Target, Neiman Marcus and 24 CFDA Designers Team Up For Epic Collaboration

11 Jul

The designer collaboration to end all designer collaborations is coming to a Target and a Neiman Marcus near you this holiday season. No stranger to collabs, Target has outdone itself with this one. They’ve teamed up with high-end department store Neiman Marcus to corrall not one, not two, but 24 CFDA designers to create items for the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection.

Everyone from Marc Jacobs to Marchesa to Rodarte will design 1-3 gift-y items each for the collection, which will be sold at Target and Neiman’s, both in stores and online, starting December 1. The collection will range in price from $7.99 to $499.99, with most items under $60, and will consist of everything from men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories to sporting goods, home decor, pet accessories and electronics accessories, according to WWD, and releases from Target and Nieman’s.

It’s a pretty groundbreaking project–we don’t remember this many designers ever participating in one collection before, and it’s also unusual for two big retailers to team up like this, even if they’re not really competitors. “This collaboration is unlike anything Target has done before,” Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Target said in a release. “Target and Neiman Marcus…[have] set the stage for a redefining moment in retail.”

Here’s how the partnership broke down:

 

Here’s how the partnership broke down: Neiman Marcus provided access to all the designers, while Target brought its mass production capabilities to the table. Of course, the CFDA was involved too, and to celebrate the collaboration and the CFDA’s 50th anniversary, Target and Neiman Marcus are donating a whopping $1 million to the organization. “I can think of no better finale to CFDA’s 50th Anniversary celebration than through this extraordinary designer collaboration,” CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg said in a Target release.

More imagery from this monster collab.

 

 

All 24 designers! (Photo: @ProenzaSchouler)

The full list!

Alice + Olivia, Altuzarra, Band of Outsiders, Brian Atwood, Eddie Borgo, Judith Leiber, Lela Rose, Marchesa, Philip Crangi, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Robert Rodriguez, Rodarte, Skaist-Taylor, Thom Browne, Tracy Reese, Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta and Tory Burch.

Will you line up?

10 Perfect Beach Bags and the Summer Beauty Essentials You Need to Stash In Them

6 Jul

Photo: Vogue by Horst P. Horst, 1939

The Fourth of July falls in the middle of the week this year, making it incredibly annoying for trying to sneak anywhere for a long weekend. So we recommend just taking the whole damn week off and going to the beach. To help you pack, we’ve gathered up 10 cute beach bags–many of which are on sale now–and 10 essential beauty products to take with you. Click through to find all the things you’ll need to look fresh and summery, and the perfect bags to carry it all in.

Fresh’s Tinted lip treatments with spf 15 are the gold standard. This summer, try their newest coral shade, then stick it in this very chic patterned bag from Club Monaco.

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Coral,$22.50, Sephora and Club Monaco Nina Beach Tote, $179.50, Club Monaco

This sunscreen gives you the highest possible sun protection and isn’t the slightest bit greasy. Pack it in this cheery yellow DVF tote.

L’Oreal Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen SPF 50, $10.99, Drugstore.com and DVF Petal Dance Printed Beach Tote, on sale $97, Bergdorf

This lush mascara is going to stay put on your lashes even after multiple dips in the pool. Fling it into this cheery, roomy Marc by Marc Jacobs tote, which is even big enough for a towel or two.

Maybelline Volum’Express The Mega Plush Waterproof Mascara, $6.99, Ulta and Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Medium TateTote, $198, Nordstrom

Don’t bake–fake! These self tanning pads for the body are multi-taskers: They exfoliate, have anti-aging ingredients and are a self-tanner all in one. Your friends are going to want your glowy smooth skin, so toss the box into this colorful Missoni tote to share.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads for Body, $45 for 8, Sephora and Missoni Home Striped Canvas Tote, $345, Net-a-Porter

Your hair takes a beating in the ocean and chlorine. Keep this bottle in your adorable tote (made from reclaimed sails) and rub it in wet or dry hair to keep ends healthy and to protect your strands from nasty UV ray damage.

Living Proof Restore Targeted Repair Cream, $28, Living Proof and Sea Bags for J. Crew medium tote, $165, J.Crew

Two no-nonsense brands that are classics. These blotting papers will make sure you stay glowy instead of shiny. And you can’t beat an LL Bean tote–it holds up to all abuse and will not rip. Ever.

Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, $5.49, Drugstore.com and LL Bean Zip Top Boat & Tote, $27.95, LLBean

Nothing feels better than cleaning your face after a long day at the beach. Stash these gentle wipes in this adorable, amazingly-priced bag.

Ole Henriksen Truth To Go Cleansing Wipes, $15, Skinstore.com and Merona Beach Tote, $19.99, Target

Make sure you stay fresh as an ocean breeze all day by spritzing on this sage-infused natural deodorant, then toss it in this straw tote from Madewell.

