required reading: bridget foley's diary

This week, for her "Bridget Foley's Diary" column, WWD Executive Editor Bridget Foley wrote one of the most articulate, thoughtful treatises on why designers matter that I've ever read. The question of brand vs. designer has been a hot topic lately thanks to upheaval at storied houses like Dior, YSL and Jil Sander, and Foley hits the nail on the head when she writes that "the elite designers, those who drive fashion, those few who will be remembered, do more than design to the bottom line. At its best, their fashion codifies, or even instigates, something in the larger culture, often presenting alternatives to the status quo." Anyone interested in fashion should read this piece. Check it out here.


wish list: j.crew dizzy anchors dress

J.Crew can read my mind. Seriously, how did they know I've been obsessed with anchors lately? This adorable cotton dress has an all-over, navy anchor print, shirred waist, and ruffled hem. It's summertime perfection!
$168, J.Crew

cityloft is back!

It's baaaaa-aack! Somerset Collection's CityLoft pop-up shopping concept has returned to Woodward Avenue for its second summer, anchoring the rebirth of Downtown Detroit Days. I reported on CityLoft's return for Hour Detroit before I left for Stockholm (you can read my article here!), so I couldn't resist scoping it out on opening day.


ciao, bella!

On the cover: 3.1 Phillip Lim top, $450, Alexis Bittar bracelet, $325, and ring, $275, and Stephen Dweck earrings, $295, Neiman Marcus, 248.643.3300. Stella McCartney pants, $525, Saks Fifth Avenue, 248.643.9000. Madewell belt, sylist’s own.

My return flight from Sweden touched down late last week, and I was greeted by a beautiful site: the latest issue of StyleLine! I had the privilege of styling the cover and accompanying fashion spread alongside an incredible team, and I'm so proud of the results. StyleLine's editor, Karen Buscemi, gave photographer Lians and I a "color burst" theme. My interpretation was inspired by film noir - what would classic black-and-white noir look like if was shot in color? Thanks to the incredible creative team, beautiful model and a limited edition Gucci Fiat 500, pretty glamorous, if you ask me! Check out the full shoot below:


stockholm syndrome

Tomorrow I leave for Stockholm!!! I'm very excited - from incredible architecture and furniture design to to-die-for Swedish fashion, there are so many things I am dying to see! I'm not sure what my internet situation will be when we get there, but I will be sure to post a full account of my adventures when I get back! Until then, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @beccastyle!


newsflash: maison martin margiela for h&m

This is happening. The next edition in H&M's frenzy-inducing series of design collaborations comes from an unexpected but exciting source: Maison Martin Margiela. The line, which will go on sale in 230 H&M stores worldwide and online on November 15, will include ready-to-wear and accessories for men and women.

Following the house tradition of making statements as a collective, Maison Martin Margiela told WWD, "The democracy of our fashion has always been at the center of our creativity, and the collaboration with H&M allows us to push this instinct further. We will bring together the contrasting universes of the two houses in ways that will surprise all."

Let's hope H&M surprises us all with more than the looks in the collection - let's hope they surprise us with online shopping in the U.S. before the collection launches.


up, up, and away!

Captain Lula on the lake

It's summer in Michigan, and that means one thing: weekends up north. Sure, New York has the Hamptons, but here in Michigan, where there are more than 11,000 inland lakes and 3,177 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, we take our weekend warrior-ing very seriously.

I'm not sure exactly where the term originated, but when someone from Michigan says they are going "up north" for the weekend, they are loading up the car and driving several hours to a summer home/cottage somewhere upstate of where they live year round. I grew up on Portage Lake, which is about 30 minutes northwest of Ann Arbor, so until I met my now husband, I was an up north neophyte. Now, we spend as many weekends as possible at "the cottage," hanging out with friends, grilling, drinking, swimming, boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and in general having an amazing time.

This weekend is the first of the season that I'll be spending up north, and I am SO EXCITED!!! What does one pack for a weekend up north, you ask? Other than loads of sunscreen, here are my essentials:


summer beauty obsession: ysl rouge pur couture in le orange

I recently started working with Hour Detroit, a fantastic local city magazine, as a freelance style editor. When I was working on one of my first pieces for the mag - a round up of beauty products that offer SPF protection - I discovered my new summer beauty obsession: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Pure Color Lipstick in Le Orange.

I have always loved a classic red lip, but I was seriously nervous about orange lipstick. Orange is so bold and juicy - I just didn't think I could pull it off. This gorgeous shade completely changed my mind. It's bright and no question orange, but it has just enough red in it to work with my pale rose complexion. The beach-ready SPF 15 formula is so creamy and smooth that it feels more like wearing a lip balm, and the color lasts for hours.

Check out YSL's Rouge Pur Couture lipstick and more SPF beauty products in the July 2012 issue of Hour Detroit.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture, $32


movement 2012 fashion recap

Every Memorial Day, the tents go up at Hart Plaza and thousands of party people descend on downtown Detroit for the annual electronic music festival. Movement, or DEMF as it's still called by those who remember the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000, has had its ups and downs, but one thing has always been consistent: epic festival style. Movement is a sartorial smorgasbord that runs the gamut from rainbow bright candy raver to so hipster it hurts - and literally everything in between. Here are some of the looks I couldn't resist snapping this year: