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Think Pink: October’s trendiest hue brings awareness to breast cancer

In a subconscious salute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my radar has been on high alert for closet staples like silk camisoles, slip dresses, structured ladylike handbags and pointy-toed pumps —all tricked out in variations of this month’s most important hue: pink. One of my favorite colors on the spectrum, pink manages a range of delicate to girlish, fun-loving to Friday night while maintaining this month’s focus on a cause that’s touched so many lives. We’ve picked out some of the best pink hued items to don for October — from haute’s F/W collections to fast fashions “it” girl favorites, but we want to see your favorites too. Send us your best pink looks and let’s help keep Breast Cancer in the forefront of the national conversation.

Christian Dior

Zara

Diane von Furstenberg

Michael Kors

Chloe

 

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Fall’s best sweaters are tricked-out in navajo-inspired prints

Cowl necks, nubby knits, classic cardigans and western blanket wraps — fall 2014 is a virtual sea of sweaters, and if you’re one step ahead of the style set most of those sweaters will be decorated in navajo-inspired prints. Offered by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Sacai and Karl Lagerfeld, and taking up real-estate in fast-fashion joints like Topshop, H&M & Zara, zigzags, geometrics and different colored piping are all making bold statements as the colder weather rolls in. Here are some of our favorite navajo-inspired sweater prints for fall and a too-cool-for-school pair of printed socks for good measure.

Topshop

Sacai

Zara

Missoni

Free People

 

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Must Have: Art School Edge

Jackson Pollock

Out of the gallery and onto your back, art-inspired prints are threatening to take over your wardrobe this season, starting with a strong showing at plenty o’ spring ’14 runway shows — Chanel, Prada, Celine*sigh. Equal parts edgy and elegant, bold brushstrokes and painted patterns are the prints to play with, dressing up shoes, shifts, handbags, skirts and blouses. Art class is back in session and the best-dressed canvas this summer should be you.

Celine

Zara

Chanel

Miu Miu

Raoul

Proenza Schouler

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Must-Have: Pineapple Crush

Charlotte Olympia's Pineapple Clutch

Forget those berries and cherries, pineapple is having “a moment,” popping up on everything in the guise of complicated tropical prints and solo on T-shirts, jewelry and swimsuits. Pineapples are to this season what owls were to Fall 2011—the single thing to adorn oneself with to reference an air of pop cultural whimsy. There is even a pineapple shaped handbag from the Queen of fun fashion Charlotte Olympia and a pineapple iPhone case from ASOS. Need we say more? Probably not, but to prove a point, take a look at these pineapple inspired styles by Rebecca Minkoff, Free PeopleKenzoZara, Topshop and Peter Som for Kohls and try to deny that this fruit is the season’s tastiest must-have.

Topshop Pineapple Print Pants

Zara Pineapple Top

ASOS Pineapple iPhone Case

Kenzo Pineapple Dress

Rebecca Minkoff Pineapple Dress

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3 Must-Have Sweaters For Fall 2013

You wouldn’t know it by the weather here in Cali, but it is sweater season, and by this we mean it’s time to swoop out and snatch up the bevy of gorgeous fall woolie wears on shelves now.  Naturally there are several must have sweater styles that every Fall 2013 wardrobe should have, and we here at PoshBeauty.com have our own top 3 must-have picks for keeping warm.

Saint Laurent Tartan Mohair Cardigan

Nothing says warm and fuzzy like this season’s sure thing: a fuzzy sweater.  The look ran rampant on fall runways from such illustrious names as Alexander Wang and Saint Laurent — cozy up to mohair, angora, etc… for the most of-the-moment sweater trend.

Kule Scottie Fisherman Sweater

The nautical trend has made its transition from Spring/Summer striped tops to cable-knit fisherman sweaters that are as swashbuckler as they are stylish.  From cashmere to classic wool, this look is a great fit with everything from skinny jeans to leather miniskirts.

Proenza Schouler Chunky-Knit Cashmere Sweater

What’s old it new with our final must-have sweater of Fall 2013, as fast-fashion makes a return to 70′s staple, the turtleneck.  This sweater style is a shoe-in to keep out the oncoming chill and with the likes of Ralph Lauren, Sass and Bide, Proenza Schouler, and Zara all offering up their own individual takes on the turtle — you won’t have any trouble stocking up.

 

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Must Have Monday: Skorts (Skirts + Shorts)

Zara's Culotte Short

Once reserved for school uniforms and sportswear, skorts (skirts + shorts) are actually making a comeback.  Micro-short mini in the front with shorts underneath, this summer-trend manages to annihilate the danger involved in… you know… bending over, while still pulling off a leg-baring, super-short look.

