In Character: Angela Chase

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What were Angela Chase’s calling cards? The hair. Some combat boots. A pimple that was the subject of an entire My So-Called Life episode. And, it turns out, a wardrobe of dresses that would make any Doc Martined nineties girl swoon. Their 2014 doppelgängers below… —erica

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A velvet With Hearts In My Eyes sitch to wear to a school dance with Brian…in hopes that you-know-who will show up.

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A Mary Meyer dress that Rayanne would totally want to borrow for partying with Tino.

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An Ilana Kohn number that works under a flannel for exchanging, like, seven words with Jordan Catalano on a field trip.

More of this “In Character” madness right here!

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Track Star: Katy B

The Vibe: Katy B is one of the most important voices in British pop music right now—yah, that’s right. Her new album, Little Red, is a mix of all her mediums—dubstep, ballad, pop, and grunge. She loves a good romper and some bright colors—not that anything can hold a candle to her fiery hair.

The One-Song Intro: “Crying For No Reason”

The Look, Recreated: This psychedelic shift dress from Kristinit, this tie-dye caftan by Mary Meyer, and this 3.1 Phillip Lim fringe leather jacket. maitri mehta

Listen up: There’s a whole lot more “Track Star” to be had.

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Of a Kind

It looks like a lot, but you know what’s unbelievable? How crazy-easy this Mary Meyer sweater jacket SLASH cardigan SLASH amazingness is to wear. —erica

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Don’t just go to the beach. BE the beach. (c/o Mary Meyer!) —erica

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Apex Dress by Mary Meyer for Of a Kind

BUY / 32 of a kind / $96

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It probably says something about me that this flannel Mary Meyer dress is reminding me—a lot—of the cover of Marcus Samelsson’s memoir Yes, Chef. —erica

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Wave Hello: Mary Meyer Keeps Things Clean

If your poolside look is all over the place—or if you don’t have a beachy look at all (shame! ish!)—follow kick-ass designer Mary Meyer's lead and go monochromatic. Here's how she rolls. —erica

Mary showing us what she’s made of in the Dominican Republic.

My beach essential is anything white: white bikini, white tee, white tank, white coverup— anything. It feels right.” —mary

Get more seaside tips right over here!

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Meet Dusen Dusen

For this Brooklyn whiz, it begins with a dynamite print.

For Ellen Van Dusen, the Brooklyn-based designer behind Dusen Dusen, it’s always been about the textiles. “I loved to search for them. I could never make them small-scale because it’s just way too expensive,” she explains, “but it was always something I wanted to do.”

It took Ellen a while to wrap her head around the idea of going into fashion, though. Unsure that she could actually survive making clothes, she took a more intellectual road into the design world, creating her own major at Tufts University that allowed her to learn about how we experience aesthetics. “I basically studied the visual system from as many different perspectives as I could,” she says.

After interning for Norma Kamali and working for Mary Meyer (another textile genius), Ellen decided it was time to start crafting her own collection and trying to get it into stores. Within no time, she was picked up by the New York boutique Duo and was knee-deep in orders. “I was constantly sewing—back then I was doing all the sewing myself,” she recalls. “That went on for like four months, until I decided that I had to do it full-time.” No big surprise here: The pace hasn’t slowed since.

As for what’s next, Ellen’s focusing on how to move her line forward for fall 2011: “I want to make sweaters. I’m having a hard time figuring out how to do that on a small scale. And I’d like to do pants. Those are my short-term goals.”erica

Ellen’s edition (for your home!) is here! Make sure you don’t miss out on these denim pillows, guys.

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S/He: Makr’s Round Backpack Makes a Case for Gender Neutrality

Look, Ma, no hands! Makr’s round backpack is made of natural canvas that really nails the whole effortlessly cool thing, and it’s outfitted with ergonomic padded leather for optimum—maximum!—comfort. In short, Makr has got your back, and here’s how both boys and girls can make the most of that. —sunny

Clockwise from top left:
+ Patrik Ervell coat
+ Matt Singer for Of a Kind lighter covers
+ Baron Wells for Of a Kind T-shirt
+ Piombo pants
+ F-Troupe shoes
+ Makr backpack 

 Clockwise from top left:
+ Mary Meyer for Of a Kind scarf  
+ Thomas Sires for Of a Kind shirt
+ Tsumori Chisato cardigan
+ Robert Clergerie shoes
+ Cacharel pants
+ Makr backpack 

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Look what Mary Meyer made for all the good little boys and girls: a black cotton scarf hand-screened with pops of electric blue and white (you know, to keep your look from getting too dreary in the dead on winter). Bonus: It can be worn on all of those awful holiday flights, making your time squeezed into a middle seat about 18% more bearable. —erica

BUY / 35 of a kind / $97

Read more about Mary:

+ On getting into the design world.

+ On working with Sara Gates (who printed all of these scarves!).

+ On setting up shop in Bushwick.

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