Sequins to Fur Stoles: Vogue’s Top Picks for Party Season

Here at Rue, the holiday party is somewhat of an epic event. Amidst dancing and cocktailing, it’s a chance for us fashion-obsessed Bostonians to take style risks at the party level – knowing no matter the outcome, our efforts will earn us instant respect from our peers. Cue 16 must-see suggestions for the holiday outfit from Vogue.
Vogue's Top Picks for Party Season

Metallics. Hair jewels. Jumpsuits. They even suggest gluing mini sequins to eyelids to amp up the glam factor.

Bottom line? For one night only, nothing is too over-the-top.

Read about all 16 style suggestions at

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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December 7, 2013

Pucker Up: Vogue’s Top 10 Red Lipsticks

Blood-red lips. It’s one of the most classic makeup looks in the book. A simple swipe of red lipstick, and boom – you instantly exude sex appeal (see: Marilyn Monroe). The only hard part? Picking out the right shade for your pout.

Red Lipstick

I’ve spent hours by the makeup counters testing out red lipsticks. Should I go blue-based? Or maybe more orange-toned? After puckering up for shade after shade, they all start to blend together and I wind up going home sans lipstick. Tragic, I know.  But, as if in answer to my prayers, Vogue has just rounded up the ten best red lipsticks out there – and just in time for all my holiday parties. Now I just need a few teeth whitening strips, and I’m good to go.

See the ten best lipsticks on Vogue.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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December 2, 2013

Laid-Back Chic: Nicole Richie Talks L.A. Vintage

There’s no denying that Hollywood-trainwreck-turned-style-icon Nicole Richie knows boho – or, what Vogue Daily calls “L.A. vintage.” The mother of three sat with Vogue‘s Lynn Yaeger to talk about her love for the 1970s-inspired, Joni-Mitchell-meets-Manolos style that she sports so well.


“I love the overall freedom of that time, the freedom of dressing back then!” Richie says. “The idea of clashing didn’t exist. I am a huge fan of classic rock, and I love the relationship between the music and the clothes.”

Nic, we’re all about experimenting with bold statements. So if clashing is in, we’re on board.

Visit Vogue Daily for the full article.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

L.A. vintage. Love it or lose it? Tweet us at @ruelala to share your thoughts.

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November 8, 2013

Do Women Dress for Men or for Women? Vogue Weighs In

The Rue Boston office feels like it’s about 70% women, 69% of which are supermodel stylish. Leopard. Booties. Leather leggings. You’ll see it all – in spades. And, I have to say, it has zero reason to do with the men (dapper as they may be) who grace our cubes.

VOGUE: Do women dress for men? Or for women?

So what does it have to do with? Some would say our female coworkers, but it’s certainly up for debate.

This week, Vogue chatted with Justin O’Shea and his girlfriend, Veronika Heilbrunner – the buying and fashion directors for the luxury e-boutique – regarding the age-old question: do women dress for men, or simply themselves?

Read the full debate on Vogue.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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November 6, 2013

Lena Dunham May Be the Next Vogue Cover Girl

What Anna Wintour wants, Anna Wintour gets. Her latest desire? Lena Dunham on the cover of Vogue. Willing to break with tradition, the magazine’s editor in chief may feature the Girls creator ”even though she doesn’t really conform to the body type that Vogue has featured for most of its history,” a source told Radar Online. And how is she setting this up, you ask? Over a fancy, top-secret dinner, of course.

If this collaboration does happen, one thing’s for sure: I’ll be first in line to get my hands on one of those glossies.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 22, 2013

Kate Winslet’s Vogue Cover – Over-Airbrushed, or Art?

Kate Winslet’s November Vogue cover. I’m not the first to say it – this thing is airbrushed. Her eyes glitter. Her skin’s porcelain-doll smooth. It’s miles away from the Kate we know, the one America fell in love with years ago. Voluptuous and identifiable and real. And that’s exactly why I think the public has reacted so strongly against it.

But I ask – what if we look at Kate’s airbrushing in an entirely different light? What if we view her cover not as reality (à la the old Kate), but as art? Would it upset us less?

When photography was invented in the 1830s, art was revolutionized. There was no need for realism, for portraying every last tiny detail of a subject. The camera could do that. Instead, we painted impressions. Brushy strokes. Cubist figures. We interpreted.

