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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.

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 OliviaPalermo.com and WestwardLeaning.com, 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 Cosmopolitan.com for details on the international covers.

Thakoon

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 Target.com, and a selection of merchandise will even be available on Net-a-Porter.com. "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.

Christian Dior Cruise 2015

Last week a large group of people traveled to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, but it wasn't to tour the historic shipyard, it was to see fashion. Fashion editors (Anna Wintour among them!), industry insiders, and celebrities made the trip to the Brooklyn landmark to see Raf Simons present his 66-piece Chrisitan Dior Cruise 2015 collection. It was an odd venue for a French fashion house, but Simons explained why he chose the locale in his show notes, saying, "America is a constant inspiration for me." Some of that inspiration showed up on the runway, namely in the form of a graffiti print, mesh muscle tanks, and tough-girl open-toe booties that had all the edge and grit of New York City. But Simons also brought a bit of Paris with him--there were chic coat dresses, intricate tweeds, and lovely floral prints (see above).

Alicia Keys

Okay, we're just gonna say it: This girl is on fiiiiiire! Singer/songwriter Alicia Keys has landed a beauty contract, her first ever, and it's with Givenchy, no less! The "Girl on Fire" singer will be the new face of Parfums Givenchy. "I’m honored to introduce the world to the newest scent by Givenchy," she said to WWD. "Givenchy has long been one of the world’s most iconic luxury fashion houses, and a personal favorite of mine." Keys follow Liv Tyler, Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, who have all had campaigns with Givenchy. No word yet on which fragrance Keys will be representing, but the ad campaign launches in September.

F21 Red

Forever 21 is already known for its trendy styles and reasonable (or cheap, if you want to call it that) prices, but if it's still a little too steep for you, you'll be happy to know the fast fashion retailer is debuting a new store with unbelieveably low prices. The new store, called F21 Red, is located in South Gate, CA and is gigantic--18,000 square feet! Prices start at, get this, $1.80 for camis, $3.80 for tees, and a pair of jeans is $7.80. Forever 21 founder and CEO had this to say, "With F21 Red we are able to deliver greater quantities of the styles our customers seek, while maintaining the value with entry-level category price points Forever 21 is known for offering." F21 Red opened on Saturday, so if you're in the South Gate area, check it out and let us know what you think.

Kristen Stewart for Chanel

Karl Lagerfeld announced last December that he'd pegged Kristen Stewart for Chanel's Métiers d'Art Collection Paris-Dallas 2013/14 campaign, and now, nearly five months later, we're getting a glimpse at the stunning images. The campaign, shot by Lagerfeld himself, features the Twilight actress clad in Lagerfeld's vision of Fashion Americana--stars, stripes, and, of course, fringe--and serving up serious smolder with her signature brooding stare, for which she is as famous as she is for her role in the vampire films. "Typically I wouldn't see myself as being the quintessential face of Chanel with the pearls and the classics but I liked stepping into that role and this suits me a little bit more than past collections because it is very American,"  said Stewart, who is also the face of Balenciaga fragrances. Quintessential Chanel girl or not, when one is asked by Kaiser Karl to be the face of a campaign, one does not turn him down. Not that Stewart would have anyway; the actress is truly a fan of the fashion designer, saying it was a privilege to be around him and to wear Chanel. "He is so much more than a fashion designer; he is a true renaissance man," she said. "One of the greatest artists of our time."

Fendi Peekaboo bag designed by Adele

The Fendi peek-a-boo bag got a serious makeover recently, and for a good cause--the Italian luxury fashion house gave its It bag to several stylish and influential women, including Cara Delevingne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomie Harris, and Georgia May Jagger, and asked them all to create their own signature versions of the bag to be auctioned off for charity. Each woman worked individually with Silvia Venturini Fendi, head of accessories for Fendi, to customize the popular tote bag and give it their own signature flair--we can't help but adore the cat eye liner and lush lashes on the bag designed by singer Adele, pictured above. The bags are being auctioned off, with all proceeds benefitting Kids Company, a UK-based charity that assists abused children.

