Karl Lagerfeld previewed his collection for Macy’s Impulse Wednesday, showing lots of black, white and tops emblazoned with the designer’s own image (would we expect anything else?). The capsule collection will go on sale Aug. 31 at 235 select Macy’s stores.
As for us, we’ll be passing on the tanks that depict Lagerfeld’s own image (even when they hit the sale rack), because like Mr. T says, “Express yourself! Do Bill Blass, Calvin Klein or Gloria Vanderbilt wear clothes with your name on it? NO! Of course Not! …Wear your own name.”
Lauren Conrad will debut her Paper Crown line at Fred Segal, Nordies and other boutiques across the country on Saturday. Prices range from $40 to $460 and are aimed at the girl who, “a collection for those who like to play dress up in a grown up world,” according to WWD.com.
The looks certainly seem like a big old upgrade from her colab with Kohls. What do you think? Are you amped to cop a piece of Lauren’s style.
A new shopping site launches today that will make it easier to bite celebrity looks. Ave23.com allows users to drag and drop pictures of people in a covetable outfit. The site then finds similar pieces that comprise the look and shows the user where to get them for less. No digging around to find an obscure brand of jeans a star was wearing at last night’s premiere or fruitless Google searches to find out who makes fuchsia fringe earrings for less than $400.
So if Hailee Steinfeld steps out in a Miu Miu ensemble at a Hollywood event, users could drop the image at Ave23.com and let it find similar and cheaper alternatives to her dress, shoes and bangles for the shopper.
What do you think of the site? Fashion lifesaver or style-saving cheat sheet for peeps who can’t dress?
Hard living and Racy Headlines? I’ll remember Ms. Winehouse for her one-of-a-kind sense of style. Throwback sailor tattoos and ballet slippers. A hardnosed librarian’s beehive from the 60s teased to preposterous proportions. Multi-colored bra straps proudly peeking though wispy shirts. Amy’s style was a breath of fresh air when she made her worldwide debut with her sophomore album, and it’s what I’ll remember her for today.
In the next few days, I’ll be mining media archives to present an Amy Winehouse Look Book to remind us of her pretty/tough style. Stay Tuned.
For the girls who hung on every word of the September Issue (2009), who couldn’t get enough of Isaac Mizrahi’s Issac-isms in Unzipped (1995) and for model Sara Ziff’s Picture Me (2009) offered a much-welcomed peep into the big baller but less-than-kind world of modeling, comes God Save My Shoes, a soon-to-be released documentary about that game-changing wardrobe staple that girls will do just about anything for.
As I wrote in Fashion 101, shoes forever hold a special place in girls’ hearts. The average American owns 30 pair. When SATC fashion icon Carrie Bradshaw was mugged, the assailant demanded not only her handbag and jewelry, but her strappy sandals to boot.
The obsession traces back to the mid 16th century, when Henry II’s wife, Catherine de’ Medici, discovered high heels (traditionally only worn by men). She loved how the new shoes made her look taller, thinner, more fabulous. Ever since, women have found that heels give an instant posture makeover. Our chests stand taller, our legs appear longer and our butts get a nice little lift–pretty rockin’ results for just a simple change in footwear.
Of course, God Save My Shoes documentarian Julie Benasra features footage from modern day royalty (celebs, of course) on why shoes make them feel so fab. Look for cameos by Fergie, Kelly Roland, Dita Von Teese and more. The film is scheduled to be released later this year.
The always fierce, forever business savvy Tyra Banks has just launched a brand-spankin’ new fashion and beauty site called TypeF.com. And thanks to my expertise gleaned from writing Fashion 101, her fashion-forward team asked none other than me to drop some knowledge on fashion’s most vital wardrobe staple, the Little Black Dress (LBD). Check the article here and let me know what you think!
The lovelies at style.com posted this tutorial from Because magazine on how to do a cartoon eye-inspired manicure. It’s easy, cute and along with the bright colors they used in the tutorial, a perfect antidote to the yucky weather out there.
In the early aughts, you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing a PYT in head-to-toe velour with a gold “J” dangling from her cleavage. Luckily, Juicy Couture has come such a long way since its signature velour tracksuit days. At the time of the company’s tracksuit takeover, the overexposure and price point were a bit much for me. More so, I was completely dumbfounded by its insane success. I mean, who spends hundreds of dollars on a single gym outfit? The throngs of women who rocked Juicy tracksuits apparently agreed with me on that one–they all wore their head-to-toe velour anywhere BUT the gym. And that was just lazy dressing. Ick.
Thankfully, the company had more to offer. In the years after their debut, it smartly branched out to design cute, flirty clothes and romantic jewelery. Today, the company makes irresistible, printed dresses and shoes that are girly, without being too cutesy. What’s more, it has become one of my favorite jewelery producers too. Yay!
Now, this holiday season, the company has joined forces with super-feminine designer Erin Fetherston for a femme-meets-sophisticate capsule collection. For her part, Fetherston has re-framed the company’s signature velour, using the fabric to make slouchy ’20s inspired gowns, headbands and party dresses. The result is a collection steeped in Juicy tradition, but executed with a grown-up touch (Fetherston even wore the glam gown at The Met’s Costume Institute Gala this year–and looked super dope doing it) After peeping the goods here, it’s easy to see why they picked the designer to create a holiday collection–it’s a match made in heaven!
Though the collection won’t appear in stores for another four to six weeks, it’s available for pre-order at juicycouture.com.
Everything ’80s is back again–neon, fro yo, high-pigment makeup and now, Pendleton, the knitwear company famous for its Navajo influenced wool sweaters. Preppy ski patrol jerk-offs were wearing Pendleton sweaters in Hot Tub Time Machine, Opening Ceremony introduced a Pendleton collab last year and now, the prints are popping up in Urban Outfitters. I’m especially digging this cozy shawl sweater–it’s go just enough graphics and color without going overboard (a concept clothing companies and our culture as a whole didn’t seem to get in the ’80s).