Snaps from our latest ShopAKIRA LOOKBOOK.
Snaps from our latest ShopAKIRA LOOKBOOK.
INTRODUCING: Our #2 Top ShopAKIRA Blogger, @WickedTides!
Picking the finalists of our Top ShopAKIRA Bloggers series was a very simple process, especially when the contenders have personal style as undeniably easy like Michelle’s. Each month or so, our team’s goal will focus on recognizing the lovely ladies that inspire us with their personal styles. We love to catch up with them, as well as seeing how their fashion tastes and preferences have evolved over time. Since we give them freedom to style pieces however they want, collaborating with them & seeing their end result is what keeps our crazy fashion schedules much more fun and fresh!
When it comes to a trendy piece like a pair of Pleather Pants, we love how Michelle reinvented the typical ‘sporty’ look. Most girls are doing this by pairing them with a crop top and beanie, but we love that Michelle did NOT. She made our ‘Glamorous Slouchy Pleather Pant’ just that, feminine yet so sexy. It’s the perfect ‘Shopping Look’ or for running errands around town!
Snag our Glamorous Slouchy Pleather Pants here: http://bit.ly/1fiBoun
AND THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS!
INTRODUCING: Our #1 Top ShopAKIRA Blogger, @hardtshapedbox!
Every time I think of Danielle, it reminds me of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” released back in…well that will reveal how old I am. Can’t deny that as an 80’s baby, Nirvana was an epic part of growing up back in the 90’s. In spite of everything, this entry is not meant to correlate her to the meaning of this influential song.
Danielle exemplifies the meaning of effortless style! In other words, it’s time for you to get inspired. It’s easy yet sexy! And a little bit of Rock & Roll never hurts.
She keeps it sexy by lengthening her legs with strappy heel sandals, and accessorizing in all the right places. From sharp cuts, to the mix of pleather and faux fur textures, it’s safe to say that after seeing this, you’ll be trying to replicate her look!
Lusting over her pants?
Shop our Glamorous Slouchy Pleather Pants here: http://bit.ly/1fiBoun
Ah, a riddle for the ages. Every December, girls around the globe wring their hands in anticipation of the year’s glitziest evening. Before you go off the deep end & declare the night a wash, look to the silver screen for a little inspiration. We’ve interspersed our favorite cinematic looks of yore with style tips and ShopAKIRA suggestions…read on!
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"Wrecking Ball" and "Roar" are all over the airwaves—and our Sorority Spokeswomen’s Instagram feeds! As part of this semester’s internship program, 100+ girls around the nation are showin’ some ShopAKIRA spirit by belting out their favorite tunes.
Two of our fave submissions were turned in by Jeanette from FSU (top) and Kate from the U of I (bottom), who paired some pretty sweet choreography with their lip-syncing skills. The Spokeswoman with the most creative video will score an AKIRA holiday dress for each of the girls who participated!
To spread the ShopAKIRA love on your own campus—and participate in fun assignments like this along the way—submit a résumé to Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the Sorority Spokeswoman & Campus Rep programs can be found here.
Pull together a fresh-from-the-runway look with pieces from our fall 2013 fashion show: Supersonic Boom. All items mentioned are available on ShopAKIRA.com.
Left to right:
Skirt, seen on Caroline & Tea: AKIRA’s Zip Back Pleather A-Line Skirt
Jacket, seen on Ashley: Elliatt’s Mini Dots Jacket
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Have a blast at AKIRA’s signature event of the season: Supersonic Boom. First, soar into sensory overload with small bites from Grass Fed, Forever Yogurt, Black Bull, The Haute & The Dog, Polanco, Bridge House Tavern, Real Kitchen, Tocco, Moe’s Cantina, Old Crow Smokehouse, Municipal, Take Me Out, The Burger Point, Insomnia Cookies, West Town Bakery, Wood, Bodega, and Frog N Snail.
Then, shift into overdrive with dance performances from Brickheadz and mini-massages from ellehomme Holistic Med Spa. Next, supercharge your style at our one-night-only pop-up shop. Go out with a bang at this year’s runway presentation, featuring host Kristin Cavallari & thirty of Chicago’s top models.
Proceeds from Supersonic Boom will go toward the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.
Snag your spot by purchasing one of three passes: GA ($15), Guaranteed Seating ($30), or VIP ($100). Proceeds from the event will go to this year’s charity partner, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago! Tickets are available for purchase online & at all 17 AKIRA stores.
