DESERT DETAILS: FOREVER 21 SPOTLIGHTS FESTIVAL JEWELRY

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Time to layer up for festival season with Forever 21’s bohemian inspired jewelry. All priced at under $20, we rounded up our favorite looks from the fashion brand’s ‘Desert Details’ trend guide. From antique inspired gold plating to turquoise hues and faux gemstones, check out some gorgeous earrings, necklaces and braceletsbelow. Pair with a printed romper or maxi dress for that perfect bohemian look.

Forever 21 Fringe Statement Necklace $12.90Forever 21 Fringe Statement NecklaceForever 21 Layered Faux Stone Necklace $5.90Forever 21 Layered Faux Stone NecklaceForever 21 Antique Gold Coin Statement Necklace $14.90Forever 21 Antique Gold Coin Statement NecklaceForever 21 Feather Drop Earrings $5.90Forever 21 Feather Drop EarringsForever 21 Faux Stone Statement Necklace $19.90Forever 21 Faux Stone Statement NecklaceForever 21 Faux Stone Drop Earrings $7.90Forever 21 Faux Stone Drop EarringsForever 21 Beaded Elephant Bracelet Set $5.90Forever 21 Beaded Elephant Bracelet SetForever 21 Faux Stone Bracelet Set $6.90Forever 21 Faux Stone Bracelet Set

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Boys Rule?: New Chanel Boy.Friend Watch

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Especially as of late, Chanel thrives off experimentation and surprise. As a brand, Chanel seems to live by two unofficial mantras: “Fashion has no rules” and “Fashion is universal”. As seen with the Boy bag, Chanel creates new expectations and iconic pieces by transforming conventional boundaries and styles. As quoted by Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel has always had a flair for flipping the script:

“Chanel used men’s underwear to make dresses; she had this boyish attitude, in fact it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got it from Boy Capel, the great love of her life, which, incidentally, explains why the new bag is called the Boy Chanel.”001-tomboy-coco-chanel-gigot_162943706154


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Chanel evokes the androgynous spirit in their latest fall piece called “The Chanel Boy.Friend watch. Yes—“Boy”, period, “Friend” watch—in case the random punctuation insertion threw you off! The name is a reference to Chanel’s Boy bag, but also seems to play off the ”boyfriend” styled trend of menswear inspired pieces that one could essentially steal from their boyfriend but still rock. The Boy.Friend is the first watch released by Chanel since 2000. Chanel introduced it to the social media world with the hashtag “#meetmyboyfriend”.

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As far as specs, the watch features an elongated octagonal case inspired by the bottle cap of the Chanel No. 5 perfume. The Boy.Friend is available in sizes large (34.6 mm x 26.7 mm) and extra large (37 mm x 28.6 mm). The smaller watch size is a quartz model with a date window. The larger watch size features manual-winding mechanical movements, and a seconds dial. There a variety of options in terms of hardware and adornments. Chanel offers versions with or without diamonds, and either in 18-carat beige gold or white gold. Every watch features the same black leather alligator strap.

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So, what makes this watch a “Boy”. Friend watch?

The name is a mystery within itself, but speaks to Chanel’s creative genius. Overall, the watch has a feminine character, but its daintiness is offset with the bold shape and angular lines. It has a very clean, simplistic look, which is highlighted by the minimalist dial devoid of numerals. Instead of stealing directly from a men’s watch, the Boy.Friend is a smart interpretation of menswear piece with subtle unisex features. It is also an interpretation of, and almost alternate, masculine style or “friend” to the Chanel Premiere Tourbillion watch, which is larger and more jewelry-like.

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The watch retails from $12,500 to $27,000 depending on style, and will be available for sale early September.

What are your initial thoughts on this piece, and are you compelled enough to consider buying it? Can you see this watch becoming iconic like the other “boy” renditions Chanel has released?

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Hermes says “it’s TIME!” – the new Hermes “In the Pocket” Watch

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The leather goods company has always proved its ability to produce many diverse, amazing products while sticking to its core values of quality and luxury. From bags to jewelry and even home décor, Hermes steps into the watch game once again. Hermes is releasing a second watch in the “In the Pocket” series.

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Background

The origin of the pocket watch in the Hermes line comes with a unique story. In 1912, Jacqueline Hermes was an avid equestrian and received a pocket watch from her father as a gift. However, this was no ordinary pocket watch as it came with leather holder that could be worn on the wrist. This leather strap design allowed Jacqueline to keep time and ride freely without the bother of having to put in her pocket. Aside from functionality, the holder fully protected the pocket watch during bumpy rides.

Hermes returned to this concept in 2012 with the “In the Pocket” watch to give homage to Jacqueline’s original pocket watch. This year’s watch is a new addition to the series with a little more flair.

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Features

The new “In the Pocket watch” features a rose gold case and an alligator wrist strap. Inside the case, there is a silver dial and a smaller subdial for seconds. As far as design, the numerals are clear and large, and the Hermes logo is small, but prominently centered in the middle of the dial. The In the Pocket is powered by automatic movement called “H1837” and holds 50-hour power reserve. The strap itself is constructed for durability and consists of layers of calfskin, cow leather, and an alligator exterior.

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Photo Courtesy: Forbes

Hermes on the watch…Time to Catch up to Chanel?!

