Style Scoop: New Valentino Flagship, Lucy Hale + Hollister, Joan Smalls for Free People

By  August 01, 2014


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. 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 has 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, 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


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.

Fashion Apps to Shop, Share, and Connect

By  July 31, 2014


Looking for outfit inspiration based on the weather? There’s an app for that. Curious where to buy an outfit you saw on a celeb? There’s an app for that, too. Even Kate Bosworth is getting in on the mobile fashion app push! Our smart phones just got a whole lot more stylish now that they have the ability to provide beauty on-demand and fashion on-the-go. Whether you’re documenting your #OOTD, sharing images with others, searching and shopping for apparel, or organizing your closet, there’s an app perfect for you.

Style Snaps: July 30, 2014

By  July 31, 2014

LilyAldVSpostEvery 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.

What is Sexy, you ask? Surely, Lily Aldridge is. The Victoria’s Secret model unveiled the lingerie giant’s 9th Annual “What is Sexy?” list at the VS store in San Francisco. She also helped celebrate the launch of the new simple and sexy collections of bras. This year, sexy is all about the “less is more” approach to fashion and lifestyle. A few ladies who made the list are Margot Robbie, Lily Collins, Taylor Swift, Blake Lively, Alexa Chung, Emma Stone, Gabrielle Union and Jennifer Lawrence.

Style Scoop: Beyoncé’s Fashion Star Power, Dior for a Princess, Snoopy’s New Clothes

By  July 30, 2014


Question: Tell me what you think about Bey. She buys her own diamonds and she buys her own rings. The shoes on her feet, the clothes she’s wearing—she bought those too. But according to Vanessa Friedman, she’s no fashion icon–emphasis on ‘fashion’. “Let’s call it the Beyoncé Paradox,” the fashion director and chief fashion critic of the New York Times wrote. “And here’s the thing: I think it is a actually a construct. One that has been strategically made.” She continues, “After all, by opting to build her celebrity on a carefully chosen set of proprietary symbols—in this case, smile and hair and body (and voice, of course) as opposed to a carefully constructed, apparel-related look, Beyoncé & Company ensure that only one brand that really has any real staying power is brand Beyoncé; that everything she is selling comes back to her.” [The New York Times]

Christian Dior is fit for a princess. The Princess Grace Foundation-USA, as a matter of fact. The foundation entered a three-year partnership with Christian Dior, naming the fashion house the sole sponsor for their upcoming awards gala in Los Angeles, Monaco and New York. The partnership is the latest development in a relationship that dates back to 1956 when Princess Grace wore a Dior wedding gown. Dior presented its Resort 2014 collection in Monaco in the presence of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene. “Our partnership with the Princess Grace Foundation-USA is deeply rooted in history and mutual admiration between the princely family of Monaco and the house of Dior,” said Sidney Toledano, Dior’s CEO. “We both share the same pursuit of artistic excellence and are honored to be a part of recognizing the artistic of Princess Grace Award winners in theater, dance and film.” [Women’s Wear Daily]

Back in 1984, Snoopy and his baby sister, Belle, were dressed courtesy of heavy-hitting designers like Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Gianni Versace, Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld, all who, according to Women’s Wear Daily, “created custom outfits for the duo based on the fashions of all time,” to go on display at the Louvre in Paris, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and throughout Europe and Asia.” And now, the exhibit is back in celebration of the Peanuts comic strips’ 65th anniversary and a new movie due out in year to be released in 100 countries and 40 languages! [Women’s Wear Daily]

Fashion girls, soon you may be adding Good Housekeeping to your magazine repertoire. The magazine has just added three fashion heavyweights to their masthead: Lori Bergamotto as style director, who most recently was a contributing editor for Lucky magazine and Kristen Mascia as features editor, who joins the glossy from Parade, where she was an articles editor. Kristen Franzino joins as fashion director, leaving her post at Self as senior fashion editor. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Who knew once upon a time that Karl Lagerfeld refused to be photographed without a fan? When the Chanel designer would see photographer Ross Whitaker coming, he would whip out the fan in a hurry. “Karl knew I had a camera, and he would catch me out of his peripheral vision,” Whitaker said. “I would stalk him at parties, and he would whip his fan out in front of his face. I do not have a picture of Karl without his fan—I can’t even begin to explain how fast he was. I have a bunch of these—Karl with different fans. I don’t know whether he saw me in the room and was always prepared. He would go, ‘Ross, you’re not fast enough.” [The Cut]

Editor’s Pick: Chloé Ballerina Flats

By  July 30, 2014

Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

EditorsPickChloeEver since ballet flats became a thing, I’ve been wearing them. Maybe it has to do with my passion for dance, or perhaps it’s just my love of sartorial simplicity. Either way, ballet flats have always been a staple of mine.

