It’s a good day to be Gucci. The Italian luxury house is all over the news today for not one, not two, but three (and a half) different announcements.
- They’re launching a multi-city pop-up store starting this October in New York City. From there the store will move to London, Berlin, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Gucci aficionados will be able to pick from 18 exclusive sneakers — 16 for men and two for women. Hot on the, er, heels of that news was the announcement that DJ and sneaker-addict Mark Ronson will be designing special kicks for the upcoming store. [Elle UK]
- But you don’t have to wait till then to score a pair of Gucci kicks. Go to Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW) tomorrow morning for deeply discounted Gucci goodies. The discount shoe chain just revealed that it will be selling shoes, belts, luggage and handbags from Gucci starting (tomorrow) Thursday morning at 9 a.m. for up to 60 percent off at stores nationwide. (Personally, we’d start camping out now.) [The Thread]
- And if the publicity and profit they’re generating from all this isn’t enough, please add winning a lawsuit to the mix. A judge ruled in favor of Gucci America today in a suit between the company and Gucci family members, Jennifer and Gemma (ex-wife and daughter of the founder’s grandson, Paolo Gucci). The duo attempted to license their names to sell bed sheets and other products, only to be blocked by today’s court orders. [Bloomberg]
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Call it one gorgeous example of wearable art: Club Monaco has just released a new collection of accessories based on the work of American artist Alexander Calder. Well-known for his mixed-media sculptures and kinetic aesthetic (he was the “inventor” of the mobile), it was Calder’s lower-profile accessories work recently exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York that lit a fire under the Club Monaco accessory designers’ a-s-s-e-s (in a good way, that is!). Check out the similarities above (Calder on the left, C. Mon to the right). Both make wonderful use of wire, bold lines and movable pieces. And, as far as I’m concerned, the best bit is that the necklaces are like bib necklaces “lite”—they all feel like the way trendy, heavily beaded and super-adorned bib necklaces out there, but are distinctly lighter and airier. Perfect for the remainder of summer! [Cool Hunting] Keep reading »
Ever feel like it’s just time to change your ‘do? Lately, I’ve been so sick of the mildly-different-variations-on-the-same-haircut that I’ve been rocking for the last five years. I’m not ever going to rock a Holmes-bob and it looks like the Kate Gosselin wig is sold out. Dammit!
As I was cruising for some “out of the box” hair ideas, I came across this amazing site, Don’t Judge My Hair—a blog that pays tribute to epic hair styles, like this woman whose hair must be an homage to jellyfish. I secretly think a guy I dated must have inspired this site. He shaved a strip down the center of his head and dyed the rest pink and, as a result, looked like a friggin circus clown. Anhoo … while I may not find the ideal new ‘do for me, I am certain to get closer to my new look by finding ones that don’t make the cut. After the jump, some REALLY, REALLY inspirational hair. Keep reading »
Oh. Look. It’s Leighton Meester on the cover of fashion bible Bazaar. Yawn. We’d say more about it, but the intense boredom this shot is inducing is threatening to put us to sleep. Oddly enough, it was shot by Terry Richardson, master of things both fashion-y and filthy. His shots usually bring to mind hypothetical future orgies. Like everyone in the picture is thinking, “Once this photo shoot is over, let’s all go back to my place and just see what happens.” Looking at Leighton, it’s difficult to believe that she’s thinking anything at all, the photograph is so empty. Though perhaps we’re being unfair; maybe she’s just entranced by the shiny, shiny dress. Keep reading »
On this day some 47 years ago, the world lost one hell of a saucy minx. We’re talking, of course, about Marilyn Monroe, the buxom blonde icon to end all icons who shagged movie stars, baseball players and presidents alike. (Allegedly, of course.) In an effort to bring out that little bit of Marilyn in all of us, here’s how we suggest paying your respects, sartorially, at least. Lindsay Lohan, we know you’ve already got your notepad out. Keep reading »
Physique 57 is an exercise studio in New York City where people walk in with their too-many-donut butts and come out looking like Heidi Klum. No, seriously. Physique 57 has a reputation for giving their clients long, lean muscles through a challenging routine of isometric exercises, interval training, and stretching. The studio has just launched a DVD series, allowing you to take advantage of the luxury workout at home.
Getting yourself to exercise at home isn’t easy, but you won’t suffer from lack of motivation from Physique 57′s video choices because they’re cut down into short, specialized workouts. Choose from the Classic 57 Minute Full Body Workout, the Arm and Ab Booster 30 Minute Workout, or for the ADD-inclined, an “express” full body option that only lasts 30 minutes. [$24.95-49.95, Physique57.com via Stylecaster] Keep reading »
When it comes to new ways of marketing products, businesses are really trying to cash in on social networking. The latest to stake a claim in the internet forums is retailer Lane Bryant, the plus-size mall chain. The new website, called Inside Curve, will allow users to give feedback and interact with the brand, as well as talk with other users. Says a company rep, “Our woman loves fashion, loves color, and insists on being on trend and knowing what’s coming next. Inside Curve is her opportunity to join thousands of women who feel the same way.”
Because digital marketing is still relatively new, taking an initiative like Lane Bryant’s brings up a lot of questions. Can social networking actually help your brand and business? Does it defeat the purpose of an online community if it’s created solely by sponsored content? And more specifically, for women: Is Lane Bryant attempting to mold out a better space for plus-sized women, as skinny fashion networks outnumber full-figured forums?
So what do you think? Cheap trick? Or a pioneer in bringing new options for women? [BusinessWire.com] Keep reading »
Here’s a perfect towel to purchase when you move in with someone new, whether it be your hubby or your friend. Everyone forgets to do their share of the chores sometimes, so why not invest in a towel that can double as a friendly reminder? It’s cheap, funny, and gets the dishes done. And when your roomie gets annoyed about having to wash or dry, he or she will have this towel to take it out on — not you! An accessory that helps keep relationships in check? Now that’s worth paying for. [$14.73, Keep Calm Gallery] Keep reading »
Oh, Zara. For years now, the store has worn the crown when it comes to churning out retail collections inspired by what we see on the runway. Rest assured that this season is no different. Look closely at their Fall 2009 offerings and you will spot a flurry of faux designer gear. Is it just us, or do those big shouldered blazers look a lot like Balmain’s iconic jackets? Those slouchy trousers? Mighty similar to pants from Chloe’s latest collection. Oh, and the feather trimmed skirt? Didn’t Louis Vuitton debut the same thing on their Spring/Summer 2009 catwalk? The answer might be yes to all three questions. But will that make Zara stop the look-a-likes? Never — and we love it! See a couple more images, after the jump… [Racked] Keep reading »
Topshop is joining forces with German-born designer Markus Lupfer once again, hot on the heels of the success of his previous eight collections with the retailer. This time around, Lupfer is offering his iconic sweaters in a lightweight fabric, emblazoned with oversized sequin images. There’s a pineapple, parrot, heart, bow, and lips to make pop-art lovers smitten, including the Rolling Stones fan. These sweaters will definitely help transition your wardrobe from summer into fall. And don’t be shy about wearing sequins in the day because sparkling is totally appropriate during the daylight hours now. But looking like Vanna White isn’t, so I’d pair these with simple leggings or skinny or straight leg jeans. The Markus Lupfer sweaters are currently available online for £85 (about $145), but will be in stores Aug. 25. Keep reading »