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Rebecca Minkoff notification bracelet

When it comes to wearable tech, we have, admittedly, turned our noses up at the thought (we simply couldn't get past the idea that it would be clunky, awkward, and clashing). But then we started seeing different designers put their spin on the trend and suddenly we realized that there are some pieces that deserve a second look. Most recently, Rebecca Minkoff, one of our favorite designers, has come on board with a wearable tech collection. Minkoff is starting with two bracelets--one with a lightning phone charger and another that will send an alert when something happens on the wearers phone (think Facebook alerts, low battery, new emails, ect.). The bracelets will retail for $60 for the charger bracelet and $120 for the notification braceslet, and in true Rebecca Minkoff form both will come in various colors,which we can't wait to see. 

 

Barbie

Fashion month is upon us, which means our Instagram feed will soon be flooded with images from models, fashion bloggers, and street style photogs. But this year, there's only one Instagram account that's on our radar: Barbie's. Yes, Barbie, as in the Mattel doll with the ridiculous measurements and covet-worthy style. No stranger to Fashion Week--she's collabed with heavy hitters like Karl Lagerfeld, Vera Wang, and Versace, held a runway show in the Big Apple to celebrate her 50th anniversary, and even co-hosted a party with the CFDA--Barbie will be taking Fashion Month by storm, hitting all four cities (New York, London, Milan, and Paris) and documenting her travels along the way. Follow her @BarbieStyle to see snaps of her outfits and some of her favorite places in each city, as well as meetings with industry insiders. 

Chrissy Teigen in Piperlime Collection

Piperlime has long been one of our favorite shopping sites; it's got everything from jeans to prom dresses from some of the labels that we love most. Never in a million years did we imagine that we could love it more, but since Piperlime just announced the launch of its first-ever in-house line, we realized this site just keeps getting better and better. The debut collection will have sixty-eight pieces priced from $34 to $174, with new, trendy pieces being added each season (we've got our eye on an insanely chic leopard print coat that costs just $159). But that's not all--Piperlime has commissioned some 25 über chic stars, including model Chrissy Teigen, Poppy Delevingne, and Clare Vivier to join Olivia Palermo as style authorities and guest editors for the site. Each day you'll find their curated picks from the Piperlime collection and other labels, and you can buy the things these stars love to wear themselves. And although the Piperlime Collection will be available starting in September, the site will of course continue to feature the hottest contemporary labels, as well as introduce the coolest up-and-coming labels. 

 

Pharell Vivienne Westwood hat

The Vivienne Westwood hat that Pharrell rocked at the 2014 Grammys is back in the news, ya'll...or maybe we should say Newseum. The now-famous topper launched a million tweets after its debut at the awards show, including a hilarious exchange between fast food chain Arby's and Pharrell himself (the restaurant insisted it was the rightful owner of the hat, which they said was its signature brown derby). "The post-Grammy’s Twitter exchange between Arby’s and Pharrell about his hat was completely unexpected and has just become this remarkable moment in pop-culture this year," said vice president of brand and corporate communications at Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., Chris Fuller. The restaurant has since purchased the iconic Buffalo Girls-inspired headgear for $40,000 (!!!) at a charity auction, and is lending the piece to Washington D.C.'s Newseum, a museum dedicated to all things news and journalism. The museum  will display the hat in a short-term exhibit, saying it represents the impact that social media has on a news story. 

 

  Sarah Jessica Parker

If you were a fan of Sarah Jessica Parker's debut shoe line, which launched last spring, you'll be happy to know that the fall collection is set to hit stores in September. The actress, who famously played a character whose shoe obsession could rival that of Marie Antoinette, has once again partnered with Nordstrom to sell the collection, which now includes handbags. Like the spring collection, all shoes and handbags feature the signature grosgrain ribbon detail, and there are a couple of styles that carried over from the spring collection, though this time in more autumn-appropriate colors like navy, burgandy, and grey. There are also several boot styles to choose from. And this time around, Parker named all the shoes after her famous friends, including costume designer Patricia Field. "Without her contributions, Carrie Bradshaw would have been incomplete," said Parker. The SJP shoes come with a price tag of $285 to $695, and handbags will sell for $220 to $495. 

Lucky magazine

There's been a lot of talk about Lucky magazine of late, namely, how a lack of ad pages will affect the glossy's future. The magazine about shopping, once the darling of Conde Nast, has undergone a lot of changes recently and it was announced last week that the parent company is giving the mag the proverbial boot. While Vogue and other Conde Nast publications are packing up to move to their new headquarters at the World Trade Center, Lucky will not be joining them, but instead has been handed off to BeachMint, a social commerce company based in Santa Monica that sells inexpensive clothing. Lucky will now be part of a new company, the Lucky Group, which has its own multibrand shopping site (similar to Shopbop or ASOS), and former EIC Eva Chen will be the chief creative officer. There is still a ton of confusion wrapped around this new development, and readers want to know if there will still be a Lucky magazine in their mailbox each month. The answer is yes for now; Conde Nast will still print the glossy and Anna Wintour will retain an advisory role, but according to Eva Chen, "There will be a lot of new toys to play with." Stay tuned...

