Emma Stone – Vogue US July 2012

I must admit right up front, I’m a fan of Emma Stone. Okay, a huge fan. Her fashion gumption, her ability to look fabulous in brunette and platinum blonde in a blink of an eye, and, well, she was cast as a character in Crazy, Stupid, Love that sealed the deal.

Promoting her new upcoming film Spider-Man (premiering July 3rd), Mario Testino captures her unique, innocent, but at the same time mysteriously intriguing beauty for the cover of Vogue US July 2012’s cover.

As a spokeswoman for Revlon, the nod from Anna Wintour is certainly a step up in the right direction. What do you think? (More photos to come, stay tuned.)

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Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Dark Night

At JCK Las Vegas, Girard-Perregaux has released a new version of its popular world time model called ww.tc Dark Night.

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On Our Radar: Sophia Webster

I spend the majority of my days checking out seasoned designers’ collections. While I love to see the evolution of a designer’s work, I especially enjoy being surprised by something out of the ordinary, like a new brand that I know nothing about. That’s exactly what happened to me last week. In between a crazy schedule of Resort shows, I stopped by to see Nicholas Kirkwood’s latest shoes. The scoop: tons of metallics, lots of single soles, very chic evening shoes, multicolored pumps, and animal prints.

Just as I was about to leave the showroom, I popped into a second room with more shoes. To my surprise, it wasn’t more from Kirkwood, it was a collection by Sophia Webster, who worked with him for years and is now launching her own line with the help and support of Kirkwood. The shoes (her debut outing) have the same British cool factor as her mentor’s, but she’s kicked things up a notch and her shoes are even brighter and more playful than his. Webster certainly has her foot in the right door for now, and I can’t wait to see where she’ll be in the next couple of years. While I was there, I spotted a team member from luxury New York retailer Kirna Zabête eyeing the pieces and can only hope other stores will be placing orders, too. Sophia Webster is definitely one to watch. Here, Style.com has an exclusive first look at Webster’s heels.

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The Chandon American Summer champagne bottle

The perfect accessory for summer, this special edition of Chandon Brut Classic sparkling wine is wrapped from head to toe in patriotic red, white and blue.

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Top 10 whisky brands in the world

A report released by Drinks International and Euromonitor called “The Millionaire’s Club” has come out with the top branded spirits and liquors in the world.

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Made of Honor

Giovanna Randall went into labor with her first child the day she presented her debut Resort collection for Honor. That, if anything, is a testament to the designer’s hardworking nature. Inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s midcentury pop art, Randall layered a custom horizon print over gradated polka dots and showed the graphic combination on the lineup’s standout piece: a cotton organza spaghetti-strap shift with a translucent overlay that appeared to float over the body (pictured). It particularly stood out in the Kate Young-styled lookbook, themed “the Honor woman takes a staycation,” shot in the lush Carroll Gardens backyard of Randall’s personal interior designer, Fawn Galli. Staying true to form, the designer focused her attention on the rich, high-quality fabrics she was working with. A knife-pleat, A-line skirt in a creamy shade of key lime was cut from a coated silk so substantial, the skirt actually stood up on its own when placed on the studio floor. Referencing her quirky Lichtenstein-esque pattern and subtle tailoring details like laser-cut illusion double collars, Randall told Style.com, “These clothes are a reminder that both beauty and oddity surround us at every turn.”

Photo: Courtesy of Honor

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Barbara Bui

It’s been a few months since Barbara Bui opened her L.A. store, and it looks as though the West Coast is rubbing off on her color palette. The Paris-based designer presented a Resort lineup of sky blue, peach pink, and sage green separates, which meshed well with her cool Parisian aesthetic. Leather was the key player here—be it on the trim of a jacquard checkered skirt, on loose-fitting track shorts, or on a T-shirt, the most appealing of which featured an Asian-inspired flower design and zipper accents. Outerwear was another highlight—it usually is for Bui. The designer showed her signature cropped jacket in white linen with electric blue snakeskin sleeves and green piping, as well as a longer oversize coat with the same detailing poking out from behind the collar—chic. If color was Bui’s way of appealing to her West Coast customers, she gave a shout-out to her New York client base with a gamut of covetable accessories. Think high-heeled sandals with ethnic beading, camel-colored doctor’s bags, heavy snake necklaces, and cuff bracelets spiked to perfection.
—Jessica Minkoff

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Richard Nicoll

Among the various connotations of the word resort, there’s the one which suggests well-heeled, no-fuss patrician leisure. That was the vein Richard Nicoll tapped with a tightly edited pre-collection. He made his point with crisp poplins and piqués and a summery, ice creamy color palette. Perhaps the sporty clarity was influenced by the menswear collection Nicoll is launching in London later this week. There was certainly a masculine inflection in a shirtdress cut from banker’s stripes. (Nicoll’s original focus at Saint Martins was, after all, menswear.)


But the designer contrasted the essential conservatism of such pieces with the subtle flamboyance of a coat and jacket in a Regency floral jacquard from Stephen Walters and Sons, who have been weaving silk in Suffolk since the 1720′s. The contrast was the clearest illustration of the versatility with which Nicoll claimed he was courting a range of age groups and body shapes, perhaps a little ambitious given that these clothes had an innately athletic sensuality that seemed best suited to lithe young bodies. The lambskin shift in a beige-trimmed pale aqua, for instance. Or the hoodie. Or the bustier dress. Kudos to Nicoll that such looks would work equally on glittery Capri or gritty Kingsland Road, the East End artery that runs past his studio.
—Tim Blanks

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Rules of Style – Hedvig Opshaug

Most likely, you’ve seen Hedvig Opshaug whenever street style is mentioned online or in the pages of the New York Times and top fashion websites – Vogue, Elle, L’Officiel, Net-a-Porter, etc. Originally from Norway, this once model, turned banker, turned fashion blogger, stylist and photographer is making a name for herself in the fashion world. Currently living in London, you can follow her sartorial choices on her blog Northern Light where she shares itemized details of each of outfits, shopping finds, adventures while traveling and continual inspiration for dressing well.

As you peruse through the many images below, what you will discover is how Hedvig is able to expertly mix and match items in her wardrobe to create entirely different outfits each time with many of the same items. You will frequently see the same coats and knits worn, as well as her favorite J.Brand skinny jeans, and always her Ray Ban black sunglasses. However, it is her confidence, her expert eye and her ability to balance the different textures and proportions of each item that help her pull it off each time. Have a look.



