One-Piece Wonder: J.Crew Brings an Archived Swimsuit Back for a Fan

How many times have you tried to buy a replacement pair of perfectly fitting ballet flats or boyfriend jeans only to find they’re no longer available? Not just temporarily out of stock. Gone. For. Good. So was the case for New York Magazine: The Cut writer Jenni Avins and her beloved scoop-back swimsuit from J.Crew. That is, until she wrote an open letter to the brand’s creative director, Jenna Lyons, and Lyons responded – in a big way.

J.Crew Brings Back an Archived Swimsuit
                                                                                                              Image via ABC News

In her August 2013 letter to Lyons, Avins waxed rhapsodic about the “clean, open-backed one-pieces” she loved and lamented the lesser-quality knockoffs she wore in their wake. Fast-forward and the suit, looking modern and marvelous, now stars in a full-spread ad in the magazine’s print edition. Occupying the adjacent page is a scrawled note from Lyons letting Avins know that her request had been received – and realized. The moral of the story? Ask and you shall receive. Or, at the very least, it pays to have friends in high places.

Visit New York Magazine: The Cut to read the whole story.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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April 9, 2014

Hat History: 50 Striking Hats People Actually Wore

A good hat is like a glass of wine. It transforms things. And often makes them better.

Case in point: these 50 sometimes-ridiculous, sometimes-classic, always-striking toppers spotlighted on The Cut. Lady Gaga’s lobster hat. Harry Potter’s Sorting Hat. Even – shocker – giant models of ships that women of the 18th century placed on their heads and dubbed fashion statements. (And I thought beanies were difficult to pull off.)

my fair lady

Prepare to be amazed. See the hats at New York Magazine: The Cut.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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November 21, 2013

Would You Wear This? FENDI’s Furry Friends

Every few seasons or so, the fashion gods – ahem, Karl Lagerfeld – get together to test us. You know, to prove that we still bow down to their brilliance. Remember Chanel’s ankle packs? Yeah, like that.

Snag Your Own Fendi Bag Bugs While They’re Hot

I’ll be the first to admit that Rue associates like to dive headfirst into some strange trends. But these latest accessories from FENDI – each with its own name and personality – seem more like something swiped from a Tim Burton set than a runway. The wonderful truth of fashion, though, is there will always be someone willing to try anything.

So, as New York Magazine: The Cut writes, “brace yourself for waves of these little companions to start dangling off the arms of the street-style mob come February.”

Bravo, Karl. You got us again.

Visit The Cut for more on these furry creatures.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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November 12, 2013

Rebecca Minkoff Learned the Hard Way: It Doesn’t Pay to Have a Messy Office

Did you have any idea it was possible to get fined for having a messy workplace? Me, neither. At least not until today, when I found out the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) slapped Rebecca Minkoff with a whopping $77,000 fine for just such an offense. OSHA told New York Magazine: The Cut that Minkoff’s space was “overcrowded and congested with boxes, rolling racks, workstations, chairs, equipment, storage and other materials.” OSHA apparently acted after receiving complaints from (former?) employees.

To me, Minkoff’s space sounds like it could belong to any fashion company. Good thing OSHA has never been invited to a Rue La La Employee Sample Sale

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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October 29, 2013

We Couldn’t Have Said It Better…

New York Magazine: The Cut, recounting an incredibly adorable red carpet explanation from Quvenzhané Wallis:

We Couldn't Have Said It Better

Even though everyone has been buzzing about Jennifer Lawrence, Quvenzhané Wallis totally stole my heart with her Oscar antics and hallmark puppy purse (and I’m sure I’m not alone). Because, seriously – if you’re walking the red carpet, sparkles are the only way to go.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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March 1, 2013