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Day in the Life: Natasha Martinez, Miss California USA 2015

By  April 20, 2015

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With great power comes great responsibility, and Natasha Martinez has no problem balancing both. As this year’s Miss California USA (she was crowned in January), you can say Martinez is living the dream–with a closet of couture pageant gowns and sweet stilettos via Chinese Laundry to match–but her busy day-to-day is more than just glitz and glamour. The 23 year-old puts time aside for some of the causes she cares about most, most recently turning her efforts to helping out at the Glamour Gowns and Formal Wear event alongside CASA of Los Angeles. Check out what prom-worthy attire she helped style for some of the foster care teens that participated in the fun and everything else that went down on her busy day.

Day in the Life: Blythe Harris of Stella & Dot

By  April 17, 2015

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There’s something perfectly romantic about working in jewelry design, especially when the styles produced are as dreamy as the baubles of Stella & Dot. This fantasy world gets to be Blythe Harris‘s daily reality. The mother of two and the brand’s Chief Creative Officer and Co-Creator works with her teams in Sausalito and New York to bring us the stunning (and affordable!) Stella & Dot collections we’ve so fallen in love with. Her inspiration comes from travel, study, experience, and personal creativity, all which worked in launching a sister brand to Stella & Dot in 2014 called KEEP Collective (we at Glam are already fans). Here’s how she does it:

6:00 a.m. Wake up.
6:15 a.m. Do a 5-minute meditation before starting my day.
6:30 a.m. Wake up the kids, Freddie (my youngest son) and Olive (my daughter)
7:00 a.m. Cook breakfast and get Freddie and Olive dressed for school, which takes quite a while now that they are very discerning about their outfits (wonder where they get that from)??
8:00 a.m. Leave for the office. I park the car facing the right direction so it is very easy to get out in the morning!
8:30 a.m. Stop at Equator coffee on the way into the office (some days I grab lunch here for later on).
9:00 a.m. Get into the Sausalito Design Studio and go straight to a priority setting meeting which gives the team a “view of the week.
10:30 a.m. Creative review with the New York Design Team.
11:00 p.m. One-on-ones with a team member in Sausalito. Since our office is located right on the water in a marina, we typically step outside, walk around and brainstorm.
12:00 p.m. Eat lunch at my desk while catching up on email or, on the rare occasion that I have time to step out, I will visit Chino in Sausalito for lunch and a latte.
1:30 p.m. Weekly creative review with the team, talk about upcoming seasons, silhouettes, trend and color research.
2:00 p.m. Brainstorm hour! This is the time I sit down to sketch and flesh ideas out. I love to hike and sometimes I will use this hour to take the team outside of the office. Brainstorming in a natural setting really eliminates the every day office distractions.
3:15 p.m. Executive team meetings, or a check in with our CEO & Founder, Jessica Herrin
4:00 p.m. Review production issues/quality issues. Problem-solving time..
6:00 p.m. Head home, or every-other week I love to grab dinner and a drink with my dear friend Serena (of Serena and Lily). We typically go to Sushi Ran or Le Garage, which are both conveniently located in Sausalito.
8:00 p.m. Start to put the kids down to bed and get back on email.
10:00 p.m. Watch an episode of Mad Men with my husband and then head to bed.

Style Scoop: Kimye, Alexander Wang, and DVF Have Time On Their Side, Carine Roitfeld Curates for Uniqlo, and Gisele Bündchen’s Last Strut

By  April 16, 2015

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The couple that consistently tries to break the Internet every time they step out has officially made their mark, as Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have made Time’s 2015 list of the 100 Most Influential People. As Elon Musk wrote for Mr. West’s piece on transcending music, fashion and fame, “Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list. The dude doesn’t believe in false modesty, and he shouldn’t.” The pair is in good company with Alexander Wang named as one of the Artists with a piece from Karlie Kloss and DVF was anointed an Icon (of course) by Jessica Alba. Congrats! [Time]

