The latest batch of designer collaborations has us plotting all the ways we can style these ingenious seasonal matchups. From the high-low partnerships to the unexpected duos to the capsules that continue to reinvent the wheel (hello, Charlotte Olympia x Tom Binns!), this Spring's — and Summer's — most exciting collaborations promise to supply us with our fair share of warm-weather-perfect pieces. Think quirky zebra-head prints à la Peter Som for Anthropologie, cool-girl sandals courtesy of the third annual J.Crew x CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund partnership, and vintage-inspired swimwear staples with a twist, courtesy of another J.Crew collaboration, this one with Pret-à-Surf. Click on to see all this, plus all the other designer collaborations we're excited to get our hands on.
Welcome to the new school of low-heeled heels. Here you'll find a slick range of sexy slingback kitten heels (in brocade finishes and floral prints), polished ankle-strap pumps with crystal embellishments, and classic nude iterations, too. The common denominator? Despite the "under three inches" rule, these shoes pack a just-as-cool punch. And if you're worried about not fully maximizing the leggy look (yes, we know a killer pair of sky-high stilettos does wonders for lengthening your frame), then have a little fun with it. Go for a thigh-skimming skirt instead. All the convincing you'll need to take the low-heel plunge — aside from the obvious comfort perk — is just a click, or 32, ahead.
With the official launch of the Kate Spade Saturday online store, we're that much closer to making our dream of living every day like it's Saturday a reality. The new wide-ranging line is defined by bright colors, graphic shapes, and bold prints — well, that and the pieces also retail for about half as much as the Kate Spade New York collection. Even better yet, this isn't a diffusion line or a one-off kind of thing. The Saturday vertical, while totally separate from the Kate Spade entity, will maintain the flagship brand's signature bright and bold MO. Think vibrantly hued bags with a utilitarian slant, fun print dresses, cute ankle-strap sandals, retro-framed sunglasses, and a PF Flyers collaboration. Click on to see the complete Kate Spade Saturday Spring '13 lookbook here. Then shop your favorites.
There's nothing like some sparkling eye candy to start the weekend off right. Whether you're spoken for or not, this ring roundup isn't just geared toward the wedding-aisle-bound (and hopeless romantics). It also provides a sound lineup of sparkly eye candy, fodder for those "treat yourself" moments, and more than a few aspirational pieces worth adding to your wish list. The girl who is trying to drop subtle hints will find her perfect (ring) match inside, but we've also got a feeling the girl who just loves a great statement piece will find what she's looking for too. From traditional princess-cut varieties to minimalist bands to more off-the-cuff gem-encrusted iterations, we've found rings aplenty — versatile enough to fit almost any style personality — at every price point. The prettiest, the quirkiest, and the most drop-down-on-bended-knee rings worth poring over, right this way.
Isabel Marant may have launched a sneaker-wedge revolution, but Nike is taking the pumped-up look to new heights with its limited release of the Dunk Sky Hi City Pack, priced at $225 each. Inspired by five stylish metropolises from around the world — including New York, Milan, and Tokyo — you get the classic old-school streetwear silhouette of a Dunk high-top with all the luxe details of each city's iconic "personality" attached.
The New York style, at far left, features a metallic reptilian-print upper with black pony-hair panels and a patent leather Swoosh logo — a tribute to the New Yorker's signature all-black getup. Meanwhile, the London style boasts vibrant red plaid and green patent leather; the Milan iteration pays homage to its leather-crafting and luggage-making heritage with a crocodile-embossed upper; the Paris style looks to its romantic urban roots with a pale tweed-and-leather combo; and the Tokyo reveals itself as a city (or in this case, a shoe) driven by high shine and an insatiable desire for high tech via gorgeous iridescent accents.
The most recent case of '90s nostalgia comes courtesy of today's official launch of the DKNY and Opening Ceremony limited-time capsule collection. The retailer is reissuing 15 of DKNY's iconic early '90s pieces, including a t-shirt printed with the NYC skyline from '92 and a hooded logo dress and a colorblocked jumpsuit from '94. "DKNY was a pioneer of streetwear fashion in the Nineties," said Opening Ceremony cofounder Carol Lim. "We have been longtime fans of the brand and were very excited to bring back select, quintessential styles that feel fresh even today." And Lim isn't the only one feeling the pull of the '90s. We've seen a resurgence in both fashion and culture where this era is concerned, not least of which is the overarching grunge-rock plaids seen in both Phillip Lim and Dries Van Noten's Spring shows, Alexander Wang's Bon Qui Qui stunt, and the comeback of MTV's House of Style. It may be more than a decade past, but from where we're sitting, the '90s never really left us. The throwback staples are now available in Opening Ceremony boutiques and on the website, with prices ranging from $145 to $665. Click on to see the complete line, plus some of the better '90s style moments to make a recent reappearance.
