Spring is definitely not the time to be shy, and after spending some months hunkered down in fashion hibernation, it's time to cheer up and break out of your rut. Bulky layers and moody hues aren't going to fly here, so click through to see 20 bold, vivid pieces — then get ready to show this season what you're made of.
This season, we're craving sundresses that spin on Spring's playful trends. We want light, breezy maxi dresses in sheer, printed fabrics and minis that do more than show off our gams. This time around, we're looking for bright hues, cutouts, and romantic details to elevate the basics and capitalize on dressing for one of our favorite seasons. So, we did just that, combing the market for 25 sassy to sweet sundresses to suit every mood, every style. Click through to shop our favorites!
Designer and style star Nicole Richie jetted off to Paris to take in some runway shows this week, and was snapped backstage at Givenchy working this supersexy, futuristic look. She wore a skintight black leather high-neck dress by the designer, with Christian Louboutin python-print pumps — and surprisingly went sans accessories, opting only for a chic black clutch. The normally bohemian-cool Nicole has been experimenting with sleek, ultraglam looks lately, and I love to see her switch it up. Ready to steam things up? Click the items below to shop a similar look.
With Spring finally within sight, we're eagerly awaiting lighter layers and brighter, fresher palettes. So, as we hone in on the warmer-weather trends, we're breaking down some of our seasonal favorites and the ones currently on our radar. First up, we've developed a crush on sweet, flirty liberty prints. The tiny floral print is effortlessly Spring, and it's showing up on maxis, button-downs, oxfords, and tanks. And if you're wondering how to wear it, we've done the work for you — just click through for five perfect ways to outfit the Spring print we're already smitten with!
With Spring finally on the horizon, we're all looking forward to breaking out our warm-weather wardrobes and kissing our knits goodbye. So, to get you started, we've teamed up with our friends at NET-A-PORTER.COM and our sister site ShopStyle for our biggest giveaway yet — a $10,000 wardrobe courtesy of NET-A-PORTER! How's that for a fresh start to Spring?! Entering is easy — just enter here! Good luck!
Introducing Our Fall 2011 New York Fashion Week Diarist, Lane Crawford Fashion Director Sarah Rutson
>> Sarah Rutson, the Hong Kong-based fashion director of department store Lane Crawford (who was recently rumored to be under consideration for the Barneys fashion director position), has hit the streets of Manhattan running for New York Fashion Week, bringing her disarming wit and covetable wardrobe with her.
This New York Fashion Week, she's graciously agreed to give us a window into her thoughts as she zips across town from show to show, making us privy to the workings of not only an influential international buyer, but well-loved streetstyle star. (Speaking of: in the pipeline, we've got details on the makings of her Fashion Week wardrobe.)
But before we serve up the goods, get to know Sarah a little better — both professionally and personally. Her thoughts:
On the shows: "People always see me [at the shows] on my own but they don’t realize — obviously we’ve got a big team [at Lane Crawford]. Normally [my team] comes in a lot later. I have to do the shows, but that’s because someone has to represent the company. Shows are important, of course, but the most important thing is the showroom."
On her job: "It’s a brutal schedule to do work like this. I was at one stage traveling six months a year, but that was when we were in the rebranding stage, so I had to make sure everything was consistent across the board."
"I’m not a really uptight person, I’m a really laidback person, actually. At the end of the day, I’ve got a f*cking great job. I love what I do, I’m really good at what I do. Great people in different cities . . . the best cities in the world . . . what’s there to be miserable about? So I’m not going to start griping."
On becoming a streetstyle icon: "I don’t feel I’m on show for my job; I’m doing my job. People take pictures and all the rest of it, but I’ve been doing this for 20-odd years before then, when no one knew who I was."
On how the streetstyle attention came about: "The streetstyle bloggers, and then everyone’s into reality and in a way, it was like we are the reality stars. I think what was interesting — where I was lucky — is so few retailers other than [Net-a-Porter’s] Holli [Rogers] and Natalie [Massenet are photographed]. As a retailer, I was always put in with the editors. Like when you flip through all the Japanese magazines, there were all the editors, and then there was . . . me! And I think that’s really interesting, the majority of people that work in fashion for the stores who are buying it for the general public never hit the list."
Her Fashion Week essentials: "Absolutely I will not live without my single-breasted blazer. I cannot live without Crème de la Mer — that holds me, a big dried prune, together. My BlackBerry — it’s not so much to be constantly [connected], but it’s all the pictures of my daughter and my animals. It’s my walking picture of home."
On life beyond fashion: "I just don’t want people to think it’s only about fashion. I think if there’s anything that I can say to anyone — whether it’s a woman or a man — going into any industry, let alone the fashion industry, that takes you away from home so much for travel, [it's] do make sure you have the balance. [Otherwise] you won’t be as creative, and you won’t be as fresh, and you won’t be as open. You get jaded. I’m not jaded. I come out really excited every season, because I’ve got the balance."
