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Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson has gone from teen pop sensation to reality TV star/actress to fashion mogul, with an eponymous line that nets about $1 billion and includes over 30 product categories (we don't know anyone who doesn't love a Jessica Simpson shoe)! And her fashion empire is continuing to grow and will now include real estate. Fans of Simpson's clothing, shoes, accessories, and fragrances will have one more way to shop their favorite label when the star opens up her own boutiques. The Jessica Simpson label is currently sold in mainstream department stores like Macy's, Lord & Taylor, and Dillard's. Boutiques could potentially open within the next year in major cities Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, and eventually in Simpson's home state of Texas. No word yet on where exactly Simpson will set up shop, or who she'll hire to design the spaces, but we'll definitely be keeping our eyes open for more details. 

 

MAC Salon

MAC Cosmetics is trying something new, and actually, it's kind of genius. The cosmetics brand is opening up a makeup salon in New York (we're hoping other cities will follow), and it's not to be confused with the MAC makeup counter or boutique in your favorite mall. The salon will be similar to DryBar or DreamBar, except instead of blowouts and quick hairstyles, customers can receive a bold lip, smoky eyes, or a quick contouring applied by a MAC makeup artist. In addition to the quick and easy services, there will be makeup lessons, services for special events (think weddings, prom, and the like), and beauty parties. But unlike the MAC counter, there's no pressure to buy any of the products the makeup artist uses on your face; just pay for your services and go. How easy is that?

 

Maddie Ziegler

Dancer and budding It girl Maddie Ziegler was named a brand ambassador for dancewear label Capezio back in May, and for her first campaign she debuted the brand's collaboration with Betsey Johnson, a former dancer herself. The capsule collection includes nylon spandex leggings, briefs, camis, leotards, graphic tops, and tutus in lace, floral, and animal print, with prices ranging from $20 to $120. And, as expected of anything Betsey Johnson touches, the collection is totally fun and geared toward serious young dancers who want to add a little playfulness to their dance attire. You can shop the entire collection now. 

Madeline Stuart

A look at how Madeline Stuart is changing the face of beauty. (PopSugar Beauty)

This is our kind of summer fun: 25 new beauty products to try in July. (Byrdie)

So what, exactly, is strobing? Danielle Gray breaks it down. (The Style and Beauty Doctor)

We can't wait to make this DIY beaded tassel necklace this weekend. (P.S. I Made This)

If you've been on the hunt for affordable maxi dresses, look no further. (Design Darling)

We're totally obsessed with FIDM grad Cortnie Elizabeth's pretty pastel skirt. (Style Lust Pages)

These fashion staples are perfect for a summer internship at an office. (The Bull & the Bun)

We desperately need one--or all-- of these laser cut bags in our lives. (Fash Boulevard)

How cute are these pineapple slingback ballet flats?! (Poor Little It Girl)

The best 'Made in America' fashions to celebrate the 4th of July. (Vogue)

Julep Long Weekend Eyeshadow Palette

Finding an eyeshadow palette with gorgeous colors that are natural-looking and flattering is always a great thing, but when the eyeshadows are actually good for the delicate skin on your eyelids, it's like, next level! This Long Weekend Eyeshadow Palette from Julep has eleven universally flattering shadows that are blendable and beautiful, but also beneficial thanks to ingredients that moisturize, soothe, repair, and protect skin. And it certainly doesn't hurt that every one of these colors looks perfect with a little white dress. 

Project Runway

Project Runway is debuting a new show, and this one may just be even more impressive and entertaining than the original because the contestants are considerably younger than their PR counterparts. That's right, Project Runway Junior is scheduled to air this fall, and the designers will range in age from 14 to 17! Tim Gunn will, thankfully, appear on the show as co-host (because what would we do without his "make it works?"), with model Hannah Davis taking on hosting duties in Heidi Klum's place. Judging the young fashion ingenues will be Project Runway alum and winner Christian Siriano and Cosmopolitan Executive Fashion Editor Aya Kanai. No date has been confirmed for the Project Runway Junior premiere, but stay tuned--we're sure the Lifetime network will be making the announcement soon. 

