eBay revealed its Holiday Collective back in July, and we're happy to report the wait is almost over. Come Monday, you can shop these exclusive goodies with reckless (read: festive) abandon. And to prep you on the brand's latest fashion initiative, which features designs from seven very cool designers — Tibi, Steven Alan, Chris Benz, Fallon, Jonathan Adler, Ruffian, and Billy Reid — we're offering up a closer look at our favorite pieces to inspire your own holiday shopping lists. Expect downtown-cool pieces from Tibi (we're obsessed with the Ponyboy faux-leather top), silky pajamas and cozy cashmere tees from Chris Benz, luxe-meets-multifunctional tech accessories from Steven Alan, edgy-glam statement jewelry from Fallon, and more. The clincher? Every item in the collection will retail for $100 or less and will include free shipping worldwide. Click on for our eBay Holiday Collective picks now.
CelebStyle: What role does fashion play in your life?
Emma Roberts: Fashion has always played a huge role in my life. From going about a regular day to hitting a red carpet event, fashion is always on my mind.
CS: How would you describe your personal style?
ER: My personal style is pretty laid back day-to-day. Boots and jeans are my must haves. I love bright lips to throw in pop. For the red carpet, I love dresses. It's fun to have an excuse to dress up.
CS: Do you have a stylist? How do you go about choosing the looks you'll wear on and off the red carpet?
ER: Yes, I've been collaborating with stylists Emily and Meritt of Current/Elliott for quite some time. Choosing looks is all about intuition. I go with what feels right but also starting to take more risks as I get older.
To hear more from Emma, including her closet essentials, read more
On her way out of her NYC apartment, Sarah Jessica Parker sported a Steven Alan little black dress with a pleated skirt ($335) and a black patent chain-strap Roger Vivier bag over it. Gold studded flats, her signature wraparound sunglasses, and a green bracelet served as her other chic accoutrements. Sarah Jessica also carried two large canvas bags, one with hot-pink straps by Michelle Vale. Re-create her latest darling daytime look for work or the weekend by investing in the similar pleated black dress we chose below or this less-expensive one from Aqua ($88). To get Sarah Jessica's full look, shop similar pieces below.
Not to be outdone by the announcement of Target's and Neiman Marcus's upcoming collaboration extravaganza, eBay has announced that it too will partner with some very big names for Holiday 2012.
Seven designers — Billy Reid, Chris Benz, Fallon, Jonathan Adler, Ruffian, Steven Alan, and Tibi — have teamed with the cyber giant to create a limited edition collection, online November 12. The 40-piece collection — titled eBay Holiday Collective — will feature about five pieces from each designer and will include womenswear, menswear, jewelry, travel, electronic accessories, and home decor; all pieces will ship for free and are priced from $50 to $100.
"Thrilled to be collab'ing w @eBay_Fashion this holiday on a ltd edition, locally made collection. All my friends can attest I love Ebay!" Fallon's Dana Lorenz tweeted following the announcement, while Chris Benz responded "You & me, both, sister! Xx". In fact, it seems a love of eBay was somewhat of a prerequisite. All the participating designers were chosen because of "their genuine enthusiasm for eBay," the brand's general manager of fashion, Jeff Somers said, adding that "each [designer] brings originality and a distinct point of view, and embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of our marketplace."
See all the pieces, with prices, here.
>> And suddenly, it begins. Steven Alan kicks off the Fall 2012 season with a collection of '30s- and '40s-tinged separates in tonal grays, textural wools, and — of course — lots of prints and stripes. Alan also tapped inspiration from Mexican painter Diego Rivera, and so a nice dose of folk was worked into the collection's classic prepster mix: wooden buttons, blanket wools, leather riding belts, and perky little felt fedoras.
Photos: Christina Pérez
Our New York Fashion Week kickoff began this morning with Steven Alan. For Fall, the designer showed another batch of covetable casual-cum-cool offerings pairing his signature modern classic style with a bold touch of Mexican and folk influence. Full red skirts were paired with riding jackets and fedora hats and structured striped wool vests with slightly flared pants, and there was even a cute vintage-inspired tweed jumpsuit styled with a button-up blouse and cardigan. For a soft touch, the designer also supplied sweet peplum-embellished floral and striped dresses, plaid shirt dresses, and, for a little shine, black and gold brocade dresses and trousers. Read below for the complete breakdown, then check out the gallery to see the complete collection.
- Trends: Knee-length skirts, peplums, stripes, plaid.
- Colors: Gray, red, burgundy, brown, black.
- Key Piece: We loved the Mexican-inspired blazers and vests.
- Accessories: Wool fedora hats, oxfords, lace-up ankle boots, skinny belts, cozy tights, ankle-strap sandals.
- Who Would Wear It: Casual-cool girls like Kirsten Dunst and Alexa Chung.
>> Here's a look at some of the highlights from Steven Alan's Spring 2012 presentation, which kicked off New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 earlier this morning. Picnic-ready separates in gingham prints and cheery hues were punctuated by wide-brimmed hats, leather-braided flats, and highly-covetable colorblocked bags. Click through to see snapshots from the presentation, with full collection images coming soon.
UPDATE: Full collection images have been added.
Snapshots: Christina Perez, Collection: Courtesy of Steven Alan
Steven Alan stayed true to his classic cool aesthetic for Spring 2012, showing a collection filled with chic basics: cropped and wide-leg trousers, colorblocked tunic tops, and breezy plaid dresses. The presentation was a refreshing nod to classics with a twist thanks to modern details like a back seam slit and the most notable look, a perfectly tailored checked suit, equally fitting for a day at work — or relaxation in the Hamptons. Leather brogues, low-wedge wraparound sandals, and sweet simple satchels complete the classic cool collection. Get the quick lowdown below, then click the slideshow to see the rest of the collection.
Photo courtesy of Chi Diem Chau
We all aspire to look effortlessly chic every day, and while the concept sounds easy enough, execution is another story. In comes Steven Alan to the rescue; the designer has a knack for creating refreshing yet classic pieces that are guaranteed to help you look stylish all season long. For his Fall lookbook, the designer showed off his cool styling skills, pairing garnet-hued velvet skirts with cozy sweaters, polka-dot maxi dresses with booties, and wide-leg trousers with louche blouses. Also to note is Alan's quick, witty layering lessons like stacking a buttoned-up blouse underneath a sweater dress for instant polished prep and pairing a lighter dress with an anorak jacket, tights, booties, and beanie to create a Winter-appropriate ensemble. Read three more Fall styling looks below:
- Dress up a printed maxi dress with a blazer and felt hat.
- Give your look an instant twist with bold tights, like this horizontal-striped pair here, instead of the usual black tights.
- Pair scrunched socks with loafers for a quirky schoolgirl vibe.
Check out the slideshow to see the complete lookbook now.
With so many options in women's fashion, why is it so satisfying to shop the men's section? It's seductive to see a woman throw on her boyfriend's shirt and look utterly, and effortlessly, sexy. There's a confidence associated with a woman who can assert her femininity even when clothed in men's silhouettes. There's also the thing about the fit: it's not tailored to our body, and the boxiness adds a bit of mystery and je ne sais quoi. Here's what we're shopping from the men's — and in one instance, the boys'— section. Maybe it's time to play tomboy.
Photos courtesy of Greg Kessler