The (Style) Guide

3 Luxe Classics That Are Worth the Investment

Versace. Valentino. Salvatore Ferragamo. The world of luxe is filled with bold names and, sometimes, even bolder prices. So how do you know if an item is truly worth the investment? Assistant Buyer (and expert in all things luxury) Michael B. explains his top three picks. And why they’re worth every penny.

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Navy Suit: Unlike less expensive options, luxury suiting is tailored to perfection and constructed in quality wool – which means it should last for up to ten years of sporadic wear. To keep things current, Michael recommends go-with-everything navy paired with a light blue dress shirt for a tonal look.

Bit Loafers: If you’re investing in a shoe, it’s best to invest in a versatile one. And no other shoe is more easily dressed up or down than the loafer. Pick a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo’s Gancio Bit versions to convey instant status, then condition the leather and have a cobbler resole to exude it forever.

100% Silk Tie: Stiff synthetic fabrics are prone to wrinkles. But this fine weave? It will always hang straight and hold a dimple under the knot. Try jazzing up your look with a classic stripe or polka dot. The pattern adds more interest than a solid without venturing into full-on print territory.

Knock these classics off your to-buy list. Shop The One-Stop Luxe Shop: Versace & More for Men Boutique, which opened Tuesday, September 16, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 16, 2014

The Met Gala Looks to China for Its 2015 Theme

It may be eight months away, but next year’s Met Gala theme has already been locked in. The kickoff night for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center will focus on the Far East and the upcoming Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion exhibit.

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The Met Gala’s host Silas Chou will be joined by Jennifer Lawrence, Chinese actress Gong Li, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Chinese-American businesswoman Wendi Murdoch, and, of course, Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Alongside couture samplings from designers Alexander McQueen and Laurence Xu, the exhibit will also feature paintings, decorative arts, and film representations from China – all the result of a collaboration between the Costume Institute and the Met’s Department of Asian Art.

Curator Andrew Bolton notes that Chinese Whispers will explore how Westerners have understood (and misunderstood) Chinese culture, comparing it to a game of telephone, which the British call “Chinese whispers,” with messages being lost and misconstrued throughout the years. More than a hundred avant-garde pieces await museum-goers and gala attendees alike.

And on that note, we can imagine there will be a lot of silk, embroidery, and Mandarin collars on the red carpet. What other surprises might the fashionable night bring? We’ll just have to wait for the gossip whispers next spring.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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September 16, 2014

End of an Era: Jean Paul Gaultier Will No Longer Do Ready-to-Wear

It’s time to bid farewell to Jean Paul Gaultier’s edgy jackets and slick dresses. Yesterday, the designer announced via a letter to WWD that his men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections will end following his Spring-Summer 2015 season. Instead, the designer will devote himself to haute couture, the brand’s powerhouse perfume, and other projects. In Gaultier’s own words:

For some time, I have found true fulfillment in working on the haute couture, and it allows me to express my creativity and my taste for research and experimentation. At the same time the world of ready-to-wear has evolved considerably. Commercial constraints, as well as the frenetic pace of collections don’t leave any freedom, nor the necessary time to find fresh ideas and to innovate.

Although the lines will be missed at Paris Fashion Week, there is an upside: this madcap fashion icon is bound to have a few haute couture surprises up his sleeve.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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September 16, 2014

How’s the Economy Doing? Just Ask Your Boxers

Decided to buy a single pair of Hanes instead of splurging on a pack of three? That girl standing in the checkout line behind you isn’t the only one who noticed.

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According to Esquire, economists have linked fluctuations in underwear sales to fluctuations in the economy. The theory, dubbed “The Underwear Index,” operates under the assumption that men don’t just want underwear, they need underwear. So when they buy less, it’s for a reason: the state of the economy. In times of financial downturn, men are more likely to stretch the time between buying new pairs, causing underwear sales to drop.

Which brings us back to that three-pack. In the years leading up to and including the recession, there was a 2% decrease in men buying multi-packs of underwear, and a 3% increase in guys like you who grab a single pair.

