Ultra Recap 2014

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Last weekend we decided to head back to Miami – the site of our alternative spring break – to hit up Ultra, one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the northeastern hemisphere. We danced, we shopped, we partied until the Miami sun came up, we ate some good Peruvian food, oh and then we danced some more. You could probably add “raged” to that list. There was quite a bit of fist pumping, hands in the air energy. In short, it was freaking awesome! Check out our photo diary and relive the moments of Miami Music Week with us.

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Not everyone at the massive Miami rave was a candy kid with fuzzy boots. We found AEO style everywhere we looked! And our Soft Cutout Bralette was a clear favorite amongst the ladies of Ultra.

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Stopping at the Worldwide stage was almost inescapable as it was the first thing we ran into every time we entered the fest grounds. But with performances by GTA & Mat Zo, We didn’t mind one bit.

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It was hot in Miami. Really hot. The go-to outfit for just about every festival girl was denim shorts and a bralette. 

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While big names like Deadmau5 and Guetta topped the lineup of the mainstage, tucked away on a large patch of grass was the Underground stage where the crowd was doing anything but raging. The Dirtybird Players, Kill Frenzy, J.Phlip, Justin Martin & the boss man, Claude VonStroke all offered up their house stylings to a chilled out crowd of house-heads.

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Yup. More bralettes. This fashionista danced the day and night away in our Floral Print Bralette.

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The Main stage was where it was at for most of the festival. From Martin Garixx to Nicky Romero to a crushing performance from Hardwell, this is where we truly raged. Also, check out how many flags are in that crowd. Music aside, it was pretty cool to meet so many people from so many different continents!

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You’ve no doubt seen plenty of scenic pictures showing off Miami’s gorgeous palm tree dotted skylines. But we had to throw at least one in for good measure. Can you blame us? This was taken from the festival grounds on the edge near the water. Anytime we couldn’t get Internet access – which is basically like water to us – we’d head over to that pretty spot, check our twitter feeds real quick, then head back to the party.

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Few words can describe moments like these. Check out our Vine for some video footage. It’s worth it.

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Before the insanity of Ultra, we headed to the Dirtybird party at Caffeina Wynwood Lounge to check out one of our fave DJs, J.Phlip. She brought the booty tech acid house just like we expected. And it was totally worth the pains of finding a cab to get home. But seriously, Miami cabbies. What gives with you guys?

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Drum & bass, breakbeat, dubstep, UK garage, you name it, Chase & Status are pumping it. The Londoners have been playing raves since before most of you were old enough to know what one was. Consider them wise sages of the London underground. Respect!

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Late night Sunday, the Underground Story Stage changed into the Ibiza stage and confused us. But we ended up checking out Ibiza veteran, John Digweed’s acid techno set, which ended up being a nice way to clear the brostep drops from rattling our brains too much.

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We continued on that wave of atmospheric techno by visiting the Trance Stage. It was like nothing else we had experienced, something like the church of trance. We had a hard time even getting this shot of the stage because security kept telling us to move back. We managed though, ‘cause we love you guys.

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There were tons of after parties going on in South Beach. They started long before we got there for the very music industry focused Winter Music Conference. We braved the angry cabbies and made our way out to LMNT Studies – actually in North Miami. And we caught the Boys Noize Records party, which featured the Detroit stylings of Jimmy Edgar; Bmore’s poster boy for rap, Spank Rock and the newest project from Skrillex called Dogblood where he partners with Boys Noize himself. You can check out our Vine for some cool footage of Jimmy Edgar killing it.

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Beats Music Cocktail party with Poolside playing groovy house and disco cuts. One of our more chilled out moments.

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We couldn’t possibly go to Miami without visiting our Lincoln Rd. store. Surrounded by fun and fancy shops, our AEO location there offers summertime duds year-round. It made us Pittsburgh folks wish we could relocate!

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While we were there, we got to meet the lovely and talented Hannah. She’s the Lincoln store’s visual merchandiser, an expert stylist! She styled herself in our Soft Floral Jumpsuit, Western Bootie, Triple Chevron Necklace and Floral Bun Wrap. Cute, comfy & ready for any festival.

