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Valentine's Night Inspiration

Valentine's Night Inspiration

The most coveted date night of the year is fast approaching, and if you haven’t planned the perfect date night look, we have your back.  Although the first characteristic of your ideal look may be a tone of red or pink, don’t limit yourself. If red isn’t your color, don't fret! The perfect Valentine’s Day look is still out there for you in a variety of hues - allowing you to wear what you feel most confident in! 

Whether you and your love have a romantic dinner date on the calendar, or you’re meeting up with your gal-entines for a cocktail, we've conjured up a little inspiration for your special night, from right here at Queen Anna and a few other favorite retailers:

Keepsake "No Reason" Ivory Midi Dress

Keepsake "No Reason" Ivory Midi Dress

Winter white is oh-so-chic! All that's missing is a bold lip, a romantic table setting and a glass of wine.

Keepsake "Bridges" Lace Top

Keepsake "Bridges" Lace Top

Lace just screams romance! With a slight peplum and full of detail, this top is a match made in heaven with your favorite skirt or skinnies.

C/MEO "We Woke Up" Skirt

C/MEO "We Woke Up" Skirt

We're feeling the 50s glam here with this piece, and what a better night to wear it than a fun night out with ladies. The check print adds just enough interest, while the silhouette will turn heads.

C/MEO Crimson "Feature" Wrap Top

C/MEO Crimson "Feature" Wrap Top

Of course if you are feeling so inclined to wear red, we have the perfect knit for you. Paired with a mini skirt and tights, this wrap sweater is trendy and comfortable.

Equipment "Kelby" Floral Midi Dress

Equipment "Kelby" Floral Midi Dress

Nothing represents Valentine's Day more than a bouquet of roses, so why not wear them? In a gorgeous silk, this tank dress will pair lovely with a leather jacket and your favorite heels.

Chinti and Parker Heart Knitted Sweater

Chinti and Parker Heart Knitted Sweater

How sweet is this crew? For a more casual but in-theme look, we're loving this print. 

Devlin "Roseanne" Combo Jumpsuit

Devlin "Roseanne" Combo Jumpsuit

We're all for the cold-shoulder trend right now, and jumpsuits are always a good idea. Pair with strappy heels and a great clutch for your night out.

 

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Super Bowl Party Looks

Super Bowl Party Looks

Super Bowl weekend is here, and whether your favorite team is playing or not, we’ll make sure your style is winning. Although the game isn’t until Sunday night, the city will be filled with glamorous parties and social events throughout the week. Thanks to the Minnesota winter climate dressing for these events can be a bit of a challenge, but we have some head-turning pieces here at Queen Anna and a few of our favorite stores that are sure to land you on the best-dressed list. Layering is important with the expected temperatures, so don’t forget to accessorize.

 

Here are our top party weekend picks:

Chan Luu Matte Sequin Blouse

Chan Luu Matte Sequin Vienna Blouse

 

Pair this top with black skinnies, a classic pump and a statement jacket for a super sleek but casual look. Sequins are this season’s effortless trend! Available at Queen Anna.

Eliza J Metallic Pleated Maxi Skirt

Eliza J Metallic Pleated Maxi Skirt

Elegant enough for the finest parties, yet fun enough for your favorite bar. Pair this gold maxi skirt with a black tank (or the Chan Luu Vienna Blouse!) and sleek coat for a chic party-ready look. Available at Nordstrom.

 

DREW Eve Velvet Blazer

DREW Eve Velvet Blazer

 

Bringing “menswear chic” to a new level. Pair this ultra-soft blazer with a silk tank and flare pants for a retro-take on the classic pantsuit. Available at Queen Anna.

 

Lamarque Cordelia Wool Coat

Lamarque Cordelia Wool Coat

 

No need to sacrifice great style to bundle up. This Lamarque coat is full of movement and is the perfect piece to take you around the city in cold temperatures all week long. Available at Queen Anna.

 

Kira Crochet Ruffle Dress

Kira Crochet Ruffle Dress

Red is always a good idea – it is February after all. Crochet details and flutter shoulders make this flirty party dress a winter winner. Available at Nordstrom.

 

Hexorn "Out of the Darkness" Necklace

Hexorn “Out of the Darkness” Necklace

A simple quartz necklace to add elegance to any look. Available at Queen Anna.

 

Alice & Olivia Soshana Mini Dress

Alice & Olivia Soshana Mini Dress

 

Wearing white in winter has never felt so right. A sleek off the shoulder silhouette with a collar neck pairs perfectly with statement heels for your big night out. Available at Net-A-Porter.

