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Summer’s Best Turquoise Accessories

Everyone has a birthstone. Whether or not you wear it is your business, but if summer had an official stone, we’d hedge our bets on turquoise. Blame festival fashion, boho babes and fashion’s perennial obsession with the wild wild west, because when the temps start to climb, we reach for our turquoise. But today, it’s not just chunky jewelry, because designers are offering high fashion takes on turquoise. It’s sleek, sophisticated and whimsical, too. We’ve found plenty to give this season a high-impact punch of color with bags, baubles and picks for your home, too.

Clockwise from top left: David Yurman Frontier Feather Triple Wrap Bracelet ($550), Kenneth Jay Lane Hinge Cuff ($150), LeSportsac Nylon Duffle Bag ($138),

Diane von Furstenberg Bar Stud Earring ($48), S’Well Turquoise Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($25), Sunnylife Parrot Candle ($17), Michael Kors Hinge Bangle ($145), Chan Luu Beaded Leather Wrap Bracelet ($112.90), Charles by Charles David Astro Espadrille Sandal ($89.95), Stuart Weitzman Neuxflat ($385), Samantha Wills Band of Outsiders Cuff ($186), Versace V-Signature Watch ($1,595), Crosley Radio Cruiser Turntable ($80), Kendra Scott Harley Necklace ($175)

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Black Friday 2014: The Best Sales

Shop. Just shop.

Let’s keep this short and sweet. While most Black Friday shoppers are flocking to big box retailers such as Best Buy to snag flatscreens and Blu-Ray players, some of us will be heading to our laptops to ease our tryptophan hangovers with some retail therapy. Here are some of our favorite sales to shop — and you won’t even have to change out of your pajamas.

  • Adela Mei: Up to 70% off select items, starting on Nov. 25
  • Alternative Apparel: 30% off of order over $75
  • Anthropologie: In store only, shoppers will receive special poppers containing confetti and surprises, including gift cards valued at up to $500
  • AYR: Extra 50% off sale items with code SALEONSALE. Starts Nov. 28 and ends Nov. 30th
  • Banana Republic: Take 50% off of one full priced item until 1pm and 40% off all day after 1pm
  • Barneys Warehouse: Extra 50% off clearance items and extra 40% off regular priced items
  • BaubleBar: 15% off two items, 25% off three items, and 35% off four items
  • BCBG MaxAzria: 50% off select items. Ends Dec. 1st
  • Birchbox: Get a free Birchbox for every $60 spent on subscriptions with code BOXME through Nov. 30th
  • Current/Elliott: 25% off the entire site.
    Starts Nov. 26th
  • Cynthia Vincent: 25% off of full-priced items with the code NOW25 Nov. 25-27 and 25% off everything with the code FRI21 Nov.28-30
  • Equipment: 25% off everything. Starts Nov. 26th
  • Guess?: Up to 50% off select items
  • H&M: Up to 70% off select items through Nov. 29th
  • Intermix: Take an additional 30% off sale items through Dec. 1st
  • Joie: 25% off site wide. Ends Dec. 1st
  • Loeffler Randall: 30% off select fall items
  • Lulu Frost: 25% off site wide excluding sale and custom items
  • Modcloth: 50% off of select new additions
  • Old Navy: 50% off the entire store
  • Piperlime: 25% off everything with code IHEARTNYC
  • Rebecca Taylor: 30% off of all sale items
  • Stella & Dot: Extra 25% off sale items. Starts Nov. 25th
  • Steve Madden: Shoppers who spend over $100 will receive a special Alex & Ani bangle on Nov. 28
  • Toms: 25% off the entire site, excluding core classic styles and sale items
  • Theory: 40% off select items

 

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Spring Beauty Collabs Star Supermodels

Kate Moss for Rimmel London

Just like the collab-crazy world of fashion design, the beauty industry is out to prove that two heads are definitely better than one. And what better heads than those of famous supermodels?

Kate Moss and Rimmel London are fªting their decade-long relationship with a set of seven lipsticks that all bear her signature (in scarlet, of course). What has Kate learned from ten years as a celeb spokesmodel? That lipstick doesn’t always last. Her solution? A long wearing, true-to-color lipstick that doesn’t fade after a few drinks. And with her rep as a party girl, she’s the perfect test

Kate Moss for Rimmel London

subject for lipstick longevity!

