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3 Suit-Jacket Pockets to Know: A Brief Rundown

Pockets. They’re right there on the front of your suit jackets and sport coats, but have you ever noticed that they’re not all the same? The type of pocket on your jacket can reinforce how formal or casual it is – and at the very least, pointing out the differences can be a cool party trick. Here’s a breakdown of three of the most common pockets.

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Flap
Your classic pocket (as shown above): horizontal, with a flap of fabric at the close.

Hacking
Like the flap, but diagonally cut. A staple of bespoke English tailoring.

Patch
Your most casual option – a literal patch on the outside of your jacket.

Add some pocket variation to your look. Shop our English Laundry Boutique, which opened Wednesday, September 17, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 18, 2014

Listen Up: These Fall Trends Belong in Your Closet

BY JACKIE NASSER, RUE LA LA FASHION DIRECTOR

 

A new season always gives me wardrobe fatigue. Yes, I’m the person who stands in front of their closet saying over and over: “I’ve got nothing to wear. No really, I have nothing to wear.” But I discovered a simple remedy to combat this desperate state. And one that actually makes me excited to kick off a new season (yes, even a colder one).

My solution? Choose two or three new trends and then purchase one or two items from each. Not only will you be ahead of the curve, but your significant other (or pet) will never hear you utter those dreaded words again. Here’s my take on the top trends this fall.

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September 18, 2014

Health Beat: What’s Happening in the Get-Fit World

Unlike that VHS your mom still works out to, this is what’s new and now on the fitness scene.

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1. Apple Watch to Replace Your Fitness Tracker

Apple seemingly dominates every tech-related arena. So maybe it’s no surprise that, with the recent release of the Apple Watch, your fitness tracker might just find its way into the junk drawer. The timepiece tracks daily activity and calories burned, but it also factors in the quality of those movements with a heart rate and elevation monitor. That post-work hill you trek? Prepare to get major props from Siri.

2. “Mindful” Triathlons on the Rise

A “mindful” triathlon is a 5k run followed by meditation and a massive outdoor yoga class. But you can also count on a healthy amount of live music and good food. Even those who haven’t laced up a pair of sneaks in awhile (ahem, me) can see the appeal of this next-level fun run. If you’re interested in joining, Wanderlust 108 has upcoming stops in Atlanta, Austin, and Aspen.

3. Eating Healthy Can Be Easy

We’ve all scanned aisle after aisle of Whole Foods, hunting for good-for-you products that we actually like. Welp, here’s the solution: meet Conscious Box. This monthly subscription box service is packed with eight to twelve non-GMO surprises, from Wave Bar baked apple bars to soap berries by Naturally Green. There are even vegan and gluten-free options, too.

Check it out for yourself. Our Conscious Box Boutique opened Thursday, September 18, at 11AM ET.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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September 18, 2014

Betsey Just Wants to Have Fun – Dancing on TV

Betsey Johnson is best described by the word “fun,” so it was only fitting that for her Dancing with the Stars debut she shimmied to Cyndi Lauper’s anthem “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” One of the oldest contestants to ever perform in the competitive series, Betsey wore a tulle-trimmed pink tutu and an electric blue lace top. Layered over that ensemble was a cheeky black and pink leopard-print bra.

As colorful as Betsey looked, an unfortunate wardrobe snafu happened during the routine. When her feather boa prop caught on a clothing rack, she stopped short. “As much as I screwed up, my fans loved me for it. I ended the dance with a Gloria Gaynor kind of cartwheel and split to say, ‘I Will Survive,’” she told WWD. Lucky for the spunky designer, she (and dance partner Tony Dovolani) made it to the next round.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 18, 2014

Versace Restores Milan’s Oldest Shopping Center

This Friday marks a major moment for Versace, as the luxe Italian fashion house prepares to open a new boutique in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest shopping centers. And just like that, the Canals of Venice got pushed to my number two must-see Italian attraction.

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The opening is part of a larger renovation project that Versace has taken on: refurbishing the entire four-story Galleria. The label will spend nearly $2 million on the restoration of the crumbling landmark. Originally constructed in 1865, the Galleria was in dire need of a facelift, which should be completed next spring.

