Current Affairs

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid is among a handful of young models who are destined for supermodeldom, so it makes sense that the nineteen-year old California beauty has just inked a contract with all-American beauty brand Maybelline. The news came as a surprise--literally, the contract was wrapped in a box and given to her as a present to open while at a meeting with her agent--and naturally Hadid is excited about the deal. "In middle school, I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup," she recalls. "I secretly bought Maybelline’s SuperStay 24HR concealer at CVS. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world." Hadid's first Maybelline ad campaign will launch this October. 

 

John Galliano Maison Margiela

The fashion world has been waiting for John Galliano's debut Maison Margiela collection since the announcement of his creative director appointment last October, especially since it's his first since his infamous dismissal from Dior four years ago. The big moment came last Monday in London, when Galliano unveiled his inaugural collection during London Collections: Men. The twenty-four piece collection was marked by the designer's signature over-the-top costumes, along with the crystal-encrusted masks that Maison Margiela is famous for. "It was brilliant," said Anna Wintour, who has always shown her support for the designer. "What I loved was the mix: There was so much that we know and we love about John, but then he took the Margiela vocabulary and translated it in such an appealing and innovative way. I loved seeing all the toiles at the end where you can see all the work and the new embroidery." It sounds like Galliano's avant garde aesthetic will fit right in at Maison Margiela.

 

Sophia Amoruso

Nasty Gal founder and #GirlBoss writer Sophia Amoruso is quitting while she's on top; the CEO of the online retailer announced in a personal statement that she was resigning from the company that she started back in 2006. Amoruso has selected Sheree Waterson to take the reigns, saying, "Sheree is someone who has the experience, ability, and drive to attack our future with a four-pronged approach with elements that have never been combined in all of Nasty Gal’s history – art, commerce, purpose, and leadership." But Amoruso isn't completely leaving her baby behind; creative and brand marketing will still be reporting to her. We bid farewell to Amoruso, and wish Sheree Waterson the best of luck in her new role. 

Iris Apfel and Tavi Gevinson

Iris Apfel and Tavi Gevinson have both reached heights of fabulousness that most of us can only dream of, but they've somehow managed to to that fabulousness to the next level by starring side by side in the Alexis Bittar Spring 2015 campaign. The 93-year old fashion icon and 18-year old founder/editor of Rookie were shot by Terry Tsiolis and styled Arianne Phillips, and takes a rather palpable stand against the rampant ageism in the fashion industry. "In terms of the fashion industry, we’re selling to women who are predominantly over 35, but we’re showing them images of girls who are 19 and retouched," New York-based jeweler Bittar said in an interview with WWD. "For the campaign, we honed in on the essence of strong women who haven’t conformed." Even with the 75-year difference between them, the two ladies both look insanely cool, and we can't wait until the campaign debuts this February.

Coach menswear

As part of its massive brand refresh, American label Coach has launched a menswear line which debuted in London last week. The Fall 2015 collection featured bomber jackets, bulky shearling coats and hiker boots, as well as classic peacoats and parkas with updated details like leather accents, leopard lining, or pops of paint splatter. "New Yorkers are quite practical, and they don’t sacrifice function," said the brand's Creative Director Stuart Vevers, who added that the collection was inspired by Gus Van Zant's "My Own Private Idaho" and functional winter street style. "There are no tricks — the collection is straightforward with honest construction." 

 

Stuart Weitzman

And in other Coach news, the brand has just spent a fortune on shoes, buying shoe line Stuart Weitzman for a cool $574 million. The Stuart Weitzman footwear line is a favorite amongst bloggers, fashion insiders, and celebrities alike, so this acquisition is an important one for the label. Clearly Creative Director Stuart Vevers has a vision and for Coach and isn't stopping until the label is seen as a more legitimate luxury fashion brand. 

