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Style Scoop: Oscar isn’t Searching, Mulberry Comes Down, Kate Spade Falls into the Gap

By  April 17, 2014

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Despite what you may have heard or read, Oscar de la Renta isn’t looking for a creative director. “The fashion world and its famous founders of house are notoriously terrible at their own successions planning, in contrast to their corporate side which seems to have it very much in hand,” New York Times’s fashion director Vanessa Friedman wrote on her blog. “De la Renta himself is 81, and has had various health issues over the years. It’s a natural question, and I am sure it has been discussed on 42nd street, the de la Renta headquarters… It would be pretty to think so, anyway. [British Vogue]

Big changes are brewing at Mulberry. First the London-based company lost its CEO, then its creative director, and now, the brand is slashing prices! “Following the recent change in management, we are focusing on achieving sales growth through the reinforcement of our product offering at more affordable prices to meet the expectations of our loyal customers,” said Godfrey Davis, interim executive chairman. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Kate Spade fell into the Gap in the form of a new collaboration with GapKids. Kate Spade and Jack Spade’s limited-edition collection will be available for purchase in November 2014 online and in GapKids. Now, how large do the children’s sizes run? [GLAM Inbox]

Gwyneth Paltrow just had another “conscious uncoupling” moment in her life. On the heels of her separation from husband Chris Martin, the actress just lost the CEO of her Goop lifestyle site, Seb Bishop. [Fashionista]

Alexander Wang let the Savannah College of Art and Design in on a little secret. Well, two big secrets. One, he initially turned down the position at Balenciaga and two, his collaboration with H&M will be unlike anything he’s ever done before. Color us excited. [Elle]

Stefano Tonchi Makes Dreams Come True

By  April 17, 2014

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Stefano Tonchi is stepping aside to allow Sofia Coppola to guest edit a special edition of W magazine.

“As a kid, I loved magazines. That’s where I got a lot of my interest in photography and fashion,” the director told Women’s Wear Daily. “I remember as a kid W being so glamorous and it being so different from my reality.”

“Sofia came to the office a lot,” Tonchi said of Coppola. “I gave her my desk a few times. She really pursued some of the stories. Some happened, some didn’t.”

What did work was Coppola’s cover story with Kirsten Dunst, shot by Juergen Teller, a Q&A with Marisa Berenson, a story with Cornelia Guest, and a piece by Paul Fortune on his design process for Marc Jacob’s media room.

“I’m going back to my film career after doing this,” she said. “I never realized how much work goes into a magazine. It’s kind of similar to doing a movie. I’m surprised how they do it every month.”

We can read this month’s issue of W when it hits newsstands on April 21st.

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Spring 2015

By  April 17, 2014

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DESIGNERMonique Lhuillier

INSPIRATION: An “eternal daydream,” inspired by the paintings of John Singer Sargent

TRENDS: Airy gowns made of tulle, Chantilly lace, and silk organza, with details including delicate beading, layered draping, and even 3-D shaped roses decorating the bottom. Cuts included strapless ball gowns, column dresses with sheer lace sleeves, mermaid silhouettes, and sleek A-line skirts.

PALETTE: White, powder blue, cream, pistachio, mint.

WHO SHOULD WEAR IT: The bride with dreams of a fairytale wedding.

DKNY Endorses an App That Answers “Where’d You Get That?”

By  April 17, 2014

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DKNY is cosigning an exciting new app that helps shoppers hunt for covetable finds.

On a bright sunny morning, ladies who love both tech and fashion convened at DKNY’s New York City flagship to preview Awear Solutions. Armed with smartphones in hand, Glam joined in on an Easter egg hunt, where, in this case, the festive finds were items from the beautiful DKNY Spring 2014 collection. That’s where Awear Solutions came in to play.

The app helps to answer the age-old question: “where’d you get that?” in a handy, mobile way. Awear provides a unique platform that’s capable of identifying apparel using encrypted information transmitted from up to 30 feet away.  Fashionistas will be able to scan any covetable item in their sight and receive immediate information on the nearest location to make a purchase on-the-go. In the case of the Easter egg hunt, it helped us nab colorblock wedges and a summery skirt; so we can attest to its greatness.

So the next time you see a street starlet come yor way, no need to make awkward small talk, Awear’s got you covered.

