Sneak Peek: Jason Wu for Target

Sneak Peek: Jason Wu for Target

Sneak Peek: Jason Wu for Target

Off of the heels of the Missoni for Target frenzy, it was announced that Jason Wu—a favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama—would be the next fashion designer to design a collection exclusively for the retailer.

Past Target collaboration collections have included Missoni, Jean Paul Gaultier and McQ, all of which have sold out within days of the launch.

This time around Wu is using designs completely separate from his own collections. “My goal was not to duplicate anything from my main collection,” Wu says to The New York Times, “Instead I designed completely new clothes and accessories that reflect my taste and have a voice of their own.”

Wu refers to his collection  as “gamine chic,” and the first images of his collaboration with the mass retailer were released earlier this week revealing a cotton striped A-line dress and canvas satchel. From what we have seen so far, the collection is--in true Wu form—feminine and ladylike.

Jason Wu for Target, which will range in price from $19.99 to $59.99 for apparel and $19.99 to $49.99 for handbags and scarves, debuts in Target stores and Target.com on February 5th.

 


Preview: McQ Pre- Fall 2012

PREVIEW: McQ Pre- Fall 2012

Preview: McQ Pre- Fall 2012

It’s been over a year since it was announced that Alexander McQueen would be regaining control of McQ—the younger and more affordable sister line—after the expiration of 5-year licensing agreement with SINV SpA.

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Having produced a spring/summer 2011 collection as their last under the agreement, the pre-fall 2012 collection brings the departure of SINV and the arrival of a new team under the leadership of Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton.

Burton breathes much-needed fresh air into the line by producing a pre-fall collection that reminds us of why we love McQueen.

Inspired by the 1967 film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Far From the Madding Crowd,” the latest McQ collection is comprised of pieces that nod to aristocratic country pursuits. Victorian tailoring, ruffled blouses, bustier dresses, long coats in felted wool, and lace prints can be found in the mostly romantic collection, but in typical McQueen style, the looks include modern zippers, chains, and leather half-gloves that add a welcomed punk, edgy balance.

The collection is mostly colored in hues of simple and muted blacks, whites, and greens with the exception of some red jackets and sheaths as well as a mauve floral printed cocktail dress.

It is evident that the strong lead of Bathsheba Everdene, the heir to her uncle's farm, has inspired this collection filled with utilitarian looks such as an army green quilted motorcycle jacket as well as a green anorak.

This February, McQ will show for the first time at London Fashion Week, and with such a strong revival of the line in Burton’s pre-fall collection, we can’t wait to see what’s in store next month.


Film to Fashion: Boy. by Band of Outsiders Collection Inspired by Diane Keaton in 'Manhattan'

It is hard not to love a Woody Allen film. There’s always great comedy, perplex characters, an affinity for New York, and of course, Diane Keaton wearing menswear.

Scott Sternberg, the designer behind Boy. by Band of Outsiders, cites Keaton’s character Mary Wilkie in the 1979 Woody Allen-directed film Manhattan as the inspiration behind his pre-fall 2011 collection. Mary Wilkie was a carefree, yet intelligent woman caught in the confines of witty banter and romantic trysts. Her masculine style provided an air of intellectual authority, and Sternberg’s collection is no different.

The 70’s inspired collection—comprised of button-up shirts with contrast collars, sharp tailored blazers, tuxedo jackets, trousers, oversized boxy jackets, and corduroy suits—reads like a love letter to Diane Keaton’s character, yet it still easily translates to street wear for the modern gal that embraces an easy and effortless tomboy look.

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He Said/He Said: Jason Wu Accused of Stealing Dress Design

Jason Wu Accused of Stealing Dress Design

He Said/He Said: Jason Wu Accused of Stealing Dress Design

Left to right: Douglas Hannant's F/W 2011 Dress, Jason Wu's F/W 2012 Dress

Is imitation really the most sincere form of flattery?  Not in the world of fashion.

It seems, lately, that more and more designers are caught up in an accusation game of stealing each other’s creations. Louboutin vs. YSL is one recent example, among many, of a brand accusing another brand of stealing, and now, fashion designer Jason Wu is the latest designer who has been accused of copying someone else’s designs.

According to the New York Post, Jason Wu has been accused of copying a dress designed by Douglas Hannant. The dress in question is Hannant’s form-fitting black dress with an abstract panel from his Fall 2011 collection. Wu has created a form-fitting black dress with a houndstooth pattern in his Fall 2012 collection that is said to look similar to Hannant’s.

