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Elie Saab Stuns With Elegant Embroidery for Spring Couture

Jan 31, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

With delicate lace and different degrees of transparency, Elie Saab’s Spring haute couture luxury collection falls right in line with its aptly titled description, “ode to delicateness.”... Read More

Sleek Monochrome for Fall Courtesy of Givenchy Men's RTW

Jan 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Givenchy’s talented luxury designer, Riccardo Tisci, is perhaps best known to the general public for his ferocious graphics. Last season, for example, his angry dog T-shirt was worn by a multitude of celebrities and subsequently found scattered all throughout the blogosphere. While this season’s menswear collection for fall still features interesting graphics, they are far less "rabid dog" and much more religious and reminiscent of Latin culture.... Read More

Chanel Enchants With Spring Couture Collection

Jan 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

If ever there were an enchanted forest in real life, it was the one seen at last week’s Chanel show held at the Grand Palais in Paris, at which designer Karl Lagerfeld presented his Couture collection for the luxury brand. Actual trees and shrubbery were shipped in one-by-one to the venue at which Lagerfeld has presented in the past. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was apparently the inspiration for the show, and the actual collection is just as fascinating as the set itself.... Read More

Thom Browne Reinterprets Menswear in Fall RTW Collection

Jan 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Luxury designer Thom Browne has been making headlines as of late due to his stunning designs that were recently worn by the always-stylish FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, to her husband’s public swearing-in ceremony. Credited with revolutionizing men’s suits, Thom Browne is known for updating classic silhouettes with unexpected proportions, and his most recent ready-to-wear collection for men falls perfectly in line with this principle.... Read More

Menswear With a Sophisticated Edge | Lanvin Fall RTW

Jan 28, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Luxury designer Alber Elbaz is no rookie when it comes to creating sleek menswear that is just as wearable as it is chic. Chalk full of edgy and sophisticated pieces, this dark collection contains a range of ensembles that was clearly designed with the customer in mind. With a variety of diverse silhouettes and fabrics, this line is ideal for any dapper man. Virtually every look has its own personality, yet still remains cohesive with the overall collection.... Read More

Alice + Olivia to Introduce Handbags for Spring

Jan 28, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

While February may be known as the month of love, this year there is a dazzling event that has us drooling more than any box of truffles ever could (an extremely difficult thing to accomplish, might we add.) This February marks the debut of quintessential New York City luxury brand Alice + Olivia’s handbag collection. Our favorite fashionista and fit mommy, Gwyneth Paltrow, was lucky enough to get her hands on one of these chic bags before they even hit stores— and not surprisingly, she is already a fan.... Read More

The Best of Paris Fashion Week | Couture Edition

Jan 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

Couture at Paris Fashion Week is always considered one of the most— if not the most— prestigious events in the luxury fashion world. This year's Spring edition just concluded in the City of Light, and a number of impressive collections made their debuts on the catwalk. Here, I put together some of my favorite looks from this year's Haute Couture lines.... Read More

Burberry Gone Wild | Fall/Winter RTW Debuts in Milan

Jan 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart

Burberry opened its autumn/ winter RTW show at Milan’s fashion week to the awakening sound of cathedral church bells against a darkened city-scape background — London of course. Are they heralding something new and exciting? Most likely, because Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Director of Burberry since 2009, has been revamping the brand significantly during his tenure — modernizing the heritage classic, and ushering it into the technological age.... Read More

Raf Simons Goes Green for Dior Spring Couture

Jan 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Have you ever really stopped to think about the presentation of plants? Well, probably not, but not everyone thinks in the same fashion as the luxury designer of top design house Dior, Raf Simons. As Simons so shrewdly noted, there is a major difference between mere flora and manicured gardens. This distinction led the designer to allow artificial colors and nature-inspired shapes appear throughout the collection with a show premise that was said by Simons to be inspired by “the very idea of spring.”... Read More

Oscar Carvallo Couture is Fit for a Princess

Jan 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Oscar Carvallo is one of those luxury designers that is capable of carrying the wearer to an entirely different world, and this is elegantly portrayed in his most recent Spring/Summer Couture collection. This mythical line transports onlookers to childhood fairy tales of delightful fantasy lands filled with whimsical characters— and we're all for it.... Read More

