November 7, 2014

Androgynous Style Icons

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There are many celebrities who have reinvented themselves in ways that have pushed boundaries beyond the norm. Whether it’s adopting a new persona in the realm of art, theater, or music- these style icons continue to manipulate the visualization of gender. Scroll through our list of favorite icons (past & present) >>

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Tilda Swinton- Tilda isn’t afraid to work a suit like a boss. And it’s clear that the statuesque model and actress has a penchant for architectural details and monochrome tailored suits.

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Boy George- Boy George’s outlandish style pioneered androgyny in the 80′s by dressing in eclectic hats, waist coats, and billowy tees. Wearing bright facial make-up, winged eyeliner, and crimped hair tied with ribbons and rags reflected his flamboyant persona.

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Iggy Pop- If there’s one person in Rock N’ Roll who can wear just about anything it’s Iggy Pop who once stated, I’m not ashamed to dress ‘like a woman’ because I don’t think it’s shameful to be a woman.” 

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Annie Lennox- Annie made an impression in the early 80′s by donning trouser suits and an orange buzz cut. The reason behind this Scottish-born singer’s hair do? “Appearance is just temporary and I wanted to be strong as a man.”

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David Bowie- Bowie was a master at transforming himself to a million personas throughout his musical career. His most famous being Ziggy Stardust in all his flame-haired, glittering glory.

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Prince- While he pushed musical boundaries during the 80′s, Prince expressed his style by mixing masculine with the feminine in an unprecedented way in brocade catsuits, frilly tops, cropped tees, bell bottoms, and fingerless gloves.

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Grace Jones- Grace was intimidating and fierce. Her razor sharp features and even sharper style was the epitome of menswear chic. She’s inspired the likes of Andy Warhol and designers all over and influenced the underground New York scene in the 70′s and 80′s.

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Katherine Hepburn- While feminine dressing was a more conservative way to emphasize a woman’s curves during the 30′s and 40′s, Katherine Hepburn’s sense of style was unconventional as she stuck with high-waisted slacks and button down shirts.

SHOP STRONG AND TAILORED

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October 23, 2014

STYLE MUSE: Yves Saint Laurent

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This week, we’re groovin’ back to the Seventies. A time when fashion was all about experimentation and freedom of expression. No one other than Yves Saint Laurent portrayed those things, whose tailored style and classic square framed glasses, was a fixture in the fashion world. Being one of the most illustrious designers and fashion pioneers, his personal style of smart pantsuits, tuxedo looks, and tailored outfits echoed into his countless collections that revolutionized the way women dressed.

Scroll through as we look back at our favorite YSL moments… >>

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SHOP ‘ GROOVE OUT ‘

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October 8, 2014

In The Mood: Knit Into You

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You don’t know how lips hurt
Until you’ve kissed and had to pay the cost
Until you’ve flipped you’re heart and you have lost
You don’t know what love is

Do you know how lost hearts fear
The thought of reminiscing
And how lips that taste of tears
Loose the taste for kissing

You don’t know how hearts yearn
For love that cannot live yet never dies
Until you’ve faced each dawn with sleepless eyes
How could you know what love is

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S H O P  ‘ K N I T  W E A R  E S S E N T I A L S ‘

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September 25, 2014

Elements that Matter

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Flash back to chemistry class but with a sartorial twist. There are various elements that make up who we are right down to what we wear. This weeks collection is inspired by the different elements that are found within our environment. From earth to sky, scroll on as we breakdown what each piece visually represents to us >>

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Matte  Clear Parka

 

Molecules are present all around us. When two or more atoms join together, they form molecules yet are so small that they can’t be seen within the naked eye. This piece is a representation of when molecules are bonded together, it creates something as a whole even if we cannot physically see it.

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Le Specs ‘Neo Noir’ Milky Tort

Light is an energy that travels in waves. The reflection of light is when light bounces off an object. If the surface is smooth and shiny, light will reflect at the same angle as it hit the surface called specular reflection.

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Ice Blue Racerback Slip Dress

 

Blue light has a wavelength of 475 nm (nanometers) which is the smallest wavelength in the color spectrum. Because of this it’s light is able to be scattered in all directions as the Sun passes through the atmosphere, which give us the impression that the sky is blue.

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Lazy Oaf Plant Necklace

 

All plants need sunlight to grow. Sunlight gives plants an input of energy which gives them their green color called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll absorbs this energy from the sunlight in a process known as photosynthesis. Photosynthesis converts this light energy into a chemical energy of sugar and other organic compounds.

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The atmosphere we live in is a mixture of gases that surround the Earth. It’s an important part of what makes Earth liveable. High above the planet, the atmosphere becomes thinner until it gradually reaches outer space.  Yet it is the Troposphere (the lowest layer of the Earth) where all the weather takes place and the clouds are found.

SHOP LIGHT COMING IN THROUGH WINDOWS

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August 28, 2014

Symbolism : Desert Voyager

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The clothing we choose can take on a symbolic meaning, whether we know it or not. The shirt that we always gravitate to and the bracelet that we can’t help but wear everyday. These are the pieces that go beyond style or adornment and start to cross into the realm of meaning and emotions. Here we break down the collection that we’ve brought into the shop this week and visually communicate the feeling each piece evokes in us.

