Check out a new line of environmentally sound handbags
December 10, 2010
Earth-friendly without sacrificing quality, Fleabags are the perfect way to show your style and your eco savvy. Fleabags founders Shira Entis and Alex Bell craft their wares using all organic materials and traditional sewing. (We love the Gun Powder bag ($485) in Indian Blanket, pictured here.) Lightweight yet sturdy, the totes are also roomy enough to hold everything.
Strolling for a Cause
Gwen Stefani and Bugaboo team up to support World AIDS Day.
December 02, 2010
Music and style-icon Gwen Stefani (PICTURED ABOVE) teamed up with stroller design company Bugaboo to create a one-of-a-kind stroller in honor of December 1's World AIDS Day. The specially designed stroller—the Chameleon model sporting a floral print and splashes of Stefani’s signature L.A.M.B. collection logo—will be auctioned off on eBay through December 5, with 100 percent of the funds going to the Global Fund. Global Fund has worked for years to spread awareness and prevention tools across the world to treat HIV/AIDS along with other life threatening diseases that run rampant in third world countries. With Stefani’s help, Global Fund is using this auction to reach the goal of eliminating mother-to-child HIV transmission by 2015. Only one person will win Stefani’s personal creation, but 1 percent of sales from all Bugaboo products will also be donated to the fight against AIDS in Africa.
That’s a Wrap
Banana Republic offers limited-edition bracelets.
September 09, 2010
Banana Republic has teamed up with uber-popular accessories designer Chan Luu on a collection of limited-edition bracelets. The collection—available in stores nationwide—showcases Luu’s signature wrap style, which brings together custom-dyed thread or leather with unique semi-precious stones, gold or sterling silver. The 17-piece collection consists of four different styles in a range of colors ($95–$225), and the partnership continues through holiday (so keep a look out for the Swarovski crystal encrusted versions that will hit stores soon). Wear a stack to follow the recent trend or delicately string one around your wrist. Either way, these are not to be missed!
Bal Harbour Shops Tell the Time
Watchmaker Hublot celebrates its Miami landing
August 10, 2010
With the opening of Swiss watchmaker Hublot’s first American boutique in the Bal Harbour Shops in Miami, the brand commemorated the occasion with two limited-edition watches sold exclusively in the Bal Harbour boutique. The Aero Bang “Bal Harbour” and King Power Aero All Black “Bal Harbour” (PICTURED ABOVE)—just 25 numbered pieces of each will be made—feature rubber and calfskin straps with the inscription BAL HARBOUR LIMITED EDITION, and have sand-colored components that are reminiscent of the beautiful Bal Harbour beaches.
Make a Splash
The Miller sisters—designers of MIKOH swimwear—take on Miami with their 2011 collection.
July 26, 2010
Sisters Oleema and Kalani Miller, natives of Orange County, spent their childhood near the ocean. Having practically grown up in swimsuits, it’s not surprising that their later design ambitions reflected a love of sun, sand and sea. MIKOH Swimwear (“MI” for Miller, plus “K” for Kalani, “O” for Oleema and “H” for a sister, Hana) was further inspired by the sisters’ love of travel and the eclectic designs capture the spirit of the intrepid adventure-seeker. Perfectly contoured to the body, seamless and free of hardware, and sporting intricate cutouts, these suits flatter the physique like nothing else. (Evident in the response to their 2011 collection, Tepre Pacificum, shown during last week’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami.) “We’ve created MIKOH for the confident, chic woman that wants to stand out and make a statement no matter where she is,” says Oleema.
Timepiece editor Roberta Naas finds a collection of bold watches from this year’s Baselworld watch show in Basel, Switzerland.
July 26, 2010
Movado: The just-launched Bold ($350 to $495) is a fresh interpretation of Movado for a younger customer. The case is high-tech TR 90 with steel inserts, making it lightweight yet rugged, and the color palette is creative, with bursts of color for the hands and markers.
