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Thomas Tait, LVMH Young Fashion Designer Award Winner, Is On His Way Up

By  November 17, 2014

ThomasTaitThomas Tait is new to the fashion scene, but that doesn’t mean he’s not full of talent. The 28-year-old designer, who won the inaugural LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize, caught everyone’s attention with a unique vision at his spring 2015 runway show during London Fashion Week.

Though the wares he showed weren’t among the most functional pieces to walk down the runway, Tait has plenty of ideas up his sleeve including commercial offerings and a flagship store. Still, the conceptual collection he showed for spring received much acclaim. “He concerns himself with pattern, construction and how something drapes. He goes beyond just design—he’s an execution person. He is more than just three-dimensional. He is five-dimensional,” Debi Greenberg of Louis Boston told Women’s Wear Daily.

Tait was acknowledged for his original, eye-catching designs, but even for the designer himself, thinking outside the box can only take him so far. At the crux of his collection is a desire to make women look and feel good: “With everything I do, I want it to look sophisticated, I also think [designing] always has to be done with consideration of the woman who is in the clothes. I can’t really live without that.” As he helps his business reach its full potential with his LVMH winnings, Tait has big plans in mind. There’s no doubt in our minds that this young designer is on to big things—and his way to becoming fashion’s next household name.

I Do: Solange Sets the Standard and Weds in Style

By  November 17, 2014

Solange knows a thing or two about style. So it’s no surprise that her New Orleans nuptials, which took place over the weekend, were a sartorial treat.

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The “Losing You” songbird broke all convention and put her contemporaries’ star-studded weddings to shame. She arrived to the Sunday ceremony with now-husband Alan Ferguson on bike; made sure all guests, including bridesmaids Janelle Monáe and (big sis) Beyoncé, dressed in all white; and traded the traditional wedding dress for a Stéphane Rolland jumpsuit and custom Kenzo gown… with two capes to boot! The results were worthy of editorial splendor—Vogue just so happened to release exclusive images of the celebration, shot by Rog Walker.  We’ll be adding the photos to our Pinterest “dream wedding” boards.

BONUS: There was mother-son dance at the reception, soundtracked to Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone.” It was capped off by Solange’s third look of the day, what appears to be another Stéphane Rolland creation. How epic can one walk down the aisle be?!

 

Style Snaps: November 14, 2014

By  November 14, 2014

KylieKhloePostEvery 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.

Whether it’s out-of-the-lines lip liner, super long nails or hair extensions, Kylie Jenner‘s beauty routine is all about extra lately. If you’re into that look, too, you can now get your hands on Jenner’s own line of hair extensions, Kylie Kouture (honestly, what else did you expect?). She, along with her sisters (yep, all of them), attended a launch party for the new line and sported all her favorite over-the-top beauty trends.

 

 

 

Style Scoop: Giorgio Armani Will Close Out Milan Fashion Week, Kathy Griffin Probably Won’t Replace Joan Rivers, Anna Kendrick Gets Holiday Giddy With Kate Spade

By  November 14, 2014

StyleScoopNov14Giorgio Armani’s show will close out a full final day of Milan Fashion Week, which will take place from February 25 to March 2. Armani’s decision stems from frustration that important international press figures failed to attend his show because it was the only big name to show on the last day. Italian Fashion Chamber is scheduling six days of shows, instead of a five (which is what occurred in September). [Women’s Wear Daily]

Kathy Griffin confirmed that she was, in fact, offered to fill Joan Rivers’ spot on Fashion Police. Of course, she went on to say that she’s really not sure if she wants to take on that role. “I don’t know if the situation is correct at this time for me or right for me at this time [but] I really hope they continue in the spirit of Joan’s work,” she said. Well, on to the next one. [Access Hollywood]