Jourdan Dunn

Congratulations are in order, both to model-of-the-moment Jourdan Dunn for being the first black model to do a solo cover for Vogue UK since Naomi Campbell back in 2002 (that's twelve years, people!) and also to the magazine itself for finally getting it together after such a long pause. The British babe posted the above pic of her February 2015 cover on Instagram, saying, "I'm so Happy to finally say I'M ON THE COVER OF BRITISH VOGUE!!!" The gorgeous cover was shot by famed photographer Patrick Demarchelier and features a newly blonde Dunn in a sunny frock from the Prada Spring 2015 collection. We're hoping that praise for the cover will encourage British Vogue, as well as other fashion and beauty glossies, to feature a more diverse point of view when it comes to their covers. 

 

Lucky cover February 2015

We're used to bloggers sitting front row at Mercedes Benz fashion week or getting free swag from It designers, but we never considered the possibility that bloggers would start gracing the covers of fashion magazines. But leave it to Lucky EIC Eva Chen to shake things up--she put three top fashion bloggers on the February 2015 cover! Instead of a model or mainstream celeb, The Blonde Salad's Chiara Ferragni, Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, and Aussie blogger Zanita Whittington are featured, marking the first time personal style bloggers have covered a magazine. The trio, dubbed "Fashion's Digital Superstars," were flown to Paris for the shoot (so fabulous!). The fashion glossy recognizes that bloggers are tastemakers, saying, "It's no longer uncommon at shows to see editors seated alongside bloggers who just a few years ago saw fashion as a mere hobby rather than a full-fledged career."  We hope this trend catches on. 

Botkier Bracelets

Botkier is behind some of our most favorite bags, and now the accessories label has launched a line of jewelry that will undoubtedly become our favorites as well. The collection, which includes bracelets, rings, and necklaces, features Botkier's signature no-fuss style and zipper detailing. "Zippers are one of the most functional pieces to add to any item," said designer Monica Botkier. "They inherently have a biker feel or punk-rock vibe, but they can also be very sleek. It’s the rocker-chic girl in all of us that can relate to that sensibility." Prices range from $58 to $188, so we suspect these pieces will quickly become the go-to jewelry of fashion girls everywhere. Look for the entire Botkier jewelry line on Botkier.com.

 

GlamGlow

Is it us or has Estée Lauder been on a major shopping spree this year? We've already reported on several major purchases the beauty behemoth has made this year, and now we've learned that GlamGlow (one of our favorites) has been added to their impressive roster of beauty brands. GlamGlow is relatively new to the skincare game, having launched just four years ago, but already the facial muds are receiving global recognition and accolades from top beauty editors and bloggers. "GlamGlow is a top performer in specialty channels and effectively engages its devoted fans across digital platforms. Its unique focus on facial masks strategically complements our current prestige skin-care offerings," Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. president and CEO Fabrizio Freda said in a statement. And Estée Lauder certainly paid for the GlamGlow's unique focus; according to reports the acquisition could have a final payout of over $200 million!

Quvenzhane Wallis

She's baaaack! After what has surely been an epic year for Quvenzhané Wallis--the young actress is currently starring in a remake of Annie and has just been nominated for a Golden Globe. Now the eleven-year old has reprised her role as the face of Armani Junior's spring campaign. She first posed for the children's line last season for the fall campaign. The adorable first image for the spring collection features a smiling Wallis wearing a super cute striped dress and flat sandals. We can't wait to see the rest of the campaign.

Mercedes Benz Fashion week

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is getting the boot from Lincoln Center! In a settlement reached between New York City and advocates of Damrosch Park, the biannual event, which has been held at Lincoln Center since 2010, will have to find a new venue come February 2015. The reason? Apparently IMG Fashion Week, the event's organizer, failed to comply with the city charter by using the venue for non-park purposes, which ended up causing damage to the environment. Oops! And while there were plans to move NYFW to Hudson Yard's Culture Shed, that location won't be ready for at least another three years. IMG is no doubt scrambling to come up with several backup plans, as fashion week is just a few short weeks away. Stay tuned...

