Could it Bee? Is Anna Wintour’s Daughter Working on Ryan Murphy’s Model Apartment?

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If anyone has seen the R.J. Cutler documentary, The September Issue, it is easy to see that Bee Shaffer has no desire to walk in her mother’s shoes at Vogue or within any part of the fashion world.

However, according to Fashionologie, the daughter of Wintour may have changed her tune.

The fashion blog is reporting that Bee Shaffer moved to Los Angeles in May to work for Ryan Murphy’s production company.

Murphy, the creator of Glee, is producing a new reality show, Model Apartment, which is currently in production. It is an inside look at six models living together in New York City and the drama that ensues.

It remains to be seen if Shaffer will have some involvement, if any, in the development and production of Model Apartment.

We can't help but to wonder if Shaffer will arrive in the fashion industry “fashionably late” and follow in her mother’s footsteps.


Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Launch StyleMint

The Olsen empire continues to grow with their July 1st debut of StyleMint.

StyleMint is a member driven website where users that enroll, pay a flat rate fee of $29.99 in order to receive a new product every month. In this case, members will receive a t-shirt designed by the dynamic duo.

The site will match t-shirts to your preferences based on a personal style questionnaire in the beginning of the registration process. The questionnaire is light-hearted and inquires about such topics as your favorite fashion magazine and favorite retail therapy hot spot. Once you’re finished answering questions about your style, you are given multiple shirt options to choose from, including a monthly limited edition t-shirt.

StyleMint’s parent company, BeachMint, was founded by Josh Berman (co-founder of Myspace.com) and Diego Berdakin in an attempt to offer the consumer a celebrity-styled item at a reasonable price.

The first brand started by the company was JewelMint, a membership- based jewelry site made in collaboration with Kate Bosworth.

With Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen past successes like The Row and Elizabeth and James, there is no doubt that StyleMint will be a fan favorite thanks to high quality goods and economic price tags.


Marchesa Resort 2012: Grecian Glamour and Grace

Marchesa Resort 2012: Glamour and Grace Season after season Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig create successful Marchesa collections that are both glamorous and ethereal. Their resort 2012 collection is no different.

The collection consists of a feminine palette filled with pastels, animal prints, and sparkle galore.

Both cocktail hour and evening wear are represented in the collection, showing an extremely chic yet elegant side of resort wear.  The cocktail dresses are short and flirty, some with peplum waists as well as constructed of fuchsia silk and leopard chiffon.

The evening looks are comprised of floor length Grecian gowns with draping and sequined appliqués.

The red carpet worthy collection harkens back to a time when femininity was paramount and women carried themselves with grace and elegance. It proves to be a wardrobe for a modern day princess who will fly to Ibiza for cocktail hour followed by dinner and dancing on a yacht.

Besides the cocktail dresses and gowns, the collection also consists of metallic and animal print clutches that are the perfect finishing touch to complete each look.


Fenton Jewelry: A Beautiful Mix of Chain Links, Voodoo Skulls, Tassels, and Feathers

Fenton SS 2011 CollectionFenton’s SS 2011 collection, which consists mostly of chokers and bibs, is a mixture of varying textures and colors created by various materials such as fluorescent chain links, mini voodoo skulls, eccentric pendants, tassels, feathers, and even fur. One could stare at each piece for hours, often noticing a new element that you missed before.

Fenton was created in 2006 by designer Dana Lorenz. And thanks to her exposure in the fashion industry, Lorenz’s launch was catapulted by an article in American Vogue.

According to the Fenton website, each of the pieces “are strong statements and each are little worlds all their own.”  One can totally agree with this statement after browsing through her most recent collection and even collections from the past.

Lorenz has received many accolades for her talent and was named a nominee for the 2010 CFDA Swarovski Accessory Designer of the Year Award. Lorenz also produces another line, Fallon, which is a contemporary collection of jewelry sold at more affordable price points.

Currently, Fenton does not have an online shop, but can be found at select Barney’s and other stores worldwide.


Johnny Weir Is the New Face of MAC Holiday Collection

Johnny Weir, Olympic figure skater and flamboyant fashionista, has been named as the new face of the MAC Holiday Collection fittingly titled Glitter and Ice.

Although naming a man to the face of a makeup collection appears to be unconventional, others like Elton John and RuPaul have done so in the past.

Johnny has taken a break from the rink to work on the MAC campaign as well as his own line of dresses which could prove to be fierce.

Weir’s skating costumes have caused quite a stir among the masses, filled with sequins galore, feathers, and fur. Despite death threats for his use of fur, he remained true to his glamorous self.

