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Style Snaps: July 22, 2014

By  July 22, 2014

MirandaKerrpostEvery day, we bring you celebrity sightings and stylings as seen everywhere from the streets to the red carpet. Whether they’re dolled up or dressed down, we can’t resist the need to know who wore what.

The Canadian tuxedo look is really taking hold, and the latest to test out the style is Miranda Kerr. While some might say that a good rule of thumb is to make sure your denim pieces are contrasting shades, we have to say that Kerr’s monochrome take totally works. Her luxe accessories prevent the outfit from going too country, and keep it grounded in good-old-NYC style.

Style Scoop: Zac Posen Doesn’t Believe in Banning Trends, Go Bare with Dita von Teese, Lord & Taylor’s Birdcage

By  July 22, 2014

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Don’t ask Zac Posen which trend he would get rid of. “Banning any trend is like… neutering culture,” the designer said during his Reddit AMA. Oh, and he used his 20s to engulf himself in all sorts of cultures. “Through my twenties, I fully engrossed myself in the glamour lifestyle, traveled the world, ate in some of the best restaurants, and had a quite fabulous life experiences—from being mentored and partners in my early twenties with Puff Daddy (who I’ve always call “Sean”) to dining with royalty to living the American West—planes, trains and automobiles.” [The Cut]

Today Dita von Teese’s signature lingerie collection is launching on Bare Necessities. To celebrate the full range-styles that are available up to 44 band and E cup, Bare Necessities wants to see your take on von Teese’s signature cat eye until July 27 using #DitaCatEye. Be sure to tag @barenecessitiesdotcom. The top 10 cat eyes will be chosen, and posted on the Bare Necessities Facebook page and Instagram. Von Teese will chose 2 winners who will receive her signature perfume, and 4 winners will be chosen to receive her signature press on nails. [Glam Inbox]

Lord & Taylor has two new concept shows for you to shop this fall: Birdcage and Brand Assembly. “We are looking to really inject newness and fashion relevance,” Liz Rodbell, the department store’s president. “We’re testing new concept in our flagship. It’s a great place to bring new exciting ideas.” Birdcage will house “a highly curated, eclectic assortment with over 1,00 styles” from vendors like Alex Woo jewelry, Tai jewelry, Marie Turnor handbags, Joya candles, and flowers from Flower Girl when it opens in October. When Brand Assembly opens in September, it will showcase up-and-coming advanced contemporary designers “with a rotating mix of approximately 20 creators,” like Sachin & Babi and Priory of Ten. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Instead of making a big production of out the fact that their July catalog features disabled models, Nordstorm simply released it without much ado. “We have a long history of incorporating diverse models into our catalogs and marketing,” the retailer’s spokesperson Tara Darrow said. “For us it’s really about wanting to ensure that we’re reflecting the diverse customers and communities we serve.” [Glamour]

News from the capitol! In preparation for the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, the film has launched a fashion magazine from the capitol. Capitol Couture features a living portrait of Johanna Mason, the female victor from the 71st Hunger Games from District 7. The site reads, “Here we see Johanna in a n exquisite Alon Livne creation that ‘juxtaposes the flowing drapery of classic statuary while the super modern and sculptural iridescent white bodice references the branch motif of the Panem Seal.’  With plunging lines and slits as daring and divine as the warrior woman herself, every element of Johanna’s ensemble (including her Alexander Wang shoes and hand-carved marble bangles by Chen Chen and Kai Williams) exudes her fierce strength and enduring pride- a true darling of the Capitol.” Cute.  [Fashion Gone Rouge]

Dress Like Mrs. West: Lace Dresses For Summer

By  July 22, 2014

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Say what you will about the Kardashian-Jenner clan—there’s no denying that these girls have style. We can thank André Leon Talley for drawing our attention to their latest sartorial feat. “Fashion Alert!” he shared in his #KimyeWedding diary for Vogue. “Clearly the Kardashian sisters are bringing back maxi fashion by wearing long lace dresses for day.”

He was right. While the most photographed lace dress that Kim Kardashian has worn is her wedding dress, we’ve spotted North West’s mom rocking this trend multiple times.

As early as last fall, the reality-TV star was spotted in a white, lacy Dolce & Gabbana for her appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Then in March, the star reprised her look in a Rachel Roy fall 2013 lace creation for Seth Meyer’s Late Night chair. More recently, in May, Kardashian uploaded a photo of herself to Instagram in front of the flower wall Kanye West gifted her for Mother’s Day, wearing an Agent Provocateur lace slip.

Of course, Kardashian rocked the trend in her signature style—with a healthy dose of sex appeal, complete with undergarments on display. For those who wish to emulate her on-trend look, without baring all, we’re here to help. Choose a dress that is first and foremost lined—if you want to show a bit more skin, opt for an illusion-neck or illusion-sleeve silhouette. Then the important thing to keep in mind is length. Since lace can easily veer into boudoir territory, keep it appropriate for daytime by picking a dress with a longer hemline.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t also talk about a major part of Kardashian’s look—her sleek, shiny hair. You can achieve this look at home using Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk. Squeeze a dime-size amount of milk between your palms before working through your hair.

