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Fall’s best sweaters are tricked-out in navajo-inspired prints

Cowl necks, nubby knits, classic cardigans and western blanket wraps — fall 2014 is a virtual sea of sweaters, and if you’re one step ahead of the style set most of those sweaters will be decorated in navajo-inspired prints. Offered by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Sacai and Karl Lagerfeld, and taking up real-estate in fast-fashion joints like Topshop, H&M & Zara, zigzags, geometrics and different colored piping are all making bold statements as the colder weather rolls in. Here are some of our favorite navajo-inspired sweater prints for fall and a too-cool-for-school pair of printed socks for good measure.

Topshop

Sacai

Zara

Missoni

Free People

 

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Get a jump on fall fashion trends

Marc Jacobs

We realize it’s still sweltering, but fashion waits for no one and it’s time to start talking about fall. From coats to boots  and back again, fall trends are about bundling up without losing your stylish summer edge. So let’s dive in a take a sneak peek at some of the latest and greatest in the world of of-the-moment cold weather chic.

Stella McCartney

The rule of thumb for fall is oversizing. Everything is big, big, big. Think The Row’s chunky sweaters, the big bold robe coats from Chloe, Stella McCartney, and Altuzarra, even oversized frocks from Sarah Burton. Summer’s less-is-more look will turn to bigger-is-better before a single leaf falls.

Cushnie et Ochs

A decidedly Western appeal and an all out 60′s mod vibe was seen on the most recent fall runways, from Cushni et Ochs and Tibi’s cowboy chic hats and jackets, to Valentino, Gucci and Saint Laurent’s 60′s-inspired colorful shift dresses paired with black tights and over-the-knee boots.

Gucci

And finally turtle necks are taken to the extreme on the runways of Marc Jacobs, Helmut Lang and Chanel, with the cuts covering half the models faces and some going right up over their heads like a cowl. Covering up was never taken so literally as this over-the-top fall trend.

Helmut Lang

The idea of rocking any of this might be unappealing right now, but you’ll likely want to get a jump on things before the leaves start a fallen’.

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Celeb’s Embrace The Purple Hair Hue


From Marc Jacobs mink-hued wigs to Emerson and Hervé Leger’s neon and pastel streaked runway styles, the recent adoration for crayola-inspired hair colors has gone beyond fashion week’s recent frenzy, and landed on the heads of celebrities like Ireland Baldwin, Kelly Osborne, and a favorite fashion muse of this writer Nicole Richie. The hot color of choice? Purple.


Of course, Kelly Osborne kicked the purple hair hue off nearly 3-years ago with her recurring turn on E!’s “Fashion Police,” a look that the network’s powers that be took to to the tune of a 3-year contractual obligation to not veer from the violet shade. It seems now, though, it’s becoming a veritable trend with Baldwin posting her own shade of purple-drenched locks earlier in the week and Richie following suit — looking equal parts elegant and edgy.


So what do you think? Will you bow to the power of purple? Or is this just a fast passing fad?

 

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Marc Jacobs Mink-Hued Wigs

It looks like Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2014 runway launched more than the embrace of Kendall Jenner as a high fashion model — it also spawned a fashion-world adoration of the model’s wigs dyed in pinks, creams, beiges, and brown. The wig hues were coordinated to match the clothes, and were so widely admired that fashion folks are already demanding the dusty and iridescent hues from their stylists.

Colorist, Victoria Hunter, shared news of the hubbub, saying “It’s kind of a little nutty how this show has inspired people. I have clients calling from Paris, Japan—and they’re already trying to do it at home! I think they should just get me a dedicated store, because so many people are requesting this. The shades are very chic and tasteful and powerful—and with everything that’s been out there with color being so literal, this is a cleverer alternative. It’s something unique, and we haven’t really seen it before, which is why I think it’s caused a bit of a craze.”

“Marc asked me if I could come up with something kind of mink-y, old-lady, that had that kind of antique-y look about it.” Hunter continued, “We came up with five different shades: a mauve, a brown—which we were calling ‘mink,’ a beige—a very grey-ash color—and a flesh color, and a Nordic blond. But there were no real shade names; we just ended up calling them one, two, three, four, and five. As you can imagine, with 70 wigs and two days to dye them, things can get quite crazy. And then the models’ brows were bleached, and we dyed all of them the beige color regardless of wig shade.”

 

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Derek Lam And Estee Lauder Pair For Cosmetics Collaboration

The latest designer to join the cosmetics collaboration crazy is… (drum roll)… Derek Lam.

WWD revealed that the designer will be joining the ranks of such illustrious fashion heavies as Marc Jacobs and Jason Wu in signing his name to a beauty line, partnering with cosmetics giant Estée Lauder.  The line will include five product: a navy eye crayon, gold eyeshadow, black mascara, blush lipstick and a “barely gold” gloss, all nested inside a bonus navy clutch.

The collection was used in Lam’s spring 2014 fashion show and was a collaborative effort between the designer and his longtime friend and creative makeup director of Estee Lauder, Tom Pecheux.  “I’ve been working with Tom since my very first show and Estée Lauder for the last eight seasons,” the designer told the fashion tome.  “That longtime involvement is invaluable — we’re really working hand in hand.”

“I’ve always tried to incorporate beauty and fragrance — I see that as very intrinsic to what I do, which is not about one particular look or way of dressing, but trying to express personal style,” Lam went on to explain. “This is another expression of style that is curated by me and Tom. We wanted it to be an elevated experience, but accessible.”

