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April 19 2014

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7 posts tagged "Madewell"

Chung Change

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Alexa Chung already has a lot of jobs on her résumé these days, including model, British Fashion Council ambassador, television host, and British Vogue contributing editor, and soon she might be adding “designer” to the list. Though she has collaborated on design projects with labels like Madewell, the British style star confirmed this morning that she is looking to launch her own clothing line. In the latest issue of Numéro magazine, Chung reportedly said she has “nothing to lose” by starting her own label. “In this current era of celebrity no one believes you actually design the stuff anyway, even though I sketch everything myself,” she explains. “So if it sucks I can say I had nothing to do with it, and if it’s really good I can say ‘Here are the drawings, it’s all my own work!’ ” Chung hasn’t revealed any details about the line yet, but we’re expecting to see the usual Chung signatures—plenty of floral prints, vintage-inspired numbers, and lots of layering pieces.

Photo: Danny Martindale / Getty Images

Shop The Look: Suit Up

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It’s hard to believe that the end of the summer is just around the corner. But there is still time to get in a few last-minute beach getaways before putting all of your warm-weather clothes in storage. And what’s a better way to celebrate your last few days at the beach than wearing a brand-new bathing suit? From Agent Provocateur’s cutout creation to Zimmermann’s perfect floral bikini, see our picks to ride out the last waves of summer in style.

1. Madewell telegraph stripe string bikini top, $34.99, and bottom, $34.99, www.madewell.com
2. Michael Kors color-block scuba swimsuit, $327, similar styles available at www.bergdorfgoodman.com
3. Agent Provocateur Mazzy swimsuit, $450, www.agentprovocateur.com
4. Mara Hoffman Inca printed bikini, $215, www.saksfifthavenue.com
5. Zimmermann floral-print bikini, $225, www.net-a-porter.com
6. Lisa Marie Fernandez + Peter Pilotto Leigh swimsuit, $190, www.matchesfashion.com


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Photos: Courtesy Photos

Now Playing: Video Fashion Week

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Designers have increasingly taken to using videos to share their latest collections, so in response, Style.com launched its first-ever Video Fashion Week last season. Today marks the start of the second VFW, beginning with Markus Lupfer. Click here to read the review, see the complete collection, and watch his new video. Coming up, expect to see films from Creatures of Comfort, Sophomore, Rogan, A.P.C., Madewell, and more. Check back daily throughout the week.

Photo: Courtesy of Markus Lupfer

Madewell Makes It Work

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“Madewell goes to work” was the inspiration for the retailer’s Fall collection, and the tableau at yesterday’s preview was very fitting: Mounted office chairs and mechanical desks made up the set pieces. But while the looks borrowed elements from professional menswear, like brogues turned into heels, the Madewell girl is no office drone. This fall she’ll be wearing nubby knits, wispy skirts, shirtdresses, and vintage-y denim flares. (And a few pieces we wouldn’t recommend for the conference room—the polka-dot pajama trousers, for one.) Outerwear was a particular standout, like a gray wool blanket poncho, and like its big sister J.Crew, Madewell is continuing to explore collaborations with outside labels. To wit: haircalf Dr. Martens, in the curious but curiously fab emerging print of the season, Dalmatian.

Photo: Courtesy of Madewell

Shareen Vintage Pops Up At Madewell

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“My husband doesn’t even really know what my day is like. I’m in the trenches,” Shareen Mitchell said in front of a camera crew for her new reality series at Madewell in Los Angeles last night. To L.A. and NYC vintage shoppers in the know, Mitchell needs no introduction. The actress and former designer, typically referred to simply by her first name—the namesake of her perpetually packed bicoastal vintage boutiques—has a cult following that’s been steadily building for years. “I’m not really about vintage; I’m not about the past. I want to be about bringing fashion to you at a price you can afford,” she said. Over her shoulder, shoppers were swarming three racks of vintage pieces (some reworked) handpicked by Shareen, which will be selling at in-store pop-up shops at Madewell’s Century City and Soho stores for under $100 as long as supplies last.

Where does she find the goods? “That’s always the question,” Mitchell says. “I work with independent buyers who source things and bring them for me to buy. But I also do a lot of digging. It’s kind of an excavating process for me in places that sort used clothing. It’s not easy. It’s dirty work.” It’s this less glamorous side of her profession that will be prominently featured in a new reality TV series, Shareen Vintage, which premieres on Planet Green this fall.

As for Shareen’s styles up for grabs at Madewell: Think loose-fitting and backless dresses in Indian prints and fifties party dresses (minus their linings). “I’m seeing fashion move to a very conservative trend. There’s a need for glamour, charm, lovely…I love the word lovely,” Mitchell says of the shift she’s noticing away from the strong, structured eighties silhouettes. As we’ve seen elsewhere, it’s bye-bye eighties, hello seventies—come fall, Mitchell will be serving up plenty of Me Decade styles, of which Phoebe Philo would likely approve. “I have so much of it I couldn’t sell the last four years because no one wanted it,” she says. My, how times have changed.

Photos: Courtesy of Madewell