Trend Watch: The Mule

By  April 17, 2014

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They’re baaaack. Okay, so I might be vehemently opposed from certain 90s trends re-appearing, but I think I’m making an exception for mules. The new mule for spring is chunky, edgy and modern — gone are the dainty heels and overly girly stylings of the late 90s. I love how these clunky shoes can juxtapose against more feminine, light elements up top. Plus, mules are ripe for showcasing other recent trends, such as color blocking and using mixed materials in construction. What do you think? Will you be investing in a mule this spring?

SHOP THE POST: 1. Club Monaco Peep Toe Mules, $289 | 2. Jenni Kayne Perforated Mules, $625 |  3. Vince Kasia Mules, $395 | 4. Marais Open Toed Mules, $173 | 5. Rag & Bone Enid Mules, $450 | 6. French Connection Randy Mules, $140 | 7. Zara Pointed Toe Mule, $99.90 | 8. Zara Wide Heel Mule, $99.90 | 9. Alexander Wang Glossed Leather Mules, $525 | 10. Steve Madden Merciie Mules, $76

Victoria McGinley is the editor of vmac+cheese, a New York City based daily lifestyle blog that covers plenty of topics to delight and inspire, including style, design, art, culture, beauty, and original recipes. A native of Austin, TX, she’s blogged since 2008, and in early 2012, launched Vivaleur, a graphic design and blog consulting company. When she’s not blogging or working with clients, you can find her exploring New York with her husband Joe, and their French bulldog, Lucy.

 

Derek Lam Takes Us to the Ballet

By  April 16, 2014

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Another day, another exciting collaboration. This time Derek Lam is teaming up with Jamie Wolf on a jewelry collection inspired by choreographer George Balanchine called Black and White!

The pieces reflectt the fluidity of  dance with what Lam refers to as “penultimate simplicity, rigorousness, repetition, and geometry in Balanchine’s choreography,” he told Vogue. “It’s incredibly beautiful in a very spare way.”

Wolf, a former dancer with the New York City Ballet, linked with the designer in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the dance troupe with 20% of the jewelry’s proceeds benefitting NYCB. The twosome often attend shows together. “He had such a purist approach,” said Wolf. “We wanted to pay reverence to that form and isolate movements or moments in a ballet in one single piece.”

We say: mission accomplished. You can purchase pieces from the collaboration at Lam’s flagship store in New York or on Wolf’s website starting April 16th.

Style Scoop: Desigual Signs Adriana Lima, Mary Katrantzou Kicks It with Adidas, Real Simple Clothes

By  April 16, 2014

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Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima has been a very busy girl. In addition to announcing that VS is taking their show on the road—literally—to London, Desigual announced that the Brazilian model will become its very first brand ambassador. [Women’s Wear Daily]

First Kanye West, then Pharrell, and now Mary Katrantzou will team up with Adidas! The partnership isn’t a one-time thing, either; Katrantzou and Adidas will “be a long-term union.” We will begin to see the fruits of this labor in November when the sneakers (surely featuring splashy prints) hit stores. [Elle]

Another magazine is looking to dress its readers! Real Simple has linked with an apparel and accessories company, Cuyana, to sell merchandise on its website called Cuyana for Real Simple. The first collection will be released on May 15th with three others to follow throughout the year, that are “intended to help women simplify their lives and their wardrobes by offering beautiful, versatile and affordable items that are so sophisticated and made to last.” [Women’s Wear Daily]

Everyone loves Jared Leto. Including Giuseppe Zanotti, apparently. “I like Jared Leto,” the shoe designer said in an interview with The Coveteur. “I saw his movie [Dallas Buyers Club]—he’s very cool. I send him a lot of shoes. I like his style. He’s an artist—not in one way, but in two, three ways. He shows you can apply your sensibility in different ways.” [The Coveteur]

Mary Katrantzou Lends her Digital Prints to Adidas

By  April 16, 2014

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So many designer sportswear collaborations to keep up with, so little time! While Riccardo Tisci lends his lux vision to Nike and Solange Knowles launches her ‘Girls of Blaze’ Disc Collection for Puma, London based designer Mary Katrantzou will be teaming up with Adidas for a line of footwear and apparel. Recent partners of Adidas include Stella McCartney, Raf Simons, and currently Topshop, so Katrantzou is in good company.