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Infinite Universe ‘Hieroglyphs’ TeeThe first look was translated from the literal textures found within the desert environment. Sands and hieroglyphics mask this look as they do in most Egyptian deserts.

 

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Something Else Tassel CardiganSubtle nods to structural elements found within this garment inspired the statuesque and repetitive background. It was important to recognize the complex constructed qualities that pyramids and the like are composed of.

 

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Deja Vu Tassel ScarfThis look was heavily influenced by the idea of mirages and the almost bi-polar weather that surfaces as day morphs into night. Suddenly covering up for warmth is necessity as the cold creeps over.

 

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Gypsy Junkies ‘Wildheart’ Bowler BlouseThis look exemplifies the heat and brightness found within the desert. It was important to connect these two ideas while keeping in mind accessories that lent a practical defense against such climates.

 

 

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Aten Pendant NecklaceThis accessory references the cultural history of Egypt’s Past, while providing a new and current perspective dually. Embellishment played a huge role in Egypt’s culture, just as it does presently.

 

 

S H O P  ‘ D E S E R T  V O Y A G E R ‘ 

August 27, 2014

IN THE MOOD: CAFE STAR

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“To search expectantly for a radio signal from an extraterrestrial source is probably as culture bound a presumption as to search the galaxy for a good Italian restaurant. And yet, this has been chosen as the avenue by which it is assumed contact is likely to occur.” -Terence McKenna

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Fountain by Isamu Noguchi. Image by petespix75 #Fountain

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S H O P   T H E  T H E M E

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August 21, 2014

Back to the future with Pierre Cardin

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This week’s theme ‘ Fiber Management ‘ was inspired by ideas we had of technology from the past that’s not so much about the future, but ideas of what the future could be. One of our favorite designer’s, Pierre Cardin, was an innovator and pioneer in fashion with his use of geometry and bold choice of colors that made him a forward-thinker. His bubble dresses, tunics, eyewear and unique head gear were out of this world. Cardin was a true example of freedom of expression and how far creativity (along with fantasy) could take you. Look on at some highlights from his space-age vision… >>

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S  H  O  P  ‘  F  I  B  E  R   M  A  N  A  G  E  M  E  N  T  ‘  A   T   K   O   S   H   K   A  !

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August 13, 2014

IN THE MOOD: RACQUET

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A meridian is the half of an imaginary great circle on the Earth’s surface, terminated by the North Pole and the South Pole, connecting points of equal longitude. The position of a point along the meridian is given by its latitude. Each meridian is perpendicular to all circles of latitude. Each is also the same length, being half of a great circle on the Earth’s surface.

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S H O P   T H E   T H E M E  ‘ R A C Q U E T ‘

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July 30, 2014

IN THE MOOD: BLUES, BABY.

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Yeah, that’s hard to figure out, what she’s all about
But she’s a woman through and through
She’s a complicated lady
So color my baby moody blue

Oh, moody blue
Tell me, am I gettin’ through
I keep hangin’ on
Trying to learn the song but I never do

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S H O P   T H E  ‘ M O O D Y  B L U E ‘  T H E M E

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July 23, 2014

IN THE MOOD: SWEET // CHIC

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 Oh ain’t she sweet
Well see her walking down that street
Yes I ask you very confidentially
Ain’t she sweet?

Oh ain’t she nice
Well look her over once or twice
Yes I ask you very confidentially
Ain’t she nice?

Just cast an eye
In her direction
Oh me oh my
Ain’t that perfection?

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 S H O P   T H E   T H E M E

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July 20, 2014

Statement Separates: Style Edition

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This week at Koshka, we guide you on how to mix & match your favorite staples that you can re-wear with flair. It’s all about that one versatile piece that’s still awesomely cool yet reliable and to still make you standout! So below, we styled together 6 fresh outfits to lock down your look >>

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(From L to R)

Outfit 1: Sport Cold Shoulder Dress / Le Specs x Craig & Karl Houdini Sunnies / Y.E.S. Pyrite Flats

 Outfit 2: Sport Cold Shoulder Dress / Shakuhachi Tie Dye Cap / Just Female ‘Stroke’ Jeans / Sol Sana ‘Ayden’ Sandal

Outfit 3: Sheer Midi Polka Dot Dress / Just Female Line Denim Dress / B. Zippy & Co Necklace

Outfit 4: Sheer Midi Polka Dot Dress / Stripe Woven Crop / UNIF Percy Dress (Skirt) / Spitfire ‘Le Disko’ Sunnies

Outfit 5: Motel ‘Maison’ Trousers / Just Female Kimono / Sol Sana Tally Heels / Studded Fan Clutch

Outfit 6: Motel ‘Maison’ Trousers / Motel ‘Josie’ Crop / UNIF Body Sheer Dress / Sol Sana Tally Heels / Cheap Monday Money Bag

S  H  O  P  ’  S  T  A  T  E  M  E  N  T    S  T  A  P  L  E  S ‘   A  T   K  O  S  H  K  A  !

