Current Affairs

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.

Marques'Almeida

If you're at all into designer/retailer collaborations (and who isn't?) you'll be as thrilled as we were to learn that Topshop has just launched a cool new line by the design duo behind Marques’Almeida. Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida teamed up with Topshop to create the British multinational retailer's latest designer collab--a sixty-eight piece collection that's available in stores and online now. The inspiration behind the collection? Marta's kid sister, Sofia. "As a kid she couldn’t care a less about fashion but always looked so cool without trying. She’s our go-to inspiration.," Marta explained. The collection includes frayed denim (Marques and Almeida are considered denim gurus, by the way), monochrome basics, and colorful knits and accessories.

 

Tyra Banks Makeup

Go ahead and start cleaning out your makeup bag now because you're going to want to make room for this: a Tyra Banks makeup line. Tyra Beauty has three collections, and yes, one of them is called Smize; it's devoted to the eyes, natch, and includes a mascara and a liquid eye pen that has an eye makeup corrector to fix mistakes when trying to make the perfect wing tip. The other two collections are the It Factory and TYover, which  are all about bold colorful lips and contouring, respectively. But wait, there's more! Tyra isn't just launching a beauty line, she also dishing out expert tips via tutorial videos. Look for the collections on Tyra.com.

 

Nicolette Mason

There are two types of people in the world: those who see a problem and simply adjust, and those who take action to fix the problem. Fashion blogger and Marie Claire contributing editor Nicolette Mason is the latter. Since the fashion industry often overlooks the plus-size market, Mason took action and designed a line, an all sizes line, for  Modcloth. "My platform has never been just about talking to the plus-size woman," said Mason. "It’s always been about empowering all people — not just women either — to be able to approach style in a real and tangible way and feel like they have access to fashion."  And accessible it is. The eleven-piece collection, with sizes ranging from extra small to 4x, starts at $44.99 and goes up to $149.99, making it a must for all fashionistas, no matter what size they wear or the size of their budget.

Eddy Anemian for H&M

We're about a month out until the Alexander Wang x H&M hits stores, but fashionistas can still get their shop on with another, less anticipated but still pretty fabulous collaboration: Eddy Anemian x H&M. Not sure who Eddy Anemian is? Don't worry, you will. Anemian is the 24-year old student who won the 2014 H&M Design Award and, judging from the gorgeous skirt pictured above, soon-to-be fashion star. "Eddy's work was very beautiful,"  said H&M Creative Advisor Erdem Moralioglu. "The textile techniques used were interesting, as well as the elegant silhouettes he created. The future is very bright for him. I'm excited to see what he will do next." As are we! Look for Anemian's collection in select H&M stores and online starting October 23.

 

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Oils

CFDA winners Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen already have a good thing in their Elizabeth and James Nirvana perfume but that's not stopping these busy designers from taking the success of the fragrance further with the launch of two new perfume oils, Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and Nirvana White. "Ashley and I love how oils seep into the skin and how they wear with you throughout the day," said Mary-Kate. The formulas are a blend of eveningprimrose and safflower oils combined with the individual notes of the two Nirvana fragrances--peony, musk, and muguet for Nirvana White, and sandalwood, violet, and vanilla for Nirvana Black. Both are available now for $35 at Sephora.com.

 

Joanna Coles

Joanna Coles has a new job. The editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine is taking over as editorial director for Seventeen and she's already got big plans for the teen glossy. "I love the idea of girl power, and I want to make it feel really empowering," she said. "It's very important that we do a lot of stuff on body and nutrition and health, and how to stay healthy, a lot of stuff about mental health, a lot of stuff about your parents, your best friends, your relationship with social media." But it doesn't stop at nutrition and social media. Joanna added, "I want Seventeen to be this little playbook that you carry with you to get you to college."

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham is already a Hollywood A-lister and all around 'It' girl, so she really doesn't need to do much else to convince us of how cool she is. But if you need a reason to love her more, the Girls star is producing a fashion documentary, and her cool factor just went through the roof. The film is called Three Suits, and it's about a LGBTQ-friendly tailor in Brooklyn, New York called Bindle & Keep and its customers. Bindle & Keep's owner, Daniel Friedman specializes in custom suits for clients who can't find the right fit at more traditional tailors. With Lena behind the project, we're pretty sure this documentary will be a hit with the fashion sect and beyond.

 

Lanvin 1960

You already know how much we love fashion, but birthdays are also a big deal at Fashion Club headquarters (we're deeply into cupcakes and confetti around here). Naturally, we got pretty excited when we found out Lanvin, one of our (and the entire industry's) most loved fashion houses, is celebrating 125 years this year. Started by Jeanne Lanvin in 1889 with only a three hundred franc credit, the House of Lanvin has grown into what Sally Singer of Vogue calls "the fashion world’s most wanted label." In a 1934 interview with Vogue, Jeanne herself said, "I act on impulse and believe in instinct." Alber Elbaz, the house's current creative director, shares this sentiment. "I don't like formulas," he told Vogue. "I think the purpose of fashion is to cause happiness," he added. This approach, which started with a young woman designing gowns and costumes for her little girl, has clearly worked for the House of Lanvin, and we are happy to celebrate 125 years of beautiful clothing with the luxury label.