In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of the mall that fuses haute couture and history.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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September 17, 2014

Nick Cannon Debuts $2 Million Diamond Loafers

It’s no secret that the lifestyles of the rich and famous aren’t always the most humble. Multiple homes. 10-carat engagement rings. Chrome-covered cars. But $2 million shoes? That’s where the line should be drawn. Not so for Nick Cannon, the host of America’s Got Talent, who is gaining a lot of attention for the diamond-encrusted loafers he sported on Tuesday night’s finale.

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Image via details.com

According to Justin Fenner, associate online style editor at details.com, the shoes are the work of Jacob of Beverly Hills. “Over 14,000 round white diamonds – roughly 340 carats – were set into white gold and then affixed to the shoes,” Justin says. “The entire process took nearly a year to complete.”

Let’s ignore the fact that there are plenty of more important things one can do with $2 million, like, say, feed a family of four for 133 years. Nick’s showstopping shoes are currently with the Guinness Book of World Records for consideration as the most expensive shoes in the world.

Wow. How about a nice pair of leather loafers instead? This pair by Cole Haan is timeless, can be dressed up or down, and won’t scream “Post-Divorce Midlife Crisis” while you’re walking down the street. Promise.

Read more at details.com.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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September 17, 2014

The Quick Guide to Leather Care

So you’ve finally taken the plunge on the leather jacket/boots/messenger bag you’ve had your eye on. But how do you protect it from the elements and other hazards of daily wear? Follow the three easy steps below to keep your leather in tip-top shape.

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1. Clean: Saddle soap. Murphy Oil Soap. Ivory soap. Take your pick – be sure to avoid products with harmful detergents or acids – then apply it to a clean, damp cloth. And remember, you always want to test a small, inconspicuous area first.

2. Condition: Leather can stiffen and dry out, so keep it away from heat sources and follow this important step. To keep leather supple and flexible, regularly rub in a specialty moisturizing conditioner or dab on a bit of petroleum jelly.

3. Waterproof: Excessive moisture is your leather’s enemy. But a freak rainstorm doesn’t have to be a disaster. Prep to minimize damage with mink oil (warning: it might darken your leather), a wax-based polish, or Liquid Aquaseal spray.

Find some new leather to love. Shop our Cole Haan Men Boutique, which opened Tuesday, September 16, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 17, 2014

Go Green: Stella McCartney Debuts Eco-Friendly Capsule Collection

Recycling, carrying groceries in cute totes, and biking around town are all chic ways to lend Mother Nature a hand. But this week, eco-conscious designer Stella McCartney took going green to a new level, showing an entire capsule collection of sustainable dresses at London Fashion Week.

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Dubbed the “Green Carpet Collection,” the line mixes abstract water-based ink prints with seventies-inspired wood-heeled shoes. And the clothes weren’t the only green designs at the launch – her presentation at the Royal Institution of Great Britain used reclaimed film props, including shrubbery from the set of Les Misérables.

If this is the direction eco-friendly fashion is headed, then I’ll definitely tip my hat to Stella, known for her company-wide commitment to sustainable materials, as its very chic pioneer.

See more of the presentation and collection at vogue.com.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor 

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September 17, 2014

FLOTUS to Host a Fashion Party – Who’s Invited?

It’s no secret that Michelle Obama has some stylish friends in her address book. And now, the First Lady is summoning her favorite American designers and industry bigwigs for a “Celebration of Design” event.

Last week, invitations were sent out for the October 8 reception. But the real question is: Who is on the guest list? So far, Maria Cornejo and executives from Jimmy Choo and Talbots are to be expected. As far as others, I have some guesses. Maybe Carolina Herrera? Jason Wu? And of course, the ever-attainable J.Crew.

Yes, her husband received some flack for that tan suit a few weeks ago. Perhaps he can run that controversial outfit by a house full of fashion experts next month.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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September 17, 2014

Newsflash: Karl Lagerfeld Will Print His Own Paper

Karl Lagerfeld just might be the greatest fashion personality of today. If his fitting room selfie and namesake hotel didn’t convince you, his very own special edition newspaper, The Karl Daily, will.

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Intended to be a cheeky look into the fashion industry, the publication debuts September 20 in seven European Karl Lagerfeld stores. It will feature interviews with the designer and, of course, a few guest editor appearances from Karl’s own cat (and Internet legend) Choupette.

Readers will find the usual newspaper sections – think horoscopes, sports news, and weather updates – in addition to Karl’s personal observations and previews from his upcoming collections.

I can’t think of any other papers with a feline on the masthead, so I’m hoping Choupette might share some beauty (or rather, grooming) tips.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 16, 2014