The Best-Dressed List: Top Looks from July 13 to 19

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

 

Dominating the spring runways – and now the red carpet – cutouts deliver a provocative twist on sophisticated summer looks. These celebs remind us that you don’t have to bare it all to add sex appeal.

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1. Allison Williams in Altuzarra at the Wish I Was Here screening in New York City.

2. Jamie Chung in Three Floor at the opening of the Birchbox flagship store in New York City.

3. Kate Hudson in Michael Kors at the Wish I Was Here screening in New York City.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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July 18, 2014

Barbie Lagerfeld: A Doll You’ll Want to Display

Barbie may be turning 55 this year, but her latest look – a white ponytail – could make you think she’s even older. No, Mattel isn’t releasing a "Granny Barbie." Rather, designer Karl Lagerfeld is collaborating with the toymaker to release a doll in his likeness this fall.

Karl is no stranger to non-fashion collaborations. You may recall his Diet Coke bottle designs from a few years back, and in 2017 he plans to open a hotel in Macau, China.

"Barbie Lagerfeld" will be part of the Collector Series, donning the designer’s signature getup: a black blazer, a white high-collared shirt, black skinny jeans, a necktie, sunglasses, booties, and, from the looks of the illustration, mini fingerless gloves. No word yet on when or where she will launch, but I’m sure countless collectors (and eBay resellers) will be at the ready to buy this petite version of Karl.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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July 18, 2014

Try Your Luck: Introducing the FENDI-ing Machine

The clever crew at FENDI just struck pure genius. With a great play on words and an even better take on “fast fashion,” the luxe fashion house has coined the very first “FENDI-ing Machine.”

So it’s not actually a machine, but rather a trendy pop-up store located right in the heart of NYC’s fashion hub, SoHo. However, customers can run in and snag a 2Jours or baguette from shelves that resemble large vending machines, complete with keypad and all. They’ll also be greeted with game-room window displays upon arrival, such as a claw-like machine clutching the coveted Buggie bag. The Karl Lagerfeld–inspired version of this Furby-looking bag is rumored to have a wait list 600 people deep (proof that it’s in high demand).

Now, I’ve never had much luck with arcade games. But when they involve this season’s most talked-about accessory? I’m willing to give them a second try.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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July 17, 2014

Acid-Wash Jeans for Men: Yea or Nay?

Just because something looks good on the runway or in a magazine doesn’t necessarily mean it translates into day-to-day wear. Case in point: acid-wash jeans. Sure, they looked great on the popular musicians of the 80s, but it takes a confident man to walk around in them nowadays. And even then, that man would most likely be the subject of a few head tilts. Recently, the Men’s Health Style Team tackled the challenges of modernizing acid-wash jeans.

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July 16, 2014

Jean Savers: 4 Tips to Help Maintain Your Denim

Jeans. You basically live in them. So it’s nothing sort of tragic when your go-to pair starts getting that telltale inner-thigh thinning (we’ve all been there) or starts to lose its perfectly broken-in shape or hue. But fear not. Here are a few quick tips to ensure that those days are far, far away.

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  1. Don’t wash too much. Only launder your jeans when they’re stained or starting to sag.
  2. If you’re concerned about odor, hang your jeans in the bathroom before a shower to freshen them up with damp steam. Or go ahead and freeze them in a plastic bag for a day or two.
  3. When you do have to subject your denim to the spin cycle, turn it inside out and use cold water to maintain the color. If it’s your first-ever wash, try vinegar instead of detergent. The acid helps set the hue.
  4. Keep machine drying to a minimum. Toss the jeans in for ten minutes on high, then hang them upside down to air-dry. Or, if you don’t have time to air-dry, choose the lowest possible heat setting.

 
Need a fresh pair of jeans? Our 7 For All Mankind Women and 7 For All Mankind Men Boutiques opened Wednesday, July 16, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 16, 2014

Charleston Style Essentials: The Stars of Southern Charm Spill

It doesn’t take much to get us totally hooked on a Bravo show. Needless to say, the network’s latest creation, Southern Charm, won us over completely. For the uninitiated, the series follows a handful of dapper bachelors navigating the society scene in Charleston, South Carolina. At the center of it all, and often providing the laughs, are the show’s two youngest gents, Craig Conover and Shep Rose. We caught up with them to chat about their newfound fashion fame and what you need to get by (other than charm) in sunny Charleston.

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July 16, 2014

Cara Delevingne Singing Karaoke? So Kawaii

The award for this week’s best dose of random can be confidently awarded to Cara Delevingne. With the help of her self-grooming brows, emojis fit for a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper, and the lyrical stylings of LL Cool J, the supermodel lip-synced “Control Myself” for a LOVE magazine feature titled “caraoke!

A play on the time-honored Japanese tradition of karaoke, the viral video features teleprompter-style text running across the screen as the pretty Brit performs with a green wig and colorful vinyl raincoat on a pile of wafer candy.

If you find yourself snoozing like Cara on the morning of her Vogue interview, look no further than this bubbly clip to wake you up.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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July 16, 2014

Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 
“Little” indulgences – be they small in price or size – can go a long way in boosting your mood. This week, I’m sharing three summer finds, as well as one piece of pint-sized luxury with so much personality it will make your heart sing.

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1. DV by Dolce Vita ‘Hoyt’ Romper. Rompers and jumpsuits have come a long way from vintage styles of the 70s. Now more tailored than ever, the cuts are made to flatter in all the right ways. 

2. Elie Saab ‘Le Parfum’ Eau de Toilette. Light with fresh floral notes, this is the perfect summer scent – plus, the bottle pulls double-duty as chic vanity décor!

3. Diane von Furstenberg ‘Martha’ Sunglasses. What’s that, you say? Too many sunglasses? Never.

4. Prada Saffiano Tote. A little embellishment never hurt anyone (neither did a mini Prada).   

Check out these picks and more on Rue La La this week.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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July 15, 2014

Road Trip Across America: A Coast-to-Coast Guide

Summer is the official season of road trips. And this week at Rue, we’re taking our own. Each day we’ll pay tribute to a new stop along the way – and all the signature style that goes with it. Gas up the car and come along for the ride.

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July 14, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Top Looks from July 6 to 12

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

 
Olivia, Victoria, and Emma: Veteran style stars, each with a distinct (and flawless) look that we admire. We typically know what to expect from these fashion mavens, but they still keep us on our toes with offbeat outfit choices.

Though Olivia’s getup isn’t atypical, she switched up her beauty routine with an orange lip and freshly dyed blonde hair. Usually opting for darker shades, Victoria served up a lively colorblocked dress at Wimbledon. Meanwhile, the generally demure Emma stepped out in a macramé bralette in Paris. My opinion? Keep the surprises coming. 

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  1. Olivia Palermo in Dior at the label’s Fall 2014 couture show in Paris.
  2. Victoria Beckham at Wimbledon in a dress from her Spring 2015 Collection.
  3. Emma Watson in Valentino at the label’s Fall 2014 couture show in Paris.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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July 11, 2014