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July 10, 2014

MOODBOARD: WHEN GIRL MEETS BOY

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Would it flatter you to know
That mostly it’s you
That makes me so slow
You say I look so calm
But really I’m not, I’m not
But I think I want to be from now on

You are still my-y mirror ball
I look at you and suddenly I’m a virgin
In a dance hall

Would it flatter you to see
Me floating about wearing my love even when it doesn’t suit me
And I want to
Cause in this weather I can’t tell
If everyone’s on heat or sun stroked or sweating for no one
I can’t tell

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July 3, 2014

FASHION FLASHBACK: ’70s REWIND

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The seventies was a decade full of style & glamour with the women who defined it. From lounging around in vibrant florals & swingy dresses to boogieing down in lux jumpsuits & drippy jewelry, nothing encapsulated the ’70s than the carefree women who remind us to be bold in our own way. Scroll on & take a fashion trip down memory lane  >>

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S H O P  ‘ T I K I  L O U N G E  ‘  A T  K O S H K A !

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June 26, 2014

IN THE MOOD: THE LOOK

Details of your look, like your touch
Killing me by shoot, just in once
Let me look at you with your cries
Since the days of school, you and i
You are my way..
You did the hook, you did right
Shiny as a jewel, with your tie
Oh see, just take a look on the edge
See darling the moon, on the sand
You are my way..
Just let me play..
Just let me play..

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S H O P   T H E  T H E M E

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June 20, 2014

Beach Bum 2.0

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When we reach the beach, all we want to do is get in our bathing suits and let the sun, sand, & waves do the rest. And though being a beach bum means keeping it casual & effortless, that doesn’t mean you can’t elevate your daily look to the shore.  So we put together 3 outfits on how to make waves in the sun all while looking chic & fun. Scroll on! >>

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Lazy Oaf Rodeo Rose Shorts/ Motel Flux Bikini/ UNIF Mesh Overlay/ Sol Sana Ayden Sandals / Straw Hat

It’s all about shapes & textures here! Layer on a cute mesh top and cute denim cut offs to keep it light & still feel breezy.

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`Cheap Monday Money Keeper / Spitfire Aglos Sunnies / JUJU Jellies / Motel Sky Bikini / Devon Pavlovits Disc NecklaceLenni XX Tie Dye Dress

Who says we can’t get a little moody? Play with different patterns and shades. Jelly sandals are perfect for the water & a money purse is perfect for all your tiny essentials.

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Spitfire Protopunk Sunnies / Satsuki Shibuya UNITE Necklace / Sol Sana Ayden Sandals / Motel Flux (Top) / Motel Bikini Sky (Bottoms) / Just Female Brazil Kimono

Mix & match! Let your suit do the work. Throw on a bold colored kimono & statement necklace and you’ll be making major waves wherever you go.

May 6, 2014

Met Gala 2014: Top Picks

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If there’s one night of the year where fashion and art come together, it’s the Met Gala in NYC. With this year’s theme centering around British-designer and American couturier Charles James, was known for his dramatic evening wear. Check out which ones scored big in our books last night >>

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April 23, 2014

Do Over: Mix it Up

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There’s nothing we love more than rocking a good set. But why not break the rules & switch it up a little?  We show you a mix of styling ideas on how versatile each piece is within each set. Ready, SET, go!

S T R I P E D   W O V E N   C R O P   T O P   A N D   S K I R T

berit(L to R): Shakuhachi Tie Dye Cap / Something Else Tab Pant / Fil De Fer Bib Front Top / Hansel from Basel ‘Ink Blossom’ Sock 

P I C N I C  C H E C K E R E D   T O P LOOK1-1(L to R): Mink Pink Preem PU Skirt/ Side Lace-Up Shorts /  Heartthrob Jumper / TBA ‘Calico’

P I C N I C   C H E C K E R E D   S H O R T S look2  Printed Flounce Button Down / Lazy Oaf Live Fast Tee / Just Female Isak Denim Jacket / Stylestalker ‘Taller’ Tee 

H A R L Y N   P E G   L E G   F O L D  O V E R   T R O U S E R S  look3 Leather Moto Vest / Lovers + Friends Merci Top / Just Female Boss Earcuffs / Tan Ribbed Crop Tank

H A R L Y N   B L O C K E D   C O L L A R E D   F L A M I N G O   B L O U S E
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Croc Wrap Skirt / Quay Charlie Sunnies / TBA Sleigh Heels / Somedays Lovin’ Campfire Overall Dress 

S H O P   S E T S    A T    K O S H K A

April 10, 2014

dELiA*S

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Remember when our shoes could double as flotation devices and those enormously flaired pants that were just plain bigger than us in general? Ahhh the 90′s…  Some of us might have spent our time watching endless marathons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Angel, we still love you), surfin’ AOL, and being mall-rats with our friends. Our number one companion? Those good ‘ol dEliA*s catalogs. Yes, those rare treasured things that once defined the thrills of our teenage years. We’re talking about those half-up ponytails, matching outfits with your BFF, & glitter lipsticks galore. Scroll on and see picks from our old fave!

