Luckily for me, but not for my bank account, Zara is a jump, skip and a hop away from Columbia, and has now become one of my favorite places to shop in the city.
I like Zara because every week they have new merchandise in the store and their styles are always clean, classic and sharp. Not to mention us Americans are getting a little insight on how people might be dressing it Europe. Zara, is an Italian based fashion house and has made its way to becoming one of the largest international fashion companies.
I think I’ve had my eye on them more lately since I will be graduating in a few weeks and a lot of their outfits are chic business appropriate. I have already purchased a blazer and slacks from them to wear out on interviews or to my new potential job!
I created a look book (sorta) of what I would wear to my hypothetical job.
The best thing about Zara though is their prices! Everything I’ve picked is under $250… including the jackets!
Behind every well dressed man is a women, or he’s gay.
Guys have it easy. That whole roll out of bed, floppy hair, dirty t-shirt look is sexy right now. Shockingly it cost a lot of money to look cheap these days. Gaping holes in jeans and worn out vintage cotton tops tend to be more expensive because the fabrics were chosen more carefully and there was some sort of design idea thrown in there somewhere…So guys, if you’re reading this, take a hint. It’s not that hard!
Tavi Gevinson was traveling around the US promoting her book, The Rookie Yearbbok One, but now she is home! Home to Tavi is Oak Park Il.. And tonight Tavi is going to talk about her journey and her new book at Unity Temple in Oak Park tonight at 7.
I, of course will be there. Being as this post is on my fashion blog and that’s how she started. This morning I was talking to my grandma about Tavi and everything she’s accomplished. My gram said, “It’s funny how some things just take off,” and that’s exactly what happened to Tavi’s blog.
It’s crazy how many writers are out there blogging about fashion, and of course everyone thinks they’re an expert. Truth is I admire the 16 year old. She knows what she talking about, designers send her samples, and she’s been invited to New York Fashion Week multiples times. The dream of a fashion blogger.
Here’s a link to her blog, which she now has 50 people writing for and over 100,000 hits A DAY.
Tavi at her home in Oak Park
photos from google
Topshop has become an obsession with over two million likes on facebook and a huge store location on the magnificent mile. Now they are teaming up with one of the biggest, most popular stores in the country, Nordstroms.
The Topshop and Topman departments at Nordstroms will have mannequins, visual merchandising and store fixtures from the UK.
Not only will they include Topshop and Topmans best looks but they will have an exclusive line only sold at Nordstroms.
The Nordstroms in Oak Brook will be the only store in Illinois that will open a Topshop department. Looks like we’re going to see a lot more hipsters in the suburbs.
It’s already known that Karl Lagerfeld is a genius. For those who don’t know he is the designer for Chanel. The Spring/Summer 2012 collection is literally a Chanel heaven. This is a great fashion show production execution. The runway is immaculate. Going to a Chanel show isn’t just about looking at the clothes, it’s a performance. Chanel is known for that but I think this season was one of the best so far.
The theme this year focused on being under water. An aquatic wonderland. Gleaming white stingrays and sea horses adrift amongst coral branches and shell on a sandy sea bed. This is a very shocking and bright look. The models looks like magical deep sea angels with pearls scattered in their hair to sea urchin shells on the heels of their sandals.
From a production standpoint it’s amazing. No matter where you are sitting you have a great view. The models walk down multiple sections and cross each other to give everyone in the audience a view of the garment.
What makes Lagerfeld so great is that he stays true to Coco’s iconic styles. He enhances some of the house symbols buy using the pearls as buttons or belts. He worked with innovative fabrics to create the effect of light through water. He used airy waffle-textures organzas and iridescent synthetics, open weave tweeds and knits, and a platte of sea foam, shell pink and mother of pearl created an otherworldly effect. When the final evening dress appears, a giant oyster shell opens to reveal Florence Welch, from Florence and the Machine, and her haunting voice closes a spectacular show.
Photos taken from Google.