Her spin on Rimmel’s Lasting Finish formula adds black diamond particles for shine and light reflection. And while the formula is long lasting, it won’t dry out your pout. Kate’s a fan of shade 001, a rich scarlet, but all the hues — which range from a sexy nude to a vampy plus — seem perfect for any supermodel-in-training.  And at about $5 each, you can afford to slick a different one on at every spring soiree you attend.

The Kate Moss collection for Rimmel London is available now at drugstores, mass retailers and specialty retailers like Ulta and ulta.com.

Kate Spade Florence Broadhurst Polish Collection

For her first foray outside the world of lip products, Poppy King (of Lipstick Queen fame) turned to Kate Spade. Previously, she worked with the preppy brand for their debut beauty prod, Supercalifragilipstick, so it was only natural that she’d branch out under their polka-dot umbrella. Working with creative director Deborah Lloyd and her collaboration with Australian artist Florence Broadhurst (You read that right, this is a collaboration within a collaboration!), she used the technicolor hues as a starting point for a collection of polish.

€œI have long been waiting for the right reason to turn my eye from lipstick to nail polish and Deborah gave it to me,” said King.

“Florence Broadhurst was the perfect inspiration to have me design nail shades that spoke to the same female fun as lipstic.” Broadhurst’s work is known for its cheerful use of color, and the quartet of shades King developed, which range from a bright marigold to the season’s must-have tangerine, pair perfectly with the bags, apparel, home goods and accessories Lloyd debuted for spring. The polish set will be available April in Kate Spade boutiques and online at KateSpade.com for $28.

Josie Maran Model Citizen Collection

If you’re already a fan of Josie Maran’s cult-favorite 100% Pure Argan Oil (a multi-tasking hair, face, nail and body moisturizer), you’ll be evangelical about it now. Maran has teamed with a bevvy of her supermodel besties for the Josie Maran Model Citizen collection. The eco-entrepreneur has given models Petra Nemcova and Angela Lindvall free reign over label designs (Maran has her own label, too) for the oil and giving 10% of the purchase price to each models’ charity of choice.

€œLiving in a sustainable, earth-friendly way that benefits the planet has always been an essential part of beauty for me,€ said Maran. €œPetra and Angela are also so dedicated and passionate about the causes they support, and I wanted to share our enthusiasm with the world. We want to encourage everyone to join us in becoming €˜model citizens,€™ and the limited-edition Argan Oils are a great place to start.€

Angela Lindvall has chosen to work with Healthy Child Healthy World, which protects children from toxic substances through corporate responsibility and educating young ones on healthy lifestyle choices.

Petra Nemcova’s working with the Happy Hearts Fund, an organization she started after she survived the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. The charity works with children after natural disasters, and since its inception Happy Hearts has built 56 schools in nine countries after disasters like the Peruvian earthquake and Hurricane Katrina.

If you choose to snag Josie’s bottle, you’ll be supporting a cause she’s been spearheading since her brand’s establishment: Women for Women International. The charity allows women in developing nations to become more self sufficient, through direct aid, job training, education and small business mentoring. Since 1993, the charity has helped over 250,000 men and women in 130 countries.

The entire collection is available at Sephora stores and Sephora.com for $48 each.

Here’s Josie herself talking about the Model Citizen project:

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Jewelry Designer Rona Pfeiffer Designs Exclusives For ‘Dark Shadows’

Rona Pfeiffer

When jewelry designer Rona Pfeiffer got a call from Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood to talk about designing jewelry for a Tim Burton film, she called her Academy Award-nominated sister-in-law, Michelle Pfeiffer, naturally.

“I told my sister-in-law, ‘I have a 9 a.m. appointment with God!’” said Pfeiffer, referring to the much-celebrated Atwood.

The appointment with “God” apparently went swimmingly, as Pfeiffer’s jewelry makes an on-screen appearance in Burton’s new film Dark Shadows, premiering in theaters starting today.

The film, which is based on a vampire soap opera that aired on TV in the late ’60s, stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, a vampire resurrected in the glitzy disco age, and features sister-in-law Michelle, as Collins family matriarch, Elizabeth Collins Stoddard.

Pfeiffer’s work is marked by her use of burnished metals, organic materials such as raw coral and lava rocks alongside raw rubies and rose-cut diamonds, which is how she caught the eye of friends and family, Michelle included.

But even with Hollywood connections, Pfeiffer was surprised when she was approached for Dark Shadows.

