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Style Scoop: Happy Birthday YSL, Jourdan Dunn & Cara Delevingne Have Matching Tattoos, Dannijo Boxes ‘Em Out

By  August 01, 2014

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Today would have been Yves Saint Laurent’s 78th birthday. We shall celebrate him by continuing to wear menswear-inspired suits, and embracing fresh takes on safari jackets and gowns that are serious, but not too serious. But first, let’s take remember some of the designer’s most iconic looks. [GlamChic]

Models Jourdan Dunn and Cara Delevingne took a trip to tattoo artist Bang Bang in New York City to get matching artwork on their hips. The adventure was filmed for Dunn’s cooking show, Well Dunn, on Jay Z’s lifestyle website. Dunn described the pain on her show, saying “There [are] moments when it’s fine,” she said of the twosome’s DD tattoos, “and then when it, like, digs.” To distract her friend from the pain, Delevingne sang Aladdin ballads. [Elle]

Dannijo is celebrating women with a strong body and mind with the follow-up to their first video that launched their Fall/Winter 2014 #Boxerina collection. In this video, Sophia Bush and Hilary Rhoda are boxing and getting their game faces on, “lifting weights and doing sit-ups for a big night out.” Fun times! Watch the video here. [Glam Inbox]

Did you know that Hollywood starlets donned sunglasses in the early 1900s, not just to avoid recognition, but because often had red eyes from the arc lamps used with the slow film stocks? Grab your favorite pair and take a walk down the history of sunnies. [Marie Claire]

Net-A-Porter is launching an exclusive Hamptons-inspired capsule collection by Calvin Klein! Available today, Net-A-Porter will sell the collection of 14 ready-to-wear pieces like slip dresses and easy wearable separates. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Calvin Klein Collection and Francisco Costa on this exclusive capsule,” said Holly Russell, Senior Buyer of ready-to-wear at Net-A-Porter. “Known for their clean and simple lines, we love how this collection of pieces takes on a sexy yet feminine, Hamptons-inspired look that is so relevant for the season.” [Glam Inbox]

Style Snaps: August 1, 2014

By  August 01, 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.

Katy Perry took a break from her tour to swing by the White House for a quick performance. The singer had the honor of providing the entertainment for the dinner celebration that honored the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics and its founder, Eunice Shriver. President Obama described her as one of his “favorite people,” when he introduced her to the attendees, which included Stevie Wonder, Andy Roddick, Brooklyn Decker and Perry’s mom, Mary.

 

The Best Celebrity Pregnancy Fashion Looks

By  August 01, 2014

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Major props to Zoe Saldana for hitting endless red carpets while taking care of (and dressing) a growing baby bump. Unsurprisingly, the actress does so with grace and extreme elegance. Whether it’s Lanvin (above), Chloé or Valentino, Saldana has managed to find plenty of frocks that compliment and show off her belly. Surely, she’s not the only one: pregnant celebrity bellies are popping up all over the streets and the red carpet. If their mommies’ style is any indication of what these babies will be sporting, consider our eyes peeled for some seriously adorable baby outfits—after all, there’s definitely something to be said for dressing chic, in-utero.

DVF Does Jewelry… Again

By  August 01, 2014

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Diane von Furstenberg is giving the people what they want: costume jewelry.

“I am still doing fine jewelry, but people ask me for costume jewelry,” the designer said her new bauble collection with Haskell Jewels. “They want to have the $300 necklace.”

So next February, DVF is giving her customers something more affordable than her fine jewelry line. The collection will include cuffs, bangles, rings, and necklaces all priced $68 to $628. This isn’t her first time creating costume jewelry, she worked with Haskell Jewels in the 80s–even dating the CEO Frank Fialkoff.

“I really love jewelry that makes noise and makes a statement,” she continued. “I also like fluidity in jewelry. It’s all treated like fabric.”

We can’t wait to stack a few embossed leather bangles with the designer’s signature lip print on the clasp on our wrist (and make a ton of noise, too)!

Happy Birthday, Yves Saint Laurent!

By  August 01, 2014

YSLbirthdayThe word “icon” gets thrown around quite a bit in the fashion industry, but today is a day that we can use it in the most truthful way we know how: to describe Yves Saint Laurent. The late designer (who is the subject of not one, but two upcoming biopics) was always thinking ahead of the times and truly pushed the envelope when it came to women’s clothes. There was nothing to scandalous, too masculine or too revealing for Saint Laurent to put on the runway or lend to a magazine for a photo shoot. In fact, any time he did, the fashion industry rejoiced.

Perhaps he said it best himself: “Chanel freed women; I empowered them.” And for that, we thank him by continuing to sport menswear-inspired suits, fresh takes on the safari jacket and gowns that are serious, but not too serious. His fast-paced, partying lifestyle informed his revolutionary designs, allowing women to take risks in the way they dressed and challenging fashion’s long-standing conventions. Though he struggled with drug addiction and depression, he changed the face of women’s fashion by making it okay—attractive, even—to be unconventional, both in dress and in attitude. And that’s the mark of a true icon.

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. OV 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 they have 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 and 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.