Macy’s to pick up first modest fashion line

Macy’s is expanding its clothing options in a major way.

According to Glamour, the department store will begin offering an edit of Verona Collection, a “modest clothing brand cofounded by Lisa Vogl and Alaa Ammuss, to stock a selection of dresses, pants, cardigans, tops, and hijabs.”

A product of The Workshop at Macy’s initiative — which Glamour says “aims to foster and support minority- and women-owned businesses into potential future retail partners” — bringing the modest collection to a mainstream department store like Macy’s offers inclusive fashion for a diverse consumer base, allowing everyone to express themselves through clothing.

Senior Vice President of Macy’s Fashion Cassandra Jones explained in a release just how Verona Collection and its founders are furthering this goal of offering fashion for all.

“Through The Workshop at Macy’s, Lisa shared her vision to create a collection that speaks to a community of women looking for a solution to their fashion needs,” she said. “Verona Collection offers a unique and understated elegance through everyday essentials designed for versatility and comfort, and through our partnership, we can better serve our customer looking for modest fashion.”

The Verona Collection will be available at the retailer’s website starting Feb. 15, Glamour reports, offering ready-to-wear pieces from tops and dresses, to abayas and headscarves; the best part is that edit starts at $12.95 and caps at $84.95.

Urban Decay unveils new lipstick set

Whether Urban Decay makeup products are your guilty pleasure, beauty bag standard or  your first foray into the world of cosmetics, you certainly won’t want to miss their latest release.

According to InStyle, the company recently unveiled their all-new Vault of Vice lipstick set, which comes fully loaded with everything from lipsticks to liquid lipsticks to lip liners.

The 15-piece set includes “four lipsticks in 1993, Blackmail, 714, and Big Bang, four coordinating liquid lipsticks, as well as four lip liners in the same colors to create a totally cohesive look,” says InStyle, and also comes with “Special Effects lip toppers in Fever, Reverb, and Ritual.”

With all of these different products in one set, you can easily mix and match colors to create versatile looks. InStyle says the set is currently available at Macy’s and at Urban Decay for $150.

 

Macy’s secures Anna Sui capsule collection

High fashion is coming to Macy’s this fall, and this is one collaboration you won’t want to miss.

According to FashionistaAnna Sui will be releasing a capsule collection with Macy’s this September, creating a limited-edition line in collaboration with INC International Concepts (a Macy’s house label). The move comes in an attempt to increase the retailer’s exclusive options, reports Fashionista, which aims to remedy their branding strategy.

While the Anna Sui x INC collaboration attempts to bolster Macy’s offerings, make no mistake: the signature style of Anna Sui will remain just as fashionable as ever.

Fashionista says Macy’s GVP of Private Brand Marketing Strategy Tim Reid said in a release announcing the collection that shoppers can “expect for Sui’s ‘signature whismy and eclectic edge’ to be well-represented, with what the release describes as ‘feminine prairie accents and hints of glamour with lace details, fringe and embroidered florals.'”

The collection will be available in early September, says Fashionista, with 25 Macy’s stores and Macys.com carrying the line of men’s apparel, as well as women’s apparel, shoes, handbags and jewelry.

 

Trend Report: Giving the ‘cold shoulder’

Each season ushers in new trends, and although it can be difficult to keep up with the newest styles, there are ways to stay ahead of the fashion curve.

Cue our newest feature: the trend report. Here, we will detail the newest fashion trends, give tips on how to wear them and share where to find them. So without further ado, we introduce you to our first of-the-moment style: the cold shoulder and the off-the-shoulder.

While the name ‘cold shoulder’ can sound a bit intimidating — or even mean — it merely refers to a top with a shoulder cutout. The off-the-shoulder trend, however, is exactly how it sounds: your shoulders are completed exposed, there are no straps involved and the garment is typically held up with an elastic stitched into the seam at the bust. But, don’t assume that off-the-shoulder tops don’t have sleeves; they often have a sleeve, as do cold-shoulder tops.

