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Chris Benz Takes Over As Creative Director at Bill Blass

By  October 30, 2014

ChrisBenzBillBlassChris Benz sat the last few seasons out as far as showing collections for his eponymous collection goes, but he’s about to make a big comeback. The designer is the new creative director at Bill Blass, with his role beginning immediately. His appointment follows a years-long struggle to keep a creative lead in place after Jeffrey Monteiro was let go in 2012.

The company’s President Stuart M. Goldblatt is looking to Benz to reinvent the brand and bring it into the new, social generation. “The whole idea was to bring in an American designer who understands women today and who is highly social just as Mr. Blass was,” Goldblatt said. Blass will use his social media skills to do just that, adding a focus on the modern woman. To put those skills to use from the get-go, Blass took to his Twitter account (which boasts over 56,000 followers) on Thursday morning to announce the news.

Style Snaps: October 29, 2014

By  October 29, 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.

Well, we were really excited about Jake Gyllenhaal‘s upcoming movie, Nightcrawler, but we weren’t aware that Jay-Z and Beyoncé were, too. Back from Paris, the pair seems to be rested, cultured and ready to make public appearances back here in New York. And, also, probably tease us a little bit more about their upcoming “secret” album that’ll probably drop in the middle of the night (but when?!). But for right now, we’re content just staring into the depths of Gyllenhaal’s captivating baby blues and admiring his adorably crooked eyebrow (for the record, we like his outfit, too). Sigh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style Scoop: Lottie Moss Lands REDValentino, Hillary Clinton Might Have An Upcoming Vogue Cover, Andre Leon Talley Departs Zappos Couture

By  October 29, 2014

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Lottie Moss—as in, Kate Moss’ little sister—is becoming a supermodel in her own right. The 16-year-old is fronting REDValentino’s winter advertising campaign in a series of kooky, cartoonish photos. She sports the swan motif sweaters and blouses, which Diane Kruger has already been spotted wearing, in the campaign, which was photographed by Tim Walker. [InStyle UK]

Rumor has it that Hillary Clinton is slated for another Vogue cover appearance in the near future. Apparently, the former First Lady was spotted studying a rack of clothes at Michael Kors’ midtown studio alongside editrix Anna Wintour. The last time she appeared en Vogue was in 1998 wearing an Oscar de la Renta gown. Suffice it to say, we’re ready for a reprise. [The Cut]

Zappos Couture did not renew André Leon Talley’s contract as artistic director, which included overseeing content on Zappos Couture’s site, including fashion shoots, videos and top trends. His one-year gig expires on Thursday. The goal of his hire was to help the Amazon-owned site elevate its image, but WWD reports: “rumor has it that the project was not driving sales.” [Women’s Wear Daily]

The Balloon Dog bags are back at H&M, but this time they’re in a lovely magenta hue. As the “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” exhibit arrives at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Swedish retailer chose to offer another limited-edition Koons bag. It will be available to the public to discover and purchase on December 10 at a breakfast hosted by the Champs-Élysées H&M store. The bag will be sold exclusively at the Champs-Élysées H&M and on hm.com for 39.99 euros. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Adidas released campaign imagery to correspond with Pharrell Williams’ collaborative collection, and it’s all about equality. Shot by Ryan McGinley, the ad features two new products: a track jacket in satin or leather and a new (bright green!) Stan Smith sneaker in leather. The campaign promotes racial and gender equality, as evidenced by the models appearing in the images. [Women’s Wear Daily]

As the seasons shift and you start cleaning out your closet, consider donating your used goods to a great cause. Lolë Yellow Label is taking your most loved coats and rehabbing them to be resold at one of their pop-up shops. Padma Lakshmi is one of many celebrities that have already donated coats this year, and all proceeds benefit AmpleHarvest.org. [Glam Inbox]

Is Suki Waterhouse Modeling in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show?

By  October 29, 2014

SukiWaterhouseVSSo, who’s it gonna be? The next Victoria’s Secret model, that is.

We’ve had our eye on Kendall Jenner as the next model-in-waiting to take to the VS runway, but Suki Waterhouse just may make it there first. Waterhouse posted a photo of herself wearing an elaborate head dress, reminiscent only of the outrageous “costumes” the models wear for the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She captioned the image “Top of the Pcocks,” so, uh, hmm?

Of note is the show’s location: it will take place in London for the first time this year—Waterhouse’s hometown. Plus, Cara Delevingne (who Waterhouse replaced as the lead model in the Burberry spring/summer 2015 show) will be absent as a result of a conflict with the Chanel Metiers d’Art Show. Well, 1+1+1 equals 3, right? Odds are that we’ll be seeing Waterhouse sporting those peacock feathers—and little else—on the runway very soon.

Nicolas Ghesquière On Classics and Complexities at Louis Vuitton

By  October 29, 2014

GhesquiereWWDSummitIn his position at the helm of Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière has everyone’s attention. But at WWD’s Apparel and Retail CEO Summit dinner on Monday, the artistic director assured us that he’s not going to try too hard to entertain us with runway spectacles and statements. When it comes to design, Ghesquière takes a different approach: “You never do things thinking you will make a big statement,” he said. “It just happens sometimes and you are lucky. You don’t think you will do a revolution. At the beginning, you are very honest with your idea and you want to seduce. It’s more about building a vision with time, and to dig and go deep into a woman’s wardrobe.”

