Is Colored Leather the New Faux Fur?

While we all may have varied opinions on what is considered a staple item in our closets, few could argue the necessity of the quintessential leather jacket. While a classic black biker jacket can be pulled off by virtually anyone, adding a pop of color to our leathers delivers a bolder statement. We’ve noticed that this newly circulating trend has the same “it” factor as our brightly hued faux fur coats, but with a fresher and sleeker aesthetic.

You Need Color in Your Life:

Designers such as IRO, Ulla Johnson, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, and Khaite showcased leather in bold shapes and even bolder shades for FW19, and show attendees were donning the trend on the streets as well. The emergence of colorful leather — in a display of different styles and silhouettes – seems to be this Spring’s newest trend.

From what we saw, leather doesn’t come in just a skinny pant or a structured jacket, but also in a dress, a blouse, a must-have boot and pretty much everything in-between.

Go Vegan!

Some designers have also sought the animal-friendly option — vegan leather.  While the majority of vegan leathers are constructed from synthetic plastics, an increasing number of brands are opting for a plant-based substitute, using materials such as pineapple leaves and Pinatex.  Nanushka’s vegan leather puffer proved to be a front-row favorite as its style was seen on many of Fashion’s it-girls in a variety of shades.

Shop the look:

IRO Ashville Leather Jacket

Nanushka Hide Puffer Jacket

Dr. Martens Vegan 1460 Chrome Metallic Boot

IRO Ashville Leather Jacket

Blue&Cream Logo Case

Creative Layering: The Runway Trend That’s Ideal For Spring

Many trends originate on the runway via a trickle-down effect, while some arise purely out of practicality, and may even find themselves trickling up to the catwalk.
As we know, the transition from winter to spring can be a challenging time to get dressed due to its unpredictable weather patterns, and we often find ourselves needing to get creative for a solution. Sure enough, one of those very solutions was seen everywhere during Fashion Month in February from New York to Paris – and that was layering. Layering in early spring may be somewhat of a no-brainer, however, these were not your average layers, but rather turtlenecks under blouses, and trousers under dresses. This trend trickled both up and down, rearing its head both on the streets and the runway, inspiring us to tap into unconventional layering a little further. We took a look at a few different of the different ways this eccentric trend can be your new go-to.

Summer Preview

Ever purchased a new Spring/Summer piece that you’re just dying to wear but it’s not warm enough yet? One of our favorite layering tricks to employ is throwing a simple turtleneck under a dress or blouse, giving you the best of both worlds – fresh new style with added warmth.

Dress It Up or Down

This layering hack not only assists with us with volatile weather but creates outfit versatility. By layering a more elevated piece with an otherwise casual look, you can be ready to go from the coffee shop to an art opening, all with one simple shift.

Spice It Up

Coco Chanel once said, Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.” 
With this trend, however, we give you permission to do the opposite. Sometimes adding just one piece of a different color palette or print can be that extra ingredient to turn an outfit from standard to stylish, and we encourage mixing patterns and silhouettes – there are no rules.

Shop the look:

RE/DONE Ribbed Turtleneck Bodysuit

LoveShackFancy Domino Top

L’Agence Kenzie Double Breasted Tweed Blazer

Moussy MV Edmond Skinny Jean

Why Influencer Favorite Nanushka is Taking Over Your Instagram Feed

 

 

It all started with the Hide Puffer Jacket – if you have an Instagram account, chances are you’ve seen it on your favorite influencers or street style shots during NYFW. The beautifully crafted vegan leather puffer quickly became one of the most coveted items of the year, and got the fashion world paying serious attention to Nanushka, and wondering what they had in store next.

 

 

The Budapest based brand founded by designer Sandra Sandor creates the perfect pieces for the modern stylish woman, and makes them sustainably and responsibly. In a time where we are should all be more conscious of what we consume, the ethos behind a company matters more than ever, and can be a deciding factor in whether we hit “purchase” or not. When a label designs on-trend pieces and aligns with your moral values it’s a win-win, and we give Nanushka our seal of approval.

 

This season we are lusting over their dreamy offering of vegan leather pieces – including the beloved Lubo Belt Bag, as well as their array silk dresses and tops. It’s safe to say that Nanushka’s cult following is here for the long haul, so check out some the latest drops online and in stores now.

 

 

 

Nanushka Hide Puffer Jacket

 

Nanushka Salome Top

 

Nanushka Lubo Belt Bag

 

Brand Spotlight: Zanerobe’s Accessible Take on Streetwear Staples

 

 

At Blue & Cream we like a brand that doesn’t try too hard. We like our clients to look effortlessly put together in wardrobe staples that will last for seasons to come. Sydney natives Jono and Leith of Australian brand Zanerobe don’t believe in overpriced fad streetwear. These guys launched their business casually over beers, with a goal of making high quality accessible pieces with longevity. The end product is a favorite amongst stylish men with confidence, like Justin Bieber and Michael B. Jordan, who are two of our clients that rock the brand.

 

A couple key silhouettes, the Sureshot Jogger and Salerno Chino, are your go-to Spring wardrobe builders. Check out Zanerobe’s latest Spring 2019 collection, in store and online now.

 

Zanerobe Waffle Knit Hoodie

 

Zanerobe Pinstripe Zephyr Short

 

Zanerobe Plaid Unblockshot Chino Pant

 

Zanerobe Salerno Flex Chino

 

 

Fashion’s Tie Dye Nostalgia – And Why Everyone Is Here For It

 

It became official at the Spring 2019 shows during fashion month in September that the high fashion world had adopted tie dye as couture; Moving on from “sleazecore”-  the ironic, goofy, sloppy aesthetic popularized by the hypebeast crowd (Justin Bieber’s Hawaiian shirts, anyone?) – and making way for tie dye to be elevated to the runway.

 

 

Everyone from Proenza to Prada was doing it, but it was really R13 who mastered the mix of high and low – combining both Grateful Dead band tees (the more obvious choice) and head-turning tailored blazers as seen on Kaia Gerber.  R13 designer Chris Leba commented that the collection was actually a reaction to our modern social media crazed world, and represented his longing for a simpler time, spending the 80s summers in the Hamptons with his Deadhead friends. With that lies our answer – the root of this tie dye surge is pure, true nostalgia.

 

 

It seems the more advanced and technological our society becomes, the more nostalgic we get, and the more willing we are to adopt the highlights of our memorable moments past. We are also coming up on the 50 year anniversary of Woodstock, and that coincidence is not lost on us. Grateful Dead-era tie dye certainly commemorates a time we can look back on fondly – especially during our current contentious political climate. While millennials, the current owners of the fashion landscape, may not know or remember a world with Jerry Garcia, they are discovering the music through their reminiscing parents’ generation. This type of nostalgia gives us a platform to connect to one another, and reminds us that while its always about much more than fashion, the clothes spark the conversation.

 

 

 

Whether you rock this trend the OG way with a favorite band tee, or elevate it with some fresh Spring RTW, you can rest assured you are part of a bigger, much needed moment. 

 

R13 Tie Dye Daredevil Skull Venice Tee

MadeWorn Grateful Dead Dancing Bears Sweatshirt

 

Cotton Citizen Tokyo Crop Muscle Tank