Bell & Ross: This subtle black BR 03 Instrument Phantom Shadow ($4,000) is a true replica of an aircraft-cockpit “tool” inspired by stealth bombers.
U-Boat: The new 55mm Limited Edition Diving Watches ($6,800) are crafted of Grade 5 titanium and able to withstand depths up to 1001 meters. Only 1,001 pieces per color are available worldwide, each engraved with its individual number in the series.
All for One
Jonathan Adler teams up with 7 For All Mankind.
July 26, 2010
Denim brand 7 For All Mankind has teamed up with interior-design powerhouse Jonathan Adler for its latest collaboration. The new men’s and women’s collections launch in 7 For All Mankind boutiques nationwide this month, including the new South Beach store (1008 Lincoln Road) which opens May 14, offering the brand’s luxury denim, sportswear, footwear and accessories.
Adler’s new line for Seven marks his first design venture into fashion: “It has been so exciting to have the chance to extend our aesthetic into apparel,” says Adler. “Especially with 7 For All Mankind, because we all know everyone needs jeans! It couldn’t have been a more perfect union for me.”
Working together with the 7 For All Mankind design team, Adler used the brand’s fits, fabrics and washes—along with his iconic patterns—to create an eclectic, modern collection of denim and sportswear with whimsical detailing, a bright color palette and Adler’s famous bamboo, keyhole and Acapulco prints. A trio of themes makes up the collection: Deluxe, Rustic and Pop. Deluxe is designed to reflect a chic beach look; Rustic represents a more earthy modernism; and Pop gives preppy bursts of bright color contrasting with white.
Zac Posen’s new line for Target makes its mark.
July 26, 2010
From left: Snap Tape Dress ($69.99); Brocade Tie Dress ($74.99); Sailor Dress in Animal Print ($39.99)
He’s designed red-carpet dresses for Gwyneth Paltrow and Katy Perry, but Zac Posen has moved on to a tougher challenge: you and me.
Curvaceous clothes for Hollywood A-listers can vault a designer’s mind into a couture-level stratosphere when price is no object—but what happens when price is the object? That was the question for Posen when he was asked to be Target’s latest Go International designer: His collection—a fun, flirty mix of dresses, separates and swimwear, priced from $16.99 to $199.99—just hit stores, but the process has been months in the making. As the latest in the rich slate of Target’s limited-edition Go International collabs—Jean Paul Gaultier and Rodarte were among the most recent—what does Posen bring to the mix? Recently he took a few minutes to talk about the challenge of high style at low price points:
OCEAN DRIVE: What went through your mind when Target asked you to be the next Go International designer?
ZAC POSEN: We actually had been approached several years ago, after Luella Bartley, when they first started the Go collaborations. At the time I wasn’t sure it was something I wanted to do, but since then the whole world has changed, and now a collection like this can be a really fun part of your message as a designer. And that’s what we wanted to do: have fun with it. But we also went at it full force: We got all the market research per category and wanted to really create the best products we could for an audience that’s much broader than [our signature collection].
How did you approach the collection from a design point of view?
The one thing that went through my mind, especially given the timing, was, What would you want to buy for the best summer ever, no matter whether you’re a young girl or her mom or her grandmother? So it was about beautiful, romantic pieces that are also really wearable. It was also our first outing doing swimwear, which is a category that’s really important to Target, so it’ll be interesting to see how well those pieces sell.
A few dresses are a bit more formal than others, plus pieces like the tuxedo bodysuit. Was prom season also on your mind?
Oh, sure. I liked the idea of these buy-now, wear-now prom dresses, something really stylish and yet really affordable for girls who wanted something with a little bit more edge than they might normally find. This also gave me the chance to bring back design elements I’ve done in the past, such as snap pieces, so you can self-drape them however you like. We also did a long gown, but we did it in a floral so you wouldn’t think we were just trying to do an Oscar gown for less.
What was the biggest challenge of conveying the idea of Zac Posen design at a Target price point?
