Stay Swathed in Denim with H&M’s Conscious Collection

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Sandra Rieder and Chloe Wheatcroft (Muse) wear H&M Conscious Collection. Photos by Jaesung Lee.

We live in our denim — there’s simply nothing else that makes more sense for our lives. H&M has given us new reason to stay swathed in the stuff with the launch of the new Conscious Collection, available to shop now in stores and online. The materials that make up the collection are more sustainable than ever, and the processes used to create each wash are scrutinized for minimal environmental impact. To top it off, the collection is gorgeous. Smart and pretty? Sounds like the perfect package.

Sandra wears an H&M Conscious Collection cardigan, H&M zipper turtleneck, and refurbished jeans by Rialto Jean Project. Chloe’s overcoat by H&M Conscious Collection.
Chloe wears H&M Conscious Collection bra top, embroidered button down (worn over the shoulder) and skinny jeans, Sandra wears H&M Conscious Collection jumpsuit and sweatshirt, and Cosabella bra.

Photographer: Jaesung Lee
Models: Sandra Rieder and Chloe Wheatcroft (Muse)
Stylist: Alyssa Shapiro

Hair: Jason Murillo
Makeup: Dana Rae Ashburn
Stylist Assistant: Emily Ovaert

Shot on location at 13 Eight Avenue, a West Village townhouse available for sale now. For more information, click here. Special thanks to the Eklund Gomes Team and Clayton Orrigo.

The Best Kept Secret in The West Village: Calliope

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With the likes of Marc Jacobs, Joe Malone, and Alexis Bittar lining Bleecker St., it pays to venture off the over populated retail path and make your way towards the river to West 12th St where you’ll discover the shopping oasis that is Calliope.  The store founded by Manhattan couple Caroline and Michael Ventura, is not just a store, it’s an entire thought in lifestyle.  A lifestyle that granted veers more California than New York, but with the current migration of New Yorkers going west, you can be the smart one knowing that you don’t have to move to Los Angeles to get that Cali vibe.

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What makes this place great is that it’s arranged like a shoppable living room. Inside you’ll find a curated collection of vintage, contemporary, and bespoke goods crafted by artisans from Morocco to Brooklyn, including Aaron Poritz, Fort Makers, and Michael Felix. They have everything from large designer furnishings, travel goods, luggage, antique rugs, artisan homewares, jewelry, crystals, sage and vintage records. The ever-rotating supply make the boutique a fresh source of inspiration for a creative and inspired crowd.

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It’s known amongst neighborhood locals that Calliope likes when you hang out. In fact, if you want to grab your laptop for an hour or two you can set up shop with the other locals doing just that or bring a bottle of wine and conversation while you wait for your friends finishing at The Whitney (which is just a few blocks away).

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The one thing Calliope offers over anywhere else in New York is their one-of-a-kind “field trips” with local talent which will send you on a journey in butchery lessons, astrological chart readings, vinyl hunting, drawing classes, and cocktail mixology. Sign us up.

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Calliope is located at 349 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014.

Shop the Vibrant and Iconic Lifestyles of Your Favorite ’80s Movie Starlets

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Travel back in time and shop the trendsetting and iconic lifestyles of your favorite 1980s women on screen with help from our ebay collection.

Get Nastassja Kinski’s subtly sexy look from Paris, Texas with an deep pink oversized Angora sweater and tousled, voluminous locks. Go retro with a red rotary phone and Super 8mm camera to immerse yourself in the past.
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Take inspiration from Madonna’s trailblazing accessories style in Desperately Seeking Susan with chunky gold Christian Lacroix, Valentino, and Chanel jewelry paired with classic Wayfarers. Get really into the groove throw your favorite vintage Madonna on the record player.
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Spice up your summer look with inspiration from Melanie Griffith in Something Wild by donning a simple black Alexander Wang dress with vintage statement jewelry and colorful handmade African Bead Work bangles. Give your best shade with vintage square sunglasses in an array of eye-popping colors.
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Be ready for any occasion with Rosanna Arquette’s sweet and simply chic style from After Hours and dress yourself in a Marc Jacobs silk skirt and a Ferragamo buckle belt. Who needs a phone, when you’ve got a classic vintage pocket watch to help you beat the clock.

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Shop the Wonderful Wacky World of Wes Anderson

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Immerse yourself in the world of Wes Anderson by shopping these wacky, wonderful, and colorful looks from our ebay collection.

Travel the world with vintage valises from Moonrise Kingdom and LVMH luggage of The Darjeeling Limited

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Perfect your retro record game with the rich film scores of Wes Anderson, just like Suzy in Moonrise Kingdom and Margot in The Royal Tenenbaums

 

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Fresh looks with wacky hats from the satirical world of Wes Anderson. Find a chapeau of your on from Rushmore’s Max Fischer, Eli Cash in The Royal Tenenbaums, or the young lovers of Moonrise Kingdom

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Take your pretty summer look from Margot and Richie Tenenbaum’s 1970s court side style, thanks to the films of Wes Anderson!

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Speaking of Margot Tenenbaum, let’s all agree that we can all take some style cues from Andersen’s cynical heroine. 

