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8 Bikinis Sure To Heat Up Your Spring Break Swimsuit Game

By  March 06, 2015

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If you’re headed to the heat this spring break, excuse us while we live vicariously through you. First, we’ve chosen eight must-have bikinis perfect for poolside style, ones we want to wear, but that you’ll have to for us. With a whole lot of looks, you’re sure to vibe with one that aligns with your aesthetic. Should you be suffering from pre-swimwear anxiety, we hope these fab finds will help. Focusing your time and attention on finding a fabulous bikini is way more fun than freaking out about reaching your “target swimsuit season weight,” after all!

Style Scoop: Saint Laurent’s Spring/Summer Campaign, Kanye West’s Line Costs How Much?, Dash Hudson Makes Instagram Shoppable

By  March 06, 2015

StyleScoopMar6The third part of Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2015 campaign features rock and roll singer and model Julia Cumming. The images of the vocalist and bassist of the Brooklyn-based band Sunflower Bean were shot by Hedi Slimane and, of course, possess a 70s vibe. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that the price range of Kanye West’s new (controversial) line is really, really high. With hoodies and sweatshirts starting around $420, knitwear ranging from $860 to $1,600 and outerwear starting at $1,700 and topping out at $3,800, West’s wears are not cheap. Apparently, the pieces will be made at “some of the world’s best factories,” which kind of justifies it. Kind of. [Refinery29]

Dash Hudson is changing the way you online shop—by making your Instagram photos fully shoppable. The app just announced a seed round of $1 million, tapping institutional and individual investors and also recruiting influencers to use it to post products. Dash Hudson works within the parameters of Instagram’s copyright policy to “feature” images from Instagram. Then, each image an influencer posts includes links to the products shown (or similar ones). If you “like” the Instagram post as a Dash Hudson subscriber, an alert will pop up on your phone, directing you to an entirely shoppable page on the DH app. [Fashionista]

Alexander Wang truly is the fashion voice of his generation—or, as The Guardian puts it, “the 21st century’s fashion superhero.” Wang talks about how all at once, he ran creative direction for three distinct and starkly different brands (his namesake line, Balenciaga and H&M). His reasoning was pure interest: “I’ve always been interested in doing things in different ways, I’ve always been interested in doing things on a big scale—whether that’s an elevated price point or a huge reach.” Read the full article for more fashion superhero words of wisdom. [The Guardian]

Maison Kitsune totally nails the Parisian look—and now it’s expanding to give its fans the full-fledged Champs-Élysées experience. The brand is expanding into accessories, beginning with fall footwear and, eventually, handbags. The shoe range (which includes two flats, one boot and one pair of heels) is expected to retail between $250 and $600, while the handbag will probably be priced around $1,000 and make its debut in early 2016. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Serial Snooze Artist, Vol. 7: Over-the-knee Boots

By  March 06, 2015

I’m still over-the-moon (er, knee) for these boots. Can you blame me?

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I’ve been on the hunt for a cute pair of over-the-knee boots for quite some time, and they’ve all been out of my price range – until the Jeffrey Campbell Basie bootie.

They pair so well literally everything in my closet — and the material keeps my gams warm, too, which has been a crucial component in shoe selection these past few weeks. Spring, where are you?

The zipper detailing at the base of the boot makes them very easy to slip on (and off — but why would you?) and the stretchy, over-the-knee shell will keep you very cozy this fall and come winter.

Over-the-knee boots are a tricky trend to master, so  here’s a few tips to keep in mind if you’re keen to try this style: Make sure you keep it covered up top. I like to pair mine with a chic sweater dress or longer-in-length tunic that hits at the thigh (below that fingertip, schoolgirl style) and allows for some breathing room between your boots and hemline.

Click to see more of these looks: Grey skirt / Faux fur vest  / Chunky sweater

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.

