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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, 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 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.

Alexander WangAlexander Wang is designing a collection for H&M! {drops mic} No, but seriously, this could be one of the coolest collabs the fast fashion retailer has done so far (and you know how crazy we are about designer collaborations). H&M's creative advisor Margareta van den Bosch said Wang is "one of the most important voices in fashion today. He understands exactly what people want to wear and does it with an energy and passion that’s infectious." The collection will include both men's and women's ready-to-wear, as well as accessories, and will launch in the fall (gah! How are we expected to wait that long?!)Wang will be the first American designer to design a collection for H&M.

MAC x Proenza SchoulerThe Proenza Schouler x MAC collection is pretty much everything a makeup lovers dreams are made of. The packaging is ridiculously fabulous, the colors are incredibly pretty, and according to Lazaro Hernandez, one half of Proenza Schouler's design duo, long-lasting. "Our girl isn’t too precious, and she’s a bit undone. She probably doesn’t reapply her makeup multiple times a day, so long-wearing formulas were important to us," Hernandez told InStyle magazine. The 15-piece lineup, which references the label's S/S 2010  surfer-inspired collection, is priced from $18 to $39 and will be available on starting April 21 and at MAC makeup counters and stores on the 24th.

Zooey Deschanel x Tommy HilfigerWe love The New Girl star Zooey Deschanel and think she's totally adorable and talented and stylish, so we're beyond excited about the actress's capsule collection for Tommy Hilfiger, which hits Macy's stores today (it won't be available on the Tommy Hilfiger site and in stores until the 21st). The collection, called To Tommy From Zooey, features 16 dresses with prices starting at $98 and going up to $199. Deschanel dubbed the line "modical" to describe the nautically-themed looks mixed with '60s mod. "There are a lot of great little hidden details like pleats with unexpected patterns on the inside," said the star. "Every piece is very mod and also very American-inspired."

Lupita Nyong'o for LancomeIt was just a matter of time before Oscar winner and It girl Lupita Nyong'o landed a beauty endorsemment (she is, after all, being touted as the most beautiful woman on earth), so we weren't surprised when Lancôme announced on Friday that the Non-Stop actress was their new brand ambassador (we were, however, thrilled). Besides her obvious stunning looks and the fact that she absolutely kills it on the red carpet , Lancôme International General Manager Françoise Lehmann said the French beauty brand chose Lupita because she is "talented and committed, true to her African beauty, and showing a great curiosity and open-mindedness in her career choices." Lupita, who also landed the Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, is the first black ambassador for Lancôme. “What appealed to me about Lancôme is that they’re not dictating what beauty is,” Lupita said in an interview with WWD. "I think Lancôme has a range of products for every woman, and I think having me will expand people’s understanding of, hopefully, what Lancôme stands for, who Lancôme is for." Look for Lupita's Lancôme ads this September.


Joyce Chang Self magazineThings are shaking up in the publishing world again: Cosmopolitan's executive editor Joyce Chang is leaving the Hearst magazine and replacing Lucy Danzinger, the current EIC of Condé Nast's Self magazine. According to a report from WWD, Self has suffered from poor ad performance in the last year, and did a full redesign in February of 2013, including revamping the tablet version, mobile app, and website. The goal was to attract a younger, more fashion-conscious audience. WWD also reported that Danzinger is not the only one leaving the company; Self vice president and publisher Laura McEwen has been let go as well. We don't know why the ladies are leaving so suddenly (Joyce Chang is taking the Self reigns in less than thirty days!), or how Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour will continue to shake things up, but you can bet we'll keep you posted here.

Daily CandyWe were surprised and saddened by the news that Daily Candy, one of our favorite must-read websites for over a decade, is saying goodbye on April 4. Owned by NBC Universal, Daily Candy has long been the go-to resource for millions of subscribers seeking a daily dose of fashion and style, food, and entertainment all conveniently delivered to their inboxes. In an email to its readers on Friday, Daily Candy stated, "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we write today to say goodbye. After 14 years delivering you the best in food, fashion, and fun, this train, as they say, is pulling into the station." While some have cited competition as the reason for Daily Candy's shutdown (namely Racked and the uber popular Refinery 29), others have said it comes down to dollars and cents, and despite its numbers, DC just wasn't pulling in enough readers to make money. Still others argue that losing the original senior management team is what did the website in. No matter the reason, we will certainly miss the morning sugar rush that Daily Candy provided.


House of Harlow House of Harlow has been one of our favorite accessories lines since it launched in 2009, so we're beyond thrilled that Nicole Richie has launched a full ready-to-wear collection (she gave us a little taste last summer with a limited capsule collection, and we've been hungry for more ever since). "It’s been so gratifying to see the fan base that has grown for our accessories over the years, so I’m thrilled to provide our loyal customers with fashion to complete their look," Richie said in a statement. The collection channels Richie's laid-back, bohemian vibe--think slouchy pants, geometric prints, and easy, casual dresses with pockets. The entire collection is available at House of Harlow now; prices range from $60 to $300. "It’s exciting that House of Harlow 1960 is now one step closer to being a complete lifestyle brand," added Richie. It certainly is!

