Instead of purchasing an expensive Halloween costume this year, we suggest you stretch out those DIY fingers and make your own. To help you get inspired, we teamed up with Holy Tee designer Michelle Zacks — purveyor of the most incredibly soft tees, skirts, and dresses you can imagine — to make our very own mummy costume out of, you guessed it, t-shirts. Not only was it super easy to put together, the results, as you can see, were amazing. All you need are a bunch of old tees or a t-shirt pack, a ruler, scissors, camisole, and leggings or biker shorts, depending on how much coverage you want. We used a white tee for our DIY, but you can always opt for black tees or stain your white t-shirts with fake blood or dirt to mix things up. Ready to make your very own mummy for Halloween? Just click the slideshow to see our step-by-step instructions.
He may not be a household name yet, but we'd recommend committing Jonathan Simkhai's name to memory. Just one look at his latest collection and it's pretty obvious: the guy knows what he's doing, and we're all the luckier for it. Since launching his own label in 2010, the New York-born-and-raised fashion designer has quickly mastered the art of boy-meets-girl chic. Since age 14, he's been exposed to the fashion industry in some capacity, first assisting in a clothing store and sharpening his buyer skills, then studying at both Parsons and FIT. And now, you can find his eponymous wares in Barneys.
For Spring '13, his collection showed off ultrafeminine silhouettes streamlined against more traditional menswear-tailoring techniques. Example: a floral-printed wide-leg trouser gave way to something that was both structural and sweet. And did we mention it just oozed California cool, too? It's hard to put our finger on just one thing we love about Jonathan, and maybe that's because there's too much to chose from. Get to know Jonathan Simkhai in 60 seconds, including his design inspiration, the things he never expected to experience, and the celebs he'd most love to see wearing his clothes — it's all here.
- On the things he never expected since starting his own label: I never expected to see some of my favorite fashion icons in my clothes. When Drew Barrymore wore one of my dresses to her engagement party, I was thrilled. And I still get goosebumps when I see my clothes at Barneys.
- On who his fashion icons are right now: Taylor Tomasi Hill and Jayne Min of STOP IT RIGHT NOW.
Let's face it: good sweaters are hard to come by. The nice ones are always super expensive, and the cheaper renditions are incredibly uncomfortable (itchy!) and don't last past a season. In comes Shae NY's ultracool, quality-made knitwear to our Fall fashion rescue. Led by creative director Tony Smith, whose past resume includes working with heavy-hitting brands like Isaac Mizrahi and Billy Reid, and head designer Amber Hofmann, the newly debuted label is fresh, modern, and incredibly easy to wear. The best part? Most pieces ring in under $300 so you don't have to worry about busting your budget. To give you a better sense of Shae's cool-girl offerings, we met up with the two designers — who you can most likely run into at their favorite hangout spots, the New York Public Library (in the reading room) and Fette Sau in Brooklyn, to talk about the "Shae girl," their design process, and everything in between. Listen up, then click through the slideshow to see and shop our favorite pieces and see Shae NY's latest Resort '13 line.
Fabsugar: Describe Shae in 5 words.
Amber Hofmann and Tony Smith: New, unexpected, fresh, humorous, color color.
FS: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
TS: Life . . . and lots of food.
AH: Chicks on the street
FS: Who are your fashion icons?
TS: Claire McCardell, Commes des Garcon, Martin Margiela, and Amy Spindler.
AH: Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, Emmanuelle Alt, and Cara Delevingne.
FS: Favorite food?
AH: Pulled Pork
FS: If you weren't fashion designers, who would you be?
TS: Some sort of product designer or a farmer.
AH: An industrial designer — I love welding and woodworking.
India Hicks leads a fabulous life. The daughter of famed interior designer David Nightingale Hicks and British aristocrat Lady Pamela Mountbatten grew up in London around a family that valued culture, art, and everything design-related. Fun fact: India was a bridesmaid in Princess Diana's wedding. Amazing, right?
