Winter Style

Winter Style

The Art Of Winter Outerwear In A Warmer Climate

SoCal has its own style
These days, people in Southern California are more accustomed than ever to warm winters. Anything much below the low 50s or high 40s is an aberration, and while some LA folks may shiver in 65-degree weather, this still makes for a more comfortable winter than most experience. The interesting thing is squaring this unusually mild season with one of the more fashion-forward and culturally up-to-date regions in the United States. While fashionistas around the world rush to update winter wardrobes with the latest faux-fur coats and sustainably-sourced infinity scarves, you might be sitting outside at a restaurant in a long-sleeved tee! This doesn’t mean winter outerwear isn’t an option in warmer climates though. There’s just a little bit of an art to it. To examine the idea further, for any readers in SoCal, other stylish spots like Austin or Miami, or anywhere else where the winters are warm, we dug into some specific suggestions for seasonal garments. Find A Statement Sleeveless Coat It’s sometimes remarkable in fashion in general how far you can get by thinking just a little bit outside the box. This is certainly true when you’re looking for ways to embrace fall and winter fashions living in a region that doesn’t really get a winter by traditional standards. We actually went back a number of years and found an article on this very topic – winter fashion in warmer climates – that presented some lovely ideas that can still inspire you today. Most notably, a sleeveless camel coat highlighted by Song Of Style stuck out. It’s undeniably, timelessly chic, can be worn with any number of ensembles (the example included a leopard-print skirt underneath), and perfectly suits a warmer winter climate. Lightweight Jackets Are Your Friends A lightweight jacket can be the perfect everyday garment for a mild winter, though it’s sometimes surprisingly hard to find the right one. Often you end up caught between ordinary hoodies and sweatshirts, and heavier coats or down jackets that are warmer than you need. For the current season, the zip-front lightweight twill hooded jacket from Woman Within serves as the perfect picture of an in-between option. It’s described as something to have on hand for “transitional weather” when it’s neither too hot nor too cold, and the brand’s inclusive sizing range can also be a bonus. Something with a little room can be cool and casual for a SoCal winter, and at the same time this jacket will still fit you if you add a few pounds over the season (as so many of us tend to do!). Embrace A Playful Sweatshirt Or Two Since you likely aren’t going to be bulking up with full-fledged winter outerwear, there’s nothing wrong with taking an altogether more casual approach also. This likely won’t be an everyday option like a lightweight jacket might be, but if you find a graphic sweatshirt that speaks to something you love – perhaps a retro sports team look, or one of the Nickelodeon sweatshirts from Love Tribe – it can be just the thing for an average winter day among friends. These basic sweatshirts don’t heat you up too much, and almost always look great with the sleeves pushed up, but will still give you that little bit of added warmth you need. Opt For A Fall Blazer One of the trickiest things about all of this is finding an everyday look if you’re a little bit more fashion-forward. The sleeveless coat option is a very nice look, but not necessarily something for every day of the week; a lightweight jacket can be perfectly stylish, but may not fit in, say, a work environment. And needless to say, a Rugrats sweatshirt has its place! There’s a clear solution here though, and it’s to find a stylish fall blazer or two that can take you right through a mild winter season. A standard black or charcoal option can be dressed up or down and make for an excellent everyday jacket substitute. Though we also can’t help but love the emerald-colored notch collar cotton blend blazer from Gibson that’s popping up in some 2019 collections and write-ups. Find A Cap Or Beret You Love It’s somewhat difficult to take winter fashion beyond light jackets and coats when you live in a warmer area; it’s not as if you’re going to need some cute mittens or a head scarf for the next 55-degree day! That said, a seasonally appropriate alternative to a winter cap or beanie can be a nice touch that works just fine in warmer temperatures. Such an accessory can take all sorts of forms. You might actually find a loosely knit beanie that’s more of a fashion statement than a means of keeping your head warm. If you want to be a little bolder, you might find a suede fedora to pair with certain looks. For some winter staples though, the textured knit “baker boy” cap from Brixton and Hat Attack’s leopard-print beret were a few options that caught our eye. You can go well beyond these suggestions to more fully dive into winter fashion in a warmer region. A light scarf, some classic boots, whatever colors are trending in a given year…. These are all wonderful ways to embrace the season regardless of temperature. But the ideas and suggestions above can help you to really enjoy the seasonal wardrobe update you might be yearning for.

