Our accessories buyers are currently in love with jewelry designer Vanessa Mooney. Her ethnic treasures are one of a kind… full of character and worldly charm.
We loved her designs so much that we featured the Egyptian Ornament Pendant that is handmade in Nepal in our November catalog.
Here are some photos of Vanessa and her staff working at her studio in downtown LA.
Vanessa grew up in a family of artists: filmmakers, writers, painters and actors. As the great-granddaughter of Harry Warner, one of the Warner Bros., she was always listening to, meeting and watching the history of what her family had created through motion pictures and their art.
Inspired by what they were able to accomplish she knew there was something for her to achieve with the creativity she felt. Her mother, a free and bohemian influence, taught her to look for and see beauty in those things around her and to create it if it wasn’t there. She would keep her busy with the arts: painting, plays, stories or her favorite… dress up from the full trunk of costumes and accessories they would collect from different travels. After school she would put on a classic movie from her family’s library and think how beautiful theses woman could be with just a simple hat, a pair of gloves or a rhinestone necklace. This began her love for fashion.
We adore her designs and feel they are the perfect items to dress up your knit wear.
We love this Fp one Bralette here at the office. Our lingerie buyer is wearing hers with a leather skirts.
It’s such a beautiful little item that can make such a big difference to a simple outfit whether you choose to wear it under a basic tee or laying it over your tops and dresses. It’s a little festive gem that will put a smile on anyone’s face whether you’re looking at it or wearing it!
jemma and i were in new york on thursday night and friday last week for a couple of meetings, and to work on a free people guide to nyc! the guide will be posted on the blog as soon as its finished so keep an eye out ;) – in the meantime, here’s a photo diary from our trip – of course we wore free people the whole time!
i am sooo jealous because while they were in iceland our team got to visit the blue lagoon! one of iceland’s top attractions, the blue lagoon is a natural hot spring of geothermal seawater that is probably not only incredibly relaxing, but its really good for your skin too. the lagoon is situated in a lava field, and the water temperature ranges from 98-102 degrees! it sounds, and looks, heavenly. plus there’s a restaurant and hotel there that overlook the lagoon!
images, except for top two, via the blue lagoon website. can someone take me there now, please?
i’ve got cabin fever! i love all of these outfits from our lodge lookbook and they’re making me want to load up on layers and spend a weekend at a lodge with a fireplace and lots of hot chocolate. which of these looks do you guys like best?
click on each image to see details on the items in the look! now vote :)
the winner of last week’s party shoe poll was the velvet crusher peeptoe with 32%.
the dramatic landscape of iceland was the perfect backdrop for the final chapter of our november catalog, wrap me in a sweater. rocky cliffs, open fields, wild horses, snow-capped glaciers, icy blue water that blends into the sky and a dreamy mist settling over it all…
…these photos taken by our producer don’t even look real.
as mentioned, chapter six of our november book was shot by eric kvatek. whenever i find out who is shooting our catalogs i immediately look up their websites to check out their work, because our team always picks such amazing photographers to work with. well this one is no different- here’s some of his photography that i love.
eric also shot our october 2008 catalog which featured we the free and is one of my personal favorites:
i think he does an amazing job integrating the models and clothing and the surrounding landscape in his work.
here he is with model jessica mau in iceland during the shoot (via his blog):
i love these off duty shots he took of jessica mau and julia hafstrom:
It’s that time again when the stores start to become filled with sexy little numbers to begin your party season. I was out shopping in Philly this weekend and was overwhelmed by how many choices I had.
So I went home and started to arrange my thoughts on how I want my party look to be.
The idea I have in mind is a tight body con worn with heels, red lipstick and a signature necklace. I have to make this look my own by teaming it with a leather jacket and lace shawl. To finish off this look I MUST own OPI’S ‘mad as a hatter’ nail colour – it’s part of a range based on Alice in Wonderland and I need it on my finger tips everyday during holiday season!!!
So here’s my Party look number 1… I’m sure there’s going to be many more to follow!
“a variety to take on all life’s adventures. soft leathers and great details, in an assortment of lengths. These lovely items won’t add extra baggage but instead complete your perfect look.”
this section features some of our amazing bags for the season, on their own and worn by model zippora seven! she was shot here at our office in philly by our photographer anthony nocella- i ran into them shooting on my way back from getting coffee one day and was a little star struck by zippora!
i love the creedence messenger – its so unique and could fit everything you’d need for a weekend getaway. i would wear it with the lace maxi and striped tee and beanie for a look that’s a little bit grunge. i also love the idea of wearing a rugged brown satchel with some of our pretty holiday items to toughen them up!
“icelandic air was perfect for cuddling up in cozy textures and soft yarns. wrap up in a sweater and let the cold air breeze sweep past you. these glorious sweaters will add comfort to your winter days.”
the final chapter of the november book was shot by photographer eric kvatek in iceland! when i first saw the photos i was speechless. models julia hafstrom and jessica mau are stunning on their own but when combined with the dramatic icelandic landscape it really was taken to another level. i love the idea of styling the sweaters with lots of layered intimates items – over top of slips or the lacey skort, with tights and socks.
We’re intrigued by fashion everyday – it stimulates, inspires, and influences everything we do. We’re always looking for the freshest trends and the newest movements in street style and boho fashion, and we constantly fuel our ideas with the best from fashion culture.