Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 
Modern femininity requires a finely tuned mix of sophistication, sex appeal, and a little bit of edge. Present-day incarnations of Brigitte Bardot come to mind, like Kate Moss and Julia Restoin Roitfeld. This week’s picks channel these three elements – all you need to pair with them is a noir-heavy wardrobe and a touch of leopard. (And great genes don’t hurt either.)

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1. CÉLINE Mini Luggage Tote. Tap into your feline side with this leopard-print tote.
2. Rivka Friedman 14k Earrings. Dramatic earrings are an easy way to glamorize your look.
3. Trina Turk Leather Skirt. Add a bit of edge with leather statement pieces, like this perfectly fitted pencil skirt.
4. Casadei Pump. Swap out classic pumps for this high-impact pair with cutouts and gold heels.
5. L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Hand Cream. Keep your hands feeling soft with this shea butter cream. The travel size is perfect for your purse or desk drawer.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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September 2, 2014

At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For new boots: Need a shortcut to break in boots? Fill two large plastic bags halfway with water, zip them shut, and slide into your shoes. Then freeze them overnight – the ice should stretch stiff leather ever-so-slightly.

For your bikini: Your swimsuit might have had its last summer hurrah. While hand-washing is generally best for an itsy-bitsy bikini, you can run it through the washing machine (in a laundry bag) before storing away for the winter.

For sunburns: Got a little too much sun this weekend? Sip on and soak in green tea, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient. Make a compress with cold green tea and apply to skin to fight redness and ease your burn.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 2, 2014

The Almighty Blazer: How to Get the Right Fit

Nothing brings instant polish like a blazer, which is quite possibly your most versatile layer. Toss it on over straight-leg chinos and a button-front shirt for work, or on top of dark jeans and a graphic tee for date night. It’s a total game changer. But it also needs to fit like a glove – too big or too tight can throw off the whole look. Quit second-guessing with these tips to get your proportions on point.

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The Size: Know your measurements. Wrap a soft measuring tape just below your arms around the fullest part of your chest. Use that number as your starting point for size. When you try on a blazer, the shoulder seam should rest on the points of your shoulders and you should be able to move your arms freely.

The Jacket Length: Choosing the right length helps ensure the blazer drapes correctly on your frame. Use your height as a guide. Are you 5’7” or under? Opt for a short jacket length. If you’re in the 5’8” to 6’ range, go with regular. Men between 6’ and 6’3” should try long. Anyone over 6’3”? Extra long.

The Sleeve Length: Put on the blazer and stand up straight. Does the sleeve hit right at the wrist bone? That means it’s just right. If it rests on the back of your hand or touches your palm, it’s too long and calls for a visit to the tailor. When the length is set, only 1/4” – 3/4” of shirt cuff should peek through.

The Vent: This cut in the blazer is designed to make sitting a bit more comfortable. A single center vent (versus no vent or a double vent) is probably the most versatile and is least likely to wrinkle. If the vent pulls apart when you walk, the blazer is too small or narrow.

Round out your blazer collection. Shop The Essential: Fall Blazer for Men Boutique, which opened Saturday, August 30, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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August 30, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Looks from August 24 to 30

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

 
While the VMAs kicked off the week with an “anything goes” theme, the Emmys and remaining red carpet events brought a fresh take on more classic looks.

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  1. Selena Gomez was red-hot in a Valentino jumpsuit and Saint Laurent pumps at the Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration.
  2. Emma Stone debuted her new long bob in a plunging Valentino gown at the Venice Film Festival’s Birdman premiere.
  3. Sarah Hyland looked perfectly polished in a Georges Hobeika embellished top and wide-leg pants at the Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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August 29, 2014

Beyoncé Stars in a September Issue (Surfbort Included)

The magazine world is really delivering this September. A star roster of supermodels covers Vogue, Rihanna looks wild on W, and now Beyoncé is dropping jaws with her CR Fashion Book spotlight. The glossy’s fifth issue comes out on September 4 – Queen Bey’s birthday, obviously – with a high-fashion spread devoted to the culture-dominating idol. And yes, it even includes a very chic Chanel surfboard. Excuse me, surfbort.

