It looks like the rain has people dressing a bit more casually this week. Today in office style we have some great laid back tees, close-toed shoes, high waters, and cozy sweaters or jackets. Where people decided to battle the elements and thrown on something more put together, we have great combinations of color and texture. Who would have thought to layer plaid over lace or to throw in and pop of blue with rusty orange and zebras? I love it all!
The much anticipated September catalog dropped this week, and in my eyes it’s the perfect depiction of fall – my favorite season. I can’t get enough of activities like apple picking, the smell of crisp air, jumping into piles of leaves…and the clothes, oh the clothes…
I love fall fashion. It’s chunky knits, cozy fabrics, jackets, scarves, and ankle boots. It’s plaids and flannels – furs and fairisle. The September catalog falls nothing short of what I love about fall fashion. I can’t wait to get all cuddled up in these clothes with a good book and a mug of something hot. Which outfit will you all be wearing to enjoy autumn delights?
Tonight is our fashion night out event; we’re kicking off fashion week with style!! if you’re around that area please come and join us – we’ll be there with our creative directors and these ever so cool bloggers from Honestly WTF who will be carrying out a special DIY project.
Here’s what inspires them about NYC
New York in 4 words…
Ambitious, home-away-from-home, sleepless, and fashion, baby.
What we are packing…
We’re totally embracing the grunge-chic trend this season: ankle boots, skinny pants, oversized sweaters and a little sparkle to top it all off. Of course bell bottoms, maxis, and hats will forever be staples in our closets.
Best Places to go in NY?
1) We love brunch in NY. It’s a battle between the baked eggs at Café Gitane and the Turkish eggs at Public . . . I’ll have both, please.
2) Christie’s Auction House in Rockefeller Plaza is a great place to go see an art exhibition. Not a lot of people know that it is free and open to the public.
3) Daha in the Lower East Side has the most extensive collection of vintage boots in New York City.
4) Whenever we’re in New York, we always stop by The Little Branch for a sweet libation.
5) Dropping by the first floor of ABC Carpet & Home is always a must – it’s full beautiful things and perfect place to pick up a gift for someone.
One Free People item you’ll be taking into fall…
We’re kinda dying over these Hatchett ankle boots – love the asymmetrical cut and distressed details. They are the kind of boots you live in all season long!
It’s a rainy, chilly day in Philadelphia and I wish I could jump inside these behind the scenes photos from our September catalog shoot. They have me longing to curl up on the couch in a bulky sweater and drink hot chocolate while listening to records.
Hey guys! I’m not quite ready to share the results of my natural dye experimentation just yet… i need a little more time, so check back for that next week! To hold you over, here’s a lovely little idea from Liz of Late Afternoon:
Spice up ice water (or any beverage for that matter!) by putting berries and flowers in your ice cubes! Just drop them in the ice cube trays before freezing :) This would be such a sweet touch for a party!
This is hard to say – I am influenced by all the incredible youth around me every day at free people. It is fun to come to work and see what everyone is wearing at the moment.
A favorite place in NY?
When I lived in New York I used to go to this little café called Falai on the corner of Rivington and Clinton. It was my little refuge to go to and people watch and ponder my life. And they have the best coffee and croissants. I feel like there aren’t many places that are easy to be alone in and for you to have time to yourself, here I most definitely can!
One Free People item you will be taking into fall…
When you think about fashion with amazing prints and patterns, surely there is one name that springs immediately to mind. Missoni. Founded in Italy by designers Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, the brand has been known throughout the years for their use of bold patterns, mixed fabrics and kaleidoscopic colors. Our Vintage Loves line has just launched a collection of Vintage Missonipieces and I was completely blown away when I saw them. The pieces are pricey but they are fashion treasures, and the colors and patterns are at the very least some pretty amazing eye candy.
Plus, they’re modeled by one of our beautiful home office ladies which provides some awesome styling ideas for how to wear these pieces in a modern way.
The location of our September catalog shoot set the mood perfectly – an 18th century Germanic house-mill called Oswald’s Mill, located in the Penn Dutch country of New Tripoli PA, it is the only known integrally built house-mill in the US. The house is furnished but has a ghostly feel, as if a family was living there years ago and one day just up and left, leaving everything behind. The decor has a colonial, early American feel that adds to the romance and intrigue of this book.
To end the day, here is our September 2011 catalog video! Shot by our videographer, featuring models Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Martha Hunt. Bambi and Martha prance through fields like forest nymphs with flowers in their hair, wrapped in cozy fabrics and textures and the golden light of the Autumn sun.
Song is “All We Ever Wanted Was Everything” by Bauhaus.