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MAKE / WEAR / READ: January

By  January 22, 2015

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MAKE:  Spiralized veggie noodles! Have you tried this trend yet? Here’s a great place to start: zucchini noodles with fire roasted tomato and almond pesto.

WEAR: Everything from L.A.-based line J.O.A. Their new pieces for spring feel fresh and fun (I love this skirt and this romper), and their winter pieces are all currently on sale!

READ: This great essay on a teenager’s view of social media. Do you use it the same way? And do you feel old now?

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: Vince Camuto Passes Away, Andre Leon Talley’s ODLR Exhibit, Rihanna Beats Topshop

By  January 22, 2015

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Vince Camuto passed away Wednesday at age 78 at his home in Greenwich, Conn. after a battle with cancer. Camuto was one of the founders of the Nine West footwear line, along with his former business partner, Jerome Fisher. His empire consisted of a number of brands across many categories under the Camuto Group. He told WWD in 2014, “Our motto is, ‘You can do whatever you want in this company and you can grow very quickly.’” [Women’s Wear Daily]

Andre Leon Talley will pay homage to legendary designer Oscar de la Renta in an exhibition at the SCAD Museum of Art. The exhibit will include 70 de la Renta ensembles, including designs he made for Nicole Kidman, Taylor Swift, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Sarah Jessica Parker. For Talley, the project was “a work of joy and wonderful pleasure because Oscar was a very close friend of mine and also a mentor.” The exhibit opens February 5. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Remember when Topshop sold a T-shirt with Rihanna’s picture on it and she took them to court? Well, Britain’s Court of Appeal confirmed an earlier decision that the retailer did, in fact, infringe on the singer’s rights by selling a T-shirt with her photo on it. The reasoning was that that “the item was damaging to Rihanna’s ‘goodwill’ and represented a loss of control over her reputation in the ‘fashion sphere.’” [Women’s Wear Daily]

IfOnly is partnering with brands including Prabal Gurung, Marchesa, and Diane Von Furstenberg to bring bespoke, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to fashion enthusiasts during Fashion Week. IfOnly is an experiential marketplace that donates a portion of its proceeds to charities. If you want to experience Fashion Week like never before, head over to the website to check out the incredible behind-the-scenes opportunities these designers are offering. [Glam Inbox]

Chanel is bringing its Metiers d’Art show stateside on March 31—after it was held in an 18th century palace in Austria last month—to present the collection to New York clients and press. Then, it’s off to Rome and Seoul’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza for cruise on May 4. [Women’s Wear Daily]

10 Not-So-Neutral Pieces to Add to Your Winter Wardrobe

By  January 21, 2015

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Winter dressing might be all about piling on the basics in the interest of keeping warm, but sometimes it’s easy to get lost in all those boring layers. In the interest of spicing things up a bit this season (in more ways than one), consider picking up a few pieces that are simultaneously warm and eye-catching. Work these babies in with the rest of your already well-established winter wardrobe, and you won’t have to worry about blending into the background of city streets full of puffer jackets and snow boots.

 

 

Target Pumps Up Its Plus Size Section with Ava & Viv

By  January 21, 2015

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The plus size set is seeing a big change from the Bullseye. After announcing an expanded range of sizes for the upcoming Lily Pulitzer for Target, the retailer has announced a new clothing line called Ava & Viv that’s sure to stand out.

Target listened to consumers who wanted chicer selections in expanded sizes, not only online but on shelves as well. The new line will offer a slew of bold basics and trendy must-try’s starting this February. Fresh selections will be served up every month with prices ranging from $10 to $79.99 – perfect for the babe on a budget.

Given the controversies the brand has faced with the fuller-figured fashionistas in the past, Target linked up with some of the best plus size bloggers, including Nicolette Mason, Chastity Garner, Gabi Gregg, to get their approval on the new looks. “It’s really wonderful as a consumer to know that a brand is listening,” Mason said. “I think the girl who will wear it is someone who wants to be seen and she wants to be noticed and have fun with her clothes.” 

As Gregg explained the styling the for the look book, “I asked [Target] if we could do a cool track pant and add a little blazers for some of the prints because the prints were so great; I wanted them in every piece.” We have a feeling we will too!

