Give Me Liberty: Marc by Marc Jacobs Gets Flower Bombed!

Give Me Liberty: Marc By Marc Jacobs Gets Flower Bombed!

Since its inception in 1875, Liberty of London has taken the floral print to new heights.  Often part of brand collaborations, Liberty's newest partnership is with Marc by Marc Jacobs. The grouping, named "Pretty Nylons," consists of five bags: a tote, backpack, iPad case, and makeup bags. The collection comes in hues of pinks and greens using two of Liberty's famous floral prints,  Emma & Georgina and Wiltshire.

Past brand partnerships include Nike, Dr. Martens, Vivienne Westwood and YSL. Currently available on the Liberty site, each bag retails from $90 to $245.

Perfect for a dose of ultra-feminine flair, these bags are sure to brighten your current collection and be the envy of all your friends.

Save yourself a trip across the pond and bring some of the UK to your closet.


Peruvian Influence: Marino Testino's Capsule Collection with Net-A-Porter

Mario Testino X Net A Porter Capsule Collection Feature
Mario Testino x Net-A-Porter Capsule Collection. Courtesy Photo.

We love Mario Testino. We also love Peru.

A peaceful and mystical country, Peruvian textiles are known for their vibrant colors and interesting patterns. Mix the two together and you get MATE, Testino's capsule collection created for Net-A-Porter.

Well-known for his photography skills, Testino is now exploring a new realm of the fashion world.

Aside from his photos of high fashion, Testino also compiled a book of images from rural Peru entitled "Alta Moda." It is from these images that the prints found within the collection were formed. Each piece features an abstract print pulled from the book.

The collection includes T-shirts, scarves, kaftans and bags. Jewelry designer Vicki Beamon of Erickson Beamon is creating the accessories.

Some of our favorite pieces include a makeup bag complete with pom poms and a large bib necklace featuring vibrant colors, beading, and even more pom poms.

The collection will launch in early June with a portion of  the proceeds to benefit Testino's arts foundation.

Testino studied economics at the University of Peru and then moved to California to study international affairs, it was when he moved to London that he decided fashion photography was the right career for him. He has photographed countless celebrities and was also featured in the cult-hit "The September Issue" featuring Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington.

What do you think of Testino's transition from photographer to designer?

 


Shop Now: J. Crew's Latest CFDA Collection Is Finally Here!

J Crew X CDFA Fashion Fund Collection

Each year,  the winners and runner-ups of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund get to produce capsule collections for  J. Crew--and we get to purchase them.

This year, which may be the best J.Crew limited-edition capsule collection yet, includes collections from The Elder Statesman's Greg Chait, who produced a strong assortment of preppy striped and ombre knit tops,  Liberty of London printed shoes from Tabitha Simmons, and Jennifer Meyer, who created triangle shaped necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

Transitioning from preppy to posh, J. Crew has reinvented itself in the last several years, largely due to its creative director, Jenna Lyons (and hands-on Chief Executive Mickey Drexler), who have both played a large part in taking the failing retail brand to cool-again by introducing collaborations and building their fashion cred.

Starting today, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund collection will be available online. However, if you signed up in advance, the collection was available yesterday.

Our favorite picks from the collection include the Sarah tricolor triangle necklace from Jennifer Meyer, Liberty of London-printed sandals from Tabitha Simmons, and an ombre cashmere crewneck from Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman.

Much like many other designer collaborations, these pieces are sure to go quick. So ready, set, shop!


Terry Richardson (And His Hand) Tapped for New Valentino Accessories Campaign

Terry Richardson (And His Hand) Tapped for New Valentino Accessories Campaign
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When you think of Terry Richardson what word comes to mind? For us, its sex.

Long known for his scandalous images of naked models, Terry Richardson has been chosen by Valentino to shoot and star in their latest accessories campaign for Fall 2013.

This proves to be an unexpected choice for the Italian fashion house, who usually opts for fantasy-like, glossy imagery versus the gritty, high contrast, raw style of Richardson.

