warehouse sale | bcbg maxazria group | 07.20.13 – 07.21.13

when:
saturday (07.20) & sunday (07.21): 8 am – 3 pm

where:
1st floor of the bcbg max azria corporate offices
2761 fruitland avenue
vernon, ca 90058

warehouse sale, sample sale, bcbg maxazria, herve leger, 2013, vernon

time to get some all-wondrous herve leger dresses on the cheap, ladies!  wish i could be there.

just. wow.

kelly wearstler’s accomplished quite a bit–playboy “playmate of the month”  turned big time interior designer and now, fashion designer as of spring 2011.  of course, being married to brad korzen of viceroy hotel group doesn’t hurt either.  my company has worked with her studio on a few viceroy properties and i’m especially a fan of the the 7th floor of department store bergdorf goodman.  i forgot to visit the last time i was in nyc, but i will make sure to go this february when i’m there.

she’s really translated her hallmark whimsical style into fashion apparel successfully.  but her marketing team especially is doing a fantastic job.  the  upcoming look book shot by jamie beck of from me to you fame featuring kelly framel of the glamourai notoriety in malibu is just stunning.

i apologize for the many photos, but there are a lot.  and there are so many good ones.  and what would a nod to jamie beck be without a cinemagraph?

shot on pacific coast highway

and speaking of jamie, how cute is this post on her other half?

sample sale | cc skye | 7.06.11 – 7.08.11

i’m a fan of cc skye’s jewelry, although it’s pretty expensive and overpriced in my opinion.  that’s why it’s nice they’re having a sample sale…the first i’ve seen!  handbags will be priced from $25-$75 while the jewelry will be $10-$50.

when
wednesday – friday (7.06 – 7.08): 10 am – 5 pm

where
noho lofts
5355 cartwright avenue
suite 104
north hollywood, ca 91601

remember
cash & check only
park on chandler blvd.
dial 203 at the gate

banana republic’s complete mad men collection

starting august 11th, banana republic stores in north america and online will be carrying the mad men capsule collection created by the show’s costume designer, janie bryant.  but banana republic facebook fans can order from the collection one day earlier on august 10th.

the collection was supposed to coincide with the long-awaited return of mad men the television show on amc and even though the season premiere has been pushed back to next year, the 65-piece line for men and women is coming out anyway.

the women’s collection features trench coats, high-waisted skirts, 60’s-style dresses, and leopard print pumps; while the men’s collection includes everything from suits and pocket squares to money clips and knitted sweaters.

as much as i enjoy the 60’s style and mad men, i’m a little under whelmed with the line…what do you think?  although i think i have to have the pussy-bow blouse because it looks a lot like the mango one i’ve been wanting since i saw it worn by olivia palermo:

i actually love everything about this outfit and love her style.

versace for h&m preview

the highlight of yesterday’s versace men’s show at milan men’s fashion week actually had nothing to do with the men–it was donatella versace herself, taking a bow, in a versace x h&m dress.

this may come as a surprise, since she has previously stated in a 2008 new york magazine interview, that although she respects other big designers for collaborating with mass market chains to create an affordable line, that she wouldn’t do one herself, “because i work very hard to put the versace line in the luxury section.  i think to put the versace line in h&m would confuse the brand.”  perhaps, to avoid the confusion, it’s being billed as “the iconic collection” rather than a diffusion line.  this will go nicely with the deal versace struck with lady gaga, winner of the cfda’s 2011 fashion icon, to wear only versace in the next several months.

when asked about the collaboration,  donatella said, “I am thrilled to be collaborating with H&M and to have the opportunity of reaching its wide audience.  The collection will be quintessential Versace, perfect for H&M and Versace fans everywhere.”

