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Harper’s Bazaar Has an Iconic September Issue

By  August 01, 2014

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On August 19, Carine Roitfeld will unveil her latest portfolio for Harper’s Bazaar’s September issue. And it’s iconic.

The glossy’s global fashion director is spotlighting women who are always in fashion: Lady Gaga, Penelope Cruz, Linda Evangelista, Lara Stone, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Mariacarla Boscono, Joan Smalls, Stephanie Seymour, Isabeli Fontana, Laetitia Casta, Carolyn Murphy, Monica Bellucci, Gigi Hadid, Brooke Shields, Eva Herzigova, Iman, Stacey Martin and Laura Hutton.

“This is a portfolio I’ve been dreaming of [...] over my 30 years in the business,” the former editor of French Vogue told Women’s Wear Daily. “It’s a huge amount of power they gave me.”

She continued, “I think it’s a genius idea to give one editor the ability to do one story—exactly 17 pages—total freedom for the choice of the photographer, the models, the choice of the clothes. And, the same story, we give to 30 countries at the same time,” Roitfeld said of her role as global fashion director. “It’s the reason why I accepted. It’s not because I wanted to do more stories or it’s not like I wanted any revenge against Conde Nast. It’s just something very interesting that I have never seen before.”

This is the first time in the two years that she’s held the position however, that her portfolio will earn not one but three covers for U.S. newsstands. Lady Gaga will appear on one cover in a pink tweed Chanel jacket, hat, skirt—the Roitfeld cut herself with Karl Lagerfeld’s blessing.  Cruz will appear in another wearing Dior and lastly, Evangelista is styled “wrapped in a twisted bundle of muted Comme des Garcons knits.”

Inside the magazine, Lagerfeld interviews Gaga, asking the singer about her next big fashion “trip.”

“I’ve been recently enjoying looking far and wide for the best vintage fashion I can find,” Gaga answered. “Clothing with a story, a past. Heavy fabrics, jewels, veils. My latest trip is feeling a connection to all women throughout history through fashion. I love wearing clothes knowing that I’m carrying the spirit of previous fashionistas, and living out more of their fantasies, and my own. I believe clothes carry the soul of the designer and the person wearing them forever, so I look for clothes with a soul. Perhaps it’s something only I can see. But I know it’s real.”

See Who Made Victoria’s Secret What is Sexy? List

By  August 01, 2014

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The leading experts on what’s sexy, Victoria’s Secret, revealed their highly anticipated What is Sexy? List at their Powell Street location in San Francisco with Angel Lily Aldridge on Tuesday. Their annual list honors the hottest and most inspiring women in Hollywood who are living a confident lifestyle. This year’s What is Sexy? list is all about less is more. From sexiest style to sexiest natural beauty, the women who made the list make the maximum impact and minimal effort with no filter needed. Let’s dive in and see who’s deemed the sexiest, shall we? Click the entire list above.

 

Fearless Founders: Meet Jilliene Helman of Realty Mogul

By  August 01, 2014

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It’s time to inspire her mind! In our constantly connected world, women are inundated with information and opportunity. Especially inspiring are the true innovators that push through barriers and prove that women are equipped to excel in any industry. Many of them are changing our world one startup at a time.  At Glam, we love women who encourage other women to push forward in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) based education and professions. In this series, Jesse Draper sits down with fearless founders to talk about their career paths, educational backgrounds and why STEM matters:

With crowdfunding platforms creating opportunities to fund everything from films to charity, Jilliene Helman looked at them as an opening to change the game of real estate.  We chose Helman, founder of Realty Mogul as one of our Fearless Founders because of her fresh-faced perspective on investing. With Obama’s STEM initiative encouraging professions Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – this female risk-taker has opened the doors to a whole new crowdfunding platform with a focus on the land of pre-vetted real estate. She goes to sleep dreaming about her business, she grew up in a family who chatted about everything from commercial to luxury real estate at the dinner table and here are 12 things I learned from Jilliene Helman, founder of Realty Mogul who will have you investing in no time…

What is Realty Mogul?

Realty Mogul is crowdfunding for real estate, an online marketplace for investors to pool money and buy shares of pre-vetted real estate investments.

