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Styling Up at Churchill Downs: The Kentucky Derby!

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This weekend celebs and civilians alike will gather for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville. The Derby, considered “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports”,  could also be considered “The Most Exciting Event In People-Watching”.  Southen Belles will adorn the infield and grandstand with flowery, embellished (sometimes wild), wide-brimmed hats, traditionally touted in the belief that they’ll bring good luck.

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 In addition to a luxurious lid, springtime styles and colors dominate the field and this year, Vineyard Vines has taken Derby style by the reins. Check out their ultra-preppy Kentucky Derby line for great inspiration if you’re headed out to a Derby party this weekend. If you’re not stepping out in your best Seersucker, you can still partake in Derby tradition by mixing up a batch of Mint Juleps and tuning in to watch the races.

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Vineyard Vines Derby Sash Pique dress – $218

Derby Sash Pique dress

Rose Print skirt – $125

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Churchill Down Scene dress – $198

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At the 2013 running of the Derby, celebs like Lauren Conrad (wearing a nude number from her Paper Crown line) and model Coco Rocha (in a Zac Posen suit) hit the red carpet. Stay tuned to see what sweet spring looks are shown off on Saturday and best of luck on the ponies!

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The Women of The Sopranos: Mobster Fashionistas

Even if you’re not a RHONJ, chances are you’ve watched The Sopranos and “oohed” or “aahed” over something Carmela, Meadow, or Adriana wore.  Whether Sopranos-chic is your bag or not, the ladies of the Soprano crime family are certainly fun to watch.

2014 marks the 15th anniversary of The Sopranos premiere on HBO.  On this day of rest, let’s kick back with some memories of the world’s most famous (and most beloved) family of modern day mobsters.  Today, we focus on the women of The Sopranos with their Jersey-liciousness and their killer looks both on and off-screen.

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Check out What Are You Lookin’ At?, our Sopranos-themed Pinterest board.   And don’t ask any questions.

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Would You Rather? San Diego or South Beach

Would you rather rock this Sperry Anchor bikini on the sandy beaches of San Diego OR sizzle in South Beach in Triangl’s mix-matched Tilly bikini?

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Fashion Photography Snapshot: Richard Avedon

Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. – Matt Hardy

Fashion history has long been immortalized on film.   We all surely have certain fashion photos that are burned in our memories, capturing moments in time – moments that stay with us long after the pages have turned.   The photograph can show both motion and emotion.   It’s a still, yet it radiates energy.

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The dream for many designers and models alike is to have a fashion spread in a notable magazine, where their work is captured in the perfect lighting at the perfect moment, transforming it from snapshots into art.   As we browse Vogue and Cosmo, we shouldn’t forget who’s on the other side of the camera, making the magic come to life: the fashion photographer.   The fashion photographer offers us a window into another world – the world of fashion (whether ready-to-wear or couture) – with all of its passion, elegance and vulnerability.

One of our favorite fashion photographers is Richard Avedon.  After Avedon’s death in 2004, his New York Times obituary said that “his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century.”  In a career that spanned 60 years, Avedon is responsible for some of the most famous fashion advertising photos, including Brooke Shields’ first Calvin Klein campaign:

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Avedon was more than just a commercial photographer – he was also one of the most prolific Vogue photographers of all time.  In total, he shot 148 Vogue covers, including this one of Twiggy from 1967:

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Avedon also produced images that were considered high art, including this 1955 photo of Dovima wearing a Dior evening dress, with elephants from the Cirque D’Hiver in Paris.  In 2010, this photo sold for over $1.1 million at Christie’s:

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The fashion photographer is our tour guide into a world that many of us can only observe.  That is the beauty of photography: it takes us places and communicates immediately what can’t be described any other way.  In literally an instant, the photographer creates an impression worth well over a thousand words (or in this case, well over a million dollars).

