So, of course, being invited to join the CFDA, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, is the highest honor an American designer can achieve. Oddly enough, William Rast, Justin Timberlake’s clothing line, and The Row, from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, have both been inducted to the council. Is anyone else uber confused? We sorta get the Olsens. After all, their clothing line has been gaining lots of buzz since it first debuted, and the fashion set loves it for being well-made and well-designed, if a little pricey. But William Rast? What’s to love? It’s primarily known for producing denim. We need answers, and we need them now! If not, we’d at least like a CFDA invitation ourselves since it looks like anyone with a needle and thread can join. Sorry, but we had to take it there! [CFDA] Keep reading »
For you, dressing “granny-chic” is stylish in an ironic way. But for the AARP card-carrying set, not so much. Which is why we’re loving Advanced Style, a fashion photo blog of older ladies and gentlemen sporting their Sunday finest. Or, in its own words, “Proof from the wizened and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.” On the blog, there’s documentation of rad grandpas in suits and old ladies in wild prints and hats. My favorite, however, has to be “Leonora in Pearls,” not only because we share the same name, but also because Grams is rocking some seriously classy Dior shades. If this is a glimpse of my future, I can’t say I find it to be too terrifying. [Advanced Style] Keep reading »
There was a very special decade called the ’90s when body piercings really meant something to angsty teens struggling to take a stand and establish themselves as edgy, independent, and most of all “unique” individuals. Nose rings were an especially popular way to show the world that you were a totally badass Adult-with-a-capital-A, yet didn’t trust anyone over the age of say, 24. Those teenagers grew up and got Real Jobs and eventually ditched the ironworks, which is why we caught a wave of nostalgia when we spotted supermodel Iris Strubegger rocking a rather major septum piercing in this month’s (what else?) French Vogue. Keep reading »
Apparently there’s no dress code at the offices of Gilt Groupe, the online sample sale Mecca that we are obsessed with, because the founders “adore the personal style of every employee.” From the “blokes” at the warehouse in their Kidrobot tees to the world’s most stylish IT department, members of which teeter around in Louboutin and D&G, from the sound of it, it’s like fashion nirvana over there. [The Huffington Post]
But while site founders Alexandra Wilkis Wilson and Alexis Maybank may be down with all manners of sartorial experimentation, I can think of quite a few times when previous bosses were a tad aghast at my work wardrobe. Like that time I wore five-inch heels to oversee envelope stuffing at a politician’s campaign office. I was totally fine, but all of my coworkers thought it was hilarious for some reason. Lucky for me, I’ve since left political fundraising in favor of a more fashionable line of work and my office outfit mishaps are at a minimum these days. Too bad I can’t say the same for everyone else!
Check out some awesome work outfit horror stories after the jump and let us know if you’ve had any winners (by which we mean losers) of your own.
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We don’t care how much money you have — or don’t have — there’s nothing like free stuff. One of the best deals we’ve heard of in ages is getting ready to assault your senses, or more to the point, your skin, in mere hours. Estee Lauder is giving away a quarter million bottles of their new night cream this Thursday (that’s tomorrow!). The cream, called Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex (say that three times fast), will be handed out across the country from 5 to 9 pm at Estee Lauder department and specialty store counters. These ain’t no skimpy samples by the way. They’re giving you enough to last 10 days. Just enough time to get hooked… Go here for more deets! Keep reading »
Sometimes inspiration comes when you’re not looking for it. In some of our random fashion browsing on the Internet, when we were looking for clothing-related posts, we found ourselves completely ignoring the goods on the page and were instead entranced by these models’ hairstyles. The styling on each is perhaps perfect—braids complimented by Grecian and knotted accessories. Here’s how to get these two innovative ‘dos… Keep reading »
We hear Jean Touitou, the designer behind cult French label A.P.C., may be taking the popular multidisciplinary approach to the fashion business, but in a completely unexpected way. A few months ago, Touitou opened a school for two- to six-year-olds in Paris called Ateliers de la Petite Enfance (or A.P.E. for short). We’re just learning about the posh, artsy academy now, so it made us wonder what would happen if other fashion designers started schools…what would they teach? Keep reading »
Attention, Proenza fans: Fashion It duo Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough have come out with a textile collection for interiors mega-company Knoll that’s dark and dramatic—and mostly, it seems, inspired by their past collections. Think rich jewel tones, a range of neutrals, classic damask, plus a handful of other patterns and the Proenza favorite color combo of navy and black. Knoll doesn’t list prices, but I have to assume their textiles, like their collection, don’t come cheap. Still, do we like? [Knoll via Domicidal Maniac] Keep reading »
Christian Lacroix has been so badly in the red as of late that he was given until the end of this month to find an investor to save his company or else he’d face liquidation. With a few days to go until August, it looks like Lacroix may be saved yet. Bernard Krief Consulting, a French firm that specializes in buying and saving failing companies, plans to put in a bid for the Lacroix label this Monday. Keep reading »
We all adore Nicole Miller for her bold, sexy, chic cocktail dresses which work just as well for the senior prom in your hometown as they do for a high-brow shindig in the big city. It’s her knack for turning out fashion-forward yet wearable pieces that has elevated Miller into full-on American Fashion icon status. Her clothes are worn by red carpet regulars like Angelina Jolie, Jessica Simpson, and Beyonce, while her show during New York Fashion Week attracts hundreds of top fashion editors. So just imagine my sheer joy when I got a chance to chat with the designer herself this week about everything from her busy schedule to the mean girls of fashion! Dig in, after the jump!
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