First Look: BB Dakota Summer & Fall 2011

Among the many highlights of my WWDMAGIC experience with the Teen Vogue Blogger Lounge was visiting the BB Dakota booth and getting a sneak preview of the brand’s upcoming summer and fall 2011 collections. Full of vibrant colors, great prints and flirty pieces, the summer 2011 collection has me craving warm temps again.  (Los Angeles is finally experiencing chilly, winter-like weather.)   My personal favorites in the fall 2011 line include chic capes and a fabulous gray wrap  (seen near the bottom of this post).  So feast your eyes on the upcoming collections and start making your shopping wishlist.

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LOVE the mango color pants (yellow will be a popular summer color) with the top that features a surprise slit opening in the back

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this flirty number is another favorite from the summer line; BB Dakota will also have pants in the same print

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versatile shorts that can easily be dressed up with a pair of heels; also seen below in black with a sparkly top

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another great print dress that can be taken from work to a dinner date

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can’t beat a classic long wool coat

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capes are here to stay; love this plaid hooded one

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more great staples

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love surprise back details like this back lace-up dress

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an over-sized cozy sweater would look great with these print pants

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chic faux fur cape

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I’ve already added this amazing wrap to my mental shopping wishlist.

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inside glimpse of BB Dakota’s busy booth at WWDMAGIC

 

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Becs

Style Scoping at WWDMAGIC, Project & Capsule

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Lawrence of Sartorially Inclined at Capsule (also former Menday contributor)

Noteworthy: ROTM double monk straps, subtle splash of color with light blue handkerchief, sharp looking sports coat

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Alexandra of LF Stores at WWDMAGIC

Noteworthy: pulling off a chic head to toe black ensemble (with the exception of the brown belt and blue bag – love) and her perfectly ombre hair

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Gentlemen of Caminando (Japanese shoe brand based in Tokyo) at Project

Noteworthy: hats, great prints and boots (obvi!) made these guys stand out (in a good way)

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Marcus of Marcus Troy at Project

Noteworthy: sweater cardigan, rolled pants and a great man bag to tote around

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Alexis of Place Los Angeles with Lucca Couture at WWDMAGIC

Noteworthy: half-tuck done right, great jewelry and sparkly threads on Alexis’ top

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Kristen, designer of Blue Bird, at WWDMAGIC

Noteworthy: tying a side knot in her top, making a summery skirt winter appropriate by adding the buckle boots

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Mr. Dool of Mr. Dool at Capsule

Noteworthy: gray contrast white collar shirt, pins on the denim jacket (great touch!) and a nice smile to top it off

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Emanuel of Bengjof Couture at WWDMAGIC

Noteworthy: Everything.  And pulling off orange FTW.

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Jasmine, stylist and Creative Director of Boxing Kitten, at Capsule

Noteworthy: sheer blouse under blazer, playful print Boxing Kitten pants, and stacked bangles

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Paola of Hollywood Trading Company at Project

Noteworthy: the mix of neutrals with the gray scarf and tan cardigan wrap completes an understated, casual chic look

Admittedly, I enjoyed checking out the show style of attendees, sales reps and creative directors just as much as I liked viewing the collections.  These folks were some of my favorites from the three shows I visited inVegas — WWDMAGIC, Project and Capsule.

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Becs

previous street style posts:  Men’s style at L.A. Fashion Week & Audrey’s Night Out

WWDMAGIC + Teen Vogue Blogger Lounge

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in my Valentine’s Day-themed look, wearing Storets coat, H&M blouse and pants, Dolce Vita boots and American Apparel headband

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WWDMagic Teen Vogue Blogger Lounge, a.k.a. home base

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had so much fun hanging with beautiful & talented sisters Natalie of Natalie Off Duty and Dylana of Color Me Nana (heart you both!)

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resting our feet in the Teen Vogue Blogger Lounge, with Dylana and Elim of The Style Seen

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So You’re A Blogger? Now What!

panel discussion featuring Erin Weinger of Style Section LA, Crosby Noricks of PR Couture, Erica Domesek of P.S. I Made This, Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes and Hilla Ohayon

video of the entire panel discussion can be seen HERE

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with a daughter named Audrey and her three siblings, family owned brand, Audrey 3 + 1‘s name was born (love hearing special stories like this)

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Kensie hosted a sweet reception, complete with pink bubbly & chocolate.

Thanks so much to Hayley (taking the photo above) for being so amazing to all the Teen Vogue bloggers.  She definitely made a great impression on behalf of Kensie and now has a new fan of the brand.

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playing with our sugary sweet jelly candy

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buyers were going crazy at Blue Bird — one of the busiest booths at WWDMAGIC

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tie-dye, leopard print & feather trim dresses at See You Monday LA

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wrapped up day 1 with yummy (and pretty) treats, including these parfaits and chocolate covered strawberries

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cool looking circular sofa = automatic photo opp.