 

Spring mobile app

If you've ever shopped from your phone, you'll be happy to know that a new mobile app called Spring is making it tons easier. Spring is a multi-brand marketplace exclusively for smartphones, and it's a total mobile shopping game changer. Shoppers can follow their favorite designers and love products that they can then save for purchase later or buy directly. And with a list of designers including Opening Ceremony, Proenza Schouler, Warby Parker, Marchesa, Rag & Bone, and on and on, Spring is already the talk of the fashion sect. "No one wants to download 50 different sites, and nobody wants to download 50 different apps," says Ara Katz, Spring's co-founder and chief marketing officer. "That's a bad experience. On a browser, it's not so bad of an experience. But what was waiting on mobile was multi-brand experiences." We couldn't agree more! Spring is truly the future of shopping, and we can't wait to make our first purchase!

 

Drybar

Allure is dedicated to all things beauty, so it makes sense that now readers will be able to book their beauty appointments right from the magazine's website. A partnership with BeautyBooked, a beauty treatment booking service founded in 2012, allows readers to see what appointments are available, read Allure content about a particular spa, and purchase beauty treatments. Readers will also be able to book appointments straight from Allure's editorial content, such as salon reviews. All transactions take place on the Allure website, so there's no need to jump back and forth between the magazine and BeautyBooked's site. It's a genius concept that works for parties.

Lucy Hale + Hollister

Fans of Lucy Hale will soon get to see their favorite actress and singer in a whole new role--fashion designer. Hollister has tapped the Pretty Little Liars star, not to be the face of a new campaign, but to design a capsule collection in a two-part collaboration with the label. The collection is inspired by Hale's personal style (although we totally wouldn't mind if it was inspired by Aria Montgomery, her PTL alter-ego), and will include dresses, skirts, leggings and tops. Tapping Hale for its first-ever celebrity collaboration is part of Abercrombie & Fitch's plan to rebrand the Hollister label to compete with fast fashion retailers like Forever 21, H&M, and Zara. Look for the first installment of the Hollister + Lucy Hale collection in very limited quantities starting this Friday, August 8.

  Drew Barrymore Flower Beauty Fragrances
We've wondered and waited, and now it's confirmed--Drew Barrymore is adding fragrances to her Flower Beauty line. The Flower Fragrance Collection features a trio of perfumes, called "Cherished," "Radiant," and "Sultry," and is described as "scents that capture the joy of life and love, in all of its meanings." Unlike other celebrity fragrances (think Paris Hilton and Britney Spears), Barrymore isn't going to be front and center of the ad campaigns for this collection, but instead, she's letting the Flower brand blossom on it's own. Look for the Flower fragrances in Wal-Mart stores starting in October.

Shark by Tara

And if you're into Sharknado, Tara Reid, the film's star, has created a fragrance just for you. Shark by Tara incorporates "a plethora of lavender colored flowers," according to the actress' website, and retails for about $25. If you're into it.

Pink

The world of fashion is so fascinating. Who would have guessed that something as iconic as Victoria's Secret Pink could actually be infringing on trademarks. Well, the U.K. courts have ruled that it has! They're saying that Victoria’s Secret’s use of the name Pink infringes on Thomas Pink’s U.K. and European Community trademarks.

If you're not familiar with Thomas Pink, they're a luxury clothing brand (and part of the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton group) known for their men's and women's shirts. These collar stays retail for $50.

Collar  Boxes

 

Thomas Pink is seeking an injunction from the court, so stay tuned as to what will actually happen. Never a dull moment.

MAC Marge Simpson line

As beauty icons go, Marge Simpson may not be at the top of most lists, but with that blue bouffant--easily one of the most iconic hairstyles in television history--and those up-to-there lashes, Mrs. Simpson is actually quite the bombshell. To celebrate her 25 years on TV, MAC Cosmetics is launching a Marge Simpson-inspired makeup line due out this fall. The color collection includes eye shadow palettes, blush, lip glosses, nail stickers, and of course, false eyelashes. The colors are bold and bright, just like Marge's signature look, with cute names like "pink Sprinkles" (which we can't wait to get our hands on) and "Sideshow You." Look for the Marge Simpson collection starting September 4.