To get a feel for the show experience, see below for photos from last year:
As fall breathes its cool air upon us, we have to wonder: what, oh what, will we wear on our pretty lil’ feet this season?
Here at ShopAKIRA, we offer a variety of booties for every cutie. Now is the perfect time to beat the September shopping rush.
Helmut Newton’s X-ray of a Karl Lagerfeld boot, 1995
Carla Bruni in ELLE France, 1995
Versace in Vogue Italia, 1992
Some of our favorite boot trends for F/W ‘13 include gold hardware, suede, monochrome, and outlandishly high heels.
Rodarte, Rick Owens, & Saint Laurent boots (L-R) on the fall ‘13 runway
Give Your Wardrobe a Reboot at ShopAKIRA.com
Privileged Shoes’ Dragonar Platform Boot in White, Black, & Army (L-R)
Hard to believe, but it’s already time for back-to-school shopping. Whether you’re in high school, college, or grad school, we at ShopAKIRA promise that we have something new for you. Scout’s honor!
Step into school on the right foot with a brand-new pair of Deandri oxfords. Be voted “most trendy” on campus with a Brian Lichtenberg beanie. And dazzle your way down the hallways with a cute carryall & jazzy jewels from our very own AKIRA label.
Shop our back to school picks (left to right):
AKIRA’s Joey Backpack
Name: Natalie Jordan
Title: Web Associate & Inventory Lead
How did you start working with ShopAKIRA?: While browsing the online store, I stumbled upon a listing for an internship position. I quickly sent in my résumé and cover letter—the possibility of working at one of my favorite local shops seemed too good to be true! Plus, the timing was perfect since I had graduated a few months prior. After an amazing internship in the Web Marketing office, I transitioned into a full-time position in the Web Operations department.
What are your main duties?: I manage the inventory that comes into the web store, familiarize myself with each product’s fit, and make sure that our customers are satisfied with their purchases. Do you ever wonder how that ShopAKIRA dress you’ve had your eye on gets marked down? I make it happen by updating the sale section on the web. The best part of my job is getting to see the newest arrivals before they hit the stores & the web!
How was your style as a teen?: As a Catholic school girl, I lived in my plaid skirt and blazer, so the weekend was my time to express myself. Those years were filled with far too many Abercrombie and Hollister items; thankfully, that All-American style got phased out of my wardrobe.
Five words that describe your personality: Ambitious, compassionate, energetic, funny, and insightful.
Signature style: Feminine and fun. I like to mix classic pieces with bold, boho-chic accessories. I would wear a patterned or bright-colored dress every day if it didn’t get so cold in Chicago.
Favorite designers: The classics: Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Valentino.
Interests other than fashion: Baking and cooking—my fiancé never goes hungry! I also like to relax by doing hot yoga, dancing, and walking our dog, Penny.
Favorite store in Chicago: Besides AKIRA, I frequent The Green Goddess Boutique & Beatnix.
Favorite store in another city: Hemline or Rich Hippie, both located in Dallas (my hometown).
Most recent clothing purchase: ShopAKIRA’s Colorblocked Racerback Dress.
Shopping advice: Wear what flatters your shape and don’t fret if you aren’t the same size at every store. I think this sizing dilemma can frustrate consumers who “always want to be a size 4.” Sizing guides aren’t universal; if they were, there would be no value in hiring a knowledgeable sales team!
Recommended beauty products: Lancôme Hypnôse & Benefit They’re Real are both amazing mascaras—it’s worth spending the extra money to keep these lashes long and lush! Once a week, I condition my lashes with Vaseline. NARS lipsticks, MAC lip glosses, Essie nail polishes, eos lip balm, and Smashbox eyeshadows are a few of my other faves.
5 things you can’t live without: Coffee, peanut butter, mascara, We Are Frends headphones, & family.
What not to wear: I thought socks with flip-flops were a given…but you’d be surprised by how often I see them on the street. And remember those stretchy “popcorn shirts” from Limited Too? Those should never have happened.
What to wear this season: ‘Tis the season for maxi dresses! There is nothing better than a confident woman in a flowing, fabulous maxi.
What are you dying to own?: A rainbow of Hermès Birkin bags.
What’s on your playlist?: Alt-J, The Black Keys, C2C, Daft Punk, Justice, Metric, Phantogram, Phoenix, Purity Ring, & Sleigh Bells. And every once in a while, I can’t deny my guilty pleasures: Britney Spears, Beyoncé, and Justin Timberlake.
