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13 posts tagged "Anthropologie"

Our Favorite Dresses From Spring ’15 Bridal Week

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Vera WangSomething old, something new, something Bali, something blue. That was our takeaway from the Spring ’15 bridal collections presented in New York over the last few days. Despite the influx of new labels and big retailers (such as J.Crew and Anthropologie) entering the market in recent years, most women still want a traditional look for their big day, and so there was no shortage of white lace, tulle, beading, and couture-like embellishment on the runways. What has changed is the broader scope of nuptial ceremonies that designers are addressing.

“There are so many different kinds of weddings and so many different types of brides now,” said Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman backstage before her show. “You’ve got classic church weddings, town hall weddings, and destination weddings, but ultimately, the dress should still be beautiful. It should be romantic. It should be ethereal. It should make a bride feel like a princess or a queen for the day.” And so, Marchesa sent out a modern selection of cocktail and tea-length styles in addition to its more familiar confections. Oscar de la Renta also addressed the changing nature of weddings by featuring relatively casual looks, including a cotton eyelet bikini and matching pareo (accessorized with a floral head wreath and lei) that would be ideal for saying “I do” on a beach.

Vera Wang, meanwhile, went unconventional in a different way, debuting her new collection via a short film. No need to be a store buyer or a magazine editor to score a front-row seat. “The opportunity to create a visual and expressive experience of the clothes, as interpreted by my fashion vision, is a whole new way for me to communicate with not only brides, but women everywhere,” Wang said in a statement.

Here, a slideshow of our Spring ’15 bridal week highlights.

Whit Goes on Holiday with Anthropologie

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Whitney Pozgay's Petite-focused collection for Anthropologie

Last month, Peter Som teamed with Anthropologie to create a limited-edition Spring capsule, and now it’s CFDA Fashion Incubator designer Whitney Pozgay’s turn. However, Pozgay’s collection, which was inspired by (and designed during) a recent trip to Tulum, Mexico, has a particular focus: petites. “I’m about five feet, four inches,” giggles the Whit designer, “and I think it’s cool that we were able to do this, because there isn’t a lot out there for petite girls,” she explains, noting that her nine-piece range (six pieces of which come in regular and petite sizes, three of which are petite exclusives) transcends tiny taboos. “Supposedly, if you’re short, you’re not supposed to wear long dresses, because they’ll overwhelm your frame. But I think long dresses can be really flattering on short girls,” Pozgay asserts. Enter her white-and-black starfish-print maxi in sand-washed rayon and her coral floor-skimming dress, both of which are cut shorter in the front to flatter a smaller stature. Other standouts include a flirty polka-dot sundress, a striped stretch-cotton short-sleeve frock, and a calf-length azure-and-white skirt with a beach-friendly print inspired by a vintage swatch Pozgay found during her travels. Priced between $148 and $258, the line was modeled by Ms. Pozgay herself in a special lookbook shoot. “I was nervous! In school, I was originally an acting major, and then I switched to costume design because I preferred being behind the scenes,” she admits. “It was definitely a good lesson for me…I respect models even more now than I did before.”

Pozgay hopes clients will embrace the new wares, which will be available at Anthropologie, from June 11, as easy vacation staples. “It’s about hot weather, having fun, and things that you can just wear easily,” she says. “I think it’s like the fun, bike-riding kid sister of our [main] collection.” Pozgay’s Anthropologie designs debut above, exclusively on Style.com.

Peter Som’s Studies in Anthropologie

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“It’s a combination of all the things I love,” said Peter Som of his debut capsule collection for Anthropologie. Anyone who’s familiar with Som’s punchy, feminine womenswear range knows that the designer has a particular fondness for floral prints (evidence: Fall 2013). So it’s no surprise that his eleven-piece line—which, priced between $128 to $360, features flirty frocks, easy summer skirts, a maxi dress, and more—is full of bright, blossoming patterns. “The collection has that off-kilter, patchwork, kind of magpie sensibility. It’s about a quirky elegance,” offered Som, who’s also working on a forthcoming accessories capsule for the retailer. On the fauna front, a tried-and-true Som favorite—his Spring 2012 zebra-head print—lent itself well to the playful eccentricity of Som’s Anthropologie wares. “I’m of the Diana Vreeland school of thought,” said the designer when asked about the zebras, which appear on a sweet little sundress and a tank. “Zebra is a neutral.” Available online and in stores from May 17, Som’s youthful summer looks debut above, exclusively on Style.com.

A Match Made in Brooklyn

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New Yorkers lucky enough to attend Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ three-night stand at the Beacon Theatre last week might have caught a glimpse of chanteuse Sharon Van Etten, who was singing backup for Cave at the shows. But in this video for the Brooklyn-based label Ace & Jig, Van Etten is front and center. The singer stands stock-still, her 2010 track “One Day” playing in the background, as Ace & Jig designers Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson race back and forth in a blur, dressing Van Etten in clothes from their Fall 2013 collection. “We’re big fans of Sharon’s music, and we listen to her all the time at the studio,” explained Wilson when asked how Van Etten came to be cast in the video. “Since we’re both Brooklyn based, we reached out, and it turns out she was a fan of Ace & Jig, as well.” For those unfamiliar with the brand, which is sold at stores such as Anthropologie, its USP is its signature textiles, particularly custom yarn-dyed materials woven in India. And according to Vaughan, the purpose of the video was not only to showcase Van Etten’s formidable deadpan but also the many ways this season’s geometric weaves, quilted cottons, and Lurex-threaded materials inspired by Egyptian assuit cloth could be layered together. “It’s a perfect mishmash,” she said.

La Vie Louboutin, What Wonder Woman Will Wear, Riccardo’s (Almost) Refusal, And More…

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Christian Louboutin (left) gets the full-on profile treatment in The New Yorker this week, when Lauren Collins—who has also profiled Donatella Versace—sets out to explain the shoemaker’s mythic allure. The Louboutin secret, according to the man himself? “Le petit quelque chose qui fout tout par terre,” he says, quoting a French saying—that is, the little thing that, ahem, fucks everything up. [New Yorker]

Wonder Woman is coming back—again—and she’s got a whole new look. Specifically, as a preview of her new TV-show costume suggests, one that includes latex pants. [EW]

Riccardo Tisci may be on point of accepting the Christian Dior job, but he revealed recently that he almost turned down the Givenchy one he currently holds—until his mother told him she’d have to move into a retirement home to save money. He accepted the offer and the rest is history. In other words: good one, maman. [Vogue U.K.]

And there’s life after Barneys for legendary retailer Judy Collinson: She’s just been appointed executive director of women’s apparel at Anthropologie. [WWD]

Photo: Benoit Peverelli / Courtesy of The New Yorker