The minute we heard Madewell got a new designer, our ears perked up. While we won't see what Somsack Sikhounmuong has in store for us until he presents Spring 2014 this Fall, we can still root out a few clues about what his Madewell will entail: The designer styled the brand's Fall/Winter lookbook and is sharing the top 11 pieces he wants every girl to have in her closet come Fall. Shop it all now, take a quick glance at Sikhounmuong's C.V., and get excited for what's to come from his made-over Madewell.
When quirky-cool Stacey Bendet, the mastermind behind Alice + Olivia, invited us to come along on a Summer sojourn to Sun Valley, ID, we jumped at the chance! The designer shared some Instagram snaps from a trip earlier this month, and if you think her colorful style is reserved for New York City's anything-goes fashion mentality? Well, you'd be wrong. Like any good lover of clothes, Stacey's trip involved multiple outfit changes a day and bold silhouettes styled with smart packing essentials like the classic tee. She gave us exclusive anecdotes about each look and proved that even in Idaho, you can't keep a fashion girl down.
All things considered, Orla Kiely had a pretty good Tuesday. The British designer not only introduced the press to the latest entry in her long series of bestselling collaborations, but also was inundated with a lot of good press when Carole Middleton — grandmother to the future king of England, pictured above — wore one of her dresses to meet the newborn royal.
At a party celebrating her new line of tech accessories with Belkin — they're available at Target now — Kiely talked with us about dressing the royal family, what she thinks Kate and Will should name their new son, and why she wanted to put her iconic prints on iPhone cases.
David Koral only started his eponymous jeans line Koral Denim a year ago, but he already had a lifetime of industry experience before he launched the brand.
For Koral, denim is a family business. His father, Peter Koral, founded the much-loved jeans brand 7 For All Mankind in 2000, and now he's working with David on the new venture.
"To say the least, it's an interesting relationship," the younger Koral told us in an interview. "If you could imagine, father and son working together in the same office."
At the moment, Rebecca Minkoff is heading into quite a bit of uncharted territory. This week, she launched her first-ever denim line, put her skills to work on a new beauty campaign, and is primed to open a flagship store in a 3,800-square-foot space in NYC's SoHo neighborhood by the Fall. And just last night, the fashion designer — decked out in denim, of course — hosted a launch party of her latest pop-up shop. We chatted with the designer on all things jeans, and learned one very important reason why you should buy a pair.POPSUGAR: It's a big deal when any designer moves into the denim market. What made you decide to do it?
Rebecca Minkoff: I love denim, and I wanted to give my customer another casual staple to add to her wardrobe. It was important to me that the jeans be a premium quality but also a great price for my customer. Our price range for the denim and t-shirts is $48 to $128.
PS: What is your absolute favorite piece from the new line?
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Designer Zac Posen flexed his creativity recently with the creation of a 24-karat gold dress, designed in cahoots with Magnum Ice Cream and debuted with a short film at the Tribeca Film Festival starring Caroline Correa and Joe Manganiello. Now, all that glitters is both gold and ready to be worn by you — a version of the original $1.5 million dress became available for rental on Rent the Runway this month and will be rentable until the end of August. In celebration, we chatted with Zac about celebrity dressing and who he's following on Instagram these days.
POPSUGAR: Which celebrities have you had the most fun dressing?
Zac Posen: Everybody, especially when they've been able to collaborate and come to the studio and have it become meaningful. Obviously working with good friends like Lena Dunham or Claire Danes or Martha Stewart has great meaning to me because they're people I admire and I've known for awhile. I try to think of the people I work with as creators rather than celebrities.
In his first interview since his 2011 dismissal from Dior — which also happens to be his first-ever sober interview, too — John Galliano spoke with Vanity Fair about the addiction that consumed him, the anti-Semitic remarks he made in a Paris cafe, and the road to recovery in the two years since his firing. The exclusive interview, which also pulls from a range of sources, including Galliano's friends Kate Moss and Oscar de la Renta, as well as members of the Jewish community, will be available in full in the July 2013 issue, but until then, a few highlights below.
On his anti-Semitic outburst: "It's the worst thing I have said in my life, but I didn't mean it. . . . I have been trying to find out why that anger was directed at this race. I now realize I was so f*cking angry and so discontent with myself that I just said the most spiteful thing I could."