Shop Natalie’s AKIRA picks (from left to right):
Converse shoes: an iconic staple in nearly all Americans’ closets. It’s one of the only footwear brands that can say it’s penetrated nearly all ages and socioeconomic demographics. To put it simply, Converse shoes are the soles (and souls) of American culture.
Marquis Mills Converse—former manager of a footwear manufacturing firm—founded the Converse Rubber Shoe Company in 1908. Initially, the company only produced winter-ready rubber-soled shoes for men, women, & children.
However, in the years that followed, Converse began making shoes for athletes in sports such as tennis & basketball. The Converse All-Star Basketball shoe made its début in 1917 & quickly took the business to another level.
Then, in 1921, a basketball player named Charles H. “Chuck” Taylor walked into Converse complaining of sore feet. With his on-court experiences in mind, he suggested that the shoe be made more flexible & supportive and that a patch be added on to protect the ankle. Converse’s team was so impressed with his input that they made him a traveling salesman and national ambassador. For years, he drove around in a white Cadillac with a trunk full of shoes, making sales to high school & college basketball teams all across the country.
Converse on the court
Due to his extensive contributions to the Converse brand, Chuck’s signature was added to its star-emblazoned patch & the shoe officially became known as the “Chuck Taylor All-Star.” To date, 600 million pairs of Chuck Taylors have been sold worldwide.
Converse ads through the years
Fast forward to 2013: Converse has expanded well beyond the Chuck Taylor, and now sells a bevy of limited-edition shoes produced in partnership with Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimi Hendrix, and Green Day. Because of its timeless style and easy-to-wear construction, the Converse is now a fashionista favorite.
Axis: Bold as Love,” one of the shoes in 2010’s Jimi Hendrix Chuck Taylor collection
Musician Lil Debbie in Converse
Model/socialite Olivia Palermo in Converse
ShopAKIRA has caught a ride on the Converse train, and now sells five different styles from the brand.
Shop our Converse picks (from left to right):
AKIRA’s Valerie Clutch
Title: Human Resources & Recruiting Manager
How did you start working with ShopAKIRA?: I was stuck in the grueling corporate grind and was desperately seeking to work for a cool company. I was browsing Craigslist one afternoon, and to my disbelief, saw that one of my favorite stores was hiring for a recruiter. I sent in a cover letter and résumé begging for the job. I interviewed the next week (alongside 40 other people) and was lucky enough to win the hearts of AKIRA’s management team. Here I am, 2 years later.
What are your main duties?: My main duties are to recruit top talent for AKIRA and to make sure that the company follows employment guidelines. Since I’ve started, I’ve taken on additional duties, and I now like to refer to myself as the “jackie” of all trades.
How was your style as a teen?: I’m not trying to age myself, but I was a teen in the ’90s, so everyone’s style was just awful. My teen years definitely taught me how not to dress. I was 16 years old wearing baby barrettes in my hair—not a cute look.
Five words that describe your personality: Outgoing, laidback, witty, sarcastic, & funny.
Who’s your style icon?: I really love Jennifer Aniston’s style. She always looks chic and classic.
Signature style: I love flowy blouses, high-waisted and flared jeans, and cool boots. Also, the color red always makes me feel good about myself.
Interests other than fashion: I haven’t had cable or the Internet at home for 4 years, so I’m an avid reader. I also love to write, paint, hang with my dog, go to concerts & shows, and support the Chicago Bears in any way possible.
Shopping advice: Spend the big bucks on classic pieces. Fun, trendy items are great, but they go out of style quickly and eventually become the “what was I thinking?” pieces.
Recommended beauty products: MAC lip gloss, Dermablend concealer, Moroccanoil hair treatment, Lancôme mascara, Neutrogena face wash, Mario Badescu under-eye cream, and Smashbox line filler.
What’s on your playlist?: Pearl Jam, Lionel Richie, Daft Punk, Robin Thicke, Robyn, Hall & Oates, Jason Aldean, and Justin Timberlake.
5 things you can’t live without: Music, water, Chapstick, hoodies, and Lloyd (my dog).
Shop Stefanee’s AKIRA picks (from top left):
Hologram-embossed clutches, shoes, & jewels are among this summer’s must-have items. So where exactly does this funky-colored pattern come from?
