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Lanvin Collaborating with H&M?

It’s true! Alber Elbaz, Lanvin’s artistic director, has teamed up with H&M to create a French-inspired collection that will hit stores at the end of the month. Compared to other designer collaborations, this one will be a luxury brand for H&M and will feature higher-end clothing. Prices for dresses range around $200. What do you think? Will consumers go for the pricier, Parisian-chic look? Will Elbaz succeed in transcending Lanvin into mass-market designs? See for yourself!

Check out the preview video below.

-Eloise Hamilton

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Accessory Before the Fact

Hello again blog world,

This post (accidentally) turned out to be an accessory guide! From bright colored scarves to sporty watches and fun purses – I’ve posted some accessories you’re not going to want to miss.

But first…

Lots of news from Chapel Hill happenings!

How many of you were at the GenerAction concert on April 12? Anoop Desai performed as an opener to Sean Kingston, and from a fashion aspect, he and his band members looked great! They all wore white tops, black ties and black slacks  —so classy. Anoop stood out in his violet button down and “stunna shades,” as one of my friends called them. He awed the audience with his soulful R&B voice and especially with his performance of “Carolina in My Mind.” Despite Anoop’s Hollywood status, he couldn’t deny his Chapel Hill roots.

I also met some fashion-forward ladies at the concert:

Ayana Allen, a senior at UNC, popped in a yellow scarf from H&M, a hand-me-down dress and a Puma clutch from Jamaica.  She looked magnificently glowing in the afternoon sun. Ayana is the perfect example of how accessories can completely illuminate an outfit!

Lucia Huddleston, a freshman at UNC, rocked an awesome over-the-shoulder Melie Bianco bag. Fendi knockoff?? Looks like it to me. Beige is the best color for shoulder bags because no matter what you’re wearing- they go with everything!

Speaking of over-the-shoulder bags, a one-stop shop for all your slouchy bag needs (not to mention my favorite store in the universe): Zara.

Never heard of Zara? It’s a Spanish based store that has trickled over to the U.S. Unfortunately, it has only made its way to big cities (the closest one is in Atlanta).  But Zara’s trendy and high quality products are timeless and guaranteed to spice up any outfit.

Here are a couple over-the-shoulder, envelope and doctor bag purses from Zara’s website: Notice the details on each.

Here’s something else I’ve been drooling over recently: bright colored watches – a must-have for the season. Everyone is familiar with (or owns) the Michael Kors watch, so why not do something different and try a DKNY watch? Like I’ve said before, this season is all about color. Check out these rockin’ hues:

And to top off your v-neck tee, tank top, cover up (I’m trying to ensue that this can be worn casually!) layer up with a chain necklace like this one from J.crew.  Take my advice: don’t be timid! Wear it with anything and everything. You’ll be sure to get a couple glances your way (from people you want to get glances from).

Now it’s time for…

Designer of the Week: Emporio Armani’s spring 2010 ready-to-wear

This collection is so diverse.  He incorporated polka dots, stripes, neon, draped scarves, splatter paint-type prints and so much more.  He really captures the youthfulness of the season.  This collection is all about having fun and daring to wear those colors you might be hesitant to wear!

That’s all!

Until next week,

Eloise Hamilton

Fashion Forward

Hello readers!

I am an aspiring fashionista looking to experiment in the world of fashion blogging.  I will try to bring you style updates, new trends and hits of the season through pictures and commentary.  Although I admit I begin with little experience in this field, my main goal is to serve you.  Let me know what you think!

Enjoy!

H&M- Cheap and Chic…without the chic

Been to the new H&M at Crabtree Mall in Raleigh yet? In my opinion, there are two words to describe it: Epic Tease.  The cheap and trendy retail store that has finally made its way to North Carolina is stocked with cotton, oversized t-shirts and sweaters that might be easily confused with pajamas.  Don’t get me wrong, if you’re looking for some good basics, H&M is the place to go.  But where’s the trendy, unique pieces that make you think, “Yes! I’m going to look fashionable and no one will know that I spent $30 on this outfit”? It’s hard to tell whether the store was out of stock, headquarters sent nothing to the new Raleigh location or H&M just has a weak collection for the spring.

Your thoughts?

Despite the green haze that seems to be covering everything these days, spring is absolutely the best season for color. I have a habit of ripping out pages of magazines when I see things that I like.  Here’s a collection of what I consider essentials for the season:

A good pair of comfy peep-toe heels are crucial because a) they go with everything and b) they show off your perfectly manicured toes (duh). Make sure they’re comfy!

Michael Kors and Stuart Weitzman

Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue


Forever 21

Another essential for the spring: a little decorated jacket with details on the shoulders. It’s the perfect accent to any outfit. HINT: If you’re looking for something a little more towards your price range, check out old trusty Forever 21. Forev is so great, isn’t it?


Yigal Azrouel

Saks Fifth Avenue

Cut-outs. Asymmetric slivers of missing cloth equals sexy, chic dresses. These dresses are flattering on everyone because they draw the eye to your exposed skin! I am also all about showing off your shoulders.  One-shoulder dresses are effortlessly classy.

Comfy-cute is the way to go, especially given everyone’s busy lifestyles.  You can make an effortlessly chic outfit with 3 ingredients: a decorated t-shirt, a patterned skirt and a belt. Accessories also help if you’re looking to add a little more pizzazz.

And who would’ve thought the jean-jacket could make a come back?  Love it.

J. Crew

Sequins. Tibi Begonia Sequin Dress – hot, hot, hot. It’s casual, dressy, flirty and classy – what’s not to love? The shoes are great as well.

Shopbop.com

Scarves. Thanks, Diana, for letting me stalk you down to take a pic!  I love the way she has the scarf wrapped around her neck; it’s almost like a necklace.  This is easy and it adds so much flavor to the outfit.  By the way, her bag is from Ecuador (how cool!).

Diana Amaya

And finally (drum roll please)….

Designer of the Week: Valentino’s Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection (my personal fave)!

With nostalgic ruffles, big bows and glimmering textures, this collection takes baby-doll chic to the next level.

Also notice the details on the backs of the shoes. Ahhh so great!

– Eloise Hamilton