MO’s Sizzling Swimsuit Picks for Summer

Summer officially started last month, but everybody knows that July is the time of year when swimming pools and beaches are the most crowded with those that are looking for some cooling relief.

And what better way to brave the ocean water than in a stylish swimsuit? Not sure what to wear for your next trip in the sand? Fret not.  We’ve put together some of our favorites for the summer.

Zimmerman Black/Steel Blue Underwire Bikini Zimmerman Black/Steel Blue Underwire Bikini 

No one ever said bikinis have to match… For an alternative look, go for a pattern-combining top and bottom.

Pair with virtually anything for a hot, summer, funky beach look.

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ASOS Fringed Bikini Brief ASOS Fringed Bikini Brief 

This swimsuit puts the “bohemian” in bikini. Pair this ultra-sexy bikini with silver and gold bracelets for the perfect city chic summer look.

Walking along the beach, you’re sure to get attention from fashion and beach lovers alike.

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Topshop Multi Stripe Bandeau Bikini Topshop Multi Stripe Bandeau Bikini 

Stripes anyone?

You’ll sparkle in the sun with this bandeau bikini.

The colors will reflect nicely off of a summer tan, while the gold accents on the bikini top will radiate.

Pair with fun accessories, like a seashell necklace, for the California, beachy look.

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LENNY Ikat-Print One-Piece Swimsuit LENNY Ikat-Print One-Piece Swimsuit 

Whoever said a one-piece couldn’t be fierce?

For lovers of the abstract, this suit is a flattering yet sexy choice for relaxing poolside or wading in the water.

Pair with espadrille wedges for fun, colorful, summer cocktails by the bar at night.

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Corsica Short Cape Black Suboo Aruba Mini Kaftan 

Feeling a little modest?

Pair any of our swimsuit picks with this mini kaftan—its detailing makes this a beautiful piece on its own.

Use the cover-up to protect your skin at the beach, or for an instant day-to-evening look for those perfect beach bonfires nights.

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Asos Pineapple Halter Neck Cut Out Swimsuit Asos Pineapple Halter Neck Cut Out Swimsuit 

Everyone needs a little black swimsuit (LBS) this summer.

And lucky for you, Asos has the perfect LBS  option.

The Asos Pineapple Halter Neck Cut Out Swimsuit adds a dash of daring with a sprinkle sexy for the sophisticated fashionista.

Wear with a wide brim hat and oversized glasses to perfect this look.

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Ascher's Henri Mattisse Scarf Sells for $4.8 Million

In fashion, it’s not uncommon to spend over $1000 on the latest pair of pumps.

But how much would you pay for a scarf? If you’re a fan of Henri Matisse, the answer is pricy, as an original Matisse-print Ascher scarf sold for an astonishing $4.8 million at a Christie’s auction in London.

According to Vogue UK, the renowned artist was approached by Ascher London founder, Zika Ascher, in 1946 to design for the Ascher label. Matisse agreed, and created an original print, Oceanie, La Mer. The print was produced on a limited run of just 30 scarves.

While the whereabouts of the other 29 are unknown, it was one of these original 30 that was sold to an undisclosed bidder.

“I think this result speaks to the originality of the Ascher Artist Squares project, and of course to the genius of Matisse,” Sam Ascher, creative director of the company and grandson of Zika told Vogue UK. “It makes me very proud that the concept and the collaborations originated by my grandfather are still treasured today.”

And for $4.8 million, the undisclosed, very, very rich bidder should treasure his expensive prize. $4.8 million today could mean $4 hundred million tomorrow.


God Save My Shoes: A Documentary That Examines Women and Their Relationship with Shoes

The relationship between women and their shoes is one of life's greatest mysteries; a mystery that director Julie Benasra examines further in the sure fire hit, "God Save My Shoes."

The documentary sets out to uncover the sociological, historical, cultural, psychological and even erotic factors that lead women to be completely obsessed with the toe-hugging, many times sky-high objects we wear on our feet.

