The Hiatus : A Look at 2014 Spring Trends

hello springConfession:  I’ve spent the greater part of this winter hiding under my snuggie. You could say I was staying warm and hibernating or just plain being lazy – and you would certainly be right! Once the clock struck March, I knew I had to get out there, and the excuses just wouldn’t cut it. My motivation, you say? SPRING FASHION, OF COURSE! In the tail end of this never ending winter, I’ve quietly been taking notes and stashing pieces in my closet. Despite the frosty forecast, I know that sooner or later the snow will melt and I have to emerge from this fleeced out cocoon – and I better do it in style. A girl HAS to have her priorities! Without further interruption, I bring to you the most anticipated fashion trends of this upcoming season! Spring 2014 is beckoning us to awaken from our slumber!

1. Wearable Art

SBSSS_757507Beautiful paintings on your wardrobe and shoes will be all the rage this upcoming season. If being a walking Picasso is too much for you, then pack those clothes you love into this bold luggage set that’s impossible to loose at the airport!

2. Roses are Red … and Yellow … and Blue

SBDMT_R15733601The floral motif of these Dr. Martens penny loafers captures the softer, more romantic side of Spring. Pair them with some jeans and a blazer for a subtle floral ensemble. Ready for more flower power? Tuck a bright daisy on the smaller side of your parted hair and throw on a maxi dress in full bloom, such as this V-Neck dress by Lole.

3. Black & White

 

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Classic, fresh and sophisticated, the mixing of black and white patterns can carry you from all business at the 10 AM meeting to the life of the party on a Friday night.  Polka dots, stripes, checkered prints, or just the basic, white tee and black pants – they will all work!

4. Safari

 

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It’s not just cheetah prints and neutrals this season, the jungle has been set loose! If you want to test the waters, try adding a bold shoe, such as the Safari pump by Pinup Couture or even a modest safari hat or sunglasses to get you started.

5. Embellishments

 

Break out the bedazzler and give those clothes buried in your closet the encore they’ve been waiting for! Give your favorite jeans and edge with some silver studs, or liven up a simple black tee with colored gems. If you’re just beginning, a little bit can go a long way.  For beginners this python studded sandal can add a kick of style to an otherwise demure wardrobe. If you’re ready for more, this Ariat Long sleeve shirt has just the right amount, paired off with a pair of blue jeans & boots and you’re ready to go!

 

6. Wear What Feels Good

Take in the color palettes, get inspired, and use your imagination! If you haven’t worn a crop top since your first pregnancy, or don’t even know what a bedazzler is, that’s ok! Put your own twist on things. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Even the simplest change, be it a new shade of lipstick or a fresh haircut can you feel renewed this spring.

 

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Sasha Obama: Rocking Doc Martens

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Sasha Obama sports her Dr. Martens  1460 Boots  at this year’s annual Turkey pardoning  at the White House. Leave it to the youngest Obama to turn teenage angst into a chic and appropriate fashion statement. This first daughter proves that personal style comes from confidence and an innate sense of what looks good and when. We congratulate the Obamas on raising a beautiful and spunky young lady with a mind all her own!

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Fashion News Update

At Shopping Blitz we have the awesome privilege of carrying almost 300 amazing brands. Each brand in of itself is unique and worth getting to know better. Here is a snapshot of some of the cool stuff our Vendors are doing to shake up and change the face of fashion as we know it.

Leandra Medine for SupergaFirst up is my latest sneaker obsession, Superga

The Italian-based company, who inked a deal with Steve Madden as their exclusive North American distributors, is now under the direction of Co-Creative directors, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. The Olsen twins, who have long ago shed their image as the babes from Full House, have developed into savvy business woman and fashion mavens. With this in mind, it is no surprise that the brand has recently joined forces with Leandra Medine, street-style maven, blogger and recent author of a collection of essays entitled ‘The Man Repeller.’  Medine has now created a capsule collection, of the same name of her celebrated essays for Superga’s Fall 2013 collection. The style is young, hip and adaptable. Talk about a revamp on a timeless style!

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“I seem to be making characters for each new season. This seasons character is probably the quiet girl in the bunch whose walls are covered in posters of The Yardbirds, The Smiths and The Who” — Agyness Deyn

Model and modern ‘Punk IT girl,’ Deyne has created a new line for Dr. Martens, a brand that has a long rep for epitomizing the fashion essence that is alternative. Ms. Deyne,  embodies the company’s ethos of ‘standing for something.’ Her creative self-expressive style and innovative ideas were the catalysts behind her line, ‘The Third Collection.’ The collection is Deyne’s interpretation of the ‘Mod’ look, a style that has come along way from its inception in the swinging 60’s. The line encompasses clothing, footwear and accessories, with prints influenced by tailored fabrics like houndstooth and herringbone. While Deyne could make a garbage bag look chic,  this collection gives the rest of us a fighting chance.

nicola formichetti for dieselNicola Formichetti named Artistic Director for Diesel

“The fashion industry has to change. It’s so one-dimensional. We have to start somewhere, and Diesel is such a huge power.” — Nicola Formichetti

Former stylist for Lady Gaga, the Italian/Japanese fashion director and editor takes on Diesel and the project of infusing new life into an iconic brand. If you have any interest in fashion or social media, you will have by now seen the #dieselreboot campaign; featuring artistic images of edgy, fresh faced talent. Formichetti eliminated the middleman and went straight for the talent/creatives via a Tumblr page he created for such purposes. The #dieselreboot campaign is all about resetting the clocks, not so much a redo but a fresh shock to the established system. Something one would expect from a fashion innovator who has built his career on renegade styling and campaigns that land with a blast, never a whimper.

