Say hello to the newest board member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America: Ashley Olsen. It seems like just yesterday Mary Kate won the Womenswear Designer of the Year award from the CFDA. Just last month, Ashley received the coveted and prestigious invitation to join the CFDA’s board. I may be partial to the Olsen twins because I’ve basically been obsessed with them since I was born, but I think it’s undeniable that these girls are on fire in the fashion world. This is a true milestone in this actress-turned-designer’s career in fashion. In addition to Ashley Olsen, Prabal Gurung and Deborah Lloyd of Kate Spade will be joining the ranks with over 400 of the most accomplished designers in the industry such as Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauran, and CFDA President, Diane Von Furstenberg.
It’s well known that Lady Gaga has an affinity for a particular high profile fashion designer. Gaga sported some vintage pieces from this designer’s archives back in 2011 for her “Edge of Glory” video, she devoted a song to this designer on her latest album, Artpop, and this designer created the ensembles for Gaga’s third tour, Born This Way Ball . Now, she will be the face of this designer’s next campaign. You guessed it, Lady Gaga is the new face of Versace.
Pull out your reading list and mark your calendars. The next biography to add to your library will be Vivienne Westwood’s. Whether you’re a die hard fan of Westwood’s modern punk and new wave fashion or whether you only know that she designed Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding dress in the Sex and the City movie, you’re not going to want to miss this book. This 72 year old designer has lived a captivating and colorful life while cultivating an extraordinary career and making a major name for herself in fashion. May your excitement and fascination build over the next year. This biography is set to release in October 2014.
Are you a fashion reality show junkie? Can’t get enough of classic fashion competitions like Project Runway. You better get your remote in hand, ready to set your DVR. Tim Gunn has landed his own fashion competition show. Last Wednesday, November 13, Gunn announced the exciting news of his plans to host Under the Gunn via Twitter. The show is set to run this coming January! Tune into Lifetime on Thursday, January 16 for the premiere!
Did you know that Halston collaborated with Andy Warhol back in the 1980’s? It’s true! Right now, Fab.com has a collection Andy Warhol original posters from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for purchase, including the Halston print. Unfortunately, this piece flew off the shelves fast and is already sold out, but hey, it was one thousand bucks so we probably couldn’t afford it anyway! However, there are other slightly more affordable prints still available to shop here.
P.S. Did you hear Halston just launched an e-commerce site? Shop it here!
Vivienne Westwood is always on the cutting edge of fashion, and this time she’s teaming up with a company close to home, the Cambridge Satchel Company. The two British Brands will collaborate on a collection of bags for men and women in the classic Cambridge Satchel Company style with a Westwood twist. The famed designer will use some of her signature patterns, such as the squiggle print from her label’s 1981 line
Outlandish designer Alexander McQueen always has a surprise up his sleeve. Right now, McQueen is teaming up with The Outnet for a Preview Sale of his Fall/Winter 2013 line. As an added bonus, enjoy 20% off your first purchase thanks to ELLE Magazine by entering the code ELLEOFFER at checkout now through Friday, October 25.
Top American designer Michael Kors will partner with actress Gwyneth Paltrow on a seasonal capsule collection* for her digital media and e-commerce company, Goop. Some items in the line will be somewhat reasonable, such as a $125 pendant, but others may be a bit out of reach for the every-girl, such as a $2500 cashmere cape. On a serious budget? Maybe you should add this collection to your holiday wish list. The collaboration is set to launch this December.
*A Breif History Lesson – What is a capsule collection?
The phrase capsule collection was coined in the 1970’s by London-based boutique owner Susie Faux. She used the phrase to describe a collection that contained only a few essential items that would not go out of style, in other words “the basics.” In the mid 1980’s, American designer Donna Karan popularized the phrase after releasing a very influential capsule collection comprised of seven interchangeable work-wear garments.