All images via Northern Light

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Member Spotlight: fafefysfofu

Today’s member spotlight is on fafefysfofu, a Polyvore member for 4 years. His sets are perfectly structured and stylist. He’s an architecture student who is addicted to fashion. Here are a few of his favorite sets.
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she's not me

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oh la la! ~ by fafefysfofu featuring leather high heels

Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day (anything you’d like to share).
Hi! I’m Felipe Queiroz Nogueira. I’m 21 years old and an architecture student. 
T-shirts and jeans compose most of my daily outfits, which I complete with black loafers or colorful boat shoes.
Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I live in Salvador, a city in the northeast of Brazil. The women here loves short dresses and miniskirts, and they pair them with low heels or flats. Since it’s hot and we have beaches, they have a sexy and independent style that incorporates lots of colors and lightweight fabrics!
What is your favorite brand/designer? 
Love Alber Elbaz and everything he has done at Lanvin!
Which celebrity has great style? What do you like about their style?
Diane Kruger, for sure! She has the most amazing red carpet outfits, and I admire how she creates some of the most incredible runway looks without a stylist’s help.
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
I’m really focused on architecture right now. In the future, I think I’d like to open an architecture/ interior design office with some friends. But if I could choose to do what I really love, it would be something related to fashion. I love shoes and think I might be a great designer!
How has Polyvore affected your life? 
I started using Polyvore four years ago. I don’t remember how and or the exact day, but  I’ve been in love with fashion ever since! Besides, I’ve made a lot of nice friends over here, like nandusho, rossonera, futureplans, land, meanshots22, and many more.
How would you describe your set style? 
My sets don’t have a particular style. They are pretty simple; I try to put the focus on the clothes, doing it according to my mood and what I want to transmit in that moment.
How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
I keep Polyvore logged in 24 hours a day on my phone to see the activity stream!
What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
Love to create fashion sets!
Describe your personal sense of style.
I’m pretty basic. My wardrobe is almost all black, white and gray! I don’t have a defined style… I think my ideal look is navy blue tailored trousers paired with a white t-shirt and black loafers.
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Member Spotlight: fafefysfofu

Today’s member spotlight is on fafefysfofu, a Polyvore member for 4 years. His sets are perfectly structured and stylist. He’s an architecture student who is addicted to fashion. Here are a few of his favorite sets.
hilarious


she's not me

oh la la! ~

oh la la! ~ by fafefysfofu featuring leather high heels

Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day (anything you’d like to share).
Hi! I’m Felipe Queiroz Nogueira. I’m 21 years old and an architecture student. 
T-shirts and jeans compose most of my daily outfits, which I complete with black loafers or colorful boat shoes.
Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I live in Salvador, a city in the northeast of Brazil. The women here loves short dresses and miniskirts, and they pair them with low heels or flats. Since it’s hot and we have beaches, they have a sexy and independent style that incorporates lots of colors and lightweight fabrics!
What is your favorite brand/designer? 
Love Alber Elbaz and everything he has done at Lanvin!
Which celebrity has great style? What do you like about their style?
Diane Kruger, for sure! She has the most amazing red carpet outfits, and I admire how she creates some of the most incredible runway looks without a stylist’s help.
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
I’m really focused on architecture right now. In the future, I think I’d like to open an architecture/ interior design office with some friends. But if I could choose to do what I really love, it would be something related to fashion. I love shoes and think I might be a great designer!
How has Polyvore affected your life? 
I started using Polyvore four years ago. I don’t remember how and or the exact day, but  I’ve been in love with fashion ever since! Besides, I’ve made a lot of nice friends over here, like nandusho, rossonera, futureplans, land, meanshots22, and many more.
How would you describe your set style? 
My sets don’t have a particular style. They are pretty simple; I try to put the focus on the clothes, doing it according to my mood and what I want to transmit in that moment.
How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
I keep Polyvore logged in 24 hours a day on my phone to see the activity stream!
What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
Love to create fashion sets!
Describe your personal sense of style.
I’m pretty basic. My wardrobe is almost all black, white and gray! I don’t have a defined style… I think my ideal look is navy blue tailored trousers paired with a white t-shirt and black loafers.
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Visionaire In 3-D

For its last issue, Visionaire set a world record for the largest magazine ever produced (it was fittingly dubbed the Larger Than Life issue #61). The newest edition might not win any awards for its physical size, but #62, which is all about Rio de Janeiro, has a cool factor all its own. Boldfaced names like Gisele Bëndchen, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Lea T, Adriana Lima, Richard Phillips, Karl Lagerfeld, and Marilyn Minter collaborated on a series of 3-D images celebrating Brazilian culture that appear on double-image slides. To look at them, there’s a stereoscope (which creates the illusion of depth), designed by NYC-based design studio aruliden, that comes along in the 3-D lenticular case. Visionaire 62 Rio ($375, available this week at www.visionaireworld.com) made its debut at the Iguatemi-hosted private launch party last night in São Paulo, but here, Style.com has an exclusive first look at some of the issue’s best images by Lagerfeld, Minter, and Jason Schmidt.

Photos: Karl Lagerfeld; Marilyn Minter; Jason Schmidt

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Nadal’s luxury watch goes missing in Paris

Rafael Nadal has reportedly lost his Richard Mille RM027 ultra-light tourbillon after his win over Novak Djokovic at the French Open.

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L’Wren Scott

L’Wren Scott was in town this week showing off her first-ever Resort collection. “It’s fun and lively, how resort used to be,” she said from her perch in the Crosby Street Hotel. It certainly showcased her sense of humor and an appreciation for visual puns. Working from her personal collection of propaganda materials dating back to world wars I and II, she hand-drew the season’s prints. Hat’s Off, as its name suggests, is a colorful cap pattern and salutes “those who fight for peace and freedom”; L’Wren’s Loves features L-words like Leggy, Looker, and Luscious; and a graphic box print is actually Morse code spelling out the designer’s name and the phrase “don’t fake it.” These and several more appeared on silk dresses that will be familiar to Scott’s fans for the way they put the emphasis on the waist, as well as little tops that she paired with silk paneled cardigans and bright pencil skirts with contrasting grosgrain ribbon waistbands. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the American election got her on the propaganda path, but if this was a political collection, it was sweetly so. Pointing out the matching print totes, hats, and shoes and putting on a French accent, she said, “I love a look total.”
—Nicole Phelps

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Altuzarra

Joseph Altuzarra picked up the Swarovski Award for new design talent at the CFDAs last week, and he earned it all over again with a strong Resort lineup that touched on two developing trends: safari and gypsy. If his breakout Fall collection put the focus on sportswear, the body-defining dress was the beneficiary of his attention this season. Most of them looked as if they were two pieces—a striped chambray tank tucked into an ikat pencil skirt, or a long-sleeved tee with bustier details paired with another slim skirt with an undulating ruffle down its front. All of them were cinched with a belt, some in Rastafarian red, yellow, and green inspired by the new documentary Marley. Altuzarra explained that his clients like the look of an ensemble but appreciate the zip-and-go ease of a single piece. He works harder so they don’t have to.

