Monday, October 29, 2012

Polyvore outage -- We're on it!

UPDATE 10/29/2012 3:56PM PST: Site is back up! Thanks again for your patience!

Thanks to everyone who wrote in to let us know the site isn't working. Our network is currently down, but we're working quickly to fix it and hope to have Polyvore back up and running shortly. Thanks so much for your patience!

Love,
The Polyvore Team

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Member Spotlight: georgina-m

Today's member spotlight is on georgina-m, a member of three years. She builds her sets around beautiful artwork then incorporates clothes that match the colors depicted. Here are some of her favorite sets.

Franz Kline
Keith Haring
Maurice de Vlaminck



Tell us your name, age, and profession (anything you’d like to share).
My name is Georgina and I’m 23 years old. I have a double bachelor’s degree in museum studies and art history, and I am currently working on a master’s degree in museum studies. I work at an art center, and I work on a few public art, museum and gallery jobs on the side.

Describe your personal sense of style.
It really depends on the day. If I’m headed to class I usually wear simple, neutral tees with black or burgundy jeans and faux-leather flip-flops or Converse. Basically I keep it simple and easy since I have to install exhibitions. If I am working at the gallery or going to a museum event, which I do a lot, I wear very uncomfortable but too-cute-to-pass heels, dresses and pencil skirts. I’m also a huge fan of cardigans and layering. People also tend to associate me with my favorite Retro Super Future Ciccio nerd glasses I’ve had for the past 3 years.

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
I love Marni and the continual use of interesting patterns and textures blended together to make a funky yet cohesive look. I also love the eyeglass brand Super. The mix of classic styles with extra thick frames always makes for a nice, functional accessory and always leads to fun conversations.

Who is your favorite artist?
This would have to be the most difficult question people ask me. Off the top of my head, I would say Max Ernst, Philip Campbell Curtis and René Magritte; surrealism is my favorite. Some of my favorite current working artists are Nick Cave and a local artist, Jeff Falk.

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
Ideally. after I finish my master’s degree, I would like to work at an art museum in exhibition development and collections management . Hopefully I will make that happen.

How has Polyvore affected your life?
I stumbled upon Polyvore one day on an interior design blog; I created an account and was hooked. Having access to so many forms of fashion and art at the click of a few buttons is very gratifying and helps feed my need for creativity. Not only has it made boring days more fun, but I have also met some great, inspirational friends along the way.

How would you describe your set style?
I would say my set style is simple and to the point. I don’t like adding too much to my sets. I want to get my vision across and not be over-distracting. I like things to fit just so.

I know you also get set/artist request. What was the most interesting request you've gotten?
I suppose one of the most interesting requests I have gotten was from a girl asking if I would
make her a set to feature on her blog so that she could discuss how art influences fashion. She
said she did not know a lot about artists but that she was inspired. That meant a lot to me.

What is the significance of your username?
No crazy cool significance, just my name.

How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
Well before I started graduate school, I was on every day. Now that has slowed to a few times a week. When I do get the time, it feels even more indulgent. The first thing I do when I sign on is view my likes and comments, followed by some visual drooling over other people’s sets.

What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
I love the “Following” link because I get to see new creations instantly from the other amazing Polyvore members. I follow so many people, it is hard to keep track. So this feature helps a lot.

Got any requests for the Polyvore team?
I was so fortunate to meet the Polyvore team in San Francisco, and I have got to say you guys are on top of your game. Geniuses! You guys are always coming up with features that I did not even realize I wanted. I would, however, love to be able to sort my items by color. It would make matching the objects to the paintings much easier.

Anything else you would like us to know?
Nothing about me personally but I think it is important that people always follow their passion, no matter what or where it takes you.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Member Spotlight: justsweet

Today's member spotlight is on justsweet, a member of four years. She won our "Fluent in Fashion with Mango" contest. The prize included a weekend trip to Barcelona. Here is her winning set and a couple of her favorite sets.

Fluent in Fashion with Mango
=Absolutely chic=
Summer to Fall: Shorts


Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day.
My name is Elena Tserioti. I'm 26 and studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I'm addicted to fashion, especially shoes and bags, plus I love painting, traveling and shopping. As for my everyday style, I think comfort should always be given utmost priority while thinking of what to wear. I love jeans and I wear them almost every day. Also I prefer to add some accessories for a glamorous daytime look.

