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Editor Obsessions: Alexander McQueen’s Skull Handle Walking Cane

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 21:15

Every day, Style.com’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

Sometimes, walking is difficult. Particularly if you, like me, favor towering spikes over sensible footwear. Clearly, Alexander McQueen understands this, which is why the brand offers my latest obsession: a skull-capped walking cane. In black and silver, this accouterment matches my entire wardrobe (not to mention my apartment—it’s going to be a great addition to my foyer). And to answer the question raised by the entire Style.com edit staff: No. I am not concerned about looking like The Penguin.

Alexander McQueen skull handle walking cane, $525, Buy it now —Katharine K. Zarrella

Photo: Courtesy Photo 

EXCLUSIVE: Calvin Klein Goes Back to Its Roots for Net-a-Porter

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 20:14

“It really is very DNA-driven, very Calvin,” Francisco Costa said of his new capsule for Net-a-Porter. Having last year celebrated his 10th anniversary at the house, Costa is more than well-versed in the Calvin Klein vernacular. And this 14-piece lineup, which debuts exclusively here, was created with the CK lifestyle in mind.

It’s a vision that NAP was quick to snap up. “We presented the collection as a lifestyle collection including jackets, trousers, sweaters, [and more]. Then they made an edit, and the edit turned out to be mostly dresses because it is the category we do so well with,” Costa said on a call from Water Mill, New York, where the luxury e-commerce giant was feting the collection with a private lunch. But it’s not just frocks here: Separates such as a crisp white maxi skirt, close-cut ribbed tops, a Lurex-laced pencil skirt, and a classic oxford all channel Costa’s signature, streamlined vision for the brand. A couple of pieces evoke Calvin Klein’s red-carpet coups. Fans of the salmon-hued T-shirt style that a very blond Emma Stone sported at the 2011 Golden Globes can pick up a spaghetti-strap number in a similar shade. A rosy maxi, meanwhile, will appeal to those coveting the sex appeal Jennifer Lawrence exuded when she wore a Calvin scoop-neck gown at the Oscars back in 2011.

Calvin Klein’s exclusive Net-a-Porter capsule collection launches August 1 on net-a-porter.com.

—Kristin Anderson

Edie Campbell Wins the Magnolia Cup—Which Is Not a Modeling Award, by the Way

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 20:04

Edie Campbell is no one-trick pony. The much-loved model, who is the face of countless new ad campaigns (Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Saint Laurent, and Alexander McQueen among them), is also a competitive horsewoman in her (probably limited) spare time. This afternoon, she showed off her equestrian skills at the Glorious Goodwood Ladies Charity Race in Chichester, England, and took home the Magnolia Cup. According to British Vogue , it was admittedly a high-fashion horse race: Vivienne Westwood designed some of the jockeys’ uniforms, jeweler Theo Fennell dreamed up the sculpture prizes, and Tom Cruise handed out the awards. Campbell participated in the hopes of raising £10,000 for The Reading Agency, a charity that promotes the importance of reading for both children and adults. You can still sponsor her here. —Emily Farra

Photo: via Instagram 

Tim Blanks Remembers Alexander McQueen’s La Poupée

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:29

“The original idea was Jesus walking on water.” Who but Lee McQueen could get away with that? In today’s Throwback Thursdays video, Tim Blanks revisits McQueen’s vivid Spring ’97 show, where models very literally walked on water—or, at least, a splashy runway. Contrary to first impressions, the collection wasn’t riffing on religion. “It was about the restrictions of fashion, really,” McQueen said. His starting point was Hans Bellmer, an artist who took dolls apart and put them back together in “fetishistic,” slightly eerie ways. (Side note: Bellmer’s work will be exhibited in That Obscure Object of Desire, a show set to open at New York’s Luxembourg & Dayan gallery on August 14.) “It’s the way I view fashion, chopping the proportions to make you feel longer, smaller, thinner,” McQueen explained. He created surrealist corsets, and enlisted Shaun Leane to design jewelry and frame-like contraptions for each memorable look, but you really have to see it to believe it. Watch Tim’s video, then take a look at the full runway show, here. —Emily Farra

