201408_dressForLess_backpacks

It's a new school year and that means...time to get a new backpack! Check out Luxe List for backpacks to inspire the haute snob in all of us, then shop our list below for bags that make cents, I mean sense! Happy Friday! Three-day weekend ahead! Woot!

1. Purple Stripe Backpack, $15, oldnavy.com
2. Zombie Infected Area Backpack, $18.38, hottopic.com
3. Alpinestars Backpack, $22.95, karmaloop.com
4. Floral Canvas Backpack, $19.80, forever21.com
5. Mickey Backpack, $34.90, delias.com

The 66th Annual Emmy Awards were last night, and as per usual, we were more excited about the red carpet arrivals than the actual awards themselves. Here are our picks for the night's best dressed.

Kaley Cuoco 2014 Emmy Awards

The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco looked amazing in a brightl red Monique Lhuillier confection with neon pink embroidered flowers. 

 

Kerry Washington 2014 Emmy Awards

Scandal star Kerry Washington was easily one of the night's best dressed in a sherbet-colored Prada column dress featuring peekaboo sparkles.

 

Taylor Schilling 2014 Emmy Awards

Taylor Schilling of Orange is the New Black opted to rock a pale Zuhair Murad Couture gown.

 

January Jones 2014 Emmy Awards

Mad Men's January Jones rocked the red carpet in a Prabal Gurung design.

 

Danielle Brooks 2014 Emmy Awards

Orange is the New Black star Danielle Brooks also chose to wear a pale color, a curve-hugging design from Nathaniel Paul.

 

Jessica Pare 2014 Emmy Awards

Mad Men star Jessica Pare dazzled in a strapless Lanvin number.

 

Samira Wiley 2014 Emmy Awards

Samira Wiley of Orange is the New Black brought the sunshine in a yellow design by Christian Siriano.

 

Allison Williams 2014 Emmy Awards

Girls actress Allison Williams presented in a beautiful Giambattista Valli Haute Couture design.

 

Zooey Deschanel 2014 Emmy Awards

New Girl's Zooey Deschanel brought the pretty with a bubble gum-colored frock from Oscar de la Renta

 

Aaron Paul 2014 Emmy Awards

Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul looked especially dapper with slicked back hair and a perfectly tailored Prada tux.

 

Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine 2014 Emmy Awards

Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine, in Prada, may have been the hottest couple of the night.

 

Keke Palmer 2014 Emmy Awards

Keke Palmer chose a dramatic design in a gorgeous shade of blue by Rubin Singer. 

 

Lena Headey 2014 Emmy Awards

Also in a beautiful design by Rubin Singer, Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey. 

 

Julianne Hough 2014 Emmy Awards

Julianne Hough looked modern and fresh in a white gown from Dsquared.

 

Natalie Dormer 2014 Emmy Awards

Natalie Dormer of Game of Thrones chose a colorblocked design by J. Mendel. (We love those colors!)

 

Sarah Hyland 2014 Emmy Awards

We love Modern Family star Sarah Hyland's  two-piece design from Christian Siriano.

 

Teyonah Parris 2014 Emmy Awards

Mad Men actress Teyonah Parris looked stunning in summery shades by Christian Siriano.

 

Gwen Stefani 2014 Emmy Awards

Gwen Stefani's Swarovski covered Atelier Versace design was one of the coolest (and sparkliest) red carpet looks we've seen in a long time. 

 

Lizzy Caplan 2014 Emmy Awards

Lizzy Caplan was a red carpet hit in Donna Karan Atelier.

 

Sarah Silverman 2014 Emmy Awards

Funny lady Sarah Silverman was the picture of Hollywood glamour in Marni.

 

all images via Style.com

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. 

Soma Beaded earrings

Neon isn't always so easy to pull off, but worn in small doses, fluorescent shades of pink, orange, and yellow can work for anyone, with any look. These Soma Beaded Earrings offer just the perfect pop of bright color to punctuate an outfit--in this case the punctuation is clearly an exclamation mark. And since summer is officially drawing to a close, they'll add a punch of summery hues to fall's neutrals. 

Bstrd-jewelry-summer-sale

Check it out. FIDM Grad Tosha Clemens launched a PR agency earlier this year, and one of her clients, bstrd, is having a 50% off sale on ALL of their jewelry. It's today only, so get shopping! #spreadingthelove

Stephanie Sterjovski

There is nothing about this look on Stephanie Sterjovski that we don't absolutely love.

The Beauty Snoop has the scoop on temporary hair color. 

Learn tips for styling a chambray shirt on Made by Girl.

Slashed Beauty shares her favorite makeup looks from current music videos. 

Check out what Rachel Parcell of Pink Peonies is craving for fall. 

Who What Wear has nine tips for making an outfit look more expensive. 

We're all going crazy over this neon gem necklace on I Spy DIY.

Stop everything and head to People StyleWatch to see Anna Wintour, yes, Anna Wintour do the ice bucket challenge. 

Bright Bazaar has tips for making all your technology blend into your home.

We'd love to work at any one of the gorgeous and inspiring work spaces on The Ruche Blog

201408_dressforless-cats

If you've been following us on social, you've seen our terrified cat back-to-school graphic (posted below in case you missed it). It inspired us to, well, show more cats. Awwww. We think these t-shirts are purrfectly adorable!

1. Creepin' Cat T-Shirt, $40, topshop.com
2. Screaming Cat Print Crop Top, $19, chicnova.com
3. Cat in Sunnies T-Shirt, $20.90, yesstyle.com
4. Catastrophe T-Shirt by Riot Society, $21.99, tillys.com
5. Meowzilla Graphic Muscle T-Shirt, $12.80, forever21.com

Backtoschool

FashionGirl

Hey, Fashion Girl: 

School is about to start and I cannot think of a single thing to wear. Please, please help!

—M. Brooke

Dear M.:

The outfit you wear on the first day back at school will set the tone for the entire year. It's gotta be absolutely perfect, right?! No, way! It's the first of many opportunities throughout the year that you'll have to express your fashion sense and, most of all, your personality! So, have fun with it. The last thing you want to do it put tons of pressure on yourself. There's enough pressure that just comes from school. Am I right?

So, why not put together a completely low maintenance look that says you're confident. Some of the best fall fashion trends to rock are: jumpsuits, short skirts, animal prints, and denim jackets.

We put together two outfits to give you some styling ideas. Happy shopping!

Stylishly Yours,

—Fashion Girl

School

 

Above: Sweater, $39, joefresh.com; Skirt, $29, joefresh.com; Slides, $45, bcfootwear.com

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Above: Denim Jacket, $39, joefresh.com; Jumpsuit, $29.95, hm.com; Flats, $60, bcfootwear.com

Got a question for Fashion Girl? Send it to fashiongirl@fidm.com.

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.

Ace & Jig Revel Dress

We can't help but be a little excited for fall this time of year, especially when we come across great fashion finds like this Revel Dress from Ace & Jig. Is it not completely perfect for fall? The colors, those stripes, the cowl neck---we're smitten! And as cool and unique as it looks, the backstory is even better: the fabric is handwoven on ancient looms by artisans in India, who in turn receive free child care and organic produce that's been grown with reclaimed water. Seriously, does it get any better?


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