The (Style) Guide

Runway to Center Stage: The Ballet Goes Designer

The only thing currently more exciting than Paris Fashion Week? The New York City Ballet’s opening gala. Tonight, dancers will take center stage in costumes designed by Carolina Herrera, Thom Browne, Mary Katrantzou, and Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.

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September 23, 2014

Girl Power: Emma Watson Speaks About Feminism

Following an Ivy League education and the Harry Potter series, British actress Emma Watson is sticking up for herself – and for women around the world. As the newly appointed Women’s Ambassador of Goodwill, Emma delivered a powerful message to U.N. officials this weekend about what it means to be a feminist and who exactly should be involved in the matter (hint: everyone).

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In her ten-minute speech, Emma raises important questions about gender inequality, like “Why has the word ‘feminism’ become such an unpopular one?” She also asks for our help in reversing the age-old stigma that all feminists are “anti-men,” formally extending an invitation for guys to join the conversation. This stance supports her newly launched campaign HeForShe, a solidarity movement encouraging men to join the fight for equal rights.

Already, Emma’s words have made their mark on the world (and on my Facebook news feed). She’s poised and passionate about equal rights, and I can think of no one better for the job. So boys, get involved and sign a commitment at heforshe.org. It’s your issue too.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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September 22, 2014

Yeezus Talks: Kanye Teaches for Community Service

You read that right. Since May, Yeezy (excuse me, Professor West) has lectured from the podium at L.A. Trade-Tech College.

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Kanye is speaking to future fashion grads at the L.A. institution as part of his court-mandated 250 hours of community service (following an aggressive run-in with a paparazzi photographer). Now, this isn’t the first time Kanye has dabbled in higher education – last November, he visited Harvard Graduate School of Design to speak to budding architects. But unlike his previous, YouTube-published talk, his current syllabus is a bit of a mystery.

Just what is the rap icon teaching? Leather Sweatpants 101? Intro to Dressing Like a Genius? Hopefully we’ll soon gain insight from his pupils. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy a few classroom candids provided by @teamkanyedaily.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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September 22, 2014

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

For stiff muscles: A simple stretch can relieve tight hip flexors after sitting all day. Just hold a modified lunge on a sturdy office chair.

For better productivity: The ammo you need to take another break? A recent study suggests a work cycle of 52 minutes on, 17 minutes off is the most effective.

For a light dessert: Perfect this healthy brownie recipe – substituting black beans for flour – for a guilt-free treat.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 22, 2014

Runway Report: The Offbeat Color Combos to Try This Fall

Black and navy. Red and green. Historically, we’ve been told to avoid mixing certain hues when planning an outfit – but the Fall 2014 runways have been boldly defying traditional matching rules. Not only is experimenting with color encouraged, but labels like Miu Miu and Prada have proved that unusual combinations help simple wardrobe basics pop. Let’s take a look at two of the season’s liveliest palettes.

Fall Color Combos

Red, pink, and blue coexisted in a sporty Miu Miu look. Borrow these energetic shades with a cobalt Bottega Veneta clutch, a red Salvatore Ferragamo mini shoulder bag, and pink suede Miu Miu loafers.

At Prada, a fuzzy scarlet and mustard coat contrasted in both color and texture against a purple satin dress. Put together a yellow FENDI baguette, a purple patent Salvatore Ferragamo belt, and lipstick red Miu Miu pumps for an equally vibrant tapestry of hues.

Shop these rich hues in our Ciao, Italy: Luxe Style by FENDI & More Boutique, which opens Saturday, September 20, at 11AM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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September 20, 2014

Say Yes to Excess: 3 Tips for Layering (Lots of) Sparkle

Over-the-top shimmer isn’t just for the red carpet. With these three tips, you can flash that kind of opulence 24/7.

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  1. Stick to one focal point, like your wrist or fingers. Then go bold.
  2. Don’t be afraid to wear your flashiest pieces together. Think a handful of cocktail rings or multiple statement necklaces.
  3. Let your jewelry do all the talking and keep your outfit simple. Try an LBD or a classic jeans-and-tee combo.

 

Our LAGOS Boutique opened Friday, September 19, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 19, 2014

The Latest Bey & Jay Gossip? Good News for Once

Beyoncé and Jay Z have been subjected to the rumor mill quite often lately. Are they pregnant? Divorcing? According to Dash Radio host DJ Skee, the power couple is working on a joint album to be released later this year or early next. No word on the record’s title yet, but fingers crossed that Blue Ivy will be featured on another track with her mom (and this time her dad, too).

An entire album of “Bonnie and Clyde” proportions? Yep, you’re not the only one trying to stay calm.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 19, 2014

Spotted on the Street: 3 Boot Trends to Try Now

No doubt there are as many eyes on the sidewalks during fashion month as there are on the runways. And one of the biggest draws for street-style photographers? Shoes. From New York to London, the style elite have been flaunting fall’s must-have boots: over-the-knee stunners, dressed-up moto styles, and cutout booties. Here’s how to work them into your wardrobe.

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Cutout
From sporty caged styles to color-blocked pointed toes, there is a cutout for every mood. Opt for a strappy, colorful stiletto to complement a menswear-inspired trouser or amp up a simple shift dress with chunky-heeled, open-toe bootie.

Over-the-Knee
One of the sexier boot silhouettes, OTK also serves a dual purpose as one of the warmest. Suede, heeled, or flat – the extended height is ideal for experimenting with a short hemline and textured tights. Go for a sultry look with a lace-up version (just don’t be surprised if the cameras follow).

Moto-Inspired
You already know the power of a low-key moto boot, but the latest iterations are anything but simple. With studded bone-white leather and mixed chain detailing, designers are reinventing this perennial off-duty-model favorite. Let this trend do the talking stomping and keep the rest of your outfit classic – think boyfriend jeans and a chunky sweater.

Shop these and more sidewalk boot trends in our Street-Style Star: Rebecca Minkoff Boots & More Boutique, which opened Thursday, September 18, at 11AM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 18, 2014

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