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Youth obsessed style on a budget: Topshop X Marques Almeida

Call us old-fashioned (circa. 2011), but we still love a good fast fashion collaboration, so the news that Topshop had dropped its latest pairing — with Portuguese design duo Marques’Almeida — had us giving a *whoop whoop in the Brit exports honor.

Perpetually interested in youthful style, Marques’Almeida’s Topshop collection is 68-piece is a celebration of 90′s ‘youth code’ dressing. “We’ve always focused our research around teenagers and what we call the ‘youth code’ of dressing.” a Topshop statement from the duo read, “…working on this collection meant we could go back and dig deep into those archives, finding old editions of i-D and The FaceCorinne Day and Kate Moss shoots.”

Priced between $30 (camisole) and $500 (leather trousers), the line is definitely for the cool kids with plenty of separates that will appeal to the grown-ups too. Think taffeta tops, knit skirts, jersey triangle bras, a monikered denim shift dress, plenty of other denim goods and a few turtleneck dresses. Available online at Topshop.com and Net-a-Porter.com and in global stores now.

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Lorde’s moody MAC Collection

Grammy Awards, social media accolades and a sold out concert tour, 17-year old pop Lorde has enjoyed a pretty good year. ENTER COSMETICS COLLABORATION.

MAC Cosmetics has paired with the teen titan on a mini-line of cosmetics geared towards helping everyone achieve the singer’s vampire-chic visage. The accompanying ad, shot by Charles Howells, features a moody-looking Lorde wearing the collections lipstick (Pure Heroine, $16), and Penultimate Eye Liner (Rapidblack, $19.50.) Nail polish is also rumored to be a featured item in the line.

Lorde previously partnered with the beauty brand’s senior makeup artist Amber Dreadon on creating the look for her tour, so it seems only natural that the brand would singer would return the favor.

“I have loved MAC Cosmetics since I was a little kid. I remember saving up to buy my very first MAC lipstick at 14, and it was used by about 20 of my friends!” The singer said of the brand. “MAC has a very clear aesthetic, that has always felt fashion forward to me. So I was really excited to work with them on these products, which I use pretty much every day and night. I hope you will too.”

After debuting online and at MAC’s Times Square and Fifth Avenue stores, the line will be sold internationally on the MAC website and Champs-Élysées store in July.

 

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Lorde Pairs With M.A.C. For Cosmetics Collaboration

“That kind of lux just ain’t for us…” Or maybe it is.


With her signature look firmly in place, Lorde has made the natural entry into the cosmetics game, pairing with M.A.C. and a handful of other musicians like Rihanna and Beth Ditto to create a musical makeup collection inspired by the reigning pop music muses.

“I’ve loved M.A.C. Cosmetics since I was a little kid,” Lorde says. “I remember saying up to buy my very first M.A.C. Lipstick at 14, and it was used by about 20 of my friends.”

Considering the 17-year old Grammy-winning gal has already perfected her signature look — wild, natural mane and wine-stained lips — we can safely assume the collection will include inky dark lipsticks, likely a liquid liner, and an equally dark palette of dark nail lacquers. But as for verified details, we’ll have to wait.

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Gwen Stefani unleashes new collaboration with Shoedazzle.com

From rockstar, to Mrs. Gavin Rossdale, to entrepreneur and fashion icon, Gwen Stefani continues to rack up her list of triumphs with a new line of accessories in collaboration with ShoeDazzle.com. The collection, called gx by Gwen Stefani, is inspired by her own punk-meets-posh style, adding up to a boldly graphic black, white, red, cobalt and tribal printed array of handbags and heels.

Gwen sat down with E! News and had this to say about the collection, “I created gx with the goal of making amazing shoes and bags at really great prices. Gx is super luxurious and stylish but still afforadable.” And with everything priced under $110, we can say she succeeded on both accounts. All items are under $110. Our credit cards thank you in advanced, Gwen!

 

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Topshop Announces Colorful Meadham Kirchhoff Collab

This isn’t Meadham Kirchhoff’s first time at the Topshop collaboration rodeo, but it may be the most spirited.  The London-based label is pairing up with the fast-fashion giant again for a whimsical collection of clothing and accessories, set to hit store shelves on Nov. 21st.  Designers Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff’s rule-breaking aesthetic is in full-effect with a line infused with colorful, fun and flirty pieces like mohair jumpers, glittery ruby platforms with marshmallow heels, and frilly baby-doll dresses.

The duo’s 2010 collection for Topshop was elegant and ghostly,  reminiscent of a stylishly tricked-out Miss Havisham — all deconstructed jackets, floaty little dresses and oversized girlish tees, but this one — sitting at a super-sized 80-pieces — is expected to sit on a more modern spectrum, taking it’s inspiration from a fictional glam rock band quirkily dubbed, “The Cherrys.”

