Cropped Talk: Our Fashion Director on the Pixie Cut

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

 
I recently realized something about myself: I’m in a hair rut. After a teenage bout with experimentation (jet black, bright red, and a bob inspired by 90210’s Kelly Taylor), I’ve played it pretty safe with my hair. But secretly, I want to be a lot bolder. I want to be one of those women who is a natural hair chameleon, who can go from a platinum asymmetrical bob to long auburn waves with ease. Some women – like Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, Drew Barrymore, and Rachel McAdams, just to name a few – actually have this ability.

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December 12, 2013

A New Collab to Love: Our Fashion Director on the Banana Republic L’Wren Scott Collection

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

As fans of Rue know, we love it when high-end fashion becomes attainable – and with designer collaborations all the rage right now, that’s exactly what’s happening this season.

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December 5, 2013

Our Fashion Director on the Smoking Suit

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

 
We all love a flirty holiday dress (or two), but to really stand out this season, I’m test-driving tuxedo suit dressing.

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November 21, 2013

Battle of the Lifestyle Gurus: Our Fashion Director Weighs In

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

 
Former Gossip Girl star Blake Lively recently announced that she will be launching her own lifestyle website. “The main element of it is that it’s about storytelling and it’s about living a very one-of-a-kind, curated life, and how to achieve that,” explained Lively. “I have so many passions outside of acting and things that I grew up being good at that I don’t utilize when acting.” Makes sense.

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November 14, 2013

The Backpack is Back: Our Fashion Director on the Season’s Chicest Bag

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

 
The chicest bag this season? It’s not a ladylike quilted chain-strap, oversized clutch, or top-handle satchel. It’s actually the trusty old backpack.

Okay, so, it’s not any old backpack. The chic leather one we’re seeing on celebrities, our favorite street-style stars, and the runways is a cool, nonchalant, off-duty version. Mary-Kate and Ashley’s label, The Row, has come out with a $55,000 crocodile model and (by comparison, a relative steal) a $17,000 patchwork fur one. Style icon Kate Bosworth is sporting 3.1 Phillip Lim’s white version in the November issue of Lucky magazine and designer Junya Watanabe‘s entire men’s 2014 spring collection was inspired by the humble backpack.

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October 31, 2013

Our Fashion Director on “The Olivia Effect”

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

 
First we had Michelle Obama, who put homegrown designers like Jason Wu and Thakoon on the map. Then we had Kate Middleton, who created international pandemonium when everything she wore – from her royal blue Issa engagement dress to her polka dot Topshop maternity dress – sold out in seconds. She even made the seemingly impossible happen: nude panty-hose sales, once a granny staple, rose 500% after she and sister Pippa dared to cover their bare legs. This fashion revolution was instantly known as “The Kate Effect.”

Now we have a new fashionista to follow – and she isn’t a princess or First Lady. She’s Olivia Pope, a political “fixer” on the hit ABC show Scandal.

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October 24, 2013

Our Fashion Director on Spring 2014 Fashion-Month Trends

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

 
The big Spring 2014 runways shows (New York, London, Paris, and Milan) are officially over. Now, after sitting through dozens of shows and poring over hundreds of images, I’ve rounded up the top five trends you should expect to see in the new year.

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October 17, 2013

Our Fashion Director on Sarah Jessica Parker’s New Shoe Line

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

 
Mark your calendar – everyone’s favorite fashionista, Sarah Jessica Parker, is (finally) launching her own shoe line, aptly called SJP. “I really wanted to bring back the single sole,” explains Parker. The actress, who is collaborating with Manolo Blahnik’s CEO on the collection, says she wanted to create and offer “colors, regardless of the trends, to women in beautiful shapes, and at affordable prices.”

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October 3, 2013

Our Fashion Director on All Things London Fashion Week

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

 
From rock ‘n’ roll to candy colors and everything in between, London Fashion Week had something for everyone. Here’s a cheat sheet of the best shows, the hottest trends, and how you can wear them.

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September 26, 2013

Our Fashion Director on This Fall’s Beauty Newbies

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

 
This fall, not one, but two big designers have thrown their hats into the beauty arena. Going head-to-head off the runway, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors have both created eponymous makeup lines.

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September 19, 2013