Walter Van Beirendonck – Autumn Winter 2012-2013

Perhaps one of the most interesting collections of this Fashion Week season is the collection by the Belgian designer Walter Van Beirendonck. Beirendonck covered all of his models’ faces with masks in order to dehumanize his models, while toying with influences of S&M fetish culture. His trademark playful colors are juxtaposed with the stark creepiness and fear infused in his looks. Sometimes elegant, sometimes conservative, definitely scary, powerful, and sexual. Beirendonck’s collection is one that deserves and will garner a second look.

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J.C. Penney – New logo, new prices!

J.C. Penney, or as they now refer to themselves as jcpenney, began its retail makeover today. J.C. Penney has a new logo, and a new strategy as they are trying to revitalize its reputation. Its goal is to regain popularity and become “America’s favorite store” once again. Additionally, J.C. Penney is marking down the majority of their merchandise by 40% and almost eliminating coupons and sales so that customers don’t have to wait for a promotion to land a good deal. Last year, J.C. Penney had almost 600  separate sales events, but this year they are only planning to have around 12.

What do you think of the new logo? And can J.C. Penney be America’s retail sweetheart again?

Inside SML: Our Visit to Karmaloop Headquarters

Alex Mansi at the Karmaloop Headquarters in Boston MA

Shop My Label Director of Customer Experience, Alex Mansi

Last week, Shop My Label’s Partner Evangelist, Jimmy Donlon, and Account Manager of our Street, Skate & Surf brands, Alex Mansi, visited the headquarters of Karmaloop–a streetwear brand with more swagger than a bottle Kanye. They met with Greg Selkoe, CEO of Karmaloop to discuss partnership with Shop My Label.

We’re looking forward to having Karmaloop join the SML family of brand partners!

Love streetwear? Do your social circles revolve around urban style?  Then you should become a Shop My Label Shopkeeper.  SML has a cool collection of streetwear brands including First Class Clothing, Evidense, and through our partnership with Saks–tons more!

Beauty DIY: Sideswept Bangs

One of the best ways to change your overall look is to change your hair–it’s really the best part of any makeover!  You can change your hair color, but then you risk damaging your hair and having to wait for it to grow out when you get tired of it after 3 weeks (or change the color again, causing more damage) OR you can simply cut chic, yet sophisticated sideswept bangs.

God knows I’ve tried to cut my own bangs several times–#FAIL!  However, if you follow this DIY video by amazing beauty vlogger rosebud143 on how to cut your own sideswept bangs, you’ll cruise through without any hair catastrophes.

Let us know if you try it out!

Remember as a Shop My Label Shopkeeper you’ll have the opportunity to stock your shop, not only with gorgeous apparel, but also fine beauty products! Request an invite.

Fashion Meets Tech: BeSpeak Personal Stylist App for Men


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Screenshots of the BeSpeak Personal Stylist App for the iPhone

Here’s one that’s bound to become the go-to app for men (and women) of all fashion calibers. Imagine having a personal stylist by your side at any given time?  Well this is what the BeSpeak Personal Stylist app is.

It’s specifically tailored to the fashions of men.  However, men need not only download this very useful app.  Women can easily find comfort in BeSpeak by also entering her loved one’s info and creating a profile that will help put together any type of outfit.

Here are the deets from Apple:

BeSpeak® Personal Stylist
Wear the ultimate mantle of all: confidence!

– Create a personal profile based on hair color, skin tone, eye color, face shape, body shape and size.
– Get profile-driven outfit recommendations.
– Lock & load recommendations: use any garment as a starting point, lock,
reload, lock another, etc. until you really love the whole outfit.
– Instantly evaluate new outfits on the go.
– Coordinate clothes from your wardrobe.
– Input a loved one’s profile and take the guesswork out of gift giving.
– Build the ultimate closet by storing profile-perfect clothes.
– Develop dressing style skills.

BeSpeak® provides guidance for men’s business dressing style (suit, dress shirt, tie, and pocket square). Dressing well is easier than you probably think. The difference between looking presentable and looking incredible lies in having a style personalized for you and you alone. And that’s exactly what the BeSpeak app does – it provides personal recommendations and fashion evaluations based on your unique physical characteristics. It’s like having the ultimate personal stylist at your fingertips.

Pick up the BeSpeak Personal Stylist App at the Apple Store.

Screenshots of the BeSpeak Personal Stylist App for the iPhone

Screenshots of the BeSpeak Personal Stylist App for the iPhone

Screenshot of the BeSpeak Personal Stylist App for the iPhone

Screenshot of the BeSpeak Personal Stylist App for the iPhone

Would you wear this trend? Bondage Inspired Dresses

would you wear this bondage trend?

Trends come and go.  Is this one you wish never surfaced or do you think the bondage vibe gives that good ‘ol LBD a nice edgy twist?

Vanessa Hudgens, Teresa Palmer and Lily Collins mix naughty with nice, picking these LBDs topped with bold, strappy leather corsetry.

Remember that infamous S&M-esque dress Alex McCord of the Real Housewives of New York wore while getting booted out of Sonja Morgan’s house?

Alex McCord in Bondage dress by Walter

Alex McCord in bondage dress by Walter

The question is:

Main image courtesy of People StyleWatch.

Saks Fifth Avenue dives into ‘social shopping’ with its new ad campaign

Saks Social Media Ad campaign with @ symbol

 

With Shop My Label being at the forefront of the “social shopping” craze, coming across this new ad campaign for Saks Fifth Avenue sent giddy vibes up and down our spine.

Seeing a more traditional luxury department store embrace social media the way Saks has done in this campaign is definitely a sign that social media/shopping is a force to be reckoned with.

Saks is very active on Twitter and therefore took advantage of their iconic logo and branded shopping bags nobody dares throw away.  With just one glance a the campaign or shopping bags, you’ll know where to find Saks online, instantly.

Fashion lovers adore their brands, fashion lovers are also online–it therefore makes sense for brands to follow their fans and establish themselves online and create social relationships.  It clearly works the other way around as well–brand lovers go where their favorite brands go.

Shop My Label is the bridge (or runway) for the fashioning individuals who love to shop, inspire their friends to shop, and make money while at it.

Saks is one of Shop My Label’s 1000+ brands you’ll have access to for shopping, sharing, and selling to your friends.

Have you signed up for an invite?

Saks Social Media Ad campaign with @ symbol

 

 

Saks Social Media Ad campaign with @ symbol

You can view the entire ad campaign over at Pentagram, the firm behind the design of the new Saks brand featuring the @ symbol.

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