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Paring Down Pink Friday: Nicki Minaj’s New Look!

By  April 23, 2014

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With her cartoonish outfits and outlandish wigs, we never really caught a case of closet envy when it came to Nicki Minaj. Until now. In a sit-down with MTV, the YMCMB emcee shared that her style transformation—trading in psychedelic prints and neon wigs for body-conscious Alexander McQueen and her natural, black locs—signals coming full circle.

“I went so far to the other side that there’s only one place to go from there,” she told the network while promoting The Other Woman. “You can either continue doing costumes or you can just say, ‘Hey guess what? This will shock them even more. Doing nothing will shock them even more.’”

And give us a serious case of girl-crush. Since debuting a pared-down look on ELLE’s April 2013 cover and parting ways with long-time wigmaker Terrence Davidson, Minaj has been serving serious style left and right. There were those bare-faced candids from her Mexican getaway, McQueen at the MTV Movie Awards, and Jean Paul Gaultier at the The Other Woman’s premiere after-party. Her evolution isn’t stopping there.

In addition to refining her look, Minaj admits that her upcoming album, The Pinkprint, will chronicle a return to the lyricism fans enjoyed during her Beam Me Up Scotty and Sucka Free mixtape days.

“The tracks on [my next album] are back to my hip-hop roots,” she told MTV. “And I don’t think it’s something that I’m necessarily trying to do. As soon as I started working on my new album, that’s just the songs that I’ve been writing.”

Good riddance to leopard-print wigs and the sugary-sweet “Starships” sounds? Round of applause, girlfriend!

As for her signature curves, those are here to stay.

Click here for a slideshow of Minaj’s style evolution!

Pharrell Williams Wields Girl Power In Paris Art Exhibition

By  April 23, 2014

PharrellexhibNext month, Pharrell Williams will trade in his infamous Vivienne Westwood hat for another one: the role of Curator. Women’s Wear Daily reports that Williams is set to put forth an exhibition titled “Girl,” the same name as his most recent album and forthcoming scent with Comme des Garcons. The exhibit will live in Emmanuel Perrotin’s new space in Paris, the Salle de Bal beginning May 27 through June 25. It will feature 40 works by prominent artists including Marina Abramovic, Sophie Calle, Cindy Sherman and Tracey Emin. Unsurprisingly, most of the artists featured in the exhibit are, well, girls.

Victoria Beckham and Liya Kebede Champion Born Free

By  April 23, 2014

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More than 700 children are born with HIV every day. Hard at work combatting that statistic is Born Free, a private sector-led initiative with the sole objective of ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV by December 31, 2015.

To bring awareness to the cause, the Born Free Collection just launched on Shopbop, an exclusive collaboration from the retailer, Vogue and 22 designers like Donatella Versace, Phoebe Philo, Miuccia Prada, Victoria Beckham and Sarah Burton for mother and child. All proceeds will benefit Born Free’s fight.

“The importance of having a generation born free of HIV can’t be overstated,” John Megrue, founder and chair of Born Free. “I am thrilled that the fashion community has so generously added their time, talent and voice to our collective efforts to meet the serious, but achievable, challenge of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV by December 31, 2015.”

In addition to the collection, Victoria Beckham and Liya Kebede traveled to South Africa to see Born Free’s mission at work. They’re working on a piece for Vogue’s May issue, further drawing attention to the cause.

Patrick Demarchelier shot the campaign featuring model mothers Doutzen Kroes, Sasha Pivovarova, Lily Aldridge, and Karolina Kurkova.

Shop the collection here!

Primark Is Headed to the U.S.

By  April 23, 2014

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Mark your calendars, fast fashion fans: Primark is headed to the U.S.

The British retailer announced its plans to open a store on the East Coast beginning the end of 2015, but it won’t be in the Big Apple according to Women’s Wear Daily. Instead Associated British Foods, the brand’s parent company, has already found space in Boston’s historic Burnham building at Downtown Crossing. More US outposts are expected to pop up through 2016.