 

Tom Ford Net-a-porter

Net-a-Porter is one of the world's premiere go-to sites for luxury apparel and accessories, and Tom Ford is without a doubt one of the foremost luxury brands, so a partnership between the two--an exclusive partnership--is a big deal. The e-commerce site will be the first and only online retailer to sell his men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections. The designer's own e-commerce site, tomford.com, only offers men's and women's accessories and beauty, while his RTW collections can only be found in 110 Tom Ford boutiques and brick-and-mortar department stores around the world. "Net-a-porter is extremely strong in selling designer merchandise online and obviously Tom Ford ready-to-wear online, bags and shoes is a massive draw for our customer,” said Net-a-porter’s VP of global buying, Sarah Rutson. "We’ve got a proven track record of selling at this level, especially brands that either have very limited e-commerce themselves or no e-commerce." The Tom Ford ready-to-wear collections will launch next month on Net-a-porter.com and on MrPorter.com in September. 

 

Asia Kinney

We're always among the first to announce when whatever model-of-the-moment or major Hollywood actress lands a big campaign, but this is the first time that we've ever written about a dog starring in a fashion ad. That adorable mug you see in the picture above is none other than singer Lady Gaga's French bulldog, Asia Kinney, and she is the new face of Coach. The lifestyle brand featured the pup in its latest ad, the first of a series that will star yet-to-be-revealed dogs modeling Coach's newest products. The series is being shot by Steven Meisel. But the series isn't just about the ridiculously cute photos of celebrity dogs, it will also introduce Coach Pups, a social campaign that will include various online activities for dog lovers, Instagram meetups, and other events. In addition, Coach will make donations to different charities on behalf of the dogs in the campaign. For Miss Asia Kinney, that was Chicago French Bulldog Rescue. We're just smitten with this idea and can't wait to see more sweet little doggies in fabulous Coach garb. 

Cupcakes and cashmere

A new clothing line from Emily Schuman is set to hit a Nordstrom store near you! (Cupcakes and Cashmere)

Beauty vlogger Jackie Aina tries out the different beauty standards from around the world. (HuffPost Style)

The best lipstick for summer. (Into the Gloss)

We're loving this DIY ladder shelf shoe storage. (Design Sponge)

Score the perfect, beachy waves at home. (I Spy DIY)

How Fashion Club fave Clueless is still influencing fashion two decades later. (Vogue)

These little white dresses are perfect for summer. (Made By Girl)

Are indie brands the answer for plus-size fashion? (Racked)

Quick summer makeup tips, because it's too hot to linger in the ladies. (The Beauty Department)

Steal Chrissy Teigen's look for less. (The Budget Babe)

Birkenstock Curacao Double Band Slide Sandal

Talk about a comeback--Birkenstocks are officially the comeback kid of summer. These sandals, ubiquitous in the '90s, slipped quietly into a "hippies only" genre for many years and the fashion sect discredited them as being stylish. But now they are once again considered de rigueur for warm weather, and we've seen celebs, fashion editors, and countless bloggers rocking them. These Birkenstock 'Curacao' Double Band Slide Sandals are our pick and we can't wait to pair them with a few of our flirtiest summer frocks. 

Selena Gomez

It's no secret that Selena Gomez has one of the most enviable heads of hair in the entertainment industry, so it was really just a matter of time before she nabbed a beauty contract to show it off. Sure enough, Pantene, the brand that's practically synonymous with hair care, has inked a deal with the 22-year old "Come & Get It" singer and her silky, brunette tresses.  "I've always loved using Pantene, so it's a dream come true to be the brand's newest ambassador," the starlet said in a press release. "Not only because Pantene stands for strong, healthy hair but also because it encourages women to be their best selves." This is Gomez's first beauty deal, but we suspect it won't be her last. 

 

Lucky magazine

It's official--finally. Lucky magazine's print edition is closing down. It's been a long time coming, and it seems like we've been reporting on this inevitable shut down for ages. Most recently, we had confirmation that the fashion glossy was to reduce publication and become a premium, coffee table style quarterly magazine similar to Net-a-Porter's The Edit, with the new format launching in September (that news hit our desk less than a month ago). Rumors are swirling that the entire Lucky franchise--print, digital, and e-commerce--will be shutting down after one of the investors pulled out, but nothing has been confirmed as there are still three other investors in talks to keep the digital side of the house going. Lucky was definitely one of our favorite monthly reads, and we're sad to see it go. 

