Style Scoop: Manolo Blahnik is Honored as an Artist and Chanel Chooses Net-a-Porter

By  April 10, 2015


For his unmatched innovation in the craftsmanship of women’s luxury shoes, Manolo Blahnik must truly be called at artist. And now, that status is to be recognized in the highest form by the The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, which has named Blahnik the recipient of their 2015 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion. The honor has been bestowed upon Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Ralph Rucci, Oscar de la Renta, and other fashion industry leaders in the past. [Glam Inbox]

Chanel (aside from their beauty products) has kept away from the online marketplace for an impressive amount of time now, but it looks like the luxury label is finally making the jump to e-commerce. Rather than debut the new model on their own website, Chanel has partnered with Net-a-Porter to sell a handful of white and yellow gold jewelry pieces in a collection called Coco Crush. It’s a small step in the direction of internet retail. Perhaps purses will be next? [Fashionista]

Take a quiz, find an outfit–that’s the shopping model at newly launched consulting site, StyleZest. Members pick and choose which pieces most speak to them in a series of quizzes. Then, a personal stylist analyzes results and sends outfit suggestions based on their favorite retailers and personal aesthetic. [Glam Inbox]

Kanye West claims he went into debt for the sake of fashion. In an interview with Rolling Stone, West revealed that his poorly received 2012 women’s ready to wear line, which he funded himself, lost him a good sum of money. We can see Yeezy x Adidas serving as his comeback. [Rolling Stone]

The greatly anticipated Apple watch has debuted in stores in London and Paris. Guests were treated to demonstrations and explanations of the latest design, which was deemed surprisingly “elegant” and “fabulous” by onlookers. [WWD]

Goodbye, Glam.com: We're Becoming Mode.com

By  April 09, 2015


We’re excited to share some special news about Glam.com with you. Soon Glam will transition from a stand-alone website into a channel on Mode.com. Not to worry—all your favorite articles about fashion, beauty, and entertainment will still be there. But on Mode, you can also see stories from 20 additional topic categories. Find stories you love, share them with others, and even create interesting stories of your own.

Click here to get a sneak peek.

And stay tuned for the official Mode launch later this month!

Style Scoop: Revolve's Special Coachella Delivery, Driving a Denim-Trimmed VW, and Valentino Goes Big in Rome

By  April 09, 2015


If you like the idea of matching your ensemble to your automobile, than you’ll appreciate Volkswagen’s most recent innovation. The popular car brand has debuted a denim detailed model concept Beetle at the New York International Auto Show this week, on display until April 12th. The cool convertible features jean seats and accents as well as a denim inspired roof and paint job. With the 60s and 70s hot on and off the runway this season, adding this signature fabric to a vehicle often associated with the grooviest decade seemed fitting. [Style.com]

For last-minute shoppers headed to Coachella, Revolve Clothing’s got your covered. Find your perfect festival outfit without even leaving the valley–simply order online and Revolve will deliver your new pieces within 24 hours. Same day shipping to Coachella Valley and the surrounding area will be offered April 9-12 and April 16-19. [Forbes]

Valentino has opened another flagship shop, and its big. At 1,470 square meters, the new Valentino store in Rome is not only incredibly spacious, it’s stunning too. Designed by creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli in collaboration with architect David Chipperfield, the decor features Venetian terrazzo with Carrara chippings, timber, leather, and marble. Truly a work of art to house work of arts. [The Cut]

The Fashion Meets Music Festival (FMMF) recently announced the music lineup for its Labor Day weekend festivities in Columbus, Ohio, and now, we know the designers that’ll be making appearances too. Alongside acts like AWOLNATION, ZZ Ward, and Young the Giant, fashion industry gurus like Linda Rowe Thomas and Kahindo Mateene of “Project Runway,” Celeste Malvar-Stewart, Esther Myong Hall, Cierra Lauren, Katelyn McClain, Bryston Walters, Lydia Hopmann, and many more will also be in attendance. [Glam Inbox]

Ann-Sofie Back should be proud. The Cheap Monday creative director was honored with the Design Museum’s Designs Of The Year Award, beating out JW Anderson, Raf Simons, Thomas Tait, and Fausto Puglisi in the fashion category for her spring/summer 2015 collection. Bravo! [Vogue UK]

Style Scoop: Autumn de Wilde Touts Prada’s Galleria Bag In Short Film Series, H&M’s Conscious Pop-Up & Summer Campaign

By  April 08, 2015

StyleScoopApr8-1Prada enlisted director, photographer and artist Autumn de Wilde to create a film project surrounding its Galleria bag. De Wilde made “five shorts that tell the story of how a bag can be so much more than an accessory.” They are absolutely adorable and captivating, and what the filmmaker has to say about them in an interview with Style.com’s Steff Yotka is even more fascinating. [Style.com]