J. CrewSeems like we just reported that J. Crew was set to be sold to Fast Retailing, the Japanese company that owns Uniqlo, but it now seems those talks have ended as Fast Retailing was apparently unwilling to pay the $5 billion dollar price tag and therefore will not acquire J. Crew. But according to the Wall Street Journal, the fact that these discussions were in place is a clear indication that J. Crew is ready to go public, even without Fast Retailing. This "dual-track process" means the company is preparing for an IPO (initial public offering) on its own, while also talking to potential buyers about an acquisition. In other words, whether or not another company buys it, J. Crew is going public soon.


Topshop x AdidasAthletic brand Adidas is having quite an impression on the fashion world--last month every fashion editor, their assistant, and their assistant's assistant was rocking the recently reissued Adidas Stan Smith sneakers at Fashion Weeks around the world--so it makes sense that a collaboration with fashion retailer Topshop has just launched. The 20-piece collection features classic Adidas gear (think track suits, tees, and sneakers) but re-imagined with new fabrics and slimmer, more modern cuts. "We wanted to bring some femininity to the range and make the collection fit with all your fashion staples," stated Topshop Creative Director Kate Phelan. "whether you want to wear as a fashion garment or a performance garment the beauty is in how you combine it together." Prices for the collection range from $40 to $150. Look for Topshop for Adidas Originals in all Topshop stores, as well as and

ASAP54 appStreet style and street style documentation (e.g. The Sartorialist) are an increasingly important cog in the fashion machine, so it was really just a matter of time before some genius developed an app that can allow fashion aficianados to shop the styles they encounter on the streets. ASAP54 is that application.  The shopping app, from Daniela Cecilio, former CEO of, lets you take a pic of whatever fabulous must-have you spot on the street, in a cafe, on the train, wherever, then it uses image recognition technology to search its database for similar pieces. You can filter by brand (there are over 150 retailers), price, and color. Currently the London-based company has made an iPhone version only, but plans to roll out the Android version later this month.

PharrellPharrell is proving he's more than just a musical genius and hat trend starter; the "Happy" singer is partnering with Comme des Garçons to create a fragrance. The fragrance is called Girl with Comme des Garçons, but don't let the name deter you, fellows, because it's actually unisex. No word yet on the notes Pharrell used to create the scent, but given his affinity for mountain hats (you saw the Vivienne Westwood number he wore to the Grammy's, right?), we guessing it may have some woodsy notes. This will be Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo's first collaboration with a musician and we can't wait to see, or smell, what the two come up with when the fragrance launches in September.


Nina Agdal Bebe Sunglasses LaunchFashion brand Bebe will soon add sunglasses to its lineup, and just in time for spring. "Launching sunglasses was a natural next step in expanding our accessories collection and rounding out our girls’ lifestyle needs," said CEO Steve Birkhold. "We wanted to create a collection that revitalizes timeless shapes and offers new interpretations on the classics — something that our Bebe girl can have some fun with." We love Bebe and are excited for the sunglasses collection, but we have to ask--what took so long?


Alessandra CarraEmilio Pucci is hiring! Or at least they're going to be because Alessandra Carra, CEO of the Italian fashion house, will be stepping down at the end of the month.  For now Laudomia Pucci, daughter of the company’s late founder and current vice president and image director for the brand, will take over as CEO until a hire is made. The Milan-based company is owned by luxury behemoth LVMH, which has plans to beef up it's expansion this year. So we're left to wonder how Carra's departure will affect the company's growth initiative. Stay tuned.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 collectionPretty much since the news first broke last November that he was stepping in as creative director, fashion critics, editors, bloggers, and fashion lovers have been anxious to see where Nicolas Guesquière would take the Louis Vuitton brand when Marc Jacobs stepped down. Last week the wait was finally over when the designer unveiled his vision during Paris Fashion Week--to glowing reviews.  This is what Vogue UK had to say: "Nothing about this collection was in homage to, or derived from, anything else: It was Nicolas Ghesquière's new vision for Vuitton—free from Jacobs' ghosts or his own Balenciaga baggage. New prints, new bag shapes, new fabrications, new models." But it wasn't the bags that were the star on this runway (Louis Vuitton is, after all, a leather goods label), but the clothes that stood out. "You couldn't have imagined that Ghesquière's debut Vuitton collection would have so much commercial clout," wrote Elle UK. We expect Guesquière will have a long and successful run with LV, and we can't wait to see what he delivers next.

Blake Lively Zuhair Murad Barbie

There's a new Barbie out there and she looks just like Blake Lively. Okay, so this Barbie doll doesn't look exactly like Blake Lively, but she is wearing a gorgeous black gown designed by red carpet fave Zuhair Murad--the exact same gown Blake Lively wore to the 2012 Los Angeles premiere of her film Savages. But while the actress donned Veronica Lake waves in a nod to Old Hollywood, Barbie's is rocking a slick updo and dazzling jewels. You can own the The Zuhair Murad Barbie for $75.

Sephora Formula XHere's a fantastic idea for the girl who has an exorbitant number of nail polish bottles strewn about her powder room: a one-time use nail polish! Sephora (of course!) has announced the launch of a collection of polishes that you use once, then toss. The collection will feature 24 shades from Sephora's 300-color Formula X brand, comes as a set for $39, and will be available in stores and online at the end of May. Each color comes in its own little pod--think nail polish pen--that you use just once; it's a great way to try out some of the brand's popular colors without committing to the purchase of a full bottle.

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