Not only did creative directors Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri choose Richardson to shoot the images, but his arm is also featured in them. His masculine sleeve tattoos juxtaposed against delicate, feminine studded shoes and lady-like bags bring a certain rock and roll quality to the brand.

Bring on the flash bulb, Terry.


Alber Elbaz Wants to Make Your Eyes Happy With His Limited-Edition Lancôme Collection

Alber Elbaz's Hypnôse Show Collection For Lancome

As if we were not already obsessed with Lancôme -- Alber Elbaz, designer and creative director for Lanvin, has given us all the more reason to swoon over the French cosmetics brand.  In a marriage of fashion and beauty, the collection is appropriately entitled "Hypnôse Show,"  named after the brand's best-selling mascaras: Hypnôse Drama, Hypnôse Doll Lashes and Hypnôse Star.

The main focus of the collection is the eyes, with products which include mascaras, eye shadow palettes and false lashes. The collaboration was announced earlier this year with packaging images kept under wraps.

So why the eyes? According to an interview with WWD, Elbaz has a story behind his vision.

Once I was in a fancy place where there was this group of people that were all shining. The shoes were shining, the hair was shining, the skin, watches and diamonds — but the eyes were not shining. I thought if I were to do a project I would love to do a ‘happy eye’ project to make the eyes shine.

How could eyes not be happy from wearing Lancôme products complete with charming packaging?

A small video was released for the collection featuring animated "it" girls caught up in the rush before a runway show. Their strongest feature? The eyes, of course.

The limited-edition Lancôme Show By Alber Elbaz collection will be available on Jun 15 at Lancome.com.

We want to know:  do you use Lancome products? Which product are you most excited about? Tell us below!


Daisy's Diamonds: A Look at Tiffany's Gatsby Gems from Blue Book Collection

Daisy's Diamonds: A Look At Tiffany's Gatsby Gems From Blue Book Collection

In anticipation for the May release of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," Tiffany's recently held the Blue Book Ball in New York City with many gems from the film on display.

The displayed adornments are part of Tiffany's  Great Gatsby Collection, which is a selection of Art Deco-inspired jewelry designed in collaboration with Catherine Martin.

Before you peep the collection with Tiffany's facebook app, which is replete with big band/swing music and videos that might hynpnotize you, check out the two pieces that we are truly obsessing over. (If you're listening, Tiffany's, we'll take two of each, please).

Savoy Headpiece
The Great Gatsby Collection Savoy Headpiece

The true star of the collection is the headpiece worn by Carey Mulligan. With an affordable (NOT) price tag of $200,000, it will cause many to swoon. The headpiece consists of diamonds and freshwater cultured pearls in platinum with a detachable brooch. Kind of like buy one get one, right?

The Great Gatsby Collection Sapphire Ring
The Great Gatsby Collection Sapphire Ring

Another stand out from the collection, and a personal favorite of mine, are the sapphire and tanzanite rings. One (left) boasts a center tanzanite of 3.48 carats as well as eight custom-cut tanzanites.  The other (right)  is a round Sapphire of 3.65 carats.

Prices for the rings range from$25,000 to $55,000, which is pocket change compared to the headpiece.

Are you anxiously awaiting the release of The Great Gatsby? Tell us below!


Works of Art: Henri Bendel Artist Izak Zenou Launches Accessories Collection

Henri Bendel Artist Izak Zenou Launches Accessories Collection
For many years, Izak Zenou's fashion-focused illustrations have been featured on Henri Bendel's shopping bags, catalogues and holiday chocolate bars.  His often-quirky drawings have mostly featured "it" girls doing various activities, like shopping, applying lipstick, walking a tiny dog of some sort, or just being plain fabulous. Whether that is the life you aspire to have or not, his images make you want to be that girl.

Now the illustrator is trying his hand at his own accessories line,which is currently being sold on his website Shop Izak.

