Art Basel Miami Weekend: Gareth Pugh, Tilda Swinton, & Del Toro

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As we emerge from the blur that was the closing weekend of Art Basel Miami, we can now reflect on the ragers that kept us going until the wee hours. And while most of the soirées we attened were on our must list, there were definitely a few unexpected stops along the way. Read on for the highlights.

Miami-based footwear brand, Del Toro, kicked off the weekend with a fete at designer Matthew Chevallard’s crib, Casa del Toro. The event honored the DT’s latest artist collaborations series, which brought the work of notables like Paul Aho, Army of One, and Pharrell Williams onto the Del Toro slipper. In addition to gifting partygoers with logo-embossed mini moleskins, Kanon Organic Vodka was on deck to refresh guests with their signature libations. The night capped with stops at Visionaire‘s Rio-inspired party, and GrandLife’s jam-packed "This is New York" bash at the Delano.

Over in the Design District, actress Tilda Swinton hosted an intimate Pringle of Scotland cocktail pairing dinner sponsored by–you guess it–Kanon Organic Vodka. Although it was Swinton’s first time in Miami, her signature minimalist style wasn’t the least bit compromised, as she rocked slicked back hair and an even slicker Pringle of Scotland trench.

Saturday night belonged to Gareth Pugh, as he welcomed guests like supermodel Lily Donaldson and actress/model Byrdie Bell to a private dinner at Baoli-Vita. The event toasted the British designer’s latest collab with Brazilian footwear brand, Melissa Shoes, and featured a very happy Pugh: "Melissa has been extremely supportive over the years, so I’m very excited to finally work with them," he told us. "And there’s no better place to toast the collaboration than here. I love this weather!" As do we. Until next time, Miami.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Inspires New Helmut Lang & LD Tuttle Footwear

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Who knew the rangers of the Night’s Watch were so on-trend? Apparently Helmut Lang and LD Tuttle, because they’ve just revealed that this rugged band of soldiers on HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones motivated their fall footwear capsule. Naturally, the range features wedges and booties in 100% goat and calf suede, as well as "prints inspired by the mystical forest," per the release. Is this a fashionable medieval nerd’s dream come true or what?

Although the collection urges you to channel your inner Jon Snow, I have a hard time believing that the bastard son of Lord Eddard Stark would fork over the dough required to acquire these warrior chic styles. The midnight floral leather wedge bootie in red multi (above, left) is $695 and the burnished suede bootie in "deer" (above, right) is $645. There’s also a suede tall boot for $795 and flat boot for $750. 

Wait until these styles officially hit stores on August 2, or shop them online now here

 

Here’s More of Lana Del Rey’s Pouty Campaign for H&M

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All the images for Lana Del Rey’s H&M fall campaign have officially arrived and, as expected, they’re super retro and pouty. The LA noir-inspired shots lensed by the legendary Inez and Vinoodh feature the 26-year-old raspy singer in a contemplative state as she poses in the Swedish retailer’s pretty seasonal threads, donning a dramatic cat-eye and nude lips.

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They must have tamed LDR’s beehive a bit to make it more noir. Interesting drop earrings — is that an upside heart? Also, she has really long nails.

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I dig these printed pants and that peplum top. Fun fact: Kate Upton recently tried the ’60s teased pigtail thing too, which didn’t work out as well.

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Could it be? A smile! See more images here and watch LDR’s "National Anthem" video for H&M featuring A$AP Rocky here

Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Her Goop on Clothing

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As much as I’d like to, I can’t hate on Gwyneth Paltrow. She’s an A-list actress, is married to that Coldplay dude, used to date Brad Pitt, can sing her ass off, can cook her ass off, is in ridiculous shape, is (sometimes) friends with Madonna, can name her kids Apple and Moses without flinching and, above all, is best friends forever with Jay-Z and Beyonce. She also has a weekly e-newsletter named Goop that, despite its pun-worthy name, is actually pretty popular within the blogosphere—so much so that Paltrow has managed to commission her favorite designers to create limited-edition clothing for it on a weekly basis.

Last week, the actress unveiled the first Goop Collection garment, which was an exclusive tee designed by LA-based luxury basics purveyors, Kain Label. Posed as a modernized version of the essential wardrobe staple, the T-shirt’s $90 price tag is defended by fancy add-ons, like grosgrain piping on the sides and shoulders, which was inspired by tuxedo tailoring. This week’s piece is a $200 wide-leg jean by denim label MiH. Most flattering on super tall girls like Paltrow, The Marrakesh come in an "unwashed pure denim" style and feature a retro faded flair.

While Goop Collection’s designs are classic enough to appeal to a wide range of consumers, the price tag is a little less relatable. Would you wear Goop? Would you buy Goop?

Shhh: The Online Barneys Warehouse Sale is Live Right Now

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This just in: The legendary Barneys Warehouse Sale is being held online this season for the first time, ever. Racked revealed that although the IRL sale was cancelled altogether in LA, the NY sale is still happening—but in three long, grueling weeks from now. To satisfy hardcore bargain hunters, Barneys secretly launched the online version of the sale early today. I’ve been trolling the site all morning and I must say: I’m really enjoying not waiting in gross long lines, dealing with annoyingly aggressive shoppers, and scavenging through super picked-over racks only to find nothing in my size. 

