We here at Cotton Style Files are huge fans of a well-made embellished tee. They add a nice sparkle and a little bit of oomph to what might be an otherwise hum-drum outfit. And especially as the summer heats up, wearing a cotton tee with a little bedazzling is such an easy way to look sophisticated while still keeping cool.
But embellishments, whether sequins, ribbons, or appliques, can make designer tees quite expensive. So we scoured the web for some DIY techniques that yield equally impressive results, without breaking the bank. Which DIY will you try?
Has wedding season already begun for you? The next couple months are usually a whirlwind of weddings, bridal showers, bridal luncheons, and the like, which means it’s high time we figured out what we’re going to wear. From lacy little numbers to figure flattering sheath dresses, we found so many fab cotton options that we’re having trouble choosing! We love that they are each so versatile, regardless of the occasion. Whether it’s a garden wedding, or a barefoot-on-the-beach ceremony, or a dressy bridal shower, they’re all appropriate. Click on the images to purchase. Which ones do you love?
It’s official: Hayden Panettiere is the new star of The Fabric of Our Lives® Campaign!
Watch the commercial, which will air on FOX and CW tonight, and follows Hayden through a day in her life in Nashville – all while wearing cotton, of course. From a showstopping Stella McCartney dress, which Hayden models in the lobby of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, to a casually chic cotton outfit worn at the Station Inn, featuring a jacket by Helmet Lang, a Free People cotton shirt, and fuchsia and white striped jeans from Isabel Marant, and a gorgeous canary yellow M Missoni dress, which Hayden wears while shopping for the perfect pair of cowboy boots at Nashville Cowboy, her looks all capture the style and versatility we love about cotton.
And while fashion may be first in our hearts, music is undoubtedly second, and we love Hayden’s take on “The Fabric of My Life.” It’s country cross-over chic! What’s your favorite part about Hayden’s new commercial?
Admit it: you love Pinterest. It’s a gorgeous virtual pinboard that keeps all your ideas – from wardrobes to wedding – organized in one place. You’ve already been following Cotton’s Pinterest page (and our almost 50 boards!), but now you’re feeling a little overwhelmed: who else has a great Pinterest page to inspire your style?
Not to worry – we did the legwork for you, and picked 5 pinners we think have some fab boards. Who’s your favorite?
We’re so excited about the new face of The Fabric of Our Lives® campaign and we can’t wait to reveal her! Stay tuned next week for the big announcement on our Facebook page.
Until then, explore her gorgeous cotton closet in the slideshow below. From a showstopping, ethereal Stella McCartney dress, to a cozy tribal motif sweater from Anthropologie, and a peony-pink shirt from Free People with a delicate ruffle detail perfect for a night out, our latest star has one covetable closet.
Each garment is linked to an occasion with a special hash tag. Want to be featured on our new website? Upload your own cotton style to Instagram and include one of the 10 hash tags – whichever occasion it’s perfect for. (Make sure your settings aren’t private!) You just might see your photo when our new site launches on April 15th!
What’s your favorite look from our new starlet’s closet?
Have you entered Cotton’s Shop the Runway Contest? It ends on April 4, so be sure to comment on your favorite outfit from Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show now for a chance to win a $350 gift card! For rules, click here.
Check out a few of our favorite outfits from the show. We loved bold colors and interesting silhouettes on the women, and sleek tailoring and fun prints on the men. Above all, we loved that Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show really showcased cotton’s versatility with outfits that could go from day to night and everything in between. Did you miss our highlights? Click here to read more.
We sat down with Shanna McKinnon, editor of DenimHunt.com, to talk about what’s happening in denim now, and what’s to come. We’re so pleased to report colored denim is definitely here to stay. Get her take on homespun heritage, womenswear trends creeping into menswear, and a new take on bespoke denim from the people behind Earnest Sewn.
What are some trends you’re seeing in denim for this spring/summer? Particular washes? Embellishments? Is colored denim still huge and is it crossing over into menswear, too?
Colored denim is still going strong in womenswear for Spring/Summer. Women have become so comfortable with the idea of wearing these bright color washes that it has led the way to more daring looks like prints and patterns. The sky’s the limit for women right now; bright colors, vertical stripes, Aztec prints, galaxy prints, you name it, it’s in. Traditional indigo is still a closet staple and will never go out of style, but for now it’s taking a backseat to “anything goes” color and pattern. Men are definitely taking a cue from women and colored denim is creeping slowly but surely into their wardrobes. It’s still hard to say if it will catch on beyond the tastemakers, as mainstreamers may find it hard to wear, but I think it’s a trend that has legs.
Printed and colored denim is trending for Spring ’13.
Who are some up-and-coming denim designers you’ve got your eye on?
3×1 is a denim shop I’m keeping a close eye on this year. Denim is still such a strong product and even after all of these years, there are still new denim brands popping up frequently. It’s getting harder and harder to stand out, and I often turn down new pitches simply because of the lack of uniqueness. However, 3×1 turned up with a full denim atelier in Soho. It was founded by Scott Morrison, who’s tried this idea before on a smaller scale with Earnest Sewn. What’s different about this though is that the idea is dramatically expanded. Basically, you walk in and can choose from their Ready-to-Wear collection or you can get a pair of bespoke jeans produced right there in-house. There is actually a factory of workers behind a glass wall that you can see sewing new jeans and the rest of the store is like a denim museum with glass displays. That is one heck of an idea and I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned into a tourist destination.
