Clutches are such a great bag, not only for night, but also for day. If big enough, it can still hold all your essentials while running around from work to meetings. It is perfectly transitional and takes you right into the evening hours. From oversized to mini to animal print and stripes, there are clutches out there in all colors, prints, and styles at every single price point. What is your favorite clutch style?
With a nickname like shark, emerging designer Marissa Webb is sure to make a splash in the fashion scene. With a degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a resume that boasts experience at companies including Polo Ralph Lauren and Club Monaco, the designer was bound for success.
The former head of women’s design for J. Crew is certainly someone to watch this season as she steps out on her own and onto the catwalk to debut her inaugural collection at New York Fashion Week this fall.
Webb’s style, recently described as a blend of tomboy edge with a girly twist, promises to flaunt an edgier attitude in an array of pieces with inspiration from her past projects as well as a hint of her self-proclaimed “tutu obsession.”
Those familiar with her work at J. Crew have wondered if her debut collection will resemble the preppy-chic style so rooted in the J. Crew wares. Webb’s answer: “In my mind, no. But after being at J. Crew for 11 years, a lot of my own personal aesthetic is in J. Crew because that was my job. The same things that influenced me then influence me now.”
A combination of simple silhouettes and fabulous fabrics, WWD hints that Webb’s collection is just that—a mixture of J. Crew-esque staples and some daring statement pieces thrown in for a combo that will speak to every fashionable lady.
With Italian fabrics, French lace, and luxe leathers gracing her designs, in our mind, she can’t go wrong. Skinny cargo jeans, tie-neck blouses, and boyish blazers aren’t the only thing up Webb’s sleeve. According to WWD, her collection will also feature a few rock n’ roll pieces including a leather motorcycle vest and an array of layered silk skirts.
The fact that she’s fresh blood on the catwalk isn’t the only reason we’re keeping our eye on Webb. She’s proven her talents over the past 11 years at her post within J. Crew, helping transform the women’s wear aesthetic to anything but tame prep.
Experience isn’t the only thing Webb gained from her past – over the years Webb’s also accumulated a few friends in the business. Among those rooting for her success is Bedrock Manufacturing Company, which now holds a minority stake in Webb’s business. One of Bedrock’s fashion ventures, the multi-brand retailer Steven Alan, will also be handling Webb’s sales.
The collection is set to hit stores next spring. Until then, keep an eye out for the shark on the runway.
Always on the lookout for swimwear that embodies the ideal combination of style and function, our top ten summer trend picks represent a collection of suits perfect for every taste. Whether you like mixing prints for a uniquely whimsical look or prefer to keep it classic, there’s no shortage of options … just rock it.
Spring has sprung with a variety of milky pastels and neutrals ready and waiting to have a naughty fling with the bright colors from the forbidden side of the color wheel. Letting all the colors play together equals a stylish you.
Below, a little color-combo inspiration worth experimenting with for spring. From your fingers to your toes, these designers found the right balance between pastels and brights:
Pretty Purplesand Corals
Phillip Lim worked a soft, lime green into his RTW Spring 2012 Collection.
Cool Chocolate Confections
Diane von Furstenberg balanced light and dark chocolate with cool blues and warm neutrals.
Peaches and Cream and a Splash of Yellow at Chloé (left) and Prada’s Pastels Play with Bold Red and Black (right)
J. Crew’s Bright Yellow and Blue Try Lavender’s Calming Effects (left), Chanel’s Minty Structure Meets Playful Nude and Balenciaga Toughens Up with Metallics and Black
Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love…and it can be celebrated in many romantic ways with that special someone. So naturally, you’ll want to look good for them. But you should also dress practically. We’ve scoured this season’s best dresses and categorized them just right for your February 14th activity.
1. Valentine Dinner Reservations
French Connection Sequin Dress – $466
If your plans are to check out the trendiest new restaurant or bar, this dress covers all of the bases: it’s stylish, fun, and sexy. Dress this number up with some sky high platforms or keep it low key with some ankle booties.
This Halston Heritage dress is a perfect fit if you have dinner reservations at a fancy spot, with a Valentine’s pre-set menu. You’ll look spot on! Pair this flirty pink petal dress with some strappy heels and an updo for a very lady like look.
2. A Sweetheart’s Stroll
BCBG Colorblock Halter Maxi Dress – $398
If your honey is the outdoor type, he may want to express that in his choice for your date. A long maxi dress can be a smart choice if it’s slightly chilly. You can wear this style with flats or more comfortable shoes as well, since it reaches the floor. The bright colorblocking keeps it from looking too casual, so you’ll still feel beautiful on your date night!
J.Crew Pleated Jardin Skirt in Heart Throb – $128
Let’s say your sweetheart has a bit of a hike or a picnic in the park in mind, but you still want to look flirty for him. This skirt from J.Crew is literally called the ‘Heart Throb’ skirt and is just that. It’s shape creates a feminine appeal and the pattern is just the thing for this holiday.
