Get the Look: All Weather Leather

By  January 30, 2015


Let’s be honest–leather is always in. It transcends the ages proving its timelessness and is loved by ladies of all different styles thanks to its versatility. Leather can be faux or for-real, worn dressed-up or styled down, made to look elegant or edgy, all the while proving itself to be a staple part of your wardrobe for years to come. Even in the transitional seasons and warmer weather, leather looks are ones to try. Your go-to black moto jacket? That doesn’t need to be retired at the end of winter. Wear it over floral dresses in the upcoming months to give your spring styles a rock ‘n roll vibe. If you’re looking to invest in a new leather piece to wear year round, though, go with something in a softer neutral, like beige, tan, or camel. These lighter colors look lovely layered up with dark knits in the winter. Shed the clothes and pair with whites and pastels when the snow melts. From khaki-colored leather culottes to a leather paneled cream cami, our must-have pieces to nail the look should serve as inspiration.








Style Scoop: Public School Hits the Books, Victoria’s Secret Preps for Valentine’s Day, Sophia Webster Launches Instagram Contest

By  January 30, 2015

StyleScoopJan30Public School’s spring 2015 campaign takes a page out of our old math textbooks and puts those ideas onto film. The sequence was inspired by David Bowie’s 1976 Isolar Tour and features models Amanda Murphy and Harry Curran scribbling mathematical equations on glass. Smart and stylish. [Fashionista]

Victoria’s Secret is heating up for Valentine’s Day, beginning with a new campaign starring Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Martha Hunt, and Nadine Leopold. Predictably, there’s red lace, pink roses, and bombshell hair—and, yes, it’s really sexy. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

It makes sense that Sophia Webster’s Instagram following has grown by more than 50 percent in the last six months—after all, her shoes are undeniably Instagram’s best source of eye candy. To celebrate reaching a 200,000-follower milestone, the designer has set up a competition for one follower to win a year’s supply (12 pairs) of shoes. Sign up for her online newsletter to be sent details about how to enter.  [Women’s Wear Daily]

Rag & Bone is foregoing a traditional runway show once again in exchange for a different type of “event.” On February 3, the label will reveal a short film featuring dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lil Buck wearing pieces from the fall men’s collection. The “kinetic conceptual” film was directed by Georgie Greville of Legs Media with still imagery by portrait photographer Andreas Laszlo Konrath. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Forever 21 is the latest fast-fashion player to join the Fifth Avenue party. The retailer will open a five-level, 36,000-square-foot at 640 Fifth Avenue nearby Topshop, H&M, Zara, Uniqlo and Joe Fresh. For the opening next month, pop singer Cody Simpson will perform and gift cards will be handed out to the first 500 people to enter. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Rachel Zoe teamed up with maternity retailer A Pea in the Pod to give expectant mommies a taste of her boho-chic style. The Rachel Zoe for A Pea in the Pod collection will sell at A Pea in the Pod, Destination Maternity and Macy’s stores and online at apeainthepod.com. The flowing dresses and structured jackets range in price from $98 to $248. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Trend Watch: Gingham

By  January 30, 2015


After seeing it all over the S/S 2015 runways, Vogue magazine recently declared gingham as one of the hottest trends for the coming spring. Are you a fan of this classic print? Would you be brave enough to wear it in big doses, like in this two piece outfit from DVF? Whether you’re a huge gingham lover or just diving into the trend, here are a few pieces to help you incorporate it into your wardrobe.

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Victoria McGinley is the editor of vmac+cheese, a San Francisco 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 enjoying the San Francisco fog with her husband Joe, and their French bulldog puppy, Lucy.

How to Style Flares

By  January 29, 2015

image via Sandra Semburg

For those of you who begrudgingly adopted the skinny jean movement, you will be pleased to hear that flares are making a triumphant come back. That’s right, ladies, flared jeans are back.

I’ll admit it; I had fully embraced skinny jeans and never really considered breaking out my jeans from the past. All reservations aside, I purchased a pair of Current Elliot flared jeans and my denim life was forever changed. Flares are stylish, flattering, and with the right shoes can make you look taller and slimmer.

Wondering how to rock these jeans? I’ve got a few ideas for you …

Keep the Top Half Current
Because flares aren’t completely mainstream yet, you have to be extra careful with the styling. If you don’t play your cards right your look might come off dates. I love the ideas of pairing your flares with a white tee and a tough moto jacket.