3×1 founder Scott Morrison at his Soho atelier.
It seems like heritage is still going strong in denim; consumers really seem to love having a story attached to their jeans. What are some brands or designers who do this well?
Hands down, Levi’s®. You can’t get more heritage than that. What’s great about Levi’s® is they always manage to stay on trend but hold on to the essence of what they represent, which is the brand that brought blue jeans to the masses. Levi’s®, through subtle promotional programs, always manages to remind us in some way, shape, or form about denim’s roots. They also have an extensive archive in their San Francisco office that chronicles the history of denim. You will always have a story attached when you purchase a pair of Levi’s®, whether it’s personal story from a long lasting pair or from the brand’s long history.
Are you seeing denim make its way into other parts of the wardrobe? For instance, we just saw Kasil is teaming up with designer Ernest Alexander to create iPad covers and bags. Are there other ways to express one’s style with denim – beyond denim jeans?
Denim is everywhere, and with the different colorways becoming popular, you can essentially wear head to toe denim and no one would bat an eye. For example, imagine having a pair of black and white striped jeans paired with an emerald green (Pantone’s color of the year) denim button down with a Current/Elliott “you can’t fake fashion” indigo denim satchel. No one would even realize right away with that combination that you were wearing head to toe denim. Companies like Diesel have long been making denim accessories for electronics and as long as these gadgets keep creeping into fashion, designers no matter what they produce will rush to dress them so to speak.
A new accessories line incorporating denim from Current/Elliott.
Do you think premium denim is showing any signs of fading?
It’s amazing to me how far denim has come in the premium market. I remember almost 10 years ago when people were waiting for the bubble to burst. But it hasn’t and it won’t. As a matter of fact, during the recession, many retailers were moving denim to the front of their stores to push their other products, because denim, particularly premium denim, was found to be recession proof. What other apparel item can claim that! Denim is also slowly creeping into high fashion ads. For example, Miu Miu almost regularly advertises with photos of their tailored denim looks for women. Denim has far transcended it’s workwear roots and with the constant innovation and growth of the industry, it’s going to be interesting to see what the next 10 years will bring.
We did it! 1,440 looks, 24 hours, 1 incredible show. Giuliana Rancic kicked it off with her husband Bill, above, looking sleek and sophisticated in a sheath dress from Bloomingdales, and the other hosts, from Louise Roe to Michael Yo, and Scott Evans to Nikki Novak, picked up where she left off looking dapper and fashion-forward. We loved their energy and their ability to work the crowd, even in the wee hours of the morning.
But of course, it’s all about the fashion. Below are a few of our favorite trends we spotted over the course of 24 hours. What were some of your favorite moments?
Boxy Rules. Some of the coolest looks we saw were boxy, sometimes asymmetrical tops paired with super slimming leggings or jeans. We loved this combo, especially when it showed off a cool printed top, like this one from Lisu Vega.
Print on Print. We saw so much of this hit the runway, and we loved all of it. Still a little unsure how to pull this off? Ease in with this eyelet top and printed bottoms combo from Old Navy, and be sure to check out our print-on-print tutorial here.
Bold, Bright & Beautiful. Color was king at Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show, and just in time for spring. From coral to teal, neon to turquoise, we saw a whole rainbow over the course of 24 hours. We loved this teal dress from Anthropologie, below – perfect for a Sunday brunch. What’s your favorite trending color for spring?
Don’t Forget the Men. Ok, we’ll admit it: we can be a little self-centered when it comes to fashion. But Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show reminded us that our men love to look dapper, too! Designer Anthony Franco had us swooning with a cotton tux, below, from his latest collection. Didn’t we tell you cotton is red carpet ready?
All in all, we saw some amazing fashion hit the runway, but now our closets are feeling a little left out of the fun. So we thought some retail therapy was in order…and thankfully our friends over at People StyleWatch have just the thing! Editor Susan Kaufman and Fashion Director Kate Dimmock curated 12 shoppable looks for the runway, ranging from print-on-print to cropped and cuffed denim, all showcasing America’s style from coast to coast. Plus, stay tuned for a little something that could put a little extra cash in your wallet – perfect for picking up a few new cotton finds!
We’re headed to Miami today for Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show, which will be airing live starting at 8pm tomorrow, March 1st, right here. We can’t wait for the 1,440 looks that will come down the runway in those 24 hours, and for all the rest of the hoopla that goes along with a fashion show: the frenzy backstage, the VIPs, the hosts (including Giuliana Rancic!) who get the crowd excited, and the fashion that inspires us all. More than 70 retailers are participating in this year’s show, and we’d be lying if we said we won’t be keeping an eye out for our own wardrobes, too! A little retail therapy never hurt anyone, right?
We’ll be live tweeting from @cottonfashion– follow along and join in on the fun with the hash tag #cotton24hours!
And for those of you who missed the action back in 2011, check out our highlights from the very first Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show in 2011 right here.
Do you want to celebrate weekend fun all week long? Kate Spade Saturday collection delivers the essence of the “off duty” style through playful and versatile designs and bold colors. The new brand is launching this March, but here’s a sneak peak of some of our favorite cotton looks.
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