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Our Favorite Gleaming Gladiators for Golden Goddesses

Go for the gold, because nothing makes your tan look that much darker and your pedicure look that much fresher than a gleaming pair of sandals. Summertime heat begs for eye-catching gladiators, but instead of going for basic black or rich-but-sometimes-boring brown, go all out and choose a gold pair. Think you can’t wear them with anything and everything? Think again, because like black and brown, gold is a great neutral, only it’s much more attention grabbing than something in a matte leather. We’ve got golden picks that lean clean and minimal as well as great choices in a more traditional boho feel. Whichever style strikes your fancy, make sure you’ve got your shades on, because there is sure to be plenty of shoe-gazing with such show-stopping sandals.

Clockwise from left: Steve Madden Plato ($46.86), Saint & Libertine Brea Sandal ($195), Kate Spade New York Aster Sandal ($238), Tibi Colby Sandals ($295), Circus by Sam Edelman Selma ($45), Stuart Weitzman Artisan ($398), Loeffler Randal Marmy ($195), Callisto Rose Sandal ($64.95), Marietta’s Ancient Greek Lernean Hydra Sandals ($345)

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Monday Muse: Alexander Wang Takes on Denim and Uniform Dressing

Alexander Wang Resort 2015

Alexander Wang has always had big ideas. His conceptual designs have taken inspiration from fabric and fabric manipulation and his stores have art spaces inside them, each change meriting press coverage and commentary from shoppers and critics alike. But for his Pre-Fall 2015 collection, Wang decided to pare down his big concepts and instead of creating heat-sensitive dresses or blacklight-activated patterns, he gave us all clothes that we want to wear.

Wang also made headlines with the news of his new denim line, and that utilitarian ethos is where his Pre-Fall 2015 collection began. The denim, which will be in stores right about now, focuses on new fabrications and technology that resists unwanted fading and stretching, is sure to be spotted on street style stars in the coming months, especially with the provocative ads that came along with the announcement.

Alexander Wang Resort 2015

And denim, at its root, is workwear, which is what Wang riffed on for pre-fall. Mens’ staples, uniforms and military regalia all showed up in the collection, though the fabrics were decidedly feminine and the cuts had Wang’s signature sex written all over them.

Bomber jackets were rendered in deep aubergine, bags were stripped of hardware flourishes and instead boasted utilitarian pockets and long shoulder straps.

Shapes were boxier than the norm for Wang, but that’s probably because of his inspiration. Guys’ loungewear and uniforms aren’t necessarily the sexiest jumping off point, but when details such as shawl lapels on a robe dress or the lacing of a flight suit on a slip dress gave little peeks of skin here and there that Wang’s customers have come to expect.

Alexander Wang Resort 2015

And we’re not saying that Wang’s wild side has been tamed once and for all, but he did include a small collection of evening wear in the collection — a first for the line — after retailers across the country and world were practically begging for it. The designs were done in black and white and featured sleek lines and slivers of skin. Unarguably chic, it expanded the Wang lexicon, which is now approaching the tipping point of becoming a full-blown lifestyle line. After his collaboration with H&M, his athleisure-tinged T by Alexander Wang line and now his evening wear, it’s only a matter of time until we’re burning Alexander Wang candles, surrounded by Alexander Wang furniture and loving every minute of it.

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Monday Muse: Prada Pulls from the Archives for The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Do we really need to remind you, our lovely fans of film, fashion and flappers, to mark your calendars for May 10? We know that you are already waiting with perfectly coiffed fingerwaves for the premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Like all of Luhrmann’s works, the previews are fraught with luxe, decadent sets, unexpected music (Beyonc©! Lana del Ray! Jay-z!) and intricate, fantastic costuming. Leave it to Mrs. Miuccia Prada — who has collaborated with Luhrmann before — to outfit the film’s actresses in pieces that are at once completely modern and perfectly styled to match the period of the film.

Prada sketches for The Great Gatsby

When she was approached by Luhrmann to dress the stars of the film, Prada didn’t see the connection (she’s known for pushing the envelop forward in the fashion world, not looking back, after all), but all Luhrmann had to do was send Miuccia a few photos of her own work that just happened to look as if they’d come straight out of Fitzgerald’s novel. They’d worked together before, with Prada outfitting Leonardo DiCaprio in Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet as well as a special video installation for last year’s Met Museum exhibit celebrating Prada and fellow designer Schiaparelli, but this would be their biggest project together to date. For the film, Prada revisited her work both for the Prada label and her Miu Miu line and saw that many pieces would look like period costume if they were altered just a bit.

A fur stole here, a drop waist there and her pieces went from modern marvels to Jazz Age staples.

The Great Gatsby

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Fans of Prada will recognize a few of her iconic dresses from Spring 2011, Fall 2009 and more — just look past the added fringe, bugle beads and over-the-top accessories. And who better to provide those accessories than American jewelers Tiffany and Co.? Nobody, that’s why Luhrmann teamed with the brand (with a little help from his wife and the film’s production designer Catherine Martin) to bring back looks from the company’s archives. Collectors are already salivating over the brand’s re-released earrings, necklaces and the diamond-and-platinum headpiece that Mulligan wears in the film’s iconic party scene.

For the guys, each and every actor and extra was outfitted by Brooks Brothers, which boasts that they actually dressed F. Scott Fitzgerald himself in suits, ties and the label’s perennial best-seller, the straw boater. The shirts that Gatsby himself flings from his closet are all Brooks Brothers, too, but everything is perfectly modern — the actors are wearing slimmer cuts, updated colors and they’re all styled just a bit closer to outrageous than period-appropriate. This is the big screen, so we’ll let Luhrmann slide as we soak it all up.

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Save Steal Splurge: the Chain Tassel Necklace

If chunky chains and delicate baubles aren’t your style, we’ve got a style for you: a station necklace decorated with a feminine and flowing tassel. It’s a style we’re seeing all over, from the resort collections to the real world, where gals are draping these statement-making jewels over everything from a tank and flares to their go-to summertime maxis. Feel like your outfit needs just a bit of fun and swing? These will give even the simplest ensembles that little extra boost. Swing on long past summer, too, because we can’t imagine stowing these away when our fall sweaters come out of hibernation.

Save: Vince Camuto Haute Tassels Long Necklace ($38)

Steal: Sonya Reese N-Tessa Drusy Tassel Necklace ($49.90)

Splurge: Kendra Scott Rayne Stone Tassel Pendant Necklace ($80)