Kat Von D Accuses Kendall and Kylie Jenner of Culturally Appropriating Chola Style

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After posting a picture with obvious Chola influences on the Kylie + Kendall Instagram account, Kat Von D called Kendall and Kylie Jenner “posers.”

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Office Style: Meet Kirby

Office Style: Meet Kirby

“I would say my style exists somewhere between 30’s film star and 90’s boy…”

Your position at Free People…

Stylist.

How does your job influence your personal style?

It has influenced me in so many ways — from the people I work with to the endless product that comes through the studio (and the fact I’m on my feet all day). I’ve simultaneously become more experimental and more refined. Being a stylist, you are exposed to so much product and so many trends and sometimes work a few seasons ahead… I feel like my eye gets sharper every day.

What is your personal style?

I would say my style exists somewhere between 30’s film star and 90’s boy. I’ve been through a lot of phases and I like to cater to my whims. I also like to work within contrasts, bordering between fantasy and function. I see getting dressed more as getting dressed up. My closet is like a dress-up chest. There is an occasion for everything.

Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?

Always dress for yourself. Never try to be something that you aren’t. You should wear the clothes, the clothes should never wear you.

Favorite part about your job?

The people! The studio is a crazy family.

Most challenging part of your job?

Time management.

What’s in your freepeople.com shopping cart?

Spectrum Sock Boot

501 Levis

Furry Bomber

Cafe De Flore Bag

Gidget Sweater Mini Dress 

Destination Unknown Coat

One thing in your closet that you could not live without?

My leather jacket. I’ve had it for almost 10 years and it’s falling apart. I always have it with me. It’s like a part of my DNA. It has a lot of good stories to tell.

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28 of Afropunk 2017’s Best Street Style Looks

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Check out some of the most impressive street style looks from Afropunk 2017.

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ASOS Is Selling Jeans That Give You Permanent Plumber’s Butt

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ASOS is now selling high-waisted jeans with a half-moon cutout in the back, literally requiring you to get a butt facial.

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Office Style: Meet Elena

Office Style: Meet Elena

 “I’ve always been a total tomboy at heart…”

Your position at Free People…

Copywriter.
How does your job influence your personal style?
 
A large part of my job is to bring our clothes to life for the customer – whether it’s creating a story around pieces for emails or marketing or describing a product in detail on the site. It’s made me aware of the in’s and outs of every style and made me waaay more picky when it comes to what I want in my closet. Now I think about the whole package – from fit, to how I can style it, all the way down to the fabrication.
What is your personal style?
 
I’ve always been a total tomboy at heart. I love men’s street style. I envy their trends and fits and am constantly experimenting with how I can incorporate them into my look, even if it’s just through embracing their attitude. I feel most confident when I’m rocking something that celebrates my femme side while adding in those cool, boyish elements. If I’m feeling a skin-tight, plunging bodysuit – I’ll throw on slouchy cropped flares. If I’m wearing a sequin mini dress, I have to put on worn-in sneakers or add an oversized denim jacket. I’m also super inspired by skate culture and that plays into most of my outfits in one way or another.
Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?
 
My #1 style rule is to only dress for yourself. When you hold back by wearing something for a certain person or situation that goes outside of who you really are, you’re going to end up regretting it every time and wishing you just stuck with your own unique vibe. The older I get, the more I realize that with authenticity and confidence, you really can rock anything you want- and the right people will always be drawn to that.
Favorite part about your job?
 
Coming up with new, creative ways to think about a product and constantly challenging myself to get others just as hype about Free People as I am. I love keeping myself inspired and seeing how I can help us grow and evolve as a brand through my words and concepts. Plus, it also feels like a total win when I can come up with a fresh pun to throw on a subject line or email (I’m becoming really good at dad jokes, tbh).
Most challenging part of your job?
 
The dreaded WRITER’S BLOCK. It happens when you least expect it, or before I’ve had at least two cups of coffee. It’s also hard to stay focused when you have tight deadlines. We’re all super close and have a great time at the office — it’s a great energy but thank god for headphones! 😊 When I have Frank Ocean or The 1975 blaring, you know i’m in the zone.
What’s in your freepeople.com shopping cart?
One thing in your closet you could not live without?
 
