Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Personal Style Challenge on Polyvore

MLFBlog, a fashion and style blogger from New Zealand, recently posed the question on her blog, "How do you add your personal stamp to your outfit? If I asked you to slip on a pair of jeans, a simple top, a pair of flat shoes, and any accessories you liked, what would you come up with?"

Pretty straightforward, right? Well, this question paves the way for an endless amount of possible answers. Everyone has individual thoughts around style, even when it involves the most basic clothing items. So instead of having people tackle the question rhetorically, MLFBlog, together with iris_rouge, decided to encourage their blog readers to visually answer this style question using Polyvore! And so the Personal Style Challenge group was created on Polyvore to offer a central spot where interested readers can submit their answers to MLFBlog's question. This cool challenge has peaked our curiosity, too, so we encourage you to join the group and show us how you would style just a pair of jeans, a top, flat shoes and accessories.

Take a peek at some of the outfits that have been submitted to the challenge so far:

Join 'Personal Style Challenge' on Polyvore

To follow the Personal Style Challenge madness, be sure to also visit blogs, MLF and Fleur Délice.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Guest Blog: Michael Jackson

This guest post is by Jael Paris, also known as Fashion Me Fabulous on Polyvore. Check out more of her daily posts on great trends and fashion goodies at the Fashion Me Fabulous blog.

It feels like there's a movie coming out called Michael Jackson is Dead. Everyone's talking about it, but it doesn't seem real. His contribution to music, dance and video cannot be denied. Certain styles are also iconically his -- red leather jackets, cropped military coats, sequin blazers, white socks with black pants, one glove. The outpouring on Polyvore has been heavy since news of his passing. Here's a small sample of his impact on fashion.

Trend Spotter: Straw Bags

ThePinkLilly spotted a Straw Bag trend on Polyvore. She says, "Clutches seem to be the prominent trend, as they are perfect for either day or night, but across-the-shoulder bags and bigger bags are also making appearances."

Check out more of this trend in ThePinkLilly's trend spotter collection:

View 'Straw Bags' on Polyvore

Are you a trend spotter?
Submit your collection to trends@polyvore.com

Friday, June 26, 2009

Trend Spotter: Blazer

giggleness spotted a Blazer trend on Polyvore. She says, "I love how it's being used more and more, also all its different cuts, colors and patterns. Blazers add a nice twist to an outfit."

Check out more of this trend in giggleness's trend spotter collection:

View 'Blazers!' on Polyvore

Are you a trend spotter?
Submit your collection to trends@polyvore.com

Polyvore Love Letters - Blog Roundup

Here are some of the latest blog posts we came across that feature Polyvore sets:

What To Wear To a Summer Wedding by the avant guardian

$150 Challenge: Beach Chic by Fashion Me Fabulous

Polyvore of the day... by LottieB

Thursday, June 25, 2009

La Garconne Summer Sale

One of the Polyvore community's favorite boutiques is La Garçonne, which carries a lovely mix of simple-chic pieces from designers like Clu, APC, Alexander Wang, Zucca, Vanessa Bruno, Boy by Band of Outsiders, VPL, Tsumori Chisato and much more. La Garçonne is all about the "garçonne look" -- mixing the boyish and the feminine to create a contemporary look that defies the mundane.

If you're a fan, then head on over now because La Garçonne is having a special sale just for today! All sale items are an additional 20% off if you use the code SUMMER20. The sale ends at midnight EST tomorrow, so hurry!

For example, this yellow halter top by Jovovich-Hawk is $65.28 with the promo code, down from $272.00.

This print tunic by Zucca is $293.76, down from $918.

This red jersey tank by Acne is $51.60, down from $129.

This McQ bowtie button-down shirt is $99.20, down from $248.

And this summer plaid wrap dress by Zero + Maria Cornejo is $385.28, down from $688.00.

And if you're looking for other non-sale items to add to your basket, you can actually find some great stuff on La Garconne in the $50-$100 range.

