Monthly Archives: March 2013

An Ankle Strap Sandal – Spring’s Must-Have Footwear

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Posted on March 22, 2013 by

The perfect shoe for spring is the comfortable and versatile ankle strap sandal. The key components include an ankle strap, a chunky heel, a single strap across the toes, and any mash-up of materials and colors.  Wear them with everything, from casual to dressy, day to evening.

We’re loving the Preen x ALDO RISE Buito sandal in two-tone black leather featuring a snake effect.  The Buito is one part of a made-for-spring collection designed by Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi of Preen in collaboration with ALDO RISE.

Preen x ALDO RISE Buito, $155 – Available Exclusively on shop.harpersbazaar.com.

Embracing Retail’s New Internet Consumer

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Posted on March 22, 2013 by

Name an industry that hasn’t been affected by the Internet.  It’s not an impossible task to get a good list going, but the list would be a short one.

Printed publications are competing against digital news sources that are happy to share information for free.  As a result, paywalls are implemented to combat the revenue losses by charging readers to view online content.

Libraries are struggling to find their place of relevance and book stores that couldn’t keep up are forced to close as physical books have been made obsolete by the Kindles and Nooks of the world.

And let’s not forget about the entertainment industry – one of the first industries to suffer the wrath of the digital age.  Anything and everything can be streamed and all one needs is access to the World Wide Web.

Any attempt to bypass, rather than embrace the inevitable could lead to a swift demise.  So how are businesses coping?  At this point, the Internet isn’t going anywhere so companies are finding ways to continue to appeal to their target market.  Engagement is important and creating a relationship with the consumer prove to foster a good retailer-consumer bond. (more…)

After BB, Comes CC – Clinique Dips into Beauty’s Alphabet Soup

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Posted on March 22, 2013 by

Fresh off of the BB cream trend that took the American beauty industry by storm in 2012, beauty brands are thinking further down the alphabet.  We’re only up to double-C’s and double-D’s at the moment, but who knows when the newest EE cream will arrive?

Clinique is leading the pack with plans to launch its new Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in April.  That’s a mouthful – but that’s the point as the end result could mean achieving the coveted ‘natural glow’ look that makes it easier to shell out the beauty bucks.

The CC cream promises to correct skin tones from dark to light, while moisturizing, hydrating, brightening and providing a good dose of SPF protection.  Available in six shades, and retailing at $35, are you ready to toss your BB for a CC? [WWD]

 

 

 

 

 

Gucci Celebrates 60 Years of Style

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Posted on March 13, 2013 by

Gucci celebrates 60 years of flawless style this year, and in honor of their iconic horsebit loafer, they are releasing new versions of the classic loafer in an eclectic assortment of colors and textures.

The style, which has graced the feet of Fred Astaire, Madonna, Sophia Loren, and John Wayne, was introduced by the fashion house in 1953 and has since become a timeless piece of luxury. Patent leather, suede, crocodile, and calf hair versions featuring a “1953 Collection 60th Anniversary” tag are available on gucci.com.

In addition to the collection, the anniversary is being celebrated across Gucci’s social media platforms including their Facebook page and Twitter account. The hashtag #Gucci1953HorsebitLoafer categorizes pictures of the icons who have worn the loafer over the years as well as the start to finish construction process.

A YouTube video prompting fans to “kick up your feet and celebrate 60 years of all the right moves” shows a 21st century take on the anniversary; fans of the preppy staple can even find their perfect pair with the “What loafer are you?” style quiz.

Check out a few of our favorites in a variety of colors and patterns that are perfect for spring.

 

Meet Jordan S.

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Posted on March 6, 2013 by

Name: Jordan Strauss

Title: Talent Acquisition Executive

Location: New York

Recruiting specialty: Planning and Public Relations

I became a recruiter because… I am extremely persistent, good with people, organized, extremely neurotic and have an eye for talent

Favorite designer/brand: Theory

Celebrity crush: Jordana Brewster

Favorite place in {New York}: Jordan left this blank, so we’ll assume his favorite place is the JBCStyle office!

Interview horror story: A candidate of mine showed up for an interview and saw her current boss in the lobby at the same company interviewing for a different position.

Best interview tip: Always have good energy. Selling is a transfer of emotion and you need to sell yourself in an interview.

Favorite accessory: Wallet

If I could be an animal I would be… a puppy

Dream vacation: N/A

Sweet or salty: Salty

In my spare time I like to… go to nice restaurants, hang out with friends, play video games and watch all sports.

Fashion or Beauty Tip: Take a shower

Favorite item in my closet: My James Perse hoodie

Restaurant I would recommend: Kotobuki—best sushi on Long island and opened on 11th and 3rd in Manhattan

Favorite music artist/band: I like all music, but mostly club music and R &B

Favorite quote: “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will.  But the will must be stronger than the skill.” ― Muhammad Ali

Spring 2013 Trend Spotlight: Black and White

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Posted on March 1, 2013 by

Last spring was all about color blocking.  This year, the spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear shows have taken a more simple approach to couture with a nod to mod. Mixing shapes, styles, and fabrics, designers featured a trend towards black and white styles.  Basic black and white is back; but with an updated geometric edge and a variety of silhouettes.

Here are a few of our favorite looks from Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta and Balmain.

From Marc Jacobs, whose models rocked looks inspired by sixties icon Edie Sedgwick – actress, model, socialite, and muse of Andy Warhol, to Balmain, who incorporated basket-woven raffia into his looks, black and white provided a base open for experimentation.

Oscar de la Renta went formal with a striped gown of black and white diagonals paired with horizontals and Michael Kors toyed with stripes of different sizes to add dimension.

Although these looks seem to center around the use of panels, checks, stripes, and parallel lines, black and white blocking is always an option (see the Lisa Perry dress and J.Crew shoes below).

If you choose to play with your stripes, keep in mind, there is a level of simplicity associated with black and white so go with what looks great on you and compliments your shape and style.  Not comfortable going all out? Accessorizing with black and white is another way to add a trendy touch to your look (see Kate Spade and Milly below).

Finally, the real beauty in simplicity lies in the variety of price points! Below, our black and white picks to get your spring wardrobe started:

From left to right: KATE SPADE Skinny Mini Bow Studs $48 | ILLESTEVA Leonard Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses $260 | KATE SPADE Paper Bangles Check Bangle $148 | MAIYET Sophie Leather Shoulder Bag $1,250 | J.CREW Etta Canvas Stripe Pumps $250 and Collection Contessa Snaskeskin-Bow Pumps $278 | LISA PERRY Sleeveless A-Line Swirl Dress $795 |  MILLY Kiera Clutch $335 | TOP SHOP Spot Print Straight Trousers $84 | TOP SHOP Houndstooth Pleat Shorts $70 | KATE SPADE Wide Contrast Keeper Belt $88 | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Scooter Striped Satin-Twill Skirt $260