Every once in a while, we take a break from scoping out the Boutiques and tune in to fashion industry news. And after stumbling across this article on digital fashion trends sweeping the nation, I was reminded how much social media has changed the industry. Here’s my take on some of the trends – and what I think are the game-changers.
THE REINVENTION OF RUNWAY SHOWS
The Short Version: Fashion show coverage can only get better and more prominent, thanks to social media.
The Long Version: There are a precious few who have access to those coveted tents, but the growth of online media makes it easy for non-fashion-magazine editors to get a glimpse of the excitement. Oscar de la Renta let fans view his fashion show online (via Tumblr), while First Run Fashion streams videos of the shows. And, of course, with the simple technology of instant posting, tweeting, and blogging – websites like Style.com give you the buzzworthy photos of each runway look almost instantly.
SHOP FROM ANYWHERE (ONLINE)
The Short Version: Keep your eyes open and wallets handy whenever you’re online – or risk forgetting to buy that awesome blazer you spotted.
The Long Version: It’s hard to remember the days when you could see something you liked – but had no idea where to buy it. With the advent of inspiration websites like Pinterest and Polyvore, plus online magazines that are heavy handed on the fashion (I’m a huge fan of matchbook), it’s becoming easier and easier to purchase what you love in just a few clicks.
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We caught up with the author of Bringing Home the Birkin, Michael Tonello, for some tips on how to score an authentic Birkin, how to prove it’s authentic, and his favorite Hermès store in the world.
What’s the craziest thing you had to do in order to deliver a Birkin to a client?
I once sold a Birkin to a client, but the sale was predicated upon me being able to “deliver it by tomorrow at 11AM” in Nice, France. She was about to board a private yacht for a three-week cruise. I was in Barcelona at the time, so I rented a nice car and drove like the wind.
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Whether you had the Fourth of July off or kept your “out of office” up all week, getting back into the workweek is no easy feat. Here’s how we’re re-energizing after a week of BBQs, fireworks, and fun in the sun.
1. Perk up with a meal of spinach and orange – when combined, these two superfoods will give you a boost of energy.
2. Add some color to your lashes for a wide awake look.
3. Go for a walk. Just 10 minutes in the sun will keep you motivated through the end of the work day.
4. Laugh. Just because it’s Monday.
5. Have a protein-packed snack. When your energy levels start to dip, snack on one of these healthy bites.
What are your tips for getting back into the post-vacation groove? Tweet us at @ruelala.
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Ralph Rucci is the closest thing America has to a couturier. In fact, the designer – a favorite of well-heeled fashion lovers Martha Stewart, Iris Apfel, and Deeda Blair – was the first American designer in more than 60 years to be invited to show during Paris Couture Week by the French Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, which he did for several seasons earlier in the aughts.
His Chado Ralph Rucci ready-to-wear collection, which was established 30 years ago and is far and away the most technically advanced – and extraordinarily elegant – of any presented during New York Fashion Week, is shown in his SoHo studio to an eclectic crowd that has drawn everyone from Whoopi Goldberg and André Leon Talley (who wears custom Ralph Rucci capes when playing judge on America’s Next Top Model) to Fran Lebowitz and Patti Smith, all of whom come to experience the designer’s masterful creations in person.
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Earlier this month, Coco-worshipers flocked to the Boston Public Library to celebrate the release of Justine Picardie’s book Chanel, Her Life, turning the library’s richly painted rooms into a sea of LBDs. We were amongst those there to toast Picardie, and after securing our own (and now-cherished) copy of the book, we sat down to chat with the Chanel-clad author. Here, we talk research, inspiration, and everyone’s favorite fragrance – Chanel N°5.
Rue La La: Aside from a love for everything Chanel (which, of course, we share), what inspired you to write this book?
Justine: It was probably seeing my mother’s bottle of Chanel N°5 when I was a little girl. It’s one of my earliest memories and I associate it with learning to read, really.
Rue La La: You spent a lot of time researching Coco and found out things even the most devout Chanel fans (us included) never knew. Tell us something that really shocked you.
Justine: I was amazed that she was so fluent in English and that the two great loves of her life, Boy Capel [Captain Arthur Edward Capel] and the Duke of Westminster [Hugh Grosvenor] were English. We think of Chanel as the absolute quintessential French woman, but she brought in those elements of English style into her designs, which I found interesting.
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Art Solomon owns two Minor League Teams, the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats (an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) and the A Bowling Green Hot Rods (an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays). We turned to him to get his expert insight into the biggest series of the season.
1. Every World Series is exciting because there’s an opportunity to see some of the best players in the world compete on our national pastime’s largest stage. This year is particularly interesting because there are two-low budget teams who are seldom even in the playoffs competing to get into the World Series – the Milwaukee Brewers and the Detroit Tigers.
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Ah, fall. The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer and, if you’re anything like me, you suddenly have the overwhelming desire to curl up with a good book and a cuppa (tea, that is), fireplace optional.
Style-loving bibliophiles are in luck this season, what with all the many fashion and art books hitting the shelves between now and the end of the year. Fans of classic couture are sure to love Assouline’s three-volume sets dedicated to Dior and Chanel which chronicles the history and defining spirit of both storied houses (Assouline is publishing American Dior as well, showcasing the French couturier’s impact on the way American woman dressed).
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We’re taking it back. Way back (some farther than others) to when our Starbucks lattes were sippy cups of milk, and story time was as hyped as happy hour. In honor of these diaper days, we took to the twittersphere and poked around the office to find out what our Members and colleagues were reading back when they were just little Rue-bies – and we’d love to hear your faves, too.
Rachel S., Copy Director
“I love Different Like Coco – it’s the story of Coco Chanel, with great illustrations, and an amazing lesson about being your own person, having confidence, and overcoming tough circumstances.”
Cheryl K., EVP Chief Member Advocate
“As a little girl, I loved the Madeline book.”
Graham K., Art Director
“My favorite book was Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood. It was all about individuality and feeling good about oneself. It follows a little boy (that I always thought was me) alongside a bunch of animals. My mom would read each page and act out the animals. She’d bellow: ‘I’m as large as a whale’ and in a high, squeaky voice she’d shout: ‘I’m as small as an ant.’ It always made me laugh.”
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We love packing our beach bags with cheap novels, stacks of magazines, and the literary gems we’ve been meaning to finish. We checked in with some of our favorite designers, bloggers, and style authorities to see what they’ll be toting to the shore this summer to get some inspiration for passing along. Our personal reading recommendation:
1. Pick your own favorite summer reads (or take a suggestion from below!).
2. Print out bookmarks for all your friends.
3. Tuck a bookmark into every beach read you pass along this summer.
Who: Ben Busko, of Ben’s Garden
What: The Balthazar Cookbook by Keith McNally, Rainmaking Conversations by Mike Schultz, and House Beautiful and Martha Stewart magazines
Why: “My summer reading plans will be sure to include late afternoons by the oceanside, hopefully sipping mojitos, and listening to the whisper of the ocean as I dive into my latest favorites. To keep on point at work my Ben’s Garden employee book club is reading, chapter by chapter, Rainmaking Conversations; I enjoy discussing points of interest with everyone every Monday. Somewhere in my beach bag, and before the sun sets I would also be sure to get to my essential magazine reads.”
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