 

Wish Desert Storm Dress

Wish Desert Storm Dress

 

With an asymmetrical hem and flounce details, this dreamy cocktail dress is ideal for dancing and socializing. Pair with a faux fur wrap for a bold winter look. Available at Queen Anna.

 

Alexander Wang Buffalo Plaid Dress

Alexander Wang Buffalo Plaid Dress

 

Nothing says winter like buffalo plaid. Comfortable and on-trend this long sleeve dress checks all the boxes for those “not too dressy, not too casual” events. Pair with tights and booties for a night out in Minneapolis. Available at One Posh Closet.

 

Ganni Lace Mini Dress

Ganni Lace Mini Dress

 

Did someone say cocktail party? Covered in lace, with a high neck and scalloped edge sleeves you’ll be party ready in this LBD. Available at Net-A-Porter.

 

Bebe Cape Sleeve Jacket

Bebe Cape Sleeve Jacket

                                                                                        

The silhouette of this jacket screams showstopper! Get game-time ready with this cape-style jacket. Available at One Posh Closet.

 

Rebecca Minkoff Pebbled Leather Moto Jacket

Rebecca Minkoff Pebbled Leather Moto Jacket

For your events during the day, pair this jacket with skinnies and white sneakers for ultimate girl-on-the-go vibes. Comfortable and edgy!

 

 

 

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Bano eeMee Designer Spotlight

Bano eeMee Designer Spotlight

Here at Queen Anna, we get to present our clients an experience with the brands we love. Most recently, our coveted leather designer, Aleem Arif of Bano eeMee flew to Minneapolis from Toronto with a few suitcases of leathers in tow. After a much successful showcase, we met up with him for a quick Q/A. For those who were not able to make it to the event, you’re in for a treat.

Aleem, your leather designs are just beautiful! You brought along the S/S18 Collection, and I noticed more usage of shape. What’s, was the creative process here?


I start with inspiration that I find all around me through my travels and architecture. I create designs that are unique yet timeless and will evolve to become wardrobe staples in my customer's closets. With every sketch, choice of leather and hardware I strive to create the world’s best leather jackets.


Do you remember your first leather jacket? If so, what was it?


My first leather jacket was a tan biker style leather jacket inspired by icons who made leather jackets “cool” like Joan Jett and Madonna. The coat was designed to encourage confidence, power and a sense of independence


When did you start designing?


I used to work on Wall Street before switching my career to fashion design five years ago. I have always loved fashion and being creative, and I decided to pursue my dream and challenge myself instead of doing what was safe or expected. I chose leather as my medium of artistic expression, and today I am very grateful to be working in the creative industry and following my dream and creating amazing leather jackets.


A question for the aspiring designers out there, how did you get where you are today?


Passion has always driven me and being persistent. Fashion is a robust industry to make a mark especially when you are self-taught, but I did not give up and kept pushing forward. I accepted criticisms and used them to fuel my drive to succeed. I was selected as the top emerging North American designer in 2014 and have met and styled who’s who of the US and Canada in my leathers. I am incredibly grateful for this recognition.


With each piece (leather jackets) being so unique, is there a commonality among your designs?


I always stay true to my product which is well-made leather jackets. I get inspired by my travels, people I meet, social and environmental issues and architecture. I embed these stories into my design through textures, choice of cut, color, and print thereby elevating what was a regular leather jacket to a Bano eeMee leather jacket that exudes uniqueness, attention to detail while still being wearable.

Does your style influence your collections?


My style positively influences my designs. I always think of practicality and how my jackets should enhance my customers’ wardrobes and be comfortable to wear with what they already own. I travel a lot, so I want my pieces to be light, great travel pieces that can be styled in lots of different ways so that my customers get lots of wear out of their Bano eeMee.


The perforated blazer, Adria, is a personal favorite that I pair with everything. Tell me, which one is your favorite?


It’s tough to pick just one design, but that said I love AGUA: an organza/ leather mixed media bomber I designed that the likes of Lady Gaga were styled in.

 

It is such an honor to be able to share a wealth of knowledge with our followers at Queen Anna. Aleem is one of many designers that will be highlighted this year so make sure you follow along. 

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

'Tis the season! If you're still looking for the perfect gift for your mother, best friend or even yourself (holiday parties!) look no further than our top holiday picks. 