Carine Roitfeld is taking her eye for style to UNIQLO. The editrix worked with the brand’s design director Naoki Takizawa to curate a collection within the UNIQLO LifeWear concept. The chic selections will include everything from intimates to outerwear – all worthy of a Vogue editor. As Roitfeld explained, “I started from the idea of clothes that I would want to wear myself, and developed this into clothes that anyone would want to wear, a woman’s ideal of clothes that make her feel transformed when she wears them.” [Glam Inbox]

After announcing her retirement last month, Gisele has taken her last turn on the catwalk. The leggy lady rocked the runway for Colcci’s Sao Paulo Fashion Week show with hubby Tom Brady sitting front row to cheer her on with the rest of the audience. The Patriot’s all-star shared a sweet note on Facebook to commemorate the occasion, while the other models sported shirts with her face illustrated on them. The model was touched at how far she had come from her first runway show when she was just 14, writing on Instagram. “I am grateful that at 14, I was given the opportunity to start this journey. Today after 20 years in the industry, it is a privilege to be doing my last fashion show by choice and yet still be working in other facets of the business.” Here’s to the next chapter! [Refinery 29] 

Michael Kors is the brand to bag if you’re a teen. According to Piper Jaffrey, 39% of average-income girls pick Kors compared to 7% percent back in 2012. It knocks back Coach, which moved from 46% to 17% percent in the same time period. Given that Coach is re-branding to cater to higher luxury clientele to likes of Chanel and Hermès, Kors has filled in the demographic influences other consumers. So that’s what the kids are wearing these days! [Business of Fashion]

BlackBook is back and better than ever. The glossy celebrated its triumphant return by linking up with Cole Haan for a special screening of its first film, The American Dream Project at NYC’s Gansevoort Park Hotel, which chronicles a cross-country journey to discover whether the American Dream still exists and what it looks like today. Hopefully, the picture is bright and clear. [Glam Inbox] 

Did your invite to Burberry’s London in Los Angeles show get lost in the mail? Don’t worry; you’ll still be able to see the spectacle, as the brand will give Periscope users an all-access pass to all of the festivities. Aside from the runway shows, there will be live performances by Clare Maguire, Tom Odell, and Benjamin Clementine, and even more surprises when you tune in at 7:45PM PDT tonight! [Glam Inbox]

Party Report: Lilly Pulitzer for Target Springs to Life in Bryant Park

By  April 16, 2015

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THE PARTY: Lilly Pulitzer for Target Launch

THE PLACE: Bryant Park Grill

THE DEETS: Prep was on parade in Bryant park, as Target erected “Lilly’s Resort” to celebrate the brand’s latest collaborations. The retailer unveiled the vacation-ready range – complete with items for your home and your little ones – at the epicenter of spring and fashion with everything painted pink and white.

The spring spectacular drew the likes of Kate Bosworth, Bella Thorne, Ellie Kemper, Lindsay Ellingson, Camila Alves, and more all pretty in Pulitzer. Guests got a head start to shop key pieces from the collection before the range hit shelves on April 19. If guests needed a break from the rush to the racks, they could sip raspberry-accented champagne and fruity cocktails as well as snap selfies in the photobooth — all to the tunes spun by DJ Kiss. With Pulitzer’s signature vibrant prints in tow, spring has officially sprung in the Big Apple!

Style Scoop: Pepsi Hosts a Redesign Challenge, the Duchess Debuts Gowns, and 7 For All Mankind Turns to Virtual Reality

By  April 15, 2015

style-scoop-april-15Calling all creatives! Pepsi and fashion-force Nicola Formichetti (long-time Lady Gaga style collaborator, fashion editor, and creative director of Diesel) are looking for your artistic vision. The “Live for Now” Design Challenge will be taking in Pepsi soda redesign submissions on Pepsichallenge.com from today to May 13th. The winner will receive a once-in-a-lifetime design experience at the PepsiCo Design & Innovation Center, not to mention the stylistic approval of industry leaders including Formichetti, Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani, Lapo Elkann, Karim Rashid, and Marcelo Burlon, all of whom will be on the judges panel. [Glam Inbox]