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March 5, 2014

Label Spotlight: Just Female

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Some say less is more and if there’s one label that defines this, it’s none other than UK based brand, Just Female. Coming right out of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2006, Just Female is the brainchild of designer, Penille Andersen. With it’s clean lines, raw details and versatile take, the collection not only delivers go-to pieces that you can wear solo but also a spectrum of styling possibilities that you can pack into a suitcase and mix-and-match for days. Think silhouettes that remain structured in relaxed fits, bold pops of color, & some serious statement-making suits.

Scroll on and see why Just Female is just so right

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Shop JUST FEMALE S/S ’14 at Koshka

February 14, 2014

NYFW Fall ’14 Recap

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Throughout all the exhaustion, race against time, and beating the snow… let’s just say it, NYFW is finally over! And yes, spring may still be underway for the most of us, but there’s still plenty to look forward to in the not so distant future. Over-the-top knitwear, layers of muted colors & neon brights, ombre bombers, & fur outerwear all walked the catwalks that looked to good to be true.

Scroll on as we narrowed down some of our top picks for you in case you might have missed it!

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Shearling coats and so much sparkle at Rodarte 2014

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Speckled textures & smart patchworks at Proenza Schouler 2014

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Shaggy fur coats for Band of Outsiders 2014

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Blue hues at Eudon Choi 2014

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Wrapped up in handknits at The Row 2014

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 Ombre bombers at Marc Jacobs 2014

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 Asymmetric hems took over Opening Ceremony 2014

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Delicate details and more lace for Marchesa 2014

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Digital prints all over at Clover Canyon 2014

February 7, 2014

Valentines Day Movie Mix

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Love is all around us. Whether you’re just starting your first relationship or celebrating your awesome group of BFFs, there’s something for which we should all take a moment to appreciate: the people who we have been lucky to find in this world and with whom we choose to spend our days. As a tribute to all the different types of love out there, here is our list of movies that we’d be happy to watch with any of our loved ones.

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 Princess Bride: Love Conquering All

 A sweet and epic journey where long lost loves come back dressed in black, are immune to poison, and have best friends that say things like, “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

Favorite Scene: When Westley is helpless and weak from being tortured but slowly regains his strength.

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Death Becomes Her: BFF Love

Two gals bond over a love of vanity and the immensity of eternal life.

Favorite Scene: When Madeline has her head completely twisted backwards but Ernest still drives her to the hospital thinking that she just has a dislocated neck.

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A Woman Is A Woman: Taking-it-to-the-next-level Love 

A young strip tease dancer wants to take the next step with her live-in boyfriend but he’s not into it.
Favorite Scene: Angela and Emile use their bookshelf when they get into an argument and highlight their feelings on the books.

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Love Me If You Dare: Crazy Ass Love

Ever been in an intense relationship where you couldn’t concentrate on anything else in your life because it totally consumed you in every aspect? Well, you’ve got nothing on Sophie and Julien, who have that going on plus an ongoing, epic game of dare the’ve been playing since they were kids.

Favorite Scene: There are so many good ones in this film, but the kiss on top of the car is as good as it gets.

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Ever After: Medieval Love 

A sweet and strong-minded girl accidentally meets the Prince of France, who becomes completely charmed by her. Her evil stepmom and stepsisters trap her in the basement the night of a totally important party, but Leonardo da Vinci helps her escape to the party with a brand new makeover.

Are you like, “why have you told me the entire movie?

The movie is a rendition of Cinderella, so it’s not really so much about the plot as it is about that one scene where Drew Barrymore is dressed like an angel with glittery face make-up we’ve all tried but failed to recreate in high school.

Favorite Scene: See above!

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The Science of Sleep: Sleepy Love  

A dreamy boy (he’s both dreamy and he dreams a lot) develops a crush on his neighbor but is too shy and unsure of what to do until she starts appearing in his dreams.

Favorite Scene: When Stéphanie and Stéphane are hanging out and he shows her his 1 second time machine.

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5TH Element: Love Saves The World

Set in the future where everyone wears Jean-Paul Gaultier. A disenchanted taxi driver meets the girl of his dreams and finds out that she is a super human, created to save the world.

Favorite Scene: When Leelo is hanging out at the Priest’s apartment and uses the Chanel instant eye compact.

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Casper: Ghost Love 

A wide-eyed girl moves into a semi-spooky haunted house with her Dad, a ghost hunter searching for his deceased wife. The girl meets a friendly ghost named Casper, who she later finds out is Devon Sawa.

Favorite Scene: When we find out that Casper is actually Devon Sawa.

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Simply Irresistible: Food Love 

 A girl has the ability to make people feel different emotions with her food, which she uses to start a relationship with Tom, a cute but emotionally cut-off guy who works at Henri Bendel.

Favorite Scene: When Tom tries one of Amanda’s éclairs for the first time.

January 3, 2014

SS14 Trends We’re Looking Forward To

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Although in many parts of the world, it’s feeling pretty wintery right now (We might be based in LA but we can sympathize…), with the new year ahead of us, freshening up our look and wardrobes with Spring’s upcoming trends is among the many things we look forward to. With updates to old fashion favorites like the sporty and mod trends to highlighting different idyllic places like the Indies and the countryside, scroll on to see our picks.

