We may be rooting for the good ol' U.S.A. in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games when the opening ceremony kicks things off on July 27th, but we simply must pay tribute to this year's fabulous host city, London! That's why we've included an assortment of British finds, among other must-haves, in this month's installment of Hearts. Though the Olympics end in August, our love affair with these picks--like a new e-commerce site stocked with chic Brit labels and a luxe must-have sneaker by Alejandro Ingelmo--will continue long after the games are over!Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 by Sonnet Stanfil and Oriole Cullen ($26)
We're suckers for a beautiful ballgown, especially since there are few occasions in this day and age when a girl can get away with wearing one! If you can't make it to the Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, consider this tome your knight in shining armor. Peruse stunning photographs of ballgowns by designers like Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Stella McCartney, and Bill Gibb, and essays about the iconic garment's place in British fashion history.
Oasis, Coast London, & Warehouse E-Commerce Launch
Remember how exciting it was when British brands Topshop and ASOS launched their e-commerce sites? Thanks to AndOtherBrands.com, three other beloved (and affordable) Brit labels--Oasis, Coast London, and Warehouse--are now available to U.S. customers. Time to stock your wardrobe with cute, quirky, one-of-a-kind pieces that'll have your friends asking, "Where in the world did you get that?"
Alejandro Ingelmo Toby Sneakers ($395) in Green
As devoted fans of Alejandro Ingelmo's seriously sexy, towering heels, we were delighted to learn that the Cuban designer is turning his expertise to a different kind of footwear. Though his Toby low-top sneakers are popular with the boys, Ingelmo is now crafting them in a velvety stamped croc print, so we girls can enjoy sporting stylishly comfortable kicks too!
OPI Outrageous Neons ($20)
Jump onto the neon bandwagon this summer and paint your nails in Sephora by OPI's bright polishes. Choose from yellow, hot pink, orange, and vibrant purple in this handy mini set, which also includes a white base coat to make the colors pop and a clear top coat for a long-lasting manicure.
Thakoon Addition Pre-Fall 2012 Collection
We know, we know. It feels like we're in the thick of summer, yet we're already thinking about fall. But can you blame us? Thakoon Addition's Pre-Fall 12 collection has us ready to start layering. Brimming with silky dresses, printed jackets, and cool details like oversized pockets, it's one part playfully girly, one part military-inspired, and wholly inspiring! Shop the collection here or here.
Topshop x Opening Ceremony Collaboration
Easy fashion math: what do you get when you combine one of our favorite avant-garde stores (Opening Ceremony) with a trendy Brit brand (Topshop)? A collection of chic, athletic-inspired pieces, just in time for the Olympics of course! The Neoprene T-Shirt ($160) in Blue and Neoprene Skirt ($160) in Red share a subtly sporty flair, making them easy-to-wear pieces for the office or a night out. The collab is available at Opening Ceremony London on July 19th, and online and at Opening Ceremony New York in mid-August.--Tiffany Tse