As far as prints go, madras has earned its stripes as a preppier staple. It makes us think of New England Summers and looks fresh and seasonal on our button-downs, bikinis, and even sneakers. Madras also has the benefit of being one of the more breezy fabrics that looks just right when it's been appropriately rumpled, and let's just say August is our month to be appropriately rumpled. Click through to shop our madras picks, many of which are on sale.
Summer is the perfect time to break out your denim shorts, so why not wrap your electronics in the same fabric? The latest collection coming from InCase, A.P.C., does just that — crafted from fabric that was made to look like salvaged denim with a luscious leather trim, the plain iPad Book Jacket ($100) and MacBook Sleeve ($80) are the perfect accessories for long Summer days at work. There's also a sweet graffiti-style version, but unfortunately for us, it's not available outside Asia just yet. Check out more images of the awesome collection in the gallery!
This moment is simultaneously glorious and nerve-racking: your relationship is serious enough to merit a meeting of your love's parents, but that means you have to impress the two people who can say you're worthy or not worthy. We've put together five foolproof outfits to make sure you make the right impression. Click our slideshow to see.
While jetting between NYC and LA, Michelle Williams showed off her sweet travel style. Without sacrificing comfort for fashion, the actress layered a utility jacket over a printed A.P.C. floral top ($135), then added a pair of seasonal white skinnies. To finish, we'd just throw on a pair of easy flats, like these leather espadrilles ($275), and a bucket bag like Michelle's. Just click the items above to shop a similar style.
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Plaid may be known for being a Fall staple, but it can work just as well for Spring. Put away your thick flannels — look for lightweight checkered pieces in a bright color combo, or pair your plaids with fresh white denim to make them Spring-ready. If you can only take plaid in small doses, try a chic pair of slip-on sneakers, or a straw fedora with a fun plaid ribbon. Click the items below to shop now.
Based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides is the sleepy portrayal of the five Lisbon sisters and their mysterious suicides, set in a 1970s Detroit suburb. While the subject matter is melancholic, it's hard to ignore the soft, feminine fashion. The film's dreamlike aesthetic and moody tone showcased lots of gauzy, retro-romantic babydoll dresses and ruffled tops, flat leather wedges, and girly, '70s-style eyelet and lace. Shop our picks below to crib the Lisbon sisters' easy, innocent style for Spring.
>> Don't expect to see an APC show on any Fashion Week schedule — last night, the brand's opinionated founder Jean Touitou explained why: "I'm sorry to say there's too much corruption involved in Fashion Week. I won't take part in it. My days are very full doing what I'm doing. I don't want to deal with model agencies. Power conversations with model bookers makes me sick. Those people, they talk to you as if you've known them for 40 years, but you don't know them at all." Plus, he says: "I do not belong to celebrity culture. If people only knew what actresses are paid to sit in the front row at the shows in Milan or Paris, they would want to kill somebody. If they only knew 10 percent of what's going on, like brands that give bags away to young actresses and tell them to go in that restaurant on that day and leave the restaurant at 15 past 2:00, and hold the bag up for the paparazzi that will be there. This is a fact." He gives Chanel as an example of this practice: "If you're a young actress, it's now expected that once you start making it you'll receive a bag from Chanel. It's become a rite of passage. And it works, it's huge publicity for them. But at some point what's sad about it is that the very famous Chanel bag 2.55 — which I really love, my grandmother had one and my mother had one — is all over the place. I can't look at them anymore." [Hint]
>> APC is known for its minimal mastery, and the label's Spring 2011 lookbook offers up more of their wear-everywhere basics. The collection — now available online — features sunny options such as bold striped tees, denim shirts, and a range of colorful cotton pants. And if you're looking for a statement piece, a bold blue shirtdress and leather shorties will definitely do the trick.
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What, exactly, is the best way to stay warm and dry without looking completely sloppy?
This year I am streamlining my morning footwear deliberation into a no-brainer routine—cute waterproof boots with skinnies or tights outside and a tiny rolled-up pair of flats in my purse for later. Here are some of my favorite combos:
4. Porselli ballerina flats, $122.50, usonline.apc.fr. A rusty red pairs well with worn-in corduroys during the winter but sets off a crisp white dress perfectly after the snow has melted.
5. Women's duck boots, $69.50, canvas.landsend.com. Something about these utilitarian booties makes me want to pull them on over chunky cabled socks.
I'll drop anything for a good sale. So, when I realized that A.P.C.'s slashing the prices on tons of its wardrobe staples, I stopped what I was doing and started filling up my cart. When you're getting up to 50 percent off amazing finds like a classic striped sweater dress or a gorgeous cape to take you right through the Winter, it requires your full attention. But, just in case you don't have the time to sift through the sale items, I'll let you in on what's in my cart. Click through to get my picks and shop the sale for yourself!