        

Hexorn Clear Quartz "Grand Solitaire" Signature Necklace - $325

Wish Australia "Pursuit" Jacket - $154

        

Lamarque "Hoku" Button-Up Blouse - $338

Bano eeMee Merlot "Lima" Textured Leather Jacket - $450


         

Mantra Bracelets- $25-35

Wish Australia Heathered "Bashful" Sweater - $114

        

Chan Luu Black Beaded Diamond Short Skinny Scarf - $50

Chan Luu Tatiana Darkest Spruce Blouse - $194


         

Chan Luu Black Matte Vienna Blouse - $205

C/MEO Crimson "Feature" Knit Top - $140

        

Mode Collective Black Knox Pump - $208

C/MEO Collective Black Floral "Immerse" Midi Dress - $205

 

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December: New Arrivals + Holiday Looks

December: New Arrivals + Holiday Looks

The most festive month of the year has finally arrived! 

As we usher in a month full of holiday parties, family gatherings and chilly weather, we say hello to luxurious textures, classic holiday hues and trend-forward silhouettes.

Take a scroll through some of our top holiday picks. You'll find a mixture of pieces suited for all occasions. Cheers! 

C/MEO "We Woke Up" Skirt

Stand out from the crowd in this unique C/MEO plaid circle skirt. The volume and silhouette make a bold statement that can be dressed up or down for endless holiday events.  

 

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Keepsake Black "Exhale" Top 

Featuring velvet polka dots on a sheer black mesh, this top is fashion-forward and perfect for winter festivities. Pair with classic black trousers for a work party or tuck into a flirty skirt for a holiday soiree. 

 

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 C/MEO "Fatal Lines" Pant

Who says dressing up has to involve an actual dress? These flared trousers in a charming rose color pair perfectly with a silk blouse to make a showstopping holiday outfit. This unique hue plays well with cream, slate grey, and forest green.  

 

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 C/MEO Black "Circuit Is" Top

Exaggerated sleeves are one of the hottest trends this holiday season. This black top is versatile, figure flattering, and easy to accessorize, making it an excellent wardrobe addition.  

 

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 C/MEO Red "Allude Is" Dress

An elegant choice for a New Years Eve gala, a winter wedding, or any other special occasion. The bold red color and cascading ruffles make the piece an absolute stunner.  

 

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Keepsake "Bridges" Lace Long Sleeve Top 

Ring in the new year in this exquisitely detailed top. Classy yet daring, this piece is sure to spice up your holiday ensemble.  With skinny black pants and a bold heel, your outfit is sure to turn heads.  

 

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November: New Arrivals

November: New Arrivals

As the seasons change and closets are transitioning, your style can effortlessly remain. We have been updating our inventory along with you and we're excited to share a few of our newest arrivals. Make room for these gems in your closet!

C/MEO Collective Marigold Floral “Another Lover” Skirt

Coy and fashion-forward, this heavy-weighted, bold, fall floral print skirt has an amazingly fresh silhouette. A fun addition to your winter wardrobe that instantly spices up a simple sweater and booties.   

Chan Luu Black Matte Vienna Blouse 

We're all in on sequins, and this stunning top looks like liquid in the light. Perfect for pairing with your favorite jeans and a simple jacket.  Easily dress it up or down for any holiday occasion.  

Wish Australia "Pursuit" Jacket in Khaki

A classic silhouette in a fresh color for the cold weather season.  This blazer pairs well with everyday workplace essentials, adding both structure and comfort.  

Chan Luu Chiffon Necktie with Chain Fringe

Stand out in a sea of ordinary everyday jewelry with Chan Luu's necktie.  A layer of fringed chains on a chiffon necktie adds an edgy touch to any outfit. 

Wish Australia Black "Arosa" Jacket

Classic and timeless, this lightweight coat is an ideal transition piece for cooler temps. Swap it out with one of your workwear blazers for a fresh indoor option. 

C/MEO Collective Black Floral "Immerse" Midi Dress

Make a statement with a bold black floral print and dramatic off-the-shoulder design. This showstopper is a beautiful pick for holiday parties or a fun evening out on the town. 

 Cheers and Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KES NYC

KES NYC

Designer Spotlight: Kes

KES Elongated Peruvian Wool Handknit Hoodie

Queen Anna curates collections from emerging designers.  This week's spotlight falls on Kes by Lia Kes, who was recently featured on Vogue's website.  

  

KES Green Military Sweat PantsKes Raw Wood Edge Texture Wool Jacket

Lia Kes grew up on a kibbutz in Israel where all of the community's clothing was produced on-site.  The clothing was all simple,  practical and high quality.  She went on to study fashion design at Shenkar College in Tel Aviv and relocated to New York City after graduation.  Here, Lia launched her namesake collection in the Upper West Side of the city.  

