13 Perfect Sweaters to Hide Your Thanksgiving Food Baby

Josilyn (DNA) photographed by Adeline Mai for this story. Styling: Alyssa Shapiro

As cooler temperatures arrive, I immediately find myself hoarding sweaters as though I’ve never seen one before…there are so. many. good. ones. If I could wear all of these tomorrow, I would.

J.CREW COLLECTION STRIPED SHEARLING SWEATER

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The kind of sweater your older relatives might not get, but you won’t care because you will be happily caressing your own shearling-covered self all night long.

SHOSH NYC JULIETTE SWEATER

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I’m gonna go ahead and dub this the “eating all night bc IDGAF sweater” because its silhouette, when on, is a beautiful flow-y thing that widens around the midsection. Also: pockets for an added bonus, and it’s a perfect autumn hue.

ONE BY NIGHTWALKER BUNKER FUR STRIPED SWEATER 

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This glorified ball of fluff will be in the mail to me by the time I publish this post. And that’s all I’ve got about that.

ACNE STUDIOS GAJA OVERSIZED SWEATER

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The ways I love Acne are beyond my counting abilities and this high-fashion teenage ninja turtle sweater is no exception. And, it’s most definitely something grandma can get behind.

RYAN ROCHE OVERSIZED FISHERMAN SWEATER

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One of this year’s CFDA runners-up, Ryan Roche is majorly girl-crushable. This knit, in her beloved pink hue, is 100% cashmere and hand-knit in Nepal.

RAG & BONE COWICHAN CARDIGAN

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The kind of sweater you’ll wear to Thanksgiving by default because you haven’t taken it off in 10 days.

VINCE PAINTED CREW SWEATER

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A knit for the sophisticate in all of us.

THE ROW CARRINGTON CABLE-KNIT SWEATER

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The Row brings their usual luxury in the form of this cable turtleneck in cashmere/silk.

VALENTINO INTARSIA SWEATER

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If the conversation grows tense, you can always turn the topic of conversation back to your own sweater.

COS WOOL COCOON CARDIGAN

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This chunky boucle wool looks almost like shearling and will make you feel like you brought a blanket to the table.

ZARA CABLEKNIT CASHMERE SWEATER

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Zara brings us more affordable cashmere in the prettiest seasonless blue.

3.1 PHILLIP LIM MOCK TURTLENECK ZIPPER-DETAIL SWEATER

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Another perfect autumnal hue, though you may wanna scrunch up those sleeves before serving any spoonfuls of gravy.

ZARA V-NECK SWEATER WITH COLORED PIPING

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For the trendy-prepster who feels nostalgic for pep rallies when visiting home.

Happy shopping Thanksgiving.

Zara Makes Fast-Fashion Look High-Fashion

After thoroughly scanning international retailer Zara’s April lookbook, we’ve come to the conclusion that they’re a new breed of fast-fashion: luxury fashion-fashion. The brand’s first-rate styling and consistently chic designs have won over both fashion insiders and stylish outsiders alike, providing them with a superior global fanbase. Take a peek at our favorite latest and greatest Zara looks after the jump.

For spring, we’re feeling this aquatic print skirt, crisp white blazer vest, and neon draped blouse.

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Copy Pasting the ’90s

A trip to Zara feels like a trip to H&M feels like a trip to Mango – which all feels like a trip down Saint Laurent’s fall 2013 runway. It all brings you back to a simpler time when pagers were a luxury and the sound of dial up was so progressive.  It feels as if the only difference now is that we are listening to a house remix of “Smells like Teen Spirit” and Courtney Love has been replaced by Miley Cyrus. We may not be experiencing temporary amnesia despite the obvious indicators, e.g. the overabundance of flannel shirts, plaid skirts, and studded boots, but rather the direct effect of digital photography and online archives on fashion. High end and high street designers embraced the ‘90s grunge trend with such ardent enthusiasm that it is hard to tell whether some of the lines were vaguely reimagined or just copy pasted.

Yes, the world of fashion is nostalgic, but where past spring’s runways merely evoked the sentiment of the 1920s with flapper dresses reinterpreted in newer cuts and fresh materials, the grunge trend feels far too similar to its origins. It’s hard to imagine Louise Brooks feeling at home in one of Gucci’s variations of the flapper dress, but it’s easy to see Courtney Love in any one of the plaid dresses in Saint Laurent’s windows (actually she looked right at home starring in the campaign.)

Fashion has always been cyclical in nature (a myriad of parliament members called, they want last seasons ruffles back) but have we just become the ‘90s younger sister who took the hand me downs straight from the closet? It seems that the ease in which we can take and share photos has in some ways stunted creative and artistic freedom. Rather than having to reinvent a trend due to an absence of details, designers can pull up high-resolution photo archives of entire collections with a click and just work from there. Knowing exactly how something was made, how it looked and felt, eliminates any need for interpretation or imagination. As the gap between creation and its inspiration becomes smaller, the need for assiduous reinvention becomes greater. Will we be living in big sis’s shadow for now on (Stephanie Tanner, anyone?)

So what next? A renaissance in the creative process? A call to glean inspiration from beyond the fashion archives? I would like to think that as the effect of technology become more and more apparent that designers will find new and innovative ways to create. Throw out the hand me downs and look for something that is our own. Maybe a revolution in the infamous cycle of fashion? Next fall we’ll probably be in fun fur and crop tops, fondly remembering the days around Y2K.

Zara’s E-Commerce Site Launches Tomorrow

H&M isn’t the only retailer going high-fashion for fast-fashion. While both H&M and Zara are neck and neck when it comes to campaign stars (Zara’s go-to campaign model is fashion veteran Stella Tennant, who starred in both their spring and fall lookbooks), e-commerce is about to give the Spanish clothing and accessories chain a leg up on the competition, as their US online shop officially opens for business tomorrow.

To gear up for the stateside launch, the brand has created a photography campaign that aims to creatively capture the essence of the United States. Lensed by 24 different photographers, “Dear America” features unique images of the landscapes and signature scenes of all 50 states. See a few sample shots below and view Racked’s full roundup here.

image California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware

image New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York

Morning Links: Sarah Palin Suspends ‘Alaska’ Reality Show, Ashton Kutcher Talks Female Orgasms

● Sarah Palin may be putting aside her controversial TLC reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, passing on the alleged $250,000 per episode and ratings in hopes of pursuing a more serious political future. Whether she can do more damage on reality television or in the White House remains to be seen. [HuffPo] ● David and Victoria Beckham are adding to their beautiful brood. Brooklyn, Cruz, and Romeo can expect a new fabulously named brother or sister sometime this summer. [People] ● The recently split Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens spent what sounds like a more than friendly night together at the opening of Hollywood’s Eden, “dancing, drinking vodka and canoodling.” [NYPost]

● And the weekend’s most star-studded bash? The birthday party for Nicole Richie and Joel Madden’s three-year-old daughter, Harlow. Surely all of Harlow’s “close and personal friends” were in attendance: Ellen Pompeo, Gwen Stefani, Jessica Alba, Tobey Maguire’s wife Jennifer Meyer, and Kourtney Kardashian. [JustJared] ● Glee creator Ryan Murphy ruined a lot of tween girls’ weekends when he quashed rumors of a Justin Bieber-centric episode, complete with an appearance by the demigod himself, telling EW, “Those [tributes] are reserved fore artists with big catalogs.” [EW] ● Marrying up made a man out of Ashton Kutcher, left him with a lot to say about the female orgasm. [NYMag]