Go behind the scenes of the look book shoot by checking out the video below:

Style Scoop: Alessandro Michele Appointed Gucci Creative Director, Alexander Wang’s Party Bus Campaign, Michelle Obama Wore A Suit

By  January 21, 2015

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After much speculation, it has finally been confirmed that Alessandro Michele will take the reigns as the next creative director of Gucci. His appointment follows the surprise departure of Frida Giannini. Previously, Michele was the brand’s head accessories designer and upon Giannini’s departure, Michele re-designed Gucci’s entire menswear collection, which shows in Milan on Monday. [Business of Fashion]

Alexander Wang loves a good party—and his latest campaign proves it. At least one shot shows model Anna Ewers propped up on the sunroof of a suped-up party bus, complete with neon lights and subwoofers. Other models that appear in the campaign (shot by Steven Klein) include Binx Walton, Dylan Xue, Lexi Boling, Sarah Brannon, and Vanessa Moody. “It felt so authentic,” Wang said. “All the girls are girls who come out with me. We got the set and said, ‘It kind of just feels like last weekend.’” [Women’s Wear Daily]

Michelle Obama wore not a dress, but rather a suit for the 2015 Statue of the Union address at the US Capital. Obama wore a 2013 Michael Kors power suit, which she altered to get rid of the front slit in the skirt, making it less sexy and more FLOTUS-appropriate. [Glam Inbox]

Olivia Palermo teamed up with accessories label Aspinal of London to design a limited-edition tote bag to support AdCam, a non-profit charity that develops cooperation projects and social responsibility initiatives in the Masai Mara region of Kenya. The tote is a technological take on Aspinal’s Marylebone tote, as it has the ability to charge an iPhone or iPad. The bag will be limited to 30 pieces, launches in March and will retail at 995 pounds ($1,512 at current exchange). [Women’s Wear Daily]

Wearable tech company Ringly raised $5.1 million to increase its product range of smart rings. Ringly is a smart ring that connects to a phone and alerts users to calls, texts and e-mails with a subtle vibration or light. Founder and CEO Christina Mercando said that a big part of this year will be dedicated to using Ringly’s technology to make other forms of jewelry. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Converse drew inspiration from the great Andy Warhol for its spring 2015 collection. The iconic sneaker company teamed up with The Andy Warhol Foundation to design a collection of tees and footwear for men and women that blends the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star and Warhol aesthetics together. The Converse All Star Andy Warhol Collection launches February 7 at specialty retailers, Converse stores and converse.com for $35-$90 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Andy Warhol Foundation. [Glam Inbox]

Style Scoop: Karolin Wolter Sports Skinny Brows For McQueen, Chloe Grace Moretz and Kid Cudi Are Dreamy for Coach, Gucci Will Probably Appoint Alessandro Michele

By  January 20, 2015

StyleScoopJan20Alexander McQueen‘s making the case for super skinny eyebrows with its spring 2015 ad campaign. The ads feature  Karolin Wolter modeling the latest in McQueen glamour, and was shot by David Sims. The images can be seen on the house’s website and will appear in the March issues of magazines including American and British Vogue, W, Interview and AnOther. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Chloe Grace Moretz and Kid Cudi are striking a pose for  photographer Mikael Jansson for Coach’s spring 2015 campaign. The actress and musician star in the second installation of the brand’s “Dreamers” campaign, which previosuly featured Zoe Kravitz, Odeya Rush, Christopher Abbott and Banks in the fall, featuring black-and-white portraits alongside close-up shots of handbags from the collection. [Women’s Wear Daily]

It’s all but confirmed by the house itself, but it looks like Gucci is getting ready to appoint Alessandro Michele creative direction on Wednesday, succeeding Frida Giannini. Following the Gucci men’s show on Monday afternoon, Michele took the bow along with several members of the house’s design team. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Amal Clooney is the name on everyone’s lips these days, whether it’s regarding her impressive career or the statement-making gloves she wore to the Golden Globes. And we mean everyone—including Anna Wintour. Apparently, Ms. Wintour is looking to secure an interview and cover shoot with Clooney for an upcoming Vogue edition. Yes, please! [Grazia Daily]

Fendi will launch e-commerce in March with initial deliveries to 28 European countries and rollout to Japan and the U.S. coming later this year or in early 2016. Chairman and chief executive officer Pietro Beccari said that Fendi would handle logistics in-house, leaving plenty of options for how to deal with order placement, pickup, and delivery. [Women’s Wear Daily]

What to Pack for Winter Camp

By  January 20, 2015

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Now that we’ve established that camp isn’t just for kiddies, it’s time to expand our desire to escape for a weekend away into different seasons … and countries. Though sunbathing by the lake, propelling new friends off a water based trampoline, and engaging in a competitive game of Color War are enticing summer activities, there’s no reason camp can’t extend to winter months. Just trade out those swimsuits for snow boots, top off your look with an enviable pair of ear muffs, and make sure to pack warm weather beverages and entertaining card games. Here’s what we’re packing in our duffle for a weekend in the mountains, full of snow-shoeing across the Poconos before sipping spiked hot chocolate around the fire after dinner.