It is rare that a figure skater crosses over into the fashion world the way Weir did. He has appeared on various TV shows, most notably The Rachel Zoe project.

Thanks to appearances like this, he will soon be given his own TV show called “Be Good Johnny Weir”.

While the ad campaign for MAC has yet to be released, one can imagine it will be filled with icy blues and sparkling grays.

Who else could be better to model this collection than the Ice Queen?


Clique to Know: Luxury Flash Sales Website for Women Sized 10 and Up

You may be familiar with flash sale sites such as Rue La La or Gilt.

While these member-driven e-commerce websites often offer luxury goods in sizes 0 to 8,  they do not always offer options to women size 10 and up.

Nowadays, fashion has embraced a fuller figure thanks to models like Crystal Renn, celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Vogue Italia’s editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani, supporter of the plus-sized figure and founder of Vogue Curvy.

With these changing times, a new website has been developed that will offer luxury fashion at a discounted price to plus size women, specifically those who are a size 10 and up.

Clique to Know will be an exclusive, members-only club similar to other flash sales websites like Gilt or Rue La La.

The site was developed by Patricia Duran and Melissa Ramos, a mother and daughter who have had fashion industry experience. The site will not only carry clothing but also shoes, lingerie, and accessories.

Merchandise discounts during the flash sales will range from 50-80% off regular retail.

And, if you sign up now, you will get a $20 gift card and access to make purchases at the first flash sale before anyone else.

You can follow Clique to Know on Facebook and Twitter to keep updated.


Vivienne Westwood Collaborates with the Ethical Fashion Programme in Kenya

As cliché as the 90’ Spice Girls slogan ‘Girl power!’ is, it fits the women of Nairobi, Kenya perfectly.

Thanks to Vivienne Westwood and the Ethical Fashion Programme (EFP), 7,000 women living in extreme poverty can improve their lives by producing Westwood's designer bags made from recycled materials.

These materials range from safari tents to advertisement banners, fitting the old adage “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure”.  The treasure for these women--most of whom are either victims of HIV/AIDS, single mothers, or widows--is a chance to work in an ethical environment and support their family and community.

The women can now pay for medical and schooling bills as well as put their new craft to use in the future. Many of them hope to continue making bags and one day start their own companies.

Their determination is beyond inspiring, and the bags are beautiful. You can make a guilt-free purchase here knowing that the profits will benefit so many people.


Forever 21 Threatens to Sue Blogger Over WTForever21.com Website

Do you ever have a WTF moment when shopping in Forever 21? Sometimes the feeling arises when you pick up a chintzy necklace or a pair of poorly made sunglasses.

Well, now you can share these moments with Rachel Kane, the author of the now infamous blog WTForever 21.

On her blog, Kane discusses the best and worst designs of Forever21 with humor and sass.

However, Forever 21 isn't laughing.

When the company received word of her blog, they sent her a "cease and desist" letter to remove the blog immediately or risk being sued by the company.

Kane, for now, has kept her site up, but stopped her Forever21 posts, and has started a legal fund to fight back.

According to sources, the company’s main concern with Kane's blog pertained to their public image, and how the acronym of "WTF" could negatively affect public perception and sales.

While one arguably could understand Forever 21's views, it would seem that they are going to extreme lengths to stop one girl who is exercising her freedom of speech. Kane herself admits to owning quite a few pieces from Forever 21 and is allowed to form her own opinion.

What do you think? Do you think Kane should be allowed to continue posting her thoughts, or should Forever 21 continue to pursue their legal action?


Gucci to Design Wardrobe for Florence Welch's Upcoming Tour

When one thinks of Gucci, the following adjectives come to mind: luxurious, glamorous, and innovative.

Florence Welch, the lead singer of Florence and the Machine, seems to fit this description, and much to the surprise of the public, she has been chosen as the face of the Gucci Fall campaign.

Frida Gianni, the creative director of Gucci, said she was “captivated by Welch’s eccentric style and willingness to dare.”

The choice of Welch is similar to that of Evan Rachel Wood for the Guilty fragrance campaign, a choice which seemed off kilter for a design house who favors models or more conservative actress types to front their brand.

Perhaps making Welch the face of Gucci will allow the brand to reach out to a younger and more edgy audience, which may be a smart move for Gucci.

In addition to naming Florence as the face of their Fall campaign, Gucci will also design her wardrobe for the band’s summer tour.

The preview illustration reveals Welch in a long and romantic flowing dress that stays true to the image of Florence while still maintaining elements of Gucci’s design signature.

The masses are sure to admire and imitate these designs, bringing a whole new fan base to Gucci.