Where did your inspiration for Realty Mogul come from?

My inspiration for Realty Mogul was a combination of economic and political forces.  From an economic perspective, investors are looking for cash-flow and banks are paying less than 1%.  Real estate is a great place to find cash-flow for those same investors.  From a political perspective, the JOBS Act passed in April 2012 and opened up this new industry of crowdfunding.  The new legislation is the first time the securities laws have changed in over 80 years.  Whenever there is political change, there is always opportunity.

What is your daily routine?

Every day is different, that is what I love about being an entrepreneur!  While I travel a ton, if I’m not traveling, I’m up by 7 and in the office by 8:30 spending the day with our team building our product, working on operations or meeting with clients.  On an average day, I’m in the office till 9 or 10 at night before heading home to eat dinner.  After dinner I usually put in another few hours catching up on email before crashing at 1 or 2am.  I don’t sleep a lot and I love the business, so it’s my life.

What was the last math problem you did.

What is 1/2 plus 1/3.  It’s an interview question I use in almost every interview.

How do you unwind at the end of the day?

I’m terrible at unwinding. I will usually lay in bed for an hour thinking creatively about the business or thinking about how to prioritize the next day.

What would you say is the toughest obstacle to overcome when pursuing a startup?

Constantly hearing “No” and continuing to persevere.  You have to keep pushing even when the odds are stacked against you and even when you get hit with rejection on a daily basis.  I remember raising our seed round of capital and having over 100 meetings where every investor said no.  I’ve learned to thrive on no, but it’s hard not to doubt yourself and the business.

How has crowd funding changed the real estate game?

Crowdfunding is bringing real estate into the 21st century.  While it’s not a new concept conceptually, using the Internet to raise capital is democratizing access to real estate deal flow to more investors and I think it will be the biggest shift to real estate capital markets, maybe ever.

How did you get into real estate?

I grew up with real estate around the dinner table.  My grandparents owned property in Los Angeles, my mother has been in luxury real estate my entire life and my father owned industrial and commercial properties for his export/import business.

Do you code? How does that help you?

While I can do the most basic HTML, I really do not code.  I had the brilliant idea of learning to become a programmer about three months before we launched the startup, but quickly learned I cannot do everything and I should stick to my core competency, business.  Instead of learning to code, I picked a co-founder who is the most brilliant engineer I know. 

 Who do you look up to?

My father, who built great businesses, always put his employees first and managed to balance a family with seven kids while doing it all.

What was your favorite subject in high school and does it still influence you today?

I never had a favorite subject – I’ve always been 1/2 math/science and 1/2 English/history and I think that balanced education really impacts and influences me as a CEO today.  I can play CFO one day and dig deep into our financials and play COO the next day working to clean up operations or write policies and procedures.

If you could offer your best tip to a future entrepreneur, what would it be?

Build a rockstar network.  I have incredible mentors and advisors in my life that have lead to not only business opportunities, but also a great social network with people I now call friends.

UCLA grad, Jesse Draper is a technology expert and creator and host of The Valley Girl Show through which she jesse draperhas become a spokesperson for startups and has helped to pioneer the way of new media content distribution. She oversees everything from pre-production to distribution of the show. Draper started the show because she realized there was no FUN business talk show, only grilling teeth clenching interviews, and she believes the most interesting and inspiring people in the world are the ones who’ve started a business. In her former life, she was on a Nickelodeon show called “The Naked Brother’s Band”. Draper also writes columns for Mashable, Forbes.com and San Francisco Magazine and speaks at business conferences around the world including SXSW, DLD, TEDx, TechVentures and STREAM.