8 Timeless Pieces That Your Closet Can't Live Without

By  January 19, 2015

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There comes a point in every woman’s life when she realizes she actually has to think before she purchases something new for her wardrobe. Gone are the days of impulse buys and Forever 21 and H&M. For me, those days have been replaced with these two questions: How long will it last and how often will I wear it?

Sobering questions for the fashion addicts out there, I know. The good news is that ditching those fleeting fashion highs for long-lasting wardrobe staples can be just as rewarding.

You can be free of guilt when you add these 8 items to your shopping list because they are versatile, will stand the test of time, and are insanely chic.

1. Trench Coat
You really can’t go wrong with this classic piece. This figure-flattering piece of outwear will upgrade even the most laid-back ensemble and you’ll be wearing it for the rest of your life.

2. Quality Black Leather Bag
There is no way to sugar coat this one – handbags are expensive! Soften the blow with this little nugget of information, a quality black leather bag has amazing resale value and sometimes it can increase in value (ahem, Chanel).

3. Classic Black Pumps
You’re feet deserve the best shoes money can buy, don’t they? Plus, a woman in good shoes can basically rule the world.

4. Leather Jacket/Pants
Investing in a pair of leather pants and a leather jacket will not only help channel your inner rock star, they will quickly become your most loved wardrobe staples.

5. Classic Black Blazer
A perfectly tailored black blazer will get a lot of play in your life (work to the weekend), so it’s best to get a good one.

6. White Button-Up Shirt
A white button-up is so useful to a woman’s wardrobe; I am going to encourage you to get two – one for the office and one for the weekend.

7. Non-Trendy Jeans
Skip the whiskers, the studs, and the wild pockets – investing in a quality pair of jeans will change up the look of your entire wardrobe.

8. Serious Shades
Cheap sunglasses are actually bad for the health of your eyes. Do your eyes a favor and treat them to a nice pair of designer shades. Opt for a classic wayfarer, aviator, or old-Hollywood style because they will all stand the test of time.

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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: Cara Delevingne Is One Of The Guys, Forever 21 Gets Physical, House of DVF Gets Another Season

By  January 16, 2015

StyleScoopJan16Just call Cara Delevingne one of the guys. Not only does the 21-year-old appear alongside Sam Rollinson and Binx Walton for DKNY’s women’s spring campaign, but she’s also front and center in the men’s campaign. That’s right, Delevingne is all suit-and-tie (with models Ben Nordberg, Jackson Hale, and Sang Woo Kim) in the campaign, which was shot under the Williamsburg Bride in New York. We’re assuming this is her biggest “tomboy” dream come true. [Glamour UK]

Forever 21 is getting physical with model Shanina Shaik. The retailer launched a new high-tech active wear collection (available in stores and on Forever21.com now), made for the kind of high performance activity you swore you’d take on with that New Year’s Resolution. The collection boasts an awesome array of colors and prints in addition to high-tech features like gussets, key pockets, breathable fabric and wicking to keep you dry. [Glam Inbox]

Diane Von Furstenberg found herself a brand ambassador in Brittany Hampton after a season full of ups and downs with the cast of House of DVF. As Hampton takes on her new role, DVF and her team set out to find another Global Brand Ambassador in a second season of the show. Production begins during New York Fashion Week and will follow Hampton as she experiences her first term in the position she competed for on TV at the same time that she heads up the search for the next DVF girl. [Glam Inbox]

It’s the end of an era that never really started: that of Google Glass. Google will stop selling the smart glasses to individual customers after January 19. However, the company will continue to support its “Glass at Work” initiative, which sells the glasses to enterprise customers. Glass will also move out of the Google X research lab, becoming its own independent unit, setting the stage for a variety of Glass innovation. [TIME]

Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel Feinstein, Jourdan Dunn, and Leandra Medine will lend their creative hands to Fendi for its new FENDI 3Baguette project. These iconic New York women were invited to personalize their own 3Baguette handbag, resulting in 5 incredibly creative and unique Fendi creations that will be available to purchase through a dedicated online auction site. Each woman has chosen a charitable organization to receive the proceeds from their customized bag.  [Glam Inbox]

Best Dressed at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards

By  January 16, 2015

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Red carpet: round two took place Thursday evening at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards without disappointment. Just hours after Oscar nominations were announced, stars gathered at the Hollywood Palladium for another round of trophy collecting…and red carpet walking. Birdman and Boyhood garnered top honors; similarly, Angelina Jolie and Diane Kruger showed up looking flawless, surprising no one. Jennifer Aniston‘s look was a pleasant departure from her “usual,” and Emily Blunt confirmed that she’s a fashion force to be reckoned with this season.