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From 1970s aviators and tinted retro frames, get your summer shade style from Adrien Brody in The Darjeeling Limited or Willem Dafoe and the rest of the nautical bunch in The Life Aquatic

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Top off your Wes Anderson collection with memorabilia from this aesthetically-pleasing films: retro posters, books on Wes’ style, film character accessories, and the vinyl soundtracks for your new record player—all with that Wes Anderson charm.

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6 Best Vintage Stores in Los Angeles

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Photo courtesy of Tavin Boutique

From cheap $10 thrills to archival investments from Chanel and Lacroix, here are the six best vintage stores in Los Angeles.

Tavin Boutique
Bohemian, travel, romantic — and designer: Some of the adjectives Tavin uses to describe its inventory and customer; it’s vintage for the Gypset babe. Here vintage turquoise jewelry is mixed in with jewels from local designers, special items like Indigo clothing from Vietnam and embroidered Baluch dresses from Afghanistan, vintage pieces grounded in the flowy ’60s and ’70s — and Saint Laurent, Cacharel, Dior, and so on. Expect to spend between $100 to $600 on a dress. You can shop online too.
(1543 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles; Tuesday-Sunday, 12:30 – 6:30 PM)

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Resurrection Vintage
If you’re looking for a pristine piece of vintage designer — often “historic” pieces, as the site notes, and willing to spend thousands for it, then Resurrection will be a dream. Hermes, Chanel, YSL, Yohji Yamamoto, Geoffrey Beene, Moschino, Mugler, Dior, Lacroix, you name it. There’s also a location in New York for the east coasters. Prepare yourself for the sticker shock with a little online reconnaissance first. Those interested in renting pieces on a daily, weekly or monthly basis — for shoots, events, etc, can get in touch to make an appointment here.
(8006 Melrose, Los Angeles; Monday-Saturday, 11 AM – 7 PM)

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Given the collective Kardashian affection for the modern waist cinching device — the “waist trainer” according to the celeb sisters’ Instagram accounts — there’s a reinvigorated interest in the silhouette best created by strapping on a corset. For the shopper who wouldn’t be caught dead in the cheesy, modern contraptions modeled by sisters K, there’s What Katie Did, a lingerie store whose wares are consistently pulled for music videos, films, and editorials (Interview, WYLDE). Here you’ll find reproductions of vintage styles — i.e. as close as you can get to the real deal from the eras when corsets and shape wear were done best — but new and never before worn. Not exactly real deal vintage, but worth a mention.
(7970 1/2 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood; Monday-Saturday, 11 AM – 6 PM)

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Owl Talk
Funky, moderately priced finds from Art Deco through the ’90s won’t hurt your wallet — vintage earrings at around $30 are as easy to find at newer, cheekier $10 coin purses emblazoned with labels like “weed money” at Owl Talk, run by sisters Kathleen and Sharon Kroner. Among the vintage are also consignment wares — bring yours in to sell as you peruse a mix of vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories.
(5060-B Eagle Rock Boulevard, Los Angeles; Monday – Thursday, 11 AM – 7 PM, Friday and Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 12 – 4 PM)

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Rose Bowl Flea Market
It wouldn’t make sense to list Los Angeles’s best vintage without mentioning the Rose Bowl Flea Market. If it’s the second Sunday of the month, you have a date with the flea. Admission is $8 and gives shoppers access to over 2,500 vendors selling vintage clothing, antique furniture (be on the lookout for signed pieces), jewelry, art and more. Get there early and wear comfortable shoes.
(1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena; 9 AM – 4:30 PM on the second Sunday of every month, or pay $20 admission for 5 – 9 AM access)

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Shareen Vintage
Imagine 7,000 square feet filled with pretty vintage dresses from the ’20s through the ’90s, and imagine Lana Del Rey perusing the selection — Shareen has dressed the songstress for a performance or two. The downtown store is known as a “no boys zone,” so prepare yourself for the feminine treasures you’ll find here. Shareen Mitchell, the shop’s owner, also does vintage and unique bridal if you’re in the market and has created her own vintage-inspired clothing collection, available at the store.
(1721 North Spring Street, Los Angeles; Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 12 – 6 PM)

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Perfect Your Retro Beach Style By Shopping These Iconic Films From Our New ebay Collection

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Shop our new ebay collection to score looks inspired by our favorite classic summer films with style worth emulating, and track down the very best bathing suits, sunglasses, posters, and soundtracks to truly immerse yourself in the world of these movies. Take a look, shop around, and get ready for summer.

 

SUN-DAPPLED FRENCH RIVIERA CHIC: Otto Premminger’s Bonjour Tristesse

Kick back on the beach in French Riviera Chic with tortoise shell cat eye shades, denim chambray  inspired Otto Preminger’s 1968 Cinemascope beauty.

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EFFORTLESS 1980s BEACH BABE: Eric Rohmer’s Pauline at the Beach

Slap on some Chanel shades and slip into a retro polka-dotted swimsuit to convey an effortless ’80s beach babe. 