Shoes Matter
When it comes to flares, the longer the better if you ask me. Take this opportunity to break out your tallest wedges – this will give the illusion that you are way taller than you actually are. Don’t into super-sizing your height? Go for a pair of pointy toe pumps instead, these will make you look slimmer.

Go Full On Retro
There is a difference between dated and retro – dated is bad and retro is good. Pull a Rachel Zoe and rock a full-on 70s inspired boho look. Flared jeans are the perfect piece to pull a look of this kind together. For more styling ideas take a look at this link.

Lauren Messiah, is a Los Angeles based stylist and the creator of LaurenMessiah.com, a blog about designer deals, the hottest trends, and Lauren’s life as a fashion stylist.Lauren styles some of Hollywood’s most successful women in entertainment, celebrities, fashion editorials, and national ad campaigns. Lauren has been featured in Marie Claire, Vogue Italia, Grazia, WWD, OK! Magazine and Health Magazine.

Super Bowl XLIX Style

By  January 29, 2015


No matter where you decide to spend your Super Bowl Sunday, chances are it will be filled with plentiful food, lots of beer, and loud cheering. To get into the spirit of America’s favorite pastime, though, you don’t have to wear a football jersey or paint your face—all it takes is some coordinating team colors and a cute vintage-y t-shirt. So, whether you’re cozying up on the couch among family and friends, or attending an event that’s a bit rowdier, be sure to show some (fashion-minded) team spirit.

Style Scoop: Behind the Scenes with Kendall and Karl, Tommy Hilfiger Pens A Memoir, Kate Spade Saturday Shuts Its Doors

By  January 29, 2015


Being Karl Lagerfeld’s muse is certainly no cake-walk, but Kendall Jenner seems to be doing just fine at it. In a behind-the-scenes video from the “Karl Is Kolor” campaign shoot, both Jenner and Lagerfeld share their thoughts on one another, the designer dubbing the model “the girl of the moment.” Talk about high compliments. [Style.com]

Tommy Hilfiger is set to publish a memoir with Ballantine Books that will chronicle personal stories from his early childhood, through his origins in the fashion industry, and eventual triumph in building a multibillion-dollar brand. “Reflecting on my experiences in the fashion industry over the last 30-plus years has been a wild ride, filled with milestone moments that have defined both my career and personal life,” the designer said. The memoir will be published in the fall, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Tommy Hilfiger brand. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Say goodbye to Kate Spade Saturday—the brand will close all 16 of its stores in addition to its 12 Jack Spade stores due to weak sales forecasts for 2015. Kate Spade Saturday will become a sub-brand under Kate Spade, while Jack Spade will still be available to shop online. [Racked NY]

H&M is setting itself up to see huge growth in the next year by expanding its e-commerce business, growing the footprint of concept stores like & Other Stories, and expanding into new product categories. The retailer plans to open 400 brick and mortar stores this year and reach nine new markets online. Additionally, H&M will unveil H&M Beauty in 900 stores this fall, replacing its existing cosmetics lines with a new design concept. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Swarovski will host a champagne reception and private screening for Jupiter Ascending on Tuesday, February 3. The movie stars Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, and Eddie Redmayne, and officially hits theaters February 6. Swarovski collaborated with costume designer Kym Barrett to incorporate over a million crystals into the costumes worn by the cast. [Glam Inbox]

How to Wear Slouchy-Chic Styles

By  January 28, 2015


There’s nothing sloppy about being slouchy, according to the spring 2015 runway. Taut and tailored took a side seat as oversize ensembles and loose layering proved to be a reoccurring idea this season. The trend showed up at Tibi, Chanel, and Barbara Bui, to name a few, and now we’re ready to make this runway look a reality. Here are a few slouchy-style rules to keep in mind.

  1. Invest in easy-to-wear slouchy styles like oversize knit sweaters, grandfather cardigans, relaxed trousers, boyfriend tees, low-slung jeans, loose dusters and blazers, and roomy joggers. These are the key pieces that, when fashioned together, keep this aesthetic looking luxe rather than unrefined.
  2. Balancing different silhouettes is key. If you’re doing a lot of slouchy styles, then elongate the look with sleek heels and dainty jewelry. If you’re focusing on only one oversize piece, then pair it with slimmer styles for balance.
  3. Mix aesthetics. Get sporty and chic with joggers and pumps. Do downtown cool and polished prep with distressed boyfriend jeans and a classic trench. Get creative with seemingly contradictory styles pieced together for a flawless finish.