H&M will launch a pop-up shop, called Conscious Exclusive + Conscious Commerce at the retailer’s flagship at 4 Times Square. The shop will feature eco-friendly brands committed to sustainability such as Amour Vert, Apolis, Feed, Freedom of Animals, The Giving Keys, K/ller Collection, Preserve, Shft, Studio One Eighty Nine and Zady in addition to H&M’s Conscious Exclusive collection. The sustainable collection launches in stores and online on Thursday, and the pop-up will operate from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Wednesday through Sunday. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Speaking of H&M, the retailer will release a commercial full of supermodels as part of its summer campaign on April 30. The campaign claims to be the “anthem of the season,” as it’s set to an exclusive track by Axwell / Ingrosso. Joan Smalls, Natasha Poly, Doutzen Kroes and Adriana Lima sport the type of summer wear—bikinis, flowing skirts, printed tunics and delicate jewelry—you’ll want to live in this season. [Glam Inbox]

Remember the college Condé Nast set up in London to offer “people an understanding of the fashion industry within one year that might take seven or eight years to learn on the job”? Well, now it’s launching a Shanghai branch. The big differences between the new school and Condé Nast’s London school is that it will offer a technical creative course in advanced fashion design and most of the student body will be Chinese, as opposed to an international mix. Overall, the aim of Condé Nast China is to close the “‘expertise gap’ between the requirements of China’s rapidly-evolving fashion industry and current graduates in the country.” [Business of Fashion]

Just in time for wedding season, ASOS is launching bridesmaid and occasion wear collections. On April 9, the e-tailer will offer wares for weddings, proms and beyond. The site will also feature how-to videos throughout the season on the latest hair, makeup and nail looks with experts and stylists showing how they get ready for their special occasions. [Glam Inbox]

Current Obsession: Pixel Inspired Fashion & Art

By  April 07, 2015

Every once in awhile, something comes along that seems to translate beautifully across all channels – fashion, art, technology, you name it. For me, there is nothing better than when beauty and technology collide, and over the past few years I’ve seen it happen in graphic art, most notably pixel art. Even long after discovering it, pixel-inspired art and design has never ceased to impress me. Because tech consumes our lives more than ever, pixels are making their way into the everyday as well. Fashion and art are just two of the ways I’m loving seeing pixels pop up as of late.



Zara Pixellated Print Coat, $149 | ASOS Skater Dress in Pixelated Floral Print, $63

I’m definitely into all the fashion to come of this trend – the above dresses are beautiful, wearable pieces with pixelated prints that make up the larger floral patterns. In this case, anyone who wants to get behind this cool visual experience can rock pixels without disregarding spring prints and fashion rules.

Not bold enough? Fear not – there are countless more prints and patterns to be discovered.


Too Fast Pixel Unicorn Dress, $68 | ModCloth Pixel Worth a Thousand Words Swimsuit Top, $50

Both the unicorn and fruit graphics on this dress and bikini are made up of tiny squares that resemble pixels. Without those pixels and their details, these pieces would be just your average printed articles of clothing. And believe it or not, you can actually take this look beyond clothing – even pixel-inspired hair is making waves as colorists experiment pixelated gradients of color in their styles.



Pixel art by Toyoi from his Tumblr.

I recently highlighted Japanese pixel artist Toyoi in an artist spotlight blog post because of his incredible roster of pixel art that ranges from intricately detailed depictions of ordinary scenes to bright and enchanting portrait-like masterpieces. He shares all his work on tumblr, keeping pixels in one very familiar location: the Internet.

While there are a ton of talented pixel artists who have gained recognition for their eye for detail and visual talents over the years, basically anyone can give pixel inspired art a try. Whether that means something like fashion design, oil painting or creating your very own pixel art online through a platform like Make Pixel Art, it’s definitely a creative outlet that’s worth considering. But beware – you may find yourself lost in a whole new world!

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.

9 Fashion-Forward Frames That Made Our Sunglass Style-a-thon

By  April 07, 2015

The easiest way to ignite your ensemble to street-style-star-like proportions is to add a pair of statement-making sunnies to your look. Geometric shapes, outrageous sizes, and cool color-combinations made up the styles that appeared on the spring and summer 2015 runways. Basically, when it comes to this particular season, the bolder the sunglasses, the better. Designers high and low did a fierce job interpreting the trend and creating their own renditions of the crazy-cool frame in time for warm weather, but these particular 9 made our must-have list. 

Style Scoop: Carine Roitfeld Unites Fashion and Beauty, NYFW Will Soon Have A Home, Is DKNY Looking For A New Creative Director?