Bespoke Suits by Online Startup 7 Regent Lane

Jan 24, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

If a company contacts us and says it sells premium luxury suits for less than $700, we are going to try to find out as much as possible before writing about it. The online clothier, 7 Regent Lane, is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based startup that opened its website in late January, 2012. Two business students from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, along with another partner, launched it when they found a gap in the market for impressive bespoke suits.... Read More

Shockingly Artful Couture by Iris van Herpen

Jan 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

It’s a piece of art. It’s a coat. Its Iris van Herpen’s Spring 2013 Haute Couture Collection! Commencing the runway show in proper Herpen fashion, an extravagant introduction which included an epic electric display hardly overshadowed the designs that luxury designer Iris Van Herpen had up her sleeve.... Read More

Rock Out This Spring in Saint Laurent Menswear

Jan 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

As we all know in luxury fashion, everything comes full circle; and this is certainly the case for fashion's current man on top: Hedi Slimane. After showcasing his designs for Saint Laurent this season, (his first men’s show since 2007, when he exited Dior Homme) Slimane is definitely making waves in the world of men’s fashion.... Read More

Men's Guide to Buying a Great Winter Boot

Jan 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Men, we know that there a lot of you out there that hear “men’s boots” and immediately picture a pair of Timberlands or Doc Marten’s, but trust us, there is more to winter boots than function alone. Winter boots can be a great alternative and fantastic middle ground to sneakers and dress shoes. Of course, we realize that spending time and energy on shopping for luxury brands is hugely unnecessary in many of your eyes, therefore we have created some easy steps you can take to make both your feet and your wives happy this winter.... Read More

Versace Suits Up For Spring Couture

Jan 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

It may be the dead of winter, but those interested in luxury fashion can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Spring Couture is finally here, and none other than Atelier Versace helped kick off the season by presenting in Paris Fashion Week’s opening slot on Sunday. In her Couture collection, Donatella Versace proves that all that glitter actually is gold— thanks to the designer’s affinity with the particular material. But her collection truly transcends eras, as proven by a sudden pop of color in an initial sea of sophisticated black and gold.... Read More

The Best Women's Suits for Every Occasion

Jan 21, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

Buying a luxury suit is often a difficult choice, but for women, knowing what kind of suit is appropriate for different occasions can be even harder. From the type to the style and the patterns or details, settling on a suit ensemble is no easy task. The good news is that you have options, and brands these days are providing several versions that keep your look up-to-date but also classic and, of course, professional. Here are a few of our top picks for your every need.... Read More

Our Top Picks From Berlin Fashion Week

Jan 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

Last week I wrote about luxury fashion shows that take place all over the world— and this week, Berlin was the latest to host the prestigious Mercedes-Benz sponsored event over in Germany. A number of talented designers— both established and up-and-coming— showed the collections that they’ve spent the last year pouring their hearts and souls into. And from what we can tell, Berlin Fashion Week is giving the Big Four a run for their money. Here, a few highlights that we’ve seen so far from the event, which started Tuesday and runs through Sunday.... Read More

InAisce Menswear Goes Vagabond-Chic For Fall

Jan 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

The Fall/Winter 2013 men’s collection by luxury brand InAisce, "Seeking Aether," is a true representation of clean and regal lines combined with details that have a definite twinge of vagabond lifestyle. This noble and unexpected balance of themes results in a line that truly stands out from the rest.... Read More

Design Duo Dolce & Gabbana Become Fashion's Newest Billionaires

Jan 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Famed Italian luxury fashion design duo Dolce & Gabbana have just joined the privileged ranks of the world’s billionaires for the first time in their 28-year career, thanks to the continually rising global demand for luxury goods. According to Bloomberg News' new ranking of the world's richest individuals, Dolce, 54, who owns a 41.8 percent stake in the company, now has an estimated net worth of $2.2 billion— while Gabbana, 50, who controls a 40 percent stake, is worth an estimated $2.1 billion.... Read More

