The Donna Karan Story: Coming to a Bookstore Near You

Good news for all you fashion-industry hopefuls – designer Donna Karan is starting to work on her memoir, complete with every detail on how she got to where she is today.

The title, just acquired by Ballantine Bantam Dell, will chronicle Donna’s upbringing with her tailor father through the creation of DKNY and Donna Karan (and the label’s sale to industry powerhouse LVMH). “As I look back and reflect on my journey, I see how one chapter led to another, how something ended and something else began,” Donna said. “I’m very excited to share my story.”

We’re excited too, Donna. The release may be a year away, but this is one read I don’t want to miss.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 12, 2014

Anna Wintour Answers 73 Questions in 5 Minutes

Vogue recently turned the camera on itself for the fifth edition of its “73 Questions” web series, asking Editor in Chief Anna Wintour a rapid-fire round of mind-probing inquiries. From Anna’s morning routine (5AM wake-up call, Starbucks in hand) to her biggest phobia (like many of us, it’s spiders), we get a personal peek at the famously guarded power player.

Among the predictable questions (Favorite flower? Tuberose.), there were plenty of style-related matters peppered in. The one word Anna wishes the industry would quit using? “Journey.” Thoughts on Brooklyn? “It’s the new Silicon Valley.” And contrary to the fashion stereotype, she would never be caught wearing head-to-toe black.

Spare five minutes this morning to see Anna answer the other 66 questions at vogue.com.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 11, 2014

Ralph Lauren Goes 4D (No Glasses Required)

On Monday night, all-American design house Ralph Lauren launched its first-ever Polo Ralph Lauren womenswear collection at Central Park’s Cherry Hill. And this was no typical runway. Instead, holographic models were projected on a 60-foot-tall, 150-foot-wide screen of water for a 4D fashion show. Yes, a wall of H2O (the fourth dimension).

The presentation paid true homage to New York and featured prefilmed models in front of dreamy cityscapes like the Brooklyn Bridge and the High Line. Each high-definition scene transitioned seamlessly into the next, offering a fusion of technology, art, and, of course, fashion.

The front row was packed with A-listers like Vogue’s editor in chief Anna Wintour, as well as models Karolina Kurkova and Karlie Kloss (no strangers to NYFW). Model-of-the-moment Kendall Jenner even dubbed the event worthy of her Instagram. Can you blame her?

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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September 10, 2014

A Royal Surprise: Kate Middleton Is Pregnant with Her Second Child

Confirmed: Prince George is a soon-to-be big brother. Yesterday, The Clarence House announced via Twitter that Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting their second child. Amid worldwide squeals of excitement, however, there’s a bit of sad news. The full press release states that, as with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (a condition that causes extreme nausea).

Here’s hoping you feel better soon, Kate. We can’t wait to meet Chubby Cheeks Round Two.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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September 9, 2014

Gisele Fights Off Naysayers in Under Armour’s Campaign

Gisele Bündchen is used to being scrutinized – she is a model after all. And her newest gig in Under Armour’s “I Will What I Want” campaign is no exception. Critics took issue with Gisele starring in the ads, as she is the first non-professional athlete tapped by the activewear label. But Under Armour is one step ahead of them.

In the campaign’s video, the Brazilian supermodel shows off her kickboxing skills as comments (both good and bad) flash behind her. “Gisele knows what it means to live under the microscope, amongst the noise of contradicting opinions. But will beats noise,” the brand states. Using negative comments as fuel, Gisele punches and kicks that hanging sandbag like a champ. As for her “haters”? I’m sure they’ve been silenced.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 5, 2014

Princess Di’s Wedding Gown Will Go to Her Sons

Before there was Kate’s Alexander McQueen wedding gown, there was Princess Diana’s – and it was next-level famous. Designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, the frothy silk and taffeta number boasted a 25-foot train and 10,000 pearls. The dress has spent 17 years in the hands of her brother, Charles Spencer, but come September 15, it will go to her sons.

As outlined in Diana’s will, the ivory gown must be given to Princes William and Harry following Harry’s 30th birthday. With that milestone just a couple weeks away, fans are speculating the fate of the dress. PEOPLE guesses it might go on display in London’s royal palaces, which isn’t far-fetched considering it spent a decade as the centerpiece of the museum at Althorp, Diana’s family’s Northampton estate.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 4, 2014

Angelina Jolie (Finally) Ties the Knot in Versace

Here comes the bride – in Atelier Versace. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married in an under-wraps wedding at the couple’s home in Marseille, France just last weekend. Of course, everyone’s been dying to knowWho was she wearing? 

In true Brangelina fashion, the gown had a creative and totally cute twist. Luigi Massi, master tailor at the famed Italian fashion house and a longtime family friend, embroidered drawings sketched by their six kids onto the veil and gown.  Angelina completed the chic, custom look with white silk Versace pumps.

Keep on sketching, Jolie-Pitt children. I see some runway designs in your future.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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September 3, 2014

Follow Back: Barbie Is Instagram’s Newest Member

Just when you thought Barbie had done it all, she’s back at it again. With over 150 careers on her résumé, the iconic doll’s newest endeavor might be her most fashionable one yet. Next month, Barbie will play Instagram street style sensation, taking on fashion weeks in four cities: New York, London, Milan, and Paris.

Under the handle @BarbieStyle, Barbie has already started documenting her #OOTDs, packing essentials, and accessories close-ups, as well as her favorite places in each fashion capital. Yup, shes got the blogger routine down.

Of course, this isn’t Barbie’s first time in the style ring. She’s collaborated with some of fashion’s finest – Karl Lagerfeld, Versace, and Vera Wang to name a few – and she also held a runway show in New York to celebrate her 50th anniversary. This year, she’ll kick off NYFW by co-hosting a party with the CFDA.

I followed this account quicker than I begged for that Barbie Dream House back in Christmas of 1993.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 29, 2014

They Can’t Stop: Miley & Jeremy Are Teaming Up for NYFW

If gigantic teddy bears and cartoons are your thing, then you’re in for a treat. Miley Cyrus (well-known for both) and Moschino’s colorful tongue-in-cheek creative director Jeremy Scott have something big up their sleeves for New York Fashion Week.

At Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Jeremy announced, “Miley and I have something very exciting we’re brewing up for the future.” He was tight-lipped about details, but revealed that the show will feature “a group of cool kids” instead of models.

No word yet on what they’re plotting, but I have some ideas. Miley had a homeless teen, Jesse Helt, accept her Moonman on her behalf to raise awareness for the issue. Could those be the cool kids Jeremy’s talking about? Will it involve another group of performers? Perhaps his show will use Miley’s Bangerz as a soundtrack? Only time will tell. Until then, the duo will have everyone (including the front row) on the edge of their seats.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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August 27, 2014

Because I’m Happy: Models Smile for Fall Campaigns

Kate Moss for ELEVEN PARIS. Cara Delevingne for Burberry. Gisele Bündchen for Sonia Rykiel. Along with impeccably cozy style, this fall’s fashion models are sporting a parade of toothy grins – a welcome departure from the stoic, cold stares perpetuated by the 90s heroin-chic movement.

Perhaps it has something to do with Pharrell Williams’s insanely catchy tune. Or maybe big-name designers simply want to appear more approachable? Either way, I like this changeup. Bring on the happy.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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August 26, 2014