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Designer Picks: Alka Tolani

With global prints being such a standout detail this season and beyond, we caught up with Tolani founder and designer Alka Tolani to get her expert insight on this vibrant trend, particularly when it comes to packing for all those warm-weather travels ahead!

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1. Tolani "Zoe" Tunic

2. Tolani "Holly" Tank Top

3. Tolani "Phoebe" Top

4. Tolani "Gia" Shorts

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New Brand Spotlight: KAS New York

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Growing up in the industry, where his father was a self-made manufacturer and mother a designer, he didn't need to look far for inspiration or support. From an early age, Kirat would visit India months at a time and spend countless hours at the factories and sampling rooms. He was surrounded by artisans, pattern makers and tailors, making his transition into fashion almost inevitable. After a few years of learning the craft of tailoring, attending to details and understanding key components of the production process, he set off to embark on his own endeavor.

Realizing a void in the affordable luxury and contemporary woman's ready-to-wear market, he launched KAS New York in 2007. The disparate influences of his life experiences and cultural heritage formed an aesthetic that combines nontraditional urban style with luxurious bohemian vintage accents to create urbane lux sophistication.

"My desire was to create a lifestyle brand, which wasn't ageist or restrictive. There were so many options for the younger girl, but a modern sophisticated woman either had to go couture, missy or moderate. My goal was to create a brand for women who embrace their style and dress with the 3 Fs in mind; having fun, being fashionable and not spending a fortune."

With striking silhouettes, a vibrant color palette and inventive patterns which transition from day to night, KAS’ versatile pieces have become must-have staples in women's closets. In 2008, Kirat was nominated by The International Design Awards for the Fashion Designer of the Year award in the Prêt-a-Porter category. In addition to a celebrity following, KAS has been featured in fashion magazines worldwide for their appealing tribal prints, glorious adornments, handcrafted embroideries and appliques.

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Fresh Picks: Go Global

Nairobi, Phucket, Goa, Marrakech…  These are just some of the exotic, faraway inspirations for one of our favorite microtrends this season. Brimming with wanderlust and a flair for the intricate, these pieces add a dose of global style that will leave you inspired to pack up and fill up that passport, pronto!

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1. Mara Hoffman Maillot

2. MINKPINK “Cast No Shadows” Sweater

3. Free People “Meet Me in Marfa” Dress

4.MINKPINK “Tiki Hut” Dress 

5. Free People “Take Me to Thailand” Dress

6. Jack by BB Dakota “Wisner” Dress

7. Volcom “Love Sick” Pant

8. Alternative Apparel “Luma” Sweater in Ash Nordic

9.Sam Edelman “Ginger” Sandals

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Weekly Trends: Tribal & Desert Traveler

We’ve got summer on the brain with this week’s trend highlights! These two looks are made for a laid-back warm-weather vibe.

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The tribal trend has been around for a while, and it’s steadily gaining popularity as a bold yet wearable option. We love incorporating them into tank tops, swimwear, dresses and even accessories! Whether you opt for a subtle tribal detail, like a tribal-inspired sandal, or go all-out with a head-to-toe tribal ensemble, there’s room for tribal in everyone’s summer wardrobe!

For the guys, we’ve been seeing a resurgence in the whole desert travelerlook—think khakis, lightweight button-up shirts, desert boots, neutral leather sandals and cargo bottoms. We’ve styled them four different ways to show the versatility of this summer look.