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Friday, July 30, 2010

ENTERTAINMENT: Chelsea Clinton's Floppy Trend

You cannot turn on the TV or open a magazine this week without seeing some update on the Chelsea Clinton Wedding. Reporters are calling it the 'Wedding of the decade." and the closest thing we have to royalty. This photo came out on the cover of WWD this week along with falling on the covers of gossip mags. Chelsea covers her face as she goes for her final fitting and makes her final arrangements in upstate NY. But at Privydoll, the wedding news is old news, lets talk about that floppy hat! I wrote about a fabulous floppy beach had by Brette Sandler. I found this great hat for only $26.95 on Amazon.com !
 
Or how about this floppy hat from Zappos for only $34.
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fashion Radar: Dolce Vita Shoe Line for Target Now Available

Attention Shoeaholics!! One of my favorite shoe lines, Dolce Vita has collaborate for a Target line. The thought of another great designer making a discount line gets us PrivyDolls so excited!  The best part is it is now available online! Check out studded ballet flats for $29.99 and studded loafers for fall. Check out Target website for stores and to buy online!
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

INSIDER INTERVIEW: Luv AJ Jewelry

 As Privydolls know, jewelry can be the inspiration to put an outfit together or an after thought that is added that makes our outfits pop. Either way jewelry is just as important as the outfit itself. Just like the line itself is called, Luv AJ I came across the line and truly LUV AJ! The line is artistic, interesting and affordable. The unique line includes vintage pieces and even a budget friendly 'Under $100' section where Privydolls can find some great picks to add to our costume jewelry box. The ring pictured is her Best seller and I can see why this Fool's Gold ring AJ says, " I think people are digging the bad ass nature of the double ring and the jagged rocks." I also adore the SHOE Jewelry! What an amazing idea to dress up a regular shoe! See picture below.



Label/Company Name:
Name: Luv Aj

3 words to describe your label:
BOLD MODERN BLING


In your opinion what is next season’s trend?
Next season's accessories trend is definitely more masculine and menswear-inspired. I feel like with all these shearling boots, and dark patterned bags we're seeing for fall, the jewelry needs to be able to stand up to these heavy textures. So dark metals, heavy chains, and a hint of femininity are on the horizon for the next Luv Aj collection.


What is your inspiration for this season/line entirely?
I'm usually inspired by materials first and foremost. My favorite part of the whole jewelry making process is the hunt for the chains, and beads, and components. I shop around flea markets and gem shows to find the kinds of things that inspire me. Then I sit down at a table with all the mounds of supplies I have accumulated, and then its a game of mixing and matching and figuring out what looks right together.


What are your favorite materials to use?
The older, dirtier, and edgier, the better. I love vintage chain because it's always a bit tarnished and has this color and texture to it that you can't get from factory made chain. I am also having a love affair with Pyrite lately, it reminds me of fool's gold, and I love it's mix of dirt and bling.


Favorite place for brainstorming and day dreaming:
My backyard. We have this little outdoor firepit and couch area with twinkle lights, and I like to pour myself a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and read my giant stack of French Vogue and Numero and just think.


Female entrepreneur of the year award  should go to:
I have such mad respect for the Wildfox Couture girls. What they have done with their line of simple graphic tees is a testament to what good marketing and creativity can do for your brand. They have such an eye for styling, and are constantly collaborating with the coolest photographers, it-girl models, and the best accessories designers. They are really setting the standard for how creative lookbooks can get and how brand identity is so key to creating a strong following.


What kind of press/marketing/celeb spottings has your line received?
I've been so blessed in the press department with my line, especially with the current collection. I used to intern at Who What Wear, and the lovely ladies over there ran an entire story on Luv Aj called "Line We Love: Luv Aj" which really got the ball rolling. I was also featured on Refinery 29, Racked NY, Style Section LA, and have been featured previously in Elle Magazine, 944, and a few other publications. A lot of amazing stores are starting to pick up the line too, so Luv Aj will be all over the place pretty soon. The best way to check up on what's going on with the brand is our twitter! @LuvAjTweets


What clothing line do you think your line compliments ?
T. by Alexander Wang. The neutral palette of the clothes, and the loose and sexy silhouettes of all the tees and dresses pair perfectly with bolder pieces from Luv Aj. The bodychains always look so great with the Alex Wang racerback tanks; they compliment each other with their balance of sexiness and comfiness.




