Marc Jacobs and Duckie Brown subtly shook things up on the runway with brightly colored hats and gloves accessorizing neutral looks. But these shots of color needn’t be limited to cold weather accessories. Spice up a modern military look with a brightly colored tee.
"Shot of Color" Fashion Formula = Military Blazer + Sweater + Brightly Colored Tee + Jeans + Casual Oxfords.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Whipcord Military Blazer | $498 at Nordstrom
Stock Utility Mockneck Sweater | $58 at Urban Outfitters
No Tag 1978 Vintage Weave Graphic Tee | $19.99 (sale) at Banana Republic
Kasil Victory in Midnight | $187 at Revolve Clothing
Lacoste ‘Token 2′ Oxford | $130 at Nordstrom
February 28th, 2007
Navigate the urban jungle with this spacious camouflage tote by Neal Decker.
Thanks, Sophie, for the tip!
$245 at Trunkt.
February 28th, 2007
Say hello to Spring in a flirty Diane von Furstenberg mini dress and pastel accessories.
"Spring Fling" Fashion Formula = Mini Dress + Doctor Bag + Espadrille Sandals.
Diane von Furstenberg Abel Wrap Mini Dress | $345 at Intermix
Burlap Doctor Bag | $58 at Urban Outfitters
Sbicca ‘Beau’ Sandal | $54.95 at Nordstrom
February 27th, 2007
We asked: Are Colorful Accessories In or Out?
You said: Colorful Accessories are In! A whopping 84% gave Colorful Accessories two thumbs up.
Omiru’s take: We’re fans of Colorful Accessories ourselves, so we couldn’t be happier. Why do we love them so much? Versatility! Which could you wear more often–a big bright yellow jacket, or a pair of fire engine red gloves? We’d hazard to guess that the gloves would blend better into your wardrobe as well.
Next Question: Remember how sweater jackets were all the rage in 2001? Fashion Week resurrected them, for both men and women. But what do You think? Tell us, are Sweater Jackets In, or are they Out? Cast your vote on the sidebar!
Pictured: Weatherly Watch Cap | $48 at Anthropologie.
February 26th, 2007
Issue No. 74 of the Friday Fashion Hotlist: a weekly compilation of the
cutest and coolest stuff Omiru’s Style Intelligence Report saw out there this
week, we’re spotlighting Brightly Colored Accessories (à la Duckie Brown and Marc Jacobs) to spruce up your winter wardrobe. We present to
you a crimson newsboy cap for women and a sunshine yellow skull cap for men.
Crimson Newsboy Cap | $58 at
Kangol Acrylic Skull Cap| $6.99 (sale) at Urban Outfitters
February 23rd, 2007
On the day of her 18th birthday, Erika Peña moved from her homeland of Puerto Rico to New York City to begin a new life as a designer. Studying with the best and the brightest at Parsons School of Design, Erika worked with designer labels Donna Karan and Josie Natori. With her strong industry experience, Erika’s fashion-forward journey has been a successful one, filled with charm necklaces, chandelier earrings, and celebrity clients. Erika shared with Omiru how her Latin roots have influenced her work, how she earned her celebrity clientele, and where you can pick up one of her designs for yourself.
Omiru: How has your Latin heritage influenced your work?
Erika: My Catholic upbringing, in particular, has influenced my work very much. I’m inspired by my move from Puerto Rico to New York. I try to convey this experience through my jewelry, which is a bit rough and edgy, like New York, and a bit light and airy like the Caribbean.
O: What makes your jewelry line unique?
E: It’s spiritual.
O: Which of your pieces do you personally love to wear?
E: My mini Ala earrings make me feel special, and I always get compliments wearing them. They are gold vermeil chains stranded with beads on oval wire frame, available in turquoise, red, white beads with 14K gold filled beads and sterling silver chains.
O: How long does it take to make one piece of jewelry in your line?
E: Sometimes ten minutes. Other times, up to four hours—it depends on the piece.
O: Do you ever experience designer’s block?
E: Yes, I do get designer’s block from time to time. It’s funny, but I actually design best in airplanes.
O: Do you have a team of people working with you?
E: Yes, they’ve been with me since the beginning. And my sister, Bielka Peña-Bevillar, has a strong financial background, so she has helped me out on that part of the business. With my designer background and her business background, we are building our clientele and expanding the Erika Peña empire!
O: Jennifer Aniston, Beyonce, and Paris Hilton all wear your jewelry. How did that happen?
E: Because we are sold in over 300 boutiques around the globe, celebrities have been exposed to the brand. The boutiques have also been supportive and usually call me when an important celebrity buys a piece. Paris Hilton, Brooke Shields, Paulina Rubio, Jessica Alba, Beyonce, Ashlee Simpson, Fergie and Jennifer Aniston all have worn my pieces. I have also custom-designed jewelry for celebrities. My goal is for those who wear her jewelry to feel good, and to have a sense of good self.
O: What’s the price point of your collection?
E: My lower end line starts at $60 and goes up to $1200 for the designer line. I want to reach every woman and for everyone to be able to experience the Erika Peña brand.
O: Will you branch out into other accessories?
E: I already have handbags—I love them, you’ll see!
O: Where can we purchase your designs?
E: At my website, Bloomingdales, Harvey Nichols, and Epoca the Shop.
Want to see Erika’s latest collection? Check out her website at www.erikapeña.com.
February 22nd, 2007