Talking about J.Crew’s $1,500 Bag

The four figure bag at retailer J. Crew has the fashion world a buzz. The khaki’s and corduroy signature store has moved from their humble mall beginnings to stake their claim in the upscale fashion world… But we’ll have to wait to see if customers actually bite.

The J. Crew Edie Alligator Bag will be displayed for purchase at the Madison Avenue flagship store for $1,500 (probably the best choice for drumming up the press and attracting a rather spend thrift crowd with no aversion to the price).A python bag version will sell online for $795.

The bag is surprisingly quite stunning. However, we’re not sure how many of J. Crew’s current clientele will be willing to fork over the cash in lieu of perhaps making their rent payments.



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Could Beyonce Be Returning to Cover Vogue’s March 2013 Issue?

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Rumor has it mama Beyonce will be back on the cover of Vogue for the second time in the March 2013 issue. Were you surprised? With the superstar’s plans to perform during the super bowl and her anticipated HBO special making headlines, we’re not so concerned about the marketing machine which is the Bootylicous singer. To top it all off, the girl has an album in the works.

We’re thinking that Beyonce is really an alien who choose vocal exercises and plane rides over sleeping and rejuvenating.

We’re not judging. We love Bey and we’re more than excited to see if the rumors pan out.

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2012′s Worst Fashion Offending Trends

Lucky you! Santa may have awarded your less than stellar “naughty vs. nice” ratio this year with a big-ol’-lump-o’-coal (admit it, you might have deserved that), but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still benefit from the festive holiday.

Today is the first day of the Christmas sale season, so while you’re scouring the online-sale racks for those post-holiday scores, beware those ghosts of the recent season past that aren’t quite as multi-seasonal as some of their counterparts.

Here are some 2012 looks that — should you find them amongst the discount racks — you might think twice about buying.

Fashion experts at a flurry of the web’s most fashionable websites and blogs have dubbed the following trends as more FAIL than WIN in the style department. Some of the worst offenders include the wedge sneaker that nearly every designer tried their hand at, ankle-breaking platforms, the less than flattering wide leg pant, high-waisted shorts, floppy hats, crop tops, across the forehead headbands, and… wait for it… neon.

So should you run across those brighter than bright yellows, greens, pinks and oranges, or any number of those trends listed above, you might want to take a pass. Some trends just have a shorter shelf life than others.


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Betsey Johnson Readies for Comeback

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And you thought the gal was done! There’s no way on earth the eccentric designer would leave the world of fashion (and that quirkiness we love so much about her) after declaring bankruptcy and liquidating her assets (we scored a few of those 80 percent off digs like the rest of you). The 70 year old cartwheeling sensation hasn’t given up on continuing to stake her claim in the world of fashion. Instead of sobbing over the yester-years of her 63 stores which closed this year, Johnson is simply re-inventing and moving on to an open world of expansion and creativity.

The New York Times reports:

“Next month, with the retailer Steve Madden as her new parent company, she is introducing a lower-priced line of Betsey Johnson frocks at department stores. In the spring, she and her 37-year-old daughter, Lulu Johnson, will be starring in their own reality TV show. And, this summer, her third fragrance, Betseyfied, hits stores.”

The tumble towards bankruptcy can be blamed on a lot of factors including society’s propensity to cheap and fast fashions, the high unemployment rate and reduced spending or simply bad business. Whatever the case Johnson isn’t prepared to let the show end.

We’re looking forward to her next few ventures and addictive rebellious designs. Betsey: We continue to live for you…

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Gwen Stefani for Vogue 2013

Before the world welcomed social media, the internet and even the first fashion magazine, I really believe that Gwen Stefani was birthed to invent the element of cool. The super swaggy, mom, wife, artist, singer and all-around holla-back girl gets us festive for the holiday season by gracing the cover of Vogue’s January 2013 issue.

Ellie Krupnick of the Huffington Post writes: “Landing the first Vogue cover of the new year confirms that Gwen is, indeed, everywhere these days: she appeared on the September 2012 cover of Harper’s Bazaar and the January 2013 issue of Elle UK. It’s all on the heels of No Doubt’s news album, “Push and Shove,” the band’s first in 11 years.”

Rocking Yves Saint Laurent, photographed by Annie Leibovitz and lots of natural face, it’s hard for our hearts not to flutter with the aspect of the icon’s imminent return to the lime light. Rock on Gwen. Rock on.

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Covers: January 2013 Is A Dazzling Display

While you’re busy sneaking in that last minute X-mas shopping, the fashion world is once again a step ahead of the game. You’re prepping for Santa and they’re already well into the New Year’s celebrations with the magazine racks revealing a seriously snazzy array of January 2013 covers.