And Lastly, spill the Privy find:


You can shop the entire Luv Aj collection at www.LuvAj.com!
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Monday, July 26, 2010

Beauty: Celeb new fragrances

Celebrities are no stranger to the fragrance world but two big names have been reported launching their first fragrance in the fall. Katy Perry is to launch a perfume, Purr at Nordstrom in the fall which she dreams of one day being the next Elizabeth Taylor. Lady Gaga also has been reported this week to be launching  a fragrance. Maybe to be called? Lil Monsters- just my guess. Look for both fragrances in the fall just in time for holiday shopping !
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fashion Radar: Cargo Calling

As fall fashion hits the floors at boutiques and stores already Privydolls have seen a trend that is a great street style- Cargo Pants. These are not your baggy cargo pants you wore years ago, these are modern, skinny and fitted. Many designers have silhouettes but I also found some great finds on a budget! When shopping for your fall cargo pants keep in mind pockets. Make sure they don't stick out too far that will give you a little extra poof that you don't need. Also zippers and straight leg styles are still in.
Cargo Jeans found on Shopbop.com are a splurge find for $330 which have been seen on celebrities.
What another great skinny jean military-inspired jean by JBrand found on Shopbop for $231.
Check out these fab cargo pants in a military color from Mandee for only $29! What a steal!
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Friday, July 23, 2010

INSIDER INTERVIEW: Tel Aviv Fashion Line

Israeli fashion has made its mark with scarves and dresses and is having a huge presence in street wear. Meet Tali Kogan, owner of Tel Aviv Couture. Pictured on the left Kogan represents 25 Israel designers in a showroom in Chicago. From accessory lines to bridal, Tel Aviv Couture is making a statement in the fashion buying in Chicago.I caught up with the Israeli fashionista to learn what inspires her and what is next!





Label/Company Name:
Name:  Tel Aviv Couture

PrivyDoll: 3 words to describe your company: 
Trendy, chic, versatile

PrivyDoll: What is your inspiration for this season/line entirely?
I feel that this season’s inspiration as a whole is versatility.  Many of the pieces that we have are able to be worn in countless different ways, giving our customers the opportunity to wear the clothing and accessories to seem as though they haven’t worn the same thing more than once. 

PrivyDoll:What are your favorite materials to use?
Since Israel is a warm country designers tend to use cotton jersey materials. Fabrics are so soft that you don’t want to take it off especially those warm summer days.

PrivyDoll: Favorite place for brainstorming and day dreaming:
The best place that I find for brainstorming is walking around city streets Chicago, New York ,Tel Aviv seeing what women are wearing to get ideas as to how to style certain looks and what I should be looking out for when choosing my products to be sold. 

PrivyDoll: Female entrepreneur of the year award should go to: Lady Gaga

PrivyDoll: As many Privy Dolls know, Chicago is often lacking from the fashion world’s radar. What kind of ideas or actions is Tel Aviv doing to bring more attention to Chicago’s fashionistas?
Tel Aviv Couture is constantly coming up with unique events that are differing from many other events held in the Chicagoland area.  Tel Aviv is also offering the women of Chicago with clothing and accessories that are different from many other brands, the products are unique and trendy and many of the pieces exclusively available at Tel Aviv Couture. 

PrivyDoll: What kind of press/marketing/celeb spottings has your company received?
Tel Aviv Couture has received press through the multiple events, which have included fashion shows, and special events held in our showroom, that we have hosted. We were featured in Chicago Magazine, CS, ABC news, Chicago NOW, Style Chicago and more. The company was also a part of World Fashion Chicago in 2008 and 2009. Linda Yu was wearing one of our designers Lia, at theWorld Fashion Chicago 2009.

