Trend Report: Crochet Clothing

It’s official. Crochet clothing is going to be big this spring – but unlike in past seasons, it’s meant to be more refined than boho-looking. So, to make sure we’re pulling off the 70s-inspired trend in a polished way, we turned to our fashion director, Jackie, for a few tips.

Jackie Nasser on the Crochet Trend

Our Lilly Pulitzer Boutique opened Thursday, March 27, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor 

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March 27, 2014

Best Friends Fur-Ever: Designers and Their Pet Doppelgängers

People who resemble their pets – it’s an interesting phenomenon that I still haven’t quite figured out. But when the owner is a household name in fashion and Fido shares his or her impeccable style, I’m easily obsessed.

Karl and His Cat

Image via The Coveteur

You see, these fashionable duos may not be the identical types that often go viral online, but they do share the same love of style and the finer things in life. For example, Donatella Versace’s terrier is treated to daily deep-conditioning treatments, while Carolina Herrera’s pooch was immortalized in a print for her line back in 2012.

But is all that champagne and caviar kibble all it’s cracked up to be? So far, the BFFs (best furry friends) have yet to comment. Personally, if Karl Lagerfeld ever asked me to jump, I’d probably do one of two things: instinctively say “how high,” or just roll over and die.

Check out The Coveteur to see all of fashion’s furry friends.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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March 25, 2014

4 Up-and-Coming Men’s Brands to Mix Into Your Wardrobe

Spring is officially here, and you can admit it – your closet’s in need of a refresh. To the rescue? Four brands that should definitely be on your radar. Gritty. Edgy. Laid-back. They each have their own spin on what’s new and right now. Here’s why they belong in your rotation.

Up-and-Coming Men's Brands

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March 22, 2014

The Almighty Sport Coat is Back: Here’s How to Style It

Originally a staple for things like hunting, outdoor sports, and school uniforms, sport coats are back – big time. Rue Men Buyer Peter T. shows you how to master the look.

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Dress It Up
Peter suggests “an oxford-cloth button-down shirt with a knit tie and a pair of chinos or tropical-weight wool trousers.”

Dress It Down
“A plaid button-front worn open-collar along with dark denim and colorful suede shoes or chukka boots.”

Want Inspiration?
Check out Bradley Cooper and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Or simply open a men’s magazine – they’re everywhere this season.

Our Trend Revival: The Classic Sport Coat Boutique opens Saturday, March 22, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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March 22, 2014

History in the Making: Alexander McQueen’s Iconic Skull Scarf

Alexander McQueen’s iconic silk skull-print scarf (you know, the one featured in every major magazine) has been oh-so-coveted since the day it debuted. Here, discover how the celebrated accessory – and its label – came to be such an It-crowd staple.

How to Wear the Iconic Skull Scarf

1992: British designer Lee Alexander McQueen graduates from the prestigious MA course at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London.

1993: He presents his first collection, Taxi Driver, under his namesake label Alexander McQueen on a clothing rack at The Ritz London.

2003: Ten years after making his debut, Lee introduces the iconic skull-print scarf in his Spring/Summer 2003 Collection.

2013: To celebrate the scarf’s ten-year anniversary, the label taps British artist Damien Hirst to create a 30-piece limited-edition line.

Today: Available in over 60 color combinations, the original skull scarf has solidified itself as a fashion-fanatic must-have – adding a little edge to outfits everywhere.

Our 10 Ways to Wear: The Lightweight Scarf Boutique opens Friday, March 21, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 21, 2014

In Our Fashion Fix-It Kit: SPANX®

We’re beyond excited that spring is officially here. And even more excited that we can finally ditch our winter leathers in favor of a few bright and breezy seasonal items. But with warm-weather dressing comes a few delicate challenges – and that, friends, is why one should always have SPANX® on hand.

SPANX® on Rue La La

Our SPANX® Boutique opens Thursday, March 20, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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March 20, 2014

Menswear Pioneer: Brooks Brothers’ Biggest Contributions

Brooks Brothers. You know the name. It’s synonymous with foolproof style, tailoring, and every kind of suiting essential. This brand has more than earned its icon status – it’s been making the world a more dapper place since 1818. Two of its most influential contributions? Read on.

Brooks Brothers

The Ready-Made Suit (1849)
Call it a result of the California Gold Rush. Fortune seekers didn’t want to wait on tailors, so Brooks Brothers seized the moment and introduced the first off-the-rack suits.

Non-Iron Shirts (1998)
The search for wrinkle-free ends here with the launch of the BrooksEase – the original 100% cotton, non-iron shirt. Just toss in the washer and dryer and go. There’s no need to dry clean.

What will the brand pioneer next? The never-wash chino? The holeproof sock? We’re all ears.

Our Brooks Brothers Boutique opens Wednesday, March 19, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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March 19, 2014

3 Fashion-Industry Experts Share Their Tahari ASL Picks & Styling Tips

Bringing style to your 9-to-5 routine isn’t always an easy feat. So, to help our fellow career women out, we asked three fashion-industry experts to show us how it’s done. Read up on their styling tips below, then prepare yourself for a promotion – to resident office trendsetter.

Office Styling Tips

Lynn G., Tahari Head Designer of Suits & Separates
“It’s hard to choose just one of my designs, but this black and white combo effortlessly goes from day to evening.”

Jackie N., Rue La La Fashion Director
“I always gravitate toward dresses as they’re so easy. And the color of this jacquard number is perfect for post-work cocktails.”

Leslie P., Racked National Editor
“A simple white shift is always cool. Even better? This one’s done in chic leather with seams and darts for an extra-flattering fit.”

Our Tahari ASL Boutique opens Monday, March 17, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 17, 2014

On the Move: Bruce Pask Trades T Magazine for Bergdorf Goodman

Spring is in the air and times are a-changing. Especially for T: The New York Times Style Magazine's men’s fashion director, Bruce Pask. The always stylish and effortlessly cool Pask just accepted the title of men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman.

Bruce Pask

Image via New York Magazine: The Cut

Considering Pask has been styling menswear for Bergdorf’s for a couple of years now – notably in its spring 2012 men’s lookbook – the move isn’t that much of a shock. I have no doubt Pask, a street-style favorite, will take his new role in stride and create killer men’s content for the mega store. My real concern is, who will fill his rather large shoes at T Magazine? We’re taking bets in the office.

Read the full article on style.com.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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March 14, 2014

It Takes Two: Hollywood’s Most Powerful Stylists Pose with Their Stars

Earlier this week, after a very exciting (and stylish) awards season, The Hollywood Reporter named this year’s most powerful stylists. We internally applauded, fawned over Hollywood’s style fairy godmothers, and then, just as we were about to move on, a high-fashion spread featuring said stylists and their A-list clients was posted.

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Image via The Hollywood Reporter

Needless to say, moving on never happened. The pictorial was, as Rachel Zoe (who came in 6th) would say, “so major” that I blocked off my calendar for most of the afternoon. Scrolling through this online pictorial is like watching the credits roll, except you actually want to see everything and you feel pretty deflated when it ends – until you start imagining what your own pictorial will look like one day. Or, at least, that’s what I did.

Head on over to The Hollywood Reporter to see the pictorial for yourself.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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March 13, 2014