Monthly Archives: November 2012

Dillard’s Exclusive Interview with Joyce Azria, Creative Director of BCBGeneration

Q: Who is the typical BCBGeneration woman?
A: The typical BCBGeneration customer is someone who wants to be on trend but still timeless. She is casual in her daily aesthetic but loves a good party dress.

Q: Where do you draw most of your inspiration for your designs?
A: Street style is always somewhere I look for inspiration. A girl with a good blog gives visual insights into how she lives her life and always sets the trends for me.

Q: Who are your major influences?
A: My influences are always changing, but any girl with strong art influences is always on my radar.

Q: What do you feel you bring to the industry?
A: Heart plus life-long experience. BCBG is a family business and Generation is a major artery of this beating heart.  Our family business gives our customer the quality she loves us for and is fresh and fun.

Q: What’s the ultimate message you want to get across through your shoes?
A: The Generation girl loves to be on trend, and a great shoe is the perfect way to make this statement. Beyond styling, a good shoe should also make you feel empowered. Generation shoes will provide the sole to your confidence!

Q: Did you attend school for design or are you self-taught?                                        
A: I have worked around fashion my whole life!  My father was constantly inviting us to be a part of the design process, asking our opinions and keeping us involved.  Although I didn’t attend a college, I think almost two decades of hands-on experience has guided me to where I am now.  My Dad always called our experiences at BCBG the “school of life.”

Q: What’s your favorite shoe in the line?
A: This season is all about the bootie and Viktory wedge booties will be the perfect complement to any fall wardrobe.

Q: What are some key trends we will see from your line next season?                     
A: The spring season is all about cutouts and new hardware elements. While a good wedge is always in style, flats are back and will make a BIG statement for spring. Keep a lookout for rougher details that tie back perfectly to our feminine clothes. There will be a lot of spiked hardware mixed with stacked platforms for the unexpected combination of pretty and punk.

Q: Tell us about a shoe you will never forget.                                                    
A: My Dad took me to a vintage store called Remix on Beverly Blvd and bought me my first pair of “big girl” heels.  They were dark ivory leather shoes from the ’60s with the most amazing stacked wooden heels.  I wore them for years!

Q: Which shoe should no woman be without?
A: A great loafer is always a must in either navy or black.  So relaxed and cool with a dress or edgy and retro with daytime looks.

Shop our picks: Bijoux Ankle-Strap Wedges, Alonsa Pointed-Toe Flats, Parade Tribal-Print Pumps and Franciss Platform Boots

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Do you have a favorite BCBGeneration style? Tell about it in the comments. 

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Head-to-Toe Holiday Looks

The holiday season brings plenty of opportunities to show off your personal style. This is your chance to dazzle! We’ve put together some head-to-toe looks to get you party and event-ready.

The Dress: Metallic gold polka dots dance across a black ground, giving this A-line dress from Vince Camuto a luxe look. The pleated skirt flatters most figures while the short length appeals to your flirty, fun side.

The Rest: Play up the metallic shine of this dress with the sophisticated goldtone pave drop earrings from Vince Camuto. Go sky-high with these Dyvine T-strap platform pumps from Steve Madden that visually lengthen your legs. Smooth any figure flaws with Tight-End shaping tights from Spanx and comfortably shape and slim  your tummy, hips, thighs and rear.

Add some starlet glamour to your look with the powder pearl eye trio from Bobbi Brown. As the night goes on, add a little coverage with a coordinating Vince Camuto feather caplet with red carpet-worthy black faux feathers.

Shop the look: Vince Camuto A-line Dress, Vince Camuto Goldtone Pave Drop Earrings, Steve Madden Dyvine T-strap Platform Pumps, Spanx Tight-End Shaping Tights, Bobbi Brown Powder Pearl Eye Trio and Vince Camuto Feather Caplet.

The Dress: This JS Boutique dress outshines the Christmas lights at the office cocktail party with dazzling sequins.  Royal blue glitters with every step, mimicking the beauty of a starry night sky.

The Rest: Old friends silver and blue meet when you wear these Julie pumps from Gianni Bini with allover glitter. Continue the theme with deco-inspired blue and silver drop earrings from Cezanne.

Emphasize eyes with the help of MAC’s Fluidline gel liner, Lancome’s Definicils Precious Cells High Definition Amplifying Mascara and Bobbi Brown’s Caviar & Oyster shadow collection.

