Designer Spotlight: Nike

Nike is no stranger to the fitness apparel game with its innovative footwear and weather technology. However, now they are taking on high fashion with supermodel Karlie Kloss as the face of their newest collection. Looking cute while sweating it out just got easier.

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As a former ballerina, Karlie Kloss is a long-time advocate for staying fit and healthy. So Nike’s decision to use the athletically conscious model is no surprise. What’s different with Nike’s latest endeavor? Nike has teamed up with designer Pedro Lourenco to create a new women’s training collection. The line, which releases November 13th, promises to suffice the growing desire for luxury sportswear as it brings modern styles to fit gear. Typical of Nike’s fashion-meets-function style, the 9-piece capsule collection features chic outerwear with zipped pockets, lightweight materials, and a feminine look. Nike has also revamped older trends such as 60’s era neoprene into modern sportswear through its signature Dri-FIT fabric. Intrigued? While we wait for the launch of Nike’s latest line, we’ve decided to highlight some of our favorite pieces that are available to shop now.

The Circuit Trainer

Circuit Trainer | Nike Outfits | Cute Workout Clothes | Nike Swoosh Out All Time Hoodie; Nike Legend 2.0 Print Tight Fit Poly Pants; Nike Pro Tank; Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 Training Shoe; Nike Speed Rope 2.0

Best-selling pants and neon accents bring playfulness to this training look. Complete the outfit with stylish, flexible sneakers and a lightweight sweatshirt.

Shop the Look: Nike Swoosh Out All Time Hoodie; Nike Legend 2.0 Print Tight Fit Poly Pants; Nike Pro Tank; Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 Training Shoe; Nike Speed Rope 2.0 

The Outdoorsy Girl

Cute Workout Clothes | Nike Outfits | Nike Pro Hyperwarm Hoodie; Nike Pro Hyperwarm Mezzo Waistband Tights; Nike iPhone 5 Diamond Arm Band; Nike Air Pegasus 31 Running Shoe; Nike AOP Legend Tank

Nike’s hyperwarm fabric combines heat technology with a sleek, feminine fit. Team this pant/hoodie duo with colorful sneakers and a bright armband for a hands-free sweat session.

Shop the Look: Nike Pro Hyperwarm Hoodie; Nike Pro Hyperwarm Mezzo Waistband Tights; Nike iPhone 5 Diamond Arm Band; Nike Air Pegasus 31 Running Shoe; Nike AOP Legend Tank

The Yogi

Cute Workout Clothes | Nike Outfits | Nike Flow Tank; Nike Dri-FIT Knit Pants; Nike Performance Graphic Yoga Mat; Nike Studio Wrap Shoes; Nike Pro Classic Bra

Soft, seamless pants with Dri-FIT technology promise all day comfort. Pair them with studio shoes and a cute, colorful mat for an easy yoga outfit.

Shop the Look: Nike Flow Tank; Nike Dri-FIT Knit Pants; Nike Performance Graphic Yoga Mat; Nike Studio Wrap Shoes; Nike Pro Classic Bra

The Runner

Cute Workout Clothes | Nike Outfits | Nike Pro Core Bra; Nike Dri-FIT Racer Crop; Nike Flow Tank; Nike Tech Fleece Funnel Po Hoodie; Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit

Top-rated running sneakers, breathable pants, and a lightweight tank combine on this runner’s outfit. Top it off with a cozy hoodie for those extra cool mornings.

Shop the Look: Nike Pro Core Bra; Nike Dri-FIT Racer Crop; Nike Flow Tank; Nike Tech Fleece Funnel Po Hoodie; Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit

Designer Spotlight: Altuzarra for Target

Target is no stranger to designer collaborations and this season is no different. Yesterday the popular discount retailer launched its latest partnership with CFDA Women’s Designer of the Year winner, Joseph Altuzzara. We have to say, the collection is nothing short of stunning.

Designer Spotlight | Altuzarra for Target

Altuzzara for Target is made up of 50 pieces, ranging from $18-$90. The line is sexy, sophisticated, and so perfect for a fall work wardrobe that we can’t help but share it. In the words of Altuzzara himself, “When designing for this collection and for my own collections, we always have the Altuzarra woman in mind- a woman who is sophisticated, confident and not afraid to express herself with fashion.” (Forbes) The target collection does just that. Typical of Altuzzara’s signature style, the new collection incorporates his global edge with bohemian accents, tailored clothing, and exotic prints. Each piece is subtly seductive, body conscious, and suitable for a wide range of ages. Pencil skirts are constructed in everything from classic blacks to bold snake prints, there are unexpected red velvet tuxedo suits, and he’s even included outfit toppers such as waist-cinching belts and luxe scarves.

