You’ll Flip (Pages) for LANVIN’s New Book

LANVIN, Paris’s oldest and most colorful fashion house, knows the importance of good window-shopping. Designer Alber Elbaz and his creative displays are the subjects of an upcoming Rizzoli tome set to hit stores, and coffee tables, in October.

The 260-page book, titled Lanvin: I Love You, highlights 200 color photos of the house’s eccentric storefront displays and installations. We’re not talking your run-of-the-mill mannequins. Expect to see hand-drawn sketches, vintage cars, and even musical instruments made of crushed cans. Alber is known for incorporating elaborate props and artwork into every display and begins each one with a story and sketch. “Windows are the most direct way to communicate with people,” he writes in the book’s foreword.

Between this and the upcoming Louis Vuitton photography book, my fashion library is about to get a serious fall upgrade – even if my wardrobe isn’t.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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August 20, 2014

Salute the Runway: 15 Military Servicewomen Will Open NYFW

Mark your calendars – this is one opening act you won’t want to miss. Fifteen current and former military servicewomen will open New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on September 3.

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August 19, 2014

Gym-Goers, Rejoice: J.Crew Has a Suit for You

Thanks to beach season, your gym game has been on point for months, which puts you in the sweet spot for fitting into that best-man suit next month, right? Wrong. That strong build, so well-suited for the sand, doesn’t always warm up well to narrow-leg suit pants and a closely tailored jacket. Luckily, J.Crew has released a new athletically minded suit fit just for you.

Meet the Crosby cut.

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Image via GQ.com

Now, just what makes the Crosby cut so apt at accommodating bis, tris, and calves, you ask? J.Crew’s menswear director Frank Muytjens elaborates below.

It’s all about the proportions…we didn’t want to create a suit that was just a bigger version of the Ludlow. We focused on the upper torso, biceps and shoulders the most. We opened up the armhole, made the shoulder a little wider and worked on opening up the body as well. We also widened the lapel a hair, just to make sure everything was proportional. For the pants, we opened it up in the waist and thigh area, but still made sure the leg opening was slim.

Thankfully, showing up to that wedding in a too-small or too-big suit shouldn’t be an issue anymore. But don’t go trading in every suit in your wardrobe yet. Just know this: The tailor is your friend. Find a good one, then ask for help figuring out the right cut for your body type. They’ll alter your current suits, so you can feel free to start P90x.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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August 18, 2014

Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 

Balance is needed everywhere from yoga class to your skincare regimen – but especially in your wardrobe. To achieve it, be mindful of proportion, color, and texture. Check off each one with this week’s picks and find yourself on the path to a harmonious outfit.

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1. Salvatore Ferragamo “Vara” Mini Shoulder Bag. This chain-strap mini may be small in size, but it’s large in impact.
2. Parker “Quinn” Dress. Digital prints make fall dressing a breeze – just accessorize with a matching neutral or complementary cool hue. The options are endless.
3. b.u. “Sister” Pendant Necklace. Dainty jewelry adds a personal touch without overdoing it.
4. Cartier 2000s “Pasha C” Watch. Round out a feminine look with an oversized watch.
5. La Prairie Cellular Refining Lotion. Maintaining equilibrium is crucial for your skin. Prep for fall with this luxe toner.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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August 18, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Looks from August 10 to 16

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

This week, three young starlets achieved red-carpet perfection with just the right mix of playful and sophisticated. bestdressed81514

  1. Taylor Swift defined ladylike style in Monique Lhuillier at The Giver premiere in New York.
  2. Selena Gomez donned a tuxedo-inspired Saint Laurent jumpsuit at the Teen Choice Awards.
  3. Chloë Grace Moretz joined the midriff-baring crowd at the Teen Choice Awards in a Valentino three-piece set.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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August 15, 2014

Stack Your Rings: Pick a Style & Pile Accordingly

You already know how to stack your rings, and now it’s time to tailor them to your personal style. Whether you’re going for a boho, glam, or polished look, here’s everything you need to know.

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Mix metals, gemstones, and band widths for a free-spirited vibe.

Glam
Enrich even the most basic outfits with pops of gold and hints of sparkle.

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For a refined look, keep it simple with dainty rings in the same metal.

Our PANDORA Boutique opens Friday, August 15, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 15, 2014

Play Time: Opening Ceremony Will Stage a One-Act Show During Fashion Week

Every February and September designers continue to think outside the box – or, in the case of New York Fashion Week, the Lincoln Center tents – when it comes to presenting their work. Over the winter, Alexander Wang drew guests to (gasp!) Brooklyn Navy Yard, while last fall Rick Owens had college step squads sport his clothing instead of supermodels. And next month, Opening Ceremony will push the envelope with a one-act play in lieu of a traditional runway show.

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Spike Jonze and OC cofounder Humberto Leon via OpeningCeremony.us

The ultra-hip brand is still working on a script for its September 7 production, which is just a couple weeks away. But before you start labeling them procrastinators, keep in mind that OC is working with Academy Award–winning director (and frequent collaborator) Spike Jonze. Also on the playbill? Everyone’s fave funny man Jonah Hill, who sadly won’t be on stage but will have a writing credit.

Now, the suspense builds: What on earth is the storyline? Whatever the outcome, I’m excited to see the collection in action.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 14, 2014

Find Your Fit: The lucy Workout-Pants Guide

Workout pants: Not all pairs are created equal. And at lucy, the brand lives and breathes its “this is for you” tagline. Its team is expert at breaking down the subtle variations that make you look your best – from the go-to pants for tucking in your tummy to the ones that take the title for butt-lifting champ. Here’s a look at four body-hugging styles and what we love about each one.

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August 14, 2014

NBA Giant Chris Bosh Goes High Fashion

As if being on one of the NBA’s top basketball teams wasn’t enough, Miami’s Chris Bosh has also emerged as one of its best-dressed athletes. And now? The 6′ 11″ power forward has taken his impeccable style and turned it into his next business venture. Enter Mr. Nice Ties, a collection of ties and bow ties he designed as part of a collaboration with Canadian accessories brand Armstrong & Wilson. The Daily Beast reports on the inspiration behind the line.

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“As a child, he remembers watching his father, ‘a very sharp dresser,’ add the final touches to his suits—a tie,” says Justin Jones of The Daily Beast. “The moment [Chris] was finally able to loop a knot by himself was a milestone, his first step to becoming a man. His ability to translate that fleeting moment into a tangible design that others can wear has been a meaningful experience.”

Chris explains he’s never been much of a risk-taker and that simplicity is key, so the colors and patterns in his collection are muted, but the fabrics are high-end. “I was really trying to make something as an expression of myself,” he says. “I love ties and this is really something I wanted to get into.”

What’s next, Chris? World domination?

Read more on The Daily Beast.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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August 13, 2014

Channel Off-Duty-Model Style with Cara for DKNY

Off-duty style is a genre usually best interpreted by those pretty faces walking the runway – but this fall, DKNY is taking a stab at it. With the help of fashion’s favorite It girl Cara Delevingne, the label has created a 15-piece capsule collection full of varsity and leather jackets, sporty separates, and loud tees. It’s set to launch this October.

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Spawned from an exchange of jumpsuit-related ideas, the line also (not-so-surprisingly) includes both hooded and mesh-detailed jumpsuit styles. According to the brand, the laid-back collaboration is “equal parts Cara’s individual quirk and DKNY’s urban edge.”

Part of that quirk is Cara’s humorous touch on the tees, with statements like “If you can read this, you’re too close” paired with a cross-eyed peek at her forehead. That said, I think it’s worth getting up close and personal with this collection (especially its outerwear).

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 12, 2014