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Save Steal Splurge: The Grey Bag

It’s sad to say, but the long days are waning and soon, you’ll be stowing away your maxis and peasant blouses for more substantial sartorial choices. But before you store your summer wares, update your look with a bag that goes smoothly from the dog days of Indian summer right into fall’s chill. Grey bags are great all year long, but they pair perfectly with summer brights and fall’s saturated hues like. Plus, they look amazing paired with the red Starbucks cups that are sure to be hitting stores any day now.

Pumpkin spice anyone?

Save: Botkier Crossbody Legacy Mini Convertible ($136.50)

Steal: Rebecca Minkoff Jules Satchel ($425)

Splurge: Loeffler Randall Work Tote ($695)

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Monday Muse: Herv© L©ger Celebrates 30 Years

Herve Leger Spring 2016

Believe it: It’s been 30 years since Herv© L©ger debuted the bandage dress. While Herv© L©ger the man isn’t at Herv© L©ger the label anymore, the DNA of that very first bandage dress has lived on season after season, teetering on stilettos and oozing sex appeal from each and every curve. The iconic bandage dress has become a symbol of sex and femininity (Laverne Cox wore one on the cover of Time), but to celebrate three decades of L©ger, creative director Max Azria didn’t look backwards. No, a retrospective collection would have been too easy. Instead, he and wife Lubov looked to the future €” though there was a touch of nostalgia.

Let’s get it out of the way: Spring 2016’s collection had exactly zero bandage dresses. Instead of reimagining the label’s bread and butter, the designers showed a collection that nodded to those bandage dresses without actually using bandages. Instead, Max and Lubov used trompe l’oeil, jacquard and clever weaving. The dresses moved and felt like bandage dresses (they didn’t move, like their foremothers, and seemed stiff and structured), but upon closer inspection, the fit-and-flare frocks were woven from cords or sat under a subtle netting. So fans of the label will have plenty to shop and will definitely find the new versions fresh and light.

RELATED: Monday Muse: Herv© L©ger Blends Bandages & Samurai Culture

Herve Leger Spring 2016

Another big development? Pants.

Yes, the staple in every other collection finally made its runway debut at Herv© L©ger. Previously, the Azrias showed moto-inspired leggings (in bandage, naturally), but this time around, there were legitimate trousers and jumpsuits, some kicking out in baby flares, elongating legs to giraffe-like proportions, even when worn under a dress or tunic. There was also development in shape €” dresses had curvilinear patterns and strategically placed panels that carved the body and traced out curves. Thanks to cutouts and a skin-skimming silhouette, the sex was there, it was just less in-your face, though no less va-va-voom.

And that 30 year anniversary? That came at the end of the show, where a parade of all-white looks came out, each one from a past collection and the final look from spring 2016. Done up in optic white, looks such as the barely there swimsuit from the line’s swim debut, the flowing combination of bandages and chiffon, the gladiator-inspired harness dresses and the classic strapless bandage dress looked less retro than classic. It just goes to show that if something is truly not broken, there’s no reason to fix it. But on the other hand, that doesn’t mean it can’t use a little update. Who would have though that Herv© L©ger would be the label to balance future-facing progress with nostalgia so perfectly?

For more information, visit www.herveleger.com.

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Bright Lights, Big Statement: Our Top Neon Yellow Picks for Under $100

Every summer, one trend comes around that we welcome with open arms: neon. There’s something so undeniably cheerful, fresh and summery about those bright shades that makes us smile — and makes our tans look a little big richer. And while some might shy away from bright yellow, we think that tackling the neon trend by embracing its brightest color is the only way to do it.

Go big or stay inside, because we’ve got the goods to get your noticed. Pair any of our picks with neutral closet staples such as dark washed jeans or white jeans and you don’t have to fear that you’ll look like a fashion victim. And it goes without saying: less is best — stick to one great neon piece and the rest of your outfit will shine just as bright.

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Saint Laurent Arrives on Rodeo Drive

The Saint Laurent store on Rodeo Drive.

After setting up a temporary shop and erecting a fa§ade that highlighted the nu-grunge look of the Slimane Saint Laurent at 326 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills can now boast the arrival of the brand new Saint Laurent flagship. After months of waiting, Saint Laurent revealed the new store and along with it, the brand’s new retail concept.

Of course, Slimane runs Saint Laurent with precision and control, so only four photos of the store were released, each one black and white and none showing any of the rock-tinged merchandise that will be available. The huge store, which spans over 10,000 square feet and three stories, can lay claim to being the largest Saint Laurent women’s store in the world. The temporary store, which is located at 469 North Rodeo, has been converted and will now only carry the mens collection.

The Saint Laurent store on Rodeo Drive.

The flagship features vintage furniture throughout, including pieces by Louis Sognot, Jean Roy¨re, Paul Dupr©-Lafon, Ren© Prou, Jacques Adnet and Edgar Brandt.

In addition, there are African art pieces by the Ashanti, Nupe, and M€™Bole as well as Zimbabwe stools and a Senoufo sculpture. The store is decked out in white marble, shiny brass fixtures and gleaming vitrines, which will hold small leather goods and accessories. The main feature is a huge staircase, which is visible from street level and leads up to a more intimate second story, which houses ready-to-wear and shoes and gives panoramic views of Rodeo Drive below through floor-to-ceiling plate glass windows.

The store also has is a five-level high display that will showcase handbags, shoes and accessories, though shoppers will be able to shop them on the first floor alongside jewelry and a small selection of ready-to-wear. The third floor of the store will be a private salon, so expect to spot Slimane’s loyal celeb clientele up top.