Style Scoop: Chanel and The Met Gala Conflict, Alexander Wang Pops Up At Bergdorf’s, The Apple Watch Will Ship in April

By  January 28, 2015


Say it isn’t so—two of the most formidable fashion powers that be are involved in a significant scheduling conflict. Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld are each planning mega fashion events on opposite sides of the world on the same day: The Costume Institute gala in New York and Chanel’s cruise show in Seoul. With Dior’s cruise show taking place May 9 in Los Angeles and Chanel’s desire to take its show to Korean clients, the French house only had a few dates to choose from. “Chanel is very much dedicated to supporting the Anna Wintour Costume Institute Benefit this year as we always have,” the house commented. [Women’s Wear Daily] 

Alexander Wang is taking over two of Bergdorf Goodman’s store windows to feature his sneaker-inspired spring collection. The designer will install an elaborate sneaker-themed pop-up on the contemporary floor 5F. Additionally when the pop-up opens on January 29 (and will be open through March), a projection of Wang’s barcode logo will be cast over the store’s Fifth Avenue façade. [Women’s Wear Daily]

The Apple is about to take a bite our of wearable tech. On Tuesday afternoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company will start shipping Apple Watch in April. He added that the Apple team continues to work on the last stages of perfecting the apps and software that was designed specifically for the device. [Fashionista]

The New School will hold its 67th Annual Parsons School of Design Benefit on May 19, honoring designer Marc Jacobs and global luxury company LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Parsons will honor the company for its 25 years of collaboration with the school as well as its philanthropy, celebration of craft, and scholarship and support of innovation. Jacobs, a Parsons alum, will be recognized for his vision and singular aesthetic. [Glam Inbox]

Selfridges is taking cues from the runways by blurring gender lines in-store. Starting March 12, the store will launch its Agender project as “a fashion exploration of the masculine, the feminine and the interplay found in between.” The goal is to “take…customers on a journey where they can choose to shop and dress without limitations or stereotypes.” The project will span the ground, first, and second floors of Selfridges’ on Oxford Street, as well as stores in Manchester and Birmingham as well as online. The retailer will eliminate male and female mannequins and instead dress the store in a non gender-specific way using photography, film, music, and design pieces. [Women's Wear Daily]

Giles Deacon Unveils Washable Collection for Tide & Downy's Future of Fabrics

By  January 28, 2015


Giles Deacon has been a London Fashion Week fixture since his eponymous debut in 2004, but has always been a fan of fun collaborations, previously linking up with High Street retailer New Look. The British designer has also been the Global Fashion Consultant for P&G’s Future of Fabrics and Fabric Care, even creating the “Downy, Dress for Yes!” capsule collection of splashy graphic printed pieces inspired by the freshness of Downy. “It’s about a fun, fresh and varied collection of colorful and wearable designs that you can feel great in whether working during the day, or out with your friends for cocktails in the evening,” he said in a statement. “It’s about establishing a look that will make women always feel good enough about themselves to make the most of any opportunity!”

He also crafted airy confections with pretty pastels perfect inspired by Tide and aimed to create the best first impression for anyone looking to ignite their careers. “First impressions count,” Deacon explained. “This collection was all about making first impressions last in color, confidence and impact. These designs are suitable to be worn and washed again and again but still keep the same first impression impact they had on first wear.”

Best of all, every piece was washable! Glam recently got a first hand look at both collection as they took the runway during P&G’s Future of Fabrics Event and couldn’t get enough of the kaleidoscope of colors. Is spring here yet?

10 Pop-of-Color Pieces to Add To Your Wardrobe Now

By  January 27, 2015


Nothing beats the winder blues quite like a pop of color, and with designers putting out their spring collections now, it’s more tempting than ever to go bold and bright. Layer a bright sweater under your heavy jacket or carry a cute coral clutch to give your dark-on-dark outfit a little pick-me-up…while warm weather continues to be just a far away dream. Whether you’re getting a head start on spring shopping or just trying to add a touch of interest to your winter wardrobe, these pieces are ones to pick up.