The Quick Guide to Leather Care

So you’ve finally taken the plunge on the leather jacket/boots/messenger bag you’ve had your eye on. But how do you protect it from the elements and other hazards of daily wear? Follow the three easy steps below to keep your leather in tip-top shape.

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1. Clean: Saddle soap. Murphy Oil Soap. Ivory soap. Take your pick – be sure to avoid products with harmful detergents or acids – then apply it to a clean, damp cloth. And remember, you always want to test a small, inconspicuous area first.

2. Condition: Leather can stiffen and dry out, so keep it away from heat sources and follow this important step. To keep leather supple and flexible, regularly rub in a specialty moisturizing conditioner or dab on a bit of petroleum jelly.

3. Waterproof: Excessive moisture is your leather’s enemy. But a freak rainstorm doesn’t have to be a disaster. Prep to minimize damage with mink oil (warning: it might darken your leather), a wax-based polish, or Liquid Aquaseal spray.

Find some new leather to love. Shop our Cole Haan Men Boutique, which opened Tuesday, September 16, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 17, 2014

Go Green: Stella McCartney Debuts Eco-Friendly Capsule Collection

Recycling, carrying groceries in cute totes, and biking around town are all chic ways to lend Mother Nature a hand. But this week, eco-conscious designer Stella McCartney took going green to a new level, showing an entire capsule collection of sustainable dresses at London Fashion Week.

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Dubbed the “Green Carpet Collection,” the line mixes abstract water-based ink prints with seventies-inspired wood-heeled shoes. And the clothes weren’t the only green designs at the launch – her presentation at the Royal Institution of Great Britain used reclaimed film props, including shrubbery from the set of Les Misérables.

If this is the direction eco-friendly fashion is headed, then I’ll definitely tip my hat to Stella, known for her company-wide commitment to sustainable materials, as its very chic pioneer.

See more of the presentation and collection at vogue.com.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor 

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September 17, 2014

FLOTUS to Host a Fashion Party – Who’s Invited?

It’s no secret that Michelle Obama has some stylish friends in her address book. And now, the First Lady is summoning her favorite American designers and industry bigwigs for a “Celebration of Design” event.

Last week, invitations were sent out for the October 8 reception. But the real question is: Who is on the guest list? So far, Maria Cornejo and executives from Jimmy Choo and Talbots are to be expected. As far as others, I have some guesses. Maybe Carolina Herrera? Jason Wu? And of course, the ever-attainable J.Crew.

Yes, her husband received some flack for that tan suit a few weeks ago. Perhaps he can run that controversial outfit by a house full of fashion experts next month.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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September 17, 2014

Newsflash: Karl Lagerfeld Will Print His Own Paper

Karl Lagerfeld just might be the greatest fashion personality of today. If his fitting room selfie and namesake hotel didn’t convince you, his very own special edition newspaper, The Karl Daily, will.

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Intended to be a cheeky look into the fashion industry, the publication debuts September 20 in seven European Karl Lagerfeld stores. It will feature interviews with the designer and, of course, a few guest editor appearances from Karl’s own cat (and Internet legend) Choupette.

Readers will find the usual newspaper sections – think horoscopes, sports news, and weather updates – in addition to Karl’s personal observations and previews from his upcoming collections.

I can’t think of any other papers with a feline on the masthead, so I’m hoping Choupette might share some beauty (or rather, grooming) tips.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 16, 2014

3 Luxe Classics That Are Worth the Investment

Versace. Valentino. Salvatore Ferragamo. The world of luxe is filled with bold names and, sometimes, even bolder prices. So how do you know if an item is truly worth the investment? Assistant Buyer (and expert in all things luxury) Michael B. explains his top three picks. And why they’re worth every penny.

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Navy Suit: Unlike less expensive options, luxury suiting is tailored to perfection and constructed in quality wool – which means it should last for up to ten years of sporadic wear. To keep things current, Michael recommends go-with-everything navy paired with a light blue dress shirt for a tonal look.

Bit Loafers: If you’re investing in a shoe, it’s best to invest in a versatile one. And no other shoe is more easily dressed up or down than the loafer. Pick a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo’s Gancio Bit versions to convey instant status, then condition the leather and have a cobbler resole to exude it forever.

100% Silk Tie: Stiff synthetic fabrics are prone to wrinkles. But this fine weave? It will always hang straight and hold a dimple under the knot. Try jazzing up your look with a classic stripe or polka dot. The pattern adds more interest than a solid without venturing into full-on print territory.

