As if the advent of Net-A-Porter wasn’t boon enough to fashion lovers, its offshoot, The Outnet, has brought a whole other level of good cheer to online shoppers. Namely, you can get that same roster of well-edited designers from Net-A-Porter at steeply discounted prices on The Outnet. At the helm of The Outnet is Stephanie Phair, a Conde Nast and online retail veteran with an instinct for creating buzz online.
The Outnet’s roster of designers is impressive, discount or not. “Azzedine Alaia, Balmain and Marni are popular because they are so hard to find at a discount,” Phair told Nandini D’Souza, a regular contributor to The Inside Source, eBay’s digital style magazine. “Our Christian Louboutin sales are always sell-outs!”
D’Souza caught up with Phair to talk trends, bargain shopping and eBay.
The Inside Source: What are your favorite trends for spring 2011?
Stephanie Phair: I’m excited about a return to ’70s fashion. I think it’s one of the most figure-flattering trends and easy to outfit too–a pair of high-waisted pants, a blouse and platform wedges and you’re good to go. I’m also going to add some acid-bright color pops into my wardrobe this season by investing in a few key accessories. This is one of the best ways to update your wardrobe without too much expense. I love mixing classic pieces with on-trend accessories.
The Inside Source: What trends do you think are on the wane in terms of what you’re seeing on The Outnet? What trends do you think are perennial?
Stephanie Phair: Fashion trends ebb and flow, but a good blazer will always make a statement and pull together any outfit. My wardrobe is full of them! Nautical-inspired clothing is often a big spring/summer trend and bold, clean lines are definitely in this season. Tailoring is another perennial favorite–it’s just the ways to wear it that change–at the moment it’s quite masculine-inspired.
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