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.
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.
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.
madewell revealed its spring 2014 collection and — obviously — there is a lot of goodness happening. tons of nouveau classics like ‘boyfriend’ jeans and bohemian printed dresses; basically, items that will get a crapload of wear if you enjoy mixing textures but aren’t into a lot of color. click here for the entire lookbook.
alexander wang’s pre-fall 2014 collection is ready for all the elements (literally, rain, wind, maybe snow if you don’t like wearing pants). overall, it should certainly be said that wang is expanding his horizons from the androgynous monochromatic aesthetic of seasons past to a more honed vision featuring a hint of masculinity.
there aren’t many occasions when tasty eats and brilliant baubles come together, so when abacaxi's most recent lookbook caught my eye, i had to share it with you. the traditional indian pieces are surprisingly well-paired with the exotic fruits, but what is even more appealing are the prices — all of the items displayed cost below $90.
it’s funny, isn’t it? that as spring 2014 collections begin trickling in to stores, but pre-fall 2014 collections are revealed at the same time and it feels more like a pre-fall season right now than a spring one? let me muse. anyway, thanks to refinery29, preen's latest has shown itself and it all of its knitwear-y goodness has me still yearning for a cableknit sweater and longer legs. that model has gams for days.
until i saw her wares, i didn’t know how seriously i should take a designer who calls herself mr. kate but this recent lookbook, entitled “winter rose,” proves that you cannot judge a book by its cover. all of the pieces, which feature roses and delicate, protruding thorns, feature 18k and rose gold. but even more beautiful than the jewelry are its prices (nothing in the collection costs above $125).
november isn’t over quite yet, which means you still have time to scurry over to your nearest zara and pick up any of the items in the lookbook shown above. i have a mind to do just that since that black puffer coat is doing things to me, which feels strange because it isn’t normally what very large down-filled outerwear does. also, if you’d like to take these looks as gospel, bare legs will be a *thing* this winter. i’m nervous.
she and reverie's latest lookbook, shot by franey miller in the lovely borough of brooklyn, is called “no sleep ‘til" and has me tempted to request a half-day at work and go back to bed. the photoshoot combines three of the label’s current capsule lines resulting in an eclectic yet dreamy collection perfect for spring 2014. also, who can resist a beastie boys reference? you’d have to be soulless.