Now you’re more than ready to give this Kardashian-approved trend a go! We’ve curated our seven favorite lacy looks to get you from your work desk to the weekend.

1. Lace Maxidress, available at H&M for $34.95
2. Peter Pilotto “Leia” Printed Lace Dress, available at Moda Operandi for $2,245
3. Alice + Olivia “Jayna” Metallic Cotton-Blend Lace Dress, available at Net-a-Porter for $385
4. Kate Moss for Topshop Embroidered Tulle and Crocheted Lace Maxidress, available at Net-a-Porter for $360
5. MSGM Lace Dress, available at Farfetch for $334.26
6. Diane von Furstenberg Lace Dress, available at Farfetch for $472.45
7. Chloé Crocheted Lace Dress, available at Net-a-Porter for $3,450

The Second Saint Laurent Biopic Will Put A Spell On You

By  July 22, 2014

Saint Laurent might be the “unofficial” Yves Saint Laurent biopic, but we have to say it looks pretty darn good. Saint Laurent’s business partner and lover, Pierre Bergé, only approved of the first film about the designer’s life, dubbed Yves Saint Laurent, but this second upcoming film surely has promise. Aside from the fact that Saint Laurent is in French and we can’t understand a word of it because there are no subtitles, the tension and drama is evident in the trailer that was released Tuesday.

Don’t expect to see the designer’s archives in this one (Bergé only authorized access for Yves Saint Laurent), but do prepare yourself for a star-studded cast and a close-up look at his lifelong battle with substance abuse. Gaspard Ulliel plays Saint Laurent, Lea Seydoux plays muse Loulou de la Falaise, model Aymeline Valade plays model Betty Catroux, Jérémie Renier plays Berge and Louis Garrel plays Jacques de Bascher. We’re not entirely sure we’ll be able to follow this film in its entirety because of the whole French thing, but we did catch a few things from the trailer: the very dramatic statement, “Je t’aime Jacques,” several utterings of the designers name in impeccable French accents, snakes and the song “I Put A Spell On You.” Needless to say, we are intrigued.

The CFDA Inducts 30 New Members

By  July 22, 2014

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Under Council of Fashion Designers of America president, Diane von Furstenburg, the CFDA’s membership has grown from 271 in 2006 when the organization was founded to presently, 478.

That number has grown in part to the addition of 30 new members who will join the ranks of Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Zac Posen. Some pretty big names made the cut, too. Edun’s creative director Danielle Sherman, Maiyet’s Kristy Caylor, model and Lemlem designer Liya Kebede are among the new members who will be celebrated at Kenneth Cole’s home this fall.

Below is the complete list of inductees:

  • Linda Balti, Amour Vert
  • Raan Parton, Apolis
  • Shea Parton, Apolis
  • Arielle Shapiro, Ari Dein
  • Ashley Pittman, Ashley Pittman
  • Ben Burkman, Burkman Bros
  • Doug Burkman, Burkman Bros
  • Carlos Campos, Carlos Campos
  • Clare Vivier, Clare Vivier
  • Danielle Sabine, Ernest Alexander
  • Eva Zuckerman, Eva Fehren
  • Jonathan Simkhai, Jonathan Simkhai
  • Jussara Lee, Jussara Lee
  • Barbara McReynolds, L.A. Eyeworks
  • Gai Gheraradi, L.A. Eyeworks
  • Liya Kebede, LemLem
  • Kristy Caylor, Maiyet
  • Marc Alary, Marc Alary
  • Paige Novick, Paige Novick
  • Ruthie Davis, Ruthie Davis
  • Virginie Promeyrat, Selima Design
  • Sharon Khazzam, Sharon Khazzam
  • Johnny Talbot, Talbot Runhof
  • Tim Coppens, Tim Coppens
  • Ulla Johnson, Ulla Johnson
  • Veronica Miele Beard, Veronica Beard
  • Veronica Swanson Beard, Veronica Beard
  • Cynthia Sakai, Vite Fede
  • Whitney Pozgay, Whit

Congrats to everyone!

Don't Worry, Be Yoncé

By  July 22, 2014

Beyonce-ClothesBeyoncé seems to be running our world. With too many awards to count, a number one spot on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list, Beyoncé-themed dance classes, and now even her own voter demographic, no wonder we’re all drunk in love with Bey. Talk about Sasha Fierce! While we all bow down to Mrs. Cater for looking #flawless in her body suits while sharing the stage with hubby Jay Z on their joint On The Run Tour, there’s another way for us (single) ladies to dress like the Queen B and show our love (or obsession) without wearing a leotard in public. Lucky for us, Beyoncé-inspired graphic tees have popped up everywhere after her emoji tees sold out at her shows:

1. Beyoncé Surfboard Emoji Shirt, available at Beyonce.com for $35.00
2. Zodiac Beyonce Virgo Sweatshirt, available at RevolveClothing.com for $99.00
3. I Woke Up Like This Sweatshirt, available at Nastygal.com for $100.00
4. Style Stalker ‘Don’t Worry Be Yoncé’ Muscle Tee, available at South Moon Under for $48.75
5. Drunk In Love Tank, available at Necessaryclothing.com for $15.99
6. Wake Up Like This Tank, available at Necessaryclothing.com for $17.99
7. Flawless Knit Tank, available at Forever21 for $12.90

Blake Lively’s Site is Live!