Definitely the fabrications. Before I even met with the manufacturers, I sent my fabric developer out for research; we spent a month and a half on fabrications so we could use real silks and real cottons, and so we could wash our red leather Michael Jackson jacket, for example. I wanted the whole collection to have an electric quality to it, with a bit of preppy and psychedelic mixed in, creating a mini wardrobe of fun, easy pieces.
Target collaborations tend to be highly sought-after events; are you prepared for the white-hot attention of this launch?
We’re definitely excited by it, because it’s a huge audience. And the process has been really interesting: As a design house we’re pretty strong in our views, so sometimes we pushed back at the Target team with what we wanted to do, and they back at us. What’s resulted is the best possible collection for the consumer. When you’re creating clothing, you want people to have the most magical experience when they’re wearing those pieces. And that’s not controlled by price, that’s controlled by the love you put into the work.
This Target Go International launch is fresh on the heels of your Z Spoke launch for Saks Fifth Avenue earlier this spring. What’s next?
[Smiles] This is it for now. One launch at a time, please.
There’s a whole new crop of eco-friendly beauty to be had this season.
July 26, 2010
Priti NYC in Red Spangles ($12.50): Priti polishes are completely nontoxic and made from organic ingredients—proof of how creator Kim D’Amato aims to decrease the amount of chemicals on the earth one manicure at a time. And if this candy-colored shade doesn’t get you revved up for spring, you should consider moving to Iceland. Mortar and Pestle The Boutique Pharmacy, 900 S. Miami Ave., 305-373-9100
Lush Créme Anglaise hand and body cream ($44.95):
Lush products are 100 percent vegetarian and sustainably packaged. This silky blend of almond oil and fair-trade organic shea butter spiked with vanilla and sweet orange smells good enough to eat. Lush, Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-935-7022
Stella Sheer ($62): Stella McCartney’s annual incarnation of her eponymous fragrance is a girlie blend of rose, amber and green apple. The roses used are organically grown on an Ecocert co-op in the Persian mountains. Sephora, 721 Collins Ave., 305-532-0904
Josie Maran Argan Oil hair serum ($30): Josie seeks to green her products wherever possible—from the ingredients to the packaging. The argan oil (sourced from women’s co-ops in Morocco) works wonders on split ends, and Josie’s addition of geranium and bergamot leaves hair smelling absolutely amazing! Sephora, 721 Collins Ave., 305-532-0904
Tarte Natural lip stains ($24 each): We know we’re supposed to love Tarte’s new jellies because they’re all-natural and infused with vitamins and all. But honestly? We’re head over heels because they look like grown-up versions of crayons. Sephora, 721 Collins Ave., 305-532-0904
Physicians Formula Bamboo Wear compact, mirror and brush ($6.95): Pop either the Bamboo Silk bronzer or Bamboo Silk face powder ($9.95 each)—both 90 percent natural and formulated with bamboo silk that evens skin and absorbs excess oil—into this reusable compact made of highly renewable bamboo. Drugstores, citywide
The Stuff of Radiant-Skin Dreams
Biologique Recherche brings its Lotion P50 to The Standard Spa—skincare groupies rejoice.
July 26, 2010
Headquartered on the Champs-Élysées and sold at only the most exclusive spas and resorts,Biologique Recherche is one of those “whispered about” brands with a cult following (think Twihards for skincare). Beauty junkies and editors alike can’t get enough of the line’s Lotion P50 ($55, 5.1 fl. oz.; $87, 8.5 fl. oz.). This balancing and exfoliating lotion is a cure-all for the sensitive- and oily-skin crowd. Not only does P50 hydrate, tone and reduce oil secretion—thereby warding off blemishes—it also contains a vitamin-rich exfoliant that balances and lightens the skin. A quick poll of makeupalley.com (a sort of Yelp for beauty) reveals that P50 is also proven to reduce pores. Put simply, P50 will get your skin right. The Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave., 305-673-1717
AG Jeans design director Mark Wiesmayr and stylist Jeanann Williams on denim's cultural footprint.