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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 too 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Style Scoop: RIP Oscar de la Renta, Carrie Bradshaw Can’t Let Go of Her Perry St. Apartment, Hedi Slimane Might Have a New Muse

By  October 21, 2014

StyleScoopOct21With the loss of fashion icon Oscar de la Renta, the fashion community mourns one of its greats. Many took to Twitter immediately after the news broke, but even more got to writing lengthier pieces to commemorate the King of the red carpet. Anna Wintour composed an elegant, compassionate and romantic piece (not coincidentally consistent with de la Renta’s design aesthetic) about her dear friend to honor his life’s work and the incredible man he was. [Vogue]

The residents at 66 Perry Street are getting a little mad at Sarah Jessica Parker. The actress staged an unauthorized photoshoot for her shoe line at the West Village address—aka Carrie Bradshaw’s fictional home. A photo she posted to her Instagram even showed her reaching over a chain, ignoring the “Do NOT go on staircase please” sign. It seems that nothing’s changed, really, and Carrie Bradshaw will stop at nothing to enjoy the hell out of her shoe collection. [PageSix]

Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane has a penchant for rock ‘n’ roll, and rumor has it that he’s got his eye on 18-year-old rocker Julia Cumming to be his next muse. The vocalist and bassist of Brooklyn-based band Sunflower Bean walked in his Saint Laurent show for the past two seasons. Should we expect to see her in the brand’s spring ads, which are being shot now in Paris? [Women’s Wear Daily]

Madewell teamed up with French cult brand, Sézane, to make a 14-piece collection, which makes its US debut today. The collection is filled with booties, blouses and coats galore that really do feel especially French. Le Superbe. [Madewell]

Gap Factory’s holiday campaign debuts today. The ads feature Chrissy Teigen, Chanel Iman, Victor Cruz and Noah Mills. As you prep for holiday parties and general cheer, we’re taking style tips from Teigen, who said, “My favorite Gap Factory piece from the holiday collection has to be the black jumpsuit because I’m lazy, and the jumpsuit you can do anything with!” A red lip, statement earrings, killer shoes and a festive clutch will do the trick, we’re certain. [Glam Inbox]

Oscar de la Renta’s Iconic Fashion Moments

By  October 21, 2014

 

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Anna Wintour describes him as a tireless philanthropist: optimistic, fun, sunny, and romantic. His last words to her were “I love you,” and she replied the same. Fellow designer Diane von Furstenberg deems him “a couturier, an artist, a gentleman, a true Renaissance man.” Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea credit his “singular talent and exquisite taste” for elevating American style. Taylor Swift says he’s her “all-time favorite designer” and Naomi Campbell thanks him for a dream come true. He is Oscar de la Renta: visionary, legend, father, husband, friend.

With news of his passing on October 20 after a battle with cancer, Glam is taking time to remember him the best way we know how: for his exquisite, extraordinary, enviable designs. From Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2000 Emmy Awards to Freida Pinto at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and Beyoncé in between, here are 30 of the most-memorable ODLR moments.

Marion Cotillard Plays Lady Dior

By  October 21, 2014

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Marion Cotillard spent midnight in Paris wearing head-to-toe Dior. Jealous? Us, too.

The actress stars in the latest Lady Dior campaign, posing on the Pont Alexandre III against a backdrop of swirling electric lights. She sports looks from Raf Simons‘ pre-fall collection for Dior and carries three versions of the Lady Dior bag in printed silk twill and metallic leather. Shot by Craig McDean, the ad will break in Vogue Thailand on Saturday and be featured in Harper’s Bazaar Brazil on October 27 and Vogue Japan on November 28. It will also be unveiled on Diormag.com on Thursday alongside a debut 30-second clip, directed by McDean.

 

 

In Memory of Oscar de la Renta

By  October 20, 2014

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Oscar de la Renta, a true fashion legend and an industry favorite, passed away at the age of 82. He was battling cancer.

Born in the Dominican Republic, de la Renta began his career in the arts, studying painting before moving on to fashion to apprentice with Cristobal Balenciaga. Following his stint in Spain, de la Renta traveled to Paris and continued his focus in fashion, working with Lanvin and Balmain before launching his own line in New York in 1965. Through the years, he became an icon in the industry, dressing everyone from Jacqueline Kennedy to Sarah Jessica Parker. Thanks to one of Michelle Obama‘s most recent appearances, he’s successfully dressed every first lady since the stylish Jackie Kennedy. Most recently, he famously designed Amal Alamuddin‘s gown for her fairy tale wedding to George Clooney

Just last week, the house announced that Peter Copping would take control of design of the brand, with plans to show his first collection during Fashion Week in February. The Oscar de la Renta brand will continue on in his mission and vision, but the fashion industry has lost a true visionary.

Take a look at some of his most iconic red carpet moments, starring the ladies who loved him. 

Gigi Hadid Channeled Emma Watson for Chanel’s Feminist Protest

By  October 20, 2014

God's Love We Deliver, Golden Heart Awards - ArrivalsIt was the fashion show finale heard ’round the world: Karl Lagerfeld’s feminism protest during Paris Fashion Week. Though the kaiser has since met criticism of “dressing up” the sociopolitical, and economic debate, Gigi Hadid, who walked in the show, fully backs its aim.

“It was right after I had watched Emma Watson’s He for She speech, and I was really inspired by that,” Hadid told Glam at Thursday night’s eighth annual God’s Love We Deliver Golden Heart Gala. “I thought she did it so beautifully. To be in that show, that’s really what I was channeling… I think for every girl in the show, it meant something different”

If you remember, the Chanel’s Spring 2015 debut ended with Lagerfeld leading the likes of Cara Delevingne, Gisele BundchenKylie Jenner, and Malaika Firth down the catwalk with fervent chants and signs proclaiming “History is Her Story,” with Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman” soundtracking the scene. Sure, it was a “fake” protest, but Hadid said its message was far from phony.

“In rehearsal, most of us were pretty shy about yelling and being part of a ‘protest,’ but I think we all got inspired right before they show,” she told us. “They came and said, ‘This is for you to put out on to the world stage whatever this means to you. You have to realize this show is on the world stage. Everyone talks about, watches, hears about the Chanel show, and if you can make that mean something to you, make that come out as your energy for the finale, that’s what you have to do.’”

The scene was in fact on the world stage and critics abounded. Media Research Center fellow Katie Yoder was one. She told Fox, “Using a fashion show purportedly to spread ‘feminism’ should spark disgust among all women. With Karl Lagerfeld’s past criticisms of curvy women, the message he sends appears hypocritical and suggests that white, thin, tall women are the only acceptable champions of the movement.”

Lagerfeld, of course, wasn’t phased.

“I couldn’t care less if people are for or against,” he told Fashionista. “It’s my idea. I like the idea of feminism being something light-hearted, not a truck driver for the feminist movement.”