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

GQ Decodes Fashion Week’s Most Style-Savvy Men

Men, it’s okay to admit it. You look at street style shots from Fashion Week, too. You see the same faces over and over again. But who are these guys? They confidently walk the streets wearing floppy hats, denim-on-denim, and camo-everything, but there’s more to them than that. They’re designers, editors, fashion directors – the list goes on. And lucky for us, GQ has made it easy to identify them all.

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Images via GQ.com

How, you ask? With street style trading cards. On one side, a name, illustration, and city of residence. On the other, the breakdown: what the man does, who he works for, what his uniform is, and what his trademark moves are.

Of course, “the most photographed man in menswear,” consultant and designer Nick Wooster, was featured. GQ described his uniform as “[a]n eclectic mash-up of traditional menswear, envelope-pushing items from Paris and Japan, and generally every big get grail piece you wish you owned.” A worthy style inspiration, no?

L’Uomo Vogue‘s fashion editor-at-large, Robert Rabensteiner, also made the cut. His trademark moves? He “[s]inglehandedly made floppy hats and wizard coats badass. Owns over 1,000 scarves, rarely spotted without one.” But don’t go thinking the drawing does him any justice. That salt-and-pepper beard looks way cooler in photos. 

Maybe you wouldn’t necessarily dress like these guys tomorrow, next year, or ever, but they’re prime examples of what personal style is all about. So head over to GQ and take note.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 9, 2014

Kate Moss, Flashing Cameras, and the Jackie Bag

As if we couldn’t get enough of Kate Moss this month, Gucci has named her the leading lady in its latest campaign. In the clip, the 40-year-old supermodel dodges paparazzi while donning the Fall 2014 collection’s iconic Jackie bag – something I feel she’s done before, a time or two.

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Image via elle.com

The one-minute film begins with Kate exiting a black sedan, cycling through a series of 60s-inspired outfits from the Italian house’s Fall 2014 collection. Accompanied by an extremely handsome man, she makes her way through an airport with the Jackie Bag, a favorite accessory of Jackie O (and appropriately named after her). The famous carryall was resurrected in 2009 by Gucci’s creative director, Frida Giannini, who chose Kate as the muse for this short film based on her free-spirited, trendsetter attitude.

Is the star of the show Kate the Great? Or is it the historic, soft leather hobo hanging from her arm? Either way, grab the popcorn. This is an ad well worth the watch.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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September 8, 2014

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

For clean jewelry: Booze to clean your baubles? Yep, it works. For 14-karat gold, use a light- or amber-colored beer. For glass, crystal, and diamond, break out the vodka.

For scuffed leather: Your soft-skin secret is your bag’s secret, too. Buff face oil into leather scuffs, scratches, and slight discolorations – but make sure to spot test first.

For old denim: Breathe life into old jeans (or impulse-purchased blues) with a baroque pattern stencil and fabric paint. Here’s how.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor 

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September 8, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Looks from August 31 to September 6

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

 

These celebs are proof you don’t need over-the-top colors or prints to make a statement. Sometimes all it takes is a touch of whimsy on a classic ensemble to craft a winning look.

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  1. Emma Stone added printed pumps to a Sandro top and sweats combo at the Venice Film Festival.
  2. Diane Kruger opted for a RED Valentino swan collar shirt under her classic trench at the Japan Rive Gauche exhibition preview.
  3. Olivia Palermo paired gold accessories with a black Witchery trench-turned-dress at the Chadstone runway show in Australia.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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September 5, 2014

Discover How Robert Graham Takes On the Classics

With its bold prints and bright colors, Robert Graham has that anything-but-boring rep locked down. But that doesn’t mean the brand can’t handily take on the classics. You know, like your go-to navy sport coat and crisp white button-front. Even though these pieces may seem deceptively simple, they always bear a bit of that Robert Graham punch of personality. Here’s how to find it.

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The navy version above is business on the outside, but look further. It’s party on the inside with floral-print lining.

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What appears from afar to be your average white shirt will surprise you. Find contrast under the collar, on the cuffs, and along the gig line.

Shop these classics – plus the brand’s unabashedly bold prints – in our Robert Graham Men Boutique, which opened Friday, September 5, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 5, 2014

Salute the Runway: Servicewomen Take On NYFW

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 

On the eve of New York Fashion Week, the industry gathered at Lincoln Center to support an often-overlooked group of women: female veterans transitioning to civilian life. Dubbed Salute the Runway, the show featured 15 servicewomen who modeled LBDs from a stylish designer roster. As both a military wife and a fashion editor, I attended proudly.

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September 4, 2014

Karlie Kloss Travels the Globe as the Chicest Flat Stanley Ever

Remember Flat Stanley, the paper cutout you’d send to distant friends and family in elementary school, begging to be snapped in exotic places? Vogue does, and it re-envisioned the childhood favorite in a very high-fashion way. The magazine printed and distributed a “small army” of 3D-printed mini Karlie Kloss dolls, in a variety of poses from the ubiquitous model du jour. The 50 figurines spent 80 days traveling to 22 cities, getting the star treatment in clever photo shoots around the world.

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Image via vogue.com

Karlie’s long legs and coy smile have been spotted at Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China, Niagara Falls, and even the moon. Like any good international voyage, her tour of the continents was not without hiccups. Vogue notes that more than a dozen limbs were broken in transit (ouch!) and that the mini Karlie was escorted off the Acropolis in Greece. Head to Vogue for the dolls’ complete photo diary and even go behind-the-scenes of her 3D shoot. You’ll never feel so envious of a piece of plastic.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 4, 2014

New York Men’s Day: American Brands Band Together

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is known for being predominantly geared toward the sartorial-obsessed females of the world. Typically, if you want to view designer menswear, a flight to London, Paris, or Milan is required. But according to the New York Times, an industry-wide push for a full-fledged Men’s Fashion Week is gaining momentum, and it started yesterday with NYFW Men’s Day.

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Image via nytimes.com

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September 4, 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