By  April 07, 2015

StyleScoopApr7-1Carine Roitfeld might be Harper’s Bazaar’s Global Fashion Director, but with her latest project, she’s proven that she knows a thing or two about beauty. The glossy unveiled Roitfeld’s latest feature, titled Beauty Queens: Where Beauty Meets Fashion. It spotlights models Gigi Hadid, Jing Wen, Laura James, Anna Cleveland, Ondria Hardin, Antonia Wilson, Kitty Hayes, and Paige Reifler. The feature appears in the May issues of all 32 editions of the magazine. [Glam Inbox]

It remains to be seen where New York Fashion Week will call home next season, but it seems that the “folks at IMG” are “very, very darn close to making an announcement very, very soon,” said CFDA CEO Steven Kolb. According to WWD, IMG is choosing between a few locations before it posts up in its more permanent location at Hudson Yards: Skylight at Moynihan Station on W. 33rd Street; Skylight Clarckson Square; and a Tribeca pier, which would require a tent and infrastructure situation. [Fashionista]

What would you do with two more inches? Iris Apfel answers that question in a new video for Conde Nast Traveler, which celebrates the magazine’s larger format and increased trim size (it will debut with the September 2015 issue). Watch the video and try not to become obsessed with her. [Glam Inbox]

DKNY might be looking for a new creative director. Sources told WWD that Caroline Brown, chief executive officer of Donna Karan International, is said to be looking to the young designer market to come up with a candidate for the role. Public School, Prabal Gurung and Andrea Lieberman (of A.L.C.) are rumored to be in the running for the position. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Stuart Weitzman is launching Instagram-based ads on Wednesday. The campaign will feature Cinemagraphs (a photography and video hybrid) that highlight the brand’s spring styles—and they will be exclusive to social media. Stuart Weitzman will also remarket the campaign to Facebook users after they have already seen it on their Instagram feeds. By doing this, Stuart Weitzman hopes to increase media spending on Facebook/Instagram by more than 300 percent in 2015. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Easy Upgrades for Jeans and Tee Shirt Girls

By  April 07, 2015

jeans-and-teeLately a lot of my styling clients have been requesting looks that involve jeans and a tee shirt as the base. To me this makes perfect sense, we live in a world where that is basically the uniform. The problem with uniforms is that they can be boring and therefore lack style.

It’s my job to give my clients what they want but also infuse some serious style into the mix. I’ve come up with some super simple ways to up your tee shirt and jeans game.

Add a Statement Necklace
The easiest way to make your boring look pop is to add a killer statement necklace. Take all of the focus off your simple ensemble and really let the jewelry be the star of the show. With sites like Bauble Bar, it’s never been easier to look stylish and keep within a reasonable budget.

Throw a Jacket On It
I am basically the queen of the jacket! A cute blazer or jacket paired with a tee and jeans adds instant class to your basic outfit. You could almost wear the same white tee and jeans everyday, and by adding a new jacket you have a brand new look.

Heels Make a Difference
Wearing heels isn’t always the most comfortable thing in the world it makes a world of difference. Putting on a killer pair of stilettos or sandals will take your look from a 2 to a 10. 

Do Your Makeup
You’d be surprised at how a properly done-up face coupled with a fresh hairdo can really step up your jeans and tee shirt game. My go-to is to add a red lip and call it a day.

How do you step up your jeans and tee shirt game? Image via WhoWhatWear.com 

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.

Style Scoop: Lane Bryant’s #IMNOANGEL Campaign, Sotheby’s Goes High-Fashion, +J Returns to Uniqlo

By  April 06, 2015

StyleScoopApr6Lane Bryant’s latest campaign celebrates women of all shapes and sizes. Titled #IMNOANGEL, the campaign intends to empower and encourage the embracing of women’s bodies, placing an emphasis on braking preconceived notions of beauty. Models featured include Ashley Graham, Marquita Ping, Candice Huffine, Victoria Lee, Justine Legault and Elly Mayday. The bottom line? All women are sexy. [Glam Inbox]

Sotheby’s is offering its first high-fashion collection on July 8 in Paris, and the wares include vintage haute couture from designers like Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. In total, 150 pieces from “fashion antiquarian” Didier Ludot’s personal collection will be up for grabs, some of which were worn by notables like Jerry Hall, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Duchess of Windsor. The items are truly out of this world. [Harper’s Bazaar]

+J is back at Uniqlo, in a “best of” collection. The line consists of work-appropriate styles that are lightweight and perfect for spring. The tailored jackets, stylish blouses, trousers and shirt-dresses are made with top-quality fabrics and range in price from $49.90 to $120.90. [Glam Inbox]

Giuliana Rancic appeared on the Today Show to talk about her new book Going off Script. When asked if she’s planning on returning to Fashion Police, Rancic replied, “We’ll see.” Clearly, she’s not making any promises and following the abrupt departures of Kelly Osbourne and new host Kathy Griffin, it remains to be seen whether she’ll be returning to the show when it airs again in September. [Page Six]

Models Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn are back for Burberry’s spring/summer 2015 eyewear campaign. The ladies posed for Mario Testino while sporting the brand’s optical and sunglass styles…and of course the iconic trench coats. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

Faces on the Newsstand: May 2015

By  April 06, 2015

FacesNewsstandMayAs 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.