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Snuggle Up to the Best Shearling Vests Under $100

If you’re living in a spot that’s, ahem, a little more temperate than what’s pictured in the J.Crew catalog, fall may be about pumpkin spice lattes and not so much about piling on cable knit sweaters, peacoats and duck boots. But what if you want to channel fall’s cozy layers and it’s still 70 degrees? We’re opting for a shearling vest.

Nothing says cool weather like this cozy, comfy combo: sleek suede or leather plus fluffy sheepskin. And while most statement-making shearlings will cost you a few months’ rent, these faux versions are high on fashion and low on cost. Snag one and you’ve got the perfect thing to wear with your PSL.

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We Go Inside L.A.’s New Bonobos Guideshop (Plus a Special Offer for Our Readers!)

Inside Bonobos’ New L.A. Guideshop

Guys, the wait is over. We’ve teased you with the opening of L.A.’s very first Bonobos Guideshop, but starting today you can head over to La Brea to get a taste of the brand’s new concept shop for yourself. The Los Angeles Guideshop, which brings the world of Bonobos’ e-commerce into a click-and-mortar shop, gives you access to the brand’s entire inventory, including cult-favorite chinos, shorts, shirting and swimwear and a taste of the its golf line, Maide.

Bonobos Travel Jeans and more at the La Brea Guideshop

A word of note: Bonobos’ Guideshops are not your usual store. There is no actual inventory on hand. Yes, we repeat: No inventory on hand. If you’re interested in shopping, the best way is to hop online to make an appointment with a Guide (though walk-ins are welcome and most definitely encouraged). During the appointment, you will be led through the shop one-on-one by a Bonobos guide who will talk fit, fashion and finding the pieces to fill in holes in your wardrobe or new pieces that you can add to your weekly rotation. During our preview, our Guide explained the brand’s different fits (for shirts and those famed pants) and walked us through the brand’s seasonal offerings, which included print shorts, swim and short-sleeved shirts perfect for Palm Beach getaways. You’re order should arrive in 4-5 business days.

Bonobos Guideshop La Brea

In addition to belts, ties and other accessories from the label, an expanded collection of men’s accessories is also in the works — including those from other labels such as Grenson shoes, vintage sunglasses from Vuarnet (Remember those?) and more. And the brand’s denim? It’s made right here in L.A., from the stretchy comfort of Bonobos’ Travel Jeans (with 1% spandex) to the line’s Premium and Selvedge denim, both made from cone denim and designed to satisfy even the pickiest denimheads.

The store, which has a modular design that allows for shifting displays, shelving and tables, is bright and airy and filled with furniture that’s sourced right here in the City of Angels. Guys can also relax on a custom sofa designed by local furniture designer Stephen Kenn, who created a one-of-a-kind piece that takes cues from his Inheritance Collection and is upholstered in Bonobos€™ signature navy, garment-dyed chino fabric.

There’s also a collection of curated artwork on the walls from artists Millee Tibbs and Ashok Sinha, courtesy of Uprise Art.

Bonobos’ SELFY Mirror

Bonobos’ SELFY Mirror

The store is the first Bonobos Guideshop in Southern California, but that’s not the only first that you’ll get to experience inside. The Bonobos Guideshop La Brea has a little something special to satisfy social media-savvy  shoppers. Integrated into one of the mirrors inside the store, there’s a custom photo booth that features a special photo mirror which offers shoppers the chance to take a full-length selfie wearing the new items they’ve picked with their Bonobos guide. The first of its kind in the country,  the mirror was designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based company The SELFY.  Guys can then review the selfies on the mirror’s custom iPad app and have the images sent to their e-mail or smartphones. (Hint: perfect for sending to your significant other for approval.) Shoppers can even opt to receive prints with their sizes recorded in addition to the e-mail for future reference.

Bonobos Guideshop La Brea

And as a special bonus, Bonobos is offering Fashion Trends Daily readers a little incentive: Mention “Fashion Trends Daily” in the notes section when you make an appointment to visit the new Guideshop and you’ll get 20% off your order. The offer expires July 13. Just head to www.bonobos.com/guideshop to schedule your appointment.

The Bonobos Guideshop La Brea is open Sunday noon-5pm and Monday through Saturday 10am-7pm.
Images courtesy Bonobos
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Mon Dieu! Steamy Trailer For New Coco Chanel Movie

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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky Movie Poster

They say good things come in threes: the Bronte sisters, the Chipmunks, the Holy Trinity €” and now, it seems, Coco Chanel movies.

On June 11, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky €” the third Chanel movie in as many years, lands in select U.S. theaters. Like Audrey Tautou, who starred in Coco Avant Chanel, the film stars another familiar face in Chanel ad campaigns: Anna Mouglalis.

Directed and adapted for the screen by Jan Kounen, who was given unprecedented access to Coco€™s famous Paris apartment, the film follows the legendary designer€™s smoldering affair with the Russian composer, pianist and conductor.

And we€™re following the fantastic clothes, such as the Karl Lagerfeld-designed glimmering black dress offset by a diamond necklace worn by Mouglalis in the final scene. We€™re pleased to hear that Monsieur Lagerfeld, gave his blessing to both films and offered full access to the Chanel archives, as well as his creative genius in the wardrobe department.

Now, being the savvy trend spotters we are, we€™ll bet our sweet little camellias that we€™ve hardly seen the last of Coco. Check out the movie trailer: