Matthew Williamson to Collaborate with Ballantyne Cashmere

Matthew Williamson To Collaborate With Ballantyne Cashmere

Matthew Williamson -- the reigning king of bright, flirty separates, trippy prints and vivid detailing -- will collaborate with luxury cashmere brand Ballantyne Cashmere to design a one-off capsule collection.

With the temperatures dipping into the lower twenties, we are still in a colder state of mind—which is why this is the perfect time to learn about this possibly-genius collaboration.  We also hear the collab will  feature womenswear and menswear. Hurray for fashion equality!

"We are thrilled with the choice of Matthew Williamson as creative director of this capsule collection," said Ballantyne Cashmere CEO Franco Natalucci. "In addition to our British roots, both brands share a genuine love of quality and luxury workmanship."

One thing’s for sure:  if anyone can make a cashmere sweater fun and sexy, it would be Matthew Williamson.

The 10-piece Matthew Williamson for Ballantyne Cashmere autumn/winter 2013-14 will appropriately have its debut during Milan Fashion Week.

We can’t wait.


Christopher Kane Draws Inspiration from Hammer Horror Films for His Pre-Fall 2013 Collection

Christopher Kane Pre Fall 2013

Scottish designer Christopher Kane can do no wrong. From neon lace in his Spring 2011 collection to his aqua gel clutches in the Fall of 2012, Kane has become somewhat of a legend in the fashion realm.

His Pre-Fall 2013 grouping of rich cobalt blues and purple jewel tones are yet another stunning display of his creativity.

Floral and animal prints -- which add texture and depth to the collection -- are intermingled within darker and richer colors.  Kane softens some of his more heavier looks by his use of sheer fabric in many of the tops of the dresses. Double-breasted velvet tailored jackets and a velvet blue bomber add a luxe richness to the collection.

Kane says the line was partially inspired by Hammer horror films (think Bela Lugosi, the Bride of Dracula and the Mummy) which may account for the spectral, yet nostalgic tone of the collection.

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Custom Nail Polish, Pretty Please?

Pretty Please Nail Polish

Nail polish brands are trading in their standard polish names, like hot pink and scarlet, and are opting for more creative names and colors. You Don't Know Jacques, anyone?

Could you imagine all the fun it would be to come up with your own catchy names for your favorite nail polish colors? We certainly can.

Enter Sarah Ricklen’s Pretty Please, a year-old nail polish company that specializes in custom nail polish.

Ricklen decided to start her own custom nail polish business after being given a gift of custom polishes by her mother. She is the first company in the US to make custom polishes and her business is growing with sales of over 10,000 bottles thus far.

Currently, there are 18 colors to choose from, which are broken down into mini collections named Berry Blast, Color Pop, Pretty Pastels, and Merry & Bright. Once you pick your color, you get to choose you own creative name.

Ricklen admits that her color selection is small, but she wants to keep things this way.

Prices for the polish are reasonable with $10 for a single bottle and $6 for orders over 6 bottles of the same color and label.

Ricklen hopes to move into other areas of the makeup realm as well including lip gloss and lipstick.

Now why didn't we think of this?

1965 Barbie Comes With “Don’t Eat” Diet Book and Scale that Reads 110 Lbs.

With her overly svelte waist, blonde locks, and perky breasts, Barbie has long been a controversial doll.

Let's face it, Barbie of the 80s is not the same Barbie of today due to the changes made to make her look more realistic. I mean, really, who has a waist that small?

No longer is she the homemaker and wife to Ken. In recent years, she has worked in various rolls such as a veterinarian, firefighter, and doctor helping little girls everywhere get past the glass ceiling of the job market.

But before Barbie got to have cool jobs and do the things that real women do, she had slumber parties and bouts of anorexia, according to the Daily Mail, who uncovered a Barbie from 1965, called “Slumber Party Barbie.”

The vintage “Slumber Party Barbie” came with an all-pink outfit, a mirror, a scale set to 110 lbs. and a diet book with the blunt advice: "DON'T EAT!"

So much for the food pyramid.

