Style files: South America

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Trip planning already? If last winter is any indication of what this year has in store, then we think you have the right idea! Luckily, it’s high season for taking a trip down South (and we don’t mean Florida, though that’s a nice idea too!). As temperatures begin to drop up north, South America is kicking off summer. There’s more than enough to see, whether you choose a Brazilian cruise or an “around-the-horn” cruise from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso… or both if you have the time! (we wish). How about these duds for, say, a evening of Chilean wine tasting?


Karla Colletto Reversible High Neck Monokini / Diane von Furstenberg maxi dress /
Proenza Schouler printed canvas tote / Tom Ford Rosie ivory and gold sunglasses /
Kenneth Jay Lane pave pyramid studs / Urban Decay eyeshadow in diamond dog /
Clare V. dot-print fold-over clutch / Givenchy Sara ankle-strap sandals

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November 12, 2014 |

Style files: Tahiti


Forget Oktoberfest, let’s go the South Pacific! Tahiti sounds nice… right before the rainy season and just in time for a pre-holidays detox. If you go in November, you could even get a good deal on cruises and airfare, not to mention a lighter crowd, though you might be in for rain as well. Believe us, if we could hop on a plane (or a boat) tomorrow, we would!

If you’re traveling to tropical places this month, what will you bring? This look is a great beach or pool outfit when paired with a wide-brimmed hat and thrown over a strapless Karla suit. With some minimal island-appropriate jewelry it can be a perfect ensemble for touring and dining on the mainland. You can even rock this dress into the evening–just update your jewelry, swish on some mascara, and swap out the sandals for some strappy heels.


Karla Colletto Strapless Twist Bandeau / Mickey Lynn Crystal & Marquis earrings /
Oliver Peoples Marbled Square Emmy sunglasses / Diane von Furstenberg Annie washed silk maxi dress /
Chloe Marcie large shoulder bag / Melissa Odabash Laurianne wide-brimmed hat /
Ettika Hamsa layered necklace / Jules Smith slinky bracelet /
Sondra Roberts woven minaudiere / Marni ankle-strap gladiator sandals

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(photos via Tahiti Tourism North America)

 

 

 

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Mix it up Resortwear

Mother Nature has been a tease with the warm weather so far this season, but it hasn’t stopped us from dreaming up getaways. The first thing in our suitcase (after a Karla Colletto suit, of course)? A piece from our Knit Resortwear collection. It’s everything you’d want on a vacation: comfort, style, and versatility. Our Knit Resortwear is made from matt jersey fabric that drapes beautifully and doesn’t wrinkle. The silhouettes are simple in black and navy, begging to be dressed up with sandals or sunnies–the possibilities are endless. What will you do to make these look “you”? Here are a few outfits to inspire you, wherever you may be headed this Spring/Summer.

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 SPIRIT ANIMAL: Animal prints, tribal touches, natural textures like wood and tortoiseshell

Karla Colletto Round Neck Dress + Tortoise V-neck tank suit
The Row round frame sunglasses / Lizzie Fortunato Shibuya Crossing necklace / Longchamp medium bamboo print tote / Rag & Bone Croc-embossed sandals

 

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YACHT WEEK: Clean graphic lines with an eclectic edge from day til night

Karla Colletto Draped Pant + Pinstripe lingerie molded bra
Elizabeth and James Brickell hexagonal sunglasses / Nocturne Lana beaded necklace / Alexander Wang Prisma silicone tote / Pierre Hardy bicolor sandals / “Find me an Oasis” by Essie

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BEYOND THE SEA: Bohemian meets classic in vibrant nautical colors

Karla Colletto Long Tank Dress + Basic round neck lingerie tank
Eric Javits classic fedora / Marni printed PVC tote / Alexander McQueen T-strap sandals / Cara Couture bling beaded bracelet / “Clambake” by Essie

 

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As seen on A Bikini a Day!

In case you missed it, A Bikini A Day featured us again as their Bikini of the Week this past Tuesday! Tash Oakley rocks our black Transparent bikini from the Cruise 2014 collection! Find this suit online at Nic Del Mar.

Click here to see the original post. For other colors or similar styles, leave a comment and a member of our customer service team can direct you to a retailer.

 

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Snap, Crackle, Pop!

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(from left: RED Valentino, Fausto Puglisi, Matthew Williamson, Dries van Noten)

It’s been busy around here as we start to kick the Cruise 2015 wheels into motion, so pardon us if we’ve fallen behind with the Fall/Winter 2014 runways. As we play catch-up, certain trends really *pop* out at us. First, there’s your “classic” pop art: bright color blocking, dizzying graphics, Lichtenstein-esque comic book caricature. Dries van Noten just showed in Paris today and is a favorite for sure. On the (sort of) other end of the spectrum, you get low culture kitsch at its finest: advertising, typography, and cartoons. Marc by Marc Jacobs’ motocross, Rodarte’s Star Wars printed dresses, and Moschino’s candy wrapper couture—not the most beautiful clothes in the world, but Andy Warhol would be proud.

