Watch Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lil Buck Dance Together in Rag & Bone

This is a collaboration we didn’t expect, but are absolutely thrilled about: legendary ballet dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov and buzzy street dancer Lil Buck, who specializes in a form called jookin’, appear together in the new video featuring the new men’s collection from Rag & Bone. Get a peek at the new fall collection while fueling up on inspiration for the day. This is worth watching:

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9 Amazing Non Duck Boots to Get You through the Snow This Winter

The weather outside is frightful 🙁 🙁 🙁

…Oh, and we live in a world where there’s a 100,000 person wait list for LL Bean’s classic duck boot. So having accepted those classics as a foregone possibility, we’re offering up some high-fashion options that will still keep your feet warm and dry.

Throwback to the early aughts in these otherworldly Pucci moon boots.
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Believable as an outdoorsy shoe but secretly far more chic than utilitarian, thanks to the ridiculously plush shearling lining. The Aerin Keel boot is the dream of everyone who prefers their aesthetic be described as such: “I went to college in Maine and I totally hiked, I just did it it expensively.” This, by the way, is not necessarily a bad thing. Gorsuch also carries these in a more chocolate hue.
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Another pick from Ms. Aerin Lauder, for the liberal arts student in all of us. The Alina boot has a lambskin shearling lining that would definitely make it easier to leave the house and step out into a snowy abyss.
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For the days when the snow has turned to slush, you can pretend you’re too serious and fashionable to be kicking through it joyously (while doing just that) knowing these Hunter x Rag & Bone rain boots won’t let anything in. David Neville and Marcus Wainwright have added chic tweaks in the form of a zipper and an angled top.
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Stuart Weitzman amps up the style factor of a practical lug sole with goatskin and PETA friendly faux-fur lining.
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These Burberry wellies have leather trim. I would wear these even if it isn’t raining or snowing.
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These Jimmy Choos look equally good rolled down/shearling exposed or high up and laced.
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La Canadienne is a go-to for reliable weatherproof shoes. These shearling boots are almost as good as sweatpants, and being over-the-knee keeps them on trend.
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Sorel’s Tivoli Boot comes in a chic navy. P.S. We are all about black and navy. No questions asked.
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If all else fails, or your boots are fine but for those icky salt stains, we recommend Boot Rescue wipes.

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Trends Out of Pre Fall: The Big Eight from Chanel, Alexander Wang, Belstaff, and More

Only a month and a half out – cue panic – from the new and improved New York fashion week, we can’t help but wonder what designers will bestow upon us this coming season. If the pre fall collections are any indication of what’s to come, we’ll be seeing an inundation of fringe, plenty of pleats and lots of lace. Plaids and floral will be prominent pattern stories, as will the black and white pairings that we saw this past spring. Big volume will remain a big player. And Bermuda shorts will make an impressive comeback.

(Above) Lace Resort

Seen at: Burberry, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone

Dark, dramatic lace could be found all throughout the pre fall collections.  This season’s lace felt romantic, sensual and not in the least bit girly.

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Seen at: ALC, Rag & Bone, Thakoon, Band of Outsiders

Reminiscent of a schoolboy uniform from private schools past, Bermuda shorts came back in a more tailored way. Rather than being oversized and slouchy they were grown up – a crisp, formal approach to the menswear trend.

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Seen at: DKNY, Donna Karan, Alice & Olivia, Narciso Rodriguez

The back and white pairings that dominated spring runways came back bolder and even more graphic. The contrasting colors felt distinctly harder, tougher, and seemed to harken back to the 1960s.

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Seen at: Chanel, Derek Lam, Alexander Wang, Nicole Miller

Cowboy hats, boots, and fringe, oh my. Epitomized by Chanel’s show in Dallas, the cowboy trend was more apparent than ever. Fringe found itself on everything from bags to the backs of dresses and broad rimmed hats and over the knee boots.

InFullBloom In Full Bloom

Seen at: Badgley Mischka, Erdem, Alice & Olivia, Temperley London

A perennial trend, flowers bloomed bold and beautiful this fall. In pastel pink and brooding black, blooms were rendered in a dozen different ways. We loved the graphic interpretations as well as the retro inspired prints.

Plaiditude A Plaiditude

Seen at: Altuzarra, Belstaff, Rachel Comey, Thakoon

Cleaning up the grungy plaids of last fall, this season’s tartans are crisp and classic with a modern twist. Interpreted in new color combinations and shapes the plaid feels reinvigorated and new.

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Seen at: ALC, Gucci, Tory Burch, Missoni

Pleated skirts in delicate swingy fabrics look simultaneously classic and fresh, especially when reinterpreted in silver metallic fabric or paired with sleek, minimal accessories.

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Seen at: Adam Lippes, Just Cavalli, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler

Proving more is more. Jackets and pants in particular were given an extra dose of volume. Big, boxy structural shapes reigned supreme.

BlackBook Tracks #12: Acts To See at Fashion’s Night Out NYC

It’s Fashion’s Night Out, which for some people, might be the best day of the year (just call it Treat Yo Self 2012). Special deals, limited edition gear, and complimentary drinks and snacks abound. If you’re in NYC, here are some options for music to see around town.

Theophilus London – “Last Name London”

Check out the ever-stylish rapper/Cole Haan collaborator at the Gramercy Park Hotel.

 

Azealia Banks – “1991”

If you weren’t lucky enough to catch her at Spin’s Fashion Week party last night, Yung Rapunxel will be appearing at the MAC store in Soho, presumably to support their new lipstick collaboration.