Upon the announcement of the new collaboration, set to launch this November, the designer of digital printed dresses, 3-D embellished separates, and sharp silhouettes took to her Instagram to say, “When Adidas first approached me, I really took time to think about what I could offer that’s different, what I could say through this collection that they haven’t said before. I grew up, like so many other kids around the world, wearing Adidas sneakers and bringing my vision to such a global brand is a great challenge.”

Dirk Schoenberger, the global creative director of Adidas’s sport style domain, expressed his excitement as well.  ”The collaboration between Adidas and Mary Katrantzou merges the exceptional talent of one of the most interesting designers of today and a company that embraces many different cultures from sports, pop music and fashion.I admire Mary’s extraordinary sense of printing techniques, colours and silhouette that will bring another amazing new aesthetic to the Adidas Originals women’s collection,” he told Vogue UK.

Based on the standout style aesthetic that Katrantzou has built her fashion empire off of, we’ll be expecting bold colors, high quality materials, printed textiles and a focus on architectural form for her Adidas line. And with a celebrity following like hers, we won’t be surprised to see Katrantzou’s fans Rihanna, Jessica Alba and Anna dello Russo rocking her looks this fall.

Solange and Beyonce Bring Their Sisterly Style to Coachella

By  April 15, 2014

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We didn’t think we could be any more obsessed with the Knowles sisters–but it happened. Beyonce crashed Solange‘s set at Coachella Saturday night, and between their genuine excitement to see one another and the sweet embrace that followed, this duo won our hearts again for the millionth time. Despite the drop-in being last minute, Beyonce and Solange’s impromptu duet to “Losing You” proved flawless. Would we expect anything less from these two? “Give it up for my favorite dance partner, my favorite person in the world, my sister Beyonce,” Solange exclaimed as her Queen Bey excited the stage.

As if the synchronized cameo complete with bodacious body rolls and hot hair shaking wasn’t enough, the sisters had us swooning over their savvy style choices as well. Beyonce rolled in wearing tropical print separates and a sassy black hat to accompany her sister Solange, who rocked a red-orange jumpsuit by Max Mara and white booties. While our own spontaneous sibling performances may be limited to family parties and karaoke bar nights, we can channel the Knowles sisters’ style. Check out our picks and get their looks for less!

1. Topshop palm jacquard crop top, available at Nordstrom for $68
2. Topshop palm jacquard skort, available at Nordstrom for $72
3. Felt roller bowler hat, available at Accessorize.com for $48.50
4. Steven Meter bootie, available at Revolveclothing.com for $101
5. ‘Mertica’ long sleeve playsuit, available at Ted Baker for $275
6. Engraved slim hinge bangle, available at Bauble Bar for $70
7. Jeffrey Campbell ‘Helga’ bootie, available at Nastygal.com for $185

Style Scoop Michael Kors has his Eye on the Prize, Nicolas Ghesquire Speaks for LV, Pursuing Style with the CFDA

By  April 15, 2014

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Fresh off of his initial public offering, Michael Kors just signed a deal with Luxottica Group for Michael Kors Collection and Michael Michael Kors Eyewear that will last 10 years beginning in 2015. “We have achieved great success in the new eyewear business and believe that our new partnership will further enhance our luxury image in the optical and sunglass marketplace,” John D. Idol, CEO of Michael Kors, said. [GLAM Inbox]

While Marc Jacobs cranked up the dial with a fresh take on Louis Vuitton, it’s up to Nicolas Ghesquière to create a balance between that newness and the brand’s storied heritage. That means “it’s up to Ghequière to write a language for Vuitton.” We’re sure he’s up to the challenge. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Speaking of writing a language, the Council of Fashion Designers of America have just released their latest tome, what CFDA CEO Steven Kolb describes, “the collective voice of American Fashion.” Oh, and there are illustrations. Pick up your copy of The Pursuit of Style: Advice and Musings from America’s Top Fashion Designers, a guide to making it in the fashion industry, straight from CFDA members. [Fashionista]

If you’re on the never-ending quest to build your dream wardrobe, here are five items that every stylish woman needs in her life according to Anna Sui, Jenna Lyons, Betsey Johnson, and Jennifer Fisher. [Glamour]

In case you were wondering, whenever Kate Middleton wears Jenny Packham, it’s always a collaboration. A great one, indeed. [Elle]