Dior-cuir-cannage

The house of Dior is perhaps as known for its fragrances as it is for its fashion (the Miss Dior Cherie commercial directed by Sofia Coppola was advertising perfection, oui?), so we were obviously excited to learn about a new Dior fragrance. Cuir Cannage is the latest addition created by the house's resident perfumer François Demachy, with notes inspired by the iconic Lady Dior handbag.  "I wanted it to smell of leather, but there is also [a hint of] lipstick, tissues, and imagination," said Demachy. The new perfume retails for $275.

Iggy Azalea

Two years ago we were practically skipping around the office when we learned that MTV was bringing back it's fashion-centric show House of Style, and supermodels Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss were slated to host. Sadly the show was online-only and last just one season. Well, we're officially skipping around the office again because we've just learned that the show is coming back, this time with Iggy Azalea as host! This season contains eight episodes, which will start airing on August 4 and end on the eve of the Video Music Awards. Iggy Azalea is the first musician to host, following in the footsteps of supermodels Cindy Crawford, Rebecca Romijm, and Molly Sims.

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld is among the most fabulous people, ever--he's the head designer for Chanel, Fendi, and his own eponymous labels; he calls the world's most stylish and glamorous celebrities (including members of royalty) his friends; and his nickname is the Kaiser, for pete's sake. Obviously the man should be immortalized with his own Barbie doll! Mattel, the creator of the iconic Barbie doll, has announced that come fall, a Kaiser-inspired doll called Barbie Lagerfeld will be on shelves. The doll will be dressed in a similar look to Lagerfeld's standard uniform: a white collared shirt, a fitted black blazer, skinny pants, black sunglasses, Chanel-esque chain necklaces and fingerless driving gloves.

 

Violeta for Mango

We're always excited when we learn about a clothing label launching a plus size line, so the news that Mango is launching Violeta by Mango, its line of fashion for curvy girls, in the US we nearly did a backflip. The line, which before now was only available in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Spain, will include over 1,000 products, with sizes ranging from US 12 to 18. And the pieces are every bit as stylish as you would expect from Mango--think leather accents, animal prints, military details, and '60s inspiration. Violeta is available in Mango stores, as well as online.

 

Kate Spade bikini

Kate Spade is easily among the top favorite labels of just about every girl we know (and that's a lot of girls)--every piece is girly and colorful and just so darn cute! Naturally, the news that a Kate Spade line of swimwear is coming soon is good news. The line will include both mix-and-match bikinis and one-pieces, with prices ranging from $120 to $200. And if you're wondering what a Kate Spade swimsuit might look like, the label's chief creative officer has the answer. "It’s retro reimagined, classic with a twist, and pays homage to our heritage whether with a classic black and white stripe, a graphic dot or an artisanal print."

Birchbox

Birchbox has made a name for itself as one of the premiere beauty subscription services, and now the company, started by two friends in 2010, has opened up its first brick-and-mortar store in Soho. "The reality is that 95 percent of all beauty products sold are still purchased offline," explains co-founder Katia Beauchamp. "That means we send a lot of our customers offline, to shop." Makes perfect business sense; instead of letting customer sample products, then go out and buy them from a competitor, a physical store allows faithful Birchbox customers continue to shop at Birchbox. But unlike its competitors, which divide the merchandise up according to brand, Birchbox separates the goods according to category, so there's a whole section dedicated to lips, another to cheeks, and so forth. Over two hundred brands are represented, including men's products, a hair salon and nail polish stationand there's even a Build-Your-Own-Box station where customers can pick from a buffet of beauty samples to take home and try, all for a mere $15.

P.S. I Made This

Erica Domasek of P.S. I Made This is working on a new project, and it's all in the name of charity.  Domasek partnered with Indego Africa (if you follow her on any social media channels you will have seen her travels to the continent and the amazing pictures she took) and created a series of patches, made by artisans in Rwanda, which will benefit educational charities. "The collaboration started from my sketches in New York and took me all the way to Kigali, Rwanda. I met the Ibaba women, who hand-embroidered each illustration into a patch. Together, we shared our passion for DIY," says Domasek. The colorful patches are sold for $45 for a set of two, and are available now on IndegoAfrica.org. We've got our eyes on a sweet purple pineapple and an adorable rainbow-hued giraffe.

Into the Gloss

Emily Weiss and Nick Axelrod, co-founders of go-to beauty site Into the Gloss, have taken a step outside the beauty arena and collaborated with eyewear label Warby Parker on a pair of aviator sunglasses and a wire frame design for prescription specs. The partnership came about as a result of  both Weiss and Axelrod never being able to find the perfect aviators, as well as a common question Weiss receives on her site. "People are always asking, 'How do I do beauty looks for glasses?'" Weiss says. "What about the glasses?"  According to Weiss there were many fittings involved and lots of small tweaks before the perfect aviators and prescription frames were born. "We both work in this world where the most minute details make a world of difference, and that's what we both took into this collaboration," says Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal. "The perfect aviator ends up being the most perfect pair of glasses, period, because it's the most versatile, and it can fit the greatest number of people's faces." Both the aviators and prescription wire frames are available now on the Warby Parker website.

