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London Fashion Week: Designer Connect Five

New York Fashion Week is coming to a close, but have no fear…the excitement continues!

London Fashion Week kicks off on Friday 17th September so get ready for the Geldofs on the front row, reports from the best after-show parties and some great new designers showing for the first time. London is know for having the edgiest new designers as well as a great wealth of established fashion talent so we’re uber excited to see what trends come out  of London for next Spring/Summer!

To celebrate the S/S 2011 fashion shows, here at Shop It To Me we have delved deep and researched the favourite designers of a sample of more than 10,000 women who reside in the United Kingdom. And since a woman’s shopping experience never ends with just one click of the mouse, what else they are most likely to peruse?  For instance, if someone likes Vivienne Westwood or Stella McCartney, what other designers are they likely to be drawn to?

For instance, let’s take the great dame of British Fashion herself, Vivienne Westwood. For women who love Viv, who else do they lust after?  In keeping with her signature style, followers of her label are loyal Brits also loving Alexander McQueen, Topshop and Stella McCartney.

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Likewise, one of the most anticipated LFW shows will be Acne and their contemporary chic approach is reflected in the choice of brands their fans also choose Chloe, Miu Miu, Topshop, Marc Jacobs and All Saints.

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This unique research from Shop It To Me will hopefully widen your interest in new designers or clothing brands – introducing some additional options to your wardrobe for the season ahead.

Check out the list below for little game of what we call Designer Connect Five – sure to keep you busy when you’re in between shows and also a little hint as to what new designers you might want to take a look at depending on who your current favourite is…

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How to read the chart above: Among U.K. women who selected each designer listed on the left hand side, the colored dots represent the other top 5 most popularly selected labels

Other food for thought & new designers to watch:

  • Those eager for Erdem are also likely to have a penchant for Chloe, Miu Miu, Christian Louboutin, Marc Jacobs and DVF
    • New designer Michael van der Ham might be right up Erdem fans’ street with his patterns and textures

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  • The effortlessly British brand, Jaeger, prompts a more cosmopolitan following, with fans of the label also selecting Prada, Jimmy Choo, Karen Millen, French Connection and Ralph Lauren
    • Those who love a bit more of a classic look might want to keep an eye on Simone Rocha who describes her style as ‘modern and romantic’

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  • If you’re a fan of go-to glamour label Issa, it’s more than likely you also be coveting Chloe, DVF, Marc Jacobs and Christian Louboutin this season
    • Mary Katrantzou with her beautiful dresses should hit a nerve with Issa lovers

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  • Fans of the fabulously fashionable Miller sisters, behind cult label Twenty8Twelve, tend to mix High Street and designer pieces, looking to Topshop, French Connection, Marc Jacobs, Chloe and Miu Miu
    • If ‘sophistication with a dirty rugged edge’ sounds like your style try Heikki Salonen

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  • Matthew Williamson admirers maintain their approach to grown-up glamour by choosing complementary brands such as Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo and Chloe
    • Felicity Brown makes ‘clothes that appeal to women with a sense of drama and romance’* (Sunday Times Style) perfect for those that also like Michael Williamson

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UK members: get access to sales from these great designers year-round

Members of ShopItToMe.co.uk: We’ve curated a list of all of the LFW designers that are available to add to your profile.  Members can access it here and add your favourite brands to your profile so you get sale updates year-round.

September 15, 2010   No Comments

Day 6: Vera Wang, Rosa Cha, Herve Leger, and more

Today is another fascinating one, and busy-as-busy-can be at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week!

On Katrina’s agenda today:

7+ Shows/Presentations: Vera Wang, Rosa Cha, Herve Leger by Max Azria, Alice Temperley, Tibi, Luca Luca, and Narciso Rodriguez

7+ Backstage interviews (which can be found on PinkMemo.com): Alexandre Herchcovitch (a Brazilian fashion designer), supermodel Chanel Iman, hair legend Ric Pepino, Bibhu Mohapatra (a India-born designer), Max Azria, Alice Temperley, and Amy Smilovic of Tibi

To look fabulous for all of these many events, Katrina outfitted herself in the below Aquascutum dress, which she found through Shop It To Me, on theOutnet for, believe-it-or-not, 75%-off!

Acquascutum

Vera Wang show: Beehives dominated Vera Wang’s runway…as did black booties, sculptural shapes, knotted black rope belts and modified harem pants.

