Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

Investing in quality staples can mean long-term savings – but, contrary to popular belief, simple must-haves don’t have to be basic. Here, I’ve picked style-savvy updates on the most overworked items in your fall wardrobe. From edgy eyewear to a black bag with striking hardware, these trends are worth buying in to.

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  1. Mackage “Paulina” Merlot Wool Blend & Leather Coat. A traditional wool style is made current with an of-the-moment hue and leather trim.
  2. Catherine Malandrino “Karen” Leather Pant. Replace your go-to skinnies with this versatile pant for an instant dose of luxury.
  3. Chloé “Drew” Small Shoulder Bag. Minimalist hardware has maximum effect on this classically tailored shoulder bag.
  4. Super Unisex “Andrea” Sunglasses. For an approachable look, choose tortoiseshell when trying an edgy frame shape.
  5. Valentino “Rockstud” Patent Leather Ballet Flat. Swap out your basic black flat for this pointed-toe patent pair in a color combo that goes with everything. It’s a commuter’s best friend.

 

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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October 20, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: This Week’s Winning Looks

EACH WEEK, OUR FASHION EDITOR DECIDES WHO DESERVES TOP HONORS

 

Feminine looks ruled the red carpet this week. With rich florals, embellishments, and layered silhouettes, each of these looks offer an of-the-moment twist on classic beauty.

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  1. Michelle Monaghan donned a romantic floral Dolce & Gabbana dress at a gala in Beverly Hills, perfectly balancing a lavish color palette with timeless accessories and a neutral beauty look.
  2. Jessica Alba turned to a ladylike top and full skirt from Lela Rose, letting the pearls and embellishments shine with a simple and chic chignon hairstyle.
  3. Poppy Delevingne took a bohemian approach, wearing a flowy chiffon gown from Chanel’s Resort 2015 collection at the label’s dinner to celebrate N°5 The Film.

 
By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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October 17, 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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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  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

Snap a Selfie & Win a Freebie from Marc Jacobs

Last February, Marc Jacobs created a pop-up shop, the Daisy Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop, which allowed visitors to pay for merchandise with a social currency of sorts: a tweet or Instagram post with the hashtag #MJDaisyChain. Well, the promotion was such a success (who wouldn’t want free swag?) that the label has decided to launch another Twitter-based giveaway.

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This time around, however, the Daisy Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop is moving from a brick-and-mortar store to a mobile-only platform. And they’re doing it with the help of Chitter – an app that allows users to unlock deals from nearby businesses by performing small social-based tasks, such as tweeting a bar selfie in exchange for a free drink. Marc Jacobs’s new campaign will work similarly. Participants will have to first download Chitter on their iPhone® or Android device, then open up the Marc Jacobs giveaway. From there, they’ll post a selfie to Twitter in order to win a free bottle of Marc Jacobs Daisy. The catch? Only the most creative posts will win.

BRB. Off to practice my selfie face.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 3, 2014

Fresh Palette: Pantone’s Spring 2015 Color Report

Sure, rich jewel tones and a tapestry of dark hues are dominating our fall wardrobes – but Pantone’s just-released Spring 2015 color report has me looking toward sunnier days. With fashion month wrapping up this week in Paris, the color authority has analyzed the runway shows and pulled ten swatches to sum up the season’s collections. Blues and sunset shades are the focus – led by the cool Aquamarine – with soft neutrals to support.

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In the report, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eiseman describes the palette: “Soft cool hues blended with subtle warm tones create a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.”

In addition to Aquamarine, blues reminiscent of a dreamy pool were highlighted. Scuba Blue is tropical, Lucite Green has a soothing feel, and Classic Blue is a deep contrast to the lighter shades. Neutrals include Toasted Almond, not unlike a sandy beach, and Glacier Gray, a blank canvas for bright colors. Rounding off the list are Strawberry Ice and Tangerine on the vivid end of the spectrum, with Custard and Marsala serving as strong anchors.

Come spring, there will be a hue for every mood – and building off the unusual color combos trend, all these picks play well togehter.

Read more at pantone.com.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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September 30, 2014