Pinkies up, girlfriends! It’s time to shop for the bestie who has an unparalleled sense of sophistication (you know you have one). With a worldly outlook and a fancy flair, this lady loves traveling, is never not put together, and always has an opinion. If she’s your go-to for fulfilling conversation, she deserves a thoughtful gift this year. Whether that’s a bottle of bubbly or a hefty coffee table book is up to you to decide, but surprise her with something from this list and she’ll be ever so appreciative, daaaahling.
Fashion inspiration can come from anywhere. When clothing creators and connoisseurs look to the world around them to pull pieces together, anything goes. Nature, architecture, our peers and communities–these all can spark style ideas.
In this outfit round-up, the Parisian themed decorative details we found at Target served as the foundation for our French-girl get-up. There was a romantic charm evoked in the vintage looking clock, the shabby-chic map wall art, and the feminine Eiffel Tower print throw pillow that is also apparent in our lovely look. A classic fit-and-flare collared dress gets just the right oomph of glam with a glittery necklace. Play up the pretty with a classic red lip and chic cat-eye–French fashion is all about the timeless trends re-imagined. Pair your dress with dainty dotted stockings and lady-like pumps. Not even Paris is immune to winter, so don’t forget a fur-collared coat!
She’s one of the first people you’ll call on New Year’s Day. Your very own Hannah Bronfman. The BFF who doubles as fitspo, with an Instagram feed to match: new Nike gear, squats galore, advanced planks, yoga badassery, clean recipes, and natural juices that span every color of the rainbow. She’s the one who’ll actively support your lose weight/be fit/lean up resolution, from CityRow to Tone House, and every spin class in between. For that reason alone, your fit friend deserves a holiday gift that expresses your appreciation and will help them master their own healthy obsessions. From luxe athletic wears and fitness trackers, to a ClassPass that will satisfy all of their cardio needs, these gifts will salute their aspirational lifestyle.
Style Scoop: Nicki Minaj Is The Face Of Roberto Cavalli, #NYFW Got Kicked Out Of Lincoln Center, Dov Charney Still Has Some Supporters
Nicki Minaj is bringing her assets to Roberto Cavalli—and it’s a perfect match for a few reasons. The most notable, of course, is that the Anaconda is one of the brand’s iconic symbols. To the designer, the rapper “embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman. In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes. With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body, who is not afraid to show her curves, rather she make them as a strength.” [Glam Inbox]
New York Fashion Week will no longer take place at Lincoln Center after this February. Court documents spotted by local blog A Walk In The Park state that Lincoln Center, the city of New York and the parks and recreation department have booted organizers IMG Fashion from Lincoln Center. It’s unclear where NYFW’s next home will be, but stay tuned for developments. [Racked]
While many are pleased to finally see American Apparel cut ties with Dov Charney, it appears that the company’s largest shareholder has maintained more than a few supporters. There were 30+ employees who signed a letter to the board in protest of his firing. They proposed that Charney should be able to work alongside newly appointed CEO Paula Schneider…as if that’d really fly with the man himself. [The Cut]
Donna Karan is opening Urban Zen pop-up in Aspen on Monday. The shop will be open through April and is located at 501 East Dean Street, in the retail area of The Residences at The Little Nell. The 2,500-square-foot store will sell women’s and men’s apparel and leather goods, jewelry, home décor and art as well as an exclusive collection called Silver Snow, which consists of white, gray, and silver winter-y pieces. [Women’s Wear Daily]
Luxury and ready-to-wear e-commerce site My-Wardrobe has shut down its online operations and sold its URL to Net-a-Porter. The site now redirects to Net-a-Porter, The Outnet and Mr Porter. A rep for Net-a-Porter said that the British e-commerce site didn’t completely acquire My-Wardrobe—rather, it only gained some of its assets. It’s unclear what will happen to the brick-and-mortar My-Wardrobe store, which opened in London this summer. [Fashionista]
Just when you thought the Victoria’s Secret army of models was finished for the season, they resurface with some sexy holiday cheer. They also manage to prove that VS models can rock more than just lingerie. The company released a video featuring Angels Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes, and Adriana Lima reading a re-imagined version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” while lounging around by the fire in cozy PJs. [Fashion Gone Rogue]
The most-Googled fashion question of the year? “How to Wear a Scarf.” As you may now know (since, chances are you probably Google-d this yourself ), there are endless ways to tie a scarf—and therefore stay warm all winter long (to an extent). Google, of course, can provide you with how-to’s on many of them, including an entire video from Nordstrom demonstrating how to tie four scarves in 16 different ways. [InStyle]
The holidays are an ideal time to step up your style, and it seems like everyone is slipping into their most sophisticated silhouettes and festive hues. While there are a slew of chic options for the straight size set, plus size fashionistas usually have to do a little more digging to find a fabulous fit. Glam turned to Aimee Cheshire, co-founder and president of Hey Gorgeous, the latest stop for fresh full-figured fashions, to get her insight on how to style ourselves to perfection for every holiday picture:
What are your best style suggestions for holiday parties?
