This morning, we remember Vince Camuto, the footwear designer known to have “the Midas touch,” who passed away Wednesday in his Connecticut home.

Throughout his 78 years, Vince built an impressive résumé, co-founding Nine West in 1987 with Jerome Fischer, launching the multi-billion dollar Jessica Simpson brand, and partnering with Tory Burch on the creation of the coveted Reva flat. And it doesn’t stop there: Vince led an eponymous brand of his own, starting with shoes and growing it into a complete ready-to-wear collection.

The one thing Vince never did? Retire. He told Footwear News,“[Retire] isn’t in my vocabulary.” While it’s a sad loss for the fashion biz, Vince lives on with the shoe addict in all of us.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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January 23, 2015

So you like Alexa Chung’s eclectic vibe. Well now, borrowing from this fashion muse is as simple as shopping her latest collaboration with AG Jeans.

Inspired by her own throwback style, the 30-piece collection features blues in every shape, from bell-bottoms to overalls. Alexa tells InStyle, “[It] is inherently the missing pieces of my dream denim wardrobe, which, as ever, is predominantly inspired by a late 60s, early 70s aesthetic.”

Who doesn’t like a little retro revival? If that’s where her sartorial cues come from, you can find us following right behind.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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January 22, 2015

Prince William, Princess Kate, and Prince Harry have finally joined the (Twitter) party. The trio’s handle, @KensingtonRoyal, has accumulated tens of thousands of followers in just one day of existence. And as if that weren’t enough? The family shocked the world again, signing up for Instagram.

What do the nobles plan to share? Their collective bio reads: “Updates, pictures, and videos from Kensington Palace about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, and their Royal Foundation.”

Of course, we’re hoping there’s a #selfie up someone’s sleeve.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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January 15, 2015

In December, news broke that Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini would part ways with the Italian fashion house after more than a decade working for the label. Her departure was planned for February – but as of this week, Frida’s tenure has come to an abrupt close.

The timing is less than ideal, with a menswear show scheduled for January 19 and Fall 2015 collections debuting this February in Milan. The brand’s design teams will handle the nuts and bolts of producing both runway events since Frida’s replacement has yet to be chosen.

Who will take over at the luxury leader? Sure, the rumor mill has suggested big-ticket names like Riccardo Tisci and Joseph Altuzarra, but we’ll have to sit tight a bit longer to find out.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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January 14, 2015

The Cut, New York Magazine’s style-focused website, has a new recruit: former New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn. She will cover spring/summer and fall/winter collections in New York and Paris, but the site hopes she’ll eventually contribute more than reviews (op-eds or video pieces, perhaps?). Cathy told WWD, “It’s a new platform for me, a nice change, and I look forward to writing about the shows.”

So prep yourself for the return of that witty commentary and nonconformist perspective. I personally can’t wait, @CathyHorynNY.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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January 13, 2015

Who was in front of the lens for the latest episode of Vogue‘s web series 73 Questions? None other than Victoria Beckham. The former Spice Girl and current fashion designer answered a rapid-fire round of mind-probing questions, from daily rituals to David Beckham, all without cracking a smile.

Victoria leads viewers through her London showroom as she dishes out some surprising answers (Favorite flavor? Salt.) among more predictable replies (Favorite spice? Posh.). The best style secret she’s learned? “Less is more.” Well, we have to respectfully disagree. When it comes to her collection, we’ll take two of everything, please.

Spare 6 minutes of your morning to catch up with Victoria at vogue.com.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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January 9, 2015

The time has come to say goodbye to C. Wonder‘s peppy, prep-centric line of apparel, accessories, and gifts. Yesterday, the brand confirmed it will close all its store locations, followed by the shuttering of its website in coming weeks.

C. Wonder hit several milestones since its 2011 launch in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, including winning an Accessories Council ACE Award for Best Specialty Retailer. Founded by Christopher Burch (also an adviser to jewelry brand BaubleBar), the colorful company found a niche in whimsical accessories and gift-worthy goods.

Until we pinpoint our next spot for a monogram fix, we’ll be missing C. Wonder’s cheeky graphics and hue-happy designs.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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January 7, 2015

Change is in the air for New York Fashion Week. Yesterday WWD reported that come September, runways will swap Lincoln Center for yet-to-be-named downtown digs. According to the event’s organizers, it’s too early to disclose the new destination. However, site theories abound. Could several venues host the seasonal show? And what about Culture Shed, which is still being built?

The world-famous event has also dropped Mercedes-Benz from its title. From now on, it will simply be called New York Fashion Week (which is what we’ve all been calling it anyway). So in February, say your final goodbyes to Lincoln Center and keep your eyes peeled for NYFW’s next home-sweet-home.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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January 6, 2015

WWD asked fashion heavy-hitters to sketch their dream Christmas stockings – and of course, they’re as elaborate as the designs you’d see on the runway.

Lela Rose went for a stiletto-inspired silhouette filled with kitchen essentials to signal her love of holiday entertaining. Anna Sui, meanwhile, went more old-school in her version, using a Victorian boot shape with festive touches of glitter and sequins.

If you want to literally try making one of the creations, Betsey Johnson added instructions to her sketch: “Take a nylon-seamed stocking, add fringe down the back…and hope to inspire Santa to give you things that you lack.”

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 24, 2014

Since their Vogue cover last spring, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have continued winning the affection of high fashionThe couple’s latest move? Entering the world of luxe advertising for Balmain’s Spring/Summer 2015 menswear campaign.

Conceptualized by the house’s creative director Olivier Rousteing, who also happens to be their close pal, the ads show the duo posing provocatively together – and looking downright flawless. With no shortage of kissing, face-grabbing, and down-to-there necklines on both parties, Olivier has dubbed the campaign “The Balmain Love.”

The real takeaway here? If there’s anyone that can make a leather hoodie and chartreuse sequins look this good, it’s Kimye.

By Renata Certo-Ware, Staff Writer

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December 23, 2014