Trend Report: Designer Collaborations

Lanvin for H&M 2011

In recent years Target and H&M’s designer collaborations have become the newest must-have with fashion. However, obtaining these coveted pieces isn’t easy. Budget conscious shoppers have to be quick, as new collections sell out in mere hours. Since these collections are only sold for a limited time there is no time to waste when a new release is announced.

Designer pieces aren’t fit for everyone’s wallet, but by collaborating with mass retail chains a wide range of stylish shoppers can get their hands on great designs by Derek Lim, Missoni, Proenza, and more at affordable prices.

Not everyone is on board with designer collaborations. Some unhappy fashionistas say that these cheaper mass retail pieces dilute the brand, and makes the original designs less special. Others defend the choice some designers make of referencing their past designs, saying that if fast fashion is going to be creating runway knockoffs anyways then designers should be paid for it. But no matter what, this budding relationship between designers and retailers seems like it is here to stay.

Alenxander McQueen for Target 2009

Alenxander McQueen for Target 2009

Prepare your wallets, here are some 2014 collaborations to snap up before they’re gone:

Kate Moss for Topshop

Released on April 30th, the style icon’s long awaited return to Topshop can’t be missed. Her last Topshop collection in 2007 sold out instantly and ran for three years, here’s hoping this new collection will stay even longer. The full lookbook can be found here.

Ostwald Helgason for ALDO RISE

Chunky platform sandals and pointy pumps, all in bright color blocking, will be hitting ALDO for fall/winter 2014. And for the first time, handbags will be included in the collection as well. Photos from the fashion week debut can be seen here.

Peter Pilotto for Target

In Target stores already, these surf-inspired pieces feature Peter Pilotto’s signature eclectic prints in wallet-friendly prices.

Sophia Webster for J. Crew

This fall collection’s funky footwear can spice up a neutral office outfit or complement a thrown together street wear ensemble. All the shoes can be viewed here.

Marimekko for Banana Republic

Summer means beaches, sunglasses, and this year, Marimekko’s Banana Republic summer capsule. Fun prints in Banana Republic’s classic shapes will be sure to make this summer ever so stylish.

 

Written by Melissa Bai

Beauty Bulletin: Cutest Makeup Products

Perhaps the only thing better than a shiny new lipstick is an adorable shiny new lipstick.

Cosmetics packaging is most often straightforward and minimal, sometimes elegant and fancy. And so, cute and fun designs are always an eye-catching treats. Sure they don’t have any real function, but how fun is it to have a collection of lovely little tubes and compacts?

These following items look lovely, whether on the vanity counter or in a purse. And the products themselves aren’t half bad either!

1. Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Illuminating Bronzing Veil – $13.95

Who needs Guerlain Meteorites when you have these shimmery powder hearts?

2 . TheBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples? – $32

TheBalm’s pretty palettes and ever witty names means this cheek and lip palette is sure to be the apple of your eye.

3. Les Merveilleuses de Laduree Face Color Rose

Only lucky Paris and Tokyo-dwellers are able to get their hands on Laduree’s gorgeous makeup. Everyone else can only look with envy at this delicate flower-shaped blush.

4. Too Faced Chocolate Bar – $49

Not only does this palette look like a delicious chocolate bar, it smells like one too.

5. Milani Rose Powder Blush – $7.99

It looks almost too pretty to use, but don’t worry, the raised rose design will last for several applications.

6. Etude House Etoinette Crystal Powder – $55.90

Loose powder fit for a princess.

7. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Nail Color – $16

Both nail polish aficionados and Disney fans alike will love the Minnie Mouse bottle.

8. Tony Moly Mini Berry Lip Balm – $10.90

A tiny little blueberry is the perfect size to pop in a bag on the go.

9. YSL Gloss Volupte - $32

The outside may not be much to sneeze at, but hiding inside is a kiss-shaped applicator!

Special Mention: Paul & Joe Cat Lipstick

Sadly these lipsticks are discontinued. But the top hat cat is too cute to be excluded. Is it too much to hope for that one day these will make a comeback?

 

Written by Melissa Bai

Michael Kors Tote Winner

Congratulations to Colby Milano of Moeh Fashion, winner of a Michael Kors tote in the Snapette giveaway hosted on Fasholista!

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We sat down with Colby and asked her all about who she is, her style inspirations and why she loves Snapette:

Tell us about you!

Hey! My name is Colby and I am the blogger behind Moeh Fashion. I was born and raised in NY, and currently attend the Fashion Institute of Technology while working as a part time design assistant for a denim company in NYC. Expressing myself has always been a hobby of mine. The fashion industry has allowed me to do just that, and has also opened many doors for me. I am very happy to be doing something that I love! Over the past year I’ve also been able to do a lot of traveling, and it has been an incredibly inspiring journey. My posts overseas have been some of my favorite, and I hope to keep bringing more of a mix to my blog!