Heather Huey’s Hats Get Dark and Decadent

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:33

Entering milliner Heather Huey’s apartment, a fourth-floor walk-up in a heavily graffitied building in Bushwick, is a surreal shock. With rustic dark wood furniture, raw brick walls, and sewing supplies strewn across the center table, her home-cum-studio resembles something from another era. The walls are covered with the designer’s architectural “cage” garments, as well as her fiancé Billy Kidd’s black-and-white photographs. And then, against the back wall, there’s the 6-foot-high cabinet filled with her hats.

Huey makes the most spectacular—often one-of-a-kind—cranial confections. So when she invited me to preview her latest outing, which debuts exclusively here, I jumped at the chance. Fall ’14, the first collection Huey has designed since last year’s Pleated Project, boasts sculptural toppers crafted from manipulated black felt, distorted rosettes, tulle veils, feathers, chiffon-coated crystals, beads, and more. The embellished lineup is a departure for Huey, who usually focuses on form rather than frills. Though, as the designer tells it, “I love looking at old movies from the ’40s and ’50s. I’m such an admirer of the elaborate headpieces you see in them, so I thought I might as well just make my own versions and get that out of my system.” After seeing the results, like a beaded headband befitting a Spanish queen or an origami-ed bow-topped number that ever-so-slightly tilts to cover the forehead, I selfishly hope she hasn’t quenched her craving for such styles. But if this first foray into decoration is, in fact, her last, at least it packs a punch.

“I had accumulated all these random trims that my sister gave me,” Huey continued of the range, which looks like it belongs in a dark, decadent fairy tale—or, as she described it, “Marie Antoinette-meets-Man Ray.” “And they inspired me to start working on something that was a bit more regal. Something that had a little bit more pomp and circumstance.” Huey carefully fastened an abstract fedora—garnished with gauzy blooms and a lone feather—to the left side of her head. “Nothing too extreme, though,” she deadpanned.

In addition to these one-off designs, Huey sells a selection of everyday(ish) toppers, including expertly shaped straw sun hats, critter-inspired fascinators sold at Kiki de Montparnasse, and rhinestone rabbit ears, which I recently purchased for my own collection. It’s Huey’s special concoctions, however, that bring her the most joy. “I was raised in Ridgewood, Queens. Everything was always very low-key,” Huey recalled, while sitting in her living room in loose khaki pants and a faded gray tee. “I love dressing up, but within five minutes of walking out the door, I feel very self-conscious. I wish I were that woman, but in reality, it’s just not me.” She rarely wears her own hats, leaving that pleasure to models, pop stars like Rihanna, and eccentrics like Michelle Harper. But in making them for others, she gets her fix.

For more information, visit heatherhuey.com. —Katharine K. Zarrella

Photos: Billy Kidd

Giorgio Armani to Host Angelos Bratis at Milan Fashion Week

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 16:50

Giorgio Armani has become a major advocate for young designers. For the Spring ’15 menswear season, he hosted Christian Pellizzari’s show at the Armani Teatro, and for the women’s shows in September, Angelos Bratis will take the stage. This is the sixth season Armani has championed emerging design talents in Italy.

“My initiative in supporting little-known but promising designers is paying off, and personally I’m quite passionate about it,” Armani said in a statement. “The future of the system depends on new generations, and I am happy to be able to contribute in an active way.”

Bratis, who was born and trained in Athens, also studied in a Dutch atelier before landing in Milan. His aesthetic is clean and minimal, with quietly complex details that earned him the 2011 Who’s On Next prize. “I am truly honored to have been chosen by Giorgio Armani to present my new collection in his prestigious theater in Milan,” Bratis said. “For me, the great Italian maestro is the perfect example of a designer who has deep values, expressed throughout a long career. These are the same values that I try to express in my work: femininity and pure elegance without artifice.”