“Versace is one of the most important brands of recent times and their collection for H&M will be glamorous and flamboyant – everything Versace stands for. Donatella Versace is sharing with us iconic designs from the archives. This is such a celebratory collaboration and is perfect for the festive season,” says margareta van den bosch, creative advisor at h&m.

donatella will raid the archives of the fashion house that was originally started by her brother gianni in 1978 and reinterpret the designs for today.

the collection will roll out first on november 17th (in 300 stores & online) with women’s (around 40 pieces), men’s (around 20), and home collections.  followed by a pre-spring collection on january 19th exclusively in countries with h&m online sales (austria, denmark, finland, germany, holland, norway, sweden, and the uk).

per the h&m press release:  “The womenswear collection will be dominated by dresses that express the spirit of the [awards] season, featuring studded leather, silk and colorful prints, and accessories including high heels and costume jewelry. The men’s collection will focus on sharp tailoring, including the perfect tuxedo, as well as belts and jewelry for men. For the first time in a designer collaboration at H&M, the collection will include homeware pieces including pillows and bedspread.”

a current affair

i bought tickets to a current affair off gilt city for $5/person (it’s normally $10).  a current affair is a pop-up vintage marketplace; it describes itself as a unique shopping event featuring the best vintage dealers from la and beyond.  it took place april 2-3 in the cooper design space building in downtown la.

i also went to the melrose trading post the following day.  the melrose trading post is a weekly flea market that’s held on sundays at fairfax high school.  admission is $2 but they offer a $1 admission coupon on their website.

yes, the melrose trading post is much cheaper but i felt the offerings at a current affair were much better.  i was less wary about whether the designer items being sold were authentic or not and it was a nice atmosphere with free drinks sponsored by izze, smartwater, and pama.  with only 25 vendors, it didn’t take me too long to browse through just about every shop, sip on a drink, and buy some items.  even though i negotiated the prices, i still spent quite a pretty penny.  fortunately for my wallet, i didn’t buy anything at the melrose trading post.  all in all, i’m quite pleased with my purchases.  even though they were pricey, they’re clean, in good condition, and unique.

i went home prepared for spring and summer: a rainbow raffia purse, seafoam green enamel and gold bracelet, and vintage christian dior silk scarf.  it’s hard for me to find bracelets that fit my wrist so i’m glad this one fits.  the scarf needs to be steamed but is in otherwise perfect condition (may i, jamy?).

the woven rafia purse

seaside fun! seafoam green enamel and gold bracelet

silk vintage christian dior scarf

designers help with japan’s disaster aid

i’ve always felt a personal connection to japan and the japanese culture as i’ve long been interested in it, studied there when i was in college, and visited around this time last year.

with the powerful 8.9 earthquake (and many more aftershocks), ensuing tsunami, and nuclear meltdown worries i can’t imagine the hardship the japanese are facing right now.

the tragedy hits a little close to home as ibaraki prefecture, where i studied, was one of the areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami.  i still have friends who live there–one of them in tochigi and went for over 12 hours without electricity, but is thankfully fine otherwise.  one of the girls i studied abroad with flew into sendai airport the day of the earthquake and tsunami and became one of the missing americans.  her story’s pretty amazing, and even more so for me since i know her.  she has been teaching english in japan for the past several years and recently came home permanently but she flew back that fateful day to see her students graduate in march.  you can imagine the anguish her family experienced after what happened, only knowing that their daughter was “staying with friends”.  her sister tweeted to nbc’s “the today show’s” ann curry for help and boy, did she respond!  ann curry flew out to japan and successfully located her.  i can’t figure out how to embed the video in my post, but for those who are curious to hear the touching story play out, please see the clip on msnbc.

there has been an outpouring of care and aid and i’ve noticed that there has been an increasing trend of designers who want to utilize their talents to help the relief organizations.  i think this is awesome and can be great for those who wouldn’t donate otherwise, or even for those who would like a physical token to remind them of the devastation that happened (and is still happening).  not only does it help these good causes, but it also supports design talent.

i’ve included a lot of the ones i thought were well-designed, but there are many more.  if you’re interested in purchasing or just learning more, click the image to be redirected:

 

bape/baby milo's charity tee, proceeds going to the disaster relief effort

mike shinoda of linkin park's t-shirts (another design available), all profits benefit survivors of the quake & tsunami

adapt's t-shirt (black/white), 100% of proceeds going to the american red cross

jesse ledoux's art print, $25 from each print sold going to the international red cross

ajdimarucot's art print, all proceeds going to red cross

w+k studio's thank you poster for at least a $25 donation to red cross

etsy's thelivingconspiracy's print; 100% proceeds going to red cross

rojo foto's print for a $15 donation to team

james white's print, all profits donated to japanese disaster relief

zac neulieb's poster, all proceeds going to american red cross

rob dobi's print, all proceed benefiting disaster relief

carrrrrlos' print, all proceeds going to global living

daniel freytag's print, 100% of proceeds going to the british red cross

linda yuki nakanishi's art print, 100% of the proceeds going to canadian red cross

