Alexander Wand  2013 show was a knockout featured everything one would need to enroll in a high fashion boot camp. The fashionable élite outfitted accessories included  jump ropes, boxing gloves, yoga mats, and a mock croc bike locks, which could motivate anyone to get moving. I hope this training trend carries over to the 2014 RTW I could get used to this high fashion take on working out.

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GAME, SET, MATCH

Harper’s Bazaar’s February 2014 shopping guide lends itself to helping you with your game. Get these two accessories and get take to the court.

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Pictured accessories: Emilio Pucci visor and Milly Sweatshirt.

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From the moment of  MIKOH  swimwear launched the Miller sisters have graced the swim scene with stunning silhouettes and modern cuts.  No doubt these two have already made waves in the swim sector but 2014 will mark another milestone. Braving the open water, MIKOH will release of their first ever collection catering to the surf scene. Lets get it on (summer and these suits that is)!

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Juice Shop

A Juice Shop that sells…? You guessed it, JUICE. This Shop O’ Juice takes the highest quality fruits and veggies, the true OG in SF juice.  All juices are unpasteurized and cold pressed daily. The small window shop juice connoisseurs are knowledgeable and personable. They exude a passion for their health (glowing skin on these ppl. no lie) and the company that they are building. And when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the Juice Shop aims to reduce environmental impact by using locally sourced produce, reusable glass bottles (when returned you get some cash – win for you – win for mother earth). Oh and they deliver! So it’s either pick up or delivery, located conveniently on 1994 Union St. (corner of Union and Buchanan) – neighboring both Lulu Lemon and Lucy, is seems like this block is taking shape. Drive by from Monday – Friday  7am – 6pm and weekends   9am – 6pm. 

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Check out The Juice Shop here.

Lots of love from the LEFT COAST!

E

Listen to the Beat… BEAT

My heart skipped a beat when I set my eyes on these little accessories. Firstly I love my beats headphones. I take them EVERYWHERE I travel.  Now these…(sigh) This is the ONLY type of headphone that I wear working out  and with the added bonus of them limited edition Dre beats… enough said.

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Heres the specs. 

MADE FOR ATHLETES. - Flexible ear clips are designed to secure Power beats earphones in your ears no matter how rigorous your workout. Sweat-resistant materials and ear tips of all sizes keep you comfortable always.

CLEARER SOUND. DEEPER BASS - Powerbeats earphones are the only Beats by Dr. Dre earbuds that come with two speakers inside each bud. That means you get crystal clear highs and deep, rumbling lows in high definition.

SAFETY FIRST - Powerbeats earphones are specially designed to pump clear bass at any volume while letting in ambient noise – making sure athletes stay safe while running on the road.

REMOTE CONTROL CORD - You can adjust your music to find your power song right from the cord. No need to fumble with your MP3 player during your workout.

I haven’t gotten myself a birthday present as of yet. Don’t mind if I do!

E

Chanel Water Gymnastics by Karl Lagerfeld

CHANEL’s seaside themed Spring 12 campaign by Karl Lagerfeld (creative director) campaign featuring Models Saskia de Brauw and Joan Smalls. The chute location is sun drenched shots capture the models frolicking near the ocean at France’s Hôtel du Cap Eden Roc, France, and in the nearby Mediterranean waters.

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In gymnastic-inspired poses shots are captured, Andrea Perry’s soundtrack, ‘If you come over’, playful antics harmonize with the acoustics. The seaside gymnastic theme contrasts with the dramatic tailoring and feathered outfits, adding a certain femininity to the scene. The final shots characterized the dramatic story compared to the soft whimsical making of the video (which can only be defined as Chanel). Chanel yet again raises the bar on high fashion. 

Get The Look: GAME TIME

4th and Bleeker one os the OG fashion blogs to pioneer the style blogsphere. An eye for style and photography have made a name for themselves lending the biggest names in fashion to partner with her on collaborations and collections.  Below Spencer styled by… herself an everyday take on the uniform. Keep an eye out for her on the style scene. 

 

Check out her blog here 4th and Bleeker.

