The long awaited CaraxDKNY collection finally made its debut!! 22 years old super model Cara Delevingne launched her 24 piece clothing collection at DKNY flagship store on Madison Ave. and in Bloomingdales on 59th and Lexington. Cara served face, and abs, as she conducted interviews for Teen VOGUE, socialized with fans, took pictures and even danced around with the other super models including the DJ, who just so happens to be one of the models in the DKNY campaign and her BFF. Dozens of teeny boppers (even their parents) spilled into the DKNY store location to purchase, take pictures and to be among the first customers in the country to view the collection. The first 50 clients were awarded a medium sized Cara tote as well as an autographed picture from the Cara campaign. There were also plenty of goodies throughout the store. Male models were present at the event to cater Cupcakes by Melissa, chocolate and vanilla milk shakes and butter cookies with Cara’s face on them. I chatted and took a few pics with a couple of the models from the ad, who was also there supporting Cara’s line. The collection, ranging from $70 for a beanie to $355 for a pair pants, were selling off the shelves. The sporty crop tops, tank tops, body suits, sports bras and leather pants are a great depiction of the corky models personality and style. Check out a few pictures from this afternoon at DKNY.
Ok Gladiators, I know we were all excited about the premiere of the new season of SCANDAL, but did you know about the Scandal inspired clothing line that launched this fall at The Limited? Like most of you I watch the show for the drama but I must admit many of the ensembles have made me step up my corporate attire just a tad (lol). Now you can own these chic ad sophisticated looks too. Check out the interview with Kerry Washington, costume designer Lyn Paolo and The Limited’s Head of Design Elliott Staples.
Jean Paul Gaultier | Spring Summer 2015 by Jean Paul Gaultier | (Paris Fashion Week)
Barbie has proven to not only be a great American icon for all generations but also a brand that has withstood the test of time. From dolls to film to clothes and accessories Barbie transformed a small doll collection into a billion dollar company making it the #1 doll in the world. Starting during MBFW in September, Mattel-Inc. is set to launch a collection of Barbie inspired accessories and apparel, taking inspiration from Barbie’s clothing throughout the decades. With major department stores like Lord & Taylor evoking the more conservative 50’s and 60’s, Wildfox hitting the eighties and Forever 21 channeling the 90’s this new collection is sure to keep Barbie at its number one position. First at bat is Forever 21 launching its 29 piece collection September 5. The collection will consist of outer wear, cosmetics, sleepwear and accessories ranging from $3.90-24.90. On September14 Lord and Taylor launches their 12 piece sleepwear collection ranging from $32-46, targeting a slightly older customer. Finally November 15 marks the launch date of WildFox’s vintage inspired outfits channeling Malibu Barbie in the 80’s. The retro resort style collection will offer swim wear, sunglasses and denim ranging from $37.50-183. Check out a few pieces from the new line.
For the first time ever Christian Louboutin is stepping into the beauty arena with a line of polishes. And where better to start than with the iconic blood red hue that made his shoes a staple in fashionistas wardrobes and ensembles around the globe. Most people don’t know that the inspiration for the red sole actually came from women’s nail polish. Louboutin had the idea to paint the bottom of his shoes red while mocking up his very first prototype beside his assistant (who just so happened to be painting her nails in the bright shade). That was over two-decades ago. In an interview with Holt Renfrew, Christian Louboutin was asked why he chose nail polish to enter the beauty industry he replied:
“There are two reasons: Colour has always been a very important part of my design process. I love when I create something and a woman makes it her own, when she wears a color in a way that I would have never imagined. And why nails? When a woman puts on a pair of my shoes, she looks at herself—her posture, the curve of her body and the line of her legs. Similarly, fingernails are the end point of the gracious gesture that starts with the shoulders and arms, and finally the fingertips.”
Check out the hot bottles the nail colors are packaged in! Tell me what you think fashionistas…
“The red sole was born from red nail polish. I am giving back to nails what the shoe took from the nails years ago.”
Vogue Japan released its September 2014 cover this past Wednesday which also happens to be its 15th anniversary issue. The spread features an all-star cast of super models with Naomi Campbell, Nadja Auermann, Stephanie Seymour, Linda Evangelista and Claudia Schiffer gracing the cover. Not only do the 80’s supermodels appear on the front, but it also includes a foldout of 90’s top models including Maggie Rizer, Carolyn Murphy, Eva Herzigova and Guinevere Van Seenus. Finally, models from the 2000’s Saskia de Brauw, Tao Okamoto, Malgosia Bela, Mariacarla Boscono and Natasha Poly make an appearance. If you are a follower of fashion model icons this is definitely a keepsake for your archives.
In 2007 Donna Karan launched The Urban Zen foundation, a non-profit organization inspired by her global travels. The Foundation includes The Urban Zen store and urban Zen fashion line, proceeds of which go towards the foundations sole purpose; raising awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being, preserving cultures and empowering children. .This year Karan created a special capsule collection called “The Journey” for July and August instead of just filling her store with pre-Fall items. In a press statement Karan says:
“When a woman walks into a store, she wants to be inspired… She shops for things she can wear here, today; yet also knows she can wear it into the next season. She knows she can’t live at the beach. But she can take that spirit with her when she heads back to the city and into fall.”
The collection consists of 40 pieces, versatile T shirts, one-of-a-kind Indian sari dresses and tops (fabrics were hand-picked by Karan herself in India), a new 3 way signature wrap dress with linen borders that can transform into different looks, scarves, sculpted tunics and a soft leather jacket, to name a few. The use of neutral colors such as tan, bronze, sand, eggshell, indigo and black are hand-dyed by artisan dyers to achieve a sun-kissed look. The collection will be available in Urban Zen’s Sag Harbor location; select pieces will be available in New York City. Check out of few pieces below.