Cozy Cubcoats Stampede into Los Angeles with Amazon Popup

Cozy Cubcoats Stampede into Los Angeles with Amazon Popup

What’s cute, cozy and taking over Los Angeles? Cubcoats! From online to IRL, the 2-in-1 stuffed animal turned cozy hoodie will be available in-store from November 1st through January 5th at the Del Amo Fashion  Center in Torrance, CA.

 
As the #1 Best Selling Toy (and kid’s fashion statement!) on Amazon Prime Day, Amazon has partnered with Cubcoats to create this magical experience for families and kids. Ranking #1 Most Wished for on Amazon, customers have shared how Cubcoats have been a source of comfort, imagination, and empowerment for their kids. “We want to put that feeling front and center. Cubcoats partnership with Amazon & Simon Properties is the first time we’ll be able to bring this unique world to life,” states Cubcoats CMO & Co-Founder Zac Park and Cubcoats VP of Design & Creative, Mimi Chao.  
 
Let your child’s adventure unfold at the Amazon pop-up with exclusive Cubcoats characters including Hello Kitty, Winnie the Pooh and Frozen. The space emphasizes the magic of Cubcoats with fun photo opportunities, interactive adventures and special programming. Cubcoats x Amazon IRL popup store is also the perfect spot for holiday shopping with exclusive sales & promotions all season!  
 
This is the first retail footprint for the incredibly fast growing brand, and what better holiday present than a two-in-one?!
 

Location

Del Amo Fashion Center
Address: 3525 W Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503  
Pop-Up Dates: November 1st – January 5th
Indian Summer: A Fashion Story

Indian Summer: A Fashion Story

I It’s a hazy shade of late summer— a color, vibrant yet subtle, smooth and alluring, as elegant as a cloud and closing the SoCal summer in style. The cultural relationship to pastels is most often connected with spring because of their association with Easter— pastels have created strong connections with other cultural movements throughout history, too. Pastels were initially known as a chalk-like medium for artists during the Renaissance. In the 17th and 18th centuries, pastel painting became a popular medium with the rise of the Baroque and Rococo styles. During this time, pastels became fashionable in dress because the same frivolity that was the popular taste in art was applied to clothing as well. Marie Antoinette had a proclivity for grand gowns done in pastel silks and laces. In the 20th century, pastels regained popularity during the Roaring Twenties, as flappers turned to the light tones as a response to the seriousness of World War I. Later on, pastels became the calling card of Miami architecture, as art-deco buildings throughout South Beach got a fresh coat of candy-colored paint, reviving the city. Pastels also made an impact on pop culture, with the iconic style of Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice and the art direction of Wes Anderson films, including The Grand Budapest Hotel. That was of course replaced by the chic and eternal, black. But as we all know, fashion comes and goes, so here we are at the backend of Summer looking at the neo-pastels for a summer style extravaganza. Photographed by up-and-coming photographer Christian Acosta, styled by Melissa Tejada, modeled by Danielle Fedder and make-up and hair by Caprice Mitchell. Photographed at the legendary Country Club Studio.

SHOP THE LOOK

RIAN

RIAN

Mini Choker Bag – Clear PVC (Vegan)

Choker Collar (2.5") – Clear PVC

Choker Collar (1.25") – Tan

Choker Cuff (2.5") – Clear PVC

Rita Corset Belt

THE CREW

Christian Acosta – Photographer – @Chrisdnlacosta
Danielle Fedder – Model [email protected]
Melissa Tejada – Stylist [email protected]_
Caprice Mitchell – MUA @primakeupartistry

#FlashbackFriday: 90’s Nostalgia Comes to Life with Nickelodeon X Love Tribe Collection

#FlashbackFriday: 90’s Nostalgia Comes to Life with Nickelodeon X Love Tribe Collection

Nostalgia hit me heavy when I found out about the latest collaboration between Hybrid Apparel’s line, Love Tribe and Nickelodeon. This new collection is all about taking it back to Millennial childhood by making a nod to 90’s cartoon classics that so many of us grew up on, and personally, I’m loving every single piece! My favorite pieces include characters from hit shows like Rugrats, All That, and Hey Arnold!. You can also find pieces that feature quotes and characters from Clarissa Explains It All, The Ren & Stimpy Show, and SpongeBob SquarePants.