Happy shopping!

Interview with a Fashion Blogger: Fashion Me Fabulous

Today we're interviewing the gals behind fashion blog, Fashion Me Fabulous. Their blog is for every woman and provides readers with daily content, weekly features and they often create cool Polyvore sets to illustrate their blog topics! We caught up with Jael Paris and Becca of Fashion Me Fabulous to learn more about them and their thoughts on Polyvore.

Tell us about yourself and how you started blogging.

Jael Paris: I'm a 26-year old word nerd from Indiana. Both of my parents were clothes horses, so I come by it naturally. Becca said, "Hey, stylish friend of mine, please write for my blog." I'm certainly not an expert in the field of fashion, but I love to read about fashion history and design principles.

Becca: I’m a 24-year old Detrioter living in Chicago and a writer and editor working in online media. I started blogging to keep my portfolio current after college. I don’t have a formal fashion background, but I always dreamed of working at a fashion magazine, which is why I chose to blog about fashion.

Tell us more about Fashion Me Fabulous.

Jael Paris: Fashion Me Fabulous is like a shopping trip with your girlfriends. It's meant to be light and fun. We've geared it toward other young women who enjoy being cute and funky while still being practical. If you look at our tags, you'll notice we love talking about dresses, shoes, and independent designers on Etsy. Our Etsy love is fierce.

Becca: Fashion Me Fabulous is a general fashion/shopping blog. It was started in September of 2007. FMF focuses on affordable, accessible fashion. Both Jael and I are from the Midwest so we love to write about fashion that is accessible, practical and available everywhere, rather than just in major fashion cities. We love to discuss shoes, vintage clothing, great Etsy shops, thrift stores, and fashion as art and expression.

How did you discover Polyvore? And what do you like most about it?

Jael Paris: I used to do ‘Play the Shoe Stylist’ on Shoewawa and another reader submitted a set using Polyvore. I've been on almost every day since then. It's a perfect way to experiment with trends and Polyvore also helps me get a quick view of what is popular.

How do you use Polyvore sets on your blog?

Jael Paris: We use Polyvore sets at least once a week in our $150 Challenge. Fridays are frequently about whatever is currently inspiring me, and I'll throw together a handful of looks based on a theme like military clothing or the work of Alphonse Mucha.

Tell us about your favorite post on Fashion Me Fabulous blog that featured Polyvore sets.

Jael Paris: Just focusing on text, I like my post about my own style evolution. The sets I put together illustrate my points better than old photographs would have. If we're just going off of the set itself, I love the anti-Valentine's look I put together for my friend whose husband was overseas at the time. It's a great example of how Polyvore allows me to use clothing to say more than "Pretty! Want! Trendy!"

Becca: I love the Outfit Inspiration posts Jael writes with artists as inspiration (Alphonse Mucha, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock). It's like she uses Polyvore to create mini fashion editorials
[Jael Paris: Those artist inspiration posts were actually the suggestion of a reader.]

Picasso Bright
Picasso Bright by Fashion Me Fabulous on Polyvore.com

Has Polyvore made it easier for you to blog about fashion?

Jael Paris: Polyvore makes it much easier to keep track of trends and which designer showed what. I've found a few times that I needed to find something from a few seasons ago, and Polyvore was the only place I could find it. Plus, I'm web-shy because of work, and I can use Polyvore to illustrate an outfit without posting pictures of myself.

What are your favorite brands/designers?

Jael Paris: I'm a McQueen nut; he appeals to my macabre-feminine aesthetic. You could call me an Anglophile, because I love Marios Swab and Gareth Pugh, too. This season, I'm also into clothes from Dolce & Gabana, Balmain, and accessories by Viktor & Rolf. Dior and Fendi have yet to disappoint.

Becca: I dream of Chanel, a J. Mendel evening gown, Vera Wang, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, a great Betsey Johnson party frock, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, a Burberry trench coat, a DVF wrap dress... This list does not have an end.

What's your trend forecast for the coming season?

