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24 Apr

A Brief History Of PVC In Fashion

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So fast-paced is the nature of fashion that to see something once considered the pinnacle of style relegated to irrelevance – or vice versa - is a commonplace occurrence. The connotations of polyvinyl chloride, though – referred to most commonly as either PVC or vinyl – have changed so drastically over the course of its existence, it’s a feat even by fashion’s standards. You’d think the man-made material had been patented long before 1913, given the journey it’s undertaken during its relatively short existence. Still, it’s one of the oldest synthetic materials; discovered by chance when vinyl chloride gas – which had been recently created - solidified upon exposure to sunlight. It is, perhaps, PVC’s place in fetishism – alongside its naturally-produced counterpart,...
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24 Apr

10 Ways To Wear Gingham Without Looking Like a Picnic Blanket

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In all sorts of thrilling shapes and colors, gingham is now anything but square. Here, shop 10 pieces that upgrade the classic summertime print. (Sitting on/rolling around in the grass still highly encouraged.)

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This little T-shirt swim silhouette is It this summer, and you can't beat the price (or color) of this one.

$35, boohoo.com.

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::garbled squealing:: (P.S. This guy by Gaia is made by female artisans who are paid a living wage, so SOLD.)

$128, jcrew.com.

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Your all-black Kawakubo-esque outfit might say "Keep away," but your Hanky Panky bra can say "Moi je joue."

$50, net-a-porter.com.

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Or, if you want your underpinnings on the outside, there's this Sandy...
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21 Apr

Currently Crushing On: Lucite Wicker Bags

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My obsession with straw bags has evolved over the last year. First, it was simple straw satchels. Then, it was souvenir straw totes, And now, wicker box bags with lucite details have consumed me! This post is actually a cry for help as I’ve fallen down a deep rabbit hole, scouring the web for these vintage treasures and feeling the need to have them all. I just love how the lucite and bakelite elevates an otherwise simple woven bag. And you can actually find most of them in mint condition for no more than $60! Check out my favorites below and please, snatch them up before I do.

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20 Apr

The Stallone Sisters’ Fashion & Beauty Must-Haves

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Our cover stars, Sophia, Sistene, and Scarlett Stallone, share their beauty, fragrance, fitness, travel, culture and accessories picks, along with a few favorite looks of the season.

Sistene's Must-Haves

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IDEAL HOLIDAY: Rome

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Flower Power
Dolce & Gabbana, Spring 2017

Glow Getter

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($64); Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-in-Stick Lipstick in Rose Saint Germain, Coral Incandescent, and Fuchsia in Excess ($37 each); Tom Ford Soleil Contouring Compact in Soleil Afterglow ($108); Tom Ford Velvet Orchid ($120), all available at Sephora.com.

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On the Playlist
Rihanna's Anti

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Hair & Skincare Boosts
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence($179); Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Conditioner ($34), all available at Sephora.com.

Gold Standard

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Marco Bicego choker, $2,200, marcobicego.com; Prada bag, $2,280, prada.com.

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20 Apr

How Urban Outfitters Is Navigating a Rocky Retail Scene

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The Urban Outfitters concept shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, known as Space Ninety8, was bustling on a recent Saturday afternoon. It was an unseasonably warm day, and small groups of young women, having finished their brunches at nearby faux diners and French-bistro style restaurants, moved in packs among the clothes that hinted at spring: light floral dresses, faded high-waisted jeans, and cropped wide-leg pants. It smelled vaguely herbaceous inside, like a dorm room of someone who really liked patchouli, and it hummed with the energy of youthful possibility — the exact mood the brand tries bottle and sell to its young fans in the form of graphic tees and clogs. “I didn’t even know this was an Urban,” said Alexis Ravello, a...
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20 Apr

This Summer Trend Will Make Getting Dresses In The Morning Way Easier

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Summer is already filled with plenty of effortless wardrobe staples—sundresses, sandals, maxi dresses—but this season is bringing an even easier trend to your closet. Enter matching separates (or co-ords, two-piece-sets, coordinating separates—whichever of the trend's many names you want to use); the fastest way to get dressed in the morning while still looking put together. From floral prints to ruffled silhouettes, shop 11 matching sets sure to make you standout this summer.

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Dodo Bar Or top, $190, and skirt, $280, shopBAZAAR.com.

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Cult Gaia top, $118, and pants, $128, cultgaia.com.

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Miguelina crop top, $175, and skirt, $320, net-a-porter.com.

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Dolce & Gabbana crop top, $775, and skirt,...
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20 Apr

Here’s a First Look At The Staff Uniforms For Designer And Artist Susan Cianciolo’s Run Restaurant At The Whitney

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In 2001, Susan Cianciolo set up Run Restaurant inside New York’s Alleged Galleries. It was a restaurant–meets–art installation hybrid named for her since-shuttered fashion label, Run, with a functioning kitchen, a full menu, a small indoor water garden, and a gift shop. Now, Cianciolo is revisiting Run Restaurantfor the 2017 Whitney Biennial, setting up her own artful atmosphere inside the museum’s Untitled restaurant on the ground floor. The first dinner in the series will take place this evening and run until Thursday. Tickets are $125 for a five-course chef Michael Anthony–prepared meal, which will be served by a waitstaff dressed in custom uniforms designed by Cianciolo. “The uniforms are in line with my history of handcrafted patchwork,” explains Cianciolo. “They are...
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19 Apr

The right track

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Sports luxe meets loungewear to be worn anywhere. Chloé and Stella McCartney took tracksuit paints to the next level for AW 17 with geometric patterns and parachute shapes.
Consider our selects from FENDI, VETEMENTS, MM6 MAISON MARGIELA and ADIDAS ORIGINALS.

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17 Apr

A Brief History of The Shoulder Pad

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The shoulder pad has become to the female silhouette what RuPaul has to television: game-changing. As steeped in gender politics the power shoulder may be, its significance lies not just in its place as a symbol of a woman's entrance into a man's world, but also within fashion's developing expression (and rejection) of how a body is expected to be presented. First created in the late 1800s as a means to protect American football players from injury, shoulder pads were only adopted by women in the 20th century, when the sheer volume of absent men allowed females to take over the many jobs left unattended. No longer was a woman’s place confined solely to the home, a fact that manifested through...
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17 Apr

Meeting the Emerging Talent at Russia Fashion Week

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When I first visited Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia, in early 2013, the Anglophone world viewed Moscow a bit differently to how it does today. The Kremlin, which sits so close to the venue you could hit it with a tossed rock, did not seem to loom so large over the proceedings. A young generation of designers was taking the stage, and pulling Russians – and many in other former Soviet countries – away from the heady spend-big-and-import-flashy-Italian-labels days of the 1990s, towards interest in local design and heritage. And as they presented this new reality in Moscow and to foreign audiences, they were unhindered by associations with political leaders. Then came Ukraine, Crimea, and sanctions against Russia. While the economic screws actually...
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