You can’t assume that sequins are your only option. Just because it has sequins, doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Try for plaids – a beautiful red plaid or romantic details with lace. I think there’s so much more than anything just bright and shiny. I love cobalt blues, and I think it’s a great time to have fun with color that you wouldn’t normally step into. If you’re an all-black girl, go for that cobalt blue. It’s kind of a step up from black. Look for things that show off some décolletage and make you feel good, make you stand a little bit taller and a little prouder about who you are.
We know that it’s harder for full-figured fashionistas to find chic pieces in-store, but what are a few shopping tips to keep in mind?
But the most important thing is if you don’t like yourself, change. There’s nothing that makes me more uncomfortable than when I’m either picking at my outfit or constantly adjusting it or I see someone else doing the same thing. That means you just don’t feel like yourself, you don’t feel right in what’s you’re wearing. So if you look in the mirror and you just don’t feel like you’re you, change it and don’t force it.
The most important thing is to try things on. Try from different collections, even if they might not be technically plus. You never know – there could be some oversized garments, [or] an elastic waistband that could work for you, and it could open up a new world to you. Just take it all to the fitting room or order it from our site and try it on [at home] (there’s free returns). It’s amazing how things look when you try them on versus trying to imagine yourself in it. And it’s good to step out of your comfort zone, if you’re someone who always wears black, try on different colors and prints. Options are limited for plus [so it's important] that you don’t say “no” so quickly [and] that you’re open to new options. And don’t get caught up in your size. Each brand fits differently…each designer designs differently, so be willing to just try it.
The winter promises to be brutal this year, what’s the best way to keep warm if you’re plus size?
I think it can be easy to get lost in all of the bulky winter jackets, like your puffer coat, your wool coats. I think it’s important to find those coats that still maintain your shape or help create a shape. It’s definitely possible to do. At first when puffer jackets came out, they were just huge and oversized, now they really have adjusted them so they really create a beautiful shape and keep you warm because that’s the most important thing, especially in New York City.
With so many slinky silhouettes available, what are a few ways to help slim down your silhouette?
Always start with a great foundation of fabulous shapewear. We really love the line we have on our site called Yummy Tummy and it’s not overly restrictive. Some brands, you squeeze to put them on and it just pushes your fat elsewhere, and what I love about our collection is it just smooths you out. I think if you start with that good foundation, you can wear whatever you want. It’s such a lifesaver; it makes such a difference and opens up to so much more that you can wear or maybe something you’re not comfortable about or you’re constantly adjusting. You just throw on a shapewear tank and you immediately feel great.
My go-to has always been layer on a fitter blazer or a moto jacket. I think that’s an easy way, especially if she carries her weight in her tummy. It skims over your body and creates a nice hourglass silhouette. Search for dresses that have ruching over your trouble spots. For me, it’s my tummy, so I’m always looking for fitted items that aren’t clingy and that have ruching over my tummy because I’m not a fan of showing that off.
In terms of celebrity weddings, we saw everything from secret nuptials to surprise ceremonies to unnecessarily over-the-top soirees (we’re looking at you, Kimye) this year. While marriage is a beautiful thing no matter what, celebs often take it to the nth degree with their perfect and lavish celebrations. Or, they surprise us with a simplistic – but just as perfect — approach. There was no shortage of notable pairs that tied the knot in 2014 and boy, were they beautiful. But these 14 celebrity weddings are the cream of the crop as far as we’re concerned, and will no doubt serve as sources of inspiration for plenty more in 2015. Start pinning now.
Price point doesn’t define a perfect present. Stylish surprises for your girlfriends can be budget-friendly and fantastic with a bit of savvy shopping. Lucky for you, we already took care of the nitty-gritty gift searching. Edgy jewelry, beauty boosters, and awesome accessories each come in at $6 and under for a haute holiday season that saves too.
