If you need further proof that statement printed dresses are here to stay, let Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and Dianna Agron be the latest examples of why you need to invest in one, stat. The three actresses recently attended the Vogue Triple Threats dinner in LA looking nothing short of Spring-ready in their respective party frocks: Anna made a statement in a silk flare dress by Thakoon, Brittany opted for a midlength creation by Duro Olowu, and Glee girl Dianna Agron showed off her new red 'do in a two-piece runway look from Derek Lam. Needless to say, we're inspired to shop similar looks to prepare ourselves for the warm-weather party season ahead (weddings, bridal showers, dinner parties, etc). Style tip: make sure to accessorize a bold patterned dress with more neutral accompaniments, so you don't take attention away from the main centerpiece. Now, ready to evoke the same Spring-perfect look? Shop our top 16 eye-catching, jaw-dropping statement printed dresses below.
What's black, white, and red all over? British fashion designer Duro Olowu's just released home collection for the newly re-branded JCP. With the exception of other primary accents (think electric yellow, kelly green, and cobalt), this tabletop and rug-dominated collection takes classic black and white to an even bolder level with graphic, global-inspired prints. While fashion lovers are excited about the accessible price points for his JCP fashion collection, we're tickled to see his beautiful designs translated for home. Keep reading for a look at the collection!
In case you missed it, JCPenney's first designer collaboration with Nigerian-born talent Duro Olowu is on shelves all over the country. And while the pieces in it range in price from $10 to $90, the designer says he created it the same way he designs the clothing for his eponymous brand.
"I treated it like a collection," Olowu says of the offering, which features his signature mashup of riotous prints, wild colors, and fresh shapes applied to clothing, shoes, and accessories, as well as home goods, notebooks, and luggage. "All the details you normally find on my clothing, you have here," the designer explains, and, indeed, buttons and closures come emblazoned with the designer's logo, and bags and accessories were designed with the help of the designer's friends Iris Apfel and Bella Foster.
A peek at all the pieces — and their prices — here in the gallery.
Photo courtesy of JCPenney
Our Spring shopping itch has taken a turn for the worse thanks to Duro Olowu's newly debuted collection for JCPenney. With bright statement prints and bold colors aplenty, the designer — whose wares have been worn by First Lady Michelle Obama — created a collection filled with covetable (and affordable!) pieces to add to your Spring arsenal. "I wanted to create looks that were based on my ideas of American classics, all with a global flair," Olowu told us. "I think America already has a tradition of classics — the perfect pants, the perfect trench coat — and I wanted to give it that extra oomph." The extensive lineup features clothes, shoes, accessories, and housewares all priced under $100. It doesn't get any better than that, folks. Peruse the lookbook in the slideshow, then click over to jcp and get shopping.
Does the name Duro Olowu sound familiar to you? While we were first turned onto the London-based Nigerian designer when Michelle Obama was spotted in his brightly colored wares last Summer, we promise you — come March 1 — you will be singing the praises of Duro Olowu, too. And here's why. Olowu has teamed up with JCPenney to put forth a massive, albeit very impressive, lineup that includes his signature mix of prints on everything from long flowy maxi dresses and silky blouse-and-trouser sets, to hard-shell luggage and bold dish sets (if you dare). To see it is to believe it, and soon enough, we'll be able to share the full collaboration with you. Until then, think faded brocade textures, statement jewelry (he even enlisted Iris Apfel to help with this one!), bags that are just as functional as they are fashionable, and, oh yeah, everything is priced under $100. Yes, there's some waiting involved here, but in the meantime get to know Olowu a little better below.From left: the designer (at middle) with his models and a look from his Spring '13 collection
On what this collaboration is all about: Everything I did with this is new, so it's not a "greatest hits" collection. I wanted to create looks that were based on my ideas of American classics, all with a global flair. I think America already has a tradition of classics — the perfect pants, the perfect trench coat — and I wanted to give it that extra oomph. I don't want people to think 'oh, he just took all the things that sold well for him over the years and put it here,' because I didn't. This is all new, they should become the new classics.
On why he's drawn to bold prints: I'm always looking at textiles from all over the world because I think people travel a lot in their minds. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to go somewhere and see them [the textiles] in person. If I can bring it into your home, that would be great.
It was a happy mash-up of prints and color that met visitors to Duro Olowu's energetic Spring 2012 presentation Saturday night. Models twirled and vamped to a drum-beat soundtrack, onlookers frenetically snapped pictures, and the designer chatted with guests Anna Wintour and Bethann Hardison.
Inspired by the photographs of Jacques Henri Lartigue and the Jamaican immigrants who made their way to England in the '50s, there was a certain retro elegance to the collection — one that was made fresh by the Olowu's masterful cocktails of patterns, silhouettes, and fabrics. Floor-length frocks were topped with tuxedo blazers, large-scale ocelot met hot pink, and ruffled skirts in black and white colorblock were spiked with ditsy florals. According to Olowu, the modern-style irreverence was quite intentional. "Make it effortless without making it look dated . . . that’s what I thought would be important for the season," he explained.
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>> Jason Wu, Mary Katrantzou Among 2010 Swiss Textile Nominees —American designers have won the 100,000 euro (approx. $130,000) Swiss Textile Award for the past two years running — Rodarte took home the award in 2008 and Alexander Wang won last year; could Jason Wu continue the monopoly? He, along with Mary Katrantzou, Damir Doma, Juun J, Adam Kimmel, and Duro Olowu, is a 2010 finalist for the award. The winner, determined by a judge panel which this year includes Harper's Bazaar's Glenda Bailey; the Financial Times's Vanessa Friedman, and Luisa Via Roma's Silvano Vangi, will be announced Nov. 4. [Sportswear International]