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That 70s Look: 15 Pieces With The Groovy Vibe

By  March 20, 2015

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If we learned anything from the past two runway seasons, it’s that the 70s are back and they’re here to stay. Groovy styles will make their debut this spring with gauzy tops and gladiator sandals, and continue well into fall with rich brown leathers and bold autumnal prints. As your spring shopping commences, stock up on flared denim, breezy dresses and fringe (duh), with accessories that’ll take you through to the next season—and, of course, don’t forget to top it off with a peace sign when you pose for pictures.

Style Scoop: Beyoncé Is Collaborating With Giuseppe Zanotti, H&M Preps For Coachella, & The End of Marc By Marc Jacobs

By  March 20, 2015

StyleScoopMar20What’s this we hear? High-heel extraordinaire Giuseppe Zanotti is collaborating with the one and only Beyoncé on a shoe. It’s unclear what the final product will look like but you can count on two things: a really, really high platform and a BeyHive freak out when the shoe goes on sale (read: gets sold out in under a minute, no matter how high the price). [Forbes]

H&M is setting up shop at Coachella next month with a retail and technology-focused tent. The retailer will sell pieces from its H&M Loves Coachella Collection, some of which will only be available at the festival. The rest of the collection is on sale at H&M stores in North America and is priced from $4.95 to $49.95. The tent will also boast a 360-degree selfie station and a scanner that produces photos claiming to capture a person’s aura. How Coachella. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Marc by Marc Jacobs will be discontinued and absorbed into the primary Marc Jacobs line. The newly expanded, single-label Marc Jacobs line will encompass a range of merchandise and price points from luxury to contemporary. This means that MBMJ creative director Katie Hillier’s and women’s design director Luella Bartley’s roles are up in the air. They both joined in May 2013, but it’s unclear whether they’ll continue to work with the brand. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Yesterday’s announcement that Peter Dundas was taking over creative direction at Roberto Cavalli left the top spot at Emilio Pucci open. And, just like that, it’s been filled. MSGM designer Massimo Giorgetti will be Pucci’s next creative director and will show his first collection at Milan Fashion Week in September. [The Cut]

Well, this is provocative. Proenza Schouler released a video inspired by the Emmy-winning HBO documentary series Taxi Cab and HBO’s late-night show Real Sex. The video, Legs Are Not Doors, features Proenza Schouler-clothed actresses and models including Chloe Sevingy, Liv Tyler, Binx Walton, Fei Fei Sun, Raina Hamner, Solveig Almaas, Laura Love, Liya Kebede, India Salvor Menuez, and Olympia Scarry confessing (weird) random thoughts. Just watch. [Fashion Week Daily]

Vera Wang tells all in a series of videos for Kohl’s in support of the designer’s ongoing collaboration with the retailer. In the videos, she talks about what inspires her as well as her experience working with Kohl’s. In a Q&A video, Wang doles out a valuable piece of advice: “Do something you really love. If you love it, it’ll get you through the hard times.” [Glam Inbox]

Wondering where you’ll be able to get your hands on the Kanye West x Adidas Originals collection come fall? Look no further: the line will be available at Barneys. Executive vice president and general merchandise manager for Barneys Tom Kalenderian said, “The product is right for the moment.”  Details are not yet finalized but—surprise, surprise—it’s all really, really happening for Kanye. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Style Scoop: Pharrell Is 2015’s Icon of Style, Peter Dundas Appointed at Roberto Cavalli, More Smart Watches On The Horizon

By  March 19, 2015

StyleScoopMar19The CFDA announced Wednesday that Pharrell Williams will be honored with the Fashion Icon Award at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards on June 1. Williams joins the ranks of past honorees Rihanna, Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss and Nicole Kidman. “If cool was a person, it would be Pharrell, not just for his looks and sense of style but for his kindness and openness,” Diane von Furstenberg said of the multi-talented trendsetter. “I cannot imagine anyone not seduced by him.” [CFDA]