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The last time we were in Miami, left our mark in Wynwood. This time around, we captured a lot more of the talented artists who also left their mark there. Below are some of our favorites. It was hard to choose, everything looked mesmerizing! This mural above is by Ron English and the below by RETNA.

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Remember this? It hasn’t disappeared yet!

Stay tuned in to our Vine, Twitter, Instagram as well as our sister, Aerie’s social media for our next adventure in Indio, California! Or maybe we’ll see you there.

Jenny’s Quick Fix: Aerie’s Bare Bra

When a bandeau doesn’t quite make the cut, and going braless is not an option, our Bare Bra is the way to go. It gives you great coverage while the adhesive cup gives you the support and security you need. Plus, there is a clasp in the middle where you can join the two cups to create a little lift for subtle cleavage. A must for your spring and summer dresses and low-cut back shirts!

To learn more about the Bare Bra and how to wear, check out our new Quick Fix video with our style and fit expert, Jenny Altman!

xoxo,

Aerie

 

#AEOSTYLE Refinery29 Editors Love: Spring Fashion

We can all breathe a sigh of relief because it looks like spring is finally here to stay! Our friends at Refinery29 have been rejoicing as well, featuring some of their favorite spring fashions from American Eagle Outfitters over the past week.

If you are finding your wallet is not as full because of your spring break trip, but you really need an updated wardrobe (don’t we always?) for spring, then check out Refinery29 “Broke Girl’s Guide to Dress Shopping“.  Read on to see what affordable AEO pieces they picked as must haves for your closet this season.

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Our Embroidered Halter Maxi Dress was featured on Refinery29′s “Broke Girl’s Guide to Dress Shopping”.

Get the look:
Embroidered Halter Maxi Dress

Do you only have room in your closet for one more jacket? According to R29 editors, our Cropped Vegan Leather Moto Jacket is the one you need this spring.

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Finish every spring look with our Cropped Vegan Leather Moto Jacket.

Get the look:
Cropped Vegan Leather Moto Jacket

As much as we love our Skinny Jeans, sometimes it’s nice to switch up our look a bit. The editors at R29 agree and featured our Tomboy Jean, one of the coolest denim trends this spring, in their “Ultimate Guide to Non-Skinny Jeans“.

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Take a break from your skinny jeans this spring with our Tomboy Jean.

Get the look:
Tomboy Jean
Girlfriend Shirt

Refinery29 rounded-up the 30 spring fashion essentials you need this year. Making the list? Our Soft Floral Jumpsuit and our Splattered Boy Jean Crop Pant. Both are favorite pieces chosen by our featured blogger, Cara from A Fashion Love Affair!

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Don’t let spring pass without buying a jumpsuit. Refinery 29 suggests our Soft Floral Jumpsuit.

Get the look:
Soft Floral Jumpsuit

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Up your cropped jean game this spring with our Splattered Boy Jean Crop Pant.

Get the look:
Splattered Boy Jean Crop Pant

Rhianna is definitely one of our style icons with her ever-changing looks that she nails effortlessly every time. Refinery29 recreated Rhianna’s look with our Graphic Muscle T-Shirt Made In Italy By AEO and our Straight Jean.

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Recreate Rhianna’s look with our Graphic Muscle T-Shirt Made In Italy By AEO and our Straight Jean.

Get the look:
Graphic Muscle T-Shirt Made In Italy By AEO
Straight Jean

Are you taking any fashion cues from Refinery29 this season? Show us how you’re styling your looks with #AEOSTYLE on Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter for a chance to be on our blog or AE.com style gallery.

AEO Friends and Family: Lakwena, Street Artist

Meet Lakwena, the super-talented artist behind our Alternative Spring Break project at the Wynwood Walls in Miami, #HEARTTHISCITY. We spoke with Lakwena about how she got her start, what it was like to work with the AEO cast and crew and where she finds her inspiration.

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Lakwena with her team in front of our #HEARTTHISCITY mural. Photo from Lakwena’s Instagram.

When did you first discover your love for art?
I’ve always loved art. My earliest memory of art is learning to write in school when I was about 4. It was my first introduction to typography.

