There’s no denying mini bags are having a moment. Luxe labels – from Balenciaga to Givenchy – are shrinking down their most coveted designs with celebrity-approved results. Take a cue from these three starlets on how to style the silhouette.

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Hitting the festival circuit this summer? Give your crossbody a breather and try a small studded handheld bag for a touch of extra refinement.

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June 15, 2015

Marilyn Monroe’s iconic style (both on and off screen) is just as relevant now as it was when we were first introduced to that famous white dress 60 years ago. So take it from the queen of Hollywood and add these four tips to your daily dressing regimen for a classic look that never gets old.

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1. Keep It Simple
She’s known for being the quintessential “glamour girl,” but in everyday off-screen life, Marilyn dressed much more casually. Easygoing ensembles like cropped pants paired with a fitted boat neck sweater were mainstays in her wardrobe.

2. Dress for Your Body
The icon was best known for her perfect hourglass shape (35″, 22″, 35″, and she knew how to dress for it. Marilyn was drawn to neutral-hued, figure-flattering silhouettes – think below-the-knee pencil skirts and halter, sweetheart, and plunging necklines.

3. Wear Heels
Marilyn’s pumps of choice? Salvatore Ferragamo. It was actually thought that she kept one heel a bit shorter than the other to create her famous side-to-side sway as she walked. However, a Salvatore Ferragamo exhibit of her shoes proved otherwise, as every heel on display was the exact same height.

4. Try Red Lips
To make her lips appear fuller, Marilyn’s makeup artist would apply up to five different lipsticks and glosses to create dimension.

Now it’s time to get your Marilyn on. Our Style Icon: Classic Looks Inspired by Marilyn Monroe Boutique opens Friday, June 12, at 3PM ET.

By Elizabeth Burns, Fashion Editor, and Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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June 12, 2015

The looks we’ve been obsessing over? Africa-inspired graphics bursting with color and muted, wear-with-everything animal prints. Rock either with simple basics – or if you’re feeling daring, mix the two in one look.

African-Inspired Prints

Bold & Geometric
When it comes to eye-catching patterns, the bigger the better. Pick from abstract or floral designs in a medley of saturated hues. Only want a pop of color? Include a single focal point in the form of an A-line skirt or a button-front blouse.

Neutral & Chic
Sure, animal print is always in style. But this time around it pairs best with natural, soft color palettes and safari-inspired detailing. Think: subtle cheetah mixed with a khaki cargo-pocket skirt.

Find your next statement piece in our Passport to Africa: Bold Printed Style Boutique, which opens on Monday, June 8, at 3PM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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June 8, 2015

These leading ladies may not have scored any awards at Broadway’s biggest night, but they certainly earned a style nomination in our books. Let us give you a quick red-carpet rundown.

Best Dressed Tony Awards
Anne Hathaway
has ruled the red carpet in Oscar de la Renta more times than we can count. Our top pick? This classic LBD from 2009. Her feather-print sheer skirt added just the right amount of playfulness.

Best Dressed Tony Awards
Lea Michele
 is no stranger to mixing sultry with sweet, and this look from 2010 proved it. Her strapless goldenrod gown put her tiny frame on display, while her pink lips added a touch of ladylike perfection.

Best Dressed Tony Awards
Emmy Rossum 
was the essence of glamour (and drama) last year in Ralph Lauren. Between her dark flowing locks, sparkling chandelier earrings, and champagne dress, we couldn’t decide what we liked best.

It’s your turn to dress the part. Our Broadway’s Biggest Night: Awards-Inspired Style Boutique opens Sunday, June 7, at 11AM ET.

By Kelly Hamilton, Staff Writer

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June 7, 2015

Most of us have come to terms with the fact that we’ll never have Carrie Bradshaw’s closet. But if you’re on the lookout for the perfect pair of wedding shoes, Sarah Jessica Parker has you covered.

SJP Wedding-Shoe LineImage via Martha Stewart Weddings

The actress recently expanded her SJP collection to include wedding shoes, and they certainly live up to what you’d expect from the style icon. Bright hues? Check. Sparkling embellishments? Got ’em. There’s even a pair that looks exactly like the cobalt Manolos from Carrie’s wedding. (Coincidence? We think not.)

SJP told Martha Stewart Weddings, “At a wedding, people might strive for a more formal feeling, but a lot of the rules can be broken today.” So don’t expect total tradition from this line. It’s all about standout options and finding a pair fits your personality – and feet.

