Nasty Gal Opens First Brick & Mortar Boutique in LA

Nasty GalNasty Gal, the global online destination known for fashion-forward freethinking clothing, has opened its first brick and mortar retail location in Los Angeles.

“We’ve been having a dialogue with our gal for eight years this month and to celebrate that, we’re taking the conversation offline,” explains Sophia Amoruso, Nasty Gal founder and CEO.

The new retail store offers a curated selection of apparel, shoes, intimates, accessories, tech and gifting, as well as exclusive vintage pieces that Nasty Gal is known for. Designed by renowned architect Rafael de Cardenas, the 3,500 square foot space takes inspiration from concert stages with reflective surfaces and open, cage-like structures that suggest both exhibitionism and privacy. 

The store features a shoe salon, magazine library and live cactus garden. The store is centralized around the try-on experience, with a mirrored glass structure at the center of the space, which houses five fitting rooms. The rooms will allow voyeuristic shoppers to try on clothes behind two-way mirrored doors, allowing them to see out with complete privacy.

Known for regularly updating its website with new offerings, Nasty Gal will continue this model in its retail space by receiving new arrivals several times a week. Store merchandising will not only focus on the Nasty Gal heritage, but also promote key product themes of the season.

“The brand is visceral. We have always been about bold personalities, a strong look, and a specific sound, and this is the first time we will be combining all of those elements into a real life, physical experience,” says Amoruso.

To mark the opening of the Los Angeles store, Nasty Gal has collaborated with genre-defying artist-of-the-moment Doug Rickard on an exclusive and provocative shopping bag. Inspired by B-list buxom blondes and bronzed porn stars of the ’70s and ’80s, Rickard imagined a playful, pinup-inspired design that pokes fun at Nasty Gal’s tongue-in-cheek name, and pays homage to its nostalgic roots.

Nasty Gal Melrose is located at 8115 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90046. Store hours are Monday-Saturday 10AM-7PM and Sunday 11AM-6PM; store phone number is 323.658.1010 and email is melrose@nastygal.com.

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2014 American Music Awards – Red Carpet Glam!

The 2014 AMA’s American Music Awards, who got their glam on? Here’s a look at my top 10 best-dressed from the evening.

Jennifer Lopez in Reem Acra

Jennifer Lopez in Reem Acra

Fergie in Halston Heritage

Fergie in Halston Heritage

Rita Ora in Zac Posen

Rita Ora in Zac Posen

Kate Beckensale in Kaufmanfranco

Kate Beckinsale in Kaufmanfranco

Kendall Jenner in Yigal Azrouel

Kendall Jenner in Yigal Azrouel

Nicki Minaj in Alexander Wang

Nicki Minaj in Alexander Wang

Selena Gomez in Armani Prive

Selena Gomez in Armani Prive

Gigi Hadid in Prabal Gurung

Gigi Hadid in Prabal Gurung

Jordin Sparks in Halston Heritage

Jordin Sparks in Halston Heritage

Julianne Hough in Zuhair Murad

Julianne Hough in Zuhair Murad

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Tod Hallman For Tailor4Less

Tod Hallman for Tailor4Less

Tod Hallman for Tailor4Less

I was so honored and excited when Sumissura, Tailor4Less asked me to design a winter suit collection for women for their online site.

It was so much fun coming up with the concepts and the looks that I felt truly personified today’s modern businesswoman who’s chic stylish and fashionable.

I think women today still have a love for business suiting but struggle to find suits with a great fit that are also feminine.

I hope you find the suiting I’ve designed for Tail4Less to be the perfect look with the perfect fit to take you from 9 to 5 and beyond.

Checkout my Q&A about the collection and online link to shop at www.sumissura.com

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TOPSHOP To Auction Off Met Gala Gowns for Charity

Topshop Met Gala Gowns (L-R) Kendall Jenner, Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Toni Garn

Topshop Met Gala Gowns (L-R) Kendall Jenner, Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Toni Garn

TOPSHOP has announced the auction of its couture gowns made for the 2014 Met Gala, with the proceeds going to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.

The five custom gowns were constructed in TOPSHOP’s London atelier and worn by -Kendall Jenner, Toni Garrn, Jourdan Dunn, Chanel Iman and Zoe Kravitz.

Inspired by the theme of this year’s MET Gala, the work of British Couturier Charles James, each dress was painstakingly sewn by hand.

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer is a powerful force that unites the fashion world in the fight against breast cancer. Since it launched in the UK in 1996 it has raised over £13.5 million for breast cancer research. TOPSHOP has been a key partner of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer since 2007.

The auction will go live at eBay on November 27th and run for 10 days. www.ebay.com

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Naomi Campbell – Pop-Up Shop For Ebola Relief

naomicampbellfashionreliefjapanfundraiserx8mydqzuh-zlSupermodel Naomi Campbell is about to do her part to raise funds and awareness for Ebola relief. Though her Fashion For Relief Foundation the supermodel will host a pop-up boutique at Westfield London to sell previously owned designer clothes with all proceeds going towards Ebola prevention and education.