Good Company

(Sigh)… It’s a breath of fresh air when a new brand surfaces. The Moncler puffer jacket has been a staple on fashionistas Holiday wish lists for some time. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Moncler. One of my favorites for more than several reasons. However when everyone girl walking down the street has on an identical jacket, it’s becomes… whats the word…mainstream? So Jcrew, the talent scouter’s that they are (Mickey D, who is way ahead of the game) brings a ‘meticulously curated collection, based on quality, craftmanship, and of course cool factor’,  dubbed ‘in good company’. I love, love, love what JCrew is doing here. It would be just as easy for JCrew to knock off any of these products (if no patton prohibits) creating an exact replica – adding a JCrew tag. Brand collaboration and good old-fashioned curation, pairing the company with talented designers with solid product and bringing them on to ‘the Crew’. 

Back to the (sigh)… and enter Authier. The company originated in Switzerland in 1910, this Italian brand of “chic sportif” is synonymous with elegance and innovation (it was among the first to offer skis when the sport was taking off in the early 20th century). The ready-to-wear collection transfers the craftsmanship and technology of its skis to clothing that’s made in Italy and coveted by ski enthusiasts and fashion aficionados alike. Authier’s devotion to materials extends right down to the zippers (also made in Italy) and the label, which is stitched by hand. 

Good work Crew. Giving us something to sigh about. 

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Good Physique Design

Workout space is an important element in the perfect workout. As merging gap between fitness and design merge a multitude of gyms that are well… breathtaking in both the aesthetic sense along with the good ole’ increased heart rate – directly correlated with a good sweaty workout. The latest example of ‘good pysique design’ emerges at the Plaza hotel in NYC. La Palestra wellness centers have conceptualized a hybrid of proper medical care with fitness in an upscale facility without disrupting the indigenous elements of their respective locations. The mission of La Palestra health centers focuses on integrated health.

Designers Frank Gehry, La Palestra delivered a holistic haven of wellness, consisting of exam rooms and cardio center accessed through a stunning Gehry staircase. Despite the facilities opulent feeling occupying the space, the function of the space remains in tact, a functional, classic gym.

Pat Manocchia Founder of the La Palestra chain conceptualized a space where fitness and health of the human body remained safe and secure. Each space is designed individually catering to the original fabric of architecture.

“Culturally, from an exercise perspective, people are made to believe that the idea of beauty is that it’s flawless,” says Manocchia in pointing out an interesting parallel, “but it’s the exact opposite. The flaws are what makes something beautiful.”

Using the space presents architectural challenges. Variations in ceiling height were exploited to create alcoves of light that aid in one of Manocchia’s central ideas, which is privacy. The placement of equipment and room-dividisions are laid out to create the right environment for optimal performance.

If one feels as though they are being observed or judged, or crowded, your focus shifts towards your self-conscious of how you look rather than focusing on what you are doing. Individual bathrooms (complete with shower)  take the place of locker rooms contain individual showers, dressing room with wardrobe built in. Another common gym staple you wont find here is floor to ceiling mirrors – mirrors are situated away from the wall to prevent feeling boxed in, while lights shine with very specific variants to reflect times of day and year.

It’s no surprise that this gym contains the highest quality equipment, from top-of-the-line Woodway and Cybex treadmills to artisan-made vaulting boxes Manocchia seeks to support the most important design element in fitness—the human body. “When it comes to innovation in the field, it’s not about reinventing the wheel or inventing something new, it’s about how good design is re-engineered to support the human body,” he says. “You have to understand how the body works so you can utilize equipment that fits into movement patterns and provides a broad toolbox. Dumbbells can be used for all sorts of things, and are you going to make something better? No. We’re interested in the best-made version.”

The breadth and depth of La Palestra’s medical and training attention—makes it the logical choice for those with health concerns or injuries, or anyone looking for a superior level of care integrated into their fitness routine. A training session comes accompanied with the message that techniques and routines should be learned, and are designed for members to take away and practice on their own.

The Palestra Gym truly takes your daily workout to a whole new level.

Now… What to wear?

Off to shop – pre workout warmup?

Love E!

4 FNO

Fashion’s Night Out turns 4! 

Join editors, stars, models, fashionistas, and designers on September 6, 2012, as they flood stores in cities across the country and around the world for fashion’s most iconic extravaganza.

