Friday, July 31, 2009

You've Been Framed!

Polyvore member travissadler recently pointed out on his blog, Homme Style, that one of his sets had been framed at the Polyvore headquarters. It's true! We love decorating our office with the amazing sets you've created. After all, you guys are our biggest inspiration! Maybe someday our office walls will be covered from floor to ceiling with your fashion and art sets. :)

Here are a few of the sets we've framed on our walls:






In the recent New York Times article about Polyvore, our co-founders were photographed in front of a 4x3 grid of framed Polyvore sets. Was your set featured in the picture? Check out the article here to see!

If you're curious to know what sets are currently up in our office, check out this collection:

View 'Framed Looks' on Polyvore

Polyvore Love Letters - Blog Roundup

Here are some of the latest blog posts we've come across that feature Polyvore sets:

Woah, Madonna and Whitney Houston wore the same Dolce & Gabbana dress on the same night. Nice catch, ~Adorable~T!
(getthelook.onsugar.com)


kickinkate says if she wasn't in PR, she'd be a fashion editor.
(kickinoff.blogspot.com)


Rock This Look suggests looks you can, well, rock.
(rockthislook.blogspot.com)


fashion+love=me gives us tips on how to be fashionable during a recession.
(your-seduction.blogspot.com)

Fashionindie.com likes to keep up with the latest fashion trends and knows that Polyvorians are on top of the fashion scene (smart cookies!) This week, they featured elizabeth30 and yoasienka in their Polyvoyuer section.
(fashionindie.com)

If you have a blog and would like to be featured here, let us know!
loveletters@polyvore.com

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Summer in Venice with Tory Burch Contest Winners

The Polyvore community never ceases to amaze us! We were blown away by the Venice-inspired Tory Burch sets that you guys created. With 1562 Summer in Venice with Tory Burch contest entries, the judging process was by no means an easy one for the team over at Tory Burch. Check out the Tory Burch team in action deciding on contest winners:

And now, the winners...
A big congratulations to sourcat, @Nini@, .It'sME. and la fille aux cheveux bruns who will be receiving some great prizes from Tory Burch!

1st:



2nd:



3rd:


And because all of the entries were so amazing, the team at Tory Burch chose a 4th place winner:



Check out more Summer in Venice with Tory Burch contest entries:
See more on Polyvore

Trend Spotter: Ripped Tights

Electric Ave spotted a Ripped Tights trend on Polyvore. Who knew those annoying little runs in your tights would suddenly be fashionable? Put the clear nailpolish away because these days the bigger the rip, the better! Ripped tights have been popular with celebs like Ashley Olsen, Miley Cyrus, Lindsey Lohan and Mischa Barton and have even been spotted on the runways. Whether you're a good girl gone bad or just looking to give your ensemble some added character, ripped tights will carry your wardrobe through the fall.


Images courtesy of ElleUK.com






Check out more of this trend in Electric Ave's trend spotter collection:
View 'Ripped Tights!' on Polyvore


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

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Guest Blog: Modern Tudor Clothing

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.


I've been watching the Showtime series The Tudors on Netflix and am surprised by how easily the distinct clothing can be reinterpreted and still worn today. (Yes, I'm aware the show's costumes are not entirely accurate (neither is the history), but I'm not focusing on specks and details either.) For example, sleeves that looked like cages were quite fashionable. Cages are certainly popular today, though mainly in the form of shoes. Cutouts and slashes were another popular trend in the 1500s, and people would use them as a means to display their fine undergarments. (My roommate studies costume history and informed me that Italy had laws about the amount of fabric that was allowed to be used in the sleeves, but they didn't have rules about undergarments, thus, the slashing of the sleeves and the puffing out of the underwear.) Cutout clothing is one of the biggest trends right now, and you could think of it in these older terms rather than as a means to show as much skin as possible. Many a quilted jerkin bore studs because men throughout history have wanted to get their rockstar on. The final touch was massive jewelry, preferably pinned at the shoulders.'