In his work at Louis Vuitton, Ghesquière pays more attention to the “many facets of women” than delivering a strong statement. It has become clear that Ghesquière is interested in the pragmatic side of fashion—the one that a woman can use to show off “her charisma, her personality, her intelligence, her personal style, her way of expressing herself.” Certainly, a long design process with a close-knit team and the idea of an overall vision for Louis Vuitton supports this approach to Ghesquière’s work.

This vision, it seems, is one that is simple enough to stand the test of time but complex enough to keep many generations of women engaged. Though it might be an overarching vision that Louis Vuitton has upheld since the very beginning, each creative director has done it in his own way. Ghesquière’s way involves not being afraid to reinvent the classic.

“My thought was that when we look at things that are considered ‘Grande Classiques,’ as we say in French—iconic classics that almost everyone wants—we sometimes forget that they were new one day,” he said. “They were totally innovative and might sometimes be shocking to some people, but with time, they become classics. Every item doesn’t become that but the challenge for the designer is to look for those things that are so consistent that they can stand [the test of] time even if they are surprising and new at the beginning.” Stay tuned to Ghesquière’s LV runways for next best thing in classics.

Kate Spade Has Places To Go, People To See

By  October 29, 2014

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If you’re a die-hard Kate Spade fan, chances are you love a good coffee table book. And if you love coffee table books, you’re going to flip over this one. Kate Spade put together a gorgeous, vibrant book filled with images of the inspiration behind the brand that every KS girl will love. It features old-world charm, stunning photographs, inspirational quotes and words of wisdom that readers should keep in mind as they embark on their next journey, whether it be halfway around the world or just halfway down the block. Either way, this book will urge you to do it with elegance and a sense of enchantment.

Style Scoop: Lady Liberty Gets A Wrap Dress, Courrèges’ Comeback, Macy’s Goes Overseas

By  October 28, 2014

StyleScoopOct28In anticipation of her new show, House of DVF, Diane von Furstenberg is dressing the ultimate New York City It-girl in a wrap dress: Lady Liberty herself! Six mini replicas of the iconic statue will be placed in different locations around New York City. Might we say, the wrap dress truly does work wonders on every woman. [E! Online]

Get ready for a Courrèges coup. Known as a staunch futurist, André Courrèges was unafraid of designs most people dubbed as “out-there.” And, wearable or not, former Young & Rubicam ad execs Jacques Bungert and Frédéric Torloting have been trying to bring the house back to life. Not limited to making clothes, “Courrèges 2.0” plans to expand into not just clothes, accessories and makeup, but architecture, design, music and electric cars. [The Cut]

Macy’s has finally decided to open an overseas store in Abu Dhabi. The retailer will open a 205,000-square-foot, four-level store at Al Maryah Central, which is described as a “super-regional shopping destination” and is currently under development. A 230,000-square-foot Bloomingdale’s will also open there. Both plan to open in 2018. [Women’s Wear Daily]

H&M has selected 24 aspiring designers from 37 fashion schools across the globe for its fourth edition of the annual H&M Design Award, which will be revealed in January. Only 8 students will make it to the next round, showing their collections to an international jury headed by Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative head of design. The winner will receive a collaboration with H&M, a show at Stockholm Fashion week, a cash prize of 50,000 euros ($63,300!) and a mentorship. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Marc by Marc Jacobs teamed up with Urbanears to make your music-listening experience even more chic—especially if you’re listening to Taylor Swift’s new album (editor’s note: guilty). Offered in several colors and textures, the headphones (and earbuds) are available for $60 and $45 respectively at Urbanears.com and at Marc by Marc Jacobs retailers worldwide and online. [Glam Inbox]

Editor's Pick: Henri Bendel Jewelry Book

By  October 28, 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.

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By all accounts, I am not the neatest or most organized person out there. Which is why anytime I’m presented with an organizational solution that is easy and chic, I am totally game. I’ve long been a fan of Henri Bendel‘s multi-purpose bags, pouches, carrying cases, and just about every one of their glamorous holdalls that make my life just a wee bit neater.

The most recent addition to improve the chaotic condition of my jewelry is this beautiful Jewelry Book. This perfect little case folds up so compactly yet holds tons of bangles and baubles. With three pockets, five zippered pouches, eight earrings holders, and snaps galore–this case is perfect for a getaway and home storage too. And with the option to monogram the case in store, it makes the perfect bridesmaid or Holiday gift for anyone in your life.

Henri Bendel West 57th Jewelry Book, $128

Faces on the Newsstand: December 2014

By  October 28, 2014

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As one issue closes, another one opens, and another still appears on the newsstand at the very same time: and so continues the cyclical production of fashion magazines. We can’t stop—won’t stop!—looking forward to the big reveal (whether it’s by way of Instagram, Twitter or otherwise leaked) of each publication’s cover girl. With every new month come a slew of awe-inspiring cover shots of fashion and entertainment’s most glamorous stars. Take a look at what this month’s glossies have in store.

Style Snaps: October 27, 2014

By  October 27, 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.

It looks like we’re not the only ones that are embracing a neutral palette this fall. Of course, while we might be opting for clothes that are black and white and shades in between, we make it a priority to choose statement-making accessories. While Jessica Chastain‘s gorgeous red hair can sometimes serve as an accessory in and of itself, we’re dubbing those vibrant green baubles the cherry on top of this look.