While Angelos Bratis’ show date is TBD, Milan fashion week will take place from September 17 to 22. —Emily Farra

Photo: Via angelosbratis.it

EXCLUSIVE: Common Projects Makes More New Classics for Fall ’14

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:02

It’s only been around for 10 years, but Common Projects can already take credit for one classic design—the inimitable Achilles model—and for building a brand that is now synonymous with quality luxury sneakers.

Founded in 2004, Common Projects is the collective effort of designers Prathan Poopat and Flavio Girolami. For those who have ever worn or tried on a pair, there is no other option when it comes to high-quality sneakers. Comfortable, sturdy, and distinctively understated, the brand’s cult following is well deserved.

If there’s a secret to their success, it’s simply good taste and quality. “We produce in Italy, and that doesn’t hurt,” says Poopat. “We make what we would like to wear and that’s something usually pretty classic. We’re not so interested in creating the hot new thing and in fact prefer to make something that looks like it’s always been there.”

For the men’s Fall 2014 line, seen here first, rich, earthy-colored leather and suede make up most of the collection, with a few added pops, like the wool camo. Best of the bunch is still the Achilles, now available in low-, mid- and high-cut styles. Fall-appropriate boots will definitely be fan favorites, especially the brown Chelsea boot.

When understated style is the currency you trade on, consistency is of utmost importance. “In some ways we’ve really evolved, and in others we’re exactly the same,” says Girolami. “Starting with just two models, we have now grown to have over 50 styles a season between men’s and women’s. Apart from that, we are still a small independent company, and our process and execution have largely remained the same. We evolve when we need to, and that keeps things real for us.”

Visit commonprojects.com for more information. —Noah Johnson

James Franco, No Longer Reclusive, Debuts New Film

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:38

“This is a movie with murder and necrophilia,” James Franco warned the audience last night before the screening of his new film, Child of God. “So if you didn’t know…now you do.” The movie, an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s book of the same title, felt like Franco’s career: It was scattered but ambitious. McCarthy’s tome spans just 200 pages, and chronicles the disheveled life of Lester Ballard, who lives alone in the woods and spends his time preying on young women. For the silver screen, Franco, who both directed and acted in the flick, translated the novel into somewhat of a collage of scenes, many of them gruesome and perverse, but some satirical. It was no directorial revelation, but it was another notch in the actor-slash-model-slash-saucy-selfie-taker-slash-academic-slash-artist-slash-director’s creative bedpost.

Lead actor Scott Haze definitely deserved a nod for his acting chops here. Haze prepared for the role by living alone in a cabin for a month in Sevierville, Tennessee, where the novel is set. He lost about 45 pounds in the process. The actor celebrated his return to civilization by becoming a fiend for custom Ferragamo suits. After watching the woodsy film, it was somewhat shocking to see Haze looking so dapper. “[Lester Ballard] is a guy who was not shown love,” he said. “This is a guy who was lonely and isolated.”

Save the aforementioned murder and necrophilia, Franco said he could relate to Mr. Ballard. “For such a long time I was so reclusive and so into my books and stuff,” he offered. “I think I’m past that now and just want to have friends over all the time,” he added. Just then, one of his new “friends” (read: rumored girlfriend) Lana Del Rey wafted into the Tribeca Grand theater to show her support. —Zachary Weiss

Photo: Patrick McMullan

The Best Straw Hats of the Summer

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:00

Summertime has reached its zenith, and here at Style.com, we’re trying to soak up as much sun as possible—with weekend getaways, backyard barbecues, and maybe even a Six Flags excursion—before the Spring ’15 shows kick off in September. Naturally, we’ll be protecting our skin from UV exposure with SPF, but when sunblock alone doesn’t cut it, we’ll be reaching for cool straw hats. As we learned during the recent menswear and couture shows, when it comes to statement-making accessories, nothing gets street-style photographers snapping quite like a shady fedora or flat-topped boater. Ulyana Sergeenko was spotted in a woven lamp-shade style on the haute circuit, while back in NYC Lindsey Wixson wore a classic wide-brimmed look to cheer on the teams at Adidas’ Fanatic soccer tournament. Celebrities from Lupita Nyong’o to Dakota Johnson have been breaking out the woven headgear this season, too, and Michael Kors and Rosie Assoulin’s recent Resort collections featured matching raffia caps and totes.

