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Store Style: Looks From
Our Fall Fashion Shows

A few weeks ago, we put out the call: Step right up if you’d like to model in our… >

Store Style:
Looks From Our Fall Fashion Shows

A few weeks ago, we put out the call: Step right up if you’d like to model in our fall fashion shows! Several lucky ladies were chosen to strut their stuff, and even more are expected to attend the upcoming events, but don’t fret if you’re not near enough to a store to check out the season’s newest looks in person. Christina, our sage Personal Stylist, is sharing three favorite looks plucked directly from our runway, as well as her sartorial words of wisdom.

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ANTHRO ON: #NYFW

Sad but true: NYFW is almost over, but here to save us from such midweek…>

ANTHRO ON: #NYFW

Sad but true: NYFW is almost over, but here to save us from such midweek doldrums is Kate Seward of TheStyley.com, whose latest interviewee knows a thing or two about bold choices, both sartorially and professionally speaking.

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   Stylist Kisha C. Jones, captured between shows on the streets of Chelsea.


You are print mixing beyond belief. As a stylist, is that something you’re drawn to? Or are you going out on a limb right now?
I love print mixing, but I definitely style this way much more than I wear it myself. Since it’s Fashion Week, I thought I’d wear something I love and have fun with it. 

Everyone’s in black and white right now. Trying to find people wearing print or color has been nearly impossible. Is this something you’re seeing for fall?
Absolutely. Much more tailored looks and monotones like greys, whites and blacks. But there are pops of color.

Which colors are you seeing in particular?
Many reds. Different shades of green. A few metallics here and there.

You mentioned Fashion Week. In general, what is your experience like? Do you look forward to it, or does it stress you out?
I love it. It’s the one time stylists actually get to dress up, sip drinks, see beautiful clothes and enjoy the shows. I love what I do, but most of the time I’m schlepping clothes through an airport, traveling, pinning, shooting, dusting, so this is the fun time of year.

How did you get into your profession?
I studied design many years ago. I’m half-Italian, so I lived in Milan and worked at Japanese Vogue for almost five years. I just kind of got thrown into it after fashion school.

And now you work for yourself.
I do. I freelance. It will be three years in December. It has been very scary, very overwhelming, but also a good challenge. I’m growing and learning a lot, plus I’m happy. Things are really starting to click now.


Kate Seward is the founder and creative director of The Styley, a creative agency specializing in social media strategy and content production. She blogs about fashion and lifestyle at thestyley.com and allthegoodjuice.com.





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Life Imitates Art: Translating
Petal Prints into Posies

Think spring’s the season to beat when it comes to burgeoning bouquets? Not so… >


Life Imitates Art:
Translating Petal Prints into Posies

Think spring’s the season to beat when it comes to burgeoning bouquets? Not so fast—fall flowers are just as lush as their equinox-opposites, thanks to deeper-hued blooms and hardier, more tactile accents. Feeling inspired by autumn’s offerings, we enlisted Erin Heath and Rose Mattos of Forêt Design Studio to create arrangements based on the romantic flora found on our newest dresses and blouses, and asked for some insight into their petal prowess.

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When it came to “reading” the flowers of our garments, what did you see?
We not only paid attention to the garments but also to the feeling, lighting and background of the images. In the Tea Rose Blouse photo, there are willow-like branches hanging behind the model, so we made sure to incorporate that element into our design. The colors of the blouse are soft with pops of blush, pink and subtle blue, so we used those colors to dictate our palette. The Pintura Silk Shift is rich and saturated with deep jewel tones of copper, orange, rust, fuchsia and plum so we chose flowers that mimicked the garment’s palette and moved from light, warm tones to dark, cool ones.

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What types of flowers were used in each bouquet?
For the bouquet inspired by the Poppy Palette Dress, we used roses, fishtail ferns, scabiosa, garden spray roses and nigella. For the Tea Rose Blouse bouquet, we used cafe au lait dahlias, garden roses, lemon leaf, willow branches, garden sprays and corn cockles. For the third, based on the Pintura Silk Shift, we used dahlias, kale, garden roses, safari sunset, ferns, California poppies and pomegranates.

