Pint-Sized Fashion: Does North West Have a Stylist?

Playdates at the park are as grand as most toddler social calendars get. But when you’re North West and you have a front-row seat at Paris Fashion Week, you must dress the part. And no – overalls from the big-box stores won’t cut it.

Following little Nori’s string of appearances in Givenchy and Chanel, it’s rumored that she had professional help in putting together those petite designer getups. So whether or not this mini Kim Kardashian has a supposed tailor-slash-stylist, there’s no denying she might be the most haute 16-month-old on the planet.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 9, 2014

Think Pink: Ralph Lauren’s Campaign for a Cause

A good cause and a great designer go hand in hand. And yesterday, the all-American Ralph Lauren made strides in the fight against breast cancer with the launch of the Pink Pony Fund.

On the heels of his much-talked-about 4D virtual runway show, Ralph is asking his social media audience to spread the word. Simply post a picture holding a supportive message with the hashtag #PinkPonyPromise. For every single “share,” $10 will be donated to the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The campaign hopes to raise $1 million in just a few days. Well, his Spring 2015 show went pretty viral, and I have no doubts this will do the same.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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October 8, 2014

Baby Boom: Blake Lively & Coco Rocha Are Both Expecting

Yesterday was a big day for celebrity pregnancy announcements. Coco Rocha, model and social media maven, shared her happy news with followers via an Instagram video. The camera circles Coco – who wears a nude bodysuit – until “Baby Conran Arriving Spring 2015″ flashes on the screen.

The other mom-to-be, Blake Lively, was more subtle in her approach. Buried deep at the bottom of a Preserve blog post is an image of the actress showing off her baby bump.

Could one of these bundles of joy be the next Suri Cruz? My guess is a resounding yes.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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October 7, 2014

Au Revoir: Peter Copping to Leave Nina Ricci

As Nina Ricci’s artistic director, Peter Copping is known for his feminine dresses and ladylike silhouettes. But yesterday, WWD confirmed that after five years with the famed French fashion house, he’ll be stepping down from his post.

The talented designer, who previously held a position at Louis Vuitton, is rumored to be heading to Oscar de la Renta. And according to rumblings within the fashion world, Guillame Henry, former creative director at Carven, may be Peter’s replacement at Nina Ricci.

As of now, it appears there are no hard feelings. In fact, Ralph Toledo, the president of Ricci’s parent company, spoke very kindly of Peter in a statement thanking him for “his commitment to Nina Ricci and his contribution to the legacy of the house.”  Ralph added that “His vision has been a major factor in the re-launch of the brand. We wish him all the best for the continuation of his career.”

So, which rumors are true? We won’t know for awhile – and until then, you can bet all eyes will be on Peter. And I personally can’t wait to see what happens next.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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October 3, 2014

Stuart Weitzman’s Fall Campaign Is All About Boots

Poppy Delevingne (Cara’s equally stunning big sister) and Dylan Penn breathe fresh air into the term “biker babe” in Stuart Weitzman’s fall campaign. With fashion It girl Julia Restoin Roitfeld in the director’s seat, the video takes on a sepia-toned 60s vibe as the blondes ride on bikes and in vintage cars.

In a behind-the-scenes clip, Julia said she was inspired by vintage Playboy magazine layouts, piecing together different angles of the two models. But the main focus? Boots – including suede over-the-knee and buckled moto styles.

With a remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Ride” playing in the background, I’m totally dreaming of tagging along in a matching pair of thigh-high boots.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 2, 2014

First Look: Amal Alamuddin’s Many Bridal Outfits

This weekend, George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s wedding in Venice, Italy was one for the books. Not only did Amal manage to snap up one of the most eligible bachelors in Hollywood, but she did it with pre- and post-ceremony outfits that rival the looks at fashion week.

We’re guessing it took a small army to carry her wardrobe bags. Amal wore a black and white Dolce & Gabanna dress for the first round of canal boating on Friday, an all-over lace Giambattista Valli couture dress for another casual boating trip, a stunning Alexander McQueen red gown for a Friday night dinner, and a simple and super-chic Stella McCartney trouser suit for the civil ceremony. Yep, that’s a lot of designer fashion.

If her wedding dress is anything like the aforementioned looks, it’s going to be epic. The one thing we do know? It was designed by Oscar de la Renta. Cue the anticipation.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 29, 2014

Just Sold: The Second Most Expensive Birkin Ever

Some people spend $185,000 on a house. But one ambitious bidder shelled out the same amount for an Hermès Birkin.

Sold through Heritage Auction in Los Angeles, this particular bag puts ordinary $7,000 Birkins to shame. Made of matte Himalayan Nilo Crocodile – meant to evoke images of the Himalayan mountains – the bag features 18-karat white gold hardware and 245 diamonds (a whopping 9.84 carats total).

The only bag to top this one’s price on the auction block was a red crocodile Birkin that went for $203,150 in 2011.

Looks like I should start saving for that dream home – er, I mean bag.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 26, 2014

Beauty on the Fly: TSA Lifting Its 3.4-Ounce Rule

The days of squeezing your precious Kérastase shampoo into little plastic bottles from the drugstore – or worse, tossing it at airport security – will soon be a distant memory. A TSA administrator recently divulged to the Chicago Tribune that, at some point in the indefinite future, the 3.4-ounce restriction for carry-on liquids will be lifted. Cue the celebratory cheers.

While the TSA is keeping mum on a timeline, we do know only those who participate in the TSA Pre✓™ program will reap the benefit. Look into that application process here.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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September 25, 2014

The Latest Bey & Jay Gossip? Good News for Once

Beyoncé and Jay Z have been subjected to the rumor mill quite often lately. Are they pregnant? Divorcing? According to Dash Radio host DJ Skee, the power couple is working on a joint album to be released later this year or early next. No word on the record’s title yet, but fingers crossed that Blue Ivy will be featured on another track with her mom (and this time her dad, too).

An entire album of “Bonnie and Clyde” proportions? Yep, you’re not the only one trying to stay calm.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 19, 2014

Betsey Just Wants to Have Fun – Dancing on TV

Betsey Johnson is best described by the word “fun,” so it was only fitting that for her Dancing with the Stars debut she shimmied to Cyndi Lauper’s anthem “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” One of the oldest contestants to ever perform in the competitive series, Betsey wore a tulle-trimmed pink tutu and an electric blue lace top. Layered over that ensemble was a cheeky black and pink leopard-print bra.

As colorful as Betsey looked, an unfortunate wardrobe snafu happened during the routine. When her feather boa prop caught on a clothing rack, she stopped short. “As much as I screwed up, my fans loved me for it. I ended the dance with a Gloria Gaynor kind of cartwheel and split to say, ‘I Will Survive,'” she told WWD. Lucky for the spunky designer, she (and dance partner Tony Dovolani) made it to the next round.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 18, 2014