Here, a slideshow of this summer’s best straw accessories.

— Brittany Adams

Let Needles Expand Your Menswear Purview

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:25

It’s no secret that we—menswear nerds, I mean—look to Japan as a beacon for enhancing and broadening our spheres of style. It’s practically a cliché at this point that Japanese brands perfect a style or trend and eventually some diluted version of the original reaches the States. A cliché, maybe, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Needles, a brand distributed by Nepenthes, is the proof.

Based in Tokyo, designer and Nepenthes founder Keizo Shimizu has been at work on Needles for 20 years. The Needles collection consists of sportswear, denim, and tailoring, in addition to a range of brilliantly Frankensteined vintage known as Rebuild by Needles. The collection puts an emphasis on unusual detail, as with the intricately re-engineered military and hunting outerwear and collaged shirting. For Spring 2015, Shimizu’s inspiration was 1970s American sportswear—denim overalls, wide-leg tracksuits—with particular focus on Southern California and Mexico. Shimizu cites James Taylor’s album Gorilla as an especially powerful influence.

You won’t be alone if your first impression is that Needles’ approach to menswear is a bit too far left for most guys. These are clothes that require an adventurous and highly discerning taste level, but that’s what makes it great. And if you don’t get on board now, you likely will in a few seasons.

—Noah Johnson

Breaking Rules Will Always Be in Fashion

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:03

Growing up, there were fashion codes my friends and I religiously followed, and even my sartorially challenged younger self knew there were certain things you just shouldn’t do. However, designers have taught us that some fashion rules are meant to be broken. So throw out the guides you’ve always known and try out three lessons the runway taught us this year:

Mixing patterns is a fantastic idea.
Some of the most striking looks on the Fall ’14 runways boasted bold, seemingly clashing patterns. From stripes and plaids to florals and animal spots, nothing was off-limits. Have a look at collections from mix masters Dries Van Noten and Peter Pilotto to see how it’s done.

Black and blue make a hell of a pair.
The black-and-blue combo has long been considered a no-no, but it just happened to be the most popular color scheme on the Fall runways. Need proof? Check out the Oscar de la Renta and Marc by Marc Jacobs‘ Fall lineups.

When it comes to footwear, socks and sandals are the bee’s knees.
Formerly associated with clueless, fanny-pack-toting tourists, the socks-and-sandals trend tore through the Resort ’15 collections (Rag & Bone and M.Patmos included) and popped up on the streets during the Fall ’14 shows. (Fanny packs are back, too, by the way.) We can thank normcore for this one. —Erinn Hermsen

Via The Huffington Po

Photos: Indigitalimages.com

People Are Buying a Lot of Saint Laurent Dresses

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:53

Despite their hefty price tags, which range anywhere from $2,490 to $68,000, Saint Laurent dresses are in seriously high demand. According to Bloomberg, Hedi Slimane’s frocks have been selling so well that they’ve compensated for Gucci’s declining handbag sales and helped to raise parent company Kering’s profits by a whopping 4 percent. Looks like there are more moneyed scenesters out there than we had originally thought. Photo: Alessandro Garofalo/ Indigitalimages.com

Today’s New York Offers Fewer Drugs, Bigger Dreams

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 17:47

Last night in the seventh-floor Living Room at its Times Square location, W Hotels partnered with cultural organization Liberatum to present a “Living New York” panel discussion. Yahoo’s Joe Zee moderated the intimate chat, which included the likes of Karen Elson, Prabal Gurung, architect Karim Rashid, and filmmaker Paul Haggis. The topic of the evening was the impact coming to New York had had on all of their lives.

