Trendsetting probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the Oval Office. But some surprising brands have become iconic thanks to their presidential ties. While Michelle Obama is committed to up-and-coming talent, we’re turning our attention to three style standbys made popular by America’s executive suite.

Presidential Style

Brooks Brothers
This men’s clothier has a deep-rooted American history. It gifted Abraham Lincoln a custom coat, outfitted World War I troops, and has supported stateside manufacturing. Not to mention, 39 out of 44 sitting Presidents have worn the label.

Jack Rogers
That signature whipstitched leather sandal? It was inspired by none other than Jackie Kennedy. Following an early-60s Italian vacation, the impeccably stylish First Lady asked a Palm Beach cobbler to recreate her favorite vacation-ready shoe.

Oscar de la Renta
This Dominican-born designer managed to dress an impressive roster of first ladies. His inauguration gowns for Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush made headlines, but his hue-happy skirt suits added a touch of whimsy to Capitol Hill–style throughout his fifty-year career.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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February 16, 2015

The most stylish room in the White House? The First Lady’s closet, of course. With an agenda that spans galas to press events, her wardrobe has to be ready for it all. Take a cue from every fashionable FLOTUS with three looks that work both on and beyond Pennsylvania Avenue.

FLOTUS Style

The On-the-Go Outfit
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n ensemble-making dress is essential for last-minute appearances and interviews. Mimic Michelle Obama’s polish with a fit-and-flare number that commands attention on any podium.

The Ball Gown
Dressing up is fun for everyone, including America’s leading lady. And no one does it better in the gala department than Laura Bush. Just channel her elegant style with a floor-sweeping gown in a rich jewel tone for your next black-tie event.

The Off-Duty Look
All work and no play? Negative – even FLOTUS gets a vacation. Take a cue from Jackie O. and rock your brightest dress with a pair of boardwalk-ready sandals. Palm Beach, here you come.

Now exercise your constitutional right to shop. Our Make It Your Own: Iconic First Lady Style Boutique opened Monday, February 16, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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February 16, 2015

When it comes to matters of the heart, fashion ranks high on our list. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, here are three romantic looks that tugged at our heartstrings this week.

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1. Natalie Portman defined elegance for the Knight of Cups premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. She walked the red carpet in a custom velvet and taffeta Lanvin creation.

2. Elizabeth Banks was dressed for a real-life fairy tale in a ruby Elie Saab gown at the Love & Mercy premiere, also at the Berlin International Film Festival.

3. Keira Knightley disguised her baby bump in a sweet Giambattista Valli floral and tulle dress at the 2015 BAFTA Film Awards in London.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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February 13, 2015

Dried Herb. Reflecting Pond. Cashmere Rose. The vibe of Pantone’s top hues for Fall 2015? Overwhelmingly 70s. And this clashing mix is totally reminiscent of the psychedelic yet nature-focused decade.

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Dusty swatches like Stormy Weather, golden Oak Buff, and rich Marsala are paired with tropical Biscay Bay, striking Cadmium Orange, and jewel-toned Amethyst Orchid. But the reasoning behind the picks is not all disco balls and groovy hair.

Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman told WWD that the era’s societal climate mirrors our own. She notes emerging from a recession and an interest in the preservation of nature as links to the 70s. Of the varied hues, our own Fashion Director Jackie (one of Pantone’s Influencers) adds, “Without the classics, a wardrobe can’t be built. But without a little color chaos, a wardrobe can’t come to life.”

I can’t wait to see how designers interpret this palette into their collections. Pin-straight Marcia Brady locks coming down the runways? I’m all for it.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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February 11, 2015

According to Karl Lagerfeld, “One is never overdressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.” Need we say more? Here are three starlets who favored the LBD recently.

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1. Mila Kunis wore a Dolce & Gabbana number featuring a bustier top and full skirt to the Jupiter Ascending premiere. The sultry look was punctuated by T-strap Christian Louboutin pumps.

2. Rosamund Pike opted for a a more demure style, wearing this floor-length lace Erdem dress at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

3. Julianne Moore stepped out in a halter-neck Balenciaga dress at the Seventh Son screening in New York. Swept-back hair and a rouge lip make this a perfect minimalist look.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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February 6, 2015

Raf Simons, the creative genius behind Dior, channeled David Bowie’s “chameleon quality” for last week’s couture show. Just like Mr. Bowie (and the color-changing reptiles), we can all benefit from a new look every now and then. Take a cue from these high-voltage brights and prepare to make a statement.

Most Coveted

  1. Elizabeth McKay Gumball Shift Dress. Wondering how to pull off neon at the office? Opt for a demure style like this feminine scalloped pattern.
  2. Amrita Singh “Rock Princess” Drop Earrings. Pump up your favorite T-shirt with a statement earring. On-trend, colorful gems really do the trick.
  3. Cinzia Rocca White Cocoon Raincoat. White coats are instant attention-grabbers. Use one to top off a head-to-toe monochrome ensemble.
  4. Dior Addict Lip Color in Baby Rose. A natural, rosy-hued lipstick is all it takes to balance a vibrant outfit.
  5. BCBGMAXAZRIA “Clip” Leather Sneaker. Slip-ons have never been more versatile. Try them with sleek dresses, flirty skirts, and boyfriend jeans.


By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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February 2, 2015

While Fifty Shades of Grey is about to be trending in the box office, the silvery hue has been prominent on the red carpet for some time now. For these celebs, it proves to be the perfect mid-winter neutral.

Best Dressed

1. Felicity Jones wore a stunning embellished Valentino gown from the Pre-Fall 2015 collection at the Producers Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

2. Freida Pinto’s silvery Mason by Michelle Mason frock featured subtle sheer panels and textured stripes at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

3. Kerry Washington paired her faux bob with a printed Hugo Boss top-and-skirt combo for an allover-chic look at the Daily Front Row Fashion Los Angeles Awards.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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January 30, 2015

Haute couture – the focus of this week’s runway shows in Paris – is characterized by its handcrafted, one-of-a-kind nature. While most people can’t snap up these pieces for their own wardrobes, it’s common to see these gowns on celebrities strutting the red carpet. So if you’ve ever wondered why these stunning numbers are so out of reach, just take a peek at the making of “Look #53” from Monday’s Dior show.

Thanks to Refinery29 and Visionaire, we get a behind-the-scenes view at the couture process in the Dior atelier. More than 200 hours went into producing this single look, from pattern-cutting and hand-dyeing grosgrain ribbon to folding pleats and fitting a model.

Take a five-minute virtual escape to the Parisian design house. You’ll quickly see why high fashion is worthy of a museum gallery.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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January 29, 2015

Every model has her quirks. And the Spring 2015 campaigns have been eager to embrace them, shining a lens on Lady Gaga’s selfies, Iris Apfel’s glasses, and now this little lass. Meet Toast, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and leading lady of the latest Karen Walker eyewear campaign.

Toast for Karen Walker

Image via Style.com

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January 26, 2015

The easiest way to take classic style to the next level? Add an unexpected twist. From graphic stripes to of-the-moment silhouettes, these celebs proved that tailored separates are statement-makers.

Best Dressed

1. Sienna Miller sported bold stripes in an Altuzarra runway combo while promoting American Sniper in New York, completing the look with a vampy lip and her signature tousled locks.

2. Jennifer Lopez balanced femininity and sex appeal for her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The star wore blush-hued separates, adding a touch of glam with metallic wide-leg trousers from Solace London.

3. Jennifer Aniston wowed in a rich Gucci tuxedo accessorized with layered gold necklaces – a welcome change from her normal rotation of no-fail LBDs.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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January 23, 2015