Everyone knows the coolest girls are those that can layer seemingly incongruous pieces in such a way that the total look feels perfectly meant to be. For Fall 2013, Dries Van Noten riffed on that idea, mixing and matching classically femme elements with traditionally male pieces for a gender-bending romp that felt fresh, youthful, and very, very chic. Floral-printed chiffon, shiny jacquard, and marabou feathers decorated shift dresses, tiered A-line skirts, and belted coats. They were often paired with slouchy boyfriend sweaters, crisp button-up work shirts, heavy wool trousers, and rugby striped tops for the ultimate just-threw-this-on look.
After four years of drawing shoppers out of their homes and into stores all over the country, the American edition of Fashion's Night Out is going on hiatus in 2013.
WWD reports that select cities across the globe will still observe the annual shopping holiday in September, and Thailand and the Ukraine will celebrate FNO for the first time this year. But here in the States, retailers and brands that participated in the past will instead "focus their budgets on projects that are more in line with their specific objectives."
FNO, which started in 2009 as a way to kick-start lackluster retail sales, quickly accomplished what it set out to do: get people in stores. The CFDA's CEO Steven Kolb told WWD that the event got way bigger than its organizers expected it would get. But in some cases, retailers didn't see big returns on their investments. After the 2011 event, Nicole Miller CEO Bud Konheim said, "FNO is a hype where anybody can go and get a free drink in any store in New York. What does it do for business? Nothing." Another unnamed CEO said, "If Anna [Wintour] takes a year off with this, I wouldn't complain."
Kolb maintains FNO wasn't simply a moneymaker, "but was really about engagement," he said. "Everyone feels we had a great four years. It brought a lot of attention to retail, to fashion's important place in retail."
Still, it's not known yet whether the event will come back in 2014. Which begs the question:
- These are the last few days to shop Natalie Joos's curated vintage collection for Manhattan Vintage. [Manhattan Vintage]
- Raf Simons, Dries van Noten, and Marni are among the design houses creating white t-shirts for Selfridges's no noise campaign. [PS Fashion News Inbox]
- Ruffian is teaming up with Birchbox to debut a limited-edition collection of nail polishes. [POPSUGAR Beauty]
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Those wild fur clutches on the Fendi runway weren't the only eye-popping bags in Milan this season. From Dolce & Gabbana's purses beaded with Byzantine mosaic motifs to Emporio Armani's superflat 2D totes to Roberto Cavalli's floral-painted leather minibags, the bags on offer in Italy were so gorgeous they practically deserved their own show. To give them their moment in the sun, we've put them all together here.
Where else but Milan can one expect to find the most stunning array of shoes every season? This past week's Fall 2013 runways certainly didn't disappoint, with everything from the kookiest to the sweetest styles well represented. Click through for an up close peek at them all — including Jil Sander's mannish loafer-heels, Versace's vixenish boots, Alberta Ferretti's delicate floral-embroidered flats, and more — right here.
Some pairings just can't be beat, and this might just be one of them. Today, Feb. 24, The Outnet releases an exclusive capsule collection created by none other than Oscar de la Renta. The 24-item collection is comprised of pieces that are quintessentially Oscar — full-skirted dresses, pencil skirts, lace blouses, high-waisted trousers — and are made from the same fabrics, patterns, and factories as the brand's mainline. But the best part? They are all priced at a fraction of the cost; from $325 to $1,295 (for a gorgeous floor-length gown).
Peek the collection.
- Illustrator Damien Florebert Cuypers sketched some of the most iconic looks from last night's red carpet for a special collection of Oscars-themed images. [AnotherMag]
- Last night marked the 10th consecutive year that the top winners at the Academy Awards — including best actress Jennifer Lawrence — donned jewels by Chopard. [PS Fashion News Inbox]
- Cara Delevingne has officially trademarked her name, protecting it from being used as a marketing tool for everything from perfumes and handbags to even walking sticks. [Telegraph]
- Reed Krakoff can't resist a good Bravo reality show. "I love TV, very bad TV and very good TV," the designer said. "I like The Real Housewives of New York City . . . I draw the line at Atlanta." [The Wall Street Journal]
- The British Fashion Council has announced that the next dedicated menswear Fashion Week will run from June 16 to 18, presenting a conflict with Pitti Uomo, which begins on June 18. [WWD]
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"For me the best thing is knowing that someone really has your back," says Jenna Lyons in an interview for the March issue of V Magazine. Also in the issue is the result of Lyons's first public photo shoot with her partner, Courtney Crangi, a black and white portrait of the duo shot by Willy Vanderperre. In it, both women wear white shirts (Lyons's is from J.Crew, naturally, while Crangi's is from Rag & Bone) and both rave about each other.