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Frye 150th Anniversary Collection: Wear A Piece of History

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Pioneers.  Soldiers.  Inventors.  Craftsmen.  These are just a few of the people who have worn Frye footwear over the years.  Through world wars and modern fashions, The Frye Company has been creating impeccable leather footwear since 1863.  Celebrate their illustrious past with the Frye 150th Anniversary Collection.

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  • Prettily Patriotic: Pledge your allegiance to the Engineer Americana boots.  These star-spangled stunners feature vintage leather, buckle details and durable Goodyear welt construction.
  • Start Your Engines: Va-va-vroom.  A hardware ankle harness, stud detailing and a squared-off toe make the antique leather Cavalry Harness boots perfect for any moto-trend maven.
  • Western Chic: Calling all cowgirls!  The Wylie Stitch boots are a must-have addition to your boot collection.  Pull-on styling gets you in the saddle quickly — just in time to ride off into the sunset.
  • Feminine Flair: For the girl who prefers her footwear a little more…well, girly, the Mustang boots are ideal.  The flirty heel and  polished leather upper make this boot a chic staple in your fall wardrobe.
  • Tote-ally American: A perfect complement to any Frye boots (especially the Americana styles!), the exclusive Frye 150th Anniversary Flag tote features stars and stripes on hand-antiqued leather.

Here’s to another 150 years with Frye boots!

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Have a favorite from the 150th Anniversary collection?  Tell us in the comments!

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Vince Camuto: Fall 2013 Collection

Channeling inspiration from military chic to rich fall colors, there is a lot to love about the Vince Camuto Fall 2013 Collection. Loaded with zipper and metal-tone embellishments against luxurious leather, wool and ponte, this collection offers staple items for any fall wardrobe.
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Check out the Vince Camuto Fall 2013 Lookbook here.

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How will you be wearing your favorite Vince Camuto pieces this fall?

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Must Have Handbags

Transition to fall with a covet-worthy handbag that enlivens your ensemble. This time of year, look for a style that can set off a summer dress with the same chic as a turtleneck and boots. Check out our favorites!

Equestrian style and rich earth tones give the Dooney & Bourke Florentine Clayton satchel a sophisicated, tailored look that balances a flowy maxi dress or pairs perfectly with a khaki trench.

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The MICHAEL Michael Kors Weston collection pairs simple, buttery soft leather and structured details like the chain-and-leather straps. This small messenger bag looks fantastic with white shorts. Try a crisp black-and-white satchel with your little black dress.

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Looking for the perfect slouchy shoulder bag that looks relaxed without being sloppy? The COACH soft Legacy drawstring shoulder bag in pebbled leather boasts a versatile combination of carefree and classy, great with jeans and a tank top or with a puffy jacket.

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Gorgeous texture and shining buckle details elevate the Big Buddha Penn large buckle tote to instant classic, and looks great whether you’re wearing a sleek tee or a comfy sweater.

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A luxe addition to your wardrobe for years to come, the Brahmin Vineyard collection Vivian satchel is the height of tailored excellence and high-quality leather. Pair it with an elegant sheath dress or business suit, whatever the season!

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Which handbag would you choose to get through the last of this summer’s heat?

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Whether you have a mom who’s hard to shop for or you want to wow her this year, we have the perfect gifts to show how much you care. From totes to timepieces, perfumes to pajamas, Dillard’s has what you need to make her smile. Take a look at some of our favorites from the Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

Watch Gifts
Give the one who always has time for you the perfect timepiece with these luxurious, elegant watches from Michael Kors.

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1. Michael Kors Darci goldtone stainless steel watch 2. Michael Kors Mercer chronograph watch with white leather strap 3. Michael Kors Runway goldtone chronograph watch 4. Michael Kors Camille goldtone stainless steel watch. Shop all accessories.

Handbag Gifts
Bright colors and detailed design make this Dooney & Bourke leather hobo a perfect gift. These are exclusively available at Dillard’s as part of our 75th anniversary celebration!

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Shop these and other colors of the Dooney & Bourke Leather Dillard’s 75th Anniversary Hobo Bag. Shop all handbags.

Sleepwear Gifts
The gorgeous embroidered cotton lawn Boathouse Weekend ballet nightgown and wrap robe from Eileen West are sure to keep her cozy and elegant at the same time.

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Eileen West Boathouse Weekend Ballet Nightgown & Wrap Robe. Shop all sleepwear.

Fragrance Gifts
Her favorite perfumes are available in Mother’s Day-ready gift sets this season. Check out these eau de parfum and lotion collections from Dior, in J’adore and Miss Dior scents.