With the recent arrival of Kate Bosworth’s second turn at a Topshop collection, and the reveal that uber-model Kate Moss is also planning a sophomore effort with the store, we can be assured that fast-fashion’s love affair with collaborating is far from over — and that news will likely keep you warm all winter long.

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Kate Bosworth’s 2nd Topshop Collab Hits Shelves

While there’s no shortage of celeb-collaborations, there are few that really blow us away — but Kate Bosworth’s latest Topshop pairing is every inch the It-girl capsule a fashion muse might inspire.  After a successful Topshop debut with a bohemian spring collection, it’s no surprise the iconic fast-fashion shop would tap the actress for a second, and Bosworth’s winter line does not disappoint.  Consisting of 46 pieces ($32 – $995) with minimal clean lines and a slightly masculine aesthetic doused in a palette of blacks, whites, rich metallics, and red, this line really nails Bosworth’s celebrated relaxed and edgy personal style.

You can snap up the collection online and in stores now, so take a look at the campaign video and prepare for a wardrobe re-do.

 

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Proenza Schouler Design Duo Pairs With MAC

Today’s spill is further evidence that cosmetics titan MAC‘s brand name is slowly morphing into an acronym for Mother of All Collaborateurs.  Pairing with Proenza Schouler’s design duo Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the lux make-up label intends is set to release a collection that is rumored to include Face Powders, Lipsticks and Lip Pencils, Eye Liners, Nail Lacquers, and a fancy 129SE Powder Brush (spend some time on this one, folks — she’s a beauty.)  The spill is light on details, but Style.com claims that the McCollough meets Hernandez meets MAC collection will hit store shelves and e-commerce in April 2014 — plenty of time to speculate whether or not the pre-advert above is alluding to a bright, neon spring.

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Isabel Marant For H&M Lookbook Leak

The highly anticipated lookbook of designer Isabel Marant’s collaboration with H&M has finally leaked revealing a slew of covetable separates for men, women and even two looks for teens. Think Moto jeans, jackets, skinny trousers, thin tees, fisherman sweaters, and pretty draped dresses.  “The collection is totally Marant, which means that the trousers are quite skinny and outerwear makes a statement,” Marant said in a spill to GQ UK.

Circumventing a trend was what designer Isabel Marant claimed was behind her recent collaboration with fast-fashion giant H&M.  “I thought this was a good opportunity to say, ‘That belongs to me’,” Marant confessed to British Vogue as opposed to seeing her designs knocked off, as other designers have, by other retailers.  “It was my chance to claim certain ideas,” she said to GQ UK.

And thank goodness.  The collection debuts on H&M shelves on November 14, but here’s a little visual for you to pine over.

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First Peek: Marc Jacobs For Sephora Advert

Those folks over at Marc Jacobs love to dangle the carrot, don’t they?  Further fueling the anticipation over the can’t-come-soon-enough August 9 release of the brands mega cosmetics line for Sephora, Marc Jacobs has let slip one single advert from the collaborations campaign, enticing fans to start lining up.

The Marc Jacobs for Sephora collection is just as buzzy as any past pairings, with the snaps, featuring Edie Campbell and Ondrian Hardin, strategically styled to feature Jacobs take on makeup.

The designer sat down with WWD recently to explain his turn towards makeup. “I like the transformative qualities of fashion and fashion to me is not just clothing, it’s handbags, it’s shoes, it’s clothes, it’s hair, it’s makeup, it’s fragrance, it’s the whole ritual of making those choices, of enjoying the ritual, of making the choices that will tell the world who you want to be that day.” Jacobs told the industry tome.

Marc Jacobs for Sephora is rumored to consist of 120+ products all nestled within 4 distinct catagories: a line for the face called Smart Complexion, a liner collection called Blacquer, a line of lipstick, nail polish and eyeshadow dubbed Hi-Per Color, and a unisex line dubbed Boy Tested, Girl Approved.  Not being a fan of natural shades, we can expect this line, which will range from $24-$59, to be chock full of bold color — perfect for amping up fall/winter nights.

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Oh Bubble! A Stylish Souvenir Send-Up

The street scene has long been on a collision course with fast fashion, so today’s collaboration pile-up, while certainly welcome, comes as little surprise.  London’s beloved fashion blogger Susie Lau (Style Bubble) has paired up with NYC’s street style snapper Phil Oh (Street Peeper) on a capsule collection for Urban Outfitters aptly titled Oh Bubble!  The stylish send-up was inspired by their joint jaunt through Bangkok, Shanghai, Mexico City and Tokyo and, according to Miss Lau, is “really a collection of souvenirs that just happen to be wearable.”

The Oh Bubble! “souvenir” collection consists of a geometric pink kimono dress, a Miao tribe jacket, an embroidered bomber jacket, and a smattering of chic separate — all priced between $79 — $149. And did we mention the goods are rolling out as we speak?  Yeah, well.  They are.

 

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