Jael Paris: The economy is not doing well, and design houses are suffering along with us. Most of the runway looks for Fall/Winter 09 were hesitant to push new trends. Expect a continuation of what we've seen for a few seasons -- big shoulders, rock star edge, belts, sequins, major shoes and piles of black.

How would you like to impact the fashion world and can Polyvore help you?

Jael Paris: If anything, we want women to be comfortable with who they are. Polyvore is a place for experimentation and expression, so we're a good mix.

Last, but never least... Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

Jael Paris: I wouldn't mind a rotating tool in the editor or being able to search my items by color.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Trend Spotter: Crochet

mylovelycat spotted a Crochet trend on Polyvore. Crochet, which is a fabric created by yarn or thread through a special form of knitting, can be found on tops, blouses, dresses, handbags, and even earrings. Nice catch, mylovelycat!

Check out more of this trend in mylovelycat's trend spotter collection:

View 'Crochet trend...' on Polyvore

Are you a trend spotter?
Submit your collection to trends@polyvore.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

RunwayDaily + Fashion Blogger Feedback

We at Polyvore love many things, but fashion bloggers and feedback definitely top our list! So when RunwayDaily came by our office to meet us, we were super excited. We got to hear some great feedback and brainstorm ways we can make Polyvore an even better tool for fashion bloggers. Check out the RunwayDaily blog for pictures and a great re-cap of her visit to the Polyvore office.

If you're also a fashion blogger, we want to hear your feature requests for Polyvore, too! So please leave a comment and let us know. Also, check out our recent blog post on tips and ways to blog with Polyvore.

Trend Spotter: Oversized Shoulders

Andrea Westwick spotted an Oversized Shoulders trend on Polyvore, which she absolutely adores! One more trend from the 80s that's made its way back onto the scene...

Check out more of this trend in Andrea Westwick's trend spotter collection:

View 'Trend Spotter: Oversized Shoulders' on Polyvore

Are you a trend spotter?
Submit your collection to trends@polyvore.com

Monday, June 22, 2009

Interview with The Fashion Freak

Today's interview is with The Fashion Freak. At first glance, her profile page looks like a collection of news articles with fabulous photos and images. The Fashion Freak is 14 years old and has a knack for making great mosaic-style layouts that uniquely display her interpretation of fashion.

Here are some of her sets:

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Eva, and I'm 14. I live in California, not anywhere near anything really exciting though. I'm going into high school next school year. I really really love fashion, and I'd love to work in the fashion industry when I get older. Fashion really means so much to me, it's really art.

Describe your sense of style/fashion.

I love the "edgy-chic" look, and I like to play it up a bit. I completely love studs -- studded dresses, shoes, bags, everything. It's a bit of an obsession. I tend to lean towards more mellow colors, because I feel they're more timeless. My sets aren't the most accurate portrayal of my style though, in real life. I can't afford Balmain, or anything like it. I'm really inspired by the 60s, and The Factory.

How did you discover Polyvore?

I used to have this really big addiction to Yahoo! Answers. I'd always answer the questions in the Fashion and Accessories section. Frequently there would be questions about Polyvore, so one day I decided to get an account. I'm so glad I did.

Tell us a little about what you use Polyvore for and why. What do you like about Polyvore?

I use it as a creative outlet. It's a great escape from my stress in my real life. I love Polyvore because I get to make sets with clothes I know I'll never get to ever touch. It's also allowed me to learn about brands I've never heard of. For example, one of my favorite sites for items on Polyvore, lagarconne.com, I never knew about until I joined Polyvore. I also get to meet people who are like me; people who also love fashion. I've met a lot of great people on here. And I admit I'm addicted.

Describe your set creation process. Where do you get inspiration for your sets? How do you pick a theme? How do you find your items?

