Start Lining Up Now: H&M’s Next Designer Collaboration Is With Balmain

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Balmain’s army teams up with H&M. | H&M.

One of the best things to come out of last night’s Billboard Music Awards was a little announcement by Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing. The 29-year-old Rousteing walked the red carpet with models-of-the-moment Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn,  all wearing pieces from Balmain’s collaboration with H&M. (At the same time, Balmain tweeted this.)

Cue freakout.  Read more »

Market Report: 11 Orange Lipsticks That Will Give You That J.Crew Model Look

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  • ‘Tis the season for orange lipstick. Here are 11 shades that will help you get that J.Crew model look. [Into The Gloss]
  • Those heels are going to hurt sooner or later. Here are eight shoes — that aren’t basic-girl ballet flats! — to tuck in your purse for when you need a reprieve. [Huffington Post]
  • Finally, a white button-up shirt that actually repels stains. Introducing Elizabeth & Clarke’s “Unstainable White Shirt.” [InStyle]

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Market Report: How to Tip For Every Beauty Service

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How much do you tip for this? | Shutterstock.

  • How much do you tip the shampoo girl? What happens if two people work on your mani? Here’s how to tip in every awkward beauty situation. [The Zoe Report]
  • The fashion-related searches you do on Google strongly shape what you see in stores, as retailers and designers (including big names like Calvin Klein!) look to Google search data to forecast trends. So think before you search for “acid wash jeans.” [The New York Times]
  • Here’s how much the Apple watch actually costs to make. (Spoiler: It’s way less than you think. Like less than triple digits.) [Forbes]

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Market Report: How to Wear Shorts When You’re Over the Age of 30

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The short of it. | Photo via Elle Canada, Refinery29, Travelshopa and Camille Over the Rainbow.

  • Navigating shorts weather can be tricky, especially if you’re over 30 and don’t have legs for days. Here’s how to wear shorts this summer and look totally sophisticated (you can even wear some of these looks to work!). [Glamour]
  • A pair of signed Nikes that Michael Jordan wore in a 1984 game (before he wore Air Jordans) fetched $71,554 at a recent auction. [Footwear News]
  • Very beautiful human Karlie Kloss just released shots of her latest collection for Frame denim. Spoiler alert: Expect flares! [WhoWhatWear]

Next: 10 best camis to layer under everything.

Market Report: How to Transform Your Wardrobe Into a 37-Piece Collection

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Lean and mean. | Photo via Stylizimoblog.com.

  • The “capsule collection” is like the Holy Grail of closets: lean, mean and always chic. Here’s how to pare down your closet into only 37 perfect pieces. [WhoWhatWear]
  • Abercrombie & Fitch, that fading temple of overpriced graphic tees and suffocating cologne, is ditching the shirtless models and its “sexualized marketing.” [Fashionista]
  • Huge breaking news for the fashion world: Style.com, a fashion news site owned by Condé Nast, is turning into a global shopping site. [Business of Fashion]

Next: The best braids for spring.

Market Report: 7 New Ways to Wear Your Favorite Things

  • Refreshing your closet for spring doesn’t necessarily mean buying all new everything. Here’s how to change up the way you wear your belt, your scarves and your spring jackets for a whole new look. [WhoWhatWear]
  • Kohl’s just announced that it’s rolling out a new designer collaboration, this time with Thakoon, set to launch in the fall. [Kohl’s]
  • Talk about lucky finds: A man found a dress on the floor of a costume company and bought it for $20. Turns out it was one of the dresses worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind, and it just sold at auction for $137,000. [Glamour]

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Market Report: Are Super-Sexy Clothes Totally Out Of Style?

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Shiny, sparkly, short … sex still sells. | Shutterstock.

  • While designers are showing androgynous, refined looks on the runways, many shoppers still want pure sex appeal, particularly US and Russian consumers. (Sigh.)  [Business of Fashion]
  • Is this the end of the Gap? Sales have been sinking since 2006, thanks to dated designs and the rise of fast fashion (see: Zara, H&M). And they’re looking to do anything to get you back in the stores…. [Fast Company]
  • In unexpected fashion news, famed high-fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto is designing a Hello Kitty collection of apparel and accessories. [Elle]

Up next: We might be getting a Whopper-scented perfume.

Market Report: Marc by Marc Jacobs Line Is Closing

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The entry-level line to luxe is folding. | Image via Marc Jacobs.

  • Marc Jacobs has confirmed that he is closing his line’s less expensive secondary brand Marc by Marc Jacobs. Does this mean the end of sub-$500 bags? Not quite. [The Cut]
  • Beyoncé is launching a shoe line with Giuseppe Zanotti, expected to drop in two weeks. Expect thick platforms and a wallet-breaking price. [People]
  • Are flash-sale sites on the brink of extinction? It’s not looking so good for Gilt Groupe and Rue La La. [Re/code]

Next: What happens when a man wears heels for a day.

Market Report: 5 Face Exercises That Give You an Insta-Facelift

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Yoga … for your face? | Shutterstock.

  • Here are five face exercises you can do that will  help sagging necks, droopy eyelids and deep laugh lines — no facelifts required. [Byrdie]
  • Colorado politicians are showing up to work wearing IUD jewelry (accessories shaped like the intrauterine birth control method) to show support for a bill that would give funding to a program that provides low or no-cost contraceptives to women. [The Denver Post]
  • Oprah is auctioning off more than 500 personal items from her Chicago condo. (This comes on the heels of her announcement that she’s closing Chicago-based Harpo Studios and moving all production to West Hollywood.) The auction will be on April 25th. [Chicago Tribune]

Next: Skinny jeans are finally, officially over.

Why I Am Actually Pumped That JNCO Jeans are Coming Back

Images via Buzzfeed, Gallery Hip, Customized Girl and Complex

Images via Buzzfeed, Gallery Hip, Customized Girl and Complex

The texts came pouring in yesterday, dinging in one after the other: “JNCO jeans are BACK?!” “Nooooo.” “OMG, are you dying?”

Yes, I am dying. But not for the reasons you think I am.

JNCOs, an LA-based company that soared to popularity amongst the skater and rave set in the ’90s, is being revived after a positive response at a recent trade show. As I’ve written before, I was a fan of outrageously large pants in middle school. I never actually wore JNCOs — I don’t think I was allowed to — but I did wear some slightly pared-down version of them (no 50-inch leg opening for me).

My pairs had tiny studs on the back pockets. We discovered later that as I slouched angrily at the dinner table (I was a very angsty teen), these studs carved deep valleys into the seats of my parents’ antique dinner chairs. (The chairs have since been refinished, but my parents held this over my head for a very long, difficult time.)

Sure, those pants were ridiculous. How did we walk? We all looked insane, an entire generation of kids suffering from elephantiasis of the legs.  Read more »

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