Burt’s Bees Herbal Deodorant, $8, Burt’s Bees and Bamboula Ltd. Beach Bag, $68, Madewell

Didn’t quite get those beachy waves you were looking for naturally? Give your locks some help with a spritz of this argan beach wave spray. Then throw this sassy printed tote from Kate Spade over your shoulder and you’re good to go.

Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist, $22, Josie Maran and Kate Spade Lounge Ladies Harmony Tote, on sale $103, Kate Spade

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Here Are All the Best Cannes WTF Red Carpet Moments (So Far)

28 May

This year’s International Cannes Film Festival has provided us with more gorgeous photos of gorgeous people in even more gorgeous clothing than we could wish for from a thousand Academy Awards red carpets combined. But just when we thought our daily updates from the South of France couldn’t get any better, it turned out that Cannes is a gift that won’t stop giving: Nestled nicely amongst all those lovely photographies was a majorly healthy dose of WTF.

Do we really need to explain what those three loaded little letters stand for? We’re talking the god-awful dresses no stylist would touch…The highlighted hair cape of an aging Hollywood hunk… The unexplained presence of a terrestrial mollusk… and so, so much more. So please, mes amis, join us for a little look back at all the amusing and confusing head-scratching situations and photos Cannes has had to offer us thus far– We promise you won’t be seeing any of these beauts in the typical best-dressed lists.

All photos: Getty

On the red carpet at Cannes

22 May

The 65th AnnualCannes Film Festival kicked off yesterday and the eleven-day event is off to a super stylish start.

Cannes always has one of the best red carpets–high glamor plus the risks that you’d never see at the Oscars. FromDiane Kruger‘s doubly flawless red carpet appearances, to Jane Fonda‘s age-defying bod, the fashions have hit all the right notes–so far anyway.

And the best part is, we still have ten more days of glamorous red carpet appearances to look forward to. We’ll be updating them here, so keep checking back.
I really liked Cheryl Cole here. Who is your fav thi day? I am going to be really happy sharing our opinions so feel free to write them :).

Scroll down to see all the looks.

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Fashion’s Most Stylish Guys Give Mark Zuckerberg an (Almost!) Hoodie-Free Makeover for Facebook’s IPO

18 May

Finally something new on my blog :). I hope you will like my todays choice what to write about :). Well, Mark Zuckerberg is having quite a month. The Father of Facebook just turned 28 ( he is just for me :D), bought out Instagram for $1 billion and is now facing the most lucrative point in his career: Going IPO on Friday. We’d offer him a congratulatory “poke” but sadly, that option’s no longer available. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the IPO acronym, it stands for Initial Public Offering– meaning that the company will finally be open to stock holders where the likes of Wall Street—-and even you!—- can purchase a part of the social media company.

But with the estimated $100 billion that’s supposedly coming his way, we’re wondering whether the Harvard dropout will invest in a new wardrobe. Will he finally change out of his usual uniform consisting of dowdy college hoodies, sweat-drenched Adidas shower flip flops, and tattered baggy jeans, into something more uh, dapper? Better yet, the question posed is this: Can all the money in the world transform someone from HTML geek to sartorial chic? Fashionistas can only hope!

To give him an extra boost, I’ve enlisted the help of several fashion experts to editors from GQ and Esquire, to buyers and the likes to see what kind of advice they’d shed onto Silicon Valley’s hottest star. And regardless of whether he takes my suggestions or not (note to Marky Mark: you really, really should!), happy IPO Day! I’d definitely like to send you a congratulatory poke soon—- this time, live and in-person.  O my wish :D! Btw. third look is really good for him, I would just change those shoes :D. Enjoy!

Tyler Thoreson, head of editorial and creative at Gilt MAN and Park & Bond

Thom Browne oxford: From what I can tell, Zuckerberg appears to stay in pretty decent shape. An oxford cloth button down from Thom Browne would be an unpretentious, low-maintenance way to introduce him to the concept of clothes that actually fit.

Washed twill blazer from Closed: I can’t see him getting decked out in a bespoke suit, a la Facebook cofounder Sean Parker, but I can see Zuckerberg trading the hoodie in for a casual, unstructured blazer, like this washed twill version from Closed.

McNairy pocket square: A tie may be pushing it, but is a pocket square too much to ask? Something tells me that the kind of guy who puts ‘I’m CEO, Bitch’ on his business card may appreciate this version from Mark McNairy.

Patrik Ervell jeans: These are a much classier alternative to jeans, and they look great anywhere you can wear denim.