Chloe Sevigny

Pair with heels for a seriously leggy look, or play with a modern and less-body conscious top to defray the looking overtly sexy. Whether you take the trend grown-up chic, like Chloe Sevigny, or urban street like the horde of celebs who’ve embraced Zara’s culotte shorts (Olivia Palermo, Karolina Kurkova) the skort is one summer trend that won’t be ignored. 

Olivia Palermo


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Topshop Dips Its Toes In the Middle American Market

Finding fast fashion in the middle of America can be a challenge, with overseas superstores like Uniqlo and Zara sticking close to their ultra-urban coastal guns (Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York) — but for those of you looking to stay on-trend anywhere other than our biggest coastal hovels, all is not lost.

Topshop announced today that they are tip-toeing their way — with caution — into some of the less populated U.S. cities in addition to adding new stores in Miami, DC, Boston, and San Francisco. Why the caution?

Zara recent summation made it clear, “The United States is a graveyard of European retailers. Everyone who has gone there has struggled.” And while each store, city and brand is a little different, like any market, there is a formula.

The Brit-brand’s brave exploratory front is likely inspired by the 25% stake in Topshop that Los Angeles-based investment firm Leonard Green & Partners purchased in December in order to ”[increase] the retailer’s US sales to $1 billion and doubling global sales over the next three to four years.”

But don’t expect to find the coveted stores in every U.S. mall. Topshop owner Sir Philip Green had this to say about choosing the locations, “If you go across America, there will be 15, 20, 25 malls you want to be in, the key ones, and the others you have to be choosy about. [...] We are going to go carefully and cherry-pick locations. We will take our time.”

And by that he means that Topshop probably hasn’t decided, evidenced by the fact that they have yet to disclosed any of the 50+ new — and less populated — locales that it’s planning, but when they do… we here at PoshBeauty will certainly let you know.

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Victoria’s Secret To Go Green

It seems it’s getting ever-more fashionable to go green!

On the heels of H&M’s new recycling initiative, and promises by retail giants Zara and Mango, and Esprit to eliminate toxic chemicals from the production of their products by 2020, comes another big name — the Limited-owned Victoria’s Secret has jumped aboard this earth-friendly train with a promise that 2020 is the year that they too will go green.

To be fair — like the others, they did have a little nudge.

The lingerie brand was outed, along with retailers like Zara and Mango, as being a “major source of toxic pollution” by Greenpeace’s recent “Toxic Threads” report, which claims that the companies use toxic and cancer-causing chemicals in the production of consumer apparel — that had to hurt.

Victoria’s Secret announced its intention to go green via press release with a Limited representative adding,”Limited Brands considers clean water as a critical global issue, and is proud to join Greenpeace in its campaign to eliminate hazardous chemical use.”

 

 

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MANGO and ESPRIT Vow to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals by 2020

kate moss for mango

It seems that the fashion world is facing a sort of witch hunt after Greenpeace’s damning report on fashion brands that use toxic and cancer-causing chemicals in consumer apparel sold throughout the world. Retailer Zara was the first on the chopping block when the report made the headlines. Now, the popular European line has made plans to eliminate hazardous chemicals from its supply chain by no later than 2020. Others have followed suit.

Enter brands MANGO and ESPRIT who, according to Ecouterre.com, have both agreed to work towards the goal of zero discharge of chemicals like alkylphenol ethoxylates, perfluorinated compoundsphthalates, brominated and chlorinated flame-retardants,AZO dyes, and heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, mercury, and chromium (VI).

“Esprit is beginning to take responsibility for its entire supply chain,” Ada Kong, a Greenpeace campaigner, says in a statement. “[Its] commitment to require 30 of [its] suppliers in China to disclose discharge data by the end of 2013 is a major breakthrough for communities who are forced to share their waterways with industry. If Esprit can commit to disclose pollution data for so many of its suppliers, then why can’t Levi’s—as a self-proclaimed leader—beat this number?”

Let’s hope that these acts of responsible fashion keeps on trending.

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H&M To Launch Recycling Initiative

Last week mid-level fashion emporium Zara took the spotlight in the environmental game with its vow to reverse its current reputation as a major offender in the green game — and H&M is not about to let them steal their thunder. The fast-fashion chain has announced its intention to launch a recycling initiative in order to become more earth friendly. The initiative will launch globally in February 2013.

The details include you being allowed to recycle your old clothing — regardless of condition or an H&M label — in exchange for store discounts on new H&M goods! Set to be called iCollect (Hmm… do we smell an Apple reference?), the initiative will place iCollect boxes near cash wraps inside of H&M stores where shoppers can drop off bags of used clothing and get vouchers in exchange.

A representative for the brand recently spoke to WWD about this new plan, “There are a lot of garments that really go to waste. We encourage customers to use garments for as long as possible, but we know a lot goes to incineration plants. We want to advance recycling. We want to organically grow this idea.” A marriage made in earth-friendly and fashion-friendly heaven!

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