With a "smile" brand motto,  you can find illustrations of all things that make us happy--such as clothes, shoes, makeup, hanging out with our favorite girlfriends--in his collection, which includes quirky totes, cosmetic bags, iPhone covers, and iPad cases.

Zenou was reluctant to enter the realm of accessories but made the final moved based on the smile of a woman, going back to his motto.  He explained to Elle.com, " As long as I put a smile on the face of the girl, the woman, about to purchase one of my creations, I succeed!"

Izak's collection is sure to do just that. If it makes you smile, there is a good chance it will make you spend. And that, my friends, is good news for Mr. Zenou.


NYC Councilwoman Wants to Make the Purchase of Counterfeit Handbags Illegal

Faux Fashion Feast On Canal Street One NYC Councilwoman Wants To Make The Purchase Of Counterfeit Handbags Illegal

The next time you’re looking for a bargain on Canal Street, you might instead end up looking for bail money. That is, according to one NYC Councilwoman.

A common stop for New York City tourists -- much like the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building -- is Canal Street, the famed location you would go to get a not-quite-real LV black-market bag for under $100.

And although selling counterfeit bags is illegal,  many continue to pass off their knockoffs as real.

To help curb the selling of these faux designer bags, Councilwoman Margaret Chin is going after the consumer by  proposing a new law in which the purchaser would pay the price if caught in the act.

John Gioconda, a lawyer for several luxury brands, states that, "To take counterfeiting seriously, you have to treat it the same way you would stolen property."

According to sources, buyers of such fake goods could be hit with a $1000 fine or even a year in jail if caught.

Opponents of the law are worried that the fanny pack-wearing tourists of the Big Apple might be punished for innocently purchasing a fake bag. Chin's logic is that anyone with common sense could walk down Canal Street and would know that luxury goods wouldn't be sold in such a seedy area from such sketchy people.

What do you think? Is punishing the buyer the correct way to end the demand for counterfeit goods or do you think the punishment is too harsh?


J.C. Penney Introduces New Jewelry Bijoux Bar

J.C. Penney Introduces New Jewelry Bijoux Bar

J.C. Penney continues to upgrade their brand image. With its new designer collaborations (Derek Lam, anyone?) and trendy appeal, the store is building upon its accessories collection with a  Bijoux Bar, a place where customers will find fashionable jewelry of better quality.

Designers such as Kenneth Jay Lane, Kara Ross, and Lana Bramlette are part of this in-store and on-line venture. J.C. Penney's customers need not fear as the line will have reasonable price points ranging from $30 to $395.

Pam Mortensen, the senior vice president and general merchandise manager of fine  jewelry at J.C. Penney explains to WWD, "We think The Bijoux Bar will attract a new customer and resonate with our current customers. The customer has been in our store but going to other places to buy this product."  it looks like JCP may be

A better quality of fashion jewelry is sure to draw in customers of all ages, especially with the recent focus on cheap costume jewelry and the hazards of nickel and lead levels found within the metal.

We at Meets Obsession are especially excited for the sea-inspired KJL collection from Kenneth Jay Lane. The baubles will launch in 650 JCP stores and online on April 28th.

 


Oh Bonjour, Kohl's: Catherine Malandrino Third Designer Tapped For DesigNation Limited-Edition Collection

Oh Bonjour, Kohl's: Catherine Malandrino Third Designer Tapped For DesigNation Limited Edition Collection

In the world of designer and department store collaborations, stores are constantly looking for new designers to collaborate with in order to bring something new and exclusive to the table.

Kohl's, much like Target and JCPenney, has been looking for fashion designers to gain a new customer base that perhaps was dwindling pre-high fashion collections.

While fans await Derek Lam's collaboration with Kohl's, the department store has teased us with yet another upcoming designer match-up: Catherine Malandrino, who will be the third designer for the retailer’s DesigNation limited-edition collection.

Malandrino, a Parisienne herself, will use Paris as her inspiration for the grouping. The designer, now based in New York, wants to make this collection "a secret adventure" for women, a sort of self-discovery in the city of light.

The line will be all-encompassing and will include clothing as well as accessories (think jewelry, scarves and tote bags).

Holding true to its affordability factor, Kohl's will debut the line at reasonable price points ranging  from $36 to $130.

Catherine Malandrino will  hit stores and kohls.com in late September, which is just in time for fall. We can't wait!

 


Joan Smalls, Lindsey Wixson, Daphne Groeneveld and Liu Wen Inspire New H&M Collection

Joan Smalls, Lindsey Wixson And Liu Wen Inspire New H&M Collection
Courtesy Photo: Left to right: Daphne Groeneveld, Joan Smalls, Lindsey Wixon, and Liu Wen

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hanks to The Sartorialist and the legendary Bill Cunningham, street style photography has taken over the fashion world, especially the blogging community. Within the thousands of street style photos that are taken daily, a large amount of them are off-duty models who look more down to earth versus their primped and pampered runway looks. H&M has taken advantage of this new movement in photography and used it as inspiration for its latest collection called The New Icons.

The muses of this collection include Joan Smalls, Daphne Groeneveld, Lindsey Wixon, and Liu Wen, all of who are also featured in the campaign.

Taking a page from the American West fashion handbook , the collection appeals to a wide range of styles from boho and rocker chic to the urban cowgirl.

Some of our favorite pieces include a leather moto jacket with quilted shoulder detailing as well as a lace cream mini. Pair the two together for that perfect balance of hard and soft.

What piece are you obsessing over?

H&M's New Icon Collection

 

 


Prints Galore: Duro Olowu's Collaboration with JCPenney

[dropcap]J[/dropcap]CPenny has seriously been upping their game lately. With their new store-in-store concepts with retailers like Mango and Sephora, we can say with certainty that this ain't your grandmamma's JCP.

And if you love a bargain and mixing prints, you will love Duro Olowu's collaboration with JCPenney.

The collection offers a wide range of clothing and accessories that are wonderfully eclectic and budget-friendly. With her fun and lively prints, the Nigerian- born designer knows how to make a woman look unique yet feminine at the same time.

Designing this collaboration did not differ from the designer's usual thought process, "all the details you normally find on my clothing, you have here," Olowu told InStyle.com about her collaboration with JCP.

The pieces in the collection range from $10 to $90, prices we're sure that will keep you from feeling buyer's remorse but will still keep your closet fashionably stocked.

Our personal favorites here at Meets Obsession include a gold metallic trench ($75), a green and paisley maxi dress ($60), and a plaid dress with a cinching belt ($40). But really, who are we kidding? We want everything.

This collaboration may be an underdog in the realm of designer and department store relationships, but it is one of the most memorable in recent history.


Punk's Not Dead At The Met's "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" Exhibit

Punk: Chaos To Couture
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Each year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds the Costume Institute Gala, a glamorous event that draws some of fashion’s most elite to the best-dressed red carpet of the year (seriously, who needs the Oscars red carpet?)  The Costume Institute is an annual event that celebrates the opening of the current exhibit housed at The Costume Institute.

In 2010, the Met broke records when they held the Alexander McQueen retrospective exhibit, “Savage Beauty,” which reportedly saw a total of 661,509 visitors and is ranked among one of the Met's top exhibitions.

And although we were excited in 2011 when it was announced that the Met would be holding a McQueen retrospective, we must admit, we’re almost as equally excited to hear that their next exhibit will concentrate on the fashion history of the Punk Rock movement (uh, hello, Vivienne Westwood) with this year’s exhibit “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.”

With almost everything you see today on the runway and in beauty (black nail polish, anyone?) inspired by punk rock, the late 70s movement was undeniably important in the fashion world as well as in music and pop culture.

