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MARINA MONDAY: HELLO YELLOW

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Lately, I can’t get enough of the color yellow.  It’s a huge color for Spring 2014, and stylehaus has been steadily receiving more and more yellow pieces.  I’m surprised that I’m loving this color so much, because it’s a little brighter than my usual palette.  I’ve found that if I toughen it up a bit- by pairing it with black, or by choosing yellow pieces in edgy fabrics- yellow feels 100% me!

 

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This laser-cut leather matching set is one of my favorite new looks.  It actually reminds me a little of the Alexander Wang Fall 2014 show finale.  Since  I love a good matching set, I decided to wear the yellow jacket and shorts together.  To break up the color a little bit, I wore a printed tank from my upcoming Haus line (get excited!).  A flapper-esque necklace from Jared Jamin added a dose of old-school glam.

 

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I always wear my shorts with black tights, and this outfit was no exception.  Since yellow and black can come off a little bumblebee-ish, I knew I needed to add another neutral to the mix.  Brown leather riding boots from Loeffler Randall did the trick!

For the finishing touch I grabbed my newest clutch from Veda- I love the clear plastic panel in the center!  And, of course, my pink teddy bear phone case made an appearance.

See?  Even the edgiest girls can get into yellow.

xxMarina

 

IT FACTOR FRIDAY: BIRDS

We don’t know how it happens, but every season a handful of designers happen to magically think up the same ideas.  Realistically, we know that each design team’s “trend forecaster” analyzes what will be popular for the coming seasons, and helps designers push out those pieces on the runway- but we’re still amazed by it!  For Fall 2014, a bunch of trends emerged- neon accents, fur sleeves, faux croptops, gloves- but one of our favorites was bird embroidery, seen everywhere from Cavalli to Valentino.  The look is a little retro and a lot romantic, and we want in on it ASAP.

 

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Alberta Ferretti Fall 2014

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Giles Fall 2014

Alberta Ferretti’s bird embroidery accented a moody-toned wool dress while flying over a skirted scene of greenery.  The look at Giles was a pop-art take on the same concept, with birds of neon orange and teal blue popping against solid backgrounds.

 

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Just Cavalli Fall 2014

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Valentino Fall 2014

Just Cavalli made the trend more majestic with a jacket that featured two phoenixes as jacket lapels, while Valentino’s take had all the glamour and romance of Old Hollywood.  Can’t you just see that flocked frock on the red carpet?

 

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014

Dolce & Gabbana’s creation not only featured birds, but cartoon flowers, branches, and bugs as well!

 

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No need to wait for Fall 2014 to get in on this It Factor trend- the look is accessible right now!  Pixie Market is the place to go for affordable, trendy pieces:  their orange skirt is totally Giles (and only $34), while their crop top and black dress are a tad more wearable.   French Connection’s maxi dress recalls the romance of the runway for only $80, and Equipment’s embellished blouse ensures you’ll sparkle in the look.

Which one will you get?  We’re eyeing up the orange skirt, for sure.

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY: LAUREN HUTTON’S WHITE BLOUSE

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There is literally nothing more classic than a white blouse.  A crisp white button down, a drape-y white silk top, a plain white tee- they go with anything and everything, and look great on anyone of any age.  No one has pushed the power of the white blouse more than ‘70s supermodel Lauren Hutton.

 

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Known for her All-American charm and classic, preppy style, Lauren Hutton made a name for herself in the 70s and hasn’t stopped making headlines since.  She’s one of the world’s most revered style icons, and could give us all a lesson in “less is more.”  Her outfits typically included a white blouse, typically worn in a super-simple way: with a denim skirt, a blazer, or blue jeans.  Classic & chic!

 

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Available at stylehaus!

Our newest white blouse reminds us of Lauren Hutton SO much!  The draped, v-neck fit is all Lauren, giving off a sexy-but-secretarial vibe.  The ¾ length sleeves, perfectly cuffed, absolutely make the shirt.  We’d wear this with everything:  a leather skirt, printed pants, cutoffs, you name it.

If you can’t get over the Lauren Hutton look, either, you can grab this blouse for $174 at stylehaus- just call 323-655-5900 to order!

 

TREND REPORT: SKORTS

Skorts hold a special place in our hearts here at stylehaus.  While we are totally over the now-ubiquitous Zara miniskort (you know the one…the piece that every blogger and her mom wore last season), skorts in and of themselves aren’t off-limits.  We actually LOVE the versastility of the hybrid piece: the femininity of a skirt with a comfort that only comes from knowing we won’t be flashing our undies if a breeze comes along.

 

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In fact, a skort is one must-have piece for the Spring season.  If you want in on the look, stylehaus has got you covered!  Stylist Janelle put together two street-style worthy looks with the “It” piece of the moment, all pieces courtesy of stylehaus.

 

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Our yellow and black marble printed shorts have two free-flowing front panels, creating the illusion of a skirt.  The long length is so on-trend right now; remember our post on the popularity of Bermudas?  Janelle matched these edgy shorts with a distressed-looking sweater in black.  The result is an effortlessly cool outfit that Alexander Wang would be proud of.

