Master and Commander Olivier Rousteing has slayed the game once again!
And this time at a price we can kinda afford!!! That’s right, in case you’ve been living under a rock, Rousteing has finally revealed the complete Balmain x H&M capsule collection. Last night, the fashion crowd gathered around in a Wall-Street-turned-Subway-Station building to witness the reveal of Rousteing’s ultra glam, ultra sexy, and ultra sparkly men’s and women’s collections that are so close to the million dollar price tag thing it’s uncanny.
It’s senior year and
(eww I feel so old) between us, I can most definitely tell that my countless Uptown adventures and late night Canes binging has affected my overall being. At some point you realize that your body is material; it needs to be taken care of and will someday expire. To make sure you aren’t falling apart by your fifties you have to be conscious of what you’re putting into your body and what you’re putting it through.
The crew headed over to Planet Blue off of Henderson to test the incredible praises it’s been receiving since opening last month. Originating in Malibu, California, Planet Blue creates a beachy chic lifestyle for its fashion forward clients. The boutique boasts brands like Finders Keepers, lovers+friends, Current/Elliott, and Nightcap (the list goes on), with special emphasis on their own brand, BLUE LIFE. The variety insists that there are pieces for everyone embedded within this bohemian luxe lifestyle.
A few weeks back, an email popped up in my inbox reading “INVITE: Jennifer Hudson – Dallas Wedding Singer?” Curious and confused, I clicked on the bolded banner to realize that Addison had forwarded me the email from the SMUStyle account, and what followed was an invite to cover the incredible event that took place last Wednesday, July 8. The email didn’t include many details, but generally explained that W Hotels had teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign to celebrate the courts ruling on same-sex marriage. The two came together to throw a wedding for an anonymous gay couple in Dallas, and would be flying Jennifer Hudson out to surprise and perform for the grooms after the ceremony. Being the only SMUStylist (is that a thing?) currently in the Dirty D and the one whose most influenced by the gay rights movement, it was obvious that I would be in attendance.
On a recent escapade through the streets of Dallas, I stopped by Knox/Henderson’s new outfitter, The Trunk Club. The bold block letters mark the spot on Henderson, and join the likes of other Dallas favorites (if you haven’t tried Velvet Taco and/or Sissy’s, leave this page—you are not worthy).
So they have this incredible concept that gives men a completely personalized shopping experience with style and comfort. Based on the customer’s taste, a “trunk” is filled with wardrobe essentials that can re-vamp or improve their style, depending on what they’re looking for.
When you first enter the glass doors, you’ll be greeted by one of their top-tier associates (say hi to Lindsey, she’s amazing), followed by a personally-assigned consultant who will then sit down and begin to get a feel for your steelo.
Then begins the real fun.
Specially selected racks of clothes and shoes will be presented to you at your decked out styling center. With the option of having almost anything customized to your specific measurements and a never-ending assortment of the best threads, you are sure to find the perfect get-up. I know when shopping for myself, I run into problems like needing another opinion, feeling rushed, and a lack of inventory, but the Trunk Club takes care of the stress and truly makes your shopping trip one to enjoy. The pop up dressing rooms add a cool, nouveau-chic twist, and the overall décor sets a modern, yet very homey mood. The fitting area is naturally lit, expanding the space and setting a refreshing tone of clarity.
*Added bonus: while you enjoy your experience, a full bar waits for you to make your pick.
From a man’s perspective, it’s a genius idea–for those who have no fashion sense, they will give you one, and for those who do, you just hit the lottery. From a fashionisto’s perspective, it’s fabulous–taking the stress out of shopping, while staying hot with the newest trends.
Although the in-store extravaganza is something not to be missed, you can also order online, and through a similar experience, have your customized trunk delivered to you. For all my Chi-town mustangs, their home store is in Chicago, so take your friends and family. They also have gift cards available making it impossible to miss this immaculate experience. (Sidenote: Valentines Day is in like 2 weeks, a.k.a his present = a visit to The Trunk Club). The Trunk Club has made my list of Dallas’s finest treasures, and I look forward to seeing them make the DTX just that much more stylish.
Stay Classy SMU,