 

Gap

There will no longer be a Gap on every street corner. The San Francisco-based retailer, known best for peddling denim and khakis, announced last week that it is shutting down 175 of its North American stores and cutting 250 jobs from its headquarters. "These decisions are very difficult, knowing they will affect a number of our valued employees, but we are confident they are necessary to help create a winning future for our employees, our customers, and our shareholders," Gap's global president Jeff Kirwan said. The company will continue to operate 800 stores across the U.S., which includes 300 outlets. 

Cher from Clueless

Tips for becoming a master shopper. (College Fashion)

French fashion designer Giambattista Valli created 5 gorgeous lipstick shades for MAC. (Popsugar)

58 times Taylor Swift looked flawless...but who's counting? (Seventeen)

We're totally swooning over this summery, all-white outfit. (Poor Little It Girl)

Abercrombie & Fitch has a new menswear designer. (InStyle)

How to create a subtle smokey eye for day, no makeup brushes required. (xo Vain)

The new arrivals from Rachel Parcell's jewelry line, Pink Peonies Collection, are giving us life! (Pink Peonies)

Summer is the perfect time to start taking risks when it comes to accessorizing. (The New York Times)

5 bags Jane Birkin would approve of. (Bag Snob)

Beauty inspiration fresh from the streets of New York. (Refinery 29)

Topshop Ruched Spot Swimsuit

There are some swimsuits that are cute for the pool or the beach, then there are swimsuits that are so cute, we kinda want to wear them all the time, like, everywhere. This Ruched Spot Swimsuit from Topshop falls into the latter category. The retro style is so on trend, and you can never go wrong with classic black and white. Plus, the ruching and ruffles at the bust are absolutely adorable. We are seriously trying to find ways to incorporate it into our every day wardrobe. Office pool party, anyone?

 Target blogger swim campaign

If Target's summer swim campaign seems to be missing something, it is. The retail giant recruited, not models, but bloggers for the ads and used the tagline, "A Fit for Every Body."  "We know there is no ‘one suit fits all’ and wanted to help women feel confident this summer and empowered to try different styles, no matter their size or shape," said a Target spokesperson in an interview. Nashelly Messina of Fabulatina, Nikki Minton of My Style Diaries, Simply Stylist's Sarah Boyd, and Chantè Burkett of Everything Curvy and Chic are the featured models, and each of them wrote sponsored posts about their respective swimsuit shopping experiences with Target stylist Zanna Roberts Rassi. There's also a video included in the campaign, in which Roberts Rassi asks each of the bloggers about their favorite body parts and what they feel their problem areas area, before explaining why she dressed each one of them in the swimsuits she picked for them. Burkett, the only plus-size blogger pictured, summed up the campaign perfectly, saying, "Target wanted to showcase real women in swimsuits and if this isn't real I don't know what is."

 

Katy Perry Moschino

Pop singer Katy Perry is all hip-hop as the face of the Moschino Fall 2015 campaign. The star took to Instagram to make the announcement, showing off an image of herself draped in gold chains and a boombox minaudière with a gold-trimmed patchwork jean jacket that could have been plucked right out of a '90s rap video. The photos were shot by industry darlings Inez and Vinoodh, and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, who's signature aesthetic of over accessorizing fit perfectly with the campaign's hip hop-inspired theme. The "This Is How We Do" singer is pals with Moschino's creative director, Jeremy Scott, and even accompanied him to this year's Met Gala (always a good indication that there's a partnership of some sort brewing). We can't wait to see more photos from the campaign!

 

Somsack Sikhounmuong

J.Crew and Madewell are two of our favorites (the jewelry at J. Crew and the denim at Madewell are always toppers on our must-have lists), so we're quite excited about the recent shakeup that's taken place at the brands. J. Crew has brought in Somsack Sikhounmuong, Madewell's now-former head of designer, to head up their women's design department. Sikhounmuong spent 14 years at Madewell and played a key role in the brand's success, no doubt one reason why J. Crew brought him onboard. "Other strategic and organizational changes" can be expected throughout the company, according to CEO Mickey Drexler, who's made it clear he was unhappy with last year's sales. This change could be a big deal for J. Crew, and hopefully the same magic Sikhounmuong used to boost Madewell's sales will rub off in his new gig.

 


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