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New York, I Love You

August 22, 2009

If you’re looking for a different kind of love story to see at the theaters this fall, look no further than New York, I Love You.  The film tells 12 different love stories, featuring an all-star cast. The film was created by the same producers of Paris Je T’aime and some of the directors include Fatih Atkin, Natalie Portman and Brett Ratner.

The film’s stars include Bradley Cooper, Shia LaBeouf, Blake Lively, Justin Bartha, Orlando Bloom, Robin Wright Penn, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilsen, Ethan Hawke, James Caan, Julie Christie, Natalie Portman, Cloris Leachman and many more.

New York, I Love You is expected to be released in the US on October 16.

If you can’t wait for New York, I Love You, you can watch Paris, Je T’aime until then.  This original film follows 18 stories in the city of love. After falling in love with Paris and New York, you can still look forward new love stories from Shanghai, Jerusalem and Rio in the next few years.

And, if you love the song from New York, I Love You trailer as much as I do, you can check out Phoenix’s performance of “1901” on David Letterman from August 18.

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Celebrating Woodstock

August 14, 2009

Channel your inner hippie and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock this weekend…

Check out Style.com’s list of fashion foward neo-hippies, including David LaChappelle, Blake Mycoskie (Toms Shoes) and models Shalom Harlow and Angela Lindvall. In one way or another, all of these free-spirited ne0-hippies promote peace, the environment, helping each other and positive vibes.

Natasha Khan

If you really want to re-live Woodstock, check out some Woodstock anniversary celebrations in your area. A few this weekend include:

A Woodstock TributeA Woodstock Illinois Tribute
August 14 – August 15
Galt Airport (approx. 50 miles NW of Chicago)
5112 Greenwood Road
Wonderlake, IL 60097
Featuring nine tribute bands for: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, The Who, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead and Santana.

Woodfest '09 Music and Arts Festival

Woodfest ’09 Music and Arts Festival
August 14 – August 16
The Washita Hideaway
I-35 and Hwy 77 (exit 51), NE Corner
Davis, OK
Featuring tribute bands for: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Nicks, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Jim Morrison, Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and more.

Check out a few more Woodstock celebrations throughout the country.

If you can’t visit any of these celebrations this weekend, just wear a few of your favorite ’60s trends. Woodstock was an obvious inspiration for the fashion world at the time and still remains influential today.

Check out these ’60s-inspired/neo-hippie/boho looks from Avant Gaudy:

Lolla, $48 Painterly, $45

Catchism, $58 Nirvana, $25

 

Don’t forget what Woodstock was really all about! Listen to some of our favorite songs and artists that played at Woodstock ’69 in our pop-out player.

 Standalone player 

Check This Out: Coco Perez

August 13, 2009

Perez Hilton

Today’s newest fashion icon: Coco Chanel Perez. The self-proclaimed “gossip gangsta” has recently launched a new edition to the Perez Hilton empire, Coco Perez.  According to the Coco Perez about page, the LA Times called Perez, “like US Weekly, the Star, the Enquirer and Life & Style all rolled into one sweet yet snarky, sagacious yet salacious gay man.” Perezhilton.com has becoming a leading celebrity news site since it was launched in 2004 and was named one of the top five Web sites checked by college-aged women in 2008, according to eMarketer.

This new blog is similar to his original celebrity gossip blog, yet focuses  completely on the fashion world.  The site will feature the latest news about upcoming spreads in your favorite magazines, street style looks, celebrities on the red carpet, where to find your favorite fashions from your favorite shows and movies, interviews with up-and-coming designers and more.

Agyness Deyn/Michael Jackson

For those who are addicted to Perez’s sarcastic sense of humor featured in his daily gossip posts and looking for up-to-the minute fashion news, Coco Perez will definitely be a site to check out. As Perez would say, this site looks like its going to be “pure seks.”

Check Her Out: Saved for Best

August 13, 2009

AliceThere are dozens, if not hundreds of  popular personal style blogs online right now, with constant updates from “hipsters” talking about and showing off their favorite designer clothes and vintage finds.  Well, here’s another one to add to the list that’s different that we think you should take a look at.  UK blogger Alice just recently started her own style blog, Saved for Best, featuring daily photos of her unique outfits and a recent review of Avant Gaudy! Each day, Alice gives her readers a glimpse at her outfit for the day and a little story behind it.  Most of her favorite pieces are unique vintage finds, and she even reconstructs some of her own clothing.

Here’s how Alice describes her own unique style:

The problem, if you could ever call it that, is that my eyes are always drawn to a pattern, a colour, a cut, a cloth and sometimes clothes that are just downright funny-looking. I’m a spontaneous shopper; I take no pleasure in searching for the ‘perfect’ anything. I want glitter and glamour, flowers and frills, lace and luxury and I want it now. Hence a wardrobe heaving with sequins, netting, vintage dresses, giddy patterns, scarves, bags and shoes of all styles, yet nothing that makes any kind of concession to practicality or befits a specific occasion – unless that occasion calls for fancy dress.

Here’s a quick look at some of our favorite outfits from this month so far. 