Starting next Monday, your (and our) online shopping outlook will be enhanced tenfold. The reason? Barneys New York is launching a permanent barneyswarehouse.com website. As in, what once was a biannual all-out designer markdown battle of wits, strength, and style savvy will soon be available to us 24/7. Now, no matter where you live (right now there are only 13 outlet stores nationwide), you'll be privy to past-season sale items, discounted to up to 75 percent. "I certainly think this could be our biggest store," said Barneys Executive Vice President Daniella Vitale. And with all this talk of "liquidation" ecommerce, and the obvious excitement that comes with the iconic retailer's move into the digital outlet space, we can't help but hope that this factory fever (J.Crew announced its full-time J.Crew Factory site back in October) continues to grow. Do you think the burgeoning trend of online markdown oases actually prompts us to shop more? Or is it merely the idea of having a more affordable (and accessible) option that makes this news all the sweeter? Weigh in below.
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We credit Chloë Moretz's unforgettably bright Simone Rocha number at the People's Choice Awards with putting the designer on our radar (in a big way). Now, not only is Rocha one of the newest featured designers on Net-a-Porter, but you can actually snag Chloë's neon embroidered organza dress ($1,540), too. That is, if the vibrant yellow hue and lofty price tag hit all the right notes for you and your Spring wardrobe wish list. While we're pretty sure this isn't the kind of dress that proves a universally viable shopping option, it's too cute to forgo altogether. Thus, we've gone ahead and scouted out similarly colorful embroidered dresses for your perusal. You can style your match á la Chloë — with black heels and little else — or play with the idea of "opposites attract" by offsetting the girlie sensibility with a menswear-inspired twist (read: brogues).
As for the impressive lady behind the dressmaking? We're really looking forward to seeing what Rocha has in store for us come London Fashion Week. So far, the 26-year old Central Saint Martins grad has delivered three standout collections, earned an Emerging Talent nomination at the 2012 British Fashion Awards, and garnered a pretty cool A-list clientele. Please see above for further proof. While we wait on which celeb will wear the designer's creations next — and what she'll put forth for Fall '13 — shop the exact Simone Rocha neon dress here or click through our inspired-by picks below.
Dressed in head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana, Chloë Moretz looked far more polished, sophisticated, and well, grown up than her 15 years would suggest. That said, we love that she took a decidedly playful approach to her menswear-inspired look at the Movie 43 LA premiere, which in turn, supplied the age-appropriate twist Chloë embodies so well, even while wearing the most high fashion of pieces. It's all in the details here. Look to the sweet embroidery along the satin lapels of her black tuxedo jacket, to her ruffled white bib-front blouse, and to her bow-tie satin heels for proof of the actress's attention to feminine and playful accents. Chloë steered clear of statement jewelry and a dramatic red lip, which can sometimes go hand in hand with the masculine dressing package. In effect, she kept her ensemble fresh, streamlined, and totally relatable.
You could easily re-create her black-and-white outfit, but if you want to give it your own daytime spin, swap out the tapered trousers for a pair of high-waisted dark jeans. Then, trade the heels for a pair of lace-up oxfords, which will keep the menswear vibe intact. Below, we've mapped out all the pieces you'll need to follow suit (literally).
Chloë Moretz's airport outfit exhibited the kind of style that we want to emulate every day of the week, and it came courtesy of three chic black pieces. While the lighter scarf, black watch, and round sunglasses provided the polish, we're looking to the darker elements for our main outfit formula. Her boxy black car coat was feminine and sleek and isn't in danger of ever going out of style. Thus, pair this no-fail outerwear staple with a slimming silhouette (skinny jeans or even a not-so-slouchy boyfriend cut will work!) on bottom to keep the integrity of the outfit's clean lines intact. Chloë's black Prada tote may be a bit of a splurge if you plan on following suit, but the lesson to take here is a boxy handbag — in a neutral tone — will never steer you astray. To finish, her ensemble got its youthful twist via black wedge booties. Yes, they're sophisticated, but they definitely feel like a playful footwear option in place of a patent-leather pump or strappy heel. You can pull one, two, or all three of these items into your own wintry wardrobe for a similarly refined effect — the choice is yours. See our shopping picks below.
