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Style Scoop: Kendall Jenner is Nosy, Delphine Arnault Speaks Out, Kate Upton Envies Cameron Diaz

By  April 14, 2014

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We see your flower crown and raise you one nose ring courtesy of Kendall Jenner, who seriously upped the ante on body piercings over the weekend at Coachella when she showed up to Lacoste’s champagne party in a tube top, jean shorts, headscarf, and one large silver hoop earring connected to a chain. Hm. Chain reaction, anyone? [Fashionista]

Delphine Arnault has been working her way up the ranks at LVMH. Bernard Arnault’s oldest daughter is making a name for herself, heading up the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize and becoming more vocal than ever. “I firmly believe that success lies in the combination of both talent and business savvy, and that the magic comes through partnership between both,” she said. “It’s important to see both sides, the business and the creativity.” [Women’s Wear Daily]

Here’s something you don’t hear everyday: swimsuit model Kate Upton wishes that she had smaller, ahem, assets. “I wish I had smaller boobs every day of my life, as I would love to wear spaghetti tops braless or go for the smallest bikini designs,” Upton said. “In my eyes, Cameron Diaz has the perfect figure.” [Radar Online]

GLAM has your very first look at Meden’s Fall 2014 lookbook. Go on… treat yourself! [GLAMChic]

In the most obvious news ever, Alexander Wang joined Instagram over the weekend. Prior to Wang’s Coachella  announcement that he was teaming up with H&M, the designer wasn’t on the picture-sharing site. He sure knows how to make an entrance! [The Cut]

Celebrity Captures at Coachella 2014

By  April 14, 2014

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Coachella’s first weekend has come and gone, taking over headlines and our social media feeds with snapshots from the annual music and arts fête. There was OutKast’s first stage performance since their 2007 hiatus, Beyoncé’s surprise cameo during little sister Solange’s set, and spirited selfies from festival VIPs like Kendall and Kylie JennerRita Ora, and model Chanel Iman. Click through to see which celebs let us live vicariously through their #Coachella-clad Instagram snapshots.

Here's Your First Look at Meden's Fall 2014 Collection

By  April 14, 2014

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Meden, derived from the Middle English phrase “to reward one’s self,” is indeed a treat brought to us by three jocks and designer. We have the very first look at St. Louis Blues player Derek Roy, Boston Red Sox infielder’s Mike Napoli, former minor league hockey player turned CEO’s Michael Dombkiewicz, and creative director Walter’s Lee’s collaborative effort. Check out the Fall/Winter Lookbook here.

Go on. Treat yo’ self.

Faces on the Newsstand: Cameron Diaz on InStyle, Scarlett Johansson on Vanity & Glamour

By  April 14, 2014

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Nothing is off limits for 41-year-old and InStyle magazine’s May cover girl Cameron Diaz. She’s sharing all with the glossy, including her stance on marriage: “A lot of people chase after it because they’ve been told, ‘This equals happiness.’ They chase it, they get it and they find out, ‘Why did I think this was going to make me happy? I’m miserable!’” Hear that, ladies?

Scarlett Johnasson gave insight into her current relationship status as Vanity Fair’s May feature. She finds it easier to be a in relationship with French journalist Romain Dauriac because they are of different worlds. “We do different things,” she told the glossy: “He’s in the whole art-scene world. So it’s nice, because we can enjoy each other’s worlds, but we don’t have our crazy conflicting schedules and all that other stuff to contend with.”

ScarJo is pulling double duty appearing on Glamour’s May issue, too! The new mom let readers in on a little secret: “When you’re dancing your pants off, nobody’s looking at your shoes.” Hence why Johansson champions wearing sneakers when she’s out and about in New York: “Here [in New York City] you can still wear your Nikes. In Paris you suck it up. You hobble around. Although my girlfriends in Paris and I decided we’re adopting the trend of athletic streetwear ‘cause we got sick of it. I was like, ‘I am sick of not feeling my big toe after two hours of dancing!’”

Roland Mouret Goes Bananas

By  April 14, 2014

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Well, what to do we have here—another big name collaboration, it seems.

Days after Alexander Wang pulled a Beyoncè, announcing at Midnight, Sunday morning, that his collaboration with H&M is launching on November 6th, Roland Mouret is set to design a 25-piece collection for Banana Republic!

The collection of skirts, tops, pants, and dresses will launch in August, but don’t think this will be like anything you’ve ever seen before from the designer. “It’s not a copy of my clothes in a less expensive [version], but the experience of a fitted dress for the Banana Republic customer,” he told British Vogue.

It’s a double-win for Banana Republic: “Roland is famous for his dresses and we have a very successful dress business,” Melloney Birkett, vice president of women’s design at Banana Republic told Women’s Wear Daily.

Mouret’s collection for the higher end Gap Inc. brand follows a successful collaboration with L’Wren Scott.

Yahoo for Joe Zee!

By  April 14, 2014

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We knew that Yahoo was up to something pretty big when they pouched Bobbi Brown to head up their beauty site but now the Internet giant has gained Elle magazine’s creative director Joe Zee!

Speculation began last week that Marissa Mayer had convinced Zee to join her team and today, Women’s Wear Daily confirmed the news.

“It probably is a little bit of a head scratcher coming out of the world of fashion,” Zee told WWD of his decision to leave the magazine after seven years. “But I’m sitting with Marissa Mayer [Yahoo president, director and chief executive officer] and she said, ‘Consider this your playground.’”

