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

One Climber Took on Kilimanjaro. In Heels.

Many of us adventure-seekers dream of hiking a mountain. You know, wake up at dawn, power your way to the top, and then snap obligatory “I-did-it!” photos. But have you ever imagined doing it in heels? Rima Suqi did.

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Okay, so the Fathom writer didn’t exactly hike up the entire mountain in all her heeled glory. But she did carry the Gunmetal stilettos in her pack during the grueling six-day journey, slipping them on the second she hit the summit. A swipe of Chanel red lipstick, a tourmaline cocktail ring, and a pair of shades completed her look.

As to what inspired this fashion-fueled hike? “I was turning 40 the day after climbing Kilimanjaro, and the timing was no accident. These photos were taken on the last day of my 30s, and I was perfectly happy to bid them goodbye,” said Rima. “But I had to do it in style.”

Thanks, Rima, for taking fashion to literal new heights. Next up, Mars in Louboutins.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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July 28, 2014

Androgynous Model Andreja Pejić Comes Out as Transgender

Arguably the most buzzed-about androgynous model, Andreja Pejić has an impressive track record of bending gender roles. Case in point: She stunned audiences as a male model wearing a women’s bridal look during Jean Paul Gaultier’s 2011 haute couture show. But her latest (and most courageous) move involves life off the runway. Andreja, formerly Andrej, recently announced that she underwent sex reassignment surgery earlier this year.

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July 28, 2014

Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 

As I start to think about wardrobe updates for fall, I can’t help but feel a little giddy about layering and leather. So, let’s consider these must-haves a sneak peek for fall – and then get back to enjoying the warm weather while it’s still here. 

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1. Hermès Canvas Backpack. Give a nod to the 90s with this classic backpack. Don’t worry – “No white after Labor Day” no longer applies.
2. J Brand Leather Pants. When it comes to leather skinnies, no one does it better than this label. Opt for a blush hue to soften the look.
3. Bucco “Bammy” Sneaker. Borrow from the street-style stars and try slip-on sneakers. This snakeskin pair will go with anything.
4. Andrew Marc Shearling & Fur Jacket. Own the shearling trend in this luxe – and uber-cool – number.
5. IPPOLITA “Modern Rock Candy” Drop Earrings. These gold geometric earrings are seasonless, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t the ideal jewelry-box addition for fall.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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July 28, 2014

Hold On Tight: 3 Ways to Wear the Statement Clutch

They may be small, but they sure are mighty. Covered in crystals and shiny metal, these Judith Leiber statement bags pack a big punch when paired with any outfit. Whether working them into your 9-to-5 wardrobe or rocking them on nights out, each celeb-loved piece is more versatile than it seems. Below, our fashion editor Nicole Andrew shows you how to style them for any occasion.

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Desk-to-Dinner
“Drop this metallic, go-with-anything number in your work tote, and you’re ready to transition from desk to dinner in no time. Just lose the blazer and throw on a pair of strappy sandals.”

Summer Weddings
“If your agenda is full of save-the-dates for summer weddings, let this multicolored clutch be your go-to accessory – it’s guaranteed to work with all of your dresses.”

Night Out
“Pair this clutch with leather leggings and a colorblocked top for a night out, and you’re sure to turn heads.”

Our Judith Leiber Boutique opens Monday, July 28, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 28, 2014

Celebrity Style to Watch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

It’s safe to say Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come a long way. In terms of fashion, that is. From an awkward alien teen in 3rd Rock from the Sun to a young head-over-heels-in-love professional in 500 Days of Summer to a suave agent in Inception, he’s dipped his toes in a variety of roles and styles. And emerged as the guy to watch.

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To snag one of his signature looks, try these simple steps:

1. Ditch the classics for this one. Grab a pair of slim leg pants in grey or black (treat it like a neutral) or dark straight-leg denim (a JGL staple).

2. Pair with a plaid shirt. Give it a tuck all around for a polished look. Then, unbutton the top two buttons and haphazardly cuff the sleeves. No undershirt.

3. Add a black leather belt and corresponding stainless steel watch. Casual cool? Mastered.

Now practice Joseph’s charming grin and you’re good to go.

For more inspiration, head to our Leading Man: Get Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Look Boutique, opening Monday, July 28, at 11AM ET.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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July 27, 2014