Vans: An unpretentious, casual pair of Vans should help him hang onto some semblance of real-guy cred in Silicon Valley, despite the newfound 12-figure personal net worth.”

 

Ken Downing, senior vice president and fashion director at Neiman Marcus

“No one loves a hoodie more than Mark Zuckerberg–or me! They are a wardrobe staple for any cool guy. The hoodie is Zuckerberg’s signature. Stick with it and take it to the next level. I love the look of a hoodie under a jacket. He would look super cool in Prada, perfect for his lean frame. Brunello Cucinelli is the sweatshirt I would suggest. Casual yet lux. And while he is in the Brunello Cuccinelli territory, fine gauge knits look polished and still have a casual air. Lean and trim trousers or jeans always look great paired back to a hoodie and jacket. Dolce and Gabbana, Prada, DSquared all fit the bill and his body type. Trade in the dorm shower flip flops for a Gucci Chelsea boot. Comfort and cool with an edge.”

 

Sean Hotchkiss, editor at GQ Eye

“Facebook’s founder is silently screaming for Band of Outsiders. Nobody has made nerds look better in recent memory than Scott Sternberg. And as ‘berg’s, they’re practically related–natural marriage.”

 

Lawrence Schlossman, associate editor at Complex and man behind How To Talk To Girls At Parties

“I may be over-thinking Zuckerberg and his iconic slept-in-late, rushing-to-class look, but it seems to me this is a reaction to what he believes to be the stodgy corporate buttoned up look. That or, like every dude in Silicon Valley, he has absolutely zero interest in fashion or any understanding of good taste. It’s a shame, too, as he could easily adopt a casual, soft tailored look and feel just as comfortable, while finally looking like the wildly influential and important guy we all know him to be.”

 

 

John Jannuzzi, style collective editor at Luckymag.com

“The young-tech-start-up-dude-look–the type who doesn’t care about his appearance–is fairly played out and doesn’t inspire much confidence in business. With billions at his command and a credit to shaping the future of communication, Zuckerberg should look the part. Half of me wants to see him do a complete 180 with some Rick Owens and start shopping at Atelier, but he’s best fit to a suit with his responsibilities. Billy Reid would be a good match for him, it’s approachable but doesn’t read too old or ‘captain of industry.’ Of course, he just has to make sure it fits.”

 

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In Honor of Earth Day: The Best Paper-Free Ways to Read Fashion Magazines

22 Apr

 

 

Earth Day is next Sunday and while fashion isn’t exactly the most environmentally responsible industry, one simple way to keep your fashion obsession eco-friendly is to cut out magazines. Don’t freak out–there’s no need to give them up entirely–just the physical paper versions. Nowadays, as just about everything shifts to online, most magazines offer some way to flip through their pages in a digital format. Added benefits of digital magazines include not having to hide your magazine stacks in the bathtub when guests come over, not having to physically go somewhere to purchase them and lug them home, and, in most cases, saving money.

Click through for some of the best and easiest ways to read your favorite magazines digitally. You may be killing print, but at least you won’t be killing any trees!

 

 

Next Issue
Next Issue is a new app that bills itself as Hulu or Netflix for magazines. You pay a flat monthly or yearly rate and have unlimited access to current issues of popular monthly and weekly magazines. You also have the option to subscribe to individual magazines or purchase individual issues of magazines. The app launched in collaboration with major publishing houses on board including Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corporation and Time Inc. The weird thing is it’s only available on Android tablets. However, they’re planning to launch an iPad edition soon.

 

 

iPad Apps
Want to read your favorite magazine instantly without any paper involved? There’s an app for that. Most major glossies produce digital editions available for the iPad. Vogue recently launched theirs and all your other faves are there in the App Store, including Elle, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar and more. So are more independent magazines like V, Interview and Nylon, and international ones including Love, L’Officiel and Tatler. The apps are free to download, and individual issues usually cost around $3-$5.

 

 

Zinio

Zinio is a handy app and website that basically organizes all of the digital editions of magazines into one place. Glossies are organized by category (“fashion” is 15 pages long) and super easy to purchase–whether you want a year-long subscription or single issue–and for whatever platform for which it’s available–not just iPad.

 

 

E-Readers

Most magazines that are available for the iPad are also available for e-readers like the Kindle, Kindle Fire and NOOK. All the ubiquitous glossies–Vogue, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Lucky, etc. are on Amazon as well as some more independent ones like Interview and NYLON. There are less options for NOOK, but all the majors from Condé, Hearst and Time Inc. are present.

 

 

Online-only Magazines

Magazines that only exist online are slowly gaining momentum. Some of our favorites include Matchbook Mag, Contributing Editor, Lonny, and N.E.E.T. Many of them feature the same production quality and great photography you might find in a print publication.