Alessandro Dell’Acqua always inspires with his gracefully masculine and boyishly feminine designs for No. 21. We love his playful clashes, of patterns, silhouettes and material, that make us want to mimic with items from our own closets – like a tea-length skirt worn under a belted, oversized t-shirt or a floral jacquard mini skirt paired with a collared gingham shirt. Or a sheer silk skirt worn under another sheer silk dress, making it that much cooler and less delicate. And Mr. Dell’Acqua, you’ve officially sold me on the color yellow. It’s not a color that particularly entices me but combined with light blue, brown and black? Well, okay then!
Growing up just a couple miles from the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, I never really understood the obsession with so-called “beach waves” until I no longer lived near the beach. Now that I’m in cooler climates and further from summertime excursions to the beach, I rely on trusty hair products to help me achieve that I-just-spent-the-entire-day-in-the-salty-sea-and-my-hair-looks-so-amazing-I’m-not-going-to-bother-washing-it look. From someone who has taken genuine beach waves for granted, trust me when I say these products live up to their hype. And it’s all about the application. For example, Josie Maran’s Bohemian Waves Hair Mist works better if you allow it to dry for a few hours in an updo or spray on slightly damp hair with the help of some scrunching action. Oribe’s Aprés Beach Waves and Shine, my personal favorite, can be applied onto dry hair, sprayed onto set curls or used for extra volume. What about you? What’s your secret to sexy beach hair?
Destructed, raw hems, bleach splatters, overalls, and super straight skinnies . . . the denim experts at Madewell have been working hard over the last year, developing 47 new styles for fall. Relocating their denim headquarters to LA has inspired the creation of a new denim quality that has been refitted with a ton of stretch. Sexy stretch. And after all of that fine tuning, Madewell is launching their online denim bar today – a new virtual shopping experience that includes style stories, denim facts, and free hemming services. Blue jean baby!