SWATCH REPORT: ’70S PRINTS

Fashion’s romance with the ’70s is in full flush, and with the retro trend comes a variety of bold new patterns that recall the moment when flares and floppy hats first made the scene. While the modern take is more streamlined and easily wearable, these prints aren’t afraid to get busy – or have some fun.

70s Floral

For instance, there’s the perennial floral. Back in the day, big, flowery prints covered kaftans and mini florals popped up on countrified vintage styles like the gunny sack dress. Today, floral prints are making an appearance in all sizes on work-friendly pieces, and for good reason. A more delicate print brings feminine softness to tailored suit separates, while a blown-out floral pegs you as a girl with confidence.

Our favorite tapestry dress

Tapestry and scarf prints are back in a big way, too. Now as then, they’re a natural fit for soft, billowy fabrics and easygoing silhouettes – think maxi dresses and kimonos. The new versions of these patterns take on a personality all their own thanks to seriously vibrant bluespurples and other shades.

Chevron Bag

Also making a comeback: chevron. This time, the pointed pattern is often scaled down for a zigzag effect or featured on accessories like bags and jewelry, so you can wear it as an accent or as a statement. Don’t you love options? Try a few and show us which print look you like best on Instagram with #LoveExpress.

 

 

CITY GUIDE: WEEKEND IN L.A.

LA Getaway

L.A., we love you so. After a crew of our photographers, models and stylists flew out for our latest campaign shoot, they worked up a short list of favorite spots to eat, drink, hang and people-watch. If Los Angeles is on your to-go list, read on for a whirlwind weekend agenda of things you won’t want to miss.

Friday Night In Santa Monica

The Bungalow
Image via thebungalowsm.com

The Bungalow on Wilshire Blvd. is a laid-back spot with a beach house vibe. Featuring lots of open-air seating and a stunning view of the ocean, it’s got couches for getting cozy, plus ping pong and an indoor pool table for unleashing the shark within. It’s a popular place, so plan on a wait. Our suggestion: Beat the crowd by showing up on the early side of happy hour, then settle in with a cocktail or glass of wine and drink in the sunset.

Saturday Morning In Venice

Salt Air
Image via saltairvenice.com

If you’re going coastal, you’ve got to do seafood. Salt Air on Abbot Kinney Blvd. has numerous options on its brunch menu, along with traditional morning meals (mmm… pancakes). Or you can make a meal of their sinfully rich monkey bread. If the calorie load’s weighing on you, just walk it off – Abbot Kinney is a window shopper’s dream.

Saturday Afternoon In Hollywood

Hollywood

Up for a down and dirty L.A. experience? Head to the TCL Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. and climb aboard the TMZ Tour. In two hours you’ll get an earful of gossip and a view of the Hollywood sign, along with lots more notorious locations. You might even spot a famous face or two. And before and after you board the bus, check out decades of celebrity footprints on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Saturday Night In West Hollywood

Craig's

For a Saturday night splurge, head to Craig’s on Melrose for dinner. Perks: An old-school atmosphere, a diverse but classic-leaning menu and a better-than-average chance of a celebrity encounter. Or go genuinely old school and reserve a table at the intimate Hollywood institution Dan Tana’s on Santa Monica.

Headed anywhere this summer? We love checking out fun destinations and new experiences. Share your travel tips on Instagram with @ExpressRunway and #ExpressLife.

THE WORLD IS YOUR RUNWAY: INTERNING IN NYC WITH EXPRESS

Meet Hali our new intern

We got to meet so many talented, inspiring people in our partnership with Teen Vogue Fashion U, from Leandra Medine to the fashionable girls who’ve been our style ambassadors this spring. Included among them were the college students vying for a position at Express’ NYC studio through our Teen Vogue Fashion U intern search. Today we’re happy to introduce Hali, the girl who won us over. She’ll be interning with our PR department over the summer, handling tasks from media outreach to event planning, and sharing her experiences on this blog. She’s also curated a shop of her fave looks and she’ll be posting the outfits she puts together for her big opportunity on Instagram and Twitter. Until then, here’s what you need to know about this new add to the Express team.

SAY HI TO HALI

Express PR Intern Hali

 

Personal Style: “Classic with a twist. I love taking traditional looking outfits and making them personal with accessories like earrings and big necklaces.”

First Fashion Memory: “In third grade, I forced my mom to take me to the fabric store and buy fabric to design my own clothes for my Barbie dolls. Another moment would have to be the first time I watched Legally Blonde. I always wanted to be confident, smart, and stylish like Reese Witherspoon.”

On Working for Express: “I have been wearing Express clothing since high school, and I knew I would love the opportunity to work for the company. Also, I knew I wanted to work in PR because I love how you can have access to exclusive information and work behind the scenes.”

 

Follow @ExpressRunway for all the updates on Hali’s summer internship and tips on making your work day more stylish.