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Then, Katrina headed backstage at Bibhu Mohapatra, who was shooting his lookbook prior to his S/S presentation (styled by Lauren Santo Domingo).

Bibhu Mohapatra backstage

Lauren tweaks a look at Bibhu Mohapatra

From there, it was off to backstage at Rosa Cha:

Rosa Cha backstage

Katrina said, “Here the models don their sexy suits before the Rosa Cha show. Ric Pepino told me the hair is inspired by Brazilian party girls … what their hair would look like the day after a night on the town.”

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Interviewing Alexandre Herchcovitch backstage at Rosa Cha

And, it’s showtime!

The suspense and energy that comes with the removal of the plastic runway covering at Rosa Cha…

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…show is about to begin!

First look: Chanel Iman

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Rosa Cha bikini

Katrina said, “Chanel told me she is “obsessed” with this bikini.”

Rosa Cha finale

Rosa Cha finale

And then, off to Herve Leger by Max Azria. Should we expect to see more of the infamous ‘bandage-dress’?

Herve Leger shoes

Shoes backstage at Herve Leger

The answer is no!  Looser and more flowy than usual!

Herve Leger Dress

Katrina said, “Love the not tight-all-over silhouette…not the norm at Herve Leger…I love this dress!”

Herve Leger finale

“The best Herve Leger collection from Max Azria yet! Loved it.”

And, the night is young…

September 14, 2010   No Comments

Day 5: Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, Tracy Reese, and more

If we had to pick one word to summarize Katrina’s day today, it would be FEMININE.  With a line-up including Betsey Johnson, Monique Lhullier, Tracy Reese and Carolina Herrera — she has one girly day in store!

And, yesterday’s rain turned into a glorious day today:

Katrina Szish outfit

Happy Monday! Sunny and warm! Wearing Chloe dress I found on sale at ShopItToMe with a Sang A clutch, Kara Ross ring and Giuseppe Zanotti platforms pulled by PJ

On her docket today: backstage interview at Carolina, and other stand-ups and interviews for the Early Show Fashion Week feature that airs Friday.  Shooting for the rest of the day for PinkMemo.com and hitting Tracy Reese, Monique L’Huillier, Betsey Johnson, Chris Benz, and Marc Jacobs.

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Backstage at Carolina Herrera shooting with CBS.  Katrina said, “Check out this awesome hat I got to try on — it is about to make its runway debut!”

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The Vogue crew sitting in the front row at Carolina Herrera

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Carolina Herrera finale

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A backstage look: Katrina said, “Here’s the complete look that goes with the hat I tried on backstage at Carolina Herrera.”

After the Carolina Herrera show was Tracy Reese:

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Cut-out back details at Tracy Reese…beautiful!

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The new hemline length, seen at Prabal Gurung, Tracy Reese (pictured) and more…

Stay tuned for more coverage from Katrina Szish’s experience at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week!

In other exciting news — all of these shows (Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, and Tracy Reese) are designers that can be added to your Shop It To Me profile.  Check out our list of designers who showed at NYFW and add them to your profile today.

September 13, 2010   No Comments

Day 4: Rebecca Taylor, Lela Rose, Thuy and more

Day 4  — it’s a rainy and gloomy one…  For Katrina’s outfit of the day, she and stylist PJ did some last minute mixing & matching to suit the weather.  She ended up wearing a Moschino bag and Valentino shoes found through Shop It To Me with a trench and blouse by Escada, and Genetic Denim jeans (“The James” — her favorite!).   On today’s agenda: shows from Lela Rose, Rebecca Taylor and Thuy, then hosting the PinkMemo/Thuy afterparty at Trump SoHo.

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Katrina said, “I went a bit rogue today mixing pieces from a few different looks because it’s chilly and drizzly.”

As a happy start to brighten the beginning of her day, Katrina ran into her friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the Lincoln Center’s Director of Fashion.  Katrina said, “Stephanie is the It-girl of Fashion Week. She is truly an inspiration and always has been. We worked at VOGUE together, and I even went to her wedding. She’s the real deal.”

She then started the day at the Lela Rose show:

Photographers Pit at Lela Rose

The photographer’s pit at Lela Rose

LelaRose bodice

“Love the bodice”

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“Lela Rose is sending BEAUTIFUL cocktail dresses down the runway”

After the Lela Rose show, it was time for typically also-feminine Rebecca Taylor.   Check out the scalloped, lacquered, dusty rose runway!