On his excessive drinking and drug use: "I was going to end up in a mental asylum or six feet under."
On his first phone call in rehab: [Galliano called Bill Gaytten, who stepped in as creative director of the John Galliano label.] "Bill said, 'Do you realize what you've f*cking done?' and I said 'Kind of.' But I still didn't. I couldn't say yes. I just couldn't. And those were the last words we shared. That's someone I've known for 30 years. Even now I'm still learning every day how many people I hurt."
On the last two years: "It sounds a bit bizarre, but I am so grateful for what did happen. I have learned so much about myself. I have rediscovered that little boy who had the hunger to create, which I think I had lost. I am alive."
On pushing her own boundaries: "I've always tried to push myself technically and to push myself visually. That's been part of the journey. I make no secret that I don't have a big ready-to-wear business. That's not the point of the adventure or the trip or the learning curve. It's very important for my own growth as a person to keep going and to keep trying and to keep experimenting. . . . Part of not having a huge collection empire to run is that I'm able to try and create something that is more personal."
On her ideal celebrity bride: "Chelsea Clinton was very much a dream bride. She is a girl that, in her own humble way, and I mean with humility, embraces fashion. . . . Alicia Keys, on the same day, was totally a dream."
On Alexander Wang: "I really adore Alexander [Wang] because we're both Chinese and he calls me sort of his aunt. He's very, very respectful to me, and we have an inner dialogue about being Chinese. That's such a wonderful solidarity that I feel, in addition to all the Asian designers that exist now that are proliferating everywhere."
So, how does Vera Wang really feel about the red carpet? More here.
Miuccia Prada wears many hats — fashion designer, feminist, socialist, and film producer among them — but there's a lot we still don't know about the enigmatic powerhouse. In a recent interview with T, The New York Times Style Magazine, she showed a side of herself rarely seen. A look at the most candid bits to surface below.
On living within her own contradictions: "When I started, fashion was the worst place to be if you were a leftist feminist. I suppose I felt guilty not to be doing something more important, more political. So in a way I am trying to use the company for these other activities. I am trying to work out which images of the female I want to analyze. I'm not really interested in clothes or style."
On fashion as self-invention: "You can change your mind and change your clothes. . . . It is one of the first levels of emancipation."
On the power of ugly: "Ugly is attractive, ugly is exciting. The investigation of ugliness is, to me, more interesting than the bourgeois idea of beauty. It touches the bad and the dirty side of people. In other fields of art it is common: in painting and in movies, it was so common to see ugliness. It was not used in fashion and I was very much criticized for inventing the trashy and the ugly."
The Shoes of Prey philosophy is pretty simple: every woman deserves to have the perfect pair of shoes, whether she prefers a lower heel, likes a pointier toe, or needs a bigger or in-between size. Since launching the design-your-own-shoe company in 2009, founder Jodie Fox has brought her footwear problem-solving skills to the masses. The designer has opened four global offices, created two runway collections for Jonathan Simkhai, and built custom shoes for Rihanna, Carly Rae Jepsen, Elle Macpherson, and Kate Middleton. Jodie popped by our POPSUGAR offices in San Francisco recently to show us how Shoes of Prey works — and not only did we get a personal online tour through the shoe-designing process, but we also picked Jodie's brain about her design beginnings, celebrity style icons, and her own shoe collection.
POPSUGAR: How did you get your start, and where did the idea for Shoes of Prey come from?
Jodie Fox: I come from a long line of Sicilian women who always loved shoe shopping and being around beautiful leather goods — I definitely developed the same taste! I went to law school, became a lawyer, and was never able to find shoes that I liked, let alone ones that worked well with the suits I had to wear every day. I then began learning about leather and shoe construction and decided to delve into my creative desires. For my business partners and me, it doesn't matter that we didn't start out as cobblers. It matters that we're solving a problem. This is about you; every woman should have the perfect shoe.
PS: What are your favorite upcoming shoe trends?
JF: I love anything sculptural — anything that goes "beyond the foot" and looks like a piece of art. Also, brogues and oxfords are the new ballet flat. If you don't have a pair of oxfords, you're in trouble.
Find out Jodie's ultimate style crush, shoe tips for brides, and more when you keep reading.