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The Trend: British Style

The world has its eyes set on London recently, and The Trend is certainly no exception! Victoria Recaño talks UK style and British designers with fashionable celebs in this latest edition.

Check out this week’s British-inspired trends:

Tartan iPad® Case: Vivienne Westwood Derby 212

Sexy Peep-toe Pumps:  Alexander McQueen Limitless Pump

Clean black button-up shirt: Versace Collection Banded Collar Shirt

Chunky cropped sweater: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Fisherman Sweater

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Fresh Picks: Team (USA) Spirit

The big games officially started over the weekend and we can’t help but feel patriotic for the good ol’ USA. We picked a few items to help get you in the team spirit:

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1. Alternative Apparel USA Big League Ball Tee : Perfect for the ball game or any games for that matter!

2. Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer London 50 Medium (available in various colors): This classic American design gets a little UK flair.

3. Alternative Apparel USA Burnout Tank: It’ll be a “party in the USA” with this summertime tank top.

4. Nike Kids JDI USA Tee: Your little one can show his USA pride in this cool tee.

5. Butter London Heavy Medal Collection: Bronze, silver and gold isn’t just for medals! They look even better on your nails.

6. Nike Lunar Montreal in Olympic Story Blue: These patriotic shoes were built for speed and performance—like a well-built athlete.

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It's a Red, White and Blue Summer with French Connection

The 4th of July may be over, but we’re continuing the patriotic vibe with some of our favorites from French Connection in hues of red, white and blue! With the big games only a few days away, the world seems to be abuzz with national pride, and we thought, what better way to get in the cheering mood than by showing off your national colors in style?

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1. French Connection Jag Stripe Tank Dress, 2. French Connection Old Jack Tee, 3. French Connection Montage Stripe Tank Top, 4. French Connection Montage Stripe Knit Polo, 5. French Connection Multi Jag Strip A-Line Dress, 6. French Connection Sneezy Polo Shirt

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A New Kind Of British Invasion: British Fashion Hits Zappos

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When it comes to iconic style, the Brits have always been at the forefront with their classic-meets-modern sensibilities. After all, our neighbors across the pond can be credited for so many looks that are now a part of a universal fashion vocabulary. From punk to collegiate preppy and everything in between, British fashion has never failed to be ahead of the curve.

Zappos is proud to carry some of the most renowned and iconic Britain-based streetwear and fashion brands such as Boxfresh, ONETrueSaxon, Fred Perry, Ted Baker, Ben Sherman and Ian Poulter Design.

Each of these British brands is heavily influenced by the dynamic music, pop culture and fashion scenes of London. From the street-savvy style of Boxfresh and Ben Sherman, to the more traditional yet distinctive style of Ted Baker and Ian Poulter Design, British fashion is a healthy mix of fashion-forward and classic.

Check out the Zappos Best of British page for more shoes and clothing from the best Brit brands.

THE GOLDEN GIRL

Brtitish artist and sculptor Marc Quinn indeed thinks model Kate Moss is a golden girl and has created a 50 kilogram solid gold statue of her to prove it. The Moss statue, in all of its golden glory (pardon the pun), was unveiled to the public in London on August 28. The artist’s statue of Kate is the largest statue created since ancient Egyptian times and will premier at the British Museum as part of the ‘Statuephilia: Contemporary Sculptors at the British Museum’ on October 4, 2008.

Quinn is an artist that is used to pushing the artistic controversial line and is most famous for his very pregnant, armless, Thalidomide victim statue that resided in Trafalgar Square from 2005-2007. During the press conference for the unveiling, Marc told reporters: “I thought the next thing to do would be to make a sculpture of the person who’s the ideal beauty of the moment. But even Kate Moss doesn’t live up to the image.”

Clearly, at the moment he conceived the idea for the statue and created it, Kate did indeed live up to that image. But then again, even Kate Moss has been reported as saying, ‘it is hard being that Kate Moss’ all the time.

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Best Vacation Spots for Skaters: Fancy a Skate?

One of the best vacation destinations in the world for skateboarders is London, England. This city has a great collection of skateboard shops and skateparks in nearly every borough of the city. If you are looking for a vacation destination that will allow you to skateboard as you sight see, then London is the city for you.