Shop the Look: JS Boutique Dress, Gianni Bini Julie Pumps, Cezanne Drop Earrings, MAC Fluidline Gel LinerLancome Definicils Precious Cells High Definition Amplifying Mascara and Bobbi Brown Caviar & Oyster Shadow Collection.

The Dress: Lustrous floral beading and chiffon combine to create this resplendent gown from Adrianna Papell. A one-shoulder silhouette creates drama, while a draped sleeve adds timeless grace. The long, slightly flared skirt mirrors classic movie star elegance.

The Rest: Glisten down to the floor with these jewel sandals from Gianni Bini with rhinestone accents. Keep the silver sparkle going with Nadri crystal teardrop earrings.

Start the night off right with a glowing face to match your dress with MAC Prep + Prime Skin lotion.  Color Design Infinite 24-Hour Longwear Eye Shadow from Lancome gives you shimmering eyes without the worry of turning into a pumpkin at midnight. This luminous color stays true for 24 hours without creasing. Play up your pout with vibrant color from Dior with this Limited Edition Diorific lipstick — it even comes in a luxe vintage-inspired gold case.

Shop the Look: Adrianna Papell Gown, Gianni Bini Jewel Sandals, Nadri Crystal Teardrop Earrings, MAC Prep+ Prime Skin Lotion, Lancome Color Design Infinite 24-Hour Longwear Eye Shadow and Dior Limited Edition Diorific Lipstick.

The Tunic: Not all holiday events require a fancy dress and heels. For these occasions, you’ll want to look your best in casual style. This vibrant, cozy Eileen Fisher cowlneck tunic in rich terra cotta pairs perfectly with the sleek and modern NYDJ Janice Jeggings in black.

The Rest: A row of studs evoke edgy shimmer on these equestrian-inspired Billie boots from Arturo Chiang. Just as sequins and beads enchant on an ornate dress, these studs complete the casual look with style.

Your face will stay flawless all day with Double Wear Stay-in-Place makeup from Estee Lauder. Its lightweight and comfortable formula stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity and nonstop activity. Add a pop of color with the high shine of Origins Liquid Lip Color and high-potency hues of the Limited Edition Fade Resistant Gloss Shine nail polish from Lancome Vernis in Love.

Shop the Look: Eileen Fisher Cowlneck Tunic, NYDJ Janice Jeggings, Arturo Chiang Billie Boots, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, Origins Liquid Lip Color and Lancome Vernis in Love Limited Edition Fade Resistant Gloss Shine Nail Polish.

What is your favorite holiday look?

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Frye Boots: Iconic Style, Uncompromising Quality

It takes nearly 200 steps to make a pair of Frye boots, but only 1 to know you’ve made a fashionable investment. Maybe you don’t know the company’s illustrious 149-year history (they outfitted Civil War soldiers, cowboys and pioneers), and maybe you haven’t scoured the internet for street-style shots of A-Listers sporting their favorite styles (they’re out there).

After that first step, whether you know the company’s background or not,  you’re left with something important: the perfect boot that you’ll wear this season and many to come. Here are 3 of our favorite silhouettes and the details that make them stand out from the crowd.

Shop the Looks: Frye Jenna Disc Short Booties, Frye Melissa Button Boots, Frye Billy Hammered Stud Boots

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Are Frye boots on your wish list this year? Tell us which style you want!

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1 Dress, 2 Ways: How to Take Lace From Day to Night

We love lace paired with equally ladylike pieces — but the traditionally feminine texture is more versatile than you think. Don’t always play it safe. Take your favorite lace dress from demure to dangerous with these quick styling tips.

  1. Swap a tailored blazer for a moto jacket with leather sleeves. Though both layers add flattering structure, the moto silhouette puts a tough-girl spin on the polished dress.
  2. Shift out of neutral and into shine. T-strap pumps with metallic trim provide luster that won’t overwhelm the rest of your look.
  3. Top it off with a hint of drama. A gemstone drop is perfect for the office — but shoulder-dusting styles say you’re ready for after-hours fun.
  4. Pile on texture, mix prints. This python-embossed shoulder bag adds irresistible texture yet coordinates in tonal shades of black and grey.

Shop the Picks: Gianni Bini Lace Dress, Gianni Bini Crepe & Ponte Jacket, Gianni Bini Leather-Sleeve Jacket, Gianni Bini Round-Toe Pumps, Gianni Bini T-Strap Pumps, Anna & Ava Teardrop Earrings, Anna & Ava Chandelier Earrings, Gianni Bini Satchel, Kate Landry Social Python-Embossed Clutch

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Have your own styling tips to share? Tell us in the comments!