That’s not to say there weren’t great separates here. A gypsy blouse with sequins down the sleeves and a tweed skirtsuit embroidered with wooden beads both boasted incredible handwork—couture detail but with an artisanal feel. The tailoring was top-notch, too, especially a khaki cape that from the back looked like a sexy structured trench.
—Nicole Phelps

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Rag & Bone

Our review will be posted shortly. See the complete collection by clicking the image at left.

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Peter Pilotto

Our review will be posted shortly. See the complete collection by clicking the image at left.

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Giambattista Valli

Our review will be posted shortly. See the complete collection by clicking the image at left.

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The Pursuitist Visiting Disney World and The Golden Oak community

The Walt Disney Company has invited The Pursuitist to visit the new, ultra-luxurious Golden Oak community — and to experience magical VIP tours, rides and dinners at Disney World. We’re arriving in Orlando later this afternoon — follow us on Twitter for live updates from Disney World, and exclusive photos and videos from Golden Oak.

Golden Oak is a new luxury residential resort community from the Mouse House, designed by the Disney Imagineers. Have you ever wanted to live at Disney World? Well, now you can.

Homeowners will have full access to the Disney theme parks, as well as resident-only facilities, including private VIP tours of the parks, holiday home decorating, grocery delivery, an on-call concierge service, a yoga studio, a fitness facility, and a full-service spa.

The Golden Oak community is named after Walt Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch in California. They offer single-family, custom homes priced between $1.5 million and $8 million — and they plan to build fewer than 30 homes this year. Ultimately, Disney plans to build 450 homes and a 445-room Four Seasons hotel at the location.

Here’s the first look at the luxury homes from Golden Oak:



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Maison Martin Margiela for H&M

High street retailer H&M has confirmed that it will launch a collaboration with avant-garde label Maison Martin Margiela for a fall rollout.

The news that the Paris-based avant-garde fashion label of Belgian origin will be collaborating with H&M was first reported by WWD on June 11 and was confirmed by the high street store the following day after rumors began circulating on Twitter.

In a statement on H&M’s website, Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M, said “Maison Martin Margiela is one of the most important and influential fashion houses of the past three decades. I am so excited by this collaboration which will give fashion lovers around the world the chance to wear special pieces by Maison Martin Margiela. This collaboration will be a great and memorable fashion moment.”

The founder and namesake of the cult label, who was remarkable in the fashion industry for his lack of public appearances, left the brand in 2009.

The brand, known for its white label, has continued to produce conceptual fashion with deconstructed garments and the teaser image for the H&M collaboration stays true to this spirit.

The collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela is the latest in a long line of collections produced by big name designers for the high street store.

Previous examples of which include Karl Lagerfeld and Marni.

The Maison Martin Margiela collection for H&M will hit stores on November 15.



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Luxury pickup trucks booming in the US

luxury pick-up trucks, kitted out with accessories such as snakeskin trim, are flying out of showrooms.

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Jim Morrison And Jimi Hendrix To Rock On? And More of Today’s Top Stories

For those who never had the chance to see Jim Morrison (pictured) or Jimi Hendrix perform, you may soon get your chance. The estates of the iconic musicians are both reportedly working on future holographic live performances, similar to the Tupac one that appeared at Coachella this year. [Rolling Stone]

The runners and spectators at this summer’s Olympic Games are going to be treated to designer blankets and badges, courtesy of Giles Deacon and Jeremy Deller. The fashion designer and the conceptual artist, along with eight other designer/artist duos, paired up for the British Fashion Council/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation’s 12-week project, and they were surprisingly the only ones to make a wearable piece—a full-body running suit and a leaf and feather headdress to match. (The blankets and badges are accompanying elements of their project.) [Telegraph]

In other Brit fashion news, J.W. Anderson and James Long have been selected as U.K. representatives and nominees for the International Woolmark Prize. The global honor, which is supported by the Australian Wool Industry, aims to celebrate emerging talent for their use of merino wool. Anderson and Long follow the lead of designers Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, who received the same prize in 1954. [Vogue U.K.]

Anna Dello Russo was swarmed by paparazzi yesterday at the Salvatore Ferragamo show in Paris. However, it was not the Vogue Nippon editor that they were trying to photograph, but Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. We are happy to report that ADR made it into the Louvre, sans injury. [Page Six]

Photo: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

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Adidas unveils its new Porsche luxury sneaker

If you like a little luxury in your sports gear, Adidas Porsche Design Sport just announced its new line of men’s workout basics.

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Let There Be Lucio: Will This Artist Influence The Spring Collections?

One of fashion’s most noted phenomena is the mysterious process by which any number of designers might be inspired by the same thing in a given season. But if a certain artist makes an impression on the runways come September, it won’t be so much a case of something in the air as something in the Gagosian Gallery. A handful of European designers are in New York this week for their Resort presentations (along with the dueling dinners that follow), and most of them, it seemed, had been over to West 24th Street to take in a new museum-worthy exhibition devoted to Lucio Fontana. The midcentury Italian painter and sculptor has long been a favorite of the fashion set—Tom Ford installed one of his pieces in the entryway when he opened his first men’s store on Madison Avenue—and it’s intriguing to imagine how Fontana’s slashed surfaces might influence a designer’s work. (Fleeting, wholly impractical thought: how to duplicate the effect on the next cover of Style.com/Print. See how that flies with the ad department.) Jean-Luc Godard once suggested that all filmmakers should shoot the same script so that you could really appreciate the difference in their styles. It might be fun to witness a similar challenge on the fashion front. Then again, maybe it won’t be Fontana but something else that captures the collective mind. The Avedon show, round the corner at Gagosian’s sister branch on 21st Street, is pretty great, too.

Lucio Fontana: Ambienti Spaziali runs through June 30 at Gagosian’s W. 24th St. gallery; Richard Avedon: Murals & Portraits runs through July 27 at its W. 21st St. branch. For more information, visit www.gagosian.com.

