Last fall, the sophisticated Swedish brand COS, short for Collection of Style and H&M’s fancier older sister, established their first market retail venture in the United States by teaming up with Opening Ceremony for an exclusively curated collection. The premiere autumn/winter line was sold exclusively at Opening Ceremony’s flagship store in New York City and featured stylish, timeless, and luxurious pieces representative of COS’s known design aesthetic.
Said Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the dynamic duo behind Opening Ceremony, “We’re such huge fans of the COS brand. Whenever we travel overseas, we always make it a point to shop at COS since we haven’t been able to get their collection before at home. We’re so excited to introduce COS to our shores.”
Fast-forward a season, and COS and Opening Ceremony are back for a spring surprise, this time in California. The brands debuted their spring/summer collection at a COS popup store at the Los Angeles based Opening Ceremony. Lux leather bucket bags, chunky sandals, and oversized yet structured dresses and light coats decorated the racks as the cocktail party to celebrate the line took place around the shop. Martin Andersson, COS’s Head of Menswear Design explained, “There is a strong creative synergy between COS and Opening Ceremony which became apparent in New York, with the great reaction to the collection from customers on the East Coast. We are therefore super excited to be able to partner with Carol and Humberto once again in the creation of the COS pop up store at Opening Ceremony LA.”
Don’t fret if you missed the soiree (which included attendees George Kotsopoulos, Tallulah Willis, Natalia Bonifacci, DJ Samantha Urbani and special guest, Dev Hynes)–you can pick up the pieces from the collection this season in store or at Opening Ceremony online here. Equally as exciting, a COS flagship store is set to open in the Big Apple in the very near future!
Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s time to shed those heavy, bulky layers for something more flirty. Spring is the perfect time to incorporate softer, floating silhouettes for the ultimate feminine look. The looks below will be great for warm weather weddings and holiday parties with friends—we found something for every occasion!
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Easter ushers in a chance to dress up in your Sunday best—literally. While you’ve already chosen your (most likely) pastel outfit to welcome in the official start of spring, we think that you’d be remiss to not top off such a look with a statement-maker like a hat! In fact, here are six we think would top off any Easter look:
- Kitty Straw Hat, available at BCBGMaxAzria for $38
- Jacques Vert Feather Fascinator, available at House of Fraser for $100
- Kate Spade Fancy Bow Hat, available at Nordstrom for $98
- Maison Michel Polka Dot Cat Ear Fascinator, available at Farfetch for $624.11
- Eugenia Kim Gary Straw Cap, available at Neiman Marcus for $265
- Calvin Klein Contrast Weave Cloche, available at Macy’s for $44
Despite what you may have heard or read, Oscar de la Renta isn’t looking for a creative director. “The fashion world and its famous founders of house are notoriously terrible at their own successions planning, in contrast to their corporate side which seems to have it very much in hand,” New York Times’s fashion director Vanessa Friedman wrote on her blog. “De la Renta himself is 81, and has had various health issues over the years. It’s a natural question, and I am sure it has been discussed on 42nd street, the de la Renta headquarters… It would be pretty to think so, anyway. [British Vogue]
Big changes are brewing at Mulberry. First the London-based company lost its CEO, then its creative director, and now, the brand is slashing prices! “Following the recent change in management, we are focusing on achieving sales growth through the reinforcement of our product offering at more affordable prices to meet the expectations of our loyal customers,” said Godfrey Davis, interim executive chairman. [Women’s Wear Daily]
Kate Spade fell into the Gap in the form of a new collaboration with GapKids. Kate Spade and Jack Spade’s limited-edition collection will be available for purchase in November 2014 online and in GapKids. Now, how large do the children’s sizes run? [GLAM Inbox]
Gwyneth Paltrow just had another “conscious uncoupling” moment in her life. On the heels of her separation from husband Chris Martin, the actress just lost the CEO of her Goop lifestyle site, Seb Bishop. [Fashionista]
Alexander Wang let the Savannah College of Art and Design in on a little secret. Well, two big secrets. One, he initially turned down the position at Balenciaga and two, his collaboration with H&M will be unlike anything he’s ever done before. Color us excited. [Elle]
Stefano Tonchi is stepping aside to allow Sofia Coppola to guest edit a special edition of W magazine.
“As a kid, I loved magazines. That’s where I got a lot of my interest in photography and fashion,” the director told Women’s Wear Daily. “I remember as a kid W being so glamorous and it being so different from my reality.”
“Sofia came to the office a lot,” Tonchi said of Coppola. “I gave her my desk a few times. She really pursued some of the stories. Some happened, some didn’t.”
What did work was Coppola’s cover story with Kirsten Dunst, shot by Juergen Teller, a Q&A with Marisa Berenson, a story with Cornelia Guest, and a piece by Paul Fortune on his design process for Marc Jacob’s media room.
“I’m going back to my film career after doing this,” she said. “I never realized how much work goes into a magazine. It’s kind of similar to doing a movie. I’m surprised how they do it every month.”
We can read this month’s issue of W when it hits newsstands on April 21st.
