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July 30 2014

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Style Lessons From the 50 “Most Beautiful People” in D.C.

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thehill-sized copyWhat does it take to be one of the 50 “Most Beautiful People” in D.C. these days? Not style, apparently. The Hill just released its annual list of winners, and while we enjoyed reading about their penchant for running half-marathons, their favorite foodie indulgences, and their intern-to-White House correspondent success stories, we were especially enthralled by their sartorial suggestions. Here, a few of our favorite enlightening tips from D.C.’s finest.

When in doubt, do nothing.
“I often just roll out of the bed and come to the office.” —Hailey Sadler, 21, Republican

Heels can be hazardous.
“I love heels, but the Capitol’s marble floors are treacherous. I have wiped out more than once. So I tend to stick with a mid-height heel.” —Nancy Cordes, 39, nonpartisan

Patterns are a no-no, but bold colors are a win.
“You can keep it simple and still have that ‘wow’ factor.” —Danielle Sikes, 23, Republican

Ironing your jeans is not cool.
“I finally learned it’s not cool to iron your jeans. My dad would iron my jeans, so all the way up to college, I would iron my jeans.” —Eric Swalwell, 33, Democrat

Black and gray are just so traditional.
“Adding pops of color into an outfit is important because it can be very easy to slide into the black, gray, and white spectrum that’s so typical of traditional Washington wardrobe.” —Gianelle Rivera, 29, Democrat

Pearls are totally awesome.
“I’m not embarrassed to like pearls. I don’t think that’s weird; I think it’s classic and timeless.” —S.E. Cupp, 35, Republican

Do: Wear cowboy boots and suits.
The Hill: “His smooth, confident style—which always includes pairing a ‘fun’ tie and cowboy boots with his suits—are a far cry from years ago.” Ross: “I was kind of awkward in high school. I was a late bloomer: long hair, acne, braces. I was kind of gangly.” —Ross Gage, 27, Republican

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BREAKING: Beyoncé Is Not a Fashion Icon

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Beyonce

A stellar story by The New York Times‘ fashion director, Vanessa Friedman, popped up on my news feed this afternoon, and it led me to a startling revelation: Beyoncé is not a fashion icon. Friedman’s article was spurred by a fashion exhibition dedicated to Queen Bey in the Legends of Rock section of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which, having opened last week, features the gold Thierry Mugler bodysuit from 2009′s “Sweet Dreams,” the superstar’s black leather and lace 2013 Super Bowl look, and the metal glove from 2008′s “Single Ladies” video, as well as the violet feather-embellished Givenchy Haute Couture gown Mrs. Carter donned to the 2012 Met Gala. To be sure, most of these wares are showstoppers. But are they iconic? Not so much.

What’s more, Friedman notes, is that despite her mega following, Beyoncé hasn’t spurred a bevy of trends or launched the careers of young designers, like Rihanna or Lady Gaga have. Furthermore, aside from booty-baring bodysuits, I can’t even think of how one might describe Beyoncé’s signature offstage style because she doesn’t really have one. She hasn’t truly demonstrated any evolution in her wardrobe or her taste since her Destiny’s Child days. And even scrolling through the exhibition images online, the majority of the included pieces have an overly chintzy-meets-not-quite-street aesthetic, as if Bey were stuck in the days of “Bills Bills Bills.”

But that’s not to say Beyoncé isn’t a cultural icon (and I’m not just saying that for fear of Beygency retaliation). She has a body like a rocket, she’s broken every record in the book (like that time she released 17 videos overnight on iTunes), and she’s got moves and a voice most performers would kill for. However, as a voice for feminine empowerment in the public eye, it would be exciting if she stepped up her day-to-day sartorial game just a smidge. And for that matter, it would have been nice to have seen the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fete a real fashion tastemaker (ahem, Rihanna) instead.

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Here’s What Our Editors Will Be Buying for Fall

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It may be warm here in New York today, but the Fall collections are already hitting stores and cooler weather is just around the corner. Our Fall Shopping Guide should help you ready your wardrobe for the autumn months, but for some further inspiration, have a look at our editors’ Fall picks, below.

Nicole Phelps

Nicole Phelps, Executive Editor

A good fashion week dress from Damir Doma and a good fashion week shoe from Saint Laurent, not necessarily to be worn together. And because I’m not quite ready to admit that the shows are five weeks away, a pair of rehabbed vintage Levi’s from the new denim brand Re/Dun to wear all August long.

Damir Doma dress, $780, Buy it now; Saint Laurent kitten heel, $595, Buy it now; Re/Dun straight skinnies, $232, for more information, visit redun.com.

Margiela

Katharine K. Zarrella, Associate News Editor

I have poor blood circulation and am thus constantly freezing. I can’t wear my vintage 1920s monkey-fur coat all the time (though I’d love to), so I’m planning to rely on this cropped goat-hair jacket from Maison Martin Margiela for some deeply chic everyday insolation.

Maison Martin Margiela goat-hair-trimmed wool-blend cropped jacket, $2,590, Buy it now

Sandro

Amber Kallor, Senior Beauty Editor

Should another Polar Vortex descend upon New York, I’ll be prepared with this oil-print anorak from Sandro. The sleek silhouette makes it easy to slip in and out of backstage, but the down filling provides plenty of warmth while I’m trekking from show to show.