If Europe is on your vacation agenda this summer, you’ll want to put Portugal on your list of stops. The Duchess of Cadaval, known as Claudine to her friends, will be hosting a very special affair there that fashion fanatics won’t want to miss. Set at her family’s palace in historic Evora, Portugal, the Duchess’s “Unforgettable Wedding Gowns” exhibit will feature famous gowns and accessories from the royal circle.  Curated by retired couturier Hubert de Givenchy, the special showing is set to open June 7th. [WWD]

Head to Paris in a pair of denim jeans by 7 For All Mankind via the brand’s latest release. Their short film, Visions of California, is a groundbreaking 3D virtual reality experience that shares the imaginative narrative of their collection. Be a part of it here. [Glam Inbox]

Vogue Paris has put a colored model on its cover for the first time in five years. Ethiopian-born model, designer, L’Oreal Paris spokesperson, and philanthropist Liya Kebede stuns on the front page in a multi-colored Christian Dior jumpsuit. [Fashionista]

Ralph Lauren continues its international expansion with its latest store opening in Brazil. The stunning 850 square meter space is located in the prestigious Cidade Jardim Mall, in São Paulo. Celebrity guests like Camilla Belle stopped by to pay the shop a warm welcome. Check out the event video below! [Glam Inbox]

 

Style Scoop: Adidas Sues Marc Jacobs, Havaianas Has a Sweet Tooth, and Gisele to Retire

By  April 14, 2015

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Is four stripes down the sleeve of a track jacket the same as three? That’s for the U.S. District Court in Oregon to decide in a trademark infringement case filed today by Adidas against Marc Jacobs. The piece, though, is actually a design from the Marc by Marc Jacobs line, headed by creative and design directors Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley. Another point of complication? Marc by Marc Jacobs probably won’t even be around by the time the court comes to an agreement. [Fashionista]

Here’s a sweet treat from flip-flip fashion empire, Havaianas. In a perfectly sweet partnership, the Brazilian shoe brand has unveiled two limited edition styles of sandals playfully adorned with Dylan’s Candy Bar’s most well-known signature candies. “Dylan’s Candy Bar embraces the colorful and fun spirit of Havaianas, making this a perfectly sweet partnership,” said Tara Wessells, said Senior Merchandise Manager at Havaianas. The flip-flops will retail for $30 and can be purchased at Bloomingdales, Lester’s, and Havaianas and Dylan’s Candy Bar online or in stores. [Glam Inbox]

This month’s São Paulo Fashion Week may be the last time Gisele Bundchen walks the runway–the catwalk superstar is officially retiring. Even though she strutted her stuff for Chanel and Colcci just last year, the 34 year-old has determined it’s time to give her a body a break and pursue other passions. [Huffington Post]

Carrie Bradshaw fans, we suggest you head to Vegas this weekend! Sarah Jessica Parker will launch a Zappos Couture pop-up shop in the city of sin this Friday, April 17th to Saturday, April 18th at The Shops at Crystals Aria Las Vegas. Her latest line of hot heels and stunning stilettos, named the “The Strip Collection,” will be sold at the Las Vegas pop-up shop and online at ZapposCouture.com. Parker will also make personal appearances both days of the event to greet shoppers. [Glam Inbox]

We love the sound of this: effortlessly chic, minimalism style brand COS has partnered with New York- based studio Snarkitecture for this year’s Salone del Mobile. The 3D installation reflects the brand’s core DNA, focusing on clean lines, the ambiguity of transparency, and the transformation of the everyday into something extraordinary. ”As a brand which takes inspiration from the entire design world, to work with designers that combine art and architecture in their approach has been both exciting and refreshing.” Karin Gustafsson, Head of COS Womenswear Design explained. Take a peek at the exhibit here.

It's Official! NYFW Has Found a New Home

By  April 14, 2015

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From the tent trenches to the star-studded skylight–that seems to be the mode of the move for New York Fashion Week. February 2015 marked the last round of shows at Lincoln Center, the long time destination for the debut of new collections. Starting this September, two of Skylight Group’s venues, Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Square, will officially serve as NYFW’s new homes. Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz will no longer be the title sponsor.

