Versace Restores Milan’s Oldest Shopping Center

This Friday marks a major moment for Versace, as the luxe Italian fashion house prepares to open a new boutique in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest shopping centers. And just like that, the Canals of Venice got pushed to my number two must-see Italian attraction.

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The opening is part of a larger renovation project that Versace has taken on: refurbishing the entire four-story Galleria. The label will spend nearly $2 million on the restoration of the crumbling landmark. Originally constructed in 1865, the Galleria was in dire need of a facelift, which should be completed next spring.

In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of the mall that fuses haute couture and history.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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September 17, 2014

Newsflash: Karl Lagerfeld Will Print His Own Paper

Karl Lagerfeld just might be the greatest fashion personality of today. If his fitting room selfie and namesake hotel didn’t convince you, his very own special edition newspaper, The Karl Daily, will.

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Intended to be a cheeky look into the fashion industry, the publication debuts September 20 in seven European Karl Lagerfeld stores. It will feature interviews with the designer and, of course, a few guest editor appearances from Karl’s own cat (and Internet legend) Choupette.

Readers will find the usual newspaper sections – think horoscopes, sports news, and weather updates – in addition to Karl’s personal observations and previews from his upcoming collections.

I can’t think of any other papers with a feline on the masthead, so I’m hoping Choupette might share some beauty (or rather, grooming) tips.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 16, 2014

The Met Gala Looks to China for Its 2015 Theme

It may be eight months away, but next year’s Met Gala theme has already been locked in. The kickoff night for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center will focus on the Far East and the upcoming Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion exhibit.

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The Met Gala’s host Silas Chou will be joined by Jennifer Lawrence, Chinese actress Gong Li, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Chinese-American businesswoman Wendi Murdoch, and, of course, Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Alongside couture samplings from designers Alexander McQueen and Laurence Xu, the exhibit will also feature paintings, decorative arts, and film representations from China – all the result of a collaboration between the Costume Institute and the Met’s Department of Asian Art.

Curator Andrew Bolton notes that Chinese Whispers will explore how Westerners have understood (and misunderstood) Chinese culture, comparing it to a game of telephone, which the British call “Chinese whispers,” with messages being lost and misconstrued throughout the years. More than a hundred avant-garde pieces await museum-goers and gala attendees alike.

And on that note, we can imagine there will be a lot of silk, embroidery, and Mandarin collars on the red carpet. What other surprises might the fashionable night bring? We’ll just have to wait for the gossip whispers next spring.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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September 16, 2014

Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 

As temperatures dip, coats will quickly become the finishing touch on every outfit. Whether you sport a classic trench or a belted cape, the extra layer adds visual interest, tying together the rest of your look. Along with a cape-sleeved topper, here are bold picks from this week’s Boutiques, including rose-tinted accessories and a graphic black-and-white dress.

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1. French Connection Dress. Add dimension with this printed dress.

2. Hilary Radley Coat. Exaggerated sleeves and a stand-up collar give this classic style a modern twist.

3. Saint Laurent Tassel Clutch. This rose-hued clutch softens an otherwise heavy look.

4. gorjana Double Bar Ring. Rings have stolen the spotlight from bracelets – but the same rules still apply. More is more!

5. Valentino Rockstud Pump. Trade your black pumps for this coveted pair in patent leather.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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September 15, 2014

London Calling: Boden Through the Years

Twenty-three years in the making, Boden prides itself on being a polished-meets-playful label with a cheeky British sense of humor. But how did it get where it is today? We break it down below.

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1991: With just eight products, Boden’s initial catalogue hits doorsteps.
1996: To the delight of little ones everywhere, Mini Boden is born.
1998: Boden hits the 100-employee mark (that’s enough for nine cricket teams).
2002: America is introduced to Boden’s signature British style.
2008: The cropped cashmere cardigan sells enough styles to fill the Royal Opera House – 66 times.
2012: Boden hits the 1,000-employee mark.
2014: The first Boston office opens on top of a tequila bar. Cheers.