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I live in Limassol, in Cyprus. Over the last few years, people have really started to play with fashion and fashion trends here, more than ever. This season bright neon colors, geometric prints, asymmetric skirts, shorts, statement necklaces, oversized bags and maxi dresses are a must! My everyday style is a mix of feminine, chic and classy. It is kind of unique in some ways and I prefer to make a fashion statement with contrast. I love to experiment with different styles.

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
There are so many beautiful brands and designers over the last years. It is so hard to choose among them. I'm a huge fan of Céline and Hermes bags, because they make a statement. Also I could die for a pair of Christian Louboutin or Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, because they stand out with their elegance. Each one of these brands describes my personal sense of style.

Which celebrity has great style? What do you like about their style?
I don't have just one favorite fashion idol. I get inspired by many fashion blogs and magazines. However my all-time favorite celebrity is Victoria Beckham. Her look is elegant, timeless and sophisticated, with a bit of sexy style.

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
I have very high aspirations and goals! I could see myself working in the fashion world. So I'm not going to give all my secrets away!

How has Polyvore affected your life? 
Polyvore, has affected my life heavily! It gave me the opportunity to transform my life, inspired me to start doing what I really love! So I started my own fashion blog called “Just Sweet” (www.justsweet.gr)! Via Polyvore I can create my own sets and publish them on my site, providing all the latest trends of fashion and sharing my personal sense of style. I am so glad, knowing that this content is absolutely mine. I love Polyvore! Thank you so much! In addition, Polyvore and one of the leading fashion brands of Spain, Mango, gave me the most amazing present this year! By competing in the contest ‘Fluent in Fashion with Mango,' I went to Barcelona and had a relaxing and fashion-filled experience!

How would you describe your set style?
I believe that if you let others categorize you, you lose some of your own self-ness and become a stereotype. So, because I love to experiment with different styles, each set is a new experiment! I prefer to play with colors and contrasts.

How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
Polyvore is the greatest reason to take a timeout away from programming and solving mathematical and circuit equations! To be honest, I don’t remember the last time I had a day away from Polyvore. Even if I’m not home, I sign on from my smartphone! The first thing I usually do is look at the activity stream, maybe new messages or new sets from my friends. I check out all the new fashion trends and designs of my favorite brands. Also, if I have inspiration, I create sets, save them in drafts or publish them.

What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
There are so many features which together make Polyvore the most amazing website that it is! So it's not easy for me to choose just one! I believe, (as a programmer: P) that the most significant and usable part of the site is the Polyvore Editor. All the creativity of fashion lovers is hidden there!
In addition, the comment section below each set is another favorite part. Knowing that a social site is supposed to be about sharing thoughts and ideas between author and reader, it makes comments very important! I love all the comments and favorites from my lovely Polyvore friends and I really appreciate them! I wish I had more free time to comment back and provide feedback to all of them.

Describe your personal sense of style.
If I had to describe my personal sense of style with three words, they would be feminine, chic and fashion-forward. I love change. I absolutely love to try new combinations and try out different things about my personal style.

Got any requests for the Polyvore team?
Everything here is absolutely great! An idea that grew through the contest ‘Global Fashion,’ and also through my experience on Polyvore, is to show more about international style and fashion trends. I think it’s a great way to improve multicultural fashion.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New Top Stories Page!

Dear Polyvore Community,

Polyvore has a new homepage design!

New Top Stories Page!

The new design allows us to feature even more content from our favorite and most prolific contributor: you, the Polyvore community. The editorial team will feature more of your sets showing the latest trends, celebrities, bloggers, beauty products and designers, all on the new Top Stories page!


Every day, Top Sets will continue to showcase the best fashion sets from the community, but now it’s one of the “stories” on the homepage. To see all the day’s top fashion sets, you can click on the story which will take you to a new Top Fashion Sets page where you can browse top fashion sets to your heart’s content. You can also use the shortcut link in the Top navigation menu to get there.

From the Top Sets page, you can now find links to the Top Interior and Top Art Sets.


We’d love to hear from you! Got ideas for great stories? Share your ideas with us by sending us links to sets or collections either by emailing us at ideas@polyvore.com or by posting to Facebook.

We know it takes a little while to adjust to change, but we hope you’ll spend some time exploring the new design. Let us know what you think! We’d love to hear your feedback about the new Top Stories page, so please let us know what you think by leaving a comment about it on this blog. Your opinions are very important to us.

We hope you’ll love this new way to see even more great content from the community!