According to the Vice President of Sales for Specialty Retailers of Hybrid Apparel, Bonnie Dogan explained that the collection was actually in the works for a while now. She says,

We have been partners with Nickelodeon for a long time, building an incredible relationship together. We love their creativity, and combining their vision with ours was the perfect recipe for an inspiring unique apparel line. There is nothing better then remembering the past, and the things we watched and loved while growing up.

The Nickelodeon collection a retro style for fashionable millennial women. The garments possess a “throwback” feel, having been made with materials such as terry cloth and jersey, and include trendy slogans such as “Trust Me, I’m a Rugrat,” featuring Chucky Finster from Rugrats and “Haters Gonna Hate,” featuring Arnold from Hey Arnold!.

Love Tribe X Nickelodeon has officially launched this week in stores and online at Macys.com, but the line will officially kick off nationwide with a special event at Macy’s Herald Square in New York at 2:00 pm on August 26, 2017.

Make sure to follow Love Tribe on Instagram here:  @lovetribeapparel

 

 

Madmen’s Costume Designer – Janie Bryant

JanieBryantWe all have our favorite characters on a TV show. We love the way they look, talk, the way they behave, and sometimes we want to emulate what they wear. This is why the costume designer of a TV show makes an impact on the fashion world. Some people watch certain TV shows for the clothing and style alone. The clothes can even take on personality in a show, and become a crucial part of the story and the development of the characters.

TV shows afford the costume designer greater opportunities than a movie, as the designer has to build a wardrobe for an ongoing character in an ever-changing climate. And the scope is on a larger scale – in a TV show you have to dress women, men, children, of all socioeconomic backgrounds, and all different body types.

Did you love the 50’s style of Madmen? Or the colorful look of Telenovela? Well, then meet Janie Bryant, an Emmy award winning costume designer. Bryant is well known for her work on Madmen, Deadwood, Telenovela, and she is currently working on an Amazon pilot called “The Last Tycoon”.

Did you always want to be a costume designer?

I actually studied fashion design and always wanted to be a fashion designer. When I moved to NYC after I graduated from college, I met a lot of people in the film industry, and I met a costume designer at a party. That was my first introduction to costume design as a career.

What’s the best part about being a costume designer?

I love to create characters visually through costume design. I also especially love period costume design; it’s about transporting the actors and audience into a different time and creating an entire world.Madmen

What’s the hardest part about being a costume designer?

I find that the creative process, while being exciting and fun, is also hard and it can be painstaking to get that amazing end result.

Who have been your favorite characters to dress?

The list is long and for many different reasons. And so much has to do with what is happening in the script. For Mad Men specifically, I love all the female characters. Betty, Megan, Trudy, Jane and Joan!

Which of your characters do you think you most dress like?

Megan for sure.

Which TV shows/movies did you watch for the clothes when you were starting out?

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been obsessed with old movies. I have many, many favorites like The Women, Gone With The Wind, My Fair Lady, Gi Gi, An American in Paris, Wuthering Heights, Guys and Dolls, Sound of Music, Grease, On the Town, To Catch a Thief, High Society, and many more. I’ve seen them all a thousand times.

I hear you are writing a book. Can you tell us more about that?

My book is called The Fashion File and it’s available for sale.

JanieBryantAnything else you’d like to add? 

I’m working with Hartmann Luggage as a brand ambassador and plan to do a design collaboration with them in the future. It’s a brand I love and grew up with. I just completed the first season of the NBC show starring Eva Longoria, called Telenovela. Working with Eva and the cast was such fun, and I loved designing the glamorous gowns and gorgeous heels (available on Shoes of Prey).  I’m also just now working on the new AMAZON pilot The Last Tycoon, which should be amazing. Lots of exciting things ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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