Both tops are typically casual, so they can take you from a picnic on the beach to dinner with friends in a snap. Just pair it with your favorite cutoff denim shorts or some crisp white jeans, and you’ll be ready for whatever summer fun comes your way. If dresses are more your style, there are also dresses available in both the cold-shoulder and off-the-shoulder style, though some can be a bit more formal. But whatever the occasion, there’s a sexy style that’s waiting for you!

For those chilly summer nights by the water, try the Bar II Heathered Cold-Shoulder Knit Top from Macy’s. Complete with a split back that pulls away to reveal a chiffon underlay, this top can easily carry you from summer to fall, pairing with everything from white jeans to your favorite dark-wash pair. The best part — this top is currently on sale for only $22.99.

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A peek at Bar III Heathered Cold-SHoulder Knit Top from Macy’s.

Combining the chambray/denim trend with the off-the-shoulder look is the No Place Like Home Blue Chambray Lace Crop Top from Lulu’s. Featuring a dainty lace trim and sweet bows at the elbow, this $48 top will look adorable with a pair of high-waisted white shorts or even a bodycon skirt. Add some nude heels and a gold choker, and you’ll be ready for dinner by the water in no time.

But if you’re looking for something a bit dressier, try the Mixologist Bodycon Mini Dress from Lulu’s. Done in a high-neck, cold-shoulder design with a keyhole at the bust and back, this sexy little number is available in black, rust red and royal blue. Great for a night out, this cold-shoulder stunner will only set you back $36.

Now that you’re well-verse in the latest trends, you have no reason not to try out either the cold-shoulder or the off-the-shoulder style. Once you give it a test run, tweet us @takeherlead with the hashtag ‘#thltrendreport’ and we’ll retweet you’re sweet new style!

Lady Gaga wants you to ‘love bravery’

They’ve performed duets and are collaborating on an album, but Lady Gaga and Elton John’s friendship doesn’t stop there.

According to People, the pair are set to launch a fashion line at Macy’s called, “Love Bravery,” which includes clothing and accessories ranging from “keychains to sweatshirts to graffiti-print skateboards (but of course) features piano key prints, heart motifs [and] claw-shaped items (for Gaga’s little monsters) and Gaga’s face (for her mega monster fans).”

Hitting stores on May 9, according to Fortune, the line aims to “make people feel proud of who they are,” and People says that 25 percent of the proceeds will go to Lady Gaga’s and John’s charities.

Designing the line with Lady Gaga’s sister Natali Germanotta and friend, stylist and fashion designer Brandon Maxwell, the pair had charity at the forefront of their minds while creating the line.

“We need to make the world a kinder and braver place where men and women everywhere are empowered to live with compassion,” Gaga said about the line in a statement. “That’s what Born This Way Foundation is all about, that’s what the Elton John AIDS Foundation is all about, and that’s what Love Bravery is all about.”

John summed up the line’s goal as aiming to bridge one’s outward appearance with their inner desires. “I love the idea of fusing who you are on the inside — your passions and dreams — with what you wear on the outside,” he said.

 

 

Take Her Look [For Less]

When one stunning look isn’t enough, having a second, equally gorgeous look is only natural. That’s exactly what Jennifer Lawrence did post-Golden Globes, trading in her red Dior gown for a navy number to attend the Globes after-party on Jan. 10.

InStyle says that the Joy actress made her way into the after-party wearing a navy Versace slip dress. The beaded frock was accented by a beaded clutch, a diamond bracelet and Jimmy Choo platform sandals.

If you love Lawrence’s frock, you may have to put the credit card away for a while before it becomes available; according to The Daily Mail, her beaded slip dress is from the Versace Pre-Fall 2016 Collection, which makes it currently unavailable to the general public. But if you have your eye on her platforms — the Dora sandals from Jimmy Choo — they are currently available for $950. $950 for these fabulous sandals may not be in the budget, but if you can spare $200 on some new pieces for your wardrobe, we found a look-alike outfit so you can take Lawrence’s look for less. Read on for the results!

