August 30 2014

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What to Buy This Weekend: Labor Day Designer Steals


The end of summer isn’t all bad news—sales are popping off all over the Net right now. Jump-start your fall wardrobe with these five designer bargains.

1. Altuzarra
Coat, originally $2,005, now on sale for $601, Buy it now

2. Céline
Shoes, originally $606, now on sale for $200, Buy it now

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3. Marc Jacobs
Dress, originally $2,073, now on sale for $1,036, Buy it now

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4. Miu Miu
Coat, originally $2,890, now on sale for $1,734, Buy it now

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5. Proenza Schouler
Pants, originally $1,205, now on sale for $309, Buy it now

Photo: Courtesy of Matches Fashion; Courtesy of Yoox; Courtesy of MyTheresa; Barneys New York

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Abercrombie Loses the Logo, Angelina Jolie’s Wedding Dress Details, and More of the News You Missed Today


Miu Miu’s new message app…
Miu Miu has teamed up with performance artist Miranda July to create an app to launch the eighth installment of its Women’s Tales video series. The app, Somebody, allows you to send a message using a third person, usually a stranger, as a method of delivery. Miranda July created a film, which depicts examples of how the app could be used, to coincide with the launch. [Fashion Times]

A&F goes logo-less…
The Abercrombie & Fitch Moose logo is globally recognizable, but the brand has announced it’s ditching it—in North American stores, at least. Chief operating officer Jonathan Ramsden justified the decision, saying, “Our consumer is less logo-oriented. They are [no longer] walking billboards.” However, the company has decided to keep logo-oriented products at other stores worldwide. [WWD]

Major designers missing from Lincoln Center…
Why aren’t designers returning to Lincoln Center? For the second season in a row, popular labels like Michael Kors, Zac Posen, and Diane von Furstenberg are choosing to show off-site instead. [Fashionista]

Mrs. Pitt’s wedding dress…
Yesterday, the world learned that Hollywood sweethearts Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt tied the knot in an intimate ceremony near their home in France. More details on their big day are beginning to emerge. Today’s news is about the dress, and according to British Vogue, it was ‘”very traditional but very Angie. It was comfortable but plain, white floor-length antique lace and silk.” [British Vogue]

In today’s interesting tech news…
A map that shows every single device connected to the Internet worldwide now exists. John Matherly, founder of Shodan, a search engine for connected devices, created the map. He said the process was quite simple—he just sent a “ping request to every IP on the Internet [and] stored positive responses.” Easy, right? Why didn’t we think of that? [The Huffington Post]

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EXCLUSIVE: Barbie’s New Designer Looks by Rebecca Taylor, Tess Giberson, and More


WHIT-sizedAn essential part of being a fashion designer is having, on some level, a love of playing dress-up. And doesn’t that love originate from playing with Barbies at a young age?

Mattel’s latest contraption, the Fashion Design Maker, is a series of softwares and printable fabrics that allow young girls and boys with an interest in design to create their very own personalized looks for Barbie. To celebrate the launch of at-home DIY doll fashion, Mattel asked the CFDA to commission five Barbie-loving designers to give the famous blond some new threads.

Debuting exclusively here on, Tess Giberson, Charlotte Ronson, Cynthia Vincent, Rebecca Taylor, and Whit’s Whitney Pozgay weigh in on the sketches they created for America’s most iconic doll.

(Additionally, Barbie now has her own style-focused Instagram account. Check it out on @BarbieStyle.)

“Barbie was a rite of passage that was important to me, but also to my mother and young girls today. I loved that she represents the endless possibilities of adulthood but is also so much fun to dress. As a designer, I have always loved to mix prints, so it only makes sense to dress Barbie in Whit’s signature stripes and florals.”
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“Barbie has always been an iconic fashion inspiration for young girls, introducing them to fun, playful designs. I wanted to create a dress that was indicative of what Barbie stands for: feminine, classic, and spirited.”

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“I decided that working on the Barbie design would be a fun activity to do with my daughter, June. I was really inspired by the way that she was playing with the app—mixing and matching prints, remixing pieces.”

“Barbie has always been the root of my inspiration. I told my mother when I was 6 that I wanted to design clothes for my Barbies. I grew up, and so did my designs.”
Charlotte Ronson-sized
“I grew up making outfits for my Barbies. And now with this collaboration, my Spring/Summer ’15 collection can be seen on Barbie. This collection was inspired by the girl who loves to daydream, and I think Barbie can relate. I am so thrilled to be collaborating with Barbie, Mattel, and the CFDA.”

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Get Inked: 10 Models Show Off Their Tattoos


We all know models love tattoos. From Kate Moss’ Lucian Freud-drawn swallows on her lower back (which, by the way, are worth more than $1 million) to Cara Delevingne’s lion-baring index finger, it seems nearly every catwalk beauty is sporting ink these days. And while some may opt for temporary tats (check out Alessandra Ambrosio’s intricate henna design or Liya Kebede’s feathery wrist art, below), one thing is obvious: Body art is in. Here, see 10 of our favorite models’ ink.

1. Cara Delevingne

2. Nadja Bender

3. Drake Burnette

4. Lexi Boling

5. Erika Linder

6. Gracie Carvalho

7. Catherine McNeil

8. Erin Wasson

9. Liya Kebede

10. Alessandra Ambrosio

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Mary Katrantzou Liberates the Letter Sweater


Mary Katrantzou

Ahh, the letter sweater. A nostalgia-inducing garment associated with a simpler time when kiddos went steady, shared milkshakes at soda fountains, and did the Mashed Potato at sock hops. However, leave it to print master Mary Katrantzou to reinvent the concept via a range of psychedelic monogramed sweatshirts and T-shirts. In conjunction with the London-based designer’s Resort ’15 collection—which, worn by Taylor Swift at last weekend’s VMAs, conveyed its candy-colored fairy through typography as well as print—Katrantzou has stamped splashy pullovers with every letter of the alphabet. Each initial is, of course, rendered in vivid hues. Katrantzou devotees can preorder a jumper embellished with the letter of their choosing come Monday on, and the wares will arrive at their doorsteps just in time for the winter holidays. “The ‘Initial’ series of sweaters and T-shirts, the Mary Katrantzou A to Z, has been created to reflect the innate sense of spirit and confidence of the Mary Katrantzou woman,” Katrantzou told “The pieces are fun and whimsical. Taking vibrant color and a plethora of graphic imagery, a story for each letter has been built to create a new visual language, indicative of an expressive personality.” If the goal was “expressive personality,” we’d say Katrantzou nailed it. And the best part about these New Age letter looks? You can get one without having a jock boyfriend.

Mary Katrantzou’s initialed sweatshirts and T-shirts will be available for preorder beginning Monday, September 1. For more information, visit

Photos: Courtesy of Mary Katrantzou

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