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Sandals Under $50 That Will Last All Summer

By  July 24, 2014

Sandals Under $50 That Will Last All Summer

It’s finally time to free your toes—summer is here, and we’re doing away with boots and socks. Once your feet are pedi-ready, it’s time to slip into sandals that work with all your summer excursions. From office wear to beach trips to drinks with the girls, your footwear needs to match your summertime outfits.
We’re on a mission to find comfy-yet-chic sandals that won’t hurt our soles or our bank accounts. Summer is made for sundresses and sandals, but it’s easy to fall into a flip-flop rut, so allow us to be your personal shoe shoppers. Here’s a guide to picking the right trend and sandals for you.

Classic
Clean lines and neutral colors are the name of the game. These sandals will match almost everything in your closet and will work for both day and night.
1. Henry Sandals, available at Topshop for $40
2. Splendid Cantina Sandals, available at Lord & Taylor for $44
3. Report Women’s Ellenton Sandals, available at Amazon for $29

Edgy
If you’re used to wearing chunky heels or combat boots during the rest of the season, choose a sandal with thick straps and a platform.
4. Chunky Sole Sandals, available at H&M for $35
5. C Label Mollini-17 Sandals, available at 6pm for $45
6.  Strappy Sandals, available at H&M for $24.95

Embellished
For those who like their sandals with a little bling (but not too much), these shoes are great for both day and night.
7. Madden Girl Mellowed T Strap Sandals, available at Aeropostale for $29
8. Ivanka Trump Pauline, available at 6pm for $45
9. Aldo Dolea Gold Plate Detail Sandals, available at House of Fraser for $44

Earthy
For those who can admire the Birkenstock trend but aren’t ready to fully commit to a pair, we’ve found a few that won’t break the bank but will allow you to experiment with hippie-chic style.
10. Zigi Girl Pepper Sandals, available at Lord & Taylor for $45
11. Truffle 2 Strap Mule Flat Sandals, available at ASOS for $26.68
12. Office Icon Footbed Flat Slip On Sandals, available at House of Fraser for $27

Wedged
Need a lift? You’ll still be able to wear these sandals on day trips and summer evenings out without wishing you brought your flip-flops instead.
13. Dolce Vita Jaslyn Sandal, available at Nordstrom for $49
14. Enzo Agiolini Nomas, available at 6pm for $40.15
15. Candies Stretch Wedge Espadrille Sandal, available at Kohls for $33

 

Style Snaps: July 24, 2014

By  July 24, 2014

BehatiEditpostEvery 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.

Looks like marriage isn’t the only exciting thing happening in model Behati Prinsloo‘s life. The Victoria’s Secret Angel graces the pages of Net-a-Porter.com’s digital magazine, THE EDIT in luxe pre-fall 70s-inspired pieces. Sporting fringy bangs and plenty of fur and jewelry, Prinsloo talks about her rock n’ roll lifestyle, and what it’s like to walk down a runway in your underwear (unfortunately, there’s not too much scoop about what it’s like to experience wedded bliss with Adam Levine). Of the VS fashion show backstage area, she says, “All the girls are doing squats backstage!” Wouldja believe it?!

Hermès Welcomes Nadège Vangee-Cybulski

By  July 24, 2014

NadegeHermesIn the latest round of Fashion Musical Chairs, Hermès said goodbye to one artistic director and hello to another. Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski will follow in the footsteps of Christophe Lemaire as artistic director for women’s ready-to-wear at Hermès.

As we reported on Monday, French designer Lemaire left the brand after four years in order to focus his efforts on his signature label. His last collection for Hermès is slated to show in Paris on October 1. After that, Vanhee-Cybulski, who’s a veteran of Maison Martin Margiela, The Row, and Céline, will lend her extraordinary talents to the iconic brand.

“Her talent and her creative track record will be great assets in the continued development of women’s ready-to-wear. She will devote herself full-time to our house,” Axel Dumas, chief executive officer of Hermès, said. We’re certainly looking forward to seeing what happens when Vanhee-Cybulski takes those orange reigns.