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Image via New York Magazine: The Cut

The front cover teases with a sequined mask covering Beyoncé’s face. On the opposite side she appears in all her glory, wearing a voluminous floral Yohji Yamamoto garment. Inside, the Carine Roitfeld–led magazine opted for a prose poem, written by the singer, instead of an article. The rest of the spread, shot by Pierre Debusschere, displays looks from Comme des Garçons, CÉLINE, and Saint Laurent.

Last month, critics debated whether or not Mrs. Carter is a fashion icon. I’m pretty sure this feature puts those questions to rest.

Read more over on New York Magazine: The Cut.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 28, 2014

The 2014 Emmy Awards Best-Dressed List: Men’s Edition

Normally when it comes to red carpet fashion, all eyes are on the leading (and supporting!) ladies. Post–awards show, the Internet is abuzz with “What was she thinking?” and “Oh my, she really nailed it.” But now it’s time to pay the men of the Emmy Awards the respect they so deserve. In old-school formal outfits, a whole lot of blue, and some fresh takes on traditional tuxes, these guys dressed to impress. But who came out on top?

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GQ cast its vote in a recent articleSeth Meyers in navy Valentino (pictured above) hit it out of the park – not only with his dapper tux and bow tie, but with his monologues too. Bryan Cranston in Ralph Lauren Black Label proved that when you channel Clark Gable, you win a boatload of Emmys.

And then there was Ryan Sweeting in a striking blue tuxedo jacket. “We really expected the night’s A-list TV actors to make bolder moves on the red carpet,” said Matt Sebra of GQ. “Not the tennis pro husband of that blond girl from the Big Bang Theory. But the actors didn’t, Sweeting did, and that’s why he makes the list.” (Hey Ryan, can I borrow your jacket? I promise I’ll give it back.)

See other Emmy standouts at GQ.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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August 27, 2014

Shoe Lovers, the Brooklyn Museum Has a Show for You

Many consider heels to be wearable works of art – including the Brooklyn Museum. On September 10, the New York institution will launch a 160-piece exhibit, Killer Heels, that explores the high heel’s long history and its enduring place in fashion.

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Image via hintmag.com

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August 26, 2014

The 2014 Emmy Awards Best-Dressed List

BY JACKIE NASSER, RUE LA LA FASHION DIRECTOR

 

Last night, the biggest stars of television partied in Los Angeles for the Emmys. Red was definitely the color of the night, with Claire Danes, January Jones, and Christina Hendricks all choosing the striking shade.

On stage, there were hilarious presenters (check out Jimmy Kimmel’s roasting of Matthew McConaughey here), a surprising kiss between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston, and a Breaking Bad sweep. But the real winners of the night were on the red carpet. See who made my top-five list below.

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August 26, 2014

Our Fashion Director Tackles the Black & White Trend

There’s no color combination more versatile than black and white. The proof? Just check out the three distinctive outfits our fashion director put together below.

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  1. Black-and-white looks don’t have to be basic. Paired with a simple bodysuit, these striped, sequined pants make for a fun party ensemble.
  2. With stripes, don’t always think in one direction. Try them every which way to make a flowy top (like the one above) surprisingly flattering.
  3. Give a nod to the trend’s mod roots with this houndstooth number. For an extra kick, add over-the-knee boots.

 

Our alice + olivia Boutique opened Tuesday, August 26, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 26, 2014

Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 
Fall is full of indulgences, from spiced lattes to luxe outfits. Linen and sundresses are exchanged for cashmere and leather – and with rich hues and textures, you’ll be embracing the chilly air in no time.

Most Coveted

  1. Badgley Mischka “Gwyn” Clutch. A touch of gold is the right amount of opulence and the ideal complement to a jewel-toned look.
  2. Floral & Leaf Drop Earrings. Tie everything together with jewelry that mixes and matches for you.
  3. AERIN “Sullivan” Suede Bootie. Both retro and modern in feel, this cutout bootie strikes the perfect chord in an aubergine hue.
  4. susana monaco Cutout Dress. Belts and subtle cutouts take a dress from simple to wow.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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August 25, 2014