PrivyDoll: If you could dress any celebrity at the moment who would it be?
If I could dress any celebrity at the moment I think it would be Jennifer Aniston. She has style that represents what Tel Aviv Couture is all about, trendy that still has that classic feel to it, and is always making a statement with whatever she wears.  I would also love to dress Madonna.

And Lastly, spill the Privy find:  (where can we find, buy and follow you and your line)
You can find Tel Aviv Couture on www.telavivcouture.com, Facebook “Tel Aviv Couture,” ] Twitter as “TelAvivCouture.”  Showroom located at 30 E Huron suite 4909 in Chicago available by appointment. online boutique coming up soon! 
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fashion Radar: Today's Twill

Twill is the new must have fabric. In addition to denim twill can be a great choice for pants and jackets and found everywhere for end of summer fashion. Most of the twill picks I have made are in the realm of beige, gray or navy for summer transitional fall. Check out the below picks for PrivyDolls.

Check out these Jbraand Jeans  at Cusp.com for $160

For another skinny pick try these Rich and Skinny pair from Piperlime.com for $172

How cute is this military - inspired twill jacket? Only $59 at Delia*s.com 

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

ENTERTAINMENT: Louboutin for Barbie Feet

My inner girly girl child just jumped out of my chair when I heard that a girl's best friend, Barbie will be sporting the red soled shoes. Coming in September, Louboutin will have a collection for Barbie, if the bitch didn't have everything as it is. Each pair will come with a dust bag and branded shoebox. The Parisian Barbies will be $150 and found on Barbiecollector.com or netaporter.com. Save the date collectors!
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ENTERTAINMENT: Project Runway Countdown

How 7 seasons have flown by. Project Runway is in its 8th season to premier in 10 days on Lifetime. PrivyDolls LOVE Project Runway and we are anticipating a season full of great design and great drama. Recently, the cast was announced. Get to know the Designer hopefuls HERE. Who are your favs already?
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Monday, July 19, 2010

PrivyGuy: Suck it in Men

PrivyDolls have been sucking it in for centuries. Girdles, bustiers and now our best friend, Spanx, has assisted women for years to have the bodies we want.As times have changed, men are also wanting to do a little tuck and tighten under their clothes. Spanx has now come out with a men's undershirt that brads to flatten your stomach and improve posture.  For $55 your man can have the extra confidence we achieve with our little secret under our dresses. For more information go to : SPANX
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fashion Radar: Miami Swim Week Line up

It is that time of year again in Miami where designers showcase their stunning swim collections at the beautiful Setai Hotel For Miami Funkshion.  If you haven't booked your ticket to Miami to capture models in bikinis, no worries you can see that any time of year, but if you want to catch the latest styles from Cavalli, Brette Sandler, KrelWear and much more jet set to Miami this weekend, July 15-17th.
 Here is the schedule so you don't miss a thing! Enjoy beach babes!!


FUNKSHION Swim Shows at The Setai Hotel
July, 14-18, 2010 The Setai Hotel
2001 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139
NOTE: ALL SHOWS AT THE SETAI RSVP: setai@funkshion.com
WED 7/14
8:00 PM Cosmopolitan's Summer Splash RSVP for this show is closed
THU 7/15
8:00 PM Reveling of new LAMBORGHINI
9:00 PM Eva Danielle www.evadanielle.com
10:00 PM Afterparty
FRI 7/16
10:00 PM INCA www.theincacollection.com
11:00 PM Afterparty
*KrelWear Resort Presentation at Le Fee Verte
SAT 7/17
9:00 PM Just Cavalli Swimwear
10:00 PM Afterparty
  *KrelWear Glowing fashion show at Mokai
SUN 7/18
9:00 PM Paula Herbert
10:00 PM Performance by Erika Jayne
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fashion Radar: Mad about Style

AMC's Mad Men swept the country and has effected fashion since it premiered. The 1960's style that includes skinny ties, pencil skirts and cardigans have made their way to not only the streets but has teamed up for the second year with Banana Republic. "The iconic style depicted in 'Mad Men' is unquestionably a character in
the show, and the Banana Republic promotion is testament to the broad influence the series has had on the world of fashion design. The promotion leverages the strength of both brands to cross-promote the upcoming season and showcase two brands that share a strong passion for style," said Charlie Collier, president of AMC.

