Full disclosure: I've spent every Summer I can remember with my family along the Penobscot Coast in Maine. So, there might be some bias when I say this is vacationland. To make the most of your time there, I suggest picking up some poignant Summer reading, easy separates, and a great camera to capture everything from the views in Acadia to E.B. White's Brooklin home. Click through to shop our picks and start plotting your own Maine vacation.
Blueberries, blackberries, beets and turmeric aren't just ingredients for a Summer meal — they're also the basis for the beautiful designs behind Anthropologie's Summer windows. Inspired by Sasha Duerr's Permacouture Institute, these crafted gardens not only look beautiful, but their pretty tinted petals and stems also are naturally dyed with fruits, vegetables, and spices.
As the founder and codirector of the Permacouture Institute, Sasha is an expert on regenerative design in fashion and textiles. When we asked her about the Anthropologie collaboration, she told us, "The project was a collaboration with [Anthropologie's] window display team . . . They fell in love with natural dyes as a medium to experiment with and came across the New York Times article we were featured in and became more intrigued with the larger, growing movement of growing your own color — as well as the social and ecological benefits."
Check out the amazing variation of natural dye colors when you explore the window displays at Anthropologie stores across the country.
All photos courtesy Anthropologie
Anthropologie's July 2012 catalog draws on the rich cultural influence of one of America's most defining cities: New Orleans. The photos were set in environments from old cafés to saloons to courtyards, and the city's strong ties to jazz and Europe were referenced throughout the catalog. We're homing in on the winning design elements that capture the spirit of this celebrated city.
At Coach's Summer party in NYC, Dianna Agron stepped out in this beautiful Tracy Reese colorful, retro impressionist dress ($298). The actress was surrounded by a slew of Hollywood beauties, but her bright shift and stunning accessories — strappy sequin Miu Miu sandals, two-tone Coach sunglasses, and an oversized buckled belt — really made her stand out from the crowd. If you, too, want to brighten things up, shop Dianna's exact dress to pair with neutral wedges for brunch, bright sandals for date night, or these gold Diane von Furstenberg sandals ($298) for a Summer wedding.
Just in time for Memorial Day parties and BBQs, Anthropologie has kicked off its major semiannual sale — with prices marked up to 75 percent off — filled with refreshingly cute dressing options. With the sun shining on our shoulders, we're looking to stock up on colorful and printed Summer dresses and fresh sandals to complete the look. To save you time, we've culled the most beautiful pieces, ranging from cute polka-dot minidresses to laser-cut sandals, for you to shop now. Don't wait too long; these deals are sure to sell out fast.
Anthropologie just nabbed Tracy Reese as one of its designers for its Made in Kind May collection. With three frock-filled collections on her own — Tracy Reese, Plenty, and Frock — it's safe to say the designer knows a thing or two about creating cute and flattering dresses for all kinds of women. Her new line for Anthropologie, launching tomorrow, was inspired by rich garden landscapes from a visit to Frida Kahlo's museum, resulting in ladylike flora-filled dresses. Some are treated with oversize bow embellishments, while others feature delicate lace dipped in a saturated teal hue. The best part? The modest hemlines and pretty prints can easily take you from a long day at work to tea time in 30 seconds flat with just a few simple accessory swaps. Tracy Reese's seven-piece collection for Anthropologie ranges from $248 to $348; see the complete collection now in the slideshow.
>> Hot off the heels of last month's highly successful Made in Kind debut, Anthropologie has announced that Tracy Reese will be among the latest batch of designers to be featured in the May installment of the online collaboration platform.
Available April 27, Reese's seven-piece capsule will be made up of bright lace and photo-printed dresses, all with the same girlie, vintage vibe the designer is known for. Inspired by the gardens of the Frida Kahlo museum, the collection will be priced around $248 to $348 — much like Reese's already-existing Frock and Plenty diffusion lines. Alongside Reese's collection, Made in Kind's May offering will also feature pieces from UK designer Charlotte Taylor, whose collection of op-art printed shifts and jumpsuits will be priced from $118 to $268, and Byron Lars, whose eight-piece capsule of folk-tinged dresses and tops — titled Beguile by Byron Lars — will be priced from $90 to $280.
Also on tap this time around are a range of pieces designed by a variety of India-based designers under the India Collections marquis, as well as new pieces from last month's partners Karen Walker, Place National, and John Patrick for O by Organic. A sampling of all those — plus more — right here in the slideshow.
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Starting tomorrow, Anthropologie will be launching an exclusive new collaboration series, called Made in Kind, highlighting collections by established and up-and-coming designers like Karen Walker, John Patrick, and Samantha Pleet. Priced from $84 to $470, the collections vary from ladylike polished looks to bright artsy-inspired printed dresses and tops. "The materials are meant to speak to you first, " said John Patrick, when describing his O by Organic capsule collection highlighting pretty pleated skirts and blouses. Our favorite pieces from Anthropologie's new capsule collections? Read below to find out, then click the slideshow to see more top looks from the exclusive capsule collections.
- We adore this O by Organic orange pleated skirt. The crinkle detail gives it a unique touch and we love how the fabric is sustainable.
- We'd easily wear this Gregory Parkinson tie-dyed dress to Coachella. The loose silhouette and intricate embroidery channels the perfect surfer-meets-bohemian girl attitude.
- Every girl needs a sweet yellow dress in her wardrobe this season. Samantha Pleet designed one with just the right amount of femininity injected with a splash of edge thanks to the cute cutout detail.