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The Limited collaborates with Scandal so you can dress like Olivia Pope

If you ever managed to wrest your eyeballs from Kerry Washington’s pristinely beautiful face, you may have noticed something else about the TV drama ScandalOlivia Pope is one snappy dresser. And a new collaboration between ABC’s hit show and The Limited thinks you should be too.

Called “a cast member in its own right,” Olivia Pope’s wardrobe is chock full of haute names like Burberry, Armani, and Prada, all in the ultra classy black, grey and white palette of the most polished Washingtonian. (Ed: And nary a spilled drop of red wine! How does she do it?!) For those of us who aren’t Olivia Pope, The Limited’s Scandal collection aims to help emulate the look without the price tag or the anxiety-inducing dry cleaning bill.

The 42-piece collection is a collaboration between The Limited’s head of design Elliot StaplesScandal costume designer Lyn Paolo (who, if you’ll recall, also curated Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York flagship’s October window displays), and the lady herself, Kerry Washington, and is set to hit stores and online in late September. Ranging in price from $49 to $248, the collection hopes to make Pope’s “sophisticated professional” style much more accessible.

“People who love the look of the show can now step into this world in a way that is affordable and accessible,” Washington told WWD in a recent sit down,”because not everybody can afford to have the clothes they see on the show.”

It could also be just the thing to bring The Limited out of the mall and onto the much more refined masses.

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Spanx To Release A Denim Jean

Take a deep breath. No seriously, take a deep breath. Women’s Wear Daily has revealed that the ultimate slim down brand Spanx would be launching denim jeans to join its thigh-sqelching denim leggings product. Before you either a) rush out to gather up a dozen pairs, or b) run screaming for “freedom”, you should know that the Spanx denim jeans will be a departure for the brand, as this particular product won’t rely on the compression.

“We’re known for making you look thinner and more toned,” the company’s founder, Sara Blakely, told the illustrious mag, ”but it can just be about a better cut and fit.”

The jeans are set to be priced at $148 a pair and will come in skinny, straight-leg and boot-cut silhouettes — all created from a cotton, polyester, and Lycra blend. Additional details about two of the cuts were also released, stating that The Signature cut is “a high, wide waistband with a side zipper designed for a smooth fit and a 10.5-inch rise,” while The Slim X cut is “a traditional five-pocket jean with a stomach-control panel and a 9.25-inch rise.”

Whether your in the love ‘em or leave ‘em camp, we’re betting you might be willing to try on a pair… just in case.

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Target announces Fall collaboration with Joseph Altuzarra


Before you dismiss today’s post as another designer collaboration, let me say two words: Joseph Altuzarra.

Target has announced their latest designer pairing and we’re willing to wager it’ll reinvigorate your lust for affordable ready-to-wear fast-fashion. Mr. CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund-winner, Altuzarra is poised to present a line of lingerie, apparel, shoes and accessories, set to hit store shelves on Sept. 14.

The French/American designer, who dresses a bevy of Hollywood’s A-list beauties like Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence, is well known for feminine designs that still manage to exude sex appeal—a combo we’re pining to see duplicated for at a more affordable price tag than his haute couture. The collection will feature 50 items with a price cap of $89.99. If the sketch published in WWD was any indication, this is one line worth marking your calendars for.


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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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Rent the Runway Raises $24.4 Million

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High-end clothing website that rents designer digs right off the runway from our favorite designers has recently announced a whopping $24.4 million plug of cash from their latest round of financing. The company has raised a total of $55.4 million dollars to date. We’re wondering what this will mean for the fashion brand. Perhaps a few more showrooms popping up nation wide? Absolutely! And it looks like they’ll also be adding style advisors to their plans.

“The business is continuing to expand very quickly,” Rent the Runway co-founder and CEO Jennifer Hyman told WWD, “in people, marketing and scaling our operation to make sure we are delivering incredible customer experiences.”

For major online retailers, the Rent the Runway experience merges the online and offline market flawlessly offering great customer service on both ends.

“In [this] business, 100 percent of what we send out comes back four days later on purpose,” Scott Friend, managing director at Bain Capital, told WWD. “We have to make it look brand new all over again so we can ship it out again on Thursday, knowing it comes back on Monday. That involves seamstresses and dry cleaning…. this takes a lot of capital to build the business the right way [in order to] scale the business.”

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WWD Crowns Top 2012 Fashion Contenders

Whew. Now that we’ve officially gotten past the 12-12-12 of the Mayan calendar — let’s put the focus back on our own version of it.

WWD began the year end wrap up with it’s seasonal listing of the top ten most-recognized brands in categories including ready-to-wear, accessories, designer, and inner wear (known to the masses as lingerie.) Naturally the lists are doused in heavy-hitting names. So bust out the champagne and let the listing begin!