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Talk a bit about the styling choices you made when it came to vessels (or lack thereof).
We chose vessels based on the photos’ backgrounds. For instance, we liked the abstract lines behind the model in the Poppy Palette Dress and wanted to create the same texture behind our work. For the Pintura Silk Shift, the model is standing in a large window that looks like it could belong in Cezanne’s studio. We stacked and piled old frames and crates around the flowers to create an environment that felt like an artist’s atelier. 

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What are your guiding principles of floral design?
When designing, we are always focused on the overall look the client is trying to achieve. If they’re seeking a romantic, classical feeling, we may suggest vines and draping garden roses. If the look is more whimsical and earthy we’ll pull in ferns, berries and smaller blooms. Focused on creating a natural look, we want our work to feel as if it’s still growing in the garden, field or forest. 

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What makes fall flowers so different from spring and summer varieties?
In the spring, we tend to see more flowering branches and things like hellebores, ranunculus, foxglove and peonies. The fall gifts us with gorgeous textures like seeded pods, acorns, vines and changing leaves, as well as harvested vegetable and fruit branches.

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Photography by White Loft Studio.



 

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ANTHRO ON: #NYFW

Another clear, crisp September day, another Fashion Week street-style profile…>

ANTHRO ON: #NYFW

Another clear, crisp September day, another Fashion Week street-style profile, courtesy of Kate Seward of TheStyley.com. Having “spotted” the minimalist-maximus style of interior designer Zuzana Riedlova while roaming around Chelsea, Kate just had to learn more about Zuzana’s chic, black-white-and-dotted-all-over look.

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   Interior designer Zuzana Riedlova, as seen in Chelsea.


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   A special memento from her mother-in-law-to-be.

What drew me to your outfit was the jacket, which I’m sure doesn’t surprise you, as you’re doing a very stark look, and it’s a little taste of color. What’s the story behind the jacket? Where did you two meet?
We met in Italy. It was love at first sight.

Really? Describe.
In New York, I’m always freezing because of all the air conditioning. A lightweight linen jacket with a touch of color was the perfect summer piece for me, as I’m always dressed in black or white.

Is black and white a trademark look for you?
It’s just being lazy, pretty much. I don’t know if you would call it trademark, but I find it easy to put things together like that, and I naturally tend to gravitate toward those colors.

Because it’s graphic?
Yes, I guess.

Is that an element of your work as well?
I guess you could say it’s architectural. I appreciate minimalist design.

Cleanliness in all things.
There you go.

And your necklace? Is there sentiment or significance to it?
It was given to me by my fiancé’s mom. So you could say it has sentimental value. Since receiving it, I’ve never taken it off.

So that must mean that you get along with her.
I do. And it’s sentimental in the sense that she got it when he was born. It’s symbolic in a way—that she entrusted me with it and with him.


Kate Seward is the founder and creative director of The Styley, a creative agency specializing in social media strategy and content production. She blogs about fashion and lifestyle at thestyley.com and allthegoodjuice.com.





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ANTHRO ON: #NYFW

Physically speaking, we’re 90 or so miles from the biannual hubbub otherwise known…>

ANTHRO ON: #NYFW

Physically speaking, we’re 90 or so miles from the biannual hubbub otherwise known as New York Fashion Week, but let’s face it: it’s pretty much all we can think about. (Note our sneakily situated open browser glued to NewYorkFashionWeekLive.com.) So what does one do when S/S15 daydreams beguile, but duty—otherwise known as the daily grind—calls? Why, call in Kate Seward of TheStyley.com to capture all the glorious eye candy frosting the streets of Manhattan, that’s what! Have a read as Kate checks in with Jennifer Worman, who rocks a statement skirt like nobody’s business.