Our Boden Boutique launched Monday, September 15, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 15, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Looks from September 7 to 13

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

 
All eyes have been on the streets and runways of New York Fashion Week, but another city caught our eye as well. Celebs flocked to Canada for photo calls and premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival – and as always, they brought their red carpet A-game.

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1. Kate Bosworth wore the color of the season – a lipstick red – in a sparkling gown from BOSS at the premiere of Still Alice. 

2. Keira Knightly dazzled in an embellished Chanel Couture dress from the Fall 2014 runway at the premiere of The Imitation Game. 

3. Chloë Grace Moretz let her asymmetrical Christian Dior Couture dress shine at the premiere of The Equalizer, keeping jewelry and accessories minimal.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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September 12, 2014

The Donna Karan Story: Coming to a Bookstore Near You

Good news for all you fashion-industry hopefuls – designer Donna Karan is starting to work on her memoir, complete with every detail on how she got to where she is today.

The title, just acquired by Ballantine Bantam Dell, will chronicle Donna’s upbringing with her tailor father through the creation of DKNY and Donna Karan (and the label’s sale to industry powerhouse LVMH). “As I look back and reflect on my journey, I see how one chapter led to another, how something ended and something else began,” Donna said. “I’m very excited to share my story.”

We’re excited too, Donna. The release may be a year away, but this is one read I don’t want to miss.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 12, 2014

The Louis Vuitton Monogram, Reimagined 6 Ways

It’s no shock that Louis Vuitton, part of the monogram elite, would craft an entire collection in honor of its beloved L.V. initials. For its “Celebrating Monogram” collaboration, the French fashion house tapped the creative genius of six influential designers, artists, and architects, including Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, and Frank Gehry. In 160 years of business, the LV pattern has catapulted to one of the world’s most recognizable brand logos – but this group was asked to reinterpret as they saw fit.

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September 11, 2014

Trends to Try: How to Wear Slip-On Sneakers & Western Boots

Buckles, laces, and pin-thin stilettos. Wearing shoe trends often requires some sartorial bravery. The Fall 2014 runways featured Western details like fringe and distressed leather (as spotted at Alexander Wang) and comfy-casual kicks (recall those couture-quality sneakers at Chanel). Here, Rue La La stylist Caroline M. shows us how to tackle these two talked-about trends.

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September 11, 2014

The Apple Watch: The Timepiece of Tomorrow?

We have a soft spot for watches. There’s nothing quite like a good TAG Heuer. Or, if we’re feeling big shot-y, a Rolex. Preferably one with a story. It’s been passed down from our grandfathers. It surfaced – unnoticed! – at an estate sale. So there’s a part of us that feels a little sad about yesterday’s big news: details of the much-talked-about Apple Watch. But there’s also a part of us, that same part that gets giddy when our Fitbit clocks in at 20K steps, that thinks: NEED.

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You see, this impressive piece of technology promises to capture notifications from your iPhone® 5 and 6, track your activity level, reply to messages, and monitor your heart rate and pulse, all while looking cool on your wrist. (Think customized faces and a wide array of interchangeable straps made out of rubber, leather, or 18k gold.)

In addition to all that, Apple users always look for new and exciting apps. And not-so-surprisingly, Apple delivered. “Apple announced a few useful ones,” said Anick Jesdanun, technology writer for the Associated Press, “including the ability to unlock your Starwood hotel room with a tap of your watch. That’s easier than pulling out your room key from your wallet. BMW also promises one to help you find your parked car in a crowded lot. If it works, that beats walking around in circles.”

But don’t expect to wake up to an Apple Watch lovingly wrapped underneath the tree this holiday season. It won’t be available until early 2015, at the starting price of $349.

Read more at AP.com.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

What’s your take on the Apple Watch? Technology of the future or just another gadget? Tweet us at @ruelala to share.

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September 10, 2014