Sarah Jessica Parker invoked a little of that Carrie Bradshaw spirit with this balanced juxtaposition of polished, albeit laid-back, layers (exotic-printed Level 99 denim ($140) and L'Agence coat included) with the sleekest pair of slingback heels. If it weren't for those little details, this could just have been any other jeans and top ensemble, but when you factor in the standout subtleties, the outfit gained a lot of stylish momentum. To take on a similar brand of city-girl cool, start with a sophisticated foundation. Style a solid-color blouse with fitted jeans, and if you're feeling extra daring, spring for a snakeskin-printed pair like Sarah Jessica's. Then, hone in on that one make-it-or-break-it accent — in this case, a stellar teal-hued slingback heel — and let it be the talking point of your look. We love that this shoe is bright, eye-catching, and chic, but never registers as an over-the-top accessory. In fact, we'd go so far as to say these heels are the reason why SJP's daytime look gets our 9-to-5 (and beyond) approval. Chances are, you've got the essential outfit staples already in your closet, but the slingbacks? See our picks below.
We not-so-subtly hinted at the fact that pencil skirts are having a serious moment, and yes, we're still singing the praises of their sexy-meets-modest appeal. This time around, though, we're looking to our favorite starlets for test-driven (and approved) ways to wear this silhouette right now — and all week long. For this seven-day stretch, Olivia Wilde offers up a tweedy iteration for a more polished workwear option, Sophia Bush punches up a classic shape with edgy leather, and Olivia Palermo puts the most feminine spin on a sophisticated Tibi lace skirt. If you're in need of something a little more leg-baring, Kate Bosworth's asymmetrical-cut Preen version is perfect for, well, a leg up. There's even more day-to-night styling inspiration inside, so keep clicking. And don't forget to shop our favorite pencil skirt picks at the end of the slideshow.
While Jennifer Lawrence's red Dior Couture gown from the Golden Globes may be top of mind — although we fully expect her to outdo herself in the coming weeks — we have to let you in on some runway-to-reality fodder. That gorgeously sexy black Prabal Gurung cutout creation she wore to the Critics' Choice Awards is exclusively available to preorder on Moda Operandi. With a fairly steep price tag and an estimated delivery date of June 1, this hand-draped leather yoke gown ($4,550) isn't exactly an impulse buy, but listen, if you regularly find yourself dressing for black-tie events (or just want to treat yourself), this is a no-brainer. Its skin-baring reveals never veer into the too-much-skin territory and the floor-skimming train injects a subtle amount of Old Hollywood glamour. Lest we forget, the sweetheart neckline and leather detailing provide the perfect juxtaposition of a sweet vs. tough sensibility. And, just like Jennifer did, you too could find yourself on the receiving end of some stunned reactions. What other kind of response could you illicit from this kind of head-turning gown?
We know you've got big plans on Sunday — spending the Golden Globes with us, right? — so we're going to make your Monday morning a little bit easier. Or, at the very least, Katie Holmes is. Her latest look was perfectly assembled for work; from the chic slightly cropped blue blazer to the basic black trousers, it's a no-fuss, four-step process that will take the stress out of what you'll be wearing to your 9 a.m. meeting. While Katie styled her white blouse to be a bit more devil-may-care, try a half-tuck (or the full-tuck) instead. Trust us, it's the professional thing to do. As for the sophisticated add-ons, you can keep the chain-strap bag or switch it out for something more laptop-friendly. Then, depending on your office dress code, it may be better to opt for a sleek black pump instead. If you're not a heels-at-work kind of girl, a pair of brogue-inspired flats will do. Lest we forget her gorgeous gold drop earrings, these dainty accessories offer up a bit of daytime sparkle, but not to fear, it's not the type of flair that causes a workplace distraction. Got all that? See you on Sunday!
The Winter chill has us in a very steady stream of coat consciousness (exhibit A: Jessica Chastain's envy-inducing collection), and now, Jessica Alba has us convinced that it's entirely OK to lust after yet another outerwear option. Spotted last night in LA, the brunette beauty bundled up in a Sandro Mémorable olive coat ($725, originally $1,035), complete with a rabbit-fur-paneled and buckle-infused front, and flared jeans. And, with just one look at her wintry ensemble, we knew: a coat that eye-catching is worth a little more "research." While the exact version is on sale right now, we're aware that it's still a bit of an investment spend. Not to mention, we're also aware that not everyone is on the fur-wearing bandwagon — understandably so. Here's your win-win: see our editors' budget-friendly faux-fur picks below.