Sandro oil-printed anorak, $775, Buy it now

Adam Lippes

Brittany Adams, Associate Fashion Editor

The bitter Polar Vortex we New Yorkers endured this past winter shook me to the core (I’m still in a state of disbelief walking around in bare legs this summer) and already has me preparing for the cold months ahead. If there’s one trend I’m eager to get my hands on next season, it’s a statement-making shearling. I’m currently pining over Adam Lippes‘ oh-so-cuddly navy belted topper. It’s the stylish equivalent of a bear hug and will be sure to earn me compliments while keeping out the chill.

Adam Lippes belted shearling coat, $3,290, Buy it now

Missoni

Rachel Walgrove, Social Media Editor

It’s time to upgrade the ponchos that are currently in my closet. In chenille, this Missoni knit basically doubles as a wearable blanket. Plus, it’s super-easy to throw on over just about anything.

Missoni chenille poncho, $250, Buy it now

APC

Noah Johnson, Deputy Editor

Louis Wong consistently makes impeccable leather jackets under his line for A.P.C., but this season’s Ferris jacket is the first one that I must own. Colored suede was among my favorite trends from the Spring ’15 men’s shows, but I’m impatient, so waiting until next season is out of the question.

A.P.C. Louis W. Ferris jacket, $1,395, Buy it now

Zana Bayne

Kristin Anderson, Assistant Editor of Special Projects

When fashion week hits, my current shoulder bag may not cut it. This stunning tote from Zana Bayne is big enough for a notebook, tape recorder, flats, and maybe even a pilfered Perrier (or two).

Zana Bayne pentagram handbag, $525, Buy it now

Gucci

Jessica Teves, Site Director

I’m a bit mad for cozy pastels, so this boxy Gucci peacoat is the perfect transitional piece for the cooler months—plus, it livens up my go-to uniform of skinny jeans and a white T-shirt.

Gucci wool double-breasted peacoat, $2,500. For more information, visit gucci.com.

Shrimps

Emily Farra, Editorial Coordinator

I love Shrimps’ irreverent approach to faux fur—there’s nothing stuffy or upper crust about it. This camel, blush, and orange coat features all of my favorite fall colors, plus it won’t break the bank like the real thing would. I’d much rather wear a faux color-blocked version than blend into the pack of women in the same chocolate-brown mink.

Shrimps faux-fur coat, $920, Buy it now

The Row

Erinn Hermsen, Assistant Managing Editor

Despite my Wisconsin roots, I’m a wimp when it comes to the cold. Sweaters are a key part of my daily uniform during the fall and winter months, and The Row‘s cozy cashmere version would be the perfect addition to my rotation.

The Row cashmere sweater, $4,550. For more information, visit saksfifthavenue.com.

Photo: Courtesy Photos 

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Editor Obsessions: Valentino’s Studded Leather Belt

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Every day, Style.com’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

Valentino

In my opinion, belts might just be the most underrated women’s accessory. This summer, I’ve discovered how they can transform and elevate a basic jeans-and-T-shirt combination. Taking pointers from stylish French fashion editors like Emmanuelle Alt and Géraldine Saglio, who regularly rock classic buckled bands with their skinnies, not to mention my favorite image of Grace Hartzel in Saint Laurent’s Pre-Fall ads, I’ve been satisfying my belt cravings by raiding my younger brothers’ closets for their old braided leather iterations. I’ve also been cruising the racks at Rainbow (my current shopping obsession) for cheap thrills. At this point, I’m finally ready to invest in a timeless belt. Enter: Valentino’s signature rock-stud style in orange, which is sure to up my cinching game just in time for the Spring ’15 shows.

Valentino studded leather belt, $545, Buy it now

Photo: Courtesy Photo 

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Beverly Johnson, the Original African-American Supermodel, Talks Diversity in Fashion Today

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Beverly Johnson PosedBefore Iman or Naomi, there was Beverly Johnson. This August marks the 40th anniversary of Johnson’s landmark Vogue debut as the first-ever African-American to grace the mag’s cover. A year later, she landed the cover of French Elle, and later went on to score shoots with some of fashion’s most iconic photographers (like Irving Penn), Revlon campaigns, movie gigs, and more.
bj-vogueWWD recently checked in with the supermodel to discuss the state of the industry today, and she didn’t hesitate to point out the lack of women of color on the runways during fashion week, as well as the decrease in African-American hairstylists and makeup artists in the field right now. “Sometimes we live in this very elitist bubble called the fashion industry,” she said. “We have become really oblivious to what’s going on in the world.”

She said she will be turning a sharp eye to the runways in September, along with other top models who have been leading the charge for change, like Bethann Hardison, Iman, and Naomi Campbell. They have been joined by designers like Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, who has been making his own push for diversity in the industry. Most recently, the designer revealed his Fall ad campaign, which features models of varied color and backgrounds. “I think fashion is all about a vision that you can give to people; it’s [about] expressing that passion. We need to show how diversity is important,” he told Style.com in an exclusive interview.

Photos: Gems / Getty Images; Condé Nast Archive

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