Although the site is sure to crash at any given moment now that the whole world knows about it, so far it’s pretty smooth sailing. Some of my prized price-slashed finds include this Isabel Marant Lia Dress (reg $2,195; now $879), this Étoile Isabel Marant tie-dye short sleeve sweatshirt (reg $325; now $129), and this Boy. by Band of Outsiders leather trim short dress (reg $725; now $179). There’s stuff for dudes, kids and home, too.

Other worthy acquisitions include Yves Saint Laurent accessories (snatch up all o.g. stuff now before the brand becomes Saint Laurent Paris), Yohji Yamamoto dresses, Theyskens’ Theory everything, slacks by The Row, T by Alexander Wang basics, and heavenly prints by Suno. Go now, now, now!

Snakes & Corsets & Rhino Mice, Oh My! Anna Wintour Joins Pinterest

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The ever digitally-inclined Anna Wintour has found yet another way to communicate with her tech-savvy style stalkers. A new board called "Anna Wintour’s Favorite Images from Vogue" has just popped up on Vogue‘s Pinterest page, and apparently every single image was personally selected by the fashion rag’s editor-in-chief herself. So far, I’m digging her selects—especially this very creepy rhino mouse shot by famed fashion photographer Irving Penn for a skincare story in Vogue’s June 1991 issue. 

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Some other gems include this intense corset shot by Horst P. Horst and this serpent-friendly smoky-eye portrait lensed by Irving Penn. From what I gather, Wintour is really into black-and-white/history-inspired/thought-provoking/borderline disturbing imagery, which is kind of refreshing. Peep more Pins here.

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Gisele Bündchen Trumps Kate Moss as World’s Highest Paid Model

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The world’s most genetically-blessed human aka global supermodel aka editorial lifesaver aka woman who turned Tom Brady into Mr. Bündchen aka very definition of M.I.L.F. (do people still say that?) has yet again proved that this is her world and we just live in it. Forbes has just released their annual "World’s Highest Paid Models" list, and Gisele Bündchen’s earnings are light-years away from the rest of the lot—including former top ranker, Kate Moss. 

According to the list, the 31-year-old Brazilian bombshell married to New England Patriots quarterback Brady and mother of one (with another on the way!) achieved a ridiculous $45 million in earnings from May 1st, 2011 to May 1st, 2012. Fellow supermodel and the face of ’90s heroin-chic Kate Moss earned "just" $9.2 million.

As for the rest, Calvin Klein muse Natalia Vodianova earned $8.6 million, Victoria’s Secret goddess Adriana Lima earned $7.3 million, Dutch beauty Doutzen Kroes earned $6.9 million, Brazillian babe Alessandra Ambrosio earned $6.6 million, Orlando Bloom snatcher Miranda Kerr earned $4 million, gloriously gap-toothed Lara Stone earned $3.8, Sports Illustrated body Carolyn Murphy earned $3.5 million and South African stunner Candice Swanepoel earned $3.1 million. 

The total of all runner-up earnings is $49.2, which means that Bündchen needs just a few more millis to top the total of nine (nine!) supermodels’ earnings for an entire year. Just sayin’.

Fashion’s Night Out Expands to More Cities in Italy, Brazil, More

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Although some of us can’t be bothered with massive crowds roaming the streets in search of free food and fashion swag (my feet hurt just thinking about it), there’s no denying that people love them some Fashion’s Night Out. Last year‘s global shopping event was crazy-successful; visitor numbers rose by 92 percent from 2010 in London, and there were many other cities that shared similar increases. Because of this, FNO has decided to go bigger and better in 2012 by launching the retail push party in a handful of more cities.  

According to WWD, FNO will hit 19 markets across the globe and many countries have signed up to host it in multiple cities: "In Italy, there will be events in Milan, Rome, and Florence; Germany will host nights in Berlin and in Düsseldorf; and in Russia, Moscow and St Petersburg will have their own nights." Brazil, Greece, and Mexico are getting in on the multi-city action this year, too.

Global event dates: September 6 is US, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia, Mexico, Korea and Australia; September 7 is China, Germany (again), India and Russia; September 8 is Taiwan and Japan; September 10 and 12 is Brazil; September 13 is Italy (again), Portugal, Turkey, Mexico and The Netherlands; September 18 is Italy (again); September 20 and 25 is Greece. 

And lest you forget, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2012 is September 6 through 13 in New York, September 14 through 18 in London, and shows start on September 19 in Milan. 

The Man Repeller Brings Her Arm Party to BaubleBar

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Our one-stop-shop for covetable baubles at an affordable price, BaubleBar, has teamed up with everyone’s favorite man-repelling fashion rebel to launch an exclusive collection of bracelets. This partnership is meant to kick off the e-commerce site’s new personalization feature, which offers shopper a customized package of jewels at a set price. Given that Leandra Medine, of the ridiculously popular (and partnership-happy) blog The Man Repeller, knows a thing or two about an "arm party" (she actually bought the rights to the term last year), it only made sense to have her curate said packages.

To snap up a BaubleBar Arm Party, shoppers answer a series of questions ("Do you have petite wrists?" "Do you like bright colors?" "Do you like bold sparkle?") and are then sent a Man Repeller-selected set of five pieces for $50 (individual pieces would retail for $75). While the pictured neon and skull bracelets are the only collab samples currently showcased on the site, the brand promises that more styles are in the mix. Shop the collection now through June here.
 
(On another note, if you’re tired of all things "arm party" in general, Medine is debating on temporarily shelfing the term in the near future. We’re down with that.)