As Fashionista noted, the retailer will have a slew of competition to handle–similar stores such as Joe Fresh, Topshop, H&M, and Zara have already placed their stake on American soil. Another challenge to note: Its lack of e-commerce, which could also make it difficult for the fast fashion fixture to break through.

But with all of the hurdles in place, Primark felt primed to hit the states after successfully launching outposts in Spain and France, as both are difficult markets in Europe. As such, it seems like a smart move to test the waters in Boston, which isn’t as saturated as New York. We’re happy to hop on Amtrak to check out the space and snag a few cheap and chic items when it opens its doors.

Create Your Own Pair of Valentino Rockstuds

By  April 23, 2014

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Valentino’s Rockstud line has reached new heights.

The wildly popular line for the Italian fashion house is allowing us, the consumer, to step into the design chair with a new collection of customizable accessories in shades of the brand’s iconic red, Luxury Daily is reporting. Now, this is a DIY we can get behind!

“The intended audience is one that includes the core consumer who is already a brand loyalist while also introducing additional shoppers whose interest is piqued due to the focus on hues and customization,” Kimmie Smith, an accessories expert told the site. “The idea of making things personal and incorporating a brand’s heritage into your own in a new way is universal to those that have frequented the brand as well as those that were either on the fence in terms of purchasing or are completely new to coveting these items.”

We’re absolutely sure that you’ll covet this customizable collection. Who wouldn’t want to create their own Rockstud? Now you can place personalized studs on pumps, handbags and small leather goods.

Fit For A Queen: Jenny Packham On Dressing Kate Middleton, and America

By  April 23, 2014

KateMiddletonJPAnytime the Duchess of Cambridge steps out of a building, off of an airplane, or onto the street, the world watches with baited breath…to see what she’s wearing.

It all began, perhaps, with that captivating moment that she revealed her Alexander McQueen wedding gown. And the obsession with What-Will-Kate-Wear has only grown since. She has her favorite (British) labels, and Jenny Packham is certainly one of them. According to Women’s Wear Daily, the designer works with the Duchess in what is “’always quite a collaboration.’” Therefore, when the public gives Kate such high praise for her choice of dress (most recently, it was the Jenny Packham creation dubbed “The Fern dress”) designers like Packham have reason to celebrate.

While Packham has been designing dresses for over 25 years, there’s no debate that the Duchess has helped to put her on the fashion map. Going forward, Packham and her business/life partner Matthew Anderson have quite a lot to be excited about.

On Thursday, she’ll host her first-ever ready-to-wear trunk show at Neiman Marcus in Los Angeles with a VIP salon scheduled for Wednesday evening. This trip to LA will also bring Packham into contact with editors and stylists. Surely, it’s trips like these and exposure like the kind garnered by a Kate Middleton appearance that will serve as the push Packham needs to build her American market. Of her bridal show on April 18, Packham said, “This is the pinnacle of everything we do, doing the collection, meeting the people we sell to, which gives me amazing feedback.” Hopefully such feedback will lend itself to the company’s expected 30% sales gain for 2014, as well as Duchess of Cambridge look-alikes all over Manhattan.

Style Scoop: 3.1 Philip Lim Does Denim, Download the Clueless Closet, Vogue Dot Dot Dot

By  April 22, 2014

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3.1 Phillip Lim designed a very sophisticated capsule collection of nothing but denim. The 12 styles include some new silhouettes like a “bralette,” a tailored blazer, wide-leg pants, convertible trench to be worn three ways and some old, a moto jacket made entirely of denim. The collection is available in boutiques and online right now. We’ll have one of everything, please. [The Cut]

This is for the girls (and guys!) who envied Cher Horowitz’s high tech closet in Clueless. You can have your chance at that closet thanks to StyleChat. The fashion app allows you to create collections from anywhere online, access your closet on the go, dress a selfie, and create a virtual closet… which could be dangerous considering that everything you find through the app is shoppable. Download at your own risk. [GLAM Inbox]

