the results are in from last week’s patchwork poll and the winner by a longshot were the patchwork rugged cutoffs, with 44% of the vote!
this week i have the beach on my brain… the weather is getting warmer and soon i’ll be spending weekends at the shore and i can’t wait! i also can’t wait to wear some of our comfy beach styles… we have some great new items and i want to know which one you like best:
have you seen the new outfits section of our website yet? it’s a great source of inspiration for styling different items. i love seeing how our team puts together looks…they always give me so many ideas. make sure you keep checking back because new outfits will be added each month!
Who would have thought that Clogs could make such an impact on the fashion scene? They are the type of shoe I usually associated with Milkmaids and Amsterdam.
However, Karl Lagerfeld and Alexa Chung have caused a Storm in the market, by making The Clog look super cool. The models at Chanel’s Spring collection galloped down the runaway in these heavy footed clogs and Alexa has been seen looking mighty fine in them ever since.
We here at Free People fell in Love with them also. With this in mind I thought I would shine a light on the amazing selection we have here on the Free People site (click here). My favorite pair is the Charli Clog that I would wear with distressed boyfriend jeans, high-waisted skirts and pretty floral dresses. These are definitely the shoe off the summer!
the weather forecast for sxsw is looking beeeauuutiful! sunny skies and temperatures in the seventies – could it get any better than that?
with that in mind here is a suitcase of suggestions for what to bring if you’re heading to texas this week…straight from one of our experts who is going and has been there before:
first of all – pack light! bring a backpack. inside she recommends a pair of amazing, wear-anywhere jeans, easy lightweight tops and a good pair of boots and/or sandals. a breezy skirt or dress to wear during the day and into the night, and make sure to bring a light jacket because it gets chilly at night! i also threw in a bandana and a small bag that’s just big enough to hold a wallet, phone and camera for shows. sunglasses are a must and i never go anywhere without a journal – use it to keep track of shows and setlists! oh and the bathing suit in case you take a break and hit up barton springs, or one of the other awesome swimming holes austin has to offer.
we had so much fun giving names and personalities to the different free people girls! (if you missed that blog post, check it out here). we also loved hearing which girl you all think you are! so as an extra special treat, we wanted to share this video one of our talented fpgirls made using some select images from our past catalogs – it gives a little more context to each girl: sandy, meadow, lou, candy & ginger!
i’m a mixture of sandy and meadow myself :)
song is “girl” by beck.
a couple of weeks ago i got an email from a reader named katie, who wanted to tell me about a website she started called art wall. i wanted to share this cool site and a brief interview with you…
a lover of art with a background in display and visual merchandising, katie always felt that there was something missing from the experience of shopping for art online: the “wow” factor that inspired display can add to the equation. with art wall she saw an opportunity to bring the two together. read on for a brief interview with katie about the website.
what inspired you to create art wall online?
if i think back it was really out of a desire to showcase special picks and finds for a fan-based site i run: savegocco.com. i wanted a way to feature and highlight my picks: enter the “studio” room. it was going to stop there as just a page in the save gocco domain, but then i thought: why not make a whole website with pages dedicated to different rooms in a house? i have a total crush on art walls, i find them fascinating and think it takes a special skill to create them in a way that looks interesting. i’ve studied them in magazines for years so it was only natural that i used that type of display to highlight multiple pieces of art that worked together…i used my own home as inspiration.
the website features different rooms- an entryway, dining room, master bedroom, etc. – each with a selection of artwork displayed on the walls. viewers can click on the artwork to see an image of the piece, and information about the artist.
i read on your blog that february’s master bedroom had a “love” theme – do all the rooms have themes?
all the rooms have a very subtle theme in the sense that each one has at least one piece that relates to the room. read: a key lino print in the entryway, the gocco prints in the studio, a sultry portrait in the bedroom. i don’t love themes for rooms in general but i do appreciate that different pieces may work better in specific rooms.
i love all the artists you feature on art wall – do you select who you’re going to feature, or do people submit their work to you?
the displayed pieces are a mix of artists who have submitted their work to me and artists i’ve invited to display. i want the site to continue to have a specific look and feel so i think it’s important for me to keep scouring the indie marketplaces for that look.
you may remember a little while back we told you we loved your “fp me” photos so much we were going to put some up on the website…they are up and look awesome…you guys have such great style, and we’re always inspired by how you wear free people!
if you live in austin or are heading there for sxsw, be on the lookout for the wondercraft!
it’s a vintage airstream trailer (named “stella”) stocked with arts & craft supplies! the wondercraft is the brainchild of four creative ladies who had a goal of bringing supplies to wherever there was a need for artistic expression. they offer mobile classes, parties and events and keep their trailer stocked with a unique selecton of inspirational products. i love it! such a great idea, and the vintage trailer just makes it even better :)
there are some really beautiful girls gracing the pages of our march catalog. they are from IMG models in new york, and some of them are very successful models. i was looking into some of their portfolios and was really amazed by some of the work they’ve done. here are a few that stood out to me…
if you don’t get our catalog in the mail, you can check it out here.
last week’s poll was all about feather accessories and the winner, with 28% of the votes, were the lovely feather earrings – nice choice!
this week we have an awesome selection of patchwork items that i am loving…i think it’s really cool how a couple of these styles are one-of-a-kind – each with their own unique wash and patches of fabric collected by our designer in india. which do you like best?
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