But don’t let all this influence your buying patterns going forward. You wouldn’t want to skew all that underwear data, would you?

Learn more on Esquire

By Joanna Berliner, Senior Editor

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September 15, 2014

Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 

As temperatures dip, coats will quickly become the finishing touch on every outfit. Whether you sport a classic trench or a belted cape, the extra layer adds visual interest, tying together the rest of your look. Along with a cape-sleeved topper, here are bold picks from this week’s Boutiques, including rose-tinted accessories and a graphic black-and-white dress.

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1. French Connection Dress. Add dimension with this printed dress.

2. Hilary Radley Coat. Exaggerated sleeves and a stand-up collar give this classic style a modern twist.

3. Saint Laurent Tassel Clutch. This rose-hued clutch softens an otherwise heavy look.

4. gorjana Double Bar Ring. Rings have stolen the spotlight from bracelets – but the same rules still apply. More is more!

5. Valentino Rockstud Pump. Trade your black pumps for this coveted pair in patent leather.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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September 15, 2014

London Calling: Boden Through the Years

Twenty-three years in the making, Boden prides itself on being a polished-meets-playful label with a cheeky British sense of humor. But how did it get where it is today? We break it down below.

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1991: With just eight products, Boden’s initial catalogue hits doorsteps.
1996: To the delight of little ones everywhere, Mini Boden is born.
1998: Boden hits the 100-employee mark (that’s enough for nine cricket teams).
2002: America is introduced to Boden’s signature British style.
2008: The cropped cashmere cardigan sells enough styles to fill the Royal Opera House – 66 times.
2012: Boden hits the 1,000-employee mark.
2014: The first Boston office opens on top of a tequila bar. Cheers.

Our Boden Boutique launched Monday, September 15, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 15, 2014

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

For fragrances: Perfume wearing off too quickly? Moisturize before applying and spray onto heat-activating pulse points (wrist, neck, behind the knee).

For eyeshadow: Foundation might act as a base layer on your face, but on eyelids, it may crease. Equip yourself with eyeshadow primer for a smooth surface.

For your skin: Create a DIY microdermabrasion mask using baking soda and your favorite face wash. Combine and massage into congested skin, then rinse and follow with a swipe of toner.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor 

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September 15, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Looks from September 7 to 13

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

 
All eyes have been on the streets and runways of New York Fashion Week, but another city caught our eye as well. Celebs flocked to Canada for photo calls and premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival – and as always, they brought their red carpet A-game.

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1. Kate Bosworth wore the color of the season – a lipstick red – in a sparkling gown from BOSS at the premiere of Still Alice. 

2. Keira Knightly dazzled in an embellished Chanel Couture dress from the Fall 2014 runway at the premiere of The Imitation Game. 

3. Chloë Grace Moretz let her asymmetrical Christian Dior Couture dress shine at the premiere of The Equalizer, keeping jewelry and accessories minimal.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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September 12, 2014

The Donna Karan Story: Coming to a Bookstore Near You

Good news for all you fashion-industry hopefuls – designer Donna Karan is starting to work on her memoir, complete with every detail on how she got to where she is today.

The title, just acquired by Ballantine Bantam Dell, will chronicle Donna’s upbringing with her tailor father through the creation of DKNY and Donna Karan (and the label’s sale to industry powerhouse LVMH). “As I look back and reflect on my journey, I see how one chapter led to another, how something ended and something else began,” Donna said. “I’m very excited to share my story.”

We’re excited too, Donna. The release may be a year away, but this is one read I don’t want to miss.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 12, 2014

The Louis Vuitton Monogram, Reimagined 6 Ways

It’s no shock that Louis Vuitton, part of the monogram elite, would craft an entire collection in honor of its beloved L.V. initials. For its “Celebrating Monogram” collaboration, the French fashion house tapped the creative genius of six influential designers, artists, and architects, including Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, and Frank Gehry. In 160 years of business, the LV pattern has catapulted to one of the world’s most recognizable brand logos – but this group was asked to reinterpret as they saw fit.

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September 11, 2014