 

Nicki Minaj

Rapper/singer Nicki Minaj has landed her first high fashion campaign, and it's a good one. The recording artist is the star of the Roberto Cavalli Spring 2015 campaign, shot by Francesco Carrozzini. The rapper, who is best known for lighting up red carpets with her outrageous outfits and neon wigs, has toned it down her eccentric style in recent months but still dresses to show off her famous curves (which is why she was the designer's pick to be the face of the label). "In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes," said Cavalli in a press release. "With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body, who is not afraid to show her curves, rather she make them as a strength." Congrats to Ms. Minaj!

 

KLS by Kimora Lee Simmons

From the modeling career that began when she was 14 to her reign at Baby Phat to her current role as president and creative director of shoe subscription service JustFab.com, Kimora Lee Simmons has had her hands in the fashion industry for well over two decades. Now the Queen of Fabulosity (she trademarked the word) has launched a new line, KLS by Kimora Lee Simmons, but this one is decidedly different from anything she's done before. The denim and mesh that marked her Baby Phat line have been replaced with cashmere, leather, and silk for KLS. And don't expect to find KLS in your local mall; with prices ranging from $600 to $3,500, this line is "definitely catered to the woman who has a little spending power," says the designer.

Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn

Burberry continues with its British-supermodels-of-the-past-and-present theme (you've seen the Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne ads, right?), this time with the incomparable Naomi Campbell joined by Jourdan Dunn. The pair, who have never worked together, will front the Spring 2015 campaign, which was shot by Mario Testino under the direction of the label's CEO Christopher Bailey. "Naomi and Jourdan — two great British icons, two strong, beautiful women and the two perfect faces for our new campaign," said Bailey. The campaign will launch globally in January, and will be quite aggressive, featuring outdoor and indoor prints as well as platforms on Burberry.com, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Sina Weibo, Youku and WeChat.

 

Olivia Wilde H&M

For its Conscious Exclusive collection, Swedish fashion chain H&M has linked up with actress Olivia Wilde to be the face of the environmentally sustainable clothing line. "Sustainability is one of my biggest passions," said the actress, who worked with H&M earlier this year on a DoSomething.org campaign called Comeback Clothes, which encouraged young people to recycle their clothes. The new Conscious Exclusive collection draws inspiration from African, Asian, and Indian cultures, with a focus on dresses (yay!) and hand-drawn prints. We can't wait to see the entire collection when it hits stores and the H&M website on April 16.

 

Style Print

If you're a fan of Style.com's quarterly print magazine we have a bit of bad news for you--after less than three years the glossy is going bye-bye. The decision was made to nix the print version, which launched in 2012, because traffic to the website has seen a significant increase.  "Since relaunch in early September, the site continues to exceed growth expectations," a rep for Conde Nast said in a statement. "To continue that momentum, we've made the decision to focus 100% of our efforts on our core digital business." The good news out of all this--we clearly don't have to worry about our beloved Style.com getting the axe.

Denim x Alexander Wang

If you're a fan of Alexander Wang (and let's face it, who isn't?), his latest venture is going to just completely send you: Denim x Alexander Wang. Yes, you read that right--the designer who recently launched a best-selling collaboration with H&M, whose t-shirts are better than magical unicorns, glitter, and ice cream all rolled into one, and whose edgy-meets-glam aesthetic has positively killed on the red carpet, is now designing what is sure to become your favorite go-to pair of jeans. "I wear jeans every day," Wang said, so it makes sense that a denim line be added to his already impressive line up of gear under his eponymous label and diffusion line. For now the collection, which is available on AlexanderWang.com starting today, has three styles--Wang 001, Wang 002, and Wang 003--but our fingers are crossed that Wang will expand his denim line to include other pieces (we're thinking an Alexander Wang denim jacket or pencil skirt would be the new must-have for celebutantes).

