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Mercedes Benz Fashion week

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is getting the boot from Lincoln Center! In a settlement reached between New York City and advocates of Damrosch Park, the biannual event, which has been held at Lincoln Center since 2010, will have to find a new venue come February 2015. The reason? Apparently IMG Fashion Week, the event's organizer, failed to comply with the city charter by using the venue for non-park purposes, which ended up causing damage to the environment. Oops! And while there were plans to move NYFW to Hudson Yard's Culture Shed, that location won't be ready for at least another three years. IMG is no doubt scrambling to come up with several backup plans, as fashion week is just a few short weeks away. Stay tuned...

 

Nicki Minaj

Rapper/singer Nicki Minaj has landed her first high fashion campaign, and it's a good one. The recording artist is the star of the Roberto Cavalli Spring 2015 campaign, shot by Francesco Carrozzini. The rapper, who is best known for lighting up red carpets with her outrageous outfits and neon wigs, has toned it down her eccentric style in recent months but still dresses to show off her famous curves (which is why she was the designer's pick to be the face of the label). "In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes," said Cavalli in a press release. "With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body, who is not afraid to show her curves, rather she make them as a strength." Congrats to Ms. Minaj!

 

KLS by Kimora Lee Simmons

From the modeling career that began when she was 14 to her reign at Baby Phat to her current role as president and creative director of shoe subscription service JustFab.com, Kimora Lee Simmons has had her hands in the fashion industry for well over two decades. Now the Queen of Fabulosity (she trademarked the word) has launched a new line, KLS by Kimora Lee Simmons, but this one is decidedly different from anything she's done before. The denim and mesh that marked her Baby Phat line have been replaced with cashmere, leather, and silk for KLS. And don't expect to find KLS in your local mall; with prices ranging from $600 to $3,500, this line is "definitely catered to the woman who has a little spending power," says the designer.

Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn

Burberry continues with its British-supermodels-of-the-past-and-present theme (you've seen the Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne ads, right?), this time with the incomparable Naomi Campbell joined by Jourdan Dunn. The pair, who have never worked together, will front the Spring 2015 campaign, which was shot by Mario Testino under the direction of the label's CEO Christopher Bailey. "Naomi and Jourdan — two great British icons, two strong, beautiful women and the two perfect faces for our new campaign," said Bailey. The campaign will launch globally in January, and will be quite aggressive, featuring outdoor and indoor prints as well as platforms on Burberry.com, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Sina Weibo, Youku and WeChat.

 

Olivia Wilde H&M

For its Conscious Exclusive collection, Swedish fashion chain H&M has linked up with actress Olivia Wilde to be the face of the environmentally sustainable clothing line. "Sustainability is one of my biggest passions," said the actress, who worked with H&M earlier this year on a DoSomething.org campaign called Comeback Clothes, which encouraged young people to recycle their clothes. The new Conscious Exclusive collection draws inspiration from African, Asian, and Indian cultures, with a focus on dresses (yay!) and hand-drawn prints. We can't wait to see the entire collection when it hits stores and the H&M website on April 16.

 

Style Print

If you're a fan of Style.com's quarterly print magazine we have a bit of bad news for you--after less than three years the glossy is going bye-bye. The decision was made to nix the print version, which launched in 2012, because traffic to the website has seen a significant increase.  "Since relaunch in early September, the site continues to exceed growth expectations," a rep for Conde Nast said in a statement. "To continue that momentum, we've made the decision to focus 100% of our efforts on our core digital business." The good news out of all this--we clearly don't have to worry about our beloved Style.com getting the axe.

Denim x Alexander Wang

If you're a fan of Alexander Wang (and let's face it, who isn't?), his latest venture is going to just completely send you: Denim x Alexander Wang. Yes, you read that right--the designer who recently launched a best-selling collaboration with H&M, whose t-shirts are better than magical unicorns, glitter, and ice cream all rolled into one, and whose edgy-meets-glam aesthetic has positively killed on the red carpet, is now designing what is sure to become your favorite go-to pair of jeans. "I wear jeans every day," Wang said, so it makes sense that a denim line be added to his already impressive line up of gear under his eponymous label and diffusion line. For now the collection, which is available on AlexanderWang.com starting today, has three styles--Wang 001, Wang 002, and Wang 003--but our fingers are crossed that Wang will expand his denim line to include other pieces (we're thinking an Alexander Wang denim jacket or pencil skirt would be the new must-have for celebutantes).