 

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2015

If ever a designer knew how to go out with a bang, Jean Paul Gaultier is that designer. After recently announcing his plans to stop designing a ready-to-wear collection after some thirty-plus years to focus more on his haute couture label, the designer gave his final Prêt-à-Porter presentation at the Paris Fashion Week Spring 2015 shows on Saturday. But a typical runway show this was not. Gaultier, who was the fashion industry darling from the mid-80s to the 90s with his avant garde aesthetic (think skirt-pants for men and coned corsets), presented a full-fledged beauty pageant--Miss Jean Paul Gaultier 2015 France et Outre Mer--where model Coco Rocha was ultimately "crowned" the winner. There was confetti, disco music, models in masks (hey, we told you he was avant garde), and at the end of it all, thunderous applause. It was indeed a grand finale and final farewell worthy of the great Gaultier.

Jennifer Lawrence

The Met Gala is to fashion what the Oscars are to film--a big deal! So being asked to co-host the event is major. The 2015 Met Gala is May 4, and Mockinjay star Jennifer Lawrence has been asked to co-host the fashion festivities, along with Chinese actress Gong Li, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Wendi Murdoch, and of course, Anna Wintour (Silas Chou, president of a Chinese textile company, will serve as the event's main host). Titled, "Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film and Fashion," the next Met Gala will focus on how Eastern culture has impacted Western fashion, and will showcase work from designers including Alexander McQueen and  Laurence Xu. Lawrence, who has strutted (and, ahem, fallen down on) the red carpet in designer labels like Dior and Jason Wu, will certainly be draped in something fabulous for the gala, and we absolutely cannot wait to see what it is.

 

Peter Copping
 English designer Peter Copping may be leaving his senior designer post at Nina Ricci for a similar role at New York-based Oscar de la Renta. De la Renta has no intention of retiring, but the 82-year old, who founded his eponymous label in 1965, is looking for a talented team to work with (he recently parted ways with Brit designer John Galliano, whom he hired in 2011 after his release from Dior). Copping, no doubt, has all the qualifications de la Renta is looking for: he studied at the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins in London, worked at Christian Lacroix and had a twelve-year stint at Louis Vuitton, and is responsible for transforming the Nina Ricci aesthetic from dark and sophisticated to the soft, feminine looks that have made the label so loved by fashion insiders. Neither Copping nor de la Renta have confirmed the report, but according to WWD the latter has had his eye on the Nina Ricci designer for some time. Stay tuned--we're sure an official announcement will be made soon. 

 

Olivia Palermo

We've seen lots of tastemakers and industry insiders partner with various retailers during Fashion Month, but this is a first: socialite-turned-blogger Olivia Palermo has teamed up with Pinterest to "report" from the front row. Users can follow Palermo as she pins to various boards that are inspired by her Fashion Month experience. "Runway fashion gives us inspiration for what’s new and possible when it comes to creating our own individual styles," said Palermo. "Pinning is a great way to visualize your take on runway looks. I hope Pinners from around the world can incorporate fashion trends from New York, London, and Paris into their closets this season." It's kind of brilliant actually--experiencing Fashion Month through the eyes of an industry darling--and we're excited to see what she pins.

Free People Instagram campaign

Leave it to Free People to do something totally cool and unexpected, like nixing the supermodel/natural lighting/scenic location combo that has always worked so well for their catalogs, and opting instead to hire a few models, bloggers, and other well-known faces to wear Free People clothing and post "selfies" to Instagram. The shoot (yes, there are professional photographers involved as well) took place over fourteen days, in four cities--New York, Los Angelel, Paris, and London, all fashion capitals, natch. And besides being seen on Instagram, you can see the images featured in the print catalog. 

 

Neiman Marcus

This may seem hard to believe (okay, it's actually just plain crazy), but Neiman Marcus, the Dallas-based retailer that hawks the biggest names in fashion, does not have a brick and mortar store in New York city, one of the world's fashion capitals. That will all change in the next few years, though, because after 107 years, the Dallas-based retailer is finally setting up shop in the Big Apple. And what a shop it will be! The space will be a ginormous 250,000 square feet and will occupy floors five through seven of the Far West Side's Hudson Yards. "We needed to make sure that if we were taking this big, big step of coming to Manhattan, that we had a store that was going to be very impressive," said Karen Katz, chief executive of Neiman Marcus Group. Um, yeah, we're thinking this store will be quite impressive. 

 

Victoria Beckham

Lest you be confused by the headline, Victoria Beckham did not wear flats to New York Fashion Week (can you just imagine?!). The former Spice Girl, who is known for teetering about town in about a thousand inches of heel, unveiled her Spring 2015 collection at Fashion Week and debuted her eponymous footwear line--a mix of platforms and flats, with not a stiletto in sight. Beckham is unsure at this time if she plans to produce the shoes for retail, saying that she created them to "complete and strengthen the silhouette" she showed on the runway. Keep your fingers and toes crossed!


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