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Dillard’s Exclusive Interview: Marc Ecko Watches Global Brand Manager, Stephen Scholz

Q: How did you get started with Marc Ecko?
A: When the opportunity came up to launch Marc Ecko Watches in 2002 I was working on another fashion watch brand within the Timex Group. I went down to the offices in New Jersey and met Marc and his team. I was blown away by the energy and creativity. Marc inspires people to trust their instincts and appreciate the process of product development as an art form. He’s a visionary.

Q: What is the coolest thing about being the global brand manager for Marc Ecko and UNLTD. watches?
A: I would say the coolest thing is the people I get to work and collaborate with, from artists and celebrities to the retail partners and all of my friends and colleagues. I don’t underestimate any of the people I have met and worked with. Everyone has their own unique perspective, and I enjoy putting creative minds together and coming up with ideas that couldn’t have existed from just one individual. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Q: What sets Marc Ecko and UNLTD. watches apart?
A: We strive to create products and brand experiences that connect with the end consumer on a meaningful level. Every detail is considered and contemplated from the very first step. Our objective is to offer watch styles that stand for something unique and have great value. That has always been our approach. The payoff is hearing from customers who have bought our watches and talk about how much they love all of the details.

Q: Who is the Marc Ecko man?
A: That’s a tough one. I have always believed that our customer profile is more about a state of mind than an age or ethnicity. The Marc Ecko man is an individual spirit. Bold, daring, youthful, artistic and creative. Culturally connected.

Q: Who/what are some of Marc Ecko and UNLTD. watch’s biggest influences?
A: Wow. We get influences from so many different people and places. Sometimes there’s one thing that leads to another. Many years ago we did an alarm clock with the rapper Flava Flav. It was crazy. We did a launch event at KidRobot in NYC. The success of that clock led to a second version with Biz Markie. It became this old school hip-hop series called the Legends Alarm Clocks. We met Biz, and he had this turntable with him that inspired us to create a Turntable Watch. We did it as a necklace and bracelet in silver and gold, and it sold out. Some influences are more direct like that and others come from mashing up different ideas.

Q: What are your favorite trends for fall?
A: Yellow Gold Metals. Animal Prints. Illustrative Graphics. Transparent Materials that expose inner workings.

Q: Tell us about the Rhino logo. Where did that come from?
A: Marc’s father collected wooden rhino sculptures. It always stuck with him. When Marc was 20 years old, he was going to college at Rutgers and spending more time and energy on his art. Airbrushing graffiti t-shirts and jackets out of his parents’ garage that he had turned into a studio. They say do what you love and love what you do. He dropped out of school to pursue his passions.

He changed his last name to Ecko because he has a twin sister Marci who was born just before him. His grandmother called Marc the little echo. That became the name of the brand. Ecko. When he went to his first trade show, Marc saw all of the other established brands there had a logo or symbol to support the name. He remembered the Rhinos his father collected, and it had cool implications. The rhino is somewhat prehistoric looking. It starts slow but can be unstoppable when it gains speed and momentum. It’s a strong creature and was the perfect fit as the brand logo.

Q: Where is the most exciting place one of your watches has been featured?
A: Several years ago, one of the wealthiest families in Dubai saw our watch and ordered 1,000 pieces to be used as gifts for visiting guests at their palace. That was pretty cool. But honestly we get pictures emailed to us or our Facebook page all the time with people wearing their Ecko Watch to places like Hong Kong, South Africa, Peru or even Brooklyn. Everyone has their own journey. It’s cool to create something that becomes a part of it.

Q: What is the difference between the collections (Unlimited, Marc Ecko and Cut and Sew)? And how do you style them?
A: Unlimited is fashion-active and more in your face. We style the Unlimited Collection into two categories, Ecko-Classics which has stones and is more going-out, like a club watch. And Street-Tech which we launched a year ago. Street-Tech is technical enough that you can sweat in it, but you’re probably not using it for a triathlon. It’s fashionable technology. We use bright colored silicone straps, digital displays, luminous glow in the dark details and really modern and interesting case forms. Tech is the new bling! On the other side, Marc Ecko Cut & Sew is more mature…more grown up. Marc and his team do such an amazing job with crafting the details and applications on the apparel that we really follow the lead. Our watches are dressy and contemporary with precision detailing.

Q: What are your 3 must-have watches from Ecko?
A: The Flash in gold, The Flash in silver and The Supreme.

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Which Marc Ecko watch is your favorite? Tell us in the comments! 

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