The best part about Altuzarra for Target?

When worn alone, each piece makes a subtle statement that can easily fit into one’s already existing wardrobe. When worn as a collection however, each look is modern, sophisticated, and demands attention. Looking to bring edgy elegance to your wardrobe this fall? We’ve pulled some of our favorites. 

Altuzarra for Target | Shop the Collection

Shop (from left to right): 1. Button Down Dress; 2. Ankle Strap Pump; 3. Sheer Swiss Dot Bow Blouse; 4. Sheer Swiss Dot Scarf; 5. Python Bow Blouse; 6. Tailored Dress with Crane Embroidery; 7. Faux Croc Belt in Black; 8. Trench Coat with Back Detail; 9. Velvet Tuxedo Ankle Pants; 10. Velvet Blazer in Ruby Hill; 11. Faux Croc Belt in Brown; 12. Python Sheer Peasant Blouse in Emerald; 13. Ankle Boots in Black

The Best of Mara Hoffman Summer Fashion

Known for her extremely bright and bold prints, New York based designer Mara Hoffman has secured her spot in summer fashion. The brand covers everything from swimsuits, to sweaters, to gowns, with bright colors and patterns encompassing nearly ever piece. What does this mean for you? Incredible summer style, minimal accessories, and instant wow-factor looks. Whether you’re heading to a tropical vacation this summer or simply want to brighten up by the pool, Mara Hoffman’s spring 2014 line is definitely worth checking out. Shop our stylists’ their favorite cover-ups, swimsuits and dresses to jumpstart your summer style.

Mara Hoffman Swimwear: Cover-Ups

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Shop: 1. Mara Hoffman Easy Dress; 2. Mara Hoffman Cover Up Maxi Dress; 3. Mara Hoffman Poncho

Mara Hoffman Swimwear: Bikinis

TopShelf Clothes | Mara Hoffman Swimwear

Shop: 1. Mara Hoffman Underwire Bustier Top and Bottom; 2. Mara Hoffman Basket Weave Top and Bottom; 3. Mara Hoffman Cami Underwire Divine Top and Bottom

Mara Hoffman Day to Night: Dresses

TopShelf Clothes | Mara Hoffman Swimwear

Shop: 1. Mara Hoffman Side Cutout Fitted Dress; 2. Mara Hoffman Cutout Maxi Dress; 3. Mara Hoffman Cut Over Dress

Spring Picks: Kate Spade Shoes & Accessories

“Crisp color, graphic prints, and playful sophistication” are hallmarks of the Kate Spade New York empire. From ‘it bags” and tech accessories, to sandals and statement jewelry, our stylists have pulled the best of Kate Spade’s spring collection for you.

Kate Spade Accessories: ‘It’ Bags

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  1. Holly Street Rubie Giverny Blue Bag: If you’re already set with neutral accessories for spring, why not try a pop of color? This blue shoulder bag features a long strap and a fold-over flap for a stylish, hands-free option.
  2. Cedar Street Small Luciana Dark Geranium Bag: This timeless tote will become your go-to pick for any season. The size is just large enough to hold your daily essentials, making it the perfect day to night carryall.
  3. Francis Tote: Bright, graphic prints make this bag a necessary weekend staple. Take this spacious tote to anything from the farmer’s market to the pool.
Kate Spade Accessories: Spring Necessities
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TopShelf Clothes | Kate Spade Accessories

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  1. Cobblestone Park Stripe Anna Cosmetics Case: This stylish makeup case is the perfect size to take when you’re on the go. We especially love its easy-to-clean PVC exterior.
  2. Bella iPad Folio: Not your typical iPad folio- this design features a playful, Italian design and interior easel for hands-free viewing.
  3. Hello blossom iPhone 5 & 5s Case: Hello, Blossom. Need we say more?
Kate Spade Accessories: Flirty Shoes
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TopShelf Clothes | Kate Spade Accessories