Grand Slam: For SS14, the sporty trend hits the tennis courts. That means preppier varsity-style ringed collars, striped knee high socks, tennis-inspired skirts and sporty cropped tops.

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Spice Trail: Think of what you’d find and pick up on a dream vacation in Morocco or India and you’ve got the idea. Keep your eye out for silks, embroidered patterns, tribal prints and wraps.

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60′s Mod: The sixties are back in full swing for spring/summer and this time it’s all about the prints. Artsy illustrations, checks, harlequin, and light car coats we’re lookin’ at ya.

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Pastoral Picnic: Gingham, stripes, patchwork, fruit prints, stripes — Dress like you’re about to spend a day in the park or countryside even if it’s a Monday.

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December 23, 2013

Staff Christmas Movie Picks

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In the spirit of the holidays, we decided to take each of our favorite Christmas flicks and come up with our own themed party…complete with “inspired by” outfits of course! Read on and see what we’ll be watching and rocking for the Yuletide.

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TERESA’S PICK

My Christmas movie pick is one of my favorites, Christmas Vacation. I watch this every year and it still never fails to crack me up. My outfit of choice is inspired by the eye-rolling, ever enduring, Audrey Griswald. She rocked a lot of sweater and skirt combos and I think she’d also love these red heels. In my Christmas Vacation themed party, I’d serve egg nog in moose heads and turkey jerky as the snack.

christmasvacationSol Sana ‘Zana’ Heels / Alejandra Quesada ‘Flores’ Sweater / Jacquard Pink Skater Skirt / Green Crystal Earrings

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VIVIAN’S PICK

On the top of the my list of Christmas flick picks is the first Home Alone. Macauley Culkin played the perfect adorable prankster child and yes, I totally owned my own Talkboy™ which I fondly remember and wish I still had. Inspired by Kevin’s wardrobe of cozy sweaters, my holiday outfit selections are centered around said essential snuggle-worthy knits. At my Home Alone-themed shindig, I’d have plenty of pizza on hand and maybe some hidden booby traps for my friends.

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Round Neck Knit / Slouch Round Neck Knit / Tri-color Circle Scarf / Richer Poorer ‘Breadwinner’ Socks

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JOANNE’S PICK

Elf is a must-watch for me once the holidays roll around! My outfit inspiration is self-explanatory and is inspired by the movie’s charming, funny, and quirky characters, especially the gigantic sized elf, Buddy. Eating a plate of spaghetti is also a must — just try not to add maple syrup, pop tarts, sprinkles, and candy while you’re at it!

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Cheap Monday Nuo Skirt / NEW KID ‘Claude Demure’ Suede Moccasin / Ladakh ‘Horizon’ Sweater

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

XO,

KOSHKA

December 9, 2013

Weekend Recap: Art Basel Miami

Right before the holidays, art-minded folks make a yearly trip to Miami Beach that holds as a meeting place for some of the coolest paintings, sculptures, and art installations that happen at the art world insanity known as Art Basel.

While we envy all those who got to fly south for the winter (who wouldn’t love the warm sun rays, rollicking parties, art shows and getting to mingle with a stampede of fashionistas and art lovers!), we put together a mix of some of the most creative, craziest and often weirdest visuals and trends that graced the city last weekend! Scroll on for more…

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Sleek in all white.

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Spunky shades and sharp outerwear.

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A sporty cap and cute tomboy shorts.

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A black jumpsuit that’s anything but basic.

(photo’s courtesy of fabsugar)

November 27, 2013

Unconventional Dressy

Between all the holiday parties this season, sometimes you just want to mix it up and take your outfit beyond the little black dress (although we always love a good one). Read on below for some ideas on how to show up unexpectedly in the chicest way possible.

The Silver Dress: Silver is not only the name of a precious metal, but also the color of that piece of foil you just wrapped your leftovers in. We love it because it’s high shine and high class, but more down to earth than its glamorous counterpart, gold.

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Try our Cheap Monday ‘Nadia’ Dress.

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Fancy Pants: Embellished or tailored pants are a key ingredient to assembling an evening ensemble with a tomboy twist. We love wearing them with a cropped blazer to show off every leggy detail.

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Try our Black Embroidered Pants.

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Embellished Jacket: Sometimes you’ll step into a room and find the host doesn’t like to turn the heater up very high or maybe you just get cold easily. In such thermal instances, you’ll want a dressy jacket that doesn’t need to be checked at the door. We like ones featuring this season’s embellishments trend.

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Try our Zip Jacket with Embellished Sleeves.

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October 4, 2013

LFW SS’14 Recap

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Yup. We thought we’ve seen & heard it all – reading a zillion fashion week reviews, eyeing some drool-worthy looks and pondering which trends are worth trying for next season. As London Fashion Week came & went it just got better and better (even a little quirkier) making us only more eager of what’s to come. Make room for mod-inspired color palettes, bejeweled moroccan prints, glam punk with a twist, iridescent florals, and more.

