Capsuled Collections: Claudia Simoes. Here is a a peak into Claudia Simoes’ senior collection at the Academy of Art.
1.) This Macaroon tower is a bright take on your classic towered cake
2.) I need to replicate this low key outfit for my upcoming trip to Paris
3.) HBO’s new show girls has partially become what I live for
4.) Cheeky Bass x Rachel Antonoff “Matilda Shoe”
5.) A vintage Mayflower Magazine cover. I’m a sucker for old school botanical prints
6.) Alex Turner of the Artic Monkeys. I just saw them at the Orcale in Oakland last week, they were incredible.
7.) This makeup hair combo couldn’t be more mermaid-tastic if it tried.
8.) Kate Middelton’s gown she recently wore is tearing at my heart strings
9.) Just saw Tim Burton’s new film Dark Shadows and was pleasantly surprised. The costumes were out of this world
10.) These boots by Rachel Comey are the city girl’s wet dream.
You don’t really need to check the blogs to see what people wore to Coachella. Ripped shorts, trendy sandals, some ray bans, a tiny top and probably some kind of Native American inspired headwear.
A “Flower Power” influence has taken hold of festival fashion and cease to let go, likely because of the 70’s undeniable influence on this type event. The average “Coachellian” made their way to El Indio to camp with friends, soak up some sun, hear good music, drink, and probably smoke a lot of pot. It doesn’t really get more 70’s that that; and if you are going to act the part you had better dress it.
This past weekend the Stagecoach Country Music Festival also took place in Palm Springs. Stagecoach likely drew a very different crowd than the hip stoned-out Coachella kids. However, minus the endless sea of cowboy hats and boots, the attire was more or less the same. It seems even the usual conservative country fan can’t resist letting their hair down (and their hem line up).
This “free spirit” look has been showing up year after year and it doesn’t seem to be on its way out anytime soon. In an environment, where you are outside, walking around, standing up, sitting down and dancing, functionality is key. A pencil skirt is simply unthought of. A dress or skirt might work but usually only if it is floor length and high waisted. And heels? Forget about it, unless you are being commissioned to aerate the grass fields.
Festivals are somewhat of a ritual event. If you come once you’re likely to come again and again. Because many of the same people return year after year for the same kind of musical experience, why shouldn’t the fashion be the same? You can certainly bring your own flair to your festival wardrobe but overall there is somewhat of a uniform that is likely to remain for years to come. If you just can’t seem to channel your inner hippie, save yourself a couple hundred bucks and go see a show at your local venue, pencil skirt and all.
Want to support a cause of your choice without having to sport a basic mass produced shirt from your latest 5K? Sevenly, a site dedicated to producing beautifully designed shirts and hoodies for a cause, has solved your problem. Sevenly creates 52 t-shirt campaigns a year (1 shirt per week) for a charity in need of exposure. For every tee purchased, $7 goes to that week’s featured charity. So far they have raised $283,920 for selected organizations. Each week they spotlight a charity on their homepage, provide you with information about the issue and a proposed solution. They also show you what their fundraising goal is ($14,000 is this week’s goal for Sheltering Wings- an organization that works to provide emergency housing for victims of domestic abuse). Sevenly is a meaningful site that takes “feel good fashion” to a whole other level.
After one look at Italian fashion label, Leitmotiv’s newest collection, it is painstakingly clear just how much thought and creativity goes into each and every piece designed. Founders, Juan Caro and Fabio Sasso, show an obvious rebellion against the extreme minimalism trend with their luscious use of prints, color and dramatic detailing. The brand, which has a men’s and women’s line, has a style as refined as power house, print-heavy labels such as Missoni and Diane Von Furtsenburg. With an ability to combine an overwhelming amount of influences and design details into one cohesive show, Caro and Sasso are truly talented designers who are destined to become globally impacting in the near future.
That “vintage” concert tee buried in the deep, dark depths of your closet you’ve been saving since the 80’s can finally have a real purpose besides collecting dust. Germany—based furniture designer, Tobias Juretzek has created “remembre chairs” designed from old clothes for Italian furniture brand, Casamania.The chairs, are created with a wood base and covered with compacted, hardened clothing swirled around resulting in a vibrant, marbled and incredibly personal seat. Juretzek’s ultra-modern designs combine functionality, sustainability and most of all aesthetic appeal.
Aaron Feaver might be Sophia Coppola’s long lost cousin. The LA— based photographer has a knack for capturing beautiful women who apparently aimlessly wonder hillsides decked out in flowy gowns and lace tops. His work is romantic, sunny and meticulously effortless; and will make you increasingly angry about all the cold, wet weather that has invaded California.