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  1. Elysee d’Orsay Flats: A classic d’Orsay flat with floral details will bring instant femininity to everyday style. Team them with your favorite pair of denim and knits for an easy weekend look.
  2. Idelisa Heels: Warmer weather means statement sandals! Highlight these heels by setting them against a flirty, white sundress.
  3. Black Jelly/Dusty Rose Flower: Kick your casual looks up a notch with these comfortable jelly sandals. You can wear them with anything from boyfriend jeans to maxi dresses.
Kate Spade Accessories: Accent Pieces
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TopShelf Clothes | Kate Spade Accessories

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  1. Fiona Tortoise/Brown Sunglasses: Nothing refreshes your look for spring quite like a new pair of shades. This tortoise shell style features a subtle cat eye that is perfect for everyday glam.
  2. Pucker Up Short Necklace: A bright statement necklace can take anything from a simple tee shirt to an evening dress to the next level. Make this one pop against a solid colored top.
  3. Secret Garden Mixed Stone Stud Earrings: Lightweight studs are a necessary part of one’s everyday look. This ‘secret garden’ pair will add instant excitement to your style with its eye-catching yellow and gold combo. 

Designer Spotlight: Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg. You’ve heard her name, you’ve seen her designs, but how much do you know about how she earned her iconic status?

Who is Diane?

In 1974, Diane von Furstenberg invented the wrap dress, serving as her own model for the design. Shortly after, the wrap dress came to symbolize power and independence for an entire generation of women, leading to over a million sales by 1976 (dvf.com). Diane entered the fashion world with the simple statement: “feel like a woman, wear a dress,” and her designs have held true to this saying, withstanding the test of time.

TopShelf Clothes | Shop Diane von Furstenberg

Diane’s Empire & Current Style:

Today, Diane has transformed her self-titled company Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) into a full-on lifestyle brand, selling everything from iconic dresses to accessories and home furnishings. Despite being a global empire, it remains a style that is distinctly her own, with sophisticated feminine designs with curve-gracing silhouettes and flattering prints.

This season, DVF is channeling her signature prints through safari-inspired patterns, geometric shapes, and abstract animal designs. From clothing to accessories, our stylists are sharing their favorites of the season. 

Shop Diane von Furstenberg: Dresses

TopShelf Clothes | Shop Diane von Furstenberg

Shop: 1. Diane von Furstenberg Adrianna printed Chiffon Maxi Dress; 2. Diane von Furstenberg Agness Tunic Dress; 3. Diane von Furstenberg New Julian Silk Jersey Wrap Dress; 4. Diane von Furstenberg Lusaka Grommet Detail Dress

Shop Diane von Furstenberg: Blouses

TopShelf Clothes | Shop Diane von Furstenberg

Shop: 1. Diane von Furstenberg Gilmore Printed Silk Blouse; 2. Diane von Furstenberg Jaden Printed Cotton Blouse; 3. Diane von Furstenberg Bryn Printed Chiffon Peasant Blouse; 4. Diane von Furstenberg Lorelei Two Printed Silk Shirt

Shop Diane von Furstenberg: Outfit Toppers

TopShelf Clothes | Shop Diane von Furstenberg

Shop: 1. Diane von Furstenberg 440 Envelope Colorblock Snake Clutch; 2. Diane von Furstenberg Security Blanket Oversized Scarf (can also be used as a sarong, wrap or beach blanket); 3. Diane von Furstenberg Padme Sutra Chain Detail Sandal; 4. Diane von Furstenberg Sutra Mini Leather Crossbody Bag 


Designer Spotlight: Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff is this Monday’s Muse, and it’s not hard to justify why she is inspiring. The designer of her self-titled brand, which she founded with her brother Uri, is a well-known and respected name in the fashion world. Unlike many of her peers, Rebecca Minkoff has always been a social media wizard, with tech savvy and a truly modern approach to fashion. Last season she made the bold decision and partnered with Snapchat, to preview her designs from her spring 2014 collection before they were shown on the runway. Hats off to Rebecca!

TopShelf Clothes | Designer Spotlight

How did her career start? In 2001, Minkoff designed a five-piece capsule collection, which appeared on The Tonight Show and instantly became a sensation. It was in 2005 that Minkoff created her first handbag, the “Morning After Bag” (a.k.a. the M.A.B.) and the rest, as they say, is history. After the introduction of Minkoff’s iconic M.A.B. bag, her career took off with its popular “downtown romantic” themed designs. Since her launch, Rebecca Minkoff has grown to be a global lifestyle brand with everything from accessories to apparel to jewelry.

