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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.


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 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 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.

Start an official FIDM Fashion Club at your high school this fall. It's super fun, and we will help you every step of the way. Plus, FIDM offers exclusive scholarship opportunities to Fashion Club members! Download the forms on and get started!


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.



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.

Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano is having an amazing career as a fashion designer, with numerous A-list celebs choosing to wear his creations on the red carpet, but the Project Runway Season 4 victor is returning to his roots in reality television with a new gig judging a fashion competition show. Threads is a reality TV show that follows contestants as they compete to win challenges given to them, but what makes this show different from other fashion competition programs is that the contestants are teens and tweens. Siriano will join Seventeen magazine's fashion director Gina Kelly and accessories editor Jasmine Snow, and YouTube style expert Ingrid Nilsinwith on the judges' panel, with Vanessa Simmons hosting. "Each week, three new contestants pull out their scissors, sketchbooks and skills to see who can out-design the competition and set the new standard for the future of fashion," according to The Hollywood Reporter. But here's what we're most excited about: the grand prize package, worth $25,000, includes a scholarship to FIDM! We simply cannot wait to watch this one!

Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo has been photographed countless times wearing Westward Leaning shades, so it was really just a matter of time before the blogger/model/fashion maven collaborated with the sunglass brand, which launched in '12. Palermo helped design eight new exclusive frames, each featuring muted gold reflective lenses and named after her favorite destinations, including Berlin, Saint Germain, and Palm Beach. Ten dollars from the sale of each pair, all of which are available now on and, will be donated to ADCAM's Massai Project, Palermo's favorite cause. When asked about the perfect sunglasses, Palermo said they should be "well made, [have] a great shape, and go with everything." We've no doubt the OP x WL collection of shades meet the criteria. 

Katy Perry Cosmopolitan cover

Katy Perry is on the cover of Cosmopolitan--NBD, right? Well, it is a big deal, a very big deal if it's the first ever global cover of Cosmopolitan, meaning she will appear on the US cover as well as every international edition of the glossy (63 covers total!!). The "Roar" singer, wearing a rainbow sequin design by Emilio Pucci on the US cover (above), was photographed by Matt Jones and interviewed by comedian Chelsea Handler. For its inaugural global issue, Cosmo couldn't have picked a better cover star--Perry, who is the most followed celebrity on Twitter, with over 53 million followers, will no doubt sell a ton of magazines. The US edition of the global issue hits newsstands tomorrow, and you can check out for details on the international covers.


Make room in your shoe closet because Thakoon Addition, the contemporary sister of the Thakoon label, is launching its first shoe collection and it's hitting stores this July! The ten-style lineup includes boots, loafers, and flatforms (nothing outrageously feminine) and will have prices ranging from $375 to $565. Using a mix of materials and textures, designer Thakoon Panichgul aimed to create shoes that are as comfortable and durable as they are stylish--the perfect shoe trifecta by any fashionista's standards. "Addition just gets bigger and bigger and there’s a need for a stand-alone shoe statement," said Thakoon. No word yet on which retailers will stock the shoes, but we're thinking Saks Fifth Avenue will carry them, as they already carry Thakoon Addition apparel. No matter, we just want to get our hands on them, or rather, our feet in them. 

Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson filed for bankruptcy and shuttered her brick-and-mortar stores just two years ago, but the 72-year old designer is beefing up her eponymous label with a line of activewear. Apparently, as more and more people change their lifestyles, the activewear market is growing rapidly and big name designers are stepping up to meet the demand. Johnson's line, called BJ Kicks A, is actually inspired her Fall 2013 line--it featured brightly-colored workout gear and the models actually did calesthenics on the runway.  The designer describes her activewear line as "the perfect mix of performance, prettiness, and punk," which is just what we want to keep us motivated to work out.

Joseph Altuzarra

Finding out which big name designer will be next to collaborate with Target is always exciting; there hasn't been a designer collab yet that we haven't loved and picking a favorite is impossible. Obviously we were thrilled when we learned last that Altuzarra will be joining the ranks of Philip Lim, Missoni, and Rodarte as the next designer collaborator with Target (we did a happy dance, of course, then immediately started searching for more details). The 90-piece collection, which includes apparel, lingerie, shoes, and accessories, will be available starting September 14 and will be sold with price tags of $18-90 in most US and Canada Target stores and, and a selection of merchandise will even be available on "I've admired the elegance that Target brings to fast fashion," said Altuzarra. "By working together on this capsule collection, we hope to instill a sense of power, confidence, and beauty in women everywhere." It's going to be a long summer waiting for this line to hit stores, but it'll definitely be worth it.

Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Bündchen is proving once again that she is the most sought-after supermodel for fashion and beauty brands. The Brazilian beauty can currently be seen singing Blondie's "Heart of Glass" in an H&M commercial and flouncing  her glorious hair in Pantene ads, and now she's just signed on as the new face of Chanel No. 5, a role previously held by the original bombshell Marilyn Monroe, as well as Audrey Tatou, Nicole Kidman, and, most recently, Brad Pitt. Bündchen was chosen by the French fashion house as the next muse for the iconic fragrance because of "her natural beauty and modern femininity." The ad campaign starring the supermodel will launch at the end of the year and will be shot by Baz Luhrmann.

Quvenzhane Wallis for Armani Junior

Quvenzhané Wallis may be young, but at the age of ten she's already been nominated for an Academy Award, starred alongside Hollywood heavy hitters like Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne, and now she's landed a major gig in the fashion industry: the face of Armani Junior. This marks Wallis' first foray into the fashion world (not likely to be her last, we're sure) and the first time a child star has been named the face of the luxury brand. "I’m so happy to be chosen by Mr. Armani to be his ambassador for Armani Junior," said the star. "It’s fun to wear Armani Junior since I really like the clothes. It’s young. It’s cool. My friends are going to want to borrow all my clothes."  "With her insatiable energy, Quvenzhané made the clothing come alive, interpreting it in her own singular way," designer Giorgio Armani said of the child star. No doubt the ad campaign, shot by famed photographer Stefano Azario, will be adorable.

Calvin Klein Harlem Village Academies

Students at Harlem Village Academies, a charter school in New York, will be looking more stylish than ever thanks to new school uniforms and gym clothes courtesy of designer Calvin Klein. The American fashion designer, who is just one of a number of high profile individuals to support the school (including President Obama and Oprah), was so impressed by the students and faculty when he visited in 2012, that he didn't hesitate when its founder, Deborah Kenny, asked him to help rebrand the school image, from uniforms to the website. "Whether it’s a collection of clothing, a fragrance, a business, or a school the thought process is the same: there has to be a point view, and the message has to be consistent," the Bronx native explained. "The Harlem Village Academies has a 91 percent graduation rate, which far exceeds the New York City high school average, and they needed imaging that would reflect their achievements." Klein worked with creative director Fabian Baron to reimagine the website, a process which took nearly eighteen months, and with Kelly Klein to organize a fashion show and lookbook of the uniforms. "For me, it was important that the uniforms were cool, as well as being appropriate and affordable," he said. But beyond designing something cool for the kids to wear, Klein, who is giving each student a new set of uniforms for the fall semester, was most excited about helping the kids feel good. "I’ve spent my life with clothes and trying to make people feel good," he said. "It’s all the more wonderful to be able to do that for schoolchildren too."


The Row Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

L.A.'s iconic Melrose Avenue just got even cooler because Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have opened up the first flagship store for their luxury label, The Row. "This came on the market, and there was no way we couldn't do it," said Mary-Kate of the 3,800-square feet stucco building, which features a glassed-in courtyard pool. The space has a residential feel, with furniture sourced from local purveyors JF Chen, Galerie Half and Thomas Hayes Gallery, and paintings by artists John Tweddle, Sergej Jensen and others. The store also features vintage jewelry, Manolo Blahnik shoes, and of course, the entire product line of clothing and accessories from The Row. "We started off by selling the Row in apartments in Paris, and we’d sleep there with the clothes. So it’s always been about welcoming people into our home," said Ashley of the residential-style store. "For us, we very much wanted this to feel like a home. It is our first home, and it’s very California and what California means to us since we were born and raised here. When we go into other cities, we want the stores to feel like those places as well." And the twins are already working on opening in other cities, starting with a store in New York. But for now, the pair are reveling in the opening of their first flagship store. "We’ve been waiting for this moment for almost 10 years now, for today," said Mary-Kate when the store opened its doors last Tuesday.

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