Photo: Concetto spaziale, Notte d’Amore a Venezia, 1961. Acrylic on canvas. 59 x 59 inches (149.9 x 149.9 cm). Courtesy of the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Private collection / Gagosian.com

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Extremely Versatile Sofa Design From Brühl – Sunrise Two

Pursuing the path to a comfortable living space and a stylish interior design? Then this versatile sofa will inspire you to recreate your beloved social space. The Sunrise Two by German manufacturer and design studio Brühl is a versatile and highly contemporary modular sofa that can be customized to any preference due to its functional and aesthetically pleasurable design. Created by Kati Meyer-Brühl, the Sunrise Two can be used to express your love for high quality design by creating spacious corner seating units with casual reclining platforms.

Described as a charmingly designed alternative to outdated sofas and their static appearance, the Sunrise Two are framed by plug-fit railing rest elements at selected points, which allows the user to interact with each element – be it cubic, round or oval – and create the perfect setting for any occasion. Lean on the backrest or swivel them forward to expose a table-like setting. In addition to its easily transformable body, the sofas can display a soft diamond quilting to go with your stylish interiors or you can rely on the beautiful selection of colors to adorn your inviting living room.

 

 



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First Apple computer heads to Sotheby’s auction

There’s no screen, it was built in 1976, and the clunky design does not exactly recall today’s iPads, but the first Apple computer is expected to fetch up to US$180,000 (RM558,000) in New York.

Sotheby’s in New York is auctioning the rare piece of computer history, which actually still works, on June 15.

The Apple I computer was designed and hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and marketed by Steve Jobs at the birth of Jobs’ career as the world’s computer design guru.

Sotheby’s called the computer “an exceptionally rare, working example with original Apple cassette interface, operation manuals and a rare BASIC Users’ Manual.”

“As the first ready-made personal computer, the Apple I signalled a new age in which computing became accessible to the masses,” Sotheby’s said.

The computer first went on sale in July 1976 for US$666.66.



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Sheltering A Friendly Atmosphere: La Grelha Restaurant in Mexico

La Grelha Restaurant is located in Guadalajara, Mexico and even though its design is based on the word “Le Grelha “, meaning “barbecue”, this place does not lack elegance. Envisioned by the architects at Hernandez Silva, the restaurant stands out due to a clever architecture plan and a welcoming atmosphere.

La Grelha Restaurant in Mexico is an open plan project, where the visit of large groups is encouraged. Red glass lighting give this place a bar-feel, while the wood inspires coziness. The city of Guadalajara has a subtropical climate, with a humid atmosphere, so designing an outdoor terrace is sure to bring in more clients. Open towards a lush vegetation, the restaurant is sure to provide an overall sense of tranquility and relaxation. Dining here in the evenings is particularly appealing, as the lights are lit one by and the only things that customers here are the soothing nature movements interrupted by friendly conversation.



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Daily dream home – Trump World Tower Penthouse

Overlooking the United Nations building, Manhattan and the East River, this luxurious penthouse apartment sits atop the well-known Trump World Tower. Occupying half of  the 77th floor of the most luxurious residential building world-wide, the fascinating interiors of this exquisite penthouse were designed by architect Michael Gilmore, in collaboration with talented designer Mark Cunningham.

With a 2,871 square foot floor plan, the superb apartment captured Manhattan’s skyline from large floor-to-ceiling windows and brings a bright, sun-filled atmosphere in the spacious 12 foot high ceiling spaces. Available for $12.95 million, the 77th floor penthouse apartment shows off custom mahogany millwork and solid cherry wood flooring in the foyer, continuing to amaze with exceptional living and relaxation spaces beyond this point. A master suit with dual dressing rooms and sitting area welcomes the owner in a restful, luxurious environment where dreams have already come true.



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Daily Dream Home – Hill House

Imposing its contemporary structure on the surroundings, today’s dream home displays a fascinating geometric architecture. The Hill House encompasses modern challenges of building a residential collection of spaces on a hillside shaped as a contemporary, almost futuristic exterior shell. Designed by Johnston Marklee & Associates on a steep slope in Pacific Palisades, California, this luxuriously designed residence overlooks panoramic views of Rustic and Sullivan Canyons all the way to Santa Monica Bay. Made possible by the arrangement of glass walls and recessed windows, this panoramic views are completed by a flood of natural light coming through skylights and piercing deep into the house through glass railings.

Engaging the surroundings, this sculptural architectural masterpiece is made of uniquely configured spaces that sum up to a modern floor plan.The building’s three levels are connected by a glass staircase, separating the lower bedroom space from the living and dining spaces and an upstairs loft space. Interiors were shaped to not only house the storage and service areas, but also construct an interior version of the outside geometry. Do you feel that this house could become an inspiration for your own dream home?



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Stylish and Artistic Hand-Drawn wallpaper from Abigail Edwards

Walls that express the owner’s personal style and a carefully studied design should adorn every stylish home. We would like to show you a few beautifully designed wallpapers that combine inspiration, experience and talent in three beautiful patterns. Created by Abigail Edwards, the wallpapers are printed in one of the few remaining traditional wallpaper printers in Lancashire, UK. The original illustrations have unique details enhanced by the manufacturing method and they were printed with a hand-mixed non-toxic water-based ink.

Abigail Edwards studied fine art at Wimbledon School of Art in London and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and she gathered experience in fields like interior styling, design and consultancy. Her works extend further into design, experimenting with different angles of the field. Her fantastic wallpaper designs include the Seascape wallpaper in the summer and winter versions, the Owls of the British Isles wallpaper, the Briar Owl wallpaper in silver and gold.



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London, Paris most popular cities for tourists in 2012

London is set to welcome 16.9 million visitors this year, the top city worldwide for tourism, according to a MasterCard study. Paris, in second place, is in line to host 16 million.
After London and Paris, Bangkok (12.2 million), Singapore (11.8 million) and Istanbul (11.6 million) are forecast to be attractive draws for tourists in 2012.

In terms of growth in visitor numbers, Rio de Janeiro (+28.6 per cent), Tokyo (+21.5 per cent), Abu Dhabi (+17.9 per cent), Tunis (+17.7 per cent), Istanbul (+14.7 per cent) and Toronto (7.6 per cent) will see the biggest increases compared with last year.

On a global scale, tourists will be heading in large numbers towards the Asia-Pacific region, set to register an increase of 9.5 per cent in total visitors.

In terms of tourist spending, London (US$21.1 billion), New York (US$19.4 billion) and Bangkok (US$19.3 billion) are set to occupy the top three positions, followed by Paris (US$17.8 billion).

The MasterCard study examined 132 cities throughout the world.