A Paris-Manhattan Love Affair Conceives Giambattista Valli Pre-Fall 2013

Jan 16, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Sleek and chic cocktail dresses and gorgeous flowing gowns are usually what we see walk the runway at Giambattista Valli’s luxury fashion shows; even Jessica Biel agrees, wearing a custom pink couture creation for her nuptials. And while critics have raved over these beautiful creations through the years, the Italian designer is mixing things up in his Pre-Fall 2013 collection, ‘Parisian girl meets the Manhattan boy,’ with masculine touches that elevate even the most simple silhouettes to a new level of sophistication.... Read More

Valentino to Expand Brand by Opening International Men's Stores

Jan 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

The latest in fashion news reveals that luxury brand Valentino plans to expand by opening menswear stores around the world, thanks to a new financial backer that will help support growth of the company. Aside from planning to open stores first in Paris, and then London and Milan, the brand is looking to further develop its men's division by also introducing a dedicated fragrance. The hope is to get the men's sector to account for 10 to 15 percent of the label's total sales over the next three to five years. Currently, it accounts for between 7 and 8 percent of total Valentino sales.... Read More

Chanel Exhibit Celebrates Designer's Involvement in the Arts

Jan 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

A new exhibit that celebrates the work of luxury fashion maven Gabrielle Chanel at China's Guangzhou Opera House is unlike the label's Beijing and Shanghai exhibits in the same country. While the latter two take a biographical approach to commemorate the iconic designer, the new exhibit, which will run today through March 3, is thematically based on a ballet called Le Train Bleu,for which Chanel designed the costumes. The display is meant to showcase the designer's modern lifestyle and involvement in the arts by featuring 400 pieces, including Chanel jewelry and apparel— both new and old— as well as sketches, books, and manuscripts from other artists and writers and accompanying photos and videos of Chanel and her friends.... Read More

A Modern Take on Classic Americana for Spring by Ralph Lauren

Jan 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

When it comes to luxury menswear, there’s one label that the gents can rely on from season to season for an all-American look from head-to-toe. Ralph Lauren has been doing just that each season, and without fail, for the past several decades. As is typical of the brand, preppy pastels and patterns are plentiful in the upcoming spring collection, but the New York-based designer manages to come up with something new by providing a hint of Native American print and giving a generous nod to the most underappreciated neutral of them all: brown.... Read More

From London to LA | Celebrities Stun in Luxury Fashion on the Red Carpet

Jan 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

The last few months have been a whirlwind in luxury fashion— first there was the never-ending Fashion Weeks, then the multiple film premieres, and now it's award's season. Here's what's been going on in celebrity fashion over the last few weeks, including some shots from last night's Golden Globes Awards. And be sure to check back soon for Oscars recaps!... Read More

The Best International Fashion Weeks You Haven't Heard Of

Jan 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

Anyone who has an interest in the industry knows that luxury fashion never sleeps. For example, it’s the dead of winter and we’re still bundled up in our warmest knits, meanwhile the Fall/Winter 2013 fashion shows kick off in global locations next week. And while New York, Milan, London and Paris host the most renowned Fashion Weeks known to man, there are so many other worldwide cities that set a week aside twice a year to celebrate the industry and its top designers. Here, we put together a list of the international Fashion Weeks you should become acquainted with.... Read More

Sunday's Missoni Menswear Show Will Go On Without Executive

Jan 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

The search Vittorio Missoni continues nearly a week after the tiny plane carrying the luxury fashion executive and four other people went missing off the coast of Venezuela; however, the company said Wednesday that the label's menswear show that is slated to take place Sunday in Milan will still go on. It has not yet been confirmed, but it is understood by the fashion community that family members will not be in attendance of Sunday's show, as 385 search-and-rescue specialists, including the Venezuelan authorities as well as naval and flight experts from Italy, continue searching for Missoni, his wife, their two guests and the pilot who were in the plane.... Read More