Style Scoop: New Valentino Flagship, Lucy Hale + Hollister, Joan Smalls for Free People

By  August 01, 2014

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The new Valentino flagship store, which will open this Friday at 693 Fifth Avenue, is more than just the biggest location in the world. The brand’s modernization is evident by the sleek black steel and aluminum façade, 27-foot-high atrium on the main floor and the graphic palladiana marble staircase that connects the store’s three stories. Each floor houses a different concept, starting with accessories on the main floor, women’s ready-to-wear on the second (with LED-lit oak and glass display tables) and men’s wear on the third. [WWD]

Actress, musician and fashion “it” girl, Lucy Hale, can now add fashion designer to her resume. The Pretty Little Liars star has put her creative talents to work and has designed an apparel collaboration with Hollister. The Hollister + Lucy Hale limited edition collection will have two installments, each that will reflect some element of her So-Cal lifestyle.  The collection, which will be released on August 8, will include easy-to-wear soft dresses, leggings, skirts and tops and will have price points from $19.95 to $44.95. [WWD]

Puerto Rican Supermodel, Joan Smalls is the surprising new face of Free People. Smalls, who has appeared in Gucci, Chanel, Fendi, Givenchy and Versace campaigns (just to name a few) was enlisted to announce the launch of Free People’s “magalog,” a blog meets online fashion magazine meets advertising platform similar to that of J.Crew and Net-A-Porter. The August Issue will feature fall styling tips, fashion trends, and model exposés. [Racked]

J.Crew has ventured into the world of activewear with the discovery of year-old, indie active brand, Outdoor Voices. Founder, Tyler Haney says that her clothes are made “in the spirit of active.” Outdoor Voices can currently be found in some Manhattan stores as well as online. [Well+GoodNYC]

Nordstrom announced today that has purchased the men’s personal shopping service, Trunk Club. Trunk Club has built its business on connecting men looking for styling advice with one of their 250 personal shoppers. According to a Nordstrom press release, “Trunk Club will continue to operate independently and focus on its core business while leveraging Nordstrom’s capabilities and resources to scale its business.” [Fashionista]

Gone are the days of scouring secondhand shops and flea markets for vintage denim. Enter Re/Dun, the brand that sources vintage Levi’s, recuts them in two styles (relaxed straight and straight skinny). Simply go to the website, chose your size and find your perfect pair. [Fashionista]

 

 

Style Snaps: July 31, 2014

By  July 31, 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.

We’re digging the 90s trends this summer with jelly sandals, chokers and overalls just to name a few, but the revival continues with a modern twist. Mia Moretti and Alexandra Richards hosted a party to reveal ICB‘s new Fall 2014 Campaign which features model Joan Smalls. The new collection references the 90s with fundamental colors and basic silhouettes to give a girl, interested in fashion and the music culture, an effortlessly cool look. The party also celebrated the collaboration between ICB and Def Jam Records production of a mix-tape to compliment the theme of the collection and party.

Fashion Apps to Shop, Share, and Connect

By  July 31, 2014

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Looking for outfit inspiration based on the weather? There’s an app for that. Curious where to buy an outfit you saw on a celeb? There’s an app for that, too. Even Kate Bosworth is getting in on the mobile fashion app push! Our smart phones just got a whole lot more stylish now that they have the ability to provide beauty on-demand and fashion on-the-go. Whether you’re documenting your #OOTD, sharing images with others, searching and shopping for apparel, or organizing your closet, there’s an app perfect for you.

Style Snaps: July 30, 2014

By  July 31, 2014

LilyAldVSpostEvery 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.

What is Sexy, you ask? Surely, Lily Aldridge is. The Victoria’s Secret model unveiled the lingerie giant’s 9th Annual “What is Sexy?” list at the VS store in San Francisco. She also helped celebrate the launch of the new simple and sexy collections of bras. This year, sexy is all about the “less is more” approach to fashion and lifestyle. A few ladies who made the list are Margot Robbie, Lily Collins, Taylor Swift, Blake Lively, Alexa Chung, Emma Stone, Gabrielle Union and Jennifer Lawrence.

Style Scoop: Beyoncé’s Fashion Star Power, Dior for a Princess, Snoopy’s New Clothes

By  July 30, 2014

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Question: Tell me what you think about Bey. She buys her own diamonds and she buys her own rings. The shoes on her feet, the clothes she’s wearing—she bought those too. But according to Vanessa Friedman, she’s no fashion icon–emphasis on ‘fashion’. “Let’s call it the Beyoncé Paradox,” the fashion director and chief fashion critic of the New York Times wrote. “And here’s the thing: I think it is a actually a construct. One that has been strategically made.” She continues, “After all, by opting to build her celebrity on a carefully chosen set of proprietary symbols—in this case, smile and hair and body (and voice, of course) as opposed to a carefully constructed, apparel-related look, Beyoncé & Company ensure that only one brand that really has any real staying power is brand Beyoncé; that everything she is selling comes back to her.” [The New York Times]

