| Indie Spotlight and Designers on the Rise Guide: July 2010 Archives

July 2010 Archives

In honor of MTV's "The Jersey Shore" premiere last night, we bring you... the Snookie wedge. Well, kind of - whether or not this shoe is actually named after the petite Jersey-ite remains to be discovered. But the sky-high (4.5 inch) heel from Matiko Footwear would certainly help a petite girl out! We love the chic gold studs against the grey suede - what do you think?

Matiko Footwear Snookie Platform Wedge - $170 at
This trendy resin cluster necklace from Bella Vita Jewelry is a great transitional piece for summer to fall. Wear it now with a white tank and cargo or denim shorts for a casual-chic look. In the fall, pair it with a black dress to add a hint of the season's army-meets-glam trend to your nighttime style. The necklace features resin shields with turquoise treen ceramic beads and a ribbon embellished with gold designs. Buy it for $58 at
Founded in 2002, Alanna Bess is a high-end contemporary jewelry collection featuring statement designs and bright colors. The pieces are the perfect compliments to summer outfits. The designer, who the line is named after, gained her bold aesthetic during her experience studying abroad in Florence in 2004. We love this Lucca Pink Chacedony necklace, which is gold with a pop of vibrant pink. The necklace retails for $378 at

We love this quirky teal and fuschia knit striped dress on Etsy. The colors are bright, unexpected and perfect for summer. The fringing and beading along the hem add more unique details. Style it with a belt for a pulled together look, or let it stay loose for a bohemian vibe.

Striped Barbie Beaded Fringe Minie Dress - $30 at Etsy.
It's fun to put on a short, sexy dress for a summer night out, but not so fun to have to pull it down or worry that you're exposing a little too much all evening. Be stress-free with this garden print mini featuring hidden shorts under the skirt. Designed by LA-based Shaina Mote, the dress has a cute butterfly print and is made from locally sourced deadstock (meaning no longer available to other designers) fabrics.

Shaina Mote Garden Print Dress - $128 at

We don't mean to rush the end of summer, but Corey Lynn Calter's winter 2010 collection has us craving crisp, cold weather. We got a sneak peak at the LA-based designer's latest look book this week, and we're loving the bohemian-inspired floral patchwork, chic styling with hats and knee socks, and office-ready trendy separates. Here are some of our favorite looks: 

Visit to see the current collection and shop.

Studs are one of the hottest accessory trends for summer and fall, and we are obsessing over this chic cuff from Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Anna Beck. Beck's pieces are handmade in Bali using ancient techniques that result in modernly chic designs. Along with cuffs, she also creates to-die-for studded rings and earrings.

Anna Beck Sterling Silver Studded Large Cuff, $440 at
il_430xN.155028079.jpgIf you have an iPad (or know someone that does), check out these cute protective cases from Etsy seller WallabyBagCo. They feature foam padding and plush lining of quilted cotton to keep your iPad both fashion-forward and safe. There is also a front pocket perfect for storing things like pens, power cords, or screen wipes. You can even get a matching iPod/iPhone case to carry too! These are great gift ideas for the Apple lover in your life, or practical purchases for yourself.

Carnival Blossom and Chocolate iPad Case - $38 at

Emerging Brooklyn-based designer Helena Fredriksson's spring collection is very modern and contemporary, but each piece is timeless. The collection incorporates classic neutrals with a pop of blue. The chic dresses and separates are work-appropriate, but would also be great for dinners and other events. The pieces are a bit of a splurge, ranging in price from $150 to $375, but since each item is so versatile they are worth every penny.

For more information or to shop, please visit

harlemtarget_thumb.pngShoppers living in NYC are eagerly awaiting the opening of a brand new Target in Harlem on July 25, and the company's recent announcement about a new string of collaborations is just another reason for savvy fashionistas to get excited. Target will partner with local clothing designers Isabel and Ruben Toledo and Stephen Burrows, as well as homewares designer Marcus Samuelsson, for a Harlem-inspired capsule collection. The Toledos will create trendy swimsuits while Burrows focuses on chic color blocked dresses. Samuelsson's designs will include cute kitchen items. Prices will range from $4 to $35 and items will be available in the store on opening day and online on August 1, for all you non New Yorkers. Here is a sneak peak of what you'll find, from New York Magazine:

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