Although finding a dress comparable to Lawrence’s Versace number was quite the task, we finally landed on the Angie Beaded Strappy Shift Dress from Nordstrom. Although the pattern of the beading on this dress has a more linear look, it is cut in a silhouette similar to Lawrence’s frock, while also featuring double straps and a v-neckline. This dress makes an affordable alternative to Lawrence’s Versace number, available at a sale price of $40.80.

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The Angie Beaded Strappy Shift Dress, found on Nordstrom.com.

Nothing compares to a good pair of Jimmy Choo heels, but the Jessica Simpson Banda Embellished Sandals come pretty close. These platforms feature stone embellishment on the heels reminiscent of the green marbled heel of Lawrence’s sandals. While the Jimmy Choos cost $950, these heels will complete your look for only $129 from Macy’s.

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The Jessica Simpson Banda Embellished Platform Dress Sandals, found on Macys.com.

While Lawrence’s Globes after-party ensemble may have cost upwards of $950, our look-alike outfit will have you Beverly Hills-ready for only $169.80. Add a sparkly bracelet and style your hair in loose, tousled waves, and you’ll have JLaw’s look for less.

Happy Shopping!

Take Her Look [For Less]

Wearing an outfit composed from head-to-toe with pieces from one of your favorite designers sounds like the stuff of every fashionista’s dreams. That dream was a reality for Kiernan Shipka, who attended Coach’s 75th Anniversary runway show on Sept. 15 at the Highline in New York City wearing an outfit composed solely of Coach pieces.

According to InStylethe Mad Men alumna attended the show wearing a black and white floral printed button-down top, which she paired with a leather-trimmed mini skirt. She completed her look with a black and white crossbody bag and black peep-toe ankle booties.

Because we know that Shipka’s outfit is composed of only Coach pieces, it should come as no surprise that this amounts to a pricey look — her crossbody alone, the Swagger 20 with Chain, totals $395. If you love her entire look but can’t bear to know the lofty price of each individual piece, we’ve recreated her outfit from head to toe for less than the price of her Coach crossbody. Read on for the results!

First on our shopping list is a black and white printed button-down, and the Diamond Print Shirt from Forever 21 is the perfect replacement for Shipka’s Coach piece. Featuring a similarly-sized print, this collared top will easily pass for the Coach shirt while only costing a fraction of its price, coming it at a mere $22.90.

The Diamond Print Shirt, found on Forever21.com.

The Diamond Print Shirt, found on Forever21.com.

Finding a leather-trimmed mini skirt to rival Shipka’s Coach style was no easy task, but we thought that the Patch Pocket Mini Skirt from Forever 21 came pretty close. Offering faux leather banding at the waist and hip pockets reminiscent of the Coach skirt, this piece will easily combine with the printed top to recreate Shipka’s look for only $17.90.

The Patch Pocket Mini Skirt, found on Forever21.com.

The Patch Pocket Mini Skirt, found on Forever21.com.

One of the essential pieces of Shipka’s look was her black and white crossbody, and although nothing compares to a genuine Coach purse, we thought the Anne Klein New Recruit Perforated Crossbody was a good alternative. This crossbody not only delivers a similar silhouette, it also offers a chain strap reminiscent of Shipka’s pricey Coach style. But this crossbody will only set you back $47.99 as compared to the Coach’s $395 price tag.

The Anne Klein New Recruits Perforated Crossbody, found on Macys.com.m

The Anne Klein New Recruits Perforated Crossbody, found on Macys.com.

Black peep-toe ankle booties will cap off recreated head-to-toe ensemble, and Aldo has the perfect pair in the form of the Jutras bootie from Heels.com. These booties will not only offer a style comparable to Shipka’s pair, they will also add a bit of height to your overall look with their 4 1/2 stiletto heel. Coming it at $89.99, these shoes will be the biggest splurge of our entire look for less ensemble.

The Aldo Jutras Bootie, found on Heels.com.

The Aldo Jutras Bootie, found on Heels.com.

Kiernan Shipka’s all-over Coach ensemble was certainly enviable, but we definitely didn’t envy her crossbody’s $395 price tag. Our look-alike outfit, however, will allow you to recreate her entire look from head to toe for only $178.48.

Happy Shopping!