“If I knew that Jason Wu liked my dress so much, I would have sold it to him,” said Hannant to the New York Post.

While the dresses are similar, they’re different enough that we wouldn’t necessarily call them identical, plus, it’s not like the design is completely original.

What do you think? Is Jason Wu’s dress a copy of Douglas Hannant’s dress?


Iris Apfel for MAC Collection

Iris Apfel for MAC Collection to Release in January 2012

Iris Apfel for MAC Collection

Iris Apfel is a colorful fashion icon whose creativity and iconic style has inspired  the fashion world for years.

On January 5th, her makeup collection for MAC will be released. According to Racked, the collection will contain lipsticks, lip pencils, eye shadows, mascara, beauty powder, nail lacquers, and of course, an "impeccable brow pencil". The colors from the collection are vibrant with many of their names including various species of birds, like Toco Toucan and Scarlet Ibis. According to a MAC press release the products are "a colour collection inspired by a rare bird who has always been ahead of her time."

To view the entire collection, click here.


Under $150

Under $150: Olivia Wilde In Color-blocked Gucci

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Olivia Wilde looks effortlessly beautiful in this color-block silk Gucci jumpsuit at an event for the design house in Paris.

Why We’re Obsessed:  The jumpsuit is the perfect mix of color-blocking and eclecticism. It's one of those jumpsuits that appears like it's comprised of separates at a quick glance. The jumpsuit provides a bright pop of color up top, and a slimming bottom half (not that Olivia's frame needs slimming).

Adding this House of Lavande necklace and Lucifer Vir Honestus ring provide depth to the ensemble as well as some glitz.

To tie it all together, the strappy heels and purple satin bag give a hint of sensuality without going overboard.

How to Get This Look: In order to color-block like a pro, try this Long Sleeve Twist Detail Bodysuit from ASOS in blue; D. Dikate black, satin pants; a wide turquoise belt; strappy platform heels; and a bead bib necklace.

Total cost to our look: $110.62

Large Round Leather Buckle Elastic Belt with Free Shipping | $8.99

 D.DIKATE Silk Pants | $39

Michael Antonio Women's Teriann Platform Sandal $24.50

Apt. 9® gold  bead bib necklace $15.40

ASOS Long Sleeve Twist Detail Bodysuit $22.73

 


15 Gifts for 15 Fashion Archetypes For Under $50 Gift Guide: The Temptress

15 Gifts for 15 Fashion Archetypes For Under $50 Gift Guide: The Temptress

We all have a Samantha Jones in our lives. She (or maybe, he) is a great friend with a promiscuous side.

While it would be easy to get her lingerie or a vibrator, we think gifting her the  Sexy Charades Game from Agent Provocateur would offer her hundreds of hours worth of entertainment.

The game allows for couples to take on charades with a tempestuous twist. There are over 100 cards that provides plenty of options for a girl and her lover to explore. Plus, there is a five minute time limit for each card to enhance the fun.

For $35, this gift to your friend, "The Temptress" will get her (and her partner) thanking you for Christmas!

Charades Game | $35


Collection Preview: Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Pre-Fall 2012

Collection Preview: Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Pre-Fall 2012

Collection Preview: Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Pre-Fall 2012

Philosophy di Alberta Ferreti's pre-fall line is an eclectic mixture of metallic fabrics, interesting textures, and varying necklines.  The collection is filled with rich fabrics and warm hues, and is reminiscent of the art deco era: waistlines are dropped, bead work is abundant and the fabric patterns rely heavily on ornamental patterns.

Highlights of  Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti's Pre-Fall 2012 collection include a strapless metallic blue and green cocktail dress with an asymmetric hemline, an ethereal silver belted trench, and a brown feminine frock with a sash to shape the waist.

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Collection Preview: Missoni Pre-Fall 2012

For pre-fall, Missoni took its trademark chevron prints and toned it down to create muted and neutral pieces. (We adore the infusion of purple into the collection.)

Looks are layered with sweaters, ponchos, and overcoats in varying prints, and the hemlines of the skirts and dresses remain demure and lady-like.

For those looking for a little glamour, the collection contains fur accents and a floor length knitted gown.