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Luxurious Anantara Resort & Spa in Bali

Anantara Resort &a Spa in Bali plays host to a fascinating array of restaurants, accommodation units and services. Its unique offer makes it one of the most sought after resorts in Bali, by visitors all over the world. With panoramic views of the Indian ocean from every suite, this place does not just give exterior comfort, but inner peace as well.

Suites at Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa Bali are characterized by sophistication and attention to details. Each room is designed by focusing on the use of wood and glass. The modern style is counterweighted by traditional Indonesian elements, carefully chosen in every accommodation unit. Plush silk cushions and colorful rugs, rainmaker showers and generously-sized bath tubs allow for complete self-pampering. For the ones looking for more intimacy, the Anantara Pool Access Suites answer the needs for sun baths, with a semi-private pool just a step away from the outdoor terrace. The resort offers the chance for visitors to indulge in special dining experiences. The restaurants at Anantara have breathtaking locations and serve a blend of international and local flavors. For more information, reservation and rates, contact the staff of the hotel here.



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Nokia To Sell Luxury Phone Brand Vertu For $200 Million

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia is in talks with private equity group EQT to sell its luxury handset subsidiary Vertu for around 200 million euros ($249 million), sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Vertu makes some of the world’s most expensive mobile phones, often featuring crystal displays and sapphire keys. The phones can cost more than 200,000 pounds ($310,900) due to previous metal components, although they are not the most technologically advanced phones. – via Reuters



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El Bulli Foundation accepts ideas from world’s top business schools

After challenging MBA students from some of the most elite schools in the world to come up with a business model for his culinary think tank the El Bulli Foundation, Spanish chef Ferran Adrià has whittled down the list to finalists from Harvard and the London Business School.

In a Vimeo video following the selection process, a stubbled Adrià, pencil tucked behind his ear, is captured reading business proposals with furrowed brow, pinning papers to ordered bulletin boards which line the walls, and discussing pitches in animation with fellow jury members, a panel that includes a Nobel Prize winner in economics, Joseph Stiglitz, and other prestigious academics, journalists and corporate executives.

Ideas for Transformation, issued last year, invited students from Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley, ESADE in Spain, and the London Business School to draw up business proposals for the new gastronomic research and development centre set to open in 2014 as a spinoff of his world renowned restaurant.

The three finalists include two teams from Harvard and a team from the London Business School. The winner will be announced June 27 in Barcelona.

El Bulli closed its doors last summer after an illustrious run: the Cala Montjoi restaurant off the Costa Brava in Spain held the title of world’s best restaurant five times, according to Restaurant magazine.

The centre itself, meanwhile, is poised to be as avant-garde as Adrià’s cooking, with mention of corals, sponges, and “particle architecture”.

Foodies who have long lamented the closure of El Bulli the restaurant may be encouraged that parallel activities within the culinary think tank will include dining options, reads a briefing paper.

“People will come to eat but there will be no hard and fast rules and each year may be different,” it says.

That means the foundation will not take reservations and that diners could vary from a class of teenagers to master chefs from around the world.

Adrià has also inspired some of his proteges to set up culinary think tanks. José Andrés describes his Think Food Group, for instance, as an R & D centre that explores culinary concepts while Redzepi organises a food symposium attended by some of the world’s top chefs.After challenging MBA students from some of the most elite schools in the world to come up with a business model for his culinary think tank the El Bulli Foundation, Spanish chef Ferran Adrià has whittled down the list to finalists from Harvard and the London Business School.
In a Vimeo video following the selection process, a stubbled Adrià, pencil tucked behind his ear, is captured reading business proposals with furrowed brow, pinning papers to ordered bulletin boards which line the walls, and discussing pitches in animation with fellow jury members, a panel that includes a Nobel Prize winner in economics, Joseph Stiglitz, and other prestigious academics, journalists and corporate executives.

Ideas for Transformation, issued last year, invited students from Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley, ESADE in Spain, and the London Business School to draw up business proposals for the new gastronomic research and development centre set to open in 2014 as a spinoff of his world renowned restaurant.

The three finalists include two teams from Harvard and a team from the London Business School. The winner will be announced June 27 in Barcelona.

El Bulli closed its doors last summer after an illustrious run: the Cala Montjoi restaurant off the Costa Brava in Spain held the title of world’s best restaurant five times, according to Restaurant magazine.

The centre itself, meanwhile, is poised to be as avant-garde as Adrià’s cooking, with mention of corals, sponges, and “particle architecture”.

Foodies who have long lamented the closure of El Bulli the restaurant may be encouraged that parallel activities within the culinary think tank will include dining options, reads a briefing paper.

“People will come to eat but there will be no hard and fast rules and each year may be different,” it says.

That means the foundation will not take reservations and that diners could vary from a class of teenagers to master chefs from around the world.

Adrià has also inspired some of his proteges to set up culinary think tanks. José Andrés describes his Think Food Group, for instance, as an R & D centre that explores culinary concepts while Redzepi organises a food symposium attended by some of the world’s top chefs.



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Transparent Bubble Rooms by Pierre Stephane Dumas

Traveling is about adventure, discovering new sensations, being closer to nature. But what if you could have the comfort of a luxurious accommodation unit and still be able to feel the essence of a place? These transparent bubble rooms were designed by Pierre Stephane Dumas and offer unforgettable outdoor experiences.

The design of the transparent bubble rooms was inspired by the crowded urban life: “This unique experience of proximity with nature is less and less lived by urban people. Our demand in terms of comfort and our ways of life tends to dematerialize our relation with nature. Thus, a night under the stars seems to be Spartan, maybe worrying. Our idea consists in allowing people to spend a night under the stars with all the comfort of a real bedroom suite. You will live the extraordinary light variation of the sunset until the first aurora´s tremors and the ceiling will have the Milky Way for unique limit”, says Pierre Stephane Dumas.

The nomad homes are available for rent or for purchase on the official site. Some designs include divided rooms for children and various amenities on request. All the models have a steady base, which comes in two versions: one for portable designs and one for the fixed transparent bubbles. The second category refers to the spheres mounted in the courtyard or garden.



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Katy Perry is a Fashionable Flapper


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WHO: Katy Perry

WORE: Vintage satin slip with lace
detailing, long strand of pearls, a beaded headband and Manolo Blahnik
heels

WHERE: The City of Hope event in Los Angeles.

The
Part of Me songstress stepped out for a charity event
looking like she had stepped out of another era. In a vintage beige
dress, Katy looked like a 1920s flapper from head to toe.
With her glam makeup and waved bob held in place by a beaded headband,
we wonder if Katy would have been a good fit for the new Great Gatsby flick.

What
do you think of Katy’s look? Tell us below in comments.

