Must Have Pieces to Lift Your Look

By  April 24, 2014


This post was created in partnership with Converse.

Looking to trends that have taken ordinary outfit details to the next level, we’ve rounded up the edgiest ensemble boosters to pick up now. From sunnies to sneakers, here are our favorite four fashions to upgrade your look from top to bottom.

1. The wedge sneaker
Sporty-luxe is the look you want this spring and summer, so sneakers are a must. Choose your pair in the design that’s become a street-style staple: the wedge. We’ve taken to Converse’s version of the statement-making look. While remaining faithful to the brand’s classic style, Converse added an internal 2.5-inch lift to these kicks to elevate you above the rest.
Chuck Taylor Platform Plus, available at Converse.com for $80

2. The ear cuff
Goodbye, studs and hoops—hello, crazy cuffs. Get on board with this bad-girl ear accessory that celebrity A-listers Emma Watson, Sienna Miller, Rihanna, and Cara Delevingne adore. Style one that’s subtle and minimalistic, or go extra bold with the gem-encrusted beauty below.
Vickisarge Speakeasy palladium-plated Swarovski-crystal ear cuff, available at Net-a-porter.com for $385

3. Statement sunglasses
Take a look at the spring 2014 runways of Karen Walker, Anna Sui, Honor, Prabal Gurung—the list goes on. One trend is sure to stand out: crazy-cool sunglasses. Don’t be afraid to go bold with this accessory. The more unusual, the better.
Karen Walker Eyewear Patsy sunglasses, available at Lagarconne.com for $180

4. A fringe bag
Fringe lent a gritty aesthetic to the Gucci, Valentino, and Celine runways for spring and summer. Although classic and refined definitely have their place, this bohemian bag will take your look to edgier heights this season.
Suede Dolly bag with fringe, available at Zara for $99.90

Spring into Workout Style

By  April 24, 2014


Now that the tundra has finally begun to melt away from the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to focus on what our bodies will look like when they’re not covered up by bulky sweaters and puffy coats. Not that we’re complaining about the return of the much-needed warmer weather but it does leave us all a bit concerned.

At least there’s one thing we don’t have to worry about, and that’s what to wear while working out: Fashion options for the gym are at an all time high. So if nothing else, let’s use that as motivation, shall we?

A proper workout outfit has to start with the right undergarments, and you can’t do much better than Under Armour’s seamless stretch thong and Natori’s new Yogi Racer Back Bra. With molded foam cups and lightweight stretch foam, the Natori bra will leave you feeling supported and dry throughout your workout. Add to that an on-trend graphic tee, a fun printed bottom and a lightweight topper that’s cute enough to wear all day, and hitting the gym should be easier, if not chicer, than ever.

1. Yogi Racer Back Bra, available at Natori.com for $68
2. Bang Buster Reversible Headband, available at Lululemon.com for $18
3. Scroll Garden Tri-blend Tank, available at UnderArmour.com for $27.99
4. Radical Stride Capri, available at Athleta.com for $84
5. Studiomod Jacket, available at UnderArmour.com for $89.99
6. Pure Stretch Thong, available at UnderArmour.com for $12
7. Neon Colorblock Sport Socks, available at Gap.com for $7.95

Style Scoop: Lucky Magazine isn’t Going Anywhere, Ladies Home Journal Goes Kaput, Jane Keltner de Valle’s Glamorous

By  April 24, 2014


On Wednesday, Page Six reported that Lucky magazine was packing up shop and sending editor-in-chief Eva Chen back to Teen Vogue. Chen, however, sent a memo to her staff saying that “news reports of Lucky ‘finally’ folding are not only ‘recycled rumors from years past,’ but they are wrong.” To further drive home her point, Chen signed off with a Youtube clip of P. Diddy’s “Bad Boys for Life.” [Women’s Wear Daily]

After 131 years, Ladies Home Journal is closing. The staff was informed this morning that layoffs are imminent. The magazine wasn’t doing so well with its advertising dollars. Ad pages fell 22 percent. Sad times, indeed. [Adweek]

Jane Keltner de Valle is living the glamorous life! de Valle is leaving Teen Vogue after 10 years to join the team at Glamour magazine where she will serve as the glossy’s fashion news director. In her new role, she will steer the news and trend coverage. [Fashionista]

Forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go downtown, especially now that Saks Fifth Avenue is eyeing a location for a new store there! “Saks will anchor Brookfield Place, making it the undisputable luxury destination downtown.” We’ll see you there. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Gone are the days when men served as a neutral backdrop for their glamorous dates on the Met Ball red carpet. Anna Wintour wants the gents to step up their sartorial game with white tie and tails. But what does that mean, exactly? [The New York Time]


Phoebe Philo and Natalie Massenet Named Among Time’s Most Influential

By  April 24, 2014


Two of fashion’s boldest names have landed on Time magazine’s annual list of 100 most influential people in the world: Celine’s powerhouse designer Phoebe Philo and Net-A-Porter’s founder and executive chairman Natalie Massenet.

Philo’s friend Stella McCartney wrote: “One of the few female designers, she [Philo] celebrates the simple and champions the quality and reality of a woman’s wardrobe. When people invest in her work, they have it for life. One of the things we share is the reality that the clothes we design are actually worn.”

While Philo was included on the icons list, Massenet was introduced to the pioneers list by J.Crew’s president and creative director Jenna Lyons. “She saw a world where people would pay $2,000 for a pair of jeans, a world where you can buy what you covet, where the magazine pages meet the FedEx man,” Lyons wrote. “You want it? You can have it. Click here.”

You can read more when the issue (with Beyoncè on the cover, no less) hits newsstands!

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


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


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

"The Other Woman" - Los Angeles PremiereWerk, Onika!!

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.