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gambling with Kristen of Be Vain or D.I.Y.

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my Jeffrey Campell gold glitter Litas made a Vegas appearance

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day 2 of WWDMAGIC with Natalie, Jazzi of Jazzi McG and Dylana (L.A. bloggers <3)

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wearing Effigy 49 dress via Pixie Market, H&M jacket, Aldo boots and Ralph Lauren men’s hat

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second panel featuring Rebecca Minkoff CMO Daniel Saynt, Jane of Sea of Shoes, Erin & April of Boutiquing.com, with Macala of Fashionably Marketing moderating

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check out Kristen’s snazzy D.I.Y. brooch on a rope!

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photo by Elim

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with Dylana, Taisa of Amahzing Blog, Jazzi, Natalie and Melanie

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When people find out Mel and I are twins, they usually ask whether we have similar styles.  As you can see, I’m more of a bohemian-fringe-loving-cowboy boot wearing gal while Mel is more the glam-polished-uptown-vibe-heel wearing type.  (photo by Taisa)

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while checking out Aryn K, we met Akira Chicago owner Erikka and Sarah who were picking up amazing pieces for the store

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in the afternoon, we headed to Project at Mandalay Bay where we saw brands such as Wildfox, Dolce Vita, and Buffalo David Bitton

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mmm… crab nachos

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wearing a Bebe mesh cutout dress with Kristen, Mel, Elim and Ashley of Fashionably Ashley at the Hudson JeansCreative Recreation party at Marquee LV in the Cosmopolitan (so posh)

thanks so much to HUDSON for throwing one helluva good time!

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cooling down outside after a full on dance fest (such good music throughout the night) with Natalie, Dylana, Taisa, Mel and our new friends from Paris

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Bring 35 fabulous bloggers to Vegas for three days, letting them roam WWDMAGIC with more than 1,300 brands, and it’s bound to be a content building, buzz generating, networking-love fest.  Looking back, it was just an incredibly exciting experience to meet the creative forces behind some of my favorite brands, and to be among the buyers getting a sneak preview of summer and fall collections before they hit stores.

There were way too many highlights to fully list out, but my favorites include talking to the fabulous Creative Director of BB Dakota, Katharine Brandes, while previewing the brand’s summer and fall lines (so many great pieces!); meeting the Kensie team during their champagne party; and simply being around all the other amazing bloggers who were just as excited as I was to be a part of the WWDMAGIC experience.

It was also encouraging to meet with brands that are fully embracing bloggers and have a strong social media presence.  As we begin to see more and more designer collaborations with bloggers, brands are understanding the influence bloggers today have in the retail arena and the impact they can make on their customers.  When a brand gets it, there’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.

HUGE thank you to WWDMAGIC, Teen Vogue and Fashionably Marketing!

And lastly, thanks to Style Caster for including me (along with Mel, Natalie & Jazzi) in its Best Street Style from PROJECT feature!


(Stayed tuned for future posts featuring BB Dakota, Buffalo David Bitton, Aryn K, Hollywood Trading Company, and One Language.)

XxX

Becs

Key Trends at WWDMAGIC

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WWDMAGIC has been an incredible experience thus far. Sadly, it’s our last day here in Las Vegas with the Teen Vogue Blogger Lounge, and I’ll be running around today, soaking up as much as my petite self can take.  For starters, I wanted to share some of the key trends that I’ve noticed from several brands at the show.

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gorgeous hues & Miu Miu inspired prints being showcased at Aryn K

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flirty dresses and printed pants were standouts at BB Dakota (separate post to follow with a preview of the summer and fall collections)

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snakeskin pants from Buffalo David Bitton at PROJECT (personal favorite)

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military style wardrobe staples and leopard print at Kensie

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sheer print blouses, florals and stripes at Blue Bird

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florals and more leopard print (loves it!) from Lucca Couture

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fun prints, esp. this navy horseshoe & cowboy hat covered blouse at Audrey 3+1

It’s safe to say that we are seeing a pattern here.  No pun intended!  Personally, I’ve loved seeing the abundance of prints being showcased at WWDMAGIC.  And if you thought leopard print was on its way out… well, let’s just say it’s here to stay and this gal isn’t complaining about that one bit.  I have a ton more photos to share in upcoming posts, so stay tuned for more from WWDMAGIC!

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So we’re bound to linger on

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Storets coat. H&M shirt. Levis (Urban Renewal) shorts & Dolcetta by Dolce Vita boots via Urban Outfitters. hat via Oak NYC

Headed to Vegas in a few hours to take part in WWDMAGIC and Teen Vogue‘s first Blogger Concourse Lounge, referenced HERE.  I’ll be hitting up some of the other shows, so if you are in Vegas, get in touch with me!  At some point during the next few days, I’ll  also be wearing this recently acquired pink faux fur coat from Storets, so chances are, you won’t be able to miss me.

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Becs