Kate Spade New York launched a holiday campaign video called “The Waiting Game,” which stars Anna Kendrick. As the muse for the brand’s “The Year of Adventure” campaign, Kendrick turns up the girly-girl hilarity in this film. She’s locked out of her apartment with a ton of shopping bags, of course, and forced to entertain herself as she waits for help. A few selfies and several outfit changes later, she figures it out for herself. Watch it here. [Glam Inbox]

Condé Nast has finally settled the class-action lawsuit brought by thousands of former interns who said they were underpaid for work at the company’s magazines. This lawsuit resulted in the cancelling of its internship program in 2013. The publishing company agreed to pay $5.8 million as a settlement agreement; this covers about 7,500 interns at Condé Nast magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair—which means that each intern will receive roughly $700 to $1,900. [Reuters]

Sale Scoop: Paige Novick, Showroom Seven, Shoshanna & More

By  November 14, 2014

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You see all the drama unfold on Twitter and Instagram as the chaos of a sample sale commences, but we’re giving you a preview of which sales are on tap for this week. We’ll tell you everything you need to know before it all begins so that you can prepare accordingly, get there on time, and leave with bags of designer scores.

DESIGNER: Paige Novick & PHYNE by Paige Novick

WHEN: November 17-November 19, 9a.m.-6p.m. daily

WHERE: 20 W. 22nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues

What You Need to Know: Score deals on women’s costume and fine jewelry.

 

DESIGNER: Showroom Seven

WHEN: November 17-December 19, 10a.m.-7p.m. daily

WHERE: 263 11th Avenue between W. 27th and W. 28th Streets, 3rd Floor

What You Need to Know: Get up to 90% off women’s clothing, jewelry, handbags and shoes from designers including Erickson Beamon, LAMB, Issa London, Erin Dana, Arden Wohl and more.

 

DESIGNER: Shoshanna

WHEN: November 19-November 20, Wednesday 10a.m.-6:30p.m., Thursday 10a.m.-6p.m.

WHERE: 231 W. 39th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, Suite 422

What You Need to Know: Up to 75% off dresses, swimwear and separates

 

DESIGNER: Lauren Merkin

WHEN: November 18-November 20, 11a.m.-7p.m. daily

WHERE: 231 W. 29th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues

What You Need to Know: There will be handbags, clutches and accessories for up to 70% off.

DESIGNER: Nanette Lepore

WHEN: November 18-November 20, 9a.m.-7p.m. daily

WHERE: 225 W. 35th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, 4th Floor

What You Need to Know: Find discounts on womenswear, shoes, accessories and home.

Style Snaps: November 13, 2014

By  November 13, 2014

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Every 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.

We barely recognize Jennifer Lawrence in a siren-y body-con dress, matching red lipstick and diva-tastic shades…but, alas, that’s her. The actress is officially on the road doing press rounds for the highly anticipated film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I. Lawrence arrived to The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday evening, where she addressed her fear of singing…and demonstrated just how bad she is even though she apparently sings in the film (really, you need to watch this). She changed her outfit for her actual appearance (though her blazer-over-dress ensemble was consistent), but we’re loving this red-hot version of J. Law. While she might look like a total pop star, she sure doesn’t sound like one—and that’s just why we adore her.


Style Scoop: Inside YSL’s Studio, Heidi Klum Strips for Sharper Image, The Biggest High Heel You’ve Ever Seen

By  November 13, 2014

StyleScoopNov13Fashion historian Jéromine Savignon’s book, Yves Saint Laurent’s Studio – Mirror and Secrets, is now available. The tome comes in French and English and contains about 40 unreleased images (including sketches and photographs of the designer at work in various studios) alongside quotes from Pierre Bergé. Savignon writes: “The process is a dogged pursuit of perfection in an almost mute effervescence.” [Women’s Wear Daily]

Well, we’re not really sure what Heidi Klum has to do with electronics, but someone at Sharper Image made a connection. That connection led to a semi-nude photo shoot and a resulting holiday campaign featuring the German model side-by-side various gadgets. The images feature provocative questions that connect the supermodel to your annual holiday gift giving. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