At 17 years old, she became a model for Emilio Pucci in Italy and shortly thereafter moved to New York to model for Ralph Lauren, among other designers. But what really defines her is her life in the Bahamas with her five children and longtime partner.
India told us, "Obviously we have the royalty, heritage side of my family, we have my father and his geometrics and his great, extraordinary use of color, and then we have my island life, which is my life that I’ve done, and I’m not the daughter or goddaughter of anybody. In saying that, it would be ridiculous not to refer back to my father and his work if I was doing design in some way."
We were so excited to sit down with India to talk about her newly debuted fine-jewelry collections called Love Letters, Hicks on Hicks, and Island Life.
We found a familiar face in the crowd a last night's celeb-filled Clos du Bois Rouge launch in LA — the gorgeous Jaime King stepped out for the occasion in a coral-hued Jason Wu cocktail confection, making us fall even harder for her killer style — and her pretty awesome fashion philosophy. Stylish both off — and on screen as Hart of Dixie's Lemon Breeland — King also has some pretty poignant advice to pulling off a look as chic as her own at last night's fete (see below), plus the fashion wisdom she's garnered from her TV alter-ego. Read on, in the next 60 seconds, you might become as smitten as we are.
On her Fall shopping list: "There are these really great Chanel loafers that I'm dying to have. There's this beautiful dress from Calvin that's white, that I really love. Madewell has a really kick-ass couple of pieces. There's a brown leather backpack — lots of fun stuff."
On her style philosophy: "Find your best feature and accentuate it. Something you feel really confident in. I really like, I guess, my neck and my shoulders. So I try to wear things that accentuate that. I never wear short things. I'm not into showing off my legs. Not because I don't like them, but I'm more modest. I feel like it's much more elegant to kind of be sexy while covering up."
On up-and-coming designers she loves: "I really love Haider Ackerman. He's amazing. I really love Prabal [Gurung] . . . There's so many fantastic designers that I love! I really like McQ."
With a résumé that includes top catwalker, actor, and now designer for Dr. Martens, it's safe to say Agyness Deyn has come a long, fashionable way. "Dr. Martens have been ingrained in my life," said the English beauty, recalling stomping the grounds in her thick-soled Dr. Martens boots as an adolescent, then progressing later on as she became the face of the campaign ads in recent years. Agyness's debut Dr. Martens collection, dropping in stores and online beginning Aug. 15, features a wide range of cool-girl clothing featuring plaid jumpsuits, bright quilted jackets, and sweet daisy (Agyness's favorite flower) print dresses. For accessories, Agyness stayed true to the brand's iconic thick-soled shoes, but this time, remixed the formula in sexy patent leather and thigh-high silhouettes. We also love Agyness's colorful array of heart-shaped leather bags. Read on to see what Agyness had to say about her Dr. Martens collection, then click the slideshow to see the complete ad campaign and every piece from her new line.
FabSugar: What kind of girl to do picture wearing your Dr. Martens collection?
Agynes Deyn: Someone up for experimenting. Those thigh-high boots [in the collection] are so great because they are so sexy, but also have a hard edge. That's what I like about the collection; it has a very sexy vibe but not too provocative. You can wear it un-buttoned or however you want; it's not too much like t*ts and ass. It's subtle.
FS: Do you have a favorite when it comes to modeling, acting, or designing?
AG: I never really know until it arrives, really. It depends on the project. My aim in life is to work without feeling like I am working. Also, working with people that also like to have fun.
FS: What do you like to do when you're not designing, modeling, or acting?
AG: I like jumping around! I also like to swim a lot and being on beach and sea.
FS: Who do you think is the quintessential London girl?
AG: Pixie Geldof. She is London, I love her. She's not serious, she likes to have fun, she's just like whatever.
