As if you needed another reason to hit the pool or beach this season, we're giving you one: One Kings Lane just launched a collection of limited-time-only designer beach towels guaranteed to get more head turns than the designer swimsuit you saved up for. The new series offers frame-worthy designs from fashion and home heavyweights like Celerie Kemble, Nanette Lepore, and Steven Alan, all for just $29. Plus, the proceeds from this exclusive collection will benefit each participating designer's charity of choice — winning you style and philanthropic points. While Tracy Reese is the first designer to kick off the series, we've landed you a sneak peek of the rest of the collections launching from now through August. Be sure to pin the towel you'll be waiting for, and pounce on them before they sell out!
- Philip Treacy has designed a capsule collection of children's hats to celebrate the opening of the Sensatori Resort in Turkey. [Vogue UK]
- Did Phoebe Philo copy a coat by Geoffrey Beene for her Céline Fall 2013 collection? [Garmento]
- The installations for the upcoming exhibit Punk: From Chaos to Couture are rumored to include a 40-foot-long styrofoam statue of Vivienne Westwood, which will be decorated with cellphone-generated graffiti. [The New Yorker]
- Nanette Lepore will draw upon the prints and details of her ready-to-wear collection to inspire her first line of home goods, set to debut this Fall. [WWD]
- Naomi Campbell is bringing The Face to the UK. [FabSugar UK]
- Meanwhile, Kate Moss has unveiled a sequin-embellished presentation box she designed for restaurant chain Sushi Stop. [WWD]
- Cass Bird summers at sea in J.Crew's vintage-inspired video for its Spring 2013 collection. [Fashion Copious]
Source: Courtesy of Philip Treacy
Nanette Lepore traveled to Mars for her Fall '13 collection, as evidenced by the iridescent Space Age details and structured tailoring found in almost every piece that went down the runway. Even the most feminine dresses — namely, the graphic rose-printed iterations — took on an otherworldly vibe, courtesy of the designer's standout lineup of shimmery, holographic accessories. And to top it all off, we spotted actor Steve Buscemi sitting front row! See the 10 best looks from the Nanette Lepore Fall '13 collection now.
If women could travel to Mars, they would wear the beauty look seen backstage at Nanette Lepore's Fall 2013 presentation. The hair, created by Bumble and Bumble, was a futuristic version of a sleek ponytail combined with a modern updo. And the makeup was a play on both matte and metallic textures that would be the perfect palette for models in the 22nd century.
The look: Intricately parted hair, flushed cheeks, nude lips, and matte nails
The inspiration: Models on Mars
Who would wear it: The woman who is tired of wearing the same old ponytail
Emma Roberts struck a pose in this jacquard blazer ($498) and matching cropped trousers ($328), both by Nanette Lepore, at a Vogue Eyewear event in NYC last night. The actress styled her textured suit with a sheer striped button-down, black Christian Louboutin pumps ($625), and her cat-eye "Emma" shades by Vogue Eyewear. She completed her borrowed-from-the-boys look with a bold orange Clare Vivier clutch ($156), pyramid stud earrings, and a sleek updo. Score Emma's exact suit and her eye-catching clutch for your next evening adventure.
Even though they left the beauty in the hands of professionals at Nanette Lepore, the hair and makeup were meant to look like the models were preening themselves. And this time, the techniques were so easy to do, they probably could have.
The look: Bold pastel eyes, a textured ponytail, and flesh-toned polish.
The inspiration: A postmodern picnic.
Who would wear it: The ponytail fanatic looking for a funky take on the undo.
We are always looking to Tinseltown's trendsetters for new ways to work our seasonal staples, and recently we noticed a few celebs styling their bikinis with sweet skirts to create the perfect Summer pairing. Rihanna donned a palm Rio bikini with a white crochet skirt in St.-Tropez, Gwen Stefani showed her wild side in an animal-print L*Space number with an aztec All Saints maxi, while Whitney Port mixed prints like a pro in a floral Nanette Lepore top and layered earthy mini in Vegas. Cruise through to see what other stars have been spotted working this trend, then shop their looks for yourself.
>> The CFDA has decided to move from its current location in the Garment District to a new residence in downtown Manhattan, leaving some New York designers none too pleased. "We are extremely disappointed by the CFDA's decision to leave the Garment Center," said Nanette LePore, whose husband, Bob Savage, has been a staunch proponent of the Save the Garment Center campaign. "We only hope this does not signal the end of their previous support for New York City manufacturing and emerging American designers."
For its part, the CFDA has stressed that the decision has nothing to do with a lack of support for the Garment District, a neighborhood the CFDA has always championed. "We are not abandoning anything," The CFDA's chief executive officer, Steven Kolb, told WWD. "We considered buildings in the Garment District significantly in our search. The criteria by which we were finding space was ultimately based not on neighborhood, but what the best space for a functioning office for the CFDA was." Kolb went on to say that the Council had outgrown its current space, adding "we are busting out of the seams."
CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg echoed the sentiment: "We needed a very large space so we can have board meetings and clinics there. We found a great space with a great deal, and that's that. We looked for a long time." Von Furstenberg added that she will always think of the CFDA as "the soul of the Garment District."
The CFDA has signed a 10-year lease at its new location at Bleecker Street and Broadway, with plans to move this Summer.
Above: the CFDA's Steven Kolb and Diane von Furstenberg. Getty
>> The collaborations just keep coming: Zac Posen and Nanette Lepore are the latest designers to announce mass market deals. In April, Posen's capsule collection of 12 dresses — ranging in price from $149 to $199 — will hit 30 Lord & Taylor stores. And in early 2013, Lepore will launch a line for juniors with "sophisticated tastes" at over 600 J.C. Penney locations. Entitled L'amour, Lepore's line will feature dresses, prom looks, silk-screened t-shirts, sportswear, and denim. "This will not be a capsule collection," J.C. Penney president Michael Francis told WWD. "This is a meaningful, multi-year relationship." Francis also noted that this isn't the only collaboration the retailer has in the works, adding, "This is the first of our new designer partnerships. We will bring in the right designers."
At left: Lepore with daughter Violet at the Nanette Lepore Spring 2012 show. Getty