In March of this year Madewell shared their 'First Look' at the Fall 2014 Collection on their blog. The styling and looks are understated and unfussy with wearable pieces that are ultimately chic and sophisticated in a casual way.
I always think it's interesting to look back on the previews of the items for inspiration once they are available on the website...don't you? I've broken down each outfit, noting the items in each one so you can 'Get the Look'.
From left to right...
*Shearling Jacket on my Madewell pinterest board - not yet available
*Garçons et Filles Sweater - similar to the one on the mannequin
*Softest Ribbed Circle Scarf in marled black
*Simple Ribbed Beanie - similar...the one featured is not yet available
*Side-Button Sweatshirt in Stripe in true black
*Perfectly Shrunken Stripe Scarf (similar)
*Quilted coat not available - similar one here from Laundry by Shelli Segal
*Penfield® Stokes Plaid Shirt (similar)
*Quilted Baseball Hat in grey
*Cocoon Side-Zip Bomber on my Madewell pinterest board - not yet available
What are your thoughts on the looks for the Madewell Fall 2014 Collection? Do you like the styling? Is there any particular look or looks you think you'll be copying this season? Please do share!
**I'll be posting Part Two of this 'Get the Look' series late next week.
Have a lovely day! :)
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
In the summer of 2013, it was announced that Madewell would be getting a new head of design: Somsack Sikhounmuong. As many of us who shop at Madewell have noticed, the designs and quality just seem to keep getting better and better, so it appears as if we owe this to Somsack and his excellent taste and vision for the line. Here is an interview that WhoWhatWear had with the designer in August 2013:
"If you don’t recognize Somsack Sikhounmuong’s name yet, you will soon. As Madewell's new head of design (note: that's how Jenna Lyons started—and revolutionized J.Crew along the way too—so we're excited by the implication), he’s helming their latest denim collection and breathing new life into the beloved label’s classic silhouettes and vintage-inspired prints.
Q: Tell us about yourself!
I moved from Thailand when I was four to a blue-collar town east of Toronto called Oshawa in Ontario, Canada. When I was 18, I moved to New York City to attend Parsons and have been here ever since. After graduation I started working at J.Crew, and 12 years later I was offered my dream job to head design at Madewell! The loves of my life are music, my family, drawing, magazines, and carbs (especially pasta).
Q: What can you spill about Madewell’s new direction?
Consider it a refresh. We are cleaning and simplifying, so we’re steering the collection towards classic, straightforward, and effortlessly sexy design and taking the things Madewell has done best—tomboy pieces, denim, and leather—and giving them a bigger platform.
Q: What’s your vision for the Madewell woman?
I want Madewell to be the go-to for cool, stylish, and unfussy pieces. We are looking to do the opposite of fast fashion by creating authentic pieces that are extremely wearable.
Q: Who is your ultimate Madewell woman?
The women I want to see wearing Madewell are the same that I tack up on my mood boards season after season. They come from all different backgrounds and span a wide age range but are all inherently cool in a sophisticated, casual way. To name a few, Caroline de Maigret, Daria Werbowy, and Emmanuelle Alt.
Q: What do you love about Madewell?
There are so many things I love about this brand but what I love most is its potential. As we grow, there is a level of excitement around the office that inspires and reminds me why I love what I do.
Q: What are your top three styling tips for fall?
1. Find a pair of jeans that you feel sexy and comfortable in. If you are going to buy one pair, you can't go wrong with black.
2. Look for a graphic t-shirt that can add some (of your own) personality to your wardrobe.
3. Invest in a leather piece, I suggest a pair of boots or a leather jacket. The great thing about leather is that it looks and feels better the more you wear it.
Q: What are your favorite fall trends?
Neutrals and tailoring.
Q: What pieces from the fall collection do you love and why?
At the risk of sounding redundant, our jeans, t-shirts, and leather jackets because they’re all pieces you can wear forever. I love the idea of building a wardrobe and acquiring pieces you can wear day in and day out; it's the opposite of fast fashion.
Q: The Alexa Chung collaboration was incredible: are you going to do more with her or do you have another tastemaker in mind?
Alexa was such a great fit for us because she really embodied the brand, so the collaboration felt natural and organic. I am most inspired by people and am constantly on blogs, reading magazines and, most importantly, people watching. I’m always looking for new ways to work with cool and interesting people!
Q: What inspires you most?
People and cities (my favorites are Paris, Tokyo, and good ol’ NYC)."
I, for one, have been even more pleased with the Madewell line this year, so I am really excited to continue to have Somsack at the helm. My two favorite responses he gave to the questions asked were...
"I want Madewell to be the go-to for cool, stylish, and unfussy pieces. We are looking to do the opposite of fast fashion by creating authentic pieces that are extremely wearable."
