If anyone knows how to work a theme, it's DSquared2 designers Dean and Dan Caten. For their Spring 2014 collection, the twins sent out a keen lineup of clothing inspired by the glamour of the '50s — think Wayfarer sunglasses and high-waisted everything — all with a full tiki bar for a backdrop.
There's no doubt that Chanel is synonymous with sophistication, luxury, and timelessness, but few know the story of how Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel rose from obscurity to become one of the most widely recognized and celebrated names in fashion. To tell the remarkable tale, the brand has composed five truly mesmerizing videos, titled Inside Chanel, which unfold the narrative of how Gabrielle Chanel rebelled against the conventions of her time to pursue her personal style and love of fashion, and how she ultimately produced some of the most provocative, innovative, and, above all, coveted designs of her time. The series concludes in a melodic interview with Karl Lagerfeld as he speaks to the elements of Chanel's fearlessness.
The beauty of the videos speaks for itself. As you watch, it's hard not to become whisked away into this exquisitely artistic world in which a soothing narrator weaves together the story of how a little orphan girl from France became an eternal icon.
A look at each video, right here
The weather might be starting to cool down, but that hasn't stopped October's fashion magazine covers from heating up. For proof of that, look no further than Sandra Bullock's smoldering stare on the cover of Vogue. Or, W Magazine's "Young, Cool, and on the Verge" issue, which named Chloë Moretz the leader of Hollywood's pack of new talents. Another young talent also landed a big cover: Kate Upton channels Marilyn Monroe in a swimsuit on the 100th anniversary cover of Vanity Fair.
Elsewhere, a line on Hugh Jackman's cover of Town & Country advertises "Fall's 10 most romantic looks," and Hailee Steinfeld's cover of Teen Vogue promises "cozy sweaters, pretty dresses, and the coolest coats." Sounds like it's time to start bundling up to us! Take a look at the October magazine covers we've seen so far, here in the gallery.
While we can only dream of purchasing straight-from-the-runway Oscar de la Renta or Carolina Herrera clothing, there's an actual possibility the bags might wind up in our closets some day. Which is why we've put together a gallery of all the most glorious bags from this season's London Fashion Week. The London shows include big names like Burberry and Mulberry (both with 3D blooms for Spring 2014) plus new friends to meet, like Richard Nicoll and Jasper Conran.
Still not satisfied? Zoom in on all the best totes, clutches, and top-handle bags from New York Fashion Week, and get ready to fall in love all over again.
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It's a rare treat when we get a look at the inner workings of a design house, but Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia were more than happy to let us in! The husband-and-wife team invited the media startup Cdsavoia into their studio for an exclusive look at their creative process — and what a process it is.
A Sachin + Babi runway show is always magical, but where does that magic come from? "For us, color is very important. I think that's the first thing we focus on," Sachin reveals. Add to that a play of texture and whimsical additions, and you have the beginnings of another delightful collection.
It's clear the formula has been perfected with a few glimpses at the duo's holiday collection, but before it was honed, they'd need to make the right connections. "We were very fortunate," Babi recounts. Find out which iconic designer gave them their lucky break and see the pieces that you'll want to own in the coming months when you watch our exclusive cut of Sachin + Babi's interview.
If pearls as an embellishment seem too delicate for your taste, Simone Rocha's studded Spring 2014 collection may have you thinking again. Accenting everything from collars to satin sandals, pocket trims, and even cheeky, sheer knee-highs, the cream gemstones have never looked so cool as when applied to these runway designs.
The contradiction between those pretty extras and tattered hems was exactly what the designer, who dubbed her West Ireland-inspired collection "'Tis Killing Warm," wanted to draw the eye to. Balancing menswear with feminine details, hard and wet lace with soft hand-crocheted cotton, and mossy green with pure white, the designer said: "Think of the sea, think of you and me."
The 10-bedroom mansion was originally listed for $125 million in June 2012 then later reduced to $75 million. Prospective bidders were asked to prove that they had $40 million in funds on hand and were required to escrow $3 million with the current owner's firm — a small price to pay for the storied site of a number of Versace's Versace-est moments.
"Every room is a work of art,'' said Jill Eber, the real estate agent who listed the house last year. "If the person buying it is not already a celebrity, it gives them instant celebrity status — if they want it."
Get a look at the house that Versace built, here in the gallery.
— Additional reporting by Randy Miller
If New York Fashion week is all sleek and high-brow, then London gets the rep as the fun city, dependable for turning out cheeky, cheery designs right down to the very bottom of things. We already zoomed in on the best shoes from NYFW, and now it's time to turn our gaze across the pond. Whether it's ultrasexy from Tom Ford or bright and bold from Mary Katrantzou, these pretty steppers are worth the same focus as the clothes themselves.