in my e-travels, i recently stumbled across the talent of label dolores haze. overall, the designs are fairly understated, but i was particularly drawn to how they were styled; the simplicity of the clothing mixed with the grunge-ish hair and makeup on the models create an intriguing result. what’s more is that the fall 2014 collection was fair trade featuring sourced textiles from small business owners overseas.

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when it comes to personal style, i prefer to go ‘minimalist’; you can’t really lose since it tends to feature a whole lotta neutrals and simple shapes, both of which are perfect for layering, if you’re down with that then the emerson fry spring 2014 collection is right up your alley, don’t you think? yeah, i thought so. bye, bye, paycheck!

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at this point. i don’t even care what kind of fast fashion nonsense zara is churning out lately, i just dig the new direction the retailer has taken with its lookbooks, photography-wise. it is ‘high fashion’ and ‘street style’ rolled into a collection of images that look eerily similar to those taken backstage at fashion week. oh, these clothes are coming out this month for the trf line, by the way.

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dusen dusen's prints consistently make me happy; every time the brand reveals a new collection, i wanna sing some pharrell. this is what a room without a roof feels like.

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marimekko isn’t a label i typically yearn for when i have some money burning a hole in my pocket, but all that may change with the release of the finnish design company’s summer 2014 lookbook. fairly bland shapes overall, but i’ll give you a minute to immerse yourself in all that retro-inspired print and pattern. don’t these images make you happy? that is exactly what clothes should do.

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madewell's spring 2014 lookbook features mega-model erin wasson, which would be an impressive deal alone but the clothes happen to be pretty great, not that that should surprise you. i cherry-picked my favorite compilations (all of which can be found on geri’s blog); as you can see, they have a relaxed, slightly tomboyish vibe and are comprised mainly of staples like denim, leather, and breezy cotton layered together.

all in all: classic madewell.

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for spring 2014, in god we trust's collection features a unique, custom “cave print” that i am drawn to due to my obsession with ancient civilizations. pieces have already launched online and range in price from $94 for a striped top to $240 dress.

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the gap has finally revealed its first collection under the helm of [semi-]new creative director rebekka bay and the change is obvious in the sleek and understated designs.

but we were prepared for this — back in december, bay clearly explained her goals, “i think gap has always been the greatest iconic american casualwear brand, and that’s really what i want it to be. i want to own super casual, iconic pieces and be the go-to brand for the wardrobe — almost like building blocks.” this first bay-branded collection certainly has me excited to see more. also, gimme dat tropical print bomber.

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karen walker took an innovative move — one that deserves applause, in my opinion — for her latest lookbook by enlisting kenya-based workers as models through the ethical fashion initiative. participants include tailors, productions managers, machinists, and metal workers, which you wouldn’t realize looking at them because they are highlighting their angles to the fullest. each pair of specs purchased will also come with a collection of pouches created by kenyan artisan groups.

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as if i didn’t already have backpacks on the brain, i recently learned that i will need knee surgery, which will require a two-month bout of crutches, sooo since backpacks are the only practical style to don when on crutches, i’ll likely lean hard on herschel's spring lookbook for potential purchase inspiration.

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