Trend Report

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The sales have hit the stores and the Fall collections are slowly creeping in, already?! Yup I know!

It’s rather exciting though, I really like it when the transition time in fashion comes around. You can start fresh and experiment with new looks.

This weekend I fondled the runway shows to see what was cooking on the trends department. There’s a couple of key looks happening for Fall but the two that I’m liking the most are the “man up” look and the “Long View” as categorized by style.com

The sound of light weight, slightly oversized silk, satin and chiffon shirts combined with blazers, cardigans, waisted belts and the MUST HAVE for FALL long mesh or chiffon skirts.

Girls are going crazy over the maxi skirts and I’m one of them. They give a very elegant silhouette that I’m somewhat addicted to.

Below are some of the lovely skirts that are available at Free People and the looks the designers are running down the runway.

 

Carrie -Aug 04, 2010, 3:58AM
Love all the new fall clothing!
-Aug 04, 2010, 3:57AM
I live in Arizona so everyone thinks I'm crazy when I get excited for coats, jackets, and cardis when its still 100+ degrees out! But who can resist all the cute new trends?

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to celebrate the start of our countdown until vintage loves, we broke out the old fisher price record player in the office today – and it actually still works! i had one of these when i was little and i now want to go dig it up.

wendy kapner -Aug 13, 2010, 4:10PM
love vintage collection i was at woodstock festival and lived in woodstock my son makes music videos do you need any done for you? he is the james kapner and is in hollywood
Maliha -Jul 31, 2010, 11:12AM
Wow... thanks for posting this! This got me all excited and I even up and found some cool offers on e-bay for little old devils like this one shown here. I might just get one for myself... and these are way cheap too!!

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the countdown is on.

divya -Aug 01, 2010, 6:13PM
woooooo!
Jasmine -Jul 31, 2010, 8:39PM
YAY!

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our beloved customer service manager is pictured on this year’s eagles season tickets! to show their appreciation for their biggest fans, the eagles put their photos on the tickets, saying “we reached out to you to share your eagles stories with us and we were touched by the depths of your passion for eagles football.  all ten of this year’s tickets feature fans with a unique perspective on what it means to be an eagles fan.”

bob’s story? “i painted E-A-G-L-E-S on my neighbor’s roof for the planes flying overhead. now did she know about it? well…”

i love it! bob will also get to be on the field at game one to start off the eagles chant :)

-Jul 30, 2010, 2:23PM
E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!

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the last photo was taken by our videographer and is such a great shot it was posted on jeffrey campbell’s blog!

fp julia -Aug 02, 2010, 5:27PM
she got the skirt at portobello market in london!
bellaMUMMA -Jul 30, 2010, 3:31AM
LOVING those shoes!!!!!!!

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i’m all about slips right now.  they’re light and airy for summer and perfect for carrying over into fall and winter as layering pieces. i have my eye on a couple of these… which one is your favorite?

the loving tulle layering slip:

the fields of lace dress:
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the chiffon and lace tiered ruffle slip:
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the sleeveless ruffle up solid tunic:
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or the pointed maxi slip:
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the winner of last week’s poll was the vintage mandala bag with 42%!

nini -Aug 09, 2010, 7:07PM
love the new vintage line..sure you need some amazing pieces to add to your store, I have been hording vintage on the lines with the same distinctions of a lot of FP looks. please email me if you are interested in any. I have A LOT! I will only accept emails from FP buyers or stylist, not the public. thanks nini

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“we went back to morocco for 7 days to shoot the august catalog. we traveled from marrakesh to morocco’s “hollywood town” of ouarzazate and then 7 hours into the sahara desert from there. it was an amazing trip… we laughed a lot, slept under the most stunning stars, rode camels… i will never forget this adventure.”

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sofia -Mar 15, 2011, 1:03PM
OMG! i can't believe you were in my country and i didn't know that! So happy that you choose one of our moroccan girl Hind ! love pleace kiss from casablanca
anna -Aug 05, 2010, 5:29AM
and the styling is extra amazing in this catalog. in love with all of the layers!

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love our fan photos :)

Angela -Jul 27, 2010, 5:10PM
beautiful! www.benchesandchandeliers.com
Jamie -Jul 27, 2010, 11:34AM
All pics are beautiful! The second pic is my fav too! ;-)

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fp jemma came in today wearing the cutest outfit – and the best part is she got it all for under $30 at the punk rock flea market in philly this weekend. here are the items she scored:

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long smocked maxi dress $5, native indian feather necklace $1, heart bracelets $1, moon stone ring $5 and moccasins $15.

score!

Liah -Jul 28, 2010, 3:34PM
Wow if I knew you could score finds like that at a punk rock flea market, i woulda checked it out. The name alone kinda turned me off to visiting it, because I'm not in the punk rock scene.
kristina -Jul 27, 2010, 3:18PM
maggie, i have those too. you mean they're just leather on the bottom? the leather will get dirty and turn black, but the leather hardens as you wear them. they'll eventually wear out, but they're pretty easy to come by at thrift stores.

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this week’s pick from our stylists is the eternal sunshine shirt! our assistant stylist says “transitioning into fall i love the idea of wearing woven button downs as layering pieces. it’s great for adding pattern and texture to your outfit.”

here are some styling ideas:

worn here with the needlepoint cami, we the free colorblock cardigan, slouchy chino and lace up peep toe wedge.