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Dior J’adore Eau de Parfum Signature Set and Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum Signature Set. Shop all fragrance sets.

Special Bonus Gifts
Give her the best of Estee Lauder fragrance with the added bonus of flattering makeup shades she’ll love. This set, presented in a gorgeous animal-print portfolio, is only $29.50 with any Estee Lauder fragrance purchase.

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For more ideas, shop the Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

What are you getting your mom for Mother’s Day?

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World of MICHAEL Michael Kors: Selma Satchel

From iconic watches and chic apparel to sporty sneaker wedges, the world of MICHAEL Michael Kors revolves around accessible glamour. The Selma satchel epitomizes the brand’s unmistakable attitude with it’s fresh shape and easy, catchall functionality.

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Dillard’s Exclusive Interview: Kerry Magnusson, Director of Bridal Merchandising for Nina Jewelry

Q: Where do you draw inspiration from?
A: The Nina Jewelry line was created by listening to the customer and inspiration is drawn by her experiences.  As creator of the collection, I noticed a lack of well-made, trend-right, bridal accessories at a palatable retail price. This became the foundation of the Nina Bridal accessories collection.  I set out to create a collection of made in the USA, hand-crafted sashes and veils.  After an overwhelmingly positive reaction, it became clear that we needed to expand the line to include headpieces and jewelry. Today, the collection is a full-circle accessories line where we offer everything but the dress.

Inspiration comes from everywhere. As a designer, you need to have your eyes and ears wide open. You can be inspired by travel, a beautiful chandelier, a floral arrangement, or a page from a magazine.  Just one image can spark a flurry of ideas and become the focal point of a collection.

Q: Who and what are your major influences?
A: First and foremost, the customer is my main influence. At Nina we democratize glamour.  The customer is central to everything that we do.

Secondly, on a personal note, I think back to my grandmother Mary.  She was a product of the Depression, raised 4 children on a shoe-string budget and always found a way to look fabulous.  In tough times, accessories were her way to stay relevant and reignite her wardrobe.   She would replace buttons on a jacket or put together a fabulous mélange of necklaces.   It made the same dress look new.   I think back to how glamorous she always looked and try to channel her creativity.  The Nina line is designed to be heirloom quality whether it is worn for everyday sparkle or the most special of occasions.

Q: What are some of the trends you are looking forward to?
A: The most prevalent trend right now is the return to statement pieces. What was fashionable 2 years ago is now deemed a “basic.”  The customer wants to own her look and command attention.   This is a very exciting time in jewelry because it really gives designers artistic freedom.

There are 2 main stories happening within the statement jewelry trend that I am most excited about:

  1. The return to the 1920s and emphasis on Art Deco.   Pieces like the Acacia necklace and the Mohalo earring are fabulous examples.   They are showered with crystal and have phenomenal shape and movement.
  2. The second story is organic and nature driven.   Flowers are always relevant in special occasion.  I try to find ways to incorporate a floral suggestion or a mélange look, instead of using the traditional, symmetrical flower.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of designing bridal jewelry?
A: My favorite aspect is the relationship with the bride. This is a monumental day in her life and it is a privilege to style her.

Q: What sets Nina accessories apart from other brands?
A: Nina provides a couture aesthetic at an understandable retail price.  Most department store special occasion lines are “safe” in their designs.   At Nina we try to break the glass ceiling and offer her elevated fashion.

Q: Who is the Nina bride?
A: We cater to all brides: the modern bride, the avant-garde bride, the romantic bride, the destination bride — the list goes on.   As in our footwear line, we have something for everyone.

Q: What tips would you give a bride trying to style her big day?
A: Be yourself and be comfortable in your own skin.   Your spouse is marrying you for the person you are inside and out.   So it is important to be true to yourself on that day.

Q: What are your favorite pieces from your line right now?
A: You are asking me to play favorites — that is very hard to do! My favorite is the Melaney necklace because I wear it once a week and it finishes any outfit.   The blush coloration especially is so versatile! A few ways to wear it:

For a night out: Melaney with a black dress and gold Nina Medina sandals.
To work: Melaney with an ivory blouse, black blazer, jeans and the Nina Deanna.
To run errands: Melaney with a T-shirt, jeans and the Nina Norway ballet flat.

I travel quite a bit and I find the Melaney is the perfect accessory.  It can be worn with every item in your suitcase!

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Which Nina pieces are your favorite? Tell us in the comments! 