lady gaga's $5 bracelet + optional donation to relief efforts

 

roberu's leather wristbands, all proceeds to benefit red cross

corter's leather bracelet, all proceeds going to red cross

ken+dana design's sterling silver necklace, $30 from each sold going to red cross

joan hornig's sterling silver necklace, 100% proceeds benefiting a charity of your choice

scout books' 3-pack of notebooks, all proceeds going to mercy corps

there's even street art for japan!

so as you can see, there are a lot of options out there.  for even more, check out design for japan.

and for those of you near l.a., takami sushi & robata is currently donation 100% of their profits to japan earthquake and tsunami victims.  the restaurant hasn’t set a specific end date so you may want to inquire when you book reservations or while you’re there.  there seems to be a yelp group organizing a dinner event there on march 31st.  i recommend the chilean sea bass.

these are the ones that i’m personally considering: a paperback zine with contributors such as peter taville, alexa chung, and tavi; a 100% cotton oversized t-shirt; and a vintage lucite necklace.

afterzine donates $5 from the sale of each $10 paperback zine to red cross

multeepurpose's oversized tee for women, more designs available, with all proceeds going to red cross

shamila's ivory & gold carved necklace, all proceeds going to japan red cross

as i’ve been scouring the web, i came across one designer who was flamed for the art print he created.  he was accused of trying to gain recognition and profiting off of the disaster.  while the consumer may not know if any of the money used to purchase these goods are actually going towards the causes the merchants claims they are, i think we should give them the benefit of the doubt.  and i think it’s too much to expect that 100% of the sales price go toward the relief organizations (it’s usually just 100% of the profit/proceeds).  most of these are small shops/artists who can’t afford to spend so much time to create these products at a cost to themselves.

monique pean

i was reading my march issue of marie claire today and came across these cool bracelets in the “101 ideas: traveler’s choice” section.  i was drawn to the design initially, then by the fact that they’re scrimshaw (because boyfriend wants a whale bone scrimshaw pocket knife), and then to discover that they were carved from fossilized woolly mammoth tusks more than 10,000 years old really caught my attention.  learning more about the designer and her background has been interesting.  i can’t find the exact bracelets that are featured in the magazine online, but it’s page 90 of the march issue in “101 ideas: traveler’s choice”, the focus is on socially responsible fashion.

the designer is monique pean, one of the first luxury collections to highlight the importance of sustainability.  she uses 100% recycled gold, with the goal of reducing the demand for the dirty mining of precious metals.   she also utilizes fair trade, and devastation-free and conflict-free stones in her pieces.  10% of the profit from each piece of jewelry in her bering collection goes to support alaska native art and culture, the inspiration for the collection and among the world’s first environmentalists.  the same holds true for charity: water collection (to provide clean water wells to developing communities in need).  she also founded the vanessa pean foundation in her sister’s memory to raise funds to provide scholarships to underprivileged students in haiti.  further, she is working with management leadership for tomorrow and yale school of management to create a career advancement program to provide networking and mentorship opportunities to post-mba minorities to help them attain leadership positions in corporate america.

but she’s not just an entrepreneur with a heart, in 2009 she received the cfda/vogue fashion fund prize and was also the recipient of the ecco domani fashion foundation award for accessories.  in the may 2010 issue of o magazine she was named as one of ten women on the rise and can name michelle obama as one of her proud supporters.

michelle obama wearing monqiue pean's 25,000 year old fossilized woolly mammoth ivory bead, champagne diamond and 18k recycled white gold necklace

as you can imagine, luxury jewelry made out of an extinct animal is expensive.  marie claire lists the bracelets as selling from $805 at jeffrey new york and can cost thousands of dollars.  barneys new york carries monique pean’s pieces.

it’s nice that there are so many companies now that care about more than just making a profit.  i think this trend will continue as we think more about sustainability and how we can share the wealth.

for more information on why wooolly mammoth tusks/bone are a devastation-free alternative to illegally poached ivory, visit treehugger.