By  July 22, 2014

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Gossip Girl star Blake Lively has been preparing for her new lifestyle brand, Preserve, for years. Little by little, she’s revealed new aspects of the website: her hopes, a launch date, and finally, in Vogue, the name.

Vogue’s August cover girl launched her new venture on Monday—2 days earlier than the original date—with little fanfare. Ryan Reynold’s wife is hoping to use “all the modern-day digital tricks of the trade to shine a light on—to preserve—all those finer, simpler things in American life that are in danger of getting touched-screened into extinction, trampled on by the medium itself,” according to the magazine.

Very interesting, considering that Lively isn’t on social media, and Preserve, though registering accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest plus Instagram, hasn’t posted anything to the sites.

On her site, Lively penned her very first editor’s letter, writing, “I’m more intimidated that I should probably admit. I’m not editor, no artisan, no expert. And certainly no arbiter of what you should buy, wear, or eat.”

She just wants to tell stories. “So here at Preserve there are people, stories, essays, videos and goods which hopefully inspire your home, your style and your tongue,” she continued. “There’s expensive stiff. Inexpensive stuff. And everything in between. But their value, is up to you. We may romanticize it, calling it treasure. What we’re really saying is, we see worth on every level.”

Hopefully, you’ll treasure preserving your time with Lively.

Style Snaps: July 21, 2014

By  July 21, 2014

MariaMPostEvery day, we bring you celebrity sightings and stylings as seen everywhere from the streets to the red carpet. Whether they’re dolled up or dressed down, we can’t resist the need to know who wore what.

Maria Menounos is busy. She’s promoting her new book, gearing up for her role at E! Entertainment and even watches her own life on the small screen on her reality TV series Chasing Maria Menounos—but somehow, she does it all looking fantastic. Whether she’s signing copies of The Everygirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness or turning up on the red carpet, Menounos knows how to flaunt the body she’s worked so hard to achieve.

 

Style Scoop: A Decade of Diane, Bill Cunningham Spills It to Fern Mallis, Kanye West is So GQ

By  July 21, 2014

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Diane von Furstenberg’s term as the Council of Fashion Designers of America will continue until 2016. “An additional two years will make it a decade of Diane with the time spent on strengthening the board and organizational development,” CFDA CEO Steven Kolb said. In addition to Diane reigning supreme, the Council added 30 new designers! [Women’s Wear Daily]

Fern Mallis tried for two years to get New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham to agree to a Q/A with her at 92Y in New York City. Cunningham politely declined in a handwritten letter only to end up changing his mind over a glass of white wine. “Poor Bill was horrified and so apoplectic in his apology,” Mallis said of the photographer spilling a glass of wine on her saffron chiffon caftanlike frock she wore to the CFDA Awards. “I told him, ‘It’s OK. It’s clear. It will dry. If it had been red wine, I would have killed you.’” The two will have their sitdown on September 3. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Kanye West is on the August cover of GQ magazine and inside the pages of the glossy, the rapper let it slip that he isn’t always so paparazzi-ready. “I hope we don’t see no paparazzi today,” West said during the interview. “Because I’m still getting acquainted with these jogging pants I threw on. Like, ‘That’s not my statement!” The article is full of statements that are gems reminiscent of Ye were knew and loved (pre-Kardashian). [GQ]

For the fifth season in a row, Daria Werbowy is face of Celine’s Fall 2014 campaign—in addition to staring in ads for Mango, Equipment, AG Jeans. The model looks stunning in a long black coat with white buttons, a pair of oversized tweed trousers and a delectable mustard yellow bag. [Fashionista]

Speaking of fashion advertisements, Edie Campbell, her family, and her horse, Dolly, are staring in Lanvin’s fall ad campaign to celebrate the French fashion house’s 125th anniversary. [The Cut]

Lastly, for a fashionable, full-circle moment, DVF is taking over a main entrance and 12 windows at the Galeries Lafayette flagship on Boulevard Haussman from Septemeber 3 to 30 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her infamous wrap dress. There will be a special event there in late September to coincide with Paris Fashion Week. [Women's Wear Daily]

Instagram Diary: Mercedes Benz Miami Swim Week 2015

By  July 21, 2014

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Sun, swim, and style–yep it’s another season of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim shows. I hop on the short flight to Miami to check out the scene for the weekend. Follow along my Instagram diary for the latest trends in beauty and bikinis.