*ShadeElaine - , 01:44 -

NotCouture: StandardStyle

standardstylediscount2.jpgNOTE: TYPO IN THE IMAGE - its a two day, it was July 30-31! Standard Style is one of those sites I came across a few years ago when I had a renewed interest in denim. I was searching for Paper Denim & Cloth jeans, and was happy to find that this site offered a lot of other stuff I could see myself wearing too, like the much-loved 3.1 Phillip Lim, SEE by Chloe, and of course Marc by Marc Jacobs. I love the selection of brands for both girls and guys. The folks at Standard Style are nice enough to offer a special discount to NOTCOT readers to celebrate the launch of NotCouture this week! The 25% off discount code: notcot25 is valid starting on July 30th at midnight Mountain Time, and will run through Tuesday, July 31st Midnight. Happy shopping!

Not sure where to start? How about check out some NotCouture Standard Style picks below?

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*notcot - , 01:39 -

NotCouture Launch!

NotCouture #588NotCouture #631NotCouture #570NotCouture #597NotCouture #636NotCouture #610NotCouture #606NotCouture #577NotCouture #633NotCouture #627NotCouture launch is official! Click any of those pics up there to find out more about them… I know, regular readers have been hearing about it for a while, but outside we’ve been keeping it pretty quiet, and everything needs a proper announcement! So to celebrate our 4th site (1st NOTCOT.com, then NOTCOT.org, followed by TasteSpotting, and now for your luxe and fashion indulgences…) NotCouture… we are going to have a week of extra fashion and wearable posts, and all the usual designer inspiration as well of course… we will also be having a giveaway (you’ll hear more about the great denim tomorrow) as well as some exclusive 25% off discounts to some of our favorite online retailers, because, honestly, if you are nearly as tempted as we are by all the mens and womens fashions and accessories, the 25% off certainly helps to soften the blow to your wallet!

How can you help? Spread the word! Tell your fashion loving friends (or those who could use some shopping inspiration). And definitely feel free to help contribute posts of designers, shoes, bags, dresses, belts, products that you love! (Don’t forget - we’ll have some fun new announcements every day this week.)

*notcot - 07.28.07 , 22:57 -

Glaser Designs

I think i may be getting hooked on a new magazine, and i haven’t even see the print version yet… Conde Nast’s Portfolio (so far it reminds me a bit content-wise of Monocle) - and i just discovered Glaser Designs in their article.

Glaser Designs produces leather and fabric bags which are handmade in their San Francisco Studio (yes, they are on my list of things to look into further next week) - as you can see from above the craftsmanship and design look incredible, and clean and classic. What REALLY drew me to these bags were the Insiders line of various organizational components… Laptop sleeve, adjustable modular holsters, wine organizers! Even folder holders, mesh organizers, and suitors that fit (see more images below). These components fit into their many bags, from the gorgeous leather duffel i’m craving above, to their more serious briefcases (see image below). And if you have specific requirements, they even do custom sizes - so you can have the exact combination you desire.

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*notcot - 07.27.07 , 15:11 -

Stila Acapulco

I think i have a soft spot for makeup and alcohol/bottled water, because they tend to become about 85% about the packaging for me often. And today’s random mesmerizing inspiration is this new eye shadow trio from Stila. Simple bronze packaging, and a gorgeous palette of three mexican inspired hues perfect for summer. The pressed patterns i couldn’t take my eyes off, and ended up buying it to scan it (and i’m loving the colors). This one is Acapulco - there are also trios inspired by Mazatlan and Vallarta (see them all at Sephora). Look at more images below… it reminds me of the Tantric Buddhist Mandala sand paintings a bit…

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*notcot - , 02:57 -

i|m active

i|m active: There are hair things and there are hair things… and there are hair things in great packaging… foil ziplocs! AND great labeling as well as an ActiveHold Technology TOUCH window! And seriously, how can you resist that. Well beyond the great packaging… this line of active hair accessories actually has a whole new kind of grip on the outside! It weaves two types of rubber strands on the surface of the bands for extra grip, as well as having no metal clasp (the connector actually looks a lot like heatshrink). I picked up the elastics, as well as the head wraps which look like giant elastics (instead of their other wide flat headbands) - in addition to their extra tension claw clip/elastic hybrid (more images below!). And i’m impressed, my buns and ponytails aren’t going anywhere as much as i shake my head… nor are my bangs that tend to escape! What else is in the line? Barrettes and award winning shoelaces! all with the same grippy technology.

Now for the unexpected part - i|m active is by the makers of Industrie which produces high end salon tools… which are a business unit of Newell Rubbermaid. Yes, THAT rubbermaid… of tupperware, etc.

