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Topshop Goes Behind The Scenes With Kate Moss

By  April 24, 2014

Kate Moss’ collection for Topshop hits shelves in under a week, and the store has released a video to get us even more excited about it. The beading! The dresses! The jackets! The details! Suffice it to say, we can’t wait to get our hands on this collection, throw some sunglasses on and and enter full-on bad-ass-Kate-Moss-mode. But we digress. In the video, the supermodel wears pieces from her collection, which includes tons of fringe and ladylike dresses. As she glides effortlessly around what looks like a design studio gushing about each and every item, members of her team do the same. “Gorgeous,” “amazing,” “love” and “Kate to a T,” are some of the phrases that get thrown around as Moss smiles and twirls. We’d have to agree with them, wouldn’t you?

Michelle Obama Will Officially Open the Anna Wintour Costume Center

By  April 24, 2014

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File this under reason 764 that our First Lady is amazing. Michelle Obama will cut the ribbon signaling the official opening of the Costume Institute’s new Anna Wintour Costume Center.

In addition to her ribbon-cutting duties, Malia and Sasha’s mother will speak at the event slated for the day of the MET’s gala celebrating the new Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibition on May 5th.

No word yet on whether or not the First Lady will attend the MET ball. It would be interesting to see her attire, if she does, considering the invitation calls for “white tie and decorations.”

Either way, we still can oogle her outfit at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Rachel Roy Defends Her Brand & Files Lawsuit

By  April 24, 2014

RachelRoyRachel Roy won’t take “no” for an answer when it comes to her line, which Jones Apparel Group recently agreed to sell to Bluestar Alliance for $14.6 million. She claims the agreement was made without her consent, and the designer is now filing a lawsuit claiming breach of a contractual agreement in connection with the sale of her business, which allegedly was done “free and clear” of her approval, according to Women’s Wear Daily. The lawsuit was filed on April 11th in a New York state court in Manhattan.

In 2008, Roy entered into a relationship with Jones to develop and sell products under the Rachel Roy brand. The agreements included: the transfer of intellectual property assets, an asset purchase agreement, a licensing agreement and an employment agreement establishing Roy as artistic director. The recent lawsuit accuses Jones of having no intention of actually partnering with Roy and is now unfairly trying to take full control over Roy’s brand. It even goes so far to allege that Jones was incentivized by Sycamore (which has recently acquired Jones) to purge the Rachel Roy brand. Ultimately, as WWD reports, “Roy is seeking a declaration from the court that Jones had no authority to sell the Rachel Roy brand without her ‘explicit approval.’” While she seeks a rescission (essentially an undoing) of the agreements she made with Jones in 2008 in addition to damages in the form of lost profits and lost opportunities, her Rachel Rachel Roy brand will continue to be produced and sold exclusively at Macy’s.

Style Scoop: At Home with Grace Coddington; Lottie Moss, Fashion Critic?; Allure Loses to Yahoo

By  April 23, 2014

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Vogue’s creative director Grace Coddington completely changed the meaning of bringing your work home. “Photographs became something I no longer did for just work. [Photographer Bruce Weber’s] lifestyle infected me.” Along with anything to do with cats, Coddington’s home is adorned with photographs. Photographs from Vogue? We’d line our walls with those, too. [Wall Street Journal Magazine]

Not one to rest on her modeling laurels, Lottie MossKate’s younger sister, has her eye on different kind of career. “I want to stay in this industry, and I think journalism is quite a good path for me.” A fashion critic slash model? We like the sound of that! [The Cut]

We let a big woohoo when it was announced that Bobbi Brown and Joe Zee would each head up Yahoo’s fashion and beauty verticals but did you know that Allure magazine’s executive editor Susan Kittenplan also joined whatever Marissa Mayer has cooking for the digital magazines? [Fashionista]

Well, this is awkward. Our beloved J.Crew is announcing that “Birkenstocks will be everywhere this summer,” in their spring style guide. The thing is, they were everywhere. Last summer. [Racked]

While we’re on the subject of shoes—how far are you willing to go to wear those designer shoes we clamor to own? Are you willing to shorten your toes? What about lengthen your ties? Perhaps undergo fat-pad augmentation to wear designer shoes in comfort? No? There are women who will. [Glamour]

Start spreading the news! Primark is coming to town! The British retailer just announced plans to open a store in Chicago in the beginning of 2015. More locations are expected to pop up through 2016. So exciting! [GLAM Chic]

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 locks—is 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.