Are you a Mad Men wanna be? Attention males or females that adore advertising executive fashion in the 1960s. In conjunction with promoting  Mad Men in the 400 Banana Republic stores, a casting call site is up where fans can upload themselves in their best mad men attire. The will also be offering winners a chance for a walk on roll in the iconic show. One thing is true, 1960's fashion in the work place is in so stock up on pencil skirts, cardigans and kitten heels. Check out their site for more information or to enter!  madmencastingcall.amctv.com.



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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Fashion Radar:Material Girl to Launch

She has a lot of nicknames, but Madonna's 80's hit, Material Girl is iconic. She has been touring NY with her daughter, Lourdes for her new fashion line for teens sold exclusively at Macy's in August. The line will be a fashion-forward budget line with items from $12-40 for the young fashionistas budgets. Lourdes is a huge inspiration for the line and has been very vocal about trends where she recently has been blogging about what she is 'so over.' Madonna quoted that Lourdes is extremely trendy and watches what is going on in the fashion world. I have a feeling this line will do extremely well, but then again I am just excited the material girl herself is going back to the drawing board since her last exclusive collection she did for H&M.
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Monday, July 12, 2010

INSIDER INTERVIEW: Customizable Apparel


We are gushing since Heads Up Apparel made some custom PrivyDoll wearables for us! I was beyond excited to see that these customizable apparel is not your normal school spirit or tchotckie point of sale items. Jessica from Heads UP made Adorable beach cover ups with PrivyDoll and an adorable bag made 100% organic seen here in the picture. We are so excited about this 'Privy' find we has to share this unique company. Jessica of Heads up quoted, 
"Between the spirit wear and customized gifts, we are very happy that this company was "born on accident."  We, and our employees, love every minute of this fun business to be in.  I truly get excited to go to work on Mondays, and wish everyone else could be doing what they love and say the same!"  And the attention to detail and passion comes through the items. I adore the T shirts and the branded cover ups to wear sporting the PrivyDoll logo. What a great gift idea, or even for a bachelorette party. The best part there are  no minimums and the items she customized for me cost about $20/ea. The quality of the T-shits are so wearable and have that vintage feel and even a crystal i made the point of sale items. 
 
When asked what their favorite items to customize were and quickly answered, "Baby and bridal clothing!  I love doing custom pieces for brieds and babies.  I love getting in and fulfilling these orders because you know how excited the recipient is going to be opening up their gift.  They are such fun pieces and everyone loves getting things customized, you know they are going to be grinning when opening up their package from us!"

Here are some of the lovely PrivyDoll items Heads Up made for us! Love Love Love it! Check out some of their many items at www.headsupapparel.com and tell them PrivyDoll sent you!

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Friday, July 9, 2010

INSIDER INTERVIEW: Liz Carey Handbags

 Liz Carey has bounced back. We got a chance to speak to the handbag designer about your inspiration and how to jump back from a fashion lawsuit. Fashion blog headlines reported Liz Carey's lawsuit to the conglomerate, Juicy Couture where they claims copyright infringement. Just last week Liz changed the name of her line (once Bird to her name.) and is pushing forward with a fantastic line of red leather bags. She sent out this letter to press and friends to share the news of the name change.  I caught up with Liz to hear about her inspiration and plans for reinventing her line.





Name: LIZ CAREY  formerly BIRD

3 words to describe your label:
LC: everyday, one of a kind, the kind of bags that like to go out and not live in a drawer

In your opinion what is next season’s trendI'm not good at that.