Saved By The Bell: Back 2 School Essentials

It’s that time again, the season dreaded by children and teachers around the globe. Back to school! Those frenzied days when flip-flops and swimsuits are traded in for backpacks, loafers and binders. We feel your pain and while we’d love to hold onto summer as long as we can it’s time to plan for fall.

You Are Never To Old To Rock A Cool Backpack

My favorite consolation as a kid when school shopping was the chance to pick out a brand backpack. Each year I’d choose a different style to match my new persona. Which of course had changed drastically during the summer months. The only thing that never changed was that it had to be a JanSportThat being said I got a huge kick when I realized that JanSport was still rocking the backpack world and creating cooler and funkier designs than ever before. Because let’s face having the right backpack really can make the difference between social escalation and isolation, in other words sitting at the cool kid’s table or being regulated to no man’s land next to the bathroom.

The Right Footwear Can Make The Difference

So many kids and parents focus more on clothing and forget the importance of footwear. The right shoes can help a kid make the soccer team, strut their stuff in the hallways and often garner the confidence to create lasting friendships. My go-to choice for versatile footwear are styles that can be dressy, sporty and casual. New trends this year include hi-top sneakers and tall lace-up boots. And don’t forget to include feel-good accessories like funky socks and killer headphones for listening to your ready-made back to school playlists.

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From Top Right:  1. Fila Hi Triple Sneakers  2. JanSport Superbreak Backpacks  3. Diadora Beanie 4. Dingo 9″ Boots 5. The House of Marley Rise Up Over-Ear Headphones

6. JanSport Tulare Backpacks  7. Stance Blondie Socks 8. Stance Screaming Hand Socks  9. Capezio New York Arglye Thigh Hi Socks

Agenda NYC Post-Show Wrap Up

Agenda-NYCShopping Blitz made its debut appearance at the 2013 Agenda NYC.  Agenda is an LA-based trade show that showcases the best of the best in the streetwear and alternative sports industries. The marriage of these two segments is an exciting group of hybrids brands that often surpass the originators. Located in a chic warehouse in SOHO’s fashion district, the show carried a coolness vibe that didn’t take itself to seriously, a tough feat in an image driven industry.mural-agenda

Agenda was home to a different kind of trade show attendee. Suits and ties were traded in for graphic tees and flat brim hats. Instead of execs with briefcases and laptops, it was veterans of the biz with skateboards and tablets. The kind of company where the owner looks no different than that of their employees. In other words, our kind of place.

Agenda-StanceWe went to support some of our established brands like Sanuk, Stance, Praxis and Marley to see what they had in store and broaden our own horizons. They continued to rock with new stylings and hot innovations. Highlights included Sanuk’s new Instaplay, an alternative to their popular yoga mat flip-flops. The new footbed is meant to energize feet and comes with the added bonus of being waterproof.

Big Boys like Fila, adidas and Reebok were in attendance, as well as industry standards like Skull Candy, Converse, Starter, Vans, RVCA, Stussy, DC Shoes and Burton. All offered up amazing offers as per usual. Spotted were the ever popular high-top sneaker that has moved from athletic to fashion in a relatively short span of time. Neon colors, tech-friendly clothing, active apparel and an overall vibe of NOW reigned supreme.

weeman-AgendaOne of the best aspects of the show were all the smaller upstart companies that are still young enough to think outside the box and create exciting originals. Personal standouts included Ames Bros., whose t-shirts and award-winning designs have landed them clients such as Pearl Jam, Jack Black, John Mayer, Keith Urban and The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons. HoodieBuddie, sweatshirts that include a 3.5mm headphone jack inside theirpockets for use with phones, mp3 players, etc.  As well as, brands like Kidrobot, makers of killer limited edition art toys, signature apparel and pop culture accessories and Grenade who have begun to expand beyond their glove offerings.

Shopping Blitz is excited to move into the world of streetwear and look forward as always to bring our Blitzers the latest and greatest. Stay Tuned.

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Our Hats Off To You

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Shopping Blitz is introducing several new hat brands, from classic to resort, dress, vintage, street style and fashion. We have something for everyone from brands you can trust.  Stetson, the originators of the classic rancher hat, break tradition with their Bandera Silk Cashmere Cap. A flat cap with a newsboy shape, this gem is perfect for a trip to an upscale pub with your mates!

