Shoe Lovers, the Brooklyn Museum Has a Show for You

Many consider heels to be wearable works of art – including the Brooklyn Museum. On September 10, the New York institution will launch a 160-piece exhibit, Killer Heels, that explores the high heel’s long history and its enduring place in fashion.

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August 26, 2014

Anna Wintour: The Ice (Bucket) Queen

You’ve seen the Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral campaign raising money and awareness for ALS, on your feed and in the news. Nominees either post a video of themselves dumping ice on their heads or make a donation. The latest A-list participant? Vogue’s editor in chief, Anna Wintour.

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Image via The Cut 

This week, Anna was drenched in chilly water like a true champ, accepting a nomination from her daughter Bee Schaffer. And yes, she even kept her signature sunglasses on.

It looks like Anna will need to restyle her impeccable bob, stat. But for a good cause, we’re sure she won’t mind.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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August 21, 2014

Mini-Me: Lucky Editor Eva Chen’s Stylish Pregnancy Announcement

You’re not a true Instagram celebrity until you have a signature selfie pose, and Lucky magazine editor Eva Chen is no exception. The industry expert regularly snaps her bag, shoes, and snack in the backseat of many a NYC taxi – but yesterday morning, something was a little unusual. Next to Eva’s quilted Chanel purse, classic New Balance kicks, and piece of fruit were baby versions of the same items with the caption: “#evachenpose: like mother, like future (winter 2015!) daughter edition.”

Yep! She’s having a girl. And like North West, this little one already has a mini Chanel in her style arsenal.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 21, 2014

The Golden Touch: Tory Burch Is Having a Groundbreaking Year

Tory Burch has already gained a cultlike following for her Reva flats and wardrobe-energizing prints. That career milestone? Achieved. Now, the designer is reportedly making more headway on her résumé: surpassing $1 billion in revenue in 2014. On its own, that figure is no small feat – but when you combine it with the fact that her brand is just a decade old, it’s astonishing.

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Image via Tory Daily

And the media has taken note of the label’s earning power. This week, Fast Company published an intimate profile on Tory in its September 2014 issue, outlining her company’s history from inception through its future plans. Having left her fashion PR path to raise three boys, Tory’s story is a relatable one, even if her privileged upbringing is less so. But Tory channeled her globetrotting experiences into beautiful items that defined “accessible luxury,” earning our affection (and disposable income) along the way.

At the core of Tory’s success is her family. They helped staff her Manhattan storefront on opening day in February 2004, and her parents’ colorful style continues to be a source of inspiration to this day. She’s even gone so far as to name the company’s guiding principles (including kindness, humility, and humor) after her dad, Buddy.

This year has brought, and will continue to bring, many firsts for the Tory Burch brand, all bearing her personal touch: a foray into wearable technology with a Fitbit collaboration, a coffee-table book called Tory Burch in Color, a collection of dinnerware, and sometime soon, a line of men’s items. While other American lifestyle icons have come before her (Donna Karan and Michael Kors come to mind), Tory continues to pave her own path as an entrepreneur to watch. And an upbeat, hardworking female one at that.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 20, 2014

The Instagirls: Vogue Swaps Celebs for Models

Ah, September: the biggest month of the year as far as fashion and our favorite glossies go. We expect magazines to pull out all the stops in these mega issues, and this year they certainly don’t disappoint. Today, Vogue confirmed that its September cover boasts not one, but three of-the-moment models. The interior spread expands to show six more, for a total count of nine dazzling women.

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Image via Vogue.com

Not only were these cover girls chosen for their prowess in front of the lens, but Vogue also dubs them “the Instagirls,” a generation of social media–savvy models rapidly building their own personal brands. From left to right, you see Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, and Karlie Kloss (all on the cover itself), followed by Arizona Muse, Edie Campbell, Imaan Hammam, Fei Fei Sun, Vanessa Axente, and Andreea Diaconu.

The sunny spread, filled with striking fall textiles, was shot by famed photographer Mario Testino. If this layout looks familiar, it might be because ten years ago the magazine also featured nine supermodels (including Gisele Bündchen and Daria Werbowy) on its September issue cover, photographed by Steven Meisel.

With major titles (Vogue and W included) hinting at a new class of top models, I suspect that Karlie and Cara are reaching the level of 90s-era Cindy and Kate. Except now they’re not just household names – their fandom extends throughout the Internet, too.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 18, 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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Images via Fashion-Press.com

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

Cover Girl: Meet Audrey Hepburn’s Granddaughter

You may not recognize the Harper’s BAZAAR September cover girl, though she is basically Hollywood royalty. Meet 20-year-old Emma Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn’s granddaughter. But the cover’s A-list lineage doesn’t end there. The photographer just so happens to be Michael Avedon, the grandson of legendary photographer Richard Avedon.

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August 12, 2014

Insta-Gold: @Copylab Shakes Up History with Fashion

The term “art history” brings back near-torturous memories of freshman year. But take those iconic (and yes, occasionally yawn-inducing) works of art and add luxury items? Now you have my attention, and that of the hilarious Instagram account @copylab.

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Image via Vogue.com

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August 6, 2014

Glimpse: The New Kid on the Dating-App Scene

Ever wish those awkward Tinder convos weren’t part of the whole modern dating thing? Well, you’re not alone. Meet Glimpse, a just-launched app that connects people on Instagram by using shared hashtags, locations, and events.

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Image via refinery29.com

You probably never thought that a #YOLO obsession could find you a soul mate, but Glimpse begs to differ, pairing prospective couples that share the same mantrasUnlike other social dating apps, this one helps you find partners with common interests, not just those in the same location.

The best part? Minimal creep factor involved. If anyone wants to strike up a conversation, they’ll need your approval. Once you give the go-ahead, chat away about important things, like the hilarity of that #TBT you posted last week.

If you ask me, this has “newest mobile phenomenon” written all over it. And those #FBF baby pics get the whole embarrassing-photos issue over with right away.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 5, 2014

The Road to Startup Success Is Paved by NY Fashion Tech Labs

Bootcamp for fashion startups? You’ll find it at NY Fashion Tech Labs. During an intensive 12-week program in New York City, hand-selected fashion tech companies are paired with major fashion brands (like kate spade new york and Alex and Ani) to refine and beta test their innovations.

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July 29, 2014