All of Lia's designs draw from her childhood on the kibbutz.  The pieces are raw and natural while maintaining dreamy vibes. The designs maximize the use of the luxurious fabrics, meticulously made to drape beautifully.  Often designs are patterned around the cuts of other pieces, to use fabric scraps in an innovative, upcycled, no waste way.  Kes is becoming well known in the world of fashion and often works with celebrity stylists and photographers.  A few of her recent collaborations include styling by Dianna Lunt and Guy Hecht photographed by Elizabeth Lippman.

Kes's designs are practical yet beautiful,  additions to the Queen Anna wardrobe.  

Kes Wave Sleeve Velvet Slip Top

The photos in this article are from Vogue.com and were selected because they feature Kes pieces that we carry in store here at Queen Anna.  

 

 

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An Evening with Griffin Art Gallery

An Evening with Griffin Art Gallery

      

Last month, Queen Anna partnered with Griffin Art Gallery for an evening benefiting the Agape Oasis. The night consisted of wine, hors-d'oeuvres, shopping, and great conversation.

On display throughout the store were paintings by fine artist John Gerber. Guests enjoyed being able to speak with the artist himself as he explained the inspiration behind a few of his pieces. 

Later on, John gathered an audience as he signed one of his pieces that Queen Anna has had on displayed since the grand opening of the boutique in April.

The night concluded with a speech from Jodi Thibideaux of the Purple Purse.  She spoke passionately about how the Agape Oasis is a nonprofit organization working hard to make a difference in the community. They focus on helping victims of domestic violence through crisis intervention, child development, and overall support. Since one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, the cause is important to Queen Anna. 

A portion of the store's proceeds from October was donated to the Agape Oasis.

     

A big thanks to everyone who attended for making the event such a great evening.

Art from Griffin Gallery is now for sale at our north loop location. Stop by and take a look!

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Designer Spotlight: Chan Luu

Designer Spotlight: Chan Luu

October 12, 2017



At Queen Anna we carefully curated pieces from influential fashion houses and independent and emerging designers. This month we're highlighting one of those designers, Chan Luu. 

Chan Luu has had an eye for design since a young age. Growing up in by the sea in South Vietnam, she often created jewelry out of seashells for her friends. Her creativity inspired her to study fashion design in LA, where she would eventually found her namesake brand and open her flagship store.  

With designs that are modern, effortless and beautiful, Chan Luu perfectly complements the essence of Queen Anna. We also love the promise she makes to her customers that every piece in each collection she produces will be handcrafted. This ensures that all the items are high-quality investments to your wardrobe.

Chan Luu is well known for her signature wrap bracelet designs. They feature leather straps and semi-precious stones that are hand-woven together by craftsmen.   

Chan Luu Signature Wrap Bracelets

A new Chan Luu piece in our fall collection is the Tatiana Blouse. The top is a versatile addition to your fall wardrobe; perfect for pairing with pants or skirts, and layers nicely with your favorite fall cardigans and jackets. 

Chan Luu Tatiana Darkest Spruce Blouse 

We also carry three colors of her luxurious cashmere and silk scarves. Excellent to complement any fall outfit and keep you warm as we move into winter weather.  

Chan Luu Cashmere and Silk Scarves 

Be sure to stop by and check out all of the Chan Luu pieces in store!

 *Photo and bio information from official Chan Luu site.

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October: New Arrivals

October: New Arrivals

New season, new styles. Queen Anna has curated an incredible collection of fall pieces, and we are excited to share some of our favorites with you.

From the perfect wool coat to velvet statement heels, there is sure to be a piece you'll fall for.

Lamarque "Hoku" Button-Up Blouse


The Hoku blouse takes the classic white button down to another level. Featuring an asymmetrical hem, hidden buttons, and tie sleeves, this top is an easy way to elevate your everyday style.

Mode Collective Charcoal Velvet Podium Sandal


These podium sandals are unique enough to catch the eye but still classic enough to match your favorite outfits. Made of genuine velvet in a rich charcoal color.

Lamarque Black Melange "Levitt" Wool Duster Coat


A perfect coat for brisk fall weather and the transition into the winter cold. This stunning piece has a leather trimmed collar and a button front closure.

Chan Luu Tatiana Darkest Spruce Blouse


Elegant and understated, this lovely top pairs well with jeans or dress pants. In a vibrant fall color, this blouse is sure to be a great addition to your cold-weather wardrobe.

Mode Collective Black Suede Dakota Sandal


These black suede sandals can easily transition from day to night. With a block heel and adjustable straps, they are perfect for extended wear.

Chan Luu Satin Wrap Kimono Bianca Blouse


A delicate satin kimono wrap in a beautiful champagne color.
The perfect piece to elevate a simple tank and jeans ensemble.

What pieces are you looking forward to transitioning to this season?

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