 

Icona Pop – “Sun Goes Down”

Rising Swedish duo Icona Pop will be bringing their non-stop energy to no less than four appearances tonight. They’ll be DJing at Helmut Lang in Soho, AllSaints in the Meatpacking District, and Mister H at the Mondrian Soho, as well as fitting in a live performance for Urban Outfitters.

 

Poolside – “Only Everything”

Dreams take flight in the new video for Poolside’s single “Only Everything,” their latest slice of chilled-out disco. Catch up on BlackBook’s Q&A with the LA-based duo and check them out tonight at 8 at Moods of Norway in Soho.

 

St. Vincent – “Champagne Year”

Sweet-voiced songwriter St. Vincent always has great style, so it’s no surprise that Rag & Bone are bringing her to their party. Here’s her song “Champagne Year” for a champagne night.

 

Frankie Rose – “Know Me”

The veteran member of Vivian Girls/Dum Dum Girls will take her darker solo project to Theory in the Meatpacking District.

 

Chairlift – “I Belong In Your Arms” (Japanese Version)

Synth-pop darlings Chairlift will be performing at Prada’s party in Soho. This is also sure to be a popular one.

 

Haim – “Forever”

LA rockers Haim have been working their way up for years, and they’re now undeniably buzzworthy. They’ll be playing at Topshop tonight.

 

Wild Belle – “Keep You”

Sibling duo Wild Belle will be bringing their dark pop sound to Mulberry in Soho. If you don’t get to see them tonight, you can always try to see their session at Le Baron next week.

 

POP ETC – “Live It Up”

The reinvented Morning Benders will be lending their weirdo R&B vibes to Morgane Le Fay’s event in Soho.

Rag & Bone Does High Fashion on a Low Budget

In lieu of studio lights, makeup artists, and personal assistants, his & hers label Rag & Bone has taken a decidedly minimal approach to their latest marketing campaign. Known for their sharply tailored, military-inspired clothes, Rag & Bone’s David Wainright and Marcus Neville put all creative control in the hands of the campaign’s models (the same faces that typically lead Rag & Bone runway shows): Sasha Pivovarova, Lily Aldridge, Abbey Lee Kershaw, and Edita Vilkeviciute. The girls were given digital cameras and told to wear the brand in the shots, but the rest was up to them.

The photographs were then made to resemble the kinds of fliers that wallpaper bodegas and grocery stores–similar to the ads for cheap French lessons or a child’s “Lost Dog” poster. As promotional material for Rag & Bone’s recently-launched online shop, the guerrilla campaign will integrate with the site as various other taste-makers are encouraged to submit similar photos featuring Rag & Bone clothes and accessories (Taylor Tomasi Hill and Julia Frakes have already been contacted about participating). The DIY project officially launches on the site February 7th, but the full set of flier images can be seen here.

Pre-Fall Collections Are Here: What Exactly Is Pre-Fall?

Michael Kors might be right—the name “Pre-Fall” isn’t exactly appealing. But we’re happy it’s here. Holding us over from the drying-up well of Spring clothes, yet before Fall/Winter has hit stores, Pre-Fall is designed to carry you into the new season, and designers create wearable clothes that are much more commercial than the ready-to-wear collections. Similar to the recent adoption of Resort as a prominent and accepted season of fashion, Pre-Fall is becoming larger every year, with more designers releasing a line in this brief in-between period. Runway shows and lookbooks have been popping up online in the last few weeks, and after the jump we’ve compiled our favorite looks from those released thus far.

1. Jason Wu 2. Michael Kors 3-5. Oscar de la Renta 6-7. Pringle of Scotland 8-10. Rag & Bone

Fashion Feed: Pierre Hardy’s a Footwear Genius, Gisele Bündchen’s an Animated Superhero?

● Pierre Hardy on his highly-anticipated new shop in the West Village and jaw-dropping skyline shoe (pictured). [Style] ● Louis Vuitton hosts a private dinner for Keith Richards’ autobiography, Life. [WWD] ● Rag & Bone play with lengths, layering, and fluorescent hair in their Pre-Fall 2011 collection. [Fashionologie]

● Gisele Bündchen: Supermodel-turned-supermom-turned-animated superhero? [Racked] ● Tom Ford thinks most people look better naked (especially fat chicks). [The Cut]

Hate To Say It, But Willow Smith Is Already Cooler Than Us

It’s easy to get lost in the sea of black outfits in NYC—it’s what we’re known for, after all. With that in mind, our new favorite style icon for the often-dreary winter season is Willow Smith. In part because she’s only 10-years-old (that’s right, born in 2000), Willow is utterly fearless in fashion, but unlike her young female counterparts—Miley, Raven, the Olsens—she’s decidedly not bypassing her youth for an overly sexual look. After the jump, check out some of our favorite looks on her, but something tells me Willow is just getting started.

1. For Willow’s debut video, “Whip My Hair,” one of the looks featured cotton-candy hair and hyper-color jumpsuits. We’re thinking neon is going to be huge in spring and we’ve already seen brightly colored hair pop-up in Pre-Fall collections, such as Rag & Bone.

2. Self-explanatory: animal prints are trending hard right now, as are jodhpurs and moto jackets. But unless you’re a pre-teen, this look may be best in moderation.

3. Willow’s motorcycle-chic look is a staple for most NYC girls, but her chainmail gray pants take it to the next level.

4. This weekend Willow performed at a tree-lighting in LA, sporting candy-cane braids and gold gloves. This gives us New Year’s Eve ideas for red streaks and gold glitter nail polish.

5. Another look from “Whip My Hair,” Willow rocks a white studded shirt with faux-painted pants, and lots of brightly colored hair between her and her back-up dancers.

6. Posing for a photo, Willow looks effortlessly cool in jean shorts and motorcycle boots. Ten-years-old, people!