Celebrities dominate the mags, with Jessica Chastain continuing her reign as celebrity-du-jour, gracing a lion’s share of the glossies by scoring covers of GQ, Elle, Deutch Vogue, and, of course, the 4 art-inspired W covers that we fawned over previously. Pop stars Gwen Stephanie (Vogue and Marie Claire) and Kylie Minogue (Elle) are also on-hand, as are actresses Jessica Biel (Elle), Gwyneth Paltrow (InStyle), Anne Hathaway (Glamour), Sienna Miller (Harper’s Bazaar and Harper’s Bazaar UK), and Kate Bosworth (Harper’s Bazaar Australia.) And let’s not forget the supermodels — there’s Kate Upton (Vogue UK), Joan Smalls (Vogue Japan and Vogue Brash)  and Carolyn Murphy (Vogue Australia.) So yes, the 2013 covers are, in a word: dazzling. Take a look for yourself!



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The Snip Heard Round The World: Karlie’s Vogue Shoot Revealed

When uber-model Karlie Kloss cut her hair into the super-cute bob that graced the most recent runways… it made news. After all, it’s not all that common that a model shears off her sculpt-able locks into its own definitive do. But it seems Kloss felt she had the clout to pull it off — and it was for work, after all.

The snip heard round the fashion-world was documented for Vogue U.S. in the form of a before-and-after expose shot by photographer Patrick Demarchelier. You can see the photos live and in-person in the recent January issue of the mag — but naturally the picks have made their way to the web. So here they are. Let us know which you prefer? Will you be next in line for “The Karlie“?

And just what does Kloss have to say about the whole to-do? Simply put, “it definitely has an edge.” Indeed it does.



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Bye Bye Michael Kors, Welcome Zac Posen to Project Runway

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Due to scheduling conflicts, we’ll be missing the genuine mentorship designer Michael Kors spew season after season on Project Runway. After ten great seasons, he’ll be exiting the runway and making room for mentee designer Zac Posen.

“This was an amazing opportunity,” Posen told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I hope I’m here to give a new perspective to the designers.”

Kors will make a cameo during the season finale as a guest judge. Other guests making an appearance this season include Joan Rivers, Bette Midler and Project Runway past winner Christian Siriano.

This year we’ll be getting a different dose of the reality show. Contestants will be collaborating as teams instead of individuals.

“You can imagine the designers’ reactions when we first told them,” Klum, an executive producer, said, “but it resulted in some really interesting conflicts and partnerships. And that is how designers work in the real world – they do have to work on teams and manage teams – you get to understand their personalities more.”

We’re looking forward to an exciting show. Hopefully the designers sit well with the news of the changes.

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Drybar Set To Launch A Line Of At-Home Tools

While they’re not exactly packaging up the skills and dexterity necessary for that in-salon blow-out, smooth hair mecca Drybar is, in fact, prepping a full line of their signature buttercup-hued styling tools for you to try at home.

After opening its first brick and mortar in Los Angeles some years back, Drybar has grown to 25 salons strong across the U.S. — and with its new brand of styling tools and products, will have you that much closer to mimicking the smooth results of an actual appointment in your very own bathroom. Blow-out converts know that the blow-out brand themes its “menu” of optional styles (The Manhattan, The Mai-Tai, Southern Comfort) with a cheeky little hint to your fave after-work cocktail, and their at-home product line is set to be much the same with formulas named after boozy concoctions like Cosmo and Mai Tai.

Pre-orders are being taken now for the full lineup of tools, but come March you can snap it up in person at Drybar salons and at Sephora.


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Nordstrom Rack to Open in Downtown Washington D.C.


Fashionistas brace yourself. The off-price version of beloved Nordstrom will soon becoming to a downtown D.C. location near you. Excited? You should be. Nordstrom is known for carrying top designer brands and premium fashions that are on trend. But the rack is even better for frugal fashion lovers looking to save 30 to 70 percent off retail.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to bring a Nordstrom Rack to downtown Washington, D.C. with our new location at 1800 L,” said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack in a press release. “We want to be a part of compelling locations across the country and are looking forward to getting our doors open to more conveniently serve our customers in Northwest D.C.”

So here are the deets: The new Nordstrom Rack will be centrally located in Northwest D.C. on the corner of 18th Street and L Street, which sits one block off Connecticut Avenue with close proximity to Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle, K Street, the White House and The Mall.

The new Nordstrom Rack will take over the old Borders store. Who’s going to be standing in line for the big debut?

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