Katy perryKaty Kats (and we're including ourselves in that category) now have another way to feel connected to their favorite singer because the popstar, whose Prismatic World Tour kicks off in June, is designing a line of jewelry--the Prism Collection available exclusively at Claire's. The "Unconditionally" singer's collection includes tiger earrings and headbands with kitty kat ears, and Katy even included ROAR bangles, named after one of our favorite tunes. Prices start at $10 and go up to $22, which means we can easily score every piece and rock them at her concert this summer.

Vogue onlineVogue magazine is without a doubt the most important, trusted, and influential fashion glossy in publication--the bar against which other fashion magazines are measured--and now Vogue is working to make its website just as important and influential. According to WWD, Vogue.com is planning a huge expansion, including building an online team of 20-25 people and beefing up its "web only" content (10 stories a day each for fashion, beauty, and culture). So far Alessandra Codinha, formerly of Into the Gloss and Harper's Bazaar, has been hired as the fashion news editor, and Edward Barsamian, who left T: The New York Times Style Magazine, will come on board as a contributing style editor. The new and improved Vogue.com will debut in September, during Fashion Week, natch.

Sophia Webster for J. CrewAnother awesome collaboration to report: British shoe designer Sophia Webster has teamed up with 'It' retailer J. Crew! We're huge fans of Sophia Webster and her signature colorful, quirky aesthetic, and, like the rest of the fashion world, we're crushing on just about everything J. Crew has to offer right now, so this is pretty much one of the most awesome collaborations so far this year. "Sophia Webster seemed like such a natural fit for J.Crew," said J. Crew head designer, Tom Mora. "We are so well known for our love of color and pattern-mixing and I think this is something we really share with her, it's part of her DNA as a designer." Look for the Sophia Webster for J. Crew spring/summer collection in stores now.

Jimmy ChooSandra Choi, Jimmy Choo's new creative director, has only held the title since last year but it hasn't taken her long to switch gears and take the high-end accessories label in a new direction. "It's a new chapter. But I don't want to change the whole thing," Choi said. "It’s more about modernizing it. I want the brand to have all the ingredients to carry on. That’s beyond me. That’s beyond any single person." That "modernization" includes a new store concept on Beverly Hills' famous Rodeo Drive designed by David Collins Studio which will serve as a blueprint for brand moving forward; a made-to-order program that allows buyerss to pick the silhouette, fabrication, color, and heel height to design their own shoes, as well as personal monograms or messages (dates, symbols or letters) on the sole; and the launch of Choo.08, a new, rock'n'roll-themed shoe collection that "moves away from the stiletto and into brogues, combat boots and skater shoes" to appeal to a younger buyer.

Mary KatrantzouSo, Adidas is still having a major moment in the fashion spotlight. After spotting Adidas sneakers on everyone during fashion month, we reported that there would be an Adidas and Topshop collection. Later we found out about a partnership with Pharrell Williams to create an eco-friendly line of sneakers and apparelith Pharrell Williams, then a sneaker line withKanye West, and now the German sportswear company is collaborating with one of fashion's biggest names--Mary Katrantzou. The Mary Katrantzou for Adidas capsule collection will incorporate the designer's signature bold, colorful prints, and will be available in November.

  Rouge Bunny RougeEaster was yesterday, but if you're really into bunnies, you'll be happy to know there's a new makeup line with a bunny theme. Rouge Bunny Rouge features an adorable bunny logo (the little rabbits have eyelashes--squeeee!), whimsical packaging with drawings of plants and critters, and even has a fairy tale back story that involves a princess and, you guessed it, a bunny. Here's how the tale goes: "Vapours of stardust surmount the walls of a formidable palace to bestow dreams on the sleeping Princess Rouge cocooned within. At the gateway of reality and imagination, a gamboling bunny full of mystery provides the key to set a host of secrets free. Together they step into the Enchanted Garden, a fantasy realm of playful sophistication with whispering dark intentions, where flora, fauna and creatures of uncertain etymology are engaged in endearing fairy-tales."  You can see all the products and order them on the Rouge Bunny Rouge website or Anthropologie.


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