Outside the Tents: 5 Street-Style Stars to Watch

Ahh, Fashion Month. Twice a year, it turns the streets of Manhattan, Milan, Paris, and London into one big runway where bloggers, socialites, and editors are as highly photographed as the models on the catwalks. Here, five street-style stars to watch out for next season – because February will be here before you know it.

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October 16, 2013

Instant Inspiration: 5 Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

A Tuesday roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions

Paris Fashion Week is about to bid us all adieu. Tear. So let’s take a moment to fall in love (again) with each of these fashion greats.

1. We could say a lot of things about Alexander McQueen but, for now, we’ll just say this: hauntingly beautiful.

2. Can we have a closet full of Lanvin? We promise we’ll take good care of it.

3. Valentino. Because if Jackie O loved it, so do we.

4. Let’s be real. Is there any fashion logo more iconic than Chanel‘s “CC”?

5. We adore Christian Dior. (Who doesn’t?)

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.  

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October 1, 2013

Let’s Talk NYFW: 5 Minutes with The Man Repeller

Confession: I have a major girl crush on The Man Repeller, Leandra Medine. Her quick-witted fashion blog might as well be my home page. So when I ran into her at Wes Gordon’s S/S 2014 runway show yesterday, you can bet I said hi. Here, we talk all things Fashion Week.

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September 11, 2013

Instant Inspiration: 5 Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

A Tuesday roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions

We can’t stop talking about (and looking at pictures of) New York Fashion Week. And Pinterest is only perpetuating the problem.

1. With so many people rushing around, it’s important to know who’s who.

2. Runway makeup is reimagined every season.

3. That moment when you realize street style is almost competing with the collections.

4. These shots make us feel so much closer to the front row.

5. Only the best of the best? Don’t mind if we do.

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.  

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September 10, 2013

Let’s Hear It For the Boys: The New Business Casual Cropping Up at NYFW

When it comes to men’s business dressing, we typically see a lot of the same. Black. Grey. Three-season wool. And pleats – way too many pleats. There are even theories out there that laud the boring and ordinary. Not to mention, it’s easy. Wearing the same thing every day is simple. Nothing to think about. “What should I wear today? Oh, I’ll just mimic what I wore yesterday and the day before that. Done.”

But switching it up and putting thought into your look is a good thing for your career. For one, you’ll take more pride in your appearance. Two, you’ll stand out among the sea of pleats. Three, you’ll look original and open to advancing new ideas.

So far at New York Fashion Week, I’m seeing that men’s business casual is getting a fresh update for Spring 2014. Here are a few reimagined looks spotted at the Nautica Black Sail Collection and Todd Snyder shows.

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September 7, 2013

The Spring 2014 Runways Have Spoken: Grecian Is a Go

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

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From Richard Chai to TOCCA and Nicholas K, there’s been a clear Grecian thread running through S/S 2014 runways. Picture a yacht in the Mediterranean. Muted hues mixed with vibrant blues and geometric prints. Flowing dresses with fluid lines and easy, beachy styling (see: wet, slicked-back hair at Richard Chai).

Have questions about the latest trends at NYFW? Tweet our Fashion Director, Jackie Nasser, at @ruelala with #askjackie.

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Jackie Nasser joined Rue La La as Fashion Director in November of 2012. In close collaboration with the merchandising teams, she leads content production for lookbooks, style tips, and curated Boutiques. Jackie is the former Lead Editor for InStyle’s sister shopping site, StyleFind.com, which she launched. Prior to that, she served as Senior Fashion Editor at Lucky and at ELLEgirl, ELLE Accessories, and ELLE.com.


September 6, 2013

Rue Recap: Project Runway, Finale Part II

Welcome back, Project Runway fans. Last week, we checked in with the designers at home. This week? It’s the Fashion Week finale, baby, and we’re heading straight to the runway.

