Peek Inside: A Marc Jacobs Bag in the Making

Ever wondered what goes into making the latest It bag? I know I have, especially when confronted with price tags in the quadruple digits. Sumptuous leather and signature hardware aside, it’s the craftsmanship behind these totable works of art that commands such a devoted following (and the inevitable sticker shock). One such iconic style is the now-defunct Marc Jacobs Stam bag, and the designer is at it again with his latest release: the customizable Incognito. To mark the launch, Marc’s team transports us to its Milan studio in a mesmerizing video that showcases the making of these bags.

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The new style is constructed out of 124 pieces (yes, that many). Patterns are traced, leather is cut, and components are sewn together, all by hand, and the process is chronicled in the clip. Now, the only handiwork I can contribute is actually getting my paws on one of these in-demand satchels.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 4, 2014

It’s Happening: Coach Shoes for Men

Men, rejoice. Even the uninitiated know that Coach has long been a dominating force when it comes to women’s bags and shoes. And though the brand has dipped its toes into the menswear world in the past, it’s now getting ready to fully dive in. How? By launching its first full collection of men’s shoes.

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What can you expect? Fifteen styles – think oxfords, monkstraps, chukkas, and more – in Italian leather and suede. As Greg Unis, Coach’s senior vice president of men’s global merchandising, told WWD“We’ve had men’s shoes in our stores in the past but haven’t gone after a full collection until now. The goal for launching [these shoes] is to continue to grow the lifestyle expression of our brand. There’s such a natural connection between leatherwear and craftsmanship [and] the cool aesthetic we have, and bringing that collection is the natural next step.”

Shoes range from $185 to $495 and will be available at all Coach stores come September. (Just the excuse I need to drag my significant other into the store with me.)

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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August 4, 2014

Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

Want to take your style game to the next level? The key is the details – rich leathers, embellishments, statement-making sunglasses. And don’t forget a perfectly coiffed hairdo.

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1. JOIE “Lexington” Leather Bootie. Pebbled leather, lace-up closure, and a peep-toe? Meet your go-to summer-to-fall booties.
2. Cynthia Steffe Embellished Dress. Intricate, vintage-inspired embellishment gives this black and white number a one-of-a-kind feel.
3. Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oil. A personal favorite for super soft locks. Try now, and thank me later.
4. Longines Sunglasses. Stand out in a crowd with these unique shades.
5. FENDI “3Jours” Tote. A structured, sumptuous leather tote is timeless – and worth the investment. No buyer’s remorse here.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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August 4, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Top Looks from July 27 to August 2

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

 
From a chic LBD to a luxe blanket poncho, this week’s looks are all about celebrities showcasing their personalities – whether classic, contemporary, or just plain cool.

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1. Zoe Saldana stunned in a pregnancy-perfect LANVIN LBD at the New York screening of Guardians of the Galaxy.

2. Nicola Peltz gave a nod to the fall 70s trend in Prada at the Tokyo premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction.

3. Miranda Kerr mesmerized in matching floral ESCADA separates at the ESCADA Joyful event.

4. Olivia Palermo sported an envy-inducing ensemble: a Burberry monogrammed poncho and over-the-knee boots from Stuart Weitzman.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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August 1, 2014

A Closet Obsession: America’s Biggest Walk-In

A walk-in closet? These days, it’s only a figment of my imagination. But Theresa Roemer, a former beauty queen in Houston, has hit the jackpot — her fabulous wardrobe calls this 3,000-square-foot closet home. Affectionately nicknamed the “she-cave,” the three-story space is as tidy as it is impressive. How ever does she keep those Birkins, Louboutins, and H-clad belts so orderly? Theresa shared her organizing secrets with FabSugar, and whether your storage is minimal or endless, we think these three tips are worth trying.

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July 30, 2014

What Your Lapel Says (or Doesn’t Say) About You

It’s wedding season. Your bedroom closet stands agape, offering nothing more than a tattered suit that’s seen better days. Time to shop for a new one. Not sure what to buy? Look to the lapel. That’s right, according to a recent article in Men’s Health, this seemingly small detail speaks worlds about your personality.

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July 30, 2014

Worth the Investment: Luxe Loafers to Own Now

There are shoes you buy and replace – like those sneakers you ran 500 miles in – and then there are shoes you invest in. The ones you take to the cobbler, resole, and wear over and over again. The pairs below? They’re in that latter category. Here’s why you should own them. And how you can wear them.

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TOD’s Gommino Loafer
Why We Love It:
 This iconic driving shoe gets its name from the 133 gommini – rubber pebbles – embedded in its soles. When Diego Della Valle founded TOD’s in the late 70s his goal was to “make more relaxed shoes that are also elegant and chic,” as he told Telegraph. He succeeded.
How to Wear It: Live in this loafer come the weekend with casually cuffed jeans, no socks, and a lightweight button-front.

Salvatore Ferragamo Gancio Bit Loafer
Why We Love It: Much like a fine wine, the high-quality Italian leather of these classic loafers actually gets better with age (you know, rather than basically disintegrating into nothing). Plus, the shoes are accented with Salvatore Ferragamo’s instantly recognizable Gancio bit.
How to Wear It: With a suit. Tailor your pants so they have little-to-no break. You’re not going to want to conceal these shoes.

Start building your wear-forever shoe collection. Our Men’s Italian Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo & More Boutique opened Tuesday, July 29, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 30, 2014

The Road to Startup Success Is Paved by NY Fashion Tech Labs

Bootcamp for fashion startups? You’ll find it at NY Fashion Tech Labs. During an intensive 12-week program in New York City, hand-selected fashion tech companies are paired with major fashion brands (like kate spade new york and Alex and Ani) to refine and beta test their innovations.

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July 29, 2014

Good as Gold: Temporary Tattoos for Grown-Ups

What combines the nostalgia of temporary tattoos with must-try jewelry trends? Flash tattoos – luminous silver and gold press-on designs ranging from geometric patterns to henna motifs and even palm trees. The trend confidently goes where your jewelry collection can’t, at least not safely: beachside, pool parties, festivals, and wherever showing skin is encouraged.

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Spotted on Coachella-goers (including supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio) and Miami Swim Week runways, this metallic “ink” begs to be experimented with before bronzed summer skin gets covered up by fall’s cozy sweaters. While a metallic feather might grace your bicep or hip, jewelry-inspired designs reminiscent of knuckle rings, dainty anklets, or bib necklaces layer beautifully with your own baubles. Vogue.com Senior Fashion Editor Jorden Bickham says: “It becomes an illusion – the kind of thing where people have to ask, ‘Is that your jewelry or is that a tattoo?’”

Part of the appeal (particularly for commitment-phones) is that the gilded look is gone in a flash. The tats only last four to six days, but if you flaunt them while soaking up rays, don’t be surprised when the tan lines hang around. Just think of them as a memento from your sun-filled adventures.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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July 29, 2014

Trends to Try: Coated Denim & Leather Skinnies

Your go-to jeans? Sure, they’re great and all, but we suggest branching out. Put down your favorite pair of blues and channel your inner rebel with these J Brand alternatives to traditional denim. But between various hues of coated denim and full-on leather, what’s a girl to choose? Let us break it down for you.

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July 29, 2014