The announcement of the new Hermes pocket watch comes right after Chanel’s reveal of The Boy.Friend watch. Competition is always a factor in the fashion world, but why would these two powerhouse brands release new timepieces in such close proximity? There’s no solid answer and it could just be purely coincidental. Perhaps, Hermes wanted to corner more consumers in the watch market as well. Yet, in a broader scope, the new releases really do speak to the times (literally) changing. Although the Hermes and Chanel watches have very different looks, both styles have very androgynous and utilitarian aspects. These two watches aren’t extremely “jewelry” like and act to their function as straightforward time telling devices.

Hermes In the Pocket Watch limited to 184 pieces, and price is upon request (for reference, the first version was limited to 24 pieces & retailed for 27,000 euros in 2013…)

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So with the breakdown of the In the Pocket watch, share your thoughts – are you a fan? Do you see yourself picking either the Chanel Boy.Friend or the Hermes In the Pocket as your next watch investment?

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Get Excited for Summer with These Designer Sunglasses

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Tom Ford Rounded Metal Sunglasses, Cedric Charlier Strapless Peplum Dress

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A perfect way to bring some personality to your outfit is with a standout pair of sunglasses. Saks Fifth Avenue provides some inspiration with a new trend guide called ‘Sunset BLVD.’, which focuses on the spring-summer 2016 season’s most statement making designer shades. From Dolce & Gabbana’s printed cat eye sunglassesto Gucci’s glittered shades, these glasses are sure to be a conversation starter.

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Roberto Cavalli Crystal Embellished Metal Aviator Sunglasses, Roberto Cavalli Beaded DressDolce & Gabbana Printed Cat Eye Sunglasses,  Dolce & Gabbana Fitted Crepe Dress

Dolce & Gabbana Printed Cat Eye Sunglasses, Dolce & Gabbana Fitted Crepe DressDior Aviator Sunglasses, Mary Katrantzou Printed Dress

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NEW Apple Watch Hermes

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Today during Apple’s product launch event, Apple and Hermes announced they’re teaming up on the latest installment of the tech giant’s timepiece. The “Apple Watch® Hermès” is crafted in stainless steel and features iconic leather band styles from Hermes including the Single Tour, Double Tour, and Cuff. That’s right – you can now pair your favorite Hermes watch styles with cutting edge mobile technology!

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The Apple and Hermes collaboration may come as a surprise. Hermes is known for their classic, timeless luxury products, while Apple continues to push the edge with their cutting edge technology, but the pairing may not be as odd as you think. Both are at the pinnacle of their respective industries.As quoted by Apple chief design officer, Johnathan Ive:

“Apple and Hermès make very different products, but they reflect the deep appreciation of quality design. Both companies are motivated by a sincere pursuit of excellence and the desire to create something that is not compromised. Apple Watch Hermès is a true testament to that belief.”

There is no doubt the move could prove risky for both companies. Neither has a significant record engaging in collaboration and both are known for their insular design process. But there’s the potential for a win-win to emerge. For Apple, they gain the credibility with top-dollar spenders Hermes offers as it tries to compete with more renowned luxury watch companies and distance itself from tech competitors like Samsung. And Hermes gains a whole new audience for their exquisite goods. While most PurseBop readers are all too familiar with the luxury brand, their reach only extends into a very tiny set of households with an extremely elevated brand consciousness. In collaborating with Apple, Hermes gains the recognition of many individuals who have the money to spend, but have never considered entering an Hermes boutique.

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Styles

The Apple Watch Hermes collection will be available in a variety of  different sizes, leathers, and colors including black, brown, red, gray, and blue. All watches feature a stainless steel case with the Hermes signature logo. Each watch face is customizable with three exclusive dial designs inspired by the classic Clipper, Cape Cod, and Espace watches from Hermes.

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Full Breakdown of Styles

Fauve – Brown/Tan 
Noir – Black
Bleu Jean – Blue
Capucine – Red
Etain – Gray

Type Case Color Leather
Single Tour 38 mm Fauve Barenia
Single Tour 38 mm Noir Box
Single Tour 38 mm Capucine Swift
Single Tour 42 mm Fauve Barenia
Double Tour 38 mm Fauve Barenia
Double Tour 38 mm Bleu Jean Swift
Double Tour 38 mm Capucine Swift
Double Tour 38 mm Etain Swift
Cuff 42 mm Fauve Barenia

Price & Availability

The Apple Watch Hermes will be available at select Apple Stores, Hermes stores, and a limited number of department stores starting October 5 in certain countries. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we find out exactly where you can snag one.

Prices range from $1,100 USD for the 38 mm Single Tour to $1,500 for the 42 mm Cuff.

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Apple and Hermes both strive for elegance and functionality. Did  they hit the mark with their latest joint venture? Can you see yourself buying one instead of another luxury watch in the same price range? I can say that personally, I never imagined I would be in the market for an Apple Watch, but now that my beloved Hermes is involved, I may consider one…

Share your thoughts HERE in the conversation on BopTalk.


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Chanel Shield Runway Sunglasses Reference Guide

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Introducing the Chanel Shield Runway Sunglasses. Chanel’s latest sunglasses was one of the hottest accessories in the Spring/Summer 2016 runway show, where it was first presented. The Shield Runway Sunglasses comes in a silver metal frame, while the mirror lenses are available in three colors, Grey, Blue and Red. It has 100% UVA and UVB Protection CE. The sunglasses are an updated version of classic aviators, as it features a visor style with a futuristic design.

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Style Inspiration

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