So, we went ahead and listed some of our current SS’14 obsessions along with a little sartorial eye-candy that will help you spring forward… Enjoy!

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Color block party in super saturated hues at Roksanda Illincic SS’14

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Leather dungaree dresses at Whistles SS’14

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Delicate pastels and Moroccan vibes at Burberry Prorsum SS’14

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Playing with texture & pastels at Sister by Sibling SS’14.

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Florals as you’ve never seen them at Christopher Kane SS’14

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Slouchy shorts and technicolor bombers at Jonathan Saunders SS’14

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi SS’14

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September 16, 2013

NYFW SS ’14 Recap

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The cold hasn’t even hit us yet, but we’re already daydreaming about what we’ll be wearing next spring. Our social feeds were  overflowing with NYFW updates from street style snaps, backstage sneak peeks, and front row appearances from every show. Of course, it was nearly impossible for us to keep track of them all but that doesn’t mean we didn’t notice some 90′s revival, voluminous silhouettes, buttoned downs unbuttoned, and plenty of patchwork goin’ around.

Below we bring you a curated mix of some coveted runway looks and a few noteworthy styles from some of the well-dressed attendees to give you a headstart!

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Looking tough with plaid at Rodarte 2014 (via Style.com)

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Sleek, minimal, and still sporty at Louise Goldin 2014 (via Refinery29)

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Layered hems and acid bright hues at Prabal Gurung 2014 (via Style.com)

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Wrapped bodices and traditional Korean prints at Opening Ceremony 2014 (via Style.com)

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Billowed shapes and intricate embellishments at Delpozo 2014 (via Style.com)

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Buttoned up and structured at Alexander Wang 2014 (via Style.com)

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Metal leather and patchwork at Philip Lim 2014 (via Style.com)

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Metal plated wedges @ NYFW (via WhoWhatWear.com)

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July 26, 2013

Koshka’s Weekend Guide: Joshua Tree

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With summer slowly coming to an end, we rounded up a small guide to one of one favorite places to visit! Joshua Tree is an easy 2 hour car ride from Los Angeles, making it the perfect weekend retreat to unwind under the desert sun. Read on to find out how we do Joshua Tree!

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Cabazon Dino’s Not quite Joshua Tree yet, but a must pit-stop. A cute and kitsch amusement park where you can get up close and personal. This park has actually appeared from TV commercials to film (remember Pee Wee’s Big Adventure?) Not ready to go inside? There’s lots of picnic areas scattered around to take a quick break before you’re off on your way.

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Pioneertown, California 

A town set up for Western movie-making in the 1940s, Pioneertown is only 4 blocks long but worth the stop. There are cute little cabins that you can wander into and if you’re there at the right time you catch random performances in the town square.

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Integratron Sound Bath 

Be sure to get here early as tickets sell out fast. The Integratron is a dome structure that has great acoustics. Using bowls made out of crystals that are filled with water and then played. There’s something about the frequencies and harmonics that after washing over you, totally relaxes you and puts you in tune.
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Noah Purifoy Outdoor Museum 

Made from recycled materials, displayed are two and a half acres of abstract structures and installations by Noah Purifoy who is an artist and co-founder of the Watts Towers Art Center. You will feel like you are at the end of the world. Noah’s pieces within the desert landscape are mysterious, apocalyptic and inspiring! As an artist you shouldn’t let access to materials stop you from your creative vision.

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Wander! The best part of Joshua Tree is the kind the art of not doing much of anything. Be sure to wander, drive around, take a short hike, lay out on the hammock and watch the stars come out at night. What’s better than unwinding for a bit and forgetting that you’re only  just a few hours away from Los Angeles. Enjoy!

July 3, 2013

In the Mood: Stars & Bars

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One of the biggest birthday parties of the year is here! Cheers to celebrating this Independence Day with a bang!

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Sol Sana ‘Zana’ Heel

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Mink Pink ‘Inked’ Skater Dress

IMG_2344sock__36975.1358885922.1280.1280Rachel Comey x Hansel From Basel Sheer Dotted Socks

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Kele ‘Galanthus’ Dress

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Cheap Monday Stomp Sandalette

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Objects Without Meaning Fumo Blazer

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Something Else Floral Bugs Dress

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June 26, 2013

Summer Dressing

Dresses. Who doesn’t love a good one? And as the mercury rises, they’re especially helpful in keeping you put together, cute and comfortable. From this season’s LWD to neon and florals, we rounded up a few of our favorite trends for a frolicking good time.

The LWD

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Mink Pink Valerie Lace Dress

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Kele Galanthus Dress

Cut Outs

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Love Zooey Floral Stripe Dress

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Neon

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Shakuhachi Neon Nights Mini

Otis & Maclain Empire Dress

Florals

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Stones Devin Floral Dress

SHOP DRESSES AT KOSHKA

**Use code ‘DRESSITUP’ for 20% off all dresses through 7/1/13**

 

 

May 3, 2013

Koshka Field Trip: Paris Photo LA

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Paris Photo LA was held at Paramount Studios. An art fair for collectors, photographers and art appreciators. It was a nicely sized event with a good amount of people, so that you had room enough to wander while not being elbow to elbow. The artists ranged from the well known (Andy Warhol) to the obscure (Rudolf Schwarzkogler). We spent almost all day there wandering from one lot to the next and popping in to the hear the “Sound and Vision” conversations where they would pair up two creatives in the photo/film/art industries to discuss the zeitgeist of still and moving images.

