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Monday Muse: Dieter Rams Inspires Jason Wu Resort 2015

Dieter Rams designs

Minimalist designer Dieter Rams seems like an unlikely touchstone for Jason Wu, whose collections usually drip with decadence, lace and embellishments. But perhaps his time at Hugo Boss has rubbed off on his namesake collection, because he name checked the German industrial designer as the starting point for his own take on this season’s most prevailing trend: minimalism.

Dieter Rams is most well known for his work with Braun, which included creating modern masterpieces including watches, speakers clocks and more. His work is around you everywhere, especially if you add on his work with Apple and other big names, too. His work is marked by a combination of functionality and beauty, which is why most of his work is still revered today and is proudly displayed in museums around the world as well as in the homes of everyday design junkies. His signature minimalism was done in a palette of muted colors such as white, chalk and black, with just a few pops of color here and there and through the use of that palette as well as the clean lines that pervaded Rams’ body of work, Jason Wu created a collection that took many by surprise. The designer eschewed his usual high-watt glam and to-the-nines embellishment and embraced the strict — but not stark — look of Rams’ designs.

Jason Wu Resort 2015

For Resort, Wu looked at his usual ladylike looks with a new set of eyes instead of completely abandoning the style he’s worked to develop.

There were plenty of dresses and feminine looks, but they were clean and spare. Lace, one of Wu’s signature motifs, was re-worked so that instead of floral patterns, the fabric was squared off and gridded. Rams’ work was one of the most significant aesthetics to come out of the ’60s and ’70s, but Wu’s collection was completely modern. Rams’ constant innovation was evident with Wu’s play with new materials and finishes. What appeared to be traditional beading was actually tiny plastic tubes and there were fabric treatments such as bonded wools and waxy leathers that were new for the designer, too.

Borrowing from Rams’ muted palette, there were just a few standout pastels, but they were warm and cozy, not bleached the way that Rams’ work might suggest. Instead, the pinks, yellows and mints that appeared on sheath dresses, polo shirts and clean, boxy skirts worked to add contras to the concrete and putty hues that appeared on coats and more. Fur is another one of Wu’s go-tos, and he sheared mink to give it an almost artificial look. It’s a big change from the romantic silhouettes and grand statement dresses that Wu’s customer is accustomed to, but we think that his fans will find this collection to be a breath of fresh air — and the sheath dresses looked just right for his most notable client.

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Our Favorite Turtleneck Sweaters Under $80

The easiest way to brave the cold might be to layer (and layer, and layer), but sometimes, you don’t want the bulk. The solution? Take some inspo from apr¨s-ski style and cozy up in a warm turtleneck. Think of it as a scarf and a sweater in one: you’ve got a great, sumptuous knit to keep you warm, plus a funnel neck to, well, keep your neck protected from the elements, too.

But it’s not just about grabbing any old turtle €” we’ve picked some with high style, be it with the addition of some textured cables, a chic color or the addition of some fun fringe, these pieces won’t just keep you warm, they’ll make sure you look hot, too.

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Fashion Designers Team with Born Free to Fight AIDS

Shopbop Born Free Collection

This morning, Shopbop unveiled the complete Born Free collection, a range of women’s and children’s clothing and accessories that’s been making waves in the fashion world. Check your Instagram and, if you follow Rachel Roy and Victoria Beckham (among others), you’ll see that fashion’s biggest names are all spreading awareness for the charity and it’s work with HIV and AIDS in Africa.

The collection, which includes contributions from the biggest names in the industry, including Phoebe Philo of C©line, Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, Isabel Marant and more homegrown talent such as Vera Wang, Donna Karan and Diane von Furstenberg, will donate all of its proceeds to Born Free, a program that’s working to end mother-to-child HIV transmission in Africa by providing antiretroviral treatment to expectant and breastfeeding mothers.

C©line Born Free tote

€œThis kind of thing I am happily roped into,€ said Stella McCartney. €œIt€™s a great way to balance fashion with something incredibly vital. I love the idea of pulling out working mothers in the industry and giving us something important to tackle for a change. I mean, you know, I love shoes, but there are more important things in life, like survival, and creating the next generation of healthy humans on this planet.”

The project began when Vogue approached 23 designers, who are all mothers, to create special pieces for the collection. Every piece in the range is priced below $250 and incorporates the artwork of Brooklyn-based, Kenyan born Wangechi Mutu. For some of the labels, this is the first foray into collaboration, including Alberta Ferretti, C©line and Chlo©, who have canvas totes, dolman-sleeved tops, sheath dresses and more on offer for women and little girls.

Born Free Prada skirt

You can snag one of Prada’s signature printed skirts — and get a matching one for tiny tots — as well as a myriad of accessories, dresses, skirts and more from names such as Versace, Vera Wang, DKNY, J.

Crew and more. Baby items include bibs, onesies, swaddling blankets and more with prints pulled from Mutu’s work. It was also announced that the MAC AIDS Fund, which has been working with AIDS since 1994, will match all donations and the total purchase price of all products sold, up to $500,000. The funds will provide antiretroviral treatments for mothers so that they don’t spread the HIV virus to their children during childbirth or through breast milk. If taken properly, the treatments can be extremely successful and almost ensure that babies will be born HIV-free. The entire project is being documented by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue and Victoria Beckham has paid a visit to South Africa to see Born Free’s work for herself at the Desmond Tutu Foundation. 

Victoria Beckham in South Africa

€œIt€™s taken a long time to find a charity that I really feel a connection with,€ Victoria Beckham told Vogue, €œand it€™s kind of changed how I feel about everything, really. I have met a lot of HIV-positive women who told me their stories. My eyes were opened. I had no idea that this pill existed, and because of these pills, we are now at a statistic of 97 percent of babies born free of HIV. The statistics are nothing short of mind-boggling. Obviously I am a woman and I am a mother, and this touched me. I really feel like I can do something to make a difference.€

To further the cause Born Free has released a campaign shot by famed photographer Patrick Demarchelier featuring models Doutzen Kroes, Sasha Pivovarova and Karolina Kurkova with their children, all outfitted in the collection.

Shop our picks from the Born Free Collection at Shopbop: