Finding a chic carryall that can easily take you from lounging in the sand to drinks afterwards is a seasonal essential. This Summer, beach-worthy totes from Leghilà, Club Monaco, and Marc by Marc Jacobs feature a range of water-resistant and lightweight silhouettes that are equally chic as they are functional. Shop over 35 of our editor's favorite picks below.
May marks the official kickoff of all things Summer-worthy, and this month, we can't wait to slip into an endless array of easy, effortless dresses, breezy tops, and fun skirts and shorts. With that in mind, our May shopping list highlights the aforementioned in a refreshing array of floral prints, stripes, and chic basics to carry us through the warm seasonal shift. Additionally, we're amping up our accessory game with wear-everywhere d'Orsay flats, statement clutches, and sleek high-heeled sandals for those evenings out on the town. Click through to shop all of our editors' May must haves now.
A modest budget doesn't mean you can't give the special mom(s) in your life something truly memorable this Mother's Day. To prove our point, we culled the most irresistible gift ideas — all under $50 — ranging from Gap's chic leather ballet flats to Diane von Furstenberg's stylish tech. Further proof is in the perfect Summer striped tee from Madewell and a splurge-worthy shampoo from Aesop. But there's much more where that came from. Nab all of our must-have finds below.
It's time to store away all of those layering pieces (so long, Spring!) and start focusing on all things Summer. We're not talking about tees and cutoff shorts here, either. This season, it's all about investing in the new basics: a statement bag, metallic sandals, the perfect white dress, and lightweight chambray make the cut. Additionally, we can't live without a pair of sleek heels, tailored shorts, and a wear-everywhere maxi dress. To keep your wallet (and your closet) happy, we've culled 13 picks — all currently on sale — for you to kick-start your warm-weather wardrobe. Click on for your Summer style (on sale) cheat sheet, then start shopping!
Vests made a big statement on the Spring/Summer 2013 runways. Proenza Schouler, Isabel Marant, and 3.1 Phillip Lim made good use of this warm-weather layering piece, showing us everything from patchwork pieces to utilitarian styles. We've rounded up our favorite vests on the market right now, from eclectic finds to the must-have distressed vest. On Allison: BCBG Max Azria blazer, Club Monaco top, Cameo shorts.
On the eve of the launch of her latest collection for GapKids, we spent a few minutes chatting with the fabulous Diane von Furstenberg. The designer has been creating her iconic wrap dress since 1972, and last year marked her first collaboration with Gap, scaling her eponymous look down to little girls' sizes. Click through for photos of the launch party for DVF's latest "Young Explorers" collection, and read our interview with the designer.
For Fall 2013, Gap turns its focus to classic denim pieces, boxier silhouettes, and colorblocked styling. In effect, the casual dresser has a wardrobe that's both polished and easy to wear again and again. We love the slightly unexpected inclusion of Spring hues (soft peaches, cotton-candy pinks, and tangerine corals) against chunkier cold-weather layers. But then again, that seems to be the brand's aim here — to bring about unlikely seasonal pairings, the kind that actually make a lot of sense. Take, for instance, the knitted mock pastel-colored turtleneck and cuffed khaki trousers, or the dark jean jacket layered with a thin puffer coat and black skater skirt. Both looks render an aesthetic that's equal parts lighthearted and functional. But most of all, Gap has inspired us to rework our own denim staples not just for Fall, but for right now. See what we mean inside.
Sneak a Peek at Diane von Furstenberg's New Collection For GapKids and BabyGap Before It Hits Stores!
Diane von Furstenberg is at it again . . . and we couldn't be happier! As announced last month, the iconic designer is lending her hand to a second collection for GapKids and BabyGap that will hit store shelves (it will be available at GapKids, BabyGap, and DVF stores, as well as online) on April 25, and based on this sneak peek, it's bound to fly off store shelves.
This year's theme, Explorers, is filled with African-inspired prints and wild-animal illustrations all meant to express girls' natural desire to discover the world around them. Of course, the capsule collection includes the iconic DVF wrap dress — though it is reworked into a shorts romper to be a bit more child-friendly — as well as printed skinny jeans, rompers, tees, swimwear, shirtdresses, leggings, lace-up espadrilles, sunhats, and more. Expect to see plenty of safari-themed and hibiscus bud graphics, the DVF signature heart, and some Gap/DVF graffiti on the various pieces.
The first collaboration, which featured the DVF Loves GapKids theme, was an instant hit with parents and kids alike, so click through our first look at the collection, and start making your shopping lists now!
Along with longer days in the sun, iced coffees, and fresh flowers, our favorite part of Spring is a closet refresh. Shelving our Winter wares means there's more closet space for this season's essentials — and with our 2013 Spring trends top of mind, we're reevaluating our basics with a fresh set of eyes. That means pencil skirts for the office (and beyond!) are covered in florals; t-shirts are printed, too; and no woman's wardrobe is complete without a great pair of sneakers and a perfect Spring sandal. Consider this your essentials checklist — just start clicking to shop all of our editors' picks.
- Kate Moss raised over $300,000 for Comic Relief after reading an excerpt from Fifty Shades of Grey on the radio. [Telegraph]
- "I tried to approach the bottle design as I would when I dress a beautiful woman," Alexis Mabille said of the bottle he specially created for Cointreau. [Elle]
- Gucci has tapped Italian businessman Lapo Elkann to design a collection of made-to-measure clothing with creative director
FridaGiannini. [Vogue UK]
- Beyoncé is rumored to have asked Julien Macdonald to design the costumes for her upcoming Mrs. Carter tour. [Grazia UK]
- Steven Alan has opened its first home boutique in New York City. [T Magazine]
- Meanwhile, Thom Browne will debut his first flagship store outside of the US in Tokyo on Saturday. [WWD]
- GQ has announced the best new menswear designers in America, who will design capsule collections for Gap this October. [GQ]
- Leslie Fremar tops the list of Hollywood's 25 most powerful celebrity stylists, with Petra Flannery and Rachel Zoe following closely in spots two and three, respectively. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- John Malkovich has launched an exclusive collection of Summer clothing and accessories from his label Technobohemian. [Yoox]
- Karl Lagerfeld never lets his professional guard down — even when he sleeps. [Harper's Bazaar]