Raise Your Glass: Kate Moss Celebrates 25 Years in Fashion

She’s dominated fashion spreads for a quarter century. And now? Kate Moss is toasting to her success with a champagne coupe molded from the shape of her bust. The British supermodel partnered with posh London restaurant 34 to create the personalized glass.

A little bizarre? Maybe. But it’s been done before. Rumor has it, the first champagne coupe ever made was modeled on Marie Antoinette’s left breast, which British artist Jane McAdam Freud used as inspiration for Kate’s modern version.

“I was excited to participate in this project…what an honor to be alongside Marie Antoinette – she was a very intriguing and mischievous character,” Kate said. “Champagne is always associated with celebration and happy occasions and I had fun creating this beautiful coupe.”

Come October, Kate will launch the creation at 34 and its sister restaurants The Ivy, Daphne’s, and Scott’s. As if I needed another excuse to book that trip to London…

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 22, 2014

You’ll Flip (Pages) for LANVIN’s New Book

LANVIN, Paris’s oldest and most colorful fashion house, knows the importance of good window-shopping. Designer Alber Elbaz and his creative displays are the subjects of an upcoming Rizzoli tome set to hit stores, and coffee tables, in October.

The 260-page book, titled Lanvin: I Love You, highlights 200 color photos of the house’s eccentric storefront displays and installations. We’re not talking your run-of-the-mill mannequins. Expect to see hand-drawn sketches, vintage cars, and even musical instruments made of crushed cans. Alber is known for incorporating elaborate props and artwork into every display and begins each one with a story and sketch. “Windows are the most direct way to communicate with people,” he writes in the book’s foreword.

Between this and the upcoming Louis Vuitton photography book, my fashion library is about to get a serious fall upgrade – even if my wardrobe isn’t.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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August 20, 2014

On the Ball: Lacoste Launches New Tennis App

You’ve witnessed a home run at Yankee Stadium and seen Carly Rae Jepsen star in Cinderella. All that’s left to do? Find a free New York City tennis court to play on, obviously.

Preppy brand Lacoste’s latest app, City Tennis, aims to get you onto the courts of NYC by mitigating the where-to-play stress of private-club costs, public-court wait times, and limited court availability. Check out its court locator (with options in all five boroughs), or take in some between-set entertainment like player bios, an interactive game, and a shopping portal. 

There’s no word yet on whether the posh service will branch out to other cities. But if you simply can’t make it to the Big Apple, there’s no harm in downloading the free app and pretending you’re about to crush an opponent in Manhattan, right?

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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August 19, 2014

North West: The Future of Fashion?

The Kardashian clan is no stranger to a photo shoot. And now even the youngest member of the family, North, has dipped her tiny toes in the modeling pool. Featured in the fifth edition of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, Kimye’s daughter rocks head-to-toe Chanel in a spread titled Legends. A legend at just 13 months old? Well, according to Karl Lagerfeld’s accompanying quote, “It’s never too early to care about fashion!” From those glittering diamond studs to the mini 2.55 quilted bag, I’d say little North has a very fashionable future ahead.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 15, 2014

Wild Child: Rihanna Stuns in W Magazine

“Bad girl” RiRi is no stranger to the exotic. Covering the September issue of W magazine, the singer and fashion icon channels her wild side to the extreme. The result? Nothing short of stunning.

Rocking a pierced septum, the singer wears tribal war paint, leather, suede, and lots of skin in the artistic spread. At one point, she’s even surrounded by a pack of wolves while wearing a fierce fur getup, complete with dramatic makeup and jewelry.

Whether she’s showing off her party animal ways or portraying an actual animal, Rihanna never ceases to amaze us.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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August 13, 2014

Branch Out: Willow, the Other New Dating App

Just a few days ago we talked about the debut of Glimpse, a social media–fueled dating app. But guess what? There’s yet another one on the scene. Willow, out this week, encourages you to do something kind of unique in the digital courting world: hold a conversation. Instead of swiping through profile pictures and interest pages, you’ll browse questions that other users have posted and send them replies.

Personally, I like the idea. And after trying out my fair share of these apps, I’m thinking Willow just might be “the one” (to finally find me a decent date).

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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August 12, 2014

Charles James: One of the Costume Institute’s Most Popular Exhibits

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s recently remodeled (and renamed) Anna Wintour Costume Center has received a burst of foot traffic over the past four months. Why? American couturier Charles James and his inaugural exhibit Charles James: Beyond Fashion. According to a museum spokesperson, the show beat out last year’s Punk: Chaos to Couture and Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations from 2012. More impressively, the ball-gown exhibit is the fifth most popular in the Costume Institute’s 25-year history, ranking behind the Alexander McQueen, Jacqueline Kennedy, Superhero-themed, and Chanel shows.

Oh, and if you haven’t planned a weekend trip to New York City to see the exhibit yet, you have until 5:30PM this Sunday. Since Charles James is not a household name, I recommend reading up in advance.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 8, 2014

Monique Lhuillier Designs Custom Gown for Mom

Over the weekend, famed bridal designer Monique Lhuillier debuted a custom gown that satisfied both “something old” and “something new” – but don’t expect to see it in the pages of PEOPLE with her many other celebrity creations. This gown was personal, a stunning number made for her own mother to wear during her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.

The extravagant gown featured lace from her mother’s original wedding dress, along with a beaded antique-gold overlay (appropriate considering this is the golden anniversary after all). The designer dutifully captured the vow renewal on Instagram, including the long train and bejeweled hairpiece that accessorized the dress. But the best post of all? A picture of her gorgeous mother from 50 years earlier.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 7, 2014

About Face: NARS Unveils New Fall Campaign

Whenever I ask my mother if I “look okay,” she always replies, “Yes, but throw on a little lipstick.” Over at NARS, the mother of all beauty brands, lipstick is also on the agenda as the label celebrates 20 years in the business. A newly announced fall campaign features a collection of 40 game-changing hues with 68-year-old English actress Charlotte Rampling as the face of the campaign.

The Audacious Lipstick Collection will launch in September and is inspired by the 12 colors in François Nars’s first-ever collection. Unlike most fall shades, these range from electric red to lavender and can be worn well after the leaves turn. The impeccable ad features Charlotte, a longtime muse of NARS, in a stunning black-and-white photo taken by the founder himself.

Rumor has it that this collection delivers full color in just one stroke. So clear off the vanity, because it may be the only lipstick you’ll ever need. And, of course, my mother would definitely approve.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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August 6, 2014

Flash of Genius: Our Latest Travel-Photo Obsession

Have a serious case of wanderlust? Do yourself a favor this AM and head over to Grandpa’s Photos. The website archives a collection of personal travel images taken by “Grandpa” Stephen Clarke, a WWII Air Force navigator and jewelry buyer from Australia. Family members discovered the slides in a cupboard while moving him into a nursing home and, lucky for us, decided to share them. Between the sepia tints, blurred figures, and surreal settings, these nostalgic snapshots are sure to sate those take-me-there Tuesday daydreams. (And spark new ones.)

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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August 5, 2014