Market Report: Are Super-Sexy Clothes Totally Out Of Style?


Shiny, sparkly, short … sex still sells. | Shutterstock.

  • While designers are showing androgynous, refined looks on the runways, many shoppers still want pure sex appeal, particularly US and Russian consumers. (Sigh.)  [Business of Fashion]
  • Is this the end of the Gap? Sales have been sinking since 2006, thanks to dated designs and the rise of fast fashion (see: Zara, H&M). And they’re looking to do anything to get you back in the stores…. [Fast Company]
  • In unexpected fashion news, famed high-fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto is designing a Hello Kitty collection of apparel and accessories. [Elle]

Up next: We might be getting a Whopper-scented perfume.

Monday Obsession: Tanya Taylor Skirt and Top Is the Perfect Spring Outfit


The designer to watch now: Tanya Taylor. The New York-based designer launched her womenswear line in 2012; since then, she’d been a CFDA finalist (think of this as the Oscars of fashion and accessory design) and she’s dressed the First Lady. Now you can score her fresh, feminine designs at Knit Wit  — and you should. The top and skirt above, from Taylor’s spring/summer 2015 collection, are topping my shopping list now. It’s pitch-perfect pattern mixing in juicy sorbet hues. Wear it for Easter dinner, or to simply celebrate the end of the longest winter ever.  Read more »

Fill In Your Bookshelves With All of These Shiny, Pretty Things at HOME Boutique

Shelves up, goods up // #shelfie #whiteandgold #VSCOcam #HOMEismoving

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A colleague recently moved into a new office, one that already had two huge bookcases in it, both stuffed to the brim with back issues of magazines. As we stood surveying the space (once anyone switches offices, I immediate make a visit for decorating and planning purposes, sort of like the office decorating fairy), we decided that the shelves need an overhaul.

Then my colleague, creative designer that he is, mentioned the Bookshelf Rule of Thirds (his name, not mine).  Of your bookcase, devote one-third of the space to books, one-third to tchotchkes, and one-third to open space. Follow this rule, he explained, and you’ll have the ideal bookshelf — not too crammed, not too empty.  I’ve got your tchotchkes covered.

Check Out This Beautiful Graffiti Made Out of Silk

You might know Aubrie Costello from her day job as store manager of Bus Stop. But when she’s not at the Queen Village boutique, she’s creating incredible art installations on the walls of residential homes, in store windows, and for galleries. She refers to her work as ‘silk graffiti,’ but it’s far more subtle than what we typically think of when we think of graffiti. Her pieces are haunting phrases, quotes or simple words, rendered in looping strips of shredded silk that she tacks to the wall with nails.  Read more »

What We’re Coveting: Felt + Fat Tableware, the Secret of Philly’s Best Chefs


Photo by Dom Savini.

If you ask Nate Mell and Wynn Bauer, the best supporting actor in a meal is the plate. They should know: Their Port Richmond-based ceramics line, Felt + Fat, has been the secret of Philly’s top chefs — including Eli Kulp and Nicholas Elmi, both of whom have worked with the duo on custom dishware for their restaurants — since it launched in 2013. Their tonal porcelain, best when rendered in marbleized pastels, is predominantly available by special order, but Mell and Bauer are launching a Kickstarter this month to take the line to retail, so home cooks can serve in style no matter what’s on the menu. From $25 to $64;

Market Report: Marc by Marc Jacobs Line Is Closing


The entry-level line to luxe is folding. | Image via Marc Jacobs.

  • Marc Jacobs has confirmed that he is closing his line’s less expensive secondary brand Marc by Marc Jacobs. Does this mean the end of sub-$500 bags? Not quite. [The Cut]
  • Beyoncé is launching a shoe line with Giuseppe Zanotti, expected to drop in two weeks. Expect thick platforms and a wallet-breaking price. [People]
  • Are flash-sale sites on the brink of extinction? It’s not looking so good for Gilt Groupe and Rue La La. [Re/code]

Next: What happens when a man wears heels for a day.

The Ultimate Philadelphia Spring-Cleaning Guide

Janet Bernstein makes playrooms fit for a tea party. Photograph by Courtney Apple

Janet Bernstein makes playrooms fit for a tea party. | Photograph by Courtney Apple

There’s no better time to revisit your New Year’s resolutions (how are those working out for you so far?) than the beginning of spring. It’s a time to declutter, refresh and refocus on your goals for the year. A great place to start? Your house. We’ve found the coolest, smartest local services that can whip your kitchen, playroom, garage, vanity and more into tip-top shape.

Systemize Your Playroom Pickup: Janet Bernstein Organizers, Main Line

Feel like you’re picking up after your kids every five seconds? That’s because you are. Bernstein isn’t just your run-of-the-mill organizer. She and her staff not only deploy fuss-free tactics that keep playrooms, basements and bedrooms looking neat; they also set up organization systems in a way that incentivizes cleaning, so kids learn how to pick up after themselves. She even has ADD-specific strategies. Starting at $85; Read more »

Septum Piercings: How to Wear It and Why We Love It

Edgy and chic or too much? | Image via The Fashion Tag

 Image via The Fashion Tag.

Facial piercings are often just outside of mainstream fashion, save for the occasional nose hoop or eyebrow piercing. (Side note: Please stop with the latter, I beg you.) But in the past few years — perhaps spurred by the Met’s Costume Institute 2013 punk exhibit — the fashion world has embraced them. Now Givenchy models are taking to the runway sporting multiple facial accessories, and celebrities of all sorts are piercing their noses and rocking dozens of hoops that snake up their ears. It’s official: The piercing is back. And right now, no piercing is more in-style than the septum ring. But will you wear one?

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Market Report: Eva Mendes Is Launching a Super-Affordable Cosmetics Line

Image via Getty

Here’s hoping that Eva’s makeup brand can make us look like that. | Image via Getty.

  • Eva Mendes is launching a makeup brand, CIRCA, and the most expensive thing is less than the cost of a movie ticket. [Elle]
  • Happy Spring! Celebrate this brutal winter’s end (well, sort of) with these spring must-haves all under $30. [Refinery 29]
  • Your spring break just got a whole lot chicer. Here are 18 pairs of adorable sandals to freshen up your vacation wardrobe. [WhoWhatWear]

Up next: The nine items you shouldn’t have in your home over age 30. (Eek.)

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