LACOSTE L!VE is the latest brand to jump on the free-concert-series bandwagon, but we’re certainly not complaining.
The fashion conscious crocodile clothing brand has announced the “LACOSTE L!VE Concert Series at Williamsburg Park,” a myriad of concerts presented by the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn. Together the two companies will help to “green” North Brooklyn while providing performances from some of the hottest artists in the game.
Bands scheduled to play shoes include Goyte, Sublime, Counting Crows, Cake, Animal Collective, My Morning Jacket and more.
Aside from being able to tell the time instantly , a bold and trendy watch is a fantastic way to complete a summer ensemble. Bright colored watches are definitely in this season and we've picked out 10 watches in dazzling colors that are sure to stand out from the crowd!
Nowadays, being unfashionable at the gym seems almost blasphemous given the rise of stylish workout gear. It seems our favorite workout-ready brands have stepped up, giving us apparel and accessories we can be proud to sport. Feeling great and getting fit go hand in hand, so there's no reason you can be styling while you sweat. In case you’re still living by the throw-anything-on-nobody-notices motto, allow us to show you the sartorial light. (Because we notice...we just do.)
This past week, I got a chance to view the Lacoste Fall 2012 Collection from the American Express Skybox at Lincoln Center. This chic winter-infused experience designed by Felipe Oliviera Baptista, and influenced by the upcoming London Olympics definitely transported attendees to an incredible snowy wonderland. The runway set was complete with large plexi-glass boxes that blew snow made of feathers within them in order to create a magical winter scene that the models boldly strutted around as top editors took note.
The Lacoste collection began with sleek, athletic-inspired dresses adorned with zippers, bold-stripes and cold-weather ready hoods. I also loved the mixture of athletic looks and silhouettes made from leather, handsome men's coats in wool worn on gorgeous models and fun tweed-pieces featured towards the end of the show. Overall, the styles were both fashion forward and wearable at the same time.
What’s better than shopping your favorite brands, locally, in the city? Shopping your favorite brands at a brand spanking new retail space, of course! We’ve rounded up details on the latest new ventures, each bringing their own unique flair to various Manhattan neighborhoods. Crisp and clean, fresh and new, we guarantee these stores to be worth the trek around town.
Lacoste, a brand synonymous with preppy chic, brings their niche to a new market with a brand new store opening in Soho mall. The 4,700 square-foot space opened this past weekend featuring men’s, women’s, and children’s lines and the most extensive footwear assortment in the country. The “Croc’s new look downtown” is slightly less institutional and a bit more historical behind the cast iron fronted location. Colorful contemporary collections and accessories are plentiful; a 180-degree turnaround from the Footlocker that previously occupied the address. Located on one of the most trafficked streets in New York, the newest venture is expected to rank among the brand’s highest-grossing stores per square foot. The streamlined shopping experience at Lacoste remains and despite our appreciation, we’ve concluded OCD must be a requirement to work there.
541 Broadway (between Prince and Spring Streets); 212-219-9204
Throngs of people, bubbly popped and flowing, plastic swiped left and right--sound familiar? It should if you witnessed last night’s beautiful madness, and judging by the sheer amount of style conscious consumers, we are betting you did. With so many exciting events to choose from and industry celebrities to spot, we cursed the laws of physics for limiting our corporeal forms to only one place at a time! Here were our picks for the hottest spots of the night.
A top priority on our list, Manolo Blahnik was our first stop, and we were not the only ones with the idea! Shoe lovers and Sex in the City fans alike (who are we kidding, they are one and the same) lined the block all the way to 6th avenue for a potential moment with Ms. Manolo herself, Sarah Jessica Parker. Fighting the paparazzi was not an easy feat to catch a glimpse of SJP as she arrived, looking as chic as ever (seriously, the woman drinks from the fountain of youth) in a leather, laser-cut frock by Prabal Gurung and white, pointed-toe Manolos, of course. Sarah Jessica sat in the back of the store graciously signing autographs and shoes from the collection she co-designed with Manolo Blahnik. We also spotted Andre Leon Talley at the event sporting his signature caftan. Inside the store, guests tried on as many Manolos as their hearts desired amidst offerings of hors d’oeuvres and champagne by Il Gattopardo.