Style Scoop: H&M’s Show Was Out of This World, Karl Lagerfeld Fetes Fur, Etsy's Enormous IPO

By  March 05, 2015

StyleScoopMar5H&M’s Paris show was out of this world—literally. Guests arriving at the Grand Palais were transported into a lunar landscape, which served as the backdrop to lots of photos in addition to, yes, a runway show. Models Caroline de Maigret, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid graced the catwalk as big names watched on. Solange Knowles, Noomi Rapace and “Uptown Funk” singer Mark Ronson were in the audience. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Karl Lagerfeld is a lot of things, but one thing he certainly is not is apologetic. The man (the myth, the legend) has accomplished a lot over the course of his career, and he’s not slowing down anytime soon. In fact, he’s gearing up for a big Fendi haute fourreure event, and has something to say to the haters who are gonna hate (hate, hate, hate): “The problem with fur…For me, as long as people eat meat and wear leather, I don’t get the message. It’s very easy to say no fur, no fur, no fur, but it’s an industry. Who will pay for all the unemployment of the people if you suppress the industry of the fur?” And there’s more there that came from. [The New York Times]

Etsy—you know, that website where you can get literally anything from an Elsa costume to hand knitted socks—filed for an initial public offering that might end up being the largest for a New York-based tech company in 16 years. The company, which was founded in Brooklyn, disclosed its prospectus Wednesday morning with a $100 million placeholder. [Bloomberg]

It’s what we’ve all been waiting for: Cara Delevingne’s big screen debut. The model-turned-actress demonstrates a little bit of what she’s got in the trailer for The Face of an Angel. Good or bad, you can bet we’ll be seeing this film when it hits US theaters in June. [YouTube]

Givenchy is the latest house to strike a deal with Safilo Group, effective January 1, 2016 and running through December 31, 2021. The Italian eyewear company will produce and distribute sunglasses and optical frames for the French couture and ready-to-wear house. Safilo Group produces eyewear for Dior, Fendi, Celine and Jimmy Choo. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Faces On The Newsstand: April 2015

By  March 05, 2015

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As one issue closes, another one opens, and another still appears on the newsstand at the very same time: and so continues the cyclical production of fashion magazines. We can’t stop—won’t stop!—looking forward to the big reveal (whether it’s by way of Instagram, Twitter or otherwise leaked) of each publication’s cover girl. With every new month come a slew of awe-inspiring cover shots of fashion and entertainment’s most glamorous stars. Take a look at what this month’s glossies have in store.

Spring 2015, The Pantone Way

By  March 04, 2015

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Spring is just barely around the corner, but while we’re waiting for the snow to just go away already, we’re shopping for the happiest of seasons. As pretty pastels and flirty florals make their comeback after an epic winter, we’re staying mindful of Pantone‘s forecasted spring shades. The inspiration behind the top 10 colors for women‘s wardrobes this spring was en plein air, yielding a collection of shades that are cool and soft for the most part, but is punctuated by a few subtle warm tones (come on, there’s no way you missed out on marsala madness). This season’s palette is pretty much a minimalist’s dream come true–but, truly, there’s something for everyone.

 

Style Scoop: Current & Elliot Are Back, Lauren Bacall: The Look, Farfetch Raises More Funds

By  March 04, 2015

StyleScoopMar4The designers behind Current/Elliot may have departed their namesake brand three years ago, but they’ve come back to denim with their new line, The Great Blue. It features half-a-dozen jean styles as well as denim jackets, shirts, dresses and overalls. Be on the lookout for cropped-to-the-ankle styles to show off shoes and work with swingy jackets and boxy blouses that are being shown for fall. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Before her death, Lauren Bacall donated 700 pieces from her collection of fine clothes to the Museum at FIT, some of which are now featured in the museum’s exhibit, “Lauren Bacall: The Look.” It focuses mainly on the actress’ 1960s and 1970s attire. This is the first exhibit devoted to Bacall’s style, complete with designs from YSL, Emmanuel Ungaro, Pierre Cardin, and Marc Bohan for Christian Dior. [The Cut]

Ten months ago, Farfetch announced that it’s raised $66 million to finance its international expansion and extend a click-and-collect service, but the online marketplace just raised even more funds. Conde Nast International and Vitruvian Partners participated in Farfetch’s fifth round of funding, which garnered $86 million. The money will be used to launch new local language sites in German, Korean and Spanish, enter new markets and add suppliers from Japan and Australia to its roster of boutiques and brands. [Fashionista]

Uniqlo’s global “All-Product Recycling Initiative” is in full swing through March 15 across all stores. The retailer is accepting its own gently used products back from its customers to distribute them to organizations like St. Vincent De Paul in San Francisco and the New York Department of Homeless Services to help adults and children residing in shelters. [Glam Inbox]

Coach is opening its first flagship in Paris at 372-374 Rue Saint-Honoré to coincide with its 57 year anniversary celebrations, which begins in September. The store is meant to aid in the development of Coach’s European business in countries like France, the UK, Italy, and Germany. It will showcase the brand’s new “modern luxury” concept designed by creative director Stuart Vevers and Studio Sofield designer and president William Sofield. [Women’s Wear Daily]