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Balmain

Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing wanted to highlight the beauty and uniqueness of different ethnicities, so for his Fall 2014 campaign the designer traded his friend Rihanna, who was the face of the Spring 2014 campaign, for an ethnically-diverse group of supermodels. Jourdan Dunn, Cara Delevingne, Binx Walton, Ysaunny Brito, Issa Lish, and Kayla Scott star in the safari-themed campaign, which was shot by Mario Sorrenti and art directed and styled by Love magazine's Katie Grand. Love and American Vogue will be the first glossies to feature the ads.

 

Metail

Remember Cher Horowitz and her amazing outfit-selecting computer program from Clueless? Well if you are as big a fan of the movie as we are, you'll be happy to know that the computer program that dreams are made of is now a reality! Metail, a virtual retail company, has launched a virtual dressing room where customers create a MeModel that they can use to try on Cher's wardrobe and build different outfits, which can then be shared on Facebook. And of course that iconic yellow tartan blazer and skirt is available to try on.

Kit Harington for Jimmy Choo
Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington is kind of the last person we'd expect to see holding a cobalt Jimmy Choo change purse, but that's not to see we minded seeing his brooding face in one of the label's new ads. The star of the hit HBO series is now the face of the Jimmy Choo Fall 2014 men's ad campaign, as well as the new fragrance, MAN, and the Carrer' by Jimmy Choo sunglass collection. "Kit was the perfect choice for the campaign – he has an innate confidence and projects a playfully rebellious nature. He has an overtly masculine style that feels effortlessly cool and a great sense of humour, and beneath that intensity he is a true gentleman," said Jimmy Choo creative director Sandra Choi. Gotta say, we're pretty pleased with their choice for the campaign as well.

The Limited Scandal Collection

The Fridays after ABC's hit show Scandal airs, our Twitter feed is buzzing with queries and comments about it, namely what the drama's heroine Olivia Pope wore. Not since Carrie Bradshaw has a television character's sartorial tastes ignited such a frenzy among fashion lovers--naturally, a capsule collection is in the works so fans of the series can dress just like its leading lady. Come September, fashion inspired by Olivia Pope's classic trousers, pretty blouses, and ridiculously chic outerwear will be sold at The Limited. Kerry Washington, the actress who portrays Olivia Pope had this to say about the collection, "People who love the look of the show can now step into this world in a way that is affordable and accessible. It’s been really fun to have a voice at every stage of the production from picking buttons, choosing fabrics and weighing in on hair and makeup people." Washington, along with Scandal costume designer Lyn Paolo, has been working with The Limited’s head of design Elliot Staples on the 42-piece collection, which will retail from $49 to $248. While this is not the first television show-inspired clothing collection (remember the Mad Men collection at Banana Republic), it is the first time a national retailer, a major TV show, its costume designer and its leading actor have linked up.

Prabal Gurung MAC Cosmetics

Sometimes fashion designers dabble in the beauty arena and we get really excited. But excitement is a bit of an understatement when it comes to the news that fashion darling Prabal Gurung is doing a color collection...with MAC Cosmetics...for the holidays! Gurung, who had a successful collaboration with Sally Hansen, is known for sending models down the runway in vivid makeup looks (just check out the must-have orange lips on the model above), so we can likely expect to see some very bold colors come November 26 when the deco-inspired collection hits MAC counters. "I think what you try to create is a moment and emotion that, when people look at the particular girl with the hair, makeup, and clothes, it’s a split second of emotion and they’ll walk away feeling something immediately, or when they see something else, they’ll remember that particular moment," the designer previously said to InStyle. Obviously we can't wait until the holiday season so we can make some memorable moments with our Prabal Gurung for MAC products.

Zac Posen

Zac Posen already has a pretty impressive resume, designing for his eponymous and diffusion lines, collaborating with David's Bridal, dressing countless Hollywood A-listers (including Amanda Seyfried, Claire Danes, and Beyonce to name a fabulous few), and judging Project Runway, but the New York-based designer is adding yet another title--Creative Director for Brooks Brothers woman's mainline and accessories lines. While Posen is known for his dramatic, red carpet gowns, he believes he will fare well with the classic, New England American aesthetic of Brooks Brothers, telling WWD, "[I'm] honored and excited to be embarking on this incredible opportunity to take the Brooks Brothers women’s brand into the future while respecting its deep, rich American heritage as an institutional company." Posen's first collection with the clothing chain is set to hit stores in the spring of 2016.


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