Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 

As I pack for L.A. Fashion Week, I’m envisioning sun-kissed skin and an escape from the never-ending cold. So my picks from this week’s Boutiques are all about adding a warm-weather touch to my winter wardrobe. As for inspiration, I’m looking to Burberry and Emilio Pucci’s spring runways (think lace and athletic details).
Most Coveted Picks by our Fashion Editor

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March 9, 2014

Your (Printable) Spring Style Checklist

Prove yourself a true fashion maven this season with seven quick checks. Just take a look at our favorite spring trends, click to download and print the list below, and use it as your personal shopping manual.

Rue's Spring Checklist 2014

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By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 9, 2014

The Luxe Items Every Man Should Own (and Why)

When it comes to upgrading your wardrobe, there’s no need for a complete overhaul. Mixed into your everyday look, a high-end accessory or two goes a long way. Here’s where to start.

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The Luxe Tie
Unlike synthetic fibers, 100% silk maintains a smooth, flexible surface. Which means? It hangs straight and holds that all-important dimple under the knot. People will notice.

The Luxe Briefcase
Besides the fact that you can say, “It’s Dolce & Gabbana,” this statement piece just ages well. The leather is thick. It’s often cut and stitched by hand. You’ll carry yours (quite possibly) forever.

The Luxe Belt
Quality leather holds up to daily wear. Invest in two belts – one brown and one black, to coordinate with your shoes – then hang them vertically and away from sunlight so as to not dry out the leather.

The Luxe Pair of Shoes
You won’t find glue or cardboard here. Designer shoes are constructed to last, which means all they need is a quick trip to the cobbler to be good as new again. Go for black oxfords – they’ll never go out of style.

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By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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March 8, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Top Looks from March 1 to 7

Each week our fashion editor decides who deserves top style honors

 
Between post-Oscar parties and Paris Fashion Week, the past seven days were packed with celebs dressed to the nines. But this list is only for the very best – check out who made the cut.

Best-Dressed: Top Looks from March 1 – 7

(From left)

  1. Diane Kruger in Valentino at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party
  2. Elle Fanning in a houndstooth ensemble and powder-blue coat at Miu Miu’s F/W 2014 runway show
  3. Reese Witherspoon in Giambattista Valli couture at the Independent Spirit Awards
  4. Jaime King in Ulyana Sergeenko couture at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party
  5. Miroslava Duma at Vogue Germany’s party for Mario Testino

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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March 7, 2014

Chain Reaction: The It Print of the Season Is…

Gianni Versace popularized black and gold chain-link prints in the 80s. Today, they’re making a big comeback in every color imaginable. And they’re easier to pull off than you think – just follow the three tips below.

The 411 on Chain-Link Prints

  1. Go easy on the accessories – your print should do the talking.
  2. Stick to one chain-link piece per outfit as to not overwhelm.
  3. If you’re petite, go for small links. Tall? Try a larger pattern.

 
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By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 7, 2014

New York Fashion Week, Take Two: Crossing the Bridge Into Brooklyn

Thanks to New York, London, Milan, and Paris Fashion Weeks happening over the last month, my Pinterest activity has hit an all-time high. And just as my runway withdrawal began to set in and my social media feeds started filling up with pictures of beaches and baking projects again, Brooklyn officials came and saved the day by announcing that the borough will hold its own version of Fashion Week starting March 13.

Fashion Week in Brooklyn
                                                                                   Image via The New York Observer

Call it sibling rivalry (you try living in Manhattan’s shadow) or acting out. I call it pure brilliance, because rather than featuring the same high-profile designers who descend on the island of Manhattan twice a year, Brooklyn’s version will shine a spotlight on eco-friendly, African-, and European-inspired collections, as well as Brooklyn-based designers, over the course of its four-day duration. For this? I’ll be sure to have my Pinboards ready.