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Fashion Click Look of Day: An Dyer Shows off Her Sailor Side

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WHO: An Dyer

WORE: Forever 21 denim shirt and shorts, Jessica Simpson shoes, Michael Kors watch and Glint & Gleam bracelets

WHY

WE LOVE IT: An channels nautical chic in a fun and fresh summer outfit. The knotted denim shirt plays off of the tiny anchor pattern of the high-waisted chiffon shorts, while the navy and white striped platform shoes complete the look.

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Why Not . . . Create Your Own Style Commandments?

 
Fashion rules in general can be very helpful in many ways, but also very confining and restrictive depending on how you choose to incorporate style into your life.

If you are someone who simply wears clothes for functional purposes, these rules are nice because they provide structure which eliminates thought. But if you’re someone who chooses to communicate with your clothing choices or someone who tends to allow how you appear to serve as a reflection of who you are, then you will most likely want to tweak these rules to best fit your lifestyle and personality.

A while ago I came across the idea of style commandments. After a certain amount of time shopping for your body type, getting comfortable with who you are and what life you want to live, you begin to hone in on what works and what doesn’t work for you when it comes to fashion.

So today, why not take 30 minutes or so and discern what fashion choices benefit you and which make you cringe. Eliminate the latter and dive deeper into the former investigating exactly what it is that made you feel your best.

Here are my 10 Style Commandments:


1. Dress to Flatter Your Figure & Your Personality

Dress the body you have now – not the body you had in high school and not the body that you wish you had. When you heed this advice, you will like how you appear in photographs much better and you will feel better in the clothes you choose which ultimately cause your confidence to rise and your days more fulfilling as you are focusing on what you are doing and not how you look (because you know you look great).

Accentuate the aspects of your figure that are fabulous (and yes, we all have fabulousness to flatter). Slim waist – cinch it with belts, beautiful décolletage – pay attention to your necklines and wear beautiful earrings and/or necklaces. Also, know your colors. What undertone does your skin have? (click here to find out) With this valuable information, you will know what colors look better on you when it comes to clothing, hair color and make-up.

2. Strive for Balance
As it is important in life, it is also something to always have in mind when pulling together an outfit. Balance should be paid attention to with regards to textures of fabrics (silk, wool, cotton, linen, etc), styles of clothing (masculine vs. feminine), proportions (remember never to cut yourself in half, but divide the body into thirds), slim-fitting vs. blousing and loose and revealing just enough, but not too much.

3. Quality Foundational Pieces

The basic items that create the foundation of your wardrobe should be as high quality as you can afford. Such as coats, handbags, sweaters, jeans, suits, dresses – items that will be expected to last. When you tend to purchase quality, you will find you need to go shopping less because the items you have last.

4. Keep it Simple

As many of you know, Jennifer L. Scott’s new book (which is being re-released in November) Lessons from Madame Chic has convinced me to down-size my closet for the peace of mind, the relief to my budget and to help create an even simpler way of living well. Scott suggests creating and adhering to a 10 item Capsule Wardrobe – one for each season (fall/winter and spring/summer), so I’d like to show you what mine now looks like (it’s not quite down to 10 yet, but it’s much closer).

~Remember, the capsule wardrobe does not include coats, dresses for special occasions, lingerie, accessories, shoes, blazers, and camisoles~

~Spring/Summer~
  1. pencil skirts (beige, navy, gray)
  2. white cropped jeans
  3. navy cropped trousers
  4. ivory lightweight cashmere sweater
  5. nautical top
  6. silk blouses (striped/prints, solid)
  7. shorts (cotton & linen)
  8. jeans (boyfriend or cropped)
  9. summer dresses (3)
~Fall/Winter~
  1. wool and lined cotton pencil skirts (black, camel, grey, navy)
  2. cashmere sweaters (navy, ivory, color)
  3. silk blouses (long sleeve & capped)
  4. straight leg jeans (dark denim)
  5. black skinny jeans
  6. DVF wrap dresses (3)
  7. shift dresses (black, navy, gray)

As you can see, it’s simple – it includes items that will last – paying no mind to trends, and it’s very easy to mix and match, as it is the addition of the accessories you choose that can help change an entire outfit.

5. Only Shop Sales for What You Need

This time of year is ripe for sample sales and end of season sales, but the key is to keep in mind that just because they’re a sale, doesn’t mean you are saving money if you didn’t need the item in the first place. 
What works for me is to always have a running list of what I need, and then I am always on the look out. By choosing to stick to a closet of fewer clothes, you will find you have more money to purchase high quality items when you find exactly what you want – sale or no sale.

6. Consignment!

For the past few years I have been shopping at consignment shops much more than any boutique or department store. Why?

  1. Most consignment shops rotate their clothing by season and trend, so you will be shown items that can work in your wardrobe for that particular season.
  2. Designer clothing at a fraction of the price. Here is my story that taught me a HUGE lesson on knowing when to buy something and when to let it go. I came across a Dolce & Gabbana black blazer (leopard lining – yes, you know the one I’m talking about). Marked at $250, I hemmed and hawed, slept on it for a night, and then decided I just couldn’t afford it, but knew I needed a black blazer. Then I got online to discover that the jacket at full retail price was close to $900. I quickly called up the store, but it (understandably so) had already found a new home. Lesson learned!
  3. You can often bring your own clothing in if it is in good condition and in season to help pay for your future purchases.
  4. A fashion treasure hunt. So always take your clothing list with you, so to not spend unnecessarily.

7. Cost Per Wear
8. Stand up Straight

As a child, my father was always reminding me to stand up straight. Being a girl who was always taller than her peers and especially the boys going through elementary and junior high school, it was tempting to slouch, but at the same time why? Now, I always cringe when I see young girls who are hunching over due to their height, and I want to run up to them and say, you are beautiful! Stand proud!

Needless to say, your posture states a lot about your self-confidence and immediately makes the clothes you are wearing appear much more chic.

9. Navy – an often forgotten dependable classic


 
I am obsessed with this color. Whether it is a cashmere sweater, included in my favorite go-to nautical top or found in a dress or a skirt, I want to have it in my closet. It is such a flattering color on so many different types of skin tones and body types. And it is a choice to keep in mind all year round, a must-have in my wardrobe.

10. Heels & Flats – interchange accordingly
Ballet flats can be just as chic as a pair of luxuriously high Jimmy Choos when worn with the proper length of pant or skirt. But remember, there is something quite uplifting about heels as well. Wearing jeans with heels is one of my favorite ways to dress casually, but still remain stylish, but at the same time a nude patent leather flat is always a safe bet.


