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Style Scoop: Nike Pushes For Women, How Vince Is Prepping for Growth, H&M Commemorates “The First Ten Years”

By  October 23, 2014

StyleScoopOct23Nike is turning its focus to women. With a recent surge in interest in fitness from females, the athletics brand is issuing a response. At Nike’s global women’s summit in New York, the brand unveiled its new spring/summer 2015 collections and took the opportunity to share its plans for growth in years to come—which, yes, involves targeting women. Models Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Damaris Lewis and Jeneil WIlliams were on hand to present the clothing, which included Pedro Lourenço’s collaboration with the brand. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Contemporary label Vince achieved fashion’s biggest IPO on the New York Stock Exchange since Michael Kors—and since it did, it’s only continuing to grow. To do this, Vince’s chief executive officer, Jill Granoff, plans to make more people aware of the brand. According to Granoff, the label has fairly low “brand awareness,” meaning, they’re not reaching that many consumers. But, “those that know us, love us, wear us and want to buy us.” With pushes in footwear and accessories, Vince is setting itself up to expand in more ways than one. [Business of Fashion]

In conjunction with the release of its Alexander Wang collection, H&M is launching a commemorative book inspired by the history of designer collaborations. Since Karl Lagerfeld did a one-off collection for the retailer, the industry has changed: “Inexpensive is not ‘cheap’ anymore, that’s why the luxury industry has to make an even bigger effort,” Lagerfeld muses in The First Ten Years. “I think all that is very healthy.” Starting November 6, the book will sell for $11.50 at 250 stores. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Burberry is touching down on Rodeo Drive in November—but in more ways than one. The three-story flagship store will open on November 7, and on November 19, the store will receive the 22nd Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award. The award has been presented to Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford, Gianni and Donatella Versace, Mario Testino, the houses of Missoni and Ferragamo, Edith Head and Diana Vreeland, among others, since its inception in 2003. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Finnair and Marimekko take a new step in their design collaboration with Finnair Airbus 330. The aircraft will feature a previously unseen blue colorway of Marimekko’s classic Unikko (poppy) print. The plane will fly from Finnair’s Helsinki hub to the airline’s long-haul destinations starting at the end of this year. [Glam Inbox]

Style Snaps: October 23, 2014

By  October 23, 2014

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Every day, we bring you celebrity sightings and stylings as seen everywhere from the streets to the red carpet. Whether they’re dolled up or dressed down, we can’t resist the need to know who wore what.

There’s no denying it: this season’s hottest accessory is a simple choker necklace. Based on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley‘s chic look, we’re happily trading in our bibs and oversized baubles in exchange for pieces like hers. A metal choker is understated enough to merely complement a cool outfit, but doesn’t fade into the background. So, you’ve been alerted: get one, now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellen DeGeneres Is Our Next Celeb Lifestyle Guru

By  October 23, 2014

EllenDegeneresLifestyleEllen DeGeneres is putting the finishing touches on her new lifestyle and clothing brand, E.D., which she’s developing with investor J. Christopher Burch. Her plans for this new adventure? “We want to break every rule,” DeGeneres told Vogue’s Hamish Bowles.

E.D., which is pronounced “Ed,” like Portia de Rossi’s nickname for her wife, stands for “effortless design,” as far as its creator is concerned. DeGeneres is starting E.D. with a capsule holiday line and then plans to build the brand to include everything from home goods to garden tools. Men’s and women’s clothing will be “accessibly priced” and designed in the style of DeGeneres’ own classic look. Everything will be available through the E.D. website (which launches spring 2015), retail partners and pop-up shops.

As it turns out, DeGeneres’ goal seems to be consistent with the likes of Aerin, Martha, Blake and Gwyneth in terms of creating an all-encompassing lifestyle brand: “When I someday decide to stop doing the show, my entire focus is going to be design.”

Iggy Azalea Gets Fancy For Forever 21

By  October 23, 2014

IggyForever21What better model to inspire you to get fancy for the holidays than the star of Fancy herself? Rapper Iggy Azalea (who recently signed with Wilhelmina models and is currently hosting House of Style) has landed her first national campaign for Forever 21. And better yet, she got to model with her beau, Nick Young, by her side.

During the two day shoot, Azalea took it upon herself to coach her boyfriend on his modeling game. According to him, though, “Nothing [was hard], I’m Swaggy! It comes natural!” Based on the photos that are part of the Forever 21 holiday campaign, it seems he’s correct. The duo looks hot as ever, just in time to heat up the holiday season.IggyForever212 IggyForever211

Style Snaps: October 22, 2014

By  October 22, 2014

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Every day, we bring you celebrity sightings and stylings as seen everywhere from the streets to the red carpet. Whether they’re dolled up or dressed down, we can’t resist the need to know who wore what.

As 2014′s recipient of the American Cinematheque Award, Matthew McConaughey certainly looked the part–or is that just thanks to the elegant and flawless woman by his side? McConaughey celebrated the evening beside wife Camila Alves and their children. When he was giving his acceptance speech, his daughter Vida kept him company on stage (read: clutched his leg). McConaughey’s longtime pals and co-stars attended the event to help the actor celebrate his incredible achievement.

