New Website Provides Digital Tours of NYC Window Displays

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One thing that New Yorkers always look forward to during the holidays is the unveiling of their city’s festive window displays. Brand boutiques and department stores alike get in on the action, offering window-shoppers superior eye candy for their morning strolls. City residents and visitors used to be the only ones with access to these visuals, but thanks to TurnHills.com, the world can now experience Manhattan’s legendary windows from the comfort of their homes.

TurnHills.com launched last Thursday and offers high-quality images of approximately 37 NYC store displays, from high-fashion (Chanel, Dior, and Burberry) to fast-fashion (Zara, American Apparel, and H&M). In addition to viewing the full images, users can zoom in on specific products displayed, allowing them to digitally scan the store’s exhibited goods.

Currently, images are submitted by the company’s team of photographers, but in the near future they’ll be allowing users to upload their own window snaps (which, we hope, will be highly monitored to avoid shoddy photography). While the site promises that pictures are updated as soon as the display content changes, there can be a 2 to 3-day delay in some cases.

This is a convenient concept overall and a great way to utilize today’s technology to bring the city’s magic to the masses, but we wonder if this service lessens the sentimental value of the first-hand experience.

A Peek at Delfina Delettrez on Moda Operandi

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Cult-favorite jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez is known for her outre and, at times, perverse bauble creations. Remember these orgy cufflinks? We love that she takes chances and isn’t afraid to go against convention in order to provide adventure-seeking jewelry collectors with a fresh array of out-of-the-box options. Her latest offerings are now available on beloved runway-to-closet platform, Moda Operandi—and we’re hooked.

For fall 2012, Delettrez (who is also the daughter of Silvia Venturini Fendi) salutes her home, Rome. From large statement earrings featuring ancient Roman-inspired columns with an enamel eye (above, far left) to an ancient Roman-inspired tri-tone marble mosaic centerpiece in a unique arrowhead claw setting (below, center), this range is one of the best we’ve seen yet. Shop the complete collection here.

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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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Tag Your Look & Score Swag With Pose’s 12 Days of Giveaways

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Our favorite mobile style app, Pose, has just launched a sweet new feature called OOTD (Outfit of the Day), which allows users to tag multiple brands and categories in one look. Adding this multi-tagging tool to Pose’s super popular social shopping arsenal comes just in time for the big holiday retail rush, which is why they’re giving away a slew of covetable prizes to their top OOTD users.

To enter Pose’s "12 Days of Giveaways," download the latest version of Pose for your iPhone or Android, snap and tag your outfit, include the #OOTD and applicable brand hashtags, and share on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr. Do this every day to up your chances of winning holiday swag, like this Ostrich Cupid Satchel by Rebecca Minkoff, a Levi’s $150 gift card, a free one-year membership to JewelMint, a pair of Loeffler Randall booties, a nail art gift bag from HelloGiggles, sneakers from Creative Recreation & Good Art, or the grand prize: a $1,000 shopping spree.

Read the full rundown here, which includes what you need to pose for specific prizes, and enter now through December 18.

‘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

 

Gilt.com Is Hosting a Major Holiday Partywear Sale Today

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New Year’s Eve is a little over two weeks away, so naturally we’re stressing over what to wear. There’s a few ways we could go, like spending hours in line at holiday sample sales (only to find out that they’re out of our size), or taking the cheap route by attempting to revamp what’s already in our closets. Or we can bypass these likely letdowns and shop Gilt‘s plethora of partywear offerings from the comfort of our homes.

Today at noon, Gilt is hosting a super sale on dresses, footwear, and handbags that have been specially curated to ensure that you’re rocking the hottest look at every NYE party you decide to make a cameo at. Gilt hooked us up with a sneak peek of the designer goods that will be up for grabs, and we virtually bee-lined toward this gold metallic number by ADAM, which is marked down to only $169 (original $445).

Watch the clock to ensure that you’re first in line by noon, and shop here when it’s go time.

Model Sasha Owen-Longfellow Thinks Everyone Should Be Homeless At Least Once

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Today on Opening Ceremony’s blog, New News, they interviewed the model that designer Tara Subkoff hand-picked to represent her Imitiation of Christ line on the concept retailer’s website. The subject, Sasha Owen-Longfellow, is a part-time model and full-time blogger living in Brooklyn. Although her physical features are whimsically delicate, and her poses are classically demure, don’t let them fool you, because she’s funny and gives quirky interview answers.  

On the music she plays at shoots:
"People don’t usually like when I DJ at photo shoots. I play weird ambient Krautrock music and Disney songs."

On the best gift she ever received:
"I had an old Japanese man friend in Tokyo when I was living there last year. For my birthday he put me up in the Tokyo Ritz Carlton for three days, all expenses paid. Four hours of spa treatments and all the room service I could ever hope for. He said as long as I didn’t order The Diamond is Forever martini ($18,000) he wouldn’t be mad."

On what she thinks everyone should try at least once:
"Being homeless. I didn’t have my own bed for almost a year, moving from place to place and couch to couch. You really learn who your true friends are, and get to know people in a way that wouldn’t normally occur. You also learn how wonderful it is to be without furniture, rent, bills or too many possessions."

On her five necessities on a deserted island:
"Scotch, Jennifer her best friend, an attractive sterile man to fornicate with, hummus, and tampons."

Patterns, Pictureplane for Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2012

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Thanks to Prabal Gurung’s debut pre-fall presentation, we finally understand the meaning of "pre-fall." The ambiguous fashion season has always been a little unfocused, featuring commerical looks that were too light for fall and too dark for spring. This must be why Gurung decided to take matters into his own hands by providing pre-fall with an official identity—and a music video.

The main takeaway from Gurung’s pre-fall interpretation is that patterns are of the essence, but the seasonal spin is that the color palette should be warm and not too punchy. The designer combined spring’s signature patterns with fall’s earth tones to create a memorable kaleidoscope print for dresses and separates that we can’t wait to see on the likes of Chloë Sevigny, Carey Mulligan and maybe even Gurung’s newest fan, Rooney Mara. The range also features dark panel dresses and solid eveningwear if The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star wants to stay true to her character’s moody minimalist vibe.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Gurung collection without a music-happy promo video, so peep the designer’s 46-second film that features the catchy tune "Body Mod" by Pictureplane here, and get your hands on the collection before anyone else, courtesy of Moda Operandi, here

Raf Simons’ Jil Sander Replacement is Jil Sander

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Well, this is interesting. Today WWD reports that, hot off the heels of Jil Sander creative director Raf Simons’ exit, the real Jil Sander will be returning to the brand she founded in 1968 to reclaim her managing role. This would be Sander’s third comeback, following two phases of step downs in 2000 and 2004. Is she here to stay?

Although Jil Sander the brand is celebrated in the cult high-fashion realm, Sander the designer does have her work cut out for her. WWD talked to a few retailers who had very specific opinions about the brand’s direction. One retailer said that although a comeback makes sense now, “times have changed so much,” hinting that it may be time to update the brand’s aesthetic to appeal to a more commercial audience. Another retailer said that the brand’s knitwear works well, but the very slim cut of the suits cater to a younger demographic and "there are other brands that are not as expensive" that could deliver the same.

We’re curious to see what Sander will bring to the table and even more curious to see where Simons ends up.