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What do you think of the cape coat trend for fall? On the one hand, you might feel a bit like Samantha of the American Girl dolls. On the other, you get a lightweight jacket for crisp weather that’s different and chic. For the most part, merch in stores is hugely expensive—think thousand-dollar Marni and Balmain pieces right off the runways. Yet, more affordable versions of the coat are popping up. If you want to get in on the high-end look, think about altering the feel with these cute picks. You can also scour eBay, which has some nice vintage jackets at the moment. After the jump, the deets on our four more accessible picks.
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Damn Lily! The singer-turned-Chanel-model showed up at a London party this weekend dripping in (presumably gratis) Chanel hardware. We knew the whole chunky necklace trend was mage right now (Rihanna certainly thinks so), but this rendition is totally intense. We love it but, budget-wise, we’ll probably stick to the DIY version our own Lily recently suggested. [London, 9/07/09] Keep reading »
And please don’t say “Sex & The City.” Just in time for Fashion Week, Turner Classic Movies has released its list of their top 15 “favorite fashion trendsetting classic films” and we easily agree with their picks (and not just because we’re related). There’s simply no match for Faye Dunaway’s tams and pencil skirts in “Bonnie and Clyde” (number 10), not to mention those cheekbones. In “And God Created Woman” (7) Brigitte Bardot brought the bikini to the forefront of fashion and epitomized sexy style. We love that for “Annie Hall” (13), Diane Keaton stuck to her guns and insisted they shoot her wearing what she preferred in real life, menswear-inspired (and actual) trousers and vests. And while we admit that there’s simply no rival for Grace Kelly’s impeccably-dressed, haute couture turn in “Rear Window,” as clichéd a film as it has become, it’s Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (9) that we’ll always think of when it comes to the ultimate marriage between fashion and film. Well, that and “Blade Runner,” which, um, oddly didn’t make the cut. Check out the entire list here. Keep reading »
Oh lordy, how’s this for crazy back-from-Labor-Day-weekend news? There’s a scary rumor circulating that our fashion nemesis, Christian Audigier of Ed Hardy fame, has purchased Michael Jackson‘s Neverland Ranch. Um, yeah.
According to an interview with Agence France-Presse, Audigier said, “I bought the Michael Jackson house. It’s something I’m gonna open just for the birthday (sic) of his death every June, where the media is gonna be able to come in and we’ll do exposes, etc.”
Of course entertainment bloggers are having a field day with this, but we’re more concerned with the sartorial side of things. It’s not as if Neverland is known for being a tasteful setting per se, but plop some Ed Hardy crap in there and it’s officially the tackiest place on earth. We just hope this rumor is false. [Houston Chronicle] Keep reading »
Damn Lily! The singer turned Chanel model showed up at a London party this weekend dripping in gratis Chanel hardware. We knew the whole chunky necklace trend was mage right now (Rihanna certainly thinks so), but this rendition is totally intense. We love it, but budget-wise, we’ll probably stick to the DIY version our own Lily recently suggested. [London, 9/07/09] Keep reading »
At the Diesel Jeans store in Paris, a new window display shows a female doll holding a very multicultural group of shirtless male dolls on leashes like slaves. Behind her, a slogan reads, “Women make the world go round.” This suggestion aims to put women on top, but does it? It sure is funny and eye-catching, but potentially has a negative and offensive subtext. Diesel’s advertorial agenda seems to read more like “Women’s money makes the world go round.”
Model Crystal Renn appeared on “Good Morning America” this morning to promote her book, Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition, and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves. Crystal was discovered by a model scout as a teen in Clinton, MS, and was told she could be a supermodel. But there was a catch: She would need to lose 70 pounds off her 5’9″ frame first. She did and got a $250,000 contract.
But after starving herself for years, Crystal decided she didn’t want to abuse her body anymore and decided to let it be the way it wanted to be, which was a size 12. While this isn’t the usual size fashion models come in, Crystal says she has been more successful since being true to herself, appearing on the cover of four international editions of Vogue, in various ad campaigns, and on the runway for Vena Cava, Heatherette, and Jean-Paul Gaultier. We’re not models, but her message is one we should all heed: Be yourself and you’ll get farther in life. Aww … [GMA] Keep reading »
We love fashion editor and street style blogger Caroline Blomst’s great eye and chic looks. In addition to blogging at Caroline’s Mode and co-running StockholmStreetStyle, she models her latest outfits online for our inspiration. We adore her latest find, this gold stud clutch from Gina Tricot. But if you’re looking for something you don’t have to travel to Sweden to score, our Catherine suggests the Kettle black leather stud clutch for $97 or the Melie Bianco stud clutch for $57. Keep reading »
Hear Ye: Come October, head turner Lady Gaga will put out a set of fashion earphones for the Beats by Dr. Dre line (which, by the way, claim to be the “most advanced headphones ever developed”). Among all the celeb denim and large-chain diffusion lines, this is definitely one of the more unusual star fashion forays. Then again, you wouldn’t quite expect Gaga to put out a collection of separates for Wal-Mart. (Or would she? For the irony?)
Called Heartbeats, the line of futuristic, typically-Gaga designs feature triangular metallic charms on the outside of the earbuds, which are meant to double as flashy jewelry. On the cords: a fastening with her autograph. We see how die-hard fans might be pumped to drop the $100-$150 price to get closer to Gaga’s music. Where things get weird, however, is the press release, which is so corny it reads like a De Beers commercial. Says LG: “In the deepest hour of the night, I confess to myself three things; I would die if I was forbidden to write, forbidden to love, or forbidden to fashion…Wear Heartbeats, love each other, and celebrate the art and lifestyle of music.”