As the weather heats up, we're ditching our clunky baubles for lighter, airy fare. This Summer, we're honing in on delicate layering necklaces, diminutive statement bracelets, and whisper-thin hoop earrings (yes, they're back). Additionally, we're coveting transparent details that give off a diaphanous, modern feel, and tassel details for a little bohemian flair. See and shop our editors' top 14 picks in the slideshow now.
Blame it on Art Basel taking place in Miami right now, but we're feeling like bold prints, graphic lines, and pops of color this week. Proenza Schouler's mochila print now comes in a compact, more affordable wallet form; the Marc by Marc Jacobs lace-print scarf has the chic look of lace without the Winter wind-allowing holes; and we love the idea of Mociun's mismatched turquoise stud earrings — one sun, one moon.
Left to right: Anthropologie Bold-Stepping Booties ($158), Mociun Sun & Moon Turquoise Studs ($270), Proenza Schouler Mochila Wallet ($145), Bing Bang by Anna Sheffield Zuni Charm Bracelet ($72), Preen Petal Skirt ($940), Marc by Marc Jacobs Lacey Print Scarf ($198)
Mociun, a Brooklyn-based clothing line, is known for its sustainable fabrics — organic cotton, bamboo, hemp. Caitlin Mociun has now put together a book titled Mociun ($32) that's filled with endless inspiration from its Fall '09 collection. Jewelry, clothing patterns, and fabric swatches all make for a wonderfully colorful and engaging time. Only 75 copies were printed so get yours before it disappears, forever.
Are you a tie-dye girl? I am. That's why this Mociun Tie-Dyed Crop Top ($52, originally $173) looks good to me. It almost looks like a DIY project, doesn't it? I love the buttons going down the middle, and the fact that it's cropped and made of hemp. For variation, you can wear it unbuttoned over a simple tank or over a bikini.
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We're going to have something of an indulgent moment here and tell you all about our personal shopping habits-we have you in mind, though, don't worry. First off, it's mostly online (save for sample sales and the occasional girls day out) and it's mostly through Shopstyle; a sister website to ours that acts as an aggregate, among other things, for hundreds of e-commerce sites. When we see a shoe here, a blouse there, we add it to our stylebook on shopstyle or to a folder in our bookmarks bar and have a think. On our current list? Mociun's amazing high waist fake batik print jeans, the highest of high platforms by Dolce Vita (we won't be wearing these every day so we think it's best to stay at a lower price point), and a quirky orange zip-back sweater from Topshop. As an outfit, we think it would be pretty killer, even if the onslaught of orange still scares us a bit.
Talk about getting a lot for little bit of money; as unsettling as it might feel to spend three hundred dollars on anything these days, Mociun will at least give you bang for your buck. In the currency we call print, that is (teehee). This brand, designed by Caitlin Mociun, takes cues from Bauhaus and illustrator Karl Blossfeldt and puts out the most visually stimulating garments we've seen in some time. The Fall 08 mood was captured perfectly, we thought, in this season's look book. With the back drop of rather dismal scenery, 'real-life' models were photographed in these wonderful prints. In addition to this, the photographer imposed a yellowed/worn hue on the scenes (by way of the film or post-production we don't know), giving the photos a nostalgic mood. Mociun, from inspiration to collection to look book, is proving to have some very interesting contrasts. You can buy the Fall 08 collection, right here.