Peter Dundas has been appointed creative director at Roberto Cavalli, effective immediately. The designer’s first collection will be presented in Milan in September. Eva and Roberto Cavalli said choosing Dundas came from “the desire to evolve a style that combines glamour, tradition and innovation, recognized worldwide as the signature of Cavalli since the birth of the house.” [Women’s Wear Daily]

As Baselworld picks up (an international jewelry and watch trade show held in Basel, Switzerland), one thing has become clear: smart watches are on the rise. Google, Intel and Tag Heuer announced that they’ve teamed up to get into the game with a product that combines Google and Intel’s technological prowess with Tag Heuer’s watchmaking credibility. Additionally, Gucci Timepieces announced a collaboration with will.i.am to create an “innovative wearable concept device.” The device will operate as a standalone smart band, with further details to come. [Women’s Wear Daily & Glam Inbox]

There’s an app for everything these days, and shopping is certainly no exception. There are, however two different types of shopping apps: single-branded apps and multi-branded apps. It has become clear that the latter, which includes retailers, marketplaces and aggregators, fare much better with consumers. Maribel Lopez, founder and CEO of Lopez Research explains, “If you’re trying to do a transaction, [going to] a retailer’s app makes sense [because] people might come and find a wide range of products. If you’re a brand and there’s no effective call to action at the end of it, then why?” [Women’s Wear Daily]

Paper Towns doesn’t hit theaters until July, but the movie’s first official trailer gives Cara Delevingne (and John Green) fans something to get excited about. The model/actress’ first big role as Margo Roth Spiegelman required Delevingne to drop her British accent in favor of that of an American teenager. From the trailer, she seems to have done a pretty good job—jury’s still out on whether this supermodel is believable in the role of “American girl next door.” [Fashionista]

Style Scoop: Fashion Police On Hiatus, The Blonde Salad Covers Vogue, Marc Jacobs’ Third Social Media Casting Call

By  March 18, 2015

Untitled-1Following the Kelly Osbourne’s and, most recently, Kathy Griffin’s exits from E!’s Fashion Police, the network announced that the show will go on hiatus until September. Executive producer Melissa Rivers and co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski will continue each of their roles as the show prepares to move into its next chapter. [Glam Inbox]

Chiara Ferragni is officially the first blogger to land a Vogue cover. The Blonde Salad, as she’s otherwise known, appears on the April cover of Vogue Spain; she was photographed by Nico Bustos. [Fashionista]

Marc Jacobs is at it again—the designer took to YouTube to announce his third social media-generated casting call. Her invited people to submit photos of themselves with friends either on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #CastMeMarc to win a chance to appear in the Marc by Marc Jacobs fall-winter 2015 campaign. May the coolest group of friends win. [Women’s Wear Daily]

It seems like Fern Mallis and Kanye West might actually be putting aside their differences in the interest of fashion. Mallis told the Post that “His publicist got in touch with us,” after she invited him to participate in her 92Y “Fashion Icons” interview series. [New York Post]

It takes an army to get a Hollywood actress (or actor) ready for the red carpet, and though a stylist isn’t the only part of that equation, he/she is surely the most important. They’re usually more behind-the-scenes players, but The Hollywood Reporter is putting 2015’s Top 25 Stylists front and center with full bios, their significant achievements and client lists (we’re talking Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o, Kate Hudson and the works). [Hollywood Reporter]

Style Scoop: New York Spring Spectacular’s Designer Costumes, The 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards Nominees, M.Patmos Lands International Woolmark Prize

By  March 17, 2015

StyleScoopMar17The nominees for the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards are in. Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, Marc JacobsMichael KorsLazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza SchoulerAshley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row are nominated for Womenswear Designer of the Year. In the Menswear Designer of the Year category are Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School. David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone, Thom BrowneTim Coppens and Tom FordAlexander WangIrene NeuwirthJack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row and Tabitha Simmons will compete for Accessory Designer of the Year. Betsey Johnson will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the June 1 event at Alice Tully Hall. [Women’s Wear Daily]

