Featured Jewelry Designer: ManiaMania

The brand was founded by Australian art director and stylist duo Melanie Kamsler and Tamila Purvis, two talented women who met while working at RUSSH magazine. Drawing on inspiration from old and new – ancient historical figures, artists, muses and cult musicians – they create pieces that are sculptural and heavy with mysticism.  Read More

NY vs. LA style contest: Meet the NY Winner!

Last week we got to know more about our California winner of the NY vs. LA style contest, and now let’s meet our New York winner, Audrey!

Her winning photo – get the look with the all over lace babydoll top, washed vegan leather short, vintage sweater tall sock, tall boots, polka scarf and plaid and straw fedora.

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Browsing her local FP store and trying out the voile trapeze slip.

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Wearing one of our older sweaters over the lace trim bandeau.

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Three words that best describe NYC style are: Urban, Elegant, Unique

What is your favorite trend this season?

Some big NYC trends for this season are peter pan collars, embellishments (studding, eyelets, gems, etc.) and playing with sheer and matte fabrics in the same garment. I have to say right now I am really into the sheer/matte fabrics!! The sheer look goes GREAT with a FP lacey bandeau!

What do you love most about New York?

Everyone has a purpose in New York. The energy of the city is like no other place. Everyone is full of major drive and ambition; it is inspiring to be in NY.

How would you describe your personal style? Which free people girl are you?

I have to say I am a Lou girl! NYC might be disappointed in me! I love to get dressed up once in a while, but you will usually catch me in baggy rugged sweaters, tunics, chunky jewelry and boots (lots of layering!) My friends would definitely say I am the “boy girl.”

My 5 favorite FP items right now:

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Sheer Button Down Tunic, Cropped Lace Tube, Washed Vegan Leather Short, Tape Yarn Beach Sweater, Studded Seattle Love Boot

Style File: Senior Graphic Designer

I’ve always thought that our Senior Graphic Designer has amazing style, but for some reason I was under the impression that she was one of those who aren’t a big fan of having their photo taken. I’ve since discovered that I was wrong, and so to make up for lack of showcasing this woman’s amazing style, I decided to feature her as this week’s Style File.

One great aspect to our Graphic Designer’s fashion is her keen eye for texture and pattern. She understands pieces, and how to show off their interesting features. For example, she’ll layer a fun color underneath to show off a top layer’s loose knit, or she’ll call attention to a bold, retro-inspired pattern by stacking it up with basics. Either way, she’s great at creating a balance so that her looks never look like too much.

I’m also a HUGE fan of this woman’s ring collection. She has a great assortment of chunky knuckle decoration full of cute animals and edgy cuts. She’s not afraid to pile on the rings, and will often pair them back to a sweet choker.

Equally as impressive, is her awesome shoe collection. She’s a big heel girl, and her shoes always have attitude. The good sturdy heel gives her look a nicely confident spin.

Overall, her wardrobe of fun pieces is gutsy and playful. It never gets boring seeing what this girl is going to wear to the office.

The Polka Dot Blouse pops perfectly with her bright red booties

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Get the look with a large gauge knit like this and the a fun colored buttondown like our Sheer Buttondown Tunic in Mint Julep.

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Here she updates the poncho by wearing it in a totally modern way layered over a basic button up and shorts.

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Try a great choker with a collared shirt to get the look. The Tribal Triangle Collar is a great option to do it with at an easy price .

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Designer Jewelry by DANNIJO

This month’s featured jewelry designer is one of my personal favorites – Dannijo. The New York based label was founded by sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder, self-taught jewelry designers who learned how to wirework by playing with their father’s medical tools as kids. Their pieces are handmade using various metals – oxidized silver, gold and gunmetal – mixed with bold colorful elements like druzy quartz, crystals, aqua aura and pearls.

A combination of bohemian whimsy and old-world sophistication, their pieces are incredibly beautiful and eye-catching, making them a favorite among celebrities and fashion designers.

Their inspiration:

“For SS12 we were really inspired by Indonesian surf culture, western elements and Aztec artifacts — think masks, fossils and ancient jewelry dug up from the past. We wanted the collection to be really wearable and able to be stacked and layered as always so we had fun with color and silhouettes while keeping the collection very signature Dannijo. It’s sort of a modern take on remnants of the past.”

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I love how the necklaces are styled with vintage tees and faux fur in our October catalog – on the left, the Stella Collar, and on the right, the Tribal Rhaise Pendant.

And the rings? The rings are out of this world!

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Lucas Stone Ring, Dai Ring, Jacinda Ring.

Shop all designer jewelry by Dannijo.