Hanneli Mustaparta Is Kind of a Big Deal Now

What a difference a year makes. Since we first named Hanneli Mustaparta “The New Sartorialist,” the former model has become a top street-style photographer and quite the media darling. She’s developed a sharp eye behind the camera, but is also a style icon in her own right, thanks to photobloggers like Tommy Ton capturing her high-fashion-meets-high-street looks in action. And there’s no question that Mustaparta’s career reached new heights when she was tapped by Vogue and CBS to co-host a live webcast of Fashion’s Night Out: The Show, the kick-off event for Fashion’s Night Out—and the largest public fashion show in New York City history. Streamed on CBS.com, she hosted the designer and celebrity arrivals with none other than Vogue Editor-at-Large André Leon Talley, and interviewed the likes of Vera Wang, Donna Karan, and Blake Lively. Landing a role amongst such fashion heavy-hitters seems like a natural progression for the Norwegian transplant, especially now that she’s established a solid American fan base on top of her existing international audience.

And although her face has been immortalized on a Zara t-shirt (see the original image here), perhaps that designer collaboration I suggested will come in 2011. But whatever Mustaparta’s next big move is, we’ll be watching.

Clockwise from left: Artwork by Danny Roberts; Hanneli with Carine Roitfeld; Hanneli with her vintage Nikon camera; T-shirt by Zara; Hanneli with André Leon Talley and Blake Lively; Hanneli in BlackBook Dec/Jan 2010.

Damn, That Baby Looks Good

Even as a childless twenty-something, there’s inspiration to be gleaned from Zara’s latest kids catalog. Blending a wide variety of fabrics, the looks would not be out of place on adult models—we’ve just been treated to a small army of achingly adorable children instead. Strikingly similar to the looks we’re coveting this fall, the collection includes fur vests, camel riding pants, thick knitted cardigans over lace skirts, loose knit caps, and plenty of layering. Thankfully, Zara’s online shop opened in September, so many of the looks are available now to purchase.

And if you’re shopping for yourself and not under 12, variations on many of the pieces are available in the grown-up’s section of the site. You’re covered either way!

Janelle Monáe’s Iconic Suit: Not Just A Clever Halloween Costume

From our first viewing of “Tightrope,” we knew Janelle Monáe was going to be big, both in fashion and music. In subsequent videos and appearances, she’s always adhered to a very focused and distinct dress code: tailored suits and blouses, oxfords, bow ties, all black and white. And while most of us have trouble recreating her signature bouffant, it’s no surprise that slim tuxedos are popping up in recent lookbooks and on runways.

One of our favorite variations on Janelle’s uniform comes from Zara’s recently released Evening Collection—11 looks perfectly suited for holiday parties through the new year. Paired with faux-leather knit leggings, the tuxedo jacket has matching leather trim on the lapels, and they haven’t forgotten the essential black bow tie either. Now all we have to do is learn her dance moves.

View the lookbook here.

E-Commerce Expansions: Gap, ASOS & More

Quite a few major retailers are beefing up their e-commerce operations this fall and expanding internationally. British mega brand ASOS just launched in the states, with free shipping to boot. But news has it the inexpensive clothier (whose price points are on par with the likes of H&M and Zara) is branching out with a Craigslist-like seller option soon. “Retail industry watchers report that the company has recently hired Leighanne Miles, the ex-head of UK mom-and-baby brand Mothercare’s ecommerce, to launch the ASOS Marketplace later this year,” says Racked. While there will be no bidding and only clothing, accessories and shoes will be available for immediate purchase, expect to see garments ranging from slightly used to vintage. GAP Inc. is building its e-commerce presence too, specifically with regard to markets abroad.

“The San Francisco-based company said its e-commerce capabilities will extend to 65 countries by year-end,” says Women’s Wear Daily, noting that this means expansions internationally for GAP, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, and Athleta, which all fall under the GAP Inc. umbrella. Online shopping options will further swell thanks to Zara and H&M. Unfortunately for the US market, both fast-fashion retailers are launching e-commerce in Europe starting September 2 (for Zara) and September 3 (for H&M). But, word has it Americans can expect their own virtual outlets from both brands to become available sometime next year.