DESIGNER: Monique Lhuillier
INSPIRATION: An “eternal daydream,” inspired by the paintings of John Singer Sargent
TRENDS: Airy gowns made of tulle, Chantilly lace, and silk organza, with details including delicate beading, layered draping, and even 3-D shaped roses decorating the bottom. Cuts included strapless ball gowns, column dresses with sheer lace sleeves, mermaid silhouettes, and sleek A-line skirts.
PALETTE: White, powder blue, cream, pistachio, mint.
WHO SHOULD WEAR IT: The bride with dreams of a fairytale wedding.
DKNY is cosigning an exciting new app that helps shoppers hunt for covetable finds.
On a bright sunny morning, ladies who love both tech and fashion convened at DKNY’s New York City flagship to preview Awear Solutions. Armed with smartphones in hand, Glam joined in on an Easter egg hunt, where, in this case, the festive finds were items from the beautiful DKNY Spring 2014 collection. That’s where Awear Solutions came in to play.
The app helps to answer the age-old question: “where’d you get that?” in a handy, mobile way. Awear provides a unique platform that’s capable of identifying apparel using encrypted information transmitted from up to 30 feet away. Fashionistas will be able to scan any covetable item in their sight and receive immediate information on the nearest location to make a purchase on-the-go. In the case of the Easter egg hunt, it helped us nab colorblock wedges and a summery skirt; so we can attest to its greatness.
So the next time you see a street starlet come yor way, no need to make awkward small talk, Awear’s got you covered.
They’re baaaack. Okay, so I might be vehemently opposed from certain 90s trends re-appearing, but I think I’m making an exception for mules. The new mule for spring is chunky, edgy and modern — gone are the dainty heels and overly girly stylings of the late 90s. I love how these clunky shoes can juxtapose against more feminine, light elements up top. Plus, mules are ripe for showcasing other recent trends, such as color blocking and using mixed materials in construction. What do you think? Will you be investing in a mule this spring?
SHOP THE POST: 1. Club Monaco Peep Toe Mules, $289 | 2. Jenni Kayne Perforated Mules, $625 | 3. Vince Kasia Mules, $395 | 4. Marais Open Toed Mules, $173 | 5. Rag & Bone Enid Mules, $450 | 6. French Connection Randy Mules, $140 | 7. Zara Pointed Toe Mule, $99.90 | 8. Zara Wide Heel Mule, $99.90 | 9. Alexander Wang Glossed Leather Mules, $525 | 10. Steve Madden Merciie Mules, $76
Victoria McGinley is the editor of vmac+cheese, a New York City based daily lifestyle blog that covers plenty of topics to delight and inspire, including style, design, art, culture, beauty, and original recipes. A native of Austin, TX, she’s blogged since 2008, and in early 2012, launched Vivaleur, a graphic design and blog consulting company. When she’s not blogging or working with clients, you can find her exploring New York with her husband Joe, and their French bulldog, Lucy.
Another day, another exciting collaboration. This time Derek Lam is teaming up with Jamie Wolf on a jewelry collection inspired by choreographer George Balanchine called Black and White!
The pieces reflectt the fluidity of dance with what Lam refers to as “penultimate simplicity, rigorousness, repetition, and geometry in Balanchine’s choreography,” he told Vogue. “It’s incredibly beautiful in a very spare way.”
Wolf, a former dancer with the New York City Ballet, linked with the designer in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the dance troupe with 20% of the jewelry’s proceeds benefitting NYCB. The twosome often attend shows together. “He had such a purist approach,” said Wolf. “We wanted to pay reverence to that form and isolate movements or moments in a ballet in one single piece.”
We say: mission accomplished. You can purchase pieces from the collaboration at Lam’s flagship store in New York or on Wolf’s website starting April 16th.
Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima has been a very busy girl. In addition to announcing that VS is taking their show on the road—literally—to London, Desigual announced that the Brazilian model will become its very first brand ambassador. [Women’s Wear Daily]
First Kanye West, then Pharrell, and now Mary Katrantzou will team up with Adidas! The partnership isn’t a one-time thing, either; Katrantzou and Adidas will “be a long-term union.” We will begin to see the fruits of this labor in November when the sneakers (surely featuring splashy prints) hit stores. [Elle]
Another magazine is looking to dress its readers! Real Simple has linked with an apparel and accessories company, Cuyana, to sell merchandise on its website called Cuyana for Real Simple. The first collection will be released on May 15th with three others to follow throughout the year, that are “intended to help women simplify their lives and their wardrobes by offering beautiful, versatile and affordable items that are so sophisticated and made to last.” [Women’s Wear Daily]
Everyone loves Jared Leto. Including Giuseppe Zanotti, apparently. “I like Jared Leto,” the shoe designer said in an interview with The Coveteur. “I saw his movie [Dallas Buyers Club]—he’s very cool. I send him a lot of shoes. I like his style. He’s an artist—not in one way, but in two, three ways. He shows you can apply your sensibility in different ways.” [The Coveteur]