Real people move, they bear with them the element of time. It is this fourth dimension of people that I try to capture in a photograph.  –  Richard Avedon

One of our favorite characteristics of many Avedon photographs is their sense of motion.   When looking at Avedon’s work, we can imagine the woman he’s representing.   We can almost feel her style.   Avedon’s work captures the element of time and yet is timeless:

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And while he was brilliant at capturing motion, Avedon was also a master of the still portrait:

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I have a white background. I have the person I’m interested in and the thing that happens between us. – Richard Avedon

Fashion is an inherently visual endeavor – the fashion photographer is in many ways a medium of sorts, coaxing out both an aesthetic and a mood from one single moment in time.  Brilliant fashion photography transports us, it sparks our imagination and allows us to take part in a kind of fantasy; it creates a world of presumed perfection.  But as we can see from Avedon’s photographs, the fashion portrait is in many ways also incredibly fragile – the image was there for a moment and now it’s gone, the hair that was then perfect is likely now out of place, the smoldering look is now a blank stare.   It gives us a taste and then leaves us wanting more.

Part of what draws many of us to fashion is our general nature to like beautiful things (however we choose to define “beautiful”); it is through brilliant fashion photography that we can connect to beauty; it is ultimately “the thing that happens between us.”

Interested in learning more about Richard Avedon?  Check out the Richard Avedon Foundation and check out this clip from the Avedon documentary, “Darkness and Light.”

 

 

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Let the Music Play: Coachella Style

If you’re like us, you’ve been waiting (im)patiently for the warm weather.   What better way to celebrate than with an outdoor festival?

Coachella is an annual music festival in California, with performances ranging from hip-hop to electronic music.  Part of Coachella’s appeal is its full aesthetic, from art installations to impeccable “festival” style.    Never heard of Coachella?   After seeing these slideshows, you might want to check it out.

From avant garde to breezy boho chic, Coachella Style is the perfect inspiration for the warmer weather.

Alessandra Ambrosio dances in the field at Coachella festival.

 

Celebrities stop by the McDonald's and Stingray Desert Pool Party at the Bootsy Bellows Estate during Coachella Festival

 

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Want to check out some more Coachella Style, including celeb styles?  Check out the links to the slideshows below, and our Coachella Pinterest Board!

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Coachella-Inspired Outfit Ideas

Have an outfit you’d love to rock at Coachella?  Send us the pin (Pinterest @battleshop or info@battleshop.co) and we’ll add it to our Coachella board!

Yours in shopping (and warmer weather, finally!),

BattleShop

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TBT: Meet Us in 90210!

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We admit it. We love Kelly, Donna and Brenda.  We miss acid wash denim, floral patterns and harem pants.  Some of these 90s styles are coming back, and we are totally excited about it.

Take a trip to 90210 with us on this Throwback Thursday!

Check out our Style Flashback: the 90s Pinterest board for some of our favorite looks with the ladies of Beverly Hills.

Have a 90s trend you love and want to rock again? Send us a pin and we’ll add it to our board!

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It’s Sunday, and it’s time for some relaxing couch time and web surfing.   This week, we’re revisiting the indie retailer, and focusing on some more of our favorites.   When we say that we live to shop, we mean it.   From ethical to eclectic, these indie retailers are definitely worth checking out.

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One of the more recent corporate trends in fashion is the rise of ethical and socially-conscious style.   Ethica is one such retailer, and is the perfect example to show you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for the sake of your ideals.   In fact, for Ethica, “showstopping design is non-negotiable.”   We agree.

Who doesn’t love a good print?  We definitely do!   And being ethical never felt (or looked) so good.  Check out these Valentine Gauthier Organic Cotton Kilim Shorts:

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With the tagline, “Look Good, Do Good,”  Helpsy is another retailer that believes you don’t have to choose between fashion and social-consciousness.   Looking for a particular type of socially-positive attire?  Helpsy let’s you search by category, from recycled to cruelty-free.

Nothing says Spring like polka dots, and this Andrea Diodati Polka Pleat Skirt makes us think happy thoughts.

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Collective Habit

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Let’s face it:  shopping is the collective habit of all fashionistas.   Collective Habit is a retailer dedicated to brand and style discovery.   Founded with the mission of “bridging the gap between high fashion and reality,” Collective habit makes fantasy fashion a reality (and who wouldn’t love that?).

It’s pretty clear.  This mettle Fair Trade Decoeur Lucite Clutch is a work of art.

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Looking for a new shopping site?   These sites are sure winners.  You’ll thank us.

Yours in Shopping,

BattlesShop

 

 

 

 

 

 

BattleShop Must-Reads: Indie Retailers (Part 2)

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