 

Victoria Beckham Nails Inc

We're starting to think that there's nothing Victoria Beckham can't do--she's a wife and mother, is a true style icon with a fashion empire under her belt, has designed everything from a luxury vehicle to shoes, and we wouldn't be surprised if her holiday cookies taste like actual comfort and joy. And yet with all that she's already got going on, the notoriously straight-faced British beauty has hooked up with Nails Inc. and created two fabulous new shades. Victoria, Victoria Beckham for Nails Inc. launches today and, as you can see from the picture, the colors, "Bamboo White" and "Judo Red" are perfect for the holidays. A limited supply is now available on the Nails Inc. website, otherwise, you'll have to wait until February when Victoria, Victoria Beckham for Nails Inc. hits stores.

Prabal Gurung
There's a good reason fashion darling Prabal Gurung waited so long to launch a line of footwear (he debuted his first collection five years ago): "Instead of getting immediately into it, I wanted to understand the business," the designer explained. Lucky for us, Gurung has a clear understanding and now has plans to launch a shoe line. Having collaborated with the industry's top footwear designers, including Manolo Blahnik and Nicholas Kirkwood, Gurung is no stranger to the business of crafting high fashion footwear. Of his debut collection, Gurung said, "The first season was inspired by luxurious trekking, You’ll see strap details, little spikes, very much what I see in nature." (Clearly it will be nothing less than spectacular.) The collection will have six styles, with prices ranging from $695 to $1,165.

 

Johnny Coca

British fashion label Mulberry has a new creative director--former Céline accessories designer Johnny Coca. Coca is pretty much a fashion genius having studied art, architecture, and design at Paris, France's Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Ecole Boulle, and had stints at Bally and Louis Vuitton before his time at Céline. "I very much look forward to joining Mulberry as its new creative director and to leading a new design direction at one of the very best British brands," the designer said in a statement.  For its part, Mulberry is equally excited about bringing Coca onboard. "We are delighted that Johnny is joining us," said Mulberry Chairman and CEO Godfrey Davis. "Johnny will ensure that Mulberry continues its tradition of encouraging new young talent as he helps to build the next generation at Mulberry." The new creative director will be responsible for all Mulberry collections, ready-to-wear included, and will take the helm on July 8, 2015.

 Christian Louboutin Starlight
One of the things we love most about the holiday season is all the sparkle and magic and glitz and glamour, and no one does glamour like luxury label Christian Louboutin. After launching a nail polish line with bottles retailing for $50, Christian Louboutin has just released a limited edition holiday polish with a price tag of $675! The special holiday nail polish, called Starlight, is the same signature red Rouge Louboutin shade that you can buy for $50, but this one is housed in a bottle that's been embellished with over a thousand, hand-applied, two-tone Strass crystals. And if that's not glamorous enough, the bedazzled bottle has been placed inside a black lacquer box that's decorated with leather and crystal flowers--the same leather and crystal flowers that are featured on the Louboutin Pensamoi heel. With all that fabulousness, perhaps $675 is a steal. What do you think?

 

Giambattista Valli for MAC
Seems like MAC Cosmetics has a new collaboration with a designer or celebrity every other week, doesn't it. But don't get us wrong, we're totally not complaining, especially since the most recent announcement is that French fashion house Giambattista Valli is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a collection of lipsticks for the beauty brand. "I’m very well known for dresses, no? And I thought it was very nice, the idea of dressing your lips," says the designer. Nice idea indeed! And the colors are beyond fabulous--there's a pale pink that nails the '60s mod trend and a deep plum that begs to be worn for a night out. "I made these for a woman with personality, a woman who lives her life and isn’t afraid to wear color and isn’t afraid to kiss," says Valli. We can't wait to get our hands on these beauties, out in Summer 2015.

 

Chanel cake

Well the answer to our headline is, no, Karl Lagerfeld is not a baker.. but he sure does know how to design an amazing cake. The Chanel lipstick cake pictured was designed by The Kaiser himself for a restaurant in Tokyo called Beige.  It features a caramel and dark chocolate rendering of the iconic Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick and comes in a box with a sketch done by the designer. Sadly, we won't be able to taste it--only 100 are being made and we just can't find the time for a trip to Japan any time soon.

Kendall Jenner

As modeling careers go, reality TV star-turned-runway star Kendall Jenner is on the fast track to success--she was a major hit at Fashion Month back in September, works the red carpet like nobody's business, and now the California native has landed a deal as the face of beauty giant Estée Lauder. Jenner, who recently celebrated her nineteenth birthday, actually received the good news while backstage at the Sonia Rykiel show at Paris Fashion Week on September 29, and has managed to keep mum about it until now. Taking to Instagram, Jenner posted, "I am super excited to announce that I am the new face of @esteelauder!! I still can't believe it myself!" As the new global face of Estée Lauder, Jenner follows in the footsteps of such industry heavyhitters like Joan Smalls, Carolyn Murphy, and Liu Wen. Congrats to Kendall--we can't wait to see the glamorous campaigns!