Alice, August 3

Alice, August 9

Alice, August 11

Be sure to check out Saved for Best  for Alice’s daily style posts.

Blogs We Luv!

August 4, 2009

Blogs We Luv: 10 Questions with Adriane of Avant GaudyAvant Gaudy was recently featured on Blogs We Luv!  Be sure to check out Blogs We Luv to see reviews and spotlights on other blogs, too!

The original interview appears here, and is reposted below.

10 Questions with Adriane of Avant Gaudy

By Tish on August 4th, 2009

 avantgaudy

 10 Questions with Adriane of Avant Gaudy

1. Describe your blog in five sentences or less.
While most sites focus on vintage fashion as an artifact, Avant Gaudy adheres to Coco Chanel’s creed: “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” While we draw inspiration from trends on the runway and on the street, we portray what we see through vintage clothing. Our blog reflects this juxtaposition, and draws readers who crave sustainable, innovative style. The blog offers our writers’ opinions on the relation between film, music, pop culture trends and more in relation to fashion. Finally, the blog also provides updates about news and merchandise from Avant Gaudy, our online vintage retailer.

2. Link us to one post from your blog that best defines who you are.
It’s so hard to pick just one! We have so many talented writers with different personalities and different interests that it’s hard to pick one BEST post. However, I think this entry, Contemporary Vintage: “Log Cabin Chic”, demonstrates how Avant Gaudy strives to focus on the importance of vintage fashion at a time when vintage clothing is more relevant – and prevalent – than ever. While we have a variety of different kinds of posts on the blog, this particular posts seems to emphasize part of our purpose: pointing out runway trends that are also being worn on the streets and teaching readers how they can create the same look with more affordable vintage pieces.

3. What sets you apart from other bloggers?
One thing that sets us apart from other bloggers is that our blog coincides with our online vintage store, Avant Gaudy. While we often post about trends, boutiques or fashion news, we also try to update our readers about the newest merchandise available on our Web site or give readers a sneak peek at our latest photo shoots. The blog also gives us the opportunity to hear back from our readers and customers. We love comments and feedback!

4. When and how did you first discover blogging?
Honestly, I personally just started blogging this summer! I started a blog with my friend where we just talked about fashion things we liked or other random things we were interested in, but we quickly ran out of time to work on it. I then started working with Avant Gaudy in June and since I’ve become incredibly involved with this blog, acting as blog manager with a team of about 14 writers. Now I want to start my own personal blog as well to discuss things I like and I’m interested in that might not fit on the Avant Gaudy blog. This is also the first time most of Avant Gaudy’s contributing writers have been blogging, too!

5. What is your biggest pet peeve related to blogging or the internet?
Spam. It’s incredibly annoying and we’ve been linked back to some very random sites for some reason. I’m incredibly grateful for Akismet!

6. Name one plugin, blogging widget, or service that you can’t live without.
As I had said, thank God for Akismet! And I really love checking out our stats, too. I love to know how many views we get each day, which posts are the most popular with our readers and how people are finding our blog. I love to see which search engine terms people have used and have found our blog through – it can be incredibly amusing.

7. If you could choose anyone, living or dead, to write a guest post for your blog, who would it be and why?
This is a tough one! It might sound cliché, but I think it would be incredible to have Coco Chanel write a guest post for us. We’ve actually written a few posts about Chanel already and her famous quote (“Fashion is in the sky, in the street…”) inspires our writers daily. If I had a second option as a guest writer, it would probably be Anna Wintour. It would be interesting to see her share her opinions in our blog.

8. How has blogging made you a better person?
As the manager of the Avant Gaudy blog, I think it has definitely made me a better person in that I’ve had the opportunity to work with other talented and opinionated fashion writers. I think blogging has also made me more aware of how much is really out there already. With so many blogs available on so many topics, it’s incredibly important to be unique and relevant.

9. What are your tips for becoming a better blogger?
Edit, spellcheck, edit, review, edit, check grammar and edit again!. Make sure your post is PERFECT before you publish it. I’m also a journalism student and careless grammar or spelling mistakes are one of my biggest pet peeves. It’s not difficult to read over your post at least once before publishing it and making sure there are no mistakes. It will make your blog look even more professional.

10. Name one great blog that you read on a regular basis. What makes it unique?
I love reading style blogs that are written by incredibly talented, stylish and YOUNG bloggers. I find it amazing – I’ll admit, I was never that stylish or Internet-savvy when I was in junior high! Or even high school! A few of my favorites are Style Rookie, The Stylish Wanderer and Sea of Shoes.

Style.com: Fall 2009 Trend Report

July 31, 2009

Style.com just released their trend report for Fall 2009, listing fall’s most important trends: 

  • biker brigade
  • boudoir crossing
  • forties and fabulous
  • party like it’s 1983
  • ruche hour
  • smart investments

biker brigadeboudoir crossing

forties and fabulousparty like it's 1983

ruche hoursmart investments

Check out what AG writer Sarah S. had to say last week about the new biker trend and 80s trend for fall.

