Blog: Crossroads Style

May 13th, 2016 by Samantha Weaver Meet Denny, Our Newest Style Council Member!

We are very excited to welcome Denny Balmaceda to the ranks of the Crossroads Style Council! If you aren’t already one of his 90k+ followers, then listen up—because this guy may as well have invented the #ootd.
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Denny firmly believes in the difference between fashion and style:  Fashion is temporary; fashion is a race. Style is independent of that. Style is story telling.
 –Because of his ability to tell a story through style, ten minutes can easily turn into ten hours on any one of Denny’s platforms. Whether you’re scrolling through his blog or his Instagram feed, you’ll find yourself inspired by his artistry, musical vibes, and, of course, his personal style.
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We can relate to Denny’s fashion philosophy: “‘Look rich, shop cheap,’ will forever be my motto. Regardless of success or life changes, I have some of the best times when I am thrifting. When buying, selling or trading clothes, I can always rely on @crossroads_east in Manhattan to find the most unique pieces.”
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We can’t wait to see what Denny finds next at Crossroads! If you’re in the New York area, make sure to check out his favorite Crossroads location in the Flatiron District.
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Welcome to the Crossroads Style Council, Denny!
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May 11th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile Round Up: Nude is the New Black

Don’t panic: black will always be timeless and a great option to wear when you’re in doubt. But right now, nude is having a moment, and it is time to embrace it. The many shades of nude have a way of making you look chic and put together. These hushed tones can be sexy, understated, elegant and sophisticated, making nudes the most versatile color palette of the season.

Take a look at the round-up below of my favorite ways to incorporate nude colors into your style.

A Classic Trench Coat
coatDress it up or down; a classic trench coat in nude adds sophistication to any outfit.

Monochromatic Nudes
monochromaticNothing is more effortless and chic than an all-nude outfit.

Accessorize
NudeAccessories are the perfect way to subtly incorporate nudes into your wardrobe.

The “No Make-up” Make-Up Look
makeupEffortless and minimal, nude makeup colors will keep you fresh-faced and glowing.

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May 9th, 2016 by Samantha Weaver DIY: Frayed Hem Jeans

The moment I saw 3×1’s Crop Lima jean, I knew I had to have them—but with a $295 price tag, I set out to create my own affordable version. I closed my web browser, picked up my seam rippers, and ran to the Crossroads DIY Studio to create these frayed hem jeans myself!

First things first: you can use any pair of jeans to achieve this fringed accent. I’ll be using a pair of light wash skinny jeans, but you can use any color or silhouette you want.

You will need:

– A pair of jeans

– A seam ripper

– A pair of sharp scissors

– A ruler

1. Cut the bottoms off your jeans with scissors.

2. Use your seam ripper to open up the vertical seam on both sides of each leg. You can use a ruler to measure the length of your fringe. I went with a whopping six inches for an extra long fringe!

3. Now you can start fraying! You can use your fingers to rub the edges of the fabric to find your loose vertical threads. Then just start unraveling. I used the seam ripper to isolate each thread, pulling them out one by one.The entire process should only take about an hour to unravel both legs up to your desired height.

4. Finish with a run through the washer and dryer. Then twist the fringe between your thumb and index finger creating chunks of denim-y fringe!

Here’s a finished pair. I added some stitching to keep the fringe from unraveling beyond my original measurement.

Light wash or dark wash, this fun DIY is an easy and free route to transforming last season’s jeans into this summer’s hottest denim trend.

 

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May 4th, 2016 by Melanie Sutrathada Best-Dressed at the Met Gala 2016

The most exclusive party of the year went down this Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibit in New York City. The gala was centered around the theme “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which explored the relationship between clothes created by hand and clothes created by machine. As always, it was a great night for fashion.

Here are the stars that made my best-dressed list on the Met Gala red carpet!

Met GalaThis evening was all about embellishments, and Taylor Swift did not disappoint in a stunning Louis Vuitton mini.

P2 - Rose ByrneRose Byrne walked the red carpet in a champagne-colored custom Ralph Lauren lamé gown.    

P3 - Rita Ora
Rita Ora rocked a silver Vera Wang gown with gorgeous on-trend feather embellishments.  

P4 - Kate HudsonKate Hudson slayed in Atelier Versace and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. The cut-outs are futuristic, yet modern!

P5 - Alessandra Ambrosia
The Balmain army is stronger than ever with Alessandra Ambrosia repping in a glimmering, body-conscious dress. 

P6 - Jourdan Dunn
Jourdan Dunn looked phenomenal in her beaded Balmain dress. Its art deco details fit the exhibit’s theme perfectly!

What were your favorite looks from this year’s Met Gala?

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May 3rd, 2016 by Jennifer Beile Five Must-Read Books About Fashion & Style

If you not only love fashion as a form of self-expression, but also find the ins and outs of the industry itself fascinating, you may find yourself wanting to go beyond blogs and fashion magazines. Good news: it’s easy to delve further!

I’ve rounded up my five favorite books about fashion and style below. These books give a behind-the-scenes look at the industry from those who have essentially created it from the ground up, and from those whose lives it has deeply impacted. From development to photography to marketing, you’ll get all kinds of influential fashion commentary.

1. Women in Clothes, by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanna Shapton, and moreWomen in Clothes
Get thought-provoking perspectives on fashion from those who know it best: women like you. The authors of this book surveyed over six hundred women about their views on fashion, giving us wonderfully revealing conversations about what fashion can say, and how it can impact your life.

2. Mario Testino: In Your Face, by Mario TestinoMario Testino
This book is filled with photos of the most fabulous fashion moments and will make the most gorgeous coffee book table. You’ll want to open and read it over and over again.

3. The Sartorialist: Closer, by Scott Schuman

The Sartorialist
I love street style shots more than any high fashion or runway photography. I love seeing how real people in this world dress and express themselves. If you do too, then this book—from renowned street style photographer Scott Schuman—is for you.

4. I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist, by Betty HalbreichIll Drink to That
Betty spent forty years of her life as a personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, and she has the stories to prove it. Hilarious, charming, and personal, Betty chronicles how she has been able to help women learn how to find their true selves with the help of fashion.

5. Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen and the 90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion, by Maureen CallahanChampagne Supernovas
There will never be another decade like the ‘90s. In my humble opinion, it was the best decade for fashion and music, and the last before technology overtook our lives. This book chronicles the best of the best in its unique fashion culture.

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