Founded in 1933 and dubbed “The status symbol of the competent sportsman”, we have no conscious reason for the why the highly regarded brand has come to mind. Except for the fact that this spring we hope to see the famed crocodile gracing the chests of many of the world’s tennis players and fans alike.
Having always been a fan of the luxuries of leisure, we would be remiss if not to include the worldwide popular brand in the list of things we’d consider to be in this spring. From its finely tuned cardigans, to its jovial t-shirts watches and sunglasses, we think it’s more of the 80’s nostalgia of the brand that makes us smile the most.
Even our favorite "Jumper" Hayden Christensen, spokesperson for Lacoste's latest fragrance "Challenge", is in on it.
The days leading up to fashion week seem to be the most hectic. In addition to the Joonbug team preparing for shows and our own event with ELLE Style 360, the industry has made headlines with some of the most shocking news yet - which makes us not only anxious for what's to come, but curious to see how influential fashion is over all markets. This week, we witnessed the following:
Kate Moss Attacked at LAX: It's flattering to see an iconic figure within the fashion industry become a center of attention, glamour and admiration. However, this week brought the curse of being famous to former supermodel Kate Moss. Moss and her daughter were caught on camera being ambushed by paparazzi at LAX this week, while the two waited for car service. Moss, under heavy stress and discomfort, attempted to use her luggage carrier in self-defense before being escorted by airport security to take cover behind a check-in counter until her van arrived. Disregarding onlookers' disgust, paparazzi continued to block Moss' path to her van, briefly stopping the van from moving once she was in. The result? Well, publicity, of course - yet, California has passed a bill - which will be final as a law once governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs it - 43-10, will fine photographers if they break traffic laws and/or interfere with the operation of a celebrity's car. Photographers can also face up to one year in prison. Moss' video of being hounded at LAX was used as a key exhibit in the hearing. The date of the passing of the bill marked the 13th anniversary of Princess Diana's death - caused by a car accident after being chased by paparazzi. As traumatizing as Moss' encounter may be, the industry will miss her tremendously as she prepares for her last Topshop collection this October.
Heading to the beach? Make sure you have all these necessities so you can relax in the sun all day and look great doing it.
- Summer Tote. Angela Adams and Sea Bags for J. Crew dipped sail bag, $198
- Aviator Sunglasses. Ray-Ban, $139.95
- Colorful Towel. Lacoste "Bayadere" beach towel, $19.99 at Macy's
- Cover-up. Old Navy embroidered crinkle gauze tunic, $24.50
- Cute Bikini. Anthropologie transverse bikini, top $68, bottoms $68
- Nail Polish. Essie "lapis of luxury" nail polish, $8
- Fedora Hat. Eugenia Kim "Craig" sequined straw fedora, $315
- Flip-flops. Ann Taylor Loft light gold Havaianas crystal flower flip flop, $38
- Digital Camera. Pentax Optio W90 waterproof digital camera in pistachio green, $329.95
- Beach Read. The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
And, of course, don't forget sunscreen!
As the New York weather rises in temperature by the week; New Yorkers embark on traveling to the Hamptons (some singing the lyrics to Money Can’t Buy You Class by Countess Luann of The Real Housewives of New York); summer island wedding trekkers are eager as Cynthia Rowley prepares to unveil her bridesmaids bevy (June 3rd) and I’m en route to my hometown of San Francisco for a short vacation. The challenge: considering the chaos of events, meticulously packing not only a few of the belongings I arrived to New York with, gifted garments from fashion shows, vintage shop finds and exceptional sales that will accept my developing New York stance. What began as a floor filled of clothes never worn, ended in a pile petite enough to fit into a Manalo Blahnik shoebox.