 

Elizabeth and James makeup
Just a year after launching its fragrance, Nirvana, Elizabeth and James is taking the next step, albeit a small one, in the beauty world with the debut of its first color cosmetic: the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Nude Lipgloss. The limited edition gloss is part of the brand's holiday gift set at Sephora, which includes a rollerball of either of the Nirvana fragrances (Black Nirvana, a warm and faintly sweet scent, or White Nirvana, a rich floral). Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the twins behind the label have no plans to launch and entire makeup line--the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Nude Lipgloss will only be sold during this holiday season--so you'd better get to Sephora quick and scoop it up. At $29 for each gift set it's kind of a steal; we may just have to pick up both fragrances (hooray for double lip the gloss!).

Joan jett

Rocker Joan Jett is launching a line for Hot Topic, and we think this may be the most brilliant thing ever (seriously, who better, right?). The collaboration is actually between Joan Jett and fashion label Tripp NYC, and will be sold exclusively at Hot Topic. "I’ve known about Hot Topic for years and years because on the road there are very few places in certain areas of the country where you can find kind of rock ’n’ roll clothes," said Jett. "Tripp is kind of famous in New York for catering to that rock ’n’ roll downtown, edgy kind of vibe." The Joan Jett for Tripp NYC fashion collection for Hot Topic (a mouthful, we know) is available in stores now and retails for $32.50 to $64.50.

 

Prabal Gurung for MAC Cosmetics

Back in June we reported that It Designer Prabal Gurung was working on a color cosmetic line with MAC, so we're super excited to share the first images of the collection, which launches this month. The 14-product collection includes three eyeshadow duos, eyeliner, cream blush, highlighter, bronzer, and six lip colors (three lipsticks with corresponding glosses). Besides the gorgeous colors, this collection is destined to be a best-seller because of the beautiful, luxe packaging. "I wanted a lipstick that, even after it’s gone, women would keep for the packaging," said Gurung. Uh, mission accomplished.

 

Nasty Gal store

A Nasty Gal brick and mortar store is making a home for itself on L.A.'s famed Melrose Avenue. The Los Angeles-based e-tailer, founded by the best-selling author of #GirlBoss, Sophia Amoruso, was launched in 2006, and has grown from an ebay store to the "fastest growing retailer" according to INC magazine. Signage is already up at the store, located at 8115 Melrose Avenue (former home of Madison) and we're pretty sure fans of the site will be able to visit the location sometime in 2015.

Beyonce

When we see the words "Beyoncé" and "collaboration" in the same sentence our hearts start racing a little. So when news broke that the Queen Bey is launching a line of athletic sportswear with Topshop we may have literally jumped for joy (then we immediately went out and renewed our gym membership). More than your average celeb designed capsule collection, Beyoncé and Topshop will  actually be 50/50 partners of the athletic brand, called Parkwood Topshop Athletic Ltd. The new brand will include apparel, footwear, and accessories for dance and fitness,  and will be sold at Topshop and Topshop.com. "This not a collaboration. This is about building a brand and building a business — a separate, proper business, with separate overhead and a separate office," said Topshop owner Sir Philip Green in an interview with WWD. "I could not think of a better partner," Beyoncé added. And since we hear the line is so stylish it can be worn as regular clothes, we're already making room in our closets for the launch of Parkwood Topshop next fall.

 

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

An affordable line of jewelry and bags from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen is here! The twins behind The Row, Olsenboye, and Elizabeth and James have designed a special collection of jewelry and clutches for StyleMint called AMK x SM. "We drew inspiration from constellations," said Ashley of the line, which includes lariat necklaces, chokers, hand chains, and ear cuffs, as well as clutches in two different shapes. She went on to explain how versatile the pieces are and how easily they can transition from day to night. "We focused on minimalist designs that can be mixed, matched and layered, yet are strong enough to wear on their own," added Mary-Kate. None of the pieces cost more than $39.99 and all of them are available now on StyleMint.

