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 It’s been replaced by the 90s-inspired leather backpack.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.

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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

Jeans Ripped by Lions, Tigers, and Bears? Oh, My.

Rocking mechanically distressed denim is so 2013. Thanks to Japanese brand Zoo Jeans, we’ve been introduced to jeans ripped by the claws of lions, tigers, and bears.

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Image via ELLE.com

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July 18, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Top Looks from July 13 to 19

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

 

Dominating the spring runways – and now the red carpet – cutouts deliver a provocative twist on sophisticated summer looks. These celebs remind us that you don’t have to bare it all to add sex appeal.

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1. Allison Williams in Altuzarra at the Wish I Was Here screening in New York City.

2. Jamie Chung in Three Floor at the opening of the Birchbox flagship store in New York City.

3. Kate Hudson in Michael Kors at the Wish I Was Here screening in New York City.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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July 18, 2014

Barbie Lagerfeld: A Doll You’ll Want to Display

Barbie may be turning 55 this year, but her latest look – a white ponytail – could make you think she’s even older. No, Mattel isn’t releasing a "Granny Barbie." Rather, designer Karl Lagerfeld is collaborating with the toymaker to release a doll in his likeness this fall.

Karl is no stranger to non-fashion collaborations. You may recall his Diet Coke bottle designs from a few years back, and in 2017 he plans to open a hotel in Macau, China.

"Barbie Lagerfeld" will be part of the Collector Series, donning the designer’s signature getup: a black blazer, a white high-collared shirt, black skinny jeans, a necktie, sunglasses, booties, and, from the looks of the illustration, mini fingerless gloves. No word yet on when or where she will launch, but I’m sure countless collectors (and eBay resellers) will be at the ready to buy this petite version of Karl.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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July 18, 2014

Try Your Luck: Introducing the FENDI-ing Machine

The clever crew at FENDI just struck pure genius. With a great play on words and an even better take on “fast fashion,” the luxe fashion house has coined the very first ”FENDI-ing Machine.”

So it’s not actually a machine, but rather a trendy pop-up store located right in the heart of NYC’s fashion hub, SoHo. However, customers can run in and snag a 2Jours or baguette from shelves that resemble large vending machines, complete with keypad and all. They’ll also be greeted with game-room window displays upon arrival, such as a claw-like machine clutching the coveted Buggie bag. The Karl Lagerfeld–inspired version of this Furby-looking bag is rumored to have a wait list 600 people deep (proof that it’s in high demand).

Now, I’ve never had much luck with arcade games. But when they involve this season’s most talked-about accessory? I’m willing to give them a second try.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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July 17, 2014

Acid-Wash Jeans for Men: Yea or Nay?

Just because something looks good on the runway or in a magazine doesn’t necessarily mean it translates into day-to-day wear. Case in point: acid-wash jeans. Sure, they looked great on the popular musicians of the 80s, but it takes a confident man to walk around in them nowadays. And even then, that man would most likely be the subject of a few head tilts. Recently, the Men’s Health Style Team tackled the challenges of modernizing acid-wash jeans.

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Image via esquire.com

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July 16, 2014

Jean Savers: 4 Tips to Help Maintain Your Denim

Jeans. You basically live in them. So it’s nothing sort of tragic when your go-to pair starts getting that telltale inner-thigh thinning (we’ve all been there) or starts to lose its perfectly broken-in shape or hue. But fear not. Here are a few quick tips to ensure that those days are far, far away.

Maintain Your Denim

  1. Don’t wash too much. Only launder your jeans when they’re stained or starting to sag.
  2. If you’re concerned about odor, hang your jeans in the bathroom before a shower to freshen them up with damp steam. Or go ahead and freeze them in a plastic bag for a day or two.
  3. When you do have to subject your denim to the spin cycle, turn it inside out and use cold water to maintain the color. If it’s your first-ever wash, try vinegar instead of detergent. The acid helps set the hue.
  4. Keep machine drying to a minimum. Toss the jeans in for ten minutes on high, then hang them upside down to air-dry. Or, if you don’t have time to air-dry, choose the lowest possible heat setting.

 
Need a fresh pair of jeans? Our 7 For All Mankind Women and 7 For All Mankind Men Boutiques opened Wednesday, July 16, at 11AM ET.

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July 16, 2014