Talk about an extreme shoe obsession. Kenneth Cole teamed up with Jill Martin from The Today Show to make a show that measures 6 feet, 2 inches tall and 6 feet, 5 inches long. The shoe, which breaks the Guinness Record for the largest heel ever, is modeled after Cole’s Otto leather lug-sole bootie from fall 2014. It took nearly 400 hours to create and required five and a half hides, as well as 3-D printing to craft the buckle and clasp. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Miuccia Prada is taking a “contemplative” approach to her Miu Miu resort 2015 advertising campaign. Photographer Jamie Hawkesworth juxtaposed shots of Natalie Westling with abstract landscapes. The campaign is slated to appear in magazines including Elle in France, Vogue in the US and Vanity Fair in Italy starting on November 15. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Europe’s first ever jewelry museum will open in Basilica Palladiana in December. The 4, 306-square-foot museum, called the “Museo del Gioiello,” will be directed by Italian jewelry expert Alba Cappellieri and spans two levels. The first floor will hold a museum shop, while the second will feature six rooms divided in nine different spaces, each of them dedicated to a different category of jewelry. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Choupette Gets A Cartoonish Makeover

By  November 13, 2014

Who knew a cat’s life could be so glamorous? Well, when you’re Karl Lagerfeld’s pet, glamour is a given. As the muse for Lagerfeld’s Monster Choupette accessories collection, Choupette is featured (in her cartoon form) in an adorable video. The cartoon shows the cute cat transform into a ferocious feline (of sorts) and demonstrates just how she became the star of Lagerfeld’s upcoming collection. Whether you’re an animal person or not, there’s no denying that Choupette is one cool cat.

Under Wraps: 4 Outerwear Styles to Swipe This Season

By  November 13, 2014

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Put aside the pea coat this season and update your cold weather wardrobe with one of the outerwear styles seen on the runway. Here are four in particular to consider!

The oversized, calf-length wool wrap coats on the Delpozo and Altuzarra catwalk brought boxy back in style. Keep the silhouette sleek by cinching the tie at your tummy and allowing a fitted turtleneck sweater to peek out from the top.

If you’re looking for something a little lighter, go for a cape coat like the ones seen at Kate Spade and Tracy Reese. To keep your cape coated look from seeming too posh and polished, pair with military boots and a beanie to offset the aesthetic.

Already a favorite of street style stars, we’re sure you’ve seen the blanket coat on your favorite fashion blogs. Burberry brought the blanket, also referred to at times as this season’s poncho, back into the spotlight with their monogrammed versions of the style. Roberto Cavalli and DKNY debuted versions of their own as well.

Last on our list is the ultra cozy and comfy cocoon coat, which is categorized by a silhouette that balloons outward around the body for a rounded look. Noon by Noor and Zimmerman models rocked the style in colorful hues on the runway.

Take a look at our top coats featuring each trend. Which will you be keeping warm in this winter?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zac Posen Debuts Engagement Rings & Fine Jewelry

By  November 13, 2014

ZacPosenJewelryZac Posen is no stranger to bridal gowns, but he’s taking the next step by designing engagement ring and fine jewelry collections for Blue Nile. He created two distinct collections: Truly Zac Posen, which is an array of engagement rings and bridal bands, and ZAC Zac Posen, an assortment of refined earrings, bracelets and pendants inspired by his contemporary fashion brand. “Jewelry is an obsession of mine that started when I first began designing clothing,” Posen said. “I wanted to create jewelry that adds luxury and character to an everyday look, as well as pieces that capture the true essence of the engagement ring and what it means to the wearer.”

Within each collection, there are three unique styles of jewelry (in a large range of prices). Whether your personal style calls for Glamour, Deco or Metropolitan gems, Posen has it all covered—all that’s left for you to do is to find the one and say “I do.”