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Outerwear for Men is Getting Red Hot

Seeing red? Menswear designers showing in New York were all over this statement-making color for outerwear.

At Michael Bastian’s James Dean-inspired show, rebels rocked red barracuda jackets (the collars were all popped to reveal “Live Fast, Die Young” embroidered inside) and at swimwear line Parke & Ronen, models dressed up their trunks with bright red blazers — the ultimate pool-to-party transition. And for an all out Thriller look, Tommy Hilfiger’s got an updated leather jacket. It isn’t for everyone, especially with purple pants, but we’re putting it on our wish list right now.

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Theory+ Lands on Melrose

Theory+ on Melrose Avenue

Helmut Lang has left the building. The minimalist fashion line has left its longtime digs on Melrose Avenue to move…up Melrose. But don’t fret, shoppers, because neighboring shop Theory has embraced the space and transformed it into a new spot for its sub-brand, Theory+. The first location on the West Coast, the Melrose Ave. Theory+ boutique is fully stocked with activewear and accessories for L.A.’s health-obsessed.

Get familiar with the new Theory+, because it’s just the beginning of a major brand expansion for Theory at large. In addition to adding shoes and accessories to the main line, Theory is fully embracing fashion’s new fascination with all things athletic.

Think slick, tailored workout wear that integrates plenty of technology, including four-way stretch, sweat-wicking materials and more. And, because it is Theory after all, most of the offerings come in a somber color scheme of blacks, white and grey, all priced from $65-395. This isn’t the spot to shop for Lulu-style florals and stripes, but with so many guys and girls taking their athletic wear out of the gym and onto the streets, it might be a welcome change. In addition to workout wear, the shop is stocked with bikes from Tokyobike, fitness accessories and more — and it’s just a few steps away from other Melrose faves, so don’t think of it as a change of routine if you’re accustomed to shopping this posh drag, it’s just a new spot to stock up on savvy sweats.

Theory+ is located at 8382 Melrose Avenue, in West Hollywood. For more information, visit www.theory.com.

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Jason Wu: Three Things You Need To Know About Him

Jason Wu

With the aftermath of the frenzy for the Missoni for Target collaboration and the ensuing backlash after customers complained that their orders were canceled due to fulfillment issues, Target is hoping that their upcoming collaboration with Jason Wu will overshadow some of the other news.

And Sunday night’s Golden Globes may have just ensured that. While design darling Wu is well known as the guy who dressed Michelle Obama on inauguration night, his continually rising star shone even brighter after dressing another Michelle (Williams, that is) at the 69th Golden Globes Awards.

The star, who took home a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe, wore a stunning navy-and-black Jason Wu gown with three-quarter-length sleeves. In celebration of the February 5 launch, here’s a short list of the things you need to know before you click through to Target.com next month.

Jason Wu and Michelle Obama at the Museum of American History First Ladies Exhibit

1. Yes, Wu designed Michelle Obama’s inauguration dress, but she’s actually worn him on many other occasions.

The gown, which featured intricate flower appliques, is signature Wu. Each collection he does highlights his love of embellishment, be it with flora or feathers. We’ll never forget that custom-made floor-sweeping gown, but don’t expect to see this kind of detail hanging from the racks at Target.

Jason Wu Avant-Garde Androgyny Dolls

2. Jason Wu began his career designing dolls (and he continues to do so). He funded his first collection in 2006 with the money he earned from his doll collections, which included collaborations with Ru Paul. His miniature creations feature the same simple femininity that his full-size collections have, including beadwork, lace and structured handbags.

Jason Wu’s lace-trimmed sweatshirt

3. He’s not a collab virgin.  Wu, who interned at Narciso Rodriguez, designed a capsule collection for TSE and collaborated with Net-a-Porter.com for an exclusive line of wedding gowns. But his collection for Target will be the first mass market foray and the best way for fans of all means to get their mitts on pieces from this First Lady-approved designer.

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Go Full Boho Babe with our Favorite Bohemian Accessories

Spring is on the horizon, even if you’re living in your peacoat and your bare legs haven’t seen the sun for all of 2015, so there’s no denying that the boho trend will be back with a vengeance as soon as the mercury starts to rise. And we’ll be the first to admit that we love the style — we’re Cali babes, after all — so even though we’re still hunting for Coachella tickets and are slathering on the self tanner, we’re looking for breezy, boho accessories to add that gypsy glam to our springtime staples.

