This look is surprisingly easy to master. | Zac Posen runway image via Vogue.
- Even if you’re working on way less sleep and coffee than you’d like, you can still look sharp this morning — in less than two minutes. Here’s how: Slick your hair back in a low bun and add a red lip. No more makeup required. Voilá! You look fresh as a daisy (and as gorgeous as a Zac Posen model). [Because I’m Addicted]
- This roundup of the top Essie nail polish colors of all time is semi-surprising. Obviously, Ballet Slippers took first place, but there were far fewer dark and vampy shades — and not a red in the bunch! —than we anticipated. Apparently, the pastel love is strong when it comes to manis. [Zoe Report]
- Here are some basic fall fashion do’s and don’ts: Do invest in a great denim piece and/or a pair of statement booties, but don’t wear denim head-to-toe (or be very, very careful when doing so). Do play with mixing up textures and unexpected pairings, but don’t go overboard when layering. [WhoWhatWear]
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- Even though I think that if you love a shoe (like, really love it, the way I love my six-inch wooden clogs) you can wear it despite the fact that fashion mags and style blogs say it’s Totally Out, there are some who are true-blue Fashion Rulebook Followers. For you guys, there’s this handy article on the shoes that are ‘in’ and ‘out’ for fall. The breakdown: OTK boots, low-heeled booties, sneakers and chunky block heels are in. Out: Heavy lug soles, pin-thin stilettos, and riding boots. [WhoWhatWear]
- Cathy Horyn, goddess of all fashion critics, tore down Kanye’s second NYFW presentation, which looked pretty much exactly like his first show: “This second round of drab, broken-down basics proved he can’t be taken seriously as a designer, but nevertheless many people in fashion do seem to take West seriously — they keep showing up expectantly for his performances — and that makes them fools,” she wrote. Ouch. [The Cut]
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- Not all fashion bigwigs line their shoe closets with Louboutin and Blahnik. The VP of global buying for fashion’s most luxurious e-commerce site, Net-a-Porter, revealed that nearly every woman who works there wears Sam Edelman shoes. Yep, the Sam Edelman shoes you can find in your local mall for under $200. [Net-a-Porter]
- The guys behind fashion line Public School are the industry’s new darlings, but the duo is also killing it in the beauty sphere. The twisted, helix-like ponytails they showed at their spring/summer 2016 runway show (yep, we’re already there, guys) are next-level cool. And surprisingly easy to do! [Byrdie]
- Though I have a love-hate relationship with skinny jeans (read about it here), they apparently come in handy sometimes, like in the case of a recent attempted mugging in New York. The story reads like an Onion article: Two muggers tried to steal an iPhone from a man’s jeans, but the pants were so tight they couldn’t get a hand in the pocket. [New York Post]
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- New York Fashion Week kicks off today, and this year it’s a whole new animal. Here’s everything you need to know about the new NYFW and why you should be really, really excited about it. (Hint: New on-demand fashion channel, live-streamed runway shows, behind-the-scenes documentaries, yes.) [The New York Times]
- In an unprecedented high-fashion move, Givenchy is opening its doors to the public for this year’s runway show at NYFW. Apparently it’s only a matter of time before this becomes the industry norm, which we fully support. [Washington Post]
- Apple Watch just collaborated with Hermès, taking luxury retail to a whole new level, and the leather bands are gorgeous. [Hermès]
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- Introducing the world’s easiest trick to make your perfume last all day long. All you need is a dab of fragrance-free Vaseline. [PureWow]
- Saint Laurent made a knockoff of a Forever 21 dress (no, you’re not reading that wrong), and it’s pretty blatant. Pure accident or fast-fashion dig? You be the judge. [Refinery29]
- High-fashion photog Patrick Demarchelier just gave Dressbarn a major makeover, complete with farm animals and a top model – and we kinda love it. [The Cut]
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Shopping secrets. | Shutterstock.
- Why do stores ask for your zip code? Do employees really have code words for problem shoppers? (Yes.) There are a lot of dirty retail secrets behind every store, and this article lays them all out. That chaotic sale rack? It’s a mess on purpose, so you’re less likely to go through it and more likely to buy something full-price. That ‘made in Italy’ label? It doesn’t mean that product was actually made in Italy. The more you know. [Refinery29]
- Kimono alert! That gorgeous silk kimono Kate Hudson wore in a recent Instagram pic has been found online — and it’s on sale! Adding to cart … now. [SheFinds]
- The fashion collection I’m currently coveting: Hillier Bartley, a collaboration between Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley that just launched online. It’s so, so, so good. [Grazia]
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