3. Romantic picnic on the Beach
Free People Spaghetti Strap Maxi Dress – $168
If you’re lucky enough to live near the coast or a beach of any sort, this might be an ideal destination for your Valentine’s night. The long length of this Free People maxi is just right for a breezy walk along the water. Wear this look like the model does, with combat boots…or just sandals you can slip off in the sand.
Velvet Jobeth Baby Jersey Dress – $140
If you’re planning a jaunt along the Santa Monica boardwalk and you’re the type to run down to the water, kick off your heels, and splash around a bit…then this one is for you! Velvet’s jersey henley dress has shape and color, but will be easy to move around in.
4. Dancing the Night Away
Parker Pleated Dress in Shell – $253
If you have one of those rare guys out there that actually love to dance with you, then you win! This pleated dress is just the right measure of shape, movement, color and sexiness. You’ll look gorgeous spinning around in it’s fabric and he’ll swoon when you do.
Free People Glam Life Dress – $168
If dancing for you means hitting up the hottest club or even heading to Vegas for the lover’s holiday, then you’re going to be smoking hot in Free People’s little red dress.
5. Candlelit Date at Home
Parker Wrap Dress – $242
Dinner at home, with no commotion, can be just the right mood for a lot of couples. If you’re an easy going gal, who wants to look subtly sexy…a blush colored wrap will do the trick. To ‘sex it up’ a bit…tousle your tresses, throw on some deep red lipstick and a fancy pair of high heels and you’re good to stay home!
Alice + Olivia Aerin Fitted Blouson Dress – $154
If staying home means something a little more sensual, you may want to wear something a little more seductive. Alice + Olivia made this burgundy teaser just for you. Although it’s jersey material says comfort to you, it says ‘booty hugging silhouette’ to him.
6. A Fancy Show for Two
Acne: Marnay washed maxi – $390
You love the ballet, the opera, any good excuse to get dressed up and watch a performance. Acne’s stunning georgette-maxi dress is sophisticated in the front and just revealing enough in the back.
Badgley Mischka Bow Front Lace Dress – $430
If your event is ultra fancy and you want to embody the Valentines Day charm, this Badgley Mischka is your answer. Beautiful antiqued rose lace and a peplum bodice are the definition of demure.
7. A Fun Show for Two
Joseph Van Colorblock Dress – $382
If you and your boo love to see movies or go to live shows, you may not want to dress up to the max. This colorblock, long sleeve dress from Joseph is on trend with it’s mod design, but you won’t feel out of place in the crowd.
Haute Hippie Studded Dress – $595
Valentine’s Day falls on the same day as your favorite band’s concert, so what? That means your guy gets extra points if he takes you to a nice dinner PLUS your show. Look sexy for dinner and rocker chic for the concert later. You could even get wild and try out some of this season’s cotton candy hair colors (get a good tutorial for temporary versions of this here).
8. A ‘Surprise’
Elizabeth and James Paloma paneled silk-georgette dress – $345
Has your babe been a bit vague about your plans for the 14th? If so, you’re not going to want to get stuck with a wardrobe faux-pas. If he won’t divulge any details, it could be anything from a couple’s aphrodisiac cooking class to a proposal. Look swanky and sophisticated in Elizabeth and James’ ode to art-deco number.
Nanette Lapore Have a Fling Dress – $244
If a proposal is potentially on the horizon, you can be sure there will be a picture or two taken. Just so you don’t forever look back and wish you hadn’t looked like a box of candy conversation hearts threw up all over you, stay classy in a deeper shade. Plum lace creates a sort of Victorian romantic feel in this delicate Nanette Lepore dress.
J. Crew will open a new men’s shop next month named after and focused completely on the brands’ popular Ludlow suit. The shop, called The Ludlow Shop at 50 Hudson, will be located in TriBeCa and carry a full assortment of suits complimented by Thomas Mason shirts, a shoe collection and neckwear.
According to WWD, the shop will offer monogramming, courier delivery, and a tailor will be on hand to personally work with customers. With prices ranging from $400-$1,500, the Ludlow has been a successful item for J.Crew since it was introduced three years ago; the suit has proved itself worthy of its own space.
Ludlow Two-Button Suit Jacket with Center Vent in Irish Linen
The popular slim-cut Ludlow suit features half-canvas construction, pick stitching and Italian wool fabric crafted by Loro Piana. Also available in Italian chino, Irish linen and cotton, the Ludlow provides men with stylish suiting options that offer an almost bespoke experience in terms of fit.
Success has prompted J. Crew to develop two new suit models that may continue to expand the suiting collections offered at the new store.
The Ludlow Shop at 50 Hudson is scheduled to open Feb. 29.
Check out the new ad campaign featuring real men wearing the Ludlow suit.
Left to right: Michael Chernow, Restaurateur, The Meatball Shop, Kevin Sanders, UN Journalist/Activist and Mikey Detemple, Professional Surfer/Filmaker