Palm prints have been given a modern face lift this season thanks to brands like Victoria Beckham, Sandro, and Oscar de la Renta. Not just for the beach, these island-invoking pieces will make a bold statement at a Summer rooftop party as they would at a luau in Hawaii. The key to getting this look right? Make sure to choose streamlined silhouettes — like J.Crew's easy crewneck tee or Michael Kors's fitted dresses — and accompany the look with minimal accessories.
Nordstrom just kicked off its famous Half-Yearly Sale, boasting up to 40 percent savings on a range of must-have Spring and Summer pieces. Our list includes party dresses from Tibi, mini bags from Rebecca Minkoff, and flirty skirts from 3.1 Phillip Lim. Shop all of our top Nordstrom sale picks now.
Don't let your eyes fool you. That's Karolina Kurkova taking a casual stroll around NYC — not hitting the catwalk — although both the supermodel strut and perfect outfit might have convinced you otherwise. Aside from compelling us to commit to that Pilates class today and tomorrow, Karolina's latest just gave us a much-needed dose of weekend outfit inspiration. The supermodel balanced casual and pulled-together styles with a few key pieces, like a cool-girl meets ladies-who-brunch play on the tweed jacket and a bright Spring-ready skort. Rather than give the look a too-dressy tilt with a pair of heels, she kept it easy (and walkable!) with black ankle boots and an equally functional Gryson crossbody bag. You don't need much to finish it off, just a pair of Ray-Bans to further the street-styled appeal. All the outfit ingredients are below — just shop to channel Karolina's effortless (and perfect for your weekend) look.
Shop clockwise from top left: AllSaints Kayo T-Shirt ($65), Sandro Vernis Jacket ($600), Ray-Ban Clubmaster Half-Frame Acetate Sunglasses ($145), ASOS Altitude Leather Jodhpur Ankle Boots ($92), Gryson Women's Ruby Belted Strap Classic Small Satchel ($695), Zara Culotte Shorts ($50)
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!
The company that owns the cool French brands Maje, Sandro, and Claudie Pierlot has sold some 65 percent of its shares to the American multinational private equity firm KKR — and now that they have the backing, those labels are expected to expand.
While KKR wouldn't say just how much it paid for the brands, WWD reports that some analysts believe the deal could be valued around €650 million, just south of $850 million at current exchange. Evelyne Chétrite, creative director of Sandro, and her sister, Maje creative director Judith Milgrom, will still own around 35 percent of the company along with their partners Elie Kouby and Frédéric Biousse, CEO of SMCP Group.
"I have created this beautiful family history with my sister and I am pleased to embark on a new phase of our lives with KKR," Chétrite said in a statement. "Judith and I are reaffirming our full commitment to the business and have great ambitions for the group: building a global leader in the affordable luxury segment."
Part of those ambitions include growing their number of stores: SMCP Group's wares are sold at 570 stores across the world, and plans are for them to be in 150 more by the end of the year, meaning it will be that much easier for fans of the brands to find their items.
Alexa Chung in Maje's Spring 2013 campaign. Photo courtesy of Maje.
The Winter chill has us in a very steady stream of coat consciousness (exhibit A: Jessica Chastain's envy-inducing collection), and now, Jessica Alba has us convinced that it's entirely OK to lust after yet another outerwear option. Spotted last night in LA, the brunette beauty bundled up in a Sandro Mémorable olive coat ($725, originally $1,035), complete with a rabbit-fur-paneled and buckle-infused front, and flared jeans. And, with just one look at her wintry ensemble, we knew: a coat that eye-catching is worth a little more "research." While the exact version is on sale right now, we're aware that it's still a bit of an investment spend. Not to mention, we're also aware that not everyone is on the fur-wearing bandwagon — understandably so. Here's your win-win: see our editors' budget-friendly faux-fur picks below.
We're used to seeing Pippa Middleton in dresses and tweed, but during a recent London stroll, she showed off a sportier ensemble. Up top Pippa wore a black boatneck top with a black biker Sandro jacket that made quite the badass statement. Then on bottom she sported dark-blue skinny jeans with a pair of black high-top sneakers also by Sandro. For accessories, Pippa chose oversize sunglasses and a black and purple Loewe satchel. Re-create Pippa's sporty cool outfit by investing in a biker jacket, then matching it with trendy high-top sneakers.
Ashlee Simpson bundled up in an olive fur-trim Sandro coat and leopard Golden Goose sneakers ($560) while walking hand in hand with her son, Bronx, in NYC. Ashlee's textured topper and peppered Neff beanie ($17) kept her warm, while her plum ankle-zip denim added a pop of color to her Fall-friendly look. Classic Ray-Ban wayfarers ($150), an Anita Ko rose gold arrow necklace, and a black fur shoulder bag completed her street-chic style. Take a lesson from Ashlee and style her exact kicks with a fur-trim coat, purple skinny jeans, and a celeb-approved topper for a day of errands.