Last year’s bash featured events in eighteen countries and more than 4,500 events here in the States. With special limited-edition products, celebrity appearances, and unforgettable performances, FNO 2012 is promising to be even bigger and better than before!

See you at Fashion’s Night Out, September 6! 

Love, E

What does a Good Sports Sport?

Go on, be a good sport this summer with Ashish for Topshop… From the ‘King of Sequins’, comes a sportswear line with an ironic twist and it’s just landed on Topshop.comCelebrating his 8th capsule collection for Topshop, Ashish Gupta shows off his trademark comic style with a winning concept designed for the underdog. The result?  Varsity jackets and slouchy sweat sets featuring slogans such as ‘2ndplace’ and ‘Don’t play games’…

Sporting ability aside, when it comes to shopping Ashish for Topshop, you’re guaranteed a sartorial win!

Thanks for the DL Topshop

Now it’s time to put on your game faces girls – things are about to get… PRETTY TOUGH!

Love, E

LV goes for GOLD

Michael Phelps is back in the water, the Speedo-clad superhero of the U.S. Olympic swim team is the face of Louis Vuitton. In a new ad for LV, Phelps partially submersed in a tub while wearing his racing uniform and sporting a duffel bag from the French fashion house. The campaign was reportedly shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. 

LZR revamped for Runway

The infamous Speedo LZR swim suit introduced at the 2008 Olympics became banned from competitive use. The suit was credited to aide in the 91 world records broken along with a handful of gold medals won wearing this supersuit. No longer in use, the fashionable students at the London College of Fashion recycled the suit for a collection of designs that pay homage to the suit’s short history.  A new range of dressed-down swimwear was designed using this suit as both inspiration and material.  It’s form-fitting format accentuates the features of its wearers.

 

ZLR Suit has since been redesigned and made an appearance  at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. 

Essential Accessories

 

Surf SATURDAYS. An amazing brand, amazing, strong, yet simplistic aesthetic. SATURDAYS always carries accessories that are well…. essential. If only… If only… SATURDAYS had women’s line… (PLEASE!!!)

Accessorizing your  sense of style! Making the world a beautiful place.

Thank you SATURDAYS!

Love, E

Italian Intensity

Italy is aiming to win a total of 31 medals (four more than the country received at the 2008 Olympic games). This additional stand on the podium, means a rigrious training program for the Italians… Will Italy meet their goal? We can only anticipate what country will take the podium…until the games begin.

‘Doppio Gioco’ Alice Baton by Gianluca Fontana for IO Donna 30th June 2012 via Fashion Copious.  Stylist: Alessandra Corvasce, make-up: Adalberto Pezzaioli, hair:  Gianluca Guaitoli.

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Punchy Chic

Fashion Copious posted a snap shot of model Auguste Abeliunaite in a ‘Punchy Chic’ photo shoot for Elle France June 2012. Behind the punch (lens) was photographer Nicolas Valois.

Thats a strong right hook. Keep em’ coming. 

x – E

 

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Alvaro Beamud Cortes Captures Workout Fever for Elle Mexico July 2012

July cover of Elle Mexico, featuring models Sofia, Leiva and Andrea get into the Olympic spirit with Alvaro Beamud Cortes’ high gloss images featuring sportswear inspired looks. Outfitted by Gerard Angulo, the group slips into swimsuits and active wear from the likes of Proenza Schouler, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Puma. Makeup by Raquel Costales captures the essence of an endless summer. Content Via Fashion Gone Rouge.

Got your gear? Olympic trials are in full swing.

Lets go for the gold here!

Love from E!

Function Fit For Fashion

Sportswear as ‘fashion’ may not always be on trend, but there will always be market for fashionable sportswear. After all, who wants to work out looking less than our best (outfit change does not denote a style downgrade)? Photographer Anthony Nobilo was behind the lens, shooting Notting Hill Girls.  The sporty/stylized shots transcend the seasons trend of sleek shapes. Styled by Sally Dixon, who took into account the fashion forward task but factored in a functionality for a good workout that’s good looking. 

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It’s A-OK if your already sweating to get your hands on these. 

Extra Calories Burned is always a PLUS

Love, E!

With strong brows made up by Daisy Whitney and messy up-dos by Stephen Lacey, this is sportswear well played.