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   Jennifer Worman, designer & CEO of t+J Designs, spotted outside of Lincoln Center.

Let’s talk a little bit about how t+j started. Have you always done design?
I’ve been in fashion for over ten years. I was a merchandise manager in New York, and then I moved to Chicago with my husband.

So the move was made for love?
Yes. It was for family and love. After we moved, I started my business because I really wanted to work for myself, and I had two babies along the way.

Congratulations. It sounds like it was a very smart move.
Yes, it was. (Laughs.)

Why jewelry design in particular?
I love that you can wear jewelry any time, any day, no matter what size you are. When I was pregnant, it was my biggest go-to. It’s something that styles every outfit.

Is the gorgeous necklace you’re wearing one of your pieces?
Yes. Everything I wear is mine except for my bag and my shoes.

It seems like you have a pretty well-defined visual voice. How would you characterize it?
I like glamorous things. Accessible glamour.

Bling for all.
Yes, exactly.

Let’s also talk about your skirt.
I designed it, and someone else sewed it. But I found the fabric and everything. I love the impact of a maxi. You can wear it with flats, you can wear it with a tank top. You can wear it in the wintertime and the summertime.

What’s interesting to me is the checkered fabric, and the choice of a large check in black and white.
I know. My husband calls it picnic table fabric.

So where did that idea come from?
You know, I’m weird. When I see something I love, I just know. That’s it. Everything is about the size and the fabric.

And in this case, it totally makes sense to have a large check.
It has an impact.

Kate Seward is the founder and creative director of The Styley, a creative agency specializing in social media strategy and content production. She blogs about fashion and lifestyle at thestyley.com and allthegoodjuice.com.




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Virgo Stylescope

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Birthday debauchery? Not for you, Virgo. Ever the introvert, “wild” is not exactly a part of your extensive vocabulary. Your special day will be spent very sensibly, doing exactly what you love best—organizing, analyzing and, of course, looking stylishly sophisticated. Here are the eight items that your brainiac self simply cannot live without this month.

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01: We know you love a freshly sharpened pencil more than almost anything else, and this soft leather case is just begging to store those No. 2s.

02: It’s no surprise that Mary Oliver, Stella McCartney and even Queen Elizabeth I are all Virgos—you are a brilliant bunch. Instead of keeping those A-plus thoughts in your head, try jotting them down in a journal.

03: Organize, organize, organize! We know you secretly love spending a Saturday afternoon getting all your ducks in a row.

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04: Make no mistake about it: just because you don’t dress flashy does not mean you lack style—you’ve got that in spades. This jumpsuit is the perfect blend of high fashion and understated simplicity.

05: Cue practical—yet gorgeous—shoes that will span the seasons.

06: You are incredibly adaptable, but also impeccably prepared. Stuff this grand tote full of odds and ends, so you can roll with whatever adventures life has in store for you this month.

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07: Fact: we asked several Virgos around the Home Office to participate in a blind sniff test and this perfume won hands down. Apparently, you can’t resist a spicy blend of tuberose, jasmine and lily.

08: Although you keep your ensembles simple, you always have one statement accessory in your repertoire, like this graphic brass cuff.

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Three Wedding Looks with Margo and Me

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As we were adding the finishing touches to our Fall Collection (which launched last week!), we heard that our friend Jenny Bernheim, the beauty behind popular fashion blog Margo and Me, had just gotten engaged. What better way to showcase our new gowns than an actual bride-to-be — and such a stylish one at that? We asked her to pull together three wedding day looks, which she modeled at the prettiest places around L.A.: Beverly Hills City Hall, a Bel Air estate, and a West Hollywood hotel.

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How did it feel walking around in this gown, and what was your favorite detail?
The Penelope Gown is one of my favorites. It’s so ethereal! The illusion neckline and lace bodice is a beautiful combination.