This Is My Hat, Bitch: The Man Repeller and Her Handmade Hat

This Is My Hat, Bitch: The Man Repeller and Her Handmade Hat

This Is My Hat, Bitch: The Man Repeller and Her Handmade Hat
Leandra Medine wears a  hat designed by milliner Gigi Burris. Courtesy photo.

[spacer size="10"]Since the debut of her “Man Repeller” blog, Leandra Medine has become a fashion hero of sorts to many women.

Now considered part of the fashion elite, she gets to do a lot of fun  activities, such as making cool videos with Chris Benz and Shopbop, collaborating with jewelry line Dannijo and sitting front row at New York Fashion Week.

Recently, Medine and milliner Gigi Burris set out to make a hat that the savvy blogger could wear to Fashion Week. At the Abrizio Hat Factory in the Garment District, Medine was able to watch her hat being made by hand, which is a rarity in today's fast-fashion world.

For her hat, Medine chose a wide, floppy brim with a fedora crown. The material of choice was blue velour felt paired with a green alligator band. The crowning glory of hat  is a grosgrain ribbon that reads "This is my hat, bitch."

The hat is available on Burris' website from now until January for $360. You can choose a leather or alligator band to top it off.  Ready, set, repel.

Deck Your Neck with Statement Jewelry: Dannijo Opens Pop-Up Shop in Time for the Holidays

Deck Your Neck with Statement Jewelry: Dannijo Opens Pop-Up Shop in Time for the Holidays

Deck Your Neck with Statement Jewelry: Dannijo Opens Pop-Up Shop in Time for the Holidays
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This past weekend, Danielle and Jodie Snyder opened their first pop-up shop for their jewelry brand, Dannijo.

The shop is located in New York at 27 Prince Street in Nolita, and from what we’ve heard, it is a jewelry lover's dream come true.

The ever-so-chic brand has created a bib chandelier within the store where shoppers can reach up and find hanging necklaces for purchase. Aside from their own line, the sisters will be selling vintage jewelry as well as clothing from select Parisian designers.

While at the shop, you might have the opportunity to meet the sisters behind the designs. And really, who better to answer your gift giving questions than the designers themselves?

Known for their statement bib necklaces, Dannijo has now released a new bridal line filled with bejeweled, bold pieces that are sure to make you the most stylish bride (or bridesmaid) among your friends.

The Dannijo pop-up shop will be open from now until December 31st.

'Tis the season to buy jewelry.

Excerpts from Grace Coddington’s Memoir

Ever since the acclaimed documentary film, “The September Issue,” Grace Coddington, who has always been behind the scenes, has become a household name in and out of fashion.

With her incredible eye for detail, she has become known as one of greatest creative directors in the fashion industry. And in the “September Issue,” we got a small glimpse of her brilliance as cameras followed her around Vogue magazine.  But before she was creative director for Vogue magazine, the fiery-redhead was a model, adding to her experiences within the world of fashion.

And in just a few weeks, Coddington will release her official memoir entitled, “Grace: A Memoir.”

To get us even that much more excited about the release of Coddington’s book, Vogue released an excerpt from the memoir in which she writes about her early career as a model.

In “Grace: A Memoir,” Coddington reveals personal details about her affairs as a young model, her stint in nude photography, and her vehicular accident, which ended her modeling career. Despite this setback, she went on to reach a level of success in the fashion industry that most never will.

Whether you want to follow in Coddington's footsteps or simply enjoy reading about fashion, this memoir is truly a must read and the perfect holiday gift.  Your can pre-order the book here.

Royal Beauty: Essie Finds Inspiration in Kate Middleton

When a royal wedding is taking place, one often focuses on the big picture, like what dress the bride is wearing.

Last year, when Kate Middleton stepped out at Westminster Abbey, the world gasped at Kate's beauty and her Alexander McQueen gown that Sarah Burton had kept under wraps. With her dress getting all the attention, we barely noticed her fingers.

Middleton was wearing "Allure" nail polish by Essie.

To honor the duchess, Essie founder Essie Weingarten created a winter collection of polishes inspired by Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth.

The collection is set to be released in November with each bottle set to retail for $8.00.

Our personal favorite shade of polish is "Where's My Chauffeur?," an icy blue polish which is perfect for the winter.

With Kate's undying love for all things feminine, we can only assume it is a matter of time before she is spotted wearing shades from the Essie collection.

