Street Style Hot Tips from Solange, Caroline Issa, and The Man Repeller

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Refinery29 has entered the print space with their new book STYLE STALKING. The tome, co-written by Editor-in-Chief, Christene Barberich and Creative Director, Piera Gelardi, doesn’t shy away from the brightest of streetstyle (in fact, it features a whole section on brights).

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It’s safe to say that this isn’t a book about timeless style. It’s a book about self-expression and how some of the industry’s most expressive keep their creative juices flowing on a large scale and on a smaller scale (that is to say: does leopard mix with plaid or stripes or both or neither?). The mantra of the book can be boiled down to it’s cover flap quote: “Why choose basic anything when you can shine instead?”

Here are three expert tips we’ll be implementing ASAP:

Solange Knowles on Brights:

Q: What are three items you think every woman should try in a bright instead of a neutral?

A: A turtleneck, a plain T-shirt, and a simple leather bag.

Leandra Medine on Metallics:

Q: What’s the secret to doing metallics during the day (without looking like you’re doing a walk of shame?).

A: My rule with sequins is that if I’m wearing them, I also have to be wearing either sneakers or denim.

Caroline Issa on Ladylike Style:

Q: What’s the finishing item you find yourself constantly reaching for to take your outfits to the next level?

A: A swipe of red lipstick and a great pair of earrings always do the trick for me.

Get your own copy of the book here.

Refinery29’s Country Club in the City

A very chic and probably kinda tired, and eventually tipsy crowd assembled at 82 Mercer Street tonight for Refinery 29’s Country Club Launch Event. Guests unleashed their competitive sides vis-a-vis mini golf stations inspired by a number of designers including DKNY and Public School. Drinks on drinks, a performance by Banks, and an appearance by Gwen Stefani: the R29 Country Club was a very well decorated hit!

James Franco Has Shia LaBeouf’s Back

With his recent streak of bizarre behavior, including last week’s weepy stint at an L.A. art gallery, Shia LaBeouf has done everything in his power to alienate himself from his straighter-edged Hollywood counterparts. However, James Franco isn’t one of them.

In a New York Times op-ed piece published earlier today, our leading meta-celebrity came to LaBeouf’s defense, writing that the actor’s behavior “could be a sign of many things, from a nervous breakdown to mere youthful recklessness.” Showing genuine concern, he added: “For Mr. LaBeouf’s sake I hope it is nothing serious.”

Franco has long been exploring his own identity as a celebrity and relationship to the media through a dizzying array of self-reflexive visual art projects, so it’s no wonder that he sympathizes with LaBeouf’s creative plight.

Click here to read the rest on Refinery29.


What’s It Like To Have Sex For Art?

Constance and Eric are a wife-and-husband duo who create art together for a living. Though, it’s not the most typical art. They photograph intimate, abstract portraits of people having sex, using long exposures. As a result, the forms in the portraits are both energetic and fluid. They imply both movement and sensuality without exactly showing it. We know we love their art, but we also wondered what the experience of sitting for these portraits would be. What’s it like having sex in front of someone else? We chatted with one couple, Lily and Tito, about what their erotic portrait session meant to them. Ahead, how being intimate on camera empowered one couple and changed their sex life for the better.

Click here to read the interview and see the slideshow on Refinery29.

David Beckham + A Lot Of Leather = Belstaff Spring Campaign



If you needed another reason to start planning the road trip that’s been on your YOLO list since, well forever, click play on this video immediately.

David Beckham, as ambassador to cult fashion label Belstaff, is filmed zipping through the English countryside, clad head-to-toe in leather (of course), with his gang of equally handsome biker chums. The group wears get-ups typical for the brand that made its name in traditional outerwear. Think shrunken moto-jackets, loose-fit leather pants, and biker boots.

Read the full story on Refinery29 here. 


Cancer Cases Expected To Soar by 2035

Do you know someone who’s had cancer? The disease is undoubtedly a serious problem in this country — it accounts for one in four deaths in America. Over 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with some sort of cancer in 2014, and 585,000 are expected to die from the disease. And, while scientific advances have helped save millions of lives, the future of cancer is looking bleaker than ever.

A new report from the World Health Organization predicts a worldwide “human disaster” as the number of new cancer cases soars from 14 million to 24 million by 2035.

Read the full story on Refinery29 here. 

AstrologyZone, Macarons, Jewelry & Art: Refinery29’s Tinseltown is Here

Your one stop shop to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season is here! But hurry, it’ll be gone before you can count to 29.

Refinery29 is taking its Tinseltown Bazaar to the next level, setting up shop December 13th through the 15th with exclusive gifts and treats. We got into the shopping mood last night for the launch celebration. While Au Revoir Simone DJed, we meandered among the jewelry from Giles & Brother and Bing Bang, limited-edition prints from Exhibition A,  scents from Atelier Cologne. All the goods will be there through the weekend – it’s a perfect place to find something for that person that has everything. (We all have a few of those friends.)

Starting things off with an astrological bang, literally- renowned astrologer Susan Miller – she of AstrologyZone fame – took a break from her busy schedule to give readings inside the Chill Dome at the opening of Tinseltown. We watched in awe and wonder as she told off a wildly immature dude desperately in need of her services who asked when he might get laid next. Respect.

Stop by Openhouse Mulberry (201 Mulberry Street, between Spring and Kenmare) to get in on the shopping action, or to simply enjoy a French macaron.

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Photos; Nina Westervelt

Rag & Bone Accessories Are Within Your Reach Now, Maybe

A few weeks ago we told you about Refinery29’s Reserve program, a new shopping microsite that debuts an exclusive shopping deal every week. This week’s offer is for Rag & Bone accessories, and you only have until Thursday night to buy your coupon. (After which, you can hit Rag & Bone’s weekend sample sale.) With a savings of 33%, you’ll want to stock up on extra winter accessories for the season, or knock out a few people on your holiday gift list—maybe a pair of sunglasses for your fashion-bankrupt younger brother or a pair of mittens that attach to your coat for the best friend who loses everything. After the jump, check out our preferred items from the extensive line of accessories Rag & Bone offers, and then head to Reserve for a big discount!

Clockwise from top left: Grayling Fairisle Scarf, $195; Carter Fairisle Hat, $115; Single Stripe Tie, $105; Keaton Sunglasses, $450; Grayling Fairisle Mittens, $195; Wide Waist Belt, $175.

Refinery29 Launches Reserve, Or How to Get $50 Free at Steven Alan

Thursday marks the start of yet another Steven Alan sample sale, one of the larger and more anticipated sales in the city. To add to the excitement, Refinery29 today launched Reserve, a shopping-crazed micro-site offering weekly exclusive deals, and Steven Alan is kicking off the party.

Until the offer runs out (quantities are limited to 200) or the sample sale ends (Sunday at 5pm), you can log-in to the site, spend $50, and get a $100 voucher for the sale. In addition, you’ll receive a discount card to be used at Steven Alan for deals throughout the rest of the year. One would hope it would grant you access to cut the line at the SA sale—last year it went down the block.