Style Scoop: Kimora Lee Simmons’ Scholarship Fund, Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week, J.Crew Will Not Be Doing Athletic Wear

By  October 22, 2014

StyleScoopOct22Kimora Lee Simmons announced the establishment of the $1 million Kimora Lee Simmons Scholarship Fund, which she created in partnership with the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The scholarship will be distributed to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) and Rush Teens. Lee Simmons is pleased that she is “able to provide similar opportunities for the next generation of designers, executives and artists,” with this scholarship. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Mayor Bill de Blasio declared this week Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week. He dubbed Madison Avenue “the fashion epicenter of the five boroughs,” and thus established a vested interest in the fashion industry and its biggest players. The week celebrates 16 Madison Avenue-based brands including Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Ermenegildo Zegna, Hermès and Akris. [The New York Times]

There’s a new trend in town, in case you haven’t heard, and it’s called “athleisure.” Brands of every type are doing what they can to get a piece of the action, but J.Crew’s CEO, Mickey Drexler, insists that J.Crew will be sitting this one out. The reason? Drexler explains that “[J.Crew doesn’t] have the expertise to do that. We’re pretty satisfied with the breadth of our product, and now it’s about correct expansion, correct design and quality.” [Business of Fashion]

Looks like American Apparel hasn’t completely pulled the plug on ex-CEO Dov Charney just yet. How do we know? The company just rehired Iris Alonzo, who is a Charney supporter, as senior creative director. Alonzo was fired shortly after Charney was ousted as CEO in June, and though sources insist that he had no impact on Alonzo’s rehiring, he still seems to hold some sort of influence. He’s said to be fighting hard to regain his job as CEO, and perhaps this is his first step at doing that. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Japan’s version of Amazon (or Alibaba), Rakuten, is making a push into the US with the launch of a fashion-focused site, Rakuten Fashion. The site is a mix of American brands as well as Japanese brands that shoppers may not have heard of. But while Amazon is all about the efficiency of shopping, Rakuten Fashion incorporates a blog, video features and curations by style influencers like Hannah Bronfman and Marie Claire editor Kyle Anderson. [Fashionista]

Sophia Webster's Splashy J.Crew Holiday Collection

By  October 22, 2014

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British shoe designer Sophia Webster has been bringing print and sparkle to J.Crew‘s shelves for two seasons, and now, she’s debuting a holiday collection for the retailer. Given Webster’s knack for print mixing and embellishing (everything), it’s clear that this seven-piece collection is a can’t-miss. With just enough shine, a happy dose of print and slender, ladylike heels, any of these shoes can make even the most mundane outfit holiday-ready. The shoes, which range from $320 to $695 (Webster’s normal price range), hit J.Crew.com at 8a.m. today, and many styles are already sold out. However, they’ll still be available in select J.Crew stores in New York, London and Hong Kong. If you’ve been searching for an answer to holiday dressing that’s not doused with sequins or otherwise overdone, this collection is most certainly it.

Karl Lagerfeld and Pharrell Williams Collaborate

By  October 22, 2014

PharrellKarlJustin Bieber may have broadcasted a teaser for some kind of collaboration with Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld, but it turns out that Pharrell Williams beat him to the punch. The singer/songwriter/producer’s latest endeavor (in addition to designing for Paris’ Moynat) is a Lagerfeld-directed film. Quickly becoming a fashion staple, Pharrell’s movie is to be screened in tandem with Chanel’s Paris-Salzburg pre-fall collection that the designer will show on December 2 in an Austrian palace. Filming took place last week in a Paris studio, with Cara Delevingne (of course) and six-year-old Hudson Kroenig. This project marks a collaboration of two of the biggest names in the fashion and music industries—and we’re certain they don’t disappoint. Oh, and, if we’re being totally honest, we can’t wait to see Delevingne’s dance moves.

Style Snaps: October 21, 2014

By  October 21, 2014

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Every day, we bring you celebrity sightings and stylings as seen everywhere from the streets to the red carpet. Whether they’re dolled up or dressed down, we can’t resist the need to know who wore what.

The 2014 Elle Women in Hollywood event honored actresses including Elizabeth Banks, Annette Bening, Tina Fey, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Lange and more. Guests gathered to acknowledge their creative contributions to the world of film, many of whom presented awards. Jennifer Lawrence made a seemingly unintentional, yet all-too-graceful, nod to Oscar de la Renta, who passed away Monday evening, by wearing one of his exquisite designs. We love this look, but we love the significance of it even more.

First Look: Mary Katrantzou x Adidas Originals

By  October 21, 2014

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Well, if you’re going to go to the gym, you might as well be wearing sneakers like these. Designer Mary Katrantzou is the latest to take on a collaboration with Adidas Originals, and her collection is simply divine. Truly, who wouldn’t want to sweat it out in some abstract printed athleisure attire? Take caution with the dresses, but run wild with the rest of the collection. Gym style spotting is officially a thing.

The collection goes on sale November 15.