 

Chris Benz

You may not be too familiar with the Bill Blass label, which had its heyday in the '80s, but that may change soon because New York-based designer Chris Benz has just been brought in as the new creative director, and his plan is to reinvent the brand to attract a new generation of buyers (that means you). The fashion house has struggled to keep a designer and maintain its customer base since Bill Blass retired in 1999, and hasn't shown a ready-to-wear collection since Fall 2012. With Benz now onboard, Bill Blass will officially relaunch as a brand in the spring of 2016. "The whole idea was to bring in an American designer who understands the woman today and who is highly social just as Mr. Blass was," Bill Blass President Stuart M. Goldblatt told Women's Wear Daily. Benz, who hasn't shown a collection for his eponymous line in a few seasons, is nothing if not highly social, taking to Twitter to announce his new role. We're looking forward to seeing what the new creative director brings to the house of Bill Blass.

Oscar de la Renta

It's been one week since renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away at the age of eighty-two, after a long battle with cancer. Since then there has been an outpouring of love and tributes from industry insiders and tastemakers including Sarah Jessica Parker, supermodels Naomi Campbell and Karlie Kloss, and of course, Anna Wintour. The late designer, whose career spanned over five decades, will be remembered in the place he called home, New York City, at a private mass on November 3. The funeral will take place at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola at Park Avenue and 84th Street, and will no doubt be a beautiful celebration of a wonderful life.

 

Iggy Azalea

If ever there was a rising star, rapper Iggy Azalea is it, and it was just a matter of time before she landed a national ad campaign. The "Fancy" singer was picked by fast fashion retailer Forever 21 to star in their holiday campaign. "Iggy operates in what’s comfortable for her, she doesn’t want to feel too forced or like she’s trying," Azalea's stylist James Knox said in an interview with Who What Wear. "It’s an effortless style sensibility she has. She’s just being Iggy at all times, not really turning up for the cameras." Look for the Forever 21 holiday ad campaign featuring Azalea and her long-time boyfriend, Lakers star Nick Young, now.

 

MAC x Nasty Gal

MAC Cosmetics has collaborated with more It girls than we can count, and now the makeup brand has partnered with girl, or rather #girlboss-of-the-moment, Sophia Amoruso. The Nasty Gal founder worked with MAC to create a four-piece capsule collection that features three lipsticks--two red and one dark purple--and one red nail polish. "MAC and Nasty Gal are both young, colorful brands that complement one another,” said Amoruso. “It was a fun and effortless collaboration to create." The MAC x Nasty Gal lipsticks will retail for $16 each, with the nail polish selling for $12. Look for the capsule collection when it launches online and in select stores on December 4.

 

Anna kendrick

The weather may not be frightful, and the halls not decked, but ready or not the holiday season is here! Already many of our favorite labels have shot their holiday ads, including Kate Spade New York, with actress Anna Kendrick as the face of the campaign. The Old Hollywood-themed spread was shot at several different locations in Las Vegas by famed photographer Cedric Buchet. "Anna embodies the Kate Spade New York spirit in so many ways,” Deborah Lloyd, President and Chief Creative Officer said of the actress. “She is beautiful, smart, hilarious and wildly talented." Since Kate Spade New York is known for its playful, feminine, and downright pretty ad campaigns, we think this is a perfect pairing.

Le Labo

Estée Lauder has already purchased a number of our favorite beauty brands, including MAC Cosmetics, Jo Malone, Tom Ford, and most recently, Smashbox. Now the industry behemoth is acquiring Le Labo, one of our favorite perfume companies (its inventive and utterly gorgeous fragrances are layerable, and it has the most lovely apothecary-inspired labels). Le Labo, which already has stores in New York, London, Paris, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, already has sales of up to $30 million annually, but backing from a well-known giant like Estée Lauder will certainly give the company an even more significant presence in international beauty. And as Estée Lauder CEO Fabrizio Freda said in a statement, Le Labo is the "perfect complement" to its current line-up of beauty brands. The deal is likely to close next month.

 

& Other Stories

& Other Stories, H&M's younger sister, has finally hit the States! The women's lifestyle brand, which rolled out seven stores across Europe in just two months, has opened up a flagship store Soho, New York. The 6,400-square foot space is divided into four ateliers, each inspired by four different metropolitan cities--Paris, Stockholm, Berlin, and of course, New York. While the four collections aren't labeled shoppers will know which city is represented by the goods in each atelier: Paris has romantic, feminine pieces like beaded dresses and fringy chokers; the Stockholm collection is minimal and tailored; Berlin is full of tweeds; and New York is sophisticated with an edge. Animal prints tie each of the themed collections together. "It’s an interesting print to play with because you can do it in a really hipster-y kind of way, or you can do it in a crazy Italian way. You can do it in a French way, or you can do it in a New York way," said the store's ready-to-wear designer Behnaz Aram. But don't worry if you can't make it to New York to check out the store's cool layout or shop the city chic collections; & Other Stories also launched a US e-shop.


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