Take Her Look [For Less]

August went out with a bang — or should we say a ‘grand slam’ —with the last day of the month playing host to the 15th Annual USTA Foundation Opening Night Gala in New York City. And while the gala was for a good cause with proceeds benefitting the USTA Foundation, which serves to bring “tennis, education, and health curricula” to children and adults, the event was also filled with some great fashion.

Our favorite look came courtesy of Amanda Seyfried, who attended the event in what InStyle reports was a black and white scallop-hem dress by Red Valentino. She completed her gala-ready look with a floral pouch and black pointed-toe heels.

While Seyfried’s look is the object of our envy, it comes at a price that is not-so enviable. Her floral pouch alone, which The Daily Mail reports is by Givenchy, costs a lofty $450. But if you love her entire outfit, we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate her look for less. Read on for the results!

Finding a dress to mimic her Red Valentino number was quite the task, but we thought that the GUESS Colorblocked Fringe-Lace Bodycon Dress from Macy’s came pretty close. This dress not only invoked the scallop detail at the hemline of her dress, it also features a black and white colorblocking reminiscent of the Red Valentino frock. But this look is sure to cost much less, coming it at $94.40.

The GUESS Colorblocked Fringe-Lace Bodycon Dress, found on Macys.com.

The GUESS Colorblocked Fringe-Lace Bodycon Dress, found on Macys.com.

Next on our shopping list was a floral clutch to rival Seyfried’s Givenchy style, and we though the Steve Madeen Noelle Floral Clutch from DSW did just that. Done in an equally dainty floral, this clutch is given a bit of an edge with tonal studs embossed into the flap. And for only $34.95, you’ll have a style similar to the Givenchy clutch at a fraction of the cost.

The Steve Madden Noelle Floral Clutch, found on DSW.com.

The Steve Madden Noelle Floral Clutch, found on DSW.com.

Our look for less wouldn’t be complete without a classic pointed-toe pump, and the Nine West Rocha Platform Pump from DSW does the trick. These heels can be paired with outfits far beyond our look-alike ensemble, making their $59.95 price money well spent.

The Nine West Rocha Platform Pump, found on DSW.com.

The Nine West Rocha Platform Pump, found on DSW.com.

Amanda Seyfried’s U.S. Open Gala look cost at least $450, and that was only for her Givenchy floral pouch. But our recreated look will have you gala-ready for only $189.30. Now that you have the perfect outfit, all you need is a gala to wear it to!

Happy Shopping!

Take Her Look [For Less]

The Billboard and Jimmy Choo “Men of Style” party honors the most fashionable, trendsetting men in the music industry, celebrating the style of musicians including Nick Jonas, Mark Ronson and Leon Bridges. But the party held in Los Angeles on August 28 also featured some very fashionable ladies.

One of those fashionable ladies in attendance was Rashida Jones, who rocked printed shorts with a black button-down shirt and a black cardigan. Jones completed her look with black closed-toe ankle strap pumps and a simple clutch.

Jones’ effortless-chic look may have rivaled some of the male honorees in attendance, but her look comes at a hefty price. Her shoes alone, the Trinity 100 by Jimmy Choo, cost a lofty $895. But if you love Jones’ “Men of Style” ensemble, we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate her entire look for less. Read on for the results!

The first items on our shopping list were a black button-down shirt and black cardigan to imitate Jones’ set. We easily found the perfect options to recreate her look in the form of the Chaps No Iron Shirt from Kohl’s and the Classic V-Neck Cardigan from Forever 21. These classic pieces will be an asset to your wardrobe far beyond this look-alike ensemble, as they will easily pair with already-existing pieces in your wardrobe. And for only $39.99 and $8.90 respectively, these essentials won’t make a dent in your shopping budget.

The Chaps No Iron Shirt, found on Kohls.com.

The Chaps No Iron Shirt, found on Kohls.com.

The Classic V-Neck Cardigan, found on Forever21.com.

The Classic V-Neck Cardigan, found on Forever21.com.