A fun backdrop to the exhibition.

Photographs by Lloyd Ziff ft. Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith.

Painted BMW by Warhol.

Paintings mixed with digital media by Gregory Scott had us pretty entranced.

Series of photographs by Rudolf Schwarzkogler.

Sound and Vision conversations about the use of images in contemporary culture. Here is Marc Olivier Wahler making the introduction into the discussion between Gregory Crewdson (Photographer) and Matthew Weiner (creator/producer of Mad Men).

An inspiring day spent on the backlots of Paramount!

 

 

 

 

October 5, 2012

Paris Fashion Week SS13 Round Up

Paris Fashion Week for Spring 2013 officially wrapped up this week, which meant we got a further peek into what we’ll likely be donning in some iteration next spring (seriously considering the voluminous sleeve look). Aside from what’s ahead, the ladies that were stomping the streets of Paris also gave us more insight and inspiration as to what we should be daring ourselves to try out this fall, i.e. bomber jackets and graphic tees/sweaters with dark lipstick and some wild accessories. Continue on to see looks from some of our favorite runway shows and the stylish ladies in attendance.

Checkered everything at Louis Vuitton.

Tropical motorcycle jacket at Kenzo.

Furry jacket, bra top, shiny leather with flats at Miu Miu.

Jumpsuit at Giambattista Valli.

(images via Style.com)

(images via WWD.com)

September 25, 2012

London/Milan Spring 2013 Recap

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Though Fall’s only just begun, we admit we’re pretty excited at the idea of springing forward again next year as the SS13 London and Milan fashion weeks came to a close last week. Both big name brands and cult fave labels delivered, leaving us quite impressed and with much anticipation for the coming year. Our favorite ensembles on both the runways and the streets contained a mix of menswear inspired looks, eye catching details and a badass attitude. Scroll on and see…

Metallics all around at Burberry Prorsum @ LFW (via Style.com)

Interesting prints at Vivienne Westwood Red Label @ LFW (via Style.com).

Structural details at Sass & Bide @ LFW (via Style.com).

Buckled vests at Acne @ LFW (via Style.com).

Flower Power at Prada @ MFW (via Style.com).

Boxy silhouettes at Marni @ MFW (via Style.com).

Moto jacket and printed pants at Sea @ MFW (via Style.com).

Statement sweaters @ LFW (via highsnobiety.com).

Digital prints @ LFW (via socialbliss.com).

Mirrored sunglasses and brights @ MFW (via The Cut).

Stars and stripes @ MFW (via WWD.com).

Matching skirt and hair @ MFW (via fashionologie.com).

Layered leather jacket @ LFW (via Harper’s Bazaar).

September 14, 2012

NYFW Spring 2013 Recap: Part 2

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Though we’re definitely counting the days until the fall season begins, we were able to momentarily forget just how over the heat we were this past New York Fashion Week as all the pretty Spring 2013 looks came down the runway. Our favorites include the blend of futuristic mod looks, the continuation of neon, more bra tops, and all the interesting ways to do spring florals.

On the streets we were digging all the graphic sweaters (see Cara Delavigne’s awesome Bart Simpson outfit below), jumpsuits, and the occasional cheeky t-shirt; And with just a week left until summer is officially over, we just might try taking some of these street-ready and runway-fresh looks for a test run!

Clear jackets and metallics at Milly Spring 2013 (via Style.com).

Sheer shirt and bra top at Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 (via Style.com).

At Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2013 (via Style.com).

Frida Gustavsson at Anna Sui Spring 2013 (via pretaportre).

Shoes at Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 (via Style.com).

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Cara Delavigne (via Style.com)

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Antonela Repetto of Hey MCFLY  (via mypreciousconfessions).

P.S. For this look, try our Somedays Lovin Everynight  Lace Pants in Charcoal (on sale!).

Alice Mccall floral dress and cute jumpsuit with cut-out (via Styleist).

The sophisticated jumpsuit (via Styleist).

Click HERE for our NYFW recap!

September 10, 2012

NYFW Spring 2013 Recap: Part 1

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New York Fashion Week was in full swing over the weekend, which meant our Bloglovin, Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest accounts were going wild with updates over the latest shows, front row appearances and street snaps, and we happily devoured every .jpg of our sartorial future. With still a few more days and plenty of shows to go, we decided to take a breather and put together a mid-Fashion Week recap of some of our favorite on and off-runway looks thus far.

Have you been following NYFW? Share with us your favorites!

Seen on the runways…

Jumpsuits and clear jackets at Charlotte Ronson RTW Spring 2013 (via Style.com).

Bold and boxy at Alexandre Herchcovitch RTW Spring 2013 (via WWD.com).

Galaxy dress at Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2013 (via WWD.com)

Mara Hoffman RTW Spring 2013 (via WWD.com).

