I personally don’t have $900 to spend on a trendy jacket. However, I love to peruse higher-end shopping and online boutiques for inspiration. The styles that we will eventually see trickle down to our favorite budget retailers started somewhere – and that is in the brains of innovative designers and brands like Phillip Lim, Iro, and for Love and Lemons. Here’s where I do my research.
BURGUNDY LACE DRESS | PINK FEDORA | PHILlIP LIM BAG | FLORAL WRAP DRESS | ILLESTEVA SUNGLASSES | RAILS FLANNEL | IRO STUDDED BOOTIES | ELIZABETH AND JAMES FAUX FUR BOMBER | RAG & BONE HEELS | COLD SHOULDER RUFFLE BLOUSE | MOTHER DENIM
So the name I like to use for these “original styles” is incubator items. Gigi Hadid buys a fabulous bomber from an NYC boutique and wears it out on the street. People freak out. In 6-8 months you start seeing similar versions in Forever 21, Zara, and Asos.
If you want to be ahead of the game, check out Blue & Cream’s website. They have a highly curated catalog with styles that are the “first of their kind” or “incubator items” that you can start looking out for now, before they become too mainstream. Or even if you just like to see what a lot of recent styles are based on (like original colors, cuts, and details). A lot of celebrities shop at Blue & Cream’s brick and mortar stores, so I love to see the selection on their website to stay ahead of the trend curve.
For instance, I am positive you will see velvet pastel bags everywhere this spring. Ruffle florals are a huge hit already, but where and how did they begin? And faux fur in casual bomber form is seriously giving me inspiration, especially because faux fur usually makes me think of fancy outfits!
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