Zee’s “playground” so to speak will consist of serving as editor-in-chief and executive creative officer of Yahoo fashion, as well as editor at large of its beauty site once he leaves his post at Elle in May.

“I certainly never shied away from innovation of anything new,” he said. “I can build a staff, I can build something. I think the great thing is, I will be able to conceive, develop and launch this incredible magazine… and do events and video.”

Ah, the Internet—land of opportunity.

“I think the tide has shifted,” said Zee. “Good content is king. People will come to you if you create good content. The perfect example of that is Netflix. Today they are winning Emmys.”

Congrats to Yahoo and Mr. Zee on their new beginnings!

Parental Advisory: Alexander Wang Is Collaborating with H&M!!!

By  April 13, 2014

It was a surprise that would make Beyoncé proud.

In a midnight move mimicking the iTunes drop of her fifth album, award-winning designer—and purveyor of this sweatshirt, currently making A-list rounds—Alexander Wang revealed that he’s joined forces with H&M.

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Wang made the announcement at H&M’s Coachella party on Saturday night, later sharing the news as his first Instagram post with more than 148,000 followers. In the clip, we see a series of stadium lights turn on, unveiling a countdown clock with November 6 as the date of his Wang x H&M drop. If the video is any indication, the collaboration will take on the sporty chic aesthetic that the Balenciaga creative director has infused into both his namesake and diffusion T by Alexander Wang lines. And, as his popularity from the masthead to the masses prove, the capsule collection will likely sell out fast.

“Alexander Wang is one of the most important voices in fashion today,” said H&M creative advisor Margareta van den Bosch in a statement. “He understands exactly what people want to wear and does it with an energy and passion that’s infectious.”

A spirit that Wang hopes will go beyond what most think when it comes to H&M.

“They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity,” he said of his new, fast fashion partnership. He later told Women’s Wear Daily “It’s a different era and a different world today and I think everything is changing, the whole system of fashion and design, and I think there’s an opportunity for everyone to create and do something that is different and individual.”

Wang will be the first American designer to collaborate with H&M, putting him in the company of Versace, Maison Martin Margiela, and more recently, Isabel Marant. Since the fast fashion retailer introduced designer collabs in 2004 with Karl Lagerfeld, its higher-end merchandise has proven that people are willing to spend more on fewer H&M pieces if there is a high fashion name attached. Yes, you can count us in that number.

Alexander Wang x H&M will be made available in 250 H&M stores on November 6, with accessories and apparel for men and women. Save the date!

Reem Acra Spring 2015

By  April 11, 2014

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DESIGNER: Reem Acra

INSPIRATION: The collection, dubbed “Mirror, Mirror…,” is reminiscent of weddings that only happen in fairytales.

TRENDS: Illusion details, lace applique, pearl and crystal accents, layered tulle, structured skirts, traditional meets modern, dainty rhinestone-encrusted gloves

PALETTE: White, cream, blush

WHO SHOULD WEAR IT: The girl who has a taste for the timeless, but likes to infuse a little bit of newness into whatever she wears.

Make / Wear / Read

By  April 11, 2014

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In “Make/Wear/Read”, Victoria will be sharing her latest tips and inspirations on what to Make, Wear and Read to get you through the week, stylishly!

Make: These adorable bunny tail donut holes, in honor of Easter.

Wear: Any of Everlane’s silk shirt collection. They’re a fraction of the price of other well-known silk shirt manufacturers, with tons of gorgeous colors and cuts. I’ve got my eye on the new sleeveless blouses for summer!

Read: This fantastic article on banning bridesmaids. Anyone who has ever served as a bridesmaid gets it; anyone who has yet to get married might not. What’s your take?

Victoria McGinley is the editor of vmac+cheese, a New York City 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 exploring New York with her husband Joe, and their French bulldog, Lucy.

Giuseppe Zanotti Could Collaborate with Kanye West Again, After All

By  April 11, 2014

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Well, I will eat my words. I thought when LVMH acquired stake in Guiseppe Zanotti that meant that Kanye West could kiss his chance to collaborate with the Italian shoe again designer goodbye.

I was wrong, sort-of. 

In honor of his 20th anniversary, the shoe designer is launching four capsule collections that will be released throughout the year celebrating a distinct characteristic of the brand, Women’s Wear Daily is reporting. The first collection, Jewel, consists of six pairs of sandals, each tied to a personal memory of his. One of the sandals, Cruel Summer was inspired by a dinner with West.

“I met Kanye in Milan during a charity event,” Guiseppe Zanotti told Fashionista. “He’s very sweet, very sensitive and sometimes dangerous because he’s so sensitive. He’s a good guy. Good heart. He’s a poet. We met twice and then he asked to come into my maison because he wanted to understand the process of [creating a] collection of shoes and design. We started something elegant for his runway and then we did something else—sneakers—together. He taught me something, I taught him something. Also, I showed him my archives of records and he sang something for me, for my team. It was good synergy, exchange of sensation and love.”

So, again, I say, we may not have seen the last of Zanotti and Mr. West.

As for the rest of the capsule collections, following Jewel, we can expect Rock ‘n’ Roll, Black Stilettos, and Disco to be released in September, November and February 2015, respectively.