What is your favorite color?

DIY Halloween Costumes Under $100: Carrie Bradshaw

DIY Halloween Costumes Under $100: Carrie Bradshaw

DIY Halloween Costumes Under $100: Carrie Bradshaw

Did you hear? Halloween might be cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.

Even though the outlook might look gloom, it's not stopping us from putting together our Halloween costume ideas.  You may not have time left to shop, but there are  still plenty of looks you can put together with items you probably already have in your closet. For example, you can be "Sex and the City's" Carrie Bradshaw in her famous "naked dress" and be just naked enough.

This notorious dress  was what she wore on her first date with Mr. Big as well as the dress she wore in her ad on the side of a MTA bus. All it takes is a nude slip, some strappy nude heels, a curly wig and a fur from grandma's closet to complete this sexy look. Now, go out and be fabulous.

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John Lewis Plain Slip - $32

Sanctuary New Natalie Faux Raccoon Jacket - $39

30'' Curly Wig - $9


And Unlikely Duo: Rodarte & Starbucks Team Up for the Holidays

Like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who always seem to be photographed carrying a Starbucks-branded cup of coffee, the entertainment industry has had a long-time love affair with the brand.

I mean, who could forget those crazy Britney days when she would carry around her iced Starbucks concoction and her beloved Cheetohs.

Whether you like lattes, macchiatos, or just plain black coffee; there is a good chance you have had Starbucks at some point in time, especially since you can’t walk two blocks without bumping into the chain.

And although Starbucks has had numerous music and non-profit collaborations, they’ve never partnered with luxury fashion—that is, until now.

Starting November 13th, your coffee run will become a bit more glamorous thanks to Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters behind the fashion house of Rodarte, who have teamed up with Starbucks just in time for the holidays.

In an unlikely collaboration, the sisters will produce Starbucks-branded products, which will include mugs, totes, drink sleeves, and spiced up gift cards.

While the collection will make great stocking stuffers, the theme opts out of traditional holiday colors with a silver pixilated background and lime green, making it perfect for any time of year.

This is the first collaboration of such kind in Starbucks' history.

Should another designer collaboration occur, we think that Marc Jacobs should go back to his grunge roots as a nod to the Seattle based coffee house.

Georgia May Jagger Tapped as the Face of Vivienne Westwood x Palladium Jewelry Collection

Georgia May Jagger for Hudson Jeans

Georgia May Jagger has it all. The looks, the lips, the cool dad and the rock ‘n’ roll lineage.

Daughter of Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger and former model and party girl Jerry Hall, it comes as no surprise that Jagger is also celebrated in the fashion world.

In the past, Jagger has been the face of Hudson jeans and Rimmell London, and recently, Vivienne Westwood tapped the in demand rising star to be the face of her latest Vivienne Westwood x Palladium Jewelry collection.

Westwood has long been known for her over the top designs that are fit for a rock n' roll princess, and fittingly so, one of the pieces in the collection features a palladium tiara, which was made with a rare metal that is befitting of Jagger's beauty.

Photographer Juergen Teller photographed the campaign, which will launch in November.

With the recent  announcement that Jagger will also front Roberto Cavalli’s Just Cavalli fragrance campaign, it appears that this rising star is shining brightly with no signs of fading anytime soon.

We can’t wait to see what Jagger's future holds.

Fashion Siblings Announce Anna Piaggi’s Memory and Style Will Be Preserved Through a Newly-Formed Foundation

There are colorful birds in the fashion world. Despite the trends for any season, their feathers are always bright and exotic, even when the front row is filled with dull crows and sparrows.

Some of these birds include Anna Dello Russo, Iris Apfel, and the late Anna Piaggi.

Piaggi, who passed away on August 7th, was a writer for Vogue Italia as well as a driving force in the vintage clothing movement in Italy. During a ceremony at Milan Fashion Week, her siblings announced that they would start a foundation to preserve her clothing.

Piaggi was partial to dresses and it is said that she had over 2,000 of them. Aside from her love of dresses she also had an extensive accessory collection, filled with many shoes and hats.

In attendance at Piaggi's service  was Italian fashion elite Giuseppe Zanotti, Carla Fendi, and Rosita Missoni.