Love,

The Polyvore Team

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Member Spotlight: bratatouille

Today's member spotlight is on bratatouille, a member of two years. She won our "Some Like It Hot with MAGNUM Ice Cream" contest. The winning prize included a trip to Fashion Week in NYC and tickets to attend the alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet fashion presentation. Here are some of her favorite sets.

Some Like It Hot with MAGNUM Ice Cream
Blogger Closet: Where Did U Get That
Miranda Kerr in Paris



Tell us your name, age, and profession (anything you’d like to share).
My name is Jo Ann, I'm 28 years old and graduated with a business degree. Currently, I am a stay-at-home mom and enjoy being able to watch my three year old son grow.

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I live in California in the Bay Area. Our style really depends on the weather because the weather here is crazy, it can be hot or cold. We love to wear sunglasses and skinny jeans. It's almost fall, so we like to dress in layers with leather jackets, sweaters, warm coats and ankle boots. I see a lot of bright-colored tops, prints and bright-colored cropped pants.

Describe your personal sense of style.
I am all about dressing comfortably. I think it’s best to be yourself and be comfortable in whatever you're wearing. Leggings, sweatshirts, cardigans and skinny jeans are my thing. I love wearing sunglasses and I'm a huge fan of Carrera sunglasses.

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
I'm impressed with Coco Chanel's timeless designs and with Alexander McQueen's unique and edgy designs. I have an obsession with leather handbags. I love Rebecca Minkoff, Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney.

Which celebrity has great style? What do you like about his or her style?
I appreciate Nicole Richie's sense of style. Her style has inspired many trends.

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
I love traveling! I want to visit famous and historical landmarks and explore fascinating hidden places.

How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore encourages me to express myself and to unleash my passion for fashion. I also love the Polyvore community which is very supportive and inspirational. Polyvore is part of my everyday
life. Even my three-year-old son will ask me, mommy, what are you doing, polyvoring?

How was your trip to NYC during fashion week?
I’m very thankful for getting the opportunity to attend to this once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is something that is still a little bit unreal. I admire Stacey Bendet for being such a brilliant designer. I was fascinated with her retro, eclectic yet fashionable designs. I have to confess I ate lots of Magnum mini bars during the Alice + Olivia presentation. I had an amazing time in NYC.  Thank you so much Polyvore and Magnum Ice Cream for this breathtaking experience!

How would you describe your set style?
My set style depends on my mood. I always want to make sure its wearable and something I would personally wear. I enjoy using bright and bold colors. I like to mix up classic styles with a trendy twist.

What is the significance of your username?
My username is actually my son’s nickname that I gave him when he was still a baby.

How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
I'm always signed on. I usually check my daily activities, messages and explore my friends’ sets and like them. I also like to check exciting new trends.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Member Spotlight: lyudmyla

Today's member spotlight is on lyudmyla, a member of three years. She won our "Star Style Presents by Mercedes-Benz and Naeem Khan" contest. It included a trip for two to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in September 2012 and exclusive access to the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge. Here are some of her favorite sets.

street style - template (how to rock your jeans)
 
one street in Paris
 
NY HEELS
 

Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day (anything you’d like to share).

My name is Lyudmyla Porter. I’m a 34 year old freelance artist. As far as what I wear every day, it varies WILDLY. It can be anything from pajamas or a t-shirt and panties, to a dress or a fun going-out look. My wardrobe is dictated by my life, my life is not dictated by my wardrobe. I try to be comfortable and free as an artist, so when I’m painting or drawing or making clothes or sometimes just a mess, I’m casual and in soft fabrics. When I’m spending time with friends or hanging out or running errands, I'll most likely wear a seasonal dress, or I'll wear some jeans or slacks and a layered top. For dinner with my husband, I try to wear something romantic yet sexy to remind him that I’m his number one priority!

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?

Oh my God, I live in Palmdale, California! The trend here is something between outdoor sports to barbecue clothes to high fashion. It’s like anywhere else in Los Angeles County. It really depends on where you’re going and what you’re going to be doing. It’s a very sunny place, so big sunglasses are a hot trend here. More of a necessity really! The great thing about being here is that I get to wear a lot of hats. Southern California is a great place to be if you love hats, because they are truly the most fabulous way to avoid sunburn. Also, fashion and trends are very much in a state of evolution here, because celebrities are always the ones to break new ground in terms of what’s in style.

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?