Did you attend university for art or are you self-trained?
I studied at the University of the Arts London.

Tell us a little bit about your style and work.
I like to play with typography, colour, and pattern. I love working on a large scale.

Who has been a mentor or inspiration to your career in art?
My mother. She always knew I was an artist and encouraged me and believed in me.

What piece of your work has the most meaning to you? Why?
Hard question. Maybe my recent piece in Wynwood, ‘I remember Paradise’. Being given the opportunity to paint on such a large scale is an actual dream come true. Regardless of what happens from here onwards, that’s something that I’m really proud to have accomplished.

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Lakwena’s “I remember Paradise”. Photo from Lakwena.com.

What is the most challenging part of being an artist?
At least with commercial work, having to be creative on demand, often with very little time.

How did you get involved with the installation art at Wynwood Walls?
A friend who has a gallery in Los Angeles put my name forward to be involved, the curators liked my work, so I was invited out.

What was your inspiration for #HEARTTHISCITY?
The designs came from sketches that I’d been experimenting with, playing around with quite intricate patterns inspired by memphis patterns amongst other things. A friend described the original sketch works as ‘afro-futuristic circuit boards’, which I liked a lot.

What is your favorite memory of working with American Eagle Outfitters and Project Live Your Life?
Seeing lots of people working together on my designs.

What do you heart about your hometown, Bromley in the United Kingdom?
I love the trees there. What I love most about East London is the creative energy there.

What do you heart about Miami?
The creative community.

Tell us a fun fact about you.
I’m a wrestling champion!

Real Talk Interview with Kelsey A., of Altoona, PA

Today’s Real Talk interview is with Kelsey A., of Altoona, PA, an associate from the Aerie in Lehigh Valley Mall! Learn more about Kelsey, what #AerieREAL means to her, her must-have Aerie item, and what inspires her below!

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Kelsey’s favorite “going-out” make up and hair look.

Hi, Kelsey! Thanks for chatting with us. What does #AerieREAL mean to you?

There is no normal, there is no standard. Aerie girls don’t have to try to form to a mold, or try to be something they’re not. You can just be comfortable being you, in your own skin.

What makes you #AerieREAL?

I’m not afraid to speak out for what I believe in, or to try things that others might shy away from. And I’m really outgoing and kind of outrageous and weird in my own way!

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Kelsey and her husband Seth loving the fall weather!

With festivals quickly flooding our schedules, we want to know - what is currently playing in your music library?

Florence & the Machine, Franz Ferdinand, and David Bowie.

What’s your favorite movie? 

Labyrinth, with David Bowie. I am huge David Bowie Fan…that’s my little quirk!

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Kelsey’s cat Nimbus!

What is one thing the world needs more of?

The world needs more generosity and kindness…that would definitely make the world a happier and better place!

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Kelsey getting her cake & eating it too on her wedding day!

What’s your favorite summer item from Aerie.com?

This summer, I can’t live without the Racerback Tank! It’s super cute with a bandeau underneath and comes in a bunch of fun colors!

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Kelsey and her husband visit the Rose Gardens in Allentown from the past Summer.

What’s your favorite bra? 

Jacklyn! It has the most comfortable mold to it, the wire is built in, and the wing is beautiful with lace detail. It’s the most beautiful bra and gives a little push without being too overdramatic!

What’s your must have item in your purse?

Lip gloss – I love Burt’s Bees Pomegranate balm! There are always chapsticks and lipgloss all around my store…and it is all mine!

 Thank you so much for chatting with us Kelsey!

Show us how YOU’RE Aerie Real and tag your photos with #AerieREAL for a chance to be featured on Aerie.com!

xo,

Aerie

#AEOStyle Roundup

We all know you thought we pulled your tail when we introduced American Beagle Outfitters in late March. At first, that was our plan, but thanks to your overwhelming response, we’ve decided to create a line exclusively for mans best friend and its coming this fall! Check out our launch on the Today Show and our #AEOStyle Roundup below featuring some insanely cute dogs…because who’s to say that only  humans can have great #AEOStyle?

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