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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!

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.


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