“As IMG prepares to evolve New York Fashion Week, we are focused on creating the best possible experiences that extend beyond a physical location and moment in time,” said Mark Shapiro, the Chief Content Officer of IMG. “We’re looking forward to reintroducing the industry to a showcase of creative talent, style and innovation that made the New York runways famous. Part of this showcase involves staying close to inspirational hubs for fashion, art and music, and we’ve found great new homes for that in Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Sq.”

So what happened to the tents? Local NYC residents around Lincoln Center have long complained about the traffic caused by NYFW. But designers and brands haven’t been big fans of the location as of late either. Zac Posen, Delpozo, Tibi, and Alexander Wang are just a handful of the labels who had already left Lincoln Center due to the commercialized and chaotic state that it transformed into during Fashion Week.

As for what you can expect come September, get ready to head to The Postal Dock and Mail Sorting Room in Skylight at Moynihan Station for larger events. These historical NY settings can house 500 and 1000 guests respectively. Installation, presentations, and U-shaped runway shows will be found at Studios 1 and 3 at Skylight Clarkson Square. As a whole, NYFW will also include a more carefully curated designer schedule that will be complimented by strategic partner alliances in attempt for a more intimate atmosphere. We can’t wait for the fall to see the results.

Day in the Life: Joy Gryson, Designer

By  April 14, 2015

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Joy Gryson has fashion in the bag, literally. The Korean-born FIT graduate has worked with brands like Liz Claiborne, Coach, Calvin Klein, and even became Marc Jacobs‘ Director of Design and Development for the brand’s handbags and accessories before striking out on her own in 2006. She hasn’t slowed down either, snagging a nomination for the CFDA Swarovski Accessories Designer of the Year Award and creating a limited edition collection for Target in 2008 and steadily working to create must-have bags for downtown fashionistas. Glam checked in on the designer as she debuts her Spring 2015 line to the press and puts the final touches on her Resort/Holiday 2015 collection — all before she picks up her daughter from the school bus:

7:00 a.m. iPhone alarm goes off, as it does every weekday. So NOT a morning person, but have to wake up my daughter, Olivia, for school.
7:40 a.m. Walking my Mini Australian dog, Captain, and getting Olivia on the bus for school.
8:00 a.m. Do a 10 min. meditation session that then turns into a 15-30 min cardio workout, and then some stretching exercises. I am a big fan of the app  - Barre – a friend turned me on to it, what a great way to do some exercise within MY realistic time frame.
8:45 a.m. Quick breakfast consisting of eggs and an avocado. Recently came back from LA visiting a friend of ours – who is a Pilates instructor amongst many other things, and she got me into the avocado/egg thing. It’s so filling, I am not hungry for hours, and feeling healthy, at least until I get my 5:00 p.m. Starbucks.
9:00 a.m. Walk to work with my dog Captain, only a few blocks away, but it’s so nice to be able to enjoy the outdoors even for a few minutes before in the office all day.

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9:30 a.m. This week has been Press Preview week for me – so had a lot of magazines come in to show my most recent Fall ’15 line. Just showed another editor the entire Fall 15 line of both JOY GRYSON and IIIBeCa by Joy Gryson – she loved the shearling bags. Yeah!
10:30 a.m. Just had a fun sister duo blogger visit to the store, always love when I get visitors that want to say hi and see what we are doing for the season. Showed them our Spring ’15 line in the store, and really nice compliments on the clean relaxed vibe of the line.

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11:00 a.m. Quickly try to get through my gazillion emails – I always call emails a “necessary evil” – there’s lots to communicate between the factories overseas, tanneries from Italy, business partners from Korea, accounts from everywhere in the world, it can get overwhelming.  But I do not want to spend too much time on this, as I have lots of design and development to work on.
12:00 p.m. Meeting with my Production Team to discuss status of wrapping up Fall 15 production.  Tying up any loose ends, ensuring that we are on schedule with factories and vendors.
1:00 p.m. Meeting with my Design team. First, reviewing Holiday/Resort 15 development status.  Reviewing prototypes that just came in – working on a specific pattern that the factory is having some difficulties with, and problem solving on how to make it work – I do not want to give up on the concept, but ultimately the factory has to be able to produce it nicely and neatly!  Then onto Spring 16 Design meeting.  Reviewing sketches, materials, leathers, hardware, and working on colors.  Feeling a bit stressed because we are a little late on our time and action calendar.

