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Dusen Dusen's latest collection may be about quintessentially shaped pieces, ideal for anyone wanting a crisp spin on a basic. Ellen Van Dusen's silhouettes are clean and simple. But at the end of the day, it's all about the patterns. Wearable takes on Haring-esque squiggles, swirls, and fruity shapes feel approachable, and are appropriately more subdued than '80s textiles from flashy early music videos. The intentional spacing and repetition in these fabrics can fit into any wardrobe in need of some fun. 

See more at dusendusen.com

 

With warm weather approaching and beach getaways creeping up on the calendar, some of us are experiencing anxiety. The itty bitty string bikini isn’t for everyone or every occasion—and finding a flattering swimsuit with style isn’t as easy as it sounds. So when we came across Beth Richards recently, we found ourselves excited about swimwear in a whole new way.

The Beth Richards Spring/Summer 2013 collection puts a modern twist on classic and vintage silhouettes, where iconic patterns like florals or exaggerated crosses entertain monochromatic palettes. Versions of high wasted two-pieces are ideal for flattering curves, and come with easy post-water options in crop-topped cover-ups. Richards has a way of expressing a cohesive vision for the female form, allowing the contemporary woman a chance to frolic in the sun with a generous reserve of elegance. We can imagine a Bardot or a Hepburn rocking one of these in Antibes. Bonus: Her one-piece swimsuits, made-in-Canada, double as sleek bodysuits.

Visit Beth Richards online for a list of stockists.







In recent years, Penfield has become one of our go-to brands for outdoorsy outerwear such as down coats and 60/40 jackets. The label has built on the classics from its heritage as a New England camping and adventure outfitter and given them details and contemporary twists that make them a good fit for the style and budget-minded young man or woman. That said, its Spring 2013 lookbook has our heads spinning. It trends sportier—these threads seem to call for activity, more than carefree leisure. It features more contemporary detailing and style: just look at the patterns, the color choices, the camouflage, the flower-patterned pocket tee. Penfield seems to be taking more chances this season—question is, is it taking us along with it? 

Browse Penfield's SS13 collection online.

Dedicated cyclists need no introduction to Rapha, perhaps the penultimate contemporary cycling brand, and its cult-like following. With warm weather on the way, we're eyeing some upgrades to our own cycling kit and Rapha's seasonal lookbook for training, racing, women’s wear, and city riding—shot by Ben Ingham in Australia and Corsica—is just the thing to get us inspired.

Find out more at Rapha, which has yet to announce its special collections for the season.

InAisce FW 2013 Women's capsule collection

For Fall '13, New York-based designer Jona recently released his first stand-alone women’s capsule collection via his avant-garde label, InAisce. Since 2009, InAisce (Gaelic for “in vain”) has explored menswear that embodies an aesthetic of sleek contours, modern androgyny, and lots of texture—a nomadic, almost Highlander-esque vibe.

And the women’s collection stays true to that plush, pastoral style. With a cool neutral palette of gray, black, and blue, shearling-lined jackets and draping felted wraps layer over silks and wool with sculpted hemlines that skim the floor. It’s an elegant approach to utilitarian dressing.