What do you think of these trends?  Will you be wearing them this fall?  Which trend is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section!

So Addicting: Polyvore

July 31, 2009

I’ll admit it: I’ve recently become addicted to Polyvore. It’s so easy to use and is obviously too much fun.

  1. Decide what theme or trend you want to focus on – you can make a “set” (or collage) about a movie or trend you like, or create a look inspired by your favorite style icon.
  2. Search for items from that theme/trend or search through thousands of items in a variety of categories (dresses, pants, shoes, accessories, backgrounds, etc.) that you want to include in your set.
  3. If you can’t find an item you want to use in your set, just “clip” it and add it to your own items.
  4. Publish your set!
  5. Add your set to your blog, add it to your favorite Polyvore groups or enter theme contests!

Every set is different!  You have the chance to be as creative as you want and spend as much time as you can to make it look perfect. Here are a few different posts from other Polyvore users:

mezzanine...mezzanine… by paculi featuring Matthew Williamson

 

★B3TTY♥SP@GH3TTY♪

 ★B3TTY♥SP@GH3TTY♪ by ☆♥JOJO♥Join my group♥☆ featuring Dorothy Perkins jewelry

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 . by MyChanel featuring Marc by Marc Jacobs bags

Check out the latest shoes and accessories at Avant Gaudy, all available to add to your sets on Polyvore!

Avant Gaudy Accessories

Avant Gaudy Accessories by Avant Gaudy on Polyvore.com

Are you on Polyvore?  What kinds of sets do you like to make?  Let us know in the comment section! We love to hear what you have to say!

The September Issue

July 27, 2009

If you loved The Devil Wears Prada, here’s your chance to see the real deal. The September Issue follows Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, as the magazine prepares for its infamous September issue (According to The September Issue’s official site, the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine weighed nearly five pounds, and was the single largest issue of a magazine ever published!).

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and a limited release in the US is scheduled for August 28. The September Issue won the Grand Jury Prize for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

The September Issue

Are you excited to see The September Issue?

The Twilight Saga: Nordstrom’s New Moon Collection

July 24, 2009

Jumping on the band-wagon?  Or pure genius?

InStyle provided an exclusive sneak peek of Nordstorm’s new line of Twilight-inspired clothing, ranging from T-shirts and accesories to fall jackets. While Nordstrom released the photos of the new line amidst Comic Con hype surrounding the release of the Twilight sequel, New Moon, the The Twilight Saga: New Moon Collection won’t be available until October, just before the November 20 release of the film.  Good timing.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Collection at Nordstrom

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Collection at Nordstrom by adriane. on Polyvore.com

While Nordstrom may appear to be following the Twilight trend, their timing couldn’t be better and it’s a smart move to increase sales. Other retailers, including Hot Topic, started selling Twilight merchandise last fall during the hype of the film’s release. Twilight was even labeled as the savior of Hot Topic, according to The Cut:

This welcome break from never-ending economic doom and gloom is brought to you by Twilight, the movie responsible for boosting Hot Topic’s sales 11.4 percent in the third quarter. What? Yes. Twilight merchandise has saved Hot Topic from bloody retail death in the economic downturn. Just look at the numbers:

The mall-based retailer’s comparable-store sales were negative from the second quarter of 2005 until October 2008. They have risen each month since then, increasing 6.5 percent in November, 4.3 percent in December, 6 percent in January and 10.8 percent last month.

Will The Twilight Saga: New Moon Collection increase sales rapidly at Nordstrom?  If “Twihards” have anything to do with it, then the money will surely be rolling in.

What do you think?  Is Nordstrom just jumping on the bandwagon or is this new collection a smart move?  Would you buy anything from the The Twilight Saga: New Moon Collection?

Let’s Get Personal

July 22, 2009

According to Women’s Wear Daily, the latest marketing trend for retailers are “intimate gatherings,” including house parties, luncheons and mini fashion showcases displaying the latest merchandise and new collections from up-and-coming designers. While smaller retailers and lesser-known designers have been using this technique for some time, department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom are now utilizing this cost-effective strategy.

WWD: Jason Wu Private Show at Nordstrom

Nordstrom designer buyer Margaret Hinojosa de Garza added, ““The customers like to shop during these events…They feel we are doing something for them and they do feel very special as a result.”

The most important result of these “intimate gatherings”: developing stronger relationships with the customers.

“Andy Cohen, a New York-based marketing consultant, said anything a retailer can do to create an emotional bond is a positive. To be effective, it’s critical to attract a target audience in the appropriate number.”

Kimberly Grabel, senior vice president of marketing at Saks Fifth Avenue told WWD that Saks had just conducted research on the customer experience, asking ,”Given the backdrop of the economy, is shopping just not fun?” Grabel said most answered that “…They disagreed and said it is still fun and should still be fun. That is the element of these more intimate parties where you are with friends and having fun and you get to shop — it’s a trifecta of having a good time.”

Did you know that Avant Gaudy also hosts by-appointment shopping events at our showroom location in Chicago? To make an appointment, just contact us at sales@avantgaudy.com or call 1.888.663.2266.