Clockwise from top left:

Forever21 Chained Wool Fedora ($19.90), Volcom Let’s Elope Print Maxi Dress ($75), Sole Society Wrap Bracelet ($29.95), Mango Boho Print Paisley Blouse ($59.99), Rebecca Minkoff Mini Fringe Crossbody ($125), Chan Luu Salmon Bracelet ($210), Visualize Victory Backpack ($67.99), Rebecca Minkoff Blade Necklace ($158)

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Monday Muse: The Ballets Russes Inspire Rick Owens Spring 2015

Rick Owens Spring 2015

A few seasons ago, Diane von Furstenberg took inspiration from the Ballets Russe for a collection. She threw together bold prints with gold embellishment, married ballet-inspired dance silhouettes with modern fabrics and had her girls walking on a technicolor runway. Rick Owens was also inspired by the that same cultural revolution, but his collection was just a bit different from Diane’s. The Brutalist designer may have found inspiration in the same subject matter, but his collection was far from a rainbow dream.

Owens is known for spare clothing, plenty of black and loose, androgynous clothes, so when his show notes included the Ballets Russe, known for extravagance, over-the-top showmanship and clandestine culture, critics were enamored even before the first look walked. But in true Owens style, the California-born designer gave the audience a tour de force of avant garde fashion.

Rick Owens Spring 2015

The collection answered the question “What would Bauhaus concretist Marcel Breuer create for a ballet?” The answer? A tutu in grey that fell from the back of a dress.

The dress itself? Heavy and stiff. The tulle? Light as air. That hard/soft balance was what the collection played on, but the inspiration was also a way for Owens to play with color. A rare sighting indeed at an Owens presentation, there were hints of brown among grey and black, but the real surprise? Pinks and blue. Khaki and gold. There was even embellishment and embroidery.

The collection was an exploration of new ideas for Owens, but it was also a showing that was surprisingly beautiful. In lieu of darkness and gothic beauty, there was an airiness and delicacy that Owens rarely touches. It was even lyrical, especially when the clothes walked by and tulle floated from the back of severe, stiff smocks. Enjoy it while it lasts, because we’ve got a hunch that this feeling won’t last long.

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Shop Our Favorite Subtle, Linear Earrings €” With Picks Under $50

Now that you’re wearing fewer layers €” and more flowing, loose pieces €” you might feel the need to pile on your accessories. And while we love a good stack of bangles, sometimes, wearing something delicate can make a big impact, too. Case in point: these earrings, which might seem subtle and diminutive, but pack a big punch in terms of visual interest.

They’re unexpected, sleek and cool, giving even the simplest outfits something extra. Plus, they’re totally different from the chandeliers and crawlers you’ll find on everyone else. Add these to your rotation and even your go-to wardrobe staples will get an injection of cool.

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Kelly Slater to Launch Lifestyle Brand with Kering

Kelly Slater

With labels such as Gucci, Balenciaga and Stella McCartney in its roster, parent company Kering is no stranger to high fashion, but the fashion conglomerate€™s latest news surprised even the most seasoned brains in the business. Kelly Slater, the Florida-born, 11 time ASP World Champion and surf legend is the latest addition to the Kering family.

The company will work with Slater to develop an apparel and lifestyle line and oversee the brand€™s sourcing, logistics and e-commerce. While Kering fosters and develops the Kelly Slater brand (it€™s still to-be named at the moment), Slater will take on a position as a Kering ambassador, with a focus on sustainability. Throughout his career, Slater has been an advocate for marine conservation.

€œFor years I€™ve dreamt of developing a brand that combines my love of clean living, responsibility and style,€ said Slater on his Facebook page. €œThe inspiration for this brand comes from the people and cultures I encounter in my constant global travels and this is my opportunity to build something the way I have always wanted to.€

Surprisingly, there is little mention of surf in the announcement, so the details of the clothing line are still vague. Currently, Kering owns the surf brand Volcom, which it purchased in 2011.

Kering may be positioning the brand away from surf culture due to the current struggles facing surf brands today. Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver, which has sponsored Slater since 1990, as well as Billabong have reported losses due to competition from fast fashion companies such as H&M and Uniqlo and a general shift away from surf culture.

€œThere is little I can say that would give the credit due or cover the debt of gratitude I feel on a personal and professional level to Quiksilver,” adds Slater. “As a brand and on a human level, they have been a part of my life, career, and personal relationships for more than 23 years now, well over half my life.”

But with different designers such as Tommy Hilfiger and even Prada integrating Hawaiian and surf motifs into recent collections, there may be a place for a surf-tinged line in the market after all. And with a name like Kelly Slater at the helm, it€™s sure to have the perfect combination of street cred and style.

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