Benasra, who entered the documentary film making world back in 2004, traveled to Florence, Milan, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and even Toronto, interviewing shoe-wearers and shoemakers alike, including some of the most influential people in the business.

"Women have a carnal relationship with their shoes," said iconic shoe designer, Christian Louboutin. "A shoe isn't an object. It's their prerogative."

Whether it's their prerogative or not, movie goers and the shoe-obsessed will have to wait until the movie hits theaters to see whether Benasra answers what seems to be the unanswerable question - What gives with women and their shoes?

As of now, it remains just as a compulsion:

"This is about want; this isn’t about need – you don’t need 60 pairs of shoes," said Mary Lou Quinlan, president of Just Ask A Woman, Inc.

And if you own 60 pairs of shoes, you'll want and probably need to see this documentary.


Proenza Schouler's 2012 Resort Collection Unveils Grungy Prints & Strong Piecework

Proenza Schouler Resort Womenwear 2012Luxury womenswear designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez revealed a rich and colorful line of colorblocked piecework for their Proenza Schouler Resort 2012 collection.

Taking a “design within a design” approach, the duo’s collection revealed abstract shapes of piecework in rich fall colors of reds, tans, oranges, purples, and greens.

Another element of surprise found in the collection, was the combination of a shattered/grungy print juxtaposed with bold and blocky fall shapes.

This was cleverly demonstrated in which grunge print makes up half of a dress, and the other half is completed by a color block of black and orange.

Other stand-out pieces include a knit sweater woven into a black, grey and white symmetrical design, and a white, almost institutional dress, complete with pockets and a collar.

These not only add a new, crisp element to the already structured collection, but pop amongst the color pallet.

Overall, the well-designed mixture of color, pattern and structure make McCollough and Hernandez’s collection complete and versatile.


Rooney Mara and Kora Collaborate on Jewelry Collection to Benefit Families in Kenya

Discarded parts of a cow don't exactly sound fashionable, clean or safe.

But Los Angeles based designers Maxandra Short and Amy Walker use cow bones and other unexpected materials in their jewelry line, Kora.

The two-year-old line, whose name means "work" in Kinyarwanda, Rwanda's native language, specializes in making beautiful jewelry out of uncommon and recycled materials.

Benefiting several communities in communities in Africa, the line commonly relies on horns and other discarded parts of cows, as well as metal from old pots, pans and car parts.

Their most recent venture and eco-friendly experiment is in the form of  a collaboration collection with "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" actress Rooney Mara.

The designers and Mara created a necklace for Uweza, a charity that works to help families in Kenya, the same area where Short and Walker commission a group of artists to create Kora's unique products.

"We wanted to do something related to the area we were working in," Short told the L.A. Times.

Enter the cow bone, as the necklace is a series of discarded metal formed into rings, tightly wrapped around an Ankole cow bone.

Eco-friendly, charitable and fashionable; what more could you ask for?


Zac Posen Delivers Classic Hollywood Glamour in 2012 Resort Collection

Zac Posen 2012 Resort Collection

Zac Posen, who broke into the fashion scene in the early 2000s, has just unveiled his 2012 resort collection. The latest looks, filled with rich, light and dark colors, can best be described as classic silhouettes with new, innovative and creative detailing.

You can take, for instance, the white suit pant and long sleeved shirt with a light blue top. The shirt and pants are both crotchet, with slight beaded embellishments on the side of the top.

Posen also makes use of metallics and sparkle. A dark blue and silver blended jacket pops against a black long sleeved dress in one of the looks.

Most notably, the standout metallic piece is the gold dress – a classic silhouette with a plunging neckline and bold shoulders.

But it’s not all perfect. One dress in particular, which has strong elements of vintage design,  looks dull, unfinished and stained compared to the rest of Posen’s polished looks.

Yet there’s infinitely more good than bad, as Posen’s evening gowns are dramatic and glamorous. The line detailing in the trains and theatrical use of tulle make the classic, old Hollywood profiles modern and exciting to look it.


