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Tracy Anderson Launches Leggings with Edition01

Gwyneth Paltrow with Tracy Anderson

You know Tracy Anderson as the trainer that whips Gwyneth and J.Lo into shape and as the woman behind the Metamorphosis workout method, a system that addresses trouble spots. But she’s adding one more notch onto her belt: designer.

Partnering with Edition01, the online site that specializes in creating exclusive collaborations with designers, she’s launched a line of leggings to fit the four body types she outlines in her Metamorphosis method, giving every woman a cut that flatters in or out of the gym.

The line came about when Anderson’s clients asked (practically begged) her for info about the leggings she wore to their training sessions. Anderson’s were bespoke (naturally) blending custom fabrics into cuts that she knew flattered her own body. So instead of insisting that every client get made-to-measure workout clothes, she developed the Tracy Anderson for Edition01 line, a four-piece collection of leggings (priced at $125 each) for women of all shapes and sizes.

Each cut references a body type in Anderson’s Metamorphosis method. With a cut that corresponds with each of the four shapes, the leggings look great in the gym and out of it. Omnicentric ladies (those that carry their weight throughout their bodies) get all-over control with a capri cut to flatter their legs while the abcentric (ladies who have extra weight around their midsection) style integrates a higher rise and more support in the lower stomach. The other two styles, the glutecentric and hipcentric each have special seams to elongate the body and special mesh panels that are as much function as fashion: They contour the body to accentuate curves and hide trouble spots.

Sally Pressman in the Hipcentric

If you’re not sure what shape you are, Edition01 links to Anderson’s Body Type Calculator, which not only lets you know which style suits you best, but also leads you to a workout regimen that’ll whittle your problem areas and get you in the same league with Anderson’s A-list clientele.

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For the lookbook, Anderson’s clients modeled each of the pieces two ways: one look was gym-centric (though we’re not recommending a blow out right before a strenuous Metamorphosis-style workout); the other showed how the leggings can be worn with pieces in your closet. Anderson herself prefers Isabel Marant and Azzedine Ala¯a (we’re going to credit BFF Paltrow for that influence). Actress Sally Pressman, who stars in Lifetime’s Army Wives, and Jenni Konnor, a writer and executive producer for HBO’s Girls are just two of the celebs modeling Anderson’s line.

Jenni Konnor in the Glutecentric

Each piece from Edition01 is hand-numbered so that shoppers know they’re getting a unique piece they can’t get at department stores or specialty boutiques. The creators, Estefania Lacayo and Jessica Wilpon Kamel, carefully curate all the stock so that the site’s shoppers only get the best of everything — from staples such as workout gear and tailored pieces to finishing touches such as jewelry and bags.

For more information, visit www.edition01.com or www.tracyandersonmethod.com

Photos courtesy Edition01

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Monday Muse: The Internet Age Inspires Kenneth Cole

Heidi Klum backstage at Kenneth Cole fall 2013

Tweet me, poke me, Insta-this, tumble that. The barrage of social media in our everyday lives was destined to walk the runway one day, wasn’t it? Kenneth Cole, who hasn’t showed during New York Fashion Week in seven years, made a triumphant return to the catwalk with a collection inspired by the world of social media. No, the models weren’t wearing Tweets or smart phone-enabled jewelry. Kenneth Cole Collection, the designer’s higher-end ready-to-wear label was, instead, was inspired by the men and women who walk the city of New York — or anywhere, really — with their phone always at the ready to blast out a Tweet or Status Update. In short, it was a cheeky yet chic look at how social media and Fashion Week have become not-so-strange bedfellows.

Even during his hiatus from the runway, Cole has been known for clothes with an urban edge, not quite prep, not quite minimal, but completely modern and, above all, wearable. The show was also streamed online, which many designers (Rachel Roy, Ralph Lauren, DvF, etc.) have also embraced. In true multiplatform synergy, Cole even used the show to benefit amFar, with every Tweet earning the charity $1 for every #KCRUNWAY tag. Cole happens to be amFar’s chairman of the board, so we assume it didn’t take much finagling to tie the show in with the charity. But for all the buzz surrounding the show, the clothes themselves were why editors and fashion fans tuned in online and braved the mighty Nemo, and they were a true testament to Cole’s M.O.