Chances are, you remember Michelle Obama's inspiring speech at the Democratic National Convention, so you probably remember exactly what she was wearing, too. Flash forward three months — we've got some great news for you: her gorgeous bespoke Tracy Reese pink wallpaper combo dress ($398) is yours for the taking. That's right, the designer has re-created the sleeveless floral jacquard number for the masses (read: fashionistas and adoring fans alike), and with a price that won't necessarily break the bank, it's worth thinking about this dress as an investment in your work and cocktail-attire wardrobe. The snag here? If you love the FLOTUS' dress enough to buy it, you better act fast. We're guessing this won't last long on Tracy Reese's website. And for more Michelle Obama-inspired looks, just head on over to our comprehensive campaign-trail outfits roundup now.
Her Broadway play, Dead Accounts, may be closing seven weeks early, but the shortened run certainly hasn't dampened Katie Holmes's off-duty styling mojo. And today's latest fare is further proof of her reign as a consistently cool styler of casual wares — right into the New Year. We could easily give all due credit to her gorgeous long, blue, double-breasted Balenciaga coat for making her outfit both Winter-appropriate and classically chic, but where's the fun in that? No, we're also looking to Katie's no-fail skinny jeans, black turtleneck, and black suede ankle boot trifecta for an additional round of "what to wear when it's cold and not look like a blob" inspiration. While it's almost second nature at this point to reach for a darker denim wash, try a lighter iteration for a boyfriend feel without the boyfriend silhouette. Then, layer up on top. Translation: a turtleneck, tee, and coat are all par for the course — as long as each piece fits correctly and is tailored close to the body. The whole look feels put-together without trying too hard, and the best part? You really don't have to try very hard to achieve the same kind of Katie Holmes effect. Shop our editors' picks below to follow suit.
The New Year fresh-start syndrome has kicked in, and that means we're in serious resolution mode. We're not making any wild promises here, which is exactly why we plan on sticking to these sartorial-minded resolutions. Our goal here? Reset, revamp, and renew within reason, specifically where our styling decisions and closets' contents are concerned. And depending on which Fab editor you ask, 2013 is the perfect excuse to start dressing up more often, wear statement-making jewels, opt for bolder bottoms in place of the regular jean/khakis routine, incorporate more white-hued pieces into the outfit rotation, master the wardrobe-staple basics, and look to edgier leather- and silk-infused silhouettes. Maybe not every resolution need be applied at once, but with a refreshed 365-day outlook, we've made our official 2013 style resolutions inside. It's time to read up on who's promising what, and how we plan on keeping our mini fashion overhauls on track now.
For the girl who has big plans for ringing in 2013 — but isn't big on frills or sparkle — we're here to give you a different kind of punch up in our latest Countdown to New Year's Eve installment. Alexa Chung's leopard-print ensemble is just the thing to inspire your own take on exotic styling. Follow suit with a printed sheath dress (with a black lace-trimmed slip dress peeking out from underneath for added texture) or get creative with an oversize leopard-printed blouse and lacy shorts. Then layer up with a slick black trench coat and tights. While we're all for showing off some leg, unless you're lucky enough to be in a year-round warm locale, you're going to need some Winter-ready wares for the inevitable chilly trek outside. A glossy pair of flat Chelsea boots, a chain-strap bag, pyramid-shaped stud earrings, and a bold red lip offer up the perfect combination of standout accents to round out an already statement-making outfit. No towering heels necessary. Listen, if you're dressing for the last night of the year, why not take a walk on the wild side, right? Shop our key pieces below to channel your version of Alexa Chung come Dec. 31.
Clockwise from top left: Giambattista Valli Leopard-Print Cotton Dress ($889, originally $2,540), Burberry Brit Double-Breasted Trench ($914, originally $1,305), Club Monaco Heavy Opaque Tights ($30), Dr. Martens Flora Chelsea Boot ($140), Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick ($33), Tom Binns Clash Pyramid Stud Earrings ($132), Forever 21 Studded Chain Strap Crossbody Bag ($25)
As if we really needed more reason to shop, Zara went ahead and kicked off its semiannual sale at midnight. We're certainly not complaining — this feels like a Christmas-come-early situation — and we're fully prepared to take on the covet-worthy discounted merchandise within. So much so, we've already gone ahead and done some scouting for you. That way, you can get in and get out (figuratively speaking) in record time. You know that Kate Moss-inspired colorblocked leopard overcoat you've had your eye on? Oh, it's under $200 now. Or, what about those cool-girl Western ankle boots? Yep, the price tag on those has been slashed. It's good news all around, but the best news by far is the chic wardrobe potential that lies ahead — at a fraction of the cost — so keep clicking.
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