Michelle Pfeiffer in Dark Shadows

“Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood saw a few of my pieces on my sister-in-law,” said Pfeiffer. “Colleen and I spoke, and she showed me a costume for one of the characters, and I started creating. Meeting with Colleenand showing her what I had created is something that I will never forget.”

But Jewelry wasn’t Pfeiffer’s first foray into the Hollywood scene: She started as an agent for film and television. But when daughter Audrey was working on a school project crafting key chains, Pfeiffer couldn’t resist getting involved. And of course, friends and family couldn’t get enough of her creations, prompting her to get shift her focus from films to jewelry.

“I really listen to my inner voice. My whole creativity comes from not being aware of trends. I love contradiction, extremes, and constant change,” said Pfieffer. “I always want to create what comes naturally, not what is already on the market or hinted at.”

Rona Pfeiffer Necklaces

Rona Pfeiffer Necklaces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the expansion of her brand to include a special shop-in-shop in Elizabeth Charles’ New York flagship boutique and Rona’s burgeoning reputation as the jeweler du jour to Hollywood starlets and fashion mavens, she continues to expand her signature look.

Instead of putting out a lower-priced line for those looking to tighten their budgets or adding rose gold just because it was on the cover of magazines, Pfeiffer stuck to her guns and used what she always had, integrating precious stones such as diamonds alongside quirky materials like ostrich eggs.

Of the shop-in-shop, Pfeiffer said, “I really wanted it to feel as if you were in a little gallery in Paris. I love how it all came together.”

The one piece that Pfeiffer thinks everyone should have is her signature silhouette necklace, with a y-shape, inspired by the rosary (not vampire friendly). And though her display cases feature piles of bracelets and layers of necklaces, she makes every piece so that her customers can wear them alone. Pfeiffer is a proponent of eclecticism and sees the collection of jewelry as an organic process, not something that needs to be wrought out or complicated. For women who aren’t used to her maximalist leanings, she advises inching toward it.

“Start off slowly and pick what you are most comfortable wearing,” said Pfeiffer. “You will see how new additions become a little treasured collection in no time.”

Rona Pfeiffer Bracelets

As Pfeiffer continues to add heirloom-inspired pieces to her collection, she’s also keeping an eye out for possible collaborations with a clothing designer for a exclusive line. But for now, she’s looking to add a full men’s collection to her line. “My next line coming out will include jewelry for men,” said Pfeiffer. “I have special requests from a few cool guys. But now I am going to deliver a proper men’s line that is just a little bit wild.”

Rona Pfeiffer at Elizabeth Charles is located at 639 1/2 Hudson Street in New York City. For more information, visit www.ronapfeifferjewelry.com

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Monday Muse: Little House on the Prairie Inspires Rag & Bone Spring 2014

Little House on the Prairie

Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville are known for their downtown cool (it earned them a spot on the cover of our Fall Fashion Glossi), so it was a surprise to learn that one inspiration for their spring 2014 collection was something as far from the streets of SoHo as you can get: the prairie. In addition to their usual sportif leanings and their masterful military outerwear, they drew from the ’90s and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s not-so-simple prairie life.

Little House on the Prairie ran for nine years starting in 1974 here in America, but we’re not quite sure when it ran in England, which is where Wainwright and Neville grew up. The show was marked by true prairie style with faded liberty-inspired florals, bonnets and high necklines in keeping with the wholesome mentality that was a mainstay in the new frontier. The show is still seen as a wholesome family staple and though few people know what real settlers wore when they worked the land, almost anyone can imagine it thanks to how pervasive Little House on the Prairie became. New York runways were embracing the ’90s this season, which could be why the sun-faded florals and empire-meets-babydoll silhouette might harken back to little Laura Ingalls’ signature style.

Rag & Bone spring 2014

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Rag & Bone’s entire collection wasn’t a throwback to the soft florals of the ’70s Prairie, but we (and a few other editors) noticed a shift from the brand’s usual urban look to a looser, more relaxed silhouette.

The label’s knits were chunkier and more relaxed and a hint of prairie chic could be seen in a drop-waisted babydoll paired with a cross-body bag that would be perfect for carrying wildflowers and  schoolbooks. A few dresses were also buttoned up right to the neck, giving even the sheerest dresses a sweet, innocent look. Of course, the boys of Rag & Bone didn’t pair their looks with sun bonnets and point d’esprit collars. They grounded the looks with chunky shoes and platform sneaker-sandal hybrids and gave their girls must-have bags in lilacs, off-whites and beat-up browns. Even the most city-savvy guys need a break from the hustle and bustle, and if that means a few forays into the countryside for Rag & Bone, we’re tagging along for these soft feminine frocks and sweet, swingy dresses.