 

Victoria Beckham Nails Inc

We're starting to think that there's nothing Victoria Beckham can't do--she's a wife and mother, is a true style icon with a fashion empire under her belt, has designed everything from a luxury vehicle to shoes, and we wouldn't be surprised if her holiday cookies taste like actual comfort and joy. And yet with all that she's already got going on, the notoriously straight-faced British beauty has hooked up with Nails Inc. and created two fabulous new shades. Victoria, Victoria Beckham for Nails Inc. launches today and, as you can see from the picture, the colors, "Bamboo White" and "Judo Red" are perfect for the holidays. A limited supply is now available on the Nails Inc. website, otherwise, you'll have to wait until February when Victoria, Victoria Beckham for Nails Inc. hits stores.

Prabal Gurung
There's a good reason fashion darling Prabal Gurung waited so long to launch a line of footwear (he debuted his first collection five years ago): "Instead of getting immediately into it, I wanted to understand the business," the designer explained. Lucky for us, Gurung has a clear understanding and now has plans to launch a shoe line. Having collaborated with the industry's top footwear designers, including Manolo Blahnik and Nicholas Kirkwood, Gurung is no stranger to the business of crafting high fashion footwear. Of his debut collection, Gurung said, "The first season was inspired by luxurious trekking, You’ll see strap details, little spikes, very much what I see in nature." (Clearly it will be nothing less than spectacular.) The collection will have six styles, with prices ranging from $695 to $1,165.

 

Johnny Coca

British fashion label Mulberry has a new creative director--former Céline accessories designer Johnny Coca. Coca is pretty much a fashion genius having studied art, architecture, and design at Paris, France's Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Ecole Boulle, and had stints at Bally and Louis Vuitton before his time at Céline. "I very much look forward to joining Mulberry as its new creative director and to leading a new design direction at one of the very best British brands," the designer said in a statement.  For its part, Mulberry is equally excited about bringing Coca onboard. "We are delighted that Johnny is joining us," said Mulberry Chairman and CEO Godfrey Davis. "Johnny will ensure that Mulberry continues its tradition of encouraging new young talent as he helps to build the next generation at Mulberry." The new creative director will be responsible for all Mulberry collections, ready-to-wear included, and will take the helm on July 8, 2015.

 Christian Louboutin Starlight
One of the things we love most about the holiday season is all the sparkle and magic and glitz and glamour, and no one does glamour like luxury label Christian Louboutin. After launching a nail polish line with bottles retailing for $50, Christian Louboutin has just released a limited edition holiday polish with a price tag of $675! The special holiday nail polish, called Starlight, is the same signature red Rouge Louboutin shade that you can buy for $50, but this one is housed in a bottle that's been embellished with over a thousand, hand-applied, two-tone Strass crystals. And if that's not glamorous enough, the bedazzled bottle has been placed inside a black lacquer box that's decorated with leather and crystal flowers--the same leather and crystal flowers that are featured on the Louboutin Pensamoi heel. With all that fabulousness, perhaps $675 is a steal. What do you think?

 

Giambattista Valli for MAC
Seems like MAC Cosmetics has a new collaboration with a designer or celebrity every other week, doesn't it. But don't get us wrong, we're totally not complaining, especially since the most recent announcement is that French fashion house Giambattista Valli is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a collection of lipsticks for the beauty brand. "I’m very well known for dresses, no? And I thought it was very nice, the idea of dressing your lips," says the designer. Nice idea indeed! And the colors are beyond fabulous--there's a pale pink that nails the '60s mod trend and a deep plum that begs to be worn for a night out. "I made these for a woman with personality, a woman who lives her life and isn’t afraid to wear color and isn’t afraid to kiss," says Valli. We can't wait to get our hands on these beauties, out in Summer 2015.

 

Chanel cake

Well the answer to our headline is, no, Karl Lagerfeld is not a baker.. but he sure does know how to design an amazing cake. The Chanel lipstick cake pictured was designed by The Kaiser himself for a restaurant in Tokyo called Beige.  It features a caramel and dark chocolate rendering of the iconic Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick and comes in a box with a sketch done by the designer. Sadly, we won't be able to taste it--only 100 are being made and we just can't find the time for a trip to Japan any time soon.

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!).


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