For Radio City Music Hall’s “New York Spring Spectacular,” Weinstein Live Entertainment enlisted the talents of designers Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen and Isaac Mizrahi to create costumes for the show’s fashion segment. Each designer has had experience in making costumes for the stage, and each design is very reminiscent of the aesthetics we’re used to seeing from them each season. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Marcia Patmos, designer of M.PATMOS, was announced the winner of the 2015 women’s International Woolmark Prize (IWP) at the Beijing event. A judging panel consisting of fashion heavy hitters including Victoria Beckham, Angelica Cheung, Franca Sozzani and Malcolm Carfrae selected M.PATMOS, representing the USA as the winner. Public School took home the top prize for men’s in January in London, resulting in quite a coup for American designers. [Glam Inbox]

Marie Claire released its first native cover, sponsored by Stuart Weitzman, to its 877,000 subscribers. Though the magazine has been publicizing its Kerry Washington cover for April, the native ad on the cover kicks off the month-long “Shoes First” program, which launched in 2013. The program includes Twitter chats, shopping events and a chance to enter to win a $250 gift card from Nordstrom. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Pottery Barn Kids announced an exclusive collaboration with designer Jenni Kayne. The collection is a mix of modern and vintage influences that reflect Kayne’s relaxed, timeless, California-inspired aesthetic and consists of over 50 pieces for nursery, bedroom and playroom furniture. This is the designer’s first foray into children’s home furnishings, and it launches in June. [Glam Inbox]

10 Pairs of Spring Shoes That Aren't Sandals

By  March 17, 2015

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Spring, with its near-perfect weather and glorious opportunities for outdoor weekend activities, is undoubtedly sandal season. That doesn’t mean, however, you have to bare your toes every time you take to the sidewalk. Some occasions just call for a little more coverage, with just the right amount of toe-cleavage. Our picks for non-sandal spring shoes embrace the upcoming season by incorporating everything from florals to lace-ups to updated neutrals into your wardrobe but, alas, they also give you the option of putting off that pedicure for just, like, one more week.

Wear the Trend: Blue & White

By  March 17, 2015

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Have you noticed that blue and white is everywhere at the moment? While it’s not technically a new trend (after all, blue and white is a classic, preppy combination), the pairing of mediterranean blues and crisp white is having a bit of a resurgence at the moment. From the popularity of blue and white chinoiserie to how these colors and patterns translate to clothing, this gorgeous color combo is a sure bet for this spring and summer. I especially like how fresh it looks on modern cuts and more daring pieces, like a crop top.

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TopShop Crop Top  |  Milly One-Piece Swimsuit  |  BCBG Max Azria Skirt  |  True Royal Pants  |  Eliza J Maxi Dress  |  J.O.A. Skirt  |  Alexander McQueen Dress

Victoria McGinley is the editor of vmac+cheese, a San Francisco 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 enjoying the San Francisco fog with her husband Joe, and their French bulldog puppy, Lucy.

Style Scoop: Olivia Wilde for H&M Conscious Exclusive, Gisele’s Final Walk, Dolce & Gabbana’s Controversial Comments

By  March 16, 2015

StyleScoopMar16Olivia Wilde stars in H&M’s Conscious Exclusive campaign wearing an organic silk tuxedo blazer and evening gown from the line. Wilde, who is one of the faces of Revlon, is a supporter of many environmentally friendly charities. “Sustainability has got a bad reputation, especially in fashion,” Wilde said. “I think people assume the clothes will be dull, the fabrics uncomfortable and the design uninspiring. It’s like people think sustainability is a penance. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and the H&M Conscious Exclusive collection shows that sustainability is no compromise on style.” [Women’s Wear Daily]

Gisele Bündchen is said to be bidding goodbye to the catwalk. The 34-year-old model will retire from the runway after she walks for Brazilian brand Colcci at Sao Paulo Fashion Week next month. Not to worry, though, Bündchen’s modeling days are far from over, as she will continue to appear in plenty of fashion campaigns and editorials. [The Telegraph]

