The (Style) Guide

Music Notes: Cara Delevingne & Pharrell to Release Single

For the past eight months, Cara Delevingne and music mogul Pharrell Williams have been quietly collaborating on the international model’s debut single. And just last week, they were spotted in Paris filming the mystery tune’s music video. So all that’s left for us Delevingners to do? Sit patiently until it drops. Word on the street is that the jam will be released without warning.

While we wait, you can bet that her duet with British soul singer Will Heard will be on repeat.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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October 21, 2014

Trash or Treasure? Artist Created Roses Using Shirts

Over the last several years, New York–based artist Carlton Scott Sturgill has built an unusual collection of discarded Ralph Lauren shirts. But rather than dropping them at the nearest thrift store, he turned the haul into an eco-friendly project, creating realistic rose bushes at the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.

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Designed in collaboration with Arts Gowanus and the NY Department of Transportation, Carlton’s “faux garden” features pinstriped and brightly colored roses. The floral sculpture is a bit of a contrast with its surroundings at the canalwhich is famously known as an illegal garbage dumping ground. 

Now, I thought I was crafty when I turned a pair of old jeans into “jorts” last summer. After seeing this talented artist turn castoffs into works of art, I found some serious inspiration for my next DIY project. Watch out, Pinterest.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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October 20, 2014

Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

Investing in quality staples can mean long-term savings – but, contrary to popular belief, simple must-haves don’t have to be basic. Here, I’ve picked style-savvy updates on the most overworked items in your fall wardrobe. From edgy eyewear to a black bag with striking hardware, these trends are worth buying in to.

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  1. Mackage “Paulina” Merlot Wool Blend & Leather Coat. A traditional wool style is made current with an of-the-moment hue and leather trim.
  2. Catherine Malandrino “Karen” Leather Pant. Replace your go-to skinnies with this versatile pant for an instant dose of luxury.
  3. Chloé “Drew” Small Shoulder Bag. Minimalist hardware has maximum effect on this classically tailored shoulder bag.
  4. Super Unisex “Andrea” Sunglasses. For an approachable look, choose tortoiseshell when trying an edgy frame shape.
  5. Valentino “Rockstud” Patent Leather Ballet Flat. Swap out your basic black flat for this pointed-toe patent pair in a color combo that goes with everything. It’s a commuter’s best friend.

 

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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October 20, 2014

At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For breakfast on the go: Put mini mason jars to good use with a make-ahead frittata that travels safely to work. Bake a mixture of ground sausage, red pepper, kale, egg, and yogurt right in the glass jar.

For your 5K training: NYU researchers claim that focusing on a specific target – say, a tree or a lamp post – makes outdoor running easier. Since you can see yourself progressing toward that point, the fixed gaze motivates your body to keep moving.

For your pumpkin haul: Skip the carving mess and decorate your seasonal gourds instead. Try metallic or puff paint, glue on flowers and leaves, or press on pyramid studs.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 20, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: This Week’s Winning Looks

EACH WEEK, OUR FASHION EDITOR DECIDES WHO DESERVES TOP HONORS

 

Feminine looks ruled the red carpet this week. With rich florals, embellishments, and layered silhouettes, each of these looks offer an of-the-moment twist on classic beauty.

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  1. Michelle Monaghan donned a romantic floral Dolce & Gabbana dress at a gala in Beverly Hills, perfectly balancing a lavish color palette with timeless accessories and a neutral beauty look.
  2. Jessica Alba turned to a ladylike top and full skirt from Lela Rose, letting the pearls and embellishments shine with a simple and chic chignon hairstyle.
  3. Poppy Delevingne took a bohemian approach, wearing a flowy chiffon gown from Chanel’s Resort 2015 collection at the label’s dinner to celebrate N°5 The Film.

 
By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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October 17, 2014

Top Chef: 8 Kitchen Picks Straight from the Pros

Whether you’ve mastered the trickiest of recipes (hello, boeuf bourguignon) or have never opened a cookbook, here’s a list of key kitchen items from eight chef-beloved brands.

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October 17, 2014

Karl Lagerfeld’s Cat Is a YouTube Sensation

Kick off your morning right meow with a dose of cuteness, delivered by this iPad® video of Karl Lagerfeld’s celebrity cat Choupette. Things we’ve learned from her feature on The Coveteur? Like your average, non-fashion feline, Choupette is also captivated by shiny objects and tissue boxes. But unlike your cat, she has two personal nurses and a Shu Uemura makeup line, and she never meows (because Karl hates it).

Here’s hoping your Friday is as fabulous as Choupette’s everyday life.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 17, 2014

Gisele Bündchen Stars in a Mesmerizing Chanel Film

When Chanel taps supermodel Gisele Bündchen and director Baz Luhrmann for a short film – well, we obviously perk up. The result is a visual spectacle to celebrate the house’s iconic Chanel No. 5 perfume, which the label made sure to hype up with a 15-second teaser clip, a star-studded dinner, and its first-ever Instagram posts.

As a moody rendition of “You’re the One That I Want” plays, the film opens with a fresh-faced Gisele on an absurdly chic Chanel surfboard. We then get a peek at her handsome counterpart, Michiel Huisman of Game of Thrones fame, as he exits their swanky beachside home. After her ocean dip, Gisele (wearing Chanel and a spritz of No. 5) reunites with the object of her affection in a scenic concert hall.

In typical Baz Luhrmann style, the three minutes are full of color and sweeping landscapes – and I’m left wishing this were a full-length production.

Read more about “The One That I Want” at chanel.com.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 16, 2014

Your Kind of Calm: Escapes for Every Personality

Are you the explorer type? A self-proclaimed gourmet? Or maybe a spa enthusiast? Whatever you seek, one of the four luxury health and wellness destinations from Canyon Ranch® answers.

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October 16, 2014

Burberry Chooses Suki Waterhouse as Its New Face

Good news, Burberry lovers. You can soon add some British cool to your vanity. The fashion house has announced its debut beauty collection, and the face of their first campaign is actress-slash-model Suki Waterhouse. Well, more specifically, Sukis eyes.

The launch, featuring mascara, eyeliners, and brow pencils, is focused on creating the illusion of a “natural, larger eye,” according to the label’s makeup artist consultant Wendy Rowe. (That explains why Sukis captivating gaze is perfect for the job.)

So if I purchase an eyeliner, will my eyes resemble those of Bradley Cooper’s main squeeze? And what’s the secret to getting Cara’s famous brows? We’ll have to wait to find out.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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October 16, 2014