What style do her designs have? When creating new collections, Rebecca Minkoff designs with the “versatility-driven customer in mind” (Nordstrom)- they are designed to make a statement while still remaining a go-to everyday accessory. Her clothing mimics that young and edgy, yet sophisticated vibe with a range of printed dresses, feminine jackets and modern accents that make an understated statement. And we LOVE her eclectic prints! Shop our favorite pieces for spring.

Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014: The Bags

TopShelf Clothes | Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014

Shop: 1. Rebecca Minkoff Amorous Satchel; 1. Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Cross Body Bag 3. Rebecca Minkoff Leo Tote with Removable Clutch

Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014: The Shoes

TopShelf Clothes | Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014

Shop: 1. Rebecca Minkoff Moss Open Toe Booties; 2. Rebecca Minkoff Isadora Printed Toe Flats; 3. Rebecca Minkoff Banded Open Toe Parker High Heel

Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014: The Clothes

TopShelf Clothes | Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014

Shop: 1. Rebecca Minkoff Glamrock Dress; 2. Rebecca Minkoff Miles Jacket; 3. Rebecca Minkoff Lorelei Silk Shift Dress

Designer Spotlight: Eleanor Kalle

TopShelf stylist Randi Tutelman not only offers consistent (and spectacular) fashion advice to our online shoppers, but she also is an incredible jewelry designer as well. Today we are excited to give an insider’s look at her brand Eleanor Kalle, her inspiration as both a stylist and a designer, and of course, her young and fresh styling advice.

Randi Tutelman on Her Personal Style:

“If I could define my style in five words they would be: effortless, bold, feminine, classic and unique. I consider myself a savvy shopper. I enjoy playing dress-up, but also enjoy a casual comfortable look during the day. I like taking risks with colors, patterns, and textures. When shopping around, I enjoy mixing and matching high and low end designers. Shopping is a process; I like to change things up and not shop based on trends.” – Randi

About Her Brand, Eleanore Kalle:

TopShelf Clothes | Eleanore Kalle

Eleanor Kalle is a lifestyle brand featuring functional fashion jewelry for the adventurous girl inside all of us. The New York-based brand focuses on versatile statement necklaces and handchains, all of which are handmade with love in America. Newly launched by Randi Tutelman and Amy Mazius, the designers use their free spirited method to create bold pieces.

So, where can you buy them? In addition to their official site, Eleanor Kalle is sold at Milly on Madison Avenue and is actually expanding with Milly into the Middle East. Additionally, the talented duo will be showcasing their brand at Henri Bendel’s upcoming Pop-Up Shop this February.

What’s up next? Amy and Randi are thrilled to announce the upcoming debut of their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. “Designing with a “grunge-chic” girl in mind, Eleanor Kalle sees summer as a time to play with dripping jewels and minimalist shapes. Using the hard vs. soft aesthetic, Spring/Summer 2014 is all about fluid geometry. Look out for lilac stones and metallic hardware.” – EK 

Now, ready to see some pieces? Today we asked the Eleanore Kalle team to style a few of their favorite pieces:

TopShelf Clothes | Eleanore Kalle

“This look takes a trend we especially love—the boyfriend fit—and adds a sexy feminine twist. We paired Rag & Bone boyfriend jeans in a light wash with a crisp white Theory oxford.  Team them with Ivanka Trump’s spring floral sling backs for just the right softness and top it all off with Eleanor Kalle jewelry!” - EK

Shop the look: Theory Larissa II Luxe Top; Rag & Bone JEAN Boyfriend Jeans; Ivanka Trump Pointed Toe Halter Back High Pumps

Eleanor Kalle Look #2:

TopShelf Clothes | Eleanor Kalle

“Staying on trend with ‘sensory overload’ for spring is cool and effortless with Clover Canyon neoprene pieces. We started this look with a statement-sleeve printed top. Pairing it with a high waist skirt dresses up the trend; we chose this Nameless skirt with an interesting hemline to play off the top’s bold pattern (plus, it’s a steal under $40!).