Paint a picture of what a wedding here might look like.
I’ve always loved the architecture and European-inspired gardens of the Beverly Hills City Hall. At a location similar to this, I think a French blue-themed outdoor wedding, with crystal chandeliers hanging from the trees would be lovely.

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This look makes us think of Old Hollywood. Tell us what you were inspired by when you were putting it together?
This gown felt very traditional and classic to me, and I wanted the styling to reflect its clean elements. Because the back detail is so stunning, wearing my hair up was a must

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I see this dress being worn at…
A reception with lots and lots of dancing!

How did you approach accessories for this look?
I added a crystal belt and headpiece; it’s a great way to elevate a reception dress.

In your opinion what makes a memorable reception?
An amazing band, champagne, and a photo booth.

Photos by Jenna Bechtholt Photography.



 

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It’s that time of year. The time of year when we want something new… >

Personal Styling: 1 Skirt, 4 Months

It’s that time of year. The time of year when we want something new, we want to wear it now, and we don’t want to have to stop wearing it in a few short weeks, when the weather starts a-changing. True to form, Christina, our personal stylist (and would-be fashion meteorologist) has the answer to this seasonal outfitting enigma, “A full skirt is the item you need now. Apart from being both a major fall trend and a timeless wardrobe staple, it’s a piece you can start wearing right away and, with the help of some creative layering, keep wearing straight on through the winter.” The late-summer forecast? Effortlessly stylish, with 100% chance of versatility.

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Leo Stylescope

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Leo, Leo, Leo. With your gorgeous mane, unparalleled wit and dramatic pout, you can’t help but crave the limelight. We don’t blame you, not for a second; like the rest of the cosmos, we tend to gravitate towards your sunny confidence and lionly charisma. This month, rest assured that all eyes will be on you as you celebrate your birthday by indulging in three of your favorite pastimes: primping, relaxing and, of course, cocktail-sipping.

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01: Even if you’ve just returned from a trip, you are tireless in your search for the next exotic locale. Detailing the best spas from around the world, this book is sure to give you plenty of ideas for future glamorous retreats.

02: No one spends more time in the sun than you, Leo, (How else would you get those naturally golden highlights?), so you’re always on the lookout for stylish shades.

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03: Speaking of highlights: Let’s face it, all the other signs are a wee bit jealous of your luxurious lion waves. This tonic is sure to keep your covetable hair in tip-top shape.

04: We all know you like to go-go-go, but sometimes even you need a bit of down time. Light this candle, take a few deep breaths and luxuriate in the scent of orange blossoms.

05: Next step in your relaxation regime: hit the mat with a little om-shanti-namaste. Think about giving one to a friend, too, so you can have a yoga buddy. You are, after all, known for your generosity and spontaneous gifting.

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06: We’re pretty sure a Leo invented the phrase go big or go home, as you rarely do anything that’s not delightfully over the top. This shift embodies everything you love about a statement-making print.

07: And why not pair a bold dress with an even bolder necklace? This one-of-a-kind pendant certainly fits the bill.


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08-09: For you, August entails thirty-one days of celebration (it’s not a birthday, it’s a birth month), which means at least as many cocktails—mixed with sleek bar tools and sipped from gilded tumblers, naturally.

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Short & Sweet: A Q&A With
Our Home Office Petites

To celebrate our newest petites-friendly collection, WHIT Two, a collaboration… >

Short & Sweet: A Q&A With
Our Home Office Petites

To celebrate our newest petites-friendly collection, WHIT Two, a collaboration with designer Whitney Pozgay, we asked some of the Home Office’s most diminutive staffers to show off their favorite pieces and dish about the perks of being petite.


Mirim, Brand Artist, 5’2”
in the Rinka Petite Tank and Siroi Petite Shorts

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Finish the following: the best part about being petite is…
How easy it is to score great vintage stuff! I love vintage and I’m usually able to find a lot in my size, especially shoes.

Your favorite styling trick to play up your frame?
A high-waist skirt. It makes my legs look longer while showing off my waist.

