Designed By…

Fact: We love Urban Outfitters.

Lark & Wolff by Steven Alan Striped Tieback Dress, $59, urbanoutfitters.com

Fact: We love famous designers.

Fact: We can now experience both of these loves at once.

Sure, we love the variety of collections and brands that Urban Outfitters offers its customers. But how awesome would it be if, say, Alexa Chung designed her own collection for the retailer? While we’re still working on that connection, Urban now offers us something almost as good: the new Designed By collection. The collection includes pieces by well-known designers, like Kova & T, Steven Alan, and Ulla Johnson, as well as designers you might not have heard of yet, like Sunshine & Shadow and Chris Habana.

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A Jeanius Idea

You’ve seen feature articles about denim in magazines – it’s not just pants and skirts anymore! Jackets, belts, shoes, and even dresses are made in all styles and washes by some of the most prominent designers and brands. Distressed denim has made a comeback since the 90’s, and even denim button-down shirts are suddenly cool. You may even have heard about the “Denim and Rose” collection at Bobbi Brown, which released a glittery eyeshadow shade called Denim Sparkle last summer.

M.A.C. Jeanius Eye Shadow in Motorhead, $19.50, maccosmetics.com

But with its new color palette, M.A.C. takes the denim trend one step further. Today, the iconic beauty brand launched the “Jeanius” collection, which includes denim-inspired beauty products of every variety.

Like Bobbi Brown, M.A.C. has included eyeshadow in the collection as well. But these aren’t your ordinary shadow boxes – the powders are pressed into a stitched-looking pattern to resemble jean pockets! The shadows even have a metallic rivet attached for the authentic jean look. The pigments are available in two shades (washes?) of blue, and are also available in white and black. Continue reading

Target Designers Revisited

Have you ever rushed to Target the weekend a new designer collection opens, only to find the piece you really wanted is already sold out? And when you go back to look for it, they never have your size? Or how about the designers whose collections you don’t hear about until they’ve already passed, or you just forget to go while they’re there?

Rodarte for Target, courtesy of target.com. Will this be one of the featured dresses??

Many a fashionista has experienced this feeling: the loss of an affordable, chic piece by one of the Target designers. The retailer has boasted incredible collaborations, including Isaac Mizrahi, Anna Sui, Rodarte, and many more.

Lucky for you (and the rest of us who wish we had more of the renowned designer pieces), Target stores are offering a second chance for customers to own clothing from the Go! International Designer Collective lines. Beginning on Sunday, March 13th, Target locations nationwide will be selling dresses from 17 past designers they’ve featured collections from. According to their magazine advertisements, these designers will include Paul & Joe, Tucker, Libertine, Erin Fetherston, and other big names in the fashion world.

The best part? The dress prices start at $24.95, and the most expensive ones are just $44.99. At a steal like that, you don’t have to worry about breaking your bank account. And you don’t have to feel guilty about buying two…or three…

Want a sneak preview of the dresses they’ll be offering? Check out their site for some great images! The sale will run through April 10, but we’re betting they’ll go fast, so don’t wait!

House of Holland and London Fashion Week

Courtesy of Style.com

Although New York Fashion Week has come to a close, the fashion world still has another lineup of great runway shows to look forward to. Yesterday marked the start of London Fashion Week! The schedule boasts big-name designers like Felder Felder, Jonathan Saunders, Acne, and Temperley London, while offering new designers a chance to stage their collections as well.

Three years ago, Henry Holland was one of these new designers. 2008 was the first year House of Holland had a solo show at London Fashion Week, with Agyness Deyn as Holland’s model and muse. The 2008 show captured Holland’s quirkiness and sense of humor with its clever, slogan-ridden T-shirts.

Courtesy of style.com

The House of Holland Fall 2011 show, which took place yesterday, also captured Holland’s playfulness and youthful appeal. In the last few years, House of Holland has become as well-recognized for its patterned tights as it has for its T-shirts, and yesterday’s show did not disappoint. Neon geometric patterns and classic “House of Holland” alphabet prints dominated the tights. A majority of the models also wore knee socks, which were striped with bright colors. One model wore a signature Henry t-shirt, which read “Hawt Couture.”

Yet despite the colorful, fun appeal of the show’s colors and designs, the inspiration for the collection appeared to be not from the young, but the elderly. With its sweaters (one model even wore a neon Afghan blanket!), knee-length skirts, and frequent use of tweed materials, the show’s vibe was distinctly granny-esque. One could almost imagine a white-haired woman playing bingo in Holland’s plaid jumpers as easily as he could see a young woman wearing the same thing – a contrast Tavi Gevinson would most certainly approve.

Want to see the rest of the looks? Check out style.com’s slideshow here!

Shiny Like the Moon

We all do our best to wake up with plenty of time to groom ourselves in the morning, but every so often, you just can’t drag yourself out of bed. Before you know it, you’re rushing to get to class on time – at this point, appearance isn’t of great importance. Sometimes, it’s late enough that you aren’t able to hop in the shower, wash your hair, and finish the rest of your morning routine. But with the appearance of more and more dry shampoos and conditioners, this can all change.

Even if you wake up too late to give your hair a full-on lather, various companies offer hair-cleaning solutions that don’t require the use of water. The products promise to get rid of oil and smell, without leaving residue. Just sprinkle some of the powder on your hair, leave it on for a few minutes, comb it out, and you’re done.

Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo

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Welcome to the World

If you’re looking into summer internships in foreign cities, going over study abroad options, planning an exotic spring break, or just wishing you were somewhere else, we have the perfect accessories. Whether or not you’re actually planning a trip, the essentials we’ve rounded up will make you feel like a world-class traveler.

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Style File: Marina Diamandis

If you’ve shopped at Urban Outfitters in the last few months, chances are high that you nodded your head to the beats of Marina and the Diamonds’ infectious tracks from her 2010 album, The Family Jewels. But did you know that the young lady behind the music, Marina Diamandis, has impeccable taste in fashion as well? Vogue.com and Nylon Magazine were quick to notice Diamandis’ fun, quirky style – after seeing some of the outfits she’s put together, you’ll want to emulate her too.

In her noteworthy music videos, Diamandis has worn attention-grabbing neon outfits and colored body paints. If she keeps pulling out great everyday outfits, though, her personal style will become more memorable than her inventive video attire! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite Marina outfits and looks – which ones do you like best?

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