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Tribal Prints for Summer

This summer take advice from the late great Lou Reed and walk on the wild side – in some totally tribal patterns. From Valentino’s ethnic prints to Donna Karan’s urban chic, tribal motifs are filling up the boutiques at The Shops at Crystals.

Whether you are lounging by Mandarin Oriental’s pool in a statement making Donna Karan tribal cover up, dancing the night away at Haze Nightclub in a sexy blue, black and red short Valentino dress, or grabbing a quick bite to eat pairing your favorite classic blue jeans with Roberto Cavalli’s black and white tribal sandals – the international print influence will definitely have you turning heads in city ready looks with a tribal twist! 

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Hand-Woven Olimpia Bag

Inspired by the Teatro Olimpico, designed by the famous Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio, the supple, body of this elegant Olimpia bag had been lavishly hand-woven in iconic intrecciato. Entirely crafted in smooth nappa leather, the design has been offset by an unusual, square-shaped flap closure and the new and distinctive chain handle with a comfortable leather strap. The suede-lined design comes complete with one main compartment, a generous zip pocket and a practical smartphone sleeve.

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Instagram, An Insiders View

Instagram was everywhere during the 2015 Resort collection presentations and a great way to get an insider’s view at all the behind-the-scenes fun. Here’s a look at how three designers and their celebrity style packs trended “off-season” using the popular social media tool.

Stella McCartney

With about 775,000 followers designer @StellaMcCartney touted her guests (it-girls such as Liv Tyler, Amber Heard, Cara DeLevingne and Maggie Gyllenhaal) just as much as the clothes.  Inside the Elizabeth Street Garden party hashtags such as #stellasuperheroes, #stellasworld #stellagirls were flying to show off patchworks of print and stripes, side cutouts and sunray pleated dresses. The mood was light with party favors such as the always-enchanting “mustache on a stick,” blue lollipops and the ensuing blue tongue and bubble guns. The overall tone matched the “superhero” motif found on key pieces within the collection, including a suite of handbags that looked like masks.

Christian Dior 

Guests such as Rihanna, Marion Cotillard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Leelee Sobieski, Allison Williams and Margot Robbie arrived by signature Dior water taxis to the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Duggal Greenhouse for Dior’s Cruise show in early May. Through hashtags such as #DiorCruise2015 #diorbts, the official Dior Instagram account @Dior showed off the stunning “mirror effect” runway, backstage makeup applications (#peterphilips) and a number of the top looks of the season from creative director Raf Simons. For this presentation, he favored the A-line silhouette with scarf prints and textures both archival and new. All in all there were 66 looks to celebrate Dior USA’s 66th year.

Hermés 

And while their “All About Women” client event was not a Resort presentation, Hermés’ off-season party was one for the record books. Inside Wall Street’s JP Morgan headquarters there were numerous environments to enjoy. Scene 1 was a rerun of their Autumn/Winter collection, and Scene 2 was a full-on carnival with a retro swim tableau, pinball and roll-a-ball horse racing and a fashion fortune-teller. @Hermes and #HermesAllAboutWomen gave a fantastic look into the almost unbelievable spare-no-expense affair. A video clip favored by guests was “Dancing Bags,” and a photo booth elicited the hashtag #toomuchfun.

Melinda Sheckells - Guest Blogger and Ediotr, Crystals Magazine

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Crop Top Obsession

Spring is here and you know what that means… time to tone up those abs especially with this season’s hottest trend: Crop Tops! From last year’s introduction to this year’s full fledge infatuation with the skin-is-in moment.  

Crop tops took over the runways from New York to Paris at shows including Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Balenciaga while now being scene across all red carpets in Hollywood by many A-list celebrities! Bra tops, ruffled bandeaus and corsets paired with high-waisted trousers or skirts for a more lady-like approach are a for sure must-have outfit this Spring. 

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Checkered Chic

Whether it was Paris, New York, or Milan, checkered prints could be found on runways around the world showcasing Fall 2013’s hottest trends. Apparel and accessories were covered in plaids, tartans and houndstooth patterns of all shapes and sizes on all types of materials including; knits, furs and even silks. Here is a closer look at our favorite checkered runway must-haves … 

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