Gone Girl lead actress Rosamund Pike is on a roll. Her latest project? Collaborating with British brand L.K.Bennett on a collection of carryalls. With clean lines and eye-catching leathers, her namesake styles – the Rosamund and its smaller sister, the Rosie – are poised to become the next attainable It bags.

Rosamund Pike L.K.Bennett

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On the appeal of L.K.Bennett’s sophisticated look, Pike gushes to InStyle: “I think that L.K.Bennett is the perfect brand for the working woman because it gives you that ability to feel dressed and polished without feeling overdone.”

And the totable, boxy satchels do just that. I’m envisioning the reptilian ones on my arm at the office, at the supermarket, and pretty much everywhere.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 13, 2014

Here in the U.S., our annual shopping frenzy is served up with a side of Thanksgiving turkey. But over in China, Singles Day (a recently dreamed-up holiday) takes the win for record-breaking sales. This year, the November 11 occasion earned more than $9 billion – almost triple what Americans spent on Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined last year.

Wondering how this retail bonanza got its start? Back in the 1990s, Chinese college students used the day to celebrate their singledom (sort of an anti-Valentine’s Day). In the last few years, retailers encouraged the unattached masses to treat themselves – and indulge they did. Just like that, the biggest shopping day in history was born.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 13, 2014

Holiday shopping? It’s our fashion director’s forte (naturally). Here, she’s sharing her top gift picks. We suggest you take notes.

C. Wonder Gift Picks

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November 12, 2014

Whimsical dressing is one way to escape the dreariness of the impending winter weather. Enchanted forests came to life on the Fall 2014 runways with leafy sets, embroidered animal motifs, and hooded capes, making a mysterious, dreamlike vibe one of the season’s most compelling trends. Here are five key items to complete your fairytale look.

most-coveted-fairytale-dressing

  1. Casadei Suede Butterfly Shoe. Rich black suede and butterfly appliques add a playful twist on the standard strappy sandal.
  2. Bottega Veneta Snakeskin Bag. A classic shape is made current with genuine green snakeskin and black hardware.
  3. Caruana Bordeaux Wool Hooded Coat. Pull on this luxurious coat – a wearable take on Little Red Riding Hood’s signature look – for extra warmth on dark winter days.
  4. Shoshanna Multicolor Printed Dress. Swap your usual LBD for dark graphic prints that evoke a sense of drama.
  5. gorjana “Buckley” 18K Plated Antler Drop Earrings. Delicate antler earrings are a subtle nod to the outdoorsy trend.

 

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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November 10, 2014

From Los Angeles to Brazil, these celebs caught our eye in floor-grazing dresses that flattered in all the right ways.

Best-Dressed Celebs

  1. Amy Adams stunned in a Gucci number with a plunging neckline, antique beading, and glass embroidery at the 2014 LACMA Art+Film Gala.
  2. Olivia Palermo channeled a modern 70s vibe in a dress from Mango and her signature skinny belt to support jewelry designer Emar Batalha in São Paulo, Brazil.
  3. Selena Gomez stepped up her game in a sophisticated, figure-hugging Gucci gown at the 2014 LACMA Art+Film Gala, keeping accessories to a minimum so this one-of-a-kind dress could shine.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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November 7, 2014

On Monday night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine finally announced their latest Fashion Fund winner (drumroll please): Paul Andrew. The British-born shoe and accessories designer has worked at major labels, including Donna Karan and Alexander McQueen, and notably outfitted Lupita Nyong’o with red pumps at this year’s Golden Globes.

Paul Andrew CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner

Image via Style.com.

Impressed yet? This big honor puts him in the same league as past winners Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, and Proenza Schouler. Along with bragging rights, Andrew took home $300,000 and a yearlong mentorship with a fashion power player of his choice. His pick? Nike CEO Mark Parker. Andrew told Style.com, “The core of my business is great design with added comfort, and that is very much what Nike is about, too. I would love to be able to pick his brain and, ultimately, collaborate with him.”

With the prize money, Andrew plans to design the most-comfortable shoes on the market. Heels that look good and feel good? Sign me up ASAP.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 5, 2014

The goes-with-everything cable-knit sweater: it either lives in your closet or sits on your wish list. And while it looks great with skinnies and knee-high boots, we’re always on the hunt for new ways to style one. Here, Rue Stylist Emma L. offers up three ensembles that highlight this seasonal superstar.

Cable-Knit Style Tips

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November 4, 2014

You’ve spotted that MK logo everywhere. And now, you’ll probably see it even more. Michael Kors is taking on tech with a stylish twist, launching a collection of gadget-friendly accessories including phone-charging cases, earbuds, and more – crafted to resemble lipstick tubes and cosmetic compacts, of course.

Michael Kors Tech Accessories

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The label has already dabbled with a few swoon-worthy phone covers, but this new collection will cater to on-the-go customers in need of a travel-friendly power source. Which means more battery juice for your phone, even without an outlet nearby.

So, how much will these on-trend extras cost you? The lipstick charger rings in at $58 while the Powermat kit is $140 – an investment worth making to avoid awkwardly charging your phone at the bar.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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November 3, 2014

This time of year it’s easy to rely on a less-than-exciting uniform. I often step out in skinny jeans and a classic blouse or sweater. But a statement accessory – a feminine extra like an animal print or a string of pearls – can elevate your tried-and-true ensemble to an anything-but-basic look.

Most Coveted Statement Accessories

1. RED Valentino Bow Clutch. Leopard print is equal parts provocative and sweet in this bow-shaped silhouette.

2. Stella & Ruby Tassel Necklace. Choose a simple dark-hued or jewel-toned top for a contrast that will let these pearls shine.

3. Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum. With notes of violet and cedarwood, this French fragrance is both lovely and mysterious.

4. Dior Satin D’Orsay Pump. Don’t just save these for special occasions. These stilettos add just enough glam to dress up dark skinnies and a black crewneck sweater.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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November 3, 2014

For your suede pieces: Caught in the rain with a beloved suede tote or pair of shoes? Try rubbing an eraser on a water mark to make it vanish.

For wine stains: Rumor has it that spilled red vino can be remedied by (weirdly enough) pouring white wine on the affected fabric to dilute the stain, then sprinkling salt on top to prevent the red from setting.

For wrinkled clothing: Skip ironing and grab your blow-dryer to smooth out creases. Just hang the item, stand a couple of inches away, and blow-dry the garment until the wrinkles disappear.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 3, 2014