Her friend Manolo Blahnik made kind and loving remarks stating that, "I miss Anna’s voice. Milan is no longer Milan for me without Anna. I miss her, et voilà.”

Thanks to Anna's brothers, Alberto and Stefano, her collection of sartorial art will be preserved for generations to enjoy.

Her colorful spirit has made its mark on the fashion community and will continue to do so for years to come. Surely, we can expect to see a  future MET collection based on the style of Anna Piaggi.


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Fashion Feud: Horyn vs. de la Renta

The Case of the Hot Dog: Oscar de la Renta and Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn’s Public Fashion Feud

Fashion Feud: Horyn vs. de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta does not want to be an Oscar Meyer Weiner.

He wants his vision respected, especially by New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn.

In a mixed review of his SS2013 show, Horyn wrote, “Mr. de la Renta is far more a hot dog than an éminence grise of American fashion. He opened his lively show on Tuesday with a red latex pencil skirt, a sleek ivory wool pantsuit and dairymaid lace. The models’ hair was streaked with war paint, and midway along, after bead-quivering jackets and neon-bright skirts, he sent out white lace with black pencil-like scribbles. It was wonderfully cantankerous, a good bit of window-dressing for the gooey stuff that followed.”

Perhaps he could take the criticism of his collection, but the personal jab put Oscar over the edge.

The designer then decided to take action against the Horyn and write an open letter in WWD. He opens his letter with a statement about his age and the length of time he has been working in the fashion world.

Keeping with the BBQ theme, Oscar penned, “I respect and accept criticism because in many ways it does help us develop; I try to make my work better each time. What I do not accept is when criticism is personal. If you have the right to call me a hot dog why do I not have the right to call you a stale 3-day old hamburger? My advice to you is to abstain from personal criticism. Professionals criticize the clothes, not the people."

Horyn responded, “I used the term in a professional context, as someone showing off his tricks, like a surfer. I thought an ad was a little over-the-top.”

That’s Bananas: With Rumors of a Failing Line, Rachel Zoe’s Collection Dropped from Selfridges

Celebrity stylist and reality star Rachel Zoe has built her empire over the last decade with star clients such as Kate Hudson, Nicole Richie and Keira Knightley.

After starring in her own Bravo reality show—which has yet to confirm a fifth season—Zoe began her own namesake clothing line.

Despite the enthusiasm and the line's initial success, many rumors have been circling that Zoe's collection is in trouble.  And the rumors have just gained steam with a recent announcement that retailer Selfridges is eliminating Zoe’s line from their chain.

According to the Daily Mail, Zoe's clothing line was dropped due to high prices. Her shoe line, however, will still be carried there. Although rumors of sales failures continue to exist, it seems that they will remain, for now, rumors.

Perhaps the days of "I die" and "Bananas" are over.

Rachel will always be a celebrity stylist, which is what she does best.

It seems her focus has now shifted to her family, and for anyone who has watched her show, this is a good thing.

What does the future hold for Zoe? Who knows. One thing is for sure, she’s a brilliant stylist who knows how to shut it down.

A Bird’s Eye View of Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment

We all know that 245 East 73rd street was a fake address used for Carrie Bradshaw's apartment in the popular HBO show “Sex and the City.”

In reality, her bedroom was created on a soundstage at Silvercup Studios in Queens.

Does that mean we fantasize any less about that perfect New York space of hers? Not really.

And thanks to illustrator Inaki Aliste Lizarralde, we now have a detailed bird’s eye view of Carrie’s  fake but desirable apartment.

In Lizarralde’s floor plan, she included major details such as Aidan's leather chair and Carrie's writing desk complete with laptop. The most important room, the closet, is shown between the bedroom and bathroom where Carrie would ponder what piece of designer clothing to wear before a date or fashion party.

We’ll ignore the fact that a writer's salary would never cover the cost of her apartment on the Upper East Side, especially with her clothing habit.

While most of us are up early for our 9 to 5 thankless jobs, Carrie would sleep until 10:00 am followed by a day of shopping,  fancy lunches and exclusive parties.

If only Lizarralde could create a blueprint for Carrie's life.