Posts Tagged ‘kids clothing’

Is Mother-Child J. Crew Ad Promoting Trandsgender?

Jenna Lyons, the  creative mastermind behind the now-stylish J.  Crew label we all know and love, has done much more than the average company President and Creative Director.  Lyons is credited with heading the brand’s transformation from dull-colored mail order fashion to some of the hippest, couture-looking fashion ever found in a chain store.  Jenna’s workday (and extremely colorful closet) was profiled by Oprah in April 2010.  Her work is also patronized by J. Crew fans Michelle Obama and her girls.  Last week, J. Crew sent emails to customers circulating the latest ad for the comany’s Crewcuts childrenswear.  It features a grinning Jenna with her son Beckett, age 5.   The adorable blonde boy is wearing a striped shirt and sporting a shocking pink pedicure evidently painted by Mom.

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Transgender.. or just cute?

Lyon’s focus in the ad clearly stays with the nail polish, reading “Lucking for me, I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink.  Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.”   The ad has undergone scrutiny from both media and child psychologists, calling it “blatant propaganda” that can add to gender confusion for children, especially, boys, in the future.  Ms. Lyons has defended her mom and son ad to Fox News, stating that her critics are simply “overreacting.”.  “Most parents”, Lyons explains, “in the privacy of their home might think, ‘What’s the big deal?’ “.

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Girls' Driel dress at J. Crew

Whatever your views are on the new J. Crew ad, one thing is for sure: The brand’s latest offerings for kids are Spring runway-ready!  Check out the newest blazers, day dresses, shorts and swim just in at Crewcuts.

After-Holiday Sales – Coats and Dresses

Gear up for a fashionable New Year’s Eve, post-holiday parties or a piece of contemporary garb to keep you warm.  Some of this week’s best markdowns include black dresses as low as $57:

Asymmetrical organic cotton is sturdy enough to take you from this season to next.  Style up Bassike’s Organic Cotton Tank Dress with nearly any jacket or dressy accessory from your existing wardrobe.  Now on sale for $57 at Net-a-Porter.

Perfect Coat for Dress-Up

This short sleeve, grey blended wool Herringbone Coat by Elizabeth and James makes a non-bulky asset for sweaters.  Now about $298 at Net-a-Porter.


Fashion up with a ladylike, wearable frock in the season’s favorite feral print.  On the Prowl Dress by Nanette Lepore, about $232 at Piperlime.

A Bright and Lovely tartan plaid is polished and lots of fun.  Wool-blend Blazing Bright Coat, Plenty by Tracy Reese.  $139.95 at Anthropologie.

Other Stylish Events & Offers

  • Save up to 50% and donate to support the St. Jude Thanks and Giving Campaign at Ann Taylor.
  • Get in on super-fabulous wraps, satiny sequined purses for evening and a dazzling collection of crystal teardrop earrings at the White House Black Market Winter Sale.
  • Shop gorgeous party dresses and bustled skirts for little girls, along with some of the prettiest coats (like the Mimi & Maggie Brown Tibetan Princess Coat) that may just be discounted more than 50% off.  Going, Going, Gonna Be Gone Sale at kids shop  Tuttibella.

Happy Holiday From Mamastyles!

Wishing you a healthy, stylish and beautiful new year of dresses, rings and festive family outfitting!

Spring Preview A songbird-print party dress will be your best look of the new year.  Sash-tied Sing Sweetly Party Dress in cotton; $148 at Anthropologie

Knuckle It Up Actress Vanessa Hudgens is a faithful fan of Low Luv Armor’s 14K Gold Plated Knuckle Ring; $80 at Boutique to You.

Polka Dot Satin The look of couture that’s fit for little girls.  Stretch polyester Polka Dot Dress by Zunie,  $44 at Nordstrom.

Happy Holidays!

Designing Moms

As International Fashion Weeks come to a close, it’s time to reflect on the many women of fashion– and we’re not talking models!  Our favorite fashionistas play the role of designing the runway’s most popular collections while living the life of full-time mom.  Check out their apparel inspirations plus the latest looks for upcoming Spring 2011:

Victoria Beckham

The ultra-posh VB was the talk of New York’s recent Fashion Week, politely unveiling her Spring and Summer Collections of dresses and sunglasses (effectively named Victoria Beckham) to an intimate army of fashion elite.  Getting rave reviews from the likes of Rachel Zoe and Barneys Creative Director Simon Doonan, the former Spice Girl’s distinctive resume is that of a designer, couture muse and mother to boys Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo (below, in early 2010).

Above: Chic, versatile and Reversible Petrol Zip Cardigan from Victoria Beckham Jeans, $405 at StylebopBelow: Fun choices for cocktails from the Spring/Summer Collection 2011.

Gwen Stefani

Known for her quirky, colorful looks that are the perfect example of punk-glam, the platinum-haired Stefani first debuted her collection Love, Angel, Music, Baby (aka L.A.M.B) in 2003.  Preceding her Spring/Summer ’11 show at NY Fashion Week,  Gwen enthusiastically explained to Styleite: “My kids are the whole reason I started L.A.M.B..  I wanted a creative outlet and to still have my kids around”.

Above: Going green at L.A.M.B. Spring/Summer Collection 2011; Gwen Stefani with her oldest son, Kingston.  Below: Rouched leather and suede Puffy Suede Booties with Cuff, $395 at Shopbop.

Stacey Bendet

The wildly creative designer and co-founder of Alice + Olivia (with partner Andrew Rosen) made her collection famous upon the debut of striped bell bottoms.  Following a whirlwind of critical acclaim, Stacey’s fashion-star status led to Alice + Olivia Kids,  an equally stylish line enjoyed by mini fashion mavens Suri Cruise and Bendet’s own daughter Eloise, now 22 months.   What’s next?  Stacey and husband Eric Bendet recently announced they are expecting child #2.. and an A+O shoe line in 2011!

Above: Mrs. Bendet- with Eloise in 2009.  Below: Blend this black + gray separate with your favorite basic shades.  High Waist Polka Dot Skirt, $297; little girls Shrunken Faux Zebra Fur Jacket, $264.  Both available at Alice + Olivia.