One of the things I love about fashion is that while it isn’t something serious, it can have a very powerful effect in our lives if we handle it appropriately to help aid us live the life we desire, and always keep our budget in mind. I don’t know about you, but I will always be a student of fashion, learning what works best for me, discovering new ideas and collections and playing dress-up as I did when I was a young girl all the rest of my days. How delightful indeed.
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Paul Costelloe

LOOK SHARP FOR LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN THIS FRIDAY
STYLING REF: PAUL COSTELLOE

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Filippa K AW12

When I was in Stockholm, I couldn’t get enough of Filippa K, one of the freshest and aesthetically clean brands available over Europe.

This AW12 collection is inspired by a modern way of dressing that sticks to the Swedish look of the ultra-minimal whilst looking at the trend of sports vs the city. On the other hand, it also looks at the utilitarian as well as the world traveller. Exciting times, particularly when the colour range focuses on cold metallic variations of greys and petrol’s, graphic black and off white together with a warmer mole.

These stunning images play on that sense of light and dark, a key city influence within fashion and trends, with the photographer Lachlan Bailey capturing some great sunlight, compliementing the styling by Robert Rydberg.

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Skullcandy Supreme Sound Launch, Paris

 

Mama Shelter in Paris is divine; simple, chic and in one of Paris’ hottest neighbourhoods – East Paris. But this post isn’t about the incredible Mama Pizza’s or the most homely lounge/dining room/terrace area in a hotel I have ever been to. No, it is about the Skullcandy Supreme Sound launch in East Paris – where I was a guest – but we did stay here, and yes, I will be staying again.

Back to Skullcandy. When I was invited I asked a colleague about the brand and his response was not favourable but not altogether tragic. The problem that the brand is had, I understand, has been very popular with the cool kids, stemmed from its following with the extreme sport crowed, and sort of lost its away in terms of quality but retained a great sense of aesthetic. It does happen with a lot of brands but often they realise too late and fail too soon, but not Skullcandy. They have recognised this issue and have bought the design and technological development back in house in the USA’s Midwest region with Director of Electrical and Acoustical Engineering, Dr Testuro Oishi (pictured below) heading up this re-establishment of authority. 

The explosion in popularity of headphones, particularly those by a certain rapper and producer, have not helped competitor brands. But I asked what made the new Supreme Sound range better than those produced with the second letter of the alphabet emblazoned on them, and the response was simply, quality. Dr Oishi is one of the very few ‘golden ears’ in the world which means he can establish the perfect sound and pitch through natural aural means, making him a great asset to consumers who, like me, search for the right headphones that combine incredible style and ideal acoustics. 

I was one of three other journalists from the UK – the others being from Clash, Stuff and Shortlist – who were fed and over-watered at the quirky and atmospheric surroundings of the Gallery Madga Danysz in East Paris. I loved the artwork (pictured below) and the food was absolutely delicious – so long as I could chew it. To be honest, it was very warm inside and lovely outside so we decamped onto the pavement where the party was soon being visited by the police due to the level of noise. Not from us, but from tunes by MIM and ENTEK, as well as KHALID and CHOKOLATE – all mixing up hip-hop, dub step and electro. 

Luckily the event was not closed down but we were soon being whisked to Le Nouveau Casino for the Skullcandy Supreme Sound after party (pictured bottom) where the guests drunk over 100 bottles of champagne. I was a little over-champagned so we all headed back to the hotel in search of a cold, French beer. We found – at a little bar opposite – and was joined later by half of the press and Skullcandy team from all over Europe who nursed a few of Paris’ best, cold, beers. 

After vowing to get up at 8am and head into Central Paris, which of course didn’t happen, we headed to explore the surroundings and have a little lunch before the Eurostar back to London. It couldn’t have come sooner as I needed to rest my well partied and over-drunk head however it was done in celebration of supreme sound. 

Enjoy the pictures below and check out the hottest brand ambassadors that any company would be proud to have here, showing that Skullcandy Supreme Sound is not just for the cool kids, but for the best artists too.

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Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore was just honored at Youngstown University’s spring commencement (her alma mater). It had her thinking a lot about her own college days. “I was remembering all of the art students and their influences, like Donald Judd,” she said. Thoughts of Judd’s op art lent themselves nicely to Lepore’s Resort collection—which had her dabbling with geometry and color. Shades of “gumball green,” shocking pink, and deep navy blue made their way into almost every piece, from a sheer fit-and-flare jersey dress with quarter-length sleeves to a cashmere baseball sweater with sporty mesh side panels and piping. “The customer is taking a break from dresses,” she said. “So I figured it would be nice to have pieces that you can take apart and wear two ways.” Case in point: a paisley patterned silk crepe top worn with a cotton skirt of the same print, paired to look like a dress. The same idea carried over to a silk navy and white striped skirt styled with a simple floral top and a wide belt, but the look that stood out the most was a pair of “ink-blot” cropped skinny pants and a vertical-striped chiffon shirt topped with an oversize knit jacket. Her customers won’t miss the dresses.
—Jessica Minkoff

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Chloé

Chloé‘s Clare Waight Keller spoke of a “new romantic feel” for her Resort collection. Cap the N and the R and the comparison would still hold. There’s been a whiff of the eighties about Waight Keller’s Chloé since she took the reins, especially in the exaggerated volumes of her silhouettes, and that continues here. Crisper materials made a counterpoint to the looser shapes—there were acres of crunchy cotton poplin and cotton grosgrain, “keeping the sharpness within,” as Waight Keller said—but overall, the designer emphasized ease. Many of her tops and dresses are basically a single square of fabric—an oversize handkerchief, really—cinched with embroidered waists or belted, obi-style. It’s hard to imagine easier than dungarees, which is just how the designer described her all-in-one of the season, in washed silk georgette. Her “summer shearling” was toweling fabric, stitched into kimono tops or used as paneling on carrot trousers. It looked appealingly graphic when paneled onto those pants, but it might be the place where ease gets too easy.
—Matthew Schneier

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Givenchy

An old photo of Hubert de Givenchy’s muse Bettina (she predated Audrey Hepburn) got Riccardo Tisci thinking “gypsy” for Resort. Scarf prints were the collection’s dominant motif, but bohemian this wasn’t. Tisci cut the swirling paisleys in shades of red, blue, and gold with geometric blocks of black and white. If he’s the one who made the fashion world mad for prints, their graphic treatment here puts him ahead of the field once again. The effect was particularly striking on the collection’s opening look, a belted evening dress with long sleeves slit all the way to the shoulders. The capelike look repeated itself on shirts and outerwear, while extended tailcoat details that grazed the ankles on some of the looks likewise added drama.