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Monday Muse: Atelier Versace Takes on the ’50s

Versace Couture Fall 2014

For the past few seasons, Donatella Versace has taken inspiration from the likes of Grace Jones and Lady Gaga for her couture collection, Atelier Versace. But for fall, she decided to steer clear of the personalities and the performance costumes and instead, bring the focus on the roots of couture itself: the 1950s. Maybe it was the Met’s Charles James exhibit or the Mus©e Galliera’s newest show, Les Ann©es 50, La Mode en France 1947-1957 that softened Donatella’s collection, but even through the traditional shapes and technical mastery, the Versace DNA still managed to come out strong.

The classic ’50s cat eye at Atelier Versace

The roots of haute couture can be traced back to the 1700s, but most fashion historians mark the 1950s as the heyday of true couture. Before rail and air travel became the norm, women from all over Europe would trek to Paris to have private fittings at couture houses (often requiring more than one visit), where they would choose their own colors, fabrications and more based on each designer’s creations. The decade was marked by a few signatures, such as Christian Dior’s wasp-waisted New Look, the full-skirted gowns that came from houses such as Balmain and Poiret and the easy, draped bias dresses that made labels such as Gres and Vionnet famous. But it was technical skill above all else that made couture what it was.

The clothes were hand made, hand embroidered and were often made of the best fabrics sourced from around the world, which is just part of why couture had such cach©.

Jennifer Lopez in Atelier Versace

Today, couture is more about show than anything else, though most fashion houses are reporting record sales in their couture departments (Versace included). Donatella Versace shows her Atelier Versace collections in Paris right alongside the houses who made their names back in the ’50s, so it’s no surprise that this latest collection showed off the House of Versace’s technical knowhow just as much as it showed off Donatella’s signature sex appeal. The collection was filled with the rounded shoulders of the New Look, full skirts and prim and proper skirt suits that were slashed through with sheer panels and embroidered with jet beads. And if the technicalities of a tailored coat weren’t enough, Donatella summoned her atelier to create looks that were half hotpants and half trousers, a feat that combined the opposing talents of tailoring and draping (Jennifer Lopez sat front row in one of the half-pant looks).

Gold buckles and cutouts were also a big part of the collection, which added more than just a hint of ’80s Mugler to the Midcentury mix, but that was where Donatella let her personality shine through. While she didn’t cite musicians and rock stars as her muses this season, they’ll probably be the ones we’ll see wearing looks such as the crystal-laden bodysuit and ballgown or the strappy midi looks. And the fringe gowns? Let’s just count down the days until we see Queen Bey wearing one, because they seemed custom made for a true diva.

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Trending Now: This Week’s Fashion News

Leighton Meester has been named the face of Vera Wang’s new fragrance. Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

It didn€™t feel like fall here in Los Angeles (90 degree weather, huh?), but that doesn€™t mean that the fashion world takes an Indian summer vacay. Here€™s what you might have missed if you were spending the day in the sun or ducking in from the East Coast storms.

Little by little: Satya jewelry finds that mini-collections are just the thing to make it big. [FTD]

Video killed the lookbook: Lanvin showcases their H&M collab via viral video. Oh Alber, thanks for making us drool all over this collection. [FTD]

Boy meets girl in one of fall€™s hottest trends. Try on one of these menswear-inspired trends and take any outfit into the next season in no time. [FTD]

And elsewhere on the blogosphere:

No refunds or exchanges? After purchasing a stake in Hermes last week, LVMH is being forced to withdraw because of what the family deems unfriendly intentions.

C€™est la vie, Vuitton. [the Cut]

Iman sings the praises of designer Victoria Beckham (Sound familiar? We did it first!), calling her a real designer and not just a celeb with a vanity brand. [People StyleWatch]

Smells like teen spirit — vindictive teen spirit that is. Gossip Girl Leighton Meester signs on as the face of Vera Wang€™s new eau. Available next summer, here€™s hoping B ditches the headband.
[WWD]

Death by fire. The Hells Angels and Alexander McQueen settle by recalling products bearing the Hells Angels logo (scarves, rings, clutches, etc.) from Saks Fifth Avenue and Zappos. [WWD]