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Genetic Denim Enlists Liberty Ross for a Capsule Collection

Liberty Ross for Genetic Denim

While some models might be hired just for their pretty faces, they know a thing or two about what to wear when they’re not in the spotlight too, as evidenced by the growing popularity of model-off-duty style. Whether it’s between shows in New York or they’re getting snapped by the paparazzi in L.A., the catwalk queens have that perfect relaxed look down to a science. It might be that effortlessly cool look that influenced seasoned vet Liberty Ross’s capsule collection for her favorite denim brand, L.A.’s Genetic Denim, but thanks to her love of Los Angeles, the collection is anything but laid-back.

Ross, who met Genetic Denim’s founder Ali Fatourechi at a dinner in Los Angeles last year, didn’t hesitate at all when she was approached for a collaboration. The two had been exchanging e-mails and chatting on the phone as their friendship grew and they discovered that they both had a passion for Los Angeles’ unique charm.

Liberty Ross for Genetic Denim

Together, they worked on the six-piece capsule, which will be available exclusively at Net-a-Porter on August 22.

Naturally, the line includes two pairs of skinny jeans (a model-off-duty staple), but Ross has injected her London cool with doses of plaid and a unique grey wash that’s a refreshing new spin on the good ol’ blue that you’re used to. Influences also include her father’s roller rink, Flipper€™s Roller Boogie Palace, which was an L.A. institution that drew in the likes of Tom Ford and Rita Wilson with its bright lights and booming soundtrack.

The roller rink inspired a fitted blazer and pants done in metallic jacquard, but the inspiration for other pieces is much less flamboyant. A denim dress was inspired by her mother’s maternity wear, and with five siblings, you can bet that Ross’ mum was an expert on looking chic while with child. The collection is marked by bright, in-your-face gold hardware and Genetic’s signature denim, which is some of the softest and most comfortable in the business — just ask the label’s long list of celeb fans if you don’t believe us. And while neither party is stating that this is just a one-off partnership, Ross is focusing her energy on new projects which will put her acting skills in the spotlight. You can be sure that when the cameras start rolling, you’ll catch a glimpse or two of her design work, too.

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Monday Muse: The Boudoir Inspires Donna Karan Resort 2015

Donna Karan Resort 2015

Last February, Donna Karan celebrated three decades in the fashion business. Back in the ’80s, she entered the world of fashion with a bang. Seven easy pieces. She built and entire collection on the foundation of those pieces and even today, she returns to them with new variations, new fabrics and new shapes. But the ’80s were all about power dressing, which is what she addressed in her Fall collection (which should be hitting stores right about now), with big shoulders, onyx beading and a no-nonsense take on her classic shapes. For Resort, Karan decided to skip the boardroom altogether. Her girl is going right from the boudoir to a black tie event. And what does she have to wear? Plenty of loose, louche looks that incorporated layers upon payers of light-as-air sheers.

Donna Karan Resort 2015

That doesn’t mean that Karan’s resort collection is just for after-dark affairs. There were plenty of washed silk jackets and relaxed cotton lounge pants that fit right in with the prevailing trends of pajama dressing and luxe loungewear (Karan’s take on loose pants, in soft cashmere, are sure to be among the most expensive and the most luxurious).

Karan translated a few of her staples, including a flowing trench and a jacket, were done in loose, flowing silks that had sheer panels, showing peeks of skin here and crystal embroidery there.

The New York City skyline made an appearance, too, on a chiffon slip dress that would be perfect for a black tie gala (Nina Dobrev, one of Karan’s red carpet devotees is sure to be snapped in it come awards season).

Layers also appeared in other evening looks, including a plunging halter gown that Heidi Klum’s already made an appearance in, as well as daytime looks. Tunics were pieced from panels of sheer fabric and long wrap skirts showed hints of skin even with their maxi length.

