The (Style) Guide

The Best-Dressed List: Top Looks from July 20 to 26

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

 

Plunging necklines, sweet pastels, and matching sets (denim-on-denim included). Each trend can be daunting, especially the Canadian Tuxedo, but these celebs pulled them off with ease.

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1. Kate Hudson in Fausto Puglisi on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

2. Taylor Swift in an alice + olivia coordinating skirt and top set in New York City.

3. Miranda Kerr in a 7 For All Mankind shirt and top and Miu Miu leopard mules.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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July 25, 2014

American Apparel Appoints Its First Female Director

American Apparel is no stranger to the news. But one headline that the label hasn’t yet prompted? Its first female director – until now.

On Wednesday, the company appointed Colleen Brown to its board of directors. The former CEO of Fisher Communications, a group of TV and radio stations, Colleen is one of four new members added to the company’s board in the wake of previous CEO Dov Charney’s sexual harassment allegations.

What can we expect from the shift? I, for one, would support a fresh perspective (sans the racy disputes).

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 25, 2014

Trends from the Capitol – Of Panem, That Is

I’d guess that fashion lovers, myself included, are the second-largest group bolstering The Hunger Games, following the tween market. The movie franchise caught my attention with its physics-defying fashion designer Cinna (played by Lenny Kravitz), Alexander McQueen gown cameos, and Katniss’s oh-so-cool cable knit scarf. Well, it turns out the series’ fictional setting, Panem, is just as fascinated with its citizens’ wardrobe choices as I am. The evidence? Capitol Couture, an online fashion magazine from the ruling district.

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Screenshots via CapitolCouture.pn

A clever marketing ploy for the upcoming November 21 release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Capitol Couture covers the latest trends in Panem using pieces from real-world designers. Front and center are “living portraits” of characters Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna Mason (Jena Malone), both wearing all white as part of a Panem campaign. Peeta sports a shirt and shoes designed by Maison Martin Margiela with a paper collar from David Mason, while Johanna accessorizes with Alexander Wang shoes and hand-carved marble bangles by Chen Chen and Kai Williams.

When the fashion is this good, it’s easy to get mentally trapped in Panem. Next time I need an escape from reality, I’ll be perusing Capitol Couture for styling tips from the future.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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July 24, 2014

From Red Soles to Red Toes: Meet Christian Louboutin Beauté

One of the biggest names in shoes has officially introduced his moniker to the beauty business. Christian Louboutin Beauté, a long-rumored extension of the shoe designer’s label, just launched with a flagship red nail polish leading the way. Titled “Rouge Louboutin,” the varnish is packaged in a faceted glass bottle with a calligraphy-inspired cap, playing off the eight-inch heel height of his tallest shoe, the Ballerina Ultima. A stiletto-shaped bottle is an obvious choice, but it’s also a nod to Louboutin’s first red soles in 1992, which were literally painted with nail polish.

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Image via Christian Louboutin

Not unlike a pair of his coveted red soles, “Rouge Louboutin” doesn’t come cheap. Currently the only hue available, the signature crimson shade will run you $50. Start contributing to your Louboutin fund – 30 more colors will debut on August 31. Until I can afford my own pair, I’ll settle for sporting red on my toes instead of my soles.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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July 24, 2014

Are Hipsters Fading? eBay Data Thinks So

According to Esquire, eBay’s sales numbers suggest hipsterdom is on its way out. Razor sales are up 56% (hipster scruff, be gone). Clear-framed glasses are also seeing a new-found sales increase, in lieu of those thick black rims. And the messenger bag? It’s been replaced by the 90s-inspired leather backpack.

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Image via Esquire

The hipster phenomenon Topman even rocked faded boot-cut denim during its Spring and Summer 2015 runways. That’s quite the opposite of skinny jeans if you ask me. But I’m not totally convinced that eBay’s “evidence” of hipster extinction is exactly that. Perhaps our idea of “hipster” is simply being redefined. Or maybe, just maybe, said hipsters have moved on from online auctions to flash sales… 

Read more on Esquire.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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July 23, 2014

Tailor Talk Decoded: 5 Technical Terms to Know

You’ve been there. Nodding and shifting mechanically as the tailor measures, marks, and pins, without really having a clue as to what he’s doing or saying. And while the tailor probably knows best, it can’t hurt to actually know the terms. Here are a few to make part of your vocab, stat.

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Bespoke
Rooted in London’s Savile Row, call this a fancy British word for custom-made.

Hem
Simply put, this raw edge of your pant needs to be sewn to prevent unraveling.

Inseam
This is the seam that runs along the inner pant leg, from crotch to ankle.

Taper
Usually in reference to the pant leg, it means that the cut of the fabric narrows toward the ankle.

Vent
That center or double-slit cut in the back of your jacket? This is the name for it.

Looking to step up your tailored look? Our Rue Trunk Show: Men’s Suiting Edition Boutique opened Wednesday, July 23, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 23, 2014

Read All About It: Louis Vuitton’s Fashion Photography

Meet the newest way to add luxe to your library. French fashion house Louis Vuitton is releasing a $130 limited edition fashion photography book this fall.

According to WWD, Louis Vuitton Fashion Photography will feature world-renowned fashion photographers such as Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, Helmut Newton, and Annie Leibovitz. Inside you’ll find 200 iconic Louis Vuitton images, spanning everything from last month’s Vogue feature to an ad from 1954. The title will be available in both French and English, and to top it off, readers can choose from three different recognizable LV covers from Patrick Demarchelier, Craig McDean, or Bert Stern.

If you need me, I’ll be dusting. Where? One spot on my bookshelf and another for my future Monogram Vernis.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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July 23, 2014

Christophe Lemaire Says Goodbye to Hermès

Ladies and gentlemen, Christophe Lemaire has left the house – the house of Hermès, that is. The label just announced that the artistic director of womenswear will show his final collection for Spring/Summer 2015 during Paris Fashion Week this October.

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Image via vogue.co.uk.

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July 22, 2014

The 6 Kitchen Essentials for Every Home Cook

Attention home cooks: Whether you’re a novice or a pro, your kitchen calls for a few necessities. From a copper saucepan for melting chocolate to a cast iron skillet for sautéing meats, this list of kitchen staples will lay the groundwork for every must-try recipe.

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  • Medium- to large-sized skillet (nonstick or cast iron) for sautéing and stir-frying.
  • A 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven with lid for everything from braising to boiling.
  • Stainless steel or copper saucepan for cooking sauces, rice and grains, and vegetables.
  • Enameled cast-iron baking dish for casseroles and desserts.
  • Always-sharp stainless steel cutlery for effortless slicing.
  • Stackable mixing bowls and measuring cups for tidy storage.

 

Stockpile these necessities at our The Rue Kitchen Shop Boutique opening Tuesday, July 22, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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July 22, 2014

Shear Determination: How the Power Bob Is Taking Over

We’ve all heard it before: First impressions matter. And guess what? Your hairstyle plays a big part in those initial make-or-break 30 seconds. If you’re looking for a haircut that screams, “I’m the girl for the job,” opting for a short bob – also known as the “Power Bob” – might be your best bet.

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Image via stylelist.com

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July 21, 2014