The (Style) Guide

Kids These Days: Teens Watch Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Bell saved my before-school mornings. The infamous 90s sitcom turns 25 this year, and to celebrate, The Fine Brothers invited a group of teens onto their YouTube series, filming reactions as the teen guests watched the Bayside High gang for the first time. Included in the bunch is outspoken Maisie Williams, who you may recognize as Arya Stark from Games of Thrones.

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Image via TV.com

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August 11, 2014

Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 
Tweed blazers, suede satchels, and classic denim are the modern schoolgirl’s essentials. Take note of the collegiate touches spotted on the fall runways (like that of Marissa Webb) and rule the office hallways with these tailored wardrobe updates.

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1. Hermès Watch. You won’t miss a beat with this pre-loved investment piece.
2. NARS Casablanca Satin Lipstick. Pick up this peachy hue for an understated pop of color.
3. Enzo Angiolini Leather Pump. Finish your outfit with black pumps – the extended heel gives this pair a modern twist.
4. Pippa Blazer. Team this blazer with a slouchy tank and dark denim for an effortless and polished look.
5. Jimmy Choo Satchel. Fashion or function? No need to sacrifice one for the other. This taupe number does it all.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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August 11, 2014

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

For your hair: Forks aren’t just for pasta anymore. Twirl one through your strands (à la Disney’s The Little Mermaid) and dry with a diffuser nozzle for the ideal wave.

For your tabletop: Want to inject a little industrial Zen into your home? Pour concrete into paper cups, stick in a tall tapered candle, peel away the cup, and voilà! New centerpieces.

For your ankles: Your Achilles’ heel? Stilettos. Strengthen your ankles for that new pair by tracing letters in the air with your foot.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 11, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Looks from August 3 to 9

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

 
Both on and off the red carpet, celebs continue to favor a clean white palette. From film premieres to sidewalk strolls, this pared-down look provides a blank canvas for trending silhouettes and accessories.

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1. Maggie Gyllenhaal wowed in Derek Lam at the New York premiere of Frank.

2. Heidi Klum sported a Marchesa slip dress and Christian Louboutin pumps.

3. Olivia Palermo paired a breezy ensemble with Aquazzura heels and sunglasses from her Westward Leaning collection.

4. Jessica Alba wore her white Max Mara trousers with an alice + olivia top for a retro sophisticated look.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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August 8, 2014

Charles James: One of the Costume Institute’s Most Popular Exhibits

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s recently remodeled (and renamed) Anna Wintour Costume Center has received a burst of foot traffic over the past four months. Why? American couturier Charles James and his inaugural exhibit Charles James: Beyond Fashion. According to a museum spokesperson, the show beat out last year’s Punk: Chaos to Couture and Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations from 2012. More impressively, the ball-gown exhibit is the fifth most popular in the Costume Institute’s 25-year history, ranking behind the Alexander McQueen, Jacqueline Kennedy, Superhero-themed, and Chanel shows.

Oh, and if you haven’t planned a weekend trip to New York City to see the exhibit yet, you have until 5:30PM this Sunday. Since Charles James is not a household name, I recommend reading up in advance.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 8, 2014

Sushi Nail Art: A Manicured Thumbs Up or Down?

You may have had sushi in your hands before, but probably not like this. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Japanese manicure trend is going viral on social media, with posts garnering thousands of retweets in just a few days’ time. sushinailart

Image via Twitter.com

People are getting crafty with food-inspired details, generally opting for at least one nail’s worth of 3D roe, rice, or octopus tentacles. Other common sightings include realistic salmon and tuna patterns, petite shrimp tails, and seaweed stripes. Can you imagine what a letdown this trend must be for sushi-loving nail biters?

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 7, 2014

Be the Best-Dressed Man: How to Master Cocktail & Black-Tie Attire

The wedding invite has been haphazardly stuck to the fridge for weeks now. But that call for cocktail or black-tie attire? You know you’ve been completely ignoring it. And now it’s officially time to prepare. So relax and read on – we’re going to tell you how to nail it.

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Cocktail: When the dress code requests cocktail attire, you have some room for creativity. Opt for a dark suit (think navy or charcoal), then have some fun with your shirt-and-tie combination. Try a solid color or a subtle pinstriped dress shirt with a punchy silk tie in a paisley or diagonal-stripe print.

Black Tie: This sounds intimidating, but embrace the ease of what is essentially a fancy-wedding uniform. Grab a black tuxedo – with silk lapels and a trim fit for a slimming, modern vibe – then add a crisp white dress shirt, black tie or bow tie, and shined-up black dress shoes. Voilà, done. 

Ready to get dressed? Our Best (Dressed) Man: Style for Late-Summer Weddings Boutique opened Thursday, August 7, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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August 7, 2014

Monique Lhuillier Designs Custom Gown for Mom

Over the weekend, famed bridal designer Monique Lhuillier debuted a custom gown that satisfied both “something old” and “something new” – but don’t expect to see it in the pages of PEOPLE with her many other celebrity creations. This gown was personal, a stunning number made for her own mother to wear during her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.

The extravagant gown featured lace from her mother’s original wedding dress, along with a beaded antique-gold overlay (appropriate considering this is the golden anniversary after all). The designer dutifully captured the vow renewal on Instagram, including the long train and bejeweled hairpiece that accessorized the dress. But the best post of all? A picture of her gorgeous mother from 50 years earlier.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 7, 2014

Insta-Gold: @Copylab Shakes Up History with Fashion

The term “art history” brings back near-torturous memories of freshman year. But take those iconic (and yes, occasionally yawn-inducing) works of art and add luxury items? Now you have my attention, and that of the hilarious Instagram account @copylab.

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Image via Vogue.com

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August 6, 2014

Bold Prints, Bright Hues: Meet Your New Gym Look

Next time you’re running the trails or hitting the gym, take a look around. In case you haven’t already noticed, when it comes to athletic clothing, brights and prints are taking over. Why? They’re fun, bold, and give that extra kick of motivation. Here’s how to incorporate them into your workout.

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For Women:
Pair big prints with small. Try a legging in an allover high-contrast design (you can get away with it, promise) topped with a tank in a quieter one.

For Men:
Energize your routine with masculine, tech-driven patterns. Think gradients and abstract maps on either top or bottom – never both at the same time.

Start loading up on prints and color. Our Reebok Boutique opened Wednesday, August 6, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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August 6, 2014