Although Rashid had a cynical attitude—”New York has changed! There’s a Citibank and a Starbucks on every corner!”—Karen Elson’s comments proved that the model-turned-musician still has rosy eyes for the Big Apple. “Of course New York has changed,” said Elson. “It’s no longer the drug-addled punk days of Giuliani. But that’s what is so amazing. It’s reinventing constantly. In New York, you can be whoever you want to be. In New York, you can dream. That’s the thing for me.”

The conversation took an interesting turn when the digitization of our world—and the impact of none other than Style.com—came into the mix. Said Gurung of media’s effect on the creative class, “It’s a digital age, and I love it. I am so excited where things are going. I even love the narcissism of Instagram. But there’s a group of people who look at Style.com and say, ‘I want to do what everyone else is doing.’ Then there is someone like me who looks at Style.com and says, ‘I want to do something different.’” —Todd Plummer

Photo: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com 

Doutzen Kroes and Sunnery James Welcome a New Baby Girl

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 17:17

When you’re a Victoria’s Secret Angel with more than 1.5 million Instagram followers, you practically have to share a selfie with your brand-new baby. Doutzen Kroes, whose Instagram feed has prominently featured her growing bump of late, revealed today that she gave birth to a baby girl, Myllena Mae. Kroes also tweeted the family portrait with her husband, Sunnery James, and their son, Phyllon: “A miracle saw the light of day this morning. Welcome Myllena Mae. Mommy, Daddy, and brother Phyllon are super proud!” Congratulations to the happy family! —Emily Farra

Photo: Instagram 

Allison Williams Is Off to Never Never Land

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 15:15

Come December, Allison Williams of Girls fame will put on her green tights to play Peter Pan in NBC’s live rendition of the classic musical. The actress, who will finally get to show off her pipes in a manner that doesn’t make her look ridiculous (flashback to that time Marnie drunkenly serenaded her ex with some a cappella Kanye West), will be joined by Christopher Walken, set to play Captain Hook. This production is not to be confused with the forthcoming Peter Pan film whose cast includes Cara Delevingne, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, and Hugh Jackman. (Pan is having a real moment, it would seem.) According to a statement, the show’s producers felt Williams was a good fit because of her wit, her warmth, her musical abilities, and her “dynamic flying.” We’re not 100 percent sure what that means, but we look forward to seeing it. Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

Editor Obsessions: Organic by John Patrick’s Pegged Skirt

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 14:00

Every day, Style.com’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

I have a deep, deep love of uniforms, and while skinny pants and blousy tees are my current go-tos, I’m considering adding skirts into the mix. This Organic by John Patrick number seems like the right first step. The elongated silhouette and dark hue lend it an air of sophistication, but the elastic waist and scuba material make it laid-back enough to wear every day. I might just have to take the plunge.

Organic by John Patrick pegged skirt, $655, Buy it now —Nicola Kast

Photo: Courtesy Photo 

Style Lessons From the 50 “Most Beautiful People” in D.C.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:39

What does it take to be one of the 50 “Most Beautiful People” in D.C. these days? Not style, apparently. The Hill just released its annual list of winners, and while we enjoyed reading about their penchant for running half-marathons, their favorite foodie indulgences, and their intern-to-White House correspondent success stories, we were especially enthralled by their sartorial suggestions. Here, a few of our favorite enlightening tips from D.C.’s finest.