Style Scoop: Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign, Prince George’s Christmas Greeting, Gigi Hadid Is A VS Pink Model
Burberry’s latest captures the joy of the brand’s spring/summer 2015 collection and brings it to life—with the help of top models Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campbell plus British musicians George Barnett and George Le Page. The campaign, directed by Christopher Bailey, places the newest interpretations of the iconic Burberry trench at the heart of the vision, incorporates bright colors and beautiful models, and pulls everything together with a really good soundtrack. [Glam Inbox]
Is Prince George not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 16-month-old son sports the chubbiest of cheeks in the Christmas photos taken at their Kensington Palace home. George, who is going to be a big brother in April, sported a Polarn O. Pyret jumpsuit with a Cath Kinson sweater vest, which is, unsurprisingly, now sold out. Looks like he gets his trendsetting abilities from Mommy after all. [Us Magazine]
Gigi Hadid made an exciting announcement via Instagram on Sunday; she’s the newest face for Victoria’s Secret PINK. The model posted picture of herself on the set of an Elliston Lutz shoot for the brand. Given this gig, we won’t be too surprised when we find out that Hadid is in the running towards becoming Victoria’s Secret’s next superstar Angel. VS is known to start its rookies off with Pink before moving them on up to Angel-status, so we’re thinking this is only the beginning for Vicky and Hadid. [Fashionista]
Speaking of models, Kendall Jenner achieved a significant accolade, too. The 18-year-old beat out bestie Cara Delevingne as Tumblr’s most popular model of the year. Delevingne took second place on the list, followed by Candice Swanepoel, Miranda Kerr, Kate Moss and Barbara Palvin. Brit models Alexa Chung, Naomi Campbell and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley also secured top-ten spots, as did Dita Von Teese. [Daily Mail]
Iggy Azalea and Nick Young are the unflinchingly cool faces of Forever 21’s holiday campaign, but they show off some serious charm in the brand’s “Questions From A Hat” video. The lovebirds draw questions from a hat and reveal their favorite holidays, secret crushes, and ice cream flavors (his is “vanilla…”). Warning: they’re pretty adorable. [Glam Inbox]
In a departure from BabyPhat, Kimora Lee Simmons is launching a clothing line, KLS, for the more sophisticated and chic dresser. The 35-look pre-fall collection incorporates pieces like cinched-waisted dresses, business-y separates that Simmons says represents “where I am in my life.” It’s geared toward professional women (with pretty hefty budgets—dresses range from $1,500 to $2,400) and launches today. [The Cut]
Being book smart never looked so chic. Fashion figures like Valentino Garavani, Coco Rocha, and Betty Halbreich, have become subjects of some of the most-fascinating reads of 2014. And who better to own these tomes than your favorite, fashionable bookworm?
From a sensational foray into street stalking at Refinery 29 to an insider’s look at the parties, exhibitions, and people that make up the Met Gala, we’ve rounded up the most polished publications of the year. And take our word for it: your flyest friends won’t relegate these page turners as mere tabletop accents. Instead, these books make the perfect gift for the style stars in your life who don’t just dress the part, but think the part, too.
You see all the drama unfold on Twitter and Instagram as the chaos of a sample sale commences, but we’re giving you a preview of which sales are on tap for this week. We’ll tell you everything you need to know before it all begins so that you can prepare accordingly, get there on time, and leave with bags of designer scores.
DESIGNER: Ralph Lauren
WHEN: December 12-15, Friday-Sunday, 9a.m.-6:30p.m.; Monday 9a.m.-5p.m.
WHERE: 317 West 33rd Street (between 8th and 9th Aves.)
What You Need To Know: American Express, Visa, and MasterCard only!
WHEN: December 16, 10a.m.-8p.m.
WHERE: 433 West 14th Street (between 9th Ave. and Washington St.)
What You Need To Know: Pieces start at $10, while a majority will be between $150 and $200.
WHEN: December 17-18, 10a.m.-5p.m.
WHERE: 601 West 26th Street (between 11th and 12th Aves.), Suite 1425
What You Need To Know: Get 65-75% off women’s dresses and handbags; Marchesa Notte and Marchesa Couture will also be available.
DESIGNER: Noir Jewelry
WHEN: December 14-16, 11a.m.-8p.m.
WHERE: 54 Crosby Street (between Broome and Spring Streets)
What You Need To Know: Women’s jewelry will be 50-65% off.