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TOUSLED, BEACHSIDE BARDOT: Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt

Serve your best Bardot in a vibrant, mod bikini with a matching beach towel to boot.

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KITSCHY SURF SIDE GLAMOUR: Robert Lee King’s Psycho Beach Party

Get kitschy with retro cat-eye shades and a vintage airbrushed surfboard.

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ROMANCE ON THE RUN CHIC: Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot Le Fou

A light, striped red dress and vintage spaghetti string tumblers will make you feel tres chic in the blistering summer heat. 

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SUN-KISSED SUMMER HOLIDAY STYLE: Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale

Bucket hats and simple swimwear are the perfect sun-kissed style to emulate this classic.

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RETRO PREPPY POISE: Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley  

Get preppy at exclusive pool clubs this summer with vintage horn-rimmed glasses and white Ralph Lauren shorts.

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VINTAGE BEACHSIDE ELEGANCE: Fred Zinnemann’s From Here to Eternity

Convey elegance on stretches of white-sand beaches in a classic black halter swimsuit laying on a Pucci beach towel like Bert Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, and Sinatra…

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1960s NAUTICAL NOSTALGIA: René Clément’s Purple Noon

Stripes, texture and color pop for a nautical nostalgic look ​ from the devastatingly handsome Alain ​Delon. 

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SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER STYLE: MIKE NICHOL’S THE GRADUATE

Dustin Hoffman made Mrs. Robinson swoon in vintage shades and a ’60s swimsuit.

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5 Memorial Day Weekend Outfit Ideas to Wear Now

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If you’re in need of Memorial Day weekend outfit ideas, the answer is here in these five poolside-perfect looks from H&M.

Memorial Day weekend — finally it’s here, and with it, these super chic Memorial Day Weekend outfit ideas. It’s the kick-off to summer, the beginning of sun-soaked lounging and poolside fun. Are you hightailing it out of town for Memorial Day, or planning a staycation to rival the ritziest resort? Wherever you’re going, make sure to pack a swimsuit — preferably one of these tropical fever-inducing beauties. Styled with chic cover ups, sandals, and a few special accessories, these Memorial Day outfits are exactly how long weekends are supposed to look. Happy lounging — just don’t forget the SPF.

Get the above look here: Bikini, Embroidered Blouse, Shopper, and Slip-In Sandals, all H&M

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Paisley-patterned dress, Sandals, Earrings, and Bikini top and bottom, all H&M 

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Embroidered kimono, Straw hat, Bikini top and bottom, 2-pack hair clips, Sunglasses, all H&M

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Sandals, Bikini top and bottoms, Sunglasses, Earrings, Beach towel, Swim cover up, all H&M

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Sandals, Beach Towel, Short Denim Shorts, Swimsuit, Top with Sequins, Sunglasses, all H&M

Photographed by Alexander Cavaluzzo
Styled by Alyssa Shapiro

Peter Pilotto Wins Swarovski Award for Design Innovation: Shop 5 of the Best Looks

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Peter Pilotto wins Swarovski Award for design innovation. Shop Pilotto’s designs from left: color block stretch wool wide leg pants; Bolt sequin embellished stretch crepe top; Phoenicia lace mini dress; Ostop floral print top; Geo floral print shorts; Gilder dress; paisley print shift dress (all Peter Pilotto)

With the inauguration of the Swarovski Collective Prize, we have an inaugural winner! Claiming the award for innovation in design is Peter Pilotto, the brand known for its swirling prints and bright colors. With the award comes a 25,000 euro prize for Pilotto, and for us, an extra incentive to stock up on the designer’s colorful collection. From psychedelic dresses to pretty floral separates, we can’t think of a better time than spring to bust these beauties out of the closet. A top and trousers will work perfectly in the office, or choose an energetic party dress to go the extra mile. Point is, when designers are awarded for their work, we take it as an investment opportunity. Not that you should be taking financial advice from us… but we’re saying “buy”.

Cash Warren Won’t Travel Without These 10 Things

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Let the summer travel season begin! Cash Warren is heading to China (more on that later), but before he flies off, there are a few must-have items he’s throwing in his bag.

1. Sprayground Backpack

“Their black nylon backpack made of seatbelt material is durable, looks cool and can fit a ton of shit.”
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2. Rimowa Luggage

“Their four-wheel bases make the heaviest bags feel light.”
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3. Pair of Thieves Socks

“When you have to take off your shoes to go through security, you don’t want to be spotted wearing broke down socks. Got to be ready for everything.”
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4. Eagle Creek Travel Packs

“I’m a neat freak and these help me stay organized on the road.”
5. Beats by Dre UrBeats

“These sure beat the free ones they give out on airplanes.”
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6. Canon EOS 5D Camera

“We take a lot of pictures… and video.”
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7. Eyefi SD Card

“Makes sharing quality photos super easy when I’m on the go.”

8. Jacobsen Salt Slide Tins

“Normal table salt just doesn’t cut it.”
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9. Daniel Wellington Dapper St. Mawes Watch

“Going abroad, especially for work, I need a watch that’s durable but sleek and that keeps me on time.”
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10. “Wallet sized pics of my kids — because I miss them so much.”

Aww.