Your favorite “small” word?
Puppy! I love puppies—I have three! The word just feels so cute and cozy.


Caitlin, Associate Merchandiser, 5’4”
in the Tropics Dress

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Finish the following: the best part about being petite is…
Not hitting my head on low hanging branches!

The oddest comment you’ve recently received about your stature?
"You don’t look as small as you are…"

Finish the following: when it comes to shoes, my philosophy is…
Stay comfy, stay happy.


Becky, Web Merchandiser, 5’ 3”
in the Shibori Stripe Petite Skirt

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Finish the following: the best part about being petite is…
Wearing high heels—the higher the better! I’m always trying to elongate my frame. 

Your favorite styling trick to play up your frame?
I avoid mid-calf and pencil skirts at all costs.

Your favorite “small” word?
Teacup!



 

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Sun-Shy Beauty Guide

Reader, a confession: we used to sunbathe irresponsibly. Many a lobster-red… >

Sun-Shy Beauty Guide

Reader, a confession: we used to sunbathe irresponsibly. Many a lobster-red nose had befallen us before we stopped sun worshiping and started embracing our natural skin tones. And while we’ve stemmed the tide of the sunburns of our past, we still get a little lackadaisical with protection. Well, no more. In our ongoing efforts to defend ourselves against summer’s harsh rays, we chatted up Kat, our photo studio’s beauty expert, for the ins-and-outs of preserving (ok, and slightly pumping up) the pale.

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 ”First things first: you must apply sunblock. I put it on before applying moisturizer, and always well before leaving the house so that it has time to absorb; I abide by the 15-minute rule that most sunblocks mention on their labels. And don’t forget your lips, ears and neck, either! The formula I use has a nice slip to it—it just glides right over the skin. But if your sunblock is thicker, try mixing in some moisturizer or foundation to help it go on more smoothly.”

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"As far as summer make-up goes, less is more. A face covered in foundation, powder and the rest can feel so icky. After your sunblock—perhaps mixed with a bit of foundation for sheer coverage—goes on, do some minimal layering. A bit of bronzer on the forehead, bridge of the nose and washed down the cheeks, with a peachy-nude cream blush on the ball of the cheek, will brighten you up. And skip the creasy eye shadows and smeary liners. Just curl your lashes and add a coat or two of mascara. I like this one because it builds from soft and natural to dramatic without clumping up. And finish it off with a simple lip balm or a pinkish lipstick.”

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"We talked sunblock, but you also have to physically block the sun. Grab a hat with a brim big enough to provide shade for your whole face. It’ll also keep the sun off the scalp, which is a place most people overlook when applying sunblock. And don’t forget your shades! Sunglasses really help you avoid squinting and protect your eyes from damaging rays.”



 

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A Collection Most Curious

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Born and bred on the beach, our book buyer Mel is known for her effortless surfer gal style, so it comes as no surprise that she collects sunglasses! Though she’s always had a penchant for fashion—she begged her mother to buy her a subscription to W when she was just 9—Mel’s just as likely to be found in a bikini, catching a wave with her surfboard in tow.

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Ten years ago, her collection started quite accidentally when her husband, an optics aficionado himself, gifted her a pair of white oversized Oliver Peoples frames with pink lenses. Mel fell in love with the sunglasses immediately and the two now house their sizable collection together in a vintage high school locker. Current highlights of Mel’s collection are: sunnies that Ray-Ban used to design the original Wayfarer, a 3-D printed number from a German company that makes Mel feel like Yoko Ono and Oakley Frogskins that she is proud to wear without a trace of ‘80s irony.

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“Marrying a man for his insider connection was an absolute coincidence, I swear! We both love frames and while he is now an optometrist, his dream is to design his own collection. So, I hope one of my next pairs is from our own family business!”

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“Even though I love sunglasses as a fashion statement I often go without. As a bona fide beach baby, I think the squinty sun lines around people’s eyes symbolize a life lived with happiness.”