Category Archives: Market Week

Label Love | Grey City Shoes . . .

GreyCity1_thelookbookphilosophy.com I love the cut out details, rivets and buckles on this bootie that Grey City is debuting for Spring. 

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I recently discovered Grey City Shoes @ LA Market Week’s Transit Shoe Show last month. Not only do I love their shoes, but I also discovered that Grey City’s designer is a fellow FIDM alumni, which, honestly, made me like the line even more! It’s always inspiring to see other FIDM grads pursuing and achieving their dreams. Grey City is based in Seattle, Washington and is designed by Vikki Andrews, who co-owns the company with childhood friend, Kyle Grant. Vikki debuted the line in the Fall of 2012 and Grey City is now in it’s 4th season. This season’s line features a lot of really great booties with cut out details and buckles. Being that the line is so fashion forward, I thought it would be fun to create some outfits based on a few of their styles to show you how I would wear Grey City . . .

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I LOVE the playful gold capped “fringe” and chunky heel, not to mention the gorgeous saffron color. This style is called LEO and it can be found @ solestruck.com 

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I’ve always been partial to peep toes, and the bowed shape of this heel accentuates the lace-up front and side cut outs of this peep toe bootie spectacularly! This style is called Kennedy and can be purchased here.

Grey City retails from $150-$200 and can be found online @ RevolveClothing.com, SoleStruck.com and Urban Outfitters.

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LA Fashion Market Finds | More Lillim Than Eve

_MG_3675 MORELILX_thelookbookphilosophy.com MORELILLIM4_thelookbookphilosophy.com MORELILLIM5_thelookbookphilosophy.com I recently had the pleasure of meeting English designer Hari Greenough, the man behind the young label, More Lillim Than Eve. For his second capsule collection, Hari took inspiration from the movie “Behind the Candelabra” and focused on the Vegas Strip. The fabrics he designed were influenced by the lights on the strip and the glittery night life. Hari spent a month developing a Tromp L’oeil print inspired by the sparkling casino lights Vegas is known for. More Lillim Than Eve is adding a scarf collection to the mix and will be launching an e-commerce site in the UK with hopes to begin shipping to the US by end of year.

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LA Fashion Market Finds | Day 2:: By Lilla

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I was really excited to discover hair accessory line By Lilla. Their motto is “Rebel against the black elastic,” and looking at the collection, it’s easy to see they have done just that! Colette Feldman, Natalia Storm and Michelle Possin are the design team behind the 5 year old multifunctional line of handmade leather bracelets and elastic hair bands that double as necklaces and bracelets. These accessories not only look good, but serve a purpose. With numerous styles to choose from, the line offers everything from braided, lace and floral styles to edgy studded and animal printed leather. By Lilla retails from $10-$70, and can be found at Shop Kitson, Free People and Anthropologie. For more information click here.

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LA Fashion Market Finds | Day 1:: Shibori-Ya Kahei

SHIBORIas_thelookbookphilosophy.com SHIBORI_1_thelookbookphilosophy.com SHIBORI5s_thelookbookphilosophy.com SHIBORI_1sa_thelookbookphilosophy.com SHIBORI4s_thelookbookphilosophy.com SHIBORI9s_thelookbookphilosophy.com SHIBORI_1sax_thelookbookphilosophy.com This week I was invited back to cover the LA Fashion Market shows at the CMC again. One of my favorite discoveries at the Select Trade Show was Shibori-Ya Kahei. I am so excited about this line! Shibori-Ya Kahei is a Japanese company that was primarily known for making traditional kimonos. Shibori is Japanese for “tye-dye”. Originally established as a textile brand, they have collaborated with many well known brands and created textiles for the likes of Issey Miyake and others. Over the years they have perfected a technique known as “Arashi” which is a Japanese word for “tornado”. They have taken the same arashi technique that was previously used for kimonos and applied it to denim, scarves and leather handbags. Although they still make kimonos, the application of the arashi technique to denim, handbags and scarves has created a renewed interest for the younger generation, and is helping to carry that traditional print into the future.

