● The Brazilian government is mad at supermodel Gisele Bündchen’s new tongue-in-cheek lingerie ad, which they’re calling “sexist.” [Vogue UK] ● The hunt for Kanye West PFW show details continues. Not only have the official hard-copy invites been sent out, but we now know that the collection will include lots of zippers. [The Cut] ● Wait, there’s more! The front row for Mr. West’s debut womenswear show is expected to include everyone from the Olsen twins, Naomi Campbell, and Beyonce, to designers Riccardi Tisci, Alexander Wang, and Olivier Theyskens. We’re curious to see if any bloggers get invited [WWD]
● Zoe Saldana will host Gen Art’s legendary Fresh Faces in Fashion show in LA on October 22. Peep the designer roster and grab your tickets before it’s too late. [Gen Art] ● Behold designer Delfina Delettrez’s curious collection of hair-inspired jewelry. [Fashionologie] ● Would fashion care about Zombie Boy if he didn’t have all those tattoos? [Styleite] ● Ugh. Forever 21 has knocked off yet another designer, and this time it’s one of our favorite jewelry lines, Made Her Think. [The Cut]
Alexander McQueen always put on incredible runway shows, there’s no doubt about it. You can’t describe them as anything less than spectacular. They are always my favorite shows to watch because you never know what you’re going to see or what is going to happen. We can only hope the incredible designs live on, despite the untimely death of Lee Alexander. While absolutely stunning, Alexander McQueen designs can sometimes be a little over-the-top for some of us. I love the drapey look and shimmery pink/gray color combo of this runway ensemble. So how can we appropriate the design and create a wearable version? With just a little research and creativity!
Start with this Walter jacquard tank dress, $99.20.
Layer on a neutral pink Forever 21 cardigan, $15.80.
Add this draped sequins necklace by Suzanna Dai, $395, to implement the sparkle.
Finish the look with this ASOS beaded silver belt, $44.82.
Who knew something so original could be so inexpensive? Woollen Collar Heeled Boots, $35.80, Forever21.com.
Looking like a celeb doesn’t have to cost you thousands. With a little creativity and research you can get that designer look without maxing out your Amex. You’ll be surprised how far a few hundred dollars can take you. After all, how much fun is a purchase if you’ll be eating ramen for a month to make up for it? I’ll admit: I also wanted a chance to rifle through ModCloth.com, which definitely has the best prices on the most adorable dresses. So put your credit card away. You can pay for this one in cash, baby!
The Look: Rachel Bilson mixes sweet with sassy in a Chanel Resort 2011 Beige Dress and Camilla Skovgaard Chain-Link Sandals at the Artist’s Museum Happening MOCA Los Angeles Gala.
The Steal: Mod Cloth Love Potion Dress, $119.99.
Boutique 9 Eleina Leather Chain Sandals, $133.
Forever 21 Black Clutch, $12.80.
Add gold hoops and a ring to complete, and voila, a designer look for well under $300!
From her red-and-white polka dot mini dress, black stockings, and over-sized yellow pumps, Minnie Mouse has become the most famous style icon in animation. Originally designed in 1920s flapper-style, the fashion-forward Disney character has been a trendsetter for nearly a century (and not just as a Halloween costume for tots and tweens). In 2008, Minnie took on NYC Fashion Week as part of Zac Posen’s memorable ready-to-wear collection, where models walked down the runway with black pom-poms in their hair like mouse ears. More recently, Mickey’s better half has made an appearance in Forever 21’s 2010 holiday collection as “Minnie Muse.”
Minnie Muse is a line of loose-fit, lightweight-knit long and short sleeve tees, tanks, hoodies, and cardigans each displaying a different Minnie Mouse image, from graffiti and airbrushed versions to rhinestone-embellished graphics. Another line of Minnie-inspired tops, Purple Cloth’s Holiday 2010 “Mini-Minnie” collection features screenprinted crewneck T-shirts.
Whether you call it a warmer, snood, or just a really cozy necklace, the circle scarf has swiftly made its way into stylish closets everywhere. The pre-shaped style is easy to throw on top of any outfit, saving the time you’d normally spend deciding on how to wrap your conventional scarf. Above are a few examples to fit every budget, but if you’d rather test the trend before you buy, grab an old knit sweater and some gorilla tape and follow this brilliant how-to.
Clockwise from left: lillystory Circle Knit Scarf, $27; Forever 21 Ribbed Knit Snood Scarf, $8.80; Madewell Slouchy Knit Circle Scarf, $58; Dégaine Shredded Infinity Scarf, $98.
The end of summer shouldn’t mean storage for your favorite mini-frocks. Take a tip from Paul & Joe‘s Fall/Winter 2010 collection on how to bundle up with cozy legwear under knitted jumpers and sheepskin-trimmed shorts. Try a layered look under micro minis, pairing crochet tights with mohair legwarmers or over-the-knee shearling boots. Leave bulky snowsuits for the slopes and go for a sleeker, more feminine silhuouette in all things legwear.
As temperatures begin to drop, find a way to stay toasty by slipping into a pair of American Apparel stockings or thigh-high socks from Forever 21.
● Forever 21 (Midtown West) – Fast fashion staple enters Times Square fray with massive four-floor array that seems to go on forever.
The arrival of a massive Forever 21 in Times Square is nigh. Set to occupy the former Virgin Megastore storefront, Forever 21 will open its doors to a sprawling 90,000-square-foot (read: an entire city block long) fast fashion behemoth in the middle of billboard-and-tourist heaven. To help ring in the highly-anticipated June 25th debut, the LA-born retailer has installed a massive countdown clock (pictured here). “Bonus intel: Our spies tell us that everything inside the store is white, including the chandeliers hanging from the ceiling over the escalators to the lower levels,” says Racked.com. In addition to a monochrome interior, shoppers can expect countless racks stocked with knock-offs and the cheap, disposable, uber-trendy styles with which the retailer has become synonymous. Meanwhile, fellow Angeleno clothing purveyor Arcade has taken its shop into digital territory.
LA’s Arcade boutique has been busy constructing a virtual storefront. The shop, which sits on Melrose, stocks the likes of Preen, Yigal Azrouel, and Kimberly Ovitz, among other designers. As of this week, shoppers from around the country can nab designs being housed at arcadeboutique.com. Also on view: a blog offering features like Creative Director and CEO, Rochelle Gores Fredston’s 5 favorite pieces from the shop and previews of what buyers have snapped up for future seasons.