October 2011 Catalog Video: Julia Stegner by Guy Aroch

Our October catalog video makes me smile :) Shot by Guy Aroch featuring model Julia Stegner, it captures her cool, carefree attitude and a fun day of shooting in the studio!
Song is “Crazy As You” by Nicole Reynolds.

Shop the October catalog.

Sneak Peek: Julia Stegner by Guy Aroch for Free People October

I’m so excited to give you a sneak peek of one of my favorite catalogs of this year! Photographer Guy Aroch has the magic touch… I love everything he does – and model Julia Stegner looks stunning in these perfect Fall looks.

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The catalog drops on Tuesday. Stay tuned!

September Catalog Behind the Scenes: Final Batch

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I had to post that sunset pic again, in its full size… too amazing not to!

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Sadly that is the last of the September catalog behind the scenes, but next week I’ll have a sneak peek of the October book which is one of my favorites this year… can’t wait!

September Catalog: Behind the Scenes with the Dogs!

As you may have seen by now, we had a very special cameo by one of our beloved home office pups in the September catalog – Toby! I caught up with Toby the other day to ask him about his experience shooting his first Free People catalog :)

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Were you nervous about being a part of our September catalog shoot? I was a little nervous, but once we started shooting, I relaxed.

What did you do to prepare for the shoot? Well, I’m a natural so I didn’t do much. I had a bath and made sure my paws were extra clean.

What did you think of Bambi, the model you posed with? She was great! I think we complimented each other well. At first, she was a bit scared of me, but after she realized I was a gentle giant, she had fun.

What was your favorite part of the shoot? Being showered with cookies and attention from all the ladies :)

Do you get stopped on the street now that you’re a famous catalog model? Not so much…

Will you be doing any more modeling in the future? I hope to. I am available :)

Do you have a favorite item from the September catalog? I love the Americana Sweater Jumper.

What’s your favorite thing about Fall? Boots and the cooler weather!

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Toby wasn’t the only pup on set at the September shoot! He had a bud to hang out with – Ace!

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Ace lives on the farm in New Tripoli where our catalog was shot. He lost his leg when he was hit by a car but he is doing just fine now! He had a blast during the shoot and LOVED all the attention from the ladies :) He is one happy dog!

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September Catalog Behind the Scenes with Bambi Northwood-Blyth

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More behind the scenes from our September catalog shoot in New Tripoli PA, featuring Bambi Northwood-Blyth.

P.S. did you guys see our video of Bambi and one of our designers having a draw-off?! So cute.

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Thursday Poll: September 2011 Catalog

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?

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The Ihamana Scarf, Polka Dotted Boho Top, Daisy Chain Plaid Dress, and the Helios Waist Belt

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The Pretty Cozy Romper and Floral Woven Pullover

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The Oversized Fairisle Trimmed Sweater and the Vermont Knit Sweater Shorts

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Textured Turtle Neck, Native Floral Silk Slip, and the Linea Blades Necklace

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The Americana Jumper Sweater and the Medford Lace-up Boot

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Enchanted Eyelet Dress, Open Stitch Cardigan, and the Devendra Lace-Up Boot

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September Catalog Behind the Scenes with Martha Hunt

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.

Photos by Thomas Northcut.

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How gorgeous is that sunset?! Unreal.

Free People September 2011 Catalog Video

Free People – September 11 catalog from FreePeople on Vimeo.

 

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.

September Catalog Sneak Peek!

Looking through our September catalog you can feel Fall emanating from its pages.  Cozy knits and texture, plaid and lots of layers – all things that I can’t wait to wrap myself up in as the temperature drops.  Shot at a beautiful old mill in New Tripoli PA by Yelena Yemchuk, the book features models Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Martha Hunt. Here’s a sneak peek…I can almost smell the crisp chilly air and hear the crunch of leaves beneath my feet…

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Guess who else makes a special appearance?!

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…Toby!!

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The September catalog drops Tuesday September 6th.

Behind the scenes photos by Thomas Northcut except last two, by Jemma.

