It's officially summer and I'm ready for an exotic vacation! I've spent more than enough days indoors catching up on TV shows, fixing home appliances and fantasizing about time away from work. Recently I learned my friend Liz was planning a three-week sightseeing jaunt to Africa. Knowing this would be a wildly educational and enriching trip, I just couldn't fathom sweating out my first visit there during the hottest time of the year. So instead I decided to channel the culture with a few tribal-inspired pieces and await a more comfortable time to go.
Want to get a fashion fix without spending a ton of money? Take a minute, play tourist and check out these cultural institutions for a little apparel and accessory therapy. Museums across the country are open, some with adjusted summer hours and senior discounts, waiting for you - yes, you the fashionable one - to visit.
Meet Debra McGuire, the megawatt costume designer who with nearly 30 years of professional experience is a comedic director's dream. She has designed theater, film and TV, and secured her place as one of the fashion industry's most talented people. With two Primetime Emmy Outstanding Costume nominations under her belt and an undying passion to her craft, McGuire took a break from her current television project, The Exes (TV Land, Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. ET) , to reflect on her career and share some styling tips.
In a few days Father's Day (June 16) will be here. You still may be sure what to get dear ol' dad or you're pondering what you've already selected. Because no one has ever really admitted that shopping for Pops was easy, I've decided to help you skip aimlessly wandering in the mall by directing you to a few fashionable and novelty gift items that I'm sure he'd love.
Jeans - the iconic American clothing item found in most closets - continues to dominate the apparel world in all age categories. From stonewashed to true indigo, ripped or creased, skinny to boot-cut, the 1873 clothing invention comes in whatever style your heart desires. You can dress it up with a blazer and a button-up woven shirt for casual Fridays and dress them down by adding a blousy top for dinner with friends. Jeans that fit right and styled with accessories can you elevate your look and bring out confidence you didn't know you had - no matter your age.
Can't go on that tropical vacation just yet? No need to fret, you can mimic the vibe right here at home minus airline and suitcases. Trending this season is apparel featuring large and small floral prints. I've assembled a look that channels your much needed getaway and won't drain your pockets.
Many of you know Jane Seymour as the actress behind Michaela Quinn, the strong lead character in the hit '90s television series , Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. What you may not know is that Seymour has evolved to become a brand that includes a clothing line, home accessories, floral designs, books and starter painting kits. I connected with the busy entrepreneur, who hasn't completely given up acting, to talk about her latest endeavor, which ( hint, hint )would make a great Mother's Day gift.
New York magazine nailed it when it labeled fashion designer Catherine Malandrino as the "ultimate Frenchwoman in America." And like her peer Marc Jacobs, she, too, turned the big 5-Oh this month (April 22). Malandrino's design concept has always been "to bring softness and refinement to an urban, feminine wardrobe and to help the woman show her character and individuality through her unique clothes." And it has worked for her as evidenced by her successful career both in her native France and the United States for more than 12 years. Malandrino has earned some cachet: Madonna has worn one of the designer's pieces from her "Flag" collection and Malandrino's boutique has appeared in the TV hit Sex and the City. Now that she is an international phenomon within the luxury fashion market, she's experimenting with bringing her aesthetic to the masses. This fall, Malandrino will team up with Kohl's department stores as their third designer to participate in DesignNation, a series of collections that reflects influences from global destinations on a designer's aesthetic. The 80-piece collection will draw from her recent trip to Paris and pieces will sell from $36 to $130 in Kohl's stores and online. Congrats to Malandrino on her birthday and success with her new line!
Remember the pistachio Samsonite luggage you had in the '70s or the refrigerator you owned in mint green? Well, the hue is back in fresh new ways. Retailers across the country have embraced the trend and are now saturating the market with the icy color. From shoes to clutches, I've selected a handful of seafoam accessories that can accompany you when lunching with friends or kicking back at the beach.
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