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Thursday, November 26, 2009
New arrivals: A novel
Why hello pretty new things! With a long weekend to look forward to I think it's time to highlight some of the gorgeous new items Anthropologie has rolled out. Before we get to the items themselves I have to say it again: this is one of Anthropologie's best collections ever. It's been a few years since I've wanted so many items so badly. That's both a blessing and a curse of course but regardless major kudos to the entire internal design team as well as the buyers. They've done a great job of assembling desirable and (mostly) unique items. Amidst an especially homogeneous year from luxury to discounter Anthropologie is standing out in a good way.
It's hard to resist beautiful pieces like Yoana Baraschi's Waltzing Daphne Blouse ($98, left). From the model shot above it looks like the sash is removable. This top is elegant enough to throw on over a pencil skirt, add a stunning necklace and call it your eveningwear. Or with a pair of tailored pants it could go to work. Or with jeans and a casual wrap it could just be the pretty top you wear around town. The top has a white-based cousin in the Embroidered Thicket Blouse ($88, right) and both seem to be children of the Reverie Top ($98).
I like that the Embroidered Thicket Blouse is every bit as intricate as the other tops but the white foundation adds an extra touch of romance. The deep v-neck seems tailor-made for a statement necklace. I hope this Floreat top is in stores so I can try it on!
Speaking of romantic, how about the Upended Poppy Tee ($68)? I see a blank song sheet with flowers tumbling down it. This top is by Language. You can expect it to be very soft. The braided neckline is a nice touch to accent the boatneck style of the shirt. With the basic striped shirt coming back in a big way this is a good alternative to the plain and straightforward for those looking to stand out a bit.
I can't tell if it's the Torsade Tee ($48) that I really love in this shot or the From O'Keeffe Necklace ($48) they're showing with it. Either way C. Keer's knotted top has a lot going for it. The ruched middle has me a bit concerned for the fit. Hopefully it will camouflage any leftover turkey sticking around in my stomach.
A bit of neo-Victorian inspiration is in order with Aryn K's Eastlake Top ($78). While beautiful I'm a bit dubious of the cap sleeves. The view from the back is quite lovely though. The oversized pleated bib and lace trim make this top a great option under a blazer or structured coat.
A few more tops I'm eager to see in real life, from top left clockwise: RicRac's Forever Garden Tee ($58) shown under the Hues Unfolding Cardi ($128), Velvet's Petal-Speckled Buttondown ($68), Tiny's Dewy Meadow Tunic ($98) and Chan Luu's Sparkling Skies Tee ($118).
The temptation of strapless dresses is always there, and the On-The-Fold Dress ($118) delivers yet another grabby hands dilemma. This Corey Lynn Calter frock reminds me a bit of Betsey Johnson but with its own Anthro-esque twist.
It comes with boning to help with support in the bodice and I am so thrilled that the zipper is not exposed. But can we talk about the masterful pairing Anthro chose for the dress? That would be the Candied Sweetbriar Cardi ($118) by Charlotte Tarantola. Wow. Just wow.
I have already tried on Tabitha's Night Blooming Dress ($158, review coming tomorrow) and it's just gorgeous on. The top is hammered silk with a bouquet of beautiful flowers on it paired with a pocketed textured cotton skirt.
I'm not surprised to see it styled with a belt...you'll most likely want one. It's a work-ready dress that could also work on a night out or for a weekend party (this dress immediately made me think of Cape Cod for whatever reason). Coin pockets as cute as these are always a nice touch in my book too.
Tracy Reese never disappoints and when it comes to fun party dresses she has few rivals. The Granted Wishes Dress ($318) is boldly named with a print to match. Removable straps are great and can easily be hidden under a cardigan. The sash looks perfectly sized so I hope this is an accurate representation of real life. I know the price point is a bit of a shock but I think this dress just might be worth the splurge.
There are more pretty dresses to drool over, like: Burlapp's Skyfall Dress ($178, top left), Maeve's In-A-Moment Dress ($118, bottom left), Moulinette Soeurs' Asters Everywhere Dress ($178, center top), Maple's Vie En Rose Dress ($158, center bottom) and Moulinette Soeurs' Windowpane Dress ($188, review here). I could have sworn the Windowpane Dress was $168 in-store. Can anyone else confirm/dispel?
Of all the new arrivals I think Cartonnier's Blooms Revealed Cardigan ($128) is my favorite. It's shown styled over Moulinette Soeurs' Longing-For-Yellow Dress ($158). The yellow and green combination in Tabitha's From-The-Green Cardi ($128, above right two shots) makes me swoon.
The length of Dolan's From Monet Skirt ($128, left) is mini while the draping is simply divine. I'm intrigued by the ripples in front giving way to soft pleats in back. The print is almost too consistent for me but I like the colors a lot. The To-And-Fro Skirt ($98, below) by Odille is no doubt a young and fun skirt. It has the essence of both flamingos (in color) and water (in shape) to me.
Paired with a simple black tank top this would be sure to draw attention. No wonder Anthro declined to show this piece styled. Still, I kind of love it! I maybe already added it to my wishlist. And no matter what, I certainly need to try this whimsical skirt on. For kicks.
I think I found my accent pairing for the Laced Dots Sweater ($128, review here); it's the Roped Posies Necklace ($38, top left above), which comes in red or black. The question is which color to pick? I might have to go with both. Next to those beauties is the Twined Satin Bracelet, Silver ($198) which I rotated 90 degrees to fit in the collage (tricky, I know). Another bracelet, the Toasted Meringue Cuff ($198, bottom left) sits below the necklaces. It has a shiny silver cuff below the bowed ribbon and jewel. If it's a bold ring you prefer look no further than the Collage Cocktail Ring ($138). It comes in three fab colors for all your cocktail ring needs. If something a little more simple is what you like try the Sprinkled Sun Necklace ($48). It's a regular cornucopia of stuff. My wishlist once again overflows.