and flowing fabrics. Launching April 13, the new collection will feature dresses, tops, scarves and even leather and suede pieces priced from $50 to $300 (but  most falling in the range of $50 to $120). Expect bold prints on dresses, bohemian blouses, rompers and scarves with a retro 70’s twist. A full advertising campaign with Dree Hemmingway will be coming soon.

Matthew Williamson for Macy’s. In stores and online April 13.

What’s In Store: Linea Pelle For Target

7 Mar

Linea Pelle decided to bring its high-end leather designs to the masses by making them out of overdyed PVC and selling them at Target for $35 or less. Spotted around the city on endcaps in the handbag sections, the LPLP Linea Pelle looks aren’t quite flying off the shelves. Although the blue and pink are nice for their unique hues, the material looks as cheap as it feels and the shapes are more two-seasons-ago rocker looks than the ladylike and structured bags of the current trends. (Although, to be fair, Linea Pelle is known more for slouchy looks than structured ones). Go for the drawstring or crossbody bags if you’re looking for something more current. We’re sad that the famous fringe didn’t come along for the crossover appeal–shouldn’t that have been easy to do?–but at least this collaboration isn’t as heinous as the Mulberry madness that popped up before Christmas.

Linea Pelle LPLP for Target. Online and in stores.

Get Out: Rebecca Taylor Trunk Show at Sandpiper

23 Feb

Spring (Break) is coming, meaning the time to cast off our winter coats and start thinking about sundresses is upon us. Stop by Sandpiper on Thursday between 10am and 8pm to preview the new Rebecca Taylor spring collection in person. Think: floral dresses, purple and orange accents, maxi skirts, khaki, trenches, lots of ruffles and more. As an incentive to shop early, anyone who spends over $250 gets a goodie bag. Take the opportunity to get first dibs on the perfect summer dress before your size is snapped up.

Sandpiper. 4300 Paces Ferry Road.

Must-Have: Brighton’s Velvet Bouquet Bag

16 Feb

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Usually Brighton bags are best left to the older mom-jean-wearing types, but lately they’ve been creating looks that appeal to everyone, like this Velvet Bouquet Bag for $265. According to the website, 137 circles are folded to create the roses. And the result is a perfect spring bag that isn’t too neon to carry every day.

Brighton. Available in boutiques and online.

What’s In Stores: Kinder Aggugini For Macy’s

16 Feb

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Designer low-end collaborations have become so popular, more brands are jumping on the bandwagon than off. New in stores this week is London’s Kinder Aggugini for Macy’s Impulse department. Described as “Sid Vicious meets Coco Chanel,” the 40 looks capture a tailored-yet-rocker aesthetic within an affordable price range: mostly $40 to $140, with a few pieces (probably the leather jacket) reaching up to $300. There will be approximately 40 pieces in the entire collection, including jackets, knitwear, dresses and shorts.

Kinder Aggugini dress, $78. Image courtesy Macy's.

Macy’s cites key items as tailored leather and bouclé jackets, soft cardigans, ultra-feminine silk shorts and Kimono-style dresses with Kinder’s signature touches. Kinder has worked with John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Calvin Klein, Costume National, Versace and more. So he’s more than qualified to design fabulous clothes, but can he do it on a budget using less-than-stellar fabrics? We’ll see.

Kinder Aggugini for Macy's jacket, $138. Image courtesy Macy's.


Macy’s expects to roll out a new designer collaboration every few months, although no word on who might be the next designer.

Kinder Aggugini for Macy’s. In stores and online.

Collab Crazy: Keeping Pop Culture On The Tips Of Your Fingers

9 Feb

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Crossover collaborations are the new black in the fashion industry, with one brand using another brand’s popularity to draw in new customers. Celebrity fragrances have long been the first stop for famous femmes who want to break into the beauty industry. Which Katy Perry did, and now she’s quickly moved on to nail polish just two months later, collabing with OPI for funky glittery shades as well as a black shatter topcoat. Hats off to Ms. Perry and the folks at OPI for creating something seriously unique for a collab–so unique, the company made an instructional video. (Apply the black polish on top of any color and it will crack as it dries.)

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Does it seem like Glee is everywhere? Well, it is–now Sephora has an exclusive Glee nailpolish collection, also in cahoots with OPI. These colors come in a mini kit (l-4): Miss Bossy Pants, Slushie, Celibacy Club, Gleek Out, Sue vs. Shue and Express Yourself. And if that’s not enough, there’s another four sold separately:

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Meet (l-r): Mash-Up, Hell to the No, Who Let The Dorks Out? and Diva-in-Training.

Once you’ve picked your favorite color, pick your applique. That’s right, Glee for Sephora by OPI also offers stick-on patterns: Polka-dots, stars and music bars.

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Now you can Gleek out on multiple levels.

Katy Perry for OPI. Available at Ulta.

Glee for Sephora by OPI. Available at Sephora.

What’s In Store: Kate Middleton’s Reiss Dress

28 Jan

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It’s the dress that was heard ’round the world: Kate Middleton, the royal fiancee and future British queen, dug a year-old Reiss dress out of her closet for the official engagement photos with Prince William. Now, due to overwhelming popular demand, Reiss is bringing the dress back for Spring 2011. Named the Nanette dress, it will be available in Reiss boutiques and online starting on February 7. It will retail for $310. And it will probably sell out on the first damn day.

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Although Reiss doesn’t have much of a presence in the States so far (nine total, with three in NYC and two in…Florida??), the growing demand for their clothes is causing them to think about expansion. The brand’s North American president told StyleList that the company is currently in talks with department stores like Bloomingdale’s to see about bringing their clothes to more markets.

Here’s hoping we’ll see some stylish Brit looks in Atlanta soon. The classic looks would do well here.

Reiss Nanette dress. Online February 7.

Spring 2011 Trends at Macy’s

17 Jan

Boutiques offer a well-edited selection of hot items, but department stores offer a wider variety of designers and collections for those who can handle the fashion overload. Here’s a look at what’s new at Macy’s for spring to keep you on-trend without breaking the bank.

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Try something slightly tribal printed with a unique draped shape. Blue is a flattering color on anyone, plus the white keeps it light and airy for spring. BCBG Max Azria, $248.

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A subtle snakeskin print in a neutral color is a great backdrop for colorful accessories. Calvin Klein, $129.

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Mix prints within the same color palette for a final look that’s coordinated and unique without being messy. Top it all off with a trench, the new “it” coat for spring. Rachel Rachel Roy trench, $109; tank, $49; short, $79.

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A tailored blazer is a great professional topper for a sleeveless dress to make it office-appropriate. Ellen Tracy blazer, $149.50; top, $69.50; skirt, $89.50.

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Classic American casual never goes out of style. Toss the skinny jeans for a pair of wide-leg tailored denim pants. Tommy Hilfiger jacket, $98.50; shirt, $69.50; pant, $69.50.

Spring 2011 Trendwatch: Orange

14 Jan

L-r: Z spoke by Zac Posen, J. Crew, Rebecca Minkoff. Images via

It was all over the runways for Spring 2011: garments in a bright, unflattering traffic cone orange shade. Not a soft pastel tangerine, but a color that looks good on few ladies. Seems like everyone is a bandwagon Auburn fan now. Who knew Cecil Newton had friends in the CFDA?

How to make it wearable: opt for the orange and white skirt from J. Crew instead of the button-down shirt, or at least don’t wear them together. Don’t wear the color too close to your face. Break it up with a jacket or blazer.

Z Spoke, J. Crew, and Rebecca Minkoff. All available online.

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