Style Scoop: Reading Rachel Roy, Chado Ralph Rucci No More, Reed Krakoff Honored by Whitney Museum



We can no longer label designer Rachel Roy as the supplier of swoon-worthy shift dresses, stand-out clutches, and high heels that garner a second look. Now, the mogul mom can add editorial eye to her skill set. Roy has released the first issue of her online lifestyle mag, The Life, featuring an “Ask Rachel” column, guest editor input from the likes of Gabrielle Union, and a charity page that links her customers to her philanthropic work. [Rachel Roy]

Following in the footsteps of Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent Paris, Ralph Rucci is dropping the “Chado” from his namesake brand. Company CEO Jeffry Aronsson revealed to WWD that the change represents “The start of a new chapter toward securing Ralph Rucci’s place as the global American luxury brand and business.” [ELLE]

While most know Reed Krakoff for his covetable Boxer handbag and work at Coach, New York's Whitney Museum is honoring the designer for his artistic flair. On April 16, Krakoff will receive the 2013 American Art Award for his commitment to art and cultural institutions in NYC and beyond. [WWD]

Lady Gaga may have some competition on the “sitting pretty” front. The platinum-tressed Donatella Versace has teamed up with the Haas Brothers furniture company for a “futuristic throne” fashioned out of brass and black leather. And considering the price is only available by request, we're going to put this on our wishfulthinking list. [VOGUE UK]

Makers of counterfeit bags, watches, and other luxury items aren't the only culprits who need to be on the look out. If NYC Councilwoman Margaret Chin gets her way, legislation could pass that requires a fine and jail time for people who buy knockoffs, not just for those who illegally sell the fake goods. [Racked]