Holographic pieces in Blumarine’s SS ‘13 runway show
A hologram is a negative produced by exposing a high-res photographic plate near a subject illuminated by monochromatic radiation. When the subject is placed in a beam of coherent light, a true 3-D image is formed.
AKIRA Black Label’s Hologram Cross-Body Satchel
These complex modes of creation make holographic items all the more unique and valuable.
Privileged Shoes’ Tollie Rainbow Lucite Pump
We’ve spotted holograms on many spring/summer 2013 runways, such as Jonathan Saunders, Hugo Boss, and Burberry Prorsum (below, left-right).
Following in the footsteps of the world’s top designers, we at AKIRA have built a collection of our very own holographic items. All of the below are available at ShopAKIRA.com.
AKIRA’s Aurora Stone Necklace
Melie Bianco’s Janelle Hologram Clutch
AKIRA’s Dani Clutch
Name: Amanda Hetherington
Title: PR & Marketing Assistant
College major: English
Items in my bag (pictured above): AKIRA’s Teardrop Set, AKIRA’s Black Heart Earrings, AKIRA’s Belt Ring, Lilly Pulitzer planner, Kelly Cutrone’s If You Have To Cry, Go Outside, and Gucci Guilty perfume.
Favorite cities other than Chicago: Portland, ME; Burlington; Ann Arbor, New York City; Barcelona; Bologna; Padua; and Krakow (I’m ¼ Polish).
How did you start working with ShopAKIRA?: I started out as an intern in the E-Commerce department. When I graduated from college, our owner Jon needed help with his PR & Marketing initiatives. Now I juggle PR, Marketing, and E-Commerce projects.
What are your main duties?: I assist with search engine optimization & fashion blogger outreach. I also generate & proofread text for our social media platforms, e-blasts, and event invitations. As the manager of our ShopAKIRA’s Campus Rep & Sorority Spokeswoman programs, I oversee 75+ virtual interns around the country. Lastly, I coordinate the brand’s fashion shows, recruit sponsors for AKIRA’s signature events, & correspond with media.
Five words that describe your personality: Obsessive, private, self-aware, observant, & intuitive.
Signature style: Girly, demure, & sparkly. Since my eyes are green, my wardrobe tends to be punctuated by a lot of emerald, seafoam, and teal!
Favorite designers: Dries Van Noten, Marchesa, Vera Wang, Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane, Nicholas Kirkwood, Lanvin, Kate Spade New York, & Brian Atwood.
Favorite fashion-related TV shows: It’s A Brad, Brad World; THE LOOK With Laura Brown; FashionTV; and Kell On Earth (I love Queen Cutrone’s no-nonsense attitude).
Favorite fashion documentaries: Unzipped; Catwalk; Valentino: The Last Emperor; In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye; About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now; and J.Crew and the Man Who Dressed America.
Favorite models: Natalia Vodianova, Francisco Lachowski, Jean Shrimpton, Andrej Pejic, Paulina Porizkova, Garrett Neff, Patti Hansen, Shalom Harlow, Hilary Rhoda, Doutzen Kroes, Sean O’Pry, Arizona Muse, Daria Werbowy, Mark Wahlberg (during his Calvin Klein stint), Carolyn Murphy, Emily Didonato, and Christy Turlington.
Favorite fashion-related Instagram feeds: @evachen212, @detailsmatt, @laurakitty, @mirandakerr, @fordmodels, @mrjoezee, @atkinjen, @alice_olivia, @intothegloss, @oscarprgirl, and @shrimptoncouture.
Interests other than fashion: Fitness (I’m a barre & indoor spinning freak), visiting contemporary art & photography exhibits, volunteering, and getting deeply invested in food crazes (like cupcakes, donuts, & cronuts).
Favorite Chicago destinations: Cumin, the MCA on Tuesday nights, Pizzeria da Nella, Toast, Plum Market, Jayson Home & Garden, Paper Source, Pastoral, Renegade Craft Fair, Piece Pizza, Molly’s Cupcakes, The J. Parker, The Violet Hour, Athenian Room, Art Effect, Green City Market, and the now-defunct Clothes Optional (RIP to its amazing basement).
Recommended beauty products: The pink Clarisonic, Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom, GHD hair straighteners, Les Divines Alcôves solid perfume, Lancôme eye palettes, Maybelline Falsies mascara, and Labello lip balm (you’ll never go back to other brands after you try it).
Shop Amanda’s AKIRA picks (from top left):