Hedi Slimane May be Returning to Fashion After a 4 Year Hiatus

Remember when men started to wear skinny jeans? Two words: Hedi Slimane, the man behind the fitted male profile.

Yet in the 2007, Slimane, who was working at Dior Homme, took a break from fashion to focus on photography. Since then, he’s produced books on photography, focusing specifically on the music scene.

But rumor has it that the style innovator may return to the fashion.

“I miss the fabrics, the atelier and the craftsmanship,” he told Prestige. “I still have models and clothing around me, though, through photography. So I equally develop fashion through image making today.”

When asked about the possibility of a return, Slimane seemed to already be planning an exciting venture:

“Yes, of course I am [planning a return],” he said. “But I’m really down to earth with fashion, and I have a business and brand-oriented mind. I know what it takes to make a brand strong in the long term in a global economy. Besides design and communication, I need to make sure I have the right tools to make a new design project successful in the long run.”

Please, someone, give Slimane the tools he needs, so we can all say, “welcome back,” and the fashion world can once again be rocked by his one of a kind style.


Boucheron Launches Virtual Jewelry Dressing Room

Online shopping -- we all love it, even though it comes with its risks.

Ever order something that looked great online, but not great on you?

Now, Boucheron jewelry, a luxury Parisian brand of glamorous watches, bracelets, rings and more is solving that problem with myBoucheron, their answer to your online, jewelry shopping woes.

Simply choose the item of jewelry you want to try on, and print out the accompanying symbol. Cut out the graphic and wrap it around your wrist or finger. Then, just hold it up to the webcam and voila, you can see what the jewelry piece looks like on you. It's almost like having your own virtual private jewelry showing.

It's all available at myBoucheron.com, and, with the option to select PC or Mac, we predict as little glitches as possible.


Marie Turnor Clutches Inspired By Brown Paper Lunch Bags

Style mavens all around the world are starting to bring their lunch to work.

Actually, they’re just carrying Marie Turnor’s latest clutches.

The Los Angeles based line from designer Beth Goodman was inspired by the simplicity of a brown paper bag.

“I was inspired by seeing an elegant woman walking down the street in Paris carrying a paper bag,” Goodman told the Los Angeles Times. “The bag happened to be red and, in my mind, I saw it as a clutch. So I found a soft, but papery leather to make it out of.”

And it worked, as Goodman’s clutches look exactly like bags you would carry your lunch or a snack in. Yet Goodman’s choice of leather and design make the understated clutch look simple and classic – perfect for everyone.

The clutch comes in three sizes; Snak ($115), Picnic ($175) and Dinner($220) and it’s only a matter of  time before the most fashionable mothers mix up their bags with the lunches they’ve packed for their children.


Zooey Deschanel and Company Launch Hello Giggles Blog

Hello GigglesMove over Jezebel, there’s a new girl website in town: Hello Giggles, which launched this month.

And this one comes stacked with female powerhouses, such as singer and actress, Zooey Deschanel; Internet sensation, Molly McAleer; and former Hills producer, Sophia Rossi joined forces for this venture.

The new web spot will be filled with funny, sassy, smart and creative content for women.

“We’re all avid Internet users, and we knew that there wasn’t a site that was exactly what we wanted to visit,” the women told Refinery 29. “[We wanted] a mix of sketch comedy and intelligent, interesting writing, and 100% security that we weren’t going to be assaulted by unpleasant imagery or attitudes.”

A look at the current homepage reveals what they craved: a quick re-cap of the latest Real Housewives of New Jersey bull-riding fiasco, a video of an adorable baby goal, and a witty piece entitled, “8 Tips to Start Dating Smart From a Girl that used to be Dumb at Dating.”

Between the celebrity backing and the creative content, this site is sure to be bookmarked on MacBooks and PCs everywhere.


Hermes Makes a Bag for Your Fruit

High fashion fruit; at least that’s what Hermés seemed to be going for with their new Apple Purse.