I’m thrilled to return to Westfield London to launch the Fashion For Relief pop-up store,” said Campbell. “Raising awareness for Ebola and educating about its prevention is crucial to help prevent the spread of this deadly disease. We hope the Fashion For Relief store will raise much-needed funds and awareness, whilst offering amazing pieces at accessible prices.”

The supermodel has also enlisted the help of some of her famous friends like Kate Moss who will also be donating garments from their closets to the pop-up.

The pop-up will also feature brand new speciality priced designer pieces and shoppers will have the opportunity to win one-off celeb items each day as part of a Golden Ticket lottery.

“We are absolutely delighted to be working again with Naomi Campbell and her Fashion For Relief initiative to support worthy cause that’s affecting so many lives,” said Myf Ryan, Westfield’s director of marketing for the UK & Europe. “In 2011, Westfield London hosted the first Fashion For Relief pop-up store which raised over £20,000 the equivalent of $32,000 in one week. This year, the store will be bigger and better with hundreds of designer pieces on sale. We have no doubt it will be a brilliant success.”

The pop-up boutique will be located in The Village section of the White City shopping center for one week from November 28 to December 4. It will launch with a VIP preview as part of Vogue Gold Night Out on 27th November. For the opportunity to win a pair of golden tickets and the chance to shop on the VIP preview night visit www.westfield.com/london.

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Shoes of Prey Opens Concept Boutique At Nordstrom

shoes-of-prey-logoWith the success of online shopping it was only a matter of time before sites like Shoes of Prey would take the shopping from home model to a whole new level by allowing the consumer to not only shop remotely but add the concept of design to the experience.

Well now Shoes of Prey is announcing their exclusive in-store partnership with retailer Nordstrom to house their design your own shoes studio concept in six major locations across the country, with the first of its kind currently open at the retailer’s Bellevue Square location. The Shoes of Prey concept boutiques will see several more of its kind open by early 2015.

“We are fulfilling a current demand where customers are looking to participate in the design process to get exactly what they want, said Shoes of Prey CEO and Co-Founder Michael Fox.  Together we see customization and manufacturing on demand as the future of retail.”

In partnering with Nordstrom, Shoes of Prey has an opportunity to tap into the retailer’s legendary customer service and expand on giving their customers exactly what they want, when they want it.

The setting of the Shoes of Prey Design Studio aims to bring many of the fun and various components that are featured on shoesofprey.com into the actual hands of the customer, and to empower women to design their perfect shoe so they need look no further.

Nestled against the back wall of the Nordstrom shoe floor, customers will have the opportunity to design and create their own shoes using iPads featuring the brand’s 3-D designer as well as experiment with up to 170-plus swatch materials.  Each department will also have “shoe stylists” available to guide each shoe-lover through the process.  Once completed, the designs are hand-made and sent directly to the customer’s home in less than four weeks.

“We’re always looking for the best merchandise and experiences for our customers and we know there is something special about finding just the right pair of shoes, said Scott Meden, Nordstrom EVP and GMM of Shoes. We’re excited for our customers to experience firsthand a chance to design their own pair.”

Additional locations for the Shoes of Prey Design Studio at Nordstrom will includeParamus (NJ), Pentagon City (VA), Oakbrook (IL), Fashion Island (CA) and San Francisco Center (CA).

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Vince. Introduces The Ultimate Chic Handbag Collection

Vince - Signature Collection Stamped Croc Medium Clutch $445

Vince – Signature Collection Stamped Croc Medium Clutch $445

Vince debuts its first-ever line of handbags that are a sleek modern extension of the brands popular women’s ready-to-wear collection. The launch is yet another benchmark for Vince in its evolution to becoming a global lifestyle brand. Designed by Vince President and Chief Creative Officer Karin Gregersen, the new collection of bag, embody Vince’s effortlessly modern aesthetic with an emphasis on utility and quality construction.

Vince - Signature Collection Medium E:W Tote $795

Vince – Signature Collection Medium E/W Tote $795

“We are so proud to introduce this debut handbag collection, says Gregersen of the launch. In designing handbags, we focused on impeccable construction with lightweight, fine Italian leather, exclusive hardware and understated branding. The collection truly leverages our brand DNA, providing effortless, cool and timelessly chic handbags that are the perfect match for our ready-to- wear and footwear collections.”