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worn here with the printed lace tank (colorway coming soon), fp skinny textured jeans, muu baa leather jacket and strasborg heeled hiker.

i love this shirt, i just can’t decide which color i like better!

amelia -Jul 23, 2010, 2:37PM
What are the qualifications to be a stylist for free people?
anna -Jul 23, 2010, 2:33PM
These are great! Though, I love the way it was styled in the July Catalog. I love the "black combo" color.

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i love this look from head to toe!

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she’s wearing the free peoplesolid ruffle tap short and scandalous lace top.

-Jul 24, 2010, 10:35AM
i think the feather bracelet is from alex and ani, or at least they make one that is just like it.
fp julia -Jul 23, 2010, 11:15AM
the shoes are from free people but they're no longer available :( sorry!

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as mentioned the other day, i had the chance this weekend to sit down with singer/songwriter diane birch and ask her some questions. she’s incredibly sweet and down to earth – and she’s got great style too!

i read that you weren’t allowed to listen to pop music growing up, how has that influenced you as an artist?
it’s really influenced me, because during my formative years what i was exposed to was classical, opera, church hymns, just really kind of old school music. i’ve gotten into many different phases of music, like i was listening to a lot of goth bands at one point, but i’ve still extracted that formative listening experience with my music and it’s definitely been a huge influence because for a long time i had to suppress all that stuff.

are there any specific musicians who have had a huge influence on you?
i’ve always greatly admired people like john lennon, elton john, nina simone, brian wilson, michael jackson, people who had the ability to be really individual and push boundaries and yet reach a massive audience and touch every person in some way.

if you could get on stage and jam with any musician who would you pick?
do they have to be alive? i guess i would probably say michael jackson or stevie wonder – i actually just did a show with stevie wonder in the south of france and he was incredible. it would be fun to get up on stage and jam out with him.

so you have a day off – what do you do?
day off, what is that? i’ve been on the road for about three months straight so i haven’t really had a day off in a while…i guess the first thing i would do is laundry. the second thing is to try to organize the piles of clothes – i actually have a day off tomorrow so i’m going to sort the piles of clothes in my room.

other than that i’d probably just hang out with friends. i love to go shopping – vintage shopping, going to flea markets, antique shops. i love going to museums, checking out bands. i live in brooklyn so there’s always something to do, it’s really fun, especially in summertime – i’m in williamsburg right by the waterfront so there are always fun things going on.

how would you describe your personal style?
it’s kindof a mix of a lot of things – classic, gypsy, masculine, feminine, a little rock and roll. my style icons are people like coco chanel, patti smith, jane birkin, annie hall, stevie nicks – i’m in a kind of stevie nicks obsession right now. there’s definitely a 70s, hippie, gypsy kindof feel to things, i love mixing old and new. and a lot of black.

what do you like to wear on stage? do you go for comfort or style?
i like to try to go for both. i used to always dress up when i would be on stage, like i would wear a skirt or heels… but i like to feel a bit more masculine now when i’m on stage so i like to wear flats or boots, but i do like to dress up a little – it’s hard for me to wear jeans and a t-shirt. and i always have to have some jewelry.

at free people we’re all animal lovers – do you have a pet?
no i don’t but i would love a pet – i’m obsessed with dogs! but when you’re always on the road it’s hard and also living in new york i feel like i want to have a yard for it. i personally love pugs – i’m one of those annoying people that when i see them i have to stop and pet them.

where do you draw inspiration for your music?
i definitely draw from personal experience. this first album was really inspired by my life, my childhood, it was kind of an album about the past. about my relationships and my whole range of human emotion whether its triumph or joy, loneliness, depression. it was really kind of derived from this transition between my childhood and adulthood in a way…so that’s sort of where i drew my inspiration from on this album. now that i’ve got that out of the way i can focus on my present inspiration and things that i’m doing and feeling currently as opposed to having it be so much in the past… but yeah it is quite personal.

so what do you have coming up in the near future?
i’m almost done touring now, and i’m going to asia in ten days. then when i come back i’m pretty much done for a while and i’m just going to focus entirely on the second album because i’m dying to get it done. i’ve been working on this first album for such a long time that i’m just really ready to move on to something else now.

what’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced being a musician?
the most challenging thing is just sticking with it when you have so many people that are kinda like “yeah, that’s cool but i don’t know…” people who just aren’t really understanding it, they don’t really get it, and you have to constantly work through that. even though you have people that are putting you down or closing doors you have to keep believing, believing, believing. that was always a challenge for me, to stay focused and positive when there are so many opportunities to just say “you know what, i give up.” that’s the most challenging thing, just staying with it. you have to learn patience and you have to keep believing. i’ve always had people, fortunately, that believe in me and are really supportive.

what does free mean to you?
free means choice. being able to choose what you want to do…being able to dictate your life.

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check out her myspace page and listen to her music, it’s really lovely.

thank you so much diane!

tang -Jan 29, 2015, 9:47AM
just for the picture...well her voice is special
NGZ -Jul 20, 2010, 12:48PM
great interview..i'm going to have to check out her music.

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