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Blake Lively Red Carpet Goddess

Watch out Lupita Nyong’o! The always fabulous Blake Lively has been killing it on the red carpet from the Met Gala to Cannes and now at the CFDA Awards.

The Gossip Girl star has always been someone to look out for on the red carpet, but ever since the new fashionista Lupita hit the red carpets the spotlight has shifted.

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Now the Gossip Girl star has taken back the spotlight with flawless looks starting at the Met Gala. Not only did Blake look gorgeous in Gucci, but it doesn’t hurt to be walking the red carpet with her very handsome husband Ryan Reynolds.



From there Blake Lively made jaws drop every single time she hit the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival.

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To finish off her red carpet winning streak Blake Lively hit the red carpet last night at the CFDA Awards in Michael Kors looking like a ‘60s bombshell.

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We’ll have to wait and see what other hot red carpet looks Blake Lively has up her sleeve for us.

 

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The Devil is Back!

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It has been 10 years (yes, 10…can you believe it?!!?) since Miranda Priestly and Andy Sachs came clacking in to our lives in some phenomenal heels thanks to former assistant to Anna Wintour, Lauren Weisberger with her novel The Devil Wears Prada.  Incredible fashion aside, the amazing rise of Andy from the poorly dressed and disheveled Midwestern journalist to sleek and stylish assistant at Runway to the most powerful woman in magazine publishing is an inspirational story of how far you’re willing to go to get ahead, without having to sacrifice your own morals and ideals.

Now, Andy and her former nemesis/Miranda’s First Assistant, Emily run their own high-end fashion magazine and are forced to face Miranda once again, which could mean only one thing…the competition gets fiercer.

The lovely team over at Fashionista had a chance to speak with Weisberger at her sold out book signing last night in NYC.  Head over to read what inspired her to bring back these characters we all fell in love with.

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Shopbevel.com Allows Indie Jewelry Designers to Show Off Their Skills

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“Crowdfunded fashion: so hot right now.Patrick Robinson recently launched his new clothing brand via Kickstarter. Hong Kong startup ZaoZao is making inroads in Asia, introducing online shoppers to the region’s up-and-coming designers. And New York-based Cut on Your Bias is giving users a chance to actually participate in designing the garments its indie label’s create.

Only time will tell whether or not any of these concepts have lasting power. The first round of crowdfunded and crowdsourced fashion—most notably Fashion Stake,launched in 2010 as a crowdfunded site and relaunched as a traditional e-commerce sites under new owners Fab.com in 2011—weren’t so successful. When it came down to it, shoppers didn’t want to design their own clothes, or even vote on designs. Too much work.

However, entrepreneur Courtney McColgan thinks that these days—that is, two years later—customers want a bit of say. Maybe not complete control, but at least some input. That’s why she’s launched Shopbevel, which helps indie jewelry designers get their work shown to thousands of online shoppers. “Designers submit designs, the community votes, and Shopbevel produces selected winners,” the site concisely explainsScreen Shot 2013-03-18 at 5.14.28 PM

But what makes McColgan, who has raised $750,000 in seed funding from venture capital firms including Lightbank (run by two Groupon founders) and Great Oaks (early investors in Warby Parker and Bonobos), think it’s going to work this time around? “Jewelry designers are very widespread—and there’s a lot of them,” says the Stanford Business School grad, who counts ex-Threadless chief creative officer Jeffrey Kalmikoff as an advisor.

Indeed, Threadless is a much bigger inspiration for McCoglan than Kickstarter. Every piece produced is under $100, and Shopbevel takes care of the difficult part of the business—producing the product and holding the inventory.The designer receives a 15% royalty on every piece sold—not much, but then again he or she doesn’t have to worry about the backend stuff. Plus, there’s plenty of free marketing and exposure.

That’s not to say production has been easy for McColgan to pull off. “Obviously jewelry is harder than t-shirts,” she says. To figure out the manufacturing side of things, she spends half of her time abroad visiting factories and also scouting for new designers. (It helps that she spent four years before grad school helping to launch a non-profit in China. She took a year off from undergrad just to learn Chinese.)

McColgan has also had a tiny bit of practice. She initially launched Shopbevel under the name Crowd Jewel at the end of 2011 (with a $50,000 investment). Crowd Jewel hosted its first contest in January 2012, attracting 68 designers and 4,500 votes—she sold 20 pieces of jewelry in that first round. Shopbevel is like Crowd Jewel 2.0, just with lots more funding and a much more robust manufacturing program.

Will shoppers bite? Check out Shopbevel.com and let us know what you think.” – Fashionista

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Dreaming of “Paris Haute Couture” Exhibit

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Probably one of the most over-used and misused terms in fashion these days is “haute couture,” which translates to “high sewing” meaning that it is made with the finest fabrics, carefully sewn by hand, and has incredible attention to detail.  With ready-to-wear pieces now costing sometimes upwards of thousands, it is easy to see where the confusion could come in.

Thankfully the Hôtel de Ville in Paris has created the exhibit, “Paris Haute Couture,” with help from sponsor Swarovski, who has been helping couture pieces dazzle since they were created to show what haute couture truly means.

The exhibit, which runs through July 6, 2013, shows the history of haute couture through video and photos as well to help viewers understand the complete process of creating the impecable garments.  And of course there are over 100 dresses, from well and lesser-known designers, to make you truly appreciate these works of art.

“A darling pink taffeta dress from Yves Saint Laurent’s short tenure at Dior is there, alongside the work of the house’s namesake and its last designer, John Galliano. And it’s interesting to compare the Chanel skirt suits—one by Coco Chanel, the other by Karl Lagerfeld—next to each other. There are plenty of gowns from lesser-known designers as well, offering a bit of surprise alongside the standards.” –Fashionista

If you’re like me and most likely won’t make it to Paris in time to see this incredible exhibit, then head over to Fashionista to see their incredible slideshow complete with videos and photos from the exhibit.  It will leave you saying J’adore haute couture!

Paris Haute Couture from Swarovski on Vimeo.

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You Mean It Wasn’t Free? Fashion Bloggers Faking Connections With Brands By Purchasing Their ‘Swag’

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In a day and age when social media and blogger presence can either make or break the success of the brand, it is no surprise that the number of free gifts given to bloggers has increased…or has it?

While it appears as though more and more bloggers are being given swag by the armfuls from designers and PR companies alike, the truth is that a lot of bloggers who do this for a living are actually purchasing many of their supposedly “gifted” items.  Why would bloggers be willing to pay for coveted fashion items you ask?  Well, by creating the appearance that they have these relationships with name brands, it gives the up-and-coming bloggers more credibility thus increasing their readership.

Seems pretty harmless, but even though it’s still press for the brands bloggers are claiming to have a connection with (and all press is good press, right?), it is eliminating the control brands have over the way their product is promoted thus bloggers are changing the industry, yet again.   Not to mention, the truly successful bloggers always remember they’re success is in large part due to the respect and admiration shown by their loyal readers – so this deception seems a little bit hypocritical, no?

“One marketing exec, who wished to speak off the record, recalls a time when one fairly popular blogger (with one of those food-lifestyle-fashion blog titles) walked into the West Village store of a popular handbag brand. She asked for a free bucket bag, but the manager said she wouldn’t be able to give her one, so she bought it herself. As she left the store, she tweeted/instagramed/tumbled a big thanks to the brand for the purse.” – Fashionista

We get it, new bloggers are just trying to make a name for themselves in the industry and everyone that loves what they do this much should get their chance, but is this taking it too far?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

If you want to know more, click over to Fashionista to get the full story and hear from some bloggers themselves.

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