Hard to say, not really a question a girl can answer. All of them! Just kidding, but there are so many choices in fashion now, it’s possible to have a completely different look every day if you have the time and money to shop that much! If I had to answer in a do-or-die scenario, then it would probably be BCBG or LAMB or many others. Wow, I can’t even answer that under threat of death.

Which celebrity has great style? What do you like about his or her style?

I like Sheryl Crow. She is a celebrity whose fashion I admire and, more importantly, relate to. She is very feminine, casual AND sexy. She knows how and when to mix it up. She’s a lady who clearly knows who she is and she lives it. I also like Nicole Kidman. She cleans up well and is always a head-turner on the red carpet. She always looks so elegant and sophisticated, without going overboard. She commands your attention without demanding it outright. She makes you want to see what she’ll be wearing and how she carries herself. She doesn’t have to run out in the streets dressed like a peacock to get people to notice her.

What are your personal aspirations/goals?

Just to be happy today. There is no guarantee of tomorrow, and yesterday is gone. Life is pretty simple, and if I’m trying to do it right, I just don’t make it complicated. I love art, and I want to really find myself as an artist. There are so many moods and mediums and types of art and so many beautiful expressions of individuality. With art you have a tangible means of getting that out. It’s liberating and frustrating and uplifting and depressing: art is real. You can’t fake art. People will notice, and you will notice the most, because you aren’t being honest with yourself. Your art is looking back at you and the lie is plain to see. I guess I just want to make it through to the end without cutting my ear off!

How has Polyvore affected your life? 

It’s a great escape. Since day one of my Polyvore journey, I find it to be an easy distraction from things in general. The clipper and the format is really easy to use, and there are so many themes and contests and ideas. It’s a massive organism, a living ball of creativity. It makes me happy to be in a candy store full of free candies. I just need stretchy pants and I’m ready. But honestly, it’s just an endless possibility of expression, so much so that I’ve had to pull away to get other projects done. But I always come back to Polyvore, it’s like a warm blanket and soup!

How would you describe your set style? 

Incomplete. I never really know if I’m done, like any other art project. You just have to get close to what you see in your mind and then hit publish. I could work on one set for 3 days if I didn’t make myself walk away from a concept. The beauty of finishing one though is moving on to the next idea and seeing that come to life, so on to the next one. As for a real style though, it depends on my mood. I am a woman and my mood is my driving force. I cannot apologize for that!

How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?

I look at Polyvore every day. First I look at the top sets, and then I click on following and see who’s doing what and how they are doing it. I think it’s important to expand your knowledge base when you’re into something. Looking at sets from the people I follow shows me the road map of possibilities, and once I’m inspired I choose my destination. But all creativity comes from somewhere. It’s the accumulation of experience, ready to be shared. Sometimes I’ll go a while without making any sets, but I browse the site almost daily. It’s the front line of cutting-edge fashion. People on Polyvore are constantly putting new looks together, trying new concepts, hashing out new ideas. It’s a real proving ground, because the pictures are right there, and you know if a look is right or not as soon as you see it. I of course check to see what contests are on, sometimes just the drive of winning something cool can get me going, and once I’m inspired, I feel motivated.  The need to compete and win is powerful.

What is your favorite Polyvore feature?

I love the clipper and the editor. The interface of Polyvore is so intuitive and simple, making it really easy to spend more time on your idea, and less time becoming a Photoshop guru. Granted, I love Photoshop, but I’d have probably lost interest if I had to use it to make all my sets using that type of software!

Describe your personal sense of style.

That’s a tough one. Wow, I guess it would be somewhere between bohemian eclecticism and traditional with modern influences. I believe in the classics, that certain things endure. True love, puppy dogs, your good-butt jeans, a favorite handbag. These are the things you just always have a place in your heart for, because they are classics. I love the new trends and latest looks, but the ones that always catch my eye are rooted in the foundation of everlasting coolness, the basics. It doesn’t have to be a particular piece, or even any of the pieces, it just has to draw inspiration from the familiar so I don’t feel like I’m dressed in something from the Syfy channel.

Anything else you would like us to know?

I just really want to thank the whole Polyvore team for all your hard work, innovation and creativity.  To create such a venue, cultivate and maintain relationships with sponsors, continue to improve your product, all shows a real understanding of your target audience. It’s clear Polyvore is all about providing value to its users both corporate and consumer. I want you to know that I think you’re doing a great job.