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Marc by Marc Jacobs Controversy
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SARTORIALLY YOURS
Get Packing: The Return of the Backpack in Men's Fashion

Backpacks were everywhere during the '90s and with the recent revival of '90s fashion we've come full circle with this iconic accessory. Today's modern designers have put their own twist on this basic piece transforming it from playground essential to high fashion accessory. Check out these hot designer backpacks which are sure to be far better than the Spiderman one you carried in 3rd grade.

Luxurious Leather: Leather backpacks are the peak of high fashion backpacks. Shown this season by a variety of designers, the leather backpack is a perfect combination of high and low fashion and a great way to show off this trendy new accessory. Riccardo Tisci has always been a fashion innovator--he jumped on the backpack trend long before his fellow designers. He has elevated the basic backpack by using materials such as wool and leather. With his signature edgy style and street sensibility, Tisci's backpack designs are perfect for anyone from skaters to fashion editors. Other designers who make great leather backpacks are Ann Demeulemeester and Neil Barrett.

STYLIZER
Show American Pride + Your Sartorial Side!

There are a few approaches you could take to your ensemble come 4th of July and depending on what styles you like, we think we have one that will fit your needs. Read on and get inspired by these looks for your day of dazzling out with American pride!

Classic + Clean

For those of you who appreciate preppy appeal, this one is a shout out specifically to you. There is never anything wrong with going for a simple, classic look on the 4th of July and if you’ll be out and about, or walking around, this is a great way to stay looking fashionable while feeling comfortable. We love the combination of these Marc by Marc Jacobs Slip on Loafers ($275), paired with this classic white button-down ($42.50), and these polka-dot organza shorts ($130) to jazz the look up a little!

FASHIONABLE
Shake Up Your Wardrobe For Summer: Prints with Prints

Are your in a rut with your wardrobe? Try something new and mix some patterns together for a fresh new look. To make sure you're not going pattern crazy, keep one color repeating in every piece of your outfit, incorporate structured patterns (stripes) with loose patterns like circles or swirls, or blend small designs with larger ones. Take a peek at the patterns we loved so much, we couldn't pick just one!

For A Night Out

Red with Red: Keep the shade consistent throughout the outfit for a 'wow' effect! We love the bright red flowers on this blouse with the patterned leggings. Add some cool retro print shades for an added effect.

TRENDTASTIC
Your Wrists Are Bored: Liven Them Up with Bright, Bold Watches

Aside from being able to tell the time instantly , a bold and trendy watch is a fantastic way to complete a summer ensemble. Bright colored watches are definitely in this season and we've picked out 10 watches in dazzling colors that are sure to stand out from the crowd!

Adidas

Adidas has always designed their signature watches in vibrant colors. Check out this eye-catching Adidas watch that will have you telling time in style.

Guess

TRENDTASTIC
10 Techy + Trendy Accessories We Love

We all love our smart phones, mp3 players, iPads, and all the other tech savvy instruments available today. We try to stay up to date with our tech accessories, so why not try to stay on trend too? We've found 10 must have tech accessories that we can’t wait to get our hands on and we think you’ll all enjoy them too! Take a look below to see some of the coolest ways to dress up your electronics.

1. The Retro iHome Docking System, $199

Check out this awesome oversized docking system for your iPad/iPhone. We love the bold and bright pink color and it’s sure to bring a little extra character to your living room. Bump your beats in style with this cool new accessory.

TRENDTASTIC
Trending: Graphic Totes Galore

Graphic prints and patterns are always a great way to add some spunk to your style. They have been showing up on a multitude of frocks, from skater/snowboarder T’s, to denim, to chic dresses, and our current favorite, accessories. We are loving the look of the funky, graphic totes for summer and their ability to bring an outfit to life. With the bold statement that a bright, graphic bag makes, an otherwise plain outfit can really gain some great character. Mix them with other prints and patterns for a mad fad look, or go the simplistic route with black or white from head-to-toe, and they'll make a real pop on your ‘blank canvas’ ensemble.

TRENDTASTIC
Heighten Your High-Tops This Summer


This season’s “it” shoe is the wedge sneaker and it’s giving new meaning to the term ‘high-tops.' Wedge sneakers made their first appearance a few years back (between 2006 and 2007) and came in a style that made fashionistas a bit skeptical. After some revision, they made a second lap around the style scene in late 2011 with the emergence of Isabel Marant’s Bekket high-tops and became a hit to style leaders everywhere. Now, it seems, every celebrity from Beyonce to Dakota Fanning is stepping out wearing these sky-high sneaks.

TRENDTASTIC
Dots Done Right: How to Wear Polka Dots this Summer


The classic polka dot pattern is back in a big way. The pattern, made famous by Minnie Mouse and itsy-bitsy bikinis, is showing up on everything from hats and dresses, to underwear and umbrellas. Which means, for those of you who are pattern-shy, there is an easy way for you to incorporate them into your wardrobe too! No need to mix patterns if you don’t feel like it; these hot spots look great on their own.