Do Me A Solid: Designers give back

Because giving back never goes out of style, we are buying up fashionable, socially responsible products. To look great and feel even better doing it, grab your credit card and join us on this Warby Parker, MAC Cosmetics and TOMS Shoes shopping spree.


Warby Parker
Call us “four eyes,” because wearing specs just got a whole lot cooler with designs by Warby Parker. Off the runways, fashion week’s front row trendsetters were all about these vintage-inspired chunky frames. 

 
Much more than just the latest accessory, Warby Parker is giving vision to some of the one billion people around the world without access to glasses. Through their Buy A Pair Give a Pair policy, the company has already distributed 20,000 frames to those in need. For the nearsighted or those with 20/20 vision, Warby Parkers are a fashion statement with heart.   

MAC Cosmetics
VIVA GLAM lines by MAC Cosmetics colour their users pretty, while supporting men, women and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. For its spring 2011 line, MAC has bottled the spirit of Lady Gaga in nude shades of lipstick and Lipglass. Inspired by the pop icon, soon Little Monsters everywhere can just dance in hues of Gaga, because we were born that way. 


With 100 per cent of the proceeds donated to the MAC AIDS fund, looking good has never felt so great.

TOMS
Take a step towards a better tomorrow with TOMS Shoes. Based on a One for One model, TOMS donates one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased. Lead by founder Blake Mycoskie, TOMS Shoes is changing the way we buy shoes and the way we give back. 

Made of canvas and lined in suede with a rubber sole, TOMS are equal part style and comfort. Up next, The Row mega designers, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will design a limited edition collection for TOMS. Made with luxe fabrics in cool prints, it’s the signature The Row style we love at prices we can afford. We’ll take them all, because hey, it’s a really good cause. 


We love that these designers and companies are giving back to those in need, and hope that more enterprising folks follow suit.

Fashion-able: Spring Trend Watch

Each season, the fashion-forward watch the runways. Whether sitting in the front row or behind their computer screens, they observe the latest designs from talented designers, mentally noting which pieces they can personally rock. Ultimately, from The Row’s precise androgynous tailoring to Proenza Schouler’s pajama-inspired gear, we can choose only a few pieces to add to our ever-growing collections.



We’ve outlined the top three trends that we’re digging (and digging into our wallets for) for the spring 2011 season. Use this guide to help you make your own decisions – it won’t be easy to choose! 


1. Maxis

If hemlines rise during times of depression, then 2011 should be a very happy year. That’s right, it’s time to move your micro-minis aside to make room for longer styles.

Luxe Label: Reach great lengths with A.L.C.’s Pleated Long Skirt ($693). The accordion-style maxi comes complete with an unfinished edged hem and elastic waistband. Made of lightweight woven polyester, this pleated skirt with ruffle trim is a perfect style basic that’s anything but. 


Cheap & Chic: Nasty Gal’s Pleated Maxi Dress ($78) offers a retro feel on a modern silhouette. Partially lined, this flowy dress has a full rayon pleated skirt, and cinches at the waist with a sash belt. From day to night, in this frock you’ll be a real maxi knockout. 


2. Floppy Hat

The floppy hat is not only this year’s “it” accessory, but it also the best shot you’ve got at getting street-styled. So wear this ’70s comeback head topper and smile for the camera. Bianca Jagger would be proud.

Luxe Label: For a look that’s all casual chic, try Rag & Bone’s Estelle Hat ($150) on for size. This retro-inspired accessory comes in a gorgeous tawny beige wool, with a wide brim and deep crown. The cotton lining will keep you feeling cool and fresh, while the style screams boho-chic. 

Cheap & Chic: Beat the heat in style with ASOS’s Catarzi Felt Floppy Hat ($47). Made of 100 per cent wool with a contrast band, choose this accessory in this knockout shade of cherry red. Trust us. This is one hat you’ll wear even on good hair days. 


3. Tribal Print

In past seasons you’ve gone black, but now it’s time to go back with bold colours done up in equally daring Aztec-inspired prints.

Luxe Label: Return to your tribal roots in Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent’s Long Ruffle Slip Dress ($429). For a colourful take on the tribal trend, wear this silk maxi dress in Zulu print with adjustable spaghetti straps and a ruffled hem. Done up in shades of blue and red, the punch of colour will work on so many skin tones. Try it.


Cheap & Chic: Embrace the call of the wild in Pepe Jeans’ Tribal Printed Sheered Bandeau Maxi Dress ($73). This vibrantly patterned maxi dress with multicolour stripes and shapes has a belted waist with a tassle, and as cool a ruffled hem as the dress above (but for a fraction of the price). With a bandeau-style top, this look is all fashion Aztec warrior. 



Luckily, with spring comes some killer style that will break you out of your winter blues. Two more months to go!