Tracksuit at Suno Spring RTW 2013 (via WWD.com).

Lauren Moffatt Spring RTW 2013 (via WWD.com)

Alexander Wang Finale (via The Sartorialist)

Seen on the streets…

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Graphic sweatshirt (via Style.com).

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Turquoise blazer (via Refinery29.com).

Boy cuts (via Harper’s Bazaar).

More boy cuts (via Fashionologie.com).

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Bryan Boy (via Fashionlogie.com)

 Stay tuned for our recap of NYFW Part 2!

January 27, 2012

Eagerly Awaiting: Natalie Wood SS12

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We are so excited for Natalie Wood’s spring collection to come in and to hit our e-boutique shelves! The spring line is amazing and features some pretty amazing prints. Love, love, love.

January 16, 2012

Let’s not forget the socks!

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It’s no secret that at Koshka we love socks and think they are an amazing way to change the overall look of your outfits. A good sock can really up the level of a cute dress, or a nice pair of trousers. They are fun to mix and match with preppy loafers (peeking out just a bit under your pants) or with pretty heels. So, we challenge you- take a moment and don’t over look your socks! We think they are the most underrated accessory. Mix it up!

November 8, 2011

Best Parts of Fall: Layering 101

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One of the best things about Fall is being able to mix your Summer Wear in with cozier items and getting ready for the big chill. The key to keeping warm while still looking good is getting into the art of layering. Here are some Koshka tips and tricks to get you inspired.

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Slouchy Socks + Tights

Keep your feet warm by mixing knit socks with slouchy socks. And play with color! Fall and winter doesn’t mean that you can’t keep wearing color.

Play with Texture

There’s a lot of elements you can play with when layering, but one of the most interesting things you can do is to play with different textures. So pairing a smooth, thick coat with something that’s light and ruffly will add interest to your outfits. Pair it all with some classic flats and you are good to go.

Play with different lengths

A classic way of layering is to pair things of different lengths. A great way to get into this is to mix one of your favorite over sized tees or button ups with a slim fit knit that hits at the waist (or even higher/smaller).

Denim! 

Denim is just thick enough and doesn’t add too much bulk and is a must have for layering.

Play with Line

Take a look at the overall silhouette of your outfit. Play with different shapes. Try a long line coat or jacket with a maxi dress.

How are you guys going to mix and match this Fall?

 

November 4, 2011

Natalie Wood Love!

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Natalie Wood is one of our favorite new designers that we’ve added to the shop this season. Her pad in Sydney looks so cozy and full of treasures. Not only does she make beautiful clothes but she’s such a cutie herself! For the complete set, visit Selby. And check out our Nat Wood wares here.

September 29, 2011

Artworks by Landon Metz

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We’re in the process of moving in to our new offices in L.A and our walls are totally bare. Would love to have something like this to stare at. These paintings have a beautiful spontaneity, which is hard to come by when in the act of making art. Check out more of Landon’s work here.

September 13, 2011

Tokyo Rising: Part 1/5

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A look into post 3/11 Tokyo and the young artists who live there. It’s nice to hear from a different perspective on what it was like to be there during the quake and especially what has happened after. The people are Japan are for the most part dreamers and take inspiration from the outside world. But since the nuclear disaster, there’s a re-focusing on Japanese culture, what it means to be Japanese. This definition is what makes Tokyo such an interesting place during this time.

Watch the rest of the videos here.

August 10, 2011

Anrealage SS11

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At the Anrealage SS11 show last fall. The way they presented their clothing was stunning. As bit of background information about the brand. They are constantly playing with the silhouette and proportions of their garments. And choose not to use the standard human body frame as a guide to making their clothes. Choosing instead to stretch or shrink natural proportions, to make new and interesting shapes. We hope you are as inspired as we were. Our Anrealage collection is now in. We have limited quantities of each piece, so hurry before it runs out!

June 15, 2011

All change hair!

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It has to be said, we’re stuck in a bit of a hair rut.  We think it’s the coming of summer when suddenly we want to let our hair down and do something fresh.  We’re not the only ones too, by the sound of it.  But what if a change of style isn’t enough?  So Young Kang, who’s modelled for a ton of big names has undergone a drastic colour change.  The beady eyed among you may remember her for the Givenchy Couture collection we blogged about not so long ago, but here’s a reminder if you don’t and a look at the result.  How’s that for a bit of inspiration?

Doesn’t she just look scorching with blond hair?  We love the photo too.  So powerful.  Time to get ourselves to the hairdresser!

Via Asian Models Blog.

 

 

October 28, 2010

Day Two of Tokyo Fashion Week: Anrealage SS11

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Day two had us running around Tokyo, jumping from metro to cab. Amidst all the chaos, we still managed to gt a few quick bites in of some yummy Japanese food. We arrived at the Anrealage show after walking a few blocks, following the cookie crumbs of the few sign holders they had on the streets. It was amazing. We heard some strange sounds before the show began, but all made sense when we saw the models walking out, inflated.

Anrealage is based off quite an interesting play on a design concept. Of playing and warping proportion. We loved the model’s they picked, they all had such sweet and innocent faces.