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Kings of Cole Lands an Exclusive with goop by Gwyneth Paltrow

Here at Fashion Wrap Up we are huge fans of the stylish clothing brand, Kings of Cole. It's not just the comfortable fabrics, the easy cuts that look good on all women or the flexibility the pieces add to our wardrobe; we also adore the founder and designer, Elana Brynes. Brynes is approachable, down to earth, and (much like myself) terrified of sharks, so yes, we love her. We recently received notice in the editorial offices that Kings of Cole partnered with goop by Gwyneth Paltrow on an exclusive design, being sold through goop.com. We knew we had to touch base with Elana again!

Not surprisingly, Elana told us when goop reached out to do a collaborative capsule collection, it was the most exciting moment of growth for Kings of Cole so far. “To align my brand with such a positive lifestyle brand like goop is such an honor," Brynes told us. With all the growth that has come so quickly, Brynes is also one to acknowledge that growth does not come without growing pains and change.

You might recall the story behind Kings of Cole, from our previous interview with Elana in 2011 about how she was shopping for the perfect boyfriend hoodie and found a void in the market. Coming from an entrepreneurial background that started by selling bracelets in middle school to anyone she came in contact with, Brynes is a self proclaimed “do it myself” type and realized it was time to make a career out of it. We wanted to know what she would tell others who are too scared to pursue such an opening.  Brynes quickly stated, “My best advice would be just jump. I am more scared of living with ‘what if,’ than I am of living with ‘I tried my hardest but it didn’t work out.”

Brynes also highlighted the importance of doing research and not going in to a venture blind. You have to be able to build your brand and convince others that a void needs to be filled.

Elana truly loves her brand and her passion is obvious through her statement of her humble beginnings, “In the beginning people believed the picture I was painting, I was an extension of my brand. I believed my idea into real life.” 

We understand the power of fashion, and Kings of Cole also sees fashion as being a strong force through the opportunity to send positive messages. Admirably, Kings of Cole speaks out against bullying with a sweatshirt that says “BYE HATER,” appealing to the very demographic struggling with bullying. As Elana believes, “You can create walking advertisements for great causes. For me, anti-bullying is a very important cause and, I always try to spread the word that bullying of any kind is not okay… once you take the power away from a bully, he or she has nothing on you.”

With her anti-bullying stance, Elana makes sure Kings of Cole works to embrace fashion for all body types. Knowing no two bodies are the same, the line works hard to come up with key design elements that flatter large amounts of people. Brynes finds this is important because everyone should be able to be fashionable and comfortable.  “It isn’t about being tall, short, skinny or overweight. It is about comfort and fashion.” 

The beauty of Kings of Cole is in the message, the clothing, and the challenge to continue and find voids that need to be filled. Brynes’ largest inspiration is drawn from necessity and the want to create what is lacking in the market place. Because of this, no two days in the Kings of Cole studio look the same. Looking forward, Elana let us know that it is far from being over and as long as you love what you, each day will be about fulfilling your next big dream.

We highly recommend you follow Kings of Cole’s footsteps.  Don’t be afraid to dream, push yourself when you believe in your idea, and throw on that classic Full-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt with the longer tailored cut along with Tracey Anderson’s Method DVD, and as Elana says, “Just rock out!”

To buy one of these exclusive and adorable, denim colored Kings of Cole suits, visit goop.com today!

~Jessica Abouelela @GirlVsCity

Image Source: Kings of Cole

Editor's Pick~ Haute Hippie Lace-Trim Silk Sweatshirt

Your perfect fall sweater has just been found!

I am obsessed with this sweater, I adore the lace panels and the beaded trim. All the comforts of a sweatshirt, wrapped up in this gorgeous slouchy Haute Hippe silk sweater. Pair this charming sweater with jeans for a casual cool look or a flared skirt and heels for a perfect dressed up ensemble.

Shop: Saks Fifth Avenue; $165.00

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Mixed Separates Monday: Amazing Autumn

My favorite time of the year to shop for clothing is autumn. To me, there really is nothing quite like the sound of crisp leaves crunching underneath a pair of chunky heeled boots. I love the cozy textures and warm colors that come with the fall season. I crave cooler weather styling, such as layering a loose knit sweater over a silk blouse, topped by a fabulous wool coat.

Here is an inspirational, mixed separates ensemble to try for fall. Playing off the color palette of the blouse, by sticking to mostly burnt oranges, tanned browns and olive greens hues, this ensemble will get you in the mood for autumn dressing.

What do you think of this look? Do you have any favorite pieces? Is there anything you would add or change?

Mixed Separates Monday: Amazing Autumn



1. Topshop, Structured Blazer, $130.00

2. Current Elliott, Ankle-Cropped Skinny Jeans, $185.00

3. Luisa Spagnoli, Printed Silk Blouse, $149.00

4. Amrita Singh, Andra Autumn Earrings, $100.00

5. Rebecca Minkoff, Mini MAC bag, $195.00

6. Valentino, Nougat and Aragon Patent Pumps, $362.00

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

In The Mood For: T-shirts

The t-shirt: statement making, comfy and versatile. T-shirts are a common staple in most everyone's wardrobe, we're pretty sure even Anna Wintour herself has a t-shirt or two in her style closet.

