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EXCLUSIVE: Lisa Marie Fernandez Launches Activewear So Good, You Might Not Have to Go to the Gym

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Lisa Marie

“I’m in the exercise camp of Ballet Beautiful, Aerobox, Tracy Anderson, Body by Simone, and the Aqua Studio that opened up around the corner here in Tribeca,” says New York- and London-based designer Lisa Marie Fernandez of her fitness routine. “I’m a class girl.”

Since launching her namesake line of sporty-meets-sexy swimwear—which thoughtfully combines neoprene, zips, and clever construction—in 2009, Fernandez has grown her brand to include new, innovative fabrics (like a waterproof Italian terry) and a line of destination-wear. What’s next for the former stylist? Launching her first-ever collection of activewear and après-workout clothes. The new range debuts exclusively here.

“With the activewear, it’s not meant to look active,” she tells us. “I like clothes that are multifaceted, where you have your properly seamed neoprene legging that you could equally wear during the day, running around town, or on the weekend.” The collection, which will debut exclusively on Net-a-Porter this summer, includes twelve concentrated silhouettes, including a neoprene zip bralette, pants, bodysuits, and crop and wrap tops, in a variety of luxurious Italian fabrications. “Everything is mixed with Lycra,” she says. “There is a sensuality to them and, if you touch them, a soft texture.”

For Fernandez, activewear was a natural next step. Maintaining all the successful elements from swim, the collection took approximately one year to develop. “We’ve worked with the female form, with bodies and suits and bikinis,” she explains. “Everything is about fit.” All of her production is based in the U.S.

Activewear has slowly been working its way into women’s everyday wardrobes, and Fernandez offers a sleek, sultry offering with her initial pieces. “It doesn’t have to look active, and that’s the direction the [activewear] category is going in, for sure,” she says. “Our clothes are sort of part sex kitten, part ballerina. There’s a soft sensuality. You won’t look hard.”

To capture the dynamism of her new line, Fernandez asked pal Elisa Sednaoui—actress, and director and founder of the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation—to model the collection. As for how she hopes her customers will react, Fernandez offers, “I wanted to create activewear that, when you put it on, you think, God, I look so good, maybe I don’t need to go to the gym!

Photos: Terry TsiolisĀ 

Now Visiting: Brazil

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Ah, travel. That magical pursuit wherein one experiences the culture of another land, samples exotic delicacies, and, if traveling via Pirelli Calendar, sees a variety of top models in states of undress. At least, that’s the business as usual. But the Pirelli company unveiled its 2013 calendar in Brazil today, and while it stars a cast of beauties—Brazilians Isabeli Fontana and Adriana Lima, as well as Elisa Sednaoui, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, Liya Kebede, Karlie Kloss, and Kyleigh Kuhn, among others—this year’s photographer, Steve McCurry, promises less cheesecake. “You can photograph nudes anywhere,” McCurry said at a press conference in Rio this morning. “But these models are clothed, and each of them has her own charity. They are purposeful and idealistic people. So I wanted to photograph them in a special place, and Rio was perfect for this.” (It’s a very different Brazil than was captured in Patrick Demarchelier’s 2005 calendar, also shot in the country, or Terry Richardson’s 2010 take.) Portraits of the models, as well as of Brazilian actress Sônia Braga and singer Marisa Monte, alternate with those of everyday life in the city.

Photos: Steve McCurry / Courtesy of Pirelli

Ralph Rucci To Join The Ranks Of De La Renta And Lagerfeld, 49 Years Of MJ, Elisa Sednaoui’s New Film, And More…

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Following in the footsteps of Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld, and Tom Ford, designer Ralph Rucci will be receiving the André Leon Talley lifetime achievement award at Savannah College of Art and Design next month. In addition, Rucci’s designs will be on display in an exhibition at the school’s gallery. [WWD]

In honor of Marc Jacobs’ 49th birthday today, Huff Po dug through the archives and created a slideshow of some of his major moments. Click the link to check out images of the designer with some of his muses and leading ladies over the years. [Huff Po]

Here’s music’s latest odd couple: Axl Rose and Lana Del Rey. The New York Daily News reports that the two were spotted together in Los Angeles over the weekend, and last month, Del Rey attended two back-to-back GNR shows (not to mention, she’s got a song entitled “Axl Rose Husband”). [NYDN]

In LifeStyle Mirror’s feature story today, Elisa Sednaoui reveals that her latest project is a documentary, entitled Kullu Tamam (“Everything Is Good” in Arabic). The film, which Sednaoui co-directed and produced, “focuses on how villagers in southern Egypt have been coping with the uprisings in the Middle East.” [Lifestyle Mirror]

One Designer, Two Starlets—Who Wore It Best?

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We haven’t even bought our winter coat yet, but celebrities have been racking up Spring dress credits since the shows wrapped last month. See: Gwyneth Paltrow displaying her finely tuned thigh muscles in a one-sleeved Stella McCartney mini not all that unlike the long version that Nicole Kidman wore a week earlier to the Country Music Awards, or Tilda Swinton and Elisa Sednaoui, both in vibrant silk pants ensembles from Haider Ackermann’s latest lineup, at the Prix de la Moda awards last week in Madrid. Carey Mulligan and Miranda Kerr worked Peter Pilotto‘s peplumed scuba dresses to perfection on The Late Late Show and at the MoMA gala for Pedro Almodóvar, respectively, but we’re guessing that you have a favorite.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW and tell us who wore it best below.

Photos: ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images; Jason Kempin / Getty Images

An It Girl Guide To The New, Shoppable Thakoon.com

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Thakoon Panchigul is the latest designer to jump on the digital bandwagon. As of today, fans of the designer’s eponymous label will be able to get their hands on the signature printed dresses with the click of a button at his new e-commerce site, Thakoon.com, designed by the fashion-favorite Web gurus at Tony King‘s King & Partners—handy if you don’t have the designer on speed dial, like some of his biggest fans, Michelle Obama and Amanda Brooks among them. But it’s more than just First Ladies and retail honchos who love the Panichgul. Models-cum-It-girls Elisa Sednaoui, Constance Jablonski, and Helena Christensen are devoted Thakoonites, too. In honor of the e-tail launch, Style.com caught up with them to find out what their favorite looks are.

Sednaoui, who appeared in the designer’s Tasaki ad campaigns, is a front-row regular at his shows. “He knows how to cut pieces to flatter women, always with grace, yet in his choices in fabrics and patterns you see his young side coming out,” she said. Her favorite piece available now on Thakoon.com? A long-sleeved maxi dress from the designer’s Fall Addition collection, with a slit up the side to keep things interesting (above left). “I feel like it was designed for me,” she said. “I have dreamed of this dress.”

Jablonski picked a similar silhouette in a black and white, “eye-catching” print, also from Addition’s Fall range (above right). “The cut reminds me of the popular long French dresses of the eighties that every stylish girl in Paris was wearing back then,” said the model, who met the designer during her second New York fashion week season. “We immediately connected and he chose me to open his show,” she added.

Helena Christensen, for her part, has made the designer part of her red-carpet arsenal. Her pick? A knit top and bubble skirt look from the Fall 2011 mainline collection (left). “It reminds me of Scandinavia,” she says. “I would wear it with leggings and a pair of bright-colored high-heels.”

Since these are not being offered at Thakoon x Target prices, visitors can enter to win a $1,000 gift certificate on the site. The lucky winner will be announced in August.

Photos: Courtesy of Thakoon