Style Scoop: New Valentino Flagship, Lucy Hale + Hollister, Joan Smalls for Free People


The new Valentino flagship store, which will open this Friday at 693 Fifth Avenue, is more than just the biggest location in the world. The brand’s modernization is evident by the sleek black steel and aluminum façade, 27-foot-high atrium on the main floor and the graphic palladiana marble staircase that connects the store’s three stories. Each floor houses a different concept, starting with accessories on the main floor, women’s ready-to-wear on the second (with LED-lit oak and glass display tables) and men’s wear on the third. [WWD]

Actress, musician and fashion “it” girl, Lucy Hale, can now add fashion designer to her resume. The Pretty Little Liars star has put her creative talents to work and has designed an apparel collaboration with Hollister. The Hollister + Lucy Hale limited edition collection will have two installments, each that will reflect some element of her So-Cal lifestyle. The collection, which will be released on August 8, will include easy-to-wear soft dresses, leggings, skirts and tops and will have price points from $19.95 to $44.95. [WWD]

Puerto Rican Supermodel, Joan Smalls is the surprising new face of Free People. Smalls, who has appeared in Gucci, Chanel, Fendi, Givenchy and Versace campaigns (just to name a few) was enlisted to announce the launch of Free People’s “magalog,” a blog meets online fashion magazine meets advertising platform similar to that of J.Crew and Net-A-Porter. The August Issue will feature fall styling tips, fashion trends, and model exposés. [Racked]

J.Crew has ventured into the world of activewear with the discovery of year-old, indie active brand, Outdoor Voices. OV Founder, Tyler Haney says that her clothes are made “in the spirit of active.” Outdoor Voices can currently be found in some Manhattan stores as well as online. [Well+GoodNYC]

Nordstrom announced today that they have purchased the men’s personal shopping service, Trunk Club. Trunk Club has built its business on connecting men looking for styling advice with one of their 250 personal shoppers. According to a Nordstrom press release, “Trunk Club will continue to operate independently and focus on its core business while leveraging Nordstrom’s capabilities and resources to scale its business.” [Fashionista]

Gone are the days of scouring secondhand shops and flea markets for vintage denim. Enter Re/Dun, the brand that sources vintage Levi’s and recuts them in two styles (relaxed straight and straight skinny). Simply go to the website, chose your size and find your perfect pair. [Fashionista]