"The women I want to see wearing Madewell are the same that I tack up on my mood boards season after season. They come from all different backgrounds and span a wide age range but are all inherently cool in a sophisticated, casual way. To name a few, Caroline de Maigret, Daria Werbowy, and Emmanuelle Alt."
Yes and yes! I love that his vision is for unfussy, authentic, wearable pieces, that are inherently cool and sophisticated in a casual way. That he is looking to do the opposite of fast fashion (which I am really trying to stay away from), and that his ultimate vision of the Madewell woman spans a wide age range with different backgrounds. This is just what I believe many of us have been wanting in a clothing line for a long time now, and that is why Madewell has been and continues to be a 'go-to' place for many of our shopping needs (and wants).
What are your thoughts on the interview with Somsack Sikhounmuong? Do you agree with his vision for Madewell? Have you found yourself shopping at Madewell more often since he has taken over as head of design? Please do share your thoughts!
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Madewell sent out an email today featuring the Penfield® brand which is a label they carry on their website, along with numerous others, all of which can be found in their Labels We Love section.
From the Madewell website:
Featured Label: Penfield®
Since 1975, this Massachusetts-based brand has been churning out top-notch, weather-resistant outerwear, and we've got special designs you'll find only here.
The photo in the email features the Penfield® Rockwool Shearling Collar Vest worn over the
Penfield® Stokes Plaid Shirt.
Additional Penfield® items carried on the Madewell website are the Penfield® Rockford Down Jacket and Penfield® Appleby Down Jacket, as well as the items below...
What are your thought on the Penfield® brand? Do you own any of their items that are featured at Madewell? If so, how is the quality and construction? Is there any particular Penfield® item you would recommend? Please do share!
Today I am pleased to bring you a guest review by the lovely Awakening my Wardrobe. She recently purchased the Madewell Cadet Blazer, and has graciously agreed to share her thoughts about it with us. Thank you AMW! :)
Product Details from the Madewell website:
With its asymmetrical row of buttons and stand-up collar, this is our cool rethink of a military blazer. A goes-with-anything piece in a soft, subtle herringbone weave.
True to size.
Awakening my Wardrobe writes:
"I received the Cadet blazer and now see that it is sold out online but pops back occasionally. Unfortunately it missed the mark on style and fabric so I sadly returned it. I purchased a size 10 and it fit true to size (I’m 5’11” and have broad shoulders but am narrow and straight everywhere else), except the style flared out at the hip area adding bulk rather than sleekness.
I do wish the jacket was bit longer but I don’t think that would have solved the bigger issues. The linen/cotton/wool/viscose mix did not have the weight or structure to hold its shape so it wrinkled. No matter how much I fiddled with the collar and buttons, I couldn’t get it to fall the way it did on the website model. Her blazer looked very “Comme des Garçons” and the angles added visual interest, looking well edited and understated while mine looked o.k but boxy and "meh".
Meanwhile, the Madewell love is still strong and I’ll be breaking out my Duskfall blazer in deep navy and Perfect leather jacket this fall over their Rail straight and High riser jeans. I do hope they consider reworking the Cadet blazer for next spring in a light-weight wool. It had such potential and I’d give it another go if they did."
Thank you again Awakening my Wardrobe for sharing your review with us!
If you have a Madewell review that you would like to share online with myself and other readers, please feel free to email it to me, and I will be more than happy to post it.
Include your thoughts, any pictures you might have, links (if you like), etc. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a lovely day! :)
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Madewell sent out an email yesterday introducing their Monogram Shop, and reminding Madewell shoppers that they can receive complimentary monogramming on select bags, pouches, wallets, key fobs, leather wallet case for iPhone® 5/5s, and even a belt until 10.20.14.
(Click here to see all the eligible items).
They also have a post on their blog about the Modern Monogram, which suggests that you step outside the traditional monogram of your initials, and go for your favorite three-letter word or phrase such as PYT, RAD, OUI, or BON. (You can see that post here).
I absolutely love Monograms, and feel that having an item that you love personalized with your initials makes it even more special. I also think that giving a monogrammed item as a gift is a wonderful way of showing that friend or loved one that they are extra dear to your heart. A monogram also turns an otherwise fairly ordinary item, such as a key fob, into something much more special and fun.
I have had monogramming done on clothing items at J.Crew, but have not yet purchased a monogrammed item from Madewell. However, if I were to get something, it would be one of these...
4. The Transport Tote in English Saddle or True Black - I love this in English Saddle but also really like the contrast color of the handles on the True Black colorway
10. The Paintstripe Transport Tote - pair this with the The Medium Pouch Clutch in Dot...cute, cute, cute!
What do you think of the free monogramming promotion at Madewell? Are you planning to take advantage of this offer? Have you already had a bag or other item monogrammed there? If so, how did it turn out? Were you pleased with the results? Please do share!