Street style, fashion parties, red carpet appearances — no matter the occasion, Poppy Delevingne (who just snagged a spot in Vanity Fair's best dressed list) never ceases to amaze us with her unstoppable sense of style. While she jet-sets across the world, we've been chronicling the British-model-cum-girl-about-town's amazing fashion choices, and today, we're taking our girl crush a bit further with an exclusive look at what she's shopping for right now. Poppy shared with us her ultimate Summer must haves — from pretty silky printed rompers to studded sneakers to bold jewels — and why she's loving each and every piece. Safe to say, we're loving her stylish ways, and you will, too. See and shop her Summer picks now.
Her line of awesomely wearable separates and modern, minimalist dresses has already won over a style-setting fan base that includes Olivia Palermo and Hanneli Mustaparta — now the designer behind Tibi, Amy Smilovic, is giving us a little insight into her newest crop of chic wares for Resort 2013: "The collection celebrates a surrealist take on traditional resort motifs. Lobsters and coral are playfully reinterpreted and colors are boldly saturated. The collection remains true to the brand's recurring aesthetic of feminine, clean, and relaxed head-to-toe dressing." In fact, we're thinking Tibi's latest would also make a pretty perfect Summer wardrobe with its cheeky nods to New England and effortless pieces. If you've got the same idea, you're in luck — Moda Operandi has all the goodies to preorder right now. Just read on for Amy's Summer essentials, then click through for the pieces we're eyeing from the now shoppable Resort line.
FabSugar: What are your dressing tips for staying chic and polished throughout the Summer heat waves?
Amy Smilovic: I'm living in lightweight and airy fabrics. We've been designing a more relaxed and eased outfit that works well for this 90-plus-degree weather in NYC. Sleeveless silk or jersey tops, a very lightweight tencel denim or leather. Don't let the heat be an excuse for dressing down; you can still look polished no matter what the temp is.
FS: What's the one Summer piece every girl should have in her wardrobe?
AS: Summer flats. I'm stocking up. I'll never put away the heels but day to day in the office it helps keep me cool and I find a new pair every day that I covet.
FS: What are your Summer essentials?
AS: Bobbi Brown lip balm and tinted 15 SPF moisturizer, Carven Anastasie sunglasses, Carthusia perfume from Capri, loaded iPod and iPad, Anita Ko jewelry, straw fedora, and magazines.
FS: Favorite Summer beach read?
AS: Right now I'm reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. It's more entertaining than I expected — I'm loving it.
Supermodel Karlie Kloss might be busy conquering the world one fashion magazine cover at a time, but that didn't stop the jet-setting American beauty from chatting with us at the Summer of Doing celebrity volunteer event in New York City earlier this week. "I had breakfast in Paris, lunch in London, and dinner in New York," said Kloss. "So I'm a little jet-lagged today." While helping restore a mosaic wall at the Jacob H. Schiff playground, Karlie took time out to talk about her most memorable modeling moment(s), traveling with her family, and who she looks up to in the industry. "Someone I really look up to is Cindy Crawford," said Kloss. "She really represents the picture of health. It's all about nutrition and fitness and just living a healthy, balanced lifestyle." Read what else she had to say below:
- On shopping while traveling: I brought my sisters back a few souvenirs, but nothing for me. I never get anything for me. I have three sisters, so my suitcase is full with presents for everybody else!
- On the most memorable thing she has gotten for herself: I like to pack light—I like to collect little charms everywhere I go, so something small to trigger the memory of all the special trips I get to take.
The only downside to the Fall 2012 collections we loved is that we can't shop them quite yet. We had the same complaint when Madewell debuted its Fall lineup back in April, but now we're singing a different tune thanks to an exclusive sneak peek over at Madewell where (wait, it gets better!) the pieces are also available for preorder. That's right, the cool boy-meets-girl stylings of the Fall collection are now yours to shop — and we're diving right in with our favorite looks. Click on for the breakdown on the seven pieces we're eying, then click over to Madewell to get your hands on the goods right now. Also, don't forget to sign up here for a chance to win a $1,500 Madewell shopping spree!