When big-name labels like Stella McCartney, Lanvin and Proenza Schouler are leading the way, you know you can't really go wrong with this big trend. And we're talking big — big shine, big statement, big impact. Yep, iridescent colour ain't for the faint of heart. After being deemed one of the biggest trends on the catwalk at the Spring 2013 shows late last year, we swooned when we saw the oyster shell-effect skirt Raf Simons created for the Christian Dior lineup, and model-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne worked a maxed-out metallic Burberry dress in reflective green. Not keen on all-over shine? Worry not, for we have found 10 of the best-looking ways to add a smaller touch of metal to your main look. Shoes, bags, earrings, the lot — the world is your oyster.
Adriano Goldschmied's GoldSign label has teamed up with J.Crew for a jean-ius capsule collection. And today, you can shop the two new jean styles and a skirt — in five denim washes and two wool-denim washes — online, with prices starting from $276.30. Although, don't expect to see any super skinny jeans in the first-ever capsule mix. Inspired by Norma Jean Baker and the all-American pin-up girl, Goldschmied says that he "wanted to go back to what beauty was at that time, curvy and classic, which is also very fitting for what J.Crew represents." With a clear nod to a vintage aesthetic and classic silhouettes, we're ready to style our own pair with a relaxed white tee and pointy-toe pumps.
J.Crew turned it up to 11 for Fall 2013, thanks to creative director Jenna Lyons's deft touch with colour and pattern mixing. Neon citron mingled with bubblegum pink, while a clean Winter-white sweater and pants provided a palate cleanser. Accessories were a highlight with sexy lace-up pumps, jewelled minaudières, and piles of coloured crystal jewellery. Printed pants continued to look fresh mixed with chunky knits under double-breasted coats with ornate detailing. The crowd was abuzz with excitement — and not just because a fresh-faced Julianne Moore moved among the editors viewing the collection.
We're not usually fixated on American politics — but the American inauguration celebrations have popped up onto our style-centric radar. Michelle Obama has actually managed to outdo herself in one fell custom ruby red Jason Wu gown swoop. Yes, the FLOTUS has stayed loyal to the young American designer who was behind her ethereal white Inaugural Ball gown four years ago, and this latest creation is just as stunning. The undeniably adorable image of the Obamas dancing is distracting enough, but we've already set our sights on the chiffon-and-velvet halter-style gown, which doesnt' short on the glamour. To complement the siren hue, she wore Jimmy Choo heels and according to CNN, a custom Kimberly McDonald diamond ring, too. This latest ensemble, albeit the most formal, comes at the end of a long day of epic history-making outfits.Michelle Obama was spotted leaving St. John's Church initially sporting a navy printed Thom Browne coat, black J.Crew pumps and Cathy Waterman diamond stud earrings. While the First Lady later arrived at the Capitol for the swearing-in ceremony wearing the same coat, she punched it up with a seriously embellished J. Crew waist belt, proving her continued prowess in the outfit-revamp department. It also appears she has switched out of her J.Crew pumps and into black suede knee-high boots. To finish, Michelle wore gorgeous berry-hued leather gloves — a fitting Winter accessory that packs as much polish as it does functionality. Stay tuned as we bring you Michelle's always-polished ensembles straight from the second inauguration ceremony. For all of the US first lady's most memorable looks (thus far), click here.
If you're wedding planning (or merely perusing), then J.Crew's newly debuted Spring '13 wedding dress collection is sure to impress even the most discerning of brides. With a focus on diaphanous textures and simple silhouettes, the brand supplied us with a beautiful bevy of gowns, highlighting chic column cuts, rosette-embellished sheath dresses, bohemian halter gowns, and a Swiss-dot princess confection for the most feminine kind of girl. Step inside, the dress of your dreams might be waiting for you.
Adriano Goldschmied's GoldSign label has teamed up with J.Crew for what's sure to be a jean-ius capsule collection. Come Jan. 28, two new jean styles and a skirt — in five denim washes and two wool-denim washes — will be available in 11 J.Crew stores in the States, with prices ranging from $198 to $288 USD. By Feb. 27, you'll be able to shop it all online, too. Although, don't expect skinny jeans to come into play for this debut capsule. Inspired by Norma Jean Baker and the all-American pinup girl, Goldschmied says that he "wanted to go back to what beauty was at that time, curvy and classic, which is also very fitting for what J.Crew represents." With a clear nod to a vintage aesthetic and classic silhouettes, we're already conjuring up ways to style our own pair with its relaxed white tee and pointy-toe pumps complements. At left, find your first peek at the line-up here.
Nothing makes us want to reinvigorate our wardrobe with a "New Year, new you" attitude more than a bright, impeccably styled J.Crew look book. Shot among the dunes of the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, with three punchy hot-air balloons as "props," the preppy-cum-cool US brand's tried-and-true pieces got a new lease on shelf life via vibrant hues, reworked denim classics, crisp pointed-collar blouses, sequined pencil skirts, Panama hats and more polka dots than you could shake a stick at. Peep the Up, Up, and Away editorial when you keep clicking.
The northern hemisphere might be knee-deep in snow right now, but it's not reason we can't put this sartorial styling guide on ice for a few months. We may not feel like wearing the cosy knits and clever layering from J.Crew's holiday look book right now, but there are some take-home tips that we can put into practise now, and later. Whether you use the festive red on white on camel colour combo for a chic Christmas day look, or want to save that nifty shirt-under-sequin-sweater idea for the cooler months, we think there's plenty of value in flicking through the US chain's latest offering, seasonality be-damned.
If you want to spend more than a lobster, but less than a pineapple — have we got the Christmas Gift Guide for you! You can buy some really quite cute stuff for less than $50 — covering off that majority of your recipient list, without totally breaking the bank. Think adorable wrist bling from Kate Spade, cartoon-tastic couch candy, designer undies and secret lip balm stashes that moonlight as animal-adorned cocktail rings. Wanna see what else we found? Step right this way . . .
While America is getting prepped for Thanksgiving, we're doing our homework for the impressive Black Friday sales that proceeds the annual turkey-fest. Akin to our Boxing Day sales, Black Friday (and its online cousin Cyber Monday) is one of the biggest days on any bargain-hunter's calendar. Think big brands and big departments offering big discounts. Luckily, our favourite US retailers are sharing some of the shopping love by extending some of the savings and free shipping offers to Australian shoppers. Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Shopbop, J Crew and Nordstrom (amongst others) are all getting in on the act, which will kick off AU time at around 4pm tomorrow. Do a little research and get yourself ready for some killer savings.
- Bloomingdale's: Between the 20th — 25th of November the more you spend the more you save! Save $25 for every $200.
- Nordstrom: Up to 40% off designer brands and 50% off womens Winter apparel, shoes and accessories, plus $19.95 flat shipping for orders over $100 AUD until Dec 10th.
- My Wardrobe: 20% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY20, or 30% off the Party Edit with code PARTYEDIT30, and free shipping until the 25th
- Saks Fifth Avenue: Up to 70% off designer brands, and get $10.95 USD express shipping on orders of $250 USD or more with exclusive code: HOLIDAY1.