Christian Dior is fit for a princess. The Princess Grace Foundation-USA, as a matter of fact. The foundation entered a three-year partnership with Christian Dior, naming the fashion house the sole sponsor for their upcoming awards gala in Los Angeles, Monaco and New York. The partnership is the latest development in a relationship that dates back to 1956 when Princess Grace wore a Dior wedding gown. Dior presented its Resort 2014 collection in Monaco in the presence of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene. “Our partnership with the Princess Grace Foundation-USA is deeply rooted in history and mutual admiration between the princely family of Monaco and the house of Dior,” said Sidney Toledano, Dior’s CEO. “We both share the same pursuit of artistic excellence and are honored to be a part of recognizing the artistic of Princess Grace Award winners in theater, dance and film.” [Women’s Wear Daily]

Back in 1984, Snoopy and his baby sister, Belle, were dressed courtesy of heavy-hitting designers like Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Gianni Versace, Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld, all who, according to Women’s Wear Daily, “created custom outfits for the duo based on the fashions of all time,” to go on display at the Louvre in Paris, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and throughout Europe and Asia.” And now, the exhibit is back in celebration of the Peanuts comic strips’ 65th anniversary and a new movie due out in year to be released in 100 countries and 40 languages! [Women’s Wear Daily]

Fashion girls, soon you may be adding Good Housekeeping to your magazine repertoire. The magazine has just added three fashion heavyweights to their masthead: Lori Bergamotto as style director, who most recently was a contributing editor for Lucky magazine and Kristen Mascia as features editor, who joins the glossy from Parade, where she was an articles editor. Kristen Franzino joins as fashion director, leaving her post at Self as senior fashion editor. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Who knew once upon a time that Karl Lagerfeld refused to be photographed without a fan? When the Chanel designer would see photographer Ross Whitaker coming, he would whip out the fan in a hurry. “Karl knew I had a camera, and he would catch me out of his peripheral vision,” Whitaker said. “I would stalk him at parties, and he would whip his fan out in front of his face. I do not have a picture of Karl without his fan—I can’t even begin to explain how fast he was. I have a bunch of these—Karl with different fans. I don’t know whether he saw me in the room and was always prepared. He would go, ‘Ross, you’re not fast enough.” [The Cut]

Editor’s Pick: Chloé Ballerina Flats

By  July 30, 2014

Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

EditorsPickChloeEver since ballet flats became a thing, I’ve been wearing them. Maybe it has to do with my passion for dance, or perhaps it’s just my love of sartorial simplicity. Either way, ballet flats have always been a staple of mine.

Of course, with every flat shoe comes another set of complaints. But after endless amounts of blisters and plenty of scratched-up heels, I’ve finally found the ballet flat to end all ballet flats. My nude Chloé flats are seriously the perfect shoe: the dainty scalloped edges make them totally feminine, but the neutral hue and impossibly soft leather keep them practical. Needless to say, I wear them with anything, for any occasion—that being said, I protect them against all things dirty, wet or otherwise threatening. They are just too precious.

Certainly, my Chloé babies are one item in my closet that I know I’ll never get sick of, and they’re just about the most comfortable flats I’ve ever worn. Beyond that, they’re simple, chic and understated, which is how I tend to dress and accessorize—surely, it won’t surprise you to learn that they’re actually called the “Lauren.” Someone very wise said, “if the shoe fits…buy it in every color,” and I think I just might. -Lauren Kaplan

Chloé Lauren Ballerina Flats, $459

Style Snaps: July 29, 2014

By  July 29, 2014

GagaBennettposEvery 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.

We know what you’re thinking: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are the most unlikely pair. But with singing careers as strong as theirs, a joint performance means something epic. The two arrived at Lincoln Center on Monday evening for their live performance of “Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live.” The pair will be releasing a collaborative jazz album, also called Cheek to Cheek, to be released this fall. Something tells us that this might, in fact, be an incredible musical match.