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*notcot - 07.24.07 , 13:20 -

Insufficient Data

Insufficient Data! Tom’s Cruise! Crazy giant squid factory/symbol thing! This map blew me away, and i impulse bought it. Actually it’s a shirt. The fabric details were just far too funny to not buy (its a 55DSL diesel men’s shirt - it was on sale). Check out the details of other great places like Current Data Uncertain, Cape Beer, and the Stall Votex as well as some other creatures. My favorite phrase has long been “hic sunt dracones” which medieval map makers put in unknown regions… perhaps today’s version is now “insufficient data”? More close ups that amuse me below, and yes, i finally show you the shirt in its entirety as well. I’d love to turn this shirt into the lining for a purse or something, somewhere where you look for unknown things……

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*notcot - 07.23.07 , 13:30 -

Minkoff Matinee

Rebecca Minkoff’s (of Morning After Bag fame) latest for Fall is the Matinee Bag. And in the oh so trendy grey leather, it will surely be one of the more coveted bags this season. Although i haven’t been hands on with one of these yet, they’ve sent over many a picture… and the most interesting details look like the suede flaps which can add that extra flare of color/texture when up, and hide the two secret side pockets when down (more pics below!). Equally cute is her description of the bag:

Meeting him at noon? Perfect. The Matinee bag is ideal for holding all of your work day essentials as well as your must have products. The Matinee has dual pockets on each side and is accented with a reversible suede pullback, these discrete zipper pockets open up allowing room for all those unmentionables. When has your lunch break been sexier.

See more pictures below of the model shots, purse angles/colors, and even a few sneak peeks of the launch party display of the fall collection… the display of bags delicately balanced on wood is quite interesting.

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*notcot - , 00:34 -


ThisWorks. It may not, i’m not sure, to be honest. But it certainly is a good way to build confidence right off the bat when your customer encounters your product. It’s simple and to the point. Also while it feels a bit like Philosophy’s text filled branding… it feels a bit more refreshingly playful. I was drawn to it instantly, and love the packaging of their travel kits especially, the minis in the Travel and Survive kits are so cute, and perfect backup gifts to have around. So i’m posting this simply because it feels branding/packaging noteworthy. [I first ran into it at Fred Segal.]

*notcot - 07.18.07 , 00:10 -

Simpsons Couture

Harper’s Bazaar August 007 ~ “The Simpsons go to Paris with Linda Evangelista” “Models”: The Simpsons, Linda Evangelista, and various designers with Illustrations by Julius Preite. Marge lets down her hair for Versace. Lisa gives up her pearls for Alber Elbaz. Homer dresses as Karl Lagerfeld. Selma & Patty in Viktor & Rolf. Maggie rides around in Jean Paul Gaultier’s Birkin Bag. Quite possibly the most incredible fashion spread i’ve seen (ok maybe tied with the Marie Antoinette Vogue spread?). To see the spread, see the pics below, and for some great animated versus reality pics of the dresses and designers, check out Oh No They Didn’t’s LJ. Wow. I am breathless… just go see more images already (and click any pic to see larger).

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*notcot - 07.14.07 , 12:23 -

NotCouture Roundup

NotCouture #560NotCouture #563NotCouture #555NotCouture #521NotCouture #517NotCouture #508NotCouture #518NotCouture #528NotCouture #532NotCouture #543Click the pics to find out more! A little weekend NotCouture roundup to get you ready to shop or dress up? Here are some fun accessories popping up this week ~ girls on top, boys on the bottom.

*notcot - 07.05.07 , 19:20 -

Hermes Silky Pop Bag

Hermes SilkyPop bag is a new take on their classic silk scarves and those “fold up into the tiniest pouch imaginable” shopping bags. At a mere 700 euros a piece, these bags zip into a gorgeous little leather pouch, and are quite the beach bag for the summer. Also, how adorable are their sketches to go with?

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*notcot - 07.04.07 , 20:18 -

Swiss Glamour Camping

Swiss Glamour Camping kit - Urban Decay meets Paul Frank. Stop. Thats a lot of oxymorons visually and conceptually. On top of the cheeky emergency travel bag and Paul Frank sunglasses, there is apparently over $125 of Urban Decay make up goodies in there as well. There is a removable lamb mirror, hardcase for the sunglasses, zip off pouch, brush slots, and even a travel hook… for um… in your tent. Fun gift, it’ll set you back $299.

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*ShadeElaine - 07.02.07 , 00:00 -

NotCouture Roundup

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We interrupt the iPhone madness with this roundup of NotCouture to remind you that there are other covetable things out there! And it’s nice to see more guys posting! Here are some recent favorites. Obviously, top row is guys’ stuff, bottom row is for the ladies.

*ShadeElaine - 06.25.07 , 13:59 -

Catalina Estrada for Anunciação Summer ‘08

Collaborations… They’re old news now, right? But once in awhile, a collabo still manages to wow us. I first became aware of the fashion shows in São Paulo about a year ago. Like you’d expect everything else to be in Brazil, the designs are brighter, livelier, and more fun than what you might see anywhere else. Catalina Estrada, whose colorful illustrations I remember seeing way back in issue No. 7 of Swindle, has teamed up with Brazilian label Anunciação and the results have got me dreaming of a nice tropical vacation. Shown above are some of the clothes from the Summer 08 line (because our Winter in the Northern Hemisphere is their Summer..?). See more from Summer 08 and Winter 07 after the jump!

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*notcot - 06.23.07 , 15:14 -

Erica Weiner & Jenny Kwok

Erica Weiner has brilliant dark and beautiful jewelry… and since we last wrote about her her site has had some serious redesigning going on thanks to Jenny Kwok, and i love the aged paper, dusty old apothecary feel with creepy crawlies everywhere… not to mention some of the great new pieces. Can you believe that is a bronze cast of a Ruby Throated Hummingbird’s Skull? And she has many great pairings of bird+bird whistles, birds+planes, etc. Snap shot of the site below…

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