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

For last year’s down coat: Your puffer is out of summer storage and looks flat as a board. Hang it in the bathroom during a steamy shower to let it reinflate. Or briefly toss it in the dryer with a few clean tennis balls.

For DIY leg warmers: We all have at least one chunky cable-knit sweater that we’ve outgrown. Cut the sleeves off the body and voilà! Homemade leg warmers for your boots.

For your morning coffee: Put butter in it. The pioneer of this “bulletproof” style of coffee claims it offers a daylong buzz (sans dreaded afternoon crash).

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 13, 2014

A Heritage of Style: The Salvatore Ferragamo Fiamma Bag

We’re constantly turning our attention to the latest It bag, but lately our favorite high-profile fashion houses have been investing in their signature bags – the ones that endure for generations. With its timeless details and sleek leather, the new Fiamma bag from Salvatore Ferragamo is poised to do just that.

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Fiamma Ferragamo was the eldest daughter of the revered Italian designer. She expanded the house in the 1990s and even created the first Ferragamo handbag collection. Pulling inspiration from one of her original designs, the Fiamma features a top handle and signature locked flap on a sleek leather satchel silhouette.

The launch of this lust-worthy bag is accompanied by short films featuring famously fashionable mother-daughter pairs. One of the duos, Mariel and Langley Fox Hemingway, discuss their own free-spirted family legacy. Other A-list subjects include Italian royals and Hollywood personalities, each sharing a family bond passed down through generations – something Fiamma Ferragamo would be proud of.

Watch the short films here. Then, check out the Fiamma in our Salvatore Ferragamo Boutique, which opens Saturday, October 11, at 11AM ET.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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October 10, 2014

Michelle Obama Celebrates Fashion (and SPANX®)

Michelle Obama is on a mission to support American fashion – beyond just wearing her favorite labels. Proof? Yesterday, the always-elegant First Lady assembled a roster of big-name designers and 150 design students at the White House for a series of workshops, panels, and networking events.

Michelle Obama White House Fashion

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The goal of the occasion – associated with her Reach Higher initiative – was to open doors for emerging talent from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons, and more. Michelle even sported one of the student designs: a racerback blue dress by FIT’s Natalya Koval.

Along with exposing the students to the expertise of Zac Posen, Prabal Gurung, and Lela Rose, FLOTUS shared a patriotic success story. Citing SPANX founder Sara Blakely’s growth into a billionaire entrepreneur, Michelle reminded the designers that hard work remains at the core of the fashion business. Sara took jobs at Disney World and in fax-machine sales to save the money she needed for her first SPANX product. And that’s right about when Michelle declared that, “We all wear them with pride.”

So there you have it: FLOTUS is as big a fan of SPANX as you are.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 9, 2014

The Winning Outfit: How to Tackle Tailgate Style

For a fashion-savvy football fan, finding the perfect game-day outfit can be just as hard as managing that fantasy lineup. Of course, jerseys are a given – but think outside the box with a few creative finishing touches and stand out from the crowd. Literally.

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October 9, 2014

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

Call It a Comeback: John Galliano Heads to Margiela

Belgian fashion house Maison Martin Margiela is known for being extremely private. But the elusive label just announced that John Galliano, one of the industry’s most in-your-face figureswill take over the creative direction of its couture and ready-to-wearIn recent years, the design team has remained completely anonymous, so hiring someone so publicly known is an unexpected move.

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“Margiela is ready for a new charismatic creative soul,” Renzo Rosso, President of OTB, the parent company of Maison Martin Margiela, shared with WWD. “John Galliano is one of the greatest, undisputed talents of all time — a unique, exceptional couturier for a maison that always challenged and innovated the world of fashion. I look forward to his return to create that fashion dream that only he can create and wish him to here find his new home.”

His return to the runway at Paris Couture Week in January will definitely be closely watched. After years of untapped creativity following his departure from Christian Dior, I can only imagine how epic of a comeback it will be.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 7, 2014

Cruise Packing 101: Our Fashion Director Shares the Essentials

Whether you enjoy onboard activities or shore excursions, there are certain staple items you should never leave the dock without. Our fashion director, Jackie, breaks it down below.

Cruise Packing 101

One-Piece Swimsuit
Trying to leave room for souvenirs? This one-piece also functions as a top – just slip on a skirt.

Sweater
At night you’ll want something cozy for the cool sea breeze.

Maxi Dress
Doubling as a cover-up and a date-night outfit, a long dress saves suitcase space.

Camera
Memories are sure to be made aboard any of the Norwegian Cruise Line ships – so make sure you have plenty of space on that SanDisk.

Our High-Seas Style Presented by Norwegian Cruise Line Boutique opens Monday, October 6, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 5, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Looks from September 28 to October 4

EACH WEEK, OUR FASHION EDITOR DECIDES WHO DESERVES TOP HONORS

 

With no shortage of pint-sized style stars on the way – from Eva Chen’s Chanel-toting mini-me to Prince George’s sure-to-be-chic younger sibling – we can’t help but obsess over stylish maternity looks.

Best Dressed List

 

  1. Miroslava Duma showed off her baby bump in a bird-adorned Valentino cape – just one of the many luxe looks the Russian editor sported during Paris Fashion Week.
  2. Zoe Saldana, who recently confirmed she’s having twins, turned up to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’s Hollywood Costume opening party in a cotton-candy pink Christian Dior gown and matching clutch. Maybe she’s hinting at the color of the nursery…
  3. Rosamund Pike, who is expecting her second child, looked equal parts sultry and sweet mom-to-be at the world premiere of Gone Girl, thanks to a black, bow-accented Altuzzara gown with a thigh-high slit.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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October 3, 2014

Work It Like the Pros: 3 Rue Insiders Share Their Styling Tips

Ever wonder what the fashion authorities at Rue La La wear to work? Well, we can tell you it involves a lot of trendy denim, fashion-forward blazers, and statement necklaces. From the executive suite to the fashion editor’s desk – and, of course, the photo studio – there are many looks represented in the office. Here, we chat with three of our style experts about their outfit-planning routines and which fall trends they can’t wait to try.

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October 3, 2014