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Who is your favorite fashion icon and why?

I can’t honestly say that I have one favorite fashion icon. A lot of my inspiration comes from interesting, quality, and stylish work from photographers, editorials, look books and street style. Pinterest happens to be one of my favorites platforms on social media for inspiration. It allows me to gather all of the ideas and things I like including more than just outfits. I find my inspiration comes from seeing style in all fields like interiors, food, travel, beauty, as well as fashion.

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 3.17.01 PM (1)Check out Colby’s Pinterest here!

What do you love about the new Michael Kors bag?

What I love most about my new Michael Kors bag is that it’s going to be traveling with me everywhere. The bag itself is a great fusion of a classic and practical piece. Everything from my ipad, notebooks, and travel necessities fit neatly inside and the biggest plus is it goes with everything!

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Favorite feature of the Snapette app so far?

My favorite feature of the Snapette app so far is the notifications about sales and stores nearby. There’s nothing like being notified about a new brand or store when you’re actually in the area to check it out. It makes shopping a little more spontaneous and fun.

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Check out Colby’s Snapette profile here, and happy snapping!

Style Around the World: South Korea

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Seoul Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014 just wrapped up this past week as one of the hottest fashion showcases in Asia. With more and more Korean designers finding Western recognition, South Korea is becoming the new must-go style destination. 

With over 70 designers at the newly opened Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park this was not an event worth missing. Divided into two sections, Seoul Collection and Next Generation, Seoul Fashion Week allowed well-known Korean designers to show their coveted collections in Seoul Collection, and for up-and-coming new designers to prove their worth in Next Generation. 

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Miss Gee Collection’s La Danza concept is inspired by Spanish dancing. The long, twirly dresses are paired with oversized jewelry.

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Boy band EXO walked the runway and performed for the opening ceremony of Generation Next.

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ANS An Yoon Jung combined rich furs, breezy chiffon, and structured wool to create classic, structured looks.

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Image via ANS Paris

Image via ANS Paris

The quirky dinner theme of Big Park is delicious in more ways than one. Cutlery-esque designs and appetite-stimulating bright red hues are a feast for the eyes.

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Chez Heezin’s eclectic candy pink collection is adorable, daring, and not for the faint of heart.

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Image via Getty Images

Image via Getty Images

Street style at Seoul Fashion Week was also on point, with chic Koreans showing off their unique style.

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Image via mariefranceasia.com

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Many Kpop idols such as G-Dragon are known as fashion icons, modelling at fashion shows and endorsing various brands. CL of 2NE1 has even been featured in W Magazine, and is muse to designer Jeremy Scott.

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Image via W Magazine

Ulzzangs, “best face” in Korean, are internet stars with large followings, and often are sporting the latest trends. Large framed glasses, sneakers, and sweet girly dresses are commonly seen on the streets of Seoul.

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Image via Pinterest

Myeongdong is the largest shopping district in Seoul with hundreds of mid-to-high range stores, both international chains and local shops. Packed during the weekends with fashion-forward shoppers Myeongdong is the place to be for the young and trendy.

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Written by Melissa Bai

Trend Report: iPhone Cases

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Image via Pinterest

Would life in 2014 even be possible without a smartphone? Today’s iPhone manages emails, tracks calories, plays music, tells you the weather, takes Instagram pics, and of course lets you upload snaps to the #1 fashion app Snapette! Much like your glasses or watch, the iPhone is an everyday accessory you reach for constantly.  So naturally, it’s only fair for such an important tool to be outfitted just as well as the rest of your closet.

The days of solid color cases are over, and beautiful designs are a dime a dozen to suit any style or look. Many fashionistas have multiple cases to swap in and out to have a ‘match your phone to your #ootd.

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Image via Pinterest

Just like shoes or jewelry, the iPhone is a reflection of your personal style. Whether it be a statement case with decked out crystals or a subtle minimalist design, it’s your most important everyday item so it’s got to be dressed to impress.

These gorgeous iPhone cases are the perfect complement to any wardrobe:

1. Red Lipstick Tubes – $31.95

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Image via zazzle.com

2. Kate Spade Hello Sunshine – $35

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Image via nordstrom.com

3. Daisies – $13.99

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Image via etsy.com

4. Moschino Rabbit – $85

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Image via shopbop.com

5. Electric Haze – $35

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Image via society6.com

6. Mint & Gray Chevron – $35

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Image via society6.com

7. Tory Burch Fleet Stripe – $45

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Image via polyvore.com

8. British Red Telephone Box – $41.95

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Image via zazzle.com

9. MICHAEL Michael Kors – $38

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Image via nordstrom.com

10. Vintage Library Due Date Cards – $46.95

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Image via zazzle.com

Written by Melissa Bai