Our Eleanor Kalle statement necklace will add a polished finishing touch. We chose The Taja necklace, which complements the colors in the Clover Canyon top. Plus, gunmetal one of our favorite colors for spring.” -EK

Shop the Look: NAMELESS High Waist Front Slit Skirt; KOTUR Glitter Globe Minaudiere; Joan & David Pointed Toe Arant Ankle Strap Pumps; Clover Canyon Cigar Granny Top

For more on Randi, check out her TopShelf Stylist Profile.


Designer Spotlight: Isabel Marant for H&M

If you haven’t already heard, famed designer Isabel Marant has some huge news. The typically high-end designer known for her minimalist, bohemian style is launching a new project, Isabel Marant for H&M. H&M has had its fair share of designer collabs in the past with top brands such as Karl Lagerfeld, Marni and Stella McCartney to name a few. However, the hype around Isabel Marant for H&M (including a to-the-second countdown on H&M’s site) has us extra excited.

TopShelf Clothes | Isabel Marant for HM

Isabel Marant started designing accessories in 1989 and launched a full ready-to-wear collection in 1994. In 1999, Marant created a lower priced line, Etoile, followed by a children’s line in 2004. As for her style, Marant is known for creating minimalist clothing with a laid back feel. Typical pieces include casual dresses and relaxed knits- pieces that can easily be dressed up without sacrificing comfort. 

So, what’s in store for Isabel Marant for H&M? The collection, which launches November 14th, features a lot of texture, a little edge and an emphasis on versatility. Expect to see a range of slouchy pants, structured jackets and well-cut sweaters. There are even a couple of detailed shoes and accessories that are sure to spice up any look!

Can’t wait to see Isabel Marant for HM in stores? Today we’re sharing some of our favorite pieces from the new collection.

TopShelf Clothes | Isabel Marant for HM


Designer Spotlight: Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren has been a household name since he began designing in 1968. Starting with a line of ties and menswear, Ralph Lauren acquired enough business to launch his own in-store boutique at Bloomingdales. Within just a few years, Ralph Lauren expanded his brand to womenswear, fragrance, home furnishings, and numerous other departments that contributed to his powerful global empire.

TopShelf Clothes | Ralph Lauren Fall 2013Now at 73 years old, Ralph Lauren’s designs have taken on a distinct look that satisfies a wide range of styles. From his signature preppy polos and blazers to his mix of luxurious fabrics and feminine cuts, Lauren’s designs offer something for everyone. So, what’s in store this fall? 

 A Look at Ralph Lauren Fall 2013:

The Ralph Lauren Fall 2013 collection showcased a fusion of leather, fur and feminine waistlines. Much of the collection was in black, as he used textures and structures to make a statement. As for the colorful pieces, Lauren incorporated a mix of velvet fabrics in deep jewel tones and with a select few bold white ensembles as well.

TopShelf Clothes | Ralph Lauren Fall 2013

What’s up next? As we turn our heads to the plaid trend this week, we will definitely be scoping out Ralph Lauren’s latest retail designs. From deep green patterns to classic red tartan, Lauren has provided a chic and sophisticated take on the comfortable fall trend.

The American Dream: Elie Tahari

This year, Elie Tahari is on the tip of everyone’s tongues. To kick off Mercedes Benz Fashion Week festivities last week, designers, stylists, and editors alike celebrated the his company’s 40th anniversary. In fact, just last Wednesday was proclaimed “Elie Tahari Day” by Mayor Bloomberg. While 40 years is an impressive feat in itself, what’s even more remarkable is how Elie Tahari got there.  

TopShelf Clothes | Elie Tahari fall winter 2013

Elie Tahari grew up in an Israeli orphanage before making his way to New York. Coming to the states with less than $100 in his pocket, Tahari actually slept on park benches before entering the fashion world and making a name for himself. Tahari first hit it big in 1974 when he became the first designer to open a boutique on Madison Avenue. And as they say, the rest is history. Since his launch, Tahari has expanded his brand to men and women’s clothing and accessories with a market that reaches worldwide.

Tahari’s designs feature luxurious fabrics and subtle textures which flatter its wearer with an understated elegance. His fall/winter 2013 features a range of structured pieces in deep blues and black. And while each piece is distinct from the next, the range of sophisticated jackets, dresses and pants are totally versatile, making them an excellent investment for the workingwoman on the go.

Elie Tahari Fall Winter 2013:

TopShelf Clothes | Elie Tahari Fall Winter 2013