What is your inspiration for this season/line entirely? Well fall 2010 u will see is called “SEEING RED” because we were recently in a lawsuit with JUICY/LIZ CLAIBORNE over the name of my line BIRD. So I tried to incorporate that. You can see the collection at lizcareybags.com. ..we ended up changing the name to my own name last week…..

I see the bag above is unique and one of a kind made from a Guatemalan wedding skirt. What are your favorite materials to use? Vintage skins

Favorite place for brainstorming and day dreaming In my bed…

Female entrepreneur of the year award should go to:Chelsea Handler

You made the news with the Juicy Couture lawsuit over your previous handbag line. What advice can you give entrepreneurs to move forward and recreate?
Make sure you have a good lawyer…

What kind of press/marketing/celeb spotings has your line received? We have a lot of faithful ladies. Check them out online at lizcareybags.com

What designer’s fashion line does your handbags compliment, in your opinion?  ….works well with lots…I'm a vintage personally….

We are anxiously awaiting the next handbag collection, Bird. When is the launch?  I had BIRD for the last 5 years we are now called my name  liz carey

And Lastly, spill the Privy Find:
www.Lizcareybags.com
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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fashion Radar:Jean Paul Gualtier and La Perla

Jean Paul Gualtier confirms another fabulous collaboration. JPG who is known for his corsets and lingerie-inspired clothing is now officially doing his first lingerie line. He met CEO of La Perla and were instantly in talks of a cohesive line together. The line will consist of handmade items and will launch in November. You can expect black and nude with of course corsets and maybe even nineties Madonna inspired lingerie. Can't wait to see the entire line, which starts at $600 and add it to my wish list!
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Privy Baby: Limited Edition Denim

Here at PrivyDoll, we often write about limited edition items, specialty sales and some great 'privy finds'. We have some exciting baby news that falls in each of these categories. Huggies limited edition denim patterned diapers. This is a huge move forward in the fashion world for babies, and makes you think, why haven't they done this before? It is ADORABLE. I am gushing over the commercial with the 'hot shot' baby walking down the street in his denim and white collared shirt. If you haven't seen it check it out Here. The baby denim is available at Target and many other store.
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Monday, July 5, 2010

Fashion Radar: It's Hip to be Square

PrivyDolls live for finding new designers to gush over. I LOVE this Spanish designer, Bandada. Their unique line of cube jewelry is earthy but urban. The gold and silver options are fabulous, whichever you prefer the drop earrings and delicate chain necklace are to die for. The rings are spectacular and most items are under $150!  The items are available on Supermarket or on their Blog.
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Friday, July 2, 2010

Fashion Radar: July Pride

Fourth of July is a time for PrivyDolls to show their American Pride. It is a weekend of BBQs, fireworks and parties. It is nice to wear our colors but not wear a flag. I found a few picks that would be great for the day festivities that will carry you through the night. Happy Birthday America!

Photo courtesy of Alloy Girl.


Try this Pop Art dress found on Piperlime for $286.
For those poolside parties Choose a great plaid suit like this one from Juicy also found on Piperlime.

What an easy, breezy dress for the holiday weekend! Throw on this classic navy dress from Akira for $32.
These See by Cloe wedges are now on sale on Net A Porter and would be a great addition to your 4th of july weekend outfit. On sale for $234.
What a comfy choice to pair with white pants or denim. This stripe top is from Victoria Secret and only $24!
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fashion Radar: Shades are Getting Shady

House of Diehl has done it again. Came up with an item that is so out there that you have to have it. House of Diehl has launched one of a kind, hand made breakers. This new eye wear line is statement making more than functionality. Studs, mosaic and disco are just some of the breakers you can pick up off their site. If you are new to House of Diehl they also produce unique, fashion influenced events that engage the music- interested crowd.  You can scoop a pair of these from $49-$129 on their site.Diehl is so generous they are offering a free pair of glasses if you email them a pleading, yet witty email. Get your pens out PrivyDolls!

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