After more than 20 seasons, America’s Next Top Model just crowned its first male winner: former NFL wide receiver Keith Carlos. He can now add the victory (and the Tyra-bestowed nickname “Manaconda”) to his modeling résumé.

Not only is Keith the first winner with the, ahem, whole package, but he’s also the oldest winner at age 26 (save for Lisa D’Amato during the All-Stars version). And did I mention he was competing in honor of his late father? I don’t know about you, but I’m okay with letting the ladies sit out from the winner’s circle this season.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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December 9, 2014

Versace has named Madonna, notorious icon of the 80s, 90s, and well, the indefinite future, its spokesperson for the fourth time. Madonna replaces last year’s face (and rumored rival) Lady Gaga in next spring’s campaign: a 12-page spread where she appears ageless, wild, and every bit in step with her younger self.

Madonna Versace Campaign

                                                                                                                                               Image via nytimes.com

This latest collaboration between the superstar and the luxury fashion house will appear in Vanity Fair and the American, French, and Italian editions of Vogue. Of Madonna’s persona, Donatella Versace tells the New York Times, “She is her own woman, a role model who shows other women how we can do what we want, and get what we want, and do so for all of our lives, with no compromise.”

Madonna’s triumphant return marks 10 years since her last partnership with Versace. For the woman who literally taught us how to vogue, it’s only right that she revisit the pages to remind us how it’s done.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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December 8, 2014

This time of year, finding an ensemble that’s on-trend and that Grandma approves of isn’t always easy. So whether you’re headed to dinner with the in-laws or to your parents’ gift swap, Rue La La stylist Caroline M. breaks down the ideal getup for any family fete. Permission to copy every last element? Granted.

Family-Friendly Holiday Style

“The holidays are a time to glam it up – bangles and a shiny sequined skirt do just that. But for a family affair, pare down the glitz with a chambray shirt and beanie to add a touch of comfort that doesn’t translate as sloppy.” – Caroline M., Stylist

See our other Holiday Style How-To ensembles: The Office-Party Look and The Glam Look.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 8, 2014

Queen Bey is at it again. But this time, instead of secretly dropping an album, she debuted a nail wrap collaboration with NCLA. Four different designs to be exact.

Beyoncé Nail Wrap CollectionImage via shop.beyonce.com

Beyoncé is no stranger to the world of nail art (did you see her 2013 Super Bowl nails?), but this is the first time she’s stepped onto the production side, and so far, I like what I see.

Her debut line consists of recognizable patterns inspired by her work and style. Je Ne Sais Quoi hints at neon signs from the “Blow” video. No Rest in the Kingdom pays homage to the Tom Ford bodysuit she wore to receive her MTV Video Vanguard Award. I Come with a Side of Trouble has the entire track listing of her latest album doodled all over it, and the appropriately named I Woke Up Like This is a plaid pattern, reminiscent of the shirt she wears in her “***Flawless” video.

The verdict is in. After seeing this royal collab in all its glory, I’m telling the rest of my nail polish, “To the left, to the left.”

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 3, 2014

Fans of E! mainstay Fashion Police have lamented the loss of beloved host and comedian Joan Rivers since earlier this fall. But a few months ago, viewers were excited to hear that the network is going to bring back the show, just in time to praise (or put down) celebrity red-carpet looks at the Golden Globes.

Kathy Griffin will take Joan’s seat, and now, it’s been announced that style guru Brad Goreski will also join Fashion Police when it returns on January 12. Though his Bravo show It’s a Brad, Brad World was canceled last year, we have high hopes that his tenure on E! will be a long one.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 3, 2014

As if Cara Delevingne isn’t already good at everything, now she can officially add “singer” to her résumé. Confirming reports that Cara was making music with Pharrell Williams, Chanel has just unveiled a teaser for its next short film, Reincarnation.

Meant to promote Chanel’s Métiers d’Art collection showing next month in Salzburg, Austria, the clip stars Cara and Pharrell as royal portraits come to life. Directed by Karl Lagerfeld, the two dance and sing to a Pharrell-original track called “CC the World” – obviously a nod to the label’s double-C logo.

Better yet, the film chronicles an important historical story: while vacationing in Salzburg in 1954, Coco Chanel found inspiration for the iconic Chanel jacket in a staff uniform worn by a hotel elevator attendant.

Alongside their Chanel movie debut, Cara and Pharrell will also star in an ad campaign for the Métiers d’Art collection, shot by (you guessed it) Karl Lagerfeld. The full film won’t be released on Chanel.com until December 1, the night before the collection is premiered. And I’m guessing Cara will have a starring role in that show, too.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 25, 2014

Get ahead on the holiday season creep-up. With must-have finds at every price point – from stocking stuffers to big-ticket items – this Boutique makes it easy to satisfy every request in a snap. Read on for tips on how to turn two popular gifts (big and small) into ones they’ll never put down.

 Just-Right Gift Picks for the Holidays

Stocking Stuffers
One bracelet makes a statement – a whole stack turns heads. Gift a variety of metals and sizes by tying them together with a ribbon.

Big-Ticket Items
A minaudière is petite, but it packs a style punch. Fill one with night-out essentials (like lipstick) so she can grab and go after unwrapping.

Our The Handpicked Holiday Gift Shop: Picks by Price Boutique opens Monday, November 24, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 24, 2014

For patent leather: To get your shiniest accessories glistening again, just wipe them with a bit of glass cleaner. To remove scuffs, gently scrub with a Q-tip and petroleum jelly.

For a too-big belt: When even the smallest notch is loose, pull your belt through its buckle to the desired tightness. Then loop it under and back over to create a secure knot.

For slippery soles: Prep shoes for icy surfaces by roughing up leather soles with sandpaper. Now you have enough grip to stay afoot.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 24, 2014

Model Casting

Rue La La is a leading online retailer seeking aspiring New York City–area talent to wear our amazing designer clothes.

Previous experience in front of the camera is a plus, but not a must. Please dress simply – jeans and a tee will do.

Who: Women, ages 18+. U.S. size 2 and 5’9” fit the sample sizes best.

When: Friday, December 5, 10AM – 6:30PM

Where: Dune Studios in SoHo

121 Varick St., SoHo, New York, NY 10013

RSVP: Not required, but if you do plan on attending, let us know by signing up here.

Can’t wait until December 5 to show us your look? Feel free to submit headshots or a portfolio: casting@ruelala.com.

November 21, 2014

A 60s revival is in full force – and style stars like Emma Stone are sporting looks that nod to the era. Take a cue from these trendsetters by incorporating one piece with a touch of retro flair into your outfit. Think an embellished mini shift, bold stripes, or patent leather Mary Janes.

Most Coveted 60s Inspired Style

  1. Valentino Navy & Red Stripe Double-Breasted Coat. A graphic coat with a high collar adds a touch of vintage-inspired style to your everyday skinnies.
  2. Sparkling Sage Trio Stud Earrings. Pair these standout studs with everything from a T-shirt to your LBD.
  3. Cynthia Rowley Red Geo Appliqué Shift Dress. This embellished shift in the color of the season is a dreamy choice for holiday parties.
  4. Prada Women’s 28PS Sunglasses. Chic cat-eye frames with fun floral detailing will earn you serious street cred.
  5. Saint Laurent “Babies 40″ Patent Glitter Mary Jane Pump. Hedi Slimane showed this shimmery Mary Jane style on the runway. Now, introduce it to your wardrobe.

 

By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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November 18, 2014