Michelle Obama is getting a lot of attention for her keen fashion sense, but it seems that she passed along her style gene to daughters Malia and Sasha. In November, the first lady’s team approached J.Crew about submitting sketches for inaugural events, and the label submitted 20 sketches based on details they received about the first family. “Malia, she likes pleats and pared-down things and is not a huge fan of sparkles, but little Sasha loves bright colors and sparkly things,” said Jenna Lyons, J.Crew’s creative director. It seems that at age 10, Malia’s fashion tastes tend to be on the sophisticated end of the scale, while Sasha, 7, prefers to dress more playfully. So far, Malia and Sasha have worn two outfits each designed for them by J.Crew, and Michelle Obama has worn one; There were 15 outfits, comprised of about six pieces each, created for the Obama women. Come fall, similar clothes will be introduced into the crewcuts by J.Crew line, but they won’t be exactly the same. “They’ll be versions of them but not the exact coat, in that color, with those buttons,” Lyons said. “Malia and Sasha will not go to school next year and see the girl next to them wearing the same coat.” Heaven forbid anyone else have the same coats as the first daughters! [WSJ] Keep reading »
Perfumes that waft the scent of rose petals and jasmine, your time is up. What we would normally consider to be a not-so-sexy scent is now being bottled up, sold, and just might be the new aphrodisiac. Say goodbye to the conventional perfumes like Chanel No. 5 and Ralph Lauren’s Romance. New to the market are more unique perfumes with a totally bizarre top-notes. Photographer Nick Knight is working on a scent called Violence, which is supposed to smell like sweat. Gag! Keep reading »
Pretty soon spring will begin to bloom in retail stores across the country, even though it is still rather frigid outside. This season you can get more bang for your buck by creating a streamlined, more cohesive style rather than buying a ton of stuff that doesn’t really go together. We explain the biggest trends this spring after the jump. Tell us in the comments which one appeals to you most.
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I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: Winter is really all about having fun with tights. If you find an awesome pair that doesn’t match anything you own, just wear them with colors that are in the same family, like this young lady and her palette of deep hues. [Weardrobe] Keep reading »
True story: I mostly miss the boat on trends. About three years ago, Ray-Ban Wayfarers made the scene. I saw them on the likes of Kirsten Dunst and Sienna Miller in paparazzi photos—and, at the time, wasn’t so sure about their place in my wardrobe. For one, I wasn’t about to spend the money on something that wouldn’t at least kick around for a season (cough cough, my numerous misguided baby doll dress purchases) but also, I didn’t know if they could be me. Let’s just say that, sartorially speaking, I’m not hipster-ish, not super-pink-green-and-pearls-preppy—I try to be a classic version of what’s happening in fashion at any given time. How would Vogue characterize me? Slightly seasonally madcap, but optimistically sophisticated? Uh, yeah sure, I’ll stick to that.
So, for the last three years I’ve mulled over the Wayfarer purchase, at times getting quite close to plunking down the 120 dollars—i.e. spending an hour in Solstice discovering that buying a pair can be rather confusing, didja know there are about three versions of the original out there?—and alternatively swearing off the trend completely. Fashion shouldn’t be this hard. I should save my over-analyzing nature for more important topics, right?
Mostly my M.O. is to become entirely no-looking-back enthralled with a trend because of one photo. Keep reading »
We love fun scarves just as much as the next fashionista, but, dang it, trying to make a fancy scarf look cute, rather than like something Jan from “The Brady Bunch” would wear, isn’t always the easiest task. Thankfully, this statement piece crafted from vintage Oscar de la Renta or Chloe silk scarves will look beautiful around your neck, no fancy scarf-tying skills needed. Sure, it costs $125, but just remind your label-loving self that it’s designer. [$125, Manic Trout] Keep reading »
Not even three full days into being The First Lady, Fashion Week organizers are already planning to invite Michelle Obama to the festivities in February in New York City. Mrs. Obama has been making headlines for her fashion trends for some time so this invite comes as no surprise. She’s been so influential for her fashion sense and style. J.Crew’s Website saw a 64 percent traffic spike the day after she wore the label on “The Tonight Show.” She put designer Jason Wu in the spotlight for her inaugural gown, and she continues to make other designers become household names like Thakoon Panichgul and Mario Pinto. Mrs. Obama’s invite couldn’t have come at a better time considering many designers have pulled out of Fashion Week and the industry really needs a boost right now. IMG senior vice president said, “We have several other great initiatives like that that I certainly think are perfect for her and her daughters.” No word on which shows are extending invites. [NY Mag ] Keep reading »
Fall 2009 Fashion Week will hit Bryant Park in less than a month and designers, faced with a poor economy and dwindling sales, are running scared. Young designers have a difficult time securing the $100,000 necessary to show in tents, so well-known designers and bigger labels make up the largest group of casualties. After the jump, an update of who is showing where during Fashion Week. Keep reading »
Have you ever had one of those days where you feel your hair is a total mess? When it looks bad in a ponytail and really bad when you wear it down? Well, if you don’t have a cute little beret to cover up that messy mane on your head, one of these lace headbands from Urban Outfitters will totally do the trick. Putting one on is such a quick and simple way to manage uncooperative hair. People will be spending so much time checking out (and complimenting) it, they won’t even notice that you didn’t brush out those knots. [$11.99 UrbanOutfitters.com]
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The name Jason Wu is hot on everyone’s lips right now, as it should be. The 26-year-old designed Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball gown and, let’s not forget, the shift dress she wore for a Barbara Walters interview in November. After the jump, a brief introduction to the cherubic-faced designer, whose dress for the new First Lady will become part of the Smithsonian’s collection of inaugural dresses. Keep reading »