Vogue magazine is in it to win it when it comes to their web presence. The fashion bible has noticeably stepped up its Instagram game and covers—KimYe, anyone?—and now the magazine is building an army of web editors. The finally step will be the new site’s unveiling during September fashion week. We’ll be waiting. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Yoga to the people! The 2014 White Tour schedule is bringing the art of yoga to five major museums around the world in Barcelona, New York, Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton during the month of May. Tickets are $25 and will include a signature Lolë yoga mat. Proceeds from the new White by Lolëtm collection. [GLAM Inbox]

Here’s hoping Olivia Palermo does something stylish for her something blue! “I always like to incorporate pops of color,” she told Brides magazine. Heading down the aisle soon and want to look like the fashion IT girl? She has few tips: “Check out Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, or Carolina Herrera’s shows online,” she told the glossy. “And even if your dream dress comes right off the rack, add your own touch. Play with color. It’s all about the styling!” she said. [E! News]

Theodora & Callum just inked a new licensing deal with Collection 18 that will produce their new line, T+C Theodora & Callum that will launch for resort 2014 with hats, cover-ups and the brands signature scarves retailing for $38 to $148. “It’s not about diffusion, it’s not about a secondary line—it’s how we do we take the energy [of Theodora & Callum] to to T+C Theodora & Callum and offer it to a broader audience,” cofounder Stefani Greenfield said. [Women’s Wear Daily]

 

 

Gisele Bündchen Shows Off Her Heart of Glass

By  April 22, 2014

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She’s back!

…and it would appear that supermodel Gisele Bündchen is really vying to add popstar to her resume. As part of her new H&M campaign for the Swedish fast fashion retailer, she’s showing off the store’s swimsuits, while singing Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” and dancing on a beach wearing H&M in a music video.

This is a step up from her last vocal offering, low-key studio performance of The Kinks’ “All Day and All Of The Night” for the fall/winter campaign last September.

Check out Tom Brady’s wife’s performance in the video below:


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Feast Your Eyes on This: Sophia Webster for J.Crew

By  April 22, 2014

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J.Crew whet our palettes teaming up with Sophia Webster for their Spring 2014 collection—and now the day has come to shop the collaboration.

“The collection is really fun and feminine, very me, but still a hybrid of the two brands,” Webster told Women’s Wear Daily back in September. “The brand has a real sense of fun and color that I love, and I think that my designs complement their clothes well.”

We hope you made room in your shoe closet because you’ll definitely want to indulge in this collection.  “[The shoes] are like miniature sets—a beautiful world for your feet to spend the day in,” J.Crew’s president and creative director Jenna Lyons described the pieces of walking art AKA shoes. “Each [pair of] shoes tells a unique story.”

Get. Set. Shop. right now instore at J.Crew!

Faces on the Newsstand: Olivia Wilde on Lucky, Emma Stone on Vogue, Emma Stone on Vogue, Olivia Munn on Allure

By  April 22, 2014

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Olivia Wilde’s pregnancy makes her feel like a goddess. “I just thought, ‘Oh I’m going to hide this forever,” Lucky’s May cover girl said. “But I ended up getting kind of excited to show the bump, as a badge of pride. Like I’m a woman! Look at me making a human! I am a goddess!” She looks like one too, wouldn’t you say?

Emma Stone is on a roll, according to Vogue magazine. The May cover girl got her start after beginning her parents to go to L.A. at 15 years old and will soon have four new films hit theaters. “The thing I gravitate toward naturally is comedy,” Stone said. “But I want to do different things,” perhaps “truly bizarre characters. “I would like to see what I can do.” She isn’t the only one.

Olivia Munn is on the cover of Allure’s May issue and according to the accompanying text, she’ll shock you. Oh, we greatly anticipate the ways, Allure. We can’t wait.