Head over to glamour.com to read the full story.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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March 5, 2014

Lift, Slim, Smooth: The Yummie by Heather Thomson Story

After having her first baby and noticing a void in the shapewear department, designer/entrepreneur/reality-TV celebrity Heather Thomson decided to create her own line. And with nothing but a sewing machine and pure determination, her first piece – the three-panel shaping tank top – was born. Fast-forward six years to today, and she’s still finding innovative ways to help women look and feel their best. But how exactly did Yummie become such a phenomenon? Here, we take a look at the first few milestones.

The Yummie by Heather Thomson Story

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March 5, 2014

Spotted on the Red Carpet: Saint Laurent Tuxes for Him & Her

Gone are the days when gowns were the only red-carpet option for women. Sure, we still have Cate Blanchett’s impeccable head-to-toe nude and Lupita’s plunging baby blue. But last night’s awards also saw a sea of tuxes.

Tuxes at the Oscars

Image via Fashionista

The designer of choice? Saint Laurent. Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres wore three different Saint Laurent tuxes. Ellen Page looked edgy and cool dressed in the brand, too. As did Kourtney Kardashian. (Saint Laurent outfitted white-hot Jared Leto as well.)

Of course, Yves Saint Laurent has been a red-carpet staple for years, dressing the likes of Diane Kruger in glamorous gowns. But under the helm of Hedi Slimane, the brand is far more casual.

What would that mean for the women of this year’s red carpet, the public wondered? Thanks to Fashionista, the answer is now clear: suits. “Saint Laurent has become the definitive source for cool-yet-elegant, well-tailored suiting.”

Sounds like awards shows just got a whole lot more comfortable.

Read more on Fashionista.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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March 3, 2014

Red-Carpet Runway: What’s Trending at This Year’s Oscars

The night’s not even close to over yet, but we’re already rounding up some of the biggest fashion trends at the Academy Awards (we couldn’t help it, and really, can you blame us?). Check out a few of our favorites below. 

What's Trending on the Oscars Runway

1. Nontraditional Tuxes
It’s true – gowns always get all the Oscars attention. But so far, this year’s menswear is certainly giving starlets’ dresses a run for their money. From Matthew McConaughey’s and Jared Leto’s crisp white tuxedos to Pharrell Williams’s jacket-and-shorts pairing, 2014 men’s formalwear has been anything but boring.

2. Neutral Gowns
Pastel gowns were a big bet for this year’s red carpet, and while Lupita Nyong’o did go with a gorgeous powdery blue, neutral hues have otherwise been stealing the show. Cate Blanchett opted for a “heavy” nude Armani Privé number, Naomi Watts went with a white Calvin Klein gown, and Charlize Theron wore a curve-hugging black dress.

3. Chic Umbrellas
In the days leading up to the Oscars, the red carpet was so soaked from the nonstop rain in L.A. that it actually had to be squeegeed. Thankfully, the rain seems to be holding off right now, but for those who arrived earlier during the evening drizzle, umbrellas were a must-have accessory.

Which red-carpet trend are you loving? Tweet us at @ruelala with #Oscars now.

For more red-carpet fashion, check out eonline.com.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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March 2, 2014

The 2014 Oscars Red Carpet: And Best-Dressed Presenter Goes To….

The Academy Awards red carpet has officially begun – and while we may have to wait an hour or so before all the night’s biggest stars arrive (Brad and Angie, anyone?), we’re whetting our fashion palate with a rundown of this year’s presenters.

Oscars Presenters

E! queen Giuliana Rancic went with a princess-like, embellished Paolo Sebastian gown, to-die-for Sergio Rossi shoes, and a glitzy Judith Leiber clutch, while Fashion Police correspondent Kelly Osbourne opted for a sleek Badgley Mischka gown with a sheer embellished overlay. Kelly, however, had to do a quick emergency swap and change into her pre-show black dress, as she couldn’t get up the stairs in her Badgley Mischka number.

So, which presenter nailed it? Kelly, Giuliana – or was it Ryan in his surprising-but-striking white tux? You tell us. Tweet us at @ruelala with #Oscars now.

Read more on eonline.com.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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March 2, 2014