Vince - Signature Collection Medium Crossbody Bag $595

Vince – Signature Collection Medium Crossbody Bag $595

Pre-Spring 2015 handbags include three distinctive collections. The Vince Signature Collection, rendered in smooth, structured leather for a clean silhouette, features a unique “Signature V” detail on styles including the Medium and Large Totes, Medium and Baby Crossbodies and Medium Clutch. Select styles in stamped croc offer a luxe, textured alternative. The Modern V Collection is constructed in soft, slouchy pebbled leather, and includes a Large Satchel and Medium Crossbody with convertible straps for ultimate functionality. Finally, the distinctive Cut-Out Collection boasts statement-making silhouettes in graphic black and off-white. Cut-outs scale the sides of the Medium Tote and punctuate crossbody straps and easy-hold clutch handles, for a creative take on color-blocking.

Vince - Signature Collection Stamped Croc Medium E:W Tote $845

Vince – Signature Collection Stamped Croc Medium E/W Tote $845

The color palette complements the ready-to-wear collection with handbags in classic nude, black, off-white and coastal, as well as bright ocean blue, rich rhubarb red and an array of greys including anthracite, steel and stone.

Vince - Cut-Out Medium Clutch $495

Vince – Cut-Out Medium Clutch $495

Pricing for the Vince Signature Collection ranges from $295 to $895, while the Modern V and Cut-Out Collections range from $495 to $895. The new handbag collection is available at Vince retail locations and Vince.com and at Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks.com.

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Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka For London Fog Holiday 2014

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka for London Fog Holiday

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka for London Fog Holiday

Everyone’s favorite Tony Awards winning triple threat actor, Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, David Burtka are the new faces of London Fog’s 2014 holiday campaign.

It’s a classy layout, said Harris. This is our first fashion campaign together. The pictures are foxy. It’s fun to be a bit of a model.”

Checkout the great images from the campaign. The loving couple looks very much at ease together in front of the camera. www.londonfog.com

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Ashley Tisdale x ShoeDazzle Collab

Ashley Tisdale

Ashley Tisdale

ShoeDazzle is proud to announce actress and producer Ashley Tisdale’s participation in its latest charity initiative through ShoeDazzle Cares. ShoeDazzle Cares teams up with celebrities who have passion for giving and goodwill to support charitable organizations through fashion.

Tisdale has selected a black bootie to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital©, an organization committed to leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer. This mixed-material faux-leather and -suede bootie features a stacked heel with straps and gold buckle detailing. The bootie is the perfect staple for fall and available today, November 12th, exclusively at ShoeDazzle.com for $39.95 for VIP Members/$59.95 MSRP. 

Arlenis Bootie - ShoeDazzle Cares and Ashley Tisdale

Arlenis Bootie – ShoeDazzle Cares and Ashley Tisdale

Ashley Tisdale is a dedicated advocate for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tisdale recorded a single and donated a portion of the proceeds to the hospital and designed a stylish t-shirt to benefit St. Jude during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.

“I am so inspired by the work of St. Jude. Spending time with the children there is truly rewarding and I admire them so much. I encourage everyone to join the fight against childhood cancer and give back,” says Tisdale.  

Since its first charity campaign in 2009, ShoeDazzle has been dedicated to supporting philanthropic efforts, and has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to numerous charitable organizations. www.shoedazzle.com

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LUMAS VOGUE Collection – Presents Masterpieces of Fashion Photography

Cross © Erwin Blumenfeld, VOGUE Archive Collection, www.lumas.com

Cross © Erwin Blumenfeld, VOGUE Archive Collection

If you’re a collector or fan of the great masters of fashion photography, Horst P. Horst, Erwin Blumenfeld and George Hoyningen-Huene, then you’re in luck as LUMAS introduces masterpieces from the archives of American VOGUE with the LUMAS VOGUE Collection.

Currently available, LUMAS has released more than 30 works by the most distinguished photographers of all time – available for the first time as limited edition images.

The iconic, Horst P. Horst’s black-and-white prints, such as The Mainbocher Corset, have been unavailable on the art market and only available as vintage prints selling for more than five-figure.

The Mainbocher Corset © Horst P. Horst, VOGUE Archive Collection, www.lumas.com

The Mainbocher Corset © Horst P. Horst, VOGUE Archive Collection

Prints of Horst, color photos are even more difficult to find. It was only when the original transparencies were rediscovered a few years ago that Horst’s talent as a colorist was revealed. The LUMAS VOGUE Collection contains limited-edition prints of these rare color photographs.

In addition to the pieces from the VOGUE Collection, works from the Condé Nast Archive can now be found in the LUMAS Portfolio, including photographs by Edward Steichen, André Kertész, and Arthur Elgort, created for other renowned magazines such as Vanity Fair and Glamour.

Starting in 1909, publisher Condé Montrose Nast began assembling the photographic avant-garde of the early 20th century for American VOGUE magazine’s elaborate photo shoots. In the twenties and thirties, VOGUE established fashion photography as a distinct art form. Now these great moments from the history of fashion photography are united in the LUMAS VOGUE Collection. The images from the collection are available via the attached catalog link and online. www.lumas.com

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