Donna Karan Resort 2015

And while there wasn’t much in terms of structure or color (the palette was kept in the vein of grays, nudes and blush along with the requisite black), there was plenty to wear to black tie events. But even the most formal pieces, including an ivory strapless gown, were ready to recline. There were no boned corsets or full tulle gowns.

Instead, the entire collection rested nicely on Karan’s principle of relaxed and languid sensuality. Even the daytime pieces were soft enough to sleep in (Karan herself called a blush fabric “t-shirt chiffon”). And for today’s frantic lifestyle, there’s no bigger luxury than a taking a few minutes to just relax. Karan’s collection just shows that you can do it in high style.

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L.A.’s Michael Stars is Adding Menswear to its Mix

Michael Stars Mens

Not content to just roll around the country with a mobile shopping experience, Michael Stars is adding menswear to its fall offerings so that guys can get in on the same California cool look that girls have been flocking to for over two decades. The t-shirts and basics are just the beginning, however, because the line is out to give guys something new: technical fabrics in casual shapes that they can wear anywhere.

The line “is the epitome of L.A. style,” Michael Stars co-founder Suzanne Lerner said, “from the laid-back simplicity of Malibu to the innovative and edgier elements of Downtown.”

Michael Stars menswear will debut in the fall and the first shipment is set to include layerable basics (the line won’t be sharing the one-size-fits-most ethos that a few of the women’s offerings do) such as soft t-shirts, overdyed seersucker shirting and nylon jackets.

The first collection was inspired by urban exploration as well as the brand’s attempt to add a few stylish and effortless pieces that guys can wear anywhere. Unexpected touches include waterproof zippers on a few pieces, bonded jersey and nylon tees that elevate the line just t-shirts to a real player in the #menswear game. Prices will range from $48-228.

 

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Monday Muse: The Space Race Inspires Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2015

Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2015

Last fall, Marc by Marc Jacobs got a makeover courtesy designing duo Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley, taking the brand from sister label that leaned on trends — and managed to be a cash cow for it’s older sister — to a brand that is out to set the trends, just like big sis. On a runway that featured halfpipes, raw wood and metal accents, girls walked in moon boots, grunge-tinged tutus and huge MBMJ logos that pulled from Japanese anime and more. For resort, things have been slightly polished, but Bartley and Hillier still have their girl outfitted in a quasi-futuristic collection that blends the out of this world look of the Space Race of the ’60s with staples pulled from the closets of the housewives that watched that very first moon landing in 1969.

The designers of Marc by Marc Jacobs were inspired by Brit Marling€™s film Another Earth and the story of a group of aspiring female astronauts called the Mercury 13, who trained to go up into orbit but never quite made it, instead returning to civilian life. The combination of sci-fi and retro influences seems difficult at best, but fashion is having a science fiction moment thanks to the likes of Rodarte and Preen, who emblazoned dresses and blouses with images from the Star Wars films just last fall. And the retro, superfuture vibe that Hillier and Bartley showed for Marc by Marc Jacobs fit right in, especially when they enlisted the help of illustrator Zo« Taylor, who provided a galactic print worthy of a film trilogy (last year’s go-to graphic designer, Fergus Purcell, was enlisted again for t-shirts that were emblazoned with “sci-fi”).

Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2015

Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2015

The collection didn’t have a resounding effect on the fashion world, but fans of Marc by Marc Jacobs will find that their go-tos are still in tact.

There are A-line skirts, slouchy knits and cool-girl staples such as high-waisted trousers and blousy silk shirts, too, but the standout pieces were a pleated galactic print cocktail dress, which is sure to give shoppers who ignore the brand one reason to shop the racks, as well as sweet ’60s dresses criss-crossed with technical bands that recalled space suits. More literal pieces included a mechanic’s jumpsuit that could survive a rough landing no matter what vehicle you might be riding, and plenty of space-printed shower slippers and sandals that’ll might just change the minds of the Birkenstock fatigued.

It was the perfect blend of nostalgia for both the mid century and for longtime fans of the brand. Bartley told Vogue, €œThe Marc by Marc girl is now a little more charming. But she€™s still kickass.€