As much as you may love getting your passport stamped, it’s no longer necessary to travel the world in order to uncover the latest looks. The most fashionable clothing on earth is now available at your fingertips. Bobbie Thomas, Today Style editor and author of the Buzz column for In Touch Weekly, highlights the (Web) sights you shouldn’t miss on your next trip across the Internet.
Spain’s stylish shopping hub Mango has expanded into more than 89 countries (including the U.S.), and their Web site (mangoshop.com) has all the goodies you can get in-store, along with some extras. The Web site offers a great selection of handbags and limited edition items. Be sure to click on the tabs titled “Outlet” and “Special prices” to find discounted merchandise.
In addition, Mango is home to the chic clothing and footwear collection of Spanish actress Penelope Cruz and her sister Monica. Trust me, you’ll want to check back often to keep up with their flavorful fashions.
Stylistas in the U.S. have been eagerly awaiting British fashion depot Topshop’s arrival in Soho. Between Kate Moss’ coveted collection, specialty sizing for petite, tall and pregnant women, and fair-trade fashions that contribute to a global consciousness, it's no wonder the forward-thinking company has collected a cult following of fans. If you happen to find yourself in Manhattan, their “At Your Service” program will style you in-store, with the help of a style adviser. TopShop “To Go” can bring the service experience to your home or hotel. You can even throw a style party for four or more friends (as host you’ll receive 20 percent off your purchase)! Even if you’re not going to be in the Big Apple anytime soon, these stylish pieces from across the pond are now available for purchase online. (topshop.com)
Target’s ‘GO International’
There’s no denying that Target — thanks to some haute collaborations and fantastic ad campaigns — has undergone a hip makeover in recent years. Stylish women on a budget love the store’s fashion department, and their “GO International” program is the icing on the cake.
After showcasing world-renowned designers, including Alice Temperley and Luella Bartley, Korean-American designer Richard Chai joins the ranks as the 12th designer to participate in the “GO International” program. “The influence my heritage has on my collection is in the pure, minimal approach to design,” Chai says. “It is also in the way I cut clothes in an unconventional way.” Available at a fraction of the cost of his personal clothing line, Chai’s pieces for Target are perfectly on-point with the season’s trends. While many of the “GO International” collections sell out quickly in some retail locations, the line is also available online. (target.com)
The trinkets and treasures of the Far East have been assembled in one location for those who love Asian-influenced items. You can find everything from beautiful Chinese brocade by the yard to inexpensive home inspirations like paper lanterns.
Located in New York City’s Soho neighborhood, Pearl River has long been a favorite haunt of celebrities. Their little-known online shop (pearlriver.com) boasts an overwhelming selection of imported items you’re sure to love. From ceramics to lightweight silk comforters and robes to buzzed-about beauty creams and beaded slippers, Pearl River has everything you’re looking for and much, much more.
American retailer Old Navy is celebrating friendship (from every culture) with their “BFF sale” this weekend. If you bring a friend into the store, or shop online with a pal, you can save 20 percent by using the code “BFF.” Friendship has never been more fashionable! (oldnavy.com)