When in doubt, do nothing.
“I often just roll out of the bed and come to the office.” —Hailey Sadler, 21, Republican

Heels can be hazardous.
“I love heels, but the Capitol’s marble floors are treacherous. I have wiped out more than once. So I tend to stick with a mid-height heel.” —Nancy Cordes, 39, nonpartisan

Patterns are a no-no, but bold colors are a win.
“You can keep it simple and still have that ‘wow’ factor.” —Danielle Sikes, 23, Republican

Ironing your jeans is not cool.
“I finally learned it’s not cool to iron your jeans. My dad would iron my jeans, so all the way up to college, I would iron my jeans.” —Eric Swalwell, 33, Democrat

Black and gray are just so traditional.
“Adding pops of color into an outfit is important because it can be very easy to slide into the black, gray, and white spectrum that’s so typical of traditional Washington wardrobe.” —Gianelle Rivera, 29, Democrat

Pearls are totally awesome.
“I’m not embarrassed to like pearls. I don’t think that’s weird; I think it’s classic and timeless.” —S.E. Cupp, 35, Republican

Do: Wear cowboy boots and suits.
The Hill: “His smooth, confident style—which always includes pairing a ‘fun’ tie and cowboy boots with his suits—are a far cry from years ago.” Ross: “I was kind of awkward in high school. I was a late bloomer: long hair, acne, braces. I was kind of gangly.” —Ross Gage, 27, Republican

BREAKING: Beyoncé Is Not a Fashion Icon

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 21:56

A stellar story by The New York Times‘ fashion director, Vanessa Friedman, popped up on my news feed this afternoon, and it led me to a startling revelation: Beyoncé is not a fashion icon. Friedman’s article was spurred by a fashion exhibition dedicated to Queen Bey in the Legends of Rock section of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which, having opened last week, features the gold Thierry Mugler bodysuit from 2009′s “Sweet Dreams,” the superstar’s black leather and lace 2013 Super Bowl look, and the metal glove from 2008′s “Single Ladies” video, as well as the violet feather-embellished Givenchy Haute Couture gown Mrs. Carter donned to the 2012 Met Gala. To be sure, most of these wares are showstoppers. But are they iconic? Not so much.

What’s more, Friedman notes, is that despite her mega following, Beyoncé hasn’t spurred a bevy of trends or launched the careers of young designers, like Rihanna or Lady Gaga have. Furthermore, aside from booty-baring bodysuits, I can’t even think of how one might describe Beyoncé’s signature offstage style because she doesn’t really have one. She hasn’t truly demonstrated any evolution in her wardrobe or her taste since her Destiny’s Child days. And even scrolling through the exhibition images online, the majority of the included pieces have an overly chintzy-meets-not-quite-street aesthetic, as if Bey were stuck in the days of “Bills Bills Bills.”

But that’s not to say Beyoncé isn’t a cultural icon (and I’m not just saying that for fear of Beygency retaliation). She has a body like a rocket, she’s broken every record in the book (like that time she released 17 videos overnight on iTunes), and she’s got moves and a voice most performers would kill for. However, as a voice for feminine empowerment in the public eye, it would be exciting if she stepped up her day-to-day sartorial game just a smidge. And for that matter, it would have been nice to have seen the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fete a real fashion tastemaker (ahem, Rihanna) instead. —Katharine K. Zarrella

Photo: via Beyonce’s Instagram 

Here’s What Our Editors Will Be Buying for Fall

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:15

It may be warm here in New York today, but the Fall collections are already hitting stores and cooler weather is just around the corner. Our Fall Shopping Guide should help you ready your wardrobe for the autumn months, but for some further inspiration, have a look at our editors’ Fall picks, below.

Nicole Phelps, Executive Editor

A good fashion week dress from Damir Doma and a good fashion week shoe from Saint Laurent, not necessarily to be worn together. And because I’m not quite ready to admit that the shows are five weeks away, a pair of rehabbed vintage Levi’s from the new denim brand Re/Dun to wear all August long.

Damir Doma dress, $780, Buy it now; Saint Laurent kitten heel, $595, Buy it now; Re/Dun straight skinnies, $232, for more information, visit redun.com.

Katharine K. Zarrella, Associate News Editor

I have poor blood circulation and am thus constantly freezing. I can’t wear my vintage 1920s monkey-fur coat all the time (though I’d love to), so I’m planning to rely on this cropped goat-hair jacket from Maison Martin Margiela for some deeply chic everyday insolation.