Style Scoop: Vogue Still Rules… and So Does Anna Wintour, Welcome to the Blakery

By  July 23, 2014

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Vogue’s September issue is still the biggest in the land. Last year the Conde Nast publication boasted of 661 pages—making it the actual weight of the bible—and this year, when the issue hits newsstands it will weigh in with 631 pages. Not as big as last year’s issue, but certainly still impressive. Lucky and Teen Vogue weren’t as, well, lucky. Each publication’s September pages declined by 33.9% and 34.3% respectively. [Fashionista]

Speaking of Conde Nast, Anna Wintour is not only the company’s creative director across all their titles, as of today, she is editorial director as well! In a memo circulating Conde Nast CEO Chuck Townsend wrote, “as strategic leadership changes we are making as part of a succession plan we started early this year,” [Wintour] “will ensure that our content and culture remain at the forefront of our industry. [President Bob Sauerberg] and I will rely on her for her insights and guidance as we build the team that will lead us into the future.” [Daily Intelligencer]

Blake Lively’s husband, Ryan Reynold, calls his home ‘The Blakery” because his wife bakes so often. Vogue spent 73 questions with Preserve’s founder where she shared that she prefers cupcakes to cake, would love to live in Paris and the movie she laughed the hardest through. [The Scene]

Britney Spears is not that innocent. In fact, the singer is launching a new line of lingerie called The Intimate Collection. She shared a sneak peak of what’s to come on Twitter and Instagram. The collection will include comfy camisoles and sheer separates. [The Huffington Post]

This man deserves a cookie! An apparently very bored 27-year-old French boyfriend created a 9-minute 21-second video that splices together all of the brands mentioned over the course of the Sex and the City’s six seasons. All. Of. Them. Is that amazing or what? [Glamour]

eBay Helps Young British Designers

By  July 23, 2014

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eBay is really trying to make their mark in the fashion industry—perhaps in an effort to move away from that pesky counterfeit settlement with LVMH?

In any event, this is big news. eBay is teaming up with the British Fashion Council to create BFC Contemporary, “an initiative aimed at helping fashion designers in the contemporary segment of the market with mentorship, strategy and commercial opportunities.”

“Each of the inaugural BFC Contemporary designers possess incredible creativity and strong brand concepts,” said Caroline Rush, CEO of the BFC. “These designers mark a new wave in British contemporary design, the rise of which we aim to fuel with this new initiative.”

Alexis Barrell, Georgia Hardinge, Paper London, Prism and Zoë Jordan are the inaugural BFC Contemporary class and will have their business plans, collection plans, pricing, on and offline presence examined by members of the BFC and eBay’s head of fashion brands Melanie Smallwood. Each designer will also undergo bespoke mentoring sessions.

The designers will create a limited-edition piece that will be sold at the BFC Contemporary shop in September on eBay.co.uk.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Releases Capitol Couture 'Living Portraits'

By  July 23, 2014

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Talk about white hot! Capitol Couture is giving Hunger Games fans a closer look at the style of the Quarter Quell victors Peeta Mellark and Johanna Mason.

The imprisoned pair is presented as living portraits in the movie’s online fashion magazine with the same clean, minimalist aesthetic of President Snow’s sinister public address to Panem. Mason (Jena Malone) showcases her  “Statuesque Allure” in a sculptural Alon Livne gown that “juxtaposes the flowing drapery of classic statuary while the super modern and sculptural iridescent white bodice references the branch motif of the Panem Seal.” 

The striking look was paired with Alexander Wang heels and hand-carved marble bangle by Chen Chen and Kai Williams. Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) channels his Spirit of Strength in an Unconditional matte leather suit with Maison Martin Margiela shirt and shoes. The look is completed with a paper collar piece by David Mason, which takes the similar artistic elements of Mason’s dress.

These living portraits arrive mere days before the debut of the first full trailer from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I that will be unveiled on July 25 at Comic Con. The features also serve as a way of dangling the two prisoners as bait to draw the District 13 rebels out of hiding. We wonder how much longer Katniss and her revolutionary crew will wait to rescue the Quarter Quell winners.

Beyoncé Channels Rosie The Riveter

By  July 23, 2014

BeyonceRosieRiveterQueen Bey is the latest celebrity to embody World War II’s iconic Rosie the Riveter, and we have to say she pulls it off quite well. Beyoncé flaunted a nicely toned bicep in the photo (if you’ve seen “On The Run,” you know is only indicative of how incredible the the rest of her body looks), which she posted to her Instagram on Tuesday. From the knotted red bandana to the badass smirk, Beyoncé hit all the right notes with this photo. Could this be a response to rumors that she and hubby Jay-Z are getting divorced, which have been swirling for a few days, now? Perhaps time will tell, but for now, we’re loving seeing Bey enjoy her time “On The Run” by flexing her feminist muscles and paying tribute to the original “Independent Woman.”