Kenneth Cole fall 2013

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The menswear and womenswear that Cole and creative director Kobi Halperin sent down the runway were deep and dark — a New York staple — but integrated techy fabrics such as bonded leathers, woven wool hybrids and holographic-finished outerwear (a favorite this season, just check out Minkoff, Milly and more).

You could practically see style bloggers fighting over open-toed over-the-knee boots and big, chubby coats. Colors such as oxblood and deep fatigue green kept the palette decidedly dark, which will balance any street style poser’s usually saccharine Bloglovin’ page. But add-ons such as multi-use pockets and photo-friendly chokers and harnesses will be a staple for seasons to come. At the end of the show, models had their own phones in hand as they took their final passes, Instagramming the audience and sending out Tweets of their own. If that wasn’t meta enough, front row regulars, editors and the like went back to their iPads, laptops and more just to find that they’d been Tumbled, tagged and Tweeted themselves.

Photos courtesy Kenneth Cole and Style.com

 

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Cheap Thrills: Christopher’s Post-Summer Slip-Ons

Sperry Top-Sider for J. Crew Wool Slip-On

Living in Southern California, summertime stays with us long after the rest of the country has started cozying up to fall and the great sweaters, corduroys and flannels that come with it. But just because the weather isn’t dipping below 70 degrees anytime soon doesn’t mean that we can’t start prepping for the chill of fall and the red cups at Starbucks. So as soon as September hits, I’ll be swapping out my favorite boat shoes for these Sperry Top-Sider for J. Crew Slip On Sneakers ($70).

Slip on sneakers have been a staple for Southern Californians ever since I was born — I’ve had checkerboard and leather versions ever since I could walk — but this season, the trend has hit full saturation with huge names such as C©line and Isabel Marant giving high fashion spins on the shoe as well as regular ol’ shoe labels such as Steve Madden and Aldo giving shoppers a more wallet-friendly version.

But instead of the cobalt pony (thanks, Phoebe Philo!) and the perforated leather (courtesy the OG, Vans), fall calls for something a little bit cozier, even if we’ll be pairing these wool sneakers with shorts for a few more weeks. The classic slip-on silhouette gets a luxe upgrade with Sperry Top-Sider’s tonal wool, and the style is available in monochromatic grey (pictured above) as well as a deeper navy and grey. We’re opting to go a little lighter, because after all, we’re really only playing dress up when fall hits our shores. We’ll leave the real bundling up to the pros.

Available at J. Crew.

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L.A. Rolls Out The Red Carpet For Lulu Powers Book Party

New Lulu Powers Book

Hostess-with-the-mostest articles in magazines are typically manufactured and manicured for readers€™ pleasure, as it€™s not just any hostess that has the natural ability to pull off effortless entertaining with panache and grace.

But Hollywood caterer Lulu Powers is just such a breed. And her entertaining embraces the high-low aesthetic with aplomb! In any given week, Powers is effortlessly hosting multiple visits and drop-bys from friends and relatives, pulling out the pat© and crusty bread, pouring a glass of wine and setting out fun bowls of Red Vines, mini Reeses cups and other naughty morsels. Twinkling lights in her courtyard beckon every visitor to get comfy, relax and dish and nosh. Candles are aglow every evening, and the house is always camera ready. (Convenient, since her husband, Stephen Danelian, is a celebrated photographer who has shot for Vanity Fair, Allure, Vogue, Rolling Stone and more.)

Now Powers, a former personal chef to some of L.A.€™s most notable denizens, passes on her-ahem-powers (do forgive me, Lulu) to all of us in her recently released book Lulu Powers Food to Flowers (Harper Collins).

From stocking a party pantry to having food at the ready for foraging houseguests and her secret €œcheesy eggs€ made with one of France€™s most beloved low-brow processed cheeses: Laughing Cow. God bless la vache qui rit! And if you€™re listening Fromageries Bel: We will also gladly devour your Boursin and Mini Babybel in a box, with a fox, here or there€¦

But even more impressive than our obsession with all things cheese and Powers€™ refreshingly fun and user-friendly entertaining book is that the private book-release party held at the home of social luminary Colleen Bell was better attended than many events we go to for far more high-profile figures €” and Powers managed to sell over 350 books that evening!

We love her Coffee and Newspaper breakfast party idea and are dying to host one of our own! We€™ll take her tip and provide towelettes and hand wipes to keep the newsprint at bay while we devour the Mini Blueberry Pancackes!