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Street Style Memory

It's All Fashion, Fun and Games: Street Style Memory Match

Street Style Memory

Who remembers playing memory match as a kid where you'd match a pair of cards that are faced down of the same image? I know that I spent hours playing this game when I was little and spent even more hours playing it as a babysitter during my college years.

There is no reason not to brush up on your short term memory abilities; and thanks to Belgian born street style photographer, Barbara Iweins, we can all do it with a bit of style.

Iweins has created Street Style Memory Match, a game where, instead of matching an image of an apple with another card, players must match the head of the person photographed with their ever so stylish body.

We think this game makes a great stocking stuffer for a fashionable friend. The  first version and  second version (pre-order) can be purchased on Amazon for just over $10.

 


Rachel Bilson's Collaboration with ShoeMint Proves to be Glamorous

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When I think Rachel Bilson, I think "fashion muse." She may not be as aesthetically loud as Lady Gaga or as demure as Tilda Swinton, but she certainly has her own style that is effortless and chic.

In October, we reported that Bilson had teamed up with Shoemint to launch a line of shoes.

Shoemint is the child of BeachMint creators Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, and sister to JewelMint, StyleMint, and BeautyMint.

Well, girls. The collection is out!

Bilson's capsule collection, which keeps to the season's platform and wedge trends, was released on Black Friday and features a small line of shoes made out of leather and suede.

Bilson worked with her stylist, Nicole Chavez and shoe mogul, Steve Madden to design the collection.

Each pair retails for under $80.

To get a pair, take a quick style quiz on Shoemint.com and you're well on your way to securing an adorable shoe for the holidays!

 


Ladylike Elegance Dominates Etro Pre-Fall 2012

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Italian fashion house, Etro has designed a completely wearable and chic pre-fall collection. Following their trend of infusing bright colors and bold prints, the collection is heavily accented by paisley prints and kaleidoscopic patterns.

According to WWD, head designer Veronica Etro was inspired by the flora and fauna of the jungle.

The collection includes dresses with above-the knee hemlines that are paired with opaque tights, and below-the-knee blazers in floral prints. Pussy bow blouses with feminine necklines add a colorful look to cropped pants and square clutches.

Preview  Etro's pre-fall collection by scrolling through the images above.


Screaming O Studio Collection

Studio Collection Sex Toys Disguised As Beauty Products

Screaming O Studio Collection

Forget about The Rabbit!

According to Fashionista, there is a new line of sex toys that resembles various components of your makeup bag, courtesy of the adult toy company, The Screaming O.

The new line is called the Studio Collection and oddly resembles MAC makeup products. There are lipstick, mascara, and makeup brush vibrators, orgasm enhancing lip gloss, as well as warming and cooling balms disguised as eye shadows.

Talk about a great stocking stuffer!

All products are under $35 and can be purchased here.


Watch a Trailer From Bravo's 'It's a Brad, Brad World'

Watch a Trailer From Brad Goreski's New Reality Show

Watch a Trailer From Bravo's  'It's a Brad, Brad World'

For fans of The Rachel Zoe Project, and stylist, Brad Goreski, Bravo's new series, It's a Brad, Brad World has been a long time coming.

Goreski has moved on from the house of Zoe and has landed superstar client, Jessica Alba.

The show will document his life as a solo stylist, as well as his relationship with long-time boyfriend of 10 years, Gary Janetti.

The show promises many bumps and twists as the preview is packed with boyfriend drama, financial issues, and perhaps a family emergency.

It's a Brad, Brad World is expected to premiere Monday, January 2 at 10pm on Bravo.

You watch the video here


Walt Disney Pictures and Threadless Partner for Muppet T-Shirt Design Contest

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With the upcoming November 23rd release of The Muppets, Walt Disney Pictures and Threadless partnered to create a muppet t-shirt design contest. Contestants designed their t-shirts based on their favorite muppet character.

The designs range from a mosaic of Kermit's face to a Facebook themed shirt showing all of Kermit's friends.

And, it turns out that Threadless was not the only brand to host a muppet t-shirt contest. WeLoveFine.com also held a contest for Muppet T-shirt designs and have announced five winners.

Since the first theatrical film release of The Muppets in 1979, the franchise has continued to be a hit among audiences, and has inspired a new series of "muppet" products that include nail polish!

Winners from the Walt Disney and Threadless t-shirt competition have been selected, and their designs can be purchased at Threadless.