When shopping for a t-shirt, what are you looking for? Do you want it to make a social statement? Do you prefer to rock a vintage tee or a designer label? Maybe you just want to support your favorite sports team like Ashton and Mila.

American Apparel has an insane amount of basic t-shirts that are great for layering and come in a variety of silhouettes and fabric blends. Even designer brands like DKNY, Marc Jacobs and Burberry all have iconic logo and novelty t-shirts readily available for you to style with your favorite pair of cropped trousers or tweed skirt for fall.

 Here are a few stylish t-shirts to add to your autumn wardrobe.

Get Tee'd Up For Fall


Local Celebrity, Next Cool Thing Duran Tee, $55.00, Metro Park 

SATURDAYS, $40.00, Aloha Rag

Tee And Cake, Moustache Tee, $40.00, Topshop

Hipsterpotamus, $24.00, David & Goliath

Elvis Presley Blue Suede Shoes T-shirt, $14.99, T-shirts.com

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Style Find~ ASOS Wool and Tweed Mix Parka Jacket

Style Find: ASOS Wool and Tweed Mix Parka Jacket, $137.97.

Where to Buy: ASOS

Why You Should Buy: With cooler temps looming, it's a good idea to be thinking about a stylish and functional jacket for the fall/winter season. This tweed and wool jacket is sturdy enough to take on the elements of harsh weather and has a chic, modern English countryside feel (Kate Middleton would approve).

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Style Find~ Tory Burch Amanda Riding Boot

Style Find: Tory Burch, Amanda Riding Boot, $495.00

Where to Buy: Tory Burch

Why You Should Buy: So we are now addicted to the sport of Equestrian after seeing the amazing outfits that Team Great Britain wore during the Olympics. We love the jackets and especially the stylish boots. Tory Burch has created several new styles of riding boots perfect for your fall wardrobe.

We are currently obsessing over the Amanda Riding Boot. These boots are an essential piece for outings and can be worn with pants or jeans giving you the classic equestrian style. Available in black or almond.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Style Find~ 3.1 Phillip Lim Shearling Letterman Jacket

Style Find: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Shearling Letterman Jacket, $1,500.00

Where to Buy: Shopbop

Why You Should Buy: If you need an investment piece for the fall/winter season, this is the one to purchase. We love the sporty-chic look of the shearling and wool jacket, not to mention the color is practically perfect. You can wear this jacket as a top by itself or pair with jeans, pants or a skirt. It's totally versatile and you'll love the modified boxy style.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Denim Trends for Fall 2012

Colored denim, spring and summer's hottest trend is carrying over into fall wardrobes. Popping up everywhere in splashes of blue, burgundy, bright red and earth tones like moss green, clay and rust. Celebrities like Sophia Bush and Kate Middleton are already transitioning their ensembles to autumn hues.

What other styles of denim are popular for the impending fall season?

Everything old is new again this season with denim. From patterned to coated, slouchy to distressed, here is a rundown of the upcoming denim trends for the fall/winter 2012 season.

Cropped Denim: Yup, we are back to this trend again. Best worn with statement making heels or sky-high platforms. Roll them, cuff them or buy them at ankle length; this trend is back in full force!

Boyfriend Denim: The slouchy, borrowed from the boys style, a popular favorite from the 1990s is back with an updated twist. There is something about this cool relaxed fit with an edgy feel that we love. Gentle rips and distressed details give this trend a slight edge. Pair with your favorite sweater or a feminine top to give it a girly sweet jolt.

Printed/Patterned Denim: Take your colored denim up a notch, if you dare. Floral denim was in full bloom for spring and summer and the trend is transitioning to fall in forms of animal print, baroque and graphic print patterns. Maximize this look by pairing with a single color and minimal jewels to keep it from being too loud.

Coated/Waxed Denim: This unique treatment resembles that of leather and it's sexy and fashion forward. Metallic hues and neutral hues are popular for fall. Pair with an embellished tank and cropped jacket or an open weave sweater and boots for a sensational look.

Denim Trends Fall 2012
Denim Trends Fall 2012

Denim Trends Fall 2012

Denim Trends Fall 2012

What do you think of these denim trends? Which ones will you be adding to your closets?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: People

Style Find~ Vivienne Tam Lace Fringe Skirt

Style Find: Vivienne Tam, Lace Fringe Skirt, $197.50

Where to Buy: Vivienne Tam 

Why You Should Buy: Hello dance floor! This skirt combines two of our favorite trends--lace and fringe. Ladylike elegance combined with the flirty vibe of the flapper era makes this a must have piece for your wardrobe. Add a floral top for maximized style. Light lacy pieces balance the richness of florals. 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore 

One Direction Inspired Looks for Girls

We know that you cannot get that adorable song "That's What Makes You Beautiful" out of your head. The FWU staffers send out daily tweets to each other when the song pops up on Pandora and sing along -- loudly. We have found that One Direction fans don't just go crazy for their music, they also love their style. The guys know how to style their own unique look with splashes of preppy touches from suspenders to bow-ties.

We thought it would be fun to style looks inspired by each member of the group for girls. From Zayn's sporty style, to Harry's classic style we've got a selection of fashions and accessories that will impress your boy band crush.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Hair and Makeup: Allure Salon

Creative Direction and Model: Hannah File

Fashion Styling: Brittany Bray

Photography: Mandykae Blair

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