Knock these classics off your to-buy list. Shop The One-Stop Luxe Shop: Versace & More for Men Boutique, which opened Tuesday, September 16, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 16, 2014

The Met Gala Looks to China for Its 2015 Theme

It may be eight months away, but next year’s Met Gala theme has already been locked in. The kickoff night for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center will focus on the Far East and the upcoming Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion exhibit.

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The Met Gala’s host Silas Chou will be joined by Jennifer Lawrence, Chinese actress Gong Li, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Chinese-American businesswoman Wendi Murdoch, and, of course, Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Alongside couture samplings from designers Alexander McQueen and Laurence Xu, the exhibit will also feature paintings, decorative arts, and film representations from China – all the result of a collaboration between the Costume Institute and the Met’s Department of Asian Art.

Curator Andrew Bolton notes that Chinese Whispers will explore how Westerners have understood (and misunderstood) Chinese culture, comparing it to a game of telephone, which the British call “Chinese whispers,” with messages being lost and misconstrued throughout the years. More than a hundred avant-garde pieces await museum-goers and gala attendees alike.

And on that note, we can imagine there will be a lot of silk, embroidery, and Mandarin collars on the red carpet. What other surprises might the fashionable night bring? We’ll just have to wait for the gossip whispers next spring.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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September 16, 2014

End of an Era: Jean Paul Gaultier Will No Longer Do Ready-to-Wear

It’s time to bid farewell to Jean Paul Gaultier’s edgy jackets and slick dresses. Yesterday, the designer announced via a letter to WWD that his men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections will end following his Spring-Summer 2015 season. Instead, the designer will devote himself to haute couture, the brand’s powerhouse perfume, and other projects. In Gaultier’s own words:

For some time, I have found true fulfillment in working on the haute couture, and it allows me to express my creativity and my taste for research and experimentation. At the same time the world of ready-to-wear has evolved considerably. Commercial constraints, as well as the frenetic pace of collections don’t leave any freedom, nor the necessary time to find fresh ideas and to innovate.

Although the lines will be missed at Paris Fashion Week, there is an upside: this madcap fashion icon is bound to have a few haute couture surprises up his sleeve.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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September 16, 2014

How’s the Economy Doing? Just Ask Your Boxers

Decided to buy a single pair of Hanes instead of splurging on a pack of three? That girl standing in the checkout line behind you isn’t the only one who noticed.

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According to Esquire, economists have linked fluctuations in underwear sales to fluctuations in the economy. The theory, dubbed “The Underwear Index,” operates under the assumption that men don’t just want underwear, they need underwear. So when they buy less, it’s for a reason: the state of the economy. In times of financial downturn, men are more likely to stretch the time between buying new pairs, causing underwear sales to drop.

Which brings us back to that three-pack. In the years leading up to and including the recession, there was a 2% decrease in men buying multi-packs of underwear, and a 3% increase in guys like you who grab a single pair.

But don’t let all this influence your buying patterns going forward. You wouldn’t want to skew all that underwear data, would you?

Learn more on Esquire

By Joanna Berliner, Senior Editor

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September 15, 2014

Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 

As temperatures dip, coats will quickly become the finishing touch on every outfit. Whether you sport a classic trench or a belted cape, the extra layer adds visual interest, tying together the rest of your look. Along with a cape-sleeved topper, here are bold picks from this week’s Boutiques, including rose-tinted accessories and a graphic black-and-white dress.

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1. French Connection Dress. Add dimension with this printed dress.

2. Hilary Radley Coat. Exaggerated sleeves and a stand-up collar give this classic style a modern twist.

3. Saint Laurent Tassel Clutch. This rose-hued clutch softens an otherwise heavy look.

4. gorjana Double Bar Ring. Rings have stolen the spotlight from bracelets – but the same rules still apply. More is more!

5. Valentino Rockstud Pump. Trade your black pumps for this coveted pair in patent leather.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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September 15, 2014

London Calling: Boden Through the Years

Twenty-three years in the making, Boden prides itself on being a polished-meets-playful label with a cheeky British sense of humor. But how did it get where it is today? We break it down below.

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1991: With just eight products, Boden’s initial catalogue hits doorsteps.
1996: To the delight of little ones everywhere, Mini Boden is born.
1998: Boden hits the 100-employee mark (that’s enough for nine cricket teams).
2002: America is introduced to Boden’s signature British style.
2008: The cropped cashmere cardigan sells enough styles to fill the Royal Opera House – 66 times.
2012: Boden hits the 1,000-employee mark.
2014: The first Boston office opens on top of a tequila bar. Cheers.

Our Boden Boutique launched Monday, September 15, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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