There may be an influx of End Of Financial Year Sale alerts hitting our inbox, but there's one email that we watch for — that of Net-a-Porter's famous twice-yearly sale. When the biggest brands, the cult pieces, and those hard-to-find label get discounted, we drop everything. Our top NAP sale tips? Be fast and efficient; have a very clear idea of what your wardrobe needs, know the brands that suit you and buy up quick. Spend too long browsing and the items from your cart may sell out before you get to the checkout. We've learnt that the hard way. And lastly, if in doubt — buy it! Net-a-Porter has a free returns policy so you can always send it back. Step inside to shop our top ten sale edit. . .
One day a few years ago, I was looking inside my wardrobe and hated everything I saw. Nothing matched and I wasn't proud of my clothes. I used to live alone and got into the habit of buying cheap for a quick fix, and all of a sudden, it was starting to show. In one afternoon, I cleared out 80 percent of my clothes and shoes. I created a mood board and decided on my dream style. Fast-forward a few years and I like to think I'm nailing it in the less-is-more department, and that goes for the layout of my wardrobe as well. I edit it with military precision, and I'm ruthless. My accessories are the easy part, thanks to my beloved stacked engagement rings and some simple PANDORA bracelets. If you like over-the-knee boots and crazy fun amounts of makeup, you'll want to get in here.
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For Alexander Wang's first Balenciaga Pre-Spring collection, it was back to house basics. In as much, he took the Paris-based staff to Spain's Basque country — Cristóbal Balenciaga's native home — where many of the label's vintage designs currently reside. With that kind of research backing the design, it came as no surprise, then, that Wang's latest is a modern update on Balenciaga's trademark silhouettes. The iconic volume and bubble skirts were toned down, giving way to double-layered dresses that hit just below the knee and soft origami folds on shirts and dresses. The collection supplied a tight edit of black, white, and grey, with all the signs of Cristóbal's structural elegance intact. Even the late couturier's scribble patterns were part of the Pre-Spring equation, showing up on boyish jackets and silk underlayers of dresses. The things Wang did see fit to inject with his signature downtown aesthetic were much more subtle. He turned phone cords (remember those?) into ankle straps on sandals, coiled bracelets, and earrings, and gave texture to lampshade-like hats, shoes, and hems with black shredded vinyl.
There are few honours in fashion that can make a designer's career like a CFDA Swarovski Award. This year's nominees represent the best new talent in three divisions: womenswear, accessories, and menswear. Each approaching fashion with their own perspective and aesthetic, the nominated brands and designers have all quickly established themselves as front-runners of new talent in their respective markets. The nine nominees may have already introduced themselves last week at a cocktail party to debut a collection of specially designed Swarovski-encrusted objets d'art, but we've gathered them all up again — complete with engaging videos and a cheat sheet of need-to-know facts — to make sure you're completely informed on this stylish set for today's main event.
The CFDA Fashion Awards are today and you can expect to see lots of famous faces there on show. Designers like Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang are up for the coveted Womenswear Designer of the Year, while others are being honored with big awards, including Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta. Tonnes of celebrities will be there too — either presenting awards or going as guests of the designers. Watch on to find out everything you need to know about the 2013 CFDA Awards!
Back in March, we showed you the 2013 Autumn Winter fashion shows — always a celeb-filled, dreamy time — to get inspired by the beauty trends that were set to roll out as the weather cooled down. Now that we're officially in Winter, it's time for a refresher course! There were five prominent makeup trends amongst a sea of equally beautiful looks, and the best part is they're all wearbale. From eyes to lips and skin, it's all typically rich and Winter-y — enough to have you greeting the cold season like an old friend. Click through to see the five Winter makeup trends to try now!
The 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards is just days away, but before the action officially kicks off on Monday evening at NYC's Lincoln Center, here's a closer look at everything you should know about as we edge closer to show time. From who's hosting to who's nominated for the prestigious Womenswear Designer of the Year, to the latest list of presenters, keep checking back for frequent updates. For now, see the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards rundown below.
Black boots are like the denim equivalent of any footwear collection: versatile to the point of ridiculous, fabulously functional yet cool for any occasion. Which is why I'm shining the Editors' Pick spotlight of this un-sung shoe hero. Whether you want an on-trend seasonal update (hello gladiator cut-out boots!), or have simply worn out that trusty pair that got you through many Winter — our editors have done the legwork for you. Step inside to see their online selection. . .
The Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art never fails to bring out the big guns — after all, where else can A-list celebrities, designers, models, and fashion insiders rub elbows, in couture, in one place? For this year's Met Gala, fashion's finest converged to celebrate the "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibition, which will honour punk's impact on high fashion over the past three decades (and counting). As is customary for this event, celebrities and models arrive on the arms of their favourite designers, and hit the red carpet with their super-stylish significant others and fashionable friends — so we're rounding up the well-dressed duos (okay, there may be some trios thrown in there as well) from tonight's rock n' roll-inspired red carpet. Click through to see them all now. Additional reporting by Leah Melby
The Whitney Museum's annual Art Party in NYC always attracts the crème de la crème of the fashion world — case in point: this style set from last night's festivities. Olivia Wilde and Lake Bell coordinated in their green printed dresses, though Olivia's Max Mara number was flowy and Lake opted for something more form-fitting. Olivia added a chunky gold-and-black House of Lavande Vintage necklace, Iwona Ludyga drop earrings, and Stuart Weitzman black strappy sandals, while Lake carried a simple black clutch and wore black slingback booties. Jourdan Dunn took a different approach entirely, stepping out in a fashion-forward white Alexander Wang dress from the designer's Spring 2013 line and matching white platform pumps. All three ladies went with statement dresses, but which one gets your vote?