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(from left: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Moschino, Jeremy Scott)

 

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February 26, 2014 |

Fall/Winter 2014 Trends

New York Fashion Week wraps up today, and while we’re having trouble being excited for NEXT Fall/Winter when we can’t seem to shake this one (and obviously we’re a little partial to warmer weather seasons) we like what we’ve seen so far. Here are just a few of the trends for Fall/Winter 2014:

 PLAID ON PLAID ON PLAID

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(from left: Band of Outsiders, 3.1 Philip Lim, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Altuzarra)

One could spot plaid in practically every designer’s Fall/Winter collection. Could it be another reaction to last year’s Punk at the Met? From simple grid prints to bold tartans, laidback parkas to structured sheaths, it was all there.

HIGH FIVES

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(from left: Alice + Olivia, Karen Walker, Opening Ceremony)

A bit obscurer than the other trends, but it’s worth mentioning that we spotted a hand motif in three different shows. It calls to mind vintage Moschino, but otherwise we’re not sure where it came from. Opening Ceremony even had hands on the hardware of their accessories. Graphics and typography were popular on the runways this past week; even Star Wars characters made a cameo.

TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOATS

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(from left: Custo Barcelona, Thakoon, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Libertine, Carolina Herrera)

Fall collections tend to stay on the neutral, darker end of the color spectrum, and while this season was not quite an exception, a few daring souls turned the volume way up! There was certainly a lot of color out there overall–deep jewel tones and a carry-over of last Fall’s pale pink trend–but then there were multicolored furs…

BLAVY

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(from left: MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, 3.1 Philip Lim, Thom Browne, Timo Weiland, Herve Leger)

Wearing black and navy blue hasn’t been a faux pas for years now, but we just love this understated, yet edgy-chic trend

RED ALERT

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(from left: Naeem Khan, Vivienne Tam, M Missoni, Reem Acra, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta)

We realize red is not a novel concept either, especially with Valentine’s Day (literally) around the corner, but we couldn’t help noticing so many textured prints, laces and brocades (even mixed with eachother) all in deep red hues! Think power and elegance with a twist.

COMING UP ROSES

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(from left: Co, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan, Honor, Alice + Olivia)

We had our fun with Rosettes for last Cruise season’s Wonderland-esque collection, so maybe we still have roses on our minds (and again, maybe it’s just Valentine’s Day being so close), but there seemed to be quite a few roses out there. Floral prints popped up in a surprising number of collections, actually. Could it be a sign from the fashion gods that next winter’s weather will be a little more like spring? We can only hope.

As for other trends, it looks like the oversized sweater (and sweatshirt) is sticking around and overalls might be making a comeback as well. We also spotted a handful of what can only be described as a “bath robe coat.” Designer aesthetics seem less minimalist then in recent seasons–tons of mixed media and embellishment. Intentionally too much? We can’t wait to see more from London, Paris, and Milan.

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February 13, 2014 |

Bikini of the Day!

 

See our Contrast monokini in white/black on A Bikini A Day‘s Devin Brugman today! This suit has never looked more smoking hot! You can buy this suit at Nic Del Mar.

Click here to see the original post. For other colors or similar styles, leave a comment and a member of our customer service team can direct you to a retailer.

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Countdown to the Cruise 2014 video!

Do you remember the enchanting underwater video lookbook we did for Cruise 2013? The big reveal for Cruise 2014’s video is just weeks away! We can’t wait to share with you! You are sure to love it! Keep an eye out for the real countdown (hint: it’s sometime in October) and prepare yourselves for an ADVENTURE!

In the meantime, a walk down memory lane…

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April and May Trunk Shows

More upcoming trunk show events to get you ready for summer!

Friday, April 12, 2013
Intimacy
11-5pm
1252 Madison Avenue
New York, NY

Saturday, April 13, 2013
“Cabana Saturday” at Saks Fifth Avenue
11-8pm
611 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Intimacy
11-5pm
1051 Third Avenue
New York, NY

Saturday, May 11, 2013
Sylene
11-3pm
4407 South Park Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD

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Aqualillies for Tarte Cosmetics

It seems like these ladies are everywhere these days: appearing on Glee, in Justin Bieber’s most-watched video of 2012 (“Beauty & A Beat,” featuring Nicki Minaj), at various exclusive parties and events nationwide, and even as guest performers during the premiere of ABC’s newest reality show, Splash (the strangest concept for a reality show ever).

Now the Aqualillies have made another big splash (pun intended) of their own by teaming up with Tarte Cosmetics for a special collection of “high-performance” waterproof makeup inspired by the classic glamour of synchronized swimming and the vibrant ladies who have breathed new life into its modern revival.

Watch the first video from the campaign to see the ‘Lillies flaunting some Karla Colletto in action as well. The basic square-neck ruching suit in white is a stunning complement to retro coral lips, while the low plunge halter in teal looks extra cool paired with peacock-hued eye shadow. See some quick tips here.

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