Three Spring Handbags We Already Have Our Eyes On

Jan 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

While we may be in the midst of winter, that doesn't mean that while we are securely bundled in our chic outerwear we aren't casually daydreaming of spring pastels and fresh, exotic prints. Ladies, this season, don’t let the season spring up on you— prepare yourself with these three stylish luxury handbag options that will surly get you through any-and-all of your warm weather frolicking (and no, we are not talking about the massive hula-hoop creation that Karl created for Chanel.)... Read More

The New Island Style for Men by Gant

Jan 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

It’s January, which means we can officially start looking ahead to all of the spring and summer collections that are patiently waiting on deck in the luxury menswear department. If you’ve got a vacation planned, are the work-from-home type, or simply plan on having some casually stylish weekends this spring, Gant by Michael Bastian’s in-between Cruise Collection may just be right up your alley.... Read More

Top Shoe Designer Expands Empire With Men's Line

Jan 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

One of our favorite luxury shoe designers is making fashion news as he unveils his first men's collection in London today. Nicholas Kirkwood Men's includes six silhouettes and ranges in price from $520 to $950— and in true Kirkwood form, they'll feature exotic materials like different types of leather, suede and calf hair. "The styles are meant to be simple in the pattern, and it really becomes about the material," the designer told WWD.... Read More

Sparkle and Shine in Spikes and Studs by Nour Hammour

Jan 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

It’s all in the details – a style code that is simple, straightforward and most importantly, strikingly accurate. Born in Washington D.C. but raised in Paris, luxury designer, Nour Hammour, certainly understands this concept as it is expertly utilized in all of her exquisite designs.... Read More

Dapper Makes a Comeback Thanks to Blake Green Cufflinks

Jan 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Calling all spruce and dapper gentlemen looking for some old world glamour in this hectic, modern age: luxury brand Blake Green has come out with radiant and regal cufflinks that bring to mind lavish balls and extravagant soirées. While men’s fashion is far less opulent than it was a few centuries ago, Blake Green feels that the proper placement of some well-fashioned jewels can turn an ordinary outfit into something truly extraordinary.... Read More

Discover the Timeless Frames of Moscot

Jan 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

When a company has been in business for you nearly 100 years, you have to assume that they are doing something right. Dedicated to creating luxury eyewear that utilizes exquisite craftsmanship and styles that are timeless, Moscot has identified itself as a true leader in classic eyewear.... Read More

Best Fashion Videos of 2012

Jan 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

Thanks to YouTube and other social media outlets, each year we’re graced with a slew of viral videos, whether they’re funny, serious, or just plain entertaining. But then there are those videos that truly touch us— in this crowd, they usually have something to do with luxury fashion. We saw a plethora of fashion-related videos in 2012, and here we chose our favorites to share with you. Here’s to hoping 2013 brings us just as much fabulousness!... Read More

Five Brilliant Menswear Trends From 2012

Jan 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart

The new year has just begun and luxury menswear designers are already representing their 2013 collections. One common phrase heard around the start of any year is "out with the old and in with the new," but what if some of the trends seen over the past seasons are just too good to toss just yet? 2012 was a fantastic year for men's fashion with retakes on classic pieces and infusions of bright colors. It may be a new year, but these trends are not nearly out of style. Let's take a look at five of 2012's best trends in menswear.... Read More

Exclusive | Luxury Shoe Designer Anyi Lu Talks Fashion and Finding the Perfect Fit

Jan 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Every woman longs for gorgeous footwear, but finding a pair of shoes that not only look amazing but have a comfortable fit can often be a difficult find. That was until we were introduced to Anyi Lu. We recently chatted with luxury shoe designer to find out when she first became interested in fashion footwear, how she creates a comfortable shoe, and what makes for the perfect fit.... Read More

Men's Style Stalwart Opens New Shops in London and Edinburgh

Jan 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

A pillar of British style, Hackett London, is known for its natty men’s clothing and accessories. The luxury fashion brand, which is a favorite of England's Princes Harry and William, has opened new flagship stores in London and Edinburgh to the delight of dandies everywhere. Hackett, which sponsors Aston Martin’s racing team as well as British Army Polo and the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, has taken a new approach to sartorial style with the new retail concept in London’s Spitalfields section of London, home to the historic Old Spitalfields Market.... Read More

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