Free People features swimsuits by designer Elissa Dunlop. Elissa’s fun filled prints are inspired by vintage patterns found on polyester from the 60′s and 70′s. Check out this suit in three of her poppy prints…and her styles are limited in quantity, so you’re unlikely to see any beach bunny clones running around. Her website is super cute and you can read her story about how she got started. Check out other FP bikini tops and bikini bottoms…
Our latest catalog features a new addition to the Free People collection, Free People Intimates. There is a serious lack of cute underpinnings out there, so we have decided to do something about it. Offering some cozy soft basics as well as feminine flirty pieces that will look sweet and sexy peeking out from layers.
How great are these to wear to bed? And they’re pretty enough to wear during the day too. The cami layered under tops and the boxers under tiny skirts to keep your bum covered.
And the bloomers are so perfect to layer under skirts and dresses. I like that you can wear them with a skirt or dress that maybe needs an update. The frilly lace peeking out can totally change the feeling of a piece you already have.
Find more lace underwear, bandeaus, and crop top bras on our website.
Our inspiration for our early spring collection is called Landed Gentry. The designers were looking at a lot of dandy menswear and liked mixing it with super romantic femininity. The amazing illustration above was done by one of our designers.
Check your mailboxes! The newest catalog has dropped and should be getting to you any day now. See it on our website here and check out all the new product on the site.
The creative team played off of the romance of the collection and started gathering all sort of romantic ephemera, like old books and sheet music. The book above was inscribed “from Alfred to Kate” and they went with that theme, changing the theme to “from Kate to Alfred”.
The creative team found an old feather quill pen in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania and brought it back for our graphic designer to play with. Here she is practicing her lettering. She ended up mastering the quill as you can witness in beautiful lettering in the Landed Gentry catalog. The pen itself even inspired the cover…
At freepeople.com we have quite a few flirty trapeze women’s tops (as you might have noticed from yesterday’s fp email). So I decided to do some research on how this silhouette originally came into fashion. Here are my discoveries…
Yves Saint Laurent was just 21 years old when he took over for Christian Dior in 1958. YSL blew Paris away with his first collection, the Trapeze Line. The innovative silhouette was characterized by very narrow shoulders and a fitted upper bodice that widened as it extended to a swinging triangular shape to the hem. The controversial collection was accepted by the most fashionable and the trapeze proved to be the biggest change in fashion since Christian Dior’s own “New Look” in 1947. Above photo found here.
So in my research I came upon an archived article of Time magazine from 1958 explaining how the Trapeze Line had hit the US. It’s pretty cool how it’s documented on the internet like that.
Another fun discovery I made are these YSL paper dolls, with the looks well researched and featuring a rendering of one of his day dresses in the trapeze style. Get your own here.
We are really excited about these vintage belts we just put up on our website. The buckles are made from these incredible vintage compacts. If you bought a beautiful vintage compact, nobody would even see it except when you were powdering your nose. On a belt ( of Italian leather) everyone can see your great find. Each belt is one of a kind, designed and crafted by Jacqueline Rose.
This is Bruce. Bruce wasn’t getting enough exercise in his South Philly apartment, so he came to run around the Free People building.
So in the name of the new year, we’d like to share some of what’s to come in 07. First of all, our website is in the process of being totally redesigned. A major visual overhaul will coexist with better navigation, better search tools, improved product images and an easier checkout process. Yay!
Another exciting thing to look forward to is our catalogs. We plan on doing some experimenting and maybe even producing more books than just once a season. So if you’re not on the catalog list yet, now is the time!
And hopefully we can make some improvements to the blog, but we need your help! Leave us a comment and let us know what you’d like to see! What are you curious about, what can we do more of??
So Bruce learned a lesson. If you wander to the back corner, home of the creative team, you could emerge covered in bows and feathers…
It’s always a little suprising to see celebrities wearing Free People. These were posted on People’s off the rack blog as part of a “fashion faceoff” where readers debate over who looks better in the same clothes. So silly…
PS I’m pretty sure we are sold out on this. It was from fall.
Free People is having a serious post holiday sale. Check it out here… Continue the spirit of gift giving, or give something to yourself! Happy shopping!
Just wanted to point out how cute our vintage needle cards turned out! Our graphic designer did the whimsical watercolors inspired by (I guess their name gives this away…) vintage needle cards. Some of the girls picked up a few originals last year at the Brimfield flea market in Massachusetts, and we’ve been waiting for Holiday to come so we could do a Free People version. Inside you’ll find a single sewing needle.
We sent the cards out to wish happy holidays upon our extended Free People family (all of the other companies that support us or we partner with). In the photo, you can see Elizabeth in customer service has added her own hand touch to the envelopes as well!
The third issue of girly British mag lula is out! I know this is a magazine that has definitely been talked about among the designers at FP. The content is fashion mixed with beautiful whimsical fantasy and nostalgia. A magazine you’ll want to book mark rather than tear out the pages…
It kind of amazes me when I take the time to actually read a magazine from cover to cover, and it becomes clear how connected everything is. Like in the interview with the designers from clothing line Lover, they talked about being inspired by Marianne Faithfull’s biography. And then toward the back, there is an interview with Marianne Faithfull herself. How suddenly certain trends, interests, people, just emerge as important to a place in time…