- Carine Roitfeld's new project has nothing to do with Tom Ford, she says: "A long time he’s my friend, but I don’t want to go back, so I want to look in front of me … Because I did ten years with Tom, then ten years for Vogue Paris. Now I want to do something new. I don’t want to go back. But he’s one of my best friends, Tom" [The Cut]
- Alexander Wang was just named GQ's Best New Menswear Designer, for which he will receive $50,000 [GQ]
- Karl Lagerfeld is selling his six-floor, never-lived-in Gramercy Park apartment (which he bought in 2006 for $6.575 million because he "thought he’d move here and retire here," according to a source) for $5.5 million [NY Post]
- 19-year-old Ukrainian model Juju Ivanyuk, who opened for Celine and Alexander McQueen last season, was chosen by Prada and Miu Miu casting director Russell Marsh to open and close the BCBG show yesterday (left) [The Cut]
- Grace Coddington's memoir has stalled — "It's slow going," she says — because her co-writer Jay Fielden is settling into his new job as Town & Country editor [NY Post]
- Alexander McQueen's sales continue to grow, a year after the founding designer's death [Vogue UK]
- Which New York shows is Anna Wintour looking forward to? "I’m always looking forward to seeing the young designers in New York, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Alexander Wang — all the designers that came out of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. And Olivier Theyskens' first show for Theory. That’s obviously very exciting" [NY Times]
- Reed Krakoff cut his invitation list by 120 this season [@jimshi809]
- Net-a-Porter is now putting out a print magazine; the first issue features Alexa Chung on the cover [Fashionista]
- A preview of the new Lizzie Fortunato Jewels collection, which in addition to the signature bib necklaces includes woven belts and leopard print pony hair satchels for Fall 2011 [The Moment]
- According to The Lake and the Stars's Maayan Zilberman, who cast plus size models like Alyona Osmanova and Inga Eiriksdottir in her Fall 2011 show today: "Agencies are horrified we're putting girls from plus division in with [skinny girls], and some agents said flat out they wouldn't put their 'good girls' with plus sized models" [@Refinery29, @jezebeljenna]
- New Barneys fashion director Amanda Brooks wore flats to the shows yesterday because her doctor told her to [The Window]
- Androgynous male model Andrej Pejic has been cast in Yoana Baraschi's Feb. 13 show [Fashionetc.]
Rachel Bilson was spotted taking a stylish stroll in LA, enjoying the California sun in a super-chic ensemble. She donned a simple, nude silk dress with chic open-toe wedges — and got the perfect pop of color via a coral cropped Vanessa Bruno blazer ($667). She accessorized with a Pamela Love statement necklace ($690), a quilted handbag, and her beloved Ray-Ban Wayfarers. This is a perfect example of how Rachel does dressed-up right. Click the items above to shop now.
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- We saw LOVE's new cover with Kate Moss and Lea T. kissing last week; now the second cover, featuring Justin Bieber shot by Terry Richardson, has appeared [@THELOVEMAGAZINE]
- Andre Courreges and his wife and creative partner, Coqueline, have sold their company to two investors, Frederic Torloting and Jacques Bungert, who run the French division of advertising agency Young & Rubicam. Coqueline has been running the design house since Andre retired from fashion in the mid-'90s [WWD]
- After months of rumors, February's Vogue reports that Theory CEO and Rag & Bone investor Andrew Rosen is about to sign a deal with Proenza Schouler; and Meredith Melling Burke, not Candy Pratts Price, is reportedly overseeing Vogue.com [Fashionista]
- Yesterday during a DLD Conference panel, Natalie Massenet talked about her plans for Net-A-Porter Live, a platform on which Net-a-Porter customers will be able to see who’s online and what they put in their baskets in real time; “We want to start a conversation between them,” she explained [DLD Conference]
- Naomi Campbell is headed back to court this Thursday over a breach-of-contract lawsuit; the contract, which involved promoting a perfume called Cat Deluxe with Kisses, was signed 12 years ago [The Cut]
- Prada could make a final decision on their IPO by the end of the month [Bloomberg]
- Alejandro Ingelmo is aiming to introduce handbags and accessories into his collection for Spring 2012 [Fashionetc.]
- Anna Wintour, Steven Klein, Donna Karan, Daphne Guinness, Ingrid Sischy, Sandy Brant, and Vera Wang all attended the elaborate 21st birthday party Calvin Klein threw on Friday at Indochine for his boyfriend, Nick Gruber [NY Post]
- Tanner Hall, the film co-directed by Diane von Furstenberg's daughter Tatiana von Furstenberg and starring Rooney Mara, just scored a distribution deal and is expected to be released at the end of this year, around when Mara's upcoming film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, debuts [Deadline]
- Libertine is headed back to New York Fashion Week this February, minus a partner and with a new direction, says designer Johnson Hartig: "It’ll be different in that once Cindy [Greene] and I separated, I stopped using placement prints — I mean literal images — and it’s become more abstract. And there’s going to be a lot more color. I haven’t met a color I haven’t liked this season" [Fashionetc.]
See Detailed Shots of Streetstyle Favorites Mary Kate Steinmiller and Joanna Hillman's Closets on New Site The Coveted
>> Ever wonder what populates the closets of streetstyle favorites like Teen Vogue fashion market editor Mary Kate Steinmiller or Harper's Bazaar senior fashion market editor Joanna Hillman? A few months ago, designer Erin Kleinberg and her friend Stephanie Mark, with photographer Jake Rosenberg in tow, started documenting just that — fashion insiders' handbags, shoes, jewelry, and clothes, shot in their apartments — complete with personal anecdotes about what each item signifies and where it comes from, for their newly launched site, TheCoveted.com. Already up for the viewing are Steinmiller (above and below), Hillman, and Theory and Helmut Lang communications & celebrity director, Mona Sharf, with more fashion editor, publicist, stylist, model, and blogger subjects promised soon. In fact, they're shooting with Net-a-Porter US editor Tracy Taylor right now. [The Coveted]