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Need Another Online Shopping Site? Maybe.

Between Gilt Groupe, ideeli, Rue La La, and The Outnet, the web is clogged with newsletters, online shopping sites, and exclusive deals, but pretty soon another one will be added to the masses. A former retail exec, Cecilia Pagkalinawan, and venture capitalist, Jim Robinson IV, have hatched a plan to launch StyleTrek, which aims to create a brand-new way to shop. Like we haven’t heard that before. But instead of focusing on established designers, Cecila plans to give those who are emerging a chance to flaunt their wares through social commerce. Keep reading »

Eley Kishimoto For Anthropologie Looks Like Maternity Wear

We love an Anthropologie designer collaboration as much as the next girl, but the newly released Eley Kishimoto collection is a dud. Cheaper fabrics don’t seem to do justice to Eley Kishimoto’s usually cute prints and shapes, and all the clothes veer pretty intensely towards maternity wear. The line is available in the U.K. and a handful of U.S. outposts right now. That said, you’re not missing much. Click through for a look at the lackluster options. [Fashionista] Keep reading »

A Storefront In NYC For Only $7 A Day!

Have you always dreamed of opening up a store in a trendy neighborhood? Do you have $7? If you answered yes to both of these questions, your dreams may very well be on the cusp of coming true, albeit in a half-assed sort of way. Shopping Box, a new store in New York City’s Soho neighborhood (famous for its high rents and posh stores and restaurants), offers small display spots in their shop for $7 a day — less if your box isn’t in the window at eye level. Apparently, this business model is common in Japan and vendors can use the space to sell old accessories, new crafts, whatever. It sounds a lot like real-life eBay to us. Think it’ll work? [Racked] Keep reading »

Worth The Splurge: Something Sparkly From Gryphon

Designers do different, very specific things well. Burberry, for example, knocks it out of the park with coats, yet charges almost $300 for an ill-fitting polo. When it comes to well-executed sparkles, Gryphon is queen. Yes, they sometimes overdo it — as people who are into shiny clothes are wont to do — but they frequently manage to make sequins and rhinestones look badass, not diva. My favorite is their matte silver tee with black chiffon drape for $325. Yes, that’s expensive, but before you start vomiting at the thought of it, consider its many uses: worn simply with jeans, paired with trousers, tucked into a high-waisted skirt for a cocktail party, paired with a mini for a night out. I dare your other T-shirts to do all of those things. [$325, Saks Fifth Avenue] Keep reading »

Which Mass Retailer Does Whitney Port Shop At?

As one of the more controversial retailers out there, you may live in denial that Walmart could ever produce anything classy. (Having Miley Cyrus design a line doesn’t quite help the image, though we do love Norma Kamali‘s offerings at the store.) This may change with the help of Whitney Port, who was spotted wearing a cute jersey dress that’s apparently from the store’s juniors collection, Susie Rose. Proving our instincts wrong that Whitney’s dress would be the only wearable thing in the mix, we found that there are actually quite a few pieces that show off a real sophisticated edge. A $16 romper nails basic preppy style, while elegantly draped ruffle tops will only set you back $12. If you’re interested in buying something, keep in mind that Susie Rose is a juniors line—like that’s ever stopped us before—so you’ll want to size up. Check after the jump for a few more looks from Walmart’s Susie Rose collection. What do you think? [Fashion Indie, Walmart] Keep reading »

Net-A-Porter Sells Out Of $6,000 Alexander McQueen Dress—How Much Will You Drop Online?

When Net-A-Porter started up in 2000, it seemed doubtful that people would buy premier designer goods off the internet, sight unseen. But the times, they did change, and now we’re all online shopping. However, it still seems shocking to us that shoppers drop thousands of dollars through e-commerce sites. For example, this famous Alexander McQueen dress retails for $6,375 and is completely sold out on Net-A-Porter. Other items people are scooping up? A Marie-Hélène de Taillac’s 22-karat gold bracelet for $1,805, a Fendi embroidered tote for $6,980, and an Alaïa leather belt for $1,335. Who are these people, and can we be their best friends?

Do you have a limit on how much you’ll spend on an item online? Especially if you haven’t seen it in person or tried it on? [Net-A-Porter.com] Keep reading »

Fashion’s Night Out Travels Around The World

Unless you live in New York City, you probably didn’t care much about last September’s Fashion’s Night Out. This year, however, Anna Wintour‘s pet project is going global. From Sept. 7, when the event begins in France, to Sept. 16, when it ends in Greece and Turkey, 16 countries will participate in the shopping extravaganza, with the various countries’ editions of Vogue spearheading the events. Retailers in the United States that are outside NYC can sign up to participate, too. And all of this, from the largest public fashion show, held in NYC on Sept. 7, to whatever crazy stunts retailers dream up, could make it into the CBS special that’s being made about the event, the goal of which is “to celebrate and support the fashion and retail industries with full-price shopping.” [Fashion's Night Out]

UPDATE: Fashion’s Night Out was actually global last year, too, but this year’s event has three additional countries participating. With so much focus on NYC’s festivities (we do live in the Big Apple, after all), we had no idea! Keep reading »

Spend $30,000 On Makeup And You Officially Have A Problem

If you think you spend a lot of money on makeup, this woman will make you feel better about your excessive mascara and lip gloss purchases. Meet Hillary Kosofsky, who owns a total of $30,000 worth of beauty products. During her 54 years, she’s become totally obsessed with buying any form of makeup or hair care product, but face creams don’t make the cut. Here’s her main problem: When she goes shopping and falls in love with the appearance of a product, she’ll buy two just to keep one fully intact! It’s makeup, lady, not art. With this kind of consumption, it’s easy to see just why Hillary has money problems. In addition to all the multiples she owns, Hillary can count at least 9 hairsprays, 29 shampoos, 137 eyeshadow palettes, 32 concealers, 86 nail polishes, and 25 brushes that are currently stockpiled in her house. And when she’s not snagging new beauty items on impulse, Hillary is strategizing about her next big splurge. When new magazines come to her house, she’ll flip through and rip out pages to remember what to buy at the store. As if she really needs more. And yes, she was in debt up to $14,000 at one point, but her devoted husband paid it off. [MSN] Keep reading »

NYU Students Dream Up Your Next Shopping Addiction

Watch out, Gilt Groupe. There’s a new sample sale site launching and fashion lovers will be just a teensy bit obsessed with it for one major reason. Instead of offering last season’s wares like so many discount stores and sites, ToVieFor plans to sell designer items from the current season’s collections. Two students at New York University’s Stern School of Business, Melanie Moore and Susanne Greenfield, created the website and were just awarded $75,000 in prize money for their invention, though you’ll have to wait until summer for the site to launch. You can expect sales prices 40 to 70 percent off current season handbags and accessories from brands like Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, and Marc Jacobs. But here’s the catch: In order to place a bid, users are required to pay between $1 to $5 for each session (the site combines members-only and dutch-auction sale styles). But what’s a dollar when you’re saving on designer goods that aren’t sooo last season? [ToVieFor via NY Times] Keep reading »

5 Lies We Tell Ourselves While Shopping

When we’re out shopping and a shirt catches our eye, we’ll tell ourselves anything to justify buying it, even when we already have at least 25 other perfectly good tops hanging in our closet. We’ll find a way to convince ourselves to make a purchase seem practical if we want it badly enough. What lies do you tell yourself when you want to buy something that you don’t really need? Keep reading »

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