Finding printed shorts to rival Rashida Jones’ pair was no easy task, but we finally landed on the Malibu Flutter Short by House of Harlow 1960. Featuring a similar floral print, these shorts will be the statement piece of your look-alike outfit. These shorts, available at Nordstrom Rack, will add visual interest to your look for a sale price of $8.47.

The House of Harlow 1960 Malibu Flutter Short, found on NordstromRack.com.

The House of Harlow 1960 Malibu Flutter Short, found on NordstromRack.com.

Our look for less wouldn’t be complete without a killer pair of pumps to match Jones’ Jimmy Choo style, and the Jessica Simpson Preya Two-Piece Ankle Strap Mesh Pumps from Macy’s do just that. These pumps feature a double ankle strap bound by mesh, creating the illusion of a thicker band to imitate Jone’s heels. These pumps will take your look to the next level for only $68.60.

The Jessica Simpson Preya Two-Piece Ankle Strap Mesh Pumps, found on Macys.com.

The Jessica Simpson Preya Two-Piece Ankle Strap Mesh Pumps, found on Macys.com.

Although Rashida Jones’ “Men of Style” look cost upwards of $895, you can recreate her entire look for less with these great pieces for only $125.96. Now you can look like a star without spending like a star!

Happy Shopping!

Style 101: The Minaudière

Handbags have a plethora of styles, ranging from totes and shoppers to clutches and crossbody bags. But if you’ve been hearing the word ‘minaudière’ lately, the term may leave you wondering what such a thing is.

Although it sounds quite fancy and intimidating, a minaudière, a small handbag often used without straps, is nothing but a close relative of the clutch.

Minaudières are small, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t useful. Holding only the essentials — keys, phone, money, ID and lipstick — these handbags are perfect for formal occasions and casual outings alike. Often done in a frame style, minaudières come in a variety of different shapes and finishes, giving them the ability to serve as the statement piece of your outfit. So if minaudières seem like something your handbag collection is missing, there are tons of great options out there to fit every occasion.

For your more casual outfits, the Hyatt Minaudière Clutch by Big Buddha offers a pretty blue woven pattern with a gold-tone kiss lock closure that can easily pair with all of your summer looks. The best part is that this sweet minaudière is available at Nordstrom Rack for only $29.97.

The Big Buddha Hyatt Minaudière Clutch, found on NordstromRack.com.

The Big Buddha Hyatt Minaudière Clutch, found on NordstromRack.com.

If you’re looking for the perfect utility minaudière, look no further than the Ivanka Trump Suede Box Minaudière from Nordstrom. Available in a bright poppy (below) and subtle lavender, this suede handbag will perfectly complete everything from a formal evening outfit to a more casual daytime ensemble. On sale for $97.49, this minaudiére is worth the price for how much you’ll use it.

The Ivanka Trump Suede Box Minaudière in poppy, found on Nordstrom.com.

The Ivanka Trump Suede Box Minaudière in poppy, found on Nordstrom.com.

To add a bit of subtle sheen to an evening look, try the INC Tamme Minaudière from Macy’s. Cut in a cool geometric frame style, this minaudière will be the perfect handbag to complete a sparkly, more dressy ensemble. Available for $43.99, this gem-shaped handbag comes in black, gold and silver (below).

The INC International Concepts Tamme Minaudière in silver, found on Macys.com.

The INC International Concepts Tamme Minaudière in silver, found on Macys.com.

If you’re looking for a real statement piece, be prepared to splurge for this stunner. The Levin Silver Minaudière by Kotur pairs bright orange, pink, green and yellow with a shimmery silver, making it read like a piece of statement jewelry. This showstopping minaudière is sure to add a pop of color to your outfit, but it comes at a $477 price tag — and that’s the sale price.

The Kotur Levin Silver Multi in Perspex Silver, found on Koturltd.com.

The Kotur Levin Silver Multi in Perspex Silver, found on Koturltd.com.

Although they sound intimidating, minaudières are only cute clutch handbags that come in a variety of designs, colors and styles that can be paired with everything from a formal gown to a casual sundress. And with all these great options, there’s no reason not to add [at least] one to your wardrobe!