Top 10 Ready-to-Wear Brands:

1. Liz Claiborne

2. Calvin Klein

3. Ralph Lauren

4. Ann Taylor

5. Vera Wang

6. J. Crew

7. Gucci

8. Jones New York

9. Talbots

10. Michael Kors

Top 10 Innerwear/Lingerie Brands:

1. Victoria’s Secret

2. Hanes

3. Fruit of the Loom

4. Playtex

5. Jockey

6. Maidenform

7. Vanity Fair

8. Calvin Klein

9. Bali

10. Nike

Top 10 Accessories Brands:

1. Coach Inc.

2. Gap

3. Calvin Klein

4. Guess Inc.

5. Nine West

6. Liz Claiborne and Tommy Hilfiger (tie)

8. Ralph Lauren

9. Ugg

10. Fossil

Top 10 Designers:

1. Calvin Klein

2. Tommy Hilfiger

3. Ralph Lauren

4. Gucci

5. Vera Wang


7. Louis Vuitton

8. Chanel

9. Dolce & Gabbana

10. Giorgio Armani

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Christian Siriano Inks Fragrance Deal

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We watched him dominate the runways at the tender age of 21 when he won Project Runway and showcased his designs at New York Fashion Week. WWD reported Friday that the fashion designer will be adding an entirely new project into his portfolio of fashion works this time collaborating with the Fragrance Group for his forthcoming  scent.

“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to create my first exclusive fragrance, a fragrance which to me symbolizes the type of women I love to dress who is stylish, sophisticated, and powerful,” said Siriano.

The designer has already collaborated with Payless Shoe Source and has a maternity collection called Fierce Mamas.

We look forward to getting our hands on the new scent.


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Joe Fresh To Pair With JCPenney On e-Commerce Too!

With the staggering success of designer-meets-mass retailers collaborations in the past few years, pairing with companies like H&M, and Target is a no brainer for any brand looking to infiltrate the US shopping market — and apparently urban chic Canadian brand Joe Fresh has taken notice.

Outside of stocking their store-within-a-store at nearly 700 JC Penney outlets, the Business of Fashion is reporting that Joe Fresh will be made available at Penney’s website via a new e-commerce launch set for spring 2013. So now Joe Fresh’s special brand of $19 sweaters (and other $-friendly separates) will be available to shoppers living outside of Manhattan (where all six American Joe Fresh stores currently call home) — and that is good news!

Creative Director of Joe Fresh, Joseph Mimran commented earlier this year on the JC Penney in-store partnership, telling WWD, “For [Joe Fresh], it looked like a great opportunity to get a very large footprint in the U.S. very quickly and to do it with someone who is visionary.” We’re pretty sure that we can assume the sentiment for this latest reveal is the same.

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BirchBox Goes Global In Paris Acquisition

Sometimes it’s not the easiest job to be a trendsetter. You’re an innovator and others are emulators. But when the competition gets too rough what’s a brand to do? Beat them by buying them of course. This was the exact case when beloved beauty sample subscriptions service BirchBox recently acquired Paris-based competitor “JolieBox”. According to Forbes with the new move, Birchbox will be available outside of the U.S. in France, Spain and the U.K.

JolieBoxes won’t completely disappear, however. They’ll simply just adopt their parent’s new name with new packaging to their current customers stating “JolieBox, a BirchBox Company”.

This recent move will step up the game for current beauty box subscription services who are still competing stateside and have yet to expand into over seas territory. But we’re sure it won’t be long before competitors get a whiff of the opportunity and follow along.

Subscribe to BirchBox, hand-picked beauty and lifestyle samples, delivered to your door for $10/month.

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Sheila Johnson Introduces Scarf Collection

When you’re the founder of a major television network, owner of a chain of hotels and resorts, what else is there to conquer? Well, fashion of course!

Billionaire Sheila Johnson, ex-wife of Robert Johnson, and co-founder of BET television networks, has her sights set on bringing a worldly feel to our every day wear.

Now enter her luxe scarf line which will be available exclusively on her website, www.sheilajohnsoncollection.com, will retail for $475 and are handcrafted in Italy of soft modal fabric. The scarves designs will feature digital prints of Johnson’s travels around the world as well  as her post-earthquake photographs of Haiti which she visited with Donna Karan (a collaborator on her scarf line of course).

Proceeds from the sales of the collection will go to benefit Johnson’s team the Lady Salamanders, a women’s street soccer team she started.

“I’ve been thinking about this for two years,” Johnson told WWD. “I came up with this idea to see if I could digitally put these pictures on the scarves. When it translates digitally, it looks abstract, but it’s also the way I take the pictures.”


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