Rebecca Taylor jumpsuit

For the first look, Rebecca Taylor sent the above jumpsuit down the runway

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And, the final show that Katrina attended today was the Thuy (pronounced TWEE) show.  Here’s one shot, and then the finale!

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Thuy finale

September 12, 2010   1 Comment

Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2011 Fashion Week Presentation

After trudging through the rainy and chilly NYC weather today, I made it to the Rebecca Minkoff S/S 2011 presentation, which brought some sunshine to my spirit.  It was held in The Box at Lincoln Center.  Each of the four sides of  central platform in the middle of the room were lined by models, and guests were invited to circle the platform snapping photos and taking in the new styles.  Rebecca has certainly moved beyond the bags we all love, and also showcased a large # of apparel styles and her new shoe collection!

Here are some highlights:

Themes included tan/snakeskin colored clothing and bags, vibrant red looks splashed in amongst largely a sea of neutrals, and black/white graphic ensembles.

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Snakeskin bag

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Reds

Popular blogger, Rumi Neely, from Fashion Toast was a guest model in a front & center location (that’s her in the tan dress with black booties).

Fashion Toast Rumi Neely

The shoes were unique and many actually looked comfortable!  From booties to wedges to strappy heels, quite a variety could be worn not only in the spring/summer season, but year-round.

Shoes

strappy shoes

In terms of bags, in addition to the snakeskin and other animal-esque styles, there were a few varieties with piping on the edges (also seen in some of the brand’s recent advertisements).  A plethora of new silhouttes too  — even the reincarnation of the morning-after bag felt like a new twist!

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city chic

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Rebecca herself seemed just delightful (and delighted)!

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All in all, Rebecca’s fans seemed to really enjoy the presentation, with quite an impressive # of women attending in RM clothing and handbags from previous seasons.

Want to add Rebecca Minkoff to your Shop It To Me profile so you can be the first to know when her styles go on sale in your size? Just edit your preferences.  Rebecca is also a fellow tweeter and updates regularly!  Follow her @rebeccaminkoff for the constant scoop.

September 12, 2010   1 Comment

Day 3 of Fashion Week: Jam-packed!

It’s Day 3 of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week — an incredibly busy one for Katrina (with some AMAZING celeb interviews!).  We are in awe of her seemingly endless energy, especially after a late and exciting time hosting the Karen Millen event for Fashion’s Night Out.  Regardless, Katrina was up early and looking fabulous for another jam-packed day.  Here’s just a glimpse into a few of the many of today’s events:

Katrina kicked off the morning with the taping of a TV show segment about fall accessories, books, and gadgets.

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Katrina wearing Valentino for the taping, which she found through Shop It To Me.

Next up, she headed to Lincoln Center for a backstage interview with designer Prabal Gurung for CBS News…she even did costume change!  Katrina said, “The weather is significantly chillier than usual, so I’ve had to ask PJ to call in a bunch of jackets for layering. Last-minute fashion improvisation!”

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Here’s Katrina backstage at Prabal Gurung wearing a Derek Lam dress (also found through ShopItToMe.com), topped with a Nanette Lepore jacket.

Interviewing Prabal

Interviewing Prabal backstage for “The Early Show”.  Katrina said, “LOVE HIM!”

Some other insider-only views from backstage:

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The line-up of looks backstage at Prabal Gurung

Amongst today’s frenzy, Katrina interviewed none other than Rachel Zoe!!!  Rachel said she LOVED Prabal and that she is the president of his fan club.

interviewing Rachel Zoe

No words describe this moment better than Rachel’s famous phrase “I DIE”.

Rachel Zoe

And, as if that wasn’t enough for today, other events included the ADAM show, and the Mercedes-Benz cocktail party.

ADAM finale

ADAM finale

MB cocktail

Awaiting Milla Jovovich’s arrival at the Mercedes-Benz cocktail party. According to Katrina there were “amazing passed hors d’oeuvres, wine and petit-fours”.

More tomorrow!

September 11, 2010   No Comments

Day 2: Fashion Week

It’s Day 2 of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.  Here’s Katrina Szish about to walk out the door for a VERY jam-packed day. Today she’s wearing an Armand Basi jacket that she found via a Shop It To Me email with a Fabiola Arias skirt, McQueen bag, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and Kenneth Jay Lane cuffs.   Lauren Whitworth did her hair and make-up, and her bag is packed with her Blueprint Cleanse juices.