Fashioned in the shape of a Granny Smith Apple, the green lambskin leather bag opens in the middle, and is solidified in its apple shape with a leaf and stem on top.

Inside, a stainless palladium case protects your cargo from being squished or smashed.

Because really, who wouldn’t want to carry a .99 cent piece of fruit in a $365 bag?

Hermés, which hit the (apple?) on the head this season as runways were filled with fruit couture, added a little something special to their design.

For the fashionista that doesn’t mind sharing her goods, the Apple Purse comes equipped with a knife holder and actual knife, meant for cutting the apple inside.

And with that, high-priced, luxury fashion truly meets function. What will they think of next?


Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” Exhibit Extended At The Met

Last month, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art debuted Alexander McQueen’sSavage Beauty” exhibit. The result: A record-breaking opening day, as 5,100 visitors flocked to see the late, great, fashion legend’s work.

The success continued, prompting the museum to keep the exhibition open an extra week.

“We’ve been getting almost 400 people every half-hour in the show during regular hours,” Harold Holzer, the Met's senior vice president of external affairs told AM New York.

And starting Monday, June 6, they’re expecting more, as fashionistas and art lovers alike can now pay $50 to access the exhibit from between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., times when the facility is normally closed.

“It's a service - it's extra time," Holzer said. “And I think that there are people who are happy to pay for it.”

We would – nothing’s better than spending an afternoon looking at breathtakingly beautiful dresses and other creations from the iconic McQueen.

Meet you at The Met?


Addict Goes Retro With Spray Paint Inspired Line

Addict Vintage Spray Series T-ShirtsIn this day and age, can spray paint really be an oldie but a goodie?

U.K. brand Addict seems to think so with the release of their new Vintage Spray Series.

The retro inspired spring/summer 2011 collection features six t-shirts, each of which comes in three different colors.

With this, Addict, a menswear label created in 1996, further enhances its connection to the underground world of spray paint artists, while staying current and trendy.

It’s like Junk Food Clothing, but strictly for men; in which case the shirts should be flying off the shelves.


Naomi Campbell May Sue Cadbury For Calling Her "Chocolate" In Advertisement

Chocolate and supermodels do not mix; and chocolate and Naomi Campbell definitely do not mix.

The assault-friendly supermodel, notorious for her fits, rivalries and tantrums announced that she is considering taking legal action against Cadbury, the company which produces those amazing eggs during the Easter season.

Campbell is dissatisfied with Cadbury’s new ad campaign, which compares the infamous model to a chocolate bar with the slogan, “Move over Naomi, there’s a new diva in town.”

“I am shocked,” the new/old diva told the Daily Mail. “It’s upsetting to be described as chocolate, not just for me but for all black women and black people.”

Fearing the wrath of Campbell, or probably more so the lawsuit, Kraft, Cadbury’s parent company, has already removed advertisements and have no plans of continuing with the ad campaign.

“It was certainly never our intention to cause any offense and the campaign itself is a light-hearted take on the social pretensions of Cadbury Dairy Milk Bliss,” Kraft said in a statement.

While it remains unclear whether Campbell is go through with the lawsuit, one thing remains true: Kraft and Cadbury betta do something to satisfy Campbell before she resorts back to her old ways and throws her phone at them.


The Cosby Sweater Project

The Cosby Show gave viewers something to look forward to each week: sweaters.

During the show’s eight year run, comic legend Bill Cosby and his fictional family dawned sweater after sweater of 80’s/early 90’s wonder.

Now, it’s all coming back – and not just on Nick@Nite. The Cosby Sweater Project has become a tumblr sensation. The account offers stills of the Cosby’s infamous sweaters, alongside detailed enlarged patterns so you can make them yourselves; because, honestly, who wouldn’t want to bring these fashions back?

So if you’re a knitter or sweater enthusiast, check out these designs and get to knitting! Even if they’re not you’re personal style, there’s sure to be a market on Ebay or Etsy.