Diane von Furstenberg — Spring 2013

Diane von Furstenberg’s spring collection is not for those who shy away from color. The array of bold tropical colors and billowing silhouettes paint a picture of vacationing in the world’s most exotic locations – surely a testament to von Furstenberg’s extensive travel repertoire. Creative director, Yvan Mispelaere, and von Furstenberg’s inspiration for the collection titled, “Palazzo,” was von Furstenberg’s jetsetter lifestyle.

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With this collection, DVF brought the local fashions of Mumbai and New Delhi to the American fashion scene. The abundance of looks featuring long tunics and dresses paired with slim fitting trousers outnumber von Furstenberg’s signature piece, the wrap dress. Always known for her body-friendly pieces, the looks are pulled together with waist cinching metallic belts that create an hourglass figure.

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Keeping up with today’s ever-changing technological environment, the designer partnered with Google to debut their new Glass technology. The glasses that were worn by some of the models, and von Furstenberg herself, recorded behind-the-scenes footage that is featured in a short film about the show.

The combination of plunging necklines, bright color blocking and bold accessories exudes confidence, and is made for the self-assured, modern woman.  DVF effortlessly updates statement retro pieces and delivers a fantastic collection.

All photos courtesy of Style.com

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In the Bag: Coach x Net-a-Porter

The 5 Revived Coach bags to be released, photo courtesy of Refinery29.com

Here at Kaleidoscope, we love collaborations – remember our Lanvin for H&M feature in the Winter 2010 issue? We’ve seen a lot of great collaborations this season – the return of Target’s Go! International collection, Urban Outfitters’ “Designed By” collection, Converse and Marimekko, and Sophie Theallet for Nine West, just to name a few. And while these big-name combinations have been great assets to the fashion world (and to our closets!), our next collaboration preview is possibly the most exciting yet.

Renowned bag label Coach has announced that on June 15th, 2011, they will release a vintage line of purses exclusive to Net-a-Porter. With classic, solid leather colors and once-signature snap enclosures, the bags are easily recognizable as Coach products. It isn’t a new design with a 70’s-inspired feel, but a relaunch of five of their most popular bags to date. They’re also a great mix of sizes – whether you want a smaller handbag or a shoulder bag to bring to work, they’ve got you covered.

The designs weigh in at around $298 – an investment, for sure, but an affordable one, if you can budget and save up until the release. Sure, you might be able to find a vintage Coach bag at a consignment store or a thrift shop for a fraction of that price, but wouldn’t it be nice to take your pick of the design and color you really want? And you won’t have to worry about where it’s been, since you’ll be the first owner. And the leather really will last longer than a lesser-priced bag will – Coach always produces high-quality products.

June 15th. Net-a-Porter. We’ll be there – will you?

First Look: Matthew Williamson for Macy’s

Macy’s was recently on the radar of fashionistas everywhere with the debut of Madonna and her daughter Lourdes’ clothing line Material Girl. Today, Macy’s unveiled a new collaboration, but with a renowned clothing designer rather than a celebrity. Matthew Williamson is a London-based high-fashion designer who’s had his own shows at London Fashion Week since the summer of 2006. His designs continue to gain popularity in the United States, sported by celebrities like Katy Perry, Leighton Meester, Blake Lively, and Oh Land.

Promotional image for the collaboration, courtesy of macys.com

Williamson’s Impulse line at Macy’s is available in the United States, so you can get the London style your favorite singers and actresses are wearing at an affordable price. Almost all of the items in the collection are under $100 (the prices range from $59 to $299), so in this case, it’s okay to splurge! The choices range from flirty, floral dresses to oversized sweaters to chic leather jackets, so there’s definitely something for girls of every style.

Our favorite item? The Grecian Sleeveless One-Shoulder Jeweled Dress, a lavender cocktail dress that can be dressed up or dressed down. Unfortunately it’s one of the pricier items at $119, but that’s still a fraction of what you would pay for a high-fashion dress, even on Gilt Groupe. We also love the Long-Sleeve Leather Motorcycle Jacket, which is the collection’s most expensive item, banking in at $299. But how many orange, genuine-leather jackets does one come across? It’s an investment, really. And the asymmetrical zipper gives it the perfect finishing touch.

Intrigued? Want to see all 33 pieces of the collection? Check out the Macy’s site here!

If the Shoe Fits…

What’s the latest designer collection that fashionistas are fawning over? PopSugar and Women’s Wear Daily would agree that it’s Alice + Olivia’s first shoe line, which just debuted on Kaleidoscope favorite Shopbop. Stacey Bendet, one of the designers at Alice + Olivia, created the line, which is exclusive to Shopbop. Bendet has even created a video advertising the line, which is available on the Shopbop site.

One of the summer looks from the Alice + Olivia Shopbop Lookbook!

Whether you’re looking for formal wear, professional looks, or casual flats, the new collection offers tons of choices! Our favorites include classy platform pump sandals (perfect for summer weddings or formals!) and leopard-print platform wedges – who doesn’t love to spice up their look with a little animal print? The shoes run between $200 and $400, so they’d definitely be a splurge, but if you wear them all summer, it might be worth it! And you’ll feel awesome wearing them, which is what’s really important. Continue reading

A Mile in Their Shoes

We’re all familiar with Gilt Groupe‘s amazing deals, but sometimes we’re still left wanting the exact items our favorite fashion icons wear. Gilt Groupe did boast Lily Allen’s amazing Marc Jacobs Nylon magazine cover dress, but that was a rarity. Often, discount fashion sites and sales are collections of products that weren’t able to sell at the full retail price.

Chanel Black and Gold Camellia Clutch, $1100, http://www.decadestwo1.com

Designers and retailers want to get rid of them, so they lower the cost and have third parties do the selling.

But at DecadesTwo1.com, this isn’t the case. Rather than offering reduced prices on new merchandise, the site takes a new approach: it’s a consignment shop. DecadesTwo1 offers clothing and accessories that celebrities and fashion figures (Charlize Theron and Rachel Zoe, for example) have already owned, but no longer wear. It takes the guesswork out of fashion decisions – you already know that a style authority has deemed the item worthy of purchasing and wearing!

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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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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!