On Monday night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine finally announced their latest Fashion Fund winner (drumroll please): Paul Andrew. The British-born shoe and accessories designer has worked at major labels, including Donna Karan and Alexander McQueen, and notably outfitted Lupita Nyong’o with red pumps at this year’s Golden Globes.

Paul Andrew CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner

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Impressed yet? This big honor puts him in the same league as past winners Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, and Proenza Schouler. Along with bragging rights, Andrew took home $300,000 and a yearlong mentorship with a fashion power player of his choice. His pick? Nike CEO Mark Parker. Andrew told Style.com, “The core of my business is great design with added comfort, and that is very much what Nike is about, too. I would love to be able to pick his brain and, ultimately, collaborate with him.”

With the prize money, Andrew plans to design the most-comfortable shoes on the market. Heels that look good and feel good? Sign me up ASAP.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 5, 2014

The goes-with-everything cable-knit sweater: it either lives in your closet or sits on your wish list. And while it looks great with skinnies and knee-high boots, we’re always on the hunt for new ways to style one. Here, Rue Stylist Emma L. offers up three ensembles that highlight this seasonal superstar.

Cable-Knit Style Tips

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November 4, 2014

You’ve spotted that MK logo everywhere. And now, you’ll probably see it even more. Michael Kors is taking on tech with a stylish twist, launching a collection of gadget-friendly accessories including phone-charging cases, earbuds, and more – crafted to resemble lipstick tubes and cosmetic compacts, of course.

Michael Kors Tech Accessories

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The label has already dabbled with a few swoon-worthy phone covers, but this new collection will cater to on-the-go customers in need of a travel-friendly power source. Which means more battery juice for your phone, even without an outlet nearby.

So, how much will these on-trend extras cost you? The lipstick charger rings in at $58 while the Powermat kit is $140 – an investment worth making to avoid awkwardly charging your phone at the bar.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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November 3, 2014

This time of year it’s easy to rely on a less-than-exciting uniform. I often step out in skinny jeans and a classic blouse or sweater. But a statement accessory – a feminine extra like an animal print or a string of pearls – can elevate your tried-and-true ensemble to an anything-but-basic look.

Most Coveted Statement Accessories

1. RED Valentino Bow Clutch. Leopard print is equal parts provocative and sweet in this bow-shaped silhouette.

2. Stella & Ruby Tassel Necklace. Choose a simple dark-hued or jewel-toned top for a contrast that will let these pearls shine.

3. Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum. With notes of violet and cedarwood, this French fragrance is both lovely and mysterious.

4. Dior Satin D’Orsay Pump. Don’t just save these for special occasions. These stilettos add just enough glam to dress up dark skinnies and a black crewneck sweater.


By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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November 3, 2014

For your suede pieces: Caught in the rain with a beloved suede tote or pair of shoes? Try rubbing an eraser on a water mark to make it vanish.

For wine stains: Rumor has it that spilled red vino can be remedied by (weirdly enough) pouring white wine on the affected fabric to dilute the stain, then sprinkling salt on top to prevent the red from setting.

For wrinkled clothing: Skip ironing and grab your blow-dryer to smooth out creases. Just hang the item, stand a couple of inches away, and blow-dry the garment until the wrinkles disappear.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 3, 2014

Alert your shoe rack – big things are coming its way. Our buyers are constantly scouting new brands, and the ones below? Well, these up-and-comers should be on your radar.

5 shoe brands to know

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October 31, 2014

The formula for an utterly elegant ensemble? Sideswept hair, a slinky gown, and glittering jewels. Then strike a pose like these starlets.

best dressed elegant gowns

  1. Jessica Chastain was the epitome of perfection in a pink Saint Laurent gown at the London premiere of Interstellar.
  2. Anne Hathaway matched a midnight-blue Richard Nicoll gown with a back necklace, dark eyes, and wavy locks for the Los Angeles premiere of Interstellar. Old Hollywood glamour, achieved.
  3. Camilla Belle wore a belted Carolina Herrera gown and Chopard diamonds at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala in Hollywood, proving that you can’t go wrong in a classic silhouette and regal jewels.


By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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October 31, 2014

Lottie, little sister to supermodel Kate Moss, is gaining momentum in her modeling career. Following a covetable role in Calvin Klein ads – and trailing in her older sibling’s footsteps – the Brit’s doe-eyed face now stars in RED Valentino’s winter campaign.

Photographed by industry legend Tim Walker, 16-year-old Lottie lets her playful side show in the quirky cartoon-inspired shoot. Looks like Kendall Jenner might have some competition for reigning teen model.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 30, 2014

As if a new E! reality TV show isn’t exciting enough, Diane von Furstenberg is celebrating her new series, House of DVF, by dressing America’s leading lady. No, we’re not talking Michelle Obama – this time, it’s the Statue of Liberty.


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Six mini replicas of Lady Liberty will be trading their seafoam-green robes for one of DVF’s famous creations. The first of the statuettes was unveiled this morning on The Today Show, but if you’re in the Big Apple, keep an eye out for these ladies in the Meatpacking District, Columbus Circle, Times Square, SoHo, Washington Square, and Midtown East.

If I were the actual Statue of Liberty, I’d be feeling slightly underdressed right about now.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 29, 2014

K-Swiss began when two brothers worked together to create the first all-leather tennis shoe. And with this athletic heritagethe label has since provided classic American style on and off the court for almost 50 years. “K-Swiss has always been a ‘prep’ brand, from the country club to the city sidewalk,” says Lead Designer Jon Tang. Even now, its iconic white sneaker remains a wardrobe essential. Here’s how to make this tennis staple part of your everyday style.


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October 29, 2014