It’s that time of year again. The air is already so hot that a simple walk outside is enough to leave your body coated in sweat, but don’t let it scare you! Summer is meant for being outdoors. Let the lure of sunshine, warmth, and living life overcome the sterile cleanliness of air conditioned spaces. Explore the outdoors, lay in the grass, attend festivals, plant a garden, just go outside and GET DIRTY. Afterward you’ll have a chance to jump in the shower and clean off. But don’t just let it be any ordinary shower-turn the knob to cold, and let those capillaries open up. Feel the chills all over – the way your hair gets so extremely silky with cold water. Nothing says summer quite like the alive feeling you get from a cold shower.
One of the awesome things about music is that there is so much of it to enjoy. Not only are people making new music every day, but there is tons of music which has already been made. You can go back and forth between looking for something new and seeking out good oldies. When I was a kid my musical world was a mix of influences from my deadhead older brother, my Americana-hippie mother, and my father who grew up with nothing but The Beatles, so I have great memories tied to some of that old time music. With the warm weather I find myself having some music nostalgia. Here’s a taste of what’s been playing on my iPod as of late.
Sometimes life gets really hectic. We’re focusing on everything we have to do, running around in a whirlwind of the here and what’s next. It’s all too simple to lose yourself and forget about the things that are not right in front of your face. Today, take a moment to stop the mayhem – to sit down and call an old friend, and to laugh at old memories and catch up on what’s new. I recently lost a good friend from high school. I had been meaning to call her that week, but every time I thought of it I was tired or had to run out the door. Lots of people say, “put that past behind you,” but I don’t always agree. Sometimes it’s important to remember the past – where you’ve been and the people who helped shape the person you are now.
If there is somebody you care about – call them. Call them on your way to the grocery store, call them while you’re doing the laundry, call them when you’re sitting on the beach. Fifteen minutes of hearing an old friend’s voice is worth it. Believe me.
DO: try a handstand (or headstand) in yoga class this week
Okay, so maybe you don’t do yoga, but that doesn’t mean that this week’s DO isn’t for you. It’s all about encouraging yourself to grow. One thing that it’s important to understand is that growth occurs in plateaus. You need to push yourself to the next level, and then spend some time adjusting at that spot. Sometimes we get down on ourselves during the plateau stage, but it’s just as important a part of growth as pushing yourself – sometimes you can’t fully move forward if you’re not comfortable where you are. But don’t stay here forever. Make sure you recognize when you’re ready to go outside of your comfort zone again. Sometimes you won’t be sure, but I say always be willing to delve into the next level – try that handstand – you’ll find out if you’re ready. Maybe you’ll surprise yourself. Finding out you can do something you never thought possible is one of the best feelings there is.
This week we are feeling a little grungy – the weather hasn’t been too great, so to give some attitude back we’ve pulled out our vintage rock tee’s and our grungy boots to help us get through the grey rainy days.
Our web merchandiser is a huge fan of Motley Crue and has a great selection of vintage concert tees. She makes them hippie cool by teaming them with Fp bohemian necklaces. I also wanted to dedicate this office style to a lovely intern we have here. She wears Fp most days and looks adorable – she’s quite a stylist too.
And of course all these outfits are worn with leather jackets when we head outside in the rain. Hopefully the weather will brighten next week :(
Here’s the second addition of RAFW from Mandy at oracle fox. She sent images from the Alice McCall’s collection, which was beautiful. The colour scheme was soft – jet black juxtaposed and gave it that hard edge when needed. Soft light shapes seemed to flow down the runway items that were interpretations of familiar volumes and forms. I loved the billowing backs of some of the garments and the intricate cutout details that was featured on some of the oversized tunic dresses.
Australia Fashion week looks like so much fun, I’d love to get my hands on one of those goodie bags!
First two images are from the Alice McCall show, 3rd images decoration, and 4th 5th and 6th from the Nookie show.
Fringe has been everywhere lately – it’s definitely a trend we’ve fallen for here at free people. I love how the look can be interpreted differently depending on the garment or material. Sometimes it takes on a light and airy ethereal look, while other times it looks tough and edgy. No matter how it’s used, fringe gives off a great bohemian vibe that I just can’t get enough of.
Here are some of my favorite examples of fringe I’ve collected…
photo by alexandra valenti
photo by alexandra valenti
At Free People we’ve always loved fringe & our collection contains some really great pieces. I’ve had my eye on a few that I want to pick up for spring. Here are three of my favorites:
I was inspired by these wallpaper designs sold out of the Greenwich Village shop, Secondhand Rose. The owner, Suzanne Lipshutz, has devotedly sought out vintage wallpapers since the 1960’s. Today her neat store boasts a collection of over 2,500 vintage prints from all around the world. Interior designers, magazines, set designers – you name it – they are all flocking to her one-of-a-kind store to find exciting wall decorations. I personally stumbled upon the collection one day while I was looking for inspiration and fell in love with the selection she offers – each one is so unique and beautiful! Just imagine the crazy rooms you could design with some of them…
With the Free People swim shop re-launching with some amazing new items this week, it got me thinking about the mysteries of water. Mermaids, octopi, treasure … who knows what’s really out there? We may never know. Yet, however mysterious or scary it may seem, people have always been drawn to the water. We spend our summers gathering at its shores… we run through sprinklers…and we drink it down as the elixir of life. Here’s to the beauty and mystery of water:
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” – Albert Einstein
The transparent look is all over the spring 2011 runaway shows – Items that showed off what was being worn underneath, A bit controversial? Yes!
The looks on the runways are not necessarily meant to be worn as-is in everyday life. They’re artistic presentations of a designer’s inspiration, presumably to give you inspiration for ways to wear the pieces yourself. Obviously, the completely sheer ensembles are too extreme for most people’s taste in day wear, but perhaps as inaccessible as this trend may seem, mixing in pieces to suit your personal taste would make it more wearable.
We played around in the studio yesterday to see what works under such sheer items.
We toned down what could be very provocative to the eye by making them a little tomboy; Sheer maxi shirts worn over bootie shorts with a relaxed shirt pattern, bodysuits under sheer tops to add a bit of interest, and lace trimmed bike shirts worn under those adorable chiffon slips.