Skateparks in London, England

There are skateparks in nearly every borough of the city, so finding one is not going to be a problem. If you are looking for a great skatepark in the heart of London then you will want to try out Bay Sixty6. This skatepark is considered to be one of the best in the city, and it can be found at 65-66 Acklam Road, London. If you are staying near Kent, England then you can try out Revolution Skatepark, which can be found on Dane Valley Road. If you find yourself in Dorking then you will want to stop by the Dorking Skatepark. Finally, Farnham visitors can use the Farnham Skatepark.

Skateboard Shops in London, England

London is a city that is known for its fabulous shopping. Fortunately, it is also known for its great selection of alternative sport and skateboard shops. If you want to shop for boards, board shorts or other pieces of skateboarding gear then make sure you visit one of more of these London skateboard shops:

  • Urban Chaos near the Bromely
  • Halfpipe, 40 Golborne Road, London
  • Board Room, 20 Montpelier Vale, London
  • Skate Attack, 72 Chase Side, London
  • Skate Craft, 10 Acklam Road, London

Skateboard Events in London, England
While touring London, England make sure you check out local skateboard demonstrations and events. Most skateparks will host demos and local skateboarding events. However, Bay Sixty6 is going to be one of the best sites to stakeout for demos and filming events. Unfortunately, when Bay Sixty6 is used as a filming location the park will be closed down so you won’t be able to skate there. It’s a good idea to call ahead to see if the park will be open, or to see if visitors can watch filming.

Fashion Shows: London

London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 will be held from September 14-19, 2008, and possibly the oddest fashion show to see there is Allegra Hicks. Allegra Hicks first showed at London Fashion Week in 2005, but her background is interior design and textile design, and it shows in her architecturally-influenced fashion. She’s a lifestyle brand more than anything (it’s like if Martha Stewart suddenly started showing at New York Fashion Week, and that’s not a comparison I’m making lightly – their palettes are virtually identical), so in some ways she doesn’t fit in at all, but in other ways her outsider status makes for a visually pleasing and wearable, if tame, collection.

Hicks’ regular collection has the appearance of a resort collection, featuring a large number of caftans mixed in with short, flirty sundresses , a bikini or two and some very posh shorts sets. These items featured tropical-influenced prints in black and white, teal and white, brown and cream, and my favorite, pink and brown, a timelessly retro-chic color scheme that reminds me of bonbons, Henri Bendel and a lot of the other ladylike good things in life. Her caftans are perfect for lounging around in if you’re lucky enough to get invited to Jade Jagger’s place in Ibiza, but they’re even better if your summer destination is the municipal pool, because with a pair of big black sunglasses they’ll make you look like a movie star.

Hicks’ collection is clean, modern and graphic, but it definitely gives off an ice princess vibe. I wouldn’t say there’s anything sexy about it, and it skews older to me – young girls would look fine in it, but it seems made for the elegant woman “of a certain age” who never gets her hands dirty because she has staff to deal with the messy stuff for her. According to the London Fashion Week website, Ms. Hicks says that her new collection was inspired by Myrna Loy in The Thin Man, and describes it as“bohemian attitude, prints, and simple elegance.” Very rich hippy rock-star royalty fantasy life, with price tags to match, as the primary retailers for Allegra Hicks are Harrods and Harvey Nicks in the UK and Searle and Saks in the US, but a flagship store will be opening in Los Angeles later this year.

TOPSHOP'S TOP SHELF JEANS

Just when you thought Topshop could not possibly get any better, or give any news greater than the fact that they are finally opening stateside, they up the High Street ante. It would seem that the current vast denim corner just got a little bit more chic with the addition of their new premium brands consisting of Sass & Bide, J Brand, Joe’s Jeans, Radcliffe, Los Angeles-based Ditto Jeans and My Lovely Jeans. Besides stocking the latest models of these jeans, they will also have limited edition capsule collections with some of the brands as well as pop-up jean clinics at the Oxford Circus flagship during London Fashion Week. Jean-ious!