Tisci’s gypsy theme continued with slouchy-through-the-rear-and-thigh sarouel pants, but again they were paired with tailored button-downs or the boxy, almost architectural T-shaped jackets and tops that have become a house signature. On the phone from Paris—a back-to-back menswear show and haute couture presentation kept him away—he called the look “romantic, but with a sharpness.” We’re hooked.
—Nicole Phelps

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Elizabeth and James

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen have plenty to celebrate coming off their big CFDA coup, but between their winning work for The Row and, count them, 11 deliveries a year for Elizabeth and James, the designing sisters aren’t about to kick back and relax anytime soon. The new Resort collection for their contemporary label is full of Olsen-isms both high and low. The saturated amethyst silk that was used here on a puffy-skirted frock (shown over a crisp bejeweled button-up), for example, also popped up in The Row’s new lineup. At the same time, there were also lots of feminine riffs on menswear suiting, which the girls explained have always been a key factor in the Elizabeth and James success equation. A slouchy white tuxedo jacket came with built-in swaths of silk that mimicked a scarf, while look 18 appeared to be three smartly styled pieces (an oxford with a sheer T-shirt tucked into a pencil skirt) but was actually an all-in-one shirtdress. The younger E+J customer appreciates the effortless appeal of tossing on just one day-to-night piece; she should also be thankful for the Olsens’ steadfast dedication to chic flats like the pointy-toe mule slippers here.
—Brittany Adams

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Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci‘s New York flagship is scheduled to open in September, followed by a Milan outpost next February, and nine more shops after that. If Peter Dundas’ new Resort collection had a more urban feel than usual, the big retail rollout is why. A global empire isn’t built on beachy caftans alone, though Dundas did show a few beauties in weightless silk, one with insets of delicate lace butterflies and another elaborately embroidered with a dragon. Their accompaniments, grosgrain weave military belts, could start a run on them at surplus stores.

Sporty daywear with a safari/military vibe was the emphasis here, jolted by more than a touch of Dundas’ signature brand of sex appeal. The opening suede shirtdress, for instance, laced provocatively up the sides and a leather dress featured a plunging open-V back, while the knit tanks he paired with slick tailored jackets and cargo pants were daringly sheer. A slim white T-shirt dress stitched with raffia provided a sweet counterpoint. The show’s best look was a peach and army green washed-silk bomber jacket and matching green pencil skirt. It got the sexy-cool combo just right.
—Nicole Phelps

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Nina Ricci

“Beach to night and the seventies” were Peter Copping’s starting points for Resort. His ending point: the sauciest, sexiest Nina Ricci collection he’s done. Little bikinis were the foundation for everything from a bordeaux camisole and slip combo to a lilac cashmere sweater worn with a scuba-fabric skirt to peekaboo lace cocktail dresses. Some of the lace came with stretch built in, which created a relaxed, almost sporty vibe. Continuing in the dressed-down direction, Copping added denim to the lineup—a first for the label. There was an A-line coat finished in black grosgrain, as well as a neat little jacket and a barely-there asymmetric wrap mini that turned to reveal it was actually a pair of shorts. Another clever idea that put the emphasis on ease: a smocked blouse in a micro-print and a matching full skirt. “It’s just smarter to give our girl options,” Copping said.

As deshabille as the mood was, dressing up is and always will be the raison d’être at Ricci. A delicate butterfly print dress with an embroidered white tulle bodice and handkerchief hem drew oohs and ahhs, as did its more dramatic cousin, a long gown in embroidered black tulle.
—Nicole Phelps

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Prabal Gurung

Aaron Moran’s reclaimed wood sculptures were the touchstone for Prabal Gurung‘s new collection. They capture, for him, the beautiful decay he witnessed on a recent trip home to Nepal and provided the Rorschach-like motif that’s become a trademark over the last couple of seasons. A jacket, shirt, and shorts combo in the repeating pattern looked familiar, but when the design was reproduced oversize on a simple white shift it felt fresh.

Gurung was at his strongest thinking along similarly reduced lines. A black and white double-layer dress had a graphic punch, as did another A-line frock in blue and tomato red. Those colors turned up again in the knitwear, a growth area for the designer. His pants—a little bit stretchy, slightly flared—do a great business too. For evening, he paired nearly neon silks with nude mesh corsetry details in another nod to Moran’s work. The emphasis here: beauty, plain and simple.
—Nicole Phelps

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Celine

Three years into her run at Celine, Phoebe Philo has been mainstreamed. Her accessories have become the status symbol for the upwardly mobile woman—you can’t go a block on the Upper East Side without bumping into a Luggage bag. For Resort, she’s introduced two new shapes: the All Soft, a zipless, fold-over tote with a “baby” pouch inside, and the Edge, which as its name implies, has a more structured silhouette.

On the clothes front, this season wasn’t so much a moment to introduce fresh ideas as it was to reassert house signatures. Leather continues to be of paramount importance. It was cut into variegated stripes for t-shirts and used on coats with horizontal panels that unzipped to create different silhouettes. Python featured too, most extravagantly as the patch pockets on a cashmere sweater. And scarf prints also made a reappearance, most interestingly on a pair of shorts and a shell top that were both veiled in a sheer white material.

If there’s a piece that the Philo girl will have to have, it’s the full, flaring trousers with deep stripes of contrasting color at the hem. The cut is great, for one, and two: Those in-the-know will instantly peg them as Celine. For a fashion insider, that produces the same kind of frisson as carrying a Luggage bag does for that Upper East Sider.
—Nicole Phelps

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Valentino

Andy Warhol’s portrait paintings line Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli’s mood board for Resort. The artist’s neon pinks, sky blues, and electric oranges all came together on their show-opening long tulle dress appliquéd with lace flowers, while its silhouette—the high neck, the long sleeves, the full skirt—could’ve belonged to one of his sitters. Nan Kempner, maybe, or Marisa Berenson.

The designers see both the Pop colors and the sixties shapes as antidotes of sorts to our current hard times. The clothes are surely uplifting, not only because they’ve been constructed to be almost weightless, but also because MG and PP are so focused on their clients’ pleasure. The single pantsuit in the collection came in a leopard print, and exquisite guipure lace meant there was little that was workaday about their button-down blouses. Where these clothes will be getting a workout is on the party circuit. One of the first to hit the red carpet will be the black tulle gown with the leather bodice. Warhol, we’ve no doubt, would’ve loved it.
—Nicole Phelps

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