In a sense, Kate’s Vogue cover is doing the same thing. It’s an intentional interpretation of a woman. We are not meant to believe this is Kate as she wakes up in the morning. Or even red-carpet Kate. It is a fantasy. A bit of escapism. And, upset as I may be that the old Kate is gone, isn’t that what art is all about?

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

So, what do you think? Tweet us at @ruelala with #inmyopinion and let us know. 

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October 17, 2013

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

A Tuesday roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions

This week we’re bowing down to our favorite fashion magazines.

1. Vogue is kind enough to show us what it’s like to see through its eyes.

2. What do people wear to all those celeb-studded parties we hear about? Harper’s BAZAAR fills us in.

3. ELLE knows that real trends start on the street.

4. InStyle. Always giving us the go-to look of the day.

5. Insane photo spreads done the Marie Claire way.

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

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July 23, 2013

Chitter Chatter

From Best Dressed to Vogue's new debut, here's what we're buzzing about this week


Meet: Vogue’s latest little sister, Miss Vogue. The new mini mag hits stands today, and you can bet we’ve already picked up our copy.

Know: Kristen Stewart (or KStew as we lovingly know her) has been named Glamour UK’s Best Dressed Woman. Beating out both Emma Watson and the Duchess.

Watch: A rare video of Anna Wintour (sans sunglasses) at the premiere of The Great Gatsby. Intimidated by everybody? We find that hard to believe, Anna.

Tell Us: Who wore Versace’s safety-pin dress best – Elizabeth Hurley or Lady Gaga? This one is a toughie.

Tell us what you’re buzzing about this week, or tweet us at @ruelala.

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May 6, 2013

Fashion Books We Love

Fashion Books We LoveWhile most of us have mile-high stacks of Vogue at our desks (for professional purposes only, of course), we do dive into more substantial reading from time to time. Here are our favorite fashion-forward texts:

Nostalgia in Vogue: This compilation includes a selection of Vogue’s famous “Nostalgia” columns published since 2000.

Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life: This controversial account draws on letters and other records to reveal the less-discussed (and scandalous) chapters of this influential designer’s life.

Grace: A Memoir: Vogue Creative Director, former model, and international icon Grace Coddington gives us a witty, blunt narrative of a life lived fashionably.

The Fashion Book: Aptly named, The Fashion Book is a coffee table book to end all others. This A to Z tome takes a comprehensive look at the most important names in fashion, dating all the way back to the 1860s.

The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman: Penned by the one and only Christian Dior, this indispensable source covers the fashion fundamentals every woman should adhere to.

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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February 28, 2013

Spotlight On: Polly Allen Mellen



In her ongoing Fashion Icons series at New York’s 92Y, Fern Mallis interviewed the icon to end all icons: Polly Allen Mellen.

While most folks outside of the fashion world might not have heard of her, Polly Mellen is a legend in the industry. The stylist responsible for some of fashion’s most indelible 20th-century images – Twiggy’s flower-power Vogue covers, Nastassja Kinski and the snake, Lisa Taylor in The Story of Ohhh…., Deborah Turbeville’s bathhouse shots – Polly started her career as a salesgirl and display designer at Lord & Taylor before going on to work as a sittings editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Allure.

She retired in 2001, after winning the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award, to spend time with her beloved family, but is enjoying a mini comeback thanks to her inclusion in the new book, In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, and her appearance in the accompanying HBO documentary of the same name, in which she stars alongside Vogue fashion editors Babs Simpson, Tonne Goodman, and Grace Coddington.

On Wednesday night, the 88-year-old spitfire (who still skis, swims, hikes, gardens, and does Pilates every day) took to the stage in her trademark silver bob, black turtleneck, and sparkly Vera Wang trousers to talk about her days at Miss Porter’s School alongside classmates Gloria Vanderbilt and Jacqueline Bouvier, her reputation as a demanding boss (both Vera Wang and Joe Zee got their starts as Polly’s assistant), and her storied 60-year career working with Diana Vreeland and such legendary photographers as Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Arthur Elgort, and Bruce Weber. Here are the highlights.
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December 28, 2012