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Fresh Fall Print! Sakroots Artist Circle Purple Bambu

Bold, colorful prints are a big trend in handbags this fall. We love the bright, quirky designs from the Sakroots Artist Circle collection. From the rich blue and orange of the Lagoon True Love print to the pale background with bursts of yellow and red of Natural Peace, they evoke “the artist, musician and nature lover in all of us.”

San Francisco muralist Jetro Martinez based the Fall 2012 bambu print on the inspiring story of bamboo growth. A mother plant grows underground, has a surprising growth spurt in its fourth year and creates offshoots that multiply. It’s also flexible and agile enough to thrive even after storms.

The fall palette combines deep purple with contrasting pops of citrine and tangerine. Crochet trim and contrast stitching add a unique, hand-crafted feel to each piece. Show your artistic sensibility and stand out in a sea of dark fall bags with this playful print!

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What colors would you pair with the purple bambu print for a fresh fall ensemble?

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Red Hot Handbags for Fall

If darker colors for the darker months are getting you down, but bright bags seem all wrong for your turtleneck-and-trench ensembles, you’ll love the rich, saturated reds that were everywhere on this fall’s runways. With names like ox blood, wine, chili pepper, and salsa, these reds are vivid instead of bright, bold instead of breezy. They add depth and color play to looks that could otherwise take themselves too seriously.

Shop our picks: Big Buddha Devon Satchel, Fossil Maddox Bucket Tote,
Steven by Steve Madden Leather Lift-Off Tote, Lacoste Large New Classic Cross-Body Bag, Brahmin Melbourne Collection Mini Arno Tote

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Which of fall’s rich reds can you see yourself carrying?

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Trend to Watch: Handbags with Wings

Want to add a new shape to your handbag wardrobe this fall? Trapeze silhouettes with folded wing-like side gussets are one of the hottest trends. The runways’ exaggerated wide sides are given a subtle, stylish twist in our hand-picked examples of this look.

With sophisticated tailoring, almost architectural structure and high-quality hardware, these styles showcase your polished side. Wear them to complement a sleek professional suit or to anchor a floaty evening frock.

Shop our picks: Cole Haan Structured Satchel Bag, MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Top Zip East-West Tote, Cole Haan Linley Small Structured Satchel Bag

Take a walk on the wild side with edgy details that add a biker chic flair to a feminine silhouette. Whether they play with bold color and saddle-bag-style studs or animal prints and contrasting zippers, these bags don’t mind telling the world you rock.

Shop our picks: Kooba Jonnie Grey Python Tote, Kate Landry Beatrice Satchel, Kate Landry Madison Bailee Tote Bag

Double up on your fall fads by combining this hot look with the flattering, endlessly versatile colorblocking trend. Ranging from casual satchel to fashionable carryall to prim tote, these designs broadcast your fashion know-how.

Shop our picks: The Sak Olema Satchel, BCBGMAXAZRIA Sienna Tote, Guess Sheena Small Carryall Bag

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Which wings would you wear?

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Statement Handbags: Have Fun & Turn Heads!

There’s no need to start fall with styles that blend into the background. Punch up your wardrobe with a bag that draws second looks and starts conversations. We’ve picked the best ways to play with your handbag wardrobe this season.

Unique Details: This zip over satchel from Kathy Van Zeeland stands out from the crowd with whimsical zipper details and a silver giraffe print. With its intricate decorative beading and peacock feather motif, this Nina Mae Fully Beaded Peacock clutch combines upscale and quirky. The T Tahari Olivia tote steps up a simple shape with distinctive colorblocking and the curved lines of the front pocket.

Rich Colors: Betsey Johnson knows a thing or two about making statements, and her Neon Lights Jelly satchel says it all with a vibrant neon green. Brilliant scarlet dials up the drama for this Indio leather bucket from The Sak. On the other end of the color spectrum, bold blue hues take this BCBGMAXAZRIA Evening clutch from staple to stunner.

Fresh Silhouettes: We love the rounded shape and vertical front zipper pockets of the Vince Camuto Cristina hobo and the asymmetrical front flap of the Hobo Original Zara cross-body bag. The vegetable tanned Cavo tote from Patricia Nash is dressed up with delightfully unexpected cutouts and ruffles along the top edge for a fresh take on a classic.

Touchable Textures: What some designs use as a decoration, the Steve Madden Fringy Fringe hobo uses as a centerpiece. An unexpected panel of hair calf invites touch and adds an unexpected edge to the Brahmin Kensington Collection Taylor tote (and it’s only available at Dillard’s)! For turning heads and starting conversations, though, nothing beats the owlishly offbeat UGG Australia Foxley Flap shoulder bag, with its over-the-top textures, chain strap and antiqued brasstone hardware.

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What handbag statement type fits your style best?

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