One look at their busy schedules, and you'll see that the style set (and their wardrobes) sure can multitask! To ensure they're jetting from the office to dinners and parties in the most fabulous of fashion, tastemakers like Rebecca Minkoff, Rachel Zoe, and Rachel Roy have a few easy tricks up their sleeves (and we're not just talking about a change of shoes!). Find out how to make your look work for you around the clock . . . all season long.
On-trend clothing that will last past the season and doesn't cost an arm and a leg? And is made in the USA? Sounds like a lot to ask for (especially the part where it's almost all under $150), but that's exactly what StyleSaint is doing. Standout pieces include a perfect silk camisole ($42), a little lace mini ($74), and a cool girl army jacket ($98). We chatted with überstylish founder Allison Beal about why she decided to go into direct to consumer ecommerce and that elusive LA style.
Winter might be on its way, but the chilly weather brings no threat of Malia Mills slowing down. And why should it? The New York-based, Honolulu-born designer just celebrated 20 years of creating flattering and stylish swim styles — and it's no coincidence that the brand's had such longevity. Mills certainly knows a thing or two about suits you can live in.
And with Resort season coming up, beach vacations and tropical getaways aren't too far off in the distance. Before you take last Summer's styles out of hibernation, get Mills's tips to ensure your swimwear lasts just as long as her brand has!
There's a reason everyone from Katy Perry to Alessandra Ambrosio has turned to designer Sally LaPointe: it's because her clothes are just plain cool. LaPointe, perhaps best known for her futuristic design sense — and her relationship with Lady Gaga — talked with us recently about everything from her dream client and how to build a fashion brand to whether or not there's ever a time when leather is inappropriate.
For the record, LaPointe thinks leather is indeed always appropriate, adding, "Leather will always work. I think babies should wear more leather. Leather for all."
Click here for more of our interview with LaPointe.
We sorted through the lineup of "professors," a short list of the nation's top designers, stylists, and executives, and although they clearly have plenty of good advice to share, we turned the tables and grilled five of them with the classic job interview questions we've all stumbled through — plus, what they'd wear to impress their potential bosses. So, do they get the gig? Read on, and tell us if you'd hire these pros in the comments!
Marant took time out of her hectic schedule to sit down with POPSUGAR Fashion just hours before her glittering launch party in Paris, but busy is the name of the game for Marant, who along with her highly anticipated H&M collaboration, designs both her namesake and Etoile Isabel Marant lines of RTW, jewelry, accessories, and those much-loved shoes. And it’s a personal approach, as the designer says she tries everything on herself. “For clothes, it's a lot about attitude. How do you feel in it? You only find out when you try it on.”
So, what happens when Marant turned her eye for the first time to menswear for the H&M line? Marant admits that it took more time to develop the men’s line than the women's line (those are iterations on her favorite pieces from previous collections). Marant tells us, “I mean, it was quite a challenge for me when I started. It can not be same approach [to menswear]. It can't be exactly the same fabric or texture. It needs to be much tougher, rougher for men. I had to practice it a little.” Is she happy with the final result? “Very,” she confirmed with a wide grin.
Disclosure: We were excited to be part of a small group of journalists brought to Paris by H&M to attend the event.
In the spirit of full disclosure, we've had a bit of a fashion crush on Mathieu Mirano for awhile now. Young and brilliant, the Long Island native has churned out a few seasons of clothes that are wearable yet fanciful and comfortable residing on the upper end of the luxury spectrum. When we heard he'd designed the above paper outfit Lady Gaga wore to premiere "Applause" on Good Morning America, we cheered, marking it as another milestone in his path to success. Excited to catch up with the designer at his Spring 2014 showing, we chatted fashion and Mother Monster herself.
POPSUGAR: Everything from Spring looks beautiful!
Mathieu Mirano: Thank you! It's almost like a new beginning with this collection because it's the most wearable I've ever done, but it's really important to me right now to be a legitimate business. So it's about making things that are wearable, but still dreamy, you know?
PS: Of course. So spill, how did things come about with Gaga?
After a successful stint launching J Brand in 2004, Susie Crippen left the company for some "me" time, traveling to haunts like Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, and India. After all that globe-trotting, she realized how much she missed creating clothes for women to wear and came back to her Los Angeles garage (truly!) to get to work.
She's now back at the helm of another ready-to-wear label, this time the eponymous Crippen, and cranking out clean pieces that will strengthen anyone's wardrobe. You're guaranteed to live in it all — when designing, she was inspired after looking at old photos of herself and realizing she was wearing the same thing again and again (and again) and wanting to give them fresh updates. With Fall wardrobe updates on the brain, we were eager to chat and find out the pro's stance on a few key fashion positions.
Although their collections certainly will speak for themselves when they hit the runway over the next few days, these designers were happy to talk New York Fashion Week when we asked. Click through the gallery to find out what Rebecca Minkoff, Misha Nonoo, Daniel Vosovic, Lubov Azria, and more had to say about their workroom soundtrack, celebrity client wish list, and the question they're so tired of hearing (hint: don't ask this crew about their inspiration!).
"I would say it was 2007 or 2006, when blogs were just starting and forums were just starting, there was a popular forum that spoke about handbags," Minkoff told us over the phone. "They were talking about mine so when I registered and I joined the forum to answer all their questions, no one believed it was me — because no one would ever think that a designer would, like, come on and answer all these questions. So I had to prove myself to the people that owned the blog and all the fans on the blog that it really was me."
But some of her first customers had a direct line to Minkoff: in the early days of her company, her cell phone number was on her receipts.
"Having people call my cell phone was really fun," she said. "Or texting me, like, 'Hey, what bag should I get?' But it was an early form of interaction where they felt like they had access — the fans liked it because they felt like they could call me whenever."
And with all the industry professionals who have ended up on screens big and small recently (Marc Jacobs recently starred in the movie Disconnect, and J.Crew's Mickey Drexler made an appearance in an episode of Breaking Bad), Minkoff said the one call she wouldn't mind getting these days is from Lena Dunham.
"I mean, if HBO's Girls wanted me on their show," she said, "I would not be upset at all."