Shibori-Ya Kahei is newly debuting in the US and Japan and at this time is only available in Japan, but will soon be available in the US. (I’ll keep you posted! ☺)

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Out & About | March Fashion Events in LA . . .

A month of fashion-March-wmk March is a big Fashion month for Los Angeles. LA Fashion Week is just around the corner -next week to be exact! I’ll be covering a few shows via Style Fashion Week and I’m looking forward to being able to share those with you, so stay tuned! Along with LA Fashion week there are a lot of other industry fashion related events going on around town. Here are a few events happening this month, and I will post more as I hear about them (click the images for more information). Get your calendars ready ladies!

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WWD MAGIC:: Have You Heard of the Girly Go Garter?

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Style Expert, Andy Paige, creator of the Girly Go Garter

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Women love the hands-free option of the GGG . . .

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Andy + I at the Girly Go Garter Booth . . . (love her!!!)

One of the highlights of the MAGIC show for me was meeting Andy Paige. I admire how she has created a career for herself based on doing what she loves, and has retained her warm personality and southern charm while doing it.  You may recognize Andy as a style expert who has appeared on TLC’s Ten Years Younger and the Style Network’s “How do I Look?” She is also the author of Style on a Shoestring. Andy debuted the Girly Go Garter at MAGIC last August and won best new accessory. She created the Girly Go Garter as a way for women to carry their must-haves without having to carry a purse. The Girly Go Garter is a garter with pockets that adheres to the upper thigh.  It was born out of the double need for women to have a place to put their mic pacs at the Emmy’s, in addition to the need for women out on the town to have a hands free place to put their ID, phones, money, lipstick, keys and other items. The Girly Go Garter can hold up to 3 lbs. and looks like a beautiful piece of lingerie. It retails for $35 and can be found in over 700 locations nationwide. For more information visit GirlyGo Garter.com 

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WWD MAGIC:: ShawLux Scarves @ ENK

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MAGIC @ a Glance . . .

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Ghost chairs, food + fashion @ the WWD MAGIC Cafe . . .

Ghost chairs, food + fashion @ the WWD MAGIC Cafe . . . More fabulousness from Dolce Vita shoes . . . Fabulousness from Dolce Vita shoes . . . Blogger Sabrina of Sabrina Says showing hot picks from the showroom floor . . . Blogger Sabrina Mallah of Sabrina Says showing hot picks from the showroom floor . . . A spot to chill in the midst of ENK Women's . . . A spot to chill in the midst of ENK Women’s . . . The Tents, a new area showcasing men's + women's high end contemporary clothing . . . The Tents, a new area showcasing men’s + women’s high end contemporary clothing . . . In with the BOLD @ Robert Graham | Project . . . In with the BOLD @ Robert Graham | Project . . . Marie Claire Shoes First Booth @ FN Platform . . . Marie Claire Shoes First booth @ FN Platform . . . Art is for Everyone! via Bucketfeet Artist Designed Footwear . . . Art is for Everyone! via Bucketfeet Artist Designed Footwear . . .

One day is definitely not enough time to cover the MAGIC show!  

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Viva Las Vegas! The MAGIC Show and Other Stories . . . Pt. 1

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Well guys, I am off to Vegas today for the MAGIC Show. It dawned on me that some of you may not know what the MAGIC show is so I’ve included a little synopsis for you above. Can’t wait to share with you all the goodies and great lines to be discovered! Have a fabulous Tuesday!

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Los Angeles Fashion Market Notes | Day 1:: Amarie

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The highlight of my visit to the Select Contemporary trade show at the CMC was discovering the Amarie line, designed by Ann Marie Saguil. Amarie is a two year old line based in the Phillippines that supports local female artisans. In turn, these artisans are helping to revive a dying art. The Amarie line consists of beautifully crafted, hand woven clutches and chain strap bags made of raffia palm leaves, hand dyed ikat and Kamagong wood studs. Bright jewel tone tunics called Barong Tagalog’s bare a hand woven traditional design. Though typically a pattern worn by men, Amarie has translated the design onto modern fabrics and colors that any woman would want in her closet this summer. Clutch prices retail from $116-$176 and clothing retails from $96 to $360. Visit shoplatitude.com or for more information visit annemariesaguil.com.

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