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Katrina Szish, heading out the door for Day 2 of Fashion Week, wearing an Armand Basi jacket she found via Shop It to Me.

First stop — show by Peter Som (her friend!), at 9am at MAC/MILK studios.

From there, it’s off to BCBG and Michael Angel…and preparing to host the Fashion’s Night Out bash at the Karen Millen store in SoHo tonight. LONG DAY! Then, up at 5am for a CBS Early Show segment Saturday morning, and back to Lincoln Center for an interview with Prabal Gurung and shows galore.

September 10, 2010   No Comments

Katrina at Fashion Week: Day 1 continued

More Fashion Week fun!  After a day full of shows, Katrina headed to the Chanel party last night.   Here’s a few pics from the festivities:

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En route on the trusty vespa

Karl Lagerfeld

Look who it is!

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Alexa Chung, in the DJ booth

September 10, 2010   No Comments

Katrina’s Journey: Day 1 of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

As we mentioned, we are excited to be dressing TV Personality Katrina Szish for her various duties and events during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.  Here’s the scoop of where she went and what she wore today!

Katrina’s first event at Lincoln Center, the new venue for Fashion Week, was for Christian Siriano’s show.

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Invitation to the Christian Siriano show

She was especially excited by the new “GPS” system that has been implemented.  Once you scan your barcode at a central kiosk, you receive your seating assignment (vs. waiting in line for someone to physically present you with this information).  It’s kind of like express check-in for boarding passes at the airport!

Barcode for fashion week

Katrina sent this picture to us and said, “Christian’s run-of-show and the new high-tech ticket system — you scan your barcode and it prints your seat number. Very Brave New World.”

And, to today’s events, Katrina work a beautiful Marc Jacobs dress and Moschino shoes.

Marc Jacobs Moschino

Katrina, entering the Christian Siriano show

Seems like a good wardrobe choice for Day 1!  She told us, ” The dress is a huge hit!!”

Sounds like tonight will consist of a Chanel cocktail party and more!  Stay tuned tomorrow.

September 9, 2010   3 Comments

Fashion Week: Behind-The-Scenes with Katrina Szish

The Spring 2011 Collections make their big debuts in NYC this week as the venerable “who’s who” of the fashion world descends on Lincoln Center.  For the folks who comprise that elite group, we imagine it’s quite vexing to figure out what to wear to the shows and that lots of energy goes into making a week’s worth of memorable style choices.

To get a closer look, we’re excited to be “dressing” TV personality and correspondent Katrina Szish for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, and turning our blog into her daily style diary.  We’ll highlight why Katrina made the style choices she did, where she’s going in each outfit, and more.

Katrina Szish HeadshotAbove: Katrina all glammed up during Fashion Week in February

Though she always looks like a million bucks, Katrina is one of the savviest shoppers around.  Already a fan of Shop It To Me—we turned her loose in Salemail to pick items that personally spoke to her and that she would be excited about wearing to this year’s Spring collections.  You’re in on our secret — few at the shows will know that she scooped up many of the pieces in her wardrobe on sale!

Working with stylist PJ Pascual, the two went wild snapping up designer pieces from TheOutNet, Endless, ASOS, Bluefly and others.  They are mixing in many of Katrina’s own favorite things to create looks that perfectly express her signature style.

pj pascualAbove: Katrina’s stylist PJ Pascual, at their pre-Fashion Week fitting, holding up a Marc Jacobs dress (through Shop It To Me).  PJ says, “What women need to realize is that the trends are just guidelines. You have to choose what looks good on your body. Women should ask these questions to themselves: What color suits them? What silhouette fits them? Fashion is YOU.”

On our blog we’ll post Katrina’s daily style choices, outtakes from her favorite fashion moments of the day and take you along for the ride as she goes behind the scenes.

For your first sneak peek, here are a few shots taken when Katrina and PJ met to put it all together in preparation for the upcoming shows:

Katrina in an Aquascutum dressAbove: Katrina in an Aquascutum dress (found through Shop It To Me)

Katrina in a Chloe dressAbove: Katrina in a Chloe dress (found through Shop It To Me) with accessories from Kenneth Jay Lane and Kara Ross

Katrina and PJAbove: Katrina & PJ enjoying the work and living pre-Fashion Week craziness.

Stay tuned for more of an inside look throughout the week!

September 8, 2010   5 Comments