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3:30 p.m. Go out to walk my dog Captain, and grab a quick lunch from Baked around the corner – Baked is the perfect go-to when I do not have a lot of time. I always get an All Greens Liqueteria drink and a savory veggie turnover – the filo dough satisfies my need for treats,  yet I don’t feel too guilty since I had my Green juice.
4:00 p.m. Run off to the TriBeCa Grand to have a meeting with a friend and her staff, with whom I am hosting a Spring Shopping event with at my store on Thursday evening. Discussing the final plans for the Shopping event, to ensure it successful and always fun!
4:45 p.m. Quickly dash to meet my daughter at the bus stop and take her home. I love being able to run out of the office to get some “Olivia” time during my hectic schedule. This always gives me a big smile on my face, and no matter how the day is going, I know that she will brighten up my mood.
5:15 p.m. Heading back to the office, and getting ready for more internal meetings: Social Media meetings and Website/E-Commerce meetings.
7:00 p.m. Wrapping up the day – and sending my last work emails to the factories and vendors. Trying to clean up all of my emails I have received all day, so I can start the next work day somewhat clean and fresh.
7:45 p.m. Going over to a friends apt in the West Village, picking up Olivia from her friend’s, while enjoying a glass of white wine, and doing a little socializing and unwinding from the day.
8:30 p.m. At home with the family, and enjoying our weekly Korean dinner from KORI in TriBeCa. My favorite dish is the Kimchi soup with lots of tofu and rice cake.
10:00 p.m. Put Olivia to sleep. She may be 12 years old, but I love tucking her in and giving her my goodnight hugs and kisses.
10:30 p.m. Catching up on reading, mostly magazines, newspapers, and articles that I have been holding onto for the week. Depending on what I’m reading, either it keeps me awake all hours of the night and hopefully spurs up some great design inspiration (I do most of my designing at home in the wee hours), or whatever I am reading soothes me and helps me fall asleep.
11:30 p.m. Time to go to sleep. I am trying to get a good 8 hours sleep every night – tonight it will be close!

10 Mother Nature Approved Earth Day Dresses

By  April 14, 2015

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While we should begin to develop an environmental consciousness surrounding the clothes we wear on a daily basis, it seems especially relevant on April 22nd–Earth Day! More and more brands are taking an eco-friendly approach to their design aesthetics, whether it’s using non-toxic dyes, sustainable and organic fabrics, or low waste manufacturing techniques. These prerogatives most definitely don’t steal from the level of style (you can refer to the swoon-worthy runway looks of eco designer Stella McCartney as proof), so don’t think you need to choose trendy over Earth friendly, or vice versa. Here are 10 dresses to don on the 22nd that balance both.

Serial Snooze Artist, Vol. 8: The Chunky Turtleneck

By  April 13, 2015

This chunky turtleneck sweater is my go-to for in-between seasons.

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It’s one of the few toppers that’s warm enough to don solo when I’m out the door by 8 a.m., but it’s a bit too warm for wool coats by mid-day.

Soon it will be out with the chunky and in with the breezy (I hope); and for now, this sweater is the perfect solution to surviving all weather transitions – especially this long span of a few weeks from winter to spring.

I’ve worn it with everything from over-the-knee boots to crisp white skinny jeans, but it also pairs well with a floaty, feminine silhouette.

No jacket season is the best season, am I right? Click to see more of these looks: boyfriend jeans / maxi skirt / white denim.

Contributing Editor, Hallie Wilson is the blogger behind corals + cognacs, an almost-daily dose of life and style. Here, she shares outfit inspirations, wardrobe creations and general musings on her evolving list of latest obsessions. Offline, Hallie takes time to enjoying life’s little luxuries – like shoe shopping, manicures, and Zara.