The fedora has a long, storied history attached, none more so than the ultimate style icon of the era, Frank Sinatra. In his image, the Sinatra line features headwear any gentleman would be proud to display.

Dust off your top hat and tails! The Scala Classico Wool Felt Top Hat is just the bees knees! Looking for that something extra on your wedding day? Go no further. Nothing says class like a well-crafted top hat.

Women no pouting, we have plenty for you! Whether you are looking for the perfect beach hat or head wear for your next garden party, look no further than the Etsis Day Escape Hat. Need the perfect hat versatile enough for the vacation of your dreams? Try the Scala Collezione Big Brim Ribbon Pool Hat, ure to make you feel and look like a million bucks!

Looking for something a little more Boho? What Sinatra did for the fedora, Carlos Santana does for the Boho floppy. With a leather braid brim and seamless design this hat screams effortless cool.

For the vintage lovers and hat aficionados we offer up the classic Felt Pill Box Hat with rhinestones and black netting. Also known as a ‘Church Hat,’ this beauty is appropriate for any special occasion where making a statement is of the utmost importance. Looking to make an entrance and leave an impression? The Felt Hatanator Hat was designed for flair! This wool felt beauty has a feather and rhinestone ornamented trim. Perfect for the races, a night on the town or anytime one needs to express their inner diva.

Trend Alert: Dress Sneakers

SBMEZ_15271_BLKf806eec1f12460945f4bca88df55cff1Dress sneakers are one of the fastest growing segments of the $13.8 billion athletic footwear industry, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm. Since the days of the Air Jordan, sneakers have been slowly creeping beyond their athletic-only roots. “That was the era when kids began wearing sneakers to prom, and then to job interviews,” stated Elliott Curtis, professor of Sneakerology, a real course taught at Carnegie Mellon University.

SBMPOS_DEBBIE_10153-2980Today luxury mass-market houses have gotten hold of the shoe and upped the ante. Popular among basketball stars like Dwayne Wade and musicians such as Kanye West, sneakers now act as another status symbol. “These sneakers have become so expensive that for an ad guy or a nonbanker, they’re a way of saying, ‘I’ve got cash,’ ” stated Mordechai Rubinstein, founder of the Mister Mort fashion blog. Brands like Mephisto and Mezlan have gotten into the game with their sleek and polished offerings. These pairs take the concept of the casual Friday to a new level. Up the style quotient at work with what’s soon to be the next fashion craze from overseas.

Revamping the Overall

Drew BarrymoreIn the 90s overalls were THE thing. Hot TLC girls slinked around in them on stage, Drew Barrymore and Will Smith made them look cool on the big and small screens and the boys who frequented teenage girls’ dreams, ‘N Sync, embraced the look, putting the coveted denim item on all of our wish lists. Fast forward 20 years to the second decade of the 21st century and we wonder, is it still possible to wear overalls? My answer of course is yes. e26fc14555540a3c517e43c2d26cd55d

The first thing that comes to mind when it comes to overalls is the ease of style. They are an easy look for busy moms, who need to run around after their toddlers and pick up groceries too, where a plain shirt and sneakers can round out the look without a problem.

Secondly, overalls are a lifesaver when gardening or doing any household chores, because you can dirty them up without feeling bad about it. Just toss them in the washing machine and they are ready for the next task in a matter of hours.

But, can one wear overalls with style, feeling chic? Again I would say YES. With spring arriving, it’s easy to pull off a cute and even fashion-forward look with this timeless staple. Simply find a more fitted pair, layer under with an interesting blouse and pair with your favorite footwear accompaniment. Finish the look off with a hair band, some bracelets, a great bag and you’re ready for an afternoon off, browsing shops!

Jazz Age Glamour

With movies like Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby in the wings, we felt it was time to honor the real star of the upcoming film, the fashion! The Jazz Age was one of the most exciting eras for style, when the norm was suddenly outdated and the avant-garde was what even your mother was wearing.

Cole Porter summed up the phenomenon best with his lyrics, “In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, but now, God knows, Anything Goes!” It was the dawn of fashion as we know it, ushering in shorter hemlines, gender-bending styles and above all a flair for fun. This collection is a modern twist on the classic looks of the day. A time when oxfords were king, champagne flowed and freedom, glam and femininity rained supreme.Jazz Age Glamour

Featuring styles from Bass, Hush Puppies, Durea, & Dirty Laundry, brands that have perfected the art of modernizing classic looks without sacrificing integrity or comfort. At Shopping Blitz we vehemently believe in the importance of individual style. Never wear what’s popular just because someone else tells you to. Wear what you love and exude what the Roaring 20’s were really all about, the freedom to be yourself!

Shop This Look:
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Dirty Laundry Field Day Oxfords

Hush Puppies Tyro Pumps

Durea Caroline Lace Up Oxfords

Hush Puppies Pennant Oxfords

Bass Eloise Saddle Oxfords