You can expect the Derek Lam + Estée Lauder collab to hit store shelves in January 2014, and retail for $85.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Becomes A Reality

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Imagine successfully launched clothing lines, accessories, fragrance and being named artistic director at Louis Vuitton and it’s clear why designer Marc Jacobs continues to sit at the top of the fashion food chain.  So why stop there?  The illustrious 29-year veteran of the biz is branching out into the next logical style-realm, cosmetics, in an effort to redefine beauty as “imperfectly perfect” with today’s launch of Marc Jacobs Beauty.

“I see beauty in many things and I am attracted to all sorts of imperfection, to style, to confidence or experimentation,” Jacobs said in a recent statement. “It’s unexpected and surprises you.”

Which is exactly what he hopes to do with his new 120-piece beauty line which includes foundations, a concealer, blushes, eyeshadow palettes and liners, a bevy of lip products (gloss, gel, and balm), brow gel, and a bronzer.  Marc Jacobs Beauty is set to range in price from $18 to $78 and will also include body products (bronzer), a set of makeup brushes, and 24 gloriously shiny nail lacquers.

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MarcJacobsBeautyPolish_2013_8.jpgAll Marc Jacobs Beauty products are housed in simple, sleek bottles, tubes, and compacts, whose curved edges and modern flare will undoubtedly cast a pallor over the rest of your cosmetics case, while the actual formulas do the heavy lifting in the beauty department. Cosmetics innovations include the buoyancy-technology of M.J.’s Genius Gel foundation that creates a cushion-like layer on the skin, and the E-Lash Tic Lash Technology of his Lash Lifter that “works like spandex” to lift the lashes.  Unsurprisingly, there is also a smattering of unisex products like Brow Tamer grooming gel, Remedy concealer, and a mint-flavored Lip Lock balm.

I, for one, can NOT wait to steal away to Sephora, to try out Marc Jacobs Beauty exclusive new line, but the products will also be available online at Sephora.com, MarcJacobs.com, and MarcJacobsBeauty.com, as well as at Marc Jacobs brick-n-mortar stores.  So what are you waiting for?

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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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Trends: Pajama Dressing Is Oh So Posh

Some of you may have spent yesterday… um… overindulging in a cocktail or five, and thankfully today’s top trend is one that’s set to help nurse that holiday hangover.  Pajama dressing is dispelling those silly over-achievers who actually encourage getting dressed in the morning.  You saw sleepwear styles gracing the runways at both Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, and have watched in awe as celebrities like Rihanna, Rashida Jones, Michelle Williams, and Jessica Alba rock effortlessly rock the pj trend on the red carpet — and by, golly, it’s time you tried it too.

For the average gal, this “I just rolled out of bed” look leaves you in danger of looking sloppy and shapeless — neither of which was intended by the fashion heavies dolling out there version of the trend — so here’s how to get that relaxed look while still looking posh and polished.

1.  Make sure the fit of your separates is tailored.  The pants should be hemmed to graze the tops of the feet and the top should fit well at the shoulders and wrist — any overly bulky pieces will just look frumpy.

2.  Avoid busy patterns on top, a simple silk tank or tee will help keep your silhouette clean, while the following the fit of rule number 1 will keep you from looking too busy or boxy.

3.  Add a beautiful shoe, and we don’t necessarily mean a heel.  A simple metallic flat or sandal will add a little razzle-dazzle without countering your effortlessly chic style.

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Marc Jacobs Goes All Out For A Colossal Sephora Collaboration

photo courtesy WWD

Today’s tasty tibit is a doozy — a sneak peek at fashion heavy Marc Jacobs colossal collaboration with cosmetics super-store Sephora complements WWD.  And in a move that surprised no-one, the designer has found inspiration for the massive collection in… himself.  Or rather his tattoo.

Okay.  Not just his tattoos.  Jacobs claims to have taken cues from everything — right down to his own kitchen table too.  The Marc Jacobs for Sephora line will include 122-pieces all neatly arranged in four different cosmetic catagories: Smart Complexion (foundations, concealer, powder), Hi-Per Color (lip products, eye shadow, bronzer, blush, and nail lacquer), Blacquer (eyeliner, lash lifter, gel crayon), and Boy Tested, Girl Approved (lip balm, concealer, and brow tamer).  Of course, Jacobs is getting into the gender bending cosmetics game too, with three products specifically billed as unisex.

You can expect the Marc Jacobs for Sephora collection to hit Sephora brick-n-mortars, Sephora.com and select Marc Jacobs stores on August 9.

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NARS Pairs Up With Pierre Hardy On Pretty Pedicure Polishes

It was only a matter of time before today’s ‘Must Have‘ happened. In the beauty and fashion realm, pairing up is oh-so-posh, so why not a pedicure and footwear nail lacquer collaboration to coordinate your toes with your new strappy sandals. While not their first haute label/polish partnership (remember the quick Marc Jacobs capsule and the recent Thakoon collab), beloved nail brand NARS is well-matched with famed shoemaker Pierre Hardy on what appears to be — compliments a sneak peek via Elle magazine — a mini collab of trend-worthy colors (a very grown-up orange hue, an eggplant hue, and two soft metallics) with which to adorn your fingers and toes.

The slated appearance of the polishes on store shelves is being kept a secret, but is said to be happening very soon. Strappy sandals and matching to-die-for polish hues? That sounds like a Spring match made in heaven!

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