 

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Looking for something a little less dramatic?  Our neoprene skort with gold zipper detailing might be the skort for you!  We love the asymmetrical hemline, and the light color goes with absolutely everything.  Janelle opted for a blue suede tee shirt, making this look perfect for a Spring night out on the town.

All items (except for Janelle’s gorgeous boots) are available at stylehaus!  Call 323-655-5900 for pricing and sizing details.

 

MARINA MONDAY: COBRA SOCIETY

In today’s Marina Monday post, Marina shares the best way to add fringe to a look: with a bag!

 

Fringe is absolutely everywhere lately!  We saw the trend pop up at the Spring 2014 shows, and every Fashion Week since- Pre Fall 2014, Spring Couture 2014, Fall 2014- has featured the trend in spades.  I’m loving this look, and lucky for me I have my pick of fringed pieces at stylehaus.

Fringed bags are the best way to add this look to your current closet.  Cobra Society, an NY based brand, has the best fringed bags ever.  We stock a few of them at stylehaus, and I can’t get enough.  They lend the perfect amount of boho beauty to any look!

 

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fringe-trend-2014For an over-the-top dose of fringe, I’m into their “Moses Pouchette”.  It’s a small bucket bag featuring long, studded leather strands and a cross-body strap.  This piece feels authentically bohemian, and super-luxurious.

 

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fringe-trend-2014The Reide Crossbody bag is another Cobra Society must-have, and it comes in blue or yellow.  I’m feeling the blue, since cobalt is my fave color and this purse will match everything I have!  I’m totally going to bring this guy to Coachella with me this year.  The long fringe detailing fits the festival vibe, and the “brass knuckle” strap means no one will mess with me :)

 

fringe-trend-2014For traveling, the Cobra Society’s Tangier tote is a must.  It’s big enough to fit everything you need for a weekend away, and the handwoven Moroccan Kilim detailing on the sides is so gorgeous.  My favorite part is the tiniest tassel on the front lock- a baby dose of the season’s biggest trend!

If you’re as obsessed with fringe as I am, you have to come check these pieces out at stylehaus.

 

xxMarina

 

TREND REPORT: BAGS OF FALL 2014

Fashion Month is officially over.  After scoping the offerings from New York, London, Milan, and Paris designers, we see a few big bag trends on the horizon for Fall 2014.  The size of your bag (mostly smaller), the shape of your bag (structured) and even the way you hold your bag (forget about the strap!) is about to change!  Here are the biggest bag trends of Fall 2014:

 

Small trunk bags

 

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Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014

Louis Vuitton’s Petit Malle, or small trunk, is perfection.  We love how Nicolas Ghesquiere updated the standby LV logo bags by resizing the most enduring icon of Louis Vuitton’s legacy: the steam trunck.  The result is super cute, ladylike, and modern, and we can’t wait to get our hands on one (in our dreams- can you image the waitlist?).  Dolce & Gabanna showed similarly shaped bags with their collection, including one case embellished with bugs and sparkly flowers.  We’ll take one of each, please.

 

Quirk

 

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Moschino Fall 2014

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Chanel Fall 2014

Quirky, “ironic” bags were big this season, with Moschino and Chanel showing some of the best options.  Jeremy Scott’s inaugural collection for Moschino was polarizing to say the least (did you love it or hate it?), but we’re totally on board.  His “Happy Meal” bag is high on our Fall wishlist, and we can’t get over the “Soda” bag, either.  Karl Lagerfeld took things up a notch at Chanel with his “Chanel Shopping Center” concept.  A classic quilted Chanel 2.55 wrapped up like a slab of ground beef is particularly amusing, but we’re really feel the “Lait de Coco” milk purse- amazing!!

 

Utilitarian

 

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Alexander Wang Fall 2014

Alexader Wang was one of the first shows of Fashion Month, and he really set the bar high.  His utilitarian, multi-purpose purses were perhaps some of the best pieces in the collection, and we can see them being among the next crop of “It” bags.  Carabineers attached water bottles and utility carry-alls to one main shoulder strap- the perfect bag to carry through the Zombie Apocolypse.

 

Scrap the Strap

 

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Celine, Gucci, and Chloe Fall 2014

Designers decided to scrap the straps on their bags this season!  Celine’s version fits nicely on your arm, but requires a firm grip on bottom.  Gucci’s models scooped up tophandle bags and wore them up to the elbow.  Chloe’s extra-large clutch was hoisted up under the models’ armpits, and looks big enough to fit everything you’d ever need.

 

What were your favorite bags of the season?

THE LOOK FOR LESS: CELINE, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM, AND PRADA

While walking through Zara, we were stopped in our tracks by some oddly familiar designs.  Tops, skirts, and dresses reminiscent of the Spring runways were absolutely everywhere- not that we’re complaining.  We’ll never say no to a, ahem, derivative work of a runway piece at an affordable price!  No knock-offs here, though: while Zara’s designs are thisclose to looking like the real thing, they stop short of being blatant rip-offs.