André Leon Talley is off to San Francisco to stage the first major retrospective of the late Oscar de la Renta’s work through May 30. Talley recently curated a smaller exhibition at the Savannah College of Art & Design’s Museum of Art last month.  [Women’s Wear Daily]

The Purrfect Cat Eye Sunglasses, Styled by Celebs

By  March 03, 2015

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It’s safe to say that cat eye sunglasses have always been a classic, but they appear to be having quite the resurgence in the style scene, popping up on famous faces from LA to NYC. The cat eye shape is a classic, you can invest in a pair and rest assured they’ll never go out of style. For a more timeless look, pick a ’50s style pair with sharper edges like this pair from the vintage cat eye queen herself, Dita Von Teese. If you’re after a more modern vibe, go dramatic with a wide pair like these from Kamali Kulture. No matter which type you choose, cat eye has the ability to flatter pretty much every face.

Style Scoop: Kristen Stewart Embodies Chanel, Zac Posen Might Help Revive Charles James, and Christophe Lemaire Partners With Uniqlo

By  March 03, 2015

StyleScoopMar3Kristen Stewart stars in the latest Chanel campaign, which also features Vanessa Paradis and Alice Dellal. Stewart embodies the 11.12 in her frame of the black-and-white photo shoot, while Paradis channels The Girl Chanel and Dellal The Boy Chanel. The Twilight actress said it best: “For me, the iconic handbag is just like the House of Chanel, fundamental and modern, two qualities not usually shared.” [Chanel]

With the revival of an historic fashion house comes the unavoidable question of who will lead it. Harvey Weinstein acquired rights to the house of Charles James last year with the intent of resurrecting the brand, and it seems like he’s entrusted Zac Posen, the modern day master of dramatic ball gowns, with spearheading the project. Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman and her Marchesa co-designer Keren Craig will remain “creative consultants” to the brand. As of now, neither the Weinstein Company nor Posen’s team has confirmed, but stay tuned for updates. [The Cut]

Designer Christophe Lemaire departed Hermès to focus on his eponymous line, which, of course, doesn’t exclude designing capsule collections with retailers like Uniqlo. The Japanese brand will partner with Lemaire on a capsule collection for men and women, debuting next fall. [Fashionista]

Karl Lagerfeld’s seasonal fashion mailer “The Karl Daily” is going digital for its second edition. Launching toward the end of March, the mailer for Lagerfeld’s signature brand will feature faux celebrity gossip, interviews with models Kendall Jenner and Ming Xi, and “catty advice” from guest columnist Choupette. [Women’s Wear Daily] 

Kelly Osbourne is officially leaving E!’s Fashion Police after co-host Giuliana Rancic‘s insensitive statements about Zendaya’s hair caused a bit of a firestorm. While Rancic issued an apology, the drama seemed too much for Osbourne to deal with. Sure enough, replacement rumors are swirling: supposedly Khloe Kardashian and Nene Leakes are in the running for the open spot. [Us Magazine]

The 3 Denim Trends You NEED This Season

By  March 03, 2015

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Denim is arguably one of the most important pieces in everyone’s wardrobe. I mean, who doesn’t wear (and love) denim? This season there are some new denim trends that should absolutely be added to your wardrobe.

Flares
After being shut out by skinny jeans for years, flares are finally back.  What I love about flares are they are figure flattering and they are totally on trend with the 70s style movement that was seen on the runways.

Culottes
Definitely not for everyone but culottes are attempting a comeback. Talk about a great way to show off your favorite shoes and to show that you are ahead of the curve.

Denim Skirts
It’s been quite a while since I’ve busted out a denim skirt but this upcoming season that will definitely change. A-line denim skirts are a nice nod to the 70s and the cut is universally flattering, so everyone can enjoy this trend.

Will you try out these denim trends or would you rather play it safe with the denim trends you already know and love?

Lauren Messiah, is a Los Angeles based stylist and the creator of LaurenMessiah.com, a blog about designer deals, the hottest trends, and Lauren’s life as a fashion stylist.Lauren styles some of Hollywood’s most successful women in entertainment, celebrities, fashion editorials, and national ad campaigns. Lauren has been featured in Marie Claire, Vogue Italia, Grazia, WWD, OK! Magazine and Health Magazine.