Controversial comments made by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana about traditional families sparked a #BoycottDolceGabbana hashtag on Twitter, started by Elton John. John was offended by the designers calling children generated through IVF “synthetic,” as were plenty of others in the Twitter-sphere. John vowed to never wear Dolce & Gabbana again, and called on others to do the same as a result of the pair’s offensive comments. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Glamour is taking the leap into e-commerce in some way this year, beginning in the UK and US. Details remain to be revealed, but the plans are based on the magazine’s success and its attempt to keep up with its readers. “Glamour is traditionally our highest circulation magazine. It’s extremely successful,” said president and editorial director of brand development at Conde Nast International Karina Dobrotvorskaya. “We are trying to better understand our current readers.” [Women’s Wear Daily]

Cynthia Rowley’s Fall 2015 Rowley Fitness Collection launches July 2015, and it’s athletic wear like you’ve never seen it before. The collection is filled with luxe prints, rich hues and vibrant metallic touches that make the performance pieces both tough and pretty. Perfect for a jaunt at the gym…and then brunch. [Glam Inbox]

Comfy-Chic Loungewear to Love

By  March 13, 2015

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Just because you’re spending the night in with Netflix, your cat, and some Thai takeout doesn’t mean you need to scrub it in sweats. There’s something to be said for feeling cute even when you’re just with your girlfriends on the couch, lounging after a particularly hard week. Recently we’ve seen some seriously cute loungewear from both high-end designers and fast fashion brands. Many of these so-called sweats look so much like pants, no one will give you a second look if you pop out to grab some wine or ice cream for your night in. Draping, fit, and cut are all important when you want loungewear that looks sharp, not sloppy. So what are you waiting for? Start shopping and get comfy. Image: GQ UK/Guy Aroch.

Current Obsession: The Transparency Trend

By  March 13, 2015

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1. Topshop Jacket, $75
2. Jeweled Clutch, $74
3. Dior Gel Topcoat, $27
4. Fendi Cat-eye Sunglasses, $465
5. Clear Jelly Sandals, $37
6. ‘Look See’ Clutch, $38
7. iPhone 6 Case, $35

I love when a trend first seems really out there, but then the more you think of it, you realize it’s actually kind of practical! Take transparent accessories – you can rock sunnies or shoes without considering whether they will clash with the colors you’re currently into. Plus, the focus is on what’s inside – why choose a smartphone case that will hide the chic gold or silver you chose when you upgraded to an iPhone 6? With a clear case, there’s no need to hide your tech; it’ll look at as sleek as it did the day you took it out of the store packaging (although a little glitter never hurts).

With clutches and the fun jacket above, you can show off what’s inside as well. Your must-have pocket beauty picks and smaller on-the-go accessories can fill the pouch to add interest to your look without pulling the color palette in a totally different direction. Not to mention it’s a great way to express yourself and show off some awesome products. And maybe you just want to rock a white tee on any given day? Just polish the look off with a statement piece like a clear jacket and you don’t need much else.

The best part about this trend is that although it may seem like you have to ditch color to rock it, you can actually pull off a vibrant look. It may seem like going transparent means steering clear of color (pun intended), but it simply depends on what you’re feeling that day. I am getting into cool pastels as of late – calming blues and purples with little pops of pink – and pairing that with transparent accessories makes it stand out in a whole new way. Even if you’re not entirely sure what colors to pair with clear yourself, there are a ton of options (hello, blinged out box clutch!) all ready for wear.

What’s your take on transparent? Yay or nay?!

MP Headshot 2 finalMichelle Phan is a young digital pioneer, who trail-blazed her way in the world of fashion; beauty on YouTube. With a growing global community of over 6 million, Michelle’s videos have been viewed more than 1 billion times, making her one of the most watched talents in the digital space. She is an award-winning content creator who produces, directs, stars in and edits all of her own work, and has released over 800 videos since 2007. Her unprecedented, signature video style clean, artful, and expertly edited, with clear, easy-to-follow titles and voiceover instruction helped solidify her position as the #1 Beauty Guru and the 3rd most subscribed female on YouTube.