We have a feeling we’ll get tons of, “Is that Celine?” questions.  If asked, we’ll just smile and say, “It’s Zara! Under $100!” with a smile.  Bragging about a great deal is the new black, you know.

 

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If you’re into Celine’s abstract art vibes, look no further than the racks of Zara.  This primary-color painted tee is your best bet; wear it with a black-and-white skirt that recalls Celine’s Spring 2014 opening look for an inspired outfit!

 

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More of a 3.1 Phillip Lim girl?  Zara’s got you covered.  The designers ode to geodes is available for under $60!  Lim paired his version with a yellow leather skirt, but we’re thinking of distressed denim instead.

 

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Prada’s crazy Spring runway show is hard to emulate- Miucca Prada’s pieces were so over-the-top that it’d be risky to recreate.  Zara found a way, though, with some of the simpler dresses that walked the catwalk.  Prada’s sporty shift dresses are some of the most inspiring pieces of the season, and Zara’s offering a pared-down version for about $70.  Add a giant statement necklace to replace Prada’s runway bling, and you’re good to go!

 

IT FACTOR FRIDAY: BUTTERFLIES

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Valentino Spring 2014 Couture

If the designers at Valentino have anything to do with it, butterflies will be a huge trend for Spring and Fall.  Valentino’s runways were positively fluttering with butterfly wings for Spring 2014 Couture and Fall 2014!  However they involved the winged creatures- prints, 3D appliqués, or embroidered patches- the design duo behind Valentino made sure that there was no mistaking what would be the next big trend.  Here at stylehaus, our hears are aflutter for this look!

 

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Valentino Fall 2014

While, of course, Valentino’s runway creations are a little too precious for real life, there is a way to incorporate the pretty little things into an outfit without coming off princess-y.  Our butterfly printed tank is just the thing!  In a classic palate of black and white, butterflies actually look pretty badass.

 

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We love this tank worn with our white leather jacket, which is actually lined with butterfly-printed fabric!  If you want to try the trend, either of these pieces will satisfy your craving. Get them at stylehaus- 323-655-5900 to order.

Are you into this look?  How will you wear it?

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY: GLOVES

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These days, you rarely see someone sporting gloves for fashion’s sake.  To keep warm, sure; for Halloween, absolutely.  But wearing gloves simply to enhance an outfit?  Pretty much unheard of!

 

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Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

All that is about to change, though.  We credit Olivia Pope (and her costume designer, Lyn Paolo) for the major comeback moment that gloves are experiencing right now!  Paolo, admittedly “obsessed by” gloves, single-handedly brought the accessory back into style through the vehicle of Scandal’s Olivia Pope.  Designers are clearly watching: gloves popped up on an incredible number of runways this season!

 

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Gloves through the years

Gloves, worn for necessity up until the 20th century, became a symbol of wealth & class through the 1920s and 1930s.  Sunburned hands showed that you belonged to the working class; thus, gloves became an inadvertent status symbol.  Many shapes & sizes were fashionable over the years:  short gloves were seen in many a 1920s silent film, and the 1930s saw a rise in leather kid gloves.  Long, slouchy gloves dominated the 40s; while long, slim gloves were the peak of chic in the 50s (think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s).  Jackie O wore gloves like no one else in the 1960s, and after that gloves slowly lost their steam.  A few appearances in the 80s- Madonna and Michael Jackson- petered out to almost nothing until Scandal came around.

 

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AF Vandevorst, Acne, Chanel Fall 2014

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Dior Fall 2014

Fashion designers are embracing the new trend wholeheartedly, as evidenced by the strong showing of gloves for Fashion Month Fall 2014.  AF Vandevorst showed a modern pair, Acne was edgy with leather-on-leather, and Chanel put a sporty spin on long pink gloves.  Dior’s gloves were a total throwback to 50s/60s elegance, with pairs up-to-the-elbow and beyond worn with vests and short-sleeve coats.

 

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014

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John Galliano Fall 2014

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Lanvin Fall 2014

Dolce & Gabbana threw it back a little farther with their chainmail-inspired gloves!  Galliano’s version was long, scrunched, and layered; Lanvin’s was long and slim.

 

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Rodarte Fall 2014

Rodarte showed gloved looks that were geek-chic, complete with berets, scarves, and horn-rimmed glasses.

 

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Rochas Fall 2014

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Rochas Fall 2014

 

Our FAVORITE glove looks, though, were from Rochas.  Brightly colored gloves were the focal point of almost every Rochas runway look, ranging from pale yellow to neon orange to bright teal.  Worn with oversize coats in various pastel shades and floral prints, the vibe was vintage with a modern twist.  Rochas even threw in a few fringed gloves, a little reminiscent of a glamorous Edward Scissorhands.

One one question remains: which gloves will Olivia Pope wear first?