Ruffles
were en vogue as they are by nature a means of using excessive fabric. Pants had not yet been invented, so all the men were a bit hippy. (Thankfully, The Tudors glosses over the stuffed cod pieces of the day.) Sleeves were always elaborate in some way, and the best means of layering with puff sleeves is with a vest. Frequently, one or more of those layers would be brocade. Ladies frequently wore feathered, jeweled or velvet headpieces, easily translated today as headbands. Add some rich jewelry in bright pops of color. And don't forget boots to muck about while hunting.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pop Culture Watch: Comic-Con

The annual Comic-Con International convention took place in San Diego last week (July 23-26) and we've since noticed fashion sets bubbling up that have been inspired by the stars that attended! Originally showcasing comic books and related popular arts, the convention has expanded over the years to include a larger range of pop culture elements. Stars from upcoming films like New Moon, Tron Legacy, Iron Man 2 and Avatar movies were among those on the scene -- even our very own Jess was there! Check out these Comic-Con celebrity-inspired sets:










View 'Comic-Con' on Polyvore

popculture@polyvore.com

More Polyvore in the Media

There's been a lot of buzz around Polyvore this week, but the real kudos goes to our community of amazing designers! The 33 News in Dallas/Fort Worth featured Polyvore and sets created by our community in Pelpina's Picks. You can watch the piece here:



Here's some more of Polyvore in the news...

New York Magazine's The Cut takes a look at how Polyvore's Consumers Outnumber Style.com's Readers.

Is Portuguese your first language? Check our New York Times feature in Portuguese.

Rupert Sanderson on Polyvore



With a design philosophy of 'less is more' and winner of ELLE's Accessory Designer of the Year, we're excited to have Rupert Sanderson on Polyvore. Rupert Sanderson left a career in advertising to learn how to make shoes...and boy, are we glad he did! From sexy python heels to menswear-inspired brogues, Sanderson has the art of shoe design covered. Though the company is located in London, they ship their shoes worldwide and are also for sale on Net-A-Porter so you can be sure to get your footwear fix.

We love the Delilah nude patent heels ($304) that capture the essence of summer:


Match the sunshine with Quartz yellow flats ($264):


Getting ready for the fall? These Odessa black patent pumps (now $421) are perfect for a skinny business suit or with skirts:


Check out more outfits on Polyvore featuring Rupert Sanderson shoes:
View 'Rupert Sanderson' on Polyvore

Monday, July 27, 2009

Trend Spotter: Rosary Necklaces

ambar.rivera spotted a Rosary Necklace trend on Polyvore. She's even been wearing a rosary necklace herself, as shown on her personal blog Ambar's Thoughts. While there may be some debate as to whether this trend is fashionable or functional (for the faithful), there's no doubt that it's back on the rise. Back in the 80s it was inspired by Madonna, but now both male and female celebrities alike have been spotted with their rosary necklaces, including Rihanna and Mischa Barton.


Images courtesy of cubannielinks.com (left) and imnotobsessed.com (right)







Check out more of this trend in ambar.rivera's trend spotter collection:
View 'Crucifixes, Rosaries, Crosses' on Polyvore

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

Polyvore in the New York Times!

"The fashion magazines Vogue, InStyle and Lucky may rule the newsstand racks. But online, they are also-rans, overlooked by the fashion-conscious in favor of Polyvore, an upstart Web site far from Fifth Avenue." -Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times

The New York Times featured a great article about Polyvore today! If you haven't had a chance to check out the piece yet, you can read it online here: Site Wins Fashion Fans by Letting Them Design.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Polyvore Love Letters - Blog Roundup

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

Ambar's got Yves Saint Laurent on her mind and she's sharing the love.
(ambarsthoughts.blogspot.com)


Need a date night look for under $100? The Chicagonista's got you covered.
(chicagonista.com)

Summer Cinema Style Under $100
Summer Cinema Style Under $100 by KBrianne featuring GAP



Stuck wearing business suits to work everyday? Fashion Pad shows you how to spruce up your work wardrobe!
(fashionpad.blogspot.com)


akisalove's got 5 favorite skirts...wanna know what they are?
(akisalove.com)

Ooh-la-la, leather leggings! More street style by Golestaneh.
(golestaneh-streetstyle.blogspot.com)

If you've got a blog and would like to be featured here, let us know!
loveletters@polyvore.com

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Trend Spotter: Exposed Zippers

There's no doubt Exposed Zippers are a trend on Polyvore. From dresses to handbags and even on shoes, it's easy to get zipped up. Spotted by EtchaSketchinLola, Allie Baby and cloho deux, this trend exudes edge! Stylist Rachel Zoe loves dressing her clients in chic pieces with exposed zippers. "Well," says Zoe, "it alludes to a lot, a zipper." Jessica Alba was seen in a Lanvin dress with an exposed zipper and Sophia Bush was photographed in a Ports 1961 number (below).


Images courtesy of InStyle.com







Check out more of this trend in these 3 trend spotter collections:

EtchaSketchinLola