Behind the Scenes: August in Venice

Here is the last batch of behind the scenes photos from our August catalog shoot in Venice with Guy Aroch! Featuring models Marloes Horst and Darla Baker, and members of the fp crew :)

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Free People’s Guide to Venice – Part 2

Here is part two of the Free People Guide to Venice, put together by our producer! Read on for our tips on where to eat and more of our favorite things about Venice, and if you missed it be sure to check out part one of the guide featuring where to stay, landmarks, gondola riding tips and more fun stuff!

It’s always my goal when arriving in a new city to find the best local joints. Venice is a hard city to get to know due to its “tourist-y” nature, but all it takes is a little wander away from San Marco and the Rialto (make sure you see those too!) to get to know the real Venice.

It was recommended by a friend of a friend to eat at Alle Vedova – we didn’t end up finding it until our last night, but I think I can speak for all of us in saying that we wish we had made it there sooner! After a week of sub-par and expensive Italian food we found just what we were craving at Alle Vedova.

I think that it was more the experience than the food itself, though tables of  fresh squid, local veggies and homemade pasta weren’t so bad! Alle Vedova is settled in at the end of a small dark alley, but the rumble of local chatter makes it clear when you are headed in the right direction! Once you put your name in they give you small glasses of red or white wine for while you wait and homemade meatballs to tide you over until your table is ready. One of my favorite touches was the napkin lampshades! What a sweet idea!

Its spritz o’clock!

It seems to be a Venetian tradition to take a break in the middle of the day for a Spritz. I think it’s the most beautifully colored cocktail I’ve ever seen and it is the perfect drink for a hot summers day.

Here is how to make it for yourself …

1/3 white wine (ideally prosecco)

1/3 aperol or bitters or select (pick your favorite!)

1/3 seltzer water

Throw in an olive; find some sunshine and lounge by a canal… you’ll blend right in with the locals!

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I’m not sure even where to begin talking about gelato! I think that a few of us ate it breakfast lunch and dinner during our long shoot days. Our local producer claimed that Gelati Nico was her favorite in Venice, and though I agree that it was delicious I believe that gelato is heaven anywhere you eat it in Italy, it may just be a matter of price … more expensive does not equal better in this case!

I’m sure a lot of you are wondering what the difference is between gelato and ice cream and I am here to tell you that they are not at all the same thing. The ingredients are similar but the process of making it, the ratio of ingredients in it and the temperature at which it is served are completely different. It is smoother, tastes creamier and I am happy to tell you has less fat then ice cream.

… it’s making my mouth water just thinking about it now!

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Oh boy… every little detail makes me smile… and the color combinations are inspiring to say the least <3

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Venice kills me with its rich color combinations and patterns … for a city that is known for its decay, it has the richest detail elements! Look at these samples from the home that we shot in… All of these patterns were found in the living room alone!  Just thinking about it makes my heart melt a little.

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These shoes aren’t mine but I sure do wish they were! They are the perfect flat shoe… casual and dressy and oh so comfortable.  I can’t wait for them to come out in the catalog so I can snatch up a pair for myself!

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Venice comes alive at night, and I recommend to everyone that you go out and enjoy it! We often worked late which meant that we didn’t eat until around 10 or so which seemed to be the norm at most of the places we ate.  After our meal we often opted to wander back to the hotel instead of taking a water taxi and we saw the most beautiful things along the way!

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Our last night in Venice was my favorite.  We combined all of my favorite things into one last hurrah! We ate great food at Alle Vedova, had fun drinks at Bar Paradiso Perduto (Cannaregio 2540, Venice), played dice along the canal, met up with old friends, made some new ones, wandered endlessly and laughed even more so… certainly a night to remember and how I recommend ending every trip! Well, think of it this way… a late night before the flight home helps you sleep on the plane :)

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We hope you enjoyed our guide to Venice! If you’d like, visit our flickr page and download the whole thing. Ciao, Venice!

*All photos by Thomas Northcut except for pages: “All about the details,” “Patterns” and “Shoes I Love”.