All in all, I’m pretty darn proud of them. (There comes a point – about a few episodes before the end of the season – where you’re allowed to say things like “proud” about someone you’ve never met before. Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself.)

All four had standout looks. Christopher’s ethereal oxblood top paired with the distressed, high-slit leather and wool skirt. Fabio’s sweet little shorts, layered with such ease for a shot of insta, I-rolled-out-of-bed cool. Melissa’s statuesque red leather dress (can you believe she made that the day before?).

But, I have to admit, Dmitry truly won me over. I loved it all – from this flouncy little geometric frock to this fitted lime green number (those sleeve details, goodness) to this fringed jacket. His aesthetic is polished and modern – yet still incredibly wearable.  Is he the next Mondo? Who knows. But I seriously can’t wait to see more.

Until All Stars, auf wiedersehen.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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October 19, 2012

Rue Recap: Project Runway, Finale Part 1

Welcome back, Project Runway fans. Last week, we talked avant-garde looks. This week? It’s part one of the finale, baby, which means – hometown visits and a pre-Fashion Week peek at the collections.

I love a good hometown visit. They’re sentimental little snippets into the designers’ lives, full of awkward family stories and on-par critiques of their collections. But this year, they felt rushed and distant. Nonetheless, the collections themselves had their charm (and wow-factor).  Here are some highs – and lows:

Melissa
Oh, Melissa. How I love your Taylor Momsen-esque vibe. And the fact that you came from a town of 3,000? You go, girl. But your collection felt done before. From that high-collared black dress (didn’t we see the same thing here?) to that big-cuffed white leather jacket (love the treatment, but it’s pretty much this, with a luxe twist), I would have loved to see something just a teeny bit unexpected.

Fabio
This guy is out there, in a Marc Jacobs sort of way.  And it works like a charm. His collection straddles the line between ugly and innovative. Dyed pastel fabrics are cut asymmetrically and draped in ways so odd, they feel fresh. It’s streetwear meets loungewear meets avant-garde, and the judges? They love it – or, at least, the idea of it.

Christopher
Although creating a print from your mother’s X-ray is a touch creepy (or “haunting,” as Chris likes to call it), the unique print itself pretty much made this collection. (The eroded leather was perfection, too.) But I’ve got to say: Turn the volume up! Despite the unusual textiles, these skimpy little pieces were simply boring.

Dmitry
Pure love. This guy has such fabulous attention to detail – and such an eye for what works on a woman’s body. I’d snap up (almost) every last item in a heartbeat. (Except I’d wear a tank under that sheer, embellished top, obvi.) His clothes just look expensive. I think I’ve found my top contestant.

Until the finale, auf wiedersehen.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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October 12, 2012

Cute As a Button: Your NYFW Recipe

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Sure, we’d love first-row seats at New York Fashion Week, but let’s be honest, it’s not always in the cards. The next best thing in my book? Cookies. And not just any cookies, I’m talking NYFW-worthy morsels.

Simply take your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe, follow the steps here, and add chocolate. Good taste with conversation-starting design? It’s a guaranteed win-win at every party.

By Melissa Mann, Staff Writer

Have a fashion-forward recipe of your own? Share it in the comments below or Tweet us @ruelala.

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September 12, 2012

W Hotels’ Fashion Next Celebrates New Designers

W Hotels Fashion Next Celebrates New Designers

The fashion world may look glamorous from the outside, but as anyone who’s watched Project Runway or All on the Line knows, being a designer is far from easy. In addition to creating the actual collection, you also need the resources to show it, produce it, publicize it, and deliver it to stores – and then do it all over again (and again…and again) every three to six months. Whew.

The fashion cycle is tough enough for big-name designers with major corporate backing – it’s even harder for emerging talents who are working on a shoestring budget with little to no outside help.

Which is where W Hotels’ Fashion Next comes in. Launched three years ago, the Fashion Next program was created to discover and support young designers by sponsoring their New York Fashion Week presentations.
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September 22, 2011