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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.

THEIA White Spring 2015

By  April 11, 2014

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DESIGNER: Don O’Neill

INSPIRATION: O’Neill’s ancient Irish ancestors, the Tuatha De Danaan, or “People of the goddess Danu”

TRENDS: Silhouettes included backless column gowns, fitted knee length sheaths, mermaid cuts, crop tops paired with full skirts, and ball gown style dresses. Tulle, silk organza, and chiffon were the line’s leading materials, with details including lace overlay, pearl embellishment, and crystal, sequins, and beaded embroidery. Each model’s look was topped off with a wreath crown.

PALETTE: Ivory, silver metallic.

WHO SHOULD WEAR IT: Brides in search of an ethereal, mystical style sure to mesmerize guests on their special day.

Acheiving The Body of Elle Macpherson

By  April 11, 2014

JCPenney Launches THE BODY By Elle Macpherson IntimatesIf you can’t pull off the fashion choices of a supermodel — we’re looking at the leather shorts Elle Macpherson wore to the launch of The Body collection for JCPenney — at least you can dress like a supermodel when it comes to intimates, right?

Well known for her nickname, The Body, thanks to her record breaking five covers with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Macpherson translated her modeling career into a design career. Years ago, she launched Elle Macpherson Intimates, aiming to provide a line for women that melded three of her passions.

“When I created Elle Macpherson Intimates twenty five years ago, I was looking to create something with a European feel, American fit and Australian effortlessness. That was the DNA of Elle. When it moved to America, I noticed women were really interested in the shape and the form of their body. I want to create bras that change the shape of your body. You can make the choice of how you want to look for your day.”

With a successful quarter of a century of experience, JCPenney turned to Macpherson in order to launch a new collection – The Body by Elle Macpherson. It will comprise of  four distinct bra styles in smooth, natural, boost and fit with coordinating panties in hipster, bikini and thong cuts in stretch, seamless, mesh patterns and lace.

“I thought to myself, if I could create the four silhouettes that women can choose from that are performance based but maintain the European feel, American fit and Australian color, then that’s what I want to do. And that’s what I did.”

Though her personal favorite is the fit collection, there’s a wealth of options to choose from online and in stores, starting today!

 

Iggy Azalea Gets Fancy with Revolve

By  April 11, 2014

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Iggy Azalea‘s so fancy. This we already know but apparently, so does Revolve! The online retailer tapped the Australian hip-hop artist to be the face of their summer campaign.

“Iggy is perfect in line with our brand,” Michael Mente, co-chief executive officer and cofounder of Revolve told Women’s Wear Daily. “Revolve is a little bit of outside of the mainstream. Our customer is risk-taking and confidant, and Iggy is the perfect embodiment of that. Revolve is not about playing it safe.”

“I love busy and bright prints for summer. I don’t really care about what brand something is as long as it fits my personal style,” Azalea said. “It can be low or high end and I will love it.”

But that’s where her fashionable endeavors end. “I don’t have any ambition to work in the fashion industry, although I love its quirkiness. I’d prefer to remain a fan and a spectator who enjoys the fun of the clothing.”

Something that she showcased in the music video for her single, “Fancy,”  when she channeled Alicia Silverstone in Clueless. “The idea of re-creating Clueless is something that I’d always talked about doing and thought “Fancy” would be perfect since its so West Coast sounding. All the story boarding was done myself, and Cher’s closet was a really important scene that could not be skipped over.”

You won’t want to skip over of the content that will feature Azalea in a section called Spotlight, when the campaign kicks off on May 14th. Revolve will also shill merchandise from Iggy’s tour and downloads from her album, The New Classic.

This is a good look for everyone involved!