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Whistles Taps Garance Doré to Direct Its First Video Campaign

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One of the top high-street labels in the U.K., Whistles has been on our radar for a while now—namely since Jane Shepherdson took the helm in 2008. Under her direction, the brand has developed a chic, minimalist tilt and rivals the big-name designers in our wardrobes, but Whistles’ attainable prices cannot be beat. To celebrate its upcoming expansion into the U.S. and French markets, Whistles teamed up with Garance Doré on a short video called #BellesAndWhistles, which debuts exclusively here.

“I think Whistles fills a gap in the market,” Doré told Style.com. “It’s clothes you want to buy now, but you know you’ll wear them for several seasons because it isn’t about being trendy.” Doré cast stylish friends like Yasmin Sewell and Elle Strauss to dance, whistle, and, of course, look incredibly cute in her video, which will also appear on Whistles’ Instagram. “We looked for women who would be willing to open up in front of the camera and show their personal style. I wanted it to be extremely natural, like all of my videos,” Doré explained. “It’s about celebrating their personalities. The Whistles girl is not afraid to be herself. She’s the type of girl who will wear a beautiful dress, but will wear it with flats!”

Whistles currently has stores only in the U.K., Europe, China, Russia, and the UAE, but the brand recently announced that it’s coming to Bloomingdale’s in midtown Manhattan. Until then, you can get your fix at whistles.co.uk.

Happy Birthday, Dear Outnet: Celebrating Five Years of Designer Deals

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“Coulda, woulda, shoulda.” Thanks to The Outnet, that phrase rarely leaves our lips—when it comes to shopping regrets, at least. The designer discount site operated by Net-a-Porter brings you the best pieces from seasons past, meaning not only can you snag those Alexander Wang shoes you sorely missed out on, but you can get them for a bargain, too. To celebrate its fifth birthday, The Outnet is reissuing some of its top designers’ greatest hits—think Alexander McQueen’s patent bow clutch, J.W. Anderson’s paisley top, and Roland Mouret’s iconic wool dress. It also put together an adorable video, above, debuting exclusively here on Style.com. Chic shoppers like Alexandra Richards, Leigh Lezark, Garance Doré, Leandra Medine (who just filmed her own video series for Style.com), and Harley Viera-Newton discuss their favorite pieces while grooving to our new favorite jam, “Love Letters” by Metronomy. “Balmain for me is the Parisian brand,” Doré insists. As for Viera-Newton, “Oscar de la Renta is the dream” and Jason Wu is for “the confident, strong woman.” If you want to look “adorable,” Lezark suggests Preen by Thornton Bregazzi’s pastel pencil skirt. We’ll take it from the experts. The full collection will be available only at TheOutnet.com starting April 29—killer dance moves not included.

& Other Stories Writes Its New York Chapter

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& Other Stories

H&M’s sister brand & Other Stories launched only a year ago, but it’s already teamed up with Garance Doré and is now poised to bring the brand’s mass-market quirk to an eager American clientele. & Other Stories’ first U.S. flagship (an airy 6,400 square feet) will bow before the end of the year at 575 Broadway in Soho, making it Prada’s new neighbor. A North American e-commerce site will launch concurrently. Happy shopping to all!

Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images  

Ç ×Façonnable’s Ready to Fly

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Façonnable Fall '14

There are adventure travelers, and then there’s Mira Mikati. An accomplished surfer, the creative director of Ç ×Façonnable is fresh off her first kite-surfing vacation. Looking tanned and relaxed in her Paris showroom, Mikati says that someday she’s going to do something she’s always dreamed of: show up at the airport with a mix of stuff in her suitcase, then grab a ticket for wherever the next flight on the departure board might take her. That “permanent vacation” mind-set comes through in a Fall ’14 collection filled with easy-to-layer pieces that pick up on Ç ×Façonnable’s sunny Riviera spirit, then touch down in Tokyo with kimono-inspired floral-print pajama suits in orange and green.

Speaking of pajamas, meet the “smyjama,” a smoking/pajama hybrid designed to travel from day to night—a useful quality whether or not you’re hopping time zones. Variations range from a sharply tailored white jacket with flocked velvet tree branches reaching down from one shoulder to a fluid pajama-cut velvet number in deep gray-blue. Seasonless basics include the brand’s signature scuba tops, felted wool tees, and a white perfecto with knit sleeves that would be right at home anywhere.

Garance Doré-lensed lookbook photos of model-writer-mother Candela Novembre, which debut exclusively here, capture the Fall range’s spirit.

Photo: Garance Doré

Garance Doré’s Fashion Notes

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Anna Bond and Garance DoreBack in the day, before blogs changed everything, a young Parisian illustrator filled up one notebook after the next, dreaming of how she could create beautiful things. Fast-forward a decade or so, and Garance Doré is finally getting the chance to go back to her roots. “Illustrations ought to be something you can carry with you,” said Doré of her decision to launch a stationery line with Rifle Paper Co., which she feted with a breakfast at organic eatery Claus this morning. “The Rifle Paper Co. cards caught my eye one day, so I sent off an e-mail,” she explained as she greeted friends and admirers including Aurélie Bidermann, Lisa Marie Fernandez, and Laure Heriard Dubreuil. When Anna Bond, the cofounder of the successful young paperie, received that e-mail last August, she was thrilled. “I knew who she was because I had been following her for a long time,” Bond said. “It’s exciting to launch a fashion-related project.” Six months later—tomorrow to be exact—the Garance Doré line of cards, notepads, social stationery, calendars, phone cases, and notebooks is bowing exclusively at Colette, and there’s already more on the way in May. If these drawings of glamorous characters sporting a leopard coat, or a cape, or sunglasses bear a resemblance to those of the great illustrator René Gruau, that is no coincidence. “He is really my idol,” said Doré. “When people say that, it’s the best compliment ever. I don’t think I’m at that level, but maybe one day!”

Photo: Courtesy of Garance Doré Studio