The exhibit, which runs from May 9 through August 11, will feature approximately 100 designs for men and women. In recent years, designers have used items such as safety pins, studs and Union Jack emblems, i.e. Christopher Decarnin for Balmain, to recreate a punk look that began in the 1970s.  Throughout the exhibit, clothes from the past will be placed alongside today's punk-inspired pieces for viewers to examine how inspiration can influence the design process.

Designers featured in the exhibition include Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, Jeremy Scott, Stephen Sprouse and many more. Also featured within the display will be a recreation of CBGB, once a popular Bowery venue in Lower Manhattan.

The Museum's Costume Institute Benefit will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013.  Each year, co-chairs for the event vary, and this year’s committee includes Rooney Mara (the perfect choice), Lauren Santo Domingo, Riccardo Tisci, and (of course) Anna Wintour.

Sure to please many, this exhibition will be feature a genre of fashion that is often times looked down upon due to its anti-establishment attitude.

For more information on PUNK: Chaos to Couture click here.


Opening Ceremony to Bring Back DKNY Archived Pieces from '90s

Opening Ceremony To Bring Back DKNY Archived Pieces From '90s

The year was 1992. Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell were superstars. Grunge had found a permanent home with bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana reining over the airwaves. Whitney Houston made her acting debut and fans couldn't get enough of Whitney Houston's  song "I Will Always Love You" featured in the film "The Bodyguard."

In '90s fashion, DKNY was the "it" brand for streetwear. With their oversized sweatshirts, hoodies and long sporty skirts,  DKNY was the go-to brand for all the downtown cool kids.  Even The Notorious B.I.G. sung about putting his "hoes in NY onto DKNY" in his 1996 "Hypnotize" song.

But if you missed the fashion wave of the '90s, you're in luck.  Opening Ceremony is making what's old, new again.

In honor of Donna Karan and her fashion legacy, Opening Ceremony is reissuing 15 of DKNY's pieces from the early '90s ('91-'94 to be exact). The pieces include quintessential tees with the New York skyline and the iconic DKNY logo which was painted as a mural on Houston at Broadway in New York.  Also in the lineup are jumpsuits, a bodysuit and a hooded maxi dress. Retail prices for individual pieces within the collection will range from $145 to $665.

With the return MTV's "House of Style" this past August and a strong presence of  grunge and feminine florals on the Spring 2013 runways, it's evident that '90s fashion influences are here to stay, at least for a while.

Although most people reading this were probably more concerned about what their Barbie doll was wearing in the early '90s, it is easy to look back and imagine a time when New York, as well as street style,was changing rapidly; making a change that would symbolize an important era in fashion history.


MAC Takes On The Greatest Blonde vs. Brunette Love Triangle with Archie's Girls Collection

MAC Takes On The Greatest Blonde vs. Brunette Love Triangle with Archie's Girls Collection

MAC takes on the greatest blonde versus brunette love triangle in its newest collection called Archie's Girls.

Inspired by the Archie Comics characters Veronica and Betty, the collection will feature a 37 piece grouping of makeup.

Within the collection one can find contrasting groups of compact powder, eyeliner, mascara, nail polish, lipgloss and lipstick. The Betty collection is inspired by the sweet, girl-next-store blonde and includes shades of pink (of course), peach and rose. You'll find product names like “Girl Next Door,” “Kiss & Don’t Tell” and  “Pep Pep Pep.”

MAC Takes On The Greatest Blonde vs. Brunette Love Triangle with Archie's Girls CollectionVeronica is bit more daring and darker, with names liken “Boyfriend Stealer,” “Spoiled Rich,” and “Pin-Up Purple.”

Each piece is stamped with an image of the appropriate girl adding to their feminine flair.

We especially love  the Strawberry Malt Lipglass from the Veronica collection and the Cream Soda powder blush from the Betty collection, appropriately named for the malt shop era.

No matter which character you choose, this collection is budget friendly with prices ranging from $16 to $30.

Consider us obsessed.