My main inspiration is photography. I'll always find the photos first for a set, ones that inspire me. When I find photos I like, then I look for a skirt, dress, or top that I feel goes with the photos. I like using foreign items a lot, especially Japanese items. I'll find accessories, maybe from my items, or from random searches. Once I have the photos and the outfit down, I fill up the set with "filler" items, because I do my sets in the mosaic format. My sets usually take a while, at least an hour if I'm not distracted.

What are your favorite online stores and brands you like to clip products from?

Like I mentioned earlier, I love lagarconne.com. Eruca.jp is also really amazing, and so is colette.fr. Kohsamui.co.uk has some really great dresses, too. Some of my favorite brands are Balmain, Alexander Wang, Chloé, Givenchy and Chanel.

What are your 3 favorite sets of the ones you've made?

I really love this dress, and I loved how the set came together.

I am in complete and utter love with these Christian Louboutins. I felt really inspired when I made the set.

Got any requests for the Polyvore team?

I love Polyvore as it is, but I'd really appreciate if you got rid of the 50 item limit. It really limits creativity. A rotating tool would be helpful too. But besides that, this is an amazing site.

Slowness On Polyvore

Hi everyone! Just wanted to post a quick note to let you know we're aware of the slowness in the editor and we're working on it. Thanks to all of you who wrote in to let us know!

Update 6/22, 1:30pm Pacific time: We've made some changes to the editor that we think will speed up the loading time. However, if you're still experiencing slowness in the editor, please leave a comment here on the blog. Make sure to include information about what internet browser you're using (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari etc.) and be specific about where you are experiencing the slowness (e.g., "The My Items tab is slow" or "searching for "grey tops" is slow). Thanks for all your help!

Update 6/24, 6:09pm Pacific time: Based on all your feedback, we've decided to bring back pagination in the editor. Thank you to everyone who took the time to send us feedback and report problems, we really appreciate it!

Friday, June 19, 2009

New Features: Editor Improvements and Contest Wins on Profile Pages

Today we launched some cool new features on Polyvore --

1) Search autocomplete in the Polyvore editor
Now when you type your searches in the editor, we try to autocomplete your search using categories, brands, stores, and colors. For example, if you type "ba", we suggest Bags, Balenciaga and Barneys.com. We hope this makes it easier to find exactly what you're looking for!

2) Category, price, and brand filters in the Polyvore editor
We've added the ability to refine your editor searches by product category, price range, or brand. So if you know you're looking for dresses under $50, you can do that easily by using the dropdowns. This makes it easier to create "Looks for Less" outfits on Polyvore.

3) Contest wins on your profile page
Many of you wrote in asking us to create a way for people to see what contests you've won. So we added a "Contest Wins" section on your profile, which displays your contest-winning sets. This includes wins of site-wide contests, as well as contests in your groups. For example, here is the Contest Wins section from nadiya is a trendsetter's profile page.

We hope you like the new features! As always, let us know what you think by leaving a comment here on the blog.

Moxsie on Polyvore

Here at Polyvore, we love to to show our support for up & coming indie designers. If you feel the same way, then you'll love hip online boutique Moxsie. Moxsie's mission is threefold -- support independent designers from all over the world, provide fantastic customer service (free shipping and returns!), and most importantly, give back. Moxsie donates a portion of our proceeds to the charity of the buyer’s choice!

Some of the designers you'll find on Moxsie include Bijules Jewelry, whose bar rings are a favorite of Rihanna and Nicole Richie, Dimepiece, which features in-your-face clothing with bold slogans like “Ain’t No Wifey”, and Miss KK, whose opulent feathered necklaces turn simple tanks and dresses into a night on the town.

We've also noticed that one of Moxsie's ultrachic jewelry designers, Potluck Paris, has been getting a lot of love on Polyvore lately. Here are some of Potluck Paris's popular designs:

Bronze & crystal bracelet by Potluck Paris $394

Tiziana Bracelet by Potluck Paris $130

Tulip Bracelet by Potluck Paris $120

And some ways to wear those pieces:

You can shop for more Moxsie products here, or check out more looks below:
View 'Moxsie' on Polyvore