Of course, with every flat shoe comes another set of complaints. But after endless amounts of blisters and plenty of scratched-up heels, I’ve finally found the ballet flat to end all ballet flats. My nude Chloé flats are seriously the perfect shoe: the dainty scalloped edges make them totally feminine, but the neutral hue and impossibly soft leather keep them practical. Needless to say, I wear them with anything, for any occasion—that being said, I protect them against all things dirty, wet or otherwise threatening. They are just too precious.

Certainly, my Chloé babies are one item in my closet that I know I’ll never get sick of, and they’re just about the most comfortable flats I’ve ever worn. Beyond that, they’re simple, chic and understated, which is how I tend to dress and accessorize—surely, it won’t surprise you to learn that they’re actually called the “Lauren.” Someone very wise said, “if the shoe fits…buy it in every color,” and I think I just might. -Lauren Kaplan

Chloé Lauren Ballerina Flats, $459

Style Snaps: July 29, 2014

By  July 29, 2014

GagaBennettposEvery 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 know what you’re thinking: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are the most unlikely pair. But with singing careers as strong as theirs, a joint performance means something epic. The two arrived at Lincoln Center on Monday evening for their live performance of “Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live.” The pair will be releasing a collaborative jazz album, also called Cheek to Cheek, to be released this fall. Something tells us that this might, in fact, be an incredible musical match.

Style Scoop: BaubleBar Raises $10 Million, Blake Lively isn’t Preserving her Wedding Dress, Rue La La Goes Gilt?

By  July 29, 2014


Baubles, baubles, baubles rockin’ everywhere–especially now that the online jewelry retailer has raised $10 million in their latest round of funding! The funding round was led mostly by Chris Burch and Burch Creative Capital, you know, Tory Burch’s ex-husband and brand co-founder. He’s had quite a bit of experience considering he’s the founder of C. Wonder, an investor in Bib + Tuck, Trendabl, and Vaunte. “He definitely brings something new to the table in terms of experience and expertise,” BaubleBar co-founder Daniella Yacobovsky said. “The folks he’s capable of connecting us to… we’re just starting to chat with his network.” [Fashionista]

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but Blake Lively didn’t give us a peek at her wedding dress on her new lifestyle site, Preserve. In an introductory video on the site, the actress spliced together clips of people fulfilling their dreams. There was a woman featured in the video wearing a gown that resembled Lively’s  custom Marchesa wedding gown, leading viewers to speculate if it was the actress on her special day. Sorry, it’s not. “The video that Blake put up is not Blake and that’s not her wedding dress,” a rep said. “It is a beautiful dress though!” [US Weekly]

Rue La La has Gilt Groupe’s eye and apparently the latter is looking to acquire the former. Rue La La is priced around $400 million and JPMorgan Chase & Co is reportedly on tap to advise a potential sale. In 2008, e-commence and marketing services company GSI Commerce acquired Rue La La for $350 million and three years later eBay purchased the flash sale site. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Madewell denim is, well, made well. To prove it, J.Crew’s sister retailer is showing the proper way to wear their 47 new styles of denim they’re offering this fall with instructions like slip, zip, turn, and most importantly, prepare for compliments. [The Cut]

Meet Jen7, the Latest from 7 For All Mankind

By  July 29, 2014


The denim experts at 7 For All Mankind are launching a new line, Jen7, developed to appeal to sophisticated, self-assured modern women.

According to the brand, the collection is for the new wave of fashion-conscious customers who want to merge luxury and casual attire. “This is a brand by women for women,” said Peggi Jewell, Vice President of Product. “Jen7 is the only jean this woman will ever need. She was our first customer and it’s about time that a pair of jeans is designed specifically for her. She’s worth it.”

The collection launches Fall 2014 and will be priced $175- $215. Click the image above to see the entire collection.

Editor's Pick: Lana Jewelry's Magic Gold Hoops

By  July 29, 2014

Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

bianca hoop earrings

I used to be a big fan of hoop earrings, but when statement necklaces and arm parties became the trend of the moment, I put away my hoops in favor of dainty studs. It’s all about balance, in jewelry and in life.

These days, my wrists are generally free of adornment, save for a black hair tie used for evenings at the gym, staying true to my #HealthyObsessions. As for my necklace of choice, I’ve opted for a simple initial chain from Maya Brenner for the past three years, gifted to me by a close friend. Given my minimal accessories, I figured it was time to dive back into the earring waters and find a new pair of hoops to love.

I quickly fell for a thin gold pair that easily made their way into my every day attire. I knew these gold hoops would quickly become a staple in my outfits in the city, but they surprised me even more on a recent trip to Montauk. Though I’m not usually one to opt for beach jewelry, unlike my counterpart, Nola, I wore my gold hoops to the beach for a lazy Sunday afternoon of lounging. I quickly found (thanks to this selfie) just how well they paired with my new Triangl bikini, bronze tan thanks to a summer of #Wanderlust, and that staple necklace. These new hoops officially brought back my old school accessory game, in a big way. - Bianca Posterli

Lana Jewelry’s Large Flat Magic Hoops, $430