By Leah Welcome, Staff Writer

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June 4, 2015

Getting rewarded for wearing designer threads on the red carpet sounds pretty fabulous, right? Well, your favorite celeb might be doing just that. Vulture Festival’s Hollywood Power Stylist Panel had the inside scoop.

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According to stylist Jessica Paster, whose clients include Emily Blunt and Eva Longoria, the financial deals between luxury brands and celebrities are “ambassadorships” and often lead to full-on ad campaigns. So when it comes to money, these luxury brands aren’t playing around.

In Jessica’s experience, stylists can receive anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000 for these deals and actresses are offered figures ranging anywhere from $100,000 to $250,000. However, she argued money isn’t always the driving factor, saying, “If it looks awful on you, $100,000 or $250,000 is not worth it, but if it looks gorgeous on you and this was the dress we were going to pick anyway, why not get paid?”

Guess it just goes to show you can never underestimate the power of a great dress – or paycheck.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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June 3, 2015

It can be dressed up or down, never goes out of style, and when you spill some of that chocolate soft-serve right down the front? Well, it can be bleached and come out looking just like new. If that’s not enough incentive to replenish your stash of trusty white tees, Rue La La Stylist Caroline M. has remastered the classic for every summer agenda. Say goodbye to what-to-wear woes and test-drive these three effortless looks instead.

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June 2, 2015

Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes a few things: sun, sand, and (of course) swimwear. If a string bikini has long been a staple for your warmest days, allow us to shine some light on a few bright new options before you hit the beach.
 
The 3 Hottest Swimsuits for Summer 2015
Anything Ruffled
Add flirty, feminine touches to your beachwear with sweet waves of fabric. Best for accentuating curves on your top or bottom, these designs give shape, movement, and a touch of whimsy to time spent in the sand.
 
 

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Don’t give us that look – this is not your mother’s swimsuit. With plunging necklines, cut-outs, and very high hemlines, this traditional style is making a big comeback with majorly modern updates. For gals who’d like a little coverage from the blazing sun while still looking red-hot, this is your new go-to.
 
 
 
The 3 Hottest Swimsuits for Summer 2015
High-Waisted Bikini
Throwing it back to the era of high glamour and feminine silhouettes, this trending shape is a favorite again in the here and now. Coming in especially handy for those of us who’ve had a second helping at the summer BBQ, these suits are forgiving and oh-so-flattering.
 
Want to test the waters with a new look? Head to our Trina Turk Swimwear Boutique, which opens Wednesday, June 10, at 11AM ET.
 
By Kim Watson, Staff Writer
 
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May 30, 2015

When it comes to redefining the face of his brand, there’s no stopping Marc Jacobs. Last season he handpicked a pack of unknowns, the year before he called upon Miley Cyrus. But this time around, even we were surprised by his selection. Marc announced today via Instagram that Cher (yes, that Cher) will be the face of his Fall/Winter 2015 campaign.

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Of course there’s no denying the recent uptick in icon casting by fashion labels (Joan Didion for CÉLINE, Madonna for Versace, etc.), but this match-up takes the cake. Not only does it showcase an iconic new line, but also taps into one of the Marc’s earliest inspirations.“Other boys were out fascinated by other things. I was like, ‘No, I’d really much rather see what Cher’s wearing this week,” he says.

Cher may croon about turning back time, but if this ad is any indication, we don’t think she needs to.

By Leah Welcome, Staff Writer

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May 27, 2015

The Cannes Film Festival is synonymous with more than just movies. Walked by world-famous stars, the gala’s red carpet has long been an opportunity for designers to feature the latest trends. But now, the shoe may be on the other foot. Variety reports that of all things, Cannes has placed a ban on women’s flats.

Cannes Film Festival Bans Flats

Black tie is the standard at the industry’s brightest night, yet stiletto-specific guidelines have never been spelled out. And at the premiere of Cate Blanchett’s film Carol, several women were shooed away due to their lack of heel. We say, “What gives?” With men arriving in scuffed-up oxfords (ahem, Ryan Gosling), or with unkempt facial hair, women are raising their eyebrows in turn.

The Festival has denied the claims, though with rumors surfacing daily, it seems that high heels may be an expected formality.

If you’re anything like us, you love options when it comes to style. Whether it’s Christian Dior or Converse, we’re never in favor of denying women a good shoe.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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May 20, 2015