Maison Martin Margiela goat-hair-trimmed wool-blend cropped jacket, $2,590, Buy it now

Amber Kallor, Senior Beauty Editor

Should another Polar Vortex descend upon New York, I’ll be prepared with this oil-print anorak from Sandro. The sleek silhouette makes it easy to slip in and out of backstage, but the down filling provides plenty of warmth while I’m trekking from show to show.

Sandro oil-printed anorak, $775, Buy it now

Brittany Adams, Associate Fashion Editor

The bitter Polar Vortex we New Yorkers endured this past winter shook me to the core (I’m still in a state of disbelief walking around in bare legs this summer) and already has me preparing for the cold months ahead. If there’s one trend I’m eager to get my hands on next season, it’s a statement-making shearling. I’m currently pining over Adam Lippes‘ oh-so-cuddly navy belted topper. It’s the stylish equivalent of a bear hug and will be sure to earn me compliments while keeping out the chill.

Adam Lippes belted shearling coat, $3,290, Buy it now

Rachel Walgrove, Social Media Editor

It’s time to upgrade the ponchos that are currently in my closet. In chenille, this Missoni knit basically doubles as a wearable blanket. Plus, it’s super-easy to throw on over just about anything.

Missoni chenille poncho, $250, Buy it now

Noah Johnson, Deputy Editor

Louis Wong consistently makes impeccable leather jackets under his line for A.P.C., but this season’s Ferris jacket is the first one that I must own. Colored suede was among my favorite trends from the Spring ’15 men’s shows, but I’m impatient, so waiting until next season is out of the question.

A.P.C. Louis W. Ferris jacket, $1,395, Buy it now

Kristin Anderson, Assistant Editor of Special Projects

When fashion week hits, my current shoulder bag may not cut it. This stunning tote from Zana Bayne is big enough for a notebook, tape recorder, flats, and maybe even a pilfered Perrier (or two).

Zana Bayne pentagram handbag, $525, Buy it now

Jessica Teves, Site Director

I’m a bit mad for cozy pastels, so this boxy Gucci peacoat is the perfect transitional piece for the cooler months—plus, it livens up my go-to uniform of skinny jeans and a white T-shirt.

Gucci wool double-breasted peacoat, $2,500. For more information, visit gucci.com.

Emily Farra, Editorial Coordinator

I love Shrimps’ irreverent approach to faux fur—there’s nothing stuffy or upper crust about it. This camel, blush, and orange coat features all of my favorite fall colors, plus it won’t break the bank like the real thing would. I’d much rather wear a faux color-blocked version than blend into the pack of women in the same chocolate-brown mink.

Shrimps faux-fur coat, $920, Buy it now

Erinn Hermsen, Assistant Managing Editor

Despite my Wisconsin roots, I’m a wimp when it comes to the cold. Sweaters are a key part of my daily uniform during the fall and winter months, and The Row‘s cozy cashmere version would be the perfect addition to my rotation.

The Row cashmere sweater, $4,550. For more information, visit saksfifthavenue.com.

Photo: Courtesy Photos 

Editor Obsessions: Valentino’s Studded Leather Belt

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:00

Every day, Style.com’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

In my opinion, belts might just be the most underrated women’s accessory. This summer, I’ve discovered how they can transform and elevate a basic jeans-and-T-shirt combination. Taking pointers from stylish French fashion editors like Emmanuelle Alt and Géraldine Saglio, who regularly rock classic buckled bands with their skinnies, not to mention my favorite image of Grace Hartzel in Saint Laurent’s Pre-Fall ads, I’ve been satisfying my belt cravings by raiding my younger brothers’ closets for their old braided leather iterations. I’ve also been cruising the racks at Rainbow (my current shopping obsession) for cheap thrills. At this point, I’m finally ready to invest in a timeless belt. Enter: Valentino’s signature rock-stud style in orange, which is sure to up my cinching game just in time for the Spring ’15 shows.

Valentino studded leather belt, $545, Buy it now —Brittany Adams

Photo: Courtesy Photo