Hearts-August Obsessions

Hearts-August Obsessions
Thursday, August, 18, 2011 Whether you're dying to break out your fall clothes, counting the days until your favorite television shows return, or anxiously awaiting the new school year, we know that August can feel a bit, well, slow at times. Fortunately, your Who What Wear editors have just the thing to hold you over until the next season officially starts: a fabulous WWW Hearts story, of course! Yes, a handful of obsession-worthy items-including some pretty awesome collaborations and a must-have pair of jeans-is just what you need to alleviate the blues that come with the dog days of summer! We're pretty ecstatic about today's picks and hope you enjoy them too!


LUV ROCKS by Luv AJ Jewelry
Confession: we are the biggest fans of Luv AJ jewelry in the world! Sure, we may be a bit biased-the lovely designer, Amanda Thomas, is one of our former interns-but we think her chunky, tough, and glamorous baubles are just unquestionably cool. As such, we were beyond thrilled when she told us she was cooking up an affordable collaboration with Urban Outfitters called LUV ROCKS, which is inspired by her amazing Summer 11 collection. The collaboration consists of seven pieces-including the two-finger Metal Crystal Ring ($49) and tribal-inspired Graduated Crystal Choker ($54) shown above-which are all made from pyrite beads and metal-cast crystals. LUV ROCKS hits stores nationwide on Monday, so be sure to check out the entire collection before it's too late!

Elie Saab Le Parfum ($90) in 1.6 fl oz
When we first got word that couturier Elie Saab was making his first foray into the beauty world with an out-of-this-world fragrance, we were of course, quite intrigued. We were fortunate enough to get a sneak peek (er, sniff?) at the scent, and were delighted to find it's just as ethereal and alluring as his breathtakingly beautiful gowns. Le Parfum perfectly captures the essence of the Elie Saab brand: true femininity at its best. The fragrance-created by renowned perfumer Francis Kurkdjian-is deeply romantic and elegant, featuring notes of orange blossom, jasmine, cedar wood, and rose honey, while the glass bottle's geometric shape is a reflection of Saab's passion for pure design and light. Though you may never have the opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind Elie Saab dress, Le Parfume will transport you to the designer's exquisite world of glamour and fantasy, so be sure to pick it up when it hits select department stores later this month, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom.

Hat Attack Wool Felt Medium Brim Floppy Hat ($135, 800.982.1569) in Printed Leopard
Whether it's miniature, wide and floppy, or boasts a lively print, the ladies of WWW can't resist a standout hat. That said, it should come as no surprise that we're currently having a love affair with fall's ample offering of supremely luxurious and fabulous toppers, including Lanvin's lust-worthy headwear and Miu Miu's totally cute '40s-inspired baseball caps. Off the runways, however, our heart lies with Hat Attack's darling, spotted floppy hat. In addition to the playful leopard print, we're smitten with its prim, ladylike shape and think it would be the perfect finish to an easy-breezy summer outfit or layered look come fall. In other words, you'll never want to take it off!

SUNO + Warby Parker Sunglasses ($175) in Geo, Red, and Rose
In case you hadn't already noticed, we are obsessed with tracking down the coolest and most exciting fashion collaborations, and we're happy to report this month we've struck gold! SUNO-the New York-based womenswear brand that's known for its use of awe-inspiring vintage Kenyan textiles-has teamed up with the eyewear gurus at Warby Parker to create some seriously cute sunnies for F/W 11. The exclusive collection includes three limited-edition frames in three different eclectic SUNO prints, including Geo, Red, and Rose. And if that's not enough to make you want a pair (or all three) immediately, you'll be happy to know the collection also stays true to Warby Parker's amazing philosophy: if you buy a pair of sunglasses, they'll give a pair to someone in need. Playful, stylish, and for a good cause-now that's a collaboration we can stand by!

Gap 1969 Super Lightweight Pintucked Trouser Jeans ($80) in Cortez
If you're still trying to track down that perfect pair of flare jeans, your search stops here! These trousers from Gap 1969 are both cool and sophisticated, thanks to the flattering high-waisted silhouette, chic pintuck detail, and super dark wash. Plus, they are made from the lightest denim, so they're incredibly soft and comfortable. For a savvy office ensemble, we suggest pairing them with a tucked-in, button-down blouse and wedges.-Jessica Baker

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