Naya Rivera Wed Ryan Dorsey In Cabo

By  July 23, 2014

NayaRiveraWedSurprise! Naya Rivera is a married woman! The Glee star married actor Ryan Dorsey on July 19 in Cabo San Lucas, in front of a small group of close family, People.com reports. “We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife,” the pair told People. “Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for.” Rivera and Dorsey met in Los Angeles and became friends four years ago. Their relationship blossomed shortly after Rivera ended her engagement to rapper Big Sean in April.

The bride wore a lace Monique Lhuillier gown, and the groom wore a Dolce & Gabbana suit. Her bouquet consisted of daisies and babies breath, and the couple exchanged Neil Lane rings. Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

Style Snaps: July 22, 2014

By  July 22, 2014

MirandaKerrpostEvery 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 Canadian tuxedo look is really taking hold, and the latest to test out the style is Miranda Kerr. While some might say that a good rule of thumb is to make sure your denim pieces are contrasting shades, we have to say that Kerr’s monochrome take totally works. Her luxe accessories prevent the outfit from going too country, and keep it grounded in good-old-NYC style.

Style Scoop: Zac Posen Doesn’t Believe in Banning Trends, Go Bare with Dita von Teese, Lord & Taylor’s Birdcage

By  July 22, 2014

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Don’t ask Zac Posen which trend he would get rid of. “Banning any trend is like… neutering culture,” the designer said during his Reddit AMA. Oh, and he used his 20s to engulf himself in all sorts of cultures. “Through my twenties, I fully engrossed myself in the glamour lifestyle, traveled the world, ate in some of the best restaurants, and had a quite fabulous life experiences—from being mentored and partners in my early twenties with Puff Daddy (who I’ve always call “Sean”) to dining with royalty to living the American West—planes, trains and automobiles.” [The Cut]

Today Dita von Teese’s signature lingerie collection is launching on Bare Necessities. To celebrate the full range-styles that are available up to 44 band and E cup, Bare Necessities wants to see your take on von Teese’s signature cat eye until July 27 using #DitaCatEye. Be sure to tag @barenecessitiesdotcom. The top 10 cat eyes will be chosen, and posted on the Bare Necessities Facebook page and Instagram. Von Teese will chose 2 winners who will receive her signature perfume, and 4 winners will be chosen to receive her signature press on nails. [Glam Inbox]

Lord & Taylor has two new concept shows for you to shop this fall: Birdcage and Brand Assembly. “We are looking to really inject newness and fashion relevance,” Liz Rodbell, the department store’s president. “We’re testing new concept in our flagship. It’s a great place to bring new exciting ideas.” Birdcage will house “a highly curated, eclectic assortment with over 1,00 styles” from vendors like Alex Woo jewelry, Tai jewelry, Marie Turnor handbags, Joya candles, and flowers from Flower Girl when it opens in October. When Brand Assembly opens in September, it will showcase up-and-coming advanced contemporary designers “with a rotating mix of approximately 20 creators,” like Sachin & Babi and Priory of Ten. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Instead of making a big production of out the fact that their July catalog features disabled models, Nordstorm simply released it without much ado. “We have a long history of incorporating diverse models into our catalogs and marketing,” the retailer’s spokesperson Tara Darrow said. “For us it’s really about wanting to ensure that we’re reflecting the diverse customers and communities we serve.” [Glamour]

News from the capitol! In preparation for the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, the film has launched a fashion magazine from the capitol. Capitol Couture features a living portrait of Johanna Mason, the female victor from the 71st Hunger Games from District 7. The site reads, “Here we see Johanna in a n exquisite Alon Livne creation that ‘juxtaposes the flowing drapery of classic statuary while the super modern and sculptural iridescent white bodice references the branch motif of the Panem Seal.’  With plunging lines and slits as daring and divine as the warrior woman herself, every element of Johanna’s ensemble (including her Alexander Wang shoes and hand-carved marble bangles by Chen Chen and Kai Williams) exudes her fierce strength and enduring pride- a true darling of the Capitol.” Cute.  [Fashion Gone Rouge]