I have this pair of oversized black overalls that I got from a thrift store in Philly. I could run around in them forever. I can pair them with anything from a tiny crop top to a huge sweatshirt and they’d make me feel *fire*. Anyone who knows me has seen me in them at least once – or 300 times.
Plus my Vans. I’m SUCH a sneaker girl. You’ll most likely catch me wearing them to my wedding.
Oh, and big gold hoops. Can’t leave home without ‘em.

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Isabella Boylston’s Ballet Sun Valley Brings Together Dance and Fashion in a Gorgeous Way

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We interviewed Reed & Harriet designers, Harriet Jung and Reid Bartelme, about the costumes they designed for Isabella Boylston’s Ballet Sun Valley tour.

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I Dressed Like Madonna and This Is What Happened

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In honor of Madonna’s birthday, I got inspired by some of the singer’s outfits. See what happened when I played dress-up.

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Office Style: Meet Alyssa

Office Style: Meet Alyssa

Wear things that make you happy…”

Your position at Free People…

Web Merchandiser

How does your job influence your personal style?

When I’m coming to work I’m dressing for comfort, some days I’m running all over the office & others I’m sitting at the computer for hours on end, either way I like to be comfy & cozy.

 

 

What is your personal style?

When I’m working @ FP – it’s comfort.

When I’m DJing – it’s sequined & bright.

When I’m going out – it’s easy, boxy tee’s or oversized tanks mixed with tiny shorts or mini dresses always paired back to a punchy fun accessory or shoe or bright color to add interest.

100% of the time it’s based off mood, sometimes a girly side of me strikes at times and you’ll find me in a dress or something embroidered. Lately I’ve been obsessed with anything red & purple (esp. lilac). I’m famous for always wearing XXL t-shirts as dresses, pants are the enemy (but it’s all good – I’m only 5’2!) ……..and I’m warming up to the idea of pants for this fall only *IF* they are widelegs!

Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?

Wear things that make you happy – and don’t be afraid to change up your vibe when the mood strikes – it keeps your overall wardrobe eclectic ! 

 

 

Favorite part about your job?

Taking all the pieces and putting them together in a creative & cohesive way, finding inspiration & story telling through our product. I also love that every day feels fast-paced and different from the day before it. I’m naturally a high energy person so this works for me!

Most challenging part of your job?

I’m multi-tasking about 90% of the time, sometimes it’s hard to keep your brain straight and stay organized, most of the time, there are *too* many things happening at once, it definitely gets overwhelming.

What’s in your freepeople.com shopping cart?

Natasha Pullover

Baring It Cami

Grace Embellished Jumpsuit

Pretty In Stripes Pullover

High Rise Bandit Denim Shorts

The Rex Pant

Hole In My Heart Sweatshirt

Gigi Slip On Loafer

8 Greens

One thing in your closet that you could not live without?

I have this XXL black tee shirt that has a giant eagle on it & says Las Vegas (kind of a random pairing ), I can’t remember where I got it but I’ve had it for as long as I can remember, it’s my favorite because it’s the PERFECT ‘kind of big’ and I’m from Vegas so it feels like home  – recently when I was packing for a trip and realized that *every* time I pack for a trip – this tee comes with me, sometimes to wear out as a dress, sometimes to sleep, sometimes to wear on the plane. It just always comes along with me. So I guess I can’t live without it.

 

 

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Be You!! Our August Catalog Sweepstakes

Be You!! Our August Catalog Sweepstakes

Welcome the Fall season with a chance to win $1,000 in YOUR Free People favorites… In honor of our August catalog, we’ve partnered with Who What Wear to give YOU the chance to win $1,000 of your favorite FP product, curated by YOU for YOU! Contest runs between now and midnight Thursday, 8/21. Enter here and don’t miss out on your chance to win!

 
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This Woman Claims She Was Charged a Huge Fee For Wearing a Burkini While On Vacation

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A woman vacationing in France claims she was charged a huge cleaning fee for wearing a burkini in a pool.

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